Spanking New On 7

Spanking New on 7 began when the schedulers at BBC 7 wondered if there might be a way to get together some new stand-up comedy to go alongside their programmes by established acts like Eddie Izzard and Billy Connolly in Monday night's Comedy Zone.

Three producers were charged with finding the acts and producing the show.

There would be seven hour-long shows, with four new acts introduced by a regular compère.

Series One was recorded at the Drill Hall theatre in London, and began transmission in July 2003.

Howard Read, Alex Horne and Miles Jupp all went on to be Perrier nominated at the 2003 Edinburgh Festival, while Seymour Mace won the City Life competition and Rhod Gilbert the BBC New Comedy Award.

Others have gone on to write and appear in Radio 4 programmes - check out Radio9 and The Department to hear Spanking New alumni Hils Barker and Andy Zaltzman.

After the success of Series One, the second series sees a transfer to Manchester, a city widely acknowledged as a hotbed of comedy talent.

Robin Ince remains as compère, because the producers enjoyed hearing him break his own world records for the greatest number of Su Pollard references, and for the longest ever introduction to an act.

Between the first and second series, Robin has also appeared on Channel 4's The Pilot Show, BBC3's The State We're In, Liquid News and Fame Academy, Radio 2's The Day The Music Died, and those BBC Christmas trails which were actually quite good.

Scouting for the Series One acts involved spending vast amounts of time in London pubs.

The same applied for this series, but the focus shifted to Manchester.

Sally Harrison helped the producers by researching and recommending many comedians unfamiliar to London comedy audiences.

As with last series, the producers estimate they've seen about 250 different acts, the 28 best of which you can hear on the show.

The show was recorded over 3 weeks at the Comedy Store, in Manchester.

They tried to get a mix of voices across each show: surreal/gag-based, northern/southern, laid-back/energetic.

Mostly, they succeeded.

Each show recorded at approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

You will hear the funniest 58 minutes of each recording in the broadcast.

The broadcast assistant was Victoria Lloyd and the Studio Managers (who made sure the sound quality was as good as the jokes) were Paul Cargill, Sara Carter, Alick Hale-munro, Martha Knight, Chris Lee and Paul Smith.

Episodes

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Spanking New on 7 began when the schedulers at BBC 7 wondered if there might be a way to get together some new stand-up comedy to go alongside their programmes by established acts like Eddie Izzard and Billy Connolly in Monday night's Comedy Zone.

Three producers were charged with finding the acts and producing the show.

There would be seven hour-long shows, with four new acts introduced by a regular compère.

Series One was recorded at the Drill Hall theatre in London, and began transmission in July 2003.

Howard Read, Alex Horne and Miles Jupp all went on to be Perrier nominated at the 2003 Edinburgh Festival, while Seymour Mace won the City Life competition and Rhod Gilbert the BBC New Comedy Award.

Others have gone on to write and appear in Radio 4 programmes - check out Radio9 and The Department to hear Spanking New alumni Hils Barker and Andy Zaltzman.

After the success of Series One, the second series sees a transfer to Manchester, a city widely acknowledged as a hotbed of comedy talent.

Robin Ince remains as compère, because the producers enjoyed hearing him break his own world records for the greatest number of Su Pollard references, and for the longest ever introduction to an act.

Between the first and second series, Robin has also appeared on Channel 4's The Pilot Show, BBC3's The State We're In, Liquid News and Fame Academy, Radio 2's The Day The Music Died, and those BBC Christmas trails which were actually quite good.

Scouting for the Series One acts involved spending vast amounts of time in London pubs.

The same applied for this series, but the focus shifted to Manchester.

Sally Harrison helped the producers by researching and recommending many comedians unfamiliar to London comedy audiences.

As with last series, the producers estimate they've seen about 250 different acts, the 28 best of which you can hear on the show.

The show was recorded over 3 weeks at the Comedy Store, in Manchester.

They tried to get a mix of voices across each show: surreal/gag-based, northern/southern, laid-back/energetic.

Mostly, they succeeded.

Each show recorded at approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

You will hear the funniest 58 minutes of each recording in the broadcast.

The broadcast assistant was Victoria Lloyd and the Studio Managers (who made sure the sound quality was as good as the jokes) were Paul Cargill, Sara Carter, Alick Hale-munro, Martha Knight, Chris Lee and Paul Smith.Alex Horne, Seymour Mace, Cole Parker, Miles Jupp

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Janet Meredith, Chris Corcoran, Natalie Haynes, Howard Read

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Nat Coombs, Shappi Khorsandi, Hils Barker, Matthew Osborn

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patrick Lennox, Vicky Frango, Mark Watson, Greg Davies

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Paul Kerensa, Andy White, Jarred Christmas, Sarah Kendall

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Ronak Mashru, Marek Larwood, Rhod Gilbert, Stefano Paolini.

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Stan Stanley, Karen Cockfield, Alun Cochrane, Andy Zaltzman

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Alan Carr, Steve Shanyaski, Russell Howard, Jason John Whitehead.

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Matt Kirshen, Michael Anderson, Susan Vale, Matt Blaize.

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Jonathan Paylor, Will Hodgson, Brendan Riley on Joey the Bumble Bee, Patrick Monahan on an Iranian-Irish upbringing

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20050131 (BBC7)
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Marian Pashley, Martin 'bigpig' Mor, Steve Hall, Henrik Elmer

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Michael Legge, Anthony J Brown, Toby Hadoke, Alistair Barrie

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Nige (Keith Carter), Markus Birdman, Carey Marx, Tony Burgess.

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Des Sharples, Rohan Agalawatta, Rob Deering, Mick Ferry