Well on the road to Hellville
Friday 17 February 1995
The last series won for Parker's creator, comedian Simon Munnery, the 1994 Sony Gold Award for Best Radio Comedy with his uniquely radical, not to say downright amateurish, broadcasting style. Hitherto uncharted comic territory - Most Left-Wing Person in the Pub Competition and scathingly ironic interviews with the likes of Billy Bragg - confirmed Parker as a kind of Wolfie Smith for the Nineties, a DIY anarchist, post-punk loser and no-hope revolutionary for whom popular music began (and ended) with Sham 69 in 1978.
The new show, extended from 29 to 59 minutes without suffering unduly, is a cannily choreographed shambles as Parker struggles to introduce a Clash track or takes to the streets to scour desperately for non-existent victims of the "bourgeois- fascist-middle-class-nazi-fascist" conspiracy. All this and the constant dropping of pub philosopher's maxims - "The thing about mates is... you can only rely on them if you've got any." Oh, and listen out for his new improved version of The Orb's "Little Fluffy Clouds".
Arts & Ents blogs
- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 4 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show