The News Quiz: Another Classic Collection

  • Author BBC Radio Comedy
  • Narrator various
  • Publisher BBC Audio
  • Run Time 6 hours and 53 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Comedy and stand-up.

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What to expect

Proving that yesterday’s news is every bit as entertaining as today’s, these 14 archive episodes of the long-running BBC Radio 4 panel show are chaired by Barry Took, Simon Hoggart and Sandi Toksvig.

Spanning the years from 1979 to 2011, this latest selection of sharp and funny editions take in three governments, five Prime Ministers, several Royal Weddings, six US Presidents, and countless column inches of amusing cuttings sent in by listeners.

Joining regular panellists Alan Coren, Richard Ingrams, Jeremy Hardy and Andy Hamilton are a newsworthy collection of guest players including Clive James, Gillian Reynolds, Claire Rayner, Sue Cook, Ian Hislop, John Wells, Roy Hattersley, Miles Kington, Barry Cryer, Peter Cook, David Aaronovitch, Francis Wheen, Tony Hawks, Linda Smith, John Sergeant, Nigella Lawson, Jeremy Vine, Hugo Rifkind, Paul Sinha, Miles Jupp, Milton Jones, Susan Calman and many more.

Included among the programmes is a bonus-length seasonal News Quiz of the Year from 1979 and the debut appearance of much-loved panellist Linda Smith. The original transmission dates are 23/12/1979, 25/07/1981, 24/01/1987, 20/05/1989, 20/10/1990, 16/05/1992, 17/05/1997, 21/02/1998, 21/05/1999, 09/06/2000, 04/02/2005, 30/10/2009, 12/02/2010 and 08/10/2011.

Cast and credits
Chaired by Barry Took, Simon Hoggart, Sandi Toksvig

Featuring David Aaronovitch, Tony Banks, Susan Calman, Bob Chesshyre, Peter Cook, Sue Cook, Alan Coren, Barry Cryer, Andy Hamilton, Jeremy Hardy, Roy Hattersley, Tony Hawks, Ian Hislop, Richard Ingrams, Clive James, Milton Jones, Miles Jupp, Miles Kington, Nigella Lawson, Bob Mills, Stan McMurtry, Claire Rayner, Gillian Reynolds, Hugo Rifkind, John Sergeant, Paul Sinha, Linda Smith, Will Smith, Jeremy Vine, John Wells, Francis Wheen, Martin Young

Newsreaders: Carolyn Brown, Peter Donaldson, Eugene Fraser, Charlotte Green, John Marsh, Brian Perkins, Rory Morrison, David Simons, Catriona Young

Produced by Lucy Armitage, Sam Bryant, Aled Evans, Danny Greenstone, Victoria Lloyd, Diane Messias, Jon Rolph, Colin Swash, Harry Thompson, Katie Tyrrell

Written by Angela Barnes, Lucy Clarke, Dave Cohen, Rhodri Crooks, Miriam Ella, Gareth Gwynn, Tom Jamieson, Paul Kerensa, John Langdon, Simon Littlefield, Alan Nixon, Matthew Norton, Iain Pattinson, Benjamin Partridge, George Poles, John-Luke Roberts, Hugh Ryecroft, David Spicer, Robert Fraser Steele, Danielle Ward

Episode selection by Michael Stevens

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