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

What's Funny About...

  • Radio documentary
  • BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 4 Extra
  • 2020 - 2021
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

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

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Series 2, Episode 4 - Not The Nine O'Clock News

Peter and Jon talk to John Lloyd and Dr Pamela Stephenson about their pioneering sketch show Not The Nine O'Clock News. They talk us through some of their favourite sketches and reveal how they created their vast array of characters, from Gerald the Gorilla to Janet Street-Porter (and in particular, the interview that Pamela's Janet did with Billy Connolly that would change both of their lives).

Broadcast details

Wednesday 13th October 2021
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 14th October 2021 10:30pm
60 minute version
Radio 4 Extra
Saturday 16th October 2021 3:00pm
60 minute version
Radio 4 Extra
Sunday 17th October 2021 3:00am
60 minute version
Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Peter Fincham Host / Presenter
Jon Plowman Host / Presenter
Guest cast
John Lloyd Guest
Pamela Stephenson Guest
Production team
Owen Braben Producer

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