BBC Radio 4 sketch show written by Brian Dooley. 1 pilot in 2020. Stars Debbie Chazen, Duncan Wisbey, Nathan Bryon, Jason Forbes and Nimisha Odedra.



A naturalistic sketch show pilot written by Brian Dooley

Sketch Show
BBC Radio 4
1 Pilot
Debbie Chazen, Duncan Wisbey, Nathan Bryon, Jason Forbes and Nimisha Odedra
Brian Dooley
Simon Nicholls

Earwig is a new naturalistic sketch show by BAFTA-winning comedy writer Brian Dooley (The Smoking Room).

While not immediately topical, our characters will of course discuss the main talking points of the day. As people do. They say the age of the expert is over, but this is what you get when amateurs wade in on the big issues.

Every episode we hop around different conversations the length and breadth of Britain. Covering every age, sex, race and class. A snapshot of the country today. An everyday family in Cardiff, a young couple dining out in Canterbury, an office of app-developers in Newcastle, a couple of bricklayers in Sheffield - as varied as possible.

?Much of the comedy is observational, but noting everyday eccentricities - and how enjoyably surreal those can be.

Each episode takes a different theme, but loosely so, and not grandly tackling the big questions, though they do of course arise. The theme will be obvious after the first couple of sketches. The theme of the pilot episode is Britain is going through a November heatwave.

?At the heart of Earwig is the comedy of overheard conversations, played deadpan and real; a look at what's happening when nothing's happening. To aid this, we recorded on location with an excellent diverse comedy cast that brought genuine regionality to the series.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 24th November 2020 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Episode length
30 minutes
Last repeat
Wednesday 2nd December 2020 at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra

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