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I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, Again. Back for a one night Christmas Show
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The GoodiesThe OfftheStage Theatre Company's I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, Again show.  Is back for a one off Christmas Special.

'I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again (Again) Xmas Wonder Show'

Ding Dong! Merrily On High! Angus Prune OBE is back, with the Plum Pudding of Radio Comedy - It's … I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again (Again) - A Christmas Wonder Show!

A brand-new and strictly one-off compilation, celebrating the festive episodes of this anarchic and deliciously surreal comedy series that gave birth to The Goodies, Monty Python's Flying Circus and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. After their critically-acclaimed tour this year, The OFFSTAGE Theatre Group once again recreates the famously full-frontal sketch show that laid waste to BBC Radio from 1964 to 1973 - with a live band and sound effects.

Stand by for wicked parodies, glorious puns and silly songs from the pens of Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie, as well as the return of the ever-frisky Lady Constance de Coverlet in the form of special guest star TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR!

From Doctor Zhivago (and his Magic Lamp) to Jack The Ripper (and The Beanstalk), via the unmistakable strains of the Angus Prune Tune and the unavoidable rudeness of The Christmas Hymns Dirty Songbook, this is a chance to meet again the much-loved characters first created by Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall and Bill Oddie.

Dress code: Christmas hats optional but encouraged!


Tickets £15
8TH OF DECEMBER 2017, CHELTENHAM PLAYHOUSE.
http://www.cheltplayhouse.org.uk/whats-on/autumn-2017/im-sorry-ill-read-that-againagain-xmas-wonder-show/

Also Barnaby and Co are trying to raise funds for plans to take this show on tour once again next year.  So if you can spare a few quid for this fantastic wonder show.  You will be able to see such delights as Gibbon Stuffing, Ferrets up noses, knees, and loads more Lady Constance 'de Cavalet.  Then head to this link https://www.gofundme.com/new-im-sorry-ill-read-that-again

Posted by Jenny_Gibbon at 14/08/2017 01:58 GMT
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Bill's new book 'Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener' - Now available!
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The GoodiesThe new title 'Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener' by Bill Oddie is now available to purchase from Amazon and various other book shops.

Here's a blurb about the book:


In a sense this book is a garden-based autobiography of Britain's most famous birdwatcher. The main narrative covers Bill's personal relationship, not only with his present garden, which was described by the Daily Mail as "Probably the most bizarre back garden in Britain", but also with the gardens he has known throughout his life. The first was what he has called "a sink full of mud" in industrial Rochdale in the 1940s. Next came a larger garden on the edge of Birmingham which he used as a bird ringing station, sometimes helped or hindered by his granny, who often trimmed the lawn with a pair of scissors!In Tales of Ludicrous Bird Gardens there are plenty of eccentric stories about garden characters such as the 'feng shui fox', who constantly rearranged the ornaments, 'Limpy', the one-legged single-parent Great Tit, and one memorable nightmarish occasion when over 50 rats came to visit! This book is NOT an instructional guide on 'How to be a ludicrous gardener' although it may well prove inspirational to others to have a go, or to warn them on what to avoid. Bill abhors decking, large concrete patios, and above, all leaf-blowers.As well as neighbours who whinge about the parakeets! What is certain about Tales of Ludicrous Bird Gardens is that Bill's entertaining take on gardening for birds makes compelling reading.



Follow the link for more info.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Ludicrous-Bird-Gardens-Oddie/dp/1921517786/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501595427&sr=1-1&keywords=bill+oddie

Posted by Jenny_Gibbon at 01/08/2017 05:21 GMT
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The OFFSTAGE Theatre Group needs you help to secure more ISIRTAA!
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The GoodiesFrom the fundraising page...

We are The OFFSTAGE Theatre Group and have been running from our base in Gloucestershire since 1991. We've won the odd award, toured the 'classics' and premiered a lot of original work, all of which has been highly-acclaimed.

In 2016, we performed a 'Greatest Hits' version of the classic BBC Radio comedy I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, after being given the exclusive licence to do so. This was a one-off production for charity.

In 2017, we took a revamped version of the show - I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again... Again! - on a 5-star reviewed tour...

"...Most importantly, they'd tweaked the material to bring it up to date, but only in a most sensitive manner, like somebody restoring an old master. Though timeless and surreal references to ferrets and groansome puns were its stock-in-trade, it seemed more like the original, ironically, when they occasionally included references to current events, so that it felt like a real show rather than a museum piece. Particularly impressive were the few comments about the general election result, which was only announced on the day of the performance. Purists needn't worry, they didn't change very much, it was still mainly packed full of swinging 60s zaniness, but those light touches of modernisation elevated the show to as near perfect as you could hope for. 5/5"

Here's the video trailer for that tour: 2017 Tour Trailer

So, what's next? Well, two things, actually. Thanks for asking!

Firstly, we'd like to put on a I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again Christmas Special (pieced together from the numerous Christmas shows that the original series produced).

Secondly, we'd very much like to go on a bigger tour in 2018, essentially doing a 'Greatest Hits II' - there's so much funny material over nine series that this would be an entirely NEW show.

And this is where YOU come in! If you saw the show, or were desperate to see it and couldn't make it, then perhaps you'd consider funding our next stage of the creative process? We'd be most grateful.

Our budget might seem like a lot but here's a little run-down of what this professional production has to pay for...

Cost of Venue Hire (performance and technical)
Cost of Adapting The Script
Cost of Rehearsal Space
Cost of 4 Professional Musicians
Cost of 5 Professional Actors
Cost of Special Guest Star(s); original cast members Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Jo Kendall and John Cleese, for example.
Cost of Graphic Designer/Artist (posters and artwork)
Cost of Set Building/Props (construction and materials)
Cost of Copyright Percentage
Cost of SFX Operator and Stage Manager
Cost of extra Sound Equipment for venue (mics, etc)
Cost of Public Liability Insurance
Cost of Publicity (posters, flyers, programmes, etc)
Cost of Producer/Director fees

So, we hope you might see your way to helping us with this and claiming one of the rewards up for grabs in doing so. It's a show that is purely entertaining and very, very silly. We'd appreciate your support.


The are a few prizes to choose from.  10 gets you a Gibbon Stuffing and if you have the pockets (like Graeme in the Movies episode) You can splash out on the Dirty Song Book item which is 750.

There a loads more things to chose from there so get picking!

https://www.gofundme.com/new-im-sorry-ill-read-that-again

Posted by Jenny_Gibbon at 21/07/2017 06:54 GMT
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2nd ep of Clue on the BBC catchup service.
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The GoodiesThe second episode of ISIHAC was on yesterday. You can catch up via this link.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08wn9md

Posted by Jenny_Gibbon at 04/07/2017 03:42 GMT
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ISIHAC Mailout.
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The GoodiesISIHAC NEWSLETTER
Dear Im Sorry I Havent A Clue Mailing List Member

Two things to tell you about the start of the 67th Series this coming Monday on Radio 4 and a pilot recording of a new impressions-based panel show called  The Imitation Game starring Alexander Armstrong, Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson, which Graeme Garden and I have devised for ITV, recording on Friday 7th July..
First, the new series of Im Sorry I Havent A Clue, starts this Monday 26th June at 1830 on Radio 4 (with a repeat the following Sunday at 12 noon).  The show transmission order is as follows:
Episodes 1 and 2 -  (Monday 26th June and Monday 3rd July) from the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford with Jack, Tim, Barry, Colin plus Andy Hamilton and Jo Brand.
Episodes 3 and 4 -  (Monday 10th and 17th July) from the Victoria Theatre in Halifax with Jack, Tim, Barry, Colin plus John Finnemore and Susan Calman.
Episodes 5 and 6 -  (Monday 24th and 31st July) from the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham with Jack, Tim, Barry, Colin plus Jeremy Hardy and (making her debut on ISIHAC) the brilliant Jan Ravens.
Second, Graeme Garden and I have been asked by ITV to come up with a new panel show which were piloting at 7.30pm on Friday 7th July at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood (just north of London).  Tickets are free and wed love you to come along if you can make it.  Its called The Imitation Game and features some of the countrys top impressionists.  It includes several Clue-like rounds and will were sure appeal to fans of the programme. Its hosted by Alexander Armstrong, with Rory Bremner, Debra Stephenson, Jess Robinson (a recent finalist on Britains Got Talent) and Luke Kempner (from Murder in Successville, The Tracey Ullman Show and more).  To get tickets (and for details of how to get there), heres a link to the ticket website. http://www.sroaudiences.com/default.asp?tx=1996
Finally, and annoyingly, the BBC have stopped the very helpful newsletter we used to send advertising ISIHAC recordings, so this mailout is now the only means we have of communicating advance details of our BBC recordings.  If you know anyone who used to subscribe to the now defunct BBC Clue newsletter, please encourage them to transfer their allegiance to this mailing list!
Have a very happy summer. I look forward before too long to telling you about more ISIHAC recordings in the autumn.
With best wishes,
Jon Naismith
Producer, Im Sorry I Havent A Clue


Posted by Jenny_Gibbon at 27/06/2017 05:06 GMT
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new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" starts 26 June 2017
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British ComedyThe new series of "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" with Tim Brooke-Taylor starts on BBC Radio 4 26 June 2017.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08vxv2y

Posted by lisa at 26/06/2017 15:48 GMT
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Bill Oddie's new book to be released 30 June 2017
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Bill's Nature ShowsIn an article in The Express to promote the release of his new book on June 30th, Bill Oddie discusses his "six best books"

Bill Oddie: My six best books - Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School and more

BILL ODDIE, 75, is known for the long-running comedy series The Goodies and was one of the original hosts of Springwatch. He has also presented Birding With Bill Oddie and other nature programmes. His latest book Tales Of A Ludicrous Bird Gardener (New Holland, 16.99) is out on June 30.

BILLY BUNTER OF GREYFRIARS SCHOOL by Frank Richards Out of print This is the sort of book you couldnt do now because its so non-PC: people are cajoled for being fat, lazy and foreign. But it had a wonderful energy. I got to play Bunter on radio and I cant help slipping into the voice, to most peoples annoyance.

A FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF BRITAIN AND EUROPE by Roger Tory Peterson Out of print I was six or seven when I started bird watching and this book was almost life-changing. Until the 50s, there werent any good bird books, then Peterson developed a style of immaculate drawings with lines pointing to the features that were key to identifying the bird. That led to a whole genre.

JOURNAL OF 1826 by John James Audubon University of Nebraska, 25.99 Audubon trekked across America collecting information about birds, which was dangerous at the time. I love the fact that therell be an entry in his journals that says he was attacked by a Comanche war party followed by one where he got a splendid drawing of a plover.

BENEATH THE UNDERDOG by Charles Mingus Canongate, 9.99 Im a slow reader but I buy a lot of music biographies. This is full of self-pity and raging anger which is quite shocking. He had a famously bad temper yet a lot of his music is very moving and passionate.

THE A-Z GUIDE TO GOOD MENTAL HEALTH: YOU DONT HAVE TO BE FAMOUS TO HAVE MANIC DEPRESSION by Jeremy Thomas Penguin, 12.99 I was diagnosed as having manic depression when my wife and daughter noticed my up and down behaviour.

This is the book that helped me because it included an account of someone who was just like me: he got overconfident about what he was doing and impatient with people around him.

UNNATURAL SELECTIONS by Gary Larson Out of print An American cartoonist with my kind of humour.

Its a bit distasteful at times but, if youre feeling sad and youve just come away from the shrink, this will cheer you up.


Posted by lisa at 23/06/2017 16:22 GMT
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Tim on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester talking Goodies and ISIRITAA
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The GoodiesTim was on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester today, promoting this Friday's I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, Again show at Huntingdon Hall, Worcester.  You can catch up with it here...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05533rj#play

Tickets for Worcester's show can be found here: http://www.worcesterlive.co.uk/events_review.asp

Posted by Jenny_Gibbon at 20/06/2017 11:55 GMT
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The Adventure Game DVD to be released 12 June 2017
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The GoodiesThe 1980's BBC series "The Adventure Game", on which Graeme Garden appeared, is scheduled to be released on DVD in the UK on 12 June 2017.https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06XFHTCVB

Posted by lisa at 05/06/2017 14:49 GMT
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Ask Bill Oddie - Wildlife Q&A with Bill!
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Bill is doing a Q&A on twitter,  here is the blurb on Bill's Bird Food Twitter feed....

Send your wildlife question to us to #AskBillOddie & you could #win 1 of 10 prizes in our #competition. UK only - ends 02/06 #Springwatch

Posted by Jenny_Gibbon at 31/05/2017 05:14 GMT
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