The Burkiss Way, 1976
The Burkiss Way was a BBC Radio comedy sketch show. It ran for six series between 1976 and 1980, notching up forty seven episodes along the way.
The series took it’s roots from two half-hour sketch shows entitled Half-Open University. These shows were effectively two parodies of the Open University program.
Broadcast the previous year on BBC Radio 3, they were written by the same writing team that would go on to create The Burkisss Way.
Series one of The Burkiss way took on a similar format to that of the “Half-Open University.” These early episodes were styled around fictional correspondence courses by “Professor Emil Burkiss” entitled The Burkiss Way to Dynamic Living.
By series two, the idea of a radio correspondence course became a hook rather than a narrative device and was mentioned only in passing.
As the programme progressed it took on a more conventional sketch format, becomming more surreal as it went along. Many have compared the style to that of Monty Python.
The show was effectively a series of sketches.
Denise Coffey (series 1)
Jo Kendall (series 2 – 6)
Channel: BBC Radio 4
Written By: Andrew Marshall and David Renwick
Original Transmission Dates: 27th August 1976 – 15th November 1980