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Saturday 7 September at 8pm
The News Quiz regulars, John Sergeant and four Radio 4 newsreaders at the anniversary recording
Headlines, Deadlines and Punchlines celebrates the development of the Radio 4 treasure from its launch in 1977 with Barry Norman in the chair and a 'Journalists Only' rule for the guests, via Barry Took's long reign as chairman and the Private Eye v. Punch years, to its current incarnation.

Below are some clips from Headlines, Deadlines and Punchlines, featuring famous contributors as well as John Lloyd, Harry Thompson and Danny Greenstone from the production side. On the right are some of the newspaper stories read out on the programme over the years.

The Talented Mr Took
Barry Took Ian Hislop and Simon Hoggart reminisce about the late comedian


The Art of Chairing
Barry Norman Harry Thompson, TV and radio producer, gives a few tips.


'Languid' Private Eye V 'Pushy' Punch
Alan Coren Alan Coren and Richard Ingrams spar. Danny Greenstone referees.

listen - Round 1       listen - Round 2

Politicians Being Funny
Charles Kennedy Roy Hattersley, Charles Kennedy, Ian Hislop on a uniquely British phenomenon


The Limited Power of Satire
Peter Cook Linda Smith doesn't think The News Quiz can change the world.


Where Are All the Women?
Jo Brand Alan Coren and Ian Hislop ponder the dearth of female panellists.


The News Quiz Spawn
Angus Deayton Harry Thompson discusses transplanting the quiz from radio to TV


Linda's Rise from Obscurity
Linda Smith Where did they find Linda Smith?


Will It Ever End?
Ian Hislop Ian Hislop and John Lloyd question the shelflife of British satire.


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Police reveal that a woman arrested for shoplifting had a whole salami in her knickers. When asked why, she said it was because she was missing her Italian boyfriend. (Reuters via The Manchester Evenings News)

Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van, because they cannot issue a description. It's a special branch vehicle, and they don't want the public to know what it looks like. (The Guardian)

After being charged £20 for a £10 overdraft, 30 year old Michael Howard of Leeds changed his name by deed poll to Yorkshire Bank PLC Are Fascist Bastards. The bank has now asked him to close his account, and Mr. Bastards has asked them to repay the 69p balance, by cheque, made out in his new name. (The Guardian)

Would the congregation please note that the bowl at the back of the church labelled 'for the sick' is for monetary donations only. (Churchtown Parish Magazine)

6.10pm: Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Bennett's estranged cousin, Mr.Collins, writes to announce his imminent visit to Longbourne - the house he will inherit on Mr.Bennett's death. Mrs. Bennett rallies the residents to stop him setting up a minicab service. (Hampstead and Highgate Express)

There must, for instance, be something very strange in a man who , if left a lone in a room with a tea cosy, doesn't try it on. (Glasgow Evening News)

A young girl who was blown out to sea on a set of inflatable teeth was rescued by a man on an inflatable lobster. A coastguard spokesman commented, "this sort of thing is all too common". (The Times)

At the height of the gale, the harbourmaster radioed a coastguard on the spot and asked him to estimate the wind speed. He replied that he was sorry, but he didn't have a gauge. However, if it was any help, the wind had just blown his Land Rover off the cliff. (Aberdeen Evening Express)

Mrs Irene Graham of Thorpe Avenue, Boscombe, delighted the audience with her reminiscence of the German prisoner of war who was sent each week to do her garden. He was repatriated at the end of 1945, she recalled. "He'd always seemed a nice friendly chap, but when the crocuses came up in the middle of our lawn in February 1946, they spelt out Heil Hitler". (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

Commenting on a complaint from a Mr.Arthur Purdey about a large gas bill, a spokesman for North West gas said "We agree it was rather high for the time of year. It's possible Mr.Purdey has been charged for the gas used up during the explosion that blew his house to pieces." (Bangkok Post)

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