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

The BBC Radio 4 Comedy
By: Tim Key
Narrated by: Tim Key, Tom Basden
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
5 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)
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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.

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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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Tim Key Late Night Poetry NOT COMPLETE SERIES

I would have given this 5 stars, however there are 2 episodes missing from season 4, ‘Under the stars’ and ‘Cars,’ which means we are missing a whole hour almost of this comic genius and the impeccable Tom Basden. What is going on?

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Brilliant but incomplete.

The exchanges between Tim and Tom are on par with the best of Steptoe and Only Fools. Shame Audible can't seem to sort the upload.

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Brilliantly Written & Performed - But Not Complete

Even if you don't know the face you will know the voice which is becoming prolific during TV ad breaks.
It is a wonderfully calm and clear speaking voice which does not give away the capability to deliver the performances you will encounter in this Audiobook.
The writing is carefully crafted, every word chosen with care - 'My name is Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme' - delivered with vocal precision and wonderfully supported by Tom Basden playing the long-suffering and decidedly not uncomplaining musician Lord.
Surreal situations, odd pronunciation, emphasis and understatement switched around, wild mood swings and some wonderfully off the wall lines that only make sense in the context of this particular world - 'No other Poet in the word would send his Guitarist into..." (a blood-stained Paternoster Lift in the bowels of the BBC).
Oh, there is also the ever baffling and off the wall poetry.
Just let go of the world around you and let the silliness envelop you, and enjoy.
Just a shame that BBC and / or/ Publisher had completed the collection with the brilliant Christmas episode. It's not too late to put this right guys.

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Just brilliant

If you like the Alan Partridge Partridge audio books you'll love this. Always funny however many times I listen to it.

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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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Laughed out loudly

Very funny indeed, great format in the idea of a live broadcast. Tim is a talent and the others people are very.. Erm.. Good.

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Absolutely brilliant. So funny.

Love it. Great concept and I’m not a big poetry fan in general. It’s the way it’s delivered and the layers of jokes through the conversations and with the hilarious stories.

Hope there’s more to come!

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A gem of an audiobook

Had missed a few episodes when these aired on Radio 4 so was delighted to find the complete series. Hilarious. Memorable situations and perfomances. Lovely stuff.

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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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A MUST for all poetry lovers.

Pound for pound, the greatest and broadest selection of late night poetry on audible.

Key (poet) fires them off with relentless, wanton furiosity whilst receiving minimal agro from musical accompaniment Tom Basden (Lord).

Would recommend starting off with the earlier work 'Tim Key. With a string quartet. On a boat.' to get a flavour for the lofty artistry on show here.