Comedy series written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.
Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email, attempts to survive in a world where the media seems to be run by idiots and lying charlatans.
In the first episode of this new series, Ed and Elgar return to London (from their failed jaunt living in a shepherd's hut in the country) destitute and on the lookout for a new roof over their respective heads. Could a carrier bag filled with wooden spoons be the answer to their problems?
Ed Reardon ...... Christopher Douglas
Olive ...... Stephanie Cole
Pearl ...... Brigit Forsyth
Maggie ...... Pippa Haywood
Jaz ...... Philip Jackson
Ping ...... Barunka O'Shaughnessy
Stan ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Elgar..... Colin the cat
With Sarah Ovens, Dan Tetsell and Ellen Thomas
Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds
Producer Simon Nicholls
A BBC Studios Production
When Jeremy Hardy Spoke to the Nation
The first part of a two-part look back at one of Radio 4’s best-loved comedians. You can hear episode two on BBC Sounds from Thursday 23rd May.
Not quite a biography, not quite a documentary, these programmes celebrate Jeremy Hardy’s Radio 4 life, with material from his very first appearances in stand-up shows in the mid-1980s, via his own early sitcom At Home With The Hardys, and right through to his glorious appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue – as well as the very best of the ten series of his own ground-breaking Jeremy Hardy Speaks To the Nation and his final solo series Jeremy Hardy Feels It.
Narrated by his great friend and colleague Sandi Toksvig, the programme also features never before broadcast behind-the-scenes material and shines a light on how and why the man once described as “an incendiary vicar” stayed so funny and so beloved for over thirty years.
There’ll also be some singing.
The show is produced by his longest-term collaborator, David Tyler for Pozzitive who has all the tapes.
Narrator: Sandi Toksvig
Producer: David Tyler
A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4
Suzi Ruffell: Postcards to Portsmouth
Stand-up special from Suzi Ruffell about growing up in Portsmouth and sending postcards to back home. Through sharp storytelling and real-life examples, Suzi introduces the audience to her large and entertaining Portsmouth family.
Postcards to Portsmouth was written and performed by Suzi Ruffell, with additions from Ann Ruffell. It was produced by Suzy Grant and is a BBC Studios production.
Hugo Rifkind's Search For Power
Who, in modern Britain, has power? That's the question Hugo Rifkind asks in this new series of stand-up journalism. Each week, Hugo looks at a group of people generally considered powerful, and examines what they actually can and can't do.
Hugo ought to know about power. Born into a political family, he attended Cambridge and has spent 18 years writing for The Times. During that period, he has met prime ministers, royalty, Eurocrats, lawyers, judges, celebrities, billionaires and, of course, other members of the media elite - including his fellow regular panellists on The News Quiz. Yet in all that time, none of these people have seemed truly to be ruling the world.
And if they aren't, who is?
This week, Hugo looks at the power of Members of Parliament. He speaks to Stella Creasy MP about the limits to which she can help her constituents, to Damian Collins MP about what the Chair of a Select Committee can order people to do, and to Andrew Mitchell MP about how Whips can keep MPs in check - which sometimes involves tears.
Presented by Hugo Rifkind
Written by Hugo Rifkind and James Kettle
Reader: Susan Rae
Produced by Ed Morrish
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4
Introducing The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry
Hannah Fry and Adam Rutherford present highlights from their podcast which investigates questions sent in by listeners using the power of science.