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Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme

Astounding, this is back.

Tim Key and Tom Basden present a (very) informal evening of poetry, which should consist of Tim reading deliberately terrible poems, but mostly involves him and Tom fighting about the correct way to behave when producing a radio programme.

There certainly is some poetry (though if you can tell the difference between it and a drabble, you're doing better than me), but it is interrupted more than a bit frequently by Tim's attempts to chat up the continuity announcer, Christine, even though he still fancies after Tom's wife Megan. (And a Siberian waitress.)

It is an absurdist chaos, tightly written, with impressively naturalistic dialogue, that pulls the listener into poor old Tim's maelstrom of emotions, typically about his constantly unrequited love. The dialogue has a complex interplay of cajoling and raging, as Tim tries to make his anger issues less of a driving factor.

Tom provides brief musical vignettes that always mix well with the spoken material, while still acting as unfortunate whipping boy to Tim's catastrophic plans. And Sally Phillips does a wonderful job as Christine, tweaking back and forth across the line of professional and silly.

I was excited to see it was back on, and with good reason.

Highly recommended.

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