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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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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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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The Croft & Pearce Show

Croft & Pearce Show, The

Radio 4 sketch show starring Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce.

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Don't Make Me Laugh

Don't Make Me Laugh

Radio 4 series created by David Baddiel in which guests must try to avoid making the audience laugh.

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Expenses Only

Expenses Only

Radio 4 sketch show centred around two interns in the world of work experience.

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Fags, Mags And Bags

Fags, Mags And Bags

Radio 4 comedy about a proud Scottish shopkeeper and his tireless quest to please an ungrateful public. New series begins broadcasting in April.

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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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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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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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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. Joe Lycett will be the host of the next series.

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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 Shuttleworth's Lounge Music

John Shuttleworth's Lounge Music

Radio 4 series in which John Shuttleworth invites musical guests to his lounge to sing one of his songs - and one of their own.

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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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Keep Calman Carry On

Keep Calman Carry On

Susan Calman returns for a stand-up show in which she tries to learn how to relax.

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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. Last episode was postponed - awaiting new broadcast date.

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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 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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Melody Parade

Melody Parade

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

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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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Paul Sinha's History Revision

Paul Sinha's History Revision

Radio 4 stand-up show from Paul Sinha.

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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 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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Rumblings From The Rafters

Rumblings From The Rafters

A series of comedy monologues written by Lynne Truss.

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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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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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Talking To Strangers

Talking To Strangers

A series of comic monologues involving talking to a stranger. Written and performed by Sally Phillips and Lily Bevan.

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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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To Hull And Back

To Hull And Back

Radio sitcom starring Lucy Beaumont as a young woman living with her mother in Hull and dreaming of a more adventurous life.

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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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Inside No. 9 - Series 3

Inside No. 9 - Series 3

Casting has been revealed for Inside No. 9 Series 3, including Felicity Kendal and Morgana Robinson. Read

Cold Feet - Series 6

Cold Feet - Series 6

The cast of ITV comedy drama Cold Feet have reunited for the first time in 13 years, ahead of Series 6. Read

Citizen Khan Series 5

Citizen Khan Series 5

BBC One has announced that it has commissioned a fifth series of Adil Ray's family-based sitcom Citizen Khan. Read

Boy Meets Girl Series 2

Boy Meets Girl Series 2

The BBC has confirmed it has ordered Series 2 of its new sitcom Boy Meets Girl. Filming begins soon. Read

Steve Coogan is Stan Laurel

Steve Coogan is Stan Laurel

Steve Coogan is set to star as Stan Laurel in the BBC's forthcoming Laurel & Hardy comedy drama Stan And Ollie. Read

Michael McIntyre's new show

Michael McIntyre's new show

BBC One has confirmed that Michael McIntyre will return to the channel later this year with a brand new series. Read

Shaun The Sheep at Oscars?

Shaun The Sheep at Oscars?

The Shaun The Sheep Movie has been nominated for Best Animated Feature in the 2016 Academy Awards. Read

Fags, Mags & Bags is back

Fags, Mags & Bags is back

Fags, Mags & Bags, Radio 4's sitcom set in a Scots-Asian corner shop, is to return for a sixth series. Read

Channel 4 gets Loaded

Channel 4 gets Loaded

Channel 4 is making Loaded, a comedy drama about four life-long friends who become multi-millionaires. Read

E4's Foreign Bodies

E4's Foreign Bodies

E4 has ordered Foreign Bodies, a comedy drama about a gang of travellers embarking on a trip around Asia. Read