Chain Reaction. Copyright: BBC
Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

  • Radio chat show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2004 - 2017
  • 70 episodes (12 series)

Comic chat show in which an individual from the world of entertainment selects someone that they would like to interview.

Chain Reaction. Copyright: BBC

Key details

Chat Show
2004 - 2017
BBC Radio 4
70 (12 series)
Richard Morris, Charlie Perkins, Arnab Chanda, Carl Cooper, Ed Morrish, Lianne Coop, Sam Bryant, Tilusha Ghelani and Adnan Ahmed

Chain Reaction is a Radio 4 chat show in which the big names from the world of comedy and beyond pick a guest they would like to interview. In the following show, the interviewee then gets to become the host and picks a new guest to talk to.

This show is based on a format first used by a short-lived four-part series of the same name which aired over the 1991/1992 New Year period on the now defunct BBC Radio 5. This original series had no comic intentions but John Cleese did appear as the first guest.

Additional details

The theme music is I Do Not Fear Jazz by Big Strides.

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 30th December 2004 on BBC Radio 4
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • BBC Maida Vale Studios
  • BBC Radio Theatre
  • Backyard Comedy Club
  • The Bluecoat (Liverpool)

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