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On the Town with "The League of Gentlemen" (BBC Radio Collection) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 26 Jul 2000


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (26 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563557397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563557395
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A young man arrives in the northern town of Spent, planning to stay for just one night with his aunt and uncle before attending a job interview the next morning. It will be several weeks before he leaves the town in the final episode of this six-part series, following a terrifying ordeal at the hands of his toad-loving, hygiene-obsessed relatives. Welcome to the sinister, hilarious world of the League of Gentlemen, populated by a cast of distinctly warped individuals, all played by three members of a four-man writing team.

The League started life in the early 1990s, evoking old-style revues with their name and their tuxedo-clad performances. The material, however, bore little relation to that of genteel 1950s performers--the League's dark, twisted sketches have seen them likened to both Monty Python and David Lynch. After winning the Perrier award at Edinburgh in 1997, and before turning their attentions to television, they produced On The Town With The League Of Gentlemen, a Sony award-winning series for Radio 4.

This welcome release from the BBC Radio Collection contains the complete series, and is an essential purchase for the many fans of the television version who missed the earlier incarnation. Many of the storylines are similar to the TV version, but there is plenty of material which will be new to listeners, including characters who did not make it onto the screen--and for anyone new to the League, the radio edition easily stands on its own as one of the best comedy series of recent years. Running time approx 3 hours --John Oates

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phil Turner on 27 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
This is warped, very funny humour at it's best. It IS noticeably different in places to the two (much, much darker) TV series that followed, but is still funny and has some characters that never made it to the TV series (how could they have visually portrayed tiny shopkeeper Mr. Ingleby, for instance?) Some characters and some sections of the scripts will be familiar, but they're still funny nevertheless, and I suspect this is rather closer to their original live performances than the TV series. Anyway, get this classic tape & laugh youself sick, before the team get rich & (more)famous and move out to work in Hollywood... (this would be a bad move: remember what happened to the legendary James Whale?)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan. 2001
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I was immediatley hooked when I saw the TV show and if you're a fan this cassette won't let you down. It basically consists of a complete story line in six episodes, about half of the sketches will be familiar to you from the TV series. They are recorded here word for word (which ISN'T a bad thing), with LOG regulars Babs, Auntie Val and Uncle Harvey, Legs Akimbo, Dr Chinnery etc. They also appear here in some new sketches, such as Dr Chinnery ripping the nob off a mating panda - Oh dear. But my favourite character of all the incarnations (TV, theatre, audio) is the small but perfectly formed Mr Ingleby (the little shop keeper) who gets to walk tall in the arms of a 'woman' - at last. Pure brilliance from a group of very talented men, this is probably comedy history in the making. Buy it now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jun. 2000
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This is superb comedy! Having become hooked on the TV series, and having never really indulged in radio comedy before, I was worried that I may be disappointed by this without the visuals - not a bit of it, in fact it was nigh on impossible to tear myself away from listening to it and go to work this morning! This had me crying with laughter from start to finish - excellent writing, characterisation and acting, the character of Mr. Ingleby is a particular favourite. Perfect, whether you've already experienced the fantastic talents of the League of Gentlemen or not.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "damers6" on 2 Nov. 2001
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This tape is more for the hardcore fans, as it could be a bit difficult to understand for first timers. But absolutley excellent for those who enjoy the show. Very very funny tape, with most of the characters from the tv show. With a few different characters such as the hilarious minute shopkeeper. These tapes are well worth the money, and worth listening to time and time again. If you dont laugh at them, you are either deaf or dead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2000
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I have been well and truly hooked on the League since seeing the TV series. It is well observed, superbly acted and hilariously funny. The cassettes were absolutely brilliant with some great characters who don't appear in the TV show. I particularly liked the blacksmith. A refreshing antidote to the shallow catchphrase-mongering of the Fast Show
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 2000
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I have been a fan of the show from when it started in TV in 1999. I then bought the cassette and I just couldn't stop laughing. This show has been brialliantly written by four very tallented men, It's a must for all comedy fans. Warning: DO NOT LISTEN TO IT ON THE BUS! PEOPLE WILL STARE WHEN YOU ARE CONSTANTLY LAUGHING!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2000
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the league of gentlemen is the best book I have read in years it was thoroughly entertaining and I have fallen love with the madcap couple tubbs and edward of the local shop.pauline is the best job searcher I have ever seen and the hilarious vet is excrutiatingly side splitting
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "toothhousehandunwon" on 28 Nov. 1999
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I became a devoted fan of the league a few months ago and so I thought I would buy the award winning radio series and give it a listen. Although I still think that on the whole the television series was the best, there were still some pretty, well, hilarious moments!! Unfortunately, the first time I heard it, I was listening to it on a walkman in the middle of Manchester. Put it this way, I think the people of Manchester thought of me as an insane hysterical woman. I can honestly say it is hard to remember when I have laughed so much.
Three cheers for the League of Gentlemen!! Hip hip......!!!! Just buy it.
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