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Old 19th Feb 2016, 10:02
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Am I the only one who can't stand this R4 programme? 18:30 on Monday evenings have, for a few weeks, been mercifully free of Nicholas Parsons and crew, but, like a bad smell, they are back from Monday onwards.

Why? The stuff that's been on during the brief absence of this awful cringemaking tosh has been superb. Why can't we have more of that?
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Old 19th Feb 2016, 10:27
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I and SWMBO quite like it (it's a bit of fun) as do many others but if you don't like it switch off!
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Oh I will! But that is NOT the point!
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Old 19th Feb 2016, 10:48
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So is the point, then, that anything that you don't like should be taken off of the airwaves? Even if other people do like it (myself included)?
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The fastest time I move is to turn off when that programme is announced.

I used to listen to it many moons ago but I cannot stand Nicholas Parsons.
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Gosh! - about a third of 1% of the week - how very dare they.....!!

Beats any/most/all "Reality" stuff.
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I don't particularly like Nicholas Parsons but he hosts that programme well. I find it entertaining.
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Old 19th Feb 2016, 11:56
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Mr Parsons is to some extent doing a self-parody. And considering his age I am prepared to cut him some slack.

Paul Merton gives more value for money on this than his more well known TV-comedy-quiz role (especially considering the radio fee is probably only a tiny fraction of the TV one).

And anything is better than "Quote Unquote" (now happily deceased I think).

As Humphrey Littleton once quipped on "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue":

"Before we move on I would like to share with you something amusing I heard the other day on 'Quote Unquote'

[pause]

"Apparently they have a listen-again facility."

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Old 19th Feb 2016, 12:18
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Am I the only one who can't stand this R4 programme?
No, you're not, I can't stand it either.
[/Gosh! - about a third of 1% of the week
Well, actually, it's 20% of the week's 6:30-7pm cooking dinner slots, when one is looking for some audio entertainment.
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Old 19th Feb 2016, 12:32
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So it's not just me then. Suspected as much!
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Old 19th Feb 2016, 13:39
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It's better than some of the other tosh that inhabits that slot, but I don't go out of my way to listen to it...


Nothing beats ISIHAC though...
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Nothing beats ISIHAC though...
There was a time when that was true but it seems to me to have burned itself out lately.
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So it's not just me then. Suspected as much!
If you don't like anchovies, don't eat anchovies!
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Old 19th Feb 2016, 14:25
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I don't mind this prog at all, in fact Radio Four do comedy quite well.

But, if I hear the voice of Libby Purves.........?

It's OFF!
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Old 19th Feb 2016, 14:33
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Another ISIHAC fan here..
I bought Madame an internet radio the other day and there are a couple of comedy channels that I've found that regularly broadcast ISIHAC episodes.. Stops me from shouting at the traffic for a few hours!
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it seems to me to have burned itself out lately.
Not quite as good as it's heyday but there's still plenty of very funny moments. In my opinion of course...!
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Old 19th Feb 2016, 15:24
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Bring back Call My Bluff with Frank Muir and Patrick Campbell, that was wit.
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Old 19th Feb 2016, 15:55
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Just a minute - aptly named, as that's about how long it plays here.

If former guests such as Kenneth Williams and Clement Freud were to be re-instated the programme would be much improved.
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Old 19th Feb 2016, 15:57
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I remember Nicholas Parsons from the old Sale of the Century on TV, which my parents loved, but I couldn't stand. I thought he was a patronising and pompous p---t. But all credit to his stamina, and I do like hearing the panel taking the p--s out of him on R4.
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Old 19th Feb 2016, 16:02
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Ed Reardon, anything from John Finnimore, ISIHAC of course, that series where the bloke in London phones his parents in Sheffield, Museum of Curiosity, even Count Arthur Strong.... All very acceptable.

JAM isn't the only serving of anchovies that BBC presents in that slot, but my objection is it seems to be the default setting for Mondays being served up far more often than anything else in that slot.
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