some bits of news that might interest you
* the panel at the recording in Hastings last week was Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Jenny Eclair and Julian Clary. A very good team. Great to have Jenny back - a two year absence is far too long. Gyles and Julian are always great to hear again.
* the next recording is at Broadcasting House in London on July 26th. As always - if you're going or have any details about it, please let me know.
* the first recording of the season - we'll hear one of the shows on Monday - was recorded in a giant tent amongst steady rain and.... mud! The team was Paul, Pam Ayres, Maureen Lipman and Dara O'Briain, with Marcus Brigstocke replacing Dara for the second recording.
* a recording at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is confirmed for August 14th - but it's already sold out!
* I hear that celebrations for the 40th anniversary - it's in December - may be muted as it's about the same tme as Radio Four's 40th! There are suggestions it may not even be as big as the 35th anniversary show...
* And two long-time JAM stars have asked me to mention their shows. So I will.
JAM star (and former producer) Chris Neill is doing stand-up at the Camden Fringe this year.... here's what he sent me...
Chris Neill - Bearded Wonder
For my shiny new show I find myself thrilled to be avoiding the money-sapping bitch-fest known as Edinburgh in August, and instead am a little giddy to be making a temporary home in the tie-dyed, syringe-strewn, old suede jacket-wearing capital of Britain that is Camden.
In this too-hot-to-handle, just-out-of the-oven, brand new sixty minutes (or a bit under if I can’t find a way of making my routine about opera work), I shall throw myself at a variety of topics (genealogy, surrealism in suburbia, my desire to make passionate love to every beautiful girl in England* to name but three), wrestle them to the ground, and have them begging for mercy. That, or I might tell some jokes about offal and jam.
* One of these is a lie.
Venue: Etcetera Theatre, Oxford Arms, Camden High Street
Time: 21.00 (22.00) 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 August
All tickets £7.50 Ticket booking 020 7482 4857 or www.camdenfringe.org
And Nicholas Parsons is taking his one-man show, "How Pleasant To Know Mr Lear" to the Ealing Comedy Festival on September 1.
Just a thought - neither of the first two recordings were graced by the presence of Sir Clement Freud. He has only missed one summer season recording in four years before this year. Let's hope he is well - he is in his mid 80s but it would be hard to imagine the show without him.