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Mark Steel's In Town

BBC Radio 4 stand-up from Britain's lesser-known towns. 58 episodes (10 series), 2009 - 2020. Stars Mark Steel.

Series 7, Episode 4 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra today at 11pm.

Series 6, Episode 1 - Fleetwood

Mark performs from the Marine Hall in Fleetwood, Lancashire, a proud town full of optimistic people (until you mention Blackpool). During his stay Mark looks into Fleetwood's love of trams, female boxers and it's most famous footstuff - the Fisherman's Friend.

Further details

Mark visits the Lancashire seaside town of Fleetwood, the first planned town of the Victorian era and the home of Fisherman's Friend lozenges, the first female professional boxer Jane Couch and trams.

Fleetwood was originally built as a port to be the main stop-off point between London and Scotland, before railway engineers built a line through the Lake District.

Mark discovers a proud town full of optimistic people... until you mention Blackpool.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 19th May 2015
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Mark Steel Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Dick Gillingham Guest
Writing team
Mark Steel Writer
Pete Sinclair Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Carl Cooper Producer


The secret of Tram Sunday? No trams...

Mark Steel gets to grips with transport in the Lancashire town of Fleetwood.

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Featuring: Mark Steel.

A cure for all life's ills?

Mark discovers just how useful one of the Fleetwood's principle exports - the trusty Fisherman's Friend - can be... other lozenges are, of course, available.

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Featuring: Mark Steel.

Why is Fleetwood so unlucky?

Mark talks to local historian, Dick Gillingham about the peaks and troughs of the town's history.

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Featuring: Mark Steel, Dick Gillingham.


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