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SATURDAY 18 JANUARY 2014

SAT 00:00 Paradise Lost in Space (b007jp39)
6. Sacrifice

Oblivio is in the grip of an Ice Age.

When the UME spaceship lands on the surface, Norman and Max make a sacrifice...

Conclusion of Colin Swash’s sci-fi comedy about two space-age humans stranded on a friendly alien planet.

Norman ...... Tony Robinson
Max ...... David Haig
Stella ...... Louise Lombard
Macari ...... Michael Troughton
Suzy ...... Carla Mendonca
Louise ...... Ronni Ancona
Ume ...... Lorelei King
Vince ...... Daniel Main

Producer: Richard Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1995.


SAT 00:30 Planet B (b00j0hqr)
Series 1

5. The Smart Money

John and Medley are transported to a world of orgies and circuses, where the slaves seek a new leader.

Ten-part series about a mystery virtual world.

Written by Paul May.

John ...... Gunnar Cauthery
Lioba ...... Donnla Hughes
Medley ...... Lizzy Watts
Cerberus ...... Chris Pavlo
Trader 1 ...... Janice Acquah
Trader 2 ...... Robert Lonsdale
Wheeler ...... Paul Rider
Regulator ...... Stephen Critchlow
Lyall ...... Inam Mirza
Fracta ...... Jill Cardo

Other parts played by the cast.

Director: Jessica Dromgoole

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


SAT 01:00 Paul Temple (b007jn7r)
Paul Temple and the Lawrence Affair

Return to Downburgh

Pondering the mystery over the handbag, the suave detective and his wife, Steve follow up a fresh lead...

Francis Durbridge's thriller stars Peter Coke as Paul Temple and Marjorie Westbury as Steve in another intriguing case for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife. With Lester Mudditt as Sir Graham Forbes.

With Allan McClelland as Max Burford, John Gabriel as Ernest de Silva, Dorothy Holmes-Gore as Doris and Arthur Ridley as Detective Inspector Vosper.

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

Producer: Martin C Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1954.


SAT 01:30 Dixon of Dock Green (b0133ldd)
Series 1

Roaring Boy

Mary and Andy have some exciting news for George, but he's nowhere to be found - and on the other side of Dock Green, a desperate young man with a gun is on the run.

Radio revival of BBC TV's famous copper starring David Calder as PC George Dixon and David Tennant as Andy Crawford.

Dixon of Dock Green's roots go back to 1950 film drama 'The Blue Lamp', which ended with Dixon being shot dead. However, Warner's role was resurrected for the BBC TV series running from 1955 to 1976.

PC George Dixon ...... David Calder
PC Andy Crawford ...... David Tennant
Mary Dixon ...... Charlie Brooks
Doug Beale ...... Carl Prekopp
Diana Johnson ...... Hayley Docherty

Written by Ted Willis. Dramatised from his TV screenplay by Sue Rodwell.

Produced in Bristol by Viv Beeby and Jeremy Howe.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2005.


SAT 02:00 Millport (b0076221)
Series 2

Avowal

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

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

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

Music arranged by Olly Fox.

Producer: Lucy Bacon

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2001.


SAT 02:30 Electric Ink (b01kkqc9)
Series 2

Episode 6

Maddox's future is uncertain as a rather shady character plans to buy the newspaper.

Alistair Beaton and Tom Mitchelson's comic satire set in the struggling world of newspapers.

A group of dysfunctional journalists attempt to cover major news stories whilst grappling with the demands of a multi-platform environment, as circulation figures plummet as the recession means half the workforce is laid off.

Maddox ..... John Sessions
Oliver ..... Alex Jennings
Freddy ..... Stephen Wight
Carol ..... Polly Frame
Masha ..... Debbie Chazen
Andrei Zinoviev ..... Ewan Bailey
Steward ..... Adeel Akhtar

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2011.


SAT 03:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007jx34)
The Road to Gordium

Warrior Alexander becomes King of Macedon and sets out to conquer the world.

Michael Maloney and Barry Foster star in David Wade's serial on the life of Alexander the Great.

Alexander ...... Michael Maloney
Spirit of Achilles ...... Barry Foster
Spirit of Patroclus ...... Simon Ward
Hephaistion ...... Alex Jennings
Queen Olympias ...... Geraldine James
Darius ...... Charles Kay
Harpalos ...... Dominic Letts
Perdikkas ...... Mark Straker
Charidemos ...... Jonathan Adams
Ptolemy ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Philotas ...... Michael Onslow
Anteas ...... Barry Gordon
Simmias ...... John Evitts
Antipatros ...... David March
Demosthene ...... Malcolm Sinclair
Nabarzanes ...... John Baddeley

Music: Wilfredo Acosta

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1993.


SAT 04:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03pm1hw)
Episode 10

The murder has finally been committed. However, a phone call complicates things. Donna Tartt thriller read by William Hope. From April 1995.


SAT 04:15 Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy (b007k1nx)
Mondays Are Hell

Forced to give up Marianne, assassin Billy Hindle is blackmailed into one last job. Stars James Aubrey and Joanna Lumley.


SAT 05:00 Huddwinks (b00fsmz6)
Series 2

The Idiots Have Landed!

A Second World War tale of derring-do, to dispose of Adolf Hitler at his Bavarian lodge.

Roy Hudd stars in Laurie Rowley’s comic parodies.

With:

Denise Coffey
Chris Emmett
David Gooderson
Fred Harris

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in June 1988.


SAT 05:30 Chambers (b007znmz)
Series 1

The Cab Rank Rule

Fuller-Carp faces a dilemma when asked to represent animal rights activists, having just accepted an invitation to go fox-hunting with some influential High Court judges.

Nor is it just Fuller-Carp's dignity which is on the line, as LAM (Lawyers against Meat) is ready to pounce...

Clive Coleman’s sitcom about the questionable practices of a group of barristers.

John Fuller Carp ...... John Bird
Hilary Tripping ...... James Fleet
Ruth Quirke ...... Lesley Sharp
Vince ...... Jonathan Kydd
Simon De Vere ...... Jonathan Coy
Rob ...... Paul Shearer
Mr Porteus ...... Keith Drinkel
Mrs Porteus ...... Ann Beach

Producer Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1996.


SAT 06:00 Ken Kesey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (b0089hkg)
Committed to a mental institution in 1950s America, the rebellious and psychopathic McMurphy confronts the harsh, unforgiving discipline of Nurse Ratched.

Starring Bob Sherman as Randle Patrick McMurphy, Margaret Robertson as Nurse Ratched, William Roberts as Dale Harding and Kerry Shale as Billy Bibbet.

Martyn Read was commissioned in 1987 by the BBC World Service to adapt the play from Dale Wasserman's stage show based on Ken Kesey's novel.

Produced by David Hitchinson for the BBC World Service.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1989.


SAT 07:30 Simon Schama - Baseball and Me (b00yhqcf)
Episode 2

After 30 years in America, English-born historian Simon Schama wonders why he's still bewitched by the ever-popular sport.


SAT 08:00 Garrison Keillor's Radio Show (b01d2l32)
Series 7

Episode 21

From the Town Hall, New York City, the American funny man welcomes singers Justin Townes Earle and Jearlyn Steele. From 2011.


SAT 09:00 Brian Johnston - An Innings with Johnners (b01kkldw)
Rory Bremner takes to the crease to celebrate the life and career of Brian Johnston with contributions and memories from his colleagues, friends and contacts.

The programme selection includes:

Summers Will Never Be the Same - from Test Match Special - a look back at the life of Johnners broadcast after he passed away in 1994.

Trivia Test Match from Meopham in Kent. Johnners umpires a test of wit and general knowledge. With Tim Rice, Willie Rushton, Barry Cryer and Bernard Cribbins.

Hancock's Half Hour. The Monte Carlo Rally
Tony Hancock competes in the famous motor race in a very classic car - provided by Sid. The rally commentator is Brian Johnston.

Johnners goes 'Down Your Way'. Selected series highlights of wonderful characters and stories. Complied by Barry Johnston.

Twenty Questions. Terry Wogan chairs the popular quiz series, featuring Brian Johnston, Willie Rushton, Bettine Le Beau and Anona

The End of the Innings - music, mirth and memories celebrating the life of Brian. With Jonathan Agnew, Farokh Engineer, David Essex, Barry Johnston, Neil Durden-Smith, Terry Wogan and Brian himself. Made in 2012.


SAT 12:00 James Payne - Aonach Hourn (Omnibus) (b03q5cgf)
Cormick lost his daughter eight years ago in an avalanche that struck the remote Highlands village of Rosscoille. But now he makes an impossible discovery - one of the missing has returned...

Omnibus of James Payne's dark five part mystery, about a community struggling to deal with profound loss.

Cormick ..... Mark Bonnar
Thomas ..... Reece Shearsmith
Nancy ..... Amy Manson
Sally ..... Eiry Thomas
Flora ..... Promise Fulstow
Jim ..... Stuart McGugan
Morna ..... Tracy Wiles

Director: James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


SAT 13:15 Baldi (b007k0bt)
Series 3

Settling Scores

Paolo invites Tina to her first classical music concert, but a murder soon sounds a wrong note.

David Threlfall stars as the murder-solving priest, Paolo Baldi.

Written by Mark Holloway.

With Tina Kellegher as Tina Mahon, Bill Nighy as O'Connor, TP McKenna as Father Troy, Geraldine James as Maggie, Owen Roe as Rynne, Gerard McSorley as Dr Virgo, Niall Buggy as Donal Clare, Luke Griffin as Billy and Collette Proctor as Kitty Henderson.

Format by Barry Devlin. Developed and produced by BBC Northern Ireland.

Script Editor: Gemma McMullan

Recorded at RTE's studios in Dublin.

Director: Mark Lambert

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.


SAT 14:00 PG Wodehouse (b00bfq14)
What Ho! Jeeves: Joy in the Morning

Sundry Happenings in a Garden

Bertie Wooster must mend bridges after the debacle of the fake burglary.

PG Wodehouse romp adapted in seven-parts by Chris Miller.

Starring Michael Hordern as Jeeves, Richard Briers as Bertie Wooster, Jonathan Cecil as Boko Fittleworth, Peter Woodthorpe as Percy, Lord Worplesden, Bronwen Williams as Florence Craye and Denise Bryer as Edwin the Boy Scout.

Producer: Simon Brett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978.


SAT 14:30 The Navy Lark (b03ph1bs)
Frustrating the Spark of Invention

Can Able Seaman Johnson win a 'man-powered flight' competition, despite the assistance of Pertwee?

Stars Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Stephen Murray.

Laughs afloat aboard British Royal Navy frigate HMS Troutbridge. The Navy Lark ran for an impressive 13 series between 1959 and 1976.

The Sub-Lieutenant ...... Leslie Phillips
The Chief Petty Officer ...... Jon Pertwee
The Number One ...... Stephen Murray
Captain Povey ...... Richard Caldicot
Heather ...... Heather Chasen
Able Seaman Johnson ...... Ronnie Barker
Taffy Goldstein ...... Tenniel Evans
The Padre. ....... Michael Bates

Written by Lawrie Wyman.

Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in October 1967.


SAT 15:00 Garrison Keillor's Radio Show (b01d2l32)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SAT 16:00 Ken Kesey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (b0089hkg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Warhorses of Letters (b03pdhkq)
Series 3

Episode 1

First in a new series of the world's best-loved epistolary equine comedy-romance, as we reveal more of the recently-discovered, passionate letters between the Duke of Wellington's horse Copenhagen (played by Daniel Rigby) and Napoleon's steed Marengo (played by Stephen Fry), with an introduction by Tamsin Greig.

Beginning at the height of the Battle of Waterloo and Marengo's close brush with death our heroes deal with the aftermath of battle as Marengo becomes part of the spoils of war. Will defeat bring him exile to St Helena at his master's side, or will be be untied with his true love Copenhagen? And if the latter, should they rebrand themselves as hot new power-couple Mopenhagen? Or Carengo?

Written by Robbie Hudson and Marie Phillips
Produced by Gareth Edwards.


SAT 17:45 Political Animals (b01lv38q)
Series 1

Wilberforce

Wilberforce, Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office 1973-1987, reflects on his life with Margaret Thatcher.

Starring Clive Swift.

The first in a series of four scurrilous talks given by well-known, if unreliable, Downing Street cats.

Tony Bagley assists each feline to relate their trials and tribulations under four different Prime Ministers.

Director: Marc Beeby

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2012.


SAT 18:00 Atomic Tales (b007jx75)
I've Got Your Number

A man loses his unique numbered identity - and lands in double trouble, when his number gets copied.

1950s American sci-fi spoof.

Starring the talents of:

John Guerrasio
Jeff Harding
Allison Warnyca
Lewis McLeod
Colin Stinton
Liza Ross.

Written by Adam Tandy and Nat Sones.

Producer: Adam Bromley.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in August 2006.


SAT 18:30 The Price of Fear (b007jm89)
An Eye for an Eye

Even horror legend Vincent Price can't face the meal that is placed before him.

Co-starring Christopher Bidmead, Anne Jameson and Roger Snowdon.

Written by William Ingram.

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in April 1974.


SAT 19:00 Brian Johnston - An Innings with Johnners (b01kkldw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Sabotage (b03k3c7y)
Series 1

Episode 2

Mark Talbot hosts Sabotage's exciting comedy night featuring a mix of TV stars and rising comedy talent. With Kevin Eldon (star of various TV hits, including his own BBC2 show "It's Kevin"); BBC Radio New Comedy Award winner Lucy Beaumont; Chortle Best Newcomer nominee Stuart Hudson; and the rising comedic talents of Benny Boot and Jamie Demetriou.

From London's historic Hoxton Hall in Hackney.

Producer: Anna Silver

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Hat Trick Productions.

First broadcast in January 2014.


SAT 23:00 P Division (b007jx64)
Condition Purple

Episode 3

While Dino remains as elusive as ever, the team continue their search for fresh evidence in the hunt for the killer of prostitute, Stephanie Craigellachie.

Peter Turnbull's dramatic story about his Glaswegian cops.

DCI Donoghue …. Martin Cochrane
DS Ray Sussock …. Ralph Riach
DC King …. John Buick
DC Montgomery …. Frank Gallagher
Collette …. Louise Beattie
WPC Elka Willems …. Ann Louise Ross
First Woman …. Wilma Duncan
Second Woman …. Mamie Stirling
Dino …. Alexander Morton

Dramatised by Stephen Mulrine. .

Produced at BBC Glasgow by Hamish Wilson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1993.


SAT 23:30 Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light (b015yn87)
Episode 4

There are revelations regarding Miss Wilcox and the late Grace Brown, and Mattie receives a proposal.

As the story behind Grace Brown's death unfolds, 17 year old Mattie Gokey must chose to between her desire to be a writer, and the excitement of a first romance.

Jennifer Donnelly's debut novel read by Vicki Simon.

Abridged by Penny Leicester.

Producer: Liz Allard

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2004.


SAT 23:45 The Late Alfred Hitchcock Presents (b00tr6np)
Being a Murderer Myself

By Arthur Williams. When a jilted poultry farmer meets his ex-girlfriend, could it be a case of murder most fowl? Stars Michael Roberts.



SUNDAY 19 JANUARY 2014

SUN 00:00 Atomic Tales (b007jx75)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:30 The Price of Fear (b007jm89)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Garrison Keillor's Radio Show (b01d2l32)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 James Payne - Aonach Hourn (Omnibus) (b03q5cgf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:15 Baldi (b007k0bt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:15 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Ken Kesey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (b0089hkg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Warhorses of Letters (b03pdhkq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:30 on Saturday]


SUN 05:45 Political Animals (b01lv38q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:45 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Vita Sackville-West - All Passion Spent Omnibus (b007jxd3)
Lady Slane, 88, defies her children to embark on an independent life after her husband dies. Stars Honor Blackman.


SUN 07:15 Could Do Better (b03q5fw6)
Dame Edna Everage

Robert Booth has a quiet word with international megastar housewife Dame Edna Everage about her school reports. From December 1998.


SUN 07:30 Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! (b00h8n6q)
Series 4

Charley Ant

Count Arthur Strong prepares to gatecrash an audition for "Charley's Aunt". Unable to find his make-up bag, he enlists the help of his acting student protege, Malcolm, to help put the finishing touches to his costume. Dashing or disastrous, which will it be?

We once again follow the one-time Variety Star as he uncompromisingly fulfils his daily list of engagements. Everyday life with Count Arthur Strong is, as always, an enlightening experience!

All Tourettic ticks, false starts and nervous fumbling, badly covered up by a delicate sheen of bravado and self-assurance, Arthur is an expert in everything from the world of entertainment to the origins of the species.

Cast:
Steve Delaney
Alastair Kerr
David Mounfield
Mel Giedroyc
Terry Kilkelly

Produced by John Leonard and Mark Radcliffe
A Komedia Entertainment & Smooth Operations production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 08:00 The Burkiss Way (b00gsb7z)
Series 2

Govern Britain the Burkiss Way

The comedy team sweep to a political landslide.

The Burkiss Way to Dynamic Living from radio's Advanced Correspondence Course

With democratic instruction from Jo Kendall , Nigel Rees, Chris Emmett and Fred Harris.

A proportionally representative script by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick.

Ministerial production by Simon Brett.

Cult sketch show first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1977.


SUN 08:30 The Ken Dodd Show (b03q5gb0)
Doddy's Daft Half Hour, from 31/01/1971

The King of Knotty Ash delves into breaking the rules and brings us Happy News.

Starring Ken Dodd. With Peter Goodwright, Pat Coombs, Teddy Johnson, Talfryn Thomas and Jo Manning Wilson.

Devised and written by Ken Dodd, David McKellar, Norman Beedle, George Moffat and Malcolm Cameron.

Doddy's Diddy Orchestra conducted by Geoff Alderson.

Producer: Bobby Jaye
First broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 in January 1971.


SUN 09:00 PL Travers - Mary Poppins (b00slpvx)
The story of the magical English nanny - poised, punctilious and practically perfect in every way.

Starring Juliet Stevenson as Mary Poppins, who's set to transform the lives of Jane and Michael Banks.

After the Banks family's last nanny walks out in disgust, Mary blows in to number 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London. She's given a week's trial by the children's father, George - but says she'll only stay until the wind changes.

Dramatised by Hazel Marshall, this was the first ever radio adaptation - based on several Mary Poppins stories written by PL Travers .

Juliet Stevenson .... Mary Poppins
Jonathan Bee .... Michael
Sophie Stuckey .... Jane
Deborah Berlin .... Mrs Banks
David Timson .... Mr Banks
Andrew Sachs .... Mr Turvy
Phyllida Law .... Katie Nana
Chris Moran .... Mr Smart
Laura Doddington .... Polly

Other parts played by the cast.

Producer: David Ian Neville.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1994.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b03q5hgv)
Absent Friends

Iain Banks

4 Extra Debut. From Steeleye Span to Warren Zevon, Scottish novelist Iain Banks shares his castaway choices with Sue Lawley. From August 1997.


SUN 10:45 Afternoon Reading (b00nmt87)
Tales From the Low Countries

The Fortress at Bruges

Set in the not-so-distant future in 'what remains of Belgium'. Following the floods of global warming, most of the Low Countries are now under the sea, but the medieval city of Bruges has survived due to a feat of engineering called 'The Fortress'. The solidarity of two old friends - a Walloon historian and a Fleming engineer - is tested by the arrival on the scene of Jean's new girlfriend, Magdalena. Read by Stephen Campbell Moore
Produced by Emma Harding.


SUN 11:00 That Reminds Me (b007jnlp)
Series 2

Victor Spinetti

Welsh stage and screen star Victor Spinetti reminisces about his acting career, as he entertains an audience.

Featuring memories ranging from The Beatles to Sir Laurence Olivier,

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2000.


SUN 11:30 Take It From the Chorus (b007k283)
Early Stages

Digs, dressing rooms and dancing at the right height - Caroline Quentin begins her investigation of life in the chorus line.


SUN 12:00 Vita Sackville-West - All Passion Spent Omnibus (b007jxd3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SUN 13:15 Could Do Better (b03q5fw6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 today]


SUN 13:30 RL Stevenson - Treasure Island (b007jwxp)
When young Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map in a pirate's chest in his parents' inn, he's drawn into a world of danger and high seas adventure.

He's soon joining a crew setting sail to the Caribbean to seek out the booty - and it's set to be a voyage confronting mutiny, murder - and the charismatic and devious Long John Silver...

Robert Louis Stevenson's classic sea saga dramatised by John Scotney.

Starring Peter Jeffrey as Long John Silver, Ben Rodska as Jim Hawkins, Hugh Paddick as Ben Gunn, Glyn Houston as Israel Hands, John Moffatt as Squire Trelawney, Geoffrey Whitehead as Dr Livesey, Stephen Thorne as Captain Smollett, David King as Flint, Brian Haines as Billy Bones and Wally K Daly as "Captain Flint" the Parrot.

Director: Martin Jenkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1989.


SUN 15:00 The Burkiss Way (b00gsb7z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 15:30 The Ken Dodd Show (b03q5gb0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 16:00 Mel's Mix: The Best of The 4 O'Clock Show (b03q5j12)
A collection of highlights from the past week on the 4 O'Clock Show, including a celebration of grannies and granddads and a trip to the National Railway Museum.


SUN 17:00 PL Travers - Mary Poppins (b00slpvx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SUN 18:00 Doctor Who (b018jk6v)
The Pyramids of Mars

Episode 2

The Time Lord and Sarah Jane make some potent allies when they're pursued by Sutekh's Egyptian acolytes. Fourth Doctor adventure read by Tom Baker.


SUN 18:30 Edgar Allan Poe (b007jsry)
The Fall of the House of Usher

Episode 2

As his behaviour starts to change, Roderick Usher reveals his terrible secret...

A man's descent into madness seems bound to the house of his ancestors.

Edgar Allan Poe's classic gothic horror story, first published in 1839.

Concluded by Sean Barrett.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in September 2003.


SUN 19:00 That Reminds Me (b007jnlp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:30 Take It From the Chorus (b007k283)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:30 today]


SUN 20:00 The Burkiss Way (b00gsb7z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 20:30 The Ken Dodd Show (b03q5gb0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b03q5hgv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 Afternoon Reading (b00nmt87)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! (b00h8n6q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 22:30 The Richest Man in Britain (b00p6v3r)
The Meltdown

Sitcom by Nick Hornby and Giles Smith about an ageing rock star and his search for fulfilment.

Trillionnaire rocker Dave Mabbutt buys some last-minute holiday Euros and promptly brings down the entire international monetary system.

Dave Mabbutt ...... Mark Williams
Dom ...... Russell Tovey.


SUN 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b03sg4zt)
The best in contemporary comedy. Tonight, Arthur Smith chats to comedian Kevin Day.


SUN 23:00 King Cutler (b0090bdh)
King Cutler VI

The final episode. What more can be said?

Plenty.

Songs, poems and stories from Phyllis King , Ivor Cutler and their visitors.

With Dylan Edwards , Ted Harrison and Craig Murray-Orr.

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in February 1990.


SUN 23:30 Jon Ronson On (b0076prm)
Series 1

Positive Thinking

Ian Haworth talks about his experience of leaving a cult, and Jon tries out his own powers of positive thinking when he goes fire-walking. From December 2004.



MONDAY 20 JANUARY 2014

MON 00:00 Doctor Who (b018jk6v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:30 Edgar Allan Poe (b007jsry)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b03q5hgv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


MON 01:45 Afternoon Reading (b00nmt87)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


MON 02:00 That Reminds Me (b007jnlp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:30 Take It From the Chorus (b007k283)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:00 The Burkiss Way (b00gsb7z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 RL Stevenson - Treasure Island (b007jwxp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:30 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 PL Travers - Mary Poppins (b00slpvx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Paul Temple (b007s6jt)
Paul Temple and the Lawrence Affair

A Present for Steve

More mystery afloat, as the worried detective tackles Salty West and uncovers links to his wife, Steve.

Francis Durbridge's thriller stars Peter Coke as Paul Temple and Marjorie Westbury as Steve in another intriguing case for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife. With Lester Mudditt as Sir Graham Forbes.

With Brewster Mason as Salty West, Belle Chrystall as Linda Teako, Simon Lack as Brian Dexter and Manning Wilson as Detective Inspector Ivor.

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

Producer: Martin C Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1954.


MON 06:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b01614qr)
1. Taking Action

It's 1953. Our hero Lucifer Box is approaching retirement and dismayed to find that he's now more used to veneration than exhilaration. Patronised by his successor and generally feeling jaded, Box decides to take action.

What better to put the spring back in his step than a date with his charming young secretary Miss Beveridge? There's also the glimmer of an exciting new case, as Box begins to investigate what - or who - caused his oldest friend Christopher Miracle to drive his car off a cliff and plunge to his death.

The third in a trilogy of spoof spy novels detailing the devilishly daring adventures of debonair secret agent, Lucifer Box.

Written and read by Mark Gatiss.

Abridged by David Jackson Young.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in October 2011.


MON 07:00 PG Wodehouse (b00bt4vw)
What Ho! Jeeves: Joy in the Morning

Schemes and Ruses

Bertie Wooster is much in demand, but his best-laid plans go awry as he lands in a bit of pickle...

P.G. Wodehouse’s romp adapted in seven-parts by Chris Miller.

CAST:

Jeeves …. Michael Hordern
Bertie Wooster …. Richard Briers
Boko Fittleworth …. Jonathan Cecil
Percy, Lord Worplesden …. Peter Woodthorpe
Florence Craye …. Bronwen Williams
Nobby Hopwood …. Rosalind Adams
Edwin the Boy Scout …. Denise Bryer

Producer: Simon Brett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978.


MON 07:30 The Unbelievable Truth (b03phd4m)
Series 12

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.

Henning Wehn, Graeme Garden, Jeremy Hardy and Victoria Coren Mitchell are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as trees, doctors, newspapers and Spain.

The show is devised by Graeme Garden and Jon Naismith, the team behind Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

Producer: Jon Naismith
A Random Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 08:00 Round the Horne (b00t29v7)
Series 4

Episode 9

Kenneth Horne blasts off boldly in 'Journey to Uranus', a ditty from Rambling Sid Rumpo and 'Bona Books' with Julian and Sandy.

With Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick and Betty Marsden.

Recorded at the BBC's Paris Studio in Lower Regent Street, London. Announcer: Douglas Smith

Round The Horne was born out of the demise of BBC radio comedy Beyond Our Ken, after the end of writer Eric Merriman's involvement. Using the same cast and producer, Barry Took and Marty Feldman were persuaded to write the scripts - which led to four series that ran between 1965 and 1968 - packed full of parodies, recurring characters, catchphrases and double-entendres. Marty departed after series 3.

Written by Barry Took, Brian Cooke and Johnnie Mortimer.

Music by the Max Harris Group.

Producer: John Simmonds

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 in April 1968.


MON 08:30 The Navy Lark (b016pl5h)
Sub Lt Philips at Dartmouth

Just how did lovely Leslie become a sub-Lieutenant on HMS Troutbridge?

Stars Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Stephen Murray.

Laughs afloat aboard British Royal Navy frigate HMS Troutbridge. The Navy Lark ran for an impressive 13 series between 1959 and 1976.

The Sub-Lieutenant ...... Leslie Phillips
The Chief Petty Officer ...... Jon Pertwee
The Number One ...... Stephen Murray
Captain Povey ...... Richard Caldicot
Nurse ...... Heather Chasen
Chief Petty Officer Ball ...... Ronnie Barker
Uncle ...... Tenniel Evans
Captain Aitchison . ....... Michael Bates

Written by Lawrie Wyman.

Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in October 1967.


MON 09:00 2525 (b03q8q1n)
Episode 5

In the year 2525, if man is still alive, if woman can survive... then it may sound something like this. Set 511 years in the future, 2525 invites you to hear more snippets of our future from the last remaining members of the royal family to the 26th Century ebook readers.

Written by Colin Birch, Jon Hunter, Jane Lamacraft, Alex Lowe, Paul Putner, Victoria Gooch, Alastair Goff and Eddie Robson.

Produced by Ashley Blaker.
A John Stanley production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 09:30 At Home With the Hardys (b007jmxr)
Heavens Above!

As Jeremy and Paul get starry-eyed, Kit and Caroline come down to earth. Stars Jeremy Hardy and Kit Hollerbach. From June 1990.


MON 10:00 David Wade - Alexander (b00cfwr8)
The Hunt of the God King

Alexander pursues Darius, conquers Egypt and falls in love with Barsine.

Michael Maloney and Alex Jennings star in David Wade's serial on the life of Alexander the Great.

Alexander ...... Michael Maloney
Hephaistion ...... Alex Jennings
Achilles ...... Barry Foster
Patroclus ...... Simon Ward
Ptolemy ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Philotas ...... Michael Onslow
Perdikkas ...... Mark Straker
Simmias ...... John Evitts
Philip ...... Sean Barrett
Lysimachos ...... Keith Drinkel
Eumenes ...... James Telfer
Artzbazus ...... Philip Anthony
Barsine ...... Teresa Gallagher
Sisygambis ...... Diana Payan
Thais ...... Rachel Atkins
The Eunuch ...... Richard Pearce

Music: Wilfredo Acosta

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1993.


MON 11:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03q8q66)
Episode 11

A reward is offered for Bunny. Charles and Henry find themselves under scrutiny.


MON 11:15 Loose Ends (b03q4psz)
Jack Cheshire, Paul Cotgrove, Catherine Johnson, Ardal O'Hanlon, Jessica Raine, Eddi Reader

Clive meets Ardal O'Hanlon, stand-up stalwart and best known to many for his role as Dougal in Father Ted. Ardal's currently starring in the highly acclaimed revival of Conor McPherson's award winning play, The Weir. How does appearing in a tense play on the London stage about an isolated Irish pub compare with performing in a much loved television sit-com about an isolated Parochial House in Ireland? The Weir, Wyndham's Theatre, London from 16 January

After thrilling and chilling hundreds of film fans for the first time in 2013, the spook-tacular Horror-on-Sea is returning to Southend-on-Sea once again in January 2014. Clive tries to extract the secret attraction of the horror film genre - and his now infamous Zombie Walk - from Festival Director Paul Cotgrove. Horror-on-Sea 17-19 January, Park Inn Palace Hotel, Southend-on-Sea

Emma Freud is taken back to her youth by Catherine Johnson - the writer of the international stage and screen smash Mamma Mia! Her latest play, Shang-a-Lang, is the story of youthful nostalgia, friendship, hitting forty and The Bay City Rollers. Has Emma still got her old Rollers' LPs, and tartan trews? Shang-a-Lang is at the Kings Head Theatre, Islington, London from 22 Jan - 15 Feb.

Finally, Clive meets Jessica Raine - one of the stars of 'Call the Midwife. Jessica graduated from RADA in 2008, and by 2009 was picked by both The Observer and the Daily Telegraph as being 'one to watch'. She's equally at home on stage and screen: how will she fare in the Loose Ends studio? Call the Midwife Series 3 Episode 1 is on BBC1 Sunday 19 January at 8pm

Producer: Sukey Firth.


MON 12:00 Round the Horne (b00t29v7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 The Navy Lark (b016pl5h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Paul Temple (b007s6jt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b01614qr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Jacqueline Susann - Valley of the Dolls (b00mb1qz)
Episode 1

September, 1945: Anne Welles arrives in New York from sedate Lawrenceville to find that every woman she meets is looking for a husband.

Jacqueline Susann's 1960s best seller. Three beautiful young women become best friends as they carve out careers in the entertainment industry.

Stars Madeleine Potter as Anne Welles, Barbara Barnes as Neely O'Hara, Stuart Milligan as Henry Bellamy, Walter Lewis as Allen Cooper and Liza Ross as Mrs Welles.

Producer: Claire Grove

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


MON 14:15 A Short History of Ireland (b007k3ld)
Dreading the Fury of the King; The English Colony

The country's epic story continues with King John's revenge on his Norman lords, and town development. With Frances Tomelty.


MON 14:30 Helen Dunmore - The Betrayal (b00wld70)
Suspended From Duty

With the stakes rising, Anna and Andrei know they must try to protect Kolya - then an early morning call confirms their worst fears.

Helen Dunmore's sequel to 'The Siege' read by Sara Kestelman.

Set ten years on, the starvation and bitter cold of the war years have been replaced with fear and suspicion. City residents do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

Helen Dunmore (1952-2017) was the writer of 12 novels and 10 poetry collections winning several accolades for her work.

Abridged by Sally Marmion
Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


MON 14:45 You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This (b00sr302)
Episode 1

Terence Blacker celebrates the outrageous life of Willie Donaldson, creator of the 'Henry Root letters'. Read by Stephen Boxer.


MON 15:00 David Wade - Alexander (b00cfwr8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b03q8rbb)
Mel Giedroyc hears a 'Rustle in the Orchard' as badgers appear in our nature feature 'Twilight'. And Miriam Margolyes reads Roald Dahl's much-loved James and the Giant Peach.


MON 17:00 At Home With Hinge and Bracket (b008jw8g)
Episode 1

Dame Hilda Bracket and her lifelong companion, Dr Evadne Hinge, invite you to eavesdrop on some informal music and conversation.

Joining them in the music room is international operatic soprano Rosalind Plowright.

Dame Hilda Bracket ...... George Logan
Dr Evadne Hinge ...... Patrick Fyffe

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1990.


MON 17:30 PG Wodehouse (b00bt4vw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 18:00 Wally K Daly (b007jv0y)
The Children of Witchwood

Episode 1

Jackie Lamont, a student at a local college, goes missing mysteriously. And when she reappears, just as mysteriously, she seems to have somehow been given special telepathic powers.

Meanwhile, the Cranford Family have guarded a secret for hundreds of years - and Jackie Lamont is a threat.

But BQ Brown of the Ministry of Defence is investigating a possible link between the burning of six children as witches in the 17th century and Jackie's disappearance.

Starring Wendy Baxter as Jackie Lamont, Emily Chennery as Mandy Lamont and Michael Cochrane as the Sergeant.

Director: Jenny Stephens.

A five- part story originally made for BBC7 in 2005.


MON 18:30 Planet B (b00j1c4w)
Series 1

6. The Wild Gang

John finds himself in the brutal and violent world of the virtual untamed Wild West, where Chuck's gang rule by gun law...

Ten-part series about a mystery virtual world.

Written by Matthew Broughton

John ...... Gunnar Cauthery
Lioba ...... Donnla Hughes
Medley ...... Lizzy Watts
Cerberus ...... Chris Pavlo
Chuck Flint ...... David Bedella

All other parts played by Inam Mirza, Jill Cardo, Paul Rider, Dan Starkey and Adjoa Andoh.

Director: Jeremy Mortimer

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


MON 19:00 Round the Horne (b00t29v7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 The Navy Lark (b016pl5h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Paul Temple (b007s6jt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b01614qr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03q8q66)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:15 Loose Ends (b03q4psz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


MON 22:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b03phd4m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 2525 (b03q8q1n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b03thhys)
For two hours, six nights a week, the Comedy Club offers the best laughs around. Tonight, Tom Wrigglesworth chats to Nick Helm.


MON 23:00 The Now Show (b03pmk7r)
Series 42

Episode 2

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis are joined by special guest Sara Pascoe for a comic romp through the week's news. With Mitch Benn and Jon Holmes.

Written by the cast, with additional material from Jane Lamacraft, Sarah Morgan and Paul Davighi. Produced by Colin Anderson.


MON 23:30 Think the Unthinkable (b007jm43)
Series 1

Utiliton

Unthinkable Solutions are hired to transform Utiliton's call centre, where customer complaints have reached record levels.

Daisy and Sophie bring in Owen, an IT expert of low hygiene and low morals.

James Cary’s award-winning sitcom about management consultants.

Ryan Packer ...... Marcus Brigstocke
Sophie Stott ...... Emma Kennedy
Daisy ...... Catherine Shepherd
Pam ...... Olivia Colman
Simon ...... Kim Wall
Peter ...... Chris Pavlo
Owen ...... David Mitchell

Script associates: Paul Mayhew-Archer and Ed Drew.

Music by John Whitehall.

Producer: Adam Bromley.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2001.



TUESDAY 21 JANUARY 2014

TUE 00:00 Wally K Daly (b007jv0y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 Planet B (b00j1c4w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Paul Temple (b007s6jt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b01614qr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 2525 (b03q8q1n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 At Home With the Hardys (b007jmxr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 David Wade - Alexander (b00cfwr8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03q8q66)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:15 Loose Ends (b03q4psz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 At Home With Hinge and Bracket (b008jw8g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 PG Wodehouse (b00bt4vw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Paul Temple (b007s84b)
Paul Temple and the Lawrence Affair

News From Sir Graham

An unexpected twist wraps up the case for the suave detective and his wife Steve - or does it?

Francis Durbridge's thriller stars Peter Coke as Paul Temple and Marjorie Westbury as Steve in another intriguing case for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife. With Lester Mudditt as Sir Graham Forbes.

With Brewster Mason as Salty West and Manning Wilson as Detective Inspector Ivor.

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

Producer: Martin C Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1956.


TUE 06:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b0161cl2)
2. Oblivion

Of an indeterminate age, Lucifer Box is heading towards retirement as Head of the Royal Academy, aka the very secret, Secret Service.

Having had his advances rejected by his successor's secretary, Box heads to Soho in search of oblivion. There, he's shaken out of his self-pity when he witnesses a most curious assassination; soon he's heading across Europe, in the wake of the mysterious killer.

Written and read by Mark Gatiss.

Set in the 1950s, this is the third in a trilogy of spoof spy novels featuring the adventures of debonair - if now slightly decrepit - secret agent Lucifer Box.

Abridged by David Jackson Young.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in October 2011.


TUE 07:00 Snap (b00thqvk)
Series 1

Episode 3

Doug's furious when he discovers Molly plans to take in a lodger.

Plus their best friends having a party, so it could be awkward if both Molly & Doug get an invite...

Paul Mendelson’s sitcom about life for a couple after they've split.

Molly …. Rebecca Lacey
Doug …. Paul Venables
Kaz …. Soumaya Keynes
Scarlet …. Rebecca Front
Annie …. Marlene Sidaway
Raymond …. Jonathan Tafler
Gwynneth Williams …. Jennifer Hill

Producer: David Ian Neville

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2003.


TUE 07:30 Chain Reaction (b03phrws)
Series 9

Grant Morrison talks to Neil Innes

Comic book legend Grant Morrison continues the chain talking to writer, performer, musician and Monty Python collaborator Neil Innes.

Chain Reaction is the long-running host-less chat show where last week's interviewee becomes this week's interviewer.

Producer: Carl Cooper

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2014.


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b007jn48)
Series 6

The Jet-Propelled Guided Naafi

Grytpype and Moriarty set out to steal the plans for a secret new weapon.

Groundbreaking, surreal BBC radio comedy written by Spike Milligan.

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 January 1956.


TUE 08:30 The Marx Brothers' Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel (b007zgqw)
Series 1

Episode 5

Shady lawyer Waldorf T Flywheel tries to swing a prize fight.

Recreation of the Marx Brothers' lost shows charting the adventures of shady lawyer Waldorf T Flywheel and his assistant, Emmanuel Ravelli. Originally broadcast with sponsors on America's NBC radio network in the 1930s. The scripts were rediscovered in 1988.

Groucho Marx as Waldorf T Flywheel ...... Michael Roberts
Chico Marx as Emmanuel Ravellias ...... Frank Lazarus

With Lorelei King and Graham Hoadly.

Written by Nat Perrin and Athur Sheekman. Adapted by Mark Brisenden.

Music arranged and conducted by David Firman.

Producer: Dirk Maggs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1990.


TUE 09:00 The Now Show (b03pmk7r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Spread a Little Happiness (b00l13n0)
Series 1

Episode 4

Comedy by John Godber and Jane Thornton, set in a Yorkshire sandwich bar.

Jodie and Dave try to get a little quality time with a rare night out, but there is no hiding place - not even in a small kebab.

Hope ...... Suranne Jones
Jodie ...... Susan Cookson
Dave ...... Neil Dudgeon
Gavin ...... Ralph Brown
Eve ...... Joanne Froggatt

Directed by Chris Wallis.


TUE 10:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007q9by)
Great Son of Ammon

The King confronts and conquers, as he faces the end of the span of years allotted by The Fates.

Starring Michael Maloney, Alex Jennings and Barry Foster.

Conclusion of David Wade's serial on the life of Alexander the Great

Alexander ...... Michael Maloney
Hephaistion ...... Alex Jennings
Achilles ...... Barry Foster
Patroclus ...... Simon Ward
Ptolemy ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Philotas ...... Michael Onslow
Perdikkas ...... Mark Straker
Bagoas ...... Matthew Sim
Artzbazus ...... Philip Anthony
Krateros David Thorpe
Simmias ...... John Evitts
Kalas ...... Malcolm Sinclair
Oxyartes ...... John Hollis
Kalanos ...... Renu Setna
Kallisthenes ...... Jonathan Adams
Page ...... James Telfer
The Fates ...... Rachel Atkins
The Fates ...... Jill Graham
The Fates ...... Dana Payan

Music: Wilfredo Acosta

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1993.


TUE 11:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03q8tcc)
Episode 12

Lurking in a mailbox is a typewritten revelation which proves to be a shock to all. Donna Tartt thriller read by William Hope. From April 1995.


TUE 11:15 Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy (b007k1q2)
Plastic Assassin

On Temptation Island, assassin Billy Hindle plans to kill Jack's wife Tara. Stars Joanna Lumley and Charles Gray.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b007jn48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 The Marx Brothers' Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel (b007zgqw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Paul Temple (b007s84b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b0161cl2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Jacqueline Susann - Valley of the Dolls (b00mbbff)
Episode 2

One of New York's richest men proposes marriage to Anne. Jacqueline Susann's drama on the perils of fame, with Madeleine Potter.


TUE 14:15 A Short History of Ireland (b007k3m9)
Feudal Ireland; A Great Affliction Befell the Country

The country's epic story continues the domination of the Norman Barons, and more battles. With Richard Dormer.


TUE 14:30 Helen Dunmore - The Betrayal (b00wmpf0)
The Midnight Knock on the Door

Dr Brodskaya has been arrested. Now, in the dead of night, a car door slams beneath Andrei and Anna's flat.

Helen Dunmore's sequel to 'The Siege' read by Sara Kestelman.

Set ten years on, the starvation and bitter cold of the war years have been replaced with fear and suspicion. City residents do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

Helen Dunmore (1952-2017) was the writer of 12 novels and 10 poetry collections winning several accolades for her work.

Abridged by Sally Marmion
Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


TUE 14:45 You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This (b00srg4j)
Episode 2

Cambridge, then London - which means Emma Jane Crampton. Stephen Boxer reads Terence Blacker's celebration of William Donaldson.


TUE 15:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007q9by)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b03q8yqp)
Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc, plus the irrepressible Miriam Margolyes continues Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach.


TUE 17:00 Flying the Flag (b00dyb0t)
Series 4

No Special Treatment

Official condemnation of the privatisation of the People's Health Service is tempered slightly when the diplomats study the proposals more closely.

Cheap facelifts and hair transplants for embassy staff... isn't there something to be said for the concept after all?

Series 4 of Alex Shearer's Eastern bloc embassy sitcom.

Starring Dinsdale Landen as HM Ambassador Mackenzie, Peter Acre as William Frost, Moir Leslie as Helen Waterson, Christopher Benjamin as Colonel Surikov and Stephen Greif as US Ambassador Spiro Weinberg.

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1992.


TUE 17:30 Snap (b00thqvk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 18:00 Wally K Daly (b007jv16)
The Children of Witchwood

Episode 2

Jackie Lamont has now, just as mysteriously, re-appeared. She seems to have somehow been given special telepathic powers.


TUE 18:30 Planet B (b00j1hzf)
Series 1

7. Catharsis

John captains a battleship in a world so real that he forgets who he is. Can Medley make him remember?

Ten-part series about a mystery virtual world.

Written by Dawn Webb.

John ...... Gunnar Cauthery
Medley ...... Lizzy Watts
Cerberus ...... Chris Pavlo
Lioba ...... Donnla Hughes

All other parts played by Robert Lonsdale, Janice Acquah, Inam Mirza, Jill Cardo, Stephen Critchlow, Dan Starkey and Adjoa Andoh.

Director: Jessica Dromgoole

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


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b007jn48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 The Marx Brothers' Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel (b007zgqw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Paul Temple (b007s84b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b0161cl2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03q8tcc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 21:15 Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy (b007k1q2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


TUE 22:00 Chain Reaction (b03phrws)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 The Castle (b00g4481)
Series 2

Houston We Have an Problemme

Hie ye to "The Castle", a rollicking sitcom set way back then, starring James Fleet ("The Vicar Of Dibley", "Four Weddings & A Funeral") and Neil Dudgeon ("Life Of Riley")

In this episode Master Henry hits puberty, Lady Anne & Charlotte hit the bar, De Warrenne hits a Planning Official and Sam Tree goes off like a rocket...

Cast:
Sir John Woodstock ..... James Fleet
Sir William De Warenne ..... Neil Dudgeon
Lady Anne Woodstock ..... Montserrat Lombard
Cardinal Duncan..... Jonathan Kydd
Lady Charlotte ..... Ingrid Oliver
Master Henry Woodstock ..... Steven Kynman
Merlin ..... Lewis Macleod

Written by Kim Fuller with additional material by Paul Alexander
Music by Guy Jackson

Now prithee pay heed to the rest of our cast of high and low lives - as we explain exactly Who's Who in The Castle -

Sir John Woodstock (James Fleet) - the Lord of the Castle and basically in charge of keeping order in the ramshackle medieval village. Although he hates all that torturing and usually lets the peasants off with a bit of community service. He lives in his huge but slightly falling down castle (but then it was built by the French so what can one expect) with his daughter Anne (Montserrat Lombard) and very teenage son Henry (Steven Kynman). Anne's best friend Charlotte (Ingrid Oliver) nearly always joins Anne on her constant quest to find fit men in the village. In fact, they think they've found a decent one in the shape of Merlin, the new handyman and wayward wizard (Lewis Macleod). And Anne certainly isn't interested in Sir William De Warenne ("Knight errant, scourge of the Levant") (Neil Dudgeon) who lives across the way.

Unfortunately he can't take a hint and is besotted with Lady Anne and Sir John thinks it a good match. Ah! what is a Lady to do! Cardinal Duncan (Jonathan Kydd) (a man of the cloth - in particular crushed silk which he loves), has to endure De Warenne's incessant plans to woo Lady Anne and has little time to peruse sweethearts of his own. Which oddly enough, he doesn't seem to mind...

Producer/Director: David Tyler
A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 23:00 The Museum of Everything (b007k17t)
Series 1

To Infinity and Beyond

A bunch of Star Trek fans beam in to a sci-fi convention at the museum - and a rival theme park draws visitors away from Badgerland.

Written and performed by Marcus Brigstocke, Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell.

With Lucy Montgomery.

Music by Dominic Haslam and Ben Walker.

Producer: Alex Walsh-Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2004.


TUE 23:30 Dave Podmore (b007ncns)
Dave Podmore's Cricket Fix

Episode 1

What's gone wrong with English cricket recently?

Er.... nothing. But Dave Podmore is going to put that right.

County cricket's arrogant, politically-incorrect, money-grabbing, medium-paced trundler par excellence has a plan and it involves our children.

Christopher Douglas stars as Pod.

Written by Christopher Douglas, Nick Newman and Andrew Nickolds.

Dave ...... Chris Douglas
Andy ...... Andrew Nickolds

With Henry Allen, Keiran Cadweller, William Hicks, David Rogers, Fiona Howlett and Montanna Thompson.

Producer: Richard Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2001.



WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY 2014

WED 00:00 Wally K Daly (b007jv16)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Planet B (b00j1hzf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Paul Temple (b007s84b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b0161cl2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 The Now Show (b03pmk7r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


WED 02:30 Spread a Little Happiness (b00l13n0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007q9by)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03q8tcc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:15 Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy (b007k1q2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Flying the Flag (b00dyb0t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Snap (b00thqvk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Paul Temple (b007s8rj)
Paul Temple and the Lawrence Affair

Another Suspect

The suave detective and wife Steve face peril afloat, in their battle to uncover the truth...

Francis Durbridge's thriller stars Peter Coke as Paul Temple and Marjorie Westbury as Steve in another intriguing case for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife. With Lester Mudditt as Sir Graham Forbes.

With Simon Lack as Brian Dexter, Marjorie Mars as Julie De Silva and Manning Wilson as Detective Inspector Ivor.

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

Producer: Martin C Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1954.


WED 06:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b0162lr1)
3. The Trail

The debonair, if now slightly decrepit, Lucifer Box has followed the trail of the mysterious assassin, Kingdom Kum, to Istanbul.

Box must discover who the young man's paymaster is and the culprit behind the production of the deadly hallucinogenic drug, Black Butterfly.

Written and read by Mark Gatiss.

Set in 1953, this is the third in a trilogy of spoof spy novels detailing the devilishly daring adventures of secret agent, Lucifer Box.

Abridged by David Jackson Young.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in October 2011.


WED 07:00 The Leopard in Autumn (b00rvzkq)
Series 2

Considering the Lillies of the Field

Prince Ludovico of Monte Guano - besieged ruler of the pettiest state in Italy - battles to raise enough money from his meagre subjects to pay for the new Pope's tribute.

Second series of the comedy drama set in Renaissance Italy devised by Neal Anthony.

Written by Roger Danes.

Stars David Swift as Ludovico, Sian Phillips as Plethora, Graham Crowden as Francesco, Saskia Wickham as Rosalie, Nick Romero as Salvatori, Paul Bigley as Alessandro, Christopher Kelham as Guido and Kim Wall as Vitelozzo.

Producer: Helen Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2002.


WED 07:30 Mark Steel's in Town (b03pjfbj)
Series 5

Derry/Londonderry

Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 for a fifth series of the award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and does a bespoke evening of comedy in each one.

As every high street slowly morphs into a replica of the next, Mark Steel's in Town celebrates the parochial, the local and the unusual. From Corby's rivalry with Kettering to the word you can't say in Portland, the show has taken in the idiosyncrasies of towns up and down the country, from Kirkwall to Penzance, from Holyhead to Bungay.

This edition comes from Derry/Londonderry in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, where the problems start with deciding which name to actually use. Mark also looks at the somewhat contentious history of the city, the impact of being the 2013 City of Culture, the local dialect, and the new bridge that's got everyone talking in this jam-packed half-hour show. (It would have been quicker, but he used the local trains.) From January 2014.

Written and performed by ... Mark Steel
Additional material by ... Pete Sinclair
Production co-ordinator ... Trudi Stevens
Producer ... Ed Morrish.


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jnmp)
Series 5

Hancock's School

Inspired by Bill and supplied by Sid, the lad turns his home into a centre of learning.

Stars Tony Hancock.

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

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Theme and incidental music written by Wally Stott.

Producer: Tom Ronald

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in March 1958.


WED 08:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b007jpbr)
Series 8

Episode 9

After nine weeks on air, Radio Prune is celebrates its centenary - plus honeymoon horror!

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

Sketches written by Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie and Jo Kendall.

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

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

Producer: David Hatch/Peter Titheradge

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 in April 1970.


WED 09:00 Winston (b00q9280)
Winston Back Home

After All This Time, a Happy Ending

Old rogue Winston is set to wed Nancy at last, but exactly how will they tie the knot?

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

Director: Shaun MacLoughlin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1994.


WED 09:30 All the Way from Memphis (b00m0mb4)
Series 2

Episode 1

James Walton tests and tickles the knowledge of industry pundits and people passionate about pop music.

Regulars Tracey MacLeod and Andrew Collins are joined by Mary Anne Hobbs and Dave Gorman, who also reveal their favourite most bizarre musical moment.

Reader: Beth Chalmers

Written and researched by James Walton

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2006.


WED 10:00 DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body (b007jrx2)
Series 2

1. Past Imperfect

The discovery of a skeleton buried in a wood in Suffolk back in 1965 sparks a murder investigation.

Detective Inspector Gwen Danbury, with the interfering assistance of her mother, tries to ‘un-bury’ the past...

Sue Rodwell's four-part murder mystery stars Annette Badland as DI Gwen Danbury.

DI Gwen Danbury …. Annette Badland
Joan Danbury …. Gudrun Ure
DS Henry Jacobs …. John Duttine
Superintendent Phillips …. John Rye
Mrs Banks …. Tina Gray
Dr Edward Barker …. Terence Alexander
Virginia Barker …. Margaret John
Stuart Barker …. Jonathan Tafler
Peter Lennox …. Peter Whitman
Ben Meen …. Peter Tuddenham
Dr Bull …. Don McCorkindale
The Archivist …. David Jarvis
Keith …. Mark Straker
Jimmy …. Martin Davey

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1994.


WED 11:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03q957k)
Episode 13

Despite their best efforts, Richard and Henry cannot stop their role being exposed. Donna Tartt thriller read by William Hope. From April 1995.


WED 11:15 Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy (b007k1r8)
Orange Juice and Sugar

Assassin Billy Hindle is drugged by Jack and finds himself hallucinating. Stars Joanna Lumley and Charles Gray.


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jnmp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b007jpbr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Paul Temple (b007s8rj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b0162lr1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Jacqueline Susann - Valley of the Dolls (b00mbc2m)
Episode 3

Anne meets famous torch singer Helen, and Neely understudies the lead in a new musical. Drama on the perils of fame stars Sally Dexter and Susan Jameson.


WED 14:15 A Short History of Ireland (b007k3n5)
Edward the Bruce; Famine

The country's epic story continues with the Scottish invasion, and a devastating blow to the nation's health. With James Greene.


WED 14:30 Helen Dunmore - The Betrayal (b00wmpfn)
Don't Think It Can't Happen to You

Andrei has been arrested. Will anyone help Anna to help him? And how much danger is she putting herself and their unborn child in with her inquiries?

Helen Dunmore's sequel to 'The Siege' read by Sara Kestelman.

Set ten years on, the starvation and bitter cold of the war years of Leningrad have been replaced with fear and suspicion. City residents do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

Helen Dunmore (1952-2017) was the writer of 12 novels and 10 poetry collections winning several accolades for her work.

Abridged by Sally Marmion
Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


WED 14:45 You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This (b00srkks)
Episode 3

Striking spoofer's gold with 'The Henry Root Letters'. Stephen Boxer reads Terence Blacker's celebration of William Donaldson.


WED 15:00 DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body (b007jrx2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b03q96kd)
If an insect could speak, what would it sound like? Find out as Miriam Margolyes reads Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach. And Matt Horne shares his Inheritance Tracks.


WED 17:00 No Commitments (b007gz65)
Series 13

New Beginnings

Comedy series by Simon Brett following the fortunes of three fortysomething sisters.

6/6. New Beginnings

Can all the loose ends be tied up in time?

Anna ...... Rosemary Leach
Victoria ...... Angela Thorne
Charlotte ...... Felicity Montagu
Emily ...... Lisa Coleman
Eddie ...... James Green
Nick ...... Kieran Hill
George ...... Bruce Alexander
Roger ...... Jonathan Coy.


WED 17:30 The Leopard in Autumn (b00rvzkq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 18:00 Wally K Daly (b007jv1f)
The Children of Witchwood

Episode 3

The Cranford Family have a carefully guarded secret - their surviving descendants possess incredible supernatural powers.


WED 18:30 Planet B (b00j1z95)
Series 1

8. Retreat

John and Medley arrive in a strange religious retreat. Is it a cult or can it offer real enlightenment?

Ten-part series about a mystery virtual world.

Written by Thomas Crowe.

John ...... Gunnar Cauthery
Medley ...... Lizzy Watts
Cerberus ...... Chris Pavlo
Lioba ...... Donnla Hughes

All other parts played by Robert Lonsdale, Janice Acquah, Jill Cardo, Stephen Critchlow, Manjeet Mann, Malcolm Tierney and Adjoa Andoh.

Director: Jessica Dromgoole

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


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jnmp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b007jpbr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Paul Temple (b007s8rj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b0162lr1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03q957k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 21:15 Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy (b007k1r8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


WED 22:00 Mark Steel's in Town (b03pjfbj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive (b007xs3b)
Series 3

Episode 4

The comedic alchemist brews up a potent comic potion. With David Cross, Clive Anderson and Mark Watson. From September 2007.


WED 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b03thhyv)
For two hours, six nights a week, the Comedy Club offers the best laughs around. Tonight, Tom Wrigglesworth chats to Nick Helm.


WED 23:00 Old Harry's Game (b007jmb2)
Series 3

Another Country

The professor is convinced that societies evolve and mature. So Satan introduces him to Bill Clinton.

Andy Hamilton’s devilishly funny sitcom set in Hell.

Satan …. Andy Hamilton
The Professor …. James Grout
Thomas …. Jimmy Mulville
Scumspawn …. Robert Duncan

Other characters played by Felicity Montagu, Philip Pope, Michael Fenton Stevens and Nick Revell

Producer Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1999.


WED 23:30 Absolute Power (b007vkmz)
Series 2

Episode 4

The prime minister wants Charles and Martin to discredit the chancellor. Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From February 2001.



THURSDAY 23 JANUARY 2014

THU 00:00 Wally K Daly (b007jv1f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Planet B (b00j1z95)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Paul Temple (b007s8rj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b0162lr1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Winston (b00q9280)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 All the Way from Memphis (b00m0mb4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body (b007jrx2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03q957k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:15 Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy (b007k1r8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 No Commitments (b007gz65)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 The Leopard in Autumn (b00rvzkq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Paul Temple (b007swg7)
Paul Temple and the Lawrence Affair

Return to London

With the case nearly cracked - the suave detective invites all the suspects to a cocktail party.

Francis Durbridge's thriller stars Peter Coke as Paul Temple and Marjorie Westbury as Steve in another intriguing case for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife. With Lester Mudditt as Sir Graham Forbes.

With Dorothy Holmes-Gore as Mary Gardner, John Gabriel as Ernest de Silva, Arthur Ridley as Detective Inspector Vosper and Manning Wilson as Detective Inspector Ivor.

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

Producer: Martin C Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1954.


THU 06:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b0162k8q)
4. Jamaica

Lucifer Box has learned that Kingdom Kum is a CIA operative, and that they are both investigating the same case: the poisoning of obscure members of the British establishment with a deadly hallucinogenic drug called Black Butterfly.

The killer's trail has led the men to Jamaica, where the suspected next victim, Lord Battenburg, is about to chair the World Government Summit. Will they reach him in time?

Written and read by Mark Gatiss.

Set in 1953, this is the third in a trilogy of spoof spy novels detailing the devilishly daring adventures of secret agent, Lucifer Box.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in October 2011.


THU 07:00 Lenin of the Rovers (b007jwg9)
Series 2

The Final Solution

Will Ricky's million-pound sponsorship deal wreck Felchester's hopes of a Wembley victory? Stars Alexei Sayle. From April 1989.


THU 07:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b0150grq)
Series 1

Episode 2

John Finnemore, writer and star of Cabin Pressure, regular guest on The Now Show and popper-up in things like Miranda and That Mitchell and Webb Look returns with half an hour of his own sketches, each funnier than the last. Although, hang on, that system means starting the whole series with the least funny sketch. Might need to rethink that. OK, it's a new show filled with sketches written and performed by John Finnemore, but now no longer arranged in strict order of funniness. Also, he's cut the sketch that would have gone first.

This week's show reveals the truth behind the war effort, sty construction, and evolution.

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is written by and stars John Finnemore. It also features Carrie Quinlan (The News Quiz, The Late Edition), Lawry Lewin (The Life & Times of Vivienne Vyle, Horrible Histories) and Simon Kane (Six Impossible Things).

Producer: Ed Morrish.


THU 08:00 Dad's Army (b007jpcv)
Series 2

All Is Safely Gathered In

The platoon battle to bring in a farmer's harvest - with help from ARP Warden Hodges.

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

Captain Mainwaring …. Arthur Lowe
Sergeant Wilson …. John Le Mesurier
Corporal Jones …. Clive Dunn
Private Fraser …. John Laurie
Private Godfrey …. Arnold Ridley
Private Pike …. Ian Lavender
Warden Hodges …. Bill Pertwee
Vicar …. Frank Williams
Announcer …. John Snagge

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1975.


THU 08:30 Take It From Here (b011vffg)
From 14/01/1954

Dick Bentley asks Jimmy Edwards for help with a speech, and Ron and Eth ponder eloping in The Glums. From January 1954.


THU 09:00 Four Joneses and a Jenkins (b007jqmj)
February - Pulling Out all the Stops

Megan awaits news, Mr Bootle considers his position and Mr Jenkins considers Megan.

Sue Limb’s pastoral sitcom follows six months in the life of the Jones family, who live on a small farm in rural Wales.

Mr Jones ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Ma Jones ...... Lisabeth Miles
Megan Jones ...... Rebecca Front
Owen Jones ...... Matthew Morgan
Bootle ...... Michael Fenton Stevens
Mr Jenkins ...... Nickolas Grace

Recorded on location.

Music composed by John Whitehall.

Producer: Jonathan James Moore.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2000.


THU 09:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b007jq77)
Series 1

Families and Relationships

Radio's sofa-bound daytime presenter duo share some surprising items about smoking, underpants and old age.

Bill Dare's sitcom starring Robert Duncan as Mike and Julia Hills as Sue.

With Roger Blake, Mark Kilmurry, Sally Phillips and Dan Strauss.

Music by Mark Burton.

Producer: Pete Sinclair

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1996.


THU 10:00 DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body (b007jrzt)
Series 2

2. A Slim Chance

When a minister for Europe is found dead, Detective Inspector Gwen Danbury must go undercover to try to solve the case.

Sue Rodwell's murder mystery stars Annette Badland as DI Gwen Danbury.

DI Gwen Danbury …. Annette Badland
Joan Danbury …. Gudrun Ure
DS Henry Jacobs …. John Duttine
Supt Phillips …. John Rye
Mrs Banks …. Tina Gray
Eleanor Gedding …. Frances Jeater
Georgina …. Siriol Jenkins
Hans Schmidt …. Sean Barret
Keith …. Mark Straker
Peggy …. Patti Holloway
Dr Hunter …. Neville Jason
PC …. Lyndam Gregory

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1994.


THU 11:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03q9k59)
Episode 14

With their tutor mysteriously absent, things go from bad to worse for the Greek class. Donna Tartt thriller read by William Hope. From April 1995.


THU 11:15 Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy (b007k1sh)
Everyone's Been Burned

Reeling from the shooting, Billy Hindle is determined to track down the killer. Stars James Aubrey and Joanna Lumley.


THU 12:00 Dad's Army (b007jpcv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 Take It From Here (b011vffg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Paul Temple (b007swg7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b0162k8q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Jacqueline Susann - Valley of the Dolls (b00mbl3h)
Episode 4

Anne's relationship with Lyon grows passionate, and Neely gets her big break. Jacqueline Susann drama with Madeleine Potter and Barbara Barnes.


THU 14:15 A Short History of Ireland (b007k3p1)
The Black Death; Galloglasses

The country's epic story continues with a devastating epidemic, and a new mercenary warrior elite. With Richard Dormer.


THU 14:30 Helen Dunmore - The Betrayal (b00xk4f0)
Insufficient Vigilance

Andrei comes face to face with Gorya's father, Volkov, and learns just what the powerful can do.

Helen Dunmore's sequel to 'The Siege' read by Sara Kestelman.

Set ten years on, the starvation and bitter cold of the war years of Leningrad have been replaced with fear and suspicion. City residents do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

Helen Dunmore (1952-2017) was the writer of 12 novels and 10 poetry collections winning several accolades for her work.

Abridged by Sally Marmion
Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


THU 14:45 You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This (b00srqfq)
Episode 4

Life and writing get mixed up - a dangerous combination. Stephen Boxer reads Terence Blacker's celebration of William Donaldson.


THU 15:00 DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body (b007jrzt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b03q9knn)
Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc, plus Miriam Margolyes with her colourful reading of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach.


THU 17:00 Ballylenon (b008751g)
Series 6

Episode 5

Following Guard Gallagher's successful performance in New York, Phonsie’s lured back a tourist executive to promote the town...

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

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Hawthorne, Gerard Murphy as Rev Samuel Hawthorne, Gerard McSorley as Stumpy Bonnar, Charlie Bonnar as Packy McGoldrick and John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Directed at BBC Belfast by Peter Kavanagh.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.


THU 17:30 Lenin of the Rovers (b007jwg9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 18:00 Wally K Daly (b007jv1m)
The Children of Witchwood

Episode 4

Is there a connection between the six children that were burnt as witches in the 17th century and Jackie Lamont's disappearance?


THU 18:30 Planet B (b00j250y)
Series 1

9. The Fast Track

Still stuck in a virtual world, it's John's last chance to save Lioba by navigating an escape path.

Ten-part series about a mystery virtual world.

Written by Paul May.

John ...... Gunnar Cauthery
Medley ...... Lizzy Watts
Cerberus ...... Chris Pavlo
Lioba ...... Donnla Hughes

All other parts played by Janice Acquah, Jill Cardo, Stephen Critchlow, Inam Mirza, Paul Rider and Adjoa Andoh.

Director: Jessica Dromgoole

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


THU 19:00 Dad's Army (b007jpcv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 Take It From Here (b011vffg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Paul Temple (b007swg7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b0162k8q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03q9k59)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


THU 21:15 Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy (b007k1sh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


THU 22:00 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b0150grq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea (b0077007)
Series 3

The Subsidence Adventure

The duo advertise their services as "builders to the gentry" and are soon put to work by the Laird

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

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

Producer: Jon Naismith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2006.


THU 22:45 Tina C (b0076q9g)
Tina C's Tiny Island Tour

Ireland

Country singer Tina C, the comic creation of Christopher Green, searches for her forebears in Ireland. From February 2005.


THU 23:00 Inside Alan Francis (b00hr4mz)
Episode 2

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

Alan has come to the conclusion that he needs to talk to Jane about their relationship.

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

Producer Julia McKenzie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2009.


THU 23:30 The Problem With Adam Bloom (b019chmt)
Series 3

Parents

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

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

Heart-warming, funny and quixotic comedy, written and starring Adam Bloom.

With Rob Rouse, Hattie Hayridge, Stefano Paolini and Bernie Bloom.

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2005.



FRIDAY 24 JANUARY 2014

FRI 00:00 Wally K Daly (b007jv1m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Planet B (b00j250y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Paul Temple (b007swg7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b0162k8q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Four Joneses and a Jenkins (b007jqmj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b007jq77)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body (b007jrzt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03q9k59)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:15 Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy (b007k1sh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 Ballylenon (b008751g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Lenin of the Rovers (b007jwg9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Agatha Christie (b00jz7jj)
Philomel Cottage

When Alex meets Terry she's swept off her feet. He persuades her to leave her job with a dot com company and set up a business with him - based in an out of the way cottage in the country...

A new spin on the Queen of the whodunit, Agatha Christie's classic story, dramatised for radio by Mike Walker.

Stars Lizzie McInnerny as Alex, Tom Hollander as Terry, Adam Godley as Richard and Struan Rodger as Merlin.

Producer: Jeremy Mortimer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.


FRI 06:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b0161mpx)
5. Deadly Adversary

Having followed a trail that led from Soho to Jamaica, via Istanbul, Lucifer Box has finally come face to face with a deadly adversary from his past.

Will our hero prevent him from carrying out his evil plan?

Written and concluded by Mark Gatiss.

Set in 1953, this is the third in a trilogy of spoof spy novels detailing the devilishly daring adventures of secret agent, Lucifer Box.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in October 2011.


FRI 07:00 Chambers (b007jnqh)
Series 1

Trial By Television

Ruth gets a job as "Legal Eagle" on breakfast telly, leaving John Fuller-Carp desperate to make a bigger TV splash.

Clive Coleman’s sitcom about the questionable practices of a group of barristers.

John Fuller Carp ...... John Bird
Hilary Tripping ...... James Fleet
Ruth Quirke ...... Lesley Sharp
Vince ...... Jonathan Kydd
Matthew Hoadley ...... Robert Duncan
Trudy ...... Susie Brann
Sylvie ...... Jane Whittenshaw

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1996.


FRI 07:30 Warhorses of Letters (b03q59t3)
Series 3

Episode 2

By Robbie Hudson and Marie Phillips

Stephen Fry and Daniel Rigby star as Napoleon's horse Marengo and Wellington's horse Copenhagen, with an introduction by Tamsin Greig, in the world's first epistolary equine love story.

Still cruelly sundered by fate despite the war having ended, Marengo is put rather unwillingly out to stud and discovers the overwhelming and exhausting joys of parenthood, and Copenhagen finds a new way of passing the time - writing racy horse fan fiction, a genre for which he turns out to have a remarkable flair...

Produced by Gareth Edwards.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


FRI 07:45 Political Animals (b01m179f)
Series 1

Humphrey

The notoriously photo-shy Humphrey, Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office 1989 to 1997, a cat with a robust vocabulary and a pretty earthy view of political life, looks back on his struggles with all things New Labour.

Series of scurrilous talks given by well-known, if unreliable, Downing Street cats, who relate their trials and tribulations under four different Prime Ministers.

Starring James Fleet.

Written by Tony Bagley.

Director: Marc Beeby

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2012.


FRI 08:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jlt3)
Series 3

Cuckoo in the Nest

Harold Steptoe is shocked to meet his older half-brother from Australia.

Starring Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett.

Following the conclusion of their hugely successful association with Tony Hancock, writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson wrote 10 pilots for the BBC TV's Comedy Playhouse in 1962.

The Offer featured the lives of rag and bone men Albert Steptoe and son Harold - and was the spark for a run of eight series on TV.

Albert ...... Wilfrid Brambell
Harold ...... Harry H Corbett
Arthur ...... Kenneth J Warren

Other parts played by David Brierly

Adapted for radio from their TV scripts by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Producer: Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in April 1971.


FRI 08:30 Yes Minister (b007k0nj)
Series 2

A Question of Loyalty

With a war on waste at the Civil Service - what does MP Jim Hacker think?

Starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds.

Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn's satirical sitcom centred around the hapless MP Jim Hacker and a collection of civil service underlings headed by the Machiavellian Sir Humphrey Appleby and obsequious Bernard.

It first ran on BBC TV between 1980 and 1984.

Jim Hacker …. Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby …. Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Woolley …. Derek Fowlds
Betty Oldham, MP …. Judy Parfitt
Sir Mark Spencer …. Nigel Stock
Peter …. William Hope
Gillian …. Helena Breck
The Committee Chairman …. John Strickland
The PM …. Arnold Diamond

Adapted for radio by producer Pete Atkin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1984.


FRI 09:00 Millport (b0076258)
Series 2

Story

Everyone's telling tales and making up stories - while Moira's acting oddly, no-one's listening to Bob, Agnes has discovered the medicinal benefits of alcohol - and for once Irene doesn't know what to do...

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

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

Music arranged by Olly Fox.

Producer: Lucy Bacon

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2001.


FRI 09:30 The Change (b0076cp6)
Series 2

Episode 1

George is trying to persuade Carol to let him move back in but she’s having none of it. All she wants is a new haircut - and a new life.

Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison star as troubled hormonal wife Carol whose husband George revealed he's a transvestite - and she's kicked him out.

Sitcom by Gavin Petrie and Jan Etherington.

Carol ...... Lynda Bellingham
George ...... Chris Ellison
Violet ...... Sylvia Syms
Maureen ...... Maureen Beattie
Dave ...... Mark Powley
Ken ...... James Vaughan
Jerry ...... Barnaby Kay
Sonia ...... Emma Kennedy

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2003.


FRI 10:00 DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body (b007js26)
Series 2

3. A Sheltered Life

Detective Inspector Gwen Danbury comes to the aid of a wrongly accused colleague, and her lonely mother, Joan.

Sue Rodwell's murder mystery stars Annette Badland as DI Gwen Danbury.

DI Gwen Danbury …. Annette Badland
Joan Danbury …. Gudrun Ure
DS Henry Jacobs …. John Duttine
Supt Phillips …. John Rye
Larry Eaves …. John Moffatt
Emily Porter …. Hilda Braid
Arthur Lambert …. Godfrey Kenton
Hesset …. Don McCorkindale
Edwards …. Tom Bevan
Alison …. Rachel Atkins
Grey …. Peter Kenny
Warden …. Diana Payan

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1994.


FRI 11:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03q9ng3)
Episode 15

Richard has been shot and, as events escalate, not everyone will get out alive. Donna Tartt thriller concluded by William Hope. From April 1995.


FRI 11:15 Peter Tinniswood (b007v0zr)
The Last Obit

Billie Whitelaw stars as an obituarist living in her own very particular world, in a monologue written especially for her by Peter Tinnswood.

Having spent years writing obituaries for the Morning Telegraph, Millicent Doris Clayton's mind wanders as she prepares her final piece before taking retirement. Epitaphs and judgments on the famous, the notorious and the undeserving have passed through her office. She is a middle-aged spinster. So who will prepare Millicent's own obituary? And what will it say?

Directed by Enyd Williams. First heard on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.


FRI 12:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jlt3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Yes Minister (b007k0nj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Agatha Christie (b00jz7jj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b0161mpx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Jacqueline Susann - Valley of the Dolls (b00mbmd1)
Episode 5

Anne has fallen for Lyon Burke, but her friendship with Helen is put to the test. Jacqueline Susann drama with Madeleine Potter.


FRI 14:15 A Short History of Ireland (b007k3px)
More Irish Than the Irish Themselves; The Statute of Kilkenny

The country's epic story continues with the diminishing power of English King Edward III. With Richard Dormer, James Greene and Frances Tomelty.


FRI 14:30 Helen Dunmore - The Betrayal (b00wmqkf)
Volkov Is Dead

In a final act before his fall from grace, Volkov, Commissar of the secret police, has given Andrei a way out. Instead of execution he will be sent to Siberia.

Meanwhile Anna is in hiding, waiting for the birth of their baby.

Helen Dunmore's sequel to 'The Siege' concluded by Sara Kestelman.

Set ten years on, the starvation and bitter cold of the war years of Leningrad have been replaced with fear and suspicion. City residents do their best to keep their heads down and their lives unremarkable in an era of accusations, arrests and the midnight knock at the door.

Helen Dunmore (1952-2017) was the writer of 12 novels and 10 poetry collections winning several accolades for her work.

Abridged by Sally Marmion
Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


FRI 14:45 You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This (b00srwx8)
Episode 5

A salute to the ending of a 'great comic moralist'. Stephen Boxer concludes Terence Blacker's celebration of William Donaldson.


FRI 15:00 DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body (b007js26)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b03q9q38)
Miriam Margolyes does all the parts and all the voices in her exclusive 4 O'Clock Show reading of James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl.


FRI 17:00 Huddwinks (b00fsmz8)
Series 2

Dead Dames Don't Dance with Danger

Top American cop Bert Chisel is called in to solve a murder mystery for Scotland Yard.

Roy Hudd stars in Laurie Rowley’s comic parodies.

With:

Denise Coffey
Chris Emmett
David Gooderson
Fred Harris

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in June 1988.


FRI 17:30 Chambers (b007jnqh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 18:00 Wally K Daly (b007jv1s)
The Children of Witchwood

Episode 5

Jackie's extraordinary telepathic powers attract the evil attentions of the eerie Cranford family.


FRI 18:30 Planet B (b00j2j7k)
Series 1

10. Death's Door

John and Lioba aim to meet in the real world, but can they really escape their virtual reality?

Conclusion of series one of three about a mystery virtual world.

Written by Matthew Broughton.

John ...... Gunnar Cauthery
Medley ...... Lizzy Watts
Cerberus ...... Chris Pavlo
Lioba ...... Donnla Hughes

All other parts played by Janice Acquah, Jill Cardo, Stephen Critchlow,Paul Rider, Manjeet Mann, Matthew Broughton and Adjoa Andoh.

Director: Jessica Dromgoole

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


FRI 19:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jlt3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Yes Minister (b007k0nj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Agatha Christie (b00jz7jj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly (b0161mpx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03q9ng3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 21:15 Peter Tinniswood (b007v0zr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


FRI 22:00 Warhorses of Letters (b03q59t3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:15 Political Animals (b01m179f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:45 today]


FRI 22:30 I've Never Seen Star Wars (b015p8sr)
Series 4

Sarah Millican

Marcus Brigstocke invites comic Sarah Millican to eat Chinese food with chopsticks and read The Joy of Sex.

Whether the experiences are banal or profound, the show is about embracing the new and getting out of our comfort zones.

The title comes from the fact that the show's producer and creator Bill Dare had never seen the film Star Wars.

Producer: Bill Dare

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2011.


FRI 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b03v0l5d)
The best in contemporary comedy. Tonight, Arthur Smith is joined by Edinburgh Comedy Award best newcomer, John Kearns.


FRI 23:00 On the Hour (b007k3g0)
Series 1

Episode 1

From disasters and corruption to beachcombing and medical mayhem.

All the news as it happens, if it happens.

Plus all the sport from Alan Partridge

Savagely satirical award-winning comedy starring Chris Morris.

With Steve Coogan, David Schneider, Rebecca Front, Patrick Marber and Doon Mackichan.

Written by Chris Morris, Richard Herring, Steven Wells, Andrew Glover, David Quantick and Stewart Lee.

Editor: Armando lannucci

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1991.


FRI 23:30 The Simon Day Show (b01k2bw9)
Series 2

Mick Cunningham

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 brings Australian celebrity chef, Mick Cunningham to The Mallard Theatre under the misapprehension that he'll be filming a TV show.

Cast list:
Mick Cunningham ..... Simon Day
Emanuel Akinyemi ..... Felix Dexter
Pat Bennet ... Morwenna Banks
Ron Bone / Wozak ..... Simon Greenall
Rene ..... Janine Duvitski

Written by Simon Day
Produced by Colin Anderson.




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

2525 09:00 MON (b03q8q1n)

2525 22:30 MON (b03q8q1n)

2525 02:00 TUE (b03q8q1n)

A Short History of Ireland 14:15 MON (b007k3ld)

A Short History of Ireland 14:15 TUE (b007k3m9)

A Short History of Ireland 14:15 WED (b007k3n5)

A Short History of Ireland 14:15 THU (b007k3p1)

A Short History of Ireland 14:15 FRI (b007k3px)

Absolute Power 23:30 WED (b007vkmz)

Afternoon Reading 10:45 SUN (b00nmt87)

Afternoon Reading 21:45 SUN (b00nmt87)

Afternoon Reading 01:45 MON (b00nmt87)

Agatha Christie 06:00 FRI (b00jz7jj)

Agatha Christie 13:00 FRI (b00jz7jj)

Agatha Christie 20:00 FRI (b00jz7jj)

All the Way from Memphis 09:30 WED (b00m0mb4)

All the Way from Memphis 02:30 THU (b00m0mb4)

Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy 04:15 SAT (b007k1nx)

Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy 11:15 TUE (b007k1q2)

Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy 21:15 TUE (b007k1q2)

Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy 04:15 WED (b007k1q2)

Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy 11:15 WED (b007k1r8)

Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy 21:15 WED (b007k1r8)

Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy 04:15 THU (b007k1r8)

Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy 11:15 THU (b007k1sh)

Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy 21:15 THU (b007k1sh)

Andrew Rissik - The Psychedelic Spy 04:15 FRI (b007k1sh)

Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive 22:30 WED (b007xs3b)

At Home With Hinge and Bracket 17:00 MON (b008jw8g)

At Home With Hinge and Bracket 05:00 TUE (b008jw8g)

At Home With the Hardys 09:30 MON (b007jmxr)

At Home With the Hardys 02:30 TUE (b007jmxr)

Atomic Tales 18:00 SAT (b007jx75)

Atomic Tales 00:00 SUN (b007jx75)

Baldi 13:15 SAT (b007k0bt)

Baldi 03:15 SUN (b007k0bt)

Ballylenon 17:00 THU (b008751g)

Ballylenon 05:00 FRI (b008751g)

Brian Johnston - An Innings with Johnners 09:00 SAT (b01kkldw)

Brian Johnston - An Innings with Johnners 19:00 SAT (b01kkldw)

Chain Reaction 07:30 TUE (b03phrws)

Chain Reaction 22:00 TUE (b03phrws)

Chambers 05:30 SAT (b007znmz)

Chambers 07:00 FRI (b007jnqh)

Chambers 17:30 FRI (b007jnqh)

Could Do Better 07:15 SUN (b03q5fw6)

Could Do Better 13:15 SUN (b03q5fw6)

Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! 07:30 SUN (b00h8n6q)

Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! 22:00 SUN (b00h8n6q)

DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body 10:00 WED (b007jrx2)

DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body 15:00 WED (b007jrx2)

DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body 03:00 THU (b007jrx2)

DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body 10:00 THU (b007jrzt)

DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body 15:00 THU (b007jrzt)

DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body 03:00 FRI (b007jrzt)

DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body 10:00 FRI (b007js26)

DI Gwen Danbury - An Odd Body 15:00 FRI (b007js26)

Dad's Army 08:00 THU (b007jpcv)

Dad's Army 12:00 THU (b007jpcv)

Dad's Army 19:00 THU (b007jpcv)

Dave Podmore 23:30 TUE (b007ncns)

David Wade - Alexander 03:00 SAT (b007jx34)

David Wade - Alexander 10:00 MON (b00cfwr8)

David Wade - Alexander 15:00 MON (b00cfwr8)

David Wade - Alexander 03:00 TUE (b00cfwr8)

David Wade - Alexander 10:00 TUE (b007q9by)

David Wade - Alexander 15:00 TUE (b007q9by)

David Wade - Alexander 03:00 WED (b007q9by)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (b03q5hgv)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (b03q5hgv)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 01:00 MON (b03q5hgv)

Dixon of Dock Green 01:30 SAT (b0133ldd)

Doctor Who 18:00 SUN (b018jk6v)

Doctor Who 00:00 MON (b018jk6v)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 04:00 SAT (b03pm1hw)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 11:00 MON (b03q8q66)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 21:00 MON (b03q8q66)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 04:00 TUE (b03q8q66)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 11:00 TUE (b03q8tcc)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 21:00 TUE (b03q8tcc)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 04:00 WED (b03q8tcc)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 11:00 WED (b03q957k)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 21:00 WED (b03q957k)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 04:00 THU (b03q957k)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 11:00 THU (b03q9k59)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 21:00 THU (b03q9k59)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 04:00 FRI (b03q9k59)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 11:00 FRI (b03q9ng3)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 21:00 FRI (b03q9ng3)

Edgar Allan Poe 18:30 SUN (b007jsry)

Edgar Allan Poe 00:30 MON (b007jsry)

Electric Ink 02:30 SAT (b01kkqc9)

Flying the Flag 17:00 TUE (b00dyb0t)

Flying the Flag 05:00 WED (b00dyb0t)

Four Joneses and a Jenkins 09:00 THU (b007jqmj)

Four Joneses and a Jenkins 02:00 FRI (b007jqmj)

Garrison Keillor's Radio Show 08:00 SAT (b01d2l32)

Garrison Keillor's Radio Show 15:00 SAT (b01d2l32)

Garrison Keillor's Radio Show 01:00 SUN (b01d2l32)

Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea 22:30 THU (b0077007)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b007jnmp)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b007jnmp)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b007jnmp)

Helen Dunmore - The Betrayal 14:30 MON (b00wld70)

Helen Dunmore - The Betrayal 14:30 TUE (b00wmpf0)

Helen Dunmore - The Betrayal 14:30 WED (b00wmpfn)

Helen Dunmore - The Betrayal 14:30 THU (b00xk4f0)

Helen Dunmore - The Betrayal 14:30 FRI (b00wmqkf)

Huddwinks 05:00 SAT (b00fsmz6)

Huddwinks 17:00 FRI (b00fsmz8)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:30 WED (b007jpbr)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:30 WED (b007jpbr)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:30 WED (b007jpbr)

I've Never Seen Star Wars 22:30 FRI (b015p8sr)

Inside Alan Francis 23:00 THU (b00hr4mz)

Jacqueline Susann - Valley of the Dolls 14:00 MON (b00mb1qz)

Jacqueline Susann - Valley of the Dolls 14:00 TUE (b00mbbff)

Jacqueline Susann - Valley of the Dolls 14:00 WED (b00mbc2m)

Jacqueline Susann - Valley of the Dolls 14:00 THU (b00mbl3h)

Jacqueline Susann - Valley of the Dolls 14:00 FRI (b00mbmd1)

James Payne - Aonach Hourn (Omnibus) 12:00 SAT (b03q5cgf)

James Payne - Aonach Hourn (Omnibus) 02:00 SUN (b03q5cgf)

Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light 23:30 SAT (b015yn87)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 07:30 THU (b0150grq)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 22:00 THU (b0150grq)

Jon Ronson On 23:30 SUN (b0076prm)

Ken Kesey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 06:00 SAT (b0089hkg)

Ken Kesey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 16:00 SAT (b0089hkg)

Ken Kesey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 04:00 SUN (b0089hkg)

King Cutler 23:00 SUN (b0090bdh)

Lenin of the Rovers 07:00 THU (b007jwg9)

Lenin of the Rovers 17:30 THU (b007jwg9)

Lenin of the Rovers 05:30 FRI (b007jwg9)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 09:30 THU (b007jq77)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 02:30 FRI (b007jq77)

Loose Ends 11:15 MON (b03q4psz)

Loose Ends 21:15 MON (b03q4psz)

Loose Ends 04:15 TUE (b03q4psz)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 06:30 MON (b01614qr)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 13:30 MON (b01614qr)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 20:30 MON (b01614qr)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 01:30 TUE (b01614qr)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 06:30 TUE (b0161cl2)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 13:30 TUE (b0161cl2)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 20:30 TUE (b0161cl2)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 01:30 WED (b0161cl2)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 06:30 WED (b0162lr1)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 13:30 WED (b0162lr1)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 20:30 WED (b0162lr1)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 01:30 THU (b0162lr1)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 06:30 THU (b0162k8q)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 13:30 THU (b0162k8q)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 20:30 THU (b0162k8q)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 01:30 FRI (b0162k8q)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 06:30 FRI (b0161mpx)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 13:30 FRI (b0161mpx)

Mark Gatiss - Black Butterfly 20:30 FRI (b0161mpx)

Mark Steel's in Town 07:30 WED (b03pjfbj)

Mark Steel's in Town 22:00 WED (b03pjfbj)

Mel's Mix: The Best of The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 SUN (b03q5j12)

Millport 02:00 SAT (b0076221)

Millport 09:00 FRI (b0076258)

No Commitments 17:00 WED (b007gz65)

No Commitments 05:00 THU (b007gz65)

Old Harry's Game 23:00 WED (b007jmb2)

On the Hour 23:00 FRI (b007k3g0)

P Division 23:00 SAT (b007jx64)

PG Wodehouse 14:00 SAT (b00bfq14)

PG Wodehouse 07:00 MON (b00bt4vw)

PG Wodehouse 17:30 MON (b00bt4vw)

PG Wodehouse 05:30 TUE (b00bt4vw)

PL Travers - Mary Poppins 09:00 SUN (b00slpvx)

PL Travers - Mary Poppins 17:00 SUN (b00slpvx)

PL Travers - Mary Poppins 05:00 MON (b00slpvx)

Paradise Lost in Space 00:00 SAT (b007jp39)

Paul Temple 01:00 SAT (b007jn7r)

Paul Temple 06:00 MON (b007s6jt)

Paul Temple 13:00 MON (b007s6jt)

Paul Temple 20:00 MON (b007s6jt)

Paul Temple 01:00 TUE (b007s6jt)

Paul Temple 06:00 TUE (b007s84b)

Paul Temple 13:00 TUE (b007s84b)

Paul Temple 20:00 TUE (b007s84b)

Paul Temple 01:00 WED (b007s84b)

Paul Temple 06:00 WED (b007s8rj)

Paul Temple 13:00 WED (b007s8rj)

Paul Temple 20:00 WED (b007s8rj)

Paul Temple 01:00 THU (b007s8rj)

Paul Temple 06:00 THU (b007swg7)

Paul Temple 13:00 THU (b007swg7)

Paul Temple 20:00 THU (b007swg7)

Paul Temple 01:00 FRI (b007swg7)

Peter Tinniswood 11:15 FRI (b007v0zr)

Peter Tinniswood 21:15 FRI (b007v0zr)

Planet B 00:30 SAT (b00j0hqr)

Planet B 18:30 MON (b00j1c4w)

Planet B 00:30 TUE (b00j1c4w)

Planet B 18:30 TUE (b00j1hzf)

Planet B 00:30 WED (b00j1hzf)

Planet B 18:30 WED (b00j1z95)

Planet B 00:30 THU (b00j1z95)

Planet B 18:30 THU (b00j250y)

Planet B 00:30 FRI (b00j250y)

Planet B 18:30 FRI (b00j2j7k)

Political Animals 17:45 SAT (b01lv38q)

Political Animals 05:45 SUN (b01lv38q)

Political Animals 07:45 FRI (b01m179f)

Political Animals 22:15 FRI (b01m179f)

RL Stevenson - Treasure Island 13:30 SUN (b007jwxp)

RL Stevenson - Treasure Island 03:30 MON (b007jwxp)

Round the Horne 08:00 MON (b00t29v7)

Round the Horne 12:00 MON (b00t29v7)

Round the Horne 19:00 MON (b00t29v7)

Sabotage 22:00 SAT (b03k3c7y)

Simon Schama - Baseball and Me 07:30 SAT (b00yhqcf)

Snap 07:00 TUE (b00thqvk)

Snap 17:30 TUE (b00thqvk)

Snap 05:30 WED (b00thqvk)

Spread a Little Happiness 09:30 TUE (b00l13n0)

Spread a Little Happiness 02:30 WED (b00l13n0)

Steptoe and Son 08:00 FRI (b007jlt3)

Steptoe and Son 12:00 FRI (b007jlt3)

Steptoe and Son 19:00 FRI (b007jlt3)

Take It From Here 08:30 THU (b011vffg)

Take It From Here 12:30 THU (b011vffg)

Take It From Here 19:30 THU (b011vffg)

Take It From the Chorus 11:30 SUN (b007k283)

Take It From the Chorus 19:30 SUN (b007k283)

Take It From the Chorus 02:30 MON (b007k283)

That Reminds Me 11:00 SUN (b007jnlp)

That Reminds Me 19:00 SUN (b007jnlp)

That Reminds Me 02:00 MON (b007jnlp)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 MON (b03q8rbb)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 TUE (b03q8yqp)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 WED (b03q96kd)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 THU (b03q9knn)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 FRI (b03q9q38)

The Burkiss Way 08:00 SUN (b00gsb7z)

The Burkiss Way 15:00 SUN (b00gsb7z)

The Burkiss Way 20:00 SUN (b00gsb7z)

The Burkiss Way 03:00 MON (b00gsb7z)

The Castle 22:30 TUE (b00g4481)

The Change 09:30 FRI (b0076cp6)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 SUN (b03sg4zt)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 MON (b03thhys)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 WED (b03thhyv)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 FRI (b03v0l5d)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b007jn48)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b007jn48)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b007jn48)

The Ken Dodd Show 08:30 SUN (b03q5gb0)

The Ken Dodd Show 15:30 SUN (b03q5gb0)

The Ken Dodd Show 20:30 SUN (b03q5gb0)

The Late Alfred Hitchcock Presents 23:45 SAT (b00tr6np)

The Leopard in Autumn 07:00 WED (b00rvzkq)

The Leopard in Autumn 17:30 WED (b00rvzkq)

The Leopard in Autumn 05:30 THU (b00rvzkq)

The Marx Brothers' Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel 08:30 TUE (b007zgqw)

The Marx Brothers' Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel 12:30 TUE (b007zgqw)

The Marx Brothers' Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel 19:30 TUE (b007zgqw)

The Museum of Everything 23:00 TUE (b007k17t)

The Navy Lark 14:30 SAT (b03ph1bs)

The Navy Lark 08:30 MON (b016pl5h)

The Navy Lark 12:30 MON (b016pl5h)

The Navy Lark 19:30 MON (b016pl5h)

The Now Show 23:00 MON (b03pmk7r)

The Now Show 09:00 TUE (b03pmk7r)

The Now Show 02:00 WED (b03pmk7r)

The Price of Fear 18:30 SAT (b007jm89)

The Price of Fear 00:30 SUN (b007jm89)

The Problem With Adam Bloom 23:30 THU (b019chmt)

The Richest Man in Britain 22:30 SUN (b00p6v3r)

The Simon Day Show 23:30 FRI (b01k2bw9)

The Unbelievable Truth 07:30 MON (b03phd4m)

The Unbelievable Truth 22:00 MON (b03phd4m)

Think the Unthinkable 23:30 MON (b007jm43)

Tina C 22:45 THU (b0076q9g)

Vita Sackville-West - All Passion Spent Omnibus 06:00 SUN (b007jxd3)

Vita Sackville-West - All Passion Spent Omnibus 12:00 SUN (b007jxd3)

Wally K Daly 18:00 MON (b007jv0y)

Wally K Daly 00:00 TUE (b007jv0y)

Wally K Daly 18:00 TUE (b007jv16)

Wally K Daly 00:00 WED (b007jv16)

Wally K Daly 18:00 WED (b007jv1f)

Wally K Daly 00:00 THU (b007jv1f)

Wally K Daly 18:00 THU (b007jv1m)

Wally K Daly 00:00 FRI (b007jv1m)

Wally K Daly 18:00 FRI (b007jv1s)

Warhorses of Letters 17:30 SAT (b03pdhkq)

Warhorses of Letters 05:30 SUN (b03pdhkq)

Warhorses of Letters 07:30 FRI (b03q59t3)

Warhorses of Letters 22:00 FRI (b03q59t3)

Winston 09:00 WED (b00q9280)

Winston 02:00 THU (b00q9280)

Yes Minister 08:30 FRI (b007k0nj)

Yes Minister 12:30 FRI (b007k0nj)

Yes Minister 19:30 FRI (b007k0nj)

You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This 14:45 MON (b00sr302)

You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This 14:45 TUE (b00srg4j)

You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This 14:45 WED (b00srkks)

You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This 14:45 THU (b00srqfq)

You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This 14:45 FRI (b00srwx8)