I’ve been saying for a long time that the 6.30 slot on radio 4 has lost its way, and here’s the proof. These days apart from the two programmes which bookend the week – ‘Just a Minute’/’The Unbelievable Truth’/’I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’ on Mondays, and ‘The Now Show’ or something similar on Fridays – there’s very little that is actually funny. I guess Cabin Pressure is OK but I don’t find it hilarious; Issy Sutty is sort of all right but not very funny, and the rest is a sort of mish-mash that doesn’t quite know what or where it is. The latest offering in this area is ‘Simon Evans goes to Marketland.’ I have no idea who Simon Evans is or what his qualifications are for either comedy or finance, but at 6.30 the very last thing I want to hear about is the stock market, house prices and the relationship between land prices and farm income. This programme was just NOT FUNNY! I will go so far as to say that it’s even less funny than Count Arthur Strong, and that is the nadir of radio comedy in my opinion.
I will admit that I didn’t hear the whole programme, but the bits I did hear sounded very much like the Money programme trying to be light-hearted. Even the write-up makes it sound like a documentary rather than comedy. I guess it had its moments – there were a couple of good gags in there – but on the whole I thought nah! I will try to listen to the whole programme next week, but to be honest the news that next week’s programme is about ‘grain commodities’ does not inspire an expectation of hilarity. I think ‘The Now Show’ does this sort of thing a whole lot better.
So there we are.
And no ‘Feedback’ on which to vent my spleen either.