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Grievous Bodily Radio

1997 sketch comedy series from BBC Radio 4
from archive.org

As the name suggests Grievous Bodily Radio is series which tended to be bruising.

This quarter-hour sketch show was written by newcomers Jon Holmes and Andy Hurst, who performed it with Mike Chequer, Emma Clarke and the impressionist Peter Serafinowicz.

The high-octane presentation combined well-constructed versions of obvious comic ideas (Terry Wogan as a closet gangsta rap fanatic, etc) with a kind of studied, deliberate crassness reminiscent of Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun.

With its abrasive material and youth-oriented references, the show was typical of the kind of programming which had, until recently, been heard on Radio 1: the original intention was to broadcast it on both stations (as had been done with a couple of shows in 1993), but the Radio 1 policy decision to end comedy programming came into effect before the series made it to air.

Sadly, Radio 4 proved unable to assimilate Grievous Bodily Radio's style after a number of complaints from listeners, the sixth and final show in the run was pulled (it was replaced, without explanation, with a compilation of safe material from earlier shows), and the series was not repeated or recommissioned.

  1. s01 e01 (26.1Mb)
  2. s01 e02 (24.9Mb)
  3. s01 e03 (26.2Mb)
  4. s01 e04 (25.3Mb)
  5. s01 e05 (22.1Mb)

MP3 files hosted by archive.org.