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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Ofcom to take no further action over Jo Brand's joke

Ofcom is to take no further action over Jo Brand's controversial joke on BBC Radio 4 about throwing battery acid.

BBC, 27th January 2020

Try harder to support those keeping humour alive

Victoria Coren Mitchell writes about Naga Munchetty and Jo Brand.

Victoria Coren Mitchell, The Telegraph, 5th October 2019

Jo Brand: a mistake to take comedians too seriously

The reaction to her acid joke was hysterical and out of all proportion, so why the admonishment?

Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian, 1st September 2019

Jo Brand battery acid joke 'went too far', BBC rules

Jo Brand's controversial joke about throwing battery acid "went beyond what was appropriate" for a Radio 4 comedy show, the BBC has ruled.

BBC, 29th August 2019

Jeremy Clarkson on the Jo Brand acid controversy

Jeremy Clarkson has hinted that Jo Brand's political leanings were the reason why the comedian kept her job at the BBC following her controversial battery acid comment.

Kimberley Bond, Radio Times, 23rd August 2019

Get the cops out of comedy

It is outrageous that the police 'assessed' Jo Brand's battery-acid joke.

Andrew Doyle, Spiked, 17th June 2019

Time to stop censoring comedy with manufactured outrage

Let's save our outrage for climate catastrophe and the rise of fascism, rather than diverting it into hissy fits about comedians.

Suzanne Harrington, The Irish Examiner, 17th June 2019

Joke's on us if we wring our hands about Jo Brand

While Jo Brand is pilloried for her unwise battery acid gag the ruinous japes of Farage, Johnson and Co go unpunished, writes Dani Garavelli.

Dani Garavelli, The Scotsman, 16th June 2019

Jo Brand and the death of comedy

I have celebrated John Bercow, eulogised Martin McGuinness and urged Spectator readers to vote Labour. So I appreciate I'm on thin ice with a defence of Jo Brand, and since the hefty lefty and I are of similar girth, that metaphor could end badly. Yet the news she is being investigated by police over a joke ought to bring even the most phlegmatic conservative to the barricades. Some things are just wrong, even if Brendan O'Neill is against them too.

Stephen Daisley, The Spectator, 14th June 2019

Jo Brand to face no action over acid joke, police say

The Metropolitan Police has said it will take no further action over Jo Brand's comments on a radio show about throwing battery acid at politicians.

BBC, 14th June 2019

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