This six-part comedy series was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1988. Hosted by Stephen Fry, accompanied each week by Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Emma Thompson, and a selection of guests including Phyllida Law, Robert Bathurst, Julia Hills, and Alison Steadman, the show takes the form of a roundtable discussion, interspersed with sketches that veer tangentially from the sublime to the ridiculous.More
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Entertainment at its best - why only one series?
'Saturday Night Fry' is my go-to comedy audiobook whenever I need to listen to something funny to cheer me up, or when I'm waiting for something, orcommuting, or, well any reason at all to sit down and listen to the genius of Fry, Laurie, Broadbent and Thompson.
'I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again' is probably the nearest thing I can compare it to, another audiobook series which I can highly recommend.
I have so many favourites sketches, but I do thoroughly enjoy Phyllida Law's inner monologue when she is in a restaurant. Also the Jekyll and Hyde-eqsue story. And the sketch involving muffins. Oh and visiting Hades with a piano.
I first listened to it all in one sitting, but being 6 episodes it is just as easy to listen to in the 25 minute sections.
As a side bonus, I also learned the names of quite a few classical pieces of music, being the intro snippets to many of the sketches.
The wonderful special guests include Alison Steadman, Phyllida Law (Emma Thompson's marvellous mum), Barry Cryer, Robert Bathurst and Julia Hills.
- B. Allen