Desolation Jests. Image shows from L to R: Rory Bremner, David Jason, John Bird, Jan Ravens. Copyright: BBC
Desolation Jests

Desolation Jests

  • Radio sketch show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2016 - 2017
  • 4 episodes (1 series)

David Jason, John Bird, Jan Ravens and Rory Bremner star in a Radio 4 sketch show by David Renwick.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 2 - Viktor Schmelling

JP Doom interviews Viktor Schmelling about his career in comedy, from his humble beginnings as a joke writer for the Queen to his current role as emeritus professor of Princeton University's Faculty of Laughter.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 20th December 2016
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 17th September 2020 11:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Sunday 3rd April 2022 7:15pm Radio 4
Friday 8th April 2022 7:30am Radio 4 Extra
Friday 8th April 2022 5:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Friday 8th April 2022 10:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Saturday 9th April 2022 5:30am Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

David Jason Various
John Bird Various
Jan Ravens Various
Rory Bremner Various
Guest cast
Christopher Timothy Various
Adie Allen Ensemble Actor
James Lailey Ensemble Actor
Nick Underwood Ensemble Actor
Writing team
David Renwick Writer
Production team
Gareth Edwards Producer

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