With live recordings of ‘John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme’ series 4 on the horizon, John and co set off to Kensington Library to ‘try-out’ some material for the new series in his second ‘Library Edition’.
Joining John were his co-stars Simon Kane and Carrie Quinlan. The content for this ‘try-out’ was mainly revamped material from the first library edition, with a few new sketches thrown in. It was great to hear the wonderful ‘Belgium is the Best’ song again, this time with Susannah Pearce on piano as well as sketches like Victor Hugo sharing his book with Quasimodo and The ‘Wallabies’ family.
We also got to hear a revised version of john’s latest ‘So you ask Me’, possibly one of his best yet. After the show I got some autographs from the cast including Carrie Quinlan, Susannah Pearce, Simon Kane and, the man himself, John Finnemore!
The series will be broadcast in October on BBC Radio 4.
The summer is dawning which means a new series of John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme is in the making. In preparation for the final recordings of series 4, John Finnemore put together a ‘try-out’ of material that may make it into the final show and performed it in front of a live audience at Kensington Library.
Souvenir Programme is a radio sketch show, written by and starring John Finnemore with a supporting cast made up of Margaret Cabourn-Smith (Miranda), Lawry Lewin (Doctor Who), Simon Kane (who has an amazing voice) and Carrie Quinlan (who writes for the Now Show). Unfortunately however only Simon Kane could attend, causing Finnemore to call on his fiends Susie Kane (Bleak Expectations) and Kieran Hodgson (King Maxie in Cabin Pressure).
The content was great with some nice new sketches (full of references to Belgium) and a superb (if a bit long-winded) ‘Now you ask me’ tale involving the narrator stopping at a dodgy hotel. Although the show didn’t have quite the same feeling without the full cast, Susie and Kieran filled the gaps wonderfully even though the stumbled somehwat on some of the accents. After the show I met the cast who were lovely and posed for some pictures. Here is me with King Maxie, I mean, Kieran Hodgson!
John Finnemore’s Spuvenir Programme Series 4 airs later this year.
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.