John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is a sketch comedy series broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Finnemore is the sole writer and performs with Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan.
The first series was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011, and further series have followed annually. The series contains sketches and character monologues, with only one major recurring character, a storyteller who narrates a tall tale in the last five minutes of most programmes, and who also provides the show's only recurring catchphrase, opening each story with "Well, since you ask me for...". The only other recurring character between episodes is an interviewer played by Carrie Quinlan named Patsy Straightwoman who is deliberately given no significant characteristics except for an awareness of her role as a "feed", which she sardonically remarks upon at the beginning of each sketch. All episodes from the fourth onwards include a comic song with words by Finnemore and music by Susannah Pearse. Each series has one sketch parodying the BBC Radio 4 series The Archers, portraying the show as it supposedly sounds to people who do not listen to it.
Reviewer:Dalkeith Banana Scandal
November 27, 2018 Subject:
Many thanks from my Temple.
February 19, 2018 Subject:
Now with series 7
Finnemore is the cleverest comic in Britain today, and this show started brilliantly and just gets better. Series 7 is the best so far!
December 25, 2017 Subject:
No missing series
Contrary to previous review by Kingtune, at present there are no "remaining series" to add. This excellent collection has all but one episode of series 1 to 6.
December 16, 2017 Subject:
Classis British Humour
John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme ranks among the highest and best of all British humour, along with Revolting People, Hut 33, Bleak Expectations, Cabin Pressure and a few others i can't think of just now. I would be absolutely fantastic if all the series 1 - 6 were available to download and listen to.
Well done and many thanks to Ned In Boots for these contributions. Please try and locate and upload the remaining series. (I would assist if i knew how and what to do?).