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Radio Active

Radio Active was a radio comedy programme, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 during the 1980s. The first episode was broadcast in 1980, and it ran for seven series. The show starred, amongst others, Angus Deayton, Geoffrey Perkins, Michael Fenton-Stevens, Helen Atkinson-Wood and Philip Pope.

The show was based around an imaginary local radio station and the programmes that it might transmit. Characters on the show were mostly named after pieces of sound equipment, including Anna Daptor, Mike Flex, Mike Channel and Mike Stand. Filling out the character list was the incomprehensible Nigel Pry, the incompetent Martin Brown and the carefully enunciated Mike Hunt.

The show had its origins in the Oxford Student Drama community, especially in the musical parodies of Philip Pope, which were regularly featured on Radio Active. The best known of these is the BeeGees parody The Hee Bee Gee Bees, with their song Meaningless Songs, which became a moderate hit.

The show transferred to TV as KYTV, which never realised the success of its radio version.

The series was repeated on Radio 4 in late 2002, and again on BBC 7 in 2003. It is likely that BBC 7 will be repeating the series again in the future.

A new one-off episode of Radio Active, the first for 15 years, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2002.

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