John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme

List of sketches featured in John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme. The show has run for seven series on BBC Radio 4 with the first series airing back in 2011. This page contains a list of sketches in the series for reference.

* Bracketed items are related sketches.

Series 1

Episode 1

  • Man with van
  • “Halt, traveller…”
  • Tell me more
  • A message for Katie
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Straight-talking
  • Noise of the Tardis
  • Ja-mai-ca?
  • Since you asked me

Episode 2

  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Catnav (1)
  • Evolution
  • Voltaire
  • Catnav (1)
  • “Where have they gone”
  • The Archers
  • Hungry Hippos
  • Catnav (1)
  • Since you asked me

Episode 3

  • Exams
  • Expedition (1)
  • Trophies
  • What should we do with a drunken sailor?
  • Expedition (1)
  • Political questioning
  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • Over-analytical
  • Expedition (1)
  • Since you asked me

Episode 4

  • Rome
  • Contacting the spirits
  • Zoo song – Meerkats (1)
  • Cold war
  • Pamper
  • Zoo song – Penguins (1)
  • The mighty emperor
  • Zoo song – Gnus (1)
  • Since you asked me

Series 2

Edinburgh Fringe Special

  • The silent majority (1)
  • A quest
  • The ants and the grasshopper
  • Sporting inspiration
  • The silent majority (1)
  • Cats vs dogs
  • Depression
  • Since you asked me

Episode 1

  • Laura’s new boyfriend
  • The museum (1)
  • Sun and Moon
  • Jesus
  • King Solomon
  • The museum (1)
  • Stoppable: The Tram Story
  • Ugly duckling
  • Contract negotiations
  • The museum (1)
  • Therapy
  • The museum (1)
  • Since you asked me

Episode 2

  • The cuckoo
  • Compensation (1)
  • The Archers
  • Be unoriginal!
  • Compensation (1)
  • Supervisor for the day
  • The “my dog…” song
  • Pythagoras’ Second Theorem
  • New cinema
  • The Interview Sketch
  • Compensation (1)
  • Since you asked me

Episode 3

  • Kermit
  • Peculiar (1)
  • The messenger
  • Nobody Knows! (2)
  • Interview with a vulture
  • Peculiar (1)
  • Investment banking
  • Nobody Knows! (2)
  • The sports fan
  • Peculiar (1)
  • Since you asked me

Episode 4

  • Redundancy
  • Teacher (1)
  • The sitcom character (2)
  • Credit card
  • Chess
  • “Insomnia” song
  • The sitcom character (2)
  • Teacher (1)
  • The goldfish invent computer programming
  • Since you asked me
  • The sitcom character (2)

Episode 5

  • Moths
  • The Supermongers (1)
  • “Awesome”
  • Famous Five
  • The Supermongers (1)
  • Cramped table
  • Etymology
  • The go-getter
  • The Supermongers (1)
  • Healthy and safety
  • The Supermongers (1)
  • Since you asked me

Episode 6

  • The silent majority (1)
  • Crufts
  • Spoilers (2)
  • King of the Jews
  • Quiz show interview
  • Spoilers (2)
  • The news
  • The silent majority (1)
  • Gymnastics
  • Spoilers (2)
  • The silent majority (1)
  • “Thank you, Captain Dinosaur” song
  • Since you asked me

Series 3

Episode 1

  • Phones in pubs
  • Sponsorships
  • Caller display
  • Hotel towels
  • Iconic (1)
  • Hearing test
  • Crossing signal
  • Spiny porcupine song
  • PPI insurance
  • Vibrant (1)
  • Rat sanctuary
  • Train intercom
  • Literally (1)
  • Lucy’s complex dilemma

Episode 2

  • Courteous driving
  • Sniffer dog
  • Audiobook reading (1)
  • Choices
  • House-sitting
  • Audiobook reading (1)
  • Dating
  • The interview sketch
  • Ordering coffee
  • Audiobook reading (1)
  • Since you asked me

Episode 3

  • Art exhibit
  • RNLI interview
  • A childhood friend
  • Mafia nicknames
  • Squash match
  • Carmela Vitale
  • Voice of authority
  • Interesting history
  • Name change
  • Leaving a message
  • Technically…

Episode 4

  • The goat farm
  • The Archers
  • Fairyland (1)
  • Troy
  • The Interview Sketch
  • The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
  • Robin Hood
  • Fairyland (1)
  • Life drawing class
  • The bitter argument
  • The surprise witness

Episode 5

  • Time travel
  • Famous anecdotes the way they really happened – Arthur Rubinstein (1)
  • Harrison family court
  • The comedian
  • Famous anecdotes the way they really happened – Winston Churchill (1)
  • Have all your belongings
  • The bio-printer
  • Famous anecdotes the way they really happened – Dorothy Parker (1)
  • Hibernation
  • Guy Fawkes
  • Famous anecdotes the way they really happened – Oscar Wilde
  • Since you asked me

Episode 6

  • Stamp collecting
  • The opinionated man
  • The Interview Sketch
  • Basking sharks (1)
  • Scientific research
  • The gates of heaven
  • Expert witness
  • Basking sharks (1)
  • Explorers
  • Banana or olive
  • The “red trousers” song

Series 4

Episode 1

  • School inspector
  • Body-guarding the prime minister (1)
  • Fish-life
  • Snap!
  • Body-guarding the prime minister (1)
  • “No evil” song
  • The freedom to vote
  • Sisyphus
  • The 1lb shop
  • Body-guarding the prime minister (1)
  • Since you asked me

Episode 2

  • The oil tanker
  • Racism
  • Hotel check-in
  • Fancy watches
  • Quasimodo
  • At the vets
  • Since you asked me
  • Apologies to the country of Belgium

Episode 3

  • Wedding invitation
  • Negotiating with Genghis Khan (1)
  • Meeting of the Suns
  • Poetry
  • Negotiating with Genghis Khan (1)
  • The film thoughts
  • The personality change
  • Furniture
  • Negotiating with Genghis Khan (1)
  • Since you asked me

Episode 4

  • Shop sketch (1)
  • Careers speech
  • Bowling pins
  • Shop sketch (1)
  • The interview sketch
  • Shop sketch (1)
  • “My baby” song
  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • Shop sketch (1)
  • Since you asked me

Episode 5

  • The store detective (1)
  • A quick decision
  • Kinetic watches
  • The store detective (1)
  • Funeral services
  • The store detective (1)
  • Camouflage
  • The store detective (1)
  • Planning a revolution
  • Since you asked me

Episode 6

  • Charitable donation
  • Whales
  • Celsius and Fahrenheit
  • Just say no
  • Aliens
  • “5th February” song
  • Work errands
  • Tesco restoration trust
  • Since you asked me

Series 5

Episode 1

  • The first bet
  • School slogan
  • The magic mirror
  • Chuggers
  • Singin’ the blues song
  • Brontesaurus
  • Mulligan’s bank
  • R.O.Y.G.B.I.V.
  • Since you asked me

Episode 2

  • The management consultants
  • Voice in the head
  • The news
  • Canvas
  • Chocolate geek
  • The Titanic
  • Pavlov
  • The friend
  • Since you asked me

Episode 3

  • Announcements
  • Moving out…
  • Kairates!
  • The interview sketch
  • Procrastination song
  • Retirement speech
  • The moon landing
  • Hunter-gatherers
  • Since you asked me

Episode 4

  • Innuendo
  • “I should say something” (1)
  • Certainty
  • Sodom and Gomorrah
  • “I should say something” (1)
  • Electing a pope
  • Mocking religion
  • “I should say something” (1)
  • Since you asked me

Episode 5

  • Teaching
  • Search engines
  • Put it on a plate song
  • “Why can’t I sing?” (1)
  • Donkey charities
  • Pet tips… for the pets (1)
  • The recorder
  • Ranjit
  • Pet tips… for the pets (1)
  • Since you asked me

Episode 6

  • The red signal (1)
  • Nice cop, nasty cop….
  • Sorry
  • Cerberus song
  • “What are your hobbies?”
  • Appreciating the driver (1)
  • The cast rebels
  • Since you asked me

Series 6

Episode 1 (Christmas Edition)

  • John Mulligan stores Christmas advert
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Voting for Christmas (1)
  • Holly and ivy
  • December 27th song
  • Voting for Christmas (1)
  • Baby’s first Christmas
  • Identifying Santa Claus
  • Father Ramadan
  • Voting for Christmas (1)
  • Since you asked me

Episode 2

  • Greeting kisses
  • 0—7—7—1489841—5
  • Save the children
  • The Holy Grail
  • Self-driving cars
  • As I was walking…
  • The battle of Waterloo
  • Favourite kid
  • Since you asked me

Episode 3

  • Discussing a problem
  • The rubbish cop (1)
  • Paco Bell’s Canon (2)
  • The wardrobe
  • Tooth fairy
  • Self-obsessed
  • Patsy Straightwoman
  • The rubbish cop (1)
  • Paco Bell’s Canon (2)
  • Since you asked me

Episode 4

  • Going to St. Ives
  • The Fire Brigade (1)
  • New floor
  • Socrates
  • Paying respects
  • The perfect speech
  • The Fire Brigade (1)
  • The Archers
  • Since you asked me

Episode 5

  • Dingo Starr
  • Wolverine
  • The snake
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Remember you are but a man
  • Behind Closed Doors
  • King James
  • The truck stop song
  • Since you asked me

Episode 6

  • Doctor on board?
  • Pet tips… for the pets (1)
  • The peacocks
  • Pet tips… for the pets (1)
  • Quiz show skills
  • Pet tips… for the pets (1)
  • Raising awareness for Celeriac
  • Pet tips… for the pets (1)
  • The cast calls for new parts
  • Missed connections
  • Since you asked me (the musical)
  • Pet tips… for the pets (1)

Series 7

Episode 1

  • Oedipus complex
  • “Kismet, Hardy”
  • Reincarnation
  • The children sequels
  • The North Korea poem
  • The Animal Interview Sketch + the gnu song
  • Clickbait
  • Teddy bear’s conference
  • Since you asked me

Episode 2

  • The otter sanctuary
  • The caterpillar murders
  • The Interview Sketch
  • Mulligan Autosighter
  • Vampire wedding venue
  • Coming round the mountain
  • Restaurant discussions
  • Spooktacular
  • Since you asked me

Episode 3

  • The cheeky favour
  • A familiar face
  • Award speech
  • Bucket list
  • The conductor
  • Most important thing in life…
  • The Animal Interview Sketch
  • Macbeth and Macduff
  • Actors
  • Labours of Hercules + John gets it wrong
  • Since you asked me

Episode 4

  • Car rental
  • The baby game
  • Lady Godiva
  • Moral Maze theme song
  • The Animal Interview Sketch
  • Arranging a meetup
  • Taps in the bathroom
  • Johnson and Boswell
  • Since you asked me

Episode 5

  • Augustus Caesar
  • Want to play a game
  • Designing animals
  • Terms of sequence
  • The Interview Sketch and Animal Interview Sketch
  • Saint George and the Dragon
  • All about animals
  • Sunset
  • The funeral
  • Scarecrows
  • Prime Minster’s Question Time and Gardeners’ Question Time

Episode 6

  • Mulligan’s hat heist
  • Adopting a leopard
  • The weather forecast
  • The ‘leaving do’ song
  • Unforgettable
  • Cake decorating
  • The Interview Sketch
  • Accidentally hearing some of JFSP
  • Since you asked me

Series 8

Episode 1

  • Lasagna
  • Noah’s Ark(s)
  • The Triangle maker
  • Zeus, king of the Gods
  • The Interview Sketch
  • Snow White
  • Since you asked me
  • Sounds app

Episode 2

  • “Just let us finish”
  • Robin Hood’s Merry Men
  • The wedding speech
  • The strawberry and the cactus
  • Don’t know much
  • Driving test + John tries to offend everyone
  • Where’s my epiphany?
  • Since you asked me

Episode 3

  • Beekeepers
  • The initial
  • An American podcast (1)
  • Mnemonics (2)
  • The voice in your head
  • An American podcast (1)
  • The Interview Sketch
  • The Toymaker
  • Pub-based competitions
  • The will reading
  • An American podcast (1)
  • Mnemonics (2)
  • Special message

Episode 4

  • Police dog handler
  • The budget
  • Taxi driver (1)
  • Wombles
  • “Couldn’t do it”
  • Taxi driver (1)
  • The talk
  • Wheels on the bus…
  • Taxi driver (1)
  • Since you asked me