Prisoners, Phone Lines, and Parliamentary pecadilloes: in the week that the UK Government voted to retain a ban on prisoners voting; NHS Direct was said to be replacing the GP's receptionist; and Belgian MPs wives were encouraged to withold conjugal rights until a coalition could be formed; Sandi To
Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis return with another epiode of the topical comedy show with stand-up, skits and sketches about wiki leak revelations and the culture of the nudging, rather than nannying state. With icy weather all around us Marcus Brigstocke thinks the time is right to talk about global wa
Tax, trash, and tragedy. Sandi Toksvig and the team take a look at the news in the week that VAT rose to 20%, Birmingham became buried under bags of uncollected refuse, and Nigel Pargetter met his untimely end. Jeremy Hardy, Miles Jupp, Phill Jupitus and Justin Edwards make up the panel. Produced by
Steve and Hugh are back for a new series and explore the domino effect and democracy; Mitch Benn vents some heavy metal angst at Mervyn King; Jon Holmes looks at how Radio 4 could be made more dictator friendly and John Finnemore warns us not to ask Prince Andrew for help.
Welfare, WMD, and Woodland. Sandi Toksvig hosts Radio 4's topical panel show, in the week that Ian Duncan-Smith launched his bill to reform the welfare state; Rafid Al Janabi, the "Curveball" informant claimed responsibility for the war in Iraq; and the UK coalition government passed a milestone - t
Middle East, Miliband, and Medical Mishaps. Sandi Toksvig hosts radio 4's popular topical panel show in the week that David Cameron took peace and guns to the Middle East; Labour party funding was said to have dropped to a record low; and the NHS released a list of 25 "never evers" - medical mistake
Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis count the cost of war with special guest, impressionist Rory Bremner. Mitch Benn performs an elegy for Knut the polar bear; stand-up Imran Yusuf ponders the unifying talents of a prospective Miss Universe; Laura Shavin whisks us off on a National Insurance holiday and pop
Crime mapping, co-habiting, and crystal cloaks. In the week that the UK government launched a crime mapping database, cohabitees' rights came under scrutiny, and scientists from the University of Birmingham revealed the beginnings of an invisibility cloak, Sandi Toksvig hosts another edition of the
Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis slog through their census forms; Jon Holmes gets his pips in a twist; Mitch Benn ponders trial by tabloid; guest stand-up Henning Wehn struggles to be modest and impressionist Jan Ravens brings Anne Robinson, Janet Street-Porter and Sarah Palin along to the party.
Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis look at how we've reacted to the terrible news from Japan; Holly Walsh turns the background music up to 11; Welshman Lloyd Langford looks at what it means to be "English"; and Mitch Benn has been rifling through a Royal record collection an' ting. Additional voices by Laur