- Audio CD: 2 pages
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio (16 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140846716X
- ISBN-13: 978-1408467169
- Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rowan Atkinson's The Atkinson People (Classic BBC Radio Comedy) Audio CD – Audiobook, 16 Sep 2010
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Listening to this over 30 years after it was first broadcast highlights the slow and somewhat indulgent nature of these episodes - comedy has evolved to be so much faster and to the point. The episodes certainly aren't bad though, and there are some genuinely funny moments but they are stretched to breaking point over thirty minutes.
Having said that this disk is certainly worth a listen if you are a fan of Rowan Atkinson or co-writer Richard Curtis as it interesting to hear embryonic characters that pop-up in later works, just don't go expecting quick fire laughs.
Rowan's deliverance is always impeccable. He won't settle for anything less than perfection whenever he's acting and he is such a pro. So, The Atkinson People seemed right up my street, especially given the fact that he co-writes this with Richard Curtis, a renowned writer who was responsible for the likes of Blackadder (with Ben Elton), Mr Bean (with Atkinson), Vicar of Dibley (with Paul Mayhew-Archer), Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones' Diary, Love Actually and (most recently) the classic Doctor Who episode "Vincent and the Doctor".
Alas, The Atkinson People is something of a letdown. It was a short-lived radio series that only lasted four episodes, featuring Rowan Atkinson (in his first broadcasted role) playing four different fictional celebrities who are being profiled. These consist of Sir Benjamin Fletcher (a master orator), George Dupont (French philosopher), Sir Corin Basin (distinguished actor and rambling bore) and Barry Good (a pop artiste).
The idea is very good, the production values are usual BBC quality (great music and sound effects) and Rowan Atkinson being who he is, performs the characters with typical distinction and liveliness. But the writing is dismal. The episodes just ramble on, and moments when the material becomes funny are few and far-between.Read more ›
But vocal dexterity will avail a comic actor naught unless provided with good material; the scripts of these four programmes (first broadcast in 1979) were written by Rowan Atkinson himself with Richard Curtis and show strong insight into the structure of human nature and also of those intense documentary programmes prevalent on BBC2 and on the Radio 3 in those days.
These are wicked parodies of the paradoxical; the Member of Parliament talented at saying precisely nothing at great length, the Pop Artist famous essentially for being famous and dressing dross with obscure philosophy, the philosopher worshipped for being so profound he is incomprehesible as well as uncomprehending, and the actor whose biography is watched by those who feel vaguely that they should have heard of him although nobody of note actually has.
We have here the early Atkinson, crude yet still well formed.
Buy this disc to see not only what the fuss is about but how and why it came to be.
However, if you are expecting to hear a prototype of Edmund Blackadder then the CD's blurb on the back is somewhat misleading. "The Atkinson People" was a four-part radio series written by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by the comedian Griff Rhys Jones. The series is more of an exploration of typically British satirizing of their own pomposity, pretentiousness and the intelligentsia.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The combination of Atkinson and Curtis has become a reliable one, but this is no Blackadder. Atkinson's delivery is spot on as ever, but The Atkinson People suffers from a rambling... Read morePublished on 19 April 2013 by Andrew P
I really like this, it's a bit like a funnier version of Alan Bennett's monologues. It's not Mr Bean, and is pretty dry in places, but it's definitely worth a go if you are a Rowan... Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2013 by B. Roche
This is a well made comedy series, starring Rowan Atkinson. There are four 'radio interviews' with fictional characters, all played by Atkinson. Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2012 by Robbie Swale
This is a series that I completely missed at the original time of broadcast. It dates from (I think) just before Rowan Atkinson shot to fame as part of the 'Not the Nine o'Clock... Read morePublished on 20 July 2012 by Pal Joey
I've always been a fan of Rowan Atkinson since I saw him as a child in Mr Bean before moving onto Blackadder and I was expecting the same level of comedy from this product. Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2011 by SC Dog
My first exposure to Rowan Atkinson was the seminal Not the Nine O'clock News and with the exception of Mr Bean (once you've seen five minutes, you've seen all you need to see)... Read morePublished on 19 May 2011 by Mr. P. HAIGH
Thoroughly entertaining but by no means amongst Atkinson's more memorable material.
There are a few flourishes of genius here and there but overall I would only recommend this... Read more
I was looking forward to this shows, being written by two comedy giants: Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis - the same partnership who gave us the wonderful first series of... Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2011 by Mr. J. C. Kent
As a long-term fan of Black Adder and of Rowan Atkinson's stage skits, I was expecting this to be hilarious. Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2011 by N. Gratton