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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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Series 26, Episode 4

In a particularly silly show the team get sidetracked from maths and corruption when they hit upon tabloid use of the word 'bungle'. Mitch identifies the group he expects will be most affected by the expected closure of Woolies and makes an urgent appeal for listeners to defy the X-Factor Christmas release. Meanwhile Jon doesn't think the police should be encouraging drunk people to blow bubbles and special guest Holly Walsh serves up some top tips for a credit crunch Christmas.

Further details


Thank God It Isn't Christmas Every Day (Mitch Benn song)
The hedge fund scam
The Strictly Come Dancing voting fiasco
Maths and the new Countdown presenters
The over-payment of civil service pensions
Christmas credit crunch tips (Holly Walsh)
Goodbye Woolworths (Mitch Benn song)
What Madonna will miss about Britain
More Wikipedia lies (Jon Holmes)
Police handing out bubbles, sweets etc to drunks (Jon Holmes)
X Factor 'Murdering' Hallelujah (Mitch Benn song)

Audience Question

"What medical wisdom has been passed down to you by your family?"

- Research causes cancer in rats

- If you eat cheese at full moon, you'll turn into a Clanger

- Nothing that works. My family are all dead.

- If you want to get served in A&E, take a child with something sharp sticking out of them.

Broadcast details

Friday 19th December 2008
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Steve Punt Host / Presenter
Hugh Dennis Host / Presenter
Jon Holmes Self
Mitch Benn Self
Laura Shavin Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Holly Walsh Self
Writing team
Steve Punt Writer
Hugh Dennis Writer
Jon Holmes Writer
Laura Shavin Writer
Mitch Benn Writer
John Finnemore Writer (Additional Material)
Stephen Carlin Writer (Additional Material)
James Sherwood Writer (Additional Material)
Jon Hunter Writer (Additional Material)
Nick Doody Writer (Additional Material)
Chris Chantler Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Colin Anderson Producer