"At Christmas I no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled mirth; But like of each thing that in season grows."
Started by mothman, May 08, 2021, 02:02:24 AM
QuoteThe ninth series of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is very different to the previous eight. It's still written by John Finnemore, "one of our best sketch writers", (The Observer), and performed by him with "a great supporting cast of Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan" (The Telegraph), and there are still sketches and songs. But, with no live studio audience this year, John has taken the opportunity to try something completely new.Every episode in this series of Souvenir Programme is made up of scenes from one person's life, played in reverse order. There's no narrative to the episode; it's still a sketch show, not a sitcom... but the sketches in each episode all happened to one person, played by one member of the cast, over the course of their lifetime.
Quote from: mothman on May 08, 2021, 02:02:24 AM...the episode from an earlier series where every sketch actually happens in the same continuity, but you have no idea until he pulls it all together in the Since You Ask Me segment at the end, being a good example.
Quote from: mothman on May 08, 2021, 02:02:24 AMThat skill also came into play in his 2019 live show (JF's Flying Visit) which I took my elder daughter to see (her souvenir t-shirt from that, with a yellow car on, is a prized possession of hers). No spoilers, but it was a really fun show.
Quote from: mothman on May 08, 2021, 02:02:24 AM(I also enjoyed the Cabin Pressure With Arthur Shappey videos he did during Lockdown 1, though did get the feeling they maybe went on a bit too long, but it was still something to look forward to as that time dragged on)
Quote from: mothman on May 08, 2021, 02:02:24 AMthe episode from an earlier series where every sketch actually happens in the same continuity, but you have no idea until he pulls it all together in the Since You Ask Me segment at the end, being a good example
Quote from: Slingback Synapse on May 08, 2021, 03:09:28 PMI'm glad he's trying something different, and it was certainly interesting and enjoyable to listen to, but I couldn't help feeling the lack of jokes. With a few exceptions, it felt like the brief was a series of scenes from someone's life, rather than sketches.I'll certainly keep listening - and would be suprised if is doesn't gain depth with characters linking between episodes - but on the basis of the first episode, I don't see this series being as enduring as the last eight. I cling, however, to the hope that the central character for one the future episodes will unexpectedly turn out to be an animal, accidentally listen to The Archers or be Patsy Straightwoman.
Quote from: olliebean on May 17, 2021, 10:39:24 PMStill, I suppose that means the silly song from last week probably will get explained at some point.
Quote from: phantom_power on May 18, 2021, 09:15:30 AMIn the next sketch set a few years before doesn't someone mention doing a rock cover of a kitsch 50s/60s song? I was listening to it last night and may have been falling asleep at that point so might be wrong
Quote from: Slingback Synapse on May 18, 2021, 07:36:31 PM Have Finnemore or Quinlan played the same character more than once? I suppose there's Russ's Australian partner, but I'm not sure he could make the accent work for a full episode.
Quote from: mothman on May 21, 2021, 08:30:57 PMThis was a lot more fun. It's now becoming clear what it is: a sort of... what's the word? Bildungsroman? Probably not... First Russ, then his mum Deborah, now her dad Jerry. Three generations (and counting? More on that in a minute) of the same family, and exploring how their little quirks propagate through. "Every family has a secret - and that secret is, they're not like other families" Alan Bennett said once. This encapsulates this perfectly.Has it been said how many episodes there are this series? Because if it's the usual six, then given Carrie Quinlan hasn't done one yet then I imagine it'll be either Jerry's mother or possibly his wife next (though I'm not sure if it's CQ or MCS who does either voice). Maybe it'll just be five, with the finale setting out exactly who Uncle Newt is and what his initial connection is to the family.EDIT: and, I've been singing "Woof woof woooof, goes the wolfhound" ALL BLOODY DAY.
Quote from: Andy147 on May 21, 2021, 10:27:59 PMJerry's wife was voiced by Margaret Cabourn-Smith, his mother by Carrie Quinlan.Next week's features Carrie Quinlan as "Vanessa" according to iPlayer, with Newt featured in Episode 5.
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