22 September 2016

Mark Steel's in Town

Mark Steel heads to Gibraltar for the new series of BBC Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s in Town

BBC Radio 4 is bringing its Sony award-winning series Mark Steel’s in Town to Gibraltar on Thursday 22nd September, for a recording in the spectacular St Michael’s Cave.

Each year comedian, columnist and author Mark Steel visits six towns, delving into the area’s history, culture and eccentricities to discover the ingredients that make it distinctive, and then performing a tailor-made comedy show about the town in front of a local audience. Now in its seventh series, the episode in Gibraltar will be the first recorded in a British Overseas Territory.

Mark is very excited to visit Gibraltar, he thinks it’s a fascinating place and is looking forward to discovering the quirks, characteristics and history that have made it what it is today.

Previous series have seen Mark record shows in over forty-two interesting and unusual places including the Isle of Portland in Dorset; Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney; and the Channel Isle of Alderney.

Stuart Morris, a historian who helped to provide Mark with research for the Isle of Portland show said: "I was amazed that he should have absorbed so much of the island's history in the short space of time.”

The seventh series of the show, which begins on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday 7th September at 6.30pm, will see Mark travel to Colchester, Stockport, Hebden Bridge, Lynton and Kingston upon Thames and Gibraltar.

Mark will perform live in Gibraltar on Thursday 22nd September 2016 (the episode will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday 28th September at 6.30pm).


Press reviews

“In front of an audience of audibly refreshed locals, Steel sees how far he can push the famed British ability to laugh at ourselves. The answer is quite a long way.” David Hepworth, The Guardian

“Mark Steel is no slacker. He always does his research before taking to the stage to talk to a town.” Jane Anderson, Radio Times

“What a lovely show it is, with humanity, humility and, best of all, jokes that genuinely come out of the situation in which he finds himself.” Miranda Sawyer, The Observer


2015: Awards, Best British Radio Entertainment Show

2012: Sony Radio Academy Awards, Gold Award for "Best Comedy"

2010: Sony Radio Academy Awards, Silver Award for "Best Comedy"

2010: Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for "Best Radio Comedy / Light Entertainment

Mark was also nominated for Best Show and Best Radio Programme in the 2016 Chortle Awards.


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