The 99p Challenge: Series 1-5

The Complete BBC Radio 4 Collection
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Starring the cream of UK writer/performers and comedians over its lifetime, including Simon Pegg, Sue Perkins, Miranda Hart, Nick Frost, Bill Bailey and Armando Iannucci, this is the complete and utter award-winning silly panel game that's not about music, sport, advertising or hats.

The show was written by the writers of Friday Night Armistice and Black Books and was described by The Guardian as “good enough to be the successor to I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue".

Plus bonus series King Stupid that launched the whole thing, starring Sue Perkins, Simon Pegg, Morwenna Banks and Peter Baynham, the brains behind I'm Alan Partridge and Sacha Baron-Cohen's cowriter.

Hear them as they spend a whole series trying to decide which stall they'd like to see at a village fete and decide it's a toss-up between Paint the Face of a Child on a Tiger stall and a Get the Angry Bear Down from the Cross competition. Meanwhile, they'll be discussing such vital issues as how to beat crime and how to sip coffee through a sausage, and they'll also be pondering the question "if an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what does a watermelon a minute do?"

©2018 Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley (P)2018 BBC Digital Audio

Critic Reviews

"The laughter that's worth every penny." ( Mail on Sunday)
"Genuinely brilliant." ( Night & Day)

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British panel shows are the best

I love British panel shows, like QI, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Would I Lie to You, and The Unbelievable Truth. This one from the late 90s and early 2000s features a lot of great British comedians, like Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Peter Serafinowicz, Sue Perkins, and Bill Bailey.

If you don't know much about Panel shows, this is a radio program basically set up in a quiz/game show format, but all the answers are jokes. Sue Perkins hosts and asks the questions and the "contestants" try to give the most hilarious, ridiculous answers.

Five series (seasons) in one collection is a great deal. Most of the other stuff like this, such as The Unbelievable Truth, is only available one series each and run just two or three hours.

I highly recommend this if you're into British comedy.

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Not 99p, but well worth any asking price!

I needed a good laugh & got this one with no idea what it was about, and was pleasantly surprised to discover just how fun & funny it is. Highly recommended.

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  • Keggsy
  • 05-06-20

Had Better.

Not that funny at all and very cliquey. I have no clue who the host is. It may just as well be one of your neighbours.
Try The Unbelievable Truth... many are free, or Just A Minute.

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  • 12views
  • 10-19-19

Gets better and better

This started off as a different show and really comes into its own as Sue Perkins takes over the chair and it’s renamed the 99p Challenge (Some of the early shows really do seem to be finding their feet). Good panel show laughs, interesting to hear Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Miranda Hart when they were still “just comedians”. Made me laugh and was a good listen.

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  • Alan Purdom
  • 06-04-19

Suitably stupid

Series 1 wasn’t great but series 2-5 had a change of format and seemingly a much tighter script and the end result was an entertaining listen.

A lot of the jokes would be seen as a little bit near the knuckle now - some very lad humour and like many panel shows of the era the only woman involved generally was the host.

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 10-30-18

I originially quite disliked this but it improved.

I like Sue Perkins, Armando Iannucci, Simon Pegg, and most of the others in other works but this started put badly. I stuck with it and the latter half of the audio recorded was actually funny. There were more risqué jokes about priests and such that they probably wouldn't get away with today.

The 'King Stupid show was dire though. It ends with Chapter 6, I would skip it.

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  • Mrs V
  • 11-09-19

Absolute rubbish!

Misogyinistic, peurile, really quite boring tat! Hard to believe the BBC released this. Over 20 episodes?!?