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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)

What listeners say about Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme: The Complete Series 1-4

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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.

It is a shame that the BBC and / or the Publisher have not completed the collection with the brilliant Christmas episode.
It's not too late to put this right guys.

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consistently brilliant

Love Tim Key and Tom Basden. I can confirm this is consistently brilliant and even gets better as the series go on.

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Superb

So, so good. I absolutely loved this. Had heard a couple on the bbc but great to have all the episodes together. Really clever, and very very funny.

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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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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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amusing

coddocks in white gravy. need I say more?
just this: it simmers and prances about in a pair of Ill fitting y-fronts. look and despair.

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gloriously silly & wonderfly bizarre

Listened in one sitting. This will be added to the collection of go to audio including Mark Watson, Mighty Boosh and 2 Episodes of Mash.

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Brilliant stuff

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