To TV and radio recordings
You can see some of Britain's finest comedy talents for free at the recording of TV and radio shows - as well as getting a sneak peak at forthcoming programmes.
Tickets are now available for the following shows. Please note that you should apply for tickets by clicking the links in the copy (either in blue or underlined). Do not email Chortle – we have nothing to do with these recordings and will not respond to any emails about them.
Romesh is a family sitcom starring Romesh Ranganathan. In this pilot episode Romesh and his wife Kate are invited to their school reunion, where Romesh is forced to confront his old bully, Steve Johnson.
It is being recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, Central London, on January 20. Apply for tickets via the BBC ticketing website.
The modern reworking of the classic prison sitcom of the 1970s, written by the show’s creators, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais – commissioned for a new series for 2017 after a pilot last year. Porridge stars Kevin Bishop as Nigel Norman Fletcher, grandson of Ronnie Barker’s Norman Stanley Fletcher.Recording at MediCityUK in Salford on Thursdays from February 16 to March 23.
For free tickets, visit the BBC tickets website.
Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule
Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule is a panel show that sees Harry presiding over two teams of comedians and celebrities tasked with saving planet earth from alien invasion. Their mission is to find the funniest stuff around and place it into a capsule so that in the event of invasion the aliens will spare us. Producers promise guest appearances, sketches, songs and funny clips..
It is being recorded at the London Studios on the South Bank on various dates from January 11 to February 3. Visit Standing Rom Only for details.
Dara O'Briain's Go 8-Bit
Video game fan Dara O Briain returns to host a new series of Go 8 Bit, which challenges comedy and entertainment stars to battle it out on some of the greatest video games of all time, as well as featuring some of the newest technical innovations in gaming.
Guests for the first series included Russell Howard, Bob Mortimer, Gina Yashere, Marcus Brigstocke, Susan Calman & Ed Byrne.
Series two will be recorded at 7.15pm at BBC Elstree Studios in Borehamwood during January and February. Visit the Standing Room Only to apply for free audience tickets.
Paul Sinha’s History RevisionPaul Sinha returns to Radio 4 for a third series of his History Revision, reporting on the important historical moments that you never got taught at school, and explaining why so much of what you did learn is wrong.
It is being recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, Central London, on Mondays February 6, 13 and March 20 at 7.15pm. Apply for tickets via the BBC ticketing website.
The Real Comedy Controllers
Producers, agents and commissioners reveal the stories behind classic shows in this new Radio 4 Extra series.
Taking part are Paul Jackson, producer of The Two Ronnies, Red Dwarf, Three of a Kind and The Young Ones and a former head of entertainment at the BBC and ITV; Beryl Vertue former agent to the likes of Spike Milligan, Eric Sykes, and Tony Hancock; and producer of Men Behaving Badly, Coupling and Sherlock; John Lloyd, producer of The News Quiz, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Blackadder and QI; and Jimmy Mulville, producer of Radio Active and Alas Smith and Jones and co-founder of Hat Trick Productions whose credits include Have I Got News For You, Father Ted and Outnumbered.
Recording two shows a day on Monday January 23 and Friday January 27 at the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, Central London – and the audience will get the chance to ask questions of the controllers.
Apply for tickets via the BBC ticketing website.
The Fake News Show
Comedians and celebrities discuss ‘outlandish headlines, wild lies, dodgy Photoshops and all-too-believable viral clips that have pushed post-truth to the front pages’ in this Channel 4 pilot.
It is being recorded at the London Studios on the South Bank on February 24. Apply for tickets via producers Hat Trick.
Join Matt Edmondson for the pilot of a new ITV2 panel show. Think you can judge someone just by looking at them… welcome to JudgeMENTAL.
Matt will be joined by two teams of famous faces who will battle it out to correctly identify what people do with their lives, purely by the way they look…The show will be recorded at The ITV London Studios near Waterloo on the Southbank on Sunday January 29. Visit Standing Room Only for free tickets.
Posted: 27 Jun 2006