Arthur Smith.

Arthur Smith: Syd

BBC Radio 4 stand-up about Arthur Smith's dad. 1 episode in 2021. Stars Arthur Smith and Nick Smith.

Listen on BBC Sounds   The programme is repeated on Radio 4 Extra tomorrow at 7:30am.

Arthur Smith: Syd

Stand-up special from Arthur Smith, inspired by his father's memoirs

BBC Radio 4
Arthur Smith and Nick Smith
Arthur Smith
Alison Vernon-Smith

Arthur Smith brings his hit Edinburgh Festival show to Radio 4.

Arthur's father Syd was an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Just 17 when he signed up, he fought at El Alamein, was captured and then imprisoned in Colditz and, after the war, joined the Metropolitan Police. He spent the rest of his working life patrolling the streets of London and had possibly the worst arrest rate in the force - having been a prisoner of war he had no desire to subject anyone else to suffer a loss of liberty.

In this funny and tender evocation of post-war Britain, Arthur brings us Syd's diary entries and conjures up the spirit of his father, a man of great integrity and humour.

Recorded in front of a live, socially distanced audience, with assistance from his brother Nick and music from Kirsty Newton.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Arthur Smith: My Dad Was In Colditz (Other official name)
Music from Kirsty Newton.
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 25th July 2021 on BBC Radio 4 at 7:15pm
Episode length
30 minutes
Upcoming repeats
  1. Special Episode 1: Tomorrow at 7:30am on Radio 4 Extra
  2. Special Episode 1: Tomorrow at 5:30pm on Radio 4 Extra
  3. Special Episode 1: Tomorrow at 10pm on Radio 4 Extra
  4. Special Episode 1: Saturday at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra