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I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again: No.1 (BBC Radio Collection) [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Tim Brooke-Taylor , John Cleese , Graeme Garden , David Hatch , Jo Kendall , Bill Oddie
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8 May 2001 BBC Radio Collection
Four shows from the groundbreaking BBC Radio series Described by Barry Took as 'A kaleidoscope of funny voices, catch phrase and innuendo revolving at breakneck speed and with a complete disregard for logic', I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again pre-dated I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue and showcased the comic talents of Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall and Bill Oddie.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (8 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563227176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563227175
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,299,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The "I'm sorry I'll read that again" team (headed by the ever-present Angus Prune) were not merely funny. They were also to go on, in various guises, to television careers in Monty Python's Flying Circus (John Cleese) and the Goodies (Graham Garden, Bill Oddie) and as such, for fans of either of those shows, this tape is actually a small piece of comedy history.
A mixture of (very good-natured) satire, farce, brain-extrudingly bad puns (such as in Escape from Colditz, where one of the guards, "Hans Boompsadaisy, is uncle to a girl named Ann -- Hans's niece Ann Boompsadaisy... you are right, ve Germans have no sense of humour....") and some of the silliest songs you will ever hear... no, I'm sorry, I've forgotten what I was going to say.
In addition there are regular irregulars in the cast, such as the terrifying (but adventurous) Lady Constance (instantly recognisable by her warbling mating-call).
The old ISIRTA material is definitely as important to the prehistory of Monty Python in its own way as "Do not adjust your set" is in its. Serious scholars of comedy cannot afford to be without at least one of their cassettes. This is a time capsule of sixties weirdness.
It is also so funny it will make you sneeze.
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4.0 out of 5 stars British radio comedy from the 70's that is an acquired taste 9 Mar 2010
By Paul Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
OK since I am the first reviewer here I'll give you a super quick rundown of what is going on m'kay? You get John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Jo Kendall and David Hatch doing a comedy radio show. They got together for a number of years to do this and each show was an hour long - like the Goon show that propelled Spile Milligan and co to comedy fame. There were a number of vinyl release tie ins for this series and a couple of books. The best place to find them via Amazon would probably be to look at the UK Amazon site since being a British radio show and given the product would have come out under the auspices of the BBC that is probably where most of the 2nd hand copies of this stuff is lying around.

Essentially those familiar with The Goodies probably have the best grounding in what to expect. It's that sort of somewhat juvenile and often very silly innuendo and bad groan inducing puns and with all three of the comedy duo who made up The Goodies in the cast and doing the bulk of the writing that can hardly come as a surprise. There are a few co-writes with the others but, well, not much seems to have come from them. In the tradition of the Goon show and other radio comedy of the time there is usually a central platform for the show to hinge on which is (vaguely) developed during the course of proceedings and unlike Monty Python, where the creators didn't feel the need to provide a coherent ending to virtually anything unless the fancy took them, here the show does try to bring things to a conclusion.

There were at least four of these cassette collections issued by the BBC in the 90's. Each has two cassettes with one show per side. Only this volume one seems available on either US or UK Amazon. And a quick cruise through both sites shows that there aren't many proper CD's out there either though five volumes are available as MP3 Download. And quite cheap too.

For fans of The Goodies or those with a hankering for the sort of twee radio comedy the BBC produced in the 70's.
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