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Captain Barry Cryer welcomes you aboard a special edition of Comedy Greats showcasing a selection of the BBC's hit comedy shows that were adapted for listeners overseas.

During the 1950s to 1970s, a surprising number of series were either edited, rescripted or remade.

Barry reveals bits that never made it out of Blighty to enable shows to be better understood abroad.

The Clitheroe Kid - Another Mother for Ossie. From November 1965
The Navy Lark - Going Dutch. From November 1959
The Men From the Ministry - Birds of a Feather. Re-recording from 1980.
Hancock's Half Hour - The New Secretary. Re-recorded in November 1958.
Round the Horne - The Man With the Golden Thunderball. Re-recorded July 1966 with an edited version of the original script.
I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again - series 3 (10/13). Re-recording from 1966.

Produced by Kerry Reece for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

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3 hours

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Sat 13 Feb 2016 19:00