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Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show and Dead Ringers.

    The News Quiz – 6th January

    The News Quiz – 6th January

    It’s 2023 and Andy Zaltzman is back with a brand-new series of The News Quiz to start the year.

    This week Andy is joined by Lucy Porter, Chris McCausland, Samira Ahmed and Scott Bennett. They discuss Rishi Sunak’s newly released ‘five-point plan’, Keir Starmer’s pledge not to open the ‘big government chequebook’ and the surprise appearance of a walrus in Scarborough.

    Hosted and written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Alice Fraser, Mike Shephard, James Farmer, Jennifer Walker and Jade Gebbie.

    Producer: Georgia Keating
    Executive Producer: Richard Morris
    Production Co-ordinator: Becky Carewe-Jeffries
    Sound Editor: Marc Willcox

    A BBC Studios Production

    • 29 min
    News Quiz Best of 2022 – 30th December

    News Quiz Best of 2022 – 30th December

    A look back on some of the best bits of News Quizzing from 2022.

    In this compilation episode Andy Zaltzman casts his satirical eye over the highs and lows of the year, in which the UK has had two monarchs, three Prime Ministers and countless debates over whether a party can technically be called a party.

    Hosted and written by Andy Zaltzman.

    Producer: Georgia Keating
    Executive Producer: James Robinson
    Production Co-ordinator: Ryan Walker-Edwards
    Sound Editor: Jerry Peal

    A BBC Studios Production

    • 44 min
    Dead Ringers – 23rd December

    Dead Ringers – 23rd December

    Could Theresa May make a comeback? Who could be Twitter’s new CEO? And what will King Charles say in his first Christmas message? All these questions are answered in the final Dead Ringers of the year.

    Performed by Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Duncan Wisbey, Naomi McDonald and Anil Desai.

    Written by Tom Jamieson and Nev Fountain, Laurence Howarth, Sarah Campbell, Tom Coles and Ed Amsden, Edward Tew, Cody Dahler, Robert Darke, Sophie Dickson, Katie Sayer.

    Produced and created by Bill Dare.
    Production Co-ordinator: Caroline Barlow

    • 28 min
    Dead Ringers – 16th December

    Dead Ringers – 16th December

    The content of Matt Hancock’s Covid diaries, the reason why Sir Keir Starmer may soon be out of a job, and a behind-the-scenes look at the King's preparations for his Christmas message.

    Performed by Jon Culshaw, Lewis McLeod, Jan Ravens, Duncan Wisbey, Naomi McDonald and Anil Desai.

    Written by Written by Tom Jamieson and Nev Fountain, Laurence Howarth, Sarah Campbell, Tom Coles and Ed Amsden, James Bugg, Cody Dahler, Toussaint Douglass, Robert Darke, Sophie Dickson, Katie Sayer, Peter Tellouche and Edward Tew.

    Produced and created by Bill Dare.
    Production Co-ordinator: Caroline Barlow

    • 28 min
    Dead Ringers – 9th December

    Dead Ringers – 9th December

    BBC Radio 4 has a new owner, Woman’s Hour has a new host, and David Beckham gets an unusual new role. Find out what all this can be about on all new Dead Ringers.

    Performed by Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis McLeod, Duncan Wisbey, Naomi McDonald and Anil Desai.

    Written by Tom Jamieson and Nev Fountain, Laurence Howarth, Sarah Campbell, Tom Coles and Ed Amsden, James Bugg, Toussaint Douglass, Robert Darke, Sophie Dickson and Edward Tew.

    Produced and created by Bill Dare
    Production Co-ordinator: Caroline Barlow

    • 29 min
    The Now Show - 2nd December

    The Now Show - 2nd December

    Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches. They're joined by Jamie MacDonald, Lucy Porter and Ed MacArthur.

    Jamie MacDonald shares his experience of Disability History Month, Lucy Porter examines our increasingly secular population and Ed MacArthur is a PR consultant, rebranding famous faces.

    The show was written by the cast with additional material from Aidan Fitzmaurice, Zoe Tomalin, Rachel E. Thorn and Cameron Loxdale.

    Voice actors: George Fouracres and Lola-Rose Maxwell

    Sound: David Thomas
    Sound assistant: Guy Marley
    Executive Producer: Richard Morris
    Producer: Sasha Bobak
    Production Coordinator: Sarah Nicholls

    A BBC Studios Production

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
526 Ratings

526 Ratings

jill stephenson ,

Yes please

So exciting to hear the news quiz again, such a novel presentation. 2020 is not all bad if this is what can be produced. Looking forward to much more of the same.

wickeduncleG ,

Behind the times

The News Quiz, Dead Ringers and the Now Show used to be the easiest way to digest news and current affairs in the UK and Europe - making it funny makes it palatable. Now it’s a month behind in dates, it just a bunch of rubbish old jokes.

Roseprocess ,

They have wrecked themselves

Being forced to download a BBC app to listen to the latest episode has earned this podcast a one star rating.

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