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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A Beginner's Guide To Pakistan

A Beginner's Guide To Pakistan

Sami Shah, one of Pakistan's most successful comedians, performs on Radio 4.

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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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Angela Barnes: You Can't Take It With You

Angela Barnes: You Can't Take It With You

Radio 4 stand-up series based on the hit 2014 Edinburgh Fringe show by Angela Barnes.

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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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Barry's Lunch Club

Barry's Lunch Club

Radio 4 series starring the character Barry From Watford.

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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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Big Problems With Helen Keen

Big Problems With Helen Keen

Stand-up series from Helen Keen looking at how technology has been used to solve some of the world's problems.

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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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Bunk Bed

Bunk Bed

Patrick Marber and Peter Curran talk through the darkness.

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The Celebrity Voicemail Show

Celebrity Voicemail Show, The

Kayvan Novak imagines the answerphone messages of the rich and famous.

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Clare In The Community

Clare In The Community

Social worker Clare Barker (Sally Phillips) has a tendancy to find solutions to other people's problems rather than solving her own.

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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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The Croft & Pearce Show

Croft & Pearce Show, The

Radio 4 sketch show starring Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce.

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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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Ed Reardon's Week

Ed Reardon's Week

Radio sitcom following curmudgeonly 50-something writer Ed Reardon, and his flawed attempts to escape poverty via literary success.

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Expenses Only

Expenses Only

Radio 4 sketch show centred around two interns in the world of work experience. Due to be broadcast late 2015 / early 2016.

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The Fair Intellectual Club

Fair Intellectual Club, The

Sitcom about a group of teenage girls in 18th Century Edinburgh who form a secret society for intelligent discourse.

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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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Hello Me Old Flower: In Search Of Charlie Williams

Hello Me Old Flower: In Search Of Charlie Williams

Poet Ian McMillan sets out on a personal quest to find out more about the late professional footballer turned TV comedy star Charlie Williams.

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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. Series recordings delayed, awaiting cast availability.

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Intensive Carey

Intensive Carey

Carey Marx tells the story of how he had a heart attack and the slow recovery thereafter.

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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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The John Finnemore Project

John Finnemore Project, The

Six standalone comedies written by and starring John Finnemore. Due to start on Friday 16th October at 11.30am.

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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 Kearns

John Kearns

Radio 4 series from the double Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning John Kearns.

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The John Moloney Show

John Moloney Show, The

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

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Jon Richardson's To Do List

Jon Richardson's To Do List

Panel show hosted by Jon Richardson.

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Josh Howie's Losing It

Josh Howie's Losing It

Radio 4 sitcom about a man preparing for the arrival of his first baby. Stars stand-up Josh Howie.

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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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The Lentil Sorters

Lentil Sorters, The

Sitcom set in obscure government department the Office of Local National Statistics - nicknamed The Lentil Sorters.

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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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Maeve's Miscellany

Maeve's Miscellany

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

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The Man Who Wore Sanitary Pads

Man Who Wore Sanitary Pads, The

Romantic comedy drama about an impoverished Indian community where a man invents a low-cost sanitary pad for his wife.

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Mark Steel's In Town

Mark Steel's In Town

Mark Steel visits a town in Britain and investigates the funniest moments in its history. He then performs a stand-up show to locals.

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Mark Watson Talks A Bit About Life

Mark Watson Talks A Bit About Life

Radio 4 series in which Mark Watson tackles the 'academic and abstract subjects that affect our everyday life'. With Tim Key and Tom Basden.

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Meet David Sedaris

Meet David Sedaris

Series of comical essays written and performed for Radio 4 by American-born humourist David Sedaris.

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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.

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Mitch Benn Specials

Mitch Benn Specials

Mitch Benn discusses the work of various music stars in these specials, recorded in front of live audiences.

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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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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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On The Rocks

On The Rocks

Gentle Radio 4 comedy set around a Post Office on a remote Scilly island. Set in the late 1930s.

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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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The Pin

Pin, The

Radio 4 sketch show starring The Pin, aka double-act Ben Ashenden and Alexander Owen.

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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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Ria Lina's School Of Riason

Ria Lina's School Of Riason

Stand-up show based on Ria Lina's 2014 Edinburgh Fringe show about home schooling.

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Richard Marsh: Cardboard Heart

Richard Marsh: Cardboard Heart

Radio 4 sitcom about a hapless romantic poet who's keen to find love.

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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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Seekers

Seekers

Mathew Horne stars as Stuart, a man being made redundant from his job at the Job Centre.

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Shush!

Shush!

Radio 4 sitcom set in a library. Written by and starring Morwenna Banks and Rebecca Front. Due to start on the 18th September in the 11:30am slot.

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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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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. Due to return on 5th August.

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So On & So Forth

So On & So Forth

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

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Speechless

Speechless

Comedy drama about a shy man who magically gains confidence.

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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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That Mitchell & Webb Sound

That Mitchell & Webb Sound

Radio sketch series starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb which laid the foundations for their TV sketch show, That Mitchell and Webb Look.

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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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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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Brian Pern to return

Brian Pern to return

Brian Pern, the comedy series starring Simon Day as an art rocker, has been given a third series by BBC Four. Read

John Finnemore's new show

John Finnemore's new show

John Finnemore, the creator of Cabin Pressure, is working on a series called The John Finnemore Project. Read

The John Dredge Show

The John Dredge Show

Series 4 of the insanely silly podcast series has now launched. Check out this funny and surreal sketch show. Listen

Miles Jupp hosts News Quiz

Miles Jupp hosts News Quiz

Miles Jupp will take over from Sandi Toksvig as the new host of The News Quiz when it returns. Read

Not Safe For Work interviews

Not Safe For Work interviews

The cast of Channel 4's new office-based comedy drama Not Safe For Work talk about making the show. Read

Joanna Lumley sitcom

Joanna Lumley sitcom

Joanna Lumley is working on a new show for Sky Television. Thought to be a sitcom, the title is Harmony. Read

Missing Hancocks to return

Missing Hancocks to return

Radio 4 has given the greenlight for five more lost Hancock's Half Hour episodes to be re-recorded this July. Read

David Walliams sitcom

David Walliams sitcom

David Walliams is reportedly working on a sitcom based around a TV talent show, inspired by Britain's Got Talent. Read

Bernard Righton's Gold show

Bernard Righton's Gold show

John Thomson, in character as Bernard Righton, will present an archive stand-up show on TV channel Gold. Read

Sharon Rooney interview

Sharon Rooney interview

Sharon Rooney, the star of My Mad Fat Diary, talks about the final series of the comedy drama. Read