John Bishop's Big Year

Series 1 - Episode 1

John Bishop's Big Year
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

It’s a mark of the rapidity of John Bishop’s comedy ascent, and the place he’s hollowed out in the national consciousness, that he’s been given his own review-of-the-year show.

This is a rare honour, but we are in good hands. Bishop is a sharp and clever observer of the British character (see John Bishop’s Britain) and an astute commentator on our little foibles, from our obsession with naan breads the size of duvets to our fear of arm-breaking swans.

In John Bishop’s Big Year, the comedian performs two stand-up sets (the second will be shown next Friday) in front of a studio audience. Both focus on the events of the past year, so there’s plenty of material. The Jubilee, the Olympics and Paralympics, the terrible washout summer, even the success of Fifty Shades of Grey – all are fair game.

Both shows will be peppered with news footage and silly sketches.

About this programme

1/2. The popular comic presents the first of two shows in which he combines stand-up, sketches and clips to take a light-hearted look back at the past 12 months. This was the year that Brits gathered to celebrate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee and enjoyed the excitement of the Olympics and Paralympics. However, it was also the year that the nation stoically endured a miserable recession, celebrated the discovery of the so-called God Particle, had the wettest June since the dawn of time, and got hot and flustered over a certain series of novels. John will cover these and other events in his own laid-back style.

Cast and crew


John Bishop
Ben Clarke
Matthew Crosby
Tom Parry


Executive Producer
John Bishop
Executive Producer
Lisa Thomas
Executive Producer
Jim Reid
Series Producer
Jonno Richards

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