Environmental comedy Carbon Lifeforms coming to Radio 4

Monday 27th June 2022, 11:01am

Jon Long

Radio 4 is to pilot Carbon Lifeforms, a comedy format focused on climate change.

The blurb for the show explains: "Environmental comedian (and actual Council Waste Education Officer!) Jon Long teams up with scientist and TV presenter Tara Shine for a new hybrid BBC Radio 4 show that emits jokes, sketches, guests and music that (carbon) capture all things climate and environment."

The pilot episode, due to be recorded on Tuesday 12th July at The Etcetera Theatre in London (free tickets), will focus on the topic of food. The hosts will be joined by comedian Sikisa and the Observer's restaurant critic and host of Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet, Jay Rayner.

Focusing on "the dirty, dangerous, and downright delicious", the episode will feature format points titled 'Play Your Carbon Footprint Right!', 'Bless Me, Tara, For I Have Sinned', and 'Greenwash of the Week'.

The aim of the show is to "demystify the issues, and help audiences make positive choices in their everyday lives."

The recording of Carbon Lifeforms is being overseen by The Skewer producers Unusual Productions, and is produced by Jon Holmes in association with Dan Page (Why Did The Chicken?) with Possible as the climate consultant partners.

Musical comedian Jon Long is set to perform a show called Still A Planet Killer at this year's Edinburgh Festival.

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