Looks Unfamiliar The Larks Ascending Extra: “You Can’t Exactly Wash The Dishes To You Suffer By Napalm Death”

Why Bother? by Chris Morris and Peter Cook (BBC Radio 3, 1994) - listen to Tim Worthington and Garreth F. Hirons talking about it in Looks Unfamiliar.

Looks Unfamiliar The Larks Ascending Extra: “You Can’t Exactly Wash The Dishes To You Suffer By Napalm Death”

In this special extra edition of Looks Unfamiliar, Tim talks to Garreth F. Hirons about his book about BBC Radio 3 comedy shows The Larks Ascending and some of the little-remembered programmes covered in it, including Dr. Hans Keller’s infamous ‘Piotr Zak’ composer profile hoax, David Renwick and Andrew Marshall’s academic broadcasting parody The Half-Open University, left-wing theatre troupe sitcom Blood And Bruises, The National Theatre Of Brent’s ‘History of mankind from the First Amoeba to the Second World War’ All The World’s A Globe, Chris Morris interviewing Peter Cook in Why Bother?, and Armando Iannucci’s interval talk on how to Use Your Ears. We’ll also be essaying a critical evaluation of quality drumming, starting a Mexican Wave with Dr. Hans Keller, and definitely not enrolling on Professor Alan Alanson’s Magic Brain Programme (Guaranteed Not To Work!).

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Get The Larks Ascending!

You can get The Larks Ascending in paperback here and from the Kindle Store here.

Fun At One, Tim’s book looking at comedy on BBC Radio 1 (including lots more about Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci), is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

Further Reading

Rule Of Third is an extract from the opening chapter of The Larks Ascending, looking at comedy on Radio 3’s ancestor the BBC Third Programme; you can find it here.

Further Listening

You can hear more about Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci’s work over on Radio 4 and Radio 1 in the Looks Unfamiliar Christmas Extra here.


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