Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better

Mark Watson sets out on his quest to free us from The Seven Deadly Sins with stand-up comedy.

He is joined by assistants Tim Key and Tim Minchin, who will be providing sketches, songs and distractions.

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Mark Watson continues his quest to improve the world, nimbly assisted by Tim Key and Tom Basden and with the additional help of the listening audience as we broadcast live and invite them to join in.

Mark will be asking the big questions that are crucial to our understanding of ourselves and society - in a dynamic and thought provoking new format he opens the floor to the live audience and asks them to jump into the conversation via tweets and messages to work out how we can all make the world a better place.

This week Mark looks at "Intelligence" - A certain amount of intelligence is pretty useful. Without the ability to reflect and calculate, we would all be setting fire to our shoes and buying those novels about women who shop and have relationship issues. Yet intelligence has been something of a curse to many. Galileo was tortured for knowing more about science than the church leaders, and Paxman sighs an awful lot when he's hosting University Challenge.

We all know the phrase 'a little learning is a dangerous thing, but then so is a lot of learning, but then again you wouldn't want none at all. So... oh dear, we're basically ruined. We'd better knock down all our schools and universities.' Are we sometimes too smart for our own good?

Mark Watson is a multi award winning comedian, including the inaugural If.Comedy Panel Prize 2006. He is assisted by Tim Key, winner of Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2009 and Tom Basden who won the the If.Comedy Award for Best Newcomer 2007.

Produced by Lianne Coop.

Mark asks if intelligence can sometimes be a curse.

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Mark Watson continues his quest to improve the world, nimbly assisted by Tim Key and Tom Basden and with the additional help of the listening audience as we broadcast live and invite them to join in.

Mark will be asking the big questions that are crucial to our understanding of ourselves and society - in a dynamic and thought provoking new format he opens the floor to the live audience and asks them to jump into the conversation via tweets and messages to work out how we can all make the world a better place.

This week Mark looks at "Desire" - Is desire a dangerous thing? In their hit Desire, U2 sang: 'Desire!/Desire!' But that isn't hugely helpful, that's just repeating the word over and over again. So we'll go into a bit more detail.

We all desire something, whether it's sex, personal satisfaction, or sexy personal satisfaction. Without desire we're inert. But with desire, we can sometimes be all too ert. Where do we draw the line between normal passions, and being one of these guys like Othello who let themselves down and kill a girl over a hanky?

Mark Watson is a multi award winning comedian, including the inaugural If.Comedy Panel Prize 2006. He is assisted by Tim Key, winner of Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2009 and Tom Basden who won the the If.Comedy Award for Best Newcomer 2007.

Produced by Lianne Coop.

Is desire a dangerous thing?

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Mark Watson sets out on his quest to free us from The Seven Deadly Sins with stand-up comedy.

He is joined by assistants Tim Key and Tim Minchin, who will be providing sketches, songs and distractions.

The comedian sets out on his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins. With Tim Key and Tim Minchin

The comedian sets out on his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins.

With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

With Tim Key.

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Mark Watson sets out on his quest to free us from The Seven Deadly Sins with stand-up comedy.

He is joined by assistants Tim Key and Tim Minchin, who will be providing sketches, songs and distractions.The comedian sets out on his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins.

With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

With Tim Key.

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The comedian sets out on his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins. With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

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The Welsh comedian sets out on his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins.

The Welsh comedian sets out on his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins. With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

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The Welsh comedian sets out on his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins.

With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

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The Welsh comedian continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins. With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

The Welsh comedian continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins.

With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

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The Welsh comedian continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins.

With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

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The Welsh comedian continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins. With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

The Welsh comedian continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins.

With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

With Tim Key

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The Welsh comedian continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins.

With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

With Tim Key

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The Welsh comedian continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins.

With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

With Tim Key

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The Welsh comedian continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins. With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

The Welsh comedian continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins.

With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

With Tim Key

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The Welsh comedian continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins. With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

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The Welsh comedian continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins.

With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

With Tim Key

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The Welsh comedian continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins. With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

The Welsh comedian continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins. With Tim Key

The Welsh comedian continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins.

With Tim Key and Tim Minchin.

With Tim Key

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The comedian promotes the virtue of courage, with Tim Key and Tom Basden providing feats of cowardice. From August 2008.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on courage.

Assistants Tim Key and Tom Basden provide poems, songs and feats of cowardice.

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The comedian promotes the virtue of courage. With Tim Key and Tom Basden.

The comedian promotes the virtue of courage, with Tim Key and Tom Basden providing feats of cowardice. From August 2008.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on courage.

Assistants Tim Key and Tom Basden provide poems, songs and feats of cowardice.

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Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on patience. Assistants Tim Key and Tom Basden wait politely in line to perform their poems and songs.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on patience.

Assistants Tim Key and Tom Basden wait politely in line to perform their poems and songs.

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The comedian examines the virtue of holding your horses. With Tim Key and Tom Basden.

The comedian examines the virtue of holding your horses. With poetry and songs by Tim Key and Tom Basden. From August 2008.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on patience. Assistants Tim Key and Tom Basden wait politely in line to perform their poems and songs.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on patience.

Assistants Tim Key and Tom Basden wait politely in line to perform their poems and songs.

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Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on the subject of generosity.

Tim Key and Tom Basden kindly offer donations of poems and songs.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on generosity.

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The comedian examines the virtue of generosity.

The comedian examines the virtue of generosity. With poetry and songs by Tom Basden and Tim Key. From August 2008.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on the subject of generosity. Tim Key and Tom Basden kindly offer donations of poems and songs.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on the subject of generosity.

Tim Key and Tom Basden kindly offer donations of poems and songs.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on generosity.

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Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on the subject of honesty.

Tim Key and Tom Basden lie, cheat and steal in order to perform their poems and songs.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on honesty.

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The comedian finds out if telling the truth pays off. With Tim Key and Tom Basden.

The comedian finds out if telling the truth pays off. With poetry and songs from Tim Key and Tom Basden. From September 2008.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on the subject of honesty. Tim Key and Tom Basden lie, cheat and steal in order to perform their poems and songs.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on the subject of honesty.

Tim Key and Tom Basden lie, cheat and steal in order to perform their poems and songs.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on honesty.

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Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on the subject of diligence.

Tim Key and Tom Basden pay great attention to detail in their poems and songs.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on diligence.

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The comedian examines the virtue of hard work. Poetry and songs by Tim Key and Tom Basden.

The comedian examines the virtue of hard work. Tim Key and Tom Basden pay great attention to detail in their poems and songs. From September 2008.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on the subject of diligence. Tim Key and Tom Basden pay great attention to detail in their poems and songs.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on the subject of diligence.

Tim Key and Tom Basden pay great attention to detail in their poems and songs.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on diligence.

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The comedian ponders the virtue of living more modestly. With Tim Key and Tom Basden.

The comedian ponders the virtue of living more modestly. With poetry and songs by Tim Key and Tom Basden. From September 2008.

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Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on the subject of humility.

Tim Key and Tom Basden modestly offer up their poems and songs.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on humility.

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Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on the subject of humility. Tim Key and Tom Basden modestly offer up their poems and songs.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on the subject of humility.

Tim Key and Tom Basden modestly offer up their poems and songs.

Mark Watson turns his wit to the subject of virtue, with stand-up comedy on humility.