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Publisher's Summary

Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, and Hugh Paddick star in 16 episodes of the anarchic 1960s radio comedy.
Round the Horne arrived on BBC radio in 1965, bringing laughter to Sunday lunchtimes throughout the land. Over the course of 16 weekly episodes it carved a niche in the history of broadcast comedy, a sketch show which prodded the boundaries of propriety and innuendo. At its heart was the suave and upstanding Kenneth Horne, around which revolved the multiple naughty personas of Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick, and Bill Pertwee.
Among the parade of regular characters were Julian and Sandy, the camp couple of resting thespians happy to turn their hands to anything, Rambling Syd Rumbo the musical cordwangler, Fiona and Charles the passionate duo, and J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock the world’s dirtiest man. Meanwhile regular film parodies, spoof sagas and musical interludes peppered the mix.
Round the Horne earned its place in the annals of comedy history, and is fondly remembered today as a groundbreaking series that influenced many more to come. Here the entire first series can be enjoyed once again.
©2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd
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By Julia on 09-14-17

If You Are Not A Brit Doubt That You Will 'Get It'

The first season of a wonderful radio show from the mid '60s starring some of the best talent of the time. Written by the Great Barry Took and the brilliant Marty Feldman who was taken from us far too soon Yes THAT Marty Feldman from Young Frankenstein of Gene Wilder Fame.

Round the Horne was silly but moved fast. Was topical but never offensive even though loaded with double entendres. I remember listening to this with my Mom after Sunday lunch every week when I was a little girl. I did not understand most of the jokes but I loved Jules and Sandy.

Brings me back to a time when we really could laugh at ourselves and we used to use our imaginations far more than we do now.

Loved every minute of this broadcast. Well worth the credit.

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By C.A on 12-05-15

Daft, Silly, Briliant!

Where does Round the Horne rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its not really a book, just a radio show, but very silly and funny at the same time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Round the Horne?

Too many "one liners" to count. The James Bond parodies were my favorite.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All episodes had great moments, worthy of another listen at least once more (may be two or three times to get the jokes I missed).

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed out loud more than once.

Any additional comments?

Innuendo certainly, but very gentle humor.

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By Kindle Customer on 06-27-17

The Horne Legacy

I have listened to RTH since the first live broadcast and as many repeats as I could find. Today, lstening to my download, I am still convulsed with laughter! There should be a statue.

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By Ian A. Chapman on 01-02-15


It's amazing how far they could push the lines of acceptance and taste, back in the day. The episodes really feel timeless and aside from a handful of topical references and contemporary music, they do not really date. If you enjoy British comedy, this is as classical as it gets.

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