DMs Are Open. Image shows from L to R: Athena Kugblenu, Ali Shahalom
DMs Are Open

DMs Are Open

  • Radio sketch show
  • BBC Radio 4 Extra
  • 2022 - 2023
  • 13 episodes (2 series)

A sketch show hosted by Athena Kugblenu and Ali Official that accepts submissions from the public. Also features Ali Shahalom.

DMs Are Open. Image shows from L to R: Ali Shahalom, Athena Kugblenu

Key details

Sketch Show
2022 - 2023
BBC Radio 4 Extra
13 (2 series)
Athena Kugblenu and Ali Shahalom
Sadia Azmat and Rajiv Karia

Building on the success of Newsjack, DMs Are Open provides opportunities for up-and-coming writers and performers to break into the industry, for example with a voice notes section of the show hearing directly from the public themselves. The satirical sketch show is loosely topical, reflecting online conversations and trends through a heady cocktail of comedy formats. This broader playing field is designed to attract a wide range of submissions and will reflect pop culture, hot takes and the political and social zeitgeist.

While the first series was topical, the second series follows a non-topical format and and will be recorded in front of an audience.


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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 19th May 2022 at 10:30pm on BBC Radio 4 Extra
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • Bush Hall, Freddie's Bar and BBC Cymru Wales - Series 2

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