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Goodness Gracious Me

The Complete Radio Series 1-3
Series: Goodness Gracious Me, Book 1-3
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
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Summary

Nothing escaped the eye of the satirical eye of Britain's phenomenally successful all-Asian sketch show that was Goodness Gracious Me

The complete BBC Radio series 1-3 fore-ran the award-winning BBC TV series that ran in the late 1990s, and features the same cast. 

Prepare for your heart to pound in the Indian recreation of Brief Encounter, sing along to the profound words of wisdom with Fifty Ways to Leave your Mother, and enjoy pop classics such as Hindi People and Punjabi Girl.
Along with the discovery that The Royal Family are actually Indian, there are a ton of characters to enjoy- the Guru, Smeeta Smitten, the Coopers, Mrs I-Can-Make-it-at-Home and Mr Everything-Comes-from-India. 

If you don't like your comedy to be really, really bland (like a good English) then Goodness Gracious Me is the satirical series for you.

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Bitingly witty Asian sketch show

I adored this TV series as a teenager, and was thrilled to see the original radio show available on Audible. It's the first time I've ever listened to the sketches, rather than viewing them.

Admittedly, I missed the memories I have of costumes and facial expressions, but the verbal humour is no less here, with a few characters and scenes I wasn't familiar with.

The actors carry over their characters with expertise, just a moment of the vocal and you know exactly which favourite you're about to hear. The teenagers ('as if!', 'kiss my chuddies!'), the Coopers/Kappors, Mr India, the Guru, and the wonderful costume drama remakes and mockumentaries, they are all here. I always loved the songs too, with their lyrics cleverly using the originals but digging at Asian culture.

As someone very 'white British' but who grew up in a multicultural town as a minority, I loved both seeing some familiar stereotypes and some I know only from Goodness Gracious Me but recognise as similar to those in my own background and culture - some things are universal.

And surely - Going Out for an English will go down as a classic sketch alongside the Dead Parrot as a beautifully realised piece of comic perfection.

A chortlesome delight to listen to, entertaining and also rather informative. A few cultural references are slightly dated now, but these were in the minority. The main cast of four still impress me with their writing/acting/comedy skills.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample copy.