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From the rise and fall of Boris Johnson to Putin's 'special operation' in Ukraine; from the cost of living crisis to sending refugees to Rwanda; award winning comedian Mark Steel takes an exasperated and frankly baffled look at the state of the UK and the rest of the world. Joined by comedian (and son) 26-year-old Elliot Steel for the 'youth's' perspective, and a special guest each week, with occasional contributions from the likes of a deceased cricketer and a woman who's overheard in a cafe, Mark tries to answer that age old question: What The F*** Is Going On?!
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What The F*** Is Going On...? with Mark Steel WTF Productions

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    • 5.0 • 33 Ratings

From the rise and fall of Boris Johnson to Putin's 'special operation' in Ukraine; from the cost of living crisis to sending refugees to Rwanda; award winning comedian Mark Steel takes an exasperated and frankly baffled look at the state of the UK and the rest of the world. Joined by comedian (and son) 26-year-old Elliot Steel for the 'youth's' perspective, and a special guest each week, with occasional contributions from the likes of a deceased cricketer and a woman who's overheard in a cafe, Mark tries to answer that age old question: What The F*** Is Going On?!
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    What The F*** Is Going On In Iran?

    What The F*** Is Going On In Iran?

    In this special extended interview, Mark talks to comedian Omid Djalili about the situation in Iran.  Informative, passionate and funny, the conversation covers topics including what the possible outcomes are, what we can do to help – and whether Omid was supporting Iran in the World Cup.
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    • 51 min
    What The F*** Is Going On...? With Mark Steel Episode 60

    What The F*** Is Going On...? With Mark Steel Episode 60

    Mark is joined by comedian Omid Djalili, along with Elliot Steel, as he tries to make sense of what's happening in Iran – and whether Iranians wanted their football team to win or lose in the World Cup.
    Plus, Lieutenant Colonel Sir Ambrose Chislehurst-Artichoke shares another remarkable story about Her Late Majesty; and a woman on a phone-in show who's upset about all these foreigners flooding into Qatar to play football.
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    • 48 min
    What The F*** Is Going On...? With Mark Steel Episode 59

    What The F*** Is Going On...? With Mark Steel Episode 59

    Mark is joined by comedian Ronni Ancona, along with Elliot Steel, as he tries to work out if nasty, evil strikers are ruining our Christmas; if Scotland should be independent – and if Ronni really keeps a pet duck in her living room!
    Plus a woman who Mark overheard in a cafe who thinks that her daughter should be on I'm A Celebrity – and our very own George Galloway with his preview of the latest World Cup games.
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    • 42 min
    What The F*** Is Going On...? With Mark Steel Episode 58

    What The F*** Is Going On...? With Mark Steel Episode 58

    Mark is joined by comedian and author Jenny Eclair, along with Elliot Steel, as he tries to make sense of holding the World Cup in Qatar, Joe Lycett's challenge to David Beckham – and what it's like gigging when you're older!
    Plus deceased Yorkshire cricketer Fred Trueman, and a women on a phone-in show who thinks we should run food banks more like they do in Australia - witchetty grubs and all...
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    • 45 min
    What The F*** Is Going On...? With Mark Steel Episode 57

    What The F*** Is Going On...? With Mark Steel Episode 57

    Mark is joined by Andy Zaltzman of The Bugle, The News Quiz and Test Match Special fame, along with Elliot Steel, as he tries to make sense of Matt Hancock, the US elections – and the crossover between cricket and punk!
    Plus Nadine Boris (that's Dame Nadine Boris to you!) and talk show host Mike Concrete, who goes head to head with a cyclist.
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    • 47 min
    What The F*** Is Going On...? With Mark Steel Episode 56

    What The F*** Is Going On...? With Mark Steel Episode 56

    Mark is joined by Nick 'no relation' Hancock and Elliot Steel as he tries to make sense of I'm a Celebrity, LGBT rights at the Qatar World Cup – and what it was that an England footballer complained about at the 2002 tournament in Japan.
    Plus Nadine Boris on Matt Hancock's jungle adventures - and Lieutenant Colonel Sir Ambrose Chislehurst-Trigonometry with another astonishing revelation about Her Late Majesty...
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Jmmillett ,

Can’t get enough British comedy.

Thank you Mark Steel. Jeff from Boston Massachusetts. Even F*** sounds proper spoken in British.

Lit Crit PhD ,

Steel Meet Maher

Greetings from the States. As the Scottish 2nd Referendum approaches in fewer than 18 months, Bill Maher, a center-left satirist, stand-up, and host, who is concerned with the mistakes of the far left and the “woke” culture wars, will want satirists from the UK on Real-Time with Bill Maher. In particular I’d like to see Andrew Maxwell and Mark Steel on there. Usually this happens in LA, but since covid, his producers seem more flexible. However, there are so many ratings for that older podcast & HBO show that his current casting producers would never get to my review and would not see my request.

Meanwhile, I would like to see the producers for Mr. Steel invite Mr. Maher on What the F Is Going On…? because I lack twitter etc. And each of the s.m. platforms refuse to let me send a proper message to any of the casting producers for Mr. Maher. As a trained rhetorician, and academic, I do not find it useful for myself to be on twitter & no one seems to share email addresses anymore. But I image that the producers for Mr. Steel have enough “followers” such that they can contact the producers for Mr. Maher by twitter or by linked-in in order to have Mr. Maher use zoom to be on the program.

In particular having the producers for Mr. Maher listen to Episode 39 with the PR analyst would be most helpful for them.

Thanks,
Dr. Michael

RipRybnikar ,

One of the ways I learn about the UK

Thank you Mark and Elliot for helping me understand What The F*** Is Going On...? somewhere. (Across the ocean to the west we are completely lost.) This podcast is crisp, timely,and smart, but with a bit of coarse mustard for texture. Having discovered this program I now pay greater attention to my iTunes feed for updates. Elliot was new to me, Mark and many of his other guests I had heard elsewhere but I was delighted to discover Sarah Alexander's many voices. All great material.

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