Barry Norman

The News Quiz Classic Collection
  • The News Quiz Classic Collection

  • BBC Radio Comedy

    Twelve rare archive editions of the humorous radio quiz show that gives a poke in the eye to the people and stories that make the news.

    For over forty years The News Quiz has graced the Radio 4 airwaves with an irreverent sideways look at the headlines. Having first appeared in 1977, it boasts a tantalising archive of episodes to remind us of the news from yesteryear, refracted through the satirical gaze of regular panellists including Alan Coren, Andy Hamilton, Mark Steel, Francis Wheen and Jeremy Hardy. Among the many guest panellists featured here are Boris Johnson, Nigella Lawson, Jo Brand, Eddie Mair, John Sergeant, Linda Smith and Roy Hattersley.

    Sit back and enjoy these twelve vintage episodes, previously unpublished in their entirety. Barry Norman, Sheridan Morley, Barry Took, John Sergeant, Simon Hoggart and Sandi Toksvig take turns in the chair as a parade of Prime Ministers, party leaders, US presidents and other newsworthy mortals passes by.

RELEASED 15/08/2019

Barry Norman was Britain's most respected and popular film critic. He became famous as the regular presenter of the BBC Film programme, starting in 1972 with Film 72; by the time he left after Film 98 he had become a household name. He also presented other documentaries and programmes, including Tonight and Omnibus. In the late 1970s and 1980s he wrote and presented four acclaimed series on The Hollywood Greats and one on The British Greats, and the ten-part BBC series, Talking Pictures, each of which was backed up by best-selling books. Barry started his writing career as a journalist on the Kensington News and was Show Business Editor of the Daily Mail until 1971. He contributed over the years to the Guardian as occasional leader writer and Wednesday columnist, to the Observer as sports writer, to The Times as television critic and also as a scriptwriter for the cartoon strip Flook on the Daily Mail. Barry also wrote many novels and non-fiction books, including books on film and cricket. He died in 2017.