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Yes, It's The Ashes

BBC Radio 5 Live panel show. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2009. Stars Andy Zaltzman, Paul Sinha, John Oliver, Justin Hamilton and Pat Murphy.

Yes, It's The Ashes

A panel show from Radio Five Live based around the sport of cricket. Andy Zaltzman hosts, with the help of Paul Sinha

Panel Show
BBC Radio 5 Live
6   (1 series)
Andy Zaltzman, Paul Sinha, John Oliver, Justin Hamilton and Pat Murphy
Chris Skinner

Yes, It's The Ashes is a show which took a comic angle on the 2009 summer of cricket as it unfolded.

The show was hosted by Andy Zaltzman, a self-confessed 'cricket nut' (diagnosed as being unhealthily obsessed by cricket shortly after birth). He was assisted and goaded in finding comedic insight and general absurdity in the game by a team of equally fanatical cricket guests and the show's regular assistant and fellow cricket fan Paul Sinha.

At the time Zaltzman commented: "I can't think of a better time to be doing a series about the 2009 Ashes than in July and August 2009. Nor a better place to be doing it than 5 Live. The show will be packed with jokes and cover every conceivable angle of England's attempt to regain the urn which they so unluckily lost 5-0 in 2006-07. I guarantee there will never have been a 2009 Ashes show like it."

Yes It's The Ashes brought some of the liveliest comic voices in the business together to dissect the key issues of Summer 09: how good is Freddie's alarm clock? Will Number 10 need to invest in a portaloo? And will Billy Bowden's interestingly shaped finger wag for England?

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 4th July 2009 on BBC Radio 5 Live at 11am
Last new broadcast
Saturday 8th August 2009 on BBC Radio 5 Live at 11am
Length of episodes
1 hour
Last repeat
Saturday 25th July 2009 at 7:00pm

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