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CDs by Brian Johnston

The Wit of Cricket.

witDickie Bird, Henry Blofeld and Brian Johnston
Audio CD (10 May 2004)
Hodder and Stoughton Audio Books; ISBN: 1840328339
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Now available for the first time on one CD and as an audio download, here is a bumper collection of funny stories and anecdotes from the world of cricket as told by three of the game’s all-time great characters – Dickie Bird, Henry Blofeld and Brian Johnston.

Recorded live in front of appreciative theatre audiences, here are dozens of hilarious stories about legendary Test cricketers such as Richie Benaud, Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Holding and Fred Trueman – as well as some of the most famous gaffes and practical jokes carried out by the commentary team on BBC Radio’s Test Match Special.

Enjoy three of the best storytellers in the business as they prove that cricket is a funny game – even when rain stops play!

The Wit of Cricket 2.

wit2Richie Benaud, Dickie Bird, Henry Blofeld, Brian Johnston & Fred Trueman
Audio CD (1 November 2007)
Hodder & Stoughton Audio Books; ISBN: 978-1844567003
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Cricket is often said to be a funny game and now you can hear why with another brilliant collection of humorous stories, jokes and anecdotes from the world of cricket as told by five of the game’s all-time great personalities – Richie Benaud, Dickie Bird, Henry Blofeld, Brian Johnston and Fred Trueman.

Recorded live in theatres and in the studio here are dozens of hilarious anecdotes about England players such as Denis Compton, Len Hutton, Mike Brearley and Ian Botham – not to mention broadcasting gaffes, sledging, short-sighted umpires and the first male streaker at Lord’s!

The Wit of Cricket at Home and Abroad.

homeandabroadChristopher Martin-Jenkins, Peter Baxter, Barry Johnston, Robert Powell
Audio CD ((2 Sept 2010)
Hodder & Stoughton Audio Books; ISBN: 978-1444711363
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From the producers of the Number One bestselling CD The Wit of Cricket, here is their latest collection of the funniest cricket stories at home and abroad, recorded live at Great Brickhill Cricket Club in Bedfordshire.

Featuring a rare live recording of the late cricket commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins, who was a brilliant after-dinner speaker, here are dozens of hilarious anecdotes about the Ashes, overseas tours, sledging, Test Match Special, and much more!

Christopher Martin-Jenkins commentated on TMS from 1973 to 2012, and was cricket correspondent of the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and The Times, as well as President of the MCC in 2011; Peter Baxter was the producer of TMS on BBC radio for 34 years; Barry Johnston is the son of Brian Johnston and compiled The Wit of Cricket book; Robert Powell is an award-winning actor and former President of the Lord’s Taverners.

Johnners: Cricketing Gaffes, Giggles and Cakes.

gaffesBrian Johnston

Audio CD (29 September 2008)
BBC Audiobooks; ISBN: 978 – 1408409480
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Brian Johnston was as well-known for his on-air gaffes as for his Test Match Special commentaries. Here are his most famous and funniest cricketing mishaps, which have been chosen by his son, Barry. Among Johnners’ laugh-out-loud clangers are ‘joined by the Balls’, ‘sitting on a shooting stick’ and a streaker’s ‘cheeky performance … waving her flag and other things’. There’s also Mr Titt’s letter …

More giggles from the archives include Johnners’ notorious Ashes comedy song, his appearances on Quote, Unquote and Trivia Test Match, plus Fawlty Towers insights from John Cleese.

From leg-pulling to leg-overs, inflatable parrots to chocolate cake, this special recording is not just for cricket lovers, it’s for anyone who loves a laugh.

Johnners’ A View From The Boundary

boundaryBrian Johnston
Audio CD (5 May 2011)
BBC Audiobooks; ISBN: 978 – 1408467305
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During the lunch interval on the Saturday of every Test in England, BBC Radio’s Test Match Special used to invite a well-known guest into the commentary box for a chat with Brian Johnston about themselves and their passion for cricket. Some turned out to be able cricketers, but they all had stories to tell about matches they had seen and cricketers they had met.

Barry Johnston has selected five chats from the series ‘A View from the Boundary’, beginning in 1980 with the playwright Ben Travers, and his vivid recollections of W.G. Grace and other characters from the golden age of cricket. He is followed by Michael Charlton, the political broadcaster and former cricket commentator, who covered the great Australia v West Indies tied Test in 1960, and John Cleese, a lifelong Somerset supporter, who tells some funny stories about Monty Python and Fawlty Towers. Hollywood film star Sir Christopher Lee recalls watching the legendary Jack Hobbs and Don Bradman, and Sir Michael Parkinson talks about opening the batting at Barnsley with Dickie Bird and how he nearly played for Hampshire.

Johnners: It’s Been a Lot of Fun

Johnners' Its been a lot of funBrian Johnston
Audio CD (4 November 2010)
AudioGo: ISBN: 978-1408467282
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Now available for the first time on CD and as an audio download, in this delightful reading from his autobiography It’s Been a Lot of Fun, Brian Johnston recalls his schooldays at Eton and Oxford, his early career in the family coffee business, and his service as a Technical Adjutant in the Grenadier Guards during World War II.

In January 1946, Brian joined the BBC Outside Broadcasts Department. For the next 48 years, he presented hundreds of programmes on radio and television, from In Town Tonight to royal weddings and Down Your Way, but he was probably best known as a cricket commentator and he became a national institution on Test Match Special.

Recorded in 1990 when he was 77, Brian tells some of his favourite stories and gaffes in this cheerful look back at a unique career behind the microphone, a life full of lucky breaks and private disappointments, but always a lot of fun. Edited and digitally remastered by Barry Johnston, this is the fascinating autobiography of a legendary cricketing commentator.

Johnners’ Trivia Test Match

Johnners' trivia test matchBrian Johnston, Tim Rice & Willie Rushton
Audio CD (2 September 2010)
BBC Audiobooks: ISBN: 978-1408467299
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Brian Johnston is the umpire in this test of wit and general knowledge, as two teams try to score the highest number of runs by answering questions on trivia and unusual facts. In these four episodes, team captains Tim Rice and Willie Rushton are joined by Stephen Fry, Paul Merton, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Bill Tidy, Caroline Quentin, Bernard Cribbins and Robin Bailey.

Originally broadcast on BBC Radio and now available for the first time on CD and as an audio download, hear the stumps fly and the wickets fall in these four wonderfully funny episodes!

Brian Johnston’s Down Your Way, Volume 1

Down Your WayBrian Johnston
Audio CD (4 March 2010)
BBC Audiobooks; ISBN: 978-1408426463
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Down Your Way was one of the most popular programmes on radio and spanned six decades. Every week the presenter would visit towns and villages throughout the UK, discovering fascinating people and places. Brian Johnston presented the series for fifteen years and 733 programmes. For this recording, his son Barry has selected the most eccentric, famous and interesting people, and the most colourful places, that his father visited on his travels.

Along the way Brian meets such famous people as Sir Roger Bannister, HRH Prince Philip, Denis Compton and John Laurie (Private Frazer in Dad’s Army), as well as Frank Searle, who has spotted the Loch Ness Monster. Brian also takes in Land’s End, Alice Springs, and even goes underground to visit the Cabinet War Rooms and the Bank of England’s gold vault.

Brian Johnston’s Down Your Way, Volume 2

Down Your Way 2Brian Johnston
Audio CD (10 November 2011)
BBC Audiobooks; ISBN: 978 – 1408467312
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‘Down Your Way’, was one of the most popular programmes on BBC Radio from 1946 until 1992. Every week the presenter would visit a different city, town or village in the UK and interview six local people about its history, traditions and customs. Brian Johnston presented the series for fifteen years and for this recording, his son Barry has selected more of the fascinating people and places that his father visited on his travels.

Brian meets famous people such as the former England footballer Nat Lofthouse, Australian cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman, and steeplejack and TV personality Fred Dibnah, as well as marvellous local characters, including the British snuff champion, a lady gurning champion, and a Scottish sheep shearer. He also takes a boat trip down the River Thames, visits Tower Bridge and Abbey Road studios, and goes to Salisbury Cathedral and Wigan Pier.

Released for the first time on audio, this delightful recording illustrates the rich and colourful heritage of the people and places of Great Britain.

An Evening with Johnners

An Evening with JohnnersBrian Johnston
Audio CD (2 November 2000)
Hodder & Stoughton General; ISBN: 1840324651
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In 1993 at the age of eighty, Brian Johnston embarked on his first ever nationwide concert tour. His one-man show An Evening With Johnners was a sell-out across the country and the recording of his show became the best-selling Spoken Word production in the UK for more than six months. It even entered the pop album charts and was awarded a Gold Disc Award for sales of more than 100,000.

Brian was a master raconteur and he had the audiences in gales of laughter as he recalled many of the gaffes and humorous anecdotes from his life at Eton and Oxford, his service with the Guards and his 48 years in broadcasting. Now An Evening with Johnners has been digitally remastered and re-edited to include previously unreleased material from Brian’s second tour at the end of 1993. This is a superb opportunity to hear one of cricket’s greatest storytellers.