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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.

58 minutes

Last on

New Year's Day 2015 20:00


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


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