Cardinal Burns return | The best TV and radio comedy of the week

Cardinal Burns return

The best TV and radio comedy of the week

The best TV and radio comedy of the week.

Monday March 20

TRAVEL MAN: Richard Ayoade is joined by Aisling Bea for a whistle-stop tour of Hungary's fairy tale capital Budapest as they try goulash; a 'ruin pub'; a game of chess at the thermal bath and a ride on the Zugliget chairlift. Channel 4, 8.30pm

Tuesday March 21

INSIDE NO 9: In the final Inside No.9 of the series - though another is happily on the way -  Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith find themselves in a mysteriously exclusive art exhibition in East London. Guest stars are Felicity Kendal, Fiona Shaw and Morgana Robinson. BBC Two, 10pm

TIM VINE TRAVELS IN TIME: Radio 2’s Comedy Showcase series continues with this gag-packed show in which the pun-loving quipster does something of a Mr Benn: climbing through the magic grandfather clock in his antique shop to emerge in a different time and place. Radio 2, 10.30pm

Wednesday March 22

RICH HALL’S (US) BREAKDOWN: 60 DAYS OF TRUMP: Comics and pundits from both sides of the Atlantic reflect on a Presidency like no other... Radio 4, 6.30pm

CARDINAL BURNS PRESENTS DEAN AND MURF: Tonight’s Comedy Showcase pilot is a multi-character show from writer-performers Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns and directed by one Julian Barratt. The pair play ex-ravers who live on a dilapidated houseboat on the Regents Canal who are forced to visit the job centre - which leads them on a surreal adventure working as factory workers on a Ken Loach film. Radio 2, 10.30pm

ELIS JAMES’ PARTHENON OF HEROES:  Radio 4 Extra gives the Carmarthen-born comic’s 2013 Radio Wales series a nationwide outing.  In this opening episode he take pride in Welsh structures, including The Severn Bridge, The Millennium Stadium and the wildcard entry, Stonehenge.  He says:  If I can be to Welsh history what Bill Oddie is to British wildlife, I'll be thrilled.’

Friday March 24

RED NOSE DAY:  Comics old and new take part in the BBC’s marathon coverage - 7pm to 2.30am - live from a comedy club built inside the O2. Hosts include Lenny Henry, Joe Lycett, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Warwick Davis, Sally Phillips, Jonathan Ross and French & Saunders  plus Greg Daviesm who’ll be in a hot tub atop the landmark when the telethon temporarily shifts to BBC Two to make way for the Ten O’Clock News. Skits include James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, a  Smack The Pony reunion, Vic and Bob as The Stotts, the stand-up hour Russell Brand’s Stand Off, plus the much-hyped follow-up to Love Actually, Red Nose Day Actually. BBC One, 7pm

Published: 19 Mar 2017

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