Athena Kugblenu and Ali Official host BBC Radio 4 Extra’s new open-door sketch show.

In the series, DMs Are Open sees show hosts Athena Kugblenu and Ali Official dissecting the big stories alongside Mamoun Elagab, Barney Fishwick and Lucia Keskin. Tune in for sketches, one-liners and voice notes about the cast of Cluedo sharing a tiny flat, a Millennial Old Folks home, and how Headspace are diversifying their brand.

Building on the success of Newsjack, DMs Are Open provides opportunities for up-and-coming writers and performers to break into the industry, for example with a voice notes section of the show hearing directly from the public themselves. The satirical sketch show is loosely topical, reflecting online conversations and trends through a heady cocktail of comedy formats. This broader playing field is designed to attract a wide range of submissions and will reflect pop culture, hot takes and the political and social zeitgeist.

While the first series was topical, the second series follows a non-topical format and and will be recorded in front of an audience.