- Sketch Show
- 2004 - 2019
- BBC Radio 4
- 57 (8 series)
- Dave Lamb, Richie Webb, Melanie Hudson, Vicki Pepperdine, Alex Lowe, Dave Cohen, Jess Robinson and Pippa Evans
- Dave Cohen, David Quantick and Richie Webb
- Katie Tyrrell
Each episode of this radio series takes an easily identifiable public figure and contorts their story into a bitesize West End Musical.
In true West End style, artistic licence is well and truly taken and stretched, as easily identifiable public figures are dressed up, gilded, fabricated and placed against a random musical backdrop for sugar coated consumption. The stories are simple and engaging but with an edge - allowing the audience to enjoy all the conventions of a musical (huge production numbers, tender ballads and emotional reprises) whilst we completely re-interpret events in major celebrities' lives.
Series 5 covered the US Election, Piers Morgan's search for his real father (Pappa Pia), Nick Clegg's search for a personality, Demon chef Ramsay Todd's search for the perfect pie ingredient, Ebenezer Brown's search for Christmas cheer, and Boris Johnson driving a bus from Beijing to Bow in the hope that he'll arrive in time for the London Olympics.
Those given a comedic West End musical makeover in Series 6 included Bruce Forsyth, Ed Miliband, Fabio Capello and the Coalition and Ant & Dec. The Queen also featured in a 15 Minute Musical which saw her look back at the public figures she's met during 2010.
After a long break, 15 Minute Musical returned for Christmas 2012, with daily episodes. Targets included Rupert Murdoch and David Cameron.
The most recent two episodes were for Christmas 2016, looking back at Donald Trump winning the US Election and Britain voting for Brexit.
- Production company
- Also known as
- 15 Minute Musicals
- The 15 Minute Musical
- The music is composed by Richie Webb and produced by Matt Katz.
- Laugh track
- Live audience
- First broadcast
- Wednesday 27th October 2004 on BBC Radio 4 at 11pm
- Last new broadcast
- Tuesday 1st January 2019 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:15pm
- Last repeat
- Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 11:15pm