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SATURDAY 30 APRIL 2022

SAT 00:00 The Interplanetary Notes of Ambassador B (b03vh0c6)
Episode 5

Ambassador B decides to turn in her badge on the next planet she finds.

But when she gets there, there's no one to surrender to.

Mind-bending, interstellar fun and adventure from gold award-winning writer Ed Harris.

Ambassador B should be inspecting minor planets of far-away suns for the peaceful Interplanetary Commonwealth.

Instead, her recorded reports reveal that she is veering off-course, pursuing a vendetta and bringing anything but peace

Ambassador B ..... Fenella Woolgar
Man In Message ..... David Cann
Woman 1 ..... Carolyn Pickles
Woman 2 ..... Cassie Layton
Man in Forest ..... Matthew Watson
Ambassador A ..... Priyanga Burford

With Michael Bertenshaw, Steve Toussaint and Wilf Scolding.

Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2014.


SAT 00:15 Ghost Story (m0001cs9)
The Tower by Marghanita Laski

A Tuscan tower fills a solitary visitor with dread. Is the cause vertigo, or something more menacing?

Joss Ackland reads a final tale to chill the blood.

In Marghanita Laski’s story, Caroline visits The Tower of Sacrifice, in Florence, built in 1535 by Niccolo de Ferremano who was said to have dabbled in black magic.

She climbs the 470 steps to the top, then finds herself fighting an impulse to hurl herself off. Caroline resists and climbs back down in the darkness, counting as she goes... into the five hundreds.

Abridged and produced by Richard Dunn.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1986.


SAT 00:30 Sounds Natural (b07k0ts9)
Bernard Cribbins

From the Meadow Pipit to the Red-Backed Shrike.

Actor Bernard Cribbins talks to Derek Jones about his love of bird watching, fishing and the importance of conservation.

Aided by recordings from the BBC Sound Archive.

Producer: John Burton.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1972.


SAT 01:00 A Walk in the Dark (m000m0kf)
5. The Ends Justify the Means?

After the kidnapping of Ruth Cobb, DC ‘Birdie’ Partridge gets an unexpected ally.

But an ever bigger surprise is still to come...

Patrick Mower stars as Detective Constable ‘Birdie’ Partridge.

Chris Boucher's vintage crime serial about the mystery disappearance of a passenger from an ocean liner.

DC ‘Birdie’ Partridge …. Patrick Mower
Ruth Cobb …. Helen Atkinson Wood
Daryl Kennedy…. John Rowe
Garvey …. Gregory de Polnay
Bank Clerk …. Gary Cady
Stuart Cobb …. David Timson

Producer: Gerry Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1981.


SAT 01:30 Dick Francis (b007ncw9)
Proof

8. Connections

Tony Beach and his detective chum Gerard MacGregor attempt to unearth the true identity of Paul Young.

Starring Nigel Havers.

Fine living, fast horses, and shattering suspense - the gripping conclusion of Dick Francis's compelling thriller.

Dramatised by Ernest Dudley.

Tony Beach …. Nigel Havers
Gerard …. George Parsons
Paul Young …. Stuart Organ
Chief Superintendent Wilson …. Manning Wilson

Producer: Matthew Walters

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1987.


SAT 02:00 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale (b009ppjq)
Episode 5

1865: Millbank Prison. As Constance Kent begins her sentence in one of London's more squalid gaols, the remainder of the Kent family attempt to move on.

Now vindicated by Constance's confession, Jack Whicher's investigations become immortalised by the great crime novelists of the day.

Meanwhile, Constance's brother, William, becomes a celebrated scientist in Australia, and Constance, by contrast, ends up serving every day of her 20-year sentence.

On her release, she joins her brother in Australia, where she nurses in a lepers' colony, her past hidden from those around her. Only in 1928, with the arrival of an anonymous letter from Sydney, do the real events at Road Hill House back in 1860 finally come to light...

Kate Summerscale's gripping account of the Victorian murder case that shook the nation.

Concluded by Deborah Findlay.

Abridged by Doreen Estall.

Producer: Justine Willett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2008.


SAT 02:15 The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders (b00xf9t2)
5. New Technology

Over the course of the 19th century, murder - in reality a rarity - became ubiquitous: transformed into novels, into broadsides and ballads, into theatre and melodrama.

Judith Flanders explores this fascination with deadly violence by relating some of the century's most gripping and gruesome cases and the ways in which they were commercially exploited.

The public imagination was particularly stirred when new technology was used to bring criminals to justice.

The final episode looks at one such case in which an enterprising railway clerk used the electric telegraph to send a description of a suspected murderer ahead of the train he was travelling on, so that the suspect could be met by police at his journey's end.

And, bringing us right up to the final years of the century, how the funeral of an acclaimed actor - and murder victim - was captured on film for posterity.

Written by Judith Flanders.

Concluded by Robert Glenister.

Abridged by David Jackson Young.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2011.


SAT 02:30 The Kampala Dream House (b06086dq)
Sarah Taylor visits this remarkable children's home in Kampala, Uganda.

Amidst the slums of Kampala, MLISADA is a success story. (Music, life skills and arts for destitution alleviation.)

It's a children's home set up and run by former street kids who learned to play brass instruments. 12 years on, it cares for 90 children, teaches them music and acrobatics and they are safe from the perils of street life.

Former pupils like euphonium player, Franke, have gone on to be teachers within the wider school communities of Kampala. It's supported by keen brass players from around the world – including BA pilot and trumpet player, Jim Trott who took star trumpet players Alison Balsom and Guy Barker out there last January to run music workshops with the pupils.

Sarah talks to Alison about how her involvement with the work of Brass for Africa has influenced her approach to performing on concert platforms around the world.

Most importantly, if you get to live in the Dream House, as it's known by the kids, you've got a chance of a future. A future where you can learn to be a teacher, or simply access a better school and then go on to get a better job because you've got the bedrock of living at MLISADA.

And you'll be a great trumpet player too!

Producer: Sarah Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2015.


SAT 03:00 HG Wells (m0001p3q)
Kipps

5. The Kippses

Artie Kipps, our heroic draper-turned-gentleman, is building a dream home for Ann.

But is his fortune lost?

Conclusion of HG Wells's novel adapted by Michelene Wandor.

HG Wells …. Paul Daneman
Kipps …. Mark Straker
Ann …. Moir Leslie
Chitterlow …. Nickolas Grace
Miss Walshingham …. Kathryn Hurlbutt
Fanny …. Theresa Streatfeild
Sid …. Michael Jenner
Masterman …. Nigel Anthony
Architect …. Brett Usher
Uncle …. John Hollis

Music by Ilona Sekacz.

Director: Martin Jenkins.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1984.


SAT 04:00 Guess What? (b064dw48)
Episode 6

Animal, vegetable or mineral?

Barry Took hosts a revised version of popular radio parlour game of 20 questions.

On the panel:

Geoffrey Durham
Neil Innes
Jan Ravens

Written by Michael Dines.

Producer: Andy Aliffe

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1998.


SAT 04:30 Millport (b00761z4)
Series 2

Dark Secrets

Irene enlists Bob's help when strange events send the tiny Scottish island into disarray.

Bittersweet comedy written by and starring Lynn Ferguson.

Barmaid Irene Bruce is 30-something and hankering after a better life on the mainland.

Irene ...... Lynn Ferguson
Moira/Agnes ...... Janet Brown
Alberto/Robert/Doctor ...... Lewis McLeod
Ena/Bunty ...... Gabriel Quigley
Dougie ...... Matt Costello
Bob/Minister ...... Robert Patterson

Music arranged by Olly Fox.

Producer: Lucy Bacon

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2001.


SAT 05:00 Says on the Tin (b00gb0bt)
Cat Food

Eliott struggles to promote gourmet cat food for an intensely conservative company.

Starring Michael Brandon.

Christopher William Hill's sitcom set in the shallow, dog-eat-dog world of advertising.

Eliott Thurber ...... Michael Brandon
Esther Finn ...... Samantha Bond
Hannah Walker ...... Pippa Haywood
Pippa Walker ...... Manjeet Mann
Zadie ...... Joannah Tincey
Ted ...... Malcolm Tierney
Mrs Braden ...... Rachel Atkins

Other parts played by Stephen Critchlow, Donnla Hughes, Janice Acquah and Jill Cardo.

Producer: Liz Webb

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2009.


SAT 05:30 Stand-Up Specials (m0016pbb)
Athena Kugblenu: Magnifying Class

Athena has a conservatory (it came with the man). But what does that tell us about her identity? She’s got an aluminium-hooded extractor fan and uses fabric conditioner. But does the quilted toilet roll in both of Athena’s toilets signify a working class girl done good? Or does it say that the rigid way we look at class might need a rethink? This stand-up show tackles these questions and gives Athena the courage to finally live her truth as an upwardly mobile individual.

Producer... Leila Navabi
Production Coordinator... Caroline Barlow
A BBC Studios Production


SAT 06:00 David Gooderson - Walk or Die (m0016zjp)
Burma 1942. The Japanese were only 20 miles away.

Thousands tried to escape through the jungle, across deep rivers and over massive mountains to reach India - risking life and limb with every step of the way.

David Gooderson's play draws upon the actual experience of survivors, to tell the story of the 250 mile trek.

Major Crowther RAMC .... Michael Kitchen
Captain Banks .... Mark Straker
Brigadier Wyatt .... David King
Captain Lewis .... Trevor Cooper
Corporal Wills .... Nicholas Murchie
Sergeant Bilson .... David Goodland
Colonel Dass .... Renu Setna
Lieutenant Hunter .... Matthew Morgan
Clive Popplewell .... Paul Downing
Sunny .... Bhasker
Neil West .... David Learner
lan McHugh .... Gordon Reid
Reverend Windrush .... Eric Allan
Private Jones .... Keith Drinkel
Sister .... Kate Binchy
Colonel from GHQ .... Terence Edmond
Staff Officer .... Jonathan Adams
RAF Mechanic .... Jonathan Tafler
Young English Woman .... Alison Reid
Indian Woman .... Melinda Walker
Voice of the BBC .... Brian Martin

Director Richard Wortley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1992


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b0bf59s3)
Series 46

Simon Evans on JS Mill

Towards the end of his comic rant about the descent of man, Simon Evans does something very dangerous.

He starts to read out to his audience an extract of John Stuart Mill. Potential comedy death?

He tells Matthew Parris why the famous Victorian philosopher with the squirly hair is his idea of genius.

As well as On Liberty, Mill wrote The Subjection of Women and was the first member of Parliament to call for women's right to vote.

The expert witness is Professor Anne Phillips of the London School of Economics.

Producer: Miles Warde

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2018.


SAT 08:00 The Write Stuff (b009tvdp)
Series 11

Hans Christian Andersen

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

Team captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh are joined by Wendy Holden and John O'Farrell.

Author of the week is Hans Christian Andersen.

Reader: Beth Chalmers

Producer: Katie Marsden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2008.


SAT 08:30 1834 (b01137b8)
What Century Are You Living In?

Jason Slater is a 21st-century English teacher from Cheadle Hulme who wakes in 19th-century Macclesfield.

He discovers he's now Tarquin, third son of Lord Belport with a faithful valet, Ned who can't explain what's happened.

He's also acquired a suspicious brother, Henry; a spurned ex-girlfriend, Millicent, now going out with Henry; and an over excited Luddite-cum-cauliflower farmer.

Jim Poyser's riotous six-part comedy of transportation and delight.

Jason Slater ...... Michael Begley
Ned ...... Joe Caffrey
Hoskins ...... Kenneth Alan Taylor
Lord Belport ...... Mark Chatterton
Henry ...... James Nickerson
Luddite ...... Toby Hadoke
Millicent ...... Julia Rounthwaite

Directed at BBC Manchester by Polly Thomas.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2003.


SAT 09:00 4 Extra Goes Gardening (b03tws3x)
The great gardener Gertrude Jekyll once said:

"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust."

Through her fascination with colour, cottage gardens and experimentation, it has been said she "changed the face of England more than any save the Creator and perhaps Capability Brown".

Penelope Keith explores Miss Jekyll's own 10-acre garden – the enchanting Munstead Wood in Surrey – and along the way unearths some horticultural wisdoms and delights from the BBC sound archive.

Joining Penelope to discuss Gertrude's influence and changing horticultural fashions are broadcaster and author, James Wong, author Catherine Horwood and Munstead Wood's head gardener, Annabel Watts.

Archive includes:

* Great Gardens: Gertrude Jekyll, with Chris Serle from 1984

* Gardeners' Question Time from 1947

* The BBC Home Service's Radio Allotment from 1942

* At Home With the Snails, from 2001 starring Geoffrey Palmer and Angela Thorne

* An interview with Percy Thrower from 1963 in Beyond the Back Door: That Reminds Me

* Desert Island Discs from 2000 when Sue Lawley's castaway was the gardening writer Christopher Lloyd.

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


SAT 12:00 My Favorite Husband (m000nzkg)
The Surprise Halloween Party

Liz and George Cooper feel like social outcasts when a party invitation fails to arrive.

Starring Lucille Ball as Liz and Richard Denning as George.

The story of Liz and George Cooper, a happily married couple living in Sheridan Falls. Based on the novels by Isabel Scott Rorick. Originally called the Cugats, their name by now was changed to Cooper.

Liz Cooper …. Lucille Ball
George Cooper …. Richard Denning
Katy …. Ruth Perrot
Iris Atterbury …. Bea Benaderet
Rudolph Atterbury …. Gale Gordon

Writers: Madelyn Pugh, Bob Carroll Jr. and Jess Oppenheimer

Producer: Jess Oppenheimer

First broadcast in the USA on CBS Radio in October 1949.


SAT 12:30 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b007jr9f)
Home is the Hero

Bob's fiancee Thelma is appalled by the return of Terry to his home town after seven years.

Starring James Bolam and Rodney Bewes.

Created and written for BBC TV by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

Adapted for BBC Radio by Patrick Tilley.

Terry ...... James Bolam
Bob ...... Rodney Bewes
Thelma ...... Brigit Forsyth
Audrey ...... Sheila Fearn
Stan ...... Peter Whitman

Producer: John Browell

Originally lost from the archive, the audio was recovered in the BBC's Archive Treasure Hunt in 2003.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1975.


SAT 13:00 Archive on 4 (b00kmhl4)
Lynne Truss - Did I Really Ask That?

Lynne Truss shares her personal treasure trove of interviews with world-famous writers.

Between 1980 and 1990, Lynne was a part-time arts journalist, meeting and interviewing many giants of the theatre, including Arthur Miller, Tom Stoppard, Simon Gray, Athol Fugard and Anthony Minghella.

For over 20 years these audio cassettes gathered dust in her garage, but now Lynne airs them and finds out, with horror and humour, what her younger self was like as an interviewer, and what she learnt from meeting these great talents.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2009.


SAT 14:00 Tim Key's Suspended Sentence (b0128pyh)
Truths universally acknowledged. Clocks striking 13. Bests and worsts of times. A truly great opening line can make a novel iconic. But what makes these famous first sentences sing to us?

Comedian and poet Tim Key is on the case!

After chasing down the meaning of Nikolai Gogol's enigmatic short story "The Overcoat", Tim tries to sleuth out what makes a great literary opening line with the help of author Joe Dunthorne, comedian Mark Watson, and literary critics Maureen Freely and John Sutherland.

You see, Tim's desperate to write his first novel - it's in him, just waiting, waiting to be unleashed. If only he could think of a good beginning with the ultimate opening line...

Tim also tries to galvanise his imagination - taking a spin of one of the world's strangest literary board games...

The pressure's on, as we hear a roll-call of some of the finest and most famous first lines in publishing history - from Dickens to Dostoevsky to uh, Dan Brown.
Overwhelmed with information, we also hear a crash course on what not to do - as Tim visits Knebworth House, ancestral pile of a man whose most famous first sentence is legendary for all the wrong reasons: Edward Bulwer-Lytton, author of the infamous "It was a dark and stormy night..."

Finally it's time to try out Tim's sentence of the unsuspecting public, as he visits the award-winning Brick Lane Book Club for a focus group...before in the final moments, he unleashes that killer first sentence on the world...(so then Tim: what comes next?).

Producer: Steven Rajam

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2013.


SAT 14:30 Our Woman in Norton Tripton (b01r5lqr)
Washed up Fleet Street journalist Ros Moss has ended up back in her childhood village of Norton Tripton.

The only job she can get is working for her loathed ex-sister-in-law who runs the local tourist website.

Ros and her nerdy cameraman Keith visit Tammington Towers, the location of the cult horror film "Woman in a Petticoat. They discover that things are still going bump in the night...

Comedy starring Jenny Eclair as jaded community website journalist.

Written by Jenny Éclair and Julie Balloo.

Ros ..... Jenny Eclair
Keith ..... Mark Heap
Debra ..... Felicity Montagu
Dolly ..... Marlene Sidaway
Mrs Tammington ..... Liza Sadovy
Mr. Tammington ..... Ben Crowe

Producer: Liz Webb

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.


SAT 15:00 The Sinha Carta (b051s4qh)
Magna Carta is a document, over 800 years old, that surprisingly few people have read, considering how important it is.

Luckily for you, comedian and quizzer Paul Sinha (The Chase) has read it, and it turns out it's ace, especially if you love keeping your own timber and hate fishing traps in the River Medway.

Get ready as Paul will be explaining why what’s in it is in it - how it came to be - and guide you through some of its 63 clauses of medieval Latin.

He'll also supply some new, modern clauses, for a Magna Carta fit for a modern Britain.

Written and performed by Paul Sinha.

Producer: Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


SAT 15:30 Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section (b01rfy5w)
Series 2

With Doc Brown

Comedy show hosted by Alex Horne and his five piece band and specially written, original music.

This episode explores the theme of children including songs on George Formby, the alphabet and Rastafarians. Guest starring Doc Brown who raps with the band and talks to whales.

Guest starring comedian Doc Brown.

Alex's Horne Section are:

Trumpet/banjo .... Joe Auckland
Saxophone/clarinet ....Mark Brown
Double Bass/Bass .... Will Collier
Drums and Percussion .... Ben Reynolds
Piano/keyboard .... Ed Sheldrake

Producer: Julia McKenzie.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2013.


SAT 16:00 David Gooderson - Walk or Die (m0016zjp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b0bf59s3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Peter Redgrove - The Valley of Trelamia (b07tzdxv)
Author John writes books about unusual phenomena around the world, but has never penetrated "our own mysterious Celtic back yard".

So he travels deep into Cornwall, where he finds the Valley of Trelamia, and a girl who lives as one with it...

A Cornish mystery written by Peter Redgrove.

John …. James Aubrey
Rose …. Maggie Tarver
Clemence …. Sarah Badel
Mrs Treviles …. June Barrie
Barman/Policeman …. Graham Padden
Young Man …. Mark Audley

Director: Brian Miller

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1986.


SAT 18:45 RD Wingfield (b00sw79x)
The Cellar

'There is a cellar sir, yes, but we can't get to it. the previous owner had it bricked up".

A ghostly tale written by RD Wingfield.

Paul Baker …. John Pullen
Susan Baker …. Rosalind Ayres
Mr Crawford …. Leonard Fenton
Bill …. Fred Bryant
Little Boy …. Elizabeth Lindsay

With Gordon Dulieu.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1979.


SAT 19:00 4 Extra Goes Gardening (b03tws3x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section (b01rl1y3)
Series 2

With Matt Lucas and Liane Carroll

Comedy show hosted by Alex Horne and his five piece band and specially written, original music.

This episode explores the theme of the Four Seasons.

Guest starring Matt Lucas who performs some songs with the band - and jazz singer Liane Carroll who Alex conducts with the aid of a ping pong ball.

Alex's Horne Section are:

Trumpet/banjo .... Joe Auckland
Saxophone/clarinet ....Mark Brown
Double Bass/Bass .... Will Collier
Drums and Percussion .... Ben Reynolds
Piano/keyboard .... Ed Sheldrake

Producer: Julia McKenzie.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2013.


SAT 22:30 Agendum (b0bh468b)
Series 1

Threat

Current affairs parody and stupidly feasible visit to the 24-hour Hall Of Opinion Mirrors. Because there are two stories to every story.

The very young, the very old and Stevenage all come under the microscope of talking, collimated by Alexandra Palisades in this parody created by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris

Chaired by chairperson-in-chief Alexandra Palisades.

Parody created and written by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris.

Starring Carrie Quinlan as Alexandra Palisades

And the voices of:

Justin Edwards
Melanie Hudson
Simon Kane
Jess Robinson
Luke Sumner
Tony Way

Producer: David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in September 2018.


SAT 23:00 Comedy Club at Machynlleth (m0016z9b)
2022

30/04/2022

Jake Yapp presents highlights from the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Produced by Laura Grimshaw and Anne-Marie Luff for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


SAT 23:15 James Acaster's Findings (b04pbmkd)
Series 1

3. Wheels

James Acaster presents the results of his in-depth research into a variety of subjects.

This time, he's been investigating 'Wheels'.

With:

Nathaniel Metcalfe
Bryony Hannah

Producer: Lyndsay Fenner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2014.


SAT 23:30 Tudur Owen - Where on Earth is Anglesey? (m0001b1t)
Episode 1

What do CenterParcs, Sky Sports and The Royal Horticultural Society all have in common?

They’ve all accidentally omitted Anglesey from their official maps of the UK in the recent past.

It seems that despite being the largest island in the Irish Sea and the largest island of Wales, Anglesey remains a mystery to most and so one man is going to have to work his socks off to put it firmly back on the map.

Hosted by Wales and Anglesey’s very own favourite stand-up, Tudur Owen, this programme is one man’s mission to both rejoice in and roast the island he calls home.

For starters, Tudur gives us a whistle-stop tour of Anglesey history, from ancient invaders to the present day.

Written by Tudur Owen

Additional material by Gareth Gwynn.

With:

Gareth Pierce
Lisa-Jên Brown

Recorded at Canolfan Beaumaris on Anglesey.

Producer: Richard Morris

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



SUNDAY 01 MAY 2022

SUN 00:00 Peter Redgrove - The Valley of Trelamia (b07tzdxv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:45 RD Wingfield (b00sw79x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Archive on 4 (b00kmhl4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 Tim Key's Suspended Sentence (b0128pyh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:30 Our Woman in Norton Tripton (b01r5lqr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 The Sinha Carta (b051s4qh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section (b01rfy5w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 David Gooderson - Walk or Die (m0016zjp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b0bf59s3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale (Omnibus) (m0016z7n)
It was a Victorian murder case that gripped the nation.

One summer's night in 1860 an unimaginably gruesome killing takes place in a remote Georgian country house. The household reverberates with shock, not least because it seems the murderer is still among them.

Called to the scene is Jack Whicher of Scotland Yard, the most celebrated detective of his day, whose methods go on to influence the writing of Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, and Arthur Conan-Doyle.

With only an inept local police force to help him, he faces an unenviable task - to solve a case in which all the grieving family are suspects.

Kate Summerscale's gripping account is read by Deborah Findlay.

Omnibus of five parts abridged by Doreen Estall.

Producer: Justine Willett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2008.


SUN 07:10 Inheritance Tracks (b08h1j07)
Katherine Jenkins

Mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins with Sister Sledge's 'We Are Family' and the Intermezzo from Mascagni's 'Cavalleria Rusticana'.


SUN 07:20 The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders (Omnibus) (m0016z7q)
Over the course of the 19th century, murder - in reality a rarity - became ubiquitous: transformed into novels, into broadsides and ballads, into theatre and melodrama.

Seeing therein the foundation of modern notions of crime, Judith Flanders explores this fascination with deadly violence by relating some of the century's most gripping and gruesome cases and the ways in which they were commercially exploited.

Omnibus of five parts abridged by David Jackson Young.

1. The Ratcliffe Highway Murders
2. Origins of Modern Policing
3. Red Barn Murder
4. Adelaide Bartlett
5. New Technology

Read by Robert Glenister

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2011.


SUN 08:30 Doctor in the House (b007jtg8)
To Pass or Not to Pass

It's nerves and pints all round, as the St Swithin's medics sit their final exams.

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
The Dean …. Dennis Ramsden
Mrs Clark …. Irene Handl

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1968.


SUN 09:00 Something to Shout About (b07n3bxh)
Series 1

Episode 6

A new recruit unsettles the cosy daily routine at the advertising agency.

Comedy set in London advertising agency - Apsley, Addis, Cohen, Barbican, Blythe, Giddy & Partners.

Written by Myles Rudge and Ronnie Wolfe.

Michael …. Michael Medwin
Janet …. Fenella Fielding
Mavis …. Joan Sims
Maggie …. Eleanor Summerfield
Adrian …. Nicholas Phipps
Mr Giddy Jr./The Waiter …. Warren Mitchell
Basil Hacking …. Graham Stark.

Music by The Jingle Belles and The Bernie Fenton Quartet, under the direction of Cliff Adams.

Producer: John Simmonds

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in August 1960.


SUN 09:30 Sneakiepeeks (b00pckm1)
Trust

The bungling surveillance team undertakes a top-secret category G surveillance operation.

It's a job so secret even the boss doesn't know about it.

Comedy by Harry Venning and Neil Brand about a team of inept, backstabbing surveillance operatives.

Sharla ...... Nina Conti
Bill ...... Richard Lumsden
Mark ...... Daniel Kaluuya
Mrs A ...... Kate Layden
Mr A ...... Ewan Hooper
Justine ...... Tessa Nicholson
David ...... Ewan Bailey
Delphine ...... Kate Layden

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2009.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0016xnf)
Platinum Jubilee

Arthur Edwards

From Leonard Cohen to Queen.

Royal photographer Arthur Edwards shares his castaway choices with Kirsty Young.

He is a Fleet Street legend and, for over 40 years, has captured the most memorable moments of the House of Windsor - from the first tentative pictures of a teenage Lady Diana Spencer to the balcony kiss at the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

He's travelled the world, met the Pope and seen inside the Oval Office and the Kremlin - it's a life far removed from his early life in the East End of London where money was very tight and his mother saved up her wages as a cleaner to buy him his first camera.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.


SUN 10:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m000g440)
Series 15

The Exotic Wormhole

"What are wormholes and do they really exist?" asks Manlee-Fidel Spence, aged 12. In this exotic episode, the doctors investigate how wormholes would work.

Cosmologist Andrew Pontzen explains why wormholes could allow you to travel through time as well as space. And physicist Jim AlKhalili outlines the infinite problems this could generate.

When it comes to wormholes and time travel, many science fiction stories have married solid science and successful storytelling, as Jennifer Oullette describes, but others really have defied the laws of physics. Jim also reveals why some quantum physicists now think that wormholes could be everywhere. But don't expect to jump back to 1955 any time soon.

Presenters: Hannah Fry, Adam Rutherford
Producer: Michelle Martin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2020.


SUN 11:00 Radiolab (m001767c)
Series 9

Mixtape 2 The Wandering Soul

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

Radiolab Mixtape, a special 4 part series featuring the impact of the cassette tape

Radiolab Mixtape 2 The Wandering Soul: an exploration of the Vietnam War and the ghosts it left behind haunting survivors today.

As the Vietnam war dragged on, the US military began desperately searching for any vulnerability in their North Vietnamese enemy. In 1964, they found it. It was an old Vietnamese folktale involving a ghost, eternal damnation and fear - a tailor made weaponisable myth. And so, armed with tape recorders and microphones, the military set out to win the war by bringing this ghost story to life.
Today, the story of these efforts and their ghosts that still haunt people today.

Radiolab Mixtape is reported, produced, scored and sound designed by Simon Adler.

This episode was produced by Annie McEwen, with original music by Annie. Original reporting was contributed by Trung Dung Vo and Nguyễn Vân Hà.

From WNYC. First broadcast on public radio in the USA in 2021.


SUN 11:55 Inheritance Tracks (b08h1j07)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m0016z7s)
Between the Ears - Deliverance

Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's poetry archive and selects Between the Ears: Deliverance.

Poet Lemn Sissay collaborates with sound artists Francesca Panetta and Lucy Greenwell to create a new radio poem around the audio diaries of five women in their final days of pregnancy.

Armed with audio recorders Diptee, Olya, Lynda, Sally and Nikki tape their journey: from shopping trips for disposable knickers and maternity towels, to the moment they wonder whether it's started, whether this is it... to the peak of their labours. Deliverance bravely bares all from pregnancy to birth, and Lemn's dialogue with the women reveals how, through the process, not only is a new child born but a new woman.

Lemn was without his birth family until he was 21. Since then he can count on two hands the number of times he's met his mother. He realizes that the nine months he spent in her womb are the only time they were truly connected. Yet only his mother has the memory of it.

Pregnancy's ordinary, yet mysterious. The inner workings of a pregnant woman's mind and body are veiled, private. Yet five women nearing childbirth from as far afield as Russia, Bangladesh and Manchester reveal what many are too fearful to admit to.

We hear Nikki, a surrogate mother determined not to bond with her baby. Sally weeps quietly in fear at 4am; Olya, just 25, considers which country to bring her child up in. And Lynda worries about losing the bond with her toddler Joe, as she reads to him in bed for the last time before the new baby arrives.

Produced by Francesca Panetta and Lucy Greenwell.
Technical production by Peregrine Andrews.

A Phantom Production for BBC Radio 3.

First broadcast in 2015.


SUN 12:30 Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters (b01hxpy6)
Series 2

Junk Mail

Tom takes issue with his local curry house and their addiction to delivering junk mail.

Tom also tracks the development of advertising and marketing - a development trajectory which has now led us to the rather ridiculous stage where we can be "Facebook friends" with Jacob's Crackers.

Award-winning comedian Tom Wrigglesworth delivers another open letter.

Written by Tom Wrigglesworth, James Kettle and Miles Jupp.

Producer: Simon Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2012.


SUN 13:00 Lou Reed: A Life (Omnibus) (b09h3x49)
Born in Brooklyn in 1942, Lou Reed moved with his middle-class Jewish family to Long Island when he was a young boy.

A rebellious teenager, he discovered R&B and rock and roll and began playing in bands early on. He also began experimenting with drugs and sex, leading his parents to take a drastic decision that Lou never forgave them for.

At Syracuse University, he came under the influence of the poet Delmore Schwartz, who encouraged him to take writing seriously and served as a role model for Lou’s bohemian ambitions.

When he moved to New York City, Lou took a song-writing job with the budget label Pickwick Records, and met avant-garde musician John Cale.

With guitarist Sterling Morrison and drummer Maureen Tucker they formed the Velvet Underground, whose first paid gig was a now legendary appearance at a high school dance where they played three songs and by all accounts caused half the audience to flee for the exit.

The Velvet Underground is formed.

Omnibus of five parts.

Read by Demetri Goritsas

Abridged and produced by Sara Davies.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2017.


SUN 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b067wz5f)
Alexander McCall Smith

Author Alexander McCall Smith chooses 'We'll Meet Again' by Vera Lynn and Terzettino 'Soave sia il vento' from Cosi Fan Tutte.


SUN 14:20 Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Omnibus) (b039b7yy)
Episode 2

Mary Braddon continues her story, as Robert Audley gets closer to the truth in his quest to uncover Lady Audley's secret.

Everything begins to fall into place as he questions Lucy Audley's first employers and at last he uncovers a vital clue...

Mary Elizabeth Braddon's novel was first published in 1862.

Omnibus of the last five of ten-parts dramatised by Theresa Heskins.

Mary Braddon.....Hattie Morahan
Lucy, Lady Audley..... Charlotte Emmerson
Robert Audley..... Alex Wyndham
Sir Michael Audley..... Sam Dale
Phoebe Marks..... Lizzy Watts
Luke Marks..... Benjamin Askew
George Talboys..... Joseph Kloska
Alicia Audley..... Perdita Weeks
Mr Dawson - Paul Rider
Mrs Vincent - Charlotte West-Oram
Tonks - Deborah McAndrew
Luke Marks - Benjamin Askew

Directed by Julie Beckett and Fiona Kelcher.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2009.


SUN 15:30 Death By Chocolate (b00ybzdh)
Heavenly chocolate - so good it must be bad!

Comedian Jo Brand unwraps the confection’s history of decadence and deceit.

Jo discovers a cunning plan for a chocolate mousetrap and gets to make her own Easter bunny using the best chocolate in the world.

With the help of:

Joanna Crosby
Paul A Young
RIchard Witts
Dr Ricky Singh
Laura McCurry

Producer: Viv Beeby

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2007.


SUN 16:00 Dave Sheasby - Five Summers and Johnny Onion (b00vzz1p)
Anne, now in her later years, recalls a chance meeting with a young French onion-seller named Michel.

She explains how this develops into a friendship and then a love affair over five summers (1956-1960) of intense meetings and long winters of letters.

A cross-channel love story by Dave Sheasby

Anne ...... Susan Jameson
Mum ...... Edna Dore
Young Anne ...... Ella Smith
Young Mum ...... Carolyn Pickles
Michel ...... James French
Dad ...... Delroy Brown

Director: David Hunter

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2005.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m0016z7s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters (b01hxpy6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Nightfall (m00061tr)
Series 1

1. Love and the Lonely One

Two anatomy students pull a prank involving the cadaver of an old woman.

The following day, one of them gets a very unexpected visitor...

‘Nightfall’ is a series of supernatural and horror dramas - one of Canada’s CBC Radio's most popular shows in the network’s history. Running to over 100 episodes between 1980 and 1983, it features a mix of original stories and adaptations of classic tales.

Elva Mai Hoover …. The Girl
Jay Bowen …. Fred
John Stocker …. George
Mignon Elkins …. The Hospital Doctor
Graham Haley …. The Anatomy Professor

Written by John Graham.

Director: Bill Howell.

First broadcast on CBC Canada in 1980.


SUN 18:30 The World of Daphne Du Maurier (b09t2fl5)
1. The Chamois

When Stephen decides to fly to Greece, it's for one reason only.

He's determined to rid himself of a secret fear - a fear so painful that he'll try anything to conquer it...

Starring Christopher Cazenove.

The first of a series of adaptations of Daphne Du Maurier's famous short stories.

Dramatised by Michael Bartlett.

Stephen …. Christopher Cazenove
Stephen’s Wife …. Anna Cropper
The Storekeeper …. Alexis Gallnos
The Storyteller …. Gabriel Woolf
Zus …. Nikolas Janis

Producer: Derek Hoddinott

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in April 1974.


SUN 19:00 Radiolab (m001767c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:55 Inheritance Tracks (b08h1j07)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 20:00 Dave Sheasby - Five Summers and Johnny Onion (b00vzz1p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0016xnf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m000g440)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters (b01hxpy6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Seekers (b03ffkgm)
Series 1

The Baby

Someone's left a baby under Terry's seat. When the owner doesn't come back, Stuart, Joe and Terry have to look after it.

They argue about if they were in Three Men and a Baby, which character they'd be. Obviously, all three of them want to be Tom Selleck.

Stuart has a brainwave and uses the baby to show Nicola how mature and grown up he is, and in a moment of inspiration he claims it's his adopted child.

This moment of inspiration turns out to be a moment of stupidity when Stuart is challenged by the incensed mother who returns to find her baby in a papoose strapped to Stuart. She blames the father.

Who is the father?

Steven Burge’s comedy about the staff and the clients who frequent a Job Centre in the Essex town of Rayleigh.

Starring Matthew Horne and Daniel Mays.

Stuart ...... Mathew Horne
Joe ...... Daniel Mays
Terry ...... Tony Way
Nicola ...... Zahra Ahmadi
Ribena ...... Hannah Wood
Mr Brooks ...... Alex Lowe
Tom Boddle ...... Alex Lowe
Mrs Kangalee ...... Bharti Patel
Gary Probert ...... Steve Oram
Policewoman ...... Philippa Stanton
Policeman ...... Michael Bertenshaw

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2013.


SUN 23:00 Comedy Club at Machynlleth (m0016z7v)
2022

01/05/2022

Jake Yapp presents highlights from the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Produced by Laura Grimshaw and Anne-Marie Luff for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


SUN 23:15 Sindhustan (b0bbrdxf)
Series 1

Fruits of Labour

Stand-up comedian Sindhu Vee looks at being a parent in a multi-generational family.

Children are great. I mean soooo boring. But great!

Born in India, educated in Delhi, Toronto, Chicago and Oxford, married to a Dane, and with three London born kids still living at home (and calling her mate) former investment banker Sindhu Vee has a unique perspective on parenting. At least the dog - a giant Labrador from Wales - understands her.

Written and performed by Sindhu Vee.

Script Editor: Robin Morgan

Producer: Victoria Lloyd

A BBC Studios Production. for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in July 2018.


SUN 23:30 Tudur Owen - Where on Earth is Anglesey? (m0001f1l)
Episode 2

Despite being the largest island in the Irish Sea and the largest island of Wales, Anglesey remains a mystery to most.

Local host Tudur Owen continues his quest to put it firmly back on the map.

Concluding his series, Tudur introduces us to the people of Anglesey and asks if it's fair to call them a rather unique bunch.

Written by Tudur Owen

Additional material by Gareth Gwynn.

With:

Gareth Pierce
Lisa-Jên Brown

Recorded at Canolfan Beaumaris on Anglesey.

Producer: Richard Morris

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



MONDAY 02 MAY 2022

MON 00:00 Nightfall (m00061tr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:30 The World of Daphne Du Maurier (b09t2fl5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Lou Reed: A Life (Omnibus) (b09h3x49)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b067wz5f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Sunday]


MON 02:20 Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Omnibus) (b039b7yy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:20 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 Death By Chocolate (b00ybzdh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Dave Sheasby - Five Summers and Johnny Onion (b00vzz1p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m0016z7s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters (b01hxpy6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Personal Column (m0016xcz)
Philip Levene - Findings Keepings

A rookie blackmailer is taught the ropes, but learns the pitfalls of the business.

CAST:
David Penrose .... Gerald Flood
Smith .... Cyril Shaps
Marian Haynes .... Margaret Robertson
Clerk .... Carole Boyd

'Personal Column' was a concept developed by Philip Levene whose writing credits include 19 episodes of ITV’s 'The Avengers' – including 'The Cybernauts'. Levene sets out read between-the-lines of typical entries found in newspaper personal columns.

Written by Philip Levene.

Producer: Betty Davies

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in March 1967.


MON 06:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm2f)
Evil Under the Sun

Episode 1

Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot allows himself to be tempted by an English summer holiday at the seaside.

But he soon senses the presence of evil on Smugglers' Island...

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot

From the book first published in 1941 and dramatised in five parts by Michael Bakewell.

Hercule Poirot …. John Moffatt
Carrie Gardener …. Wendy Craig
Odell Gardener …. John Rowe
Miss Brewster …. Joan Littlewood
Rev Stephen Lane …. Iwan Thomas
Christine Redfern …. Susannah Corbett
Patrick Redfern …. Iain Glen
Arlena Stuart/Marshall …. Fiona Fullerton
Rosamund Darnley …. Sabina Franklyn
Linda Marshall …. Lindsey Fawcett
Captain Kenneth Marshall …. Robin Ellis
Horace Blatt …. John Hartley

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1998.


MON 07:00 Sneakiepeeks (b00pfv03)
Special Relationship

A CIA man spends the day with Team Beagle on an exchange visit.

But will his past come back to haunt him?

Comedy by Harry Venning and Neil Brand about a team of inept, backstabbing surveillance operatives.

Bill ...... Richard Lumsden
Sharla ...... Nina Conti
Mark ...... Daniel Kaluuya
Colonel ...... Ewan Bailey
Bristow ...... John Biggins
Sean ...... Joseph Cohen Cole
Lenny ...... Piers Wehner
Ignatius/Fuego ...... Nigel Hastings
Man ...... Rhys Jennings

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2009.


MON 07:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m0016pk6)
Series 28

Episode 4

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

Lucy Porter, Holly Walsh, Tony Hawks and Alan Davies are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as scouting, hair, South Korea and Nicolas Cage.

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


MON 08:00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b007jrcz)
Cold Feet

Bob gets the jitters over marrying his fiancée, Thelma.

CAST:

Terry Collier …. James Bolam
Bob Ferris …. Rodney Bewes
Thelma Chambers …. Brigit Forsyth
with Sheila Fearn and Michael Segal.

Created and scripted for BBC TV by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. Adapted for radio by Patrick Tilley.

Originally lost from the archive, the audio was recovered in the BBC's Archive Treasure Hunt in 2003.

Producer: John Browell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1975.


MON 08:30 The Emerald Green Show (b077xx1r)
Cut

Emerald Green's illusions of glamour and fame are shattered when she meets her TV producer.

A vain, ambitious black woman dreams of becoming a chat show queen.

Lisselle Kayla's four-part comedy series starring Llewella Gideon as Emerald Green.

Tristram ...... Jonathan Firth
Fabio ...... Iwan Thomas
Victor ...... Dean Hill
Eunice ...... Sheila Reid
David ...... Jonathan Keeble

Director: Pam Fraser Solomon

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1998.


MON 09:00 Counterpoint (b010t5wr)
Series 25

2011 Heat 5

The quiz tests the competitors' knowledge of the core classics, as well as film and stage music, jazz, rock and pop. There are plenty of musical surprises, and forgotten or rarely-heard extracts, alongside long-established favourites.

The fifth trio of 27 competitors joins Paul Gambaccini in Manchester for the fifth heat of this 25th anniversary series.

Mark Grant from Kent
Stephen Pollard from London
Stephen Ratcliffe West Sussex

Producer: Paul Bajoria

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2011.


MON 09:30 Bangers and Mash (b0075gh6)
1. Crisis

Martina's not sure if she wants to be a nun anymore, so she takes work with a catering company and soon lands in a crisis of epic proportions...

Six-part comedy series by Katie Hims.

Kingsley ...... Mark Straker
Jimmy ...... Gerard McDermott
Martina ...... Catherine Harvey
Juan Jose ...... Roger May
Mrs Olney ...... Marlene Sidaway

Director: Cat Horn

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1999.


MON 10:00 Drama (b0bgbm5m)
Censoring an Iranian Love Story

Episode 1

Contemporary drama from Iran. A writer must cheat the censor to publish his love story.

In order for his book to receive a publishing permit, the writer must convince Mr Petrovich, the all-powerful censor at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, that it will not provoke sin in the mind of the reader.

His characters, Sara and Dara, meet at a riot and are obliged to hide their encounters from both their families and the regime's Campaign Against Social Corruption, the feared citizen-guardians of Islamic morality. Gender separation is rigorously enforced and illicit passion punished so the lovers exercise their creativity to meet in secret amid the bustling streets of Tehran, in an empty cinema and a hospital A&E unit. Discovery would mean imprisonment, or even death.

Yet writing freely of their encounters puts the writer in as much peril as his own fictional lovers in this Farsi "Fahrenheit 451".

Written by Shahriar Mandanipour
Dramatised by Hattie Naylor from the translation by Sara Khalili

Executive Producer: Sara Davies
Sound Design by James Morgan and Steve Bond
Music by Gorkem Sen
Produced and Directed by Nicolas Jackson

An Afonica production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m0016zjd)
Series 9

The Food Connection

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

Manoush Zomorodi explores one of life’s greatest pleasures, food. But with many systems flawed can we reimagine our food future?

Guests include forager Alexis Nikole Nelson, chef Sean Sherman, social entrepreneur Jasmine Crowe, and environmental journalist Amanda Little.

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


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m0016xd3)
Rankin

The photographer Rankin chooses English Rose by The Jam and Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones.


MON 12:00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b007jrcz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 The Emerald Green Show (b077xx1r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Personal Column (m0016xcz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm2f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (b007jp0m)
Dover to London

Recalling tea with tinned biscuits, American comic writer, Bill Bryson takes a sentimental journey around Britain.

Five readings abridged and performed by Kerry Shale.

Producer: Paul Kent

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1996.


MON 14:15 William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair (b007jvvx)
1. Moving On

Orphaned wilful Becky Sharp and her sweet-natured friend Amelia Sedley leave school in Chiswick.

Stephen Fry narrates one of the greatest comic novels of the Victorian period.

Written by William Makepeace Thackeray.

Dramatised in twenty parts by Stephen Wyatt.

Becky Sharp …… Emma Fielding
Amelia Sedley …… Katy Cavanagh
George Osborne …… Nicholas Boulton
Jos Sedley …… Toby Jones
Miss Pinkerton …… Sandy Walsh
Miss Jemima …… Joanna McCallum

Producer: Claire Grove

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2004.


MON 14:30 The Man From The McCarthy Agency (b00b7r75)
Matthew Sweet reveals the untold story of Harold McCarthy, arguably the most powerful British film critic of the twentieth century, despite the fact that his name never appeared in a newspaper byline. From the 1930s to the 1960s, McCarthy supplied reviews of 11,000 films to independent cinema managers from Cork to Calcutta - reviews that shaped what cinemagoers saw on the screen. And yet his importance only became clear recently when a huge archive of his work surfaced at auction. With the help of Harold's family, Matthew Sweet goes on the trail of the man from the McCarthy Agency - and along the way uncovers a lost world of forgotten cinema, to which McCarthy's work is now our only guide


MON 15:00 Drama (b0bgbm5m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 Counterpoint (b010t5wr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 Bangers and Mash (b0075gh6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 Sneakiepeeks (b00pfv03)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m0016pk6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Planet B (b00p4mck)
Series 2

1. The Tender Trap

Kip is looking for love on the dating site, The Spark. But he gets more than he bargained for when a mysterious woman explodes into his world.

Written by Matthew Broughton.

Series 2 opens with a bang as we log back on to the virtual world where you can be whoever you want to be.

Lioba …. Tessa Nicholson
Kip …. Joseph Cohen-Cole
Noush …. Emerald O'Hanrahan
Cerberus …. Chris Pavlo
Loris21 …. Melissa Advani
Voice of Planet B …. Adjoa Andoh
Other Parts …. Rhys Jennings, Piers Wehner and John Biggins

Director: James Robinson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b03w0562)
Andrew Maxwell and Kamila Shamsie

Irish stand-up comedian Andrew Maxwell and Pakistani writer Kamila Shamsie discuss favourite books with Harriett Gilbert.

Kamila Shamsie's choice: Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai
Published by Vintage

Andrew Maxwell's choice: Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Published by Penguin

Harriett Gilbert's choice: In Pursuit of the English by Doris Lessing
Published by Fourth Estate

Producer Beth O'Dea

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


MON 19:00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b007jrcz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 The Emerald Green Show (b077xx1r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Personal Column (m0016xcz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm2f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m0016zjd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (m0016xd3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 The Unbelievable Truth (m0016pk6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 The News Quiz (m0016pp9)
Series 108

Episode 2

Andy Zaltzman reflects on a week of headlines in the company of guests Andy Hamilton, Spectator journalist Isabel Hardman, French stand-up comedian Celya AB and host of BBC Radio Scotland's 'Breaking the News', Des Clarke.

The panel look forward to the local elections in the UK next week and there's an intruder at the snooker.

Producer: Richard Morris
Production co-ordinator: Katie Baum
A BBC Studios Production


MON 23:00 Comedy Club at Machynlleth (m0016xd5)
2022

02/05/2022

Jake Yapp and Angela Barnes present highlights from the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Produced by Laura Grimshaw and Anne-Marie Luff for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


MON 23:15 The Shuttleworths (b00scy0g)
Series 5

Smells Like White Spirit

Ken Worthington needs Jon to write a catchy pop song at short notice, but John's DIY duties prove a serious obstacle. Will he be able to complete the song in time to meet Ken's deadline?

John is created and performed by Graham Fellows.

Produced by Dawn Ellis.

First broadcast on BBC 4 in May 2010.


MON 23:30 Olga Koch: OK Computer (m000xmls)
Episode 1

Join comedian and computer scientist Olga Koch and her digital assistant Algo unpack the flag-waving, beer-chugging and general absurdity of Nationality.

Comedian and Computer Scientist Olga Koch takes a deep dive into the world of computer science with her trusty virtual assistant Algo as the digital duo take the truths that you hold dear and tear them to shreds using logic, like a teenager on the internet. A four part stand-up special exploring Nationality, Beauty, Health and Privacy through the eyes of a woman with half a masters degree in the social science of the internet. By applying computer science to the world around her, Olga and Algo take an hilarious and pedantic journey to reveal the inherent absurdities of the modern world.

Written by Olga Koch and Charlie Dinkin
Starring Sindhu Vee as Algo
Additional Material from Rajiv Karia

Produced by Benjamin Sutton
A BBC Studios Production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2021.



TUESDAY 03 MAY 2022

TUE 00:00 Planet B (b00p4mck)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b03w0562)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Personal Column (m0016xcz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm2f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (b007jp0m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair (b007jvvx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 The Man From The McCarthy Agency (b00b7r75)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Drama (b0bgbm5m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Counterpoint (b010t5wr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 Bangers and Mash (b0075gh6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Sneakiepeeks (b00pfv03)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m0016pk6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Personal Column (m0016xhw)
Jill Hyem - Evening Out

Trevor calls on his acting skills when Miss Pike hires him to escort her to a works outing.

CAST:

Lorna Pike .... Brenda Bruce
Trevor Mostram .... Bernard Horsfall
Mr Jenkins .... Wilfrid Carter
Mrs Jenkins .... Sheelah Wilcocks
Mr Bowles .... Michael Tudor-Barnes
Mrs Bowles .... Betty Huntley-Wright

‘Personal Column’ was a concept developed by Philip Levene whose writing credits include 19 episodes of ITV’s ‘The Avengers’. Levene sets out read between-the-lines of typical entries found in newspaper personal columns.

Written by Jill Hyem, whose credits include episodes of ‘Tenko and ‘The House of Eliott’

Producer: Keith Williams

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in March 1967.


TUE 06:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm30)
Evil Under the Sun

Episode 2

When a glamorous American starlet is found strangled, the Beglian sleuth has a hotel full of suspects to investigate.

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot.

Hercule Poirot …. John Moffatt
Colonel Weston …. George Baker
Carrie Gardener …. Wendy Craig
Odell Gardener …. John Rowe
Miss Brewster …. Joan Littlewood
Christine Redfern …. Susannah Corbett
Patrick Redfern …. Iain Glen
Arlena Stuart/Marshall …. Fiona Fullerton
Rosamund Darnley …. Sabina Franklyn
Linda Marshall …. Lindsey Fawcett
Captain Kenneth Marshall …. Robin Ellis
Inspector Colgate …. Gerrard McDermott

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1998.


TUE 07:00 Fags, Mags and Bags (b0952b1r)
Series 7

Begrudging a Crunchie

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

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

In the final episode of the series, Malcolm surprises Ramesh by announcing she wants to become a Foster carer.

Ramesh.......... Sanjeev Kohli
Dave................. Donald McLeary
Sanjay............... Omar Raza
Alok.................... Susheel Kumar
Malcolm.............Mina Anwar
Lovely Sue.........Julie Wilson Nimmo
Kallum.................Taryam Boyd
Mrs Birkett.........Stewart Cairns

Written by Donald Mcleary and Sanjeev Kohli

Producer: Gus Beattie for Gusman Productions

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


TUE 07:30 Teatime (m000g4fy)
Episode 4

Comedy by Katherine Jakeways about a chaotic but loving family. Starring Philip Glenister, Samantha Spiro, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Katie Redford and Steven Brandon.

There’s an awkward atmosphere in Vicky and Rav’s house, as Joe (Glenister) and Donna (Spiro) sort through the boxes in the garage and divide up the last of their belongings, remnants left over from their failed marriage. As they talk about old times, Vicky (Edwards) and Rav (Puwanarajah) are upstairs redecorating their spare room, and talking about the future.

Meanwhile, Lisa (Redford) and Uncle Bob (Brandon) are on tea-cooking duties. Bob can handle it, but for Lisa, it’s genuinely the challenge of a lifetime.

So: Joe and Donna have a chat in a garage, Vicky and Rav paint a bedroom wall, and Lisa and Uncle Bob cook some baked beans. Needless to say, events quickly spiral out of control.

Teatime was produced by Sam Ward, and is a BBC Studios production.


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b007swcz)
The Sinking of Westminster Pier

Oyster-loving Neddie Seagoon takes to the River Thames, which is soon draining away.

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 February 1955.


TUE 08:30 One Foot in the Grave (b007jn64)
The Beast in the Cage

Victor suffers a bank holiday traffic nightmare stuck in a jam - and so do Margaret and Jean!

Richard Wilson stars as Victor and Annette Crosbie as his long-suffering wife Margaret.

Adapted for radio by David Renwick from his BBC TV script.

Victor Meldrew ...... Richard Wilson
Margaret Meldrew ...... Annette Crosbie
Mrs Warboys ...... Doreen Mantle

With Michael Fenton-Stevens, Ainslee Foster, Paul Rogan, Stephanie Pack and Keith Wickham.

Winning numerous awards, six series were made for TV plus numerous specials on BBC ONE from 1990 to 2000.

Producer: Diane Messias

First broadcast in February 1995 on BBC Radio 2.


TUE 09:00 The News Quiz (m0016pp9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 22:30 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me (b0076shv)
Series 2

I Get Along Without You Very Well

When Barry's wife leaves him for another man, Roy of course thinks he knows the best way to get her back. But at 2am and after many fortifying glasses of rum, it's not looking so hopeful.

Don Warrington........... Roy
Yvonne Brewster.........Vi
Sam Kelly.......................George
George Layton..............Barry
Caroline Lee Johnson...Bernadette
Mike Kearsey..................Trombonist

Written by Marcus Powell
Producer: Carol Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


TUE 10:00 Drama (b0bgpc19)
Censoring an Iranian Love Story

Episode 2

Contemporary drama from Iran. A writer must cheat the censor to publish his love story.

In order for his book to receive a publishing permit, the writer must convince Mr Petrovich, the all-powerful censor at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, that it will not provoke sin in the mind of the reader.

His characters, Sara and Dara, meet at a riot and are obliged to hide their encounters from both their families and the regime’s Campaign Against Social Corruption, the feared citizen-guardians of Islamic morality. Gender separation is rigorously enforced and illicit passion punished so the lovers exercise their creativity to meet in secret amid the bustling streets of Tehran, in an empty cinema and a hospital A&E unit. Discovery would mean imprisonment, or even death.

Yet writing freely of their encounters puts the writer in as much peril as his own fictional lovers in this Farsi "Fahrenheit 451".

To win Sara’s love, Dara now faces an unsuspected rival and a dangerous neighbour.

Cast:
Writer ….. Kevork Malikyan
Petrovich ….. Philip Arditti
Sara ….. Isabella Nefar
Dara ….. Amir El-Masry
Mother Sara ….. Nathalie Armin
Father Sara ….. Nabil Elouahabi
Mr Sinbad & Brother Atta …..Pezh Mann
Jafar and Father Dara ….. Raad Rawi
Mother Dara ….. Mia Soteriou
Other roles were played by the cast

Written by Shahriar Mandanipour
Dramatised by Hattie Naylor from the translation by Sara Khalili

Executive Producer: Sara Davies
Sound Design by James Morgan and Steve Bond
Music by Gorkem Sen
Produced and Directed by Nicolas Jackson

An Afonica production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2018.


TUE 11:00 Archive on 4 (b00ln0b7)
Soho!

The singer Suggs returns to London's Soho, where he spent much of his unconventional childhood and where his jazz singer mother still lives.

He was introduced to the delights of the Colony Club as a six-year-old, and as a musician he continued to haunt the district.

Recording on location and mining the BBC archive, Suggs investigates how this unique community, complete with red-light district and village school, functions today, and whether it is still, or indeed ever was, a source of inspiration or merely a creative vacuum.

For decades, Soho was regarded as Britain's capital of sleaze and vice, but also a place where artists, writers, musicians and actors came to drink and philosophise. Tales of the area and its inhabitants abound, from painter Francis Bacon and George Melly at Muriel Belcher's infamous Colony Club to Jeffrey Bernard and Keith Waterhouse at the Coach and Horses and Dylan Thomas at The French House.

Soho was the birthplace of British pop, with the skifflers, jazzers and early rock 'n' rollers all making their names in the coffee bars of the 1950s. It was also the home of refugees of every type, including political dissidents, foreigners and homosexuals, from Casanova to Karl Marx, and Quentin Crisp to George Melly.

Yet in the 1950s, a new phrase was coined: 'Soho-itis'. It was said that if you enter Soho you will never get any work done, and you will never, ever leave. Many books, poems, songs and indeed careers were washed away with drink, but some artists, musicians and writers did survive the late nights, the fights and the booze, and took great inspiration from the place.

Producer: Justine Willett.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2009.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b007swcz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 One Foot in the Grave (b007jn64)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Personal Column (m0016xhw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (b007jp13)
Virginia Water

Recalling driving and his hospital job, the American author takes a sentimental journey around Britain. Read by Kerry Shale.


TUE 14:15 William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair (b007jvw5)
2. Plotting

Orphaned ambitious Becky Sharp awaits a marriage proposal, while school friend Amelia meets old friend Dobbin.

Stephen Fry narrates one of the greatest comic novels of the Victorian period.

Written by William Makepeace Thackeray.

Dramatised in twenty parts by Stephen Wyatt.

Becky Sharp …… Emma Fielding
Amelia Sedley …… Katy Cavanagh
George Osborne …… Nicholas Boulton
Jos Sedley …… Toby Jones
William Dobbin..............Tom Smith

Producer: Claire Grove

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2004.


TUE 14:30 The Fishwives’ Tale (b05qfj1c)
It is the most dangerous peacetime job a man can do. And for the wives, mothers and daughters who lose their loved ones to the sea, rather than to war, the burden is no less to bear.

In 2008, Jane Dolby’s husband Colin went missing when his fishing trawler was caught in a freak storm. The boat was finally located and lifted from the bottom of the sea - but Colin was not found.

Aside from the emotional pain, there are practical complications. The law says that a death certificate cannot be issued without a body - which means no life insurance and no widowed parents' allowance, despite having four young children to bring up.

So in 2012, united by a common bond of understanding the dangers of fishing and a desire to raise money for The Fishermen’s Mission who help so many fishing families in hardship, Jane formed the Fishwives' Choir with women from all over the UK who have lost husbands, fathers, brothers and sons to the sea.

Although the choir was only formed to create a one-off charity record, the women received so many performance requests that they decided to carry on in any way they could. Most had not sung since their school days, but we now join Jane, Laura, Leigh and Wendy as they record their debut album.

This is a tale of transforming tragedy and grief into music and hope.

Lead by Jane and over a bed of raucous laughter, The Fishwives' Tale is a heart-warming and at times hilarious tale of women overcoming grief through friendship and sea shanties - proving that, even in the darkest of times, there is still light.

With original music by Josh Winiberg
Producer: Hana Walker-Brown
A Falling Tree production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


TUE 15:00 Drama (b0bgpc19)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The Museum of Curiosity (b09ly26h)
Series 12

Episode 2

Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sally Phillips welcome:

* Comedian, Joe Lycett
* Sociologist, Professor Tom Shakespeare
* Blue Peter's longest-serving female presenter - Konnie Huq.

The Museum's Guest Committee discovers how wheels turned for the French Revolution, how a little blue ship on a plastic chip can get you into over 200 UK attractions, and the brain-tinglingly sensational significance of towels in the hands of a woman called Maria.

Researchers Anne Miller and Mike Turner.

Producers: Richard Turner and Anne Miller.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2018.


TUE 16:30 Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me (b0076shv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 Fags, Mags and Bags (b0952b1r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Teatime (m000g4fy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Planet B (b00p84q9)
Series 2

2. Make a Wish

If Kip is confused by the soldiers in Desert Killzone practising magic words, that's nothing compared to Lioba's confusion at Sinbad's understanding of shock and awe. She helped design this site, didn't she?

Lioba …. Tessa Nicholson
Kip …. Joseph Cohen-Cole
Nugent …. Rhys Jennings
Abanaazer …. Bruce Alexander
Barks …. Piers Wehner
Ifrit …. Nigel Hastings
Voice of Planet B …. Adjoa Andoh

Written by Mike Carey.

Director: Jessica Dromgoole.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b075pxfx)
Series 22

Bring Him Home

Bring Him Home, from Les Miserables, is a beautiful and moving prayer-in-song that has developed meaning and identity outside the hit musical.

Taking part in the programme:

The celebrated tenor, Alfie Boe, has sung this many times in the West End and on Broadway; he discusses what the song means to him.

Herbert Kretzmer talks about the agonising process of writing the lyrics.

The Greater Manchester Police Male Voice Choir recorded a version especially for the programme; one of their members describes singing Bring Him Home at the funeral of PC Dave Phillips in November 2015.

The original Cosette, from Les Miserables, Rebecca Caine now sings this song - written for a male voice - regularly as part of international recitals.

And for Becky Douglas it will forever be a reminder of her daughter whose death inspired the foundation of a leprosy charity.

Jeremy Summerly, Director of Music at St Peter's College, Oxford plays through the piece and describes why it moves us emotionally.

Producer: Karen Gregor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b007swcz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 One Foot in the Grave (b007jn64)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Personal Column (m0016xhw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Archive on 4 (b00ln0b7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 Teatime (m000g4fy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 The Nick Revell Show (b007k24d)
Series 1

Holiday

Struggling writer Nick has quit smoking and is jetting off, but the geraniums don't want him to go

A sitcom for the 1990s, written by and starring comedian Nick Revell.

With Alistair McGowan, Caroline Gruber, Brian Bowles, Doon Mackichan and Alison Sterling.

Producer: Jon Magnusson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1992.


TUE 23:00 Comedy Club at Machynlleth (m0016xhy)
2022

03/05/2022

Jake Yapp and Jessica Fostekew present highlights from the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Produced by Laura Grimshaw and Anne-Marie Luff for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


TUE 23:15 Angela Barnes: You Can't Take It With You (b07mxv86)
Series 1

Episode 1

Super-sharp everywoman Angela Barnes tackles life and love and, with the help of an audience, packs herself a fantasy coffin.

Remembering her larger-than-life father - a gregarious character, sex shop manager, naturist, and a big fan of caravans and pranks - Angela celebrates his 'carpe diem' approach to life, and his motto "You Can't Take It With You".

When her father died very suddenly in 2008, Angela and her family proved him wrong and stuffed his coffin with sentimental keepsakes for his final journey.

In this series, Angela does the very same thing and asks her loved ones to nominate objects that they would choose to send on with her as mementoes of their time together, which she keeps in a suitcase full of memories, acting as prompts for contemplative, heart-warming and captivating comedy.

Angela Barnes is a vivacious, critically acclaimed stand-up comic from Maidstone, Kent. After a career in health and social care, at aged 33 she decided to pursue a long held ambition and give comedy a go. Within a couple of years, Angela and her witty worldview had won the 2011 BBC New Comedy Award by a public vote, secured a weekly star slot in Channel 4's Stand Up For The Week and appeared on numerous radio and television shows including Loose Ends, The Now Show and writing credits on her beloved The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4), Russell Kane's Whistle Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2), Mock The Week (BBC 2) and Russell Howard's Good News (BBC 3).

An Impatient production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in August 2016.


TUE 23:30 Stand-Up Specials (m000r31x)
Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Egg-sistential Crisis

A special stand-up show from Kiri Pritchard Mclean all about millennials and why they have stopped procreating.

Producer: Suzy Grant

A BBC Studios Production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in January 2021.



WEDNESDAY 04 MAY 2022

WED 00:00 Planet B (b00p84q9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b075pxfx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Personal Column (m0016xhw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (b007jp13)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair (b007jvw5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 The Fishwives’ Tale (b05qfj1c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Drama (b0bgpc19)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 The Museum of Curiosity (b09ly26h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me (b0076shv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Fags, Mags and Bags (b0952b1r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Teatime (m000g4fy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Personal Column (m0016xkd)
Eddie Maguire - No Square Deal

John and Helen get more than they bargained for when they try to sell some old jewellery. With John Groves and Pauline Yates.

CAST:

John Groves .... Jon Rollason
Helen Groves .... Pauline Yates
First Constable .... Christopher Bidmead
Second Constable .... Eric Allan
A Man .... Michael Tudor-Barnes
The Inspector .... Clifford Rose
The Sergeant .... Duncan McIntyre

‘Personal Column’ was a concept developed by Philip Levene whose writing credits include 19 episodes of ITV’s ‘The Avengers’. Levene sets out read between-the-lines of typical entries found in newspaper personal columns.

Written by Eddie Maguire whose credits include ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Dr Finlay’s Casebook’.

Producer: Martin Jenkins

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in April 1967.


WED 06:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm3j)
Evil Under the Sun

Episode 3

Suspects-a-plenty, along with witchcraft and a secret love-letter for the Belgian sleuth to investigate.

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot.

Hercule Poirot …. John Moffatt
Colonel Weston …. George Baker
Carrie Gardener …. Wendy Craig
Miss Brewster …. Joan Littlewood
Christine Redfern …. Susannah Corbett
Patrick Redfern …. Iain Glen
Rosamund Darnley …. Sabina Franklyn
Linda Marshall …. Lindsey Fawcett
Captain Kenneth Marshall …. Robin Ellis
Inspector Colgate …. Gerrard McDermott

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1998.


WED 07:00 Ed Reardon's Week (b00yj2g9)
Series 7

Summer of '76

Struggling freelancer Ed Reardon has embraced the online age and even subscribed to Facebook. But then he finds he has opened up a Pandora's box of so-called friends that he's never actually met. That is until one Fiona Templeton pops up and he's reminded of the events of 1976 when he was a hot new writer and she a hot young model. Should an old acquaintance be renewed - or should Ed leave well alone?

The comical world of an author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds

Ed Reardon ..... Christopher Douglas
Recycling Man ..... Paul Sharma
Pearl ..... Rita May
Olive ..... Stephanie Cole
Stan ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Fiona ..... Jenny Agutter
Jaz Milvane ..... Philip Jackson
Ping ..... Barunka O'Shaughnessy
Cliff ..... Geoff McGivern
Ray ..... Simon Greenall

Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas

Produced by Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


WED 07:30 The Confessional (m000vp1b)
Series 1

The Confession of Clarke Peters

Actor, comedian and broadcaster Stephen Mangan presents a comedy chat show about shame and guilt.

Each week, Stephen invites a different eminent guest into his virtual confessional box to make three 'confessions' to him. This is the cue for some remarkable storytelling, and surprising insights.

This week, Clarke Peters, famous for his roles as Lester Freamon in The Wire and Albert Lambreaux in Treme, surprises with his stories of youthful indiscretions, hidden loot and embarrassing his brother on the Borscht Belt.

We’re used to hearing celebrity interviews where stars are persuaded to show off about their achievements and talk about their proudest moments. Stephen is not interested in that. He doesn’t want to know what his guests are proud of, he wants to know what they’re ashamed of. That’s surely the way to find out what really makes a person tick. Stephen and his guest reflect with empathy and humour on why we get embarrassed, where our shame thresholds should be, and the value of guilt.

Other series guests include Marian Keyes, Cariad Lloyd, Joan Bakewell, Suzi Ruffell and Phil Wang.

Written and presented by Stephen Mangan
With extra material by Nick Doody
Produced by Dave Anderson and Frank Stirling
A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b0089k50)
Series 5

The Foreign Legion

The Lad is set to entertain troops in Malta, but he's duped into making an appearance on the frontline.

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 April 1958.


WED 08:30 Fab TV (m0016xkj)
Curtis & Ballard (Deceased)

A four-part comedy series which pays homage to the cult action adventure shows of the sixties and seventies.

3: Curtis & Ballard (Deceased)

Curtis and Ballard are private detectives - but when Ballard is killed by a hit and run steam roller he returns as a ghost to help solve the crime.

Written by and starring Neil Mullarkey and John Irwin.

With Morwenna Banks, Chris England and Robert Harley.

Music by Peter Baikie

Producer Phil Clarke

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1996.


WED 09:00 The Write Stuff (b009xy1t)
Series 11

Ted Hughes

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

Team captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh are joined by Jane Thynne and Mark Billingham.

Author of the week is Ted Hughes.

Reader: Beth Chalmers

Producer: Katie Marsden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2008.


WED 09:30 1834 (b011db7v)
The Time Machine

Jason decides the invention of the toasted sandwich maker will sort out his new 19th-century life.

21st-century teacher, Jason Slater, is coming to terms with waking up in 19th-century Macclesfield.

In Jim Poyser's riotous comedy of transportation and delight, Jason is now Tarquin, third son of Lord Belport with a faithful valet, Ned.

Jason Slater ...... Michael Begley
Ned ...... Joe Caffrey
Hoskins ...... Kenneth Alan Taylor
Lord Belport ...... Mark Chatterton
Stubbs ...... Glenn Cunningham
Millicent ...... Julia Rounthwaite

Directed at BBC Manchester by Polly Thomas.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2003.


WED 10:00 Annie Caulfield - Almost Always African (b007k30r)
“Music may go or come but almost always it is African."

Gambian musician, Moses Biama is invited to London to make an album with fading English rock star, Frank. But the recording doesn’t work out the way Frank has planned...

Annie Caulfield’s comedy drama about cultural cross purposes and the Music Industry.

CAST:

Moses …. Lenny Henry
Frank …. Bill Nighy
Moses’s Brother …. Curtis Walker
Binta …. Joy Elias-Rilwan
Fatima …. Donna Croll
Tara …. Joanna Myers
Jack …. James Greene
Journalist …. Mark Straker

Music composed by Dominique Le Gendre and played by Trevor Francis, Amadou Saho and Chuku Modo.

Hit single written by Neil Arthur and Joe Hagan.

Director: Paul Schlesinger.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1991.


WED 11:00 The Real Comedy Controllers: The Things That Made Us Laugh (m0016xkn)
Alternative Comedy...and Beyond

1. Lenin of the Rovers

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 1980s to celebrate the alternative comedy, and to remember the golden years of BBC Entertainment. Featuring:

Extracts from Not the Nine O’Clock News and The Young Ones

Lenin of the Rovers – first ever episode [13/02/1988]

Series Producers: Paul Kobrak and Dixi Stewart.

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


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b0089k50)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 Fab TV (m0016xkj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Personal Column (m0016xkd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm3j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (b007jp1k)
Dorset

Musing on maps, socks and castles, the American author takes a sentimental journey around Britain. Read by Kerry Shale.


WED 14:15 William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair (b007jvwb)
3. Admirers

A lascivious lawyer and a dashing captain - orphaned, ambitious Becky Sharp continues to attract admirers.

Stephen Fry narrates one of the greatest comic novels of the Victorian period.

Written by William Makepeace Thackeray.

Dramatised in twenty parts by Stephen Wyatt.

Becky Sharp …… Emma Fielding
Lady Crawley.....Joanna McCallum
Sir Pitt Crawley...Trevor Peacock
Pitt Crawley..........Jon Glover
Miss Crawley........Margaret Tyzack
Rawdon Crawley....Ray Coulthard

Producer: Claire Grove

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2004.


WED 14:30 Happy Days - The Children of the Stones (b01n1rbx)
Writer and comedian Stewart Lee explores the ground breaking television series Children of the Stones and examines its special place in the memories of those children who watched it on its initial transmission in a state of excitement and terror.

The programme includes contributions from series co-creator Jeremy Burnham, singer Julian Cope, cast members and fans.

In 1977 HTV launched the revolutionary children's television drama telling the story of an astrophysicist and his son who arrive in the village of Milbury to study ancient stones. The residents greet each other with the phrase "Happy day", and the community is held in a strange captivity by the psychic forces generated by the circle of giant Neolithic stones which surround it.

Filmed at Avebury in Wiltshire, it is a strangely atmospheric production with the baleful, discordant wailing voices of the incidental music increasing the tension.

The story, involving a temporal paradox and issues of individuality and community assimilation thematically challenged the after-school audience, which included Stewart Lee.

In this documentary Lee returns to Avebury to discuss the serial's impact, examine its influence on him and explore the history and secrets of the ancient stones.

1970s kids may have dived behind the sofa during Doctor Who, but it was Children of the Stones that gave them nightmares.

The series is frequently cited by those who remember it as one of the scariest things they saw as children.

Producer: Stephen Garner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.


WED 15:00 Annie Caulfield - Almost Always African (b007k30r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 The Write Stuff (b009xy1t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 1834 (b011db7v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 Ed Reardon's Week (b00yj2g9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 The Confessional (m000vp1b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Planet B (b00pbx1r)
Series 2

3. Paradise Hazard

Welcome to Happy Valley, the perfect environment for Planet B residents to live forever! Lioba and Kip marry, move in, and begin to raise a family. But it's harder to live the dream in this thoroughly modern community than it looks.

Lioba …. Tessa Nicholson
Kip …. Joseph Cohen-Cole
Cerberus …. Chris Pavlo
Vicar …. Ewan Hooper
Everett …. Bruce Alexander
Tom …. Nigel Hastings
Brenda …. Melissa Advani
Madeline …. Keely Beresford
Doctor …. Rhys Jennings
Voice of Planet B …. Adjoa Andoh

Written by Steve Sunderland.

Director: Jessica Dromgoole.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


WED 18:30 How Tickled Am I? (b007jp99)
Series 1

Jimmy James

Mark Radcliffe profiles the comedians' comedian, Jimmy James - a teetotaller revered for his stage act of playing a drunk. But his one vice was a love of gambling...

Last of a six-part series exploring the tradition of the northern comedian.

Producer: Bernadette McConnell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1999.


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b0089k50)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 Fab TV (m0016xkj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Personal Column (m0016xkd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm3j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 The Real Comedy Controllers: The Things That Made Us Laugh (m0016xkn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 The Confessional (m000vp1b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 That Mitchell and Webb Sound (b03jb1wp)
Series 5

Episode 1

The future of farming - battery penguins; Thomas Hardy's exciting idea to make his books even sadder; and the very confusing goings on in a cash-register shop.

Comedy from the lopsided world of David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

With Olivia Colman and James Bachman.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2013.


WED 23:00 Comedy Club at Machynlleth (m0016xkv)
2022

04/05/2022

Jake Yapp and Rob Deering present highlights from the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Produced by Laura Grimshaw and Anne-Marie Luff for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


WED 23:15 Rosie Jones: Box Ticker (m000h7yg)
Disability

Stand-up comedy from triple-threat Rosie Jones. She’s disabled, gay and northern - so, of course, she has her own BBC show.

However, she doesn't feel a great example of any of these communities and she’s tired of being asked to speak on their behalf. This show checks what’s really inside the boxes and throws most of it out.

Rosie looks at disability with help from comedian Jamie MacDonald. Jamie ticks the 'blind box', most of the time, and shares some of the absurd situations he comes up against due to people's awkwardness around him.

Recorded in a live comedy club, prepare to be shocked and disappointed by Rosie’s lack of respect for your expectations.

A Dabster production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in April 2020.


WED 23:30 John Peel's Shed (b018fljy)
In 2002, John Osborne won a competition on John Peel's Radio One show. His prize was a box of records that took eight years to listen to. This is an ode to radio, those records and anyone who's ever sought solace in the wireless.

A story about one man's love for radio, how it allows you to escape into another world. Based on his book Radio Head, this is about what happened next: a show about the pleasure of having your own personal project. The story is about passion, obsession with music and about legacy; trying to do something special with such a rare, eclectic box of records.

Produced by John Pocock

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2011.



THURSDAY 05 MAY 2022

THU 00:00 Planet B (b00pbx1r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 How Tickled Am I? (b007jp99)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Personal Column (m0016xkd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm3j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (b007jp1k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair (b007jvwb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 Happy Days - The Children of the Stones (b01n1rbx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Annie Caulfield - Almost Always African (b007k30r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 The Write Stuff (b009xy1t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 1834 (b011db7v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Ed Reardon's Week (b00yj2g9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 The Confessional (m000vp1b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Personal Column (m0016xnb)
Alan Downer - A Honeypot With Bees On

An unusual request for a birthday present causes Derek to question his love for Adrienne.

CAST:

Derek Hanson .... Glyn Houston
Adrienne Gray Bennett .... Wendy Gifford
Tim Walters .... John Nettleton
Mrs Neal .... Anna Burden

‘Personal Column’ was a concept developed by Philip Levene whose writing credits include 19 episodes of ITV’s ‘The Avengers’. Levene sets out read between-the-lines of typical entries found in newspaper personal columns.

Written by actor Alan Downer whose script credits include ‘Emmerdale Farm’.

Producer: Keith Williams

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1967.


THU 06:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm42)
Evil Under the Sun

Episode 4

With sound alibis proven for the main suspects, the Belgian sleuth makes a chance discovery in a nearby cove...

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot.

Hercule Poirot …. John Moffatt
Colonel Weston …. George Baker
Christine Redfern …. Susannah Corbett
Patrick Redfern …. Iain Glen
Rosamund Darnley …. Sabina Franklyn
Linda Marshall …. Lindsey Fawcett
Captain Kenneth Marshall …. Robin Ellis
Inspector Colgate …. Gerrard McDermott
Rev Stephen Lane …. Iwan Thomas
Horace Blatt …. John Hartley
Gladys …. Nicol Forbes

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1998.


THU 07:00 Mum's on the Run (b00tmtjb)
Episode 3

When Jen starts trying to date again, things are bound to go awry. She manages to get involved in a complicated online mix up which involves the neighbours and the kids' teacher.

Mum's on the Run is a modern-day twist on the single-family situation. It follows the hectic life ("What life?") of single mum, Jen.

Mother of two, Master of none - Jen seems to spend most of her time as an unpaid chauffeur to a 15 year-old teenage existentialist son, Toby, and a tonally challenged recorder-practising 11 year-old daughter, Felicity, whilst also coping with the jazz musician ex-husband, the fiercely competitive and annoying downstairs neighbour and a huge crush on her son's history teacher.

Jen ..... Ronni Ancona
Mr. Rigby ..... John Gordon Sinclair
Shelley ..... Alexis Zegerman
Vivienne ..... Christine Kavanagh
Felicity ..... Amy Dabrowa
Toby ..... Alexander Heath
Radio DJ/Waiter ..... Lloyd Thomas
Adam ..... Caleb Hughes

Written by Alexis Zegerman.

Producer Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2010.


THU 07:30 Paul Sinha's Perfect Pub Quiz (m0016pw7)
Series 1

Round two: The World

The problem with quizzes is that the same questions keep coming up, like “What’s the largest land mammal?”*. So the more quizzes you do the more predictable they get.

Luckily, here comes quizzer, comedian and Rose d’Or winner Paul Sinha with his new series, Paul Sinha’s Perfect Pub Quiz. In each episode he will invite the audience to tell him their favourite quiz questions, before offering up not just different and surprising questions, but also the fascinating stories behind the answers.

It’s facts, jokes, stories and puns – just the way you like them.

This week's show is full of questions for the World Round of the quiz. Paul asks about the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, the world's longest river, and the US state which has Boston as its capital. The audience, meanwhile, contribute questions about countries on the equator, wordless national anthems, and matching flags.

Written and performed by Paul Sinha
Additional material Oliver Levy
Additional questions The Audience

Original music: Tim Sutton

Sound engineer: Jerry Peal

Producer: Ed Morrish

A Lead Mojo production for BBC Radio 4

*The African elephant, as you well know.


THU 08:00 The Atkinson People (b007jsb0)
Sir Corin Basin

The actor, raconteur and general bore talks to just about anyone who will listen. Stars Rowan Atkinson. From April 1979.


THU 08:30 Capital Gains (b00shdzt)
Series 2

Seed Capital

Billionaire philanthropist Julius Hutch has never voted, but when his wife leaves home and a compulsory purchase order arrives, he takes action.

Peter Jones stars as Julius Hutch.

Written by Collin Johnson.

Julius Hutch ...... Peter Jones
Pauline Tone ...... Celestine Randall
Kate ...... Justine Midda
Sexton Lewis ...... Jeffrey Wickham
Sir Gainford Blounty ...... Stephen Thorne
Dahlia Sprout ...... Jillie Meers

Other parts played by Collin Johnson, David Holt and Brian Perkins.

Producers: Andy Jordan and David Blount

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1997 .


THU 09:00 Foul Play (b00zshr3)
Series 4

Murder for Starters

Crime writers Robert Barnard and Lindsey Davis probe who wielded a deadly skewer.

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

Murder mystery panel game chaired by Simon Brett.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1998.


THU 09:30 Clare in the Community (b00zt4kc)
Series 3

Clare's Last Stand

An easy day at a conference is spoiled when Clare's nemesis Peggy turns up, issuing a challenge that the social worker can't refuse.

Clare Barker is a social worker with all the politically correct jargon but none of the practical solutions.

Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden.

Clare ...... Sally Phillips
Brian ..... Alex Lowe
Simon....Andrew Wincott
Ray ..... Richard Lumsden
Helen ..... Gemma Craven
Irene ..... Ellen Thomas
Megan ..... Nina Conti
Peggy....Mel Hudson
Kevin .... Joseph Kloska
PA Man .... Mark Straker

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.


THU 10:00 Jean de Coras - The True Story of Martin Guerre (b070stnx)
Episode 1

Martin Guerre lived in the Pyrenean village of Artigat and was charged with being an impostor on his return after an absence of eight years.

But the trial left many questions unanswered.

Guy Meredith's two-part dramatisation by from the trial notes of the 16th-century French judge, Jean de Coras.

Starring Sean Bean as Martin Guerre and Lesley Dunlop as his wife Bertrande.

Jean de Coras... Olivier Pierre
Sanxi Guerre... Alex Norton
Pierre Guerre... Andrew Melville
Andreu de Rols... John Church
Mme de Rols... Jill Graham
Priest... John Webb
Jean de Loze... Jonathan Adams
Jean d'Escorneboeuf... Keith Drinkel
Catherine Boeri... Siriol Jenkins

Other parts played by John Fleming, Steve Hodson, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Jo Kendall, Federay Holmes, Peter Penry Jones, Eric Allan and Peter Gunn. With Henry Power and Anna Abrahams as the children.

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1992.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0016xnf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 11:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m000g440)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 The Atkinson People (b007jsb0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 Capital Gains (b00shdzt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Personal Column (m0016xnb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm42)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (b007jp20)
Weston-super-Mare and Beyond

Getting soaked and pestered by a passenger, the American author's sentimental journey around Britain. Read by Kerry Shale.


THU 14:15 William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair (b007jvwg)
4. Charmer

Becky Sharp aims to charm a wealthy spinster and her handsome nephew.

Stephen Fry narrates one of the greatest comic novels of the Victorian period.

Written by William Makepeace Thackeray.

Dramatised in twenty parts by Stephen Wyatt.

Becky Sharp …… Emma Fielding
Amelia Sedley …… Katy Cavanagh
George Osborne …… Nicholas Boulton
Miss Crawley........Margaret Tyzack
Mrs Bute Crawley.......Jemma Churchill
William Dobbin....Tom Smith
Maria Osborne.....Alice Hart
John Osborne.......Geoffrey Whitehead
Ensign Stubble.......Stephen Hogan

Producer: Claire Grove

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2004.


THU 14:30 Beirut's House of Barakat (b04wwcny)
On the intersection of Damascus and Independence streets in the Lebanese capital Beirut, there's an elegant house, pockmarked by bullet holes, that goes by a number of names - the Barakat house, the yellow house, or Beit Beirut. This building has stood witness to the experiences of Beirut over the last century. It contains the stories of those who lived in it before the war and the snipers who occupied it during the war.

The house has been saved from demolition by the dogged efforts of an architect, Mona el-Hallak. In a city where old buildings are continuously knocked down to make way for new flats, Mona has championed this building and preserved it for future generations.

Rebecca Lloyd-Evans went to meet Mona in the house, and this programme is a document of her experience there. The plan for the museum is to encourage Beirutis to come together and share their histories of the city.

Mona hopes that this could show the way towards a permanent peace in Lebanon, but – as Rebecca finds out – people's stories diverge and conflict and finding unity is not an easy mission.

Produced by Isabel Sutton and Rebecca Lloyd-Evans
A Just Radio production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


THU 15:00 Jean de Coras - The True Story of Martin Guerre (b070stnx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 Foul Play (b00zshr3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Clare in the Community (b00zt4kc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 Mum's on the Run (b00tmtjb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 Paul Sinha's Perfect Pub Quiz (m0016pw7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Planet B (b00pdkf2)
Series 2

4. Light City

In Light City you are either with the police or against them. Whichever side you're on, there are points to be earned. But when an uncompromising vigilante arrives it looks like the rules are changing.

Lioba …. Tessa Nicholson
Kip …. Joseph Cohen-Cole
Ed66 …. Rhys Jennings
Shiver …. Nigel Hastings
Clairesquare …. Melissa Advani
Reva …. Emerald O'Hanrahan
Trent …. John Biggins
Hand …. Bruce Alexander
Pauly …. Piers Wehner
Homeless Man …. Ewan Hooper
Voice of Planet B …. Adjoa Andoh

Written by Dawn King.

Director: Colin Guthrie.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b0bfy978)
Series 46

Patricia Greene on Bess of Hardwick

Patricia Greene, the actress who plays Jill Archer, makes the case for Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, or Bess of Hardwick as she's more commonly known.

Like her heroine, Patricia was born in Derby and was aware of the nearby grand stately home Hardwick Hall. 'More glass than wall' was the local saying; as the key feature of this 1590s house was the exuberant use of this rare material. Only recently did she discover that the initials 'ES', which are blatantly carved on the turrets, stood for a woman - Elizabeth Shrewsbury.

And so began Patricia Greene's admiration and obsession. Who was this woman born in Tudor times, when women had few if any rights at all? Bess ended up becoming the richest woman in the land after Queen Elizabeth I, but she was portrayed by some as a 'cold hearted shrew' who only became rich by marrying four husbands, Patricia's job is to defend her hero.

The expert witness is Dr Nigel Wright, the House & Collections Manager with National Trust at Hardwick Estate.

The presenter is Matthew Parris
Producer: Perminder Khatkar

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.


THU 19:00 The Atkinson People (b007jsb0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 Capital Gains (b00shdzt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Personal Column (m0016xnb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm42)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0016xnf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 21:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m000g440)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 Paul Sinha's Perfect Pub Quiz (m0016pw7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Brian Gulliver's Travels (b01mqq6h)
Series 2

Kognitia

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

More memories as Brian relives his experiences in Kognitia where selective memory is taken to a new extreme.

Brian Gulliver ..... Neil Pearson
Rachel Gulliver ..... Mariah Gale
Kalmena ..... Debra Stephenson
Lamet ..... Duncan Wisbey
Door ..... Harry Livingstone
PA ..... Amaka Okafor

Producer: Steven Canny

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2012.


THU 23:00 Comedy Club at Machynlleth (m0016xnj)
2022

05/05/2022

Jake Yapp and Angela Barnes present highlights from the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Produced by Laura Grimshaw and Anne-Marie Luff for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


THU 23:15 Sarah Keyworth - Are You a Boy or a Girl? (m000p7b2)
Pink and Blue

In her first BBC stand-up series, award-winning comedian Sarah Keyworth explores her personal journey with gender fluidity.

Join Sarah as she looks back on her own funny, ridiculous and bizarre experiences, as she attempts to shed light on why gender still remains such an important issue in the 21st Century.

In the opening episode, Sarah looks at very early gender posing questions such as why exactly is pink girly? Why does it matter if children's clothes are gender neutral? And do boys and girls really have different feet?

Producer: Adnan Ahmed

A BBC Studios Production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in November 2020.


THU 23:30 Yes, Nina Conti Really Is on the Radio (b01sm78h)
Since the days of BBC comedy Educating Archie in the 1950s, seldom have we heard a ventriloquist on the radio

Nina Conti is Britain's leading voice thrower and has been all round the world with her puppet Monkey, Gran, Dog and others. Not only is Nina an expert at her craft, she demonstrates that she can think on her feet, chatting to the audience and her two guests: physicist Jim Al-Khalili and Wagner from X Factor. She also invites her audience to bring puppets of their own, which she brings magically to life.

This is a celebration of the ancient craft, and a chance to hear one of Britain's funniest women at the top of her game.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2013.



FRIDAY 06 MAY 2022

FRI 00:00 Planet B (b00pdkf2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b0bfy978)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Personal Column (m0016xnb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm42)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (b007jp20)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair (b007jvwg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Beirut's House of Barakat (b04wwcny)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Jean de Coras - The True Story of Martin Guerre (b070stnx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Foul Play (b00zshr3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Clare in the Community (b00zt4kc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 Mum's on the Run (b00tmtjb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Paul Sinha's Perfect Pub Quiz (m0016pw7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Personal Column (m0016y2l)
Jill Hyem - Third Girl Wanted

When Jemma suddenly packs her bags and leaves, her flatmates have to work out why. With Anne Stallybrass and Marian Diamond.

CAST:

Lynn .... Anne Stallybrass
Jemma .... Patricia Gallimore
Rachel .... Marian Diamond

‘Personal Column’ was a concept developed by Philip Levene whose writing credits include 19 episodes of ITV’s ‘The Avengers’. Levene sets out read between-the-lines of typical entries found in newspaper personal columns.

Written by Jill Hyem whose writing credits include episodes of 'Tenko' and 'The House of Eliott'.

Producer: Jane Graham

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1967.


FRI 06:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm4n)
Evil Under the Sun

Episode 5

Determined to pinpoint the American starlet's killer, the Belgian sleuth invites everyone on his list of suspects to a picnic.

The finale of Agatha Christie's whodunit starring John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot.

Hercule Poirot …. John Moffatt
Colonel Weston …. George Baker
Christin Redfern …. Susannah Corbett
Patrick Redfern …. Iain Glen
Rosamund Darnley …. Sabina Franklyn
Linda Marshall …. Lindsey Fawcett
Captain Kenneth Marshall …. Robin Ellis
Inspector Colgate …. Gerrard McDermott
Horace Blatt …. John Hartley
Gladys …. Nicol Forbes
Carrie Gardener …. Wendy Craig

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1998.


FRI 07:00 Says on the Tin (b00gl50p)
Schokolade

Eliott finds nothing to laugh about while promoting a German chocolate called Laughing.

Comedy by Christopher William Hill about an American ad man, forced to relocate to London.

Eliott Thurber ...... Michael Brandon
Esther Finn ...... Samantha Bond
Hannah Walker ...... Pippa Haywood
Zadie ...... Joannah Tincey
Baz ...... Inam Mirza
Mandelbrot ...... Malcolm Tierney
Interpreter ...... Gunnar Cauthery

Other parts played by Dan Starkey, Janice Acquah and Jonathan Tafler.

Producer: Liz Webb

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2009.


FRI 07:30 Stand-Up Specials (m0016wxp)
Stephen Bailey: One of Many

Stephen Bailey is a lightweight boxer who lost a fight to Conor McGregor, he's an investor with £84 million in the bank, he's Axel Rose's stepfather and if you keep scrolling, he's also a comedian from Manchester.

Stephen is seriously contemplating changing his name in 2022, as he believes being Stephen Bailey is hindering his success - after all, a name change is one of the oldest tricks in showbiz. If the name maketh the man, it's made a lot of Stephen Baileys and the rest of them are always doing something more newsworthy than our Stephen.

This is a bespoke stand-up special about identity, where Stephen will work out whether you can change your whole life, just by changing your name.

Written and performed by Stephen Bailey
Production Coordinator: Katie Baum
Produced by: Georgia Keating and Hayley Sterling

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 08:00 Dad's Army (b007jr4t)
Series 3

The Cricket Match

Captain Mainwaring goes into bat when the Home Guard platoon are challenged to play a match against the wardens..

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 Frazer …. John Laurie
Private Godfrey …. Arnold Ridley
Private Pike …. Ian Lavender
Warden Hodges …. Bill Pertwee
Private Walker …. Larry Martyn
Vicar …. Frank Williams
Verger …. Edward Sinclair
Announcer/Newsreader …. John Snagge

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1976.


FRI 08:30 Married (b00cpcw6)
Series 2

Churlish

Confirmed bachelor Robin Lightfoot wakes up to find himself married in a parallel universe in which the Lib Dems are in power, the Richard Whiteley Experience has just opened in London and alcohol is a class-A drug.

Now Robin's life is about to change again. He's about to be divorced from the woman he was never married to in the first place...

Hugh Bonneville stars in series two of Tony Bagley's comedy.

Robin .... Hugh Bonneville
Lesley .... Josie Lawrence
Dame Jenny Hyde …. Stephanie Cole
Dirk .... Steve Frost
Murdo …. Lewis MacLeod

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2000.


FRI 09:00 Guess What? (b065jht1)
Episode 7

Animal, vegetable or mineral?

Barry Took hosts a revised version of popular radio parlour game of 20 questions.

Regular Geoffrey Durham is joined by Nigel Dempster and Frances Edmonds.

Written by Michael Dines.

Producer: Andy Aliffe

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1998.


FRI 09:30 Millport (b0076221)
Series 2

Avowal

Irene and Moira aren't speaking, Alberto and Ena have fallen out over the minestrone and Agnes has declared World War III on the Minister's trousers. Just how are villagers going to solve their dispute if no one is talking to each other...

Bittersweet comedy written by and starring Lynn Ferguson as 30-something island barmaid Irene Bruce, who hankers after a better life on the mainland.

Irene ...... Lynn Ferguson
Moira/Agnes ...... Janet Brown
Alberto/Robert ...... Lewis McLeod
Ena/Bunty ...... Gabriel Quigley
Bob/Minister ...... Robert Patterson
Dougie ...... Matt Costello

Music arranged by Olly Fox.

Producer: Lucy Bacon

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2001.


FRI 10:00 Jean de Coras - The True Story of Martin Guerre (b070wmg2)
Episode 2

Martin Guerre's wife, Bertrande, has accepted him on his return after eight years' absence and borne him two further children.

But then she accuses him of being an impostor...

Conclusion of Guy Meredith's dramatisation from the trial notes of the 16th-century French judge, Jean de Coras.

Starring Sean Bean as Martin Guerre and Lesley Dunlop as Bertrande.

Jean de Coras..... Olivier Pierre
Bertrande's Mother... Jill Graham
Pierre Guerre.... Andrew Melville
Sanglas.... Steve Hodson
Mme Sanglas.... Geraldine Fitzgerald
Francoise.... Jo Kendall
Carbon Barrau.... Peter Gunn
Guillem.... Eric Allan
Shepherd / Dominique Pujol... John Fleming
Magistrate .... Peter Penry Jones

Other parts played by Federay Holmes, John Church, Keith Drinkel, Jonathan Adams, John Webb and Siriol Jenkins.

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1992.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m0016y2n)
Machynlleth Comedy Festival

Laura Grimshaw and Jake Yapp present a selection of comedy podcasts from the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.


FRI 12:00 Dad's Army (b007jr4t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Married (b00cpcw6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Personal Column (m0016y2l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm4n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (b007jp2g)
Glasgow to the Yorkshire Dales

Soaking up culture and off to a pub, the American author concludes his sentimental journey around Britain. Read by Kerry Shale.


FRI 14:15 William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair (b007jvwn)
5. London

Becky travels to London with the ailing spinster Miss Crawley.

Stephen Fry narrates one of the greatest comic novels of the Victorian period.

Written by William Makepeace Thackeray.

Dramatised in twenty parts by Stephen Wyatt.

Becky Sharp …… Emma Fielding
Amelia Sedley …… Katy Cavanagh
George Osborne …… Nicholas Boulton
Miss Crawley........Margaret Tyzack
Miss Briggs.........Kate Buffery
Sir Pitt Crawley...Trevor Peacock
Miss Crawley........Margaret Tyzack
Rawdon Crawley....Ray Coulthard

Producer: Claire Grove

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2004.


FRI 14:30 Mr Cole Comes to Kensington (b03m40zs)
Christopher Frayling explores the legacy of Henry Cole, dynamic founder of London's Victoria and Albert Museum and the vibrant design partnership with the Royal College of Art.

At the time of the Great Exhibition in 1851, British design was fast losing out to the Continent. But by 1871, the South Kensington Museum (now the V and A) with its pioneering public restaurant, free admission days and evening openings, had become a blueprint for design museums worldwide.

The man behind this remarkable achievement was Henry Cole, inventor of the commercial Christmas card, who had helped introduce the Penny Post. A bustling, rotund figure with a mane of white hair, 'Old King' Cole transformed what had been a teaching collection of plaster casts into a world-leading museum of art and design. But despite the patronage of Prince Albert, it proved an arduous journey, often fraught with opposition from a suspicious Establishment.

Christopher Frayling is a former Rector of the Royal College of Art and former V and A Trustee.

Contributors include British fashion designer and RCA graduate Zandra Rhodes and former V and A Director Sir Roy Strong.

Producer: Catriona Oliphant
A Chrome Radio production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.


FRI 15:00 Jean de Coras - The True Story of Martin Guerre (b070wmg2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 Guess What? (b065jht1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 Millport (b0076221)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 Says on the Tin (b00gl50p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Stand-Up Specials (m0016wxp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Planet B (b00pgqf0)
Series 2

5. Dark Star

In Light City you are either with the police or against them. Whichever side you're on, there are points to be earned. But when an uncompromising vigilante arrives it looks like the rules are changing.

Lioba …. Tessa Nicholson
Kip …. Joseph Cohen-Cole
Blend …. Emerald O'Hanrahan
Fabian …. Ewan Hooper
Cerberus …. Chris Pavlo
Voice of Planet B …. Adjoa Andoh
Other Parts …. Melissa Advani, Kate Layden, Rhys Jennings and Piers Wehner

Written by Matthew Broughton.

Director: Jeremy Mortimer.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


FRI 18:30 Sounds Natural (b07l1167)
Roger Whittaker

From the Wildebeest to the Paradise Flycatcher. Singer Roger Whittaker shares his fascination for the wildlife of East Africa and Wales with Derek Jones - aided by recordings from the BBC Sound Archive.

Producer: John Burton.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1973.


FRI 19:00 Dad's Army (b007jr4t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Married (b00cpcw6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Personal Column (m0016y2l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm4n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m0016y2n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 Stand-Up Specials (m0016wxp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 The Lawrence Sweeney Mix (b008z5ld)
Series 2

Episode 4

Fom something your Dad did to something you save up for...

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

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

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2008.


FRI 23:00 Comedy Club at Machynlleth (m0016y2q)
2022

06/05/2022

Jake Yapp presents highlights from the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Produced by Laura Grimshaw and Anne-Marie Luff for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


FRI 23:15 Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian (m000fgst)
Series 2

1. Racism

Stand-up series exploring British Chinese culture from BBC New Comedy Award finalist Ken Cheng.

Dave's Joke of the Fringe Winner, Cambridge mathematics dropout and professional poker player Ken Cheng returns with series exploring free speech, social status, racism and money…

Producer: Adnan Ahmed

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


FRI 23:30 The Machynlleth Comedy Festival (m0016y2s)
2022

Kiri Pritchard-McLean hosts a live stand-up show recorded at the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Produced by Paul Woodham for Radio 4 Extra.




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

1834 08:30 SAT (b01137b8)

1834 09:30 WED (b011db7v)

1834 16:30 WED (b011db7v)

1834 04:30 THU (b011db7v)

4 Extra Goes Gardening 09:00 SAT (b03tws3x)

4 Extra Goes Gardening 19:00 SAT (b03tws3x)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b03w0562)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b03w0562)

A Walk in the Dark 01:00 SAT (m000m0kf)

Agendum 22:30 SAT (b0bh468b)

Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section 15:30 SAT (b01rfy5w)

Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section 22:00 SAT (b01rl1y3)

Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section 03:30 SUN (b01rfy5w)

Angela Barnes: You Can't Take It With You 23:15 TUE (b07mxv86)

Annie Caulfield - Almost Always African 10:00 WED (b007k30r)

Annie Caulfield - Almost Always African 15:00 WED (b007k30r)

Annie Caulfield - Almost Always African 03:00 THU (b007k30r)

Archive on 4 13:00 SAT (b00kmhl4)

Archive on 4 01:00 SUN (b00kmhl4)

Archive on 4 11:00 TUE (b00ln0b7)

Archive on 4 21:00 TUE (b00ln0b7)

Bangers and Mash 09:30 MON (b0075gh6)

Bangers and Mash 16:30 MON (b0075gh6)

Bangers and Mash 04:30 TUE (b0075gh6)

Beirut's House of Barakat 14:30 THU (b04wwcny)

Beirut's House of Barakat 02:30 FRI (b04wwcny)

Brian Gulliver's Travels 22:30 THU (b01mqq6h)

Capital Gains 08:30 THU (b00shdzt)

Capital Gains 12:30 THU (b00shdzt)

Capital Gains 19:30 THU (b00shdzt)

Clare in the Community 09:30 THU (b00zt4kc)

Clare in the Community 16:30 THU (b00zt4kc)

Clare in the Community 04:30 FRI (b00zt4kc)

Comedy Club at Machynlleth 23:00 SAT (m0016z9b)

Comedy Club at Machynlleth 23:00 SUN (m0016z7v)

Comedy Club at Machynlleth 23:00 MON (m0016xd5)

Comedy Club at Machynlleth 23:00 TUE (m0016xhy)

Comedy Club at Machynlleth 23:00 WED (m0016xkv)

Comedy Club at Machynlleth 23:00 THU (m0016xnj)

Comedy Club at Machynlleth 23:00 FRI (m0016y2q)

Counterpoint 09:00 MON (b010t5wr)

Counterpoint 16:00 MON (b010t5wr)

Counterpoint 04:00 TUE (b010t5wr)

Dad's Army 08:00 FRI (b007jr4t)

Dad's Army 12:00 FRI (b007jr4t)

Dad's Army 19:00 FRI (b007jr4t)

Dave Sheasby - Five Summers and Johnny Onion 16:00 SUN (b00vzz1p)

Dave Sheasby - Five Summers and Johnny Onion 20:00 SUN (b00vzz1p)

Dave Sheasby - Five Summers and Johnny Onion 04:00 MON (b00vzz1p)

David Gooderson - Walk or Die 06:00 SAT (m0016zjp)

David Gooderson - Walk or Die 16:00 SAT (m0016zjp)

David Gooderson - Walk or Die 04:00 SUN (m0016zjp)

Death By Chocolate 15:30 SUN (b00ybzdh)

Death By Chocolate 03:30 MON (b00ybzdh)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (m0016xnf)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (m0016xnf)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (m0016xnf)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (m0016xnf)

Dick Francis 01:30 SAT (b007ncw9)

Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me 09:30 TUE (b0076shv)

Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me 16:30 TUE (b0076shv)

Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me 04:30 WED (b0076shv)

Doctor in the House 08:30 SUN (b007jtg8)

Drama 10:00 MON (b0bgbm5m)

Drama 15:00 MON (b0bgbm5m)

Drama 03:00 TUE (b0bgbm5m)

Drama 10:00 TUE (b0bgpc19)

Drama 15:00 TUE (b0bgpc19)

Drama 03:00 WED (b0bgpc19)

Ed Reardon's Week 07:00 WED (b00yj2g9)

Ed Reardon's Week 17:00 WED (b00yj2g9)

Ed Reardon's Week 05:00 THU (b00yj2g9)

Fab TV 08:30 WED (m0016xkj)

Fab TV 12:30 WED (m0016xkj)

Fab TV 19:30 WED (m0016xkj)

Fags, Mags and Bags 07:00 TUE (b0952b1r)

Fags, Mags and Bags 17:00 TUE (b0952b1r)

Fags, Mags and Bags 05:00 WED (b0952b1r)

Foul Play 09:00 THU (b00zshr3)

Foul Play 16:00 THU (b00zshr3)

Foul Play 04:00 FRI (b00zshr3)

Ghost Story 00:15 SAT (m0001cs9)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (b0bf59s3)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (b0bf59s3)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (b0bf59s3)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b0bfy978)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b0bfy978)

Guess What? 04:00 SAT (b064dw48)

Guess What? 09:00 FRI (b065jht1)

Guess What? 16:00 FRI (b065jht1)

HG Wells 03:00 SAT (m0001p3q)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b0089k50)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b0089k50)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b0089k50)

Happy Days - The Children of the Stones 14:30 WED (b01n1rbx)

Happy Days - The Children of the Stones 02:30 THU (b01n1rbx)

Hercule Poirot 06:30 MON (b007jm2f)

Hercule Poirot 13:30 MON (b007jm2f)

Hercule Poirot 20:30 MON (b007jm2f)

Hercule Poirot 01:30 TUE (b007jm2f)

Hercule Poirot 06:30 TUE (b007jm30)

Hercule Poirot 13:30 TUE (b007jm30)

Hercule Poirot 20:30 TUE (b007jm30)

Hercule Poirot 01:30 WED (b007jm30)

Hercule Poirot 06:30 WED (b007jm3j)

Hercule Poirot 13:30 WED (b007jm3j)

Hercule Poirot 20:30 WED (b007jm3j)

Hercule Poirot 01:30 THU (b007jm3j)

Hercule Poirot 06:30 THU (b007jm42)

Hercule Poirot 13:30 THU (b007jm42)

Hercule Poirot 20:30 THU (b007jm42)

Hercule Poirot 01:30 FRI (b007jm42)

Hercule Poirot 06:30 FRI (b007jm4n)

Hercule Poirot 13:30 FRI (b007jm4n)

Hercule Poirot 20:30 FRI (b007jm4n)

How Tickled Am I? 18:30 WED (b007jp99)

How Tickled Am I? 00:30 THU (b007jp99)

Inheritance Tracks 07:10 SUN (b08h1j07)

Inheritance Tracks 11:55 SUN (b08h1j07)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SUN (b067wz5f)

Inheritance Tracks 19:55 SUN (b08h1j07)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 MON (b067wz5f)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (m0016xd3)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (m0016xd3)

James Acaster's Findings 23:15 SAT (b04pbmkd)

Jean de Coras - The True Story of Martin Guerre 10:00 THU (b070stnx)

Jean de Coras - The True Story of Martin Guerre 15:00 THU (b070stnx)

Jean de Coras - The True Story of Martin Guerre 03:00 FRI (b070stnx)

Jean de Coras - The True Story of Martin Guerre 10:00 FRI (b070wmg2)

Jean de Coras - The True Story of Martin Guerre 15:00 FRI (b070wmg2)

John Peel's Shed 23:30 WED (b018fljy)

Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian 23:15 FRI (m000fgst)

Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Omnibus) 14:20 SUN (b039b7yy)

Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Omnibus) 02:20 MON (b039b7yy)

Lou Reed: A Life (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b09h3x49)

Lou Reed: A Life (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b09h3x49)

Married 08:30 FRI (b00cpcw6)

Married 12:30 FRI (b00cpcw6)

Married 19:30 FRI (b00cpcw6)

Millport 04:30 SAT (b00761z4)

Millport 09:30 FRI (b0076221)

Millport 16:30 FRI (b0076221)

Mr Cole Comes to Kensington 14:30 FRI (b03m40zs)

Mum's on the Run 07:00 THU (b00tmtjb)

Mum's on the Run 17:00 THU (b00tmtjb)

Mum's on the Run 05:00 FRI (b00tmtjb)

My Favorite Husband 12:00 SAT (m000nzkg)

Nightfall 18:00 SUN (m00061tr)

Nightfall 00:00 MON (m00061tr)

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson 14:00 MON (b007jp0m)

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson 02:00 TUE (b007jp0m)

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson 14:00 TUE (b007jp13)

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson 02:00 WED (b007jp13)

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson 14:00 WED (b007jp1k)

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson 02:00 THU (b007jp1k)

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson 14:00 THU (b007jp20)

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson 02:00 FRI (b007jp20)

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson 14:00 FRI (b007jp2g)

Olga Koch: OK Computer 23:30 MON (m000xmls)

One Foot in the Grave 08:30 TUE (b007jn64)

One Foot in the Grave 12:30 TUE (b007jn64)

One Foot in the Grave 19:30 TUE (b007jn64)

Our Woman in Norton Tripton 14:30 SAT (b01r5lqr)

Our Woman in Norton Tripton 02:30 SUN (b01r5lqr)

Paul Sinha's Perfect Pub Quiz 07:30 THU (m0016pw7)

Paul Sinha's Perfect Pub Quiz 17:30 THU (m0016pw7)

Paul Sinha's Perfect Pub Quiz 22:00 THU (m0016pw7)

Paul Sinha's Perfect Pub Quiz 05:30 FRI (m0016pw7)

Personal Column 06:00 MON (m0016xcz)

Personal Column 13:00 MON (m0016xcz)

Personal Column 20:00 MON (m0016xcz)

Personal Column 01:00 TUE (m0016xcz)

Personal Column 06:00 TUE (m0016xhw)

Personal Column 13:00 TUE (m0016xhw)

Personal Column 20:00 TUE (m0016xhw)

Personal Column 01:00 WED (m0016xhw)

Personal Column 06:00 WED (m0016xkd)

Personal Column 13:00 WED (m0016xkd)

Personal Column 20:00 WED (m0016xkd)

Personal Column 01:00 THU (m0016xkd)

Personal Column 06:00 THU (m0016xnb)

Personal Column 13:00 THU (m0016xnb)

Personal Column 20:00 THU (m0016xnb)

Personal Column 01:00 FRI (m0016xnb)

Personal Column 06:00 FRI (m0016y2l)

Personal Column 13:00 FRI (m0016y2l)

Personal Column 20:00 FRI (m0016y2l)

Peter Redgrove - The Valley of Trelamia 18:00 SAT (b07tzdxv)

Peter Redgrove - The Valley of Trelamia 00:00 SUN (b07tzdxv)

Planet B 18:00 MON (b00p4mck)

Planet B 00:00 TUE (b00p4mck)

Planet B 18:00 TUE (b00p84q9)

Planet B 00:00 WED (b00p84q9)

Planet B 18:00 WED (b00pbx1r)

Planet B 00:00 THU (b00pbx1r)

Planet B 18:00 THU (b00pdkf2)

Planet B 00:00 FRI (b00pdkf2)

Planet B 18:00 FRI (b00pgqf0)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m0016y2n)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m0016y2n)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (m0016z7s)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m0016z7s)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m0016z7s)

RD Wingfield 18:45 SAT (b00sw79x)

RD Wingfield 00:45 SUN (b00sw79x)

Radiolab 11:00 SUN (m001767c)

Radiolab 19:00 SUN (m001767c)

Rosie Jones: Box Ticker 23:15 WED (m000h7yg)

Sarah Keyworth - Are You a Boy or a Girl? 23:15 THU (m000p7b2)

Says on the Tin 05:00 SAT (b00gb0bt)

Says on the Tin 07:00 FRI (b00gl50p)

Says on the Tin 17:00 FRI (b00gl50p)

Seekers 22:30 SUN (b03ffkgm)

Sindhustan 23:15 SUN (b0bbrdxf)

Sneakiepeeks 09:30 SUN (b00pckm1)

Sneakiepeeks 07:00 MON (b00pfv03)

Sneakiepeeks 17:00 MON (b00pfv03)

Sneakiepeeks 05:00 TUE (b00pfv03)

Something to Shout About 09:00 SUN (b07n3bxh)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b075pxfx)

Soul Music 00:30 WED (b075pxfx)

Sounds Natural 00:30 SAT (b07k0ts9)

Sounds Natural 18:30 FRI (b07l1167)

Stand-Up Specials 05:30 SAT (m0016pbb)

Stand-Up Specials 23:30 TUE (m000r31x)

Stand-Up Specials 07:30 FRI (m0016wxp)

Stand-Up Specials 17:30 FRI (m0016wxp)

Stand-Up Specials 22:00 FRI (m0016wxp)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m0016zjd)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m0016zjd)

Teatime 07:30 TUE (m000g4fy)

Teatime 17:30 TUE (m000g4fy)

Teatime 22:00 TUE (m000g4fy)

Teatime 05:30 WED (m000g4fy)

That Mitchell and Webb Sound 22:30 WED (b03jb1wp)

The Atkinson People 08:00 THU (b007jsb0)

The Atkinson People 12:00 THU (b007jsb0)

The Atkinson People 19:00 THU (b007jsb0)

The Confessional 07:30 WED (m000vp1b)

The Confessional 17:30 WED (m000vp1b)

The Confessional 22:00 WED (m000vp1b)

The Confessional 05:30 THU (m000vp1b)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 10:45 SUN (m000g440)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 21:45 SUN (m000g440)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 11:45 THU (m000g440)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 21:45 THU (m000g440)

The Emerald Green Show 08:30 MON (b077xx1r)

The Emerald Green Show 12:30 MON (b077xx1r)

The Emerald Green Show 19:30 MON (b077xx1r)

The Fishwives’ Tale 14:30 TUE (b05qfj1c)

The Fishwives’ Tale 02:30 WED (b05qfj1c)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b007swcz)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b007swcz)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b007swcz)

The Interplanetary Notes of Ambassador B 00:00 SAT (b03vh0c6)

The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders (Omnibus) 07:20 SUN (m0016z7q)

The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders 02:15 SAT (b00xf9t2)

The Kampala Dream House 02:30 SAT (b06086dq)

The Lawrence Sweeney Mix 22:30 FRI (b008z5ld)

The Machynlleth Comedy Festival 23:30 FRI (m0016y2s)

The Man From The McCarthy Agency 14:30 MON (b00b7r75)

The Man From The McCarthy Agency 02:30 TUE (b00b7r75)

The Museum of Curiosity 16:00 TUE (b09ly26h)

The Museum of Curiosity 04:00 WED (b09ly26h)

The News Quiz 22:30 MON (m0016pp9)

The News Quiz 09:00 TUE (m0016pp9)

The Nick Revell Show 22:30 TUE (b007k24d)

The Real Comedy Controllers: The Things That Made Us Laugh 11:00 WED (m0016xkn)

The Real Comedy Controllers: The Things That Made Us Laugh 21:00 WED (m0016xkn)

The Shuttleworths 23:15 MON (b00scy0g)

The Sinha Carta 15:00 SAT (b051s4qh)

The Sinha Carta 03:00 SUN (b051s4qh)

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (m0016z7n)

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale 02:00 SAT (b009ppjq)

The Unbelievable Truth 07:30 MON (m0016pk6)

The Unbelievable Truth 17:30 MON (m0016pk6)

The Unbelievable Truth 22:00 MON (m0016pk6)

The Unbelievable Truth 05:30 TUE (m0016pk6)

The World of Daphne Du Maurier 18:30 SUN (b09t2fl5)

The World of Daphne Du Maurier 00:30 MON (b09t2fl5)

The Write Stuff 08:00 SAT (b009tvdp)

The Write Stuff 09:00 WED (b009xy1t)

The Write Stuff 16:00 WED (b009xy1t)

The Write Stuff 04:00 THU (b009xy1t)

Tim Key's Suspended Sentence 14:00 SAT (b0128pyh)

Tim Key's Suspended Sentence 02:00 SUN (b0128pyh)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters 12:30 SUN (b01hxpy6)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters 17:30 SUN (b01hxpy6)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters 22:00 SUN (b01hxpy6)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters 05:30 MON (b01hxpy6)

Tudur Owen - Where on Earth is Anglesey? 23:30 SAT (m0001b1t)

Tudur Owen - Where on Earth is Anglesey? 23:30 SUN (m0001f1l)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 12:30 SAT (b007jr9f)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 08:00 MON (b007jrcz)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 12:00 MON (b007jrcz)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 19:00 MON (b007jrcz)

William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair 14:15 MON (b007jvvx)

William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair 02:15 TUE (b007jvvx)

William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair 14:15 TUE (b007jvw5)

William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair 02:15 WED (b007jvw5)

William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair 14:15 WED (b007jvwb)

William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair 02:15 THU (b007jvwb)

William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair 14:15 THU (b007jvwg)

William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair 02:15 FRI (b007jvwg)

William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair 14:15 FRI (b007jvwn)

Yes, Nina Conti Really Is on the Radio 23:30 THU (b01sm78h)