Radio: Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off

Giles Wemmbley-Hogg! Two M's, two G's, from Budleigh-Salterton!

Intrepid world-traveller, audio diarist, and upper-class twit documents his adventures around the globe. His enthusiasm is matched only by his naivety; he is well-meaning, but is definitely treated like the butt-monkey by those around him.

Played by Marcus Brigstocke, based on a character he did doing stand-up comedy, written by Brigstocke, Jeremy Salsby, and Graeme Garden, and first broadcast on BBC Radio 2002-2011.

Tropes that appear in this work include:

  • Bait and Switch: His trip to India episode starts with Giles at a market, lots of Indian voices calling out, Indian music playing, only to reveal he's in Birmingham, before he leaves England.
  • Butt Monkey: Giles is well meaning, but hamfisted, and is treated as a buffoon by other characters.
  • Catch Phrase: When something goes awry, expect Giles to utter an exasperated:
    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: When asked what his ideal career is, Giles replies:
    Giles: Pudding Taster, Corduroy Model, or Neil Diamond!
    conversant: Is Neil Diamond a career??
    Giles: Twenty-four/seven!
  • Comically Missing the Point: While in Thailand, he gets lost, only to find himself in the middle of a (very illegal) hemp plantation.
    I didn't think there was much of a rope and sacking industry.
  • Fish out of Water: Whether taking a large amount of fishing gear to drought-ridden Sudan, getting stuck in a research station in the Arctic, or going on a student trip to Cuba, Giles never quite knows what he's getting himself in for.
  • Metaphor Is My Middle Name: Comes up a couple of times.
    Adventure is my middle name! Well, between St.John and Leonard.
  • Neil Diamond: Giles and his family are big fans.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Done a couple of times
    When meeting the yogi (holy man) at an ashram in India:
    Yogi: I am the resident yogi.
    Giles: Then I'll be the resident Boo-Boo!
    Yogi: Pardon?
    Giles: Nothing...
    Yogi: Did you do the Yogi Bear joke?
    Giles: ... Yes.
    When in a spice market in Zanzibar
    Giles: You must be a spice girl!
    Spice seller: Yes, bwana, nice spices.
    Spice seller (now cross): And please don't ask for a zig-a-zig-ah. I don't sell them - I don't even know what they are. and I don't understand why every tourist thinks it's so funny to ask for them.
  • Noodle Incident: Most of how Giles has managed to get himself wherever he is are these.
    • ... One thing led to another, and here I am!
    • Recounting school: I did archery... Someone got hurt. So I did quilting... Someone got hurt. So I did sitting quietly... I got a B in that!
    • He's not allowed alone in his office, because the last time he was, there was an international incident. With the Dead Sea Scrolls. And some custard.
  • Shout-Out: When shot at in the Thai hemp plantation:
    Are you the farmer? I sound like Withnail...
  • Toilet Humour: Reference in his Thailand journey, where he goes for a journey of self-discovery. The listener is spared the details, except to be told about
    ...spending the night, squatting over a tiny hole, spraying pint after pint of boiling-hot magma down the back of your legs. ... Still, it should be easier to find myself, now that half of me has been liquidised and despatched down that...
  • Upper-Class Twit: Giles is this in spades.