John Finnemore's Double Acts

  • by John Finnemore
  • Narrated by Alison Steadman, Celia Imrie, full cast
  • 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Winner of Best Radio Comedy, the Writer’s Guild 2017.
Winner of Best Radio Sketch Show, Comedy.co.uk Awards 2016.
Celia Imrie, Alison Steadman, John Bird and Rebecca Front are among the cast of these six comedy two-handers written by Cabin Pressure's John Finnemore.
The stories are: 'A Flock of Tigers'; 'Wysinnwig'; 'Red-Handed'; 'The Goliath Window'; 'English for Pony-Lovers'; and 'Hot Desk'.
Also among the cast are Charles Edwards, Isy Sutie, Lawrie Lewin, John Finnemore, Simon Kane, Beth Mullen, Matthew Baynton and Jenny Bede.

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If you like stories

you are absolutely going to love this. Every one of these starts off by making you presume something, and then goes on to absolutely smash your presumtions. It's great fun (as is the case with Finnemore) and clever to boot. The actors and actresses are splendid in what they do. Absolute candy for your brain. My favourite was the 'Goliath window'. That was the one I didn't see coming in any shape or form. Really, I couldn't recommend this more.
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- Hanna Raspel

One story made a German laugh out loud

A sense of humor is about as individual as a fingerprint. Some people love Finnemore and some don't, as with any comedian. He is without doubt clever, intelligent, and witty, though at times he descends into silliness. I loved "Cabin Pressure" and a many of the sketches in "Souvenir Programme."

This collection is different and has an uneven quality. I thought the first and last stories, for example, were utterly pointless. The bathroom fittings sketch was annoying.

But I loved John Bird as the burglar. (Has he ever given a poor performance? I don't know of one). "The Goliath Window" was over-the-top and totally British. And the whole thing was worth it because of the one sketch that sparkles with word play and satirical brilliance, "English for Pony Lovers."

Over Christmas, I played this last for my elderly mother, who is German. There is little evidence anyone in her family possesses a sense of humor, and I never know what she will think is funny, but she laughed out loud over Lorna and Elke! (Her favorite thing now is to say the word "goats" with a heavy Leeds accent).

If you already love this comedian, give this a go. If not, I don't think it's the best introduction to his work.
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- Die Falknerin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2016
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks