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Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive

BBC Radio 4 sketch show. 24 episodes (4 series), 2005 - 2008. Stars Armando Iannucci.

Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive

Topical and surreal radio panel show hosted by Armando Iannucci that takes to the airwaves each summer as The News Quiz and The Now Show take a break

Sketch Show
2005 - 2008
BBC Radio 4
24   (4 series)
Armando Iannucci
Armando Iannucci, James Bachman, Jon Holmes, Tony Roche, Ian Martin, Nick Doody, Sean Gray, Will Smith and Roger Drew
David Tyler

Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive is a topical radio comedy panel show recorded in front of a live audience. Each week the host and his three guests make satirical comment on current events. The show also features sketches and messed-about archive material, all of which tend to have a strong surreal element.

The series returns each summer to fill Radio 4's Friday 6.30pm slot whilst The News Quiz and The Now Show, the two comedies that normally rotate in that slot, have a break whilst the media's 'silly season' takes place. (Note: due to Iannucci's workload, there was not a series in 2009. The gap was filled by I Guess That's Why They Call It The News)

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 11th May 2005 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 19th September 2008 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 10th April 2017 at 10:30pm on Radio 4 Extra

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