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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 about the week's news. Broadcast, 1998 - 2016. Stars Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis, Marcus Brigstocke, Jon Holmes and others.

Next new episode is on Friday at 6:30pm. Series 49, Episode 6
Catch-up on BBC iPlayer Radio
Recording at RADA Studios. Tickets

Press Clippings

Andy Zaltzman brought out his satirical chops for The Now Show last week. Now into its 49th series, Radio 4's Friday-night political pee-take is a station stalwart. There's much to enjoy about this show. I like its speed and intelligence, its one-liners can be proper zingers and it does that great thing of scattershot, apolitical attack. But. I've never been much of a fan of hilarious songs, and I don't enjoy how it slots in the newbies. (Here's someone you don't know, audience. Laugh a little less than you have been.) There is something about long-serving Radio 4 shows that means they turn into smuggeries. It's a little to do with the regulars, and even more to do with the live audience, which laughs at anything the regulars say and is a bit snotty about everything else. Still, The Now Show has been brave and refreshed its contributors. It needs to shake up its format, too.

Miranda Sawyer, The Observer, 4th December 2016

The unspoken bigotry of the BBC's diversity quotas

Giving ethnic minorities and women a leg-up is deeply patronising.

Will Franken, Spiked, 12th October 2016

The Now Show comic axed for more women and minorities

The BBC was at the centre of a damaging diversity row last night after one of its top radio stars was sacked for being 'white and male'.
BAFTA award-winning comedian Jon Holmes was axed from The Now Show - the hit Radio 4 programme he has appeared on for 18 years - when bosses told him 'we're recasting it with more women and diversity'.

Chris Hastings and Jonathan Petre, Mail on Sunday, 1st October 2016

Now Show axes Jon Holmes and Mitch Benn

Jon Holmes and Mitch Benn have been axed from Radio 4's The Now Show - in the name of diversity.

Chortle, 27th September 2016

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

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