Regular listeners to The Bugle (previously
) will have been missing their usual weekly dose of historico-politico-silliness. But there is a fallback.
While Bugle co-host Andy Zaltzman has been travelling about Asia
, the regular Bugle feed
is vamping with filler
. If you're missing The Bugle, read on.
For three seasons prior to their launching The Bugle in 2007, John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman wrote and acted in the BBC Radio 4 comedy The Department
. The Department, a bureaucratic organization hidden from both the public and the government, has secretly been running the country (Great Britain) for ages. Working for The Department Oliver and Zaltzman form two-thirds of Research Team 32. Each week the team addresses one of the Big Problems facing the country, such as Trade, Immigration, Terrorism, or The British Transport System. The show starts with the statement of the problem and then lays out several silly solutions.
In one episode, proposed solutions to the problems of Transport include lowering expectations, being brutally honesty with travellers, an award show for the worst rail disasters, installing football managers to manage transit employees, etc..
(The third member of Team 32 is played by Chris Addison, better known for playing the cherub-faced bastard Ollie in The Thick of It
So if lines like "Blaming hip-hop for gun crime is like blaming J. M. W. Turner for stormy seas." is your type of observational comedy, give The Department
a try. But where to listen? Sadly, the BBC isn't currently re-running it or making it available for purchase, so I'll quote The Bugle's own tweet
"Google and the word 'torrent' can help out.