News Quiz and Newsjack Recordings

The thing with growing older and starting to care about the fate of the world, is that you actually understand the political jokes on Radio 4!… or so I’ve been told.

So I’ve been to two more radio recordings recently; The News Quiz and Newsjack, and I’ll be reviewing both of them here in a crazy cross-over post! Oh how exciting.

News Quiz

The News Quiz Series 86, Episode 1

When all looks bleak and empty, along comes Sandi Toksvig to brighten up your [life] bringing yet another series of everyone’s favourite topical panel show; the News Quiz. As a new series started her guests were Jeremy Hardy, Susan Calman, Samira Ahmed (a journalist) and Phil Jupitus. The topics under discussion varied nicely, with politics (wooo!) getting a fair dollop of airtime, as did the fate of the BBC and Susan Calman’s internet browsing habits. Whilst it’s fair to say most of Phil Jupitus’ jokes fell flat, Sandi did make one hilarious joke concerning the nation’s unemployed.

News Quiz“I’m sure we can find plenty of things for the unemployed to do, marrying Stephen Fry for example.”

I met Toksvig, Hardy, Calman and Ahmed after the show; for autographs and banter!

News Quiz Autographs

Newsjack Series 12, Episode 6

And so comes to an end Nish Kumar’s first series as host of Newsjack. I won’t lie, I was sceptical at his casting but he’s done surprisingly well. Whilst it’s hard for anyone to reach the level of Justin Edwards, he’s certainly put 2014’s Romesh Ranganathan to shame.

Newsjack - Nish KumarAnyways, the episode was highly politics-based with the upcoming election parodied on so many different fronts. We were also treated to some racist James Bond, sexual pandas and of course some witty witty one-liners.

Autographs followed the show, obviously, and many of the cast signed by increasingly crowded chopping board (don’t worry, you’ll see it eventually).

NesjackBoth shows will return later in the year, for now though we’ll have to content ourselves with… the election!

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