Ian Smith.

Girl Stuck In Basketball Hoop

BBC Radio 4 factual comedy documentary. 1 episode in 2021. Features Ian Smith, Jessica Fostekew, Adele Bates and Captain Frodo.

Brand new programme. Due to be broadcast on Tuesday on Radio 4 at 4pm.

Girl Stuck In Basketball Hoop

Ian Smith investigates what occurred when several girls who got stuck in basketball hoops in his home town of Goole

BBC Radio 4
Ian Smith, Jessica Fostekew, Adele Bates and Captain Frodo
Ian Smith
Richard Morris

When stand-up comedian Ian Smith read the headline "GIRL RESCUED" in his local paper, The Goole Times he assumed that it was just a regular incident of teenage horseplay at the local basketball courts. But when the article went on to say that this was the third time in as many months that a girl had to be prized from the rim of a basketball hoop in his home town, he wondered if something more sinister was going on.

This is the story of his investigation into what happened. It's not just a quest for the truth behind these "self-dunking" incidents but also a soul-searching examination of the lives of the teenagers of Goole and a probe into the psyche of people across the world who choose to squeeze themselves through small spaces.

Ian leaves no stone unturned as he asks the tough (and not so tough) questions to guests including his local MP, the education specialist Adele Bates author of Miss I Don't Give a Sh*t, comedian Jessica Fostekew and the world famous contortionist, Captain Frodo.

Girl Stuck In Basketball Hoop.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Ian Smith - Basketball Hoop Project (Working title)
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 18th May 2021 on BBC Radio 4 at 4pm
Episode length
30 minutes