12/12 Russell Davies winds up his review, featuring 'Radio Active' and 'After Henry'. From 1988.
11/12 From I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, right up to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
10/12 Russell Davies recalls how radio improvisation gave way to 1960s establishment-baiting.
9/12 The end of The Goon Show hailed a fresh decade of change.
8/12 Includes Hancock, The Goons, The Lyons, Beyond Our Ken, Joyce Grenfell and Basil Boothroyd
7/12 Russell Davies recalls the early 1950s, with the impending arrival of 'The Goon Show'.
6/12 Russell Davies celebrates post-war performers. Featuring Tommy Handley.
5/12 Russell Davies celebrates the performers who helped boost wartime morale.
4/12 Russell Davies reviews the BBC's variety artistes of the Second World War.
3/12 Russell Davies' survey of wireless mirth reaches the onset of the Second World War.
2/12 Russell Davies looks at the 1930s with a clip-packed taste of the BBC's Variety department
1/12 Russell Davies remembers the earliest on-air comedians, with a taste of pre-war humour.