In somewhat unexpected news, Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall are doing another radio series, one that isn’t The Quanderhorn Xperimentations. Tickets have just been made available for The Nether Regions, along with a description that frankly defies neatly summarising:
Welcome to … The Nether Regions: a place where the laws of physics and even time itself take a day off, put their feet up and watch daytime television in their underpants.
This is our world, today, though not quite the today we know. And not entirely the world we live in. But nearly.
Your guides through this madness, fresh from their success creating The Quanderhorn Xperimentations: Rob Grant (Red Dwarf) and Andrew Marshall (2point4children), together with young performers, new to radio but familiar to the Job Centre.
Come with us to a land of Bastards, Boobs and Bottoms, where nobody wears any underwear, even though it’s permanently winter. No, not Newcastle: it’s Throne of Forks.
Join old men talking Sh*t – the call-in hosts of Impotent Rage FM – London’s premier station for exasperated seniors.
Meet the permanently angry chef, who vents his foul-mouthed invective on diners with the temerity to question his serving Chicken on an Electric Fence with a side of Gasping Fish.
Recoil in disgust as you witness the appalling conditions in backstreet emoji farms.
Let Rob and Andrew and their callow young carers take you on a whistle stop tour of uncannity and strangeositude.
Performed before a live studio audience and a dead wasp.
So from that we’re deducing that it’s some sort of spoof current affairs/phone-in show, and that Rob and Andrew are performers as well as writers. This is obviously somewhat of a departure for our Rob, save for a brief foray into stand-up a few years ago, but anyone who attended last year’s Dimension Jump will have little doubt in his ability to do the job. This will be an absolutely fascinating listen; I spoke about what a rare treat it is to hear new words from the mind of our favourite show’s co-creator, so it’s even more special to hear them in his own voice too.
As for the content of the show, it certainly sounds rather barmy. Certain parts elicited certain reactions when I read them, but I’ll reserve judgement for the final product. One thing that stands out (although admittedly, it had to be pointed out to me) is the foul-mouthed angry chef character, which is reminiscent of Grenville, one of the three main characters from Rob’s novel Fat. And “a land of Bastards, Boobs and Bottoms” could describe much of his solo output, to be fair.