Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4

Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4

United Kingdom

Enjoy a satirical take on the week’s news with the cream of UK comedy talent. The News Quiz and The Now Show from BBC Radio 4.

Episodes

The Now Show, 9 December 2016  

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis are joined by Vikki Stone, Ellie Taylor, Luke Kempner and Lucy Porter as they present the week via topical stand-up and sketches This week the team explore the Brexit legal challenge in the Supreme Court, hear Political Panto and take a trip to a cat cafe... Producer: Adnan Ahmed Written by the cast with additional material from Sarah Morgan, Gareth Gwynn, Robin Morgan, Jenny Laville and Becky Channon. BBC Studios Production

The Now Show 2 December 2016  

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis are joined by Nish Kumar, Dane Baptiste, Rachel Parris. Luke Kempner and Jess Ransom to present the news via topical stand up and sketches. This week the team look at Trump, Ed Balls, the current state of Brexit negotiations and UKIP's new leader... Written by the cast with additional material from Sarah Morgan, Jane Lamacraft, Robin Morgan and Sophie Duker. Producer Adnan Ahmed BBC Studios Production Twitter: @bbcnowshow

The Now Show 25 November 2016  

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis are joined by Andy Zaltzman, Mae Martin, Luke Kempner, Freya Parker, Greg Jenner and Adam Kay to present the news via topical stand up and sketches. This week the team explore Black Friday, the autumn statement and consider the lure of Canada... Written by the cast with additional material from Jon Hunter, Liam Beirne, Jenny Laville, Max Davis and Laura Majors. Producer Alexandra Smith BBC Studios Production

The Now Show 18 November 2016  

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis are joined by Andy Zaltzman, Pippa Evans, Tez Ilyas, Gemma Arrowsmith and Matt Burgess to present the news via topical stand up and sketches. Topics this week include the fallout from the US election result, the rise of 'improv politics' and the power of fake news. Written by the cast with additional material from Max Davis, Carrie Quinlan, Robin Morgan and Michael Odewale. Producer Alexandra Smith BBC Studios Production

The Now Show, 11 November 2016  

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis are joined by Sarah Kendall, Ellie Taylor, Luke Kempner, Pippa Evans and Dr Tomila Lankina to present the news via topical stand up and sketches. US election result;, Trump; the soothing powers of the word of the year; Putin; and puppets. Just some of the topics up for discussion in this week's episode. Written by the cast with additional material from Jon Hunter, Jane Lamacraft, Jenny Laville, Robin Morgan and Dan Kiss. Producer Alexandra Smith BBC Studios Production

The Now Show, 4 November 2016  

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis are joined by Andy Zaltzman, Kiri Pritchard McClean, Adam Kay, Gemma Arrowsmith and Xenia Wickett to present the news via topical stand up and sketches. Written by the cast with additional material from Jon Hunter, Liam Beirne, Robin Morgan and Dan Kiss. Producer Alexandra Smith BBC Studios Production

The News Quiz, 28 October 2016  

Susan Calman, Francis Wheen, Mark Steel and Vicki Pepperdine are on the panel joining Miles Jupp for the last in the current series of the long-running satirical quiz of the week's news. Producer: Paul Sheehan. A BBC Studios Production.

The News Quiz, 21 October 2016  

Jeremy Hardy, Chris Addison, Rebecca Front and Zoe Lyons join Chairman Miles Jupp for the latest edition of the long-running satirical quiz of the week's news. Trump/Clinton, The Labour Party and Heathrow are just some of the topics tackled by the panel. Producer: Paul Sheehan. A BBC Studios Production.

The News Quiz, 14 October 2016  

Susan Calman, Sarah Kendall, Francis Wheen and Simon Evans join Chairman Miles Jupp for the latest edition of the long-running satirical quiz of the week's news. Producer: Paul Sheehan. A BBC Studios Production

The News Quiz, 7 October 2016  

Jeremy Hardy, Paul Sinha, Angela Barnes and Dane Baptiste join Miles Jupp.

The News Quiz, 30 September 2016  

Susan Calman, Frankie Boyle, Baron Finkelstein and Angela Barnes join Chairman Miles Jupp to talk about the Labour conference, Trump/Clinton and the exit of Sam Allardyce in the latest edition of the long-running satirical quiz.

The News Quiz, 23 September 2016  

Jeremy Hardy, Rebecca Front, Lucy Porter and Zoe Lyons join Miles Jupp.

The News Quiz, 16 September 2016  

Susan Calman, Hugo Rifkind, Holly Walsh and Andy Hamilton join Chairman Miles Jupp, for the latest edition of the long-running satirical quiz of the week's news.

The News Quiz, 9 September 2016  

Miles Jupp is joined by Jeremy Hardy, Lucy Porter, Andy Hamilton and Kerry Godliman.

The Museum of Curiosity, Episode 6, 2nd Sep 2016  

Craig Brown, critic and satirist, best known for his parodies in Private Eye. In The Independent on Sunday he is Wallace Arnold, he's Bel Littlejohn in The Guardian, and he has a diary in Private Eye under a number of topical guises. As well as writing comedy shows such as Norman Ormal for TV, Craig has a regular column in The Daily Telegraph, and his books include The Little Book of Chaos, The Marsh Marlowe Letters and The Hounding of John Thomas. Katie Birkwood, the rare books and special collections librarian at the Royal College of Physicians, London, where she's worked for three years and recently curated a hugely popular exhibition on the life and book collection of John Dee. Katie regularly contributes to the journal Library & Information History, and has published on topics as diverse as the 16th century manuscripts collector Robert Cotton; the 17th archbishop James Ussher; depictions of venereal disease in early printed books, and the 20th century astronomer Fred Hoyle. George Monbiot, a journalist best known for his environmental activism. His celebrated Guardian columns are syndicated all over the world, and he is the author of the bestselling books Captive State, The Age of Consent, as well as the investigative travel books Poisoned Arrows, Amazon Watershed and No Man's Land. His investigations in Africa, Asia, and the Americas have led to him to be declared persona non grata in seven countries, sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment in Indonesia, shot at, beaten up by military police, shipwrecked and stung into a coma. This week, the Museum’s Guest Committee appreciate a mythical hotel from another age; a book that was stolen from the greatest library of the Tudor age; and the greatest bear that ever lived. The show was researched by Mike Turner and Anne Miller of QI. The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin. It was a BBC Studios Production.

The Museum of Curiosity, Episode 5, 26th Aug 2016  

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Noel Fielding welcome: Dr Janina Ramirez, art historian and TV presenter. Janina is Course Director for the Undergraduate Certificate in History of Art at the University of Oxford. He presenter credits include Treasures of the Anglo-Saxons; The Viking Sagas; Britain’s Most Fragile Treasure; The Private Lives of Medieval Kings. Her latest book is The Private Lives of the Saints: Power, Passion and Politics in Anglo-Saxon England. Peter Frankopan, Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian, and contributed to many TV and Radio documentaries. His latest book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World was named The Daily Telegraph's History Book of the Year 2015. Jenny Colgan, a novelist who writes romantic comedies, sci-fi and children’s books. Her first novel Amanda’s Wedding was published in 1999, and she has written 26 more since then. In 2013 she won the Romantic Novel of the Year award for Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams. Her audio play The Time Reaver – starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate will be released in August 2016. This week, the Museum’s Guest Committee appreciate a medieval polymath nun who created her own language; a collection of food additives from the 1970s; and an infinite number of colours that exist only in the mind and all with the same name. The show was researched by Mike Turner and Anne Miller of QI. The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin. It was a BBC Studios Production.

The Museum of Curiosity, Episode 4, 19th Aug 2016  

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Noel Fielding welcome: Vic Reeves, the comedian, artist and game show host whose credits include Vic Reeves Big Night Out; The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer; Bang, Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased); Catterick; House of Fools; and Shooting Stars. Vic also is the author of Vic Reeve’s Vast Book of World Knowledge and presented Vic Reeves’ Pirates – a six-part documentary on West Country pirates. Dr Tristram Wyatt, Senior Research Associate and Emeritus Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford whose main areas of interest are the evolution of pheromones and animal behaviour. His TEDx talk on the ‘Smelly Mystery of Human Pheromones’ has had over a million views and the transcripts have been translated into 24 languages. Professor Kate Williams, who co-presented BBC Two's Restoration Home, presented Young Victoria for BBC Two commentated for the State Opening of Parliament, the Diamond Jubilee and the Royal Wedding as well as covering the Olympic Opening Ceremony for BBC News. She was the resident historian on Radio 4's The Rest is History with Frank Skinner and is a regular guest panellist on BBC Two's Insert Name Here. This week, the Museum’s Guest Committee appreciate a pale bird that fakes injury to protect its young; a childishly photoshopped picture that fooled Conan Doyle; and a faint smell that may or may not exist, but (if it did) might drive you wild. The show was researched by Mike Turner and Anne Miller of QI. The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin. It was a BBC Studios Production.

FriComedy: The Museum of Curiosity 12th Aug, 2016  

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Noel Fielding welcome the freewheeling superstar Geordie comedian Ross Noble; science journalist and rainforest ecologist Dr Mike Shanahan; and the famous, renowned, celebrated, prominent and popular lexicographer from Countdown, Susie Dent. This week, the Museum’s Guest Committee appreciate the significance of figs; the joys of long-distance football; and thoughts of an 18th Century spy. The show was researched by Mike Turner and Anne Miller of QI. The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin. It was a BBC Studios Production.

FriComedy: The Museum of Curiosity 5th Aug, 2016  

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his new curator Noel Fielding welcome the comedian, actor, writer pub landlady and 2006 runner up for the ‘Scotswoman of the Year’ award Janey Godley; a scientist whose controversial research supports the theory that alien bacteria are constantly bombarding the Earth from outer space, Dr Milton Wainwright; and the author and award-winning man behind mask Number Eight in the iconic heavy metal band Slipknot Corey Taylor, whose list of books includes: You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left. This week, the Museum’s Guest Committee speculate on Dogs From The 1970s; a little CD tray that collects germs from the stratosphere; and the phenomenon of deep fried food. The show was researched by Mike Turner and Anne Miller of QI. The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

FriComedy: The Museum of Curiosity 29th July, 2016  

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his new curator Noel Fielding welcome the Newsjack presenter and half of the double act Gentlemen of Leisure, the writer and comedian Nish Kumar; Professor of Experimental Architecture and TED fellow Rachel Armstrong; and the award winning composer of choral music, stage musicals, film and TV scores, Howard Goodall. This week, the Museum’s Guest Committee speculate on the appeal of a 50 year-old piece of vinyl; a magic spell in a bottle; and an extinct piano with no keys. The show was researched by Mike Turner and Anne Miller of QI. The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin. It was a BBC Studios Production.

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