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Started by airynothing on Nov 17, 2020 12:18:11 AM
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue is greatest radio comedy
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whitbreadtrophy - 17 Nov 2020 00:28:21 (#1 of 112)

No argument against that from me.

LemonGrass - 17 Nov 2020 00:44:22 (#2 of 112)

The Unbelieveable Truth is.

whitbreadtrophy - 17 Nov 2020 01:17:44 (#3 of 112)

Hmm.. No I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, no Goodness Gracious Me, no Radio Active. Nothing older than The Goons so no ITMA, Beyond Our Ken or Ray's A Laugh (and yes, I know they're a bit dated).

But Mark Steel (who I like) at number 7? And that Gervais/Pilkington suite at 20?

DishyFishy - 17 Nov 2020 01:43:45 (#4 of 112)

They only won because Samantha nobbled the judges.

Cavewoman - 17 Nov 2020 01:50:49 (#5 of 112)

Jesus. I'm a devoted R4 listener but the 6.30 comedy slot is a no-go area. Heavy-handed and unfunny for the most part - apart from The News Quiz when hosted by Sandi Toksvig.

thisonehasalittlehat - 17 Nov 2020 06:23:33 (#6 of 112)

I don't really see the point of ranking them. Maybe you could rank Panel Shows, sitcoms, stand-up shows independently. If you really wanted.

Lagopus - 17 Nov 2020 07:10:50 (#7 of 112)

What was the damn thing I used to listen to religiously whenever the hell it was on? My parents were devoted to not listening to the radio, so I took up the habit to annoy them.

TommyDGNR8 - 17 Nov 2020 07:13:28 (#8 of 112)

Steel's Lectures were far superior to In Town, but there's a lot of very over-rated, pedestrian humour in the list.

Lagopus - 17 Nov 2020 07:16:25 (#9 of 112)

It's not on that list, but out of what is, I find I can listen to any given episode of ISIHAC any number of times and still laugh like a loon, whereas Ed Reardon is technically funnier, but only once. My housemate can't bear either of them. I think he might be foreign.

Vendor - 17 Nov 2020 07:23:08 (#10 of 112)

Humph Clue, yes.

Dee Clue, not so much.

crackfox - 17 Nov 2020 07:28:06 (#11 of 112)

Who can forget the time on Give Us A Clue when Lionel Blair tossed off 12 Angry Men in 30 seconds?

thisonehasalittlehat - 17 Nov 2020 07:31:34 (#12 of 112)

I'm surprised they get away with the innuendo at the time it's broadcast.

Lagopus - 17 Nov 2020 07:32:18 (#13 of 112)

I occasionally try one song to the tune of another with the small daughter, but she doesn't quite get it. She might be foreign too.

thisonehasalittlehat - 17 Nov 2020 07:32:59 (#14 of 112)

I wonder if it will come back now.

thisonehasalittlehat - 17 Nov 2020 07:36:13 (#15 of 112)

I suppose you could recast it but it's hard to imagine a new cast having the absolute commitment to such a dated formula. (Which is of course what makes it work).

CaptainBlack - 17 Nov 2020 07:42:55 (#16 of 112)

The future of R4 comedy is Geoff Norcott stamping on a human face forever.

Lagopus - 17 Nov 2020 07:43:29 (#17 of 112)

I don't altogether hate Jack Dee, but without Tim it would be far more likely to make me cry than laugh.

thisonehasalittlehat - 17 Nov 2020 07:44:29 (#18 of 112)

Although i see its on soon so clearly there is still more money life in it.

Shadrack22 - 17 Nov 2020 08:11:36 (#19 of 112)

Yes to: Hancock’s Half Hour, Ed Reardon, Count Arthur Strong, Alan Partridge.

Surprised to see Ladies of Letters on the list. Almost as bad as that one with Napoleon’s horse.

Ginmonkey - 17 Nov 2020 08:14:04 (#20 of 112)

During the first lockdown I could not face the news in the early mornings so listened to 4 Extra as there are some good dramas.

They have also been repeating " modern sitcoms" from the past 30 years. By god they are dreadful.

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