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Title: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: mothman on May 08, 2021, 02:02:24 AM
Started on Thursday. But there’s a twist…

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The 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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000vqr4

I haven’t actually listened to ep. 1 yet (I only really have time to listen to podcasts etc. on the way to and from work) so it’ll be interesting to see if this works. As he’s clocked up more series’s of JFSP, he’s increasingly become more experimental and intricate in playing with the formula of the show, and introducing some quite clever narrative complexity - 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.

That 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.

(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)

Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Consignia on May 08, 2021, 02:14:56 AM
Cheers for the heads up. Love me a bit of Finnermore, and it's easy to miss good stuff on Radio 4.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: mothman on May 08, 2021, 09:53:43 AM
OK, I don’t know HOW this has ended up here[1], but it was obviously meant to be in Comedy Chat... *facepalm*
 1. The answer is usually “It was late and I was tired.”
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Johnny Yesno on May 08, 2021, 11:27:57 AM
CHECK OUT THIS DUNCE


But I do really appreciate the headsup. Many thanks.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: mothman on May 08, 2021, 11:42:55 AM
It’s a fair cop, but society[1] is to blame.
 1. A really strong Starbucks filter coffee I really had too late yesterday morning
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: studpuppet on May 08, 2021, 01:35:23 PM
...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.

It was this episode I was thinking of, when I suggested he should have been called in to tie up the Line Of Duty plot.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Johnny Yesno on May 08, 2021, 02:27:05 PM
I don't know why he hasn't been asked to write an episode of Doctor Who.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Slingback Synapse on May 08, 2021, 03:09:28 PM
I'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.

Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: olliebean on May 08, 2021, 09:42:12 PM
I felt the change of format had likely come about as a result of having to record it remotely and without an audience.

Kept waiting for a reveal of where that song had originally come from, but it never came (unless I zoned out and missed it).
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: DrGreggles on May 08, 2021, 09:50:55 PM
I'll definitely be giving this a listen, but the last couple of JFSP series have felt like Finnemore on autopilot.
He is a superb writer and I'm surprised he hasn't done anything long-form yet.
Cabin Pressure, as well as being bloody hilarious, proved how good he is at plots/narrative too.

That 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.

I was at Flying Visit too.
Loved the God cameo.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: studpuppet on May 08, 2021, 11:40:40 PM
Yeah - not sure it should have been put out under the Souvenir Programme banner, unless the following episodes intertwine with characters who have been bit-parts in the first one and the humour element is cumulative. Highlight was Lorenzo de Medici done as a Boris Johnson impersonation (at least that's how I heard it).
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Andy147 on May 09, 2021, 12:42:00 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)

Cabin Fever! with Arthur Shappey.
I rewatched them all last week, and also thought he should probably have stopped at 20 rather than 26.

Episode 2 of the new series is about Deborah - presumably the same Deborah who was in at least the first scene of Episode 1.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: godber on May 10, 2021, 10:36:19 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

Does anyone remember which episode/series this was? I’m keen to go back and listen. Thanks
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: MojoJojo on May 10, 2021, 10:54:04 AM
I think it's series 7, although audible seems to be being an arse so I can't check/work out which episode.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Andy147 on May 10, 2021, 01:58:24 PM
Series 7 Episode 6, and also to a lesser extent Series 4 Episode 6.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: godber on May 10, 2021, 03:34:56 PM
Thank you!
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: mothman on May 12, 2021, 12:07:24 AM
I'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.

Now I’ve listened to it, I have to agree. What was the point? The “sketches” were like a bunch of notes for a potential Double Act that never gelled. The only time I laughed was the Since You Ask Me.

I may be doing him a disservice, but I often feel Lawrie Lewin is the least versatile of Finnemore’s troupe - less range, fewer accents etc. This episode didn’t do much to dispel that.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Slingback Synapse on May 13, 2021, 07:29:13 PM
First they came for the theme tune, and I did not speak up because I was not a theme tune
Then they came for the jokes...
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: mothman on May 17, 2021, 08:28:41 PM
The fact there are recurring characters from last week makes me assume there’s some big picture at work here. It's the only explanation fir the dearth of anything resembling humour.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: olliebean on May 17, 2021, 10:39:24 PM
To be honest, apart from Finnemore's "Since you ask me for a story" man (and I'm not even sure that was the same character in both episodes), I didn't remember any of the characters from last week well enough to notice them recurring this week.

Still, I suppose that means the silly song from last week probably will get explained at some point.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: mothman on May 18, 2021, 12:46:45 AM
Deborah (MC-S, e2) is Russ’s (LL, e1) mother, that’s all I remember. I think the SYAM storyteller in both was called Newt.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: phantom_power on May 18, 2021, 09:15:30 AM


Still, I suppose that means the silly song from last week probably will get explained at some point.

In 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
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Pranet on May 18, 2021, 10:39:59 AM
Ok, I admit I have not been laughing, as such, but I am still enjoying it. It is like he wanted to write a sort of experiment drama and Radio 4 said no, but you can do another Souvenir Programme if you want.

I really like John Finnemore but I thought the last series of Souvenir Programme was a bit lacklustre- not surprising given the amount of sketch comedy he as written if he is a bit burnt out. So I'm happy to go with this for now.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Slingback Synapse on May 18, 2021, 07:36:31 PM
In 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

This is correct, and in the second episode, we hear the origins of this in an improvised lullaby Deborah sings to the infant Russ.

Apart from the two so far and Finnemore as Uncle Newt, the only character I've noticed in both episodes is Simon Kane as Deboarh's father - he's in the Zoom meeting at the star of the first, and in a couple of the second week's sketches (Scrabble while recovering from a stroke and the restaurant) - so I assume he'll be the focus of one episode. 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.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Pranet on May 18, 2021, 07:51:25 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.

Ha! Yes I was thinking that would be a bold move if he tried that.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: olliebean on May 18, 2021, 09:35:31 PM
In 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

The original song that they ended up doing came from one of the characters getting the words of the old song completely wrong, IIRC. That explained where the band got the song from, but it wasn't explained why he got it so totally wrong.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Slingback Synapse on May 20, 2021, 08:30:20 PM
I think tonight's (episode 3) is the most enjoyable so far. I'm not sure if this is because it's actually higher quality, because I went into it knowing what to expect, or because the characters have gained depth and believability as we've encountered them over the weeks.

I agree that putting it out as a series of JFSP, rather than a new format in it's own right, was a mistake, as the name brings expectations, and disappointment inevitably ensues when these are not met, whereas, for example, Double Acts was free to be what it was - I listened expecting an interesting play, and took the laughs as a bonus.

Comedically, it's limited by the fact that he's clearly tried, largely successfully, to create plausible windows on the lives of believable characters, and this would be undermined by having the situations normally heard in JFSP or the dialogue of Cabin Pressure, since real people's dialogue is not a stream of feed lines and witty put-downs.

I'm guessing that we'll get a week of Uncle Newt, whom I had originally assumed had been inserted as a one-dimensional vehicle for delivering "since you ask me"s, but I think now that that could work for an episode.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: mothman on May 21, 2021, 08:30:57 PM
This 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.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Andy147 on May 21, 2021, 10:27:59 PM
This 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.

Jerry'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.

Some evidence that the usual Souvenir Programme style of sketch doesn't work as well without audience laughter (though of course the actors are playing it very differently): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi7ySXfXdVY
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: mothman on May 21, 2021, 11:46:17 PM
Jerry'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.

There you go. I’m terrible at telling their voices apart, even after seeing them live on stage…
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Pranet on May 23, 2021, 06:05:44 PM
I think tonight's (episode 3) is the most enjoyable so far. I'm not sure if this is because it's actually higher quality, because I went into it knowing what to expect, or because the characters have gained depth and believability as we've encountered them over the weeks.


Probably a bit of everything.

I had a tear in my eye at one point this week.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: idunnosomename on May 27, 2021, 08:08:59 PM
Is there anywhere easy to download stuff like this these days? I suppose I ought to rip it myself. I cant cast it to my speaker because refuse to download Sounds (and I cant on my tablet because its so old lol) and it's like the first thing I want to listen to since they enforced it as the only app.

I've heard bits and pieces (most of tonight's) and if anything it's engaging and well-recorded. I hope Finnemore moves on to more, he's a great writer and has managed outlive the Cumberbatch mania, which is quite an achievement
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: MojoJojo on May 28, 2021, 10:03:04 AM
Is there anywhere easy to download stuff like this these days? I suppose I ought to rip it myself. I cant cast it to my speaker because refuse to download Sounds (and I cant on my tablet because its so old lol) and it's like the first thing I want to listen to since they enforced it as the only app.

Can I ask why you're against sounds? It was annoying when it changed but it seems basically fine.

That said this is the first R4 thing I've wanted to listen to since lockdown and how horribly desolate most of their stuff was without an audience. And I keep forgetting it exists!
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Pranet on May 28, 2021, 10:31:29 AM
I use get_iplayer. It isn't that easy to use but I am a bit of a dunce and managed to figure it out somehow.

I expect it will turn up on fourble, the previous series are there.

Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: mothman on May 28, 2021, 03:25:04 PM
One of the U.K.-focussed torrent sites usually does a whole-season compilation once it’s complete. I’ll snatch it for my library when it’s available. Could tip you off or send you a copy?
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Consignia on June 02, 2021, 05:40:59 PM
Only up to the 3rd one, but with the first two being a bit clunky the third I really liked. I think there's part of it that Simon Kane brings a Brian Blessed hamminess to the performance that just accentuates the humour and rises it above the tricky otherwise emptiness of the recording.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: mothman on June 04, 2021, 07:48:34 PM
It really beds in from the third episode. Layer by layer, the history and backstory of this eclectic family are being revealed. There was possibly a suggestion I thought  in ep. 4 that Jerry might actually be Newt’s sister Gally’s child, who Susanna pretended to be the mother of; failing that, given in the latest one there’s a implication Newt had a crush on Susanna, maybe he’s the father and Susannah is the mother… How this ties in with the fact that Gally and Susanna are obviously a couple, we’ll hopefully find out next week.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: gilbertharding on June 04, 2021, 08:29:13 PM
I'm not saying that a sketch show which ideally requires the listener to pay rapt attention, preferably with a notepad to hand couldn't possibly work, but I doubt anyone other than John Finnemore would even have been allowed to try it.

Unfortunately, I haven't as yet been able to devote sufficient attention to it, although like a lot of other posters, I think I'm getting used to it.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Pranet on June 12, 2021, 11:23:36 AM
Right, I enjoyed that and at some point I'm going to relisten to  it.

I am thick though, so I will have missed a lot, so I'm going to need this to make sense of it.

https://bleedingcool.com/tv/a-final-timeline-for-john-finnemores-souvenir-programme-series-9/

It mentions that last year he did this:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/10/literary-puzzle-solved-for-just-third-time-in-almost-100-years-cains-jawbone (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/10/literary-puzzle-solved-for-just-third-time-in-almost-100-years-cains-jawbone)

Which makes sense if he was writing this series at the same time.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: olliebean on June 12, 2021, 01:32:51 PM
It mentions that last year he did this:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/10/literary-puzzle-solved-for-just-third-time-in-almost-100-years-cains-jawbone (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/10/literary-puzzle-solved-for-just-third-time-in-almost-100-years-cains-jawbone)

"Literary puzzle solved for just third time in almost 100 years" - but Finnemore is the fourth person mentioned as having solved it in the article. Also, if the 100 pages can be put in any order, there are a hell of a lot more than the 32 million combinations they claim. Just 11 pages would get you to 39 million. I guess maths isn't the Guardian's strong point.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Pranet on June 12, 2021, 01:45:04 PM
I've been reading around the subject and a lot of people make the same points.

I can't really answer the second. Perhaps some pages can only be together in certain combinations?- but as for the first, it turns out that Patrick Wildgust didn't "solve" it, as the article claims later, but actually found out what the solution is through some connection to the author. So the first paragraph is right, the fifth paragraph is wrong. The last three paragraphs also hint at him finding the solution. So a bit of a mess.

Another article about it mentions that Finnemore sets crosswords for the Times which I didn't know.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Echo Valley 2-6809 on June 12, 2021, 03:07:13 PM
Another article about it mentions that Finnemore sets crosswords for the Times which I didn't know.

I don't think he's one of their regular of regular cryptic setters, but he has set at least two of their notoriously tough Listener puzzles.

To give you an idea of their sophistication, the outcome of the first one: SPOILERS!
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Each clue contains an extra letter. Characters from Kind Heart and Coronets are crossed out in the grid, forming a gibbet in the style of the game of Hangman.

And the second:
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Misprints in some clues give “ziggurat from west”. The grid gives an aerial view of a ziggurat, the west face of which shows “endless realms of day”, a phrase from the poem The Eagle by E. E. Cummings. Extra words in clues give “letters reprinted on every visible face of blocks”. The view from the NE corner shows EE CUMMINGS THE EAGLE, with letters repeated on the corner blocks because they have two faces visible.

Obviously you have to solve every clue before any of that dawns on you.

Dave Gorman sets cryptic crosswords for The Independent and the Telegraph, and Steve Pemberton has set at least one for The Guardian.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Pranet on June 12, 2021, 04:04:50 PM
tbh I don't even understand those explanations.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: olliebean on June 12, 2021, 04:17:35 PM
I don't really like cryptic crosswords; the clues seem to have an air of smugness about them, you can almost imagine the compiler congratulating themself on how clever they're being. Also having the clues explained to me gives me 3-2-1 flashbacks.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Echo Valley 2-6809 on June 12, 2021, 05:10:22 PM
tbh I don't even understand those explanations.

This animation of Finnemore's ('Emu') first puzzle gives you an idea of the hidden Kind Hearts and Coronet characters forming a 'Hangman' in the grid (the protagonist in the film is a murderer in prison awaiting execution by hanging): https://listenwithothers.com/2016/03/18/listener-no-4387-one-man-band-by-emu/

I've only ever completed one Listener puzzle. If there's a preamble to the puzzle that tells you e.g. to remove a letter from each clue, or each answer, I can tell it'll probably be beyond me.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Echo Valley 2-6809 on June 12, 2021, 05:10:56 PM
I don't really like cryptic crosswords; the clues seem to have an air of smugness about them, you can almost imagine the compiler congratulating themself on how clever they're being. Also having the clues explained to me gives me 3-2-1 flashbacks.

I used to think that, but the ones in national newspapers are usually fair and logical once you get used to the devices setters use. The setter (and the crossword editor) needs the solver to win. I don't think that was the case with Ted Rogers' gibberish.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Johnny Yesno on June 21, 2021, 02:25:35 AM
Right, I enjoyed that and at some point I'm going to relisten to  it.

I am thick though, so I will have missed a lot, so I'm going to need this to make sense of it.

https://bleedingcool.com/tv/a-final-timeline-for-john-finnemores-souvenir-programme-series-9/

Oh, nice, thanks. I'm going to need to listen to the series again too because I couldn't really keep up with the jumbled time line. Someone did a partial family tree a couple of weeks ago, which might help:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E2ae5cfWEAc34Ob?format=jpg&name=large)

https://twitter.com/spacedmonkey/status/1397979446540484612
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: mothman on June 21, 2021, 08:43:39 PM
I started listening again so I could document the timeline, only to then see that someone else had already done one. I’m halfway through but I tend to complete it regardless, it’s really quite an achievement in terms of radio storytelling, I can’t think of anything comparable.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: mothman on June 24, 2021, 06:05:15 PM
idunnosomename and Pranet - a series rip is now available. If you haven't been able to get hold of one, DM me.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Pranet on June 24, 2021, 08:21:52 PM
Thanks very much but I get-iplayered it.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: mothman on June 25, 2021, 01:09:24 AM
NP. Good to know get-iPlayer is still out there in the wild, I’ve not used it in years!
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: Pranet on June 25, 2021, 07:43:43 AM
Still handy for the odd thing, especially as I don't use a smart phone so I can't listen via the site on the move. And occasionally there will be something on the tv I want to keep.
Title: Re: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme - Series 9
Post by: studpuppet on June 25, 2021, 09:17:50 AM
Finally got round to listening to all of them. Some thoughts:

1. It's not really radio-friendly, as it seems to require a complete re-listen. In the days before online availability you'd be completely screwed unless you'd fastidiously taped each episode.

2. I hope someone stitches the scenes together chronologically - I'd love it if it had been written so that chronologically they arrange into coherent 6 x 29 minute episodes that make a sense of their own.

3. For some reason it really reminds me of the IF game 'Curses' (https://ifdb.org/viewgame?id=plvzam05bmz3enh8) (the reaching back in time, and the familial connections, etc). It's the sort of thing that a young Finnemore might have played in his youth.