• Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation: The Complete Series 1-10

  • The BBC Radio 4 Comedy Series
  • By: Jeremy Hardy
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Hardy, Sandi Toksvig
  • Length: 23 hrs and 31 mins
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Few can forget where they were in September 1993 when they first heard Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation. The show was an immediate smash-hit success, causing pubs to empty on a Saturday night, which was particularly astonishing since the show went out on Thursdays. Since that fateful first series, the show has gone on to win Sony awards, Writers Guild nominations and a Nobel Prize for Chemistry with lines like - 'Kids should never be fashion slaves, especially in the Far East. My 12-year-old daughter asked me for a new pair of trainers. I told her she was old enough to go out and make her own'.

Included here are all 10 series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, with episodes on topics like 'How to stay alive as long as you possibly can', 'How to have a baby' and 'How to confront the vexed issue of British identity without getting in the most fearful bate about the whole thing'.

This bumper collection also includes Jeremy Hardy's New Year Cavalcade - an unmissable meditation on everything Yule and a healthy dose of comic Bisodol to flush away the memory of driving up the motorway for seven hours in the dark to spend quantity time with your family - and the memorial programme When Jeremy Hardy Spoke to the Nation. Not quite a biography, not quite a documentary, this final programme is narrated by his great friend and colleague Sandi Toksvig, and shines a light on how and why the man once described as 'an incendiary vicar' stayed so funny and so beloved for over 30 years.

Produced and directed by David Tyler.

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The master of quietly inflammatory comedy." (Evening Standard)

"Made me drop the kettle in shock, but worth it." (Daily Telegraph)

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Absolutely hilarious

I stumbled across a few of these several years ago and even though I don't understand every reference, being Canadian, I find them to be some of the funniest and smartest programs I've ever heard. I've tried to track down everything Jeremy Hardy has ever done because they're always enjoyable. The world is diminished by his loss.

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  • Graham
  • 09-26-21

Brilliant!

So missed by his fans, a huge loss to us all. I love his wicked scence of humour and scorn of the right wing.

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  • Rug
  • 04-01-22

Simply: a pure joy.

Jeremy:
Usually amusing, often laugh-out-loud funny.
Always insightful, always true, always beautifully phrased.
Still relevant, still fresh.
Surprisingly prescient.
Thankfully he doesn't sing!
Simply a pure joy
Sadly missed.

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  • Martin
  • 03-06-22

A reminder of comic genius

Jeremy Hardy was a comic genius. It would be easy to let his understated delivery obscure how well written this is, but it really is a masterclass. Funny, thoughtful, heartfelt - it's magnificent.

When Jeremy Hardy spoke, he spoke to me

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  • Muriel
  • 02-07-22

Brilliant comedian

Having been away in far off lands I have only just had the pleasure of hearing this amazing comedian. His ability to hold a subject for 30 minutes and finish each with a truly thoughtful and positive ending is unique. His humour is not unkind or smutty and he gets his points across without ugliness.
I am so sad he is no longer with us.

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  • WoodWild
  • 12-04-21

brilliant celebration

a great and thorough tribute to a unique and talented comic voice. much missed and it's only right that we do.

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  • Hinksy
  • 11-14-21

it's Jeremy Hardy being a funny human

It's just pure brilliant funny fun, that males you think at times. even thought this is a long set I still want more.

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  • Nick
  • 09-21-22

Comedy Genius

I have a dilemma....
Do I draw out listening to this and savour it, or listen to it all in one go so that I can go back to the start and listen to it all again?

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  • Mick Reynolds
  • 01-06-22

brilliantly funny

It's a shame and pity Jeremy Hardy is dead. A genus and original writer with a refreshing and gentle way of looking at life.