BBC Radio 4 to make The News Quiz USA

A pilot edition - chaired by The Daily Show's Lewis Black - will air later this month


BBC Radio 4 is to broadcast an American version of topical comedy The News Quiz on 22 March.


The pilot – to be recorded in New York – will be presented by Daily Show regular Lewis Black and will feature a panel including writer Andy Borowitz plus comedians Kathleen Madigan and Ted Alexandro.

The one-off edition, which will concentrate on the Republican primaries, could be developed into a full series if it proves to be successful.

Caroline Raphael, Radio 4’s commissioning editor for comedy and entertainment, told The Guardian: “This is the first time a US version has been made of one of our flagship Radio 4 comedy programmes. We hope it will give Radio 4 listeners a slightly different take on the US elections and complement Radio 4’s other stateside election coverage.”


The domestic version of The News Quiz began in 1977 with Barry Norman as chair. It is currently presented by Sandi Toksvig and features regular appearances from the likes of Jeremy Hardy, Sue Perkins, Francis Wheen and Andy Hamilton.