New and forthcoming

This Is Not A Book

Keri Smith

You will discover that this book can be:

A secret message - tear out a page, write a note on it for a stranger, and leave it in a public place.

A recording device - have everyone you contact today write their name in the book.

An instrument - create as many sounds as you can using the book, like flipping the pages fast or slapping the cover.

This Is Not a Book  will engage readers by having them define everything a book can be by  asking, 'If it's not a book, what is it then?' - with a kaleidoscope of  possible answers.

Mess

Keri Smith

In Mess, Keri Smith, creator of Wreck This Journal, asks readers to explore what it feels like to throw themselves off balance -- on purpose.

Smith dares readers to drop some kind of coloured liquid (ink, tea, coffee) onto a page from a good height (at least five feet); draw in the dark (or with eyes closed); creatively misspell words; paint a picture in a water-based medium (pen, marker, watercolour, etc) and leave it out during a rain or snowstorm; and bury this book, then dig it up.

This book is unlike any other you've encountered and will allow you to open yourself up to the possibility of creating something new and unexpected.

The Navy Lark Volume 29: Helen, the New Wren

Lawrie Wyman (and others)

Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Tenniel Evans star in four episodes of the classic BBC radio sitcom.

Helen, the New Wren (23 Nov 1975)
Black is Beautiful (7 Dec 1975)
Sidney and the Stamp (14 Dec 1975)
Commander Murray Becomes a Showjumper (7 Dec 1975)

The crew of HMS Troutbridge return in these four classic episodes of the long-running comedy series. Two new WRENs arrives on the scene, and Mr Murray becomes green-eyed at an apparent love rival. The First Sea Lord appeals for anyone to locate his missing son, and CPO Pertwee tries to capitalise on a resemblance to Mr Phillips. Later Mr Phillips becomes one half of a vent act, and Mr Murray competes to be Naval Horseman of the Year. As ever, nothing goes quite according to plan…

The Brig Society: Complete Series 2

Jeremy Salsby (and others)

**Shortlisted for the BBC Audio Drama Award 2015 for Best Scripted Comedy (Studio Audience)**

In the complete second hit series from the people who brought you "Cabin Pressure" and "Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off", stand-up comedian Marcus Brigstocke has been put in charge of a thing! Each week, Marcus finds he’s volunteered to be in charge of a big old thing - the European Union, Social Media, the banking system, the farming industry - and each week he starts out by thinking “Well, it can’t be that difficult, surely?” and ends up with “Oh - turns out it’s utterly difficult and complicated. Who knew...?”. Join him and regular guest stars Rufus Jones (“Hunderby”, “Holy Flying Circus”), William Andrews (“Sorry I’ve Got No Head”) and Margaret Cabourn-Smith (“Miranda”) as they tackle the ills of British society, from legalization of drug and bailing out banks all the way up to the big issues – like why isn’t Lambing Live on all the year round and what colour robe to wear in his new religion. Written by Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Salsby, Toby Davies, Nick Doody, Dan Tetsell & Steve Punt.

In the first episode, Marcus has got himself elected as a Member of the European Parliament. So it’s off to Brussels to meet Europe’s finest parliamentary minds and also UKIP. Along the way, he’ll be examining the history of the EU, its legislative structure, the democratic burden that must be shouldered to promulgate a more humane society and why so many UKIP members wear yellow trousers.

Show Two, and Marcus has decided to create his own Social Media site. Please RT. Please Follow. Please Like. Please give all your details to Google and the National Security Agency. And in Show Three, Marcus has Broken Bad and become a drug dealer. He’ll also go on a long personal journey, and along the way he’ll examine the complex interrelationship between legalization, culture, hypocrisy and cheese.

Show Four, and it’s both ooh-er and ooh-ar as Marcus has grasped the bull by the horns and become a farmer. After all, what could go wrong? As he himself puts it- “Dairy, livestock, cattle - it’s all grist to my mill.”

In the fifth show, glory be, Marcus Brigstocke has decided to form his own religion, based on peace, lovingkindness and probably war. And in the final show of this series, we would like to inform you that Marcus Brigstocke has decided to open a bank. That’ll be £25 please. If you would like to call our customer helpline... that will be another £25

Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister: The Complete Audio Collection

Antony Jay (and others)

For the first time in one audio collection, all sixteen Yes Minister radio episodes plus six further TV episodes, fourteen Yes Prime Minister episodes and two bonus sketches.

Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled.

Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.

Presented here, for the first time in one collection, are the complete radio series of Yes Minister and the complete BBC television soundtracks of Yes Prime Minister. Also included are six TV soundtracks of Yes Minister and two special bonus mini-episodes: The PM’s Plan, recorded in 1984 with Margaret Thatcher as herself, and a special segment created for The Funny Side of Christmas in 1982.

Also featuring; Moira Stewart, Diana Hoddinot, Bill Nighy, Peter Cellier, Tenniel Evans, Richard Vernon, Richard Davies, Arthur Cox, Gerry Cowper, John Nettleton, Graham Crowden, William Fox, Peter Jeffrey, Norman Bird, Ellen McIntosh, Brenda Blethyn, Freddie Earle, Jerome Williams, Ian Lavender, Judy Parfitt, Selina Scott, Anton Rodgers and Graeme Garden.

Stars Beneath The Sea

Trevor Norton

This is the remarkably funny true story of some of the brave, brilliant and often barmy men that invented diving. It is a story of explosive tempers and exploding teeth, of how to juggle live hand grenades and steer a giant rubber octopus. A series of vivid portraits reveal the eccentric exploits of these underwater pioneers. They include Guy who held a world altitude record when only sixteen, wrote a film for Humphrey Bogart, invented snorkelling and loved his wife enough to shoot her. Roy wore a backet over his head and stole a coral reef. Bill wearied of fishing with dynamite and wrestling deadly snakes, so he sealed himself in a metal coffin to dangle half a mile beneath the ocean. Cameron, testing the bouncing bomb for dam busters, made a plastic ear for a dog, a false testicle for a stallion and invented a mantrap disguised as a lavatory. He ascended from a depth of 200 feet without breathing equipment to see if his lungs would burst, then studied the effects of underwater explosions by standing closer and closer until shattered by the blast. The book also traces the evolution of underwater exploration, from spear fishermen to conversationalists, from treasure hunters to archaeologists, from photographers to philosophers. The sea is a secretive and seductive place and the author describes, with incredible humour, knowledge and historical accuracy, the magic and mystery of being beneath the waves.

Bleak Expectations: The Complete Fourth Series

Mark Evans (and others)

The epic Victorian comedy is back with more of the remarkable adventures of Pip Bin as he battles his evil ex-guardian Mr Gently Benevolent (Anthony Head) in six more chapters of tragedies and triumphs in the style of Charles Dickens after too much gin. Mark Evans, Richard Johnson, Tom Allen, Anthony Head and Geoffrey Whitehead lead a magnificent cast including James Bachman, Sarah Hadland and Susy Kane, as well as guest star David Mitchell as the Rev Godly Fecund. Series Four begins with Pip, who must enlist the help of his former nemesis to fight a new evil spreading terror and cake-crumbs through the streets of London. 'Bleak Expectations' is written by Mark Evans and produced by Gareth Edwards, whose other collaborations include 'That Mitchell and Webb Sound' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'. Televised as 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on the BBC. Contains all six episodes from the fourth BBC Radio 4 series. 'A freshly minted comedy classic' - Guardian.

3 CDs. 2 hrs 49 mins.

Dad's Army (Vintage Beeb)

David Croft (and others)

Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn star in two classic radio episodes from 1974. 'Sergeant Wilson's Little Secret' - Uncle Arthur gets a shock when he finds out that 'a little stranger' is expected and Mrs Pike is looking forward to being a mother again. 'Something Nasty in the Vault' - Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson are left holding an unexploded bomb that's landed in the bank's vault. Corporal Jones takes charge – so don't panic! Vintage Beeb: classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now reissued on CD. These episodes have previously been published in other CD editions.

1 CD. 50 mins.

Just A Minute: The Best Of 2010

Ian Messiter (and others)

'Welcome to Just a Minute! And as The Minute Waltz fades away... please talk for 60 seconds on a random subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation...' First broadcast in 1967, Just a Minute is one of the longest-running radio comedy shows. A national institution, it is also loved and listened to all around the world. These four episodes find regular Paul Merton attempting to talk non-stop for sixty seconds, along with special guests Gyles Brandreth, Julian Clary, David Mitchell, Tony Hawks, Sheila Hancock, Charles Collingwood, Josie Lawrence, Chris Neill, Ross Noble, Shappi Khorsandi and John Bishop. Among the subjects hilariously tackled are How to write a love letter, Barking, Spitting feathers, Over the hill, The French, Getting away with it, A nasty habit - and Our Chairman's darkest secret! Join host Nicholas Parsons and the distinguished panellists, as they use their intellect, imagination and verbal dexterity to beat the clock and win the points in these four laugh-out-loud shows. Winner of a Sony Radio Academy Gold Award for Best Comedy in 2003 and a Silver Award in 2010. 'An evergreen show at the top of its form, still sounding as fresh as ever. A smart single programme entry that started with an exciting home run from Paul Merton' - The Judges.

2 CDs. 1 hr 51 mins.

Yes Prime Minister: Series 1, Part 2

Antony Jay (and others)

Four episodes from Series One of the classic political satire. ‘A Real Partnership’ sees a governmental financial crisis colliding with plans for a Civil Service pay rise, and Sir Humphrey has to summon all his skills to get past a well informed PM. In ‘A Victory for Democracy’, is the Foreign Office carrying out government policy? Or is the government there to carry out Foreign Office policy? Hacker is about to find out. ‘The Bishop’s Gambit’ sees the PM mulling over who to recommend for the appointment of a new bishop to the Queen. It’s not an easy choice for Jim Hacker... And in ‘One of Us’, the recently deceased Head of MI5 has been passing government secrets to Moscow. Worse still, Sir Humphrey headed the Committee of Enquiry...

2 CDs. 1 hr 50 mins.

Armstrong & Miller Children's Hour

Alexander Armstrong (and others)

Pompous critics and culture journalists Martin Bain-Jones (Armstrong) and Craig Children (Miller), present a frightfully clever culture show, a wry look at the fringes of popular music. They’re hip, they’re happening – so they say – and in these four episodes they discuss Boy Bands (Peter Andre would be in a band if he had any mates), Middle of the Road (those bland or unchallenging songs), as well as Brit Pop and Solo Artists. Follow them as they compete to get the best scoop. Who knows, they may even win a Best of the Rest Award. A 'Brest' in other words... Children’s Hour is written by Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller and features guest stars David Mitchell, Robert Webb and Luke Goss. The show that treats you – the kids – just like adults. Remember though, if you spoil it, you spoil it for everyone...

2 CDs. 1 hr 52 mins.

Bleak Expectations: The Complete Third Series

Mark Evans (and others)

The epic Victorian comedy is back with more of the remarkable adventures of Pip Bin as he battles his evil ex-guardian Mr Gently Benevolent (Anthony Head) in six more chapters of tragedies and triumphs in the style of Charles Dickens after too much gin. Richard Johnson, Anthony Head, and Geoffrey Whitehead lead a magnificent cast including Tom Allen, James Bachman, Sarah Hadland, Susie Kane and Mark Evans – and guest starring Raquel Cassidy as Miss Sweetly Delightful, the nicest woman in the world, and Jane Asher as Mr Gently Benevolent’s evil mother. Series Three begins several years after the death, for the second time, of Mr Gently Benevolent. All seems well as Pip Bin enjoys fame and wealth for his hugely popular invention, the bin, until... ‘Bleak Expectations’ is written by Mark Evans and produced by Gareth Edwards, whose other collaborations include 'That Mitchell and Webb Sound' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'. Contains all six episodes from the third BBC Radio 4 series.Televised as 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on the BBC. 'A freshly minted comedy classic... balls-to-the-wall silliness with flourishes of surrealism' - Guardian Guide.

3 CDs. 2hrs 49 mins.

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