On The Hour - Series 01 & 02 - Audio Comedy - BBC Radio 7 via DVB-T
13 x 30 minutes - 128k - MP3 - Slimoo
On the Hour was a British radio programme that parodied current affairs broadcasting, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 1991 and 1992.
Written by Chris Morris, Armando Iannucci, Steven Wells, Andrew Glover, Stewart Lee, Richard Herring and David Quantick, it starred Morris as the overzealous and self-important principal anchor (for which he used his own full name). He was accompanied by a regular cast of Steve Coogan, Patrick Marber, David Schneider, Doon Mackichan and Rebecca Front, who portrayed assorted news reporters, presenters and interviewees. The programme also featured the very first appearance of Coogan's character Alan Partridge as the Sportsdesk reporter.
As in much of Morris' work, surrealism was an important part of the programme, the nonsense in the content ("De-frocked cleric eats car park", "Borrowed dog finds Scotland", etc) delivered in the same straight-faced manner with which contemporary news stories are dealt, and it has often been quoted that Morris' initial intention was indeed to show how the public would believe anything if it was delivered with a straight-face. It did fool many people[who?], with some listeners ringing in to complain about how the anchor treated his guests. The programme also utilised editing of out-of-context sound-clips and prank phone calls, heightening its surreal quality.
On The Hour - S00 - E00 - Trailer
On The Hour - S00 - E01 - Pilot
On The Hour - S01 - E01
On The Hour - S01 - E02
On The Hour - S01 - E03
On The Hour - S01 - E04
On The Hour - S01 - E05
On The Hour - S01 - E06 - Xmas Special
On The Hour - S02 - E01
On The Hour - S02 - E02
On The Hour - S02 - E03
On The Hour - S02 - E04
On The Hour - S02 - E05
On The Hour - S02 - E06
On The Hour - S02 - E07 - Newsbanger
On The Hour - S02 - E08 - 1992 Round-Up