Radio Active
Radio Active

Radio Active

  • Radio sketch show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 1980 - 2016
  • 51 episodes (7 series)

Long-running radio sketch show featuring Angus Deayton, Geoffrey Perkins, Michael Fenton Stevens and Helen Atkinson-Wood. Also features Philip Pope.

Radio Active. Image shows from L to R: Geoffrey Perkins, Michael Fenton Stevens, Helen Atkinson-Wood, Philip Pope, Angus Deayton

Key details

Genre
Sketch Show
Broadcast
1980 - 2016
Channels
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
51 (1 pilot + 7 series), plus 4 other episodes
Stars
Angus Deayton, Geoffrey Perkins, Michael Fenton Stevens, Helen Atkinson-Wood and Philip Pope
Writers
Angus Deayton, Geoffrey Perkins and Richard Curtis
Producers
Jimmy Mulville and David Tyler
Companies

Radio Active is "Britain's first national local radio station". With presenters including Mike Stand, Mike Channel, Anna Dapter and Mike Flex, the station broadcast music from acts such as The Hee Bee Gee Bees, as well as its own original programming with shows like Round Your Parts, Gigantaquiz and Stop That Crime UK.

The series originated as the 1979 Fringe show from the Oxford Revue, with stars Angus Deayton, Geoffrey Perkins, Helen Atkinson-Wood, Philip Pope and Michael Fenton Stevens.

Radio Active aired throughout most of the 1980s, with the fictional radio station eventually becoming the fictional satellite TV channel KYTV. Radio Active has since been revived both on radio and the stage.

Additional details

Also known as
  • The Oxford Revue Presents Radio Active (Pilot)
Production
Studio
Soundtrack
Music by Philip Pope.

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 8th September 1981 at 12:30pm on BBC Radio 4
Most recent repeats
  • Wednesday 13th April 2022 at 11:00pm on Radio 4 Extra - Series 7, Episode 8
  • Wednesday 6th April 2022 at 11:00pm on Radio 4 Extra - Series 7, Episode 7
  • Wednesday 30th March 2022 at 11:00pm on Radio 4 Extra - Series 7, Episode 6

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