Radio sketch show performed by Tim Key, Tom Basden, Lloyd Woolf and Stefan Golaszewski

Sketch Show
2007 - 2008  (BBC Radio 4)
10 (2 series)
Tom Basden, Stefan Golaszewski, Tim Key, Lloyd Woolf
Tom Basden, Stefan Golaszewski, Tim Key, Lloyd Woolf
British Broadcasting Corporation

The Cowards are a four-man sketch troupe who shun comedy caricature in favour of understated, naturalistic performance. Through their characterisations of small people in small situations, the team create a self-contained world that allows the laughs to emerge from their characters.

From Little John and Friar Tuck accusing Robin Hood of hooliganism, to Mike the ant who worries that he can't carry enough leaves to impress the girls, it is comedy of quirky discomfort and wry, left-field observations.

The format of the programme is very simple, with no running jokes, no repeating characters and no catchphrases - just the Cowards' unique take on the world in a series of laugh-out-loud-funny, stand-alone sketches.

Our Review: The Cowards' radio series contain sketches about as surreal as you can get. In parts it is very funny indeed, but like most sketch shows, it also suffers from some less amusing filler.