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Setting Out

Martin Jarvis and Christopher Matthew recall the 1960s and their first forays into work - theatre and advertising. From 2016.

Close friends and closet raconteurs, Christopher Matthew and Martin Jarvis take to the streets to share their memories of entering the world of work in the 1960s - Martin in the theatre, Christopher in advertising.

As a distinguished past member of the National Youth Theatre and a prize winning graduate from RADA, Martin's career began at the Library Theatre, Manchester, where, among other triumphs, he and Patrick Stewart starred in a play called The Princess and the Swineherd. Martin got the biggest laugh of the evening by entering with a large cucumber in one hand and crying, 'Look, father, twelve inches long and not a kink in it!'

Meanwhile Christopher was making a smaller, but no less determined, name for himself as a junior copywriter in various London advertising agencies where he achieved distinction with his slogan for the Cheese Bureau - "Cheese Tastes Quite Nice Sometimes".

Producer: Paul Kobrak

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.

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28 minutes