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Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation
Few can forget where they were eighteen years ago when they first heard "Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation". The show was an immediate smash-hit success, causing pubs to empty on a Saturday night, which was particularly astonishing since the show went out on Thursdays. The Light Entertainment department was besieged, questions were asked in the House and Jeremy Hardy himself became known as the man responsible for the funniest show on radio since Money Box Live with Paul Lewis.
Since that fateful first series, Jeremy went on to win Sony Awards, Writers Guild nominations and a Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He is a much-loved regular on both The News Quiz and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. He can't sing.
His unique world view once lead him to be likened to "an incendiary vicar". Gillian Reynolds called him "an idealist, a dissenter, a polemicist and moralist - he's a salutary reminder that jokes can, and should, be about big things". Passionate, polemical and erudite, Jeremy returns with lines like -
"Kids should never be fashion slaves, especially in the Far East. My 12-year old daughter asked me for a new pair of trainers. I told her she was old enough to go out and make her own."
"When women carrying babies go begging on the Underground, they get accused of using as them props. Where are they supposed to leave them? The beggars' creche at Oxford Circus?"
"Islam is no weirder than Christianity. Both are just Judaism with the jokes taken out."
And we leave you with two press quotes -
"The master of quietly inflammatory comedy"
The Evening Standard
"Made me drop the kettle in shock, but worth it"
Gillian Reynolds in The Daily Telegraph
Guests over the past eight series have included Alison Steadman, Juliet Stevenson, Miranda Richardson, Rebecca Front, Pauline McLynn and Meera Syall.
Also returning in this series will be Jeremy regular Gordon Kennedy.
The show is written by Jeremy Hardy.
And here's a personal word from Jeremy for those of you enjoying this on the website:
"Hello there. I'm Jeremy Hardy. Can you hear me OK? It's not that I'm not averse to new technology. Computers have their uses and save an enormous amount of time, which can then be devoted to poring through manuals, crying and trying to get through to the helpline for on site service. I actually have two computers, a desk-top and a laptop. The laptop is a sure sign of age, starting to use one corresponds with that time in life when you no longer sit up at the table to have your tea, you just have it on your lap. "Oh don't bother with a plate for me dear; just tip it on my trousers and I'll eat it with my fingers". And I know all teenagers want a computer of their own, but if they want to lock themselves in their rooms and damage their eyesight for hours on end, they don't need a computer to do it. And they punish you, computers. You make one mistake and a message flashes up - "You have destroyed your back-up files." No I didn't, you did it, you ratbag." And the spell-checker. You misspell "philately" by one letter and the suggested alternative words are pineapple, trouserpress, sodomy. We were better off when the computer was a big thing with spools which filled a whole warehouse and was operated by a treadle. So - enjoy the show."
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