• It's Not What You Know: Series 1-5

  • The BBC Radio 4 Comedy Panel Show
  • By: BBC Radio Comedy
  • Narrated by: Miles Jupp, Joe Lycett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What would Jonathan Agnew do if he wasn't a cricket commentator? Who would play Romesh Ranganathan in a film of his life? What's the naughtiest thing Sara Pascoe did as a child?

It's not what you know but who you know that matters...and, indeed, how well you know them. The show is a bit like ‘Mr and Mrs’, except that it's not played by husbands and wives. Instead, panellists can pick anyone they like: dad, cousin, best friend, mother-in-law. 

What is Bridget Christie's worst fear? Or Ainsley Harriott's worst habit? Or Seann Walsh's worst gig? 

All these burning questions, and more, will be answered in this BBC comedy panel show hosted by Miles Jupp, where panellists are tested on how well they know their nearest and dearest.

Get to know panellists such Rebecca Front, Roisin Conaty, Mark Steel, Tom Wrigglesworth, Ed Byrne, Tony Hawks, Rachel Riley, Richard Madeley, Dave Gorman, Lucy Porter, Richard Osman, Frankie Boyle, Susan Calman, Sara Cox, Katherine Ryan, Alan Johnson and Sarah Millican.

Produced by Sam Michell.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Hilarious

Laugh out loud funny. Nothing is more embarrassing than your friends and family. A great panel show comedy to pass the time on long flights.

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  • philip white
  • 12-27-18

Great entertainment

Great entertainment- very funny and quite a few laugh out loud moments, ideal listening while walking the dog at night - not a euphemism.

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  • Mr A P Jackson
  • 12-09-18

Highly enjoyable for the most part.

Great idea for a game show. Miles Jupp is very quick witted and hilariously funny. It was all going so well until Joe Lycett took over. Then it quickly went from marvellous, clever and hugely entertaining to being bland and ordinary. Thankfully Jupp hosts the majority of the shows (the first 4 series?) so it’s definitely worth getting, but Lycett’s final series is very missable.

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  • Alex
  • 03-27-19

Thoroughly enjoyable Radio 4 panel game

Thoroughly enjoyable Radio 4 panel game - great to while away a journey on enjoy with a day at the cricket.

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  • I. Ney
  • 03-03-19

great listen

a great item, so many hours of hilarity with Mike Jupp and the Joe Lycett. Really funny, really enjoyable, fits a journey to school and back!

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  • jamie
  • 01-05-22

really funny and gets better over time

the series is a good comedy show well written with plenty of banter between the host and guests.

miles jupp hosted the 1st 4 series and when it change to Joe lycett I thought it might not be as good. but I was wrong they have totally different hosting styles which both worked and they both bounced effortlessly off their guests.

Great funny for the car.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-21

Miles Jupp is just brilliant.

I actually do really like Joe Lycett but he was not a patch on Miles Jupp presenting. After Miles left i just did not enjoy it anywhere near as much and the guests were not as good either. I would recommend it for the Miles Jupp episodes.

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  • Matthew
  • 02-04-20

It's pretty good.

Very Fun. Very Enjoyable. Miles Jupp and Joe Lycett are both funny but for different reasons. Haven't heard of half the people in it but it's made me laugh a lot.

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  • Peter
  • 12-09-19

Laugh out loud moment galore

What a fantastic show with a truly wide range of guests. Some minor repetition of questions into the later series but not to detract from the entertainment. The change of host provided a good variation too.
Definitely one to revisit again once in your library.

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  • Lesley Goodman
  • 11-22-19

Tried again

I bought this again and persevered with it. My previous review still stands, Miles Jupps constant stupid jokes and the "nice bunch of lads" running jokes were irritating, I just got used to pressing the 30 seconds fwd button so I missed the stupid stuff. It was a good series and quite frankly Joe Lysett was actually better than MJ and I enjoyed his episodes more. I do like Miles Jupp but he tries TOO hard and tries to be TOO clever. It was just tedious. I listened to the whole 25 episodes in 1 sitting when I couldn't sleep, it got me through the night and part of the following day. Some of it was laugh out loud funny. So, I've changed my mind from previous review. It's worth a listen definitely.

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  • Lesley Cassidy
  • 05-17-19

Funny....but......

Bought this with a credit,as I've exhausted my "ISIHAC" episodes! An interesting format,and hilarious in some parts! Celebrities pick a nominee (friend,family member) to answer questions about them,and the celeb has to guess what answer the nominee said,with sometimes hilarious results. Most of the shows are presented by Miles Jupp,who does a grand job,and is rather witty....but....whilst driving home tonight,I plugged in for another laugh on the way home,and found the programme is now being presented by Joe Lycett.....and it lost its sparkle for me. Joe's voice is extremely annoying,and to be honest,he's just not funny. I don't know if Miles Jupp presented it before or after Joe Lycett,I'm hoping it's the latter,and I hope another series is commissioned,as it is good fun. Another gripe is these "modern female comedians"....Holly Walsh,Katherine Ryan,Sara Pascoe....I just don't find them funny......but apart from that,great value! hours of entertainment for 1 credit!

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  • Toni
  • 12-15-19

Sort of enjoyable

So I was looking for something mind-numbing to listen to. This did seem to hit that spot. For a while. And then it just got repetitive and boring. Comedy should be funny. Just my opinion of course. But when Miles Jupp has the same lines in every single episode ... and the questions get to the point of guessing ... it just lost if for me.