Newsjack. Copyright: BBC


  • Radio sketch show
  • BBC Radio 4 Extra / BBC Radio 7
  • 2009 - 2021
  • 143 episodes (24 series)

Topical satirical sketch show on Radio 4 Extra. The programme had an 'open door' policy allowing anyone to submit material. Stars Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Angela Barnes, Nish Kumar, Romesh Ranganathan, Justin Edwards and more.

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Series 24, Episode 2

This week, we find out how people planning on getting round the wedding capactiy limits, how Pokemon's Ash and Pikachu are getting on after 25 years together, and we speak to the rugby Referee from Wales' win over England.

Broadcast details

Thursday 4th March 2021
BBC Radio 4 Extra
30 minutes
  • Wednesday 3rd March 2021, 19:00 at Zoom (Virtual)


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 5th March 2021 11:00pm Radio 4
Sunday 7th March 2021 11:00pm Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Kiri Pritchard-McLean Host / Presenter
Luke Kempner Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Nimisha Odedra Ensemble Actor
Aurie Styla Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Danny Antrobus Writer
Alex Buchanan Writer
Alice Gregg Writer
Simon Alcock Writer
Sean Stokes Writer
Will Adnams Writer
Jack Kelly Writer
William Sebag-Montefiore Writer
Amy Xander Writer
Joseph Bates Writer
Ian Smith Writer
Ana Basu Writer
Gareth Ceredig Writer
Helena Langdon Writer
Kemah Bob Writer
Jamie Cooke Writer
Jenny Dixon Writer
Charlie Vero-Martin Writer
Alexander Minto Writer
Daisy Hall Writer
Alexander Lambert Writer
Tasha Dhanraj Writer
Neil Doran Writer
Paul Bovey Writer
Scott Brunnet Writer
Lucienne Cummings Writer
Cody Dahler Writer
Charlie Dunlop Writer
Kathleen Hughes Writer
Rajiv Karia Writer
Hannah Platt Writer
John Soff Writer
Martin Zafar Writer
Gemma Arrowsmith Script Editor
Ken Cheng Script Editor
Production team
Hayley Sterling Producer
Gwyn Rhys Davies Producer


Pokemon's 25th anniversary celebrated on BBC's Newsjack

The two-minute sketch has been made available on Newsjack's Twitter feed, with Ash and Pikachu voiced by comedians Luke Kempner and Nimisha Odedra. Newsjack is unusual in that it allows unsolicited writers to submit comedy material. So if you've come up with a brilliant idea for a sketch involving, say, a well-known British politician being given a Death Note, you know where to send it.

Andrew Osmond, Anime News Network, 8th March 2021

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