Looks Unfamiliar The Larks Ascending Extra: “You Can’t Exactly Wash The Dishes To You Suffer By Napalm Death”
The Larks Ascending is a book by Tim Worthington looking at the history of Comedy on BBC Radio 3. In this special extra edition of Looks Unfamiliar, Tim talks to Garreth F. Hirons about the book 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 chatting to 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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Rule Of Third is an extract from the opening chapter of The Larks Ascending, looking at comedy on Radio 3’s ancestor the Third Programme; you can find it here.
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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