We all need a laugh but radio comedy can be such a turn-off

Audio odyssey: comedian Rob Newman explored the brain’s reactions in ‘Neuropolis’
Audio odyssey: comedian Rob Newman explored the brain’s reactions in ‘Neuropolis’

I try to fight it but the urge to tune away from Radio 4 at 6.30pm most weeknights is almost irresistible. This is odd. What I’m escaping is comedy and not only do I love comedy but a quick fix of it has become, these days, almost a necessity after listening to half an hour of news.

I doubt I am alone in needing a laugh. It’s probably why Radio 4’s wily scheduler hammocks with laughs the gap between the news and The Archers. All kinds of laughs. Panel games to sitcoms, stand-ups to sketch shows, historical, topical, cosy old favourites and the bold brand new. Not all of us will crease with mirth at each one. That’s expected and is why the choice is so wide. On nights, however, when actors start...

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