17 episodes

Comedian, actor and writer Charlie Higson chats to friends from the world of comedy about classical music and their own personal music journey, with all sorts of nonsense in between - from reminiscing about how they met to reviving some of their popular comedy characters. Featured friends include Bob Mortimer, Vic Reeves, and fellow stars of The Fast Show, Paul Whitehouse and Arabella Weir. A Scala Radio production.

Charlie Higson & Friends Bauer Media

    • Comedy
    • 4.3 • 97 Ratings

Comedian, actor and writer Charlie Higson chats to friends from the world of comedy about classical music and their own personal music journey, with all sorts of nonsense in between - from reminiscing about how they met to reviving some of their popular comedy characters. Featured friends include Bob Mortimer, Vic Reeves, and fellow stars of The Fast Show, Paul Whitehouse and Arabella Weir. A Scala Radio production.

    Simon Day - Part 2

    Simon Day - Part 2

    Charlie continues chatting to his fellow The Fast Show star Simon Day, and in this episode they talk about going to the opera, Keith Jarrett, Charlie's Fast Show rules, classical vs jazz, Brian Pern and much more!

    Series 2 of Charlie Higson and Friends podcasts originally broadcast on Scala Radio in January 2023. Scala Radio celebrates classical music in all its shapes and sizes, and presents include Mark Kermode, Simon Mayo and Penny Smith. It broadcasts across the UK on DAB digital radio, on your smart speaker, the Scala Radio app and online at scalaradio.co.uk.

    • 28 min
    Simon Day - Part 1

    Simon Day - Part 1

    Charlie's friend in this episode is his fellow The Fast Show star Simon Day. They chat about Competitive Dad, being a mockney, how they met, working with John Thomson and Caroline Aherne and classical music including the composers Ennio Morricone and The Sherman Brothers.

    Series 2 of Charlie Higson and Friends podcasts originally broadcast on Scala Radio in January 2023. Scala Radio celebrates classical music in all its shapes and sizes, and presents include Mark Kermode, Simon Mayo and Penny Smith. It broadcasts across the UK on DAB digital radio, on your smart speaker, the Scala Radio app and online at scalaradio.co.uk.

    • 25 min
    Lucy Porter - Part 2

    Lucy Porter - Part 2

    Charlie's chat with comedian Lucy Porter continues and she tells him why she loves stand-up comedy and her favourite Radio 4 comedy shows. They discuss who would play Maria Callas in a biopic, their shared love of quizzes, women composers and Handel.

    Series 2 of Charlie Higson and Friends podcasts originally broadcast on Scala Radio in January 2023. Scala Radio celebrates classical music in all its shapes and sizes, and presents include Mark Kermode, Simon Mayo and Penny Smith. It broadcasts across the UK on DAB digital radio, on your smart speaker, the Scala Radio app and online at scalaradio.co.uk.

    • 31 min
    Lucy Porter - Part 1

    Lucy Porter - Part 1

    Charlie meets the comedian and actor Lucy Porter about comics (the kind you read), getting into classical music and getting into stand-up. Lucy tells Charlie about her first job working for Caroline Aherne at Granada TV and booking guests for the Mrs Merton Show, and they talk about using music to drift off to sleep.

    Series 2 of Charlie Higson and Friends podcasts originally broadcast on Scala Radio in January 2023. Scala Radio celebrates classical music in all its shapes and sizes, and presents include Mark Kermode, Simon Mayo and Penny Smith. It broadcasts across the UK on DAB digital radio, on your smart speaker, the Scala Radio app and online at scalaradio.co.uk.

    • 31 min
    Harry Enfield - Episode 2

    Harry Enfield - Episode 2

    In the second part of Charlie's conversation with the comedian, actor, writer and director Harry Enfield, they discuss classical music, the 'Women Know Your Limits' sketch, Gerard Hoffnung, smug music, parental advice and making 'Harry Enfield's Guide to Opera'.

    This episode of Charlie Higson and Friends featured an extract of The Soldiers Chorus taken from Il Travatore by Verdi, performed by the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra with the Budapest Festival Chorus conducted by Will Humburg. This recording is licensed courtesy of Naxos Music UK Ltd and is available to buy from Naxos.com.

    Series 2 of Charlie Higson and Friends podcasts originally broadcast on Scala Radio in January 2023. Scala Radio celebrates classical music in all its shapes and sizes, and presents include Mark Kermode, Simon Mayo and Penny Smith. It broadcasts across the UK on DAB digital radio, on your smart speaker, the Scala Radio app and online at scalaradio.co.uk.

    • 25 min
    Harry Enfield - Episode 1

    Harry Enfield - Episode 1

    Charlie chats to the comedian, actor, writer and director Harry Enfield. In this episode, Harry reminisces about meeting Charlie - or 'Switch' - for the first time, and they talk about their early days in comedy and getting their breaks in TV.

    Series 2 of Charlie Higson and Friends podcasts originally broadcast on Scala Radio in January 2023. Scala Radio celebrates classical music in all its shapes and sizes, and presents include Mark Kermode, Simon Mayo and Penny Smith. It broadcasts across the UK on DAB digital radio, on your smart speaker, the Scala Radio app and online at scalaradio.co.uk.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Grevls ,

Really enjoyable

Easy listening and great chat and guests. To begin with I was hoping there wouldn’t be too long cutaways to the music but by the end I wish they’d played more.

drums83 ,

Fantastic

These podcasts are fantastic and a breath of fresh air! Would be great to hear one with Simon Day in the future.

bikerbabeuk ,

Loved Charlie’s podcast!

Really enjoyed listening to Charlie & his mates, their stories made me laugh & I learnt a bit about opera too!

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