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BBC Radio 4 panel show. 18 episodes (3 series), 2012 - 2014. Stars Gyles Brandreth and Natalie Haynes.

Series 3, Episode 3

Today's panellists are Irish comedian Ed Byrne, Tasmanian stand-up and art expert Hannah Gadsby, punmaster general Milton Jones and classics boffin Natalie Haynes.

Further details

Today's Letter of the week is 'N'. Ed Byrne explains what the phrase 'nuking the fridge' means and Hannah Gadsby deduces what the Sicilian phrase 'go to Naples' means.

In a round about derogatory terms Natalie Haynes is asked what a 'fishbagger' was in the late nineteenth century and Milton Jones is asked what the American term 'ballclankers' from the 1960s might have meant.

The panellists also attempt to ban their least favourite words including 'blog', 'Christmas', 'fablet' and 'simples'.

And finally they try to unearth the meaning of some words found in a dictionary of thieves' slang from 1673.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 17th September 2014
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Gyles Brandreth Host / Presenter
    Natalie Haynes Regular Panellist
    Guest cast
    Milton Jones Guest
    Ed Byrne Guest
    Hannah Gadsby Guest
    Writing team
    Jon Hunter Writer
    James Kettle Writer
    Production team
    Claire Jones Producer

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