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Songs, sketches and stand-up, recorded in front of a live audience on location.
Songwriter, broadcaster and award-winning entertainer Sir Richard Stilgoe goes out, about and around Britain in this amusing musical revue, which finds him taking a wry look at the pastimes and professions of our wayward island. In the company of a troupe of star guests including Sandi Toksvig, Emma Thompson, Kathryn Tickell, Pam Ayres and John Hegley, he visits locations ranging from the Boat Show to the City of London to perform a unique themed comedy show full of fun and laughter.
Join him for some musings on booze at the World Wine Fair; a low-calorie look at life at Champney's heath spa; and a selection of music, poems and stories about farmyard life inspired by the Royal Agricultural Show. He also takes a Stilgoe-style look at education at Manchester Grammar School, dispels the myths around money-making in the City of London, samples the grandeur of the National Trust's Clandon Park, and the results of sound testing at Guy's Hospital, London.
Please Note: These classic recordings were made between 1984 and 1989 and the content of the programme reflects the era in which it was broadcast.
Cast and credits:
Written and presented by Richard Stilgoe. Produced by Mike Craig and Neil Cargill.
Series One episodes: 'The Boat Show', 'Manchester Grammar School', 'The World Wine Fair, Bristol', 'Champney's Health Hydro and Guy's Hospital'.
Featuring: Sheila Steafel, Charles Collingwood, the Cambridge Buskers, Peter Wheeler, Sandi Toksvig, Emma Thompson.
Series Two episodes: 'City of London', 'Clandon Park', 'Christie's Auction Rooms', 'Brighton Racecourse', 'The Royal Agricultural Show', 'Whitehall Theatre'.
Featuring: Charles Collingwood, Belinda Lang, Tim Pigott-Smith, Kathryn Tickell, Peter Blake, Jill Meager, Ian Carr, Lynn Tocker, Francesca Brill.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 9th April - 14th May1984 (Series One), 8th July - 12th August 1989 (Series Two).