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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.

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Series 4, Episode 4

In a special episode recorded at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Reginald D. Hunter talks about Julius Caesar, Shappi Khorsandi looks at kissing, Adam Hills discusses kangaroos and Rhod Gilbert chats about milk.

Further details

The Truths

Rhod Gilbert - Milk

- The Queen's milk bottles are monogrammed. Found by Adam.

- Robert Redford's father was a milkman. Found by Adam.

- Hippos milk is pink. Successfully smuggled.

- The expression "Skimmed milk" originates from Shakespeare's play Henry IV Part 1. Successfully smuggled.

- If you bust a paper bag in the ear of a Jersey cow it stop producing milk for half-an-hour. Successfully smuggled.

Reginald D. Hunter - Julius Caesar

- It is widely believed that Caesar was born with teeth. Found by Shappi.

- Caesar wore vegetables to disguise his baldness. Found by Shappi.

- All Romans of the pre-Caesar era were vegetarian. Successfully smuggled.

- Caesar brought the first giraffe to the west. Successfully smuggled.

- Caesar and Cleo were the early stage names of Sonny and Cher Bono. Successfully smuggled.

Shappi Khorsandi - Kissing

- In the 19th century women put pins in their mouths to avoid untoward kissing in the dark. Found by Rhod.

- Noel Edmonds gave the kiss of life to a horse. Found by Rhod.

- Until the Romans invaded the British had no word for kissing. Successfully smuggled.

- In Iowa it is illegal for a man with a moustache to kiss a woman in public. Successfully smuggled.

- Vanessa Feltz's first kiss was with the DJ Pete Tong. Successfully smuggled.

Adam Hills - Kangaroos

- Kangaroos cannot walk backwards or fart. Found by Rhod.

- Kangaroos outnumber Australians three-to-one. Found by Rhod.

- Kangaroos are excellent swimmers. Found by Rhod.

- A group of kangaroos is called a "mob". Found by Rhod.

- The surname of Australian tennis player Evonne Goolagong translates into English as "kangaroo's nose". Successfully smuggled.


- Rhod Gilbert: 4 points
- Reginald D. Hunter: -1 point
- Shappi Khorsandi: -3 points
- Adam Hills: -6 points

Broadcast details

Monday 26th October 2009
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
David Mitchell Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Adam Hills Guest
Reginald D Hunter Guest
Shappi Khorsandi Guest
Rhod Gilbert Guest
Writing team
Dan Gaster Writer
Production team
Jon Naismith Producer

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