Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4

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Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show and Dead Ringers.

Episodios

News Quiz 8th October 2021

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Kerry Godliman, Anand Menon, Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Ola Labib join host Andy Zaltzman to pore over the week's news. This week, they get their teeth into the Tory party conference, the scrapping of the Universal credit uplift in the week it was announced fuel prices could go up by 30%, Facebook's 6hr lost weekend and the Nobel Prizes. The chair's script is written by Andy Zaltzman, with additional material by Alice Fraser, Heidi Regan, Suchandrika Chakrabarti and Tasha Dhanraj. Producer: Gwyn Rhys Davies Production Co-ordinator: Katie Baum Sound Editor: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production.

News Quiz 1st October 2021

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Lucy Porter, Angela Barnes, Alun Cochrane and Matt Forde join host Andy Zaltzman to chew over the week's news. On the menu this week: the fuel crisis, Labour conference, end of the furlough scheme, Amazon's new house robot and the new Bond film. The chair's script is written by Andy Zaltzman, with additional material by Alice Fraser, Max Davis, Tasha Dhanraj and Heidi Regan. It was produced by Sam Michell for BBC Studios.

News Quiz 24th September 2021

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Andy is joined by journalist Hugo Rifkind and comedians Susie McCabe, Ria Lina and Andrew Maxwell to dismantle and discuss the week's news, including the energy crisis, lack of Co2 and Boris's trip to the US. The script is written by host Andy Zaltzman with additional material by Alice Fraser, Mike Shephard, Rajiv Karia and Esther Manito. It is produced by Sam Michell for BBC Studios.

News Quiz 17th September 2021

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Andy Zaltzman is joined by comedians Paul Sinha, Neil Delamere and Zoe Lyons to discuss the week's news, including Boris Johnson's reshuffle, winter covid plans and Emma Raducanu's heroics in New York Hosted and written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material by Alice Fraser, Max Davis, Richard Stott and Rajiv Karia. Producers: Sam Michell and Gwyn Rhys Davies Production Coordinators: Caroline Barlow and Katie Baum Sound Editing: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production.

News Quiz 10th September 2021

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Andy and the team talk tax hikes, the Taliban, Texas, and tennis stars.

News Quiz 3rd September 2021

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Andy Zaltzman is joined by Rachel Fairburn, Hugo Rifkind, Helen Lewis and Ian Smith.

News Quiz 3rd September 2021

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Andy Zaltzman is joined by Rachel Fairburn, Hugo Rifkind, Helen Lewis and Ian Smith.

Party's Over: ep6 Going Green 27th August 2021

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What happens when the Prime Minister suddenly stops being Prime Minister? One day you're the most powerful person in the country, the next you're irrelevant, forced into retirement 30 years ahead of schedule and find yourself asking 'What do I do now?' Miles Jupp stars as Henry Tobin - Britain's shortest serving and least popular post war PM (he managed 8 months). We join Henry soon after his crushing election loss. He’s determined to not let his disastrous defeat be the end of him. Instead Henry's going to get back to the top - he's just not sure how and in what field.. This week Christine encourages Henry to make the most of his green credentials. Henry Tobin... Miles Jupp Christine Tobin... Ingrid Oliver Natalie... Emma Sidi Jones... Justin Edwards Lizzie... Alice Fraser Written by Paul Doolan and Jon Hunter Produced by Richard Morris and Simon Nicholls Production co-ordinator: Caroline Barlow A BBC Studios Production

Party's Over: ep5 The Great Outdoors 20th August 2021

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What happens when the Prime Minister suddenly stops being Prime Minister? One day you're the most powerful person in the country, the next you're irrelevant, forced into retirement 30 years ahead of schedule and find yourself asking 'What do I do now?' Miles Jupp stars as Henry Tobin - Britain's shortest serving and least popular post war PM (he managed 8 months). We join Henry soon after his crushing election loss. He’s determined to not let his disastrous defeat be the end of him. Instead Henry's going to get back to the top - he's just not sure how and in what field.. This week Henry's protection officer, Jones takes him on an ill-advised survival weekend in "the jungle". Henry Tobin... Miles Jupp Christine Tobin... Ingrid Oliver Natalie... Emma Sidi Jones... Justin Edwards Written by Paul Doolan and Jon Hunter Produced by Richard Morris and Simon Nicholls Production co-ordinator: Caroline Barlow A BBC Studios Production

Party's Over: ep4 Parish Council 13th August 2021

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What happens when the Prime Minister suddenly stops being Prime Minister? One day you're the most powerful person in the country, the next you're irrelevant, forced into retirement 30 years ahead of schedule and find yourself asking 'What do I do now?' Miles Jupp stars as Henry Tobin - Britain's shortest serving and least popular post war PM (he managed 8 months). We join Henry soon after his crushing election loss. He’s determined to not let his disastrous defeat be the end of him. Instead Henry's going to get back to the top - he's just not sure how and in what field. This week, Henry meets a local nemesis as he tries to make some home and garden improvements so Christine steps in with a plan. Henry Tobin... Miles Jupp Christine Tobin... Ingrid Oliver Natalie... Emma Sidi Jones... Justin Edwards Albert...Joseph Marcell Written by Paul Doolan and Jon Hunter Produced by Richard Morris and Simon Nicholls Production co-ordinator: Caroline Barlow Sound design: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production

Party's Over: ep3 New Party 6th August 2021

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What happens when the Prime Minister suddenly stops being Prime Minister? One day you're the most powerful person in the country, the next you're irrelevant, forced into retirement 30 years ahead of schedule and find yourself asking 'What do I do now?' Miles Jupp stars as Henry Tobin - Britain's shortest serving and least popular post war PM (he managed 8 months). We join Henry soon after his crushing election loss. He’s determined to not let his disastrous defeat be the end of him. Instead Henry's going to get back to the top - he's just not sure how and in what field.. This week, while standing in as host at a talk radio station, Henry meets Scott Machin who might just have the answers to all his problems. Henry Tobin... Miles Jupp Christine Tobin... Ingrid Oliver Natalie... Emma Sidi Jones... Justin Edwards Scott...Kiell Smith-Bynoe Written by Paul Doolan and Jon Hunter Produced by Richard Morris and Simon Nicholls Production co-ordinator: Caroline Barlow Sound design: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production

Party's Over: ep2 Road Trip 30th July 2021

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What happens when the Prime Minister suddenly stops being Prime Minister? One day you're the most powerful person in the country, the next you're irrelevant, forced into retirement 30 years ahead of schedule and find yourself asking 'What do I do now?' Miles Jupp stars as Henry Tobin - Britain's shortest serving and least popular post war PM (he managed 8 months). We join Henry soon after his crushing election loss. He’s determined to not let his disastrous defeat be the end of him. Instead Henry's going to get back to the top - he's just not sure how and in what field.. This week Henry is reluctantly en route to a wedding while battling to stem some potentially damaging leaks from his former closest aide. Henry Tobin... Miles Jupp Christine Tobin... Ingrid Oliver Natalie... Emma Sidi Jones... Justin Edwards Written by Paul Doolan and Jon Hunter Produced by Richard Morris and Simon Nicholls Production co-ordinator: Caroline Barlow Sound design: Marc Willcox

Party's Over: Pilot 23rd July 2021

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What happens when the Prime Minister suddenly stops being Prime Minister? One day you're the most powerful person in the country, the next you're irrelevant, forced into retirement 30 years ahead of schedule and find yourself asking 'What do I do now?' Miles Jupp stars as Henry Tobin - Britain's shortest serving and least popular post war PM (he managed 8 months). We join Henry soon after his crushing election loss. He’s determined to not let his disastrous defeat be the end of him. Instead Henry's going to get back to the top - he's just not sure how and in what field.. In this first episode of the series, Henry is looking to repair his tattered reputation by getting a publishing deal for his memoirs to set the record straight on his premiership. Written by Paul Doolan and Jon Hunter Henry Tobin... Miles Jupp Christine Tobin... Ingrid Oliver Natalie... Emma Sidi Drew... Kiell Smith-Bynoe Jones... Justin Edwards PJ... Rosie Cavaliero Jack Steele & Tony... Adam Riches Producer Simon Nicholls A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in August 2019.

Dead Ringers, 16th July, 2021

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Includes a look back at events since Sunday’s historic Euros final and an unusual challenge for Ronan Keating. With Jon Culshaw, Lewis Macleod, Jan Ravens, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey Written by Nev Fountain & Tom Jamieson, Laurence Howarth, Ed Amsden & Tom Coles, James Bugg, Simon Alcock, Edward Tew, Jane McCutcheon & Vivienne Riddoch, Sophie Dickson, Jeffrey Aidoo, Rajiv Karia & Tasha Dhanraj Producer: Bill Dare Production Coordinator: Sarah Sharpe A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4

Dead Ringers, 9th July, 2021

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Labour’s Angela Rayner has some unusual items for the team at The Repair Shop, and there’s a unique perspective on Andy Murray’s personal life. With Jon Culshaw, Lewis Macleod, Jan Ravens, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey. Written by:- Nev Fountain & Tom Jamieson, Laurence Howarth, Ed Amsden & Tom Coles, James Bugg, Simon Alcock, Sophie Dickson, and Athena Kugblenu. Producer: Bill Dare Production Coordinator: Sarah Sharpe A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4.

Dead Ringers, Series 21, Episode 4

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Sajid Javid makes his first appearance as Health Minister, Liz Truss has a message for Harry Kane and the real secret of Andy Murray’s success is revealed. The writers were Tom Jamieson and Nev Fountain, Laurence Howarth, Tom Coles and Ed Amsden, Simon Alcock, Jeffrey Aidoo, Sophie Dickson and Duncan Wisbey. Producer: Bill Dare Production Coordinator: Sarah Sharpe A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4.

Dead Ringers, 25th June, 2021

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There’s a surprising new role for Professor Chris Whitty, and Liz Truss is on the verge of her best ever trade deal. Performed by, Jon Culshaw, Lewis Macleod, Jan Ravens, and Duncan Wisbey. The writers were: Nev Fountain & Tom Jamieson, Laurence Howarth, Ed Amsden & Tom Coles, James Bugg, Simon Alcock, Jane McCutcheon & Vivienne Riddoch, Sophie Dickson, & Nastassia Dhanraj. Producer: Bill Dare Production Coordinator: Sarah Sharpe A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4.

Dead Ringers, 18th June, 2021

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The truth behind the summit between presidents Putin and Biden, the true value of Liz Truss’s trade deals, and someone else who’s been tricked by Martin Bashir finally comes forward. The writing squad for the series: Tom Jamieson and Nev Fountain, Laurence Howarth, Tom Coles & Ed Amsden, Jeffrey Aidoo, Simon Alcock, James Bugg, Nastassia Dhanraj , Athena Kugblenu, Sophie Dickson, Becca Bain, Duncan Wisbey, Rajiv Karia, Vivienne Riddoch & Jane Mccutcheon , Edward Tew. Producer: Bill Dare Production Coordinator: Sarah Sharpe A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4.

Dead Ringers 11th June 2021

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Will England come out of lockdown on the 21st of June, how should the last series of Line of Duty have ended, and will Tom Cruise ever finish Mission Impossible 7? The writing squad for the series: Tom Jamieson and Nev Fountain, Laurence Howarth, Tom Coles & Ed Amsden, Jeffrey Aidoo, Simon Alcock, James Bugg, Sarah Campbell, Nastassia Dhanraj , Athena Kugblenu, Sophie Dickson, Rajiv Karia, Vivienne Riddoch & Jane Mccutcheon , Edward Tew. Producer: Bill Dare Production Coordinator: Sarah Sharpe A BBC Studios Production for Radio 4.

The News Quiz - Friday 4th June 2021

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Andy Zaltzman presents a look back at the week's headlines with guests Andrew Maxwell, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Alex Massie and Ria Lina. It's the last episode in the series and Andy FINALLY becomes the first News Quiz host to present the programme from the BBC Test Match Special commentary box at Lords. Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Alice Fraser, Max Davis and Tasha Dhanraj. Producer: Richard Morris Production Coordinator: Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred Sound Editor: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production

The News Quiz - Friday 28th May 2021

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Andy Zaltzman presents a look back at the week's headlines with guests Lucy Porter, Alice Fraser, Hugo Rifkind and Daliso Chaponda. This week a certain select committee hearing and the inaugural FALSE or VERY FALSE round. Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Eleanor Morton, Rajiv Karia and Simon Alcock. Producer: Richard Morris Production Coordinator: Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred Sound Editor: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production

The News Quiz - Friday 21st May 2021

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Andy Zaltzman is joined by Geoff Norcott, Anand Menon, Felicity Ward and Eleanor Tiernan for a look back at the week's headlines Items on this week's agenda include foreign holidays and sheep. Stories range from red to green via amber in terms of national importance. Producer: Richard Morris Production Coordinator: Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred Sound Editor: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production

The News Quiz - Friday 14th May 2021

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Andy Zaltzman presents a look back at the week's headlines with Danny Finkelstein, Zoe Lyons, Catherine Bohart and Darren Harriott. This week, the panel dissect the Queen's Speech, unpick the local election results, and enjoy a rare quickfire round. Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Alice Fraser, Max Davis, Rajiv Karia and Hannah Platt. Producer: Gwyn Rhys Davies Production Coordinator: Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred Sound Editor: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production

The News Quiz - Friday 7th May 2021

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Andy Zaltzman presents a look back at the week's headlines with Paul Sinha, Angela Barnes, Ayesha Hazarika and Ian Smith. This week decorating, vaccinating and electioneering are subject to scrutiny by our teams. Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Alice Fraser, Mike Shephard, Tasha Dhanraj and Ray Badran. Producer: Gwyn Rhys Davies Production Coordinator: Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred Sound Editor: Marc Willcox A BBC Studios Production

The News Quiz - Friday 30th April 2021

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Andy Zaltzman presents a look back at the week's headlines with Simon Evans, Helen Lewis, Elis James and Ria Lina. This week decorating, vaccinating and electioneering are subject to scrutiny by our teams. Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Alice Fraser, Mike Shephard, Tasha Dhanraj and Tom Mayhew. Producer: Richard Morris and Gwyn Rhys Davies A BBC Studios Production

The News Quiz - Friday 23rd April 2021

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Andy Zaltman presents a look back at the week's headlines with panellists Andrew Maxwell, Athena Kugblenu, Anne McElvoy and Chris McCausland. This week super leagues, super texts and a super example of someone being told to get out of a pub. Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Alice Fraser, Mike Shephard, Rajiv Karia and Jenan Younis. Producer: Richard Morris A BBC Studios Production

The News Quiz - Friday 16th April 2021

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Andy Zaltzman squares up to the week's headlines with panellists Hugo Rifkind, Susie McCabe, Daliso Chaponda and Lucy Porter. Panellists lobby for points as they answer questions on the Greensill affair and the theft of a giant rabbit. Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Alice Fraser, Simon Alcock, Tasha Dhanraj and Jenan Younis. Producer: Richard Morris A BBC Studios Production

The Now Show - 9th April ft Ria Lina, Alun Cochrane and Rachel Parris

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This show was recorded on 8th April 2021 Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches in front of a remote audience - and all from their own home! Joining them from a safe distance is Ria Lina and Alun Cochrane with music supplied by Rachel Parris . Voice Actors: Katie Norris and Luke Kempner Producer: Pete Strauss Production Co-Ordinator: Carina Andrews Editor/Engineer: David Thomas BBC Studios Production

The Now Show - 2nd April ft Geoff Norcott, Laura Lexx and Huge Davies

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Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches in front of a remote audience - and all from their own home! Joining them from a safe distance is Geoff Norcott and Laura Lexx with music supplied by Huge Davies . Voice Actors: Emily Lloyd-Saini and Kieran Hodgson Producer: Pete Strauss Production Co-Ordinator: Carina Andrews Editor/Engineer: David Thomas BBC Studios Production

The Now Show - 26th March ft Janine Harouni, Dane Baptiste and Rachel Parris

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Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches in front of a remote audience - and all from their own home! Joining them from a safe distance is Dane Baptiste and Janine Harouni with music supplied by Rachel Parris . Voice Actors: Chiara Goldsmith and Luke Kempner Producer: Pete Strauss Production Co-Ordinator: Sarah Sharpe Editor/Engineer: David Thomas BBC Studios Production

The Now Show - 19th March ft Lucy Porter, Eshaan Akbar and Jess Robinson

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Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches in front of a remote audience - and all from their own home! Joining them from a safe distance is Lucy Porter fighting for our right to protest, Eshaan Akbar analysing our spending habits and a Beyonce inspired song by Jess Robinson and Felix Hagen. Voice Actors: Jason Forbes and Karen Bartke Producer: Pete Strauss Production Co-Ordinator: Carina Andrews Editor/Engineer: David Thomas BBC Studios Production

The Now Show - 12th March ft Daliso Chaponda, Ellie Taylor and Huge Davies

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Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches in front of a remote audience - and all from their own home! Joining them from a safe distance is Ellie Taylor and Daliso Chaponda with music supplied by Huge Davies. Voice Actors: George Fouracres and Gemma Arrowsmith Producer: Pete Strauss Production Co-Ordinator: Carina Andrews Editor/Engineer: David Thomas BBC Studios Production

The Now Show - 5th March ft Zoe Lyons, Chris McCausland, Tim Sutton and Sooz Kempner

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Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches in front of a remote audience - and all from their own home! This week Chris McCausland Musks up, Zoe Lyons takes a dip whilst Tim Sutton and Sooz Kempner go Gaga... Voice Actors: George Fouracres and Karen Bartke Producer: Adnan Ahmed Production Co-Ordinator: Carina Andrews Editor/Engineer: David Thomas BBC Studios Production

The Now Show - 26th February - ft Jess Fostekew, Beardyman and Ken Cheng...

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Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches in front of a remote audience - and all from their own home! In the first show of the new series, they are joined by Jessica Fostekew who relays her time volunteering in a vaccination centre. Ken Cheng talks about his experiences as a Chinese Briton plus music from Beardyman... Voice Actors: Luke Kempner and Gemma Arrowsmith Producer: Adnan Ahmed Production Co-Ordinator: Carina Andrews Editor/Engineer: David Thomas BBC Studios Production

The News Quiz - 19th February 2021

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A satirical review of the week's news with Andy Zaltzman and guests Andrew Maxwell, Ayesha Hazarika, Scott Bennett and Kiri Pritchard-McLean It's the last in the current series and there are pressing issues on the agenda from climate change to the story of an incorrectly measured man. Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Alice Fraser, Simon Alcock and Runi Talwar. Producer: Richard Morris A BBC Studios Production