Radio 2's Comedy Showcase

Brand new comedies, written especially for Radio 2.

The series showcases an array of comic talent, including Simon Nye, Caroline Quentin, Mathew Horne, Kevin Eldon, Stewart Lee, Liza Tarbuck, Tim Minchin, Miriam Margolyes, Michael Kitchen, and Rhys Thomas.

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01Father Figure20100410

Brand new comedies, written especially for Radio 2.

The series showcases an array of comic talent, including Simon Nye, Caroline Quentin, Mathew Horne, Kevin Eldon, Stewart Lee, Liza Tarbuck, Tim Minchin, Miriam Margolyes, Michael Kitchen, and Rhys Thomas.Father Figure is a fast-paced sitcom written by Jason Byrne [following two series of his eponymous Radio 2 show], with additional material by Andrew Collins (6 Music presenter and champion of 1983, whose writing credits include the BBC One sitcom Not Going Out].

It stars Jason Byrne, as well as Sharon Horgan [Pulling], Pauline Mclynn [Father Ted], Michael Smiley [Spaced], Paul Putner [Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle], and West End star Paul Nicholas [Just Good Friends].

Jason Byrne experiences a disastrous first day as a house husband.

02The Roland Darvelle Hotel, Pub And Murder Guide20100417

The second comedy, in this brand new series for Radio 2, is written by the young English comedian Rhys Thomas [Bellamy's People and Star Stories].

Roland Darvelle's Hotel, Pub and Murder Guides are a real must have for those looking for the perfect weekend break.

Most of the hotels, pubs and inns Darvelle visits across the UK are jolly nice...but others are not.

They have toilets that don't flush, beds made of Sticklebricks and bath towels as rough as crisps.

Others, hold secrets and lies, intrigue and murder...

Starring Rhys Thomas, Michael Kitchen, Miriam Margolyes, Debbie Chazen, Alex Lowe, Lucy Montgomery, Matt Berry and Nigel Hastings, with a special appearance by Richard Madeley

03A Cinema Near You2010042420100828

The third comedy in this brand new series for Radio 2, is written by Simon Nye and stars Caroline Quentin and Mathew Horne.

Mathew plays Alex, a cinema manager, who's struggling to drum up excitement for a new Swedish art-house film.

Unfortunately neither the public nor the staff seem to be the slightest bit interested.

On top of that, Alex has to contend with the drunken ramblings of the cinema's elderly owner, Mrs Duke (Caroline Quentin) and the amorous advances of Jane (Mel Hudson), a former arsonist who owns the cafe next door.

Also starring Phil Cornwell, Antonia Campbell-hughes, Michael Shelford and Keely Beresford

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Kevin Eldon and Liza Tarbuck star as a poet in a mid-life crisis and the girlfriend attempting to shake him out of his torpor.

Will going on a road trip get creative juices flowing and end his writers block? This one-off sitcom has been written by Kevin and script-edited by Stewart Lee.

A one-off sitcom, written by and starring Kevin Eldon, with Liza Tarbuck

Will going on a road trip get creative juices flowing and end his writer's block?

This one-off sitcom was written by Kevin and script-edited by Stewart Lee.

It first broadcast on Radio 2 in May 2010, as part of the station's ongoing Comedy Showcase series.

Kevin Eldon and Liza Tarbuck star as a poet in a mid-life crisis and the girlfriend attempting to shake him out of his torpor. Will going on a road trip get creative juices flowing and end his writer's block?

This one-off sitcom was written by Kevin and script-edited by Stewart Lee. It first broadcast on Radio 2 in May 2010, as part of the station's ongoing Comedy Showcase series.

Can poet Paul Hamilton end a mid-life crisis on holiday with his girlfriend?

Kevin Eldon and Liza Tarbuck star as a poet in a mid-life crisis and the girlfriend attempting to shake him out of his torpor. Will going on a road trip get creative juices flowing and end his writer's block?

This one-off sitcom was written by Kevin and script-edited by Stewart Lee. It first broadcast on Radio 2 in May 2010, as part of the station's ongoing Comedy Showcase series.

05Strings2010050820101218
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This brand new comedy, written by and starring Tim Minchin, is the final pilot in the special sitcom series for Radio 2.

Tim Minchin plays Jonny, lead singer of rock band Perspex, who's left everything behind him in Australia in pursuit of fame.

Blasting onto the music scene with their hit single Shag With The Stereo On, Perspex are on the cusp of becoming famous.

A garrulous Glaswegian A&R man will make sure of that.

But Jonny is fighting against a feeling of being unfulfilled.

A chance encounter with Verity, the beautiful lead singer of Christian pop band, In-X-Chelseas, ignites Jonny's interest.

Worlds apart but undeniably drawn to each other, will their connection lead Jonny to redemption, or supply him with the suffering he craves to create great rock.

Strings contains original songs written by Tim Minchin and performed by Perspex.

It also stars Peter Serafinowicz, Will Adamsdale, Rosalie Craig, Emily Watson Howes, Dan Antopolski, Lizzie Roper and Lewis Mcleod.

A new comedy, written by and starring Tim Minchin, about a rock band on the cusp of fame.

Another chance to hear Tim Minchin play Jonny, lead singer of rock band Perspex, in the comedy he wrote for Radio 2.

Strings was part of Radio 2's ongoing Comedy Showcase series, which has featured a diverse array of talent including Mathew Horne and Richard Wilson

The struggles of rock band singer Jonny, who leaves Australia in pursuit of fame.

Blasting onto the music scene with their hit single Shag With The Stereo On, Perspex are on the cusp of becoming famous. A garrulous Glaswegian A&R man will make sure of that. But Jonny is fighting against a feeling of being unfulfilled.

A chance encounter with Verity, the beautiful lead singer of Christian pop band, In-X-Chelseas, ignites Jonny's interest. Worlds apart but undeniably drawn to each other, will their connection lead Jonny to redemption, or supply him with the suffering he craves to create great rock.

Strings contains original songs written by Tim Minchin and performed by Perspex. It also stars Peter Serafinowicz, Will Adamsdale, Rosalie Craig, Emily Watson Howes, Dan Antopolski, Lizzie Roper and Lewis McLeod.

Another chance to hear Tim Minchin's comedy about a rock band on the cusp of fame.

Another chance to hear Tim Minchin play Jonny, lead singer of rock band Perspex, in the comedy he wrote for Radio 2.

Blasting onto the music scene with their hit single Shag With The Stereo On, Perspex are on the cusp of becoming famous. A garrulous Glaswegian A&R man will make sure of that. But Jonny is fighting against a feeling of being unfulfilled.

A chance encounter with Verity, the beautiful lead singer of Christian pop band, In-X-Chelseas, ignites Jonny's interest. Worlds apart but undeniably drawn to each other, will their connection lead Jonny to redemption, or supply him with the suffering he craves to create great rock.

Strings contains original songs written by Tim Minchin and performed by Perspex. It also stars Peter Serafinowicz, Will Adamsdale, Rosalie Craig, Emily Watson Howes, Dan Antopolski, Lizzie Roper and Lewis McLeod.

Strings was part of Radio 2's ongoing Comedy Showcase series, which has featured a diverse array of talent including Mathew Horne and Richard Wilson.

The struggles of rock band singer Jonny, who leaves Australia in pursuit of fame.

06Alex Lowe's Double Act2010051520100828

The Alex Lowe Double Act unites Alex (The Peter Serafinowicz Show, Phoenix Nights, Clare In The Community) with Alistair Mcgowan, star of The Big Impression, for 30 minutes of sketches, monologues, characters and comedy banter.

The pair will do funny impressions - if Alex can twist Alistair's arm that is.

And there are sketches with Barry From Watford, the elderly lifestyle guru from Steve Wright In The Afternoon; and Steven McMurdoch, Scotland's number one home computer expert.

This comedy pilot is written principally by Alex and Alistair along with Ashley Blaker, Paul Putner, Jon-Luke Roberts, Jon Hunter and Holly Walsh, Joel Morris and Jason Hazeley.

Sketches, monlogues and comedy banter with Alex Lowe and special guest Alistair Mcgowan

07Two Episodes Of Mash2010052220101211

'Two Episodes of Mash' is a comedy sketch show written and starring acclaimed stand up comedians Diane Morgan and Joe Wilkinson.

The pair are currently preparing for their third show together at the Edinburgh Fringe (August).

Diane and Joe take their inspiration from every day life and successfully combine the mundane with the surreal with hilarious results!

This is part of BBC Radio 2's Comedy Showcase and was recorded without the aid of a studio audience.

It's just Diane and Joe in a radio studio, with some great comedy writing and sound effects.

As well as ear-catching sketches the show features their side-splitting banter.

This show demonstrates that less is more when it comes to radio comedy.

All the listener needs to do is sit back, relax and enjoy!

'Two Episodes of Mash' are clearly destined for greatness!

Credits:Joe Wilkinson - since embarking on his stand-up career in 2004 Joe has earned critical acclaim supporting Alan Carr and Russell Howard on tour.

Diane Morgan - originally from Bolton, Lancashire, Diane is a trained actress and acclaimed stand up.

TV credits include Peter Kay's 'Phoenix Nights' and Ken Campbell's 'Warp Experience'.

Producer: Clair Wordsworth

Sound: Gary Newman

Another chance to hear the comedy sketch show written by, and starring, acclaimed stand up comedians Diane Morgan and Joe Wilkinson.

Diane and Joe take their inspiration from every day life, successfully combining the mundane with the surreal.

The show features comedy banter and ear-catching sketches such as Fly in the Car, Bees and Secret Agent 00-9062.

Since embarking on his stand-up career in 2004 Joe Wilkinson has earned critical acclaim supporting Alan Carr and Russell Howard on tour.

Originally from Bolton, Lancashire, Diane Morgan is a trained actress and acclaimed stand up.

Her TV credits include Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights and Ken Campbell's Warp Experience.

Two Episodes Of Mash was part of Radio 2's ongoing Comedy Showcase series, which has featured a diverse array of talent including Mathew Horne and Tim Minchin.

It was recorded without a studio audience - just Diane and Joe in a radio studio, with some great comedy writing and sound effects.

Two Episodes of Mash was produced by Clair Wordsworth.

A comedy sketch show written by, and starring, Diane Morgan and Joe Wilkinson

'Two Episodes of Mash' is a comedy sketch show written and starring acclaimed stand up comedians Diane Morgan and Joe Wilkinson.

Diane and Joe take their inspiration from every day life, successfully combining the mundane with the surreal. The show features comedy banter and ear-catching sketches such as Fly in the Car, Bees and Secret Agent 00-9062.

Since embarking on his stand-up career in 2004 Joe Wilkinson has earned critical acclaim supporting Alan Carr and Russell Howard on tour. Originally from Bolton, Lancashire, Diane Morgan is a trained actress and acclaimed stand up. Her TV credits include Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights and Ken Campbell's Warp Experience.

Two Episodes Of Mash was part of Radio 2's ongoing Comedy Showcase series, which has featured a diverse array of talent including Mathew Horne and Tim Minchin. It was recorded without a studio audience - just Diane and Joe in a radio studio, with some great comedy writing and sound effects. Two Episodes of Mash was produced by Clair Wordsworth.

08The Sharp End2010060520110108

Alistair Mcgowan stars as Anthony Sharp, the consumer affairs host from hell.

He's egocentric, vain, manipulative, misogynistic, crass, paranoid and generally unpleasant man.

Consequently, he's had quite a promising media career!

But he still doesn't have the success he feels he deserves.

He's the much-loved presenter of the only - well almost the only - consumer programme on the radio.

But his nemesis has arrived [played by Green Wing's Michelle Gomez].

The show's becoming a double-header and his new co-star is younger, more attractive and already more successful than him.

And she's actually human as well.

The Sharp End was written by the comedians Ian Stone and Tom Craine, who also star as the producer and cub reporter unfortunate enough to work with Anthony.

Another chance to hear Alistair Mcgowan star as Anthony Sharp, the consumer affairs host from hell.

He's egocentric, vain, manipulative, misogynistic, crass, paranoid and a generally unpleasant man.

It was first broadcast in June 2010, as part of Radio 2's continuing Comedy Showcase series.

Alistair Mcgowan stars in this pilot sitcom about a consumer affairs radio host from hell.

Another chance to hear Alistair Mcgowan star as Anthony Sharp, the consumer affairs host from hell. He's egocentric, vain, manipulative, misogynistic, crass, paranoid and a generally unpleasant man. Consequently, he's had quite a promising media career!

But he still doesn't have the success he feels he deserves. He's the much-loved presenter of the only - well almost the only - consumer programme on the radio. But his nemesis has arrived [played by Green Wing's Michelle Gomez]. The show's becoming a double-header and his new co-star is younger, more attractive and already more successful than him. And she's actually human as well.

The Sharp End was written by the comedians Ian Stone and Tom Craine, who also star as the producer and cub reporter unfortunate enough to work with Anthony. It was first broadcast in June 2010, as part of Radio 2's continuing Comedy Showcase series.

09Fare Trade2010121120110528

As part of Radio 2's continuing Comedy Showcase series, Richard Wilson stars as frustrated taxi driver, Frank Ross, who thinks he's too good for his job.

Frank used to be a Latin teacher and he used to be married.

Frank used to be a lot of things, but now he drives a mini-cab in order to make ends meet.

To add to Frank's woes his ex-wife Barbara, is the cab controller at the firm where he works.

Barbara left Frank for local businessman Derek, who owns Town and Country cars, and the mini-cabbing job was a favour to Frank.

But it now means he spends more time than ever with Barbara, a situation that pleases no one.

And then there's his feckless, layabout son Sean [Ralf Little] who slobs around the house and resolutely refuses to get a job.

In this episode, Frank is forced to act as a budget hearse whilst trying to arrange a meeting with a Russian oligarch, who wants a tutor for his son.

Could this be his escape route out of the vulgar world of mini-cabbing and back to the refined vocation of teaching the classics? And, more importantly, will Barbara ever get the coffee machine fixed?

Fare Trade was written by John Langdon and stars Richard Wilson as Frank, Julia Deakin as Barbara, Ralf Little as Sean, Dominic Coleman as Dave and Rupert Degas as Derek.

Richard Wilson stars as a frustrated taxi driver who thinks he's too good for his job.

It was first broadcast on Radio 2 in December 2010.

Frank used to be a Latin teacher and he used to be married. Frank used to be a lot of things, but now he drives a mini-cab in order to make ends meet. To add to Frank's woes his ex-wife Barbara, is the cab controller at the firm where he works.

Barbara left Frank for local businessman Derek, who owns Town and Country cars, and the mini-cabbing job was a favour to Frank. But it now means he spends more time than ever with Barbara, a situation that pleases no one. And then there's his feckless, layabout son Sean [Ralf Little] who slobs around the house and resolutely refuses to get a job.

In this episode, Frank is forced to act as a budget hearse whilst trying to arrange a meeting with a Russian oligarch, who wants a tutor for his son. Could this be his escape route out of the vulgar world of mini-cabbing and back to the refined vocation of teaching the classics? And, more importantly, will Barbara ever get the coffee machine fixed?

Fare Trade was written by John Langdon and stars Richard Wilson as Frank, Julia Deakin as Barbara, Ralf Little as Sean, Dominic Coleman as Dave and Rupert Degas as Derek. It was first broadcast on Radio 2 in December 2010.

10No Angel2010121820110604

Ricky Tomlinson and Martine Mccutcheon star in new sitcom for Radio 2.

The all-star cast also sees Clive Anderson playing an egomaniac chat show host, while Andy Parsons appears as a policeman.

And fresh from hit comedy series, The Inbetweeners, Emily Head takes her first radio role.

When Ricky's scruffy Scouser, Leo, accosts Martine's careerist radio producer, Katherine, in the street, sparks fly.

Convinced she's being stalked, Katherine just can't shake him.

And she doesn't get any sympathy from Clive Anderson's character Scott, who wants know; "why don't I have a stalker? I'm the star!"

But how does Leo know so much about Katherine? Is there more to this hairy old feller than meets the eye? And will Scott's crazy scheme for beating the traffic come off, or just land him in jail?

This character-led comedy is written by Andy Lynch whose credits include BBC 1's The Street and it's directed by Dirk Maggs

Ricky Tomlinson plays scruffy scouser Leo and Martine McCutcheon is the careerist radio producer Katherine in Radio 2's ongoing Comedy Showcase series.

The all-star cast also sees Clive Anderson playing an egomaniac chat show host, while Andy Parsons appears as a policeman and The Inbetweeners' Emily Head takes her first radio role.

When Leo accosts Katherine in the street, sparks fly.

No Angel is part of Radio 2's ongoing Comedy Showcase series and it first broadcast on Radio 2 in December 2010.

Ricky Tomlinson and Martine McCutcheon star in this sitcom for Radio 2.

Ricky Tomlinson plays scruffy scouser Leo and Martine McCutcheon is the careerist radio producer Katherine in Radio 2's ongoing Comedy Showcase series. The all-star cast also sees Clive Anderson playing an egomaniac chat show host, while Andy Parsons appears as a policeman and The Inbetweeners' Emily Head takes her first radio role.

When Leo accosts Katherine in the street, sparks fly. Convinced she's being stalked, Katherine just can't shake him. And she doesn't get any sympathy from Clive Anderson's character Scott, who wants know; "why don't I have a stalker? I'm the star!"

This character-led comedy is written by Andy Lynch whose credits include BBC 1's The Street and it's directed by Dirk Maggs. No Angel is part of Radio 2's ongoing Comedy Showcase series and it first broadcast on Radio 2 in December 2010.

Ricky Tomlinson and Martine McCutcheon star in new sitcom for Radio 2. The all-star cast also sees Clive Anderson playing an egomaniac chat show host, while Andy Parsons appears as a policeman. And fresh from hit comedy series, The Inbetweeners, Emily Head takes her first radio role.

When Ricky's scruffy Scouser, Leo, accosts Martine's careerist radio producer, Katherine, in the street, sparks fly. Convinced she's being stalked, Katherine just can't shake him. And she doesn't get any sympathy from Clive Anderson's character Scott, who wants know; "why don't I have a stalker? I'm the star!"

This character-led comedy is written by Andy Lynch whose credits include BBC 1's The Street and it's directed by Dirk Maggs. No Angel is part of Radio 2's ongoing Comedy Showcase series, which has featured a diverse array of talent including Mathew Horne, Tim Minchin and Richard Wilson.

11Hudd And Quantick's Global Village2011010820110521

HQ marks the return of Roy Hudd to BBC Radio 2 - his radio comedy homeland.

He's joined by The Blagger's Guide's David Quantick in a unique pairing for this all-new, half hour sketch show.

Join Roy and David as they romp through half an hour of epic silliness, inspired by everyday life: including the mundane, the exciting, the confusing, the amusing and the amazing things that make you glad to be alive.

With the magnificent support of Anita Dobson and Kevin Eldon, this is deliciously daft new comedy is part of Radio 2's continuing Comedy Showcase series.

Another chance to hear Roy Hudd and David Quantick pair up in this hour sketch show. Join Roy and David as they romp through half an hour of epic silliness, inspired by everyday life: including the mundane, the exciting, the confusing, the amusing and the amazing things that make you glad to be alive.

With the magnificent support of Anita Dobson and Kevin Eldon, this is deliciously daft comedy is part of Radio 2's continuing Comedy Showcase series.

A famous face in showbiz for thirty five years, Roy Hudd is a comedy entertainer, actor, playwright, sketch-writer, and performer. From 1975, he fronted The News Huddlines on Radio 2, which went on to broadcast for 26 years, winning every radio gong going.

David Quantick is a music journalist, cultural commentator and best-selling author, who writes for the multi-award winning Harry Hill's TV Burp and created Blagger's Guide for Radio 2.

Another chance to hear Roy Hudd and David Quantick's half hour sketch show.

12What You Talkin' About, Wallace?20110521

What are men and how do they help us? Comedian and writer Danny Wallace staggers through the challenges of modern manhood with a little help from his friends.

Featuring advice from Arrested Development star Tony Hale and Radio 5 Live's Richard Bacon

What are men and how do they help us? Comedian and writer Danny Wallace staggers through the challenges of modern manhood with a little help from his friends. Featuring advice from Arrested Development star Tony Hale and Radio 5 Live's Richard Bacon.

What You Talkin' About, Wallace? is part of Radio 2's ongoing Comedy Showcase series, which has featured a diverse array of talent including Mathew Horne, Tim Minchin and Jason Byrne.

Comedian and writer Danny Wallace staggers through the challenges of modern manhood.

13Reception20110528

Radio 2's Comedy Showcase returns with Reception, an impressions show set behind the scenes at Radio 2 HQ, which features the fictional exploits of presenters and their celebrity guests.

Hear U2 play a set in Jo Whiley's new Live Loft; there's trouble with the neighbours when Radio 1 throws a rowdy party; while Jools Holland "re-invigorates" the lifts and fire alarms in boogie woogie style.

Recorded in front of a studio audience audience, Reception features the voices of Lewis Mcleod, Gemma Arrowsmith, Rosalind Wright and Eve Webster

A new impressions show that goes behind the scenes at Radio 2 HQ.

14The Trap20120712

The next in Radio 2's Comedy Showcase series is a sketch show written by and starring The Trap.

Dan Mersh, Jeremy Limb and Paul Litchfield began working together as The Trap in 2000. Since then they have created four highly acclaimed live shows, while credits collectively and individually cover 15 Storeys High, People Like Us, Jam and Jerusalem, Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive, Comedy Cuts, Headcases and Miranda.

Not only will the show feature a variety of sketches and songs, but it will also feature an interactive quiz. (Not really). So you could win a stunning prize. (You can't). It also features Peep Show's Isy Suttie. (That bit's true). And posing the questions in the fictional quiz will be Newsnight's Kirsty Wark.(That's true, too).

Three-man comedy team The Trap have created some of the most innovative, inspired, hilarious and noisy live sketch shows the world has ever seen. Their props ranged from a set of 'glass bagpipes' to the actual Goodies' trandem, which they still own to this day. Their revolutionary use of multi-media caused one reviewer to ask: "Like all good inventions, I don't know why nobody had thought of doing comedy like this before".

Their merciless spoofs of atrocious student theatre, the Bad Play series of shows, gained a fervent cult following. This summer they return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time in six years to perform Bad Musical, which aims to be the worst musical ever conceived, written and performed.

This new show, recorded in a packed BBC Radio Theatre, takes in job interviews, murders, awards ceremonies, and a singalong of a Wings' classic (see if you can guess what it is).

15The Peterford Golf Club20151116

does for golf clubs what Green Wing did for hospitals. Written by Simon Farnaby (Horrible Histories, Yonderland, Paddington) and starring an ensemble cast including Simon, with Claire Keelan (The Trip), Barunka O'Shaughnessy (Katy Brand's Big Ass Show), and Tom Meeten (Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy).

Golf club regular Stuart thinks he has a chance of being appointed to the all-powerful Committee, if only he can get his rival Bob out of the way. Meanwhile players Chris and Jane are trying to rekindle their relationship, which has gone into the rough. They just need to find some peace and quiet on the green. Jill has always avoided the women's group, as her husband David chairs the committee and doesn't approve, but today she has agreed to play a round with them. Might she be persuaded to join them? And what, exactly, are they up to?

Script edited by James Bugg and Jon Hunter.

Produced by Victoria Lloyd.

A BBc Radio Comedy Production.

16Barbara Nice2015111720170313 (R2)

Stockport housewife extraordinaire Barbara Nice is the creation of 'Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights' star Janice Connolly.

In this warm hearted sitcom pilot, Janice and John Henshaw play husband and wife Barbara and Ken.

Barbara is worried she and Ken are at risk of adding to the numbers of silver splitters - they have nothing in common; Ken's idea of retirement involves a marathon session of 'Pointless' and that doesn't fit with Barbara's idea of a well spent golden age.

When a homeless Spanish busker (David Sant) needs some help, Barbara sees it as the perfect opportunity to do some good and stir things up home... A little more than she expected.

Guitar by Kester Owen

" Imagine a hybrid between Mrs. Merton and Victoria Wood" The Times.

" As hilarious as it is possible to get " The Scotsman

"A refreshing blast of hilarious humanity" Zone Magazine.

Barbara Nice... Janice Connolly

Ken Nice... John Henshaw

Mary... Angela Curran

Tonio... David Sant

Hostel Manager... Debra Baker

Produced by Rebecca Papworth

A BBC Studios Production

ProducerCarl Cooper.

17Ankle Tag20151118

New sitcom starring Elis James and Katy Wix as new parents Gruff and Alice whose lives are interrupted when Gruff's dad appears on their doorstep unexpectedly, wanting to stay.

Bob is a convicted fraudster, released from prison on licence, who wants to inveigle his way back into his estranged son's life (again through fraud). He's charming, optimistic and warm. People like him. That's why they gave him so much of their life savings.

Ankle Tag has been written by Benjamin Partridge and Gareth Gwynn, who previously collaborated with Elis James on the BBC Radio Wales shows Here Be Dragons and Elis James' Pantheon Of Heroes.

A BBC Comedy Production for BBC Radio 2.

18The Tim Vine Chat Show20151119

is half an hour of daft exuberance, stand-up comedy and a celebration of ordinary people. It's a chat show with a twist where the Great British public are the stars. Tim not only interviews members of the audience and hears their entertaining and diverse life stories but also sings his much loved (and often ridiculous) songs and showcases the world famous one-liners that have made him a global comedy star.

19The King's Men20160203

After discovering what they believed to be a German plot to invade The Isle of Sheppey (their main piece of evidence ultimately turned out to be a child's treasure map), policemen Ernest Ridley and Arthur Smyth - played by Robert Webb (Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look) and Terry Mynott (Toast Of London, The Mimic) - are asked to join the new Secret Service in London: an organisation dedicated to uncovering foreign spies and plots in the uncertain and paranoid years before the Great War.

Set in 1909, the two men have been friends since childhood and served together in the British Army in India. Although they bicker a lot of the time like an old married couple, they are inseparable. They live together in the same boarding house, and share the same love of King and Country. The pair encounter new technologies, Victorian repression and an array of memorable characters. If only they were a little better at their jobs...

Co-written by Arthur Mathews (Toast Of London, Father Ted, Harry Enfield and Chums) and Terry Mynott.

Co-writer Arthur Mathews says: "I've been a fan of Terry since I first saw The Mimic. I met him doing Toast of London last year and he asked me to get involved in the project. We both have an interest in history, and the Edwardian era seemed a fruitful period. It was great to work with such a wonderfully talented cast too."

Terry Mynott says: "I've always adored radio, I grew up listening to Round The Horn and The Goons so this has been such a brilliant process getting the chance to write and perform new comedy for Radio 2! Arthur Mathews is an exceptional writer and what a brilliant cast this has attracted, a dream project"

The cast also includes Alex MacQueen (The Inbetweeners, The Thick of It), Katy Wix (Not Going Out, Fried) and Ophelia Lovibond (W1A, Elementary), plus rising star comic actors Nick Mohammed (Reggie Perrin, The King Is Dead) and Ellie White (House of Fools, Glitchy).

20Parental Guidance20170313

is set around the lives of Roshan and Kate Parera, played respectively by Romesh Ranganathan (Bafta-nominated Asian Provocateur) and Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Mr Selfridge). The couple live in Crawley with their two children, Emma and Lewis. Roshan is a cost-benefits analyst for the airline industry, Kate is a stay-at-home mum. Roshan's overbearing mother, Anusha (Meera Syal: Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars at No.42) lives nearby and is constantly disappointed that Roshan didn't pick a nice Sri Lankan girl to marry. Roshan's neighbour Neil (Oliver Maltman) is an air steward who gives Roshan sanctuary in his shed whenever he needs sanctuary from family life.

This pilot episode sees Kate and Roshan going to their school reunion where Kate wants to show off her happy life, and Roshan is primed to confront Steve Johnson, the bully who terrorised him during his schooldays. However, things don't work out quite as planned.

Cast:

Roshan Parera....Romesh Ranganathan

Kate Parera....Amanda Abbington

Neil/Brian Palmer....Oliver Maltman

Anusha Parera....Meera Syal

Steve Johnson....Daniel Ings

Bex....Ellie Taylor

Written by Max Davis

Producer: Sam Michell.

21Barbara Nice: The Scare20170314

Barbara is convinced that Ken needs a health check up and is horrified to discover she is the one the doctors are interested in. She suspects the worst and is determined to fulfill some lifetime ambitions recruiting Mary and Ken into her misguided plans.

Barbara Nice: Janice Connolly

Ken Nice: John Henshaw

Mary: Angela Curran

Doctor: Ameet Chana

Consultant: Josephine Enright

Receptionist: Toby Tilling

Producer Rebecca Papworth A BBC Studios Production.

22Harry And Paul Present: The Gentlemen's Club20170314

is a mockumentary sketch show set in 'Wibbles', London's oldest member's club. Eavesdrop in on the conversations of Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse's elderly and eccentric characters across the course of an afternoon. It's a slice of life in a once-vital, fading British institution, and a peek at the often bizarre stories and attitudes contained within...

Written and performed by Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse

Also starring: Jim Broadbent (Exile, Harry Potter), Amelia Bullmore (Scott and Bailey, Happy Valley), Tom Hollander (Rev, In The Loop) and Jason Lewis (The Armstrong and Miller Show).

Production Coordinator: Sophie Richardson

Producer: Sam Bryant

A BBC Studios production.

23Barbara Nice: Drawdown20170315

When Barbara discovers Ken could drawdown on his pension and they could start living the life of their fantasies, she puts the pressure on him to stop being a tight-fisted curmudgeon and release the cash. He resists and Barbara goes on strike until he relents. When she finally persuades Ken to take financial advice and he's pleasantly surprised at the outcome, she unleashes a Ken she hadn't expected and the consequences prove disruptive for them both.

Barbara Nice: Janice Connolly

Ken Nice: John Henshaw

Mary: Angela Curran

Financial Advisor: Josephine Enright

Producer Rebecca Papworth A BBC Studios Production.

24Just Grand20170315

A family sitcom about a clash of generations and cultures, written by BAFTA-award winning writers Phil Mealey (The Royle Family, Early Doors) and Daniel Peak (Not Going Out). It stars Siobhan Finneran (Benidorm, Happy Valley, Downton Abbey) and Jason Watkins (W1A, Trollied) and Denise Welch (Coronation Street).

Sandra and Frank are a working class Northern couple who dream of escaping Manchester for a new life in Fuengirola. Their dream is scuppered when the couple become unwilling guardians to their estranged grandchildren - a pair of over-privileged and bewildered siblings from the Home Counties.

Siobhan Finneran... Sandra

Ben Greaves-neal... Marcus

Phil Mealey... Thommo

Chetna Pandya... Padma

Kate Sale... Poppy

Toby Ungelson... Ollie

Jason Watkins... Frank

Denise Welch... Gloria

Produced by Julia McKenzie

A BBC Studios production.

25Barbara Nice: The Trial20170321

Barbara ends up in court when she gets active protesting about some public toilets being closed down. She also implicates Mary in her plans. She's also stirring things up at home trying to persuade Ken to spice things up on the bedroom front.

Barbara Nice - Janice Conolloy

Ken Nice - John Henshaw

Mary - Angela Curran

Magistrate - Brigit Forsyth

Policeman - Inel Tomlinson

Prosecutor - Toby Hadoke

Clerk - Phil Ellis

Usher - Zoe Iqbal

Producer Rebecca Papworth A BBC Studios Production.

26Tim Vine Travels In Time20170321

Master of the pun Tim Vine journeys back in time to the days of Robin Hood in a quest to mend a golden arrow and a broken heart. Tim runs an antique shop and owns a special Grandfather clock which can transport him back in time. His very first customer is celebrity adventurer Ben Fogle who asks for help in mending an ancient golden arrow. In order to help, Tim steps inside his Grandfather clock and travels back to the days of Robin Hood where he meets the Merry Men, Maid Marion and his soon to be arch enemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin bears an uncanny resemblance to Ben Fogle and Tim soon discovers Robin's archery skills are failing and Marion has turned her romantic attentions to Tim himself. Can Tim find out why Robin has lost his skills and reunite Robin and Marion? And will he repair the broken arrow?

Starring:

Tim Vine as himself

Ben Fogle as himself and Robin Hood

John Archer as Little John

Charlie Baker as Friar Tuck

Kieran Hodgson as Glen

Geoffrey McGivern as the Sheriff of Nottingham

Sophia di Martino as Maid/Mad Marion

Tony Green as himself.

27Barbara Nice: The Fib20170322

A school reunion with Barbara's long standing frenemy Pat Burrows leads Barbara to make a rash white lie that has dramatic consequences. Meanwhile Ken is trying in vain to get a better broadband deal.

Barbara Nice...Janice Connolly

Ken Nice... John Henshaw

Mary... Angela Curran

Pat Burrows...Sally Lindsay

Thelma... Liz Hume Dawson

Zachary...Lizzie Griffiths

Mary's grandson...Charlie Burchill

Party goers... Jarvis, Niamh and Gabriel Papworth

Producer: Rebecca Papworth

A BBC Studios Production.

28Cardinal Burns Presents Dean And Murf...20170322

Cardinal Burns Presents Dean And Murf is a multi-character comedy from writer-performers Cardinal Burns and is directed by Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh). It stars Seb Cardinal (Cardinal Burns) and Dustin Demri-Burns (Cardinal Burns) playing a roll call of different characters and also featuring David Earl (Derek), Chris Hayward (Cardinal Burns) and Julian Barratt (Flowers).

Ex-ravers Dean and Murf live on a dilapidated houseboat on the Regents Canal. Four years in arrears on their mooring fees, Dean and Murf are forced to visit the job centre which leads them on a surreal adventure working as factory workers on a Ken Loach film.