John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme. Image shows from L to R: Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Lawry Lewin, John Finnemore, Carrie Quinlan, Simon Kane. Copyright: BBC.

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme

BBC Radio 4 sketch show written by and starring John Finnemore. 53 episodes (9 series), 2011 - 2021. Stars John Finnemore, Simon Kane, Carrie Quinlan, Lawry Lewin and Margaret Cabourn-Smith.

Next new episode is on Thursday at 6:30pm. Series 9, Episode 2
Catch-up on Episode 1 on BBC Sounds   Series 9, Episode 1 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra on Thursday at 7:30am.

Series 9, Episode 1

For this audience-free series, each episode is made up of scenes from one person's life, played in reverse order. Episode one is all about Russ (Lawry Lewin), and takes place between a Christmas day Zoom in 2020, and a funeral he attended as a six-year-old in 1986.

Further details

The ninth series of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is very different to the previous eight. It's still written by John Finnemore, and performed by him, with a great supporting cast of Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan, and there are still sketches and songs. But, with no live studio audience this year, John has taken the opportunity to try something completely new.

Every episode in this series of Souvenir Programme is made up of scenes from one person's life, played in reverse order. There's no narrative to the episode, it's still a sketch show, not a sitcom... but the sketches in each episode all happened to one person, played by one member of the cast, over the course of their lifetime.

Broadcast details

This episode is currently available on BBC Sounds

Thursday 6th May 2021
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


  1. Thursday 13th May 2021 at 7:30am on Radio 4 Extra
  2. Thursday 13th May 2021 at 5:30pm on Radio 4 Extra
  3. Thursday 13th May 2021 at 10:00pm on Radio 4 Extra
  4. Friday 14th May 2021 at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Regular cast
John Finnemore Various
Simon Kane Ensemble Actor
Carrie Quinlan Ensemble Actor
Margaret Cabourn-Smith Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Lawry Lewin Russ
Writing team
John Finnemore Writer
Production team
Ed Morrish Producer

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