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Fresh Meat Peep Show

Mary Anne Hobbs is joined by comedy writer Sam Bain, who worked on Fresh Meat, Peep Show and Four Lions, to talk about what makes a great sitcom and the secret to funny writing.

What makes a great sitcom? What's the secret to funny? Comedy writer Sam Bain joins Mary Anne to talk turkey.

Bain is the co-creator of hit series Peep Show and Fresh Meat. His other writing credits include Smack The Pony, Rev. The Thick Of It, My Parents Are Aliens, That Mitchell And Webb Look, and the Chris Morris movie Four Lions. At the British Comedy Awards 2010 he received the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award alongside his writing partner Jesse Armstrong.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Big Brother & The Holding Company

    Piece Of My Heart

    Singer: Janis Joplin.
    • CBS.
  • Massive Attack & Tricky

    Take It There

    • Virgin EMI.
  • Tame Impala

    Apocalypse Dreams

    • MODULAR.
  • Courtney Barnett

    Elevator Operator

    • Marathon Artists.
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    Are You Experienced

    • MCA.
  • Overcoats

    Nightime Hunger

    • Self released.
  • Golden Rules

    Holy Macaroni

    • Lex Records.
  • Caribou

    Can't Do Without You

    • City Slang.
  • Primal Scream

    Where The Light Gets In

    • First International/Ignition.
  • Sunriser

    • Aldous Harding

      I'm So Sorry

      • Spunk.
  • John Martyn

    May You Never

    • Island.
  • Okkervil River

    Lost Coastlines

    • CD SINGLE.
    • 1.
  • Catfish and the Bottlemen


  • Underworld

    I Exhale

    • Caroline International.
  • Kate Bush

    Army Dreamers

    • EMI.
  • Poli├ža


    • Memphis Industries.
  • Kwes.


    • Warp Records.
  • The Libertines

    Time For Heroes

  • Graham Coxon

    Bittersweet Bundle Of Misery

  • The Notorious B.I.G.

    Mo Money Mo Problems (feat. Puff Daddy & Mase)

    • Mo Money Mo Problems (Featuring Puff Daddy & Mase).
    • Arista.
  • Depeche Mode

    Just Can't Get Enough

    • Me Without You O.S.T. - Various.
    • Columbia.
  • The Mohawks

    The Champ

    • PAMA.
  • Unloved

    When A Woman Is Around

    • Unloved Records.
  • Ramones

    Sheena Is A Punk Rocker

    • Virgin.
  • Leftfield

    Release The Pressure

    • Hard Hands.
  • Toots & The Maytals

    Pressure Drop

    • Island Jamaica.
  • powell

    You Said it Would Be Alright (feat. Loke Rahbek)

  • Bruce Springsteen

    Because The Night

    • The Lost Sessions: Darkness On The Edge Of Town.
    • Columbia (Sony).
    • 6.
  • Pipettes

    Pull Shapes

    • CD SINGLE.
  • Josef K

    Sorry For Laughing

    • Entomology.
    • Domino.
  • White Denim

    Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)

    • Downtown Records.
  • Sam Bain: What Makes A Great Sitcom?

    • Harvey Danger

      Flagpole Sitta

      • Incredible.
  • Shack


    • LONDON.
  • A Certain Ratio

    Shack Up

    • Factory.
  • Pixies


    • 4 A.D..
  • Matthew E. White

    Cool Out (feat. Natalie Prass)

    • Domino.
  • School of Seven Bells


    • Full Time Hobby.
  • The Crystals

    He's A Rebel

    • PSI.
  • Public Enemy

    Rebel Without A Pause

    • Global Television.
  • Sunflower Bean

    Easier Said

    • Fat Possum Records.
  • Mercury Rev

    In A Funny Way

    • V2.
  • The Beatles

    Please Please Me (BBC Session)

  • Kurt Vile

    Lost My Head There

    • Matador Records.
  • Miles Davis

    Spanish Key