Twenty-four episodes of the popular topical comedy show, chaired by Andy Zaltzman
With its brilliant blend of the silly, the serious and the satirical, The News Quiz has been a must-listen for comedy fans since 1977. Recorded in front of a virtual audience, these three series see Andy Zaltzman presiding over a motley crew of comedians and journalists as they trawl through news stories big and small to provide comedy, commentary, irony and irreverence. Among the eager news-wranglers are Zoe Lyons, Nish Kumar, Helen Lewis, Athena Kugenblu, Lucy Porter, Paul Sinha, Daliso Chaponda, Mark Steel, Alice Fraser, Ayesha Hazarika and Kiri Pritchard-McLean.
Beginning with a 'Best of 2020' episode, looking back on the 'highlights' of that particular annus horribilis, the panel go on to scrutinise subjects including lockdowns, the US Capitol riots, Joe Biden's inauguration, euphemistic food names, Handforth Parish Council's infamous Zoom meeting, climate change, vaccination, foreign holidays (and traffic lights) and Boris Johnson's stealth wedding.
There's also a preview of some 'future news', the debut appearance of the Scapegoater Vx57, the Machine of Ultimate Blame, and the inaugural False or Very False round - plus, Andy Zaltzman finally becomes the first News Quiz host to present the programme from the BBC Test Match Special commentary box at Lords.