Episode 2.1

Comedian-activist Mark Thomas returns to Radio 4 for a new series of The Manifesto - the show where the audience suggest policies that will make the world a better place, and Mark finds out if they'd help or not.

In-Depth Episode Synopsis

Warning: the below synopsis may contain spoilers

- Any war that lasts longer than five years should be declared a draw.

- People who just stop in the middle of a busy street must legally be shoved.

- If a balding man has a pony tail, you are legally required to cut it off.

- Job seekers that have been looking for a job for more than 20 weeks should be considered for a job at the Job Centre.

- You should have a full refund on your train ticket if the train is delayed due to light drizzle.

- You can't have a surname that is also a forename (e.g. Thomas).

- No more than two terms for serving prime minister because, if you can't get your ideas out in 8 years, they're probably not worth getting out.

- From now on Chelsea Tractors (4x4 cars used in urban areas) have to be made entirely from plexiglass.

- MPs with an income from outside parliament should be made to wear the advertising logos like Formula 1 drivers.

- Every village and town highstreet should have at least one independently owned butcher, baker, grocer, bookshop, coffee shop, general store with subsidised rates... oh, and a nice post office.

- All Ofstead inspectors should be required to demonstrate, by actually teaching a class, how to implement their points for improvement.

- Re-instate Saint Monday. (Saint Monday details)

- Set a maximum wage.

First Broadcast Details

Thu 4th February 2010
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Main Repeats

  • Fri 13th Aug 2010 (11:30pm, Radio 4)
  • Thu 6th Oct 2011 (11:30pm, Radio 4 Extra)
  • Fri 8th Nov 2013 (11:30pm, Radio 4 Extra)

Episode 2.1 Cast & Crew

Regular Cast
Mark Thomas (I) ... Host / Presenter
Guest Cast
Jonathan Freedland ... Self
Writing Team
Mark Thomas (I) ... Writer
Production Team
Ed Morrish ... Producer

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