Brian Cox (I)

BBC Radio's Christmas 2017 highlights

BBC Radio has announced its festive comedy offerings for 2017. Radio 4 will celebrate 50 years of Just A Minute, whilst other specials include comedy drama Anansi Boys, 15 Minute Musical, Dead Ringers and Count Arthur Strong.

British Comedy Guide, 22nd November 2017

Bruce Dessau's top comedy gigs for 2016

Having been spoilt for choice when it came to picking TV highlights the live highlights felt thinner on the ground this year. The Edinburgh Fringe featured a lot of very good shows but few really great ones. Maybe comedians were a little knocked sideways by the Brexit vote. but two did respond well - see below. Elsewhere there were a few excellent big gigs and small gigs and it was nice to see some West End runs rather than bank raid arena one-offs. These shows are listed in absolutely no particular order.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 21st December 2016

Robert Newman: The Brain Show review

Dissing bad science, capitalists and Brian Cox, Newman's low-octane cabinet of neuroscientific curiosities has nonconformist bite.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 19th January 2016

Five of the best comedy gigs for Christmas 2015

Sara Pascoe, Margaret Cho, Brian Cox and Kevin Bridges are among those promising better laughs than you'll get from your Christmas crackers.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 7th December 2015

Professor Brian Cox to host new BBC Two panel show pilot

BBC Two is to pilot Six Degrees, a new science-based comedy panel show. Professor Brian Cox will act as the host.

British Comedy Guide, 11th June 2015

Radio Times review

Radio 1 DJ Greg James is the poor rube dropped into the entertaining, immersive murder mystery. He's got to work out why Reese Witherspoon, owner of Successville's biggest chain of bars (see what they did there?), has been murdered. Playing junior to the gruff, unorthodox-verging-on-insane DI Sleet (deadpanned brilliantly by Tom Davis), he's criticised for being "a bit camp and weird".

But then he's got to contend with Prof Brian Cox as an awe-filled forensic scientist and Frances Barber giving a delicious turn as a rapacious Mary Berry, owner of strip club Soggy Bottoms. He can't help laughing incredulously at it all and neither will you.

David Crawford, Radio Times, 13th May 2015

Phill Jupitus to play Arthur Conan Doyle on stage

Phill Jupitus will portray the Edinburgh-born author opposite Alan Cox, the actor son of the Dundee-born star Brian Cox, at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Scotsman, 2nd May 2015

Rob Auton: the Brian Cox of comedy

An award-winning joke about a chocolate bar gave the impression that Rob Auton was a ruthless gag-merchant. But his meandering, poetic shows, riffing on his amazement at the world, encompass a whole lot more than that.

Paul Fleckney, The Guardian, 3rd March 2015