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Examples of Actor Allusions in Radio.

  • In an episode of The BBC radio comedy series Revolting People, set during The American Revolution, Samuel, the main character, has a dream that he's gone to hell for refusing to pick a side. Satan turns out to resemble redcoat Sergeant McGurk, played by co-writer Andy Hamilton. Hamilton also writes and stars in the radio comedy series Old Harry's Game, as Satan.
  • In The BBC's adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes story "The Reigate Squires", Holmes says to Inspector Forrester "You sound dangerously like a certain doctor I know". Forrester is played by Peter Davison.
  • The radio adaptation of books four and five in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series features a cameo by David Dixon, the actor who played Ford Prefect in the TV version of the franchise; Arthur Dent drives Dixon's clerk character to distraction claiming they've met somewhere. (Sandra Dickinson, who played Trillian on TV is also in the show, but since she's playing.. an alternate version of Trillian.. she doesn't really qualify as an Actor Allusion.)
    • Similarly, Rob McKenna, the lorry driver who picks up Arthur in So Long And Thanks... is played by Bill Paterson, who appeared in the second radio series as second in command of an Acturian Megafreighter which picked up Zaphod. Word of God is that this was an intentional allusion, from Space Trucker to Earth trucker.
      • Let's not forget that it is explicitly stated that the other Tricia McMillan has blond hair, as the TV Trillian was portrayed.
  • In the Hamish and Dougal Hogmanay Special Dougal (played by Graeme Garden) is confused as to who special guest Tim Brooke-Taylor (playing himself) is.
    Hamish: Oh, you must remember! The Goodies! He was in that!
    Dougal: Was he?
    Hamish: Oh aye, there was him, Bill Oddie and er...
    Dougal: The other one.
    Hamish: Don't remember him.
  • In an episode of The News Quiz, hosted by Sandi Toksvig, a musical clue for a question about children's television naturally went for the theme of No. 73, a 1980s Saturday Morning Kids Show hosted by Sandi Toksvig.
    Carrie Quinlan: Oh, I used to love that! What was the name of the really old woman who was on it? Tiny, she was!
    Andy Hamilton: Nah, it was a puppet!
    • Sandi then got a round of applause from the audience for still remembering the intro for the daring, dazzling, devestatingly dangerous, death-defyingly dull Sandwich Quiz.
  • In an episode of The Gobetweenies, Joe, played by David Tennant, reads his son's essay about sharing two houses "I mean it's not that freaky. Not compared to my adventures in the space-time continuum, but that's another story".
  • Cabin Pressure:
    • Martin Crieff names The Hound of the Baskervilles as a book that sounds more interesting with the final letter of its title knocked off.
    • "Paris" contains several, as it is a mystery with Martin trying to figure out what happened to a bottle of whiskey. He tries for a Sherlock Holmes line and bungles it: "We’ve taken away all the things that can possibly have happened, so I suppose the only thing that’s left, even though it seems really weird, must be the thing that did happen, in fact." When he states his theory about what happened, he slips into Sherlock's style of delivery from the famous deduction scenes (although sticking with the voice that Cumberbatch uses to play Martin). Arthur later compares him to... Miss Marple.
  • An example that overlaps with Self-Deprecation in The Alan Davies Show, written by and starring stand-up-comedian-turned-actor Alan Davies: in the episode "Mr Strawberry", Davies' character (also called Alan) dismisses one of the cast members of The Gay Miner as "Not a real actor, just a stand-up comedian who's suddenly decided he can act."
  • In AudioGO's Doctor Who: Fourth Doctor Adventures audio series, "Tsar Wars" features the Fourth Doctor meeting his Identical Stranger, a Recycled In Space version of Rasputin. Tom Baker had played the 'mad monk' in Nicholas And Alexandria (in what was his signature role before getting cast as the Doctor). In the same audio, Michael Jayston (known in the Whoniverse for playing the Valeyard) plays the Tsar, also a pseudo-reprisal of his role in Nicholas and Alexandria.
  • At the end of Mitch Benn Has Left The Building, the final of Mitch Benn's series of musical comedy lectures about music legends, he explains that Elvis Presley the person may have died, but ELVIS the cultural phenomenon never will, briefly alluding to his own role as Radio 2's "Ask Elvis" in the process.
  • In the I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue episode guesting Richard Osman, his Sound Charades subject was Pointless Celebrities (which Sandi Toksvig claimed to be completely unaware of) and Pointless sound effects were used for his moves (and only his moves) in Mornington Crescent.