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Fern Brady comes to Netflix

The week's best comedy on TV, radio and streaming

Our pick of the comedy on TV, radio and streaming this week…:

Sunday April 21

BOTTOM EXPOSED: A repeat screening of this celebration of Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall's sitcom, following its premiere on Thursday. Read an interview with Edmonson here. Gold, 9pm

Monday April 22

FERN BRADY: AUTISTIC BIKINI QUEEN: The comic's stand-up show, filmed in Bristol, is today released as a Netflix special. The comic has said: ‘This show, despite its title, is 1 per cent about autism and 99 per cent about relationships, marriage and death. I’m delighted my bleak worldview will find a bigger audience on Netflix, but I am sorry that as the first Scottish lady with a Netflix special, it will mislead people into thinking we’re all like this when we aren’t.’

RHOD GILBERT'S GROWING PAINS: The series returns for the second half of its fifth season, with the comic inviting guests to share stories of adolescent embarrassment. Today, Jessica Knappett recreates her superhero cello, Katherine Ryan recalls her heartbreaking prom and Gok Wan shares some fashion faux pas… Comedy Central, 9pm

Tuesday April 23

MEL GIEDROYC - UNFORGIVABLE: Alex Jones reveals how she got into hot water with the BBC for lying, Iain Stirling spills the beans on being sacked, and Tim Renkow tells all about his mischievous method of evading train fares. Dave, 10pm

Wednesday April 24

HOLD THE FRONT PAGE: Josh Widdicombe and Nish Kumar return for another celebration of local news journalism, determined to do a lot better than they did before. In the first episode, they head to the Isle of Wight, working for the County Press on the busiest time of the year – Cowes Week – where they meet Princess Anne, Anneka Rice and some controversial nudists and, make a splash at a poo museum. Sky Max, 9pm

MICHAEL SPICER: NO ROOM: The comedian moves on from his online Room Next Door videos - in which he posed an aide giving advice to politicians during car-crash interviews – with this new Radio 4 sketch show, dropping first on BBC Sounds. According to the BBC, ‘each episode will feature a take on the zeitgeist alongside sketches which brilliantly capture everything that provokes us: culture, politics, work...and other people. From an MP's hopeless social media videos and a billionaire who wants to be popular, to a football pundit's nonsensical analysis and Tony Blair looking back on the Iraq War as if it were a classic TV series, this is a show packed with razor-sharp wit.’

Thursday April 25

JOE & KATHERINE'S BARGAIN HOLIDAYS: Joe Wilkinson loves a bargain and is dedicated to making as many savings as possible on holiday while fellow comedian Katherine Ryan loves to lap it up in luxury. In this new series, this odd-couple pairing join forces to try to have a fantastic holiday for a next-to-nothing price. In this first episode, Joe takes Katherine to Norfolk, sleeping in an enchanting church, enjoying an alternative spa experience, and spend some time withe owls. Joe speaks about the series here, and Katherine gives her take here. Channel 4, 10pm

Friday April 26

HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU: Guest hosted by Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis for the first time. He said: ‘I’ve been a fan of the show since it started, just after I left school, but can't pretend there isn't a tinge of terror mixed in with excitement at the thought of presenting it, especially trying to keep Paul and Ian in line. I may have to resort to threatening to destroy their credit scores.’ Spanish and Welsh comedian Ignacio Lopez is one panellist alongside Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by BBC One, 9pm

DEAD RINGERS: The satirical impressions show – headed by Jon Culshaw and Jan Ravens – returns. Radio 4, 6.30pm

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Published: 21 Apr 2024

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