Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

Heresy / Free Tickets

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

[NOTE: all shows are now sold out]

  Anyone remember Heresy, my argumentative little comedy series on Radio 4? It’s the one where three guests and I try to demolish received opinions and have a good old thump at knee-jerk thinking. With jokes. We always have some great guests, a mixture of comedians, journalists and generally smart and funny people (on previous series we’ve had Grayson Perry, Clive James and Germaine Greer, as well as lots of well-known comics).

  Anyway, it’ll be back for a new series in December and the recording dates have been announced. The shows are FREE so if you’d like to come along to one of the recordings (always in the evening, in London) then do apply for a ticket (or more than one, if you’re a social sort of person) on one of the links below. Can’t promise which guests you’ll get, but they’ll all have good ones.

  The first recording is on November 11th at the Drill Hall in central London, tickets here.

  Or, we are also recording on November 16th, December 7th and December 14th at the Chelsea Theatre in SW London, tickets here.

  Note: if you do get tickets for one of the shows, my advice is to arrive quite early and be near the front of the queue. Or at least, not at the back of the queue. Once in a while they give out too many tickets - not always, but every so often the people at the back of the queue find they can’t be fitted into the theatre and don’t see the show after all. I wouldn’t want anyone to come having read about it on my website and have that happen! Both the theatres have bars, so there’s no harm in coming early and having a couple of drinks first. In fact, it makes the shows funnier.

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Blewit at 12:11 am on October 12th, 2011

Brilliant! I’ve never been to a Radio 4 recording before.  Got the tickets, will be there. Go Coren! (or does that lack sertiveness).

Sian at 6:40 pm on October 12th, 2011

Wish I could come, but I avoid London like the plague!

The Tim at 9:58 pm on October 12th, 2011

I trust you’ll have news for us about your other recording tomorrow night.

Victoria Coren at 11:33 am on October 13th, 2011

Hi Tim. Well that’s in the ‘news flash box’ (on the right under the picture) (and on the main news page…) I do wonder if anybody ever notices that box change, though. Does the site need a re-design?!

The Tim at 2:18 pm on October 13th, 2011

To be honest, Victoria, I only spotted it by chance when I was looking for info about Heresy - I’m not that observant. Maybe we get distracted by the photo above it (lowers chair).

psychofant at 2:44 pm on October 13th, 2011

victoria,if you put tomorrow’s winning lottery numbers next to the charming photo of you, nobody would notice! transfer the newsbox to the other side of the screen and enlarge the photo so i can utilize it as a screen saver. x

Kevin at 8:48 am on October 18th, 2011

Tickets booked for the Drill Hall show, thanks for the details.

Andrew at 10:28 pm on October 19th, 2011

I’ll be coming along to the Drill Hall recording - looking forward to it!

Great job on HIGNIFY by the way (wrong thread I know!)  - excellently pitched jokes and comments, had me laughing.

Rayann at 7:03 pm on October 25th, 2011

I told my grandmother how you helped. She said, “bake them a cake!”

Blewit at 2:20 pm on November 12th, 2011

The Drill Hall recording - great fun, but was a bit worried about getting thrown out for laughing too much, so had to restrain myself (also with concern for my bladder, which, after too many drinks from the bar beforehand, greatly appreciated the efficiency of the recording.)
Brilliant chit chat about twitter before the start.  I didn’t realise at the time that it wasn’t part of the programme. 
Rather glad not to get picked to speak, more because of a personal lack of inspiration from the topics, than a total contribution aversion. Fortunately, the guests had no such problem.  I was tempted to comment on some of what they said, but don’t think such heckling’s part of the show format. 

Well done, Vicky, great episode (edit permitting)!

Norman at 2:21 am on November 13th, 2011

I hear that you were just about the only one wearing a poppy at the Heresy recording on 11th November.  I’m impressed.  It seems you never disappoint, Miss Coren.  Of course, I would expect nothing less of you; wearing a poppy is like using the “correct punctuation” for Remembrance, a simple neutral symbol that can attach to other recollections.  I also heard that there were poppies available at the theatre bar, so maybe you took your own advice about having a drink beforehand.  Of course, you’re probably just terribly well organised.

I look forward to listening to the programme when it airs.

John Rosecrop at 9:58 am on November 23rd, 2011

My first time speaking at a Radio4 recording Nov.16th.  Now first blog comment.
I took your advice, arrived early, doodling some balls onto my form to pass the time.  Now I can say that Victoria Coren has touched my balls. Oddly shaped ones, perhaps.  I’m no artist. 
Initially, you seemed to find my sheet a bit too weird and I thought I’d escaped being asked to speak, then you did ask me, on the topic on which I had least to say. 
My pre-show cough sweet was perhaps a mistake, and it seemed like we’d reached the transposed vowel round, as the panel worked out that I had said monogamy, not monagomy (aren’t they the same anyway?)  One leaves and lirns, I soppuse.  Quite exciting while you seemed so keen to meet me, probably a let down in the event, but great fun, even if it gets cut.


Victoria Coren at 2:01 am on November 24th, 2011

Thanks John, your contribution was great - very funny. I don’t think it will be cut! I’m sure it will stay in - that episode is broadcast on December 7th at 6.30pm (Radio 4.)

John Redshirt at 4:56 am on December 9th, 2011

Thanks again for signing my book, amongst all your heretical preparations.  Perhaps “All books should be written in English” could be a topic for a future programme.
Rather than saying “It was nice to meet you”, I will say that you are a rather nice person to meet, and, amazingly like the Victoria Coren on TV and radio.
I must apologise for not being more friendly, but I assumed that you would be in more of a hurry than you seemed to be (perhaps a mark of your genius).  Also, my powers of observation seem to have deserted me as I have no idea how you managed to sign the book while carrying a teacup.  I now wonder if I have failed to behave in a true gentlemanly manner.  I can at least say, that with your little message in it, I will treasure that book.

David Bridges at 2:15 pm on January 10th, 2012

The drinks didn’t work.

Only joking. A great night.

Victoria Coren

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