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

FriComedy:  The News Quiz 13th Jan 2017  

Mark Steel, Michael Deacon, Zoe Lyons and Katy Brand accompany Miles Jupp in his weekly dissection of the news headlines. An American chap called Donald Trump has rather dominated this week's news agenda but that doesn't mean to say that the NHS, Jeremy Corbyn, Martin McGuinness and an intriguing story about Stonehenge don't get a look-in as well. More power to all their elbows! Producer: Richard Morris A BBC Studios Production

FriComedy:  The News Quiz 6th Jan 2017  

New Year, News Quiz. Jeremy Hardy, Danny Finkelstein, Angela Barnes and Andy Parsons join Miles Jupp to scrutinize the goings-on behind the week's headlines. Producer: Richard Morris A BBC Studios Production

Dead Ringers Alternative 2016 Special  

The team look back at the year that never was, imagining what life would be like had Remain won, Trump lost and a host of other events that just might have happened. CAST Jon Culshaw Jan Ravens Debra Stephenson Duncan Wisbey Lewis Macleod WRITTEN BY Tom Jamieson Nev Fountain Ed Amsden Tom Coles Laurence Howarth Max Davis James Bugg Sarah Campbell Jack Bernhardt. PRODUCED AND CREATED BY Bill Dare

Dead Ringers Christmas Special 2016  

It’s rumoured that Adele may attempt to sing a happy song, but there’s no certainty she’ll succeed. Listen out for light-hearted Christmassy versions of your favourite shows from Crimewatch to The Fall. CAST: Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Debra Stephenson, Duncan Wisbey, Lewis Macleod. WRITTEN BY: Tom Jamieson, Nev Fountain, Ed Amsden, Tom Coles, Laurence Howarth, Duncan Wisbey, Max Davis, Laura Major, James Bugg, Sarah Campbell, Jack Bernhardt. PRODUCED AND CREATED BY: Bill Dare. A BBC Studios Production.

The Now Show, 16 December 2016  

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis are joined by James Acaster, Suzi Ruffell, Luke Kempner and Pippa Evans as they present the week via topical stand-up and sketches. This week the team look back at a momentous 2016, and celebrate Christmas with Lindsay Lohan... Written by the cast with additional material from Gabby Hutchinson-Crouch, Gareth Gwynn, Jenny Laville, Robin Morgan and Catherine Bohart. Producer: Adnan Ahmed BBC Studios Production

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.

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