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John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 2

Narrated by: John Finnemore
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Film, Radio & TV, Comedy
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Summary

The complete second series of BBC Radio 4's award-winning sketch show - winner of the Chortle Radio Award of the Year.

In these six episodes, which make up the complete second series, you'll hear some moth-based lunacy, an awkward celestial relationship, a heart-warming tale of the days before health and safety, and how The Archers sounds to people who don't listen to The Archers - plus many other sketches featuring acute observations and wonderful wordplay.

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not as funny as cabin pressure, but good!

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

yes, because john finnemore was very funny as usual, and very clever with the ideas and turning them into scripts. I would however say that cabin pressure (john finnemore's other main project) is even more funny and you sympathise with all of the characters much more, and the longer storyline gives more opportunities for jokes based on understanding of the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

it was original, different, and very enjoyable

What about John Finnemore’s performance did you like?

he knows how to deliver the lines just right, with the rest of the cast it is very funny, and as they can all do different voices and accents it prevents it from becoming dull

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

I don't have many long blocks of time, so I couldn't listen to the whole thing in one go anyway. this doesn't matter though because the individual sketches are only about 3 minutes long each and so I could stop it whenever I needed, and come back. the jokes aren't repetitive though so it would have been just as good if I had done it in one go

Any additional comments?

if you know john finnemore from cabin pressure, then this is a good way to pass the time with the same sort of wit as he shows with martin, Douglas and Arthur. if however this is the first time you have come across JF then although this is funny, I would recommend cabin pressure for better value for money, as everyone likes it, and there is more wit and banter between the characters.

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Brilliant comedy

I love Cabin Pressure and in these shows the brilliant wit of John Finnemore continues to delight. All types of humour are there and the cast perform the sketches excellently. Clever word play and some very thought-provoking ideas make you laugh but also have a resonance that lingers.

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  • 25-07-15

John Finnemore. Smart, surreal daftness.

Love John Finnemore's classical, literary, quotidian pastry cases for his comedic flans. A patissier of wit.

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A true rib-breaker.

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It's simply hilarious, in a very British way. White humour with a healthy dose of silliness.

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The best sketch show on the radio!

Witty, whimsical and well-observed. John Finnemore and his team of enthusiastic performers deliver genuinely unforgettable sketches and songs. Delightful!

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A great audible book to listen to.

Loved listening to this audible book. My favorite bit is when the moon asks the sun to back off.

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delightful intelligent clean happy

Always enjoy this work - full of new ideas without resorting to cheap populust farty poo jokes most others do. Hurrah

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Brilliant.

It's by John Finnemore, so of course it's brilliant.

Listening whilst enduring the joys of Covid19 induced isolation, but definitely don't feel alone....the perfect distraction.

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Fantastic!

I loved this series!
It was just so easy to listen to and was hilarious!😊

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  • 30-04-19

This man is a genius

Over all his radio work John Finnemore has proved witty, inventive and fit to be broadcast. May he continue so.

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  • Marissa
  • 07-09-13

Insomnia song.

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

Yes, and I have. I basically give it a blanket recommendation to everyone I know.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roger Watiss, founding member of the silent majority.

(Or the man with insomnia)

(Or the chess royalty)

(It is hard to choose, really)

What about John Finnemore’s performance did you like?

He is a genius. His voices--"normal, silly French, and TWO kinds of posh!"--are always engaging and well paced.The whole cast is really really good, they work together extremely well. Every scene showcases the well-tuned, well-played voice acting done by every member of the cast.

Any additional comments?

If you like quick witted comedy, with a special focus on the ridiculous nature of rhetorical flourishes, then this is the show for you. The ghost-stories-that-aren't-ghost-stories at the end of each episode may be some of the most well-crafted parodies I have ever encountered. It walks the line between the ridiculous and the absurdly clever, without losing balance or falling too far off track. The sketches are consistent AND consistently funny.

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  • Emily
  • 16-10-13

Sketch comedy to make you guffaw.

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is majestic sketch comedy. Witty and amusing, intelligent and extremely funny, you can't help but laugh at the brilliant word play, effortlessly enhanced by pop culture and literary references, which just make these sketches sparkle. Comic gold. You will not regret listening to this for a second.

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  • Geoff in London
  • 06-03-15

Clever comedy

Repeated listening a pleasure. I never delete this program from my device, so I always have a good laugh to hand (and to ear).

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  • Sarah Nichols
  • 28-02-19

A fantastic series

I love all of the series of this Programme, and re listen to them often

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  • Don
  • 19-01-18

Very Funny British Radio Show

The episodes of all three collections of this series are humorous and in some cases, sidesplitting funny! It does not matter whether you are British, the humor comes across well. The "Dog Song" about having an old and decrepit dog has had everyone who has heard it laughing out loud. The sketch where a woman talks to two of her male friends about her new beau who they both know and one of the guys says: "And he's not violent at all" has the greatest payoff line I have heard in years. Great Radio Comedy!!

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  • Diana
  • 13-12-16

Short sketches of humor

Witty writing, not necessarily laugh-out-loud humor. But, I've just come off a spate of re-listening to Cabin Pressure and after wondering why I didn't enjoy this work as much as I deeply enjoy the Cabin Pressure series is that these sketches didn't have characters to invest my attention. The bickering and underlying friendship of the Cabin Pressure characters gave the story line continuity. Plus Cabin Pressure came up with interesting plots to follow. This, instead, was just a series of sketches, yes some were intertwined, so, the experience was more like reading a book of jokes instead of a story.
With Cabin Pressure, I laughed out loud very often. With this, I noted that "Yes, that was interesting and witty."

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  • M. Lowery
  • 09-11-16

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it was great I loved it BEST STORY EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVES IT JUST LOVES IT!

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  • Bryan
  • 10-10-13

Very Funny

Would you listen to John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 2 again? Why?

I would listen to this program again as i find most of the sketches to be very funny and well written.

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  • Decadentwallpaper
  • 19-06-19

John finnemore is a British sketch comedy Jesus👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

American humor??????!!!!!!!! NO!! Ugandan humor?????!!!!!! NO!! Australian humor????!!!!! NO!! British humor?????????????? Hell yeah!!!!!!!!! John friggin finnemore damn son!!!!!! Oh yaaaaa!!!! Read for the love God!! You humor hermit!! 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧