Wisebowm: Urban Poet. Image shows from L to R: Sid Delicious (Ricky Grover), Val Bernstein (Joanna Brookes), Wisebowm (Steve Whiteley), Katie Storm (Jen Wakefield)

Key details

BBC Radio 4
1 Pilot
Steve Whiteley, Joanna Brookes, Ricky Grover, Jen Wakefield and Andrew Gentilli
Steve Whiteley, Kat Butterfield and Daniel Audritt
Alan Nixon
Luke Nixon and Olivia Nixon

The competitive world of poetry slamming in Edgware, North London, is the setting for this new musical comedy where one wrong iambic pentameter can result in instant elimination.

Created by writer and stand-up Steve Whiteley, Wisebowm is a true legend - only in his own head. He's still living with his step-mum, Val Bernstein who owns the local poetry club - Words on the Street -who is divorced from his dad, legendary poet, Sid Delicious after whom the monthly winners' cup is dedicated. Wisebowm is supported by his best friend Dean who is more addicted to scratch cards than poetry.

When rhyming rival poet, Katie Storm announces gluten blocks her creativity and she is now writing freely, Wisebowm is forced to go gluten-free in order to win the competition.

Wisebowm: Urban Poet boasts a colourful cast of characters from the local Turkish barber to a random pop-up antique vintage shirt shop - which is 'location fluid' - via the local café specialising in beetroot chai latte, and black coffee without milk - for equality's sake.

Additional details

Also known as
  • Wisebowm: The Struggle Is Real

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 15th August 2019 at 11pm on BBC Radio 4
Episode length
30 minutes

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