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Mastering the Universe
2 November to
7 December 2005
Wednesdays 11.00-11.15pm
Mastering the Universe
Spoiling someone else's pleasure is the most deeply rewarding of all the controlling arts. Feeling cold in restaurants, hiding behind your hair, answering in monosyllables, making a little tutting noise when anyone says something amusing - these are just some of the tried and tested fun-prevention techniques which have been used by miserable sods down the centuries.
Next week at this time:

With Professor Joy Klamp (Dawn French) as our guide we'll be taking a punishing journey into the heart of sulkiness. Joy will be putting us in touch with our inner spoilsport and releasing that right bleeding miseryguts who'd rather be seen dead than having a good time.

Not for me, you say, I' m quite a cheerful sort of person generally. Nonsense! How come bad news about your friends always really cheers you up?

Everyone has the right to be a drag and a grumblebottom. You don't have to wear a squashy velvet hat or work for the social services or drive a Fiat Panda. No, sulking transcends the barriers of class, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

Using fake archive material, workshops, role-plays and the very latest interactive sulking technology, Joy will show you the way to tackle knotty problems like how to ruin parties and visits to the cinema, how to spoil a holiday and how to make the most of that migraine. By the end of the series you will have discovered how Christmas, birthdays, weddings or just an evening in front of the telly can be turned into a complete nightmare for all concerned - apart from yourself of course! 

Christopher Douglas
Most recently, Chris co-wrote and starred in Ed Reardon's Week , on Radio 4. Series 2 of Ed is recording soon and goes out in December 2005.

Chris has co-written and starred in three series of Dave Podmore's Cricket Fix for Radio 4. There was also a recent Pod - Ashes special on Radio 4 to tie in with this summer's Ashes series. Pod has a regular column in The Guardian, a collection of which has been published by Methuen.

Chris also co-wrote the classic, Nicholas Craig - I An Actor ( Methuen ) with Nigel Planer, which toured the country as a stage show last year. Chris directed the stage show.

Chris has numerous TV writing credits, including Spitting Image
Nick Newman
Nick is one of the country's leading cartoonists. His work appears in Private Eye, The Sunday Times, The Spectator, The Independent and The Guardian. 
Nick co-wrote two series of the recent BBC1 series My dad's the Prime Minister with Ian Hislop.

As well as being involved in the writing of Dave Podmore , Nick co-wrote the Radio 4 series, Gush , with Ian Hislop, and has written for Spitting Image , Harry Enfield & Chums , Maureen Lipman and Dawn French (Nick wrote for Dawn on her BBC 2 series, Murder Most Horrid ). 
Professor Joy Clamp - Dawn French

The Sourpussy posse - Christopher Douglas, Sally Grace, Lucy Montgomery and Dan Tetsell .

Other cast members include - Geoffrey Whitehead, Joanna Scanlan, Alice Lowe , Geoffrey McGivern, Ewan Bailey, Nicola Sanderson and Adam Shipway. 
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