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Arena: Radio Ha!

Synopsis

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Double bill of documentaries that go behind the scenes of two of Radio 4's most popular comedy shows.

9.30 Meet the Dead Ringers
In a world of mimicry and satire, do the Dead Ringers team know who they really are? Meet Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Mark Perry, Kevin Connelly and Phil Cornwell, whose impressions of everyone from Anne Robinson and Sven-Goran Eriksson to George Bush and Tony Blair recently made the move to TV.
Director: Fisher Dilke
Dead Ringers returns to Radio 4 tomorrow at 6.30pm

10.30 It's Time for Just a Minute
Not many can talk for a minute without hesitation, repetition or deviation - but, for 35 years, Just a Minute panellists have done just that. Paul Merton, Clement Freud, Linda Smith and Ross Noble continue the story, with referee Nicholas Parsons forever trying to keep the unruly quartet under control.
Director: Mary Dickinson
Series editor: Anthony Wall [Web Address Removed]
Just a Minute's 35th Birthday Show is on New Year's Day, 12.04pm, Radio 4
BBC RADIO COLLECTION: selections from Just a Minute are available on audio cassette at good retail outlets or via [Web Address Removed]. Call [number removed]

COMEDY
Arena: Radio Ha! 9.30pm BBC2
BBC2 spends a good portion of tonight keeping company with the best of Radio 4 comedy with a special two-part Arena focusing on two classics - Dead Ringers and the venerable Just a Minute. The programmes go behind the scenes of these wildly different but hugely successful shows. Just a Minute has been on the go for an astonishing 35 years and is a huge hit with BBC listeners across the world.
Dead Ringers, with its cast of gifted mimics, has recently made the transition to television (an episode precedes the two Arena programmes) and is very much a young pretender. Will it have Just a Minute's staying power? We'll have to wait and see. (Alison Graham)

Contributors

Unknown: Jon Culshaw
Unknown: Jan Ravens
Unknown: Mark Perry
Unknown: Kevin Connelly
Unknown: Phil Cornwell
Unknown: Anne Robinson
Unknown: Sven-Goran Eriksson
Unknown: George Bush
Unknown: Tony Blair
Director: Fisher Dilke
Unknown: Paul Merton
Unknown: Clement Freud
Unknown: Linda Smith
Unknown: Ross Noble
Unknown: Nicholas Parsons
Director: Mary Dickinson

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