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  • Micky Flanagan: What Chance Change? (Complete Series)

  • By: Micky Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Micky Flanagan
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (587 ratings)

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Summary

The complete BBC radio series of Micky Flanagan’s autobiographical comedy show – plus pilot episode.

Based on his Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated show What Chance Change?, Micky Flanagan’s debut radio series combines brilliant stand-up with insightful behind-the-scenes interviews to tell the story of his life from the 1970s to the 2000s.

These four episodes chart the Cockney comedian’s progression from working-class Herbert to middle-class intellectual giant – and being awkwardly caught between both worlds. Via hilarious jokes and sharply-observed comic routines, Micky takes us from the mean streets of the East End to the leafy lanes of East Dulwich, outlining his rise to fame from Billingsgate fish porter to successful entertainer, from Sunblest to panini, tabloids to broadsheets and the street party to the dinner party. We hear how he left school without qualifications, ran away to New York to be an international lover and player, returned to education to become a teacher, and settled down with his wife and built his stand-up career.

Chatting to family, friends and special guests – including sociology professor Paul Willis, millionaire plumber Charlie Mullins, and fellow comedian Sean Lock – he considers how his upbringing shaped his identity, discusses the thorny issue of class and comedy, and explains how, over four decades, taking chances has changed his life.

Written and performed by Micky Flanagan.

Produced by Tilusha Ghelani.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 25 May-15 June 2010 (Series 1).

©2012 Micky Flanagan (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

Critic reviews

 ‘Excellent, funny and poignant’ Miranda Sawyer, The Observer 

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Funny and Entertaining

More Entertaining than funny but never the less I listened all the way through. There is something somewhat pleasing about his voice that makes you want to listen. Although everything he's saying is funny it's not exactly laughing out loud and more as a smile and occasional giggle once every ten minutes and ending with complete laughter probably about 4 to 5 times during.

Worth it? probably.

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Classic Micky!

Wish this audio book had been longer I enjoyed it so much. Some proper laugh out loud moments. Loved every bit of it. Most happy 😊

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funny

easy listening and could listen to again and again. note to self don't listen with head phones in public, people look at you and think weirdo! ( because you can't help but laugh)

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Good listen

If your looking for an insight into someone's life then this is an excellent way of doing just that, but with a twist, someone's life with a laugh and a smile. An easy listen, that provides a good overview of Micky Flanagan. I smiled and laughted throughout. A good listen, we'll narrated by the author.

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Lol Hilarious.

Couldn't stop laughing. Such well observed humour. Micky is a cockney genius. I'm from SW London but it works where ever you're from.

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Great fun and a great insight

I heard this on the radio some years ago and laughed. Still fun after 17 listens.

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its not out out

loved it he is one of the funniest blokes ive ever seen live so get listening

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Top Bloke

Great insight into poor boy done good! Very entertaining and fun, one of those you can listen too again and again

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Have to constantly adjust the volume

a strange listening experience this one. It cuts from him on stage to him talking to friends and family and back again with loud intro music to open each section. the conversations with friends and family are quiet then the stage stuff is loud very annoying when driving.

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Heard all the jokes before

Have heard all the jokes before and didn’t really explain how he got into stand up

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  • 21-11-15

Excellent!

Loved it! Micky was extremely funny as usual. Enjoyed hearing his family talk about his former life and rise to the 'middle classes'