The last couple months the quality of the humor and programming is down significantly. It used to be funny
This was a wonderfully witty show before the pandemic, but now it's forced and wretched. Such a shame - I'm out.
I grew up listening to the News Quiz with Barry Took and Giles Coren in the 1980s and 1990s. It was essential listening. From being a precocious teenager onwards into middle age, it has been a part of my life. The need for a satirical approach to the news, for a more critical interpretation of politician-speak and spin-doctor drivel. Sandi Toksvig was fantastic. Then there were the rotating guest hosts, some better than others of course. Look, I know I’m a privileged middle aged white bloke but... the recent incarnation of the News Quiz is just not that great. There just isn’t the charisma of the guests nor insight into the issues there used to be. But the News Quiz is comparatively light years ahead of the other programmes in the slot. The Now Show is just painfully unfunny and any other comedy shows they add between their runs just shows up how poor BBC Radio comedy is these days. Radio comedy used to be a lifeline during dark days and troubled times. Now it’s mostly an embarrassment of attention seeking shallow wannabe celebs and stand up comedians. Proper satire: we need you now more than ever! Where the heck are you?
I love comedy
With Sandy Toksvig in charge and Jeremy Hardy as one of the guests this used to be comedy gold. Miles Jupp who took over from Sandy always always stiff in his delivery but mildly funny. Angela Barnes just isn't funny at all. The programme isn't helped by the absence of funny guests. Sadly Jeremy Hardy has gone but bring back Andy Hamilton, Sue Perkins, Mark Steel, Susan Calman and Fred MacAulay. Thank goodness I kept some of the older episodes.
Another guest presenter who isn’t funny. Or even decent at allowing others to be.
I am pooped in my pants and my PENIS FELL OFF 😳😫🚫🍆
Good job! Challenging to put together and edit, but very nicely done!
I’m rolling on the floor laughing.
The Now Show is always topical, refreshing and with a unique take on the week’s events. Never fails to make me laugh...or at least smile a lot.
As a US citizen this is my favorite comedy show despite the strange accents and references to Wellies, nappies and more. I am shocked by listeners who gripe. You don’t need to tune in if it disturbs you. Better than any USA shows of the type!
Used to love this show, but quality has dropped. Old episodes, even if no longer topical, are still funnier. Suggestion: make Andrew Maxwell host & invite Mark Steel as a permanent guest.
I used to listen to this religiously. Now its become a left wing religious podcast. There are only so many times you can call people stupid. Its actually very boring to just hear the same views each and every week.
Good, but the background people are very annoying.
Really loving Nish as the host. His laugh is infectious and commentary is great!
A brilliant comedic production with a diverse panel and AWESOME host! Topical, timely and outrageously funny in a nutty time in world history.
Love it! Gimme more!😉
Nish Kumar is by far the worst presenter of the News Quiz ever. The show itself was an absolute weekly requirement but has degenerated into a hit and miss show with more misses than hits. The C list nonentities seem to have taken over. Suggest moving it to 5Live.
Why only once a week? We want more Please
Fun skits and commentary on the news and daily life. Writing & performing is top notch. Going to a BBC show taping is a great experience.
There are funnier shows. Also, S 55 E 6 is just bad.
Political satire and commentary at a level above anything on the continent
Pure Belly Laughs And Brexit !!!
From the USA
I'm an American who uses the News Quiz to take my mind off our own political turmoil. I wish the show was an hour in lengh.
Amazing Friday night comedy, news quiz is always top notch. But please, please no more Lobby Land.
British political commentary/comedy, what more can you ask for! In these crazy times England’s issues translate across the pond!! Update 9/19: so happy the News Quiz is back!!! Other shows on this BBC app are not worth the listen, it should be the News Quiz all the time, 24/7!!!!!
Please no. My 5 stars are back now that Lobbyland is gone (please God for good) and News quiz is back!
The News Quiz (when available) is HYSTERICALLY funny, even for an American. The Now Show, very funny except when they shoehorn in a ‘serious’ segment despite the word ‘comedy’ being right in the title, and Lobby Land? Good idea. DESPERATELY tried to like it, but it’s unlistenable. The fact that the pod is basically batting .333, I’m giving 4 stars for the News Quiz alone.
I’ve been listening for years and typically can’t wait to download the podcasts when they become available on Fridays, but this new series, Lobby Land, is awful.
one star is one too many.
I’m not sure who commissioned this unfunny, poorly performed twaddle but it’s best skipped. The regular shows are far better....
Hilarious podcast miss being in England to hear all of the bbc content
Ah what can we do without Boris? America thanks England for Trump wannabe half human, half golden retriever. Trump is not something you want to aspire to be Boris. Seriously. Throw the poor Sir Kim under the bus. That is so Trump.
I also have major problems with download and it says not available for download - very very annoying ! Needs to be fixed !
Love the shows, when I can get it, but more frequently the pods are not downloadable. Seems to happen most with Dead Ringers.
I have encountered an excessive number of download failures. Sometimes they complete the download and immediately indicate they have not downloaded. This is the only podcast that I have encountered this issue, all other podcasts download correctly. Disappointing since the Dead Ringers is a great show.
Love this show!
The canned laughter gets in the way. Sooooo annoying! And the volumr of it is rwice the volume of the actual show! Ugh! Love Frankie Boyle!
Love the BBC comedy series but for more than a month now, none of the episodes will play after being downloaded. PLEASE FIX!!!
I remember when British comedy was funny. That was before becoming heavily infested by social justice wankers.
My five stars are all for the News Show. Fun and informative, I highly recommend.
Genuinely look forward to the release of this podcast every week. Consistently funny and quick. Miles Jupp is a well-suited host with a fantastic laugh, a great reward for any comedian.
5 stars when the News Quiz, not so many otherwise, spinoff the News Quiz please!!!!
We love the News Quiz! When it goes off the air for a month, we are desperate for good comedy. Sandy was great! Miles is wonderful! Wish new episodes could be available every week. I guess it must be tough to keep the high level of comedy writing going week after week without a break. But it’s also tough to face the weeks without it!
This podcast is one of my favorite weekend things. After a long week of concerning, boring, scary, or depressing news, The News Quiz/The Now Show give the news a much-needed lift. While one can get a bit lost if not steeped in British politics, it’s a great time anyway, much like the US’s “Wait, Wait! Don’t Tell Me!” And Canada’s “Because News”.
...recently it’s become a parade of sad unfunny SJW millennial comics endlessly complaining about the horrible plight of professional white women in western society.
Sorry but it’s really not even a competition
Though I miss Sandy, Miles and the panel are super funny.
Of all of the programs that fall under this title, The News Quiz is probably the most accessible to non-UK audiences. One big annoyances, though, is the terrible audio distortion that happens any time the audience laughs, and they laugh a lot.
I love this podcast but really is the news quiz. I would love to see it back in the lineup.
One of my favorite podcasts now recycling old material from its least successful incarnation - nobody wants to hear imitations of 2016 news that didn’t happen.
Why is this ep not available?
I love this podcast. It's incredibly funny, especially the News Quiz. I've learned a lot about British and Eurozone politics and laugh at the take on U.S. foibles.
The cast can lean extremely tithe left. Not balanced comedians. Perhaps it goes with the job or with the bbc? But sometimes hilarious when not so grudgingly political complaining.
I don't understand what they are talking about but I've been a fan since 8 years ago in the USA :)
This is like Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me in its topics and I like that, but it feels like every answer is in the form of a paragraph and that makes them sound canned and the whole thing a bit too dry.
I love the show! I wish it were the full hour.
I love “The News Quiz” but don’t care for “The Now Show” or the other programs included in this feed. Please consider giving each show its own feed so people can subscribe to the programs they enjoy without wasting space and bandwidth downloading shows they’ll just immediately delete.
Excellent satirical comedy.
I’m American, but I love British comedy. It’s so witty and funny!
There is no better coedy podcast, period.
Funny stuff! I look forward to each Friday's release.
Love listening every week. I look forward to this without fail.
As an American, I love listening in for a dose of amazingly funny updates about British/world politics, always with a great range of comedians and hosts!
Doesn't matter the show on offer -- they are all fantastically funny.
You have to sift through a lot of dirt to find a particle of gold.
Never fails to make me laugh while still offering good commentary on what's happening in the world today
The Now Show and the News Quiz are great! Only took one star off because the other shows sometimes featured are not as good.
look forward to this all week. clever and funny and impossible not to laugh. a great antidote to how desperate most of the news is.
Laughed so hard my stomach hurt! Witty and fast paced. I am from U.S. - nothing here is a match for British humor. A must listen!
BBC leftys run amok.
Contrived premises milked dry. Poor comic timing. Horrible impressions- especially their North American dialects. Seems like a team hired by stuffy executives who don't know what funny is but then, I don't know nor care to learn the backstory. Stop podcasting. You're embarrassing yourselves.
Very hateful and bigoted show appealing only the snuggest of social justice warriors. Goes beyond poking fun with good humor and demonizes the common and popular beliefs of anyone who isn't "progressive".
This show is so utterly irritating now. It's supposed to be comedy but has left that behind along time ago to become a smug-fest of London-leftie-lovies. The worst offender is the regular panelist called Jeremy Hardy will pontificate adenoidally about the latest liberal issue-du-jour by sneering at anyone who may have a different opinion, all the time managing to avoid any humour at all but trying to find anything negative to say about the US possible...this is the way it will go all through. Damned annoying.
Mean spirited, anti-American, ignorant, spiteful and unfunny. Brits pontificating about American politics, of which they know nothing. Let them try to stand on their own two feet without this country. The Queen's Corgis won't even save them.
I only wish it were longer. Very witty, knowledgeable Brits (mostly) though Scot Susan Calman is a standout. They have their finger on the pulse of the latest news and politics on both sides of the pond. Love, love love!
The best way for a casual American viewer of British politics to learn the personalities of British political figures.
This would be my favorite podcast ever, except that the sound mixing is so terrible that I can barely listen to it. If I turn the volume up loud enough to hear the comedians, the audience applause is deafening. There’s no way to listen to it at my desk at work without putting my speaker up to my ear or ticking off my coworkers. It takes five minutes to compress and equalize, BBC, please give this terrific podcast the Mixing 101 it deserves.
Love the 'Now Show' now love this BBC show, too. Some of the jokes and impressions are a stretch for a colonial commoner and I sometimes feel left out while the grown ups have a private joke.( I imagine it would be be same for someone from the UK listening to 'The Capiltol Steps'.) But what fun regardless.
The two post-Brexit shows alone will justify the trouble Brexit causes.
Occasional moments of comedy are obscured by smug Brits attempting to make clever comments about American politics--which they aren't quite clever enough to understand.
the They Hate America Show!
The News Quiz & the Now Show take turns in multi-week seasons. Fortunately both shows are very funny. It helps if you know the very basics of UK politics, but you don't have to be an expert to enjoy it.
The news quiz is wonderful, even since sandy left, but the now show really isn't worth listening to.
This is one of my favourite podcasts but lately whoever uploads the audio file has bolloxed it. Now the podcast has a setting set wrong and it can’t be downloaded because I don’t have 'permission'! Hello BBC! Anyone home?
I'm reminded of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me on NPR.
I subscribe to both this podcast and NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me for the same reason. Both weekly shows offer a comedic take on the week's news and serve the dual purpose of not only testing how closely I've paid attention to current events, but also rewarding me with the wonderfully entertaining hosts and guests and inside jokes that I'll only get if I've "done my homework." I especially love Sandy's news quiz as I love her intelligence and her sense of humor.
Most listeners will not know that two versions of this brilliant show exist:the unedited can be heard live from the bbc 4 site ( I use my streamium at the moment), and the regular is what the podcast subscribers get.unedited is superior.Also, wait wait is not a patch on Sandi and co and the best comedy I heard recently was some tony Hancock redone because the original broadcasts have no known recordings,and the result is brilliant.outside of Spike in anything but especially the Q series,and Python,British comedy is the best; witness the work of Douglas Adams.Do yourself a favor, listen to Brit comedy;it's funny,and BBC 4 the best
I'm an American, yet fancy myself to be a bit of an Anglophile. I loom forward to it every Friday, an even though I'm not the most knowledgeable on UK politics, but I get most of the jokes, on the account that I follow Jeremy Clarkson on twitter:).
It was off for awhile and now it is back. I missed Sandy & her gang of hilarious miscreants and misfits. Funny, smart comedy.
Funny, smart and informative. Manages to make me smile about topics which usually just make me mad.
This is one of the funniest news quiz shows out there. A little bit of the UK every Friday.
Switches off between The News Quiz and The Now Show. I prefer the former, but I'm happy to get the both outside of the UK. Very entertaining, big production value, extremely LOUD fanfare at the start, be warned not to blow speakers.
WHERE'S THIS FRIDAYS ( Aug 9th) NEW QUIZ???? I can't wait until next Fridays episode. I need it NOW!!!!!!!
The News Quiz is hilarious, Sandi Toksvig and her guests always lead a great and entertaining discussion on current events. The Now Show is awful.
I love The News Quiz but I can't stand The Now Show. I really don't see why they need to be same podcast. It can't possibly be so difficult to make them unique podcasts so people who don't want one don't need to waste iPod space storing it.
The News Quiz is brilliant and really makes my day when it shows up in the download queue... But, Friday May 17th, 2013..... no update?
Sandy is the best. Very funny podcast. Can't wait for the next episode.
What is there to say? Whether the Now Show or the News Quiz, it's a fair bet that by the end of each week's episode, I'll be laughing so hard I have to expend real effort not to fall out of my chair.
I love the news quiz and the now show. Chain Reaction is boring.
Please, I know you're trying your best, but is there anyway you could squeeze in MORE canned laughter? There's a lot in your podcast, but it still isn't enough. Thanks, XOXOXO
All the rest are rarely funny or clever. Please give us a year of Sandy et alia More Caitlin Moran! She's wonderful, she plus News Quiz would be glorious . Can't believe that the review displayed only 2 stars when I thought I had put five -5! Again, please have them on year round!!!
The News Quiz please! And nothing but the News Quiz! Sandy & company are a delight'
Not a big fan of the Now Show, but god, I love the news quiz. Sandy Tockszsveg (or however you spell it) is fabulous!
Please please get rid of chain reaction. It's NOT comedy. Give us the News quiz or the Now Show but dump Chain Reaction.
Smart and funny!
This is the second time I have patiently tapped out this review on my I-touch because the first time my finger slipped and everything disappeared , thank you Apple. What I wanted to say is that the Now Show is a feeble student agit prop waste of time that just fills in the bits when Sandy and Jeremy are on holiday. It is beginning to sound as if there are more people in the cast than in the audience. If this bunch of losers is the best the BEEB can do when you have all those talented jokers in your government you should get it written in china where everything else is made. An embarrassing blot on the British comedy scene.
Someone must have accidentaly done something, the podcast tonight is a rerun from the week previous!
Can't get enough of this show.
You just cannot beat British humour.
For the most part, this podcast is good, and usually makes me chuckle. There are times that I do not get some of the humor, but those times are extremely few. There are more times though that make me truly laugh with such force, I get strange looks from family.
This show would be infinitely better if they'd separate the News Quiz and the Now Show. Even as an American I find the News Quiz to be quite funny; much like Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me (no, I don't know which came first.) The Now Show, however, is one of those god-awful, overdone, not particularly funny British sketch comedies with 20 writers that I wish would just go away. I haven't been listening long enough to know how often you get either show but I get ill when my podcast update shows the Now Show instead of the quiz. PLEASE either dump the Now Show or give us the News Quiz ina separate podcast!
Both shows are good but "The News Quiz" is the clear winner. The show is topical and funny as only the British can do it.
Love the show & Sandi T & the gang
In the US we gave a news quiz on PBS called Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. WWDTM was a favorite if mine until I discovered the News Quiz. Keep up the great work please. PS How about no more Xmas specials
Keeps me up to date while entertaining and informative. Excellent delivery. Thanks
Bring back The Now Show please!
The Friday Night Comedy Podcast has three shows in rotation. The one I adore is the News Quiz with Sandi Toksvig and I would give that 5 stars. Toksvig and her guests are so witty, incisive and quick. It's delightful. It's sort of like a British version of "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me", the PRI comedy news quiz show. The Now Show is also very entertaining, featuring news related satire and comedic songs.
The beloved News Quiz is BACK.
What on earth is this 'Chain Reaction' show? It's utter rubbish. I miss the News Quiz and The Now Show. Thank goodness it ends this week. Please don't ever bring it back!
I have listened to and delighted in the News Quiz (and even its poor shadow cousin every Friday night). With the Now Show, that poor cousin, at least I could bear with it knowing the News Quiz would be back. But Now Chain reaction disappoints on every level. Maybe call the title to the podcast Friday Night Boredom? At least give us the Minute Show in it's place, at least something MILDLY amusing.
Please bring back the news quiz & the sandy Gsng..I promise not to even complain about those horrible (comics/loud boors) Sue Perkins & Carrie Quinlan!
Oh bring back the News Quiz to me, to me! What is this Chain Reaction nonsense? If I wanted an interview show I'd download one! At least the Now Show has its moments -- this isn't even the same genre!
Chain Reaction is miles above the abysmal The Now Show, but please bring Sandy back!
Going through withdrawal. Please bring back The News Quiz!
I am missing the News Quiz! Please bring Sandi & Jeremy back...my life without laughter is no life at all.
Now that I'm an expatriate listener it's great to relive the Friday drive home - laughing out loud. I love both shows - keep it up please :)
please, please, please offer the news quiz separately or ditch the now show.
Love the News Quiz, that gets 5 stars. Let's have more of that and less of The Now Show which is not terribly funny.
I've been meaning to brush up on my British politics for my international business and this is an excellent way to get a true reflection of the issues of the day!!! I can't wait to share it with my clients and.....wait, what do you mean it's a political satire?!! Really!!? I thought it was a real news show!!! Anyways, The News Show with Sandy and Jeremy is the best!!! I've become such a a fan I now go online to search for videos of the show and all its stars. As a matter of fact, I think the podcast should be in video form too!! The Now Show is also very funny. Both are the best in comedy iTunes has to offer.
There are few things more entertaining than English wit. Thanks for the chuckles!
Perhaps the quickest wit I've ever heard. Brilliant and LOL funny.
I LOVE this brilliant, witty podcast! I just wish it was longer. No one can do comedy like the Brits!
The News Quiz is literally by far the best podcast ever!!! I always look forward to Fridays with so much anticipation! (A little less while they're on break and the Now Show is running but that one is good as well.) My only wish is that there was a US version but it may not be as good as the original. Maybe same cast just with US headlines.
Love the News Quiz. But please in the name of all that's holy dump the shrill scripted braying of the Now Show. I'd rather hear repeats of Sandi and the gang.
Thanks for posting the march 18 episode. I was beginning to think it was pre-emptied for Libya coverage.
Missing it ... Please upload it!
I have to agree with these rave reviews, even though since I am not British I miss some of the jokes. I really look forward to listening to the podcast. I am a little worried to see this week the podcast is not up right away again ( like last week). Please keep sharing this as a podcast!!!!
I must say, both the news quiz AND the now show are top notch - really terrific. I just want to know why this week's episode isn't up yet...
Please please please! More News Quiz & Now Show - they are brilliant!
Glad the now show is back... it's good to have variety.
Oh no, The Now Show is back.
Can't download Déc. 17th Podcast on iPod touch????
The News Quiz is exceptional and it's depressing when The Now Show returns. It actually makes me sad. Unfortunately, The News Quiz alternates with The Now Show every six weeks or so. TNS is not very good at all. Perhaps it suffers by comparison, but there's something very dated about The Now Show. It's stuck in a stale Footlights / 90's Alt Comedy format and it's all a bit sad. Well past it's Sell By Date. The News Quiz, on the other hand, is classic British satire. Never anything less than smart, sharp and hilarious. Jeremy Hardy is a rare treat. Just stop making The Now Show. It's not good enough.
It is the best humor podcast out there. FYI the news quiz, now show, and that's why they call it the news are rotated as they are not year round productions. I love the alternation and all the shows are awesome.
The show is good but some times they are "stretching" for material. The News Quiz was topical and I found the cast members easy to relate to.
Sandy Toksvig and team are great. The Now Show is terrible. They seem to alternate every 6 weeks.
Like other reviewers, I adore the News Quiz and used to be irritated when it was replaced by the Now Show. But lately it has been laugh-out-loud funny. I recommend both.