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Recorded For Training Purposes

BBC Radio 4 sketch show. 27 episodes (pilot + 4 series), 2007 - 2010. Stars Ben Willbond, Ingrid Oliver, Dominic Coleman, Lewis Macleod, Julie Mayhew, Rachel Atkins and Colin Hoult.

Recorded For Training Purposes

A fast-paced sketch show about modern communication. Much of the material comes from new writers

Sketch Show
2007 - 2010
BBC Radio 4
27   (1 pilot + 4 series)
Ben Willbond, Ingrid Oliver, Dominic Coleman, Lewis Macleod, Julie Mayhew, Rachel Atkins and Colin Hoult
James Cary, Rhodri Crooks, Nat Soames, Nico Rigby, David Cadji-Newby, Michael Ryan, Peter Brooksbank, Kate Chedgey and others
Ed Morrish and Adam Bromley

Recorded For Training Purposes is a fast-paced sketch show that satirises modern media and contemporary obsessions. Created by a multi-award winning team, whose credits include The Now Show, Dead Ringers, Think The Unthinkable and The Sunday Format, it is a platform via which new writing talent is given the chance to work with established writers.

Blogs, wikis and conspiracy theorists are part of fast-paced and innovative mix that sends up contemporary obsessions and the cult of broadcasting yourself. We've got more ways than ever to communicate in this world, but we're making less and less sense.

The programme's open-door policy means that anyone could send in their sketches to this show during the production process. Some 1,500 were sent in this way for Series 4, with every single one being read by a script-editor or producer.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 11th January 2007 on BBC Radio 4 at 11pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 26th August 2010 on BBC Radio 4 at 11pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 30th August 2021 at 11:30pm on Radio 4 Extra

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