- I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again
Infobox Radio Show
show_name = I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again
imagesize = 250px
caption = ""I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again" (cast photo)
Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor
David Hatch, Jo Kendall, John Cleese
runtime = 30 minutes
Tim Brooke-Taylor John Cleese Graeme Garden David Hatch Jo Kendall Bill Oddie
country = flagicon|United Kingdom
BBC Home Service
num_episodes = 86
"I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again" (often abbreviated ISIRTA) was a
BBC radio comedyprogramme that originated from the Cambridge University Footlightsrevue "Cambridge Circus". It had something of a cult following and was broadcast initially on the BBC Home Service(renamed BBC Radio 4in September 1967). ["From Fringe to Flying Circus" — 'Celebrating a Unique Generation of Comedy 1960–1980' — Roger Wilmut, Eyre Methuen Ltd, 1980. ISBN 0-413-46950-6.]
It was first broadcast on
4 April 1964and the eighth series was transmitted in November and December 1973. An hour-long 25th Anniversary show was broadcast in 1989. A 1972 spinoff panel game show, " I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue", was produced.
Tim Brooke-Taylor(became one of the three members of " The Goodies"). He has written humorous books on various subjects, including cricket and golf. He was a member of the cast of the television comedy series " At Last the 1948 Show" with John Cleese (as well as Graham Chapmanand Marty Feldman), and later appeared in Marty Feldman's television comedy series "Marty". Brooke-Taylor has acted in many other television sitcoms, as well as appearing in the 1970s BBC radio sketch show " Hello, Cheeky!" with John Junkinand Barry Cryer, a show which later translated to ITV.
John Cleese(later part of Monty Pythonand star of " Fawlty Towers") formed his own production company to make business training films, which contained much Python-esque/Basil Fawlty-style humour, as well as making films including " A Fish Called Wanda" and " Fierce Creatures"). On the 25th Anniversary show he did his famous silly walk — it made terrible radio — and sang "The Ferret Song". He appeared in " At Last the 1948 Show" with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapmanand Marty Feldman, and was co-writer (with Graham Chapman) of several episodes of the "Doctor in the House" television comedy series. In later series Cleese was often absent, due to his appearances in Monty Python; in the sleeve notes to the BBC's re-issues of the shows on cassette, his absences were explained as " [having] ranting commitments elsewhere".
Graeme Garden(became one of the three members of " The Goodies"). He is a qualified medical Doctor, and was co-writer (with Bill Oddie) of several episodes of the medical comedy "Doctor in the House" on Independent Television (appearing in the episode "Doctor on the Box" as a television presenter). He also appeared as Commander Forrest in the " Yes Minister" television episode "The Death List".
David Hatch(who went on to executive positions within the BBC, including the top position of Controller of BBC Radio 4). As was common in BBC radio at that time, Hatch served both as the show's announcer and as a cast member (similar to Douglas Smith's role in 'Round the Horne'). Hatch's announcements were frequently lampooned or interrupted by other cast members.
Jo Kendall(a radio actress in many straight dramas subsequently; also appeared in the equally popular radio comedy series " The Burkiss Way")
Bill Oddie(became one of the three members of " The Goodies"). He has written many books, and has been an important spokesman on wildlife and ecological issues since the 1980s. Bill Oddie wrote and performed a daft but well-crafted song in the middle of most ISIRTA programmes. He was co-writer (with Graeme Garden) of several episodes of the "Doctor in the House" television comedy series. Humphrey Barclaywas the producer of ISIRTA until 1968; from April that year the task was shared by David Hatchand Peter Titherage. In 1973 production was shared by David Hatch with John Cassels (for six episodes) and with Bob Oliver Rodgers(for two episodes).
Music for the links and songs was provided by Dave Lee and his band.
The influence of the radio series
As with "
Round the Horne", the cast's adventures would sometimes be episodic with cliff-hanger endings each week as with "The Curse of the Flying Wombat" (3rd series), and "Professor Prune And The Electric Time Trousers" (6th series). Christmas specials normally included a spoof of a traditional pantomime(or several combined). They had few qualms about the use of puns - old, strained or inventive - and included some jokes and catchphrases that would seem politically incorrect by the mid 1990s. Garden's impressions of the legendary rugby league commentator Eddie Waringand the popular Scottish TV presenter Fyfe Robertson, Oddie's frequent send-ups of the game-show host Hughie Greeneand Cleese's occasional but manic impressions of Patrick Moore(astronomer and broadcaster) built these people into eccentric celebrities in a way that the Mike Yarwood, Rory Bremner, " Spitting Image" and "Dead Ringers" programmes would do for other TV presenters with similar disrespect years later.
The show ended with an unchanging sign-off song which Bill Oddie performed as "Angus Prune". Spoof dramas were billed as Prune Playhouse and many parodies of commercial radio were badged as Radio Prune, but the name "Angus Prune" seemed as random and incidental as the name "Monty Python", which appeared several years later.
Although earlier BBC radio shows such as "
Much Binding in the Marsh", " Take It From Here" and " Beyond Our Ken" had conditioned listeners to a mix of music, sketches and jokes within a 30 minute show, and " Round the Horne" was also doing this, ISIRTA (as it was known to its friends) accelerated the transitions, and it certainly seemed more improvised. It was one of those programmes where you were unlikely to get all the jokes on first hearing so would have to listen to the scheduled repeat (or a tape recording) to discover what you had missed. It thus helped prepare the television audience for " At Last the 1948 Show", Spike Milligan's "Q" series, " Monty Python’s Flying Circus" and "The Goodies".
It may also have influenced other fast-paced British radio programmes such as "
Radio Active", " On the Hour", " The Sunday Format", and " The News Huddlines".
Several cast members have appeared in the radio comedy panel game "
I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue", which was originally a spinoff from ISIRTA but has outlived it by decades. Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden continued as regulars on the show.
Episodes of ISIRTA have frequently been heard on
BBC 7(available on the web, digital radio and digital television).
Listeners in Australia occasionally find ISIRTA in the 05:30am vintage comedy timeslot on ABC
Radio National(available on the web to overseas listeners).
* "I'm sorry, I'll read that again". A frequent interruption to mock news broadcasts on the show - the line often reads "Here is the news. I'm sorry, I'll read that again: Here "are" the news."
* "Rhubarb Tart?" A delicacy much loved by all the cast members and often used as a bribe during sketches.
David Hatchfamously leaves the University of the Air during a "Julius Caesar" spoof lecture after Bill Oddie's flip remarks, only to be coaxed back with offers of rhubarb tart. It is also Angus Prune's favourite dish. In the "Ali Baba" sketch in the 3rd series, Cleese appears as Omar Khayyam; he remarks to Ali Baba, played by Brooke-Taylor, "Surely you've heard of the Rhubarb Tart of Omar Khayyam?"
* The Tillingbourne Folk and Madrigal Society. A recurring parody of English "
a cappella" folk music (madrigal). The Society performs a range of songs from a medley of football chants through to the never-ending folk song "There was a Ship that put to Sea all in the Month of May". They also presented a version of "House of the Rising Sun", with Graeme Garden singing a fairly straight version of the song and the rest of the group providing highly-mannered interjections of "tiddly-pom", "whack-fol-riddle-me-o", and so on. Despite all this, it's clear that the cast are very capable singers.
* "I'm the king rat!" Generally said very over-dramatically by John Cleese, on which the rest of the cast would reply, "Oh, no you're not!" This was later referenced in a Monty Python sketch at a "hospital for over-actors."
* The Angus Prune Tune. Written and performed by Bill Oddie (often with considerable audience involvement), this was the sign-off song for the series. The full text runs as follows:
"My name is Angus Prune"
"and I always listen to I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again"
"My name is Angus Prune"
"and I never miss I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again"
"I sit in my bath"
"And I have a good laugh"
"Cause the sig tune is named after me"
"(Tell us yer name!)"
"My name is Angus Prune"
"And this is my tune"
"It goes I-S-I-R-T-A"
"I'm Sorry I'll Read That AGAIN!"
* Beethoven's Fifth. The famous opening bars of this piece of music are constantly used in the series, usually in inappropriate settings; in fact, their first appearance was in the first sketch of the pilot programme in 1964, and during an
Opportunity Knocksspoof in the 3rd series, Bill Oddie tries to tap-dance to them in what sound like hob-nailed boots. David Hatch once introduced the cast: "...with another of their sallies forth – (GRAMS: 'Da-da-da-dummmmm') – or Beethoven's Fifth –" On another occasion, the pre-show teaser was Beethoven, played by Brooke-Taylor, trying to get Bill Oddie, playing a very Jewish music publisher, to market the tune. After hearing the tune, Oddie says: "That's a load of old rubbish!" and then twists the melody to form the opening sig. The closing bars of the final movement of the symphony were used to introduce a 'promenade concert' which featured "There was a Ship that put to Sea all in the Month of May" - Hatch says solemnly in his best BBC voice: 'That was the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Wilhelm Furtwangler. Now, while they're getting up ...'.
* "The Ferret Song".
John Cleesehas an obsession with ferrets throughout the show, including his famous performance of The Ferret Song. This song begins with the line "I've got a ferret sticking up my nose" and promptly gets worse. The song was eventually included in "The Fairly Incomplete And Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Song Book", accompanied by a picture of John with a Terry Jones-shaped ferret up his nose.
* The Silly Roll Call. During many of the longer adventures, the cast engage in the Silly Roll Call, where a series of words appropriate to their adventure are turned into people's names. The "Jack The Ripper" story involves criminals such as "Mr and Mrs Ree ... and their son ... Robby Ree ... and his cousin from the Far East, Ahmed Robby Ree; Mr and Mrs Nee, their Swedish son Lars Nee .. and his sister Betty Lars Nee; and Mr and Mrs Sittingforimmoralpurposes...and their son...Solly Sittingforimmoralpurposes". In "Jorrocks", the Hunt Ball features appearances by "Lord and Lady V'syouyeahyeahyeah and their daughter Sheila V'syouyeahyeahyeah" as well as "Lord and Lady Umeeroffen and their son Duke Umerroffen". Even the Ancient Greek world of Oedipus is not sacred - Socrates appears with Knobblyknees, Euripides with Iripadose, Antigone and Uncle-igone, and the treble of Aristophanes, Hoiteetoitees and Afternoonteas (as well as a barrage of rotten fruit). The basic idea of the Silly Roll Call would later be revived in
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, the final game of the show often being some variant of the "Late Arrivals (at a society ball)" where the same sort of 'silly names' would be announced by each of the players in turn.
* The Gibbon. Whenever a generic animal is required for a sketch, the team always use a gibbon. This is often expanded to ludicrous lengths, such as a "Gibbon-Fanciers' Club".
Edward Gibbon's famous "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" is rendered as "Decline and Fall of the Roman Gibbon", by Edward Empire". Later, during the The Goodies' heyday in the 1970s, Brooke-Taylor, Garden and Oddie would have a Top Ten hit with the song "Funky Gibbon" which reached #4, which they sang live on " Top of the Pops", as well as the Amnesty Internationalshow " A Poke In The Eye (With A Sharp Stick)", and during The Goodies' episode " The Goodies – Almost Live". During another Goodies' episode "That Old Black Magic", Graeme Garden acts like an ape to the accompaniment of the Bill Oddie song "Stuff The Gibbon" — and, in yet another Goodies' episode, " Radio Goodies" the small boat above their pirate radio submarine is called "The Saucy Gibbon". (A track on Soft Machine's "Six" album entitled "Stanley Stamp's Gibbon Album" is dedicated to Bill Oddie.)
*The Terrapin. One other animal that does appear occasionally is the
terrapin. In one show, after a particularly macabre John Cleese monologue, Hatch sends him packing, whereupon the rest of the cast defect with Cleese and form Radio Terrapin in competition to Radio Prune. In another show, Bill performs "The Terrapin Song", and on yet another show, Hatch announces a terrapin joke, as follows: (Garden) Who was that Terrapin I saw you with last night? (Brooke-Taylor) That was no terrapin, that was our old school mistress - she tortoise (taught us) - a huge groan from the audience ....
* Bill Oddie's accent. Having a Birmingham accent (although born in Rochdale, in what was then Lancashire, he grew up in Birmingham) made Bill the butt of many jokes, as well as leading him naturally towards many roles in sketches where someone was required to speak incomprehensibly. He did get his own back in the "Lawrence Of Arabia On Ice" sketch, when he appeared as Nanook of the North, complete with a plethora of cod-Lancastrian patois ("ee bah goom", "black puddings", "ecky thump", etc.) Later this became the basis for an episode of
The Goodieswhere "Ecky Thump" was a secret Lancastrian martial art, the episode itself parodying the then-popular TV show "Kung Fu".
* The Old Jokes Home. The old jokes, of which there were many (see script below) were sometimes sent to the Old Jokes Home.
The episode titles are unofficial and mostly come from the last sketch in each program, which was usually the longest sketch. Many of the titles come from Roger Wilmut's research notes on ISIRTA [http://home.clara.co.uk/rfwilmut/research/notes.html] .
Regular characters of the radio show
Director General of the BBC: played by John Cleese. Continually sends memos to the ISIRTA team with the most ridiculous requests. One week, he decides that "Radio Prune" will become a music channel, a rival to Radio 1. His reason is "We at the BBCmay be very, very silly, but we can write letters". He is also constantly offended by the contents of the show.
American Continuity Man: is a parody of
Hughie Greeneusually played by Bill, although on one occasion in the 3rd series, he's voiced by Graeme. His catchphrasesinclude "Thank-you, Thank-you" and "Wasn't that just great?." Invariably, when he hands over to Jo for details of the Prune Play of the Week, she refers to him by another personality's name - Simon (Dee), Jimmy (Young, or possibly Savile), David (Frost) or Eamonn (Andrews). On one occasion, after Jo announces the title of the Prune Play of the Week "Jorrocks: The Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man" (or a man-hunting fox....), by Stanley Stamps, author of Stanley Stamps' Gibbon catalogue, Bill/Hughie says to the audience, "So will you please put your hands together ... and pray ...."
Angus Prune: is a character adopted by Bill Oddie to sing the playoff
Grimbling:Voiced by Bill Oddie, Grimbling is a "dirty old man" who often appears as a groundskeeper, butler or some similar profession. Due to the limitations of an audio-only medium, the true nature of Grimbling is never revealed, however he is greeted with universal revulsion by all bar the audience. He memorably introduces himself in the 25th Anniversary Episode "I am Grimbling, but don't worry, I'll clean it up later." In the same episode, Cleese asks him "Aren't you a little past it, old man?", only to have Grimbling respond, "No, I'm a little dirty old man". And in the "Robin Hood" sketch in the 3rd series, Grimbling is in the employ of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Garden), who tells him, 'You have done well, Grimbling; take this tennis racquet for your services.'
Lady Constance de Coverlet: is a ridiculous female character played by
Tim Brooke-Taylor. Lady Constance is usually introduced by a statement along the lines of "what is that coming towards us? - It's huge - It's a rhinoceros! - No, it's me!!!". Her size is legendary; in the "Henry VIII" sketch, Katharine of Aragon and Lady Constance (masquerading as Anne of Cleavage) fight a duel to decide who is to be Queen. Brooke-Taylor introduces her in the style of a boxing MC: "..and in the blue corner, at 15 hundredweight, your own, your very own - and there's enough to go round - twice -..." In the "Dentisti" sketch, a parody on the 1960s TV series " Daktari", Lady Constance plays (appropriately) an elephant; and in "Jack The Ripper", Lady Constance is invited to "please, sit down anywhere ... or in your case, everywhere". In the Radio Prune Greek Tragedy sketch, she plays the mother of Oedipus Rex - according to the Oracle, she was hoping for a dog - and she tells Oedipus "Now let me get on with my housework, I've got a little behind .." (pause for the " double-entendre" to register) ".. oh all right, I've got a colossal behind!!" In the "Colditz" sketch, the lads' escape route is through the plug hole of her bath, and Bill Oddie exclaims "She's like a ruddy great iceberg: one eighth above the water, 76 eighths below!". She also in her own way is a bit of a nymphomaniac- she's described in the 25th Anniversary show version of "Jack The Ripper" as a steaming volcano of eroticism - and there are frequent references to unfulfilled sexual desire: in the "3.17 to Cleethorpes" sketch, she and the other players in the drama are adrift on a raft in the ocean; Lady Constance offers to take all her clothes off and use them for a sail, and when Hatch says, "Yes, and then what?", Lady Constance replies, "Well, that's rather up to you ...."
Mr Arnold Totteridge:Another famous recurring character, Arnold Totteridge (played by Garden) is a doddering old man who gets lost in the middle of his sentences. He invariably begins with: "How do you do, do you do, do you do...do you?" and after rambling incoherently for a few minutes returns to where he started. His most famous moment is in the 25th Anniversary Episode, where he has been appointed "The Dynamic new-de-oo-do-de-oo-do-de-oo Head of Radio-do-do-de-do Comedy"
John and Mary: John Cleese and Jo Kendall frequently performed poignant - almost romantic - dialogues as the respectable but dysfunctional couple "John and Mary", a forerunner of the relationship between Basil and Sybil later televised in "
Fawlty Towers". They bear a passing resemblance to Fiona and Charles of Round the Horne.
Masher Wilkins:A kind-hearted simpleton (played by John Cleese) who often appears as an unlikely villain or henchman. He is prone to malapropisms: "I've been trailing you through this impenetrable ferret-- I mean 'forest'". In one show, the topic on The Money Programme is fiscal policy and other matters monetary, and Masher asks some very abstruse questions about the Bank of England and its role in the economy. His last question, however is: 'An' wot's the combination o' de safe: oooh wot a giveaway!!'
Episode roles and cast lists — in order of appearance
"Robin Hood" — written by Graeme Garden and John Cleese: Story narration — sung by David Hatch: 'Curtain' — Tim Brooke-Taylor: Maid Marion — Jo Kendall: Friar Tuck — Bill Oddie: Robin Hood — Tim Brooke-Taylor: Alan 'a Gabriel — Graeme Garden: Will Scarlet — David Hatch: Little John — John Cleese: Sir Angus of the Prune — John Cleese: Grimbling (the Bailiff) — Bill Oddie: Sheriff of Nottingham — Graeme Garden: Master of Ceremonies for the 'Archery Competition' — John Cleese: Deputy Sheriff — Graeme Garden
"The Curse of the Flying Wombat" — written by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie: 'King Lear' — John Cleese: Tim Brown-Windsor — Tim Brooke-Taylor: Mr. Hatch — David Hatch: Lady Fiona Rabbit-Vacuum (Jim-Lad) — Jo Kendall: Captain Cleese — John Cleese: 'Lookout' — Bill Oddie: Casey O'Sullivan — Bill Oddie: Masher Wilkins — John Cleese: Maisie Robinson (the International Temptress) — Jo Kendall: Grimbling (Butler to Tim's Aunt) — Bill Oddie: Lady Constance de Coverlet — Tim Brooke-Taylor: "Hurricane" Flossie (Lady Constance's identical twin sister) — Tim Brooke-Taylor: Slave-girl trader — Bill Oddie: Colonel Clutch-Featheringhaugh — David Hatch: Nosebone (the Great White Hunter) — Bill Oddie: Wong (the Supply-keeper) — Tim Brooke-Taylor: Wong Tu (his brother) — John Cleese: 'Armand' — Bill Oddie
ample Script by the cast of ISIRTA
Transcript of "
Murderon the 3.17 to Cleethorpes" ( March 1970).
*'Cliff Hanger-Ending' of the
British secret servicehas been asked to take secret documents to Cleethorpes. He arrives at the station.
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: I decided to go by that famous train, the 3.17 to Cleethorpes. Whenever its name was mentioned, men whispered of danger and excitement.
*"Crowd: danger and excitement, danger and excitement etc"
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: I went to the
ticket officeand tapped on the shutter
*"Tap Tap Tap"
*Ticket office operator: G'morning sir, can I help you?
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: Yes
*Ticket office operator: Wrong, Ha-
*"Shutter slams shut"
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: Look here, I want a return ticket
*Ticket office operator: Where to?
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: Back here, of course
*Ticket office operator: Congratulations, sir, you're the one millionth passenger to have cracked that joke, you can have the ticket free.
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: Thank you very much. I'm going to Cleethorpes
*Ticket office operator: Well, in that case, your train will be the 3.17 to Cleethorpes.
*"Crowd: danger and excitement, danger and excitement etc"
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: And what time does it arrive?
*Ticket office operator: Well it gets in at exactly, on the dot, precisely, 7.59 and 3.8 seconds. Give or take a couple of weeks.
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: Is there a
buffet caron the train?
*Ticket office operator: Oh, Yes sir, Yes sir, Yes sir.
British Railguarantee that there is definitely and certainly a buffet car on the train. On the train there is bound to be, without a shadow of a doubt, positively and without fail, unquestionably and absolutely, a buffet car... I should take sandwiches just in case.
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: And what platform does it leave from?
*Ticket office operator: Get lost
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: Now look here my little man, you have been consistently surly, unhelpful, obstreperous and downright rude.
*Ticket office operator: Well that's what I’m here for, just doing my job.
*Interjection: Oh, is that it?
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: Well, I'd better get a
porterto help me. I say, Porter!
*Porter: And I say potato.
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: I say, you there
*Porter: And I say potato.
*Cliff Hanger-Ending ("Angry"): Porter!
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: You there!
*Cliff Hanger-Ending and Porter ("singing"): Let's call the whole thing off!
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: Now look, that's just silly. Are you a porter?
*Porter: Yes, guv, I am guv, thank you guv, thank you very much, guv.
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: Well, carry my suitcase to the 3.17 to Cleethorpes.
*Porter: You must be joking, guv'nor, cheerio, I'm off.
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: Oh dear, only two minutes to go and I still don't know where to get on the 3.17 to Cleethorpes.
* "Crowd: danger and excitement, danger and excitement etc"
Tannoy: The next train to arrive at platform two will be Stephenson's Rocket. We apologise for the delay to the surviving passengers. Also delayed is the 2.25 to Hull. It will be leaving at 2.26, tomorrow. Or the day after. Perhaps not at all. It just depends how we feel, and don't you forget it.
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: Well, perhaps they'll have some information about my train.
*Tannoy: Not if we can help it. Here is an important announcement. The 2.50 to the
West Countrywill not now be stopping at Land's End"(note: Land's End is the most westerly point in Cornwall)". The train standing at platform 5 is the 2.31 to Glasgow. Passengers will have to change at Creweas the seats are extremely dirty. And now, British Railwish to announce the following important joke. The train now standing at platforms 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 has come in sideways.
*Interjection: That is a very, very old joke.
*Tannoy: We apologise for the late arrival of the last joke.
*Cliff Hanger-Ending: And soon, at last, I was soon aboard the 3.17 to Cleethorpes "(Danger&Excitement)", carrying those important secret documents.
*Interjection: Oh, come on! Everyone's forgotten about the plot by now. You've spent so much time on cheap jokes at the expense of British Rail.
*Tannoy: British Rail apologise for the delay in the development of the plot.
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