• What with the whole world grinding to a viral halt and everything, this special series of essays and diary entries is recorded at the Sussex home of the world-renowned storyteller.

    In 2021, it's 25 years since David Sedaris first shared his very particular world view with the listeners to BBC Radio 4, having brought us The SantaLand Diaries back in 1996. In this eighth series of Meet David Sedaris, he continues to entertain with sardonic wit and incisive social critiques.

    David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humour writers and, in 2019, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that he's a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

    Sedaris's first book, Barrel Fever (1994), which included The SantaLand Diaries, was a critical and commercial success, as were his follow-up efforts, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997) and Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000). He became known for his bitingly funny recollections of his youth, family life and travels, making semi-celebrities out of his parents and siblings.

    David Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His latest international best-selling books include a collection of stories entitled Calypso, an edited selection of diary entries Theft By Finding, and a 'greatest hits' selection called The Best Of Me.

    Producer: Steve Doherty
    A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4

  • In their previous BBC Radio 4 series, Empire-ical Evidence, comedians Andy Zaltzman and Anuvab Pal travelled to each other’s home cities and walked around, taking in the sights and sounds and taste and feel of the bustling metropoli of London and Kolkata, before performing stand-up in crowded rooms full of people laughing loudly and maybe even sharing snacks.

    In Future Empire-fect, their new series recorded in March 2021, they won’t be doing that.

    What they will be doing is looking at the future of the relationship between Britain and India in fields such as politics, medicine, cricket, culture, cricket, trade, hospitality and cricket. In this first episode, they take in the pharmaceutical industry, business, trade and politics, and how the two nations plan to work together - or not.

    Praise for Empire-ical Evidence:
    "Surprisingly successful as both entertainment and education." The Telegraph
    "I was intrigued by Andy Zaltzman and Anuvab Pal's ambition and then surprised to find myself chuckling at their chutzpah." The Spectator

    Writer/Perfomer: Andy Zaltzman
    Writer/Perfomer: Anuvab Pal

    Producer: Ed Morrish

    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

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  • Want to know what's really happening in a post Brexit Northern Ireland? Join comedian and presenter Patrick Kielty as he talks to the nation from his hometown of Dundrum, County Down, near the land border with the EU and overlooking the new 'Irish Sea Border'.

    From pre ceasefire to post Brexit, Paddy shares his Northern Ireland experiences and is joined by a (virtual) Northern Irish audience, who have lived through the same, as he sends a postcard from the edge of the Union.

    Recorded remotely in front of a virtual, Northern Irish audience.

    Written and performed by Patrick Kielty.
    Additional material by Lee Stuart Evans and Jon Hunter.

    Produced by Claire Jones.
    Executive Producer: Stephen Stewart.
    Production Coordinator: Tamara Shilham.
    Sound Designer: David Thomas.

    A Green Inc production for BBC Radio 4

  • BBC New Comedy Award winner Stephen Buchanan's debut stand up show for BBC Radio 4.

    In Talking Shop, Stephen outlines his chequered work history from shop worker to human ping pong ball. At home Stephen lives with his mum and a Vietnamese refugee Dove. Can Stephen help Dove onto the career ladder and can they both move up in the world?

    Stephen Buchanan - Talking Shop encapsulates the trials and tribulations of his life so far, alongside the true story of Stephen and Dove's developing friendship - all of which have led to this very moment: Stephen's debut Radio 4 special.

    Written and Performed by Stephen Buchanan.
    Producer: Adnan Ahmed

    A BBC Studios Production