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Encyclopedia > Blue Jam
Chris Morris advertising 'Blue Jam'.
Chris Morris advertising 'Blue Jam'.

Blue Jam was an ambient radio comedy programme produced by Chris Morris. It aired on BBC Radio 1 in the early hours of the morning from 1997 to 1999. Image File history File links Picture of Chris Morris advertising Blue Jam for Radio 1. ... Image File history File links Picture of Chris Morris advertising Blue Jam for Radio 1. ... Radio comedy, or comedic radio programming, is a radio broadcast that may involve sitcom elements, sketches or any other form of comedy found on other mediums. ... Chris Morris in Brass Eye Chris Morris (born June 15, 1962) is an English comedy writer, satirist and radio DJ. Morris was born in Cambridgeshire; both his parents were doctors. ... BBC Radio 1 logo, 1967-1970 BBC Radio 1 logo, 1970-1974 BBC Radio 1 logo, 1974-1975 BBC Radio 1 logo, 1975-1987 BBC Radio 1 logo, 1988-1990 BBC Radio 1 logo, 1991-1994 BBC Radio 1 logo, 1994-1997 BBC Radio 1 logo, 1997-2001 BBC Radio... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) is a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


The programme gained cult status due to its unique mix of surreal monologue, music, synthesised voices, heavily edited broadcasts and recurring sketches. It featured the extreme voice talents of Kevin Eldon, Julia Davis, Mark Heap, David Cann and Amelia Bullmore. Morris himself delivered disturbing monologues, one of which was revamped and made into the BAFTA-winning short film, My Wrongs 8245 - 8249 and 117. A monologue, which comes from the Greek words mono and logos meaning one word, is a speech by one person directly addressing an audience. ... Wikibooks Wikiversity has more about this subject: School of Music Look up Music in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Wikisource, as part of the 1911 Encyclopedia Wikiproject, has original text related to this article: Music Meta has a page about this at: Music markup MusicNovatory: the science of music encyclopedia The... Kevin Eldon is a comic actor of note. ... Julia Davis in Nighty Night. ... Mark Heap is a British actor. ... David Cann is a British actor who has had many roles in theatre and television. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... My Wrongs 8245 - 8249 and 117 is the first film by Chris Morris, starring Paddy Considine as an insane man (who has decided that he no longer deserves a name) taking care of a friends Irish Wolfhound (named Rothko, voice by Chris Morris) while shes away. ...


Writers who contributed to the programme included Graham Linehan, Arthur Mathews, Peter Baynham, David Quantick, Jane Bussman and the cast. Graham Linehan Graham Linehan (born 1969) is an Irish writer who, often in partnership with Arthur Mathews, has written - or written for - a number of popular British comedies. ... Arthur Mathews (born c1959) is an Irish writer who, often with writing partner Graham Linehan, has either written - or contributed to - a number of popular British comedies. ... Peter Baynham is a British comedy writer and perfomer born in Cardiff, Wales. ... David Quantick (born 1961, Wortley, South Yorkshire) is a freelance journalist, writer and critic who specialises in music and comedy. ...


Chris Morris is known for pushing the limits of what is acceptable for the media, as is illustrated by an incident surrounding the sixth episode of Blue Jam, named after the sketch which precipitated it, "Bishopslips".

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Bishopslips

In a 'sketch' commencing approximately thirteen minutes into the sixth episode of Blue Jam, Morris re-edited the Archbishop of Canterbury's speech at Diana, Princess of Wales's funeral to make it appear that he was making inappropriate comments regarding AIDS and the British Royal Family. The broadcast of this episode was halted in the middle of the edited speech, which was "broadcast almost in its entirety before being faded by a transmission engineer" [1]. It is unknown who ordered this, either a BBC employee receiving complaints (before the sketch had ended?), or Chris Morris himself as a stunt. The same episode was later rebroadcast, with "Bishopslips" omitted. Arms of the see of Canterbury The Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior clergyman of the established Church of England and symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. ... Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances Mountbatten-Windsor, née Spencer) (1 July 1961–31 August 1997) was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. ... The Red Ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS. AIDS is an acronym for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and is defined as a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the depletion of the immune system caused... Members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony The British Royal Family is a group of people closely related to the British monarch. ... Corporate logo of the British Broadcasting Corporation The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the national public service broadcaster of the United Kingdom (see British television). ...


Derivative shows

A first attempt at translating the series for television came with the pilot episode of Big Train in 1998. Directed by Morris, written by Linehan & Matthews and starring the Blue Jam cast (with the exception of Cann, replaced by Simon Pegg), it had much of the offbeat humour from the radio show, but without the ambient feel. When the series was commissioned it was without Morris, and as a entirely separate entity. However, Morris did make a cameo appearance in the first series, narrating a mock nature documentary in which a herd of horseracing jockeys on the Serengeti are stalked and then attacked by the Artist Formerly Known as Prince. A television pilot is the first episode of an intended television series. ... Big Train is a surreal television comedy sketch show written by the creators of the more successful Father Ted, Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Simon Pegg on-set in Shaun of the Dead Simon John Pegg (born February 14, 1970) is an English stand-up comedian, writer and film and television actor. ...


Blue Jam was later made for television and broadcast on Channel 4 as Jam. It utilised unusual editing techniques to achieve an unnerving ambiance in keeping with the radio show, and largely repeated the radio sketches. A subsequent "re-mixed" airing, called Jaaaaam was even more extreme in its use of post-production gadgetry, often heavily distorting the footage. Channel 4 is a public service television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ... Jam is a British comedy television series created by Chris Morris. ... Jam is a British comedy television series created by Chris Morris. ...


In place of closing credits the show had a link to jamcredits.com. A hyperlink, or simply a link, is a reference in a hypertext document to another document or other resource. ...


See also

A series of 12 newspaper columns by Chris Morris (under the pseudonym Richard Geefe) that appeared in The Observer in 1999. ... On The Hour was a British radio programme that parodied current affairs broadcasting, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 1991 and 1992. ... The Day Today was a surreal British parody of television current affairs programmes. ... The Brass Eye logo. ...

External links

  • Blue Jam Sketch Guide: details of the shows, some sound files. Note: the free hosting of this site comes at the cost of a great many invasive pop-ups.
  • It Started In The Park: transcripts of every episode of the first two series of Blue Jam.

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Blue Jam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (517 words)
Blue Jam was an ambient radio comedy programme produced by Chris Morris.
In a 'sketch' commencing approximately thirteen minutes into the sixth episode of Blue Jam, Morris re-edited the Archbishop of Canterbury's speech at Diana, Princess of Wales's funeral to make it appear that he was making inappropriate comments regarding AIDS and the British Royal Family.
Blue Jam was later made for television and broadcast on Channel 4 as Jam.
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