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Summary

WINNER of the BBC Audio Drama Award 2015 for Best Scripted Comedy (Studio Audience)

The complete third and fourth series of BBC Radio 4’s award-winning sketch show, written by and starring the writer of Cabin Pressure.

In the third and fourth series of his hit sketch show, John Finnemore examines a typically eclectic range of issues including making friends, the problem with polymath bestselling authors, the colour of posh men’s trousers, and a history of choice.

There’s also a sketch that is much, much too rude, advice on dealing with bullies, the truth behind some famous anecdotes, and the curious tale of a hard-bitten dame.

Intelligent, absurd and laugh-out-loud funny, John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme also features Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan. Awarded Best Radio Comedy at the Chortle Awards, John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme comes from the writer of Cabin Pressure and regular contributor to The Now Show.

©2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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John Finnemore rocks

What did you like most about John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme?

I absolutely love John Finnemore and this did not disappoint. It's radio silliness at its best. This will have you literally laughing out loud.

What was one of the most memorable moments of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme?

There are far too many to pick a single one

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listened to all of Cabin Pressure and the previous two series of Souvenir Programme and this is just as good as any of the rest of his work.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh... a LOT, to the point where I've got funny looks from other drivers if I've been sitting in traffic at the time!

Any additional comments?

Buy it now, you won't regret it

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Loved it!

Massive fan of John Finnemore's work and this double series didn't disappoint. Need to purchase series one and two now!

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Always a feel good listen

Very funny in the purest silliest way. John is stunningly bright. Sharp and uses language to paint pictures. Cabin pressure is genius if you enjoy this you will love that

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  • Holly
  • United Kingdom
  • 15-02-15

Great songs and sketches abound

If you ever wanted to know how to organise an uprising (by email), what Tesco's legacy will be or why posh men wear red trousers... Mr Finnemore may have the answers!

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Brilliant

Great writing and acting from John and the team. What more can I say, fab.

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  • Eir
  • England
  • 20-07-15

So I hear you asking for a Finnemore Review

If you could sum up John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme in three words, what would they be?

So I Hear

What was one of the most memorable moments of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme?

So I hear you asking for a Ghost Story

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Finnemore's fondness of his same four voices,
Margaret Cabourn-Smith's wise adding of Cabourn early in her carrier,
Simon Kane's proper accents used in the show,
Lawry Lewin with his questioning of why someone would pretend to be surprised at a phone call,
and Carrie Quinlan with her owls.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughter. And Joy at the traditional ghost story music

Any additional comments?

I don't think i know any ghost stories either

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Finnemore is one of the modern greats

This programme is absolutely recommended- the humour is quick, the sketches inventive and it has just the right amount of self referential modern gags.

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Hilarious, as ever!

John Finnemore deserves more success and praise. He is as funny and clever as David Mitchell and should be as well known and his work as popular. More please, Mr Finnemore.

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Wonderful

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Read this, buy this,listen to this, it will literally change your life! I'm now living under an iceberg in Norway, so good, so funny I had to leave .

What other book might you compare John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme to, and why?

The Argos catalogue, delights on every page,

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Sound advice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no

Any additional comments?

Help!

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  • David
  • London, UK
  • 20-07-15

Genuis script from John Finnemore, great fun

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I really enjoyed these two series - John Finnemore's writing continues to be top notch, hilariously thought-provoking and childishly silly at the same time. Great fun.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

I would like to see character actors of the same standard as those who appeared in Cabin Pressure get the chance to do more of the voices in Souvenir Programme, but on the whole they bring the parts to life well, and are fun.

Any additional comments?

Well worth the money, and stands up to being listened to several times. Recommended!

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  • Emily
  • 29-12-14

Comedy gold from Finnemore and company

John Finnemore is becoming one of the brightest talents of the current British radio comedy scene, and John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is one of the reasons why. Full of clever and witty short sketches, and comic songs, this will make you laugh out loud time and time again. One particular stand-out is the song of the Red Trousers, and the sketch about finding a friend at the airport.

If you like his work, check out his series Cabin Pressure, as well as the other series of the Souvenir Programme. Trust me, it's well worth it.

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  • Diana
  • 01-08-17

Funnier than Series 1 and Series 2, more LOL

The sketches were very funny, a couple of sketches had me laughing very hard, and the cast of voice actors are fantastic. While Series 1 and Series 2 were uplifting and amusing, this combined Series 3&4 had more laugh-out-loud sketches in it.

Excellent production with sound effects included.

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  • maria r fitzsimmons
  • 30-11-18

hilarious and talented

John Finnemore is a clever and hilarious writer, and the cast he has assembled have done an excellent job. I always enjoy relistening, and I always get a laugh.

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  • Gudrun
  • 29-05-18

Getting better all the time

I am enjoying these more and more. I have some of these sketches in my mind long after I have listen to them.

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  • Glenn
  • 24-02-18

A pure joy

Wonderfully written and fantastically delivered. Adore how the stories are woven together and brought together at the end of each episode.

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  • Aubrey Isaac
  • 11-02-17

Wonderfully Funny!

If you like witty British humor, you must own this. The whole series is great, but this season is my favorite. Beware that the biggest laughs sneak up on you. If you are in public, you're going to get some strange looks.

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  • Kimm Babo
  • 27-10-16

Sketch comedy at its finest!

It's laugh out loud funny. John Finnemore may have been a Python in a former life. His wordplay is especially clever. There're songs and spoofs and silly sketches. The supporting cast is incredibly talented and adds variety—even though John himself can do many voices: normal, silly French, and two types of posh. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

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  • J. Young
  • 24-02-16

I laughed a lot & I feel like other people should

at first I thought it was just a better version of that Mitchell and Webb sound now I understand that the Fenimore wrote for it so basically Mitchell and Webb was holding him down.

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  • Jenny J
  • 23-11-15

so much fun!

i love these! i found them after listening to the entire cabin pressure series. i wish there were more!