Here's the first in a new series of in-depth discussions on a variety of subjects relating to humanity's greatest endeavors. Around the table, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant and the glabrous luminary Karl Pilkington. In this episode, MEDICINE, we explore the treatment of human ailments through history - from trepanation (or 'oles in the 'ed) in early tribal societies right through to the possible, if improbable, future of medical technology.
Join Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington for a final verbal jaunt around the world. In this episode... A preamble on Earthly nomenclature; Steve laments inclement weather; Karl does Genesis; A load of old Morlocks; Aunty Nora's insulated isolation fears; Karl talks shit; Industrial relations masterclass; Sofa salvage; Karl makes the bed; Karl up to his elbows; A dip with a dolphin; War on terrapins; Karl's new project; Karl and the Cairo khazi.
"keep them coming..."
In this episode: The unsightly face of social evolution; vestigial destiny of the digitus minimus manus; Karl has Google on the brain; Karl's starter for 10; Karl gets disorientated; Forwards looking foreword - teeth, pants, specs and predictive spelling; Steve's plans for the End of Days; Chaos theory reinvented; Ambitions unfulfilled; Karl takes the path less trodden; Shop Idol; and Britain's Got Chiropody.
"Average content, poor sound quality"
In this episode: Karl's great escape; Capital punishment - an exhaustive debate; Karl's confectionery confession; Steve invites trouble on the tube; Ricky discovers a useful guide to the ten commandments; Steve's anti-mugging strategy; Ricky's bullion robbery and Karl's daylight robbery; The Bodyguard, followed by The Negotiator.
"Jolly good show"
Billy Connolly's live shows have been enthralling audiences around the world for over three decades. The Greatest Hits is Billy at his pure unadulterated best, almost two hours of the greatest moments from the greatest show, the absolute ultimate in Billy Connolly Live!
"Sheer comic genius."
The ninth episode in this new series considers the human body, its form, function, and failings. In this episode: Same name, different brain; Minty fresh nostalgia; Karl's earliest memory; Senses and Sensibilities; Lying Eyes; The way to a man's heart; Harley Street literature; Desert Island Paraphilia; Karl's subconscious navigation; Spectral chit chat in St Ives; Dermal rumours; Knob nerves; The disappointing lack of freakery; Biodiversity and lazy scientists; and Epilogue.
"Pilky is on top form"
In this episode: Athenian democracy and arboreal investments; Karl on road safety; President Pilkington's pronouncements; Malthusian musings; Karl's adoption agency; the ins and outs of organ donation; social injustice on the busses; morality and entomology; Karl's Luddite attitude to plate sanitation; euthanized ensifera; social orthodoxy at the orthodontist's; and splenetic etiquette.
Cockney comedian Micky Flanagan's debut radio show charts the ups and downs of his life, from Billingsgate fish porter to successful stand-up comic and from Sunblest to panini, tabloids to broadsheets and the street party to the dinner party. Each week's episode focuses on a different decade of Micky's life, and he regales us with autobiographical stories told through stand-up comedy. In between the laughs, the programme goes behind the scenes with short interviews that give an insight into Micky the man.
"Funny and Entertaining"
Rich Hall's critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony. Renowned for his expertly crafted tirades, quick-fire banter with audiences, and delightful musical sequences. Rich Hall's plainspoken, growling indignation and acerbic observations have an unerring talent for hitting his targets with precision every time, leaving his audience hanging on every word and winning him fans all over the globe.
What does Josh Widdicombe do now? Well, bring out his second live DVD, that's what. Josh's frustrations are still bubbling over, from his overflowing shower to his contactless card via a night train back from Edinburgh. Josh is at his irritated best in this brand-new show recorded live in front of a packed house at the legendary Hammersmith Apollo.
Kevin Bridges is in a league of his own as he blows the roof off the SSE Hydro in front of 12,000 fans with his brand-new show, A Whole Different Story. Recorded as part of his UK and Ireland tour and 16-night residency at Glasgow's newest venue. Kevin is in explosive form as he mixes economic theory, art history and diet tips with the rigors of growing up and adapting to his new found place in the world. It is a comic masterpiece.
"funny as ever"
Micky has become one of the hottest new comics to break through to national fame.
Michael McIntyre is back with his brand-new show, Happy and Glorious. Following the record-breaking successes of Live and Laughing, Hello Wembley and Showtime, Michael returns to the stage to do what he does best: make everyday life face-achingly hilarious. Happy and Glorious was recorded at the O2, where Michael has now performed 27 times - more than any other artist in the world.
Jean Paul Sartre said, 'Hell is other people'. But, as Satan will tell you, Hell is actually a fiery, unendingly cruel domain where Oliver Reed can never quite catch the barman's eye and Yves St Laurent is forced to wear a donkey jacket. But Hell is about to become more hellish for Satan himself (Andy Hamilton). Not only is the historian Edith Barrington (Annette Crosbie) taking for ever to write his biography, An Angel Misunderstood, but everything is thrown into confusion when a dog turns up.
Dara O'Briain is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of Mock the Week, The Apprentice: You're Fired and Star Gazing Live. Not forgetting his most recent shows Dara O'Briain: School of Hard Sums for Dave and Dara O'Briain's Science Club for BBC2. Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, talking and downright funny live performers working today.
Following his massive Out Out Tour, Micky returns with an even bigger tour and even funnier recording. Recorded live at the Hackney Empire this superb performance shows Micky at the top of his game, let alone back in it!
"In a class of his own"
Star of QI, Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News for You, German comedy ambassador Henning Wehn gives a hilarious outsider's view on modern British life compared to his home country. Be it gently mocking this nation's obsession with the housing market or our tendency to laugh off personal failure, Henning is one of the funniest and most popular comedians around. And yes, there might be just the odd mention of the World Cup.
Julie Walters, Alan Rickman, Dora Bryan, Jim Broadbent and Celia Imrie, Hugh Lloyd, and many more join Victoria Wood in this positively bloated bumper collection oozing with songs, sketches, and monologues.
"Great comedy CD"
Frank Skinner made his television debut in 1988. After five minutes of stand-up which had the studio audience in fits, the station received 131 calls from outraged viewers including a cabinet minister and the head of a major airline. Frank never looked back. Here he is, live and uncensored, performing the act that won him the 1991 Perrier Award for Comedy.
"I would like to delete this from my library."
You'll already know Greg Davies as Mr Gilbert, the psychotic Head of Sixth Form in 'The In-betweeners' (Channel 4) and 'The In-betweeners Movie', and as the most out-of-shape member of 'We Are Klang' (BBC Three).'Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog' is Greg's hotly anticipated debut stand-up show. A critically lauded sell-out smash hit at the Edinburgh festival where it picked up a prestigious nomination for the Foster's Comedy Award (formerly the Perrier) followed by a 100+ date, twice extended national tour.
"A very funny guy"