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SATURDAY 14 AUGUST 2021

SAT 00:00 Wally K Daly (b007jv1s)
The Children of Witchwood

5. The Agenda

BQ Brown of the Ministry of Defence pays a visit to the Cranford family council – as many secrets are finally revealed…

Starring Wendy Baxter.

The conclusion of the final drama series written by Wally K Daly.

B.Q. Brown …. Michael Cochrane
Jackie Lamont …. Wendy Baxter
Mandy Lamont …. Emily Chennery
Sion Lamont …. Scott Gray
Jason Cranford …. Laurence Saunders
Cheever Cranford …. Jez Thomas
Becky Cranford …. Becky Wright
DC Danny Sparks …. Daniel Settatree
WPC Polly Bell …. Lorraine Coady
Mother …. Jilly Bond
Iron Peter …. Robert Lister

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Jenny Stephens.

Made for BBC7 and first broadcast in September 2005.


SAT 00:30 Off the Page (b00wdjrn)
Never Trust a Writer

Never Trust a Writer, or you'll end up in their book, and you might not like what you read. Is everything fair game in the artistic process?

Three writers who have all either dished on their loved ones - or been dished on.

Antonia Quirke, Terence Blacker and Bill Coles, battle it out, refereed by presenter Dominic Arkwright.

Producer: Beth O'Dea.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2010.


SAT 01:00 The House (m000ymz0)
Series 1

2. Clashes

'Mr Speaker, will the Home Secretary give the House his assurance that no member, nor potential member, of the Select Committee on Defence will be investigated by MI5, MI6, the Special Branch, nor by any other agency of the Government?'

Why is Dougal Baxter so keen to persuade political rival Denis Wigton on to his Select Committee?

Meanwhile, Polly causes chaos for her father - Chief Whip, Charles Bannister.

Starring Julian Glover and Timothy West.

Political thriller serial by Christopher Lee.

Charles Bannister ...... Julian Glover
Dougal Baxter ...... Timothy West
Mary Bannister ...... Sarah Badel
Denis Wigton ...... David Ryall
Henry Colville ...... Christopher Benjamin
Juliet Cameron ...... Siobhan Redmond
Rose ...... Sheila Reid
The Speaker ...... David McAlister
Michael Friend ...... Stuart Organ
Keith Chadwick ...... Graham Blockey
Nick Beresford ...... Rupert Baker
Grace ...... Joan Matheson
Polly Bannister ...... Ruth Gemmell

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1989.


SAT 01:30 Agatha Raisin (b011l9l8)
Series 2

4. The Civil War

The search to find the killer leads Agatha and James to the dreaming spires of Oxford, where they soon get intimate - in a cupboard full of EM Forster first editions...

Penelope Keith stars as Agatha Raisin - the PR guru turned amateur sleuth.

Dramatised by David Semple from MC Beaton’s novel.

Agatha Raisin ...... Penelope Keith
James Lacey ...... Malcolm Sinclair
DC Bill Wong ...... Stephen Hogan
Mrs Friendly ...... Joanna Brookes
Mrs Hicks ...... Lynda Baron
Professor Wolf ...... Simon Treves

Director: Carol Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio in October 2005.


SAT 02:00 Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (b08q7l8n)
5. Chief

After the dinner to celebrate the king's birthday, the chief justice holds forth while playing cards.

Septimus is a captive audience.

This is New York in its infancy, a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in love, and find a world of trouble.

Francis Spufford’s novel read by Jamie Parker

Abridged by Isobel Creed and Jill Waters
Producer: Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2017.


SAT 02:15 Promenade Rock by Christopher Denys (b0076ddm)
10. Absent Without Leave

It seems that Matthew's past is about to catch up with him when a mystery army sergeant arrives in town.

Starring Nerys Hughes.

Conclusion of Christopher Denys' series set in the booming 1950s seaside resort of Llantwit-on-Sea.

Eirlys Richards …… Nerys Hughes
Matthew Dolan …… Russell Boulter
Iorweth Jenkins …… Iwan Thomas
Arnold Pilton …… Christopher Scott
Cox'n Hughes …… Andy Hockley
Attercliffe …… David Bannerman

Director: Sue Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2003.


SAT 02:30 A Gothic Cathedral (b0075cdg)
Simon Fanshawe tells the story of Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases - the retirement project of an eminent Victorian with a passion for order, organisation and classification.

Roget was like a George Eliot character - and having been to Edinburgh Medical School, he felt entitled to just pitch in. He was involved with the first uses of electricity, worked with Humphrey Davey and Sir James Watt and Jeremy Bentham on major projects of the time. He even tried to build a computer.

Interviewees: Jim Crace, Betty Kirkpatrick, Philip Hobsbawn, David Crystal, John Vincent, Lawrence Norfolk and Tom Sutcliffe

Reader: Bill Wallis

Producer Paul Dodgson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1998.


SAT 03:00 Stephen Wyatt - Piglaw (b007jvly)
Who would be foolish enough to put a pig on trial?

Yet the lawyer Lebrun suggests this is the right thing to do when a crime is committed in a small market town in mediaeval France. His proposal leads him and the parish priest, Fr. Bernard, into deeper waters than either of them could have foreseen.

Starring Christian Rodska and Tony Robinson.

Written by Stephen Wyatt.

Fr. Bernard .... Christian Rodska
Pierre Lebrun .... Tony Robinson
Master Bailly .... Hugh Dickson
Jehan Delalande .... Peter Craze
Marie, his wife .... Zelah Clarke
Filliol, a pig-keeper .... Michael Graham Cox
Mayor .... Geoffrey Matthews
Man .... Kenneth Shanley
Anne Lebrun .... Melinda Walker
Confessor …. Simon Cuff
Jailer .... Joe Hall
Woman .... Jane Gambier

Producer: Peter Fozzard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in April 1989.


SAT 04:00 It's Not What You Know (b0383z2q)
Series 2

Episode 6

What is Joe Lycett's favourite book?

Which is Anneka Rice's filmmaker son's favourite film?

Who is Dave Gorman's all-time hero?

All these questions, and more, will be answered in the show hosted by Miles Jupp, where panellists are tested on how well they know their nearest and dearest.

Producer: Sam Michell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2013.


SAT 04:30 To the Manor Born (b007jm4q)
The Honours List

News leaks out that someone in the community is to appear in the New Year's Honours list. Will it be Devere?

Audrey finds herself having to be nice to him, just in case...

Starring Penelope Keith and Keith Barron.

Lady of the manor Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton, forced to sell her beloved Grantleigh Estate, has decamped to the tiny Old Lodge cottage with her butler in tow.

From this vantage point, Audrey keeps a close and disapproving eye on new owner, the nouveau-riche Richard DeVere.

Adapted for radio by Peter Spence from his BBC TV script

Keith Barron ..... Richard DeVere
Angela Thorne ..... Marjory Frobisher
Nicholas McArdle ..... Brabinger
Margery Withers ..... Mrs Polouvicka
Frank Middlemass ..... Ned
Brigadier ...... Jonathan Adams

First piloted on radio and then whisked off to TV before it ever appeared, before finally arriving home in 1997.

Producer: Jane Berthoud

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in March 1997.


SAT 05:00 The Wilsons Save the World (m0002zrd)
Series 2

You Can’t Do That Anymore

Mike Wilson has some key loves in his life – his sourdough starter, his wife and children (obviously), but also the cult rock group of his formative years - The Smiths.

Jangly and heartfelt, it’s perfect music for the tortured soul; albeit one with a comfortable and privileged life.

Until that is, Cat comes crashing in with her questions. Are some of Morrissey’s more recent statements problematic and if so, can we separate the arts from the artist? What else can’t we enjoy anymore?

A rummage through his parent’s attic suggests LOTS, it turns out. Mike’s dilemma contorts him with anxiety as the family pick their way through this new minefield. Can we ‘offset’ liking problematic things?

Sitcom about trying to live ethically and do the right thing.

Written by Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan.

Mike …… Marcus Brigstocke
Max …… Kerry Godliman
Cat …… Mia Jenkins
Lola …… India Brown
Jennifer …… Vicki Pepperdine

Producer Julia McKenzie

A BBC Studios production first broadcast on Radio 4 in March 2019.


SAT 05:30 Stand-Up Specials (m000yl9x)
Scrambled EGG

Comedy duo Egg - Anna Leong Brophy and Emily Lloyd-Saini - write and star in this brand-new comedy special, exploring what it means to be mixed race, and their very different experiences growing up in the UK.

An increasingly surreal dinner date turns into a trip down memory lane for the pair, as a curt waitress guides them grudgingly through some of their formative mixed-race memories.

Through break-out sketches, the duo narrowly avoid coming to blows with streetwise teenage schoolgirls Jacanda and Malika on the streets of north west London, culturally appropriate their own cultural heritage in a Portakabin in Nottingham, and befuddle renowned Race and Socio-Political expert Professor Jojo Mojojo with a simple question. All the while waiting for their main course to arrive.

Can the mixed-race experience really be defined in a single comedy special? The Egg girls aren’t sure, but they take a crack at it in Scrambled Egg.

Cast:
Anna - Anna Leong Brophy
Emily - Emily Lloyd-Saini
Waitress – Rebecca Boey

Written by Anna Leong Brophy and Emily Lloyd-Saini
Producer: Mobashir Dar

A CPL production for BBC Radio 4


SAT 06:00 Oscar Wilde (b007jr48)
A Woman of No Importance

At a country house party, Mrs Arbuthnot's long-concealed secret comes back to haunt her.

Oscar Wilde's audacious social comedy - first performed on stage in 1893.

Starring Diana Rigg, Martin Jarvis and Annette Crosbie.

Mrs Arbuthnot ...... Diana Rigg
Lord Illingworth ...... Martin Jarvis
Lady Hunstanton ...... Annette Crosbie
Lady Caroline Pontefract ...... Irene Sutcliffe
Mrs Allonby ...... Susan Sheridan
Lady Stutfield ...... Auriol Smith
Gerald Arbuthnot ...... Dominic Letts
Hester Worsley ...... Teresa Gallagher
Archdeacon Daubeny ...... David King
Sir John Pontefract ...... Geoffrey Chater
Mr Kelvill, MP ...... Jack Klaff
Alice ...... Adjoa Andoh
Lord Alfred Rufford ...... Peter Penry-Jones

Violin: Alexander Balanescu.

Adapted and directed by Adrian Bean.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1991.


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b08lh6r3)
Series 42

Germaine Greer on Dame Elizabeth Frink

Germaine Greer nominates sculptor Dame Elizabeth Frink

She was best known for striking sculptures ranging from horses and goats, to wild eagles and disembodied heads.

As a female sculptor working in a man's world, Elisabeth Frink found it hard to establish herself in the 1950s.

To help tell the story of her hero, Germaine Greer is joined by Frink's son, Lin Jammet, and the art critic Richard Cork.

Presented by Matthew Parris.

Producer: Perminder Khatkar

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2017.


SAT 08:00 Whispers (b007k2kr)
Series 2

Episode 1

Revelations about Rasputin and accordion playing from Idi Amin.

Gyles Brandreth hosts the quiz show with scandal on its mind and slander at its heart.

Geoffrey Durham and Valerie Grove join team captains Lucy Moore and Anthony Holden to run the gauntlet of gossip.

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2004.


SAT 08:30 Smelling of Roses (b007k22c)
Series 2

Bill of Fare

Rosie and her team are asked to organise a food fair by the formidable Lord Pickton.

But they don't realise the event is a setup to promote Hinchcliff Manor - rather than the stallholders...

Prunella Scales stars in Simon Brett's sitcom.

The trials and tribulations of Rosie Burns and her event management company, based in Brighton.

Rosie ...... Prunella Scales
Kate ...... Arabella Weir
Jo ...... Rebecca Callard
Bob ...... Duncan Preston
Tess ...... Annette Badland
Nigel Mazoni ...... Jon Glover
Lord Pickton ...... Bill Wallis
Vicks ...... Natalie Walter
Rupert ...... Will Ing

Producer: Maria Esposito

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2001.


SAT 09:00 4 Extra Celebrates Dora Bryan (b03szf7d)
A celebration of the life of Dora Bryan, hailed as one of Britain's great all-round performers.

Journalist and writer Lynne Truss looks back on Dora's remarkable career.

With Dora's friend and co-star Bernard Cribbins, BBC radio drama producer Martin Jenkins, theatre critic Benedict Nightingale and film writer Matthew Sweet.

Handpicked highlights from the BBC radio archive include:

* Desert Islands Discs from 1987, when Dora was Michael Parkinson's castaway

* Perfect Timing - Jimmy Chinn's drama about a struggling music hall duo all at sea on a cruise ship booking starring Dora, Bernard Cribbins and Roy Barraclough

* That Reminds Me from 2000, in which Dora recalls her stage, film and TV career

* With Great Pleasure from 2003, featuring readings from Dora's favourite books

* The Child Within, Wally K Daly's moving monologue written especially for and performed by Dora Bryan.

Dora Bryan died in 2014 aged 91.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Pier Productions and first broadcast in March 2014.


SAT 12:00 The Goon Show (b007jz4z)
Series 9

The Gold Plate Robbery

Neddie Seagoon goes overseas to pursue some stolen booty, but can Bloodnok be far behind?

Groundbreaking, surreal BBC radio comedy written by Spike Milligan.

Starring:

Harry Secombe
Spike Milligan
Peter Sellers

First billed as Crazy People, ten series of The Goon Show were recorded between 1951 and 1960, but sadly many of the earliest shows weren’t kept in the archive.

With the Ray Ellington Quartet and Max Geldray.

Orchestra conducted by Wally Stott.

Announcer: Wallace Greenslade

Producer: John Browell

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in February 1959.


SAT 12:30 The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere (b00bx21n)
Series 2

21 July 1799

An Everyday Story of Towering Genius.

Sue Limb’s soap opera set in and around the Lake District at the turn of the 18th century

Dorothy is worried about William's impending marriage. Iris bangs bolsters.

Samuel Tailor Cholericke falls from grace. And Thomas de Quinine arrives....

Dorothy Wordsmith ...... Denise Coffey
William Wordsmith ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Samuel Tailor Cholericke ...... Simon Callow
Thomas de Quinine ...... Nickolas Grace
Stinking Iris ...... Miriam Margolyes
The Leechpedlar ...... Chris Emmett

Music by Stephen Oliver and sung by Cantabile

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1987.


SAT 13:00 Archive on 4 (b08vwk1l)
999 - Which Service Do You Require?

999 was the first emergency telephone number in the world when it was launched on June 30th, 1937.

Within the first week, more than a thousand calls were made to the service with one burglar arrested less than five minutes after a member of the public had dialled 999. Impressive stuff. But there were teething problems...

In the early days, only those wealthy enough to own a telephone could hope to avail of the service. Exchange room operators complained of stress caused by the raucous buzzers which alerted them to 999 calls. Advancing technology connected with the system began to alter the relationship between public and police. Almost unbelievably in hindsight, the 999 service wasn't made fully available across the nation until 1976.

Exactly 80 years after it was introduced, Ian Sansom dials up the remarkable story of our three digit emergency number. Between rare archive, real life-or-death emergencies and interviews with call handlers on the front line, Ian takes a personal look at the evolution of 999 and asks what the future holds for this pioneering British institution.

Producer: Conor Garrett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2017.


SAT 14:00 A Bit of Fry and Laurie (b0485v71)
Episode 1

An unusual first kiss, a vision of the future and some shocking TV soap revelations.

Starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

On their journey to international stardom - Cambridge Footlights graduates, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie wrote and starred together in a pilot show for BBC TV.

This was followed by four acclaimed TV series of 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' from 1989 to 1995.

Hugh Laurie introduces the first of two audio collections of choice comedy morsels culled from the TV soundtracks.

Producer: Aled Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1994.


SAT 14:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b09k8fsn)
Series 7

Episode 1

Listen out for a very awkward phone call, and a poem from a world-famous polymath.

There's also a correction to something that happened in the first series and a story about the importance of good manners...

This is the show described by Radio Times as "the best sketch show in years, on television or radio", and by The Daily Telegraph as "funny enough to make even the surliest cat laugh".

Written by and starring John Finnemore

With:

Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Simon Kane
Lawry Lewin
Carrie Quinlan

Producer Ed Morrish

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in January 2018.


SAT 15:00 The Pin (b07b3snr)
Series 2

Award

Strap in for a 15-minute delve into a world of oddness performed in front of a live studio audience.

The Pin are an award-winning comedy duo, and legends of Edinburgh festival. They deconstruct the sketch form, in a show that exists somewhere between razor-sharp smartness and utterly joyous silliness.

Written by Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen

Performed by:

Ben Ashenden
Alex Owen
Freya Parker
Brian Protheroe

Producer: Sam Bryant

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in September 2016.


SAT 15:15 Poets' Tree (b00shngl)
Episode 1

A guide to the world of poetry by Islington-based poet, Paul Hamilton.

Despite being a stalwart of the poetry-reading circuit for 25 years, Paul has yet to have anything published.

Featuring some classic poetry from Derek Harricot, and Paul inspires an unusual person to try their hand at poetry for the very first time.

Poetry spoof by Kevin Eldon and Stewart Lee

Starring Kevin Eldon.

With:

Olivia Colman
Peter Serafinowicz

Producer: Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2008.


SAT 15:30 Absolute Power (b018jp4b)
Series 4

Episode 1

The Machiavellian masters of spin get a lucrative contract to represent BBC television.

Stephen Fry and John Bird star in Mark Tavener's biting satire.

Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe are spin masters in the world of government and media relations.

Charles Prentiss …. Stephen Fry
Martin McCabe …. John Bird
Archie …. Alex Lowe
Clive …. Tom George
Morganna …. Rachel Atkins
Debbie …. Jalml Barbakoff
Headmaster …. Kim Wall

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2004.


SAT 16:00 Oscar Wilde (b007jr48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b08lh6r3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Yevgeny Zamyatin - We (b0076l2s)
1. Rationality

In a post-revolutionary future, OneState is ruled according to the principles of rationality. The penalty for dissent is death.

D-503, the chief engineer of the state, meets the beautiful 1-330. Her initial intentions seem innocent, but soon D starts to question her identity and indeed his own.

Starring Anton Lesser, Don Warrington and Brigit Forsyth.

The first great dystopian novel of the 20th century, written in secret in early Soviet Russia by Yevgeni Zamyatin.

D-503 …. Anton Lesser
R-13 …. Don Warrington
U …. Brigit Forsyth
1-330 …. Joanna Riding
0-90 …. Julia Rounthwaite
Benefactor …. Russell Dixon
Tannoy …. Emma Clarke
Babushka …. Judith Davis
S …. Patrick Bridgman
2nd Engineer …. Paul Viragh

Dramatised in two-parts by Sean O'Brien.

Director: Jim Poyser

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2004.


SAT 19:00 4 Extra Celebrates Dora Bryan (b03szf7d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Ross Noble Goes Global (b007jvrg)
Series 1

Budapest and Warsaw

Kicking off his comedy travelogues in the capital of Hungary, the stand-up comic then takes the train to Poland.

Ross entertains the locals with his unique brand of stand-up

He also chats to the Mayor of Warsaw about furry hats, uncovers the truth about suicidal Hungarian monks and even shares a curry with Poland's only comedian...

Producer: Danny Wallace

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2001.


SAT 22:30 Chain Reaction (b055gcbk)
Series 10

Olivia Colman talks to Sharon Horgan

The star of The Crown, Broadchurch, Twenty Twelve and Peep Show, Olivia Colman

talks to

Creator, writer and star of BBC's BAFTA nominated sitcom Pulling, and winner of the British Comedy Award for best actress, Sharon Horgan.

Chain Reaction is the long running hostless chat show where last week's interviewee becomes this week's interviewer.

Producer: Charlie Perkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2015.


SAT 23:00 Sara Pascoe: The Modern Monkey (b09v3fdy)
Series 1

Charity

How does our monkey past influence our modern lives and how come we can still get emotionally hijacked by our primitive emotions?

In a lecture combined with her stand up, Sara Pascoe investigates - Charity

After some of the less pleasant aspects of humans in previous episodes, this show is all about the positive.

There are lots of examples of altruistic behaviour and feats of generosity - the social traits of our species are at the root of why we're so successful. But it's complicated.

Can we find compassion for each other when we're doing the wrong things for the right reasons?

Recorded on location at The Foundling Museum in London.

Written by and starring Sara Pascoe

Producer: Alexandra Smith

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in March 2018.


SAT 23:30 Armstrong and Miller (b00t3vjx)
Episode 2

Battles recreated, and National Trousers Day.

Sketches and songs with Ben Miller and Alexander Armstrong in their first series for radio.

With:

Samuel West
Tony Gardiner

Written by Ben Miller, Alexander Armstrong and Tony Gardiner.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1998.


SAT 23:45 The Pin (b07v2ncp)
Series 2

Shoestring

The Pin are out to prove their accountant wrong, and make a great show on a budget.

Strap in for a 15-minute delve into a world of oddness performed in front of a live studio audience.

The Pin are an award-winning comedy duo, and legends of Edinburgh festival. They deconstruct the sketch form, in a show that exists somewhere between razor-sharp smartness and utterly joyous silliness.

Written by Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen.

Performed by:

Ben Ashenden
Alex Owen
Nick Mohammed

Producer: Sam Bryant

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2016.



SUNDAY 15 AUGUST 2021

SUN 00:00 Yevgeny Zamyatin - We (b0076l2s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Archive on 4 (b08vwk1l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 A Bit of Fry and Laurie (b0485v71)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b09k8fsn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 The Pin (b07b3snr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:15 Poets' Tree (b00shngl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:15 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 Absolute Power (b018jp4b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Oscar Wilde (b007jr48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b08lh6r3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (Omnibus) (b08r7p2s)
Episode 1

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746.

After a long voyage from London, Mr Smith is anxious to disembark. His business is both pressing and mysterious.

Francis Spufford’s novel read by Jamie Parker

Omnibus of the first five of ten episodes.

One rainy evening, a charming and handsome young stranger, fresh off the boat from England, pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition.

He has an order for £1,000 in his pocket that he wishes to cash. But can he be trusted?

This is New York in its infancy, a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in love, and find a world of trouble.

Francis explains: "Golden Hill is… written like a novel from the 18th century. So the story… is as hectically stuffed with events as it would have been if Fielding or Smollett had written it.”

Abridged by Isobel Creed and Jill Waters
Producer: Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2017.


SUN 07:10 Inheritance Tracks (b09c0rrc)
Wilko Johnson

Guitar legend Wilko Johnson chose 'Cathy's Clown' by the Everly Brothers and 'Highway 61 Revisited' by Bob Dylan.


SUN 07:20 Promenade Rock by Christopher Denys (Omnibus) (b0bhfnpx)
Episode 2

Fresh out of "finishing school", Joyce Pilton auditions for Professor Broadbent's Punch and Judy show, with disastrous results...

Starring Nerys Hughes.

Continuing Christopher Denys' series set in the 1950s heyday of the Great British seaside holiday.

Omnibus of the last five of ten-parts

Eirlys Richards …… Nerys Hughes
Matthew Dolan …… Russell Boulter
Theda Pilton/Mother …… Tina Gray
Dad …… Ian Brooker
Professor Bernie Broadbent …… Chris Emmett
Joyce Pilton …… Tracy Wiles
Voice of Punch and Judy …… Guy Higgins
Iorweth Jenkins …… Iwan Thomas
Owain Owen …… Terry Molloy
Alderman Lloyd-Meredith …… Ian Brooker
Cox'n Hughes …… Andy Hockley
Kalama Attercliffe …… Badria Timimi
Arnold Pilton …… Christopher Scott
Cox'n Hughes …… Andy Hockley
Attercliffe …… David Bannerman

Director: Sue Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2003.


SUN 08:30 Doctor at Large (b00939rq)
The Deep End

The medical mishaps of freshly qualified doctors Simon Sparrow, Taffy Evans and Tony Benskin go on and on...

Starring Richard Briers.

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow.

From Richard Gordon's novel 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

Adapted for radio by Ray Cooney.

Simon Sparrow …. Richard Briers
Sir Lancelot Spratt …. Geoffrey Sumner
Tony Benskin …. Ray Cooney
Taffy Evans …. Edward Cast
Mrs Muir …. Dandy Nichols
Mr Smith …. Bill Fraser

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1969.


SUN 09:00 Not in Front of the Children (b08dcg11)
Series 2

A Stand on Ceremony

Christening a fourth child shouldn't really provide any problems, but for Jennifer and Henry it's starting to look traumatic...

Starring Wendy Craig and Francis Matthew.

The comedy mishaps of the Corner family - Jennifer and Henry and their three kids Trudi, Amanda and Robin.

Jennifer Corner …. Wendy Craig
Henry Corner …. Francis Matthews
Mother …. Fanny Rowe
Mary …. Charlotte Mitchell
Trudi …. Roberta Tovey
Amanda …. Jill Riddick
Harrison …. Richard Waring
Perry/The Rev Grover …. Frederick Treves
The Rev Pettifer …. James Thomason
The Rev Martin …. John Gabriel

Four series were first shown on BBC TV from 1967 to 1970. Richard Waring adapted his own scripts for this radio version, now fully restored from the original reel-to-reel tapes. Wendy Craig won a Best Actress BAFTA award for the TV version of Not in Front of the Children in 1969.

Music by Ronnie Hazlehurst

Producer: Trafford Whitelock.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in October 1970.


SUN 09:30 The Wilsons Save the World (m0002zrd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 05:00 on Saturday]


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000ys7y)
Poets

Wendy Cope

From Thomas Tallis and JS Bach to The Beatles.

Poet Wendy Cope shares her castaway choices with Lauren Laverne.

Wendy is one of England’s most popular and widely-read contemporary poets.

Her first volume of poetry, Making Cocoa For Kingsley Amis, was published in 1986, and became an instant success. Wendy gave up teaching to become a full time writer.

She has since published four volumes of a poetry: Serious Concerns (1992), If I Don’t Know (2001), Family Values (2011) and Anecdotal Evidence (2018) as well as two volumes for children, Twiddling Your Thumbs (1988) and The River Girl (1991).

In 2011, Wendy sold her entire personal archive to the British Library, which consisted of 15 boxes of manuscript, including several unpublished early works.

Wendy lives in Ely and is married to fellow poet, Lachlan Mackinnon.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2019.


SUN 10:45 Multi Story Shorts (m000z1mr)
Only One Twin Can Win

Team GB athlete Jake Wightman and his actor brother Sam, talk identical twin rivalry and companionship, on and off the track - plus finding their own, individual career paths.

This story first appeared on the BBC podcast, Multi Story - presented and produced by Becca Bryers,.

With thanks to British Athletics for commentary from the Muller British Athletics Championships 2021.


SUN 11:00 The Moth Radio Hour (m000ys80)
Parental Guidance

True stories told live in the USA: Jay Allison introduces tales of learning life’s lessons from one’s parents.

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling based in the USA. Since 1997, it has celebrated both the raconteur and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. Originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch in Georgia (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen), and then recreated in a New York City living room, The Moth quickly grew to produce immensely popular events at theatres and clubs around New York City and later around the USA, the UK and other parts of the world.

The Moth has presented more than 15,000 stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth podcast is downloaded over 27 million times a year.

Featuring true stories told live on stage without scripts, from the humorous to the heart-breaking.

The Moth Radio Hour is produced by Jay Allison and Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and is distributed by the Public Radio Exchange.

First heard on PRX in 2019.


SUN 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (b09c0rrc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m000ys82)
Peter Redgrove: Radio Poems - Obeah Oss

Poet Peter Redgrove offers a personal view of the extraordinary May Day processions through the streets of Padstow in Cornwall. The poem is illustrated with recordings of the Obby Oss made at the time and rare archive sounds from the BBC vaults.

Producer - Tim Dee.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.


SUN 12:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b09l21yy)
Series 7

Episode 2

Discover the world's least popular invention and an exciting - perhaps too exciting - new wedding venue.

Also hear Shakespeare the way it's supposed to be said and, well, since you ask him for a tale of a mission set against almost insurmountable odds...

John Finnemore presents another half hour of his award-winning sketch show..

Written by and starring John Finnemore.

With:

Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Simon Kane
Lawry Lewin
Carrie Quinlan

Producer: Ed Morrish

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in January 2018.


SUN 13:00 Farewell to the Horse by Ulrich Raulff (Omnibus) (b08swrsw)
The relationship between horses and humans is an ancient, profound and complex one.

For millennia horses provided the strength and speed that humans lacked. How we travelled, farmed and fought was dictated by the needs of this extraordinary animal. And then, suddenly, in the 20th century the links were broken and the millions of horses that shared our existence almost vanished, eking out a marginal existence on race-tracks and pony clubs.

Ulrich Raulff's book is an engaging, brilliantly written and moving discussion of what horses once meant to us. Cities, farmland, entire industries were once shaped as much by the needs of horses as humans. The intervention of horses was fundamental in countless historical events.

They were sculpted, painted, cherished, admired; they were thrashed, abused and exposed to terrible danger. From the Roman Empire to the Napoleonic Empire every world-conqueror needed to be shown on a horse. Tolstoy once reckoned that he had cumulatively spent some nine years of his life on horseback.

A bestseller in Germany, this is a superb monument to the endlessly various creature who has so often shared and shaped our fate.

Omnibus of five parts.

Translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp
Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2017.


SUN 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b09jvks9)
Sarah Dunant

Sarah Dunant picks Frank Sinatra's 'You Make Me Feel So Young' and Palestrina's 'Surge illuminare Jerusalem' performed by Musica Secreta.


SUN 14:20 The Pick Up (Omnibus) (b08vgb9z)
When Beth's estranged father asks her to go on a road trip to Moscow with him to attend an old friend's wedding she jumps at the chance. This could be the opportunity for her to heal old wounds that could help her move on with her own relationship.

What Beth doesn't know is that Vinnie isn't so much going to a wedding, as getting married himself...

Starring David Threlfall and Kimberley Nixon.

Omnibus of five parts written by Sarah Cartwright.

Vinnie ..... David Threlfall
Beth ..... Kimberley Nixon
Chris ..... Stephen Wight
Alena ..... Debbie Chazen
Margaret ..... Sanchia McCormack
GPS ..... Maeve Bluebell Wells
Yuri ..... Samuel James
Other parts played by the cast.

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2017.


SUN 15:30 In Godzilla's Footsteps (b01y1gxj)
Godzilla, the giant green lizard which levels Tokyo skyscrapers with a sweep of his enormous tail, was the response of Japan's film makers in the 1950s to the national trauma of the atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In the wake of 2011's Tsunami, the nation's artists have been similarly inventive in turning the disaster into art. The "post 3/11 movement" takes inspiration from the devastating images of flooded cities, smoking nuclear reactors and grief stricken victims which emerged after the earthquake and tsunami.

Mark Rickards meets artists and musicians who have turned the disaster into art, and asks whether they have found a suitable response to the devastating events which shook Japan.

27-year-old installation artist Tsubasa Kato volunteered to visit Fukushima to help clear up the rubble. With the help of 300 local residents who had lost their homes, Kato recently constructed a three storey lighthouse from the rubble of ruined houses and schools. The lighthouse now stands looking out over the sea, as a symbol of what happened in March 2011.

The performance artists Chim Pom, a six person collective, donned protective radioactive suits and visited the devastated Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, holding up symbolic referees' red cards in front of the cracked dome of the nuclear reactor. Videoed for a performance art piece they admitted they were frightened of the radiation levels but "wanted to respond to these life changing events by placing ourselves in the middle of the radiation zone."

The video artist Kota Takeuchi took a job at the devastated nuclear plant. His work includes a video which shows a worker pointing an accusing finger at the video camera which keeps watch over the site. Later he called a press conference to harangue Tepco, operator of the plant about the conditions of workers inside.

With contributions from Tsubasa Kato, Chim Pom, Kota Takeuchi amongst others, Mark Rickards explores Japan's artistic response to the tragedy.

Producer: Mark Rickards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2013.


SUN 16:00 GB Shaw - Androcles and the Lion (b039ljct)
George Bernard Shaw interprets of one of Aesop's Fables, first published in 1912.

Starring Leslie French and John Graham.

Although a comedy, the piteous plight of the early Christians under their Roman masters gives Shaw a forum for his thoughts on human frailty, religion and martyrdom.

Adapted by Peggy Wells.

Androcles …. Leslie French
The Lion …. John Graham
Megaera …. Pauline Letts
Spintho …. John Baker
The Editor …. William Kendrick
Centurion …. Antony Baird
Captain …. Michael Harbour
Lavinia …. Alexa Romanes
Ox Driver …. Peter Baldwin
Menagerie Keeper …. Anthony Viccars
Caesar …. Heron Carvic
Female Christian …. Carol Marsh
Metellus …. John Atterbury
Lentulus …. Peter Barrlett
Female Christian …. Sian Davis
The Narrator …. Geoffrey Wincott

Director: Archie Campbell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1967.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m000ys82)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b09l21yy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Eric Pringle - The Last Piano Player (b0075x8c)
It’s the year 2020, and the world of technology rules supreme.

One of its successes is the Simon Swain show whose contestants fight for survival in a desperate bid to justify their existence.

Meanwhile, in an empty Norfolk seaside resort, a lone piano player - a relic from a lost world - plays to his dead wife in a deserted ballroom. His life is transformed when he is invited on the show.

Bernard Cribbins and Phillip Jackson star in Eric Pringles’ futuristic drama.

Jack …… Bernard Cribbins
Simon …… Philip Jackson
Kate …… Becky Hindley
Paul …… Andrew Wincott

Piano: Stuart Hutchinson

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio in August 2000.


SUN 18:45 Get Carter: The Bloody Chamber (b0bksmgm)
Wolf-Alice

Wolf-Alice is more wolf than girl.

Brought up by wolves and taken in by nuns, she is sent to work for the Duke in his ancient castle.

But he has no reflection, and a nasty habit of robbing graves. Stars Lily Lesser, Jonathan Tafler and Fiona Shaw.

Another of Angela Carter's iconic collection of fairy stories - dramatised by Olivia Hetreed.

Angela Carter ...... Fiona Shaw
Wolf-Alice ...... Lily Lesser
The Duke ...... Jonathan Tafler
First Nun ...... Phoebe Fildes
Second Nun ...... Susan Wooldridge
Mother Superior ...... Adjoa Andoh
Main Hunter ...... Nigel Pilkington
Hunter ...... Tre Gordon
Hunter ...... Tom Clegg
Novice ...... Grace Englert
Novice ...... Jalleh Alizadeh

At the time of writing The Bloody Chamber in the late 1970s, Angela Carter was disaffected by both sides of the feminist debate. She re-worked traditional fairy tales from her own unique, literary outsider’s point of view, putting women at the centre of the stories.

With their feisty heroines and rgiastic mash-up of beasts, shape-shifters and ghouls, her extraordinary tales are the most perfect example of her style, not just for her incomparable prose, but also in the dizzying twists and turns of perception, fantasy and myth.

Controversially influenced by De Sade, she embraced the erotic, explored our deepest and darkest urges, and subverted the roles of hunter and prey, master and mistress so that, instead of male sexuality, it is the female that becomes transgressive and powerful.

Director / Producer: Fiona McAlpine

An Allegra production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in September 2018.


SUN 19:00 The Moth Radio Hour (m000ys80)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:50 Inheritance Tracks (b09c0rrc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 20:00 GB Shaw - Androcles and the Lion (b039ljct)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000ys7y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 Multi Story Shorts (m000z1mr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b09l21yy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian (m000g45f)
Series 2

4. Status

BBC New Comedy Award finalist Ken Cheng explores status and how he fits in with British society

In this series, Dave's Joke of the Fringe Winner, Cambridge mathematics dropout and professional poker player Ken explores free speech, social status, racism and money.

Producer: Adnan Ahmed

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in March 2020.


SUN 22:45 Charlotte and Lillian (m0009qwd)
Series 2

4. The Patient

Charlotte and Lillian are spending time together as part of a Befriend the Elderly scheme. They may bicker about everything from signs of dementia to the appeal of Harry Styles, but underneath it’s clear they are two kindred spirits. Two selfish, self-absorbed spirits, but ones who mirror and rely on each other nonetheless.

Very nearly 30, Charlotte is still living at home with her parents and chronically unable to figure out what to do with her life. Beneath her attempt at do-gooding is barely disguised despair. She's terrified she is no good. Useless. Unloveable. She looks to Lillian to provide some meaning to her life - if she can help to improve Lillian’s life somehow, she’d feel a lot better about her own. And there’s all the kudos and social media likes that come with charity work - not to mention the lure of Lillian's large spare room.

Lillian returns from a stay in hospital to find Charlotte’s taken over the house, and is being her usual irritating self. Lillian is keen to get rid of her, but there’s just one problem - she can no longer ignore the fact she is getting older and needs help around the house.

Guess who’s ready to step up to the plate.

Charlotte …… Helen Monks
Lillian …… Miriam Margolyes

Written by: Kat Sommers and Holly Walsh

Producer: Lucy Armitage

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in October 2019.


SUN 23:00 Josh Howie's Losing It (b07sz52p)
Series 1

The Travel System

Josh attempts to buy a pram on the cheap while also trying to convince his mechanic to give him a good deal.

Sitcom in which stand-up comic Josh comes to terms with the impending birth of his first child.

Starring Josh Howie and Pippa Evans.

Written by Josh Howie.

With:

Nej Adamson
Gavin Forward
Jo Romero

Producer: Ashley Blaker

A Black Hat production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in September 2016.


SUN 23:30 A Bit of Fry and Laurie (b048vwqx)
Episode 2

A crazy shopping spree, and eating Greek in Stevenage.

Starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

On their journey to international stardom - Cambridge Footlights graduates, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie wrote and starred together in a pilot show for BBC TV.

This was followed by four acclaimed TV series of 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' from 1989 to 1995.

Stephen Fry introduces the second of two audio collections of choice comedy morsels culled from the BBC TV soundtracks.

Producer: Aled Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1994.



MONDAY 16 AUGUST 2021

MON 00:00 Eric Pringle - The Last Piano Player (b0075x8c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:45 Get Carter: The Bloody Chamber (b0bksmgm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Farewell to the Horse by Ulrich Raulff (Omnibus) (b08swrsw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b09jvks9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Sunday]


MON 02:20 The Pick Up (Omnibus) (b08vgb9z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:20 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 In Godzilla's Footsteps (b01y1gxj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 GB Shaw - Androcles and the Lion (b039ljct)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m000ys82)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b09l21yy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 The House (m000ysds)
Series 1

3. Power of the Pen

Chief Whip Charles Bannister hasn’t found time to read his wife Mary's explosive Westminster political thriller. Newspapers and colleagues speculate on who it’s based on...

Meanwhile ex-Junior Minister Tony Melrose has written a memoir - and British Intelligence want a preview…

Starring Julian Glover and Timothy West.

Political thriller serial by Christopher Lee.

Charles Bannister ....Julian Glover
Dougal Baxter ....Timothy West
Mary Bannister ....Sarah Badel
Henry Colville ....Christopher Benjamin
Rose ....Sheila Reid
Arthur ....James Garbutt
Polly Bannister ....Ruth Gemmell
Melrose ....John Fortune
Journalist ....Ken Cumberlidge
Waiter ....Stuart Organ
George ....Danny Schiller

Producer Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1989.


MON 06:30 Agatha Raisin (b011ppfg)
Series 2

5. The Wizard of Evesham

Agatha is alarmed when her new wizard of a hairdresser seems keen to take care of more than just her split ends.

She soon discovers that everyone in his salon has a secret and that he practises a very dark magic indeed...

Penelope Keith stars as Agatha Raisin - the PR guru turned amateur sleuth.

Dramatised by David Semple from MC Beaton’s novel.

Agatha Raisin ...... Penelope Keith
James Lacey ...... Malcolm Sinclair
Mrs Bloxby ...... Liza Sadovy
Mrs Wendle ...... Tina Gray
John Orlando ...... John Cummins
Bobby ...... Matthew Carter

Director: Carol Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio in November 2005.


MON 07:00 Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler (b05qgm0y)
Series 2

Episode 3

Adventuring comedian Tim FitzHigham recreates a 19th-century bet.

Can he cook a pudding ten feet under water?

Producer: Joe Nunnery.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


MON 07:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m000ykp3)
Series 26

Episode 3

David Mitchell hosts the panel game in which four comedians are encouraged to tell lies and compete against one another to see how many items of truth they're able to smuggle past their opponents.

Lucy Porter, Frankie Boyle, Sally Phillips, and Neil Delamere are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as dolls, philosophers, tennis, and laughter.

Produced by Jon Naismith
A Random Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4


MON 08:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jnfd)
Series 5

Men of Letters

Albert butts in on Harold's church magazine article.

Starring Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett.

Following the conclusion of their hugely successful association with Tony Hancock, writers Galton & Simpson wrote 10 pilots for the BBC TV's Comedy Playhouse in 1962.

The Offer featured the lives of rag and bone men Albert Steptoe and son Harold - and was the spark for a run of eight series on TV.

Albert ...... Wilfrid Brambell
Harold ...... Harry H Corbett
The Vicar …. Anthony Sharp

With Norman Bird, Jeanne Cook and Michael McClain.

Written for TV and adapted for radio by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Producer: Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 in June 1974.


MON 08:30 The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere (b007jshm)
Series 2

27 July 1799

An Everyday Story of Towering Genius.

Sue Limb’s soap opera set in and around the Lake District at the turn of the 18th century

Stinking Iris brews Laburnum Tea. Cholericke returns secretly.

Dorothy's arrangement for the wedding feast are disturbed. And a honeymoon is embarked upon...

William Wordsmith ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Dorothy Wordsmith ...... Denise Coffey
Samuel Tailor Cholericke ...... Simon Callow
Thomas de Quinine ...... Nickolas Grace
Stinking Iris ...... Miriam Margolyes
The Leechpedlar ...... Chris Emmett

Music by Stephen Oliver and performed by Cantabile.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1987.


MON 09:00 Act Your Age (b010dqgb)
Series 3

Episode 5

Simon Mayo hosts the three-way battle between the comedy generations to find out which is the funniest.

Will it be the Up-and-Comers, the Current Crop or the Old Guard who will be crowned, for one week at least, as the Golden Age of Comedy?

Jon Richardson is joined by Carl Donnelly, Lucy Porter is paired with Justin Edwards and Tom O'Connor teams up with Norman Lovett.

Devised and produced by Ashley Blaker and Bill Matthews.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2011.


MON 09:30 Beachcomber... By the Way (b008kkz1)
Series 2

Episode 6

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, John Sessions and Patricia Routledge recreate the world of JB Morton.

Running in the Daily Express from 1924 to 1975 – JB Morton’s surreally comic ‘Beachcomber’ column paved the way for a great deal of modern humour.

Adapted by Michael Barfield with Richard Ingrams.

Announcer: Brian Perkins

Producer: Harry Thompson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1991.


MON 10:00 The Great Scott (b01rv39j)
Series 1

The Fair Maid of Perth

A beautiful glover's daughter is romantically pursued by a warmongering blacksmith, a poetising prince, a hot-headed clansman and a bumbling bonnet-maker in lawless 14th century Scotland.

Feeble King Robert III is failing to stop his beloved country being torn apart by warring clans and pillaging nobles - chaos reigns supreme. When our heroine, Catharine Glover, suffers heartbreak and tragedy at the hands of the vengeful Earl of March, a terrible dilemma presents itself.

Should she follow the dictates of her heart by marrying the man she loves - or should she obey her father's wish and shun a world of 'hard iron and barbaric cruelties' by betrothing herself to Christ?

Starring David Tennant.

The tales of Walter Scott dramatised by Scott Cherry.

Walter Scott ...... David Tennant
Catherine Glover ...... Morven Christie
Her father ...... Hugh Ross
Henry Smith ...... Bryan Larkin
King Robert ...... Clive Russell
The Earl of March ...... Kenneth Cranham
Oliver Proudfoot ...... Forbes Masson
Conachar ...... Callum O'Neil
Louise the Minstrel ...... Olivia Morgan
A citizen ...... Richard Hansell

All other parts are played by members of the cast.

Ruth Wall sings and plays Gaelic Harp.

Music composed and performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalve.

Produced and directed by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in April 2013.


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m000ysdw)
Series 8

The TED Radio Wow-er

A journey through fascinating ideas based on talks by riveting speakers on the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) stage.

Manoush Zomorodi is joined by Guy Raz to explore some of the most wonderous science lessons heard on the TED Radio Hour.

First broadcast in the USA on National Public Radio in 2020.


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000ysdy)
Keisha Buchanan

Sugababe singer Keisha Buchanan chooses 'I Wanna Be Down' by Brandy and 'Right Here' by SWV.


MON 12:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jnfd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere (b007jshm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 The House (m000ysds)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Agatha Raisin (b011ppfg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (b08r1r5c)
6. Detained

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746. One rainy evening, a charming and handsome young stranger, fresh off the boat from England, pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition. He has an order for a thousand pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash. But can he be trusted?

This is New York in its infancy, a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in love, and find a world of trouble.

Francis Spufford says of his book, "Golden Hill is just a novel. More specifically, it's an eighteenth century novel. It's set in the winter of 1746, in what was then the very small British colonial town of New York; but it's also written like a novel from the eighteenth century. So the story of the charming but unreliable-seeming young Mr Smith, who turns up from London with a document in his pocket that may be a fraud or may be worth a fortune, is as hectically stuffed with event as it would have been if Fielding or Smollett had written it.

"Eighteenth-century readers expected to get their money's worth, and Golden Hill contains (among other things) a mystery, a political intrigue, a love story, a ball, a duel, a high-stakes card game, a trial, a dash of horror, a play-within-a-play, some surprisingly graphic sex and a rooftop chase. As a slow writer, I enjoyed working on something that runs fast. It was intricate fun devising and winding up the book's clockwork. But I hope it's also a story that feels alive, and makes the past feel alive too, while Mr Smith runs for his life, and the snow falls on Manhattan Island."

Written by Francis Spufford
Read by Jamie Parker
Abridged by Isobel Creed and Jill Waters
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 14:15 Jane Austen (b08575fp)
Northanger Abbey

Episode 1

Catherine Morland is taken to Bath for the season and finds that in her fertile imagination danger lurks round every corner.

Jane Austen's satire pokes fun at the popular sensationalist fiction of the day.

Dramatised in ten parts by Hattie Naylor

Catherine ..... Georgia Groome
Henry ..... Luke Thompson
Mrs Allen ..... Tracy Wiles
Mr Allen ..... Kim Wall
Isabella ..... Ainsley Howard
Mrs Morland ..... Alison Belbin
Mr Morland ..... John Bowler
Mrs Thorpe ..... Karen Bartke
The Book ..... Miriam Margolyes

Directed by Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2016.


MON 14:30 To Paris With Parsnips (b01l02j7)
In a country known for its chauvinism about their food, is it the height of madness for two British amateur cooks to take over a Paris restaurant and introduce fussy Parisian customers to the delights of British food?

Producer: Fiona Cotterill
A Alfi Media production for BBC Radio 4


MON 15:00 The Great Scott (b01rv39j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 Act Your Age (b010dqgb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 Beachcomber... By the Way (b008kkz1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler (b05qgm0y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m000ykp3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 William Gibson - Pattern Recognition (b007k1wb)
1. Assignment

Cayce Pollard is a young American advertising consultant with an unusual allergy - she's hyper-sensitive to brands and branding.

It's a pretty lucrative affliction, because Cayce is a 'coolhunter', employed by multinational companies to test new brands and logos. She knows, instinctively, what will work - and what won't.

But visiting London for what should have been a straightforward job, Cayce becomes involved in something altogether more mysterious and complicated...

Stylish fast-moving thriller by award-winning cult American writer William Gibson.

Read by Lorelei King.

Abridged by Ron Roberts.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in 2007.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b01nb1s3)
Sir Michael Darrington and Terri Duhon

Harriett Gilbert and her two guests from the world of business, recommend novels to each other.

British Businessman Sir Michael Darrington, brought Greggs bakeries to every high street and is now leading a campaign against boardroom bonuses.

Author, financial markets expert and entrepreneur Terri Duhon, has been described as a 'Harley Davidson-riding maths whiz from rural Louisiana'.

Producer Mary Ward-Lowery

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2012.

BOOKS DISCUSSED:

The Litigators by John Grisham
Publisher Hodder

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Publisher Scholastic

The Lover by Marguerite Duras - translated by Barbara Bray
Publisher Harper Perennial


MON 19:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jnfd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere (b007jshm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 The House (m000ysds)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Agatha Raisin (b011ppfg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m000ysdw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000ysdy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 The Unbelievable Truth (m000ykp3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Will Smith's Midlife Crisis Management (b00g0536)
Episode 1

Comedy series in which comedian Will Smith seeks help and advice - primarily from his godfather Peter - on coping with the onset of middle age. Peter invites Tory MP George to help Will speak his mind.

With Roger Allam, Geoffrey Whitehead, Jill Cardo, Gunnar Cauthery, Roger Drew, Donnla Hughes, Robert Lonsdale, Dan Starkey, Malcolm Tierney.


MON 23:00 Party's Over (m000ync2)
Series 1

Parish Council

What happens when the Prime Minister suddenly stops being Prime Minister?

One day you're the most powerful person in the country, the next you're irrelevant, forced into retirement 30 years ahead of schedule and find yourself asking 'What do I do now?'

Miles Jupp stars as Henry Tobin - Britain's shortest serving and least popular post war PM (he managed 8 months).

We join Henry soon after his crushing election loss. He’s determined to not let his disastrous defeat be the end of him. Instead Henry's going to get back to the top - he's just not sure how and in what field.

This week, Henry meets a local nemesis as he tries to make some home and garden improvements so Christine steps in with a plan.

Henry Tobin... Miles Jupp
Christine Tobin... Ingrid Oliver
Natalie... Emma Sidi
Jones... Justin Edwards
Albert...Joseph Marcell

Written by Paul Doolan and Jon Hunter

Produced by Richard Morris and Simon Nicholls
Production co-ordinator: Caroline Barlow
Sound design: Marc Willcox

A BBC Studios Production


MON 23:30 Recorded for Training Purposes (b00h37x9)
Series 3

Episode 4

Sketch show about modern communication, media noise and contemporary obsessions.

With Ben Willbond, Dominic Coleman, Ingrid Oliver, Rachel Atkins, Lewis Macleod and Julie Mayhew.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2009.



TUESDAY 17 AUGUST 2021

TUE 00:00 William Gibson - Pattern Recognition (b007k1wb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b01nb1s3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 The House (m000ysds)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Agatha Raisin (b011ppfg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (b08r1r5c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 Jane Austen (b08575fp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 To Paris With Parsnips (b01l02j7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 The Great Scott (b01rv39j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Act Your Age (b010dqgb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 Beachcomber... By the Way (b008kkz1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler (b05qgm0y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m000ykp3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 The House (m000ysxx)
Series 1

4. Old Flame

A lover from the Home Secretary's past starts to make demands which he finds very inconvenient. An important vote on law and order leaves the opposition frustrated.

Fourth episode of Westminster political drama.

Charles Bannister ....Julian Glover
Dougal Baxter ....Timothy West
Denis Wigton ....David Ryall
Juliet Cameron ....Siobhan Redmond
Jack Ross ....Iain Cuthbertson
Kay .... Jane Booker
Sir William .... Dennis Ramsden
Eamon and the waiter .... Shaun Prendergast
Merffyn Edwards ....Ray Smith

Written by Christopher Lee

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1989.


TUE 06:30 Agatha Raisin (b011pv6k)
Series 2

6. The Moment of Truth

Agatha must quickly discover the identity of the poisoner, but James is refusing to help.

Has he really ceased to care for her?

Penelope Keith stars as PR guru turned amateur sleuth, Agatha Raisin.

Dramatised by David Semple from MC Beaton’s novel.

Agatha Raisin ...... Penelope Keith
James Lacey ...... Malcolm Sinclair
DC Bill Wong ...... Stephen Hogan
Mrs Wendle ...... Tina Gray
Eve ...... Fay Rusling
Bobby ...... Matthew Carter

Director: Carol Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio in November 2005.


TUE 07:00 Andy Hamilton Sort of Remembers (b09czrbs)
Series 1

Animals

Comedian and writer Andy Hamilton is a familiar and much-loved voice on Radio 4. Now for the first time on the network, he presents a collection of observations and reminiscences about both his personal life and his 40 years working in comedy.

Over this 4 part series, Andy looks at Childhood, Politics, The Human Body and Animals. Using comic observation and personal anecdotes he will explore each theme, examining how much (or how little) things have changed in the 60ish years he's been on this planet. Each programme will provide 30 minutes of thoughtful, social history, but packed with laughs.

In this episode Andy looks at the subject of Animals. From fond memories of his childhood cat Timmy's lifelong battle with the Hoover; through working with straw-boater-wearing dolphins for Not the Nine o'clock News and being unnerved by a sea lion during a phone call. This week Andy also offers many useful animal-related tips including: what to do should you ever find an unwelcome bear on your doorstep. From 2017.


TUE 07:30 Simon Evans Goes to Market (m000ykqw)
Series 6

Innovation

As the waters recede from the tsunami of the global pandemic and Britain settles into its new relationship with Europe and the World, Simon Evans returns to focus his jokenomics lens on the myriad economic challenges and opportunities facing humanity.

In this final episode of the current series, Simon looks at how Britain might innovate itself out of the pandemic. He is joined by Professor Lucy Rogers, a former judge on Robot Wars and a self-declared "inventor with a sense of fun".

Written and presented by Simon Evans
Additional material from Dan Evans
Production co-ordinator: Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred
Producer: Richard Morris

Photo credit: Steve Best

A BBC Studios Production


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b00k7xd2)
Series 9

The £50 Cure

Kenneth Connor takes Harry Secombe's place, as Ned picks up a lavish NHS prescription for his broken legs. From February 1959.


TUE 08:30 Winston (b007jn9c)
Winston in Love

I'm in Love, I'm in Love

Now that Nancy has fallen in love with Roland from the Ministry of Whatsisname, she doesn't like to recall what happened with Winston under the old beech tree at Winterleaf Gunner...

Peter Tinniswood's bawdy comedy serial.

CAST:

Winston …. Bill Wallis
Father …. Maurice Denham
Nancy …. Shirley Dixon
Rosie …. Liz Goulding
William .… Christian Rodska

Director: Shaun MacLoughlin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1990.


TUE 09:00 Party's Over (m000ync2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 The Brothers (b00p2z5w)
Series 2

Episode 4

Zorro saves the day for the dysfunctional web designers, or does he? Stars Adam Godley and Pauline McLynn. From October 2005.


TUE 10:00 The Great Scott (b01s0329)
Series 1

Rob Roy

Rob Roy by Walter Scott
Adapted by Robin Brooks

Our Rob Roy has dispensed with the Jacobite setting and updates the story to the 20th century. It is 1924 and 20-year-old Frank falls foul of his father. He has spent a year in Paris, supposedly learning the business, but actually hanging out with Imagist poets. When he refuses to join the business his father sends him north to stay with his Uncle - a radical and mixed up in the cause of Irish Nationalism.

Scott's book doesn't really depend on the historical trappings on which the author's reputation now rests. A son being banished by his father because he wants to be a long-haired poet is a perennial situation, as is the love-triangle between Frank, Die Vernon and her wicked cousin Rashleigh. With this production the listener is asked to regard Scott as a novelist like any other, concerned with the workings of the human heart and how they play out in a society more like ours.

With David Tennant as Walter Scott
All other parts were played by members of the cast
The music was composed and performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalve

Producer: Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 11:00 Archive on 4 (b09drhhm)
The Pound in Your Pocket

Fifty years after the events, Frances Cairncross looked back at the story of the Devaluation crisis of 1967.

It was one of the iconic phrases that will always be associated with Harold Wilson's premiership: in a TV broadcast, a day after his government had decided to reduce the value of the pound sterling by just over 14 percent against the dollar, Wilson assured the nation that, nevertheless, "the pound in your pocket" was still worth the same.

As a young journalist, Frances Cairncross covered the story - her father, Sir Alec Cairncross, was a senior Treasury official closely involved in the discussions before and the consequences following the November 18th move. He wrote in his diary "at 10.35, I saw the TV screen show a £1 note with DEVALUED printed across it..."

With Peter Jay, William Davis, William Keegan, David Walker, Robin Butler and Professors Robert Neild and Kathleen Burk, and featuring readings from Alec Cairncross's diary of the period.

Producer: Simon Elmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2017.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b00k7xd2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Winston (b007jn9c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 The House (m000ysxx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Agatha Raisin (b011pv6k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (b08r1vlx)
7. Surprise

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746. One rainy evening, a charming and handsome young stranger, fresh off the boat from England, pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition. He has an order for a thousand pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash. But can he be trusted?

This is New York in its infancy, a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in love, and find a world of trouble.

Francis Spufford says of his book, "Golden Hill is just a novel. More specifically, it's an eighteenth century novel. It's set in the winter of 1746, in what was then the very small British colonial town of New York; but it's also written like a novel from the eighteenth century. So the story of the charming but unreliable-seeming young Mr Smith, who turns up from London with a document in his pocket that may be a fraud or may be worth a fortune, is as hectically stuffed with event as it would have been if Fielding or Smollett had written it.

"Eighteenth-century readers expected to get their money's worth, and Golden Hill contains (among other things) a mystery, a political intrigue, a love story, a ball, a duel, a high-stakes card game, a trial, a dash of horror, a play-within-a-play, some surprisingly graphic sex and a rooftop chase. As a slow writer, I enjoyed working on something that runs fast. It was intricate fun devising and winding up the book's clockwork. But I hope it's also a story that feels alive, and makes the past feel alive too, while Mr Smith runs for his life, and the snow falls on Manhattan Island."

Written by Francis Spufford
Read by Jamie Parker
Abridged by Isobel Creed and Jill Waters
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 14:15 Jane Austen (b08584jr)
Northanger Abbey

Episode 2

Catherine Morland finds the sudden disappearance from Bath of Mr Henry Tilney extremely worrying; can some disaster have befallen him?

Jane Austen's satire on the Gothic Novel.

Catherine ..... Georgia Groome
John ..... Stephen Wight
Isabella ..... Ainsley Howard
Mrs Allen ..... Tracey Wiles
Mr Allen ..... Kim Wall
Henry ..... Luke Thompson
James ..... Finlay Robertson
The Book ..... Miriam Margolyes

Dramatised by Hattie Naylor.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2016.


TUE 14:30 You Must Take the A Train (b01k2f7s)
New Yorker columnist and author Adam Gopnik confesses to 'a perverse love' of his city's subway system. In particular, he likes the two hour run of the A train from the tip of Manhattan to the Atlantic Ocean in the outer borough of Queens.

Along the way he encounters vendors, preachers, rappers, beggars and the homeless passengers who live in the subway cars and in the tunnels.

As a jazz lover, he celebrates Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's song as an anthem of black migration. which imitates the sound of the train and insists:
"You must take the A train
To go to Sugar Hill way up in Harlem."

In 1932 punters queued to take the first A train ride as it went express along the west side of the city. It opened up suburbs, with a fast commute for workers in the Garment District, Times Square and in the offices and restaurants of Midtown. It also linked the dynamic established community of Harlem with the newer black neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

Gopnik admits to enjoying the graffiti that spread across the subway cars in the seventies and eighties but acknowledges that this was a sign of how New York had lost control. Since most New Yorkers don't own a car and the subway is the artery of a city, that dysfunctional slide was disastrous.

It's only in the last fifteen years that the system has become safe and comparatively pleasant again. For a reporter like Gopnik, it's a perfect way to indulge in people watching and the best subway line to get a real sense of the city. However, depending on your mood, it can either be enervating or profoundly depressing, because it still reveals the seedy, aggressive, desperate and heartbreaking side of New York.

Producer: Judith Kampfner
A Corporation For Independent Media production for BBC Radio 4


TUE 15:00 The Great Scott (b01s0329)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The Rest is History (b07858bs)
Series 2

Episode 4

Frank Skinner loves history, but just doesn't know much of it. So he's devised a comedy discussion show in order to find out more about it.

Along with his historian in residence, Professor Kate Williams, Frank is joined by Chris Addison and Alun Cochrane, who discuss the three wise men, Jack Straw (not that one), Henry Austen and a weaponry timeline.

Producers: Mark Augustyn and Justin Pollard

An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in April 2016.


TUE 16:30 The Brothers (b00p2z5w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 Andy Hamilton Sort of Remembers (b09czrbs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Simon Evans Goes to Market (m000ykqw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 William Gibson - Pattern Recognition (b007k1xp)
2. Tokyo

Advertising guru Cayce Pollard’s been employed to search for the maker of a mysteriously addictive online film called "the footage".

Now the Coolhunter’s search takes her to Tokyo - where the mystery deepens...

William Gibson's fast-moving 21st Century detective thriller.

Read by Lorelei King.

Abridged by Ron Roberts.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in February 2007.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b01mk23j)
Series 14

The Skye Boat Song

For many hearing The Skye Boat Song brings back a wealth of childhood memories, as the words "Speed Bonnie Boat Like a Bird on the Wing" tell the story of the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie, dressed as a maid to the Isle of Skye, after this defeat at the battle of Culloden.

Originally written by Sir Harold Boulton and Anne MacLeod back in the 1870's, we explore the beauty of this song and how it continues to touch people's lives across the world in very different ways.

Contributors in this programme include:

The Queen's Piper, who has played this tune in happy and sad times, recalls playing it outside the Queen's window and leading Princess Margaret's cortege. A New Zealand artist shares his memories of time spent with his father, and the sound of him whistling the song on their way home as dusk fell. A sailor from the Isle of Skye, describes his connection with the spirituality of piece and the Loch on which he sails.

Acclaimed violinist Tasmin Little shares her own arrangement of the piece and explains why it works so well musically. An Australian mum, tells how important this song has been in connecting with the two girls she has adopted from China. Gaelic Singer Maggie MacInnes tells the history of the piece.
The programme includes music by Julian Lloyd Webber, The Corries and Pete Lashley.

Producer - Rachel Matthews.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b00k7xd2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Winston (b007jn9c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 The House (m000ysxx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Agatha Raisin (b011pv6k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Archive on 4 (b09drhhm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 Simon Evans Goes to Market (m000ykqw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Revolting People (b008kmv2)
Series 3

Secrets and Lies

War is now only two days away. Or three if wet.

Sitcom set just before the American War of Independence.

Written by Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses.

CAST:

McGurk …. Andy Hamilton
Samuel …. Jay Tarses
Captain Brimshaw …. James Fleet
Joshua …. Tony Maudsley
Mary …. Jan Ravens
Joshua …. Tony Maudsley
Ezekiel …. Hugh Dennis
Cora …. Penelope Cora
Stan …. Philip Pope
Elizabeth …. Rebecca Front
Agnes …. Selina Griffiths

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2004.


TUE 23:00 2000 Years of Radio (b007jnj7)
Series 1

Steaming - Radio Victoriana

Steam powered fun from the Great Exhibition of 1851, plus the latest inventions. Stars Marcus Brigstocke. From November 2000.


TUE 23:15 Ivor Cutler - A Wet Handle (b00cgss2)
Episode 1

'I Am a Yellow Fly' and the tale of a greasy button.

Songs, stories and poems from humourist Ivor Cutler, with Craig Murray-Orr, Dylan Edwards and Beverley Crew.

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in June 1997.


TUE 23:30 Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better (b00d75nw)
Series 2

Honesty

The comedian finds out if telling the truth pays off. With poetry and songs from Tim Key and Tom Basden. From September 2008.



WEDNESDAY 18 AUGUST 2021

WED 00:00 William Gibson - Pattern Recognition (b007k1xp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b01mk23j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 The House (m000ysxx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Agatha Raisin (b011pv6k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (b08r1vlx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 Jane Austen (b08584jr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 You Must Take the A Train (b01k2f7s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 The Great Scott (b01s0329)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 The Rest is History (b07858bs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 The Brothers (b00p2z5w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Andy Hamilton Sort of Remembers (b09czrbs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Simon Evans Goes to Market (m000ykqw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 The House (m000yt8g)
Series 1

5. Polly's Party

The Tory Party with their reduced majority just don't want to give the opposition any ammunition - such as the Chief Whip's daughter ending up in the papers again.

Written by Christopher Lee

Charles Bannister ....Julian Glover
Dougal Baxter .... Timothy West
Mary Bannister ....Sarah Badel
Denis Wigton .... David Ryall
Henry Colville .... Christopher Benjamin
Rose .... Sheila Reid
Arthur .... James Garbutt
Polly Bannister ....Ruth Gemmell

Other parts played by:
Ken Cumberlidge, Ian Targett, David Goudge, John Bull .David King, Christopher Scott, Charles Simpson, Brian Miller, Danny Schiller and Paul Downing

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1989.


WED 06:30 Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home (b007jsmq)
Episode 1

Kindly Detective Inspector Purbright probes dark deeds in the world of small-time animal charities.

One of Colin Watson's Flaxborough Chronicles dramatised by Christopher Denys in 6 parts.

Stars John Rowe as Inspector Purbright, Robin Polley as Sgt. Malley, Tricia Wilcock as Mrs Hallam, Paul Downing as Love, Russell Dixon as Dr Fergusson and Ann Rye as Lucilla Teatime.

Producer: Tony Cliff

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1992.


WED 07:00 The Fair Intellectual Club (b084d9zy)
A Fling with Mr Franklin

A young American inventor named Ben Franklin ends up in Edinburgh. The young ladies of a secret scholarly society are seduced by his exciting talk of the New World and his intellectual prowess.

An elopement is on the cards as Marjory is set to be torn from the wrinkly arms of her fiancé. Will the girls leave their beloved Scotland? Sparks fly and electricity abounds in the final episode of Lucy Porter's 18th Century Sitcom.


WED 07:30 Paul Sinha's General Knowledge (m000ylfx)
Series 3

Episode 4

Paul Sinha is an award-winning comedian, a former British Quiz Champion and also, according to the Radio Times, the UK's "funniest fund of forgotten facts". He returns to Radio 4 with a third series of his General Knowledge, recounting the amazing true stories that lie behind fascinating nuggets of information.

This episode is a race against the clock for Paul to present the virtual audience with an A-Z of facts. He gives them a letter, they give him a word, and he either gives them a fact or he just reads out the script he prepared for another word. Starting with A for Aubergine and Alligator, how far can he get before the twenty-eight minutes are up?

Written and performed by Paul Sinha
Additional material by Oliver Levy
Recording engineered by Kate Barker and Mike Smith
Produced by Ed Morrish

A Lead Mojo/Somethin' Else co-production for BBC Radio 4


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b0186wj0)
Series 3

The Blackboard Jungle

The lad is a young master in a school full of juvenile delinquents. A parody of the controversial 1955 movie of the same name.

Starring Tony Hancock.

With Bill Kerr, Sidney James, Andree Melly and Kenneth Williams.

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Theme and incidental music composed by Wally Stott. Recorded by the BBC Revue Orchestra conducted by Harry Rabinowitz.

Producer: Dennis Main Wilson

Recovered episode first broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1955.


WED 08:30 No Commitments (b00shr9h)
Series 3

An Ill Wind

Victoria's illness makes Roger squeamish. Charlotte overreacts, but Anna is a rock. Stars Rosemary Leach. From December 1994.


WED 09:00 Whispers (b00bzrmj)
Series 2

Episode 2

What is the real truth about Alexander Graham Bell, Walt Disney and Lord Lucan?

Gyles Brandreth hosts the quiz show with scandal on its mind and slander at its heart.

Lynne Truss and Michele Brown join team captains Lucy Moore and Anthony Holden to run the gauntlet of gossip.

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2004.


WED 09:30 Smelling of Roses (b00qh0ls)
Series 2

Party Party

Rosie and the team are asked to launch a new political party for people over 60. Sadly its leader doesn't quite get to launch his manifesto

Prunella Scales stars in the second of four series of Simon Brett's sitcom following the trials and tribulations of Rosie Burns and her event-management company based in Brighton.

With Arabella Weir as Kate, Rebecca Callard as Jo, Duncan Preston as Bob, Annette Badland as Tess, Ben Aris as Sir Geoffrrey , Felicity Goodson as Anthea and Simon Trinder as Robert.

Producer: Maria Esposito

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2001.


WED 10:00 The Great Scott (b01s39z8)
Series 1

Waverley

Waverley by Walter Scott
Adapted by Mike Harris

A gripping tale of love, war and divided loyalties with Scotland in open rebellion against the Union with England.

It's 1745 and 21year old Edward Waverley, a newly commissioned red-coat officer, is posted to Scotland on the eve of Bonnie Prince Charlie's violent bid for power. His father is a rising minister in the ruling Hanoverian state, but the beloved Uncle who brought him up is an old Jacobite, loyal to the exiled Stewart dynasty.

Waverley falls in love with two very different Scottish girls - the cautious, loyalist, lowlander Rose Bradwardine, and the fiery highland rebel Flora. He goes AWOL for Flora just as her brother Fergus is rallying their clan to fight for Charlie.

When Waverley is accused by his Commanding Officer of a treasonable flirtation with the enemy, he joins the uprising in a fit of pique and helps defeat an English army at the battle of Prestonpans.

When he finds out that he has caused the arrest of Uncle, he returns to London to try to clear his name.

With David Tennant as Walter Scott.

All other parts are played by members of the cast.

The music is composed and performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalve.

Producer: Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 11:00 Steve Penk's Radio Nightmares (m000hn28)
2. One More Time

Broadcaster Steve Penk digs out more of the funniest clips of live radio mistakes with exclusive access to his own collection of audio material from around the world.

Radio bloopers have been around for as long as radio itself. They’re mainly endearing and add a humanising element to the radio and to the presenters on it.

A blooper is defined as an embarrassing public blunder, but as long as it's someone else's mistake, most of us are quite capable of getting past the embarrassment to enjoy the humour. The immediacy of live-to-air radio is part of its strength, but also very exposing. If there's a slip of the tongue, it's broadcast into the ether moments later, especially in the early days of broadcast radio when almost everything was done live on the air.

There have been some celebrated 'bloopers' over the years - from 'colourful' language, to laughing fits, technical glitches to amusing mispronunciations.

Producer: Stephen Garner

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in 2018.


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b0186wj0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 No Commitments (b00shr9h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 The House (m000yt8g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home (b007jsmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (b08r1x62)
8. Question

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746. One rainy evening, a charming and handsome young stranger, fresh off the boat from England, pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition. He has an order for a thousand pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash. But can he be trusted?

This is New York in its infancy, a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in love, and find a world of trouble.

Francis Spufford says of his book, "Golden Hill is just a novel. More specifically, it's an eighteenth century novel. It's set in the winter of 1746, in what was then the very small British colonial town of New York; but it's also written like a novel from the eighteenth century. So the story of the charming but unreliable-seeming young Mr Smith, who turns up from London with a document in his pocket that may be a fraud or may be worth a fortune, is as hectically stuffed with event as it would have been if Fielding or Smollett had written it.

"Eighteenth-century readers expected to get their money's worth, and Golden Hill contains (among other things) a mystery, a political intrigue, a love story, a ball, a duel, a high-stakes card game, a trial, a dash of horror, a play-within-a-play, some surprisingly graphic sex and a rooftop chase. As a slow writer, I enjoyed working on something that runs fast. It was intricate fun devising and winding up the book's clockwork. But I hope it's also a story that feels alive, and makes the past feel alive too, while Mr Smith runs for his life, and the snow falls on Manhattan Island."

Written by Francis Spufford
Read by Jamie Parker
Abridged by Isobel Creed and Jill Waters
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 14:15 Jane Austen (b0858kz2)
Northanger Abbey

Episode 3

Catherine finds her plan to spend more time with Henry Tilney thwarted most disagreeably by John Thorpe.

Jane Austen's satire pokes fun at the popular sensationalist fiction of the day

Catherine ..... Georgia Groome
John ..... Stephen Wight
Isabella ..... Ainsley Howard
Mrs Allen ..... Tracey Wiles
Mr Allen ..... Kim Wall
Henry ..... Luke Thompson
Eleanor ..... Natasha Cowley
James ..... Finlay Robertson
The Book ..... Miriam Margolyes

Dramatised by Hattie Naylor

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2016.

.


WED 14:30 Casa Negra: The Real Casablanca (b04g83zy)
The years since the Millennium have been a tumultuous time for Morocco, with the arrival of a new, more progressive king and reaction against terrorist bombings in 2003 helping to galvanise a burgeoning arts community - and nowhere has this been more the case than in the country's largest city of Casablanca.

Film-makers and musicians there have been at the vanguard of those questioning repressive political and social structures, in part because it is the city where earlier experiments with a more capitalistic economic model have led to a particularly apparent division between rich and poor.

Professor Andrew Hussey, who's been visiting the city for many years, hears from many of the key players in what's been labelled the Nayda movement - including the director of the ground breaking movie 'Casa Negra' and the rapper whose recent imprisonment for criticising the police suggests that the movement still has some distance to go before Moroccan artists can fully exploit the freedoms enjoyed by those in Europe and the USA who have offered them such inspiration.

Producer: Geoff Bird

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


WED 15:00 The Great Scott (b01s39z8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Whispers (b00bzrmj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 Smelling of Roses (b00qh0ls)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 The Fair Intellectual Club (b084d9zy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Paul Sinha's General Knowledge (m000ylfx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 William Gibson - Pattern Recognition (b007k1yz)
3. Mugged

Cayce Pollard has realised she’s entangled in something quite ruthless after being cornered by muggers in Tokyo.

But who’s behind her assailants?

William Gibson's cool and compelling thriller read by Lorelei King.

Abridged by Ron Roberts.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in February 2007.


WED 18:30 Short Cuts (m000bx20)
Series 21

Beasts

Magical creatures wrap themselves around you in the fog and we hear a musical tribute to furry beasts - Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about real and imagined animals.

Cat Names
Produced by Joseph Keckler

Ashi Magari
Produced by Rikke Houd

Touching the Elephant
Presented by Kim Normanton
Produced by Matt Thompson
Mastered by Jon Calver
Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997

Concerts for Dogs
Featuring Laurie Anderson
Produced by Tim Hinman
Originally made for Sound Matters

Production Team: Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft
Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in December 2019.


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b0186wj0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 No Commitments (b00shr9h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 The House (m000yt8g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home (b007jsmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Steve Penk's Radio Nightmares (m000hn28)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 Paul Sinha's General Knowledge (m000ylfx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Dr John Cooper Clarke at the BBC (b080w7lv)
Series 1

Twisted Romance

The Bard of Salford performs a selection of poems on stage at the BBC’s Radio Theatre in London.

* I Married a Monster from Outta Space
* Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
* Avocado Vignette
* I Wanna Be Yours

Written and performed by Dr John Cooper Clarke.

Introduction by Johnny Green.

Producer: Joe Nunnery

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in November 2016


WED 22:45 The Problem With Adam Bloom (b00gl4t1)
Series 2

Insecurity

You should talk about your problems - after all, a problem shared is a problem halved.

Unless you've got a trust phobia, in which case it opens a whole other can of worms.

Written by and starring Adam Bloom.

With Stefano Paolini.

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2004.


WED 23:00 Radio 9 (b04gnvtq)
Series 2

Episode 4

It's back to groovy 1960s London and a doctor obsessed with Womble songs. Stars Johnny Daukes and Hils Barker. From July 2005.


WED 23:30 Innes Own World (b0170r0p)
Episode 1

Famed for The Rutles and The Bonzo Dog Band, Neil Innes ruminates wryly on the nature of civilisation.

An opportunity to climb inside Neil Innes's head to find songs, atmospheric musings and some very irritating commercial breaks.

Script Editor: John Dowie

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2003.



THURSDAY 19 AUGUST 2021

THU 00:00 William Gibson - Pattern Recognition (b007k1yz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Short Cuts (m000bx20)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 The House (m000yt8g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home (b007jsmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (b08r1x62)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 Jane Austen (b0858kz2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 Casa Negra: The Real Casablanca (b04g83zy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 The Great Scott (b01s39z8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Whispers (b00bzrmj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 Smelling of Roses (b00qh0ls)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 The Fair Intellectual Club (b084d9zy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Paul Sinha's General Knowledge (m000ylfx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 The House (m000ytx8)
Series 1

6. Time for a Change?

The Opposition are thinking of changing their leader and Chief Whip Charles Bannister gets friendlier with one of their new back benchers - Juliet Cameron.

Drama about intrigue and power struggles in Whitehall.

Charles Bannister .... Julian Glover
Dougal Baxter .... Timothy West
Mary Bannister .... Sarah Badel
Denis Wigton .... David Ryau
Juliet Cameron .... Siobhan Redmond
Rose .... Sheila Reid
Jack Ross .... Iain Cuthbertson
Eamon ....Shaun Prendergast
The waiter .... Charles Simpson
Merffyn Edwards ....Ray Smith

Written by Christopher Lee

Producer Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1989.


THU 06:30 Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home (b007jsnp)
Episode 2

As the sabotage and murder trail continues, Private Investigator Mortimer Hive arrives and is invited to make a speech.

One of Colin Watson's Flaxborough Chronicles dramatised by Christopher Denys in 6 parts.

Stars John Rowe as Inspector Purbright, Geoffrey Banks as Mortimer Hive, Paul Downing as Love, Russell Dixon as Booker, Ann Rye as Lucilla Teatime and Kathryn Hunt as Helen.

Producer: Tony Cliff

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1992.


THU 07:00 Rum Bunch (b08nqkrp)
World's End on Sea

Justin Edwards, Mel Giedroyc and Dave Mounfield have been invited by the Mayor of seaside town World's End on Sea to perform a hair raising tribute to Houdini.

Justin has invited the "nicest woman in showbiz", Rebecca Front, to join them. Little does he know of the history between Mel and Rebecca, dating back to an appearance they both made on Celebrity Supermarket Sweep.

It turns out that Justin also doesn't know much about Houdini - believing him to be an Italian woman. Luckily Dave, fearing the show may be a disaster causing him to miss out on the free lighter promised by the Mayor, is on hand to rewrite the play.

Mel persuades Rebecca to perform a radio first, a recreation of one of Houdini's most daring stunts. But will the truth of what really happened on Supermarket Sweep ever be revealed? Will the show restore the fortunes of the once fashionable seaside town? Will Dave get his free lighter?

The Rum Bunch is Justin Edwards (The Consultants, The Odd Half Hour, Newsjack, Sorry I've Got No Head, The Thick of It), Mel Giedroyc (Mel and Sue, Bake Off, Let It Shine) and Dave Mounfield (Count Arthur Strong, This Is Jinsy).

The house band is Jason Hazeley and David Reed - The Penny Dreadfuls.

Produced by Jim North
A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 07:30 Stand-Up Specials (m000rbpz)
Imran Yusuf: Relabelled

We all have labels. Some we're given and some we actively choose. In his first show for Radio 4 Imran Yusuf ponders one label he was born with - man.

How do you learn to be a man and what does being a 'man' even mean? In this autobiographical audience show, Imran looks at where he got his role models from as a boy, what he thought being a man was all about and how that view changed radically as he became an adult. Jackie Chan might have been his inspiration when he was young but it was a woman who sparked self-awareness and change.

This is a very funny and honest account of his life and changing attitudes to manliness.

Imran earned a Best Newcomer nomination in the Fosters Awards for his first Edinburgh show in 2010.

Written and presented by Imran Yusuf

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith

A Yada-Yada Audio production for BBC Radio 4


THU 08:00 The Navy Lark (b007jncb)
The New NAAFI

Pertwee's potent beer sparks an explosive opening ceremony aboard HMS Troutbridge.

CAST:

Sub-Lieutenant …. Leslie Phillips
Chief Petty Officer …. Jon Pertwee
Commanding Officer …. Stephen Murray
Captain Povey …. Richard Caldicot
Myrtle …. Heather Chasen
Uncle Ebenezer …. Tenniel Evans
The Professor …. Michael Bates

Laughs afloat aboard British Royal Navy frigate HMS Troutbridge. The Navy Lark ran for an impressive thirteen series between 1959 and 1976.

Scripted by Lawrie Wyman and George Evans.

Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in June 1972.


THU 08:30 King Street Junior Revisited (b00lc98v)
Series 4

Centenary

There’s piano trouble as children and staff celebrate the 100th anniversary of the school's foundation.

The 100th episode of the school comedy created and written by Jim Eldridge.

CAST:

Mrs Eastwood …. Brigit Forsyth
Miss Lewis …. Marlene Sidaway
Mr Maxwell …. Michael Cochrane
Miss Featherstone …. Teresa Gallagher
Miss Reid …. Jacqueline Beatty
Mrs Khan …. Janice Acquah
Mr Long …. Paul Copley
Mr Beeston …. James Grout
Mrs Patterson …. Deirdre Costello
Mrs Stone …. Margaret John
Mrs Rudd …. Vivienne Martin.
The Children …. Corrine Douglas, Chris Parkinson, Angelo Andreou, James Ellis, Cherrelle Williams and Karim Zeroual

Ten series of this King Street Junior ran between 1985 and 1998. King Street Junior Revisited ran from 2002 to 2005.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2005.


THU 09:00 We've Been Here Before (b007r3dd)
Series 1

Episode 1

Clive Anderson hosts the panel show that pokes fun at events of the past.

Gyles Brandreth and Jimmy Carr battle it out against John O'Farrell and David Quantick.

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2003.


THU 09:30 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b00906d7)
Series 3

Episode 3

Change is in the air when Amanda and Richard get happily engaged. But when Lucy and Daniel opt to change their lives, Lucy resolves not to tell anyone.

What Daniel hasn't told Lucy is that he can't keep a secret...

David Spicer's comedy drama about modern life and parenthood, as seen through the eyes of two 30-something non-parents.

Starring David Tennant as Daniel, Liz Carling as Lucy, Tracy-Ann Oberman as Katie, Tony Gardner as Andy, Nasreen Hussain as Amanda and Dave Lamb as Richard.

Producer: Liz Anstee
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.


THU 10:00 The Great Scott (b047wb66)
Series 2

The Bride

4 Extra Debut. Mike Harris adapts Sir Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor.

The novel is set in the Lammermuir Hills of south-east Scotland at the beginning of the 18th Century and tells of a tragic love affair between young Lucy Ashton and her family's enemy Edgar Ravenswood.

The Ashtons and Ravenswoods have been enemies for centuries - but will a proposed union between the warring families finally bring peace?

Music Composed and performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalve
Violin and viola - Oliver Langford

Written by Mike Harris
Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000ys7y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 11:45 Multi Story Shorts (m000z1mr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 The Navy Lark (b007jncb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 King Street Junior Revisited (b00lc98v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 The House (m000ytx8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home (b007jsnp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (b08r1xfg)
9. Arrest

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746. One rainy evening, a charming and handsome young stranger, fresh off the boat from England, pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition. He has an order for a thousand pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash. But can he be trusted?

This is New York in its infancy, a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in love, and find a world of trouble.

Francis Spufford says of his book, "Golden Hill is just a novel. More specifically, it's an eighteenth century novel. It's set in the winter of 1746, in what was then the very small British colonial town of New York; but it's also written like a novel from the eighteenth century. So the story of the charming but unreliable-seeming young Mr Smith, who turns up from London with a document in his pocket that may be a fraud or may be worth a fortune, is as hectically stuffed with event as it would have been if Fielding or Smollett had written it.

"Eighteenth-century readers expected to get their money's worth, and Golden Hill contains (among other things) a mystery, a political intrigue, a love story, a ball, a duel, a high-stakes card game, a trial, a dash of horror, a play-within-a-play, some surprisingly graphic sex and a rooftop chase. As a slow writer, I enjoyed working on something that runs fast. It was intricate fun devising and winding up the book's clockwork. But I hope it's also a story that feels alive, and makes the past feel alive too, while Mr Smith runs for his life, and the snow falls on Manhattan Island."

Written by Francis Spufford
Read by Jamie Parker
Abridged by Isobel Creed and Jill Waters
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 14:15 Jane Austen (b0858w47)
Northanger Abbey

Episode 4

Catherine fears she has offended Henry and Eleanor Tilney and that she may never see either of them again;

Jane Austen's satire pokes fun at the popular sensationalist fiction of the day.

Catherine ..... Georgia Groome
John ..... Stephen Wight
Isabella ..... Ainsley Howard
Mrs Allen ..... Tracey Wiles
Mr Allen ..... Kim Wall
Henry ..... Luke Thompson
James ..... Finlay Robertson
Eleanor ..... Natasha Cowley
The Book ..... Miriam Margolyes

Dramatised by Hattie Naylor.

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2016.


THU 14:30 The First Private Eye (b00768yq)
Crime writer Val McDermid launches her own private investigation into the life of Allan Pinkerton

He was the Glasgow-born man who gave the world the term "private eye" and brought his own particular brand of justice to the Wild West.

Producer: Lynsey Moyes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2002.


THU 15:00 The Great Scott (b047wb66)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 We've Been Here Before (b007r3dd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b00906d7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 Rum Bunch (b08nqkrp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 Stand-Up Specials (m000rbpz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 William Gibson - Pattern Recognition (b007k208)
4. Watermark

Searching for clues to the origins of the mysterious online film known as "the footage" has lead Cayce Pollard across the world.

Now she finds herself in a deserted government complex near Bournemouth and discovers just how close she is getting to the truth....

William Gibson's fast-moving thriller read by Lorelei King.

Abridged by Ron Roberts.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in February 2007.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b08mb1g4)
Series 42

Ermonela Jaho on Mother Teresa

Since her death in 1997, it's been fashionable in some quarters to decry the work of Mother Teresa among India's poor. Here fellow Albanian - the opera singer Ermonela Jaho, offers an alternative view of the nun who dedicated her life to running homes in Calcutta and later around the world, providing food, shelter and care for the poor and dispossessed.

Despite her hard-line views on abortion and despite criticism over her dealings with some of the most brutal regimes, Mother Teresa was purely a force for good, argues Ermonela Jaho. She's joined by the biographer Anne Sebba.

Presenter: Matthew Parris

Producer: Maggie Ayre

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2017.


THU 19:00 The Navy Lark (b007jncb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 King Street Junior Revisited (b00lc98v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 The House (m000ytx8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home (b007jsnp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000ys7y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 21:45 Multi Story Shorts (m000z1mr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 Stand-Up Specials (m000rbpz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Political Animals (b03ktz1b)
Series 2

Barney and George

Barney reveals how President George W Bush broke his heart by being unfaithful with a man called Tony.

Another unreliable dog's eye view of the trials and tribulations of living in the White House.

Written by Tony Bagley.

Director: Marc Beeby.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2013.


THU 22:45 Poets' Tree (b00slxyx)
Episode 2

Islington poet Paul Hamilton meets a fruit linguist, and visits a young offenders institute to demonstrate the rehabilitative powers of poetry.

Poetry magazine spoof with Kevin Eldon and Stewart Lee.

With Olivia Colman and Peter Serafinowicz.

Producer: Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2008.


THU 23:00 The Museum of Everything (b007k0zt)
Series 1

School Parties Welcome

The Museum enjoys a visit from some schoolchildren as they learn the origin of scampi in the new Undersea Adventure display.

Written and performed by Marcus Brigstocke, Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell.

With Lucy Montgomery.

Music by Dominic Haslam and Ben Walker.

Producer: Alex Walsh-Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2004.


THU 23:30 Absolute Power (b018tsh9)
Series 4

Episode 2

Spin doctor Martin's new bestseller drives a wedge between him and Charles. Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From February 2004.



FRIDAY 20 AUGUST 2021

FRI 00:00 William Gibson - Pattern Recognition (b007k208)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b08mb1g4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 The House (m000ytx8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home (b007jsnp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (b08r1xfg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 Jane Austen (b0858w47)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 The First Private Eye (b00768yq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 The Great Scott (b047wb66)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 We've Been Here Before (b007r3dd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b00906d7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 Rum Bunch (b08nqkrp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Stand-Up Specials (m000rbpz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 The House (m000yv70)
Series 1

7. Tracking a Traitor

Rumours are everywhere in Westminster about the possibility of a 'bent' MP giving away secrets to the Russians. However, there are only questions - and no answers. Meanwhile, the Chief Whip's daughter Polly Bannister has attracted the attention of two men - an ambitious MP and a Russian music lover.

Charles Bannister ....Julian Glover
Dougal Baxter ....Timothy West
Mary Bannister ....Sarah Badel
Henry Colville ....Christopher Benjamin
Rose ....Sheila Reid
Arthur ....James Garbutt
the Speaker ....David McAlister
George ....Danny Schiller
Polly Bannister ....Ruth Gemmell

Other parts played by Ken Cumberlidge , Ian Targett , David Goudge , John Bull, David King , Christopher Scott, Charles Simpson , Brian Miller and Paul Downing.

Written by Christopher Lee

Producer Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1989.


FRI 06:30 Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home (b007jsnz)
Episode 3

Kindly detective, Inspector Purbright probes the discovery of another body, found head down in a wishing well.

One of Colin Watson's Flaxborough Chronicles dramatised by Christopher Denys in 6 parts.

Stars John Rowe as Inspector Purbright, Paul Downing as Love, Russell Dixon as Booker, Ann Rye as Lucilla Teatime, Geoffrey Banks as Mortimer Hive, Kathryn Hunt as Helen and Robin Polley as Palgrove.

Producer: Tony Cliff

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1992.


FRI 07:00 The Wilsons Save the World (m000360d)
Series 2

Protest

The Wilsons family enjoy nothing more than a good protest march, joining with other like minds and sticking it to ‘the man’.

Today is one they are particularly looking forward to and each of them has a different agenda. Cat has a special provocative costume and issue to highlight; Lola has a complex banner but a simple hope that all voices will unify; Max wants the family to stick together and have a great day out and Mike, well he will persist wearing that excruciating jester hat with bells on. Some tensions seemingly dealt with they are then in the thick of a march in Central London and find unity more difficult than ever to achieve.

Mike…Marcus Brigstocke
Max…Kerry Godliman
Cat..Mia Jenkins
Lola…India Brown
Jennifer...Vicki Pepperdine
Phillip…Rupert Vansittart
Various roles...Kiell Smith-Bynoe

Writers...Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan

Producer...Julia McKenzie

A BBC Studios production


FRI 07:30 Michael Frayn's Magic Mobile (m000j2rl)
Episode 1

Michael Frayn’s comic universe at the touch of a button. Directed by long-time Frayn-collaborator Martin Jarvis. A glittering cast includes David Suchet, Susannah Fielding, Joanna Lumley, Alfred Molina, Adam Godley, Jared Harris, Martin Jarvis and Roger Allam.

"The electronic device so simple even an adult can use it." Half-an-hour of brand new monologues and dialogues, brought to you by the makers of Matchbox Theatre and Pocket Playhouse.

Ever imagined God being interviewed on Desert Island Discs? Or worrying about his image? How does the pharmaceutical industry name its newest drugs? Could shopping for teabags become a political decision? Might Shakespeare be considered an adequate co-writer?

It's all here, and more, in Michael Frayn’s magical entertainment system. No passwords needed to enter.

CAST:
David Suchet, Susannah Fielding, Joanna Lumley, Alfred Molina, Jared Harris, Adam Godley, Martin Jarvis, Roger Allam, Nigel Anthony, Anna-Louise Plowman, Moira Quirk, Matthew Wolf

Writer: Michael Frayn
Producer: Rosalind Ayres
Director: Martin Jarvis
A Jarvis & Ayres production for BBC Radio 4


FRI 08:00 Dad's Army (b007jmyj)
Series 2

Boots, Boots, Boots

The Home Guard platoon take action when Captain Mainwaring becomes obsessed with their feet.

CAST:

Captain Mainwaring …. Arthur Lowe
Sergeant Wilson …. John Le Mesurier
Corporal Jones …. Clive Dunn
Private Frazer …. John Laurie
Private Pike …. Ian Lavender
Private Godfrey …. Arnold Ridley
Mr Sedgewick …. Eris Chitty

Adapted for radio from Jimmy Perry and David Croft's TV scripts by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles.

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1975.


FRI 08:30 Semi Circles (b007jtv2)
Series 2

A Liberal Education

Ben would like to swap his daughter for a Porsche. Or is private education the answer?

The improving story of life and improving times in an improving neighbourhood.

Starring Paula Wilcox as Helen and David Wood as Ben

Written by Simon Brett

Helen ...... Paula Wilcox
Ben ...... David Wood
Mrs Kelly ...... Pay Heywood
Alastair ...... Tony Millan

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1982


FRI 09:00 The Food Quiz (b0076gyp)
Series 1

Episode 1

Jay Rayner puts well-known gastronomes through their culinary paces.

On the menu:

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Anissa Helou
Matthew Fort
Clarissa Dickson Wright

Producer: Rebecca Wells

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2003.


FRI 09:30 To the Manor Born (b007jm7w)
Plenty More Fish

With their love-lives in a tangle, Audrey falls out with Marjory.

CAST:

Audrey fforbes-Hamilton …. Penelope Keith
Richard DeVere …. Keith Barron
Marjory Frobisher …. Angela Thorne
Brabinger …. Nicholas McArdle
Mrs Polouvicka …. Margery Withers
Ned …. Frank Middlemass

The tale of lady of the manor Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, forced to sell her beloved Grantleigh Estate when her husband's death leaves her financially strapped. With butler Brabinger in tow, they've decamped to the tiny Old Lodge cottage.

From this vantage point, Audrey keeps a close and disapproving eye on the estate's new owner, the nouveau-riche Richard DeVere, a wholesale foods magnate of Czech descent.

First piloted on radio and then hijacked by TV before it ever appeared, and finally arriving home in 1997.

Written for radio by Peter Spence.

Producer: Jane Berthoud

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in March 1997.


FRI 10:00 The Great Scott (b048jcg0)
Series 2

Ivanhoe

The second season of adaptations of some of Sir Walter Scott's most popular novels with David Tennant as Walter Scott.

Scott Cherry adapts Ivanhoe.

Set in 1194 after the failure of the third Crusade, King Richard I is said to be in captivity in Austria after having been taken on his way back to England. In his absence, his brother John is plotting to take over the throne.

Wilfred of Ivanhoe, son of Cedric and one of the few remaining Saxon Lords, joined Richard in the Crusade but has been disinherited by his father for showing allegiance to a Norman. Ivanhoe is rumoured to have come to the rescue of his King in his hour of need but has since disappeared. Is he alive? Rowenna - the woman he loves - anxiously waits for news.

Adapted by Scott Cherry

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000pt49)
Trees & Forests: Podcasts for National Tree Week

Verity Sharp and Moy McGowan recommend their favourite tree podcasts.
And Adam Shaw talks about his podcast, Woodland Walks.
Recommended listening which links science and the sacred, the practical and the magical properties of trees.

Featured Podcasts:

Forest 404
Branch Out
Tree's A Crowd
Emergence Magazine Podcast
Woodland Walks
Farmerama
The Urban Forestry Radio Show & Podcast
Go Wild
BatChat
Living Beeing
Botanical Mind
Tree Lady Talks

This programme was first broadcast in November 2020, on the eve of the UK's National Tree Week.


FRI 12:00 Dad's Army (b007jmyj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Semi Circles (b007jtv2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 The House (m000yv70)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home (b007jsnz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (b08r34m1)
10. Resolution

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746. One rainy evening, a charming and handsome young stranger, fresh off the boat from England, pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition. He has an order for a thousand pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash. But can he be trusted?

This is New York in its infancy, a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in love, and find a world of trouble.

Francis Spufford says of his book, "Golden Hill is just a novel. More specifically, it's an eighteenth century novel. It's set in the winter of 1746, in what was then the very small British colonial town of New York; but it's also written like a novel from the eighteenth century. So the story of the charming but unreliable-seeming young Mr Smith, who turns up from London with a document in his pocket that may be a fraud or may be worth a fortune, is as hectically stuffed with event as it would have been if Fielding or Smollett had written it.

"Eighteenth-century readers expected to get their money's worth, and Golden Hill contains (among other things) a mystery, a political intrigue, a love story, a ball, a duel, a high-stakes card game, a trial, a dash of horror, a play-within-a-play, some surprisingly graphic sex and a rooftop chase. As a slow writer, I enjoyed working on something that runs fast. It was intricate fun devising and winding up the book's clockwork. But I hope it's also a story that feels alive, and makes the past feel alive too, while Mr Smith runs for his life, and the snow falls on Manhattan Island."

Written by Francis Spufford

Read by Jamie Parker

Abridged by Isobel Creed and Jill Waters

Producer: Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in May 2017.


FRI 14:15 Jane Austen (b085b9t1)
Northanger Abbey

Episode 5

Catherine finds herself the recipient of a most pleasing invitation and a most displeasing engagement.

Jane Austen's satire pokes fun at the popular sensationalist fiction of the day.

Catherine ..... Georgia Groome
John ..... Stephen Wight
Isabella ..... Ainsley Howard
Mrs Allen ..... Tracey Wiles
Mr Allen ..... Kim Wall
Henry ..... Luke Thompson
Eleanor ..... Natasha Cowley
General Tilney ..... John Dougall
Frederick Tilney ..... Nick Murchie
Mrs Thorpe ..... Karen Bartke
The Book ..... Miriam Margolyes

Dramatised by Hattie Naylor.

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2016.


FRI 14:30 Trollope (b03qf7r5)
This is the story of Anthony Trollope, an (apparently) utterly English and conservative writer, whose life cuts against what Barchester readers might expect of him. This was a man raised by high born parents who had lost their money. He was bullied in his teens and joined the Post Office - taking work in Ireland to escape professional and financial difficulties.

Trollope fell in love with the Irish and the English literati even accused him of 'going native', yet he became one of England's best loved novelists. He wrote over 50 books, insisted that he only wrote for money, and penned many of them on trains en route to inspect rural post offices. What kind of a man was he? And why does his work still resonate so strongly for readers across the English-speaking world. Is it, as WH Auden said, because he's one of the only English novelists to truly understand money and work?

Presented by the poet Michael Symmons Roberts

The Voice of Trollope: Hamilton Berstock

Producer: Faith Lawrence

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2014.


FRI 15:00 The Great Scott (b048jcg0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 The Food Quiz (b0076gyp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 To the Manor Born (b007jm7w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 The Wilsons Save the World (m000360d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Michael Frayn's Magic Mobile (m000j2rl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 William Gibson - Pattern Recognition (b007k21k)
5. Moscow

'Coolhunter' Cayce travels to Moscow for an emotional encounter with the maker of "the footage" - the mysteriously compelling online film haunting web-surfers around the world.

But why is Cayce's boss at the ad agency so interested in it?

William Gibson's fast-moving thriller concluded by Lorelei King.

Abridged by Ron Roberts.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in February 2007.


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b00wlgjc)
I Don't Know

"I don't know" - three little words so hard to say nowadays. Doubt and uncertainty are out, confident assertions are in. Opinions, even received ones, are the order of the day. The temptation is always to bluff our way with some kind of response, however little we know about the subject in hand.

Phil Hammond is a doctor and Kathy Sykes is a science professor. John Harris is a journalist whose job is to express opinions. Are they able simply to admit: "I don't know"? Dominic Arkwright presides over new writing and straight-to-the-point discussion.

Producer: Beth O'Dea.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2010.


FRI 19:00 Dad's Army (b007jmyj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Semi Circles (b007jtv2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 The House (m000yv70)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home (b007jsnz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000pt49)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 Michael Frayn's Magic Mobile (m000j2rl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 The Hudson and Pepperdine Show (b00762ck)
Series 2

Episode 4

Mel and Vicki encounter a computer flight simulator with more to offer than flying lessons, while Mel confesses to being a bit too recreational with her pharmaceuticals.

Plus more from the Gory Nuns, the Dirty Sloanes and the Goatee Beard Men's Group.

Variety meets sitcom meets sketch show - written and performed by Mel Hudson and Vicki Pepperdine.

With Martin Hyder and Jim North and Peter Serafinowicz.

Additional material by Martin Hyder and Jim North.

Script editor: Graeme Garden

Music by Richard Webb.

Producers: Helen Williams and Claire Jones.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2001.


FRI 23:00 Lewis Macleod Is Not Himself (b04kbl8h)
Episode 4

The impression and sketch show that looks behind the scenes at the life and work of star impressionist Lewis Macleod

Lewis has performed on 4 Extra's Newsjack, plus Postman Pat, The Phantom Menace and Dead Ringers.

With Kate O'Sullivan, Duncan Wisbey and Julian Dutton.

Producer: Lyndsay Fenner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2014.


FRI 23:30 Think the Unthinkable (b00cqh5b)
Series 2

Nambitrea

The consultants attempt to advise an African finance minister - and Ryan is assigned to carry a package.

James Cary’s award-winning sitcom about management consultants.

Ryan ...... Marcus Brigstocke
Sophie ...... Emma Kennedy
Daisy ...... Catherine Shepherd
Owen ...... David Mitchell
Danish man/Thai Officer ...... Justin Edwards
Cabbie/Swiss man/Englishman/Cleaner ...... Felix Dexter
Woman/Swiss lady/Airline ladies ...... Olivia Colman

Music by John Whitehall.

Producer: Adam Bromley.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2002.




LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)

2000 Years of Radio 23:00 TUE (b007jnj7)

4 Extra Celebrates Dora Bryan 09:00 SAT (b03szf7d)

4 Extra Celebrates Dora Bryan 19:00 SAT (b03szf7d)

A Bit of Fry and Laurie 14:00 SAT (b0485v71)

A Bit of Fry and Laurie 02:00 SUN (b0485v71)

A Bit of Fry and Laurie 23:30 SUN (b048vwqx)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b01nb1s3)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b01nb1s3)

A Gothic Cathedral 02:30 SAT (b0075cdg)

Absolute Power 15:30 SAT (b018jp4b)

Absolute Power 03:30 SUN (b018jp4b)

Absolute Power 23:30 THU (b018tsh9)

Act Your Age 09:00 MON (b010dqgb)

Act Your Age 16:00 MON (b010dqgb)

Act Your Age 04:00 TUE (b010dqgb)

Agatha Raisin 01:30 SAT (b011l9l8)

Agatha Raisin 06:30 MON (b011ppfg)

Agatha Raisin 13:30 MON (b011ppfg)

Agatha Raisin 20:30 MON (b011ppfg)

Agatha Raisin 01:30 TUE (b011ppfg)

Agatha Raisin 06:30 TUE (b011pv6k)

Agatha Raisin 13:30 TUE (b011pv6k)

Agatha Raisin 20:30 TUE (b011pv6k)

Agatha Raisin 01:30 WED (b011pv6k)

Andy Hamilton Sort of Remembers 07:00 TUE (b09czrbs)

Andy Hamilton Sort of Remembers 17:00 TUE (b09czrbs)

Andy Hamilton Sort of Remembers 05:00 WED (b09czrbs)

Archive on 4 13:00 SAT (b08vwk1l)

Archive on 4 01:00 SUN (b08vwk1l)

Archive on 4 11:00 TUE (b09drhhm)

Archive on 4 21:00 TUE (b09drhhm)

Armstrong and Miller 23:30 SAT (b00t3vjx)

Beachcomber... By the Way 09:30 MON (b008kkz1)

Beachcomber... By the Way 16:30 MON (b008kkz1)

Beachcomber... By the Way 04:30 TUE (b008kkz1)

Casa Negra: The Real Casablanca 14:30 WED (b04g83zy)

Casa Negra: The Real Casablanca 02:30 THU (b04g83zy)

Chain Reaction 22:30 SAT (b055gcbk)

Charlotte and Lillian 22:45 SUN (m0009qwd)

Dad's Army 08:00 FRI (b007jmyj)

Dad's Army 12:00 FRI (b007jmyj)

Dad's Army 19:00 FRI (b007jmyj)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (m000ys7y)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (m000ys7y)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (m000ys7y)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (m000ys7y)

Doctor at Large 08:30 SUN (b00939rq)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 09:30 THU (b00906d7)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 16:30 THU (b00906d7)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 04:30 FRI (b00906d7)

Dr John Cooper Clarke at the BBC 22:30 WED (b080w7lv)

Eric Pringle - The Last Piano Player 18:00 SUN (b0075x8c)

Eric Pringle - The Last Piano Player 00:00 MON (b0075x8c)

Farewell to the Horse by Ulrich Raulff (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b08swrsw)

Farewell to the Horse by Ulrich Raulff (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b08swrsw)

GB Shaw - Androcles and the Lion 16:00 SUN (b039ljct)

GB Shaw - Androcles and the Lion 20:00 SUN (b039ljct)

GB Shaw - Androcles and the Lion 04:00 MON (b039ljct)

Get Carter: The Bloody Chamber 18:45 SUN (b0bksmgm)

Get Carter: The Bloody Chamber 00:45 MON (b0bksmgm)

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (b08r7p2s)

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford 02:00 SAT (b08q7l8n)

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford 14:00 MON (b08r1r5c)

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford 02:00 TUE (b08r1r5c)

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford 14:00 TUE (b08r1vlx)

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford 02:00 WED (b08r1vlx)

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford 14:00 WED (b08r1x62)

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford 02:00 THU (b08r1x62)

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford 14:00 THU (b08r1xfg)

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford 02:00 FRI (b08r1xfg)

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford 14:00 FRI (b08r34m1)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (b08lh6r3)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (b08lh6r3)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (b08lh6r3)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b08mb1g4)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b08mb1g4)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b0186wj0)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b0186wj0)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b0186wj0)

In Godzilla's Footsteps 15:30 SUN (b01y1gxj)

In Godzilla's Footsteps 03:30 MON (b01y1gxj)

Inheritance Tracks 07:10 SUN (b09c0rrc)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 SUN (b09c0rrc)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SUN (b09jvks9)

Inheritance Tracks 19:50 SUN (b09c0rrc)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 MON (b09jvks9)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (m000ysdy)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (m000ysdy)

Innes Own World 23:30 WED (b0170r0p)

Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home 06:30 WED (b007jsmq)

Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home 13:30 WED (b007jsmq)

Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home 20:30 WED (b007jsmq)

Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home 01:30 THU (b007jsmq)

Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home 06:30 THU (b007jsnp)

Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home 13:30 THU (b007jsnp)

Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home 20:30 THU (b007jsnp)

Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home 01:30 FRI (b007jsnp)

Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home 06:30 FRI (b007jsnz)

Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home 13:30 FRI (b007jsnz)

Inspector Purbright - Charity Ends at Home 20:30 FRI (b007jsnz)

It's Not What You Know 04:00 SAT (b0383z2q)

Ivor Cutler - A Wet Handle 23:15 TUE (b00cgss2)

Jane Austen 14:15 MON (b08575fp)

Jane Austen 02:15 TUE (b08575fp)

Jane Austen 14:15 TUE (b08584jr)

Jane Austen 02:15 WED (b08584jr)

Jane Austen 14:15 WED (b0858kz2)

Jane Austen 02:15 THU (b0858kz2)

Jane Austen 14:15 THU (b0858w47)

Jane Austen 02:15 FRI (b0858w47)

Jane Austen 14:15 FRI (b085b9t1)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 14:30 SAT (b09k8fsn)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 02:30 SUN (b09k8fsn)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 12:30 SUN (b09l21yy)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 17:30 SUN (b09l21yy)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 22:00 SUN (b09l21yy)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 05:30 MON (b09l21yy)

Josh Howie's Losing It 23:00 SUN (b07sz52p)

Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian 22:30 SUN (m000g45f)

King Street Junior Revisited 08:30 THU (b00lc98v)

King Street Junior Revisited 12:30 THU (b00lc98v)

King Street Junior Revisited 19:30 THU (b00lc98v)

Lewis Macleod Is Not Himself 23:00 FRI (b04kbl8h)

Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better 23:30 TUE (b00d75nw)

Michael Frayn's Magic Mobile 07:30 FRI (m000j2rl)

Michael Frayn's Magic Mobile 17:30 FRI (m000j2rl)

Michael Frayn's Magic Mobile 22:00 FRI (m000j2rl)

Multi Story Shorts 10:45 SUN (m000z1mr)

Multi Story Shorts 21:45 SUN (m000z1mr)

Multi Story Shorts 11:45 THU (m000z1mr)

Multi Story Shorts 21:45 THU (m000z1mr)

No Commitments 08:30 WED (b00shr9h)

No Commitments 12:30 WED (b00shr9h)

No Commitments 19:30 WED (b00shr9h)

Not in Front of the Children 09:00 SUN (b08dcg11)

Off the Page 00:30 SAT (b00wdjrn)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b00wlgjc)

Oscar Wilde 06:00 SAT (b007jr48)

Oscar Wilde 16:00 SAT (b007jr48)

Oscar Wilde 04:00 SUN (b007jr48)

Party's Over 23:00 MON (m000ync2)

Party's Over 09:00 TUE (m000ync2)

Paul Sinha's General Knowledge 07:30 WED (m000ylfx)

Paul Sinha's General Knowledge 17:30 WED (m000ylfx)

Paul Sinha's General Knowledge 22:00 WED (m000ylfx)

Paul Sinha's General Knowledge 05:30 THU (m000ylfx)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m000pt49)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m000pt49)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (m000ys82)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m000ys82)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m000ys82)

Poets' Tree 15:15 SAT (b00shngl)

Poets' Tree 03:15 SUN (b00shngl)

Poets' Tree 22:45 THU (b00slxyx)

Political Animals 22:30 THU (b03ktz1b)

Promenade Rock by Christopher Denys (Omnibus) 07:20 SUN (b0bhfnpx)

Promenade Rock by Christopher Denys 02:15 SAT (b0076ddm)

Radio 9 23:00 WED (b04gnvtq)

Recorded for Training Purposes 23:30 MON (b00h37x9)

Revolting People 22:30 TUE (b008kmv2)

Ross Noble Goes Global 22:00 SAT (b007jvrg)

Rum Bunch 07:00 THU (b08nqkrp)

Rum Bunch 17:00 THU (b08nqkrp)

Rum Bunch 05:00 FRI (b08nqkrp)

Sara Pascoe: The Modern Monkey 23:00 SAT (b09v3fdy)

Semi Circles 08:30 FRI (b007jtv2)

Semi Circles 12:30 FRI (b007jtv2)

Semi Circles 19:30 FRI (b007jtv2)

Short Cuts 18:30 WED (m000bx20)

Short Cuts 00:30 THU (m000bx20)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 07:30 TUE (m000ykqw)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 17:30 TUE (m000ykqw)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 22:00 TUE (m000ykqw)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 05:30 WED (m000ykqw)

Smelling of Roses 08:30 SAT (b007k22c)

Smelling of Roses 09:30 WED (b00qh0ls)

Smelling of Roses 16:30 WED (b00qh0ls)

Smelling of Roses 04:30 THU (b00qh0ls)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b01mk23j)

Soul Music 00:30 WED (b01mk23j)

Stand-Up Specials 05:30 SAT (m000yl9x)

Stand-Up Specials 07:30 THU (m000rbpz)

Stand-Up Specials 17:30 THU (m000rbpz)

Stand-Up Specials 22:00 THU (m000rbpz)

Stand-Up Specials 05:30 FRI (m000rbpz)

Stephen Wyatt - Piglaw 03:00 SAT (b007jvly)

Steptoe and Son 08:00 MON (b007jnfd)

Steptoe and Son 12:00 MON (b007jnfd)

Steptoe and Son 19:00 MON (b007jnfd)

Steve Penk's Radio Nightmares 11:00 WED (m000hn28)

Steve Penk's Radio Nightmares 21:00 WED (m000hn28)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m000ysdw)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m000ysdw)

The Brothers 09:30 TUE (b00p2z5w)

The Brothers 16:30 TUE (b00p2z5w)

The Brothers 04:30 WED (b00p2z5w)

The Fair Intellectual Club 07:00 WED (b084d9zy)

The Fair Intellectual Club 17:00 WED (b084d9zy)

The Fair Intellectual Club 05:00 THU (b084d9zy)

The First Private Eye 14:30 THU (b00768yq)

The First Private Eye 02:30 FRI (b00768yq)

The Food Quiz 09:00 FRI (b0076gyp)

The Food Quiz 16:00 FRI (b0076gyp)

The Goon Show 12:00 SAT (b007jz4z)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b00k7xd2)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b00k7xd2)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b00k7xd2)

The Great Scott 10:00 MON (b01rv39j)

The Great Scott 15:00 MON (b01rv39j)

The Great Scott 03:00 TUE (b01rv39j)

The Great Scott 10:00 TUE (b01s0329)

The Great Scott 15:00 TUE (b01s0329)

The Great Scott 03:00 WED (b01s0329)

The Great Scott 10:00 WED (b01s39z8)

The Great Scott 15:00 WED (b01s39z8)

The Great Scott 03:00 THU (b01s39z8)

The Great Scott 10:00 THU (b047wb66)

The Great Scott 15:00 THU (b047wb66)

The Great Scott 03:00 FRI (b047wb66)

The Great Scott 10:00 FRI (b048jcg0)

The Great Scott 15:00 FRI (b048jcg0)

The House 01:00 SAT (m000ymz0)

The House 06:00 MON (m000ysds)

The House 13:00 MON (m000ysds)

The House 20:00 MON (m000ysds)

The House 01:00 TUE (m000ysds)

The House 06:00 TUE (m000ysxx)

The House 13:00 TUE (m000ysxx)

The House 20:00 TUE (m000ysxx)

The House 01:00 WED (m000ysxx)

The House 06:00 WED (m000yt8g)

The House 13:00 WED (m000yt8g)

The House 20:00 WED (m000yt8g)

The House 01:00 THU (m000yt8g)

The House 06:00 THU (m000ytx8)

The House 13:00 THU (m000ytx8)

The House 20:00 THU (m000ytx8)

The House 01:00 FRI (m000ytx8)

The House 06:00 FRI (m000yv70)

The House 13:00 FRI (m000yv70)

The House 20:00 FRI (m000yv70)

The Hudson and Pepperdine Show 22:30 FRI (b00762ck)

The Moth Radio Hour 11:00 SUN (m000ys80)

The Moth Radio Hour 19:00 SUN (m000ys80)

The Museum of Everything 23:00 THU (b007k0zt)

The Navy Lark 08:00 THU (b007jncb)

The Navy Lark 12:00 THU (b007jncb)

The Navy Lark 19:00 THU (b007jncb)

The Pick Up (Omnibus) 14:20 SUN (b08vgb9z)

The Pick Up (Omnibus) 02:20 MON (b08vgb9z)

The Pin 15:00 SAT (b07b3snr)

The Pin 23:45 SAT (b07v2ncp)

The Pin 03:00 SUN (b07b3snr)

The Problem With Adam Bloom 22:45 WED (b00gl4t1)

The Rest is History 16:00 TUE (b07858bs)

The Rest is History 04:00 WED (b07858bs)

The Unbelievable Truth 07:30 MON (m000ykp3)

The Unbelievable Truth 17:30 MON (m000ykp3)

The Unbelievable Truth 22:00 MON (m000ykp3)

The Unbelievable Truth 05:30 TUE (m000ykp3)

The Wilsons Save the World 05:00 SAT (m0002zrd)

The Wilsons Save the World 09:30 SUN (m0002zrd)

The Wilsons Save the World 07:00 FRI (m000360d)

The Wilsons Save the World 17:00 FRI (m000360d)

The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere 12:30 SAT (b00bx21n)

The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere 08:30 MON (b007jshm)

The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere 12:30 MON (b007jshm)

The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere 19:30 MON (b007jshm)

Think the Unthinkable 23:30 FRI (b00cqh5b)

Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler 07:00 MON (b05qgm0y)

Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler 17:00 MON (b05qgm0y)

Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler 05:00 TUE (b05qgm0y)

To Paris With Parsnips 14:30 MON (b01l02j7)

To Paris With Parsnips 02:30 TUE (b01l02j7)

To the Manor Born 04:30 SAT (b007jm4q)

To the Manor Born 09:30 FRI (b007jm7w)

To the Manor Born 16:30 FRI (b007jm7w)

Trollope 14:30 FRI (b03qf7r5)

Wally K Daly 00:00 SAT (b007jv1s)

We've Been Here Before 09:00 THU (b007r3dd)

We've Been Here Before 16:00 THU (b007r3dd)

We've Been Here Before 04:00 FRI (b007r3dd)

Whispers 08:00 SAT (b007k2kr)

Whispers 09:00 WED (b00bzrmj)

Whispers 16:00 WED (b00bzrmj)

Whispers 04:00 THU (b00bzrmj)

Will Smith's Midlife Crisis Management 22:30 MON (b00g0536)

William Gibson - Pattern Recognition 18:00 MON (b007k1wb)

William Gibson - Pattern Recognition 00:00 TUE (b007k1wb)

William Gibson - Pattern Recognition 18:00 TUE (b007k1xp)

William Gibson - Pattern Recognition 00:00 WED (b007k1xp)

William Gibson - Pattern Recognition 18:00 WED (b007k1yz)

William Gibson - Pattern Recognition 00:00 THU (b007k1yz)

William Gibson - Pattern Recognition 18:00 THU (b007k208)

William Gibson - Pattern Recognition 00:00 FRI (b007k208)

William Gibson - Pattern Recognition 18:00 FRI (b007k21k)

Winston 08:30 TUE (b007jn9c)

Winston 12:30 TUE (b007jn9c)

Winston 19:30 TUE (b007jn9c)

Yevgeny Zamyatin - We 18:00 SAT (b0076l2s)

Yevgeny Zamyatin - We 00:00 SUN (b0076l2s)

You Must Take the A Train 14:30 TUE (b01k2f7s)

You Must Take the A Train 02:30 WED (b01k2f7s)