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20200227Former Blue Peter presenter Tim Vincent hosts a new late-night frank and funny conversation programme with several fathers discussing what it's like to be a dad in 21st century Britain.

In this pilot episode, comedians Russell Kane, Sean Hegarty and Mick Ferry, as well as voiceover artist and actor Jonathan Kydd, join Tim to talk about everything from sleep (or lack thereof), pregnancy and toilet training, to dealing with children in restaurants, being the only dad at playgroup and whether there's anything that dads do better than mums.

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Comedy conversation. Five dads discuss what it's like to be a father in modern Britain.

0101Expectations20201029Former Blue Peter presenter Tim Vincent hosts a new comedy discussion series.

Tim has undertaken many challenges throughout the course of his life - from painting Blackpool Tower and snow survival training with the army in Norway to flying in Tornado jets and running the New York marathon. But do any of them compare to his latest challenge - being the middle-aged father to two-year-old twin boys? And how does his experience of fatherhood so far compare to that of other dads?

In this first episode, Tim and his fellow Likely Dads, Russell Kane and Mick Ferry, reflect on their expectations of fatherhood, from pregnancy through to their kids' teenage years and adulthood. Is it easier becoming a dad when you’re full of the vigour of youth or when you’re a bit older and, hopefully, wiser?

In a regular feature, we ask the children of one of our Likely Dads a series of questions to determine which of them knows their children better - and vice versa.

Our special guest Likely Dads joining Tim, Russell and Mick this week are actor Chris Bisson and comedian Che Burnley.

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Tim Vincent hosts a new comedy panel show about being a dad in the 21st century.

0102Education And Knowledge20201105Former Blue Peter presenter Tim Vincent hosts the second programme in a new comedy discussion series, featuring regular panellists Russell Kane and Mick Ferry.

Tim and his fellow Likely Dads reflect on what they would say to themselves if time travel were possible, choosing schools, leaving behind the Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle, and the best and worst reflections on fatherhood.

In our regular feature, we ask one of the children of our Likely Dads a series of questions, then ask the respective panellist to guess what the answers were. Glory or misery awaits.

This week's special guest Likely Dads are Queer as Folk and Titanic actor Craig Kelly, and comedian Prince Abdi.

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Tim Vincent hosts the second episode of a new comedy show about being a 21st century dad.

Tim Vincent hosts a new comedy panel show about being a dad in the 21st century.

0103Representation20201112Former Blue Peter presenter and father to two-year-old twins Tim Vincent continues to host this comedy discussion programme, featuring regular panellists Mick Ferry and Russell Kane.

This time Tim and The Likely Dads talk about how dads are represented, both in life and in the media. The conversation turns to some of the different stereotypes they’ve all heard, or even faced, and ask whether or not some of them are grossly outdated or might actually be accurate. One of our Likely Dads shares their experience of participating in a fly-on-the-wall documentary whilst raising a new-born baby and some of the comments they were faced with as a result. And what is the difference between being a single dad and a sole parent?

In our regular feature, we ask one of the children of our Likely Dads a few questions and hear how accurately the respective LIkely Dad can guess their offspring’s answers. Will it result in happy families or tears before bedtime?

Our special guests joining Tim, Mick and Russell this week are anti-racism campaigner and businessman Dominic Bruce and comedian and playwright Laurence Clark.

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Tim Vincent hosts this comedy panel show about modern day fatherhood.

Tim Vincent hosts a new comedy panel show about being a dad in the 21st century.

Tim and The Likely Dads talk about how dads are represented, both in life and in the media. The conversation turns to some of the different stereotypes they’ve all heard, or even faced, and asks whether or not some of them are grossly outdated or might actually be accurate.

One of our Likely Dads shares their experience of participating in a fly-on-the-wall documentary while raising a new-born baby and some of the comments they were faced with as a result. And what is the difference between being a single dad and a sole parent?

In our regular feature, we ask one of the children of our Likely Dads a few questions and hear how accurately the respective Dad can guess their offspring’s answers. Will it result in happy families or tears before bedtime?

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0104Absence20201119Former Blue Peter presenter Tim Vincent, the dad to twin two-year-old boys, hosts this comedy discussion programme featuring regular panellists and comedians Mick Ferry and Russell Kane.

In this episode, The Likely Dads talk about what it’s like to be away from their children. What's the longest amount of time they’ve been away? Does their line of work mean it’s more likely to happen than normal? How do they cope when they are away and what’s it like when they get home? Along the way we discover whether or not you should “fall into the trap” of buying your children gifts if you’ve been away and the joy of spending time alone on your own.

In a regular feature, one of The Likely Dads has to guess the answers to questions previously asked of their children.

The special guests joining Tim, Russell and Mick in this episode are comedian and actor John Thomson (The Fast Show, Cold Feet) and football journalist Mike McGrath.

Producer: Kurt Brookes
Executive Producer: Ashley Byrne

A Made In Manchester production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

Tim Vincent hosts a new comedy panel show about being a dad in the 21st century.

Former Blue Peter presenter Tim Vincent, the dad to twin two-year-old boys, hosts this comedy discussion programme featuring regular panellists and comedians Mick Ferry and Russell Kane.

In this episode, The Likely Dads talk about what it’s like to be away from their children. What's the longest amount of time they’ve been away? Does their line of work mean it’s more likely to happen than normal? How do they cope when they are away and what’s it like when they get home? Along the way we discover whether or not you should “fall into the trap” of buying your children gifts if you’ve been away and the joy of spending time alone on your own.

In a regular feature, one of The Likely Dads has to guess the answers to questions previously asked of their children.

The special guests joining Tim, Russell and Mick in this episode are comedian and actor John Thomson (The Fast Show, Cold Feet) and football journalist Mike McGrath.

Producer: Kurt Brookes
Executive Producer: Ashley Byrne

A Made In Manchester production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

Tim Vincent hosts a new comedy panel show about being a dad in the 21st century.

0105Relationships20201126Former Blue Peter presenter and dad of toddler twins Tim Vincent hosts this comedy discussion programme, featuring regular panellists and comedians Mick Ferry and Russell Kane.

In this episode, talk turns to relationships and how they can change during the course of fatherhood. Has anyone lost friends as a result of not being able to go out more often? Did having a child have an impact on relationships with their partners? And how does the relationship between them and their children change as they both get older.

Along the way, The Likely Dads discuss the rise and usefulness of dads groups, how to get your love life back on track, and what a “poonami” is.

Special guests joining Tim, Mick and Russell this time - Errol Murray, the founder of the Leeds Dads parenting group, and Derrick Evans, known to the public as health and fitness guru Mr Motivator. Everybody say Yeah!

Producer: Kurt Brookes
Executive Producer: Ashley Byrne

A Made In Manchester production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

Tim Vincent hosts a new comedy panel show about being a dad in the 21st century.

Tim Vincent hosts a new comedy panel show about being a dad in the 21st century.

Former Blue Peter presenter and dad of toddler twins Tim Vincent hosts this comedy discussion programme, featuring regular panellists and comedians Mick Ferry and Russell Kane.

In this episode, talk turns to relationships and how they can change during the course of fatherhood. Has anyone lost friends as a result of not being able to go out more often? Did having a child have an impact on relationships with their partners? And how does the relationship between them and their children change as they both get older.

Along the way, The Likely Dads discuss the rise and usefulness of dads groups, how to get your love life back on track, and what a “poonami” is.

Special guests joining Tim, Mick and Russell this time - Errol Murray, the founder of the Leeds Dads parenting group, and Derrick Evans, known to the public as health and fitness guru Mr Motivator. Everybody say Yeah!

Producer: Kurt Brookes
Executive Producer: Ashley Byrne

A Made In Manchester production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

0106Leisure20201203Tim Vincent, former Blue Peter presenter and dad to twin two-year-old boys, hosts this comedy discussion show featuring regular panelists Mick Ferry and Russell Kane.

In this episode, Tim and the gang talk about what activities are best to occupy the minds of children of all ages and their top tips for days out. From money saving tips like having children work with their own budget to theme parks to holiday horror stories and the pitfalls of soft play areas. During the programme one of The Likely Dads raises a grievance about the cost of child places at all inclusive hotels, while another shares a story of having to rescue their children from a tube slide definitely not designed for adults.

In a regular feature, one of The Likely Dads has to guess the answers to questions previously asked of their children.

Special guests joining Tim, Russell and Mick in this episode are the comedians Vince Atta and Scott Bennett.

Producer: Kurt Brookes
Executive Producer: Ashley Byrne

A Made In Manchester Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

Tim Vincent hosts a new comedy panel show about being a dad in the 21st century.

0107Stories20201210Middle-aged father of twin toddlers Tim Vincent hosts this comedy panel show about modern day fatherhood. As ever, Tim is joined by regulars Russell Kane and Mick Ferry.

In the penultimate episode of the series, The Likely Dads discuss stories that they've told their children over the years, from being related to a World Cup winning South American footballer to little monsters that live in electrical fittings. They also discuss the story every parent dreads - the birds and the bees!

And they share some of the tall-tales their children have told them and how their kids subsequently reacted in the face of evidence to the contrary.

In a regular feature, Mick and Russell give their take on how they would handle hypothetical situations in the Dad-Off, and one of the Likely Dads is put to the test by trying to guess how their children answered a series of questions about their father.

Tim, Mick and Russell are joined by comedian and star of the BBC One Wales series The Tourist Trap Leroy Brito, and host of the Bisexual Brunch podcast Lewis Oakley.

Producer: Kurt Brookes
Executive Producer: Ashley Byrne

A Made In Manchester production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

Tim Vincent hosts a new comedy panel show about being a dad in the 21st century.

0108Kids' Tv And Film2020111920201217 (R4)Tim Vincent, the middle-aged father of twin boys, hosts this comedy panel show about parenting from the paternal perspective. Once again, Tim is joined by comedians and series regulars Mick Ferry and Russell Kane.

In the final episode of the series, The Likely Dads discuss the TV programmes and films that have left a mark on memories of fatherhood. Is there anything they remember watching with their children that they enjoyed? Is there anything that they really couldn't stand? And was there anything they ever wanted their children to like that they simply refused to?

Dads' memories are put to the test as they're asked to name theme tunes from programmes their children might have watched and ones they might have watched themselves as kids.

In a regular feature, Russell and Mick compare fathering notes in the Dad-Off and one of The Likely Dads has to guess how their children responded to a series of questions about them.

Tim, Mick and Russell are joined by Hollyoaks and Broadchurch actor Will Mellor and comedian and Ireland's Got Talent star Sean Hegarty.

Producer: Kurt Brookes
Executive Producer: Ashley Byrne

A Made In Manchester production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Tim Vincent hosts a new comedy panel show about being a dad in the 21st century.

0108Kids' Tv And Film2020111920201217 (R4)Tim Vincent, the middle-aged father of twin boys, hosts this comedy panel show about parenting from the paternal perspective. Once again, Tim is joined by comedians and series regulars Mick Ferry and Russell Kane.

In the final episode of the series, The Likely Dads discuss the TV programmes and films that have left a mark on memories of fatherhood. Is there anything they remember watching with their children that they enjoyed? Is there anything that they really couldn't stand? And was there anything they ever wanted their children to like that they simply refused to?

Dads' memories are put to the test as they're asked to name theme tunes from programmes their children might have watched and ones they might have watched themselves as kids.

In a regular feature, Russell and Mick compare fathering notes in the Dad-Off and one of The Likely Dads has to guess how their children responded to a series of questions about them.

Tim, Mick and Russell are joined by Hollyoaks and Broadchurch actor Will Mellor and comedian and Ireland's Got Talent star Sean Hegarty.

Producer: Kurt Brookes
Executive Producer: Ashley Byrne

A Made In Manchester production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Tim Vincent hosts a new comedy panel show about being a dad in the 21st century.