The Very World of Milton Jones

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The Very World of Milton Jones was a comedy show broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 1998 and 2001 starring English comedian Milton Jones. It ran for three series. [1]

BBC Radio 4 British domestic radio station, owned and operated by the BBC

BBC Radio 4 is a radio station owned and operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. It replaced the BBC Home Service in 1967. The station controller is Gwyneth Williams, and the station is part of BBC Radio and the BBC Radio department. The station is broadcast from the BBC's headquarters at Broadcasting House, London. On 21 January 2019 Williams announced she was quitting the role. There are no details of when or who will be her replacement.

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Milton Jones British comedian

Milton Hywel Jones is an English comedian. His style of humour is based on one-liners involving puns delivered in a deadpan and slightly neurotic style. Jones has had various shows on BBC Radio 4 and is a recurring guest panellist on Mock the Week. He won the Perrier comedy award for best newcomer in 1996. and in 2012, Another Case of Milton Jones was awarded silver in the 'Best Comedy' category at the 30th Sony Radio Academy awards. Jones tours the UK periodically and is a regular performer at The Comedy Store in London and Manchester.

Each programme would begin with Jones facing certain death in some bizarre circumstance or other, such as being put before a firing squad in Mexico, or being faced with a cobra in the jungles of South America. At the moment before his death, a guardian angel would appear and freeze time, then spend the rest of the show reviewing and interpreting the events which had led up to his impending demise, as well as covering hypothetical situations that Milton could have been involved in (such as selling Watchtowers in Arthurian England). At the end of the show, the angel would leave, at which point Jones would be blessed with an incredibly narrow escape from death, usually related to jokes in the show (for example, in the "Firing Squad" episode, Milton is revealed as a supermarket worker, and he is saved from death when the bullets rebound from his Tesco clubcard), thus setting him up for the next episode.

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In addition to Jones himself, various other performers frequently appeared on the show. These were Alexander Armstrong, Melanie Hudson, Dave Lamb, Alistair McGowan, Joanna Scanlan and former Week Ending comedian Sally Grace.

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Alistair Charles McGowan is an English impressionist, comic, actor, singer and writer best known to British audiences for The Big Impression, which was, for four years, one of BBC1's top-rating comedy programmes – winning numerous awards, including a BAFTA in 2003. He has also worked extensively in theatre and appeared in the West End in Art, Cabaret, The Mikado and Little Shop of Horrors. As a television actor, he played the lead role in BBC1's Mayo. He wrote the play Timing and the book A Matter of Life and Death or How to Wean Your Man off Football with former comedy partner Ronni Ancona. He also provided voices for Spitting Image.

All three series were produced and directed by David Tyler.

The programme is often repeated on digital radio station BBC 7 / BBC Radio 4 Extra

BBC Radio 4 Extra British digital radio station

BBC Radio 4 Extra is a British digital radio station broadcasting archived repeats of comedy, drama and documentary programmes nationally, 24 hours a day. It is the principal broadcaster of the BBC's spoken-word archive, and as a result the majority of its programming originates from that archive. It also broadcasts extended and companion programmes to those broadcast on sister station BBC Radio 4, and provides a "catch-up" service for certain Radio 4 programmes.

All three series are available to download as audiobooks from

Episode list

Original Air Date [2] [3] Episode Title
Series 1
13 Aug 1998 1. Falling Through the Air Without a Parachute
20 Aug 1998 2. Chased by a Bull
27 Aug 1998 3. Bitten by a Cobra
04 Sep 1998 4. Shot in the Head by Gangsters
11 Sep 1998 5. Choking To Death on A Twix
18 Sep 1998 6. Tied to a railway track
Series 2
26 Oct 1999 1. Shot by a Firing Squad
02 Nov 1999 2. Struck by Lightning
16 Nov 1999 3. Freezing to Death whilst looking for Santa
16 Nov 1999 4. Hit by a Car at Cannes Film Festival
23 Nov 1999 5 . Crushed by a Newspaper Printing Press
30 Nov 1999 6. Attacked by a Shark
Series 3
19 Apr 2001 1. Leaking Spacesuit
26 Apr 2001 2. Boiled to Death in Sharksfin Soup
03 May 2001 3. Falling from a New York skyscraper
10 May 2001 4. Out on the Town in New Alexandria
17 May 2001 5. Heat Exhaustion in a Marathon
24 May 2001 6. Falling into a river.

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