Chain Reaction

BBC Radio 4's hostless chat show
from archive.org

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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