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Ian Hislop's Oldest Jokes. Ian Hislop. Credit: BBC
Ian Hislop's Oldest Jokes

Ian Hislop's Oldest Jokes

  • Radio factual
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2024
  • 10 episodes (1 series)

The satirist examines the earliest examples of British humour. Features Ian Hislop.

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Ian Hislop's Oldest Jokes. Ian Hislop. Credit: BBC

Key details

Genre
Factual
Broadcast
2024
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
10 (1 series)
Features
Ian Hislop
Producers
Tom Alban
Company

There are a number of themes or types or techniques in British comedy that seem to survive any social or political upheaval. We love wordplay, we're suckers for Double entendre and while animals can be cute or terrifying, they can also make us laugh. In this series Ian Hislop looks back to try and find the first examples of these jokes or comedy genres. We love a good parody but when did that become a thing? Can we really find Anglo-Saxon Double Entendre? You bet we can, and filthy to boot, another trove of British Humour.

He visits libraries, museums and chapels, and also talks to comedy stars and writers of today like Nina Conti, Paul Whitehouse, comedy song writing duo Flo and Joan and parodist Craig Brown.

Catch-up

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 22nd January 2024 at 1:45pm on BBC Radio 4
Most recent repeats
  • Friday 2nd February 2024 at 9:40pm on Radio 4 - Episode 10
  • Friday 2nd February 2024 at 9:30pm on Radio 4 - Episode 9
  • Friday 2nd February 2024 at 9:20pm on Radio 4 - Episode 8

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