Can you be friends with someone who’s politically very different? Are anti-vaxxers welcome in your house? Have you fallen out over anyone over Meghan Markle? What about climate change deniers? Someone who insists All Lives Matter? Someone who boos footballers taking the knee? Someone who paid to go and see Nigel Farage?
In Geoff Norcott's new Radio 4 show – I Could Never Be Friends With... - he'll be looking into the new divisions there are between us Brits. Whether they've come out of Brexit, Covid, Black Lives Matter or Meghan Markle.
He'll be talking to his audience about their own experiences and to Tom Walker (Jonathan Pie) about the criticism his comedy has had, particularly from the Left. Where are the limits of free speech, why do we all get offended so easily now and where are your own personal red lines?
His special guest is Athena Kugblenu. Additional writing by Kevin Day.
Producer Alison Vernon-Smith
Exec Producer: Caroline Raphael
Sound Engineer: David Thomas
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4
Daliso Chaponda: Citizen of Nowhere
Malawian comedian Daliso Chaponda is back with a third series of his Rose D’Or nominated show where he examines divisive global issues.
Over the course the two previous series Daliso has covered colonialism, slavery, political corruption, charity, immigration, cultural relativism, dictators, and how different countries deal with the sins of their past.
In this first episode of the new series, through comedy routines and guest interviews, Daliso will be tackling the subject of ‘Blame’.
Performer… Daliso Chaponda
Writer… Daliso Chaponda
Guest… Tony Vino
Additional Material… Scott Bennett
Production Coordinator... Mabel Wright
Producer… Carl Cooper
This is a BBC Studios Production.
Drop The Dead Panda
East Asian-themed comedy show written by and starring East Asian performers, namely Evelyn Mok, Ken Cheng, Anna Leong Brophy and Kuan-Wen Huang; and featuring such sketches as "My Chinese Mum Wrote A Porno", "The Support Group for East Asian Stereotypes", and a Chinese take on "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares".
It is written by Ken Cheng, Evelyn Mok, Amille Jampa-Ngoen, Bruce Tang, Joanne Lau, and Vivian Xie.
Producer: Sam Michell
Production Coordinator: Sarah Nicholls
Sound Editor: Chris Maclean
A BBC Studios Productio
Jessica Fostekew: Powerhouse
Absolute powershed Jessica Fostekew explores her big strong strength.
Have you ever watched a feminist try and take ‘hench’ as a compliment? It’s like watching a snake eat, but funny. In this show, Jess extols the joys of weightlifting, decries the pressures put on women by the diet industry and explores the evolutionary advantage of having legs like a prize ham.
Powerhouse is adapted for BBC Radio 4 from Jessica's 2019 Dave's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show, Hench.
Written and Performed by Jessica Fostekew
Production Coordinator: Tamara Shilham
Producer: Lyndsay Fenner
Photo credit: Idil Sukan
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.