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The Now Show. Image shows from L to R: Hugh Dennis, Steve Punt. Copyright: BBC.

The Now Show

BBC Radio 4 comedy / stand-up. Broadcast, 1998 - 2016. Stars Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis, Marcus Brigstocke, Jon Holmes, Laura Shavin, Mitch Benn and Jon Culshaw.

Another series is in development.

Press Clippings

Interview: Hugh Dennis

"It's not good for my image but I like cardigan's."

Nick McGrath, The Sunday Express, 1st February 2015

Radio Times review

Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt are the perfect hosts for this satirical minefield of a series. They have done it...

Jane Anderson, Radio Times, 12th September 2014

There was a smart little sketch on The Now Show about NHS data, its sale and distribution, its users' choices. In a very few minutes it managed to be factual (the NHS intends to sell its clients' data, protected by pseudonymity but we can opt out) and entertaining (the ultimate deadline for opt outs is April so we'll probably put off doing anything for now). The joke was that however indignant we get about something the temptation to do nothing usually prevails. I laughed a lot. This is me to a T. I thereupon resolved that, when my leaflet advising me on the choice arrives, I will make a decision and act upon it at once.

Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph, 5th February 2014

Production Blog: Editing The Now Show

Cut to 9am Friday morning. Today's job is to digitally assemble the programme, edit in retakes, add extra music and sound effects and cut last night's recording down to 28 minutes for broadcast at 18.30.

Colin Anderson, BBC Radio 4 Blog, 3rd June 2013

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis embark on a new series of live satire with the Olympics as the butt of the jokes. It could be the athletes, it might be the BBC's coverage or perhaps even G4S's security service that feels the sharp end of their javelin-sharp wit.

Jane Anderson, Radio Times, 30th July 2012

The Now Show 2012 - Live!

You may be aware that a small event is launching on Friday night.

Frankie Ward, BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra Blog, 26th July 2012

The Now Show to broadcast live Olympics specials

Topical comedy format The Now Show is to broadcast six Olympic-themed specials live on Radio 4.

British Comedy Guide, 9th July 2012

A mainstay of Friday nights (whenever The News Quiz of the Edinburgh Fringe isn't on), Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis's satirical comedy returns for its 37th series.

Along with other regulars Mitch Benn and Jon Holmes, this week's guests were Pippa Evans and John Finnemore. While all had their strengths, my favourite moment was Finnemore's routine about the Eurozone crisis using what was described as, "the longest, most torturous and yet simultaneously the most over-simplistic analogy in Now Show history."

One of the other things I found enjoyable was the show's coverage of the Diamond Jubilee, mainly due to the fact I got just about all of my jubilee coverage from satirical shows. It's less tedious and more spiritually up-lifting than watching the news. I'm not a monarchist - I couldn't care less about some posh lady in a rather fancy hat - so for me this was a nice way of getting all the news while cutting out all the rubbish filling-in that TV channels feel they need to do.

The Now Show proves once again that it's a highly competent satirical comedy that could well continue for another 37 series...

Ian Wolf, Giggle Beats, 11th June 2012

Is The Now Show, the natural successor to Week Ending, losing its edge? These days it all sounds a bit cosy and predictable to me. The writing is uneven, the presenters smug and the musical interludes lack lustre. Bring in some new blood for the next series otherwise The Now Show will soon be old news.

Nick Smurthwaite, The Stage, 5th August 2011

The Now Show: the 'Stab A Burglar' song

Here's the topical tune that set Twitter a-tweetin' during last week's episode of The Now Show...

Steve Saul, BBC Comedy Blog, 5th July 2011

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