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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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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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 Celebrity Voicemail Show

Celebrity Voicemail Show, The

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

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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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Comic Fringes

Comic Fringes

Comedians read their own short stories in front of audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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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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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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Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side

Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side

Sitcom based around the stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary, comedian and broadcaster character Elvis McGonagall.

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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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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 And Out Of The Kitchen

In And Out Of The Kitchen

Radio 4 sitcom about cookery writer Damien Trench, who lives in Queen's Park with his partner Anthony. Written by and starring Miles Jupp.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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Thanks A Lot, Milton Jones!

Thanks A Lot, Milton Jones!

Gag-packed Radio 4 sitcom format starring Milton Jones.

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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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There Is No Escape

There Is No Escape

Sitcom starring Andrew Lawrence and Diane Morgan, about a man dissatisfied with life and feebly attempting to improve his lot.

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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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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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Luke McQueen's surprise

Luke McQueen's surprise

Luke McQueen's Fringe show is all about how he was in a double act with Jack Whitehall. He got a surprise. Watch

SYTYF? competition results

SYTYF? competition results

Luca Cupani has been named as the winner of the 2015 So You Think You're Funny? competition final. Read

The Making Of Dad's Army

The Making Of Dad's Army

The BBC is to dramatise the story of how writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft made Dad's Army. Read

The Bun Club

The Bun Club

Justin Edwards, Mel Giedroyc and Jim Howick are set to star in new Radio 4 show Bun Club. Read

Sketch Comedy Reawakens

Sketch Comedy Reawakens

As sketch group Daphne get nominated for the Foster's Award, Chris Head detects stirrings in the world of sketch. Read

Frank Skinner documentary

Frank Skinner documentary

Frank Skinner and Suzy Klein will present Thank You For Being A Lovely Audience, a new BBC Four documentary. Read

Crimes Against Comedy

Crimes Against Comedy

In this exclusive photoshoot, some of the comedians at the Fringe reveal what their final gig request would be. View

Video: Neil Henry proposes

Video: Neil Henry proposes

Watch the moment that comic magician Neil Henry proposes to his girlfriend on stage via a trick. Watch

Lee Nelson stage invaded

Lee Nelson stage invaded

Watch the moment comedian The Wee Man gives serial stage invader Lee Nelson a taste of his own medicine. Watch

ITV2 orders 4 comedies

ITV2 orders 4 comedies

ITV2 has ordered four shows: Sniggaz, All About The Bants, Comedy Basement and The Ty And Ky Show. Read