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The Very World of Milton Jones

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The Very World of Milton Jones was a comedy show broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 1998 and 2001 starring English comedian Milton Jones. It ran for three series.[1]

Each programme would begin with Jones facing certain death in some bizarre circumstance or other, such as being put before a firing squad in Mexico, or being faced with a cobra in the jungles of South America. At the moment before his death, a guardian angel would appear and freeze time, then spend the rest of the show reviewing and interpreting the events which had led up to his impending demise, as well as covering hypothetical situations that Milton could have been involved in (such as selling Watchtowers in Arthurian England). At the end of the show, the angel would leave, at which point Jones would be blessed with an incredibly narrow escape from death, usually related to jokes in the show (for example, in the "Firing Squad" episode, Milton is revealed as a supermarket worker, and he is saved from death when the bullets rebound from his Tesco clubcard), thus setting him up for the next episode.

In addition to Jones himself, various other performers frequently appeared on the show. These were Alexander Armstrong, Melanie Hudson, Dave Lamb, Alistair McGowan, Joanna Scanlan and former Week Ending comedian Sally Grace.

All three series were produced and directed by David Tyler.

The programme is often repeated on digital radio station BBC 7 / BBC Radio 4 Extra

All three series are available to download as audiobooks from Audible.com.

Episode list[edit]

Original Air Date [2][3] Episode Title
Series 1
13 Aug 1998 1. Falling Through the Air Without a Parachute
20 Aug 1998 2. Chased by a Bull
27 Aug 1998 3. Bitten by a Cobra
04 Sep 1998 4. Shot in the Head by Gangsters
11 Sep 1998 5. Choking To Death on A Twix
18 Sep 1998 6. Tied to a railway track
Series 2
26 Oct 1999 1. Shot by a Firing Squad
02 Nov 1999 2. Struck by Lightning
16 Nov 1999 3. Freezing to Death whilst looking for Santa
16 Nov 1999 4. Hit by a Car at Cannes Film Festival
23 Nov 1999 5 . Crushed by a Newspaper Printing Press
30 Nov 1999 6. Attacked by a Shark
Series 3
19 Apr 2001 1. Leaking Spacesuit
26 Apr 2001 2. Boiled to Death in Sharksfin Soup
3 May 2001 3. Falling from a New York skyscraper
10 May 2001 4. Out on the Town in New Alexandria
17 May 2001 5. Heat Exhaustion in a Marathon
24 May 2001 6. Falling into a river.


  1. ^ [1] BBC Episode Guide
  2. ^ [2] epguides.com
  3. ^ [3] radiolistings.co.uk

External links[edit]

The Very World of Milton Jones at BBC Online Edit this at Wikidata