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I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again


"I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again" (cast photo)
Back row:
Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor
Front row:
David Hatch, Jo Kendall, John Cleese
Download high resolution version (605x630, 111 KB)Cast of Im Sorry, Ill Read That Again. ... William Edgar (Bill) Oddie, OBE (born 7 July 1941 in Rochdale, Lancashire), is a British comedy writer and performer, author, composer and musician. ... Graeme Garden, as a Beefeater in The Goodies (TV series) episode The Tower of London David Graeme Garden (born February 18, 1943) is a British comedy writer and performer. ... Tim Brooke-Taylor (April 2000) Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor, (born 17 July 1940 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England) is a British comic actor most well known in Britain as a member of The Goodies comedy trio and in the comedy radio shows Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, and... Sir David Hatch attended the University of Cambridge, where he was also a member of the prestigious Cambridge Footlights Club. ... Jo Kendall is a British actress. ... John Marwood Cleese (born 27 October 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winning English comedian and actor. ...

Genre Comedy
Running time 30 minutes
Country Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Home station BBC Home Service
Starring Tim Brooke-Taylor
John Cleese
Graeme Garden
David Hatch
Jo Kendall
Bill Oddie
No. of episodes 86

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again was a long-running BBC radio comedy programme that originally grew out of the Cambridge University Footlights revue Cambridge Circus. It had something of a cult following and was broadcast initially on the BBC Home Service (renamed BBC Radio 4 in September 1967).[1] The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The BBC Home Service was the original name for Radio 4 and was on the air from 1939 until 30 September 1967. ... Tim Brooke-Taylor (April 2000) Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor, (born 17 July 1940 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England) is a British comic actor most well known in Britain as a member of The Goodies comedy trio and in the comedy radio shows Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, and... John Marwood Cleese (born 27 October 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winning English comedian and actor. ... Graeme Garden, as a Beefeater in The Goodies (TV series) episode The Tower of London David Graeme Garden (born February 18, 1943) is a British comedy writer and performer. ... Sir David Hatch attended the University of Cambridge, where he was also a member of the prestigious Cambridge Footlights Club. ... Jo Kendall is a British actress. ... William Edgar (Bill) Oddie, OBE (born 7 July 1941 in Rochdale, Lancashire), is a British comedy writer and performer, author, composer and musician. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Radio comedy, or comedic radio programming, is a radio broadcast that may involve sitcom elements, sketches, and many other forms of comedy found on other mediums. ... The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and has a reputation as one of the worlds most prestigious universities. ... The ADC Theatre is the home of the Footlights. ... Cambridge Circus is a comedy revue that played in London in the 1960s. ... The BBC Home Service was the original name for Radio 4 and was on the air from 1939 until 30 September 1967. ... BBC Radio 4 is a UK domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ...


It was first broadcast on 4 April 1964 and the eighth series was transmitted in November and December 1973. An hour-long 25th Anniversary show was broadcast in 1989. Humphrey Barclay was the producer until 1968 and from April that year the task was shared by David Hatch and Peter Titheradge. In 1973 production was shared by David Hatch with John Cassels for six episodes and Bob Oliver Rodgers for two episodes. is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Humphrey Barclay (born 1941) is a comedy executive and producer whose first foray into show business was via the Cambridge Footlights. ... Sir David Hatch attended the University of Cambridge, where he was also a member of the prestigious Cambridge Footlights Club. ...


"I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again" is sometimes called "The Wonder Show".

Contents

The cast

  • Tim Brooke-Taylor (became one of the three members of The Goodies). Tim Brooke-Taylor has also written humorous books on various subjects, including cricket and golf. He was a member of the cast of the television comedy series At Last the 1948 Show with John Cleese (as well as Graham Chapman and Marty Feldman), and later appeared in Marty Feldman's television comedy series Marty. Tim has also acted in many television sitcoms, as well as appearing in the 1970s BBC radio sketch show, later translated to ITV, Hello, Cheeky! with John Junkin and Barry Cryer.
  • John Cleese (later part of Monty Python and star of Fawlty Towers, formed his own production company to make business training films, which contained much Python-esque/Basil Fawlty-style humour, as well as making films including A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures). He did his famous silly walk — it made terrible radio — and sang "The Ferret Song" on the 25th Anniversary show. He appeared in At Last the 1948 Show with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman and Marty Feldman, and was co-writer (with Graham Chapman) of several episodes of the Doctor in the House television comedy series. In later series, Cleese was often absent, due to his appearances on Monty Python; in the sleeve notes to the BBC's re-issues of the shows on cassette, his absences were explained as "[having] ranting commitments elsewhere".
  • Graeme Garden (became one of the three members of The Goodies). He is a qualified medical Doctor, and was co-writer (with Bill Oddie) of several episodes of the Doctor in the House television comedy series (he also appeared in the episode "Doctor on the Box" as the television presenter). He also appeared as Commander Forrest in the Yes Minister episode "The Death List".
  • David Hatch (who went on to executive positions within the BBC, including the top position of Controller of BBC Radio 4). Unusually for a BBC radio series at the time, Hatch served both as the show's announcer and as a cast member. His announcements were frequently lampooned or interrupted by other cast members.
  • Jo Kendall (a radio actress in many straight dramas subsequently; also appeared in another popular radio comedy series The Burkiss Way)
  • Bill Oddie (became one of the three members of The Goodies). He has written many books, and has been an important spokesman on wildlife and ecological issues since c.1980. Bill Oddie wrote and performed a daft but well-crafted song in the middle of most programmes. He was co-writer (with Graeme Garden) of several episodes of the Doctor in the House television comedy series.

Music for the links and songs was provided by Dave Lee and his band; Jo describes them on one occasion as "Dave Lee and his Kosher Rhythm Boys", leading Brooke-Taylor to exclaim, incredulously, "BOYS??!!" Tim Brooke-Taylor (April 2000) Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor, (born 17 July 1940 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England) is a British comic actor most well known in Britain as a member of The Goodies comedy trio and in the comedy radio shows Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, and... This article discusses the Goodies trio and the origins of their comedy TV series For information about the television series, see The Goodies (TV series) The Goodies are a trio of British comedians (Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie), who created, wrote, and starred in a surreal British... At Last the 1948 Show was a satirical TV show made by David Frosts Paradine Productions (although they werent credited on the actual programmes) in association with Rediffusion London for Britains ITV network during 1967, bringing Cambridge Footlights type-humour to a broader audience. ... Graham Chapman (8 January 1941–4 October 1989) was an English comedian, actor, writer and physician. ... Martin Alan Marty Feldman (July 8, 1934 – December 2, 1982) was an English writer, comedian and film and television actor, famous for his bulging eyes, which were the result of a thyroid condition known as Graves Disease. ... For other articles with the name Marty, check the Marty (disambiguation) page Marty is a British television sketch comedy series, with Marty Feldman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Junkin and Roland MacLeod, which was made in 1968. ... Hello, Cheeky! was a series broadcast on BBC Radio 2 between 1973 and 1979. ... John Francis Junkin (January 29, 1930, Ealing, London - March 7, 2006, Aylesbury) was a British radio, television and film performer and scriptwriter. ... Barry Cryer (born March 23, 1935 in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK) is a writer and comedian. ... John Marwood Cleese (born 27 October 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winning English comedian and actor. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... Fawlty Towers is a British sitcom made by the BBC and first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975. ... A Fish Called Wanda is a movie released in 1988 by MGM. It was written by John Cleese and directed by Charles Crichton. ... Fierce Creatures is a 1997 comedy movie, John Cleese and companys follow-up to the widely popular A Fish Called Wanda. ... At Last the 1948 Show was a satirical TV show made by David Frosts Paradine Productions (although they werent credited on the actual programmes) in association with Rediffusion London for Britains ITV network during 1967, bringing Cambridge Footlights type-humour to a broader audience. ... Graham Chapman (8 January 1941–4 October 1989) was an English comedian, actor, writer and physician. ... Martin Alan Marty Feldman (July 8, 1934 – December 2, 1982) was an English writer, comedian and film and television actor, famous for his bulging eyes, which were the result of a thyroid condition known as Graves Disease. ... Doctor in the House was a British television comedy series produced by London Weekend Television from 1969 to 1970. ... Graeme Garden, as a Beefeater in The Goodies (TV series) episode The Tower of London David Graeme Garden (born February 18, 1943) is a British comedy writer and performer. ... This article discusses the Goodies trio and the origins of their comedy TV series For information about the television series, see The Goodies (TV series) The Goodies are a trio of British comedians (Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie), who created, wrote, and starred in a surreal British... Doctor in the House was a British television comedy series produced by London Weekend Television from 1969 to 1970. ... Yes Minister is a satirical British sitcom written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn that was first transmitted by BBC television and radio between 1980 and 1984. ... Sir David Hatch attended the University of Cambridge, where he was also a member of the prestigious Cambridge Footlights Club. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... BBC Radio 4 is a UK domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Jo Kendall is a British actress. ... The Burkiss Way was a BBC Radio 4 sketch comedy series that ran from August 1976 to November 1980. ... William Edgar (Bill) Oddie, OBE (born 7 July 1941 in Rochdale, Lancashire), is a British comedy writer and performer, author, composer and musician. ... This article discusses the Goodies trio and the origins of their comedy TV series For information about the television series, see The Goodies (TV series) The Goodies are a trio of British comedians (Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie), who created, wrote, and starred in a surreal British... Doctor in the House was a British television comedy series produced by London Weekend Television from 1969 to 1970. ...


The influence of the radio series

As with Round the Horne, the cast's adventures would sometimes be episodic with cliff-hanger endings each week as with The Curse of the Flying Wombat. Christmas specials normally included a spoof of a traditional pantomime (or several combined). They had few qualms about the use of puns - old, strained or inventive - and included some jokes and catchphrases that would seem politically incorrect by the mid 1970s. Graeme's impressions of Eddie Waring (a rugby league commentator) and the popular Scottish TV presenter Fyfe Robertson, Bill's frequent send-ups of the game-show host Hughie Greene and John's occasional but manic impressions of Patrick Moore (astronomer and broadcaster) built these people into eccentric celebrities in a way that the Mike Yarwood, Lenny Henry, Rory Bremner, Spitting Image and Dead Ringers programmes would do for other TV presenters with similar disrespect years later. Download high resolution version (864x646, 102 KB)Cast of Im Sorry, Ill Read That Again. ... Round the Horne was one of the most influential BBC Radio comedy programmes, comparable to The Goon Show in its influence on other comedy programmes. ... The Christmas Pantomime colour lithograph bookcover, 1890 Pantomime (informally, panto) refers to a theatrical genre, traditionally found in Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Ireland, which is usually performed around the Christmas and New Year holiday season. ... Edward Marsden Waring (Eddie Waring) (February 21, 1910 - October 28, 1986) was a British sports commentator and television presenter. ... Fyfe Robertson (19 August 1902 — 4 February 1987) was a Scottish television journalist. ... Hughie Green (February 2, 1920 - May 3, 1997), born in London, was the host of numerous British television shows. ... Sir Patrick Moore presenting The Sky at Night, October 2005 Sir Alfred Patrick Caldwell-Moore, CBE, HonFRS, FRAS (born 4 March 1923), known as Patrick Moore, is an English amateur astronomer who has attained legendary status in British astronomy as a writer and television presenter of the subject and who... Mike Yarwood, OBE (born 14 June 1941, Stockport, England) is an English impressionist and comedian. ... Lenworth George Henry, CBE, better known as Lenny Henry (born 29 August 1958), is an English entertainer. ... Rory Bremner FKC (born 6 April 1961, Edinburgh, Scotland) is a British impressionist and comedian, noted for his political satire. ... Spitting Image was a satirical puppet show that ran on the United Kingdoms ITV television network from 1984 to 1996. ... Dead Ringers is a UK radio and television comedy impressions show broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Two. ...


The show ended with an unchanging sign-off song which Bill Oddie performed as "Angus Prune". Spoof dramas were billed as Prune Playhouse and many parodies of commercial radio were badged as Radio Prune, but the name Angus Prune seemed as random and incidental as the name Monty Python, which appeared seven years later.


Although the BBC radio shows ITMA, Much Binding in the Marsh, Take it from Here and Beyond Our Ken had conditioned listeners to accepting a mix of music, sketches and jokes within a 30 minute show, and Round the Horne was currently doing this, ISIRTA (as it was known to its friends), accelerated the transitions and certainly seemed more improvised. It was one of those programmes where you were unlikely to get all the jokes on first hearing so would have to listen to the scheduled repeat (or an illegal tape recording) to discover what you had missed. It thus helped prepare the television audience for At Last the 1948 Show, Spike Milligan's Q series, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and The Goodies. ITMA was a 1940s BBC radio comedy programme. ... Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh was the title of a comical BBC radio show broadcast from 1944 to 1954, starring Kenneth Horne and Richard Murdoch as senior staff in a fictional RAF station battling red tape and wartime inconvenience. ... Take It From Here (often referred to as TIFH, pronounced tife) was a British radio comedy programme broadcast by the BBC between 1947 and 1958. ... Beyond Our Ken (1958-1963) was a radio programme, the predecessor to Round the Horne (1964-1969). ... Round the Horne was one of the most influential BBC Radio comedy programmes, comparable to The Goon Show in its influence on other comedy programmes. ... At Last the 1948 Show was a satirical TV show made by David Frosts Paradine Productions (although they werent credited on the actual programmes) in association with Rediffusion London for Britains ITV network during 1967, bringing Cambridge Footlights type-humour to a broader audience. ... Terence Alan Milligan, KBE, (16 April 1918–27 February 2002), known as Spike Milligan, was an Irish writer, artist, musician, humanitarian, comedian, and poet. ... Milligan in costume for his Q series. ... This article discusses the series itself. ... The Goodies was a surreal British television comedy series of the 1970s and early 1980s combining sketches and situation comedy and starring Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie. ...


It may also have influenced other fast-paced British radio programmes such as Radio Active, On the Hour, The Sunday Format, and The News Huddlines. Radio Active was a radio comedy programme, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 during the 1980s. ... On The Hour double cassette cover featuring Chris Morris, 1992. ... The Sunday Format, BBC Radio 4s first high-quality weekend broadsheet newspaper, is a British satirical radio comedy. ... The News Huddlines was a long-running BBC Radio 2 half hour comedy show, consisting of sketches, songs and one-liners. ...


Some of the cast also appear in the radio comedy quiz show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, which was originally a spinoff from ISIRTA but has outlived it by decades. Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, sometimes abbreviated to ISIHAC or simply Clue, is a BBC radio comedy which has run since 11 April 1972. ...


From December 2002 through October 2006, examples of ISIRTA were heard on BBC 7 (available on the web, digital radio and digital television). The original logo of BBC 7. ...


Listeners in Australia can also frequently find ISIRTA in the 05:30 vintage comedy timeslot on Radio National. ABC Radio National is an Australia-wide radio network with many various programs, involving news and current affairs, arts, music, society, science, drama and comedy. ...


Catchphrases

  • "I'm sorry, I'll read that again". A frequent interruption to mock news broadcasts on the show - the line often reads "Here is the news. I'm sorry, I'll read that again: Here are the news."
  • "Rhubarb Tart?" A delicacy much loved by all the cast members and often used as a bribe during sketches. David Hatch famously leaves the University of the Air after Bill Oddie's flip remarks, only to be coaxed back with offers of rhubarb tart. It is also Angus Prune's favourite dish. In the Ali Baba sketch in the 3rd series, Cleese appears as Omar Khayyam; he remarks to Ali Baba, played by Brooke-Taylor, "Surely you've heard of the Rhubarb Tart of Omar Khayyam?"
  • The Tillingbourne Folk and Madrigal Society. A recurring parody of English a capella folk music (madrigal). The Society performs a range of songs from a medley of football chants through to the never-ending folk song "There was a Ship that put to Sea all in the Month of May". They also presented a version of "House of the Rising Sun", with Graeme Garden singing a fairly straight version of the song and the rest of the group providing highly-mannered interjections of "tiddly-pom", "whack-fol-riddle-me-o", and so on.
  • The Angus Prune Tune. Written and performed by Bill Oddie (often with considerable audience involvement), this was the sign-off song for the series. The full text runs as follows:

My name is Angus Prune
and I always listen to I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again
(You Don't!)
My name is Angus Prune
and I never miss I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again
(Get Away!)
I sit in my bath
And I have a good laugh
Cause the sig tune is named after me
(Tell us yer name!)
My name is Angus Prune
And this is my tune
It goes I-S-I-R-T-A
I'm Sorry I'll Read That AGAIN! Sir David Hatch attended the University of Cambridge, where he was also a member of the prestigious Cambridge Footlights Club. ... William Edgar (Bill) Oddie, OBE (born 7 July 1941 in Rochdale, Lancashire), is a British comedy writer and performer, author, composer and musician. ... A madrigal is a setting for two or more voices of a secular text, often in Italian. ...

  • Beethoven's Fifth. The famous opening bars of this piece of music are constantly used in the series, usually in inappropriate settings. David Hatch once introduced the cast: "...with another of their sallies forth – (GRAMS: 'Da-da-da-dummmmm') – or Beethoven's Fifth –" On another occasion, the pre-show teaser was Beethoven, played by Brooke-Taylor, trying to get Bill Oddie, playing a very Jewish music publisher, to market the tune. After hearing the tune, Oddie says: "That's a load of rubbish!" and then twists the melody to form the opening sig.
  • "The Ferret Song". John Cleese has an obsession with ferrets throughout the show, including his famous performance of The Ferret Song. This song begins with the line "I've got a ferret sticking up my nose" and promptly gets worse. The song was eventually included in The Fairly Incomplete And Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Song Book, accompanied by a picture of John with a Terry Jones-shaped ferret up his nose.
  • The Silly Roll Call. During many of the longer adventures, the cast engage in the Silly Roll Call, where a series of words appropriate to their adventure are turned into people's names. The Jack The Ripper story involves criminals such as "Mr and Mrs Ree ... and their son ... Robby Ree ... and his cousin from the Far East, Ahmed Robby Ree; Mr and Mrs Nee, their Swedish son Lars Nee .. and his sister Betty Lars Nee; and Mr and Mrs Sittingforimmoralpurposes...and their son...Solly Sittingforimmoralpurposes". In Jorrocks, the Hunt Ball features appearances by "Lord and Lady V'syouyeahyeahyeah and their daughter Sheila V'syouyeahyeahyeah" as well as "Lord and Lady Umeeroffen and their son Duke Umerroffen". Even the Ancient Greek world of Oedipus is not sacred - Socrates appears with Knobblyknees, Euripides with Iripadose, and the treble of Aristophanes, Hoiteetoitees and Afternoonteas (as well as a barrage of rotten fruit). The basic idea of the Silly Roll Call would later be revived in I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, the final game of the show often being some variant of the "Late Arrivals (at a society ball)" where the same sort of 'silly names' would be announced by each of the players in turn.
  • The Gibbon. Whenever a generic animal is required for a sketch, the team always use a gibbon. This is often expanded to ludicrous lengths, such as a "Gibbon-Fanciers' Club". Edward Gibbon's famous Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is rendered as "Decline and Fall of the Roman Gibbon, by Edward Empire", and we also get Stanley Stamps' Gibbon Catalogue. Later, during the The Goodies' heyday in the 1970s, Brooke-Taylor, Garden and Oddie would have a Top Ten hit with the song "Funky Gibbon" which reached #4, which they sang live on "Top of the Pops", as well as the Amnesty International show A Poke In The Eye (With A Sharp Stick), and during The Goodies' episode "The Goodies – Almost Live". During another Goodies' episode "That Old Black Magic", Graeme Garden acts like an ape to the accompaniment of the Bill Oddie song "Stuff That Gibbon" — and, in yet another Goodies' episode, "Radio Goodies" the small boat above their pirate radio submarine is called "The Saucy Gibbon".
  • The Terrapin. One other animal that does appear occasionally is the terrapin. In one show, after a particularly macabre John Cleese monologue, Hatch sends him packing, whereupon the rest of the cast defect with Cleese and form Radio Terrapin in competition to Radio Prune. In another show, Bill performs "The Terrapin Song", and on yet another show, Hatch announces a terrapin joke, as follows: (Garden) Who was that Terrapin I saw you with last night? (Brooke-Taylor) That was no terrapin, that was our old school mistress - she tortoise (taught us) - a huge groan from the audience ....
  • Bill Oddie's accent. Having a Birmingham accent (although born in Rochdale, in what was then Lancashire, he grew up in Birmingham) made Bill the butt of many jokes, as well as leading him naturally towards many roles in sketches where someone was required to speak incomprehensibly. He did get his own back in the Lawrence Of Arabia On Ice sketch, when he appeared as Nanook of the North, complete with a plethora of cod-Lancastrian patois ("ee bah goom", "black puddings", "ecky thump", etc.)
  • The Old Jokes Home. The old jokes, of which there were many (see script below) were sometimes sent to the Old Jokes Home.

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Episode titles

  • 3:17 to Cleethorpes
  • Aladdin Dr. Zhivago
  • Ali Baba and the 38 Thieves
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • All Hands on Venue
  • Angus Prune Story
  • Angus Sotherby's Detective Agency
  • Audible Road Signs
  • Beau Legs
  • Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School
  • Britain for the British (Ireland)
  • Boadicea - The British Army
  • Bunny and Claude
  • Butler Dunnit
  • Camelot
  • Champion, the Wonder Mouse
  • A Christmas Carrot
  • Circus Life
  • Cleopatra and Caesar
  • The Colditz Story
  • The Curse of the Flying Wombat (a serial)
  • The Curse of the Workington Shillelagh
  • Dentisti
  • Dick Whittington and His Wonderful Hat
  • Doctor Clubfoot of the Antarctic
  • Doctor Why and the Thing
  • England in Medieval Times
  • A Fairy Story
  • First Pilot
  • The Ghost of McMuckle Manse
  • The Ghost of Objectionable Manor
  • Goldilocks (and Prince Valiant)
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Henry VIII
  • History of Radio
  • History of the British Army
  • History of the Cinema
  • Incompetence
  • The Inimitable Grimbling
  • Inventors
  • Interlude
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Jack the Ripper
  • Jorrocks Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man
  • Julius Caesar
  • Knights of the Round Table
  • Lady Godiva
  • Lawrence of Arabia On Ice
  • Leaks Under the Sea
  • Liverpool the City
  • Long Range Weather Forecast
  • The Lone Stranger
  • Macbeth
  • Marriage Bureau
  • Moll Flanders
  • My Man, Grimbling
  • Nibble on the Bone
  • Operation Chocolate
  • Othello
  • People Are Out
  • RAF Briefing
  • Radio Prune Awards
  • The Ramond Nostril Story
  • Review of the Pops
  • The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • The Roaring Twenties
  • Robin Hood
  • Robinson Prunestone
  • Sir Prancelot
  • Son of the Bride of Frankenstein
  • Song of the South
  • The Source of the Nile
  • Star Trek
  • The Supernatural
  • Take Your Pixie
  • Tales of the Old West
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • Teddy and Rupert Bear
  • The Telephone
  • Ten Thousand BC (The Dawn of Civilization)
  • Tim Brown's Schooldays
  • The Unexplained
  • Universal Challenge
  • Voyages of Ulysses
  • The Vikings
  • Watergate
  • William Tell
  • William the Conqueror
  • World of Sport

Regular characters of the radio show

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played by John Cleese. Continually sends memos to the ISIRTA team with the most ridiculous requests. One week, he decides that "Radio Prune" will become a music channel. His reason is "We at the BBC may be very, very silly, but we can write letters". He is also constantly offended by the contents of the show.

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is a parody of Hughie Green played by Bill Oddie. His catchphrases include "Thank-you, Thank-you" and "Wasn't that just great?." On one occasion, after Jo announces the title of a particularly naff-sounding Prune Play of the Week, Bill/Hughie says to the audience, "So will you please put your hands together ... and pray ...."

Angus Prune Hughie Green (February 2, 1920 - May 3, 1997), born in London, was the host of numerous British television shows. ... William Edgar (Bill) Oddie, OBE (born 7 July 1941 in Rochdale, Lancashire), is a British comedy writer and performer, author, composer and musician. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... Look up naff in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

is a character adopted by Bill Oddie to sing the playoff

Grimbling

Voiced by Bill Oddie, Grimbling is a "dirty old man" who often appears as a groundskeeper, butler or some similar profession. Due to the limitations of an audio-only medium, the true nature of Grimbling is never revealed, however he is greeted with universal revulsion by all bar the audience. He memorably introduces himself "I am Grimbling, but don't worry, I'll clean it up later." In another story, David Hatch asks him "Aren't you a little past it, old man?", only to have Grimbling respond, "No, I'm a little dirty old man". And in the Robin Hood sketch in the 3rd series, Grimbling is in the employ of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Garden), who tells him, 'You have done well, Grimbling; take this tennis racquet for your services.'

Lady Constance de Coverlet

is a ridiculous female character played by Tim Brooke-Taylor. Lady Constance is usually introduced by a statement along the lines of "what is that coming towards us? - It's huge - It's a rhinoceros! - No, it's me!!!". Her size is legendary; in the Henry VIII sketch, Katharine of Aragon and Lady Constance (masquerading as Anne of Cleavage) fight a duel to decide who is to be Queen. Brooke-Taylor introduces her in the style of a boxing MC: "..and in the blue corner, at 15 hundredweight, your own, your very own - and there's enough to go round - twice -..." In the Dentisti sketch, a parody on the 1960s TV series Daktari, Lady Constance plays (appropriately) an elephant; and in Jack The Ripper, Lady Constance is invited to "please, sit down anywhere ... or in your case, everywhere".

Mr Arnold Totteridge Tim Brooke-Taylor (April 2000) Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor, (born 17 July 1940 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England) is a British comic actor most well known in Britain as a member of The Goodies comedy trio and in the comedy radio shows Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, and... Daktari was a 1960s TV series about a veterinarian named Dr. Marsh Tracy, his daughter Paula and his staff in a wildlife preservation place named Wameru in the wilderness of East Africa (most likely Kenya). ...

Another famous recurring character, Arnold Totteridge (played by Garden) is a doddering old man who gets lost in the middle of his sentences. He invariably begins with: "How do you do, do you do, do you do..." and after rambling incoherently for a few minutes returns to where he started. His most famous moment is in the 25th Anniversary Episode, where he has been appointed "The Dynamic new-de-oo-do-de-oo-do-de-oo Head of Radio-do-do-de-do Comedy"

John and Mary

John Cleese and Jo Kendall frequently performed poignant - almost romantic - dialogues as the respectable but dysfunctional couple "John and Mary", a forerunner of the relationship between Basil and Sybil later televised in Fawlty Towers.

Fawlty Towers is a British sitcom made by the BBC and first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975. ...

Episode roles and cast lists — in order of appearance

"Robin Hood" — written by Graeme Garden and John Cleese Image File history File links ImSorryIllReadThatAgain-book. ...

Story narration — sung by David Hatch
'Curtain' — Tim Brooke-Taylor
Maid Marion — Jo Kendall
Friar Tuck — Bill Oddie
Robin Hood — Tim Brooke-Taylor
Alan 'a Gabriel — Graeme Garden
Will Scarlet — David Hatch
Little John — John Cleese
Sir Angus of the Prune — John Cleese
Grimbling (the Bailiff) — Bill Oddie
Sheriff of Nottingham — Graeme Garden
Master of Ceremonies for the 'Archery Competition' — John Cleese
Deputy Sheriff — Graeme Garden

"The Curse of the Flying Wombat" — written by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie

'King Lear' — John Cleese
Tim Brown-Windsor — Tim Brooke-Taylor
Mr. Hatch — David Hatch
Lady Fiona Rabbit-Vacuum (Jim-Lad) — Jo Kendall
Captain Cleese — John Cleese
'Lookout' — Bill Oddie
Casey O'Sullivan; Bill Oddie
Masher Wilkins — John Cleese
Maisie Robinson (the International Temptress) — Jo Kendall
Grimbling (Butler to Tim's Aunt) — Bill Oddie
Lady Constance de Coverlet — Tim Brooke-Taylor
"Hurricane" Flossie (Lady Constance's identical twin sister) — Tim Brooke-Taylor
Slave-girl trader — Bill Oddie
Colonel Clutch-Featheringhaugh — David Hatch
Nosebone (the Great White Hunter) — Bill Oddie
Wong (the Supply-keeper) — Tim Brooke-Taylor
Wong Tu (his brother) — John Cleese
'Armand' — Bill Oddie

Sample Script by the cast of ISIRTA

Transcript of "Murder on the 3.17 to Cleethorpes" (March 1970). Arms of Cleethorpes Cleethorpes is a town in North East Lincolnshire, England, situated at the mouth of the River Humber. ...

  • 'Cliff Hanger-Ending' of the British secret service has been asked to take secret documents to Cleethorpes. He arrives at the station.
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: I decided to go by that famous train, the 3.17 to Cleethorpes. Whenever its name was mentioned, men whispered of danger and excitement.
  • Crowd: danger and excitement, danger and excitement etc
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: I went to the ticket office and tapped on the shutter
  • Tap Tap Tap
  • Ticket office operator: G'morning sir, can I help you?
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: Yes
  • Ticket office operator: Wrong, Ha-
  • Shutter slams shut
  • Knocks again
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: Look here, I want a return ticket
  • Ticket office operator: Where to?
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: Back here, of course
  • Ticket office operator: Congratulations, sir, you're the one millionth passenger to have cracked that joke, you can have the ticket free.
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: Thank you very much. I'm going to Cleethorpes
  • Ticket office operator: Well, in that case, your train will be the 3.17 to Cleethorpes.
  • Crowd: danger and excitement, danger and excitement etc
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: And what time does it arrive?
  • Ticket office operator: Well it gets in at exactly, on the dot, precisely, 7.59 and 3.8 seconds. Give or take a couple of weeks.
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: Is there a buffet car on the train?
  • Ticket office operator: Oh, Yes sir, Yes sir, Yes sir. British Rail guarantee that there is definitely and certainly a buffet car on the train. On the train there is bound to be, without a shadow of a doubt, positively and without fail, unquestionably and absolutely, a buffet car... I should take sandwiches just in case.
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: And what platform does it leave from?
  • Ticket office operator: Get lost
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: Now look here my little man, you have been consistently surly, unhelpful, obstreperous and downright rude.
  • Ticket office operator: Well that's what I’m here for, just doing my job.
  • Interjection: oh, is that it?
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: Well, I'd better get a porter to help me. I say, Porter!
  • Porter: And I say potato.
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: I say, you there
  • Porter: And I say potato.
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending (Angry): Porter!
  • Porter: Potato!
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: You there!
  • Porter: Potato!
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending and Porter (singing): Let's call the whole thing off!
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: Now look, that's just silly. Are you a porter?
  • Porter: Yes, guv, I am guv, thank you guv, thank you very much, guv.
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: Well carry my suitcase to the 3.17 to Cleethorpes.
  • Porter: you must be joking, guv'nor, cheerio, I'm off.
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: Oh dear, only two minutes to go and I still don't know where to get on the 3.17 to Cleethorpes.
  • Crowd: danger and excitement, danger and excitement etc
  • Tannoy: The next train to arrive at platform two will be Stephenson's Rocket. We apologise for the delay to the surviving passengers. Also delayed is the 2.25 to Hull. It will be leaving at 2.26, tomorrow. Or the day after. Perhaps not at all. It just depends how we feel, and don't you forget it.
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: Well perhaps they'll have some information about my train.
  • Tannoy: Not if we can help it. Here is an important announcement. The 2.50 to the West Country will not now be stopping at Land's End (note: Land's End is the most westerly point in Cornwall). The train standing at platform 5 is the 2.31 to Glasgow. Passengers will have to change at Crewe as the seats are extremely dirty. And now, British Rail wish to announce the following important joke. The train now standing at platforms 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 has come in sideways.
  • Interjection: That is a very, very old joke.
  • Tannoy: We apologise for the late arrival of the last joke.
  • Cliff Hanger-Ending: And soon, at last, I was soon aboard the 3.17 to Cleethorpes (Danger&Excitement), carrying those important secret documents.
  • Interjection: Oh, come on! Everyone's forgotten about the plot by now. You've spent so much time on cheap jokes at the expense of British Rail.
  • Tannoy: British Rail apologise for the delay in the development of the plot.
Train leaves

The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), commonly known as MI6, is the United Kingdoms external intelligence agency. ... Arms of Cleethorpes Cleethorpes is a town in North East Lincolnshire, England, situated at the mouth of the River Humber. ... A buffet car is a passenger car of a train, where snacks and drinks can be bought at a counter and consumed. ... This article is about the defunct entity British Railways, which later traded as British Rail. The History of rail transport in Great Britain is covered in its own article. ... Look up Porter in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Tannoy Ltd is a British manufacturer of loudspeakers and public-address (PA) systems. ... A contemporary drawing of Rocket Rocket as preserved in the Science Museum, London. ... Hull or Kingston upon Hull is a British city situated on the north bank of the Humber estuary. ... The West Country is an informal term for the area of south-western England roughly corresponding to the modern South West England government region. ... Lands End shown within Cornwall Lands End, the most westerly point in England The wreck of the RMS Mülheim at Lands End, 2003 This article is about the location at the western tip of Cornwall. ... “Glaswegian” redirects here. ... Map sources for Crewe at grid reference SJ705557 Crewe is a town in south Cheshire, in the north west of England. ... This article is about the defunct entity British Railways, which later traded as British Rail. The History of rail transport in Great Britain is covered in its own article. ...

References

  1. ^ From Fringe to Flying Circus — 'Celebrating a Unique Generation of Comedy 1960–1980' — Roger Wilmut, Eyre Methuen Ltd, 1980. ISBN 0-413-46950-6.

External links

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again
Tim Brooke-TaylorJohn CleeseGraeme GardenDavid HatchJo KendallBill Oddie

 
 

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