Radio 2 takes Flight

Conchords have landed

Perrier-nominated folk parodists Flight of the Conchords have landed their own Radio 2 series, with a host of names from the comedy circuit lending a hand.

The duo’s improvised show will be broadcast from September, with Keith Barret creator Rob Brydon providing the narration.

And comics taking part in the six-part series include Jimmy Carr, Daniel Kitson, Nina Conti, Greg Proops and Dan Antopolski, while fellow Kiwi Rhys Darby  plays their manager, Bryan Nesbitt.

The show charts how Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement –  ‘New Zealand's fourth most popular folk parody duo’ – try to crack the UK’s lucrative novelty music scene.
Much of it was recorded on a portable mini-disc at London landmarks including Hyde Park, The Tower of London, Piccadilly Circus - and the first aid room at Broadcasting House.

A BBC spokesman said: “Each episode is narrated by Rob Brydon, who saw The Conchords perform at the Edinburgh festival in 2004 and has been a big fan ever since.”

The Conchords, who won their Perrier nomination at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe, also  have TV development deals in place with NBC in America and Channel 4 in the UK.

Published: 30 Jun 2005

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