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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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 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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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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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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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. Christmas Special to follow.

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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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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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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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The Frequency Of Laughter: A History Of Radio Comedy

Frequency Of Laughter: A History Of Radio Comedy, The

A six-part history of radio comedy, covering 1975-2005, presented by journalist and radio fan Grace Dent.

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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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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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Hal

Hal

Radio 4 sitcom about a stay-at-home father who is having a mid-life crisis. Created by stqand-up Hal Cruttenden.

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Hancock's Ashes

Hancock's Ashes

Play imagining behind-the-scenes as Willie Rushton brings Tony Hancock's ashes back to Britain.

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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.

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James Acaster's Findings

James Acaster's Findings

Radio 4 comedy starring James Acaster.

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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Welcome To Our Village, Please Invade Carefully

Welcome To Our Village, Please Invade Carefully

Radio sitcom about a sleepy English village which is taken over by aliens. Katrina Lyons finds herself trying to start a rebelion.

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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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What The Future?

What The Future?

What is the future? How does it work? We may never know. But we can make stuff up. Because it's all in the future.

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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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Ricky Gervais film

Ricky Gervais film

Ricky Gervais will write and direct Special Correspondents, a new movie about a war correspondent. Read

Battle Of Britain sketch

Battle Of Britain sketch

The Battle Of Britain ended 74 years ago today. Here's outspoken Winston Churchill talking about it. Watch

10 Halloween Puns

10 Halloween Puns

Laugh at the scary. Here's 10 Halloween-based puns from Darren Walsh, the UK's pun champion. Read

Robert Webb's new show

Robert Webb's new show

Robert Webb will host the pilot episode for a new television quiz show, it has been revealed. Read

The Tartan Special One

The Tartan Special One

Jocky the cult character from The Tartan Special One book offers his thoughts on Scotland having voted no. Read

Cofilmic 2014 winners

Cofilmic 2014 winners

Watch the winners of the Cofilmic Awards 2014 here, including This Glorious Monster and The Butcher. Watch

Tom Rosenthal hosts pilot

Tom Rosenthal hosts pilot

Comedian Tom Rosenthal is to host a comedy pilot focusing on social media and our online behaviour. Read

Disappointing World

Disappointing World

Radio 4 will pilot a new comedy about disappointment and failure, hosted by Liam Mullone. Read

Live At The Apollo S10

Live At The Apollo S10

The full line-up of hosts and guests for the tenth series of Live At The Apollo, starting next month. Browse

The Lost Hancocks interview

The Lost Hancocks interview

Kevin McNally talks about taking on the role of legendary comedian Tony Hancock in The Missing Hancocks. Read