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Notes from The Now Show: The Hotch Potch

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David Thair | 14:50 UK time, Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Mitch Benn in front of a colourful wall

Here's Producer Julia McKenzie (not pictured above) with this week's notes from the Now Show ideas meeting.

This Thursday is our last live show before Christmas (the last one in the series will be a special Now Show panto) and we're finding a right old hotch potch of stories facing us this week.

We're waiting to hear the results of the Berlusconi vote of confidence this afternoon; Assange is in court today and more student protests are planned.

Northerners seem to be getting a bit of a kicking this week what with the David Shakespeare comments suggesting they should all come and pick fruit down south "to replace the Romanians in the cherry orchards"; a lot of Northern city councils seem to be facing tougher budget cuts than their Southern counterparts, and Tesco and Sainsbury's amongst others have stopped taking Xmas online orders from Scotland as they can't guarantee Xmas delivery.

Joining us this week are Marcus Brigstocke, probably talking about the English Defence League, and Jon Holmes plans to celebrate The Archers. Mitch Benn (pictured) is toying with a look at how our happiness index-ometer is faring since our first show in the series.

The Now Show continues on Fridays at 6.30pm on BBC Radio 4. Catch up with Now Show notes and more on the Comedy Blog.


  • Comment number 1.

    The funniest thing about this blog is that there's a massive great picture of some hairy guy, with the caption: "Here's Producer Julia McKenzie..." If only you could show pictures on radio, I could send it in as one of the funny cuttings to The News Quiz....!

  • Comment number 2.

    Haha, you're going to get me into trouble with Julia! Though I'd hope if you read the post, it's pretty clear who's in the picture...

  • Comment number 3.

    I genuinely can't wait to hear what Marcus has to say about the EDL. Let rip for the sake of all of us please Marcus. Forget the BBC's requirement to be unbiased for ten minutes please and give it the full beans. Look at how coverage of the BNP on Question Time exposed Nick Griffin as the hateful man he is. Lets use the medium of Marcus Brigstocke to stamp out all other groups who incite hatred once and for all.

  • Comment number 4.

    The Hotch Potch, plus EDL, mutiply that by The Archers celebration, minus the happiness-index-o-meter, equals the countryside folks are in revolt. And you can mind where you're putting that pitch fork!!


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