A dramatic turn

Comics record Radio 4 monologues

Four leading stand-ups have written dramatic monologues for a new Radio 4 series.

Dylan Moran, Curtis Walker, Stewart Lee and Mark Maier will all perform their work on Inner Voices, which starts next month.

Black Books star Moran makes his radio drama debut in the first installment, The Expedition, to be broadcast on July 14.

It tells of an explorer lost in the Artic wilderness, out of food and water, who has to amputate his own hand then starts to hallucinate. “From now on we’re having biscuit crumbs and lint for breakfast, dinner and tea,” he says. “Mainly lint.”

The second show, by Curtus Walker, is titled Mr Williams and is about an irascible pensioner mulling over his life in an old folks’ home.  He wonders why his actor son could only play Mugger No3 on The Bill, rather than Mugger No1: “You’d think with all the beatings I gave him over the years he’d know how to do violence”.

Stewart Lee’s contribution is a version of his 2002Edinburgh show Pea Green Boat, which deconstructs Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat in the form of extracts from the owl’s diary.

And in the final show, Tonight In The Twilight Lounge, Mark Maier plays a disillusioned bingo caller on board a cruise ship.

Published: 17 Jun 2004

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