Wrinkles Wrecovered News Posted by Ian Symes on 14th November 2022, 09:37 I bring very exciting news. You know Wrinkles? The radio sitcom written by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, which ran for two series in 1980 and 1981? The one that starred Ballard Berkeley from Fawlty Towers and David Ross from Kryten, White Hole and Mechocracy? The one that is missing from the archives and has never been repeated in the four decades since it was originally broadcast? Well, it’s being repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra on Thursdays at 10:30pm. Now, in typical G&T fashion, we only spotted this today, and discovered that the repeat run actually started last Thursday. But that’s ok, because it means that the first episode is already up on BBC Sounds! The description notes that this is “recovered audio of a series lost from the BBC archive”. In other words, it’s off-air recordings of the original 1980s broadcasts, rather than clean copies from the master tapes. You can very much tell from the quality that this is the case, but that’s not the point. The point is that over the many years that Wrinkles has been on our radar, nine of the twelve episodes have been found and collated. And, dear reader, the episode that was repeated on Thursday? It’s not one of those nine. This is brand new old Grant Naylor material. Treasure it. We assume/hope that all six episodes from the first series will be included in this run (the schedules are currently confirmed up to and including episode four), which would mean we’ll have eleven of the twelve (all but the last episode of Series 2) at our fingertips. Kudos to the team at BBC Radio 4 Extra, the great champions and curators of vintage comedy, for realising the significance of this series and bringing it to the masses. It’s been more than 42 years since this episode was available to listen to. One thing’s for sure, it’ll never be missing again now.