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SATURDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2022

SAT 00:00 Fantastic Tales (b0084sqq)
Delhi by Vandana Singh

A man living in present-day Delhi is haunted by visions of the city.

Not just as it was in the past - but how it will be in the future...

Vandana Singh’s story is read by Shiv Grewal.

Fantastic Tales is a collection of weird and wonderful stories from around the world.

Director: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in March 2007.


SAT 00:30 And the Academy Award Goes To... (b008wtbx)
Series 1

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Paul Gambaccini continues his history of the Oscars, as he examines the first post-war film to win all five of the major Academy Awards.

Milos Foreman (Best Director) reveals how 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' (Best Picture) reflected his views on the Iron Curtain and how the script (Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material) came to influence mental health care in America.

Meanwhile, Louise Fletcher (Best Actress in a Leading Role) recalls the experience of working alongside the mixed cast of amateurs and professionals like Jack Nicholson (Best Actor in a Leading Role).

Producers: Paul Kobrak and Sara Jane Hall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2008.


SAT 01:00 Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett (b007jpzt)
2. Carnage at Sea

Heroic agent X-9 takes on the law to pursue his arch enemy in the heart of 1930s New York.

Starring Stuart Milligan and Connie Booth.

Adapted by Mark Brisenden, from the comic strip created by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond. Syndicated by King Features.

X-9 ...... Stuart Milligan
Grace Powers ...... Connie Booth
The Top ...... William Hootkins
Evelyn Powers ...... Rachel Power
Deacon ...... Peter Marinker
Steward ...... Michael John Paliotti
Bartholomew ...... John Guerrasio
Jude ...... Bruce McGregor

All other parts played by the cast.

Producer: Chris Wallis.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in January 1994.


SAT 01:30 The Same River Twice (m000dghk)
5. Discovery

With his estranged wife missing for three months, Johnny Maxen's search seems to be getting nowhere.

But then Detective-Inspector Wardlaw makes a shocking discovery...

Starring Gordon Jackson.

Edward Boyd's thriller serial about the deepening mystery over missing Julia Maxen.

Johnny Maxen ...... Gordon Jackson
Detective Inspector Wardlaw ...... Roddy McMillan
Bob Smith ...... Moultrie R Kelsall
Helen Duncan ...... Lennox Milne
Dorothy Havergal ...... Anne Kristen

Producer: Eddie Fraser

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in October 1966.


SAT 02:00 The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw by Sheila Hancock (b0076nr6)
5. Clarity

In the past, John has given up alcohol for good.

In the present, Sheila confronts her grief over her husband's death and learns something new about his life

Actress Sheila Hancock concludes her book about her deep and passionate partnership with John Thaw.

Producer: Ned Chaillet

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2004


SAT 02:15 Maya Angelou's Autobiographies (b0b712dt)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Episode 5

Aged just 15, Maya is the first Afro-American to work as conductor on the trams in San Francisco.

When she turns 16, her life changes forever.

Maya Angelou's iconic debut autobiography powerfully evokes her early life growing up in America.

Narrator (Older Maya) ...... Adjoa Andoh
Maya ...... Pippa Bennett-Warner
Mother ...... Ellen Thomas
Receptionist ...... Lauren Cornelius

Dramatised by Patricia Cumper.

Director: Pauline Harris.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2018.


SAT 02:30 The Whistling Woman (b053721k)
Soprano and broadcaster Catherine Bott explores the art of whistling.

It was once thought to be bad luck or unsuitable for a woman but Catherine herself is an inveterate whistler, often finding herself doing so unconsciously when she is doing her shopping.

Catherine considers the myths surrounding whistling women. She meets Sheila Harrod, a former champion whistler and celebrates the remarkable career of Ronnie Ronalde who was a huge whistling star in the 1940s and 50s.

Catherine speaks to Tamas Hacki, a former professional whistler and doctor who has studied the physiology of whistling compared with singing. And she learns about whistling as a means of communication in places like the Spanish island of La Gomera.

With contributions from John Lucas who has co-authored a history of whistling, Julien Meyer who has researched whistled speech and has written a book about it, and Simon and Eleanor Grant.

Producer: Nick Holmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


SAT 03:00 Evelyn Waugh - A Handful of Dust (m000h6q1)
2. Consequences

Tony's life is shattered by Brenda's revelation of adultery.

Starring Tara Fitzgerald and Jonathan Cullen.

Conclusion of Evelyn Waugh's 1934 novel dramatised by Bill Matthews

Brenda Last ...... Tara Fitzgerald
Tony Last ...... Jonathan Cullen
Beaver ..... Ronan Vibert
Jock .... James Simmons
Milly ..... Dariel Pertwee
Mrs Beaver .... Sally Grace
Dr Messinger .... Robert Glenister
Rosa .... Vivienne Rochester
Mr Todd .... Jack Klaff
Teddy Last .... Daniel Philpott
Reggie .... David Timson
Ambrose ... Kim Wall
Babs .... Jane Whittenshaw
Polly .... Colleen Prendergast
Tony's Solicitor .... Denys Hawthorne
Senior Detective .... Geoffrey Whitehead
Winnie .... Jade Williams
Jenny .... Alice Arnold

Director Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1996.


SAT 04:00 Whispers (b007k358)
Series 3

Episode 4

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

Julian Fellowes and Penny Junor join team captains Lucy Moore and Anthony Holden to run the gauntlet of gossip.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2005.


SAT 04:30 Girlies (b08hypz0)
Series 1

Episode 1

Five 30-something Asian women get together for "girlie" evenings

Friendships are tested, marriages analysed, and secrets exposed...

Series 1 of the four-part comedy serial.

Written by Sudha Bhuchar and Shaheen Khan.

Tula …. Zita Sattar
Vinny …. Bharti Patel
Jabeen …. Shaheen Khan
Sonal …. Sudha Bhuchar
Samina …. Sakuntala Ramanee
Masi …. Charubala Chokshi
Karan …. Susan Sheridan
Ramesh …. Ameet Chaana
Dan …. Roger Liddle
The Agent …. Alice Arnold
Alia …. Sophie Levy
Sara …. Nyla Levy

Directed at BBC Pebble Mill by Kristine Landon-Smith.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1997.


SAT 05:00 Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully (b04md4nr)
Series 2

Questioning Loyalties

Field Commander Uljabaan's loyalty cards, rewarding villagers for their collaboration, are not only ruining Katrina's plans but also Richard's chances in the weekly pub quiz.

They turn to Ron, the landlord of the Rose & Crown for help in scuppering the scheme.

Eddie Robson's sitcom about aliens invading the village of Cresdon Green.

Starring Hattie Morahan and Peter Davison.

Noticing all-at-once invasions of Earth never work out too well, these aliens have locked villagers behind an impenetrable force-field in order to study human behaviour and to decide if Earth is worth invading.

The only inhabitant who seems to be bothered by their new alien overlord is Katrina Lyons, who was only home for a weekend to borrow the deposit for a flat.

So along with Lucy Alexander (the only teenager in the village, willing to rebel against whatever you've got) she formed The Resistance - slightly to the annoyance of her parents Margaret and Richard.

This is also much to the annoyance of Field Commander Uljabaan who, alongside his unintelligible minions and The Computer (his hyper-intelligent supercomputer), is trying to actually run the alien invasion.

Katrina Lyons ...... Hattie Morahan
Richard Lyons ...... Peter Davison
Margaret Lyons ...... Jan Francis
Lucy Alexander ...... Hannah Murray
Field Commander Uljabaan ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Computer ...... John-Luke Roberts
Ron ...... Dave Lamb
Lawrence ...... Michael Bertenshaw

Script-edited by Arthur Mathews.

Original music written and performed by Grace Petrie.

Producer: Ed Morrish.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2014.


SAT 05:30 Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn (m0014p48)
The Cardboard Walls Problem

Marian and Tara tackle listeners’ issues with noisy neighbours, an estranged sister and advise on the merits of wedding extravagance with trademark kindness and good humour.

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


SAT 06:00 Drama on 3 (m0000nkq)
I Told You I Was Ill

A tribute to the actor, comedian, writer, musician, poet, and playwright Spike Milligan, KBE.

Hosted by John Hegley.

Made to mark the centenary of his birth in 2018, 'I Told You I Was Ill' is a special homage to the chief creator and main writer of The Goon Show.

Three writers respond to Milligan’s style, work, and legacy.

* Going, Going, Goon by Toby Hadoke - Spike is called to a Heaven he doesn't believe in, in a synthesis of fact, fantasy and supposition.

* Clowns, 1 Trumpet by Lee Mattinson - combines clownery and childhood in a bizarre birthday party.

* Deadline by Jessica Hynes. Hynes stars as a writer on the edge of a nervous breakdown as she attempts to reach her deadline.

Performed at the University of Hull’s Middleton Hall in 2018 as part of 'Contains Strong Language', a season of poetry and performance from Hull.

With:

Jessica Hynes
Mark Heap
Pippa Haywood
Stephen Wight
Jonathan Keeble
Toby Hadoke
Connor Elliott
Fiona Clarke

Trumpeter: Simon Desbruslais

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in October 2018.


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b09xjx30)
Series 45

Jim Moir on Captain Beefheart

Comedian, actor and artist Jim Moir aka Vic Reeves chooses the life of Don van Vliet - the Dadesque musician and painter Captain Beefheart who has influenced many musicians since the 1960s.

Jim joins Matthew Parris to discuss the bizarre and complex persona developed by the Californian eccentric who died from MS in 2010.

With Beefheart's biographer, Mike Barnes.

Producer: Maggie Ayre

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.


SAT 08:00 Booked (b00753mr)
Series 1

Episode 2

Mrs Malaprop shares a Jacuzzi with Eliza Doolittle, and the She Devil flirts with Frankenstein at a rave.

Outrageous parody, biting wit and bizarre couplings from:

Miles Kington
Dillie Keane
Roger McGough
Mark Thomas

Ian McMillan chairs the irreverent literary game.

Producer: Marc Jobst

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1995.


SAT 08:30 All the Young Dudes (b01bmq92)
Series 2

Monday Monday

Patrick rashly agrees to babysit, and Billy actually gets some work.

The lives of Patrick and Helen back in the town where he was born.

Comedy drama written by and starring Jim Sweeney

Patrick …. Jim Sweeney
Helen …. Catheryn Harrison
Billy …. Steve Steen
Moira …. Sadie Shimmin
Joe …. Stephen Frost
Maria …. Flaminia Cinque
Charlie …. Izzy de Rosario
Mr Ward …. Chris Emmett

Producer: Steve Doherty

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2002.


SAT 09:00 The Spike Show: Milligan Remembered (b01chydc)
Spike Milligan's agent and friend, Norma Farnes remembers the life and work of the comic genius.

Recorded at the office where they worked together.

With featured BBC archive:

* Vivat Milligna: A Twenty-One Goon Salute (2002)
Denis Norden trawls through the archives to tell the story of his friend Spike Milligan's career, and sometimes uneasy relationship with the BBC.

* In the Psychiatrist's Chair: Spike Milligan (1982)
The writer and comedian tells Professor Anthony Clare about the profound impact of shell shock on his mental health.

* Spike's Fleas Knees and Hidden Elephants (1995)
Spike Milligan reads some of his magical poems, in his own inimitable style.

* The Goon Show - Fear of Wages (1956)
Ignoring a telegram about Japan's surrender, Neddie Seagoon and company are still at war. Stars Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe.

Producer: Sarah Wade

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in February 2012.


SAT 11:30 Daddy's Girls: Jane Milligan (m0014xfj)
Jane Milligan talks to Ruth Wishart about the highs and lows of life with her high-profile father, Spike.

Recorded shortly after the death of the legendary comedian, performer and writer.

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in April 2002


SAT 12:00 Arrested Development (b0075vh3)
Episode 1

Penny and Dave are getting married, but there are a few hiccups - Penny's hair being just one of them.

She wanted the Julia Roberts look but has ended up with a Mrs Merton instead.

Starring Letitia Dean, Phil Cornwell and Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Simon Warne's four-part comedy serial.

Penny ...... Letitia Dean
Bob ...... Phil Cornwell
Andy ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Joy ...... Maggie McCarthy
Kate ...... Susannah Doyle
Frank ...... Roger Walker

Producer: Tracey Neale

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2000.


SAT 12:30 Girlies (b08hypz0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 04:30 today]


SAT 13:00 Archive on 4 (b0bbmthw)
That's Edutainment!

Are the values of education and entertainment truly compatible?

Matthew Sweet asks if learning can or should be fun.

When we watch a high-end TV documentary do we learn anything? Or do we simply think we have? With lessons from the archive, this is an hour long look at the links between education and fun.

BBC Radio 4 Extra's ‘King Street Junior’ provides a historical re-enactment, while TV’s Sesame Street is an early example of edutainment that worked.

1970's adult education TV series ‘On the Move’, with a young Bob Hoskins playing a removal man who has trouble reading and writing, helped enormous numbers of people with literacy problems. It accidentally became cult viewing in the process.

The same cult status was accorded to the first late night Open University broadcasts, although the values of good TV and undergraduate teaching initially clashed, sometimes about the appropriate colour of shirts.

In his capacity as academic, Matthew talks to Dr Fern Riddell, whose PhD he supervised. Fern chose broadcasting and writing rather than lecturing or teaching as a career and she explains how injecting historical authenticity into TV dramas like Ripper Street might help us see past eras more clearly, if backed by the right research.

And, with the help of Harvard Professor of Education Meira Levinson, Matthew wonders whether Homer Simpson is an appropriate vehicle for the study of philosophy.

Meanwhile, are some of the ideals of Public Service Broadcasting changing in the digital age?

Nowadays the strictly educational programmes like OU material and schools broadcasting are no longer part of the general broadcasting landscape, meaning we're less likely to stumble upon them. Put Public Service Broadcasting into a popular search engine and you might not end up learning about the BBC mission statement, but something completely different.

A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in July 2018.


SAT 14:00 Radio Shuttleworth (b007qs2x)
Series 1

Leo Sayer

Sheffield's aspiring singer-songwriter takes to the airwaves from his very own his front room!

The inimitable John Shuttleworth presents celebrity interviews, dodgy keyboard music, and even dodgier jingles.

Aided by his producer (and sole agent) Ken Worthington, and his hard-to-please wife, Mary.

Special guests:

Leo Sayer
John Hegley
Jenny Eclair.

Written and performed by Graham Fellows.

Producers: Paul Schlesinger and Martin Willis.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1998.


SAT 14:30 Hut 33 (b00vs38k)
Series 2

Royal Visit

It's panic stations at Hut 33!

A member of the royal family is paying a visit but the top brass suspect he might be a Nazi sympathiser.

The team has to delay him and make sure he doesn't see any of the codebreaking machines.

James Cary's sitcom set at Bletchley Park - the top-secret home of the Second World War codebreakers,

Archie …. Tom Goodman-Hill
Charles …. Robert Bathurst
Gordon …. Fergus Craig
Joshua … Alex McQueen
Minka …. Olivia Colman
Mrs Best …. Lill Roughley
Duke of Kent .... Michael Fenton Stevens

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2008.


SAT 15:00 Phil Wang: Wangsplaining (m00057qs)
The UK is more divided than ever, and no one seems able to agree on anything.

What does it mean to be British? To be a man? To be white or “of colour”, gay or straight, young or old, or none of the above? It seems we can’t see the woods for the trees.

What’s needed is a little outside perspective.

Enter: Phil Wang – a caustic British-Malaysian comedian who grew up on the island of Borneo. A centrist with a heart; an artist with an engineering degree.

In this pilot episode, Phil turns his attention to the British Empire - was British colonialism really one big crime?

Modern liberalism would say so, but Phil’s Dad sure misses those prompt British buses – “I wish they’d come take us over again. Maybe I’d get to work on time!”

Written by and starring Phil Wang

Original music by Fauxe

Produced and edited by Matt Stronge

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2019.


SAT 15:30 On the Town with the League of Gentlemen (b007k1z7)
A Guest at the Dentons

Pauline the Restart Officer, Matthew Chinnery the Vet and Barbara the Cabbie - just some of the resident misfits of a remote Northern town.

The first incarnation of the award-winning black comedy, about the "local people" of Spent - before it hit TV.

Starring:

Mark Gatiss
Reece Shearsmith
Steve Pemberton

Written by the cast and Jeremy Dyson.

The League of Gentlemen won a Perrier Edinburgh Festival award in 1997 and this radio series debuted in the same year. They also won a Sony Radio Award.

The cult series switched to TV for three series on BBC Two from 1999, spawning stage shows and a feature film.

Producer: Sarah Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1997.


SAT 16:00 Drama on 3 (m0000nkq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b09xjx30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 The Prisoner (m0003cky)
Series 2

2. I Met a Man Today Part 2/2

In London, Number 6 undergoes heavy interrogation. Kate seems to be falling for him - but is she for real?

Starring Mark Elstob.

The original 17 episode television series of The Prisoner created intrigue and controversy in equal measure when it first aired in the UK in 1967.

In a taut psychological spy thriller the main character, dehumanised as ‘Number 6’, has committed no crime, save for having resigned from some unspecified branch of the British Secret Service. His prison was a heavily-guarded ornate coastal village.

Under constant surveillance, Number 6 can trust no-one and relentlessly works to establish the identity of his. As the audio re-imagining continues, we discover more about the enigma of the personal life of Number 6.

Number 6 …. Mark Elstob
Kate Butterworth …. Lucy Briggs-Owen
Brenda …. Susan Earnshaw
Barmaid …. Helen Goldwyn
Control …. Jim Barclay
Danvers …. Barnaby Edwards
Thorpe …. John Heffernan

Original music by Jamie Robertson.

Script Editor: Jamie Anderson.

Written and directed by Nicholas Briggs.

A 2017 Big Finish Production adapted from the cult ITV series.


SAT 18:35 HG Wells (m0003cl0)
In The Abyss

A deep-sea expedition encounters some strange creatures that inhabit the unknown depths.

Elstead designs a sphere capable of exploring the seabed for the first time. What he finds amazes him.

HG Wells’ story was first published in 1896.

Read by Timothy Kightley.

Producer: Pamela Howe

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1978.


SAT 19:00 The Spike Show: Milligan Remembered (b01chydc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 21:30 Daddy's Girls: Jane Milligan (m0014xfj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:30 today]


SAT 22:00 Little Lifetimes by Jenny Eclair (b06qkq9l)
Series 2

Beverley in Shoes

Beverley might have once travelled the world but now she prefers watching programmes about baking. Beverley wants security and safety, but why?

Read by Samantha Spiro.

Jenny Eclair's stories of the secrets of six women read by six leading actresses

Producer, Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2015.


SAT 22:15 Earls of the Court (b00r7lpz)
Crisis Management

Lloydie and Johnno need money fast to pay the rent, but will the contents of Lloydie's trusty backpack be enough to save the day?

Comedy drama series by Will Adamsdale and Stewart Wright about two Australians down on their luck in London.

Lloydie ...... Stewart Wright
Johnno ...... Will Adamsdale

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2010.


SAT 22:30 Chain Reaction (b00grv92)
Series 2

Jo Brand Interviews Barry Cryer

Feisty comedienne Jo Brand interviews veteran gagsmith Barry Cryer.

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 December 2004.


SAT 23:00 Ian D Montfort Is: Unbelievable (b01qw8kh)
Series 1

With Joe Swash

Former BBC EastEnders actor and ITV's King Of The Jungle, Joe Swash has his palm read by Ian.

Ian D Montfort is a celebrity spirit medium and psychic who makes contact with the celebrity 'spirit guides' secretly chosen by audience members and reveals personal stories that make them laugh-out-loud one moment and gasp in surprise the next.

Each episode features a different celebrity guest who gets a 'private' reading from Ian.

Ian D Montfort is a comedy character created Tom Binns.

Written by Tom Binns, Tony Cowards, Simon Littlefield and Richard Turner.

Producer: Julia McKenzie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 2013.


SAT 23:30 Hut 33 (b00vy861)
Series 2

Pigs n Spivs

It's 1941 and supplies are running short in Bletchley Park, centre of the Allies' codebreaking effort.

Archie reluctantly uses the services of Mrs Best's shady contact to get some extra food and Gordon is seduced by the promise of a Superman comic.

James Cary's sitcom set at Bletchley Park - the top-secret home of the Second World War codebreakers.

Charles …. Robert Bathurst
Archie …. Tom Goodman-Hill
Minka …. Olivia Colman
Mrs Best …. Lill Roughley
Gordon …. Fergus Craig
Joshua … Alex McQueen
Spiv ...... Stephen Critchlow

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2008.



SUNDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2022

SUN 00:00 The Prisoner (m0003cky)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:35 HG Wells (m0003cl0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:35 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Archive on 4 (b0bbmthw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 Radio Shuttleworth (b007qs2x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:30 Hut 33 (b00vs38k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Phil Wang: Wangsplaining (m00057qs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 On the Town with the League of Gentlemen (b007k1z7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Drama on 3 (m0000nkq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b09xjx30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 The Two of Us by Sheila Hancock (Omnibus) (m0014xp5)
Actress Sheila Hancock reads from her best-selling book about her deep and passionate partnership with her late husband, actor John Thaw.

Starting with Sheila the girl and John the boy, and their very different starts to life

Framed by Sheila's diaries of their mature years together.

Omnibus of five parts.

Producer: Ned Chaillet.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2004.


SUN 07:10 Inheritance Tracks (b0b9v0td)
Phil Daniels

Actor Phil Daniels chooses Nature's Way by Spirit and I'm One by the Who.


SUN 07:20 Maya Angelou's Autobiographies (Omnibus) (b0b7cnys)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Omnibus)

Maya Angelou's iconic debut memoir. This beautiful evocation of Angelou's life in the Deep South, begins in 1931.

As an infant Maya and her brother, Bailey are sent to live with their grandmother in Arkansas. Annie, whom they call Momma, runs the only store in the black section of Stamps and becomes the central moral figure in Maya's childhood.

Narrator ( Older Maya) ...... Adjoa Andoh
Maya ...... Indie Gjedsal
Bailey ...... Roshawn Hewitt
Momma ...... Cecilia Noble
Uncle Willie ...... Richard Pepple
Steward ...... John Lightbody
Girl ...... Francesca Elise

Omnibus of five episodes dramatised by Patricia Cumper

Director: Pauline Harris

First of six volumes of autobiographies. The books that make up the life and times of Maya Angelou are some of the best, most beautiful and haunting pieces of autobiography written . They run the gamut from life affirming to tragedy and back again with a tone that is a joyous, direct and searingly honest, and are an extraordinary portrait of 20th century black America.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2018.


SUN 08:30 Doctor in the House (b007jsz4)
Anatomy

More hospital mayhem, as student medic Simon Sparrow struggles with dissecting bodies

The misadventures of student doctor, Simon Sparrow.

Starring Richard Briers

Adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor in the House' published in 1952.

Simon Sparrow …. Richard Briers
Sir Lancelot Spratt …. Geoffrey Sumner
Tony Benskin …. Ray Cooney
Taffy Evans …. Edward Cast
Vera …. Norma Ronald

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1968.


SUN 09:00 All Gas and Gaiters (m0014xp7)
Series 2

The Affair at Cookham Lock

The Bishop and others eagerly await the outcome of a TV drama. Then, the Dean arrives.

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 Bishop's Chaplain …. Jonathan Cecil
The Dean …. John Barron
Frances …. Kate Binchy
Roger …. John Samson
Otto Klein …. Manning Wilson

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 August 1972.


SUN 09:30 Boswell's Lives (b053bq4l)
Series 1

Boswell's Life of Freud

Boswell attempts to write a biography of Sigmund Freud but finds it's Freud who is asking all the questions.

Jon Canter’s sitcom sees James Boswell become a time-travelling biographer - doing for other celebrities what he did for Dr Johnson.

James Boswell ..... Miles Jupp
Sigmund Freud ..... Henry Goodman

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0014xpc)
Award-Winning Chefs

Tom Kerridge

From The Beatles to The Prodigy.

Chef, restaurateur and TV presenter, Tom Kerridge shares his castaway choices with Lauren Laverne.

Tom made his name with his Buckinghamshire pub The Hand and Flowers, which he opened with his wife in 2005. It is the only British pub with two Michelin stars.

Tom grew up near Gloucester. After his parents divorced when he was 11, his mother took two jobs to support the family, and Tom was often left to cook for himself and his younger brother. As a teenager, he worked as a TV actor, playing small roles in dramas such as Miss Marple.

He entered his first professional kitchen at 18, and immediately fell in love with the world he found, with its constant pressures and rushes of adrenalin. He studied at catering college at the same time.

As well as now running his own pubs and a London restaurant, Tom has presented numerous TV series and is the author of five best-selling cookbooks.

More recently, he made headlines with his weight loss. He shed 12 stone after deciding he needed to change his life as he reached the age of 40.

He is married to the sculptor Beth Cullen-Kerridge.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2018.


SUN 10:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m000b4wc)
Series 14

Stephen Fry's Identity Crisis

Stephen Fry (no relation) asks Adam and Hannah to investigate the following question:

"All my life I have been mildly plagued by the fact that I have a quite appalling ability to remember faces. I cut people I should know well dead in the street, or at least fail to recognise them in a way which must often be hurtful.

At a party I can talk to someone for ten minutes and then see them again twenty later and have no idea who they are unless I’ve made an effort to fix some accessory or item of their dress in my mind. If I see them the next day in another context I’ll have no idea who they are. It’s distressing for me in as much as I hate the idea that people might think I am blanking them, or think little of them, don’t consider them significant and so forth.

I’d be very grateful if my sister-in-surname and her eximious partner Adam could investigate prosopagnosia for me and offer any hint add to as to its cause or even possible – I won’t say “cure” as I am sure it’s chronic and untreatable – but at least any interesting ways of relieving it."

Hannah and Adam call in the experts, neuroscientists Sophie Scott and Brad Duchaine. Why is it that some people struggle with prosopagnosia, whilst others never forget a face?

You can find out more about Face Blindness, who it affects and how to cope with it by visiting www.faceblind.org.uk/

Presenters: Hannah Fry, Adam Rutherford
Producer: Michelle Martin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2019.


SUN 11:00 The Moth Radio Hour (m0014xph)
Series 12

Live From Santa Barbara - Under The Armour

True stories told live in the USA: Dame Wilburn introduces stories of being in and out of touch and the Alaskan wilderness.

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

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

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

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

First heard on PRX in 2019.


SUN 11:55 Inheritance Tracks (b0b9v0td)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m0014xpl)
Piers the Plowman Revisited

Poet Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's poetry archive and selects Piers the Plowman Revisited. It's one of the strangest, most complex and frustrating works in Middle English, so when writer Ian Sansom is tasked with coming up with a radio adaptation of William Langland's medieval dream poem 'Piers the Plowman', it presents a bit of a challenge.

His producer's solution? To lock Ian away in a Curfew Tower in the Glens of Antrim and challenge him to come up with his adaptation over the course of a weekend, after which time he'll be expected to put on a performance.

The 14th century poem - part theological allegory, part social satire - may have eluded scholars for centuries but Ian has help at hand. Aside from three poetry students from Queen's University, renowned medievalist Dr Stephen Kelly will be there to guide him on his quest for salvation.

As Ian grapples with the text written in alliterative long lines and framed in a series of dream visions, adaptation expert Brian Sibley will be just a phone call away. Then there's the members of Belfast outfit The Wireless Mystery Theatre who'll be dropping by to bring music and their own distinctive style to Ian's performance.

Who knows, it could turn out to be a dream...or it could be a nightmare.

Producer: Conor Garrett

Sound Design: Jason Martin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


SUN 12:30 HR (b00tg1c3)
Series 2

Gassing

Sam is battling retirement blues with a part-time job working for the Saviours, manning telephone lines to help those in distress.

And today's first client is of course Peter, in distress about their faulty boiler.

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
George ..... Sam Dale
Voice ..... Alison Pettitt

Director: Peter Kavanagh.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2010.


SUN 13:00 Jon McGregor - Reservoir 13 (Omnibus) (b09xjfn6)
Episode 2

It's four years since the disappearance of 13-year-old Becky Shaw on a family walk in the Peak District.

Now, although the investigation is still open, few people expect that she'll ever be found.

But as the seasons continue to turn, life goes on in the village, often behind closed doors. And stories begin to emerge as to what the missing girl was really like...

Jon McGregor's Reservoir 13 is one of the most acclaimed novels of the 2017. It won the Costa Novel Award, was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, and was long-listed for the Man Booker.

Concluded by Lee Ingleby.

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

Producer: Justine Willett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.


SUN 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b0bhfhkh)
Judy Murray

Tennis coach Judy Murray chooses 'The Jeely Piece Song' by the Singing Kettle and 'Girl' by Sharon Martin.


SUN 14:20 Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (Omnibus) (b007jtsc)
Episode 3

Marius is walking in the Luxembourg Gardens and sees Cosette. Just one glance and his life is changed forever!

But Valjean is nervous...

Victor Hugo's epic story of social injustice.

Starring Joss Ackland, Roger Allam and David Schofield.

Omnibus of episodes 11 to 15 of 25.

Dramatised by Sebastian Baczkiewicz and Lin Coghlan.

Victor Hugo... Joss Ackland
Jean Valjean .... Roger Allam
Inspector Javert ...David Schofield
Thenardier ... Henry Goodman
Cosette ... Lucy Whybrow
Marius ... Jonathan Forbes
Combeferre ... Carl Prekopp
Toussaint ... Annette Badland
Mme Thenardier ... Jane Whittenshaw
Eponine ... Patsy Palmer
Maboeuf ... Timothy Bateson
Azelma ... Helen Longworth
Gavroche .. Leagh Conwell

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2001.


SUN 15:30 Conjuring Halie (b01gvn23)
Cerys Matthews celebrates the life of one of her musical heroines, the great gospel singer Mahalia ("Halie") Jackson.

Jackson became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world at the height of her popularity, inspiring singers like Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples.

But she was also one of the unsung heroes of the civil rights movement in America, described by the legendary historian and broadcaster Studs Terkel as one of the bravest people he'd ever met.

As a child she suffered illness, poverty and deprivation. The Church was her shelter. During the late 1920s, at the height of the great migration, she toured Illinois performing in churches. But it was in Chicago that she made her name and carved out a place for herself as the first professional gospel singer. She refused to sing secular music, a pledge she kept throughout her professional life. Even Louis Armstrong couldn't persuade her to sing jazz with him.

By the 1950s and 60s, touring across Europe, she was being described as "the greatest spiritual singer alive." Throughout, she remained a close friend and comrade of Martin Luther King, travelling with him to the deepest parts of the segregated south and often singing at gatherings where he spoke including at the famous march on Washington.

Cerys talks to gospel singer Vermettya Royster and to the Reverend Stanley Keeble both of whom knew and played with Mahalia.

Archive recordings feature the historian Studs Terkel talking with Mahalia in the years when they became close friends.

Featuring blues and gospel writers Val Wilmer and Viv Broughton.

Plus extract of live performances.

Mahalia died aged 60 in 1972.

Producer: Sarah Cuddon

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2012.


SUN 16:00 Seven Songs for Simon Dixelius (b0b7ck97)
Simon Dixelius' life just got very strange.

Since being jilted on his wedding day Simon is experiencing a strange form of heartache - a girl group in the classic mould, adorned in shimmering dresses, keep following him around and singing love songs at him.

Only no one else can see or hear them.

As Simon attempts to understand his new affliction he undergoes a journey of self-discovery.

An original drama with songs by Sebastian Baczkiewicz.

Simon Dixelius ...... Arthur Darvill
Kiyoko Jones ...... Kerry Gooderson
Larry ...... Ryan Early
Imogen ...... Hannah McPake

Choir: Ffion Edwards and Rose Johnson

Lead Vocalist and Musical Director: Lucy Rivers

Director: Helen Perry

A BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2018.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m0014xpl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 HR (b00tg1c3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 18:00 And When You Sleep You Remind Me of the Dead (b094281v)
Young Tracy has a terrifying recurring nightmare, which seems to be connected with the cottage where she lives with her mother.

Tracy dreams about a man hideously wounded in battle, and about a little girl who tries frantically, but in vain, to wake her mother.

What happens when the nightmare becomes real?

Supernatural thriller written by Trevor Walker.

Ross ...... Graham Padden
Angela ...... Natasha Pyne
Dr Craig ...... Gareth Armstrong
John ...... Andrew Branch
Lucy ...... Susie Brann
George ...... Alan Dudley
Alice ...... Pauline Letts
Martin Elliot ...... Peter Howell
Tracy ...... Romy Tennant
Young Alice ...... Emma Grinsell

Directed at BBC Pebble Mill by Peter Windows.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1987.


SUN 18:45 Above The World by Ramsay Campbell (m000g52p)
A man visits the mountainous Lake District location he used to go to with his ex-wife.

It’s also the spot where she and her new husband died during a later visit...

Sean Barrett reads Ramsey Campbell’s eerie tale.

Producer: Mitch Raper

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1984.


SUN 19:00 The Moth Radio Hour (m0014xph)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:55 Inheritance Tracks (b0b9v0td)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 20:00 Seven Songs for Simon Dixelius (b0b7ck97)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0014xpc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m000b4wc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 HR (b00tg1c3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 The Hudson and Pepperdine Show (b0076fhj)
Series 3

Reality TV

Mel Hudson and Vicki Pepperdine are swept up in the craze for celebrity reality TV

Starring Mel Hudson and Vicki Pepperdine.

With:

Martin Hyder
Jim North

Written by Danny Robins, Richie Devlin and Dan Tetsell with the cast. Script edited by Graeme Garden.

Music by Richie Webb.

Producer: Chris Neill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2003.


SUN 23:00 In and Out of the Kitchen (b01qhqg5)
Series 2

The Wedding

Anthony is cock-a-hoop when asked out of the blue to be best man at a friend's wedding.

Problem is, he hasn't seen this friend since they were at school together and Damien isn't entirely convinced that Anthony has been invited purely because of his "excellent presentation skills".

Sitcom written by and starring Miles Jupp, charting the life of cookery writer Damien Trench and his partner Anthony.

Damien Trench ...... Miles Jupp
Anthony MacIlveny ...... Justin Edwards
Julian, the Groom ...... Ben Crowe
Ian Frobisher ...... Philip Fox
Fran, the Bride ...... Sarah Thom
Lionel ...... Rupert Vansittart
The Bride's Mum ...... Lesley Vickerage

Producer: Sam Michell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2013.


SUN 23:30 The Masterson Inheritance (b007jswh)
Series 1

The Tatting of the Mastersons

The Wild West is the setting for a show-down over faulty dental work!

Based entirely on audience suggestions - this is an improvised historical saga of the Mastersons - a family at war with itself.

Starring:

Paul Merton
Josie Lawrence
Caroline Quentin
Jim Sweeney
Phelim McDermott

Producer: Phil Clarke

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1993.



MONDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2022

MON 00:00 And When You Sleep You Remind Me of the Dead (b094281v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:45 Above The World by Ramsay Campbell (m000g52p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Jon McGregor - Reservoir 13 (Omnibus) (b09xjfn6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b0bhfhkh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Sunday]


MON 02:20 Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (Omnibus) (b007jtsc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:20 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 Conjuring Halie (b01gvn23)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Seven Songs for Simon Dixelius (b0b7ck97)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m0014xpl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 HR (b00tg1c3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett (b007jq0q)
3. The Powers That Be

The all-American hero battles to save gold bullion and solve Evelyn's disappearance.

Starring Stuart Milligan and Connie Booth.

Adapted by Mark Brisenden, from the comic strip created by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond. Syndicated by King Features.

X-9 ...... Stuart Milligan
Grace Powers ...... Connie Booth
The Top ...... William Hootkins
Evelyn Powers ...... Rachel Power
Deacon ...... Peter Marinker
Matthew ...... Michael John Paliotti
Captain Brady ...... John Guerrasio
Harper-Carp ...... Kerry Shale
Waitress ...... Miranda Pleasance

All other parts played by the cast.

Producer: Chris Wallis.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in January 1994.


MON 06:30 The Same River Twice (m000dhmp)
6. Information

Johnny Maxen's search for his estranged wife has apparently ended after a gruesome discovery.

But Detective-Inspector Wardlaw sparks a fresh search...

Starring Gordon Jackson.

Edward Boyd's thriller serial about the deepening mystery over missing Julia Maxen.

Johnny Maxen ...... Gordon Jackson
Detective Inspector Wardlaw ...... Roddy McMillan
Helen Duncan ...... Lennox Milne
Bob Smith ...... Moultrie R Kelsall
Dorothy Havergal ...... Anne Kristen

Producer: Eddie Fraser

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1966.


MON 07:00 Boswell's Lives (b05415pv)
Series 1

Boswell's Life of Callas

When Boswell meets Maria Callas and her poodle, he finds himself in an opera of his own making.

Jon Canter’s sitcom sees Dr Johnson's celebrated biographer, James Boswell pursue other legends to immortalise.

James Boswell ..... Miles Jupp
Maria Callas..... Arabella Weir

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


MON 07:30 Just a Minute (m0014ptg)
Series 88

Episode 1

Sue Perkins challenges Dane Baptiste, Stephen Fry, Sheila Hancock and Paul Merton to speak for 60 seconds without repetition, deviation or hesitation.

The long running Radio 4 national treasure of a parlour game is back for a new series with subjects this week ranging from sausages to submarines.

Production co-ordinator: Caroline Barlow
Sound editor: Marc Willcox
Producer: Richard Morris

A BBC Studios Production


MON 08:00 Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (b008kmkg)
Series 2

Episode 1

Reshuffling Patron Saints, the art of piano moving and spoofing 'Under Milk Wood'.

A sequential entertainment for radio starring Ronnie Barker.

With:

Terence Brady
Pauline Yates

Pianist: Gordon Langford.

Written by Miles Kington, Roy Lomax, John Graham, Peter Spence, Chris Miller, Chris Allen, Jim Eldridge, Chris Bell and Laurie Holloway and Peter N Christie

Producer John Fawcett-Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1972.


MON 08:30 Boogie Up the River (b007jv8w)
A Curry at Kelmscot

Jennifer joins Mark and his mutt's Thames quest, but there is a surprise on their menu.

Starring Timothy Spall.

One man’s quest to discover the true source of the River Thames with his faithful hound, Boogie.

Adapted by Mark Wallington from his own novel.

Mark/Narrator …. Timothy Spall
Jennifer Conway …. Carla Mendonca
Boogie/Landlord …. Ronald Herdman
Michael …. Gary Parker
Lock Keeper …. Terence Edmond
Mrs Byron/Shopkeeper …. Margaret Stallard
Percy …. Eric Allen
Fisherman 1 …. John Church
Fisherman 2 …. Rod Smith
Fisherman 3 …. David Holt
‘A Bit of Alright’/Curator …. Nicholas Murchie

Producer: Caroline Leddy

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1993.


MON 09:00 Wordaholics (b01cvk8d)
Series 1

Episode 3

Wordaholics is the comedy panel game all about words.

Gyles Brandreth presides as Susie Dent, Natalie Haynes, Jack Whitehall and Milton Jones vie for supremacy in the ring.

Wordaholics is clever, intelligent, witty and unexpected. There are toponyms, abbreviations, euphemisms, old words, new words, cockney rhyming slang, Greek gobbledegook, plus the panellists' picks of the ugliest and the most beautiful words: the whole world of words.

Writers: Jon Hunter and James Kettle

Producer: Claire Jones.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2012.


MON 09:30 Arrested Development (b0075vmg)
Episode 2

Jilted on her wedding day, Penny moves in with her sister Kate to share a flat.

As they're like chalk and cheese, chaos is just around the corner.

But in the flat below lives Bob - half man, half TV - who has an annoying habit of bringing his work home with him.

Starring Letitia Dean, Phil Cornwell and Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Simon Warne's comedy serial.

Penny ...... Letitia Dean
Bob ...... Phil Cornwell
Andy ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Joy ...... Maggie McCarthy
Kate ...... Susannah Doyle
Frank ...... Roger Walker
Ken ...... Andrew Wincott

Producer: Tracey Neale

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2000.


MON 10:00 Leslie Charteris - The Saint (b00b9k9p)
1. The Saint Overboard

Lantern-jawed, haloed hero Simon Templar - otherwise known as The Saint - sets out to solve the disappearance of missing sunken bullion.

Starring Paul Rhys.

First published in 1936, one of a long series of novels featuring Lesle Charteris' creation Simon Templar, alias "The Saint".

Dramatised by Neville Teller.

Simon Templar …. Paul Rhys
Loretta Page …. Patsy Kensit
Roger/Ivaloff …. Charles Simpson
Peter Quentin/Intruder …. Jonathan Keeble
Orace …. John Hollis
Vogel …. Geoffrey Whitehead
Murdoch …. John Guerrasio
Prof Yule …. David Timson
Arnheim/Helmsman …. Joshua Towb

Director: Matthew Walters

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1995.


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m0014xkx)
Series 8

Nora McInerny - Life's Rough Edges

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

Manoush Zomorodi explores how can we, after experiencing grief or hardship, move forward?

Writer Nora McInerny shares ideas on navigating the most difficult parts of life ... and living life fully in the face of loss.

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


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m0014xkz)
Andy Summers

Guitarist with The Police, Andy Summers, chooses ‘Manha de Carnaval’ by Luiz Bonfa and ‘West Coast Blues’ by Wes Montgomery.


MON 12:00 Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (b008kmkg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Boogie Up the River (b007jv8w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett (b007jq0q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 The Same River Twice (m000dhmp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 The Librarian by Salley Vickers (b0b6hzp2)
Episode 1

Enthusiastic new librarian Sylvia Blackwell shakes up the tight-knit community of East Mole.

Salley Vickers' lyrical tribute to the power of children's literature - as she casts her clear psychoanalytic gaze on small town, post-war England.

Economic uncertainty and a growing dissatisfaction with old class distinctions cause friction as a recent library graduate comes to a new town determined to open the world of literature to all the local children.

Read by Barbara Flynn.

Abridged in ten parts by the author.

Salley Vickers is the acclaimed author of 'Miss Garnet's Angel', 'Where Three Roads Meet' and 'Dancing Backwards'.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2018.


MON 14:15 Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room (b00sqx9c)
1. Pregnant

In her squalid L-shaped bedsit, Jane has to overcome both her own prejudices and those of 1950s society against her.

Lynne Reid Banks' ground-breaking story of middle-class Jane, pregnant and unmarried, has remained in print ever since it was first published in 1960.

Dramatised in ten parts by Juliet Ace.

Jane …… Lynne Seymour
Dr Graham …… Richard Mitchley
Mavis …… Marie Gordon-Price
Doris …… Nickie Rainsford
Father …… Bill Wallis
James …… Simon Armstrong
Dr Maxwell …… John Rowe
Jane 2 …… Rachel Atkins
John …… Trevor Laird
Toby …… John McAndrew
Boss …… Dave Bond

Producer: Alison Hindell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2004.


MON 14:30 Spike Milligan - Inside Out (b09z3dy1)
Episode 1

Michael Palin and Spike Milligan's daughter Jane reveal some exclusive archive gems uniquely capturing her father's perspective of his life and career.

Recorded between 1980 and 1985, Spike is heard in conversation with his biographer - and his free thinking and honesty give fresh insights into his fascinating life.

Extracts from the tapes are linked to excerpts of his comedy - and with our hosts' comment, context and own stories about Spike - combine to create an intimate portrait of an undisputed Goonius.

The first of two programmes made to celebrate Spike's 100th birthday in 2018 - when this archive was broadcast for the very first time.

Producer: Verity Maidlow Cornwell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2018.


MON 15:00 Leslie Charteris - The Saint (b00b9k9p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 Wordaholics (b01cvk8d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 Arrested Development (b0075vmg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 Boswell's Lives (b05415pv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 Just a Minute (m0014ptg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Fantastic Tales (b007k3d0)
The Silken-Swift by Theodore Sturgeon

A man is caught between a good witch and a wicked witch, but a unicorn holds the key to true happiness...

Written in 1953, Theodore Sturgeon's intense fantasy is read by Mark Bonnar.

Fantastic Tales is a collection of weird and wonderful stories from around the world.

Director: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in April 2007.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b03fb8np)
Eve Pollard and Julie Bindell

Harriett Gilbert and her guests - journalists Eve Pollard and Julie Bindel - talk about their favourite books by Richard Ford, Chinua Achebe and David Sedaris.

Canada by Richard Ford
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Publisher: Abacus

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2013.


MON 19:00 Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (b008kmkg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Boogie Up the River (b007jv8w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett (b007jq0q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 The Same River Twice (m000dhmp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m0014xkx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (m0014xkz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 Just a Minute (m0014ptg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 On the Town with the League of Gentlemen (b007k273)
Death by Mau Mau

The misfits of the remote northern town are having a fun run - and is there a nasty bug going round?

The first incarnation of the award-winning black comedy, about the "local people" of Spent - before it hit TV.

Starring:

Mark Gatiss
Reece Shearsmith
Steve Pemberton

Written by the cast and Jeremy Dyson.

The League of Gentlemen won a Perrier Edinburgh Festival award in 1997 and this radio series debuted in the same year. They also won a Sony Radio Award. The cult series switched to TV for three series on BBC 2 from 1999, plus stage shows and a feature film.

Producer: Sarah Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1997.


MON 23:00 The News Quiz (m0014qdv)
Series 107

Episode 9

Recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre, this week Andy Zaltzman is joined by Angela Barnes, Ian Smith, Desiree Burch and Geoff Norcott to discuss Putin's invasion of Ukraine and the reaction at home and abroad. The team also look at the end of COVID restrictions in England, Johnson's questionnaire from the Met, and Trump's new social media venture.

Hosted by Andy Zaltzman
Chairs script by Andy Zaltzman
Additional Material from Alice Fraser, Suchandrika Chakrabarti, Sean Stoakes and Cameron Loxdale.
Production Co-ordinator: Katie Baum
Sound Editor: Marc Willcox

The Producer is Gwyn Rhys Davies, and it is a BBC Studios Production.


MON 23:30 Elis James's Pantheon of Heroes (b01p4734)
Series 2

The Welsh Abroad

Welsh migrants to America, Michael D Jones and Anthony Hopkins

Comedian Elis James compares key figures in Welsh history to determine the ultimate heroes of Wales.

With;

Ben Partridge
Nadia Kamil

Written by Elis James, Gareth Gwyn and Benjamin Partridge.

Producer: Sharif Shahwan

First broadcast on BBC Radio Wales in December 2012.



TUESDAY 01 MARCH 2022

TUE 00:00 Fantastic Tales (b007k3d0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b03fb8np)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett (b007jq0q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 The Same River Twice (m000dhmp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 The Librarian by Salley Vickers (b0b6hzp2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room (b00sqx9c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 Spike Milligan - Inside Out (b09z3dy1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Leslie Charteris - The Saint (b00b9k9p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Wordaholics (b01cvk8d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 Arrested Development (b0075vmg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Boswell's Lives (b05415pv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 Just a Minute (m0014ptg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett (b007jq13)
4. You're the Top

Heroic agent X-9 finally confronts his nemesis at the top of a 1930s New York landmark.

Starring Stuart Milligan and Connie Booth.

Adapted by Mark Brisenden, from the comic strip created by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond. Syndicated by King Features.

X-9 ...... Stuart Milligan
Grace Powers ...... Connie Booth
The Top ...... William Hootkins
Evelyn Powers ...... Rachel Power
Alden Powers ...... Peter Marinker
Luke ...... Michael John Paliotti
Captain Brady ...... John Guerrasio
Harper-Carp ...... Kerry Shale
Sister Agnes ...... Miranda Pleasance

All other parts played by the cast.

Producer: Chris Wallis.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in January 1994.


TUE 06:30 The Same River Twice (m000djpc)
7. Desperation

Johnny Maxen is under suspicion for the murder of his estranged wife.

His attempts to clear himself leads him to a loch-side cottage and a meeting with an old flame...

Starring Gordon Jackson.

Edward Boyd's thriller serial about the deepening mystery over his estranged wife Julia

Johnny Maxen ...... Gordon Jackson
Dorothy Havergal ...... Anne Kristen
Detective Inspector Wardlaw ...... Roddy McMillan
Bunty Nichol ...... WHD Joss
Helen Duncan ...... Lennox Milne

Producer: Eddie Fraser

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1966.


TUE 07:00 The Architects (b03yqyz5)
Series 1

Mad Hélène

Sir Lucien's blossoming romance with a French serial divorcee was worrying already.

Then the 'men in black' arrive to assess his assets and more besides...

Stars Dominic Coleman, Ingrid Oliver and Geoffrey Whitehead.

Sitcom set in a struggling architectural practice.

Written by Jim Poyser and Neil Griffiths.

Matt ...... Dominic Coleman
Sarah ...... Ingrid Oliver
Sir Lucien ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Tim ...... Alex Carter
Hayley ...... Aisling Bea
Helene ...... Carolyn Pickles
Mr Douglas ...... Sean Murray
Mr McCoy ...... Harry Myers

Director: Toby Swift

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2014.


TUE 07:30 Please Use Other Door (m0014p8w)
Series 1

Episode 3

From Bill Dare (Dead Ringers, The Secret World), sketches satirising life as we know it. Naturalistic sketches taking a sometimes dark look at the world of work, relationships, institutions and families.

Performed by: Gabby Best, Will Hartley, Chris Ryman, Rebecca Shorrocks, Witney White and Toby Williams

The series of four is written by; Kat Butterfield and Dan Audritt, Sophie Dickson, Laura Major, Rob Darke, Alex Nash and Sam South, Ed Amsden and Tom Coles, Cody Dahler, Toby Williams, Ed Tew, Anna Goodman, Imogen Andrews, Matt Harrison, Carwyn Blayney, Natasha Dhanraj, Alice Etches and Nathalie Antonia, Chris Ryman, Simon Alcock, Leigh Douglas, Chazz Redhead, Paul F Taylor, Jo Wiggins, Cameron Loxdale, Lewis Cook, Owen Petty, Tom Oxenham, Rebecca Heitlinger and Bill Dare.

Production Co-ordinators Beverly Tagg and Sarah Sharpe
Sound Design Rich Evans
Music composed by Bill Dare and produced by Iona C Vallance
Artwork Lucy Jagger

Produced and created by Bill Dare
BBC Studios Production


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b007k4l1)
Series 7

Lurgi Strikes Britain

Doctor Seagoon is dispatched to tackle a curious contagious epidemic disease.

Groundbreaking, surreal BBC radio comedy written by Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes.

Starring:

Peter Sellers
Harry Secombe
Spike Milligan

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

With the Ray Ellington Quartet and Max Geldray.

Orchestra conducted by Wally Stott.

Announcer: Wallace Greenslade

Producer: Peter Eton

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in November 1954.


TUE 08:30 King Street Junior (b007jmfd)
Series 5

Is This a Career I See Before Me?

Crossed swords in the school staff room and a bombshell for headmaster, Mr Beeston.

Created and written by Jim Eldridge.

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

Phillip Sims …. Karl Howman
Mr Beeston …. James Grout
Mr Holiday …. Tom Watson
Mrs Stone …. Margaret John
Mrs Patterson …. Deirdre Costello
Mrs Rudd …. Vivienne Martin
Mr Long …. Paul Copley
Miss Lewis …. Marlene Sidaway
Mr Tompkins ...... John Cater

Producer: John Fawcett-Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1990.


TUE 09:00 The News Quiz (m0014qdv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 The Mitch Benn Music Show (b00b9k9l)
Series 2

Howard Read

From Peter Sellers to The Rutles.

Musical comedian Mitch Benn presents his selection of some of the finest comic songs by other performers.

With guest Howard Read.

Producer: Ed Morrish

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in October 2006.


TUE 10:00 Leslie Charteris - The Saint (b00b9xgx)
2. The Saint Closes the Case

Simon Templar is confronted by arch-villain, Doctor Rayt Marius, in a deadly struggle to save the world from an evil weapon...

Starring Paul Rhys.

First published in 1930 under the title 'The Last Hero' - one of a long series of novels featuring Lesle Charteris's creation Simon Templar, alias "The Saint".

Dramatised by Roger Danes.

Simon Templar …. Paul Rhys
Patricia Holm …. Kim Thomson
Roger Conway …. Charles Simpson
Orace …. John Hollis
Norman Kent …. Joshua Towb
Doctor Rayt Marius …. Sandor Eles
Inspector Claude Eustace Teal …. John Baddeley
Professor Vargan …. John Turner
Captain Harding …. Ross Livingstone
Cynthia …. Linda Regan
Janos …. Paul Jenkins
Gabor/Rudolph …. Jonathan Keeble
Bela …. Stephen Critchlow
Golter/Hale/Lazlo …. Geoffrey Whitehead
Malone/Tibor/Foreshaw …. David Timson

Director: Matthew Walters

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1995.


TUE 11:00 Archive on 4 (m00019d9)
Joni Mitchell Taught Me How to Feel

Music writer and broadcaster Ann Powers explores Joni Mitchell’s impact on her fans and on songwriting.

"Even the songs of hers I’ve heard a thousand times can still give me the weird feeling that she knows me personally," she says.

Ann considers what it is about her music that speaks to people in this way. And how does this emotional connectedness square with an artist who has constantly shape-shifted, who is full of contradictions? She’s a master lyricist who dislikes most poetry. Her words challenged who women were supposed to be, who they could be, and yet she bristled against feminism. And when she’s had such a powerful effect on so many listeners, why has she only had one top 20 hit?

Through excerpts from live BBC recordings from the late 1960s and 70s, and the conversations Joni Mitchell recorded in the same period with broadcaster Malka Marom, we travel across a decade of her music.

From the familiar territory of songs like Woodstock, we reach the wilder, exploratory sounds of her late 70s work, via some of her most critically acclaimed albums from earlier that decade - Blue, Court and Spark, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and Hejira.

Writers and critics Linda Grant, Sean O’Hagan, Jessica Hopper and Barney Hoskyns reflect on the rapid evolution of Joni Mitchell’s musical and lyrical approach, alongside the memories of some of those who’ve been closest to her: songwriter and former lover Graham Nash, bassist and ex-husband Larry Klein, and longstanding friend Malka Marom.

With thanks to Malka Marom and the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library at the University of Toronto, for sharing clips of Joni Mitchell’s conversation with Malka Marom.

Producer: Chris Elcombe

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


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b007k4l1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 King Street Junior (b007jmfd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett (b007jq13)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 The Same River Twice (m000djpc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 The Librarian by Salley Vickers (b0b70w6p)
Episode 2

Sylvia launches her plan to encourage more local children into the library - but not everyone in East Mole shares her enthusiasm.

Salley Vickers' lyrical tribute to the power of children's literature.

Economic uncertainty and a growing dissatisfaction with old class distinctions cause friction with the arrival of a recent library graduate.

Read by Barbara Flynn.

Abridged by the author.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2018.


TUE 14:15 Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room (b00sr4hp)
2. Toby

Single, pregnant Jane tries to make her bedsit a little more homely, and learns about Toby's writing.

Lynne Reid Banks' ground-breaking story of middle-class Jane - pregnant and unmarried - and trying to cope with her life in the 1950s

Dramatised by Juliet Ace.

Jane …… Lynne Seymour
Toby …… John McAndrew
John …… Trevor Laird
Doris …… Nickie Rainsford
Mavis …… Marie Gordon-Price
James …… Simon Armstrong

Producer: Alison Hindell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2004.


TUE 14:30 Spike Milligan - Inside Out (b09zv3d5)
Episode 2

Michael Palin and Spike Milligan's daughter Jane steer us through more archive gems uniquely capturing her father's perspective of his life and career.

Recorded between 1980 and 1985, Spike is heard in conversation with his biographer - amid constant telephone calls and comedic discussions, to build a unique portrait of Spike at home.

Extracts from the tapes are linked to excerpts of his comedy - and with our hosts' comment, context and own stories about Spike.

The last of two programmes made to celebrate Spike's 100th birthday in 2018 - when this archive was broadcast for the very first time.

Producer: Verity Maidlow Cornwell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2018.


TUE 15:00 Leslie Charteris - The Saint (b00b9xgx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The Museum of Curiosity (b092gkkl)
Series 11

Episode 6

Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator, the brilliant Romesh Ranganathan welcome:

* Australian writer, columnist and formerly obsessive teen fan of Spike Milligan, Kathy Lette.
* Author and adventurer, podcaster and editor, and Miniature Golf competitor, Andy Miller.
* Comedian, actor, author, social media guru and ambassador for Norwich City FC, Stephen Fry.

The Museum's Guest Committee offer as exhibits, the mysterious thing that drives women to be mothers, a receptacle for honey that contains nothing more than a broken balloon and a bunch of grapes...

Researched by Anne Miller of QI and Mike Turner.

Producers: Richard Turner and James Harkin

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


TUE 16:30 The Mitch Benn Music Show (b00b9k9l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 The Architects (b03yqyz5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Please Use Other Door (m0014p8w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 The Willows by Algernon Blackwood (b007jvd3)
1. The Body in the Water

When the narrator and his companion camp on a remote island, they think they see a body in the water and a man calling to them.

But that's just the start of this clawing claustrophobic tale of suspense and mounting terror.

Originally published in 1907 as part of his ‘The Listener and Other Stories’ collection, Algernon Blackwood's chilling tale has been described as one of the finest supernatural stories ever.

Read by Roger Allam.

Producer: Lawrence Jackson

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in March 2005.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b05qgcgv)
Series 20

Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' took him years to write.

It originally had as many as 80 verses. Recorded for his 'Various Positions' album, it was almost ignored when first released in 1984.

Only Bob Dylan saw its true worth and would play it live. John Cale eventually recorded a version which was heard by an obscure musician called Jeff Buckley.

The song has been covered by hundreds of artists including Rufus Wainwright, kd lang and Alexandra Burke.

We hear from those whose relationship with the song is deep and profound.

Singer Brandi Carlisle listened to it over and over again as a troubled teenager; it became a sound-track to James Talerico falling in love and Jim Kullander made a connection with the song after the death of his wife.

Producer: Sara Conkey

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2015.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b007k4l1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 King Street Junior (b007jmfd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett (b007jq13)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 The Same River Twice (m000djpc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Archive on 4 (m00019d9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 Please Use Other Door (m0014p8w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Mark Steel's in Town (b018csyv)
Series 3

Basingstoke

Mark Steel continues his tour of six UK towns as he performs for the residents of Basingstoke in Hampshire.

His bespoke stand-up show covers war with the Salvation Army, prehistoric roundabouts and a rather unusual world record set in a shopping centre.

As well as shedding light on less visited areas, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.

Written by Mark Steel with additional material by Pete Sinclair.

Producer: Sam Bryant

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in m December 2011.


TUE 23:00 For One Horrible Moment by Peter Bradshaw (b00890lj)
Episode 4

A birthday trip to the Highlands takes our hero's mind off his father's amateur interest in electro-convulsive shock therapy.

Peter Bradshaw continues his hilariously disturbing personal account of one boy's transition into adulthood in 1970s Cambridgeshire at the hands of an eccentric father.

Read by the author.

Producer: Jon Naismith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1999.


TUE 23:15 Ivor Cutler - A Wet Handle (b00ctkty)
Episode 5

Grass seed, mud and digging ditches.

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

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in June 1997.


TUE 23:30 I've Never Seen Star Wars (b00hkprc)
Series 2

Dame Joan Bakewell

Marcus Brigstocke invites guests to try new experiences.

Dame Joan Bakewell listens to the Arctic Monkeys, has a beat boxing lesson and places a horse racing bet.



WEDNESDAY 02 MARCH 2022

WED 00:00 The Willows by Algernon Blackwood (b007jvd3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b05qgcgv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett (b007jq13)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 The Same River Twice (m000djpc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 The Librarian by Salley Vickers (b0b70w6p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room (b00sr4hp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Spike Milligan - Inside Out (b09zv3d5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Leslie Charteris - The Saint (b00b9xgx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 The Museum of Curiosity (b092gkkl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 The Mitch Benn Music Show (b00b9k9l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 The Architects (b03yqyz5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Please Use Other Door (m0014p8w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam (b007jwpf)
1. Liar

The Dutch police arrive at Martin's house just as he's thinking of going to bed. He has to leave his wife Sophia and travel with them to Amsterdam's central police station, where Inspector Van der Valk breaks the news.

Martin is the chief suspect in the murder of the seductive Elsa de Charmoy - his former lover and manipulator of men...

Nicholas Freeling's crime thriller read by David Troughton.

Piet Van der Valk is the much-copied prototype detective, 'a cranky, gentle, bumbling, brilliant, non-conformist student of human behaviour whose primary concern is why rather than how crimes are committed'.

Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery

First broadcast on BBC Radio 7 in 2006.


WED 06:30 The Same River Twice (m000djsm)
8. Truth

More and more people now suspect that Johnny Maxen murdered his wife. The latest is his mother-in-law who's got plenty to say...

Conclusion of Edward Boyd's thriller serial starring Gordon Jackson.

Johnny Maxen ...... Gordon Jackson
Helen Duncan ...... Lennox Milne
Detective Inspector Wardlaw ...... Roddy McMillan
Dorothy Havergal ...... Anne Kristen
Bunty Nichol ...... WHD Joss
Doctor ...... Alec Monteath
Patient ...... Hannah Gordon

Producer: Eddie Fraser

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1966.


WED 07:00 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (m0008bbc)
Series 3

Corbyn and the Left

Alexei offers his thoughts on Jeremy Corbyn and the left, laments the decline of small business and explains what the 1997 film Starship Troopers can teach us all.

Written by Alexei Sayle
Performed by Alexei Sayle
Produced by Joe Nunnery
Music and Lyrics by Tim Sutton
A BBC Studios Production, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2019.


WED 07:30 Conversations from a Long Marriage (m000f770)
Series 1

Let's Spend the Night Together

Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam play a couple who have been married ‘for ever’. Children of the Sixties, they’re still free spirits, drawn together by their passion for music and each other. Their warm and witty conversations dance around everyday chores and appointments as well as dealing with problems within long-held friendships, and tackling their own frustrations with each other. But underlying it all is their enduring love for each other and their desire to keep the passion alive.

On a long car journey, they reminisce about their first meeting and a long-held secret is revealed.

Written for Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam by award-winning comedy writer and journalist Jan Etherington, who’s been married for 35 years to Gavin Petrie, with whom she created many hit radio and TV series (Second Thoughts, Next of Kin, Faith in the Future, The Change). Conversations from a Long Marriage is her first solo narrative comedy series.

Produced by Claire Jones
A BBC Studios production


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jnf8)
Series 5

The Insurance Policy

Shrewd Miss Pugh urges the Lad to get insured. But is Sid's policy such a wise buy?

Stars Tony Hancock.

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

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Theme and incidental music written by Wally Stott.

Producer: Tom Ronald

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in February 1958.


WED 08:30 The Michael Bentine Show (b008yrw8)
From 26/02/1984

From the Metropolitan Police to a dead newsreader.

Michael Bentine stars in the ultimate one man show written and performed by the host.

Producer: Jamie Rix

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 1984.


WED 09:00 Booked (b00753t1)
Series 1

Episode 3

Joan of Arc turns Bond girl and Kipling's poem If gets an overhaul.

Ian McMillan chairs the irreverent literary game with Dillie Keane, Mark Thomas, Roger McGough and Miles Kington.

Producer: Marc Jobst

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1995.


WED 09:30 All the Young Dudes (b01by441)
Series 2

Mr Soft

Comedy drama about the diverging and converging lives of three old school friends, written by Jim Sweeney.

This week, Helen's ice cream project has the opposition licked!

Patrick ...... Jim Sweeney
Helen ...... Cathryn Harrison
Billy ...... Steve Steen
Moira ...... Sadie Shimmin
Stephen Frost : Acting (adult) Joe
Maria ...... Flaminia Cinque
Charlie ...... Izzy De Rosario
Young man ...... Dave Lamb
Young woman ...... Emma Kennedy

Produced by Steve Doherty

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2002.


WED 10:00 Leslie Charteris - The Saint (b007jtvy)
3. The Saint Plays With Fire

Simon Templar uncovers a fascist conspiracy to seize power in France.

First published in 1938 under the title 'Prelude for War' - one of a long series of novels featuring Lesle Charteris' creation Simon Templar, alias "The Saint".

CAST:

Simon Templar …. Paul Rhys
Patricia Holm …. Kim Thomson
Valerie …. Fiona Fullerton
Inspector Claude Eustace Teal/Usher …. John Baddeley
Peter Quentin …. Jonathan Keeble
Fairweather …. John Hartley
Luker …. Geoffrey Whitehead
General Sangore …. John Turner
Orace …. John Hollis
Knightley/Foreman …. Andrew Branch
Marteau/Constable/Pietri/Sergeant …. Roger May
Coroner/Bravache …. David Collings
Bream/Senappe …. David Timson

Dramatised by for radio by Neville Teller.

Director: Matthew Walters

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1995.


WED 11:00 The Real Comedy Controllers: The Things That Made Us Laugh (m0014yhb)
Satire and Sitcoms

1. Round the Horne

Instead of guest Comedy Controllers, choosing their comedy favourites, it is now the turn of Paul Jackson, Beryl Vertue, John Lloyd and Jimmy Mulville who have between them well over a 150 years of gut-busting, side-aching woofers, gags - and the occasional horrific mistimed silence.

In front of an audience in the iconic Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House - the home of British Radio comedy - they reveal why they do it and what makes them laugh.

This time, they travel back to the 1960s and 70s to celebrate the satire boom, to trace the development of sitcoms both here and abroad, and to remember the golden years of BBC Entertainment. Featuring:

‘Round The Horne’ Kenneth Horne blasts off boldly in 'Journey to Uranus', a ditty from Rambling Sid Rumpo and 'Bona Books' with Julian and Sandy. First broadcast in April 1968.

With extracts from ‘Beyond the Fringe: Aftermyth of War’ and ‘Till Death Us Do Part’.

Series Producers: Paul Kobrak and Dixi Stewart.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in March 2017.


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jnf8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 The Michael Bentine Show (b008yrw8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam (b007jwpf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 The Same River Twice (m000djsm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 The Librarian by Salley Vickers (b0b70wc1)
Episode 3

Sylvia Blackwell is delighted to find an ally in her mission to encourage the local children into the library. She receives a plea for help from an unexpected source.

The acclaimed author of 'Miss Garnet's Angel', 'Where Three Roads Meet' and 'Dancing Backwards' casts her clear psychoanalytic gaze on small town, post-war England. Economic uncertainty and a growing dissatisfaction with old class distinctions cause friction as a recent library graduate comes to a new town determined to open the world of literature to all the local children.

Written and abridged by Salley Vickers
Read by Barbara Flynn
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2018.


WED 14:15 Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room (b00srkg1)
3. Jazz

Pregnant Jane receives a letter from her father, and visits a jazz club with Toby. Stars Lynne Seymour and John McAndrew.


WED 14:30 Yellowstone Wolves (m0014yhf)
In 2005 Howard Stableford visited Yellowstone National Park in the United States to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the return of the wolf.

Having been persecuted to extinction in the early 20th century, wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone in 1995. It took many years to make it happen and even today there are many people unhappy that wolves are back in the area.

The project has been very successful and wolf numbers peaked in 2004 at 170 wolves.

While the wolves bring pleasure to the many thousands of tourists who come to the park each year to watch them, the local farmers and hunters are concerned about the wolves. With the territories of the wolf packs expanding, wolves stray beyond the boundaries of the park onto cattle pasture.

Farmers are compensated financially for wolves having killed their cattle but it has to be proved that a wolf was to blame.

The wolves mainly eat elk and thousands of elk are found in the park and outside of it. The elk are also the prey of local hunters and "outfitter" businesses, as companies offering elk hunting are called.

They feel the elk herds are being effected by the wolves and the licences they get to shoot a certain number of wolves are being reduced which they say is impacting on their income.

Produced by Sheena Duncan.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


WED 15:00 Leslie Charteris - The Saint (b007jtvy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Booked (b00753t1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 All the Young Dudes (b01by441)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (m0008bbc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Conversations from a Long Marriage (m000f770)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 The Willows by Algernon Blackwood (b007jvd9)
2. False Haven

The canoe is damaged and the narrator decides the willow trees are against their presence on the island.

Originally published in 1907 as part of his ‘The Listener and Other Stories’ collection, Algernon Blackwood's chilling tale has been described as one of the finest supernatural stories ever.

Read by Roger Allam.

Producer: Lawrence Jackson

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in March 2005.


WED 18:30 The Radio Detectives (b007jpdm)
Series 3

The Innocence of Father Brown

An exploration of the innocent, guileless, Catholic parish priest from East Anglia: Father Brown, the most celebrated creation of the English man of letters, GK Chesterton.

Series about classic detectives presented by Professor Jeffrey Richards.

Featuring Andrew Sachs as Father Brown

Producer: Jon Rolph

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jnf8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 The Michael Bentine Show (b008yrw8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam (b007jwpf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 The Same River Twice (m000djsm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 The Real Comedy Controllers: The Things That Made Us Laugh (m0014yhb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 Conversations from a Long Marriage (m000f770)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Bunk Bed (m0003jjf)
Series 6

Episode 2

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

Late at night, in the dark and in a bunk bed, your tired mind can wander.

This is the nearest faraway place for Patrick Marber and Peter Curran. Here they endeavour to get the heart of things in an entertainingly vague and indirect way. This is not the place for typical male banter.

From under the bed clothes, they wrestle life's challenges. This week, they discuss the ideal position for human genitals and if evolution should ever get a move on.

Produced by Peter Curran
A Foghorn production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in March 2019.


WED 22:45 Josie Long: All of the Planet's Wonders (b00hqhzh)
The Enlightenment

Josie explores the history of collecting things and discovers the Enlightenment.

She tries to defy her student past, by becoming more scientific and takes controversial anatomist Professor Gunther von Hagens to task for being a "demon with ready access to plasticine".

With Maeve Higgins, Henning Wehn and Daniel Harkin.

Producer Colin Anderson

First broadcast BBC Radio 4 in February 2009.


WED 23:00 Radio Active (b007jvzy)
Series 7

'It Was Twenty Years Ago Last Tuesday'

The on-air team look back to the halcyon days of the late 1960's - a time of peace, love and rampant drug abuse.

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

Music by Philip Pope and Steve Brown.

Written by Angus Deayton and Geoffrey Perkins.

Producer: David Tyler

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1987.


WED 23:30 Ectoplasm (b007wp38)
The Affair of the Baddie's Niece

Lord Zimbabwe and Dr Lilac travel back through the seas of time to the Wild West.

With the help of the good folk of the town of Tombstone, they must thwart the evil Waffle Baron, Ike Clanton.

Dan Freedman and Nick Romero’s comedy about the swashbuckling exploits of Lord Zimbabwe, occultist and adventurer.

CAST:

Lord Zimbabwe …. Nick Romero
Dr Lilac …. Dan Freedman
Ike Clanton …. Owen Oakeshott
Miss Clanton …. Sophie Aldred
Priest …. Colin Guthrie
Ringo …. Peter Donaldson

Other parts played by the cast.

Producer: Helen Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2000.



THURSDAY 03 MARCH 2022

THU 00:00 The Willows by Algernon Blackwood (b007jvd9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 The Radio Detectives (b007jpdm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam (b007jwpf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 The Same River Twice (m000djsm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 The Librarian by Salley Vickers (b0b70wc1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room (b00srkg1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 Yellowstone Wolves (m0014yhf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Leslie Charteris - The Saint (b007jtvy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Booked (b00753t1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 All the Young Dudes (b01by441)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (m0008bbc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Conversations from a Long Marriage (m000f770)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam (b007jwpm)
2. Taking A Chance

Martin's finally admitted the truth: he met Elsa de Charmoy shortly before her death - and he attempted to visit her on the night she died, but claims he didn't kill her. Martin's alibi is thin and there are no other suspects, but Van der Valk takes a chance on him. Together they visit Elsa's apartment to try and find evidence...

Nicholas Freeling's crime thriller read by David Troughton.

Piet Van der Valk is the much-copied prototype detective, 'a cranky, gentle, bumbling, brilliant, non-conformist student of human behaviour whose primary concern is why rather than how crimes are committed'.

Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery

First broadcast on BBC Radio 7 in 2006.


THU 06:30 Destination - Fire! (m000b7jm)
Series 1

1. The Reluctant Fire-Raiser

Can fire investigator Quentin Barnaby determine if a recent incident had a political motivation? Stars Robert Beatty.

A 1962 drama series set off the well-beaten detection track. It's writer Philip Levene talked about his inspiration: "I have always been fascinated by fire......while writing two plays [Untimely Death, Weather For Murder] I was struck by the wide variety of intriguing ideas in a field that seemed (bar the obvious insurance fraud) comparatively untouched to date. Personally I have had my fill of court-room dramas, endless bodies and Private Eyes, but the puzzle of the charred remains of a burnt-out building intrigue me. The motivations of arson are numerous: greed, financial reverses destruction of evidence, revenge".

It stars noted Canadian radio, television and screen actor, Robert Beatty (1909 - 1992). Beatty shared the screen with James Mason in Odd Man Out (1947), Gregory Peck in Horatio Hornblower (1951) and Richard Burton in Where Eagles Dare (1968), as well as playing the Lester Powell's Irish private detective, Philip Odell on the BBC Light Programme from 1947 to 1961.

Quentin Barnaby … Robert Beatty
Val ... Gudrun Ure
Inspector Hackett …Duncan McIntyre
Alec Groves … Anthony Hall
Mr Lorrimer … Leslie Perrins
Mrs Lorrimer … Barbara Mitchell
Sue … Ann Murray
Mrs Knight … Mary O’Farrell
Fire Officer Taylor … Lee Fox
Nurse …Peggy Butt
Fireman … Lewis Stringer
Peter Ansell … Warren Stanhope

Written by Philip Levene

Produced by Martyn C. Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Service in September 1962.


THU 07:00 The Wilsons Save the World (b09h6x6p)
Series 1

The Block

Michael and Maxine Wilson and their daughters, Lola and Cat have resolved to live a more ethical life. Millions of people try every day to make 'good' choices and do the 'right thing'. It's hard. Most of us live with hypocrisy and failure all the time but keep on trying. The Wilsons are trying about 20% harder and learning to live with about 19% more failure.

In the last episode in the series Max and Mike attempt to get their heads around the sensitive subject of S.E.X. and technology. Their teenage daughter Cat's latest relationship seems to be mainly conducted through the phone and they fear she doesn't have a clue on the risks attached in sharing intimate images. However, a full and frank adult conversation seems to be beyond Mike who has hang-ups of his own and Max and Mike's attempt to educate the children on the dangers of pornography on the web via a complex metaphor of Brexit and a possible desensitisation to 'David Davis' leaves Lola simply well-versed in European politics and Cat angry. Meanwhile, Max, in attempt to addressing society's obsession with technology, makes a clanging faux pas via her local library web seminars. As the usual family harmony disintegrates it looks like their annual visit to the 'Words and Curds' festival in Wales is set it be a real downer until they bump into Caitlin Moran on her way to a book signing. Is it possible that this celebrated feminist author of a number of books including 'How to be a Woman' will have the answers they crave?

Producer...Julia McKenzie

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


THU 07:30 Plum House (b0b7fpsg)
Series 2

Hot Quiz

Comedy about the inept staff at a historic house, starring Simon Callow, Jane Horrocks and Miles Jupp.

Every year, thousands of tourists flock to the Lake District. But one place they never go is Plum House - the former country home of terrible poet George Pudding (1779-1848). Now a crumbling museum, losing money hand over fist, it struggles to stay open under its eccentric curator Peter Knight (Simon Callow). Tom Collyer (Tom Bell) tries and fails to get the museum back on track, alongside the hopelessly out of touch deputy Julian (Miles Jupp), corner-cutting gift shop manager Maureen (Jane Horrocks), put-upon education officer Emma (Louise Ford), and enthusiastic but dim-witted caretaker Alan (Pearce Quigley).

This week, after their latest madcap scheme proves a disaster, Tom decides that Peter and Julian should no longer be in charge of the finances. He soon discovers that each staff member thinks they are most suited for the role, and a local pub quiz becomes the arena to decide who is best and smartest at Plum House. The competition reignites old tensions and turns the team on each other. But Tom is distracted by his feelings for Emma.

The cast is joined by Graham Fellows who guest stars as Ken the quizmaster.

Written by Ben Cottam and Paul McKenna
Produced by Sarah Cartwright
Directed by Paul Schlesinger
A Hat Trick production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 08:00 The Jason Explanation of... (b007jq4j)
Politics

David Jason and company elect to poke fun at the Houses of Parliament.

With Sheila Steafel, Royce Mills and Chris Emmett.

Following in the footsteps of Lord Clark, Dr Bronowski and Professor Galbraith, David Jason unravels the mysteries of the universe and the meaning of life.

Scripted by Colin Bostock Smith, Andy Hamilton, Barry Pilton and Alastair Beaton.

Music by John Owen Edwards

Producer: Geoffrey Perkins

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 in September 1977.


THU 08:30 Capital Gains (b007rq8b)
Series 1

Capital Return

Home at last, how will Julius Hutch come to terms with the bank that made him rich? Can he set himself up to live happily ever after?

CAST:

Julius Hutch …. Peter Jones
Pauline Tone …. Celestine Randall
Sexton Lewis …. Jeffrey Wickham
Peter Fang …. Peter Whitman
News Reader …. Collin Johnson
Kate …. Justine Midda

Written by Collin Johnson.

Producer: Andy Jordan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1995.


THU 09:00 The Personality Test (b00kmnfn)
Series 1

John Sergeant

Former BBC and ITN chief political correspondent John Sergeant quizzes a panel about himself.

Sue Perkins, Alan Carr and Lucy Porter battle with queries based on John’s life, whims and interests

Series in which a fresh host every episode quizzes a comedy panel about themselves.

Script by Richard Turner

Devised & produced by Aled Evans.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2006.


THU 09:30 Tomorrow, Today! (b0124y8y)
Series 1

Dial M for Martian

Comedy series by Christopher William Hill, set in 1961. A BBC producer struggles to make a radio soap set in the unimaginably futuristic world of 2006.

Will Hugo give in to government manipulation to save his beloved show from cancellation?

CAST:

Nigel Lavery …. Peter Bowles
Sylvia Hann …. Cheryl Campbell
Godfrey Winnard …. John Fortune
Sir Angus McNairn …. Gary Waldhorn
Hugo Kellerman …. Joseph Kloska
Douglas Bennings …. Jon Glover
Colin Franks …. Paul Richard Biggin
Miss Pickford …. Miranda Keeling

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2006.


THU 10:00 Henry James (b0b1ptdp)
The American

Episode 1

Humour and heartache collide in this early James novel.

When Christopher Newman, an American and self-made millionaire businessmen arrives in Paris he falls in love with Claire de Cintre. A wife from an aristocratic French Family is exactly what he's looking for, but he's unaware of the dark mystery surrounding her family, and the misery and mayhem they have yet to cause.

Henry James ...... John Lynch
Christopher Newman ...... Lee Ingleby
Claire de Cintre ...... Olivia Hallinan
Madame de Bellgarde/Mrs Bread ...... Richenda Carey
Urbain Bellgarde/Msr Nioche ...... Jonathan Keeble
Valentin Bellgarde ...... Ashley Margolis
Noemie Nioche/Mrs Tristram ...... Alais Lawson
Mr Tristram/Deepmere ...... Ryan Early

Produced and directed by Pauline Harris
Dramatised by Lavinia Murray

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2018.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0014xpc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 11:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m000b4wc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 The Jason Explanation of... (b007jq4j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 Capital Gains (b007rq8b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam (b007jwpm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Destination - Fire! (m000b7jm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 The Librarian by Salley Vickers (b0b70wjg)
Episode 4

Settling in nicely to East Mole and her job in the children's library, Sylvia finds her interest caught by new GP Dr Bell.

The acclaimed author of 'Miss Garnet's Angel', 'Where Three Roads Meet' and 'Dancing Backwards' casts her clear psychoanalytic gaze on small town, post-war England. Economic uncertainty and a growing dissatisfaction with old class distinctions cause friction as a recent library graduate comes to a new town determined to open the world of literature to all the local children.

Written and abridged by Salley Vickers
Read by Barbara Flynn
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2018.


THU 14:15 Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room (b00srqfl)
4. Secret

Jane has spent the night with Toby, but she hasn't told him about her pregnancy. Stars Lynne Seymour and John McAndrew.


THU 14:30 Down and Out Debaters (b01pcvl2)
Every Tuesday night during Michaelmas term at Durham University, the debating chamber at the Durham Union Society is filled with student volunteers training a group of participants brought in by the homeless charity Cyrenians.

The hope is that through debating the group can hone their skills of speaking, and gain confidence and the ability to deal better with job interviews and challenging environments. They've got eight weeks, then there's a black tie dinner and the participants will be debating in front of an audience.

The participants have had a tough history, and for many of them the idea of public speaking fills them with terror. The students 'ooze confidence' and it's up to them to impart some of that on their trainees, and hope that in the long term it might make a difference to their lives.

Can it? Edi Stark finds out.

Producer: Lucy Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.


THU 15:00 Henry James (b0b1ptdp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 The Personality Test (b00kmnfn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Tomorrow, Today! (b0124y8y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 The Wilsons Save the World (b09h6x6p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 Plum House (b0b7fpsg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 The Willows by Algernon Blackwood (b007jvdj)
3. A New Order of Experience

The companions prepare for a second night and the inevitable attack from the island's mysterious forces.

Originally published in 1907 as part of his ‘The Listener and Other Stories’ collection, Algernon Blackwood's chilling tale has been described as one of the finest supernatural stories ever.

Read by Roger Allam.

Producer: Lawrence Jackson

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in March 2005.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b09yddxk)
Series 45

Ayesha Hazarika on Jayaben Desai

Stand up comedian and political commentator Ayesha Hazarika's hero is Jayaben Desai who led a two year strike at Grunwick Film processing factory in North London.

The majority of the workers were migrant women and they became known as the 'strikers in sarees'.
Matthew Parris remembers the strike in 1976 as he was working in Margaret Thatcher's office at the time, but only recalls the violence at the picket line and the fact that the strike failed.

Can Ayesha Hazarika convince Matthew Parris that Jayaben Desai deserves the accolade of a great life?

They are joined in studio by Dr Sundari Anitha, co- author of 'Striking Women'

Producer: Perminder Khatkar

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.


THU 19:00 The Jason Explanation of... (b007jq4j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 Capital Gains (b007rq8b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam (b007jwpm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Destination - Fire! (m000b7jm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0014xpc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 21:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m000b4wc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 Plum House (b0b7fpsg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Listen Against (b00tmt97)
Series 3

Episode 1

A week of radio and TV that never happened in the show that works its way through it all, like a critical tapeworm going through a giant media dog.

* Jeremy Paxman finally breaks and goes rogue,

* Today gets remade as a US sitcom,

* Listeners thoughts on the Food Programme giving recipes for cooking a Flump and spit roasting a Clanger.

With special guests Jenni Murray, Richard Bacon and John Humphrys.

Presented by Alice Arnold and Jon Holmes.

Featuring: James Bachman, Stephen Critchlow, Sarah Hadland and David Schnieder.

Producer: Sam Bryant

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2010.


THU 23:00 Where to, Mate? (m000jmpf)
"...twelve ceramic owls..."

Set and recorded on location in a car in Manchester, ‘Where To, Mate?’ is a semi-improvised comedy following our main drivers Bernie and Ben as we eavesdrop on their taxi journeys around the North West.

This week Ben is doing his best to resist the advances of an overly flirtatious passenger and Bernie and Milton continue their friendship as they reflect on whether it is right to take a an old lady's ceramic owls.

Jason Wingard is a writer, director and film maker from Manchester. He’s written and directed a number of award winning short films as well as the feature film ‘Eaten By Lions’ which recently had a cinema release.

The show features local voices and character actors /comedians from the North.

Ben ...... Peter Slater
Bernie ...... Jo Enright
Saj ...... Abdullah Afzal
Milton ...... Christopher J Hall
Penelope ...... Dylan Morris
Controller ...... Jason Wingard
Controller ...... Abdullah Afzal

Conversations improvised by the cast based on ideas by Jason Wingard and Carl Cooper.
With additional material and production support by Hannah Stevenson.

Additional voices and material by the cast and crew.

Directed by Jason Wingard
Produced by Carl Cooper

A BBC Studios Audio Production, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2020.


THU 23:15 Joseph Morpurgo's Walking Tour (b09hs6ww)
Dante's House

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2015 and triple Chortle Award Winner Joseph Morpurgo presents a series of 'educational' audio adventures for BBC Radio 4.

This week we're in Florence, exploring the childhood home of Dante. This audio guide will take you on an immersive tour of Dante's greatest work: The Inferno. Definitely not for the faint-hearted. Watch your step!

Written and performed by Joseph Morpurgo, with Naomi Petersen and Jonathan Broke.
Sound design by Craig Schuftan
Producer Alexandra Smith

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


THU 23:30 The Boosh (b007jxrs)
Hitcher

Zoo boss Bob Fossil is concerned about the erratic behaviour of Tony the prawn and gives zookeepers Howard and Vince the duty of escorting him to a zoo for animal offenders.

All goes wrong, however, when Howard and Vince come across a strange figure standing by the side of the road.

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.

Howard Moon ...... Julian Barrattt
Vince Noir ...... Noel Fielding
Bob Fossil ...... Rich Fulcher

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 November 2001.



FRIDAY 04 MARCH 2022

FRI 00:00 The Willows by Algernon Blackwood (b007jvdj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b09yddxk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam (b007jwpm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Destination - Fire! (m000b7jm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 The Librarian by Salley Vickers (b0b70wjg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room (b00srqfl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Down and Out Debaters (b01pcvl2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Henry James (b0b1ptdp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 The Personality Test (b00kmnfn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Tomorrow, Today! (b0124y8y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 The Wilsons Save the World (b09h6x6p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Plum House (b0b7fpsg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam (b007jwpq)
3. Decoy

The Dutch detective has finally discovered murder victim Elsa de Charmoy's secret. A decoy is needed to snare the killer, but it's a very risky assignment. Tension mounts as the murderer makes his presence felt.

Nicholas Freeling's crime thriller concluded by David Troughton.

Piet Van der Valk is the much-copied prototype detective, 'a cranky, gentle, bumbling, brilliant, non-conformist student of human behaviour whose primary concern is why rather than how crimes are committed'.

Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery

First broadcast on BBC Radio 7 in 2006.


FRI 06:30 Destination - Fire! (m000b7b5)
Series 1

2. Chance in a Million

Can fire investigator Quentin Barnaby determine if a recent incident was an accident or arson? Stars Robert Beatty.

A 1962 drama series set off the well-beaten detection track. It's writer Philip Levene talked about his inspiration: "I have always been fascinated by fire......while writing two plays [Untimely Death, Weather For Murder] I was struck by the wide variety of intriguing ideas in a field that seemed (bar the obvious insurance fraud) comparatively untouched to date. Personally I have had my fill of court-room dramas, endless bodies and Private Eyes, but the puzzle of the charred remains of a burnt-out building intrigue me. The motivations of arson are numerous: greed, financial reverses destruction of evidence, revenge".

It stars noted Canadian radio, television and screen actor, Robert Beatty (1909 - 1992). Beatty shared the screen with James Mason in Odd Man Out (1947), Gregory Peck in Horatio Hornblower (1951) and Richard Burton in Where Eagles Dare (1968), as well as playing the Lester Powell's Irish private detective, Philip Odell on the BBC Light Programme from 1947 to 1961.

Quentin Barnaby … Robert Beatty
Val Crane … Gudrun Ure
Inspector Hackett …Duncan McIntyre
Alec Groves … Anthony Hall
Joe Selby … Lewis Stringer
Madge Selby … Peggy Butt
Mrs Foster … Vivienne Chatterton
Harry Newton … Malcolm Hayes
Police Sergeant … Will Leighton
Voice … Hilda Kriseman

Written by Philip Levene

Produced by Martyn C. Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Service in October 1962.


FRI 07:00 Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully (b04n6010)
Series 2

Ctrl-Alt-Del

The Computer catches a virus - in fact, it's probably the most common virus on Earth. With Uljabaan's sole method of control, analysis and communication now compromised, the invasion is doomed in more ways than one.

Series two of Eddie Robson's sitcom about an alien race that have noticed that those all-at-once invasions of Earth never work out that well. So they've locked the small Buckinghamshire village of Cresdon Green behind an impenetrable force field in order to study human behaviour and decide if Earth is worth invading.

The only inhabitant who seems to be bothered by their new alien overlord is Katrina Lyons, who was only home for the weekend to borrow the money for a deposit for a flat when the force field went up.

So along with Lucy Alexander (the only teenager in the village, willing to rebel against whatever you've got) she forms The Resistance - slightly to the annoyance of her parents Margaret and Richard who wish she wouldn't make so much of a fuss, and much to the annoyance of Field Commander Uljabaan who, alongside his unintelligible minions and The Computer (his hyperintelligent supercomputer), is trying to actually run the invasion.

Katrina Lyons ...... Hattie Morahan
Richard Lyons ...... Peter Davison
Margaret Lyons ...... Jan Francis
Lucy Alexander ...... Hannah Murray
Field Commander Uljabaan ...... Charles Edwards
The Computer ...... John-Luke Roberts
The Virus ...... Cerrie Burnell

Script-edited by Arthur Mathews
Producer: Ed Morrish.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2014.


FRI 07:30 Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn (m0014wzl)
The Co-dependency Problem

Marian and Tara tackle the stresses of IVF, co-dependent relationships, red necks on Zoom and "window shopping" (not the good kind) with trademark kindness and good humour.

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 (b007jqdz)
Series 3

Big Guns

Captain Mainwaring's platoon sparks havoc in Walmington-on-Sea when they try to fire a large naval gun.

The comic exploits of a Second World War Home Guard platoon in Walmington-on-Sea.

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 Walker …. Larry Martyn
Private Pike …. Ian Lavender
Private Frazer …. John Laurie
Private Godfrey …. Arnold Ridley
Town Councillor/Mr. Upton …. Julian Orchard
The Pickford's Man …. Michael Middleton
Announcer/Newsreader … John Snagge

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1976.


FRI 08:30 Second Thoughts (b00ljz6c)
Series 4

Old Problem

Bill is on the receiving end of a birthday surprise he doesn't want.

Meanwhile Dennis's attempts to capture the glamorous Liza backfire.

Sitcom about the battles of married life for ex-divorcees Bill and Faith, whilst balancing the demands of his ex-wife, Liza and Faith's teenage children.

Stars James Bolam as Bill, Lynda Bellingham as Faith, Belinda Lang as Liza, Julia Sawalha as Hannah, Mark Denham as Joe, Geoffrey Whitehead as Richard, Brian Bowles as Dennis and Peter Gunn as Chris.

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

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

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1992.


FRI 09:00 Whispers (b007k3bv)
Series 3

Episode 5

Louise Doughty and Richard Herring join team captains Lucy Moore and Anthony Holden to run the gauntlet of gossip supplied by Gyles Brandreth.

Produced by Victoria Lloyd.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2015.


FRI 09:30 Girlies (b08jqfh6)
Series 1

Episode 2

Vinny's exciting news gets mixed reactions and Sonal is shocked by who's invited Tula on a date.

Four-part comedy serial written by Sudha Bhuchar and Shaheen Khan.

CAST:

Tula …. Zita Sattar
Vinny …. Bharti Patel
Jabeen …. Shaheen Khan
Sonal …. Sudha Bhuchar
Samina …. Sakuntala Ramanee
Ramesh …. Ameet Chaana
Dan …. Roger Liddle
Marianne …. Alice Arnold
Alia …. Sophie Levy
Sara …. Nyla Levy
Masi …. Charubala Chokshi
Karan …. Susan Sheridan
Salim …. Shiv Grewal
Ali … Burt Caesar
Javed …. Omar Salimi

Directed at BBC Pebble Mill by Kristine Landon-Smith.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1977.


FRI 10:00 Henry James (b0b2h03y)
The American

Episode 2

Humour and heartache collide in this early James novel.

Christopher Newman, an American and self-made millionaire businessmen is in Paris and newly engaged to aristocrat Claire de Cintre. A dark mystery shrouds the family, and when Claire's mother and brother betray Newman most cruelly, he's intent on revenge.

Henry James ...... John Lynch
Christopher Newman ...... Lee Ingleby
Claire de Cintre ...... Olivia Hallinan
Madame de Bellgarde/Mrs Bread ...... Richenda Carey
Urbain Bellgarde/Msr Nioche ...... Jonathan Keeble
Valentin Bellgarde ...... Ashley Margolis
Noemie Nioche/Mrs Tristram ...... Alais Lawson
Mr Tristram/Deepmere ...... Ryan Early

Produced and directed by Pauline Harris
Dramatised by Lavinia Murray

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2018.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m0014y9b)
New Listening for March

Laura Grimshaw and Scott Bryan present the best new podcasts for March.


FRI 12:00 Dad's Army (b007jqdz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Second Thoughts (b00ljz6c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam (b007jwpq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Destination - Fire! (m000b7b5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 The Librarian by Salley Vickers (b0b70wlb)
Episode 5

Sylvia's work with Lizzie pays dividends as her friendship with married GP Dr Bell deepens.

The acclaimed author of 'Miss Garnet's Angel', 'Where Three Roads Meet' and 'Dancing Backwards' casts her clear psychoanalytic gaze on small town, post-war England. Economic uncertainty and a growing dissatisfaction with old class distinctions cause friction as a recent library graduate comes to a new town determined to open the world of literature to all the local children.

Written and abridged by Salley Vickers
Read by Barbara Flynn
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2018.


FRI 14:15 Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room (b00srvkl)
5. Appointment

Pregnant Jane books an appointment at an abortion clinic, but Mavis offers her an illegal alternative. Stars Lynne Seymour.


FRI 14:30 Old Photographs Fever - The Search for China's Pictured Past (b01kkntb)
'Old Photos Fever' is sweeping China, where people are encountering their photographic history for the first time, piecing together a past destroyed in Mao's Cultural Revolution.

Sales of books and magazines filled with historical photographs have rocketed. China's turbulent history in the twentieth century meant that archives of all kinds were destroyed. People also destroyed their own - now dangerously bourgeois - family albums. Nearly a century of photographic history was erased.

The photographs that do survive were mostly taken by foreigners, living in or visiting China, who took them out of the country to safety. Professor Robert Bickers at the University of Bristol is leading the search to collect and digitise these photographs in order to restore a historical vision of China which is unfamiliar and fascinating to its citizens now.

One of the jewels in the collection is the work of Fu Bingchang, a senior Chinese diplomat, whose access to the elite of Chinese society in the first half of the twentieth century and whose talent as a photographer make for a unique and beautiful set of images.

The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 prompted Chinese politicians to pursure an ambitious policy of historical education, to counteract a perceived lack of knowledge in young people about China's past. New museums are now huge tourist attractions in China and the desire for photographs has arisen from this resurgence of interest in the nation's history.

This fascinating documentary brings a new and surprising insight into China's past and present.

Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2012.


FRI 15:00 Henry James (b0b2h03y)
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FRI 16:00 Whispers (b007k3bv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 Girlies (b08jqfh6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully (b04n6010)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn (m0014wzl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 The Willows by Algernon Blackwood (b007jvdr)
4. The Alternate Sacrifice

The Swede offers his opinion on the island's evil forces and the necessity of offering them a sacrifice.

Originally published in 1907 as part of his ‘The Listener and Other Stories’ collection, Algernon Blackwood's chilling tale has been described as one of the finest supernatural stories ever.

Read by Roger Allam.

Producer: Lawrence Jackson

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in March 2005.


FRI 18:30 And the Academy Award Goes To... (b008yj95)
Series 1

The Silence of the Lambs

Paul Gambaccini traces the history of the Oscars and tells the stories behind award-winning films.

This week, The Silence of the Lambs. Paul Gambaccini examines the film that boasts the shortest ever Oscar-winning lead performance by an actor - Anthony Hopkins.

Paul Gambaccini explores how the Oscars Night is planned and run and explores the impact of the last film to win all five of the main Academy Awards. Jodie Foster (Best Actress in a Leading Role) recalls the experience of working alongside both Anthony Hopkins (Best Actor in a Leading Role) and Jonathan Demme (Best Director), and Ted Tally (Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Medium) considers the extent to which The Silence of the Lambs (Best Picture) reveals more about celebrity culture than serial killers.

Producers: Paul Kobrak & Sara Jane Hall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


FRI 19:00 Dad's Army (b007jqdz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Second Thoughts (b00ljz6c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam (b007jwpq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Destination - Fire! (m000b7b5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m0014y9b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn (m0014wzl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Mark Watson's Live Address to the Nation (b016lgkl)
Strength

Mark Watson reignites his quest to improve the world, nimbly assisted by Tim Key and Tom Basden.

As broadcast live in November 2011 - Mark invites the audience join in via tweets and messages to work out how we can all make the world a better place.

Asking the big questions crucial to our understanding of ourselves and society - Mark kicks off with a look at "Strength".

Strength comes in many forms. We all need to be strong sometimes in life, whether we're dealing with an emotional fall-out or carrying a really heavy dog to the vet's. Some have inner strength, like people who survive divorce etc; some have outer strength, like guys who pull buses with their teeth in competitions.

But can strength be - ironically - a weakness? Strength can have its downsides. Our fondness for displays of strength has led to disastrous episodes like wars breaking out and 'Gladiators' being brought back. Mr Strong, in the Mr Men books, got strong by eating a barn full of eggs, but must have suffered terrible side-effects. How can we be strong, but remain human?

Mark Watson is a multi-award winning comedian, including the inaugural If.Comedy Panel Prize 2006. He is assisted by Tim Key, winner of Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2009 and Tom Basden who won the If.Comedy Award for Best Newcomer 2007.

Producer: Lianne Coop.

First broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 in November 2011.


FRI 23:00 Radio Shuttleworth (b00cq188)
Series 1

Wendy Craig

Sheffield's aspiring singer-songwriter takes to the airwaves once more from his very own his front room!

Aided by his producer (and sole agent) Ken Worthington, and his hard-to-please wife Mary, the inimitable John Shuttleworth presents celebrity interviews, dodgy keyboard music, and even dodgier jingles.

Special guests: Wendy Craig, Simon Munnery and Lorraine Bowen.

Written and performed by Graham Fellows.

Producers: Paul Schlesinger and Martin Willis.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1998.


FRI 23:30 My Teenage Diary (b0b88pl5)
Series 8

Pippa Evans

Pippa Evans reads from her diaries, which tell of crushes, Christian camp, and her days as a Michael Palin superfan.

Presenter: Rufus Hound
Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in July 2018.




LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
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A Good Read 18:30 MON (b03fb8np)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b03fb8np)

Above The World by Ramsay Campbell 18:45 SUN (m000g52p)

Above The World by Ramsay Campbell 00:45 MON (m000g52p)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 07:00 WED (m0008bbc)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 17:00 WED (m0008bbc)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 05:00 THU (m0008bbc)

All Gas and Gaiters 09:00 SUN (m0014xp7)

All the Young Dudes 08:30 SAT (b01bmq92)

All the Young Dudes 09:30 WED (b01by441)

All the Young Dudes 16:30 WED (b01by441)

All the Young Dudes 04:30 THU (b01by441)

And When You Sleep You Remind Me of the Dead 18:00 SUN (b094281v)

And When You Sleep You Remind Me of the Dead 00:00 MON (b094281v)

And the Academy Award Goes To... 00:30 SAT (b008wtbx)

And the Academy Award Goes To... 18:30 FRI (b008yj95)

Archive on 4 13:00 SAT (b0bbmthw)

Archive on 4 01:00 SUN (b0bbmthw)

Archive on 4 11:00 TUE (m00019d9)

Archive on 4 21:00 TUE (m00019d9)

Arrested Development 12:00 SAT (b0075vh3)

Arrested Development 09:30 MON (b0075vmg)

Arrested Development 16:30 MON (b0075vmg)

Arrested Development 04:30 TUE (b0075vmg)

Boogie Up the River 08:30 MON (b007jv8w)

Boogie Up the River 12:30 MON (b007jv8w)

Boogie Up the River 19:30 MON (b007jv8w)

Booked 08:00 SAT (b00753mr)

Booked 09:00 WED (b00753t1)

Booked 16:00 WED (b00753t1)

Booked 04:00 THU (b00753t1)

Boswell's Lives 09:30 SUN (b053bq4l)

Boswell's Lives 07:00 MON (b05415pv)

Boswell's Lives 17:00 MON (b05415pv)

Boswell's Lives 05:00 TUE (b05415pv)

Bunk Bed 22:30 WED (m0003jjf)

Capital Gains 08:30 THU (b007rq8b)

Capital Gains 12:30 THU (b007rq8b)

Capital Gains 19:30 THU (b007rq8b)

Chain Reaction 22:30 SAT (b00grv92)

Conjuring Halie 15:30 SUN (b01gvn23)

Conjuring Halie 03:30 MON (b01gvn23)

Conversations from a Long Marriage 07:30 WED (m000f770)

Conversations from a Long Marriage 17:30 WED (m000f770)

Conversations from a Long Marriage 22:00 WED (m000f770)

Conversations from a Long Marriage 05:30 THU (m000f770)

Dad's Army 08:00 FRI (b007jqdz)

Dad's Army 12:00 FRI (b007jqdz)

Dad's Army 19:00 FRI (b007jqdz)

Daddy's Girls: Jane Milligan 11:30 SAT (m0014xfj)

Daddy's Girls: Jane Milligan 21:30 SAT (m0014xfj)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (m0014xpc)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (m0014xpc)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (m0014xpc)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (m0014xpc)

Destination - Fire! 06:30 THU (m000b7jm)

Destination - Fire! 13:30 THU (m000b7jm)

Destination - Fire! 20:30 THU (m000b7jm)

Destination - Fire! 01:30 FRI (m000b7jm)

Destination - Fire! 06:30 FRI (m000b7b5)

Destination - Fire! 13:30 FRI (m000b7b5)

Destination - Fire! 20:30 FRI (m000b7b5)

Doctor in the House 08:30 SUN (b007jsz4)

Down and Out Debaters 14:30 THU (b01pcvl2)

Down and Out Debaters 02:30 FRI (b01pcvl2)

Drama on 3 06:00 SAT (m0000nkq)

Drama on 3 16:00 SAT (m0000nkq)

Drama on 3 04:00 SUN (m0000nkq)

Earls of the Court 22:15 SAT (b00r7lpz)

Ectoplasm 23:30 WED (b007wp38)

Elis James's Pantheon of Heroes 23:30 MON (b01p4734)

Evelyn Waugh - A Handful of Dust 03:00 SAT (m000h6q1)

Fantastic Tales 00:00 SAT (b0084sqq)

Fantastic Tales 18:00 MON (b007k3d0)

Fantastic Tales 00:00 TUE (b007k3d0)

For One Horrible Moment by Peter Bradshaw 23:00 TUE (b00890lj)

Girlies 04:30 SAT (b08hypz0)

Girlies 12:30 SAT (b08hypz0)

Girlies 09:30 FRI (b08jqfh6)

Girlies 16:30 FRI (b08jqfh6)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (b09xjx30)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (b09xjx30)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (b09xjx30)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b09yddxk)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b09yddxk)

HG Wells 18:35 SAT (m0003cl0)

HG Wells 00:35 SUN (m0003cl0)

HR 12:30 SUN (b00tg1c3)

HR 17:30 SUN (b00tg1c3)

HR 22:00 SUN (b00tg1c3)

HR 05:30 MON (b00tg1c3)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b007jnf8)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b007jnf8)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b007jnf8)

Henry James 10:00 THU (b0b1ptdp)

Henry James 15:00 THU (b0b1ptdp)

Henry James 03:00 FRI (b0b1ptdp)

Henry James 10:00 FRI (b0b2h03y)

Henry James 15:00 FRI (b0b2h03y)

Hut 33 14:30 SAT (b00vs38k)

Hut 33 23:30 SAT (b00vy861)

Hut 33 02:30 SUN (b00vs38k)

I've Never Seen Star Wars 23:30 TUE (b00hkprc)

Ian D Montfort Is: Unbelievable 23:00 SAT (b01qw8kh)

In and Out of the Kitchen 23:00 SUN (b01qhqg5)

Inheritance Tracks 07:10 SUN (b0b9v0td)

Inheritance Tracks 11:55 SUN (b0b9v0td)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SUN (b0bhfhkh)

Inheritance Tracks 19:55 SUN (b0b9v0td)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 MON (b0bhfhkh)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (m0014xkz)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (m0014xkz)

Ivor Cutler - A Wet Handle 23:15 TUE (b00ctkty)

Jon McGregor - Reservoir 13 (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b09xjfn6)

Jon McGregor - Reservoir 13 (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b09xjfn6)

Joseph Morpurgo's Walking Tour 23:15 THU (b09hs6ww)

Josie Long: All of the Planet's Wonders 22:45 WED (b00hqhzh)

Just a Minute 07:30 MON (m0014ptg)

Just a Minute 17:30 MON (m0014ptg)

Just a Minute 22:00 MON (m0014ptg)

Just a Minute 05:30 TUE (m0014ptg)

King Street Junior 08:30 TUE (b007jmfd)

King Street Junior 12:30 TUE (b007jmfd)

King Street Junior 19:30 TUE (b007jmfd)

Leslie Charteris - The Saint 10:00 MON (b00b9k9p)

Leslie Charteris - The Saint 15:00 MON (b00b9k9p)

Leslie Charteris - The Saint 03:00 TUE (b00b9k9p)

Leslie Charteris - The Saint 10:00 TUE (b00b9xgx)

Leslie Charteris - The Saint 15:00 TUE (b00b9xgx)

Leslie Charteris - The Saint 03:00 WED (b00b9xgx)

Leslie Charteris - The Saint 10:00 WED (b007jtvy)

Leslie Charteris - The Saint 15:00 WED (b007jtvy)

Leslie Charteris - The Saint 03:00 THU (b007jtvy)

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead 08:00 MON (b008kmkg)

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead 12:00 MON (b008kmkg)

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead 19:00 MON (b008kmkg)

Listen Against 22:30 THU (b00tmt97)

Little Lifetimes by Jenny Eclair 22:00 SAT (b06qkq9l)

Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room 14:15 MON (b00sqx9c)

Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room 02:15 TUE (b00sqx9c)

Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room 14:15 TUE (b00sr4hp)

Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room 02:15 WED (b00sr4hp)

Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room 14:15 WED (b00srkg1)

Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room 02:15 THU (b00srkg1)

Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room 14:15 THU (b00srqfl)

Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room 02:15 FRI (b00srqfl)

Lynne Reid Banks - The L-Shaped Room 14:15 FRI (b00srvkl)

Mark Steel's in Town 22:30 TUE (b018csyv)

Mark Watson's Live Address to the Nation 22:30 FRI (b016lgkl)

Maya Angelou's Autobiographies (Omnibus) 07:20 SUN (b0b7cnys)

Maya Angelou's Autobiographies 02:15 SAT (b0b712dt)

My Teenage Diary 23:30 FRI (b0b88pl5)

Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn 05:30 SAT (m0014p48)

Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn 07:30 FRI (m0014wzl)

Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn 17:30 FRI (m0014wzl)

Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn 22:00 FRI (m0014wzl)

Old Photographs Fever - The Search for China's Pictured Past 14:30 FRI (b01kkntb)

On the Town with the League of Gentlemen 15:30 SAT (b007k1z7)

On the Town with the League of Gentlemen 03:30 SUN (b007k1z7)

On the Town with the League of Gentlemen 22:30 MON (b007k273)

Phil Wang: Wangsplaining 15:00 SAT (m00057qs)

Phil Wang: Wangsplaining 03:00 SUN (m00057qs)

Please Use Other Door 07:30 TUE (m0014p8w)

Please Use Other Door 17:30 TUE (m0014p8w)

Please Use Other Door 22:00 TUE (m0014p8w)

Please Use Other Door 05:30 WED (m0014p8w)

Plum House 07:30 THU (b0b7fpsg)

Plum House 17:30 THU (b0b7fpsg)

Plum House 22:00 THU (b0b7fpsg)

Plum House 05:30 FRI (b0b7fpsg)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m0014y9b)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m0014y9b)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (m0014xpl)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m0014xpl)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m0014xpl)

Radio Active 23:00 WED (b007jvzy)

Radio Shuttleworth 14:00 SAT (b007qs2x)

Radio Shuttleworth 02:00 SUN (b007qs2x)

Radio Shuttleworth 23:00 FRI (b00cq188)

Second Thoughts 08:30 FRI (b00ljz6c)

Second Thoughts 12:30 FRI (b00ljz6c)

Second Thoughts 19:30 FRI (b00ljz6c)

Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett 01:00 SAT (b007jpzt)

Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett 06:00 MON (b007jq0q)

Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett 13:00 MON (b007jq0q)

Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett 20:00 MON (b007jq0q)

Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett 01:00 TUE (b007jq0q)

Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett 06:00 TUE (b007jq13)

Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett 13:00 TUE (b007jq13)

Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett 20:00 TUE (b007jq13)

Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett 01:00 WED (b007jq13)

Seven Songs for Simon Dixelius 16:00 SUN (b0b7ck97)

Seven Songs for Simon Dixelius 20:00 SUN (b0b7ck97)

Seven Songs for Simon Dixelius 04:00 MON (b0b7ck97)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b05qgcgv)

Soul Music 00:30 WED (b05qgcgv)

Spike Milligan - Inside Out 14:30 MON (b09z3dy1)

Spike Milligan - Inside Out 02:30 TUE (b09z3dy1)

Spike Milligan - Inside Out 14:30 TUE (b09zv3d5)

Spike Milligan - Inside Out 02:30 WED (b09zv3d5)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m0014xkx)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m0014xkx)

The Architects 07:00 TUE (b03yqyz5)

The Architects 17:00 TUE (b03yqyz5)

The Architects 05:00 WED (b03yqyz5)

The Boosh 23:30 THU (b007jxrs)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 10:45 SUN (m000b4wc)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 21:45 SUN (m000b4wc)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 11:45 THU (m000b4wc)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 21:45 THU (m000b4wc)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b007k4l1)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b007k4l1)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b007k4l1)

The Hudson and Pepperdine Show 22:30 SUN (b0076fhj)

The Jason Explanation of... 08:00 THU (b007jq4j)

The Jason Explanation of... 12:00 THU (b007jq4j)

The Jason Explanation of... 19:00 THU (b007jq4j)

The Librarian by Salley Vickers 14:00 MON (b0b6hzp2)

The Librarian by Salley Vickers 02:00 TUE (b0b6hzp2)

The Librarian by Salley Vickers 14:00 TUE (b0b70w6p)

The Librarian by Salley Vickers 02:00 WED (b0b70w6p)

The Librarian by Salley Vickers 14:00 WED (b0b70wc1)

The Librarian by Salley Vickers 02:00 THU (b0b70wc1)

The Librarian by Salley Vickers 14:00 THU (b0b70wjg)

The Librarian by Salley Vickers 02:00 FRI (b0b70wjg)

The Librarian by Salley Vickers 14:00 FRI (b0b70wlb)

The Masterson Inheritance 23:30 SUN (b007jswh)

The Michael Bentine Show 08:30 WED (b008yrw8)

The Michael Bentine Show 12:30 WED (b008yrw8)

The Michael Bentine Show 19:30 WED (b008yrw8)

The Mitch Benn Music Show 09:30 TUE (b00b9k9l)

The Mitch Benn Music Show 16:30 TUE (b00b9k9l)

The Mitch Benn Music Show 04:30 WED (b00b9k9l)

The Moth Radio Hour 11:00 SUN (m0014xph)

The Moth Radio Hour 19:00 SUN (m0014xph)

The Museum of Curiosity 16:00 TUE (b092gkkl)

The Museum of Curiosity 04:00 WED (b092gkkl)

The News Quiz 23:00 MON (m0014qdv)

The News Quiz 09:00 TUE (m0014qdv)

The Personality Test 09:00 THU (b00kmnfn)

The Personality Test 16:00 THU (b00kmnfn)

The Personality Test 04:00 FRI (b00kmnfn)

The Prisoner 18:00 SAT (m0003cky)

The Prisoner 00:00 SUN (m0003cky)

The Radio Detectives 18:30 WED (b007jpdm)

The Radio Detectives 00:30 THU (b007jpdm)

The Real Comedy Controllers: The Things That Made Us Laugh 11:00 WED (m0014yhb)

The Real Comedy Controllers: The Things That Made Us Laugh 21:00 WED (m0014yhb)

The Same River Twice 01:30 SAT (m000dghk)

The Same River Twice 06:30 MON (m000dhmp)

The Same River Twice 13:30 MON (m000dhmp)

The Same River Twice 20:30 MON (m000dhmp)

The Same River Twice 01:30 TUE (m000dhmp)

The Same River Twice 06:30 TUE (m000djpc)

The Same River Twice 13:30 TUE (m000djpc)

The Same River Twice 20:30 TUE (m000djpc)

The Same River Twice 01:30 WED (m000djpc)

The Same River Twice 06:30 WED (m000djsm)

The Same River Twice 13:30 WED (m000djsm)

The Same River Twice 20:30 WED (m000djsm)

The Same River Twice 01:30 THU (m000djsm)

The Spike Show: Milligan Remembered 09:00 SAT (b01chydc)

The Spike Show: Milligan Remembered 19:00 SAT (b01chydc)

The Two of Us by Sheila Hancock (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (m0014xp5)

The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw by Sheila Hancock 02:00 SAT (b0076nr6)

The Whistling Woman 02:30 SAT (b053721k)

The Willows by Algernon Blackwood 18:00 TUE (b007jvd3)

The Willows by Algernon Blackwood 00:00 WED (b007jvd3)

The Willows by Algernon Blackwood 18:00 WED (b007jvd9)

The Willows by Algernon Blackwood 00:00 THU (b007jvd9)

The Willows by Algernon Blackwood 18:00 THU (b007jvdj)

The Willows by Algernon Blackwood 00:00 FRI (b007jvdj)

The Willows by Algernon Blackwood 18:00 FRI (b007jvdr)

The Wilsons Save the World 07:00 THU (b09h6x6p)

The Wilsons Save the World 17:00 THU (b09h6x6p)

The Wilsons Save the World 05:00 FRI (b09h6x6p)

Tomorrow, Today! 09:30 THU (b0124y8y)

Tomorrow, Today! 16:30 THU (b0124y8y)

Tomorrow, Today! 04:30 FRI (b0124y8y)

Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam 06:00 WED (b007jwpf)

Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam 13:00 WED (b007jwpf)

Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam 20:00 WED (b007jwpf)

Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam 01:00 THU (b007jwpf)

Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam 06:00 THU (b007jwpm)

Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam 13:00 THU (b007jwpm)

Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam 20:00 THU (b007jwpm)

Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam 01:00 FRI (b007jwpm)

Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam 06:00 FRI (b007jwpq)

Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam 13:00 FRI (b007jwpq)

Van der Valk - Love in Amsterdam 20:00 FRI (b007jwpq)

Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (Omnibus) 14:20 SUN (b007jtsc)

Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (Omnibus) 02:20 MON (b007jtsc)

Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully 05:00 SAT (b04md4nr)

Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully 07:00 FRI (b04n6010)

Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully 17:00 FRI (b04n6010)

Where to, Mate? 23:00 THU (m000jmpf)

Whispers 04:00 SAT (b007k358)

Whispers 09:00 FRI (b007k3bv)

Whispers 16:00 FRI (b007k3bv)

Wordaholics 09:00 MON (b01cvk8d)

Wordaholics 16:00 MON (b01cvk8d)

Wordaholics 04:00 TUE (b01cvk8d)

Yellowstone Wolves 14:30 WED (m0014yhf)

Yellowstone Wolves 02:30 THU (m0014yhf)