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Joe Lycett's Obsessions
Joe Lycett returns for a second series, exploring the nation's weird and wonderful obsessions by getting to know a selection of famous and not so famous guests. Joining Joe on the sofa this week, weather presenter Carol Kirkwood shares her obsession with a cat called Donald, whilst Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo reveals her love of trainers. Joe also welcomes members of the public to share their secret passions, as well as this week's VOP (very obsessed person), Paul Fraine, who introduces Joe to the world of Live Action Role Play. Joe Lycett's Obsessions was written and performed by Joe Lycett, with material from James Kettle and additional material from Catherine Brinkworth and Kat Sadler. The production coordinator was Damilola Mabadeje. The producer was Suzy Grant and it was a BBC Studios Audio production.
The Casebook Of Max And Ivan
Acclaimed double-act Max and Ivan return one last time as incompetent private detectives for hire. It’s New Year’s Eve, but any plans for celebration are put on ice as Max and Ivan are tasked with investigating fearsome crime family matriarch, Mama Shanks - played by special guest Katherine Parkinson. Word on the street is that she has something big planned for this very evening but, in a plot that takes in vaping, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and 10,000 bees, can Max and Ivan find out what it going down before it is too late? Cast: Max ..... Max Olesker Ivan ..... Ivan Gonzalez Martha Shanks ..... Katherine Parkinson Narrator / Malcolm McMichaelmas ..... Lewis MacLeod Lumpy ..... Jessica Ransom PC Gribble ..... David Reed Written by Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez Original music by Huw Olesker and Samuel H James Developed by John Stanley Productions Produced by Ben Walker A Hare and Tortoise production for BBC Radio 4
The New Year International Comedy Show
A festive celebration of the best comedy talent from around the world in a special programme recorded in the BBC Radio Theatre, brought to you by The Arts Hour. Malawian stand-up Daliso Chaponda hosts the star studded line up which features the BBC’s best comedy new comer, American Janine Harouni; the first woman to have a Netflix European comedy special, German Iranian Enissa Amani; Malaysian Nigel Ng, the host of comedy podcast Rice to Meet You; Australian rising star Brodi Snook; the host of the BBC podcast But where are you really from? Eshaan Akbar and the hilarious British Kenyan stand-up, citizen of the world Masud Milas. Photo shows Daliso Chaponda (c) BBC
The Museum of Curiosity
The Museum of Curiosity is a Rose d’Or winning panel show in its fourteenth series hosted by John Lloyd (Blackadder, Spitting Image, Not The Nine O’Clock News, QI). Each series is ‘curated’ by a different comedian – the Museum’s current curator is Bridget Christie (A Bic For Her, Netflix's Stand Up for Her and the Rose d'Or winning Bridget Christie Minds The Gap). Last Christmas the Museum reunited four of its previous curators (Sally Phillips, Lee Mack, Jimmy Carr and Jo Brand) for its first Christmas special. This year John and Bridget return with a special extended edition featuring music producer Glyn Johns, comedian Shazia Mirza and novelist JK Rowling. Glyn Johns is a music producer who has worked with The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Joan Armatrading and Eric Clapton to name but a few. Shazia Mirza is a multi-award-winning comedian who is currently touring her latest show Coconut which talks about her experiences fending for herself (and her fellow islanders) on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls. She won ‘Columnist of the Year’ for her writing in The New Statesman. JK Rowling is the best selling author behind the Harry Potter phenomenon. The books have won multiple awards, sold over 500 million copies and been translated into over 80 languages. She also founded children’s charity Lumos, was made an OBE in 2001 and has a gold Blue Peter badge. In each episode of The Museum of Curiosity the panel are asked to donate an exhibit to the Museum’s growing collection. In this special extended episode Glyn Johns choses a 3M M23 8 Track tape machine featuring a recording of Something by George Harrison. Shazia Mirza donates real eyebrows which she fears are going extinct and reveals her plans for ‘eyebrow donation cards’. JK Rowling donates inspiration as she often gets asked where she gets hers from and she suggests the Museum could sell it in the gift shop. The Museum’s exhibits were catalogued by Mike Shephard, Mike Turner and Emily Jupitus of QI. The Producers were Anne Miller and Victoria Lloyd.
The world premiere of an incredible lost Jane Austen novel, full of wit, flirtation and dastardly behaviour - and completely cooked up on the spot by the UK's finest improv troupe. All the cast know is that they will perform a story in the style of Jane Austen, based on a title suggested by the studio audience. Be prepared for anything from Strictly Come Darcy to Mansfield Shark. Austentatious are Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Graham Dickson, Charlotte Gittins, Cariad Lloyd, Joseph Morpurgo, Andrew Hunter Murray, Rachel Parris and Daniel Nils Roberts, with violin by Oliver Izod. Produced by Jon Harvey A Naked production for BBC Radio 4
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