2011 marked the 40th anniversary of one of Monty Python’s least known television adventures, two specials they made exclusively for German television.
Roll up, it’s Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus! This is the extraordinary tale of when the Pythons went Bavarian.
At the risk of sounding ungracious, meeting Michael Palin and Terry Jones was great but my personal highlight was sitting round the coffee table with Alfred Biolek.
October 3rd 2015 did mark twenty five years of reunification between East and West Germany. By the time this happened, two opposing political systems had been in existence for nearly forty-five years.
The physical wall no longer exists but a generation later do Germans still speak of the “Mauer im Kopf”, or “Wall in the Head”; a catchphrase that refers to the invisible cultural and mental divide between Easterners and Westerners? This is a superb programme!
An investigation into ‘Ostrock’ – the rock and pop music in the old East Germany.
Being ignorant and from the old West Germany the whole scene was entirely unknown to me.
In this documentary I talk to Ostrock musicians and fans and uncover a story that involves the Stasi, disappearing musicians, lyrics with hidden meanings and music that was ‘Western’ in all but name.
In this six part BBC Radio 2 series I take a look at various aspects of British life.
Please enjoy the interviews I did with the studio guests.
And Otto Kuhnle‘s very catchy theme tune.
“Henning Knows Best – Theme Tune By Otto Kuhnle”
1 – Class. Interview with Peter York
2 – Politics. Interview with Stuart Drummond
3 – Shopping. Interview with Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen
4 – Humour. Interview with Andy Hamilton
5 – Languages. Interview with Henry Hitchings
6 – Sport. Interview with Graham Taylor
BBC Radio 4’s The Unbelievable Truth is hosted by David Mitchell.
And just like all other 83 TV/radio formats he’s hosting, it’s great.
If you enjoy my lectures extend your appreciation to Liam Mullone, who I roped into co-writing them.
Just the one appearance on this stalwart of Radio 4 entertainment.
Christian O’Connell hosts a panel show devoted to the FIFA World Cup, in which resident home team Jon Richardson & Andy Parsons challenge a different away team every week. This week’s opponents are Jason Byrne & me.
David Baddiel, Matt Lucas, Jon Culshaw and I consider the accepted wisdom that Germans have no sense of humour.
There’s only a little bit of holocaust denial.
Rufus Hound and I are having a laugh with Ted Robbins and Billy Pearce. For some reason there’s also two kids on.
My Saturday Surgery on BBC2’s Out to Lunch was open for 18 shows.
I have only uploaded one week’s output. The other 17 were identical. Just with ever so slightly different words.
Jo Caulfield talks comedy & stereotypes with me.
Being interviewed by Arthur Smith at the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.
When I said at the top of this page that my showreel was a right waste of money, that’s not entirely true. It earned me the opportunity to promote the German Christmas Market in Brighton. Please listen.
Being on BBC 5Live’s Fighting Talk is always fun. All this mingling with British equivalents of Dirk Hupe, Fritz Fischer or Marina Kielmann….great! Please find below episodes I have been on. I will try to edit a best-of but with my IT skills you’re in for a long wait.
17th April 2010 | 13th February 2010 | 21st November 2009
16th May 2009 | 7th February 2009 | 22nd November 2008
25th October 2008 | 7th June 2008 | 15th March 2008
25th December 2007 | 27th September 2007 | 3rd June 2006