A Vine of the times | Tim's pilot and the rest of the week's TV and radio comedy

A Vine of the times

Tim's pilot and the rest of the week's TV and radio comedy

The best of the week's comedy on TV and radio.

Monday  August 28

FAGS, MAGS AND BAGS: The hit Glasgow-based Radio 4 comedy series returns for a seventh series of shop-based shenanigans. With Sanjeev Kohli, Donald Mcleary, Omar Raza, Mina Anwar and more. 11.30am

Tuesday August 29

THE STORY OF ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES:  Gold explores Britain's most loved sitcom in a six-part series, featuring exclusive interviews with cast members  including Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst. The opening episode explores the love and bond between Del and Rodney Trotter, the heart of John Sullivan’s classic. Gold, 8pm.

CELEBRITY ISLAND WITH BEAR GRYLLS Mark Watson and Shazia Mirza are among the ten celebrities who endure four weeks  in one of the toughest environments on earth as the survival series retruns.. Channel 4, 9.15pm

Wednesday  August 30

RHYS JAMES: The sharp and funny young comic is the  final one  to take the stage in the the Soho Theatre Live series of comedy specials that have aired on Comedy Central this summer. 11pm

Thursday August 31

COULD DO BETTER: KENNETH WILLIAMS The  comic icon is confronted with some of his old school reports in this headmasterly interview with Robert Booth. In one  judgement from 1941, we learn that Williams ‘has worked very successfully on his allotment’. This curio was first broadcast on Radio 4 in 1987. Radio 4 Extra, 2.15pm

Friday September 1

TIM VINE TRAVELS THROUGH TIME: A BBC One pilot based on pun king Tim Vine’s radio show kicks off a new series of three Comedy Playhouse presentations. In this show, Vine  journeys back to the days of Robin Hood in a quest to mend a golden arrow and a broken heart. Strictly Come Dancing champion Ore Oduba makes a guest appearance in the show alongside a cast of comedy stars including Sally Phillips, Tim Key, Spencer Jones, Mandeep Dhillon, Kayode Ewumi, Marek Larwood, John Archer and Tony Green. BBC One, 10.35pm

BLOCK-HEADS:  Laurel and Hardy are back on  British TV, thanks to vintage channel Talking Pictures TV - who have secured the rights to ten films from Hal Roach Studios. The season kicks off with this 1938 classic,  one of the duo’s most successful films, in which Stan is  carefully guarding his post on the front line, unaware that the Great War ended 20 years earlier. 8.15pm Here’s a trailer for  the season:

4 EXTRA STANDS UP AT THE FRINGE: The Edinburgh comedy showcase is back for a fourth year.  Radio 4 Extra, 10.30pm

Published: 27 Aug 2017

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