What's Funny About.... Image shows from L to R: Jon Plowman, Peter Fincham.

What's Funny About...

BBC Radio 4 Extra documentary about the stories behind Britain's biggest comedies. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2020. Features Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman.

Next new episode is on Wednesday at 10:30pm. Episode 4
Catch-up on Episode 3 on BBC Sounds

What's Funny About.... Image shows from L to R: Jon Plowman, Peter Fincham.

What's Funny About...

Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman talk to the people behind Britain's biggest comedies

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2020
Channel
BBC Radio 4 Extra
Episodes
6   (1 series)
Features
Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman
Producer
Owen Braben

TV veterans Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman talk to the writers, producers, and performers behind Britain's biggest TV comedy hits, and hear the inside story of how they brought their programmes to the screen.

With Peter and Jon as our guides, we'll take the opportunity to ask quite how people went about making a great bit of TV comedy? Who came up with it? How did it get written? We'll talk about the commissioning, the casting, and the reception the shows received when they first aired.

Episodes in the series include Dawn French and Richard Curtis on The Vicar of Dibley, Armando Iannucci and Rebecca Front on The Thick Of It; Meera Syal and Anil Gupta on Goodness Gracious Me; Jennifer Saunders on Absolutely Fabulous; Hugh Bonneville and John Morton on W1A and John Lloyd and Sir Tony Robinson on Blackadder.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 13th May 2020 on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 10:30pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 27th May 2020 on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 10:30pm
Length of episodes
1 hour