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THE PROBLEM WITH TOPICAL COMEDY

  THE PROBLEM WITH TOPICAL COMEDY   There comes a point when every topical comedy writer asks themselves this question, ‘Haven’t I done this joke before?’…

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The 17 real reasons I’m buying a new Mac

I am considering buying new Mac. But before I do, I wanted to check some of my biases (17 of them), and once I’ve done that,…

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Ten Great First Lines

This is the opening line of a piece about opening lines. It’s not a great opening line, and I don’t expect it ever to be quoted…

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Yes, NIna Conti Really Is On The Radio

NINA CONTI PILOT WITH END SONG A radio show I co-wrote and produced for Radio 4 with the brilliant Nina Conti. Special gusts include Wagner from…

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SHOULD HAPPINESS BE MEMORABLE? THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HOLIDAYS.

  (First published by The Quarterly Magazine)   Here’s an offer: a free, two-week holiday, wherever you like, and with whomever you chose. You can climb…

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ARE WE ALL ILL? THE MEDICALISATION OF NORMALITY

    When I was a child, someone was only mad if they thought they were Napoleon or a teapot, and everyone else was ‘normal’. Thankfully,…

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The oldest question in the world.

What came first, the chicken or the egg? It’s a question that has intrigued scientists and philosophers since ancient times, and has kept me awake for…

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Bill Dare on Brian Gulliver

BBC Radio 4 website. Bill Dare has produced critically acclaimed comedy for both TV and radio, including Dead Ringers, Spitting Image and the Now Show. In…

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Audio Excerpt from Brian Gulliver’s Travels

In this excerpt from Series 2 of Brian Gulliver’s Travels, Brian (Neil Pearson) finds himself in the middle of what could be a murder mystery in Anidara.…

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