Wordaholics. Gyles Brandreth. Copyright: BBC


  • Radio panel show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2012 - 2014
  • 18 episodes (3 series)

Radio 4 panel game that tests the guests linguistic knowledge. Hosted by Gyles Brandreth, with regular panellist Natalie Haynes. Stars Gyles Brandreth and Natalie Haynes.

Key details

Panel Show
2012 - 2014
BBC Radio 4
18 (3 series)
Gyles Brandreth and Natalie Haynes
Jon Hunter and James Kettle
Claire Jones

Gyles Brandreth hosts this comedy game about words, in which linguistic brainboxes such as Stephen Fry, Milton Jones and Lloyd Langford vie for supremacy.

There are toponyms, abbreviations, euphemisms, old words, new words, cockney rhyming slang, Greek gobbledegook, plus the panellists' picks of the ugliest and the most beautiful words. It's the whole world of words in 28 minutes.

Find out the meaning of words like giff-gaff, knock-knobbler and buckfitches; the difference between French marbles, French velvet and the French ache and hear the glorious poetry of the English language, as practiced by writers ranging from William Shakespeare to Vanilla Ice.

Natalie Haynes is a regular on all the episodes. Other panellists taking part include Jenny Eclair, Richard Herring and Alex Horne.

Additional details

Theme music is Wordy Rappinghood by Tom Tom Club.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 20th February 2012 at 11:30am on BBC Radio 4
Next repeats
  1. Series 1, Episode 6: Today at 9am on Radio 4 Extra
  2. Series 1, Episode 6: Today at 2pm on Radio 4 Extra
  3. Series 1, Episode 6: Today at 7pm on Radio 4 Extra
  4. Series 1, Episode 6: Tomorrow at 4am on Radio 4 Extra
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