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Not an Archers thread - John Finnemore

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Egosumquisum Sat 28-May-16 12:01:21

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EBearhug Sat 28-May-16 12:05:21

Yes. And I am first in the queue.
<stern look at Ego while sharpening elbows>

EBearhug Sat 28-May-16 12:06:33

Did you hear him with Susan Calman, where he was trying to get her to be spontaneous? I really enjoyed hat programme.

Egosumquisum Sat 28-May-16 12:09:47

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EBearhug Sat 28-May-16 15:22:18

Yes, I was surprised, too.

Fink Sat 28-May-16 15:43:03

I'm probably a weirdo for this: I love JF in most things, especially Souvenir Programme, but I really couldn't stand Cabin Pressure. I'm glad to find other fans - otherwise I'm accused of being too much of a pseud for not liking 'proper' comedy like Mrs Brown's Boys.

I didn't think the last series of Souvenir Programme was as good as the others though, got a bit self-referential.

But in general I think he's great. One of my favourite comedians. Let's link some sketches! I love this one

Egosumquisum Sat 28-May-16 16:20:52

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LassWiTheDelicateAir Sat 28-May-16 17:20:50

I'm probably a weirdo for this: I love JF in most things, especially Souvenir Programme, but I really couldn't stand Cabin Pressure

Sorry, but yes you are weird.

This however is possibly the best radio sketch ever written.

What I like about John Finnemore is that like Victoria Wood, he is a true original and manages to be funny without ever being cruel, racist , sexist , crude or sweary.

Egosumquisum Sat 28-May-16 17:27:43

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allegretto Sat 28-May-16 17:31:57

Don't forget the brilliant Double Acts!

Newes Sat 28-May-16 17:34:57

The one with John Bird as the Burglar was sublime.

LassWiTheDelicateAir Sat 28-May-16 18:15:12

Mastermind specialist subject.

Egosumquisum Sat 28-May-16 18:21:17

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AugustaFinkNottle Sun 29-May-16 13:09:59

Goodness, that's virtually the only time I've heard a Mastermind specialist round when I've known nearly all the answers! And it's not as if I've spent ages on it, but I do find the box set makes a long car journey pass very happily.

I like Souvenir Programme, but what I love about Cabin Pressure was the subtle way he developed the characters and their relationships with each other. You get Douglas and Martin being very wary of each other in the early stages moving to a situation where they're firm friends and supportive of each other; Douglas being superficially ultra-confident but actually with a distinct weak spot around the fact that he's not Captain; Arthur ending up in effect with substitute fathers in both Douglas and Herc; the Johannesburg episode when Martin discovers he can do clever things without Douglas to think them up for him; and the development of the whole Carolyn/Herc relationship. And I love subtle little touches like Carolyn reverting to a Northern accent when she's fighting with her sister. Plus, of course, some of the wonderful one-liners and brilliant episodes like Ipswich.

But I could do without feeling compelled to say "yellow car" whenever I see one. Is it just me, or are there more of them on the roads these days? Perhaps Finnemore is single-handedly responsible for that as well.

Egosumquisum Sun 29-May-16 15:07:05

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KingscoteStaff Sun 29-May-16 21:17:18

Best one ever.

Egosumquisum Sun 29-May-16 22:30:09

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Fink Mon 30-May-16 10:23:53

I love some of the stories. "So you want me to tell you a story"

Oh yes, this. The best one was the horse who thought it was a cat being ridden across the Atlantic ending in a mile high tower of horses toppling slowly onto the New York docks!

In fact, that whole episode was one of the best ever. I can't find the recording, but this is the transcript.

MrsArthurShappey Tue 31-May-16 13:37:57

The mastermind questions were stupidly long, and clearly written by Not A Fan, as they were really quite easy.

AugustaFinkNottle Tue 31-May-16 14:13:21

Yes, I must say that if they'd asked for, say, the name of Carolyn's brother in law or the person who interviewed Martin in Zurich, I would have found the questions much more difficult. Perhaps we should volunteer next time they have someone who asks for this as a specialist subject.

AlbusPercival Tue 31-May-16 14:17:01

I love JF too. He is so damned clever.

The only time I ever successfully cook or wash up is with one of his programmes on the radio to entertain me

TheFallenMadonna Tue 31-May-16 14:24:19

My 12 yo DD knew all the answers to those... Huge JF fans here. A bon mot for every occasion.

Egosumquisum Tue 31-May-16 17:16:25

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AugustaFinkNottle Tue 31-May-16 17:31:11

How many otters would fit in Gerti's luggage compartment?

What piano tune did Douglas play to wind up Carolyn and Herc?

For how long do the passenger oxygen generators produce oxygen?

What sport was it suggested would be played by a team comprising Herc's and Douglas's wives?

With whom does Prince Maximilian share a desk at school?

RueDeWakening Tue 31-May-16 17:35:14

Best. Song. Ever. And it's funny because it's true!

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