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'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 company
- Also known as
- Arthur Smith: My Dad Was In Colditz (Other official name)
- Music from Kirsty Newton.
- Laugh track
- Live audience
- First broadcast
- Sunday 25th July 2021 on BBC Radio 4 at 7:15pm
- Episode length
- 30 minutes
- Upcoming repeats
- Special Episode 1: Tomorrow at 7:30am on Radio 4 Extra
- Special Episode 1: Tomorrow at 5:30pm on Radio 4 Extra
- Special Episode 1: Tomorrow at 10pm on Radio 4 Extra
- Special Episode 1: Saturday at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra