For the last few months there have been a rash of quite ancient
comedy parlour games being adapted to Twitter where groups of friends
devise, in 140 characters of course, punnery and wordplay around film
and tv titles. Just in the last month credit crunch movies (eg: The Italian Jobless), medieval movies (eg: You've Got Chain Mail)
have had their moment in the sun. In response a small group of Radio 4 fans
including a lot of the Twitter regulars working here have had minutes
of fun of an evening adapting these memes to our favourite national speech network; CreditCrunchRadio4 spawned for example the rather bleak The Pip. My best attempt at medievalradio4 was You and Your Serf (sorry). However none so far had generated more than a brief flurry of interest.
At first there was just a handful of top quality responses from someregularcontributors , and a couple of lame attempts from yours truly and it looked it was time for bed and the shipping forecast as usual. However I work up this morning and there were incredibly nearly a thousand tweets of programme titles mostly containing boos, wees and lots more Tims. About midnight Radio 4's very own King of Twitter; Mitch Benn had joined in and gradually by the time all his legions of followers had picked up on it; Radio 4 - minus 1 letter, was in Twitter parlance, trending. So to avoid you doing the rather hard work of sifting through the tweet archive.
Our favourite 20 #radio4minus1letter tweets
higgis: A look at Judeo-Roman history through one woman's obsession with a charioteer: Woman's Hur #radio4minus1letter · View
richardberryuk: #radio4minus1letter - "lose ends" an invited panel have to find the end of the sellotape roll · View
#radio4minus1letter Fedback- Roger Bolton tries to answer listeners'
letters and emails but finds someone's done it already. · View
MitchBenn: #radio4minus1letter Loose Eds - Stourton, Mair and Reardon on a bender · View
jasperparsnip: #radio4minus1letter Dow the line. Musings on American industrial averages. · View
rpudd: #radio4minus1letter Bok at Bedtime. Members of the South African rugby team read from their memoirs. · View
Now obviously this sort of japery wasn't invented yesterday. In fact this blog post is really a long way round of reminding you all that the true masters of this activity for over nearly 40 years no less. Are back! (Monday June 15th: 6.30pm) And not on Twitter. Well apart from him.
(Oh. A handful of the tweets online have a high innuendo factor. If the thought of what Samantha has got up to over the years offends then steer clear.)
Ok. If you're bored on the commute home tonight. mmm. #radio4plus1letter. That could be fun.
Jem Stone is Portfolio Executive for Social Media at BBC Audio & Music
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