RAF Edition 17/02/1944
4 Extra Debut. Tommy Handley reaches for the sky when his farm turns into an airbase. With Horace Percival. Wartime comedy from February 1944.
Tommy Handley reaches for the sky when his farm turns into an airbase. With Horace Percival.
ITMA proved to be one of the BBC's most popular radio comedies ever produced. It was first transmitted just before the start of the Second World War in 1939 and ran to 1949. Domestic audiences topped 20 million, and the audience worldwide was said to number 30 million. It starred Liverpudlian comic Tommy Handley, who with Ted Kavanagh created the series named after the phrase newspapers often used to describe Hitler: It's That Man Again!
The original setting on a ship was deemed inappropriate once war broke out, and was replaced with the Office Of Twerps, with Tommy as Minister of Aggravation and Mysteries.
Music from the BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell. Singer: Jack Cooper.
Script written by Ted Kavanagh.
Producer: Francis Worsley
First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in February 1944.