Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section. Image shows from L to R: Drums (Ben Reynolds), Saxophone (Mark Brown), Alex Horne, Bass (Will Collier), Trumpet (Joe Auckland), Ed Sheldrake. Copyright: BBC
Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section

Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section

  • Radio comedy
  • BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 4 Extra
  • 2011 - 2014
  • 19 episodes (3 series)

Radio broadcast mixing comedy and music. Featuring Alex Horne and his five piece band. Stars Alex Horne, Joe Auckland, Mark Brown, Will Collier, Ben Reynolds and more.

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BBC Sounds launch opens up Radio 4 comedy archive

BBC Radio Player has been replaced with BBC Sounds. The website and app will offer over 80,000 hours of content, including the chance to re-listen to many comedy shows made by Radio 4.

British Comedy Guide, 30th October 2018

Radio Times review

Alex Horne's bumbling jazz jesters are back for another series, and clearly have no shortage of ideas. This week they tackle turntables, mariachi music and the humble Teasmade, combining sharp stand-up comedy with even sharper musical chops.

There's also a wonderful guest appearance from Sara Pascoe, performing a self-penned five-minute musical about her life as a vegetarian. It's far funnier than it has any right to be. A few of the sight-gags fall flat (as visual comedy does on radio), but the raucous live atmosphere makes up for any shortcomings. After all, who doesn't want humour you can hum along to?

Tristram Fane Saunders, Radio Times, 6th May 2014

Review: Alex Horne presents The Horne Section

The show probably won't change the face of the universe, but there's really no harm in getting yourself a bit of Horne on Sunday evenings.

Brian Donaldson, The List, 26th February 2013

The Horne Section: Made in a Hovel

Just six weeks after we met in the Hovel and our thoughts, scribbles and pleas have somehow become six half hour episodes that we're all incredibly proud of.

Alex Horne, BBC Blogs, 24th February 2013

Alex Horne Presents the Horne Section is, at last, a genuinely fresh, funny, inventive show for this slot. Its base is music, it can be a bit rude but it has the pace and style to move along so briskly only vigilant prudes will find offence.

Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph, 22nd February 2013

Al Murray, Tim Key and lots of rum

Producer Julia McKenzie gives us a behind the scenes look at recording Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section: Edinburgh Special - listen to the programme on Sunday at 19.15.

Julia McKenzie, BBC Blogs, 31st August 2012

Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section Edinburgh Special (Radio 4, 7.15pm) might bring some smiles at last to this now-dreaded comedy slot, introduced by Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams with the best of intentions: to cheer us up at the end of the weekend. Alas, that's harder to do than say as anyone who has sat with gritted teeth through the rants of Sue Perkins or the travails of Rory Bremner can attest. Alex Horne's 6.30pm week-night series was at least tuneful.

Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph, 31st August 2012

Jazz with jokes

It's a project born of envy. The comedian Alex Horne first met the drummer Ben Reynolds and the trumpeter and banjo player Joe Auckland when they were all just a year old. They went to primary school together and became friends.

Sophie Elmhirst, The New Statesman, 10th February 2011

The Horne Section: Songs in the key of silly

It's the perfect match. The improvised musings of the country's best comedians combined with the free-form noodlings of a five-piece jazz band. When The Horne Section debuted at Edinburgh this summer, it quickly became the talk of the Fringe. Punters clutching pints queued round the block for the occasional, lightly shambolic midnight shows. Jimmy Carr dropped by to rap out 10 one-liners over 10 different beats, Tim Minchin improvised a song about cheese and Tim Key performed a track by the Russian punk band Leningrad. There were burlesque dancers, shared bags of chips and 2am Bon Jovi singalongs, led by Josie Long with Mark Watson on drums.

Alice Jones, The Independent, 28th January 2011

Interview: Alex Horne

Spoonfed talks to the We Need Answers star about Countdown, fortuitous junk mail and experiments with babies.

Sarah Kendell, Spoonfed, 16th April 2010

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