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5.0 out of 5 stars Knibbs, Chris Knibbs, 17 Feb 2010
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M. Emerson "mr_emerson" (Kent) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Down the Line: Series 3 (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
If you've ever spent a few weeks, months, years listening to either LBC 97.3 or Talksport Radio this series will strike a cord with you. Where a series will normally lampoon the host, Down The Line not only does that - it lampoons the audience.

Most people that ring into phone in shows are extreme right or left wing, religious nuts or just plain crazy. Sure, we've all listened to a phone in show but when you pick up the phone and dial that number - you cross a sanity line! This is where the Down The Line audience come into effect - a set of characters who would be just as easily placed on The Fast Show (Higson, Day and Whitehouse's TV masterpiece). The host Gary Bellamy bumbles his way through a parade of nitwits and social outcasts. Sterling performances by Higson, Day, Whitehouse and Felix Dexter really capture the tone of modern telephone phone in's.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, Creative, High Quality Comedy!, 22 Oct 2008
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Irish Critic (Leopardstown, Republic of Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Down the Line: Series 3 (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
I'm a regular listener to BBC Radio 4. One Thursday night in 2006 they announced a new phone-in chat show presented by Gary Bellamy (Rhys Thomas). Initially I thought it was a regular phone-in and the first night's callers were a little eccentric. After about 15 minutes I copped that it's all a total spoof. And what an hilarious spoof it is too! It seems like a parody of their own sister station Radio 5-live, which concentrates on live sport but broadcasts phone-ins during the hours when no sport is being played (eg. late night).

One caller speaks with a strong Indian accent and, regardless of the topic, always asks the same question; "What is point?" - pronouncing 'W' like 'V' and omitting the definite article (as Indians are wont to do). Sadly, Harry Enfield doesn't feature in this third series as he does in the first two. But there's still plenty of high quality humour to enjoy. You'll hear a wide variety of opinions expressed on a myriad of different topics. In this third series they discuss the elderly, consumer rights, manners, rigged quizzes, the 'string conspiracy' and the discovery of a new planet!

In each new decade, alternative comedy (be it visual or audio) needs to break some new ground. The 70s belonged to Monty Python. The 80s gave us the likes of Blackadder/Fry & Laurie. In the 90s we had the Sci-Fi comedy Red Dwarf. In the naughties, "Down the Line" represents the cutting-edge of modern, inventive, 21st century comedy. Each season is recoded on a 3-CD set; good value at under 10. I've bought all three seasons and I hope they record many more. I can picture myself still enjoying this stuff 20 years hence!
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