In a nationwide poll conducted by BBC Television's Bookworm to find the nation's favourite poem, Rudyard Kipling's "If" was voted number one. This compilation brings together over 40 poems from the poll, including the top 10, all stirringly read by John Nettles, Siobhàn Redmond, Greg Wise, and Emma Fielding.
"The Nation's Favourite Poems"
Often imitated but never bettered, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue is the only authentic antidote to panel games. This collection finds unflappable chairman Humphrey Lyttelton giving silly things to do to regular panelists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden, as well as special guests Stephen Fry and Rob Brydon. Highlights include old favourites such as One Song to the Tune of Another, 84 Chicken Cross Road, Sound Charades, New Definitions and of course the brilliantly baffling, fiendishly funny Mornington Crescent.
"Funny and clever"
Poor Satan has to undergo yet more trials and tribulations in this fifth series of the Sony Award-winning comedy. What with missing the Professor, a case of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and, above all, the disastrous overcrowding in Hell, he hasn't felt this depressed since Bill Clinton survived his heart operation.
A fun collection of all-time favourite pre-school playgroup songs for everyone to enjoy....
"2.5 year old really enjoying it"
This is a dynamic, modern dramatisation of a classic book by John Wyndham. Bill Nighy (Love Actually and many other films) and Sarah Parish (Cutting It) play Richard and Janet, a couple caught up in the goings-on of a sleepy English village in which all the children have golden eyes, blond hair, and a sinister talent for telepathy and telekinesis. (Wyndham's novel was filmed as Village of the Damned in 1960 and 1995.)
Genius is the comedy series, broadcast on Radio 4, that sees Dave Gorman and a celebrity guest chew over ridiculous, unworkable but sometimes "genius" inventions from the public. Genius invites listeners to air those incredible concepts that strike after one-too-many drinks at the pub: not necessarily ideas that are worthy, or even very well thought through, but have a hint of genius.
"Please bring back genius!!!!!!!!"
Featured in this collection are Mavis Cruet, the Fat Fairy; Arthur, the Cockney Caterpillar; Evil Edna, the Wicked Witch; Carwash, the Prissy Pussy; and The Moog, the Droopy Dog. Of course, we mustn't forget 'the Beast', who is really Prince Humbert the Handsome, changed into various shapes and sizes by Evil Edna's spells. They all just happen to be in Doyley Woods when Willo the Wisp is flitting about so he can tell us all the adventures and mishaps that befall them.
"Willo the Wisp"
Just when you thought it was safe to listen again, Dead Ringers is back with its skewed and scary take on the world of celebrity, politics, and the mass media.
"Danger of death from laughing!"
Walking disaster area he may be, but the nation's favourite grumpy old man is in formidable form as he takes on the neighbours with a pile of radioactive horse manure, suffers a traumatic reunion with his long-lost brother, and reflects on life, wood lice, and everything as he awaits the call of jury service. The tetchy ogre of suburbia roars again and bites back in three classic television episodes written by David Renwick.
"Another classic that I have listened to again"
He's back! Budleigh Salterton's most famous citizen is off round the world on another six adventures. Meet Giles Wemmbley Hogg. 2m's, 2g's. Traveller, backpacker, ethnologist, fearless investigator of cultural diversity, and upper middle-class student ponce from Budleigh Salterton.
"Expect strange looks from your fellow passengers"
Yes, it's time for another helping of the antidote to panel games, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, featuring inspired nonsense and pointless revelry. Here are four compilations from the hugely popular and award-winning BBC Radio 4 series.
Patrick Troughton battles to save mankind in this classic six-part "lost" television adventure, with linking narration by Frazer Hines. The TARDIS brings the Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria to the south coast of present-day Earth. Something nasty is lurking in the gas pipelines of the North Sea, and before long the nearby refinery is under attack. Landing on a foam-covered beach, the travellers are at first mistaken for saboteurs.
"Salty Seaweed Terror !!!!"
Robert Webb and Olivia Colman co-star in the first series of the BBC Radio 4 sketch show. Welcome to the surreal, silly and ingenious comedy sketch show that features one half of Mitchell & Webb and Olivia Colman from Peep Show, with Sally Hawkins, Steven Kynman and Chris Pavlo. Highlights include Narnia being vandalised by two kids from Peckham, Mr Punch's parole board, Thomas Hardy's agent, temping for NASA, Batman's schedule and the theft of Hitler's jewels.
Join Postman Pat and Jess the Cat in these two delightful adventures featuring music from the hit TV series. Postman Pat and the Tuba: There's an awful lot of noise in Greendale as Postman Pat tries to play the tuba. Will he ever be able to play a proper tune? Postman Pat and the Barometer: On a sunny spring day, Pat's old barometer points to snow - and Pat's the only person who is prepared for the blizzard.
Four of the best editions from recent series of the popular BBC Radio 4 comedy news quiz, featuring Sandi Toksvig, Andy Hamilton, Alan Coren, Jeremy Hardy and a variety of guest players.
A traditional collection of animal rhymes and songs to join in and sing along with, accompanied by lively music and real animal sounds.
It's back: the Radio 4 panel game that's not about sport, music, television, advertising, books, hats, or gardening, just funny rounds with funny ideas. Written by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley, who won a BAFTA award for writing Robbie the Reindeer for Aardman Animations, the show is hosted by the glorious Sue Perkins (of Mel & Sue fame).
Here's the classic tale of how the ugly duckling, who is teased by the other birds on the river, turns into a beautiful swan. Also included are "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Tinderbox", and "The Little Mermaid".
A special compilation of highlights from cuddly Ken's television and radio shows.
Kenny Everett was one of radio's great innovators, the funniest DJ of our time and a one-off whose madcap comedy burst the boundaries of broadcasting. Introduced and presented by Barry Cryer, this recording features the definitive Kenny Everett: the jokes, the jingles and the high-jinks, the interviews, the comic characters - and some naughty bits.
"remembering kenny everett"
Hamish and Dougal, two elderly Scotsmen played by Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden, have for many years been a popular feature of the hit BBC Radio 4 comedy show I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Now they've got their own series. Regular characters appearing with Hamish and Dougal include Mrs Naughtie, a cleaning lady-cum-housekeeper played by Alison Steadman, and a local laird played by Jeremy Hardy.