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.

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Series 27, Episode 1

University Challenged. Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis and the rest of The Now Show team are back for a new series and it seems like Barak Obama is yet to save the world. So there's more credit crunch comment and a look at Gordon Brown's trip to the States. Jon Holmes takes a view on awards season and Mitch Benn tries to woo a very special disqualified quiz show contestant. This week there's also a guest spot from BBC Radio 6 Music-presenting stand-up Jon Richardson, who likes to stay home and drink.


The University Challenge scandal

Gail Trimble (Mitch Benn song)

The financial crisis


Jeremy Vine lazily presenting Panorama

Drinking (Jon Richardson)

Gordon Brown meeting Obama

Terrorism (Jon Holmes)

Audience Question

"What was your most stupid purchase ever?"

Duffy's album. I could have saved money by hoovering up a party blower - it's exactly the same sound.

A yoghurt and cup of tea at the National Gallery cafe. Have you any idea how much it costs!!!

A ride on lawn mower which we left in the garden with the keys in. Goodbye lawn mower. 'Quick, they're getting away'... walk after them.

I don't know what to say so here is a picture of a rabbit with a pancake on its head.

Broadcast details

Friday 6th March 2009
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 7th March 2009 12:30pm Radio 4
Sunday 15th March 2009 10:30pm Radio 7
Sunday 5th July 2009 10:00pm Radio 7

Cast & crew

Steve Punt Host / Presenter
Hugh Dennis Host / Presenter
Jon Holmes Self
Mitch Benn Self
Laura Shavin Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Jon Richardson Self
Writing team
Steve Punt Writer
Hugh Dennis Writer
Jon Holmes Writer
Laura Shavin Writer
Mitch Benn Writer
Jane Lamacraft Writer (Additional Material)
Stephen Carlin Writer (Additional Material)
Carrie Quinlan Writer (Additional Material)
Jon Hunter Writer (Additional Material)
James Sherwood Writer (Additional Material)
Matthew Morton Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Colin Anderson Producer

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