The Mary Whitehouse Experience was a ground breaking British topical sketch comedy show produced by the BBC in association with Spitting Image Productions. It starred two comedy double acts, one being David Baddiel and Rob Newman, the other Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis. All four comedians had recently graduated from Cambridge University.
A radio pilot was broadcast on 10 March 1989 on BBC Radio 1 and the first series of 12 shows began on 7 April the same year. The format was devised by Bill Dare. The two pairings of Newman and Baddiel and Punt and Dennis were central to the show, with support from Nick Hancock, Jo Brand, Jack Dee, Mark Thomas, Rebecca Front and Mark Hurst. The show also included musical interludes from Skint Video and The Tracy Brothers.
The pace of the show was rapid, helped by the inclusion of a boom camera in the studio which panned quickly around the audience then back to the stage at the beginning of each sketch. Each section was punctuated with a small excerpt of the theme music, Jack to the Sound of the Underground.
It originally aired at midnight on Fridays. It was subsequently moved to a 10:30pm slot, before being moved again for its fourth and final series to 7pm on Saturday evenings. The radio show ran for four series and a special (44 episodes in total) from March 1989 to December 1990, before switching to TV.