Funny Fortnight is returning to BBC Radio 2 with two weekends of one-off celebrity panel shows, quizzes and situation comedies.
There will also be two specials with Patrick Kielty interviewing Mel Brooks from his home in LA with stories from the films he’s made, and Steve Martin with Martin Short talking about their inspirations and career highlights.
Funny Fortnight will be comprised of six 30 minute shows, featuring emerging talent such as Tom Allen, Charlie Brooker, Daliso Chaponda, Sophie Duker, Rhys James, Russell Kane, Gary Lewis, James May, AJ Odudu, Vicki Pepperdine, Morgana Robinson, Suzi Ruffell, Ahir Shah, Emma Sidi, Stacey Solomon, and Sindhu Vee.
The programmes will be aired across the weekends of Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 March, and Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 March.
Radio 2 is no stranger to nurturing comedy talent, for example Miranda’s hit TV show started out on the station as Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop in 2007. It has also announced a new Radio 2 podcast Bitch, Bitch, Bitch with Matt Lucas will be coming to BBC Sounds this spring.
Robert Gallacher, Commissioning Editor, Radio 2 says: “Radio 2 is delighted to be bringing this special season of programming to air this Spring. From emerging talent to treasured favourites, there’s something to entertain all our listeners across the UK.”