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Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters
Stand-up comedian Tom Wrigglesworth regales his audience with tales of corporate lunacy and ridiculous rip-offs
This series started life as a one-off recording of Tom Wrigglesworth's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated stand-up routine about a rude and unhelpful train guard.
After the success of this first show, Tom was commissioned to return to Radio 4 to regale his audience with more tales of corporate lunacy and ridiculous rip-offs.
Through the medium of four open letters, Tom investigates the countless examples of corporate lunacy and maddening "jobsworths" in modern Britain. His subjects range from traffic wardens to estate agents, with Tom recalling his own funny and ridiculous experiences as well as recounting the absurd encounters of others.
It's a show about being proud and sticking up for what is right.
A second series is on the way. Tom will be looking at some of Britain's most annoying consumer complaints, like what exactly is a booking fee and why do we need to pay one to go and see a concert? And if we are doing the booking, does that mean we're technically admin support and can go to the staff Christmas party?
Pilot - An Open Letter To Richard Branson 2010
A radio recording of Tom Wrigglesworth's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated stand-up routine about a rude and unhelpful train guard.
Tom Wrigglesworth recounts his engaging tale of taking on the jobsworths, in An Open Letter To Richard Branson. Having witnessed a Virgin train manager abusing his position of authority, Tom stood up for a little old lady and took on "the man".
In this BBC Radio 4 comedy, he not only describes his confrontation with the hilariously vile train manager, but also finds time to mull over other important issues such as train spotters, big beige granny bags and the length of time it takes to eat a pistachio nut.
It's a show about being proud and sticking up for what is right. Wrigglesworth was nominated for the 2009 Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly the Perrier) for the stage version of this routine.
Series 1 2011
1. Parking Enforcement
First broadcast: Thursday 3rd February 2011
Tom finds himself baffled by the weird world of parking enforcement.
2. Utilities Companies
First broadcast: Thursday 10th February 2011
Tom finds himself bemused by the peculiar practices of utilities companies. You can get your gas from the electricity company, and your electricity from the gas company.
First broadcast: Thursday 17th February 2011
Tom muses on just how the bankers keep getting away with it.
4. Estate Agents
First broadcast: Thursday 24th February 2011
Tom wonders why we still need estate agents.
Series 2 2012
1. Insurance Industry
First broadcast: Thursday 3rd May 2012
This week, Tom Wrigglesworth's letter is addressed to the insurance industry, as he asks why everything has to be so confusing.
2. Low-Cost Airline Industry
First broadcast: Thursday 10th May 2012
Tom Wrigglesworth asks if low-cost airlines are all they are cracked up to be.
3. Compensation Culture
First broadcast: Thursday 17th May 2012
Tom Wrigglesworth delivers an open letter to Ken Clarke MP and asks if compensation culture is actually directly opposed to the theory of evolution.
4. Junk Mail
First broadcast: Thursday 24th May 2012
Tom takes issue with his local curry house and their addiction to junk mail.
2010 - 2012
BBC Radio 4
9 (1 pilot + 2 series)
Tom Wrigglesworth and Joanna Monro
Tom Wrigglesworth and James Kettle