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

04Hamilton's Ode-ssey2010050120110611
20130830 (BBC7)

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.

05Strings2010050820101218
20130912 (BBC7)
20150210 (BBC7)

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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).