Running Time 5hrs
Ten episodes from Series 4 of the popular radio comedy starring Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams,
Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden and others
A marvellous medley of songs, sketches, puns and innuendo, Beyond Our Ken was a firm favourite with listeners between 1958 and 1964. These shows, published for the first time on audio, were initially broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1960.
In these ten episodes from the renowned ‘sort of radio show’, you can enjoy a variety of films worth remembering and get some insight into the eventful life of Mr Kenneth Horne, who prefers to remain anonymous.
There’s also cheeky fun with Rodney and Charles, reminiscences from the gentleman who’s been doing every job going for 35 years, fascinating documentary features from Hornerama and some unusual endearments from Ambrose and Felicity.
The episodes include Suddenly Last Summer, Spring in Park Lane, The Gentleman’s Agreement, Three Coins in a Fountain, The Man with the Golden Arm, House of Wax, Desire Under the Elms, Brief Encounter, The Thirty-Nine
Steps and Gale Warning (followed by Scrooge).
Eric Merriman (1924–2003) was a British radio and television writer, who provided material for numerous comedians including Frankie Howerd, Terry Scott and Morecambe and Wise. He wrote, originally with Barry Took and then
solo, the radio series Beyond Our Ken, starring Kenneth Horne. He also was a writer for several Terry Scott vehicles, Scott on… and Happy Ever After.
Barry Took (1928-2002) was born in London. An early career as a stand-up comedian and sketch writer led to his first radio script credit, for Beyond Our Ken. From there he went on to create Round the Horne with Marty Feldman, whilst on television he wrote for series including Bootsie and Snudge and The Army Game.
Amongst a variety of later jobs in front of and behind the camera, Took wrote and presented Points of View on BBC1 and also chaired BBC radio’s The News Quiz. He wrote a number of books, including The Complete and Utter
History of Round the Horne and his autobiography A Point of View.
He died in 2002.