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The Ranganation. Romesh Ranganathan. Copyright: Zeppotron
The Ranganation

The Ranganation

  • TV comedy
  • BBC Two
  • 2019 - 2022
  • 30 episodes (5 series)

Topical comedy hosted by Romesh Ranganathan. Also features Shanthi Ranganathan.


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Series 3, Episode 2

The Ranganation. Romesh Ranganathan. Copyright: Zeppotron
Mo Gilligan and Katherine Ryan beam into the studio to chew over the lighter end of the news spectrum. Topics covered in the episode include politicians being vaccinated topless, whether Boris Johnson needs three photographers, having a pet during lockdown and Valentine's Day plans.

Further details

On whether Boris Johnson needs three photographers:

Katherine Ryan: "I think: hire more. Hire ten photographers. I want audio surveillance, 24/7 CCTV, I want to know what the hell is going on inside that man's world. You know who they could use? I recently watched the Britney Spears documentary produced by the New York Times, and those paparazzi don't take no for an answer and they ruined her life. Hire them!"

Mo Gilligan: "I'm not in favour of it but I get it. Listen, I be going to the Tesco myself and I be putting on my best clothes Romesh! Whatever it is that you need to do to make yourself feel good, I get it and I understand it. Because listen, I be going to the Tesco looking fly."

Katherine: "We're supposed to dress in a flattering way for your body type but what is there (for him)... "Does this jacket make my death rate look the highest"? He's not going to look good whatever he wears."

Romesh: "It's a hard balance isn't it? Boris' hair looks like it's been styled by a leaf blower, meanwhile Keir Starmer looks like the first bloke your mum dates after a divorce and says: 'You don't have to call me Dad'. The truth is in politics, don't let how you look be the story."

On whether more politicians should follow Johnny Mercer's example of getting the vaccine topless:

Katherine: "Yes, I love seeing their nips, and I'm very much for the 'Free the Nipple' movement. I think it makes them look vulnerable, relatable. I think they should do Prime Minister's question time nips out, just really normalise the nip."

Romesh: "I think you're absolutely right, you sort of think, 'This guy's human, he's got nipples.'"

Mo: "You know when you go to get a Covid test and they stick it up your nose, that's what we want to see our politicans do, because that is different. You know when you're suppressing the sneeze - that's what I want to see my politicians do!"

Broadcast details

Sunday 14th February 2021
45 minutes

Cast & crew

Romesh Ranganathan Host / Presenter
Shanthi Ranganathan Self
Guest cast
Katherine Ryan Guest
Mo Gilligan Guest
Writing team
James Farmer Writer (Additional Material)
Geoff Norcott Writer (Additional Material)
Aiden Spackman Writer (Additional Material)
Christine Rose Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Barbara Wiltshire Series Director
Jamie Wiggins Remote Location Director
Mark Barrett Series Producer
Tom Baker Producer
Leo Gallagher Producer
Ruth Phillips Executive Producer
Richard Cohen Executive Producer
Katie Taylor Executive Producer
Romesh Ranganathan Associate Producer
Russell Balkind Edit Producer
Paul King Edit Producer
Karen Murdoch Edit Producer
Monica Long Senior Producer
Tim Ellison Editor
Jamie Shemeld Editor
Johnny Saunders Editor
Pascal Emmenegger Editor
Rich Wilson (as Richard Wilson) Editor
Alex Craig Production Designer
Gurdip Mahal Lighting Designer

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