Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, and Hugh Paddick star in 16 episodes of the anarchic 1960s radio comedy.
Round the Horne arrived on BBC radio in 1965, bringing laughter to Sunday lunchtimes throughout the land. Over the course of 16 weekly episodes it carved a niche in the history of broadcast comedy, a sketch show which prodded the boundaries of propriety and innuendo. At its heart was the suave and upstanding Kenneth Horne, around which revolved the multiple naughty personas of Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick, and Bill Pertwee.
Among the parade of regular characters were Julian and Sandy, the camp couple of resting thespians happy to turn their hands to anything, Rambling Syd Rumbo the musical cordwangler, Fiona and Charles the passionate duo, and J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock the world’s dirtiest man. Meanwhile regular film parodies, spoof sagas and musical interludes peppered the mix.
Round the Horne earned its place in the annals of comedy history, and is fondly remembered today as a groundbreaking series that influenced many more to come. Here the entire first series can be enjoyed once again.
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It's amazing how far they could push the lines of acceptance and taste, back in the day. The episodes really feel timeless and aside from a handful of topical references and contemporary music, they do not really date. If you enjoy British comedy, this is as classical as it gets.
"Daft, Silly, Briliant!"
Its not really a book, just a radio show, but very silly and funny at the same time.
Too many "one liners" to count. The James Bond parodies were my favorite.
All episodes had great moments, worthy of another listen at least once more (may be two or three times to get the jokes I missed).
Laughed out loud more than once.
Innuendo certainly, but very gentle humor.
The brilliant manner in which the actors portray their characters and the manner in which the lines are written make Round the Horne timeless! One would expect a satirical radio show to be rather dated however with brilliant one-liners and memorable characters this can be enjoyed at any time! Quite a lot of the content is very applicable to a modern audience and a modern world; and all of the characters are played so well that even if the line itself is a little dated; one still laughs at the general context as it is presented so well! Would definitely recommend! I have listened to this many times, many many times, many times!
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