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John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: Series 2 (Audiogo) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

John Finnemore , Margaret Cabourn-Smith , Simon Kane
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (4 Sep 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1471348229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471348228
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Every commuter has a certain spot in a journey that the traffic just stops and you slowly accept your fate that you're going to be there for a while. There is a time that BBC radio 4 or 5 does not appeal, classic fm will not soothe you or worse still Colin Murray is on talkSport and you decide that you would like something else to keep you sane whilst the world stops. John Finnemore's 3rd series is currently being broadcast on radio 4 and only by chance that I managed to listen to it and actually enjoy it. Granted, some of the sketches are hit and miss but to be honest they are of really good funny material. As good as Mitchell and Webb? Probably not - but worth a listen to and who knows you may even crack a smile.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only one problem. 25 Sep 2013
By S. B. Kelly VINE VOICE
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Well, there are two problems: the first is that I don't like sketch shows; the second is that nothing John Finnemore does can compare to the delightful Cabin Pressure.

Still, as sketch shows go, this is pretty good. It doesn't have the most maddening aspect of sketch shows, which is repeating the same sketches week after week with just a minor tweak. That makes me seriously deranged and wanting to throw the radio across the kitchen very hard!

So, in between listening to Cabin Pressure on CD in the car and waiting for the next series of Cabin Pressure, this will fill a gap.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, thank you, Captain Dinosaur! 25 Sep 2013
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Rewarded with a longer six episode run after the first series' four episodes, John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is still something of a mixed bag, with a few running jokes outstaying their welcome, but the hits outnumber the misses and are often inspired: a museum audio guide for five year olds, tweaking Pythagoras' difficult second theorem to make it play better with the public, the baffling mechanics of movie tie-in deals, the absurdity of credit card security questions (and in particular the pointlessness of the security code), over manned superhero team the SuperMongers (Ironmonger, Fishmonger, Rumourmonger and Warmonger), the problems of introducing sitcom characters to the real world workplace, the brilliant Insomnia ballad and commercials for avaricious no-win, no-fee lawyers offering compensation for mental trauma and unresolved narrative stress caused by disappointing movie endings. The rambling ghost stories that were one of the weaker elements of the first series are much funnier this time, even being co-opted into an inspired end credits sequence in the final episode, which also comes to a rousing climax with the insanely catchy prehistoric school assembly hymn Thank You Captain Dinosaur that I promise you will be going round your head for weeks, if not years. It's not always quite so inspired, but when it hits its targets - and it's very good at pointing the logical and practical flaws in everything from Herod's Slaughter of the Innocents and the double-standards that give vultures such bad public relations problems to the absurdity of Crufts and the curious disappearance of alchemy at almost exactly the same time that the stock market appeared - it's sublime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer genius from the master of radio comedy 18 Sep 2013
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John Finnemore may be little known, but the man is a comedy genius. Whilst those who do know him are likely to do so from the Radio 4 comedy Cabin Pressure (which he writes and in which he stars as the dippy but goodhearted Arthur), he's also responsible for the sketch show genius that is John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme. Unlike most sketch shows, he actually writes every single word, as well as appearing in every sketch. And what sketches there are!

In this, the second series (consisting of six 30 minute episodes across three CDs), there's a mixture of sketches, stories and song, all very silly, and all suitable for the whole family. Many are based on puns and misunderstandings, but all are brilliant. My personal favourites include a group of humble goldfish asking King Neptune for better memories with unexpected results, the dinosaurs' sung tribute to their God, Captain Dinosaurs (we raise our mighty voices, we wave our tiny arms....), and, best of all, the five minute storytelling monologues that finish each episode.

John Finnemore is a comedy God. It's doubtful whether there will be another series of Cabin Pressure, but John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme more than makes up for this. Buy it, listen to it, and you'll laugh yourself silly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chuckle meister Finnemore 6 Dec 2013
By Mr. M Errington VINE VOICE
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The first series was pretty good, quirky and amusing. John Finnemore takes an off-centre look at life. Sketches include a tetchy conversation between the king and queen on a chess board among many slightly strange ideas. In this series the cast became more used to each other and the writing became more consistent and amusing. There are running gags throughout the programs. I'm not sure how to describe or explain the humour other than to say that it is amusing on several levels without having me convulsed with helpless laughter. That is not a carping criticism, as some of the humour is genuinely disturbing in the way of making you think about how the world is. John Finnemore's world is humanistic, slightly rebellious but never vicious. He says things through his characters which have you thinking, 'I wish I'd said that'. Overall this is a bit of a slow burner, but one that rewards listening again. If you get involved in his world it will probably improve your own, if only a little.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Radio 4 comedy
It came as a shock to find myself listening to Radio 4 a few years ago; surely that was for a "certain" demographic? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tox
4.0 out of 5 stars More of Finnemore
Any sketch show format stretched to over 6 30 minute shows is going to struggle to maintain quality, and this is no exception. There are some great gags here. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Adam
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so sure
I'm going to have to sit on the fence on this collection.I ordered it from the Amazon Vine collection because i love to play comedy CD's in the car. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining sketch show
This CD set contains the whole of the second series of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, a sketch show that feels a little like Mitchell & Webb, a little like Armstrong &... Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. V. Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars More Radio 4 Goodness
John Finnemore is not well known outside of the warm world of Radio 4. He writes Cabin Pressure (which he also stars in) but here we are presented with the second series of his... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nick Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully entertaining
Sketch shows, by their very nature, a a bit hit and miss.John Finnemore of the fabulous Cabin Pressure, certainly provides more hits than misses in series 2 of his Souvenir... Read more
Published 9 months ago by catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent humour
I like to listen to something to distract me whilst ironing and this was perfect. I normally don't find comedians very funny as they can be too smutty or strident, but this is more... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Four Violets
4.0 out of 5 stars Intermittently very funny
There are some very funny sketches in the second series of this radio sketch programme - I particularly enjoyed his almost plausible take on what may have happened to the ancient... Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another witty, fast paced performance.
This three CD set comprises six programmes (two per CD) which were first broadcast in late 2012.

Very inventive, and some superb stuff. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R T
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner
Once again John Finnemore and friends have produced a briliantly written and very funny collection of surreal and sometimes incredibly thoughtful sketches. Read more
Published 10 months ago by John W. Edelman
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