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Shortlisted for the BBC Audio Drama Award 2015 for Best Scripted Comedy (Studio Audience)In the complete Series 1-4 of the multi-award-winning hit show from the people who brought you Cabin Pressure and Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive, stand-up comedian Marcus Brigstocke has been put in charge of a thing!In each episode, Marcus finds he's volunteered to be in charge of a big old thing - a hospital, a prison, the banking system, the great British press - and each week he starts out by thinking "e;Well, it can't be that difficult, surely?"e; and ends up with "e;Oh - turns out it's utterly difficult and complicated. Who knew...?"e;.Helping him fail to find the answers are regular guest stars such as Rufus Jones (Hunderby, Holy Flying Circus), William Andrews (Sorry, I've Got No Head), Margaret Cabourn-Smith (Miranda) and Colin Hoult (from Ricky Gervaise's Derek). Together they tackle the ills of British society, from the House Of Lords and internet trolling all the way up to the big issues - like why a paisley hanky is good for hiding disreputable stains, and how to use toothpaste to fool your landlord.Written by Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Salsby, Toby Davies, Nick Doody, Dan Tetsell, Steve Punt and Tom Neenan.Produced by David TylerA Pozzitive Production for BBC Radio 4(c) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (p) 2021BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
All five series of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy - plus World Cup, Glastonbury and Brexit Specials'Not since I first heard Alan [Partridge] have I felt so sure that I was in the presence of an immortal' Sunday TelegraphMeet Budleigh Salterton's most famous son, Giles Wemmbley Hogg: bumbling backpacker, fearless investigator of cultural diversity, connoisseur of Eastern philosophies and upper middle-class student ponce. In these five series, armed with his trusty portable DAT and his Charterhouse rugby shirt, Giles bravely ventures forth to far-off foreign lands and records his adventures.His meanderings take him from the Sudan to Las Vegas - but wherever he goes, he always manages to make a thumping great prat of himself. His escapades include toppling the Terracotta Army in China; unleashing a deadly Pharaoh's curse in Egypt, bankrupting a Japanese financial institution; organising an Agatha Christie-style septuagenarian hen night on the Orient Express and serving up a full-scale biohazard lockdown in Yumsk. Grounded by the Home Office and his father, he sets up a travel advice/events management website from his bedroom, proudly named GWH Travvel ('two m's, two g's, two v's: bit of a mix up at the printers'). And when an American mogul tries to buy up his beloved town, Giles decides to run for Mayor...Also included are five special episodes featuring the intrepid traveller and worldly guru. In the 3-part, World-Cup-themed Giles Wemmbley Hogg Geht Zum FussballWeltmeisterschaft Weg!, he heads to Germany to report on the famous football competition - and finds himself embroiled in a series of baffling adventures and mishaps. In ...to Glastonbury, he blunders muddily around the Festival, accompanied by his ever-unhelpful fiancee Bella and a ragtag assortment of hippies; and in ...Article 50, he vows to heal the rift between Brexiteers and Remoaners once and for all by ruddy well sorting out Brexit.Written by Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Salsby and Toby Davies, and starring Marcus Brigstocke as Giles and Doon Mackichan and Catherine Tate as Arabella, this hilarious spoof travelogue features a wealth of guest stars including Tom Goodman-Hill, Dave Lamb, Rebecca Front, Neil Dudgeon, Olivia Colman, David Mitchell, Celia Imrie, Alison Steadman, Morwenna Banks, Mitch Benn, Laura Solon, Miranda Hart, Raad Rawi, Alexander Armstrong, Richard Dillane, and Sandi ToksvigProduction creditsConceived by Marcus Brigstocke and Jeremy SalsbyWritten by Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Salsby and Toby DaviesAdditional material by Graeme GardenProduced by David TylerA Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 16 July-20 August 2002 (Series 1), 15 October-19 November 2003 (Series 2), 25 January-1 March 2005 (Series 3), 18 June-2 July 2006 (Giles Wemmbley Hogg Geht Zum Fussballweltmeisterschaft Weg!), 26 June 2007 (...to Glastonbury), 14 December 2009-4 January 2010 (Series 4), 28 November-19 December 2011 (Series 5), 28 March 2019 (...Article 50)List of Content* Series 1* Series 2* Series 3* Giles Wemmbley Hogg Geht Zum Fussballweltmeisterschaft Weg!* To Glastonbury - special episode* Series 4* Series 5* Article 50 - special Brexit episodeCastGiles - Marcus BrigstockeArabella - Doon Mackichan/Catherine TatePuffy Lympstone-Gough - Tom Goodman-HillCharlotte Wemmbley Hogg - Catherine ShepherdMr Timmis - Adrian Scarborough/Vincent Franklin(c)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
'There's probably no God ... but I wish there was. I've got some things I need to ask him.'Based on Marcus Brigstocke's award-winning Edinburgh and West End show, God Collar focuses on the 'God-shaped hole' that opens up in Marcus's life following the death of his best friend. Exploring his own issues surrounding faith - his lack of it, his need for it, some people's waste of it and what good purposes it might serve if he could get hold of it - he rails against the holy trinity of Abrahamic religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) while atheists, agnostics and believers of all faiths get it in the neck too. God Collar is a scathing look at modern faith that will leave you laughing out loud and examining your own beliefs in equal measure.'As luck would have it, my relationship with God is as dysfunctional and peppered with resentment and recrimination as ever, so this should make for good writing.'
Exploring his own issues surrounding faith - his lack of it, his need for it, some people's waste of it and what good purposes it might serve if he could get hold of it - he rails against the holy trinity of Abrahamic religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) while atheists, agnostics and believers of all faiths get it in the neck too.