News Quiz: Soundbites
  • News Quiz: Soundbites

  • Sandi Toksvig chairs four sparkling episodes of the ever-popular topical comedy show The News Quiz, ‘the finest topical comedy panel game known to radio’, which has been providing headlines and punchlines since it first aired in 1977.

    In these four episodes, long-standing panellists including Jeremy Hardy, Fred MacAulay, Mark Steel and David Mitchell take a wry look at the news in all its larger-than-life glory.

    With guest players including Bob Mills, Sarah Pascoe, Samira Ahmed, Justin Moorhouse, Elis James and Lucy Porter, they tackle issues as diverse as Scottish Independence, commuter train standards, Russian activities in Crimea, dietary health scares, passport delays and black cab strikes. Also included is a special Sport Relief interlude in which the players answer questions whilst clocking up miles on an exercise bike - with a special guest appearance by Duncan Goodhew!

    Sandi Toksvig chairs proceedings, while Neil Sleat, Kathy Clugston and Diana Speed read a selection of humorous cuttings.

Armando Iannucci is a writer, director and producer who first became successful as part of the cult comedy team involved in On the Hour and The Day Today. He then presented the satirical comedy show Saturday Night Armistice and wrote and starred in the surreal sketch series The Armando Iannucci Shows before creating the BAFTA Award-winning comedy The Thick of It. A movie spin-off, In The Loop, was released in 2009 to great acclaim. This in turn led to an HBO series, Veep, which has won numerous awards including four Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. James Bachman is an actor, comedian and writer who has appeared in numerous TV comedy shows including Saxondale, Hyperdrive,The Mighty Boosh, 15 Storeys High, Comedy Nation and The 11 O'Clock Show. He was also a regular cast member on That Mitchell and Webb Sound for BBC Radio 4. His writing credits include Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. Jon Holmes is an eight-time Sony Award and double BAFTA-winning writer, comedian and broadcaster. His radio credits include writing and performing on The Now Show, co-creating and writing Dead Ringers, writing and being a regular panellist on The 99p Challenge and working with Armando Iannucci on his Sony Award-winning Charm Offensive.

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