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 - 2020. Stars Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis, Jon Culshaw, Marcus Brigstocke and others.

Next new episode is on Friday at 6:30pm. Series 57, Episode 6
Catch-up on BBC Sounds   The programme is repeated on Radio 4 Extra today at 9am.

Press Clippings

The BBC's bid to axe left-wing comedy will fail

From Punch in the 19th century to P. J. O'Rourke to Auberon Waugh to Craig Brown to Titania McGrath, if it's grown-up, nuanced political humour and satire you want, refer to books, newspapers, magazines or the internet. Let the lefties have the airwaves.

Patrick West, The Spectator, 3rd September 2020

BBC propaganda / satire stopped being funny ages ago

Changing the Corporation's pandering, predictable approach to comedy needs more than new material - it requires a revolution.

Robin Aitken, The Telegraph, 1st September 2020

BBC's new boss threatens to axe Left-wing comedy shows

New Director-General Tim Davie believes the BBC's comedy output is seen as too one-sided, and unfairly biased against the Tories, Donald Trump and Brexit.

Bill Gardner, The Telegraph, 31st August 2020

BBC Radio 4 listeners switch off clueless comedy

Audience satisfaction in the station's flagship 6.30pm comedy slot - which includes The News Quiz, The Now Show and The Unbelievable Truth - has tumbled over the past year.

Matthew Moore, The Times, 11th May 2019

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2018 shortlist

The shortlisted TV and radio shows for the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2018 have been announced. 60 programmes are now in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title.

British Comedy Guide, 21st January 2019

Comedy.co.uk Awards results 2017

The winners of the 2017 Comedy.co.uk Awards have been announced, with Inside No. 9 named Comedy Of The Year.

British Comedy Guide, 29th January 2018

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