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Summary

Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, and Hugh Paddick star in 16 episodes of the anarchic 1960s radio comedy.

Round the Horne arrived on BBC radio in 1965, bringing laughter to Sunday lunchtimes throughout the land. Over the course of 16 weekly episodes it carved a niche in the history of broadcast comedy, a sketch show which prodded the boundaries of propriety and innuendo. At its heart was the suave and upstanding Kenneth Horne, around which revolved the multiple naughty personas of Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick, and Bill Pertwee.

Among the parade of regular characters were Julian and Sandy, the camp couple of resting thespians happy to turn their hands to anything, Rambling Syd Rumbo the musical cordwangler, Fiona and Charles the passionate duo, and J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock the world’s dirtiest man. Meanwhile regular film parodies, spoof sagas and musical interludes peppered the mix.

Round the Horne earned its place in the annals of comedy history, and is fondly remembered today as a groundbreaking series that influenced many more to come. Here the entire first series can be enjoyed once again.

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Bona for filling in between acting engagements.

This has helped me relax at night through all the dreadfulness of recent times.Attitude and language is' of the time',but if you can allow for that, settle down to enjoy lots of classic episodes.

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The Best

My Dad got me into Round The Horne in the late 80s with the BBC cassettes. Have loved it ever since. Bought the CDs, and am now buying them again on Audible. The earlier Beyond Our Ken with the same cast is also excellent.

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The Horne Legacy

I have listened to RTH since the first live broadcast and as many repeats as I could find. Today, lstening to my download, I am still convulsed with laughter! There should be a statue.

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Daft, Silly, Briliant!

Where does Round the Horne rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its not really a book, just a radio show, but very silly and funny at the same time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Round the Horne?

Too many "one liners" to count. The James Bond parodies were my favorite.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All episodes had great moments, worthy of another listen at least once more (may be two or three times to get the jokes I missed).

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

Laughed out loud more than once.

Any additional comments?

Innuendo certainly, but very gentle humor.

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bbc comedy at its best

extremely funny, loved every minute, great cast, cant wait to listen to more series

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Classic!

Brill-I-ant-ly, Side-split-ing-ly, Jaw-ach-ing-ly, cra-zi-ly written...but somehow...smutty!
This Classic of radio comedy is beautifully produced with all your favourite characters and Kenneth Williams stealing the show!

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Daft humour

Daft humour right up my street, if you like Kenneth Williams it’ll be your cup’o’tea to👍

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Round the Horne

I’m to young to remember this first time around, and only fell into it after a work colleague started talking about. Horne and the rest try their best to hold on to Kenneth Williams but when he runs away he is brilliant.

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vintage classic

classic comedy at its best. absolutely brilliant. well worth a listen to for anyone of any age.

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Very funny!

The brilliant manner in which the actors portray their characters and the manner in which the lines are written make Round the Horne timeless! One would expect a satirical radio show to be rather dated however with brilliant one-liners and memorable characters this can be enjoyed at any time! Quite a lot of the content is very applicable to a modern audience and a modern world; and all of the characters are played so well that even if the line itself is a little dated; one still laughs at the general context as it is presented so well! Would definitely recommend! I have listened to this many times, many many times, many times!

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If You Are Not A Brit Doubt That You Will 'Get It'

The first season of a wonderful radio show from the mid '60s starring some of the best talent of the time. Written by the Great Barry Took and the brilliant Marty Feldman who was taken from us far too soon Yes THAT Marty Feldman from Young Frankenstein of Gene Wilder Fame.

Round the Horne was silly but moved fast. Was topical but never offensive even though loaded with double entendres. I remember listening to this with my Mom after Sunday lunch every week when I was a little girl. I did not understand most of the jokes but I loved Jules and Sandy.

Brings me back to a time when we really could laugh at ourselves and we used to use our imaginations far more than we do now.

Loved every minute of this broadcast. Well worth the credit.

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