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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

1. Stockport

First broadcast: Wednesday 7th September 2016

Mark performs at the Garrick Theatre in Stockport, Greater Manchester (or Cheshire, or possibly somewhere else entirely), where he takes a trip on the infamous 192 bus, visits the world famous hat museum and tries to get to the bottom of how one of its suburbs ended up with an infestation of marauding peacocks.


2. Colchester

First broadcast: Wednesday 14th September 2016

Mark performs in the Arts Centre in Colchester, Essex, the first town in Britain - then Boudicca burnt it to the ground. He also visits Jumbo - the town's iconic, Victorian water tower, investigates the history of Colchester Zoo, and tackle's the town's rivalry with Chelmsford.


3. Hebden Bridge

First broadcast: Wednesday 21st September 2016

Mark performs at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and investigates how the former mill town became the new age, multi-cafe, hippie-friendly, lesbian capital of Britain it is today.


4. Kingston Upon Thames

First broadcast: Wednesday 28th September 2016

Mark visits The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames. He takes a trip on a river boat, rides the longest single truss escalator in the world and spends an evening in and the suburb of New Malden, home to the largest population of South Koreans outside Korea where he samples the delights of Kimchi and sings in a Noraebang.


5. Lynton and Lynmouth

First broadcast: Wednesday 5th October 2016

Mark visits the lovely seaside towns of Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon, lovely that is until he mentions the goats, then the rest of the show doesn't go entirely to plan.


6. Gibraltar

First broadcast: Wednesday 12th October 2016

Mark performs in St Michael's Cave in the Rock of Gibraltar. He explores Gibraltar's relationship with Spain, visits a British phone box, has some British fish and chips and encounters some not so British monkeys.