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Mark Watson Talks A Bit About Life

BBC Radio 4 stand-up series about life. 14 episodes (3 series), 2014 - 2020. Stars Mark Watson, Tim Key, Tom Basden, Sam Simmons and others.

Mark Watson Talks A Bit About Life

Radio 4 series in which Mark Watson tackles the 'academic and abstract subjects that affect our everyday life'

2014 - 2020
BBC Radio 4
14   (3 series)
Mark Watson, Tim Key, Tom Basden, Sam Simmons, Will Adamsdale, Nicola Dempsey and Rosie Dempsey
Mark Watson, Tom Basden, Tim Key, Will Adamsdale, Sam Simmons, Nicola Dempsey and Rosie Dempsey
Lianne Coop

Radio 4 series from multi-award winning Mark Watson where he reignites his quest to improve the world.

Previous series have seen Mark and his two deputies eradicate the seven deadly sins, promote virtue throughout the world, and broadcast live to the nation allowing the audience to guide Mark's attempts to make the world a better place. This latest format will see Mark and two henchmen tackle the bigger, more academic and abstract subjects that affect our everyday life, asking big questions that are crucial to our understanding of ourselves and the crazy world around us.

Themes are examined from every angle, torn apart, laughed at and put back together again to help listeners to understand themselves and the world around them, and to make it a slightly better place using stand-up, poetry, songs and dippy interactions.

Mark was nimbly accompanied by his long-term collaborators Tim Key and Tom Basden in Series 1.

For Series 2, Mark was assisted and impeded in equal measure by henchmen Sam Simmons and Will Adamsdale, as he revived his quest to make sense of life against the backdrop of a world that, in recent times, has come to appear even more peculiar than usual.

The tenacious trio take on some of human life's central topics in Series 2 - family, spirituality, Scandinavia. Watson peddles his unique, high-octane stand-up while Simmons and Adamsdale chip in with interjections which include (but are not limited to) music, shopping lists, life advice, stunts, avant-garde offerings and divvy interactions.

Production Details

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Also known as
  • Mark Watson Wants To Briefly Talk To You About The Point Of Life (Working title)
  • Mark Watson Wants To Talk A Bit About Life (Working title)
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 14th October 2014 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 25th March 2020 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Thursday 8th April 2021 at 11:30pm on Radio 4 Extra

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