The Frequency Of Laughter: A History Of Radio Comedy. Copyright: BBC.

The Frequency Of Laughter: A History Of Radio Comedy

BBC Radio 4 documentary. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2014. Features Grace Dent.

Series 1, Episode 1 - 1975-1980

Graeme Garden and John Lloyd look at radio comedy in the late 1970s.

Further details

Graeme Garden, by this stage, was an established figure with his breakthrough show I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again morphing into I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, in addition to his work presenting Week Ending, and as a panellist on shows such as A Rhyme In Time.

John Lloyd only joined the BBC Radio Comedy department in 1973, but he managed to make over 500 shows, co-creating The News Quiz, The Burkiss Way, and Quote Unquote before leaving for television.

Grace Dent asks them about the atmosphere within the Radio Comedy department and within the BBC, and how ideas actually make it on air.

They share their memories of former Heads of Light Entertainment Radio (as it was then called) Con Mahoney and David Hatch, and talk about the lack of women in comedy at that time.

Broadcast details

Saturday 1st November 2014
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Grace Dent Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Graeme Garden Guest
John Lloyd Guest
Simon Brett Self
Yvonne Littlewood Self
Production team
Ed Morrish Producer
Alexandra Smith Producer

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