Dead Ringers. Image shows from L to R: Lewis Macleod, Debra Stephenson, Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Duncan Wisbey. Copyright: BBC.

Dead Ringers

BBC Radio 4 sketch show featuring impressions. 108 episodes (19 series), 2000 - 2019. Stars Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Phil Cornwell, Kevin Connelly and others.

Another series is in development.

Dead Ringers. Image shows from L to R: Lewis Macleod, Debra Stephenson, Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Duncan Wisbey. Copyright: BBC.

Dead Ringers

Satirical impressionist show mocking the great and good, from politicians to those familar voices on Radio 4

Genre
Sketch Show
Broadcast
2000 - 2019
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
108   (19 series), plus 4 highlights / drama special
Creator
Bill Dare
Starring
Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Phil Cornwell, Kevin Connelly, Mark Perry, Duncan Wisbey, Lewis Macleod, Debra Stephenson and others
Producers
Bill Dare, Mario Stylianides and Danny Wallace

Dead Ringers is an impressionist show with a satirical bite.

Regular victims in the original series - which starred Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Phil Cornwell, Kevin Connelly and Mark Perry - included Tony Blair, who keeps referring to his physical mannerisms; an almost totally incoherent Robin Cook; and the gaff-strewn speeches of George W. Bush.

As well as mocking politicians, Dead Ringers also makes fun of other Radio 4 programmes and personalities. Regular victims include the cast of The Archers, the (now no-longer running) patronising children's show Go4It, the surprisingly adult adventures of Alan Bennett and Thora Hird, and the most feared man on in the world, the bloodthirsty "Godfather of Radio 4", announcer Brian Perkins.

The episodes also feature a range of hoax calls, most of them involving the voice of the Tom Baker version of Doctor Who.

After 7 years off-air, the show returned in 2014 with a new cast of characters, and new cast members. Now, once again, no one is safe from merciless parody as the show aims to take down every programme, institution and politician you hold dear.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 7th January 2000 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 12th July 2019 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Last repeat
Tuesday 16th July 2019 at 9:00am on Radio 4 Extra

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