The Now Show. Image shows from L to R: Hugh Dennis, Steve Punt. Copyright: BBC
The Now Show

The Now Show

  • Radio comedy / stand-up
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 1998 - 2024
  • 466 episodes (64 series)

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present a mix of stand-up, sketches and songs in this popular topical comedy show for Radio 4. Also features Jon Culshaw, Marcus Brigstocke, Jon Holmes, Mitch Benn, David Quantick and more.

Episode menu

Series 26, Episode 1

Arrr for Recession. The Now Show team return with talk of the Credit Crunch, the leaking of a BNP membership list, a range of broadcasting controversies, and a discussion of Somali piracy descends into the inevitable range of silly comedy voices. Meanwhile, Marcus takes on the 'Moral Minority', and Jon embraces the new Guns n' Roses album.


MFI's (real) closing down sale
The credit crunch
The British National Party (Mitch Benn song)
The BBC scandals (Marcus Brigstocke)
Oil tanker pirates
Pirate Song (Mitch Benn song)
Obama, Guns n Roses and Strictly Come Dancing (Jon Holmes)

Audience Question

Based around chemistry exam questions. Including 'what is a benzene ring' (a: When you get a phone call from one of the lesser known members of The Goons to tell you you've spelt his name wrong) and 'What is Brownian Motion?' (a: Sorry, I'm dyslexic which entitles me to 25% extra time to answer these questions. I also have ADHD and I'm now bored with science).

Broadcast details

Friday 28th November 2008
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Steve Punt Host / Presenter
Hugh Dennis Host / Presenter
Marcus Brigstocke Self
Jon Holmes Self
Mitch Benn Self
Laura Shavin Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Steve Punt Writer
Hugh Dennis Writer
Marcus Brigstocke Writer
Jon Holmes Writer
Laura Shavin Writer
Mitch Benn Writer
Jane Lamacraft Writer (Additional Material)
Stephen Carlin Writer (Additional Material)
John Finnemore Writer (Additional Material)
James Sherwood Writer (Additional Material)
Ben Moor Writer (Additional Material)
Leila Johnston Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Colin Anderson Producer

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