I've Never Seen Star Wars. Marcus Brigstocke. Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

I've Never Seen Star Wars

Radio series in which Marcus Brigstocke cajoles guests into doing some very everyday things for the first time

Chat Show
2008 - 2013  (BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 4 Extra)
30 (5 series)
Marcus Brigstocke
Bill Dare
British Broadcasting Corporation

I've Never Seen Star Wars is a Radio 4 entertainment series in which Marcus Brigstocke asks his guests to embrace ordinary activities and experiences that they've perhaps always meant to try but haven't had the time, the courage or possibly the inclination.

The challenges that the guests have so far included drinking absinthe (Phill Jupitus); buying a pornographic magazine from a shop (Tim Brook-Taylor); constructing some flat-pack furniture (Mark Steel) and swimming (Paul Daniels).

In the third series Jon Culshaw had his first salad and listened to Woman's Hour; Sanjeev Baskar read PG Wodehouse and played Subbuteo; Jenny Eclair listened to Charlie Parker and had a bikini wax; Kate Adie watched The Sopranos and tried bingo; John Lloyd did his first stand-up gig and watched The Wire; and Ardal O'Hanlon took herbal remedies and tried out Twitter.

The guests for Series 4 included Alan Davies, Kathy Burke, Giles Coren and Frank Skinner.

In the series for 2013, poet Benjamin Zephaniah had never seen a Bond movie or had a cup of builder's tea - so he discusses his first Bond experience over tea and scones. Meera Syal has never been to a football match. Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie had never seen the Olympics Opening Ceremony, despite featuring in it, and she had her first experience of Downton Abbey. Plus Dave Gorman tries going to a strip club and reads his first Dickens. Perhaps most astonishing of all, actor and comedian Les Dennis swallows his first ever piece of cheese.

Our Review: An entertaining enough comedy format - but one that is much better suited for TV: listening to Paul Daniels floundering in a swimming pool isn't the same as being able to see him sinking... although, perhaps seeing Phill Jupitus undergoing a colonic irrigation would have been a bit much visually!

Of course, I've Never Seen Star Wars did indeed transfer to TV. An eight part series was broadcast on BBC Four in the Spring of 2009... and didn't particularly catch the world on fire. So perhaps it is best on Radio 4 after all.