Political Animal. Image shows from L to R: John Oliver, Andy Zaltzman. Copyright: Avalon Television / BBC.

Political Animal

BBC Radio 4 stand-up show presented by John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman. 11 episodes (pilot + 2 series), 2005 - 2008. Stars John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman.

Political Animal

Radio show featuring political stand-up and sketches, hosted by John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman

2005 - 2008
BBC Radio 4
11   (1 pilot + 2 series)
John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman
Richard Grocock and Alison Carpenter

John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman host this late-night satirical show which mixes stand-up and sketches. The programme features a wide range of guests performing cutting-edge political satire. The series is based on the hit live stand-up shows of the same name.

Featuring cutting-edge satire from an exciting mix of new and more established acts, Political Animal is an incisive, unpredictable, and richly entertaining show, offering political comedy which reaches far beyond the bounds of Westminster into the broader issues which shape the world today.

Production Details

Production companies
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 4th April 2007 on BBC Radio 4 at 11pm
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 15th July 2008 on BBC Radio 4 at 11pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes

Website links


Supporters and subscribers get more

Additional content and tools are available across the site for Supporters and BCG Pro subscribers. On this page you can:

  • View location details

Donate (for fans) BCG Pro

Already a donor or Pro user?