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The News Quiz: Vintage Treasures
  • The News Quiz: Vintage Treasures

  • A brand new collection of previously unpublished episodes taken from the programme's first four decades.

    The News Quiz began on Radio 4 in 1977 and continues to be hugely popular to this day. The first host was Barry Norman, and subsequently Barry Took, Simon Hoggart, Sandi Toksvig, Miles Jupp, Nish Kumar, Angela Barnes and Andy Zaltzman have all take the chair. The show's guests have been drawn from the cream of British comedians, journalists and politicians: Alan Coren, Richard Ingrams, Ian Hislop, Peter Cook, Linda Smith, Jeremy Hardy, Clive Anderson, Jo Brand, William Hague, Boris Johnson, Edwina Currie, Matthew Parris and many more.

    In this vintage collection, hear the comedy guests trawl through news stories big and small to provide comedy, commentary, irony and irreverence - and an insight into how news events of the past were viewed at the time.

RELEASED 24/06/2021

Jack Dee (Reader) Writer, stand-up comedian and actor, Jack Dee is famous for his sardonic, dead-pan style. Winner of three British Comedy Awards and nominated for the Best Entertainment Performer Bafta in 2005, his first big break came with a Perrier nomination in 1991. He has since had his own comedy shows on Channel 4, ITV and BBC1, performed in numerous TV dramas and on the West End stage. Jack also co-hosted BBC 1's Comic Aid in 2005 and has written and starred in his own BBC 2 award-winning series Lead Balloon since 2006. The hit comedy show was nominated for a British Comedy Award in 2007 and a RTS Award in 2008. He makes frequent TV appearances, including hosting BBC 1's Have I Got News For You and as a guest on Shooting Stars and Friday Night With Jonathan Ross. Radio includes regular team appearances on News Quiz, Just A Minute and as chairman for I'm Sorry I Haven't Got A Clue. Jack has toured extensively throughout the UK, playing to well over 500,000 people since 1990 and has released 5 bestselling stand-up DVDs.


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