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BBC7 have started airing a new (to me) vintage crime series about a character with the greatest name ever. This is what he says at the beginning of every programme:
"My name is Richard Rollison - the Honourable Richard Rollison, actually - but I think most people would know me better as...the Toff."

And he is refered to as "the toff" quite regularly, and every time it happens I laugh. This series is called "The Toff and the Runaway Bride", but according to the BBC listings, next week we will be treated to "The Toff on the Farm" which is even better. It's not quite up to the standard of '50s smoothie sleuth Paul "by Timothy, women are extraordinary!" Temple, but it's pretty close. How I love BBC7! Where else could I get my dose of vintage crime capers? And if you go to the "listen again" pages of the BBC7 site, you can hear the Toff too. He is yet another radio amateur sleuth with a frankly shocking disregard for the law, although so far he seems to be slightly more sensible than Paul Temple and his wife Steve, who were always opening suspicious parcels which then turned out to be bombs. But I've only heard three episodes so far....

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debodacious
Feb. 8th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
Oh - I am soooo jealous. I have been hankering after a Cath Kidston limited edition Roberts Radio on which to listen to BBC7 and immerse myself in vintage detective life - but digital radio isn't available here any more than broadband. Not only am I bereft of Paul and Steve, but there is no chance of me getting to know the delightful Toff who sounds like a chap after my own heart. And beautiful though it is not even I could buy a radio purely for its ornamental appeal.
stellanova
Feb. 8th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's so unfair! I think you would indeed like the Toff, he's awfully suave. And I would not be able to listen to his adventures either if it weren't for broadband. I live in fear that the BBC will make its online radio services available to UK users only, which was the case when they put the last series of the Mighty Boosh online. I eagerly hurried to watch it, only to be told that as I was a fiendish foreigner I couldn't access the online video!

Are there any cheaper sorts of digital radios or do they all cost hundreds of pounds?
anglaisepaon
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
But WHY won't they make these podcasts so I can listen to them???
stellanova
Feb. 9th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
But you can listen to them online any time you like, you just can't download them!
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