Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. Armando Iannucci. Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Repeats Scheduled:
  Sat 22nd (10:30pm, Radio 4 Extra)
  Sat 29th (10:30pm, Radio 4 Extra)

There will not be a Charm Offensive series this year (2009)

Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive

Topical and surreal radio panel show hosted by Armando Iannucci that takes to the airwaves each summer as The News Quiz and The Now Show take a break

Genre:
Satire
Broadcast:
2005 - 2008  (BBC Radio 4)
Episodes:
24 (4 series)
Starring:
Armando Iannucci
Writers:
Armando Iannucci, James Bachman, Jon Holmes, Tony Roche, Ian Martin, Nick Doody, Sean Gray, Will Smith, Roger Drew
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive is a topical radio comedy panel show recorded in front of a live audience. Each week the host and his three guests make satirical comment on current events. The show also features sketches and messed-about archive material, all of which tend to have a strong surreal element.

The series returns each summer to fill Radio 4's Friday 6.30pm slot whilst The News Quiz and The Now Show, the two comedies that normally rotate in that slot, have a break whilst the media's 'silly season' takes place. (Note: due to Iannucci's workload, there was not a series in 2009. The gap was filled by I Guess That's Why They Call It The News)