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The Now Show. Radio 4

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Martyn Miles, Dec 17, 2017.

  1. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    I do like In Our Time, it is consistently intelligent radio and it staggers me that he can go from Ancient Greece to quantum physics from one week to the next and still keep up with the guests.
    "Thank you to Professor Susan Jones of Cambridge University and Dr John Smith of Imperial College and their insight into the physical properties of the transition metals and how these have been exploited between the later Industrial Revolution and the present day. Next week we will be hearing from Dr Evaldes Stravinsky, who will be talking about the movements of the Nordic tribes between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD, the grammatical structures of Eastern European languages and their influence on 18th century Russian music. I do hope that you can join us."

    I bet he doesn't waste his time looking at Homes Under The Hammer.
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  2. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    At least the quality of the stand up comics on TNS is consistent. They're all sh1t.
  3. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    The Now Show used to be a beacon of excellence in the turgid ocean of mediocrity that is comedy on Radio 4 and the recordings full of Boozy profanity that never made to air (I particularly remember a spectacularly scathing rant form Dr Phil Hammond on the state of the NHS that deserved to be on the news). This current series is a different show. Not even the wonderful Hugh Dennis is enough to make me tune in each week any more. Incidentally, f anyone does go to a recording, the cast all used to go down the Yorkshire Grey in Riding House Street for a beer afterwards.
  4. Man in a van

    Man in a van pfm Member

  5. ks.234

    ks.234 pfm Member

  6. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Ah, the Money Programme.
    A Saturday staple for many a year...
    I find it interesting, but don’t always listen.
  7. ks.234

    ks.234 pfm Member

    Vivian Stanshall's Sir Henry at Rawlinsons End on 4 Extra at 11.45 tonight
  8. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Could be worth a listen, if I can stay awake...
  9. darrell_giant

    darrell_giant pfm Member

  10. SteveS1

    SteveS1 I heard that, pardon?

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  11. cutting42

    cutting42 Heading to Fish Hacker Erg \o/

    One of my favourite things ever. More quotable than Python.
  12. garyi

    garyi leave blank

    The Alexi ones I heard were great
  13. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    I will look up the Sir Henry thing on Listen agin. My chances of being conscious at 1145 on a school night are slim to none. It's infrequent on a non school night these days, post head injury. Ho hum.
  14. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    I've noticed a marked deterioration in the quality of the comedians this season—was really surprised how poor Graham Fellows was last week too. His John Shuttlewiorth is usually good for a few laughs and I love his Brian Appleton's history rock roll.

  15. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    I heard that episode of In our time—an excellent overview of the Nordic God's propensity towards the destruction of dwellings.

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  16. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    If we are recommending, Radio 4 Extra is brilliant.

    Recent goodies were Elastic Planet (all hail Oliver Postgate), The Mighty Boosh (excellent on the radio) and I'm quite ford of Tom Wrigglesworth's hang-ups and Joseph Morpurgo's Walking Tour.

    Oh and Ed Reardon's week, of course. Jeremy Hardy Feels... Happy should be good but I suspect if your leanings are to the right of the political spectrum you may not agree.

  17. eternumviti

    eternumviti pfm Member

    Now (posting at 1:30 am) I would love to have seen that. I watched it in a scruffy cinema somewhere near Marble Arch when it was first released, maybe 1978? As someone has already said, infinitely quotable. Trevor Howard as he had never been seen, and that was only the beginning of it.
  18. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    The pictures really are better on the radio ...

  19. ks.234

    ks.234 pfm Member

    Quick shout out for Absolute Power on 4 extra tonight. Stephen Fry and John Bird as a pair of unprincipled PR Consultants working for the government in the early 2000's. Some gentle fun poking of New Labour in series 2 tonight, not so gentle in series 3 when they cover Hutton. Not one for the Blairites.

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