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SATURDAY 30 MAY 2015

SAT 00:00 The Devil in Amber by Mark Gatiss (b00vfjsh)
5. Desperation

Will spy hero Lucifer Box reach cult leader Olympus Mons' Satanic lair, deep beneath the Swiss Alps, in time to prevent the sacrifice of the "perfect victim"?

Mark Gatiss concludes his own fiendishly gripping adventure.

Abridged by David Jackson Young.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in 2010.


SAT 00:30 My Life in Five Songs (b01d2fq2)
Series 4

Kate Rusby

Kate Rusby's been described as one of the most talented folk singers of her generation.

Headlining at many national folk festivals and touring widely she's built a loyal following of fans and is one of our best known contemporary folk singers.

Her unwavering love of folk music hasn't stopped her collaborating with other well-known musicians and singers including Eddi Reader, Roddie Woomble and Ronan Keating. Kate's recording of the Ray Davis song The Village Green Preservation Society was used as the theme tune for the successful TV series Jam and Jerusalem.

Kate tells Phil Cunningham about her five special songs and reveals a newly found skill. She's a dab hand at stripping wallpaper and painting having recently restored a house in her home village which is now her family home.

Phil starts with Kate's song 'I Courted a Sailor' and Kate goes on to pick these five songs.

1: Nic Jones - Little Pot Stove
2: Hot Rize- Won't You Come and Sing For Me
3: The Cardigans- Lead Me into the Night
4: Aberfeldy- Slow Me Down
5: Damien O'Kane- Summer Hill.


SAT 01:00 Julie Enfield Investigates (b007jxtt)
Terminus

5. Clue

The "Lucky Charm" killer has claimed 4 lives. DS Enfield now believes the murderer is female. Then someone sends her a photograph...

Conclusion of Nick Fisher's atmospheric thriller.

Starring Imelda Staunton as Detective Superintendent Julie Enfield.

Nicholas Farrell ..... DCI Michael Stanley
Dominic Letts ..... Terminus
Geoffrey Matthews ..... Julie Enfield's Father
Maggie McCarthy ..... Sarah
Elaine Claxton ..... Shelley
Claire Russell ..... Rachel
David Jarvis ..... Station Announcer

Producer: Richard Wortley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1994.


SAT 01:30 Star Wars on the South Bank (b00rtbg2)
Almost thirty years ago serious plans were made to simulate a Mars colony on the Southbank of the River Thames. Such an outrageous idea would be dismissed outright if it wasn't dreamt up by one of Britain's greatest social reformers - Michael Young.

Lord Young of Dartington, who died in 2002, was committed to building institutions dedicated to social improvement. He initiated or played a major role in creating the Consumers' Association, the Open University, as well as Labour's 1945 manifesto - Let us face the future. But then in 1984 he launched the Argo Venture, a collective of Britain's finest scientists, thinkers and space experts who were calling for the planting of human colonies in space. His son, the author and journalist Toby Young, asks was the Argo Venture an idea too far?

He recruited an amazing cast of volunteers; the Scientist James Lovelock, the astronomer Lord Martin Rees and the Science writer Nigel Calder amongst others. Young's legacy was indisputably great but was this latter-day Georgian folly, born of a grandee legendary enthusiasm? Was the whole project set for failure? Could a serious British Mars Programme exemplify the spirit of the early 21st century?

In this programme Toby Young talks to Lord Martin Rees, Professor Colin Pillinger and hears from passionate advocates of Martian colonisation, but what was his father looking for in Space?

Produced by Barney Rowntree
A Somethin Else production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b00t5kln)
Tishani Doshi - The Pleasure Seekers

Episode 5

Tishani Doshi's comic yet tender story of four generations of the Patel-Joneses, inspired by her own Welsh-Gujarati background.

Babo and Sian are living happily in their own house, with orange and black gates, next door to the Punjab Women's Association. Now they have two small daughters, Mayuri and Bean. When Bean is taken to Grandmother Ba's house for her naming ceremony, Ba warns the young parents that they'd better stop there because Bean will keep their hands full, at which the tiny baby laughs, her first proper laugh. By the time she's six, she's regularly seeing ghosts. Then Sian gets a phone call - it's bad news from Wales.

The reader is Indira Varma. Indira appeared recently in the 6 part BBC drama Luther. In 2006 she played Suzie Costello in Torchwood.

Abridged and directed by Nigel Lewis

Producer: Kate McAll.


SAT 02:15 The Making of Music (b007r038)
Series 1

Haydn and the Esterhazys

James Naughtie presents a series chronicling the historical influences that affected the course of classical music.

20/30. Haydn and the Esterhazys

Employed by the hugely wealthy Esterhazy family, Joseph Haydn lived mainly in their isolated palace and produced music on demand. Of his prolific output, Haydn himself admitted that he was cut off from the outside world and forced to become original.


SAT 02:30 Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (b007jmqj)
Episode 10

Marius finds student life is both happy and harsh. Valjean and Cosette have a tough decision to make. With Roger Allam.


SAT 02:45 Book of the Week (b00t3cyw)
Jackie Kay - Red Dust Road

Episode 5

Acclaimed poet Jackie Kay traces her biological parents in a journey from Scotland to Lagos.

Jackie reads the final extract from her memoir, including an emotional conclusion to her Nigerian odyssey.

Producer/Abridger: Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 03:00 Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited (b007k2r7)
Stormy Waters

Charles is overwhelmed by meeting Julia again on board ship, but will his relationship with the Marchmain family still prove to be jinxed?

Ben Miles and Jamie Bamber star in the conclusion of Evelyn Waugh's novel of life, love and a forgotten era.

Charles Ryder ...... Ben Miles
Sebastian Flyte ...... Jamie Bamber
Mr Ryder ...... Benjamin Whitrow
Lady Marchmain ...... Eleanor Bron
Rex Mottram ...... William Hope
Julia ...... Anne-Marie Duff
Cordelia ...... Abby Ford
Mr Samgrass ...... Thomas Arnold
Brideshead ...... Toby Jones
Wilcox ...... Andrew Wincott
Celia ...... Eve Best
Anthony Blanche ...... Geoffrey Streatfeild
Boy Mulcaster ...... Tom Smith
Cara ...... Liza Sadovy
Nanny Hawkins ...... Ann Beach
Lord Marchmain ...... Edward Petherbridge
Doctor ...... Sean Baker
Father MacKay ...... Jonathan Keeble

Dramatised by Jeremy Front.

Music by Neil Brand

Director: Marion Nancarrow

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2003.


SAT 04:00 The National Theatre of Brent's Iconic Icons (b0132l7g)
The Dalai Lama, or How the West Was Won

The multi award winning National Theatre of Brent - Artistic Director Desmond Olivier Dingle and the entire acting company (Raymond Box) - returns triumphantly to Radio 4 in the last of an occasional series celebrating the rare but rarefied beings deemed in Desmond's expert view to be Iconic Icons. Previous celebratees include Bob Dylan and Tracey Emin.

The final and climactic iconic icon is his holiness the Dalai Lama. Desmond and Raymond trace his journey from two year old yak boy to disaffected teenage Dalai to the mature Lama, exiled from his country, separated from his people, but spiritually at one with himself and the world, and possessor of a top twinkly smile. They also present Buddhism in a Nutshell.

Written and performed by the National Theatre of Brent, who are Patrick Barlow and John Ramm, in front of an audience at the Bush Hall in London, this latest addition to the Brent canon will be as essential and massive a contribution to the current artistic and spiritual life of this country as the rest of their work. And, of course it will be very funny.

Desmond Olivier Dingle ..... Patrick Barlow
Raymond Box ..... John Ramm

Director: Patrick Barlow

Producer: Liz Anstee
A CPL Production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 04:30 On Baby Street (b00f3c0g)
Series 1

Episode 4

Yvette's dad takes Kelly out. Unlike Ian, Shona adores Beatrix Potter. Stars Kathy Burke and Jenny Eclair. From January 1996.


SAT 05:00 Lucky Heather (b0075s9h)
Unforgiven

Recently widowed Denis hires Heather to trace his first love Yvonne.

Just this side of nosey, Heather is western movie-mad. She's also the Sherlock Holmes of the rundown Sutter Estate.

Sue Teddern's six-part comedy series star Lindsey Coulson as Heather. (Carol Jackson in BBC TV's EastEnders until 2015)

With Abigail Hart as Natalie, Ben Crowe as Ryan, Tom George as Craig, Beth Chalmers as Lisa and Dearbhla Molloy as Maev.

Director: David Hunter

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2000.


SAT 05:30 The Rivals (b03b2g2b)
Series 2

The Problem of the Superfluous Finger

By Jaques Futrelle.

Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memories and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He begins with his collaboration with "The Thinking Machine" Professor SFX Van Dusen, trying to solve a strange case involving self-mutilation.

Producer: Liz Webb.


SAT 06:00 A Bequest to the Nation (b012f8bl)
Lord Nelson's passionate affair with vulgar Emma Hamilton sparks family conflict. Terrence Rattigan's play stars Anna Massey.


SAT 07:30 Michael Bentine - The Reluctant Jester (b01jwk8q)
The Reluctant Jester

From the Ridiculous to the Paranormal

More memories from the founding member of The Goon Show, Michael Bentine - with tales of Australia and New York, plus some outrageous showbiz pals.

Michael Bentine CBE was born in 1922 and died in 1996.

Producer: Andy Aliffe

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in September 1993.


SAT 08:00 Archive on 4 (b00765kl)
Twice Nightly

For many years Variety, with its brilliant stars, singers, comedians, chorus girls and novelty acts was the lifeblood of British live entertainment.

Veteran variety star Stan Stennett recreates the heyday of the British variety theatre, revisiting some of its greatest moments and its most enduring stars ... and recalls the shared triumphs and tribulations of a profession whose performers trod the boards twice-nightly in theatres, halls and piers from one end of the country to the other.

Researched and written by Roger Stennett.

Producer: Sara Davies

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.


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

The programme selection includes:

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

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

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

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

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

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


SAT 12:00 The Navy Lark (b0109dss)
Series 3

In Portsmouth for a Refit

The crew of HMS Troutbridge are all at sea when the island base is closed.

Starring Leslie Phillips as the Sub-Lieutenant, Jon Pertwee as the Chief Petty Officer, Stephen Murray as Number One, Richard Caldicot as Commander Povey, Ronnie Barker as Lt Commander Stanton, Heather Chasen as Heather and Tenniel Evans as AS Goldstein.

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

Scripted by Lawrie Wyman.

Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1960.


SAT 12:30 Dad's Army (b007q93v)
Series 1

No Spring for Frazer

When Private Frazer loses a Lewis gun's butterfly spring, he must track down a coffin.

Six years after legendary sitcom Dad's Army started on BBC TV, these specially adapted radio versions began recording with the original cast.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier as Sergeant Wilson, Clive Dunn as Corporal Jones, John Laurie as Private Fraser, Arnold Ridley as Private Godfrey, Bill Pertwee as ARP Warden Hodges, Joan Cooper as Miss Barker and Timothy Bateson as Mr Blewitt. With John Snagge as the announcer.

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

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 in June 1974.


SAT 13:00 Amicable (Omnibus) (b05wz3h7)
Sally drops a bombshell on her husband of over 20 years, Joe – she wants a divorce.

Her mind is made up. Joe is shocked and angry. How can they remain friends?

Can divorce really be amicable? Sally and Joe are about to find out. Starring Con O’Neill and Christine Bottomley.

Omnibus written by Mark Davies Markham, Amicable tracks the five-month journey from marriage to separation.

As more and more marriages end in divorce, the whys and wherefores become lost in the what next. When children are involved, many parents strive to remain on good terms. But is this really possible, when one partner has told the other the relationship is over? And do any of us have the overwhelming right to individual happiness, once we are parents?

Sally wants an amicable divorce from her husband Joe. A man she calls her best friend. He goes into shock, denial, panic, fear, resistance, acknowledgment, acceptance then liberation.

Mark Davies Markham's story is developed out of interviews with real people, like his previous series Missing and Just a Girl.

Sally........................Christine Bottomley
Joe............................Con O'Neill

Director..............................Polly Thomas
Sound designer....................Cathy Robinson
Production Co-ordinator..........Eleri McAuliffe

A BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in five parts in 2015.


SAT 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b0103zk2)
Annie Lennox

The singer reveals her love of 'Waterloo Sunset' by the Kinks, and the track she would hand on, 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' by Procol Harum.


SAT 14:15 Daunt and Dervish (b007jwty)
Series 1

A Question of Class

The detective duo return to their Covent Garden office in London early one morning to discover an Oxford undergraduate slumped on the doorstep wanting them to find the wallet he left in a Soho house of ill repute.

Daunt's knowledge of his past makes her very suspicious of later accusations that he's beaten a woman up.

With the Second World War over, former spies Josephine Daunt and Susan Dervish are running their own detective agency.

Stars Imelda Staunton as Josephine Daunt, Anna Massey as Susan Dervish, Bill Patterson as Bill Mackie and Scott Handy as James 'Podger' Urquhart.
Format by Imelda Staunton and Anna Massey. Written by Guy Meredith.

Producer: Cherry Cookson. Director: Janet Whitaker.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.


SAT 15:00 Archive on 4 (b00765kl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SAT 16:00 A Bequest to the Nation (b012f8bl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Michael Bentine - The Reluctant Jester (b01jwk8q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Doctor Who (b05x22d1)
The Wrath of the Iceni

Britain. The height of the Roman occupation. The Doctor has brought Leela to ancient Norfolk to learn about her ancestors... but has no idea how much of an education she is going to get.

Because this is the time of Boudica's rebellion. When the tribe of the Iceni rises up and attempts to overthrow the Roman masters.

As Leela begins to be swayed by the warrior queen's words, the Doctor has to make a decision: save his friend... or save history itself?

Tom Baker is the Fourth Doctor, with his ancient warrior companion, Leela, played by Louise Jameson.

Written by John Dorney and directed by Ken Bentley.

A Big Finish production.


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


SAT 22:00 Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better (b00k9dc3)
Series 1

Lust

Mark Watson investigates lust as he continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins via stand-up comedy.

Tim Key and Tim Minchin provide sketches, songs and distractions.

Producer: Katie Marsden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2007.


SAT 22:30 28 Acts in 28 Minutes (b01nswqw)
Series 1

Episode 2

John Humphrys gives 28 performers 60 seconds to entertain an audience:

Justin Edwards
Alfie Joey
The Trap
Jo Enright
Dave Johns
Jim Jeffries
Joanna Neary
Danny Robins
Scott Capurro
Roger McGough
Toby Hadoke & John Warburton
Martin Hutton
Gary Le Strange
Debra-Jane Appleby
James Bachman
Steve Hughes.
Dan Antopolski
Sarah Millican
Patrick Monahan
Michael Redmond
Alan Cochrane.
Derek upon Tweed
Jayne Tunnicliffe
Glenn Wool
Kevin Day
Adam Bloom
Richard Herring
Slaughterhouse Live

Producers: Rohan Acharya and Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2006.


SAT 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b05xv6yf)
The best in contemporary comedy. Tonight Arthur Smith is joined by Jamali Maddix.


SAT 23:00 The Lee Mack Show (b00bfq1c)
Midge Ure

Midge Ure joins the quick-fire comic for stand-up, sketches and music. With Angela McHale and Steve Brown. From March 2005.


SAT 23:30 The Jason Byrne Show (b01ghlh2)
Series 2

Animals

The award-winning funny man muses on all beasts, including humans. With Laurence Howarth and Daisy Haggard. From August 2009.



SUNDAY 31 MAY 2015

SUN 00:00 Doctor Who (b05x22d1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Amicable (Omnibus) (b05wz3h7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b0103zk2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Saturday]


SUN 02:15 Daunt and Dervish (b007jwty)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Archive on 4 (b00765kl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 A Bequest to the Nation (b012f8bl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Michael Bentine - The Reluctant Jester (b01jwk8q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Victor Hugo - Les Miserables Omnibus (b007jtt7)
Episode 2

Jean Valjean is determined to rescue Fantine's child from a life of misery with the Thernadier family.

Victor Hugo's epic story of social injustice, dramatised in 25 episodes by Sebastian Baczkiewicz and Lin Coghlan.

Starring Roger Allam as Jean Valjean, Joss Ackland as Victor Hugo, Henry Goodman as Thenardier, Jane Whittenshaw as Mme Thenardier, Sophie Shad as Cosette, Connie Gurie as Eponine, Ewan Bailey as Drinker 1 / Tradesman 1 and Peter Darney as Drinker 2 / Tradesman 2.

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2001.


SUN 07:15 The Old Road (b0075r05)
Journey's End

Patrick Muirhead retraces Hilaire Belloc's 1899 walk from Winchester to Canterbury. Today he arrives in Canterbury. From December 1999.


SUN 07:30 Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! (b018jbpr)
Series 3

Arthur Goes Camping

The bumbling veteran prepares to face the elements, but can he survive the wilderness? Stars Steve Delaney. From January 2008.


SUN 08:00 Ray's a Laugh (b007jrr2)
From 01/11/1949

Ted and Kitty bicker over too much toothpaste, plus news of a curious will.

Starring Ted Ray.

With Kitty Bluett, Peter Sellers, Patricia Hayes, Fred Yule and Leslie Perrins.

Ray's A Laugh - the successor to ITMA - follows the comedy exploits of Ted's life at home with his 'radio' wife Kitty, as well as in a variety of jobs. It ran from 1949-1961.

Scripted by Eddie Maguire and Ted Ray.

Music from Bob and Alf Pearson and The Beaux and The Belles.

BBC Dance Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black.

Producer: George Inns

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in November 1949.


SUN 08:30 Harry Worth (b00r7q2v)
Thirty Minutes Worth

The Camera

Harry Worth's got a new camera - and havoc awaits at a wedding.

The amiable, woolly-minded bumbler, causes more confusion!

Starring Harry Worth.

With Jacqueline Clarke, Charles Collingwood, Julie Higginson and John Savident.

Written by Vince Powell.

Producer: Mike Craig

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in October 1988.


SUN 09:00 Channel Shore - Omnibus (b05x26xr)
Tom Fort travels from the white cliffs of Dover to Land's End in search of maritime tales. Read by Jonathan Coy.


SUN 10:10 Inheritance Tracks (b0106vf7)
Colm Toibin

The writer inherits 'I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marbled Halls' sung by Joan Sutherland, and passes on Bob Dylan's 'I Threw It All Away'.


SUN 10:15 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b05x27d7)
Eurovision

Lulu

From David Bowie to Luciano Pavarotti.

Singer Lulu shares her castaway choices with Michael Parkinson.

Born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, Lulu recalls her upbringing in a Glasgow tenement and her subsequent career as a singer and actress.

She is still active and performing on stage – including 42nd Street and concert tours.

Lulu was awarded an OBE in 2000.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1987.


SUN 11:00 An Hour With... (b05x27ty)
Hinge and Bracket

Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket celebrate their 21st anniversary with a sell-out concert on 7th August 1994 at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London. Their hilarious performance includes anecdotes about their early days, greetings cards from friends and well-wishers, and some of their favourite songs.

The two elderly ladies recall how they got their first break at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as some unfortunate experiences staying at showbiz digs, and Dame Hilda's concerns about her nephew Julian.

Their songs include 'We Said We Wouldn't Look Back' from Salad Days, a Gilbert and Sullivan medley, and 'Land of Hope and Glory'.


SUN 12:00 Ray's a Laugh (b007jrr2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 12:30 Harry Worth (b00r7q2v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 13:00 Victor Hugo - Les Miserables Omnibus (b007jtt7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SUN 14:15 The Old Road (b0075r05)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 today]


SUN 14:30 Sarah Hall - Wolf Border Omnibus (b05x29w6)
Episode 2

All is not well at Pennington Hall as Rachel's worst fears come to pass. Compelling new novel about wilderness, family, power and love. Read by Hattie Morahan.


SUN 15:45 Afternoon Reading (b011bz70)
The Pocket AA Milne

The Arrival of Blackman's Warbler

How to survive dinner parties by becoming an expert on absolutely anything.

A hundred years ago, A.A. Milne was honing his writing skills as Assistant Editor of Punch with his regular humorous columns and essays. Perfect gems of the form, his stories not only delight in the spirit of the age, they also transcend the years with their insights.

Parodying the country-house weekend, with its uncomfortable joys of evening games such as "Definitions", "The Complete Kitchen" and "High Jinks at Happy-Thought Hall", Milne captures the absurdity and vacuousness of characters in transition from idle youth to the tedium of adulthood.
Of course, no country house weekend would have been complete without "the little play for amateurs", perfectly formed examples of which Milne supplies in read-aloud form.

When he re-published this collection of his humorous stories much later in his career, he observed that for years his younger self was "a model to which I was failing to live up... in fact he became, as one's past is bound to become, both a rival and a millstone." His talent for comic observation that was to become evident in his tales of Winnie-the-Pooh is obvious in these essays.

As he wrote himself by way of introduction:
"This little book contains the best of what my rival was writing thirty years ago. I contemplate him now with detachment. I have grown to appreciate his quality. So impartial am I become, that I am torn between a desire to tell him how very, very good he is, and a desire to re-write his book for him. But I shall do neither, leaving him to speak for himself."

Read by Ian McNeice
Abridged and Produced by Neil Cargill
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 16:00 Marie Lloyd, Queen of the Halls (b00g46xy)
After collapsing on stage one day in 1922, Marie Lloyd lies dying, battered by life, drink and hard work.

Raunchy to the end, the great music hall star recalls her songs, her audiences, her triumphs and disasters.

Steve Trafford's adaptation of his stage play stars Elizabeth Mansfield , who played Marie in the original one-woman show.

Marie Lloyd ...... Elizabeth Mansfield
Alec Hurley ...... Robert Lister
Bernard Dillon ...... Kilian McKenna
Bella ...... Jenny Howe
Doctor ...... James Greene
Mrs Ormiston Chant ...... Jo Kendall
Percy Courtenay ...... Christopher Good
Grace ...... Sarah Mansfield
Alice ...... Susan Sheridan
Temperance Advocate ...... Mary Allen
Manager ...... Danny Schiller
Mr Blythe Pratt ...... Timothy Alcock
Marconi ...... Ben Onwukwe
Agent ...... Andrew Wincott
Charlie ...... Nigel Carrington
Prince of Wales ...... Michael Kilgarriff
Official ...... Brian Miller
Committee Member ...... Timothy Carlton

Music director: Jack Glover

Musicians:
Maurice Cambridge
Noel Langley
Steve Wilks
Roy Babington
Stephen Rose

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1990.


SUN 17:30 Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! (b018jbpr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Drama (b015zrrz)
All the Dark Corners

The Dying Wish

The Dying Wish
by Rosemary Kay

Fran and her partner Abe are befriended by a lonely old woman, Joy, who lives in the flat above.
Joy persuades them to perform an ancient ritual after she's died. They unwittingly agree without
realising the terrifying consequences of their action. A quest for eternal life and the living dead
permeate this chilling horror story.

Directed by Pauline Harris.


SUN 18:45 Afternoon Reading (b013857g)
Summer Ghosts

Swings

"Yes, the ghosts you see at night, they're the souls - the auras, if you like - of good people who didn't deserve to die. That's why they're full of regret, and frightening. Ghosts we see in broad daylight are the ones whose death were right and fair - they've been redeemed by death. They were evil while alive..."

In this series of commissioned stories the aim is to present ghosts or ghostly happenings in the cold light of day. Will something 'unexplained' be as as scary in a light that is... well, reliable to the eye!

3. Swings by Adam Thorpe.
Howard is alone when he visits the deserted playground.
Then something starts to make a squeaking noise...

Reader Kenneth Cranham
Producer Duncan Minshull.


SUN 19:00 An Hour With... (b05x27ty)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 20:00 Channel Shore - Omnibus (b05x26xr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SUN 21:10 Inheritance Tracks (b0106vf7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:10 today]


SUN 21:15 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b05x27d7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:15 today]


SUN 22:00 Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! (b018jbpr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Very Old Pretenders (b014qq1t)
In Therapy

Written by multi award-winning writer Carl Gorham, creator of cult TV animation show "Stressed Eric", the series explores what happens when two Jacobite soldiers from 1745 are found alive and well in a cave in Perthshire and have to be integrated into modern Scottish society by English academic Andrew Merron.

Friction between the two Jacobite soldiers comes to a head and results in a bust-up with broadswords. This prompts anthropologist Andrew Merron to introduce them to the modern world of therapy. The two soldiers can't agree who should have therapy first; they can't even agree how they should decide who should have therapy first. It is only when they are forced to live separately, with a dreary cousin of Merron's and his fussy Uncle that Rab and Macdonald start to realise each other's true merits.

Cast:
Andrew Merron......................David Haig
Denise Merron..................Rebecca Front
Rab /Therapist....................................Jack Docherty
Macdonald/Uncle Jed........................Gordon Kennedy
Dougie / Waiter ......Moray Hunter
Keef Van Leer ..... Carl Gorham

Producer: Gordon Kennedy
An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 23:00 All the World's a Globe (b007jwrt)
From Scythians to Shakespeare

From the Scythians to the Crusades.

The history of mankind from the first amoeba to the Second World War.

Presented by the entire cast of the National Theatre of Brent - Desmond Olivier Dingle and Wallace, aided by Mr Barker.

With guest star Juliet Stevenson.

Written by Patrick Barlow, with additional material by Jim Broadbent and Martin Duncan.

With thanks to

Patrick Barlow
Jim Broadbent
Martin Duncan

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1990.


SUN 23:15 This Is Craig Brown (b00f8799)
Communications

The world telephone premiere of Romeo and Juliet. The satirist pokes fun, with Harry Enfield and Rory Bremner. From March 2004.


SUN 23:30 Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea (b007k24f)
Series 2

Trapped

The elderly Scotsmen's first trip to London ends in chaos. Stars Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Alison Steadman and Jeremy Hardy. From March 2004.


SUN 23:45 One (b0077224)
Series 1

Episode 6

Spoof shipping forecasts, Top Dog and the hapless yachtswoman. More monologues penned by David Quantick. From December 2006.



MONDAY 01 JUNE 2015

MON 00:00 Drama (b015zrrz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:45 Afternoon Reading (b013857g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Victor Hugo - Les Miserables Omnibus (b007jtt7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:15 The Old Road (b0075r05)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 on Sunday]


MON 02:30 Sarah Hall - Wolf Border Omnibus (b05x29w6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:45 Afternoon Reading (b011bz70)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:45 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Marie Lloyd, Queen of the Halls (b00g46xy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! (b018jbpr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082gyz)
1, The Poetical Policeman

Mr JG Reeder has the mind of a criminal, using it to uncover the peculiar circumstances surrounding a bank robbery, the death of the night-watchman and the part in the plot played by his beautiful daughter.

This first of four stories provides useful insight into the past of Mr JG Reeder, whose novel methods bring the criminals of 1920s London to justice.

Read by David Horovitch.

Edgar Wallace is best known for his popular detective and suspense stories which earned him the title, "King of the Modern Thriller."

Although created at roughly the same time, Mr JG Reeder is the diametric opposite of Sam Spade, Philip Marlow and Mike Hammer. He is a shabbily dressed, diffident civil servant who prefers a cup of tea and a slice of seed cake to a shot of something stronger.

Reeder is a uniquely English detective. An apparent fuddy-duddy working in some obscure capacity in the Public Prosecutor's office, he actually has a razor-sharp intellect and is a super-sleuth. He solves his mysteries because he fully understands the "criminal mind".

Abridged for radio by Neville Teller.

Producer: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in October 2007.


MON 06:30 Britain in Their Sites (b00khky6)
Episode 1

Tristram Hunt tells the story of architectural change in Britain over 60 years, tracing the country's changing idea of itself through three controversial public building projects.

In 1948, Peterlee was the future, an exciting New Town planned by architect Berthold Lubetkin for the Durham miners he idolised. Tristram asks why Lubetkin, most famous for London Zoo's Penguin Pool, left Peterlee before a single house was built.

As he looks back at Peterlee's troubled birth, Tristram dissects the furious debates which Lubetkin's failure sparked, and which marked the beginning of Britain's post-war architecture wars.


MON 07:00 The Other Man (b0076xfs)
The Flaw

Travis meets Grace, the woman of his dreams. But will he still feel the same way after he discovers her fatal flaw - her husband?

Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

Travis ..... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Grace ..... Charlotte Randle
Charlie ..... Paul Reynolds
Serena ..... Alice Lowe
Alice ..... Clare Cathcart
George ..... Russell Bentley
Ian ..... Andrew Westfield

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2006.


MON 07:30 Just a Minute (b05vx639)
Series 72

Episode 2

Nicholas Parsons hosts the perennially popular panel game in which guests Paul Merton, Alun Cochrane, Susan Calman and Gyles Brandreth attempt to talk for 60 seconds with no hesitation, repetition or deviation on such diverse topics as Nelson's Column and Alice in Wonderland.

Hayley Sterling blows the whistle.

Produced by Victoria Lloyd.
A BBC Comedy Production.


MON 08:00 Dad's Army (b007qrzs)
Series 1

Sons of the Sea

Out on river patrol, Captain Mainwaring's Home Guard platoon gets lost in fog in the English Channel...

CAST:

Captain Mainwaring …. Arthur Lowe
Sergeant Wilson …. John Le Mesurier
Corporal Jones …. Clive Dunn
Private Frazer …. John Laurie
Private Godfrey …. Arnold Ridley
Private Pike …. Ian Lavender
Various …. Timothy Bateson
Announcer …. John Snagge

Six years after legendary sitcom Dad's Army started on BBC TV, these specially adapted radio versions were recorded with the original cast.

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

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 in June 1974.


MON 08:30 As Time Goes By (b007k7j3)
Series 2

Episode 5

Jean and Lionel find that sharing a house is not all domestic bliss.

Starring Judi Dench as Jean and Geoffrey Palmer as Lionel. With Moira Brooker as Judith and Philip Bretherton as Alistair.

A six-part adaptation by Bob Larbey of series two of his popular BBC TV sitcom. Two former lovers Jean and Lionel have been reunited unexpectedly after losing contact for 38 years.

After falling in love in the early 1950s, army officer Lionel was sent to Korea, but they lost touch after a letter he sent to her never arrived. Both assumed the other had lost interest, but their paths have crossed again on his return to England.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 1998.


MON 09:00 Quote... Unquote (b00srjdg)
The quotations quiz hosted by Nigel Rees.

As ever, a host of celebrities will be joining Nigel as he quizzes them on the sources of a range of quotations and asks them for the amusing sayings or citations that they have personally collected on a variety of subjects.

Reader ..... Peter Jefferson.

Produced by Sam Bryant.


MON 09:30 Getting Nowhere Fast (b00805vh)
Series 1

Episode 2

Pam's absent hubby returns, so Merv tries to woo his ex and find somewhere to live. Stars Mervyn Stutter. From November 2001.


MON 10:00 Flashman at the Charge (b00lh5th)
Episode 1

Renowned cad Sir Harry Flashman is sent terrified to the frozen wastes of the Crimea. Stars Angus Wright and Joss Ackland.


MON 11:00 Ballads of Thin Men (b0112fnt)
Dig Yourself

Bob Dylan - one of the most significant and influential cultural figures of the late 20th and early 21st century - was 70 on 24 May 2011. The three stories in Ballads Of Thin Men were commissioned specially to mark the occasion.

Written by Nick Walker

The Savoy Hotel, London, 1965. In the Iolanthe Room, Margaret is holding a meeting to prepare for a memorial function in honour of the recently-deceased Sir Winston Churchill. She uses flash-cards to help her small audience. Staying at the Savoy is 'a chap ... who plays the guitar which is quite nice,' And he's been using flash-cards too ...

Nick Walker is part of Coventry-based mixed media experimentalists Talking Birds whose work has been presented extensively in the UK as well as in Sweden, Ireland, and the USA. He has worked with some of the country's leading new work theatre companies including Stan's Cafe, Insomniac, and Theatre Instituut Nederlands both in the UK and abroad.

He is the author of two critically-acclaimed novels Blackbox and Helloland. His plays and short stories are often featured on BBC Radio 4 including Arnold In A Purple Haze (2009), the 'First King of Mars' stories (2007 - 2010) and the Afternoon Play Life Coach (2010), all of them Sweet Talk productions.

Reader: Sarah Hadland
Producer: Jeremy Osborne
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 11:15 Drama (b00bzdgb)
Nichola McAuliffe - The Incomparable Witness

The Incomparable Witness

Nichola McAuliffe's drama about Sir Bernard Spilsbury, the father of modern forensics and the most brilliant scientific detective of all time.

The story focuses on Spilsbury as a young man and the case that made his name, the infamous trial of Doctor Crippen in 1910.

Edith (Narrator) ...... Joanna David
Bernard Spilsbury ...... Timothy Watson
Edith (1900-1910) ...... Honeysuckle Weeks
Willcox ...... Dan Starkey
Lord Chief Justice ...... John Rowe
Dr Pepper/Muir ...... Sam Dale
Turnbull ...... Stephen Critchlow
Tobin ...... Chris Pavlo
George ...... Nyasha Hatendi
Gertie ...... Helen Longworth

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.


MON 12:00 Dad's Army (b007qrzs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 As Time Goes By (b007k7j3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082gyz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Britain in Their Sites (b00khky6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b00t6v2w)
Tishani Doshi - The Pleasure Seekers

Episode 6

Poet, journalist and dancer Tishani Doshi has a Welsh mother and a Gujarati father, and this twin inheritance is at the heart of her funny, lyrical and tenderly written first novel about four generations of the Patel-Joneses.

On a perfectly ordinary day in September 1981, while the children are dressing up and playing at being Lady Di, Sian gets word from Wales - her father has died. When she goes back to Tan y Rhos for the funeral, Sian begins to realise just how much she has left behind.

The reader is Indira Varma. Indira appeared recently in the 6 part BBC drama Luther. She previously played Suzie Costello in Torchwood.

Abridged and directed by Nigel Lewis

Producer: Kate McAll.


MON 14:15 The Making of Music (b007rt6q)
Series 1

Mozart

James Naughtie presents a series chronicling the historical influences that affected the course of classical music.

21/30. Mozart

In the middle of the 18th century composers needed patrons, but by the end of Mozart's life the world had changed. The composer as servant was becoming a thing of the past, and Mozart both benefited and suffered because of it.


MON 14:30 Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (b007jmrg)
Episode 11

Marius is walking in the Luxembourg Gardens and sees Cosette. Just one glance and his life is changed forever! But Valjean is nervous...

Victor Hugo's epic story of social injustice, dramatised in 25 episodes by Sebastian Baczkiewicz and Lin Coghlan.

Starring Roger Allam as Jean Valjean, Joss Ackland as Victor Hugo, Lucy Whybrow as Cosette, Jonathan Forbes as Marius, Carl Prekopp as Combeferre and Annette Badland as Toussaint.

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2001.


MON 14:45 Book of the Week (b00t3t90)
Jake Adelstein - Tokyo Vice

Episode 1

It's never a smart idea to get on the bad side of the Yamagushi-gumi, Japan's largest organized crime group. But when Jake Adelstein, a student from New Jersey, decides to join Japan's largest daily newspaper as a crime reporter, it isn't long before his investigations earn him some powerful enemies.

Jack Klaff reads this gritty memoir by Jake Adelstein.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall Productions for BBC Radio 4.


MON 15:00 Flashman at the Charge (b00lh5th)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 Quote... Unquote (b00srjdg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 Getting Nowhere Fast (b00805vh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 The Other Man (b0076xfs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 Just a Minute (b05vx639)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera (b008hvvp)
Episode 1

Tragedy strikes at the Opera House in 19th century Paris - home to a fabled ghost.

Starring Anna Massey as Madame Giry, Peter Guinness as The Phantom, James D'Arcy as Raoul de Chagny Helen Goldwyn as Christine Daaé

"The Phantom of the Opera" is a classic tale of murder, romance and suspense in 19th-century Paris. Gaston Leroux's original novel, "Le Fantôme de l'Opéra" was published in 1911 and it's never been out of print since. The subject of countless plays, films and musicals - this is the first adaptation to remaining utterly faithful to the spirit and plot of Leroux's original. There are many sequences here which have never appeared before in any adaptation.

Leroux was a prolific writer in many genres, as well as being a playboy and globetrotter. But he started out as a journalist, which is how he came across the true stories forming the basis for the plot of "The Phantom of the Opera": a misshapen skeleton unearthed in the foundations of the Paris Opera House, a subterranean lake, a fatal accident with the chandelier and, of course, rumours of the Opera Ghost.

This adaptation was the first version to include the correct operatic sequences referred to in the novel: arias from Charles Gounod's Faust and his Romeo et Juliette, and Desdemona's famous aria from Rossini's Otello. These were specially recorded by singers from the ENO and Opera Diva.

In the novel, The Phantom performs a section of his own self-penned opera - Don Juan Triumphant - and this too is included in this adaptation, composed by classical musician Tim Sutton. Tim also wrote a new score for the entire adaptation with a theme tune played by violinist Ruth Rogers.

Freshly translated, dramatised and produced by Barnaby Edwards.

A Big Finish Production.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b0075q96)
Nicola Davies and Max Jarrett

Bel Mooney and her guests novelist Nicola Davies and journalist Max Jarrett choose their three favourite paperbacks by Fannie Flagg, Ralph Ellison and Giles Foden. From 1999.

Welcome to the World Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg
Publisher: Vintage

The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
Publisher: Faber

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Publisher: Penguin.


MON 19:00 Dad's Army (b007qrzs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 As Time Goes By (b007k7j3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082gyz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Britain in Their Sites (b00khky6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 Ballads of Thin Men (b0112fnt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:15 Drama (b00bzdgb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


MON 22:00 Just a Minute (b05vx639)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Hearing With Hegley (b0075sym)
Series 3

Episode 8

Recorded in Manchester, John's guests are comedian Andrew Bailey, and presenters Mark Radcliffe and Marc Riley. From March 2000.


MON 22:45 What to Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else (b00tt68z)
Series 1

Relationships and Family

Andrew Lawrence addresses the expectation upon us all that we should settle down, get married and have children and the general burdens of family life.

Last of a four part mini-series of short comedic monologues taking a light-hearted look at various aspects of conventional living and the pressure we feel to conform to social norms and ideals.

From the Edinburgh Comedy Festival.

Written by Andrew Lawrence.

Producer: Jane Berthoud

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2010.


MON 23:00 The News Quiz Extra (b05x8bxv)
Series 14

Episode 3

A satirical review of the week's news, chaired by Sandi Toksvig, with regular panellist Jeremy Hardy and guests Francis Wheen, Helen Zaltzman and Rebecca Front.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.

A BBC Radio Comedy Production.


MON 23:45 Creme de la Crime (b007yvm3)
Series 1

The Bells and St Clement

Michael Feydeau and David Pershore review the curious case of a fallen monk. Stars Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis. From October 2001.



TUESDAY 02 JUNE 2015

TUE 00:00 Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera (b008hvvp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b0075q96)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082gyz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Britain in Their Sites (b00khky6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b00t6v2w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 The Making of Music (b007rt6q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (b007jmrg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:45 Book of the Week (b00t3t90)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Flashman at the Charge (b00lh5th)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Quote... Unquote (b00srjdg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 Getting Nowhere Fast (b00805vh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 The Other Man (b0076xfs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 Just a Minute (b05vx639)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082gzy)
2. The Troupe

Intrigued by the arrival in London of a transatlantic visitor he knows to have managed a troupe of actors, Mr JG Reeder tries to get to the bottom of a jewellery fraud.

Read by David Horovitch

Mr JG Reeder's novel methods bring the criminals of 1920s London to justice.

Created by Edgar Wallace, he is a uniquely English detective. An apparent fuddy-duddy working in some obscure capacity in the Public Prosecutor's office, he actually has a razor-sharp intellect and is a super-sleuth.

Mr JG Reeder solves his mysteries because he fully understands the "criminal mind".

Abridged for radio by Neville Teller.

Producer: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in October 2007.


TUE 06:30 Britain in Their Sites (b00kmv8n)
Episode 2

Tristram Hunt tells the story of architectural change in Britain over 60 years, tracing the country's changing idea of itself through three controversial public building projects.

In 1961, London's Euston Station and its famous Arch faced demolition. A landmark building in the history of railway architecture, battle raged over Euston's future. Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was lobbied, banners were unfurled and British Rail architects drew up plans for a new, more modern station.

As he looks back at Euston's troubled reinvention, Tristram dissects the furious debates sparked by the demolition and asks what Euston tells us about the changing value of Britain's past and our enthusiasm for the future.


TUE 07:00 Like They've Never Been Gone (b00cfzqy)
Series 4

Episode 1

Tommy and Sheila's sneaky agent schemes to sell off their back catalogue to a record company – but what’s in it for him?

Ageing showbiz couple Tommy Franklin and Sheila Parr battle on with their second stab at fame.

Series 4 of Mike Coleman’s six-part sitcom starring June Whitfield and Roy Hudd.

With Pat Coombs, Julian Eardley and Edward Halstead.

Music by Frido Ruth.

Producer: Steve Doherty

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2002.


TUE 07:30 Mark Steel's in Town (b05vy6ps)
Series 6

Melton Mowbray

'Melton Mowbray - Rural Capital of Food'

Mark visits the Leicestershire Town where he discovers that as well as being the home of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie and Stilton Cheese, it's also coincidentally, been officially ranked the most obese area of Leicestershire. He looks at the history of fox hunting in the area, meets several eccentric local residents including a crime fighting milk man and he tries to get to the bottom of who and what is the Melton Mowbray Town Estate, a mysterious organisation established in 1549.

Mark Steel's sixth series of the award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and performs a bespoke evening of comedy for the local residents.

Written and performed by ... Mark Steel
Additional material by ... Pete Sinclair
Production co-ordinator ... Hayley Stirling
Producer ... Carl Cooper.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


TUE 08:00 Round the Horne (b00j05x7)
Series 1

Episode 13

Kenneth Horne Master Spy gets an Eiffel while Julian and Sandy offer some animal advice at their new shop in Chelsea, Bona Pets. Rambling Sid Rumpo sings a special song of Cornwall.

With Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden and Bill Pertwee.

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

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

Music by Edwin Braden and the Hornblowers and The Fraser Hayes Four.

Producer: John Simmonds

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1965.


TUE 08:30 The Ken Dodd Show (b05x8q7d)
From 31/08/1975

Doddy and chums turn their attention to cowboys and heroes of the past.

Starring Ken Dodd.

With Jo Manning Wilson, Gretchen Franklin, Talfryn Thomas, Chris Emmett and Michael McClain.

Devised and written by Ken Dodd with Dave Dutton, David McKellar, Norman Beadle and Philip & Alan Bessell.

Doddy's Diddy Orchestra conducted by Geoff Alderson.

Producer: Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 in August 1975.


TUE 09:00 The News Quiz Extra (b05x8bxv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:45 Creme de la Crime (b007yvm3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:45 on Monday]


TUE 10:00 Flashman at the Charge (b00ljppj)
Episode 2

Riding onwards, cowardly cad Sir Harry Flashman must face the might of Imperial Russia. Stars Angus Wright and Joss Ackland.


TUE 11:00 Ballads of Thin Men (b0113fws)
The Night Ride

Bob Dylan - one of the most significant and influential cultural figures of the late 20th and early 21st century - was 70 on 24 May 2011. The three stories in Ballads Of Thin Men were commissioned specially to mark the occasion.

Written by Simone Felice

The starting point for this story is the line from Bob Dylan's 'Joey': 'Born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in the year of who-knows-when.' When the lights in his apartment fuse Adrian Young puts on a dress and takes to his bike to ride the borough's streets on a wintry December night.

Simone Felice is the author of two novellas, Goodbye, Amelia and Hail Mary Full Of Holes, and numerous short stories, poems and songs. He is a founding member of The Felice Brothers and his new band The Duke & King's first album 'Nothing Gold Can Stay' has been described as 'Neil Young meets Marvin Gaye on the kind of record that cults are made of.' His new novel, Black Jesus, publishes in April 2011. Simone lives in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.

Reader: Madeleine Potter
Producer: Jeremy Osborne
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 11:15 Drama (b00y8yjd)
Steve Keyworth - The Continuity Man

Starring EastEnders' Nitin Ganatra as himself.

A new comedy by Stephen Keyworth.

Nitin Ganatra is fed up with playing the 'good family man' Masood. He feels there is more to him as an actor than playing the nice guy, the good husband. On the advice of his agent, Crawford Bunch, he sets about making his profile a little more 'edgy' in order to convince Hollywood producers that he really has what it takes to play the baddie.

But unfortunately Nitin is just too nice. And he get's more than he bargained for when he finds himself head to head with 'The Continuity Man'.

A comedy about getting yourself into deep water and trying to find your way out again.


TUE 12:00 Round the Horne (b00j05x7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 The Ken Dodd Show (b05x8q7d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082gzy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Britain in Their Sites (b00kmv8n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b00t6v30)
Tishani Doshi - The Pleasure Seekers

Episode 7

Poet, journalist and dancer Tishani Doshi has a Welsh mother and a Gujarati father, and this twin inheritance is at the heart of her funny, lyrical and tenderly written first novel about four generations of the Patel-Joneses.

On the morning of the 31st of October 1984, the same day that Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated, Babo's mother, Trishala, is taken ill with a severe pain in the breast.

The reader is Indira Varma. Indira appeared recently in the 6 part BBC drama Luther. In 2006 she played Suzie Costello in Torchwood.

Abridged and directed by Nigel Lewis

Producer: Kate McAll.


TUE 14:15 The Making of Music (b007rqmf)
Series 1

Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

James Naughtie presents a series chronicling the historical influences that affected the course of classical music.

22/30. Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

As France teetered towards revolution, the play on which Mozart's masterpiece was based was banned in its original form by Louis XVI. The story of a count being exposed and humiliated by his servant was described by Napoleon as the revolution in action.


TUE 14:30 Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (b007jmrx)
Episode 12

Cosette is entangled in a plot hatched by the evil Thenardiers to catch Jean Valjean. Joss Ackland and David Schofield star in Victor Hugo's tale of injustice, heroism and love.


TUE 14:45 Book of the Week (b00t3t9s)
Jake Adelstein - Tokyo Vice

Episode 2

Jake Adelstein seeks advice from a legendary crime writer on how to approach his new job on Japan's largest daily newspaper. He quickly realises that life covering the organised crime beat is likely to be anything but straightforward.

Jack Klaff reads this gritty memoir by Jake Adelstein.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall Productions for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 15:00 Flashman at the Charge (b00ljppj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The Write Stuff (b0076yq7)
Series 9

Alan Bennett

James Walton quizzes the panel in the literary quiz show.

Team captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh with guests Michèle Roberts and Harry Ritchie.

The Author of the Week and subject for pastiche is Alan Bennett.

Reader: Beth Chalmers.

Producer Katie Marsden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2006.


TUE 16:30 Electric Ink (b011f3pc)
Series 1

Episode 2

Circulation is going through the roof.

Old hacks meet new media in Alistair Beaton’s satire set in the changing world of the newspaper industry.

Maddox ...... Robert Lindsay
Oliver ...... Alex Jennings
Amelia ...... Elizabeth Berrington
Tasneem ...... Zita Sattar
Masha ...... Debbie Chazen
Freddy ...... Ben Willbond
Announcer ...... Matt Addis

With additional material by Tom Mitchelson.

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2009.


TUE 17:00 Like They've Never Been Gone (b00cfzqy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Mark Steel's in Town (b05vy6ps)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera (b008jw9j)
Episode 2

Christine Daae has disappeared. Is she with the mysterious Angel of Music? Stars Anna Massey, Peter Guinness and James D'Arcy.


TUE 18:30 Frankly Speaking (b05x90z5)
Gracie Fields

Lancashire's actress, singer and comic Gracie Fields answers the questions from Harold Hobson, John Freeman and Patricia Brent.

Born Grace Stansfield in 1898, she became one of Britain's biggest box office stars of of both cinema and music hall. Gracie recalls her early years and share her thoughts on stardom.

She's also questioned about life during the Second World War and the way British people treated her. The star also talks of her happy life living on the Italian island of Capri.

Launched in 1952, Frankly Speaking was a completely novel and ground breaking BBC series. Initially there were three interviewers and the series was both unrehearsed and unscripted.

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in April 1960.


TUE 19:00 Round the Horne (b00j05x7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 The Ken Dodd Show (b05x8q7d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082gzy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Britain in Their Sites (b00kmv8n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Ballads of Thin Men (b0113fws)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 21:15 Drama (b00y8yjd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


TUE 22:00 Mark Steel's in Town (b05vy6ps)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 I've Never Seen Star Wars (b00rt9rk)
Series 3

John Lloyd

Marcus Brigstocke invites comedy producer John Lloyd to try doing a few things he's never done before.

Watching The Wire, performing stand up comedy and milking a goat are just some of the experiences he'll be having for the first time.

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

Producer: Bill Dare.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2010.


TUE 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b05y4pzr)
The best in contemporary comedy. Tonight, Jon Holmes is joined by Felicity Ward.


TUE 23:00 Rubbish (b00770pw)
Series 1

Excited

Martin gets excited at work and disgusted at himself. He's persuaded by his new gonzo neighbours, Naomi and David, to take control of his own life.

But taking control of your own life is harder than it looks, especially when it involves scaling the firefighters' climbing tower - naked.

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

Martin ...... Reece Dinsdale
Scott ...... Kevin Eldon
Roger ...... Paul Copley
Tristana ...... Nicola Walker
Barney ...... James Lance
Chris ...... Jim North
Wadey ...... Steven Kynman
Tim ...... Mark Maier
Naomi ...... Katherine Jakeways
Magistrate ...... Mike Walling
David ...... Martin Trenaman

Producer: Claire Bartlett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2006.


TUE 23:30 King Cutler (b008pbxf)
King Cutler I

Meet Phyllis King and Ivor Cutler happily enmeshed in a roomful of offbeat humorous songs, poems and dialogues until.... the knock on the door.

With artist Glen Baxter.

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in January 1990.



WEDNESDAY 03 JUNE 2015

WED 00:00 Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera (b008jw9j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Frankly Speaking (b05x90z5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082gzy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Britain in Their Sites (b00kmv8n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b00t6v30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 The Making of Music (b007rqmf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (b007jmrx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:45 Book of the Week (b00t3t9s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Flashman at the Charge (b00ljppj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 The Write Stuff (b0076yq7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Electric Ink (b011f3pc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Like They've Never Been Gone (b00cfzqy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Mark Steel's in Town (b05vy6ps)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082h2b)
3. The Green Mamba

The emeralds of Suliman are stolen in North Africa and brought to London.

But the "mamba" (Mr JG Reeder) sets out thwart the thieves' plans as he hounds a notorious gangland villain...

Read by David Horovitch

Mr JG Reeder's novel methods bring the criminals of 1920s London to justice.

Created by Edgar Wallace, he is a uniquely English detective. An apparent fuddy-duddy working in some obscure capacity in the Public Prosecutor's office, he actually has a razor-sharp intellect and is a super-sleuth.

Mr JG Reeder solves his mysteries because he fully understands the "criminal mind".

Abridged for radio by Neville Teller.

Producer: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in October 2007.


WED 06:30 Britain in Their Sites (b00krsyn)
Episode 3

Tristram Hunt tells the story of architectural change in Britain over 60 years, tracing the country's changing idea of itself through three controversial public building projects.

Tristram tracks the creation of the skyline of Canary Wharf, from the old docks of the Isle of Dogs to the new tall towers of Canada Square, with insight from architects, planners and politicians.

The Isle of Dogs was the subject of thwarted regeneration attempts over the years, until in 1979 Michael Heseltine was put in charge of inner city regeneration in Thatcher's new administration. The government created the London Docklands Development Corporation, introduced 'enterprise zones', relaxed planning legislation and axed business rates for 10 years in an attempt to get investors to build on this near-derelict land.

But British architects had to stand back and watch as American architectural firms won key contracts for the buildings - that is, until their grand masterplans collapsed in the 1990s when major developers went bankrupt.

Today, the skyline of Canary Wharf is one of London's landmarks. Tristram asks what its story tells us about Britain's recent architectural history.


WED 07:00 Are You From the Bugle? (b01hpx3f)
The Drama Began

Graham is starting a new job as a local cub reporter. What could possibly go wrong?

John Gradwell's six-part sitcom about life in Butterthwaite's local newspaper office.

Bert Ball …. Jeffrey Holland
Graham Carpenter …. Robert Beck
Brenda Thistlethwaite …. Frances Jeater
Arnold Beasley …. David Ryall
Vicky Cox …. Sue Devaney
Lawrence Stevens …. Dean Williamson

All other parts played by Rachel Atkins and Mark Gatiss.

Producer: Kathy Smith.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1996.


WED 07:30 Clare in the Community (b03sztry)
Series 9

Panic Room

Clare is forced to confront an old phobia after a regular home visit takes an unusual turn. Fortunately, Helen is on hand to help. Back in the office, Joan is left holding the babies.

Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

Clare continually struggles to control both her professional and private life

In today's Big Society there are plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker. Or even Clare.

Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden.

Clare ...... Sally Phillips
Brian ...... Alex Lowe
Nali ...... Nina Conti
Megan ...... Nina Conti
Ray ...... Richard Lumsden
Terry Dobson ...... Richard Lumsden
Helen ...... Liza Tarbuck
Libby ...... Sarah Kendall
Joan ...... Sarah Thom

Producer: Alexandra Smith.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2014.


WED 08:00 The Navy Lark (b010lywl)
Series 3

Refitting Ebeneezer Pertwee

Pertwee has to re-think his money-making schemes, whilst his Uncle Ebeneezer pulls off a major con.

Starring Leslie Phillips as the Sub-Lieutenant, Jon Pertwee as the Chief Petty Officer, Stephen Murray as the Number One, Richard Caldicot as Captain Povey, Ronnie Barker as AS Johnson, Heather Chasen as Heather, Tenniel Evans as the Admiral and Michael Bates as Sid Chattersby.

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

Scripted by Lawrie Wyman.

Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1960.


WED 08:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00vdc3h)
Series 5

Episode 4

Greyhounds in conversation - and a trip to the South Pole.

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

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

Written by David Hatch and Bill Oddie.

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

Music and songs by Dave Lee, Leon Cohen and Bill Oddie.

Producer: Humphrey Barclay.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1967.


WED 09:00 Counterpoint (b05xcwkl)
1998

Heat 3

Ned Sherrin chairs the music quiz with Tim Butter of London, Stephen Gore of Bucks and Dr Alistair Smith of Lymington. From January 1998.


WED 09:30 The House of the Spirit Levels (b007jvb4)
Treachery With a Cricket Sock in Its Face

The Hardstaff family's pet spaniel has been unmasked as Elvis reincarnated.

Tony Hardstaff's nemesis is approaching fast as the struggle to protect the ancient fish and chip shop suffers a severe setback.

Nick Revell's epic comedy saga continues.

Tony ...... Nick Revell
Jane ...... Alison Steadman
Emily ...... Claire Skinner
Obadiah ...... David Swift
Alice ...... Maggie Steed
Mrs Womersley ...... Joanna Brooks
Joanna ...... Natalie Walter
Jeff ...... Peter Gunn
Natassia Fillipovna ...... Tracy-Ann Oberman
Kropotkin ...... Peter Seranfinowcz
The Narrator ...... Alistair McGowan
Elder ...... Chris Pavlo

Music composed by Paul Mottram.

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1997.


WED 10:00 Flash for Freedom (b00ljz6f)
Episode 1

It's 1848 and the philandering cad Sir Harry Flashman becomes embroiled in slavery. Stars Joss Ackland and Rhys Meredith.


WED 11:00 Ballads of Thin Men (b011325p)
People Carry Roses

Bob Dylan - one of the most significant and influential cultural figures of the late 20th and early 21st century - was 70 on 24 May 2011. The three stories in Ballads Of Thin Men were commissioned specially to mark the occasion.

Written by Toby Litt

It's 1985. A fifteen-year-old boy finds his entire LP collection vandalised after his sister's eighteenth birthday party. All except one - his only Bob Dylan record - which he'd lent out. But who has it? He goes all over the village to track it down, but his reasons for doing so aren't what they might seem...

Toby Litt was born in 1968 and grew up in Bedfordshire. In 2003, he was named one of Grant's Best of Young British Novelists. His most recent novel, King Death,was published in 2010. His story, The Melancholy, formed part of the Sweet Talk series Why, Robot? for the Afternoon Reading in 2010.

Reader: Matt Green
Producer: Jeremy Osborne
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 11:15 Nick Warburton - Mustard Seed (b007k1hn)
A traveller passing through a remote village finds himself at the centre of a desperate request. A deserted mother implores him to cure her only son.

A beautiful touching story by Nick Warburton based on a Buddhist fable.

Stars Jim Norton as the Traveller, Emma Fielding as Katherine and Stephen Hogan as Robert.

Director: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.


WED 12:00 The Navy Lark (b010lywl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00vdc3h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082h2b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Britain in Their Sites (b00krsyn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b00t6v33)
Tishani Doshi - The Pleasure Seekers

Episode 8

Poet, journalist and dancer Tishani Doshi has a Welsh mother and a Gujurati father, and this twin inheritance is at the heart of her funny, lyrical and tenderly written first novel about four generations of the Patel-Joneses.

Poet, journalist and dancer Tishani Doshi has a Welsh mother and a Gujurati father, and this twin inheritance is at the heart of her funny, lyrical and tenderly written first novel about four generations of the Patel-Joneses.

It's 1989. Babo and Sian's daughters are growing up fast. Bean is sweet sixteen and in love, though her parents are completely unaware of it. All that, however, is about to change.

The reader is Indira Varma. Indira appeared recently in the 6 part BBC drama Luther. In 2006 she played Suzie Costello in Torchwood.

Abridged and directed by Nigel Lewis

Producer: Kate McAll

The reader is Indira Varma. Indira appeared recently in the 6 part BBC drama Luther. In 2006 she played Suzie Costello in Torchwood.

Abridged and directed by Nigel Lewis

Producer: Kate McAll.


WED 14:15 The Making of Music (b007rhvx)
Series 1

The French Revolution

James Naughtie presents a series chronicling the historical influences that affected the course of classical music.

23/30. The French Revolution

One night in April 1792, a young French captain spent the night writing a marching tune. La Marseillaise became a national anthem, and music inspired by the revolution was everywhere.

Read by Laurence Fox.


WED 14:30 Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (b007jmsd)
Episode 13

Jean Valjean is in mortal danger, but can Marius summon Inspector Javert to save him? Stars Joss Ackland and Patsy Palmer.


WED 14:45 Book of the Week (b00t3tbk)
Jake Adelstein - Tokyo Vice

Episode 3

Crime reporter Jake Adelstein begins to uncover the history of the Japanese mafia. He is amazed at how they seem to operate in broad daylight, and that their activities affect a broad range of businesses in the modern Japanese economy.

Jack Klaff reads this revealing memoir by Jake Adelstein.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall Productions for BBC Radio 4.


WED 15:00 Flash for Freedom (b00ljz6f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Counterpoint (b05xcwkl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 The House of the Spirit Levels (b007jvb4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 Are You From the Bugle? (b01hpx3f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Clare in the Community (b03sztry)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera (b008lz2f)
Episode 3

As Christine faces grave danger, a mysterious figure offers to help her. Stars Anna Massey, Peter Guinness and Helen Goldwyn.


WED 18:30 Off the Page (b0076ncz)
Liar Liar

Economical with the truth? Matthew Parris, Ann Leslie, Martin Short and Anne Atkins discuss the complexities of lying. From September 2004.


WED 19:00 The Navy Lark (b010lywl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00vdc3h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082h2b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Britain in Their Sites (b00krsyn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Ballads of Thin Men (b011325p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 21:15 Nick Warburton - Mustard Seed (b007k1hn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


WED 22:00 Clare in the Community (b03sztry)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Will Smith Presents the Tao of Bergerac (b007w0j4)
Episode 2

Jersey-born comedian Will Smith continues his obsession with 1980s BBC TV detective series Bergerac.

He's using an audio book of its star, John Nettles, reading the Tao, to navigate the minefield of his life, with the help of a special guest.

Will wonders how he can be an individual without being derided for his choices.

With Karl Johnson, Simon Greenall, Rachel Bavidge, Olivia Poulet and John Nettles.

Written by Will Smith and Roger Drew.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2007.


WED 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b05y4q9y)
The best in contemporary comedy. Tonight, Jon Holmes is joined by Felicity Ward.


WED 23:00 Revolting People (b007jrt6)
Series 1

More Storm Clouds

Baltimore 1770. The reception of Cora and Ezekiel’s ‘wedding of the year’ ends in drunken chaos.

Historical sitcom written by Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses.

CAST:

Samuel Oliphant …. Jay Tarses
Sergeant McGurk …. Andy Hamilton
Cora Oliphant …. Felicity Montagu
Ezekiel Spriggs …. Hugh Dennis
Mr Snavely …. Michael Fenton Stevens
Captain Grimshaw …. James Fleet
Joshua Oliphant …. Tony Maudsley
Mary Oliphant …. Sophie Thompson
Mrs Arbuthnot …. Susie Blake

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


WED 23:30 The Harpoon (b007lnx3)
Series 1

Episode 4

Nostalgia galore in the Empire's favourite weekly magazine.

With Susie Brann, Julian Dutton, Peter Baynham, Alistair McGowan, Mary Elliot-Nelson and Bryonie Pritchard.

Producer: Sarah Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1991.



THURSDAY 04 JUNE 2015

THU 00:00 Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera (b008lz2f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Off the Page (b0076ncz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082h2b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Britain in Their Sites (b00krsyn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b00t6v33)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 The Making of Music (b007rhvx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (b007jmsd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:45 Book of the Week (b00t3tbk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Flash for Freedom (b00ljz6f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Counterpoint (b05xcwkl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 The House of the Spirit Levels (b007jvb4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Are You From the Bugle? (b01hpx3f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Clare in the Community (b03sztry)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082hw0)
4. The Strange Case

A wealthy government minister is defrauded of a large sum of money and suspects his wastrel nephew.

Then he's murdered, so Mr JG Reeder sets out uncover the truth.

Read by David Horovitch

Mr JG Reeder's novel methods bring the criminals of 1920s London to justice.

Created by Edgar Wallace, he is a uniquely English detective. An apparent fuddy-duddy working in some obscure capacity in the Public Prosecutor's office, he actually has a razor-sharp intellect and is a super-sleuth.

Mr JG Reeder solves his mysteries because he fully understands the "criminal mind".

Abridged for radio by Neville Teller.

Producer: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in November 2007.


THU 06:30 The Art of Litter (b00hr4lh)
John Wilson explores the reasons why some artists use rubbish in their work.

Picasso, Dali, Georges Braque and Joan Miro all used discarded objects in their art, and in the last few decades there has been an explosion of artists using 'found objects' in their work to communicate many different messages about waste, consumerism and the dispensability of modern life.

Some artists are campaigners and artists in equal measure. John meets Fran Crowe, who creates installations and engages in performance art with the rubbish she finds on the beaches near her Suffolk home. He also talks to Sir Peter Blake, who celebrates litter and tries to create something of aesthetic value from it, and sculptor Gavin Turk, who looks for the beauty in objects that have been thrown away.


THU 07:00 HR (b00hg6mz)
Series 1

An Appraisal

An angry senior manager has been caught verbally abusing a client. His HR officer must take him to task. Can he?

Nigel Williams’ comedy drama series charting the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

Peter ...... Jonathan Pryce
Sam ...... Nicholas Le Prevost

Director: Peter Cavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2009.


THU 07:30 Best Behaviour (b05w4jcq)
Episode 4

Holly Walsh presents the comedy panel show that defines modern etiquette.

This week's guests are comedians Sarah Pascoe, Romesh Ranganathan and Richard Herring, who are all seeking to supply the top tips for best behaviour in the 21st century.

The panel debates the social minefield of who is best suited to host a dinner party, and the correct rules for lane discipline in the swimming pool. There's also advice on a social conundrum asked by a member of the studio audience - 'What should I say when I answer the telephone?'.

Produced by Aled Evans
A Zeppotron production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 08:00 Steptoe and Son (b00rzkyb)
Series 1

Wallah, Wallah, Catsmeat

The rag and bone business falters when Hercules the horse needs a vet.

Starring Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett.

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

The Offer featured the lives of rag and bone men Albert Steptoe and son Harold - and was the spark for a run of 8 series on TV.

Albert ...... Wilfrid Brambell
Harold ...... Harry H Corbett
The Vet ...... Eric Woodburn
Lionel ...... Leslie Dwyer
Charlie ...... Peter Hawkins.

Adapted for radio from Galton and Simpson's TV script by Gale Pedrick.

Producer: Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in August 1966.


THU 08:30 Yes Minister (b007k0nj)
Series 2

A Question of Loyalty

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

Starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds.

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

It first ran on BBC TV between 1980 and 1984.

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

Adapted for radio by producer Pete Atkin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1984.


THU 09:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b00v6l9y)
Series 6

Episode 3

David Mitchell hosts the panel game in which four comedians are encouraged to tell lies and compete against one another to see how many items of truth they're able to smuggle past their opponents.

In this edition, recorded at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, Rhod Gilbert, Kevin Bridges, Tom Wrigglesworth and Lucy Porter are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as: Spiders, Mushrooms, Eggs and Edinburgh.

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

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


THU 09:30 No Commitments (b007k490)
Series 5

Running in the Family

The sisters gather to discuss Emily's future, with the help of creepy teacher Nigel. Stars Rosemary Leach. From August 1998.


THU 10:00 Flash for Freedom (b00lk2c4)
Episode 2

Now a reluctant secret agent, Sir Harry Flashman finds himself fleeing for his life. Stars Joss Ackland and Rhys Meredith.


THU 11:00 Afternoon Reading (b00sp1b7)
Midsummer Tales

Count from the Splash

A series of new short stories - set variously in Finland, Shetland and Orkney - exploring the magical light, and white nights, of far northern summers.

"Count From The Splash" by Helen Dunmore.
Read by Tracy Wiles.
Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Midsummer in Finland: a time of feasting and celebration. Maija's husband has been invited to a big party in the countryside by his boss Frederik - who is high up in the television industry. Tiring of the media chatter, Maija goes looking for Anna, Frederik's wife and, along the way, bumps into a friend from her childhood. She hasn't seen Birgit since they were nine and she is almost unrecognisable: badly scarred by years of drink and drug addiction. Walking together around the lake, away from the party-goers, the pair experience long-lost feelings of the excitement and energy of their childhood selves.

Helen Dunmore is an acclaimed novelist, poet and children's author. After graduating from the University of York, she taught English as a foreign language in Finland. Her novels include: A Spell of Winter and The Seige. In March this year, her poem "The Malarkey" won the National Poetry Competition. Her new novel The Betrayal is set in 1950s Leningrad.


THU 11:15 Drama (b0076wly)
Stephen Phelps - Once a Friend

Once a Friend

By Stephen Phelps.

John and Leo, inseparable in childhood, meet for the first time in over 30 years. They lost touch soon after being caught on the fringes of a high-profile murder case. Will Leo's need to rake over the past prevent them from rekindling their friendship as adults?

John ...... Jamie Foreman
Leo ...... Gerard McDermott
Young John ...... Joseph Tremain
Young Leo ...... Steven Williams
Ellie ...... Ella Smith

Directed by Toby Swift.


THU 12:00 Steptoe and Son (b00rzkyb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


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


THU 13:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082hw0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 The Art of Litter (b00hr4lh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b00t6v36)
Tishani Doshi - The Pleasure Seekers

Episode 9

Poet, journalist and dancer Tishani Doshi has a Welsh mother and a Gujurati father, and this twin inheritance is at the heart of her funny, lyrical and tenderly written first novel about four generations of the Patel-Joneses.

Now that her older sister Mayuri is married, only Bean remains at home. But that won't be for long as Bean has plans of her own, plans that will cause Sian to weep until she can weep no more, and Babo to wonder what to do with the space that children leave behind.

The reader is Indira Varma. Indira appeared recently in the 6 part BBC drama Luther. She also played
Suzie Costello in Torchwood.

Abridged and directed by Nigel Lewis

Producer: Kate McAll.


THU 14:15 The Making of Music (b007rhvy)
Series 1

Beethoven

James Naughtie presents a series chronicling the historical influences that affected the course of classical music.

24/30. Beethoven

The great German composer worked at a time of seismic change in Europe. He was 19 at the start of the French Revolution and at his peak when Napoleon's empire was at its zenith. His music matches the ferment of the times.

Read by Simon Russell Beale.


THU 14:30 Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (b007jmsv)
Episode 14

Eponine has found out where Cosette is living, but will she tell Marius? Stars Joss Ackland, Lucy Whybrow and Patsy Palmer.


THU 14:45 Book of the Week (b00t3tcb)
Jake Adelstein - Tokyo Vice

Episode 4

When Jake Adelstein is summoned to a meeting with one of the bosses of the local yakuza, he is both surprised and more than a little wary. And when he arrives at the rendezvous he is astonished to be asked to help settle a delicate problem.

Although he has no intention of getting involved in the boss's affairs or ever owing him a favour, he discovers there are advantages to having a yakuza in your debt.

Jack Klaff reads this revealing memoir by Jake Adelstein.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall Productions for BBC Radio 4.


THU 15:00 Flash for Freedom (b00lk2c4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b00v6l9y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 No Commitments (b007k490)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 HR (b00hg6mz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 Best Behaviour (b05w4jcq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera (b008p5cw)
Episode 4

Raoul and the Persian enter the Phantom's lair to search for Christine. Stars Peter Guinness, Helen Goldwyn and James D'Arcy.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b0076lgx)
Series 5

Edith Wharton

4 Extra Debut. Publisher Kimberly Fortier chooses American writer Edith Wharton. With Professor Janet Beer and Humphrey Carpenter. From May 2004.


THU 19:00 Steptoe and Son (b00rzkyb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


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


THU 20:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082hw0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 The Art of Litter (b00hr4lh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Afternoon Reading (b00sp1b7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


THU 21:15 Drama (b0076wly)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


THU 22:00 Best Behaviour (b05w4jcq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Don't Start (b015p875)
Series 1

Hat

Neil's approach to sartorial elegance is this week's flashpoint for an argument.

What do long term partners really argue about? Sharp new comedy from Frank Skinner. A masterclass in the great art of arguing. Starring Frank Skinner and Katherine Parkinson.

Well observed, clever and funny, Don't Start is a scripted comedy with a deceptively simple premise - an argument. Each week, our couple fall out over another apparently trivial flashpoint - a text from a friend, a trilby and a bad night's sleep. Each week, the stakes mount as Neil and Kim battle with words. But these are no ordinary arguments. The two outdo each other with increasingly absurd images, unexpected literary references (Androcles and the Lion pop up at one point) and razor sharp analysis of their beloved's weaknesses.

Cast:
Neil ..... Frank Skinner
Kim ..... Katherine Parkinson

Producer/Director: Polly Thomas
An Avalon UK production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 22:45 Warhorses of Letters (b016wzyt)
Series 1

Episode 2

More passionate letters from Copenhagen, the Duke of Wellington's horse, to his hero Marengo in this epistolary equine love story.

A story of two horses united by an uncommon passion, cruelly divided by a brutal conflict.

Copenhagen becomes a warhorse, and Marengo sets out into the vast Russian Steppe as he carries Napoleon at the head of his vast army towards Moscow.

As uncertainty and conflict beset our heroes, it puts strains on their new relationship, especially when Copenhagen begins to explore his physical side with really quite a lot of other horses.

Things begin to go less well for the French army and its horses as winter sets in.

Marengo ..... Stephen Fry
Copenhagen ..... Daniel Rigby
Narrator ..... Tamsin Greig

Written by Robbie Hudson and Marie Phillips.

Director: Steven Canny
Producer: Gareth Edwards.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2011.


THU 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b05y4qdm)
The best in contemporary comedy. Tonight, Jon Holmes is joined by Felicity Ward.


THU 23:00 Mark Thomas: The Manifesto (b01by7cs)
Series 4

Sheffield

Comedian-activist Mark Thomas heads to Sheffield City Hall in search of new proposals for his People's Manifesto.

This week's agenda:

1) Councils to plant fruit trees in public spaces
2) 3 Years' free education for all between age 25 and retirement
and
3) Buckingham Palace to be converted into homeless flats

Plus lots of "any other business" suggestions for the studio audience, including a novel approach to reducing knife crime.

Written and presented by Mark Thomas
Produced by Colin Anderson.


THU 23:30 Elis James's Pantheon of Heroes (b019n2m7)
Series 1

Politics

More historical heroism - as Aneurin Bevan, Hywel Dda and The Rebecca Rioters are put to the Totaliser Test.

Comedian Elis James compares key figures in Welsh history to determine the ultimate heroes of Wales.

With Ben Partridge and Nadia Kamil.

Written by Elis James, Gareth Gwyn and Benjamin Partridge.

Producer: Sharif Shahwan

First broadcast on BBC Radio Wales in January 2012



FRIDAY 05 JUNE 2015

FRI 00:00 Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera (b008p5cw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b0076lgx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (b0082hw0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 The Art of Litter (b00hr4lh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b00t6v36)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 The Making of Music (b007rhvy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (b007jmsv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:45 Book of the Week (b00t3tcb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Flash for Freedom (b00lk2c4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b00v6l9y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 No Commitments (b007k490)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 HR (b00hg6mz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Best Behaviour (b05w4jcq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 VI Warshawski (b007jzsg)
Publicity Stunts

Episode 1

Private Detective V I Warshawski is being set up for a murder she didn't commit - of a woman she hardly knew. Read by Buffy Davis.

The victim is a famous crime fiction writer. Her latest book threatens to uncover the shame of a small American town whose dark secrets and those of her tormentor have been buried for decades.

Sara Paretsky has created one of the most popular female sleuths in modern crime fiction. Her heroine, V I Warshawski, is a strong female character in a male-dominated world. V I is comfortable packing heat and trailing nasty suspects but she never loses touch with her basic femininity. Paretsky says of her Warshawski: "I was troubled by the way women were portrayed in (detective fiction) they always seemed either evil or powerless. I thought it was time for a tough, smart, likeable female private investigator".

Producer: Joanne Reardon

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in 2003.


FRI 06:30 The Wonderful Weightless World of the Flexidisc (b00sgbcr)
Long before the invention of the MP3, there was a way of getting hold of music, speech, and other audio sensations, free of charge, in the form of flexidiscs. Originally developed in the 1930s to play at 78rpm, by the 1960s, seven-inch, 45rpm flexidiscs were so cheap to produce, and so light and bendy, that they were often given away free with a magazine. In the Soviet Union, though, where flexidiscs were called roentgenizdat, and were recorded on disused medical x-ray sheets, the audio was usually of an illegal nature, such as jazz music, or, later, punk rock. In telling the story of the flexidisc, we'll hear plenty of music, some of which is now valuable (such as the Rolling Stones Exit on Mainstreet Blues, given away with New Musical Express in 1972).

In tracking down the story of flexidiscs, presenter Paul Bayley meets collector Jez Randell, journalist Ian Shirley, and the novelist Tim Lott, who co-founded Flexipop magazine in the early 1980s (which gave away a free flexi with every issue). The programme includes extracts from flexidiscs galore, including several advertisements for products as diverse as crisps, hair pieces and rat poison, music from big band jazz to beat groups to punk rock, and some of the most famous recordings made on flexidisc including Beatles fanclub records, Private Eye's satirical flexidiscs and the sound of humpback whales, from the world's biggest circulation flexidisc ever.

Presenter Paul Bayley previously presented The Strange Parallel World of Christian Pop for Radio 4, which subsequently inspired Frank Cottrell Boyce's radio play The Believers. The producer is Bob Dickinson.


FRI 07:00 Lucky Heather (b0075sg8)
True Grit

Heather used to clean for Angela. Now Angela suspects her teenage daughter is on drugs so asks Heather to investigate.

Just this side of nosey, Heather is western movie-mad. She's also the Sherlock Holmes of the rundown Sutter Estate.

Sue Teddern's six-part comedy series star Lindsey Coulson as Heather. (Carol Jackson in BBC TV's EastEnders until 2015)

With Abigail Hart as Natalie, Ben Crowe as Ryan, Gavin Muir as Joe, Lisa Kay as Charlotte, Jilly Bond as Angela and Tim Treloar as the Barman.

Director: David Hunter

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2000.


FRI 07:30 The Rivals (b03bdw8c)
Series 2

The Clue of the Silver Spoons

By Robert Barr.

Dramatised By Chris Harrald.

Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memories and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes' rivals. He continues with Food Connoisseur and Detective Eugene Valmont trying to solve a curious series of thefts from private dinner parties

Producer: Liz Webb.


FRI 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007n162)
Series 4

Anna and the King of Siam

The 1956 musical film release of 'The King and I' inspires the lad's own unmusical and argumentative version.

Starring Tony Hancock.

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

Audio recovered in the BBC Archive Treasure Hunt.

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 November 1956.


FRI 08:30 The Goon Show (b007jl9j)
Series 5

The Whistling Spy Enigma

Spy Neddie must make contact with his informer. But can he whistle the secret tune? Stars Spike Milligan. From September 1954.


FRI 09:00 The 99p Challenge (b01rcg42)
Series 5

Episode 1

Crazy panel show capers as Sue Perkins tests Jon Holmes, Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham and Simon Pegg. From August 2004.


FRI 09:30 On Baby Street (b00f6vv7)
Series 1

Episode 5

Will Ian get to the hospital on time? Can Geraldine and Yvette get there at all? Stars Jenny Eclair. From February 1996.


FRI 10:00 Peter Tinniswood (b05xgv09)
Crossing the Frontier

Jean is 38, attractive and married. She decides to go on a cruise without her husband.

On the first night out, she sees a row of lights sticking straight out to sea. She feels as if she's entering a strange land with different customs, different values. As if she is becoming a different person.

Written by Peter Tinniswood.

Jean …. Shirley Dixon
Roy …. David Buck
Richard …. Stephen Thorne

Producer: Shaun McLoughlin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1985.


FRI 11:00 Midsummer Tales (b01k9m2s)
Casting

By Hannah McGill. A London film crew causes a commotion when they descend upon a tiny island community in 1930s Shetland. Read by Claire Knight.


FRI 11:15 Juliet Ace - Dead-Heading the Roses (b0076j6q)
Naval officer's wife, Ariadne Fitz-John has become the benign queen of death, arranging tasteful memorial services - which will include her husband George's send-off.

But before his departure, her husband has plotted a final surprise...

Stars Jill Balcon as Ariadne Fitz-John and her real son, Daniel Day-Lewis as Felix Brown.

With Cheryl Campbell as Phyliss Beacon, William Hootkins as Ephraim Cohn, Graham Crowden as George Fitz-John and Lucy Carol Jenkins as William the bulldog.

Sparkling drama specially written by Juliet Ace to celebrate Jill Balcon's 60th year of performing on radio.

Director: Ned Chaillet

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.


FRI 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007n162)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 The Goon Show (b007jl9j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 VI Warshawski (b007jzsg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 The Wonderful Weightless World of the Flexidisc (b00sgbcr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b00t6v3b)
Tishani Doshi - The Pleasure Seekers

Episode 10

Poet, journalist and dancer Tishani Doshi has a Welsh mother and a Gujurati father, and this twin inheritance is at the heart of her funny, lyrical and tenderly written first novel about four generations of the Patel-Joneses.

Babo and Sian's youngest daughter, Bean, has been having an affair with Javier for two years now. She's been waiting all that time for him to leave his wife and three children. Then Javier is involved in a car crash, which changes everything. Back in Anjar, Grandmother Ba's life is coming to an end but first she must be sure that Bean is safe.

The reader is Indira Varma. Indira appeared recently in the 6 part BBC drama Luther. She also played Suzie Costello in Torchwood.

Abridged and directed by Nigel Lewis

Producer: Kate McAll.


FRI 14:15 The Making of Music (b007rhvz)
Series 1

Beethoven's Eroica

James Naughtie presents a series chronicling the historical influences that affected the course of classical music.

25/30. Beethoven's Eroica

The original dedication to Napoleon was removed from the manuscript of Beethoven's Symphony No 3, allegedly by the composer's own hand, when Napoleon declared himself Emperor in 1804.

Read by Simon Russell Beale.


FRI 14:30 Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (b007jmtb)
Episode 15

Love is in the air in the Rue Plumet. But why is Jean Valjean so obsessed with secrecy? Stars Joss Ackland and Lucy Whybrow.


FRI 14:45 Book of the Week (b00t3td1)
Jake Adelstein - Tokyo Vice

Episode 5

Reporter Jake Adelstein is invited to spend the night as a host in a Japanese night club in the red light district of Tokyo. And he discovers some surprises, not only amongst the type of customers who are willing to pay for the service in modern Japan, but the reasons these women feel the need to pay for company.

Jack Klaff reads this revealing memoir by Jake Adelstein.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall Productions for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 15:00 Peter Tinniswood (b05xgv09)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 The 99p Challenge (b01rcg42)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 On Baby Street (b00f6vv7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 Lucky Heather (b0075sg8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 The Rivals (b03bdw8c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Francis Turnly - Lullaby (b00d7jh3)
Kate and Patrick face terror from the sinister past of their newly renovated house. Francis Turnly's thriller with Tara Flynn.


FRI 18:30 My Life in Five Songs (b01p6vbz)
Series 5

Colin Macintyre

Colin Macintyre is a Scottish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Growing up on the west coast island of Mull he records under his own name and under the name of Mull Historical Society.

Colin talks to Phil Cunningham about his musical influences and picks five special songs which are important to him and have helped influence his career.

Phil opens the programme with the track The Lights from Colin's latest album City Awakenings.

Colin picks these five songs:

Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence

David Bowie - Changes

Radiohead - No Surprises

Bob Dylan - Queen Jane Approximately

The Flaming Lips - Race For The Prize

Phil closes the programme with Must You Get Low from the City Awakenings album.


FRI 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007n162)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 The Goon Show (b007jl9j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 VI Warshawski (b007jzsg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 The Wonderful Weightless World of the Flexidisc (b00sgbcr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Midsummer Tales (b01k9m2s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 21:15 Juliet Ace - Dead-Heading the Roses (b0076j6q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


FRI 22:00 The Rivals (b03bdw8c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Victor Lewis-Smith (b05xh32v)
Episode 5

A man who is meek wants to know why he has yet to inherit the earth. The darkly comic world of Victor Lewis-Smith.

Award-winning controversial comedy surfaced on BBC Radio 1 in 1990 in the shape of Victor Lewis-Smith. The writer and producer took a comedy cudgel to the self-satisfied, mid-Atlantic style of the very network he was appearing on - with hoax phone calls, sketches, plus comic takedowns of high profile celebs. It's all deliciously sandwiched between the original jangly Radio 1 jingles made by JAM Creative Productions in Dallas, USA.

Winner of the British Comedy Awards 1990 for Best Radio Comedy.

After making a series of late night programmes for Radio 1, Victor took aim at TV in 1993 with BBC TWO's Inside Victor Lewis Smith, before sparking another stir on Channel 4 in 1998 with TV Offal.

Written by Victor Lewis Smith and Paul Sparks

Produced by Victor Lewis Smith.


FRI 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b05z5pgl)
The best in contemporary comedy. Tonight Arthur Smith is joined by Ian Smith.


FRI 23:00 Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive (b007ym60)
Series 2

Episode 5

The comedy guru and pals tackle the thorny topic of costly children's parties. With Will Smith and Jo Brand. From June 2006.


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

Episode 1

What's gone wrong with English cricket recently?

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

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

Christopher Douglas stars as Pod.

Written by Christopher Douglas, Nick Newman and Andrew Nickolds.

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

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

Producer: Richard Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2001.




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

28 Acts in 28 Minutes 22:30 SAT (b01nswqw)

A Bequest to the Nation 06:00 SAT (b012f8bl)

A Bequest to the Nation 16:00 SAT (b012f8bl)

A Bequest to the Nation 04:00 SUN (b012f8bl)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b0075q96)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b0075q96)

Afternoon Reading 15:45 SUN (b011bz70)

Afternoon Reading 18:45 SUN (b013857g)

Afternoon Reading 00:45 MON (b013857g)

Afternoon Reading 03:45 MON (b011bz70)

Afternoon Reading 11:00 THU (b00sp1b7)

Afternoon Reading 21:00 THU (b00sp1b7)

All the World's a Globe 23:00 SUN (b007jwrt)

Amicable (Omnibus) 13:00 SAT (b05wz3h7)

Amicable (Omnibus) 01:00 SUN (b05wz3h7)

An Hour With... 11:00 SUN (b05x27ty)

An Hour With... 19:00 SUN (b05x27ty)

Archive on 4 08:00 SAT (b00765kl)

Archive on 4 15:00 SAT (b00765kl)

Archive on 4 03:00 SUN (b00765kl)

Are You From the Bugle? 07:00 WED (b01hpx3f)

Are You From the Bugle? 17:00 WED (b01hpx3f)

Are You From the Bugle? 05:00 THU (b01hpx3f)

Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive 23:00 FRI (b007ym60)

As Time Goes By 08:30 MON (b007k7j3)

As Time Goes By 12:30 MON (b007k7j3)

As Time Goes By 19:30 MON (b007k7j3)

Ballads of Thin Men 11:00 MON (b0112fnt)

Ballads of Thin Men 21:00 MON (b0112fnt)

Ballads of Thin Men 11:00 TUE (b0113fws)

Ballads of Thin Men 21:00 TUE (b0113fws)

Ballads of Thin Men 11:00 WED (b011325p)

Ballads of Thin Men 21:00 WED (b011325p)

Best Behaviour 07:30 THU (b05w4jcq)

Best Behaviour 17:30 THU (b05w4jcq)

Best Behaviour 22:00 THU (b05w4jcq)

Best Behaviour 05:30 FRI (b05w4jcq)

Book at Bedtime 02:00 SAT (b00t5kln)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 MON (b00t6v2w)

Book at Bedtime 02:00 TUE (b00t6v2w)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 TUE (b00t6v30)

Book at Bedtime 02:00 WED (b00t6v30)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 WED (b00t6v33)

Book at Bedtime 02:00 THU (b00t6v33)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 THU (b00t6v36)

Book at Bedtime 02:00 FRI (b00t6v36)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 FRI (b00t6v3b)

Book of the Week 02:45 SAT (b00t3cyw)

Book of the Week 14:45 MON (b00t3t90)

Book of the Week 02:45 TUE (b00t3t90)

Book of the Week 14:45 TUE (b00t3t9s)

Book of the Week 02:45 WED (b00t3t9s)

Book of the Week 14:45 WED (b00t3tbk)

Book of the Week 02:45 THU (b00t3tbk)

Book of the Week 14:45 THU (b00t3tcb)

Book of the Week 02:45 FRI (b00t3tcb)

Book of the Week 14:45 FRI (b00t3td1)

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

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

Britain in Their Sites 06:30 MON (b00khky6)

Britain in Their Sites 13:30 MON (b00khky6)

Britain in Their Sites 20:30 MON (b00khky6)

Britain in Their Sites 01:30 TUE (b00khky6)

Britain in Their Sites 06:30 TUE (b00kmv8n)

Britain in Their Sites 13:30 TUE (b00kmv8n)

Britain in Their Sites 20:30 TUE (b00kmv8n)

Britain in Their Sites 01:30 WED (b00kmv8n)

Britain in Their Sites 06:30 WED (b00krsyn)

Britain in Their Sites 13:30 WED (b00krsyn)

Britain in Their Sites 20:30 WED (b00krsyn)

Britain in Their Sites 01:30 THU (b00krsyn)

Channel Shore - Omnibus 09:00 SUN (b05x26xr)

Channel Shore - Omnibus 20:00 SUN (b05x26xr)

Clare in the Community 07:30 WED (b03sztry)

Clare in the Community 17:30 WED (b03sztry)

Clare in the Community 22:00 WED (b03sztry)

Clare in the Community 05:30 THU (b03sztry)

Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! 07:30 SUN (b018jbpr)

Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! 17:30 SUN (b018jbpr)

Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! 22:00 SUN (b018jbpr)

Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! 05:30 MON (b018jbpr)

Counterpoint 09:00 WED (b05xcwkl)

Counterpoint 16:00 WED (b05xcwkl)

Counterpoint 04:00 THU (b05xcwkl)

Creme de la Crime 23:45 MON (b007yvm3)

Creme de la Crime 09:45 TUE (b007yvm3)

Dad's Army 12:30 SAT (b007q93v)

Dad's Army 08:00 MON (b007qrzs)

Dad's Army 12:00 MON (b007qrzs)

Dad's Army 19:00 MON (b007qrzs)

Daunt and Dervish 14:15 SAT (b007jwty)

Daunt and Dervish 02:15 SUN (b007jwty)

Dave Podmore 23:30 FRI (b007ncns)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:15 SUN (b05x27d7)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:15 SUN (b05x27d7)

Doctor Who 18:00 SAT (b05x22d1)

Doctor Who 00:00 SUN (b05x22d1)

Don't Start 22:30 THU (b015p875)

Drama 18:00 SUN (b015zrrz)

Drama 00:00 MON (b015zrrz)

Drama 11:15 MON (b00bzdgb)

Drama 21:15 MON (b00bzdgb)

Drama 11:15 TUE (b00y8yjd)

Drama 21:15 TUE (b00y8yjd)

Drama 11:15 THU (b0076wly)

Drama 21:15 THU (b0076wly)

Electric Ink 16:30 TUE (b011f3pc)

Electric Ink 04:30 WED (b011f3pc)

Elis James's Pantheon of Heroes 23:30 THU (b019n2m7)

Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited 03:00 SAT (b007k2r7)

Flash for Freedom 10:00 WED (b00ljz6f)

Flash for Freedom 15:00 WED (b00ljz6f)

Flash for Freedom 03:00 THU (b00ljz6f)

Flash for Freedom 10:00 THU (b00lk2c4)

Flash for Freedom 15:00 THU (b00lk2c4)

Flash for Freedom 03:00 FRI (b00lk2c4)

Flashman at the Charge 10:00 MON (b00lh5th)

Flashman at the Charge 15:00 MON (b00lh5th)

Flashman at the Charge 03:00 TUE (b00lh5th)

Flashman at the Charge 10:00 TUE (b00ljppj)

Flashman at the Charge 15:00 TUE (b00ljppj)

Flashman at the Charge 03:00 WED (b00ljppj)

Francis Turnly - Lullaby 18:00 FRI (b00d7jh3)

Frankly Speaking 18:30 TUE (b05x90z5)

Frankly Speaking 00:30 WED (b05x90z5)

Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera 18:00 MON (b008hvvp)

Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera 00:00 TUE (b008hvvp)

Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera 18:00 TUE (b008jw9j)

Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera 00:00 WED (b008jw9j)

Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera 18:00 WED (b008lz2f)

Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera 00:00 THU (b008lz2f)

Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera 18:00 THU (b008p5cw)

Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera 00:00 FRI (b008p5cw)

Getting Nowhere Fast 09:30 MON (b00805vh)

Getting Nowhere Fast 16:30 MON (b00805vh)

Getting Nowhere Fast 04:30 TUE (b00805vh)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b0076lgx)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b0076lgx)

HR 07:00 THU (b00hg6mz)

HR 17:00 THU (b00hg6mz)

HR 05:00 FRI (b00hg6mz)

Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea 23:30 SUN (b007k24f)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 FRI (b007n162)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 FRI (b007n162)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 FRI (b007n162)

Harry Worth 08:30 SUN (b00r7q2v)

Harry Worth 12:30 SUN (b00r7q2v)

Hearing With Hegley 22:30 MON (b0075sym)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:30 WED (b00vdc3h)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:30 WED (b00vdc3h)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:30 WED (b00vdc3h)

I've Never Seen Star Wars 22:30 TUE (b00rt9rk)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SAT (b0103zk2)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 SUN (b0103zk2)

Inheritance Tracks 10:10 SUN (b0106vf7)

Inheritance Tracks 21:10 SUN (b0106vf7)

Julie Enfield Investigates 01:00 SAT (b007jxtt)

Juliet Ace - Dead-Heading the Roses 11:15 FRI (b0076j6q)

Juliet Ace - Dead-Heading the Roses 21:15 FRI (b0076j6q)

Just a Minute 07:30 MON (b05vx639)

Just a Minute 17:30 MON (b05vx639)

Just a Minute 22:00 MON (b05vx639)

Just a Minute 05:30 TUE (b05vx639)

King Cutler 23:30 TUE (b008pbxf)

Like They've Never Been Gone 07:00 TUE (b00cfzqy)

Like They've Never Been Gone 17:00 TUE (b00cfzqy)

Like They've Never Been Gone 05:00 WED (b00cfzqy)

Lucky Heather 05:00 SAT (b0075s9h)

Lucky Heather 07:00 FRI (b0075sg8)

Lucky Heather 17:00 FRI (b0075sg8)

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