Comedy of the Week

Comedy of the Week Podcast

Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.

Fortunately... with Fi and Jane
This week on Fortunately, Fi and Jane are joined by Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Krishnan checks in with Fi and Jane after an early morning hosting 5live Breakfast. He talks them through a morning news meeting, confesses why he wouldn't make a good doctor and is subject to a bit of Glover-Tracing. After chatting to Krishnan, Fi and Jane head out to take in the city. They learn about Swedish laundry and there's even a chance encounter with the head of the global 'Up Yours, Corona!' campaign...

Things My Mother Never Told Me (... About Lockdown)
In the first episode of a new series, comedian Sindhu Vee invites guests to talk about their mothers. Guest across the series include Mae Martin, Guz Khan, Tom Allen and Jayde Adams. Lockdown is making us think a lot more about family, and for many people the parent-child relationship has been flipped. With the older generation more vulnerable to Coronavirus, middle-aged children are now worrying about where their parents are, and if they're behaving responsibly. We're telling them not to stay out late, to ...

Things My Mother Never Told Me (... About Lockdown)
In the first episode of a new series, comedian Sindhu Vee invites guests to talk about their mothers. Guest across the series include Mae Martin, Guz Khan, Tom Allen and Jayde Adams. Lockdown is making us think a lot more about family, and for many people the parent-child relationship has been flipped. With the older generation more vulnerable to Coronavirus, middle-aged children are now worrying about where their parents are, and if they're behaving responsibly. We're telling them not to stay out late, to ...


Relativity
Drawing on his own family, the third series of Richard Herring’s comedy drama builds on the warm, lively characters and sharply observed family dynamics of previous series. His affectionate observation of inter generational misunderstanding, sibling sparring and the ties that bind will resonate with anyone who has ever tried to show their dad which remote turns the television on. Amid the comedy, Richard broaches some more serious highs and lows of family life. In this series, he focuses on the roller coa...

ReincarNathan
Nathan Blakely was a popstar. But he was useless, died, and was reincarnated. The comedy about Nathan’s adventures in the afterlife returns for a second series with Daniel Rigby and Diane Morgan, and guest-starring Vicki Pepperdine and Amy-Beth Hayes. In the first episode of the new series, Nathan is brought back to life as a pet cat. But there’s a catch - he has to live in the home of his actual granny. Nathan was a terrible grandson when he was a human. But now he’s a cat, will he learn how to be loyal a...

Dave Podmore's Positive Test
The world has been turned upside down in 2020, but could the dearth of sport offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for cricket's anti-hero Dave Podmore to make big bucks? Pod is in negotiations with the Tokyo Olympics and, after all the efforts to take drugs out of sport, finally there's a chance to take the sport out of drugs. At the same time, can he save the precious jobs of the acting community or, now that we live in the 'new normal', are their valuable jobs as giant sporting mascots gone forever? S...


Tudur Owen: Zoo
Last year Tudur Owen brought us 'Where on Earth is Anglesey?', a Radio 4 series that introduced us to his homeland, Ynys Môn and hinted at the rather unconventional goings-on there. One such eccentric event is the incredible but true story of how he and his family somewhat unwittingly became the owners of what the News of the World would go on to describe as “The Worst Zoo in Britain”. Join Tudur for an engrossing caper about a corrupt animal wrangler, a family on the brink and a climactic wallaby chase ac...

Ellie Taylor's Safe Space
Comedian Ellie Taylor has some opinions she'd like to get off her chest. In this episode she looks at being a parent and whether having kids might have ruined her life. She discusses her views with stand-up, sketches and help from the studio audience and side-kick Robin Morgan. She also welcomes a special expert guest...her Mum. It is produced by Sam Michell and is a BBC Studios Production....

Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme
By Tim Key In the first of a new series of the anarchic comedy, Tim Key plans to recite poetry high above the Norwegian fjords. But his cable car has broken down and, worse, his accountant is on his trail. Key…. Tim Key Lord…. Tom Basden Megan…. Katy Wix Jiffy…. Mike Wozniak Directed by James Robinson A BBC Cymru Wales Production...


Now Wash Your Hands
Comedy corona-cast as Jon Holmes, Jake Yapp, Salma Shah and Natt Tapley drop in on isolated home-bound guests....

Now Wash Your Hands
Comedy corona-cast as Jon Holmes, Jake Yapp, Salma Shah and Natt Tapley drop in on isolated home-bound guests....

Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones!
Milton’s attempt to become an international art dealer leads to a deadly brush with danger. Mention Milton Jones to most people and the first thing they think is "Help!". Each week, Milton and his trusty assistant Anton set out to help people and soon find they're embroiled in a new adventure. Because when you're close to the edge, then Milton can give you a push. "Milton Jones is one of Britain's best gagsmiths with a flair for creating daft yet perfect one-liners" - The Guardian. "King of the surreal o...


Alfie Brown's School Of Wrong
Comedian Alfie Brown finds himself deep in conversation with Marie Le Conte on the subject of British politics and politicians and the inner workings of their meeting rooms, bars and secret nooks. Why do things happen the way they do, and how did we drift to a space where wrong seems right? Producer: Richard Melvin A Dabster production for BBC Radio 4...

Alfie Brown's School Of Wrong
Comedian Alfie Brown finds himself deep in conversation with Marie Le Conte on the subject of British politics and politicians and the inner workings of their meeting rooms, bars and secret nooks. Why do things happen the way they do, and how did we drift to a space where wrong seems right? Producer: Richard Melvin A Dabster production for BBC Radio 4...

Teatime
Comedy by Katherine Jakeways about a chaotic but loving family. Starring Philip Glenister, Samantha Spiro, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Katie Redford and Steven Brandon. In an attempt to prove to Donna - and to himself - that he’s got his life back on track, Joe (Glenister) starts a new business venture, working from home as a Wellness Coach. Two problems: one, he knows nothing about wellness. And two, the home he’s decided to work from is Vicky and Rav’s. Despite their misgivings, Vicky and...


Teatime
Comedy by Katherine Jakeways about a chaotic but loving family. Starring Philip Glenister, Samantha Spiro, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Katie Redford and Steven Brandon. In an attempt to prove to Donna - and to himself - that he’s got his life back on track, Joe (Glenister) starts a new business venture, working from home as a Wellness Coach. Two problems: one, he knows nothing about wellness. And two, the home he’s decided to work from is Vicky and Rav’s. Despite their misgivings, Vicky and...

Mark Watson Talks a Bit About Life
Multi-award winning comedian and author Mark Watson continues his probably doomed quest to make sense of the human experience. He's aided by the sardonic musical brilliance of Flo and Joan, and by a different comedy friend in each programme. This week, it's Lou Sanders. This new series examines the four seasons of the year and the seasons of a human life, as Mark - at the halfway point of his expected lifespan - considers what might come next. In this first programme, Mark and his guests discuss Spring - a ...

Mark Watson Talks a Bit About Life
Multi-award winning comedian and author Mark Watson continues his probably doomed quest to make sense of the human experience. He's aided by the sardonic musical brilliance of Flo and Joan, and by a different comedy friend in each programme. This week, it's Lou Sanders. This new series examines the four seasons of the year and the seasons of a human life, as Mark - at the halfway point of his expected lifespan - considers what might come next. In this first programme, Mark and his guests discuss Spring - a ...


Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian
Stand-up series exploring British Chinese culture from BBC New Comedy Award finalist Ken Cheng. Dave's Joke of the Fringe Winner, Cambridge mathematics dropout and professional poker player Ken Cheng returns with a brand new series in which he’ll explore free speech, social status, racism and money… Producer: Adnan Ahmed Ken Cheng - Chinese Comedian is a BBC Studios Production....

Lucy and Gina's Special Relationship
Comedians Lucy Porter and Gina Yashere are old friends with lots in common. Both in their mid-forties, they grew up in London, they're both still gigging and both broadcast regularly, sometimes with an eye on the news - Gina on The Daily Show in the US, Lucy on Radio 4's The Now Show. But most often their observational material is based on what's going on in their own lives. There are major differences too. Lucy lives in London, a working mother, married, runs comedy gigs for mothers with babies, and is ...

Nature Table
Nature Table is comedian, broadcaster and writer Sue Perkins’ new comedy ‘Show & Tell’ series celebrating the natural world and all it’s funny eccentricities. Taking the simple format of a ‘Show & Tell’, each episode Sue is joined by celebrity guests from the worlds of comedy and natural history. Each of the natural history guests brings an item linked to the wild world to share with the audience, be it an amazing fact or funny personal anecdote. Each item is a springboard for an enlightening and funny dis...


Nature Table
Nature Table is comedian, broadcaster and writer Sue Perkins’ new comedy ‘Show & Tell’ series celebrating the natural world and all it’s funny eccentricities. Taking the simple format of a ‘Show & Tell’, each episode Sue is joined by celebrity guests from the worlds of comedy and natural history. Each of the natural history guests brings an item linked to the wild world to share with the audience, be it an amazing fact or funny personal anecdote. Each item is a springboard for an enlightening and funny dis...

Alex Edelman's Peer Group
Award-winning comedian Alex Edelman discusses the concept of "cool" and what it means today. With help from his "peer group" at the University of West London, Alex examines what is cool, how to be cool, and why it's still important today. Alex Edelman's Peer Group is written and performed by Alex Edelman, with additional material from Alfie Brown, Rebecca Nicholson, David Burstein, Catherine Brinkworth and Kat Sadler. It was produced by Sam Michell. It is a BBC Studios Production....

Roots
New comedy starring Line of Duty's Vicky McClure and the extraordinary talents of the BAFTA Award winning Television Workshop. Roots tells the story of Craig Shields, a rich, successful businessman who decides to go back to where it all began - the Workshop in Nottingham that transformed his life - to help similarly disadvantaged kids make something of their own lives. Two problems - they don't want his help and he's got the wrong keys to unlock their potential. Craig's altruistic homecoming is not what h...


Unite
Part of the Radio 4 Comedy Playhouse season, Unite is a new sitcom starring Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Radio 4 favourite Mark Steel (In Town With Mark Steel, The News Quiz), Mark’s son Elliot Steel (Roast Battles, Comedy Central At The Comedy Store) and rapidly rising comedy star Ivo Graham (Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2019, Have I Got News For You) When Tony (Mark Steel) a working-class, left wing South Londoner, falls in love and moves in with Imogen (Claire Skinner), an upper middle-class p...

The Skewer
A satirical river of sound and a platform for diverse new talent, this is topical satire like you’ve never heard it before. A new open-door comedy for a fresh generation of satirists who don’t write sketches, jokes and one liners, but instead channel their talents into playing around with sound. Following an award-winning pilot and an award nominated Halloween Brexit special, the "disorentating, dizzying, dazzling" Skewer returns for a full series. "A freeform assault on the senses.. deeply haunting..an e...

Rich Hall's (US) Breakdown
Join multi award-winning comedian and US citizen Rich Hall as he takes a look across the pond at the current state of US politics. A combination of stand-up, sketch and interview, Rich Hall's (US) Breakdown broadcasts live from the fictional IBBC network in Washington to the whole of the United States. In this thanksgiving special Rich and his co-host, Nick Doody take a closer look at the impeachment process, hear from some Democratic presidential hopefuls and listen in as Trump pardons a turkey... Writt...


Rich Hall's (US) Breakdown
Join multi award-winning comedian and US citizen Rich Hall as he takes a look across the pond at the current state of US politics. A combination of stand-up, sketch and interview, Rich Hall's (US) Breakdown broadcasts live from the fictional IBBC network in Washington to the whole of the United States. In this thanksgiving special Rich and his co-host, Nick Doody take a closer look at the impeachment process, hear from some Democratic presidential hopefuls and listen in as Trump pardons a turkey... Writt...

Susan Calman Makes Me Happy
Taking part in Strictly Come Dancing made Susan Calman happy. Completely, totally happy. And having lived with anxiety for so long, it was something of a surprise to discover something new that gave her feelings of joy. So, in Susan Calman Makes Me Happy, she explores and explains the other things in life that bring her happiness. This week, aided and abetted by her studio audience and wife Lee, she delves into family. Those you’re related to by blood, those you choose and those that choose you. Produced ...

Daliso Chaponda: Citizen of Nowhere
Malawi's most famous comedian Daliso Chaponda returns for a second series. The UK and Africa have had a long a complicated past. This series looks at the history of this relationship as well as current issues, with Daliso as our relationship guidance counsellor, helping us navigate the rocky historical waters between the two places. Episode 1: Cultural Relativism In this episode, Daliso talks about cultural differences, exploring the complicated topic of cultural relativism and how it is more than just '...


Daliso Chaponda: Citizen of Nowhere
Malawi's most famous comedian Daliso Chaponda returns for a second series. The UK and Africa have had a long a complicated past. This series looks at the history of this relationship as well as current issues, with Daliso as our relationship guidance counsellor, helping us navigate the rocky historical waters between the two places. Episode 1: Cultural Relativism In this episode, Daliso talks about cultural differences, exploring the complicated topic of cultural relativism and how it is more than just '...

Twayna Mayne: Black Woman
Comedian Twayna Mayne's upbringing as a trans-racial adoptee is explored as she searches for her own Black British female identity. Along with stand-up in front of a live audience she chats to other women about their shared experiences, with this episode featuring a contribution from lead singer of the two tone band The Selecter, Pauline Black. Producer: Julia McKenzie A BBC Studios Production...

Little Brexit
Brexit. Brexit. Brexit. The referendum has united this country like never before. Everybody loves Brexit. But how will Brexit affect the ordinary people of Britain? Matt Lucas and David Walliams return for a special episode of their much-loved sketch show Little Britain. Written and performed by Matt Lucas and David Walliams Also starring Tom Baker, Joann Condon, Anthony Head, Ruth Jones and Samantha Power Music by David Arnold. Produced by Ashley Blaker A Pozzitive and Little Britain production for B...


Heidi Regan: Overthinker
Stand-up special from BBC Radio 4 New Comedy Award winner, Heidi Regan, all about overthinking in the modern world. Overthinker was written and performed by Heidi Regan. The script editor was Tom Neenan and the show was produced by Suzy Grant for BBC Studios....

Olga Koch: Fight
In 2014, Olga Koch’s father got stopped by authorities on the Russian border, which resulted in the most surreal year of her family’s life. Olga takes the listener behind the iron curtain, giving us an insight into what it was like to grow up in the newly-formed Russian Federation, how Putin's Russia came about, and why her family now live in exile in Munich. Based on Olga's hit Edinburgh Award-nominated show, Fight is the battle cry for a generation that takes freedom for granted, inspired by a generatio...

Sofie Hagen: How to Love Your Fat
Award-winning author-comedian Sofie Hagen examines society’s relationship with fat people and, with her infectious wit, sets a funny and impassioned agenda for moving beyond mere body positivity to a better world for everyone - fat or not. Fatphobia is one of the last acceptable prejudices in a world that should really know better. Society continues to send poisonous messages about weight and size, causing widespread misery and mental illness, and dangerously skewing the priorities of millions of young peo...


Sofie Hagen: How to Love Your Fat
Award-winning author-comedian Sofie Hagen examines society’s relationship with fat people and, with her infectious wit, sets a funny and impassioned agenda for moving beyond mere body positivity to a better world for everyone - fat or not. Fatphobia is one of the last acceptable prejudices in a world that should really know better. Society continues to send poisonous messages about weight and size, causing widespread misery and mental illness, and dangerously skewing the priorities of millions of young peo...

Between Ourselves with Marian Keyes
Marian Keyes is a publishing sensation - her works of fiction (Rachel's Holiday, The Break and others) have sold in their millions, across the globe. In this new series, Marian reads selections from her non-fiction writing, in conversation with her friend and actor Tara Flynn. This week's theme is Ireland and the Irish. Alongside the craic, Marian reads Passport Out Of Here and Do You Know The Bus Stop In Kilkenny? from her collection Under The Duvet. Presenters: Tara Flynn and Marian Keyes Producer: Stev...

Between Ourselves with Marian Keyes
Marian Keyes is a publishing sensation - her works of fiction (Rachel's Holiday, The Break and others) have sold in their millions, across the globe. In this new series, Marian reads selections from her non-fiction writing, in conversation with her friend and actor Tara Flynn. This week's theme is Ireland and the Irish. Alongside the craic, Marian reads Passport Out Of Here and Do You Know The Bus Stop In Kilkenny? from her collection Under The Duvet. Presenters: Tara Flynn and Marian Keyes Producer: Stev...


Quiz Nite!
A series of comedy plays on a quizzing theme, written by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis. Episode 2. " PTA" Lowfield Primary School is looking for a new organizer for the annual PTA fundraising Quiz. But competition among the parents for this coveted post proves greater than expected... Writers Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis Mr Fielder... Steve Punt Marina... Rosie Cavaliero Joyce... Gbemisola Ilkumelo Mrs Duggan... Selina Griffiths Jerry Halliwell... Hugh Dennis Producer Carl Cooper A BBC Studios Production...

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar
Alexei offers his thoughts on Jeremy Corbyn and the left, laments the decline of small business and explains what the 1997 film Starship Troopers can teach us all. Written by Alexei Sayle Performed by Alexei Sayle Produced by Joe Nunnery Music and Lyrics by Tim Sutton A BBC Studios Production...

Paul Sinha's General Knowledge
Paul Sinha - comedian, lapsed GP, Chaser and genuinely the fourth best quizzer in the United Kingdom - returns to tell you about... well, everything. Paul has already told you about history in the Rose d'Or-winning Paul Sinha's History Revision, as well as Britishness (Paul Sinha's Citizenship Test), Magna Carta (The Sinha Carta), the Olympics (The Sinha Games) and, most importantly, cricket (The Sinha Test). But, as a competitive quizzer, Paul learns fascinating facts all the time. As a curious man, he t...


Phil Ellis Is Trying
When Phil's dad Goodison is discovered not dead but living in Phil's loft, Goodison tries to make amends by taking his son for a much needed holiday to popular holiday camp Mutlins. But are Goodison's motives as honest as they seem? Before long, Johnny and Polly are following Phil and Goodson to Mutlins in a bid to figure out what's really going on. Written by Phil Ellis and Fraser Steele. Starring: Phil Ellis as Phil Johnny Vegas as Johnny Amy Gledhill as Polly Terry Mynott as Bingo caller Derek Levoux ...

Phil Ellis Is Trying
When Phil's dad Goodison is discovered not dead but living in Phil's loft, Goodison tries to make amends by taking his son for a much needed holiday to popular holiday camp Mutlins. But are Goodison's motives as honest as they seem? Before long, Johnny and Polly are following Phil and Goodson to Mutlins in a bid to figure out what's really going on. Written by Phil Ellis and Fraser Steele. Starring: Phil Ellis as Phil Johnny Vegas as Johnny Amy Gledhill as Polly Terry Mynott as Bingo caller Derek Levoux ...

The Tim Vine Chat Show
Recorded earlier this month at the Edinburgh Fringe, Tim Vine and the Great British Public are the stars. Producer: Richard Morris A BBC Studios Production...


Funny From the Fringe - Ep 3
Award-winning Irish comedian, Catherine Bohart takes us on a journey to the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Across the series, Catherine gets amongst it, taking us from the big glitzy theatres to the sweaty underground venues where the best shows you've never heard of perform. This is the full Edinburgh Festival Fringe experience, but in your ears. A BBC Studios Production....

Just a Minute
First in the brand new series. Graham Norton, Zoe Lyons, Jenny Eclair and Paul Merton join Nicholas Parsons for the panel game where the challenge is to speak without repetition, hesitation or deviation. A BBC Studios Production....

Funny From the Fringe - Ep 2
Award-winning comedian Catherine Bohart takes us on a journey to the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Across the series, Catherine gets amongst it, taking us from the big glitzy theatres to the sweaty underground venues where the best shows you've never heard are performed. This is the full Edinburgh Festival Fringe experience, but in your ears. A BBC Studios Production....


BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award: The Final
Host Mark Watson will be joined by an expert panel of judges comprised of stalwarts of the comedy world, including Zoe Lyons, Nina Conti, Simon Evans and Sioned Wiliam, Commissioning Editor for Comedy on Radio 4, as five of the UK's most exciting new comedy acts compete for the coveted title. The winner of this year's competition will take home £1000 and a 15-minute script commission from BBC Studios. Past winners and finalists of the BBC New Comedy Award include Alan Carr, Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Sarah Milli...

Welcome To Wherever You Are
Welcome To Wherever You Are is a truly global stand-up show, in which comedians perform from wherever on the planet they happen to be, via high quality phone lines and internet video, to a live audience in the BBC Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House, London. This week’s show features the best in international stand-up from Argentina, Hungary and Slovenia. Eliana La Casa @elianalacasa is the resident MC of Buenos Aires’ first English language stand-up night and performs for us from Radio Colmena in the hear...


Gaby's Talking Pictures
Gaby Roslin hosts the film quiz featuring impressions by Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona. This week, team captains John Thomson and Ellie Taylor are joined by special guests Amanda Redman and Hugh Dennis. Presenter: Gaby Roslin Team Captains: John Thomson and Ellie Taylor Impressionists: Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona Created by Gaby Roslin Written by Carrie Quinlan and Barney Newman Produced by Gaby Roslin and Barney Newman Executive Producer: Gordon Kennedy Recorded at RADA Studios, London An Abs...

Andy Hamilton Sort of Remembers
A new series of potentially misremembered anecdotes from Andy Hamilton. Over this 4 part series, Andy will be sort of remembering tales about Sport, Class, Religion and Stupidity. Through comic observations and personal anecdotes he will explore each theme, examining how much (or how little) things have changed in the 60ish years he's been on this planet. In this first episode Andy looks at Sport, a subject very close to his heart and something he’ll argue you should try and care about as well – however m...

Darren Harriott: Black Label
Radio 4 showcases fast-rising comedy star Darren Harriott in his debut stand-up series. Recorded in Darren's hometown of Birmingham, Black Label explores the different labels and roles he's been assigned throughout his life - Brummie, gang member, brother and son, bouncer and now comic. Each episode of Black Label consists of incredibly open-hearted stories from the front line of Darren's life - challenging, enlightening and properly funny comedy. In Episode 2 Darren looks back at his time in a teenage ga...


The Pin
The latest series from Ben and Alex, aka "The Pin", is a sketch-sitcom hybrid. The award-winning sketch duo are forced to record their latest series in their flat and the boys are glad of the new creative freedom this opportunity presents, away from the "prying eyes of the BBC". Unfortunately, their creative freedom is short-lived, thanks to numerous intrusions from the boys' unlucky neighbour Maria, Ben's mother and an AirBnB lodger who's in town for a stag party. The Pin At Home is written by Alex Owen a...

Elephant in the Room
Sarah Millican hosts a new panel show using surveys to discover who is the most Average Jolene, and who is the most Maverick Matilda. This week's sparkling panel features Kathy Burke, Liz Carr, Desiree Burch and Tom Allen. Surveys on subjects including childhood, daily rituals and favourite cheese are the basis for Sarah's questions to the panellists, discovering who is the closest to, and furthest from, the average. Surprising quirks, hilarious insights and unexpected anecdotes are revealed along the way....

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme
John Finnemore returns to Radio 4 with an eighth series of his multi-award-winning sketch show, joined by his regular ensemble cast of Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan. This episode, contains some handy mnemonics, an unilluminating interview, and a de-illuminating editor's note. Support for John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme comes from all the usual companies who support podcasts. John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme was described by The Radio Times as "the best sketch sh...


The East Coast Listening Post
American reporters and sisters, Jenna and Dana Johnson, return to the UK to investigate the people of Great Britain. This week Jenna and Dana meet Rhodri Williams from the village of Tregafr, who is defending his right to take part in an ancient Welsh tradition known as Ras y Benglog or The Skull Run. The East Coast Listening Post was written and performed by Celeste Dring and Freya Parker, with performances from David Elms and Steffan Rhodri. The original score was composed by Owain Roberts. The script ed...

V.I.P. R.I.P.
Jo Brand hosts the show looking back on all those VIPs who are RIP this week, such as film producer Chip Brockleman, Instagram star Olivia Eating, South African cricketer Janco Van Wijk and sex researcher Virginia Dunt. VIP RIP is voiced by Jan Ravens, Emma Sidi, Vivienne Acheampong, Daniel Maier, George Fouracres, Michael Bertenshaw and Anil Desai. It is written by Max Davis, Catherine Brinkworth, Kat Sadler, Madeleine Brettingham and James Kettle. Producer, Sam Michell A BBC Studios Production...

Suggs: Love Letters to London
A side of London you’ve never heard before, seen through the eyes of a national treasure. In this opening episode, Suggs gives us his unique view of Spittalfields and Shoreditch - or, as he likes to call it, the Liberty of Norton Folgate. With a couple of songs, a few surprising stories and a loving view of one of most vibrant cities on the planet. Performed by Suggs Written by Suggs with Owen Lewis Directed by Owen Lewis Musical Director: Owen Parker Executive Producer: Richard Melvin A Dabster productio...


Phil Wang: Wangsplaining
The UK is more divided than ever, and no one seems able to agree on anything. What’s needed is a little outside perspective. Enter: Phil Wang – a caustic British-Malaysian comedian who grew up on the island of Borneo. A centrist with a heart; an artist with an engineering degree. In this pilot episode, Phil turns his attention to the British Empire - was British colonialism really one big crime? Modern liberalism would say so, but Phil’s Dad sure misses those prompt British buses. Written by and starring...

Ed Reardon's Week
Comedy series written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds. Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email, attempts to survive in a world where the media seems to be run by idiots and lying charlatans. In the first episode of this new series, Ed and Elgar return to London (from their failed jaunt living in a shepherd's hut in the country) destitute and on the lookout for a new roof over their respective heads. Could a carrier bag filled with wooden spoons be...

When Jeremy Hardy Spoke to the Nation
The first part of a two-part look back at one of Radio 4’s best-loved comedians. You can hear episode two on BBC Sounds from Thursday 23rd May. Not quite a biography, not quite a documentary, these programmes celebrate Jeremy Hardy’s Radio 4 life, with material from his very first appearances in stand-up shows in the mid-1980s, via his own early sitcom At Home With The Hardys, and right through to his glorious appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue – as well as the very best of the ten...


Suzi Ruffell: Postcards to Portsmouth
Stand-up special from Suzi Ruffell about growing up in Portsmouth and sending postcards to back home. Through sharp storytelling and real-life examples, Suzi introduces the audience to her large and entertaining Portsmouth family. Postcards to Portsmouth was written and performed by Suzi Ruffell, with additions from Ann Ruffell. It was produced by Suzy Grant and is a BBC Studios production....

Hugo Rifkind's Search For Power
Who, in modern Britain, has power? That's the question Hugo Rifkind asks in this new series of stand-up journalism. Each week, Hugo looks at a group of people generally considered powerful, and examines what they actually can and can't do. Hugo ought to know about power. Born into a political family, he attended Cambridge and has spent 18 years writing for The Times. During that period, he has met prime ministers, royalty, Eurocrats, lawyers, judges, celebrities, billionaires and, of course, other members ...


Simon Evans Goes to Market - Adam Smith
Radio 4's premier comedy-economics hybrid is five series old and the time is right to take a step back, and perhaps two steps up, and tackle the big, competing theories of Macro Economics. These are little short of religions to their proponents, and the figures who devised them dominate the intellectual landscape in a way that mere politicians can only dream of. These are the Big Beards, the Glinting Eyes, the Bristling Moustaches and Eyebrows of "Worldly Philosophy" and their insights, calculations and hal...

Fred at The Stand
Fred MacAulay is back at The Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow doing what he does best - making people laugh. This new series brings another selection of some of the best of stand-up comedians working in the UK right now. Some you’ll know and some you won’t - yet. In this first episode, Fred introduces the incredible Ria Lina who celebrates her favourite child with her unique parenting style, the challenging Eshaan Akbar sees through thinly-veiled racism on public transport, the self-confessed underdressed Sus...

The Skewer (Extended Mix)
An extended mix of the brand new open-door topical show from the mind of broadcaster, producer and audio-fiddler Jon Holmes of Listen Against and The Now Show - with digital consultancy and audio support from the Technical Director of the relaunched Radiophonic Workshop. It’s also a radio comedy access point for a new generation of satirists who don’t write sketches, jokes and one liners, but instead channel their talents into playing around with sound. Sketch-writing has long been the way into radio comed...


Ability
Matt is 25. He has cerebral palsy and can only speak via an app on his iPad. Everyone who cares about Matt knows that this isn't the defining thing about him. He is funny and clever and "up for stuff" - partly because he is keen to show that there's nothing he can't do, but also because, if he's honest, he's aware that he's less likely than other people to get the blame. In this second series of the award nominated comedy, Matt is still sharing a flat with his best mate, Jess. He is still in love with her ...

Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off... Article 50
He’s back! Marcus Brigstocke stars as Budleigh Salterton’s biggest idiot, come to help us over the cliff-edge in a show that - in a tribute to Brexit – will still be being put together right up to the last minute. It's misery chez the Wemmbley Hogg household. Since Giles's mother - Mums - and his father - Peter Wemmbley Hogg, same spelling - voted on opposite sides of the Brexit coin, nobody is speaking to each other anymore and Giles isn't even allowed to use the word "chez”. So, if - like Giles - you're...

Date Night
Semi-improvised comedy show written and performed by Marc Wootton with Catherine Tate, Monica Dolan, Katherine Parkinson, Hammed Animashaun, Ellie White and Jamie Demetriou. Together they portray a series of couples all embracing the modern phenomenon of date night. DATE NIGHT, noun: A pre-arranged occasion when a couple who have been together for a long time commit to a regular night out in order to keep their relationship alive. The series follows a collection of couples who are desperately trying to ke...


The Wilsons Save The World
Mike Wilson has some key loves in his life – his sourdough starter, his wife and children (obviously), but also the cult rock group of his formative years - The Smiths. Jangly and heartfelt it’s perfect music for the tortured soul; albeit one with a comfortable and privileged life. Until that is, Cat comes crashing in with her questions. Are some of Morrissey’s more recent statements problematic and if so, can we separate the arts from the artist? What else can’t we enjoy anymore? A rummage through his pare...

Just a Minute
Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Josh Widdicombe and Julian Clary join Nicholas Parsons for the panel game where the challenge is to speak without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Produced by Matt Stronge. A BBC Studios Production....

Alexei Sayle's The Absence of Normal
Episode 1: The Only Man Stalin Was Afraid Of Alexei Sayle’s The Absence of Normal is a series of dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle and adapted from his original short stories. The Only Man Stalin Was Afraid Of finds one of the world’s most murderous dictators in desperate need of help from an old friend. Starring Peter Capaldi, Freya Parker and Peter Serafinowicz Written and adapted for radio by Alexei Sayle Produced by Joe Nunnery A BBC Studios Production...


The World of Simon Rich
Celebrated American humourist Simon Rich returns with more of his enchanting tales of the absurd. Performed in London by a top-drawer cast of comic talent including Robert Webb, Cariad Lloyd, Jamie Demetriou, Lewis Macleod and Freya Parker. Produced by Jon Harvey A Hat Trick production for BBC Radio 4...

Small Scenes
Award-winning sketch series starring Daniel Rigby, Mike Wozniak, Cariad Lloyd, Henry Paker and Freya Parker. Featuring more overblown, melodramatic scenes from modern life, including a visit to the first ever Crufts for Cats and a terrifying reminder as to why you should never try and cancel your membership of The National Trust. Producer...Simon Mayhew-Archer A BBC Studios production...

Life on Egg
When an oil field is discovered in the sea near The Egg, the team are excited about the riches that could soon come their way. But their excitement is short-lived when they discover this oil field could actually threaten the very existence of The Egg itself. It'll take all of Harry, Anne and Peter's wit, courage and determination to extricate themselves from this sticky situation. It might also take a guillemot or two. Starring: Harry Hill as Governor Harry Karen Bartke as Anne Marek Larwood as Peter Gyles...


ReincarNathan
Nathan Blakely was a popstar, Until he died and was reincarnated as a snail. Will he ever make it back to human again? It's Quantum Leap meets Planet Earth meets an idiot. Daniel Rigby, Diane Morgan and Josh Widdicombe star in this new comedy series about the afterlife. A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4 Diane Morgan - Jenny Daniel Rigby - Nathan Tom Craine - Tim from next door Henry Paker - Denis and Waiter Freya Parker - Susan, Conchita, Dying Snail Josh Widdicombe - Bert Writers: Tom Craine and ...

Prepper
Comedy with Sue Johnston and Pearl Mackie. Trump. ISIS. The Courgette Crisis. Signs of civilisation’s fragility are all around. No wonder the Doomsday Clock just nudged closer to midnight. In this fearscape, more and more ordinary people are wondering how they’d cope if everything we take for granted (law and order, access to healthcare, iceberg lettuces in Sainsburys) was taken away. Preppers - a large and rapidly growing global community - have taken this thought one step further. They’re actively skil...

Mark Steel's In Town
Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 with the ninth series of his award-winning show that travels around the country visiting towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness. After thoroughly researching each town, Mark writes and performs a bespoke evening of comedy for the local residents. In the first episode Mark visits Hastings. Hastings is mainly known for its famous battle, but they don't like to go on about that. Apart from over seventy businesses with 1066 in the title, you hardly see it mentione...


Love in Recovery
Comedy drama set in AA starring Sue Johnston, Rebecca Front, John Hannah, Paul Kaye and Johnny Vegas. Written by Pete Jackson, based on his own road to recovery....

Angela Barnes: You Can't Take It With You
Award-winning comedian and super-sharp everywoman Angela Barnes tackles life and love and, with the help of the audience, packs herself a fantasy coffin. In part tribute to Angela's beloved late father - a larger than life gregarious character, he was a sex shop manager, naturist, and a big fan of caravans and pranks - Angela celebrates his carpe diem approach to life, and his motto "You Can't Take It With You". When her father died very suddenly in 2008, Angela and her family proved him wrong and stuffed h...

Party
Writer Tom Basden reunites the cast of this critically acclaimed Radio 4 series six years on as the group of aspiring political agitators once again apply their small minds to big problems. This Christmas one-off special sees the team reunite one last time to take on Donald Trump. Starring Tom Basden...Simon Anna Crilly...Mel Tim Key...Duncan Jonny Sweet...Jared Katy Wix...Phoebe Producer...Julia McKenzie A BBC Studios Production...


The Tim Vine Chat Show Christmas Special 2018
Tim Vine hears the Christmas stories of the British public and offers up a sack full of seasonal one-liners, definitely not traditional songs and fiendishly silly seasonal games. Featuring a seasonal lawn-mowing song and a man who lost his Christmas dinner. Producer: Richard Morris A BBC Studios Production...

The Damien Slash Mixtape
Multi-character YouTube star Damien Slash makes the move from online to Radio 4, in this new fast-paced, one-man sketch comedy show. From the surreal to the satirical, from the zeitgeist to the absurd, Damien serves up a range of high octane characters, all from his own voice. Adverts, actors, hipsters, trolls - no aspect of modern life is left un-skewered. Written by and starring Damien Slash (aka Daniel Barker). Guest starring Natasia Demetriou Production coordinated by Hayley Sterling Produced by Matt S...

Tudur Owen - Where on Earth is Anglesey?
What do CenterParcs, Sky Sports and The Royal Horticultural Society all have in common? They’ve all accidentally omitted Anglesey from their official maps of the UK in the recent past. It seems that despite being the largest island in the Irish Sea and the largest island of Wales, Anglesey remains a mystery to most and so one man is going to have to work his socks off to put it firmly back on the map. Hosted by Wales and Anglesey’s very own favourite stand-up, Tudur Owen, this programme is one man’s missi...


Alex Edelman's Peer Group
Nominated for this year’s main Edinburgh Comedy Award, and winner of the Newcomer in 2014, American comedian Alex Edelman is back for a second series of his show PEER GROUP in which he takes a comic look at what it’s like being a millennial today. The first episode is all about his relationship with materialism and what millennials actually want to own, apart from - obviously - a house. He looks at how the internet has changed people's perceptions of owning things, and what things actually mean anything to...

The Cold Swedish Winter: Childhood
The fourth series of the comedy following the fortunes of a British comic who has married into a Swedish family and is building a new life in Scandinavia. The series is set and recorded on location in Sweden, written Danny Robins (co-creator and writer of the Lenny Henry comedy Rudy’s Rare Records), and stars Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning comedian Adam Riches along with a cast of Sweden’s most popular TV comedy actors. We catch up with Geoff (Adam Riches) and Linda (Sissela Benn) as the generous period of ...

Ankle Tag
The Evans family are back for another series. Former convict Bob is forced to live with his uptight son Gruff, sympathetic daughter-in-law Alice and granddaughter Carys whilst on parole. Ex-fraudster Bob gets the opportunity to catch up with a former resident of C Wing, who has written about his time in prison. Bob – Steve Speirs Gruff – Elis James Alice – Katy Wix Richard Flint – Neil Pearson Tabitha – Adelayo Adedayo Hakan – Naz Osmanoglu Pam - Anna Brophy Leon Written by Benjamin Partridge & Gareth ...


Joy
New sitcom starring Jocelyn Jee Esien about the world of a youth group leader called ‘Joy’. Joy was written by Jocelyn Jee Esien and Bola Agbaje, the script editors were Sarah Campbell and Laura Major. The performers were Nicholas Bailey, Nimisha Odedra, Vivienne Acheampong and Nathan Bryon. Producer, Suzy Grant A BBC Studios production...

Britain in Bits with Ross Noble
Ross Noble presents his surreal magazine show featuring celebrity guests and stories from around Britain - the best bits, the worst bits, the fascinating bits and the downright strange bits. Ross is joined in the studio by presenter, author and actress Fern Britton while Piers reports on the new musical about to make a splash in the West End - Boulangerie du Honte, a prequel to Les Miserables. We also hear about the rise in pickpockets and how we can protect ourselves, and an amazing story about an unlikel...

Mark Watson Talks A Bit About Life
This episode was first broadcast in 2016. Multi-award winning Mark Watson is assisted and impeded in equal measure by henchmen Sam Simmons and Will Adamsdale, as he revives his quest to make some sort of sense of life against the backdrop of a world that, in recent times, has come to seem even more peculiar than usual. The tenacious trio take on some of human life's central topics - family, spirituality, Scandinavia. Watson peddles his unique, high-octane stand-up while Simmons and Adamsdale chip in with...