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 Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Bank holiday postcard: The Vote Now Show
One of the joys of living in London is the ease of nipping along to hear a BBC radio programme being recorded. You have to get hold of a ticket in the first place, which is easier said than done, and you have to turn up early enough to ensure your numbered sticker ranks below the official cutoff. But then you're ushered into the hallowed ranks of the BBC Radio Theatre, and out comes the talent to perform especially for you. Last night's audience came to see The Vote Now Show, an electioneering update of the Radio 4 stalwart, fronted (as it has been since 1998) by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis. They bounded on stage and were much ruder than they're normally allowed to be, before switching on the professionalism to broadcast a live trailer for the evening show - which is the only time I've ever laughed live on Radio 4. All the expected jokes about royal babies and policy tombstones made the script for the main programme, the majority of which was padded out by the presence of stand-up comedians and a separate guest (Tony Blair's former script writer) doing their thing. We got 45 minutes of material whereas the finished show lasts only 28, unbelievably achieved with no need for retakes, which must be a first. And most impressively the whole thing was trimmed down for broadcast later the same evening, allowing me (and now you) to listen to our handiwork complete with cackles. I hope my Toksvig tickets come through next...

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