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SATURDAY 09 JULY 2022

SAT 00:00 Doctor Who: Redacted (m0018xhp)
10. Salvation

Cleo’s been redacted. She finds herself in a weird, empty London full of 9 million ghosts. There’s no Abby to make plans, no Shawna to kick ass. Just Cleo and half an AS level in drama. Oh, and also this weird blue box, with a woman stepping out of it.

Cast:

Cleo Proctor - Charlie Craggs
Abby McPhail - Lois Chimimba
Shawna Thompson - Holly Quin-Ankrah
The Doctor - Jodie Whittaker
Monica Proctor - Sarah Thom
Jordan Proctor - Jacob Hawley
The Floater - Alasdair Beckett-King

Written by Juno Dawson
Produced and Directed by Ella Watts


SAT 00:30 Sounds Natural (b08yf6wv)
Frank Thornton

'Are You Being Served?' actor Frank Thornton shares his fascination for birds with Derek Jones.

The Snipe, Oriole and Towhee are among his choice of recordings from the vast BBC Sound Archives.

Produced in Bristol by John Burton.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1980.


SAT 01:00 P Division (b007jx68)
Condition Purple

Episode 4

As the search for Dino and Jimmy 'The Rodent' Purdue continues, Donoghue receives a report of another murder. 'P Division' closes in...

Concluding Peter Turnbull's P Division novel about his Glaswegian cops.

Stars Martin Cochrane and Ralph Riach.

Dramatised by Stephen Mulrine.

DCI Donoghue …. Martin Cochrane
DS Ray Sussock …. Ralph Riach
Karen …. Gaylie Runciman
DC King …. John Buick
DC Montgomery …. Frank Gallagher
Tuesday Noon …. Alex McAvoy
Mr Keyes …. Robert Trotter
Mrs Olive Keyes …. Kay Gallie
WPC Elka Willems …. Ann Louise Ross
Dino …. Alexander Morton

Produced at BBC Glasgow by Hamish Wilson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1993.


SAT 01:30 Beau Geste (m0018xhh)
5. Fort Zinderneuf

Rumour of the Blue Water endangers Beau’s life, but he is more concerned with the simmering mutiny.

First published in 1924, PC Wren’s adventure novel about the Geste brothers – Beau, John and Digby - who all end up in the French Foreign Legion.

Starring David Lumsden, Michael Lumsden and Scott Cherry.

Dramatised by Greg Snow

Beau .... David Lumsden
John .... Michael Lumsden
Sgt Major LeJaune .... Kenneth Cranham
Schwartz .... James Telfer
Boldiar .... John Evitts
St Andre .... Tom Bevan
Marigny .... Clive Hill
Blanc .... David Thorpe
Guantaio .... David Richard Fox
Cordier .... John Baddeley
Maris .... Barry J Gordon
Glock .... Lyndam Gregory
Brandt .... Malcolm Ward

Director: Adrian Bean

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1994.


SAT 02:00 I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell (b092sh31)
5. Daughter

Maggie O'Farrell's startling memoir, in which the bestselling author recounts her life through a series of near-death experiences.

The book started out as a private project, a way for O'Farrell to help her young daughter who suffers from a serious immunology disorder, including severe eczema and allergies that can cause her anaphylactic shock: "I've asked myself, when she has been very ill, how do you carry on when death is a daily possibility?"

In this final episode, O'Farrell describes the challenges she and her family face trying to give her daughter as normal life a life as possible.

Reader: Hattie Morahan

Writer: Maggie O'Farrell

Abridger: Kirsteen Cameron

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2017.


SAT 02:15 Virginia Woolf - To the Lighthouse (b04d4p08)
Episode 5

Ten years have passed and the Ramsays' holiday home on the Isle of Skye has remained empty.

Finally, some of the remaining Ramsay family and other guests return. Lily Briscoe revisits her unfinished painting and a trip to the Lighthouse is planned.

Virginia Woolf's landmark modernist novel of 1927, captures the transience of human experience and examines the nature of love and loss.

Mr Ramsay ..... John Lynch
Cam .....Verity-May Henry
Lily ..... Lyndsey Marshal
James ..... Henry McEntire

Dramatised by Linda Marshall Griffiths

Directed by Nadia Molinari

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2014.


SAT 02:30 My Mother's Sari (b05s3gz4)
Every morning, Dr Shahidha Bari dresses for work and travels into London on a packed tube train looking much like the people around her.

But, as the child of immigrants growing up in a Bengali Muslim household in southeast England, she has also been accustomed to wearing entirely different sorts of clothes, reflective of her particular ancestry and cultural traditions.

These days, stacks of elaborate silk saris, embroidered shawls and ornate bangles languish in a remote part of her wardrobe, now only rarely worn at weddings and religious ceremonies. But, in many ways, these are the most precious items of clothing she owns, profoundly bound up with memory and meaning, and connecting her to a life from which she has inevitably grown apart. Shahidha's most vivid recollections of her childhood are those of her mother bringing up 6 boisterous young children, always immaculately dressed in pressed and pleated saris of varied colours, textures and designs.

In this programme, Shahidha traces the story of the sari, explores how it feels to wear one and asks what it meant for women like her mother. She talks with a range of women, including broadcaster Mishal Husain and writer Monica Ali about their experiences. And she explores the powerful, painful, sometimes complicated relationships between mother and daughters, and discovers the unexpected ways in which clothing can be imprinted with feelings of nostalgia, love and loss, whichever background we come from.

Producer: Mark Rickards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


SAT 03:00 George Bernard Shaw - Major Barbara (b07ff197)
2. A Battle of Wills

While Barbara is out in the East End trying to save souls and raise money for the Salvation Army, Undershaft tells Dolly the two things neccessary for Salvation are money and gunpowder and once he's got the Army he'll have Barbara too.

Is he, as Dolly suspects, an infernal old rascal?

The conclusion of George Bernard Shaw’s classic starring Matthew Marsh and Eleanor Tomlinson.

Barbara ..... Eleanor Tomlinson
Adolphus (Dolly) ..... Jack Farthing
Andrew Undershaft ..... Matthew Marsh
Lady Britomart ..... Rebecca Front
Stephen ..... Joel MacCormack
Sarah ..... Scarlett Brookes
Charles (Cholly) ..... Kieran Hodgson
Morrison ..... Brian Protheroe
Mrs Baines ..... Susan Jameson
Jenny Hill ..... Nicola Ferguson
Bill Walker ..... Ewan Bailey
Snobby Price ..... Sargon Yelda
Man ..... Sean Baker
Woman ..... Adie Allen

Concertina played by Colin Guthrie and Cornet by Peter Ringrose.

Director: Tracey Neale.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2016.


SAT 04:00 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (b008vnz5)
Episode 6

Clive Anderson and the famed improvisation game with Stephen Fry, John Sessions, Rory Bremner and Jon Glover.

It ran for 10 series on Channel 4 and found success in America, but the hit TV improvisation game actually started life on BBC radio.

With Colin Sell at the piano.

Devised and compiled by Mark Leveson. Additional material by Martin Booth.

Producer: Dan Patterson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1988.


SAT 04:30 Protesting Too Much (m0018xhk)
Episode 6

The eviction order is finally served, and battle commences - just as the 1997 general election starts.

Will the DTP play dirty?

Will Hermione find yet more parallels with Dante?

Conclusion of Kate Brooke and Sally Phillips' comedy drama series.

George Dank .... John Fortune
Hermione Dank .... Eleanor Bron
Anne Dank .... Louisa Milwood-Haigh
Robbins ....Brian Bowles
Dan .... Chris Pavlo
Skip / WPC Pierce .... Elliott Nicholls
Aurora .... Sally Phillips
Nigel / Sarge / Security Guard .... Alan Francis
John Humphrys .... as himself

Producer Jane Berthoud

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1997.


SAT 05:00 All Those Women (b09ppwdz)
Series 3

Episode 2

Maggie's in a flap after her free-spirited cousin Max arrives for a visit and Jen turns out to be an unexpected source of parenting wisdom for Layla.

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

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

Hetty ...... Marcia Warren
Maggie ...... Lesley Manville
Jen ...... Sinead Matthews
Emily ...... Lucy Hutchinson
Layla ...... Katie Redford
Max ...... Vincent Franklin

Producer: Alexandra Smith

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


SAT 05:30 Stand-Up Specials (m0018wwt)
Sudden Death

Sudden Death is written by and stars the multi-talented writer/performer/producer Jon Harvey (credits include The Thick of It, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and What On Earth? With Count Binface). It tells the story of how he embarked on the sporting odyssey of a lifetime, to see as many of the world's great sports events as possible within one year, in tribute to his late brother.

Recorded at the Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham.

Written and performed by Jon Harvey

Additional material by Laura Major

Recorded and edited by David Thomas

Produced by Ed Morrish

Executive Producer: Polly Thomas

A Naked production for BBC Radio 4


SAT 06:00 Chris Hawes - The Snowfield (m001939d)
George, a dock worker in post-war Yorkshire, has his first story 'The Snowfield' accepted by Dorothy, a BBC radio producer.

Its broadcast has a startling effect on George's life.

Written by Chris Hawes

Dorothy .... Celia Imrie
George .... Jason Isaacs
Ellie .... Tracie Bennett
Heathcote .... Keith Woodason
Ellie's Mum .... Ann Rye
Dorothy's Father .... John Branwell
George's Mum .... Kathy Jamieson
Halliwell .... Rod Arthur
George as a Boy .... James Young
Wazzer .... Matthew Lightowler
Kenny .... Andrew Duggan

Director: Kate Rowland

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1993.


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (m0001xt7)
Series 47

Suzanne O'Sullivan on Oliver Sacks

Matthew Parris meets Suzanne O'Sullivan to discuss her medical and literary hero, Oliver Sacks.

She first came across his work on a beach in Thailand, reading his famous collection of case studies, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Joining the discussion is Sacks' partner, the writer and photographer Bill Hayes. Together they discuss the career of a gifted medic and writer who also loved motorbikes and wild swimming. Sacks wrote another extraordinary book, Awakenings, which was made into a film starring Robin Williams and Robert de Niro.

Suzanne O'Sullivan is an Irish neurologist and award winning author.

Producer: Chris Ledgard

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2019.


SAT 08:00 The Write Stuff (b00dvngt)
Series 12

Seamus Heaney

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

Team captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh are joined by Sue Limb and Andrew Motion.

Author of the week is Seamus Heaney.

Reader: Beth Chalmers

Producer: Katie Marsden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2008.


SAT 08:30 Ayres on the Air (b01c6s6k)
Series 2

The Old Days

Pam Ayres looks back to those 'good old days' - including imperial versus metric and her dad's woollen swimming costume.

More verses and sketches.

With:

Geoffrey Whitehead
Felicity Montagu

Written by Pam Ayres, Chris Thompson, Peter Reynolds and Jan Etherington.

Producer Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2006.


SAT 09:00 4 Extra at the British Seaside (b038xhc6)
Seaside entertainer Tony Lidington takes a trip to Brighton for BBC Radio 4 Extra and reflects how this city has inspired a wealth of seaside memories captured in the BBC Sound Archive.

Tony came to Brighton in the eighties as a student and set up his own Pierrot Troupe The Pierroters named after the rotting West Pier which was the subject of a Kaleidoscope feature made in 1995.

There are first hand memories of what it was like to go on a seaside holiday between the wars in 1984 programme called ‘Sand Between the Toes'.

Tony meets Max Tyler an expert on the Fol De Rols and he and Tony hear them perform in an extraordinary piece of archive from 1937 when four of the shows hundreds of miles apart were brought together live by the magic of wireless.

There are also insights into Brighton's very own Cheeky Chappie as Tony visits a Fish and Chip Shop in Brighton where the Max Miller Society has set up a museum.

‘Casting Shadows' a wonderfully evocative play by Mark Burgess conjures up an imaginary meeting between the actor Laurence Oliver, playwright Terence Rattigan and Brighton's famous seaside entertainer, Max Miller. Roy Hudd headlines as Miller.

Gavin Henderson president of the National Piers Society reveals that seaside Piers were initially places of sophistication, almost the arts centres of their day, and Rachel Clark of the West Pier Trust looks to the future and the plans to create a new vertical Pier on Brighton seafront.

Tony celebrates the Great Days of the West Pier in his 1995 Archive Hour ‘Oh What a Lovely Pier!' with contributions from among others the late Corin Redgrave.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Pier Productions


SAT 12:00 Wordaholics (b01rlmpt)
Series 2

Episode 1

Gyles Brandreth hosts the comedy panel show challenging guests to display their knowledge of words and language.

On the panel:

Comedian, Milton Jones
Comedian, Alun Cochrane
Dictionary Corner's Susie Dent
Front Row critic, Natalie Haynes.

Milton will be coining his own new fear over becoming a monk: 'cloisterphobia.
Alun's Yorkshire roots help him guess the meaning of the Polish word 'prozvonit';
Susie explains the origin of the phrase 'gingering up'.
Natalie tries to ban the word 'guesstimate'.

Writers: Jon Hunter and James Kettle.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2013.


SAT 12:30 To Hull and Back (b02x8zny)
Lucy Beaumont – To Hull and Back

In November 2012, Lucy Beaumont beat over 800 other comics to be crowned the winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2012.

For her BBC Radio 4 debut, Lucy returns to her roots and plays a hometown gig with Johnny Vegas and tribute band The Kings of Lyon at the infamous New Walton Street Club.

'Devastating comic timing' The Stage

'The next Victoria Wood in the making' Arthur Smith

Producer: Lianne Coop

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2013.


SAT 13:00 Archive on 4 (m00066xk)
The Age of Emulsion: with Laurence Llewelyn Bowen

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen explores the social history of DIY home improvements, from Chintz to Changing Rooms and beyond.

The Age of Emulsion is a story about our changing attitudes to housing, consumerism, national identity, sense of individuality, class, politics, and relationships between the sexes.

Starting from the 1950s, Laurence draws on the rich TV and radio archive to show how DIY went from being a necessity after the Second World War, to a wholesome leisure activity, and a fully-blown national obsession.

What’s clear is that TV and radio played a pivotal role. Britain’s first hardboard hero was Barry Bucknell whose Do It Yourself TV series launched in 1956, attracting 7 million viewers. Magazines like Practical Householder advertised tools but also a modern lifestyle to go with it.

Over the next 50 years, TV and magazines would teach us practical skills and democratise interior design - from distressing, to rag rolling and stencilling. In the 90s, DIY became the new rock and roll, as reality makeover shows combined emotion AND emulsion. But what does our attitude say about us now? As DIY retailers struggle and millennials are blamed for their lack of skills, is this the end of the Age of Emulsion?

Laurence also sets two of his favourite interior decorating challenges to novice DIYers Mae-Li Evans and Calum Lynn.

Producer: Victoria Ferran
Exec Producer: Susan Marling

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


SAT 14:00 The Simon Day Show (b01j6t0s)
Series 2

Tommy Cockles

Simon Day and his characters welcome you once again to The Mallard, a small provincial theatre somewhere in the UK.

Hear highlights of the stage show, plus all the backstage and front-of-house happenings.

Popular, blazered entertainer Tommy Cockles arrives to fine the theatre transformed.

There's a new Nigerian owner, soundman Goose has been replaced by an authoritarian ex-copper and receptionist Catherine has disappeared off to India to find herself.

Written by Simon Day.

Tommy Cockles ..... Simon Day
Catherine ..... Catherine Shepherd
Emanuel Akinyemi ..... Felix Dexter
Pat Bennet ..... Morwenna Banks
Ron Bone ..... Simon Greenall

Producer: Colin Anderson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2012.


SAT 14:30 Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy (b0bfz5jy)
Series 2

Seventy-Three Seconds

"Good luck, bad luck, who can tell..."

The return of multi-award winning storyteller Sarah Kendall with more hilarious, gripping and moving stories.

The trilogy showcases a collection of seemingly unconnected stories and memories, which, together, combine to form a meditation on luck, survival and hindsight.

Scrolling backwards and forwards in time to different moments in her life, Sarah creates an intricate montage, demonstrating the interconnectedness of life.

In the first of three parts, Sarah shares her childhood memories of her brother's 6th birthday party, of their first pet and of her family gathering on the lawn to catch a glimpse of Halley's Comet in 1986. Plus an insight into the process of how this show came together, as Sarah watches a video of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster.

Written by Sarah Kendall and Carl Cooper.

Producer: Carl Cooper

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

(Photo Credit: Rosalind Furlong)

Sarah's awards for series 1:

Winner: Writers' Guild Award - Best Radio Comedy
Winner: BBC Audio Drama Award - Best Scripted Comedy (Long form)
Winner: Silver ARIA Award - Best Fictional Storytelling


SAT 15:00 The Nick Revell Show (b007k1n0)
Series 2

Homeless

Nick is a struggling writer in his mid-thirties who speaks to his geraniums. They, meanwhile, watch on and take stock of his mishaps.

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

With:

Alistair McGowan
Doon MacKichan
Brian Bowles
Charles McKeown
Gabrielle Cowburn

Producer: Ioan Magnusson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1993.


SAT 15:30 The Secret World (b03jfc4f)
Series 4

Episode 1

From Al Pacino to Jenni Murray - the show that shines a light on the private world of public people is back!

MP William Hague is at a loose end so volunteers to do some cleaning for his colleagues.

Hollywood’s Al Pacino is convinced that Jools Holland is an alien sending secret messages with his music.

It can only be the strange goings on in the impression comedy with a difference.

With

Jon Culshaw
Julian Dutton
Lewis MacLeod
Jess Robinson
Debra Stephenson
Duncan Wisbey

Written by Bill Dare, Julian Dutton and Duncan Wisbey.

Produced and created by: Bill Dare.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2013.


SAT 16:00 Chris Hawes - The Snowfield (m001939d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (m0001xt7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Alex Ferguson - I See The Moon (b0bl5cg5)
1967: Richard Thornton is at a planning conference. In the big house where he’s staying, he comes across a little girl on the top landing.

He comforts her and promises to return, but his hosts deny any knowledge of her. Can she really have disappeared into thin air?

Alex Ferguson’s thrilling ghost story about a lost childhood, told by a man whom no one believes.

Richard … Cliff Howells
Allison … Kathryn Hunt
Professor Taylor … Russell Dixon
Mrs Taylor … Mary Cunningham
Douglas … Martin Reeve
Mrs Mary Ford … Anne Reid
Forsyth … John Branwell

Written by Alex Ferguson

Directed at BBC Manchester by Melanie Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1999.


SAT 18:45 I Was There Too (b00kbj2y)
Nothing But Blue Skies by Dominic Power

Katharine Rudd, now 97, tells the story of her experiences on the night of the Roswell incident in New Mexico, 1947, when the US government allegedly covered up an encounter with aliens.

Read by Elizabeth Masrantonio

Writer: Dominic Power

Producer: Lawerence Jackson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


SAT 19:00 4 Extra at the British Seaside (b038xhc6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Saturday Night Fry (b007jt29)
Episode 3

Stephen Fry serves up more witty banter and sketches.

With Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent and Julia Hills.

Written by Stephen Fry with additional material by Ian Brown and James Hendrie.

Producer: Dan Patterson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1988.


SAT 22:30 Chain Reaction (b00mpnkr)
Series 3

John Hegley and Jack Dee

Comedian and actor Phill Jupitus interviews poet and comedian John Hegley.

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

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2007.


SAT 23:00 The Simon Day Show (b01jhjs3)
Series 2

Billy Bleach

Simon Day and his characters welcome listeners to The Mallard, a small provincial theatre somewhere in the UK.

Each week one of Simon's comic characters come to perform at The Mallard while the staff struggle with rivalries, self-doubt and the new owner's vision for the theatre's future.

This week popular, Fast Show favourite Billy Bleach returns to The Mallard, the theatre that, last series, gave him his first big break.

Billy Bleach ..... Simon Day
Emanuel Akinyemi ..... Felix Dexter
Pat Bennet ... Morwenna Banks
Ron Bone ..... Simon Greenall

Written by Simon Day

Producer: Colin Anderson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2012.


SAT 23:30 Hut 33 (b01kbhx3)
Series 3

Entente Cordiale

1942: can the wartime code breakers improve Anglo-French relations with a little derring-do?

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

Professor Charles Gardner …. Robert Bathurst
Archie …. Tom Goodman-Hill
Gordon ...... Fergus Craig
3rd Lieutenant Joshua Featherstonhaugh-Marshall …. Alex MacQueen
Minka …. Olivia Coleman
Mrs Best …. Lill Roughley

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2009.



SUNDAY 10 JULY 2022

SUN 00:00 Alex Ferguson - I See The Moon (b0bl5cg5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:45 I Was There Too (b00kbj2y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Archive on 4 (m00066xk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 The Simon Day Show (b01j6t0s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:30 Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy (b0bfz5jy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 The Nick Revell Show (b007k1n0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 The Secret World (b03jfc4f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Chris Hawes - The Snowfield (m001939d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (m0001xt7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell (Omnibus) (b092gh2h)
A memoir with a difference, subtitled: "Seventeen Brushes With Death", in which the award-winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell tells her life through a series of vignettes of her near-death experiences -- including a childhood illness she was not expected to survive; a terrifying encounter on a remote mountain path; a mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital.

The book started out as a private project, a way for O'Farrell to help her young daughter who suffers from a serious immunology disorder, including severe eczema and allergies that can cause anaphylactic shock: "I've asked myself, when she has been very ill, how do you carry on when death is a daily possibility?"

Maggie O'Farrell is the author of nine novels - most recently, the prize-winning, best-selling novel Hamnet about Shakespeare's family and, out in 2022, The Marriage Portrait.

Omnibus of five parts read by Hattie Morahan.

Abridged and produced by Kirsteen Cameron

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2017.


SUN 07:10 Inheritance Tracks (b010t4pk)
Peter Hook

The musician inherits 'Strangers in the Night' sung by Frank Sinatra and passes on Candi Staton's 'You Got the Love'.


SUN 07:20 Virginia Woolf - To the Lighthouse (Omnibus) (b04dm0jk)
Virginia Woolf's landmark modernist novel based on her own early experiences and published 1927.

Intensely personal and profoundly universal; a moving portrait of family life that captures the transience of human experience.

Just before the First World War, Mr and Mrs Ramsay, their eight children and an array of guests are on the Isle of Skye for the summer. Despite Mr Ramsay's prediction of bad weather, Young James is determined to get to the Lighthouse.

Lily ..... Lyndsey Marshal
Mrs Ramsay ..... Charlotte Emmerson
Mr Ramsay ..... John Lynch
James ..... Alex Starke
Mr Tansley ..... Matthew McNulty
Prue ..... Verity-May Henry
Paul ..... Ben Lamb
Minta ..... Olivia Hallinan
Mr Bankes ..... Andonis Anthony
Cam ..... Talia Barnett
Mrs McNab ..... Alexandra Mathie
James (adult) ..... Henry McEntire

Dramatised in five parts by Linda Marshall Griffiths

Director Nadia Molinari

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2014.


SUN 08:30 Floggit's (b00d06hc)
From 02/11/1956

Village shopkeepers Gert and Daisy prepare for a Bonfire Night party.

Gert …. Elsie Waters
Daisy/Mrs Bennett …. Doris Waters
Flo/Emma/Greta …. Joan Sims
Tom/ Mr Niggle …. Hugh Paddick
George/Mr Bell/Lord Russet …. Ronnie Barker
Grandad Mole …. Ron Moody

Originally popular regulars in 'Workers' Playtime' on the BBC Home Service during wartime, Gert and Daisy won their own series. They've inherited a village general store in Russett Green, where they contend with a ragbag of local characters. Floggit's ran for two series between 1956 and 1957.

Scripted by Terry Nation, John Junkin and Dave Freeman.

Producer: Bill Gates

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1956.


SUN 09:00 The Code of the Woosters (b007ww6f)
The Plot Thickens

Bertie Wooster is swept up into a world of fake heroics

PG Wodehouse romp adapted by Chris Miller

Jeeves.......................Michael Hordern
Bertie Wooster..........Richard Briers
Gussie Fink-Nottle.....Rex Garner
Roderick Spode.........James Villiers
Stiffy Byng..................Miriam Margolyes

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1973.


SUN 09:30 Dry Slopes (b00lvl1l)
Series 1

Families and How to Conceive Them

Friendless, jobless Angus breaks free from his sheltered-life shackles to go on a date.

Nick Ball’s sitcom about the unemployed son of a high-flying mother.

Angus Dry ...... Nick Ball
Mum ...... Louisa Rix

With Robert Harley, Toby Longworth and Julie Gibbs.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1995.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b07jl8vm)
BBC Proms 2022

Sir Simon Rattle

Kirsty Young's castaway is Sir Simon Rattle. In 2002 he became Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic - regarded by many as the finest symphony orchestra in the world. He is only the sixth person to hold the position in 120 years and is the first Briton to take on the challenge.

Growing up in Liverpool in the 1960s, while other youngsters were listening to The Beatles, he was transfixed by Mahler and was determined to become a conductor. His talent was prodigious. He won an international conducting competition aged just 19 and so, with plenty of enthusiasm but scant experience, began his career. Initially, because of his youth, his approach was collaborative rather than autocratic and it has been a style that brought tremendous results during his 18-year association with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He insists that his approach with the Berlin Philharmonic is about teamwork too - but concedes that it is an orchestra that contains some very strong characters and very big egos.

He tells Kirsty how, choosing his Desert Island Discs, he has been drawn towards music that expressed joy and pain in equal measure.

Favourite track: Scherza Infida from Ariodante by George Frideric Handel
Book: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Luxury: Italian coffee machine and grinder

Producer: Sharon Banoff

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


SUN 10:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00mj16h)
Series 1

Tracks

Following the tracks left by animals is a great craft owned by many aboriginal people. Doing the same with fossilised tracks is much the same skill, but with a whole new set of extraordinary revelations.

Series of talks by Sir David Attenborough on the natural histories of creatures and plants from around the world.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2009.


SUN 11:00 The Moth Radio Hour (m00193kd)
Series 13

The Games We Play

True stories told live in the USA: Sarah Austin Jenness introduces stories with a win, lose or draw feeling.

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

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

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

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

First heard on PRX in the USA in 2020.


SUN 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (b010t4pk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m00193kg)
Pursuit of Beauty - Dancing the Poem

Poet Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's poetry archive and chooses Pursuit of Beauty - Dancing the Poem in which two choreographers reimagine poems old and new.

Two choreographers talk about how they were inspired to create a dance based closely on a poem.

Ben Duke, nominated for an Olivier Award, grew to love Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost while at university and set about creating his one-man show in contemporary dance called Paradise Lost - lies unopened beside me.

Julie Cunningham, a dancer/choreographer who now runs her own company, went to the Glastonbury Festival, saw the poet Kate Tempest perform, and immediately wanted to set some of her poems to dance.

Ben Duke springs off Paradise Lost and, in a mix of dance and conversation, with just a little of the text, leads his audience through God's creation of the universe, to the battle with Lucifer, and the final expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise. Dance critic Judith Mackrell and poet and dance producer Karthika Nair describe Ben's approach as a kind of riff on the poem, moving between his own domestic challenges and the challenges faced by God as they both struggle to complete their act of creation.

Julie Cunningham's piece is based on a selection of poems from Kate Tempest's prizewinning collection Hold Your Own, through which runs the story of Tiresias - boy, then woman, then prophet, blinded by the gods for his knowledge of both genders. Set for four dancers, she sees her work called To Be Me as a search for the individual person, with the Tiresias story as the background. Judith Mackrell feels that the passion and strength of Kate Tempest's poetry are contrasted to great effect by the beauty and power of Julie's choreography.

Photograph of Ben Duke: Alicia Clark

Producer: Richard Bannerman
A Far Shoreline production for BBC Radio 4.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.


SUN 12:30 Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics (b091w8h9)
Series 3

Juvenal

Join Natalie Haynes and guests for half an hour of comedy and the Classics from the BBC Radio Theatre in London.

Natalie is a reformed comedian who is a little bit obsessive about Ancient Greece and Rome.

This time Natalie stands up in the name of Greek writer Lucian. Expect to hear about the possible origins of 'The Life of Brian', the possible inspiration for Mickey Mouse and a trip to the moon about a thousand years before NASA.

With special guests Professor Edith Hall and Matthew Sweet.
Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2017.


SUN 13:00 The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (Omnibus) (m0005p01)
Anne Frank would have been 92 this year. Her family had fled from Germany to Holland hoping to escape the Nazi’s persecution of the Jews.

On her 13th birthday, June 12th 1942, she was given a red chequered diary. When the family went into hiding less than a month later Anne took her diary with her addressing each entry to Dear Kitty, the confidant and friend she so craved while shut up in the secret annexe above her father’s business premises.

The readings include reminiscences from Eva Schloss. Eva knew Anne as a young girl in Amsterdam. They both went into hiding from the Nazis on the same day. Like the Frank family, Eva's family were also betrayed and sent to concentration camps where her father and brother died. In 1953, Eva’s mother and Otto Frank were married.

Anne’s vivid descriptions of being cooped up for so long, rotten food, the often unsavoury toilet arrangements and the inevitable rows, sit alongside her remarkably assured understanding of her own character, women’s rights, frank discussions about sex, and her feelings towards Peter, the son of the other family in hiding with them.

Anne follows the progress of the war on the BBC, longing for the invasion and liberation. She is all too aware of what is happening to Jews in Europe but the horror of being discovered, the nights spent in complete silence as burglars prowl the offices below, is tempered by a deep faith in humanity.

The family were in hiding for over two years until, betrayed, they were sent to concentration camps. Anne and her sister Margot died in Bergen-Belsen in February 1945. Her mother died in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Only her father, Otto Frank, survived. On his return to Amsterdam in 1945 Miep Giep, his former secretary who had helped the family in hiding, returned Anne’s diary to him. She had found it in the annex and kept it safe, always hoping that one day she would be able to return it to Anne herself. It was published in 1947.

Omnibus of five parts abridged by Libby Spurrier

Translated by Susan Massotty

Read by Georgia Groome.

Producer: Caroline Raphael

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in five parts in 2019.


SUN 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b04kjqg3)
Jenny Agutter

Actress Jenny Agutter inherits 'The Times They Are a-Changin' by Bob Dylan, and passes on 'If I Fall' by Alice Martineau.


SUN 14:20 Dave Sheasby - Shifting the Leaves (Omnibus) (b007jtcr)
Returning to Porthant Bay in Cornwall after 60 years. Marjorie Beaumont is coming to terms with her past

Written by Dave Sheasby.

Omnibus of five parts.

Marjorie Beaumont …. Elizabeth Bradley.
Mrs Nugent …. June Barrie
Mandy …. Alison Pettitt
Tilson …. Tristan Sturrock

Producer: David Hunter

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1998.


SUN 15:30 The Disappearing Art of the Mix Tape (b00cj8d8)
The home made compilation cassette was a distillation of its maker's character and emotion

Let's face it: kids with MP3s don't know they're born; they'll never grasp the art of crafting a mix tape. It's something personal, the musical expression of a generation...

The cassette age was a temporary window in which the art form of the bedroom briefly shone. Nothing says I love you like spending five hours in front of a tape deck and record player, wearing out the pause button and your stylus. Summing up your emotions through the strictly limited vocabulary of a small pile of records and what you could steal off BBC Radio 1's chart show.

But the tape could communicate so much more than romantic intentions. The tape for a new friend explains what kind of person you want to be, the mix for an old and distant friend tells them the person you have become in their absence.

But the download has killed off the cassette - now everyone has access to an almost infinite record collection and playlists can be of unlimited length.

Writer, broadcaster and former NME journalist, David Quantick celebrates that art form.

Compilation makers share some of their favourite mix tape tracks:

Novelist, Iain Banks
Poet, Simon Armitage

A professor of medieval history tells us how he had sustained a 30 year friendship with an HMV store manager by exchanging tapes every month. And Elbow's Guy Garvey explains how his sister Becky inspired his musical career with the many cassettes she compiled for him...

Producer: Rachel Ross

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2008.


SUN 16:00 Thackeray (m00193kj)
Jim Thackeray is a renowned landscape gardener. He is also a first-class private detective.

When a murder takes place in the Shakesperean-themed gardens he has designed, both elements of his life come together with dramatic consequences.

Written by Olwen Wymark and Barbara Clegg

Jim Thackeray .... Michael Cochrane
George Field .... John Moffatt
Shirley Field .... Rosemary Leach
Alma …. Mary Wimbush
Osman Rifat .... Nigel Anthony
Mustafa .... David March
Miss Birch .... Irene Sutcliffe
Dave .... Todd Boyce
Tessa …. Giselle Wolf
McKenzie .... Sean Barrett
Robert .... Michael Tudor-Barnes
Jerry .... John Rye
Aydin .... Richard Pearce
Receptionist .... Jane Whittenshaw
Driver .... Simon Eastwood

Producer: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1995.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m00193kg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics (b091w8h9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Fear on 4 (b007jvnd)
Series 3

6. Dead Man's Boots

The Man in Black wonders if two neglected boots in a cupboard harbour a malignant soul?

Starring Sean Barrett as Richard, Jane Whittenshaw as Myra and Edward de Souza as the Man in Black.

Fear on 4 brings you more in a series of nerve-tinglers.

Written by William Ingram.

Producer: Martin Jenkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1991.


SUN 18:30 Night Terrace (m0008x19)
Series 2

6. The Edification of Anastasia Black

When Eddie is lost in time and space, Anastasia and Sue must launch a daring rescue. Assuming they notice he’s gone.

Meanwhile things are complicated by the interference of the mysterious Cosmic Immortals, and a trip to an inhospitable planet with human colonists from the future.

Sci-fi comedy starring Neighbours’ Jackie Woodburne.

Jackie Woodburne ....... Anastasia Black
Ben McKenzie ........ Eddie Jones
Petra Elliott ........ Sue Denholm
Amanda Buckley....... Camicia
Andrew Hansen....... Horatio Gray
Emily Taheny....... Captain Styrke
Lee Zachariah....... Ärgerlich
Dave Lamb....... McHaggis
Celia Pacquola ....... Cosmic Immortal
Laura Hughes ....... Cosmic Immortal

Written by Lee Zachariah.

Music by David Ashton

Produced by Ben McKenzie and John Richards

A Splendid Chaps Production.


SUN 19:00 The Moth Radio Hour (m00193kd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:50 Inheritance Tracks (b010t4pk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 20:00 Thackeray (m00193kj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b07jl8vm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00mj16h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics (b091w8h9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Delve Special (b007jqcn)
Series 4

There's One Born Again Every Minute

Intrepid reporter David Lander investigates unorthodox religions, and in particular the Sincere Repentist Church led by Joshua Fratt.

Written by Tony Sarchet

Starring Stephen Fry as David Lander

With Harry Enfield, Brenda Blethyn, Robert Bathurst, Phil Nice, Jack Klaff and Felicity Montagu.

Producer: Paul Mayhew Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1987.


SUN 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (m0019bmk)
Helen Bauer 1/2

From 10pm until midnight, seven days a week, The Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. And tonight, Sarah Campbell chats to the comedian Helen Bauer.


SUN 23:00 The Hudson and Pepperdine Show (m00193kl)
Series 4

The Art Show

Mel has ambitions to become a conceptual artist - but then Vicki proves to be the muse for a previously unknown Saatchi brother

Starring Mel Hudson and Vicki Pepperdine with Martin Hyder, Lewis MacLeod and Jim North

Written by Rhodri Crooks and Paul Kerensa

Additional material by Mel Hudson, Vicki Pepperdine and Jim North

Music by Richie Webb

Producer Chris Neill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2005.


SUN 23:30 Six Degrees of John Sessions (b0b0v5xg)
Series 1

Episode 3

Actor, writer, raconteur and impressionist John Sessions mixes showbiz stories, intriguing history, extraordinary impressions and fabulous one-liners - all linked to and from him in this entertaining series.

John’s dazzling array of skills - storytelling, erudition, vocal re-creations and comedy - are all brought into play as he starts each episode with a story or fact related to himself, takes us all over the place by linking people, ending up back with himself.

Each show is a quick-witted, Peter Ustinov-style rollercoaster of storytelling: bizarre and brilliant, eccentric and effusive, autobiographical and alliterative, full of incredible impressions and droll digressions along the way.

Show 3: From Joan Collins to the Royals via Caine and Napoleon

Written and performed by John Sessions.

Producer: Liz Anstee.

A CPL Production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2018.


SUN 23:45 Bunk Bed (m0004mhj)
Series 6

Rhys Ifans

In the dark and in a bunk bed, your tired mind can wander away from the hurly burly of the day.

Bafta-winning Welsh actor Rhys Ifans joins Peter Curran and Patrick Marber on the spare mattress, getting down to the subject of pocket globes, his desire to be a Stone Age cave painter, and the versatility of the kitchen whisk.

Produced by Peter Curran

A Foghorn production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in April 2019.



MONDAY 11 JULY 2022

MON 00:00 Fear on 4 (b007jvnd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:30 Night Terrace (m0008x19)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (Omnibus) (m0005p01)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b04kjqg3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Sunday]


MON 02:20 Dave Sheasby - Shifting the Leaves (Omnibus) (b007jtcr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:20 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 The Disappearing Art of the Mix Tape (b00cj8d8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Thackeray (m00193kj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m00193kg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics (b091w8h9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Detective (b00pg50h)
Series 1

A Bit of Tomfoolery

Detective Sergeant Dave Brook is teamed-up with young Detective Constable Maxton from sleepy Epsom. How will he cope with the mean streets of his new London patch?

Stories of crime and detection in London by Robert Barr.

Starring Ray Brooks as long-serving, ducking-and-diving DS Dave Brook. His new side-kick is 23 year-old ‘grammar school boy’ DC Blair Maxton, played by Christopher Blake

DS Dave Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Blair Maxton …. Christopher Blake
DC Harrison …. Peter Cleall
Chief Inspector Roach …. David Daker
Harry Dean …. George Tovey
Doctor Briggs …. James Taylor
Lady Dennery …. Aimee Delamain
Mr. Stimson …. Martin Friend

Former BBC war correspondent, Robert Barr is best remembered for his work on BBC TV’s ‘Z-Cars’ and ‘Softly Softly’.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1980


MON 06:30 Beau Geste (m00193w0)
6. The Reckoning

Beau faces the twin terrors of LeJaune and the Touaregs. Then John faces the final enemy – the Sahara.

Conclusion of PC Wren’s adventure novel about the Geste brothers – Beau, John and Digby.

Starring David Lumsden, Michael Lumsden and Scott Cherry.

Dramatised by Greg Snow

Beau .... David Lumsden
John .... Michael Lumsden
Digby .... Scott Cherry
Sgt Major LeJaune .... Kenneth Cranham
Lady Brandon .... Avril Clarjj
Henri de Beaujolais .... Christopher Godwin
Sgt Major .... Lyndam Gregory
George Lawrence .... Christopher Good
Schwartz .... James Telfer
Boldini .... Nigel Anthony
Rastignac/David .... Malcolm Ward
Bolidar .... John Evitts
Dupre/St Anne .... Tom Bevan
Cordier …. John Baddeley
Nurse …. Vivienne Rochester

Director: Adrian Bean

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1994.


MON 07:00 Jack & Millie (b0bch6d1)
Series 1

Deliver Us From eBay

Jack and Millie discover the Eleventh Commandment - Thou shalt not try and please a son's scary ex-girlfriend.

And what's really in the mysterious neighbour's packages?

A chance encounter and a classy fish restaurant combine to create a tale of Middle Eastern diplomacy, tight shorts, strictly no ospreys and a married lifetime's-worth of verbal sparring.

Jeremy Front's comedy is about an older couple who are fully engaged with contemporary life while being at war with the absurdities of the modern world.

Starring Jeremy Front and Rebecca Front.

So Millie's son Melvin has given her a new tablet with a voice recorder?

So suddenly Jack and Millie have decided to record everything that happens to them.

Jack ...... Jeremy Front
Millie ...... Rebecca Front
Shirley ...... Tracy-Ann Oberman
Harry ...... Nigel Lindsay
Shushannah ...... Rebecca Gethings
Yoosef ...... Naz Osmanoglu
Barista ...... Luke Sumner

Producer: David Tyler

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


MON 07:30 Just a Minute (m0018wyz)
Series 89

Ivy League, Banned Books and The Art of Seduction

Sue Perkins challenges Dane Baptiste, Jayde Adams, Jan Ravens and Paul Merton to speak for 60 seconds without repetition, deviation or hesitation.

The long-running Radio 4 national treasure of a parlour game is back for a new series with subjects this week ranging from Banned Books to The Art of Seduction.

Production co-ordinator: Caroline Barlow
Sound editor: Marc Willcox
Producer: Sarah Sharpe

A BBC Studios Production


MON 08:00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b007nf1x)
End of an Era

It's Bob and Thelma's big day - and he's on tranquilisers!

CAST:

Terry Collier …. James Bolam
Bob Ferris …. Rodney Bewes
Thelma …. Brigit Forsyth
Audrey …. Sheila Fearn
Susan Chambers …. Anita Carey
Mrs Chamber …. Joan Hickson
Mrs Collier …. Olive Milbourne
Mrs Ferris …. Barbara Ogilvie
Aunt Beattie …. Daphne Heard

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

Adapted for radio and produced by John Browell.

Audio recovered from a listener.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1975.


MON 08:30 Flying the Flag (b007jy0c)
Series 1

Weather Problems

To a background of chronic shortages in the shops, Eastern Bloc dissidents seeking refuge descend on the British Embassy.

Alex Shearer's Eastern bloc embassy sitcom.

CAST:

Ambassador Mackenzie …. Dinsdale Landen
William Frost …. Peter Acre
Helen Waterson …. Moir Leslie
Yakov Korovin …. Michael Bilton
Mikael Korovin …. Jonathan Kidd
Col Surikov …. Christopher Benjamin

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1987.


MON 09:00 Wordaholics (b01rr48h)
Series 2

Episode 2

Gyles Brandreth hosts the comedy panel show challenging guests to display their knowledge of words and language.

Katy Brand and Alex Horne compete against Richard Herring and Natalie Haynes to find out who knows more about words.

Katy Brand reveals an unexpected love of Proverbs in the Old Testament and takes a guess at what 'cougar juice' meant at the turn of the 20th century; Richard Herring explains why his favourite West County word from his schooldays is 'wasp'; Natalie Haynes guesses the meaning of the German word 'zechpreller' which has no direct translation in English, and Alex Horne coins his very own onomatopoeia to describe a snowflake landing on a bubble.

Writers: Jon Hunter and James Kettle.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2013.


MON 09:30 Double Science (b013qzgj)
Bonfire Night

Awesome fireworks are promised, but Colin and Kenneth's party doesn't go to plan.

The turmoil continues at Forresters Sixth Form College.

Written by and starring Ben Willbond and Justin Edwards.

With Rebecca Front, Raza Jaffrey, Margaret Cabourn-Smith and Alex MacQueen.

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2008.


MON 10:00 W Somerset Maugham - The Razor's Edge (m00021x9)
Episode 1

Traumatised young veteran Larry Darrell returns to Chicago after the First World War, but finds it difficult to fit back into society.

To the dismay of his fiancée, Isabel, he heads for Paris, where he embarks on a spiritual quest to find the answers to his many questions.

W Somerset Maugham’s novel was first published in 1944

Dramatised in two-parts by Ronald Frame.

W Somerset Mauqham ...... Nicholas Le Prevost
Larry ...... John Light
Isabel ...... Megan Dodds
Elliott ...... Edward Petherbridqe
Maturin/Brabazon ...... David Bannerman
Gray ...... Sam Dale
The Swami ...... Amerjit Deu
Sophie ...... Laurel Lefkow
Mrs Bradley ...... Carolyn Pickles

Director: Gaynor MacFarlane

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2005.


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m00193w2)
Series 9

Work, Play, Rest: Part 1/3: Work

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

Manoush Zomorodi investigates how the last few years have changed the way we live: what is the future for how we work?

First broadcast in the USA on National Public Radio in 2022.


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m00193w4)
Shobna Gulati

The Coronation Street actress chooses Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko by Asha Bhosle & Mohammed Rafi and To Zion by Lauryn Hill.


MON 12:00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b007nf1x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Flying the Flag (b007jy0c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Detective (b00pg50h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Beau Geste (m00193w0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Melmoth by Sarah Perry (m0000t00)
Episode 1

A contemporary novel set in Prague, inspired by an original Gothic story and written by Sarah Perry.

Melmoth the Witness is a terrifying and yet moving creation who repels and attracts our sympathies simultaneously. The novel explores some of humanity’s darkest actions, asks us to consider our deepest secrets and conveys the importance of bearing witness to unspeakable events. At the same time, it's also a novel of redemption, of the possibility of forgiveness, hope and reconciliation, and the healing power of love.

In this episode, Helen Franklin’s uneventful life as a translator in Prague is altered when a troubled friend gives her a mysterious document.

Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979. She has been the writer in residence at Gladstone's Library and the UNESCO World City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. After Me Comes the Flood, her first novel, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. The Essex Serpent - also a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime - was Waterstone's Book of the Year in 2016 and the British Book Awards Book of the Year in 2017. Her work has been translated into twenty languages. She lives in Norwich.

Writer: Sarah Perry
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Readers: Greta Scacchi and Anton Lesser
Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in October 2018.


MON 14:15 The Citadel (b0bjz95y)
Series 4

Episode 1

The drama series set in the Welsh valleys about life before the NHS. It is 1926 and the General Strike has just ended. But the miners have decided to fight on. Dr Manson and his friend and colleague Dr Denny have different views on whether to support the strike or not.

Manson ...... Richard Fleeshman
Denny ...... Julian Lewis Jones
Christine ...... Catrin Stewart
Sam Bevan ...... Jason Done
Vaughan ...... Sean Murray
Nye Bevan ...... Ben Addis

Dramatised by Christopher Reason.

Director Gary Brown
Producer Gary Brown & Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2018.


MON 14:30 Pussy Galore (b060q9jw)
Susan Calman finds out why our feline overlords rule cyberspace. In an age where celebrity cats star in films, host talk shows and have lucrative book deals, Susan tries to make her own fur babies into viral internet sensations.

She is inspired by speaking to celebrity cat Lil Bub - who has been viewed over 30 million times on youtube, and Will Braden, cat video maker and winner of the first ever "Golden Kitty", awarded by the Internet Cat Video Festival at the prestigious Walker Art Center. Author Tom Cox whose cats have twitter accounts tells Susan how to tweet like a cat and Jack Shepherd, beastmaster of news and entertainment website Buzzfeed explains why - on the internet - cats beats dogs. Fellow comedians Vikki Stone, Angela Barnes and Pippa Evans advise Susan on what she should film her cats doing - for maximum comedy value.

With all this expert guidance - will Susan be able to capture a moment of spontaneous hilarity to make her cats the next feline internet sensation?

Presenter: Susan Calman

Producer: Rachel Ross

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


MON 15:00 W Somerset Maugham - The Razor's Edge (m00021x9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 Wordaholics (b01rr48h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 Double Science (b013qzgj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 Jack & Millie (b0bch6d1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 Just a Minute (m0018wyz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Orbiter X (b077018m)
The First Step to the Stars

First broadcast in 1959, a bold plan to conquer space begins with prefabricated components of space station 'Orbiter X' being transported up from Earth, but the task proves perilous.

Shaped like a giant wheel and code-named 'Orbiter X', the space station is designed to circle Earth, travelling in a rapid polar orbit - boasting synthetic gravity, produced by the rotation around the central hub.

Written by BD Chapman.

Fact and fiction were curiously interwoven, as a fortnight before the first BBC broadcast, the Soviet Luna 2 space probe crash landed on the Moon.

Captain Bob Britton …. John Carson
Captain Douglas McClelland …. Andrew Crawford
Flight Engineer Hicks …. Barrie Gosney
Colonel Kent …. Donald Bisset
Captain Jack Bradley …. John Witty

Producer: Charles Maxwell.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in September 1959.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b048l0s3)
Al Murray and Tarek Osman

Harriett Gilbert and her guests - comedian Al Murray, aka The Pub Landlord, and Egyptian political economist, Tarek Osman - discuss their favourite books by Naguib Mahfouz, Philip Roth and Joseph Heller.

Children of The Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
Publisher: Doubleday US

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Publisher: Vintage

Everyman by Philip Roth
Publisher: Vintage

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


MON 19:00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b007nf1x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Flying the Flag (b007jy0c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Detective (b00pg50h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Beau Geste (m00193w0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m00193w2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (m00193w4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 Just a Minute (m0018wyz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Rubbish (b00770xw)
Series 1

Rage

Martin is dragged along to Life Editing by its course tutor and on-off girlfriend Sarah.

The one thing that would improve his life, he decides, would be being able to say no. But this doesn't mean that people won't carry on saying no to him.

Reece Dinsdale stars as local government officer, cynic and manic-depressive, Martin Christmas in Tony Bagley's sitcom.

Martin ...... Reece Dinsdale
Woman ...... Susie Donkin
Roger ...... Paul Copley
Peter/Chris ...... Jim North
Sarah ...... Nicola Walker
Scott ...... Kevin Eldon
Barney ...... James Lance

Producer: Claire Bartlett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2006.


MON 23:00 Dead Ringers (m0018xkt)
Series 22

Episode 4

Some of the real reasons for resignations, some new sex scandals come to light, and what plans Liz Truss has for the future.

Performed by Jon Culshaw, Lewis Macleod, Jan Ravens, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey.

This episode was written by: Nev Fountain & Tom Jamieson, Laurence Howarth, Ed Amsden & Tom Coles, Edward Tew, Cameron Loxdale, Peter Tellouche and Sarah Campbell.

Produced and created by Bill Dare
Production Co-ordinator: Sarah Sharpe & Katie Baum


MON 23:30 The Ape That Got Lucky (b0081cbz)
Science and Progress

Humans like to think that even if evolution has dealt them a neat hand, they have made their own luck through their mastery of science and technology.

But many things, including penicillin and the light bulb, have been discovered accidentally.

A spoof exploration of the fascinating subject of human evolution.

Starring Chris Addison.

With Professor Austin Herring (aka Geoffrey McGivern), Jo Enright and Dan Tetsell.

Written by Chris Addison and Carl Cooper.

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2005.



TUESDAY 12 JULY 2022

TUE 00:00 Orbiter X (b077018m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b048l0s3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Detective (b00pg50h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Beau Geste (m00193w0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Melmoth by Sarah Perry (m0000t00)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 The Citadel (b0bjz95y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 Pussy Galore (b060q9jw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 W Somerset Maugham - The Razor's Edge (m00021x9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Wordaholics (b01rr48h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 Double Science (b013qzgj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Jack & Millie (b0bch6d1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 Just a Minute (m0018wyz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Detective (b00pckm9)
Series 1

Operation Homecoming

DS Dave Brook and his new young partner are drafted into a Scotland Yard operation to tackle an armed gang.

Stories of crime and detection in London by Robert Barr.

Starring Ray Brooks as long-serving, ducking-and-diving DS Dave Brook. His side-kick is 23 year-old ‘grammar school boy’ DC Blair Maxton, played by Christopher Blake.

DS Dave Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Blair Maxton …. Christopher Blake
DC Harrison …. Peter Cleall
Chief Inspector Roach …. David Daker
Chief Inspector Benbow …. Godfrey Kenton
Judie …. Jacqueline Tong
Glenville …. John Quayle
Jarman …. Timothy Carlton
Jennings …. Adrian Egan

Former BBC war correspondent, Robert Barr is best remembered for his work on BBC TV’s ‘Z-Cars’ and ‘Softly Softly’.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1980


TUE 06:30 E Nesbit - The Railway Children (b00qxh11)
1. Upheaval

A family's sudden upheaval becomes bearable for three children when they discover a railway near their new home.

E Nesbit's much loved book was first published in 1906.

Dramatised in four parts by Marcy Kahan.

Roberta …… Victoria Carling
Peter …… Daniel Ison
Phyllis …… Kate McEnery
Father …… Philip Voss
Mother …… Frances Jeater
Perks …… Paul Copley
Ruth …… Jenny Howe
Visitor …… Danny Schiller

Music composed by Elizabeth Parker. She was the last composer to depart the BBC Radiophonic Workshop before closure in 1998.

Director: John Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in January 1991.


TUE 07:00 Ayres on the Air (b01cjcmp)
Series 2

Food

More light hearted verse and comic sketches from Pam Ayres.

Her world of food, from childhood to the present day.

Includes a poem about suet and the toil and disappointment of barbecues.

With:

Geoffrey Whitehead
Felicity Montagu

Written by Pam Ayres, Chris Thompson, Peter Reynolds and Jan Etherington.

Producer Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2006.


TUE 07:30 Damned Andrew (m0018x19)
Series 1

Real Human Skull

When Andrew wins a real human skull they unleash a curse that might bring their magical quest to an end. If they're going to survive they going to have to find the skull's slightly miffed original owner - Aelric, last of the druids. Meanwhile, Siobhan goes on a date with Chrontar and Barry - a pair of demons who are hiding a deadly secret... Lucky girl!

With Andrew O'Neill, Carly Smallman, Toby Hadoke, Phil Nichol, Sanjeev Kohli, Geoff McGivern, Jen Brister, Joel Trill, Lucy Pearman Sami Abu Wardeh, Yuriko Kotani and Ellie Dobing. Narrated by Alan Moore.

Written by Andrew O'Neill and Tom De Ville
Produced by Alison Vernon-Smith
A Yada-Yada Audio Production.


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b007yn6x)
Series 6

Rommel's Treasure

Fleeing from Tobruk in 1942, the military leader leaves behind a precious box.

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 October 1955.


TUE 08:30 Home Again (m000527p)
Old Habits

Fulton Jones resumes his old ways in the family home after a 20-year unexplained absence.

As suddenly as he disappeared, Fulton Jones returns to his family – wife Margaret, and children Rosie and Martin. He went to the newsagent to buy matches 20 years before and, bold as brass, waltzes back assuming his role as father figure once more. Margaret is perplexed, whilst Rosie and Martin are furious with him.

CAST:

Fulton …. Robin Bailey
Margaret …. Doreen Mantle
Rosie …. Liz Goulding
Martin …. David Troughton
Ernest Blackrock …. Christopher Benjamin

Written by Peter Tinniswood.

Producer: Griff Rhys Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1980.


TUE 09:00 Dead Ringers (m0018xkt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Change at Oglethorpe (b007k04h)
The Brew That Is True

June's passion for station manager, David has so far been unrequited. But an interesting recipe in Old Cronwick's Book of Potions from Field and Forest should change all that...

Meanwhile, Rocket is expecting to meet an old flame when the Royal Train is diverted through the station.

Peter Davison and Michael Williams star in Peter Morfoot's railway sitcom.

David ...... Peter Davison
Rocket ...... Michael Williams
June ...... Rosemary Martin
Points ...... Phillippa Wilson
Hattie ...... Madge Hindle
Sodd ...... Chris Emmett

Other parts played by Paul Jenkins.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in December 1995.


TUE 10:00 W Somerset Maugham - The Razor's Edge (m0002245)
Episode 2

It's now the 1930s. After travelling in the East, Larry returns to Paris where he meets up with Sophie again - to the horror of his ex-fiancée, Isabel.

Conclusion of W Somerset Maugham’s novel dramatised in two-parts by Ronald Frame.

W Somerset Mauqham ...... Nicholas Le Prevost
Larry ...... John Light
Isabel ...... Megan Dodds
Elliott ...... Edward Petherbridqe
Gray/Chief Inspector ..... Sam Dale
The Swami ...... Amerjit Deu
Patsy ...... Paul Dinnen
Joseph ...... Philip Fox
Sophie ...... Laurel Lefkow
Miss Keith ...... Carolyn Pickles

Director: Gaynor MacFarlane

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2005.


TUE 11:00 Archive on 4 (m0006kt6)
The Death of the Eccentric

Will Self goes in search of a dying species - the eccentric. The relationship between true eccentricity and mainstream society is complex, dynamic and now in serious trouble.

Will, who has always been obsessed with the strange and the bizarre, sets sail into the BBC archive to finally understand that elusive quality of eccentricity. From the cliché of the aristocratic English eccentric to the frontline of subversive art and comedy, this is a story of courageous oddballs whose resistance to social conformity holds lessons for us all.

But the first time Will sees eccentricity clearly may also be the last - he argues that we are witnessing the death of the true eccentric, who is suffocating in the neo-liberal marketplace of difference.

Journalist Yomi Adegoke explodes the cliché of the English eccentric and argues that a more inclusive model is needed. Will challenges psychologist Dr David Weeks and cultural historian Dr Aymes-Stokes to help him define eccentricity. Surrealist painter and zoologist Desmond Morris reveals the cynical calculations of Salvador Dali, and Will debates the value of insider/outsider art with Grayson Perry.

Sociologist Laurie Taylor rails against the imitation of eccentricity by artists and other celebrities while, at the other end of the spectrum, former bank robber Noel Smith describes how the lines between normal behaviour and criminal behaviour mean nothing to some eccentrics. Comedian Elf Lyons impresses Will with her unique approach to life and performance, but he find psychedelic drug campaigner Countess Amanda Feilding disappointingly down-to-earth.

Producer: Dave Anderson

A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2019.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b007yn6x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Home Again (m000527p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Detective (b00pckm9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 E Nesbit - The Railway Children (b00qxh11)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Melmoth by Sarah Perry (m0000t7c)
Episode 2

A contemporary novel set in Prague, inspired by an original Gothic story and written by Sarah Perry.

Melmoth the Witness is a terrifying and yet moving creation who repels and attracts our sympathies simultaneously. The novel explores some of humanity’s darkest actions, asks us to consider our deepest secrets and conveys the importance of bearing witness to unspeakable events. At the same time, it's also a novel of redemption, of the possibility of forgiveness, hope and reconciliation, and the healing power of love.

Helen returns to the lodgings she shares with her eccentric Czech landlady. She learns the strange story of Melmoth after reading the manuscript which made her friend anxious and uneasy. But is Melmoth just a fairy tale?

Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979. She has been the writer in residence at Gladstone's Library and the UNESCO World City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. After Me Comes the Flood, her first novel, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. The Essex Serpent - also a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime - was Waterstone's Book of the Year in 2016 and the British Book Awards Book of the Year in 2017. Her work has been translated into twenty languages. She lives in Norwich.

Writer: Sarah Perry
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Greta Scacchi and Anton Lesser
Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in October 2018.


TUE 14:15 The Citadel (b0bk1h1c)
Series 4

Episode 2

Denny is furious at Manson when he finds out the source of his research money.

Manson ...... Richard Fleeshman
Denny ...... Julian Lewis Jones
Christine ...... Catrin Stewart
Sam ...... Jason Done
Vaughan ...... Sean Murray

Dramatised by Christopher Reason.
Director Gary Brown
Producer Gary Brown & Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2018.


TUE 14:30 The Three Voyages of Captain Cook (b00769nv)
Further Than Any Other Man

The achievements of Captain Cook's first voyage of 1768-71, in which he literally put New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia on the map.

Born in 1728, son of a farm labourer in Yorkshire, it's extraordinary that James Cook rose to become the leader of this first voyage of discovery, sponsored by the Admiralty and the Royal Society.

In the first of three programmes, Dr Nigel Rigby of the National Maritime Museum reassesses the life of this complex man.

Reader: Bill Wallis

Music composed and performed by John Metcalfe.

Producer: Mark Smalley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2002.


TUE 15:00 W Somerset Maugham - The Razor's Edge (m0002245)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The 3rd Degree (m0007xpl)
Series 9

Oxford Brookes University

A funny and dynamic quiz show hosted by Steve Punt - this week from Oxford Brookes University with specialist subjects including Anthropology, Motorsport Engineering and Human Biology and Biological Sciences and questions ranging from myelinated axons to the Neolithic Revolution via Wendy Houses and Sabrina The Teenage Witch.

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

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

Other Universities featured in this series include Royal Holloway University of London, Aberdeen, Plymouth, St Catharine's College Cambridge and Brighton.

Produced by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in August 2019.


TUE 16:30 Change at Oglethorpe (b007k04h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 Ayres on the Air (b01cjcmp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Damned Andrew (m0018x19)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Orbiter X (b077y362)
Conflict in Space

The crew of Orbiter 2 discover why their sister ship has been disabled – and who is responsible...

First heard in 1959, a bold plan is underway to conquer space with prefabricated components of space station 'Orbiter X' being transported up from Earth, but the task proves perilous.

Shaped like a giant wheel and code-named 'Orbiter X', the space station is designed to circle Earth, travelling in a rapid polar orbit - boasting synthetic gravity, produced by the rotation around the central hub.

Written by BD Chapman.

Captain Bob Britton …. John Carson
Captain Douglas McClelland …. Andrew Crawford
Flight Engineer Hicks …. Barrie Gosney
Colonel Kent …. Donald Bisset
UFO Commander …. Arthur Lawrence
Control Officer Camm …. Francis Hall
Radio Operator …. John Matthews

Producer: Charles Maxwell.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in October 1959.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b08r1vzc)
Series 24

My Favourite Things

"Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens". Guests from around the world share their special memories of The Sound of Music classic 'My Favourite Things'.

Written by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1959 this deceptively simple song has travelled the globe to comfort and enthral children the world over.

Iranian Astronaut and philanthropist Anousheh Ansari's first encounter with this musical classic was in her native language of Farsi. It's a melody she held dear to her during years of unrest through the Iranian revolution and the war that was to follow. It's also the song that travelled with her as she realised her childhood dream of exploring outer space.

For vocal coach Heather Mair Thomas 'My Favourite Things' evokes memories of a happy Cornish childhood, growing up with her musical family. It has also become a reminder to always look for the good in life - come what may.

Meanwhile Jazz musician David Lieberman takes us on a journey through the 1960's New York club scene to the night where an encounter with John Coltrane's version of 'My Favourite Things' changed his life forever and Sound of Music fan Emma Poulton-White relives her very special wedding day that was topped off with a 'copper kettle' .

Featuring Tom Santopietro author of 'The Sound of Music Story'.

Produced By Nicola Humphries.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2017.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b007yn6x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Home Again (m000527p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Detective (b00pckm9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 E Nesbit - The Railway Children (b00qxh11)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Archive on 4 (m0006kt6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 Damned Andrew (m0018x19)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 The Nick Revell Show (b00ckmj4)
Series 2

Visitors

When Nick's teenage niece and his oldest wild rock n roller friend both come to stay, Nick finds himself a surrogate parent, but for whom?

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

With:

Alistair McGowan
Doon MacKichan
Brian Bowles
Mickey Hutton
Susannah Doyle

Producer: Ioan Magnusson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1993.


TUE 23:00 The Big Booth (b007jv50)
Series 2: The Big Booth Too

Episode 3

Boothby Graffoe meets a man with a replacement tongue and a man in a washing machine.

More guitar-flavoured songs and surreal laughs from Boothby Graffoe.

With Stephen Frost , Vivienne Soan, Big Al, Jim Sweeney and guitarist Antonio Forcione.

Written by Boothby Graffoe and Dave Thompson.

Producer: Lucy Armitage

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2001.


TUE 23:30 Jigsaw (b04fc70t)
Series 2

Episode 1

The return of the rapid-fire and surreal sketch show series.

Starring award-winning stand-up comedians Dan Antopolski, Tom Craine and Nat Luurtsema

Producer: Colin Anderson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2014.


TUE 23:45 Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science (b03zd3jk)
Series 3

Episode 1

Helen Keen's comic but scientifically accurate look at the science and history of space exploration.

A look at how we might one day travel to Mars and beyond, discussing the problems of long space voyages, with tips on a rather unsavoury way to stop cosmic rays and what to do if you feel like eating your crewmates.

Starring Helen Keen, Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane
Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill
Produced by Gareth Edwards.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2014.



WEDNESDAY 13 JULY 2022

WED 00:00 Orbiter X (b077y362)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b08r1vzc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Detective (b00pckm9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 E Nesbit - The Railway Children (b00qxh11)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Melmoth by Sarah Perry (m0000t7c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 The Citadel (b0bk1h1c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 The Three Voyages of Captain Cook (b00769nv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 W Somerset Maugham - The Razor's Edge (m0002245)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 The 3rd Degree (m0007xpl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Change at Oglethorpe (b007k04h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Ayres on the Air (b01cjcmp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Damned Andrew (m0018x19)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Detective (b00p8g0h)
Series 1

Bedtime Story, part 1/2

DS Dave Brook confronts a notorious crime family, who seem to have all the answers.

Stories of crime and detection in London by Robert Barr.

Starring Ray Brooks as long-serving, ducking-and-diving DS Dave Brook. His side-kick is 23 year-old ‘grammar school boy’ DC Blair Maxton, played by Christopher Blake.

DS Dave Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Blair Maxton …. Christopher Blake
DC Harrison …. Peter Cleall
Chief Inspector Roach …. David Daker
Hughie Crerand …. Michael Packer
Jimmy Lowrie …. Tom Bowles
Station Officer …. Gordon Reid
Jane Miller …. Clare Clifford
Mr. Evans …. Philip Voss
Mrs. Stevenson …. Betty Alberge

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1980.


WED 06:30 E Nesbit - The Railway Children (b00qxzyr)
2. Rescue

Roberta, Phyllis and Peter jump to the rescue as Mother falls ill and a Russian turns up at the station. Stars Timothy Bateson.

E Nesbit's much loved book was first published in 1906.

Dramatised in four parts by Marcy Kahan.

Roberta …….................... Victoria Carling
Peter …….......................... Daniel Ison
Phyllis …......…................. Kate McEnery
Mother …….................... Frances Jeater
The Old Gentleman.....Timothy Bateson
Perks …… .........................Paul Copley
Dr Forrest.........................Peter Howell
Szczepansky:....................Michael Poole
Mrs Viney........................Jenny Howe
Other parts were played by Michael Turner and Andrew Wincott

Music composed by Elizabeth Parker. She was the last composer to depart the BBC Radiophonic Workshop before closure in 1998.

Director: John Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in January 1991.


WED 07:00 Boswell's Lives (b074wb57)
Series 2

Boswell's Life of Marx

Boswell attempts to write a biography of Karl Marx, but before he can start must help Marx pen his meisterwerk Das Kapital.

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

James Boswell ..... Miles Jupp
Karl Marx ..... Julian Rhind-Tutt

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2016.


WED 07:30 Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian (m0018xf7)
Series 3

Chinese Virus

Radio 4 favourite Ken Cheng returns for the third series of his brilliant show Chinese Comedian. In the first of the series, Ken takes on the biggest story since his last series and talks all things Coronavirus in the episode Chinese Virus.

Written by Ken Cheng
Produced by Rajiv Karia
A BBC Studios Production.


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jpd5)
Series 6

The Last Bus Home

It's a long walk home in the rain when Sid, Bill and The Lad Himself get stranded.

Starring Tony Hancock.

With Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Warren Mitchell and Hugo Morton.

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 October 1959.


WED 08:30 No Commitments (b007k490)
Series 5

Running in the Family

The family gather to discuss Emily's gap year - with the help of Nigel, her schoolteacher.

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

Anna …. Rosemary Leach
Victoria …. Nicola Pagett
Charlotte …. Celia Imrie
Emily...........Natalie Walter
Nigel............Jon Glover

Music by Elizabeth Parker of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Producer: Maria Esposito

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1998.


WED 09:00 The Write Stuff (b00dzbmv)
Series 12

Philip Roth

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

Team captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh are joined by Harry Ritchie and Simon Brett.

Author of the week is Philip Roth.

Reader: Beth Chalmers

Producer: Katie Marsden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2008.


WED 09:30 Odd Balls (b0076043)
Bill Bosun: Speedily to School

Passengers love country school bus driver Bill Bosun, despite his speed making journeys both a hazard and an adventure.

But his weakness is an unwillingness to see anyone in a jam. Against instruction, he waits for late pupils and gives lifts to all kinds of folk and their dogs, ducks and hens.

The children adore him, but the school governors and local councillors have a different view. Bill's future is in their hands.

One of four character based comedies by Don Howarth.

CAST:

Bill …. Shaun Curry
Headmaster …. Russell Dixon
Mrs Cupboard …. Jillie Meers
Mrs Gasper …. Gillian Goodman
Mr Pilchard …. Graham Colclough
Micky …. David Thorpe
Freddie …. Barry Farrimond
Jenny …. Holly Grainger
Charlie …. Will Haigh
Narrator …. Peter Meakin

Director: Julie Beckett

Producer: Sue Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.


WED 10:00 Maria Edgeworth - The Absentee (b079z6rw)
Episode 1

Lady Clonbrony, determined to be accepted by fashionable London society, has sunk her family into debt to the moneylender, Mordecai.

She wants her son to make a good marriage, but his affections are not to be bought.

Published in 1812, Maria Edgeworth's novel stars Stephen Rea and Anna Healy.

Dramatised in two parts by Nick McCarty.

Lord Colambre... Stephen Rea
Grace Nugent... Anna Healy
Lord Clonbrony... T P McKenna
Lady Clonbrony... Francine Mulrooney
Whipp ... Ben Onwukwe
Paddy/Larry... Billy Boyle
Sir Terence O'Fay ... James Berwick
Moredecai ... Terence Edmond
Sir James Brooke ... David Bannerman

With Fraser Kerr, Danielle Allan, Emma Gregory,Jenny Howe, Elizabeth Kelly, Auriol Smith, Ian Lindsay and Andrew Wincott.

Producer: Claire Grove

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1991.


WED 11:00 Dr John Cooper Clarke: Complete Control (m0007k2h)
3. Cowboys

Dr John Cooper Clarke has landed in your radio, and he is in Complete Control.

The poet, rock star, radio DJ, comedian and cultural icon has been given the keys to BBC Radio 4 Extra. Over three hour-long editions, he's running through the BBC Radio archives taking you on a personal journey travelling all the way from London's West End to the American Wild West – with some interesting diversions along the way. This time, he heads for the Wild West.

Features Brian Cox in the recent Western classic 'The Shootist', a drama so good that John admits "it was the only time I've stayed silent for an hour in my life".

Producer: Luke Doran

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in November 2015


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jpd5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 No Commitments (b007k490)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Detective (b00p8g0h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 E Nesbit - The Railway Children (b00qxzyr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Melmoth by Sarah Perry (m0000sxz)
Episode 3

A contemporary novel set in Prague, inspired by an original Gothic story and written by Sarah Perry.

Melmoth the Witness is a terrifying and yet moving creation who repels and attracts our sympathies simultaneously. The novel explores some of humanity’s darkest actions, asks us to consider our deepest secrets and conveys the importance of bearing witness to unspeakable events. At the same time, it's also a novel of redemption, of the possibility of forgiveness, hope and reconciliation, and the healing power of love.

Hoffman’s manuscript describes his childhood in Prague and his first tentative encounter with Melmoth. Helen has secrets of her own and clues to her previous life, hidden in her room.

Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979. She has been the writer in residence at Gladstone's Library and the UNESCO World City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. After Me Comes the Flood, her first novel, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. The Essex Serpent - also a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime - was Waterstone's Book of the Year in 2016 and the British Book Awards Book of the Year in 2017. Her work has been translated into twenty languages. She lives in Norwich.

Writer: Sarah Perry
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Greta Scacchi and Anton Lesser
Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in October 2018.


WED 14:15 The Citadel (b0bk1fby)
Series 4

Episode 3

Christine gets involved in the strike, much to Andrew's consternation.

Manson ...... Richard Fleeshman
Denny ...... Julian Lewis Jones
Christine ...... Catrin Stewart
Singer/Magistrate ...... Simeon Truby

Dramatised by Christopher Reason

Director Gary Brown
Producer Gary Brown & Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2018.


WED 14:30 The Three Voyages of Captain Cook (b00769s6)
Terra Australis Incognita

How Captain Cook's second voyage to the South Pacific amounted to a negative achievement in many ways - and demonstrated that there was indeed no great Southern Continent in temperate latitudes.

In the second of three programmes, Dr Nigel Rigby of the National Maritime Museum reassesses the life of this complex man.

Reader: Bill Wallis

Music composed and performed by John Metcalfe.

Producer: Mark Smalley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2002.


WED 15:00 Maria Edgeworth - The Absentee (b079z6rw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 The Write Stuff (b00dzbmv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 Odd Balls (b0076043)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 Boswell's Lives (b074wb57)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian (m0018xf7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Orbiter X (b0783jsj)
The Master Plan

The captive crew of Orbiter 2 uncover the true nature of the aliens and where they have been imprisoned.

First broadcast in 1959, a bold plan is underway to conquer space with prefabricated components of space station 'Orbiter X' being transported up from Earth, but the task proves perilous.

Shaped like a giant wheel and code-named 'Orbiter X', the space station is designed to circle Earth, travelling in a rapid polar orbit - boasting synthetic gravity, produced by the rotation around the central hub.

Captain Bob Britton …. John Carson
Captain Douglas McClelland …. Andrew Crawford
Flight Engineer Hicks …. Barrie Gosney
Gelbin …. Arthur Lawrence
Max Kramer …. Gerik Schjelderup
Greta Ravel …. Irene Prador
Captain Jack Bradley ….. John Witty

Written by BD Chapman.

Producer: Charles Maxwell.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in October 1959.


WED 18:30 Dad Made Me Laugh (b007k0n4)
Michael Sellers

Peter Sellers' son Michael chats to Sally Magnusson about the ups and downs of growing up with a famous funny father.

Producer: Mike Walker

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in September 2005.


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jpd5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 No Commitments (b007k490)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Detective (b00p8g0h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 E Nesbit - The Railway Children (b00qxzyr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Dr John Cooper Clarke: Complete Control (m0007k2h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian (m0018xf7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Flight of the Conchords (b007k17r)
Neil Finn Saves the Day!

After the kiwi band splits, Jemaine holds auditions in the toilets

Improvised comedy from the satirical pop pair, as they align with established comics to poke fun at all aspects of pop music.

Rob Brydon narrates the musical odyssey.

Starring New Zealand musical comedy duo, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.

With:

Rhys Darby
Neil Finn
Justin Edwards
Jarred Christmas
Rosie Carnahan

Additional Material by Joel Morris.

Musicians: David Catlin-Birch and Mark Allis.

Producer: Will Saunders

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in October 2005.


WED 23:00 The Million Pound Radio Show (b009m51j)
Series 3

Episode 1

Irangate surprise - and ethical robbers.

Sharp-edged topical humour in the most expensive show on radio.

Written by and starring Andy Hamilton and Nick Revell.

With:

Harry Enfield
Felicity Montagu

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1987.


WED 23:30 Dave Podmore (b007jz8b)
Dave Podmore's Cricket Night

Episode 4

After meeting Rory McGrath on TV, minor cricketing celebrity Pod is called to Buckingham Palace.

Written by Christopher Douglas, Nick Newman and Andrew Nickolds.

Pod ...... Christopher Douglas
Andy Hamer ...... Andrew Nickolds

With Andy Hamer, Nichola Sanderson, Chris Pavlo, Ewan Bailey and Rory McGrath.

Producer: Richard Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2004.



THURSDAY 14 JULY 2022

THU 00:00 Orbiter X (b0783jsj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Dad Made Me Laugh (b007k0n4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Detective (b00p8g0h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 E Nesbit - The Railway Children (b00qxzyr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Melmoth by Sarah Perry (m0000sxz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 The Citadel (b0bk1fby)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 The Three Voyages of Captain Cook (b00769s6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Maria Edgeworth - The Absentee (b079z6rw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 The Write Stuff (b00dzbmv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 Odd Balls (b0076043)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Boswell's Lives (b074wb57)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian (m0018xf7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Detective (b00p66fb)
Series 1

Bedtime Story, part 2/2

Can Detective Sergeant Dave Brook drive a wedge between two notorious crime families?

Stories of crime and detection in London by Robert Barr.

Starring Ray Brooks as long-serving, ducking-and-diving DS Dave Brook. His side-kick is 23 year-old ‘grammar school boy’ DC Blair Maxton, played by Christopher Blake.

DS Dave Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Blair Maxton …. Christopher Blake
Chief Inspector Roach …. David Daker
Jimmy Lowrie …. Tom Bowles
Station Officer …. Gordon Reid
Hughie Crerand …. Michael Packer
Ma Lowrie …. Hilda Fennemore
Billie Sellars …. Colin Bell

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1980.


THU 06:30 E Nesbit - The Railway Children (b00qy473)
3. Avalanche

An avalanche poses a problem on the line and even a fishing trip takes a dramatic turn.

E Nesbit's much loved book was first published in 1906.

Dramatised in four parts by Marcy Kahan.

Roberta …….................... Victoria Carling
Peter …….......................... Daniel Ison
Phyllis …......…................. Kate McEnery
Mother …….................... Frances Jeater
The Old Gentleman.....Timothy Bateson
Perks …… .........................Paul Copley
Dr Forrest.........................Peter Howell
Szczepansky:....................Michael Poole
Mrs Viney........................Jenny Howe
Other parts were played by Michael Turner and Andrew Wincott

Music composed by Elizabeth Parker. She was the last composer to depart the BBC Radiophonic Workshop before closure in 1998.

Director: John Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in January 1991.


THU 07:00 To Hull and Back (b06hjkv6)
Series 1

The French Connection

Sophie still lives at home with her mum in Hull. They make a living doing car boot sales at the weekend. Except they don't really make a living because her mum can't bear to get rid of any of their junk.

Plus, they don't have a car. As their house gets more cluttered, Sophie feels more trapped. Sophie dreams of moving to London to meet her dad and to become a famous actress. Will this dream come true?

Pilot episode of the sitcom by former BBC New Comedy Award winner, Lucy Beaumont.

Starring Lucy Beaumont as Sophie and Maureen Lipman as Sheila.

Producer: Carl Cooper

A BBC Radio Comedy Production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2014.


THU 07:30 Henry Normal: A Normal... (m0018x47)
Community

Henry Normal: A Normal... Community

"Shove up National Treasures. We need to make room for Henry Normal"
Simon O'Hagan - Radio Times

The ninth instalment in this acclaimed, occasional series in which acclaimed, occasional writer Henry Normal uses poetry, stories and comedy to tackle those subjects so big only radio can possibly contain them.

So far Henry has covered ‘Family’, ‘Life’, ‘Love’, ‘Imagination’, ‘Nature’, ‘The Universe’, ‘Communication' and Ageing'; in this new episode, recorded in front of a live audience in his home city of Nottingham, he will be talking about 'Community'.

-
Henry Normal is a multi-award winning writer, producer and poet. Co-writer of award winning TV programmes such as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, Coogan’s Run and Paul Calf, and producer of, amongst many others, Oscar-Nominated Philomena, Gavin and Stacey and Alan Partridge.

Praise for previous episodes in this series:

"It's a rare and lovely thing: half an hour of radio that stops you short, gently demands your attention and then wipes your tears away while you have to have a little sit down"

"It's a real treat to hear a seasoned professional like Henry taking command of this evening comedy spot to deliver a show that's idiosyncratic and effortlessly funny"

"Not heard anything that jumps from hilarious to moving in such an intelligent, subtle way as Henry Normal's show"

Written and performed by Henry Normal
Production Coordinator - Katie Baum
Production Coordinator - Beverly Tagg

Sound manager - Jerry Peal
Produced by Carl Cooper

A BBC Studios production


THU 08:00 Frankie Howerd (m001947d)
Series 3

Episode 7

Frankie reminisces about being a jury foreman.

Ably assisted by June Whitfield, Ray Fell, Chris Emmett and Michael Segal Francis titters and teeters through his eventful life and illustrious career as he writes his memoirs.

Written my David McKellar and David Nobbs.

Producer: David Hatch.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in December 1974.


THU 08:30 Little Blighty on the Down (b007jx6l)
Series 1

Episode 1

Satirical soap opera telling the everyday story of a country folk.

Starring:

John Bluthal
Andrew Sachs
Jo Kendall
Nick Hancock
Bernadine Corrigan
Daniel Strauss

Written by Mark Burton, John O'Farrell and Mike Coleman.

Producer: David Tyler

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1988.


THU 08:55 Leonard Rossiter - In a Nutshell (b00sj9yy)
New York, New York

"I got myself wedged on a train, and immediately it left the station a knife-fight began, apparently to the death..."

A snapshot from the 1980s of the unique American city recalled by Leonard Rossiter.

Written by Barry Pilton.

Producer: Louise Purslow

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in February 1981.


THU 09:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b09z4fyz)
Series 20

Episode 3

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.

Arthur Smith, Jack Dee, Lucy Porter and Lloyd Langford are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as rabbits, inventions, butterflies and drugs.

Produced by Richard Turner
A Random Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in April 2018.


THU 09:30 Dry Slopes (b00ly7c2)
Series 1

Dry Wit

Friendless, jobless Angus writes a requiem to himself. He is really a genius, you know

Nick Ball’s sitcom about the unemployed son of a high-flying mother.

Angus Dry ...... Nick Ball
Mum ...... Louisa Rix

With Robert Harley, Toby Longworth and Julie Gibbs.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1995.


THU 10:00 Maria Edgeworth - The Absentee (b07b2phd)
Episode 2

Lord Colambre has travelled to Ireland for the first time to visit the Clonbrony estates.

But unknown to him, Lady Dashfort is determined to trap him into marriage with her daughter Isabel.

Stephen Rea and Anna Healy star in the conclusion of Maria Edgeworth's novel

Lord Colambre... Stephen Rea
Grace Nugent... Anna Healy
Paddy... Billy Boyle
Whipp ... Ben Onwukwe
Sir Terence O'Fay ... James Berwick
Lord Clonbrony... T P McKenna
Lady Clonbrony... Francine Mulrooney
0'Halloran.... Shay Gorman
Garraghty...John O'Mahoney

With Fraser Kerr, Danielle Allan, Emma Gregory, Jenny Howe, Elizabeth Kelly, Auriol Smith, Ian Lindsay, Andrew Wincott and Terence Edmond.

Dramatised by Nick McCarty.

Producer: Claire Grove

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1991.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b07jl8vm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 11:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00mj16h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 Frankie Howerd (m001947d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 Little Blighty on the Down (b007jx6l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 12:55 Leonard Rossiter - In a Nutshell (b00sj9yy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:55 today]


THU 13:00 Detective (b00p66fb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 E Nesbit - The Railway Children (b00qy473)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Melmoth by Sarah Perry (m0000t5b)
Episode 4

A contemporary novel set in Prague, inspired by an original Gothic story and written by Sarah Perry.

Melmoth the Witness is a terrifying and yet moving creation who repels and attracts our sympathies simultaneously. The novel explores some of humanity’s darkest actions, asks us to consider our deepest secrets and conveys the importance of bearing witness to unspeakable events. At the same time, it's also a novel of redemption, of the possibility of forgiveness, hope and reconciliation, and the healing power of love.

Helen’s friend Thea reveals more chilling details about Melmoth. Thea’s partner has spent weeks researching the story, at great cost to his mental and physical health. Helen begins to take the legend of Melmoth seriously.

Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979. She has been the writer in residence at Gladstone's Library and the UNESCO World City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. After Me Comes the Flood, her first novel, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. The Essex Serpent - also a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime - was Waterstone's Book of the Year in 2016 and the British Book Awards Book of the Year in 2017. Her work has been translated into twenty languages. She lives in Norwich.

Writer: Sarah Perry
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Greta Scacchi and Anton Lesser
Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in October 2018.


THU 14:15 The Citadel (b0bk1pdt)
Series 4

Episode 4

Manson and Denny reconcile when they have to attend a medical emergency.

Manson ...... Richard Fleeshman
Denny ...... Julian Lewis Jones
Christine ...... Catrin Stewart
Sam ...... Jason Done
Miner ...... Stephen Marzella
Undermanager ...... Simeon Truby

Dramatised by Christopher Reason.

Director Gary Brown.
Producer Gary Brown & Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2018.


THU 14:30 The Three Voyages of Captain Cook (b00769wc)
This Melancholy Affair

After the astounding success of his first two voyages, few imagined that Captain James Cook would go to sea again.

In the last of three programmes, Dr Nigel Rigby of the National Maritime Museum, learns that Cook, already 48, wanted to find the fabled North West Passage between America and Asia, probably motivated by the prize of £20,000.

He died in the attempt, killed on Hawaii in 1779.

Reader: Bill Wallis

Music composed and performed by John Metcalfe.

Producer: Mark Smalley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2002.


THU 15:00 Maria Edgeworth - The Absentee (b07b2phd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b09z4fyz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Dry Slopes (b00ly7c2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 To Hull and Back (b06hjkv6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 Henry Normal: A Normal... (m0018x47)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Orbiter X (b0783mpg)
Flight to the Moon

The crew of Orbiter 2 are captured, in space, by the sinister Unity organisation and taken to the Moon.

First broadcast in 1959, a bold but perilous plan to conquer space with space station 'Orbiter X' is underway.

Shaped like a giant wheel and code-named 'Orbiter X', the space station is designed to circle Earth, travelling in a rapid polar orbit - boasting synthetic gravity, produced by the rotation around the central hub.

Written by BD Chapman.

Captain Bob Britton …. John Carson
Captain Douglas McClelland …. Andrew Crawford
Flight Engineer Hicks …. Barrie Gosney
Max Kramer …. Gerik Schjelderup
Colonel Kent …. Donald Bisset
Sir Charles Day …. Leslie Perrins
Control Officer Brown …. Peter Noel Cook

Producer: Charles Maxwell.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in October 1959.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (m00020yv)
Series 47

Rohan Silva on Colin Chapman

The arrival of Lotus shook up motor sport in 1960s and 70s. In Formula One, Colin Chapman made his cars lighter and quicker than anyone else, often challenging the rules. But not everything he designed was safe. On the roads, Lotus sports cars are an icon of the era.

To discuss this colourful and controversial life, Matthew Parris is joined by the entrepreneur Rohan Silva and the motor racing journalist, Maurice Hamilton.

Producer: Chris Ledgard

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2019.


THU 19:00 Frankie Howerd (m001947d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 Little Blighty on the Down (b007jx6l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 19:55 Leonard Rossiter - In a Nutshell (b00sj9yy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:55 today]


THU 20:00 Detective (b00p66fb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 E Nesbit - The Railway Children (b00qy473)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b07jl8vm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00mj16h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 Henry Normal: A Normal... (m0018x47)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Listen Against (b01752w7)
Series 4

Episode 3

Another week of radio that never happened.

Alice Arnold and Jon Holmes rewind and mangle real programmes for you to enjoy the wrong way round.

Written and created by Jon Holmes

With:

Kevin Eldon
Justin Edwards
Sarah Hadland
James Bachman
Kim Wall
David Mara

Producer: Sam Bryant.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2011.


THU 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (m0019bnl)
Helen Bauer 2/2

From 10pm until midnight, seven days a week, The Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. And tonight, Sarah Campbell chats once again to the comedian Helen Bauer.


THU 23:00 The Maltby Collection (b00mg0wp)
Series 3

Episode 3

Warring curators, wedding cleaners and a dodgy alarm system all add to the unwanted pressure on Walter.

Geoffrey Palmer and Julian Rhind-Tutt star in series 3 of David Nobbs’ sitcom about a small museum of paintings and sculpture.

Rod Millet ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Walter Brindle ...... Geoffrey Palmer
Prunella Edgecumbe ...... Rachel Atkins
Susie Maltby ...... Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Julian Crumb-Loosely ...... Ben Willbond
Wilf Arbuthnot ...... Geoff McGivern
Eva Tattle ...... Juklia Deakin
Des Wainwright ...... Michael Smiley
Stelios Constantinopoulis ...... Chris Pavlo

Producer: Colin Anderson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2009.


THU 23:30 The Secret World (b03k2bt9)
Series 4

Episode 2

Sean Connery, Griff Rhys Jones, Pam Ayres, Kirsty Young, Peter Sallis, all have one thing in common.

They enjoy nothing more than coming together every week or so for a bit of bare knuckle fighting.

Well, they do in the strange alternative universe that is The Secret World. The impressions show with a difference.

With

Jon Culshaw
Julian Dutton
Lewis MacLeod
Jess Robinson
Debra Stephenson
Duncan Wisbey

Written by Bill Dare, Julian Dutton and Duncan Wisbey.

Produced and created by: Bill Dare.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2013.



FRIDAY 15 JULY 2022

FRI 00:00 Orbiter X (b0783mpg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (m00020yv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Detective (b00p66fb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 E Nesbit - The Railway Children (b00qy473)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Melmoth by Sarah Perry (m0000t5b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 The Citadel (b0bk1pdt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 The Three Voyages of Captain Cook (b00769wc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Maria Edgeworth - The Absentee (b07b2phd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b09z4fyz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Dry Slopes (b00ly7c2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 To Hull and Back (b06hjkv6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Henry Normal: A Normal... (m0018x47)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Detective (b03h6xz3)
Series 1

The Bank Raid

An old-style bank raid keeps the boys busy. Will DS Brook make his date with Judie?

Stories of crime and detection in London by Robert Barr.

Starring Ray Brooks as long-serving, ducking-and-diving DS Dave Brook. His side-kick is 23 year-old ‘grammar school boy’ DC Blair Maxton, played by Christopher Blake.

DS Dave Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Blair Maxton …. Christopher Blake
Chief Inspector Roach …. David Daker
DC Harrison …. Peter Cleall
Forensic Scientist …. Roger Hammond
Mr. Franklin …. John Ringham
Miss Rees …. Liza Flanagan
Collator …. James Sosmo
Matron …. Margot Boyd
Police Officer …. David Timson
Charles Owen …. John Sharp
Judie …. Jacqueline Tong
Mrs. Miller …. Julie May

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1980.


FRI 06:30 E Nesbit - The Railway Children (b00qyqd1)
4. Father

The children help out when a paper chase goes wrong - and Roberta learns the truth about her father. Stars Victoria Carling.

E Nesbit's much loved book was first published in 1906.

Dramatised in four parts by Marcy Kahan.

Roberta …….................... Victoria Carling
Peter …….......................... Daniel Ison
Phyllis …......…................. Kate McEnery
Mother …….................... Frances Jeater
The Old Gentleman.....Timothy Bateson
Perks …… .........................Paul Copley
Dr Forrest.........................Peter Howell
Jim......................................Paul Downing
Foreman...........................Fraser Kerr
Workman.........................Ben Onwukwe
Other parts played by members of the cast.

Music composed by Elizabeth Parker of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Director: John Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in January 1991.


FRI 07:00 All Those Women (b09qhsc6)
Series 3

Episode 3

Hetty's taking Maggie on a roadtrip to collect an heirloom; she wants something to bequeath and this piano is perfect for Emily. It'll be a lovely day. Provided Maggie can drive a van of course.

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

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

Hetty ...... Marcia Warren
Maggie ...... Lesley Manville
Van Hire ...... Chris Pavlo
Ebay Man ...... Chris Pavlo

Producer: Alexandra Smith

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


FRI 07:30 Alexei Sayle's Strangers on a Train (m00193sf)
Series 1

Cardiff to Portsmouth

Author, actor and comedy icon, Alexei Sayle begins his travels across the country by rail in the first of a new six part series for Radio 4.

Alexei’s mission is to break the golden rule of travelling by train and actually talk to his fellow passengers in a quest for conversations that reveal their lives, hopes, dreams and destinations. There’s humour, sadness and surprise as people talk about what is going on in their lives and, as Alexei passes through familiar towns and cities, he also tells stories and memories from his career and childhood.

Alexei has a lifelong "ticket to ride" in his DNA. His father was a railway guard and the Sayle family benefitted from free travel in the UK and across Europe. As a boy, Alexei and his family roamed far and wide from the family home in Anfield, Liverpool. At a time when most people thought an exciting trip by train was to Brighton or Blackpool, Alexei travelled thousands of miles to mysterious towns with unpronounceable names in far flung corners of the continent.

In each programme in the series, Alexei embarks on a rail journey, taking a chance on who he might meet and inviting them to have a conversation with him. In this first episode, he travels from Cardiff to Portsmouth. Among his many fellow travellers, he meets David who looks after tunnels for a living, Tess who speaks Russian and Ukrainian and has been trained to drive a tank, and technician Megan from the National Oceanography Centre who, while many of us might be daunted by trying to deal with a leaking washing machine, loves fixing things and takes on the maintenance of mass spectrometers as part of the centre’s work on climate change.

Producers Peter Lowe and Nick Symons
A Ride production for Radio 4


FRI 08:00 It Sticks Out Half a Mile (b007jph9)
Who Owned the Pier?

1948: In the battle to restore the pier in Frambourne-on-Sea, hopes rest on a visit from an electrician...

A seaside saga of pier perpetuation starring John Le Mesurier, Ian Lavender and Bill Pertwee.

Arthur Wilson ...... John Le Mesurier
Frank Pike ...... Ian Lavender
Bert Hodges ...... Bill Pertwee
Miss Perkins ...... Vivienne Martin
Mr Guthrie ...... Glynn Edwards
Mr Watkins ...... Barry Gosney
Assistant ...... Stuart Sherwin
Librarian ...... James Bryce

Written by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles, based on the characters originally created by Jimmy Perry and David Croft.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 1983.


FRI 08:30 The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue (b007jx3p)
Entertaining Edwin

"Whenever you're passing , look me up" you said. "No need to let me know, stay as long as you like..."

An old school chum visits hapless vicar Timothy Carswell, while two teenage tearaways terrorise residents.

Stephen Sheridan's six-part series starring James Grout. .

Reverend Timothy Carswell ...... James Grout
Miss Tilling ...... Margaret Courtenay
Miss Tapp ...... Jean Heywood
Mrs Muir ...... Sarah Thomas
Mrs Knatchbull ...... Maxine Audley
Jeremy ...... Christian Robinson
David ...... Tobias Best
Mr Rainbird ...... David Bannerman
Constable ...... Ian Lindsay
Edwin ...... Robert Lang

Producer: Lissa Evans.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1991.


FRI 09:00 Hidden Treasures (b0075xyh)
Petworth House

Check out your chattels and hang on to your heirlooms!

Lars Tharp chairs the light-hearted Antiques Quiz from some of England's finest country houses.

Starting at Petworth House in West Sussex – there are mystery objects, several hidden treasures from the house itself and valuations.

With Eric Knowles and Bunny Campione.

Producer: Annie Bristow

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1998.


FRI 09:30 One Flat Summer (b0075243)
The Craven Stakes

Newly redundant clothing salesman Ken Warburton finds himself adrift and drawn into the serious world of gambling.

Stars Gerard McDermott.

Dave Sheasby's six-part comedy drama.

Ken …… Gerard McDermott
Margaret …… Gillian Bevan
Curly …… Anthony Ofoegbu
Christine …… Rachel Atkins
Dad …… Keith Marsh
Janice …… Andrea Pickering
Tanker …… Stephen Thorne
Super Yankee …… David Brooks
Shop Assistant …… Tracy-Ann Oberman
Bank Manager …… Hugh Dickson

Director: David Hunter

First broadcast on BBC Radio in August 1997.


FRI 10:00 The Campden Wonder (b00mrhdm)
The true account of the mysterious disappearance of William Harrison, a rent collector in the service of the Campden family in Chipping Campden in 1660.

Sir Thomas Overbury,..................Peter Jeffrey
John Perry...............................Richard Derrington
Dr Shirley..................................Nigel Anthony
Sly/Edward Harrison..............David Holt
Richard/Nathan.......................Kim Durham

Written by Richard Derrington and Roger Hume.

Directed at BBC Pebble Mill by Sue Wilson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1994.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m0011tkv)
Pet Sounds

Laura Grimshaw and Chris Pearson present podcasts all about pets. Whether you're #TeamCat or #TeamDog - or even #TeamFerret- we have some lovely listening on the love of our pets.

We speak to broadcasting legend Nicky Campbell about his gorgeous podcast One of the Family. And EastEnders actor Emma Barton joins us to talk about The Petcast from The Blue Cross.

We also feature tasty morsels of:
BBC Radio London's Dogs and the City
BBC Radio 4's My Cat, The Judge
The Purrrcast
Classic FM's Paws and Claws with Bill Turnbull
Animal People with Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick
The Aquarium Guys
Reptile n Chill
Coffee with the Chicken Ladies
The Pet Pod with Dr Zara Boland
BBC Radio Ulster's Alright, Pet?


FRI 12:00 It Sticks Out Half a Mile (b007jph9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue (b007jx3p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Detective (b03h6xz3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 E Nesbit - The Railway Children (b00qyqd1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Melmoth by Sarah Perry (m0000vb8)
Episode 5

A contemporary novel set in Prague, inspired by an original Gothic story and written by Sarah Perry.

Melmoth the Witness is a terrifying and yet moving creation who repels and attracts our sympathies simultaneously. The novel explores some of humanity’s darkest actions, asks us to consider our deepest secrets and conveys the importance of bearing witness to unspeakable events. At the same time, it's also a novel of redemption, of the possibility of forgiveness, hope and reconciliation, and the healing power of love.

Helen meets a young woman after an unexpected incident in a church, and introduces her to Thea. The woman is no stranger to the story of Melmoth.

Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979. She has been the writer in residence at Gladstone's Library and the UNESCO World City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. After Me Comes the Flood, her first novel, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. The Essex Serpent - also a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime - was Waterstone's Book of the Year in 2016 and the British Book Awards Book of the Year in 2017. Her work has been translated into twenty languages. She lives in Norwich.

Writer: Sarah Perry
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Greta Scacchi and Anton Lesser
Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in October 2018.


FRI 14:15 The Citadel (b0bk1tw5)
Series 4

Episode 5

The miners return to work and Christine and Andrew take a trip to London

Manson ...... Richard Fleeshman
Denny ...... Julian Lewis Jones
Christine ...... Catrin Stewart
Owen ...... Stephen Marzella
Blodwen ...... Sue Jenkins

Dramatised by Christopher Reason

Director Gary Brown
Producer Gary Brown and Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2018.


FRI 14:30 Archie Shepp's Message from Paris (b060zq8w)
The American saxophonist Archie Shepp has spent much of his life in Paris and it was there in January 2015 that he and his French wife heard about the shootings at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. They had friends among the staff and the killings shocked them deeply.

As a foreigner in France, an artist with long-standing political convictions and a man who’d grown up among the violence and prejudice of a black ghetto in the States, Archie knows - on a profound personal level - the mechanisms of anger, fear and frustration.

He knows the realities of segregation, the feeling of being trapped in a deprived neighbourhood and the difficulties of not seeing a way out. For Archie, education and music offered an escape route. Looking through the lens of his own experiences, he considers life now in his adopted city of Paris.

Produced by Rikke Houd

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in July 2015.


FRI 15:00 The Campden Wonder (b00mrhdm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 Hidden Treasures (b0075xyh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 One Flat Summer (b0075243)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 All Those Women (b09qhsc6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Alexei Sayle's Strangers on a Train (m00193sf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Orbiter X (b0784dyd)
Inside the Moon Station

The crew of Orbiter 2 have been taken to the Moon by the shadowy Unity organisation.

First broadcast in 1959, a bold but perilous plan to conquer space with space station 'Orbiter X' is underway.

Captain Bob Britton …. John Carson
Captain Douglas McClelland …. Andrew Crawford
Flight Engineer Hicks …. Barrie Gosney
Max Kramer …. Gerik Schjelderup
Colonel Kent …. Donald Bisset
Sir Charles Day …. Leslie Perrins

With Ian Sadler and John Cazabon

Written by BD Chapman.

Producer: Charles Maxwell.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in October 1959.


FRI 18:30 Sounds Natural (b08yr9x7)
Dulcie Gray

Actress, crime writer and butterfly expert, Dulcie Gray, discusses her love of wildlife with Derek Jones.

Plus her choice of recordings from the vast BBC Sound Archives.

Produced in Bristol by John Burton.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1980.


FRI 19:00 It Sticks Out Half a Mile (b007jph9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue (b007jx3p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Detective (b03h6xz3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 E Nesbit - The Railway Children (b00qyqd1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m0011tkv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 Alexei Sayle's Strangers on a Train (m00193sf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy (b0bgg3b6)
Series 2

One-Seventeen AM

"Good day, bad day, who can tell..."

Multi-award winning storyteller Sarah Kendal returns with more hilarious, gripping and moving stories.

This second volume of Sarah Kendall's Australian Trilogy, is one show in three parts. A collection of seemingly unconnected stories and memories, which, together, form a meditation on luck, survival and hindsight.

Scrolling backwards and forwards in time to different moments in her life, over the three parts Sarah creates an intricate montage, demonstrating the interconnectedness of life.

In this second part, Sarah is trying to be more positive. She tells us of a trip to the vets with the family's pet hamster, of a car accident she was in as a child, and of a day at a clinic with her son. And we find out that hamsters originate from Syria.

Written by Sarah Kendall and Carl Cooper.

Producer: Carl Cooper

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


FRI 23:00 Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music (b007k0c8)
Series 1

Excess

Pop excess is the stuff of legends...but sometimes it just gets a bit too much.

Mitch Benn continues his journey through the showbiz glitz and backstage little of pop music.

With Robert Ince, Alfie Joey, Tash Baylis and Kirsty Newton

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2004.


FRI 23:30 James Acaster's Perfect Sounds (p09ys293)
Series 2

Nathan Caton & old-school hip hop

James breaks his own rules by picking a 2016 album which sounds "old-school", rapper Westside Gunn's debut Flygod. He discusses it with guest Nathan Caton, plus they delve into Nathan's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles obsession.




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

4 Extra at the British Seaside 09:00 SAT (b038xhc6)

4 Extra at the British Seaside 19:00 SAT (b038xhc6)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b048l0s3)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b048l0s3)

Alex Ferguson - I See The Moon 18:00 SAT (b0bl5cg5)

Alex Ferguson - I See The Moon 00:00 SUN (b0bl5cg5)

Alexei Sayle's Strangers on a Train 07:30 FRI (m00193sf)

Alexei Sayle's Strangers on a Train 17:30 FRI (m00193sf)

Alexei Sayle's Strangers on a Train 22:00 FRI (m00193sf)

All Those Women 05:00 SAT (b09ppwdz)

All Those Women 07:00 FRI (b09qhsc6)

All Those Women 17:00 FRI (b09qhsc6)

Archie Shepp's Message from Paris 14:30 FRI (b060zq8w)

Archive on 4 13:00 SAT (m00066xk)

Archive on 4 01:00 SUN (m00066xk)

Archive on 4 11:00 TUE (m0006kt6)

Archive on 4 21:00 TUE (m0006kt6)

Ayres on the Air 08:30 SAT (b01c6s6k)

Ayres on the Air 07:00 TUE (b01cjcmp)

Ayres on the Air 17:00 TUE (b01cjcmp)

Ayres on the Air 05:00 WED (b01cjcmp)

Beau Geste 01:30 SAT (m0018xhh)

Beau Geste 06:30 MON (m00193w0)

Beau Geste 13:30 MON (m00193w0)

Beau Geste 20:30 MON (m00193w0)

Beau Geste 01:30 TUE (m00193w0)

Boswell's Lives 07:00 WED (b074wb57)

Boswell's Lives 17:00 WED (b074wb57)

Boswell's Lives 05:00 THU (b074wb57)

Bunk Bed 23:45 SUN (m0004mhj)

Chain Reaction 22:30 SAT (b00mpnkr)

Change at Oglethorpe 09:30 TUE (b007k04h)

Change at Oglethorpe 16:30 TUE (b007k04h)

Change at Oglethorpe 04:30 WED (b007k04h)

Chris Hawes - The Snowfield 06:00 SAT (m001939d)

Chris Hawes - The Snowfield 16:00 SAT (m001939d)

Chris Hawes - The Snowfield 04:00 SUN (m001939d)

Dad Made Me Laugh 18:30 WED (b007k0n4)

Dad Made Me Laugh 00:30 THU (b007k0n4)

Damned Andrew 07:30 TUE (m0018x19)

Damned Andrew 17:30 TUE (m0018x19)

Damned Andrew 22:00 TUE (m0018x19)

Damned Andrew 05:30 WED (m0018x19)

Dave Podmore 23:30 WED (b007jz8b)

Dave Sheasby - Shifting the Leaves (Omnibus) 14:20 SUN (b007jtcr)

Dave Sheasby - Shifting the Leaves (Omnibus) 02:20 MON (b007jtcr)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 10:45 SUN (b00mj16h)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 SUN (b00mj16h)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 11:45 THU (b00mj16h)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 THU (b00mj16h)

Dead Ringers 23:00 MON (m0018xkt)

Dead Ringers 09:00 TUE (m0018xkt)

Delve Special 22:30 SUN (b007jqcn)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (b07jl8vm)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (b07jl8vm)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (b07jl8vm)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (b07jl8vm)

Detective 06:00 MON (b00pg50h)

Detective 13:00 MON (b00pg50h)

Detective 20:00 MON (b00pg50h)

Detective 01:00 TUE (b00pg50h)

Detective 06:00 TUE (b00pckm9)

Detective 13:00 TUE (b00pckm9)

Detective 20:00 TUE (b00pckm9)

Detective 01:00 WED (b00pckm9)

Detective 06:00 WED (b00p8g0h)

Detective 13:00 WED (b00p8g0h)

Detective 20:00 WED (b00p8g0h)

Detective 01:00 THU (b00p8g0h)

Detective 06:00 THU (b00p66fb)

Detective 13:00 THU (b00p66fb)

Detective 20:00 THU (b00p66fb)

Detective 01:00 FRI (b00p66fb)

Detective 06:00 FRI (b03h6xz3)

Detective 13:00 FRI (b03h6xz3)

Detective 20:00 FRI (b03h6xz3)

Doctor Who: Redacted 00:00 SAT (m0018xhp)

Double Science 09:30 MON (b013qzgj)

Double Science 16:30 MON (b013qzgj)

Double Science 04:30 TUE (b013qzgj)

Dr John Cooper Clarke: Complete Control 11:00 WED (m0007k2h)

Dr John Cooper Clarke: Complete Control 21:00 WED (m0007k2h)

Dry Slopes 09:30 SUN (b00lvl1l)

Dry Slopes 09:30 THU (b00ly7c2)

Dry Slopes 16:30 THU (b00ly7c2)

Dry Slopes 04:30 FRI (b00ly7c2)

E Nesbit - The Railway Children 06:30 TUE (b00qxh11)

E Nesbit - The Railway Children 13:30 TUE (b00qxh11)

E Nesbit - The Railway Children 20:30 TUE (b00qxh11)

E Nesbit - The Railway Children 01:30 WED (b00qxh11)

E Nesbit - The Railway Children 06:30 WED (b00qxzyr)

E Nesbit - The Railway Children 13:30 WED (b00qxzyr)

E Nesbit - The Railway Children 20:30 WED (b00qxzyr)

E Nesbit - The Railway Children 01:30 THU (b00qxzyr)

E Nesbit - The Railway Children 06:30 THU (b00qy473)

E Nesbit - The Railway Children 13:30 THU (b00qy473)

E Nesbit - The Railway Children 20:30 THU (b00qy473)

E Nesbit - The Railway Children 01:30 FRI (b00qy473)

E Nesbit - The Railway Children 06:30 FRI (b00qyqd1)

E Nesbit - The Railway Children 13:30 FRI (b00qyqd1)

E Nesbit - The Railway Children 20:30 FRI (b00qyqd1)

Fear on 4 18:00 SUN (b007jvnd)

Fear on 4 00:00 MON (b007jvnd)

Flight of the Conchords 22:30 WED (b007k17r)

Floggit's 08:30 SUN (b00d06hc)

Flying the Flag 08:30 MON (b007jy0c)

Flying the Flag 12:30 MON (b007jy0c)

Flying the Flag 19:30 MON (b007jy0c)

Frankie Howerd 08:00 THU (m001947d)

Frankie Howerd 12:00 THU (m001947d)

Frankie Howerd 19:00 THU (m001947d)

George Bernard Shaw - Major Barbara 03:00 SAT (b07ff197)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (m0001xt7)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (m0001xt7)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (m0001xt7)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (m00020yv)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (m00020yv)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b007jpd5)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b007jpd5)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b007jpd5)

Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science 23:45 TUE (b03zd3jk)

Henry Normal: A Normal... 07:30 THU (m0018x47)

Henry Normal: A Normal... 17:30 THU (m0018x47)

Henry Normal: A Normal... 22:00 THU (m0018x47)

Henry Normal: A Normal... 05:30 FRI (m0018x47)

Hidden Treasures 09:00 FRI (b0075xyh)

Hidden Treasures 16:00 FRI (b0075xyh)

Home Again 08:30 TUE (m000527p)

Home Again 12:30 TUE (m000527p)

Home Again 19:30 TUE (m000527p)

Hut 33 23:30 SAT (b01kbhx3)

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (b092gh2h)

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell 02:00 SAT (b092sh31)

I Was There Too 18:45 SAT (b00kbj2y)

I Was There Too 00:45 SUN (b00kbj2y)

Inheritance Tracks 07:10 SUN (b010t4pk)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 SUN (b010t4pk)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SUN (b04kjqg3)

Inheritance Tracks 19:50 SUN (b010t4pk)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 MON (b04kjqg3)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (m00193w4)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (m00193w4)

It Sticks Out Half a Mile 08:00 FRI (b007jph9)

It Sticks Out Half a Mile 12:00 FRI (b007jph9)

It Sticks Out Half a Mile 19:00 FRI (b007jph9)

Jack & Millie 07:00 MON (b0bch6d1)

Jack & Millie 17:00 MON (b0bch6d1)

Jack & Millie 05:00 TUE (b0bch6d1)

James Acaster's Perfect Sounds 23:30 FRI (p09ys293)

Jigsaw 23:30 TUE (b04fc70t)

Just a Minute 07:30 MON (m0018wyz)

Just a Minute 17:30 MON (m0018wyz)

Just a Minute 22:00 MON (m0018wyz)

Just a Minute 05:30 TUE (m0018wyz)

Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian 07:30 WED (m0018xf7)

Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian 17:30 WED (m0018xf7)

Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian 22:00 WED (m0018xf7)

Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian 05:30 THU (m0018xf7)

Leonard Rossiter - In a Nutshell 08:55 THU (b00sj9yy)

Leonard Rossiter - In a Nutshell 12:55 THU (b00sj9yy)

Leonard Rossiter - In a Nutshell 19:55 THU (b00sj9yy)

Listen Against 22:30 THU (b01752w7)

Little Blighty on the Down 08:30 THU (b007jx6l)

Little Blighty on the Down 12:30 THU (b007jx6l)

Little Blighty on the Down 19:30 THU (b007jx6l)

Maria Edgeworth - The Absentee 10:00 WED (b079z6rw)

Maria Edgeworth - The Absentee 15:00 WED (b079z6rw)

Maria Edgeworth - The Absentee 03:00 THU (b079z6rw)

Maria Edgeworth - The Absentee 10:00 THU (b07b2phd)

Maria Edgeworth - The Absentee 15:00 THU (b07b2phd)

Maria Edgeworth - The Absentee 03:00 FRI (b07b2phd)

Melmoth by Sarah Perry 14:00 MON (m0000t00)

Melmoth by Sarah Perry 02:00 TUE (m0000t00)

Melmoth by Sarah Perry 14:00 TUE (m0000t7c)

Melmoth by Sarah Perry 02:00 WED (m0000t7c)

Melmoth by Sarah Perry 14:00 WED (m0000sxz)

Melmoth by Sarah Perry 02:00 THU (m0000sxz)

Melmoth by Sarah Perry 14:00 THU (m0000t5b)

Melmoth by Sarah Perry 02:00 FRI (m0000t5b)

Melmoth by Sarah Perry 14:00 FRI (m0000vb8)

Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music 23:00 FRI (b007k0c8)

My Mother's Sari 02:30 SAT (b05s3gz4)

Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics 12:30 SUN (b091w8h9)

Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics 17:30 SUN (b091w8h9)

Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics 22:00 SUN (b091w8h9)

Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics 05:30 MON (b091w8h9)

Night Terrace 18:30 SUN (m0008x19)

Night Terrace 00:30 MON (m0008x19)

No Commitments 08:30 WED (b007k490)

No Commitments 12:30 WED (b007k490)

No Commitments 19:30 WED (b007k490)

Odd Balls 09:30 WED (b0076043)

Odd Balls 16:30 WED (b0076043)

Odd Balls 04:30 THU (b0076043)

One Flat Summer 09:30 FRI (b0075243)

One Flat Summer 16:30 FRI (b0075243)

Orbiter X 18:00 MON (b077018m)

Orbiter X 00:00 TUE (b077018m)

Orbiter X 18:00 TUE (b077y362)

Orbiter X 00:00 WED (b077y362)

Orbiter X 18:00 WED (b0783jsj)

Orbiter X 00:00 THU (b0783jsj)

Orbiter X 18:00 THU (b0783mpg)

Orbiter X 00:00 FRI (b0783mpg)

Orbiter X 18:00 FRI (b0784dyd)

P Division 01:00 SAT (b007jx68)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m0011tkv)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m0011tkv)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (m00193kg)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m00193kg)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m00193kg)

Protesting Too Much 04:30 SAT (m0018xhk)

Pussy Galore 14:30 MON (b060q9jw)

Pussy Galore 02:30 TUE (b060q9jw)

Rubbish 22:30 MON (b00770xw)

Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy 14:30 SAT (b0bfz5jy)

Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy 02:30 SUN (b0bfz5jy)

Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy 22:30 FRI (b0bgg3b6)

Saturday Night Fry 22:00 SAT (b007jt29)

Six Degrees of John Sessions 23:30 SUN (b0b0v5xg)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b08r1vzc)

Soul Music 00:30 WED (b08r1vzc)

Sounds Natural 00:30 SAT (b08yf6wv)

Sounds Natural 18:30 FRI (b08yr9x7)

Stand-Up Specials 05:30 SAT (m0018wwt)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m00193w2)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m00193w2)

Thackeray 16:00 SUN (m00193kj)

Thackeray 20:00 SUN (m00193kj)

Thackeray 04:00 MON (m00193kj)

The 3rd Degree 16:00 TUE (m0007xpl)

The 3rd Degree 04:00 WED (m0007xpl)

The Ape That Got Lucky 23:30 MON (b0081cbz)

The Big Booth 23:00 TUE (b007jv50)

The Campden Wonder 10:00 FRI (b00mrhdm)

The Campden Wonder 15:00 FRI (b00mrhdm)

The Citadel 14:15 MON (b0bjz95y)

The Citadel 02:15 TUE (b0bjz95y)

The Citadel 14:15 TUE (b0bk1h1c)

The Citadel 02:15 WED (b0bk1h1c)

The Citadel 14:15 WED (b0bk1fby)

The Citadel 02:15 THU (b0bk1fby)

The Citadel 14:15 THU (b0bk1pdt)

The Citadel 02:15 FRI (b0bk1pdt)

The Citadel 14:15 FRI (b0bk1tw5)

The Code of the Woosters 09:00 SUN (b007ww6f)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 SUN (m0019bmk)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 THU (m0019bnl)

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (m0005p01)

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (m0005p01)

The Disappearing Art of the Mix Tape 15:30 SUN (b00cj8d8)

The Disappearing Art of the Mix Tape 03:30 MON (b00cj8d8)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b007yn6x)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b007yn6x)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b007yn6x)

The Hudson and Pepperdine Show 23:00 SUN (m00193kl)

The Maltby Collection 23:00 THU (b00mg0wp)

The Million Pound Radio Show 23:00 WED (b009m51j)

The Moth Radio Hour 11:00 SUN (m00193kd)

The Moth Radio Hour 19:00 SUN (m00193kd)

The Nick Revell Show 15:00 SAT (b007k1n0)

The Nick Revell Show 03:00 SUN (b007k1n0)

The Nick Revell Show 22:30 TUE (b00ckmj4)

The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue 08:30 FRI (b007jx3p)

The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue 12:30 FRI (b007jx3p)

The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue 19:30 FRI (b007jx3p)

The Secret World 15:30 SAT (b03jfc4f)

The Secret World 03:30 SUN (b03jfc4f)

The Secret World 23:30 THU (b03k2bt9)

The Simon Day Show 14:00 SAT (b01j6t0s)

The Simon Day Show 23:00 SAT (b01jhjs3)

The Simon Day Show 02:00 SUN (b01j6t0s)

The Three Voyages of Captain Cook 14:30 TUE (b00769nv)

The Three Voyages of Captain Cook 02:30 WED (b00769nv)

The Three Voyages of Captain Cook 14:30 WED (b00769s6)

The Three Voyages of Captain Cook 02:30 THU (b00769s6)

The Three Voyages of Captain Cook 14:30 THU (b00769wc)

The Three Voyages of Captain Cook 02:30 FRI (b00769wc)

The Unbelievable Truth 09:00 THU (b09z4fyz)

The Unbelievable Truth 16:00 THU (b09z4fyz)

The Unbelievable Truth 04:00 FRI (b09z4fyz)

The Write Stuff 08:00 SAT (b00dvngt)

The Write Stuff 09:00 WED (b00dzbmv)

The Write Stuff 16:00 WED (b00dzbmv)

The Write Stuff 04:00 THU (b00dzbmv)

To Hull and Back 12:30 SAT (b02x8zny)

To Hull and Back 07:00 THU (b06hjkv6)

To Hull and Back 17:00 THU (b06hjkv6)

To Hull and Back 05:00 FRI (b06hjkv6)

Virginia Woolf - To the Lighthouse (Omnibus) 07:20 SUN (b04dm0jk)

Virginia Woolf - To the Lighthouse 02:15 SAT (b04d4p08)

W Somerset Maugham - The Razor's Edge 10:00 MON (m00021x9)

W Somerset Maugham - The Razor's Edge 15:00 MON (m00021x9)

W Somerset Maugham - The Razor's Edge 03:00 TUE (m00021x9)

W Somerset Maugham - The Razor's Edge 10:00 TUE (m0002245)

W Somerset Maugham - The Razor's Edge 15:00 TUE (m0002245)

W Somerset Maugham - The Razor's Edge 03:00 WED (m0002245)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 08:00 MON (b007nf1x)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 12:00 MON (b007nf1x)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 19:00 MON (b007nf1x)

Whose Line Is It Anyway? 04:00 SAT (b008vnz5)

Wordaholics 12:00 SAT (b01rlmpt)

Wordaholics 09:00 MON (b01rr48h)

Wordaholics 16:00 MON (b01rr48h)

Wordaholics 04:00 TUE (b01rr48h)