With Great Pleasure at Christmas 2014
Ian Hislop, star of Have I Got News for You, chooses his favourite writing. It is read by Jim Broadbent and Tamsin Greig. Recorded in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre.
Ian Hislop, star of Have I Got News for You and editor of Private Eye, chooses the pieces of writing that mean the most to him, with the help of readers Jim Broadbent and Tamsin Greig. It's a special Christmas edition of With Great Pleasure recorded in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre.
Robyn Stapleton joins them to sing My Love is like a Red Red Rose by Robert Burns. She's BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year.
Ian's choices range from poems that form part of his own family's Christmas tradition, such as The Oxen by Thomas Hardy, to newer works by Carol Ann Duffy, and extracts from plays he loves such as Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth. There are satirical pieces by Craig Brown and Spike Milligan, and sound archive recordings of comedy from Peter Cook, Alan Bennett, Danny Kaye, Mitchell & Webb and Flanders and Swann.
Producer Beth O'Dea.
The Oxen by Thomas Hardy
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The History Boys by Alan Bennett
Archive:The Great Train Robbery from Beyond the Fringe
Old Filth by Jane Gardam
Live singing by Robyn Stapleton: setting of Robert Burns’ poem My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose
Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare
The Moron by Anon
Archive: The Court Jester
The Duchess of Devonshire’s Diary by Craig Brown
England! With all thy faults I love thee still by Lord Byron
Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth
Last Post by Carol Ann Duffy
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
Archive: Mitchell and Webb- Nazi realisation sketch
Adolf Hitler- My Part in His Downfall by Spike Milligan
Archive: Flanders and Swann – The Slow Train