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

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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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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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.

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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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Christmas With...

Christmas With...

Festive fun in the company of some Radio 4 character comedy favourites: Damien Trench, Clare Barker and Ed Reardon.

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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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Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!

Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!

A radio sitcom based around the day-to-day life of the confused and muddled one-time Variety Star, Count Arthur Strong.

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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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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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Good Omens

Good Omens

Adaptation of Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman's comic novel about an angel and demon trying to stop the Apocalypse.

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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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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. 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. Series 2 expected in early 2015.

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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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John Shuttleworth And Friends

John Shuttleworth And Friends

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

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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 a 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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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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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. Returns on the 9th January for a new series.

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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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Paul Sinha's History Revision

Paul Sinha's History Revision

Radio 4 stand-up show from Paul Sinha.

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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 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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Radio Fun With Roger McGough

Radio Fun With Roger McGough

Radio 4 sketch show presented by poetry star Roger McGough.

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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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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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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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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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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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Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang Ups

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang Ups

Radio 4 stand-up series starring Tom Wrigglesworth.

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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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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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New Acts Of The Year 2015

New Acts Of The Year 2015

The finalists for the NATYS contest have been announced, but the organisers warn of problems with the circuit. Read

High Hopes returns in 2015

High Hopes returns in 2015

High Hopes, the BBC Wales sitcom which ran for six series between 1999 and 2008, is to return. Read

2015 British comedy survey

2015 British comedy survey

A comedy survey has been launched, aiming to collect the thoughts of comedy fans across the UK. Details

20 festive comedy videos

20 festive comedy videos

The internet has been busy creating lots of funny festive video sketches. Here's 20 of the best from 2014. Watch

Christmas Puns

Christmas Puns

UK Pun Champion Darren Walsh has written us some festive jokes. There's a couple of drawings too. Read

BBC New Comedy Award 2014

BBC New Comedy Award 2014

Lee Ridley, a stand-up comedian with cerebral palsy, has won the BBC New Comedy Award 2014. Read

Richard Osman podcast

Richard Osman podcast

Pointless star Richard Osman joins Richard Herring for an entertaining chat. Watch or listen here: Listen

New Christmas Cracker jokes

New Christmas Cracker jokes

The winners of UKTV Gold's Christmas Cracker joke competition have been announced. Read the top 10: Read

No Pressure To Be Festive

No Pressure To Be Festive

Alistair Barrie and Nick Revell host a festive edition of the No Pressure To Be Funny political podcast. Listen

Pun Championships 2015

Pun Championships 2015

Check out some of the puns from the comedians who will take part in the UK Pun Championships 2015. Read