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Funny You Should Ask (1976-82)

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:27 am
by ian b
The Peter Jones hosted quiz/anecdote series FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK comes to Radio 4 Extra on Sunday 22nd January, (8am and noon), beginning with 6/1 from 19th May 1981 and a panel consisting of Ron Goodwin, Charles Hawtry and Tommy Trinder.

Re: Funny You Should Ask (1976-82)

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:40 pm
by Mark
Thanks for that, don't recall that one, should be interesting.

Re: Funny You Should Ask (1976-82)

Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:50 am
by ian b
Beginning - and ending by the look of things.

Re: Funny You Should Ask (1976-82)

Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:11 pm
by stearn
There are a few in archives, so there is no reason why it should only be one edition

Re: Funny You Should Ask (1976-82)

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:28 am
by Mark
That's a shame, lets hope they pick up some more.

Re: Funny You Should Ask (1976-82)

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:01 pm
by David Boothroyd
A less Tommy Trinder dominated episode would be nice. He is definitely an acquired taste.

Re: Funny You Should Ask (1976-82)

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:03 pm
by ian b
R4X began a run of this today...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b2r0jx

9am, 4pm and 4am.

14-02-20 3/3: 20-04-78
21-02-20 4/2: 23-07-79
28-02-20 4/5: 13-08-79
06-03-20 4/6: 20-08-79
13-03-20 5/1: 20-01-81
20-03-20 5/4: 10-02-81
27-03-20 5/8: 10-03-81
03-04-20 5/9: 17-03-81
10-04-20 5/10: 24-03-81
17-04-20 6/1: 19-01-81 (this ep already repeated in 2014 and 2017: no more scheduled after this one)

Re: Funny You Should Ask (1976-82)

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:16 pm
by Brock
Just caught up with the first of these. Apart from the fact that Barry Took was the only panellist who seemed to know anything, I was struck by the fact that the only female stand-up comedian he was able to name was Marti Caine. It shows how much things have moved on in the last forty years - there's no shortage of them now!

I had dim memories of Derek Roy but had to google Mike Burton - it turns out that he was one of the turns on Granada's The Comedians. (I'm not sure why he was invited on, to be honest.)

It struck me that the programme is an example of a genre that was common on Radio 2 back then but extremely rare now - the panel game. I'm currently listening to a repeat on R4X of Radio 2's Listomania from 2014, which is about the only example I can think of from the last ten years.