- BBC Radio 4
- Jason Hazeley, Joel Morris, John Lloyd, Andy Riley, Simon Donald, Ben Schott, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons
- David Tyler
Toilet books. No, not books about toilets, but the funny or fascinating books that have pride of place on any home's most exclusive shelf: the safe space, the lock-in. The ones you buy at Christmas: 101 Uses For A Dead Cat, The Meaning Of Liff, Schott's Miscellanies, The Far Side compilations, the Viz annual, Bunny Suicides, countless TV tie-ins from Monty Python to Mrs Brown, and maybe even The Ladybird Books For Grown-Ups. These are the books that everyone giggles at and passes round when the family get together at Christmas.
You don't share a worthy novel with your finger under a favourite bit, but you do that with Roger's Profanisaurus. These are the sociable books that bind a nation together once a year over the pickled walnuts - the paper equivalent of Morecambe & Wise.
Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris will write and host this lively documentary and amongst those they will be talking to are John Lloyd (QI, The Meaning Of Liff written with Douglas Adams), Andy Riley (Bunny Suicides), Simon Donald (him off of the Viz & Roger's Profanisaurus), Ben "Miscellany" Schott, and Neil & Rob Gibbons (the scribes of I, Partridge).
They will also hear from agents, booksellers and publishers about what makes a good stocking-giggler and the difference the humour table can make to a bookshop's year.
Interwoven with that will be readings, excerpts and recreated bits from the most loved favourites!