I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again
I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again

  • Radio sketch show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 1964 - 1989
  • 104 episodes (9 series)

A long-running radio sketch show combining anarchic comedy with awful puns, silly songs and indulgent self-mocking. Stars David Hatch, Graeme Garden, John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie and Jo Kendall

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Libby Purves criticises BBC's 'misguided' move to clean up old shows

Libby Purves, the former BBC Radio 4 Today presenter, has criticised the corporation for editing archived programmes to remove content deemed offensive, arguing that the cuts are "misguided quixotism". The public broadcaster has been editing radio shows including Dad's Army, Steptoe And Son and I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again to remove racially insensitive and politically incorrect jokes, the Times revealed earlier this year.

Jamie Grierson, The Guardian, 8th March 2022

BBC classic shows edited for race and sex slurs in archives

The BBC is quietly editing classic radio comedies to remove racially insensitive and politically incorrect jokes as the corporation grapples with changing audience expectations. Repeats of shows including Dad's Army, Steptoe And Son and I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again on BBC Radio 4 Extra have been altered, sometimes to remove entire sketches. Edits have been made to programmes over several years to remove content likely now to be considered racist or misogynistic. The changes were documented by an anonymous Radio 4 Extra listener, who bemoaned them as "woke cuts".

Jake Kanter, The Times, 22nd January 2022

When is a listing not a listing? When it's a gag...

Let's face it, Radio Times billings are supposed to tell you what a programme is about, who is in it, when it's on, and that kind of useful information. But sometimes, they veer off course...

Andrew Martin, BBC, 22nd December 2020

Live stage version of I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again to tour

A new stage version of I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again will tour Britain, with guest appearances from original stars Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Jo Kendall.

British Comedy Guide, 9th February 2017

Bill Oddie remembers radio comedy that inspired Python

The broadcaster and birdwatcher looks back on I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again, his rowdy 1960s radio comedy featuring John Cleese, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor.

Bill Oddie, The Telegraph, 10th April 2015

I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again: A legacy of laughs?

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again stamped all over that tradition by ensuring that the comedy didn't stop when the music started with Bill Oddie's string of send-up songs.

Nick St George, BBC Blogs, 6th March 2013

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