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Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4

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

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Summer Comedy Festival - Daliso Chaponda

Expect a summer festival with a difference as some of the nation's favourite comics turn curators and host a virtual festival featuring their favourite performers from the worlds of comedy, literature and spoken word. They'll be in control of everything (even the weather) as we're taken along for the ride to not only hear some great performances but also to get an insight into the cultural radars of our celebrity hosts.In episode 3 it's Malawian comedian Daliso Chaponda's turn as host as he wanders round his own fantasy Festival of Protest. Black Lives Matter, Me Too, climate change, cancel culture and social mobility are all explored by Daliso and his passionate guests. Host... Daliso ChapondaGuest... Athena Kugblenu Guest... Scott BennettGuest... Kate LucasGuest... Russell Kane Producer... Carl Cooper Production co-ordinator... Caroline BarlowSound... Chris McLeanThis is a BBC Studios Production

29mins

7 Aug 2020

Rank #1

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NEWS QUIZ: Climate Change, Brexit and Swedish Trotting

Angela Barnes welcomes Helen Lewis, Andy Parsons, Kerry Godliman and Simon Evans.

30mins

8 May 2020

Rank #2

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The Now Show - 13th November 2020

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis give the week's news a shot in the arm in the form of sketches and guest contributions.Sarah Keyworth looks at breakups during lockdown, Darren Harriott sees an FA chairman cross the line; and Beardyman channels 2020...Additional voices from Katie Norris and Josh Berry.Written by the cast, with additional material from Mike Shepherd, Laura Major, Suchandrika Chakrabarti and Simon AlcockProduction Co-Ordinator: Caroline BarlowEngineer and Editor: David ThomasProducer: Adnan AhmedA BBC Studios Production

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13 Nov 2020

Rank #3

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The Now Show - 20th March 2020 - ft Rosie Jones, Andy Zaltzman and Gemma Arrowsmith

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical sketches and chat, we don't have an audience but we do have stand-ups Rosie Jones and Andy Zaltzman (who will probably sit down for this one) and Gemma Arrowsmith. Caution: May contain humorous content about the Coronavirus.Written by the cast, with additional material from Gareth Gwynn, Katie Storey, Charlie Dinkin and Mo Omar.Producer: Julia McKenzieA BBC Studios Production

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20 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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The Now Show - 20th November 2020

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis get to grips (from a safe distance) with all things 2020 in the form of sketches and guest contributions.Felicity Ward takes a trip to a land down under, Lost Voice Guy warms up for Christmas party season and Flo and Joan hear from Dolly Parton on how to get things done...Additional voices from Karen Bartke and George FouracresWritten by the cast, with additional material from Jenny Laville, Toussaint Douglass, Mary O'Connell and Charlie DinkinProduction Co-Ordinator: Caroline BarlowEngineer and Editor: David ThomasProducer: Adnan AhmedA BBC Studios Production

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20 Nov 2020

Rank #5

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The Now Show - 27th March 2020 - ft Ellie Taylor, Kai Samra and Dominic Frisby

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis get to grips with the continuing COVID-19 lock-down and disruption with sketches and guestsWith comedians Ellie Taylor, Kai Samra, and Dominic Frisby.Written by the cast, with additional material from Jenny Laville, Robin Morgan, Hannah Fairweather and Simon AlcockProducer Julia McKenzieA BBC Studios Production

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27 Mar 2020

Rank #6

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The News Quiz - 15th January 2021

This week Andy's guests are Nish Kumar, Felicity Ward, Lucy Porter and Gavin Webster.A titanic clash between Team Lock em Up and Team Lock em Down. In an attempt to distract from the globe's currently lower than average performance, this week's programme features some "future news".Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Max Davis, Alice Fraser, Simon Alcock and Celya AB.Producer: Richard MorrisA BBC Studios Production

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15 Jan 2021

Rank #7

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The Now Show - 27th November 2020

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis get to grips (from a safe distance) with all things 2020 in the form of sketches and guest contributions.This week Catherine Bohart dons The Crown, Eshaan Akbar accepts responsibility and musical duo Harry and Chris take us to church...Additional voices from Emma Sidi and George FouracresWritten by the cast, with additional material from Jeffrey Aidoo, Laura Major, Georgie Flinn, Charlie George and Simon AlcockProduction Co-Ordinator: Caroline BarlowEngineer and Editor: David ThomasProducer: Adnan AhmedA BBC Studios Production

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27 Nov 2020

Rank #8

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NEWS QUIZ: Conspiracies, Weddings, a Long Walk and Some Moos

Angela Barnes welcomes Helen Lewis, Mark Steel, Desiree Burch and Kerry Godliman.

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17 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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The News Quiz - 22nd January 2021

Joining Andy this week are Helen Lewis, Olga Koch, Andrew Maxwell and US stand-up, Hari Kondabolu.It's a Biden Inauguration Special for News Quiz this week as Andy and teams reflect on four years of Trumpism and look ahead to the bulging Biden in-tray. There's also time for a mountaineering news round-up and an appearance from a record-breaking French restaurant.Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Simon Alcock, Madeleine Brettingham, Alice Fraser and Suchandrika Chakrabarti.Producer: Richard MorrisA BBC Studios Production

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22 Jan 2021

Rank #10

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The Now Show - 4th December 2020

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis get to grips (from a safe distance) with all things 2020 in the form of sketches and guest contributions.This week Zoe Lyons is in the woods, Ivo Graham is at your leisure and Huge Davies is rooted to the sofa.Additional voices provided by Luke Kempner and Emma SidiWritten by the cast, with additional material from Gareth Gwynn, Josh Weller, Tania Edwards and Charlie DinkinProduction Co-Ordinator: Caroline BarlowEngineer and Editor: David ThomasProducer: Adnan AhmedA BBC Studios Production

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4 Dec 2020

Rank #11

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The News Quiz - Friday 16th October 2020

A satirical review of the week's news with Andy Zaltzman. This week Andy is joined by an international panel of comedians including regular guest Andrew Maxwell alongside Anuvab Pal from India, Olga Koch from Russia and Alice Fraser from Australia. The panel tackle the global response to COVID-19, the (no) chance of a deal between Britain and the EU and some controversially "boring" Indian cuisine.Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Simon Alcock, Suchandrika Chakrabarti and Mike Shephard.Producer: Richard MorrisA BBC Studios Production

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16 Oct 2020

Rank #12

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NEWS QUIZ: Protests, Social Bubbles and the Smell of Pubs

Angela Barnes welcomes Jen Brister, Sophie Duker, Lucy Porter and Hugo Rifkind.

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5 Jun 2020

Rank #13

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The Now Show - 10th April ft Zoe Lyons, Scott Bennett and Jess Robinson

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis get to grips with the continuing COVID-19 lock-down and disruption with sketches and guests.In the last of the current series, Zoe Lyons tries to gets things done, Scott Bennett speaks to us from his shed, and Jess Robinson invokes her blitz spirit.Also featuring George Fouracres and Gemma Arrowsmith.Song written and arranged by Jess Robinson and Alex Silverman.Written by the cast, with additional material from Catherine Brinkworth, Gareth Gwynn, Alex Kealy and Simon Alcock.Production Co-Ordinator: Caroline BarlowEngineer and Editor: David ThomasProducer: Adnan AhmedA BBC Studios Production

29mins

10 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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The News Quiz - 8th January 2021

This week as 2021 stumbles, blinking into the daylight, Andy is joined by Zoe Lyons, Catherine Bohart, Geoff Norcott and Alun Cochrane. On the agenda, the concept of democracy, lockdowns, schools, and the Oxford comma.Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Alice Fraser, Mike Shephard, Charlie Dinkin and Celya ABProducer: Richard MorrisA BBC Studios Production

28mins

8 Jan 2021

Rank #15

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NEWS QUIZ: Immigration, Bank Holidays and Emojis

Angela Barnes welcomes Darren Harriott, Daniel Finkelstein, Jess Fostekew and Helen Lewis

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22 May 2020

Rank #16

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Dead Ringers - Series 20 Episode 3

As lock down eases the team look at important issues such as the possibility of next wave, the test and trace system, and how one of the most famous scenes in comedy would work in a Covid-secure environment.Starring: Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis MacLeod, Duncan Wisbey and Debra Stephenson.Written by Tom Jamieson and Nev Fountain, Ed Amsden and Tom Coles, Sarah Campbell, James Bugg, Simon Alcock and others.Producer Bill DareA BBC Studios Production

27mins

26 Jun 2020

Rank #17

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The Now Show - 3rd April - ft Geoff Norcott, Robin Morgan and more...

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis get to grips with the continuing COVID-19 lock-down and disruption with sketches and guests.With comedians Geoff Norcott and Robin Morgan plus music from Tim Sutton and Sooz Kempner. Additional voices from Luke Kempner and Gemma Arrowsmith.Written by the cast, with additional material from Mike Shepherd, Laura Major, Donald Alexander and Charlie Dinkin.Producer: Adnan AhmedA BBC Studios Production

28mins

3 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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The Now Show - 6th March - ft Lucy Porter, Darren Harriott and Rachel Parris

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketchesThis week we tackle the news from the UK and look further afield at Super Tuesday – Lucy Porter snoops on her shopping and Darren Harriott explores his environmental credentials.With music from Rachel Parris and additional voices from Joe Barnes…Written by the cast, with additional material from Laura Major, Liam Bierne, Helena Langdon and Charlie DinkinProducer: Adnan AhmedA BBC Studios Production

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6 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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The News Quiz - 12th February 2021

A satirical review of the week's news with Andy Zaltzman and guests Felicity Ward, Anand Menon, Jessica Fostekew and Simon Evans.This week the panel mull over prison sentences for going on holiday, not being allowed to go on holiday in the first place and euphemistic food names.Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Madeleine Brettingham, Max Davis and Alice Fraser.Producer: Richard MorrisA BBC Studios Production

27mins

12 Feb 2021

Rank #20