How to Be Bohemian. Victoria Coren Mitchell. Copyright: BBC


  • Radio panel show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2003 - 2022
  • 71 episodes (12 series)

A panel of celebrity guests join Victoria Coren Mitchell to use their wit and wisdom to argue against narrow-minded thinking and received opinions of the day. Also features David Baddiel.

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Series 10, Episode 1

Victoria Coren Mitchell is joined by comedians Lloyd Langford and Katy Brand, and the artist Grayson Perry. They talk about French Style, God and Hitler.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 18th May 2016
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 25th May 2016 7:30am Radio 4 Extra
Wednesday 25th May 2016 5:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Wednesday 25th May 2016 10:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Thursday 26th May 2016 5:30am Radio 4 Extra
Wednesday 3rd March 2021 9:00am Radio 4 Extra
Wednesday 3rd March 2021 4:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Thursday 4th March 2021 4:00am Radio 4 Extra
Saturday 6th March 2021 8:00am Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Victoria Coren Mitchell Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Grayson Perry Guest
Lloyd Langford Guest
Katy Brand Guest
Writing team
Victoria Coren Mitchell Writer
Charlie Skelton Writer (Additional Material)
Colin Swash Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Daisy Knight Producer
Victoria Coren Mitchell Producer


Having been in "I hate all Radio 4 comedy" mode for quite some time, I found myself doing actual, real-life guffaws - more than one! - at Heresy on Wednesday evening. It's quite a while since I've done this listening between 6.30 and 7pm, I must say.

There's not much at all to Heresy - it's just a series of received opinions unpicked by witty people in front of a live audience - but, somehow, this week's episode really worked. This was a lot to do with host Victoria Coren Mitchell, who delivers her tinder-dry lines with just the right amount of nonchalance. She's sharp without being nasty or egomaniacal: at certain points in this episode, she formed a sort of comedy alliance with guest Katy Brand, also on great form. Lloyd Langford, a standup, was excellent, and Grayson Perry as hilarious as ever. The person who made me laugh the most, however, was a member of the audience during a discussion about whether anyone would want to own a picture painted by Hitler. I'm not going to spoil his deadpan punchline, but, listeners, I laughed. I honestly did.

Next thing, I'll start liking Radio 2 documentaries... Or maybe not. I do find them irritating. They have great content, but the style, editing and scripts drive me doolally. Too often they come across as documentaries for simpletons, and Radio 2 listeners aren't stupid.

Miranda Sawyer, The Observer, 22nd May 2016

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