BBC Radio Comedy... Enjoy!

I REALLY love BBC comedy… particularly on the radio. I’ve noticed a lot of people do too. [Especially Cabin Pressure for good ol’ Benedict C] So to those people especially (but not exclusively) here’s my list of radio programmes that really will wow.

All the links are to the BBC iPlayer Radio site. They’re not always available and I’m not sure how many can be heard worldwide. However, if you like the sound of a synopsis, stick the name into a search engine because frequently most are available on YouTube or are for sale in audiobook/CD form.

Some staples

Just a Minute

I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue

The Now Show

The News Quiz

If you liked their TV/film/book counterparts, you’ll like these:

That Mitchell and Webb Sound

Flight of the Conchords

Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Mary Whitehouse Experience

Dad’s Army

Golden Oldies

Hancock’s Half Hour

Beyond our Ken

The Goon Show

Could not recommend these enough I: Sitcoms

Cabin Pressure

Bleak Expectations

Rudy’s Rare Records

Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show


Old Harry’s Game

Steven Appleby’s Normal Life

The Castle

Revolting People

Clare in the Community

Could not recommend these enough II: Sketch

John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme

The Museum of Everything

Laura Solon’s Talking and Not Talking (This might have gone to TV)

Could not recommend these enough III: Panel

Act Your Age

The Unbelievable Truth

Could not recommend these enough IV: Interview

Chain Reaction

My Teenage Diary

Could not recommend these enough V: Stand-up

Alex Horne Presents the Horne Section

Isy Suttie’s Love Letters

Life: An Idiot’s Guide

The Jason Byrne Show

Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better

No idea what category these should be (still excellent)

The Masterson Inheritance



The Infinite Monkey Cage

The Mitch Benn Music Show

The Lawrence Sweeney Mix

If you want to hear more, tune into Radio Four Extra every evening from 10pm to 12pm (United Kingdom time).

If you think I’ve missed any Oh-My-God-Sue-That-Is-The-Best-Ever-Why-Isn’t-It-Here programmes, don’t hesitate to send me an ask. :)


Analysis of History Today

David Baddiel and Rob Newman’s famous sketch, History Today, in the Mary Whitehouse Experience. Analysis of it on the Top 50 Comedy Sketches on Channel 4.

Taking the most boring concept you can imagine and flipping it on it’s head - two old dusty professors, sitting down and discussing all the topics that you just drone off thinking about, acting like school children squabbling in the most immature way at each other.