The management of the BBC is now reconsidering the future of the BBC Singers.
The petition has now closed, with 150,494 signatures, and is here.
A response from the BBC to musicians (28/03/2023) is on a Twitter feed here.
The threat to reduce the staff of the three English orchestras by 20% is now being reconsidered: see a Guardian article here.

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SATURDAY 22 JANUARY 2022

SAT 00:00 Midnight Tales by Bram Stoker (b01g9873)
5. The Squaw

An arrogant American earns himself a horrific retribution.

Tales from Bram Stoker - the mind behind Dracula.

Abridged by Donald Bancroft.

Read by Dyfed Thomas.

Producer: David Benedictus

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1990.


SAT 00:15 The Truth About Hawaii by Oliver Emanuel (b09ppwdx)
10. Resistance

Sarah is 10 years old. She scratched her knee and developed an infection. When the infection threatened her life, her parents agreed to have her leg amputated. But the amputation didn't stop the infection.

Her family have been told she has days to live, but a scientist has offered them a glimmer of hope.

We join Sarah's imaginative world as she heads to the front line in the war between humanity and bacteria.

Oliver Emanuel's potent and playful drama set in a near-future in which doctors can no longer prescribe antibiotics.

Sarah ...... Jocelyn Brassington
Lizzie ...... Christine Bottomley
Paul ...... Roderick Gilkison
Minister for Health ...... Kevin Mains
Matron ...... Adura Onashile
Headmistress ...... Anita Vettesse

Developed through Wellcome Experimental Stories in consultation with Professor Joanna Coast and Dr Adam Roberts

Director: Kirsty Williams.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2018.


SAT 00:30 Shah Rukh Khan's Heroes (b06rd13t)
Dhyan Chand

Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan's continues a celebration of his personal heroes with a tribute to Indian hockey legend, Dhyan Chand.

Dhyan was an Indian field hockey player, considered as one of the greatest players of all time. He died aged 74 in 1979.

Shah Rukh talks about how the three times Olympian inspired him in life and what he's learnt from Dhyan's accomplishments.

"Success is not something that can be passed on. The greatest of people, the most successful of people perhaps will never be able to teach their children or their colleagues, to be as successful as they were."

Even though the Bollywood star didn't get to meet him in life, he fondly remembers sitting under a statue of his idol at the national stadium in New Delhi while he was growing up. Shah Rukh recalls that's where his interest in learning more about the great Dhyan Chand began.

He goes onto explain he decided to play the role of hockey coach Kabir Khan in the film Chak De! India because he wanted the world to share his passion for the game.

Finally, Shah Rukh discusses how Dhyan's inspiration stretches wider than sport, saying "just in case you can't achieve success in the field you want to, there are always going to be opportunities which will allow you do so later on. So don't give up."

Producer: Ranjit Doal

First broadcast on the BBC Asian Network in May 2012.


SAT 01:00 Falco (b00k89mm)
Venus in Copper

2. The Unexpected Offer

Falco is searching for the truth about the deaths of Severina's three husbands, when an unexpected offer forces him to question his instincts.

Maybe he should consult his new feathered friend?

Anton Lesser stars as Ancient Rome's favourite detective.

Lindsey Davis's gripping, historical mystery.

Dramatised by Mary Cutler.

Marcus Didius Falco …. Anton Lesser
Helena Justina …. Ann Madeley
Pollia …. Julia Hills
Doctor …. Jez Thomas
Thalia …. Chipo Chung
Severina Zotica …. Tracy Wiles
Cossus …. Jonathan Tafler
The Parrot …. Colin Rote
Hortensius Novus …. Ian Brooker

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2006.


SAT 01:30 The Blackburn Files (b007jptk)
Series 1

5. A Case of Haddock and Plaice

When an elderly couple face a time-share cash con, it sparks private investigator Stephen J Blackburn's first case abroad.

Starring Fine Time Fontayne and Judy Flynn.

Written by Ian McMillan, Martyn Wiley and Dave Sheasby.

Stephen J Blackburn …… Finetime Fontayne
Tracey …… Judy Flynn

With:

Gerry Kersey
Lorraine Peters
Norman Mills
Lucia Laratonda
James Tomlinson

Directed for BBC North East by Dave Sheasby

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1989.


SAT 02:00 Parcel Arrived Safely: Tied With String by Michael Crawford (b019fx7g)
5. Phantom

The tribulations and ultimate triumph of starring on the London stage in 'The Phantom of The Opera'.

One of Britain's best loved entertainers, Michael Crawford concludes reading his autobiography.

Abridged by Pat McLoughlin.

Producer: Penny Leicester

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1999.


SAT 02:15 D for Dexter (m000ptb3)
Series 7

Episode 5

Skye might have made a big mistake.

But Dexter is ok and Ed wants to buy her breakfast.

Amanda Whittington's heart-breakingly brave, funny and beautiful story exploring the issue of neglect.

Skye ..... Sydney Wade
Jak ..... Una McNulty
Dexter ..... Alfie Johnson-McCann
Ed...Mark Addy
Scarlett ..... Scarlett Courtney
Aiden ..... Will Kirk

Guitar by Tom Constantine.

Director: Mary Ward-Lowery

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2020.


SAT 02:30 There's More Here Than I Thought (b00jxc77)
Winifred Gill was an artist, craftswoman, puppeteer and social reformer.

She was also a friend and supporter of painters such as LS Lowry, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell and poet Walter de la Mare.

Yet whereas their reputations are secure, Winifred Gill's name is barely known. But thanks to the hard work and persistence of her niece Margaret Bennett and Margaret's cousin Chrystine Bennett, all that's changed.

Writer Kate Mosse sets out to explore Winifred's fascinating life.

She visits London's East End where the artist spent the last 27 years of her life - before she died aged 90 in 1981.

Kate journeys to the Bodleian Library in Oxford, which now houses Winifred's papers - and also the Courtauld Gallery in London which included her in an art exhibition about the Omega Workshops.

Kate discovers a talented, hardworking woman. who was involved in many important social and artistic movements of the 20th century.

Producer: Lucinda Montefiore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2009.


SAT 03:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007jnsx)
The Sign of the Four

2. The Great Agra Treasure

"I wouldn't tell her too much. Women are never to be entirely trusted - not the best of them."

The great detective's latest case is proving difficult to crack- and for Watson, there are tricky matters of the heart to negotiate...

Starring Clive Merrison and Michael Williams.

Conclusion of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story of his legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes ... Clive Merrison
Dr John Watson... Michael Williams
Jonathan Small ... Brian Blessed
Mary Morstan ... Moir Leslie
Mrs Hudson ... Anna Cropper
Sherman ...John Moffatt
Wiggins ... Alan Dean
Mrs Forrester .... Elizabeth Mansfield
Jacobson ... Vincent Brimble
Insp Jones ... Sion Probert
Abdullah Khan ...Amerjit Deu
Mahomet Singh ... John Bull
Major Sholto ... Michael Kilgarriff

Violin: Alexander Balanescu

Dramatised by Bert Coules.

Director: Ian Cotterell
Producer: David Johnston

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1989.


SAT 04:00 Funny You Should Ask (b0b8brq5)
From 24/03/1981

Peter Jones hosts the entertainment quiz about comedy as he tests a panel of experts:

Leslie Crowther
Barry Cryer
Dick Vosburgh

Funny You Should Ask ran for 8 series from 1976 to 1982.

Questions compiled by Michael Pointon.

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in March 1981.


SAT 04:30 Ballylenon (b007jx5y)
Series 5

Episode 2

Guard Gallagher gets new lodgings, as arguments rage over President Hoover's cottage.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1956.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Phonsie Doherty …. TP McKenna
Muriel McConkey …. Margaret D'Arcy
Vera McConkey …. Stella McCusker
Vivienne Hawthorne …. Aine McCartney
Rev Hawthorne …. Gerard Murphy
Peg Sweeney …. Marcella Riordan
Father O'Flatley …. John Guiney
Packy McGoldrick …. Charlie Bonnar

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1998.


SAT 05:00 The Headset Set (b012fs7b)
Series 1

Episode 4

Appraisal day dawns in the offices of catalogue company Smile5, but only Sailesh has prepared for it.

Eavesdrop on both sides of the bizarre, horrific and ludicrous phone calls when customers call in as events unfold with company staff.

Aleesha ..... Chizzy Akudolu
Bernie ..... Margaret-Cabourn Smith
Big Tony ..... Colin Hoult
Sailesh ..... Paul Sharma
Various ..... Philip Fox

Other characters played by the cast.

Written by James Kettle, Stephen Carlin, Celia Pacquola, Andy Wolton, Benjamin Partridge, Colin Hoult, Kevin Core, Madeliene Brettingham, Rebecca Hobbs and Dan Tetsell.

Script editor: James Kettle

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2011.


SAT 05:30 Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn (m0013gyj)
The Badly-Dressed Boyfriend Problem

In this week’s instalment, Marian and Tara tackle a badly-dressed boyfriend, a weighted blanket, the problem with noisy eaters and much more.

Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - of their listeners' problems.

From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend…which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.

Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.

Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.

Producer: Steve Doherty.
A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds


SAT 06:00 Young Coleridge (b00828lq)
Greta Hall, Keswick: 16th September 1803.

The events of one day in the life of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge cause him to reflect on the professional and personal disappointments of recent years.

He tries to make sense of his world: his opiate addiction, failure in love, his poetry and dreams of a utopian community.

Starring Tom Wilkinson.

Drama written by Martyn Wade.

Coleridge …… Tom Wilkinson
Sara …… Jennie Stoller
Southey …… Gary Bond
Hazlitt …… Christopher Good
Edith Southey …… Narissa Knights
Mary Lovell …… Moir Leslie
Asra …… Amanda Murray
Hartley …… Elizabeth Lindsay
Mrs Fricker …… Ellen McIntosh
Prostitute …… Elizabeth Rider
Schoolmaster …… Brian Smith
Young Man …… Christopher Douglas

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1984.


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b09jvglt)
Series 44

Nazir Afzal on Gandhi

Former Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England Nazir Afzal was responsible for convicting the men who sexually abused young girls in Rochdale.

Matthew Parris invites him to nominate a great life.

He's chosen Mahatma Gandhi, also a lawyer, whom he says inspired him to speak out on behalf of those who were marginalised and ignored by the rest of society.

Producer: Maggie Ayre

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2017.


SAT 08:00 The Write Stuff (b00775wp)
Series 10

Tom Stoppard

James Walton takes the chair for the game of literary correctness.

Team captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh are joined by Peter Kemp and Sue Limb.

From the Oxford Literary Festival.

Author of the week is Tom Stoppard.

Reader: Beth Chalmers

Producer: Katie Marsden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2007.


SAT 08:30 Smelling of Roses (b00f86x3)
Series 4

Episode 4

Rosie Burns and company find themselves involved in the relaunch of a radio station...and of an old disc jockey's career.

Prunella Scales stars in Simon Brett's sitcom.

The trials and tribulations of Rosie Burns and her event management company, where the clients are only part of the problem...

Rosie ..... Prunella Scales
Jo ..... Rebecca Callard
Bob ..... Duncan Preston
Tess ..... Annette Badland
Brad Marshall ..... Colin Stinton
Kenny Truman ..... Chris Emmett
Valerie Pilkington ..... Sheila Mitchell

Written and produced by Simon Brett.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2003.


SAT 09:00 Comedy Club Extravaganza (m0002zlf)
The Comedy Club is BBC Radio 4 Extra's' nightly two hour showcase of the best in contemporary radio comedy, hosted by the best contemporary comedy voices.

This three hour extravaganza celebrates our highlights, looking back at the regular and guest hosts, the sketches and songs broadcast only in the Comedy Club, and the best interviews with guests from the world of comedy.

Comedy Club presenters Jake Yapp, Jessica Fostekew, Jon Holmes, Sarah Campbell, Rob Deering, Laura Lexx, Iain Lee, Angela Barnes, Paul Garner and Arthur Smith look through the rich, varied and hilarious Comedy Club archive to present their favourite guests, sketches, and songs.

Over the years the Comedy Club has been hosted by Aisling Bea, Cariad Lloyd, Sara Pascoe, Bridget Christie, Diane Morgan, Isy Suttie, Tim Key, Tom Wrigglesworth, Ed Gamble, Simon Munnery, Kevin Eldon, Alex Riley, Andi Osho, Richard Herring, Thom Tuck, John Shuttleworth, Neil Innes - even Trevor and Simon.

Plus archive interviews with:

Sharon Horgan
Charlie Brooker
People Just Do Nothing
Rosie Jones
James Acaster
John Finnemore
Mackenzie Crook
Greg Davies
Rachel Parris
Nish Kumar
Katherine Ryan
Johnny Vegas
Josie Long
Alexei Sayle

Plus highlights from the Comedy Club at the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

We also mark the occasion with a specially commissioned short-form documentary series: Comedy Club - 100 Glorious Years which charts the history of the Comedy Club with archive of landmark performances and presentation from the 1920s right through to the present day. (This is of questionable historical merit as it is entirely fictional and really very silly).

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in March 2019.


SAT 12:00 Dot (b0bd7rw0)
Series 3

Saucepans for Spitfires!

A national initiative to boost morale causes havoc in the personnel team, as Dot and the gals turn on each other.

Retro comic adventures with Dot and the gals from personnel in the rollicking Cabinet War Rooms comedy by Ed Harris.

Dot ...... Fenella Woolgar
Myrtle ...... Kate O'Flynn
Peg ...... Freya Parker
Peabody ...... David Acton
Mrs Background ...... Emma Handy
Ding Dong ...... Ryan Whittle

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2018.
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SAT 12:30 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (b09d431q)
Series 2

Britain's Place in the World

The Godfather of Alternative Comedy delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar.

Alexei considers Britain's place in the world and discusses his return to stand-up comedy after a 17 year hiatus.

Along the way he reveals where all of the Millets shops have gone, discloses the key to reworking old material for a modern audience and offers a compelling argument for Britain losing a war - and soon.

Written and performed by Alexei Sayle.

Original music and lyrics by Tim Sutton.

Producer: Joe Nunnery

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


SAT 13:00 Archive on 4 (b0b6bw77)
Joe v Max

Bonnie Greer tells the story of one of the most famous sporting contests of all time - a boxing match in June 1938 between the American Joe Louis and the German Max Schmeling.

The fight took on massive international, social and cultural significance and millions of people around the globe listened to the contest on their radios, making it the largest radio event in history.

Schmeling had shocked the world two years earlier when he defeated Louis and became the toast of Germany, with Hitler and Goebbels among his fans. A rematch was inevitable. For the first time, most of white America was behind a black fighter and Jews in the US and Europe, all too aware of the Nazi threat, were also cheering Louis.

With the world on the brink of war, it was projected as a contest between different social and racial ideals, a showdown between democracy and totalitarianism.

President Roosevelt told Louis, "Joe we need muscles like yours to defeat Germany."

Producer: Jonathan Mayo

A TBI production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2015.


SAT 14:00 The Problem With Adam Bloom (b018zvmk)
Series 3

Reading

Just what is the point of books?

Adam Bloom investigates his fear of reading aloud.

After very negative but funny experiences at school, the comedian managed to avoid reading a book for much of his adult life. But he does find one novel that inspires him to start reading again.

Comedian Adam Bloom sets the world to rights.

Written by and starring Adam Bloom.

With:

Rob Rouse
Hattie Hayridge
Stefano Polini

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2005.


SAT 14:30 Bleak Expectations (b01nxt2d)
Series 5

A Pleasant Yet Dull Life Re-Evilled

Pip Bin is beginning to miss the conflict with his absent evil nemesis Mr Gently Benevolent.

Then he receives an intriguing invitation to a house party with Britain's poshest man, the Baron-Viscount-Marqu-earl-et the Lord-Dukey Clampvulture of Too-Many Titles.

But one of the other guests may not be all he 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
Clampvulture ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Ripely ...... Sarah Hadland
Pippa ...... Susy Kane
General Kartoffel-Kopf ...... Mark Evans

Producer: Gareth Edwards.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2012.


SAT 15:00 Simon Evans Goes to Market (b0610182)
Series 2

Alcohol

Comedian Simon Evans returns with a series about the economics of some of the goods - or bads - we are addicted to.

If you crave your daily coffee, can't get by without a cigarette, feel that mid-afternoon slump without your sugar-fix, or can't face an evening without a glass of wine, you are definitely not alone.

But have you ever thought about the economics that has made your addiction possible? Who does it profit? And would you want to make some canny investments that take advantage of our human weaknesses?

Simon walks us around the economics, history and health issues behind these oh-so-addictive commodities - and pokes fun at our relationship with them.

With economics guru, More Or Less host Tim Harford and Queen of investment know-how, Merryn Somerset-Webb.

Written by Simon Evans, Benjamin Partridge and Andy Wolton.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.


SAT 15:30 Concrete Cow (b0076k1x)
Series 1

Episode 6

Meet Thomas Hardy's agent, the theft of Hitler's family jewels, the world's first man and email problems in ancient Rome.

Sketch show made by actors reading out scripts in front of an audience, who laughed, and then keeping the good bits.

Starring:

Olivia Colman
Robert Webb
Sally Hawkins
Steven Kynman
Chris Pavlo

Written by James Cary, Sally Hawkins, Catherine Shepherd, Jon Holmes and Adam Bromley.

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2002.


SAT 16:00 Young Coleridge (b00828lq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b09jvglt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Robert Forrest - The Voyage of the Demeter (b00vk23h)
1897: Terror strikes as the schooner 'Demeter' sails from Bulgaria to the east coast of England.

Something very nasty is lurking aboard in the dark corners of the ship...

Starring Finlay Welsh.

A chilling tale of the supernatural by Robert Forrest.

Ripelski ................. Finlay Welsh
Robash ........... ....... Gary Lewis
Kaneski .............. Steven McNicoll
Bretov ............... Grant O'Rourke
Gentleman ............. Alexander Morton

Producer Patrick Rayner

First broadcast on Radio 4 in February 2008.


SAT 19:00 Comedy Club Extravaganza (m0002zlf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Chain Reaction (b00l5p7l)
Series 1

Johnny Vegas Interviews Stewart Lee

Up front comic, Johnny Vegas interviews prickly comedian, Stewart Lee.

This is the tag talk show series where the guest turns interviewer in the next show.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2005.


SAT 22:30 The Problem With Adam Bloom (b019chmt)
Series 3

Parents

Despite being close to his mum and dad, why does Adam Bloom argue with them all the time?

Adam examines our attitudes to children and parents, as well as picking up a flute for the first time in years.

Heart-warming, funny and quixotic comedy.

Written by and starring Adam Bloom.

With:

Rob Rouse
Hattie Hayridge
Stefano Polini
Bernie Bloom

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2005.


SAT 23:00 Mr and Mrs Smith (b01blzkq)
Series 1

The Music Festival

Will reluctantly accompanies wife Annabelle to a music festival. She brings her annoying friend Heather along.

Will Smith's sitcom about a couple in marriage counselling,

Counsellor Guy must mediate another dispute between Will and Annabelle, with flashbacks to the events that spawned the argument, and by the end, the couple find marital equilibrium once more. Sort of.

Will Smith ..... Will Smith
Annabelle Smith ..... Sarah Hadland
Guy ..... Paterson Joseph
Heather ..... Morwenna Banks
Various ..... Simon Bubb

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2012.


SAT 23:30 The Absolutely Radio Show (b08vxl9m)
Series 2

Episode 1

Stoneybridge Town Council prepare to receive the town's first ever tourist, the Little Girl gives her explanation of Brexit and Calum Gilhooley launches his own YouTube series.

Plus sketches about the downside of voice technology on smartphones, while Melania Trump presents a brand new podcast offering an insight into her life as First Lady.

The cast of TV's hugely popular sketch show return for series two.

Revisiting some of their much-loved sketch characters, while also introducing some newcomers.

Starring:

Pete Baikie
Morwenna Banks
Moray Hunter
Gordon Kennedy
John Sparkes

In 2013, the group that made their name on Channel Four in the 1980s and 90s got back together for Radio 4's Sketchorama: Absolutely Special - which won the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Live Scripted Comedy. The first series of The Absolutely Radio Show picked up a Celtic Media Award nomination for Best Radio Comedy.

Producers: Gordon Kennedy & Gus Beattie

An Absolutely/Gusman production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2017.



SUNDAY 23 JANUARY 2022

SUN 00:00 Robert Forrest - The Voyage of the Demeter (b00vk23h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Archive on 4 (b0b6bw77)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 The Problem With Adam Bloom (b018zvmk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:30 Bleak Expectations (b01nxt2d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Simon Evans Goes to Market (b0610182)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 Concrete Cow (b0076k1x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Young Coleridge (b00828lq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b09jvglt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Parcel Arrived Safely: Tied With String (Omnibus) (m0013qzv)
From Frank Spencer-like moments at the births of his daughters to the tribulations and ultimate triumph of starring in 'The Phantom of The Opera'.

Michael Crawford CBE reads his autobiography.

Celebrated for his roles as the hapless Frank Spencer in the BBC TV sitcom, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em - and as the man in the mask in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, The Phantom of the Opera - Michael is one of Britain's best loved entertainers.

Omnibus of five parts abridged by Pat McLoughlin.

Producer: Penny Leicester

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1999.


SUN 07:10 Inheritance Tracks (b07hnsp0)
Jon Culshaw

Comic impersonator Jon Culshaw chooses 'Memories' by Elvis Presley and 'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side' by The Smiths.


SUN 07:20 D for Dexter (Omnibus) (m0013qzx)
Series 7

Skye is anxious and distracted, with nothing to do. She's usually on Dexter-duty, a full time job: looking after an eight-year-old with special needs.

But Dexter's going away. For four nights. To stay with his dad.

Skye and Dexter return in this heart-breaking, heart-warming story, which won the 2016 Audio Drama Award for Best Serial, and a Special Commendation in Best Actress category for Sydney Wade as Skye in 2019.

Skye is 17 and Dexter eight. They live in Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, where standing out as different doesn't always end well. Skye narrates, inviting us into her ordinary, extraordinary life: a dysfunctional world. There's the fall-out from Covid (you try home-schooling an eight-year-old with no laptop or Wi-Fi), and Jak's crazy attempts at 'Truth-Seeking'.

Skye can't stop thinking about Scarlett, the girl she met last year, who left town. But Aiden Hardy is still around and he's got a thing for Skye. She has always had to look after Dex because their alcoholic mum Jak can't. But maybe it's Dexter who's kept Skye going, not the other way round. How will she survive without him?

Amanda Whittington's heart-breakingly brave, funny and beautiful story exploring the issue of neglect.

Developed through close collaboration with BBC Children in Need and one of the projects they help fund, SAYiT, a Sheffield-based charity that provides practical support around LGBT+ life, sexual health, HIV and mental wellbeing. It is also inspired by on-going voluntary work in Gainsborough.

Omnibus of five parts.

Skye ..... Sydney Wade
Jak ..... Una McNulty
Dexter ..... Alfie Johnson-McCann
Ed ..... Mark Addy
Scarlett ..... Scarlett Courtney
Aiden Hardy ..... Will Kirk

Guitar by Tom Constantine.

Director: Mary Ward-Lowery

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2020


SUN 08:30 Play It Cool (b05r7w7p)
Episode 4

What if the Cannes film festival came to Britain? What might Hollywood stars expect?

Written by Eric Merriman - best known for Beyond Our Ken.

Starring:

Ian Carmichael
Joan Sims
Hugh Paddick

Music from:

Rosemary Squires
The Mike Sammes Singers
The Ken Thorne Orchestra

Producer: John Simmonds

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in August 1964.


SUN 08:55 Leonard Rossiter - In a Nutshell (b00sj8sx)
Power Struggles

"He first came to public attention as defender of the earth's ozone layer, which was threatened by intensive American aerosol deodorant usage."

A breakthrough in 'ecological physics' is scandalously ignored as revealed by Leonard Rossiter.

Written by Barry Pilton.

Producer: Louise Purslow

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in February 1981.


SUN 09:00 All Gas and Gaiters (b007jpbw)
Series 2

The Bishop Learns the Facts

Clerical confusion reigns when Noote's friend asks him to marry her.

Ecclesiastical sitcom which started life on BBC TV.

Written and adapted by husband-and-wife team, Pauline Devaney and Edwin Apps.

The Archdeacon …. Robertson Hare
The Bishop …. William Mervyn
The Reverend Mervyn Noote …. Jonathan Cecil
The Dean …. John Barron
Julia …. Jo Kendall
Mary …. Betty Bascombe

'All Gas And Gaiters' started life as a TV pilot in Comedy Playhouse, ahead of a run on BBC1 from 1966 to 1971.

Selected scripts were revised and re-recorded for radio.

Producer: David Hatch.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1972.


SUN 09:30 Reluctant Persuaders (m0000xrp)
Series 3

5. The Appliance of Science

Hardacre’s ad agency are pitching to the University of Oxfordshire, an online-only institution dedicated to internet learning.

Their efforts are complicated by the arrival at the agency of Elgin Hardacre, hired by his father as a copywriter – despite having no relevant skills or experience.

While Hardacre shows no interest in his son and Amanda dismisses him as an idiot and resolves to fire him by the end of the week, Joe and Teddy take pity on Elgin and take him under their wing.

In the process, they discover that however bad Hardacre might be as a boss, he’s infinitely worse as a father – and Elgin in turn reveals some peculiar beliefs.

Edward Rowett's award-winning sitcom.

Hardacre ...... Nigel Havers
Joe ...... Mathew Baynton
Amanda ...... Josie Lawrence
Teddy ...... Rasmus Hardiker
Laura ...... Olivia Nixon
Elgin ...... James Northcote

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in November 2018.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0013r00)
Singers 2

Gary Barlow

From Elton John to Yes.

Musician and Take That lead singer Gary Barlow shares his castaway choices with Lauren Laverne.

Gary has written more than a dozen chart-topping songs, and has received six Ivor Novello awards including the award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.

Born in Cheshire in 1971, his interest in music was sparked at an early age by a child’s keyboard. Aged 10, he saw Depeche Mode on Top of the Pops, prompting the desire to take to the stage himself. He wrote 'A Million Love Songs', which later became a Top 10 hit for Take That, in his bedroom when he was 15. By this time he was a regular performer in a Labour club just across the Welsh border, where he cut his teeth playing the organ and singing.

By 18, he was so good at writing songs that he successfully auditioned for a place in the group which became Take That. They went on to be one of the most successful bands of all time, winning a devoted audience with tracks such as 'Back For Good', 'Everything Changes' and 'Pray'.

When they broke up in early 1996, helplines were set up to assuage their fans’ feelings of loss and grief. In 2005, Take That reformed, with Robbie Williams re-joining them for a spell in 2010, and – in some form or other – the band has kept going.

Gary was put in charge of organising the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert and performed at the closing ceremony for the London Olympics in 2012. He was a judge on the X-Factor for three series and his talent show, Let It Shine, was broadcast on BBC One in 2017. In 2018, he published a second autobiography.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2018.


SUN 10:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m0004f3k)
Series 13

The Lunar Land Pt 1

A double episode to mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, and the first humans to walk on the Moon in 1969.

Harley Day emailed curiouscases@bbc.co.uk to ask “Why do we only have one Moon and what would life on Earth be like if we had more? I'll be over the moon if you can help me solve this mystery.”

In this first episode, Hannah and Adam look at how the Moon was formed and why we only have one. Featuring Maggie Aderin-Pocock space scientist and author of 'The Book of the Moon' and cosmic mineralogist Sara Russell from the Natural History Museum.

Presenters: Adam Rutherford, Hannah Fry
Producer: Michelle Martin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2019.


SUN 11:00 Radiolab (m000drg1)
Series 6

I Hart K-Pop

Radiolab explores how much do you want to know about the people you idolise, and when is enough enough?

We peer back at the moment when poking into the private lives of political figures became standard practice in the American media. In 1987, Gary Hart was a young charismatic Democrat, poised to win his party’s nomination and possibly the presidency.

Then, we travel to South Korea where the first-ever paparazzi photos turned the world of K-pop upside down and introduced sort of a puzzle …

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

Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich investigate a strange world.

From WNYC. First broadcast on public radio in the USA in 2016.


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m0013r02)
Poetry Please - Poems for Dark Days

Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's poetry archive and chooses Poetry Please - Poems for Dark Days presented by Roger McGough.

Poems to get you through the saggy bit of the year between Christmas and spring, to sustain us during the dark days of late winter, and to bring comfort and cheer (whether our dark days be actual, personal or political).

Listener requests for poems by Raymond Carver, Kathleen Jamie, WH Auden, Emily Dickinson and many more are read by Siobhan Redmond and Peter Marinker.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2017.


SUN 12:30 HR (b00j5885)
Series 1

A Bus Pass

The work machine has finally excreted Peter and Sam. Now the two friends meet, of all places, in the queue for their senior bus passes.

Nigel Williams’ comedy drama series charting the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

Peter ...... Jonathan Pryce
Sam ...... Nicholas le Prevost
Man with no teeth ...... Malcolm Tierney
Mechanical voice ...... Stephen Critchlow

Director: Peter Cavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2009.


SUN 13:00 The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk (Omnibus) (b09pw24h)
Episode 1

The Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk explores the complex layers of father-son relationships through the apparently simple story of a young man apprenticed to a well-digger on the outskirts of Istanbul.

With this vivid image of digging towards the centre of the earth at the heart of the story, he brings together eastern and western myths and legends to look at what is really meant by authority and rebellion. Can anyone ever escape their fate?

Cem Çelik is a "little gentleman", the son of a leftist Istanbul pharmacist whose politics take precedence over parenthood. During one of his father's lengthy and regular disappearances, 16 year-old Cem gives up his holiday job guarding his uncle's orchard and apprentices himself to a master well-digger, Mahmut. They set about digging a well to provide water for a local businessman's factory.

Heraclitus said that truth lies at the bottom of a well. The wells of Pamuk's Turkey are something quite sinister - here, guilt and shame lurk in the darkness, forever threatening to come spewing up into the light. The novel turns on Cem's encounter with the red-haired woman of the title and a subsequent act by the well that stains the rest of his life.

As Cem accepts the warm but irascible Mahmut as a surrogate father, and Mahmut slowly begins to regard Cem with a fatherly affection, the storytelling begins. First Cem listens intently to Mahmut's tales, then is himself invited to speak.

Myth and folklore pervade the novel, and throw the events of Cem's life into sharp focus, against the backdrop of the ever expanding 21st century Istanbul.

Translated by Ekin Oklap

Omnibus of the first five of ten parts.

Read by Paul Hilton

Abridged by Jill Waters and Isobel Creed.

Producer: Jill Waters

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


SUN 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b07kwnfm)
Bonnie Tyler

Singer Bonnie Tyler chooses 'A Hard Day's Night' by the Beatles and 'River Deep Mountain High' by Tina Turner.


SUN 14:20 Adam Bede by George Eliot (Omnibus) (b00c90f0)
Episode 1

Summer, 1799 in the Staffordshire village of Hayslope, and one of Lisbeth Bede's sons has marriage on his mind.

George Eliot's haunting story of love betrayed and love rewarded.

Dramatised By Robert Forrest.

Omnibus of the first five of fifteen parts.

Adam ...... Thomas Arnold
Lisbeth ...... Ann Scott-Jones
Seth ...... John Kielty
Dinah ...... Victoria Liddelle

An immediate bestseller in 1859, Eliot's second novel established her reputation and paved the way for masterpieces such as The Mill on the Floss and Middlemarch.

Director: Patrick Rayner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2001.


SUN 15:30 Words, Words, Words (b00vlv2c)
Sue Perkins explores the house of Samuel Johnson - author of 'A Dictionary of the English Language'.

Published in 1755, this book was to set the standard for all future dictionaries.

Comedian Sue also pays a visit to the British Library for a whirlwind tour of the earliest English dictionaries, with all their attendant quirks and oddities.

With:

Biographer, Henry Hitchens
Oxford English Dictionary Editor, John Simpson
Antiquarian bookseller, Karen Thomson

Producer: Sarah Jane Hall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2009.


SUN 16:00 Drama (m00127ch)
D for Dexter: Coming Home

Skye's been trying to get hold of her little brother Dex for ages and all she gets is his voice on Ed's answerphone message. Her mum Jak is ghosting her as well.

Two weeks is a long time when you're nine.

Skye's just turned eighteen and she's busy working twelve hour shifts in her job as a carer, saving up so she and Dex can have the best Christmas ever. Won't be hard. Bar's not set very high. She's always been the one to look out for Dexter, all his life. So where is he?

In the final chapter in this extraordinary story of ordinary life, things are changing for the King family. They still live in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, but Skye has moved out and got herself a job. Jak says she's not drinking but she's definitely up to something. Ed's impossible to get hold of. And Dexter is nowhere to be found.

A heart-breakingly brave, funny and beautiful story, the concluding episode of a series that was originally part of programming for the BBC Children in Need Appeal on Radio 4.

'D for Dexter' won Best Serial in the BBC Audio Drama Awards in 2016 and was runner-up in 2020. Sydney Wade received a Special Commendation for her performance as Skye in 2019. The same core cast has grown up with the story which has been recorded on location in Lincolnshire for the past eight years.

Created by Amanda Whittington and written by Sarah Daniels

Skye...Sydney Wade
Jak...Una McNulty
Dexter...Alfie McCann-Johnson
Dick...Michael Begley
Alice...Jane Thornton
Lindy...Jasmine Hyde
Aiden Hardy...Will Kirk
Aaliyah (Ali)...Saroja-Lily Ratnavel
Ugne...Tracy Wiles

Guitar by Tom Constantine

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m0013r02)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 HR (b00j5885)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 18:00 The Freebooter (m0013r04)
Amidst the dunes of a desert planet, an alien race is dying.

They can only pray to the gods for help.

When a crippled space-freighter lands for emergency repairs, men, all unknowing, become gods.

Starring Peter Marinker and Mary Elliott Nelson.

Written by Gregory Lyons.

Audio restored after being returned to the BBC archive by a listener.

Narrator: Harold Kasket

Luke ... Peter Marinker
Alison ... Mary Elliott Nelson
Sven……Steve Hodson
Ike ... .Roy Spencer
Weevel ... Henry Davies
Alpha DeLta ... Kenneth Shanley
Lothan ... Carleton Hobbs
Ria ... Brenda Kaye
Keital ... David Alder

Director: Graham Gauld

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1978.


SUN 18:45 Robert Aickman Stories (m0007r7g)
1. Le Miroir

Celia, an aristocratic young Englishwoman, moves to Paris to embark on a career as an artist. But time shifts in the looking glass and entraps her.

Series of strange stories by Robert Aickman.

Read by Tim McInnerny.

Born in 1914, Aickman was the son of architect William Arthur Aickman and worked briefly with his father, a notable eccentric. The younger Aickman was a man of diverse interests (co-founder of the Inland Waterways Association and chair of the London Opera Society included) and did not publish his first stories until 1951, in the collection We Are For The Dark. Half the stories in that collection were written by Aickman and half of them by Elizabeth Jane Howard, his lover at the time.

Aickman would go on to publish 48 “strange stories”, the term he would use for his own works.

Although the grandson of horror writer Richard Marsh, (The Beetle -1897), Aickman never became a full-time writer.

But his long-standing membership of the Society for Psychical Research and The Ghost Club is testament to his fascination with the occult, and his mystery stories constantly reshape time in unorthodox ways.

Since he died in 1981, Aickman’s reputation as a writer has grown.

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4 Extra, first broadcast in August 2019.


SUN 19:00 Radiolab (m000drg1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 20:00 Drama (m00127ch)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0013r00)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m0004f3k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 HR (b00j5885)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Delve Special (b00t5zzv)
Series 1

The Shifton Scandal

In 1982, four men mounted an illegal operation to build London's third airport at Shifton, 20 miles north east of Birmingham.

David Lander now concludes his investigation into the notorious demolition scandal with a look at the arrests, the trial and the disturbing aftermath.

Studio production by Stephen Fry, Jack Klaff, Tony Robinson and Moray Watson and Brenda Bleythn.

With:

Peter Wear
Mark Arden
Stephen Frost
Robert Bathurst

Dramatic reconstruction by:

Phil Nice
Arthur Smith
John Bond
Carol Boyd

Researched and compiled by Tony Sarchet.

Editor: Paul Mayhew-Archer.

Delve Special ran for four series from 1984 to 1987 and later transferred to TV as: This is David Lander.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1984.


SUN 23:00 Edge Falls (b007tz5g)
Series 1

Gorilla Tactics

A man in a monkey suit, a Spirit of the Blitz theme and a hostage situation.

Can Mick save Sonya from a fate worse than working at the Retail Village?

Paul Barnhill and Neil Warhurst's sitcom following the lives of the staff of Edge Falls Retail Village.

Starring Sarah Lancashire and Mark Benton.

Sonya ...... Sarah Lancashire
Mick ...... Mark Benton
Rez ...... Emil Marwa
Phil ...... Karl Theobald
Valerie ...... Sarah Hadland
Old Jack ...... Sam Dale
John/Jim ...... Neil Warhurst
Tina ...... Jasmine Callan
Old Woman ...... Rachel Bavidge

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2007.


SUN 23:30 The Museum of Everything (b007k4y7)
Series 2

Behind the Magic

The Film Institute has a self-regarding guest; the audio guides start to go wrong - and there's a sneak preview of the Museum's very own behind-the-scenes DVD.

Written and performed by:

Marcus Brigstocke
Danny Robins
Dan Tetsell

With Lucy Montgomery.

Music by Dominic Haslam and Ben Walker.

Producer: Alex Walsh-Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2005.



MONDAY 24 JANUARY 2022

MON 00:00 The Freebooter (m0013r04)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:45 Robert Aickman Stories (m0007r7g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk (Omnibus) (b09pw24h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b07kwnfm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Sunday]


MON 02:20 Adam Bede by George Eliot (Omnibus) (b00c90f0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:20 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 Words, Words, Words (b00vlv2c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Drama (m00127ch)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m0013r02)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 HR (b00j5885)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Falco (b00k8t30)
Venus in Copper

3. Party Season

After a short spell in prison, Falco finds half of Rome is having a party but it seems he isn't invited.

One particular gathering comes to an abrupt halt and as a result, the detective's reputation could be at stake.

Anton Lesser stars as Ancient Rome's favourite crime investigator.

Lindsey Davis's gripping, historical mystery.

Dramatised by Mary Cutler.

Marcus Didius Falco …. Anton Lesser
Helena Justina … Ann Madeley
Titus Caesar … Jonathan Keeble
Hyacinthus …. Stephen Critchlow
Viridovix …. Nick Fletcher
Hortensius Felix …. Graham Padden
Severina Zotica …. Tracy Wiles
Pollia …. Julia Hills

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2006.


MON 06:30 Miss Marple (b007jpkt)
A Caribbean Mystery

Episode 1

Amateur sleuth Jane Marple's peaceful island break is disrupted by a death - and a photo.

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars June Whitfield as Miss Marple.

From the thriller first published in 1964 and dramatised in five parts by Michael Bakewell.

Miss Marple …. June Whitfield
Major Palgrave …. Windsor Davies
Dr Graham .... John Rowe
Canon Prescott …. David King
Miss Prescott …. Jenny Lee
Evelyn Hillingdon …. Carolyn Jones
Edward Hillingdon …. Christopher Wright
Lucky Dyson …. Tracy-Ann Oberman
Greg Dyson …. Brian Parr
Molly Kendall …. Alison Pettit
Tim Kendall …. David Thorpe
Victoria .... Amanda Gordon
Jim Ellis …. Anthony Ofoegbu
Raymond West …. Iwan Thomas

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1997.


MON 07:00 For The Love of Leo (m0001t9f)
Series 1

Margot of the 18th Green

It's the funeral of Tamsin - killed in a traffic accident - mother of Laura and beloved wife of Edinburgh artist Leo.

But the service is barely over before Leo acquires a new status as an eligible bachelor.

The women in his circle begin to seek his company and win his affection; while his mother, his grown up arctic weather analyst daughter and newly acquired, sparky, opinionated cleaning lady offer unasked for advice. His life becomes ever more complicated and demanding.

Each episode traces his growing relationship with a different woman, as the ghost of Tamsin, who knew all of these women well, turns up at bedtime to venture an opinion too.

Leo becomes increasingly haunted by the mystery surrounding Tamsin’s accident, which occurred many miles from her home. What was she doing there? Leo becomes convinced Tamsin was having an affair, but in the end the truth turns out to be very different.

Staring Mark Bonnar.

Michael Chaplin's wry, narrative four-part comedy is funny and sad - but always warm-hearted and tender.

Leo Fabiani ...... Mark Bonnar
Tamsin Fabiani ...... Beth Marshall
Rose Fabiani ...... Sandra Voe
Sadie ...... Tracy Wiles
Margot ...... Louise Ludgate
Laura ...... Samara MacLaren

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in December 2018.


MON 07:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m0013hy8)
Series 27

Episode 2

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

Pippa Evans, Geoff Norcott, Fern Brady and Simon Evans are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as shoes, beer, diets, and metal.

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


MON 08:00 Marriage Lines (b0654tx1)
Series 2

Episode 9

Can Kate and George agree on a place to live together with baby Helen?

Starring Richard Briers and Prunella Scales.

Richard Waring’s sitcom based on the mutual love and mistrust of two newlyweds.

Originating on BBC TV, it ran between 1963-65 and was adapted in two series for BBC radio due to its popularity.

George …. Richard Briers
Kate …. Prunella Scales
George's Mum …. Diana King
Leslie …. Tim Barrett
Miss Walters …. Charlotte Mitchell
Mrs Harris …. Doris Rogers

Producer: Charles Maxwell

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1967.


MON 08:30 The Phenomenon Squad (b0855z15)
The Purge

Superintendent Brabazon's intrepid team of cops undertake a purge on pornography.

But WPI Nutkins wants a wimple.

Starring Roy Kinnear and Simon Cadell.

Michael Snelgrove’s sitcom about the less-than-competent leader of a crack undercover police squad.

Supt Brabazon ...... Roy Kinnear
Endicott-Heap ...... Simon Cadell
Sigaloff ...... Royce Mills
WPI Nutkins ...... Susie Blake
MacTooley ...... Alex Norton
Humby ...... Stephen Frost
Astrid ...... Polly James
Lindquist ...... Neil McCaul

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1987.


MON 09:00 Jest a Minute (b00g4vzx)
Series 2

Episode 4

Rhod Gilbert's comedy quiz from the Glee Club in Cardiff.

With:

Elis James
Jon Richardson
Lloyd Langford
Chris Corcoran

Producers: Paul Forde and Gareth Gwynn.

First broadcast on BBC Radio Wales in December 2006.


MON 09:30 The Leopard in Autumn (b00s3bcz)
Series 2

Salvatore's Apotheosis

Plethora decides it's time for son and heir Salvatore to be ordained as a priest - by nonagenarian Father Ignazio.

Comedy drama set in Renaissance Italy devised by Neal Anthony.

Starring David Swift and Sian Phillips.

Written by Roger Danes

Ludovico …. David Swift
Plethora …. Sian Phillips
Francesco …. Graham Crowden
Rosalie …. Saskia Wickham
Lord Luton ...... Nicholas Grace
Father Ignazio ...... Kim Wall

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2002.


MON 10:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007k1jp)
The Valley of Fear

1. The Scowrers

The Baker Street sleuth probes a case of revenge and treachery linking a country home with 1890s American secret societies.

Starring Clive Merrison and Michael Williams.

First published in 1915, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel about his legendary great detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Dramatised in two parts by Bert Coules.

Sherlock Holmes ...... Clive Merrison
Dr John Watson ...... Michael Williams
John McMurdo ...... Iain Glen
Inspector Alec MacDonald ...... Mark Bonner
White Mason ...... Timothy Bateson
Jack McGinty ...... Constantine Gregory
Ettie Shafter ...... Amanda Gordon
Ted Baldwin ...... Stephen Critchlow
Ivy Douglas ...... Becky Hindley
Cecil Barker ...... Gavin Muir
Narrator ...... Ronald Pickup

Pianist: Michael Hasiam
Violinist: Abigail Young.

Director: Enyd Williams.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1997.


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m0013r07)
Series 8

The Gratitude Chain

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

Manoush Zomorodi and A.J. Jacobs explore gratitude and how far our thanks could reach for things we take for granted every day.

First broadcast in the USA on National Public Radio in 2021.


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m0013r09)
Seth Lakeman

Folk musician Seth Lakeman, chooses 'Blowin' in the Wind' by Bob Dylan and 'Beeswing' by Richard Thompson.


MON 12:00 Marriage Lines (b0654tx1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 The Phenomenon Squad (b0855z15)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Falco (b00k8t30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Miss Marple (b007jpkt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Wintering by Katherine May (m00127f5)
Episode 1

‘Some winters happen in the sun,’ writes Katherine May. ‘This particular one began on a blazing day in early September, a week before my fortieth birthday.’ When her husband becomes dangerously ill, it coincides with a moment in May’s life when she is facing professional and personal stress and an uncertain future, and it ushers in a period of what she calls ‘wintering’. ‘Everybody winters at one time or another; some winter over and over again,’ she explains. ‘Winter is a season in the cold, a fallow period in life when you’re cut off from the world, feeling rejected, sidelined, blocked from progress.’

Described by The Observer’s reviewer as ‘a reading cure’ and ‘a tale of hard-won celebration’, May's book is an honest, reflective, sometimes humorous account of her struggle to deal with her own bad times. She considers the healing power of rest and retreat and the consolations of nature, exploring the many ways in which we experience winter, both seasonal and personal, and offering some strategies for weathering the dark times in the year and our own lives.

Katherine May’s other books include The Electricity of Every Living Thing, her memoir of being autistic, and two novels, The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club and Burning Out. She is the editor of The Best, Most Awful Job, an anthology of essays about motherhood, and her essays and journalism have been widely published in the UK and America. She lives by the sea in Whitstable.

Reader: Melody Grove
Abridged and produced by Sara Davies


MON 14:15 Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor (b00pbpcc)
Episode 1

Kevin Whately reads from Denis O'Connor's memoir.

One snowy night in the wilds of Northumberland, O'Connor is settling in for a night in front of the fire when he hears a cry of pain from the woods outside.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2009.


MON 14:30 The Art of Darkness (b018b8ct)
Richard Coles travels in the dead of winter up to the Lofoten Island in Norway - where the Northern lights and the extraordinary colours of winter darkness draw spellbound artists to live and work. Lofoten, on the very edge of Norway's Fjords, is home to both art and artists in abundance. Every turning on the road has a sign pointing to a gallery, and as Richard observes, "Looking out the window is like looking at an abstract painting - streaks of brilliant pastel colours across the dark sky and sea".

Shops display paintings and weavings, inspired by the grandeur of winter at its wildest. The natural surroundings - the sea, triangular fish-drying racks, the jagged snow peaked mountains, and the darkness, illuminated by the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis - provide rich inspiration. The peninsula has even attracted international artists, such as Anthony Gormley and Anish Kapoor, to contribute inspired pieces of work to the striking landscape.

Richard Coles travels to the frozen landscape of extreme beauty to meet the artists inspired by both the cold and the dark; artists like Scott Thoe, who breaks the ice to swim every morning; his wife Vebjørg Hagene, who creates underwater tapestries; Dagfinn Bakke, whose landscapes feature tiny figures dwarfed by storms, and Yngve Henriksen who grew up on the Islands and felt drawn to return to paint the colours of the landscape he finds so compelling - huge canvases smothered in layered oils and filled with a darkness relieved only by a 'Blue Hour'. The one person who wishes for Spring is Kjell Ove Storvik.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


MON 15:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007k1jp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 Jest a Minute (b00g4vzx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 The Leopard in Autumn (b00s3bcz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 For The Love of Leo (m0001t9f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m0013hy8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson (b00p4y6p)
1. The Party Game

Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life in a seemingly normal neighbourhood until his brother-in-law hypnotises him at a dinner party; a chance event that awakens psychic abilities he never knew he possessed...

A page-turning thriller from the pen of novelist and screenwriter Richard Matheson and one of his many works to have been adapted for film. Others include ‘I Am Legend’, ‘What Dreams May Come’ and ‘Duel’. Matheson is the author of numerous novels and short stories and his many credits include 'The Twilight Zone', 'Star Trek' and 'The Night Stalker'.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

Read by Trevor White.

Producer: Heather Larmour

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in November 2009.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b0375sff)
Meera Syal and Stephen Grosz

Writer, comedian and actor Meera Syal and psychoanalyst and author Stephen Grosz discuss favourite books with Harriett Gilbert.

A Russian romance, a very English murder, and the poverty of India are the themes in books by Chekhov, Agatha Christie and Katherine Boo.

The Lady With the Little Dog and Other Stories (1896-1904) by Anton Chekhov
Publisher: Penguin Classics

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum by Katherine Boo
Published: Portobello Books

The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
Publisher: HarperCollins

Producer: Melvin Rickarby

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.


MON 19:00 Marriage Lines (b0654tx1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 The Phenomenon Squad (b0855z15)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Falco (b00k8t30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Miss Marple (b007jpkt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m0013r07)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (m0013r09)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 The Unbelievable Truth (m0013hy8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Hearing With Hegley (b00b41k4)
Series 1

Episode 3

The poet laureate of alternative comedy, John Hegley, presents a selection of his work.

With:

Keith Moore
Susan Norton
Nigel Piper
Andrew Bailey

Producer: Phil Clarke

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1996.


MON 22:45 Lenny Henry's Rogues Gallery (b07cx3qd)
Series 1

Man's Red Flower

A researcher talks of her relationship with a brilliant scientist and his ground-breaking work on monkeys: experiments which yield miraculous results.

Stars Monica Dolan.

Series of comic monologues with twists-in-the-tale, written by Lenny Henry.

Producer: Sam Michell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2016.


MON 23:00 The News Quiz (m0013jc5)
Series 107

Episode 4

Andy Zaltzman and the News Quiz satirise the week's news from the UK and beyond.

This week Andy is joined by Alice Fraser, Chris McCausland, Daliso Chaponda and Hugo Rifkind. They try to make sense of a week of big dogs, pork pies and red meat.

Chair's Script: Written by Andy Zaltzman
Additional Material: Written by Heidi Regan, Cameron Loxdale, Stephen Buchanan and Tasha Dhanraj.
Production Coordinator: Katie Baum
Sound Editor: Marc Willcox
Producer: James Robinson

A BBC Studios Production


MON 23:30 Inside Alan Francis (b00j17xy)
Episode 4

Comedy series in which comedian Alan Francis explores the workings of his own mind in relation to his life, friends and long-suffering girlfriend Jane.

Alan leaves home.

With Julian Dutton, Barnaby Power, Kali Peacock. Written by Alan Francis, Richard Turner and Anthony Neilson with additional material by Julian Dutton and Barnaby Power.

Producer: Julia McKenzie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2009.



TUESDAY 25 JANUARY 2022

TUE 00:00 A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson (b00p4y6p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b0375sff)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Falco (b00k8t30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Miss Marple (b007jpkt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Wintering by Katherine May (m00127f5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor (b00pbpcc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 The Art of Darkness (b018b8ct)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007k1jp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Jest a Minute (b00g4vzx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 The Leopard in Autumn (b00s3bcz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 For The Love of Leo (m0001t9f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m0013hy8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Falco (b00k8x93)
Venus in Copper

4. Shady Business

After two murders in one night, Falco is offered a job by the prime suspect.

Meanwhile his social life looks up as he hosts a turbot supper with more than one unexpected guest. But Falco has his sights set on catching a bigger fish.

Anton Lesser stars as Ancient Rome's favourite detective in a gripping serialisation of Lindsey Davis's best seller.

Marcus Didius Falco …. Anton Lesser
Helena Justina …. Ann Madeley
Falco's Mother …. Frances Jeater
Petronius …. Ben Crowe
Titus Caesar …. Jonathan Keeble
Hyacinthus …. Stephen Critchlow
Severina Zotica …. Tracy Wiles
Pollia …. Julia Hills
The Parrot …. Colin Rote
Appius Priscillus …. Kim Wall

Dramatised by Mary Cutler.

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2006.


TUE 06:30 Miss Marple (b007jplb)
A Caribbean Mystery

Episode 2

After Major Palgrave's sudden death, the amateur sleuth wonders whether it was murder?

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars June Whitfield as Miss Marple.

Miss Marple …. June Whitfield
Mr Rafiel …. George A. Cooper
Dr Graham .... John Rowe
Esther Walters …. Yvonne Edgell
Miss Prescott …. Jenny Lee
Evelyn Hillingdon …. Carolyn Jones
Edward Hillingdon …. Christopher Wright
Molly Kendall …. Alison Pettit
Tim Kendall …. David Thorpe
Greg Dyson …. Brian Parr
Victoria .... Amanda Gordon
Jackson …. Andrew Wincott
Daventry …. David Brooks

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1997.


TUE 07:00 Dot (b0bf56gh)
Series 3

Dial M for Myrtle

Dark doings in the War Rooms as a suspicious death leaves the gals from personnel with no options other than to investigate.

Retro comic adventures with Dot and the gals from personnel in the rollicking Cabinet War Rooms comedy by Ed Harris.

Dot ...... Fenella Woolgar
Myrtle ...... Kate O'Flynn
Peg ...... Freya Parker
Peabody ...... David Actonn
Millicent ...... Jane Slavin
Grimribbling ...... Stephen Hogan

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2018.


TUE 07:30 It's a Fair Cop (b0bkv4f5)
Series 4

Pass the Person

Another chance to hear this episode from 2018. Experienced police officer and comedian Alfie Moore with the fourth episode in the series. 'Pass the Person' deals with the very sensitive issue of how the police deals with people with mental health problems and what they can do if there's a possibility they may harm themselves. When does 'protection' become 'intrusion'. Few could manage to handle this very serious and troubling subject with humour, but Alfie's compassion and genuine concern for those involved means that he can.

As usual Alfie asks his audience what they would have done in his shoes and hears some of their own true stories.

Presenter and writer ….. Alfie Moore
Script Editor ….. Will Ing
Producer ….. Alison Vernon-Smith
A BBC Studios Production


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b00r39c5)
Series 5

The Lost Gold Mine (of Charlotte)

Neddie's odd discovery in some meatloaf sparks a trip to America to make his fortune. Stars Harry Secombe. From October 1954.


TUE 08:30 Winston (b00pkyb2)
Winston Back Home

Don't Call Me Soams

Bossy Rosie and William irk old rogue Winston whose thoughts turns to 'The Forsyte Saga'.

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

Director: Shaun MacLoughlin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1994.


TUE 09:00 The News Quiz (m0013jc5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Elephants to Catch Eels (b007qx6x)
Series 1

Episode 4

Why would a top London journalist be so interested that love is all around in Drumlin Bay? What's Tamsyn been up to?

It seems the new editor of 'The Times of London' is boosting circulation by becoming a scurrilous gossipy rag. Of course, that would never happen now...

18th century Cornish village sitcom by the writers of Dead Ringers - Tom Jamieson and Nev Fountain.

Starring Lucy Speed as Tamsyn Trelawny, John Bowe as Jago Trelawny, Cameron Stewart as Major Thomas Falconer, Andrew McGibbon as Captain Marriot, Martin Hyder as Squire Bascombe, Mark Felgate as Dewey, Mark Perry as the Editor and Michael Fenton Stevens as Lampwick.

Producer: Jan Ravens.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2003.


TUE 10:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007k1md)
The Valley of Fear

2. The Tragedy of Birlstone

The great detective battles to solve the case with the aid of a single dumb-bell and Dr Watson's umbrella...

Starring Clive Merrison and Michael Williams.

The conclusion of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1915 novel about the legendary Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes ...... Clive Merrison
Dr John Watson ...... Michael Williams
John McMurdo ...... Iain Glen
Inspector Alec MacDonald ...... Mark Bonner
White Mason ...... Timothy Bateson
Jack McGinty ...... Constantine Gregory
Ettie Shafter ...... Amanda Gordon
Ted Baldwin ...... Stephen Critchlow
Ivy Douglas ...... Becky Hindley
Cecil Barker ...... Gavin Muir
Narrator ...... Ronald Pickup

Dramatised by Bert Coules.

Pianist: Michael Hasiam
Violinist: Abigail Young.

Director: Enyd Williams.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1997.


TUE 11:00 Nexus: Norfolk's Forgotten TV Station (m0013smq)
Paul Hayes tells the story of Nexus, the student television station at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, and the surprising range of guests it managed to interview.

Interviews with: Philip Bird, Stuart Campbell, Gurinder Chadha. Bob Clifford, Iain Dale, Nicola Daley, Andy Gamble
Ed Goodridge, Ted Hayton, Martin Heath, Mark Hodgson, Steve Howard, Rosie Johns, Simon Litton, David Matthewson
Nick Mottershead, Maxine Ostwald, Michael Palin, Arwel Parry, Roger Penfound, Andy Puddifoot, Mike Reddaway, Vince Rogers, Arthur Smith, Phil Stewart, Adam Wide, Anne Wilkins

Archive Source Matthew Sylvester
Archive Source Derek Williams
Special thanks University of East Anglia
Special thanks UEA Students' Union
Special thanks UEA:TV
Producer Paul Hayes

First broadcast on BBC Radio Norfolk in 2021.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b00r39c5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Winston (b00pkyb2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Falco (b00k8x93)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Miss Marple (b007jplb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Wintering by Katherine May (m001280n)
Episode 2

‘Some winters happen in the sun,’ writes Katherine May. ‘This particular one began on a blazing day in early September, a week before my fortieth birthday.’ When her husband becomes dangerously ill, it coincides with a moment in May’s life when she is facing professional and personal stress and an uncertain future, and it ushers in a period of what she calls ‘wintering’. ‘Everybody winters at one time or another; some winter over and over again,’ she explains. ‘Winter is a season in the cold, a fallow period in life when you’re cut off from the world, feeling rejected, sidelined, blocked from progress.’

Described by The Observer’s reviewer as ‘a reading cure’ and ‘a tale of hard-won celebration’, May's book is an honest, reflective, sometimes humorous account of her struggle to deal with her own bad times. She considers the healing power of rest and retreat and the consolations of nature, exploring the many ways in which we experience winter, both seasonal and personal, and offering some strategies for weathering the dark times in the year and our own lives.

Katherine May’s other books include The Electricity of Every Living Thing, her memoir of being autistic, and two novels, The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club and Burning Out. She is the editor of The Best, Most Awful Job, an anthology of essays about motherhood, and her essays and journalism have been widely published in the UK and America. She lives by the sea in Whitstable.

Reader: Melody Grove
Abridged and produced by Sara Davies


TUE 14:15 Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor (b00pbpcf)
Episode 2

Kevin Whately reads from Denis O'Connor's memoir.

Having rescued a tiny kitten from a derelict barn, O'Connor has to fight to keep it alive.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2009.


TUE 14:30 The Music That Melted (b00y8v0w)
Every year on a frozen fjord in Norway, musicians gather under the full moon, and a canopy of Northern Lights, to perform ice music. Over a weekend, instruments are carved from blocks of ice, and music played in an arena of carved ice blocks to a well wrapped audience, who arrive on cross country skis. Sometimes standing in flurries of snow, sometimes in the light of flame torches, under the northern lights, they listen spellbound (and a bit chilly) to the magical sounds produced by instruments with a short life span - each one as unique and short-lived as a sandcastle.

Richard Coles, ex band member of the 90's pop group The Communards, meets the people who play these instruments, which last only as long as the temperature stays below zero, and has a go himself.

Bill Covitz is the expert ice sculptor who makes a different range of instruments each festival. This year he is creating, for the first time, an Isleik, an ice version of a langeleik, the traditional harp of Norway.

Musicians come from across the globe to try their hands at instruments which require, more often than not, fingerless gloves and good circulation; the ice-sculpted instruments giving off surprising sounds that vary according to the quality of the ice and the temperature.

Richard Coles joins the preparations, to see the creation and the destruction of the music that melted.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


TUE 15:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007k1md)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The Museum of Curiosity (b08yrs0f)
Series 11

Episode 1

Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his new curator Romesh Ranganathan welcome:

* A high-powered media executive who was persuaded by none other than Joan Rivers to become a stand-up comedian, Cally Beaton
* The wonderfully funny comedy actor from Smack The Pony, I'm Alan Partridge, Green Wing and Miranda, Sally Phillips
* Consultant in cellular pathology at Peterborough City Hospital and president of the Royal College of Pathologists, Suzy Lishman

The Museum's Guest Committee offer as exhibits the entire population of the Netherlands; Richard III's foot bones; and a knitted tea-cosy to cover the entire Museum.

Researched by Anne Miller of QI & Mike Turner.

Producers: Richard Turner & James Harkin.

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


TUE 16:30 Elephants to Catch Eels (b007qx6x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 Dot (b0bf56gh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 It's a Fair Cop (b0bkv4f5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson (b00p6125)
3. The Abduction

Who is the strange woman that Tom sees? Why can he sense other people's emotions?

Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life in a seemingly normal neighbourhood until his brother-in-law hypnotises him at a dinner party; a chance event that awakens psychic abilities he never knew he possessed...

A page-turning thriller from the pen of novelist and screenwriter Richard Matheson and one of his many works to have been adapted for film. Others include ‘I Am Legend’, ‘What Dreams May Come’ and ‘Duel’. Matheson is the author of numerous novels and short stories and his many credits include 'The Twilight Zone', 'Star Trek' and 'The Night Stalker'.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

Read by Trevor White.

Producer: Heather Larmour

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in November 2009.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b04nrw25)
Series 19

A Shropshire Lad

"Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?
That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again."

So wrote the poet AE Housman lamenting the loss of his brother in the Boer war in his epic poem A Shropshire Lad. It harks back to a simple idyllic rural way of life that is forever changed at the end of the nineteenth century as hundreds of country boys go off to fight and never return. George Butterworth adapted his words to music in 1913 just before the outbreak of the Great War.

This edition of Soul Music hears from those whose lives continue to be touched by the loss of so many young men between 1914 and 1918. Broadcaster Sybil Ruscoe recalls visiting her Great Uncle's grave in a military cemetery in France with Butterworth's Rhapsody as the soundtrack to her journey.

A concert at Bromsgrove School in Worcestershire where Housman was a pupil remembers the former schoolboys killed in action, and singer Steve Knightley discusses and performs his adaptation of The Lads In Their Hundreds.

The Bishop of Woolwich connects his love of the countryside and Butterworth's music with his father's battered copy of Housman's poems which comforted him while held captive in Singapore during the Second World War.

Contributors:
James McKelvey
Phillip Bowen
Tish Farrell
Michael Ipgrave
Steve Knightley
Stephen Johnson
Sybil Ruscoe
Sam Adamson

Producer: Maggie Ayre

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b00r39c5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Winston (b00pkyb2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Falco (b00k8x93)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Miss Marple (b007jplb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Nexus: Norfolk's Forgotten TV Station (m0013smq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 It's a Fair Cop (b0bkv4f5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Cowards (b007d5bl)
Series 1

Episode 4

Talking fruit meets crosswords in the bizarre world of the comedy sketch show team.

Featuring the talents of writers and performers Tom Basden, Stefan Golaszewski , Tim Key and Lloyd Woolf.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2007.


TUE 23:00 Armando Iannucci - Facts And Fancies (b007jrm4)
Episode 4

From writing books to environmental damage.

Producer, writer and performer Armando Iannucci presents his own collection of humorous essays.

Compiled by Jenny Baynes.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1998.


TUE 23:15 The Damien Slash Mixtape (m0001v88)
Series 2

Episode 4

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

Written by and starring Damien Slash (aka Daniel Barker).
Guest starring Natasia Demetriou
Production coordinated by Hayley Sterling
Produced by Matt Stronge
A BBC Studios production.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2019.


TUE 23:30 The Mark Steel Solution (b007k111)
Series 3

Charity

The radical comedian questions the motives behind mankind's fundraising efforts for good causes. From August 1995.



WEDNESDAY 26 JANUARY 2022

WED 00:00 A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson (b00p6125)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b04nrw25)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Falco (b00k8x93)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Miss Marple (b007jplb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Wintering by Katherine May (m001280n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor (b00pbpcf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 The Music That Melted (b00y8v0w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007k1md)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 The Museum of Curiosity (b08yrs0f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Elephants to Catch Eels (b007qx6x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Dot (b0bf56gh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 It's a Fair Cop (b0bkv4f5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Falco (b00k9dbx)
Venus in Copper

5. The Warning

A battered and bruised Falco discovers the best way to win back the affections of his girlfriend.

Helena proves that she too can play detective, but the intriguing murder case is put on hold when Falco discovers his world crashing down around him.

Anton Lesser stars as Ancient Rome's favourite detective in a gripping serialisation of Lindsey Davis's best seller.

Marcus Didius Falco …. Anton Lesser
Helena Justina …. Ann Madeley
Petronius …. Ben Crowe
Hyacinthus …. Stephen Critchlow
Appius Priscillus …. Kim Wall
Severina Zotica …. Tracy Wiles
The Maid …. Emily Chennery
The Cake Seller …. Laurence Saunders
Cossus …. Jonathan Tafler
The Parrot …. Colin Rote

Dramatised by Mary Cutler.

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2006.


WED 06:30 Miss Marple (b007jplv)
A Caribbean Mystery

Episode 3

Tensions start to grow on the beautiful tropical island.

The authorities have been called in and a murder investigation is underway.

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars June Whitfield as Miss Marple.

Miss Marple …. June Whitfield
Evelyn Hillingdon …. Carolyn Jones
Edward Hillingdon …. Christopher Wright
Lucky Dyson …. Tracy-Ann Oberman
Greg Dyson …. Brian Parr
Molly Kendall …. Alison Pettit
Tim Kendall …. David Thorpe
Victoria …. Amanda Gordon
Jim Ellis …. Anthony Ofoegbu
Inspector Weston …. David Bannerman
Daventry …. David Brooks
Cook …. Chris Pavlo

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1997.


WED 07:00 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (b09fzbfm)
Series 2

The Financial Crash

Alexei considers the causes and fall-out of the 2008 financial crash, the appeal of Donald Trump and laments his lack of mainstream success.

The Godfather of Alternative Comedy delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar.

Written by Alexei Sayle

Performed by Alexei Sayle with Sean Baker

Original music and lyrics by Tim Sutton

Producer: Joe Nunnery

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


WED 07:30 Ellie Taylor's Safe Space (m000yv92)
Series 2

The News

Comedian and actor Ellie Taylor has for a long time thought there was too much news. It's on all the time on a million different channels. Enough is enough! It's not good for our health, and should be banned. But first she's got to convince her studio audience to come round to her way of thinking. With help from her ever-trusty sidekick Robin Morgan (Mock The Week), Ellie talks to members of the public about their own gripes and dislikes, and sits down with political journalist and assistant editor of The Spectator Isabel Hardman to discuss the logic of getting rid of the news entirely.

Written by Ellie Taylor and Robin Morgan.

Produced by Sam Michell for BBC Studios


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007vh34)
Series 4

Hancock in the Police

When Bill and the lad take to the beat, the crime rate soars after they meet Sid.

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 February 1957.


WED 08:30 The Michael Bentine Show (b007js4v)
From 22/01/1984

Michael Bentine stars as the great Tibetan mystic U Tug, members of the British Bath Craftsman's Guild, the Toastmaster, the entire United Nations and occasionally himself.

The ultimate one man show written and performed by the host. Listen in and you’ll believe that telephone boxes can fly.

Producer: Jamie Rix

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1984.


WED 09:00 The Write Stuff (b007765n)
Series 10

Stephen King

James Walton takes the chair for the game of literary correctness.

Team captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh are joined by Sabrina Broadbent and Mark Billingham.

Author of the week is Stephen King.

Reader: Beth Chalmers

Producer: Katie Marsden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2007.


WED 09:30 Smelling of Roses (b00fd63v)
Series 4

Episode 5

Rosie had always thought the expression 'Celebrity Gardener' was a contradiction in terms...until she met Bernadette Gittings...

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

Rosie Burns …. Prunella Scales
Jo …. Rebecca Callard
Bob …. Duncan Preston
Tess …. Annette Badland
Brad …. Colin Stinton
Bernadette Gittings …. Suzanne Jameson
Crispin Garnett …. George Leyton
Mrs Thompson …. Mary Wimbush

Written and produced by Simon Brett.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2003.


WED 10:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007k1np)
The Hound of the Baskervilles

1. The Powers of Evil

The Baker Street sleuth probes an ancient curse stalking a noble family on Dartmoor.

Starring Clive Merrison and Michael Williams.

Published in 1902, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel about his legendary great detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Dramatised in two parts by Bert Coules.

Sherlock Holmes ... Clive Merrison
Dr John Watson... Michael Williams
Mrs Hudson ...... Judi Dench
Sir Charles Baskerville ...... Donald Sinden
Sir Henry Baskerville ...... Mark Leake
Sir Hugo Baskerville ...... Ian Masters
Dr James Mortimer ...... Roger May
Arthur Frankland ...... John Woodnutt
Barrymore ...... Don McCorkindale
Mrs Barrymore ...... Jenny Lee
Postmaster ...... Brian Parr
Perkins ...... Iwan Thomas
Girl Nicole ...... Forbes
Soldier ...... Simon Hanna
Man ...... Jamie Harden
Cabby ...... James Harrison
Beryl ...... Rachel Atkins

Other parts played by the cast

Violinist: Ian Humphries

Pianist and musical arranger: Michael Hasiam

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1998.


WED 11:00 Neil Innes: Dip My Brain In Joy (m000q963)
2. Ego Warrior

Diane Morgan celebrates the life and work of Neil Innes, the music and comedy legend of The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band & The Rutles. A towering talent, occasionally known as the 7th Python & regularly found with a duck on his head. His legacy of music and comedy is rich, inspiring and inspired.

Neil said of his work, “Shakespeare wrote comedies as well as dramas. I’m just like Shakespeare, except with better songs.” His influence permeates modern comedy and his back catalogue is diverse and prolific. Neil wrote and performed anarchic rock with The Bonzos, he penned and performed pitch-perfect pastiches of the Beatles for The Rutles, he appeared in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python’s Life of Brian and he is one of only two non-Pythons with a writing credit on Monty Python’s Flying Circus – the other being Douglas Adams. He released over 20 albums including How Sweet To Be An Idiot, Innes Book of Records, and Recycled Vinyl Blues. And on top of being comedically and musically gifted, he was also a really nice man. A beautiful, kind, gentle soul. Considered, absurd, and delightful.

We’re celebrating the life, work and absurdist tendencies of Neil Innes in this collage of archive interviews, performances and programmes, conversations with family, friends and fans. Including his wife Yvonne, Stephen Fry, Arthur Smith, bandmates Phil Jackson and Ken Thornton, John Halsey (better known to Rutles fans as Barry Wom), producer Ian Keill, and Michael Palin. In Part Two, Ego Warrior, we open up the Innes Book of Records, follow Neil on his foray into Children’s Television (after all, the Raggy Dolls are dolls like you and me), and we take a look at Neil’s approach to songwriting, and his craft of setting beautiful stories to music.

Neil died on Sunday 29th December 2019. He was 75. At the time of his death, he was working on a new album, and a project called Radio Noir, part-audio memoir, part-experimental work of art, part- exploration of the human brain and you will hear some extracts and some unreleased songs throughout the programme.

Written and produced for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Laura Grimshaw.


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007vh34)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 The Michael Bentine Show (b007js4v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Falco (b00k9dbx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Miss Marple (b007jplv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Wintering by Katherine May (m00127vq)
Episode 3

‘Some winters happen in the sun,’ writes Katherine May. ‘This particular one began on a blazing day in early September, a week before my fortieth birthday.’ When her husband becomes dangerously ill, it coincides with a moment in May’s life when she is facing professional and personal stress and an uncertain future, and it ushers in a period of what she calls ‘wintering’. ‘Everybody winters at one time or another; some winter over and over again,’ she explains. ‘Winter is a season in the cold, a fallow period in life when you’re cut off from the world, feeling rejected, sidelined, blocked from progress.’

Described by The Observer’s reviewer as ‘a reading cure’ and ‘a tale of hard-won celebration’, May's book is an honest, reflective, sometimes humorous account of her struggle to deal with her own bad times. She considers the healing power of rest and retreat and the consolations of nature, exploring the many ways in which we experience winter, both seasonal and personal, and offering some strategies for weathering the dark times in the year and our own lives.

Katherine May’s other books include The Electricity of Every Living Thing, her memoir of being autistic, and two novels, The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club and Burning Out. She is the editor of The Best, Most Awful Job, an anthology of essays about motherhood, and her essays and journalism have been widely published in the UK and America. She lives by the sea in Whitstable.


WED 14:15 Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor (b00pbpch)
Episode 3

Having hand-reared the tiny kitten he rescued from the snow, O'Connor and Toby Jug settle in to life together. All is going swimmingly until they have problems with a swarm of bees.

Kevin Whately reads from Denis O'Connor's memoir.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2009.


WED 14:30 Battling Back (m0013r4f)
In 2009, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner joined Operation Snow Warrior, a military winter-training exercise with a difference - all the servicemen and women taking part are disabled and, like Frank, have turned to winter sports to prove to themselves that their active lives are not over.

Producer: Peter McManus

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


WED 15:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007k1np)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 The Write Stuff (b007765n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 Smelling of Roses (b00fd63v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (b09fzbfm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Ellie Taylor's Safe Space (m000yv92)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson (b00p5x2f)
2. The Previous Tennant

Tom receives another ghostly visitation - and thinks he knows who it might be.

Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life in a seemingly normal neighbourhood until his brother-in-law hypnotises him at a dinner party; a chance event that awakens psychic abilities he never knew he possessed...

A page-turning thriller from the pen of novelist and screenwriter Richard Matheson and one of his many works to have been adapted for film. Others include ‘I Am Legend’, ‘What Dreams May Come’ and ‘Duel’. Matheson is the author of numerous novels and short stories and his many credits include 'The Twilight Zone', 'Star Trek' and 'The Night Stalker'.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

Read by Trevor White.

Producer: Heather Larmour

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in November 2009.


WED 18:30 The Radio Detectives (b007jp9y)
Series 2

The Wisdom of Miss Marple

Examining the continual appeal of Agatha Christie's shrewd detective, Miss Jane Marple.

"A fluffy old dear with a dreadful hat." Discovering the inspiration and progression of St. Mary Mead's ever acute observer of deadly events.

Presented by Cultural Historian Jeffrey Richards. With June Whitfield and Simon Brett.

Producer: Helen Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1999.


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007vh34)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 The Michael Bentine Show (b007js4v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Falco (b00k9dbx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Miss Marple (b007jplv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Neil Innes: Dip My Brain In Joy (m000q963)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 Ellie Taylor's Safe Space (m000yv92)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 And Now in Colour (b007jqfb)
Series 2

The Great Outdoors

The sketch show team take their audience on an activity holiday.

Precision comedy written and performed by Tim Firth, Tim de Jongh, Michael Rutger and William Vandyck.

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1991.


WED 23:00 Bleak Expectations (b01p0fz3)
Series 5

A Re-Excited Life Made Distinctly Dangerous

The Victorian comedy adventure sees Pip and his friends travel to India in their quest to thwart the evil machinations of smooth but sinister genius Mr Gently Benevolent.

Gasp as our heroes struggle with super-intelligent tigers, giant snakes, and secret gin!

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
Clampvulture ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Ripely ...... Sarah Hadland
Pippa ...... Susy Kane
Viceroy Roy Weiss ...... Mark Evans

Producer: Gareth Edwards.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2012.


WED 23:30 Simon Evans Goes to Market (b061t68k)
Series 2

Tobacco

Comedian Simon Evans continues his series about the economics of some of the goods - or bads - we are addicted to.

If you crave your daily coffee, can't get by without a cigarette, feel that mid-afternoon slump without your sugar-fix, or can't face an evening without a glass of wine, you are definitely not alone. But have you ever thought about the economics that has made your addiction possible? Who does it profit? And would you want to make some canny investments that take advantage of our human weaknesses?

Simon looks at the economics, history and health issues behind these oh-so-addictive commodities.

This time it's tobacco. It's been called the single biggest avoidable cause of death in the world today yet it has remained an investment goldmine, with a single pound invested in tobacco stocks in 1900 now being worth over 6 million pounds.

Simon speaks to Robert West, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of Tobacco Studios at University College London about current global trends in smoking. He is also joined by economics guru, More Or Less host Tim Harford and the Queen of investment know-how, Merryn Somerset-Webb, as he walks us around the economics of these very familiar commodities and pokes fun at our relationship with them.

Presented by Simon Evans, with Professor Robert West, Tim Harford and Merryn Somerset-Webb.

Written by Simon Evans, Benjamin Partridge and Andy Wolton.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.



THURSDAY 27 JANUARY 2022

THU 00:00 A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson (b00p5x2f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 The Radio Detectives (b007jp9y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Falco (b00k9dbx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Miss Marple (b007jplv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Wintering by Katherine May (m00127vq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor (b00pbpch)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 Battling Back (m0013r4f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007k1np)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 The Write Stuff (b007765n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 Smelling of Roses (b00fd63v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (b09fzbfm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Ellie Taylor's Safe Space (m000yv92)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Falco (b00kf0yz)
Venus in Copper

6. Demolition

Falco begins to understand the lengths that a lover will go to for revenge.

The case is still unsolved, but Falco has a couple of ideas that may lead to the culprit...

Anton Lesser stars as Ancient Rome's favourite detective in the gripping conclusion of Lindsey Davis's best seller.

Marcus Didius Falco …. Anton Lesser
Helena Justina …. Ann Madeley
Petronius …. Ben Crowe
Appius Priscillus …. Kim Wall
Pollia …. Julia Hills
Severina Zotica …. Tracy Wiles
Cossus …. Jonathan Tafler
Thalia …. Chipo Chung
The Parrot …. Colin Rote

Dramatised by Mary Cutler.

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2006.


THU 06:30 Miss Marple (b007jpmc)
A Caribbean Mystery

Episode 4

With the island's murder tally now standing at two, the spinster sleuth needs an ally.

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars June Whitfield as Miss Marple.

Miss Marple …. June Whitfield
Mr Rafiel …. George A. Cooper
Dr Graham .... John Rowe
Miss Prescott …. Jenny Lee
Esther Walters …. Yvonne Edgell
Evelyn Hillingdon …. Carolyn Jones
Edward Hillingdon …. Christopher Wright
Molly Kendall …. Alison Pettit
Tim Kendall …. David Thorpe

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1997.


THU 07:00 Ankle Tag (m00013vn)
Series 2

The Falklands

Alice's mum has a new boyfriend, and Bob doesn't like him.

Bob ...... Steve Speirs
Gruff ...... Elis James
Alice ...... Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Jeffrey ...... Simon Greenall
Elaine ...... Felicity Montagu
Anthony ...... Mike Wozniak

Written by Benjamin Partridge & Gareth Gwynn

Producer: Victoria Lloyd

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


THU 07:30 Fags, Mags and Bags (m000knwh)
Series 9

Episode 4

More shop based shenanigans and over the counter philosophy, courtesy of Ramesh Mahju and his trusty sidekick Dave.

Set in a Scots-Asian corner and written by and starring Donald Mcleary and Sanjeev Kohli, the award winning Fags, Mags & Bags returns for a 9th series with all the regular characters and some guest appearances along the way.

In this episode, Ramesh and Malcolm’s wedding day plans upset a few people, including Sanjay who wants to perform at the reception with his new horrible band.

Join the staff of Fags, Mags and Bags in their tireless quest to bring nice-price custard creams and cans of coke with Arabic writing on them to an ungrateful nation. Ramesh Mahju has built it up over the course of over 30 years and is a firmly entrenched, friendly presence in the local area. He is joined by his shop sidekick Dave.

Then of course there are Ramesh’s sons Sanjay and Alok, both surly and not particularly keen on the old school approach to shopkeeping, but natural successors to the business. Ramesh is keen to pass all his worldly wisdom onto them - whether they like it or not!

Cast:
Ramesh: Sanjeev Kohli
Dave: Donald Mcleary
Sanjay: Omar Raza
Alok: Susheel Kumar
Malcolm. Mina Anwar
Hilly: Kate Brailsford
Bishop Briggs: Michael Redmond
Cambus: Maureen Carr

Producer: Gus Beattie for Gusman Productions
A Comedy Unit production for BBC Radio 4


THU 08:00 The Men from the Ministry (b011qfrb)
The Finger of Suspicion

Bumbling bureaucrat Lamb is inconvenienced over collecting the takings from public loos.

A weekly tribute to all those who work in government departments.

Stars Richard Murdoch and Deryck Guyler. With Norma Ronald, Ronald Baddiley and John Graham.

Written by Edward Taylor and John Graham.

'The Men from the Ministry' ran for 14 series between 1962 and 1977. Deryck Guyler replaced Wilfrid Hyde-White from 1966. Sadly many episodes didn't survive in the archive, however the BBC's Transcription Service re-recorded 14 shows in 1980 - never broadcast in the UK, until the arrival of BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 in September 1971.


THU 08:30 After Henry (b007jnwh)
Series 2

The Other Married Man

"I can tell when she's being deceitful. There's an expression that comes into her face. I remember when she was only two and she cut all Rosie's hair off."

Sarah tries keeping her affair secret, but her mother Eleanor can sniff out deceit.

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

Sarah ...... Prunella Scales
Eleanor ...... Joan Sanderson
Russell ...... Benjamin Whitrow
Clare ...... Gerry Cowper
James ...... Edward de Souza

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

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1986.


THU 09:00 Foul Play (b00jh5hn)
Series 3

Death By a Short Head

Crime writers Lady Antonia Fraser and Anthony Price try to solve the mystery death of a top jockey.

With the help of witnesses played by Maria McErlane and Lee Simpson.

Murder mystery panel game devised, written and chaired by Simon Brett.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1997.


THU 09:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b01pglt3)
Series 3

Prat On A Hot Tin Roof

Colours nailed to the mast, Robert Wilson gets his party politicals in a pickle.

Farcical sitcom about the trials and tribulations of a young actor desperately seeking work.

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

Robert Wilson ..... John Gordon Sinclair
Desmond Shaw ..... Gary Waldhorn
Sue ..... Gina McKee

With:
Sally Grace
Toby Longworth
Ainsley Foster
Ian Angus Wilkie
Christopher Roe

Producer: Diane Messias

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1993.


THU 10:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007k1pv)
The Hound of the Baskervilles

2. Death on the Moor

The curse of the Baskervilles claims another victim. Can Sherlock Holmes ever solve the deadly mystery out on Dartmoor?

Starring Clive Merrison and Michael Williams.

The conclusion of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's popular 1902 novel about his great detective.

Sherlock Holmes ... Clive Merrison
Dr John Watson... Michael Williams
Mrs Hudson ...... Judi Dench
Sir Henry Baskerville ...... Mark Leake
Stapleton ...... Ian Masters
Beryl ...... Rachel Atkins
Arthur Frankland ...... John Woodnutt
Barrymore ...... Don McCorkindale
Mrs Barrymore ...... Jenny Lee
Dr James Mortimer ...... Roger May
Mrs Lyons ...... Carolyn Jones
Postmaster ...... Brian Parr

Dramatised by Bert Coules.

Violinist: Ian Humphries

Pianist and musical arranger: Michael Hasiam

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1998.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0013r00)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 11:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m0004f3k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 The Men from the Ministry (b011qfrb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 After Henry (b007jnwh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Falco (b00kf0yz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Miss Marple (b007jpmc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Wintering by Katherine May (m001284w)
Episode 4

‘Some winters happen in the sun,’ writes Katherine May. ‘This particular one began on a blazing day in early September, a week before my fortieth birthday.’ When her husband becomes dangerously ill, it coincides with a moment in May’s life when she is facing professional and personal stress and an uncertain future, and it ushers in a period of what she calls ‘wintering’. ‘Everybody winters at one time or another; some winter over and over again,’ she explains. ‘Winter is a season in the cold, a fallow period in life when you’re cut off from the world, feeling rejected, sidelined, blocked from progress.’

Described by The Observer’s reviewer as ‘a reading cure’ and ‘a tale of hard-won celebration’, May's book is an honest, reflective, sometimes humorous account of her struggle to deal with her own bad times. She considers the healing power of rest and retreat and the consolations of nature, exploring the many ways in which we experience winter, both seasonal and personal, and offering some strategies for weathering the dark times in the year and our own lives.

Katherine May’s other books include The Electricity of Every Living Thing, her memoir of being autistic, and two novels, The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club and Burning Out. She is the editor of The Best, Most Awful Job, an anthology of essays about motherhood, and her essays and journalism have been widely published in the UK and America. She lives by the sea in Whitstable.

Reader: Melody Grove
Abridged and produced by Sara Davies


THU 14:15 Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor (b00pbpck)
Episode 4

Kevin Whately reads from Denis O'Connor's memoir.

O'Connor has been asked to look after a colleague's horse over the summer holidays and decides to go trekking in the Cheviot Hills, accompanied by his Maine Coon kitten, Toby Jug.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2009.


THU 14:30 Sheffield - City of Snowless Skiers (b03srgv7)
In 2014, David Goldblatt discoverd the unlikely tale of how our most promising skiers to reach the Sochi Olympics began in a city with no snow, on a plastic material that's "like upturned scrubbing brushes".

In the 2014 Winter Olympics. a new sport debuted, freeskiing, and astonishingly, given the British record in winter sports, we are very good at it. In 2013, the world number one in "slopestyle" skiing was a British 21-year-old with a half-shaved head, called James Woods. He, like a string of other skiers now making their mark internationally, grew up in a non-skiing family in Sheffield.

According to the head coach of the British Freeski team, Pat Sharples - "Every single one of my athletes comes from a working class background... and the majority of my team are from Sheffield." How did this happen?

It is all to do with a patch of land sandwiched between an enormous inner city landfill and a council estate overlooking the city centre. Built in the 1980s, Sheffield Ski Village was one of the best facilities in Europe, in its heyday. But as David discovers, it looks unlikely that this success will ever be repeated again.

Featuring: James 'Woodsy' Woods, British Slopestyle Skier; Katie and Molly Summerhayes, British Slopestyle Skiers; Pat Sharples, Head Coach Team GB Freeski; Simon Ashton, Chairman British Freeski; Cllr Peter Price, Sheffield City Council; Kevin Pullan, owner of Sheffield Ski Village; Mike Rogge, Freeski Reporter; Norman and Molly Gill, founders of Sheffield Sharks

Produced by Polly Weston

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


THU 15:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007k1pv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 Foul Play (b00jh5hn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b01pglt3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 Ankle Tag (m00013vn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 Fags, Mags and Bags (m000knwh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson (b00p684p)
4. The Second Trance

When a vivid premonition comes true Tom, seeks expert advice – but what does Helen Driscoll really want?

Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life in a seemingly normal neighbourhood until his brother-in-law hypnotises him at a dinner party; a chance event that awakens psychic abilities he never knew he possessed...

A page-turning thriller from the pen of novelist and screenwriter Richard Matheson and one of his many works to have been adapted for film. Others include ‘I Am Legend’, ‘What Dreams May Come’ and ‘Duel’. Matheson is the author of numerous novels and short stories and his many credits include 'The Twilight Zone', 'Star Trek' and 'The Night Stalker'.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

Read by Trevor White.

Producer: Heather Larmour

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in November 2009.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b09k6pn1)
Series 44

Hertha Ayrton

Helen Arney, self confessed science nerd, stand-up entertainer, and once nicknamed a "geek songstress", tells Matthew Parris why she's chosen Hertha Ayrton (1854-1923), the pioneering Victorian physicist, inventor and suffragette, as her great life.

Ayrton, we hear, was the first woman to be admitted into membership of what is today known as the IET, the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Their archivist Anne Locker knows Ayrton's life and works and fields the questions from Matthew and Helen.

They talk about how Hertha overcame considerable obstacles to be the first woman who was proposed for the fellowship of the Royal Society. Her candidature was refused on the grounds that as a married woman she had no legal existence in British law. This did not stop her from patenting over 20 of her inventions, which included a large electric fan designed to disperse mustard gas from the Trenches during the First World War. Fascinated by electricity, her achievements also ranged across mathematics and physics.

Helen Arney, who's one third of the Festival of the Spoken Nerd, the comedy group that makes science entertaining for audiences, explains why she's championing Ayrton. Hertha's father was a Jewish immigrant, a watchmaker from Poland, who hawked goods at markets. Nonetheless, Hertha was among the first generation of women to study at Girton College, Cambridge.

Producer: Mark Smalley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.


THU 19:00 The Men from the Ministry (b011qfrb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 After Henry (b007jnwh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Falco (b00kf0yz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Miss Marple (b007jpmc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0013r00)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 21:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m0004f3k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 Fags, Mags and Bags (m000knwh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Brian Gulliver's Travels (b00z58bb)
Series 1

Osminia

Brian Gulliver, a seasoned presenter of travel documentaries, finds himself in a hospital's secure unit after claiming to have had a number of bizarre adventures.

This week he travels to Osminia, a land where marriage is outlawed.

Brian Gulliver ..... Neil Pearson
Rachel Gulliver ..... Mariah Gale
Dr Malik ..... Paul Bhattacharjee
Tandia ..... Joanna Bobin
Gigia ..... Jane Whittenshaw
Seldon ..... Brian Bowles
Mayor ..... Sam Dale
Sancti ..... Sally Orrock

Produced by Steven Canny

Brian Gulliver's Travels is a new satirical adventure story from Bill Dare. The series has attracted an excellent cast led by Neil Pearson and award winning star of the RSC's current season, Mariah Gale. Cast includes fantastic actors Tamsin Greig, John Standing, Paul Bhattacharjee, Christopher Douglas, Catherine Shepherd, Vicky Pepperdine, Phil Cornwell, Antonia Campbell Hughes, Jo Bobin and Katherine Jakeways.

For years Bill Dare wanted to create a satire about different worlds exploring Kipling's idea that we travel, 'not just to explore civilizations, but to better understand our own'. But science fiction and space ships never interested him, so he put the idea on ice. Then Brian Gulliver arrived and meant that our hero could be lost in a fictional world without the need for any sci-fi.

Satirical targets over the series: the medical profession and its need to pathologize everything; the effect of marriage on children; spirituality and pseudo-science; compensation culture; sexism; the affect of our obsession with fame.

Gulliver's Travels is the only book Bill Dare read at university. His father, Peter Jones, narrated a similarly peripatetic radio series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2011.


THU 23:00 Listen Against (b00fq2sw)
Series 2

Episode 3

Radio 4's new drama 'Peston', 'Thought for the Day' for Satanists and why is Jeremy Vine so charming in person but so tetchy on Radio 2?

The show that look backs in amplitude at rearranged and downright fictional snippets from BBC radio.

Written by and starring Jon Holmes,

With Alice Arnold.

Producer: Sam Bryant

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2008.


THU 23:30 The Boosh (b007jmf4)
Stolen

Zookeepers Howard Moon and Vince Noir try to catch an animal thief at Bob Fossil's Zoo - with the help of a deer costume.

Written by and starring Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt,

The Boosh is a surreal adventure based on the Perrier Award-winning comedy show, featuring Howard and Vince's battles with zoo manager Bob Fossil.

Vince is a regular 'Mowgli in flares' due to his affinity with animals and adoration for all things Seventies, whereas Howard likes to think he's more the brains of the duo, destined for better things.

Howard Moon ...... Julian Barrattt
Vince Noir ...... Noel Fielding
Bob Fossil ...... Rich Fulcher
Graham ...... Lee Mack
Bloke ...... Simon Evans

After BBC radio gave them their big break with this series, they transferred to BBC TV where The Mighty Boosh ran for three series.

Producer: Danny Wallace.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2001.



FRIDAY 28 JANUARY 2022

FRI 00:00 A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson (b00p684p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b09k6pn1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Falco (b00kf0yz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Miss Marple (b007jpmc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Wintering by Katherine May (m001284w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor (b00pbpck)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Sheffield - City of Snowless Skiers (b03srgv7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007k1pv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Foul Play (b00jh5hn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b01pglt3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 Ankle Tag (m00013vn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Fags, Mags and Bags (m000knwh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 The Toff on the Farm (b007jrq3)
1. Trouble for Sale

The Honourable Richard Rollison (the Toff) is offered the chance to buy a small farm in Sussex.

But when a man mysteriously disappears, the amateur sleuth soon realises something is amiss...

John Creasey's thriller starring Terence Alexander.

Dramatised in six parts by Roy Lomax

The Toff ...... Terence Alexander
Jolly ...... Robert Dorning
Gillian Selby ...... Heather Stoney
Vicar ...... Jeffrey Segal
Monty Morne ...... Terrence Hardiman
Bert ...... Frank Jarvis
Mr Brandt ...... Ed Bishop

Other parts played by the cast

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in March 1977.


FRI 06:30 Miss Marple (b007jpmx)
A Caribbean Mystery

Episode 5

After two murders and an attempted suicide, amateur sleuth Miss Marple is battling to find a link.

The conclusion of Agatha Christie's whodunit starring June Whitfield as Miss Marple.

Miss Marple …. June Whitfield
Mr Rafiel …. George A. Cooper
Tim Kendall …. David Thorpe
Molly Kendall …. Alison Pettit
Esther Walters …. Yvonne Edgell
Evelyn Hillingdon …. Carolyn Jones
Edward Hillingdon …. Christopher Wright
Lucky Dyson …. Tracy-Ann Oberman
Jackson …. Andrew Wincott
Canon Prescott …. David King
Dr Graham .... John Rowe

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1997.


FRI 07:00 The Headset Set (b012lkzw)
Series 1

Episode 5

The team at catalogue company Smile5 discover their colleague Dan has died.

They react in their usual callous and manipulative way. Meanwhile, Ralph the trainer has a new trainee in Philip the artist.

Eavesdrop on both sides of the bizarre, horrific and ludicrous phone calls when customers call in as events unfold with company staff.

Aleesha and other characters ..... Chizzy Akudolu
Bernie and other characters ..... Margaret-Cabourn Smith
Big Tony, Ralph and other characters ..... Colin Hoult
Sailesh, Bradley and other characters ..... Paul Sharma
Various ..... Philip Fox

Writers: James Kettle, Stephen Carlin, Celia Pacquola, Andy Wolton, Benjamin Partridge, Colin Hoult, Kevin Core, Madeliene Brettingham, Rebecca Hobbs and Dan Tetsell.

Script editor: James Kettle
Producer: Tilusha Ghelani

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2011.


FRI 07:30 Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn (m0013qxv)
The ‘Resting Bitch Face’ Problem

Marian and Tara discuss serial bad-boy dating, what your face says about you, a missing mojo, personal grooming issues and much more.

Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - problems.

From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.

Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.

Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.

Producer: Steve Doherty
A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds


FRI 08:00 Dad's Army (b007jq0r)
Series 3

Round and Round Went the Big Wheel

Captain Mainwaring's Home Guard platoon take action when a new High Explosive Attack Device goes haywire.

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 Frazer …. John Laurie
Private Pike …. Ian Lavender
Private Godfrey …. Arnold Ridley
Private Walker …. Larry Martyn
Colonel Pearce …. John Barron
Captain Stewart …. Michael Knowles

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1976.


FRI 08:30 Married (b007w523)
Series 1

Episode 5

Just as he is starting to make the most of his new life, Robin is whisked back to his old universe where his doppelganger has been wreaking havoc...

Hugh Bonneville stars in Tony Bagley's comedy.

Robin ...... Hugh Bonneville
Lesley ...... Josie Lawrence
Dirk ...... Steve Frost
Julia ...... Barbara Murray
Penny ...... Melanie Hudson
Drunk ...... Harry Myers

Producer Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1999.


FRI 09:00 Funny You Should Ask (b04st6lb)
From 19/05/1981

Peter Jones tests the knowledge of three comedy experts: Carry on film star Charles Hawtrey, the comedian famed for his catchphase 'You lucky people' Tommy Trinder and composer/conductor Ron Goodwin.

Featuring questions about the classic British film comedies, Charles Hawtrey reveals his favourite out of the 24 Carry on films which he appeared in. There are also rounds on music in comedy films and childhood.

Looking at all kinds of comedy, Funny You Should Ask ran for seven series from 1978 to 1982.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 1981.


FRI 09:30 Ballylenon (b007jx6s)
Series 5

Episode 3

Some residents try to ensure the cottage sale goes ahead without a hitch. It's 1956 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.


FRI 10:00 John Harrison - Rediscovering Leo (m0013t7m)
In John Harrison's play, Paul Scofield plays a reclusive composer, and Samantha Bond the journalist who seeks to rediscover him, and in doing so discovers far more than she had expected.

Leo .... Paul Scofield
Pamela .... Samantha Bond
Voice A .... John Webb
Voice A .... John Church

Piano: Matthew Scott
Director: Kay Patrick

First broadcast in July 1993.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m0013t7r)
Running Podcasts

From nervous beginners to seasoned marathon runners, Laura Grimshaw and Moy McGowan present a selection of running podcasts to inspire you to get out there.


FRI 12:00 Dad's Army (b007jq0r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Married (b007w523)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 The Toff on the Farm (b007jrq3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Miss Marple (b007jpmx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Wintering by Katherine May (m001288f)
Episode 5

‘Some winters happen in the sun,’ writes Katherine May. ‘This particular one began on a blazing day in early September, a week before my fortieth birthday.’ When her husband becomes dangerously ill, it coincides with a moment in May’s life when she is facing professional and personal stress and an uncertain future, and it ushers in a period of what she calls ‘wintering’. ‘Everybody winters at one time or another; some winter over and over again,’ she explains. ‘Winter is a season in the cold, a fallow period in life when you’re cut off from the world, feeling rejected, sidelined, blocked from progress.’

Described by The Observer’s reviewer as ‘a reading cure’ and ‘a tale of hard-won celebration’, May's book is an honest, reflective, sometimes humorous account of her struggle to deal with her own bad times. She considers the healing power of rest and retreat and the consolations of nature, exploring the many ways in which we experience winter, both seasonal and personal, and offering some strategies for weathering the dark times in the year and our own lives.

Katherine May’s other books include The Electricity of Every Living Thing, her memoir of being autistic, and two novels, The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club and Burning Out. She is the editor of The Best, Most Awful Job, an anthology of essays about motherhood, and her essays and journalism have been widely published in the UK and America. She lives by the sea in Whitstable.

Reader: Melody Grove
Abridged and produced by Sara Davies


FRI 14:15 Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor (b00pbpcm)
Episode 5

Kevin Whately reads from Denis O'Connor's memoir.

It's Christmas Day and Denis O'Connor reflects on how much better his life has become since he rescued the kitten, Toby Jug.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2009.


FRI 14:30 The Living Mountain (b03mfndd)
Robert Macfarlane takes inspiration from writer Nan Shepherd on a very special poetic pilgrimage to the Cairngorms.

Nan Shepherd believed that it was 'a grand thing to get leave to live.' She did this by spending every minute she could in her beloved Cairngorms. In her 88-years, she covered thousands of miles on foot and became minutely aware of the rhythms of these wild places.

She collected her thoughts in 'The Living Mountain'. It's a remarkable love letter to these dramatic landscapes, but convinced that readers didn't want an "aimless, sensual exploration of the Cairngorms," Nan tucked the manuscript away in a drawer and left it there for 30-years.

Four years before she died, her book finally saw the light of day. At just 80-pages, it's small in size, but big in impact and has been described by The Guardian as "the finest book ever written on nature and landscape in Britain".

Robert Macfarlane agrees. He calls 'The Living Mountain' a "wry, beautiful hymn to 'living all the way through'". He thinks this book is hugely important as more and more of us experience less and less contact with the outside world; "We are, literally, losing touch." Nan's writing is the antithesis of this. She plunges readers right into the landscape.

Robert celebrates this intrepid literary spirit by embarking on an autumnal trip right into the heart of Nan's favourite wild places.

Producer: Victoria McArthur

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.


FRI 15:00 John Harrison - Rediscovering Leo (m0013t7m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 Funny You Should Ask (b04st6lb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 Ballylenon (b007jx6s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 The Headset Set (b012lkzw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn (m0013qxv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson (b00p689c)
5. The Answer

Following a series of terrifying premonitions, Tom discovers what Helen Driscoll wants.

Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life in a seemingly normal neighbourhood until his brother-in-law hypnotises him at a dinner party; a chance event that awakens psychic abilities he never knew he possessed...

A page-turning thriller from the pen of novelist and screenwriter Richard Matheson and one of his many works to have been adapted for film. Others include ‘I Am Legend’, ‘What Dreams May Come’ and ‘Duel’. Matheson is the author of numerous novels and short stories and his many credits include 'The Twilight Zone', 'Star Trek' and 'The Night Stalker'.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

Read by Trevor White.

Producer: Heather Larmour

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in November 2009.


FRI 18:30 Shah Rukh Khan's Heroes (b06rlkh5)
Amitabh Bachchan

Shah Rukh Khan's celebrates his personal heroes with a tribute to Bollywood's most popular icon, Amitabh 'Big B' Bachchan. He describes him as "a hero to millions and billions."

Producer: Ranjit Doal

First broadcast on the BBC Asian Network in 2012.


FRI 19:00 Dad's Army (b007jq0r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Married (b007w523)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 The Toff on the Farm (b007jrq3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Miss Marple (b007jpmx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m0013t7r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn (m0013qxv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Henry Normal's Encyclopaedia Poetica (m0001cb1)
Volume 4

Henry Normal opens the fourth and final volume of his Encyclopaedia Poetica, taking us all the way to Zzz-Zzz.

This week's poems cover Radio 4, Points of View, a mime burglary, obnoxious individuals called Clive, and the Miss Scotland beauty pageant.

Henry is joined on stage, at Edinburgh's Pleasance Theatre, by the poets Liz Lochhead and Pete Ramskill.

Producer: Diane Messias

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1994.


FRI 23:00 Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking (b00773bh)
Series 1

Episode 3

More from China Lion and the new barn conversion couple, plus a visit to the Dragon's Den

Award-winning comedian Laura Solon's sketch and character comedy series

With Ben Moor, Katherine Parkinson and Ben Willbond.

Written by Laura Solon. With additional material by the cast, Carl Cooper, Tony Roche and Andy Marlatt.

Producer: Colin Anderson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2007.


FRI 23:30 That Mitchell and Webb Sound (b00mr4w3)
Series 4

Episode 5

A date with a slightly disappointing superhero; and the perils of compulsory workplace drinking.

Sketch show starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

With Olivia Colman,Sarah Hadland and James Bachman.

Producer Gareth Edwards

Firs broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2009.




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

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b0375sff)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b0375sff)

A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson 18:00 MON (b00p4y6p)

A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson 00:00 TUE (b00p4y6p)

A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson 18:00 TUE (b00p6125)

A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson 00:00 WED (b00p6125)

A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson 18:00 WED (b00p5x2f)

A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson 00:00 THU (b00p5x2f)

A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson 18:00 THU (b00p684p)

A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson 00:00 FRI (b00p684p)

A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson 18:00 FRI (b00p689c)

Adam Bede by George Eliot (Omnibus) 14:20 SUN (b00c90f0)

Adam Bede by George Eliot (Omnibus) 02:20 MON (b00c90f0)

After Henry 08:30 THU (b007jnwh)

After Henry 12:30 THU (b007jnwh)

After Henry 19:30 THU (b007jnwh)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 12:30 SAT (b09d431q)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 07:00 WED (b09fzbfm)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 17:00 WED (b09fzbfm)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 05:00 THU (b09fzbfm)

All Gas and Gaiters 09:00 SUN (b007jpbw)

An Actor's Life for Me 09:30 THU (b01pglt3)

An Actor's Life for Me 16:30 THU (b01pglt3)

An Actor's Life for Me 04:30 FRI (b01pglt3)

And Now in Colour 22:30 WED (b007jqfb)

Ankle Tag 07:00 THU (m00013vn)

Ankle Tag 17:00 THU (m00013vn)

Ankle Tag 05:00 FRI (m00013vn)

Archive on 4 13:00 SAT (b0b6bw77)

Archive on 4 01:00 SUN (b0b6bw77)

Armando Iannucci - Facts And Fancies 23:00 TUE (b007jrm4)

Ballylenon 04:30 SAT (b007jx5y)

Ballylenon 09:30 FRI (b007jx6s)

Ballylenon 16:30 FRI (b007jx6s)

Battling Back 14:30 WED (m0013r4f)

Battling Back 02:30 THU (m0013r4f)

Bleak Expectations 14:30 SAT (b01nxt2d)

Bleak Expectations 02:30 SUN (b01nxt2d)

Bleak Expectations 23:00 WED (b01p0fz3)

Brian Gulliver's Travels 22:30 THU (b00z58bb)

Chain Reaction 22:00 SAT (b00l5p7l)

Comedy Club Extravaganza 09:00 SAT (m0002zlf)

Comedy Club Extravaganza 19:00 SAT (m0002zlf)

Concrete Cow 15:30 SAT (b0076k1x)

Concrete Cow 03:30 SUN (b0076k1x)

Cowards 22:30 TUE (b007d5bl)

D for Dexter (Omnibus) 07:20 SUN (m0013qzx)

D for Dexter 02:15 SAT (m000ptb3)

Dad's Army 08:00 FRI (b007jq0r)

Dad's Army 12:00 FRI (b007jq0r)

Dad's Army 19:00 FRI (b007jq0r)

Delve Special 22:30 SUN (b00t5zzv)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (m0013r00)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (m0013r00)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (m0013r00)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (m0013r00)

Dot 12:00 SAT (b0bd7rw0)

Dot 07:00 TUE (b0bf56gh)

Dot 17:00 TUE (b0bf56gh)

Dot 05:00 WED (b0bf56gh)

Drama 16:00 SUN (m00127ch)

Drama 20:00 SUN (m00127ch)

Drama 04:00 MON (m00127ch)

Edge Falls 23:00 SUN (b007tz5g)

Elephants to Catch Eels 09:30 TUE (b007qx6x)

Elephants to Catch Eels 16:30 TUE (b007qx6x)

Elephants to Catch Eels 04:30 WED (b007qx6x)

Ellie Taylor's Safe Space 07:30 WED (m000yv92)

Ellie Taylor's Safe Space 17:30 WED (m000yv92)

Ellie Taylor's Safe Space 22:00 WED (m000yv92)

Ellie Taylor's Safe Space 05:30 THU (m000yv92)

Fags, Mags and Bags 07:30 THU (m000knwh)

Fags, Mags and Bags 17:30 THU (m000knwh)

Fags, Mags and Bags 22:00 THU (m000knwh)

Fags, Mags and Bags 05:30 FRI (m000knwh)

Falco 01:00 SAT (b00k89mm)

Falco 06:00 MON (b00k8t30)

Falco 13:00 MON (b00k8t30)

Falco 20:00 MON (b00k8t30)

Falco 01:00 TUE (b00k8t30)

Falco 06:00 TUE (b00k8x93)

Falco 13:00 TUE (b00k8x93)

Falco 20:00 TUE (b00k8x93)

Falco 01:00 WED (b00k8x93)

Falco 06:00 WED (b00k9dbx)

Falco 13:00 WED (b00k9dbx)

Falco 20:00 WED (b00k9dbx)

Falco 01:00 THU (b00k9dbx)

Falco 06:00 THU (b00kf0yz)

Falco 13:00 THU (b00kf0yz)

Falco 20:00 THU (b00kf0yz)

Falco 01:00 FRI (b00kf0yz)

For The Love of Leo 07:00 MON (m0001t9f)

For The Love of Leo 17:00 MON (m0001t9f)

For The Love of Leo 05:00 TUE (m0001t9f)

Foul Play 09:00 THU (b00jh5hn)

Foul Play 16:00 THU (b00jh5hn)

Foul Play 04:00 FRI (b00jh5hn)

Funny You Should Ask 04:00 SAT (b0b8brq5)

Funny You Should Ask 09:00 FRI (b04st6lb)

Funny You Should Ask 16:00 FRI (b04st6lb)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (b09jvglt)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (b09jvglt)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (b09jvglt)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b09k6pn1)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b09k6pn1)

HR 12:30 SUN (b00j5885)

HR 17:30 SUN (b00j5885)

HR 22:00 SUN (b00j5885)

HR 05:30 MON (b00j5885)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b007vh34)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b007vh34)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b007vh34)

Hearing With Hegley 22:30 MON (b00b41k4)

Henry Normal's Encyclopaedia Poetica 22:30 FRI (m0001cb1)

Inheritance Tracks 07:10 SUN (b07hnsp0)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SUN (b07kwnfm)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 MON (b07kwnfm)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (m0013r09)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (m0013r09)

Inside Alan Francis 23:30 MON (b00j17xy)

It's a Fair Cop 07:30 TUE (b0bkv4f5)

It's a Fair Cop 17:30 TUE (b0bkv4f5)

It's a Fair Cop 22:00 TUE (b0bkv4f5)

It's a Fair Cop 05:30 WED (b0bkv4f5)

Jest a Minute 09:00 MON (b00g4vzx)

Jest a Minute 16:00 MON (b00g4vzx)

Jest a Minute 04:00 TUE (b00g4vzx)

John Harrison - Rediscovering Leo 10:00 FRI (m0013t7m)

John Harrison - Rediscovering Leo 15:00 FRI (m0013t7m)

Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking 23:00 FRI (b00773bh)

Lenny Henry's Rogues Gallery 22:45 MON (b07cx3qd)

Leonard Rossiter - In a Nutshell 08:55 SUN (b00sj8sx)

Listen Against 23:00 THU (b00fq2sw)

Marriage Lines 08:00 MON (b0654tx1)

Marriage Lines 12:00 MON (b0654tx1)

Marriage Lines 19:00 MON (b0654tx1)

Married 08:30 FRI (b007w523)

Married 12:30 FRI (b007w523)

Married 19:30 FRI (b007w523)

Midnight Tales by Bram Stoker 00:00 SAT (b01g9873)

Miss Marple 06:30 MON (b007jpkt)

Miss Marple 13:30 MON (b007jpkt)

Miss Marple 20:30 MON (b007jpkt)

Miss Marple 01:30 TUE (b007jpkt)

Miss Marple 06:30 TUE (b007jplb)

Miss Marple 13:30 TUE (b007jplb)

Miss Marple 20:30 TUE (b007jplb)

Miss Marple 01:30 WED (b007jplb)

Miss Marple 06:30 WED (b007jplv)

Miss Marple 13:30 WED (b007jplv)

Miss Marple 20:30 WED (b007jplv)

Miss Marple 01:30 THU (b007jplv)

Miss Marple 06:30 THU (b007jpmc)

Miss Marple 13:30 THU (b007jpmc)

Miss Marple 20:30 THU (b007jpmc)

Miss Marple 01:30 FRI (b007jpmc)

Miss Marple 06:30 FRI (b007jpmx)

Miss Marple 13:30 FRI (b007jpmx)

Miss Marple 20:30 FRI (b007jpmx)

Mr and Mrs Smith 23:00 SAT (b01blzkq)

Neil Innes: Dip My Brain In Joy 11:00 WED (m000q963)

Neil Innes: Dip My Brain In Joy 21:00 WED (m000q963)

Nexus: Norfolk's Forgotten TV Station 11:00 TUE (m0013smq)

Nexus: Norfolk's Forgotten TV Station 21:00 TUE (m0013smq)

Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn 05:30 SAT (m0013gyj)

Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn 07:30 FRI (m0013qxv)

Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn 17:30 FRI (m0013qxv)

Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn 22:00 FRI (m0013qxv)

Parcel Arrived Safely: Tied With String (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (m0013qzv)

Parcel Arrived Safely: Tied With String by Michael Crawford 02:00 SAT (b019fx7g)

Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor 14:15 MON (b00pbpcc)

Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor 02:15 TUE (b00pbpcc)

Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor 14:15 TUE (b00pbpcf)

Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor 02:15 WED (b00pbpcf)

Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor 14:15 WED (b00pbpch)

Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor 02:15 THU (b00pbpch)

Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor 14:15 THU (b00pbpck)

Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor 02:15 FRI (b00pbpck)

Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor 14:15 FRI (b00pbpcm)

Play It Cool 08:30 SUN (b05r7w7p)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m0013t7r)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m0013t7r)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (m0013r02)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m0013r02)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m0013r02)

Radiolab 11:00 SUN (m000drg1)

Radiolab 19:00 SUN (m000drg1)

Reluctant Persuaders 09:30 SUN (m0000xrp)

Robert Aickman Stories 18:45 SUN (m0007r7g)

Robert Aickman Stories 00:45 MON (m0007r7g)

Robert Forrest - The Voyage of the Demeter 18:00 SAT (b00vk23h)

Robert Forrest - The Voyage of the Demeter 00:00 SUN (b00vk23h)

Shah Rukh Khan's Heroes 00:30 SAT (b06rd13t)

Shah Rukh Khan's Heroes 18:30 FRI (b06rlkh5)

Sheffield - City of Snowless Skiers 14:30 THU (b03srgv7)

Sheffield - City of Snowless Skiers 02:30 FRI (b03srgv7)

Sherlock Holmes 03:00 SAT (b007jnsx)

Sherlock Holmes 10:00 MON (b007k1jp)

Sherlock Holmes 15:00 MON (b007k1jp)

Sherlock Holmes 03:00 TUE (b007k1jp)

Sherlock Holmes 10:00 TUE (b007k1md)

Sherlock Holmes 15:00 TUE (b007k1md)

Sherlock Holmes 03:00 WED (b007k1md)

Sherlock Holmes 10:00 WED (b007k1np)

Sherlock Holmes 15:00 WED (b007k1np)

Sherlock Holmes 03:00 THU (b007k1np)

Sherlock Holmes 10:00 THU (b007k1pv)

Sherlock Holmes 15:00 THU (b007k1pv)

Sherlock Holmes 03:00 FRI (b007k1pv)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 15:00 SAT (b0610182)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 03:00 SUN (b0610182)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 23:30 WED (b061t68k)

Smelling of Roses 08:30 SAT (b00f86x3)

Smelling of Roses 09:30 WED (b00fd63v)

Smelling of Roses 16:30 WED (b00fd63v)

Smelling of Roses 04:30 THU (b00fd63v)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b04nrw25)

Soul Music 00:30 WED (b04nrw25)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m0013r07)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m0013r07)

That Mitchell and Webb Sound 23:30 FRI (b00mr4w3)

The Absolutely Radio Show 23:30 SAT (b08vxl9m)

The Art of Darkness 14:30 MON (b018b8ct)

The Art of Darkness 02:30 TUE (b018b8ct)

The Blackburn Files 01:30 SAT (b007jptk)

The Boosh 23:30 THU (b007jmf4)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 10:45 SUN (m0004f3k)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 21:45 SUN (m0004f3k)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 11:45 THU (m0004f3k)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 21:45 THU (m0004f3k)

The Damien Slash Mixtape 23:15 TUE (m0001v88)

The Freebooter 18:00 SUN (m0013r04)

The Freebooter 00:00 MON (m0013r04)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b00r39c5)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b00r39c5)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b00r39c5)

The Headset Set 05:00 SAT (b012fs7b)

The Headset Set 07:00 FRI (b012lkzw)

The Headset Set 17:00 FRI (b012lkzw)

The Leopard in Autumn 09:30 MON (b00s3bcz)

The Leopard in Autumn 16:30 MON (b00s3bcz)

The Leopard in Autumn 04:30 TUE (b00s3bcz)

The Living Mountain 14:30 FRI (b03mfndd)

The Mark Steel Solution 23:30 TUE (b007k111)

The Men from the Ministry 08:00 THU (b011qfrb)

The Men from the Ministry 12:00 THU (b011qfrb)

The Men from the Ministry 19:00 THU (b011qfrb)

The Michael Bentine Show 08:30 WED (b007js4v)

The Michael Bentine Show 12:30 WED (b007js4v)

The Michael Bentine Show 19:30 WED (b007js4v)

The Museum of Curiosity 16:00 TUE (b08yrs0f)

The Museum of Curiosity 04:00 WED (b08yrs0f)

The Museum of Everything 23:30 SUN (b007k4y7)

The Music That Melted 14:30 TUE (b00y8v0w)

The Music That Melted 02:30 WED (b00y8v0w)

The News Quiz 23:00 MON (m0013jc5)

The News Quiz 09:00 TUE (m0013jc5)

The Phenomenon Squad 08:30 MON (b0855z15)

The Phenomenon Squad 12:30 MON (b0855z15)

The Phenomenon Squad 19:30 MON (b0855z15)

The Problem With Adam Bloom 14:00 SAT (b018zvmk)

The Problem With Adam Bloom 22:30 SAT (b019chmt)

The Problem With Adam Bloom 02:00 SUN (b018zvmk)

The Radio Detectives 18:30 WED (b007jp9y)

The Radio Detectives 00:30 THU (b007jp9y)

The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b09pw24h)

The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b09pw24h)

The Toff on the Farm 06:00 FRI (b007jrq3)

The Toff on the Farm 13:00 FRI (b007jrq3)

The Toff on the Farm 20:00 FRI (b007jrq3)

The Truth About Hawaii by Oliver Emanuel 00:15 SAT (b09ppwdx)

The Unbelievable Truth 07:30 MON (m0013hy8)

The Unbelievable Truth 17:30 MON (m0013hy8)

The Unbelievable Truth 22:00 MON (m0013hy8)

The Unbelievable Truth 05:30 TUE (m0013hy8)

The Write Stuff 08:00 SAT (b00775wp)

The Write Stuff 09:00 WED (b007765n)

The Write Stuff 16:00 WED (b007765n)

The Write Stuff 04:00 THU (b007765n)

There's More Here Than I Thought 02:30 SAT (b00jxc77)

Winston 08:30 TUE (b00pkyb2)

Winston 12:30 TUE (b00pkyb2)

Winston 19:30 TUE (b00pkyb2)

Wintering by Katherine May 14:00 MON (m00127f5)

Wintering by Katherine May 02:00 TUE (m00127f5)

Wintering by Katherine May 14:00 TUE (m001280n)

Wintering by Katherine May 02:00 WED (m001280n)

Wintering by Katherine May 14:00 WED (m00127vq)

Wintering by Katherine May 02:00 THU (m00127vq)

Wintering by Katherine May 14:00 THU (m001284w)

Wintering by Katherine May 02:00 FRI (m001284w)

Wintering by Katherine May 14:00 FRI (m001288f)

Words, Words, Words 15:30 SUN (b00vlv2c)

Words, Words, Words 03:30 MON (b00vlv2c)

Young Coleridge 06:00 SAT (b00828lq)

Young Coleridge 16:00 SAT (b00828lq)

Young Coleridge 04:00 SUN (b00828lq)