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Mark Thomas - The Manifesto

BBC Radio 4 stand-up. 20 episodes (5 series), 2009 - 2013. Stars Mark Thomas.

Series 2, Episode 1

Comedian-activist Mark Thomas returns to Radio 4 for a new series of The Manifesto - the show where the audience suggest policies that will make the world a better place, and Mark finds out if they'd help or not.

Full synopsis

- Any war that lasts longer than five years should be declared a draw.

- People who just stop in the middle of a busy street must legally be shoved.

- If a balding man has a pony tail, you are legally required to cut it off.

- Job seekers that have been looking for a job for more than 20 weeks should be considered for a job at the Job Centre.

- You should have a full refund on your train ticket if the train is delayed due to light drizzle.

- You can't have a surname that is also a forename (e.g. Thomas).

- No more than two terms for serving prime minister because, if you can't get your ideas out in 8 years, they're probably not worth getting out.

- From now on Chelsea Tractors (4x4 cars used in urban areas) have to be made entirely from plexiglass.

- MPs with an income from outside parliament should be made to wear the advertising logos like Formula 1 drivers.

- Every village and town highstreet should have at least one independently owned butcher, baker, grocer, bookshop, coffee shop, general store with subsidised rates... oh, and a nice post office.

- All Ofstead inspectors should be required to demonstrate, by actually teaching a class, how to implement their points for improvement.

- Re-instate Saint Monday. (Saint Monday details)

- Set a maximum wage.

Broadcast details

Thursday 4th February 2010
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


  1. Friday 13th August 2010 at 11:30pm on Radio 4
  2. Thursday 6th October 2011 at 11:30pm on Radio 4 Extra
  3. Friday 8th November 2013 at 11:30pm on Radio 4 Extra
  4. Saturday 18th June 2016 at 11:30pm on Radio 4 Extra
  5. Saturday 18th November 2017 at 11:30pm on Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Mark Thomas Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Jonathan Freedland Self
Writing team
Mark Thomas Writer
Production team
Ed Morrish Producer

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