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SATURDAY 27 DECEMBER 2014

SAT 00:00 Charles Dickens (b00pdkdp)
The Signalman

The famous spine-chilling tale about a railway worker haunted by a spectre, warning him of danger on the rails. Read by Emlyn Williams.


SAT 00:15 Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life (b00mzw4q)
Mistress and Servants

Historian Amanda Vickery on the perils of running a house in Lancashire with unreliable servants. From Elizabeth Shackleton's diaries.


SAT 00:30 Ladies of Letters (b01pdy7x)
Ladies of Letters Go Crackers

Episode 5

Irene discovers her daughter-in-law's awful secret plan, while Vera's future looks bleak. Stars Anne Reid and Prunella Scales.


SAT 00:45 Jeremy Seal - Santa: A Life (b0076w3f)
Episode 5

Writer Jeremy Seal's quest to discover the real Santa Claus concludes at the northernmost point of the globe. Read by Alan Cox.


SAT 01:00 The Museum of Curiosity (b00slqw1)
Series 3

Episode 5

John receives offerings from polymath Daniel Tammet, explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison and comedian Ronni Ancona. From June 2010.


SAT 01:30 My Life in Five Books (b00v6kfk)
Series 1

Tony Parsons

In this series Stuart Cosgrove meets guests from the literary world and beyond to hear about the five very special books in their lives.

Tony Parsons is a bestselling author, a newspaper columnist and an outspoken commentator.

He published his first novel, The Kids in 1976 while working in a Gin factory. Making a name for himself as a journalist on the New Musical Express he went on to publish several semi-autobiographical novels including Man and Boy in 1999.

His latest book, Tony Parsons on Life, Death and Breakfast has just been published.

Talking to Stuart Cosgrove, Tony picks five significant books from his book shelves including a memorable title from his childhood, a book he would describe as life changing and the tome he has bought but has never finished.


SAT 02:00 Doctor Who (b01875j2)
Hornets' Nest

Hive of Horror, part 1

Now fully up to speed, former UNIT ally, Mike Yates joins forces with the Time Lord to tackle the alien swarm.

Part of a five-story adventure written by Paul Magrs.

Starring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey and Daniel Hill as Percy Noggins.

Producer: Kate Thomas

Made by BBC Audio.


SAT 02:30 Ainsley's First Kitchen (b0076w78)
Ainsley Harriott takes us back to some of the culinary milestones of his South London youth - the market stalls still selling their global range of fruit and veg; the Greek matriarch and magnificent cook, now in her nineties, who treated Ainsley as an addition to her copious family; the kitchen in his childhood home, kindly lent for the occasion by the present occupants, now completely transformed but redolent with memories. In that kitchen, where his mother taught him how to cook, Ainsley prepares some Christmas favourites from forty years ago and invites along a few friends to share the moment, including another South London boy, comedian Arthur Smith.

Ainsley's parents emigrated from Jamaica in the late 1950's and made a new life for themselves in Balham, South London. By the time Ainsley and his siblings were born a few years later, the area was already home to a vibrant and diverse community. People newly arrived from the Caribbean, Greece or Hong Kong and their English-born children lived alongside Londoners who had been in the area for generations. Parents swapped neighbourly small talk, children were in and out of each other's houses sampling the national cuisine of their hosts. The local shops and markets began to reflect this culinary cornucopia, stocking mangoes and sweet potatoes as well as apples and sprouts, and some of Ainsley's earliest memories are of going shopping with his mother, her basket crammed with exotic produce.


SAT 03:00 The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries (b0084sb1)
When in Rome

1970s Rome. Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn is incognito and on the trail of a vast drugs syndicate - and some exceptionally unsavoury blackmail.

But he hasn't reckoned on murder...

Another tale of Dame Ngaio Marsh’s gentleman detective.

CDI Alleyn …. Jeremy Clyde
Nigel Bathgate …. Nick Waring
Sonia, Lady Bracely …. Pauline Jameson
Kenneth Dorne …. Tom George
Baron Van der Veghel …. David Swift
Baroness Van der Veghel …. Paula Jacobs
Sophy Jason …. Annabelle Dowler
Barnaby Grant …. Sean Arnold
Major Sweet …. Derek Waring
Sebastian Mailer …. Matthew Devereaux
Father Denys …. James Greene
Valdarno …. Stephen Critchlow
Violetta/Receptionist …. Carolyn Jones

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2003.


SAT 04:00 James Hopkin - A Georgian Trilogy (b01ng1hz)
The Soul Is Missing Fairy Tales!

The third of three specially commissioned stories by James Hopkin, inspired by his travels in Georgia in Autumn 2008.

A tour bus of journalists, writers and artists breaks down on the infamous military highway from Vladikavkaz to Tbilisi. It is only nine days since the Russian army withdrew from parts of Georgia, but there are rumours of a return.

Read by Ben Miles.

Producer: Rosalynd Ward
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 04:15 The Sorcerer's Apprentice (b008j0gn)
A young magician is left alone in his master's workshop. Judith French updates Goethe's tale. Starring Paul Rhys and Harry Towb.


SAT 05:00 After Henry (b007k01q)
The Season of Relative Goodwill

"Even doing what you always do at Christmas presupposes agreement about exactly what it is that you always do".

Sarah's mother makes everyone follow her strict timetable for Christmas Day.

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

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

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 December 1987.


SAT 05:30 Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me (b0076sm2)
Series 2

Swingin' Down the Lane

No Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me
Series 2
Episode 3 of 4 - Swingin' Down the Lane

Roy and George hear that an old bandleader, Gillie Truman, is on his deathbed and George is keen to visit. But Roy fell out with Gillie fifty years earlier and sees no reason to bury the hatchet.

Don Warrington..... Roy
Yvonne Brewster..... Vi
Sam Kelly..... George
George Layton..... Barry
Caroline Lee Johnson..... Bernadette
Marcus Powell..... Victor
Michael Bertenshaw..... Gillie
Angie Wallis..... Laura
Mike Kearsey..... Trombonist

Written by Marcus Powell
Producer Carol Smith.


SAT 05:55 Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen (b01n4f9y)
The Pain of Strain Falls Mainly on the Brain

Held hostage for their brains, can Kremmen and his crew evade their evil captors? Kenny Everett's 1970s sci-fi serial starring the world's most fabulous starship captain.


SAT 06:00 JCW Brook - The Tale of the Knight, the Witch and the Dragon (b04vdykh)
A story set in the past, the past of the imagination, where all things are possible. Written by JCW Brook.

Starring Patrick Stewart as The Knight, Peggy Paige as The Witch and Scrull the Dragon created by Peter Howell of the Radiophonic Workshop, who also composed the sound score.

Directed by Ian Cotterell.

Originally a BBC Quadrophonic recording for Saturday Night Theatre. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1978.


SAT 07:30 The Nose School (b00tr3ps)
Fuelling a multi-million pound industry. Rosie Goldsmith discovers the ancient and secretive art of perfume-making. From March 2005.


SAT 08:00 Archive on 4 (b00pj0y2)
Doctor Who - The Lost Episodes

What happened to the 108 missing episodes of Doctor Who from the 1960s?

Shaun Ley investigates why the tapes were wiped and how dedicated fans hunted down copies of other episodes in film collections from Cyrpus to New Zealand.

While we may have lost those early programmes, Shaun hears how some home recordings ensured all audio survived.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


SAT 09:00 4 Extra Celebrates Dora Bryan (b03szf7d)
A celebration of the life of Dora Bryan, hailed as one of Britain's great all-round performers.

Journalist and writer Lynne Truss looks back on Dora's remarkable career with handpicked highlights from the BBC radio archive. Lynne is joined by Dora's friend and co-star Bernard Cribbins, BBC radio drama producer Martin Jenkins, theatre critic Benedict Nightingale and film writer Matthew Sweet.

With her unmistakable voice and scene-stealing comic timing, Dora was a regular pleasure of 1950s and 60s British cinema, playing a series of 'tarts with hearts'. But she was just at home on stage performing Pinter, belting out show tunes in Hello, Dolly! or captivating listeners from behind a microphone. And well into her 70s she was still in the West End singing, dancing and doing the splits.

The archive selection includes:

* Desert Islands Discs from 1987, when Dora was Michael Parkinson's castaway

* Jimmy Chinn's drama Perfect Timing about a struggling music hall duo all at sea on a cruise ship booking starring Dora, Bernard Cribbins and Roy Barraclough

* That Reminds Me from 2000, in which Dora recalls her stage, film and TV career

* With Great Pleasure from 2003, featuring readings from Dora's favourite books

* The Child Within, Wally K Daly's moving monologue written especially for and performed by Dora Bryan.

Dora Bryan died on 23rd July 2014 aged 91.

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


SAT 12:00 The Skool Days of Nigel Molesworth (Omnibus) (b04vdzxb)
Everyone's favourite anarchic skoolboy, Nigel Molesworth gives a guided tour of the complete and utter shambles that is St Custards, the finest educational establishment this side of Dotheboys Hall.

Imelda Staunton stars as Nigel Molesworth, the Curse of St Custards, in this fresh adaptation of the notorious Goriller of 3B's guide to skool life for tiny pupils and their parents.

Aided by best friend Peason and thwarted by everyone from Grabber the skool bully to Wandsworth the skool dog, Nigel Molesworth teaches us the ins and outs of skool life - including how to avoid lessens and how to build your own H-bomb.

Molesworth ...... Imelda Staunton
Peason ...... Sophie Thompson
Grabber ...... Jack Farthing
Prudence ...... Jessica Brown Findlay
Headmaster ...... Patrick Barlow
Radio Announcer ...... Lewis Macleod

Omnibus adapted by Patrick Barlow and George Poles from the books by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle, with additional material by Abigail Wilson.

Director: Patrick Barlow

Producer: Liz Anstee

A CPL production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in five parts in December 2014.


SAT 13:15 The Lady Detectives (b00cqf3n)
The Golden Slipper

The vivacious Miss Violet Strange shines in the best New York society. But, unknown to her friends, she's also a professional agency detective. Here, in a case from 1910, she investigates 'The Inseparables', four rich young women suspected of a series of thefts.

From the Golden Age of the crime short story, 'The Lady Detectives' is a series of four female sleuths to rival the great Sherlock himself.

Anna Green's mystery stars Teresa Gallagher as Violet Strange, Crawford Logan as Driscoll, Lesley Hart as Alicia and Gayanne Potter as Theresa.

Dramatised by Roger Danes.

Producer: Patrick Rayner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


SAT 14:00 Sid and Dora (b04vd29z)
Celebrating Christmas doesn't quite go to plan for Sid and Dora Edge.

Starring Sid James and Dora Bryan.

With Pat Coombs and Derek Lanyon.

Incidental music by Jack Emblow

Script by Eddie Maguire

Producer: John Browell

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in December 1965.


SAT 14:30 Spike Milligan (b04vd21s)
The Naughty Navy Show

Spike Milligan's one-off festive show

Co-starring:

John Bird
Bernard Miles
Bob Todd
Phillipe Le Bars
Roddy Maude-Roxby

Music from Alan Clare's Naughty Navy Quartet.

Recorded before an audience of students at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich. By permission of the Admiral President, Rear-Admiral P U. Bayley C.B.D.S.C.

Written by Spike Milligan.

Producer: Charles Chilton

Audio courtesy of The Goon Show Preservation Society.

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in December 1965.


SAT 15:00 Archive on 4 (b00pj0y2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SAT 16:00 JCW Brook - The Tale of the Knight, the Witch and the Dragon (b04vdykh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 The Rest is History (b04vd88y)
Series 1

Episode 2

Frank Skinner loves history, but just doesn't know much of it.

This comedy discussion show with celebrity guests promises to help him find out more about it.

With Victoria Coren Mitchell, Andy Zaltzman and historian in residence Dr Kate Williams

Frank and company navigate their way through the annals of time, picking out and chewing over the funniest, oddest, and most interesting moments in history.

Producers: Dan Schreiber and Justin Pollard

An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2014.


SAT 18:00 Bram Stoker - Dracula (b04y9dlb)
1. No One

Bram Stoker's disturbing vampire tale of horror, re-imagined by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Nicky Henson stars as Count Dracula.

An all action adventure story, with ghosts, ghouls, lunatics, and seriously gripping chase sequences.

Narrated by various characters with different 'takes' on the progress of the story

A thrilling ride through the dark psyche of Victorian England dramatised in two parts.

Count Dracula ..... Nicky Henson
Dr Seward ..... Charles Edwards
Renfield ..... Don Gilet
Jonathan Harker ..... Michael Shelford
Mina Murray ..... Ellie Kendrick
Lucy Westenra ..... Scarlett Brookes
Dr Van Helsing ..... John Dougall
Arthur ..... Joe Sims
Landlord's Wife ..... Christine Absalom
Driver ..... Robert Blythe
Simmons ..... Patrick Brennan
Vampiresses ..... Sarah Thom, Ellie Crook & Stephanie Racine
Child ..... Harper Bone
Singer ..... Adriana Festeu

Director: Jessica Dromgoole.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2012.


SAT 19:00 4 Extra Celebrates Dora Bryan (b03szf7d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Sketchorama Extra (b04vf070)
In the Summer of 2014, Thom Tuck presented the pick of the best live sketch groups performing on the UK comedy circuit in the third series of BBC Radio 4's award winning sketch act showcase.

Twelve acts featured over four shows recorded in front of audiences in London and at the Edinburgh Festival. So much material was performed, that we've put together this hour of unheard sketch gems for this BBC Radio 4 Extra Special.

With so many incredibly talented and inventive sketch groups on the British Comedy scene, Sketchorama aims to showcase these hidden gems and established performers.

Acts featured in series 3 included Croft & Pearce, Beasts, Mixed Doubles, Bob & Jim, The Real MacGuffins, Lead Pencil, The Colour Ham, and The Birthday Girls.

Producer Gus Beattie.

Sketchorama Extra is a Comedy Unit Production for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


SAT 23:00 The Mark Steel Lecture (b007r5lk)
Series 3

Hannibal

The radical comedian offers his humorous assessment of the talented military commander. From September 2002.


SAT 23:30 Josie Long: All of the Planet's Wonders (b00hqhzh)
The Enlightenment

Josie explores the history of collecting things and discovers the Enlightenment.

She tries to defy her student past, by becoming more scientific and takes controversial anatomist Professor Gunther von Hagens to task for being a "demon with ready access to plasticine".

With Maeve Higgins, Henning Wehn and Daniel Harkin.

Producer Colin Anderson

First broadcast BBC Radio 4 in February 2009.


SAT 23:45 Fabulous (b00hs90r)
Series 1

Episode 3

Faye's cooker is beeping, work deadlines are looming and flat-hunting sucks...

Daisy Haggard stars as Faye in Lucy Clarke’s sitcom about a woman who wants to be fabulous but can't cope.

With:

Olivia Colman
Adam Buxton
Katy Brand
Eve Dallas
Jot Davies

Music by Osymyso.

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2007.



SUNDAY 28 DECEMBER 2014

SUN 00:00 Bram Stoker - Dracula (b04y9dlb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Archive on 4 (b00pj0y2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 The Skool Days of Nigel Molesworth (Omnibus) (b04vdzxb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:15 The Lady Detectives (b00cqf3n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:15 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 JCW Brook - The Tale of the Knight, the Witch and the Dragon (b04vdykh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 The Rest is History (b04vd88y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Ladies of Letters (b01pft3x)
Ladies of Letters Go Crackers

Omnibus

Vera faces homelessness and Irene is inundated. Carole Hayman and Lou Wakefield's missives star Anne Reid and Prunella Scales.


SUN 07:15 Byron Rogers - The Last Human Cannonball (b00fy2r2)
Episode 3

Byron Rogers goes in search of those who provide the wallpaper of the movies, the Hollywood extras. Read by Crawford Logan.


SUN 07:30 Brian Gulliver's Travels (b00zdh7k)
Series 1

Sham

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

This week he travels to Sham a country where alternative therapies abound.

Written by Bill Dare
Produced by Steven Canny

Brian Gulliver's Travels is a new satirical adventure story from Bill Dare. The series has attracted an excellent cast led by Neil Pearson and award winning star of the RSC's current season, Mariah Gale. Cast includes fantastic actors Tamsin Greig, John Standing, Paul Bhattacharjee, Christopher Douglas, Vicky Pepperdine, Phil Cornwell, Antonia Campbell Hughes, Jo Bobin and Katherine Jakeways.

For years Bill Dare wanted to create a satire about different worlds exploring Kipling's idea that we travel, 'not just to explore civilizations, but to better understand our own'. But science fiction and space ships never interested him, so he put the idea on ice. Then Brian Gulliver arrived and meant that our hero could be lost in a fictional world without the need for any sci-fi.

Satirical targets over the series: the medical profession and its need to pathologize everything; the effect of marriage on children; spirituality and pseudo-science; compensation culture; sexism; the affect of our obsession with fame.

Gulliver's Travels is the only book Bill Dare read at university. His father, Peter Jones, narrated a similarly peripatetic radio series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.


SUN 08:00 Jerome K Jerome - Three Men in a Boat (b01cj229)
Episode 2

"I woke at six the next morning and set to work to wake up Harris with a scull. The third prod did it: and he turned over on the other side, and said he would be down in a minute."

A tin of pineapple takes on a starring role, as George, Harris and J's holiday on the River Thames continues - with Montmorency the dog.

Adapted and performed in three episodes by Jeremy Nicholas.

Music by Jeremy Nicholas. Performed by The Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1984.


SUN 08:30 Stop Messing About! (b00rmxpt)
Series 2

Episode 6

A paralytic stuntman in a shock Smith Report - and war prisoners outfox the Nazis.

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 Myles Rudge, David Cumming and Derek Collyer.
With the Max Harris Group.
Producer: John Simmonds

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in May 1970.


SUN 09:00 Hans Christian Andersen - The Snow Queen (b00pgyd8)
Gerda sets off into the wide world to find her playmate Kay who has been seduced away by the powerful Snow Queen to her ice palace in the far north.

Berlie Doherty's version of Hans Christian Andersen's wintry fairy tale is narrated by Dirk Bogarde and stars Diana Rigg as the Snow Queen. With Bill Patterson, Joshua Towb and Deborah Berlin.

The story was the inspiration for Disney's Oscar-winning animated film, Frozen.

Music by David Chilton.

Produced by Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1994.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b04vf1h1)
Children's Writers

Shirley Hughes

4 Extra Debut. From Mozart to Vivaldi, children's author and illustrator Shirley Hughes shares her castaway choices with Sue Lawley. From March 2001.


SUN 10:45 Afternoon Reading (b00t4ndn)
Just William - Pursuin' Happiness

The Revenge

Written by Richmal Crompton, and read by Martin Jarvis.

William Brown, surprisingly perhaps, becomes a Boy Scout - something his family agrees to in the hope that it will keep him out of trouble. William's sense of honour means that he takes most seriously his obligation to perform a daily 'deed of kindness'.

But an encounter with a very small, extremely objectionable little boy tests his resolve to breaking point.

Director: Pete Atkin
Producer: Rosalind Ayres
A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 11:00 Garrison Keillor's Radio Show (b018sgj4)
Series 7

Highlights of the Year

The American funny man's 2010 highlights, including singer Elvis Costello, author Alexander McCall Smith and poet Billy Collins.


SUN 12:00 Ladies of Letters (b01pft3x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SUN 13:15 Byron Rogers - The Last Human Cannonball (b00fy2r2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 today]


SUN 13:30 Alan Bennett - The Lady in the Van (b0120vy5)
A radio version of Alan Bennett's celebrated autobiographical stage play about a woman who takes refuge in his Camden garden for three months, and ends up staying 15 years.

Starring Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd and Alan Bennett as Adrian Scarborough and Alan Bennett 2. With Marcia Warren, Matt Addis, Janice Acquah and Stephen Critchlow.

Dame Maggie Smith also stars in the BBC film version.

Music composed by Simon Morecroft

Adapted and Directed by Gordon House

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2009.


SUN 15:00 Jerome K Jerome - Three Men in a Boat (b01cj229)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 15:30 Stop Messing About! (b00rmxpt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 16:00 Mel's Mix: The Best of The 4 O'Clock Show (b04vf1h3)
Impersonating Animals, Sci-Fi Sound Effects

Mel Giedroyc revisits her top picks from this week's 4 O'Clock Show, including a man with an amazing talent for impersonating animals and how sci-fi sound effects are created.


SUN 17:00 Hans Christian Andersen - The Snow Queen (b00pgyd8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SUN 18:00 Weird Tales (b00vknrq)
Series 2

Split the Atom

Hoarder of horror Lovecraft returns to share three more chilling tales.

By Lynn Ferguson. Frank Ivory is full of anger: burning, simmering, steaming anger. On his way home one night, after making his colleagues lives a misery, he meets Gwen, who is determined to tell him the story of the Morrigan, the Celtic goddess in charge of who should live and who should die.

Frank ......Derek Riddell
Gwen ......Rachel Ogilvy
Lovecraft ...... Stephen Hogan
Louise ...... Emma Stansfield
Bill ...... Rhys Jennings
Barbara/Delivery Woman ...... Tessa Nicholson
George ...... Ewan Hooper
William Perkins/Homeless Guy ...... Piers Wehner

Directed by Luke Fresle.


SUN 18:30 The Scarifyers (b01bl9tb)
The Magic Circle

Episode 2

Lionheart is missing. To track him down, Professor Dunning has joined forces with his old colleague Harry 'Thumper' Crow. But meanwhile, strange things are happening all over London: magicians are being murdered, and a dead music-hall star has come back to life.

Can Crow and Dunning find Lionheart? A terrible truth awaits, as they unearth the long-buried secrets of The Magic Circle.

This is the sixth story in supernatural comedy series 'The Scarifyers.' The series follows the exploits of 1930s ghost-story writer Professor Dunning (Terry Molloy) and Detective Inspector Lionheart (Nicholas Courtney), who together investigate weird mysteries under the auspices of top-secret government department MI-13.

In 2011, Nicholas Courtney passed away. 'The Magic Circle' introduces a new lead character, played by David Warner, and serves as a farewell to both Lionheart and to the actor who played him.

Cast

David Warner as Harry Crow
Terry Molloy as Professor Dunning
Stephen Thorne as Billy Banter
Ewan Bailey as Solomon Winters and Chief Inspector Fang
Lizzie Roper as Iris Binns
Cicely Giddings as Lily Wighton
Scott Brooksbank as Inspector Boot
David Bickerstaff as Horace Sprout and Compton Wetherby
David Benson as David Devant

PRODUCER
Name: Simon Barnard
Tel: 07771657529
Email: simon@cosmichobo.com
Indie Company Name: Cosmic Hobo Productions.


SUN 19:00 Garrison Keillor's Radio Show (b018sgj4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 20:00 Jerome K Jerome - Three Men in a Boat (b01cj229)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 20:30 Stop Messing About! (b00rmxpt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b04vf1h1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 Afternoon Reading (b00t4ndn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 Brian Gulliver's Travels (b00zdh7k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Bleak Expectations (b00d7jpx)
Series 1

A Youth Utterly Crocked

Young Pip must thwart his evil guardian's plans. Mark Evans's Dickensian spoof stars Richard Johnson. From August 2007.


SUN 23:00 The Cornwell Estate (b00vkxy6)
Series 2

Jimmy Baker

Phil Cornwell brings six edgy comic characters to life in a new series of The Cornwell Estate, starring Tony Gardner (Fresh Meat), Roger Lloyd Pack (Only Fools and Horses, Vicar of Dibley), Simon Greenall (Alan Partridge) Daisy Haggard (Psychoville) Ricky Champ (Him and Her, BBC3) Jill Halfpenny (Eastenders, Legally Blonde) and Cyril Nri.

Written by Andrew McGibbon and Phil Cornwell

Jimmy leaves the Cornwell Estate for his native Newcastle to restart his career as a stand up comedian. But that's not all he's come back to do.

Cast:
Jimmy Baker ..... Phil Cornwell
Sergeant Paul Farris ..... Simon Greenall
Emma Baker ..... Jill Halfpenny
Terry ..... Andrew McGibbon
Malkey Robey ..... Paul Brennen

Created by Phil Cornwell and Andrew McGibbon with additional material by Nick Romero

Producer/Director: Andrew McGibbon
A Curtains for Radio production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 23:15 Knocker (b0089jjk)
Eligibilliant

Market researcher Ian Dunn tackles a run down council tower block. Stars Neil Edmond and Paula Wilcox. From November 2007.

Episode 2 - Eligibilliant
Halloween in a run down tower block. Constantly mistaken for a Trick or Treater (he's stencilled 'Cowabunga' on his pac-a-mac to appeal to his youthful target group) and harassed by children so poor that they have to throw imaginary fireworks, Ian knocks on the Last Door In The Block. After terrifying and extended scrapings, the door is edged open by a rasping old woman who has struggled to drag her breathing apparatus to the door.. and who seems to have been expecting him.

Produced by Tilusha Ghelani

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2007.


SUN 23:30 The Masterson Inheritance (b007jr3g)
Series 3

The Pain of the Mastersons

The Masterson family find bohemian inspiration in the Lake District.

The award-winning improvised historical family saga based entirely on audience suggestions.

Starring Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Jim Sweeney, Lee Simpson, Phelim McDermott and Caroline Quentin.

Producer: Phil Clarke

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1995.



MONDAY 29 DECEMBER 2014

MON 00:00 Weird Tales (b00vknrq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:30 The Scarifyers (b01bl9tb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b04vf1h1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


MON 01:45 Afternoon Reading (b00t4ndn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


MON 02:00 Jerome K Jerome - Three Men in a Boat (b01cj229)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:30 Stop Messing About! (b00rmxpt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:00 Brian Gulliver's Travels (b00zdh7k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 Alan Bennett - The Lady in the Van (b0120vy5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:30 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Hans Christian Andersen - The Snow Queen (b00pgyd8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Doctor Who (b0187yc3)
Hornets' Nest

Hive of Horror, part 2

In his battle with the sinister Queen of the swarm, the Doctor must come up with a plan...

Conclusion of a five-story adventure written by Paul Magrs.

Starring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey and Rula Lenska as The Queen.

Producer: Kate Thomas

Made by BBC Audio.


MON 06:30 The Late Mrs Buggins (b0076rjr)
4 Extra Debut. Comedy actress Mabel Constanduros's irascible character Grandma Buggins taught the nation to cook their rations with a smile. With Lynda Bellingham. From April 2005.


MON 07:00 North East of Eden (b01f9t2c)
Invaders and Outsiders

Marcia leaves London when she inherits her uncle's medical practice on the remote Paradise Island in Northumbria - with its Wind O' Change pub and populace of slightly dodgy fisherman.

Rebecca Front and Joan Sims stars in Peter Kerry's sitcom.

Doctor Marcia Hulme …. Rebecca Front
Auntie Annie …. Joan Sims
Hjorst/The Translator …. Niall Ashdown
Joseph Gates …. James Garbutt
Mrs Peevis …. Jean Southern
William …. Sammy Johnson
Ralph Gates …. Stephen Thirkeld
Other Roles …. Peter Kerry

Producer: Kathy Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1997.


MON 07:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (b04vdngk)
Series 62

Episode 6

Back for a second week at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, regulars Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden are joined on the panel by Susan Calman and Tony Hawks, with Jack Dee in the chair. Piano accompaniment is provided by Colin Sell.

Producer - Jon Naismith.


MON 08:00 Marriage Lines (b04v8rlj)
Series 1

Holiday Attraction

Can Kate and George agree on a holiday destination?

Starring Richard Briers as George Starling and Prunella Scales as Kate Starling.

Richard Waring’s sitcom based on the mutual love and mistrust of two newlyweds. Originating on BBC TV, it ran between 1963 and 1965 and was adapted in two series for BBC radio due to its popularity.

George ...... Richard Briers
Kate ...... Prunella Scales
Miles ...... Derek Waring
Pauline ...... Rosalind Knight
Ronald ...... William Fox

Producer: Charles Maxwell

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in July 1965.


MON 08:30 As Time Goes By (b04v8rll)
Series 1

Episode 3

Lecturing in Norwich, Lionel stays with an old girlfriend. But Jean turns up unexpectedly.

Former sweethearts Jean and Lionel have been reunited in middle-age.

Starring Judi Dench as Jean and Geoffrey Palmer as Lionel.

With Moira Brooker as Judith, Jon Glover as Alistair, John Barren as the Master, Jean Warren as Denise, Simon Greenall and Melanie Hudson as the Students.

Adapted from his original BBC TV series by Bob Larbey.

Producer: Martin Fisher.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in April 1997.


MON 09:00 The Write Stuff (b00vcpf4)
Series 14

Marcel Proust

James Walton takes the chair for the game of literary correctness. With team captains John Walsh and Sebastian Faulks, discussing the life and works of Marcel Proust.


MON 09:30 Britain Versus the World (b04vf6rp)
Series 1

Episode 2

Comedy panel show pitting two British comedians against a team of comics from overseas to find out which side is superior.

Joining the British captain, Hal Cruttenden, is the Mancunian comedian Justin Moorhouse while the captain of the Rest of the World - Henning Wehn - is teamed with Danish stand-up Sofie Hagen. The contest is overseen by Irishman Ed Byrne who does his very best to stay impartial.

Host
Ed Byrne

Guests
Hal Cruttenden
Henning Wehn
Justin Moorhouse
Sofie Hagen

Programme Associate:L Bill Matthews

Devised and produced by Ashley Blaker.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 204.


MON 10:00 Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes (b007jphk)
Episode 1

Cornish parson's daughter Elfride becomes the object of affection for two very different men. Stars Janet Maw and Sean Arnold.


MON 11:00 Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs in Conversation (b04vj1f2)
The best-selling author Neil Gaiman and the uber producer Dirk Maggs go back a ridiculously long way, but they only actually met in person a few years ago.

Their friendship began during the early days of email when, in 1992, Dirk wrote to Neil asking if he could turn Gaiman's 'The Sandman' comic series into a radio play.

Sadly that project didn't happen, but it was the beginning of a long friendship, which led to their working together on the hugely successful 2013 radio drama Neverwhere and, most recently, on BBC Radio 4's adaptation of Good Omens, the cult classic written by Neil and Sir Terry Pratchett.

Recorded in September after the read though of Good Omens.

Produced by Liz Jaynes.


MON 11:15 Loose Ends (b04vjrjt)
Clive Anderson celebrates a year of star names and stunning music from the Loose Ends studio

Clive Anderson celebrates a year of star names and striking music and brings together the very best of Loose Ends 2014.

Around an enlarged table, though possibly not all at the same time, are - Gregory Porter, Engelbert Humperdinck, Hugh Grant, Chris O'Dowd, Emma Freud, Tamsin Grieg, Ray Davies, Alan Johnson MP, Arthur Smith, Ross Noble, Sarah Solemani, Jon Gnaar, Ronan Keating, Sara Pascoe, Jerry Springer, Danny Wallace, Kate Tempest, Nikki Bedi, Mick Fleetwood, Tom Hollander, Cerys Matthews, Aisling Bea, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Leonie Orton, Imtiaz Dharker, Bobby Crush, Scottee, and Cody ChesnuTT.


MON 12:00 Marriage Lines (b04v8rlj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 As Time Goes By (b04v8rll)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Doctor Who (b0187yc3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 The Late Mrs Buggins (b0076rjr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 The Lunar Effect (b007k1d8)
The Cycle

Under a full moon, a young woman deals with two tormentors by unexpected means. Michelle Gomez reads John Connolly's tale.

How often have you done something which seemed out of character only to discover that a full moon fell on that day or week? Five stories marking a full moon. When someone or something unexpectedly steps outside of the norm is it just coincidence, or is there really something in The Lunar Effect?

The Cycle, written by John Connolly and read by Michelle Gomez.

On her way home from work on an almost deserted train, a young woman starts to suffer pains that we are led to believe indicate her period is imminent. When two troublemaking youths board the train and there is a subsequent delay, the boys' unwanted attention, the woman's increasing pain and the effect of the full moon result in the demise of her tormentors by unexpected means...


MON 14:15 Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life (b00n4wyz)
Tea

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals how tea's arrival in the 18th century meant that everyone, rich or poor, could afford to entertain at home.


MON 14:30 Edith Wharton - The Reef (b00b2grv)
Episode 1

An unexpected obstacle sparks a beguiling adventure for diplomat George Darrow.

Published in 1912, The Reef is one of Edith Wharton's most accomplished yet neglected novels - revealing the submerged and perilous depths beneath the surface of even the most conventional of its characters.

Starring Ben Miles as George Darrow, Jodhi May as Sophie and Sian Thomas as the Narrator.

Dramatised by Penny Leicester.

Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


MON 14:45 Book of the Week (b017lt53)
Charles Dickens: A Life, by Claire Tomalin

Episode 1

Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography of Britain's great novelist paints a portrait of an extraordinarily complex man. Today's theme is Dickens' troubled childhood.

Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography of one of the nation's literary giants is broadcast to mark the 150th anniversary of his death in June 2020. Here Tomalin portrays Dickens as a writer "so charged with imaginative energy that he rendered nineteenth century England crackling, full of truth and life, with his laughter, horror and indignation - and sentimentality." The Artful Dodger, Mr Pickwick, Pip and David Copperfield are just a handful of the characters he created and who continue to endure. He was also a hard-working journalist, a philanthropist, a supporter of liberal social causes, and father of ten, and yet his genius also had a dark side which emerged with the breakdown of his marriage.

Claire Tomalin was literary editor of the The New Statesman and then the Sunday Times before becoming a full time writer. Her biographies are award winning. The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft, won the Whitbread First Book Award, and Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self was Whitbread Book of the Year in 2002.

Read by Penelope Wilton
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.


MON 15:00 Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes (b007jphk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b04vj2lf)
Zoella, Funky Chickens and Pole-Vaulting Pterosaurs

Mel Giedroyc gets down with some funky chickens in our Life Through a Lens series, and we revisit the Commonwealth-inspired story My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean, by Theresa Breslin.


MON 17:00 Like They've Never Been Gone (b00c4bs5)
Series 3

Episode 4

Can a tribe of African pygmies be persuaded to endorse Tommy and Sheila's CD?

Ageing showbiz couple Tommy Franklin and Sheila Parr continue their second stab at fame.

Series 3 of Mike Coleman’s six-part sitcom,

CAST:

Tommy Franklin …. Roy Hudd
Sheila Parr …. June Whitfield
Hetty Stark …. Pat Coombes
Murray Franklin …. Julian Eardley
Louis Elstein …. Edward Halsted
Libby Earnest …. Tracy-Ann Oberman

Producer: Steve Doherty

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2001.


MON 17:30 North East of Eden (b01f9t2c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:55 Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen (b01n6yr1)
There's No Place Like Dome

Kremmen, Carla and Gitfinger must find a way to escape from the planet of the Thargoids.

Captain Elvis Brandenburg Kremmen is the world's most fabulous man.

With an IQ of 498 and a height of 6ft 10 inches, he's a Supreme Athlete, a Concert Pianist, Concorde Pilot, Mountain Climber, Diplomat, Space Captain and Genius.

Just like Kenny, Captain Kremmen was born in Liverpool on Christmas Day in 1950.

Kenny Everett's lovingly crafted sci-fi serial made its debut on London's Capital Radio in 1976.


MON 18:00 The Write Stuff (b00vcpf4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b04vj2lh)
Marie Helvin and Charles Secrett

Sarah LeFanu and her guests, model Marie Helvin and former director of Friends of the Earth, Charles Secrett discuss three favourite paperbacks. From 1998.

Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
Publisher: Arrow

Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell
Publisher: Oxford University Press

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Publisher: Mammoth.


MON 19:00 Marriage Lines (b04v8rlj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 As Time Goes By (b04v8rll)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Doctor Who (b0187yc3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 The Late Mrs Buggins (b0076rjr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs in Conversation (b04vj1f2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:15 Loose Ends (b04vjrjt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


MON 22:00 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (b04vdngk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Britain Versus the World (b04vf6rp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 23:00 Dead Ringers (b04vjl75)
Series 13

Episode 1

The impression show takes a look at all the shows that come out around Christmas time and are given that extra festive cheer: Crimewatch and Embarrassing Bodies. Who doesn't want to see a crime scene brightened up with tinsel and fake snow? And a pustulating sore that looks like a snowman?

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

Producer: Bill Dare.


MON 23:30 As Told To Craig Brown (b00b7qs7)
Episode 1

Craig Brown introduces a mixture of satire, social observation and nonsense.

Narrated by Juliet Stevenson and Steve Wright.

With John Humphrys, Ronni Ancona, Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod, Ewan Bailey and Margaret Cabourn-Smith.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2008.



TUESDAY 30 DECEMBER 2014

TUE 00:00 The Lunar Effect (b007k1d8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:15 Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life (b00n4wyz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 Edith Wharton - The Reef (b00b2grv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 00:45 Book of the Week (b017lt53)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 The Write Stuff (b00vcpf4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 A Good Read (b04vj2lh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Doctor Who (b0187yc3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 The Late Mrs Buggins (b0076rjr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes (b007jphk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs in Conversation (b04vj1f2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:15 Loose Ends (b04vjrjt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Like They've Never Been Gone (b00c4bs5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 North East of Eden (b01f9t2c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:55 Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen (b01n6yr1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:55 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Terry Pratchett (b00b1p28)
Small Gods

Episode 1

Set in a complex state of beliefs, Great God Om appears before a novice monk - and is soon coming out of his shell...

There are gods everywhere on Discworld - you can't swing a simian librarian without hitting one - except, of course, only a few people can see them. Each small god lies in wait, desperately seeking to make someone believe in him. On Discworld, gods need people more than people need gods, for belief is the food of the gods.

Terry Pratchett's four-part comic fantasy starring Carl Prekopp, Patrick Barlow and Alex Jennings. With Anton Lesser as the Narrator.

Narrator ...... Anton Lesser
Om ...... Patrick Barlow
Brutha ...... Carl Prekopp
Vorbis ...... Alex Jennings
Nhumrod ...... Geoffrey Beevers
Sasho ...... Philip Fox
General Fri'it ...... Sean Barrett
Quisitor ...... Gerard McDermott

Other parts played by the cast.

Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Producer: Claire Grove
Director: Gordon House

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2006.


TUE 06:30 Small Presses, Big Ideas (b008j8vq)
Phill Jupitus explores the world of the small press poetry magazine, which allows anyone with a verse and the price of a stamp the chance to rub shoulders and stanzas with the greatest poets. He visits Liverpool to find out what drives the people who produce them and why they have been so important to the development of poetry.


TUE 07:00 Nineteen Ninety-Four (b013dntm)
Work Is Freedom

"January 1st 1994 - The Environment is all around you......"

Edward Wilson becomes embroiled in mysterious government machinations.

Starring Robert Lindsay.

Futuristic sitcom by Richard Turner and William Osborne with a nod to George Orwell.

Edward ...... Robert Lindsay
Sophie ...... Siobhan Redmond
Charles ...... Paul Shearer

With Pam Ferris, Richard Turner and David Goodland.

Producer: Nick Symons

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1985.


TUE 07:30 Cabin Pressure (b04vf25d)
Series 5

Zurich, pt 1

One of the most popular radio sitcoms of the past ten years bows out with a special double episode. As Martin decides whether to take his new job, is this the end for MJN Air? And just what has Arthur painted on the side of the van?

With the show titles running alphabetically from the first ever episode - "Abu Dhabi" through to this double finale "Zurich" - the cast and crew of MJN Air discover that whether it's choosing an ice-cream flavour, putting a princess in a van or remembering your grandmother's name, no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

With special guests including Anthony Head and Timothy West.

Written by John Finnemore
Produced and Directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b00kjh64)
Series 10

The Silver Doubloons

Neddie Seagoon must plunder a sunken Spanish galleon. Stars Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. From January 1960.


TUE 08:30 Doctor at Large (b00b3h85)
Dr Sparrow of Harley Street

Mayhem ensues when Simon Sparrow goes to work at Sir Lancelot Spratt's rather posh practice

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

Starring Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Geoffrey Sumner as Sir Lancelot Spratt, Ray Cooney as Tony Benskin, Howard Marion Crawford as the Duke, Richard Caldicot as Sir Raymond Beecham, Garard Green as the Butler, Rosalind Adams as the Nurse and Fenella Fielding as Kitty Buckingham.

Producer: David Hatch
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1969.


TUE 09:00 Dead Ringers (b04vjl75)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Tickets Please (b00nv6nh)
Episode 1

Why does an intercity train journey turn into an emotional roller-coaster?

Because the train staff have to battle with their thwarted infatuations - for each other! And those toughies in the wedding carriage aren't helping matters...

Sitcom on rails by Mark Maier.

Robin …. Jeremy Swift
Nadine …. Alex Kelly
Peter …. Malcom Tierney
Diana …. Melissa Advani
Linda/Lady …. Kate Layden
Keith …. Stephen Hogan
Carol …. Tessa Nicholson
Man One …. Philip Fox
Man Two/William …. Joseph Cohen-Cole

Producer: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2009.


TUE 10:00 Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes (b007jpj0)
Episode 2

After failing to marry Stephen, Elfride meets and falls in love with his mentor Henry. Stars Jeremy Irons and Janet Maw.


TUE 11:00 Afternoon Reading (b00zsdvj)
I Expected the Worst...

My Last Breath

"Before the showing, I put some stones in my pocket to throw at the audience in case of disaster. I expected the worst. But, happily, the stones weren't necessary. After the film ended, I listened to the prolonged applause and dropped my projectiles, discreetly, one by one, on the floor behind the screen."

In a series of three readings this week, famous film-makers describe their adventures in the movie business.

1. MY LAST BREATH
Luis Bunel recalls scandalous times with the Surrealists in twenties Paris, when he made films such as Un Chien Andalou on money borrowed from his mother!

Reader Ian McDiarmid
Producer Duncan Minshull.


TUE 11:15 Drama (b00rb16l)
Doug Lucie - Hitched

Episode 1

Welcome to the wedding of Emma and Richard. This is their wedding day from the viewpoints of their respective families. The dress - the food - the speeches - the music. Who wore what, who said what, what cost what; the secrets, the lies, the smiles and the tears. From the pen of acclaimed dramatist Doug Lucie, this is one wedding you won't want to miss!

Emma and Richard have done their best to keep their respective families apart, but as their wedding day approaches it is time for the in-laws-to-be to finally meet. But how will Emma's atheist father Max and 'slightly too fond of the grape' mother Ellie (divorced, not exactly amicably!) get along with Richard's bullish and opinionated father Barry and rather put upon mother Jenny?

With Emma's grandfather Chas and Richard's grandmother Ruby both along for the ride, the stage is set for a fiery clash of personalities - and that's before we even get to the reception!

Two afternoon plays track the events of one couple's big day creating a stunning social satire on our modern-day obsession with weddings. What will the day hold for our happy couple? And, once the band strikes up and the wine is flowing will bubbling tensions and family frictions erupt and ruin this happiest of days?

'Hitched' takes us behind the scenes as one couple promise to love each other 'for better or worse'. But which will it be?

CAST:

Chas William Gaunt
Ruby Sylvia Syms
Emma Lydia Leonard
Barry Ian Reddington
Max Stephen Moore
Ellie Frances Barber Jenny Cheryl Campbell
Frankie Michael Colgan
Richard Joe Armstrong
Roy Nicky Henson
Bill Michael Shelford

Peter Guy Henry

Doug Lucie has written for TV, theatre and radio. His TV credits include 'Eastenders' and 'Headhunters' while his numerous stage plays include 'Progress', 'Grace', 'The Shallow End', 'The Green Man' 'Presence' and 'Pass it On'. For radio his has dramatised 'Shut Eye' and 'Gypsy' and has written 'The Green Man', 'Hold Back the Night', 'Blind', 'Small Earthquake' and most recently 'Development' and 'Sunny Afternoon'.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b00kjh64)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Doctor at Large (b00b3h85)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Terry Pratchett (b00b1p28)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Small Presses, Big Ideas (b008j8vq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 The Lunar Effect (b007k1fd)
The Boy by the Light of the Moon

Back in Morocco and remembering a distant a love affair - a Spaniard meets an odd waiter. David Warner reads Vega Powell's tale.

An older Spanish man returns to the Port of Tangier in Morocco, where memories stir of a love affair that changed his life. At his hotel he is attended by a strange boy, who seems to know about the woman he loved long ago. But when the man tries to find the waiter the next day, he's told he only works there once a month: the boy appears only at the time of the full moon. An exotic Tale of the Unexpected.


TUE 14:15 Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life (b00n4wyj)
Domestic Harmony

Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the importance of family music-making at home, and the chances it created for finding a partner.


TUE 14:30 Edith Wharton - The Reef (b00b2qv8)
Episode 2

Diplomat George Darrow is determined to give Sophie a few days of happiness in Paris to compensate for her dreary prospects.

Published in 1912, The Reef is one of Edith Wharton's most accomplished yet neglected novels - revealing the submerged and perilous depths beneath the surface of even the most conventional of its characters.

Starring Ben Miles as George Darrow, Jodhi May as Sophie, Julian Ovenden as Owen and Sian Thomas as the Narrator.

Dramatised by Penny Leicester.

Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


TUE 14:45 Book of the Week (b017mrbj)
Charles Dickens: A Life, by Claire Tomalin

Episode 2

Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography of Britain's great novelist paints a portrait of an extraordinarily complex man. Today's themes are his early successes as a writer, and new beginnings.

Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography of the novelist who called himself the "inimitable" is being broadcast in the 150th year since his death. Here Tomalin paints a vivid portrait of the writer at work, his extraordinary energy allowing him to write at an intense rate. His personal life required almost as much energy, a husband, a father of ten and a man who enjoyed a busy social life, with evenings spent at the theatre among friends before returning home to write.

Claire Tomalin was literary editor of the The New Statesman and then the Sunday Times before becoming a full time writer. Her biographies are award winning. The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft, won the Whitbread First Book Award, and Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self was Whitbread Book of the Year in 2002.


Read by Penelope Wilton
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.


TUE 15:00 Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes (b007jpj0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b04vjj5t)
Rudyard Kipling, Lindyhopping and Big Toothy Smiles

Mel Giedroyc blows out the birthday candles on behalf of Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling, and we hear the short story The Great Happiness Survey, by Alexander McCall Smith.


TUE 17:00 The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket (b04vf7q6)
Series 1

The Cubs and Brownies Day Trip

Can the dear ladies survive a trip to the seaside with the Brownies and Cubs?

Starring Dame Hilda Bracket and her lifelong companion Dr Evadne Hinge.

The dear ladies reside in the Suffolk village of Stackton Tressel. This was the genteel setting for three Radio 4 series between 1977 and 1979, with further spin-off seasons on Radio 2 until 1990. In the early 1980s, they expanded over to BBC TV with the series Dear Ladies.

Dame Hilda Bracket ...... George Logan
Dr Evadne Hinge ...... Patrick Fyffe
Walter ...... Joe Gladwin

Scripted by Mike Craig, Lawrie Kinsley and Ron McDonnell.

Produced at BBC Manchester by James Casey.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1977.


TUE 17:30 Nineteen Ninety-Four (b013dntm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:55 Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen (b01n6zvn)
Throbbing Into Action

Kremmen, Carla and Gitfinger escape from the Thargoids, but they unleash a deadly weapon. Kenny Everett's 1970s sci-fi serial starring the world's most fabulous starship captain.


TUE 18:00 Dead Ringers (b04vjl75)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 18:30 The Tingle Factor (b04vjkfv)
Joan Bakewell

Joan Bakewell shares the musical moments that stir her emotions with Jeremy Nicholas.

From Britten to Haydn, the broadcaster also looks back over her life and career.

Producer: Ray Abbott

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1993.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b00kjh64)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Doctor at Large (b00b3h85)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Terry Pratchett (b00b1p28)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Small Presses, Big Ideas (b008j8vq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Afternoon Reading (b00zsdvj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 21:15 Drama (b00rb16l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


TUE 22:00 Cabin Pressure (b04vf25d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Flight of the Conchords (b00dn8br)
Tower of London

The Kiwi novelty music duo try to make it big in the English capital. Improvised by Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, with Rob Brydon. From September 2005.


TUE 23:00 Scrooby Trevithick (b00rbnmp)
Entrepreneur

Comedy series written by and starring Andy Parsons, following the exploits of hapless Scrooby, an enthusiastic but flawed wannabe who is desperately trying to find himself by zealously posting his web diaries online.

Scrooby tries to become an entrepreneur by mis-spending his inheritance on the horses, the dogs and the 'Fruit on a Pizza' company.

With Kerry Godliman, Dara O Briain, Russell Howard, Hugh Dennis, Russell Kane, Rufus Hound, Alun Cochrane, Dominic Frisby, Paul Thorne, Martin Coyote and Barunka O'Shaughnessy.

An Open Mike production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 23:30 Fags, Mags and Bags (b01llcp6)
Series 5

Hovering Chops

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

The careful eco-balance of shop is under threat when a new butcher (played by Barry Howard) sets up shop in Lenzie with a dazzling array of award winning sausages and forthright chat. The current butcher incumbent, Mutton Jeff (played by Sean Scanlan), is particularly upset that his chop empire is under threat and calls upon Ramesh and the Lenzie Local Retail Traders Association to put a stop it.

The staff of 'Fags, Mags and Bags' are on a tireless quest to bring nice-price custard creams and cans of coke with Arabic writing on them to an ungrateful nation. Ramesh Mahju has lovingly built the business up over the course of 30 years, and is ably assisted by his sidekick Dave. But then there are Ramesh's sons Sanjay and Alok - both surly and not particularly keen on the old school approach to shopkeeping, but natural successors to the business so Ramesh is keen to pass them all his worldly wisdom whether they like it or not.

Written by and starring Donald Mcleary and Sanjeev Kohli.

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



WEDNESDAY 31 DECEMBER 2014

WED 00:00 The Lunar Effect (b007k1fd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:15 Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life (b00n4wyj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Edith Wharton - The Reef (b00b2qv8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 00:45 Book of the Week (b017mrbj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Dead Ringers (b04vjl75)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


WED 01:30 The Tingle Factor (b04vjkfv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Terry Pratchett (b00b1p28)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Small Presses, Big Ideas (b008j8vq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes (b007jpj0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Afternoon Reading (b00zsdvj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:15 Drama (b00rb16l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket (b04vf7q6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Nineteen Ninety-Four (b013dntm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:55 Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen (b01n6zvn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:55 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Terry Pratchett (b00b50xj)
Small Gods

Episode 2

Novice priest Brutha has been selected by Deacon Vorbis to go on a secret mission to the infidel city of Ephebe.

The Great God Om, who is stuck in the body of a small tortoise, is going with him in a little wicker basket.

Terry Pratchett's comic Discworld fantasy starring Carl Prekopp, Patrick Barlow and Alex Jennings. With Anton Lesser as the Narrator.

Narrator ...... Anton Lesser
Om ...... Patrick Barlow
Brutha ...... Carl Prekopp
Vorbis ...... Alex Jennings
Aktor ...... Philip Fox
Xeno ...... Sean Barrett
Captainr ...... Gerard McDermott
Sergeant ...... John Cummins

Other parts played by the cast.

Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Producer: Claire Grove
Director: Gordon House

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2006.


WED 06:30 The King of the Swingers (b0076y48)
The late Humphrey Lyttelton profiles Louis Prima, one of the most prolific and accomplished jazz musicians of the 20th century who is sadly now remembered mostly for his role as a cartoon monkey.


WED 07:00 North by Northamptonshire (b018xy2d)
Series 2

Episode 5

The dawn of the Dickensian festival brings chaos to Wadenbrook, and Angela has something to tell Frank.

Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire.

Written by Katherine Jakeways.

John Biggins................................Keith
Mackenzie Crook...........................Rod
Kevin Eldon...................Jonathan / Ken
Shelia Hancock....................... Narrator
Jessica Henwick...........................Helen
Katherine Jakeways........ Esther / Jacqui
Felicity Montagu..............................Jan
Geoffrey Palmer........................Norman
Lizzie Roper..............................Angela
Penelope Wilton............................Mary
Rufus Wright................................Frank

Producer: Victoria Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2012.


WED 07:30 Cabin Pressure (b04vf959)
Series 5

Zurich, Part 2

One of the most popular radio sitcoms of the past ten years bows out with a special double episode. In this second and concluding part, as the crew embark on a race against time, just what is Gerti's secret? And will it be happy ever after for Carolyn and Herc?

With the show titles running alphabetically from the first ever episode - "Abu Dhabi" through to this double finale "Zurich" - the cast and crew of MJN Air discover that whether it's choosing an ice-cream flavour, putting a princess in a van or remembering your grandmother's name, no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

Starring Stephanie Cole as Carolyn Knapp-Shappey, Roger Allam as 1st Officer Douglas Richardson, Benedict Cumberbatch as Captain Martin Crieff and John Finnemore as Arthur Shappey.

With special guests including Anthony Head and Timothy West.

Written by John Finnemore
Produced and Directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 08:00 Take It From Here (b013m01w)
From 30/12/1954

It is New Year's Eve, and Eth wants to celebrate with the Glums. Stars June Whitfield and Alma Cogan. From December 1954.


WED 08:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00scw5v)
Series 3

Episode 9

The Addictive Knitter - and a rare madrigal by Risotto.

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

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

Written by Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, Alan Hutchinson and Eric Idle.

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

Music and songs by Dave Lee, Bill Oddie, Eric Idle and John Cameron.

Producer: Humphrey Barclay

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in May 1966.


WED 09:00 Foul Play (b00yy8yz)
Series 4

Deadline News

Crime writers Ruth Dudley Edwards and Robert Richardson try to solve the murder of a model.

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

Murder mystery panel game chaired by Simon Brett.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1998.


WED 09:30 The Hudson and Pepperdine Show (b0075tgf)
Series 1

Episode 4

Have the girls from hit American TV show ‘Friends’ really come to visit?

Variety meets sitcom meets sketch show - written and performed by Mel Hudson and Vicki Pepperdine.

With Martin Hyder and Jim North.

Script editor: Graeme Garden

Music by Richard Webb.

Producers: Claire Jones and Helen Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2000.


WED 10:00 Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes (b007jpjg)
Episode 3

After seeing Stephen at the church, Elfride procrastinates over telling Henry of her past. Stars Jeremy Irons and Janet Maw.


WED 11:00 Afternoon Reading (b00zsjyx)
I Expected the Worst...

Truffaut Letters

"Dear Monsieur,

You do me too great an honour in asking my advice. I have never written a shooting script and I never know where I'm going to place the camera one hour before I start shooting, which is to say, before seeing the actors move through the set..."

A series of three readings, in which famous directors describe their adventures in the
the movie business:

2. Francois Truffaut: Letters.
His missives are a rich source of insight and amusement, as he considers the likes of dubious actors, terrible music, freedom of expression and favourite foods...

Read by Ben Miles
Producer Duncan Minshull.


WED 11:15 Drama (b00rb2sx)
Doug Lucie - Hitched

Episode 2

Welcome to the wedding of Emma and Richard. This is their wedding day from the viewpoints of their respective families. The dress - the food - the speeches - the music. Who wore what, who said what, what cost what; the secrets, the lies, the smiles and the tears. From the pen of acclaimed dramatist Doug Lucie, this is one wedding you won't want to miss!

Emma and Richard have done their best to keep their respective families apart, but as their wedding day approaches it is time for the in-laws-to-be to finally meet. But how will Emma's atheist father Max and 'slightly too fond of the grape' mother Ellie (divorced, not exactly amicably!) get along with Richard's bullish and opinionated father Barry and rather put upon mother Jenny?

With Emma's grandfather Chas and Richard's grandmother Ruby both along for the ride, the stage is set for a fiery clash of personalities - and that's before we even get to the reception!

Two afternoon plays track the events of one couple's big day creating a stunning social satire on our modern-day obsession with weddings. What will the day hold for our happy couple? And, once the band strikes up and the wine is flowing will bubbling tensions and family frictions erupt and ruin this happiest of days?

'Hitched' takes us behind the scenes as one couple promise to love each other 'for better or worse'. But which will it be?

CAST:

Chas William Gaunt
Ruby Sylvia Syms
Emma Lydia Leonard
Richard Joe Armstrong
Max Stephen Moore
Ellie Frances Barber
Barry Ian Reddington
Jenny Cheryl Campbell
Frankie Michael Colgan
Roy Nicky Henson
Bill Michael Shelford
Peter Guy Henry

Doug Lucie has written for TV, theatre and radio. His TV credits include 'Eastenders' and 'Headhunters' while his numerous stage plays include 'Progress', 'Grace', 'The Shallow End', 'The Green Man' 'Presence' and 'Pass it On'. For radio his has dramatised 'Shut Eye' and 'Gypsy' and has written 'The Green Man', 'Hold Back the Night', 'Blind', 'Small Earthquake' and most recently 'Development' and 'Sunny Afternoon'.


WED 12:00 Take It From Here (b013m01w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00scw5v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Terry Pratchett (b00b50xj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 The King of the Swingers (b0076y48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 The Lunar Effect (b007k1dn)
She Often Walked at Night

Under a full moon somewhere in Europe - three friends meet in a strange, exotic bar. Lucy Cohu reads Lilian Pizzichini's tale.

Three friends, adrift in a mysterious European city, congregate one night at cocktail hour in a strange, exotic bar and, as they partake of an absinthe-like drink, pathological, long-buried natural tendencies surface under the influence of the full moon.


WED 14:15 Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life (b00n4wyl)
Men at Home

In her hidden home history, Amanda Vickery reveals the stories of family 'black sheep'. Not everyone adhered to polite etiquette.


WED 14:30 Edith Wharton - The Reef (b00b32bz)
Episode 3

Paris in the springtime is a dangerous place - a chateau in the October sunlight seems much safer. Darrow arrives at Givre in pursuit of Anna.

Published in 1912, The Reef is one of Edith Wharton's most accomplished yet neglected novels - revealing the submerged and perilous depths beneath the surface of even the most conventional of its characters.

Starring Ben Miles as George Darrow, Jodhi May as Sophie, Julian Ovenden as Owen, Teresa Gallagher as Anna and Sian Thomas as the Narrator.

Dramatised by Penny Leicester.

Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


WED 14:45 Book of the Week (b017mv1k)
Charles Dickens: A Life, by Claire Tomalin

Episode 3

Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography of Britain's great novelist paints a portrait of an extraordinarily complex man. Today the novelist is well received in America.

Marking the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens death, Radio 4 is broadcasting Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography of the literary giant who called himself the "inimitable". Here Tomalin has created a vivid and evocative portrait of one of the nation's best loved writers. The characters Dickens created are instantly recognisable, from David Copperfield, to Mr Micawber and Nicholas Nickleby. His literary output was phenomenal. He was also the father of ten, and a supporter of various social causes, all evident in his novels. He was also a deeply complex man and a dark side accompanied his genius.

Claire Tomalin was literary editor of the The New Statesman and then the Sunday Times before becoming a full time writer. Her biographies are award winning. The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft, won the Whitbread First Book Award, and Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self was Whitbread Book of the Year in 2002.

Read by Penelope Wilton
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.


WED 15:00 Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes (b007jpjg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b04vjyhl)
Heston Blumenthal, Weighing Penguins and Fishing for Sharks

Mel Giedroyc gets creative in the kitchen as chef Heston Blumenthal shares his Inheritance Tracks, and we listen to the short story A Shark Called Yetunde, by Alan Bissett.


WED 17:00 Thinking of Leaving Your Husband? (b00rrkg5)
FindthePerfectPartner4u.com

The first episode of a comedy drama by Charlotte Cory starring Henry Goodman and Lia Williams.

Sarah is deeply dissatisfied with her lot. Her marriage to the kindly but deeply boring Malcolm has long since failed to bring any spark to her life, and a brief relationship with a man called David, while ultimately unfulfilling, at least proves to her that she is not so unattractive that she cannot find happiness elsewhere.

So she leaves Malcolm and a chance encounter with an old school friend, Tania, leads her to move in with her friend and join the internet dating site Find-the-perfect-partner-4-u.com. But her first experience of internet dating proves hugely embarrassing.

Cast:
Sarah ... Lia Williams
Malcolm - and all Sarah's internet dates ... Henry Goodman
Mother ... Miriam Margolyes
Tania ... Frances Barber
Francis Parker ... Roger Hammond

Sound Design: Lucinda Mason Brown
Original Music: David Chilton

Director: Gordon House
A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 17:30 North by Northamptonshire (b018xy2d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:55 Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen (b01n7hgs)
One Whiff Equals Instant Death

The Earthmen escape, but the smelliest substance in the universe is heading their way. Kenny Everett's 1970s sci-fi serial starring the world's most fabulous starship captain.


WED 18:02 Foul Play (b00yy8yz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 18:30 Off the Page (b0076gs9)
Irritation

Novelist Patrick Neate, journalists Ros Taylor and Martin Freeman on the causes of irritation. With Matthew Parris.

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

The best new writing and the freshest conversation from 2003.


WED 19:00 Big Ben's Chimes (b03m7fq9)
Big Ben as Beating Heart

Ian McMillan's new poem pays moving tribute to the hope-inspiring chimes of Big Ben on BBC Radio throughout World War II.


WED 19:02 Take It From Here (b013m01w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00scw5v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Big Ben's Chimes (b03mj0vc)
New Year in War Time

Ian McMillan's new poem imagines allied troops in World War II, listening out for the New Year chimes of Big Ben on BBC Radio.


WED 20:02 Terry Pratchett (b00b50xj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 The King of the Swingers (b0076y48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Big Ben's Chimes (b03m80vk)
Big Ben - Good News

Archive recordings and a new poem by Ian McMillan reflect on Big Ben's chimes on BBC Radio during pivotal moments in history.


WED 21:02 Afternoon Reading (b00zsjyx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 21:15 Drama (b00rb2sx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


WED 22:00 Big Ben's Chimes (b03m78kj)
Big Ben as an Icon of Britain

Archive recordings and a new poem by Ian McMillan pay tribute to the chimes of Big Ben, familiar across the globe on BBC Radio.


WED 22:02 Cabin Pressure (b04vf959)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Old Harry's Game (b007k078)
Christmas Special 2002

Knocking on Heaven's Door

Satan's epic quest ends as he meets Death, St Peter and his rottweilers - and Davina McCall.

Conclusion of Andy Hamilton's two-part devilishly funny, festive special from Hell.

Satan ...... Andy Hamilton
The Professor ...... James Grout
Thomas ...... Jimmy Mulville
Scumspawn ...... Robert Duncan
Hope ...... Claire Skinner

With Philip Pope, Felicity Montagu and Michael Fenton Stevens.

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2002.


WED 23:00 Big Ben's Chimes (b03m3xk5)
Big Ben Seizes Up

Ian McMillan's new poem recalls the day the chimes kept going 'clonk' when Big Ben seized up in the icy winter.


WED 23:02 Concrete Cow (b04v8zs2)
Series 2

Art

Someone goes too far at a murder-mystery party.

Second series of the sketch show in which anything is possible.

Starring:

Robert Webb
Beth Chalmers
Catherine Shepherd
Steven Kynman
Abigail Burdess
Chris Pavlo

Written by James Cary.

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2004.


WED 23:30 4 at the Store (b00d7jpz)
Series 2

Episode 2

Simon Bligh hosts more stand-up from London's Comedy Store.

With:

Alan Carr
Richard Morton
Gina Yashere

Producer: Helen Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2002.



THURSDAY 01 JANUARY 2015

THU 00:00 Big Ben's Chimes (b01nt4q1)
Maintaining Big Ben

Made for 4 Extra. Archive recordings and a new poem by Ian McMillan pay tribute to the familiar tone of the chimes of 'Great Uncle Ben'.


THU 00:02 The Lunar Effect (b007k1dn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:15 Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life (b00n4wyl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Edith Wharton - The Reef (b00b32bz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 00:45 Book of the Week (b017mv1k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Foul Play (b00yy8yz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Off the Page (b0076gs9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Terry Pratchett (b00b50xj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 The King of the Swingers (b0076y48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes (b007jpjg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Afternoon Reading (b00zsjyx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:15 Drama (b00rb2sx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Thinking of Leaving Your Husband? (b00rrkg5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 North by Northamptonshire (b018xy2d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:55 Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen (b01n7hgs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:55 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Terry Pratchett (b00b8rpc)
Small Gods

Episode 3

Ephebian philosophers argue violently among themselves but they're no match for Deacon Vorbis.

However one philosopher, Didactylos, is prepared to stand up to him.

Terry Pratchett's comic Discworld fantasy starring Carl Prekopp, Patrick Barlow and Alex Jennings. With Anton Lesser as the Narrator.

Narrator ...... Anton Lesser
Om ...... Patrick Barlow
Brutha ...... Carl Prekopp
Vorbis ...... Alex Jennings
Didactylos ...... Gerard McDermott
Urn ...... John Cummins
Nhumrod ...... Geoffrey Beevers
Sergeant Simony ...... Nick Sayce

Other parts played by the cast.

Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Producer: Claire Grove
Director: Gordon House

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2006.


THU 06:30 Big Ben's Chimes - A Poetic Tale (b04xrgm4)
Ian McMillan pays poetic tribute to the sound of Big Ben's New Year chimes, from the first broadcast on BBC Radio, through the dark days of the war, to today. From January 2015.
Producer - Moy McGowan


THU 06:50 Inheritance Tracks (b04kk06k)
Ophelia Dahl

Charity organiser Ophelia Dahl inherits Faure's Requiem, and passes on 'Ain't Got No, I Got Life' by Nina Simone.


THU 07:00 The Elephant Man (b04vf6rt)
Age Concern

With the big three-o looming, zookeeper Terry is desperate to recapture his youth.

Debbie Barham's eight-part sitcom about the life of an elephant zoo keeper.

CAST:

Terry Lyon .... Peter Serafinowicz
Leonard .... Chris Emmet
Adam .... Richard Pearce
Stephanie .... Joanna Monro

Producer: Richard Wilson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in October 1996.


THU 07:30 My Teenage Diary (b04vj1xg)
Series 6

Lucy Worsley

Rufus Hound is joined by the historian Lucy Worsley, whose diaries reveal that she was swottier than the average teenager. While her friends were out at parties, Lucy was curating her collection of rocks, and gardening.

Produced by Harriet Jaine
A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 08:00 It Sticks Out Half A Mile (b007jq3p)
The Builder

The nationality of a workman reignites old Home Guard hostilities for Wilson, Hodges and Pike.

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

Arthur Wilson …. John Le Mesurier
Frank Pike …. Ian Lavender
Bert Hodges …. Bill Pertwee
Miss Perkins …. Vivienne Martin
Guthrie …. Glynn Edwards
Myrtle Spivey …. Stella Tanner
Wolfgang Fischer …. Gordon Clyde
The Builder’s Receptionist …. Carole Harrison
The Irish Nun …. Katherine Parr

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

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in August 1984.


THU 08:30 The Jason Explanation of... (b007jpwr)
Money

David Jason's probe of modern life sets out to comprehend cash.

Following in the footsteps of Lord Clark, Dr Bronowski and Professor Galbraith, David Jason unravels the mysteries of the universe and the meaning of life.

With Miriam Margolyes and Royce Mills.

Written by Colin Bostock Smith, Andy Hamilton and Barry Pilton.

Music by John Owen Edwards.

Producer: Geoffrey Perkins

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 in September 1977.


THU 09:00 Who Goes There? (b00fnq9s)
Series 3

Episode 4

Martin Young chairs the quiz which looks at the noteworthy and the notorious from history.

Tackling the biographical teasers are team captains Francis Wheen and Fred Housego with guests Sue Cook and Annabel Giles.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2000.


THU 09:30 Alison and Maud (b007k377)
Series 2

Beds in the East Are Soft

It's not a guest but Daddy who's not keen on a mattress. Is a sneaky swap the answer?

Second of two series of Sue Limb's Bed and Breakfast sitcom about sisters Alison and Maud and their guests at the Abbeyfield Guest House in Norwich.

Starring Denise Coffey as Alison, Miriam Margolyes as Maud, Joss Ackland as Father, Chris Emmett as Mr Mullett and Geoffrey Whitehead as Bernard.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2004.


THU 10:00 Charles Dickens (b00ph6s7)
The Chimes

One New Year's Eve, the humble Trotty Veck learns the importance of love and hope in an extraordinary way. Stars Ron Cook.


THU 11:00 Afternoon Reading (b00zt3pp)
I Expected the Worst...

Wings of Desire

"Usually a line emerges that enables you to fix on the characters and their relationships. But with angels you could do anything; there were connections all over the place, you could go anywhere. You could cross the Berlin Wall, pass through windows into peoples' houses. And anyone was hero of a potential film..."

In a series of three readings, famous film directors celebrate their work in the film business:

3. WINGS OF DESIRE
Wim Wenders describes working with angels on his famous film, based in Berlin. And should angels be shot in black and white or in colour?

Reader Stephen Dillane
Producer Duncan Minshull.


THU 11:15 Christopher Reason - Box of Chocolates (b04vk8pn)
When Christine receives a box of her favourite chocolates from her recently estranged Aunt Shirley, she’s prompted to show how soft-centred she really is.
But watch out for the nuts!

A black chocolate comedy by Christopher Reason.

Starring Prunella Scales as Christine.

Director: Clive Brill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1989.


THU 12:00 It Sticks Out Half A Mile (b007jq3p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 The Jason Explanation of... (b007jpwr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Terry Pratchett (b00b8rpc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Big Ben's Chimes - A Poetic Tale (b04xrgm4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 13:50 Inheritance Tracks (b04kk06k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:50 today]


THU 14:00 The Lunar Effect (b007k1hv)
Scavengers

Under a full moon - widow Lottie's odd encounter with a fox has a life changing effect. Amanda Root reads Dominic Power's tale.

After a heavy, gin-induced afternoon sleep, sixty-year old Lottie Nancarrow wakes up with the sense of dread that has plagued her since the recent death of her partner, the abstract painter Ned Stein, with whom she had shared thirty years of a happy bohemian existence. Lottie is treating her grief with alcohol, and is becoming increasingly eccentric, alienating herself from her small West London community and the life she shared with Ned. This evening, Lottie feels that something is wrong, some change in the atmosphere. Going to the French window of her garden flat, she sees a full moon hanging in the sky, and illuminated by the moon, staring through the glass at her, is a large urban fox - staring at her with a look that suggests some secret knowledge.


THU 14:15 Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life (b00n4wyn)
Illicit Guests

Historian Amanda Vickery shares stories from adultery cases of women sneaking lovers into houses, spied on by their prying servants.


THU 14:30 Edith Wharton - The Reef (b00b3gv2)
Episode 4

Just as Anna's life looks set to begin at last, now that Darrow has arrived to claim her - an unexpected surprise awaits him.

Published in 1912, The Reef is one of Edith Wharton's most accomplished yet neglected novels - revealing the submerged and perilous depths beneath the surface of even the most conventional of its characters.

Starring Ben Miles as George Darrow, Jodhi May as Sophie, Teresa Gallagher as Anna and Sian Thomas as the Narrator.

Dramatised by Penny Leicester.

Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


THU 14:45 Book of the Week (b017mvx0)
Charles Dickens: A Life, by Claire Tomalin

Episode 4

Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography of one of Britain's literary giants paints a portrait of an extraordinarily complex man. Today a theatrical performance changes the course of his life.

Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography of one of the nation's literary giants is broadcast to mark the 150th anniversary of his death in June 2020. Here Tomalin portrays Dickens as a complex man, a writer who created characters who continue to endure in the popular imagination from the The Artful Dodger, Mr Pickwick, Pip and David Copperfield. He was also a ferociously hard-working writer, a philanthropist, a supporter of liberal social causes, and father of ten, and yet his genius also had a dark side.

Claire Tomalin was literary editor of the The New Statesman and then the Sunday Times before becoming a full time writer. Her biographies are award winning. The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft, won the Whitbread First Book Award, and Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self was Whitbread Book of the Year in 2002.

Read by Penelope Wilton
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.


THU 15:00 Charles Dickens (b00ph6s7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b04vk8pq)
Magic Tricks, Fireworks and Grandad's Recipes

Mel Giedroyc makes her New Year's resolutions, and we hear the fourth Commonwealth Story, All Sorted by AL Kennedy.


THU 17:00 The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue (b007k1rc)
Moving In

'What's Rosewood Avenue like? Very quiet. Very sedate. Very residential. Just the sort of place you'd feel at home in ...'

A hapless vicar discovers life behind suburbia's net curtains isn't what he expected.

Stephen Sheridan's six-part series stars James Grout as the Reverend Timothy Carswell, Margaret Courtenay as Miss Tilling, Jean Heywood as Miss Tapp and Christopher Good as Dr Warlock.
Producer: Lissa Evans.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1991.


THU 17:30 The Elephant Man (b04vf6rt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:55 Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen (b01n7knk)
Sensational Solution

The Earthmen's ship is hit by the deadly putron ray. Can our hero find an antidote? Kenny Everett's 1970s sci-fi serial starring the world's most fabulous starship captain.


THU 18:00 Who Goes There? (b00fnq9s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b0076ds8)
Series 3

Bob Marley

Poet Benjamin Zephaniah explores the life of reggae legend Bob Marley. With Humphrey Carpenter and Chris Salewicz.

The biographical series in which a distinguished guest chooses someone who's inspired their life.

Will their hero stand up to intensive scrutiny and merit the description of having led a great life?

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.


THU 19:00 It Sticks Out Half A Mile (b007jq3p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 The Jason Explanation of... (b007jpwr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Terry Pratchett (b00b8rpc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Big Ben's Chimes - A Poetic Tale (b04xrgm4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 20:50 Inheritance Tracks (b04kk06k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:50 today]


THU 21:00 Afternoon Reading (b00zt3pp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


THU 21:15 Christopher Reason - Box of Chocolates (b04vk8pn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


THU 22:00 My Teenage Diary (b04vj1xg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking (b00p67ts)
Series 3

Episode 4

Laura Solon presents her third series of sketches, monologues and one-liners.

This week unwelcoming neighbour Annabelle quizzes an unsuspecting soul over his windchimes; useless entrepreneur, Carole Price, takes another swing at selling her bad ideas to the world and someone travels back from the very near future to warn a man about his blind date.

Starring Laura Solon, with Rosie Cavaliero, Ben Moor and Ben Willbond.

Producer: Colin Anderson.


THU 23:00 Continuity (b00tq0p2)
Episode 5

A Continuity Announcer's booth can be a lonely place - especially on the late shift, when you've barely seen your wife and children for a week. Still, this Radio 4 Continuity Announcer is nothing, if not a consummate professional and he's not going to let his own insignificant little problems get in the way of your listening pleasure. Especially when there are so many exciting programmes coming up in the next week, which he's got to tell you about. At least some of them are exciting. Some of them aren't quite his cup of tea, if he's honest, but that's not really the point, is it? They may be right up your street. It's not really his place to express an opinion. Even if it is tempting. This may be a come-down from heady days spent announcing on the Today programme, but he's got a job to do. Though sometimes it is rather difficult to concentrate .....

Alistair McGowan stars in a new subversive sitcom about a Continuity Announcer brooding on the escalating disasters of his private and professional life; at the same time as attempting to give us a preview of the programmes on offer in the coming week on Radio 4. Or what might be Radio 4 in a parallel universe. Trails for 'The Ethical Enigma', 'Britain's Favourite Sound' and 'The History of Britain One Year at a Time' are just some of the strange delights on offer in the world of this 'radio professional', who harbours a slightly inappropriate relationship with his audience.

Written by Hugh Rycroft a stalwart of 'The News Quiz' and co-creator of 'Parliamentary Questions' and 'Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue', the series also features the voices of Lewis Macleod, Sally Grace, Charlotte Page and David Holt.

Produced by David Spicer and Frank Stirling.
A Unique Production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 23:15 Ivor Cutler - A Stuggy Pren (b00ctktw)
Episode 4

Poet and composer Ivor Cutler on bargain hunting, water flowers and 'Beelyploomkins'. From June 1994.


THU 23:30 Pleased to Meet You (b018j8cb)
A Very Dora Christmas

Episode 2

Legendary showbiz veteran Dora Dale reveals what, or rather who, she is roasting on an open fire.

Playing her own choice of festive tunes, Dora shares more of her saucy seasonal yarns.

Written and produced by Jake Yapp and Martin Kelner

Made by BBC Radio Leeds for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in December 2011.



FRIDAY 02 JANUARY 2015

FRI 00:00 The Lunar Effect (b007k1hv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:15 Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life (b00n4wyn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Edith Wharton - The Reef (b00b3gv2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 00:45 Book of the Week (b017mvx0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Who Goes There? (b00fnq9s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Great Lives (b0076ds8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Terry Pratchett (b00b8rpc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Big Ben's Chimes - A Poetic Tale (b04xrgm4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:50 Inheritance Tracks (b04kk06k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:50 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Charles Dickens (b00ph6s7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Afternoon Reading (b00zt3pp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:15 Christopher Reason - Box of Chocolates (b04vk8pn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue (b007k1rc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 The Elephant Man (b04vf6rt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:55 Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen (b01n7knk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:55 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Terry Pratchett (b00bdjq2)
Small Gods

Episode 4

Deacon Vorbis has returned triumphantly to Omnia. He proclaims himself the One True Prophet.

But Brutha knows what really happened in the desert and the Great God Om is still out there, stuck in the body of a tortoise.

Conclusion of Terry Pratchett's comic Discworld fantasy starring Carl Prekopp, Patrick Barlow and Alex Jennings. With Anton Lesser as the Narrator.

Narrator ...... Anton Lesser
Om ...... Patrick Barlow
Brutha ...... Carl Prekopp
Vorbis ...... Alex Jennings
Fergman ...... Gerard McDermott
Urn ...... John Cummins
Nhumrod ...... Geoffrey Beevers
Sergeant Simony ...... Nick Sayce
Death ...... Michael Kilgarriff

Other parts played by the cast.

Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Producer: Claire Grove
Director: Gordon House

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2006.


FRI 06:30 Laughter Close to Tears (b008s5hf)
From Burma to Zimbabwe, Michael Rosen hears contemporary jokes from those oppressed by repressive regimes. From January 2008.


FRI 07:00 Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me (b0076sqs)
Series 2

Thanks for the Memory

No Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me
Series 2
Episode 4 of 4 - Thanks for the Memory

George is surprised when everyone seems to have forgotten his 70th birthday. Roy, concealing his real plans, offers to buy him a bag of chips on the way home from the pub. But an evening of celebration brings back some bittersweet memories.

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

Written by Marcus Powell
Producer Carol Smith.


FRI 07:30 The Rest is History (b04vk0c1)
Series 1

Episode 3

Frank Skinner loves history, but just doesn't know much of it.

This comedy discussion show with celebrity guests promises to help him find out more about it.

With John Lloyd, Katy Brand and historian in residence Dr Kate Williams

Frank and company navigate their way through the annals of time, picking out and chewing over the funniest, oddest, and most interesting moments in history.

Producers: Dan Schreiber and Justin Pollard

An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2014.


FRI 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jzps)
Series 1

A House on the Cliff

The Lad's after a new home, but is it really the best idea to get Sid to build it?

Starring Tony Hancock.

With Moira Lister, Bill Kerr and Sidney James.

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Theme and incidental music composed by Wally Stott. Recorded by the BBC Revue Orchestra conducted by Harry Rabinowitz.

Producer: Dennis Main Wilson

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in January 1955.


FRI 08:30 The Men from the Ministry (b0102v9g)
The Bigger the Better

A peculiar potion grows on the bumbling bureaucrats.

A weekly tribute to all those who work in government departments.

Stars Richard Murdoch and Deryck Guyler. With Norma Ronald, Clive Dunn and Gordon Clyde.

Written by Edward Taylor and John Graham.

'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.

Producer: Edward Taylor
First broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 in August 1970.


FRI 09:00 The Museum of Curiosity (b00snrk4)
Series 3

Episode 6

John Lloyd invites guests David Eagleman, Neil Gaiman and Sarah Millican to add to the collection. From June 2010.


FRI 09:30 Big Jim and the Figaro Club (b008m30v)
Boning Up on History

Harold Perkins wants to dig for post-war Britain, but the workmates decide to soil his plans.

Six anarchic tales from those demob days “when we was going to build the new Jerusalem - you know, before the world turned lax and sour”.

Stars Norman Rossington as Big Jim, Roland Curram as Harold Perkins, Harold Goodwin as Old Ned, David John as Nimrod, Sylvester McCoy as Turps, David Beckett as Chick, Steven Harrold as Harry, Hilary Mason as Miss Farquhar, Douglas Blackwell as the Farmer and Ben Aris as Trev the Rev.

Narrated by Bernard Cribbins.

Written by Ted Walker.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1987.


FRI 10:00 Mervyn Peake - The History of Titus Groan (b016ljn0)
Titus Arrives

Heir to crumbling stone and ancient ritual, the idiosyncratic life of Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan begins. Stars Paul Rhys.


FRI 11:00 Oscar Wilde (b007k13j)
The Nightingale and the Rose

A bird makes the ultimate sacrifice so that an unworldly young man can woo his love. Read by John Moffatt. From December 1997.


FRI 11:15 Bonnie Greer - Rosa Parks (b01qfl2m)
On December 1st 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks boarded a bus and refused to give up her seat. Her arrest gave birth to the American Civil Rights Movement.

Bonnie Greer's drama stars Albie Parsons as Rosa Parks, Clarke Peters as ED Nixon, Ray Shell as Martin Luther King, Mona Hammond as Rosa's Mother, Anthony Ofoegbu as Parks, Amanda Gordon as JoAnn Robinson, Alastair Danson as the Judge, Iwan Thomas as the Bus Driver and Christina Chou and Matthew Givens as the Children.

Director: Claire Grove

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997.


FRI 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jzps)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 The Men from the Ministry (b0102v9g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Terry Pratchett (b00bdjq2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Laughter Close to Tears (b008s5hf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 The Lunar Effect (b007k1k4)
The Hiring Fair

Strong moonlight forces spark a sequence of events which echo across generations. Frances Tomelty reads Polly Devlin's tale.

In 1867 a young girl living with her father on their isolated County Tyrone farm often senses the magical attraction of the full moon. On one particular night of bright, silvery moonlight she gives in to strong forces sparking a sequence of events which echo across generations.


FRI 14:15 Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life (b00n4wyq)
Domestic Violence

Continuing her hidden history, Amanda Vickery reveals the dark side of private life, and how the home became a trap.


FRI 14:30 Edith Wharton - The Reef (b00b3zz3)
Episode 5

Darrow sets out to persuade Sophie to leave Givre, but discovers affairs are much more complicated than he’d realised.

Published in 1912, The Reef is one of Edith Wharton's most accomplished yet neglected novels - revealing the submerged and perilous depths beneath the surface of even the most conventional of its characters.

Starring Ben Miles as George Darrow, Jodhi May as Sophie, Teresa Gallagher as Anna, Julian Ovenden as Owen and Sian Thomas as the Narrator.

Dramatised by Penny Leicester.

Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


FRI 14:45 Book of the Week (b017mwz2)
Charles Dickens: A Life, by Claire Tomalin

Episode 5

Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography of one of Britain's best loved novelists paints a portrait of a brilliant writer and a complex man. Today's themes are adulation and farewells.

Claire Tomalin's well-received biography of one of the nation's literary giants is broadcast to mark the 150th anniversary of his death in June 2020. Here Tomalin evocatively portrays Dickens as a writer charged with tremendous imagination and energy, enabling him to create characters who continue to endure in our popular culture from The Artful Dodger, Mr Pickwick, Pip and David Copperfield. He was also a hard-working journalist, a philanthropist, a supporter of social causes, and father of ten, and yet his genius also had a dark side.

Claire Tomalin was literary editor of the The New Statesman and then the Sunday Times before becoming a full time writer. Her biographies are award winning. The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft, won the Whitbread First Book Award, and Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self was Whitbread Book of the Year in 2002.

Read by Penelope Wilton
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Read by Penelope Wilton
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.


FRI 15:00 Mervyn Peake - The History of Titus Groan (b016ljn0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 The 4 O'Clock Show (b04vkdqy)
Joan Lingard, Bat Detectors and Toy Orchestras

Mel Giedroyc searches for some spooky Scottish bats, makes music with old toys and hears the Commonwealth Games inspired short story The Wicked Generation, by Joan Lingard.


FRI 17:00 After Henry (b007jq99)
Series 3

Different Viewpoints

'If the television is a guest in the house, it's rude to exclude it from the conversation. If the television says something, then one would be impolite not to respond to it.'

Sarah is irritated by her mother Eleanor's opinions on TV - and every other subject...

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

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 November 1987.


FRI 17:30 Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me (b0076sqs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:55 Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen (b01n7m30)
Something Vibrating

The Earthmen overcome the deadly putron ray, but they're not clear of the Thargoids yet. Kenny Everett's 1970s sci-fi serial starring the world's most fabulous starship captain.


FRI 18:00 The Museum of Curiosity (b00snrk4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 18:30 My Life in Five Books (b00vc3t4)
Series 1

Quintin Jardine

In this series Stuart Cosgrove meets guests from the literary world and beyond to hear about the five very special books in their lives.

Quintin Jardine has built up a huge following for his crime novels featuring the fictional Edinburgh policeman Bob Skinner. From Skinner's Rules in 1993 the series now runs to 19 books.

Quintin himself has had a varied career including spells as a journalist and a political spin doctor.

Talking to Stuart he chooses five titles that he's found influential including the book that convinced him that he could do better and launched him on his own writing career.


FRI 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jzps)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 The Men from the Ministry (b0102v9g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Terry Pratchett (b00bdjq2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Laughter Close to Tears (b008s5hf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Oscar Wilde (b007k13j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 21:15 Bonnie Greer - Rosa Parks (b01qfl2m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


FRI 22:00 The Rest is History (b04vk0c1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Radio Shuttleworth (b007jq8z)
Series 2

Barbara Dickson

Sheffield's aspiring singer-songwriter John Shuttleworth takes to the airwaves once more from his very own his front room.

Aided by his producer (and sole agent) Ken Worthington, and his hard-to-please wife Mary, the inimitable John Shuttleworth presents a mixture of celebrity guests, domestic chores and music.
.
Bill Bailey drops in for "Impress an Impresario" while Hattie Hayridge telephones to "Make Mary Merry"

Special guest Barbara Dickson pops in for a chat, but her timing couldn't have been worse as John is expecting a rush of callers responding to his advert for the sale of son Darren's cabin bed.

Written and performed by Graham Fellows.

Additional material by Martin Willis.

Producer: Dawn Ellis.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2000


FRI 23:00 Blue Jam (b04vf870)
Series 2

Episode 5

Cult dark comedy from the imagination of Chris Morris. With Julia Davis, Sally Phillips and Kevin Eldon. From April 1998.




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

4 Extra Celebrates Dora Bryan 09:00 SAT (b03szf7d)

4 Extra Celebrates Dora Bryan 19:00 SAT (b03szf7d)

4 at the Store 23:30 WED (b00d7jpz)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b04vj2lh)

A Good Read 01:30 TUE (b04vj2lh)

After Henry 05:00 SAT (b007k01q)

After Henry 17:00 FRI (b007jq99)

Afternoon Reading 10:45 SUN (b00t4ndn)

Afternoon Reading 21:45 SUN (b00t4ndn)

Afternoon Reading 01:45 MON (b00t4ndn)

Afternoon Reading 11:00 TUE (b00zsdvj)

Afternoon Reading 21:00 TUE (b00zsdvj)

Afternoon Reading 04:00 WED (b00zsdvj)

Afternoon Reading 11:00 WED (b00zsjyx)

Afternoon Reading 21:02 WED (b00zsjyx)

Afternoon Reading 04:00 THU (b00zsjyx)

Afternoon Reading 11:00 THU (b00zt3pp)

Afternoon Reading 21:00 THU (b00zt3pp)

Afternoon Reading 04:00 FRI (b00zt3pp)

Ainsley's First Kitchen 02:30 SAT (b0076w78)

Alan Bennett - The Lady in the Van 13:30 SUN (b0120vy5)

Alan Bennett - The Lady in the Van 03:30 MON (b0120vy5)

Alison and Maud 09:30 THU (b007k377)

Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life 00:15 SAT (b00mzw4q)

Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life 14:15 MON (b00n4wyz)

Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life 00:15 TUE (b00n4wyz)

Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life 14:15 TUE (b00n4wyj)

Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life 00:15 WED (b00n4wyj)

Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life 14:15 WED (b00n4wyl)

Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life 00:15 THU (b00n4wyl)

Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life 14:15 THU (b00n4wyn)

Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life 00:15 FRI (b00n4wyn)

Amanda Vickery - A History of Private Life 14:15 FRI (b00n4wyq)

Archive on 4 08:00 SAT (b00pj0y2)

Archive on 4 15:00 SAT (b00pj0y2)

Archive on 4 01:00 SUN (b00pj0y2)

As Time Goes By 08:30 MON (b04v8rll)

As Time Goes By 12:30 MON (b04v8rll)

As Time Goes By 19:30 MON (b04v8rll)

As Told To Craig Brown 23:30 MON (b00b7qs7)

Big Ben's Chimes - A Poetic Tale 06:30 THU (b04xrgm4)

Big Ben's Chimes - A Poetic Tale 13:30 THU (b04xrgm4)

Big Ben's Chimes - A Poetic Tale 20:30 THU (b04xrgm4)

Big Ben's Chimes - A Poetic Tale 02:30 FRI (b04xrgm4)

Big Ben's Chimes 19:00 WED (b03m7fq9)

Big Ben's Chimes 20:00 WED (b03mj0vc)

Big Ben's Chimes 21:00 WED (b03m80vk)

Big Ben's Chimes 22:00 WED (b03m78kj)

Big Ben's Chimes 23:00 WED (b03m3xk5)

Big Ben's Chimes 00:00 THU (b01nt4q1)

Big Jim and the Figaro Club 09:30 FRI (b008m30v)

Bleak Expectations 22:30 SUN (b00d7jpx)

Blue Jam 23:00 FRI (b04vf870)

Bonnie Greer - Rosa Parks 11:15 FRI (b01qfl2m)

Bonnie Greer - Rosa Parks 21:15 FRI (b01qfl2m)

Book of the Week 14:45 MON (b017lt53)

Book of the Week 00:45 TUE (b017lt53)

Book of the Week 14:45 TUE (b017mrbj)

Book of the Week 00:45 WED (b017mrbj)

Book of the Week 14:45 WED (b017mv1k)

Book of the Week 00:45 THU (b017mv1k)

Book of the Week 14:45 THU (b017mvx0)

Book of the Week 00:45 FRI (b017mvx0)

Book of the Week 14:45 FRI (b017mwz2)

Bram Stoker - Dracula 18:00 SAT (b04y9dlb)

Bram Stoker - Dracula 00:00 SUN (b04y9dlb)

Brian Gulliver's Travels 07:30 SUN (b00zdh7k)

Brian Gulliver's Travels 22:00 SUN (b00zdh7k)

Brian Gulliver's Travels 03:00 MON (b00zdh7k)

Britain Versus the World 09:30 MON (b04vf6rp)

Britain Versus the World 22:30 MON (b04vf6rp)

Byron Rogers - The Last Human Cannonball 07:15 SUN (b00fy2r2)

Byron Rogers - The Last Human Cannonball 13:15 SUN (b00fy2r2)

Cabin Pressure 07:30 TUE (b04vf25d)

Cabin Pressure 22:00 TUE (b04vf25d)

Cabin Pressure 07:30 WED (b04vf959)

Cabin Pressure 22:02 WED (b04vf959)

Charles Dickens 00:00 SAT (b00pdkdp)

Charles Dickens 10:00 THU (b00ph6s7)

Charles Dickens 15:00 THU (b00ph6s7)

Charles Dickens 03:00 FRI (b00ph6s7)

Christopher Reason - Box of Chocolates 11:15 THU (b04vk8pn)

Christopher Reason - Box of Chocolates 21:15 THU (b04vk8pn)

Christopher Reason - Box of Chocolates 04:15 FRI (b04vk8pn)

Concrete Cow 23:02 WED (b04v8zs2)

Continuity 23:00 THU (b00tq0p2)

Dead Ringers 23:00 MON (b04vjl75)

Dead Ringers 09:00 TUE (b04vjl75)

Dead Ringers 18:00 TUE (b04vjl75)

Dead Ringers 01:00 WED (b04vjl75)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (b04vf1h1)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (b04vf1h1)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 01:00 MON (b04vf1h1)

Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me 05:30 SAT (b0076sm2)

Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me 07:00 FRI (b0076sqs)

Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me 17:30 FRI (b0076sqs)

Doctor Who 02:00 SAT (b01875j2)

Doctor Who 06:00 MON (b0187yc3)

Doctor Who 13:00 MON (b0187yc3)

Doctor Who 20:00 MON (b0187yc3)

Doctor Who 02:00 TUE (b0187yc3)

Doctor at Large 08:30 TUE (b00b3h85)

Doctor at Large 12:30 TUE (b00b3h85)

Doctor at Large 19:30 TUE (b00b3h85)

Drama 11:15 TUE (b00rb16l)

Drama 21:15 TUE (b00rb16l)

Drama 04:15 WED (b00rb16l)

Drama 11:15 WED (b00rb2sx)

Drama 21:15 WED (b00rb2sx)

Drama 04:15 THU (b00rb2sx)

Edith Wharton - The Reef 14:30 MON (b00b2grv)

Edith Wharton - The Reef 00:30 TUE (b00b2grv)

Edith Wharton - The Reef 14:30 TUE (b00b2qv8)

Edith Wharton - The Reef 00:30 WED (b00b2qv8)

Edith Wharton - The Reef 14:30 WED (b00b32bz)

Edith Wharton - The Reef 00:30 THU (b00b32bz)

Edith Wharton - The Reef 14:30 THU (b00b3gv2)

Edith Wharton - The Reef 00:30 FRI (b00b3gv2)

Edith Wharton - The Reef 14:30 FRI (b00b3zz3)

Fabulous 23:45 SAT (b00hs90r)

Fags, Mags and Bags 23:30 TUE (b01llcp6)

Flight of the Conchords 22:30 TUE (b00dn8br)

Foul Play 09:00 WED (b00yy8yz)

Foul Play 18:02 WED (b00yy8yz)

Foul Play 01:00 THU (b00yy8yz)

Garrison Keillor's Radio Show 11:00 SUN (b018sgj4)

Garrison Keillor's Radio Show 19:00 SUN (b018sgj4)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b0076ds8)

Great Lives 01:30 FRI (b0076ds8)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 FRI (b007jzps)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 FRI (b007jzps)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 FRI (b007jzps)

Hans Christian Andersen - The Snow Queen 09:00 SUN (b00pgyd8)

Hans Christian Andersen - The Snow Queen 17:00 SUN (b00pgyd8)

Hans Christian Andersen - The Snow Queen 05:00 MON (b00pgyd8)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 07:30 MON (b04vdngk)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 22:00 MON (b04vdngk)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:30 WED (b00scw5v)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:30 WED (b00scw5v)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:30 WED (b00scw5v)

Inheritance Tracks 06:50 THU (b04kk06k)

Inheritance Tracks 13:50 THU (b04kk06k)

Inheritance Tracks 20:50 THU (b04kk06k)

Inheritance Tracks 02:50 FRI (b04kk06k)

It Sticks Out Half A Mile 08:00 THU (b007jq3p)

It Sticks Out Half A Mile 12:00 THU (b007jq3p)

It Sticks Out Half A Mile 19:00 THU (b007jq3p)

Ivor Cutler - A Stuggy Pren 23:15 THU (b00ctktw)

JCW Brook - The Tale of the Knight, the Witch and the Dragon 06:00 SAT (b04vdykh)

JCW Brook - The Tale of the Knight, the Witch and the Dragon 16:00 SAT (b04vdykh)

JCW Brook - The Tale of the Knight, the Witch and the Dragon 04:00 SUN (b04vdykh)

James Hopkin - A Georgian Trilogy 04:00 SAT (b01ng1hz)

Jeremy Seal - Santa: A Life 00:45 SAT (b0076w3f)

Jerome K Jerome - Three Men in a Boat 08:00 SUN (b01cj229)

Jerome K Jerome - Three Men in a Boat 15:00 SUN (b01cj229)

Jerome K Jerome - Three Men in a Boat 20:00 SUN (b01cj229)

Jerome K Jerome - Three Men in a Boat 02:00 MON (b01cj229)

Josie Long: All of the Planet's Wonders 23:30 SAT (b00hqhzh)

Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen 05:55 SAT (b01n4f9y)

Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen 17:55 MON (b01n6yr1)

Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen 05:55 TUE (b01n6yr1)

Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen 17:55 TUE (b01n6zvn)

Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen 05:55 WED (b01n6zvn)

Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen 17:55 WED (b01n7hgs)

Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen 05:55 THU (b01n7hgs)

Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen 17:55 THU (b01n7knk)

Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen 05:55 FRI (b01n7knk)

Kenny Everett - Captain Kremmen 17:55 FRI (b01n7m30)

Knocker 23:15 SUN (b0089jjk)

Ladies of Letters 00:30 SAT (b01pdy7x)

Ladies of Letters 06:00 SUN (b01pft3x)

Ladies of Letters 12:00 SUN (b01pft3x)

Laughter Close to Tears 06:30 FRI (b008s5hf)

Laughter Close to Tears 13:30 FRI (b008s5hf)

Laughter Close to Tears 20:30 FRI (b008s5hf)

Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking 22:30 THU (b00p67ts)

Like They've Never Been Gone 17:00 MON (b00c4bs5)

Like They've Never Been Gone 05:00 TUE (b00c4bs5)

Loose Ends 11:15 MON (b04vjrjt)

Loose Ends 21:15 MON (b04vjrjt)

Loose Ends 04:15 TUE (b04vjrjt)

Marriage Lines 08:00 MON (b04v8rlj)

Marriage Lines 12:00 MON (b04v8rlj)

Marriage Lines 19:00 MON (b04v8rlj)

Mel's Mix: The Best of The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 SUN (b04vf1h3)

Mervyn Peake - The History of Titus Groan 10:00 FRI (b016ljn0)

Mervyn Peake - The History of Titus Groan 15:00 FRI (b016ljn0)

My Life in Five Books 01:30 SAT (b00v6kfk)

My Life in Five Books 18:30 FRI (b00vc3t4)

My Teenage Diary 07:30 THU (b04vj1xg)

My Teenage Diary 22:00 THU (b04vj1xg)

Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs in Conversation 11:00 MON (b04vj1f2)

Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs in Conversation 21:00 MON (b04vj1f2)

Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs in Conversation 04:00 TUE (b04vj1f2)

Nineteen Ninety-Four 07:00 TUE (b013dntm)

Nineteen Ninety-Four 17:30 TUE (b013dntm)

Nineteen Ninety-Four 05:30 WED (b013dntm)

North East of Eden 07:00 MON (b01f9t2c)

North East of Eden 17:30 MON (b01f9t2c)

North East of Eden 05:30 TUE (b01f9t2c)

North by Northamptonshire 07:00 WED (b018xy2d)

North by Northamptonshire 17:30 WED (b018xy2d)

North by Northamptonshire 05:30 THU (b018xy2d)

Off the Page 18:30 WED (b0076gs9)

Off the Page 01:30 THU (b0076gs9)

Old Harry's Game 22:30 WED (b007k078)

Oscar Wilde 11:00 FRI (b007k13j)

Oscar Wilde 21:00 FRI (b007k13j)

Pleased to Meet You 23:30 THU (b018j8cb)

Radio Shuttleworth 22:30 FRI (b007jq8z)

Scrooby Trevithick 23:00 TUE (b00rbnmp)

Sid and Dora 14:00 SAT (b04vd29z)

Sketchorama Extra 22:00 SAT (b04vf070)

Small Presses, Big Ideas 06:30 TUE (b008j8vq)

Small Presses, Big Ideas 13:30 TUE (b008j8vq)

Small Presses, Big Ideas 20:30 TUE (b008j8vq)

Small Presses, Big Ideas 02:30 WED (b008j8vq)

Spike Milligan 14:30 SAT (b04vd21s)

Stop Messing About! 08:30 SUN (b00rmxpt)

Stop Messing About! 15:30 SUN (b00rmxpt)

Stop Messing About! 20:30 SUN (b00rmxpt)

Stop Messing About! 02:30 MON (b00rmxpt)

Take It From Here 08:00 WED (b013m01w)

Take It From Here 12:00 WED (b013m01w)

Take It From Here 19:02 WED (b013m01w)

Terry Pratchett 06:00 TUE (b00b1p28)

Terry Pratchett 13:00 TUE (b00b1p28)

Terry Pratchett 20:00 TUE (b00b1p28)

Terry Pratchett 02:00 WED (b00b1p28)

Terry Pratchett 06:00 WED (b00b50xj)

Terry Pratchett 13:00 WED (b00b50xj)

Terry Pratchett 20:02 WED (b00b50xj)

Terry Pratchett 02:00 THU (b00b50xj)

Terry Pratchett 06:00 THU (b00b8rpc)

Terry Pratchett 13:00 THU (b00b8rpc)

Terry Pratchett 20:00 THU (b00b8rpc)

Terry Pratchett 02:00 FRI (b00b8rpc)

Terry Pratchett 06:00 FRI (b00bdjq2)

Terry Pratchett 13:00 FRI (b00bdjq2)

Terry Pratchett 20:00 FRI (b00bdjq2)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 MON (b04vj2lf)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 TUE (b04vjj5t)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 WED (b04vjyhl)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 THU (b04vk8pq)

The 4 O'Clock Show 16:00 FRI (b04vkdqy)

The Cornwell Estate 23:00 SUN (b00vkxy6)

The Elephant Man 07:00 THU (b04vf6rt)

The Elephant Man 17:30 THU (b04vf6rt)

The Elephant Man 05:30 FRI (b04vf6rt)

The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket 17:00 TUE (b04vf7q6)

The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket 05:00 WED (b04vf7q6)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b00kjh64)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b00kjh64)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b00kjh64)

The Hudson and Pepperdine Show 09:30 WED (b0075tgf)

The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries 03:00 SAT (b0084sb1)

The Jason Explanation of... 08:30 THU (b007jpwr)

The Jason Explanation of... 12:30 THU (b007jpwr)

The Jason Explanation of... 19:30 THU (b007jpwr)

The King of the Swingers 06:30 WED (b0076y48)

The King of the Swingers 13:30 WED (b0076y48)

The King of the Swingers 20:30 WED (b0076y48)

The King of the Swingers 02:30 THU (b0076y48)

The Lady Detectives 13:15 SAT (b00cqf3n)

The Lady Detectives 03:15 SUN (b00cqf3n)

The Late Mrs Buggins 06:30 MON (b0076rjr)

The Late Mrs Buggins 13:30 MON (b0076rjr)

The Late Mrs Buggins 20:30 MON (b0076rjr)

The Late Mrs Buggins 02:30 TUE (b0076rjr)

The Lunar Effect 14:00 MON (b007k1d8)

The Lunar Effect 00:00 TUE (b007k1d8)

The Lunar Effect 14:00 TUE (b007k1fd)

The Lunar Effect 00:00 WED (b007k1fd)

The Lunar Effect 14:00 WED (b007k1dn)

The Lunar Effect 00:02 THU (b007k1dn)

The Lunar Effect 14:00 THU (b007k1hv)

The Lunar Effect 00:00 FRI (b007k1hv)

The Lunar Effect 14:00 FRI (b007k1k4)

The Mark Steel Lecture 23:00 SAT (b007r5lk)

The Masterson Inheritance 23:30 SUN (b007jr3g)

The Men from the Ministry 08:30 FRI (b0102v9g)

The Men from the Ministry 12:30 FRI (b0102v9g)

The Men from the Ministry 19:30 FRI (b0102v9g)

The Museum of Curiosity 01:00 SAT (b00slqw1)

The Museum of Curiosity 09:00 FRI (b00snrk4)

The Museum of Curiosity 18:00 FRI (b00snrk4)

The Nose School 07:30 SAT (b00tr3ps)

The Rest is History 17:30 SAT (b04vd88y)

The Rest is History 05:30 SUN (b04vd88y)

The Rest is History 07:30 FRI (b04vk0c1)

The Rest is History 22:00 FRI (b04vk0c1)

The Scarifyers 18:30 SUN (b01bl9tb)

The Scarifyers 00:30 MON (b01bl9tb)

The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue 17:00 THU (b007k1rc)

The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue 05:00 FRI (b007k1rc)

The Skool Days of Nigel Molesworth (Omnibus) 12:00 SAT (b04vdzxb)

The Skool Days of Nigel Molesworth (Omnibus) 02:00 SUN (b04vdzxb)

The Sorcerer's Apprentice 04:15 SAT (b008j0gn)

The Tingle Factor 18:30 TUE (b04vjkfv)

The Tingle Factor 01:30 WED (b04vjkfv)

The Write Stuff 09:00 MON (b00vcpf4)

The Write Stuff 18:00 MON (b00vcpf4)

The Write Stuff 01:00 TUE (b00vcpf4)

Thinking of Leaving Your Husband? 17:00 WED (b00rrkg5)

Thinking of Leaving Your Husband? 05:00 THU (b00rrkg5)

Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes 10:00 MON (b007jphk)

Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes 15:00 MON (b007jphk)

Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes 03:00 TUE (b007jphk)

Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes 10:00 TUE (b007jpj0)

Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes 15:00 TUE (b007jpj0)

Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes 03:00 WED (b007jpj0)

Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes 10:00 WED (b007jpjg)

Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes 15:00 WED (b007jpjg)

Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes 03:00 THU (b007jpjg)

Tickets Please 09:30 TUE (b00nv6nh)

Weird Tales 18:00 SUN (b00vknrq)

Weird Tales 00:00 MON (b00vknrq)

Who Goes There? 09:00 THU (b00fnq9s)

Who Goes There? 18:00 THU (b00fnq9s)

Who Goes There? 01:00 FRI (b00fnq9s)