Down The Line. Gary Bellamy (Rhys Thomas). Copyright: Down The Line Productions.

Down The Line

BBC Radio 4 sketch show parodying phone-in shows. 34 episodes (5 series), 2006 - 2020. Stars Rhys Thomas, Charlie Higson, Paul Whitehouse, Simon Day and others.

Series 3, Episode 1 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra tomorrow at 11:30am.

Lockdown Special

One-off edition of the spoof phone-in show, focusing on the Covid-19 crisis.

Further details

Charlie Higson says: "It's great to be back with this Down The Line one-off special. A spoof radio phone-in show is the perfect project to make in lockdown as all the cast can literally phone their performances in. So we have a great range of characters calling our host, Gary Bellamy, who are as weird, confused, angry and nuts as the callers on any other phone in show. The only sadness is that this is the first Down The Line we've made without the inimitable Felix Dexter, whose unique characters were such a big part of the show. Otherwise, all of the original cast - Rhys Thomas, Paul Whitehouse, Lucy Montgomery, Simon Day, Charlie Higson, and Amelia Bullmore are back, as well as guest stars including Harry Enfield, Robert Popper and Geoff Schumann."

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 14th May 2020
Time
11pm
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Rhys Thomas Gary Bellamy
Charlie Higson Ensemble Actor
Paul Whitehouse Ensemble Actor
Simon Day Ensemble Actor
Lucy Montgomery Ensemble Actor
Amelia Bullmore Ensemble Actor
Robert Popper Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Harry Enfield Ensemble Actor
Geoff Schumann Ensemble Actor
David Cummings Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Simon Day Writer
Charlie Higson Writer
Lucy Montgomery Writer
Rhys Thomas Writer
Paul Whitehouse Writer
Production team
Charlie Higson Producer
Paul Whitehouse Producer

Press

How Down The Line fooled the nation

As the spoof phone-in show returns for a lockdown special, Rhys Thomas, Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse remember their closest calls.

Tom Fordy, The Telegraph, 14th May 2020
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