Stop the Week
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Stop the Week

Stop the Week was a BBC Radio 4 discussion programme chaired by Robert Robinson, which ran from 1974-1992.


The BBC Radio's Current Affairs Department decided that it wanted a programme that would act as a bookend to Monday morning's Start the Week with Richard Baker, which had been running for about four years.[1]

Stop the Week ran on a Saturday evening, and its brief was to be a weekly magazine of satire, topical guests and music. The Hungarian émigré Michael Ember, also the producer of Start the Week, was chosen as the producer.

The programme was presented by Robert Robinson who had just ended a three-year run on the Today programme.

The last show went out at 6:50pm on the evening of Saturday 25 July 1992.


Each week a panel of four or five, drawn from a pool of 'regulars', would discuss a number of topics, usually more or less frivolous, such as "Is Dan Maskell posh?"

Among the regulars were Ann Leslie, Laurie Taylor, Milton Shulman, Benny Green, Nicholas Tucker, Dr Anthony Clare, Dr Michael O'Donnell, Edward Blishen, Rosalind Miles, Stephen Oliver, Sarah Harrison, Jasper Griffin, Christopher Page, Philip Oakes and Matthew Parris.

The musical interlude was provided by regulars such as Mervyn Stutter, Instant Sunshine, Jeremy Nicholas, Fascinating Aïda (or Dillie Keane alone), Peter Skellern and Jungr and Parker.


  • Robert Robinson, Skip All That, Century, 1997
  • Russell Twisk, "Full stop as a major irritant gets scratched", The Observer, 26 April 1992
  • Dennis Barker, "Stop the week, I want to get off", The Guardian, 20 July 1992


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