The Burkiss Way

1970s BBC radio sketch comedy
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BBC Radio 4 comedy sketch show written mainly by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick, starring Chris Emmett, Fred Harris, Jo Kendal, Nigel Rees and Denise Coffey, broadcast from 1976 to 1980 (following 2 pilot shows in 1975: "The Half Open University"). The show purported to be A Correspondence Course In Dynamic Living but was actually a series of sketches which blended into each other in a stream of pun-laden surrealism. A worthy successor to "The Goon Show" and "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again", it stretched the medium of radio to even greater lengths of absurdity. Most of the later programmes had a remarkably complex structure as the programme temporarily left one sketch to join another, often returning to the original sketch much later in the programme. A programme might be dropped on the floor and broken, only to be reassembled in the wrong order, or the closing credits might appear at the beginning of the show, which would then work its way methodically backwards to finish at the beginning. "Lesson 31" and "Lesson 32" are a single episode masquerading as two half-episodes, the first of which ends series 3 and the second of which begins series 4. There are two "Lesson 39"s, both entitled "Repeat Yourself the Burkiss Way", which have identical beginnings. "Lesson 28" and "Lesson 47" were cut short by BBC censorship although the latter was restored in 2009.

  1. PILOT The Half-Open University S01 E01 (27.5Mb)
  2. PILOT The Half-Open University S01 E02 (27.4Mb)
  3. Lesson 1 Peel Bananas The Burkiss Way (22Mb)
  4. Lesson 2 Pass Examinations The Burkiss Way (3.2Mb)
  5. Lesson 3 The Burkiss Special With James Burk (3.1Mb)
  6. Lesson 4 Solve Murders The Burkiss Way (3Mb)
  7. Lesson 5 Keep Unfit The Burkiss Way (3.1Mb)
  8. Lesson 6 Win Awards The Burkiss Way (16.2Mb)
  9. Lesson 7 Influence Friends And Win People The Burkiss Way (25.1Mb)
  10. Lesson 8 Plan Christmas Schedules The Burkiss Way (25Mb)
  11. Lesson 9 Gain Spiritual Fulfilment The Burkiss Way (24.8Mb)
  12. Lesson 10 Govern Britain The Burkiss Way (25Mb)
  13. Lesson 11 Journey Into The Unknown The Burkiss Way (25.1Mb)
  14. Lesson 12 Make Short Comedy Programmes The Burkiss Way (25.2Mb)
  15. Lesson 13 Commemorate The Jubilee The Burkiss Way (25Mb)
  16. Lesson 14 Do You-Know-What The Burkiss Way (25.3Mb)
  17. Lesson 15 Skive From School The Burkiss Way (25.3Mb)
  18. Lesson 16 Get Off With Life The Burkiss Way (25.3Mb)
  19. Lesson 17 This Is Your Life The Burkiss Way (24.7Mb)
  20. Lesson 18 Become A Rock Star The Burkiss Way (25.4Mb)
  21. Lesson 19 Replace The Burkiss Way (25.1Mb)
  22. Lesson 20 Discover Gravity The Burkiss Way (12.6Mb)
  23. Lesson 21 Get Cut Off The Burk (12.6Mb)
  24. Lesson 22 Succeed In Business The Burkiss Way (12.4Mb)
  25. Lesson 23 Son Of The Burkiss Way (12.6Mb)
  26. Lesson 24 One Hour To The Burkiss Way (11.5Mb)
  27. Lesson 25 Not To Be Opened Until Christmas (12.7Mb)
  28. Lesson 26 First Prize The Burkiss Way (12.6Mb)
  29. Lesson 27 Around The World The Burkiss Way (12.6Mb)
  30. Lesson 28 Ignore These Programme Titles The Burkiss Way (11.9Mb)
  31. Lesson 29 Complain About The Burkiss Way (12.4Mb)
  32. Lesson 30 Not The Burkiss Way (12.6Mb)
  33. Lesson 31 Bruces Choice & Lesson 32 Start New Series The Burkiss Way (12.7Mb)
  34. Lesson 33 The Last Burkiss Way (12.7Mb)
  35. Lesson 34 The Next To Last Burkiss Way (12.7Mb)
  36. Lesson 35 Remember The Burkiss Way (12.5Mb)
  37. Lesson 36 Rise From The Grave The Burkiss Way (12.7Mb)
  38. Lesson 37 Is Britain Going The Burkiss Way Part 1 (12.5Mb)
  39. Lesson 38 Is Britain Going The Burkiss Way Part 2 (12.7Mb)
  40. Lesson 39 Repeat Yourself The Burkiss Way Part 1 (12.6Mb)
  41. Lesson 39 Repeat Yourself The Burkiss Way Part 2 (12.7Mb)
  42. Lesson 40 Avoid Like The Plague The Burkiss Way (12.6Mb)
  43. Lesson 41 Eric Pode Of Croydon's Easter Special (24.9Mb)
  44. Lesson 42 The Man From The Burkiss Way (12.6Mb)
  45. Lesson 43 Sack The Burkiss Way (12.4Mb)
  46. Lesson 44 Love Big Brother The Burkiss Way (12.4Mb)
  47. Lesson 45 Write Extremely Long Titles The Burkiss Way (12.5Mb)
  48. Lesson 46 Settle Out Of Court The Burkiss Way (12.4Mb)
  49. Lesson 47 Wave Goodbye To CBE's The Burkiss Way (25Mb)

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