BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4

Radio 4, which has been broadcasting comedy ever since it took over from the BBC Home Service in 1967, has launched hundreds of comedy shows. Popular R4 comedies series include The News Quiz, The Now Show, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, Just A Minute, Old Harry's Game and Ed Reardon's Week. Many famous TV comedies actually started life in audio form on Radio 4 - Dead Ringers, Little Britain, That Mitchell and Webb Sound and Goodness Gracious Me are just four of the many series that went on to become TV hits. Radio 4 currently broadcasts comedy shows every weekday at 11:30am, 6:30pm and 11pm.

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BBC Radio 4 - New & Current Shows

Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section

Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section

Radio broadcast mixing comedy and music, featuring Alex Horne and his five piece band.

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Alfie Moore: It's A Fair Cop

Alfie Moore: It's A Fair Cop

Radio 4 stand-up series starring policeman turned comedian Alfie Moore.

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The Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans, The

Radio 4 sitcom by Mark Daydy.

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Blocked

Blocked

Radio sitcom pilot co-written by Frankie Boyle. Expected to be broadcast on the 5th June.

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Bridget Christie Minds The Gap

Bridget Christie Minds The Gap

Stand up comedy series examining the state of British feminism today.

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Britain Versus The World

Britain Versus The World

New Radio 4 panel show format in which British comedians take on comedians from other countries in a series of games.

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Bunk Bed

Bunk Bed

Patrick Marber and Peter Curran talk through the darkness.

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Cabin Pressure

Cabin Pressure

Radio sitcom based around a one-plane charter airline. No job is too small, but many jobs are too difficult for pilots Douglas and Martin. Final special planned for broadcast on Christmas Eve.

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The Cariad Radio Show

Cariad Radio Show, The

Radio 4 character-based sketch show pilot starring Cariad Lloyd.

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Chat Show Roulette

Chat Show Roulette

Radio 4 chat show... but an improvised one in which the guests are all actually comedy performers who must play characters. Justin Edwards hosts.

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Clayton Grange

Clayton Grange

Sitcom about a team of brilliantly stupid scientists who attempt to think the unthinkable. But can't.

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The Cold Swedish Winter

Cold Swedish Winter, The

New Radio 4 comedy about a London stand-up living in Sweden. Written by and starring Danny Robins.

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Festival Of The Spoken Nerd

Festival Of The Spoken Nerd

Radio special based on the live show format hosted by Matt Parker, Helen Arney and Steve Mould.

The Future Of Radio

Future Of Radio, The

New Radio 4 comedy by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale.

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Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off

Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off

Radio sitcom starring Marcus Brigstocke as Giles Wemmbley Hogg, a middle-class student ponce from Budleigh Salterton who travels the world.

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Gloomsbury

Gloomsbury

Radio parody of the arty Bloomsbury group. Stars include Alison Steadman, Miriam Margolyes, Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy and John Sessions.

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Gossip From The Garden Pond

Gossip From The Garden Pond

Series of funny tales about the residents of a garden pond, written and introduced by Lynne Truss.

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Guests Are Like Fish

Guests Are Like Fish

Radio 4 sitcom by Shelagh Stephenson.

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The Guns Of Adam Riches

Guns Of Adam Riches, The

Comedy from 2011 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Adam Riches. He showcases his various characters.

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Hal

Hal

Radio 4 sitcom written by and starring Hal Cruttenden.

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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Extremely popular radio comedy. ISIHAC is a self-styled antidote to panel games, in which players are given silly things to do.

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In Transit

In Transit

Radio sitcom pilot about a band starring Adrian Edmondson, Phill Jupitus, Neil Innes and Rowland Rivron.

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Incredible Women

Incredible Women

Rebecca Front and her brother Jeremy star in a series of spoof documentaries looking at the lives of different women.

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It Is Rocket Science!

It Is Rocket Science!

Comic but scientifically accurate look at the science and history of space exploration. Hosted by Helen Keen.

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John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme

Radio 4 sketch show written by and starring John Finnemore.

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John Moloney: Gospel

John Moloney: Gospel

Radio 4 series of monologues from John Moloney based around his finely crafted autobiographical stand-up routines.

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John Shuttleworth And Friends

John Shuttleworth And Friends

A new Radio 4 series featuring the popular character John Shuttleworth.

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Just A Minute

Just A Minute

Long running radio panel game in which host Nicholas Parsons asks contestants to talk for one minute without repetition, hesitation or deviation.

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Kerry's List

Kerry's List

Radio 4 comedy about the mania of having a to-do list whilst being a busy mother, co-written by and starring Kerry Godliman.

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Kevin Eldon Will See You Now

Kevin Eldon Will See You Now

Radio sketch show starring Kevin Eldon, loosely based on his 2010 Edinburgh Fringe show.

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Lenny Henry: Rogue's Gallery

Lenny Henry: Rogue's Gallery

New Radio 4 show from Lenny Henry.

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Life: An Idiot's Guide

Life: An Idiot's Guide

Stand-up comedy with Stephen K Amos and guests, themed around various topics related to life.

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Melody Parade

Melody Parade

Radio 4 show described as the world's first sing-a-long sitcom.

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Men About The House

Men About The House

Radio 4 sitcom pilot set in a female dominated version of the House of Commons. Created by Arthur Mathews.

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The Missing Hancocks

Missing Hancocks, The

Five lost episodes of the legendary radio sitcom Hancock's Half Hour re-recorded to mark the show's 60th anniversary. To be broadcast November 2014 on BBC Radio 4.

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Mission Improbable

Mission Improbable

Fast-paced mini-adventures written by and starring The Boom Jennies.

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The Museum Of Curiosity

Museum Of Curiosity, The

Radio panel show in which John Lloyd and his curators try to fill up their museum with curious objects.

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My First Planet

My First Planet

Sci-fi sitcom set on a hopeless new space colony. Nicholas Lyndhurst stars.

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The News Quiz

News Quiz, The

A long-running satirical Radio 4 panel show that takes a look at the week's more humourous news stories.

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The Now Show

Now Show, The

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present a mix of stand-up, sketches and songs in this popular topical comedy show for Radio 4.

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Party

Party

Political satire about five young adults who want to change the world but have no idea how, and little idea why.

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Peacock And Gamble: Emergency Broadcast

Peacock And Gamble: Emergency Broadcast

Radio 4 show starring double act Ray Peacock and Ed Gamble.

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Polyoaks

Polyoaks

Radio 4 sitcom about two sibling doctors who are struggling with the NHS reforms. Written by Dr Phil Hammond and David Spicer.

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The Rest Is History

Rest Is History, The

Frank Skinner hosts a radio comedy discussion show to find out more about history.

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Secrets And Lattes

Secrets And Lattes

Radio 4 comedy series about erstwhile free spirit Trisha who returns to her native city of Edinburgh after years of living in London.

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Shedtown

Shedtown

Radio comedy about a community living in sheds on a beach.

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The Show What You Wrote

Show What You Wrote, The

Radio 4 sketch show written by members of the public. Each episode covers a different theme. Series 2 on air in August.

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Simon Evans Goes To Market

Simon Evans Goes To Market

Radio 4 show in which Simon Evans sets himself the challenge to make economics funny.

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The Skeptic Tank

Skeptic Tank, The

Nick Doody hosts this Radio 4 panel show looking at dodgy statistic, urban myths, piece of nonsensical parental advice and old wives tales.

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Sketchorama

Sketchorama

Radio 4's showcase of sketch acts. Featuring established and up-and-coming sketch groups performing in front of a live studio audience.

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Small Scenes

Small Scenes

Radio 4 comedy sketch show starring Daniel Rigby, Henry Paker, Mike Wozniak and Sara Pascoe.

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Susan Calman Is Convicted

Susan Calman Is Convicted

Radio 4 stand-up show written by and starring Susan Calman. The Glaswegian comedian talks about issues on which she has strong opinions.

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Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler

Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler

Radio 4 show in which adventurer and comedian Tim FitzHigham recreates a series of bizarre bets from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang Ups

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang Ups

Radio 4 stand-up series starring Tom Wrigglesworth.

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Tonight

Tonight

Satirical radio comedy show starring Rory Bremner, with regular performers Andy Zaltzman, Kate O'Sullivan and Nick Doody.

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Trodd En Bratt Say 'Well Done You'

Trodd En Bratt Say 'Well Done You'

Radio 4 sketch show starring Lucy Trodd and Ruth Bratt.

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Two Episodes Of Mash

Two Episodes Of Mash

Radio sketch show written by and starring acclaimed stand-up comedians Diane Morgan and Joe Wilkinson.

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The Unbelievable Truth

Unbelievable Truth, The

David Mitchell hosts the Radio 4 panel game built on truth and lies. Contestants must try and smuggle truths into lie-filled speeches.

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Unwritten Rules

Unwritten Rules

New Radio 4 panel show in which comedians must present their rules for modern life to the host.

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When The Dog Dies

When The Dog Dies

Radio sitcom starring Ronnie Corbett as a grandad happily growing old with his dog Henry.

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Other Older Shows Commissioned By BBC Radio 4

Note: this list might not be fully complete yet. We are still researching archive shows.

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New Julia Davis C4 pilot

New Julia Davis C4 pilot

Julia Davis has written and is starring in a new pilot about a breakfast TV host, called Morning Has Broken. Read

Trigger Happy TV USA

Trigger Happy TV USA

Dom Joly is reportedly having another go at taking his prank show Trigger Happy TV to America. Read

Ross Noble Freewheeling 2

Ross Noble Freewheeling 2

Ross Noble Freewheeling, the improvised comedy series which sees Ross Noble travelling the UK, is to return. Read

Frankie Boyle sitcom pilot

Frankie Boyle sitcom pilot

Frankie Boyle is amongst the stars talking part in a read-through for Wildlife, a new sitcom pilot. Read

Chris Addison podcast

Chris Addison podcast

A podcast in which Chris Addison talks about his career, and how they made the new sitcom Trying Again. Listen

Jason Lewis interview

Jason Lewis interview

Jason Lewis introduces Sniggers With Attitude, the sketch show he has made for TV channel London Live. Read

Damn the Torpedoes!

Damn the Torpedoes!

BFBS Radio, the British armed forces broadcaster, is launching Damn the Torpedoes!, a new sketch show. Read

TV Comedy Preview

TV Comedy Preview

A panel show celebrating BBC Two, and a sketch show pilot called Sniggers With Attitude are amongst our picks. Read

Michael McIntyre Series 2

Michael McIntyre Series 2

The BBC has ordered a second series of Michael McIntyre's chat show. He will return to BBC1 later this year. Read

C4's latest Comedy Blaps

C4's latest Comedy Blaps

Channel 4 has launched three more mini-series on the internet under its Comedy Blaps branding. Read