AUDIO COMEDY
I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again
Volume 5

Starring: John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Jendall and Bill Oddie
BBC Audio
RRP: 12.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 4056 7685 4
ISBN-10: 1 40567 685 X
Available 05 February 2007


Due to popular demand, and after a long break, comes a fifth volume of episodes from the irreverent radio comedy series which ran between 1964 and 1973. Starring John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall and Bill Oddie, ISIRTA is a mix of quickfire sketches, bad puns, humorous songs, and TV and cinema parodies. It quickly developed a cult following, and was the forerunner of The Goodies and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue...

Volume 5 of I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again (ISIRTA) contains another four episodes of the classic BBC radio comedy sketch series. While the blurb on the back of the CD case mentions that this show was the forerunner of The Goodies and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, it's also very likely that Monty Python has a lot to thank ISIRTA for - apart from John Cleese.

Some of the gags don't work that well, mainly being products of their time, but the majority do. In fact the gags and play on words come so quickly that you can be excused for missing the odd joke.

Hopefully there is now enough interest in the show to prod the BBC into considering releasing them in series collections. This CD contains 2 CDs and consists of three episodes of Series Six and one episode from Series Nine.

The episode from Series Nine (Episode Three) was originally broadcast in November 1973 and it's by far the funniest episode in this collection. It mainly consists of a series of gags about "new" stereo broadcasting and a fairly long Star Trek sketch.

If you remember this series from the original broadcasts then you won't need any prompting by me to get you to purchase it. If you've never heard an episode before, but loved The Goodies or Monty Python, this is well worth investing in.

Darren Rea

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