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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2015 British comedy survey

2015 British comedy survey

A comedy survey has been launched, aiming to collect the thoughts of comedy fans across the UK. Details

20 festive comedy videos

20 festive comedy videos

The internet has been busy creating lots of funny festive video sketches. Here's 20 of the best from 2014. Watch

Christmas Puns

Christmas Puns

UK Pun Champion Darren Walsh has written us some festive jokes. There's a couple of drawings too. Read

BBC New Comedy Award 2014

BBC New Comedy Award 2014

Lee Ridley, a stand-up comedian with cerebral palsy, has won the BBC New Comedy Award 2014. Read

Richard Osman podcast

Richard Osman podcast

Pointless star Richard Osman joins Richard Herring for an entertaining chat. Watch or listen here: Listen