What is the state of survival of episodes of Beyond Our Ken and Round the Horn?
Wiki: Beyond Our Ken is a BBC radio comedy programme first broadcast between 1958 and 1964. It starred Kenneth Horne, with Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden Bill Pertwee, and, as announcer, Douglas Smith. The title is a play on the name Kenneth and the familiar expression "beyond our ken" (ken being a mainly Northern English and Scots word meaning 'knowledge or perception').
Wiki: Round the Horne is a BBC Radio comedy programme starring Kenneth Horne, first transmitted in four series of weekly episodes from 1965 until 1968. The show was created by Barry Took and Marty Feldman, who wrote the first three series. The fourth was written by Took, Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke and Donald.
There have been quite a few repeats over the years, I suspect the survival rate is high.
Hacker: You said you'd heard this rumour, I said is it true, you said yes! Bernard: I said yes, it was true that it was a rumour. Hacker: You said you heard it was true! Bernard: No, I said it was true that I heard it!
123 episodes - Acording to Wikipedia, episodes missing from the BBC archives are: Series 1 (1958): Episodes 6, 10-13, 17, 21 and 22; Series 2 (1959): Episodes 1, 4, 7, 9, 15, 16 and 19; Series 4 (1960-61): Episode 12. According to TVBrain, the episodes missing are Series 1: Episodes 3, 6, 8, 13, 17 and 18 (which is of course completely different)! The evidence of the CD release (and the fact that the extra episodes listed by TVBrain have been played on 4 Extra) makes Wikipedia much the more plausible. It's hard to tell for sure from the programme's BBC web-page, but it looks like quite a few extant episodes have not been broadcast in modern times.
Round the Horne (1965-68):
67 episodes - complete. All episodes except one played on 4 Extra in about the last 5 years, most in the last year or two. The 1967 Christmas special was last on Radio 7 in 2010, I think.
Stop Messing About (1969-70):
26 episodes- complete. All episodes last played on 4 Extra 2016-17.