BBC Home Service

BBC Home Service

The BBC Home Service was a national radio station that broadcast from 1st September 1939 until 1967, when a radio shake-up saw it replaced by Radio 4. After 1945, it had comprised of a regional network much in the same way as BBC One has regional variations today. Although it broadcast some comedies - such as ITMA and The Goon Show - for most of its life the Home Service was primarily tasked with broadcasting 'weightier' programming such as news and drama. Most comedy of the period found its home on BBC Light Programme instead.

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Shows Commissioned By BBC Home Service

A Life Of Bliss

A Life Of Bliss

Sitcom starring David tomlinson and later George Cole, about an awkward, naive bachelor, David Bliss.

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Askey Galore!

Comic adventures starring Arthur Askey.

The Goon Show

Goon Show, The

Highly surreal radio adventures that helped take British comedy into a new age. Starring Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe.

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Hi-Gang!

Popular comedy series starring Bebe Daniels, Ben Lyon and Vic Oliver.

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Importance Of Being Earnest, The

Gladys Young, Robert Eddison and William Fox star in an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's celebrated comic play.

It's That Man Again

It's That Man Again

Wartime comedy series starring Tommy Handley which spawned many of the catchphrases popular all over the country during the 1940s.

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Pig And Whistle, The

Lightly-themed songs and sketches from the fictional Pig And Whistle country village pub.

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Private Life Of Mrs Mopp, The

ITMA spin-off series starring Dorothy Summers as the inimitable Mrs Mopp.

You're Only Young Once

You're Only Young Once

Sketch and music series based around the Morecambe and Wise Detective Agency, starring the loveable comedy duo.

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Brian Pern to return

Brian Pern to return

Brian Pern, the comedy series starring Simon Day as an art rocker, has been given a third series by BBC Four. Read

John Finnemore's new show

John Finnemore's new show

John Finnemore, the creator of Cabin Pressure, is working on a series called The John Finnemore Project. Read

The John Dredge Show

The John Dredge Show

Series 4 of the insanely silly podcast series has now launched. Check out this funny and surreal sketch show. Listen

Miles Jupp hosts News Quiz

Miles Jupp hosts News Quiz

Miles Jupp will take over from Sandi Toksvig as the new host of The News Quiz when it returns. Read

Not Safe For Work interviews

Not Safe For Work interviews

The cast of Channel 4's new office-based comedy drama Not Safe For Work talk about making the show. Read