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Newsjack

BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio 7 sketch show written by the public. 109 episodes (pilot + 18 series), 2009 - 2018. Stars Angela Barnes, Nish Kumar, Romesh Ranganathan, Justin Edwards and others.

Next new episode is on Thursday at 10:30pm. Series 18, Episode 3
Catch-up on Episode 2 on BBC iPlayer Radio
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Newsjack. Angela Barnes. Copyright: BBC / Matt Stronge.

Newsjack

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

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Genre
Sketch Show
Broadcast
2009 - 2018
Channels
BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio 7
Episodes
109   (1 pilot + 18 series), plus 2 highlights specials
Starring
Angela Barnes, Nish Kumar, Romesh Ranganathan, Justin Edwards, Miles Jupp, George Fouracres, Lewis Macleod, Margaret Cabourn-Smith and others
Writers
Matthew Morton, Luke Catterson, James Kettle, Emma Payne, Darren Ross, Mark Spiller, Alex Buchanan, Andy Flood and others
Producers
Ed Morrish, Carl Cooper, Arnab Chanda, Charlie Perkins, Lyndsay Fenner, Matt Stronge, Toby Tilling, Suzy Grant, Paul Sheehan, Tilusha Ghelani and others

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, Nish Kumar, and now Angela Barnes, 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.

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