Great Unanswered Questions

What do you get if you put two comedians, a whiz on the internet and a very brainy scientist into a room? Not much sense but a fair few laughs.

In this new series Colin Murphy and his cohorts will take on the most ridiculous of questions and try to provide either the correct or at least a funny answer.

Questions such as:

Could there be a city under the sea?

Could pigs fly?

If one twin travelled supersonic and the other remained stationary would the travelling twin be younger than the other when he stopped?

Each episode will feature a guest comedian alongside regulars Dr David Booth, a postdoctoral researcher in evolutionary genetics in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at Queen's University, Belfast and Matthew Collins, an up-and-coming comedian and computer geek whose specialist area is artificial intelligence.

If you have a question that you would like the team to provide an answer for then please email the show and we'll see it we can include it in one of the programmes.

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Episodes

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Andrew Maxwell - Edinburgh Special20110831 (BBC7)
20110824 (R4)

The comedy talk show which blends comedy and science, featuring comedian Colin Murphy.

This week's comedy talk show comes from the Edinburgh festival and features Northern Irish comedian Colin Murphy with special guest comedian Andrew Maxwell.

Resident font of knowledge Dr David Booth will attempt to answer the questions presented by the audience and as the others debate and discuss, computer buff Matthew Collins will trawl the internet to find content which will enhance the humour and knowledge.

Bernard O'shea - 3/5 Last20110603 (R4)

Recorded in Bristol.

Guest Bernard O'shea

Northern Ireland comedian Colin Murphy hosts this entertainment show which explores the answers to some original and unusual questions.

Entertainment show which explores the answers to some original and unusual questions.

Carl Donnelly - ? - 3/220110812

This week's comedy talk show features Northern Irish comedian Colin Murphy and special guest comic Carl Donnelly discussing questions such as: what do blind people see in their dreams? Resident know-all Dr David Booth will attempt to answer this and other questions and computer nerd Matthew Collins will click his way through the world wide web in an attempt to add other mind baffling "stuff".

Talk show which blends comedy and science, featuring comedian Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy's Great Unanswered Questions [radio Ulster] - 3/32010112720101129

The comedy talk show with host Colin Murphy which provides more laughs than sense.

Colin Murphy's Great Unanswered Questions [radio Ulster] - 3/42010120420101206

The comedy talk show with host Colin Murphy which provides more laughs than sense.

Colin Murphy's Great Unanswered Questions [radio Ulster] - 3/52010121120101213

The comedy talk show with host Colin Murphy which provides more laughs than sense.

Colin Murphy's Great Unanswered Questions [radio Ulster] - 4/?2011040220110404

Colin Murphy and resident know-alls Dr David Booth and Matthew Collins are joined by the best Irish and British comedians to ponder the ridiculous and answer the unanswerable.

Colin Murphy and his resident know-alls ponder the ridiculous and answer the unanswerable.

Dermot Whelan - Radio Ulster - 3/5 Last2011050920110902

This week's comedy talk show features Northern Irish comedian Colin Murphy and master of mimickery Dermot Whelan discussing questions such as: what can you tell about someone based on whether they have a right, left or centre parting in their hair? Why does one style suit some people better than others? As Dermot resorts to his arsenal of voices (including a very good Terry Wogan) to tackle the questions, resident brainiac Dr David Booth will attempt to offer some sense amidst the nonsense and computer whizz Matthew Collins will trawl the internet to find content which will heighten the entertainment value.

Talk show which blends comedy and science, featuring comedian Colin Murphy.

Colin Murphy and resident know-alls Dr David Booth and Matthew Collins are joined by emerging and established comedians to ponder the ridiculous and answer the unanswerable.

The hit comedy talk show returns to Radio Ulster with host Colin Murphy

Edinburgh Special20120424

Comedy talk show recorded at last year's Edinburgh Festival. Northern Irish comedian Colin Murphy and team are joined by special guest Andrew Maxwell. Resident font of knowledge Dr David Booth attempts to answer the questions presented by the audience and as the others debate and discuss, computer buff Matthew Collins trawls the internet to find content which will enhance the humour and knowledge.

The comedy talk show which blends comedy and science, featuring comedian Colin Murphy

Edinburgh Special

Holly Walsh - ? - 3/420110826

This week's comedy talk show features Northern Irish comedian Colin Murphy and special guest comedienne Holly Walsh discussing questions such as: when you wash clothes, why do jumpers get baggy and jeans shrink? Resident know-all Dr David Booth will attempt to answer this and other questions and computer nerd Matthew Collins will click his way through the world wide web in an attempt to add other mind baffling "stuff".

Talk show which blends comedy and science, featuring comedian Colin Murphy

Justin Moorehouse - Colin Murphy's Great Unanswered Questions- 3/22010112020101122

The comedy talk show with host Colin Murphy which provides more laughs than sense.

Justin Moorhouse - Radio 4 - 3/220110531 (R4)

Northern Ireland comedian Colin Murphy hosts this entertainment show which explores the answers to some original and unusual questions.

Comedy show which explores the answers to some original and unusual questions.

Keith Branham? - Radio 4 - 3/320110601 (R4)

Northern Ireland comedian Colin Murphy hosts this entertainment show which explores the answers to some original and unusual questions.

Comedy show which explores the answers to some original and unusual questions.

Martin Mor - ? - 3/120110805

This weeks comedy talk show features Northern Irish comedians Colin Murphy and Martin Mor discussing questions such as; do triangular sandwiches taste better than rectangular ones? Resident brainiac Dr David Booth will attempt to offer some sense amidst the nonsense and computer whizz Matthew Collins will trawl the internet to find content which will heighten the entertainment value.

The comedy talk show which blends comedy and science featuring comedian Colin Murphy

Mav Higgins - 3/420110602

Northern Ireland comedian Colin Murphy hosts this entertainment show which explores the answers to some original and unusual questions.

Entertainment show which explores the answers to some original and unusual questions.

P J Gallagher - ? - 3/320110819

This week's comedy talk show features comedian Colin Murphy and Irish comic PJ Gallagher discussing questions such as: how thick is a twig before it is considered a branch? Resident scientist Dr David Booth will attempt to offer some answers amidst the laughs and computer whizz Matthew Collins will trawl the internet to find content which will heighten the entertainment value.

Talk show which blends comedy and science, featuring comedian Colin Murphy

Radio Ulster2011040920110411

Colin Murphy and resident know-alls Dr David Booth and Matthew Collins are joined by emerging and established comedians to ponder the ridiculous and answer the unanswerable.

The hit comedy talk show returns to Radio Ulster with host Colin Murphy

Radio Ulster2011041620110418

Colin Murphy and resident know-alls Dr David Booth and Matthew Collins are joined by emerging and established comedians to ponder the ridiculous and answer the unanswerable.

The hit comedy talk show returns to Radio Ulster with host Colin Murphy

Radio Ulster2011042320110425

Colin Murphy and resident know-alls Dr David Booth and Matthew Collins are joined by emerging and established comedians to ponder the ridiculous and answer the unanswerable.

The hit comedy talk show returns to Radio Ulster with host Colin Murphy

Radio Ulster2011043020110502

Colin Murphy and resident know-alls Dr David Booth and Matthew Collins are joined by emerging and established comedians to ponder the ridiculous and answer the unanswerable.

The hit comedy talk show returns to Radio Ulster with host Colin Murphy

Radio Ulster - Compilation2011123120120103

Compilation from previous editions of the popular comedy, with host Colin Murphy

Tom Wriggle - Radio 4 - 3/120110530 (R4)

Northern Ireland comedian Colin Murphy hosts this entertainment show which explores the answers to some original and unusual questions.

Comedy show which explores the answers to some original and unusual questions.

Tom Wrigglesworth - 3/12010111320101115

The comedy talk show with host Colin Murphy which provides more laughs than sense.

The comedy talk show returns with host Colin Murphy who is joined by Tom Wrigglesworth, Matthew Collins and Dr David Booth.

Among other things, discover how a toaster really works.

CM-GUQ

01Gearoid Farrelly - Radio Ulster2011082020110822

The comedy talk show which introduces the silly part of your brain to the smart part.

Colin Murphy, Dr David Booth and Matthew Collins are joined by Gearoid Farrelly.

The hit comedy talk show returns to Radio Ulster with host Colin Murphy

01Radio Ulster20100109

Comedian Colin Murphy tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions with the help of some comedy chums.

Comedian Colin Murphy tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions.

02Owen O'neill - Radio Ulster2011082720110829

The hit comedy talk show with host Colin Murphy.

The comedy talk show which introduces the silly part of your brain to the smart part.

Colin Murphy, Dr David Booth and Matthew Collins are joined by Owen O'Neill.

02Radio Ulster20100116

Comedian Colin Murphy returns tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions with the help of some comedy chums.

Comedian Colin Murphy returns tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions.

03Andrew Lawrence - Edinburgh Special - Radio Ulster2011090320110905

Andrew Lawrence

The comedy talk show with host Colin Murphy which provides more laughs than sense.

This show was recorded in Edinburgh at The Stand, at the Fringe Festival.

The hit comedy talk show with host Colin Murphy

03Radio Ulster20100123

Comedian Colin Murphy tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions with the help of some comedy chums.

Comedian Colin Murphy tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions.

Comedian Colin Murphy returns tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions with the help of some comedy chums.

Comedian Colin Murphy returns tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions.

04Joe Lycett - Radio Ulster2011091020110912

The comedy talk show with host Colin Murphy which provides more laughs than sense.

Recorded at The Stand, with Joe Lycett

04Radio Ulster20100130

Comedian Colin Murphy tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions with the help of some comedy chums.

Comedian Colin Murphy tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions.

05Radio Ulster20100206

Comedian Colin Murphy tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions with the help of some comedy chums.

Comedian Colin Murphy tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions.

05Radio Ulster2011091720110919

The comedy talk show with host Colin Murphy which provides more laughs than sense.

This show was recorded in Edinburgh at the Fringe Festival.

The hit comedy talk show with host Colin Murphy

06Radio Ulster20100213

Comedian Colin Murphy tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions with the help of some comedy chums.

Comedian Colin Murphy tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions.

06Radio Ulster2011092420110926

The comedy talk show with host Colin Murphy which provides more laughs than sense.

07John Gordillo - Radio Ulster - ?/720100220

Comedian Colin Murphy tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions with the help of some comedy chums.

Comedian Colin Murphy tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions.

07 LASTRadio Ulster - ?/last - Compilation2011100120111003

The comedy science show has been nominated for a prestigious PPI Award.

This compilation gives a taste of the content which made it worthy of a nomination.

08Dedra O Keene - Colin Murphy - Radio Ulster - ?/8 Last20100227

Comedian Colin Murphy tries to answer what appear to be unanswerable questions.

LASTJarred Christmas - Colin Murphy's Great Unanswered Questions [radio Ulster] - 3/6 Last2010121820101220

The comedy talk show with host Colin Murphy which provides more laughs than sense. Jarred Christmas

0101Jo Caulfield2008040420080405
20081103 (R4)

Colin Murphy presents the comedy programme that puts two comedians, one internet expert and one scientist in a room together.

With the scientist Dr David Booth and comedian and computer geek Matthew Collins.

Jo Caulfield

0102Phill Jupitus2008041120080412
20081110 (R4)

Phill Jupitus

0103Stephen Grant2008041820080419
20081117 (R4)

Stephen Grant

0104 LASTTony Law2008042520080426
20081124 (R4)

Tony Law

0201Dara O Briain2009040420090406
20100920 (R4)

Dara O Briain joins Northern Irish comedian Colin Murphy and his two resident nerds Dr David Booth and Matthew Collins as they try to find out amongst other things: who are the more intelligent, rocket scientists or brain surgeons? Which wakes up first - you or your eyes? Maybe not much sense but lots of laughs.

The comedy talk show which tries to answer the unanswerable.

Dara O Briain joins the comedy talk show which tries to answer the unanswerable.

Dara O'brien

0202Steve Frost2009041120090413

Steve Frost

0203Neil Delamere2009041820090420
20100927 (R4)

The show which introduces the funny part of your brain to the intelligent part.

Joining comedian Colin Murphy, scientist Dr David Booth and computer nerd Matthew Collins is Irish comedy star Neil Delamere.

Who will make the most sense - the geeks or the comedians?

Irish comedy star Neil Delamere provides more laughs than answers.

0204Adam Bloom2009042520090427
20101004 (R4)

The comedy entertainment show which invites listeners to ask questions which other shows would probably be too embarrassed to answer but, comedians Colin Murphy and Adam Bloom are only to happy to discuss.

Questions such as: after cremation will a 20 stone person fit into a cremation jar? What age does the average couple cease to have sex? And, does each of us have the potential to be a bright sparkling diamond?

Comedian Adam Bloom discovers when the average couple cease to have sex.

Adam Bloom

Comedians Adam Bloom and Colin Murphy discover why some people are annoyingly happy all of the time whether they're funny or not.

0205Ardal O'hanlon2009050220090504
20101011 (R4)

Sometimes there isn't an obvious answer to an obvious question but this won't stop comedians Ardal O' Hanlon and Colin Murphy pressing resident nerds Dr David Booth and Matthew Collins to find out the answers to questions such as; why do people kiss? Why do pizzas come in a square box? And, do snails think slowly? You may not get the answers you were expecting but you'll certainly have a few laughs.

Comedian Ardal O' Hanlon discovers how much fat you need to become bullet-proof.

Ardal O'hanlon

0206Shappi Khorsandi2009050920090511

Shappi Khorsandi

0207Craig Hill2009051620090518
20101018 (R4)

Is it only the bone idle that have time to ponder ridiculous questions? Maybe it is an early sign of madness! Colin Murphy's excuse is that it informs, educates and entertains? Judge for yourself when comedians Craig Hill, Colin Murphy and resident nerds Dr David Booth and Matthew Collins attempt to answer questions such as why can some people sing and others can't?

Comedian Craig Hill turns to song in an attempt to answer this week's questions.

Craig Hill

0208 LASTJason Manford2009052320090525
20101025 (R4)
20090704 (RU)
20090706 (RU)

The One Show host Jason Manford joins Ulster funny man Colin Murphy and his two nerdy friends to answer silly but entertaining questions..

On the One Show Jason Manford has many questions to ask but none can be as informative, educating or entertaining as the questions he attempts to answer on this show with fellow comedian Colin Murphy.

The One Show host Jason Manford joins Ulster funny man Colin Murphy

Jason Manford