Mastering the Universe

  • Author Christopher Douglas & Nick Newman
  • Narrator various
  • Publisher BBC Audio
  • Run Time 3 hours and 16 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Humorous fiction, Humour.

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What to expect

The complete Series 1 and 2 of the BBC Radio comedy starring Dawn French as Professor Joy Klamp

Spoiling someone else’s fun can be the most satisfying of all the controlling arts, and Professor Joy Klamp – the queen of migraines – has got passive aggression down to a fine art. And now, she’s decided to share her knowledge with the world in this revelatory 10-part course in nonjoyment techniques. So join Joy and her Sourpussy Posse and get in touch with your inner spoilsport; experience the fulfilling empowerment of sulkiness; and learn how you, too, can master the universe!

In Series 1, we take a tour through the miserable worlds of the workplace, relationships, parties, holidays, food and drink: and Christmas. And in Series 2, we investigate the fun that can be had – at other people’s expense – with DIY, travel, children and ruining other people’s weekends…

Written by Christopher Douglas (Ed Reardon’s Week) and Nick Newman, this clever comedy stars Dawn French as Professor Joy Klamp, with a familiar cast including Sally Grace, Lucy Montgomery, Dan Tetsell, Alice Lowe, Joanna Scanlan, Geoffrey McGivern and Katy Brand.

Production credits
Written by Christopher Douglas and Nick Newman
Produced by Simon Nicholls

Starring Dawn French as Professor Joy Klamp
With Christopher Douglas, Sally Grace, Lucy Montgomery, Dan Tetsell, Alice Lowe, Joanna Scanlan, Brian Perkins, Nicola Sanderson, Adam Shipway, Ewan Bailey, Geoffrey McGivern, Geoffrey Whitehead and Katy Brand

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 2 November-7 December 2005 (Series 1), 24 February-17 March 2009 (Series 2)

©2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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