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Comedian Mark Steel visits towns across the UK, meets the locals, and creates a stand up show for them - and us - about the town.

Mark Steel's in Town BBC Radio 4

    • Comedy
    • 5.0 • 37 Ratings

Comedian Mark Steel visits towns across the UK, meets the locals, and creates a stand up show for them - and us - about the town.

    Blyth, Northumberland

    Blyth, Northumberland

    The famous Blyth Staithes (created for off-loading coal into ships) were the backdrop for one of the grimmest scenes in the Michael Caine classic Get Carter - the smoggy industrial view at the time described by the director as an "absolute vision of hell". Undaunted, comedian Mark Steel travels to this part of Northumberland and finds a fascinating industrial legacy, a posh pub, a very nice beach and prominent indications of its role in the first and second World Wars. Does a town blighted by so many closures show any evidence of green shoots? Mark presents his findings to a local audience at The Phoenix Theatre and as ever gets away with just the right amount of affection rudeness and we learn more about a very distinctive coastal town in the UK.

    The full box set of all episodes (with well over 50 towns visited) is available now wherever you get your podcasts.

    Written by and starring...Mark Steel
    With additional material from Pete Sinclair
    Production Coordinator...Beverly Tagg
    Producer...Julia McKenzie
    A BBC Studios Production.

    • 28 min
    Mark Steel's Online

    Mark Steel's Online

    Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 with a short series of shows recorded during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Following two COVID-friendly live outdoor episodes Mark is back for a special, one-off show performed to a remote, virtual audience where he'll be talking about some of the places he has visited over the course of 10 series of Mark Steel’s in Town. He’ll explore what’s happened since his visits and tell us about some of the things that never made it in to the broadcast shows.

    Written and performed by Mark Steel
    Production co-ordinator Beverly Tagg
    Sound Manager, Marc Willcox
    Producer, Carl Cooper

    A BBC Studios Production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2020.

    • 30 min
    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 with a short series of shows recorded outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The bubonic plague didn't stop Shakespeare from working so for this second outdoor show, Mark performs on a tree stump in The Dell Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon in front of a small but lovely local crowd.

    In between being interrupted by geese, Mark asks the people gathered on the grass in the RSC's outdoor performance area on the banks of the River Avon, just by the church where Shakespeare is buried, across from the Shakespeare ice-cream boat, not far from the Hamlet statue, if they've noticed any sort of theme to the place.

    Mark also looks at what else Stratford has to offer and visits the Butterfly Farm, the Tudor World museum and he discovers that the town was also once the home of the Teletubbies.

    Written and performed by Mark Steel
    Additional material by Pete Sinclair
    Production co-ordinator Beverly Tagg
    Sound Manager, Jerry Peal
    Producer, Carl Cooper

    A BBC Studios Production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2020.

    • 30 min
    Brighton

    Brighton

    Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 with a short series of shows recorded outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic.

    For the first ever outdoor Mark Steel's In Town episode, and Radio 4 Comedy's first ever COVID-friendly audience show, what better place to start than on Brighton beach?

    Famous for its pavilion, piers and progressive nature as well as for being the playground of George, Prince Regent, Brighton welcomes Mark where he performs on the pebbles, accompanied by the sound of the waves, with a busy zip-wire ride and squawking seagulls overhead. A first for the show but a completely normal day in life of the people of Brighton.

    Written and performed by Mark Steel
    Additional material by Pete Sinclair
    Production co-ordinator Beverly Tagg
    Sound Manager, Jerry Peal
    Producer, Carl Cooper

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2020.

    • 30 min
    Malta

    Malta

    Comedian Mark Steel visits the island of Malta and performs a bespoke stand-up show for the local audience. From 2019.

    • 30 min
    The Forest of Dean

    The Forest of Dean

    Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 with the ninth series of his award-winning show that travels around the country visiting towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness. After thoroughly researching each town, Mark writes and performs a bespoke evening of comedy for the local residents.

    In this episode Mark visits the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire... and he manages to get out alive.


    Written and performed by Mark Steel
    Additional material by Pete Sinclair
    Production co-ordinator, Hayley Sterling
    Sound Manager, Jerry Peal
    Producer, Carl Cooper

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2019.

    • 29 min

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