That Was Then,This Is Now
SERIES ONE Show Four - Broadcast 23rd October 2004
Rich starts this week by offending Carlisle as much as possible in recompense for their hostility towards him at a recent standup gig, and then attempts to blow the dust off history with his cool & sassy house band - Christian Reilly & The Pretenders To The Throne of Henry VII
So, what happened this week in history?
20th Oct 1922 - Roald Amundsen sets off on race to North pole
17th Oct 1662 - Charles 1st sells Dunkirk to France
Brian O'Green & Mr Morgan are back again this week - both quick to defend Carlisle against Herring's earlier rant.
Mr Morgan tells us that 20th Oct 1632 saw the birth of Sir Christopher Wren, who was heralded as a hero for rebuilding London after the Great Fire of 1666, prompting Rich to ask once again, "What Reeeeeaally Happened?" and segueing into a sketch on the recreation of the city that suggests that it was Wren who started the fire in the first place in the effort to achieve national hero status for rebuilding the city in the wake of the wreckage.
But the big story of this week in history is the battle of Trafalgar - from 199 years ago on the 21st October.
Despite the English win, Nelson was shot and died in the conflict.
A slight nod to the Nelsons' Column story of the Fist Of Fun book tells us about the cruel taunts he had to endure as a child.
Over now to Christian & the band, who tell us that on the 21st October 1918, a lady in New York called Margaret Owen set the speed type record, and here is a song to tell her story.
With that out of the way, it time for births, deaths & marriages with The Daily Mail's "Most irritating woman on television", Emma Kennedy.
Birth - 79th Birthday Harry Carpenter - 17th October
Death - 19th Oct 1216 - death of King john,
Marriage - Johan Sebastian Bach married his niece Maria this week.
She cant resist a predictable "air on a g string" gag, which provokes Herring's rage once again, as he takes her gag apart and shames the mawkish bint back to TV land where she belongs.
Brian O'Green hijacks the show once again with his conspiracy theory corner, somehow managing to link Lee Harvey Oswald, The Queen's opening of the Sydney Opera House & Boris Pasternak in some sort of bizarre Cornish pasty smuggling incident.
Good Knieval, Evel Knievel's twin brother, is this week's guest on the show, telling us how he tours the world with his good motorcycle show, educating people on how a motorbike can be ridden safely - in contrast to his brother's showboating daredevil stunts.
He continues to perform an excerpt of it for the radio 2 listeners.
But Rich accidentally summons Evel Knieval from hell (by calling his name 3 times) and the twins begin a battle of good & evil right there in front of them.
But wait - they've run out of time - and will have to leave it there, on this thrilling cliffhanger - and let the listeners know the outcome of this epic battle next week.