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Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.

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    • Comedy

Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.

    The Skewer

    The Skewer

    Jon Holmes's multi-award winning, 'dizzying, dazzling, haunting and moving' satirical river of sound returns to twist itself into these turbulent times.

    With contributions from brand new and diverse audio talent, The Skewer is the sound the abyss makes as it stares back at you through your ears.

    'A kind of concept album made of music news. There's simply nothing else like it.'

    AWARDS
    New York Festival 2020
    Audio Production Awards 2020
    British Podcast Awards 2020
    Audio Production Awards 2019
    (Sound Design) Audio Production Awards 2020

    Nominations (winners yet to be announced)
    BBC Audio and Drama Awards 2020
    BBC Radio and Music Awards 2020

    An Unusual production for BBC Radio 4

    • 15 min
    Fred at The Stand

    Fred at The Stand

    Fred MacAulay introduces some of the funniest comedians in the UK doing what they do best – pure stand-up comedy. And since we can’t all get together in The Stand Comedy Club this year, everyone is gathering virtually for a live recording like never before.

    Featuring hilarious Welsh over-sharer Priya Hall; the comedian best known for her fantasy marriage to Jürgen Klopp, Laura Lexx; more cracking observations and brilliant characterisations from Geordie Carl Hutchinson; and one of the country’s most gifted natural comics, Seann Walsh.

    A Dabster production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min
    Sandi Toksvig's Hygge

    Sandi Toksvig's Hygge

    ‘Hygge’ (pronounced hoo-ga) along with ‘tak’ (the word for ‘thank you’ that we learnt from watching Borgen and other Scandi dramas) is one of the few Danish words to have become known to us in the UK.

    It’s a word that means comfort, contentment and cherishing the simple pleasures in life. In lifestyle magazines it’s faux fur throws, cups of hot cocoa and scented candles; but to the Danish it has simpler and less commercial roots. As these cold Winter nights draw in after a difficult year of scant comfort, it feels like we all need some hygge and legendary Dane, Sandi Toksvig, will do her best to bring it to you.

    Deep in the Danish countryside in her cosy wood cabin Sandi will explore the concept of hygge and the Danish way of life and welcomes celebrity guests who join her in front of the open fire to explore what brings them hygge. In this episode Sandi is joined by comedian and friend Alan Davies who talks about walking in nature, literature, the childhood toy he still wants and escaping from the demands of smart phones.

    Guests for the series are Grayson Perry, Alan Davies, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Bridget Christie, Sindhu Vee, Clive Myrie, Professor Brian Cox, Zoe Lyons and presenters and podcasters Rose and Rosie . We look forward to you joining Sandi in her cabin (there will be pastries).

    Host...Sandi Toksvig
    Producer...Julia McKenzie
    Material for Sandi's opening script... Simon Alcock
    Production Coordinator...Carina Andrews
    Sound Recordist and Editor...Rich Evans
    A BBC Studios Production

    • 28 min
    The Nature Table Christmas Special

    The Nature Table Christmas Special

    In keeping with the show's 'show and tell' format, Sue will be joined by celebrity guests from the worlds of comedy and natural history. Expert guests for the festive special include: naturalist, presenter and writer Chris Packham, botanist, presenter and writer James Wong, wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan. And helping Sue to make sense of the amazing funny facts that the experts present is Tony-nominated comedy actor Stephen Mangan (Billy Elliot, I'm Alan Partridge, Green Wing, Have I Got News For You).

    For the Christmas special, our experts will be presenting flora and fauna that all have a festive connection. These include: reindeers, robins, fly agaric mushrooms (that hold the key to why reindeers can fly and Father Christmas wears red and white), turtle doves, Christmas spiders (and their link to the history of Christmas tinsel), holly and partridges.

    Nature Table positively celebrates our planet's wild flora and fauna, by making a show that's both informative and funny. The Christmas special will be a cheery sparkly humorous addition to Radio 4's Christmas schedule.

    Written by: Catherine Brinkworth, Kat Sadler & Jon Hunter

    Produced by: Simon Nicholls

    Music by Ben Mirin. Additional sounds were provided by The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

    A BBC Studios Production

    • 52 min

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