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

52 First Impressions With David Quantick

52 First Impressions With David Quantick

David Quantick reflects on the people he's met.

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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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Andrew O'Neill: Pharmacist Baffler

Andrew O'Neill: Pharmacist Baffler

Stand-up show hosted by transvestite stand-up comedian Andrew O'Neill.

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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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The Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans, The

Radio 4 sitcom by Mark Daydy.

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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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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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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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Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing

Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing

Stand-up series, mixed with sitcom elements. Nathan Caton talks about his family's disappointment that he decided to become a comedian.

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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.

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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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Comic Fringes

Comic Fringes

Comedians read their own short stories in front of audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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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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Dead Ringers

Dead Ringers

Satirical impressionist show mocking the great and good, from politicians to those familar voices on Radio 4.

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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.

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Friends On Benefits

Friends On Benefits

New radio sitcom pilot written by and starring Lloyd Langford, co-starring Jon Richardson.

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The Future Of Radio

Future Of Radio, The

Radio 4 comedy by Jerome Vincent and Stephen Dinsdale about the development of radio.

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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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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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The Guns Of Adam Riches

Guns Of Adam Riches, The

Comedy from 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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Hobby Bobbies

Hobby Bobbies

Radio 4 sitcom about community policing. Written by Dave Lamb and starring Richie Webb and Nick Walker.

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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.

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James Acaster's Findings

James Acaster's Findings

Radio 4 pilot starring up-and-coming stand-up comedian James Acaster.

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Jigsaw

Jigsaw

Radio sketch show featuring the comedy group Jigsaw - aka Dan Antopolski, Tom Craine and Nat Luurtsema.

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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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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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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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Lewis Macleod Is Not Himself

Lewis Macleod Is Not Himself

New impressions-based sketch show starring Lewis Macleod.

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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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Maeve's Miscellany

Maeve's Miscellany

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

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Mark Watson Wants To Briefly Talk To You About The Point Of Life

Mark Watson Wants To Briefly Talk To You About The Point Of Life

Radio 4 series in which Mark Watson aims to tackle the 'academic and abstract subjects that affect our everyday 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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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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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 Teenage Diary

My Teenage Diary

Radio 4 series in which guests read embarrassing extracts from their teenage diaries. Hosted by Rufus Hound.

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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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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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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.

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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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Sisters

Sisters

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

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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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Small Scenes

Small Scenes

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

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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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Start/Stop

Start/Stop

Radio 4 sitcom about love, marriage and tolerating each other. The characters break the fourth wall to talk to the audience about the scene.

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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 Utterly At Odds With The Universe

Tom Wrigglesworth Utterly At Odds With The Universe

Stand-up show in which Tom Wrigglesworth talks about the relationship with his granddad.

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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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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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Wordaholics

Wordaholics

Radio 4 panel game that tests the guests linguistic knowledge. Hosted by Gyles Brandreth, with regular panellist Natalie Haynes.

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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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Pre-Gig Notes: Photos

Pre-Gig Notes: Photos

A photo gallery providing an intimate insight into the pre-gig routines and notes of some of comedians. Read

Foster's Award Nominees

Foster's Award Nominees

The shortlists for the prestigious Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2014 is here: Read

WitTank get E4 sitcom pilot

WitTank get E4 sitcom pilot

The sketch group WitTank, stars of Live At The Electric, are now developing a sitcom project for E4. Read

New show for Hugh Dennis

New show for Hugh Dennis

Outnumbered star Hugh Dennis is to appear in You Should See My Family, a new hybrid comedy format. Read

Romesh Ranganathan

Romesh Ranganathan

Stand-up Romesh Ranganathan talk schools, comedy writing advice and more in this interview. Read

Adam Hills new panel show

Adam Hills new panel show

Channel 4 are to pilot a new panel show format hosted by Adam Hills called Welcome To My World. Read

Stuart Goldsmith interview

Stuart Goldsmith interview

An interview with stand-up comedian and podcast host Stuart Goldsmith. What is his own masterplan? Read

SYTYF? finalists

SYTYF? finalists

Profiles of the nine new stand-up comedians taking part in the So You Think You're Funny? final. Read

The Full Monty live show

The Full Monty live show

Gary Lucy, Andrew Dunn and Louis Emerick are amongst the stars for The Full Monty live UK tour. Read

Top 10 Fringe jokes 2014

Top 10 Fringe jokes 2014

Tim Vine has won the award for the funniest joke at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe festival. Top 10 gag