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Mastering The Universe
Radio comedy series starring Dawn French as Professor Joy Klamp, a specialist in the art of spoiling other people's pleasure
Professor Joy Klamp (Dawn French) presents a series of radio lessons in which she aims to teach the listener how to become a total spoilsport.
With the help of Joy's "Sourpussy Posse" (aka sketch team), the show uses fake archive material, workshops and role-plays to convey the best ways to ruin parties, spoil visits to the cinema, destroy holidays, make the most of migraines, and more.
According to Klamp, spoiling someone else's pleasure is the most deeply rewarding of all the controlling arts. Feeling cold in restaurants, answering in monosyllables, making a little tutting noise when anyone says something amusing - these are just some of the tried and tested fun-prevention techniques which have been used by miserable sods down the centuries.
With Klamp as guide, the show takes a punishing journey into the heart of sulkiness. Along the way, Joy puts us in touch with our inner spoilsport and releases that right bleeding miseryguts, the one who'd rather be seen dead than having a good time.
By the end of the series you will have discovered how Christmas, birthdays, weddings or even just an evening in front of the telly can be turned into a complete nightmare for all concerned - apart from yourself of course!
Joy's four new episodes for 2009 took the form of a self-help workshop, focusing on and explaining one area for domination through "downmanship" each week.
Series 1 2005
1. The Workplace
First broadcast: Wednesday 2nd November 2005
Professor Joy Klamp thinks everyone deserves to feel the fulfilling empowerment of spoiling someone else's fun. This week Joy focuses on the most fertile environment for the manipulation of relationships through non-enjoyment techniques - the workplace.
2. The Joy Of Sulks
First broadcast: Wednesday 9th November 2005
This week Professor Joy Klamp looks at the role of the sulk in modern relationships.
3. Party On Down
First broadcast: Wednesday 16th November 2005
In this week's guide, Joy Klamp is looking at the joy of parties, and how to take control of these social situations... and spoil them.
First broadcast: Wednesday 23rd November 2005
This week's Mastering The Universe looks at how to extract the maximum emotional leverage from the most precious two weeks of the year, the annual holiday.
5. Food And Drink
First broadcast: Wednesday 30th November 2005
For the dedicated passive-aggressive wanting to create tension, induce guilt and exercise control, there's nowhere quite like the dinner table.
First broadcast: Wednesday 7th December 2005
In the final episode of the series, Professor Joy Klamp explains how to overcome the difficult challenge of ruining the season of goodwill.
Series 2 2009
First broadcast: Tuesday 24th February 2009
Investigating the fun that can be had, at other people's expense, through DIY.
First broadcast: Tuesday 3rd March 2009
Investigating the fun that can be had, at other people's expense, through travel.
First broadcast: Tuesday 10th March 2009
Investigating the fun that can be had, at other people's expense, through the gift of children.
First broadcast: Tuesday 17th March 2009
Investigating the fun that can be had by spoiling other peoples' weekend.
Sketch Show, Sitcom
2005 - 2009
BBC Radio 4
10 (2 series)
Dawn French, Christopher Douglas, Sally Grace, Dan Tetsell, Lucy Montgomery and Katy Brand
Christopher Douglas and Nick Newman