Comedy of the Week

BBC  |  Podcast, ±35 min episodes every 3 days
Brighten your week with an episode of the latest Radio 4 comedy. Every Monday we bring you a fantastic variety of comedians including Mark Thomas, Lenny Henry and Tom Wrigglesworth alongside classic shows such as Just A Minute and Ed Reardon.
The Missing Hancocks recreates those episodes of the classic Radio Show Hancock's Half Hour that have been wiped or lost from the archive. Not heard since then, this is a real piece of comedy history.The first modern sitcom, Hancock's Half Hour made stars of Tony Hancock, Sid James and Kenneth Williams and launched Ray Galton and Alan Simpson on one of the most successful comedy-writing partnerships in history. But 20 episodes of the show are missing from the BBC archives. Now, after two highly successful series, another five of those episodes have been lovingly re-recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC Radio Theatre.Tonight's episode: The Three Sons. This modern morality tale tells the story of old Ebidiah Hancock and his three sons, all of whom are played by HancockWritten by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, and with the classic score newly recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra, the show stars Andy Secombe, Kevin Eldon, Simon Greenall, Robin Sebastian and Susy Kane. The Three Sons was first broadcast on the 21st June, 1955.Produced by Neil Pearson & Paul Sheehan.Written by Ray Galton & SimpsonKevin McNally - Tony HancockAndy Secombe – Harry SecombeKevin Eldon - Bill KerrSimon Greenall - Sid JamesRobin Sebastian - Kenneth WilliamsSusy Kane - Andree MellyMusic recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Levon Parikian.A BBC Studios Production
A Normal LifePart two in an occasional series in which Henry Normal uses poetry, storytelling and comedy to explore life’s big questions. Last year Henry brought us his acclaimed show - ‘A Normal Family’, which centred around his son, Johnny, who was diagnosed with "mildly severe” autism. In this profound, funny and moving show, Henry explored what this meant for his family. This time Henry brings us his new show, ‘A Normal Life’. Drawing on his experiences bringing up a child with autism, Henry investigates where edges are, and how we are connected. As well as his trademark humour, the show tackles the subjects of life, death, loneliness, loss, human frailty and other classic conversation stoppers. Henry Normal is a multi-award winning writer, producer and poet. Co-writer of award winning TV programmes such as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, Coogan’s Run and Paul Calf, and producer of, amongst many others, Oscar-Nominated Philomena, Gavin and Stacey and Alan Partridge. He has published several volumes of poetry, including The Dream Ticket, Nude Modelling for the Afterlife and Staring Directly at the Eclipse. His last Radio 4 series was 1997's Encyclopaedia Poetica. Written and performed by - Henry Normal Producer - Carl Cooper Production Coordinator - Steve Lanham This is a BBC Studios ProductionTom Parry's Fancy Dressed Life Episode 1: Rules. Tom needs to lay down the law and explain his four golden rules of Fancy Dress. Listen carefully, fancy dress might seem like a bit of fun to you but ...