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My name is Angus Prune, and this is my tune, I say, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again....
I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again or ISIRTA had an 8 year run on the BBC. Among its many weapons were John Cleese (aka Otto), Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie,Jo Kendall and David Hatch

The roots of this show go back to the Cambridge University Footlights Club. Many of the cast were performing there looking to work up their comedy skills. Their first major showing was called "A Clump of Plinths", which was originally called "You Can't Call a Show Cornflakes" but was finally presented as "Cambridge Circus".

Spiritually the show and its creators were the sideways offspring of Spike Milligan and The Goon Show There were silly voices, painful puns, off color mumblings, all served up with a flair for the anarchistic; latter shows the audience is given the reigns of power.

Shows known to exist in mp3 format
  • 1964-04-03 First Pilot
  • 1965-10-04 People are out
  • 1965-10-18 The Case of the Workington Shelelagh
  • 1965-11-29 Dr Why & The Thing
  • 1966-02-21 moll~flounders(re)
  • 1966-03-28 Ali Baba
  • 1966-04-18 Angus Prune Story
  • 1966-05-09 Julius Caesar
  • 1966-05-16 The Supernatural
  • 1966-05-23 Robin Hood
  • 1966-05-30 Tim Brown's Schooldays
  • 1966-06-06 LiverpoolTheCity
  • 1966-10-03 Britain for the British (Ireland)
  • 1966-11-07 Curse of Flying Wombat pt6
  • 1966-11-21 The Clapham Mystery Trial
  • 1966-12-12 curse of the flying wombat part11
  • 1966-12-19 curse of the flying wombat part12
  • 1966-12-26 curse of the flying wombat (last ep)
  • 1967-04-23 Camelot
  • 1967-04-30 Champion the Wonder Mouse
  • 1967-05-07 William Tell
  • 1967-06-04 Goldilocks
  • 1967-06-11 All Hands on Venus
  • 1967-06-11 All Hands on Venus
  • 1967-06-18 Tales of Old West
  • 1967-06-25 the ghost of objectionable manor
  • 1967-07-02 Othello
  • 1967-07-09 the Inimitable Grimbling
  • 1967-07-16 Ulysses
  • 1968-04-14 Bunny and Claude
  • 1968-04-21 Dentisti
  • 1968-04-28 The Vikings
  • 1968-05-05 Trouble at the Mill
  • 1968-05-12 10,000bc
  • 1968-05-19 Ghost of MacMuckle Manse
  • 1968-05-26 Operation Chocolate
  • 1968-06-02 Beau Legs
  • 1968-06-09 MacBeth
  • 1968-06-23 The Roaring Twenties
  • 1968-06-30 Lady Godiva
  • 1968-07-07 History Of The Cinema
  • Standard apology for newsreaders on the BBC

    Imagine my surprise then, when dialing into my public radio station on its radio drama night hoping to find X Minus 1 or ZBS' The Fourth Tower of Inverness, I heard a raucous half-hour of zaniness filled with Pythonesque humor, with a live audience roaring at familiar characters and outrageously painful puns.

      "Ulysses, on the way here I saw a sign from the heavens,
      the storm was so fierce it knocked down your tent."
      "What does it mean?"
      "It was a poor tent."
      (Audience groans)

    The Python connection became clear once the credits were read (with several barbs at producer Humphrey Barclay): the cast featured Cambridge Footlights alumni John Cleese, David Hatch, Jo Kendall, and future Goodies Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie, and Graeme Garden (The original cast had Anthony Buffery instead of Garden).

    First broadcast on BBC Radio in 1964, announced as "an extravaganza specially written for the wireless by several persons and featuring a number of performers." It ran for eleven series before the team split up. ISIRTA gradually acquired several distinguishing features, including the Angus Prune Tune, regular characters (Brooke-Taylor's Lady Constance de Coverlet, Cleese and Kendall as soap opera couple John and Mary, and Oddie's manservant Grimbling), and a semi-regular format.
    The first half of the show usually had sketches and jokes. Next was a bizarre song by Bill Oddie (e.g. "God Bless the Ferrets of Olde England"), and the second half usually featured one long sketch, either the Prune Play of the Week, (a satire on a classic film, play, or epic) or a serial, such as "The Curse of the Flying Wombat" in the fourth season.

    The show was produced at various times by Humphrey Barclay, David Hatch, Bob Oliver Rogers and Peter Titheradge.

    There was an album released in 1967 by EMI (UK, Australia) and Capitol (US), entitled I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again.
    SIDE ONE: The Auctioneer; The Day After Tomorrow's World; The Doctor; Blimpht; John and Mary; Robin Hood
    SIDE TWO: Identikit Gal; Baby Talk; Family Favorites; The Curse of the Flying Wombat; Closing/Angus Prune Tune

    Some of the exchanges between John and Mary:

    "How I love to be alone in the country."
    "But... I'm with you."
    "...How I love to be alone in the country."


    "You always hurt the one you love."
    "I'll take off the cactus suit."
    "Speak to me! Say something! Tell me you love me! Tell me you hate me!"
    "Which?"
    "I've... I've got something to tell you."
    "...What?"
    "...Cardinal Richelieu died in 1642."
    "All right, so mother was wrong!"

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