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Round the Horne Series 3 Collector's Edition - Bona!,
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This review is from: Round the Horne, Series 3 (The Collector's Edition) (Audio CD)
This great box set contains all 20 episodes form the triumphant third series of Round The Horne, the magnificent radio comedy against which all comedy must be measured.
By now the format of the shows had settled down. Cast members and writers had hit their stride, and a hysterically funny third series was the result. We've heard it a ll before. Many times. Many many times.... but it's still a laugh a minute. All the characters are here - Seamus Android, J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock, Julian and Sandy, Celia Molestrangler and Binky Huckerback, accompanied by the bemused Kenneth Horne. But if you're reading this then you probably don't need me to tell you how good the episodes are!
The presentation from the BBC is excellent. There are ten disks, each containing two episodes. Each disk comes in a cardboard slipcase, and are all collected together in a sturdy box, along with a short and informative booklet which discusses the recording of the show and biographies of cast and writers. The biographies are reprinted from the series two booklet. There is also a list of chapter points allowing you to jump to favourite sketches (personally I like to pick out all the Syd Rumpo songs...)
A lot of work has gone into the restoration and remastering of the episodes. Much previously lost material has been restored. Most of the restored material comes from off air recordings, and the sound quality takes a dip as a result, but this doesn't affect the listening experience, and it is great to hear these episodes in their full glory (it is also interesting to speculate why the excerpts were cut from the surviving tapes at the Beeb). The sound quality is really good, even for a show of its vintage. Well done Beeb.
All 20 episodes from the third series are presented, these are:-
The Plastic Max
The Three Musketeers Part 1
The Three Musketeers Part 2
Lipharvest Of The River
How The Bulletproof Vest Was Won
The Admirable Loombucket Part 1
The Admirable Loombucket Part 2
The Life Of J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock
Gaslight, Son Of Flicker
The Phantom Of Bogmouth Hip
A Man Is Two Foot Tall
Young Horne With A Man
The Maltese Brass Monkey
The Big Top
The Muffplaster Saga - The Discovery Of America
The Muffplaster Saga - The Boxer
The Muffplaster Saga - The Bullfighter
The Palone Ranger
The Head Of The BBC Who Came In Form The Cold
A five star release of a six star comedy.
Recommended to fans of Monty Python, Goon Show etc.