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SATURDAY 30 OCTOBER 2021

SAT 00:00 A Collection of Bones by Elspeth Davie (b012yym2)
The Eyelash

A humorous diversion into an evening meal, ruined by a small matter which prompts a big discussion.

"When you find a strange hair anywhere, do you at once connect it with some imagined person...?"

The last of five quietly unsettling short stories by Elspeth Davie, described as one of Scotland's finest and most underrated writers.

Read by Edith MacArthur.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2002.


SAT 00:15 HH Munro - Five Tales By Saki (b0076rpr)
5. The Open Window

Packed off around Britain in a search for a cure for his nerves, Framton Nuttel arrives at the Sappleton's house.

He's got a letter of introduction from his sister...

It little prepares him for the tale of terror he's about to hear...

Five Tales by Saki (HH Munro), dramatised by Roger Davenport.

Framton Nuttel ...... Paul Brooke
Vera ...... Emily Chenery
Mrs Sappleton ...... Joanna McCallum
Caroline Nuttel ...... Susan Jameson
Mr Sappleton ...... Michael Kilgarriff

Director: Ned Chaillet

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2005.


SAT 00:30 Off the Page (b0174gkq)
Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Follow the Yellow Brick Road - three writers discuss heart, courage and brains.

Dominic Arkwright welcomes Guardian blogger Stuart Heritage, Yachtswoman Dee Caffari and journalist Neil McCormick.

Stuart hates personal contact so much he moved to South Korea where they're "not huggers. They're not really hand-shakers. They're not even that fond of eye contact, the travel guide said. Brilliant."

Dee Caffari has solo circumnavigated the globe, braving icebergs in the Southern Ocean along the way: "We surf down huge waves on the edge of control at breakneck speeds - any collision would be the end of the race. Rescue is often days away and our closest chance of survival is a fellow competitor."

Neil talks about how intelligence may be over-rated and that sometimes it's better just to let your mind make itself up.

Producer: Toby Field

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2011.


SAT 01:00 VI Warshawski (b007jnm6)
Deadlock

5. Pavane for a Dead Hockey Player

Everyone wants private eye VI Warshawski off the case.

She appears to be getting closer to solving it - but then the next body is found...

Kathleen Turner stars in Sara Paretsky's thriller.

Dramatised by Michelene Wandor

VI Warshawski ...... Kathleen Turner
Martin Bledsoe ...... James Aubrey
Bobby Mallory ...... William Hootkins
Paige Carrington ...... Teresa Gallagher
Murray ...... Kerry Shale
Roger Ferrant ...... Bill Nighy
Janine Phillips ...... Shelley Thompson
Lois ...... Sandra James Young
Bledsoe's Secretary ...... Geraldine Fitzgerald
Cappy ...... John Church
Receptionist ...... Federay Holmes
Jack ...... Phillip Anthony

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1993.


SAT 01:30 The Quarry (m0010y1j)
5. Truth Revealed

Why did Reinke shout "let it burn?"

The chilling secret behind Douglas and Penelope's painting is finally revealed...

Stars Barry Foster, Penelope Lee, Frederick Schrecker and Andrew Sachs.

Conclusion of the thriller serial by Jon Rollason and Keith Williams.

Penelope Shemley ... Penelope Lee
Douglas Shemley .... Barry Foster
Simon Shaft .... Roddy Maude-Roxby
Reinke .... Frederick Schrecker
Paul .... Andrew Sachs
Ruth .... Isabel Rennie
American ....Peter Marinker
Hotel Receptionist .... Glyn Dearman

Producer: John Tydeman

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in January 1965.


SAT 02:00 Gainsborough by James Hamilton (b0902rn5)
5. Revelation

For his final years Thomas Gainsborough returns to London where he paints over 100 portraits and 30 landscapes.

Knowing that he's dying, he summons his old rival Joshua Reynolds and, on his deathbed, his wife Margaret makes a surprising revelation.

James Hamilton's portrait of 18th-century artist Thomas Gainsborough.

Concluded by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier.

Director: Kate McAll

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in August 2017.


SAT 02:15 The Citadel (b09thl64)
Series 2

5. Changes

Dr Andrew Manson is approached by a union Branch Secretary hoping to effect change in medical practice.

The estranged love of his life, Christine, is back in town.

Set in a mid-1920s South Wales mining town, Drineffy.

Based on AJ Cronin's groundbreaking novel, which is said to have partly inspired the creation of the NHS.

Manson ...... Richard Fleeshman
Denny ...... Julian Lewis Jones
Christine ...... Alexandra Roach
Blowden Page ..... Sue Jenkins
Dr Page ...... Seamus O'Neill
Daffyd ...... Simeon Truby

Produced by Pauline Harris and Gary Brown.
Directed by Gary Brown.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2018.


SAT 02:30 Hearing Ragas (b01mf7nd)
This is violinist Professor Paul Robertson's remarkable story of the Indian ragas he heard from within a coma, and the healing effect that Sir John Tavener's music had on him in his recovery.

When Paul and John met at a conference in 2007 they discovered that they had a shared interest in near death experiences and John stated that he wanted to write a piece for Paul involving four string quartets to be called "Towards Silence". He wrote the piece and Paul started to make arrangements for its premiere.

However, John suffered a heart attack and was taken into intensive care in Switzerland. Within weeks, Paul's aorta gave way and he found himself in a London hospital in a coma. Paul had a series of horrific visions, but was occasionally comforted by the sound of a woman singing Indian ragas. Only when he came out of the coma did he realise that the music John had written for him: "Towards Silence", was based on an Indian raga.

Paul then used the practising of this piece to rehabilitate himself after the paralysing strokes he'd suffered. Paul and John are brought together for the first time to share their experiences; how they view their respective illnesses and how these episodes have changed their lives.

Including music by Sir John Tavener, a soundtrack by Simon Hall and Sanchita Pal singing Ragas.

Producer: Rosie Boulton

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2012.


SAT 03:00 Midnight's Children (b094s2sq)
Omnibus

5. The Shadow of the Mosque

Saleem is reunited with the other Midnight's Children in terrifying circumstances.

An ambitious dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic.

The last of five omnibuses.

Saleem ...... Nikesh Patel
Jamila ...... Deeivya Meir
Young Saleem ...... Zain Syed
Young Jamila ...... Misha Shah
Mumtaz ...... Anneika Rose
Ahmed ...... Narinder Samra
Brigadier Iskander ...... Selva Rasalingam
Sergeant Major Najmuddin ...... Sagar Arya
Ayooba ...... Abhin Galeya
Shaheed ...... Ronny Jhutti
The Peasant ...... Akbar Kurtha
Picture Singh ...... Silas Carson
Parvati ...... Aysha Kala
Young Shiva ...... Nael Ameen
Young Parvati ...... Nikita Mehta
Midnight's Child ...... Ahren Chadha
Midnight's Child ...... Shiven Shankar
Midnight's Child ...... Shreya Shah

All other parts were played by:

Sheetal Kapoor, Renu Brindle and Emilio Doorgasingh and members of the company.

Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon.

Directed and produced by Tracey Neale and Emma Harding.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2017.


SAT 04:00 It's Not What You Know (b061qzx0)
Series 3

Episode 3

Who would play Romesh Ranganathan in a film of his life?

What's Christoper Biggins' proudest moment of his career?

What would Katherine Ryan do if she was Beyonce for a day?

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

In this case, comedian Katherine Ryan picks her best friend, comedian Romesh Ranganathan picks his brother, and Christopher Biggins picks an old showbiz pal.

Produced by Matt Stronge

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


SAT 04:30 Ballylenon (b007jvhs)
Series 4

Episode 1

The discovery that a ramshackle cottage may have belonged to the family of US President, Herbert Hoover presents Phonsie with a major financial opportunity.

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 ...... TP McKenna
Vera McConkey ...... Stella McCusker
Muriel McConkey ...... Margaret D'Arcy
Vivienne Boal ...... Aine McCartney
Stumpy Bonnar ...... Gerard McSorley
Guard Gallagher ...... John Hewitt
Peg Sweeney ...... Anna Manahan
Rev Samuel Hawthorne ...... Gerard Murphy

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1997.


SAT 05:00 All Those Women (b069jjml)
Series 1

Episode 1

As relationships wobble, members of the family descend upon Maggie to provide support, plumbing advice and tea. Rent-free, naturally.

Katherine Jakeways' comedy about four generations of women living under one roof. An exploration of familial relationships, ageing, marriages - it's about life and love and things not turning out quite the way that you'd expected them to.

Hetty, Maggie, Jen and Emily struggle to resolve their own problems, and support one another.

Hetty ...... Sheila Hancock
Maggie ...... Lesley Manville
Jen ...... Sinead Matthews
Emily ...... Lucy Hutchinson
David ...... Denis Lill
Customer ...... Rebecca Hamilton
Announcement ...... George Watkins

Producer: Alexandra Smith

A BBC Radio Comedy production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in September 2015.


SAT 05:30 The Confessional (m0010wm2)
Series 2

The Confession of Ed Byrne

Stephen Mangan presides over the comedy chat show about shame and embarrassment.

Each week Stephen Mangan invites a different eminent guest into his virtual confessional box to make three 'confessions' to him. This is a cue for some rich and varied storytelling, and surprising insights as their confessions are put under the microscope. Settle back for more revelations of guilt and mortification.

This week Stephen interviews Ed Byrne, whose career as a stand-up comedian has garnered him huge popular and critical success. Also known for his work as an actor and a TV presenter with a passion for hill walking, he talks to Stephen about the dangers of forgetfulness, a misplaced reputation for erudition and one alarming fantasy.

Other guests in the series: Olivia Williams, Anthony Horowitz, Shaparak Khorsandi, Konnie Huq and David Quantick.

Written and presented by Stephen Mangan
With extra material by Nick Doody
Produced by Frank Stirling
A 7digital production


SAT 06:00 Hercule Poirot (m001136r)
Hallowe'en Party

Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a child on All Hallows' Eve.

Agatha Christie whodunit starring John Moffatt.

First published in 1969 and dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Hercule Poirot ...... John Moffatt
Ariadne Oliver ...... Stephanie Cole
Judith Butler ...... Alexandra Bastedo
Miranda Butler ...... Sian Jenkins
Rowena Drake ...... June Barry
Michael Garfield ...... Gareth Armstrong
Spence ...... James Taylor
Elspeth ...... Auriol Smith
Miss Whittaker ...... Amanda Murray
Miss Emlyn ...... Petra Davies
Mrs Leaman ...... Paula Jacobs
Mrs Goodbody ...... Lala Lloyd
Mrs Minden ...... Katherine Parr
Fullerton ...... Colin Pinney
Mrs Reynolds ...... Rachel Atkins
Leopold Reynolds ...... Sam Crane
Joyce Reynolds ...... Sophia Nemeth
Ann Reynolds ...... Vivienne Rochester
Nicholas ...... Nicholas Boulton
Desmond ...... Peter Kenny

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1993.


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b0901fqr)
Series 43

Stephen Fry on PG Wodehouse

Stephen Fry nominates his hero PG Wodehouse, a writer who he says simply cheers him up like no one else.

Fry wrote to his hero when he was a schoolboy and his most treasured possession is a signed photograph which reads: "To Stephen Fry, All the best, PG Wodehouse."

PG Wodehouse was a self-made man, he began as a bank clerk, married a chorus girl and was interned by the Nazis. He wrote some of the most entertaining novels, stories, plays and lyrics of the 20th century and created enduring characters; the most popular being Reginald Jeeves and Bertie Wooster.

Stephen makes the case for why PG Wodehouse is a great life.

To help him he is joined by Dr Sophie Ratcliffe Associate Professor in English, University of Oxford and author of 'PG Wodehouse - A life in Letters'.

Presented by Matthew Parris.

Producer: Perminder Khatkar

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2017.


SAT 08:00 The Motion Show (m000833t)
Series 5

Episode 6

From banning political spin to believing in DIY.

Graeme Garden hosts the comedy debating show.

With Sir Bernard Ingham, Hattie Hayridge, Steve Punt and Arthur Smith.

Producer: Jane Berthoud

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2002.


SAT 08:30 Smelling of Roses (b00dh89p)
Series 3

Leading A Merry Dance

Rosie's no expert on Russian folk music but when she's asked to promote The Gulbekistan Dance Ensemble, she's sure she'll be equal to the challenge...

Prunella Scales stars in Simon Brett's sitcom.

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

Rosie ..... Prunella Scales
Jo ..... Rebecca Callard
Bob ..... Duncan Preston
Tess ..... Annette Badland
Robert ..... Simon Trinder
Leonid ..... Chris Emmett
Ludmilla ..... Lorelei King

Producer: Maria Esposito

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2002.


SAT 09:00 Diane Morgan Believes in Ghosts (b09c0rr8)
Diane Morgan – famed for her investigative powers as Philomena Cunk – trawls the BBC archive for the best real-life tales of ghost hunting, hauntings and unexplained phenomena, which takes us across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales – as well as on a tour around the bowels of BBC Broadcasting House.

And Diane will be joined by some special guests who have all had paranormal experiences, including Yvette Fielding, Glen Hunt, Toyah Willcox, Bethany Black, Steve Punt and Maxine Peake, and they will share their stories.

Archive programmes include The Grimsby Ghostbusters from 1992, Stranger Things: An Old Fashioned Haunting from Radio Wales, a tour of the Vaults underneath Edinburgh’s Cowgate in Underground Lives and Radio Ulster’s From Fear to Eternity. There is also a phone-in from 1979 where listeners share their experiences and there are short stories of real-life hauntings on the railways and in theatres, mills, hotels, homes – and even live on Excess Baggage on Radio 4.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in October 2017.


SAT 12:00 Reluctant Persuaders (b08kxzvv)
Series 2

Live Young

Welcome back to Hardacre's, the worst advertising agency in London.

Series two of Edward Rowett's award-winning sitcom starring Nigel Havers, Mathew Baynton and Josie Lawrence.

We find the team a little higher up the proverbial ladder. No longer fighting to stay afloat, but now fighting to get ahead, this week the team are confronted with an unexpected challenge - a can of water.

Tasked by accounts manager Amanda with creating a campaign to sell water to impoverished millennials, copy-writer Joe and art director Teddy face an unsettling question - can you convince people with no money to buy something they could have for free? And even if you can - should you?

As ever, they are alternately assisted and obstructed by their washed up creative director and self-professed advertising god, Rupert Hardacre and disinterested receptionist Laura.

Rupert Hardacre ...... Nigel Havers
Amanda ...... Josie Lawrence
Joe ...... Mathew Baynton
Teddy ...... Kieran Hodgson
Laura ...... Olivia Nixon

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in April 2017.


SAT 12:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b00899ps)
Series 2

The Scottish Play

Robert gets involved in a performance of the play whose title we are not allowed to say. He is overly superstitious about saying "Macbeth" ... Whoops!

John Gordon Sinclair stars in Paul Mayhew-Archer's sitcom about an aspiring actor.

Robert Wilson ..... John Gordon Sinclair
Desmond Shaw ..... Gary Waldhorn
Sue ..... Caroline Quentin

With:

Jo Kendall
Joe Dunlop
Jonathan Kydd
Danny Schiller

Producer: Paul Spencer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 1990.


SAT 13:00 A History of Ghosts (Omnibus) (m000nzvl)
Part 1

Kirsty Logan explores the evolution of Ghost Lore.

In the first of two omnibus editions, she examines:

• Ghosts that haunted ancient civilisations

• A full-bodied violent spectre that stalked medieval England

• Pregnant ghosts

• Impossible ghosts

• A weeping woman who constantly evolves along with her people

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2020.


SAT 14:00 Bleak Expectations (b00vrxwt)
Series 4

A Tolerable Life De-Happified

Our hero Pip sees his former nemesis - the badly named Gently Benevolent - thwarted and locked up in a prison within a jail within a gaol spelled the other way, and apparently repentant of his crimes.

But late one foggy night when Pip is attacked with a bowl of sinister custard he realises a new form of evil is stalking the streets of London, and he is obliged to ask for help from his erstwhile foe. Can Benevolent now be trusted? And who is the sinister evil figure?

Meanwhile, Pip's wife Ripely has become obsessed with cutlery, and the purchase of some diamond-handled dodo knives looks likely to force Pip into bankruptcy.

And his best friend Harry Biscuit claims to be having terrible problems with an angry badger, but is it all as it seems?

Mark Evans's epic Victorian comedy in the style of Charles Dickens.

Sir Philip ..... Richard Johnson
Young Pip Bin ..... Tom Allen
Gently Benevolent ..... Anthony Head
Harry Biscuit ..... James Bachman
Grimpunch ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Ripely ..... Sarah Hadland
Pippa ..... Susy Kane

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2010.


SAT 14:30 Arthur Smith's Balham Bash (b0101g5j)
Series 3

Episode 1

Arthur Smith presents music and comedy from his home in Balham, South London.

There's music in the kitchen, comedy in the front room and poetry on the landing.

Finding a decent sized performance space amongst the accumulated debris that is Arthur's life are:

Katie Melua
Roisin Conaty
Alun Cochrane
Nick Helm

Producer; Alison Vernon-Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2011.


SAT 15:00 Ability (b0b0v537)
Series 1

The Date

Matt can only speak via an app. Will his carer pretend to be him for an online date?

Matt is 25. He has cerebral palsy and can only speak via an app on his iPad. Everyone who cares about Matt knows that this isn't the defining thing about him. He is funny and clever and "up for stuff" - partly because he is keen to show that there's nothing he can't do, but also because, if he's honest, he's aware that he's less likely than other people to get the blame.

Now Matt's left home for the first time and moved in to share a flat with his best mate, Jess. But when Bob (Allan Mustafa) shows up as the new carer, the fun really starts. Bob is new to the job and, although willing, domestic duties are not really his forte. He's better at selling weed and dealing in knocked off iPads.

But he likes Matt and treats him like a real person. So, as far as Matt is concerned, Bob is here to stay.

Matt ...... Lee Ridley
Bob ...... Allan Mustafa
Writer ...... Lee Ridley
Writer ...... Katherine Jakeways

Ability is the semi-autobiographical co-creation of Lee Ridley, otherwise known as Lost Voice Guy. Like his sitcom creation, Lee has cerebral palsy and can only speak via an app. Lost Voice Guy is - probably - the first stand up comedian to use a communication aid.

Katherine Jakeways is the co-creator and co-writer of Ability

A Funny Bones production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2018.


SAT 15:30 Elis James's Pantheon of Heroes (m000fn2f)
Series 4

Market Towns

Comedian Elis James determines which Welsh market towns are the nation’s best, pitting Carmarthen and Llangollen against Hay-on-Wye

With:

Benjamin Partridge
Nadia Kamil

From the Glee Club, Cardiff.

Producer: Sharif Shahwan

First broadcast on BBC Radio Wales in August 2016.


SAT 16:00 Hercule Poirot (m001136r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b0901fqr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Mary Shelley - Frankenstein (b01nkt24)
1. The Passenger

A production of Mary Shelley's heart-breaking modern myth of obsession, pride and the need for love.

While sailing through the Arctic wastes, Captain Walton picks up an unexpected passenger. Close to death the man begins to tell Walton his strange and terrible story.

Frankenstein ..... Jamie Parker
The Monster ..... Shaun Dooley
Elizabeth ..... Susie Riddell
Walton ..... Alun Raglan
Father ..... Robert Blythe
Clerval ..... Sam Alexander
Mother ..... Christine Absalom
Waldman ..... Patrick Brennan
Justine ..... Emma Hook
Sailor ..... Joe Sims
Lieutenant ..... Don Gilet

Dramatised by Lucy Catherine.

Directed by Marc Beeby

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.


SAT 19:00 Diane Morgan Believes in Ghosts (b09c0rr8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Ross Noble Goes Global (b01cjg35)
Series 2

Adelaide

Ross travels to Adelaide in Australia and finds out it is a city of weirdness, in which men dressed in leotards wander the streets, and the locals all seem to be hiding something sinister.

A series of travelogues from comedian Ross Noble.

Producer: Danny Wallace

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2003.


SAT 22:30 Chain Reaction (b0738kq0)
Series 11

4. Victoria Coren-Mitchell interviews Sandi Toksvig

Writer and presenter Victoria Coren-Mitchell asks the questions to comedian and writer, Sandi Toksvig about her long career in broadcasting, her foray into politics and gets some advice on how to behave when you're staying at the Icelandic Prime Minister's house.

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

Victoria Coren-Mitchell is a columnist for The Observer and GQ amongst other publications and has presented myriad documentaries on subjects as varied as The Bohemians and Mary Poppins. As well as a prolific writing career, she keeps order on the popular and fiendishly difficult television quiz, 'Only Connect'. She is also well-known as one of the world's top professional poker players and has achieved huge success at the card table.

Sandi Toksvig is a prolific writer and broadcaster who chaired the News Quiz on BBC Radio 4 for nine years and over 220 episodes. In 2015 she was a founder member of the Women's Equality Party and was named new host of the long-running BBC TV series, QI.

Producer: Richard Morris

A BBC Radio Comedy production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in March 2016.


SAT 23:00 The Curried Goat Show (b007mdgf)
Episode 7

It's Pig Night - and shopping news. Dan Gaster, Will Ing and Ben Silburn's sketch-bonanza. With Polly James. From February 1998.


SAT 23:30 Guy Browning's Small Talk (b0076mv2)
Series 2

How to Kiss

The writer enumerates the many and varied methods of engendering facial contact, and where it might lead. From August 2004.


SAT 23:45 Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science (b01hkz33)
Series 2

Episode 1

Helen Keen stars alongside Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane for a second series of the factually-correct but funny exploration of the science and history of space travel, examining the Fermi paradox.

If the universe is really infinite it should contain infinite life, and yet we have had no contact from alien civilisations. There are different ideas looked at through history of what life might be like on other planets, and some of the more surprising suggestions scientists have had on how to get in touch with it, from giant burning parallelograms in the Sahara to sending nude pictures into space.

Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill.
Produced by Garth Edwards.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2012.



SUNDAY 31 OCTOBER 2021

SUN 00:00 Mary Shelley - Frankenstein (b01nkt24)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 A History of Ghosts (Omnibus) (m000nzvl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Wally K Daly (b007jt88)
Time Slip

Paul Williamson arrives home, only to find himself already there.

What exactly is going on?

Wally K Daly's award-winning sci-fi comedy drama.

Paul ...... Paul Daneman
Frank ...... Donald Hewlett
Margaret ...... Gwen Watford
Faye ...... Norma Ronald
Harold the Barman ...... Eric Allan

Producer: Martin Jenkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1983.


SUN 02:00 Bleak Expectations (b00vrxwt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:30 Arthur Smith's Balham Bash (b0101g5j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Ability (b0b0v537)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 Elis James's Pantheon of Heroes (m000fn2f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Hercule Poirot (m001136r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b0901fqr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Gainsborough by James Hamilton (Omnibus) (b00kym54)
A legacy from his uncle gives 13-year-old Thomas Gainsborough the means to leave Sudbury and travel to London where the arts and crafts are flourishing. He studies engraving with Gravelot and finds work decorating the entertainment kiosks in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.
Abridged by Libby Spurrier.
Directed by Kate McAll.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in August 2017.


SUN 07:10 Inheritance Tracks (m0001b2w)
Zandra Rhodes

Fashion Designer Zandra Rhodes chooses ‘Boléro’ by Ravel and ‘The Pearl Fishers' Duet’ by Bizet.


SUN 07:20 AJ Cronin - The Citadel (Omnibus) (b09v5xq8)
Series 2

Andrew Manson, a newly trained doctor is established now in Drineffy, a South Wales mining town and has taken on all of his elderly and ailing employer's sick patients. He remains good friends with the cynical Dr Denny - a flawed genius, and narrator, who observes Manson's very own sickness - 'love sickness'.
Set in the mid 1920s and based on A J Cronin's ground breaking novel, which is said to have partly inspired the creation of the NHS.

Manson ...... Richard Fleeshman
Denny ...... Julian Lewis Jones
Christine ...... Alexandra Roach
Branwell ...... Philip Fox
Gladys ...... Kath Weare
Aneurin Rees ...... Simon Ludders
Mrs Howellls ...... Ellie Darvill

Pianist: Simon Hoban

Dramatised by Christopher Reason.

Produced by Pauline Harris and Gary Brown.
Directed by Gary Brown.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2018.


SUN 08:30 Doctor at Large (b00bb9m8)
Fellowship

An X-ray mix-up leads Simon Sparrow's confused friends to fear his end is in sight.

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
Tony Benskin …. Ray Cooney
Wendy Swithenbank …. Norma Ronald
Taffy Evans …. Edward Cast
Mrs Travers …. Dandy Nichols
Ward Sister …. Kathleen Helme

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1969.


SUN 09:00 Life With The Lyons (m00113jz)
Let The Men Do It

Bills, bills, bills and more bills. Can Ben show Bebe how to make household savings? Stars Ben Lyon.

Comedy with a real-life American family - starring Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon.

With:
Ben Lyon
Barbara Lyon
Richard Lyon
Horace Percival
Doris Rogers
Molly Weir
Hugh Morton

Written by Bebe Daniels Bob Block and Ronnie Hanbury

Incidental music by Arthur Wilkinson. The BBC Variety Orchestra are conducted by Paul Fenoulhet.

Producer: Tom Ronald.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1953.


SUN 09:30 Reluctant Persuaders (b08kxzvv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Saturday]


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m00113k1)
Musicians

Tracey Thorn

Tracey Thorn, musician and writer, is best known as one half of the duo Everything but the Girl. Brought up in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire, she bought her first guitar, a black Les Paul copy, when she was 16 and her first band was called the Stern Bobs. Shortly after, she formed her own all-female band, Marine Girls, before moving to Hull University to study English. On her first night there, she met her future husband, Ben Watt, and they went on to form Everything But the Girl. Between 1982 and 2000, they sold more than nine million records and toured Europe and America. Despite their success, Tracey did not always enjoy performing live.

At 35 she left the pop world to look after her twin girls, who were followed by her son Blake. She took about seven years out to be a full time parent, but since then she has come back to song-writing, recording music and writing: her first memoir Bedsit Disco Queen was a best seller, and she has a fortnightly column in the New Statesman.

In 2018 Tracey was presented with the outstanding contribution to music prize, at the AIM independent music awards.

BOOK CHOICE: War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy
LUXURY ITEM: Lipstick
FAVOURITE TRACK: I'm Still Waiting by Diana Ross

Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Cathy Drysdale

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.


SUN 10:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b0120790)
Series 2

Fireflies

The chemistry that allows the combustion of natural chemicals to generate light without heat is wonderfully harnessed by the firefly.

Fireflies are insects with several species in the group; each with its own species specific code and signalling regime.

In this life story, Sir David Attenborough tells of his personal experience filming the antics of fireflies and the insight this gave him into this secret world of messaging.

Written and presented by David Attenborough

Producer: Julian Hector.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


SUN 11:00 Radiolab (m00113k3)
Series 8

Inner Voices

Radiolab is a Peabody-award winning show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and the human experience.

Radiolab explores how the inner voices in our heads shape us, for better and worse. With Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich.

From WNYC. First broadcast on public radio in the USA in 2013


SUN 11:55 Inheritance Tracks (m0001b2w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m00113k5)
Blithe Sprits: Monsters and The Essay: An Ode to John Keats

Poet Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's poetry archive and selects Blithe Spirits: Monsters and An Ode to Autumn with Frances Leviston. From 2001 and 2019.

Blithe Sprits - Monsters
Monsters. Alfred Tennyson 's Kraken and John Milton's Leviathan, which he described in Paradise Lost, are well-known poetic monsters which have inspired awe among generations of readers. Joanna Pinnock investigates the importance of monsters in verse and prose and discovers that some are more familiar than our ancestors could have imagined.

Producer - Brett Westwood

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.

The Essay: An Ode to John Keats - Frances Leviston on Ode to Autumn [Radio 3, 9/1/2019]

1819 was a stunningly fertile year for John Keats, when he wrote five of the greatest odes in the English language and actually introduced words and phrases never heard before - "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.....", "Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty....." . Five leading contemporary poets each celebrate a single ode.
3. Frances Leviston celebrates perhaps Keats' best-loved and most frequently anthologised poem, Ode to Autumn, exploring both its depiction of the bounty of autumn and its forebodings of death.

Producer - Beaty Rubens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2019.


SUN 12:30 Ability (b0b1srpp)
Series 1

The Assessment

Matt is 25. He has cerebral palsy and can only speak via an app on his iPad. Everyone who cares about Matt knows that this isn't the defining thing about him. He is funny and clever and "up for stuff" - partly because he is keen to show that there's nothing he can't do, but also because, if he's honest, he's aware that he's less likely than other people to get the blame.

Now Matt's left home for the first time and moved in to share a flat with his best mate, Jess. But when Bob (Allan Mustafa) shows up as the new carer, the fun really starts. Bob is new to the job and, although willing, domestic duties are not really his forte. He's better at selling weed and dealing in knocked off iPads.

But he likes Matt and treats him like a real person. So, as far as Matt is concerned, Bob is here to stay.

Ability is the semi-autobiographical co-creation of Lee Ridley, otherwise known as Lost Voice Guy. Like his sitcom creation, Lee has cerebral palsy and can only speak via an app. Lost Voice Guy is - probably - the first stand up comedian to use a communication aid. He won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014, has done three full Edinburgh shows and been tour support for Ross Noble, Patrick Kielty and Jason Cook. Lee has previously worked for Sunderland City Council's communications team, and the BBC in Newcastle and London as well, as various local newspapers.

Katherine Jakeways is the co-creator and co-writer of Ability. Katherine is a multi-award nominated writer. She has written North by Northamptonshire, Guilt Trip and All Those Women for BBC Radio 4 as well as numerous radio plays. She has also written for Crackanory and The Tracey Ullman Show for TV along with a BBC 1 pilot, Carol and Vinney.

A Funny Bones production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2018.


SUN 13:00 The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend (Omnibus) (b096nyvg)
Episode 1

Sue Townsend's hilarious and heart breaking chronicle of a teenager growing up in the Midlands in the 1980s. A brand new serialisation, read by Harry McEntire, in the year that Adrian Mole himself turns 50.

It's 1981 and Margaret Thatcher is in power, Britain is at war in the Falklands and teenagers are growing up in a world without mobile phones or computer games. While his parents are downstairs, drinking, smoking and arguing about their failing marriage, Adrian is upstairs in his bedroom listening to Abba, reading great works of literature, writing poems, and penning letters to the BBC.

Despite the many challenges that life throws at him - including regular beatings from the school bully, unrequited love, raging hormones, a severe case of acne and numerous rejection letters - Adrian soldiers on bravely and wins a place in our hearts with his charming naïveté.

Reader: Harry McEntire
Abridger: Sara Davies
Producer: Alexa Moore

A Pier production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2017.


SUN 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (m00022sq)
Richard Blackwood

4 Extra Debut. Actor and comedian Richard Blackwood chooses 'Mama Used to Say' by Junior and 'Don't You Worry 'bout A Thing' by Stevie Wonder.


SUN 14:20 Incredible Women - Omnibuses (m00019hr)
Series 7 (Omnibus)

Jeremy Front arrives in Cambridge to visit the 'Zinoviev School of International Relations' to find out more about its new head Jessica Kennedy.

Jessica has managed to jump from high-level job to high-level job, with seemingly few qualifications. Is she just a consummate power player? Or are there more sinister forces at work?

Jeremy Front is here to find out. And he won't let anything get in his way. Not even breakfast.

Omnibus of five parts written by and starring Jeremy Front.

Jeremy Front ....... Jeremy Front
Jessica Kennedy ....... Rebecca Front
Eva ....... Emma Sidi
Trader/Porter ....... Ewan Bailey
Bus driver/Protester ....... Simon Yadoo

Producer: Sam Michell

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


SUN 15:30 The Uncanny (b01k2bvn)
It's that sense of unease or disquiet at the heart of ghost fiction and horror writing, the stuff of bad dreams when the familiar is suddenly strange, a feeling of a place being unsettlingly out of place. The uncanny is everywhere.

So why is it that the familiar, or that which is closest to home, can be so much more frightening to us than the truly exotic or unknown? Freud's extraordinary essay The Uncanny, from 1919, is like nothing else he wrote. It's a translation of the German 'un-heimlich' meaning 'not homely' or 'a feeling of not being at home'. But the term itself is strange. In German its meaning can shift so 'uncanny/un-heimlich' can be read, eerily, as 'homely but not at home' - a disquieting ambiguity.

Freud tries to unravel that sense of the 'uncanny' that he sees everywhere in popular art and culture: in the fiction of Poe and E.T.A. Hoffman, in life-like puppets and mannequins which for a second we think are real, in doppelgangers and doubles, in the strange feeling of getting lost in a familiar place.

He was arguably onto something. The uncanny really is discernable everywhere in fiction, film and art - from Mary Shelly to Asimov, from Invasion of the Body Snatchers to the Chapman Brothers. This atmospheric programme explores the power of the Uncanny in our culture - in all its strange, unsettling manifestations.

Presented by Hugh Haughton. Contributors include author AS Byatt, artists the Chapman Brothers, writer and actor Mark Gatiss and psychotherapist Adam Phillips.

Producer: Simon Hollis

A Brook Lapping production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in June 2012.


SUN 16:00 Marcy Kahan - Victorville (m000bff1)
In Los Angeles, 1940, the most crucial collaboration in the history of cinema was taking place. Three outstanding actors came together to recreate a crucial hour in cinema history, when Orson Welles came to Victorville in the Mojave Desert to deliver his verdict on the screenplay for what is still regarded as the greatest movie ever made, Citizen Kane. At stake is the credit for the film, being written by Herman J Mankiewicz and overseen by John Houseman.

The 1941 movie went on to win only one Academy Award, for Best Screenplay awarded to Welles and Mankiewicz. The only Oscar either even won.

Recorded on location.

Orson Welles .....William Hootkins
Stanley Kamel .....Herman J Mankiewicz
David Odgen Stiers .......John Houseman

Written by Canadian-American dramatist Marcy Kahan

Director Ned Chaillet

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m00113k5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 Ability (b0b1srpp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Mary Shelley - Frankenstein (b01npb18)
2. Fearful

The second part of a production of Mary Shelley's heart-breaking modern myth of obsession, pride and the need for love. In attempting to find some peace from his troubles, Frankenstein has gone walking in the mountains, where he is about to come face to face with what he most hates and fears.

Frankenstein ..... Jamie Parker
The Monster ..... Shaun Dooley
Elizabeth ..... Susie Riddell
Walton ..... Alun Raglan
Father ..... Robert Blythe
Clerval ..... Sam Alexander
Old Man ..... Bruce Alexander
Agatha ..... Emma Hook
Felix ..... Joe Sims
Lieutenant ..... Don Gilet

Dramatised by Lucy Catherine.

Directed by Marc Beeby.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.


SUN 19:00 Radiolab (m00113k3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:55 Inheritance Tracks (m0001b2w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 20:00 Marcy Kahan - Victorville (m000bff1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m00113k1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b0120790)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 Ability (b0b1srpp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 The Million Pound Radio Show (b008m7km)
Series 1

Episode 2

Save the seal - and how to lose unwanted hair. Andy Hamilton and Nick Revell's sharp-edged topical humour.

With Jasper Jacob and Penelope Nice.

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1985.


SUN 23:00 Arthur Smith's Balham Bash (b01075pz)
Series 3

Episode 2

Arthur Smith with more music and comedy from his actual flat in Balham, south London.

Jenny Eclair is in the front room, Simon Evans on the landing, John Smallshaw delivers poetry and Alex Wilson and his salsa combo are in the kitchen.

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2011.


SUN 23:30 A Look Back at the Nineties (b007jqxy)
1999

Confusion in the House of Commons, discovering a new star - and what to wear for the Millennium.

Recorded in 1993 - Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Rory Bremner 'look back' at 1999 - a year that was yet to happen.

A satirical review set on New Year's Eve 1999 - the Sony Gold award-winning comedy recalls the events from 1995 to 1999.

Predicted by 'Spitting Image' writers Mark Burton, John O'Farrell and Pete Sinclair.

Producer: Caroline Leddy

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1993.



MONDAY 01 NOVEMBER 2021

MON 00:00 Mary Shelley - Frankenstein (b01npb18)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend (Omnibus) (b096nyvg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (m00022sq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Sunday]


MON 02:20 Incredible Women - Omnibuses (m00019hr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:20 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 The Uncanny (b01k2bvn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Marcy Kahan - Victorville (m000bff1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m00113k5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Ability (b0b1srpp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 VI Warshawski (b007jnmq)
Deadlock

6. The Long Goodbye

Clayton Phillips's body could only have got into the hold of the Gertrude Rutton one way. VI uses the same vehicle to confront the villain and ends up swimming for her life.

Conclusion of Sara Paretsky's thriller starring Kathleen Turner.

Dramatised by Michelene Wandor

VI Warshawski......................Kathleen Turner
Murray...................................Kerry Shale
Roger Ferrant......................Bill Nighy
Nils Greyfalk.......................Peter Marinker
Paige Carrington................Teresa Gallagher
Janine Phillips......................Shelly Thompson
Sal............................................Sandra James Young
Mrs Greyfalk..........................Alibe Parsons

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1993.


MON 06:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m00113jn)
1. Felix Bontemps Must Die

It’s the late ‘60s. A French student on-the-run in England has to take drastic measures.

A thriller serial for radio in six parts by Peter Ling.

CAST:

Nico Gachet …. David Valla
Karen Engstrom …. Patricia Gallimore
Mrs Benson …. Hilda Kriseman
Neil Benson …. Derek Seaton
Andrew Plessey …. Geoffrey Wincott
Miss Hathaway …. Hilda Schroder
Garage Mechanic …. Roger Gale

Producer: Ronald Mason

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in August 1969.


MON 07:00 Reluctant Persuaders (b08ljxcc)
Series 2

Just Do It

The worst advertising agency team in London are unexpectedly in demand.

The marketing manager of nutrition company Protein Team enlists their services for a huge poster campaign, aimed at selling protein shakes to women.

Yet no sooner is their ad up - featuring a slender woman, and an even more slender bikini - than Hardacre's find themselves at the centre of a media storm over misogyny, body-shaming, and the evils of advertising.

Wracked with guilt and determined to make amends, Joe clashes with his older and more cynical creative director Rupert Hardacre and accounts manager Amanda, who are convinced that sex sells and all publicity is good publicity. But in an age of Twitter storms and third-wave feminism, are they behind the times?

Edward Rowett's award-winning sitcom.

Rupert Hardacre ...... Nigel Havers
Joe ...... Mathew Baynton
Amanda ...... Josie Lawrence
Jordan ...... Richard Goulding
Teddy ...... Kieran Hodgson
Laura ...... Olivia Nixon
Tube announcer ...... David Fairs

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in April 2017.


MON 07:30 The Museum of Curiosity (m0010wz0)
Series 16

Episode 2

Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and the Museum’s new curator Holly Walsh are joined by comedian Evelyn Mok, historian Dr Alun Scott and screenwriter Allan Scott.

Evelyn talks about the rivalry between Gothenberg and Stockholm and donates the Swedish Dragon Gate to the Museum – it was intended to be the country’s first Chinatown but things didn’t go according to plan. Dr Alun discusses his research into beards which led to the media dubbing him the ‘maven of shaving’ and Allan talks about his time running a Scottish whisky company before becoming a screenwriter and working with Garry Kasparov on The Queen’s Gambit.

This series of The Museum of Curiosity has been recorded remotely.

The Museum’s exhibits were catalogued by Mike Shephard, Mike Turner and Jack Chambers of QI.

The Production Co-Ordinator was Sarah Nicholls.

The Producer was Anne Miller.

The Executive Producer was Julia McKenzie.

Edited by David Thomas.

A BBC Studios production.


MON 08:00 Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (b00gffj3)
From 15/03/1971

A rival to the Bard of Avon, the challenge of buying an antique teaspoon and a sleepless night.

A sequential entertainment for radio starring Ronnie Barker.

With Terence Brady and Pauline Yates.

Pianist: Gordon Langford.
Guitarist: Dick Abell.

WRITERS: Terence Brady, Donald Churchill, David Climie, John Graham, Charles Mackay, Spike Milligan, Peter Spence, Roger Till, Gordon Langford and Gerald Wiley -Ronnie Barker's pen name.

Producer: John Fawcett-Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1971.


MON 08:30 Albert and Me (b007jzwr)
Series 1

Where There's a Will

With a trip to hospital looming, single dad Bryan must make contingency plans.

CAST:

Bryan Archer …. Richard Beckinsale
Mum/Albert …. Pat Coombs
Dad …. John Comer
Bank Manager …. John Arnatt

Written by Jim Eldridge.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in December 1977.


MON 09:00 Jest a Minute (b0133g72)
Series 1

Episode 5

Justin Moorhouse, Sarah Millican, Chris Corcoran and Jeff Green star in Rhod Gilbert's comedy quiz. From September 2006.


MON 09:30 The Leopard in Autumn (b00bs464)
Series 1

The Caramba Campaign

Ludovico - the henpecked Prince of Monte Guano - hears two neighbouring states are set to go to war. His wife Plethora badgers him into leading his ragbag of conscripts in search of booty, accompanied by his sons and mistress Rosalie...

Neal Anthony's comedy drama set in Renaissance Italy.

CAST:

Ludovico …. David Swift
Plethora …. Sian Phillips
Francesco …. Graham Crowden
Alessandro …. Paul Bigley
Rosalie …. Saskia Wickham
Savatori …. Nick Romero
Guido …. Christopher Kelham
Brother Michael …. Kim Wall

Producer: Helen Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2001.


MON 10:00 CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers (b017gq5y)
Time of Hope

It’s the 1920s. By qualifying to study at the Bar, Lewis Eliot starts his rise to power by escaping from the drudgery of a Leicester council clerk's office.

C.P. Snow's epic novel sequence about the English Establishment and Power.

CAST:

Narrator …. David Haig
Lewis Eliot …. Adam Godley
George Passant .... Bill Wallis
Marion .... Laura Doddington
Sheila Knight .... Anastasia Hille
Herbert Getliffe .... Stephen Moore
Percy Hall …. Danny Webb
Charles March .... Jamie Glover
Leonard March …. John Standing
Katherine March .... Carla Simpson
Ann Simon .... Emma Woolliams
Mrs Getliffe .... Suzanna Hamilton
Revd Knight .... Brett Usher

Dramatised by Jonathan Holloway.

Directed by Jeremy Howe and Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2003.


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m00113jq)
Series 8

Truth and Lies

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

Guy Raz explores living in a world where the line between fact and fiction is blurry - when even facts are up for debate.

First broadcast in the USA on National Public Radio in 2017.


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m00113js)
Neil Oliver

Archaeologist Neil Oliver shares his Inheritance Tracks: La Mer by Charles Trenet and Martha by Tom Waits.


MON 12:00 Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (b00gffj3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Albert and Me (b007jzwr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 VI Warshawski (b007jnmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m00113jn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly (b007jx41)
1. The Erlking

A man relives childhood memories of the forest spirit who came prying at the windowpane and cast a blight upon his life.

The first of five supernatural stories written by Dublin author, John Connolly.

Read by Tony Doyle.

Producer: Lawrence Jackson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


MON 14:15 Henry James (m0000nm1)
What Maisie Knew

Episode 1

Following her parents' divorce, six year old Maisie finds herself at the centre of their bitter struggle.

Maisie ...... Talia Barnett
Beale Farange …… Andonis Anthony
Ida Farange …... Joanne Mitchell
Miss Overmore / Mrs Beale …… Emma Naomi
Mrs Wix …... Julie Hesmondhalgh
Henry James ...... John Lynch

Written by Henry James and dramatised by Amanda Dalton.

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2018.


MON 14:30 Laughter Close To Tears (b008s5hf)
Even the most repressive regimes produce humour - sometimes laughter can be the only freedom left. From Burma to Zimbabwe, Michael Rosen hears contemporary jokes from the oppressed across the globe.

One secret policeman asks another: "So, what do you think of the Government?" His colleague looks around before replying: "The same as you, comrade." The first policeman swiftly declares: "In that case, it's my duty to arrest you."

There are plenty more gags like this one as children's laureate, writer and broadcaster Michael Rosen uncovers the vital role humour has to play in the most bleak of global economic and social conditions - including the most dangerous joke ever told.

Prodouced by Mark Burman.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2008.


MON 15:00 CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers (b017gq5y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 Jest a Minute (b0133g72)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 The Leopard in Autumn (b00bs464)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 Reluctant Persuaders (b08ljxcc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 The Museum of Curiosity (m0010wz0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 MR James (m0001mmw)
The Haunting of MR James

1. The Mezzotint

By the master of the ghost story MR James. The new engraving Dr. Williams orders for the university collection reveals a disturbing story.

MR James ..... Mark Gatiss
Dr. Williams ..... Patrick Brennan
Dr. Binks ..... Tony Turner
Dr. Nisbet ..... Don Gilet
Mrs. Filcher ..... Jeanette Percival
Verger ..... Michael Bertenshaw

Dramatised by Neil Brand.

Produced and directed by David Hunter.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2018.


MON 18:15 Fresh Blood (b007k2d5)
A Fare to Remember by Dan Muirden

Dan Muirden's freakish drama to make your spine tingle.

James …. John Cummins
Tony …. Kim Wall
Jo …. Tracy Wiles

Producer: Paul Arnold

Part of a BBC Writersroom initiative to showcase dramas from writers across the country who had not yet had work broadcast on network radio.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in March 2006.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b01qwc8h)
Alistair Appleton and Simon Baron-Cohen

Must a book have psychological depth to be worth reading? This question comes up as Harriett Gilbert and her guests, television presenter Alistair Appleton and Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the department of Psychiatry at Cambridge, swap favourite books.

Alistair Appleton's choice: Notes From an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
Publisher: Harper Collins

Simon Baron-Cohen's choice: Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
Publisher: Vintage

Harriett Gilbert's choice: Operation Pax by Michael Innes
Publisher: House of Stratus

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.


MON 19:00 Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (b00gffj3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Albert and Me (b007jzwr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 VI Warshawski (b007jnmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m00113jn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m00113jq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (m00113js)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 The Museum of Curiosity (m0010wz0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 The Sofa of Time (b00j0hqt)
Here Comes Bod

Can Milford and Parker overcome Raamen Bod and find the Sofa of Time? Stars Mark Heap and Nick Frost. From November 2002.


MON 23:00 The Now Show (m0010xvg)
Series 59

Episode 1

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches and they're back in the BBC Radio Theatre in front of a remote audience.

Joining them from a safe distance is Felicity Ward who has a fool proof plan for improving food in this country and Aurie Styla giving survival tips for the pandemic and the smug benefits of owning an electric car.

We also get a sneak peak at Adele's 23rd album, 96, from Jess Robinson. Music composed by Alex Silverman.

Voice Actors: Gemma Arrowsmith and Luke Kempner

Producer: Pete Strauss
Production Co-Ordinator: Sarah Sharpe

BBC Studios Production


MON 23:30 Elis James's Pantheon of Heroes (b07pjzvw)
Series 4

Industrial Towns

Comedian Elis James compares Pontypridd, Llanelli, and Bethesda to determine Wales' greatest industrial town.

With Benjamin Partridge and Nadia Kamil.

From the Glee Club, Cardiff.

Producer: Sharif Shahwan.

First broadcast on BBC Radio Wales in August 2016.



TUESDAY 02 NOVEMBER 2021

TUE 00:00 MR James (m0001mmw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:15 Fresh Blood (b007k2d5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:15 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b01qwc8h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 VI Warshawski (b007jnmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m00113jn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly (b007jx41)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 Henry James (m0000nm1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 Laughter Close To Tears (b008s5hf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers (b017gq5y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Jest a Minute (b0133g72)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 The Leopard in Autumn (b00bs464)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Reluctant Persuaders (b08ljxcc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 The Museum of Curiosity (m0010wz0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Paul Temple (b007jp86)
Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair

1. The Sitter-in

When a baby goes missing, the suave sleuth and wife Steve are on the case - but can they identify a mystery man?

Another intriguing case by Francis Durbridge for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife.

CAST:

Paul Temple …. Peter Coke
Steve …. Marjorie Westbury
Sir Graham Forbes …. Richard Williams
Inspector Eden …. Frederick Treves
Charlie …. James Beattie
Terry Palmer …. Peter Wilde
Mary Desmond …. June Tobin
Queenie Edwards …. Armine Sandford
Madame Flaubert …. Catherine Salkold
Cen Walters …. Haydn Jones

From 1938 to 1969 the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard so often needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case.

Producer: Martyn C. Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.


TUE 06:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m00113dy)
2. Wanted by the Police

Hoping to make amends for his crime, Nico plans a dangerous liaison in London.

A thriller serial for radio in six parts by Peter Ling.

CAST:

Nico Gachet …. David Valla
Karen Engstrom …. Patricia Gallimore
Mrs Benson …. Hilda Kriseman
Neil Benson …. Derek Seaton
Andrew Plessey …. Geoffrey Wincott
Vince McAfferty …. Kerry Francis
Miss Hathaway …. Hilda Schroder
Coffee House Boss …. John Gabriel
Landlady …. Diana Payan

Producer: Ronald Mason

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in August 1969.


TUE 07:00 Polyoaks (b08wr9ft)
Series 5

Easy GPeasy

It's a red letter day for the Polyoaks surgery. Against all the odds, Practice Manager Monica (Polly Frame) seems actually to have balanced the books. Jeremy (David Westhead) is seeing private patients and is building up a nice little client list, Roy (Nigel Planer) has seen the light and is threatening to abandon drugs completely and Hugh (Simon Greenall) is strangely pleased to have been assessed as officially average by the Care Quality Commission.

What can possibly go wrong? And how soon?

The beleaguered West Country clinic carries on indomitably in its struggle against targets, government initiatives and patients. Dr. Phil Hammond and David Spicer continue painting their satirical portrait of a thoroughly modern health service.

TV’s Dr Jeremy …… David Westhead
Dr Hugh Thornton …… Simon Greenall
Dr Roy Thornton .….. Nigel Planer
Nurse Monica ..…. Polly Frame
Stephanie Simons / Belinda ...... Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Marion / Receptionist / Sally …... Kate O’Sullivan
Neil …… David Holt

Written by Dr Phil Hammond and Mr David Spicer.
Directed by Frank Stirling.
A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in July 2017.


TUE 07:30 Daliso Chaponda: Citizen of Nowhere (m0010x30)
Series 3

Black History

Episode 3 Black History

Malawian comedian Daliso Chaponda is back with a third series of his Rose D’Or nominated show where he examines divisive global issues.

Over the course the two previous series Daliso has covered colonialism, slavery, political corruption, charity, immigration, cultural relativism, dictators, and how different countries deal with the sins of their past.

In this third episode of the new series, through comedy routines and guest interviews, Daliso will be tackling the subject of ‘Black History'.

Performer… Daliso Chaponda
Writer… Daliso Chaponda
Guest… Nabil Abdulrashid
Additional Material… Scott Bennett

Theme tune - 'Timalira' by Lawi

Production Coordinator... Mabel Wright
Producer… Carl Cooper

This is a BBC Studios Production.


TUE 08:00 Round the Horne (b007k1pt)
Series 2

Episode 7

'Dr McKinlay's Scrapbook'. a special musical comedy extravaganza in a spoof eulogy for a TV screen doctor.

Starring Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden and Bill Pertwee.
Recorded at the BBC's Paris Studio in Lower Regent Street, London. Announcer: Douglas Smith

Round The Horne was born out of the demise of BBC radio comedy Beyond Our Ken, after the end of writer Eric Merriman's involvement. Using the same cast and producer, Barry Took and Marty Feldman were persuaded to write the scripts - which led to four series that ran between 1965 and 1968 - packed full of parodies, recurring characters, catchphrases and double-entendres.

Music by Edwin Braden and the Hornblowers and The Fraser Hayes Four.
Producer: John Simmonds
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in April 1966.


TUE 08:30 Winston (b007tbrv)
Winston in Europe

Don't Gush, Nancy

Father wants to move again. He's got the wanderlust. He's had enough of England. You can't get decent eccles cakes here any longer...

Peter Tinniswood's bawdy six-part 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 4 in March 1992.


TUE 09:00 The Now Show (m0010xvg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me (b0076hbd)
Series 1

The Folks Who Live on the Hill

Vi is sick, and Roy is no help. Then unexpected guests arrive for Victor's birthday party. Stars Ram Jam Holder. From October 2003.


TUE 10:00 CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers (b017gtdx)
The Conscience of the Rich

It’s the 1920s. Lewis Eliot gets caught up in a political scandal that engulfs the family of his best friend, Charles March.

C.P. Snow's epic novel sequence about the English Establishment and Power.

Dramatised by Jonathan Holloway.

CAST:

Narrator …. David Haig
Lewis Eliot …. Adam Godley
George Passant ….. Bill Wallis
Marion …. Laura Doddington
Sheila Knight …. Anastasia Hille
Herbert Getliffe .... Stephen Moore
Percy Hall .... Danny Webb
Charles March .... Jamie Glover
Leonard March .... John Standing
Katherine March ….. Carla Simpson
Ann Simon .... Emma Woolliams
Mrs Getliffe ... Suzanna Hamilton
Revd Knight .... Brett Usher

Directed by Jeremy Howe and Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2003.


TUE 11:00 A History of Ghosts (Omnibus) (m000p19p)
Part 2

Kirsty Logan explores the evolution of Ghost Lore.

In the last of two omnibus editions: :

* She discovers how the tourist trade in the Southern United states whitewashes history rather than drawing on African American ghost stories
* Explores the only known case where the testimony of a ghost secured the conviction of their murderer
* Dives into the life of one of the most celebrated mediums of the Victorian era
* Reveals that a spirit is not the most dangerous part of a poltergeist case
* Asks if in the 21st century we're less interested in finding ghosts, rather than creating them?

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2020.


TUE 12:00 Round the Horne (b007k1pt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Winston (b007tbrv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Paul Temple (b007jp86)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m00113dy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly (b007jx46)
2. Mr Pettinger's Demon

A priest investigates the incumbent at a remote parish church. Has his colleague uncovered an ancient evil?

One of five supernatural stories written by Dublin author, John Connolly.

Read by Tony Doyle.

Producer: Lawrence Jackson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


TUE 14:15 Henry James (m0000np1)
What Maisie Knew

Episode 2

Maisie forms a strong bond with her new governess Miss Overmore but everything changes when she meets Maisie's father.

Maisie ...... Talia Barnett
Beale Farange …… Andonis Anthony
Miss Overmore / Mrs Beale …… Emma Naomi
Mrs Wix …... Julie Hesmondhalgh
Sir Claude …… Rudi Dharmalingham

Written by Henry James and dramatised by Amanda Dalton.

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2018.


TUE 14:30 Gone to Earth (b048n3fb)
The Fan Dance

Infantry soldiers are trained, challenged and shaped by the Brecon Beacons. Horatio Clare walks with former soldiers to see the Welsh mountains through their eyes.

For decades the Brecon Beacons in South Wales have played an important part in British Army infantry training. Soldiers have walked, crawled, run, taken cover, got cold and wet, cursed and been shaped by the terrain of the Brecon Beacons. Writer Horatio Clare, who grew up in the Beacons, meets former infantry soldiers to explore their unique and lasting relationship with this landscape.

1. The Fan Dance: Horatio sets out to walk the infantry training route known as The Fan Dance, so called because it takes you over Pen y Fan, the highest peak in southern Britain. He's joined in the hills by former Parachute Regiment officers Adam Dawson and Evan Fuery and by Ed Butler who commanded British Forces in Afghanistan in 2006. The three soldiers talk about their deep physical and psychological connection with these upland border landscapes and the fact that, wherever they have served, wherever they're from originally, the Brecon Beacons become 'home'.

Horatio also gets first-hand experience of infantry endurance training and skills from Steve Rees, a former Royal Marine physical training and outdoor pursuits instructor. As he shoulders a 55 pound bergen – the military term for a rucksack – and Steve puts him through his paces, Horatio experiences first-hand a soldier's focused, exhausting, exhilarating intimacy with the landscape. He discovers how to turn it to your advantage and use it as cover; and what you see and know if it as you move invisibly through it, gone to earth.

Producer: Jeremy Grange

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


TUE 15:00 CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers (b017gtdx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 Elephant in the Room (m0006lbh)
Episode 3

Sarah Millican hosts a panel show using surveys to discover who is the most Average Jolene, and who is the most Maverick Matilda. This week's sparkling panel features Sandi Toksvig, Angela Barnes, Harriet Dyer and Phil Wang.

Surveys on subjects including childhood, daily rituals and favourite cheese are the basis for Sarah's questions to the panellists, discovering who is the closest to, and furthest from, the average. Surprising quirks, hilarious insights and unexpected anecdotes are revealed along the way.

The winner will be the most average. But joint winner will be the most different, the furthest from the norm.

A little bit like a dinner party, but one where you know all of the spoons.

A Chopsy production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in July 2019.


TUE 16:30 Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me (b0076hbd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 Polyoaks (b08wr9ft)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Daliso Chaponda: Citizen of Nowhere (m0010x30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 MR James (m0001mdb)
The Haunting of MR James

2. Casting the Runes

By the master of the ghost story, MR James. The tale of a curse passed on by a curiously inscribed slip of paper.

MR James ..... Mark Gatiss
Dunning ..... John Bowler
Karswell ..... Ewan Bailey
Gayton ..... Paul Heath
Mrs. Gayton ..... Saffron Coomber
Harrington ..... Ronny Jhutti
Assistant ..... Lewis Bray

Dramatised by Neil Brand
Produced and directed by David Hunter

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2018.


TUE 18:15 Fresh Blood (b007k2fl)
Absolute Silence by Ed Harris

After years of silence, Josh regains his hearing. But does it answer all his prayers?

Ed Harris’s spine tingling drama.

Josh …. Anthony Glennon
Charlie …. Tracy Wiles
Daniel …. Kim Wall
Annalisa …. Sophie Roberts
Mum …. Elizabeth Bell
Hypnotist …. Thomas Wheatley

Producer: Colin Guthrie

Part of a BBC Writersroom initiative to showcase dramas from writers across the country who had not yet had work broadcast on network radio.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in March 2006.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b036v094)
Series 16

Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

The hymn 'Make Me a Channel of Your Peace' found its way into weddings, funerals and school assemblies and in this week's 'Soul Music' we hear how it has also embedded itself into the hearts of peace campaigners, charity workers and reformed alcoholics.

The simplicity of this hymn often belies the challenges at its heart. Its lyrics call for unconditional love and forgiveness in the toughest situations. The words are based on a poem which has often been attributed to St Francis of Assisi. However, Franciscan Historian, Dr Christian Renoux, suggests it was most likely to have been written by an anonymous French noble women.

The poem travelled across the globe with translations published during the first and second world wars, subsequently bringing inspiration to public figures ranging from Mother Theresa to President Roosevelt.

In 1967 it caught the eye of South African born musician and 'yogi' Sebastian Temple who put these words to its most famous musical arrangement. It's Sebastian's version that was played at Princess Diana's funeral and that has also touched the hearts of millions worldwide.

Mathew Neville of children's charity 'World Vision' recalls his encounter with this hymn in the Democratic Republic of Congo, whilst closer to home Wendy and Colin Parry share their memories of this music and the role it played in remembering their son Tim, who was killed in the 1993 Warrington Bombings.

In Minnesota former lawyer Mike Donohue reflects on how this hymn has guided him on a journey through alcohol abuse and dementia and Sarah Hershberg remembers her good friend Sebastian Temple, who first played this simple hymn in her front room before it went on to travel the world.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.


TUE 19:00 Round the Horne (b007k1pt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Winston (b007tbrv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Paul Temple (b007jp86)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m00113dy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 A History of Ghosts (Omnibus) (m000p19p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 Daliso Chaponda: Citizen of Nowhere (m0010x30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Revolting People (b00ww9fh)
Series 4

Episode 6

The deserters lobby King George III over the war and McGurk has plans.

Sitcom set just before the American War of Independence.

CAST:

Sergeant McGurk .... Andy Hamilton
Samuel .... Jay Tarses
Captain Brimshaw .... James Fleet
Mary .... Julia Hills
Joshua .... Tony Maudsley
Belle …. Rebecca Front
with Michael Fenton Stevens and Philip Pope

Written by Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses.

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2006.


TUE 23:00 Will Smith Presents the Tao of Bergerac (b007w0j4)
2. Individuality

Jersey-born comedian Will Smith continues his obsession with 1980s BBC TV detective series Bergerac.

He's using an audio book of its star, John Nettles, reading the Tao, to navigate the minefield of his life, with the help of a special guest.

Will wonders how he can be an individual without being derided for his choices.

With Karl Johnson, Simon Greenall, Rachel Bavidge, Olivia Poulet and John Nettles.

Written by Will Smith and Roger Drew.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2007.


TUE 23:30 Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea (b0076zsc)
Series 3

Gambling Fever

To Dougal's dismay, Hamish becomes addicted to gambling after winning a Sporran Cosy in the Glen MacLottery.

Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden star as the two Scotsmen famed for their appearances on BBC Radio’s I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

With Alison Steadman as their cleaning-lady-cum-housekeeper, Mrs Naughtie, and Jeremy Hardy as the local Laird.

Producer: Jon Naismith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2006.


TUE 23:45 Quando, Quando, Quando (b007xry7)
Big Head

The Quando brothers' hair salon is thrown into pandemonium when the President of Uruguay arrives for his annual trim. No one must mention his enormous head...

Brothers Rene, Carlo and Charlie Quando chop, snip and crimp their lucky clients into shape at London's finest hair salon.

Six-part comedy written and performed by Rainer Hersch and Mark Maie. With Stephen Greif and Catherine Tate.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1999.



WEDNESDAY 03 NOVEMBER 2021

WED 00:00 MR James (m0001mdb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:15 Fresh Blood (b007k2fl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:15 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b036v094)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Paul Temple (b007jp86)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m00113dy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly (b007jx46)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 Henry James (m0000np1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Gone to Earth (b048n3fb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers (b017gtdx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Elephant in the Room (m0006lbh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me (b0076hbd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Polyoaks (b08wr9ft)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Daliso Chaponda: Citizen of Nowhere (m0010x30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Paul Temple (b007jp92)
Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair

2. The Marlow Incident

With Queenie dead - will her clue help the debonair detective and wife Steve find the missing baby?

Another intriguing case by Francis Durbridge for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife.

CAST:

Paul Temple …. Peter Coke
Steve …. Marjorie Westbury
Sir Graham Forbes …. Richard Williams
Inspector Eden …. Frederick Treves
Charlie …. James Beattie
Terry Palmer …. Peter Wilde
Mary Desmond …. June Tobin
Sergeant Digby …. David Spenser
Bill McCall …. John Stott
Roger Shelly …. Richard Hurndall
George …. Jeffrey Segal
Waiter …. James Thomason
Sergeant …. Hugh Manning
Telephone Girl …. Hilda Schroder

From 1938 to 1969 the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard so often needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case.

Producer: Martyn C. Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.


WED 06:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m00114rk)
3. The Storm Centre

Nico’s plans fall apart and the name ‘Buller’ looms at every turn.

A thriller serial for radio in six parts by Peter Ling.

CAST:

Mrs Benson …. Hilda Kriseman
Landlady …. Diana Payan
Indian Doctor …. Garard Green
Ambulance Man …. Roger Gale
Nico …. David Valla
Neil Benson …. Derek Seaton
Karen Engstrom …. Patricia Gallimore
Ray Lockett …. Alaric Cotter
Coffee House Boss …. John Gabriel
Detective …. Michael Deacon
Syd Schumann …. Leonard Fenton

Producer: Ronald Mason

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in August 1969.


WED 07:00 Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing (b04jm36p)
Series 3

About Bad Boys

In a mix of stand-up and re-enacted family life - Nathan Caton tries to be a good role model for his younger brother Tyree.

Written by Nathan Caton and James Kettle

Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing is a series about young, up-and-coming comedian Nathan Caton, who after becoming the first in his family to graduate from University, opted not to use his architecture degree but instead to try his hand at being a full-time stand-up comedian, much to his family's horror and disgust. They desperately want him to get a 'proper job.'

Each episode illustrates the criticism, interference and rollercoaster ride that Nathan endures from his disapproving family as he tries to prove himself.

Janet a.k.a. Mum is probably the kindest and most lenient of the disappointed family members. At the end of the day she just wants the best for her son. However, she'd also love to brag and show her son off to her friends, but with Nathan only telling jokes for a living that's kind of hard to do.

Martin a.k.a. Dad works in the construction industry and was looking forward to his son getting a degree so the two of them could work together in the same field. But now Nathan has blown that dream out of the window. Martin is clumsy and hard-headed and leaves running the house to his wife (she wouldn't allow it to be any other way).

Shirley a.k.a. Grandma cannot believe Nathan turned down architecture for comedy. She can't believe she left the paradise in the West Indies and came to the freezing United Kingdom for a better life so that years later her grandson could 'tell jokes!' How can her grandson go on stage and use foul language and filthy material... it's not the good Christian way!

So with all this going on in the household what will Nathan do? Will he persevere and follow his dreams? Or will he give in to his family's interference? Or will he finally leave home?!

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


WED 07:30 The Cold Swedish Winter (m000182j)
Series 4

Childhood

The fourth series of the comedy following the fortunes of a British comic who has married into a Swedish family and is building a new life in Scandinavia.

The series is set and recorded on location in Sweden, written Danny Robins (co-creator and writer of the Lenny Henry comedy Rudy’s Rare Records), and stars Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning comedian Adam Riches along with a cast of Sweden’s most popular TV comedy actors.

We catch up with Geoff (Adam Riches) and Linda (Sissela Benn) as the generous period of Swedish paternity leave comes to an end. It's time to discuss sending their son John to dagis (nursery school) and launching Geoff onto the unsuspecting Swedish job market. This means Geoff must come to terms with conflicting attitudes towards health and safety, the sinister undertones of Pippi Longstocking and what happens when the entire staff of a Swedish office ‘kicks off’.

In his new, tiny, unpronounceable, Northern home-town of Yxsjö, Geoff confronts the Scandinavian practice of ‘death-cleaning’, the Mosquito Museum, white water canoeing and Swedish attitudes towards gender equality. His father-in-law Sten (Thomas Oredsson) becomes the voice of Geoff’s conscience and Gunilla (Anna-Lena Bergelin), his mother-in-law, helps him make a commercial.

In this first episode, Geoff worries about trolls, mortality and poisoned blueberries.

Cast:
Geoff - Adam Riches
Linda - Sissela Benn
Gunilla - Anna-Lena Bergelin
Sten - Thomas Oredsson
John - Harry Nicolaou
Ian - Danny Robins

Written by Danny Robins
Produced and directed by Frank Stirling
A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007lrqy)
Series 4

The New Secretary

The lad's plan to hire help is thwarted by the very scary Grizelda Pugh.

Starring Tony Hancock.

With Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Kenneth Williams and Hattie Jacques.

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 November 1956.


WED 08:30 No Commitments (b00srkfx)
Series 4

A Nip in the Air

When secretive Charlotte goes into hospital, sisters Anna and Victoria fear the worst.

Simon Brett’s sitcom about the lives and squabbles of three very different sisters.

CAST:

Anna …. Rosemary Leach
Victoria …. Nicola Pagett
Charlotte …. Celia Imrie
Roger …. Jonathan Coy
Burton …. Kim Wall

Music by Elizabeth Parker of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Producer: Ann Jobson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1996.


WED 09:00 Listomania (m00114rm)
Pilot Episode

Susan Calman hosts the pilot for the series exploring the world of the list – from the magnificent to the mundane – from the humble 'to do' list to the bucket list...

With Lucy Porter, Joe Lycett, Richard Herring and Katherine Ryan.

Written by James Kettle and Gráinne Maguire.

Producers: Adnan Ahmed and Sam Bryant

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2014


WED 09:30 Smelling of Roses (b00dl042)
Series 3

A Cheeky Little Number

Jo's relationship with Robert is looking a bit rocky, and the situation isn't helped when she meets a charming young wine shipper for whom Rosie's organising a tasting...

Another assignment for Rosie Burns and the event management company, where the clients are only part of the problem...

Written by Simon Brett.

Rosie ..... Prunella Scales
Jo ..... Rebecca Callard
Bob ..... Duncan Preston
Tess ..... Annette Badland
Harry Butt ..... Gideon Turner
Emma Bryson ..... Rebecca Front

Producer: Maria Esposito

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2002.


WED 10:00 CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers (b017gyjd)
The Masters, Part 1

It’s the 1930s. Lewis Eliot is teaching in a Cambridge College when an election is called for a new Master.

C.P. Snow's epic novel sequence about the English Establishment and Power.

Dramatised by Jonathan Holloway.

CAST:

Narrator …. David Haig
Lewis Eliot …. Adam Godley
Francis Getliffe .... Andy Taylor
Winslow …. Clive Merrison
Brown .... Philip Franks
Calvert .... Adam Levy
Jago .... David Calder
Nightingale …. Jeremy Child
Chrystal …. Matthew Marsh
Crawford .... Hugh Quarshie
Mrs Jago .... Joanna Monroe
Sir Horace Timberlake .... Ian Hogg

Directed by Jeremy Howe and Sally Avens.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2003.


WED 11:00 Down By The River (m00114rp)
1. Source

From the squelchy trickle at the source of the Tyne, to the vast expanse of the Severn estuary, follow the writer Laura Barton as she explores the rivers of Britain to discover how they've shaped our stories and lives. Through the BBC Radio archives, and brand new interviews, she will follow these rivers closely to hear the tales they share.

Presenter: Laura Barton

Producer: Luke Doran

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in June 2020 as part of a three-hour showcase.


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007lrqy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 No Commitments (b00srkfx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Paul Temple (b007jp92)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m00114rk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly (b007jx4f)
3. Mr Gray's Folly

An unsightly building in the grounds of a country house harbours an ancient, irresistible secret.

A supernatural story written by Dublin author, John Connolly.

Read by Tony Doyle.

Producer: Lawrence Jackson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


WED 14:15 Henry James (m0000nf4)
What Maisie Knew

Episode 3

With both parents remarried, Maisie's confusion grows ever greater as she struggles to gain some stability.

Maisie ...... Talia Barnett
Beale Farange …… Andonis Anthony
Ida Farange …... Joanne Mitchell
Miss Overmore / Mrs Beale …… Emma Naomi
Mrs Wix …... Julie Hesmondhalgh
Sir Claude ......Rudi Dharmalingham

Written by Henry James and dramatised by Amanda Dalton.

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2018.


WED 14:30 Gone to Earth (b0499dl1)
Cover from View

Infantry soldiers are trained, challenged and shaped by the Brecon Beacons. Horatio Clare walks with former soldiers to see the Welsh mountains through their eyes.

For decades the Brecon Beacons in South Wales have played an important part in British Army infantry training. Soldiers have walked, crawled, run, taken cover, got cold and wet, cursed and been shaped by the terrain of the Brecon Beacons. Writer Horatio Clare, who grew up in the Beacons, meets ex-infantry soldiers to explore their unique and lasting relationship with this landscape.

2. Cover from View: Horatio spends a night bivouacking in the hills with former Parachute Regiment reserve officer Nic Shugar and Royal Marine Gary Mapletoft who teach him the skills of remaining unseen in the landscape; of using it strategically; of dead ground, cover from view and cover from fire. And they explore inner landscapes as they consider the hills' importance in the healing process for both military and civilian mental health casualties.

The landscape of the Brecon Beacons played an important part in preparing soldiers for the Falklands War. Horatio talks to Col. John Crosland who fought with the Parachute Regiment at the Battle of Goose Green. John recalls how British infantry soldiers felt on familiar terrain in the Falklands because it reminded them of the Beacons where they had trained.

Horatio also meets Maj. Gen Tony Jeapes, a former Commanding Officer of the SAS who ran selection for the regiment in the Brecon Beacons in the early 1960s.

Producer: Jeremy Grange

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


WED 15:00 CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers (b017gyjd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Listomania (m00114rm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 Smelling of Roses (b00dl042)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing (b04jm36p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 The Cold Swedish Winter (m000182j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 MR James (m0001l7b)
The Haunting of MR James

3. The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral

By the master of the ghost story, MR James. A tale of likely murder, mysterious cats and ecclesiastical carvings.

MR James ..... Mark Gatiss
Archdeacon Haynes ..... Sean Baker
Letitia Haynes ..... Carolyn Pickles
Jane ..... Saffron Coomber
Verger ..... Michael Bertenshaw
Pulteney ..... Neil Brand
Stevens ..... Cameron Percival
Runciman ..... Lewis Bray

Dramatised by Neil Brand
Directed by David Hunter

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2018.


WED 18:15 Fresh Blood (b007k2gy)
Eat Your Heart Out by Ade Solanke

A nightclub's rap contest is overshadowed by the violent murder of the favourite.

Ade Solanke's spine tingling drama.

Zaanee …. Jimmy Akingbola
DC Cross …. Vivienne Rochester
MC Spreadlove …. O Fagbenle
Fearless …. Michael Obiora
Doctor …. Thomas Wheatley

Producer: Colin Guthrie

Part of a BBC Writersroom initiative to showcase dramas from writers across the country who had not yet had work broadcast on network radio.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in March 2006.


WED 18:30 Short Cuts (m000jg9l)
Dreaming

Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about dreaming and the imagination. Dive into an astronaut's dreamscape, take an audio drawing lesson with Ebony Flowers and listen to Ursula Le Guin explore world-building.

The Astronaut's Dream
Feat. Helen Sharman
Produced by Edward Prosser
Music by Kevin MacLeod
Originally created for the Royal Institution

Self Portrait in Outer Space
Feat. Ebony Flowers
Produced by Jess Shane
Music by Chad Crouch and Abby Swidler

Ursula Le Guin
Interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour
Originally broadcast in 1990

Evin and Ian
Produced by Georgia Moodie

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

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


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007lrqy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 No Commitments (b00srkfx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Paul Temple (b007jp92)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m00114rk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Down By The River (m00114rp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 The Cold Swedish Winter (m000182j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Les Kelly's Britain (b016x3h7)
Episode 1

Les Kelly hosts a magazine show from hell. Les is a cross between Jeremy Kyle and a slap in the face. He claims this is the only radio show for 'normal, decent people'. 'If you aren't decent, this is not the show for you,' says Les.

Les meets a father whose daughter needs a new kidney. Well, perhaps 'need' isn't quite the right word. She just wants one more kidney than all her friends. Les also meets an expert on sanglanding. It's the dangerous new craze amongst young people - trouble is, no-one knows what it is.

Starring Kevin Bishop as Les Kelly.

With:

Alan Francis as Jeff Stevens/Paddy O'Connor/Dr Legg/Kevin Fort
Pippa Evans as Ms Howard/Nurse Magery/San Glanding Woman
David Armand as Colin/Dr Stephens/Man in front row
Margaret Cabourn-Smith as Wendy Hooper/Kirsty Travis/Alice Fort

Produced and written by Bill Dare.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2011.


WED 23:00 Bleak Expectations (b00vy38l)
Series 4

A Now Spoiled Life Smashed Some More

Pip and Harry must journey to the Underworld to rescue Ripely, but Mr Gently Benevolent has got there first and is planning to unleash the demons of Hell on the streets of London, making them even worse than usual. Meanwhile Ripely seems to be enjoying the company of some Greek Heroes a little too much.

Can Pip prevent a demon invasion of the streets of London? Can Harry win back the affections of his wife Pippa who has fallen for Benevolent's evil charms? Can anything be more terrifying the Clive the massive cake dragon? And will Mr Benevolent be in trouble with the Devil when she gets back from maternity leave?

Mark Evans's epic Victorian comedy in the style of Charles Dickens.

Sir Philip ..... Richard Johnson
Young Pip Bin ..... Tom Allen
Gently Benevolent ..... Anthony Head
Harry Biscuit ..... James Bachman
Grimpunch ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Ripely ..... Sarah Hadland
Pippa ..... Susy Kane

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2010.


WED 23:30 Bunk Bed (b0b9z4nv)
Series 5

Episode 2

Everyone craves a place where their mind and body are not applied to a particular task. The nearest faraway place. Somewhere for drifting and lighting upon strange thoughts which don't have to be shooed into context, but which can be followed like balloons escaping onto the air. Late at night, in the dark and in a bunk bed your tired mind can wander.

Patrick Marber and Peter Curran return with a dozy vengeance. Tonight they discuss the failings of James Bond as an English role model compared to Playschool presenter Brian Cant, the link between short trousers and bullying, and the soulfulness of the sock drawer.

"A welcome comfort against the gathering storm clouds" - The Spectator

"Funny, strange, enchanting, and beautifully put together' - The Observer

"You'll love it or hate it...but stick with it, it's gold" - Sunday Telegraph

"Bunk Bed on Radio 4 is beloved by broadsheet critics, but don't let that put you off" - Metro

Producer: Peter Curran
A Foghorn production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in July 2018.


WED 23:45 Roger McGough's Other Half (b04xrnlz)
Episode 2

Roger McGough is joined by Helen Atkinson-Wood, Philip Jackson and Richie Webb in a hilarious and surreal new sketch show for BBC Radio 4. With sketches about Fandom, Fatherhood and 17th Century France, you'll hear his familiar voice in a whole new light.

Expect merriment and melancholy in equal measures, and a whisker of witty wordplay too.

Produced by Victoria Lloyd.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2015.



THURSDAY 04 NOVEMBER 2021

THU 00:00 MR James (m0001l7b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:15 Fresh Blood (b007k2gy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:15 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Short Cuts (m000jg9l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Paul Temple (b007jp92)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m00114rk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly (b007jx4f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 Henry James (m0000nf4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 Gone to Earth (b0499dl1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers (b017gyjd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Listomania (m00114rm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 Smelling of Roses (b00dl042)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing (b04jm36p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 The Cold Swedish Winter (m000182j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Paul Temple (b007jp9h)
Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair

3. Introducing Mr Droste

More mystery, as the debonair detective sets out to unravel the secret behind Mrs Desmond's gloves.

Another intriguing case by Francis Durbridge for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife.

CAST:

Paul Temple …. Peter Coke
Steve …. Marjorie Westbury
Sir Graham Forbes …. Richard Williams
Terry Palmer …. Peter Wilde
Bill McCall …. John Scott
Roger Shelly …. Richard Hurndall
Philip Droste …. Simon Lack
Vanessa Droste …. Grizelda Hervey
Eddie …. John Cazabon
Taxi Driver …. Leigh Crutchley
Charles Marett …. John Bryning
Telephone Girl …. Beryl Calder

From 1938 to 1969 the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard so often needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case.

Producer: Martyn C. Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.


THU 06:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m001157c)
4. Dressed to Kill

Buller and his contacts seem omnipresent but Nico’s allies remain undaunted.

A thriller serial for radio in six parts by Peter Ling.

CAST:

Nico Gachet …. David Valla
Mrs Benson …. Hilda Kriseman
Syd Schumann …. Leonard Fenton
Neil Benson …. Derek Seaton
Inspector …. Garard Green
Karen Engstrom …. Patricia Gallimore
Ray Lockett …. Alaric Cotter
Stall Keeper …. Peter Maycock
Suzanne Kaye .... Cecile Chevreau
Salesman …. Ian Thompson
Buller …. Henry Stamper
Vince McAfferty …. Kerry Francis

Producer: Ronald Mason

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in August 1969.


THU 07:00 ReincarNathan (m0002822)
Series 1

Snail

Nathan Blakely was a popstar, but he died and was reincarnated as a snail.

Will he ever make it back to human again?

It's Quantum Leap meets Planet Earth meets an idiot. Daniel Rigby, Diane Morgan and Josh Widdicombe star in this comedy series about the afterlife.

Jenny ...... Diane Morgan
Nathan ...... Daniel Rigby
Tim from next door ...... Tom Craine
Denis/Waiter ...... Henry Paker
Susan, Conchita, Dying Snail ...... Freya Parker
Bert ...... Josh Widdicombe

Written by Tom Craine and Henry Paker

Music composed by Phil Lepherd.

Producers: Harriet Jaine and Jonno Richards

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in January 2019.


THU 07:30 The Break (m000kpv7)
Series 3

5. Strangers and a Drain

Jeff (Philip Jackson) ill-advisedly offers to clean the chaotic drains of his girlfriend Corinne (Alison Steadman) while she’s away at a pest control conference.

Seeking to free himself from this unsavoury task, Jeff strikes a murky deal with Fish Shop Frank (Mark Benton) to swap DIY tasks - Frank will clear Corinne’s drains and Jeff will fix Frank’s shelves.

However, things don’t go according to plan. The hapless pair are sucked into a swirling vortex leading to a seething netherworld of crime and Mariachi. Along the way they once again meet punctilious and pedantic policeman, PC Clarke (“That’s Clarke with an ‘e’”) and also unorthodox and erratic limo driver, Psycho Pete (Rasmus Hardiker).

In the meantime, Andy (James Northcote) is training to be a bingo-caller. Unlucky for some - 13.

Starring:
Philip Jackson
Alison Steadman
Mark Benton
Shobna Gulati
Rasmus Hardiker
James Northcote

Created and Written by Ian Brown and James Hendrie
Studio Engineered and Edited by Leon Chambers
Production Manager Sarah Tombling
Produced and Directed by Gordon Kennedy

Recorded at The Soundhouse Studios, London

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4


THU 08:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b013n0q0)
Series 8

Episode 8

With the rise of the Common Market in mind, Radio Prune goes International.

Starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall and Bill Oddie.

Sketches written by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie.

Originating from the Cambridge University Footlights revue 'Cambridge Circus', ISIRTA ran for 8 years on BBC Radio and quickly developed a cult following.

Music and songs by Bill Oddie, Liam Cohen and Dave Lee.

Producer: David Hatch/Peter Titheradge

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 in April 1970.


THU 08:30 King Street Junior (b007jm9c)
Series 4

3. Opting Out

As a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the school - who's stolen the prunes for school dinner?

Jim Eldridge’s gentle drama about the staff and students of the fictitious King Street Junior School.

CAST:

Phillip Sims …. Karl Howman
Mr Beeston …. James Grout
Mr Holiday …. Tom Watson
Mrs Stone …. Margaret John
Mrs Rudd …. Vivienne Martin
Miss Lewis …. Marlene Sidaway
Mrs Patterson …. Deirdre Costello
Mr Long …. Paul Copley
Mrs Maxwell …. Susan Jameson
Mrs Weedon/Parent …. Helena Breck
Mr Jenkins/Chairman …. Neil McCaul
Mrs King …. Marcia King

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1989.


THU 09:00 The Write Stuff (b061c7ky)
Series 9

Thomas Hardy

James Walton quizzes the panel in the literary quiz show.

Team captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh with guests Sue Limb and John O'Farrell.

The Author of the Week and subject for pastiche is Thomas Hardy.

Reader: Beth Chalmers.

Producer Katie Marsden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2006.


THU 09:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b0089m77)
Series 2

Fathers and Sons

Yet again, Robert is desperate for work, but is offered a job while he's supposed to be away with Sue.

His plan to get out of the holiday is devious to say the least...

John Gordon Sinclair stars in Paul Mayhew-Archer's sitcom.

Robert Wilson ..... John Gordon Sinclair
Desmond Shaw ..... Gary Waldhorn
Sue ..... Caroline Quentin

With:
Jo Kendall
Joe Dunlop
Danny Schiller
Phil Nice
Jennifer Piercey

Producer: Paul Spencer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 1990.


THU 10:00 CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers (b017gzk8)
The Masters, Part 2

It’s 1937. The politics of the Cambridge college where Lewis teaches becomes poisonous as the country stands on the brink of war.

C.P. Snow's epic novel sequence about the English Establishment and Power.

Dramatised by Jonathan Holloway.

CAST:

Narrator …. David Haig
Lewis Eliot …. Adam Godley
Francis Getliffe .... Andy Taylor
Winslow .... Clive Merrison
Brown .... Philip Franks
Calvert …. Adam Levy
Jago .... David Calder
Nightingale …. Jeremy Child
Chrystal …. Matthew Marsh
Crawford …. Hugh Quarshie
Mrs Jago .... Joanna Monroe
Sir Horace Timberlake .... Ian Hogg

Directed by Jeremy Howe and Sally Avens.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2003.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m00113k1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 11:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b0120790)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b013n0q0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 King Street Junior (b007jm9c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Paul Temple (b007jp9h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m001157c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly (b007jx4l)
4. The Ritual of the Bones

Scholarship boy Jenkins is intimidated by his new school's traditions. Especially one with bones in boxes.

A supernatural story written by Dublin author, John Connolly.

Read by Tony Doyle.

Producer: Lawrence Jackson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


THU 14:15 Henry James (m0000ndj)
What Maisie Knew

Episode 4

Maisie has to make a difficult decision when her parents decide to pursue their own desires.

Maisie ...... Talia Barnett
Beale Farange ...... Andonis Anthony
Miss Overmore / Mrs Beale ...... Emma Naomi
Mrs Wix …… Julie Hesmondhalgh
Sir Claude …… Rudi Dharmalingham

Written by Henry James dramatised by Amanda Dalton

Directed by Nadia Molinari

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2018.


THU 14:30 Footlight Fairies (b007k2n0)
The story of 19th century reformer Millicent Fawcett - who campaigned to remove children from the stage. With Susannah Clapp.


THU 15:00 CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers (b017gzk8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 The Write Stuff (b061c7ky)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b0089m77)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 ReincarNathan (m0002822)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 The Break (m000kpv7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 MR James (m0001m79)
The Haunting of MR James

4. A Warning to the Curious

By the master of the ghost story, MR James. The unearthing of an Anglo Saxon crown in the dunes unleashes supernatural forces for unfortunate medievalist Paxton.

MR James ..... Mark Gatiss
Paxton ..... Paul Heath
Jeffers ..... Michael Bertenshaw
Long ..... Tony Turner
Vicarl ..... Ewan Bailey
Molly ..... Saffron Coomber
Woman ..... Clare Corbett

Dramatised by Neil Brand
Directed by David Hunter

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2018.


THU 18:15 Fresh Blood (b007k2jc)
The Boy Who Cried Woof by Joe Harbot

Let down by his dad over seeing the school play - a boy has a surprising alien encounter.

Joe Harbot's spine tingling drama.

Boy …. Sam Aston
Dad …. David Crellin
Alien 1 …. Graeme Hawley
Alien 2 …. Fiona Clarke

Producer: Katherine Beacon

Part of a BBC Writersroom initiative to showcase dramas from writers across the country who had not yet had work broadcast on network radio.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in March 2006.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b0924kwx)
Series 43

Sathnam Sanghera on Alexander Gardner

Author and Journalist Sathnam Sanghera nominates a Great Life; a man dismissed as a fantasist and a liar in his own lifetime. Alexander Gardner was a Scottish-American soldier, a traveller, an explorer and adventurer - a white man with a tartan turban, who ended up in India in a Maharaja's Sikh Army in the 19th Century, just before the British Raj took over. Possibly a plagiarist and touted as a scoundrel, yet Sathnam claims he's worthy of a bigger place in history. If just a tiny portion of what we think we know about him is true, he is a genuinely remarkable figure.

Joining Sathnam is our expert witness to Gardner's life, the historian John Keay.

The presenter is Matthew Parris, and the Producer is Perminder Khatkar.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2017.


THU 19:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b013n0q0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 King Street Junior (b007jm9c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Paul Temple (b007jp9h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m001157c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m00113k1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b0120790)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 The Break (m000kpv7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 The Penny Dreadfuls (b00nks8c)
The Penny Dreadfuls Present: Guy Fawkes

What exactly is it that we're asked to remember on the 5th of November? As the nation prepares for Bonfire Night; highly acclaimed comedy trio The Penny Dreadfuls take a fresh and timely look at a familiar story with a comedic, stirring and sometimes graphic exploration of the build-up to and aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Radio Theatre in London, there's plenty of laughs in places where you least expect them - from the boisterously optimistic meetings of the conspirators through to Fawkes' internment in the Tower of London.

Starring Kevin Eldon as Guy, The Penny Dreadfuls will also be joined on stage by Miles Jupp and Andrew Pugsley.

The Penny Dreadfuls are David Reed, Humphrey Ker and Thom Tuck.

The Penny Dreadfuls have previously written and performed two series of the Victorian themed Brothers Faversham for Radio 7 and have just finished their fourth highly successful year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Guy Fawkes ...... Kevin Eldon
Thomas Percy ...... Miles Jupp
John Wright ...... David Reed
Robert Catesby ...... Thom Tuck
Thomas Winter ...... Andrew Pugsley
Sir William Waad ...... Humphrey Ker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


THU 23:15 Creme de la Crime (b007jr0x)
Series 1

20,000 Leaks Under the Sea

Michael Feydeau and David Pershore's case of wartime spying skullduggery. Stars Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis. From September 2001.


THU 23:30 The Secret World (b011vld9)
Series 1

Episode 5

From Sir Alan Sugar to Boy George, Jon Culshaw explores the bizarre private lives of famous folk.

Comedy series examining the bizarre and surprising private lives of public people.

Starring Jon Culshaw, with Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Lewis Macleod, Jess Robinson and Duncan Wisbey.

Producer Bill Dare

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.



FRIDAY 05 NOVEMBER 2021

FRI 00:00 MR James (m0001m79)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:15 Fresh Blood (b007k2jc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:15 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b0924kwx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Paul Temple (b007jp9h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m001157c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly (b007jx4l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 Henry James (m0000ndj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Footlight Fairies (b007k2n0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers (b017gzk8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 The Write Stuff (b061c7ky)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b0089m77)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 ReincarNathan (m0002822)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 The Break (m000kpv7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Paul Temple (b007jp9x)
Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair

4. Boulevard Seminaire

The mystery glove trail leads the suave detective and his wife to a rendezvous in Paris.

Another intriguing case by Francis Durbridge for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife.

CAST:

Paul Temple …. Peter Coke
Steve …. Marjorie Westbury
Sir Graham Forbes …. Richard Williams
Bill McCall …. John Scott
Philip Droste …. Simon Lack
Vanessa Droste …. Grizelda Hervey
Charles Marett …. John Bryning
Luke …. Jon Farrell
Telephone Operator …. Betty Baskcomb
Louis Franz …. Rolf Lefebvre
Waiter …. David March
Receptionist/Lady …. Beatrice Ormonde

From 1938 to 1969 the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats - a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard so often needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case.

Producer: Martyn C. Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.


FRI 06:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m00115cp)
5. Ring After Nine

Things turn serious, with Vince close to death and now Karen’s life under threat

A thriller serial for radio in six parts by Peter Ling.

CAST:

Mrs Benson .... Hilda Kriseman
Karen Engstrom .... Patricia Gallimore
Neil Benson .... Derek Seaton
Nico .... David Valla
Receptionist .... Frances Jeater
Ray Lockett .... Alaric Cotter
Buller .... Henry Stamper
Plessey .... Geoffrey Wincott
Suzanne Kaye .... Cecile Chevreau
Salesman .... Ian Thompson
Detective .... Michael Deacon
Coffee Bar Boss .... John Gabriel

Producer: Ronald Mason

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in August 1969.


FRI 07:00 All Those Women (b06bhvsr)
Series 1

Episode 2

Jen is driven to compete with Stuart in the parenting stakes. Cue the most fun (and educational) sleepover an eleven year old could wish for. In theory. In the meantime, Maggie would really prefer it if her houseguests would put things back in the correct drawer, and stop leaiving teabags in the sink.

All Those Women explores familial relationships, ageing, marriages - it's about life and love and things not turning out quite the way that you'd expected them to. Every week we join Hetty, Maggie, Jen and Emily as they struggle to resolve their own problems, and support one another.

Comedy series by Katherine Jakeways about four generations of women living under one roof.

Hetty ...... Sheila Hancock
Maggie ...... Lesley Manville
Jen ...... Sinead Matthews
Emily ...... Lucy Hutchinson
David ...... Denis Lill
Stu ...... Chris Pavlo
Pat ...... Katherine Jakeways
Mrs Bell ...... Amelia Lowdell
Freya ...... Zoe Castle
Lucy ...... Hollie Burgess
Announcement ...... George Watkins

Script editor: Richard Turner

Producer: Alexandra Smith

A BBC Radio Comedy production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in September 2015. .


FRI 07:30 The Confessional (m0011415)
Series 2

The Confession of Shaparak Khorsandi

Stephen Mangan takes another confession in the comedy chat show about shame and embarrassment.

Each week, Stephen invites a different eminent guest into his virtual confessional box to make three confessions. This is a cue for some rich and varied storytelling, and surprising insights. Settle back for more revelations of guilt and mortification.

This week, Stephen interviews Shaparak Khorsandi, a self-styled ‘spit and sawdust stand-up’ whose career also embraces success as a satirist, novelist and screen-writer. She recently received the prestigious James Joyce Award from Dublin University. She reveals a secret act of vandalism in her primary school loos, a story of hand cuffs and impulsive behaviour, and a tendency for taking comic retribution.

Other guests in this series include Olivia Williams, Anthony Horowitz, Ed Byrne, Konnie Huq and David Quantick.

Written and presented by Stephen Mangan
With extra material by Nick Doody
Produced by Frank Stirling

A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4


FRI 08:00 Dad's Army (b007jp0x)
Series 2

The King Was in His Counting House

When Captain Mainwaring's bank gets bombed in Walmington-on-Sea, his Home Guard platoon must guard all the money.

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

Captain Mainwaring …. Arthur Lowe
Sergeant Wilson …. John Le Mesurier
Corporal Jones …. Clive Dunn
Private Fraser …. John Laurie
Private Godfrey …. Arnold Ridley
Private Pike …. Ian Lavender
Private Walker …. Larry Martyn
Shirley …. Wendy Richard
Announcer …. John Snagge

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1975.


FRI 08:30 Second Thoughts (b00k2fl1)
Series 3

Room With a Queue

Hannah is off to university, so Bill and Faith bicker over who gets her vacated bedroom.

Sitcom about the battles of divorcees Bill and Faith beginning married life, whilst balancing the demands of his ex-wife, Liza and her teenage children, Hannah and Joe.

Stars Lynda Bellingham as Faith, James Bolam as Bill, Celia Imrie as Hilary, Belinda Lang as Liza, Emma Gregory as Hannah and Mark Denham as Joe.

Series three of four inspired by the real lives of its writers, husband and wife Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

A TV version made by LWT for ITV appeared in 1991 and ran for four series, with a spin-off 'Faith in the Future'.

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1991.


FRI 09:00 It's Not What You Know (b062khlc)
Series 3

Episode 4

What's Lucy Porter's least favourite town to perform in? Has Cornelius's pal Jonathan ever won any money as a result of a tip from Cornelius? Who is Tom Wrigglesworth's all time hero?

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

In this case, comedian Lucy Porter picks her agent, comedian Tom Wrigglesworth picks his father, and Cornelius Lysaght picks an old school friend.

Producer: Matt Stronge

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


FRI 09:30 Ballylenon (b007vmbw)
Series 4

Episode 2

The death of Canon Friel causes upset amongst the faithful and ruins Phonsie Doherty's plans...

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, County Donegal in 1955.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

CAST:

Phonsie Doherty …. T.P. McKenna
Muriel McConkey …. Margaret D'Arcy
Vera McConkey …. Stella McCusker
Vivienne Boal …. Aine McCartney
Guard Gallagher …. John Hewitt
Stumpy Bonnar …. Gerard McSorley
Rev Samuel Hawthorne …. Gerard Murphy

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997.


FRI 10:00 CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers (b017h805)
The Light and the Dark

As the Second World War erupts, Lewis Eliot heads to Whitehall and his love life takes an unexpected turn.

C.P. Snow's epic novel sequence about the English Establishment and Power.

Dramatised by Jonathan Holloway.

CAST:

Narrator …. David Haig
Lewis Eliot …. Adam Godley
Hector Rose ...Rupert Vansittart
Roy Calvert .... Adam Levy
Houston Eggar …. Peter Marinker
Willy Romantovski .... Kenneth Collard
Gilbert Cooke .... Anthony Calf
Margaret Davidson .... Juliet Aubrey
Rosalind …. Anne-Marie Duff
Betty Vane .... Carla Simpson

Directed by Jeremy Howe and Sally Avens.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2003.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m00115cs)
Sustainability

Laura Grimshaw and Greg Cochrane look at podcasts about sustainability - packed with good advice on how to save the planet.

We are joined by the BBC's Chief Environment Editor Justin Rowlatt to talk about BBC Radio 4's A Pyrotechnic History of Humanity and the wider challenge of reporting on the Climate Crisis.

We also speak to Tom Heap and Anne-Marie Bullock about BBC Radio 4's 39 Ways To Save The Planet and to Jack Marley about The Climate Fight: The World's Biggest Negotiation, a new podcast from The Conversation.

We also hear hopeful ideas and practical advice from:
The Climate Question from BBC World Service
To A Lesser Degree from The Economist
Climate Fringe Stories from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland
Use It Up from Delicious Australia
Wardrobe Crisis from Vogue Australia
Green on the Go from Holiday Extras
Fully Charged
Inherited from Critical Frequency


FRI 12:00 Dad's Army (b007jp0x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Second Thoughts (b00k2fl1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Paul Temple (b007jp9x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m00115cp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly (b007jx4s)
5. Nocturne

Sounds of a piano played at night lead a father and his son into a confrontation with a malign adversary.

A supernatural story written by Dublin author, John Connolly.

Read by Tony Doyle.

Producer: Lawrence Jackson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


FRI 14:15 Henry James (m0000pd8)
What Maisie Knew

Episode 5

Maisie travels to Paris with Sir Claude but when Mrs Beale arrives she has to make a difficult decision about her future.

Maisie ...... Talia Barnett
Mrs Wix …… Julie Hesmondhalgh
Sir Claude …… Rudi Dharmalingham
Miss Overmore / Mrs Beale ...... Emma Naomi
Henry James ...... John Lynch

Written by Henry James and dramatised by Amanda Dalton.

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2018.


FRI 14:30 The Cabinet of Animosities (b01m0kjd)
The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb exhibits objects left behind at the end of love affairs. Everyday things: the shared belongings, mementos and gifts that are no longer wanted - or are wanted too much.

In this audio-guide for radio, Cathy FitzGerald takes a tour of its woebegone collection and meets the broken-hearted lovers who have donated objects from all around the world. Tales of love won and lost, told through the things we give, the things we treasure, and the things we fling at one another when it all goes wrong.

Produced by Cathy FitzGerald and Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in August 2012.


FRI 15:00 CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers (b017h805)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 It's Not What You Know (b062khlc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 Ballylenon (b007vmbw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 All Those Women (b06bhvsr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 The Confessional (m0011415)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 MR James (m0001p66)
The Haunting of MR James

5. Rats

By the master of the ghost story, MR James. A remote inn, a locked room and young Thomson, the only guest, is curious.

MR James ..... Mark Gatiss
Thomson ..... George Watkins
Betts ..... Michael Bertenshaw
Mrs Betts ..... Carolyn Pickles
Stewart ..... Sean Baker

Dramatised by Neil Brand.
Produced and directed by David Hunter.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2018.


FRI 18:15 Fresh Blood (b007k2kq)
The Blue Room by Ava Ming

Two bullies have a secret hideout in the girls' lavatory, but it harbours a dark secret.

Ava Ming's spine tingling drama.

CTracey …. Aisling Caffrey
Carol …. Katerina Pushkin
Nikki …. Lauren Hopkins

Producer: Paul Arnold

Part of a BBC Writersroom initiative to showcase dramas from writers across the country who had not yet had work broadcast on network radio.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in March 2006.


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b017cfkn)
Japan

Hiroko Kawanami, Richard Lloyd Parry and Imran Yusuf explore the idea of Japan. What is it really like, and how does it match up to people's preconceptions?

Hiroko Kawanami is a Japanese lecturer in Buddhism who prefers living in the UK. Richard Lloyd Parry is Asia Editor of The Times and has lived in Tokyo for sixteen years. British stand-up comedian Imran Yusuf has visited Japan and loved it.

All three write and talk about the Japan they know, with presenter Dominic Arkwright - who has never been to Japan and freely admits he knows little about it..

Producer: Beth O'Dea.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


FRI 19:00 Dad's Army (b007jp0x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Second Thoughts (b00k2fl1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Paul Temple (b007jp9x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Death Speaks Another Language (m00115cp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m00115cs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 The Confessional (m0011415)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Talking to Strangers (b06zv3xm)
Episode 2

Comic monologues in which a range of characters find themselves engaging in that most un-British of activities: talking to a stranger.

Each piece is a character study: funny, frank, absurd, moving... Characters include a sex councillor who loves to draw, a spy who loves to share, a woman who likes to help too much ('I'm a serial helpist...'), a frustrated falconer, and a cheater who has to call her cheatee the morning after. And in this show, the listener themselves 'plays' the silent stranger in the piece...

Written and performed by Sally Phillips and Lily Bevan.

With guest stars including Emma Thompson, Olivia Colman, Jessica Hynes, Steve Evets, Sinead Matthews and Joel Fry.

A BBC Comedy Production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2016.


FRI 23:00 Brian Appleton's Unofficial Multi-Media Lecture (m00115cw)
King Steve

Lecture 5: King Steve
Surprisingly, Brian finds himself official! Yes, the College principal has re-instated him, with the proviso that he doesn't talk about rock music. Instead he has to deliver a lecture on the last Norman King of England, King Steve. Or does he?

Written and performed by Graham Fellows
Additional Research by Rex Brough

Produced by Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


FRI 23:15 The Jail Diaries of Sir Ralph Stanza (m00115cy)
Beating The Rap

Poet Sir Ralph gives a masterclass in rap, including such top tips as changing your surname.

More extracts from the audio diaries of the prison poet-in-residence, as he continues his mission to bring culture to the masses and gently explain it to them.

Sir Ralph Stanza ...James Quinn
Carl ...James Scales
Colin ......Neil Bell
Jermaine......Chris Jack
Officer ...Joan Kempson

Produced in Manchester by Graham Frost

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.


FRI 23:30 28 Acts in 28 Minutes (b01nv97y)
Series 1

Episode 3

John Humphrys gives 28 acts 60 seconds to entertain an audience:

Kit and the Widow
Frankie Boyle
The Hollow Men
Lucy Porter
Rob Rouse
Toby Foster
Mrs Barbara Nice
Rob Deering
Neil Edmond
Adam Buxton
Anna Crilley & Katie Wix
Mick Ferry
Pete Gold
Susan Murray

Charlie Chuck
Jarred Christmas
Marcus Cummins
Tom Allen
Justin Moorhouse
Will Hodgson
Stephen Carlin
Steve Oram and Tom Meeten
Isy Suttie
Alex Horne
Phil Kay
Nick Revell
John Hegley
Marcus Brigstocke & Danny Robins

Producers: Rohan Acharya and Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.




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

28 Acts in 28 Minutes 23:30 FRI (b01nv97y)

A Collection of Bones by Elspeth Davie 00:00 SAT (b012yym2)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b01qwc8h)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b01qwc8h)

A History of Ghosts (Omnibus) 13:00 SAT (m000nzvl)

A History of Ghosts (Omnibus) 01:00 SUN (m000nzvl)

A History of Ghosts (Omnibus) 11:00 TUE (m000p19p)

A History of Ghosts (Omnibus) 21:00 TUE (m000p19p)

A Look Back at the Nineties 23:30 SUN (b007jqxy)

AJ Cronin - The Citadel (Omnibus) 07:20 SUN (b09v5xq8)

Ability 15:00 SAT (b0b0v537)

Ability 03:00 SUN (b0b0v537)

Ability 12:30 SUN (b0b1srpp)

Ability 17:30 SUN (b0b1srpp)

Ability 22:00 SUN (b0b1srpp)

Ability 05:30 MON (b0b1srpp)

Albert and Me 08:30 MON (b007jzwr)

Albert and Me 12:30 MON (b007jzwr)

Albert and Me 19:30 MON (b007jzwr)

All Those Women 05:00 SAT (b069jjml)

All Those Women 07:00 FRI (b06bhvsr)

All Those Women 17:00 FRI (b06bhvsr)

An Actor's Life for Me 12:30 SAT (b00899ps)

An Actor's Life for Me 09:30 THU (b0089m77)

An Actor's Life for Me 16:30 THU (b0089m77)

An Actor's Life for Me 04:30 FRI (b0089m77)

Arthur Smith's Balham Bash 14:30 SAT (b0101g5j)

Arthur Smith's Balham Bash 02:30 SUN (b0101g5j)

Arthur Smith's Balham Bash 23:00 SUN (b01075pz)

Ballylenon 04:30 SAT (b007jvhs)

Ballylenon 09:30 FRI (b007vmbw)

Ballylenon 16:30 FRI (b007vmbw)

Bleak Expectations 14:00 SAT (b00vrxwt)

Bleak Expectations 02:00 SUN (b00vrxwt)

Bleak Expectations 23:00 WED (b00vy38l)

Brian Appleton's Unofficial Multi-Media Lecture 23:00 FRI (m00115cw)

Bunk Bed 23:30 WED (b0b9z4nv)

CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers 10:00 MON (b017gq5y)

CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers 15:00 MON (b017gq5y)

CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers 03:00 TUE (b017gq5y)

CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers 10:00 TUE (b017gtdx)

CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers 15:00 TUE (b017gtdx)

CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers 03:00 WED (b017gtdx)

CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers 10:00 WED (b017gyjd)

CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers 15:00 WED (b017gyjd)

CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers 03:00 THU (b017gyjd)

CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers 10:00 THU (b017gzk8)

CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers 15:00 THU (b017gzk8)

CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers 03:00 FRI (b017gzk8)

CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers 10:00 FRI (b017h805)

CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers 15:00 FRI (b017h805)

Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing 07:00 WED (b04jm36p)

Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing 17:00 WED (b04jm36p)

Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing 05:00 THU (b04jm36p)

Chain Reaction 22:30 SAT (b0738kq0)

Creme de la Crime 23:15 THU (b007jr0x)

Dad's Army 08:00 FRI (b007jp0x)

Dad's Army 12:00 FRI (b007jp0x)

Dad's Army 19:00 FRI (b007jp0x)

Daliso Chaponda: Citizen of Nowhere 07:30 TUE (m0010x30)

Daliso Chaponda: Citizen of Nowhere 17:30 TUE (m0010x30)

Daliso Chaponda: Citizen of Nowhere 22:00 TUE (m0010x30)

Daliso Chaponda: Citizen of Nowhere 05:30 WED (m0010x30)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 10:45 SUN (b0120790)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 SUN (b0120790)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 11:45 THU (b0120790)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 THU (b0120790)

Death Speaks Another Language 06:30 MON (m00113jn)

Death Speaks Another Language 13:30 MON (m00113jn)

Death Speaks Another Language 20:30 MON (m00113jn)

Death Speaks Another Language 01:30 TUE (m00113jn)

Death Speaks Another Language 06:30 TUE (m00113dy)

Death Speaks Another Language 13:30 TUE (m00113dy)

Death Speaks Another Language 20:30 TUE (m00113dy)

Death Speaks Another Language 01:30 WED (m00113dy)

Death Speaks Another Language 06:30 WED (m00114rk)

Death Speaks Another Language 13:30 WED (m00114rk)

Death Speaks Another Language 20:30 WED (m00114rk)

Death Speaks Another Language 01:30 THU (m00114rk)

Death Speaks Another Language 06:30 THU (m001157c)

Death Speaks Another Language 13:30 THU (m001157c)

Death Speaks Another Language 20:30 THU (m001157c)

Death Speaks Another Language 01:30 FRI (m001157c)

Death Speaks Another Language 06:30 FRI (m00115cp)

Death Speaks Another Language 13:30 FRI (m00115cp)

Death Speaks Another Language 20:30 FRI (m00115cp)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (m00113k1)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (m00113k1)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (m00113k1)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (m00113k1)

Diane Morgan Believes in Ghosts 09:00 SAT (b09c0rr8)

Diane Morgan Believes in Ghosts 19:00 SAT (b09c0rr8)

Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me 09:30 TUE (b0076hbd)

Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me 16:30 TUE (b0076hbd)

Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me 04:30 WED (b0076hbd)

Doctor at Large 08:30 SUN (b00bb9m8)

Down By The River 11:00 WED (m00114rp)

Down By The River 21:00 WED (m00114rp)

Elephant in the Room 16:00 TUE (m0006lbh)

Elephant in the Room 04:00 WED (m0006lbh)

Elis James's Pantheon of Heroes 15:30 SAT (m000fn2f)

Elis James's Pantheon of Heroes 03:30 SUN (m000fn2f)

Elis James's Pantheon of Heroes 23:30 MON (b07pjzvw)

Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly 14:00 MON (b007jx41)

Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly 02:00 TUE (b007jx41)

Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly 14:00 TUE (b007jx46)

Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly 02:00 WED (b007jx46)

Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly 14:00 WED (b007jx4f)

Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly 02:00 THU (b007jx4f)

Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly 14:00 THU (b007jx4l)

Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly 02:00 FRI (b007jx4l)

Five Ghost Stories by John Connolly 14:00 FRI (b007jx4s)

Footlight Fairies 14:30 THU (b007k2n0)

Footlight Fairies 02:30 FRI (b007k2n0)

Fresh Blood 18:15 MON (b007k2d5)

Fresh Blood 00:15 TUE (b007k2d5)

Fresh Blood 18:15 TUE (b007k2fl)

Fresh Blood 00:15 WED (b007k2fl)

Fresh Blood 18:15 WED (b007k2gy)

Fresh Blood 00:15 THU (b007k2gy)

Fresh Blood 18:15 THU (b007k2jc)

Fresh Blood 00:15 FRI (b007k2jc)

Fresh Blood 18:15 FRI (b007k2kq)

Gainsborough by James Hamilton (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (b00kym54)

Gainsborough by James Hamilton 02:00 SAT (b0902rn5)

Gone to Earth 14:30 TUE (b048n3fb)

Gone to Earth 02:30 WED (b048n3fb)

Gone to Earth 14:30 WED (b0499dl1)

Gone to Earth 02:30 THU (b0499dl1)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (b0901fqr)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (b0901fqr)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (b0901fqr)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b0924kwx)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b0924kwx)

Guy Browning's Small Talk 23:30 SAT (b0076mv2)

HH Munro - Five Tales By Saki 00:15 SAT (b0076rpr)

Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea 23:30 TUE (b0076zsc)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b007lrqy)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b007lrqy)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b007lrqy)

Hearing Ragas 02:30 SAT (b01mf7nd)

Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science 23:45 SAT (b01hkz33)

Henry James 14:15 MON (m0000nm1)

Henry James 02:15 TUE (m0000nm1)

Henry James 14:15 TUE (m0000np1)

Henry James 02:15 WED (m0000np1)

Henry James 14:15 WED (m0000nf4)

Henry James 02:15 THU (m0000nf4)

Henry James 14:15 THU (m0000ndj)

Henry James 02:15 FRI (m0000ndj)

Henry James 14:15 FRI (m0000pd8)

Hercule Poirot 06:00 SAT (m001136r)

Hercule Poirot 16:00 SAT (m001136r)

Hercule Poirot 04:00 SUN (m001136r)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:00 THU (b013n0q0)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:00 THU (b013n0q0)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:00 THU (b013n0q0)

Incredible Women - Omnibuses 14:20 SUN (m00019hr)

Incredible Women - Omnibuses 02:20 MON (m00019hr)

Inheritance Tracks 07:10 SUN (m0001b2w)

Inheritance Tracks 11:55 SUN (m0001b2w)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SUN (m00022sq)

Inheritance Tracks 19:55 SUN (m0001b2w)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 MON (m00022sq)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (m00113js)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (m00113js)

It's Not What You Know 04:00 SAT (b061qzx0)

It's Not What You Know 09:00 FRI (b062khlc)

It's Not What You Know 16:00 FRI (b062khlc)

Jest a Minute 09:00 MON (b0133g72)

Jest a Minute 16:00 MON (b0133g72)

Jest a Minute 04:00 TUE (b0133g72)

King Street Junior 08:30 THU (b007jm9c)

King Street Junior 12:30 THU (b007jm9c)

King Street Junior 19:30 THU (b007jm9c)

Laughter Close To Tears 14:30 MON (b008s5hf)

Laughter Close To Tears 02:30 TUE (b008s5hf)

Les Kelly's Britain 22:30 WED (b016x3h7)

Life With The Lyons 09:00 SUN (m00113jz)

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead 08:00 MON (b00gffj3)

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead 12:00 MON (b00gffj3)

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead 19:00 MON (b00gffj3)

Listomania 09:00 WED (m00114rm)

Listomania 16:00 WED (m00114rm)

Listomania 04:00 THU (m00114rm)

MR James 18:00 MON (m0001mmw)

MR James 00:00 TUE (m0001mmw)

MR James 18:00 TUE (m0001mdb)

MR James 00:00 WED (m0001mdb)

MR James 18:00 WED (m0001l7b)

MR James 00:00 THU (m0001l7b)

MR James 18:00 THU (m0001m79)

MR James 00:00 FRI (m0001m79)

MR James 18:00 FRI (m0001p66)

Marcy Kahan - Victorville 16:00 SUN (m000bff1)

Marcy Kahan - Victorville 20:00 SUN (m000bff1)

Marcy Kahan - Victorville 04:00 MON (m000bff1)

Mary Shelley - Frankenstein 18:00 SAT (b01nkt24)

Mary Shelley - Frankenstein 00:00 SUN (b01nkt24)

Mary Shelley - Frankenstein 18:00 SUN (b01npb18)

Mary Shelley - Frankenstein 00:00 MON (b01npb18)

Midnight's Children 03:00 SAT (b094s2sq)

No Commitments 08:30 WED (b00srkfx)

No Commitments 12:30 WED (b00srkfx)

No Commitments 19:30 WED (b00srkfx)

Off the Page 00:30 SAT (b0174gkq)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b017cfkn)

Paul Temple 06:00 TUE (b007jp86)

Paul Temple 13:00 TUE (b007jp86)

Paul Temple 20:00 TUE (b007jp86)

Paul Temple 01:00 WED (b007jp86)

Paul Temple 06:00 WED (b007jp92)

Paul Temple 13:00 WED (b007jp92)

Paul Temple 20:00 WED (b007jp92)

Paul Temple 01:00 THU (b007jp92)

Paul Temple 06:00 THU (b007jp9h)

Paul Temple 13:00 THU (b007jp9h)

Paul Temple 20:00 THU (b007jp9h)

Paul Temple 01:00 FRI (b007jp9h)

Paul Temple 06:00 FRI (b007jp9x)

Paul Temple 13:00 FRI (b007jp9x)

Paul Temple 20:00 FRI (b007jp9x)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m00115cs)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m00115cs)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (m00113k5)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m00113k5)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m00113k5)

Polyoaks 07:00 TUE (b08wr9ft)

Polyoaks 17:00 TUE (b08wr9ft)

Polyoaks 05:00 WED (b08wr9ft)

Quando, Quando, Quando 23:45 TUE (b007xry7)

Radiolab 11:00 SUN (m00113k3)

Radiolab 19:00 SUN (m00113k3)

ReincarNathan 07:00 THU (m0002822)

ReincarNathan 17:00 THU (m0002822)

ReincarNathan 05:00 FRI (m0002822)

Reluctant Persuaders 12:00 SAT (b08kxzvv)

Reluctant Persuaders 09:30 SUN (b08kxzvv)

Reluctant Persuaders 07:00 MON (b08ljxcc)

Reluctant Persuaders 17:00 MON (b08ljxcc)

Reluctant Persuaders 05:00 TUE (b08ljxcc)

Revolting People 22:30 TUE (b00ww9fh)

Roger McGough's Other Half 23:45 WED (b04xrnlz)

Ross Noble Goes Global 22:00 SAT (b01cjg35)

Round the Horne 08:00 TUE (b007k1pt)

Round the Horne 12:00 TUE (b007k1pt)

Round the Horne 19:00 TUE (b007k1pt)

Second Thoughts 08:30 FRI (b00k2fl1)

Second Thoughts 12:30 FRI (b00k2fl1)

Second Thoughts 19:30 FRI (b00k2fl1)

Short Cuts 18:30 WED (m000jg9l)

Short Cuts 00:30 THU (m000jg9l)

Smelling of Roses 08:30 SAT (b00dh89p)

Smelling of Roses 09:30 WED (b00dl042)

Smelling of Roses 16:30 WED (b00dl042)

Smelling of Roses 04:30 THU (b00dl042)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b036v094)

Soul Music 00:30 WED (b036v094)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m00113jq)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m00113jq)

Talking to Strangers 22:30 FRI (b06zv3xm)

The Break 07:30 THU (m000kpv7)

The Break 17:30 THU (m000kpv7)

The Break 22:00 THU (m000kpv7)

The Break 05:30 FRI (m000kpv7)

The Cabinet of Animosities 14:30 FRI (b01m0kjd)

The Citadel 02:15 SAT (b09thl64)

The Cold Swedish Winter 07:30 WED (m000182j)

The Cold Swedish Winter 17:30 WED (m000182j)

The Cold Swedish Winter 22:00 WED (m000182j)

The Cold Swedish Winter 05:30 THU (m000182j)

The Confessional 05:30 SAT (m0010wm2)

The Confessional 07:30 FRI (m0011415)

The Confessional 17:30 FRI (m0011415)

The Confessional 22:00 FRI (m0011415)

The Curried Goat Show 23:00 SAT (b007mdgf)

The Jail Diaries of Sir Ralph Stanza 23:15 FRI (m00115cy)

The Leopard in Autumn 09:30 MON (b00bs464)

The Leopard in Autumn 16:30 MON (b00bs464)

The Leopard in Autumn 04:30 TUE (b00bs464)

The Million Pound Radio Show 22:30 SUN (b008m7km)

The Motion Show 08:00 SAT (m000833t)

The Museum of Curiosity 07:30 MON (m0010wz0)

The Museum of Curiosity 17:30 MON (m0010wz0)

The Museum of Curiosity 22:00 MON (m0010wz0)

The Museum of Curiosity 05:30 TUE (m0010wz0)

The Now Show 23:00 MON (m0010xvg)

The Now Show 09:00 TUE (m0010xvg)

The Penny Dreadfuls 22:30 THU (b00nks8c)

The Quarry 01:30 SAT (m0010y1j)

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b096nyvg)

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b096nyvg)

The Secret World 23:30 THU (b011vld9)

The Sofa of Time 22:30 MON (b00j0hqt)

The Uncanny 15:30 SUN (b01k2bvn)

The Uncanny 03:30 MON (b01k2bvn)

The Write Stuff 09:00 THU (b061c7ky)

The Write Stuff 16:00 THU (b061c7ky)

The Write Stuff 04:00 FRI (b061c7ky)

VI Warshawski 01:00 SAT (b007jnm6)

VI Warshawski 06:00 MON (b007jnmq)

VI Warshawski 13:00 MON (b007jnmq)

VI Warshawski 20:00 MON (b007jnmq)

VI Warshawski 01:00 TUE (b007jnmq)

Wally K Daly 01:00 SUN (b007jt88)

Will Smith Presents the Tao of Bergerac 23:00 TUE (b007w0j4)

Winston 08:30 TUE (b007tbrv)

Winston 12:30 TUE (b007tbrv)

Winston 19:30 TUE (b007tbrv)