Comedy washout

Freak downpour stops radio pilot

A Radio 4 comedy pilot has been abandoned after water gushed through the studio ceiling.

Greg Proops, Jenny Eclair, Boothby Graffoe, Jackie Clune and Ed Byrne and the 100-strong audience were evacuated from the recording after a freak downpour hit London's Drill Hall.

The team were barely half way through the recording of their show, All The Right Noises, when disaster struck.

One member of Saturday's studio audience said: "The show had been going for around 30 minutes when rain come thundering down.

"Eventually officials said the audience had to leave and we were led out onto the street."

However, BBC bosses believe that enough of the show was recorded to give them a taste of how it would sound.

A spokesman for Radio 4 said: "All The Right Noises was a pilot recording and we are currently reviewing the material. No decision can be made about future recordings until we have heard this material."

In the show, contestants play out a script, until interrupted by a sound effect played by chairman Greg Proops (pictured). They then must incorporate those noises into their story.

Published: 29 Apr 2002

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