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Jaine Sykes Jaine Sykes | 10:28 UK time, Monday, 10 January 2011

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From the BBC Radio 4 blog, Leigh Aspin writes...

Mondays don't have to be miserable any more. A new (free) Radio 4 comedy podcast is here to start your week with a laugh.

Watch the video above with Mr Mark Thomas to explain what it is and why you might want to download it.

You can download for free from the Comedy of the Week podcast page, and it’s yours to keep and listen to on the move.

So why have we done it this way? The existing Friday Night Comedy podcast (featuring The News Quiz or The Now Show each week) is downloaded over a million times every month and consistently occupies one of the top slots in the iTunes podcast chart. Audience feedback has told us that you'd like more comedy to download.

For rights reasons, we're not able to offer all of our comedy for download. But we’ve reached an agreement to offer single episodes from a number of Radio 4 comedies. We trialled this service over the summer on the Friday Night podcast feed (while The Now Show and News Quiz were on their summer break) and it was well received. So here's your chance to download a wider selection of Radio 4's comedy and listen at your leisure.

Here's the schedule for the next few months:

  • 10 Jan: Mark Thomas: The Manifesto
  • 17 Jan: Ed Reardon's Week
  • 24 Jan: Rudy's Rare Records
  • 31 Jan: Showstoppers
  • 7 Feb: Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters
  • 14 Feb: Bleak Expectations
  • 21 Feb: It's Your Round
  • 28 Feb: Brian Gulliver's Travels
  • 7 Mar: I've Never Seen Star Wars
  • 14 Mar: It Is Rocket Science
  • 21 Mar: Just A Minute
  • 28 Mar: The Simon Day Show


Leigh Aspin is Interactive Editor at BBC Radio 4. A new Radio 4 Comedy of the Week podcast is available every Monday from 10th January.



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