Mark Steel's In Town. Mark Steel. Copyright: BBC.

Mark Steel's In Town

BBC Radio 4 stand-up from Britain's lesser-known towns. 55 episodes (9 series), 2009 - 2019. Stars Mark Steel.

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Mark Steel's In Town. Mark Steel. Copyright: BBC.

Mark Steel's In Town

Mark Steel visits a town in Britain and investigates its society & history before performing a bespoke stand-up show for locals

Genre
Stand-Up
Broadcast
2009 - 2019
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
55   (9 series)
Star
Mark Steel
Writer
Mark Steel
Producers
Julia McKenzie, Sam Bryant, Ed Morrish and Carl Cooper

Comedian Mark Steel visits a selection of different towns from across the UK and delves into their history, people and idiosyncrasies to try to work out what ingredients combine to make the place distinctive.

He creates a bespoke stand-up show for that community and then performs the show in front of a local audience in a celebration of the sort of places in Britain which are generally less visited as tourist attractions. Each has their own fascinating stories to tell with inhabitants who are passionate about what their home has to offer.

Amongst the topics Mark has touched upon so far include the canals of Skipton, a concrete hippo in Walsall, a civil war currently being waged in Penzance, a violent Orkney ball game known as the "Kirkwall Ba", and the Isle of Portland's strong dislike of a certain fluffy animal beginning with the letter "R".

Production Details

Production company
Soundtrack
Theme music is Eat My Goal by Collapsed Lung (Series 1-3); Rock This Town by Stray Cats (Series 4-7).
Laugh track
Live audience

Location

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 18th March 2009 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 21st February 2019 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Friday 1st March 2019 at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra

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