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.

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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Ted Robbins stage collapse

Ted Robbins stage collapse

Actor Ted Robbins has a suspected heart attack live on stage during the first Phoenix Nights Live show. Read

Neil Fitzmaurice interview

Neil Fitzmaurice interview

We talk to Neil Fitzmaurice ahead of Phoenix Nights' live stage revival for Comic Relief. Read

QI to be shown in the USA

QI to be shown in the USA

QI, the long-running British panel show hosted by Stephen Fry, is finally set to be broadcast in the USA. Read

David Jason interview

David Jason interview

David Jason talks about Only Fools And Horses, in the process revealing his favourite scene from the show. Read

R4's religious panel show

R4's religious panel show

Radio 4 is developing And God Laughs, a new panel show that will 'take a humorous look at religion'. Read