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Tuesday 17th September 2019

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News & features

Comedians Giving Lectures. Sara Pascoe. Copyright: 12 Yard Productions.

Sara Pascoe - Comedians Giving Lectures interview

Sara Pascoe introduces her new TV show, and reveals she enjoyed being cheeky as host.

State Of The Union. Image shows from L to R: Louise (Rosamund Pike), Tom (Chris O'Dowd). Copyright: BBC.

Emmy awards for BBC Two's State Of The Union

State Of The Union, the BBC Two comedy series starring Chris O'Dowd and Rosamund Pike, has won three awards at the Creative Arts Emmys.

Milton Jones. Copyright: Steve Ullathorne.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Comedy Club to return

Comedy is due to return to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland for a second year.

The Fantastical Factory Of Curious Craft. Image shows from L to R: Anna Richardson, Leigh Francis.

Keith Lemon to co-host Channel 4 craft series

Comedy character Keith Lemon will co-host a new Channel 4 show called The Fantastical Factory Of Curious Craft.

Katy Brand.

Random 8: Katy Brand

She's hosting the Funny Women Final, and written a book about Dirty Dancing - but what did Katy Brand make of the musical?

Natalie Dew.

Gold announces new sitcom Sandylands

Sanjeev Bhaskar, David Walliams, Sophie Thompson, Craig Parkinson and Simon Bird are amongst the stars announced for new Gold sitcom Sandylands.

Press clippings

Taskmaster. Alex Horne. Copyright: Avalon Television.

1,000 fans respond to Taskmaster challenge


Around 1,000 people descended on a small Buckinghamshire park yesterday to complete one of the challenges in the Taskmaster book.

Stath Lets Flats. Stath (Jamie Demetriou). Copyright: Roughcut Television.

Stath Lets Flats, review

i Newspaper (****)

Jamie Demetriou's comedy is superlatively weird and deliriously funny.

Defending The Guilty. Image shows from L to R: Will Packham  (Will Sharpe), Caroline Bratt (Katherine Parkinson). Copyright: Big Talk Productions.

Katherine Parkinson interview

The Independent

The IT Crowd and Humans star, who plays a criminal barrister in new BBC2 sitcom Defending The Guilty, talks to Charlotte Cripps about work and home life balance as a mum.

Frayed. Sammy Burbeck (Sarah Kendall). Copyright: Merman.

The comedy that sets out to burst Home & Away bubble

The Guardian

Comedian Sarah Kendall's new TV series has beaches and sunshine, but her version of 1980s New South Wales is no Summer Bay.

Live comedy

The Ranganation. Romesh Ranganathan. Copyright: Zeppotron.

Romesh Ranganathan reviews

Frankie Boyle.

Frankie Boyle review

The Guardian (****)

On his first home tour for a decade, Boyle tempered bad-taste gags by trying to decide whether his trademark humour has any worth in extreme times.

Funny Women Awards.

Meet the 2019 Funny Women awards finalists: Celya AB

Funny Women

We spotted Parisian Celya AB in our Coventry heat and invited her to our London semi-final at Dingwalls where we knew we had to have her in the 2019 Funny Women Awards final!

The Play That Goes Wrong.

Review: The Play That Goes Wrong

West End Wilma (*****)

The Play That Goes Wrong is still as side-splittingly funny as ever, performed by a cast of loveable hilarious bumbling idiots it's easy to see why audiences (that didn't choose to see Mamma Mia! instead) continue to love the show as it celebrates five years at the Duchess Theatre.

Steve Delaney.

How Count Arthur Strong conquered comedy

The Guardian

As the dyspeptic old-school entertainer embarks on a tour, his creator Steve Delaney reflects on dedicating his life to one character.

Would I Lie To You?. Image shows from L to R: David Mitchell, Rob Brydon, Lee Mack. Copyright: Zeppotron.

Brydon, Mack and Mitchell, Portsmouth Guildhall review

The Arts Desk (***)

Would I Lie to You? team on the road.


Threesomes: Hunter. Cayden Hunter (Jon Pointing). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions.

Threesomes: Hunter - Episode One

A chance encounter proves life changing when Cayden Hunter comes crashing into the somewhat stale lives of Meg and Richard. Cayden tries to reinvigorate Richard's image of himself and his relationship with Meg and in the process, gains two new followers

Michael Spicer.

The Room Next Door - Boris Johnson and the Police

Boris Johnson's aide tries to keep him on track with his latest speech.

Batman on a budget.

Batman on a budget

An interview with the commissioner of Gotham. Who needs millions of dollars for a Bat Suit when you can make a Bat Suit on a budget to fight crime?


My Dad Wrote A Porno. Image shows from L to R: James Cooper, Jamie Morton, Alice Levine.

My Dad Wrote A Porno - Series 5, Episode 2

'Beep...Beep...Beeeeeep'. The members of the Confidential Order of Cookware Knights hold vigil at Bella's bedside as she fights for her life. Is this the end for her?

Do The Right Thing.

Do The Right Thing - Series 7, Episode 7 (Bridget Christie & Sara Barron)

Bridget Christie and Sara Barron are the guests for a joyous romp through subjects including talking about the birds and the bees with your kids, sandstorms, disowning family for motorcycling reasons, a boyfriend who won't move out of a flat, an awful cow skin rug and an eye-popping discussion with expert Human Resources professional Colleen Cheetham-Gerrard.

Stone Clearing with Richard Herring.

Stone Clearing With Richard Herring - Chapter 36

Chapter Thirty-Fix - Morning Again! It's 8.30am on 17th September and Richard Herring is on the way out to see how the village will react to the triumphant comedy gig he has just done in the village hall. Whilst some stones are cleared there's a lot to delight canine coprophiles in this chapter, as Richard diligently cleans up dog poo at his own personal expense, whilst many less scrupulous dog walkers fail to bag the poop. There's a moment of extreme levity to take us out of the otherwise serious discipline and some sage advice about how many hours a day a newbie stone clearer can clear without risking death.

Today's radio

Paul Sinha.

Paul Sinha's General Knowledge

BBC Radio 4, 6:30pm

Series 1, Episode 4: In this final episode of the series, Paul reveals a dazzling list of facts, each one connected to a different year between 1970 and 1995. From the fictional character who got a Times obituary to the woman who ruined her TV career by being too mean, this is the closest a comedy show about facts can get to being a Billy Joel song.

How To Burn A Million Quid. Copyright: Holy Mountain.

How To Burn A Million Quid

BBC Radio 4 Extra, 9:30pm

Series 1, Episode 1: Outrageous comedy drama telling the true story of the chart-topping pop duo known as KLF who, in 1994, burned £1 million in cash on a remote Scottish Island, with only one journalist and their roadie-come-fixer, Gimpo, in attendance. Why? Why would they do that?