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Radio Active

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For the New Zealand student radio station, see Radio Active (New Zealand)

Radio Active was a radio comedy programme, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 during the 1980s. The first episode was broadcast in 1980, and it ran for seven series. The show starred, amongst others, Angus Deayton, Geoffrey Perkins, Michael Fenton-Stevens, Helen Atkinson-Wood and Philip Pope.

The show was based around an imaginary local radio station and the programmes that it might transmit. Characters on the show were mostly named after pieces of sound equipment, including Anna Daptor, Mike Flex, Mike Channel and Mike Stand. Filling out the character list was the incomprehensible Nigel Pry, the incompetent Martin Brown and the carefully enunciated Mike Hunt.

The show had its origins in the Oxford Student Drama community, especially in the musical parodies of Philip Pope, which were regularly featured on Radio Active. The best known of these is the Bee Gees parody The Hee Bee Gee Bees, with their song Meaningless Songs, which became a moderate hit.

The show transferred to TV as KYTV, which never realised the success of its radio version.

The series was repeated on Radio 4 in late 2002, and again on BBC 7 in 2003, late 2004 and early 2005.

A new one-off episode of Radio Active, the first for 15 years, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2002.


Contents

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A chronological Show List of RadioActive!


                   Original
 Episode #         Air Date      Episode Title

Pilot 1980 BBC Radio 4

 1.     P- 1      8-Apr-1980     The Oxford Review

1st Series 1981

 2.     1- 1      8-Sep-1981     The Late Show (a.k.a. Late Night Radio)
 3.     1- 2     15-Sep-1981     Bedrock, The Early Morning Breakfast Show
 4.     1- 3     22-Sep-1981     Midday Show
 5.     1- 4     29-Sep-1981     The Radio Active Roadshow
 6.     1- 5      6-Oct-1981     Whats News
 7.     1- 6     13-Oct-1981     Radio Active Awards

Special 1981 BBC Radio 2

        S- 1     19-Dec-1981     The Hee Bee Gee Bees Story 

2nd Series 1982 BBC Radio 4

 8.     2- 1     16-Aug-1982     The History of Radio Active
 9.     2- 2     23-Aug-1982     Radiothon
10.     2- 3     30-Aug-1982     Good Day Sport
11.     2- 4      6-Sep-1982     What's Going On
12.     2- 5     13-Sep-1982     The Nigel Pry Story
13.     2- 6     20-Sep-1982     (Operation Scott)

3rd Series 1983

14.     3- 1     12-Jul-1983     Radio Active's Euroshow
15.     3- 2     19-Jul-1983     Probe Round the Back
16.     3- 3     26-Jul-1983     Radio Active's Funday
17.     3- 4      2-Aug-1983     Repeat After Three
18.     3- 5      9-Aug-1983     Lunchtime with Anna
19.     3- 6     16-Aug-1983     What's Going On at the Edinburgh Festival 

Christmas Special 1983

20.     S- 2     20-Dec-1983     Radio Active's Christmas Turkey

4th Series 1984

21.     4- 1      9-Jul-1984     Salute to New York
22.     4- 2     16-Jul-1984     The Martin Brown Show
23.     4- 3     23-Jul-1984     Round Your Parts
24.     4- 4     30-Jul-1984     The Breakfast Show (a.k.a. Radiovision)
25.     4- 5      6-Aug-1984     Minorities Programme
26.     4- 6     13-Aug-1984     Radio Active's Bioshow
27.     4- 7     20-Aug-1984     Radio Active's Gigantaquiz
28.     4- 8     27-Aug-1984     Martin Chizzlenutt

5th Series 1985 BBC Radio 2

29.     5- 1      5-Jul-1985     Wimbledon Special
30.     5- 2     12-Jul-1985     Nuclear Debate
31.     5- 3     19-Jul-1985     Out of Your Depth
32.     5- 4     26-Jul-1985     Radio Active in Australia
33.     5- 5      2-Aug-1985     Get Away with You
34.     5- 6      9-Aug-1985     Wey Hey, It's Saturday
35.     5- 7     16-Aug-1985     Radio Active Musical Festival
36.     5- 8     23-Aug-1985     Did You Catch It?

6th Series 1986

37.     6- 1     11-Oct-1986     The Thodding By-Election
38.     6- 2     18-Oct-1986     The Fit and Fat Show
39.     6- 3     25-Oct-1986     Radio Active's Bogey Awards
40.     6- 4      1-Nov-1986     The D Day Show
41.     6- 5      8 Nov-1986     Radio Active Goes to the Movies (a.k.a. Nice Film Festival)
42.     6- 6     15-Nov-1986     Stop That Crime UK
43.     6- 7     22-Nov-1986     The In-House Documentary
44.     6- 8     29-Nov-1986     Backchat

7th Series 1987

45.     7- 1     29-Aug-1987     It was 20 Years Ago Last Tuesday
46.     7- 2      5-Sep-1987     Radio Radio Programme
47.     7- 3     12-Sep-1987     Radio Active's Sunday Programme: God Alone Knows
48.     7- 4     19-Sep-1987     Probe Round the Back
49.     7- 5     26-Sep-1987     Here's a Bit of Talent (Kate Robbins)
50.     7- 6      3-Oct-1987     The Flu Special (Kate Robbins)
51.     7- 7     10-Oct-1987     You Together with Your House and Possessions and Other Things as Well 
52.     7- 8     17-Oct-1987     Radio Active's Mega Phone-In

New Year's Special 1988

53.     S- 3      2-Jan-1988     [cannot confirm the existence of this episode]

Revised Repeat Series 2002 BBC Radio 4 (was anything actually revised?)

       RR- 1     12-Nov-2002     Radio Active's Euroshow
       RR- 2     19-Nov-2002     Did You Catch It?
       RR- 3     26-Nov-2002     Nuclear Debate 
       RR- 4      3-Dec-2002     Out of Your Depth
       RR- 5     10-Dec-2002     Martin Chizzlenutt

Reunion Special 2002

 54.    S- 4     17-Dec-2002     Radio Active's Digital Turn-On 

The Radio Active Staff

ANGUS DEAYTON

Mike Channel - the stationís "imploding" personality, who started out as a presenter of a peak time weekday show, was moved to the Sunday morning 4am time slot, and ended up as Aaron The Aardvark on the Saturday morning kiddies show.

Sir Norman Tonsil - the pompous, opinionated and downright obnoxious Chairman.

The Right Reverend Reverend Wright - the resident Head of Religious Affairs, with a liking for heavy metal hymns.

"(Oh so daring) Mike Hunt" - the station's daredevil, who performed stunts which even a five-year-old would consider tame.

GEOFFREY PERKINS

Mike Flex - the cocky presenter whose career was heading in the opposite direction to Channelís.

Oivind Vinstra -a Norwegian DJ with a poor command of English (an inexpensive announcer).

HELEN ATKINSON WOOD

Anna Daptor - the podgy host of the midday show, whose obsession with food caused all sorts of problems.

Anna Rabies - the very aggressive agony aunt, whose solution was usually to kill the source of the problem.

MICHAEL FENTON-STEVENS

"Uncle" Mike Stand - the 'kiddies favourite', whose well-intended actions inevitably lead to his arrest for child molesting.

Martin Brown - the shyest DJ on radio who started out on the local hospital radio 4am show and was employed for one reason - he was cheap.

PHILIP POPE

Nigel Pry - a one-man accident black-spot who often demolished the studio within seconds of starting his show.

Dr Philip Percygo - the singing medico.


Commercially Available Material

Meaningless Songs / Posing In the Moonlight Original records/R.C.A. single ABO2 (1980)

439 Golden Greats - The Original Hee Bee Jee Bees Original records/RCA LP TWITS101 (1981) Meaningless Songs (The Hee Bee Jee Bees) / (Dancing) Up The Wall (Jack Michaelson) / Dead Cicada (The Beagles) / Quite Ahead Of My Time (David Bowwow) / You're My Son (Kenny Rogered) / Boring song (Status Quid) / Ah! (The Hee Bee Jee Bees) / Too Depressed To Commit Suicide (The PeeCees) / Simple Song (Paul McCarthrob and Wangs) / Granma (St Winnalot's Reform School Choir) / Music Machine (Babba) / Oh Me! (Larry Pilsson) / Bird Of Peace (Neil Dung, Bob Vylan, The Bland, Frank Sumatra, Dean Martian, Leonard Crowing, George Harrassing)

Too Depressed To Commit Suicide / Up the Wall + Meaningless Songs Original Records / R.C.A. single HGBG 1 (1981)

Boring Song / Dead Cicada Original Records / R.C.A. single HGBG 2 (1981)

Radio Active BBC LP REH 471 (1983)

Highlights from series 1 and 2: Police File + Shipping Forecast / Commercial Break / Ches And Des / Luscivia In The Foyer / Dedication + Wordplay Jackpot / Radiothon / Kate Bosch / Pensioner At The Ritz / Soap Box Corner / Commercials (Wilsonís Cricket Bat + Martinís Of Bond Street) / S.O.S. Message / Thought For The Day / Sword Fighting / Results Service / Next Time / Incorrect Traffic Report / Commercial Time (Bad Breath Advert) / Bob Dylan Sings / Sootyís Magic Show / David Copperfield / Hymen and Carbuncle / Playhouse / Masterquiz / Commercials (The Basement + Nappies) / Adventure Holiday / Wang Wang / Should You Find Any Fault

Hee Bee Gee Bees Present - 20 Big No. 2ís J&B LP (Australia only) JB197 Pretty Boys On Video (Drone Drone) / Kiss And Make Up (Couture Club) / Purple Pants (Ponce) / When Two Songs Sound The Same (Frankie Goes To the Bank) / Wherever I Lay (Paul Yuk) / Scatological Song (Supertrash) / Down Tools (Men Relaxing) / Dancelot (Poxy Music) / Toyland Rhapsody (Queer) / Gary Clitter Is Back (Gary Clitter) / Get ĎEm Off, Irene (Sexist Midnight Runners) / I Donít Want Your Baby (Human Leak) / Me! (The Kids From Shame) / Bored In The USA (Bruce Springbok) / Song Without A Tune (Billy Idiot) / Curdled Milk And Boot Polish (Paul McCarthrob And Stevie Blunder) / Are Trains Electric? (Gary Inhuman) / Out Of Proportion (Jack Michaelson) / A Donít Wanna Smoke Anymore Dope (Eddy Grunt) / Lies (Spamdown Belly) / We Canít Have Hits Of Our Own Anymore (Stars Over 45: Kenny Rogered, Dolly Hardon, Julio Insidias, Bob Vylan, Frank Sumatra, Paul McCarthrob, John Denture, Jack Michaelson and The HeeBeeJeeBees)


When two songs (sound the same) - Frankie Goes To The Bank / Purple pants - Ponce 10 Records single TEN61 (1989)

Radio Active BBC / Canned Laughter ZBBC 1522 (1993)

Features Mega Phone In and Martin Chizzlenut

Further Selections From Radio Active BBC / Canned Laughter ZBBC 1718 (1995)

Radio Active BBC/ ZBBC 1718 (ISBN 0563 390549) This double cassette contains the material previously released on the first canned laughter tape (ZBBC1522) and the BBC Record REH 471


Video

KYTV BBCV 5193 Featuring The Making Of David Chizzlenut / Those Sextiting Sixties / Fly On The Walls

Books

Radio Active Times Sphere Books paperback, 1986

The Utterly, Utterly Amusing And Pretty Damn Definitive Comic Relief Revue Book Penguin paperback 1989 (Includes the scripts of Three Way Quiz and Martinsí Of Bond Street)

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