Over here at Ganymede & Titan, we like to think we bring a certain amount of professionalism to our reporting. We’re happy to let you know then, that 1982 radio sitcom Wally Who? – penned by a certain Rob Grant and Doug Naylor – is currently being repeated every Wednesday on Radio 4 Extra, at 9:30am, 4:30pm, and 4:30am.
Admittedly, this piece of reporting may have been more impressive if this run hadn’t started on the 17th May, and if we hadn’t missed the first three episodes. It may also have been more impressive if we hadn’t started uploading and reviewing the series ourselves back in 2009, but stopped after the first episode. Mickey Mouse operation, etc.
In our defence, our competency in this matter is about on a par with what the series itself deserves. But judge for yourself. All three episodes so far are available on iPlayer for your listening “pleasure” – with the first episode having 15 days left online at the time of writing. For sheer historical interest alone, they’re worth a go. To be blunt, the first episode is a dreadful half-hour of comedy. The third episode is a bad photocopy of Hancock’s Half Hour, and thus is actually a massive improvement.
Oh, and the second? Let’s single it out for a couple of interesting moments. Such as this:
WALLY: What are those frames up there on the wall?
TIM: Oh, they’re just for certificates and qualifications – your degree, your FSA business diplomas, that sort of thing.
WALLY: Oh, I see – you just sort of stick them up there and show them off, do you?
TIM: Yes, I suppose so – sort of a…
WALLY: I’ll have to bring my lot in then! Now, I’ll tell you what’d look good up there as a centrepiece – my bronze medallion life-saving certificate.
TIM: That’s swimming is it, sir?
WALLY: Yes! And it’s not an easy one that, Tim: you have to swim two lengths in a pair of pyjamas.
And when Wally flames out of the financial services industry? He doesn’t consult The Junior Encyclopaedia of Space. No:
WALLY: And of course, it didn’t help the situation when the chairman walked in and caught me reading The Stock Market Made Simple: A Child’s Introduction…
This is the first repeat the series has ever had, at least for absolute decades – so much kudos to Radio 4 Extra for dragging this out. One of the absolute best things about the whole of the BBC. Honestly, it’s brilliant they even remember this exists.