On The Hour. Image shows from L to R: Chris Morris, David Schneider, Patrick Marber, Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan, Steve Coogan. Copyright: BBC
On The Hour

On The Hour

  • Radio sketch show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 1991 - 1992
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Radio news satire presented by Chris Morris which was renowned for its savage dissection of news and current affairs programming and presentation. Stars Chris Morris, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan, Patrick Marber and more.

On The Hour. Image shows from L to R: Chris Morris, David Schneider, Patrick Marber, Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan, Steve Coogan. Copyright: TalkbackThames

Key details

Genre
Sketch Show
Broadcast
1991 - 1992
Channels
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
12 (2 series)
Stars
Chris Morris, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan, Patrick Marber, David Schneider and Michael Alexander St John
Writers
Chris Morris, Armando Iannucci, Richard Herring, Stewart Lee, David Quantick, Steven Wells, Andrew Glover, Rebecca Front and more
Producers
Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris
Companies

On The Hour is BBC Radio 4's most important news programme. Presented by Christopher Morris, On The Hour covers all of the important stories such as, "Glass-faced man too disgusting for trial!", "International string measurements agreed!" and "More oxygen needed says France!"

Supporting Morris are a range of fearless correspondents, including vapid US reporter Barbara Wintergreen; environmental reporter Rosy May; religious commentator Monsignor Treeb-Lopez, the terribly incompetent Peter O'Hanraha-Hanrahan; Radio 1 DJ Wayne Carr; and the monstrous face of sport, Alan Partridge.

Additional details

Tagline
The News As It Happens, If It Happens
Production
Studio
Soundtrack
Music written and performed by Chris Morris and Jonathan Whitehead.

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 9th August 1991 at 11pm on BBC Radio 4
Most recent repeats

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