127 episodes

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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    • 4.9 • 47 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? with Mark Steel – Ep 121

    What The F*** Is Going On? with Mark Steel – Ep 121

    Mark is joined by actress, presenter and agony aunt Maria McErlane along with Elliot Steel, as he tries to make sense of Iran v Israel; New York v Donald Trump; Rishi Sunak v Smoking – and Liz Truss v Reality!
     
    Plus, Nigel Boulevard, Britain's most patriotic man, goes to Belgium for a conference – and there's an exclusive extract from Liz Truss's book “50 Days To Crash The Economy...”
     
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    • 54 min
    What The F*** Is Going On? with Mark Steel – Ep 120

    What The F*** Is Going On? with Mark Steel – Ep 120

    Mark is joined by actress and impressionist Jan Ravens, along with Elliot Steel, as he tries to make sense of Liz Truss, Gillian Anderson playing Emily Maitlis in Scoop – and whether the Israeli Defence Force should be forced to leave Gaza and deal with the Post Office management instead.
     
    Plus, money saving expert Martin Sunak surprises some small business owners on a helpline – and a woman who Mark overheard in a cafe isn't happy about the recent solar eclipse!
     
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    • 50 min
    What The F*** Is Going On? with Mark Steel – Ep 119

    What The F*** Is Going On? with Mark Steel – Ep 119

    Mark is joined by columnist and political commentator Matthew Norman, along with Elliot Steel, as he tries to make sense of profiteering landlords, surreal conversations in a spa – and what happened when Elliot gave Mark a nicotine pouch to help him produce saliva!
     
    Plus, our very own George Galloway MP shares his thoughts on Paddy McGuinness joining Radio 2 – and broadcasting legend Mike Concrete demands answers from a 99 year old woman about her scone recipe!
     
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    What The F*** Is Going On? with Mark Steel – Ep 118

    What The F*** Is Going On? with Mark Steel – Ep 118

    Mark is joined by Robin Ince - comedian, writer and broadcaster - for a special extended interview, as he tries to make sense of the rise of conspiracy theories and the challenges faced by rational thought.
     
    It's a hilarious and wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from Naomi Klein and Donald Trump to Robin Askwith, star of Confessions of a Window Cleaner!
     
    Mark and Robin discuss whether it's worth arguing with anti-vaxxers and flat-Earthers, and reveal some of the tricks that psychics use to con their audiences. But the most heated argument of all revolves around a Trotskyist interpretation of the 70s American detective series Columbo!
     
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    What The F*** Is Going On? with Mark Steel – Ep 117

    What The F*** Is Going On? with Mark Steel – Ep 117

    Mark is joined by broadcaster Dan Norcross of Test Match Special fame, along with Elliot Steel, as he tries to make sense of people who are obsessed with the Royals, overrated classic films – and the so-called war on motorists.
     
    Plus, our very own George Galloway MP shares his thoughts on Beyonce's new country album – and there's deceased Yorkshire cricketer Fred Trueman on the rumours of another Tory Party leadership contest.
     
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    • 56 min
    What The F*** Is Going On? with Mark Steel – Ep 116

    What The F*** Is Going On? with Mark Steel – Ep 116

    Mark is joined by author and comedy writer John O'Farrell, along with Elliot Steel, as he tries to make sense of Diane Abbott and the Tory donor, Lee Anderson blaming everything on the Wokerati – and what Bob Geldof said about John's Live Aid musical.
     
    Plus, our very own George Galloway MP shares his thoughts on the Oscars – and Lieutenant Colonel Sir Ambrose Chislehurst-Adobe gives his inside take on the Kate Middleton photoshopping scandal.
     
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Pettomane ,

Also from the Benighted States

You’ll still be larfing even when you cahn’t understand it

DerekSmalls1984 ,

Maria McErlane

Mark, don’t bring on guests that spread lies and Russian disinformation. It reflects badly on you and the show if you let that kind of stuff slide. Otherwise, I love the show.

kliamo ,

Love from the US

Don't worry about the snooker talk, any American fan of yours is most likely familiar already. Brilliant stuff.

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