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The Burkiss Way
1970s BBC radio sketch comedy.

The Burkiss Way is a BBC Radio 4 sketch comedy series, originally broadcast between August 1976 and November 1980. It was written by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick, with additional material in early episodes by John Mason, Colin Bostock-Smith, Douglas Adams, John Lloyd and others. The show starred Denise Coffey (series 1), Jo Kendall (series 2 onward), Chris Emmett, Nigel Rees and Fred Harris. The series had three producers, announced as "Simon Brett of Stepney", "John Lloyd of Europe", and "David 'Hatch of the BBC' Hatch".

The show's humour was based on surrealism and literary and media parodies, sprinkled with puns. The series had its roots in two half-hour sketch shows entitled Half-Open University which Marshall and Renwick had written with Mason for Radio 3 as a parody of Open University programmes. The first, broadcast on 25 August 1975, spoofed science, the second, on 1 December 1975, history. In a similar vein, The Burkiss Way was styled around fictional correspondence courses by "Professor Emil Burkiss" entitled The Burkiss Way to Dynamic Living.

  1. Pilot: Half-Open University 1 (6.9Mb)
  2. Pilot: Half-Open University 2 (6.9Mb)
  3. Peel Bananas The Burkiss Way (5.5Mb)
  4. Pass Examinations The Burkiss Way (5.6Mb)
  5. The Burkiss Special With James Burkiss (5.4Mb)
  6. Solve Murders The Burkiss Way (5.2Mb)
  7. Keep Unfit The Burkiss Way (5.4Mb)
  8. Win Awards The Burkiss Way (4Mb)
  9. Influence Friends And Win People (6.3Mb)
  10. Plan Christmas Schedules The Burkiss Way (6.3Mb)
  11. Gain Spiritual Fulfilment The Burkiss Way (6.3Mb)
  12. Govern Britain The Burkiss Way (6.2Mb)
  13. Journey Into The Unknown The Burkiss Way (6.2Mb)
  14. Make Short Comedy Programs Too (6.3Mb)
  15. Commerate The Jubilee The Burkiss Way (6.3Mb)
  16. Do You Know What The Burkiss Way (6.2Mb)
  17. Skive From School The Burkiss Way (6.3Mb)
  18. Get Off With Life The Burkiss Way (6.3Mb)
  19. This Is Your Life The Burkiss Way (6.2Mb)
  20. Become A Rock Star The Burkiss Way (6.3Mb)
  21. Replace The Burkiss Way (6.2Mb)
  22. Discover Gravity The Burkiss Way (6.4Mb)
  23. Get Cut Off The Burkiss Way (6.2Mb)
  24. Succeed In Business The Burkiss Way (6.2Mb)
  25. Son Of The Burkiss Way (6.5Mb)
  26. One Hour To Burkiss Way (6.4Mb)
  27. Not To Be Opened Until Christmas (6.4Mb)
  28. First Prize The Burkiss Way (6.4Mb)
  29. Around The World The Burkiss Way (6.5Mb)
  30. Ignore These Programme Titles (5.4Mb)
  31. Complain About The Burkiss Way (6.1Mb)
  32. Not The Burkiss Way (6.5Mb)
  33. Bruce's Choice / Start New Series the Burkiss Way (6.5Mb)
  34. The Last Burkiss Way (6.3Mb)
  35. The Next To Last Burkiss Way (6Mb)
  36. Remember The Burkiss Way (6.2Mb)
  37. Rise From The Grave The Burkiss Way (6.3Mb)
  38. Is Britain Going The Burkiss Way? Part 1 (6.2Mb)
  39. Is Britain Going The Burkiss Way? Part 2 (6.3Mb)
  40. Repeat Yourself The Burkiss Way (6.2Mb)
  41. Repeat Yourself The Burkiss Way (6.3Mb)
  42. Avoid Like The Plague The Burkiss Way (6.2Mb)
  43. Eric Pode of Croydon Easter Special (6.1Mb)
  44. Love Big Brother The Burkiss Way (6.3Mb)
  45. The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Burkiss Way (6.1Mb)
  46. Wave Goodbye To CBEs The Burkiss Way (6.4Mb)

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