The complete first series of the BBC Radio 4 stand-up comedy show, performed and co-written by Mark Steel.
Follow comedian Mark Steel (Mark Steel Lectures, The News Quiz) as he visits six lesser-known bits of Britain, finds the funniest moments in their history - and then performs a stand-up show for the local audience.
In his first show, Mark finds himself in a livestock auction hall in Skipton, Yorkshire, celebrating canals, castles and cows, while in Boston, Lincolnshire, Mark talks about sprouts, chavs, Puritans and the Boston Stump. Lewes, East Sussex, provides Mark with material about fires, pub fights and stroppiness, and in Walsall, Mark celebrates the accent, the concrete hippo, and how the town has absolutely nothing to do with Birmingham.
Appearing in church halls, working men's clubs, Scout huts and function rooms, Mark also visits Merthyr Tydfil and the Isle of Portland in Dorset. Britain is made up of thousands of small but significant places which altered the course of history: the Civil War; the French Revolution; the founding of America; the invention of delicious cakes. And with Mark Steel's unofficial histories of Britain, you'll find unpredictable stories that are often surreal, but always entertaining, human and funny.
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A well thought out show, as funny as it is informative.
I hope to visit some of these eccentric places. The ones I have already visited sound about right!
Really enjoyable to listen to. Some funny, some informative and much general interest. Light hearted and an interesting listen.
The great mixture of historical facts and gentle teasing of the locals!
Mark's very special interpretation of a town's history.
Listen to all of Mark Steel's radio series; one of the most enjoyable ways of learning some history and biography.
"A Yank who loves Mark Steel"
Mark Steel performs often on BBC Radio. The first time I heard him was his bio of Beethoven (my favorite composer) and I howled with laughter throughout. Been a big Mark Steel fan ever since. This program is fun because he visits small and (to an American) obscure towns throughout Great Britain, and does a performance there talking about what makes each town unique and interesting. Who knew that there was actually a Boston in England? Not me!
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