The Boosh (radio series)

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The Boosh
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Genre Surreal comedy, double act
Running time 100 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Home station BBC
Starring Julian Barratt
Noel Fielding
Rich Fulcher
Lee Mack
Richard Ayoade
Air dates 16 October to 20 November 2001
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6

The Boosh (released on CD as The Mighty Boosh) is a 2001 radio series, written and performed by The Mighty Boosh (Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, and Rich Fulcher), and originally broadcast on BBC London Live, then BBC Radio 4, and later BBC 7.[1][2]

Overview[edit]

The Boosh were signed by the BBC soon after the success of Autoboosh and in October 2001 The Boosh, produced by Danny Wallace, was first broadcast on BBC London Live, then BBC Radio 4, and later BBC 7. This six-part series won the Douglas Adams Award for innovative comedy writing.[3] The set is available from the BBC on audio CD, titled The Mighty Boosh. According to the interview track included in the set, Julian Barratt did the primary editing for the radio show. The plots to all the episodes were reworked extensively and reused in the first TV series.

The Mighty Boosh returned to radio on 22 October 2004, when they did a comedy special for The Breezeblock, a show on BBC Radio 1. Instead of the plot driven nature of the series, this show featured improvised conversational comedy with Barratt, Fielding and Fulcher, combined with the show's usual mix of electronic music.

List of episodes[edit]

# Title Producer Airdate
1 "Stolen" Danny Wallace 16 October 2001 (2001-10-16)
A mysterious character called "The Phantom" is stealing animals from the zoo. Howard and Vince go on a mission to find the thief and the sinister figure behind the plot.
2 "Jungle" Danny Wallace 23 October 2001 (2001-10-23)
Tired of Bob Fossil's management, Howard and Vince venture into the zoo's Jungle Room in search of former zoo boss Tommy Nookah, (Howard's Idol) who disappeared there long ago.
3 "Jazz" Danny Wallace 30 October 2001 (2001-10-30)
Vince forms a rock band, but after annoying the guitarist Dave, and driving him to quit, he calls on Howard to overcome the Spirit of Jazz and join them.
4 "Mutants" Danny Wallace 6 November 2001 (2001-11-06)
When keeper Joey Moose is savagely bitten, Howard and Vince investigate and discover Bob Fossil is breeding mutant animals to sell to wealthy Japanese businessmen.
5 "Tundra" Danny Wallace 13 November 2001 (2001-11-13)
Bob Fossil sends Vince to Spain and Howard to the Arctic to collect more animals for the zoo. The two end up back together facing the perils of the tundra.
6 "Hitcher" Danny Wallace 20 November 2001 (2001-11-20)
Howard and Vince take Tony the prawn to the Zoo For Animal Offenders. Along the way they meet a mysterious hitch-hiker, and end up in the bizarre world of "The People of the Box".

On 8 November 2004, a 3 disc set was released by BBC Audiobooks containing all 6 episodes from the series, plus extra material.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mullaney, Martin. "The Boosh". Comedy CV. Retrieved 28 March 2008. 
  2. ^ Lavalie, John. "The Boosh". epguides.com. Retrieved 28 March 2008. 
  3. ^ "News oct01 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 

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