A comedy celebration of codebreaking, cryptography, computing and those brilliant boffins of Bletchley Park. Featuring the cream of British comedy, plus brand new sketches written exclusively for Boffoonery! by the writer of hit BBC Radio 4 sitcom "Hut 33" and directed by radio and TV comedy veteran David Tyler of Pozzitive Television ("Cabin Pressure", "Coogan's Run", "Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive"). Starring Steve Punt & Hugh Dennis, Richard Herring, Robin Ince, Robert Llewellyn, Laurence & Gus, John Finnemore, Maggie Philbin, Johnny Ball, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, James Bachman & Stephen Fry
All profits go to support the Bletchley Park Trust
Original sketches by James Cary
Credit Card sketch written by John Finnemore
Science Line & Sex Line sketches written by Laurence Howarth & Gus Brown
History of Cryptography sketches written by Steve Punt & Hugh Dennis
Stage Producer - Bethan Richards
Sound Engineer - Jerry Peal
Director & Audio Producer - David Tyler
Producer - Jason Gorman
Generously sponsored by commutineer.com
Work 4 Bletchley:
On Sept 16th 2010, generous Bletchley Park supporters will be donating one day's pay to help secure the future of the museum and park and transform it into the world-class heritage site that it deserves to be.
Find out more by visiting www.work4bletchley.org.uk
About Bletchley Park:
Bletchley Park was home to the Government Code & Cypher School during World War II. Between 1939 and 1945, some of Britain’s brainiest boffins beavered away in top secret to crack the fiendishly difficult codes being used by the German forces to coordinate their war efforts.
Churchill estimated that the intelligence gathered at “Station X” (Bletchley Park’s code name during WWII) saved 22 million lives.
As if that wasn’t a big enough achievement, the world’s first electronic programmable computer was built at Bletchley Park to help speed up the code breaking work.
Sadly, because the work was so top secret, most of us didn’t learn about the role it played until decades later. By which time, the place had become neglected and was in desperate need of funding to ensure that generations to come will be able to visit and learn about the huge debt we all owe to the men and women of Bletchley Park.
More recently, under new management at the Bletchley Park Trust, the park's fortunes have started to change, and with our help, Bletchley Park could be looking forward to a very bright future. To secure more than £4 million in lottery funding, the trust needs to raise £1.5 million in the next year.
Boffoonery! is a glorious evening of intelligent comedy (or “boffin buffoonery”, if you like) to raise money and celebrate the achievements of Bletchley Park.
By downloading this comedy recording, you will be helping them to reach that target. Every £1 we raise unlocks a potential further £4 of lottery money.