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 28, Episode 6

We Hate It When A Plan Comes Together: Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis take a look at the events marking three years to go until the Olympics; Mitch Benn has written a musical; Marcus Brigstocke says 'Sausages'; and special guest David Quantick talks about the most boring music prize going.


3 years until the Olympics

The Mercury Music Prize (David Quantick)

Autoerotic Asphyxiation (Mitch Benn song)

Junior Now Show - The MP Expenses & Credit Crunch explained

The bad weather (Marcus Brigstocke)

Esther Rantzen standing as an MP (Marcus Brigstocke)

David Cameron saying a rude word on the radio (Mitch Benn song)

Audience Question

"What did you used to be scared of when you were young"

- "Jelly Babies". Why? "I hated the way they stared at me." How did you get over it? "By eating their eyes first."

- "A lion under my bed." Why? "I believed strongly there was a lion under my bed." How did you get over it? "I had a look and there was no lion."

- "Geese." Why? "Attacked as a child in the park." How did you get over it? "Christmas Dinner."

Broadcast details

Friday 31st July 2009
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 1st August 2009 12:30pm Radio 4
Sunday 9th August 2009 10:00pm Radio 7

Cast & crew

Steve Punt Host / Presenter
Hugh Dennis Host / Presenter
Marcus Brigstocke Self
Mitch Benn Self
David Quantick Self
Laura Shavin Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Steve Punt Writer
Hugh Dennis Writer
Marcus Brigstocke Writer
Laura Shavin Writer
Mitch Benn Writer
Jane Lamacraft Writer (Additional Material)
Gareth Gwynn Writer (Additional Material)
David Quantick Writer
John Finnemore Writer (Additional Material)
Alistair Barrie Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Ed Morrish Producer

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