Scooping The News Quiz
It's back to normal for the News Quiz team this week. Not because there's anything particularly normal about the week's news agenda. Far from it, in fact. We've heard about babies knowing the difference between right and wrong, Twitter terror scares, as well as how ultrasound can be used as a male contraceptive. And that's before you get to the really ludicrous stuff - a Lib Dem/Conservative coalition? That's got to be made up, surely.
No, the reason why things are back to normal is that News Quiz recordings have shifted back to Thursday night. During the four weeks of the election campaign, we've been taping the show well into Friday to keep as up-to-date as possible. Delaying the show hasn't always worked though - on election results day we started recording only a couple of hours before transmission, and we still didn't know who'd won. Although it's only marginally clearer this week.
Recording during the day on Fridays also meant getting our panellists up at an ungodly hour - sometimes as early as half-past eleven in the morning. So the opportunity to record once more at 7.30pm in the Radio Theatre filled this week's panel with can best be described as a spirit of joyous abandon.
As always, loads of great material (and a fair amount of libellous comment and unbroadcastable obscenity) didn't make the final cut. But here's a taster of something that did - Phill Jupitus and Andy Hamilton on the unprecedented new combination at Number Ten: