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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Alex Edelman: Millennial

Alex Edelman: Millennial

Radio 4 recording of the show that won Alex Edelman the Best Newcomer prize at the 2014 Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

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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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Bad Salsa

Bad Salsa

Comedy that follows three women as they embrace the world of salsa while adjusting to life after cancer.

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Before They Were Famous

Before They Were Famous

Spoof Radio 4 documentary which sheds light on the often surprising jobs done by the world's best known writers.

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Best Behaviour

Best Behaviour

Holly Walsh hosts the Radio 4 panel show which is devoted to clarifying the rules for modern life.

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The Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans, The

Radio 4 sitcom by Mark Daydy about an angel tasked by God to reverse the last thirteen decades of human progression.

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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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The Brig Society

Brig Society, The

Stand-up and sketch series presented by Marcus Brigstocke. Each week is themed around a different industry.

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The Casebook Of Max And Ivan

Casebook Of Max And Ivan, The

Radio sitcom starring double-act Max and Ivan as private detectives.

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Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

Comic chat show in which an individual from the world of entertainment selects someone that they would like to interview.

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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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The Cold Swedish Winter

Cold Swedish Winter, The

Radio 4 sitcom about a stand-up comedian from London who is living in Sweden. Written by Danny Robins and starring Adam Riches. Returns in 2015 with 6 more episodes.

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Colin Hoult's Carnival Of Monsters

Colin Hoult's Carnival Of Monsters

Character comedy series from Radio 4 starring Colin Hoult.

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Dave Podmore

Dave Podmore

Mockumentary series following English cricket's most celebrated bits-and-pieces county cricketer. Dave Podmore's Toughest Test to follow.

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Deborah Frances-White Rolls The Dice

Deborah Frances-White Rolls The Dice

Radio 4 series presented by Deborah Frances-White. The material is adapted from her one-woman shows.

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Dilemma

Dilemma

Panel show in which Sue Perkins poses a series of moral and ethical dilemmas to a panel of comics and journalists.

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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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Hannah Gadsby Speaks From Her Art

Hannah Gadsby Speaks From Her Art

Hannah Gadsby presents a stand-up show based on her successful one-woman comedy art shows.

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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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I've Never Seen Star Wars

I've Never Seen Star Wars

Radio series in which Marcus Brigstocke cajoles guests into doing some very everyday things for the first time.

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In Transit

In Transit

Radio sitcom pilot about a band starring Adrian Edmondson, Phill Jupitus, Neil Innes and Rowland Rivron. Series recordings delayed, awaiting cast availability.

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Irish Micks And Legends

Irish Micks And Legends

Aisling Bea and Yasmine Akram present Britain with a series of modern, comic reworkings of traditional Irish stories and folklore.

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It's Not What You Know

It's Not What You Know

Panel show testing the knowledge of panellists in regards to how well they know their own families and friends. Hosted by Miles Jupp.

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John Kearns

John Kearns

Radio 4 series from the double award-winning John Kearns.

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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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Julia Sutherland's Fat Chance

Julia Sutherland's Fat Chance

Julia Sutherland's honest comic account of losing 6 stone in weight.

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June & Jean

June & Jean

Radio 4 sitcom about two middle-aged women who find life a strain. Written by double act Croft & Pearce.

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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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Lenny Henry: Rogue's Gallery

Lenny Henry: Rogue's Gallery

New Radio 4 show from Lenny Henry.

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Liam Mullone's Disappointing World

Liam Mullone's Disappointing World

Pilot tackling the universal theme that sums up all human endeavour: disappointment.

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Little Lifetimes By Jenny Eclair

Little Lifetimes By Jenny Eclair

Short stories set in real time, as six very different women share their secrets. Written by Jenny Eclair.

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Love In Recovery

Love In Recovery

Radio 4 comedy drama set around aN Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

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Maeve's Miscellany

Maeve's Miscellany

Stand-up comedy from Maeve Higgins on the topic of the human body.

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Mark Steel's In Town

Mark Steel's In Town

Mark Steel visits the less-famous bits of Britain and investigates the funniest moments in their history. He then performs a stand-up show to locals.

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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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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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The Penny Dreadfuls Present...

Penny Dreadfuls Present..., The

Radio comedies in which sketch group The Penny Dreadfuls - aka Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck - present plays around historical subjects.

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Reluctant Persuaders

Reluctant Persuaders

Radio 4 sitcom set in London's worst advertising agency.

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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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Robert Newman's Entirely Accurate Encyclopaedia Of Evolution

Robert Newman's Entirely Accurate Encyclopaedia Of Evolution

Rob Newman challenges notions of Survival of the Fittest and the Selfish Gene with a new theory that's equal parts enlightening and hilarious.

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Roger McGough's Other Half

Roger McGough's Other Half

Radio 4 sketch show presented by poetry star Roger McGough.

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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 Sinha Carta

Sinha Carta, The

Paul Sinha looks at Magna Carter, explains its contents, ommissions, and suggests some new additions.

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Sisters

Sisters

Radio sitcom written by and starring Susan Calman, about the love/hate relationship you can never escape.

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So On & So Forth

So On & So Forth

Radio sketch show pilot starring sketch trio So On & So Forth.

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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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Terry Alderton's All Crazy Now

Terry Alderton's All Crazy Now

Comedy series starring stand-up comedian and actor Terry Alderton.

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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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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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What Does The K Stand For?

What Does The K Stand For?

Stephen K Amos delves back into his South London childhood in a new radio sitcom.

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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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Catastrophe gets Series 2

Catastrophe gets Series 2

Channel 4 has recommissioned Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney's sitcom Catastrophe. Read

Harry & Paul - 25 years

Harry & Paul - 25 years

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse are reportedly making a special to celebrate 25 years of their sketches. Read

8m see Still Open All Hours

8m see Still Open All Hours

The first series of Still Open All Hours came to a close last night with a peak of over 8m viewers. Read

(After) Life of Cook & Moore

(After) Life of Cook & Moore

A preview of 'Goodbye - The (After) Life of Cook & Moore', the comic play about Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Read

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2014

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2014

The results of the 9th Comedy.co.uk Awards. Cabin Pressure writer John Finnemore is the biggest winner. Read

Arthur Strong interview

Arthur Strong interview

BCG chats to Count Arthur Strong. Somehow he gets the impression we've booked him for Just A Minute. Read

New reality TV panel show

New reality TV panel show

ITV2 has ordered a brand new panel show focussed on the world of reality television. Read

iPlayer: Funny Valentines

iPlayer: Funny Valentines

The BBC has announced a set of 9 new iPlayer comedy programmes to mark Valentine's Day 2015. Read

Moone Boy Series 3 stars

Moone Boy Series 3 stars

Sky has announced a raft of guest stars for Moone Boy Series 3, which returns to screens in March. Read

The Walshes axed

The Walshes axed

The BBC has axed new sitcom The Walshes, prompting writer Graham Linehan to complain. Read