Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better. Image shows from L to R: Poet (Tim Key), Mark Watson. Copyright: BBC.

Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better

BBC Radio 4 stand-up. 12 episodes (2 series), 2007 - 2008. Stars Mark Watson, Tim Minchin, Tom Basden and Tim Key.

Series 1, Episode 1 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra on Wednesday at 10:30pm.

Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better

Mark Watson aims to make the world better by performing stand-up based on the seven deadly sins (series 1) and the virtues (series 2)

2007 - 2008
BBC Radio 4
12   (2 series)
Mark Watson, Tim Minchin, Tom Basden and Tim Key
Mark Watson
Katie Marsden

Radio series in which Mark Watson performs stand-up material on a given theme, supported by his 'sometimes unwilling' assistants - poet Tim Key and musician Tom Basden (Tim Minchin in series one). As well as stand-up, the programme includes sketches, songs and life-changing advice, which may turn out to be not-such-good advice.

Series one saw Mark tackle The Seven Deadly Sins. The second series saw him aiming even higher - he promotes virtue throughout the world in an attempt to make it substantially better. Mark teaches courage, patience, generosity, honesty, diligence and humility.

In 2011, Watson, Key and Basden returned for a one-off live episode called Mark Watson's Live Address To The Nation.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 13th February 2007 on BBC Radio 4
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 17th September 2008 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 1 Episode 1: Wednesday at 10:30pm on Radio 4 Extra

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