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Radio Active
1980s parody of a local radio station

A BBC radio comedy programme first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from 1980 to 1987.

The show was based around an imaginary local radio station and the programmes that it might transmit.
Characters on the show were mostly named after pieces of sound equipment, including rising star Mike Flex (Perkins), fading star Mike Channel (Deayton), "children's favourite" "Uncle" Mike Stand (Stevens) and the food-obsessed Anna Daptor (Atkinson-Wood). Also on the station's staff were the incomprehensible Nigel Pry (Pope), the incompetent Martin Brown (Stevens), the carefully enunciated "oh-so-daring" Mike Hunt (Pope), brusque owner Sir Norman Tonsil (Deayton), Norwegian correspondent Oivind Vinstra (Perkins), whose command of English was negligible, and Head of Religious Affairs the Right Reverend Reverend Wright (Deayton), who had a mail-order bride. Other regular characters were unsympathetic agony aunt Anna Rabies (Atkinson-Wood) and singing doctor Philip Percygo (Pope).

Other parodic elements included over-the-top jingles presenting the station telephone number for phone ins and introducing the commercials which included an exchange between Mary and June and a slot for Honest Ron ("the others are a con) (Stevens). The incompetent Radio Active Drama Repertory Company usually gave a performance, and episodes concluded with a handback designed to embarrass the following BBC continuity announcer.

Cast:
Anna Dapter (Helen Atkinson-Wood)
Mike Channel (Angus Deayton)
Mike Flex (Geoffrey Perkins)
Martin Brown (Michael Fenton-Stevens)
Mike Hunt (Philip Pope)
Nigel Pry (Philip Pope)
Oivind Vinstra (Geoffrey Perkins)
Sir Norman Tonsil (Angus Deayton)
Uncle Mike Stand (Michael Fenton-Stevens)

Written by Angus Deayton, Geoffrey Perkins (and Richard Curtis for the first series only)

  1. Radio Active - S01 - E00 - The Oxford Review (Pilot Episode) (17.5Mb)
  2. Radio Active - S01 - E01 - The Late Show With Mike Channel (25.2Mb)
  3. Radio Active - S01 - E02 - Bedrock - The Early Morning Breakfast Show With Mike Flex (25.4Mb)
  4. Radio Active - S01 - E03 - The Midday Show With Anna Daptor (24.4Mb)
  5. Radio Active - S01 - E04 - The Radio Active Roadshow (25Mb)
  6. Radio Active - S01 - E05 - What's News (24.2Mb)
  7. Radio Active - S01 - E06 - The Radio Active Awards (24.8Mb)
  8. Radio Active - S01 - E07 - The Hee Bee Gee Bees Story (24.9Mb)
  9. Radio Active - S02 - E01 - The History Of Radio Active (24.9Mb)
  10. Radio Active - S02 - E02 - Charity Radiothon (25.1Mb)
  11. Radio Active - S02 - E03 - Good Day Sport (24.3Mb)
  12. Radio Active - S02 - E04 - What's Going On (24.4Mb)
  13. Radio Active - S02 - E05 - The Nigel Pry Show (25.5Mb)
  14. Radio Active - S02 - E06 - Pick Of The Week (25.1Mb)
  15. Radio Active - S03 - E01 - Euroshow (25.7Mb)
  16. Radio Active - S03 - E02 - Probe Round The Back (12.6Mb)
  17. Radio Active - S03 - E03 - Funday (25.2Mb)
  18. Radio Active - S03 - E04 - Repeat After Three (25.8Mb)
  19. Radio Active - S03 - E05 - Lunchtime With Anna (26.1Mb)
  20. Radio Active - S03 - E06 - What's Going On At The Edinburgh Festival (25.2Mb)
  21. Radio Active - S03 - E07 - Radio Active's Christmas Turkey (24.5Mb)
  22. Radio Active - S04 - E01 - Salute To New York (24.5Mb)
  23. Radio Active - S04 - E02 - The Martin Brown Show (24.3Mb)
  24. Radio Active - S04 - E03 - Round Your Parts (24.4Mb)
  25. Radio Active - S04 - E04 - The Breakfast Show (24.9Mb)
  26. Radio Active - S04 - E05 - Minority Programmes (24.8Mb)
  27. Radio Active - S04 - E06 - Bio Show (25Mb)
  28. Radio Active - S04 - E07 - Gigantaquiz (25Mb)
  29. Radio Active - S04 - E08 - Martin Chizzlenutt (25.2Mb)
  30. Radio Active - S05 - E01 - Wimbledon Special (24.7Mb)
  31. Radio Active - S05 - E02 - Nuclear Debate (25.1Mb)
  32. Radio Active - S05 - E03 - Out Of Your Depth (25.1Mb)
  33. Radio Active - S05 - E04 - In Australia (24.9Mb)
  34. Radio Active - S05 - E05 - Get Away With You (24.8Mb)
  35. Radio Active - S05 - E06 - Wey Hey, It's Saturday (25.1Mb)
  36. Radio Active - S05 - E07 - Musical Festival (25Mb)
  37. Radio Active - S05 - E08 - Did You Catch It (24.7Mb)
  38. Radio Active - S06 - E01 - The Thodding By-Election (12.5Mb)
  39. Radio Active - S06 - E02 - The Fit And Fat Show (24.8Mb)
  40. Radio Active - S06 - E03 - Radio Active's Bogey Awards (24.8Mb)
  41. Radio Active - S06 - E04 - The D Day Show (24.7Mb)
  42. Radio Active - S06 - E05 - Radio Active Goes To The Movies (25.1Mb)
  43. Radio Active - S06 - E06 - Stop That Crime UK (24.4Mb)
  44. Radio Active - S06 - E07 - In House Documentary (25.3Mb)
  45. Radio Active - S06 - E08 - Backchat (24.7Mb)
  46. Radio Active - S07 - E01 - It Was Twenty Years Ago Last Tuesday (26.7Mb)
  47. Radio Active - S07 - E02 - Radio Radio Programme (26.8Mb)
  48. Radio Active - S07 - E03 - God Alone Knows (26.1Mb)
  49. Radio Active - S07 - E04 - Probe Round The Back (26.8Mb)
  50. Radio Active - S07 - E05 - Mike Says - Here's A Bit Of Talent (26.7Mb)
  51. Radio Active - S07 - E06 - Flu Special (26.3Mb)
  52. Radio Active - S07 - E07 - You And Your Things (27Mb)
  53. Radio Active - S07 - E08 - Radio Active's Mega Phone-In (26.6Mb)
  54. Radio Active - S07 - E09 - Radio Active's Digital Turn On (25.8Mb)

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