More or Less (radio programme)

More or Less is a BBC Radio 4 programme about numbers and statistics. The programme often presents statistical issues which pertain to topics in the news.

More or Less
Running time25 minutes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationBBC World Service
BBC Radio 4
Hosted byTim Harford
Produced byMichael Blastland
WebsiteWeb site
PodcastBBC podcast

The programme was created in 2001 by Michael Blastland as a one-off series of six programmes presented by Andrew Dilnot. The positive response to the show led to it becoming a regular programme, first with two series a year and since the winter series of 2008–2009, with three.

As well as the thirty minute Radio 4 show there is also a ten-minute BBC World Service show that runs throughout the year. Both appear on the show's podcast stream. The World Service show repeats items from Radio 4 and has original material when the Radio 4 show is off air. The programme is normally broadcast 4-4:30 p.m. on Friday and repeated 8-8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

In 2007, Blastland and Dilnot published a related book, The Tiger That Isn't: Seeing Through a World of Numbers about misuse of statistics.

Guests of the show have included Angus Deaton, Mark Lynas, Hannah Ritchie, and Richard Blundell.

Since October 2007 the show has been presented by Tim Harford.



  1. ^ Royal Statistical Society awards Accessed April 26, 2015
  2. ^ More or Less Honoured Accessed June 5, 2010

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