Pick up the Heavy Pencil | New podcast from Anna Crilly and Tony Gardiner, and the rest of the week's comedy on demand

Pick up the Heavy Pencil

New podcast from Anna Crilly and Tony Gardiner, and the rest of the week's comedy on demand

The week’s new comedy on demand…

Heavy Pencil

Comedy actors Anna Crilly and her Lead Balloon co-star Tony Gardiner have created this new character-led sitcom as a podcast. Gardiner plays an actor, Michael Cork, who chats to Sarah Tiptree, his agent's assistant's assistant. Listen here.

Four Lions

As Chris Morris’s satirical new movie, The Day Shall Come, arrives in cinemas, his last, also concerning hapless terrorists, is available on All 4. Watch Four Lions here

Charlotte and Lilliian

Miriam Margoyles and Helen Monk return for a second series of this Radio 4 comedy about a self-involved twenty-something and a housebound pensioner in her eighties, who become unlikely friends after they are matched by a local charity. Listen here

Doug Stanhope: No Place Like Home

Three years after it was recorded in his hometown of Bisbee, Arizona, the hard-hitting comic’s special lands on Amazon Prime. In it, he talks about caring for the mentally-ill, Vietnam vets and being locked up abroad. Watch here


Simon Amstell’s first theatrical movie as a director and writer has landed on Now TV. It’s about an insecure, lovelorn filmmaker, partly in London’s cool artistic world, and partly deeply distrustful of it – so not too far from the landscape of Amstell’s stand-up. In this quirky indie romcom, he becomes beguiled by the mesmeric French musician Noah, who he meets through his hard-partying publicist. Read our review here and watch here

Published: 12 Oct 2019

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Today's comedy-on demand picks


Emma Sidi has taken great care to replicate the authentic feel of 1980s Spanish-language telenovelas in this spot-on parody, set in contemporary small-town England and which she describes as 'a bit Acorn Antiques, bit Garth Marenghi'.

At her mother's untimely funeral, Becky Hello (a typical British millennial as imagined by Mexican writers who have never been to the UK) discovers she has inherited a fortune. But it isn't long before nefarious family members begin to circle, and Becky must keep her wits about her if she is to avoid the same fate as her mother.

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