I Guess That's Why They Call It The News. Fred MacAulay. Copyright: BBC
I Guess That's Why They Call It The News

I Guess That's Why They Call It The News

  • Radio panel show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2009
  • 5 episodes (1 series)

A topical radio panel show chaired by Fred MacAulay. The rounds are based on the week's news and more perennial issues too. Stars Fred MacAulay.

Key details

Genre
Panel Show
Broadcast
2009
Channels
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
5 (1 series)
Star
Fred MacAulay
Writers
James Sherwood, Stephen Carlin, John-Luke Roberts, Gareth Gwynn and Nadia Kamil
Producer
Katie Tyrrell
Companies

A topical panel show hosted by Fred MacAulay in which two teams of two play games inspired by the week's headlines - from politics to entertainment.

This show asks the big questions, and the little questions. And provides thoroughly silly answers to both.

The rounds include: What The Papers (Don't Actually) Say; Say What? (topical 'quote unquote' with silly and wrong answers); Good News, Bad News (pretending good news is bad and vice versa); Who's Who (who is the new who and why); Focus Group (suggested improvements to the week's films, TV and news stories); and Apathy Attack (persuading a "don't know" from the audience to change his or her mind on a major perennial issue).

The show comprises both prepared and improvised elements - and some arbitrary scoring.

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Studio

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 21st August 2009 at 6:30pm on BBC Radio 4
Most recent repeats
  • Sunday 27th September 2009 at 10:00pm on Radio 7 - Episode 5
  • Sunday 20th September 2009 at 10:00pm on Radio 7 - Episode 4
  • Saturday 19th September 2009 at 12:30pm on Radio 4 - Episode 5

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