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. When booking by e-mail, please state which show you wish to attend, the date and the number of tickets you require (four is usually the maximum) as well as your full name, address and daytime telephone number. Sometimes shows have minimum age limits, so check if in doubt.
Please note that you should apply for tickets by clicking the links in the copy. Do not email Chortle, we have nothing to do with these recordings and will not respond to any emails about them.
The John Bishop Show
New to BBC One, John Bishop is hosting a new series featuring the best in comedy, music and variety.
To be filmed at the famous Hackney Empire, Bishop will be handpicking and welcoming the hottest and newest comedians around, music guests and acts from the world of variety.
The show will be recorded at the Hackney Empire, East London, on Wednesdays May 13, 27 and June 10, 17. Apply for free tickets from Standing Room Only.
Jack Dee’s Election Helpdesk
Three election-themed shows of the format, in which the audience write problems on a card to be addressed by a panel of comedians
Roisin Conaty, Tim Key, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner and Josh Widdicombe stand to lose their personal possessions if they aren’t up to the task.
The show will be recorded at the ITV London Studios on the South Bank on Sundays April 12, 19 and 26. Apply for free tickets from Standing Room Only.
The first sitcom from comedian Susan Calman about grown-up sisters who live together. Sisters is described as ‘a classic odd couple comedy that tackles the painfully funny world of the love/hate relationship you can never escape’.
The show will be recorded at the Rada Studios in Central London on May 8 and 15. Apply for free tickets from Hat Trick Productions.
David Mitchell stars as William Shakespeare in a pilot recording of a new situation comedy about the life of the nation’s best-loved bard before he became famous. A purloined play, a wise wife, a stroppy teen and the underhand machinations of England’s sexiest spy combine in a mirthful entertainment suitable for groundlings and gentlefolk alike
The show will be recorded at the ITV London Studios on the South Bank on Monday April 27. Visit the BBC ticket unit to enter an online draw for tickets.
Alan Davies As Yet Untitled
The improvised comedy panel show for Dave returns, recording at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, Central London, on April 21, 22, 25 and May 1 and 6. Apply for free tickets from Applause Store.
Comedian Bennett Arron is both Jewish and Welsh, no joke - although it is the starting point for jokes… He has adapted his stand-up show Jewelsh for BBC Radio Wales.
It will be recorded at Chapter Arts Centre on Saturday May 2 at 7:30pm. Free tickets are available from the venue’s website.
Big Problems with Helen Keen
Following up Helen Keen’s award-winning It Is Rocket Science, Big Problems with Helen Keen combines comedy and scientific fact for a fresh look at why it’s hard to be a human. This show is about big problems and the brilliant, unlikely and sometimes downright dangerous, technological solutions humanity has come up with to solve them.
he show will be recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in New Broadcasting House, Central London, at 7.15pm on April 28 and May 6. Apply for free tickets from the BBC ticket website.
New BBC One sitcom Mountain Goats is a lively studio comedy based around the antics of Jimmy and his ragtag family of Mountain Rescue volunteers.
Recording at BBC Scotland in Pacific Quay on April 23; May 14, 21, 28 and June 4 at 6pm.
Tickets from the BBC tickets website.
It’s Not What You Know
Miles Jupp hosts the Radio 4 panel show in which panellists nominate someone they think they know well - dad, daughter, best friend, mother-in-law, fitness instructor - to answer as series of questions. They then get points if they can match the answers their nominees gave.
Recording at the BBC Radio Theatre in New Broadcasting House, Central London, on May 5 and 26 at 7.15pm.
Tickets from the BBC tickets website.
AirHeads is a new entertainment show for BBC Two set in the world of drones and presented by Ed Leigh, Susie Perry, and Andrew Maxwell.
Two teams will build their own drones and then take part in extraordinary and dramatic challenges out in the world and inside the studio.
The show will be recorded on Friday May 15 at MediaCity, Salford. Apply for free tickets from Standing Room Only.
Posted: 27 Jun 2006