I've Never Seen Star Wars (radio series)

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I've Never Seen Star Wars
Genre Comedy talk show
Running time 30 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra
TV adaptations I've Never Seen Star Wars
Starring Marcus Brigstocke
Creator(s) Bill Dare
Producer(s) Bill Dare
Air dates 18 September 2008 (2008-09-18) to Present (Present)
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 30
Opening theme Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than You Think) by The Specials
Website Official website

I've Never Seen Star Wars is a comedy talk show broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Hosted by comedian Marcus Brigstocke, each episode features a celebrity guest trying out experiences that are new to them, but common to many others. The title comes from the show's producer and creator, Bill Dare, having never seen the Star Wars films.[1] The series has been the subject of controversy due to the questionable taste of some of the experiences.[2][3]

The show has been adapted for television and was first broadcast on BBC Four in early 2009.[4]

Format[edit]

Each episode features a guest presenting a list of things to Brigstocke that, until coming on the show, they had never done before but many others have. Generally the show is structured around one each of certain types of experiences; reading a new book, listening to some new music, watching a new film or television programme (for all of these, the guest is often given an example of a genre they've never sampled before), eating a new food and taking part in a new leisure activity. Examples of the latter include comedian Phill Jupitus having his first colonic irrigation, magician Paul Daniels learning how to swim and Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor buying his first pornographic magazine.[5]

Reception[edit]

The series has a mixed reception. Critics have praised the format. Chris Campling said I've Never Seen Star Wars is, "one of the most invigorating new comedy series of the 21st century."[6]

Elisabeth Mahoney in The Guardian wrote about Jupitus' appearance saying: "He also tried colonic irrigation, and the recording of that was one of the funniest bits of radio this year. The therapist explained the process in a deadpan manner that was quite majestic, especially when she let her "tubing clamps" make their worrying sound effect. Jupitus fretted that she'd find "some hidden G-spot of delight" and that he'd become "sexually addicted to having my arse pumped out". Rather worryingly, then, he has already booked his next appointment."[7]

However, the series has been attacked because of some of the experiences which have appeared. Jupitus' colonic irrigation and eating foie gras, and Brooke-Taylor buying pornography are amongst the moments which have been cause for complaint. Dare appeared on BBC Radio 4's listener complaints show Feedback to defend I've Never Seen Star Wars. Dare stated the choices were all made by the guests and were not designed to offend listeners. During the interview with host Roger Bolton, Dare was asked, "if he could reassure listeners that there'd be no heavy breathing in future." Dare mocked both Feedback and Bolton saying: "Only if we get an asthmatic on, I suppose. But now asthmatics are going to ring up and say, how dare you make fun of our condition?"[2][3]

Episodes[edit]

Five series of I've Never Seen Star Wars have been broadcast.[8]

Series 1[edit]

# Guest Original airdate
1 - 1 Phill Jupitus 18 September 2008 (2008-09-18)
Comedian Phill Jupitus tries eating foie gras with a Findus Crispy Pancake, has colonic irrigation, attempts to be a hairdresser, reads Jane Austen, and drinks absinthe.
1 - 2 Paul Daniels 25 September 2008 (2008-09-25)
Magician Paul Daniels cooks a meal, reads some feminist literature, learns how to swim and experiences the film The Great Escape.
1 - 3 Mark Steel 2 October 2008 (2008-10-02)
Comedian Mark Steel attempts to assemble a flat-pack stool, goes to watch Hamlet, takes tea at the Ritz Hotel, and has a shave at a barbers shop.
1 - 4 Eve Pollard 9 October 2008 (2008-10-09)
Journalist Eve Pollard reads Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, learns how to play poker, watches The Rumble in the Jungle and drinks a cocktail
1 - 5 Tim Brooke-Taylor 16 October 2008 (2008-10-16)
Comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor buys a pornographic magazine, tries some unusual seafood, listens to a hip hop record, and makes a phone call.
1 - 6 Esther Rantzen 23 October 2008 (2008-10-23)
Broadcaster Esther Rantzen joins Facebook, attempts to iron a man's shirt, listens to The Dark Side of the Moon, tries reflexology and reads Scoop.

Series 2[edit]

# Guest Original airdate
2 - 1 Barry Cryer 4 February 2009 (2009-02-04)
Comedian Barry Cryer attempts to change a baby's nappy, reads The Catcher in the Rye, listens to Back in Black, watches Friends, and sings karaoke.
2 - 2 Arthur Smith 11 February 2009 (2009-02-11)
Comedian Arthur Smith watches Top Gear, eats a Pop-Tart, watches Les Misérables, reads a Mills and Boon book, and learns how to play the piano.
2 - 3 Dame Joan Bakewell 18 February 2009 (2009-02-18)
Journalist Joan Bakewell listens to Arctic Monkeys, has a beat boxing lesson, places her first horse racing bet, reads The Rules, and watches Mamma Mia!.
2 - 4 Jan Ravens 25 February 2009 (2009-02-25)
Impressionist Jan Ravens learns to box, has her eyebrows threaded, builds a brick wall and reads Bravo Two Zero.
2 - 5 Suggs 4 March 2009 (2009-03-04)
Singer Suggs learns to tap dance, reads A Brief History of Time, listens to Vivaldi, watches Titanic and changes the oil in a car.
2 - 6 Sandi Toksvig 11 March 2009 (2009-03-11)
Comedian Sandi Toksvig eats a Pot Noodle, wears high heels, walks on stilts, listens to Purple Rain, and watches a football match.

Series 3[edit]

# Guest Original airdate
3 - 1 Sanjeev Bhaskar 9 March 2010 (2010-03-09)
Comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar views the Crown Jewels, reads P. G. Wodehouse and plays Subbuteo.
3 - 2 Jon Culshaw 16 March 2010 (2010-03-16)
Impressionist Jon Culshaw has a salad, goes to a casino and listens to Woman's Hour.
3 - 3 Jenny Eclair 23 March 2010 (2010-03-23)
Comedian Jenny Eclair listens to Charlie Parker and has a bikini wax.
3 - 4 Ardal O'Hanlon 30 March 2010 (2010-03-30)
Comedian Ardal O'Hanlon takes some herbal remedies and tries Twitter.
3 - 5 John Lloyd 6 April 2010 (2010-04-06)
Writer John Lloyd does some stand-up comedy and watches The Wire.
3 - 6 Kate Adie 3 March 2011 (2011-03-03)
Reporter Kate Adie watches The Sopranos, tries Yoga and goes to a bingo hall.

Series 4[edit]

# Guest Original airdate
4 - 1 Ian Hislop 5 September 2011 (2011-09-05)
Satirist Ian Hislop buys a pair of jeans, plays Grand Theft Auto, tries Buddhist meditation, and bakes a cake.
4 - 2 Frank Skinner 12 September 2011 (2011-09-12)
Comedian Frank Skinner has a spray tan, eats Jugged Hare, changes a car tyre and watches Inspector Morse.
4 - 3 Alan Davies 19 September 2011 (2011-09-19)
Comedian Alan Davies sings in public, has a pedicure and reads The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
4 - 4 Giles Coren 26 September 2011 (2011-09-26)
Writer Giles Coren goes vegan, reads some Harry Potter and dances in public.
4 - 5 Kathy Burke 3 October 2011 (2011-10-03)
Actress Kathy Burke visits Harrods and proves the first guest to match the programme's title.
4 - 6 Sarah Millican 10 October 2011 (2011-10-10)
Comedian Sarah Millican eats with chopsticks, watches Some Like it Hot and visits the Natural History Museum.

Series 5[edit]

# Guest Original airdate
5 - 1 Meera Syal 1 January 2013 (2013-01-01)
Actor/writer Meera Syal eats snails, reads the Bhagavad Gita, watches Last Tango in Paris, and attends a football match.
5 - 2 Dave Gorman 8 January 2013 (2013-01-08)
Comedian Dave Gorman enjoys a "water cooler moment", rides a horse, reads A Tale of Two Cities, and visits a strip club.
5 - 3 Benjamin Zephaniah 15 January 2013 (2013-01-15)
Writer Benjamin Zephaniah drinks coffee and tea, reads The House at Pooh Corner, plays with a Scalextric, and listens to Take Me Home.
5 - 4 Les Dennis 22 January 2013 (2013-01-22)
Les Dennis eats cheese, reads The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, listens to a Rolling Stones album, and watches The Inbetweeners.
5 - 5 Jenni Murray 29 January 2013 (2013-01-29)
Jenni Murray has a lesson in dog training, watches Reservoir Dogs, cooks a healthy meal of tofu, lentils and brown rice, and watches a Frankie Boyle DVD.
5 - 6 Evelyn Glennie 5 February 2013 (2013-02-05)
Percussionist Evelyn Glennie watches herself performing in the Olympic opening ceremony, drives a Go-Kart, watches Downton Abbey, and throws a pot.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Campling, Chris (2008-09-13). "Radio Head: a Star Wars abstainer". The Times (London). Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  2. ^ a b "24 October 2008". Feedback. 2008-10-24.
  3. ^ a b Redmond, Camilla (2008-10-27). "Radio review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  4. ^ "I've Never Seen Star Wars (The TV series)". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  5. ^ "I've Never Seen Star Wars (The radio series)". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  6. ^ Campling, Chris (2008-09-23). "Bill Dare wins with I've Never Seen Star Wars". The Times (London). Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  7. ^ Mahoney, Elisabeth (2008-09-19). "Radio review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  8. ^ "I've Never Seen Star Wars — Episode Guide". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 

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