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  • Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme: The Complete Series 1-4

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  • By: Tim Key
  • Narrated by: Tim Key, Tom Basden
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (257 ratings)

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By: Tim Key
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Summary

Ever wondered just how much of life you can understand through poetry?

Tim Key is never far from stage and screen - from Peep Show to Alpha Papa to Taskmaster. But now he's back doing what he does best - attempting to recite poetry whilst tormenting his friend and musician, the equally brilliant and long-suffering Tom Basden.

From ruminating on the meaning of family via his narrative poem 'The Godfather', attempting to get to the bottom of death via his poem 'The Boy Who Faked His Own Death' and also organising an impromptu stag party, Tim Key uses poetry to help him understand every situation.

Audio updated April 2019.

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Critic reviews

"...you never know when Key will suddenly toss you a fantastic joke or startlingly well-constructed line." (Radio Times)  

"In any other sphere apart from comedy, we'd probably class this way of looking at the world as certifiable. Here it feels like genius." (The Telegraph

"The show...has a kind of artistry and strange beauty that makes it unlike any other hour of stand-up you are likely to see." (The Observer)

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missing some of the best episodes

Hilarious. Beautiful. Thoughtful. Also available on bbc sounds, which has more and some of the best episodes.

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Tim holds the Key to laughs.

Tim Keys late night poetry programme just got better and funnier. I loved his shouting and anger and this bit with the massive champagne bottle. More please (Points of View most use phrase).

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Not Complete!

First off Tim Key's late Night Poetry Programme is excellent comedy. This is not the complete series 1-4 as the episode cars from series four is repeated and the episode under The Stars is missing. Can this be fixed please?

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An absolute joy

So much love for this. Rewards multiple listenings as the script is so natural, fast and richly packed with gems, you risk missing a joke as you are still laughing at the last one. Just wish there was more. Also paternoster lifts are truly terrifying

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Absolutely perfect

Absolutely perfect.
Tim Key is a comedy genius and Lord is the perfect sidekick. Enjoy

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Great comedy

This show is brilliant. I love the sound scapes and worlds they build to present the show in. Meghan is a fine woman.

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Brilliant stuff

Loved it, vocal performances of the highest calibre and regularly laugh out loud funny material

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Completely brilliant

Tim, fittingly, seems to have reached the lofty Partridgesque heights on creating a character where every sound he makes is funny.

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Bonkers and hilarious

I missed this on the radio but had heard of Tim Keys from his performances on the Mark Watson audiobooks. Might be an acquired taste for some - but I laugh out loud at everything he does. Not just the bonkers poetry but also the nonsense conversations. For me a fabulous listen

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An awesome comedy masterpiece

This is one of my favourite ever radio comedies. In it Key and his double act partner Tom Baden take a simple conceit - a man reading poems, accompanied by his guitar-playing friend - and over the course of several series build a rich comic world that spins off in unpredictable directions. Ably assisted by the hilarious Katy Wix and with guest stars including the gorgeous Sally Phillips it is a brilliant comedy that I have listened to several times, with more and more pleasure.

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