Chain Reaction

BBC Radio 4's hostless chat show
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Chain Reaction is a Radio 4 chat show in which the big names from the world of comedy and beyond pick a guest they would like to interview. In the following show, the interviewee then gets to become the host and picks a new guest to talk to.

This show is based on a format first used by a short-lived four-part series of the same name which aired over the 1991/1992 New Year period on the now defunct BBC Radio 5. This original series had no comic intentions but John Cleese did appear as the first guest.

  1. S01E01 Jenny Eclair Interviews Jimmy Carr (12.7Mb)
  2. S01E02 Jimmy Carr Interviews Matt Lucas (12.7Mb)
  3. S01E03 Matt Lucas Interviews Johnny Vegas (13Mb)
  4. S01E04 Johnny Vegas Interviews Stewart Lee (12.8Mb)
  5. S01E05 Stewart Lee Interviews Alan Moore (12.8Mb)
  6. S01E06 Alan Moore Interviews Brian Eno (12.9Mb)
  7. S02E01 Jo Brand Interviews Barry Cryer (13.2Mb)
  8. S02E02 Barry Cryer Interviews Mark Thomas (13.1Mb)
  9. S02E03 Mark Thomas Interviews Alexei Sayle (13.2Mb)
  10. S02E04 Alexei Sayle Interviews Lenny Henry (13.5Mb)
  11. S02E05 Lenny Henry interviews Bill Bailey (12.6Mb)
  12. S02E06 Bill Bailey Interviews Simon Pegg (13Mb)
  13. S03E01 Marcus Brigstocke interviews Clive Anderson (12.7Mb)
  14. S03E02 Clive Anderson interviews John Lloyd (12.7Mb)
  15. S03E03 John Lloyd interviews Phill Jupitus (12.7Mb)
  16. S03E04 Phill Jupitus Interviews John Hegley (13.7Mb)
  17. S03E05 John Hegley interviews Jack Dee (12.7Mb)
  18. S03E06 Jack Dee interviews Jeremy Hardy (13.8Mb)
  19. S04E01 Catherine Tate interviews David Tennant (13Mb)
  20. S04E02 David Tennant interviews Richard Wilson (13Mb)
  21. S04E03 Richard Wilson Interviews Arabella Weir (13Mb)
  22. S04E04 Arabella Weir interviews Paul Whitehouse (12.9Mb)
  23. S05E01 Robert Llewellyn interviews Dave Gorman (12.8Mb)
  24. S05E02 Dave Gorman interviews Frank Skinner (13.1Mb)
  25. S05E03 Frank Skinner interviews Eddie Izzard (12.9Mb)
  26. S05E04 Eddie Izzard interviews Alastair Campbell (13.7Mb)
  27. S05E05 Alastair Campbell interviews Alistair McGowan (12.3Mb)
  28. S05E06 Alistair McGowan interviews Simon Callow (13Mb)
  29. S06E01 Ronni Ancona interviews Lee Mack (13.2Mb)
  30. S06E02 Lee Mack interviews Ade Edmondson (12.7Mb)
  31. S06E03 Ade Edmondson interviews Ruby Wax (13.1Mb)
  32. S06E04 Ruby Wax interviews Harry Shearer (13.2Mb)
  33. S06E05 Harry Shearer interviews Stephen Merchant (13.1Mb)
  34. S06E06 Stephen Merchant interviews Jarvis Cocker (13.2Mb)
  35. S07E01 Rhys Thomas talks to Simon Day (15.9Mb)
  36. S07E02 Simon Day talks to Peter Hook (13.7Mb)
  37. S07E03 Peter Hook talks to John Cooper Clarke (12.8Mb)
  38. S07E04 John Cooper Clarke interviews Kevin Eldon (13.7Mb)
  39. S07E05 Kevin Eldon interviews Mark Steel (13Mb)
  40. S07E06 Mark Steel interviews Barry Davies (12.8Mb)
  41. S08E01 Jeremy Front interviews Rebecca Front (12.9Mb)
  42. S08E02 Rebecca Front interviews Chris Addison (13.3Mb)
  43. S08E03 Chris Addison interviews Derren Brown (13Mb)
  44. S08E04 Derren Brown interviews Tim Minchin (13.2Mb)
  45. S08E05 Tim Minchin talks to Caitlin Moran (12.8Mb)
  46. S08E06 Caitlin Moran talks to Jennifer Saunders (12.9Mb)
  47. S09E01 Terry Christian talks to Kevin Bridges (12.7Mb)
  48. S09E02 Kevin Bridges talks to Frankie Boyle (12.8Mb)
  49. S09E03 Frankie Boyle talks to Grant Morrison (12.8Mb)
  50. S09E04 Grant Morrison talks to Neil Innes (12.8Mb)
  51. S09E05 Neil Innes talks to Graham Linehan (12.8Mb)
  52. S09E06 Graham Linehan talks to Adam Buxton (12.7Mb)
  53. S10E01 Adam Buxton talks to Reece Shearsmith (12.7Mb)
  54. S10E02 Reece Shearsmith talks to Bob Mortimer (12.6Mb)
  55. S10E03 Bob Mortimer talks to Vic Reeves (12.6Mb)
  56. S10E04 Vic Reeves talks to Olivia Colman (12.5Mb)
  57. S10E05 Olivia Colman talks to Sharon Horgan (12.7Mb)
  58. S10E06 Sharon Horgan talks to Dennis Kelly (12.4Mb)
  59. S11E01 Ed Byrne interviews Al Murray (12.8Mb)
  60. S11E02 Al Murray interviews Ian Hislop (12.8Mb)
  61. S11E03 Ian Hislop interviews Victoria Coren-Mitchell (13.2Mb)
  62. S11E04 Victoria Coren-Mitchell interviews Sandi Toksvig (12.7Mb)
  63. S11E05 Sandi Toksvig interviews Roy Hudd (12.7Mb)
  64. S11E06 Roy Hudd interviews Alison Steadman (12.7Mb)
  65. S12E01 Sara Cox Interviews Joe Lycett (12.6Mb)
  66. S12E02 Joe Lycett Interviews Katherine Ryan (12.7Mb)
  67. S12E03 Katherine Ryan Interviews Sara Pascoe (12.8Mb)
  68. S12E04 Sara Pascoe Interviews Harry Hill (12.7Mb)
  69. S12E05 Harry Hill Interviews Tim Vine (12.6Mb)
  70. S12E06 Tim Vine Interviews Sir Ken Dodd (12.6Mb)

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