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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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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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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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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The Casebook Of Max And Ivan

Casebook Of Max And Ivan, The

Radio sitcom starring double-act Max and Ivan as private detectives.

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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 playing 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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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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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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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.

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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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Julia Sutherland: Fat Chance

Julia Sutherland: 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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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 the less-famous bits of Britain and investigates the funniest moments in their history. He then performs a stand-up show to locals.

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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 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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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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Reluctant Persuaders

Reluctant Persuaders

Radio 4 sitcom set in London's worst advertising agency.

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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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Sleepy Tigers

Sleepy Tigers

Dark comedy about a couple of maternity nurses who run their own business.

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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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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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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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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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'This Made Me Laugh' films

'This Made Me Laugh' films

The Barbican has invited eight stars from the world of comedy to select their favourite classic comedy films. Read

ITV's Play To The Whistle

ITV's Play To The Whistle

Holly Willoughby has signed up to present Play To The Whistle, a sports-based comedy panel show for ITV. Read

Ray Peacock: taboo comedy

Ray Peacock: taboo comedy

Ray Peacock explains why he has decided to open up about his suicide attempt in his latest stand-up show. Read

Dad's Army only just made

Dad's Army only just made

A speech by TV executive Huw Wheldon revealed that the BBC nearly didn't make the Dad's Army series. Read

Lemon is Back To The Future

Lemon is Back To The Future

Keith Lemon is to star in a one-off special on ITV2 celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Back To The Future film. Read

Charlie Brooker special

Charlie Brooker special

Charlie Brooker will return to BBC Two in the run-up to the Election with a new hour-long Wipe special. Read

Graham Fellows interview

Graham Fellows interview

Graham Fellows will celebrate his 30th year as John Shuttleworth with a big gig - but could it be his last hurrah? Read

Russell Howard's new show

Russell Howard's new show

Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, which launches in April, will feature guests including Joe Wilkinson. Read

Frankie Boyle's new show

Frankie Boyle's new show

Frankie Boyle will follow his 2014 Scottish independence referendum special with a new iPlayer election show. Read

Doc Martin Series 7 filming

Doc Martin Series 7 filming

Martin Clunes and the rest of the Doc Martin cast are now in Cornwall to film Series 7 of the hit ITV show. Read