Comedy show info from July 24th show

Written by on July 25, 2011

 As mentioned on the show, here is some background to the two show played on the 24th 

 In 2005, Solon won the Perrier award for her one-woman Edinburgh Fringe show Kopfraper’s Syndrome: One Man and His Incredible Mind. After this success, the BBC and Channel 4 were keen to acquire her to produce material for them and in April 2006 it was announced by the BBC that Solon had been signed to develop projects for them on Radio and TV

The first series of Laura Solon: Talking and Not Talking, a sketch and character comedy series, ran on BBC Radio 4 in January and February 2007. The second series ran in May and June 2008; the third series began in November 2009
She has recorded a BBC sitcom pilot by the creators of People Like Us, also featuring Man Stroke Woman’s Daisy Haggard, called Great News.

She features in Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse’s sketch show Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul, broadcast from 2007 on BBC One. Solon was seen in a sketch show for ITV2 Laura, Ben and Him (2008) with Marek Larwood and Ben Willbond. She appeared in Al Murray’s Multiple Personality Disorder, which was shown on ITV1.

Solon will appear alongside Tony Hawks and Angus Deayton in the feature film Playing the Moldovans at Tennis which was recorded in 2010 for release in 2011.

Down the Line is a British radio comedy broadcast on BBC Radio 4, which satirises populist radio phone-in shows. The show is written and performed in a style of heightened realism, as was BBC Radio 4’s Knowing Me, Knowing You… with Alan Partridge (a spoof chat show with fictional guests). Down The Line is hosted by "Gary Bellamy" (Rhys Thomas).
Regular ‘callers’ include:
Christopher Nibbs from Pevensey Bay;
The Pearly King, a cheery cockney who talks about the ‘pearly way’.
The military man, who responds to every topic stating that he is from a military background and that he would drive a van packed with explosives into the "issue" be it education or global warming.
Early D begins his calls speaking with a very ‘street’ sounding MLE dialect which gradually morphs to a thick barely decipherable Jamaican accent. Bellamy never seems to notice.

Down The Line was first broadcast in May 2006, and led to many complaints from listeners who apparently failed to spot it was a spoof, generating considerable publicity for the programme.

The show is written by Simon Dey, Paul Whitehouse, Lucy Montgomerie and Charlie Higson.


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