The Skivers - Series 01 to 03 - Audio Comedy - BBC 7 via DVB-T
15 x 30 Minute Episodes - 128Kbps - Mp3 - Slimoo
Billed as coming “from the same stable as And Now In Colour”, the only real connection between the two shows was the presence of Tim de Jongh, who carried elements of his unique brand of humour (probably best described as ‘silly’) into this sketch series,
The sketches, were interspersed with snatches of music, link-pieces from Tim and Nick, and authoritative but baffling voice-over announcements (“For identification purposes: I am not a toucan”) from, amongst others, Patrick Allen.
But the most important component of each week’s show was the special guest feature.
Lining up to appear as Tim and Nick’s “hero for one day” — and taking part in their surreal, disconnected crosstalk — was a succession of celebrities
The Skivers has gained itself a permanent footnote in radio comedy history:
The final programme of Series Two was the last Radio 4 show ever to be recorded at the Paris Studio, the BBC’s main venue for audience recordings for several decades.
To mark the occasion, the show featured a special guest who was more special than usual: Spike Milligan, arguably the greatest and most influential figure in British radio comedy.
Tim de Jongh
The Skivers - S01 - E01 - Leslie Phillips
The Skivers - S01 - E02 - Ken Campbell
The Skivers - S01 - E03 - Lewis Collins
The Skivers - S01 - E04 - Rodney Bewes
The Skivers - S01 - E05 - Britt Ekland
The Skivers - S02 - E01 - William Franklyn
The Skivers - S02 - E02 - Adam Ant
The Skivers - S02 - E03 - Henry Cooper
The Skivers - S02 - E04 - Jon Pertwee
The Skivers - S02 - E05 - Spike Milligan
The Skivers - S03 - E01 - Michael Winner
The Skivers - S03 - E02 - Michael Fish
The Skivers - S03 - E03 - Peter Stringfellow
The Skivers - S03 - E04 - Paul Mckenna
The Skivers - S03 - E05 - Phillip Schofield