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Started by CaptainBlack on Jun 6, 2021 2:47:35 AM
John Finnemore on R4

Radio comedy series.

CaptainBlack - 06 Jun 2021 02:55:22 (#1 of 22)

JF’s usual sketch show has been replaced by the conceptual idea that he and the cast tell the story of a family of characters in reverse chronological order. At first I was confused, but as the series progresses, it’s becoming clear that this is becoming a radio drama masterpiece. It’s on iPlayer if you want to catch up. Stick with it - it does all begin to tie together.

Woof, woof, woof goes the wolfhound.

StakludKar - 06 Jun 2021 03:49:52 (#2 of 22)

Listened to one in a post jab haze.

They're all interlinked.

Did he write them starting with the oldest character and working forward or the other way round

MorrisMitchener - 06 Jun 2021 10:14:31 (#3 of 22)

Cabin Pressure, his long running R4 sitcom, was very good.

Atticus - 06 Jun 2021 11:33:57 (#4 of 22)

Some of sketeches are wonderfully constructed.

Radio 4 paint by numbers plays...



My personal favourite is the one where a therapist is trying to stay neutral and not push his client in any way when her dilemma is choosing between the loving and supportive husband or the complete bastard of a boyfriend.

StakludKar - 06 Jun 2021 11:39:07 (#5 of 22)

I just clicked on the 1st of those and got an ad for Manscaped pube trimmers beforehand which I'm baffled at my preferences showing up for

Verdigris - 06 Jun 2021 11:46:47 (#6 of 22)

Does anyone know what the piece of music is that accompanies him going into one of his "spooky tales"?

uranrising - 06 Jun 2021 13:56:45 (#7 of 22)

Go on, guv'nor, gissa link. Go on. Help a poor music lover .

Verdigris - 06 Jun 2021 14:02:35 (#8 of 22)

It's usually the last sketch of his Souvenir Programme. It is possible that it is an especially composed piece of incidental music. I can't recall ever having heard it elsewhere. Flute and oboe (possibly bassoon). If you've heard the show you'll know it (or not, if you're me).

solomongursky - 06 Jun 2021 14:13:01 (#9 of 22)

Original music composed by .... Susannah Pearse

Verdigris - 06 Jun 2021 14:44:17 (#10 of 22)

Thank you, solomon.

Here's the piece, uran. 23.20 in. Only a fragment, in this case, as they are messing about with the format.

uranrising - 06 Jun 2021 15:17:57 (#11 of 22)

Thanks, Verdi. The important thing is you have your answer now.

Verdigris - 06 Jun 2021 15:22:55 (#12 of 22)

The important thing is you have your answer now.

I'd say "probable" answer, in that Ms Pearse is credited for songs, rather than incidental music. I did DDG her but couldn't find a definite link to the piece. Not knowing what it is called doesn't help, of course!

Anyway, it is very evocative and the signal to pay more attention to the show and less to the cooking.

uranrising - 06 Jun 2021 15:24:38 (#13 of 22)

Ah. Well, it was too tiny a fragment to identify. certainly nothing springs to mind.

Verdigris - 06 Jun 2021 15:25:41 (#14 of 22)

In the "normal" format shows it goes on for a good few bars.

thisonehasalittlehat - 06 Jun 2021 15:26:10 (#15 of 22)

Like the pogues.

solomongursky - 06 Jun 2021 15:27:57 (#16 of 22)

I did try to play it while my phone listened and tried to identify but I couldn't find it.

CaptainBlack - 10 Jun 2021 09:55:23 (#17 of 22)

Final episode tonight and the last pieces of the jigsaw.

airynothing - 10 Jun 2021 10:03:34 (#18 of 22)

My favourite JFSP sketch before now was the time travel one, where it only became clear at the end of the show what had been going on throughout. Absolute genius,and it sounds like this is similar, but more so.

I shall binge it over a long car journey tomorrow evening.

helenskywalker - 10 Jun 2021 10:12:26 (#19 of 22)

My favourite is the sense and sensibility one.

The current batch are a bit gentler and more introspective, but I do love him so.

StakludKar - 10 Jun 2021 11:23:39 (#20 of 22)

Surprised he's not been on telly

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