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The Unbelievable Truth

BBC Radio 4 panel show built on truth and lies. 147 episodes (pilot + 24 series), 2006 - 2020. Stars David Mitchell.

New series to air in late 2020..
Series 17, Episode 6 is repeated on Radio 4 Extra on Monday at 9am.

Series 1, Episode 2

Alan Davies talks about Coca-Cola, Clive Anderson looks at carrots, Jo Brand discusses Morris dancing and Jeremy Hardy chats about the human body.

Further details

The Truths

Jeremy Hardy - The Human Body

- The gluteus maximus (the buttocks) is the largest muscle in the human body. Found by Clive.

- Humans produce two-and-a-half pints of saliva a day. Found by Alan.

- The nose gets bigger and bigger throughout the whole of your life, as do the ears. Successfully smuggled.

- Everyone has a unique tongue print which can be scanned and be used for identification, like fingerprints. Successfully smuggled.

- Guilt is bad for your immune system. Successfully smuggled.

Alan Davies - Coca-Cola

- When first sold, Coca-Cola contained an estimated 9 milligrams of cocaine per glass. Found by Jeremy.

- Mecca Cola is marketed in the Middle East. Found by Jeremy.

- The makers of Coca-Cola once claimed it treated impotence. Successfully smuggled.

- The first British order of Coca-Cola from America was for 5 gallons. Successfully smuggled.

- Coca-Cola was certified kosher in 1935. Successfully smuggled.

Jo Brand - Morris Dancing

- Some Morris dancers in East Anglia black-up their faces and wear black boots. One the dancers dresses up as a woman. Found by Jeremy.

- The dancer known as "the squire" is the only one in the group who can speak about Morris dancing in public. Found by Alan.

- Morris dancing appears in the work of Terry Pratchett. Found by Alan.

- There is a Morris dance called the "Rapper Morris dance" which is very gymnastic and difficult to perform. Successfully smuggled.

- "The bagman" is the Morris dancer who looks after the money. Successfully smuggled.

Clive Anderson - Carrots

- Carrots were not orange before the 16th century. They were made orange but Dutch farmers in honour of the royal house of Orange. Found by Jeremy.

- In the wild, rabbits never eat carrots. Found by Jo.

- It is said that Greek soldiers in the Trojan Horse ate carrots to control their bowel movements. Found by Jo.

- In Scotland, the Sunday before Michaelmas is known as "Carrot Sunday" because women gave their husbands carrots as a fertility symbol. Successfully smuggled.

- The longest carrot in the world was 16 feet and 10.5 inches long. Successfully smuggled.


- Jeremy Hardy: 6 points
- Alan Davies: 5 points
- Clive Anderson and Jo Brand: -1 point

Broadcast details

Monday 30th April 2007
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
David Mitchell Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Jeremy Hardy Guest
Clive Anderson Guest
Alan Davies Guest
Jo Brand Guest
Writing team
Iain Pattinson Writer
Production team
Jon Naismith Producer