The News At Bedtime. Image shows from L to R: Jim Tweedledee (Peter Capaldi), John Tweedledum (Jack Dee). Copyright: BBC.

The News At Bedtime

BBC Radio 4 sketch show. 8 episodes (1 series), 2009 - 2010. Stars Jack Dee, Peter Capaldi, Lucy Montgomery, Vicki Pepperdine, Dan Tetsell and Lewis Macleod.

The News At Bedtime

Radio comedy from the writers of Private Eye. Stars Jack Dee and Peter Capaldi as two news readers in a fairytale land

Sketch Show
2009 - 2010
BBC Radio 4
8   (1 series)
Jack Dee, Peter Capaldi, Lucy Montgomery, Vicki Pepperdine, Dan Tetsell and Lewis Macleod
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
Simon Nicholls

Inspired by their column for Private Eye, writers Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have created an in-depth news analysis programme covering the latest events... in a fairytale world.

The News at Bedtime is introduced by twin presenters John Tweedledum (Jack Dee) and Jim Tweedledee (Peter Capaldi) - who argue and disagree with everyone - and sometimes each other. There is also Mary Mary, the Contrary Correspondent; Thought for the Day with Peter Rabbi; and the weather with Dilly Dilly.

This is serious broadcasting: The News at Bedtime addresses the zeitgeist issues of today and once upon a time from Nurseryland; Humpty Dumpty's great fall, the worrying story of Jack and the Genetically Modified Beanstalk and the celebrity wedding of the owl to the pussycat, to name but three.

Production Details

Production company
Theme tune is a remix of the BBC News theme playing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star".
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 24th December 2009 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:15pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 31st December 2010 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30pm
Last repeat
Friday 8th February 2019 at 10:45pm on Radio 4 Extra

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