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 31, Episode 1

The Now Show team are anticipating next week's emergency budget, crack-outing the Frank Spencer impressions for England goal-keeper Robert Green and wondering who's currently doing PR for the animal kingdom. John Finnemore, thinks BP may be in cahoots with James Cameron and Mitch Benn teaches us how to tell the Miliband brothers apart.


- Emergency Budget

- Bono (Mitch Benn song)

- BP oil spill (John Finnemore)

- The World Cup

- Bitey animals (Jon Holmes)

- The Miliband brothers (Mitch Benn song)

Audience Question

"Michael Gove wants to revamp school history lessons. What lessons from history do you think children would benefit from learning?"

- If you invent a sport, don't teach the rest of the world how to play it.

- Old people know best. Because they were there when it happened.

- Life is more fun when you wear a cape.

- The waistband of mens' trousers is traditionally worn around the waist and not half way down the thigh. Do you think you're clever? Do you? If the high waistband was good enough for Churchill it's good enough for you, you loathsome modern arse!

Broadcast details

Friday 18th June 2010
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 19th June 2010 12:30pm Radio 4
Sunday 27th June 2010 4:30pm Radio 7

Cast & crew

Steve Punt Host / Presenter
Hugh Dennis Host / Presenter
Jon Holmes Self
Mitch Benn Self
Laura Shavin Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
John Finnemore Self
Writing team
Steve Punt Writer
Hugh Dennis Writer
Jon Holmes Writer
Laura Shavin Writer
Mitch Benn Writer
Carrie Quinlan Writer (Additional Material)
Jon Hunter Writer (Additional Material)
John-Luke Roberts Writer (Additional Material)
John Finnemore Writer
Tom Parry Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Colin Anderson Producer

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