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Comedy of the Week

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

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

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HILARIOUS material from all over the world.

By Domic57 - Jan 11 2020
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Voices I’d not heard and points of view I’d not considered, all rendered histerically.

Intros

By taptwodogs - Sep 23 2019
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Hate the 30 or 60 second intros that try to tempt listeners to download other podcasts.

iTunes Ratings

291 Ratings
Average Ratings
170
65
21
13
22

HILARIOUS material from all over the world.

By Domic57 - Jan 11 2020
Read more
Voices I’d not heard and points of view I’d not considered, all rendered histerically.

Intros

By taptwodogs - Sep 23 2019
Read more
Hate the 30 or 60 second intros that try to tempt listeners to download other podcasts.
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Comedy of the Week

Latest release on Jul 06, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail about 1 month ago

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Rank #1: Dave Podmore's Positive Test

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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?

Starring Christopher Douglas, Andrew Nickolds, Nicola Sanderson and Lewis Macleod
Written by Christopher Douglas, Andrew Nickolds and Nick Newman
Produced by Jon Harvey
Executive Producer: Richard Wilson
A Naked production for BBC Radio 4

Jul 06 2020

29mins

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Rank #2: Tudur Owen: Zoo

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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 across the Menai Strait.

All the events in this story are almost true.

Written and performed by Tudur Owen
Script Editor: Gareth Gwynn
Additional voices: Lisa-Jên Brown and Fergus Craig

Sound Engineering and Design by David Thomas
Producer: Richard Morris
A BBC Studios Production

Jun 29 2020

29mins

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Rank #3: Michael Spicer: Before Next Door

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What happens when a socially awkward and neurotic part-time comedian becomes a global internet sensation? Michael Spicer: Before Next Door charts Michael's real-life progress - sort of - as his Room Next Door videos amass tens of millions of views online and win him acclaim for his comedy, at last.

But how will Michael cope?

Will this married father of two ever be able to quit his day job as a copywriter for a kitchen worktop company? Why is the broadcaster Peter Curran in his house? And could hang-gliding with BBC Radio 5Live presenter Emma Barnett be a way to advance his career?

After 20 years of making comedy under the radar, Michael is now on the cusp of leaving the office behind and - with the help of his wife Roberta - making a living out of being funny. But will an ordinary person like Michael be able to successfully navigate the unpredictable road to fame? Well, probably not, no.

Performers: Michael Spicer with Ellie Taylor, Joanna Neary, Peter Curran and Emma Barnett.

Writer: Michael Spicer
Producer: Matt Tiller

TalkRadio interview with Boris Johnson from TalkRadio / News Licensing.

A Starstruck production for BBC Radio 4

Jun 22 2020

29mins

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Rank #4: Little Lifetimes

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A return of Jenny Eclair's comic monologues performed by leading actresses.
A divorcee feels liberated after years of marriage, but a family dinner to celebrate her son's engagement and a meeting with her ex-husband's new girlfriend causes her to take a step she never imagined.

Written by Jenny Eclair
Read by Pauline McLynn

Producer, Sally Avens

Jun 15 2020

15mins

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Rank #5: Introducing You'll Do

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Comedians and real-life couple Catherine Bohart and Sarah Keyworth bring highlights from their podcast that asks what makes relationships work. Forget the idealised romance of Hollywood movies, relationships are complex and unpredictable. And someone they're just really, really hard. You'll Do celebrates the nitty gritty, the ups and the downs, and the peculiarities of building a life with other people. Subscribe now and discover how the likes of Nish Kumar, Deborah Frances-White, Joe Lycett and Jayde Adams continue to say yeah... you'll do. A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4.

Jun 10 2020

9mins

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Rank #6: What's Funny About... Absolutely Fabulous

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TV veterans Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman talk to the writers, producers, and performers behind Britain’s biggest TV comedy hits, and hear the inside story of how they brought their programmes to the screen. In this episode, Peter and Jon talk to Jennifer Saunders about her BAFTA and Emmy award winning hit Absolutely Fabulous. They discuss the inspiration for Edina Monsoon, why recordings of the show were always finished by 930pm (clue: the BBC bar closed at 10), and what might charitably be described as Jennifer’s “last minute” approach to script delivery! With Peter and Jon as our guides, we’ll take the opportunity to ask quite how our guests went about making a great bit of TV comedy? Who came up with it? How did it get written? We’ll talk about the commissioning, the casting, and the reception the show received when it first aired. We’ll do our very best to winkle out some backstage secrets straight from the horse’s mouth, as we hear the unvarnished truth from the people who were there, and who put these iconic shows on the telly. Original Absolutely Fabulous clips written by: Jennifer Saunders Based on an original idea by: Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders Producer: Owen Braben An Expectation production made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Jun 08 2020

58mins

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