Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4 podcast

Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4

Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show and Dead Ringers.

Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show and Dead Ringers.

 

#204

The News Quiz - 26th January

Andy Zaltzman quizzes the news. Providing all the answers are Lucy Porter, Geoff Norcott, Alasdair Beckett-King, and Cindy Yu. In this episode Andy and the panel address the issue of BBC bias after upsetting a minister with last week's show, try and figure out exactly what Keir Starmer stands for, and ask the question... who is ready for war? Written by Andy Zaltzman With additional material by: Cody Dahler, Mike Shephard, and Meryl O'Rourke Producer: Sam Holmes Executive Producer: James Robinson Production Coordinator: Sarah Nicholls Sound Editor: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4 ... Read more

23 Feb 2024

28 MINS

28:35

23 Feb 2024


#203

The News Quiz - 19th January

Andy Zaltzman quizzes news from Swansea this week. Providing all the answers are Lucy Porter, Robin Morgan, Tadiwa Mahlunge, and Ayesha Hazarika. In this episode Andy and the panel have a look at some broken geopolitical New Year's resolutions and how life seemingly both began and is now struggling in Wales. Written by Andy Zaltzman With additional material by: Cody Dahler, Cameron Loxdale, and Callum Jones Producer: Sam Holmes Executive Producer: James Robinson Production Coordinator: Sarah Nicholls Sound Editor: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4 ... Read more

16 Feb 2024

28 MINS

28:49

16 Feb 2024


#202

The News Quiz - 12th January

Topical panel quiz show, taking its questions from the week's news stories ... Read more

09 Feb 2024

28 MINS

28:31

09 Feb 2024


#201

The News Quiz - 5th January

A look back on some of the best bits of News Quizzing from 2023 In this compilation episode Andy Zaltzman casts his satirical eye over the highs and lows of the year, in which the UK managed to hold of a Prime Minister for more than a year (well done us), The Economy moved about as erratically as a paper plane in a snow storm, and there were some events in the Middle East that made doing a light-hearted topical news show a bit of a challenge at times... Hosted and written by Andy Zaltzman. Producer: Sam Holmes Executive Producer: James Robinson Production Coordinator: Jodie Charman A BBC Studios Production ... Read more

02 Feb 2024

28 MINS

28:49

02 Feb 2024


#200

Dead Ringers - 29th December

Jon Culshaw and Jan Ravens join Bill Dare, the long time producer and creator of Dead Ringers, to look back at the last ten years of the programme on Radio 4. Their focus is party leaders – the ones they most want to remember. We’ll hear a selection of the funniest party leader sketches going back to 2014 when Dead Ringers returned to radio and David Cameron vs Ed Miliband was the main show in town. Jon, Jan and Bill will whizz through the next decade giving us a behind the scenes glimpse of how party leaders across the spectrum were portrayed on the show. Produced and created by Bill Dare A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4 ... Read more

26 Jan 2024

28 MINS

28:17

26 Jan 2024


#199

Dead Ringers - 22nd December

Topical satire, featuring all the people you’d least like to have Christmas dinner with. There are debut appearances from Baroness Mone, Katherine Jenkins and the new Doctor Who, Ncuti Gatwa. Sunak and King Charles give their end of year speeches, and there is a surprise guest on Naked Attraction. This episode was written by: Nev Fountain & Tom Jamieson, Laurence Howarth, Ed Amsden & Tom Coles, Edward Tew, Robert Darke, Rachel E Thorn, Joe Topping, Alex Bertullis-Fernandes and Chris Donovan. Performed by Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod, Jan Ravens, Jess Robinson and Duncan Wisbey. Produced and created by Bill Dare A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4 An EcoAudio certified production ... Read more

19 Jan 2024

28 MINS

28:26

19 Jan 2024


#198

Dead Ringers - 15th December

Topical comedy as everyone's favourite impressions show returns... with a festive twist. This episode features the Rwanda migrant crisis, Tory factionalism, Sir Kier Starmer’s latest policy and troubling times for The Wombles. This week's impressionists are Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod, Jan Ravens, Jess Robinson and Duncan Wisbey. This episode was written by: Nev Fountain & Tom Jamieson, Laurence Howarth, Ed Amsden & Tom Coles, Edward Tew, Robert Darke, Peter Tellouche, , Sophie Dickson, Rachel E Thorn and Jo Topping. Sound Design for the series by Rich Evans Produced and created by Bill Dare. ... Read more

12 Jan 2024

28 MINS

28:44

12 Jan 2024


#197

The Now Show - 8th December

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches. Featuring Geoff Norcott looking in the proposal of a Minister for Men, Harriet Kemsley on Kim Jong Un's pleas to North Korea, and an original song from Peter Rugman. The show was written by the cast with additional material from Adrian Gray, Miranda Holms, Rajiv Karia, Cameron Loxdale and Laura Major. Voice Actors: Daniel Barker and Chiara Goldsmith. Producer: Rajiv Karia Production Coordinator: Katie Baum A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4 ... Read more

05 Jan 2024

28 MINS

28:40

05 Jan 2024


#196

The Now Show - 1st December

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches. They're joined by David Eagle unpacking the Advent, Jessica Fostekew looking into the repeal of the New Zealand smoking ban, and an original song from Archie Henderson, performed with Becky CJ. The show was written by the cast with additional material from Alex Garrick-Wright, Jade Gebbie, Rhiannon Shaw, Miranda Holms and Cody Dahler. Voice Actors: Jason Forbes and Lola-Rose Maxwell. Producer: Rajiv Karia Production Coordinator: Katie Baum A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4 ... Read more

29 Dec 2023

28 MINS

28:41

29 Dec 2023


#195

The Now Show - 24th November

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches. They're joined by Ria Lina looking into changes in the NHS, Fin Taylor on the Royals, and with an original song from Ed MacArthur. The show was written by the cast with additional material from Rachel E Thorn, Aidan Fitzmaurice, Joe Bates and Cody Dahler. Voice Actors: Joz Norris and Gemma Arrowsmith. Producer: Rajiv Karia Production Coordinator: Katie Baum A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4 ... Read more

22 Dec 2023

28 MINS

28:31

22 Dec 2023


#194

The Now Show - 17th November

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches. They are joined by Zoe Lyons, with some news of recent rare sightings, Pierre Novellie, exploring the latest in middle class crazes, and Jess Robinson, singing about the real stalwart of 10 Downing Street. The show was written by the cast with additional material from Mike Shephard, Tasha Dhanraj, David Duncan and Cody Dahler. Voice Actors: Jason Forbes & Roisin O'Mahony Producer: Sasha Bobak Production Coordinator: Katie Baum A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4 ... Read more

15 Dec 2023

28 MINS

28:37

15 Dec 2023


#193

The Now Show - 10th November

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches. They are joined by Alasdair Beckett-King who mourns his political heroes, Desiree Burch with a deep dive on fast fashion, and Huge Davies gives us his musical take on why AI might not be so bad after all. The show was written by the cast with additional material from Mike Shephard, Zoe Tomalin, Christina Riggs and Cody Dahler. Voice actors: Daniel Barker & Gemma Arrowsmith Producer: Sasha Bobak Production Coordinator: Katie Baum A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4 ... Read more

08 Dec 2023

28 MINS

28:37

08 Dec 2023


#192

The Now Show - 3rd November

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches. They are joined by Ken Cheng who uses air fryers to help explain his frustration with the housing market, Helen Bauer arguing why school uniforms need to remain affordable, and Rachel Parris gives her musical take on what truly scares us at Halloween. The show was written by the cast with additional material from Cameron Loxdale, Tasha Dhanraj, Jules Garnett and Cody Dahler. Voice actors: Roisin O'Mahony & Ed Jones Producer: Sasha Bobak Production Coordinator: Katie Baum A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4 ... Read more

01 Dec 2023

28 MINS

28:22

01 Dec 2023


#191

The News Quiz - 27th October

Andy Zaltzman quizzes the week's news. Providing the answers, hopefully, are Ian Smith, Ria Lina, Hugo Rifkind, and Robin Morgan In this final episode of the series Andy and the panel discuss some problematic protests, the looming general election, and BRITS IN SPACE! Written by Andy Zaltzman With additional material by Cody Dahler Mike Shephard and Adam Greene Producer: Sam Holmes Executive Producer: Richard Morris Production Co-ordinator: Dan Marchini Sound Editor: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production ... Read more

24 Nov 2023

27 MINS

27:55

24 Nov 2023


#190

The News Quiz - 20th October

Andy Zaltzman quizzes the week's news. Providing the answers, hopefully, are Ian Smith, Lucy Porter, Anushka Asthana, and Simon Evans In this episode Andy and the panel discuss the language of war, our crumbling infrastructure, and massive rats! Written by Andy Zaltzman With additional material by Jade Gebbie, Simon Alcock and Cameron Loxdale Producer: Sam Holmes Executive Producer: James Robinson Production Co-ordinator: Dan Marchini Sound Editor: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production ... Read more

17 Nov 2023

27 MINS

27:47

17 Nov 2023


#189

The News Quiz - 13th October

Andy Zaltzman quizzes the week's news. Providing the answers, hopefully, are, Alex Massie, Simon Evans, Alice Fraser, and Rachel Parris. In this episode Andy and the panel deconstruct a Grey Wall, celebrate some Nobel achievements, and get ready for Halloween with the world's largest pumpkin. Written by Andy Zaltzman With additional material by Peter Tellouche and Cameron Loxdale Producer: Sam Holmes Executive Producer: Pete Strauss Production Co-ordinator: Dan Marchini Sound Editor: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production ... Read more

10 Nov 2023

27 MINS

27:55

10 Nov 2023


#188

The News Quiz - 6th October

Andy Zaltzman quizzes the week's news. With him to find the answers to all our problems Daliso Chaponda, Susie McCabe, Bethany Black, and Hugo Rifkind This week, Andy and the panel discuss the cancellation of the world's most delayed train, a very awkward work event, and the most patient guide dog (such a good boy). Written by Andy Zaltzman With additional material by Alice Fraser Cody Dahler and Caroline Mabey Producer: Sam Holmes Executive Producer: Pete Strauss Production Co-ordinator: Dan Marchini Sound Editor: Giles Aspen A BBC Studios Production ... Read more

03 Nov 2023

27 MINS

27:52

03 Nov 2023


#187

The News Quiz - 29th September

Andy Zaltzman quizzes the week's news. With him to find the answers to all our problems Andrew Doyle, Athena Kugblenu, Felicity Ward and Hugo Rifkind. This week, Andy and the panel discuss Suella's desire to ditch conventions, Sunak laughing all the way to the Rosebank, and the thrills and spills of the Lib Dem conference. Written by Andy Zaltzman With additional material by Alice Fraser Ben Clover Cody Dahler and Miranda Holms Producer: Gwyn Rhys Davies Executive Producer: Richard Morris Production Co-ordinator: Dan Marchini Sound Editor: Giles Aspen A BBC Studios Production ... Read more

27 Oct 2023

27 MINS

27:55

27 Oct 2023


#186

The News Quiz - 22nd September

Andy Zaltzman quizzes the week's news. Providing all the answers Ria Lina, Ayesha Hazarika, Chris McCausland, and Alasdair Beckett-King. In this episode Andy and the panel discuss Rishi rowing back on net zero, Wales slowing down, HS2 grinding to a halt and Starmer's European sojourn. Written by Andy Zaltzman With additional material by Cody Dahler Mike Shephard Rhiannon Shaw and Miranda Holms Producer: Gwyn Rhys Davies Executive Producer: James Robinson Production Co-ordinator: Dan Marchini Sound Editor: Giles Aspen A BBC Studios Production ... Read more

20 Oct 2023

27 MINS

27:36

20 Oct 2023


#185

The News Quiz - 15th September

Lucy Porter, Tom Ballard, Anushka Asthana, and Mark Steel joined Andy Zaltzman to quiz the week's news. In this episode Andy and the panel search for the world's most obvious spy, the world's most awkward train ride, and the UK's worst road. Written by Andy Zaltzman With additional material by Cody Dahler Mike Shephard and Christina Riggs Producer: Sam Holmes Executive Producer: James Robinson Production Co-ordinator: Katie Baum Sound Editor: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production ... Read more

13 Oct 2023

27 MINS

27:55

13 Oct 2023


#184

The News Quiz - 8th September

Andy Zaltzman quizzes the week's news. Providing the answers, hopefully, are, Ian Smith, Lucy Porter, Hugo Rifkind, and Zoe Lyons. In this episode Andy and the panel test the state of schools, the resiliance of a reshuffle, and value of vets. Written by Andy Zaltzman With additional material by Cody Dahler Mike Shepard and Eleri Morgan Producer: Sam Holmes Executive Producer: James Robinson Production Co-ordinator: Dan Marchini Sound Editor: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production ... Read more

06 Oct 2023

27 MINS

27:54

06 Oct 2023


#183

The Naked Week with Andrew Hunter Murray

The sixth of our satirical specials this summer. From The Skewer’s Jon Holmes comes The Naked Week, a fresh way of dressing the week’s news in the altogether and parading it around for everyone to laugh at. Host Andrew Hunter Murray (No Such Thing As A Fish, QI Elf, Private Eye) will strip away the curtain and dive into not only the big stories, but also at the way in which the news is packaged and presented. From award-winning writers and a crack team of contemporary satirists - and recorded in front of a live audience - The Naked Week delivers a (consensual) topical news nude straight to your ears. An unusual production for BBC Radio 4. ... Read more

29 Sep 2023

30 MINS

30:08

29 Sep 2023


#182

Catherine Bohart: TL;DR

The fifth of our satirical specials this summer. Columns. Analysis. The Guardian's Long Read. Who has time? Catherine Bohart, that's who, and she's going beyond the headlines to give you the lowdown on one of the biggest stories of the week, alongside journalist James Ball and roving correspondent Sunil Patel. Catherine has fast become one of the most sought-after comedians in the UK and Ireland. She co-hosted the BBC Sounds Podcast and Radio 4 show You’ll Do and has appeared on multiple radio shows including The Now Show, The News Quiz, Museum of Curiosity and A Good Read. The past twelve months have seen her record her debut special for Amazon Prime Video. She has also made multiple appearances on shows such Mock The Week, Late Night Mash and The News Quiz. Catherine’s other broadcasting credits include Sky1’s A League Of Their Own, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Comedy Central UK’s Roast Battle, ITV2’s The Stand Up Sketch Show, Dave’s Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and BBC2’s Richard Osman’s House Of Games. She was also a regular correspondent on BBC2’s The Mash Report and has written material for BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC2). Written by Madeleine Brettingham, Sarah Campbell, Emma Nagouse and Pravanya Pillay. Produced by Victoria Lloyd. A Mighty Bunny production for BBC Radio 4 ... Read more

22 Sep 2023

28 MINS

28:33

22 Sep 2023


#181

The United Nations of News

The fourth of our satirical specials this summer. Ria Lina heads up a crack team of international comics including: Daliso Chaponda, Heidi Regan, Urooj Ashfaq and Ignacio Lopez to discuss the big stories making the news at home and around the world. You'll get an outsider's view on the news affecting you and also a peek behind the headlines from our comedians' homelands. We show them ours and then they show us theirs. The United Nations of News: proof that comedy really is universal. ... Read more

15 Sep 2023

28 MINS

28:14

15 Sep 2023