The above video is a clip from a short BBC Radio 4 series called The News at Bedtime. Broadcast four years ago during the Christmas period in 2009, it was written by Nick Newman and Ian Hislop; Newman is a writer for Private Eye Magazine and Hislop is its editor, but he is probably best known as a team captain on Have I Got News for You.
It starred stand-up comedian Jack Dee (now a presenter of the radio show I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue) and actor Peter Capaldi, best known as Malcom Tucker in The Thick of It and In The Loop but who will also be taking over as The Twelfth Doctor in Doctor Who next year. Minor roles went to various other actors and comedians including Chris Addison.
It was a fictional satirical news programme set in ‘Nurseryland’, where all of the news stories related to nursery rhymes or childrens’ stories. Examples included Jack and his genetically-modified beanstalk, the celebrity wedding of the Owl and the Pussycat, and an alleged suicide attempt by an egg called Humpty Dumpty.
I listened to a few episodes when it was first broadcast, but had forgotten about it until recently, when I somehow came across its Wikipedia page. Sadly the BBC have not made the episodes available to download or purchase, although there are some sites offering recordings of it to download.
I hope the BBC will release the whole series on iTunes in future, as it’s an enjoyable listen and each episode is only around fifteen minutes. I would definitely pay for it.