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John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, Series 5

The BBC Radio 4 Comedy Sketch Show
Narrated by: John Finnemore
Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Film, Radio & TV, Comedy
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Summary

John Finnemore's Double Acts Series 1 is the winner of the Writers Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy and the Comedy.co.uk awards for Best Radio Sketch Show!

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

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme has won a host of awards, including the 2015 BBC Audio Drama Award for 'Best Scripted Comedy with Live Audience'. Written by and starring John Finnemore, this fifth series of the hit show returns with more witty wordplay and laugh-out-loud sketches.

These six episodes include an unlikely wager, a troubled bluesman, a rip-roaring adventure on the high seas, a new approach to the News; and, well, since you asked him for a tale of espionage....

In addition, the voices in John's head push him to the tipping point, we look back at a career in accounting, hear of an over-rated experience and, we're sorry to say, Patsy Straightwoman returns with an interview sketch.

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme also features Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan. Duration: 3 hours.

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"One of the most consistently funny sketch shows for quite some time." ( The Guardian)
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Love it !

Best series of john finnemore's souvenir
Programme i have heard love it to bits
😀thanks for making my happier john

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Fantastic Cast

Great cast and writing. These audiobooks make my world a slightly better place. Never stop

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SO FUNNY

JF is an absolute master of audio sketch comedy. If you like this - try Cabin Pressure...completely genius.

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amazing show.

havnt laughed so hard for a long time, best show since bleak expectations.
would recomend to anyone.

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  • 21-05-19

Genius

Wonderfully funny and inventive. Great feeling of camaraderie among the cast. He is not afraid to be erudite.

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WOW

I love all things JF and this series is hilarious
Pleased listen it lifts all tempers

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Brilliant!

loved it on the radio in half hour slots and love it in a while series. Excellent writing as always from John and the gang.

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Just hilarious

Brilliant as always. the best author performer working in radio today. Off to try Cabin Pressure

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Incredibly satisfied with this

I have listened to all of John Finnemore's now that I have completed this one, and sometimes I would laugh so hard that I passed out, anyway, good job, keep going.

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Regrettably weak compared to his other series

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I thoroughly enjoyed I think the middle of this series, 3,4,1 or 2 but this is very lacklustre, eliciting barely a laugh, sadly. Seems very repetitive if you have heard the above mentioned and not recommended - go for the middle series, a couple of which are excellent and original by the best of classical British standards.

Has John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, Series 5 put you off other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

The sketches were weak and often rather silly

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Very few funny bits.

Any additional comments?

Middle Finnermore Series were excellent.

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  • 02-08-17

Very funny

Very funny. John Finnemore's writing, and the cast's performance is A+. I'll wait a while and listen to the series again when the negative news reports get to me. One good thing about being human . . . we can smile and laugh.

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  • Hanna Raspel
  • 14-06-16

Insanely enjoyable

The series 5 exeeded my high expectations and the clever wordplays were a treat. I would absolutely recommend this.

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  • Decadentwallpaper
  • 29-10-18

Amazing!

It's so funny it never gets old i have listened to it at least 50 times and it's still surprising and hilarious john finnemore is a absolute genius you should definitely get this

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-17

Brilliant!

Our whole family loved listening to this show. I am going to purchase more seasons.

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  • User737
  • 06-05-17

I love all his sketch shows

They're great! I've fully listened to this one at least three times now, minimum. Love Finnemore!