The team captains are Lee Mack and John Thomson. The funny voices are provided by Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona. The name of the presenter is in the title. The script uses the words "bessie" for best friend and "snog" for kiss. All of which leads me to wonder if this pilot of Gaby's Talking Pictures was originally done for Radio 2 and not Radio 4. It feels just a bit too breezy for the latter. Gaby Roslin's quiz is ostensibly about film but, if I were writing the proposal, I would say the accent is on humour. The problem with humour on quizshows is that it only shows through after many episodes. Will this get that chance?David Hepworth, The Guardian, 28th January 2017
If the real world becomes too much, try Listen Against (Radio 4, Tuesdays at 6.30pm). It is so funny it will rearrange everything. Last week the pipe carrying BBC Three exploded, polluting all programmes around it; the BBC expanded into pizza delivery ("We can't leave it to the private sector..."); Gaby Roslin and Ed Stourton channelled to the centre of the Earth for Children in Need; the Dimblebys become News Brothers, a musical. Alice Arnold, Jon Holmes and company on Listen Against will brighten even the darkest evening.Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph, 21st September 2010
Were the Monty Python team starting out today, they might conceivably come up with something like the utterly fabulous Listen Against, supposedly a news round-up with Alice Arnold in the studio and Jon Holmes reporting. It's a glorious mixture of cannibalised cut-ups from the BBC's current affairs output and segments featuring Beeb figures playing themselves (Ed Stourton and Gaby Roslin, for example, on a Children in Need expedition to the centre of the Earth).
Much of it is directed at the BBC itself, and the triumphant stand-out last week was a rolling report from the scene of what Arnold called a "broadcastastrophe". "The pipe that pumps bad TV into the nation's digiboxes" had burst, and "gallons of terrible programmes" were spilling out, contaminating all the decent stuff with BBC3 output. "Awful programmes are threatening wildlife," said Holmes. "I saw a man trying to clean James Corden off a guillemot."
The emergency services were throwing episodes of Dad's Army down the shaft to try to stem the flow. And how much was escaping, Arnold inquired? "It's estimated at up to 3,000 scraped barrels a day," said Holmes.Chris Maume, The Independent, 19th September 2010