Few can forget where they were in September 1993 when they first heard Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation. The show was an immediate smash-hit success, causing pubs to empty on a Saturday night, which was particularly astonishing since the show went out on Thursdays. Since that fateful first series, the show has gone on to win Sony awards, Writers Guild nominations and a Nobel Prize for Chemistry with lines like – ‘Kids should never be fashion slaves, especially in the Far East. My 12-year-old daughter asked me for a new pair of trainers. I told her she was old enough to go out and make her own’.

Included here are all 10 series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, with episodes on topics like ‘How to stay alive as long as you possibly can’, ‘How to have a baby’ and ‘How to confront the vexed issue of British identity without getting in the most fearful bate about the whole thing’.