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.
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.
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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|00:00||ISIHAC||The Goons Show||Steptoe and Son||FlyWheel & Shyster||Revolting People||Just a Minute||Steptoe and Son|
|00:30||The Unbelievable Truth||ISIHAC||The Goons Show||The Unbelievable Truth||Hancock's Half Hour||Old Harry's Game||The Goons Show|
|01:00||Cabin Pressure||Take It From Here||ISIHAC||The News Quiz||The Unbelievable Truth||Round the Horne||ISIHAC|
|01:30||Hinge & Bracket||The Navy Lark||ISIRTA||The Goons Show||The News Quiz||Take It From Here||ISIRTA|
|02:00||The Men from the Minstry||Much Binding in the Marsh||Bleak Expectations||ISIHAC||The Goons Show||The Unbelievable Truth||Bleak Expectations|
|02:30||Claire in the Community||It's Been a Bad Week||Dad's Army||The Navy Lark||ISIHAC||The News Quiz||Dad's Army|
|03:00||Fags & Mags||Red Dwarf||Beyond our Ken||The Men from the Minstry||Hinge & Bracket||The Goons Show||Beyond our Ken|
|03:30||Inspector Stein||Hogg Goes Off||Jeremy Hardy Speaks||Milton Jones||Mark Steel||ISIHAC||Nebulous|
|04:00||Roy Hudd||Chain Reaction||Dead Ringers||The Burkis Way||Sticks Out Half a Mile||Life with the Lyons||Elephants to Catch Eels|
|04:30||As Time Goes By||A Life of Bliss||The Clitheroe Kid||All Gas & Gaiters||Brothers in Law||The Burkis Way||The Clitheroe Kid|
|05:00||News Jack||Our Brave Boys||Parsley Sidings||Kings Street Junior||Kings Street Junior||Down th Line||Kings Street Junior|
|05:30||British Comedy Lucky Bag||British Comedy Lucky Bag||British Comedy Lucky Bag||British Comedy Lucky Bag||British Comedy Lucky Bag||Kings Street Junior||British Comedy Lucky Bag|
|06:00||Fawlty Towers||The Goons Show||Steptoe and Son||Revolting People||FlyWheel & Shyster||British Comedy Lucky Bag||Old Harry's Game|
|06:30||The Unbelievable Truth||ISIHAC||The Goons Show||Hancock's Half Hour||The Unbelievable Truth||The Clitheroe Kid||Round the Horne|
|07:00||Cabin Pressure||Take It From Here||ISIHAC||Recorded for Training Purposes||The News Quiz||The News Quiz||Take It From Here|
|07:30||Hinge & Bracket||The Navy Lark||Radio Active||The News Quiz||The Goons Show||The Goons Show||The Unbelievable Truth|
|08:00||The Men from the Minstry||Much Binding in the Marsh||Bleak Expectations||The Goons Show||ISIHAC||Hut 33||The News Quiz|
|08:30||Claire in the Community||It's Been a Bad Week||Dad's Army||ISIHAC||The Navy Lark||Round the Horne||The Goons Show|
|09:00||Fags & Mags||Red Dwarf||Beyond our Ken||Hinge & Bracket||The Men from the Minstry||Claire in the Community||ISIHAC|
|09:30||Just a Minute||Just a Minute||Just a Minute||Just a Minute||Just a Minute||It's Been a Bad Week||Just a Minute|
|10:00||Steptoe and Son||FlyWheel & Shyster||Revolting People||Old Harry's Game||Steptoe and Son||Just a Minute||ISIHAC|
|10:30||The Goons Show||The Unbelievable Truth||Hancock's Half Hour||Round the Horne||The Goons Show||ISIHAC||The Unbelievable Truth|
|11:00||ISIHAC||The News Quiz||The Unbelievable Truth||Take It From Here||ISIHAC||Take It From Here||Cabin Pressure|
|11:30||ISIRTA||Souvenir Program||The News Quiz||The Unbelievable Truth||ISIRTA||The Navy Lark||Hinge & Bracket|
|12:00||Bleak Expectations||ISIHAC||The Goons Show||The News Quiz||Bleak Expectations||Much Binding in the Marsh||The Men from the Minstry|
|12:30||Dad's Army||The Navy Lark||ISIHAC||The Goon Show||Dad's Army||It's Been a Bad Week||Claire in the Community|
|13:00||Beyond our Ken||The Men from the Minstry||Hinge & Bracket||ISIHAC||Beyond our Ken||Red Dwarf||Fags & Mags|
|13:30||Nebulous||Milton Jones||Mark Steel||Life with the Lyons||Jeremy Hardy Speaks||Hogg Goes Off||Inspector Stein|
|14:00||Elephants to Catch Eels||The Burkis Way||Sticks Out Half a Mile||The Burkis Way||Dead Ringers||Chain Reaction||Roy Hudd|
|14:30||The Clitheroe Kid||All Gas & Gaiters||Brothers in Law||Down th Line||The Clitheroe Kid||A Life of Bliss||As Time Goes By|
|15:00||Kings Street Junior||Kings Street Junior||Kings Street Junior||Kings Street Junior||Parsley Sidings||Our Brave Boys||News Jack|
|15:30||British Comedy Lucky Bag||British Comedy Lucky Bag||British Comedy Lucky Bag||British Comedy Lucky Bag||British Comedy Lucky Bag||British Comedy Lucky Bag||British Comedy Lucky Bag|
|16:00||Old Harry's Game||Revolting People||FlyWheel & Shyster||The Clitheroe Kid||Steptoe and Son||The Goons Show||Fawlty Towers|
|16:30||Round the Horne||Hancock's Half Hour||The Unbelievable Truth||The News Quiz||The Goons Show||ISIHAC||The Unbelievable Truth|
|17:00||Take It From Here||Doctor at Large /House||The News Quiz||Electric Ink||Doctor at Large / House||Take It From Here||Cabin Pressure|
|17:30||The Unbelievable Truth||The News Quiz||The Goons Show||Hut 33||ISIRTA||The Navy Lark||Hinge & Bracket|
|18:00||The News Quiz||The Goons Show||ISIHAC||Round the Horne||Bleak Expectations||Much Binding in the Marsh||The Men from the Minstry|
|18:30||Hudson and Pepperdine||ISIHAC||The Navy Lark||Claire in the Community||Dad's Army||It's Been a Bad Week||Claire in the Community|
|19:00||ISIHAC||Hinge & Bracket||The Men from the Minstry||It's Been a Bad Week||Beyond our Ken||Red Dwarf||Fags & Mags|
|19:30||Wacko||Just a Minute||If Your So Clever||Quote, Unquote||Just a Minute||So Wrong. It's Right||Ben More's - Undone|
|20:00||The Burkis Way||Sticks Out Half a Mile||The Burkis Way||Ed Reardon's Week||Elephants to Catch Eels||Chain Reaction||Roy Hudd|
|20:30||Down the Line||Brothers in Law||All Gas & Gaiters||Act Your Age||The Clitheroe Kid||Listen to Les||Harry Worth|
|21:00||Kings Street Junior||The Harpoon||Rigor Mortis||Elven Quest||Lee Mack Show||Punt PI||Museum of Curiosity|
|21:30||The Goon Show||Absolute Power||Educating Archie||The Goon Show||The Goon Show||Hello Cheeky||The Goon Show|
|22:00||Quote, Unquote||Radio Active||Recorded for Training P,||Dad's Army||Second Thoughts||No Commitments||Smelling of Roses|
|22:30||Mitchell and Webb Sound||That Reminds Me||Take It From Here||Jason Byrne Show||The Likely Lads||Little World of Don Camillo||The Maltby Collection|
|23:00||Million Pound Radio Show||Old Harry's Game||The Scarifyers||The Skivers||Dad's Army||The Navy Lark||Yes Minister|
|23:30||The Embassy Lark||At Home with the Hardy's||Count Arthur Strong||Michael Bentine Show||Trevor's World of Sport||ISIHAC||Count Arthur Strong|