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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 - 2017. Stars Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis, Marcus Brigstocke, Jon Holmes and others.

Another series is in development.

Press Clippings

Radio review: The Now Show

Despite liking Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt since they emerged as Jasper Carrott's TV sidekicks, I've never been a big fan of The Now Show. Seeing it being made was far more fun than I've ever found it on air. Maybe the inclusion of relatively unknown Welsh performers like Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Tudur Owen and Lisa Jen Brown gave it a kick up the backside?

Louis Barfe, The Lady, 7th April 2017

Hugh Dennis interview

'I'm the comedy equivalent of a handyman': 10 questions for Hugh Dennis.

Paul Coia, The Sunday Post, 20th March 2017

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2016 winners announced

The results of the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2016 have been announced. Red Dwarf, Upstart Crow, John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme and Taskmaster are amongst the winners.

British Comedy Guide, 23rd January 2017

Radio 4 to broadcast six comedy pilots on twelfth night

Radio 4 is to "illuminate January with the spirit of misrule" by broadcasting a series of comedy pilots of the twelfth night, the 7th January.

British Comedy Guide, 21st December 2016

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 Daily 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 long enough to know when they are teetering on the edge of a brilliant gag or crossing the line into the darkest areas of BBC Compliance.

But they also have a crack production team to thank for this show's success -- it's recorded on a Thursday evening, editing starts at 9am on Friday and it's ready for broadcast at 6.30pm. And it is also a producer I have to thank for informing me that Hugh Dennis is only absent from this first show and back for programme two.

Jane Anderson, Radio Times, 12th September 2014

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