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SATURDAY 04 SEPTEMBER 2021

SAT 00:00 Robert Easby - Oneira (b007k29f)
5. Mind the Gap

Battling to complete her epic surreal quest, Oneira literally ends up talking to herself - and finds her other self very rude...

Written by Robert Easby.

Oneira ...... Lyndsey Marshal
Nicholai ...... Peter Marinker
Pete ...... Joseph Kloska
Elias ...... Gerard McDermott
Courier ...... Saikat Ahamed

Producer: Liz Webb

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in February 2007.


SAT 00:30 Off the Page (b011plrx)
Terrible Food

What's the worst thing that could be served to you for lunch? Fox lasagne? Tripe? Raw seal blubber?

Dominic Arkwright and his three guests chew over the subject of awful cuisine.

Jonathan McGowan explains how liver turns his stomach, but doesn't think anything of eating dead rats - as long as they're rats from the countryside.

Johann Hari reveals how for many years he's had a culinary addiction that now makes him shudder.

And Stephanie Calman shares some absolute no-nos for dinner parties.

Producer Beatrice Fenton

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2011.


SAT 01:00 Charles Paris: So Much Blood (m000cctj)
3. First Lunch

Charles is continuing his investigations into the death of Willy Mariello.

Now he turns his attention to James Milne, owner of the house where the other university actors are staying...

Francis Matthews stars as thespian sleuth, Charles Paris.

Simon Brett's thriller serial adapted from his own book.

Charles Paris ...... Francis Matthews
Pam Northcliffe ...... Sara Corper
Martin Warburton ...... Michael Maloney
Anna Duncan ...... Kim Thomson
Lesley Petter ...... Lesley Manville
James Milne ...... Alan McNaughtan

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1985.


SAT 01:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jvpx)
Lord Edgware Dies

Episode 5

Ross has had to abandon a telephone conversation with Hercule Poirot to answer the doorbell.

When he doesn't return, the panic-stricken Belgian sleuth and Captain Hastings hurry round to his apartment.

Will the murderer finally be unmasked?

Conclusion of Agatha Christie's whodunit starring John Moffatt.

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Hercule Poirot ...... John Moffatt
Captain Hastings ...... Simon Williams
Inspector Japp ...... Norman Jones
Jane Wilkinson ...... Nicola Pagett
Jenny ...... Adjoa Andoh
Bryan Martin ...... Brett Usher
Ellis ...... Paula Jacobs

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1992.


SAT 02:00 Keeping On Keeping On by Alan Bennett (b080xp2f)
2014

Looking back to 2014 - Alan reflects on his dramatic experiences with pigs, boa constrictors and steaming – or not so steaming – manure.

More unique observations, recollections and reminiscences as Alan Bennett reads his final extract from the third collection of his diaries.

Covering the years 2005 to 2014, it proved to be a packed decade.

Abridged and produced by Gordon House.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2016.


SAT 02:15 Delphine de Vigan - Based on a True Story (b09w2tjb)
5. Ghost

Despite L's disappearance Delphine discovers her former friend still has a grip on her life.

Concluding Delphine de Vigan’s psychological thriller about an obsessive female friendship.

Delphine …… Janie Dee
'L' …… Tara Fitzgerald
Francois …… Philip Bretherton
Medic …… Amber Aga
Karine …… Georgie Glen
Librarian …… Kerry Gooderson

Adapted by Claudine Toutoungi

Director: Gemma Jenkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2018.


SAT 02:30 Heaven and Earth: Le Ly Hayslip (b04h85ql)
Vietnamese writer Le Ly Hayslip reflects on her life and work shedding new light on her country's experience of the war.

Much of what we know about Vietnam is via the prism of western, primarily American, culture.

Two autobiographies written by the Vietnamese-American author offer an important insight into the war and its aftermath from a Vietnamese perspective.

Her first memoir in 1989, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace, was followed in 1993 by Child of War, Woman of Peace.

Le Ly gives us unique access into her home in Vietnam to share her remarkable story of suffering, survival and her mission to heal the wounds between America and her homeland.

Le Ly was tortured in a South Vietnamese government prison for "revolutionary sympathies", raped by the VC, and fled to Saigon before fleeing to America. There she married unhappily, prospered, and returned to her village in Vietnam 13 years later. She has since set up the East Meets West foundation to reconcile Americans and Vietnamese, and the Global Village Foundation providing development assistance to rural Vietnam.

Director Oliver Stone shares his thoughts. He was so moved by Le Ly's story he made a film about her – 1993's Heaven and Earth. Says Stone:
'That she has been through so much and can talk honestly the way she does is the key to her book and the understanding of it and that's why I wanted to make the film – to understand someone who had suffered even more than I had. And I can learn from her.'

Producer: Eve Streeter

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in September 2014.


SAT 03:00 John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge (b007jrwj)
1. Yvette Guilbert

Singer Yvette Guilbert is drawn to a brand new venue in the capital city of France.

Starring Julie Covington.

When the Moulin Rouge cabaret opened in Montmartre, Paris in 1889, Toulouse-Lautrec was commissioned to paint a series of posters. A performer's career was made if they secured an appearance.

John Peacock brings Toulouse Lautrec's poster characters to life, in four plays about these entertainers, whose lives were as vivid as Lautrec's paint.

Yvette Guilbert ...... Julie Covington
Zidler ...... Norman Jones
Albine Guilbert ...... Pauline Letts
Oller ...... Carlos Douglas
Louise Weber ...... Frances Barber
Maxine ...... Valerie Sarruf
Jean Lorrain ...... John Moffatt
Leon Forneau ...... Simon Treves
Gabrielle ....... Sue Broomfield
Driver ....... Michael Graham Cox
Marie ....... Alice Arnold
Lamplighter ....... John Bull

Music by Stephen Warbeck.

Director: Jane Morgan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1989.


SAT 04:00 The Food Quiz (b0076mlq)
Series 2

Episode 1

Journalist and food critic Jay Rayner gives his four contestants a good grilling on their knowledge of food and drink.

On the menu:

* Devour the secret of Stephen Fry's home-made mayonnaise

* The song that keeps Josceline Dimbleby happy while cooking

* The store cupboard staple of food writer Elisabeth Luard

* The best way to catch an eel, according to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Producer: Dixi Stewart

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2004.


SAT 04:30 Ballylenon (b00grysk)
Series 3

Episode 2

A distinguished relative's arrival rings the alarm for Vera McConkey.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1955, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Phonsie Doherty ...... T McKenna ..
Vera McConkey ...... Stella McCusker
Muriel McConkey ...... Margaret D'Arcy
Vivienne Boal ...... Aine McCartney
Stumpy Bonnar ...... Gerard McSorley
Guard Gallagher ...... John Hewitt
Parky McGoldrick ...... Charlie Bonnar
Sister Gabriel ...... Marcella Riordan
Josie Doherty ...... Cathy White

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1996.


SAT 05:00 It's Jocelyn (b08fgw6f)
Series 2

Dumped

Jocelyn talks about a break-up, a flirty dentist crosses the line and a street magician shows off his skills to the public.

The return of more sketches and stand-up from the wonderful mind of Jocelyn Jee Esien.

With Paul Whitehouse as a cockney funeral director,.

Plus the vocal talents of:

Ninia Benjamin
Curtis Walker
Dee Kaate
Gavi Chera
Karen Bartke

Producer: Suzy Grant

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in February 2017.


SAT 05:30 Michael Frayn's Magic Mobile (m000jf72)
Episode 3

Just sit back and enjoy Michael Frayn’s magical entertainment, directed by Martin Jarvis. Technical guidance from a star cast, including Susannah Fielding, Joanna Lumley, David Suchet, Rosalind Ayres, Adam Godley, Alfred Molina, George Blagden and Lisa Dillon.

Does your computer ever talk back at you? Or your sat-nav? What happens to the huge sums you pay to your gas company? Your chance to join a new How-to-Write course. Or to hear some commercial Brainwaves. Are you confused about cold calling? Any feelings about Quantum Entanglement?

Frayn reveals all. No keys or buttons to press.

Cast:
Joanna Lumley, Susannah Fielding, David Suchet, Adam Godley, Alfred Molina, George Blagden, Lisa Dillon, Anna-Louise Plowman, Moira Quirk, Rosalind Ayres, Nigel Anthony, Darren Richardson, Matthew Wolf

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


SAT 06:00 Mike Walker - Different States (m000zcvq)
Peter Hemming was in Indonesia on an aid programme. Or so his father thought.

But why was his body found on East Timor? And why won't the authorities fly him home?

Michael Hemming goes on a mission to find out the truth about his son's death.

Starring Norman Jones.

Mike Walker's Sony award-winning political thriller.

Graham Hemming .... Norman Jones
Pat Hemming .... Auriol Smith
Peter Hemming .... David Bannerman
Jost Van Rijn .... Michael Kilgarriff
Nalla .... Mia Soteriou
Lee .... Kerry Shale
Yasap .... Ian Lindsay
Tiam .... Nigel Carrington
Han Halid .... John Moffatt
Jean-Pierre .... Paul Downing

With:

Stephen Garlick
Fraser Kerr
Kim Teoh

Music by Mia Soteriou.

Director: Jeremy Mortimer.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1990.


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b08nq5x7)
Series 42

Peaches Golding on Shirley Chisholm

American-born Peaches Golding OBE - Bristol's former Lord Lieutenant and first black female High Sheriff - nominates African American politician Shirley Chisholm who ran unsuccessfully for US President in 1972.

Fellow guest Dr Kate Dossett, Professor of American History at Leeds University, describes Chisholm’s contribution to the cause of African Americans and to feminism.

Presented by Matthew Parris.

Producer: Maggie Ayre

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2017.


SAT 08:00 Whispers (b00c3nw7)
Series 2

Episode 4

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

Valerie Grove and Geoffrey Durham 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 Snap (b012llxz)
Series 3

Episode 2

Trying to rebuild their relationship after divorcing, Molly and Doug try changing their least appealing traits.

But life isn't that simple...

Paul Mendelson’s sitcom about life for a couple after they've split.

Molly ....... Rebecca Lacey
Doug ....... Paul Venables
Kaz ....... Soumaya Keynes
Ryan ....... Jessie Sullivan
Annie ....... Marlene Sidaway
Dawn ....... Robin Weaver
Raymond ...... Jonathan Tafler
Ansel ...... Richard Firth

Producer: David Ian Neville

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2005.


SAT 09:00 Sherlock Holmes (b00cm07d)
The Game's Afoot: Sherlock Holmes Special

Hear the evidence gathered clue by clue - as Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, Nick Utechin investigates how the Baker Street sleuth has been portrayed on radio across the decades.

Stretching from the Forties to the Noughties, this 3 hour showcase of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle great detective features some rare recordings of Holmes and Watson in action:

* The Adventure of the Speckled Band (17/05/1945)
Why did Helen Stoner's twin sister die in mysterious circumstances on the eve of her wedding? Stars Cedric Hardwicke as Sherlock Holmes and Finlay Curry as Dr Watson.

* The Red-Headed League (19/10/1954);
The strange case of an ad seeking only red-haired men… Stars Ralph Richardson as Holmes and John Gielgud as Watson.

* The Boscombe Valley Mystery (12/12/1966)
The sleuth probes a murder in Herefordshire, but the crime's roots are down under. Stars Carleton Hobbs as Holmes and Norman Shelley as Watson.

* The Return of Sherlock Holmes: The Solitary Cyclist (17/03/1993)
The sleuth investigates who's following music teacher Violet Smith. Stars Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams as Watson.

* The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Abergavenny Murder (18/05/2004)
When a man dies in his Baker Street apartment, the detective is bound to investigate. Stars Clive Merrison as Holmes and Andrew Sachs as Watson.

Plus: Nick talks to writer and dramatist Bert Coules.

Producer: Sarah Wade

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in July 2008.


SAT 12:00 We've Been Here Before (b00ft41b)
Series 2

Episode 1

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

Return of the topical historical satirical panel show setting out to prove that there's nothing new under, or in, The Sun.

Gyles Brandreth and Arthur Smith battle it out against John O'Farrell and Arabella Weir.

Producer: Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2004.


SAT 12:30 It's Jocelyn (b08fgw6f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 05:00 today]


SAT 13:00 Pieces of Britney (p09mw4vt)
1. Quiet Plans

International superstar Britney Spears: the stories so far. Pandora Sykes pieces together what we know about Britney’s journey, and its place in pop culture history.

In this eight-part series for BBC Radio 4, Pandora traces Britney’s incredible life: from her hardscrabble childhood in rural Louisiana, to her coronation as the inaugural pop princess of the internet, navigating an insatiable celebrity gossip complex; through to a young mother on trial by the paparazzi.

Britney is a pop culture phenomenon. Pandora looks behind that mask - and beyond Britney herself - to explore how Britney became the most Googled person in the world, for almost seven years, and what it says, both then and now, about the entertainment industry, politics, sex and how we see women in the public eye.

Britney’s public struggles saw her placed in a conservatorship, in which she lost the right to control her finances and day to day life. Thirteen years later, and she is in court, pleading for this controversial legal arrangement to end. We will look at how Britney has been transformed from girl-next-door teen sensation to a mute symbol of a supposedly rotten system.

Pieces of Britney mixes documentary, archive and interviews to tell Britney’s remarkable story. It also features drama, written by playwright Katie Hims, to bring Britney and her extraordinary world to life.

Pieces of Britney will be a sympathetic portrayal of Britney, during a time of cultural reappraisal about how we treat women - famous, or otherwise. These are some of the stories that have been told about her - but The Narrative is hers to finish.

Episode 1 Cast:

Britney . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Lynne . . . . . Laurel Lefkow
Jamie . . . . . Elliot Cowan
Sam . . . . . Paul Chahidi
Adnan . . . . . Adam El Hagar

Sound design by Peter Ringrose
Produced by Sasha Yevtushenko and Anne Isger
A BBC Audio production for BBC Radio 4


SAT 13:45 Cirque du Soleil (m000z6k3)
The global circus phenomenon Cirque du Soleil was born in 1984.

It began when a group of street performers in Quebec bought a big top tent and went on tour.

Lucy Burns speaks to Cirque du Soleil co-founder Gilles Ste-Croix, who walked 56 miles on stilts to raise money for the show.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 2019.


SAT 14:00 Elvenquest (b017mwrv)
Series 4

Queen Eleanor

The noble Questers set off once again to find the Sword of Asnagar, the only thing that can rid Lower Earth from the tyranny of the evil Lord Darkness.

Their search brings them to the kingdom of Premenstrua, where they defeat a band of trolls that have been terrorising the land. As a reward for their heroism, they are offered the Sword of Asnagar by its grateful ruler, Queen Eleanor. But before it's placed in their hands, they must first get her a birthday present...

Meanwhile, Kreech tries to convince Lord Darkness that what he needs to help him maintain eternal dominion over Lower Earth is a personal assistant.

Fantasy-based sitcom set in Lower Earth written by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto

Vidar - Darren Boyd
Queen Eleanor - Louise Delamere
Dean/Kreech - Kevin Eldon
Amis - Dave Lamb
Sam - Stephen Mangan
Lord Darkness - Alistair McGowan
Penthiselea - Ingrid Oliver

Producer: Sam Michell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2013.


SAT 14:30 Radio Active (b007k1zs)
Series 5

Wimbledon

Anyone for tennis? Radio Active's exclusive 'live' coverage from Court 19.

Starring:

Helen Atkinson-Wood
Angus Deayton
Geoffrey Perkins
Philip Pope
Michael Fenton-Stevens

Music by Philip Pope and Angus Deayton.

Written by Angus Deayton, Geoffrey Perkins with John Cantor, Moray Hunter, John Docherty and Jeremy Pascall.

Producer: Jamie Rix

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1985.


SAT 15:00 Alice's Wunderland (b069vvg6)
Series 3

Episode 1

The peculiar narrator takes a trip through time with Lady Bowie to Ye Olde Wunderlande, the middle-ages Poundland of magical realms.

A sketch show written and performed by Alice Lowe.

With Marcia Warren as the narrator.

Also starring:

Richard Glover
Simon Greenall
Rachel Stubbings
Clare Thompson

Producer: Lyndsay Fenner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2015.


SAT 15:30 Absolute Power (b019dqxr)
Series 4

Episode 4

The spin doctor firm is offered the chance to cross the pond and help with the presidential campaign.

Charles can't resist the challenge of spinning in the land of the dirty trick, but Martin decides to stay at home.

Could this be the end of a beautiful friendship?

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
Alex …. Beth Chalmers

Music by Matthew Scott.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2004.


SAT 16:00 Mike Walker - Different States (m000zcvq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b08nq5x7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 The Prisoner (m0001h0q)
Series 1

2. Departure and Arrival - Part 2/2

Number 6 continues to explore The Village, trying to establish who runs it and hoping to find some way out.

The original 17 episode TV series of The Prisoner created intrigue and controversy in equal measure when it first aired in the UK in 1967. In a taut psychological spy thriller the main character, dehumanised as ‘Number 6’, has committed no crime, save for having resigned from some unspecified branch of the British Secret Service. His prison is a heavily guarded coastal village.

Under constant surveillance, Number 6 can trust no-one and relentlessly works to establish who his captors are, a seemingly impossible task when the most senior figure he encounters – Number 2 – changes frequently...

CAST:

Agent ZM73/Number 6 …. Mark Elstob
Number 2 …. John Standing
Number 9 …. Sara Powell
The Village Voice …. Helen Goldwyn
Zero Six Two …. Sarah Mowat
Control …. Jim Barclay
Barnaby Edwards …. Barnaby Edwards

Music by Jamie Robertson.
Script Editor: Jamie Anderson

Written and directed by Nicholas Briggs.

A Big Finish Production - based on the classic ITV series.


SAT 18:40 Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker (b0bf49hl)
A young man sets out on a journey where the elements - and something elemental - are against him.

Bram Stoker’s high-gothic tale, set in the Austrian Alps.

Read by Bertie Carvel.

Abridged and produced by: Justine Willett.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in April 2012.


SAT 19:00 Sherlock Holmes (b00cm07d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Ross Noble Goes Global (b007jvt7)
Series 1

Ireland

Travelling from rainy Sligo to busy Dublin, the comedian performs for the locals and learns to play the penny whistle - badly.

Producer: Danny Wallace

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2002.


SAT 22:30 Elvenquest (b01qm4pp)
Series 4

The Magnificent Five

Whilst waiting for news on the whereabouts of the Sword of Asnagar, the Questers stop a pub brawl and in doing so attract the attention of some villagers from the small village of Mexigaroth who are being terrorised by an evil bandit, who goes by the name of "El Maldado".

Never ones to stand by when a wrong can be righted, the Questers promise to help the villagers defeat El Maldado and his hordes.

Meanwhile, Lord Darkness has to make a presentation for an assembly of the Dark Lords. Pretty routine stuff, surely...?

Starring:
Darren Boyd as Vidar
Kevin Eldon as Dean/Kreech
Dave Lamb as Amis
Stephen Mangan as Sam
Alistair McGowan as Lord Darkness
Ingrid Oliver as Penthiselea
and
Chris Pavlo as Hilario

Written by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto.

Producer: Sam Michell.


SAT 23:00 The Lawrence Sweeney Mix (b00klk4r)
Series 1

Episode 3

Understanding phones – and what women never do...or do they?

Josie Lawrence and Jim Sweeney make it up as they go along!

Faced with a live studio audience and a couple of microphones - the masters of improve create sketches from shouted out suggestions.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2007.


SAT 23:30 Daphne Sounds Expensive (b07k0dfn)
Series 1

Malaysia

The gang heads off to Malaysia to find Phil's legendary criminal uncle, Pak Belang.

Critically-acclaimed sketch trio, Daphne, pull out all the stops in a dazzling array of peculiar characters, whacky scenarios, dodgy remarks, curious observations, minor altercations and major peacemaking - served on a bed of catchy little numbers with a live nine-piece band.

Written by and starring: Jason Forbes, Phil Wang & George Fouracres

Featuring Sir Willard White, Emma Sidi and David Elms.

Original music composed by Jeff Carpenter

Musical Director: Freddie Tapner

Piano: Freddie Tapner
Drums: Ben Hartley
Bass: Rob Grist
Percussion: Ben Burton
Trumpet: Michael Maddocks
Tenor Sax: Greg Sterland
Trombone: Elliot Pooley
Violin: Hannah Bell
Cello: Nick Squires

Production Coordinator. Hayley Sterling
Producer: Matt Stronge

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



SUNDAY 05 SEPTEMBER 2021

SUN 00:00 The Prisoner (m0001h0q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:40 Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker (b0bf49hl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:40 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Pieces of Britney (p09mw4vt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:45 Cirque du Soleil (m000z6k3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:45 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 Elvenquest (b017mwrv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:30 Radio Active (b007k1zs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Alice's Wunderland (b069vvg6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 Absolute Power (b019dqxr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Mike Walker - Different States (m000zcvq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b08nq5x7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Keeping On Keeping On (Omnibus) (b0824q69)
2. 2010 - 2014

Following on from Alan Bennett's bestselling, award-winning prose collections 'Writing Home' and 'Untold Stories', 'Keeping On Keeping On' is the third anthology to feature his unique observations, recollections and reminiscences.

In these entries, covering the years 2005 to 2014, Bennett looks back on a packed decade that included writing four highly-acclaimed plays – 'The Habit of Art', ‘People’, ‘Hymn’ and ‘Cocktail Sticks’, all of which premiered at the National Theatre – as well as the screenplays for the hit films of ‘The History Boys’ and ‘’The Lady in the Van’.

In addition, he reflects on his 25 years of friendship and collaboration with director Nicholas Hytner, life with his partner Rupert Thomas and, radical views notwithstanding, his status as ‘kindly, cosy and essentially harmless’ – a view which these diaries do their best to disprove.

Alan continues from 2010, from having ice cream poured down the back of his raincoat to dramatic experiences with pigs, boa constrictors and steaming – or not so steaming – manure.

Omnibus of Parts 6 to 10.

Abridged and produced by Gordon House.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October/November 2016.


SUN 07:10 Inheritance Tracks (m000rn0c)
Mark Watson

Comedian Mark Watson, chooses The Logical Song by Supertramp and In The New Year by The Walkmen.


SUN 07:20 Delphine de Vigan - Based on a True Story (Omnibus) (b09wtz8l)
A psychological thriller about an obsessive female friendship. Delphine is suffering from crippling writer's block when she meets L.

Delphine's writer's block is a result of the double-edged response to her last book. As her crisis progresses, Delphine encounters the enigmatic L at a party. L is intimately familiar with Delphine's work; an admirer who quickly insinuates herself into Delphine's life. Delphine realises that L's insistent desire to get her working again may not be as benevolent as it appears.

The idea threading through the plot and feeding the final revelations is who has the power - or the right - to tell someone else's story.

Delphine.................Janie Dee
L................................Tara Fitzgerald
Francois..................Philip Bretherton
Angry Man.............Ryan Whittle
Agent (Karine)......Georgie Glen
Claire.......................Lauren Cornelius
Voicemail................Kerry Gooderson
Medic.......................Amber Aga

Written by Delphine de Vigan

Adapted by Claudine Toutoungi

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2018.


SUN 08:30 Doctor at Large (b009hq0t)
The Doctor's Dilemma

Seasick ship's doctor Simon Sparrow attempts emergency surgery using cutlery and brandy...

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

CAST:

Simon Sparrow …. Richard Briers
Sir Lancelot Spratt …. Geoffrey Sumner
Jock Hornby …. Ray Cooney
Easter …. Peter Jones
Wendy Swithenbank …. Norma Ronald

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1969.


SUN 09:00 Not in Front of the Children (b08gjzsv)
Series 2

A Yap in the Night

A spate of break-ins in the neighbourhood sparks a security crackdown in the Corner household.

CAST:

Jennifer Corner …. Wendy Craig
Henry Corner …. Francis Matthews
Mary …. Charlotte Mitchell
Trudi …. Roberta Tovey
Amanda …. Jill Riddick
Robin …. Hugo Keith-Johnston
The Detective …. Frederick Treves
Mr Wilkinson …. David Tate
The Pet Shop Owner …. Benny Lee

The second series of comedy mishaps of the Corner family: Jennifer and Henry and their three children Trudi, Amanda and Robin. Not in Front of the Children originally ran for four series from 1967 to 1970 on BBC TV. 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. This was the first of several housewife roles that Wendy Craig was to play on television. Later series included And Mother Makes Three/Five and Butterflies.

Music by Ronnie Hazlehurst

Producer: Trafford Whitelock.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 1970.


SUN 09:30 John Shuttleworth's Lounge Music (b082wwlw)
Series 2

Episode 1

John Shuttleworth invites celebrated pop stars to his Sheffield home to perform one of their own songs and also, more importantly, one of his.

For starters, John welcomes Chris Difford from Squeeze - but not before he's ejected Ken from the front door with his unwanted request to show John and Chris his new windows.

Chris is soon invited to "show us what you can do" and plays his classic song Up the Junction. John is duly impressed - but the admiration starts to fade when John finds out that Chris once took 50p from his mum's purse to place an advert in a shop window. Can John condone theft and forgive Chris, or will Chris have to redeem himself with his rendition of John's song Fish and Chips?

Also, Tom Robinson gives advice on how to become a radio DJ following pop success in Top Tips on the Telephone.

Written and Performed by Graham Fellows.

Special guests:

Chris Difford
Tom Robinson.

A Chic Ken production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in November 2016.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000zd22)
Football

David Beckham

David Beckham is Kirsty Young's guest as Desert Island Discs celebrates its 75th Anniversary.

As a professional footballer he's the only Englishman to win the league titles in England, Spain, the US and France. He spent the bulk of his career as a midfielder for Manchester United, winning the Treble - Premiership, FA Cup and Champions League - in 1999, before moving to Real Madrid in 2003. He headed to the US to play for LA Galaxy in 2007, and ended his career at Paris Saint-Germain in 2013, retiring in May that year.

Born and raised in East London, the middle child of Ted and Sandra, David Beckham discovered football early and spent hours kicking a ball around at the local park with his father. At the age of seven, he played for his first team, Ridgeway Rovers, before coming to the attention of Manchester United while attending the Bobby Charlton Soccer School. He became a trainee with Manchester United in 1991, and progressed to make 265 first team appearances, winning the Premier League six times, the FA Cup twice and the UEFA Champions League once. He played for England from 1996 to 2009 and captained the side for six years.

He has been married to Victoria Adams - known as Posh from the Spice Girls - since 1999 and they have four children. Since retiring from professional football in 2013, David has spent more time on his work with UNICEF which he has supported since 2005.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2017.


SUN 10:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b010mwv4)
Series 2

Monsters

Fire breathing dragons are clearly something from legend, but what about a monster that lives in an ancient deep lake?

Sir David Attenborough reflects on a time when pre-eminent conservationist and naturalist Peter Scott was acquiring evidence to prove - or disprove - the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. No such giant creature has ever been found, but this is an intriguing tale of discovery.

David moves his story beyond the Scottish Highlands and into the Himalayas - where he reveals something very surprising.

Written and presented by David Attenborough

Producer: Julian Hector

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2011.


SUN 11:00 The Moth Radio Hour (m000zd25)
Phone Call, Flamenco, Surprise Party

True stories told live in the USA: Jenifer Hixson introduces tales of responding to unusual situations.

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 (m000rn0c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m000zd27)
News That Stays News

It was Ezra Pound who wrote: "Literature is news that stays news." What would the news sound like if poets had a go?

Ritula Shah presents the news with poets. She is joined by BBC correspondents Lyse Doucet, Allan Little and Norman Smith, and a lyrical line-up that includes Wendy Cope, Ian McMillan, Caleb Femi, Gillian Clarke and Maura Dooley.

Featured poems:

The Newspaper by George Crabbe

Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth

Still Life with Sea Pinks and High Tide by Maura Dooley
From: The Silvering
Publ: Bloodaxe Books

Sporty People by Wendy Cope

Smashed to a Pulp by Mohammod Ullah

The Day that Twitter went down by Brian Bilston
From: You Took the Last Bus Home
Publ: Unbound

Coping by Caleb Femi

The People's Shipping Forecast by Murray Lachlan Young

From the Republic of Conscience by Seamus Heaney
From: The Haw Lantern
Publ: Faber

Futility by Wilfred Owen

Letter by Hugh McMillan
From: The Other Creatures in the Wood
Publ: Mariscat

The Only News I Know by Emily Dickinson

And original poetry composed for this programme by Gillian Clarke and Ian McMillan.

Producer: Camellia Sinclair

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.


SUN 12:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b09qhbxh)
Series 7

Episode 5

John Finnemore presents another half hour of his award-winning sketch show, joined by his regular ensemble cast of Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan.

This week, we hear from several different animals, a couple of types of King, and witness a much-needed intervention. We also witness a majestic sunset and, well, since you ask him for some audience participation...

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme was described by The 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". Already the winner of a BBC Audio Drama Award and a Radio Academy Silver Award, John was named the 2016 Radio Broadcaster of the Year by the Broadcasting Press Guild for his work on Souvenir Programme.

Written by & starring ... John Finnemore

Production Coordinator ... Beverly Tagg
Producer ... Ed Morrish

A BBC Studios production.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.


SUN 13:00 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Omnibus) (b08y77hm)
Episode 2

Montag has quit his job as fireman, burning books for a living. He has a copy of the Bible, maybe the last one in existence, and he can't burn it.
He can't talk to his wife. His only hope is Faber, a retired English professor.

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper burns.

It's Guy Montag's job to know these things: he's a fireman and he has burned books all his life. He used to love his job, doing this service for the public, but he can't do it anymore. As his life unravels he begins to question all his beliefs.

Ray Bradbury's cult classic was first published in 1953 but it imagines a world very like 2017, in which sophisticated mass media are used to pacify and control people; love is a commodity; attention spans are short and police hunts are live entertainment.

Poetic, dazzling and shocking: Ray Bradbury's vision of the future has become terrifyingly familiar.

Omnibus of the last five of ten parts abridged by Sara Davies.

Concluded by Alex Jennings.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


SUN 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b09g3bwf)
Nitin Sawhney

Musician Nitin Sawhney chooses 'So What' by Miles Davis and 'Mustt Mustt' by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (the Massive Attack remix).


SUN 14:20 Curious Under the Stars (b0886vlz)
Series 2 (Omnibus)

The second series of Meic Povey’ comedy drama about a couple struggling to run a pub in mystical West Wales, full of magic and mayhem.

Gareth and Diane set off in a blizzard on a quest to stock up on crisps for The Druid's Rest. But when a beautiful white horse blocks the mountain road, their journey takes on a magical dimension.

CAST:

Gareth .... Elis James
Diane .... Amy Hoggart
Emlyn .... Ifan Huw Dafydd
Megan .... Aimee-Ffion Edwards

Director: James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2017.


SUN 15:30 Pump Up the Volume (b012wjcn)
The Foo Fighters did it for Chris Hoy in Beijing.

Elton John's Rocket man helped Andy Flintoff in the 2005 Ashes and Kenny Rogers' Gambler inspired the England 2007 Rugby world cup team.

John Wilson talks to athletes and coaches about the role pop music plays in their training. Technology has transformed the relationship between athletics and the role of music.

The advent of the MP3 player has enabled athletes and their coaches to build distinct playlists for specific areas of their training. When Victoria Pendleton is training for Gold, she listens to her Prodigy playlist with its 136 beats per minute a perfect tempo for her cycling.

John discovers why many people call music sport's "legal drug". In some research studies, it's been shown as increasing performance by 20 per cent while reducing an athlete's perception of effort by 10 per cent. Music blocks out fatigue-related symptoms such as the burning lungs, the beating heart and the lactic acid in the muscles enabling athletes to train harder and longer.

Coaches and athletes also talk about how even when you're training at the highest level, certain music tracks will enable you to carry on even up to the point of exhaustion.

Besides the science involved with the relationship between music and performance, we muse on what types of music deliver the best results.

Producer: James Cook

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2012.


SUN 16:00 Eric Pringle - Something Strange (m000zd2c)
An innocent flirtation turns into something more serious.

Stars Robert Glenister and Beth Chalmers.

Eric Pringle's gripping psychological thriller with a twist in the tale.

Michael .... Robert Glenister
Laura .... Beth Chalmers
Sgt Brass .... Geoffrey Whitehead
David .... Thomas Arnold
Annabel .... Helen Ayres
Mary .... Clare Corbett
Jacob .... Gordon Reid

Director: Tracey Neale

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2001.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m000zd27)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b09qhbxh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Rosemary Timperley - Shadows of the Past (b06cjr80)
“When I saw the outside of the house I knew it. And that staircase - I knew that. And the tree outside your window - that's an old friend.”

An amnesiac seeks answers in the house where he was traumatised as a child.

Written by Rosemary Timperley

Trader Faulkner ..... Colin
Kate Binchy ..... Anne
Francis de Wolff ..... Richard Harrow
Marjorie Westbury ..... Miss Craig
Ronald Herdman ..... Mr Lord
William Eedle ..... Mr Brown
Katherine Parr ..... Sister Norley

Producer: Betty Davies

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1972.


SUN 19:00 The Moth Radio Hour (m000zd25)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000rn0c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 20:00 Eric Pringle - Something Strange (m000zd2c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000zd22)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b010mwv4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b09qhbxh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Sisters (b08y007t)
Series 2

Road Trip

Susan and Fiona are grown up sisters who live together. But that's all they have in common. Sisters tackles the painfully funny world of the love/hate relationship you can never escape.

With her five time convicted criminal mother Annie on day release from prison, Fiona decides it's a good opportunity to rekindle the mother/daughter relationship she has missed for the past three years. After all, Annie is a reformed character.

Susan is more cynical about whether their mother is capable of changing, but joins in the expedition as long as Blake drives the van they have had to hire - largely because he is the only one capable of reaching the pedals.

Susan.......................................Susan Calman
Fiona........................................Ashley Jensen
Annie.......................................Siobhan Redmond
Blake........................................Nick Helm
Charity shop worker..........Gabby Best
Karaoke woman..................Gabby Best

Written by Susan Calman

Producer Paul Schlesinger

A Hat Trick production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in July 2017.


SUN 23:00 Josh Howie's Losing It (b07wc11v)
Series 1

The Plan

Josh and his wife Monique's big day finally arrives. Josh has the birth ball and all meditation music but typically, at the crucial moment, disaster strikes.

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 Jenny Bede, Carole Dance, Stella Duffy, Caroline Mabey, Debra Tammer and Wendy Wason.

Producer: Ashley Blaker

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


SUN 23:30 Life: An Idiot's Guide (b01q9771)
Series 2

Technology

Stephen K Amos is joined by fellow stand-ups - Marlon Davis, Jarlath Reagan and Lloyd Langford - to consider the pros and cons of living with technology.

Producer Colin Anderson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2013.



MONDAY 06 SEPTEMBER 2021

MON 00:00 Rosemary Timperley - Shadows of the Past (b06cjr80)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Omnibus) (b08y77hm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b09g3bwf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Sunday]


MON 02:20 Curious Under the Stars (b0886vlz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:20 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 Pump Up the Volume (b012wjcn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Eric Pringle - Something Strange (m000zd2c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m000zd27)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b09qhbxh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Charles Paris: So Much Blood (m000cc9v)
4. Legal Aid

Convinced Willy Mariello’s been murdered, Charles Paris enlists the help of his solicitor friend, Gerald Venables, in the investigation...

Francis Matthews stars as thespian sleuth, Charles Paris.

Six-part thriller serial adapted from his book by Simon Brett.

Charles Paris ...... Francis Matthews
Anna Duncan ...... Kim Thomson
James Milne ...... Alan McNaughtan
Gerald Venables ...... Jeremy Child
Jean Mariello ...... Frances Low

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1985.


MON 06:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zdd8)
Series 3

1. Company & The Cupboard

Fresh storytelling from first time writers and producers as part of BBC Introducing Arts supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

BBC Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones presents two thought-provoking short dramas from the next generation of dramatists.

Company by Lucy Walters. Meet Priya, the chirpy, nosy robot assistant who is far more complicated than she looks. A poignant, uplifting take on finding friendship in the unlikeliest of places.
Featuring the voices of Jenny Funnell, Esme Scarborough and Sarah Vevers
Director: Lucy Walters
Sound Designer: Andre Jacquemin
Executive Producer: Caroline Raphael

The Cupboard by Sophie Diver. It’s a difficult day. Iris is moving out, but where is she? With her family’s misguided attempts to help, she seeks solace in a rather unusual place. A tender story of loss and unlikely comforts.
Featuring the voices of Marc Danbury, Jessica Dennis and Barbara Flynn
Sound Design: Martyn Harries
Composer: Richard Dunn
Producers: Anna Campbell and Paul Dodgson
A Rural Media Production
New Creatives Dramas is presented by Rebecca Jones
Producer Paul Dodgson

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra


MON 07:00 John Shuttleworth's Lounge Music (b083m575)
Series 2

Episode 2

John Shuttleworth invites Clare Grogan from Altered Images to his Sheffield home to perform one of her songs and also, more importantly, one of his.

The timing of her visit couldn't be better as it's Doreen Melody's birthday and John is hoping that Clare will go along and sing Happy Birthday to Doreen - after all it's one of her biggest hits. But he's most disappointed when Clare starts singing the wrong tune!

Surprisingly, it's Ken Worthington who saves the day by offering to take Clare on a date, hoping that she'll become Ken's Girl rather than Gregory's!

John will have to console himself with top tips on the telephone from Nick Lowe, who he hopes will solve the problem of Dolby hiss.

Written and Performed by Graham Fellows.

Special guests Clare Grogan and Nick Lowe.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

A Chic Ken production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in November 2016.


MON 07:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m000z5wg)
Series 26

Episode 6

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.

Sally Phillips, Frankie Boyle, Lucy Porter and Neil Delamere are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as moths, football, singing and shopping.

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


MON 08:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jnqv)
Series 6

Live Now, Paye Later

The tax inspector catches up with Albert Steptoe and son Harold is not impressed.

Starring Wilfrid Brambell as Albert and Harry H Corbett as Harold.

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

Albert ...... Wilfrid Brambell
Harold ...... Harry H Corbett
Mr Greenwood ...... George A Cooper

With Michael Shannon and Peter Williams.

Following the conclusion of their hugely successful association with Tony Hancock, writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson wrote 10 pilots for the BBC TV's Comedy Playhouse in 1962. The Offer was set in a house with a yard full of junk, featuring the lives of rag and bone men Albert Steptoe and his son Harold and it was the spark for a run of 8 series for TV.

Produced by Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 in February 1976.


MON 08:30 The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere (b007jsq3)
Series 2

6th May 1800

Cholericke gets a surprise visitor while Dorothy tries to manage as the household descends into chaos...

An everyday story of towering genius in Sue Limb's six part soap opera, set in and around the Lake District at the turn of the 18th century.

CAST:

William Wordsmith …. Geoffrey Whitehead
Dorothy Wordsmith …. Denise Coffey
Samuel Tailor Cholericke …. Simon Callow
Stinking Iris …. Miriam Margolyes
Sara Cholericke …. Angela Pleasence
Thomas de Quinine …. Nickolas Grace

Music by Stephen Oliver and performed by Cantabile.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1987.


MON 09:00 It's Your Round (b00yz3t4)
Series 1

Episode 3

Angus Deayton hosts the comedy panel show with no format.

Arthur Smith, Lucy Montgomery, Tom Wrigglesworth and Will Smith battle it out to see who can beat each other at their own games.

Find out the hilarity that ensues when each of them play the games they've brought along. What will Arthur make of Tom's "Re-wound, Sped Up Played Backwards"? How will Twitter-fan Will Smith get on with Lucy's "Twitter-witter-witter-who" game? And how much would it take for Tom Wrigglesworth to change his name to Adolf Hitler when he plays Arthur Smith's round?

Angus Deayton valiantly tries to make sure everyone comes out of it with their reputations intact.

Writers: Angus Deayton, Ged Parsons and Paul Powell

Devised by Benjamin Partridge

Producer: Sam Michell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


MON 09:30 Lip Service (m000zddb)
Episode 3

Sketches and songs written and performed by Maggie Fox, Sue Ryding who are joined by a whole host of relatives.

This week Crime Busters search for the missing sugar, a couple splitting up get the fly on the wall treatment and wailing Cassandra predicts the future.

Starring Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding with Malcolm Raeburn, Denise Coffey and Andrew Dodge

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1992.


MON 10:00 John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge (b007jrz8)
2. The Boneless Wonder

Only a shadow on a poster - what is Valentin Renaudin in real life?

Starring Stephen Thorne.

When the Moulin Rouge cabaret opened in Montmartre, Paris in 1889, Toulouse-Lautrec was commissioned to paint a series of posters. A performer's career was made if they secured an appearance.

John Peacock brings Toulouse Lautrec's poster characters to life, in four plays about those entertainers whose lives were as vivid as Lautrec's paint.

Valentin Renaudin ...... Stephen Thorne
Celine Renaudin ...... Margaretta Scott
Louise Weber ...... Frances Barber
La Mome Fromage ...... Sylvestra Le Touzel
Alice Goujon ...... Anna Cropper
Zidler ...... Norman Jones
Monsieur Goujon ...... Michael Graham Cox
Theo Renaudin ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Georges Tabards ...... David Goudge
Joseph Oller ...... Carlos Douglas
Adele ...... Sue Broomfield
Gerard ...... John Bull
Michel Renaudin ...... Brian Miller
Annie ...... Jo Kendall
Shop Assistant ...... Marcia King
Nini ...... Alice Arnold

Music by Stephen Warbeck.
Director: Jane Morgan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1989.


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m000zddd)
Series 8

Processing The Pandemic

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

Manoush Zomorodi explores a difficult time for the United States, from Covid-19 to racism – are there better times ahead?

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


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000zddg)
Anita Rani

TV presenter Anita Rani chooses 'Kiya Hai Pyar’ by Jagjit and Chitra Singh and ‘Incredible’ by M-Beat and General Levy.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as part of Saturday Live in July 2021


MON 12:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jnqv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere (b007jsq3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Charles Paris: So Much Blood (m000cc9v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zdd8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 The 9/11 Letters (b014555x)
1. Caryl Phillips

Five internationally acclaimed writers consider the impact of the momentous events of September 11th 2001. Ten years on, these authors use imaginative letters to reflect on the consequences for Britain, America and the world.

The first letter is from novelist and essayist Caryl Phillips, who was born in St Kitts, grew up in Leeds and is now Professor of English at Yale University. In his letter, Phillips imagines that his young nephew might have to answer a history exam question about how the crisis of September 11th, 2001 determined American foreign and domestic policy. He gives an eye-witness account of the day and those following, reflecting how the events changed him, and his identity as a Resident Alien, someone who can live and work in the United States, but is not an American citizen.

Producer: Julian May.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.


MON 14:15 Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe (m000zddk)
1. Dai Fargo

Sir Harry Secombe reads his own tale about the goings-on in a remote Welsh mining village.

These are the adventures of Dai Fargo who drives the only bus connecting sleepy Panteg to Swansea. The dilapidated vehicle may need constant mechanical intervention, but it’s the locals’ lifeline.

Sir Harry’s satirical novel reflects his association with The Goon Show’s Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Michael Bentine and Eric Sykes.

First published in 1981, it's abridged in ten-parts by Elizabeth Proud.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1982.


MON 14:30 Spitting In Russian (b00pg5pn)
In the 1980s and early 1990s, at the height of its success, Spitting Image was commanding audiences from around the world. The Russians decided that they would like to have their own version of the satirical show, and a mysterious fax landed on the desk of its co-creator, Roger Law. 'The Russians are coming!' he announced to his team, and after much confusion a team arrived from Moscow to learn the magic art of making political puppets.

But how did all this go down in the dying days of the Soviet Union? At the time, Roget Law went over to Moscow to help set up the show, and he can remember vodka with breakfast and not very much else. Did they actually manage to make a Russian version of Spitting Image? It is time for Roger to go back and find out what happened to the TV producers and to their satirical ambitions.

Roger Law digs out the paperwork from 20 years ago and heads off to Moscow again on a mission to track them down. Armed only with a handful of faxes, letters, and a puppet of Mikhail Gorbachev for company, Roger heads to the bitter cold of a Moscow winter, and discovers more than he bargained for.

A story of intrigue, betrayal, international espionage and rubber puppets.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2010


MON 15:00 John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge (b007jrz8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 It's Your Round (b00yz3t4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 Lip Service (m000zddb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 John Shuttleworth's Lounge Music (b083m575)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m000z5wg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Voices From the Grave (b007jwn9)
50 Berkeley Square

The most haunted house in Victorian London is set to give up its dark secret. A hundred years back in time, Molly discovers that passion never dies.

CAST:

Molly …. Sophie Roberts
Robert …. Harry Myers
Angel …. John Cummins

‘Voices from the Grave’ is a series of four chilling and intimate dramas, inspired by existing ghost stories from around Britain. The writers make these stories more than simply scary - they are studies of humanity, love, rage and despair, of passion, longing and pain.

Writer Dylan Ritson has a long and successful career in theatre, film and radio. His radio work includes ‘The Dream-Workings’, ‘Brain-Sayings of James Tilly Matthews’ and ‘The Hunting of the Snark’.

Producer: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in 2007.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b01nq1c4)
Neil Pearson and Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones

Actor Neil Pearson and Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, the self-described "Black Farmer", talk about the books they love.

Neil Pearson's choice is Coming Up For Air, a little-known novel by George Orwell about an ordinary man who yearns to recapture his childhood. But can we ever go back?

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones introduces the others to The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, the autobiography of a man who was born into slavery. Does it matter if important first-person testimony is true in every detail?

And presenter Harriett Gilbert's choice is Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, a European classic about an American man living in Paris who's struggling with his sexuality.

Producer: Beth O'Dea

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.


MON 19:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jnqv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere (b007jsq3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Charles Paris: So Much Blood (m000cc9v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zdd8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m000zddd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000zddg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 The Unbelievable Truth (m000z5wg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Will Smith's Midlife Crisis Management (b00gd5hv)
Episode 4

Comedy series in which comic Will Smith seeks help and advice - primarily from his godfather Peter - on coping with the onset of middle age.

Will enlists the help of explorer Rebecca to try to become more adventurous, but has trouble venturing out of his front door because of his strange neighbour.

With Roger Allam, Rebecca Front and Paul Rider.

Written by Will Smith and Roger Drew.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2009.


MON 23:00 The News Quiz (m000z7b7)
Series 106

Episode 1

Andy Zaltzman is joined by Ian Smith, Rachel Fairburn, Helen Lewis and Hugo Rifkind to discuss the week's news.

This week they look at the death of Geronimo the alpaca, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, new ideas to counteract climate change and the excess of pigs.

Script is written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material by Alice Fraser, Madeleine Brettingham, Tasha Dhanraj and Chirag Upadhyay.

Produced by Sam Michell for BBC Studios


MON 23:30 Where Did It All Go Wrong? (b0076qhy)
Series 2

The True Confessions of Sherlock Holmes II

Sherlock Holmes wants the limelight again and chases after a German Count. Written and performed by Simon Munnery. From 2005.


MON 23:45 The Damien Slash Mixtape (b08tcx1g)
Series 1

Episode 1

Multi-character YouTube star Damien Slash in this fast-paced, one-man sketch comedy show. From the surreal to the satirical, from the zeitgeist to the absurd, Damien serves up a range of high octane characters, all from his own voice. Adverts, actors, hipsters, trolls - no aspect of modern life is left un-skewered.

Written by and starring Damien Slash (aka Daniel Barker)

Additional material by Robin Morgan

Produced by Sam Bryant

A BBC Studios production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2017.



TUESDAY 07 SEPTEMBER 2021

TUE 00:00 Voices From the Grave (b007jwn9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b01nq1c4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Charles Paris: So Much Blood (m000cc9v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zdd8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 The 9/11 Letters (b014555x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe (m000zddk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 Spitting In Russian (b00pg5pn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge (b007jrz8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 It's Your Round (b00yz3t4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 Lip Service (m000zddb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 John Shuttleworth's Lounge Music (b083m575)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m000z5wg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Charles Paris: So Much Blood (m000ccwc)
5. Last Lunch

Charles suspects Anna Duncan of murdering Willy Mariello, but her fellow-student Martin Warburton is still behaving strangely...

Francis Matthews stars as thespian sleuth, Charles Paris.

Six-part thriller serial adapted from his book by Simon Brett.

Charles Paris ...... Francis Matthews
Anna Duncan ...... Kim Thomson
James Milne ...... Alan McNaughtan
Frances ...... Jennifer Hilary
Brian Cassells ...... Hugh Laurie
Martin Warburton ...... Michael Maloney
Stella Galpin-Lord ...... Sheila Mitchell
Guide ...... Fraser Kerr

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1985.


TUE 06:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zcpt)
Series 3

2. Consumer Luxuries & Apocalypse Meow

Fresh storytelling from first time writers and producers as part of BBC Introducing Arts supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

BBC Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones presents two thought-provoking short dramas from the next generation of dramatists.

Consumer Luxuries by Alice Wilson. Pip makes daydreams for other people, and she hates it. Overworked and underpaid, she starts trying to improve her life, but she immediately comes under threat from her manager, and faces an ultimatum.
Featuring the voices of Sophie Cottle, Marc Danbury, Saskia Portway and Lucy Tuck.
Music and Sound Design: Andy Jenks
Producers: Anna Campbell and Paul Dodgson
A Rural Media Production

Humanity has been extinct for the last 3000 years. The Earth is now ruled by Animals.
After waking up from a deep slumber, a man named Alex is greeted by a mysterious figure named Doc, who tells him he is the first human to be brought back from the dead, and they need him to advance their technology to the next level. But Alex is not the expert they thought he would be. Now faced with dangerous enemies that want him dead, Alex must escape for his life before the inhabitants of this dystopian new world get their hands on him in this comical sci-fi adventure.

Graeme Hawley is best known for Coronation Street (2016), Peaky Blinders (2013) and England Is Mine (2017).
Bradley was born in 1992 in Oldham, Manchester, England. He is an Animator and Voice Actor who works at ABF Pictures.

A Tyneside Cinema/Naked Productions collaboration for New Creatives.

New Creatives Dramas is presented by Rebecca Jones

Producer Paul Dodgson

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


TUE 07:00 The Tim Vine Chat Show (b0952qq9)
Series 2

Torquay

Tim Vine has been travelling the length and breadth of this fair land to not only uncover the best stories of the Great British public but also to take every possible opportunity to tell a ridiculous joke and sing a preposterous song along the way.

Tim visits Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay, where the seaside crowd sing a song about a box and a local laughter yoga teacher leads an impromptu workshop.

Producer: Richard Morris

A BBC Studios Production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2017.


TUE 07:30 The Birthday Cake Game (m000z5jj)
Series 1

Episode 1

A brand new comedic quiz hosted by Richard Osman that poses one simple question - do you know how old people are? Part quiz show, part panel show, and sometimes part chat show - The Birthday Cake Game is always play-along and full of entertaining guesses, with some surprising take home facts.

The trio joining Richard this week, battling to prove they're the best at working out ages and to take home the coveted birthday cake, are Jayne Sharp, Ed Gamble and Beattie Edmondson. Tune in to find out who comes out on top and see if you can beat the players and score higher at home.

Production Manager: Ellie Threlfall
Production Executive: Gemma Whitford
Producer: Tamara Gilder

A Remarkable production for BBC Radio 4


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b007k0fk)
The Last Smoking Seagoon

Ned is quitting nicotine, but Grytpype-Thynne has other ideas. End of the regular series. With Spike Milligan. From January 1960.


TUE 08:30 Winston (b007jnby)
Winston in Love

A Dangerous Critter

Everybody except William has fallen in love: Nancy with Roland from the Ministry of Whatsisname, Father with a ghastly old crone, Rosie with a handsome young 'blokie' - and Winston with a disgusting woman from the fish shop...

Peter Tinniswood's bawdy comedy serial stars Bill Wallis as Winston, Maurice Denham as Father, Shirley Dixon as Nancy, Liz Goulding as Rosie and Christian Rodska as William.

Director: Shaun MacLoughlin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio in January 1991.


TUE 09:00 The News Quiz (m000z7b7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Nineteen Ninety-Eight (b01blmhz)
Episode 1

Can Edward keep his girlfriend and avoid explosions? Orwellian sitcom with David Threlfall and Hugh Laurie. From March 1987.


TUE 10:00 John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge (b007js1q)
3. La Goulue

Dancer Louise's nickname of La Goulue is singularly appropriate - she's a glutton for food and life...

Starring Frances Barber.

When the Moulin Rouge cabaret opened in Montmartre, Paris in 1889, Toulouse-Lautrec was commissioned to paint a series of posters. A performer's career was made if they secured an appearance.

John Peacock brings Toulouse Lautrec's poster characters to life, in the first of four plays about those entertainers, whose lives were as vivid as Lautrec's paint.

Louise Weber ...... Frances Barber
La Mome Fromage ...... Sylvestra Le Touzel
Zidler ...... Norman Jones
Annie ...... Jo Kendall
Joseph Oller ...... Carlos Douglas
Henri Lassin ...... Michael Graham Cox
Mme Gillottes ...... Margaret Courtenay
Gerard ...... John Bull
Mme Grille ...... Marcia King
Tremolada ...... Donald Gee
Jeanne Faes ...... Maria Miles
Jacques ...... Joe Dunlop
Guy Benoits ...... Michael Kilgarriff
Nini ...... Alice Arnold

Music by Stephen Warbeck.
Director: Jane Morgan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1989.


TUE 11:00 Pieces of Britney (p09mw5hn)
2. A Star is Born

Pandora Sykes tells the story of Britney's hardscrabble childhood and stint as a Disney child star.

In this eight-part series for BBC Radio 4, Pandora traces Britney’s incredible life: from her hardscrabble childhood in rural Louisiana, to her coronation as the inaugural pop princess of the internet, navigating an insatiable celebrity gossip complex; through to a young mother on trial by the paparazzi.

Britney is a pop culture phenomenon. Pandora looks behind that mask - and beyond Britney herself - to explore how Britney became the most Googled person in the world, for almost 7 years, and what it says, both then and now, about the entertainment industry, politics, sex and how we see women in the public eye.

Britney’s public struggles saw her placed in a conservatorship, in which she lost the right to control her finances and day to day life. Thirteen years later, and she is in court, pleading for this controversial legal arrangement to end. We will look at how Britney has been transformed from girl-next-door teen sensation to pop music’s Rapunzel, trapped in a supposedly rotten system.

Pieces of Britney mixes documentary, archive and interviews to tell Britney’s remarkable story. It also features drama, written by playwright Katie Hims, to bring Britney and her extraordinary world to life.

Pieces of Britney is a sympathetic portrayal of Britney, during a time of cultural reappraisal about how we treat women - famous, or otherwise.

Episode 2 Cast:

Britney . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Lynne . . . . . Laurel Lefkow
Jamie . . . . . Elliot Cowan
Young Britney . . . . . Maddie Evans
Young Christina . . . . . Tillie Murray
Young Justin . . . . . Aaron Gelkoff
Bryan . . . . . Joseph Ayre
Other parts were played by Julianna Jennings, Paul Chahidi and Adam El Hagar

Sound design by Peter Ringrose
Produced by Anne Isger and Sasha Yevtushenko
A BBC Audio Production


TUE 11:40 Sounds of the City (m000zcq0)
An audio snapshot of the city of Washington DC, captured in and around the moment of Barack Obama's inauguration for a second term as President of the United States.

From the roaring crowds of a Saturday night basketball game recorded amidst the spectators, the peace of Rock Creek Park, to the haunting melodies of street saxophonist Tim Turner, the atmosphere of the US capital is captured as the moment of inauguration approaches. Gathered by Marika Partridge of Washington's "Hear Now" audio collective, the portrait of the city that emerges from their months of recording is vibrant, idiosyncratic and aurally involving...

Featuring music by blues harmonica player Phil Wiggins, one man band David "Moe" Nelson, Christylez Bacon, guitar and beatbox and Tim Turner, alto saxophone.

Producer: Simon Elmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in March 2013,


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b007k0fk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Winston (b007jnby)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Charles Paris: So Much Blood (m000ccwc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zcpt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 The 9/11 Letters (b0145x79)
2. Naomi Alderman

Five internationally acclaimed writers consider the impact of the momentous events of September 11th, 2001. Ten years on, these authors use imaginative letters to reflect on the consequences for Britain, America and the world.

Today's letter is from Naomi Alderman who was working for a Manhattan law firm in an office overlooking the World Trade Centre when the planes struck the twin towers. Her experience that day led her to give up her career and become a writer. But the character she imagines in her letter reflects an even more profound change.

Producer: Julian May

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.


TUE 14:15 Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe (m000zcq3)
2. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

The ‘Tafia’ is formed and Dai incurs the wrath of the chapel preacher.

Harry Secombe wrote two books; ‘Twice Brightly’ in 1974 and the one serialised here, ‘Welsh Fargo’, in 1981.

It’s set in Panteg and tells the adventures of Dai Fargo, who drives the only bus that connects the remote mining village to Swansea. The dilapidated vehicle may need constant mechanical intervention, but it’s the Panteg residents’ lifeline. The satirical novel reflects Harry’s association with Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Michael Bentine and Eric Sykes.

Elizabeth Proud’s ten-part adaptation is read by Harry himself.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1982.


TUE 14:30 The Mysterious Mr. Mercury (m000zcq6)
Freddie Mercury was a hugely charismatic and dynamic performer who cultivated a flamboyant stage personality, and yet in private he was extremely shy and retiring, and gave very few interviews. To mark the 20th anniversary of his death, Midge Ure goes in search of the real Freddie Mercury.

"Queen's" unique brand of stadium rock appealed to audiences across the globe. The band were the first to play in South American stadiums in the 1980s, they stole the show at Live Aid in 1985 and three hundred thousand fans flocked to see Freddie Mercury's final live performance at Knebworth Park in 1986.

Mercury's sexual ambiguity was a particular source of intrigue. In 1969 he began a long-term relationship with Mary Austin. Throughout his life he referred to her as his 'common law wife' and his 'only friend'. Yet the wedding ring Mercury was wearing on his death bed was given to him by his male partner, Jim Hutton.

In the years following his triumph at Live Aid, Freddie Mercury was rarely seen in the public eye. His health became a subject of speculation, even though his colleagues and friends continually denied there was anything wrong with him. Finally, on the day before he died, Freddie made a public statement confirming that he was HIV positive and he had AIDS.

With Freddie's ex-girlfriend Mary Austin, Queen guitarist Brian May, music producers Mike Moran and Reinhold Mack, Queen roadie Peter Hince, and Freddie's personal assistant Peter Freestone.

Producer: Melissa FitzGerald

A Blakeway production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast on 12th November 2011.


TUE 15:00 John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge (b007js1q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The 3rd Degree (b08r1n6w)
Series 7

The University of Roehampton

A funny and dynamic quiz show hosted by Steve Punt - this week from the University of Roehampton with specialist subjects including Anthropology, Law and Linguistics and questions ranging from brachiation and morphemes to Xanadu via Kanye West and Sir Philip Sydney.

The programme is recorded on location at a different University each week, and it pits three Undergraduates against three of their Professors in an original and fresh take on an academic quiz.

The rounds vary between Specialist Subjects and General Knowledge, quickfire bell-and-buzzer rounds and the Highbrow and Lowbrow round cunningly devised to test not only the students' knowledge of current affairs, history, languages and science, but also their Professors' awareness of television, sport, and quite possibly Justin Bieber. In addition, the Head-to-Head rounds see students take on their Professors in their own subjects, offering plenty of scope for mild embarrassment on both sides.

Other Universities featured in this series include Queen's University Belfast, Hull, Derby, Liverpool and St John's College Cambridge.

Produced by David Tyler

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


TUE 16:30 Nineteen Ninety-Eight (b01blmhz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 The Tim Vine Chat Show (b0952qq9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 The Birthday Cake Game (m000z5jj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Voices From the Grave (b007jwnf)
Middlewitch

Midsummer. A remote village in North Wales has been living under a curse since 1823. Will the arrival of a new Methodist Minister offer them salvation?

CAST:

Modren …. Elizabeth Morgan
Bryhs …. Christian Patterson
Jenny …. Jenny Livesy
Drew …. Sion Pritchard
Rhiannon …. Myfanwy Waring

‘Voices from the Grave’ is a series of four chilling and intimate dramas, inspired by existing ghost stories from around Britain. The writers make these stories more than simply scary - they are studies of humanity, love, rage and despair, of passion, longing and pain.

Writer Lucy Catherine has extensive experience in radio, television theatre.

Producer: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in 2007.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b01qgr4h)
Series 15

Peggy Lee's Is That All There Is?

‘Is That All There Is?’, a Leiber & Stoller song made famous by Peggy Lee, is based upon a short story by Thomas Mann called 'Disillusionment'. But those who know and love it feel it's inspirational rather than a cynical, world weary musical take on existentialism and the futility of life.

‘Soul Music’ uncovers the compelling individual stories behind our collective love of music.

Producer: Maggie Ayre

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2013.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b007k0fk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Winston (b007jnby)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Charles Paris: So Much Blood (m000ccwc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zcpt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Pieces of Britney (p09mw5hn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 21:40 Sounds of the City (m000zcq0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:40 today]


TUE 22:00 The Birthday Cake Game (m000z5jj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Armando Iannucci (b007jzlk)
Series 2

Episode 3

Spoof phone calls, British Science week and the boys from the underworld.

Armando lannucci hosts wry comical discussion, sketches and music.

With Rebecca Front, David Schneider, Ben Moor, Stewart Lee and Richard Herring.

Written by Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham, Richard Herring, Stewart Lee and Ben Moor.

Producer: Sarah Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 1 in March 1994.


TUE 23:30 Vent (b00tr5rv)
Series 2

Things to Do Before You Die

As Mary and Mum read him a lifestyle magazine, Ben's unconscious mind takes him back to 1973 to find a "life coach" who will motivate him out of his coma.

Unfortunately, this mostly involves pointing a gun at his head...

Dark sitcom following the thoughts of a coma patient written by Nigel Smith.

Starring Neil Pearson as Ben Smith, Fiona Allen as Mary, Josie Lawrence as Mum and Leslie Ash as Blitzkrieg.

With Nicholas Hutchison, Jo Martin, Mark Perry, John Kay Steel, James Lynch and Tim Whitnall.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2007.



WEDNESDAY 08 SEPTEMBER 2021

WED 00:00 Voices From the Grave (b007jwnf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b01qgr4h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Charles Paris: So Much Blood (m000ccwc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zcpt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 The 9/11 Letters (b0145x79)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe (m000zcq3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 The Mysterious Mr. Mercury (m000zcq6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge (b007js1q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 The 3rd Degree (b08r1n6w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Nineteen Ninety-Eight (b01blmhz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 The Tim Vine Chat Show (b0952qq9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 The Birthday Cake Game (m000z5jj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Charles Paris: So Much Blood (m000cbjt)
6. Up In The Castle

With one suspect cleared of murdering Willy Mariello, a bomb is planted in Charles Paris's bag - meaning suspicions shift elsewhere...

Francis Matthews stars as thespian sleuth, Charles Paris.

Conclusion of Simon Brett’s thriller serial adapted from his book.

Charles Paris ...... Francis Matthews
Anna Duncan ...... Kim Thomson
James Milne ...... Alan McNaughtan
Martin Warburton ...... Michael Maloney
Frances ...... Jennifer Hilary

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1985.


WED 06:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zfbb)
Series 3

3. The Thing About Harper Swift & Scarfe Point

Fresh storytelling from first time writers and producers as part of BBC Introducing Arts supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

BBC Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones presents two thought-provoking short dramas from the next generation of dramatists.

The Thing About Harper Swift by Sophie Sparham. What happens when a superfan breaks into her favourite writer’s house?
Featuring the voices of Sophie Bloor and Very Straker.
Sound Design: Martyn Harries
Producers: Anna Campbell and Paul Dodgson
A Rural Media Production.

Scarfe Point by Noah Feasey-Kemp is based on a novel by Joe Baxter. The drama is set in the landscape of an old hotel crumbling into a windswept, barren beach on the coast. The guests have long departed and the days merge into weeks without change.
Writer and Narrator: Joe Baxter
New Creative Artist and Sound Designer: Noah Feasey-Kemp
Composer: John Matthias
Producer: Jay Auborn
Executive Producer: Jeremy Routledge
A DBS Production for Calling the Shots

New Creatives Dramas is presented by Rebecca Jones

Producer Paul Dodgson

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


WED 07:00 A Month of June (b01jxrmw)
Now You See Me, Now You Don't

There's skulduggery afoot in Mrs. Ramsbottom's safe house for refugees from the Sorcerers' Circle.

Written by Andy Merriman and Peter Morfoot.

Series of comedies written for the many voices of legendary actor June Whitfield.

Debra Cadabra ..... June Whitfield
Kitty French ..... Barbara Windsor
Harry Halliday ..... Robert Blythe
Billy .... Joe Sims
Fred ..... Patrick Brennan
Mrs Ramsbottom ..... Christine Absalom

Director: David Hunter

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2012.


WED 07:30 My Teenage Diary (m000z6dd)
Series 10

Deborah Frances White

Rufus Hound's guest is the comedian, writer and podcaster Deborah Frances White, who reads from her teenage diaries. She talks about growing up as a Jehovah's Witness - can her conversion be linked to the moment she wasn't picked for the Inter-School Dance Competition?

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b00t5xc7)
Series 3

The Greyhound Track

Sid wants the lad evicted, so he reopens a public footpath through his country mansion.

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

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in February 1956.


WED 08:30 Give Or Take (m000zfbd)
Episode 1

Bank clerk Sam Baker is determined to win the football pools.

But he upsets his wife Annabel. Can he win her round?

Wally K Daly's sitcom starring David Roper and Sharon Duce.

Sam …… David Roper
Annabel …… Sharon Duce
Rose …… Patsy Rowlands
Bank Manager …… John Horsley
Woman …… Petra Davies
Policeman …… Roland MacLeod
Cyril …… Jon Glover

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson .

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1979.


WED 09:00 Whispers (b00c6rnk)
Series 2

Episode 5

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

Lynne Truss and Michelle 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 October 2004.


WED 09:30 Snap (m000zfbh)
Series 3

Episode 3

Divorced Doug and Molly come to blows over his mum Annie, who seems to be going senile. Stars Robin Weaver. From August 2005.


WED 10:00 John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge (b007js47)
4. Jane Avril

They called her Crazy Jane because of the way she danced, but it was not an affectionate nickname. Jane Avril used people all her life and reaped the consequences...

Starring Angela Pleasence.

When the Moulin Rouge cabaret opened in Montmartre, Paris in 1889, Toulouse-Lautrec was commissioned to paint a series of posters. A performer's career was made if they secured an appearance.

John Peacock brings Toulouse Lautrec's poster characters to life, in the first of four plays about those entertainers, whose lives were as vivid as Lautrec's paint.

Jane Avril ...... Angela Pleasence
Gazelle ...... Vivian Pickles
Andre Vaubert ...... Jack Galloway
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec ...... Clive Merrison
Arsene Ondet ...... David King
Charles Zidler ...... Norman Jones
Annine ...... Jo Kendall
Chairman ...... John Bull
Alain Marais ...... Brian Miller
Madeleine ...... Anne Carroll
Cleaner ...... Tara Dominic
Matron ...... Anna Cropper
Maxine ...... Valerie Sarruf
Claire Cortin ...... Alice Arnold
Gazelle (at 17) ...... Elizabeth Mansfield

Music by Stephen Warbeck.
Director: Jane Morgan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1989.


WED 11:00 The Mastertapes Guide to Writing the Perfect Song (m000zfbk)
2. Protest and Proclaim

Elvis Costello, Sinead O’Connor, David Crosby, David Hinds and Selwyn Brown of Steel Pulse, Billy Bragg, Benjamin Clementine, James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire of The Manic Street Preachers, Craig David, Robbie Williams, Guy Chambers and Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp and Tony Hadley give a masterclass in the art of songwriting.

John Wilson has talked to numerous acclaimed songwriters for BBC Radio 4's series ‘Mastertapes’. In each episode, recorded with an audience of fans at the BBC Maida Vale Studios, the guest focusses a key album from their career, describing in detail how dozens of much loved hit songs were written.

Now, the ‘Mastertapes’ guests are brought together to offer a unique how-to guide to writing the perfect song. In this episode, Elvis Costello denies his role as a protest singer and David Crosby describes the process by which the song ‘Ohio’ became an anthem for ‘70s American counterculture.

Presented and produced by John Wilson.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in May 2021.


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b00t5xc7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 Give Or Take (m000zfbd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Charles Paris: So Much Blood (m000cbjt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zfbb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 The 9/11 Letters (b0145ywg)
3. Joseph O'Neill

Five internationally acclaimed authors write letters to consider the consequences of the events of September 11th, 2001 for Britain, America and the world. Today's 9/11 Letter is by the Irish-Turkish writer Joseph O'Neill, who lives in Manhattan and whose award-winning novel, "Netherland", has been described as the "angriest, most exacting and most desolate work of fiction we've yet had about life in New York and London after the World Trade Center fell".

Rather than creating a character writing to an imagined recipient, as the other authors of The 9/11 Letters have, O'Neill remains steadfastly himself, and addresses his letter directly to Radio 4 listeners. He reflects on the way that, because of the mass coverage of the attack on the World Trade Centre, the distance between those who were there as eye witnesses and the rest of us collapsed with the Twin Towers. We were all 'there'. And so America's response to the attacks had profound implications for us all.

Producer: Beaty Rubens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.


WED 14:15 Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe (m000zfbn)
3. The Outing

Dai loses the respect of the Panteg townsfolk when he is lax over is childminding duties.

Harry Secombe wrote two books; ‘Twice Brightly’ in 1974 and the one serialised here, ‘Welsh Fargo’, in 1981.

It’s set in Panteg and tells the adventures of Dai Fargo, who drives the only bus that connects the remote mining village to Swansea. The dilapidated vehicle may need constant mechanical intervention, but it’s the Panteg residents’ lifeline. The satirical novel reflects Harry’s association with Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Michael Bentine and Eric Sykes.

Elizabeth Proud’s ten-part adaptation is read by Harry himself.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1982.


WED 14:30 The Floating World of Hokusai (b01m68v9)
Author Audrey Niffenegger catches Hokusai's 'Great Wave' to trace the ripple effect of the self-proclaimed 'Old Man Mad About Painting'. Frenetic, eccentric and possessed by his talent, Hokusai's words and images have caught the imagination of a new generation of artists and thinkers, 200-years after his earliest successes.

Presented by Audrey Niffenegger.

Produced by Victoria McArthur.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2012.


WED 15:00 John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge (b007js47)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Whispers (b00c6rnk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 Snap (m000zfbh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 A Month of June (b01jxrmw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 My Teenage Diary (m000z6dd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Voices From the Grave (b007jwn1)
The Lie

Lisa gives up everything for her lover - and wanders a disused Victorian psychiatric hospital.

CAST:

Angela …. Leslie Ash
Colin …. Ian Dunn
Martha/Lisa’s Mother …. Janet Brown
The Caretaker …. Geoffrey Beevers
Lisa …. Lynn Ferguson

‘Voices from the Grave’ is a series of four chilling and intimate dramas, inspired by existing ghost stories from around Britain. The writers make these stories more than simply scary - they are studies of humanity, love, rage and despair, of passion, longing and pain.

Written by Lynn Ferguson.

Producer: Luke Fresle

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in 2006.


WED 18:30 Short Cuts (m000fgdk)
Series 22

Endurance

Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about feats of endurance. A marathon runner needs to outrun a race official who wants her off the track, a woman exhausts herself while running through the personal ads and a writer living in the shadow of a nuclear reactor finds unlikely companionship with cockroaches.

Endurance
Featuring Laura Barton

Mr Right
Produced by Inge Hoonte
Originally made for Deep Wireless 4

Runner 261
Featuring Kathrine Switzer
Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

Isn't it lovely?
Produced by Phoebe Wang
First commissioned as a part of the Constellations podcast's exhibition Resonant Bodies and then released in Constellations
This piece was supported in part by the Wassaic Artist Residency Program.

Kathrine Switzer photo credit - Boston Herald

Production Team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia Cassam

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in February 2020.


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b00t5xc7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 Give Or Take (m000zfbd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Charles Paris: So Much Blood (m000cbjt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zfbb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 The Mastertapes Guide to Writing the Perfect Song (m000zfbk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 My Teenage Diary (m000z6dd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Dr John Cooper Clarke at the BBC (b0832rjq)
Series 1

Crime and Retribution

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

* 36 Hours
* Kamarad Klaak (All Rise)
* Crazy Mixed Up Killer
* Kung Fu International

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 (b00hhrhp)
Series 2

Stress

It's quite stressful writing a six-part series, planning an Edinburgh show and taking a holiday.

Will Adam manage to complete the series? And just what is the best way of dealing with stress?

Written by and starring Adam Bloom.

With Brendon Burns.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2004.


WED 23:00 Radio Active (b007jqbg)
Series 5

Nuclear Debate

Mike Channel chairs a special Radio Active debate. Are the studio audience for or against the annihilation of the planet?

Starring Helen Atkinson-Wood, Angus Deayton, Geoffrey Perkins, Philip Pope and Michael Fenton-Stevens.

Music by Philip Pope, Angus Deayton and Richard Curtis.

Written by Angus Deayton, Geoffrey Perkins with John Canter, Richard Curtis and Jeremy Pascall.

Producer: Jamie Rix
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1985.


WED 23:30 Innes Own World (b017px05)
Episode 4

Neil Innes invites you to join him inside his own mind for half an hour.

There are some stories of working with Monty Python, jingles for products you never thought you needed and a modest little song called Isn't It Great Being A Star?

It's the only show that promises to pluck the eyebrows of intelligence with the sugar tongs of fact.

Script Editor: John Dowie

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2003.



THURSDAY 09 SEPTEMBER 2021

THU 00:00 Voices From the Grave (b007jwn1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Short Cuts (m000fgdk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Charles Paris: So Much Blood (m000cbjt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zfbb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 The 9/11 Letters (b0145ywg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe (m000zfbn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 The Floating World of Hokusai (b01m68v9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge (b007js47)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Whispers (b00c6rnk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 Snap (m000zfbh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 A Month of June (b01jxrmw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 My Teenage Diary (m000z6dd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Wimsey (b007jvk0)
Clouds of Witness

1. The Riddlesdale Inquest

A scandal for the aristocracy erupts when Lord Peter's Wimsey's brother - the Duke of Denver - is arrested for murder...

Ian Carmichael stars as the aristocratic sleuth.

British gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey features in a number of detective novels and short stories by English crime writer, Dorothy L Sayers.

Clouds of Witness was first published in 1926.

Classy and sharp-witted, aristocratic amateur sleuth Lord Peter Bredon Wimsey was born in 1890 and educated at Eton and Oxford, before serving in the military during the First World War.

Ian Carmichael appeared as Lord Peter Wimsey for BBC Radio between 1973 and 1983, in addition to the BBC TV adaptations broadcast from 1972 to 1975.

Adapted in eight episodes by Peter Jones and Tania Lieven.

Lord Peter Wimsey …. Ian Carmichael
Bunter …. Peter Jones
Duke of Denver …. James Villiers
Lady Mary Wimsey …. Maria Aitken
Inspector Parker …. Gabriel Woolf
Freddie Arbuthnot …. Nigel Lambert
Coroner …. James Thomason
Pettigrew …. Bill Wallis
Cooper …. Sean Arnold
Miss Cathcart …. Betty Cardno

Producer: Simon Brett.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1974.


THU 06:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zfbs)
Series 3

4. Re-Play & Five Years from Now

Fresh storytelling from first time writers and producers as part of BBC Introducing Arts supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

BBC Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones presents two thought-provoking short dramas from the next generation of dramatists.

Re-Play by Matthew Wright. A dilemma in the future as we are taken inside Memory Lane – a place where the past comes back to life.
Featuring the voices of Tom Berkeley, Amy Clifton, Caroline Hunt, and Eoin Slattery.
Sound Design: Martyn Harries
Composer: Jacob Stevenson-Adcock
Producers: Anna Campbell and Paul Dodgson
A Rural Media Production

5 Years from Now by Amelie Edwards. A dystopian vision of the future as twelve scientists struggle to save the human race.
Featuring the voices of Konal Amin, Amelie Edwards, Omar Khan, William E Lester and Foss Shepherd.
Director: Natalia Hinds
Executive Producer: Alison Vernon Smith

A Pier Production for Screen South

New Creatives Dramas is presented by Rebecca Jones

Producer Paul Dodgson

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


THU 07:00 Rum Bunch (b08r1wy8)
Grissock

Justin Edwards, Mel Giedroyc and Dave Mounfield are in the mining town of Grissock to tell the story of talc through the ages, using songs, sketches and powerful verbatim theatre.

Justin has actually done some research for this week's play, interviewing some miners in the social club and writing down what they said to him. Sadly ,not all of it was relevant. The band go on strike and special guest Vicki Pepperdine launches a coup.

Is this the end for Rum Bunch?

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, first broadcast in May 2017.


THU 07:30 Dr Phil's Bedside Manner (m000z6xl)
Series 1

Dr Phil visits Birmingham City Hospital

An innovative mix of comedy performance and documentary in a new series presented by Dr Phil Hammond.

As a doctor and a comedian, Phil knows that humour and laughter are vital coping mechanisms in the NHS, as he travels the UK on a mission to listen to the beating heart of a national institution.

The programmes are an adventurous, hilarious, thought provoking mix of humour and happiness, tragedy and reflection as the personal thoughts, opinions, experiences and hopes of people who work for and use the NHS are revealed.

In each programme, Phil visits one NHS hospital somewhere in the UK and speaks to porters and patients, cleaners and cardiologists, visitors and volunteers, the managers and the medics.

And at each location Dr Phil performs a free stand-up comedy show for the staff based on his listening experiences at that location and the stories of the people he has met.

A Ride production for BBC Radio 4


THU 08:00 The Navy Lark (b007jnvy)
NANA

HMS Troutbridge sets sail with Phillips let loose on a new navigational aid.

Starring Leslie Phillips as the Sub-Lieutenant, Jon Pertwee as the Chief Petty Officer, Stephen Murray as the Commanding Officer, Richard Caldicot as Captain Povey, Heather Chasen as Wren Chasen, Tenniel Evans as the Admiral and Michael Bates as Mr Harris.

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 November 1975.


THU 08:30 After Henry (b007jmnj)
Series 1

The Cowboy

Sarah's mother and daughter gang up on her when she hires a cheap builder with big brown eyes...

Simon Brett's comedy about three generations of women - struggling to cope after the death of Sarah's GP husband - who never quite manage to see eye to eye.

Starring Prunella Scales as Sarah, Joan Sanderson as Eleanor, Benjamin Whitrow as Russell, Gerry Cowper as Clare and Leo Dolan as Terry.

Four radio series were made, but instead of moving to BBC TV - Thames Television produced 'After Henry' for the ITV network.

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1985.


THU 09:00 We've Been Here Before (b00fy1g5)
Series 2

Episode 2

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

The topical historical satirical panel show setting out to prove that there's nothing new under, or in, The Sun.

Gyles Brandreth and Natalie Haynes battle it out against John O'Farrell and Richard Herring.

Producer: Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2004.


THU 09:30 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b0094wj8)
Series 3

Episode 6

Friends are getting divorced, accountants are living as cavemen and 87-year-old women are having triplets.

Have Daniel and Lucy finally had enough of dealing with other people's problems?

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, Carla Mendonca as Linda and Jonathan Aris as Steve.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2003.


THU 10:00 Dawn Lowe-Watson - Closed to Visitors (b04yf35h)
Once an artists' colony, Reedbeck Hall is now as a museum. One afternoon, when it’s closed, a young man turns up asking to be shown around. The curator, Sally, is apprehensive but he’s very persuasive.

Sally lives to regret her decision...

Written by Dawn Lowe-Watson.

CAST:

Sally …. Deborah Findlay
Frank …. John Duttine
Pat …. Ann Windsor
Crispin …. Jill Lidstone
Policemen …. John Webb and Steve Hodson

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1992.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000zd22)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 11:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b010mwv4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 The Navy Lark (b007jnvy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 After Henry (b007jmnj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Wimsey (b007jvk0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zfbs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 The 9/11 Letters (b014629p)
4. Lionel Shriver

Five internationally acclaimed writers consider the impact of the momentous events of September 11th, 2001. Ten years on, these authors use imaginative letters to reflect on the consequences for Britain, America and the world.

Today's 9/11 Letter is by the American novelist Lionel Shriver whose book 'We Need to Talk about Kevin' is now a modern classic. Shriver has given her letter the title 'Prepositions' and it delineates precisely the meanings of little words such as 'in', 'on', 'at' and 'near'. Her letter is to a woman whose husband died in 9/11, from a woman whose husband died on 9/11. Ten years on the consequences of those little differences on the lives of these friends are huge, and vastly different.

Producer: Beaty Rubens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.


THU 14:15 Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe (m000zfbw)
4. Plots and Counter-Plots

The plan to steal the Panteg colliery payroll comes together.

Harry Secombe wrote two books; ‘Twice Brightly’ in 1974 and the one serialised here, ‘Welsh Fargo’, in 1981.

It’s set in Panteg and tells the adventures of Dai Fargo, who drives the only bus that connects the remote mining village to Swansea. The dilapidated vehicle may need constant mechanical intervention, but it’s the Panteg residents’ lifeline. The satirical novel reflects Harry’s association with Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Michael Bentine and Eric Sykes.

Elizabeth Proud’s ten-part adaptation is read by Harry himself.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1982.


THU 14:30 Can a Computer Write Shakespeare? (b0435kkd)
Trevor Cox asks whether computers can ever be truly creative.

An old adage says that a monkey sitting at a typewriter could eventually write Shakespeare. By the same token, could a computer ever create a work of art that could match Shakespeare's creativity?

Professor Trevor Cox of Salford University visits a London store to have a 3D model made of his head, something which until recently could only have been done by a sculptor. Very little human intervention is now needed to create a piece of art; just several cameras, some sophisticated software and a 3D printer.

But can computers produce music or poetry that will stand up to critical scrutiny? Trevor speaks to Professor Gustavo Díaz-Jerez who is involved in creating music software called Iamus, some of whose compositions have been performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. And he talks to Professor Simon Colton who is researching computer-generated poetry. Trevor tests out computer-created music and poetry on critics and academics.

Trevor considers whether computers could ever be truly creative in their own right, without any human input. He talks to Professor Mark D'Inverno about creative collaborations and to Professor Margaret Boden about the deeper philosophical issues raised by computer creativity.

With contributions also from Philip Ball, Tom Service, Professor Andrew Biswell and Martin Kratz.

Presented by Professor Trevor Cox.

Produced by Nick Holmes.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2014.


THU 15:00 Dawn Lowe-Watson - Closed to Visitors (b04yf35h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 We've Been Here Before (b00fy1g5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b0094wj8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 Rum Bunch (b08r1wy8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 Dr Phil's Bedside Manner (m000z6xl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Voices From the Grave (b007jwn6)
The Parson

Back from missionary work abroad, Reverend Martin Stokes stumbles into a nightmare of biblical proportions abroad.

CAST:

Rev. Martin Stokes …. Mark Bazeley
Mrs Cameron …. Lynne Verrall
Bishop Millcock …. Geoffrey Beevers
Randall …. Wayne Foskett
Sid …. Stephen Hogan
Joseph …. Gerard McDermott

‘Voices from the Grave’ is a series of four chilling and intimate dramas, inspired by existing ghost stories from around Britain. The writers make these stories more than simply scary - they are studies of humanity, love, rage and despair, of passion, longing and pain.

Dramatist David Varela has written plays for BBC Radio 4 as well as for TV and film.

Producer: Luke Fresle

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in 2007.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b08pf09d)
Series 42

Steven Knight on Sitting Bull

For Steven Knight, the screen writer and director of ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘Taboo’, it was easy to nominate his great life. For him there was just one choice, his all-time hero Sitting Bull.

As a young boy growing up in Birmingham in the 1970s, Steven was obsessed with stories and tales of Native Indians. At the age of thirteen, Steven searched for pen-pals and ended up exchanging letters with the great grand-children of Sitting Bull who lived in South Dakota. The correspondence and friendship he built up has continued into his adult life.

Steven, makes his case for why Sitting Bull is a great life and to help unravel this story he is joined by Jacqueline Fear-Segal, Professor of American and Indigenous Histories at the University of East Anglia.

Presented by Matthew Parris.

Producer: Perminder Khatkar

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2017.


THU 19:00 The Navy Lark (b007jnvy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 After Henry (b007jmnj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Wimsey (b007jvk0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zfbs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000zd22)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b010mwv4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 Dr Phil's Bedside Manner (m000z6xl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 My Obsession (m000616z)
Series 1

Episode 1

Paul Merton and Suki Webster star in this warm-hearted comedy exploring the obsessive narcissistic culture of so-called celebrity, the desire to be famous and the urge to be near it.

After a bizarre first meeting when Sheryl, a superfan of stand-up comedian Danny Heywood, broke into his hotel bedroom, the perfectly mismatched pair are reunited. This time the self-obsessed comic pays his number one fan a surprise visit.

Will a bumpy road trip bring the obsessive lonely couple together or drive them both round the bend? And can this unlikely pair find happiness and a true connection or is the only thing they have in common that they are both obsessed with Danny?

Cast:

Danny – Paul Merton
Sheryl – Suki Webster
Malcolm – Matt Addis
Phoebe -Tilly Gaunt
Kevin - Terry Mynott

Written by Suki Webster

Producer: Liz Anstee

A CPL production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in June 2019.


THU 23:00 The Museum of Everything (b007k1qj)
Series 1

The History of the Future

Badgerland goes international and experience the History of the Future.

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 Kieran Hodgson's Earworms (b08zd64p)
Series 1

Wagner

Critically-acclaimed comedian Kieran Hodgson is joined by Harry Enfield and Colin Hoult, in a series of comedy intros to the great composers. Can self-described 'music educator and inspiration' Ralph Lewis, the man behind 'Mozart's Mowing Masterclass' and 'How Clean is your Strauss', persuade self-confessed 'enemy of culture' Paul, that Wagner's worth a listen, and not just music for Nazis?

Written and starring Kieran Hodgson

With Colin Hoult and Harry Enfield

Producer: Sam Ward

A BBC Studios Production first broadcast in August 2017.


THU 23:45 Lenny Henry's Rogues Gallery (b09dz41d)
Series 2

Left Hand of God

Lenny Henry writes and stars in a darkly comic story about Stan Clayton who has been a butcher all his life and hopes his sons will follow in his footsteps.

But when one of them brings home a cherry red Stratocaster one day, it seems that Stan's plans are for the chopping block.

Producer: Sam Michell

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in November 2017.



FRIDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2021

FRI 00:00 Voices From the Grave (b007jwn6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b08pf09d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Wimsey (b007jvk0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zfbs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 The 9/11 Letters (b014629p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe (m000zfbw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Can a Computer Write Shakespeare? (b0435kkd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Dawn Lowe-Watson - Closed to Visitors (b04yf35h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 We've Been Here Before (b00fy1g5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b0094wj8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 Rum Bunch (b08r1wy8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Dr Phil's Bedside Manner (m000z6xl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Wimsey (b007jvk4)
Clouds of Witness

2. Mudstains and Bloodstains

The Duke of Denver stands accused of the murder of Captain Dennis Cathcart.

His brother, Lord Peter Wimsey desperately hunts for remaining clues at the scene of the shooting - Riddlesdale Lodge in Yorkshire

Ian Carmichael stars as the aristocratic sleuth.

Dorothy L Sayers' detective mystery dramatised by Peter Jones and Tania Lieven.

Lord Peter Wimsey …. Ian Carmichael
Bunter …. Peter Jones
Inspector Parker …. Gabriel Woolf
Freddie Arbuthnot …. Nigel Lambert
Pettigrew …. Bill Wallis
Duchess of Denver …. Betty Cardno
Mrs Hardraw ...... Miriam Margolyes

Other parts played by the cast.

Producer: Simon Brett.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1974.


FRI 06:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zfdf)
Series 3

5. Train of Thought & Love Beyond the Zoo

Rebecca Jones presents two thought-provoking dramas from the next generation of storytellers. Train of Thought by Ren Scott-Bridge and Love Beyond the Zoo by Tom Powell."

Train of Thought by Ren Scott-Bridge. Exhausted medical student Kieran is on a psychiatric placement. On his commute between hospital and home he revisits past conversations - writing them down as poetry. He works hard to make sense of his patients’ complex mental health needs, but will he get lost in his own troubled thoughts along the way?

Featuring the voices of Sabina Arthur, Tom Bevan, Alan Leith, Sian Webber and Rick Yale
Director: Ren Scott-Bridge
Sound Designer: Mike Woolley
Editor: Lamia Dabboussy
Broadcast Assistant: Ben Sivyer
Executive Producer: Alison Vernon Smith
A Pier Production for Screen South

Love Beyond the Zoo by Tom Powell. A man falls in love with an elephant and they escape from the zoo, but life in the suburbs is full of surprises both grim and incredible…

Featuring the voices of Tom Powell and Saffron Coomber
Composer and Sound Designer: Madison Willing
Producers: Anna Campbell and Paul Dodgson
A Rural Media Production

New Creatives Dramas is presented by Rebecca Jones

Producer Paul Dodgson

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


FRI 07:00 It's Jocelyn (b08g7mjt)
Series 2

Dates

Series 2 of It's Jocelyn - sketches and stand-up from the wonderful mind of Jocelyn Jee Esien.

In episode two, Jocelyn talks about a dating, we follow a day in the life of Britain's worst bus driver and Kingston's take away caters for a vegan customer.

This series Jocelyn is joined by Paul Whitehouse as a cockney funeral director, as well as the vocal talents of Ninia Benjamin, Curtis Walker, Dee Kaate, Gavi Chera and Karen Bartke.

The producer is Suzy Grant and It's Jocelyn is a BBC Studios production.


FRI 07:30 Michael Frayn's Magic Mobile (m000jmmf)
Episode 4

Michael Frayn’s masterful comic ideas, directed by Rosalind Ayres.

No upgrades to install - just click here for God’s new version of the Ten Commandments. Note how a character from a novel can literally jump out at you. Hear how credits now take up more screen time than the production. Observe how Auto-Jeeves, offering a Martini, shows itself to be an indispensable robot. And, from the news studio, witness thunderous reports from Olympus about a surprising reshuffle of the Pantheon.

Cast:
Susannah Fielding, David Suchet, George Blagden, Lisa Dillon, Anna-Louise Plowman, Moira Quirk, Rosalind Ayres, Nigel Anthony, Darren Richardson, Matthew Wolf

Writer: Michael Frayn
Director: Rosalind Ayres
A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4


FRI 08:00 Dad's Army (b00q9gk2)
Series 2

Uninvited Guests

Calamity strikes when the Home Guard and ARP Wardens share the church hall.

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
Warden Hodges …. Bill Pertwee

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 (b007jtyy)
Series 2

A Lack of Moral Fibre

Christmas is coming and Ben is getting fat, but will going on a fibre diet with Helen raise his spirits?

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
Neil ...... Nick Wilton
Britt ...... Rosalind Adams
Blythe ...... Bryan Coleman

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1982


FRI 09:00 The Food Quiz (b0076mtq)
Series 2

Episode 3

Journalist and food critic, Jay Rayner gives four contestants a good grilling on their knowledge of food and drink.

What's a fucivore's favourite food? How is porridge traditionally eaten? Which wine writer had a bit part in a Hollywood blockbuster?

Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, food writers Anissa Helou and Sue Lawrence and greengrocer Charlie Hicks chew over these culinary conundrums.

Producer: Rebecca Wells

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2004.


FRI 09:30 Ballylenon (b007szbq)
Series 3

Episode 3

It's 1955 in the sleepy Irish town. The BBC's plan to record a programme at the church causes some upset.

CAST:

Phonsie Doherty …. T.P. McKenna
Vera McConkey …. Stella McCusker
Muriel McConkey …. Margaret D’Arcy
Vivienne Boal …. Aine McCartney
Guard Gallagher …. John Hewitt
Sister Gabriel …. Marcella Riordan
Rev. Hawthorne …. Gerard Murphy

Set in County Donegal in the ‘50s, this sitcom ran to thirty episodes over six series between 1994 and 1999. After a ten-year hiatus, there were two subsequent series in 2009 and 2010.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Producer: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1996.


FRI 10:00 Wilkie Collins - No Name (b007jrhz)
1. March 1846

A mysterious letter from New Orleans arrives to disturb the untroubled existence of Combe Raven House in West Somersetshire.

What is the secret being kept by Mr and Mrs Vanstone from their devoted daughters, Magdalen and Norah?

Published in 1862, Wilkie Collins novel dramatised in six parts by Ray Jenkins.

Magdalen Vanstone ...... Sophie Thompson
Captain Wragge ...... Jack May
Norah Vanstone ...... Elizabeth Mansfield
Miss Garth ...... Kathleen Helme
Mrs Vanstone ...... Jo Kendall
Mr Vanstone ...... Michael Graham Cox
Mr Clare ...... Peter Woodthorpe
Frank Clare ...... Paul Downing
Manager ...... Christopher Good
Miss Marable ...... Susan Sheridan
Mrs Marable ...... Joanna Mackie
Mr Pendril ...... John Moffatt
Narrator ...... Philip Sully

Music by Peter Brewis and played by Maurice Cambridge.

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1989.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000mln5)
Pens, Pipe Organs and Portable Toilets - Niche Podcasts

Amanda Litherland and Becca Bryers explore niche podcasts from around the world.

From pipe organs to portable toilets, there's a podcast out there about almost everything, and in this week's Podcast Radio Hour Amanda and Becca explore a wealth of listens.

Myke Hurley from Relay FM joins to talk about "The Pen Addict", a stationery podcast with more than 400 epiodes.

Then Helen Wilkinson and Caroline Somos from "Love to Sew" discuss their craft podcast, which covers a range of topics from linen to social justice sewing.

Plus recommendations including:
The Ships Log
Get Flushed
People Movers
Unearthed: Mysteries from an unseen world
QueenPod
Desert Island Discworld
Come Ogre Here
Song By Song
E20 Podcast
The Thing About That: A Modern Woman's Guide to Getting Married
Purrcast
Lunchwatch with Johnny White Really Really
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FRI 12:00 Dad's Army (b00q9gk2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Semi Circles (b007jtyy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Wimsey (b007jvk4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zfdf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 The 9/11 Letters (b01463kz)
5. Michael Morpurgo

Five internationally acclaimed writers consider the impact of the momentous events of September 11th, 2001. Ten years on, these authors use imaginative letters to reflect on the consequences for Britain, America and the world.

The final 9/11 Letter is by the former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. Among the more than one hundred books he has written is 'War Horse', the stage version of which this year won a Tony Award on Broadway, and is being made into a film by Stephen Spielberg.

The imagined writer of Michael Morpurgo's letter is Ginny, who, when the first plane smashed into the North tower was waiting on a bench in Central Park for her husband to return from breakfast with their son, their first meeting since a rift seven years previously. What happened on 11th September, 2001 rent many families - including Ginny's - asunder, yet it also brought people together. Michael Morpurgo's letter, which he has titled 'A Proper Family' movingly explores this ambiguity.

Producer: Julian May

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.


FRI 14:15 Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe (m000zfdl)
5. Thursday

On the day that a rival bus service is mooted, Dai makes a decision about Elspeth.

Harry Secombe wrote two books; ‘Twice Brightly’ in 1974 and the one serialised here, ‘Welsh Fargo’, in 1981.

It’s set in Panteg and tells the adventures of Dai Fargo, who drives the only bus that connects the remote mining village to Swansea. The dilapidated vehicle may need constant mechanical intervention, but it’s the Panteg residents’ lifeline. The satirical novel reflects Harry’s association with Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Michael Bentine and Eric Sykes.

Elizabeth Proud’s ten-part adaptation is read by Harry himself.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1982.


FRI 14:30 Pilot (b008m5xh)
Even in the Internet age, there's still a huge romantic buzz about a great ship. And as she manoeuvres her vast bulk round the buoys and bars of our great ports both the sleek liner and the towering container vessel will usually draw a crowd.

In this feature, keen sailor Libby Purves takes to the water to tell the little-known story of the men and women whose job it is to guide these big ships safely home in the best and the worst of weathers....and out to sea again - the ship's pilot.

Presented by Libby Purves.

Produced by Simon Elmes.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2008.


FRI 15:00 Wilkie Collins - No Name (b007jrhz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 The Food Quiz (b0076mtq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 Ballylenon (b007szbq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 It's Jocelyn (b08g7mjt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Michael Frayn's Magic Mobile (m000jmmf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Carey Harrison - A Call From The Dead (b01nf2h9)
It's good to talk - or so they say - but not when you're called from beyond the grave...

Dr Edward Elmore...........,,,,,.........John Shrapnel
Stephen Warburton.......,,,,,.........Nick Dunning
Reverend Neville Barber........,,,,Christopher Scott
Martha..........................................,,,,Carolyn Jones

Written by Carey Harrison

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997.


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b011vh4y)
Instant Gratification

Cheap credit and immediate online access to infinite availability have contributed to one of the defining characteristics of our time - the 'have it all' culture of being able to instantly gratify our wants and needs. But at what cost?

Dominic Arkwright explores the pleasures and pitfalls of instant gratification in the company of three speakers from very different walks of life. Representing the complete antithesis of the quick hit, tapestry weaver Jane Freear-Wyld shows Dominic a textile the size of a paperback, explaining how it takes 250 hours, or six working weeks, to make. Hers is a world away from the work of advertising creative director Matt Beaumont who arguably fuels our lust for not only jam today, but yesterday and tomorrow too. Meanwhile, Times columnist and writer Sathnam Sanghera, recently returned from a holiday in Mumbai, argues that it's the recent shift towards instant gratification that is fuelling India's rapidly rising standard of living, very different to an ethos that promises fulfilment neither now nor in in this life at all, but in the next one.

Producer: Mark Smalley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2011.


FRI 19:00 Dad's Army (b00q9gk2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Semi Circles (b007jtyy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Wimsey (b007jvk4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 New Creatives Dramas (m000zfdf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000mln5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 Michael Frayn's Magic Mobile (m000jmmf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 The John Moloney Show (b092pgx2)
Series 2

The Phone Call

John Moloney shares far too much information about his thoughts on life with the person on the other end of the phone at the utility centre. How hard can it be to change your electricity supplier? Well, it turns out that it's harder than it looks.

Written and performed by John Moloney.

A Dabster production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in September 2017.


FRI 22:45 Terry Alderton: More Crazy Now (b084xrdf)
Who's Dr Vet?

Terry Alderton flexes his comedy muscles with more craziness and nonsense. Street Kid, Victor, Ed and The Bear and, this week, some careless hunters, a nonsense song and of course a long and baffling list of animals from Dr Vet.

It’s more Terry, more crazy and happening right now. No frogs, hat wearers or tall people were harmed in the making of this programme.

Written by and starring Terry Alderton.

Featuring Johnny Spurling

Additional material from Johnny Spurling and Richard Melvin.

Producers: Johnny Spurling and Sean Kerwin
Executive Producer: Richard Melvin

A Dabster production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2016.


FRI 23:00 Old Harry's Game (b00wbrwm)
Series 6

Murderers

Edith needs to find out who murdered her and fortunately Hell is full of people who can assess the evidence - murderers.

Andy Hamilton's comedy set in Hell.

Starring Andy Hamilton as Satan, Annette Crosbie as Edith, Robert Duncan as Scumspawn and Jimmy Mulville as Thomas.

Other characters played by Michael Fenton Stevens, Philip Pope and Felicity Montagu

Producer Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2007.


FRI 23:30 Alice's Wunderland (b06bnqt8)
Series 3

Episode 2

A child ghost from the 1970s teams up with the narrator on a journey through Wunderland (the Poundland of magical realms) to try and track down the person who bumped him off.

Featuring Marcia Warren as the narrator, with Richard Glover, Simon Greenall, Rachel Stubbings and Clare Thompson.

Written by Alice Lowe

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2015.




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

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b01nq1c4)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b01nq1c4)

A Month of June 07:00 WED (b01jxrmw)

A Month of June 17:00 WED (b01jxrmw)

A Month of June 05:00 THU (b01jxrmw)

Absolute Power 15:30 SAT (b019dqxr)

Absolute Power 03:30 SUN (b019dqxr)

After Henry 08:30 THU (b007jmnj)

After Henry 12:30 THU (b007jmnj)

After Henry 19:30 THU (b007jmnj)

Alice's Wunderland 15:00 SAT (b069vvg6)

Alice's Wunderland 03:00 SUN (b069vvg6)

Alice's Wunderland 23:30 FRI (b06bnqt8)

Armando Iannucci 22:30 TUE (b007jzlk)

Ballylenon 04:30 SAT (b00grysk)

Ballylenon 09:30 FRI (b007szbq)

Ballylenon 16:30 FRI (b007szbq)

Can a Computer Write Shakespeare? 14:30 THU (b0435kkd)

Can a Computer Write Shakespeare? 02:30 FRI (b0435kkd)

Carey Harrison - A Call From The Dead 18:00 FRI (b01nf2h9)

Charles Paris: So Much Blood 01:00 SAT (m000cctj)

Charles Paris: So Much Blood 06:00 MON (m000cc9v)

Charles Paris: So Much Blood 13:00 MON (m000cc9v)

Charles Paris: So Much Blood 20:00 MON (m000cc9v)

Charles Paris: So Much Blood 01:00 TUE (m000cc9v)

Charles Paris: So Much Blood 06:00 TUE (m000ccwc)

Charles Paris: So Much Blood 13:00 TUE (m000ccwc)

Charles Paris: So Much Blood 20:00 TUE (m000ccwc)

Charles Paris: So Much Blood 01:00 WED (m000ccwc)

Charles Paris: So Much Blood 06:00 WED (m000cbjt)

Charles Paris: So Much Blood 13:00 WED (m000cbjt)

Charles Paris: So Much Blood 20:00 WED (m000cbjt)

Charles Paris: So Much Blood 01:00 THU (m000cbjt)

Cirque du Soleil 13:45 SAT (m000z6k3)

Cirque du Soleil 01:45 SUN (m000z6k3)

Curious Under the Stars 14:20 SUN (b0886vlz)

Curious Under the Stars 02:20 MON (b0886vlz)

Dad's Army 08:00 FRI (b00q9gk2)

Dad's Army 12:00 FRI (b00q9gk2)

Dad's Army 19:00 FRI (b00q9gk2)

Daphne Sounds Expensive 23:30 SAT (b07k0dfn)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 10:45 SUN (b010mwv4)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 SUN (b010mwv4)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 11:45 THU (b010mwv4)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 THU (b010mwv4)

Dawn Lowe-Watson - Closed to Visitors 10:00 THU (b04yf35h)

Dawn Lowe-Watson - Closed to Visitors 15:00 THU (b04yf35h)

Dawn Lowe-Watson - Closed to Visitors 03:00 FRI (b04yf35h)

Delphine de Vigan - Based on a True Story (Omnibus) 07:20 SUN (b09wtz8l)

Delphine de Vigan - Based on a True Story 02:15 SAT (b09w2tjb)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (m000zd22)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (m000zd22)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (m000zd22)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (m000zd22)

Doctor at Large 08:30 SUN (b009hq0t)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 09:30 THU (b0094wj8)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 16:30 THU (b0094wj8)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 04:30 FRI (b0094wj8)

Dr John Cooper Clarke at the BBC 22:30 WED (b0832rjq)

Dr Phil's Bedside Manner 07:30 THU (m000z6xl)

Dr Phil's Bedside Manner 17:30 THU (m000z6xl)

Dr Phil's Bedside Manner 22:00 THU (m000z6xl)

Dr Phil's Bedside Manner 05:30 FRI (m000z6xl)

Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker 18:40 SAT (b0bf49hl)

Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker 00:40 SUN (b0bf49hl)

Elvenquest 14:00 SAT (b017mwrv)

Elvenquest 22:30 SAT (b01qm4pp)

Elvenquest 02:00 SUN (b017mwrv)

Eric Pringle - Something Strange 16:00 SUN (m000zd2c)

Eric Pringle - Something Strange 20:00 SUN (m000zd2c)

Eric Pringle - Something Strange 04:00 MON (m000zd2c)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b08y77hm)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b08y77hm)

Give Or Take 08:30 WED (m000zfbd)

Give Or Take 12:30 WED (m000zfbd)

Give Or Take 19:30 WED (m000zfbd)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (b08nq5x7)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (b08nq5x7)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (b08nq5x7)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b08pf09d)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b08pf09d)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b00t5xc7)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b00t5xc7)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b00t5xc7)

Heaven and Earth: Le Ly Hayslip 02:30 SAT (b04h85ql)

Hercule Poirot 01:30 SAT (b007jvpx)

Inheritance Tracks 07:10 SUN (m000rn0c)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 SUN (m000rn0c)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SUN (b09g3bwf)

Inheritance Tracks 19:50 SUN (m000rn0c)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 MON (b09g3bwf)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (m000zddg)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (m000zddg)

Innes Own World 23:30 WED (b017px05)

It's Jocelyn 05:00 SAT (b08fgw6f)

It's Jocelyn 12:30 SAT (b08fgw6f)

It's Jocelyn 07:00 FRI (b08g7mjt)

It's Jocelyn 17:00 FRI (b08g7mjt)

It's Your Round 09:00 MON (b00yz3t4)

It's Your Round 16:00 MON (b00yz3t4)

It's Your Round 04:00 TUE (b00yz3t4)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 12:30 SUN (b09qhbxh)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 17:30 SUN (b09qhbxh)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 22:00 SUN (b09qhbxh)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 05:30 MON (b09qhbxh)

John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge 03:00 SAT (b007jrwj)

John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge 10:00 MON (b007jrz8)

John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge 15:00 MON (b007jrz8)

John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge 03:00 TUE (b007jrz8)

John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge 10:00 TUE (b007js1q)

John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge 15:00 TUE (b007js1q)

John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge 03:00 WED (b007js1q)

John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge 10:00 WED (b007js47)

John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge 15:00 WED (b007js47)

John Peacock - Posters of the Moulin Rouge 03:00 THU (b007js47)

John Shuttleworth's Lounge Music 09:30 SUN (b082wwlw)

John Shuttleworth's Lounge Music 07:00 MON (b083m575)

John Shuttleworth's Lounge Music 17:00 MON (b083m575)

John Shuttleworth's Lounge Music 05:00 TUE (b083m575)

Josh Howie's Losing It 23:00 SUN (b07wc11v)

Keeping On Keeping On (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (b0824q69)

Keeping On Keeping On by Alan Bennett 02:00 SAT (b080xp2f)

Kieran Hodgson's Earworms 23:30 THU (b08zd64p)

Lenny Henry's Rogues Gallery 23:45 THU (b09dz41d)

Life: An Idiot's Guide 23:30 SUN (b01q9771)

Lip Service 09:30 MON (m000zddb)

Lip Service 16:30 MON (m000zddb)

Lip Service 04:30 TUE (m000zddb)

Michael Frayn's Magic Mobile 05:30 SAT (m000jf72)

Michael Frayn's Magic Mobile 07:30 FRI (m000jmmf)

Michael Frayn's Magic Mobile 17:30 FRI (m000jmmf)

Michael Frayn's Magic Mobile 22:00 FRI (m000jmmf)

Mike Walker - Different States 06:00 SAT (m000zcvq)

Mike Walker - Different States 16:00 SAT (m000zcvq)

Mike Walker - Different States 04:00 SUN (m000zcvq)

My Obsession 22:30 THU (m000616z)

My Teenage Diary 07:30 WED (m000z6dd)

My Teenage Diary 17:30 WED (m000z6dd)

My Teenage Diary 22:00 WED (m000z6dd)

My Teenage Diary 05:30 THU (m000z6dd)

New Creatives Dramas 06:30 MON (m000zdd8)

New Creatives Dramas 13:30 MON (m000zdd8)

New Creatives Dramas 20:30 MON (m000zdd8)

New Creatives Dramas 01:30 TUE (m000zdd8)

New Creatives Dramas 06:30 TUE (m000zcpt)

New Creatives Dramas 13:30 TUE (m000zcpt)

New Creatives Dramas 20:30 TUE (m000zcpt)

New Creatives Dramas 01:30 WED (m000zcpt)

New Creatives Dramas 06:30 WED (m000zfbb)

New Creatives Dramas 13:30 WED (m000zfbb)

New Creatives Dramas 20:30 WED (m000zfbb)

New Creatives Dramas 01:30 THU (m000zfbb)

New Creatives Dramas 06:30 THU (m000zfbs)

New Creatives Dramas 13:30 THU (m000zfbs)

New Creatives Dramas 20:30 THU (m000zfbs)

New Creatives Dramas 01:30 FRI (m000zfbs)

New Creatives Dramas 06:30 FRI (m000zfdf)

New Creatives Dramas 13:30 FRI (m000zfdf)

New Creatives Dramas 20:30 FRI (m000zfdf)

Nineteen Ninety-Eight 09:30 TUE (b01blmhz)

Nineteen Ninety-Eight 16:30 TUE (b01blmhz)

Nineteen Ninety-Eight 04:30 WED (b01blmhz)

Not in Front of the Children 09:00 SUN (b08gjzsv)

Off the Page 00:30 SAT (b011plrx)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b011vh4y)

Old Harry's Game 23:00 FRI (b00wbrwm)

Pieces of Britney 13:00 SAT (p09mw4vt)

Pieces of Britney 01:00 SUN (p09mw4vt)

Pieces of Britney 11:00 TUE (p09mw5hn)

Pieces of Britney 21:00 TUE (p09mw5hn)

Pilot 14:30 FRI (b008m5xh)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m000mln5)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m000mln5)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (m000zd27)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m000zd27)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m000zd27)

Pump Up the Volume 15:30 SUN (b012wjcn)

Pump Up the Volume 03:30 MON (b012wjcn)

Radio Active 14:30 SAT (b007k1zs)

Radio Active 02:30 SUN (b007k1zs)

Radio Active 23:00 WED (b007jqbg)

Robert Easby - Oneira 00:00 SAT (b007k29f)

Rosemary Timperley - Shadows of the Past 18:00 SUN (b06cjr80)

Rosemary Timperley - Shadows of the Past 00:00 MON (b06cjr80)

Ross Noble Goes Global 22:00 SAT (b007jvt7)

Rum Bunch 07:00 THU (b08r1wy8)

Rum Bunch 17:00 THU (b08r1wy8)

Rum Bunch 05:00 FRI (b08r1wy8)

Semi Circles 08:30 FRI (b007jtyy)

Semi Circles 12:30 FRI (b007jtyy)

Semi Circles 19:30 FRI (b007jtyy)

Sherlock Holmes 09:00 SAT (b00cm07d)

Sherlock Holmes 19:00 SAT (b00cm07d)

Short Cuts 18:30 WED (m000fgdk)

Short Cuts 00:30 THU (m000fgdk)

Sisters 22:30 SUN (b08y007t)

Snap 08:30 SAT (b012llxz)

Snap 09:30 WED (m000zfbh)

Snap 16:30 WED (m000zfbh)

Snap 04:30 THU (m000zfbh)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b01qgr4h)

Soul Music 00:30 WED (b01qgr4h)

Sounds of the City 11:40 TUE (m000zcq0)

Sounds of the City 21:40 TUE (m000zcq0)

Spitting In Russian 14:30 MON (b00pg5pn)

Spitting In Russian 02:30 TUE (b00pg5pn)

Steptoe and Son 08:00 MON (b007jnqv)

Steptoe and Son 12:00 MON (b007jnqv)

Steptoe and Son 19:00 MON (b007jnqv)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m000zddd)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m000zddd)

Terry Alderton: More Crazy Now 22:45 FRI (b084xrdf)

The 3rd Degree 16:00 TUE (b08r1n6w)

The 3rd Degree 04:00 WED (b08r1n6w)

The 9/11 Letters 14:00 MON (b014555x)

The 9/11 Letters 02:00 TUE (b014555x)

The 9/11 Letters 14:00 TUE (b0145x79)

The 9/11 Letters 02:00 WED (b0145x79)

The 9/11 Letters 14:00 WED (b0145ywg)

The 9/11 Letters 02:00 THU (b0145ywg)

The 9/11 Letters 14:00 THU (b014629p)

The 9/11 Letters 02:00 FRI (b014629p)

The 9/11 Letters 14:00 FRI (b01463kz)

The Birthday Cake Game 07:30 TUE (m000z5jj)

The Birthday Cake Game 17:30 TUE (m000z5jj)

The Birthday Cake Game 22:00 TUE (m000z5jj)

The Birthday Cake Game 05:30 WED (m000z5jj)

The Damien Slash Mixtape 23:45 MON (b08tcx1g)

The Floating World of Hokusai 14:30 WED (b01m68v9)

The Floating World of Hokusai 02:30 THU (b01m68v9)

The Food Quiz 04:00 SAT (b0076mlq)

The Food Quiz 09:00 FRI (b0076mtq)

The Food Quiz 16:00 FRI (b0076mtq)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b007k0fk)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b007k0fk)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b007k0fk)

The John Moloney Show 22:30 FRI (b092pgx2)

The Lawrence Sweeney Mix 23:00 SAT (b00klk4r)

The Mastertapes Guide to Writing the Perfect Song 11:00 WED (m000zfbk)

The Mastertapes Guide to Writing the Perfect Song 21:00 WED (m000zfbk)

The Moth Radio Hour 11:00 SUN (m000zd25)

The Moth Radio Hour 19:00 SUN (m000zd25)

The Museum of Everything 23:00 THU (b007k1qj)

The Mysterious Mr. Mercury 14:30 TUE (m000zcq6)

The Mysterious Mr. Mercury 02:30 WED (m000zcq6)

The Navy Lark 08:00 THU (b007jnvy)

The Navy Lark 12:00 THU (b007jnvy)

The Navy Lark 19:00 THU (b007jnvy)

The News Quiz 23:00 MON (m000z7b7)

The News Quiz 09:00 TUE (m000z7b7)

The Prisoner 18:00 SAT (m0001h0q)

The Prisoner 00:00 SUN (m0001h0q)

The Problem With Adam Bloom 22:45 WED (b00hhrhp)

The Tim Vine Chat Show 07:00 TUE (b0952qq9)

The Tim Vine Chat Show 17:00 TUE (b0952qq9)

The Tim Vine Chat Show 05:00 WED (b0952qq9)

The Unbelievable Truth 07:30 MON (m000z5wg)

The Unbelievable Truth 17:30 MON (m000z5wg)

The Unbelievable Truth 22:00 MON (m000z5wg)

The Unbelievable Truth 05:30 TUE (m000z5wg)

The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere 08:30 MON (b007jsq3)

The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere 12:30 MON (b007jsq3)

The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere 19:30 MON (b007jsq3)

Vent 23:30 TUE (b00tr5rv)

Voices From the Grave 18:00 MON (b007jwn9)

Voices From the Grave 00:00 TUE (b007jwn9)

Voices From the Grave 18:00 TUE (b007jwnf)

Voices From the Grave 00:00 WED (b007jwnf)

Voices From the Grave 18:00 WED (b007jwn1)

Voices From the Grave 00:00 THU (b007jwn1)

Voices From the Grave 18:00 THU (b007jwn6)

Voices From the Grave 00:00 FRI (b007jwn6)

We've Been Here Before 12:00 SAT (b00ft41b)

We've Been Here Before 09:00 THU (b00fy1g5)

We've Been Here Before 16:00 THU (b00fy1g5)

We've Been Here Before 04:00 FRI (b00fy1g5)

Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe 14:15 MON (m000zddk)

Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe 02:15 TUE (m000zddk)

Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe 14:15 TUE (m000zcq3)

Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe 02:15 WED (m000zcq3)

Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe 14:15 WED (m000zfbn)

Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe 02:15 THU (m000zfbn)

Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe 14:15 THU (m000zfbw)

Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe 02:15 FRI (m000zfbw)

Welsh Fargo by Sir Harry Secombe 14:15 FRI (m000zfdl)

Where Did It All Go Wrong? 23:30 MON (b0076qhy)

Whispers 08:00 SAT (b00c3nw7)

Whispers 09:00 WED (b00c6rnk)

Whispers 16:00 WED (b00c6rnk)

Whispers 04:00 THU (b00c6rnk)

Wilkie Collins - No Name 10:00 FRI (b007jrhz)

Wilkie Collins - No Name 15:00 FRI (b007jrhz)

Will Smith's Midlife Crisis Management 22:30 MON (b00gd5hv)

Wimsey 06:00 THU (b007jvk0)

Wimsey 13:00 THU (b007jvk0)

Wimsey 20:00 THU (b007jvk0)

Wimsey 01:00 FRI (b007jvk0)

Wimsey 06:00 FRI (b007jvk4)

Wimsey 13:00 FRI (b007jvk4)

Wimsey 20:00 FRI (b007jvk4)

Winston 08:30 TUE (b007jnby)

Winston 12:30 TUE (b007jnby)

Winston 19:30 TUE (b007jnby)