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BBC Radio 4 Extra sketch show written by the public. 91 episodes (pilot + 15 series), 2009 - 2016. Stars Nish Kumar, Romesh Ranganathan, Justin Edwards, Miles Jupp and others.

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Topical satirical sketch show on Radio 4 Extra. The programme has an 'open door' policy allowing anyone to submit material

Sketch Show
2009 - 2016
BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio 7
91   (1 pilot + 15 series), plus 2 highlights specials
Nish Kumar, Romesh Ranganathan, Justin Edwards, Miles Jupp, Lewis Macleod, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Pippa Evans, Jess Robinson and others
Matthew Morton, James Kettle, Emma Payne, Mark Spiller, Alex Buchanan, Andy Flood, Tom Neenan, Eddie Robson and others
Ed Morrish, Carl Cooper, Arnab Chanda, Charlie Perkins, Lyndsay Fenner, Matt Stronge, Toby Tilling, Suzy Grant, Paul Sheehan, Tilusha Ghelani, Sam Michell and Simon Mayhew-Archer

Newsjack is a topical sketch show created by BBC Radio 7, now on BBC Radio 4 Extra. The show aims to get comic mileage from the news - political, cultural, sports, and trivia.

Originally hosted by Miles Jupp, then Justin Edwards, followed by Romesh Ranganathan, and now Nish Kumar, the tone is lively, satirical, and distinctly irreverent.

Notably, most of the sketches are written by members of the public, as the programme is happy to receive unsolicited material. For example, the production team revealed that for Series 7 they were reading 450 emails a week, and broadcast the work of 123 different writers.

Newsjack writing alumni include James Kettle, now writing on a variety of Radio 4 shows including It's Not What You Know; Eddie Robson, whose has created sitcom Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully; and Tom Neenan, who went on to become one of BBC Radio Comedy's bursary writers.

To find out more about how to write for the show see the Newsjack website

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