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Loose Ends (radio programme)

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Loose Ends is a British radio programme originally broadcast on Saturday mornings, and then transmitted early Saturday evenings from 1998 by BBC Radio 4. It was hosted by Ned Sherrin until 2006 and has been hosted by Clive Anderson and Peter Curran since 2007. The programme brings together guests, generally from the world of entertainment, in a mix of interviews, sets by comedians and musical sessions.

Loose Ends
Running time45 minutes (6:15 pm–7:00 pm)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationBBC Radio 4
SyndicatesBBC Radio 4 Extra (2011–2015)
Hosted by
Recording studioBroadcasting House
Original release4 January 1986 (1986-01-04) – present
Audio formatStereo


First broadcast in 1986, it developed out of The Colour Supplement,[citation needed] a Sunday morning programme which had featured early Loose Ends contributors such as Stephen Fry, Robert Elms and Victor Lewis-Smith. The latter's contributions to Loose Ends were pre-recorded packages, being a mischievous and disruptive element of the programme.[citation needed]

Originally commissioned comedy had, by 2006, been phased out almost entirely, with comic performers tending to deliver existing material from their repertoires although, in June/July 2006, the Scots comedian and writer Janey Godley scripted a weekly series of satiric fictional extracts from Nancy Dell'Olio's Diary to coincide with the FIFA World Cup. Dell' Olio was the girlfriend of England national football team coach Sven-Göran Eriksson. Only four extracts were transmitted due to the England team's failure in the championships.

Typically the programme was topped and tailed by Sherrin reading a comic monologue which, over the years, was written by Alistair Beaton, D. A. Barham, Ian Brown & James Hendrie, Nev Fountain, Tom Jamieson, Tom Mitchelson, Ian Hawkins, Terence Dackombe, Andrew Nickolds, Steve Punt and Pete Sinclair.

When Sherrin became ill with a throat infection in late 2006, later diagnosed as throat cancer, Peter Curran stood in as presenter of Loose Ends with Patrick Kielty and Clive Anderson as guest presenters. Sherrin died of throat cancer on 1 October 2007.[1] Clive Anderson became permanent replacement host in 2007.[2]


  1. ^ "Entertainer Sherrin dies aged 76". BBC News. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  2. ^ Dowell, Ben (7 April 2008). "Anderson goes full time on Loose Ends". The Guardian.

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