Comedy of the Week

BBC  |  Podcast , ±35 min episodes every 2 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.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase

This is an extended version of the first episode of the brand new series, based on And Another Thing... the sixth book in the famous Hitchhiker's Guide trilogy.Forty years on from the first ever radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent, and friends return to be thrown back into the Whole General Mish Mash, in a rattling adventure involving Viking Gods and Irish Confidence Tricksters, with our first glimpse of Eccentrica Gallumbits and a brief but memorable moment with The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast Of Traal.Starring John Lloyd as The Book, with Simon Jones as Arthur, Geoff McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Sandra Dickinson and Susan Sheridan as Trillian, Jim Broadbent as Marvin the Paranoid Android and Jane Horrocks as Fenchurch. The cast also includes Samantha Béart, Toby Longworth, Andy Secombe, Ed Byrne, Lenny Henry, Philip Pope, Mitch Benn, Jon Culshaw and Professor Stephen Hawking.The series is written and directed by Dirk Maggs and based on And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer, with additional unpublished material by Douglas Adams.Music by Philip PopeProduction research by Kevin Jon DaviesWritten and directed by Dirk MaggsBased on the novel And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer, with additional material by Douglas AdamsRecorded at The Soundhouse Ltd by Gerry O'RiordanSound Design by Dirk MaggsProduced by Dirk Maggs, Helen Chattwell and David MorleyA Perfectly Normal production for BBC Radio 4.

Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy

This is a repeat of a podcast originally published in 2017. This episode was the winner of the 2018 Writers' Guild Award for best comedy productionMulti-award winning storyteller Sarah Kendall, brings her critically acclaimed trilogy of funny and moving, live shows to Radio 4. Taking her audience on a trip, Sarah gives a unique snapshot of small-town life in Australia in the early nineties. At a time when most people were seeing Australians through the filter of 'Home and Away' and 'Neighbours', Sarah's shows present a darker underbelly to the stereotype of the sun-loving, happy-go-lucky Aussie teenager. Comedic and tragic in equal measure, Sarah's tales of her teenage life blend intricate narratives with a cast of memorable characters, bringing events to life in front of your very ears. Episode 1: A Day In October "This show is a story about a day in October in 1990, when I saw a miracle happen to a boy, and his name was George Peach..." A Day in October is about Sarah's secret relationship with bullied classmate, George Peach. Following an accident at the beach, George Peach died for exactly 11 seconds. Sarah's story examines the remarkable effect those 11 seconds had on Sarah and her schoolmates. The show plays with the relationship between fiction and real-life and explores the redemptive power of storytelling. Written and performed by Sarah Kendall Producer - Carl Cooper Production Coordinator - Emily Hallett This is a BBC Studios Production.

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