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Armstrong & Miller Children's Hour (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; A&M edition (3 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408427869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408427866
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 25.4 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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Book Description

All four episodes of the complete BBC Radio 4 comedy spoof series, written by and starring Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller.

About the Author

Alexander Armstrong is one half of the comedy duo Armstrong & Miller who had a regular series on Channel 4 from 1997 to 2001 and then returned with three series of the BAFTA winning Armstrong & Miller Show on BBC1 in 2007. Alexander's many straight acting roles have included Love Life, Life Begins, Mutual Friends, and the sitcom Hunderby. He frequently hosts Have I Got News For You?, he is the voice of Danger Mouse (which re-launches in autumn 2015) and the narrator of CBeebies cult hit Hey Duggee. Alexander has also recently become a presenter on Classic FM, but he is probably best known for presenting the highly successful daytime quiz show Pointless, now in its 12th season.

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By SilentSinger VINE VOICE on 11 July 2010
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I've been a fan of Armstrong and Miller's particular brand of comedy since their first TV outing in conjunction with Channel 4 and the Paramount Comedy Channel, but this 1998 Radio 4 comedy series doesn't really hit the mark. The main characters are presenters Martin Bain-Jones and Craig Children, the latter of which's name is currently guffawed over during the four episodes. As well as hosting the eponymous spoof Radio 4 `popular culture/music' programme, both presenters are also journalists on major broadsheet newspapers. If you're a bit of an Armstrong and Miller aficionado you'll recall the characters being used in one of the C4 series, where it worked much better as a shorter five minute sketch.

Basically, it's both dated and not really funny. There are some cringy `smile' moments, but sadly nothing more substantial than that, which is a shame. I kept thinking that other comedy performers had done similar and to be honest, much funnier versions of the genre A&M were trying to gently mock. I'd really question why the BBC decided to release it as one of the episodes would slot nicely into a `Best of A&M' collection, but doesn't really cut the mustard on its own.
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By кот Зигги TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Jun. 2010
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We hear Armstrong and Miller: two children's' radio-presenters with illusions of grandeur. One sounding like a whining bitter old queen (Miller) the other (Armstrong(Well who else?)) seems, to me, to be the unassertive brains of the duo. In each episode; we follow them as they phase in and out between their time hosting the show and their life behind the scenes. While I enjoy Armstrong and Miller for their quirky craziness - I just don't feel that this is original enough to get particularly enthused over.
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As a big fan of Armstrong and Miller I was expecting great things from this radio series, however for me this has to be one f the poorest shows that either has ever been involved with. The comedy on many occasions is just the same recycled jokes that have been retread many times before, the funniest part being from episode 1 and the hotel reception.

Definitely not their finest hour, still a chuckle but I am afraid not a laugh.
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Length: 6:51 Mins
First broadcast on the 2nd December 1998, British comedians Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller's comical radio sketch entitled 'Children's Hour' lasted for just one series comprising of four half-hour long episodes.

The show is a spoof Radio 4 programme in which the lead characters Martin Bain-Jones (played by Armstrong) and Craig Children (played by Miller) are two pompous music critics, who present a culture show on current popular music aimed at a youthful audience. The show is named `Children's Hour' (after the character Craig Children as well as a patronising summing up of the subject matters target audience).

The duo's overbearing superiority on the flaky subject of current pop music, allows for an Alan Partridge style of satirical comedy. The episodes each explore a particular avenue of modern popular music (Boy Bands, Middle Of The Road, Brit Pop & Solo Artists). The result is a very hit and miss comedy that predominantly plays with the same joke throughout the entire two hours, with small peaks of quite clever wittiness set amongst an otherwise barren landscape of mediocre comedy. Indeed, the additional writing from David Mitchell and Robert Webb may well have been one of the comedy's saving graces.

Although a lot of the humour is now somewhat outdated, the basis of the comedy - smugly chuckling at the banality of pop music brought to surface by two camp and out-of-touch culture journalists - is still something that can be related to. The jokes do often veer towards a more childish nature, however, every now and again a real gem of wittiness comes gleaming out of the show, often as a subtle backhanded laugh in the face of the particular music being examined.
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By John Wyant VINE VOICE on 11 Aug. 2010
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What we have here is a gem of a series that clearly passed me by completely when it was broadcast on Radio 4 back in 1998. Armstrong & Miller play the two presenters of a music programme that Radio 4 controllers might imagine would appeal to 'the young' - and, you've guessed it, the results are as cringe-worthy as they are hilarious.

The structure of the show is quite clever - it usually starts 'as if' they are broadcasting an episode of 'Children's Hour', and then fades into various 'flash-backs' of what led up to the broadcast. So you may get a throwaway remark from one of them during the 'broadcast' section, that takes on a whole new meaning when you realise what was REALLY going on. This actually ensures good replay value, as you may well miss one or two of the references the first time through.

You also get some of their supposedly 'off-air' conversation, while they are theoretically playing a record, which gives yet another perspective on the events surrounding the show. Watch out for some of the record 'fade-outs', as there will often be a snippet of conversation, usually self-incriminating, hurriedly cut-short as they realise they are back on air.

Of course, given that this was written & performed in 1998, many of the music references are out of date now, but it truly doesn't detract from the comedy - there is a fantastic piece of comic timing when a hotel receptionist is using a head-set phone whilst still trying to check the presenters in - they are never quite sure whether she is talking to them or into the phone. It's cleverly written, and brilliantly performed.

They claim that the four episodes on these 2 discs are the complete series, which seems a strange number to make. But no matter - enjoy these for what they are - a promising early indication of even greater things to come.
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