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The Comic Songbook

Documentary which celebrates Britain's tradition of comic songs, from Noel Coward's Mad Dogs and Englishmen to Benny Hill's Ernie, and reveals the skill involved in creating them.

Documentary which celebrates Britain's rich and much-loved tradition of comic songs, from Noel Coward's Mad Dogs and Englishmen to Benny Hill's Ernie, and reveals the skill involved in creating them.

Contributors include Monty Python's Michael Palin and Terry Jones, Neil Innes, Bill Oddie, the Now Show's Mitch Benn, producer Cameron Mackintosh, Nicholas Parsons, Ed Stewart and Kit and the Widow.

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Suzie Chard

    My Old Man Said Follow The Van

  • Victoria Wood

    The Ballad Of Barry and Freda (Let's Do It)

  • The Rutles

    Ouch!

  • Benny Hill

    Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)

  • Flanders and Swann

    The Hippopotamus Song

  • Noël Coward

    Mad Dogs and Englishmen

  • Kit & The Widow

    Bring It On

  • Ronnie Hilton

    Windmill In Old Amsterdam

  • Flight of the Conchords

    Business Time

  • Untitled

    My Old Man Said Follow The Van

  • George Formby

    With My Little Stick Of Blackpool Rock

  • Neil Innes

    My Little Ukulele

  • Flanders and Swann

    The Gnu Song

  • The Western Brothers

    In the Parlour when the Company's Gone

  • Flanders and Swann

    The Ostrich

  • Mitch Benn

    This Song Took Bloody Ages

  • Tom Lehrer

    Who's Next?

  • Tom Lehrer

    Pollution

  • Monty Python

    Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

  • Michael Palin

    The Lumberjack Song

  • Eric Idle

    Not The Noel Coward Song AKA The Penis Song

  • Neil Innes

    Bruce's Philosopher's Song

  • Burl Ives

    I Know An Old Lady

  • Vernon Dalhart

    The Runaway Train

  • Mandy Miller

    Nellie the Elephant

  • Stan Freberg

    Banana Boat Song

  • Charlie Drake

    My Boomerang Won't Come Back

  • Terry Scott

    My Brother

  • Neil Innes

    I'm The Urban Spaceman

  • Neil Innes

    I'm Going to Bring a Watermelon To My Girl Tonight

  • The Bonzo Dog Band

    Canyons Of Your Mind

  • The Goodies

    Funky Gibbon

  • Kit & The Widow

    Memories

  • Mitch Benn

    Dick Rowe Song

  • Kit & The Widow

    Edith Sitwell parody

  • Cole Porter

    Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love

  • Mitch Benn

    I Want An African Baby

  • Tom Basden

    There's A Ghost In My House

  • Tom Basden

    Is It Zara Phillips Or Is It The Horse?

  • Armstrong & Miller

    The Rohypnol Song

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