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SATURDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2014

SAT 00:00 Book at Bedtime (b00x57pb)
Daphne du Maurier - Jamaica Inn

Episode 10

Book at Bedtime: Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier.
Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths

Tamsin Greig reads the final episode of Daphne Du Maurier's dark and intriguing gothic tale. Mary has returned to Jamaica Inn after seeking help to bring her violent Uncle and his associates to justice. After discovering both her Uncle Joss and Aunt Patience murdered, she has been offered refuge in the vicarage while the assailant is tracked down. But Mary soon finds herself on the run and has to make a life-changing decision.

Producer: Alison Crawford.


SAT 00:15 Inside the Bermuda Triangle: The Mysteries Solved (b00mq5tg)
Episode 10

Investigative journalist Tom Mangold journeys inside the Bermuda Triangle to try to get to the truth about this mysterious area.

Tom concludes his rigorous investigation into the mysteries of the Triangle by visiting Bermuda itself. The extraordinary experiences of local fishermen and treasure divers seem at odds with the empirical evidence collected by oceanographers, air traffic controllers and air sea rescue officers. So where does the truth lie?

A Ladbroke Radio production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 00:30 15 Minute Drama (b01mqr4r)
The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Series 6

Episode 5

As the deaths from plague begin to go down at last, London starts to recover - though there are few boats on the river. Following the English victory over the Dutch, Sam is in the running for some of the prize goods taken from the East India Ships - but bad feeling over the division of the spoils results in Lord Sandwich being sent away to Spain. The year ends with Sam and Elizabeth at a wedding and looking forward to returning to their home in Seething Lane when the plague is finally over. Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

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 Book of the Week (b01qzctq)
Andrew Solomon - Far From the Tree

Episode 5

The time-worn adage says that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, meaning that a child resembles his or her parents. The children described in this book are apples that have fallen elsewhere - some a couple of orchards away, some on the other side of the world. Yet myriad families learn to tolerate, accept and finally celebrate children who are not what they originally had in mind.

Andrew Solomon introduces us to families coping with deafness, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, and disability - as well as families who have children who are prodigies, who are gay, or who become criminals.

While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, Solomon documents the repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us.

Episode 5 (of 5):
Different kinds of families are constructed or conceived in different ways - just as some children choose to identify with a gender other than the one they were born into. Andrew Solomon is married to his partner John and they are happily involved in the parenting of four children, all with differing family circumstances.

Read by Kerry Shale
Abridged and produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 01:00 The 99p Challenge (b00nnpzc)
Series 2

Episode 4

Crazy panel show capers as host Sue Perkins grills Simon Pegg, Mel Giedroyc, 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 July 2000.


SAT 01:30 Pioneers (b00xngf6)
Series 1

Ian Ritchie

Ian Ritchie on the World Wide Web and how he pioneered the very first web browser. Despite this breakthrough, he reveals the missed opportunity that could have made him millions.

He explains to Clare English about some of the reasons why he passed up on this once in a life time opportunity.

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011.


SAT 02:00 Guy Meredith - Mad, Bad (b007jvvk)
Two self-obsessed writers clash over rival biographies about Byron - communicating via answerphone. But could it be turned to their advantage?

Starring Anna Massey as Isobel and Bill Nighy as Rob.

With Anna Nygh as Lisa, Nicholas Courtney as Professor Bellini and Ian Michie as the Taxi Driver.

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1989.


SAT 02:30 The Internet: The Last 20th-Century Battleground (b04hkj0y)
Episode 1

4 Extra Debut. In 1999, Douglas Adams offered his vision of a digital future with a global explosion in communication from a virtual world.


SAT 03:00 Owen Holder - Alice's Friend (b04hkk1m)
When 84 year old Alice employs Len as her chauffeur, a genuine friendship gradually develops between them.

But Alice's son and daughter don’t approve, thinking Len’s after the old woman's money. Even Len's wife and family begin to resent the amount of time he gives her...

Owen Holder’s drama stars

Alice ...... Joyce Carey
Enid ...... Pauline Letts
Len, ...... Harold Goodwin
Charles ...... David Gooderson
Muriel ...... Jean Trend
Donald ...... Spencer Banks
Robert ...... Stephen Garlick
Phyllis ...... Theresa Streatfeild
Mr Hampton ...... Owen Holder

Writer: Owen Holder

Pianist: Neil Rhoden

Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1982.


SAT 04:00 Winifred Holtby - Why Herbert Killed His Mother (b018sr28)
Very beautiful as a baby, Herbert turns out to be a very different adult. Short story read by Anna Massey.


SAT 04:15 Drama (b00mx8rh)
Nancy Harris - Love in a Glass Jar

Love In A Glass Jar
By Nancy Harris

Eve and Patrick are two strangers who have been chatting on a dating website. They've agreed to meet face to face in a hotel room in order to carry out an unofficial sperm donation. They both know why they're there. But do they know what they want?

Eve.....Niamh Cusack
Patrick.....Lorcan Cranitch
Seamus Kenny.....Stephen Hogan

Producer Steven Canny.


SAT 05:00 After Henry (b007jnwh)
Series 2

The Other Married Man

"I can tell when she's being deceitful. There's an expression that comes into her face. I remember when she was only two and she cut all Rosie's hair off."

Sarah tries keeping her affair secret, but her mother Eleanor can sniff out deceit.

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
James ...... Edward de Souza

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 (b0075hby)
Episode 6

The toffee tin with half the company profits is missing. With only three days to go, can the two-and-a-half grand be collected in time?

Conclusion of the six-part comedy series by Katie Hims.

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

Director: Catherine Horn

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1999.


SAT 06:00 Jane Beeson - Lea and Renata (b04htc67)
4 Extra Debut. When Renata walks out on 30 years of domestic responsibility, her daughter Lea gives up her own independence. Stars Anna Massey.


SAT 07:30 Yes Yes Yes (b007kvtw)
Series 2

Mind Games in Mill Street

John Rawling returns with another six-part series looking back at some of sport's greatest finishes. This edition recalls the dramatic night in 1995 when Steve Collins challenged Chris Eubank for the WBO Super-Middleweight Championship - a fight which almost didn't take place, thanks to a hypnotist.


SAT 08:00 Archive on 4 (b01465z9)
A Tribute to Robert Robinson

We all know Robert Robinson as the chairman of such broadcasting classics as Ask the Family and Brain of Britain but in a career spanning many decades, he also made travel programmes, Points of View, the Today programme and Stop the Week which ran on Radio 4 from 1974 to 1992. In Archive on 4: A Tribute to Robert Robinson, Laurie Taylor takes a look at the life and work of one of Britain's broadcasting legends in the company of some of the former contributors to Stop the Week; Ann Leslie, Matthew Parris, Sarah Harrison and Nick Tucker. There are also contributions from Will Wyatt, Victor Lewis-Smith and Hunter Davis and a wealth of archive that reveals a complex man, a consummate wordsmith and one of the first TV celebrities.


SAT 09:00 The Spike Show: Milligan Remembered (b01chydc)
Recorded at the office where they worked together, Spike Milligan's agent and friend, Norma Farnes remembers the life and work of the comic genius. Featuring:

* Vivat Milligna: A Twenty-One Goon Salute (24/12/2002)
Denis Norden trawls through the archives to tell the story of his friend, Spike's career, and sometimes uneasy relationship with the BBC.

* In the Psychiatrist's Chair: Spike Milligan (25/09/1982)
The writer and comedian tells Professor Anthony Clare about the profound impact of shell shock on his mental health.

* Spike's Fleas Knees and Hidden Elephants (25/12/1995)
Spike Milligan reads some of his magical poems, in his own inimitable style.

* The Goon Show: Fear of Wages (6/03/1956)
Ignoring a telegram about Japan's surrender, Neddie Seagoon and company are still at war. Stars Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Max Geldray and Wallace Greenslade.

* Spike Milligan: The Serious Poet (6/11/2011)
In this award- winning documentary, Spike's three daughters, Sila, Laura and Jane discuss how their father's serious poetry reflected his life and personality.

Producer: Sarah Wade

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


SAT 12:00 Queens of Noise - Omnibus (b04htzyy)
Rip It Up

With Top of the Pops behind them, the all-girl band Velveteens are heading for the USA. Stars Samantha Robinson.


SAT 13:15 Baldi (b007k4v9)
Series 4

Shelter

The priestly sleuth links the murder of a homeless man in a Dublin squat with the history of art. Stars David Threlfall.


SAT 14:00 The Navy Lark (b00v3vry)
Series 1

The Comfort Fund

Captain Povey is auditing the unit accounts, and there is a big surprise for Heather.

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 Goldstein.

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.


SAT 14:30 Parsley Sidings (b007k122)
Series 2

The Purity League

Things look tricky for railway porter, Percy Valentine following station master, Horace Hepplewhite's morality drive.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace Hepplewhite, Kenneth Connor as Percy and The Vicar, Liz Fraser as Gloria and Ian Lavender as Bert.

With Douglas Blackwell, Mark Rogers, Michael Elwick, Haydn Jones and Gordon Clyde.

Jim Eldridge's eponymous series set in a sleepy railway station.

The Hepplewhites have run 'Parsley Sidings' station for generations and the current Station Master, Horace, hopes 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.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 1973.


SAT 15:00 Archive on 4 (b01465z9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SAT 16:00 Jane Beeson - Lea and Renata (b04htc67)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Chain Reaction (b013gfnh)
Series 7

Kevin Eldon interviews Mark Steel

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.

Kevin Eldon is a writer and actor for whom it would probably be quicker to list the brilliant programmes he's not been in than those he has - which include Brass Eye, 15 Storeys High, Spaced, Look Around You, Black Books, Big Train, World of Pub, Jam, I'm Alan Partridge and Attention Scum!. He also wrote and starred in Radio 4's Poets' Tree, in character as the Islington poet Paul Hamilton, and is the singer in Beergut 100.

Mark Steel has presented a range of his own programmes on Radio 4, from The Mark Steel Solution, The Mark Steel Revolution, The Mark Steel Lectures to, most recently, the Sony Silver Award and Writers Guild Award-winning Mark Steel's In Town. He also occasionally appears in programmes that don't have his name in the title, such as The News Quiz.


SAT 18:00 Richard Matheson - Duel (b007jwll)
Episode 1

The driver of a huge truck plays deadly games with an innocent motorist.

Classic tense thriller by American sci-fi novelist, screenwriter and principal writer of 'The Twilight Zone', Richard Matheson (1926-2013).

Adapted by Steven Spielberg for the big screen in 1971, Duel is also a cult film.

Read by Nathan Osgood.

Producer: Vivien Rosenthal

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in 2006.


SAT 18:30 Ursula K Le Guin - The Diary of the Rose (b00ncgg3)
Episode 1

The political awakening of psychiatrist Rosa Sobel. Ursula K Le Guin's award-winning powerful tale set in the near future. Read by Laurel Lefkow.


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


SAT 22:00 Detective Sergeant Nick Mohammed (b018gr0v)
Series 1

Episode 2

Someone's been Kidnapped... Yikes! Join DS Nick Mohammed and co. for the antithesis to We Need To Talk About Kevin.

Written & performed by Nick Mohammed, with Anna Crilly, Colin Hoult, and special guests Peter Dickson and Kae Alexander.

Produced by Victoria Lloyd.


SAT 22:30 Les Kelly's Britain (b01753jn)
Episode 2

Les Kelly hosts a magazine show from hell. Les is a cross between Jeremy Kyle and a slap in the face. He claims this is the only radio show for 'normal, decent people'.

Les meets Britain's first firm of emergency yodelers, a woman whose claim to fame is that she can walk backwards, and a man with such an embarrassing medical condition that Les refuses to have him on the show.

Starring Kevin Bishop as Les Kelly.

With:
Alan Francis
Pippa Evans
Laurence Howarth
Anthony Spargo

Written by Bill Dare and Julian Dutton.

Producer Bill Dare.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2011.


SAT 23:00 The Mark Steel Solution (b007k2jk)
Series 4

Pessimism

The radical comedian explains why life is getting harder, and proposes how we can all fight back. With Peter Sinclair and Maria McErlane. From September 1996.


SAT 23:25 The Comedy Club Interviews (b04kf179)
The best in contemporary comedy. Tonight, Arthur Smith chats to Al Lubel.


SAT 23:30 Ida Barr: Artificial Hip Hop (b00txj0l)
Responsibility

Ida Barr is a music hall singer who has embraced hip hop and rap, reflecting the cultural diversity of London's East End, where she has been living in retirement for several decades.

With her genuine love of talking to people, Ida sets out investigate a new topic in each episode, creating a unique brand of music-hall, hip-hop fusion with beat boxer Shlomo.

Ida’s first topic is "Responsibility".

Written by and starring Christopher Green as Ida Barr.

Producer: Claire Grove

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2010.


SAT 23:45 iGod (b00wr7v2)
Food

iGOD is a highly original and funny new late-night comedy series for Radio 4. It stars Simon Day (The Fast Show) and David Soul (Starsky & Hutch) and is written by one of the head writers of the BAFTA award-winning The Thick Of It, Sean Gray and produced by Simon Nicholls (Ed Reardon's Week / News At Bedtime).

We all worry about the end of the world, as economists and environmentalists speak in apocalyptic terms everyday. iGOD says that trying to predict the end of the world is as pointless as moisturising an elephant's elbow.

In each episode, an unnamed, all-seeing narrator (David Soul - Starsky and Hutch) shows us that it is stupid to be worrying, as he looks back at some of the most entertaining apocalypses on parallel Earths. Each week our case study is a normal bloke called Ian (Simon Day) who manages to accidentally initiate the apocalypse of a different parallel world through a seemingly harmless single act (telling a lie, being lazy, cooking some lambshanks). A succession of comic vignettes ensue that escalate to the end of a parallel world.

With a full-range of sound effects and wonderfully funny and surreal twists, iGOD will be a true aural extravaganza.

Written by Sean Gray

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.



SUNDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2014

SUN 00:00 Richard Matheson - Duel (b007jwll)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:30 Ursula K Le Guin - The Diary of the Rose (b00ncgg3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Archive on 4 (b01465z9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 Queens of Noise - Omnibus (b04htzyy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:15 Baldi (b007k4v9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:15 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Jane Beeson - Lea and Renata (b04htc67)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Chain Reaction (b013gfnh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 The Diary of Samuel Pepys Omnibus (b01mx15h)
1665

Series 6 Omnibus. A year of bad frost, football in the streets, plague and war with the Dutch, but also moments of hope. Stars Kris Marshall.


SUN 07:15 Painted for Posterity (b00766fh)
A Vast Gallery of Ghosts

Patrick Wright investigates Thomas Hennell and Barbara Jones, key figures in the 1940s Recording Britain art project. From February 2002.


SUN 07:30 The Gobetweenies (b011ckxb)
Series 1

Befriending Freddie

David Tennant and Sarah Alexander star as the exes determined to be double not single parents and bring the kids up together apart.

But Lucy needs compensation for moving house every week...

If it's Wednesday it must be Holloway.

It turns out Mimi's new husband says he is into fatherhood after all, and Lucy tells her Dad and Tom all about Mum's condition...

Mimi is desperate to bring the kids to New York for the premiere of her new husband's play but Tom has found a new friend whose cute yogic mother Joe is drawn to...

When Lucy refuses to miss out on her best friend's birthday because of a planned visit to her stepfather in New York, Mimi fails to get Joe's back-up.

Cast List:
Joe ..... David Tennant
Mimi ..... Sarah Alexander
Tom ...... Finlay Christie
Lucy ..... Phoebe Abbott
Jennifer ..... Emily Bruni
Freddie ...... Oliver Dillon
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 (b007k31b)
From 12/02/1948

Great excitement for Tommy Handley as he receives an offer of a Hollywood contract.

With Jack Train, Lind Joyce, Hugh Morton, Deryck Guyler, Fred Yule, Joan Harben, Diana Morrison and Hattie Jacques.

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 Rae Jenkins.

Producer: Francis Worsley.

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in February 1948.


SUN 08:30 Stop Messing About! (b00bqv41)
Series 1

Episode 5

On the menu - struggling restauranteurs, Gaston and Jacque - and the tale of orphan Oliver Stick who asks for more...

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 May 1969.


SUN 09:00 Children's Hour: Once Upon a Time (b00qpk7f)
Series 2

Episode 5

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:

Storytime: The Nightingale. One of Hans Christian Andersen's loveliest fairy tales translated by KP Keigwin and read by Children's Hour's very own beloved Uncle David - David Davis. From 1968.

Toytown Plays: Dreadful Doings in Ark Street by SG Hulme Beaman. Mr Growser's pipes are blocked, but how much help can he expect from Larry the Lamb and Dennis the Dachshund? With Derek McCulloch, Peter Claughton, Preston Lockwood, John Glyn-Jones, Felix Felton, Charles Maunsell, Wilfred Babbage and Norman Shelley. From 1962.

Produced by Peter Reed.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b04hvrq3)
Teachers

Baroness Haleh Afshar

From the Beatles to Edith Piaf. Baroness Haleh Afshar shares her castaway choices with Kirsty Young. From December 2008.


SUN 10:45 Nan Woodhouse (b04hvrq5)
Rose

May, 1835. A young girl's chance encounter with a poet touches her life forever. Read by Eleanor Bron.


SUN 11:00 Garrison Keillor's Radio Show (b017zt6w)
Series 7

Episode 8

Back in New York City, the funny man welcomes American poet Billy Collins and Broadway bandleader Rob Fisher. From 2010.


SUN 12:00 The Diary of Samuel Pepys Omnibus (b01mx15h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SUN 13:15 Painted for Posterity (b00766fh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 today]


SUN 13:30 Shelagh Delaney - A Taste of Honey (b00bcqtd)
A pregnant teenage girl and her feckless mother trade insults and repartee in 1950s Salford. Stars Siobhan Finneran.


SUN 15:00 ITMA - It's That Man Again (b007k31b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 15:30 Stop Messing About! (b00bqv41)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 16:00 Mel's Mix: The Best of The 4 O'Clock Show (b04hvrv1)
Tiny cars, upside-down trees and friendly ferrets

Mel returns with the best bits of the 4 O'Clock Show. There's a lesson in making cupcakes, the amazing upside-down trees of Africa, and Judith Kerr tells us about her amazing life.


SUN 17:00 Children's Hour: Once Upon a Time (b00qpk7f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SUN 18:00 Doctor Who (b01prcd1)
The Book of Kells

The Time Lord and Tamsin are embroiled in an Irish medieval mystery surrounding an influential manuscript. Eighth Doctor adventure stars Paul McGann and Niky Wardley.


SUN 19:00 Garrison Keillor's Radio Show (b017zt6w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 20:00 ITMA - It's That Man Again (b007k31b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 20:30 Stop Messing About! (b00bqv41)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b04hvrq3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 Nan Woodhouse (b04hvrq5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 The Gobetweenies (b011ckxb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 22:30 I Think I've Got a Problem (b00cl6vl)
Series 2

Episode 3

Things are looking up for Tom - he's got a new job working at the zoo, which he loves, and he's also met a rather nice girl called Pi, who works with the birds, and what's more it seems that Pi also has a band in her head.

Everything seems perfect, so surely the band in Tom's head couldn't possibly ruin things for him this time...could they?

Starring Suggs and Bob Monkhouse.

Andrew McGibbon and Nick Romero's everyday story about a man who can't stop himself from breaking into song.

Suggs ..... Tom Caine
Bob Monkhouse ..... Dr Boone
Phil Cornwell ..... Bouche
Andrew McGibbon ..... Jake
Nick Romero ..... Monty DeVere
Bill Nighy ..... Malc
Julia Deakin ..... Phelia
Toby Longworth ..... Clammy
Pi ..... Debra Stephenson

Songs: Andrew McGibbon. Nick Romero and Suggs

Producers: Andrew McGibbon and Dawn Ellis.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2003.


SUN 23:00 The In Crowd (b00slxxy)
Series 3

Episode 4

The coolest bag ladies in the world, and discover swimwear solutions for dieters who haven't yet reached their target weight.

Plus, Jonathan Tudge, who just can't help putting his foot in it.

Another advice-packed sketch show from Manchester's Comedy Store.

With Robin Ince, Helen Moon, Smug Roberts and Kate Ward.

Producer: Graham Frost

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2002.


SUN 23:30 Jon Ronson On (b007qwpj)
Series 3

Getting Lost at Glastonbury

Getting Lost at Glastonbury

Jon Ronson continues his series with the first of two special programmes recorded at Glastonbury, taking a different look at the festival and the many human dramas being played out over four intense days.

Jon observes how performers, audience and organisers get lost and found at Glastonbury, both literally and figuratively. With Danny Robins and Pete Paphides.



MONDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2014

MON 00:00 Doctor Who (b01prcd1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b04hvrq3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


MON 01:45 Nan Woodhouse (b04hvrq5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


MON 02:00 ITMA - It's That Man Again (b007k31b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:30 Stop Messing About! (b00bqv41)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:00 The Gobetweenies (b011ckxb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 Shelagh Delaney - A Taste of Honey (b00bcqtd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:30 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Children's Hour: Once Upon a Time (b00qpk7f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlw5)
Murder in Mesopotamia

Episode 1

Amy Leatheran has never felt the lure of the mysterious East, but when she travels to an ancient site deep in the Iraqi desert to nurse the wife of a celebrated archaeologist; events prove stranger than she could ever have imagined.

Her patient's bizarre visions and nervous terror seem unfounded, but as the oppressive tension in the air thickens, events come to a terrible climax - in murder...

Agatha Christie's whodunit in a tale of angst and archaeology.

Starring John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot.

From the book first published in 1936 and dramatised in five parts by Michael Bakewell.

Hercule Poirot …. John Moffatt
Louise Leidner …. Dorothy Tutin
Dr Leidner …. William Franklyn
Amy Leatheran …. Becky Hindley
Dr Reilly …. Norman Rodway
Coleman …. David Jarvis
Sheila Reilly …. Cathy Sara
Miss Johnson …. Elizabeth Spriggs
Father Lavigny …. John Hartley
Richard Carey …. Gavin Muir
Mrs Mercado …. Elaine Claxton
Mercado …. Neville Jason

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1994.


MON 06:30 The Internet: The Last 20th-Century Battleground (b04j2104)
Episode 2

Douglas Adams's 1999 look at the evolution of the internet. With instantly accessible information, can we trust what we read?


MON 07:00 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b0075p4w)
Series 3

Episode 5

Sofa-bound TV presenters Mike and Sue tackle stress and honesty - plus an everyday problem for Miriam Stoops.

Starring Robert Duncan and Jan Ravens.

With Ronnie Ancona, Alistair McGowan, Roger Blake and Toby Longworth.

Written by Tim De Jongh from a format by Bill Dare.

Music by Mark Burton.

Producer: Aled Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1998.


MON 07:30 Just a Minute (b04grchn)
Series 70

Episode 6

Just how hard can it be to talk for a minute without hesitation, repetition or deviation? Jonathan Ross, Liza Tarbuck, Alun Cochrane and Paul Merton find out. Nicholas Parsons keeps the score in his legendary style.

Producer: Katie Tyrrell.


MON 08:00 J Kingston Platt (b01s2y7s)
Platt vs Rooney and Day

The long untold calamitous tale of a double act gone wrong on a visit to Australia.

The doyen of British showbiz, the insider's insider, J Kingston Platt, returns to the wireless with more startlingly persuasive recollections.

Written and read by Peter Jones.

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1993.


MON 08:30 The Navy Lark (b00v8rt7)
Series 1

Stuck up the Inlet

HMS Troutbridge runs aground on a naval exercise, landing Phillips in hot water

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 Ebenezer 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 May 1959.


MON 09:00 Whispers (b007k2kg)
Series 1

Episode 1

What is the rather inflammatory connection between Salman Rushdie and The Beatles?

This is the series celebrating our fascination with gossip, rumour and controversy.

Gyles Brandreth hosts the panel game with scandal on its mind and slander at its heart.

The regular team captains are writer and critic, Anthony Holden and actor and writer, Stella Duffy.

Joining them to test their wits, and wit against the most notorious figures in history are broadcaster, Rosie Millard and best-selling author, Jenny Colgan.

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2003.


MON 09:30 Mr and Mrs Smith (b01blzkq)
The Music Festival

Will reluctantly accompanies wife Annabelle to a music festival. She brings her annoying friend Heather along.

Will Smith's sitcom about a couple in marriage counselling,

Counsellor Guy must mediate another dispute between Will and Annabelle, with flashbacks to the events that spawned the argument, and by the end, the couple find marital equilibrium once more. Sort of.

Will Smith ..... Will Smith
Annabelle Smith ..... Sarah Hadland
Guy ..... Paterson Joseph
Heather ..... Morwenna Banks
Various ..... Simon Bubb

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2012.


MON 10:00 Virginia Woolf - The Waves (b01130n9)
Episode 1

Louis, Bernard, Neville, Jinny, Susan and Rhoda look back on childhood and their first forays into adulthood.

One of Virginia Woolf's most original titles, The Waves charts the lives of six friends from early childhood through to middle age.

Dramatised and directed in two parts by one of the UK's most original film makers, Terence Davies.

With Janet Suzman as the Narrator, Jon Cartwright as Bernard, Geraldine James as Susan, Anna Massey as Rhoda, Peter Guinness as Neville, Jane Lapotaire as Jinny and Don Warrington as Louis.

Producer: Polly Thomas
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2007.


MON 11:00 Graham Swift - England and Other Stories (b04j2333)
Fusilli

A packet of pasta from the supermarket shelf reawakens a father's loss. Read by Ewan Bailey.

The 25 short stories that comprise England and Other Stories mark Swift's return to the short form after seven acclaimed novels. The stories dwell on the essence of Englishness and those chosen place us on the eve of the Battle of Trafalgar, in a barbers, a supermarket, a laboratory and Macintyre's warehouse, and in each place and time, Swift perfectly captures a universal truth from the minutiae of lives.

"This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue of thoughtfulness" The Guardian

Graham Swift came to prominence with this second novel Shuttlecock, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1983. That same year, Swift's Waterland, set in the Fens earned him a place on the shortlist for the Booker prize. Swift would go on to win the Booker prize in 1996 with his novel Last Orders, which became a film starring Michael Caine, Tom Courtney, Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren.

Produced by Jeremy Osborne

Made for BBC Radio 4Extra by Sweet Talk.


MON 11:15 Loose Ends (b04hmd4b)
Charles Spencer, Olivia Williams, Dave Gorman, Nikki Bedi, Robert Glenister, Jah Wobble

Clive gets hacked off with actor Robert Glenister who is appearing as foul-mouthed newspaper editor Wilson Tickell in 'Great Britain', Richard Bean's satire about the press, police and political establishment, now transferring to the West End.

Nikki Bedi bravely wades into the media onslaught with comedian and writer Dave Gorman to talk about his latest book 'Too Much Information'.

Journalist, author and gin-lover Olivia Williams sits down for a tipple with Clive. Her debut book 'Gin Glorious Gin' is a social history of London seen from the bottom of a gin glass. It charts how 'mother's ruin' became the spirit of the capital city.

Clive talks to historian and best-selling author Charles Spencer. His new book 'Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I' is a bloody tale of royal revenge.

Jah Wobble's acclaimed group Invaders of the Heart have reformed for the first time in 20 years. They perform 'Visions of You' and 'Liquidator' ahead of a one off concert at Under the Bridge, London on 10th October 2014.


MON 12:00 J Kingston Platt (b01s2y7s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 The Navy Lark (b00v8rt7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlw5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 The Internet: The Last 20th-Century Battleground (b04j2104)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 BBC National Short Story Award (b03bddd0)
BBC National Short Story Award 2013

Mrs Fox

Andrea Riseborough reads this earthy, sensual fable by Sarah Hall. A husband is shocked out of his complacency when his wife undergoes a remarkable transformation.

Written by Sarah Hall
Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Gemma Jenkins

The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious and established awards for a single short story. The 2013 shortlist reveals the strength and depth of the current short story scene, with five very different but equally beguiling stories vying for the top position and the £15,000 Award. From the pens of writers both hugely acclaimed and very new, come tales that range from the magical to the all too real. Surprising twists, quiet grief and vivid imagination are hallmarks of this year's bumper crop.

The readers include Hattie Morahan, Andrea Riseborough and Claire Skinner. Running across the week (and with the authors interviewed on Front Row the previous evening) listeners can enjoy a literary treat at 15.30 each afternoon from Monday, 23rd September and maybe choose their own favourites. The winner and the runner-up will be announced live on Front Row on Tuesday, 8th October. The stories will be available as a free download following broadcast, and in an anthology published by Comma Press.


MON 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b01s7yvs)
The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Series 7

Episode 1

Kris Marshall returns as the famous diarist. Rumours that 1666 might prove to be an unlucky year, or even herald the end of the world, are of no concern to Samuel Pepys. He's far more interested in his new friend, Mrs Knipp. Mrs Knipp is an actress and singer, and is often to be found entertaining the guests in the homes of Sam's friends. As their friendship develops, they even have nicknames for each other - she is 'Barbara Allen' and he is 'Dapper Dicky'. Elizabeth meanwhile is having much less fun. As Sam admits, she's working like a horse at decorating his closet - as well as being kept awake at night by Sam's disturbed sleep and, worst of all, his snoring! Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

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 Catherine Robinson

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.


MON 14:45 Book of the Week (b00mq4m7)
Tracy Borman - Elizabeth's Women

Episode 1

Emma Fielding reads from Tracy Borman's biography of Elizabeth I, which explores the relationships she had with the women in her life. These women brought out the best and the worst of Elizabeth, who could be loyal and kind but also cruel and vindictive. They all influenced Elizabeth's carefully-cultivated image as Gloriana, The Virgin Queen.

Anne Boleyn takes centre stage, and the influence of her life and death on Elizabeth's future.


MON 15:00 Virginia Woolf - The Waves (b01130n9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b04j283m)
Midnight feasts, Coronation Street and striped pyjamas

Mel Giedroyc gorges on some of the fabulous food featured in classic children's literature, and we hear the first part of this week's story The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.


MON 17:00 Like They've Never Been Gone (b00b7bd3)
Series 2

The Anniversary Blues

Tommy has big celebration plans for Sheila, but then Lewis gets involved.

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.

June Whitfield and Roy Hudd star in Mike Coleman's sitcom.

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

With Pat Coombs, Julian Eardley, Edward Halstead, Paul Rogan and Tracy-Ann Oberman.

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 (b0075p4w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 18:00 Whispers (b007k2kg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b04j28mn)
Penelope Fitzgerald and William Sieghart

4 Extra Debut. Tom Sutcliffe, Penelope Fitzgerald and William Sieghart discuss Sarah Orne Jewett, Alan Isler and Jane Austen. From July 1998.


MON 19:00 J Kingston Platt (b01s2y7s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 The Navy Lark (b00v8rt7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlw5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 The Internet: The Last 20th-Century Battleground (b04j2104)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 Graham Swift - England and Other Stories (b04j2333)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:15 Loose Ends (b04hmd4b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


MON 22:00 Just a Minute (b04grchn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Mr and Mrs Smith (b01blzkq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 23:00 The Now Show (b04gyqtn)
Series 44

Episode 2

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis are joined by special guests Elis James for a comic romp through the week's news. With Mitch Benn and Laura Shavin.

Written by the cast, with additional material from Andy Woolton, Nadia Kamil and Liam Beirne. Produced by Alexandra Smith.


MON 23:25 The Comedy Club Interviews (b04kth5v)
From 10.00pm until midnight, seven nights a week, the Comedy Club offers two hours of comedy. Tom Wrigglesworth chats to The Axis of Awesome.


MON 23:30 The Consultants (b0076pvy)
Series 2

Episode 4

Taking register at stunt school, Tarzan learns the alphabet and meet Buck Stark, known to millions as naked superhero Captain Buff.

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

Producer: Will Saunders

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2003.



TUESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2014

TUE 00:00 BBC National Short Story Award (b03bddd0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 15 Minute Drama (b01s7yvs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 00:45 Book of the Week (b00mq4m7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Whispers (b007k2kg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 A Good Read (b04j28mn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlw5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 The Internet: The Last 20th-Century Battleground (b04j2104)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Virginia Woolf - The Waves (b01130n9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Graham Swift - England and Other Stories (b04j2333)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:15 Loose Ends (b04hmd4b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Like They've Never Been Gone (b00b7bd3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b0075p4w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlwq)
Murder in Mesopotamia

Episode 2

Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot is on hand when a death occurs in the heat of the desert.

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

Hercule Poirot …. John Moffatt
Coleman …. David Jarvis
Amy Leatheran …. Becky Hindley
Miss Johnson …. Elizabeth Spriggs
Mrs Mercado …. Elaine Claxton
Emmott …. Peter Whitman
Dr Leidner …. William Franklyn
Dr Reilly …. Norman Rodway
Louise Leidner …. Dorothy Tutin
Father Lavigny …. John Hartley
Captain Maitland …. Richard Todd

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1994.


TUE 06:30 Tiny Tim (b0076sg9)
CP Lee tells the story of unlikely '60s pop star Tiny Tim, who warbled his way through a series of prewar songs such as 'Tiptoe Through the Tulips', accompanying himself on ukelele. He married three times, once on TV before a live audience of 45 million. From June 2005.


TUE 07:00 The Fall of the Mausoleum Club (b007k44b)
Bleak Horse

Timothy Tamperton reports back on the stranger's death wish on the evil Joshua Farley. Stars Stephen Moore. From October 1988.


TUE 07:30 Lewis Macleod Is Not Himself (b04grrpq)
Episode 1

The impression and sketch show that looks behind the scenes at the life and work of star impressionist Lewis Macleod

Lewis has performed on 4 Extra's Newsjack, plus Postman Pat, The Phantom Menace and Dead Ringers.

With Kate O'Sullivan, Duncan Wisbey and Julian Dutton.

Producer: Lyndsay Fenner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2014.


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b00d7jxr)
The Plasticine Man

Neddie Seagoon poses as a 6,000-year-old man to resurrect his rock 'n' roll career. Stars Spike Milligan. From December 1957.


TUE 08:30 Doctor in the House (b007lmys)
Money Troubles

With their microscopes in at the pawn broker, the young medics need some cash in a hurry.

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, Joan Young as Lady Spratt and David Jason as the Waiter.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1968.


TUE 09:00 The Now Show (b04gyqtn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Coming Alive (b00hlmm2)
Series 3

A Many-Splendoured Thing

Ex-con Terry has reached a crossroads. Will he get to stay with Sandra or will he have to let go? Stars Karl Howman.


TUE 10:00 Virginia Woolf - The Waves (b01137gm)
Episode 2

As the life-long friends each try to come to terms with Percival's death, more secrets are uncovered. Stars Geraldine James.


TUE 11:00 Graham Swift - England and Other Stories (b04j29zn)
Holly and Polly

A love story, and how it happens. Read by Jenny Funnell

The 25 short stories that comprise England and Other Stories mark Swift's return to the short form after seven acclaimed novels. The stories dwell on the essence of Englishness and those chosen place us on the eve of the Battle of Trafalgar, in a barbers, a supermarket, a laboratory and Macintyre's warehouse, and in each place and time, Swift perfectly captures a universal truth from the minutiae of lives.

"This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue of thoughtfulness" The Guardian

Graham Swift came to prominence with this second novel Shuttlecock, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1983. That same year, Swift's Waterland, set in the Fens earned him a place on the shortlist for the Booker prize. Swift would go on to win the Booker prize in 1996 with his novel Last Orders, which became a film starring Michael Caine, Tom Courtney, Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren.

Produced by Jeremy Osborne

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Sweet Talk.


TUE 11:15 Drama (b00qpq1q)
Ray Connolly - God Bless Our Love

An uplifting, romantic comedy about a priest and a nun who fall in love and leave their orders to marry and begin a new life together. By Ray Connolly

Michael................David Neilson
Eleanor............Alexandra Mathie
Jane..............Fiona Clarke
Darrell..............Joe Ransom
Fr Dermot..............Stephen Tomlin
Suzy............Cherylee Houston

Produced by Charlotte Riches.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b00d7jxr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Doctor in the House (b007lmys)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlwq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Tiny Tim (b0076sg9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 BBC National Short Story Award (b03bds46)
BBC National Short Story Award 2013

Barmouth

The annual family holiday to the Welsh coast conjures childhood memories of a car packed full of children, parents, grandparents, picnics and arguments. In trips taken years later tensions old and new remain ever present.

Written by Lisa Blower
Read by Rebekah Staton
Abridged by Julian Wilkinson
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.


TUE 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b01s8x4z)
The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Series 7

Episode 2

In the spring of 1666, just after his 33rd birthday, Sam notes that he's 'the happiest a man can be'. He's aware that he should be working harder and enjoying himself less, but he decides he's the right age to do it - and doesn't want to wait until he's too old to appreciate it. At home it's anything but peaceful. Sam is struggling to find a suitable husband for his sister, Pauline, who will soon be regarded as an old maid. Elizabeth and the maid argue to the point where the maid walks out and goes back to her mother. And a visit from Aunty Wight, who is tormented by fear of the plague, proves very trying. Adapted by Hattie Naylor

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 Catherine Robinson

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.


TUE 14:45 Book of the Week (b00mq4lv)
Tracy Borman - Elizabeth's Women

Episode 2

Emma Fielding reads from Tracy Borman's biography of Elizabeth I, which explores the relationships she had with the women in her life. These women brought out the best and the worst of Elizabeth, who could be loyal and kind but also cruel and vindictive. They all influenced Elizabeth's carefully-cultivated image as Gloriana, The Virgin Queen.

Elizabeth's stepmother Katherine Parr sets an inspiring example, but an ill-judged flirtation threatens all.


TUE 15:00 Virginia Woolf - The Waves (b01137gm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b04j2bp9)
Ant and Dec, video games and elephants

Ant and Dec reveal what makes them tick as a double act, Mel explores the rise of video game music and there's the second part of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.


TUE 17:00 Up the Garden Path (b008j0kf)
Series 3

Up the Stick and Sick as a Parrot

Izzy spends her birthday coping with the surprise news that she's pregnant...

Imelda Staunton stars as Isabelle 'Izzy' Comyn.

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

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 (b007k44b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 18:00 Quote... Unquote (b007jp4k)
Nigel Rees hosts celebrities exchanging anecdotes, epigrams and bons mots. Bernard Bresslaw, Patrick Garland, Gemma O'Connor and Sir Peter Ustinov. From February 1992.


TUE 18:30 Musical Legends (b01h63d7)
Duane Eddy

Duane Eddy is a Grammy Award-winning American guitarist who had a string of hit records which were produced by Lee Hazlewood and were noted for their characteristically 'twangy' sound.

Rebel Rouser, Peter Gunn and Because They're Young were all UK chart records and Duane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Ahead of his UK tour which includes a gig in Glasgow on the 16th of May, Duane talks to Tom Morton about his music, the artists who have influenced him and how he still gets a kick out of performing.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b00d7jxr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Doctor in the House (b007lmys)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlwq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Tiny Tim (b0076sg9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Graham Swift - England and Other Stories (b04j29zn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 21:15 Drama (b00qpq1q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


TUE 22:00 Lewis Macleod Is Not Himself (b04grrpq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Dave Against the Machine (b011pnms)
The Bilderberg Group

Dave Lamb's brand new sitcom series about conspiracy theorist Dave Railings continues and this week he's wrestling with the Bilderberg Group.

The Bilderberg Group are an elite council of the world's most powerful industrialists and politicians who secretly rule the world. They meet once a year in a different highly secured five star hotel and this year Dave's convinced that they're meeting near the high security flat he shares with his frustrated younger brother Jim.

Dave's suspicions are further aroused when a girl Jim's met just a few hours earlier invites herself round. Meanwhile, community police officers Nigel and Geoff are investigating a series of car thefts, no-one's asked them to, they're just doing it because Nigel's convinced that this is the case that'll finally win them a place on the police force proper. A car-jacking rollercoaster ride of an adventure pits Dave against the Bilderberg Group in a battle he simply has to win... that's assuming the Bilderberg Group actually exists.

Cast:
Dave Railings ..... Dave Lamb
Jim Railings ...... Jim North
Nigel Spikes ...... Nick Walker
Geoff Brown ...... Richie Webb
Katie Jones ...... Carrie Quinlan

Written by Dave Lamb
Script edited by Anil Gupta

Directed by Adam Tandy
Produced by Richie Webb
A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 23:00 Bleak Expectations (b00w2282)
Series 4

A Wretched Life Made Much, Much Sadder

After an embarrassing disaster involving a bridge and a train full of puppies and orphans Pip and Harry travel to America on the SS Massive Britain, where Pip begins a reading tour.

But all is not as it seems and Mister Benevolent lures our hero into a gunfight at the "All Right I Suppose Corral"

Mark Evans's epic Victorian comedy in the style of Charles Dickens.

Sir Philip ..... Richard Johnson
Young Pip Bin ..... Tom Allen
Gently Benevolent ..... Anthony Head
Harry Biscuit ..... James Bachman
Grimpunch ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Ripely ..... Sarah Hadland
Pippa ..... Susy Kane

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2010.


TUE 23:30 And Now in Colour (b0080qg5)
Series 2

Eurospecial

The sketch show team cross the English Channel for a French link-up.

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 February 1991.



WEDNESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2014

WED 00:00 BBC National Short Story Award (b03bds46)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 15 Minute Drama (b01s8x4z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 00:45 Book of the Week (b00mq4lv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Quote... Unquote (b007jp4k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Musical Legends (b01h63d7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlwq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Tiny Tim (b0076sg9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Virginia Woolf - The Waves (b01137gm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Graham Swift - England and Other Stories (b04j29zn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:15 Drama (b00qpq1q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Up the Garden Path (b008j0kf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 The Fall of the Mausoleum Club (b007k44b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlx8)
Murder in Mesopotamia

Episode 3

Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot must dig for more clues. Is there a killer in a team of desert archaeologists?

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

Hercule Poirot …. John Moffatt
Richard Carey …. Gavin Muir
Amy Leatheran …. Becky Hindley
Dr Reilly …. Norman Rodway
Dr Leidner …. William Franklyn
Sheila Reilly …. Cathy Sara
Miss Johnson …. Elizabeth Spriggs

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1994.


WED 06:30 Untouchable (b007ngfp)
Joe Queenan explores the story of Eliot Ness, the incorruptible federal agent who was brave enough to stand up to Al Capone in prohibition-era Chicago. The subject of many books and films, gangbuster Ness continues to loom large in the American imagination.


WED 07:00 Absolute Power (b018jp4b)
Series 4

Episode 1

The spin doctoring duo get a lucrative contract to work for the BBC. Stars Stephen Fry and John Bird. From February 2004.


WED 07:30 Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation (b04gyp8k)
Series 10

How to Eat Food

Setting out to explain one of our most fundamental acts as human beings, Jeremy Hardy picks up the topic of food with the chopsticks of enquiry and then drops it on his trousers of former cleanliness.

Helping him tackle the subject will be special guests Vicki Pepperdine and Paul Bassett Davies.

The comedian engages in a free and frank exchange of his entrenched views. Passionate, polemical, erudite and unable to sing, Jeremy returns with another series.

Few can forget where they were twenty years ago when they first heard "Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation". The show was an immediate smash-hit success, causing pubs to empty on a Saturday night, which was particularly astonishing since the show went out on Thursdays. The Light Entertainment department was besieged, questions were asked in the House and Jeremy Hardy himself became known as the man responsible for the funniest show on radio since Money Box Live with Paul Lewis.

Since that fateful first series, Jeremy went on to win Sony Awards, Writers Guild nominations and a Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He was a much-loved regular on both The News Quiz and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

Written by Jeremy Hardy

Producer: David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in September 2014.


WED 08:00 The Burkiss Way (b007jrdl)
Series 3

Complain About the Burkiss Way

Desert Island Wobblies and a somewhat startling history of a history of things through the ages, through the ages...

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

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

Scripted by David Renwick and Andrew Marshall.

Producer: John Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1978.


WED 08:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00qpjy6)
Series 2

Episode 5

Singing dogs - and the tale of Martin Copperwick

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 Tim Brooke-Taylor Graeme Garden, Johnnie Mortimer & Brian Cooke and Bill Oddie.

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 November 1965.


WED 09:00 Dilemma (b01888wg)
Series 1

Episode 6

Sue Perkins puts Zoe Lyons, Phill Jupitus, Simon Garfield and Humphrey Ker through the moral and ethical wringer in the show where there are no "right" answers - but some deeply damning ones...

Quandaries on the agenda include swapped babies, one-night stands, and biochip crime prevention.

They also try to solve some dilemmas the audience have brought along.

Devised by Danielle Ward.

Producer: Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2011.


WED 09:30 Simon's Bug (b04j2dsb)
Episode 4

Simon comes to conclusions about his wife, children and friends. But are they correct? Stars Hywel Bennett. From March 1989.


WED 10:00 Edmund Gosse - Father and Son (b0076vhg)
Episode 1

'Faith is like love; it does not let itself be forced.'

Derek Jacobi stars in a uniquely frank memoir of a Victorian childhood.

Edmund Gosse was raised in the strictly non-conformist Plymouth Brethren. Tender, comic and lyrical, this is his account of the spiritual struggle between a lonely boy and his charismatic father.

Dramatised in two parts by Nick Warburton.

Edmund Gosse ...... Derek Jacobi
Phlip Henry Gosse ...... Roger Allam
Young Edmund ...... Steven Williams
Emily Gosse ...... Kate Buffery
Miss Marks ...... Colleen Prendergast
Mary Grace ...... Sophie Roberts
Miss Flaw ...... Ann Beach
Kate ...... Ayesha Antoine
Mr Punch ...... Geoff Felix
Onion Man ...... Gerard McDermott
Brethren/Villagers ...... Delroy Brown
Brethren/Villagers ...... Nick Sayce

Other parts played by the cast.

Producer: Jonquil Panting

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2005.


WED 11:00 Graham Swift - England and Other Stories (b04j2dsd)
Articles of War

It is September 1805 and a young lieutenant awaits his first naval action with some trepidation. Read by Ewan Bailey.

The 25 short stories that comprise England and Other Stories mark Swift's return to the short form after seven acclaimed novels. The stories dwell on the essence of Englishness and those chosen place us on the eve of the Battle of Trafalgar, in a barbers, a supermarket, a laboratory and Macintyre's warehouse, and in each place and time, Swift perfectly captures a universal truth from the minutiae of lives.

"This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue of thoughtfulness" The Guardian

Graham Swift came to prominence with this second novel Shuttlecock, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1983. That same year, Swift's Waterland, set in the Fens earned him a place on the shortlist for the Booker prize. Swift would go on to win the Booker prize in 1996 with his novel Last Orders, which became a film starring Michael Caine, Tom Courtney, Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren.

Produced by Jeremy Osborne

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Sweet Talk.


WED 11:15 Drama (b00gdw49)
Sarah Daniels - Left in Trust

By Sarah Daniels.

When a young woman decides to write a play about the founder of the National Trust, it leads her to discover secrets about her own family.

With Kenneth Cranham, Sophie Stanton.

Directed by Sally Avens.


WED 12:00 The Burkiss Way (b007jrdl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00qpjy6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlx8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Untouchable (b007ngfp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 BBC National Short Story Award (b03bfk98)
BBC National Short Story Award 2013

Prepositions

Lionel Shriver's story takes the form of a letter in which long held resentments are finally expressed, ten years after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Read by Nancy Crane
Produced by Gemma Jenkins.


WED 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b01s8xmn)
The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Series 7

Episode 3

War with the Dutch is imminent and Sam finds a posting at sea for Elizabeth's brother, Balty. Sam's social life continues to be very busy. He has a liaison with his old mistress, Mrs Lane, and is on his way to The Swan, with Mrs Knipp and Mrs Pierce, when a man warns them that it's still shut up with the plague. But when Elizabeth innocently invites her drawing teacher, Mr Brown, to stay for dinner, Sam is furious. Adapted from the diaries by Hattie Naylor.

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 Catherine Robinson

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.


WED 14:45 Book of the Week (b00mq4lx)
Tracy Borman - Elizabeth's Women

Episode 3

Emma Fielding reads from Tracy Borman's biography of Elizabeth I, which explores the relationships she had with the women in her life. These women brought out the best and the worst of Elizabeth, who could be loyal and kind but also cruel and vindictive. They all influenced Elizabeth's carefully-cultivated image as Gloriana, The Virgin Queen.

The public world of Elizabeth's court as she begins her reign, and the more intimate realm of her private apartments, where she is attended by her Ladies in Waiting.


WED 15:00 Edmund Gosse - Father and Son (b0076vhg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b04j2ff1)
Crying, Neighbours and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Mel Giedroyc has a rummage through Kylie's wardrobe, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa reveals her Inheritance Tracks and there's the third part of current story The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.


WED 17:00 For Better or for Worse (b00g2glt)
Series 1

Episode 1

Dithering Bernard tries to get engaged to his flighty partner Iris. Will she manage to persuade Bernard to buy her an engagement ring at last?

Gorden Kaye and Su Pollard star in Vince Powell’s sitcom about the turbulent relationship of an odd couple.

Iris ...... Su Pollard
Bernard ...... Gorden Kaye
Wilf ...... David Ross
Daisy ...... Paula Tilbrook
Mr Foley ...... Peter Wheeler
Mr Matthews ...... John Jardine
Miss Parker ...... Julie Higginson

Writer Vince Powell (1928–2009) scripted a number of popular TV sitcoms including Love Thy Neighbour, For the Love of Ada and Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width.

Producer: Mike Craig

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 1993.


WED 17:30 Absolute Power (b018jp4b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 18:00 Dilemma (b01888wg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 18:30 Off the Page (b0076cpk)
Treachery

Matthew Parris invites Ann Widdecombe, Guy Browning and Stephanie Merritt to discuss acts of treachery.

In each programme, Matthew Parris introduces a group of writers of fact and fiction: 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.

Produced by Hilary Dunn.

First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2003.


WED 19:00 The Burkiss Way (b007jrdl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00qpjy6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlx8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Untouchable (b007ngfp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Graham Swift - England and Other Stories (b04j2dsd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 21:15 Drama (b00gdw49)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


WED 22:00 Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation (b04gyp8k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Elvenquest (b0170c13)
Series 3

Episode 5

The Questers continue their search for the Sword of Asnagar and are happy to be welcomed into the palace of the White Wizard, a man who is nothing but sweetness and light and, consequently, the very opposite to Lord Darkness. But extremism of any kind, whether for good or evil, is a dangerous thing - and Penthiselea (Sophie Winkleman) soon begins to smell that there's something not altogether unfishy about the White Wizard.

Meanwhile, Kreech and Lord Darkness are off to the Land of Dunes for their annual holiday...

Vidar ...... Darren Boyd
Dean/Kreech ...... Kevin Eldon
Amis, aka The Chosen One ...... Dave Lamb
Sam ...... Stephen Mangan
Lord Darkness ...... Alistair McGowan
The White Wizard ...... John Sessions
Penthiselea ...... Sophie Winkleman

Written by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto

Producer: Sam Michell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2011.


WED 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b04kthml)
From 10.00pm until midnight, seven nights a week, the Comedy Club offers two hours of comedy. Tom Wrigglesworth chats to The Axis of Awesome.


WED 23:00 The Museum of Everything (b00gs2nj)
Series 3

Natural Science

The birds and the bees, blue plaques and the human body are all on exhibition.

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

With Lucy Montgomery.

Music by Dominic Haslam and Ben Walker.

Producer: Alex Walsh-Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2006.


WED 23:30 The Big Booth (b007k2fv)
Series 1

Episode 5

Boothby Graffoe sorts it out - with monologues, sketches and songs.

With Simon Evans, Vivienne Soan and Big Al.

Special guest: renowned singer and world class guitarist Richard Thompson.

Producer: Lucy Armitage

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2000.



THURSDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2014

THU 00:00 BBC National Short Story Award (b03bfk98)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 15 Minute Drama (b01s8xmn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 00:45 Book of the Week (b00mq4lx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Dilemma (b01888wg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Off the Page (b0076cpk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlx8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 Untouchable (b007ngfp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Edmund Gosse - Father and Son (b0076vhg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Graham Swift - England and Other Stories (b04j2dsd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:15 Drama (b00gdw49)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 For Better or for Worse (b00g2glt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Absolute Power (b018jp4b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlxs)
Murder in Mesopotamia

Episode 4

As Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot continues quizzing the suspects, a second tragedy strikes the archaeological dig.

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

Hercule Poirot …. John Moffatt
Mrs Mercado …. Elaine Claxton
Emmott …. Peter Whitman
Mercado …. Neville Jason
Amy Leatheran …. Becky Hindley
Carl Reiter …. Tom Bevan
Dr Leidner …. William Franklyn
Miss Johnson …. Elizabeth Spriggs
Father Lavigny …. John Hartley
Richard Carey …. Gavin Muir

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1994.


THU 06:30 The Man Who Made France Old (b007s1y4)
Merimee, the Creator of Carmen

1/2. Merimee, the creator of Carmen

Writers Julian Barnes and Hermione Lee go on the trail of Prosper Merimee, author of the novella Carmen. He was employed in the 1830s as Inspector General of Historical Monuments, saving many of the sites that tourists to France enjoy today.


THU 07:00 Ayres on the Air (b00mbz1c)
Series 3

On Yer Bike

Pam Ayres returns with a new series packed with poetry, anecdotes and sketches.

Pam is joined by Geoffrey Whitehead and Felicity Montagu for poems about French cycling holidays, the up-side to riding a tandem, getting fit on gym bikes and how to banish the middle-age blues by getting kitted out with a motorbike and leathers.


THU 07:30 Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing (b04gwlw4)
Series 3

About Intelligence

In a mix of stand-up and re-enacted family life - Nathan Caton illustrates what can happen when you try to prove to your family how clever you are.

Written by Nathan Caton and James Kettle

Young, up-and-coming comedian Nathan Caton, who after becoming the first in his family to graduate from University, opted not to use his architecture degree but instead to try his hand at being a full-time stand-up comedian, much to his family's horror and disgust. They desperately want him to get a 'proper job.'

Janet a.k.a. Mum is probably the kindest and most lenient of the disappointed family members. At the end of the day she just wants the best for her son. However, she'd also love to brag and show her son off to her friends, but with Nathan only telling jokes for a living that's kind of hard to do.

Martin a.k.a. Dad works in the construction industry and was looking forward to his son getting a degree so the two of them could work together in the same field. But now Nathan has blown that dream out of the window. Martin is clumsy and hard-headed and leaves running the house to his wife (she wouldn't allow it to be any other way).

Shirley a.k.a. Grandma cannot believe Nathan turned down architecture for comedy. She can't believe she left the paradise in the West Indies and came to the freezing United Kingdom for a better life so that years later her grandson could 'tell jokes!' How can her grandson go on stage and use foul language and filthy material... it's not the good Christian way!

So with all this going on in the household what will Nathan do? Will he persevere and follow his dreams? Or will he give in to his family's interference? Or will he finally leave home?!

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2014.


THU 08:00 Parsley Sidings (b007k12w)
Series 2

The New Level Crossing

The station's future looks bleak when head office considers automation.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Horace, Kenneth Connor as Valentine/ Bradshaw, Liz Fraser as Gloria, Ian Lavender as Bert, Bill Pertwee as Mr Ryan and Garrard Green as Sir Henry McVey.

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.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 1973.


THU 08:30 Take It From Here (b01cj179)
From 23/04/1958

The perils of worker relations in a northern town - and Ron Glum needs a new suit, in 'The Glums'

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 Foul Play (b00jh5hn)
Series 3

Death By a Short Head

Crime writers Lady Antonia Fraser and Anthony Price try to solve the mystery death of a top jockey.

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

Murder mystery panel game devised, written and chaired by Simon Brett.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1997.


THU 09:30 Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends (b0132tk0)
Series 3

Alka Salsa

Maureen persuades Wendy to join her on a salsa weekend in Bognor. Robin reluctantly goes along too, so he can visit a model village.

Meanwhile, Derek has discovered a new drug - coffee. And he's already addicted.

Sitcom about the mundane lives of childless couple, Robin and Wendy and their friends and neighbours - with a twist.

Wendy ...... Kay Stonham
Robin ...... Brian Capron
Derek ...... Martin Trenaman
Maureen ...... Amelia Bullmore

Written by Kay Stonham.

Devised by Kay Stonham and Simon Greenall

Producer: Helen Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2004.


THU 10:00 Edmund Gosse - Father and Son (b0076vm0)
Episode 2

Baptised aged ten and now growing up, lonely Edmund is torn between his father and the terrible secret in his heart.

Derek Jacobi stars as Edmund Gosse.

Conclusion of Edmund Gosse's uniquely frank memoir of a Victorian childhood. Tender, comic and lyrical, this is his account of the spiritual struggle between a lonely boy and his charismatic father.

Dramatised by Nick Warburton.

Edmund Gosse ...... Derek Jacobi
Phlip Henry Gosse ...... Roger Allam
Young Edmund ...... Steven Williams
Eliza Brightwen ...... Jane Whittenshaw
Ella Smith ...... Mrs Brown
Brother Fawkes ...... Gerard McDermott
Preacher ...... Wayne FoskettJ
Teacher ...... John Cummins
Brethren/Villagers ...... Delroy Brown
Brethren/Villagers ...... Nick Sayce
Brethren/Villagers ...... Sophie Roberts
Brethren/Villagers ...... Ayesha Antoine

Producer: Jonquil Panting

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2005.


THU 11:00 Graham Swift - England and Other Stories (b04j2p0z)
Tragedy, Tragedy

At Macintyre's warehouse, Mick Hammond turns the conversation to the nature of tragedy. Read by Ewan Bailey.

The 25 short stories that comprise England and Other Stories mark Swift's return to the short form after seven acclaimed novels. The stories dwell on the essence of Englishness and those chosen place us on the eve of the Battle of Trafalgar, in a barbers, a supermarket, a laboratory and Macintyre's warehouse, and in each place and time, Swift perfectly captures a universal truth from the minutiae of lives.

"This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue of thoughtfulness" The Guardian

Graham Swift came to prominence with this second novel Shuttlecock, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1983. That same year, Swift's Waterland, set in the Fens earned him a place on the shortlist for the Booker prize. Swift would go on to win the Booker prize in 1996 with his novel Last Orders, which became a film starring Michael Caine, Tom Courtney, Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren.

Produced by Jeremy Osborne

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Sweet Talk.


THU 11:15 Adam Thorpe - Nought Happens Twice Thus (b0076ckp)
Adam Thorpe's play imagines a conversation between Thomas Hardy and his second wife Florence. In July 1921, a production company has descended on Hardy's Dorset home to make a film of The Mayor of Casterbridge. Hardy wants his wife to come down and watch, but Florence is less than enthusiastic. With Patrick Malahide, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Emma Callander, Scott Brooksbank. Directed by Patrick Rayner.


THU 12:00 Parsley Sidings (b007k12w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 Take It From Here (b01cj179)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlxs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 The Man Who Made France Old (b007s1y4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 BBC National Short Story Award (b03bfszb)
BBC National Short Story Award 2013

Notes From the House Spirits

Hattie Morahan reads the next story up for this prestigious award, a chronicle of the happenings and lives of the neglectful inhabitants of a particular house.

Written by Lucy Wood
Abridged by Miranda Davies
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

On Tuesday, 8th October the announcement of the winning short story and the runner up will be broadcast live from the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House on Front Row.


THU 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b01s8xng)
The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Series 7

Episode 4

Sam goes to Greenwich Park to see if he can hear gunfire, now that Britain is at war with the Dutch. Then an injured sailor comes to tell him of the battle, and Sam takes him to tell his story to the King. People want to believe in a British victory - bonfires are lit and fireworks let off. But Sam is concerned that such celebrations are premature. He's soon proved right. Elizabeth's brother, Balty, returns from sea with a tearful tale. Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

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 Catherine Robinson

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.


THU 14:45 Book of the Week (b00mq4lz)
Tracy Borman - Elizabeth's Women

Episode 4

Emma Fielding reads from Tracy Borman's biography of Elizabeth I, which explores the relationships she had with the women in her life. These women brought out the best and the worst of Elizabeth, who could be loyal and kind but also cruel and vindictive. They all influenced Elizabeth's carefully-cultivated image as Gloriana, The Virgin Queen.

Elizabeth is compelled to confront that 'bosom serpent', Mary Queen of Scots, and much anguish follows.


THU 15:00 Edmund Gosse - Father and Son (b0076vm0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b04j2vl7)
Playground games, salutes and Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Mel Giedroyc learns if hopscotch and skipping still have a place in today's playground, and we hear the fourth part of current story The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.


THU 17:00 No Commitments (b007jmwg)
Series 2

Affair Exchange

Victoria is offered the chance to have a love affair, but will she succumb to Tim's charms?

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

Anna …. Rosemary Leach
Victoria …. Nicola Pagett
Charlotte …. Josie Lawrence
Roger …. Roger Lloyd Pack
Tim …. Simon Treves
Giorgio …. David Thorpe

Music by Elizabeth Parker of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1993.


THU 17:30 Ayres on the Air (b00mbz1c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 18:00 Foul Play (b00jh5hn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b00768vp)
Series 1

Katherine Graham

4 Extra Debut. Broadcaster Kirsty Young chooses newspaper publisher Katherine Graham. With Humphrey Carpenter. From August 2002.


THU 19:00 Parsley Sidings (b007k12w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 Take It From Here (b01cj179)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlxs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 The Man Who Made France Old (b007s1y4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Graham Swift - England and Other Stories (b04j2p0z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


THU 21:15 Adam Thorpe - Nought Happens Twice Thus (b0076ckp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


THU 22:00 Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing (b04gwlw4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Newsjack (b04j2vl9)
Series 11

Episode 1

Made for 4 Extra. The week's stories cobbled together in a scrapbook sketch show. Uninformed, up to the minute, down to the dregs. Presented by Romesh Ranganathan.


THU 23:00 The News at Bedtime (b00pftgl)
Series 1

Episode 4

Twin presenters John Tweedledum and Jim Tweedledee present in-depth news analysis covering the latest stories happening this 'once upon a time'.

Jim reports live from the launch site of the Nurseryland space programme as preparations are finalised to put a cow over the moon.

With Peter Donaldson, Lewis MacLeod, Alex MacQueen, Lucy Montgomery, Vicki Pepperdine, Dan Tetsell.

Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.


THU 23:15 Peter Bradshaw - For One Horrible Moment (b008756f)
Episode 3

Our hero receives a sexual initiation at the wheel of a Ford Anglia.

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

Read by the author.

Producer: Jon Naismith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1999.


THU 23:30 Pleased to Meet You (b007k2kz)
Series 1

Episode 1

90-something good-time girl Dora Dale spills the beans on her many celebrity friends. And how did the Rat Pack get its name?

Betraying confidences and breaking unwritten rules galore, the friend of the stars reveals some surprising and salacious secrets.

Written by and starring Martin Kelner and Jake Yapp.

Made for BBC7 and first broadcast in July 2006.



FRIDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2014

FRI 00:00 BBC National Short Story Award (b03bfszb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 15 Minute Drama (b01s8xng)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 00:45 Book of the Week (b00mq4lz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Foul Play (b00jh5hn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Great Lives (b00768vp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jlxs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 The Man Who Made France Old (b007s1y4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Edmund Gosse - Father and Son (b0076vm0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Graham Swift - England and Other Stories (b04j2p0z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:15 Adam Thorpe - Nought Happens Twice Thus (b0076ckp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 No Commitments (b007jmwg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Ayres on the Air (b00mbz1c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jly9)
Murder in Mesopotamia

Episode 5

Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot battles to reveal the identity of the desert murderer...

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

Hercule Poirot …. John Moffatt
Coleman …. David Jarvis
Captain Maitland …. Richard Todd
Mrs Mercado …. Elaine Claxton
Sheila Reilly …. Cathy Sara
Dr Reilly …. Norman Rodway
Dr Leidner …. William Franklyn
Richard Carey …. Gavin Muir
Amy Leatheran …. Becky Hindley

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1994.


FRI 06:30 The Man Who Made France Old (b007sq12)
Merimee, the Patron Saint of Tourists

2/2. Merimee, the Patron Saint of Tourists

Writers Julian Barnes and Hermione Lee visit Saumur and Chinon on the trail of Prosper Merimee, author of the novella Carmen, who was employed in the 1830s as Inspector General of Historical Monuments.


FRI 07:00 Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me (b0076h4q)
Series 1

Body and Soul

At a bandmate's funeral, musicians Roy and George face up to their own mortality. Stars Ram Jam Holder. From September 2003.


FRI 07:30 Chain Reaction (b013r2hm)
Series 7

Mark Steel interviews Barry Davies

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.

Mark Steel has presented a range of his own programmes on Radio 4, from The Mark Steel Solution, The Mark Steel Revolution, The Mark Steel Lectures to, most recently, the Sony Silver Award and Writers Guild Award-winning Mark Steel's In Town. He also occasionally appears in programmes that don't have his name in the title, such as The News Quiz.

Barry Davies is a commentator perhaps best-known for his football coverage, covering ten World Cups, seven European Championships, and two FA Cup finals. He's also commentated on the Olympics, the Commonwealth games and Wimbledon, as well as the World Stare-Out Championships in 1998.

In this interview, obsessive sports fan Mark asks Barry about being present at some of the most important sporting moments of the last forty years; about remaining impartial ("Where were the Germans? Frankly, who cares?"); and about the changing face of sports and sports broadcasting.


FRI 08:00 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b01sjj1t)
From 01/05/1978

Chips connoisseurs - and Ern hires a French au pair, in the legendary comic duo's final show for the BBC.

With Anne Hamilton and Allan Cuthbertson and a song from The Nolan Sisters.

Written and adapted by Eddie Braben.

Music from Peter Knight and his Orchestra.

Producer: Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in May 1978.


FRI 08:30 The Men from the Ministry (b00y2xmy)
French Cricket

The hapless duo set out to sell the national game overseas.

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

Stars Wilfrid Hyde White and Richard Murdoch.

With Norma Ronald, Roy Dotrice, David Graham and Betty Marsden.

Written and produced by Edward Taylor.

'The Men from the Ministry' ran for 14 series between 1962 and 1977. Deryck Guyler replaced Wilfrid Hyde-White from 1966. Sadly many episodes didn't survive in the archive, however the BBC's Transcription Service re-recorded 14 shows in 1980 - never broadcast in the UK, until the arrival of BBC Radio 4 Extra.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1962.


FRI 09:00 Just a Minute (b04jmbdw)
Edinburgh Masterclass

After clocking up an amazing 900 editions of the award-winning panel game show Just A Minute over 47 years, Paul Merton interviews series chairman Nicholas Parsons - the only person to have appeared in every single edition.

Jimmy Edwards was originally destined for the role of Just A Minute chairman, with Parsons as a panellist. But when show producer, David Hatch, realised that he wouldn't be able to prise Edwards into a studio on a Sunday, Parsons stepped up to the plate to challenge panellists to speak for one minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition, on any subject that comes up on the cards.

Since 1967, Just A Minute has featured some of the UK's finest raconteurs, including Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Derek Nimmo, Kenneth Williams and Sheila Hancock.

Featuring archive clips, this JAM special was recorded before an audience at the BBC's Potterow venue during The Edinburgh Festival 2014.


FRI 09:30 Trevor's World of Sport (b00nd0th)
Series 3

Episode 3

Andy Hamilton's comedy series about Trevor the sports agent and his brave attempts to swim safely through the shark tank of life.

3/6. Trevor tries to prove that people deserve a second chance.

Trevor ...... Neil Pearson
Sammy ...... Paul Reynolds
Ralph ...... Michael Fenton Stevens
Theresa ...... Rosalind Ayres
Heidrun ...... Cosima Shaw
Barry ...... Abdul Salis
Meryl ...... Claire Skinner
Dean ...... Philip Pope.


FRI 10:00 Thomas Crowe - The Internet Wants a Chat (b008m46l)
What would happen if the world wide web became sentient and developed a mind of its own? There are those in the real world who are not happy...

Thomas Crowe's tragicomedy play stars Toby Jones as Binge, David Harewood as Air Vice-Marshal Brook, Anne-Marie Duff as Frances Rassell and David Holt as Gordon.

Producer: Anne Edyvean

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in August 2006.


FRI 11:00 Graham Swift - England and Other Stories (b04j2yrc)
People Are Life

It's the last customer of the day for a Cypriot barber and the conversation turns toward friendship. Read by Ewan Bailey.

The 25 short stories that comprise England and Other Stories mark Swift's return to the short form after seven acclaimed novels. The stories dwell on the essence of Englishness and those chosen place us on the eve of the Battle of Trafalgar, in a barbers, a supermarket, a laboratory and Macintyre's warehouse, and in each place and time, Swift perfectly captures a universal truth from the minutiae of lives.

"This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue of thoughtfulness: The Guardian

Graham Swift came to prominence with this second novel Shuttlecock, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1983. That same year, Swift's Waterland, set in the Fens earned him a place on the shortlist for the Booker prize. Swift would go on to win the Booker prize in 1996 with his novel Last Orders, which became a film starring Michael Caine, Tom Courtney, Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren.
Produced by Jeremy Osborne

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Sweet Talk.


FRI 11:15 Peter Tinniswood (b00x7f2w)
The Scan

Compulsive talker Ernest seeks reassurance from a protective nurse. Stars Roy Hudd and Judy Cornwell.


FRI 12:00 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b01sjj1t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 The Men from the Ministry (b00y2xmy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jly9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 The Man Who Made France Old (b007sq12)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 BBC National Short Story Award (b03bg4vy)
BBC National Short Story Award 2013

We Are Watching Something Terrible Happening

Claire Skinner reads the fifth story in contention for this prestigious award. Love and science collide in this haunting story about the chaos of a disintegrating relationship, a civil war and the trajectory of meteorites.

Written by Lavinia Greenlaw
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.


FRI 14:20 Inheritance Tracks (b04dq55n)
Jennifer Saunders

Comedian Jennifer Saunders chooses the Q5 theme by Spike Milligan, and Kate and Anna McGarrigle's song 'Talk to Me of Mendocino' sung by Kate and her children Rufus and Martha Wainwright.


FRI 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b01s8xvb)
The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Series 7

Episode 5

Sam is worried that the Navy offices are being blamed for the battle with the Dutch going wrong. Then his house is surrounded by the wives of men who were pressed into going to sea to fight. They are desperate, swearing and shouting that they have no money. Sam is sympathetic to their plight but also worried about sending out his venison pasty to the bakers in case they do damage to it. Then one woman gets into his office and makes a moving appeal which touches his conscience.
Adapted by Hattie Naylor.

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 Catherine Robinson

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.


FRI 14:45 Book of the Week (b00mq4m1)
Tracy Borman - Elizabeth's Women

Episode 5

Emma Fielding reads from Tracy Borman's biography of Elizabeth I, which explores the relationships she had with the women in her life. These women brought out the best and the worst of Elizabeth, who could be loyal and kind but also cruel and vindictive. They all influenced Elizabeth's carefully-cultivated image as Gloriana, The Virgin Queen.

In the final years of her reign, Elizabeth begins to lose her grip on matters at court. This state of affairs is reflected in the loosening morals of her newer and younger Ladies-in-Waiting, who she fittingly terms her 'flouting wenches'.


FRI 15:00 Thomas Crowe - The Internet Wants a Chat (b008m46l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b04j2z6q)
Concorde, bicycles and Tom Baker learning French

Ex-Doctor Who Tom Baker brushes up on his French, Mel remembers the golden age of Concorde and there's the fifth part of current story The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.


FRI 17:00 After Henry (b007jnzw)
Series 2

The Teapot

Eleanor wants a video player but how can she raise the cash?

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
The Valuer ...... Nicholas Le Prevost

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 October 1986.


FRI 17:30 Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me (b0076h4q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 18:00 Just a Minute (b04jmbdw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 18:30 Pioneers (b00xxd41)
Series 1

Michael Cashman

Eastenders' star Michael Cashman on the explosive moment he helped make history when UK TV saw its first gay kiss.

A kiss which led to not just public and political controversy, but terrifying personal consequences for Cashman in the form of death threats and attacks on his home.

Michael tells Clare English about the social and political landscape of 1987 and why that brief encounter between the soap character he played, Colin Russell, and market trader Barry Clark would prove momentous for so many of the people involved.

Producer: Philip Sime

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011.


FRI 19:00 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b01sjj1t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 The Men from the Ministry (b00y2xmy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Hercule Poirot (b007jly9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 The Man Who Made France Old (b007sq12)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Graham Swift - England and Other Stories (b04j2yrc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 21:15 Peter Tinniswood (b00x7f2w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


FRI 22:00 Chain Reaction (b013r2hm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 BBC New Comedy Awards (b04j304p)
2014

Heat three

Made for 4 Extra. Third heat of the 2014 BBC Radio New Comedy Award. Recorded in Cardiff and hosted by John Robins.


FRI 23:25 The Comedy Club Interviews (b04jv5gx)
For two hours, six nights a week, the Comedy Club offers the best comedy around. Simon Munnery chats to Josie Long.


FRI 23:30 Goodness Gracious Me (b01pdy85)
Series 3

Episode 5

The man who insists Superman is Indian, and the Bhangra Muffins are acting cool.

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.

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

Script Editors: Sharat Sardana and Richard Pinto

Producer: Anil Gupta.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 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 (b01mqr4r)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 MON (b01s7yvs)

15 Minute Drama 00:30 TUE (b01s7yvs)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 TUE (b01s8x4z)

15 Minute Drama 00:30 WED (b01s8x4z)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 WED (b01s8xmn)

15 Minute Drama 00:30 THU (b01s8xmn)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 THU (b01s8xng)

15 Minute Drama 00:30 FRI (b01s8xng)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 FRI (b01s8xvb)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b04j28mn)

A Good Read 01:30 TUE (b04j28mn)

Absolute Power 07:00 WED (b018jp4b)

Absolute Power 17:30 WED (b018jp4b)

Absolute Power 05:30 THU (b018jp4b)

Adam Thorpe - Nought Happens Twice Thus 11:15 THU (b0076ckp)

Adam Thorpe - Nought Happens Twice Thus 21:15 THU (b0076ckp)

Adam Thorpe - Nought Happens Twice Thus 04:15 FRI (b0076ckp)

After Henry 05:00 SAT (b007jnwh)

After Henry 17:00 FRI (b007jnzw)

And Now in Colour 23:30 TUE (b0080qg5)

Archive on 4 08:00 SAT (b01465z9)

Archive on 4 15:00 SAT (b01465z9)

Archive on 4 01:00 SUN (b01465z9)

Ayres on the Air 07:00 THU (b00mbz1c)

Ayres on the Air 17:30 THU (b00mbz1c)

Ayres on the Air 05:30 FRI (b00mbz1c)

BBC National Short Story Award 14:00 MON (b03bddd0)

BBC National Short Story Award 00:00 TUE (b03bddd0)

BBC National Short Story Award 14:00 TUE (b03bds46)

BBC National Short Story Award 00:00 WED (b03bds46)

BBC National Short Story Award 14:00 WED (b03bfk98)

BBC National Short Story Award 00:00 THU (b03bfk98)

BBC National Short Story Award 14:00 THU (b03bfszb)

BBC National Short Story Award 00:00 FRI (b03bfszb)

BBC National Short Story Award 14:00 FRI (b03bg4vy)

BBC New Comedy Awards 22:30 FRI (b04j304p)

Baldi 13:15 SAT (b007k4v9)

Baldi 03:15 SUN (b007k4v9)

Bangers and Mash 05:30 SAT (b0075hby)

Bleak Expectations 23:00 TUE (b00w2282)

Book at Bedtime 00:00 SAT (b00x57pb)

Book of the Week 00:45 SAT (b01qzctq)

Book of the Week 14:45 MON (b00mq4m7)

Book of the Week 00:45 TUE (b00mq4m7)

Book of the Week 14:45 TUE (b00mq4lv)

Book of the Week 00:45 WED (b00mq4lv)

Book of the Week 14:45 WED (b00mq4lx)

Book of the Week 00:45 THU (b00mq4lx)

Book of the Week 14:45 THU (b00mq4lz)

Book of the Week 00:45 FRI (b00mq4lz)

Book of the Week 14:45 FRI (b00mq4m1)

Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing 07:30 THU (b04gwlw4)

Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing 22:00 THU (b04gwlw4)

Chain Reaction 17:30 SAT (b013gfnh)

Chain Reaction 05:30 SUN (b013gfnh)

Chain Reaction 07:30 FRI (b013r2hm)

Chain Reaction 22:00 FRI (b013r2hm)

Children's Hour: Once Upon a Time 09:00 SUN (b00qpk7f)

Children's Hour: Once Upon a Time 17:00 SUN (b00qpk7f)

Children's Hour: Once Upon a Time 05:00 MON (b00qpk7f)

Coming Alive 09:30 TUE (b00hlmm2)

Dave Against the Machine 22:30 TUE (b011pnms)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (b04hvrq3)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (b04hvrq3)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 01:00 MON (b04hvrq3)

Detective Sergeant Nick Mohammed 22:00 SAT (b018gr0v)

Dilemma 09:00 WED (b01888wg)

Dilemma 18:00 WED (b01888wg)

Dilemma 01:00 THU (b01888wg)

Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me 07:00 FRI (b0076h4q)

Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me 17:30 FRI (b0076h4q)

Doctor Who 18:00 SUN (b01prcd1)

Doctor Who 00:00 MON (b01prcd1)

Doctor in the House 08:30 TUE (b007lmys)

Doctor in the House 12:30 TUE (b007lmys)

Doctor in the House 19:30 TUE (b007lmys)

Drama 04:15 SAT (b00mx8rh)

Drama 11:15 TUE (b00qpq1q)

Drama 21:15 TUE (b00qpq1q)

Drama 04:15 WED (b00qpq1q)

Drama 11:15 WED (b00gdw49)

Drama 21:15 WED (b00gdw49)

Drama 04:15 THU (b00gdw49)

Edmund Gosse - Father and Son 10:00 WED (b0076vhg)

Edmund Gosse - Father and Son 15:00 WED (b0076vhg)

Edmund Gosse - Father and Son 03:00 THU (b0076vhg)

Edmund Gosse - Father and Son 10:00 THU (b0076vm0)

Edmund Gosse - Father and Son 15:00 THU (b0076vm0)

Edmund Gosse - Father and Son 03:00 FRI (b0076vm0)

Elvenquest 22:30 WED (b0170c13)

For Better or for Worse 17:00 WED (b00g2glt)

For Better or for Worse 05:00 THU (b00g2glt)

Foul Play 09:00 THU (b00jh5hn)

Foul Play 18:00 THU (b00jh5hn)

Foul Play 01:00 FRI (b00jh5hn)

Garrison Keillor's Radio Show 11:00 SUN (b017zt6w)

Garrison Keillor's Radio Show 19:00 SUN (b017zt6w)

Goodness Gracious Me 23:30 FRI (b01pdy85)

Graham Swift - England and Other Stories 11:00 MON (b04j2333)

Graham Swift - England and Other Stories 21:00 MON (b04j2333)

Graham Swift - England and Other Stories 04:00 TUE (b04j2333)

Graham Swift - England and Other Stories 11:00 TUE (b04j29zn)

Graham Swift - England and Other Stories 21:00 TUE (b04j29zn)

Graham Swift - England and Other Stories 04:00 WED (b04j29zn)

Graham Swift - England and Other Stories 11:00 WED (b04j2dsd)

Graham Swift - England and Other Stories 21:00 WED (b04j2dsd)

Graham Swift - England and Other Stories 04:00 THU (b04j2dsd)

Graham Swift - England and Other Stories 11:00 THU (b04j2p0z)

Graham Swift - England and Other Stories 21:00 THU (b04j2p0z)

Graham Swift - England and Other Stories 04:00 FRI (b04j2p0z)

Graham Swift - England and Other Stories 11:00 FRI (b04j2yrc)

Graham Swift - England and Other Stories 21:00 FRI (b04j2yrc)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b00768vp)

Great Lives 01:30 FRI (b00768vp)

Guy Meredith - Mad, Bad 02:00 SAT (b007jvvk)

Hercule Poirot 06:00 MON (b007jlw5)

Hercule Poirot 13:00 MON (b007jlw5)

Hercule Poirot 20:00 MON (b007jlw5)

Hercule Poirot 02:00 TUE (b007jlw5)

Hercule Poirot 06:00 TUE (b007jlwq)

Hercule Poirot 13:00 TUE (b007jlwq)

Hercule Poirot 20:00 TUE (b007jlwq)

Hercule Poirot 02:00 WED (b007jlwq)

Hercule Poirot 06:00 WED (b007jlx8)

Hercule Poirot 13:00 WED (b007jlx8)

Hercule Poirot 20:00 WED (b007jlx8)

Hercule Poirot 02:00 THU (b007jlx8)

Hercule Poirot 06:00 THU (b007jlxs)

Hercule Poirot 13:00 THU (b007jlxs)

Hercule Poirot 20:00 THU (b007jlxs)

Hercule Poirot 02:00 FRI (b007jlxs)

Hercule Poirot 06:00 FRI (b007jly9)

Hercule Poirot 13:00 FRI (b007jly9)

Hercule Poirot 20:00 FRI (b007jly9)

I Think I've Got a Problem 22:30 SUN (b00cl6vl)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:30 WED (b00qpjy6)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:30 WED (b00qpjy6)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:30 WED (b00qpjy6)

ITMA - It's That Man Again 08:00 SUN (b007k31b)

ITMA - It's That Man Again 15:00 SUN (b007k31b)

ITMA - It's That Man Again 20:00 SUN (b007k31b)

ITMA - It's That Man Again 02:00 MON (b007k31b)

Ida Barr: Artificial Hip Hop 23:30 SAT (b00txj0l)

Inheritance Tracks 14:20 FRI (b04dq55n)

Inside the Bermuda Triangle: The Mysteries Solved 00:15 SAT (b00mq5tg)

J Kingston Platt 08:00 MON (b01s2y7s)

J Kingston Platt 12:00 MON (b01s2y7s)

J Kingston Platt 19:00 MON (b01s2y7s)

Jane Beeson - Lea and Renata 06:00 SAT (b04htc67)

Jane Beeson - Lea and Renata 16:00 SAT (b04htc67)

Jane Beeson - Lea and Renata 04:00 SUN (b04htc67)

Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation 07:30 WED (b04gyp8k)

Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation 22:00 WED (b04gyp8k)

Jon Ronson On 23:30 SUN (b007qwpj)

Just a Minute 07:30 MON (b04grchn)

Just a Minute 22:00 MON (b04grchn)

Just a Minute 09:00 FRI (b04jmbdw)

Just a Minute 18:00 FRI (b04jmbdw)

Les Kelly's Britain 22:30 SAT (b01753jn)

Lewis Macleod Is Not Himself 07:30 TUE (b04grrpq)

Lewis Macleod Is Not Himself 22:00 TUE (b04grrpq)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 07:00 MON (b0075p4w)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 17:30 MON (b0075p4w)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 05:30 TUE (b0075p4w)

Like They've Never Been Gone 17:00 MON (b00b7bd3)

Like They've Never Been Gone 05:00 TUE (b00b7bd3)

Loose Ends 11:15 MON (b04hmd4b)

Loose Ends 21:15 MON (b04hmd4b)

Loose Ends 04:15 TUE (b04hmd4b)

Mel's Mix: The Best of The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 SUN (b04hvrv1)

Mr and Mrs Smith 09:30 MON (b01blzkq)

Mr and Mrs Smith 22:30 MON (b01blzkq)

Musical Legends 18:30 TUE (b01h63d7)

Musical Legends 01:30 WED (b01h63d7)

Nan Woodhouse 10:45 SUN (b04hvrq5)

Nan Woodhouse 21:45 SUN (b04hvrq5)

Nan Woodhouse 01:45 MON (b04hvrq5)

Newsjack 22:30 THU (b04j2vl9)

No Commitments 17:00 THU (b007jmwg)

No Commitments 05:00 FRI (b007jmwg)

Off the Page 18:30 WED (b0076cpk)

Off the Page 01:30 THU (b0076cpk)

Owen Holder - Alice's Friend 03:00 SAT (b04hkk1m)

Painted for Posterity 07:15 SUN (b00766fh)

Painted for Posterity 13:15 SUN (b00766fh)

Parsley Sidings 14:30 SAT (b007k122)

Parsley Sidings 08:00 THU (b007k12w)

Parsley Sidings 12:00 THU (b007k12w)

Parsley Sidings 19:00 THU (b007k12w)

Peter Bradshaw - For One Horrible Moment 23:15 THU (b008756f)

Peter Tinniswood 11:15 FRI (b00x7f2w)

Peter Tinniswood 21:15 FRI (b00x7f2w)

Pioneers 01:30 SAT (b00xngf6)

Pioneers 18:30 FRI (b00xxd41)

Pleased to Meet You 23:30 THU (b007k2kz)

Queens of Noise - Omnibus 12:00 SAT (b04htzyy)

Queens of Noise - Omnibus 02:00 SUN (b04htzyy)

Quote... Unquote 18:00 TUE (b007jp4k)

Quote... Unquote 01:00 WED (b007jp4k)

Richard Matheson - Duel 18:00 SAT (b007jwll)

Richard Matheson - Duel 00:00 SUN (b007jwll)

Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends 09:30 THU (b0132tk0)

Shelagh Delaney - A Taste of Honey 13:30 SUN (b00bcqtd)

Shelagh Delaney - A Taste of Honey 03:30 MON (b00bcqtd)

Simon's Bug 09:30 WED (b04j2dsb)

Stop Messing About! 08:30 SUN (b00bqv41)

Stop Messing About! 15:30 SUN (b00bqv41)

Stop Messing About! 20:30 SUN (b00bqv41)

Stop Messing About! 02:30 MON (b00bqv41)

Take It From Here 08:30 THU (b01cj179)

Take It From Here 12:30 THU (b01cj179)

Take It From Here 19:30 THU (b01cj179)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 MON (b04j283m)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 TUE (b04j2bp9)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 WED (b04j2ff1)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 THU (b04j2vl7)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 FRI (b04j2z6q)

The 99p Challenge 01:00 SAT (b00nnpzc)

The Big Booth 23:30 WED (b007k2fv)

The Burkiss Way 08:00 WED (b007jrdl)

The Burkiss Way 12:00 WED (b007jrdl)

The Burkiss Way 19:00 WED (b007jrdl)

The Comedy Club Interviews 23:25 SAT (b04kf179)

The Comedy Club Interviews 23:25 MON (b04kth5v)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 WED (b04kthml)

The Comedy Club Interviews 23:25 FRI (b04jv5gx)

The Consultants 23:30 MON (b0076pvy)

The Diary of Samuel Pepys Omnibus 06:00 SUN (b01mx15h)

The Diary of Samuel Pepys Omnibus 12:00 SUN (b01mx15h)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 08:00 FRI (b01sjj1t)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 12:00 FRI (b01sjj1t)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 19:00 FRI (b01sjj1t)

The Fall of the Mausoleum Club 07:00 TUE (b007k44b)

The Fall of the Mausoleum Club 17:30 TUE (b007k44b)

The Fall of the Mausoleum Club 05:30 WED (b007k44b)

The Gobetweenies 07:30 SUN (b011ckxb)

The Gobetweenies 22:00 SUN (b011ckxb)

The Gobetweenies 03:00 MON (b011ckxb)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b00d7jxr)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b00d7jxr)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b00d7jxr)

The In Crowd 23:00 SUN (b00slxxy)

The Internet: The Last 20th-Century Battleground 02:30 SAT (b04hkj0y)

The Internet: The Last 20th-Century Battleground 06:30 MON (b04j2104)

The Internet: The Last 20th-Century Battleground 13:30 MON (b04j2104)

The Internet: The Last 20th-Century Battleground 20:30 MON (b04j2104)

The Internet: The Last 20th-Century Battleground 02:30 TUE (b04j2104)

The Man Who Made France Old 06:30 THU (b007s1y4)

The Man Who Made France Old 13:30 THU (b007s1y4)

The Man Who Made France Old 20:30 THU (b007s1y4)

The Man Who Made France Old 02:30 FRI (b007s1y4)

The Man Who Made France Old 06:30 FRI (b007sq12)

The Man Who Made France Old 13:30 FRI (b007sq12)

The Man Who Made France Old 20:30 FRI (b007sq12)

The Mark Steel Solution 23:00 SAT (b007k2jk)

The Men from the Ministry 08:30 FRI (b00y2xmy)

The Men from the Ministry 12:30 FRI (b00y2xmy)

The Men from the Ministry 19:30 FRI (b00y2xmy)

The Museum of Everything 23:00 WED (b00gs2nj)

The Navy Lark 14:00 SAT (b00v3vry)

The Navy Lark 08:30 MON (b00v8rt7)

The Navy Lark 12:30 MON (b00v8rt7)

The Navy Lark 19:30 MON (b00v8rt7)

The News at Bedtime 23:00 THU (b00pftgl)

The Now Show 23:00 MON (b04gyqtn)

The Now Show 09:00 TUE (b04gyqtn)

The Spike Show: Milligan Remembered 09:00 SAT (b01chydc)

The Spike Show: Milligan Remembered 19:00 SAT (b01chydc)

Thomas Crowe - The Internet Wants a Chat 10:00 FRI (b008m46l)

Thomas Crowe - The Internet Wants a Chat 15:00 FRI (b008m46l)

Tiny Tim 06:30 TUE (b0076sg9)

Tiny Tim 13:30 TUE (b0076sg9)

Tiny Tim 20:30 TUE (b0076sg9)

Tiny Tim 02:30 WED (b0076sg9)

Trevor's World of Sport 09:30 FRI (b00nd0th)

Untouchable 06:30 WED (b007ngfp)

Untouchable 13:30 WED (b007ngfp)

Untouchable 20:30 WED (b007ngfp)

Untouchable 02:30 THU (b007ngfp)

Up the Garden Path 17:00 TUE (b008j0kf)

Up the Garden Path 05:00 WED (b008j0kf)

Ursula K Le Guin - The Diary of the Rose 18:30 SAT (b00ncgg3)

Ursula K Le Guin - The Diary of the Rose 00:30 SUN (b00ncgg3)

Virginia Woolf - The Waves 10:00 MON (b01130n9)

Virginia Woolf - The Waves 15:00 MON (b01130n9)

Virginia Woolf - The Waves 03:00 TUE (b01130n9)

Virginia Woolf - The Waves 10:00 TUE (b01137gm)

Virginia Woolf - The Waves 15:00 TUE (b01137gm)

Virginia Woolf - The Waves 03:00 WED (b01137gm)

Whispers 09:00 MON (b007k2kg)

Whispers 18:00 MON (b007k2kg)

Whispers 01:00 TUE (b007k2kg)

Winifred Holtby - Why Herbert Killed His Mother 04:00 SAT (b018sr28)

Yes Yes Yes 07:30 SAT (b007kvtw)

iGod 23:45 SAT (b00wr7v2)