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Susan Calman: Keep Calman Carry On

Susan Calman (Author) , Susan Calman (Read by)

Susan Calman is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down-time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to play Assassin's Creed, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure.

Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday, and she's been told by the same long-suffering wife that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable.
Susan decided her best bet was to try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity.

In the first series of this show she attempted to ditch the old Susan Calman and attempted to find the new 'Susan Calm', by watching cricket with Andy Zaltzman; going hillwalking with Muriel Gray; visiting an art gallery with Phill Jupitus and taking a spontaneous holiday with John Finnemore. She enjoyed these pursuits, but all too soon found herself slipping back into her old ways. So she tried again in Series 2, which involved learning about gardening with Val McDermid, going to a music festival with Robin Ince, trying her hand at baking with the Great British Bake Off's Selasi Gbormittah, and having a go at birdwatching with Emma Kennedy.

Keep Calman Carry On is a stand-up show in front of a live audience, in which Susan reports on how successful she's been - both at relaxing and at the pursuit itself - as well as playing in and discussing a handful of illustrative clips from her efforts. It's an attempt to find out how people find solace or sanctuary in these worlds, and how Susan can negotiate her own place in them.

Written by Susan Calman and Jon Hunter
Produced by Lyndsay Fenner
A BBC Studios Production
Cover photograph: Steve Ullathorne

Dead Ringers: Series 12

Tom Jameson (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Jan Ravens (Read by), Jon Culshaw (Read by)

The award winning BBC Radio 4 impressions show returns with a new cast of characters.

2014 saw a welcome return to the airwaves for the comedy show that holds in its sights every programme, institution and politician you hold dear.

In these six episodes, Michael Portillo attempts to hide from his fellow This Week presenters; David Mitchell appears in EastEnders; Gareth Malone gives Ed Milliband tips on sounding normal; Masterchef meets The Great British Bake-Off; the European Space Agency receives some unusual telephone calls; Elton John sings nursery rhymes, and Nigel Farage hosts a podcast.

That’s just for starters - dozens of other familiar figures and programmes are given the Dead Ringers treatment by the accomplished impressionists Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Duncan Wisbey, Lewis MacLeod, Debra Stevenson.

The News Quiz: Series 91

BBC Radio Comedy (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Jeremy Hardy (Read by) , Miles Jupp (Read by)

Eight episodes of the topical BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show, presented by Miles Jupp.

The long-running satirical panel show returns for its 91st series, with guests including Jeremy Hardy, Lucy Porter, Andy Hamilton, Kerry Godliman, Susan Calman, Hugo Rifkind, Holly Walsh, Rebecca Front, Zoe Lyons, Frankie Boyle, Baron Finkelstein, Angela Barnes, Paul Sinha and Dane Baptiste.

They take turns to provide comic commentary on topics including the Labour conference, the US presidential election race between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, the exit of Sam Allardyce as England manager and The Great British Bake-Off.

Miles Jupp is in the chair, while newsreaders including Kathy Clugston, Caroline Nicholls and Susan Rae read a selection of humorous cuttings sent in by listeners. Duration: 4 hours approx.

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