Jo Brand's Big Splash

Series 1 - Episode 1

Radio Times
Review by:
Claire Webb

“I got 8.6 on the Richter scale,” quips Jo Brand, as wry and self-deprecating as ever, recollecting a school diving competition. As a matter of fact, the comedian is a keen swimmer and in this series gamely attempts wild bathing, white-water rafting and even takes a turn as a “flusher” in a London sewer, with varying degrees of success and hilarity.

First, though, she auditions to be Olympic diver Blake Aldridge’s partner (his last was Tom Daly), teetering along a springboard in a demure polka-dot cossie. That’s a swim in the park compared to her next challenge: the annual Maldon Mud Race. Fellow stand-up Sean Lock joins in the mucky fun, but his victory hopes are dashed when Brand wallows grumpily in the gloop like a beached porpoise. Yet the gags keep coming.

About this programme

1/5. The comedienne explores the relationship between the British and water, and dons a swimsuit with a special pocket for her cigarettes to take on some wet challenges. In this edition, she invites Sean Lock to join her in an extremely muddy race.

Cast and crew


Jo Brand
Sean Lock