If That is Your Real Name…

Regular readers of this column will know that I seldom post more than once a month. But it’s just come to my attention that the BBC has posted online a comedy series that a writer well known to me (a certain Collin Johnson) knocked out a while ago.

Here is the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00shdzt

And I’m posting it now, because the clock is running. At this writing there are only 21 days to listen to it.

thThe series stars the late amazing Peter Jones, a British national favorite on the long-running BBC radio game Just A Minute, and the original voice-over artist on A Hitch-hiker’s Guide to The Galaxy, given the immortal line, “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.”

Other wonderful actors in the show include the luminous Celestine Randall and the splendid, Jeffry Wickham

When the very first episode of Capital Gains (not posted online, but available in this volume) was broadcast, we had a large mailbag from the public. My favorite was a letter that said, in praise of Peter Jones and his incomparable voice, (Desert Island Discs another long-running BBC radio show, is the reference) “… he would be my luxury on a desert island.”

 

 

6 thoughts on “If That is Your Real Name…

  1. Marjorie Johnston

    Fabulous Collin!
    It was a treat and a cherished memory to listen to ‘Capital Gains’ on the radio whilst I was in London back in 1997.
    A wonderfully written, entertaining and clever show and deserved contender for great moments in the stirling tradition of BBC radio listening.
    Great to see this online.
    Well done
    Marjorie xx

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  2. Stella Pulo

    Thanks for your blog, Colin.

    Here’s a little info on me, attached.

    Got awarded a Joey by The Australian Community for my passion and contribution to The Arts in New York.

    Not an Oscar or a Toni but I am honored and grateful.

    Stella http://www.stellapulo.com

    917 821-6373

    ________________________________

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    1. Colin McPhillamy Post author

      Stella! Congratulations, that is excellent news. Well done and well deserved! I’ve just been cast in The Seafarer at the Irish Rep so I’ll be working in town for the next few months.

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  3. Terence Clarke

    Dear Col(l)in, Well done! I had no idea that you had written for radio. I’ve listened and enjoyed. Surprised that I could play it: there usually seem to be territory embargoes from BBC. But perhaps they are for TV.

    How is Trish’s health? And long term complications? I hope not.

    It seems more likely that I shall visit in April. Will you be about?

    Love, Terry

    On Mon, 19 Feb 2018 at 2:59 am, McPhillamyActorBlog wrote:

    > Colin McPhillamy posted: “Regular readers of this column will know that I > seldom post more than once a month. But it’s just come to my attention that > the BBC has posted online a comedy series that a writer well known to me (a > certain Collin Johnson) knocked out a while ago. Here ” >

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