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 29, Episode 1

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present a satirical review of the week's news, with help from Mitch Benn, Laura Shavin, Jon Holmes and Shazia Mirza.


- Recycling Plans

- Climate Change Scam?

- Jet Man (Mitch Benn song)

- Jedward & Reality TV (Jon Holmes)

- President of EU

- Breakdown of Large Hadron Collider

- Police taking DNA

- Outrage (Shazia Mirza)

- The Pope Wants Vicars (Mitch Benn song)

Audience Question

"Who would you like to switch on your local Christmas lights and why?"

- Thierry Henry: he is good with his hands and won't miss the switch.

- Thomas Edison: he would be so proud.

- Someone who would turn them off again when they left the room because I'm not made of money you know.

- Who switched on the Hadron Collider? Not them.

Broadcast details

Friday 27th November 2009
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 28th November 2009 12:30pm Radio 4
Sunday 6th December 2009 10:30pm Radio 7

Cast & crew

Steve Punt Host / Presenter
Hugh Dennis Host / Presenter
Jon Holmes Self
Mitch Benn Self
Laura Shavin Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Shazia Mirza Self
Writing team
Steve Punt Writer
Hugh Dennis Writer
Jon Holmes Writer
Laura Shavin Writer
Mitch Benn Writer
Jane Lamacraft Writer (Additional Material)
John-Luke Roberts Writer (Additional Material)
John Finnemore Writer (Additional Material)
Terry Saunders Writer (Additional Material)
Phil Whelans Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Julia McKenzie Producer

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