Culture, Radio

Review: The News Quiz

Rifkin and Hardy on the News Quiz“Topical panel quiz show, taking its questions from the week’s news stories.”

For Season 77, Episode 5, Jeremy Hardy, Phill Jupitus and Hugo Rifkind join Sandi Toksvig to review the week’s news.

Now on Series 77, the venerable News Quiz is one of those archetypal panel shows to which so many other radio and TV shows (Have I Got News for You) owe so much.

Now chaired by National Treasure and favourite Danish import, comedienne Sandy Toksvig, regular panelist Jeremy Hardy is joined by a mix of semi-regulars and guests to comment on the week’s news stories. The show has an unapologetically liberal agenda beneath its’ satirical edge and plays well to the sharper end of the Radio 4 audience. VP

You can find current shows on BBC iPlayer  or sample some clips. Previous programmes are available by series and by year

Some of the classic press cuttings sent in by listeners (not including one of ours, broadcast May 4th 2012)

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 harbour master 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)
  • 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)

About Victoria Pritchard

Columnist, reviewer, author and sometime sports coach


2 thoughts on “Review: The News Quiz

  1. Hi! Good recommendation of a satire show.

    Posted by Brunjes Christner | May 19, 2012, 9:31 am
  2. Jeremy Hardy os epitomy of English whimsy. Thanks.

    Posted by Len Granfield | May 24, 2012, 12:41 am

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