The Best Classic British Comedy Radio – Program Schedule

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British radio comedy has not only entertained audiences for some 70 years, it’s also been a medium for change in British society itself.

Bandwagon established a new formula of comedy sketches and music. At the beginning of the war it was a wonderful boost for morale.

British Radio Comedy - The Goon Show
The Goon Show

After the War there was the famous Goon Show, created by Spike Milligan. Incredibly funny surreal humour with characters drawn from all walks of life, which the younger generation adored, the Goons left older people confused, including the hierarchy at the BBC. They never realised how the anarchy, chaos and irreverence in the show were subtly affecting class attitudes. Also a whole generation was laughing at the same thing.

Just after the war the BBC produced The Little Green Book, a guide as to what comedy writers and producers could and couldn’t say on air. I remember being told by one producer when recording a stand up show that I couldn’t use the word naked as a punchline to a joke, it was a banned word in the Little Green Book’s guidance and censorship.

The rules they introduced were often ignored or were even used by some writers as something to challenge and subvert.

The writing team of Marty Feldman, Barry Took, and later Brian Cooke, on Round the Horne were an example. The program introduced characters that the BBC frowned upon. According to the rules in the Green Book you couldn’t have reference to a man being effeminate, but then came Hugh Paddick’s Julian and Kenneth Williams’ Sandy to challenge the Green Book and break down the taboo of homosexuality.

When Round The Horne started if you winked at man in the street you would be arrested but what Julian and Sandy [Kenneth Williams, above] did was stop some of that.

Round the Horne
Round the Horne

Many of you will have been witness to that huge impact that radio comedy has had since the 1950’s and the BBC still maintains its high standards, which is valuable, but they have moved a long way from the establishment viewpoint they adopted in their pre-war days. These changes have come about principally through the power of humour to influence attitudes and patterns of behaviour and in it’s that way that radio comedy has helped change a nation.

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All times below are in GMT/ UTC. The current station time and date is:

GMTMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
00:00ISIHACThe Goons ShowSteptoe and SonFlyWheel & ShysterRevolting PeopleJust a MinuteSteptoe and Son
00:30The Unbelievable TruthISIHACThe Goons ShowThe Unbelievable TruthHancock's Half HourOld Harry's GameThe Goons Show
01:00Cabin PressureTake It From HereISIHACThe News QuizThe Unbelievable TruthRound the HorneISIHAC
01:30Hinge & BracketThe Navy LarkISIRTAThe Goons ShowThe News QuizTake It From HereISIRTA
02:00The Men from the MinstryMuch Binding in the MarshBleak ExpectationsISIHACThe Goons ShowThe Unbelievable TruthBleak Expectations
02:30Claire in the CommunityIt's Been a Bad WeekDad's ArmyThe Navy LarkISIHACThe News QuizDad's Army
03:00Fags & MagsRed DwarfBeyond our KenThe Men from the MinstryHinge & BracketThe Goons ShowBeyond our Ken
03:30Inspector SteinHogg Goes OffJeremy Hardy SpeaksMilton JonesMark SteelISIHACNebulous
04:00Roy HuddChain ReactionDead RingersThe Burkis WaySticks Out Half a MileLife with the LyonsElephants to Catch Eels
04:30As Time Goes ByA Life of BlissThe Clitheroe KidAll Gas & GaitersBrothers in LawThe Burkis WayThe Clitheroe Kid
05:00News JackOur Brave BoysParsley SidingsKings Street JuniorKings Street JuniorDown th LineKings Street Junior
05:30British Comedy Lucky BagBritish Comedy Lucky BagBritish Comedy Lucky BagBritish Comedy Lucky BagBritish Comedy Lucky BagKings Street JuniorBritish Comedy Lucky Bag
06:00Fawlty TowersThe Goons ShowSteptoe and SonRevolting PeopleFlyWheel & ShysterBritish Comedy Lucky BagOld Harry's Game
06:30The Unbelievable TruthISIHACThe Goons ShowHancock's Half HourThe Unbelievable TruthThe Clitheroe KidRound the Horne
07:00Cabin PressureTake It From HereISIHACRecorded for Training PurposesThe News QuizThe News QuizTake It From Here
07:30Hinge & BracketThe Navy LarkRadio ActiveThe News QuizThe Goons ShowThe Goons ShowThe Unbelievable Truth
08:00The Men from the MinstryMuch Binding in the MarshBleak ExpectationsThe Goons ShowISIHACHut 33The News Quiz
08:30Claire in the CommunityIt's Been a Bad WeekDad's ArmyISIHACThe Navy LarkRound the HorneThe Goons Show
09:00Fags & MagsRed DwarfBeyond our KenHinge & BracketThe Men from the MinstryClaire in the CommunityISIHAC
09:30Just a MinuteJust a MinuteJust a MinuteJust a MinuteJust a MinuteIt's Been a Bad WeekJust a Minute
10:00Steptoe and SonFlyWheel & ShysterRevolting PeopleOld Harry's GameSteptoe and SonJust a MinuteISIHAC
10:30The Goons ShowThe Unbelievable TruthHancock's Half HourRound the HorneThe Goons ShowISIHACThe Unbelievable Truth
11:00ISIHACThe News QuizThe Unbelievable TruthTake It From HereISIHACTake It From HereCabin Pressure
11:30ISIRTASouvenir ProgramThe News QuizThe Unbelievable TruthISIRTAThe Navy LarkHinge & Bracket
12:00Bleak ExpectationsISIHACThe Goons ShowThe News QuizBleak ExpectationsMuch Binding in the MarshThe Men from the Minstry
12:30Dad's ArmyThe Navy LarkISIHACThe Goon ShowDad's ArmyIt's Been a Bad WeekClaire in the Community
13:00Beyond our KenThe Men from the MinstryHinge & BracketISIHACBeyond our KenRed DwarfFags & Mags
13:30NebulousMilton JonesMark SteelLife with the LyonsJeremy Hardy SpeaksHogg Goes OffInspector Stein
14:00Elephants to Catch EelsThe Burkis WaySticks Out Half a MileThe Burkis WayDead RingersChain ReactionRoy Hudd
14:30The Clitheroe KidAll Gas & GaitersBrothers in LawDown th LineThe Clitheroe KidA Life of BlissAs Time Goes By
15:00Kings Street JuniorKings Street JuniorKings Street JuniorKings Street JuniorParsley SidingsOur Brave BoysNews Jack
15:30British Comedy Lucky BagBritish Comedy Lucky BagBritish Comedy Lucky BagBritish Comedy Lucky BagBritish Comedy Lucky BagBritish Comedy Lucky BagBritish Comedy Lucky Bag
16:00Old Harry's GameRevolting PeopleFlyWheel & ShysterThe Clitheroe KidSteptoe and SonThe Goons ShowFawlty Towers
16:30Round the HorneHancock's Half HourThe Unbelievable TruthThe News QuizThe Goons ShowISIHACThe Unbelievable Truth
17:00Take It From HereDoctor at Large /HouseThe News QuizElectric InkDoctor at Large / HouseTake It From HereCabin Pressure
17:30The Unbelievable TruthThe News QuizThe Goons ShowHut 33ISIRTAThe Navy LarkHinge & Bracket
18:00The News QuizThe Goons ShowISIHACRound the HorneBleak ExpectationsMuch Binding in the MarshThe Men from the Minstry
18:30Hudson and PepperdineISIHACThe Navy LarkClaire in the CommunityDad's ArmyIt's Been a Bad WeekClaire in the Community
19:00ISIHACHinge & BracketThe Men from the MinstryIt's Been a Bad WeekBeyond our KenRed DwarfFags & Mags
19:30WackoJust a MinuteIf Your So CleverQuote, UnquoteJust a MinuteSo Wrong. It's RightBen More's - Undone
20:00The Burkis WaySticks Out Half a MileThe Burkis WayEd Reardon's WeekElephants to Catch EelsChain ReactionRoy Hudd
20:30Down the LineBrothers in LawAll Gas & GaitersAct Your AgeThe Clitheroe KidListen to LesHarry Worth
21:00Kings Street JuniorThe HarpoonRigor MortisElven QuestLee Mack ShowPunt PIMuseum of Curiosity
21:30The Goon ShowAbsolute PowerEducating ArchieThe Goon ShowThe Goon ShowHello CheekyThe Goon Show
22:00Quote, UnquoteRadio ActiveRecorded for Training P,Dad's ArmySecond ThoughtsNo CommitmentsSmelling of Roses
22:30Mitchell and Webb SoundThat Reminds MeTake It From HereJason Byrne ShowThe Likely LadsLittle World of Don CamilloThe Maltby Collection
23:00Million Pound Radio ShowOld Harry's GameThe ScarifyersThe SkiversDad's ArmyThe Navy LarkYes Minister
23:30The Embassy LarkAt Home with the Hardy'sCount Arthur StrongMichael Bentine ShowTrevor's World of SportISIHACCount Arthur Strong