One (radio series)
|Running time||15 minutes|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Home station||BBC Radio 4|
|Created by||David Quantick|
|Written by||David Quantick, Kevin Cecil, Dan Maier and others|
|Produced by||Jon Naismith|
|Original release||2006 – present|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||18|
|Audio format||Stereophonic sound|
|Opening theme||One is the Loneliest Number by Harry Nilsson|
One is a radio comedy series created by David Quantick. It is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4 Extra. Each episode lasts 15 minutes and consists of a series of vignettes, each of which features only a single voice.
The style and subject matter of the vignettes is varied, but some themes recur.
- Unusual messages recorded on answering machines.
- Readings of notes found in a guest book at a vacation home, featuring bizarre complaints.
- Audio guides to museums that have obscure or bizarre exhibits.
- Parodies of commentaries in the style of well-known personalities, sometimes read by the personalities themselves, such as Jeremy Clarkson reading "Top Dog", or bird expert Bill Oddie describing, in the style of a nature documentary, a typical encounter between Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.
- Recitations of ideas such as personal crises, bad moods, T-shirt slogans etc., in the style of the Shipping Forecast. For example:
- "And now with the time approaching 5 pm,
- It's time for the mid-life crisis forecast...
- Forties; restless: three or four.
- Marriage: stale; becoming suffocating.
- Sportscar, jeans and t-shirt; westerly, five.
- Waitress; blonde; 19 or 20.
- Converse all stars; haircut; earring; children;
- becoming embarrassed.
- Tail between legs; atmosphere frosty;
- Spare room: five or six."
- "One". Retrieved 25 October 2013.