Mark Watson's live Radio 4 show given full series

Tuesday 5th April 2011 @ 4:15pm

We Need Answers. Mark Watson. Radio 4 has ordered six more episode of Mark Watson's Live Address To The Nation, the new comedy format in which Mark Watson, Tim Key and Tom Basden broadcast live on the radio.

The show was piloted as a one-off on Radio 4 in February and, following the success of this broadcast, Radio 4 bosses have now asked for six more episodes.

Mark Watson's Live Address To The Nation involves comedian Mark Watson delivering monologues which have the aim of 'improving humankind'. Throughout the show, Watson is 'assisted' by Tim Key and Tom Basden, who interrupt to provide related poems, songs and thoughts. The format is essentially the same as the 2008 radio series, Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better, but the live broadcast allows for added unpredictability, plus interaction with the audience at home.

The pilot episode was the first live comedy show broadcast on Radio 4 for a number of years. Things went relatively smoothly, although the cast did had to rip out a number of pages of script due to timing issues, and were un-able to keep on top of the Twitter messages being sent in - but this wasn't seen as a problem, as this became part of the humour.

Writing on his blog, Watson said: "There will be six more shows of frantic generalisations, jingles, banter, running-out-of-time, jokes that I manage to finish and jokes I have to skip to the end of."

It is not yet known when the new series of Mark Watson's Live Address To The Nation will be produced. Watson says: "We don't quite know yet when these fabled performances will take place. The problem is the poor availability of Basden and Key, who are constantly busy doing a million and four things including experimental poetic comedy and film-making in China. It could well not be until October/November/December that we are all together in one room and that room is a recording studio."


Our Guide to 'Mark Watson's Live Address To The Nation'

 

Latest News

Red Dwarf to return to Dave for two new series

Red Dwarf to return to Dave for two new series

Dave has today confirmed it has ordered two new series of cult sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf, to air in 2016 and 2017.

UKIP reports Have I Got News For You to the police

UKIP reports Have I Got News For You to the police

UKIP says comments made about Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You may hinder his chances of electoral success, thus breaking election broadcasting laws.

Peter Kay's Car Share streamed 2.8m times on iPlayer

Peter Kay's Car Share streamed 2.8m times on iPlayer

New sitcom Peter Kay's Car Share has broken a BBC record, with the show being streamed 2.8m times on iPlayer ahead of its TV debut.

Marc Wootton and Kayvan Novak to voice Counterfeit Cat

Marc Wootton and Kayvan Novak to voice Counterfeit Cat

Counterfeit Cat, a new animated comedy series for children's channel Disney XD, will feature the vocal talents of Marc Wootton and Kayvan Novak.

Channel Dave orders Series 2 of Hoff The Record

Channel Dave orders Series 2 of Hoff The Record

Channel Dave has ordered a second series of David Hasselhoff mockumentary Hoff The Record before the first has even been broadcast.

Kayvan Novak to make The Celebrity Voicemail Show

Kayvan Novak to make The Celebrity Voicemail Show

Fonejacker star Kayvan Novak is making The Celebrity Voicemail Show, a comedy series for Radio 4 that imagines the answerphone messages of the rich and famous.

Get More News

In The Press

In The Press

The latest press clippings from the newspapers and various internet blogs.

Newsletter

Newsletter

Subscribe to our mailing list to get news and more in your inbox every Monday.

Twitter

Twitter Feed

You can follow us on Twitter too. We post the latest news and gossip every evening.

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Subscribe to our RSS feed to get our headlines in your news reader software.