BBC MOTTO 4In this, the second of his occasional series of laser-guided rib-ticklers, Hayden talks to fellow member of the Four Faces of Delusion, Doc, about his tastes in comedy and illustrates these with some toothsome clips.

From The Goon Show through to Frasier via the many radio and TV byways of his life, Doc opens his soul to the faithless listener. Accordingly, you’re advised to have garlic and holy water to hand.


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(00:00:00) As is now traditional, we open the Comedy Hour with music redolent of Doc’s memories of the laughter of his early days. Here we have the theme from “Tiswas” (“Today Is Saturday Watch And Smile“), a Saturday morning children’s British television series which ran on the ITV network from 1974 to 1982. A regular guest on the show was, of course, Sylvester McCoy in his pre-Doctor days.

(00:05:15) “The Goon Show” is a British radio comedy programme, originally produced and broadcast by the BBC Home Service from 1951 to 1960.

(00:08:10) “The Affair of the Lone Banana” (October 1954) – Neddie tracks young Fred Nurke, who has vanished from his banana-growing family’s home.

(00:11:30) “The Jet-Propelled Guided NAAFI” (January 1956) – Grytpype and Moriarty set out to steal explosive plans for a secret new weapon.

(00:14:45) “What Time is it, Eccles?”. Originally part of “The Mysterious Punch Up the Conker” (February 1957), this is arguably the most famous Goon Show sketch of all.

(00:17:50) “Round the Horne” is a BBC Radio comedy programme that was transmitted in four series of weekly episodes from 1965 until 1968.

(00:26:57) “The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” created by Douglas Adams.

(00:30:50) “Radio Active” was a radio comedy programme, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 during the 1980s based on a fictional radio station.

(00:35:00) The Monty Python Court Scene.

(00:37:25) “The Two Ronnies” is a BBC television comedy sketch show which aired on BBC One from 1971 to 1987. It featured the double act of Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.

(00:41:10) “Crossed Lines” – a Two Ronnies sketch.

(00:45:25) “Mastermind” – a Two Ronnies sketch.

(00:50:10) “Not the Nine O Clock News” is a television comedy sketch show which was broadcast on BBC2 from 1979 to 1982 featuring Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith, and Griff Rhys Jones.

(00:51:05) “Constable Savage” – a Not the Nine O Clock News sketch.

(00:54:20) Les Dawson (2 February 1931 – 10 June 1993) was an English comedian, actor, writer, and presenter.

(00:54:50) Les Dawson wishes Happy Birthday to Gladys Pickering at the Royal Variety Performance.

(00:56:30) “That Mitchell and Webb Look” is a British sketch show starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb shown on BBC Two since 2006.

(00:57:25) “Are we the baddies?” – a Mitchell and Webb sketch.

(00:59:25) “QI” is a British comedy panel game television quiz show created and co-produced by John Lloyd, hosted by Stephen Fry.

(01:00:35) “Why don’t we have more women on QI?”

(01:02:20) “Would I Lie To You?” is a British comedy panel show aired on BBC One.

(01:10:00) “Would I Lie To You?” – the “manhole” quip.

(01:10:55) “Frasier” is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons from 1993 to 2004.

(01:16:55) “Frasier – The Candidate”.

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