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SATURDAY 30 AUGUST 2014

SAT 00:00 Book at Beachtime (b0124v3t)
SJ Watson - Before I Go to Sleep

Episode 5

What if you lost your memory every time you went to sleep?

How would you cope with having to relearn your history every day only to lose it again?

In SJ Watson's desperately compelling and ambitious debut thriller, a woman has no memory of who she is. She lives in the suburbs cared for by her husband, she can't work, she doesn't have any friends, she's trying to live a normal life but she can't remember anything when she wakes up in the morning. Slowly she starts to try and rebuild her memory, to piece together what has happened to her, who she is.

This is Christine's story.

Abridged by Alison Joseph
Read by Stella Gonet
Produced by Lucy Collingwood


SAT 00:30 15 Minute Drama (b01bbb68)
The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Series 3

Episode 5

In Hattie Naylor's dramatisation of the diary for 1662, Samuel's brother, Tom, is in love and hoping to marry. But he has exaggerated his income and after some toing and froing, his fiancée breaks the engagement, much to Tom's distress. Lord Sandwich tells Sam that there is hidden treasure undiscovered in the Tower - and charges Samuel with trying to find it. The year ends with Elizabeth unwell in bed and Sam feeding her Christmas treats.

CAST
Samuel Pepys . . . Kris Marshall
Elizabeth Pepys . . . Katherine Jakeways
Lord Sandwich . . . Blake Ritson
Tom . . . Gareth Pierce
Mr Wade . . . Matthew Gravelle

Theme music: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, words by Robert Herrick and music by William Lawes, sung by Bethany Hughes. Lute, baroque guitar and theorbo played by David Miller. Violin and viol by Annika Gray, and recorders by Alice Baxter.

Historical consultant: Liza Picard
Sound by Nigel Lewis

A BBC Cymru Wales production directed by Kate McAll.


SAT 00:45 Ferdinand Mount - Cold Cream (b00ysqf2)
Episode 5

A dramatic moment in political history and a return to damsons. Ferdinand Mount's memoir concluded by Oliver Ford Davies.


SAT 01:00 The 99p Challenge (b007js0s)
Series 2

Episode 1

Crazy panel show capers as host Sue Perkins grills Jack Docherty, Pater Baynam, Armando Iannucci and Simon Pegg.

The game where someone stands to leave the studio 99p richer than when they came in.

Producer: David Tyler

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2000.


SAT 01:30 Pioneers (b00wmvmt)
Series 1

David Blunkett

David Blunkett talks about how failure wasn't an option during his rise to political high office.

Blind from birth, he talks openly about the isolation of attending boarding school from the age of four, as well as the trauma of losing his father at the age of twelve.

Coming from a deprived background, David recognised very quickly that his route out of poverty was through education and against all odds, he graduated from Sheffield University at the age of 22.

David went on to become the youngest-ever councillor on Sheffield City Council, and climbed his way through the political ladder to become the first ever blind Home Secretary.

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2010.


SAT 02:00 Detective (b04fgwcj)
Series 2

5. Four Faces of Crime

DS Brook and DC Harrison meet the eccentric Mr Parsons. Meanwhile a gruesome meat axe murder is investigated...

Stories of crime and detection in London by Robert Barr featuring long-serving, ducking-and-diving DS Dave Brook and his assistant, Detective Constable Blair Maxton.

CAST:

DS Dave Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Blair Maxton …. Christopher Blake
Chief Inspector Roach …. Stephen Yardley
DC Harrison …. Peter Cleall
Judy …. Jacqueline Tong
Peter Parsons … Derek Francis
Tommy …. Johnny Wade

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1982.


SAT 02:30 School of Rock (b0076ywb)
Live at Leeds Again

Andy Kershaw is backstage as The Who return to play a gig at Leeds University. With Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. From June 2006.


SAT 03:00 Classic Serial (b01q76l0)
Janet Frame - An Angel at My Table

Episode 2

The autobiography of Janet Frame, dramatised for radio by Anita Sullivan.

Frame was New Zealand's best known but least public writer. The author of 12 novels, four story collections, one book of poetry and three volumes of autobiography, even at the height of her success Frame shunned publicity - which had the effect of making the media and her readership even more intrusively interested. It was the issue of her mental health which generated the most conjecture.

In her twenties she spent four and a half years in mental hospitals and was wrongly diagnosed with schizophrenia. Her writing saved her; the success of her first collection of short stories (The Lagoon and Other Stories) convincing doctors that she did not need a planned lobotomy.

To "set the record straight" about the circumstances of her committal to mental hospitals, in the early 80's Janet Frame wrote her autobiography; three volumes entitled 'To The Is-land (1982) An Angel At My Table and The Envoy From Mirror City (both 1984). It was after the publication of "An Angel At My Table", at a time when several of her books had gone out of print, that Frame's literary status was cemented.

An Angel At My Table Episode 2 of 2
In episode two, after a failed suicide attempt, Janet agrees to a short period in hospital to recuperate. But the arrival of her mother to take her home triggers a reaction in Janet that will have calamitous repercussions for years to come.

All other roles were played by members of the cast.
With thanks to Houghton Valley School and Wellington High School, New Zealand.
Adapted for radio by Anita Sullivan
Music - Simon Russell
Sound design - David Thomas
Productions assistants -Sarah Tombling and Kathy Caton
Associate producer - Andrew Foster (New Zealand)
Producer/Director - Karen Rose
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 04:00 He Would, Wouldn't He? (b0076fdm)
A Steady Chap

A daughter starts to worry after her divorced mother meets a new man. Is he too good to be true? Written by Gillian Tindall. Read by Clare Corbett. From June 2003.


SAT 04:15 Drama (b01ngrwp)
Andy Walker - The Man Who Jumped From Space

The real life story of Captain Joe Kittinger and Project Excelsior. As jet planes flew higher and faster in the 1950s, the USAF became increasingly worried about the safety of flight crew who had to eject at high altitude. So Project Excelsior was initiated to perfect a parachute system that would allow a safe, controlled descent after a high-altitude ejection.

Producer Gary Brown

Project Excelsior was initiated in 1958 to design a parachute system that would allow a safe, controlled descent after a high-altitude ejection.

To test the parachute system, staff at Wright Field built a 200 ft (61 m) high helium balloon with a capacity of nearly 3 million cubic feet (85,000 m³) that could lift an open gondola and test pilot into the stratosphere. Joe Kittinger, who was test director for the project, made three ascents and test jumps. This is the story of the three jumps.


SAT 05:00 After Henry (b007k2z7)
Series 2

Bedside Manners

Poorly Sarah's in hospital and must cope with visits from her mother and daughter.

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

Starring Prunella Scales as Sarah, Joan Sanderson as Eleanor, Gerry Cowper as Clare, Benjamin Whitrow as Russell and Deborah Findlay as the Sister.

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

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1986.


SAT 05:30 Bangers and Mash (b0075gv1)
Episode 3

A health inspector calls. Will the struggling catering team have to halt pie production?

Six-part comedy series by Katie Hims.

Stars Catherine Harvey as Martina, Gerard McDermott as Jimmy, Roger May as Juan Jose, Jane Whittenshaw as Carol and Anthony Zaki as the Health Inspector.

Director: Cat Horn

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1999.


SAT 06:00 Dostoyevsky - The Friend of the Family (b04fxy8d)
Russia, 1859: The Manor of Stephanchikovo has been thrown into chaos by the activities of a former sergeant who's set himself up as an arbiter of morals and taste.

When he interferes in the marriage plans of the family, the whole situation explodes.

Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1859 novel dramatised by David Blum. Starring David Suchet, Margot Boyd and Clive Merrison.

Colonel ...... David Suchet
Madame La Generale ...... Margot Boyd
Sashenka ...... Kathryn Hurlbutt
Sergei ...... John Webb
Foma Fomich ...... Clive Merrison
Natasha ...... Helena Breck
Falaley ...... Graham Blockey
Yezhevikin ...... Alan Dudley
Tatyana Ivanovn ...... Maggie McCarthy
Bahcheyev ...... Bernard Brown
Miss Perepelitsyn ...... Eva Stuart
Mizinchikov ...... Colin Starkey
Obnoskin ...... Gary Cady
Gavrila ...... Lockwood West
Servant ...... Alan Thompson

Director: Martin Jenkins.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1984.


SAT 07:30 Yes Yes Yes (b00tcstj)
Series 1

The Last Gasp Gold

John Rawling relives the 1991 World Athletics Championships when Britain's 400m men's relay team beat the USA to gold.


SAT 08:00 Archive on 4 (b00rv8yk)
Ask the Fellows That Cut the Hay

In this week's Archive On Four, historian Alan Dein celebrates the centenary of his mentor George Ewart Evans, collector of Suffolk farming tales. Evans began by chatting to his neighbours over the fireside in the 1950's and transcribing stories about poaching shepherding, smuggling and ditching.

The talk was of a hardscrabble life, of leaky roofs and meals of pea soup and pollard dumplings and beef only at Christmas with occasional festivities like the Whitsun fair.

With the help of BBC producer David Thomson, Evans recorded many of these tales and they were broadcast on the Third Programme.

Evans came from a Welsh mining village and he sympathised with the labourers' stories about the tyranny of the trinity of the parson, squire and farmer. He was a sympathetic listener who asked allowed his community to speak for itself and he captured the stories of people whose traditions had been unbroken for generations, who worked on the land before mechanisation and who believed in magic and folk wisdom and had intuitive understanding of working with animals.

Evans' eleven books about the working lives and folk stories of Blaxhall are a portrait of every facet of his village and paved the way for books and programmes, both fiction and not fiction, about British agricultural life.

Alan Dein talks to people who remember him in the village of Blaxhall and to his son Lord (Matthew) Evans and youngest daughter Susan as well as historian Owen Collins.

A WHISTLEDOWN PRODUCTION FOR BBC RADIO 4.


SAT 09:00 Ed Reardon's Weekend (b01nsw4v)
The author and pipe-smoker undertakes a journey through his life literary. Featuring The Swim, Dad, The Last Miaow, Parsnip Junction, Summer of '76 and Original British Drama.

What can be said about Ed Reardon that the man himself could not write with greater style and elan? The man who once ghost-wrote a book for Sooty is never lost for words. Even his recent theft of Edam from a BBC redundancy party cannot keep him off-air for long.

A warning to 12-year-old media charlatans though: it's time to tremble. Lynne Truss's fiercest critic is here to grace BBC Radio 4Extra in person. The scourge of the railway fare tariff has hand-picked six chapters of his life to share with you, in a retrospective already hailed as "a collection of programmes".

Finally the author of Who Would Fardels Bear is set to receive his due. Or would do, if we could keep him out of the betting shop and in the studio long enough to get his links recorded.

Ed's recent output includes the Stig's Xmas Book of Speed Camera Locations, but there's no denying the sheer artistic power of the man, as he applies his singular talent to children's TV, misery memoirs, Original British Drama and even breaking a window.

Produced by Martin Dempsey.


SAT 12:00 CJ Sansom - Dark Fire (b04fxz29)
Episode 1

CJ Sansom's Tudor crime novel set in the last days of Thomas Cromwell, featuring lawyer detective Shardlake. Stars Justin Salinger.


SAT 13:15 Baldi (b007k4pr)
Series 4

The Smoker

The priestly sleuth probes the murder of an outspoken, larger-than-life Dublin publisher and bon viveur. Stars David Threlfall.


SAT 14:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00f6r5f)
Series 2

Episode 1

A trendy couple debate "what's in and what's out" - and a lonesome two-headed giant.

More quick-fire sketches, terrible puns, humorous songs plus TV and cinema parodies.

Stars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall and Bill Oddie.

Written by John Cleese, Graeme Garden, Tony Hendra, Brian Cooke, Johnnie Mortimer and Hugh Woodhouse.

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

Songs by Bill Oddie and Jean Hart with music by Dave Lee.

Producer: Humphrey Barclay

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in October 1965.


SAT 14:30 The Goon Show (b007jpcq)
Series 8

The Space Age

Neddy and Crun attempt to launch Min into space, but she gets stuck up the chimney. Stars Spike Milligan. From November 1957.


SAT 15:00 Archive on 4 (b00rv8yk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SAT 16:00 Dostoyevsky - The Friend of the Family (b04fxy8d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Mark Thomas: The Manifesto (b00xhzjc)
Series 3

Episode 3

Comedian-activist, Mark Thomas, considers the blue-sky political policy suggestions of the public.

This week's agenda:

1) Nationalise British Music Festivals

2) Abolish Stamp Duty

3) Reduce Voting Age to 16

Plus more weird and wonderful suggestions from the studio audience, submitted as "Any Other Business".


SAT 18:00 Charles Chilton - Space Force (b007jmd7)
Series 1

4. The Time Ship

"The ship was as tall as a skyscraper and as long as an ocean liner - its hull was round, like a submarine's."

Taken hostage by the aliens, the crew discover more about their mysterious captors.

Charles Chilton's intergalactic adventure starring Barry Foster and Nicky Henson.

Captain Saxon Berry .... Barry Foster
Chipper .... Nicky Henson
Magnus .... Nigel Stock
Lauderic .... Tony Osoba
Ifwa .... Wendy Murray
Treia .... Theresa Streatfeild
Voedica .... Lolly Cockerell
Jennie .... Jenny Twigge

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in April 1984.


SAT 18:30 Ben Moor - Undone (b00f6ddd)
Series 2

Unaccustomed

Carlo leads the story as Edna and Tankerton face their biggest challenge yet

Staring Alex Tregear and Ben Moor.

Ben Moor's comic sci-fi saga about magazine editor Edna Turner entering a parallel world where her version of London is replaced with the city of Undone.

Carlo .Jones..... Duncan Wisbey
Edna Turner ...... Alex Tregear
Tankerton Slopes ...... Ben Moor
Faceless Bureaucrat ...... Jot Davies
Daphne ...... Ray Baker
Prince ...... Kevin Eldon

Other parts played by the cast.

Producer: Colin Anderson

Made for BBC Radio 7 by BBC Radio Comedy and first broadcast in February 2008.


SAT 19:00 Ed Reardon's Weekend (b01nsw4v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Ross Noble Goes Global (b007jvt7)
Series 1

Ireland

Travelling from rainy Sligo to busy Dublin, the comedian performs for the locals and learns to play the penny whistle - badly.

Producer: Danny Wallace

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2002.


SAT 22:30 Chris Addison's Civilization (b00f2zsd)
A Working Society

Charting our bumpy evolution, Chris Addison explains why he chose to spell civilisation with a Z.

Continuing his journey through the vast and rich subject of civilisation, the thinking-idiot's anthropologist explains exactly what we need to create a new one.

With:

Professor Austin Herring (Geoffrey McGivern)
Jo Enright
Dan Tetsell

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2006.


SAT 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b04hkbcg)
For two hours, six nights a week, the Comedy Club offers the best comedy around. Simon Munnery chats to Josie Long.


SAT 23:00 The Mark Steel Solution (b007k1rm)
Series 4

Religion

The radical comedian proposes new ways to solve the lack of understanding between different faiths. From August 1996.


SAT 23:30 Richard Herring's Objective (b0174gl1)
Series 2

The Wheelchair

'The Wheelchair' is the representative symbol of disability on access signs.

In his series on objects, Richard asks whether there is equal access? He wonders if it is still the case that we see the disability rather than the person.

With Emma Kennedy and special guest, comedian Francesca Martinez.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2011.



SUNDAY 31 AUGUST 2014

SUN 00:00 Charles Chilton - Space Force (b007jmd7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:30 Ben Moor - Undone (b00f6ddd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Archive on 4 (b00rv8yk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 CJ Sansom - Dark Fire (b04fxz29)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:15 Baldi (b007k4pr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:15 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Dostoyevsky - The Friend of the Family (b04fxy8d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Mark Thomas: The Manifesto (b00xhzjc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 The Diary of Samuel Pepys Omnibus (b01bl2dx)
1662

Kris Marshall returns as Samuel Pepys in this dramatisation of his diary for 1662. The year begins badly when he accidentally elbows Elizabeth in the eye as he's waking up.


SUN 07:10 Inheritance Tracks (b010j7b9)
Tamsin Greig

Actress Tamsin Greig inherits 'The Pearl Fishers Duet' by Bizet and passes on 'To Make You Feel My Love' by Bob Dylan.


SUN 07:15 The Piano Lesson (b0075q8v)
Family Harmony

Jeremy Nicholas visits the Roberts family, where three generations are learning to play the piano together. From November 1999.


SUN 07:30 The Gobetweenies (b010t6nt)
Series 1

Meet the Millers

A candid look at contemporary family through the prism of two North London siblings Lucy and Tom as they schlep between their determinedly hands-on parents. Lucy is excited about exploring surrealism, Tom is obsessively counting sultanas and their mum Mimi (Sarah Alexander) is desperate for her third attempt at married life to get started, but the children's father Joe (David Tennant) has come to a decision that will change their all their lives...

If it's Wednesday... it must be Holloway

Cast List:
Joe ..... David Tennant
Mimi ..... Sarah Alexander
Tom ..... Finlay Christie
Lucy ..... Phoebe Abbott
Harry ..... Stuart Milligan

Writer: Marcella Evaristi

Director: Marilyn Imrie
Producer: Gordon Kennedy
An Absolutely Production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 08:00 ITMA - It's That Man Again (b007jynv)
From 11/04/1946

Can Tommy Handley - the Governor of Tomtopia - get support to stage an important race?

With Jack Train, Clarence Wright, Fred Yule, Jean Capra, Carleton Hobbs, Hugh Morton, Mary O'Farrell, Lind Joyce and Diana Morrison.

It's That Man Again - ITMA made a radio superstar of Tommy Handley (1894-1949) and had more than 20 million devoted listeners to the BBC Home Service each week - with millions more around the world. The show's title came from a newspaper headline used in stories about Adolf Hitler in the lead up to the Second World War.
Catchphrases like "TTFN - Ta-Ta for now" and "Can I Do You Now, Sir?" coupled with a frenetic, topical approach made it utterly distinctive.

From 1939 to 1949, over 310 episodes were broadcast, breaking away from existing comedy and music hall conventions with an anarchic and irreverent style - created by its writer Ted Kavanagh.

BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.

Producer: Francis Worsley.

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in April 1946.


SUN 08:30 Stop Messing About! (b00b52ck)
Series 1

Episode 2

A dirty wartime romp and the tale of a naughty gnome.

Starring Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Joan Sims and announcer, Douglas Smith.

After the unexpected death of Kenneth Horne in 1969, plans for the next series of Round The Horne were axed. Instead - using an old catchphrase of Kenneth Williams as a series title - Kenneth joined Hugh Paddick to continue the comedy tradition and was also reunited with his "Carry On" film co-star Joan Sims.

Written by Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke and Myles Rudge

With the Max Harris Group.

Producer: John Simmonds

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in April 1969.


SUN 09:00 Children's Hour: Once Upon a Time (b00qmy65)
Series 2

Episode 2

Sandy Chalmers takes an affectionate look back at the much-loved BBC institution Children's Hour, which ran from 1922 to 1964 on the BBC Home Service. Sandy was first involved as a child from 1953 to close down in 1964. Her selection in this edition:

The Big Pond: Will o' the Wisp by Bertha Lonsdale. A short play first broadcast in 1960 narrated by Trevor Hill. With Karal Gardner, Joseph Hancock and Brian Trueman.

A Story of Bran the Cat: Bran's New Year Resolution. Don Whyte's stories were a popular feature of the BBC's Scottish Children's Hour. From 1953.

Toytown Plays - The Extraordinary Affair of Ernest the Policeman, by SG Hulme Beaman. Dennis the Dachshund causes a "hole" lot of fun. With Derek McCulloch, Peter Claughton, Norman Shelley, Ivan Samson, John Glyn-Jones, Preston Lockwood, Felix Felton and Mary O'Farrell. From 1962.

Produced by Peter Reed.


SUN 10:00 The Reunion (b00d642r)
The Navy Lark

Sue MacGregor presents the series which reunites a group of people intimately involved in a moment of modern history.

She brings together some of the original team behind The Navy Lark, one of the most popular and longest-running radio sitcoms. Participants include June Whitfield, Leslie Phillips, George Evans, Heather Chesen and Tenniel Evans.


SUN 10:45 Afternoon Reading (b00xpp4v)
Tove Jansson - Travelling Light

Shopping

At five in the morning, Emily makes her shopping forays. But although June approaches, outside it is getting darker.

The writer and artist Tove Jansson is best known as the creator of the Moomin stories, which were first published in English sixty years ago and have remained in print ever since. She turned her attention to writing for adults when she was in her fifties.

With the deceptively light prose that is her hallmark, 'Travelling Light' reveals to us the precariousness of a journey and the unease we feel at being placed outside of our milieu.

Translated by Silvester Mazzarella
Reader: Claire Rushbrook

Produced by Karen Rose
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 11:00 Garrison Keillor's Radio Show (b017701v)
Series 7

Episode 5

From Houston, Texas, the American funny man welcomes the Quebe Sisters Band and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. From 2010.


SUN 12:00 The Diary of Samuel Pepys Omnibus (b01bl2dx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SUN 13:10 Inheritance Tracks (b010j7b9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 13:15 The Piano Lesson (b0075q8v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 today]


SUN 13:30 RD Wingfield (b0082c6w)
A Touch of Frost

4 Extra Debut. Jack Frost is a tough and rude detective and does it all his way, but has he come a cropper? Stars Derek Martin and June Brown.


SUN 15:00 ITMA - It's That Man Again (b007jynv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 15:30 Stop Messing About! (b00b52ck)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 16:00 Mel's Mix: The Best of The 4 O'Clock Show (b04g1245)
Mel's highlights from the past week on the 4 O'Clock Show, including the wonderful whistling language of the Canary Islands and the art of putting on a fireworks display.


SUN 17:00 Children's Hour: Once Upon a Time (b00qmy65)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SUN 18:00 Doctor Who (b01pqhkk)
Death in Blackpool

The journey home for Christmas leads to major revelations for the Time Lord's companion. Eighth Doctor adventure stars Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith.


SUN 19:00 Garrison Keillor's Radio Show (b017701v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 20:00 ITMA - It's That Man Again (b007jynv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 20:30 Stop Messing About! (b00b52ck)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 21:00 The Reunion (b00d642r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 Afternoon Reading (b00xpp4v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 The Gobetweenies (b010t6nt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off (b007mh3w)
Series 1

Thailand

The bumbling student's aim to emerge spiritually becomes a physical revelation with a loose sarong. Stars Marcus Brigstocke. From August 2002.


SUN 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b04hkbcj)
For two hours, six nights a week, the Comedy Club offers the best comedy around. Simon Munnery chats to Josie Long.


SUN 23:00 The In Crowd (b00sbrl6)
Series 3

Episode 1

Robin Ince, Helen Moon, Smug Roberts and Kate Ward are the strange personalities who make up the In Crowd.

Meet the travel agent who won't let anyone go further than Lowestoft and the army officer who can't wait to offer himself up as the first to be eaten in a crisis.

Plus the cultural hooligans who smash up beautiful things, and Wendy Clapper who thinks a trip to see the Northern Lights means a weekend in Blackpool.

Sketch show from Manchester's Comedy Store.

Producer: Graham Frost

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2002.


SUN 23:30 Jon Ronson On (b007mtkb)
Series 3

Waking Up From a Dream

Waking up from a Dream

Jon talks to John Downes, director of the Centre of Fortean Zoology who spent his life searching for mythical creatures. When he woke up and realised they didn't exist, he turned his attention to something much more real, a giant eel spotted in Lake Windermere. Jon follows him on his underwater adventure.



MONDAY 01 SEPTEMBER 2014

MON 00:00 Doctor Who (b01pqhkk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 The Reunion (b00d642r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


MON 01:45 Afternoon Reading (b00xpp4v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


MON 02:00 ITMA - It's That Man Again (b007jynv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:30 Stop Messing About! (b00b52ck)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:00 The Gobetweenies (b010t6nt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 RD Wingfield (b0082c6w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:30 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Children's Hour: Once Upon a Time (b00qmy65)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Detective (b04g16ll)
Series 2

6. Missing From Home

Detective Sergeant Dave Brook investigates another missing person, but is he seeing connections where there are none?

Stories of crime and detection in London by Robert Barr.

CAST:

DS Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Blair Maxton …. Christopher Blake
DC Harrison …. Peter Cleall
Chief Inspector Roach …. Stephen Yardley
Michael Kemp …. William Booker
Mr Kemp …. Keith Drinkel
Charles …. David Lodge

Writer Robert Barr is well remembered for his work on BBC TV's 'Z-Cars' and 'Softly Softly'.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1982.


MON 06:30 The Holton Players (b00768nh)
Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent returns to his roots in rural Lincolnshire.

The village of Holton-cum-Beckering was populated by a small community of conscientious objectors, who included Jim's parents, during the Second World War.

The theatre company which they created in the village school is still proudly alive today, with its own theatre and Jim as its president.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.


MON 07:00 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b00751f6)
Series 3

Episode 2

Sofa-bound TV presenters Mike and Sue tackle terrorism and gardening.

Starring Robert Duncan and Jan Ravens.

With Ronnie Ancona. Alistair McGowan, Roger Blake and Tracy-Ann Oberman.

Written by Ian Brown and James Hendrie from a format by Bill Dare.

Music by Mark Burton.

Producer: Aled Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1998.


MON 07:30 Just a Minute (b04f9hy0)
Series 70

Episode 3

Hosted by the legendary Nicholas Parsons and recorded at the Edinburgh Festival - how hard can it be to talk for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation? Sue Perkins, Gyles Brandreth and Paul Merton find out.


MON 08:00 J Kingston Platt's Showbiz Handbook (b007k1jm)
My Stag Movie, part 2/2

The veteran auditionee exposes more of his film-making exploits. Did he ever hit the big screen?

British show business doyen, J Kingston Platt shares reminiscences drawn from the wealth and the poverty of his experience from the past 40 years.

Performed and written by Peter Jones.

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1986


MON 08:30 The Navy Lark (b00ttpgd)
Series 1

Number One's Chair

CPO Pertwee's stores requisition spirals out of control.

Starring Leslie Phillips as the Sub-Lieutenant, Jon Pertwee as the Chief Petty Officer, Dennis Price as Number One, Richard Caldicot as Captain Povey, Heather Chasen as Heather, Michael Bates as Commander Shaw, Ronnie Barker as AS Johnson and Tenniel Evans as the Warrant Officer Pertwee.

The Navy Lark ran for an impressive thirteen series on BBC Radio between 1959 and 1976.

Scripted by Lawrie Wyman.
Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in April 1959.


MON 09:00 It's Your Round (b00z5zyh)
Series 1

Episode 4

Angus Deayton hosts the comedy panel show with no format.

Russell Kane, Josie Long, Alun Cochrane and Milton Jones battle it out to see who can beat each other at their own games each has brought along.

How will they fare at Russell Kane's "Mood News" round? What superhero would Milton Jones like to be? And what is josie Long's "Nine Previous Convictions" all about? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this show.

Angus Deayton valiantly tries to make sure everyone comes out of it with their reputations intact.

Writers: Angus Deayton, Ged Parsons and Paul Powell

Devised by Benjamin Partridge

Producer: Sam Michell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2011.


MON 09:30 Mr and Mrs Smith (b01bgp22)
Pilot Episode - The Anniversary

A weekend break to celebrate their anniversary ends in disaster for Will and Annabelle. Will's terrible anniversary present is the last straw so Annabelle signs them up for marriage counselling.

Guy mediates between Will and Annabelle, with flashbacks to the events that spawned the argument. By the end, the couple find marital equilibrium once more. Sort of.

A repeat of the pilot episode from last year, ahead of the new series which begins next week. Sitcom by Will smith.

EPISODE CAST DETAILS:

Will Smith ..... Will Smith
Annabelle Smith ..... Sarah Hadland
Guy, Darryl ..... Paterson Joseph
John, TV repairman ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Receptionist, Sally ..... Morwenna Banks

Written by ..... Will Smith
Produced by ..... Tilusha Ghelani

ABOUT THE SERIES

The writer and comedian Will Smith leads the starry cast of Mr and Mrs.Smith. Sarah Hadland (Miranda, The Mitchell and Webb Look, Moving Wallpaper) stars as Will's wife Annabelle. Paterson Joseph (Peep Show, Survivors, Green Wing) plays Counsellor Guy. The series also includes Geoffrey whitehead (Reggie Perrin, Worst Week of My Life) , Susie Blake (Coronation Street; Victoria Wood as Seen on TV) and Morwenna Banks (Absolutely; Skins; Saxondale).

Will's writing credits include Armstrong and Miller (BBC1), Harry and Paul (BBC1), Moving Wallpaper (ITV1), Time Trumpet (BBC2), the multi-award winning The Thick Of It (BBC2) in which he also appears as Phil Smith, and the upcoming Veep (HBO).


MON 10:00 Joe Orton - The Ruffian on the Stair (b04g18g0)
Joe Orton's black comedy about a couple, Mike and Joyce. He's an Irish ex-boxer living on the dole and she's an ex-prostitute. A mysterious young man called Wilson arrives who toys with their lives. The play is based on The Boy Hairdresser, a novel by Orton and his lover and mentor Kenneth Halliwell sent to BBC producer John Tydeman.

It was this play that sparked the beginning of Orton's brief period of public acclaim, just three years before he was murdered by Halliwell in 1967.

Stars Avis Bunnage, Kenneth Cranham and Dermot Kelly. Directed by John Tydeman.
First broadcast on the BBC Third Programme on 31st August 1964.


MON 10:50 Inheritance Tracks (b048w5vt)
Jack Whitehall

Comedian Jack Whitehall chooses plainchant from the Monks of Ampleforth Abbey and Rollin' by Limp Bizkit.


MON 11:00 Tove Jansson - The Listener (b04g18g2)
The Sleeping Man

Made for 4 Extra. Two young teenagers look after a sick man through the night. From Tove Jansson's debut 1971 collection. Read by Indira Varma.

Creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson, a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author is one of the most successful children writers ever. In her debut collection published in 1971 she tells of what we experience in youth, love, getting older and dying.

Translated by Thomas Teal into English for the first time in the UK to celebrate the centenary of her birth in August 2014.

Producer Karen Rose. Executive producer Jeremy Osborne.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Sweet Talk Productions.


MON 11:15 Loose Ends (b04frcvl)
Nicholas Parsons, Kevin Bishop, Rikki Stein, George Dawes Green, Catherine Burns, Arthur Smith, The Barr Brothers, Femme

Since its first broadcast in December 1967, 'Just a Minute' has consistently entertained BBC Radio 4 listeners. And chairman Nicholas Parsons has appeared in every episode of the almost 900 broadcasts to date. He talks to Nikki about his new book 'Welcome to Just a Minute', recalling the very best, occasionally awkward and often hilarious moments from the last six decades.

Nikki talks Afrobeat with Rikki Stein, who was Nigerian musician and social activist Fela Kuti's long-term friend and manager. Rikki features in new documentary 'Finding Fela', a compelling portrait of the man who created a musical movement, using it as a form of political protest, becoming a revolutionary, hero and legend.

Are you sitting comfortably? Arthur Smith pulls up an easy chair and settles in for story time with the founder and the Artistic Director of 'The Moth' storytelling events, George Dawes Green and Catherine Burns. Since 1997, household names and unknowns alike have performed their real life stories to packed crowds across the US, which audiences can now experience in book form.

How far would you go to get a table at the smartest restaurant in town? Actor and comedian Kevin Bishop talks to Nikki about starring in 'Fully Committed', a whirlwind culinary comedy set in one of Manhattan's hottest restaurants, where the city never sleeps and the phone never stops ringing.

With music from The Barr Brothers, who perform 'Even The Darkness Has Arms' from their album 'Sleeping Operator' and Femme performs 'High' from her forthcoming debut album.

Producer: Sukey Firth.


MON 12:00 J Kingston Platt's Showbiz Handbook (b007k1jm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 The Navy Lark (b00ttpgd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Detective (b04g16ll)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 The Holton Players (b00768nh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Book at Beachtime (b012fc0s)
Tom McNeal - To Be Sung Underwater

Episode 1

Feeling dissatisfied with her life as an film editor in California and with a husband she suspects is having an affair, Judith Whitman decides one day to move her childhood bedroom furniture into a storage unit (it having been discarded by her daughter Camille) and rashly uses a fake name to secure the unit.

She starts reminiscing about her childhood in Nebraska living with her charismatic lecturer father and about her first love, Willy Blunt whom she left behind when she went to college and has never looked back.

Written with distinctive style by Tom McNeal, it's an immersive, atmospheric story in which Judith starts to become more and more disconnected with her chosen life and starts yearning for the past. After the death of her beloved father and the beginning of stress induced migraines at work, Judith retraces her steps back to a few glorious teenage summers.

After 27 years, she tries to get back in touch with significant figures from her past...

Abridged by Miranda Davies.

Read by Laurel Lefkow.

Producer: Lucy Collingwood

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in July 2011.


MON 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b01hf0d7)
The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Series 4

Episode 1

1663 gets off to an unpromising start when Sam and Elizabeth have a furious row, culminating in him burning all her old love letters in the fire. Then Elizabeth is robbed in the street, and Sam has a writ issued against him on a false charge. He avoids arrest, until he can prove his innocence, by hiding next door at Sir William's house.

Cast:
Samuel Pepys ..... Kris Marshall
Elizabeth Pepys ..... Katherine Jakeways
Captain Ferrers ..... Ewan Bailey
Mrs Sarah ..... Eiry Thomas
Man with writ ..... Lee Mengo
Lord Sandwich ..... Blake Ritson
Sir William Batten ..... Richard Mitchley

Theme music: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, words by Robert Herrick and music by William Lawes, sung by Bethany Hughes. Lute, baroque guitar and theorbo played by David Miller. Violin and viol by Annika Gray, and recorders by Alice Baxter.

Historical consultant: Liza Picard
Sound by Nigel Lewis

Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Nigel Lewis and produced by Kate McAll.


MON 14:45 Book at Bedtime (b00pfmsc)
Tove Jansson - The True Deceiver

Episode 1

Indira Varma reads from the novel by Tove Jansson.

Winter settles over the Swedish fishing village of Västerby. Katri offers to run errands for the ageing artist who lives on the outskirts. But what does this strange young woman want in return from Anna Aemelin?

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 15:00 Joe Orton - The Ruffian on the Stair (b04g18g0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 15:50 Inheritance Tracks (b048w5vt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:50 today]


MON 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b01nh82j)
Mel Giedroyc hears nasty, gruesome things about the Romans from Terry Deary's brilliant Horrible Histories. And the nature series features the beautiful story of the sea swallow.


MON 17:00 Like They've Never Been Gone (b009y19f)
Series 2

Trouble With the Credit Card

It's duo Tommy and Sheila's second stab at fame - and she's been spending.

30 years after sweethearts Tommy Franklin and Sheila Parr won the 1962 Eurovision Song Contest, the musical double-act are back in the big time.

Series 2 of Mike Coleman's six-part sitcom stars June Whitfield and Roy Hudd.

Tommy Franklin ...... Roy Hudd
Sheila Parr ...... June Whitfield

With Pat Coombs, Julian Eardley and Edward Halstead.

Music by Frido Ruth.

Producer: Steve Doherty

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1999.


MON 17:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b00751f6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 18:00 It's Your Round (b00z5zyh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b04g19jx)
Geoff Dyer and Richard Holmes

4 Extra Debut. Thomas Sutcliffe, Richard Holmes and Geoff Dyer discuss works by Rudyard Kipling, Siegfried Sassoon and Thomas Bernard. From March 1998.

Selected Stories by Kipling
Publisher: Penguin

The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston by Siegfried Sassoon
Publisher: Faber & Faber

Extinction by Thomas Bernard
Publisher: Penguin.


MON 19:00 J Kingston Platt's Showbiz Handbook (b007k1jm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 The Navy Lark (b00ttpgd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Detective (b04g16ll)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 The Holton Players (b00768nh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 Tove Jansson - The Listener (b04g18g2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:15 Loose Ends (b04frcvl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


MON 22:00 Just a Minute (b04f9hy0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Mr and Mrs Smith (b01bgp22)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 23:00 Old Harry's Game (b00wnp6m)
Series 6

Investigation

Still keen to know who killed her, Edith discovers why Satan resented Jesus - he didn't like his "holier than thou" attitude.

Andy Hamilton's comedy set in Hell.

Starring Andy Hamilton as Satan, Annette Crosbie as Edith, Robert Duncan as Scumspawn and Jimmy Mulville as Thomas.

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

Producer Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2007.


MON 23:30 The Consultants (b007vb2j)
Series 2

Episode 1

Time to hark back to a gentler age of radio when Archie Strutz and His Swinging Nuts were a favourite on the BBC Home Service and folktales sang of rustic careers "where the tales are our seed and the sod is your ears".

The Consultants are Neil Edmond, Justin Edwards and James Rawlings.

In 2002 they won the Perrier Best Newcomer Award ... and had to brace themselves for the inevitable backlash.

Producer: Will Saunders

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2003.



TUESDAY 02 SEPTEMBER 2014

TUE 00:00 Book at Beachtime (b012fc0s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 15 Minute Drama (b01hf0d7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 00:45 Book at Bedtime (b00pfmsc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 It's Your Round (b00z5zyh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 A Good Read (b04g19jx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Detective (b04g16ll)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 The Holton Players (b00768nh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Joe Orton - The Ruffian on the Stair (b04g18g0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 03:50 Inheritance Tracks (b048w5vt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:50 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Tove Jansson - The Listener (b04g18g2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:15 Loose Ends (b04frcvl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Like They've Never Been Gone (b009y19f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b00751f6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Detective (b04g1xxz)
Series 2

7. A Very Private Affair

Detective Sergeant Dave Brook gets a tip off from Tessa, and the mystery of Kemp's missing wife gets more and more complex...

Stories of crime and detection in London by Robert Barr.

CAST:

DS Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Blair Maxton …. Christopher Blake
Judy …. Jacqueline Tong
Mr Kemp …. Keith Drinkel
Tessa Mitchell …. Deirdre Costello
Mary …. Jill Lidstone

Writer Robert Barr is well remembered for his work on BBC TV's 'Z-Cars' and 'Softly Softly'.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1982.


TUE 06:30 Amongst the Medici (b0076x4f)
Classicist Bettany Hughes begins a new series about Renaissance Florence.

1/3. The Medici are a name synonymous with the Renaissance, but why did these bankers act as patrons to artists such as Michelangelo and Donatello?


TUE 07:00 The Fall of the Mausoleum Club (b007jqlf)
Trevor Island

Mr Zizz, the bad cartoonist, is not really capable of murder. Or is he? Stars Martin Jarvis and Ron Pember. From September 1988.


TUE 07:30 Meet David Sedaris (b03m3nty)
Series 4

Episode 4

One of the world's funniest storytellers is back on BBC Radio 4 doing what he does best.

This week, the pros and cons of being grown up enough to have a guest room in "Company Man", and some more extracts from his hilarious diary, which he has kept nightly for over 30 years.

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


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b00cyg6v)
Series 8

The Missing Battleship

When HMS Boxer is stolen, you just know someone is going to fall in the water. Stars Peter Sellers. From November 1957.


TUE 08:30 Doctor in the House (b007k437)
Sex and St Swithins

Medic Simon Sparrow breaks hospital rules by flirting with a pretty new nurse.

The misadventures of student doctor Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's novel 'Doctor in the House' published in 1952.

Starring Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Geoffrey Sumner as Sir Lancelot Spratt, Ray Cooney as Tony Benskin, Edward Cast as Taffy Evans and Barbara Mitchell as Sister.

Special guest star: Irene Handl as Mrs Clarke.

Producer: David Hatch

Recorded at the BBC Paris studio in London.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1968.


TUE 09:00 Who Goes There? (b007wqd6)
Series 2

Episode 5

Martin Young chairs the quiz looking at lives of the noteworthy and notorious from the history books.

Tackling the biographical teasers are team captains Francis Wheen and Fred Housego with guests Claire Rayner and Roy Hattersley.

Producer: Aled Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1998.


TUE 09:30 The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere (b007jsq3)
Series 2

6th May 1800

Cholericke gets a surprise visitor while Dorothy tries to manage as the household descends into chaos...

An everyday story of towering genius in Sue Limb's six part soap opera, set in and around the Lake District at the turn of the 18th century.

Stars Geoffrey Whitehead as William Wordsmith, Denise Coffey as Dorothy Wordsmith, Simon Callow as Samuel Tailor Cholericke, Miriam Margolyes as Stinking Iris, Angela Pleasence as Sara Cholricke and Nickolas Grace as Thomas de Quinine.

Music by Stephen Oliver and performed by Cantabile.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1987.


TUE 10:00 EM Forster - A Room with a View (b007jpr7)
Miss Honeychurch, Giotto and Too Much Beethoven

1905: Cousins Lucy and Charlotte arrive from England at the Pensione Bertolini in Florence to discover they've not been given their promised rooms.

EM Forster's 1908 Edwardian-era novel dramatised in four parts by David Wade.

Lucy Honeychurch ...... Cathy Sara
Charlotte Bartlett ...... Sheila Hancock
Mr Emerson ...... John Moffatt
George Emerson ...... Gary Cady
Mr Beebe ...... Stephen Moore
Miss Lavish ...... Barbara Jefford
Miss Alan ...... Anna Cropper
Mr Eager ...... David Collings
Maid ...... Jilly Bond
Man ...... Ian Masters
Beggar ...... Michael Tudor Barnes

Other parts played by the cast.

Pianist: Terence Allbright

Director: Glyn Dearman.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1995.


TUE 11:00 Tove Jansson - The Listener (b04g1yd6)
The Wolf

Mr Shimomura wants to draw a dangerous animal, but first he must find one. Translated by Thomas Teal. Read by Indira Varma.

Creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson, a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author is one of the most successful children writers ever. In her debut collection published in 1971 she tells of what we experience in youth, love, getting older and dying.

Producer Karen Rose. Executive producer Jeremy Osborne.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Sweet Talk Productions.


TUE 11:15 Tove Jansson - The Summer Book (b007jw2l)
Sophia recalls the holidays spent with her grandmother on an island in the Gulf of Finland. Stars Phyllida Law and Sophie Thompson.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b00cyg6v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Doctor in the House (b007k437)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Detective (b04g1xxz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Amongst the Medici (b0076x4f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Book at Beachtime (b012gq0v)
Tom McNeal - To Be Sung Underwater

Episode 2

Reeling from discovering her husband's possible infidelity, Judith recollects her first love Willy Blunt.

Read by Laurel Lefkow.

Feeling dissatisfied with her life as an film editor in California and with a husband she suspects is having an affair, Judith Whitman decides one day to move her childhood bedroom furniture into a storage unit (it having been discarded by her daughter Camille) and rashly uses a fake name to secure the unit. She starts reminiscing about her childhood in Nebraska living with her charismatic lecturer father and about her first love, Willy Blunt whom she left behind when she went to college and has never looked back.

Written with distinctive style by Tom McNeal, it's an immersive, atmospheric story in which Judith starts to become more and more disconnected with her chosen life and starts yearning for the past. After the death of her beloved father and the beginning of stress induced migraines at work, Judith retraces her steps back to a few glorious teenage summers.

After 27 years, she tries to get back in touch with significant figures from her past...

Abridged by Miranda Davies.

Producer: Lucy Collingwood

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in July 2011.


TUE 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b01hjs0q)
The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Series 4

Episode 2

Sam goes to see an autopsy at the Surgeons Hall and finds the cold body fascinating. His wife Elizabeth, meanwhile, who is rowing with the neighbours over the use of a water cock, decides to distract herself by learning to dance. So Sam engages the services of a Dancing Master, Mr Pembleton - a decision he will later come to regret.

Samuel Pepys ..... Kris Marshall
Elizabeth Pepys ..... Katherine Jakeways
John Pepys ..... Stephen Marzella
Will ..... John Biddle
Mr Payne ..... Ewan Bailey
Captain Holmes ..... Andrew Wincott
Sir William Batten ..... Richard Mitchley
Mary ..... Eirlys Bellin
Mr Pembleton ..... Joseph Kloska

Theme music: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, words by Robert Herrick and music by William Lawes, sung by Bethany Hughes. Lute, baroque guitar and theorbo played by David Miller. Violin and viol by Annika Gray, and recorders by Alice Baxter.

Historical consultant: Liza Picard
Sound by Nigel Lewis

Adapted by Hattie Naylor

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Nigel Lewis and produced by Kate McAll.


TUE 14:45 Book at Bedtime (b00phv9c)
Tove Jansson - The True Deceiver

Episode 2

Indira Varma reads from the novel by Tove Jansson.

As Katri visits the rabbit house more often, Anna gets first sight of the young woman's unusual qualities.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 15:00 EM Forster - A Room with a View (b007jpr7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b01nh9r3)
Mel finds out just how awful Roman kings were in Terry Deary's story Horrible Histories: The Rotten Romans, and she hears the Inheritance Books of author Eoin Colfer.


TUE 17:00 Up the Garden Path (b008f3kh)
Series 3

Gooseberries and Fools

Can a relationship with her ex-pupil Razors be the best thing for teacher Izzy?

Imelda Staunton stars as Isabelle 'Izzy' Comyn.

With Mike Grady as Dick, Marty Cruickshank as Maria, Nicholas Le Prevost as Michael, Phyllida Nash as Louise, Rene Zagger as Razors, Sion Probert as Gwyn, Neil McCaul as Bill and Judith Jacob as Linda.

Tumbling from one love entanglement to another, 30-something teacher Izzy has a predilection for inappropriate men.

A six-part radio sequel first adapted from Sue Limb’s 1984 novel. The last of three series which ran from 1987 to 1993. Granada also adapted the series for ITV.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1993.


TUE 17:30 The Fall of the Mausoleum Club (b007jqlf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 18:00 Who Goes There? (b007wqd6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


TUE 18:30 Musical Legends (b0183jlk)
Paul Jones

Paul Jones's musical career stretches back to the 1960's where he enjoyed chart success as front-man with the group Manfred Mann.

As a solo pop artist he continued that success with songs like 'High Time' and 'I've been a Bad Bad Boy'.

Paul turned to acting and his career in television include appearances in Z cars, Space 1999 and The Sweeney. He's also appeared in films and on stage.

Amongst his numerous gold albums is one for the original recording of Evita.

Paul founded The Blues Band in the late 1970's and is still regularly touring with the band.
He's recorded with some of the biggest names in the business including Tina Turner, Percy Sledge and Katie Melua.

Paul tells Tom Morton about his musical journey from 1960's pop star to DJ and music critic and he explains how he became President of the National Harmonica League.

Produced by Suzy Beaumont.

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b00cyg6v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Doctor in the House (b007k437)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Detective (b04g1xxz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Amongst the Medici (b0076x4f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Tove Jansson - The Listener (b04g1yd6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 21:15 Tove Jansson - The Summer Book (b007jw2l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


TUE 22:00 Meet David Sedaris (b03m3nty)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Fags, Mags and Bags (b010y376)
Series 4

John Craven's Fjällräven

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

Written by and starring Donald McLeary and Sanjeev Kohli, Fags, Mags & Bags has proved a hit with the Radio 4 audience with this series picking up a Writers' Guild nomination for best comedy in 2011.

In this episode Dave and the boys are busily organising a surprise 50th birthday party for Ramesh, but will Sanjay manage to keep his trap closed long enough without spilling the beans before the big day.

So join the staff of Fags, Mags and Bags in their tireless quest to bring nice-price custard creams and cans of coke with Arabic writing on them to an ungrateful nation.

Ramesh Mahju has built up the business over the course of thirty years, and is a firmly entrenched feature of the local area. However, he does apply the "low return" rules of the shop to all other aspects of his life.

He is ably assisted by his shop sidekick Dave, a forty-something underachiever who shares Ramesh's love of the art of shopkeeping, even if he is treated like a slave.

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

Cast:
Ramesh ..... Sanjeev Kohli
Dave ..... Donald Mcleary
Sanjay ..... Omar Raza
Alok ..... Susheel Kumar
Dr Southwell ..... Kevin Eldon
Mrs Begg ..... Marjory Hogarth
Mrs Armstrong ..... Maureen Carr
Lovely Sue ..... Julie Wilson Nimmo
Bra Jeff ..... Steven McNicol

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


TUE 23:00 The Maltby Collection (b00czc0j)
Series 1

Episode 6

A popular TV detective series comes to film at the museum and its super-suave star takes a fancy to Prunella, leaving Rod and Julian feeling marginalised.

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

Rod Millet ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Walter Brindle ...... Geoffrey Palmer
Prunella Edgecumbe ...... Rachel Atkins
Julian Crumb-Loosely ...... Ben Willbond
Des Wainwright ...... Michael Smiley
Eva Tattle ...... Julia Deakin
Wilf Arbuthnot ...... Geoff McGivern
Stelios Constantinopolis ...... Chris Pavlo
Jeremy Noone ...... Hugh Dennis
Clive ...... Neil Fitzmaurice
Arabella ...... Eve Dallas
Nick ...... Jot Davies
Charlie Tattle ...... Barry Cryer

Producer: Colin Anderson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2007.


TUE 23:30 And Now in Colour (b007yrwf)
Series 2

Colourthon

The sketch show team attempt their own radio charity fundraiser.

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

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1991.



WEDNESDAY 03 SEPTEMBER 2014

WED 00:00 Book at Beachtime (b012gq0v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 15 Minute Drama (b01hjs0q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 00:45 Book at Bedtime (b00phv9c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Who Goes There? (b007wqd6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Musical Legends (b0183jlk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Detective (b04g1xxz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Amongst the Medici (b0076x4f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 EM Forster - A Room with a View (b007jpr7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Tove Jansson - The Listener (b04g1yd6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:15 Tove Jansson - The Summer Book (b007jw2l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Up the Garden Path (b008f3kh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 The Fall of the Mausoleum Club (b007jqlf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Detective (b04g3npg)
Series 2

8. The Placer

Warehouses and stolen goods pre-occupy Detective Sergeant Dave Brook and DC Maxton. Just as the Kemp trail has gone cold, there's a fresh lead.

Stories of crime and detection in London by Robert Barr.

CAST:

DS Dave Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Blair Maxton …. Christopher Blake
Chief Inspector Roach …. Stephen Yardley
DC Harrison …. Peter Cleall
Fred Rees …. Philip Talbot
Roy Howard …. Tony Steedman
George …. Spencer Banks

Writer Robert Barr is well remembered for his work on BBC TV's 'Z-Cars' and 'Softly Softly'.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1982.


WED 06:30 Amongst the Medici (b0076x7m)
Classicist Bettany Hughes continues the series about Renaissance Florence.

2/3. Could it be that the Renaissance as we know it was not a renaissance at all? Could Donatello's David really be a political statement for the Medici? And what is the connection with Liverpool?


WED 07:00 An Actor's Life for Me (b00s3d19)
Series 3

Madness In His Method

Robert Wilson devotes his life to someone's art.

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

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

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

With:
Toby Longworth
Harriet Thorpe
Millie Tiffin
Andrew Berkeley
Simon Slater

Producer: Dianne Messias

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1993.


WED 07:30 Dead Ringers (b04fc70f)
Series 12

Episode 5

After a rest of 7 years, the classic, award winning impressions show is back with a new cast of characters.

No one will be safe from the merciless parodies, as the show takes down every programme, institution and politician you hold dear.

Starring Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Duncan Wisbey, Lewis MacLeod, Debra Stevenson.

Producer: Bill Dare.


WED 08:00 The Burkiss Way (b007jr4g)
Series 3

First Prize the Burkiss Way

Enjoy the Dinosaur Cheese Interlude - and Confessions of People Who Show Off Spherical Bits of Anatomy.

Starring Fred Harris, Jo Kendall, Nigel Rees and Chris Emmett .

Cult sketch comedy series which originally ran from 1976 to 1980.

Written by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick.

Producer: John Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1977.


WED 08:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00pzgpv)
Series 2

Episode 2

Oxford take on Bermondsey in 'Universal Challenge', unclad fashion news - and ballet on the radio?

More quick-fire sketches, terrible puns, humorous songs plus TV and cinema parodies.

Stars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall and Bill Oddie.

Written by Peter Vincent, David McKellar, Les Lilley, Chic Jacob, Humphrey Barclay, David Lund, Bill Oddie, Hugh Woodhouse, Brian Cooke and Johnnie Mortimer.

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

Songs by Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden with music by Dave Lee.

Producer: Humphrey Barclay

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in October 1965.


WED 09:00 Dilemma (b017lfd5)
Series 1

Episode 3

Sue Perkins puts Shappi Khorsandi, Simon Munnery, Fi Glover and Hugo Rifkind through the moral and ethical wringer in the show where there are no "right" answers - but some deeply damning ones...

Can the panel manage to justify the murder of a pet - and the theft of a girlfriend?

Devised by Danielle Ward.

Producer: Ed Morrish.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2011.


WED 09:30 Simon's Bug (b04g3nrc)
Episode 1

Suspecting his wife is having an affair, Simon bugs their telephone and learns much more. Stars Hwyel Bennett. From March 1989.


WED 10:00 EM Forster - A Room with a View (b007jpty)
Good Men and Violets

Lucy Honeychurch has witnessed a murder in Florence, but George's actions disturb her more...

Set in Italy and England, EM Forster’s 1908 tale of a young woman from repressed Edwardian England.

Lucy Honeychurch ...... Cathy Sara
Charlotte Bartlett ...... Sheila Hancock
Mr Emerson ...... John Moffatt
George Emerson ...... Gary Cady
Mr Beebe ...... Stephen Moore
Miss Lavish ...... Barbara Jefford
Mr Eager ...... David Collings
Phaeton ...... Andrew Branch

Pianist: Terence Allbright

Dramatised by David Wade.

Director: Glyn Dearman.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1995.


WED 11:00 Tove Jansson - The Listener (b04g3ssf)
A Love Story

For the first time, the painter fell in love with a sculpture. Of a woman's buttocks! Read by Indira Varma.

Creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson, a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author is one of the most successful children writers ever. In her debut collection published in 1971 she tells of what we experience in youth, love, getting older and dying.

Translated into English by Thomas Teal. Producer Karen Rose. Executive producer Jeremy Osborne.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Sweet Talk Productions.


WED 11:15 Hattie Naylor - Ivan and the Dogs (b00xfjd5)
The extraordinary story of a young boy's life on the streets of Moscow, where he was adopted by wild dogs. Stars Tom Glenister.


WED 12:00 The Burkiss Way (b007jr4g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00pzgpv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Detective (b04g3npg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Amongst the Medici (b0076x7m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Book at Beachtime (b012gr6h)
Tom McNeal - To Be Sung Underwater

Episode 3

Judith recalls her first date with Willy Blunt back in Nebraska - and starts to put a plan in motion.

Read by Laurel Lefkow.

Feeling dissatisfied with her life as an film editor in California and with a husband she suspects is having an affair, Judith Whitman decides one day to move her childhood bedroom furniture into a storage unit (it having been discarded by her daughter Camille) and rashly uses a fake name to secure the unit. She starts reminiscing about her childhood in Nebraska living with her charismatic lecturer father and about her first love, Willy Blunt whom she left behind when she went to college and has never looked back.

Written with distinctive style by Tom McNeal, it's an immersive, atmospheric story in which Judith starts to become more and more disconnected with her chosen life and starts yearning for the past. After the death of her beloved father and the beginning of stress induced migraines at work, Judith retraces her steps back to a few glorious teenage summers.

After 27 years, she tries to get back in touch with significant figures from her past...

Abridged by Miranda Davies.

Producer: Lucy Collingwood

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in July 2011.


WED 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b01hjt9j)
The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Series 4

Episode 3

Sam goes riding in Hyde Park but his horse starts fighting with other horses so he has to make a hasty exit. A keen scholar, he's learning the duodecimal system but it's not enough to distract him from his current obsession, his jealousy of his wife's dancing teacher, Mr Pembleton, which is beginning to run out of control. He's even coming home at lunchtime to check if the beds are rumpled.

Samuel Pepys ..... Kris Marshall
Elizabeth Pepys ..... Katherine Jakeways
Mr Pembleton ..... Joseph Kloska
Mary ..... Eirlys Bellin
Will ..... John Biddle
Mr Bagwell ..... Ewan Bailey
Sir William Batten ..... Richard Mitchley

Theme music: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, words by Robert Herrick and music by William Lawes, sung by Bethany Hughes. Lute, baroque guitar and theorbo played by David Miller. Violin and viol by Annika Gray, and recorders by Alice Baxter.

Historical consultant: Liza Picard
Sound by Nigel Lewis

Adapted by Hattie Naylor

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Nigel Lewis and produced by Kate McAll.


WED 14:45 Book at Bedtime (b00phv8g)
Tove Jansson - The True Deceiver

Episode 3

Indira Varma reads from the novel by Tove Jansson.

Eyebrows are raised in the village as Katri and Mats spend more and more time at the rabbit house.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 15:00 EM Forster - A Room with a View (b007jpty)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b01nht58)
Thanks to Terry Deary's Horrible Histories, Mel finds out how nasty the Romans could be with a sponge on a stick. And she has the Inheritance Tracks of 'The Voice' Sir Tom Jones.


WED 17:00 Hats Off (b00n5vsd)
Series 2

Episode 2

Maureen Lipman reinterprets the monologues, letters and songs of comedienne and writer Joyce Grenfell. From January 1999.


WED 17:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b00s3d19)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 18:00 Dilemma (b017lfd5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 18:30 Off the Page (b00769r8)
Fashionable Opinions

4 Extra Debut. Irish novelist Anne Enright and journalist Bill Hagerty join Peter Rhodes to consider received wisdom. From September 2002.

In each programme, Matthew Parris introduces a group of writers of fact and fiction: new talent and established names. In the context of a discussion of one of the ideas and pre-occupations of our times, each presents a piece on this week's topic.

The best new writing and the freshest conversation from 2002.


WED 19:00 The Burkiss Way (b007jr4g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00pzgpv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Detective (b04g3npg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Amongst the Medici (b0076x7m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Tove Jansson - The Listener (b04g3ssf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 21:15 Hattie Naylor - Ivan and the Dogs (b00xfjd5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


WED 22:00 Dead Ringers (b04fc70f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Elvenquest (b016c8y5)
Series 3

Episode 2

As they continue their search for the Sword of Asnagar, the noble Questers are lead to a quiet countryside town, which they’ve heard may hold their prize.

But it’s been razed to the ground by ruthless barbarians, lead by blood-thirsty Ragnar Half-tooth, who’s taken the Sword taken as booty. In order to get it back, the Questers decide to masquerade as barbarians and enter Ragnar's camp...

Meanwhile, Kreech tells Lord Darkness that his annual regeneration is coming up and that he needs to get some sleep in order to avoid meeting the new Dawn which will send his body crumbling into dust.

Problem is, getting to sleep when it really matters is easier said than done. And Lord Darkness is suddenly overcome by a nasty bout of insomnia...

Fantasy-based sitcom set in Lower Earth written by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto.

Vidar ...... Darren Boyd
Dean/Kreech ...... Kevin Eldon
Amis aka The Chosen One ...... Dave Lamb
Lord Darkness ...... Alistair McGowan
Sam ...... Stephen Mangan
Ragnar Half-tooth ...... Daniel Rigby
Penthiselea ...... Sophie Winkleman

Producer: Sam Michell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2011.


WED 23:00 The Shuttleworths (b007n13d)
John Shuttleworth's Open Mind

Fairies

John Shuttleworth delves into the world of the little people as he finds out about fairies.

But finding an expert on the subject is proving difficult, until he realises that fairies are normally found at the bottom of the garden

So John enlists gardening expert Kim Wilde. He might even get a few singing tips at the same time?

Sheffield's premier singer-songwriter continues his probe into unsolved phenomena.

Written and performed by Graham Fellows.

Additional material by Dean Wilkinson.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2006.


WED 23:30 The Big Booth (b007k1pc)
Series 1

Episode 2

Boothby Graffoe’s meandering mind presents more tasty monologues, sketches, songs and guest guitariness.

With Simon Evans, Vivienne Soan, Kevin Eldon, Big Al and Antonio Forcione.

Producer: Lucy Armitage

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2000.



THURSDAY 04 SEPTEMBER 2014

THU 00:00 Book at Beachtime (b012gr6h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 15 Minute Drama (b01hjt9j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 00:45 Book at Bedtime (b00phv8g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Dilemma (b017lfd5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Off the Page (b00769r8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Detective (b04g3npg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 Amongst the Medici (b0076x7m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 EM Forster - A Room with a View (b007jpty)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Tove Jansson - The Listener (b04g3ssf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:15 Hattie Naylor - Ivan and the Dogs (b00xfjd5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Hats Off (b00n5vsd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b00s3d19)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Detective (b04g3vpn)
Series 2

9. Death in a Lonely Place

In the wake of their discovery, DS Brook and DC Maxton collect together everything they've learned, and talk to Kemp.

Stories of crime and detection in London by Robert Barr.

CAST:

DS Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Blair Maxton …. Christopher Blake
Chief Inspector Roach …. Stephen Yardley
Mott …. Garard Green
Sergeant Lindsey …. Haydn Wood
Mr Kemp …. Keith Drinkel

Writer Robert Barr is well remembered for his work on BBC TV's 'Z-Cars' and 'Softly Softly'.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1982.


THU 06:30 Amongst the Medici (b0076xbr)
Classicist Bettany Hughes concludes the series about Renaissance Florence. 3: She finds that, contrary to popular belief, it was smart women, gay men and false gods who made the cornerstones of western civilisation.


THU 07:00 Stockport, So Good They Named It Once (b007jrj4)
Series 1

Organathon

Eddie attempts a record-breaking electronic organ session for charity while son Jason receives a mysterious letter...

The lives of the Stockport-based, Conroy family - in series 1 of Jim Poyser and Damian Lanigan's comedy drama.

Starring Dominic Monaghan as Jason, John McArdle as Eddie, Beverley Callard as Maureen. Jason Done as Michael, Jo-Anne Knowles as Debbie, Chris Pavlo as Hugo, Brian Poyser as Brian and Richard Davies as Mr Owen.

Music: Big George

Producer: Neil Mossey

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1999.


THU 07:30 Susan Calman Is Convicted (b01qm4q4)
Series 1

Death Penalty

Susan Calman explores issues on which she has strong opinions. This week, she examines the issues surrounding the Death Penalty from the perspective gained whilst working on Death Row.

Susan was always stoically against capital punishment - because that was the expected position for a liberal student to take - and thought that she knew all about it. But it's very easy being so liberal when you're sitting in a country that doesn't have the death penalty. Then, as a law student, she travelled to North Carolina and worked on Death Row for a time. What she experienced whilst there persuaded her absolutely that she thought Capital Punishment was utterly wrong.

This is a story about the transition from casually adopting received opinion to developing your own belief system.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.

First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2013.


THU 08:00 Parsley Sidings (b007jp25)
Series 2

The Goods Train

There are sheepish looks all round when Bert considers becoming a hairdresser.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Kenneth Connor as Bradshaw/Valentine, Liz Fraser as Gloria/Sheep, Ian Lavender as Bert.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series is set in a sleepy railway station. The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes that his son Bert will continue the line. Mild-mannered Ticket Clerk Bert wants to work anywhere but on the railways. His colleague, Station Announcer Gloria Simpkins, secretly loves him. Porter Percy Valentine is an archetypal wheeler-dealer and the ancient Signalman, Bradshaw, causes havoc and dispenses home-made remedies in equal measure. The 'Parsley Sidings' nemesis is Phineas Perkins, the station master of Potwhistle Halt, one stop down the line.

Producer: Edward Taylor and a sheep.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in October 1973.


THU 08:30 Take It From Here (b01bl4rd)
From 02/04/1958

Eth wants a busier social life in 'The Glums', while Jim and Bentley go to the ballet.

Starring Professor Jimmy Edwards, Dick Bentley and June Whitfield.

Music from Wallace Eaton and the Keynotes and the BBC Revue Orchestra conducted by Harry Rabinowitz.

Scripted by Frank Muir and Denis Norden.

Producer: Charles Maxwell

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in April 1958.


THU 09:00 Too Much Information (b00n55sq)
Episode 2

Waft Tourist Information struggle to attract visitors by promoting their most famous local resident, a local doctor who burps - but when a genuinely famous dissolute TV comic stops off for a pee, they are to determined not to let him leave!

Neil Warhurst's four-part comedy drama set in the idiosyncratic world of a tourist information office.

The ancient northern town of Waft appears in the Lonely Planet Guide with the advice: "Don't bother". It has more people in the cemetery than living in it, is twinned with a town near Chernobyl and is most often visited by people using the toilet on the way to Alton Towers. So Waft Tourist Information Centre is hardly a hive of activity! But Warren along with the other members of the "Friends of Waft" each week attempt to solve the endless conundrum of how on earth they can attract visitors to Waft!

WARREN .......................................................................... JEFF RAWLE
DOUGLAS.................................................................. MALCOLM TIERNEY
HEATHER........................................................................... LIZA SADOVY
LUCY ........................................................................ JOANNAH TINCEY
BRYAN ........................................................................ PAUL BARNHILL
RICKY ............................................................................... PHILLIP FOX
GEORGE...................................................................... STEPHEN HOGAN

Producer: Liz Webb

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2009.


THU 09:30 The Small World of Dominic Holland (b007vjfl)
Sport and Leisure

The comedian shares his thoughts on how we spend our leisure time.

Six-part series illustrating the Domedic minutiae of life.

Stand-up and sketches with Simon Greenall, Sally Grace and Dave Lamb.

Producer: Maria Esposito

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2000.


THU 10:00 EM Forster - A Room with a View (b007qx2z)
A Proposal and a Bathing Party

Lucy Honeychurch returns to England much changed after her disturbing trip to Italy.

Set in Italy and England, EM Forster’s 1908 tale of a young woman from repressed Edwardian England.

Lucy Honeychurch ...... Cathy Sara
Charlotte Bartlett ...... Sheila Hancock
Mr Emerson ...... John Moffatt
George Emerson ...... Gary Cady
Mr Beebe ...... Stephen Moore
Mrs Honeychurch ...... Julia McKenzie
Freddy Honeychurch ...... Roger May
Cecil Vyse ...... Nathaniel Parker
Mrs Phipps ...... Tessa Worsley
Sir Harry Otway ...... Derek Waring
Minnie Beebe ...... Sara-Jane Derrick
Floyd ...... Jonathan Keeble
Mrs Vyse ...... Pauline Letts

Pianist: Terence Allbright

Dramatised by David Wade.

Director: Glyn Dearman.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1995.


THU 11:00 Tove Jansson - The Listener (b04g4159)
Letters to an Idol

She owned all of his books about love. He was her idol. From Tove Jansson's debut 1971 collection. Read by Indira Varma.

Creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson, a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author is one of the most successful children writers ever..

Translated into English by Thomas Teal. Producer Karen Rose. Executive producer Jeremy Osborne.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Sweet Talk Productions.


THU 11:15 Shelagh Delaney - Country Life (b01pwcyj)
Rose deals with foot and mouth disease and a moody nephew, then her film-star brother Eddie arrives. With Barbara Marten.


THU 12:00 Parsley Sidings (b007jp25)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 Take It From Here (b01bl4rd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Detective (b04g3vpn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Amongst the Medici (b0076xbr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Book at Beachtime (b012h98l)
Tom McNeal - To Be Sung Underwater

Episode 4

After her private investigator reports back, Judith Whitman sets out to retrace her past in Nebraska.

Read by Laurel Lefkow.

Feeling dissatisfied with her life as an film editor in California and with a husband she suspects is having an affair, Judith Whitman decides one day to move her childhood bedroom furniture into a storage unit (it having been discarded by her daughter Camille) and rashly uses a fake name to secure the unit. She starts reminiscing about her childhood in Nebraska living with her charismatic lecturer father and about her first love, Willy Blunt whom she left behind when she went to college and has never looked back.

Written with distinctive style by Tom McNeal, it's an immersive, atmospheric story in which Judith starts to become more and more disconnected with her chosen life and starts yearning for the past. After the death of her beloved father and the beginning of stress induced migraines at work, Judith retraces her steps back to a few glorious teenage summers.

After 27 years, she tries to get back in touch with significant figures from her past...

Abridged by Miranda Davies.

Producer: Lucy Collingwood

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in July 2011.


THU 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b01hl299)
The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Series 4

Episode 4

Sam is disappointed to discover the truth behind Lord Sandwich's strange behaviour, and Elizabeth finds that her new companion is less than honest. They can still enjoy a day out together, though, seeing the curious entertainments of Bartholomew Fair.

Samuel Pepys ..... Kris Marshall
Elizabeth Pepys ..... Katherine Jakeways
Will ..... John Biddle
Hannah ..... Eiry Thomas
Mary ..... Eirlys Bellin
Captain Ferrers ..... Ewan Bailey

Theme music: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, words by Robert Herrick and music by William Lawes, sung by Bethany Hughes. Lute, baroque guitar and theorbo played by David Miller. Violin and viol by Annika Gray, and recorders by Alice Baxter.

Historical consultant: Liza Picard
Sound by Nigel Lewis

Adapted by Hattie Naylor

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Nigel Lewis and produced by Kate McAll.


THU 14:45 Book at Bedtime (b00phv8j)
Tove Jansson - The True Deceiver

Episode 4

Indira Varma reads from the novel by Tove Jansson.

Katri takes action which changes the lives of Mats and Anna as well as her own.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 15:00 EM Forster - A Room with a View (b007qx2z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b01nj12b)
In Terry Deary's Horrible Histories, Mel hears how truly horrible Roman Emperors could be - very nasty! And she goes hunting with an eagle in Outer Mongolia.


THU 17:00 No Commitments (b007jmt9)
Series 2

Bright Lights

Much to Victoria's annoyance, Charlotte abducts her daughter for a frolic in Pimlico.

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

Anna …. Rosemary Leach
Victoria …. Nicola Pagett
Charlotte …. Josie Lawrence
Emily …. Lisa Coleman
Jeremy …. Ronald Herdman
Giorgio …. Dominic Letts

Music by Elizabeth Parker of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1993.


THU 17:30 Stockport, So Good They Named It Once (b007jrj4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 18:00 Too Much Information (b00n55sq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b00768nc)
Series 1

Lord Byron

4 Extra Debut. Writer Sue Limb chooses the 'mad, bad and dangerous to know' poet, Lord Byron. With Humphrey Carpenter.

The biographical series in which a distinguished guest chooses someone who's inspired their life. Will their hero stand up to intensive scrutiny and merit the description of having led a great life? From 2002.


THU 19:00 Parsley Sidings (b007jp25)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 Take It From Here (b01bl4rd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Detective (b04g3vpn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Amongst the Medici (b0076xbr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Tove Jansson - The Listener (b04g4159)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


THU 21:15 Shelagh Delaney - Country Life (b01pwcyj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


THU 22:00 Susan Calman Is Convicted (b01qm4q4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Radio 9 (b04g429s)
Series 2

Episode 3

Travels at sea, a magazine for NIMBYs and faking your way in abseiling. Stars Johnny Daukes and Hils Barker. From July 2005.


THU 23:00 At Home With The Snails (b007jn95)
Series 1

Episode 4

With 2000 snails in Alex's shed, there are fears that they will take over the village. Stars Gerard Foster and Geoffrey Palmer. From July 2001.


THU 23:30 Think the Unthinkable (b01mypwd)
Series 4

Superco

The dotty management consultants check out Britain's biggest supermarket chain. Stars Marcus Brigstocke. From October 2005.



FRIDAY 05 SEPTEMBER 2014

FRI 00:00 Book at Beachtime (b012h98l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 15 Minute Drama (b01hl299)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 00:45 Book at Bedtime (b00phv8j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Too Much Information (b00n55sq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Great Lives (b00768nc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Detective (b04g3vpn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Amongst the Medici (b0076xbr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 EM Forster - A Room with a View (b007qx2z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Tove Jansson - The Listener (b04g4159)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:15 Shelagh Delaney - Country Life (b01pwcyj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 No Commitments (b007jmt9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Stockport, So Good They Named It Once (b007jrj4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Detective (b04g457y)
Series 2

10. The Point of No Return

DS Dave Brook and DC Blair Maxton get moving on the Kemp case, but are they too late?

Stories of crime and detection in London by Robert Barr.

CAST:

DS Dave Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Blair Maxton …. Christopher Blake
Chief Inspector Roach …. Stephen Yardley
DC Harrison …. Peter Cleall
Judy …. Jacqueline Tong
DS Kelly …. John Judd
Carson …. Tony Caunter
James Clark …. Gary Cady

Writer Robert Barr is well remembered for his work on BBC TV's 'Z-Cars' and 'Softly Softly'.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1982.


FRI 06:30 Speak on the Dotted Line (b007r03c)
Rory Bremner probes the inner workings of recognition and voice verification technology. Can he outwit the software? From June 2007.


FRI 07:00 Bangers and Mash (b0075h0f)
Episode 4

A strange man is lurking - and Father Harry is hired to entertain the OAPs, but what will he be singing?

Six-part comedy series by Katie Hims.

Stars Catherine Harvey as Martina, Gerard McDermott as Jimmy, Roger May as Juan, and Jane Whittenshaw as Carol.

Director: Catherine Horn

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1999.


FRI 07:30 Mark Thomas: The Manifesto (b00xw276)
Series 3

Episode 4

Comedian-activist, Mark Thomas, entertains the blue-sky political policy suggestions of the public.

This week's agenda:

1) Civil Partnerships to be Made Available to Heterosexual Couples

2) Introduce a Government Department for Externalities

3) A Traffic Ban During Rush-Hour

Plus a wide range of "Any Other Business" suggestions from the studio audience.


FRI 08:00 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b007rn3z)
Series 3

Episode 2

The regular butt of Eric and Ernie's jokes, singer Des O'Connor brings along his angry mum.

With Ann Hamilton.

Script Writer: Eddie Braben

Music by Peter Knight and his Orchestra.

Producer: Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in December 1977.


FRI 08:30 The Men from the Ministry (b00xj4lb)
The Great Footwear Scandal

The bumbling civil servants must find 5000 boats

A weekly tribute to all those who work in government offices and to all the others who spend their days there as well.

Number One ...... Wilfrid Hyde White
Number Two ...... Richard Murdoch.
Mildred ...... Norma Ronald
Sir Gregory Pitkin ...... Roy Dotrice
April Adams ...... Diana Olsson

With Edwin Apps and David Graham.

'The Men from the Ministry' ran for 14 series between 1962 and 1977. Deryck Guyler replaced Wilfrid Hyde-White from 1966

Written and produced by Edward Taylor.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in October 1962.


FRI 09:00 The 99p Challenge (b007js37)
Series 2

Episode 2

Crazy panel show capers as host Sue Perkins grills Simon Pegg, David Quantick, Peter Baynham and Richard Herring.

The game where someone stands to leave the studio 99p richer than when they came in.

Producer: David Tyler

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2000.


FRI 09:30 Rent (b04g484m)
Series 1

Episode 6

Richard and Paul are entering a half-marathon, but Maria and Ruby are off down the pub.

House share comedy about life with lodgers written by Lucy Flannery.

Maria ...... Barbara Flynn
Richard ...... Patrick Barlow
Ruby ...... Diane Louise-Jordan
Amy ...... Linda Polan
Paul ...... Toby Longworth

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1993.


FRI 09:50 Inheritance Tracks (b010t8t8)
June Spencer

The Archers actress inherits 'I'll See You Again' by Noel Coward and passes on Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1.


FRI 10:00 EM Forster - A Room with a View (b007qvgf)
The Triumph of Phaeton

Engaged to Cecil Vyse but haunted by her dreams of George Emerson, Lucy Honeychurch feels muddled..

Conclusion of EM Forster’s 1908 tale of a young woman from repressed Edwardian England.

Lucy Honeychurch ...... Cathy Sara
Charlotte Bartlett ...... Sheila Hancock
Mr Emerson ...... John Moffatt
George Emerson ...... Gary Cady
Mr Beebe ...... Stephen Moore
Mrs Honeychurch ...... Julia McKenzie
Freddy Honeychurch ...... Roger May
Cecil Vyse ...... Nathaniel Parker
Minnie Beebe ...... Sara-Jane Derrick
Floyd ...... Jonathan Keeble
Miss Alan ...... Anna Cropper
Phaeton ...... Andrew Branch

Pianist: Terence Allbright

Director: Glyn Dearman.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1995.


FRI 11:00 Tove Jansson - The Listener (b04g4935)
Lucio's Friends

Everyone loves Lucio. Don't they? From Tove Jansson's debut 1971 collection. Read by Indira Varma.

Creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson, a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author is one of the most successful children writers ever.

Translated into English by Thomas Teal. Producer Karen Rose. Executive producer Jeremy Osborne.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Sweet Talk Productions.


FRI 11:15 Drama (b00vcpbh)
Bethan Roberts - My Own Private Gondolier

In Bethan Roberts' first play for radio, Peggy Guggenheim's troubled daughter, Pegeen, leaves her three children behind when she travels to Venice to spend the summer with her mother. Pegeen is in retreat from a marriage that has failed. She is determined to be an artist, and she shuts herself up in the dank basement, trying to paint.

Meanwhile, her mother, Peggy, is much more concerned with the English sculptor who has come to visit; she wants a piece of his work to add to her collection and will use everything at her disposal to achieve her aim. She'll even try to inveigle her daughter into the plan if she thinks it will get her what she wants. Peggy is well known as a collector of men, as well as art. As the summer progresses, and the strains between mother and daughter grow, it's only Gianni, Peggy's personal Gondolier, who can provide a welcome diversion.

The music is Vedro con mio diletto from Vivaldi's Giustino, sung by Philippe Jaroussky.

Producer: Kate McAll, BBC Cymru Wales.


FRI 12:00 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b007rn3z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 The Men from the Ministry (b00xj4lb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Detective (b04g457y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Speak on the Dotted Line (b007r03c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Book at Beachtime (b012hbyx)
Tom McNeal - To Be Sung Underwater

Episode 5

After a summons from Willy Blunt, Judith heads back to see him in Rufus Sage - after 27 years apart.

Concluded by Laurel Lefkow.

Feeling dissatisfied with her life as an film editor in California and with a husband she suspects is having an affair, Judith Whitman decides one day to move her childhood bedroom furniture into a storage unit (it having been discarded by her daughter Camille) and rashly uses a fake name to secure the unit. She starts reminiscing about her childhood in Nebraska living with her charismatic lecturer father and about her first love, Willy Blunt whom she left behind when she went to college and has never looked back.

Written with distinctive style by Tom McNeal, it's an immersive, atmospheric story in which Judith starts to become more and more disconnected with her chosen life and starts yearning for the past. After the death of her beloved father and the beginning of stress induced migraines at work, Judith retraces her steps back to a few glorious teenage summers.

After 27 years, she tries to get back in touch with significant figures from her past...

Abridged by Miranda Davies.

Producer: Lucy Collingwood

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in July 2011.


FRI 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b01hl419)
The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Series 4

Episode 5

Sam decides to put himself on the line and confront Lord Sandwich about his recent behaviour but he's anxious about where this will lead. Meanwhile, a stranger tries to abduct Elizabeth in broad daylight and the Queen has the spotted fever. Sam goes to buy a periwig but disapproves of the wig he's offered - made of greasy old woman's hair!

Samuel Pepys ..... Kris Marshall
Elizabeth Pepys ..... Katherine Jakeways
Sir John Minnes ..... Alun Raglan
Coachman ..... Ewan Bailey
Mr Pierce ..... Andrew Wincott
Lord Sandwich ..... Blake Ritson

Theme music: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, words by Robert Herrick and music by William Lawes, sung by Bethany Hughes. Lute, baroque guitar and theorbo played by David Miller. Violin and viol by Annika Gray, and recorders by Alice Baxter.

Historical consultant: Liza Picard
Sound by Nigel Lewis

Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Nigel Lewis and produced by Kate McAll.


FRI 14:45 Book at Bedtime (b00phv8l)
Tove Jansson - The True Deceiver

Episode 5

Indira Varma reads from the novel by Tove Jansson.

After the 'break-in' Anna adjusts to life in the rabbit house with Katri and Mats.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne.

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 15:00 EM Forster - A Room with a View (b007qvgf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b01nj866)
Were the Romans the first to watch people being murdered for fun? Mel finds out thanks to the final episode of Terry Deary's Horrible History of the Rotten Romans.


FRI 17:00 After Henry (b007jnl5)
Series 2

The Kitten

'One kitten looks pretty much like another kitten so far as I'm concerned. They're just small versions of cats. And I'm not that keen on cats.'

Sarah and her mother disagree over tidiness of the house - until a visitor arrives...

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

Sarah ...... Prunella Scales
Eleanor ...... Joan Sanderson
Russell ...... Benjamin Whitrow
Clare ...... Gerry Cowper
Policeman ...... Michael Hadley
Percy Bradshaw ...... Simon Brett

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

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1986.


FRI 17:30 Bangers and Mash (b0075h0f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 18:00 The 99p Challenge (b007js37)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 18:30 Pioneers (b00x92tm)
Series 1

Sir Alec Jeffreys

Sir Alec Jeffreys speaks to Clare English about his eureka moment when he discovered DNA fingerprinting.

It was 9.05am on Monday 10th September 1984 when Alec realised the enormity of his breakthrough, and explains how it turned into a global phenomenon.

He speaks about how his techniques for DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling are now not only used by the police, but also to resolve paternity and immigration disputes all over the world.

Produced by Philip Sime

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


FRI 19:00 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b007rn3z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 The Men from the Ministry (b00xj4lb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Detective (b04g457y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Speak on the Dotted Line (b007r03c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Tove Jansson - The Listener (b04g4935)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 21:15 Drama (b00vcpbh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


FRI 22:00 Mark Thomas: The Manifesto (b00xw276)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Father Figure (b01c9b73)
Power Cut

Family sitcom written by and starring Irish comedian Jason Byrne. It's a Saturday night for cosying up in front of Strictly Come Dancing but best laid plans are about to be changed - for the better?

Tom Whyte.... Jason Byrne
Elaine Whyte.... Lucy Montgomery
Dylan Whyte .... Dominic Applewhite
Mary Whyte ....Pauline McLynn
Pat Whyte.... Dermot Crowley
Roddy .... Michael Smiley

Producer.Julia McKenzie.


FRI 23:00 Chain Reaction (b0132pv7)
Series 7

Peter Hook talks to John Cooper Clarke

Chain Reaction is Radio 4's tag-team interview show. Each week, a figure from the world of entertainment chooses another to interview; the next week, the interviewee turns interviewer, and they in turn pass the baton on to someone else - creating a 'chain' throughout the series.

After Rhys Thomas interviewed Simon Day, Simon interviewed the musician and author Peter Hook. This week, Peter interviews a fellow Salfordian, the punk poet laureate John Cooper Clarke. Coming to prominence during the punk years of the late 70s, Clarke would appear on the bill with The Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks, and Peter's own Joy Division - and Peter's next band, New Order, would support John on a tour of New Zealand and Australia. The interview takes in their shared Salford heritage, doing adverts in the 1980s, and John's recent appearance on the GCSE English syllabus.


FRI 23:30 Goodness Gracious Me (b01p1plb)
Series 3

Episode 2

The embarrassing auntie gets hip, and some curious memories of the British Raj.

Starring:

Sanjeev Bhaskar
Kulvinder Ghir
Meera Syal
Nina Wadia

Gold Winner of the Sony Radio Academy Awards. The sketch comedy show originally ran on BBC Radio 4 from 1996 to 1998, later transferring to TV on BBC TWO from 1998 to 2001.

Scripted by Richard Pinto, Sharat Sardana, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Sanjeev Kohli.

Script Editor: Sharat Sardana

Producer: Anil Gupta.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1998.




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

15 Minute Drama 00:30 SAT (b01bbb68)

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15 Minute Drama 14:30 TUE (b01hjs0q)

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15 Minute Drama 14:30 WED (b01hjt9j)

15 Minute Drama 00:30 THU (b01hjt9j)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 THU (b01hl299)

15 Minute Drama 00:30 FRI (b01hl299)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 FRI (b01hl419)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b04g19jx)

A Good Read 01:30 TUE (b04g19jx)

After Henry 05:00 SAT (b007k2z7)

After Henry 17:00 FRI (b007jnl5)

Afternoon Reading 10:45 SUN (b00xpp4v)

Afternoon Reading 21:45 SUN (b00xpp4v)

Afternoon Reading 01:45 MON (b00xpp4v)

Amongst the Medici 06:30 TUE (b0076x4f)

Amongst the Medici 13:30 TUE (b0076x4f)

Amongst the Medici 20:30 TUE (b0076x4f)

Amongst the Medici 02:30 WED (b0076x4f)

Amongst the Medici 06:30 WED (b0076x7m)

Amongst the Medici 13:30 WED (b0076x7m)

Amongst the Medici 20:30 WED (b0076x7m)

Amongst the Medici 02:30 THU (b0076x7m)

Amongst the Medici 06:30 THU (b0076xbr)

Amongst the Medici 13:30 THU (b0076xbr)

Amongst the Medici 20:30 THU (b0076xbr)

Amongst the Medici 02:30 FRI (b0076xbr)

An Actor's Life for Me 07:00 WED (b00s3d19)

An Actor's Life for Me 17:30 WED (b00s3d19)

An Actor's Life for Me 05:30 THU (b00s3d19)

And Now in Colour 23:30 TUE (b007yrwf)

Archive on 4 08:00 SAT (b00rv8yk)

Archive on 4 15:00 SAT (b00rv8yk)

Archive on 4 01:00 SUN (b00rv8yk)

At Home With The Snails 23:00 THU (b007jn95)

Baldi 13:15 SAT (b007k4pr)

Baldi 03:15 SUN (b007k4pr)

Bangers and Mash 05:30 SAT (b0075gv1)

Bangers and Mash 07:00 FRI (b0075h0f)

Bangers and Mash 17:30 FRI (b0075h0f)

Ben Moor - Undone 18:30 SAT (b00f6ddd)

Ben Moor - Undone 00:30 SUN (b00f6ddd)

Book at Beachtime 00:00 SAT (b0124v3t)

Book at Beachtime 14:00 MON (b012fc0s)

Book at Beachtime 00:00 TUE (b012fc0s)

Book at Beachtime 14:00 TUE (b012gq0v)

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Book at Beachtime 14:00 WED (b012gr6h)

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Book at Beachtime 14:00 THU (b012h98l)

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Book at Beachtime 14:00 FRI (b012hbyx)

Book at Bedtime 14:45 MON (b00pfmsc)

Book at Bedtime 00:45 TUE (b00pfmsc)

Book at Bedtime 14:45 TUE (b00phv9c)

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Book at Bedtime 14:45 WED (b00phv8g)

Book at Bedtime 00:45 THU (b00phv8g)

Book at Bedtime 14:45 THU (b00phv8j)

Book at Bedtime 00:45 FRI (b00phv8j)

Book at Bedtime 14:45 FRI (b00phv8l)

CJ Sansom - Dark Fire 12:00 SAT (b04fxz29)

CJ Sansom - Dark Fire 02:00 SUN (b04fxz29)

Chain Reaction 23:00 FRI (b0132pv7)

Charles Chilton - Space Force 18:00 SAT (b007jmd7)

Charles Chilton - Space Force 00:00 SUN (b007jmd7)

Children's Hour: Once Upon a Time 09:00 SUN (b00qmy65)

Children's Hour: Once Upon a Time 17:00 SUN (b00qmy65)

Children's Hour: Once Upon a Time 05:00 MON (b00qmy65)

Chris Addison's Civilization 22:30 SAT (b00f2zsd)

Classic Serial 03:00 SAT (b01q76l0)

Dead Ringers 07:30 WED (b04fc70f)

Dead Ringers 22:00 WED (b04fc70f)

Detective 02:00 SAT (b04fgwcj)

Detective 06:00 MON (b04g16ll)

Detective 13:00 MON (b04g16ll)

Detective 20:00 MON (b04g16ll)

Detective 02:00 TUE (b04g16ll)

Detective 06:00 TUE (b04g1xxz)

Detective 13:00 TUE (b04g1xxz)

Detective 20:00 TUE (b04g1xxz)

Detective 02:00 WED (b04g1xxz)

Detective 06:00 WED (b04g3npg)

Detective 13:00 WED (b04g3npg)

Detective 20:00 WED (b04g3npg)

Detective 02:00 THU (b04g3npg)

Detective 06:00 THU (b04g3vpn)

Detective 13:00 THU (b04g3vpn)

Detective 20:00 THU (b04g3vpn)

Detective 02:00 FRI (b04g3vpn)

Detective 06:00 FRI (b04g457y)

Detective 13:00 FRI (b04g457y)

Detective 20:00 FRI (b04g457y)

Dilemma 09:00 WED (b017lfd5)

Dilemma 18:00 WED (b017lfd5)

Dilemma 01:00 THU (b017lfd5)

Doctor Who 18:00 SUN (b01pqhkk)

Doctor Who 00:00 MON (b01pqhkk)

Doctor in the House 08:30 TUE (b007k437)

Doctor in the House 12:30 TUE (b007k437)

Doctor in the House 19:30 TUE (b007k437)

Dostoyevsky - The Friend of the Family 06:00 SAT (b04fxy8d)

Dostoyevsky - The Friend of the Family 16:00 SAT (b04fxy8d)

Dostoyevsky - The Friend of the Family 04:00 SUN (b04fxy8d)

Drama 04:15 SAT (b01ngrwp)

Drama 11:15 FRI (b00vcpbh)

Drama 21:15 FRI (b00vcpbh)

EM Forster - A Room with a View 10:00 TUE (b007jpr7)

EM Forster - A Room with a View 15:00 TUE (b007jpr7)

EM Forster - A Room with a View 03:00 WED (b007jpr7)

EM Forster - A Room with a View 10:00 WED (b007jpty)

EM Forster - A Room with a View 15:00 WED (b007jpty)

EM Forster - A Room with a View 03:00 THU (b007jpty)

EM Forster - A Room with a View 10:00 THU (b007qx2z)

EM Forster - A Room with a View 15:00 THU (b007qx2z)

EM Forster - A Room with a View 03:00 FRI (b007qx2z)

EM Forster - A Room with a View 10:00 FRI (b007qvgf)

EM Forster - A Room with a View 15:00 FRI (b007qvgf)

Ed Reardon's Weekend 09:00 SAT (b01nsw4v)

Ed Reardon's Weekend 19:00 SAT (b01nsw4v)

Elvenquest 22:30 WED (b016c8y5)

Fags, Mags and Bags 22:30 TUE (b010y376)

Father Figure 22:30 FRI (b01c9b73)

Ferdinand Mount - Cold Cream 00:45 SAT (b00ysqf2)

Garrison Keillor's Radio Show 11:00 SUN (b017701v)

Garrison Keillor's Radio Show 19:00 SUN (b017701v)

Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off 22:30 SUN (b007mh3w)

Goodness Gracious Me 23:30 FRI (b01p1plb)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b00768nc)

Great Lives 01:30 FRI (b00768nc)

Hats Off 17:00 WED (b00n5vsd)

Hats Off 05:00 THU (b00n5vsd)

Hattie Naylor - Ivan and the Dogs 11:15 WED (b00xfjd5)

Hattie Naylor - Ivan and the Dogs 21:15 WED (b00xfjd5)

Hattie Naylor - Ivan and the Dogs 04:15 THU (b00xfjd5)

He Would, Wouldn't He? 04:00 SAT (b0076fdm)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 14:00 SAT (b00f6r5f)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:30 WED (b00pzgpv)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:30 WED (b00pzgpv)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:30 WED (b00pzgpv)

ITMA - It's That Man Again 08:00 SUN (b007jynv)

ITMA - It's That Man Again 15:00 SUN (b007jynv)

ITMA - It's That Man Again 20:00 SUN (b007jynv)

ITMA - It's That Man Again 02:00 MON (b007jynv)

Inheritance Tracks 07:10 SUN (b010j7b9)

Inheritance Tracks 13:10 SUN (b010j7b9)

Inheritance Tracks 10:50 MON (b048w5vt)

Inheritance Tracks 15:50 MON (b048w5vt)

Inheritance Tracks 03:50 TUE (b048w5vt)

Inheritance Tracks 09:50 FRI (b010t8t8)

It's Your Round 09:00 MON (b00z5zyh)

It's Your Round 18:00 MON (b00z5zyh)

It's Your Round 01:00 TUE (b00z5zyh)

J Kingston Platt's Showbiz Handbook 08:00 MON (b007k1jm)

J Kingston Platt's Showbiz Handbook 12:00 MON (b007k1jm)

J Kingston Platt's Showbiz Handbook 19:00 MON (b007k1jm)

Joe Orton - The Ruffian on the Stair 10:00 MON (b04g18g0)

Joe Orton - The Ruffian on the Stair 15:00 MON (b04g18g0)

Joe Orton - The Ruffian on the Stair 03:00 TUE (b04g18g0)

Jon Ronson On 23:30 SUN (b007mtkb)

Just a Minute 07:30 MON (b04f9hy0)

Just a Minute 22:00 MON (b04f9hy0)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 07:00 MON (b00751f6)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 17:30 MON (b00751f6)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 05:30 TUE (b00751f6)

Like They've Never Been Gone 17:00 MON (b009y19f)

Like They've Never Been Gone 05:00 TUE (b009y19f)

Loose Ends 11:15 MON (b04frcvl)

Loose Ends 21:15 MON (b04frcvl)

Loose Ends 04:15 TUE (b04frcvl)

Mark Thomas: The Manifesto 17:30 SAT (b00xhzjc)

Mark Thomas: The Manifesto 05:30 SUN (b00xhzjc)

Mark Thomas: The Manifesto 07:30 FRI (b00xw276)

Mark Thomas: The Manifesto 22:00 FRI (b00xw276)

Meet David Sedaris 07:30 TUE (b03m3nty)

Meet David Sedaris 22:00 TUE (b03m3nty)

Mel's Mix: The Best of The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 SUN (b04g1245)

Mr and Mrs Smith 09:30 MON (b01bgp22)

Mr and Mrs Smith 22:30 MON (b01bgp22)

Musical Legends 18:30 TUE (b0183jlk)

Musical Legends 01:30 WED (b0183jlk)

No Commitments 17:00 THU (b007jmt9)

No Commitments 05:00 FRI (b007jmt9)

Off the Page 18:30 WED (b00769r8)

Off the Page 01:30 THU (b00769r8)

Old Harry's Game 23:00 MON (b00wnp6m)

Parsley Sidings 08:00 THU (b007jp25)

Parsley Sidings 12:00 THU (b007jp25)

Parsley Sidings 19:00 THU (b007jp25)

Pioneers 01:30 SAT (b00wmvmt)

Pioneers 18:30 FRI (b00x92tm)

RD Wingfield 13:30 SUN (b0082c6w)

RD Wingfield 03:30 MON (b0082c6w)

Radio 9 22:30 THU (b04g429s)

Rent 09:30 FRI (b04g484m)

Richard Herring's Objective 23:30 SAT (b0174gl1)

Ross Noble Goes Global 22:00 SAT (b007jvt7)

School of Rock 02:30 SAT (b0076ywb)

Shelagh Delaney - Country Life 11:15 THU (b01pwcyj)

Shelagh Delaney - Country Life 21:15 THU (b01pwcyj)

Shelagh Delaney - Country Life 04:15 FRI (b01pwcyj)

Simon's Bug 09:30 WED (b04g3nrc)

Speak on the Dotted Line 06:30 FRI (b007r03c)

Speak on the Dotted Line 13:30 FRI (b007r03c)

Speak on the Dotted Line 20:30 FRI (b007r03c)

Stockport, So Good They Named It Once 07:00 THU (b007jrj4)

Stockport, So Good They Named It Once 17:30 THU (b007jrj4)

Stockport, So Good They Named It Once 05:30 FRI (b007jrj4)

Stop Messing About! 08:30 SUN (b00b52ck)

Stop Messing About! 15:30 SUN (b00b52ck)

Stop Messing About! 20:30 SUN (b00b52ck)

Stop Messing About! 02:30 MON (b00b52ck)

Susan Calman Is Convicted 07:30 THU (b01qm4q4)

Susan Calman Is Convicted 22:00 THU (b01qm4q4)

Take It From Here 08:30 THU (b01bl4rd)

Take It From Here 12:30 THU (b01bl4rd)

Take It From Here 19:30 THU (b01bl4rd)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 MON (b01nh82j)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 TUE (b01nh9r3)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 WED (b01nht58)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 THU (b01nj12b)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 FRI (b01nj866)

The 99p Challenge 01:00 SAT (b007js0s)

The 99p Challenge 09:00 FRI (b007js37)

The 99p Challenge 18:00 FRI (b007js37)

The Big Booth 23:30 WED (b007k1pc)

The Burkiss Way 08:00 WED (b007jr4g)

The Burkiss Way 12:00 WED (b007jr4g)

The Burkiss Way 19:00 WED (b007jr4g)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 SAT (b04hkbcg)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 SUN (b04hkbcj)

The Consultants 23:30 MON (b007vb2j)

The Diary of Samuel Pepys Omnibus 06:00 SUN (b01bl2dx)

The Diary of Samuel Pepys Omnibus 12:00 SUN (b01bl2dx)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 08:00 FRI (b007rn3z)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 12:00 FRI (b007rn3z)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 19:00 FRI (b007rn3z)

The Fall of the Mausoleum Club 07:00 TUE (b007jqlf)

The Fall of the Mausoleum Club 17:30 TUE (b007jqlf)

The Fall of the Mausoleum Club 05:30 WED (b007jqlf)

The Gobetweenies 07:30 SUN (b010t6nt)

The Gobetweenies 22:00 SUN (b010t6nt)

The Gobetweenies 03:00 MON (b010t6nt)

The Goon Show 14:30 SAT (b007jpcq)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b00cyg6v)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b00cyg6v)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b00cyg6v)

The Holton Players 06:30 MON (b00768nh)

The Holton Players 13:30 MON (b00768nh)

The Holton Players 20:30 MON (b00768nh)

The Holton Players 02:30 TUE (b00768nh)

The In Crowd 23:00 SUN (b00sbrl6)

The Maltby Collection 23:00 TUE (b00czc0j)

The Mark Steel Solution 23:00 SAT (b007k1rm)

The Men from the Ministry 08:30 FRI (b00xj4lb)

The Men from the Ministry 12:30 FRI (b00xj4lb)

The Men from the Ministry 19:30 FRI (b00xj4lb)

The Navy Lark 08:30 MON (b00ttpgd)

The Navy Lark 12:30 MON (b00ttpgd)

The Navy Lark 19:30 MON (b00ttpgd)

The Piano Lesson 07:15 SUN (b0075q8v)

The Piano Lesson 13:15 SUN (b0075q8v)

The Reunion 10:00 SUN (b00d642r)

The Reunion 21:00 SUN (b00d642r)

The Reunion 01:00 MON (b00d642r)

The Shuttleworths 23:00 WED (b007n13d)

The Small World of Dominic Holland 09:30 THU (b007vjfl)

The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere 09:30 TUE (b007jsq3)

Think the Unthinkable 23:30 THU (b01mypwd)

Too Much Information 09:00 THU (b00n55sq)

Too Much Information 18:00 THU (b00n55sq)

Too Much Information 01:00 FRI (b00n55sq)

Tove Jansson - The Listener 11:00 MON (b04g18g2)

Tove Jansson - The Listener 21:00 MON (b04g18g2)

Tove Jansson - The Listener 04:00 TUE (b04g18g2)

Tove Jansson - The Listener 11:00 TUE (b04g1yd6)

Tove Jansson - The Listener 21:00 TUE (b04g1yd6)

Tove Jansson - The Listener 04:00 WED (b04g1yd6)

Tove Jansson - The Listener 11:00 WED (b04g3ssf)

Tove Jansson - The Listener 21:00 WED (b04g3ssf)

Tove Jansson - The Listener 04:00 THU (b04g3ssf)

Tove Jansson - The Listener 11:00 THU (b04g4159)

Tove Jansson - The Listener 21:00 THU (b04g4159)

Tove Jansson - The Listener 04:00 FRI (b04g4159)

Tove Jansson - The Listener 11:00 FRI (b04g4935)

Tove Jansson - The Listener 21:00 FRI (b04g4935)

Tove Jansson - The Summer Book 11:15 TUE (b007jw2l)

Tove Jansson - The Summer Book 21:15 TUE (b007jw2l)

Tove Jansson - The Summer Book 04:15 WED (b007jw2l)

Up the Garden Path 17:00 TUE (b008f3kh)

Up the Garden Path 05:00 WED (b008f3kh)

Who Goes There? 09:00 TUE (b007wqd6)

Who Goes There? 18:00 TUE (b007wqd6)

Who Goes There? 01:00 WED (b007wqd6)

Yes Yes Yes 07:30 SAT (b00tcstj)