In each episode of this BBC Radio 4 series, Mark Steel visits a UK town and researches its history, heritage and culture, after which he performs a bespoke evening of comedy for the local residents.
Mark's destinations in series 3 & 4 are Berwick-upon-Tweed; Holyhead; Basingstoke; Douglas on the Isle of Man; Bungay; Wigan; Whitehaven; Tobermory; Corby; Handsworth; Ottery St. Mary and Chipping Norton. There's also a special episode recorded at the Edinburgh Festival.
Duration: 6 hours 30 mins approx.
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Mark Steel’s in Town series are non-stop fun, whimsical, intelligent, he mixes fact and humour in his trademark style. Please release his many lectures on historical characters.
I remember mark Steel when he started in stand up. He was a slow-burner but one night compere Arthur smith said after Mark's set, 'mark steel ladies and gentlemen taking the roof off!' He stormed the gig and I became a fan. His radio shows are remarkably different to his stand up and again it took a while for me to like it. I'm now quite an annoying fan of his series as I just don't get how anyone can not like it! Truly brilliant and original work. On a final note; whatever happened to the compere Arthur Smith?
There is something extraordinarily cathartic about hearing comedy that is clever (not unusual) but also well intentioned; there is nothing cruel or dismissive about this body of work, and yet it is not lightweight or floppy either. This would have to be as engaging a body of work as I have ever heard.
I bought the next series
I am not aware of a book to buy.
Let me tell you about you.
This says there is an Edinburgh special included, but I suspect there may be an error with the recording; not only was there none, but the first episode was repeated (ie, I think that this was done very early on a monday morning after a significantly involved weekend)
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