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Comedy and Quizzes
THIS IS CRAIG BROWN
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From 25 February 2004 11.00-11.15pm
This Is Craig Brown
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Mixing parody, mockery, farce, satire, verse, pastiche, spoonerism, phonetics, social observation and nonsense, This Is Craig Brown brings the very best of Craig's inspired humour to Radio 4.

The stellar cast includes Rory Bremner, Harry Enfield along with Radio 4's own Charlotte Green and John Humphrys.

From steamy first-hand accounts by the five most distinguished people never to have had sex with Marilyn Monroe to parodies of the Queen and Tony Benn, from Barry Norman's interview with Daffy Duck to The Complete Works of William Shakespeare for telephone, This Is Craig Brown is a hilarious selection of work by the writer recently named by Vanity Fair as Britain's foremost satirist.

There is also thoughtful comment from Brown's ever-popular alter egos Bel Littlejohn and Wallace Arnold, plus contributions from such absurd characters as Terence Conran, Andy Warhol and John Humphrys as he interviews a Home Office minister about a storm in a teacup.

Plundering from his vast back catalogue of diaries, parodies and general silliness from Private Eye and The Telegraph, the show is a mixture of monologues, dramatisations, verse and other bits. Music segues through the show, linking the different material. The style of the series is Chris Morris' Blue Jam meets Alan Bennett's Talking Heads.

The Writer

Columnist and satirical writer Craig Brown was educated at Eton and Bristol University then moved straight down to London to pursue a career as a freelance journalist. Brown appears in the UK media under a variety of disguises. In The Independent on Sunday he is Wallace Arnold, he's Bel Littlejohnin The Guardian, and he has a diary in Private Eye under a number of topical guises.
As well as writing comedy shows such as Norman Ormal for TV, Craig has a regular column in The Daily Telegraph, has written the books The Little Book of Chaos, The Marsh Marlowe Letters and The Hounding of John Thomas.

Praise for Craig Brown

"The wittiest writer in Britain today" Stephen Fry

"Craig Brown is astonishing, uncanny in his uncanniness, his every wicked paragraph doing what a born satirist is born to do." Alan Coren

"The funniest journalist of his generation." Harry Enfield

"Among the finest literary parody we have." Rory Bremner

Cast:
Rory Bremner
Harry Enfield
Edward Fox
Charlotte Green
Melanie Hudson
John Humphrys
Hugh Massingbird
Geoffrey McGivern
Felicity Montagu
Barry Norman

Narrator:
Hugo Weaving (agent Smith in the film The Matrix and Lord Elrond in Lord of the Rings)

Script Editor:
A writer on The News Quiz, Simon Littlefield is an experienced comedy writer who has just been commissioned to write the radio adaptation of The Rotters Club. Simon has also written for Rory Bremner and the BAFTA Award-winning Double Take for BBC 2
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