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. 117 episodes (20 series), 2000 - 2020. Stars Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Duncan Wisbey, Lewis Macleod and others.

Series 20

1. Episode One

First broadcast: Friday 12th June 2020

If there's comedy in Covid, the team will find it. World leaders, the media, experts, celebrities, Michael Gove - no one is off limits. Recorded in five different kitchens. This episode looks back at the key moments since the pandemic began, with a special maths lesson from Matt Hancock, a fight between Good and Bad Boris about when lockdown should start, a secret recording of Dominic Cummings and an outtake from Normal People. Sir Kier Starmer also makes his Dead Ringers debut.


2. Episode Two

First broadcast: Friday 19th June 2020

Social bubbles, social distancing, Covid-19, R numbers, it's all a lot to comprehend, but the big questions for the team is how Michael Portillo will cope with wearing a mask on Great British Railway Journeys? There's a special guest appearance alongside Bad Boris: Bad Winston Churchill, and Priti Patel introduces her new head of Track And Trace.


3. Episode Three

First broadcast: Friday 26th June 2020

As lockdown eases the team look at important issues such as the possibility of a next wave, the test-and-trace system, and how one of the most famous scenes in comedy would work in a Covid-secure environment.


4. Episode Four

First broadcast: Friday 3rd July 2020

We hear from Leicester's oldest resident about the lockdown restrictions, the real reasons for the Covid-19 outbreaks in meat factories, and a former Prime Minister performs in Alan Bennett's latest Talking Head.


5. Episode Five

First broadcast: Friday 10th July 2020

If you don't know what a Kanye West is, then Joan Bakewell will explain all, and Her Majesty the Queen tells us why she's helping out the FBI. There's also a special guest at Downton Abbey, and a new role for Daniel Day Lewis.


6. Episode Six

First broadcast: Friday 17th July 2020

If you've ever wondered what Michael Gove's real job was, this episode reveals all. Plus the government's Covid rules are clarified at last, and Laura Kuenssberg and the BBC's North America correspondent battle it out to establish who in the world has said the stupidest thing.