Radio comedy

An interesting item on today’s broadcast of Radio 4’s Feedback programme, detailing a number of complaints received about perceived anti-Christian bias, in the week-day early evening comedy slot on Radio 4. Shows including The News Quiz, Old Harry’s Game and The Now Show were mentioned.

The complaint was not that religion was a butt of jokes, but that Christianty came off worse than Hinduism or any other of the faiths. There was some recognition in the discussion that Christianity, as the (at least in theory) dominant faith might expect to be a easier target. I do wonder how much this has changed; my mind does go back to the controversy over the Life of Brian, now nearly three decades ago.

It should be available to listen again for another week from today, on the iPlayer service.