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A Bit Of Fry and Laurie

Radio 4
1994 (two programmes)

No, not another radio-to-television transfer.  Some time after the television series A Bit of Fry and Laurie (starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie) finished its three-series run on BBC2, two half-hour compilations, made up of the soundtracks from selected previously-seen sketches, made their way to radio.  The broadcast prompted a number of readers to complain, as it was perceived as a cheap way of filling up the schedules (the compilations were created for release as an audio tape on the BBC Canned Laughter label); the same tactic had, in fact, been used some years earlier with the self-explanatory Victoria Wood As Heard On TV.  Some television shows ó generally sitcoms ó have, in fact, been specially adapted and re-recorded for radio, notably Dadís Army (broadcast on Radio 4 in the 1970s and featuring the original cast) and Shelley (remade with a new cast for Radio 2, some twenty years after the first original broadcast).

See also: the BBC Canned Laughter tie-in tape.

© JB Sumner 1998