John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme is a radio sketch show, written by and starring Mr John Finnemore. Now earlier this year, it was announced that Souvenir Programme had been commissioned a third series and very soon tickets were available to order. Now I think I can say that I am quite a fan of Mr Finnemore, and so I applied for tickets to the recording of all six episodes and was successful!
What I didn’t know however was that the team would be recording sketches multiple ties, either because they wanted to tweak bits, or because previous recordings had gone wrong or maybe simply to give the audience as much as possible. If it were this last reason then I admire the thought, I just feel it gets VERY VERY irritating listening to the same sketches over and over again.
So despite the fact that I pretty much listened to the whole series twice, the sketches themselves were very good. Listeners can look forward to the return of the good old Archers Sketch, a very large family reunion and all the possible outcomes of asking a stranger about their job. It was not just the writing and acting talent which was exceptional in this series, as Susannah Pearse provided excellent music to some great songs which include ‘Red Trousers’ and ‘Spiny Porcupine’.
So all in all I think this series has followed wonderfully in the footsteps of the previous two and I’ll look forward to hearing it Radio 4 where it airs this September.