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25 episodes of the flagship topical comedy show presented by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis.
The Now Show is a much-loved stalwart of radio comedy. Featuring some of the best and brightest contemporary comedians, this award-winning show takes a satirical look at the news through a mix of stand-up, songs and sketches, as well as interview segments in which experts in their field explain the facts behind the headlines.
In these three series, hosts Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis are joined by special guests including Andy Zaltzman, Pippa Evans, Luke Kempner, Mae Martin, Daliso Chaponda, Jake Yapp, Eshaan Akbar, Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Vikki Stone. Among the subjects they contend with are International Women’s Day, comic relief, Christmas ads, Twitter panic, Doctor Who, Cambridge Analytica, the Skripal poisonings in Salisbury and Stormy Daniels.
In three special episodes of The Vote Now Show, the team look across the political spectrum to give their own unique take on the 2017 election shenanigans. Among those joining them on the hustings are Tiffany Stevenson, Freya Parker, Ellie Taylor, Emma Sidi and Geoff Norcott.
Plus, two shows recorded at the Edinburgh Festival provide some Fringe-based comedy from performers including Fern Brady, Loyiso Gola, New Comedy Award-winner Stephen Buchanan and Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee Sarah Keyworth.
NB: Contains humour and language that some listeners may find offensive.
Cast and credits:
Presented by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis.
Written by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis with the cast.
Additional material by Simon Alcock, Bisha K Ali, Ed Amsden, Liam Beirne, Catherine Bohart, Madeleine Brettingham, Catherine Brinkworth, Emma Cahill, Sarah Campbell, Jack Chisholm, Jack Chisnall, Tom Coles, Jenny Collier, Clint Edwards, Sara Gibbs, Alice Gregg, Gareth Gwynn, Ben Hillyar, Will Hislop, Dan Hooper, Jon Hunter, Gabby Hutchinson Crouch, Rosie Jones, Athena Kugblenu, Jane Lamacraft, Jenny Laville, Stuart Laws, Laura Major, Elaine Malcolmson, David Mayes, Robin Morgan, Sarah Morgan, Tom Neenan, Benjamin Partridge, Charlotte Pearson, Saskia Preston, Heidi Regan, Mike Shephard, Ian Smith, Katie Storey, Andy Wolton.
Produced by Joe Nunnery, Adnan Ahmed, Katie Tyrrell, Victoria Lloyd and Matt Stronge.
A BBC Studios Production.
Series 50 featuring: Katy Brand, Lisa Jên Brown, Jack Carroll, Daliso Chaponda, Peter Curran, Pippa Evans, Julian Fisher, Kerry Godliman, Ivo Graham, Luke Kempner, Mae Martin, Andrew Maxwell, Trevor Morris, Tudur Owen, Rich Peppiatt, Al Porter, Lucy Porter, Kiri Pritchard McLean, Jess Robinson, Danny Sriskandarajah, Maeve Shearlaw, Vikki Stone, Ellie Taylor, Lord Alan West of Spithead, Jake Yapp, Andy Zaltzman.
The Vote Now Show featuring: Pippa Evans, John Humphrys, Luke Kempner, Thomas Kielinger, Soumaya Keynes, Damian Lyons-Lowe, Geoff Norcott, Freya Parker, Emma Sidi, Matthew Shaddick, Tiffany Stevenson, Ellie Taylor, Andy White, Jake Yapp, Andy Zaltzman.
'The Now Show at the Fringe' featuring: Fern Brady, Loyiso Gola, the Doug Anthony All Stars and Tommy Sheppard.
Series 51 featuring: Eshaan Akhbar, Doug Allan, Gemma Arrowsmith, Kwame Asante, Angela Barnes, Ashley Blaker, Fern Brady, Tamar Broadbent, Daliso Chaponda, Nicola and Rosie Dempsey (as Flo and Joan), Pippa Evans, Graham Fellows, George Fouracres, Gareth Gwynn, Darren Harriott, Luke Kempner, Kae Kurd, Tez Ilyas, Gráinne Maguire, Catherine Mayer, Tom Nestrop, John O’Farrell, Lucy Porter, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, David Quantick, Tim Shipman, William Sitwell, Vikki Stone, Sindhu Vee, Sophie Willan, Jake Yapp, Andy Zaltzman.
Series 52 featuring: James Acaster, Gemma Arrowsmith, Daniel Barker, Beardyman, Marcus Brigstocke, Jen Brister, Tamar Broadbent, Desiree Burch, Pippa Evans, Michael Fish, George Fouracres, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Robin Ince, Adam Kay, Luke Kempner, Tom Kington, Olga Koch, Mae Martin, Rose Matafeo, Rachel Parris, Lucy Porter, Jess Robinson, Suzi Ruffell, Emma Sidi, Ahir Shah, Ola Svensson, Ellie Taylor, Phil Wang, Jake Yapp, Andy Zaltzman.
'Edinburgh Fringe Special' featuring: Karen Bartke, Stephen Buchanan, Luke Kempner, Sarah Keyworth, Paul Mayhew-Archer.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 3 March-14 April 2017 (Series 50), 21 May-4 June 2017 (The Vote Now Show), 24 August 2017 ('The Now Show at the Fringe'), 3 November-15 December 2017 (Series 51), 2 March-6 April 2018 (Series 52), 24 August 2018 ('Edinburgh Fringe Special').