Celia Imrie, Alison Steadman, John Bird and Rebecca Front are among the cast of these six comedy two-handers written by Cabin Pressure's John Finnemore.
The stories are: 'A Flock of Tigers'; 'Wysinnwig'; 'Red-Handed'; 'The Goliath Window'; 'English for Pony-Lovers'; and 'Hot Desk'.
Also among the cast are Charles Edwards, Isy Sutie, Lawrie Lewin, John Finnemore, Simon Kane, Beth Mullen, Matthew Baynton and Jenny Bede.
©2016 John Finnemore (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks
"If you like stories"
you are absolutely going to love this. Every one of these starts off by making you presume something, and then goes on to absolutely smash your presumtions. It's great fun (as is the case with Finnemore) and clever to boot. The actors and actresses are splendid in what they do. Absolute candy for your brain. My favourite was the 'Goliath window'. That was the one I didn't see coming in any shape or form. Really, I couldn't recommend this more.
"One story made a German laugh out loud"
A sense of humor is about as individual as a fingerprint. Some people love Finnemore and some don't, as with any comedian. He is without doubt clever, intelligent, and witty, though at times he descends into silliness. I loved "Cabin Pressure" and a many of the sketches in "Souvenir Programme."
This collection is different and has an uneven quality. I thought the first and last stories, for example, were utterly pointless. The bathroom fittings sketch was annoying.
But I loved John Bird as the burglar. (Has he ever given a poor performance? I don't know of one). "The Goliath Window" was over-the-top and totally British. And the whole thing was worth it because of the one sketch that sparkles with word play and satirical brilliance, "English for Pony Lovers."
Over Christmas, I played this last for my elderly mother, who is German. There is little evidence anyone in her family possesses a sense of humor, and I never know what she will think is funny, but she laughed out loud over Lorna and Elke! (Her favorite thing now is to say the word "goats" with a heavy Leeds accent).
If you already love this comedian, give this a go. If not, I don't think it's the best introduction to his work.
I did enjoy a couple of the stories. But it would be no great loss not to have listened at all.
If you have not listened to Cabin Pressure then you will love it much more than this.
"Not Finnemore's Best"
If you haven't listened to Finnemore before, I suggest that you start with *Cabin Pressure*. *Double Acts* is not his best.
But this still charming and funny.
"Another amusing John Finnemore production!"
I have been a John Finnemore fan ever since being introduced to Cabin Pressure. I love his wit and marvel at his ability to create amusing skits and stories for BBC radio. I would recommend this recording to others as it gives you several single-act duo recordings on a variety of amusing topics.
Wonderful. John Finnemore has mastered the craft of the teleplay. Double Acts, like any Finnemore production, is witty, kind, charming, sweet, and hilarious.
"Just love Johns humor"
Not as long as I'd like but then it would have to be hours and hours! If you like any of his stuff you will like this too.
"Entertaining as always."
I love John Finnemores' writing. His humour is intelligent and charming and never fails to entertain. His stories are original, inventive and beguiling. Can't wait to download more.
"Funny, intriguing, beautiful and touching."
This stopped me in my tracks. A quite brilliant collection or heartwarming, hilarious and clever stories. Encore! Encore!
"double act. Twice the fun."
Very good plays. Each won is very interesting. slightly off - beat and the naration/acting is excellent too.
Very clever constructs - a great few hours worth of entertainment.
very different from other works by John Connectors but well written, cleverly cast and snappy dialogues. Yup, well worth adding to your collection.
I bought this when I was actually a bit broke and saw that my annual credits sub had been paid automatically. Under the circumstances it had its work cut out. So pleased I got it! John Finnemore is so clever with language, and people, and office politics. When I wasn't smiling I was laughing out loud. On my own AND in company. If you enjoy Cabin Pressure I warn you, this is funnier - and I love cabin Pressure.
Only downside is only 6 episodes...
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