Newsjack. Copyright: BBC.


BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio 7 sketch show written by the public. 127 episodes (pilot + 21 series), 2009 - 2019. Stars Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Angela Barnes, Nish Kumar, Romesh Ranganathan and others.

Series 1

1. Episode One

First broadcast: Thursday 18th June 2009

In this episode Miles Jupp calls the lawyers to find out what Nick Griffin BNP jokes Newsjack is allowed to broadcast; poet Carol Ann Duffy gets a threatening call from The Queen; there is an appeal to kill all the fishes; and a report on Robert Peston, who is currently pestering highstreet bank customers.


2. Episode Two

First broadcast: Thursday 25th June 2009

Gordon Brown becomes a teacher, the real identity of The Stig is exposed, there's classic comedy from the panel game Not So Quiet On The Western Front, and Tim Henman and Boris Becker discover they can no longer bore TV viewers with their long rainy day anecdotes.


3. Episode Three

First broadcast: Thursday 2nd July 2009

Newsjack tries to avoid talking about Michael Jackson and the BBC Expenses Scandal. Instead, this week's episode features sketches about the heatwave, Richard Dawkins' atheist camp and many other topics.


4. Episode Four

First broadcast: Thursday 9th July 2009

James Bond gets in trouble for his Facebook updates; Gordon Brown gets naked on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square; a look at Slash Fiction; Michael McIntyre investigates the war in Iraq; and it turns out no one is paying attention to Big Brother 10 - not even the housemates themselves.


5. Episode Five

First broadcast: Thursday 16th July 2009

Rupert Murdoch bugs the Newsjack studio. Plus, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth is caught shopping for new army gear in Pound World; British Airways pilots say their pay cuts won't affect service; and the show dips into the archives to bring us moon-based comedy film Carry On Floating.


6. Episode Six

First broadcast: Thursday 23rd July 2009

In the final episode of the series, the sketches include a look at terrorist alert levels, top slicing the licence fee, gay penguins, classic cricket commentary, and speeding nuns.