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The Now Show 2012 - Live!

Thursday 26 July 2012, 17:10

Frankie Ward Frankie Ward Interactive Producer

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You may be aware that a small event is launching on Friday night. It's taken years of planning, millions of pounds and handfuls of hair (torn out of the heads of distressed committees and politcians) and now it's here. London 2012, the jewel in the crown of, well, the year 2012.

From Monday July 30 at 11pm, BBC Radio Comedy will be bringing you The Now Show 2012 - Live!, a spectacular attempt to cover the Olympics in the only way hosts Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt know how; with a cheeky satirical slant and special guests including Andy Parsons, Henning Wehn and Alex Horne and The Horne Section. The show will continue on alternate weeknights across the two weeks of the Olympics, culminating in the broadcasting equivalent of the 100 metres final on August 10... probably.

While Hugh, Steve and their guests perilously perform live to the nation via BBC Radio 4 on air and online, we'll be supporting their antics on the BBC Radio 4 Twitter account. If you'd like to join in with proceedings, all you need to do is Tweet your thoughts, ending in the #bbcnowshow hashtag.

To celebrate this much-anticipated event (the show, not the Olympics!), we've created an exclusive video just for you, which you can find by following this link. Many thanks to the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra for their moving rendition of the Chariots of Fire theme tune.

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    Comment number 1.

    It is a great pity that the BBC, when it decided to change the format from that of BBC7, that it didn't include 'Message Boards', which was a great way of telling the production team what we listeners felt about some aspects of BBC7.

    One complaint was the length of the trailers or fillers between programmes. This evening at just before 7.30pm, there was a trail for 'The Comedy Club'. It comprised of two girls [heaven knows who they were] talking nonsense and giggling their way through the piece.

    I doubt that I am alone at finding these trailers or fillers quite nauseatingly weak and pointless. For heavens sake...

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    Comment number 2.

    Do we know if these shows will be streamed overseas, or will they be subject to broadcast rights restrictions? Better still, will they be part of Radio 4's Friday Night Comedy Podcast, which one hopes would become the Monday-Wednesday-Friday Night Comedy Podcast for the duration?

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    Comment number 3.

    It looks like the special Now Show series have rights restrictions applied but perhaps BBC 4 can confirm?

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    Comment number 4.

    Satire on satire. How absurd to restrict listening rights to the Now Show Live - 2012. Please reverse policy immediately and enable listeners outside the UK to hear the latest Olympic episodes of highly entertaining and witty showmanship. After flexing my listening muscles prior to July 27, they have been severely deflated. If I practice complaining enough, maybe I'll get gold?


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