Panel show in which Sue Perkins poses a series of moral and ethical dilemmas to a panel of comics and journalists
- Panel Show
- 2011 - 2015
- BBC Radio 4
- 25 (4 series)
- Danielle Ward
- Sue Perkins
- Danielle Ward, Andy Wolton and David Reed
- Ed Morrish
Dilemma is a panel show hosted by Sue Perkins in which she poses a series of moral and ethical dilemmas to a panel of comics, journalists and other great thinkers of our time.
Would you cheat on your spouse for a million pounds?
Would you give your obnoxious colleague the credit for your work if it meant they got a job somewhere else?
Would you, on the balance of things, destroy Australia?
All of these, and dilemmas posed by the audience, will be answered. Remember, there are no wrong answers (There are, however, deeply damning ones).
In Series 1 Dominic Lawson was asked if he would provide an alibi for someone he hated; Fi Glover was offered £25,000 to give a talk to a company that once screwed over her husband; John Finnemore was asked if he'd grass up a sweet old lady who was shoplifting. (Yes, Yes, No, were the answers if you're interested.)
As well as these hypothetical questions, the show also features a variety of rounds which may include: Audience Dilemmas, where the panel 'solve' any problems the audience may be having; What Did I Do?, where each panellist relates a dilemma they were faced with in their own lives and the others have to guess how they resolved it; Why I Was Right, where each panellist is given an indefensible action that they must morally justify in 30 seconds; Choose Your Own Adventure, where the panellists get a series of dilemmas, each one following on from the last as they burrow their way deeper into a moral quagmire; and Quickfire, where shades of grey are dismissed in favour of a fingers-on-the-buzzers binary choice - "Would you rather eat a kitten or fight a swan?".
In the last series, ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle was asked if he would spend £200 healing a pet or £20 putting it down; Tom Wrigglesworth was offered the chance to end Mugabe's reign of terror by agreeing to become his butler; and Michael Rosen was asked whether or not he would reveal that Princess Diana had in fact faked her own death.
- Production company
- Laugh track
- Live audience
- First broadcast
- Sunday 13th November 2011 on BBC Radio 4 at 7:15pm
- Last new broadcast
- Monday 11th May 2015 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
- Length of episodes
- 30 minutes
- Last repeat
- Wednesday 17th March 2021 at 4:00am on Radio 4 Extra