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

The Now Show

BBC Radio 4 comedy / stand-up about the week's news. Broadcast, 1998 - 2019. Stars Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis, Jon Culshaw, Marcus Brigstocke and others.

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Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis believe the children are the future, but everyone else wants them to get more exercise, steer clear of fast food and tobacco and be taught fewer subjects in school. Still, so long as Gordon Brown's already saved the world. Jon takes a look at what went wrong with the Large Hadron Collider, Laura inhales too much Helium, Marcus is worried about the climate and there are songs about cars, Coldplay and that Gordon Brown clanger from Mitch.

Further details


American car manufacturers (Mitch Benn song)
Kids today (unfitness + smoking + schooling)
Wikipedia errors (Jon Holmes)
Large Hadron Collider (Jon Holmes)
Gordon Brown 'Saving the World' (Mitch Benn song)
BBC Sports Personality of the Year
2012 Olympics
Various Topics (Marcus Brigstocke)
Coldplay song (Mitch Benn)

Audience Question

Please write us an interesting list:

Witch burning, Pillage, Cow tipping, Hagis hunting, binge drinking - possible exhibition sports for the British olympics in 2012

Pew, Pew, Barney, McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Clegg - The Liberal Democrat front bench

Anne Widdecombe, Boris Johnson, Russell Brand, Arthur Scargill, Swampy - people who you'd never take a picture of into the hairdressers and say, I'll have one of those please

Write an interesting list: The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Milkman, Binman, Coalman, Gasman - A list of second rate superheroes

Broadcast details

Friday 12th December 2008
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
Stephen Carlin Writer (Additional Material)
James Sherwood Writer (Additional Material)
Carrie Quinlan Writer (Additional Material)
Lloyd Langford Writer (Additional Material)
Leila Johnston Writer (Additional Material)
Hils Barker Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Colin Anderson Producer