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SATURDAY 11 JULY 2015

SAT 00:00 Ben Moor - Undone (b00p4klt)
Series 3

Unalike

Edna Turner has just saved the worlds - again. Can she kick-back and enjoy summer?

Ben Moor's comic sci-fi saga stars Alex Tregear as Edna, Duncan Wisbey as Tankerton, Sophie Duval as Ida and Rhys Jennings as Tarzacula/ Sonny Jim.

By the end of series two Edna Turner has met her father for the first time and a sister she never knew she had. She's saved the universe twice (good) but has seen her job disappear and found that her friend and mentor had been using her for his own ends (really rather bad). But things are about to get a lot worse for her as she arrives back in London....

Producers: Colin Anderson and Lyndsay Fenner
Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in 2009.


SAT 00:30 Fry's English Delight (b00tdmqr)
Series 3

He Said, She Said

Stephen Fry examines whether men and women really use and understand language differently.

Is there a genuine gender language barrier, or is it just something we made up to amuse ourselves, or to castigate each other?

As a former presenter on Woman's Hour, Sue MacGregor has a unique insight into the way men used to use language to patronise or dominate, and recalls one of her guests on the programme referring to her as 'my dear'.

But as women began to win equality there was a genuine need to discover whether and how women and men differed in the way they spoke.

Cast aside all memories of cartoon strips, Woody Allen movies, sitcoms and diatribes on political correctness or questionable seaside postcards.

This programme gets to the truth, with the aid of academics, a bit of comedy from Ronnie Barker, a sex change surgeon and a speech therapist. Do people who want to change their sex also want to change the way they use language?

Producer: Ian Gardhouse
A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 01:00 Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch (b061g4g8)
Pandora's Box

A file is stolen from a retired lawyer's office and the investigation leads to the hunt for a widow. Vast wealth and secrets are both linked to a death. Starring Bernard Hepton as Galbraith. With Garard Green as Finch, Richard Davies as Evans, Margery Withers as Mrs Palmer and Clive Merrison as Tully.

Written by prize-winning TV producer Robert Barr, who also wrote TV scripts for the BBC's Z Cars and Softly Softly.

Produced by John Browell
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1977.


SAT 01:30 Mind Changers (b00m0zz3)
Arden House

Claudia Hammond presents a series looking at the development of the science of psychology during the 20th century.

She re-visits Ellen Langer and Judith Rodin's 1976 study, conducted in a New England nursing home, Arden House.

When the two psychologists set up the experiment so that residents on two floors of the 360-bed home for the elderly would experience some changes in their everyday life, they had no idea that they were introducing factors which could prolong life.

While residents on both floors were given plants and film shows, only those on the fourth floor had the opportunity to control these events: choosing the plant and looking after it themselves, and choosing which night of the week to view the film.

Eighteen months later, when Langer and Rodin returned to the home, they were astonished to discover that twice as many of the elderly residents in this 'choices' group were alive, compared with the control group on the second floor, who had been given plants that the staff tended, and were told which was their film night. It appeared that taking control made you live longer.

These findings fit in well with the work on learned helplessness in dogs which Martin Seligman had done in the late 1960s, and on Langer and Rodin's own studies on the perception of control.

Claudia Hammond meets Ellen Langer, now Professor of Psychology at Harvard, and hears about Arden House and the work she has gone on to do on what she calls 'mindfulness'. She visits Arden House, which is still a nursing home, and is shown around by current administrator Joanne Scafati.

Dr Zelda Di Blasi, who lectures in psychology at University College, Cork, sets the study in context, and Rosalie Kane, Professor of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, and Howard Kaplan, CEO of City Club Living accommodation for the elderly, discuss the impact of Langer/Rodin on care of the elderly.


SAT 02:00 Gregor Mendel - A Monk and Two Peas (b008x8b6)
Episode 5

The monk's religious duties take precedence, but his legacy remains. Robin Marantz Henig's biography read by Michael Williams.


SAT 02:15 Life at 24 Frames a Second (b00xw5mw)
Fade to Black

As his highly idiosyncratic journey through the power and magic of cinema comes to a close - film critic and writer David Thomson considers whether, under the relentless spread of visual media, and in the age of instant delivery, the dream palaces are places to dream anymore?

Producer: Mark Burman.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2011.


SAT 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b00k0jcx)
ME Braddon - Lady Audley's Secret

Episode 10

Dramatisation of the classic Victorian thriller by Mary Elizabeth Braddon.

In a thrilling climax, Robert Audley uncovers the truth and confronts the beautiful Lucy, determined to avenge the crime against his friend.

Mary Braddon ...... Hattie Morahan
Lucy, Lady Audley ...... Charlotte Emmerson
Robert Audley ...... Alex Wyndham
Sir Michael Audley ...... Sam Dale
George Talboys ...... Joseph Kloska
Luke Marks ...... Benjamin Askew

Directed by Julie Beckett and Fiona Kelcher.


SAT 02:45 Book at Bedtime (b009jd8q)
Sadie Jones - The Outcast

Resolution

Lewis has hidden in the woods for two days, determined to save Kit from further brutality. Concluded by Emma Fielding.


SAT 03:00 Anthony Trollope - The Pallisers (b007jwht)
Episode 10

As Plantagenet Palliser's government comes under attack, so Lopez's standing becomes more difficult. Stars Sophie Thompson.


SAT 04:00 The 99p Challenge (b01s2v0x)
Series 5

Episode 6

Crazy panel show capers with Sue Perkins, Rob Rouse, Nick Frost, Armando Iannucci and Peter Serafinowicz. From September 2004.


SAT 04:30 Sneakiepeeks (b00pkbmh)
Echo

When the members of the Beagle Team take on their next mission, they find themselves in competition with old rivals, the Terrier Team.

Comedy by Harry Venning and Neil Brand about a team of inept, backstabbing surveillance operatives.

Bill ...... Richard Lumsden
Sharla ...... Nina Conti
Mark ...... Daniel Kaluuya
Mrs Davies ...... Tessa Nicholson
Customer 2 ...... Ewan Bailey
Edward Barraclough MP ...... Paterson Joseph
Norris ...... Joe Thomas
Ros ...... Lucy Montgomery
Customer 1 ...... Harry Venning
Customer 3 ...... Neil Brandr

Other parts played by the cast.

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2010.


SAT 05:00 Little Blighty on the Down (b00tv7wv)
Series 4

Episode 4

As the council launches a new charter, the opposition needs a new initiative. Political satire with John Baddeley. From July 1991.


SAT 05:30 Dave Podmore (b0612pjc)
Dave Podmore's Toughest Test

It's Ashes time (again) and the world's sleaziest cricketer Dave Podmore is here with his explosive memoir DP. But, in doing so, he's putting at risk his budding career as motivational coach for the England women's team.

Pod's especially proud of emerging star player Danniii (yes, three i's), until he realises his precious second-hand car lot endorsements have a new competitor who's young enough to still be discovered on the Borrowash roundabout at 3am with her pants on her head.

Is Pod's long reign as England's anti-hero finally over? And has he burned his lucrative corporate advertising bridges for good?

It's Pod's toughest test yet.

Starring Christopher Douglas as Dave Podmore.

With Lewis Macleod, Andrew Nickolds, Andy Hamer and Nicola Sanderson.

Scripted by Christopher Douglas, Andrew Nickolds and Nick Newman.

Producer: Jon Harvey
A Hat Trick production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2015. .


SAT 06:00 Alan Plater - Who's Jimmy Dickenson? (b007qzh7)
The phrase 'Well, goodnight then....' usually indicates the end of an evening, but in this case it signals the start of an evening - and what an evening.

A mysterious man insinuates himself into the lives of a suburban couple in Hull. Who is the shady Jimmy Dickenson?

Starring Stephanie Turner as Sara, Sam Kelly as Geoff, David Fleeshman as Randolph and Sue Jenkins as Marian.

Written by Alan Platter.

Directed by Caroline Smith.

Recorded in Manchester and first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1986.


SAT 07:30 Fabulous Flops (b01380ck)
More Fabulous Flops

Episode 2

Paul Roseby surveys the musical wreckage of Annie 2, and weeps when Henry VIII finally gets to sing. With Elaine Stritch.


SAT 08:00 Archive on 4 (b01gngrj)
Lunch Is for Wimps

Remember the lunch hour? You could leave your desk, meet friends in the pub, eat a three course meal, have a lunchtime affair even...That hour was your own: it didn't belong to your employer. No more. Now, one in five people in the UK never eat lunch. Only one in one hundred regularly take a full hour's break. How has such a huge social change happened? Why on earth did we let the lunch hour go so easily?

Matthew Sweet draws on archive recordings to explore what we have lost, and what the hidden costs might be. Wall Street's Gordon Gekko once said "lunch is for wimps" - why do we seem to have accepted his conclusion? When Churchill enjoyed several courses, washed down with wine and brandy, at midday in Downing Street it was thought to help, rather than hinder, his leadership of the country. Matthew talks to social historian Juliet Gardiner, and to historian Sir David Cannadine about Churchill's heroic dining. Sociologist Harriet Bradley offers insights into the rise of presenteeism and the impact of recession on our lunch time habits. Writers Tim Parks implores us to take a break for the sake of our health.

Matthew goes back to Hull, where he grew up, and remembers ham sandwiches at home with his mum, and factory whistles sounding out around the city, signalling the start of the lunch hour. He meets factory and office workers and asks why have we allowed ourselves to become so overwhelmed with the pressures of the working day that we don't have time to stop for a break?

Includes archive recordings from 1937 describing workers flocking to corner houses for lunch, Ernest Bevin urging wartime factory owners to give their workers proper meals and revelations from the 1980s about liquid lunches and office affairs.

Produced by Hannah Marshall
A Loftus Production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 09:00 Pete Firman's World of Magic (b061v8x4)
From Ancient Egypt to the modern day, the act of conjuring has captivated audiences for centuries. It's a world of secrecy and intrigue that deals in incredible acts of wonder and stunning feats of deception. For magician and comedian Pete Firman, it's a world that has enchanted him since he was an 8 year old child watching Paul Daniels on TV.

In this compilation Pete makes a pilgrimage to the Magic Circle in London to dig deeper into the history of the art's colourful past. Assisted by president Scott Penrose they trace the roots of modern day illusionism from Harry Houdini, The Maskelynes and Chung Ling Soo through to contemporary kings such as Derren Brown and David Blaine. They also delve into the world of trick inventors, go behind the scenes with theatrical illusionists and get a crash course in performing street magic.

From the simplest acts of sleight of hand to high profile stunts, join Pete on a journey through the world of magic that's set to confound and inspire in equal measures. Featuring:

* The History Of Magic (BBC Radio 4 - 1997)
* Houdini - Great Lives (BBC Radio 4 - 2009)
* Box Jumpers (BBC Radio 4 - 2004)
* Spoon, Jar, Jar, Spoon - The Two Sides Of Tommy Cooper (BBC Radio 4 - 2009)
* The Backstreet Business (BBC Radio 4 - 2008)
* Magic In The Theatre - Front Row (BBC Radio 4 - 2010)
* Passing The Hat (BBC Radio 4 - 2009)
* David Blaine - Steve Wright In The Afternoon (BBC Radio 2 - 2003)
* The Science Of Magic - All In The Mind (BBC Radio 2 - 2011)
* Derren Brown - Chain Reaction (BBC Radio 4 - 2012)

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by BBC Radio Scotland.


SAT 12:00 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b01j9t01)
Series 1

Episode 1

Starting their new series, much loved-comedy Eric and Ernie try to work out when they were last on the radio. But in surprise news, their bachelor flat-share is looking under threat.

Special singing guests: Peters and Lee.
Written by Eddie Braben
With Anne Hamilton, Michael Segal and Arthur Tolcher.
Music by Dennis Wilson & His Orchestra.
Producer: John Browell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 1975.


SAT 12:30 Round the Horne (b00jjq7v)
Series 2

Episode 2

Rambling Syd Rumpo sings of gander-boggling, and Kenneth Horne trolls round to Bona Books to let Julian and Sandy vada his new manuscript.

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 March 1966.


SAT 13:00 Val McDermid - Dead Clever Omnibus (b061vbgq)
Alma Blair probes who offed the Prof at the university. Comedy crime drama starring Julie Hesmondhalgh.


SAT 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b061vbxk)
Paul Daniels

The magician chooses Tauber's 'Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss' and Monty Python's 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life'.


SAT 14:15 In the Psychiatrist's Chair (b061vc1w)
Ken Russell

Film director Ken Russell tells Dr Anthony Clare about his childhood, his early life and his love for the power of the image.

Psychiatrist Dr Anthony Clare's in depth interviews with prominent people from different walks of life.

Born in Dublin, author Anthony held a doctorate in medicine, a master's degree in philosophy and was a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

After becoming a regular on BBC Radio 4's Stop the Week in the 1980s, he became Britain's best-known psychiatrist and earned his own vehicle, In the Psychiatrist's Chair.

Starting in 1982, this series ran until 2001 and also transferred to TV.

Anthony Clare died suddenly in Paris aged 64 in 2007.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1988.


SAT 15:00 Archive on 4 (b01gngrj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SAT 16:00 Alan Plater - Who's Jimmy Dickenson? (b007qzh7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Fabulous Flops (b01380ck)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 OK Computer (b01n6sk7)
A man wakes up in a Berlin hospital with no memory. Returned to Britain, he is suspicious of his former life. A dramatic celebration of Radiohead's album, starring Tom Brooke.


SAT 19:00 Pete Firman's World of Magic (b061v8x4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Hardeep at The Stand (b01qxvtg)
Series 3

Episode 2

Join Hardeep Singh Kohli for some hilarious stand-up comedy from a selection of the best comedians working in the world right now. Hardeep at The Stand captures the entire comedy experience, there's backstage revelations, jokes, anecdotes and lots and lots of laughter.

In this episode, Jo Caulfield shares her thoughts on moving to Scotland, Steve Gribbin sings a song about Scotland and England's tumultuous relationship, and Mary Bourke tells us what she really thinks about new mums.


SAT 22:15 The Problem With Adam Bloom (b00gf8pp)
Series 2

Edinburgh

Adam Bloom has taken a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival over many years.

This is a retrospective of his time performing in Scotland's capital city.

With Alistair McGowan.

Written by Adam Bloom.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2004.


SAT 22:30 Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive (b007yd2k)
Series 3

Episode 5

Armando makes more topical mischief. With guests Russell Howard, Michael McIntyre and Andy Zaltzman. From September 2007.


SAT 23:00 Alan Parker's 59 Minutes of Truth (b00yjvx4)
Episode 2

The urban warrior's comedy-music mix includes a how-to guide to seeing gigs for free.

More undeniable truths to a nation crying out for direction and guidance.

Written by and starring Simon Munnery.

With Peter Serafinowicz and Mandy Knight.

Producer: Aled Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 1 in February 1995.



SUNDAY 12 JULY 2015

SUN 00:00 OK Computer (b01n6sk7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Val McDermid - Dead Clever Omnibus (b061vbgq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b061vbxk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Saturday]


SUN 02:15 In the Psychiatrist's Chair (b061vc1w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Archive on 4 (b01gngrj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Alan Plater - Who's Jimmy Dickenson? (b007qzh7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Fabulous Flops (b01380ck)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 ME Braddon - Lady Audley's Secret (Omnibus) (b039b7yy)
Episode 2

Mary Braddon continues her story, as Robert Audley gets closer to the truth in his quest to uncover Lady Audley's secret.

Everything begins to fall into place as he questions Lucy Audley's first employers and at last he uncovers a vital clue...

Mary Elizabeth Braddon's novel was first published in 1862.

Omnibus of the last five of ten-parts dramatised by Theresa Heskins.

Mary Braddon.....Hattie Morahan
Lucy, Lady Audley..... Charlotte Emmerson
Robert Audley..... Alex Wyndham
Sir Michael Audley..... Sam Dale
Phoebe Marks..... Lizzy Watts
Luke Marks..... Benjamin Askew
George Talboys..... Joseph Kloska
Alicia Audley..... Perdita Weeks
Mr Dawson - Paul Rider
Mrs Vincent - Charlotte West-Oram
Tonks - Deborah McAndrew
Luke Marks - Benjamin Askew

Directed by Julie Beckett and Fiona Kelcher.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


SUN 07:15 Bad Habits (b00ft1tv)
Procrastination

Comedian and writer Richard Herring explores some of the bad habits and personal failings which directly or indirectly affect all of us in our daily working lives.

Richard investigates how much time British workers spend on personal emails and what managers do to crack down on it. He also speaks to writer Charlie Brooker, who blames the internet for his tendency to continually put things off.


SUN 07:30 Another Case of Milton Jones (b0132p8h)
Series 5

Royal Speech Therapist

As the royal Speech Therapist, Milton Jones helps a Prince find his voice and a king find his pomegranates. He also starts three wars in one afternoon, and another three a little later on.

He's joined in his endeavours by his co-stars Tom Goodman-Hill ("Camelot"), Dave Lamb ("Come Dine With Me") and Lucy Montgomery ("Down The Line").

Milton Jones returns to BBC Radio Four for an amazing 9th series - which means he's been running for longer than Gardeners' Question Time and answered more questions on gardening as well.

Britain's funniest Milton and the king of the one-liner returns with a fully-working cast and a shipload of new jokes for a series of daffy comedy adventures

Each week, Milton is a complete and utter expert at something - brilliant Mathematician, World-Class Cyclist, Aviator, Championship Jockey...

... and each week, with absolutely no ability or competence, he plunges into a big adventure with utterly funny results...

"Milton Jones is one of Britain's best gagsmiths with a flair for creating daft yet perfect one-liners" - The Guardian.

"King of the surreal one-liners" - The Times

"If you haven't caught up with Jones yet - do so!" - The Daily Mail

Written by Milton with James Cary ("Think The Unthinkable", "Miranda"), the man they call "Britain's funniest Milton," returns to the radio with a fully-working cast and a shipload of new jokes. The cast includes regulars Tom Goodman-Hill ( "Spamalot"), Lucy Montgomery ("Down The Line"), Dave Lamb ("Come Dine With Me") and Ben Willbond ("Horrible Histories")

David Tyler's radio credits include Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive, Cabin Pressure, Bigipedia, Another Case Of Milton Jones, Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation, Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off, The 99p Challenge, The Castle, The 3rd Degree and even, going back a bit, Radio Active. His TV credits include Paul Merton - The Series, Spitting Image, Absolutely, The Paul & Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan's Run, The Tony Ferrino Phenomenon and exec producing Victoria Wood's dinnerladies.

Produced & directed by David Tyler
A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 08:00 Ray's a Laugh (b007jrkl)
From 21/09/1950

Ted and Kitty return from their holidays, and George tackles an art theft.

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 with George Wadmore.
Music from Bob & 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 September 1950.


SUN 08:30 Whack-O! (b061vkh6)
From 04/07/1961

Sacked over a poetry prize gaff, Professor Jimmy Edwards works hard to get his job back at Chiselbury School.

June Whitfield ...... Matron
Roddy Maude-Roxby ...... Mr Potter
Roger Shepherd ...... Lumley
David Lott ...... Taplow

With Graham Aza and John Mitchell.

Starting life on BBC TV before transferring to radio, Chiselbury School is run "for the sons of gentlefolk".

Headmaster, Professor James Edwards, M.A. never misses a trick when it comes to exploiting the students and their parents. Sports pitches are given over to growing vegetables, which the boys nurture for their head to sell. Classes never exceed 95 pupils - 50 if private tuition is paid for at five guineas extra. It's only thanks to the efforts of the devoted deputy head, Mr Pettigrew, that the school exists at all.

Written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden and adapted for radio by David Climie.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in July 1961.


SUN 09:00 Joanna Biggs - All Day Long Omnibus (b061xmlm)
Portrait of Britain at work taking in roles from lawyer to care worker, from fishmonger to ballet dancer.


SUN 10:10 Inheritance Tracks (b061xs4z)
Vera Lynn

The Second World War forces' sweetheart chooses Nat Travers' 'What Is a Mammy, Daddy?' and her own 'We'll Meet Again'.


SUN 10:15 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b010gjmf)
Children's Writers

Anthony Horowitz

From Benjamin Britten to Billy Joel.

Author and screenwriter, Anthony Horowitz OBE shares his castaway choices with Kirsty Young.

The creator of the popular teenage spy, Alex Rider, Anthony's first novel was published when he was 23. He's also penned a slew of TV crime shows including Murder Most Horrid, Midsomer Murders and Foyle's Law.

The writer doesn't consider his work great, or even important - but he does like to think it agreeable and surprising.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2006.


SUN 11:00 Mystery Theater (b061y3z7)
Rocky Fortune: Frank Sinatra, part 1

Selected shows from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers, often re-enacting film roles.

Frank Sinatra portrayed job-seeking drifter Rocky Fortune for NBC for 25 episodes during an album-recording hiatus that ended with the release of the legendary 'Songs for Young Lovers' in 1954.

In this episode, as a lowly 'Oyster Shucker', Rocky's taken on at the Fifty Fathoms Clam House. He inadvertently gets involved with a pearl smuggling scam, but will he get the girl - sassy Iris?

Cast includes: Jack Nessel, Lynne Allen and Jack Kruschen.

Directed by Andrew C Love.

Announcer: Eddy King.

First broadcast in the USA on NBC (National Broadcasting Company) in 1953.


SUN 11:30 Great Lives (b00k3zns)
Series 18

Frank Sinatra

Broadcaster Colin Murray chooses Francis Albert Sinatra in the biographical series in which Matthew Parris asks his guests to choose someone who's inspired their lives.

"Fiercely competitive", "aggressive", "utterly masculine" and "supremely talented". Just some of the words - Matthew Parris says - that might be used to describe one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century.

Colin calls Frank omnipresent. Enchanted by his songs he says: "It's not about the notes you hit for me, it's about the simplicity and the honesty. And for me he had it in bucket loads"

New York author and music critic Will Friedwald vividly describes the singer's life history, from his early years to the marriages and through his recording and screen career.

Featuring excerpts of many of Sinatra's greatest recordings.

Produced by Beth O'Dea

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


SUN 11:55 Inheritance Tracks (b0627p62)
Paul Anka

Songwriter and 60s teen idol Paul Anka chooses two Frank Sinatra songs - 'I've Got You Under My Skin' and his own 'My Way'.


SUN 12:00 Ray's a Laugh (b007jrkl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 12:30 Whack-O! (b061vkh6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 13:00 ME Braddon - Lady Audley's Secret (Omnibus) (b039b7yy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SUN 14:15 Bad Habits (b00ft1tv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 today]


SUN 14:30 Elizabeth and Her German Garden: Omnibus (b061y4hf)
The joys and frustrations of creating a garden in northern Germany. Elizabeth von Arnim's 1898 semi-autobiographical novel read by Caroline Martin.


SUN 15:45 Opening Lines (b012r7tf)
Series 13

The Marzipan Husband

Sarah Dunnakey's radio debut in the series for emerging short story writers.

A charming fable about letting go in which a wife discovers that her husband appears to be turning into marzipan.

Read by Melanie Kilburn
Produced by Gemma Jenkins

Sarah Dunnakey is a quiz question writer and verifier. Her TV and radio credits include Mastermind, University Challenge and Round Britain Quiz. As a short story writer she has been published in Leaf Fiction, bluechrome and Fish Publishing anthologies.


SUN 16:00 Saturday Drama (b00tnb15)
Mike Walker - Spitfire!

A moving drama by Mike Walker about the most famous British fighter aircraft in history, first broadcast in September 2010 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Framed by recollections from veteran
Geoffrey Wellum, the drama features specially made recordings of RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfires, including the only Spitfire still flying today to have fought in the Battle.

Inspired by real people and real events, the drama traces RJ Mitchell's design from creation to legend and the fortunes of two young pilots who join a frontline Spitfire squadron just as the Battle of Britain begins.
It stars Samuel West, Samuel Barnett, Rory Kinnear and Ruth Wilson.

Many factors were important in the Battle, but it was the excellence of the Spitfire which most famously evened the odds in the fight against the Luftwaffe. Mike Walker's drama takes us close to this magnificent aircraft
and gives us a feeling of what it was like to fly the legendary plane which became, in test pilot Jeffrey Quill's words, 'a symbol of defiance and victory'.

Technical Advisor: Patrick Bishop
Original music and sound design: David Chilton

Producer/Director: Amber Barnfather
A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 17:00 A Wing and a Prayer (b05nczjl)
Fighter pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain, all in their 90s, recall the daily reality of the summer of 1940 when they formed the country's last defence against Nazi invasion. Presented by Misha Glenny, their interviews provide matter-of-fact accounts of how flashes of extraordinary bravery interspersed daily routines.

Speaking in the twilight of their lives, the interviewees talk with the benefit of a lifetime of reflection on the events of the War. They come across as courageous, but also as bold independent spirits - as they had to be, fighting alone in the sky, frequently defying orders just to survive.

The programme is recorded at The Wing, a new heritage memorial centre on the white cliffs above Folkestone, which is officially opened on Thursday 26th March. The new building is constructed in the shape of a Spitfire wing and aims to explain for future generations the airborne battle which dominated the skies 75 years ago. The Wing is not a museum, since it has few exhibits, but it does bring the Battle of Britain to life in a uniquely 21st century style. This programme provides the first public glimpse of what is inside.

Producer: Penny Wrout
A LandSky production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 17:30 Another Case of Milton Jones (b0132p8h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Vanessa Rosenthal - The Drover's Path (b0076q43)
Based on real-life family history, a chilling ghost story set on a remote Yorkshire sheep farm in 1890.

Vanessa Rosenthal’s dark drama stars Jeff Hordley.

John Whitam …. Jeff Hordley
Percy Metcalf …. Malcolm Hebden
Robert Whittam/Thomas Omerod …. Kenneth Alan Taylor
Ellen Whittam/Edith Whittam …. Elianne Byrne
Arthur Cunliffe/Edward Ormerod …. Matthew Lewney
Young Ellen/Young Edith …. Catherine Jenkins
Young John …. Oliver Hudson

Signature tune: Wench All

Directed at BBC Manchester by Polly Thomas.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2005.


SUN 19:00 Mystery Theater (b061y3z7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:30 Great Lives (b00k3zns)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:30 today]


SUN 19:55 Inheritance Tracks (b0627p62)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:55 today]


SUN 20:00 Joanna Biggs - All Day Long Omnibus (b061xmlm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SUN 21:10 Inheritance Tracks (b061xs4z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:10 today]


SUN 21:15 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b010gjmf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:15 today]


SUN 22:00 Another Case of Milton Jones (b0132p8h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Cowards (b007d5bl)
Series 1

Episode 4

Talking fruit meets crosswords in the bizarre world of the comedy sketch show team.

Featuring the talents of writers and performers Tom Basden, Stefan Golaszewski , Tim Key and Lloyd Woolf.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2007.


SUN 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b0627mp9)
From 10pm to midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Plus Arthur Smith chats again to Simon Greenall.


SUN 23:00 Mastering the Universe (b00sg6yn)
Series 1

The Joy of Sulks

Professor Joy Klamp tours the miserable world of relationships. Stars Dawn French and Christopher Douglas. From November 2005.


SUN 23:15 The Shuttleworths (b01n6yr5)
Series 4

Every Cloud Has a Silver Wedding

When Joan Chitty calls around unexpectedly, John's silver wedding plans are thwarted. Stars Graham Fellows. From March 2003.


SUN 23:30 Inside Alan Francis (b00hr4mz)
Episode 2

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

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

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

Producer Julia McKenzie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2009.



MONDAY 13 JULY 2015

MON 00:00 Vanessa Rosenthal - The Drover's Path (b0076q43)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 ME Braddon - Lady Audley's Secret (Omnibus) (b039b7yy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:15 Bad Habits (b00ft1tv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 on Sunday]


MON 02:30 Elizabeth and Her German Garden: Omnibus (b061y4hf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:45 Opening Lines (b012r7tf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:45 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Saturday Drama (b00tnb15)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 A Wing and a Prayer (b05nczjl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Another Case of Milton Jones (b0132p8h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch (b061ycw3)
Gold Medal

Harry Denning has gone missing and veteran detective Bill Galbraith goes down to the river to investigate.

Starring Bernard Hepton as Galbraith. With Richard Davies as Evans, Garard Green as Finch, Michael Kilgarriff as Chief Inspector Collins and Clive Merrison as Tully.

Written by prize-winning TV producer Robert Barr, who also wrote TV scripts for the BBC's Z Cars and Softly Softly.

Produced by John Browell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1977.


MON 06:30 Target Practice (b00rz0k4)
RAF Holbeach is a bombing range on the Lincolnshire Wash that is used by British, American and European squadrons for training purposes. Protected in part by the military presence, the range has a curious atmosphere. Here, a team of civilian employees man the targets and look after the natural landscape. The targets themselves are a collection of old ships, armoured personal carriers and ad hoc structures made from scrap material. In the eyes of one local artist, Michael Sanders, they look like 'accidental sculptures', punching out from stark landscape of the Wash.

Local contractor Norman Parnell takes great pride in building and maintaining these structures, despite the fact that they are constantly damaged by artillery fire and the tide, and Holbeach employee Geoff Smith is as careful to check for damage to the electronic scoring system as he is in spotting oyster catcher eggs at the targets.

Those that work at RAF Holbeach maintain a delicate balance between protecting the environment and serving the needs of the pilots that use the range ahead of deployment. Through their eyes, we encounter a unique place where the military and natural world meet in surreal and surprising circumstances, encouraging us to reflect upon the activity of the armed forces on home soil.

The producer is Katie Burningham. This is a Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 07:00 The World As We Know It (b00fd7zl)
The End

Donna, Johnny, Patrick and Abigail woke up on Saturday morning to find they were the last four people left on earth.

Two days later and the implications of what has happened are beginning to sink in, as they start the first week of the rest of their lives...

Sitcom by Luke Sorba.

Johnny ...... Toby Longworth
Donna ...... Meera Syal
Patrick ...... Luke Sorba
Abigail ...... Carla Mendonca
The Stranger ...... Simon Greenall

Producer: Elizabeth Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1999.


MON 07:30 Just a Minute (b060zdf1)
Series 72

Episode 8

Paul Merton, Alun Cochrane, Susan Calman, & Gyles Brandreth join host Nicholas Parsons for another edition of the perennially popular panel show.

Hayley Sterling blows the whistle.

Produced by Victoria Lloyd.

A BBC Comedy Production.


MON 08:00 Dad's Army (b007jn4c)
Series 2

Branded

Godfrey is ridiculed when Captain Mainwaring hears he was a conscientious objector.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier as Sergeant Wilson, Clive Dunn as Corporal Jones, John Laurie as Private Frazer, Ian Lavender as Private Pike and Arnold Ridley as Godfrey.

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

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1975.


MON 08:30 Marriage Lines (b061ygcr)
Series 2

Episode 5

George and Kate get in a tizzy showing-off baby Helen.

Richard Briers and Prunella Scales star in their second series based on the mutual love and mistrust of a young married couple.

Originating on BBC TV, it was adapted for radio due to its popularity by Richard Waring from his own TV scripts.

A decade later, Richard Briers was starring as Tom Good in The Good Life whilst Prunella Scales starred as Sybil in Fawlty Towers. They remained friends until Richard Briers' death in 2013.

Producer: Charles Maxwell

Recorded at the BBC Paris Studio in London.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in April 1967.


MON 09:00 Genius (b008gh65)
Series 1

Paul Daniels

From the 99p coin to steel drum urinals.

Dave Gorman asks magician Paul Daniels to select the public's best loopy idea.

The first of three radio comedy series where award-winning comedian Dave Gorman and a celebrity guest chew over the ridiculous, unworkable but sometimes genius inventions, schemes and policies of the public.

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2005.


MON 09:30 Sketchorama (b061yh01)
Series 4

Episode 2

Clever Peter, Hennessey and Friends, and In Cahoots.

Award winning actress and comedian Isy Suttie presents the pick of the best live sketch groups currently performing on the UK comedy circuit

Every show spotlights three up and coming groups featuring character, improv, broken and musical sketch comedy.

There are so many incredibly talented and inventive sketch groups on the British Comedy scene but with no dedicated broadcast format. Sketchorama aims to bring hidden gems and established live acts to the airwaves.

Producer: Gus Beattie

A Comedy Unit production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in July 2015.


MON 10:00 Anthony Trollope - The Pallisers (b007jwj3)
Episode 11

Glencora's daughter Mary falls in love with a man who has neither fame nor fortune. Stars David Troughton and Sophie Thompson.


MON 11:00 Five Stories by Margaret Drabble (b0170czj)
The Gifts of War

Two worlds collide over a mother's birthday present for her son. Written in 1970 and read by Julia Ford and Kirsty Oswald.


MON 11:15 John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre (b007jqxv)
May Belfort

The Irish singer turned lady of the night. John Peacock's play based on Toulouse-Lautrec's characters. Starring Bonnie Langford.


MON 12:00 Dad's Army (b007jn4c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Marriage Lines (b061ygcr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch (b061ycw3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Target Practice (b00rz0k4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Book at Beachtime (b01kkr9w)
Freya North - Rumours

Episode 1

The village rumour mill goes into over-drive when word gets out that the cherished Longbridge Hall estate is up for sale.

Freya North's bestseller about daring to love again in a special season of readings for the summer.

Read by Naomi Frederick.

Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra. First broadcast in 2012.


MON 14:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00y21xf)
Episode 1

Following the 1857 Mutiny, Ashton, a young English orphan, is disguised by his ayah as her Indian son, Ashok. And so - as he forgets his true identity - his destiny is set.

MM Kaye's epic of love and war dramatised by Rukhsana Ahmad.

Series of 20 episodes spanning the years between the Indian Mutiny in 1857 and the Siege of the British Mission in Kabul in 1879.

MM Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich and vibrant tapestry of love and war that moves from the foothills of the Himalayas, to the burning plains, to the besieged British Mission in Kabul, filling them with immediacy, meticulous historical accuracy, and a rare insight into the human heart.

A story of divided loyalties and fierce friendship; of true love made impossible by class and race; a critique of the imperialist adventure; and an examination of the cultural and spiritual clash between East and West peopled by a wonderful cast of characters, The Far Pavilions is the very stuff of drama.

Sita / Narrator ..... Vineeta Rishi
Biju Ram ..... Inam Mirza
K-Daad ..... Sam Dastor
Ashok (child) ..... Joseph Samrai
Anjuli (child) ..... Nishi Malde
Hira Lal ..... Sagar Arya
Lalji ..... Nazim Khan
Daya Ram ..... Kaleem Janjua
Pelham Martyn ..... Sam Dale

Directors: Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2011.


MON 14:45 Book of the Week (b00t6fj5)
Lynn Schooler - Walking Home

Episode 1

Episode One.

Lynn is exhausted from attempting to self-build a house: a project he hopes may help revive his fading marriage.

In recent times, people he has known have died and his closest friend, Luisa, is dying of cancer. He is fifty-one years old and concludes that time is short.

In an attempt to make sense of things, he abandons his project and prepares to journey solo into the Alaskan wilderness, to try to circumnavigate Mount Fairweather by boat and foot.

Lynn Schooler is the critically acclaimed author of The Blue Bear (2003) and The Last Shot (2006). He has lived in Alaska for almost forty years, working as a commercial fisherman, shipwright, wilderness guide, and an award-winning wildlife photographer.

Reader: Colin Stinton
Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 15:00 Anthony Trollope - The Pallisers (b007jwj3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 Genius (b008gh65)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 Getting Nowhere Fast (b008gdc5)
Series 2

Episode 2

Feeling old and penniless, 1960s flower child Merv decides to return to his garden roots. Stars Mervyn Stutter. From April 2003.


MON 17:00 The World As We Know It (b00fd7zl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 Just a Minute (b060zdf1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Ben Moor - Undone (b00p7r1y)
Series 3

Untoward

Edna is planning a trip to the Primary to find out what happened to Tankerton. Ben Moor's comic sci-fi saga with Alex Tregear, Al Murray and Kevin Eldon.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b0075t39)
Sir Christopher Bland and Charlie Higson

Louise Doughty and her guests former BBC Chairman, Sir Christopher Bland and The Fast Show's Charlie Higson discuss paperbacks by JM Coetzee, Jim Thompson and George Orwell. From 2000.

Disgrace by JM Coetzee
Publisher: Vintage

Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson
Publisher: Picador

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Publisher: Penguin.


MON 19:00 Dad's Army (b007jn4c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Marriage Lines (b061ygcr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch (b061ycw3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Target Practice (b00rz0k4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 Five Stories by Margaret Drabble (b0170czj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:15 John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre (b007jqxv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


MON 22:00 Just a Minute (b060zdf1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Sketchorama (b061yh01)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 23:00 The Now Show (b0612rhv)
Series 46

Episode 2

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches.


MON 23:30 Pick Ups (b00n911g)
Series 2

The Angel of Death

Sitcom by Ian Kershaw, set around a Manchester taxi company.

Mike ...... Paul Loughran
Lind ...... Lesley Sharp
Dave ...... Phil Rowson
Rebel ..... Parvez Qadir
Carol-Ann ...... Anne Hornby.



TUESDAY 14 JULY 2015

TUE 00:00 Ben Moor - Undone (b00p7r1y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b0075t39)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch (b061ycw3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Target Practice (b00rz0k4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Book at Beachtime (b01kkr9w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00y21xf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:45 Book of the Week (b00t6fj5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Anthony Trollope - The Pallisers (b007jwj3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Genius (b008gh65)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 Getting Nowhere Fast (b008gdc5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 The World As We Know It (b00fd7zl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 Just a Minute (b060zdf1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch (b05z865m)
Aladdin's Cave

A gambling club owner appears to be at the centre of Bill Galbraith's latest mystery, but he's protected.

Starring Bernard Hepton as Galbraith. With Richard Davies as Evans, Garard Green as Finch and Robert Gillespie as Doc McDowall.

Written by prize-winning TV producer Robert Barr, who also wrote TV scripts for the BBC's Z Cars and Softly Softly.

Produced by John Browell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1977.


TUE 06:30 Drawn to Be Wild (b00ft64f)
Jenny Eclair explores the world of outrageous animated ladies and considers why certain creations have upset censors and infuriated moralists over the years.

Popular characters such as Betty Boop, Minnie the Minx and Wonder Woman have frequently challenged stereotypes of how 'good girls' should look and behave. Examining today's female comic book heroes, Jenny discovers how far we have come from being offended by Betty Boop's garter.

With contributions from comic strip enthusiasts Paul Gravett and Mel Gibson.


TUE 07:00 Two Doors Down (b0076gzn)
Series 3

Tuned to Moan FM

Will Clare's family look after new baby Gabriel so she can give a lecture in Sligo?

Series three of Annie McCartney's comedy drama about the bohemian residents of Marlborough Road, Belfast, who are saved from their own chaos by Sally, their cleaning lady.

Sally ...... Frances Tomelty
Clare ...... Marcella Riordan
Evie ...... Katy Gleadhill
Anna ...... Hannah R Gordon
Tony ...... Robert Patterson
Trevor ...... Gerard McSorley
Fidelma Fitzgibbon ...... Aine McCartney

Director: Tanya Nash

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2003.


TUE 07:30 It's Not What You Know (b060ztxq)
Series 3

Episode 2

What was Seann Walsh's worst gig? What was Dane Baptiste's nickname at school? What is Sara Cox's all time favourite food?

All these burning questions, and more, will be answered in the show hosted by Miles Jupp, where panellists are tested on how well they know their nearest and dearest.

In this case, comedians Seann Walsh and Dane Baptiste pick their old school mates, and DJ Sara Cox asks her best friend to answer questions about each other.

Producer: Matt Stronge.


TUE 08:00 Round the Horne (b00jnnpm)
Series 2

Episode 3

Master Spy Kenneth Horne is on the trail of an escaped war criminal in Tel Aviv, and whips his shirt off for Julian and Sandy to get a Bona Tattoo.

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 March 1966.


TUE 08:30 The Burkiss Way (b007jsl5)
Series 5

Write Extremely Long Programme Titles the Burkiss Way

It's time to meet the Muppets with President Nixon.

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

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

Written by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1980.


TUE 09:00 The Now Show (b0612rhv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Romantic Friction (b00764dy)
Love Hurts

As love blossoms for romance writer Anna, her characters become increasingly annoyed by the lack of authorial presence in their plot lines.

Not only does Anna keep having Lady Chatterley fantasies, but she's worried Brian only wants her as a friend...

Samantha Bond and Hugh Bonneville star in Michelle Read's 4-part comedy-drama

Anna ...... Samantha Bond
Brian ...... Hugh Bonneville
Deirdre ...... Beth Chambers
Fertility Doll ...... Adjoa Andoh
Brenda ...... Michelle Read
Buddah ...... Kammy Darweish
Bob ...... Andrew Wincott
Minnie ...... Sue Elliott-Nicholls
Book ...... Michael Fenton Stevens

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2001.


TUE 10:00 Anthony Trollope - The Pallisers (b007jwj9)
Episode 12

Lady Glencora's children must choose between duty and love. Will the family be reconciled? Stars Sophie Thompson.


TUE 11:00 Five Stories by Margaret Drabble (b0170mty)
A Success Story

A night out leaves a playwright contemplating relationships and success. Written in 1972 and read by Tracy Wiles.


TUE 11:15 John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre (b007n1hp)
Footitt and Chocolat

A circus double-act is in jeopardy. John Peacock's play based on Toulouse-Lautrec's characters. Starring Clarence Smith.


TUE 12:00 Round the Horne (b00jnnpm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 The Burkiss Way (b007jsl5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch (b05z865m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Drawn to Be Wild (b00ft64f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Book at Beachtime (b01kkwqd)
Freya North - Rumours

Episode 2

Stella sees an adversary in a new light while family and friends plan to kick-start her love-life. Read by Naomi Frederick.


TUE 14:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00y2d7l)
Episode 2

Living in the Hawa Mahal palace, Ashok befriends the young princess Anjuli. However, he finds his life is threatened when he becomes embroiled in dark court intrigues.

MM Kaye's epic of love and war, dramatised by Rukhsana Ahmad.

Sita / Narrator ..... Vineeta Rishi
Biju Ram ..... Inam Mirza
K-Daad ..... Sam Dastor
Ashok (child) ..... Joseph Samrai
Anjuli (child) ..... Nishi Malde
Hira Lal ..... Sagar Arya
Lalji ..... Nazim Khan
Shankar ..... Adeel Akhtar

Directors: Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


TUE 14:45 Book of the Week (b00t6fcb)
Lynn Schooler - Walking Home

Episode 2

Four days before starting his solo journey, Lynn's close friend Luisa died. With his heart as dark and heavy as the sea he has taken his small boat, the Wilderness Swift, out into the Gulf of Alaska.

The weather channel forecasts very strong winds. Lynn must wrestle with the elements and his own, deep fears as he charts an irrevocable course for Lituya Bay.

Lynn Schooler is the critically acclaimed author of The Blue Bear (2003) and The Last Shot (2006). He has lived in Alaska for almost forty years, working as a commercial fisherman, shipwright, wilderness guide, and an award-winning wildlife photographer.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Colin Stinton
Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 15:00 Anthony Trollope - The Pallisers (b007jwj9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 Who Goes There? (b00766rs)
Series 5

Episode 4

Martin Young's famous people quiz. With Francis Wheen, Fred Housego, Gyles Brandreth and Antonia Fraser. From March 2002


TUE 16:30 Romantic Friction (b00764dy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 Two Doors Down (b0076gzn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 It's Not What You Know (b060ztxq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Ben Moor - Undone (b00pbtv6)
Series 3

Ungainly

Edna faces her childhood possessions and probes London's Low Quality Expedition. Ben Moor's comic sci-fi saga with Alex Tregear and Emma Kennedy.


TUE 18:30 Dad Made Me Laugh (b00d7h6q)
Maureen Beattie

Johnny Beattie's daughter chats to Sally Magnusson about her life with the Glaswegian comedian.

Producer: Mike Walker

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in September 2006.


TUE 19:00 Round the Horne (b00jnnpm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 The Burkiss Way (b007jsl5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch (b05z865m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Drawn to Be Wild (b00ft64f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Five Stories by Margaret Drabble (b0170mty)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 21:15 John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre (b007n1hp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


TUE 22:00 It's Not What You Know (b060ztxq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 The Boosh (b007jmhj)
Tundra

Bad-tempered zoo boss Bob Fossil has a couple of assignments for his star zookeepers.

He's sending Vince to Spain to find a friend for the zoo's lonely prawn, and he's sending Howard to the Arctic, just for the sake of it

Written by and starring Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt.

The Boosh is a surreal adventure based on the Perrier Award-winning comedy show, featuring Howard and Vince's battles with zoo manager Bob Fossil.

Howard Moon ...... Julian Barrattt
Vince Noir ...... Noel Fielding
Bob Fossil ...... Rich Fulcher

After BBC radio gave them their big break with this series, they transferred to BBC TV where The Mighty Boosh ran for three series.

Producer: Danny Wallace.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2001.


TUE 23:00 Delve Special (b007jmm8)
Series 3

Food for Thought

There’s alarm over a new chemical additive for food.

Reporter David Lander investigates the worrying impact of N7Q.

Presented by David Lander with assistance from Stephen Fry.

Studio production by Mark Arden, Julia Hills and Harry Hill.

Dramatic reconstructions by Jack Klaff, Robert Bathurst and Felicity Montagu.

Researched by Tony Sarchet.

Editor: Paul Mayhew-Archer

Delve Special ran for four series from 1984 to 1987 and later transferred to TV as: This is David Lander.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1986.


TUE 23:25 The Comedy Club Interviews (b0630g5y)
From 10pm to midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Plus Jon Holmes chats to Sarah Callaghan.


TUE 23:30 Vent (b01dlg0k)
Series 3

Ladies and Gentlemen

Ben makes the ambulance journey home to begin life in a wheelchair.

On the way he remembers an argument about cheesecake, invents a panel game and meets Buzz Aldrin.

Starring Neil Pearson.

Nigel Smith's dark sitcom about a man in a coma, travelling through the distinctly odd landscape of his own unconscious mind.

Ben ...... Neil Pearson
Mary ...... Fiona Allen
Mum ...... Josie Lawrence
Blitz ...... Leslie Ash
Nurse ...... Jo Martin
Derek ...... Stephen Frost
Marley ...... Spencer Brown
Chairman ...... Robert Webb
Buzz ...... Peter Banks
Announcer ...... Bruce Alexander
Bea ...... Scarlett Milburn-Smith

Director: Nigel Smith.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2009.



WEDNESDAY 15 JULY 2015

WED 00:00 Ben Moor - Undone (b00pbtv6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Dad Made Me Laugh (b00d7h6q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch (b05z865m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Drawn to Be Wild (b00ft64f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Book at Beachtime (b01kkwqd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00y2d7l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:45 Book of the Week (b00t6fcb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Anthony Trollope - The Pallisers (b007jwj9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Who Goes There? (b00766rs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Romantic Friction (b00764dy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Two Doors Down (b0076gzn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 It's Not What You Know (b060ztxq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch (b0622ysh)
The Pyramid of Gold

Bill Galbraith discovers a multi-million pound theft, but fears the culprits will get away with it.

Starring Bernard Hepton as Galbraith. With Richard Davies as Evans, Garard Green as Finch, Robert Gillespie as Doc McDowall and Matthew Francis as Carson.

Written by prize-winning TV producer Robert Barr, who also wrote TV scripts for the BBC's Z Cars and Softly Softly.

Produced by John Browell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1977.


WED 06:30 Penguin, Puffin and the Paperback Revolution (b00tjrgz)
Children's author Michael Morpurgo tells the story of Penguin books, which was founded in 1935 by his father-in-law, Allen Lane. The idea for the iconic publishing house came when Allen was waiting for a train to take him from Exeter back to London. He went into a bookshop to look for something to read and all he found were badly produced, low quality books with gaudy covers. He realised that there was a gap in the market for high quality, well designed paperbacks available to everyone at the price of a packet of cigarettes.

Michael grew up in a house that was especially full of Penguins and Puffins because his step-father, Jack Morpurgo, was one of the editors there. He remembers being intimidated as a child when Sir Allen Lane came over for dinner. When they met again, Michael was in his late teens and had fallen in love with Allen's eldest daughter Clare. They decided to get married - something Lane was not overjoyed about. It was only seven years later that Allen Lane died of cancer, so Michael never really got to know his father-in-law and never understood what had motivated him.

In this programme, he delves into the Penguin archives and meets with family members and historians to uncover how Allen - who was not a literary man and left school at 16 - went on to revolutionise the publishing industry and change the way the nation reads. He explores the impact of Puffins, launched in 1940, on children's relationships with books and he reflects on what Lane felt about the infamous 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' trial in 1960.

He also hears from Penguin authors Nick Hornby and Sue Townsend about what it feels like to be part of publishing history.

Producer: Susie Warhurst
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4


WED 07:00 Winston (b007k4b8)
Series 1

A Happy Family

Nancy has recently moved to the village with sister Rosie, brother William and her Father.

When Winston, the local poacher and handyman, is thrown out by his wife because of his infidelities, he invites himself to stay with them and starts to spoil the family by acquiring a brand new freezer for them, by doing all the washing and ironing and by cooking them superb meals.

But they are deeply suspicious. What could be Winston's motives?

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

Directed at BBC Bristol by Shaun MacLoughlin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio in April 1989.


WED 07:30 Simon Evans Goes to Market (b0610182)
Series 2

Alcohol

Comedian Simon Evans returns with a series about the economics of some of the goods - or bads - we are addicted to.

If you crave your daily coffee, can't get by without a cigarette, feel that mid-afternoon slump without your sugar-fix, or can't face an evening without a glass of wine, you are definitely not alone. But have you ever thought about the economics that has made your addiction possible? Who does it profit? And would you want to make some canny investments that take advantage of our human weaknesses?

Simon looks at the economics, history and health issues behind these oh-so-addictive commodities.

With the help of economics guru, More Or Less host Tim Harford and the Queen of investment know-how, Merryn Somerset-Webb, Simon walks us around the economics of these very familiar commodities and pokes fun at our relationship with them.

Written by Simon Evans, Benjamin Partridge and Andy Wolton.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.


WED 08:00 The Navy Lark (b007wwf0)
Series 3

50th Show - Mr Murray's Houseboat

Number One entrusts Uncle Ebeneezer and his tug with the purchase of his new houseboat - meaning disaster isn't faraway...

The 50th show in the series stars Jon Pertwee as the Chief Petty Officer, Leslie Phillips as the Sub-Lieutenant, Stephen Murray as the Number One, Ronnie Barker as AS Johnson Tenniel Evans as Nunky, Richard Caldicot as Captain Povey and Heather Chasen and Michael Bates as Mr & Mrs Granthamum.

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 December 1960.


WED 08:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00ckcmh)
Series 5

Episode 10

Censorship, a ghost story - and a depraved dentist.

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

Stars Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, David Hatch, Bill Oddie and Jean Hart.

Written by David Hatch, Bill Oddie, Derek Farmer and Tim Brooke-Taylor.

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 June 1967.


WED 09:00 Counterpoint (b06232k1)
1998

Heat 9

Ned Sherrin hosts the music quiz with Michael Spittal of London, Damien Clark from Kent and Cheshire's George Robey. From March 1998.


WED 09:30 Four Joneses and a Jenkins (b007jqnd)
June - An Ill Wind

As a storm descends on the village, the talk is all electric.

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

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

Recorded on location.

Music composed by John Whitehall.

Producer: Jonathan James Moore.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2000.


WED 10:00 John Buchan - Mr Standfast (b00tl07x)
Episode 1

Intrepid hero agent Richard Hannay is recalled to London from the trenches on the Somme to hunt down the leader of a gang of German spies who led him such a dangerous dance in The Thirty Nine Steps.

Much to his disgust, Hannay is ordered to pose as a pacifist and is sent to Glasgow - but along the way he encounters a teenage British Secret Service agent who will change the course of his life.

John Buchan's rip-roaring First World War spy thriller was first published in 1919.

Brigadier-General Richard Hannay/Cornelius Brand …. David Robb
Sir Walter Bullivant …. Clive Merrison
Moxon Ivery …. Struan Rodger
Mary Lamington …. Jasmine Hyde
Peter Pienaar …. Jon Glover
Launcelot Wake …. Thomas Arnold
Abel Gresson …. John Guerrasio
Miss Doria Wymondham …. Briony McRoberts
Miss Claire Wymondham …. Liza Sadovy
Andrew Amos …. John Stahl
George Broadberry …. Peter Marinker
Ted Broadberry …. Ben Crowe

Dramatised in two parts by Bert Coules.

Director: Bruce Young.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2008.


WED 11:00 Five Stories by Margaret Drabble (b0175j83)
A Voyage to Cythera

A chance encounter on a train leads a lonely woman to a romantic fantasy. Written in 1967 and read by Lucy Akhurst.


WED 11:15 John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre (b007n9px)
Casque d'Or

Paris revolutionaries make a fatal stand. John Peacock's play based on Toulouse-Lautrec's characters. Stars Miranda Richardson and Nicholas Farrell.


WED 12:00 The Navy Lark (b007wwf0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00ckcmh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch (b0622ysh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Penguin, Puffin and the Paperback Revolution (b00tjrgz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Book at Beachtime (b01kkyll)
Freya North - Rumours

Episode 3

Lady Lydia has set her heart on the Tompkins buying Longbridge. Xander confides in Stella. Read by Naomi Frederick.


WED 14:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00y2f2q)
Episode 3

Pursued by Janoo Rani's men, Ashok and Sita flee Gulkote. But death overtakes them on the road to the mountains.

MM Kaye's epic of love and war, dramatised by Rukhsana Ahmad.

Narrator / Sita ..... Vineeta Rishi
Zarin / Rider 2 ..... Christopher Simpson
Commandant ..... Sam Dale
Ashok (child) ..... Joseph Samrai
Anderson ..... Sean Baker
Munshi ..... Inam Mirza
Sardar / Rider 1 ..... Adeel Akhtar

Directors: Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


WED 14:45 Book of the Week (b00t6fcd)
Lynn Schooler - Walking Home

Episode 3

Lynn has explored Cenotaph Island and has once more anchored the Wilderness Swift in Lituya Bay. He starts exploring the remains of a mining trail which cuts into the forest.

But he soon discovers what had once been a road for men has become a bear highway.

Lynn Schooler is the critically acclaimed author of The Blue Bear (2003) and The Last Shot (2006). He has lived in Alaska for almost forty years, working as a commercial fisherman, shipwright, wilderness guide, and an award-winning wildlife photographer.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Colin Stinton
Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 15:00 John Buchan - Mr Standfast (b00tl07x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Counterpoint (b06232k1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 Four Joneses and a Jenkins (b007jqnd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 Winston (b007k4b8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Simon Evans Goes to Market (b0610182)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Ben Moor - Undone (b00pd7ck)
Series 3

Underground

Edna and Tankerton traverse the Tube to stop someone changing the realities. Ben Moor's comic sci-fi saga with Alex Tregear, Ben Moor and Al Murray.


WED 18:30 Off the Page (b0076qjx)
Animal Lovers

Matthew Parris, Gerard Baker, Manda Scott and Hugh Thomson discuss our relationship with animals. From February 2005.


WED 19:00 The Navy Lark (b007wwf0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00ckcmh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch (b0622ysh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Penguin, Puffin and the Paperback Revolution (b00tjrgz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Five Stories by Margaret Drabble (b0175j83)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 21:15 John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre (b007n9px)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


WED 22:00 Simon Evans Goes to Market (b0610182)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Cabin Pressure (b012llrz)
Series 3

Ottery St Mary

Martin is a man with a van, Douglas flies a plane with an otter and Carolyn dates a pilot with a problem with sheep.

And two mysteries are solved - the name of Carolyn's dog and the rules of "Yellow Car"

John Finnemore's sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small and many jobs are too difficult.

With special guest Anthony Head

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey ..... Stephanie Cole
1st Officer Douglas Richardson ..... Roger Allam
Capt. Martin Crieff ..... Benedict Cumberbatch
Arthur Shappey .... John Finnemore
Capt. Herc Shipwright ..... Anthony Head
Mrs. Laurel ..... Flip Webster
Mr Hardy ..... Ewan Bailey

Producer/Director: David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in July 2011.


WED 23:00 Revolting People (b00fj2br)
Series 2

Even More Trying Times

Samuel's emporium faces competition from a new super-emporium and Mary climbs into bed with Captain Brimshaw.

Sitcom set just before the American War of Independence.

Written by Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses.

Samuel Oliphant …. Jay Tarses
Sergeant McGurk …. Andy Hamilton
Captain Brimshaw …. James Fleet
Mary Oliphant …. Jan Ravens
Ezekiel Spriggs …. Hugh Dennis
Cora Oliphant …. Penelope Nice
Joshua Oliphant …. Tony Maudsley
Elizabeth Oliphant …. Susie Blake
Agnes …. Selina Griffiths
Isaac …. Michael Fenton-Stevens

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2001.


WED 23:25 The Comedy Club Interviews (b0630g68)
From 10pm to midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Plus Jon Holmes chats to Sarah Callaghan.


WED 23:30 Dan and Nick: The Wildebeest Years (b0089lxf)
Turning 40

Dan Freedman and Nick Romero's pun-fest with a distraught Robin Wood turning 40 and The Archers goes sci-fi.

Comedy extravaganza written by and featuring Dan Freedman and Nick Romero.

With Richard Coles.

Music by the Gents.

Producer: Julian Mayers

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1998



THURSDAY 16 JULY 2015

THU 00:00 Ben Moor - Undone (b00pd7ck)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Off the Page (b0076qjx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch (b0622ysh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Penguin, Puffin and the Paperback Revolution (b00tjrgz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Book at Beachtime (b01kkyll)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00y2f2q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:45 Book of the Week (b00t6fcd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 John Buchan - Mr Standfast (b00tl07x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Counterpoint (b06232k1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 Four Joneses and a Jenkins (b007jqnd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Winston (b007k4b8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Simon Evans Goes to Market (b0610182)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Dashiell Hammett - Secret Agent X-9 (b007jpzc)
1. Murder Mansion

It's 1934 and a New York warehouse is ablaze on the Lower East Side. A gang of gun-runners are holed-up until their supply of ammo explodes.

Tough-nut hero, Secret Agent X-9 receives a phone call from wealthy industrialist, Tarleton Powers asking for his help.

Stars Stuart Milligan as X-9 and Connie Booth as Grace Powers.

The heroic agent's 4-part adventure dramatised by Mark Brisenden, from the comic strip created by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond. Syndicated by King Features, it ran from 1934 to 1996.

X-9 ...... Stuart Milligan
Grace Powers ...... Connie Booth
The Top ...... William Hootkins
Evelyn Powers ...... Rachel Power
Deacon ...... Peter Marinker
Matthew ...... Michael John Paliotti
Captain Brady ...... John Guerrasio
Jude ...... Bruce McGregor
Cop 1 ...... Clive Rowe

All other parts played by the cast.

Originally agent X-9 had no name, but opted to call himself "Dexter" in the opening tale.

Author Dashiell Hammett is best remembered for his detective novels, The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man, while cartoonist Alex Raymond famously created sci-fi comic hero Flash Gordon.

Producer: Chris Wallis.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in January 1994.


THU 06:30 Bach Fever! (b00pfsln)
Exploring the uses and abuses of Bach's music, from the jazz Bach craze of the 1960s to the electronic edifice of Wendy Carlos' Switched on Bach recordings. It has provided an incredible resource for pop invention, jazz improvisation, acapella swing, electronic futurism, rock guitar and plain kitsch.

A Brook Lapping production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 07:00 PG Wodehouse - The Inimitable Jeeves (b007jxf5)
Jeeves Exerts the Old Cerebellum

What with young Bingo Little in love for the umpteenth time, Aunt Agatha and her plans to marry Bertie off to the formidable Honoria Glossop, and the troublesome twins, Claude and Eustace - there's just no peace for poor Bertie.

Only one man can save the day - the inimitable Jeeves.

PG Wodehouse's romp starring Michael Hordern and Richard Briers.

Jeeves …. Michael Hordern
Bertie Wooster …. Richard Briers
Mortimer Little …. Ronald Fraser
Bingo Little …. Jonathan Cecil
Mabel …. Ann Davies

Adapted by Chris Miller.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1973.


THU 07:30 It's a Fair Cop (b0612hjl)
Series 2

Stop Search

Policeman turned comic Alfie Moore carries out a stop search and asks ‘Are the police institutionally racist?’

Series in which the audience makes the policing decisions as Alfie takes them through a real-life crime scenario.

Written and performed by Alfie Moore.

Script Editor: Will Ing

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.


THU 08:00 Steptoe and Son (b00sf1tm)
Series 1

The Musical Evening

War erupts in the rag and bone yard, when Albert takes action over music-loving Harold's gramophone.

Starring Wilfrid Brambell as Albert and Harry H Corbett as Harold.

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 was set in a house with a yard full of junk, featuring the lives of rag and bone men Albert Steptoe and his son Harold and it was the spark for a run of 8 series for TV.

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

Produced by Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in September 1966.


THU 08:30 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b01jl8hs)
Series 1

Episode 2

Can marriage guidance counsellor Ernie help an angry couple? And Eric reckons Ern needs to spruce-up his act - so how about writing a musical?

Special singing guest: Salena Jones.

Written by Eddie Braben

With Anne Hamilton, Michael Segal and Arthur Tolcher.

Music by Dennis Wilson & His Orchestra.

Producer: John Browell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 1975.


THU 09:00 Guess What? (b0627zhy)
Episode 3

Animal, vegetable or mineral?

Barry Took hosts a revised version of popular radio parlour game of 20 questions.

Regular Geoffrey Durham is joined by Jeremy Hanley and Helen Atkinson-Wood.

Written by Michael Dines.

Producer: Andy Aliffe

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1998


THU 09:30 Radio Active (b007jrdn)
Series 2

The History of Radio Active

From the pirate ships to the life of Norman Tonsil, the National Local Radio Station is awash with nostalgia for its special birthday celebrations!

Starring Helen Atkinson-Wood, Angus Deayton, Geoffrey Perkins, Philip Pope and Michael Fenton-Stevens.

Music by Philip Pope, Steve Brown and Keith McCullock

Written by Angus Deayton and Geoffrey Perkins with Jon Canter and Jimmy Mulville

Producer: Jimmy Mulville

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1982.


THU 10:00 John Buchan - Mr Standfast (b00tlmws)
Episode 2

The action moves to France as intrepid hero Richard Hannay and British agent Mary Lamingon attempt to track down the German spy, Moxon Ivery.

When Ivery changes his identity, the trail goes cold – but Mary has a plan to flush him out. Ivery wants to marry her – and Hannay must agree to let Mary become the bait in a deadly trap....

Conclusion of John Buchan's rip-roaring First World War spy thriller first published in 1919.

Brigadier-General Richard Hannay/Cornelius Brand …. David Robb
Sir Walter Bullivant …. Clive Merrison
The Count von Schwabing …. Struan Rodger
Mary Lamington …. Jasmine Hyde
Peter Pienaar …. Jon Glover
Mrs Amelia Gore-Boothe …. Briony McRoberts
Forbes …. Chris Pavlo
The Prefect …. Ben Onwukwe

Dramatised by Bert Coules.

Director: Bruce Young.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2008.


THU 11:00 Five Stories by Margaret Drabble (b0175mgk)
Hassan's Tower

Kenneth reaches a new understanding on his honeymoon in foreign parts. Written in 1966 and read by Carl Prekopp.


THU 11:15 John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre (b007ncyz)
Aristide Bruant

The socialist club owner questions his success. John Peacock's play based on Toulouse-Lautrec's characters. Stars Bernard Hill and Julie Covington.


THU 12:00 Steptoe and Son (b00sf1tm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b01jl8hs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Dashiell Hammett - Secret Agent X-9 (b007jpzc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Bach Fever! (b00pfsln)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Book at Beachtime (b01kn6z7)
Freya North - Rumours

Episode 4

Stella's past threatens to undermine her chance at happiness. A garden party marks the end of an era. Read by Naomi Frederick.


THU 14:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00y2vgc)
Episode 4

Having discovered his true identity, Ashok, now Ashton, is educated in England - but he yearns to return to India.

MM Kaye's epic of love and war, dramatised by Rukhsana Ahmad.

Narrator ..... Vineeta Rishi
Ashok/Ashton ..... Blake Ritson
Gulbaz ..... Kaleem Janjua
Zarin ..... Chris Simpson
Anderson ..... Sean Baker
Belinda ..... Leah Brotherhead
George ..... Lloyd Thomas
Mrs Harlowe ..... Christine Kavanagh
Mrs Viccary ..... Joanna Monro
Lily ..... Claire Harry
Uncle Matthew ..... Sam Dale

Directors: Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


THU 14:45 Book of the Week (b00t6fcg)
Lynn Schooler - Walking Home

Episode 4

Lynn has crossed Cape Fairweather, and thirty more miles will complete his circumnavigation of Mount Fairweather. In the stretch between Grand Plateau Glacier and Yakutat, the sight of flocking seabirds leads to a moment of revelation.

He comes to a decision. But there are dangers ahead before he can head for home.

Lynn Schooler is the critically acclaimed author of The Blue Bear (2003) and The Last Shot (2006). He has lived in Alaska for almost forty years, working as a commercial fisherman, shipwright, wilderness guide, and an award-winning wildlife photographer.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Colin Stinton
Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 15:00 John Buchan - Mr Standfast (b00tlmws)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 Guess What? (b0627zhy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Radio Active (b007jrdn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 PG Wodehouse - The Inimitable Jeeves (b007jxf5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 It's a Fair Cop (b0612hjl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Ben Moor - Undone (b00pgnql)
Series 3

United

Edna sees a hypnotherapist, as her friends take up the worlds-protecting slack. Ben Moor's comic sci-fi saga with Alex Tregear, Ben Moor and Duncan Wisbey.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b0076nnn)
Series 6

Vivien Leigh

4 Extra Debut. Barrister Christina Gorna chooses Oscar-winning actress Vivien Leigh. With Humphrey Carpenter and Hugo Vickers. From October 2004.


THU 19:00 Steptoe and Son (b00sf1tm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b01jl8hs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Dashiell Hammett - Secret Agent X-9 (b007jpzc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Bach Fever! (b00pfsln)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Five Stories by Margaret Drabble (b0175mgk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


THU 21:15 John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre (b007ncyz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


THU 22:00 It's a Fair Cop (b0612hjl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Bleak Expectations (b00d45vn)
Series 2

A Restoration Re-Ruined Only Even Worse

As the Victorian comic epic continues, Pip finds himself heavily in debt when he has to bribe the whole of the House of Commons not to hang him. But has he found true love at last in the form of wealthy Southern belle Talullah Not-A-Man?

Or is it some sort of fiendishly subtle plot hatched by an evil villain in a frock.

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

Volume Two, Chapter the Fourth: a Restoration Re-Ruined Only Even Worse.

Sir Philip...........................Richard Johnson
Mr Benevolent........................Anthony Head
Young Pip..................................Tom Allen
Sternbeater...................Geoffrey Whitehead
Harry Biscuit......................James Bachman
Ripely Fecund......................Sarah Hadland
Pippa/Woman............................Susy Kane
The Bailiff................................Mark Evans

Producer: Gareth Edwards.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2008.


THU 23:00 The Party Party (b007jx3r)
Episode 4

No one in Microcosm notices that the quiz show Narrator has gone missing. Stars Hugh Laurie and Clive Mantle. From June 1987.


THU 23:30 Miranda Hart's Joke Shop (b00mk4bz)
What a Job!

The tall, life-embracing shopkeeper tries to prove that she can get a proper job. With Patricia Hodge. From August 2008.



FRIDAY 17 JULY 2015

FRI 00:00 Ben Moor - Undone (b00pgnql)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b0076nnn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Dashiell Hammett - Secret Agent X-9 (b007jpzc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Bach Fever! (b00pfsln)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Book at Beachtime (b01kn6z7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00y2vgc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:45 Book of the Week (b00t6fcg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 John Buchan - Mr Standfast (b00tlmws)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Guess What? (b0627zhy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Radio Active (b007jrdn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 PG Wodehouse - The Inimitable Jeeves (b007jxf5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 It's a Fair Cop (b0612hjl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Dashiell Hammett - Secret Agent X-9 (b007jpzt)
2. Carnage at Sea

The 1930s heroic agent takes on the law to pursue his arch enemy in the heart of New York.

Stars Stuart Milligan as X-9 and Connie Booth as Grace Powers.

Adapted for radio by Mark Brisenden, from the comic strip created by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond. Syndicated by King Features, it ran from 1934 to 1996.

X-9 ...... Stuart Milligan
Grace Powers ...... Connie Booth
The Top ...... William Hootkins
Evelyn Powers ...... Rachel Power
Deacon ...... Peter Marinker
Steward ...... Michael John Paliotti
Bartholomew ...... John Guerrasio
Jude ...... Bruce McGregor

All other parts played by the cast.

Producer: Chris Wallis.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in January 1994.


FRI 06:30 The Keskidee (b00k4fv9)
Oral Historian Alan Dein pieces together the remarkable and pioneering story of the Keskidee, Britain's first arts centre for the black community. Founded in the early 1970's and tucked away in a church hall in the backstreets of Islington, London, it forged new ground for a generation of black British poets, actors, artists and directors.

Dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson was the educational officer at the Keskidee and Bob Marley shot the music video for 'Is This Love?' there. It had its own drama company, artists in residence and was a hub for African and Afro-Caribbean politics and arts, as well as a creative nursery for home-grown talent. It also catered for the needs of local youth and gave a generation of black teenagers a space of their own. But this massively influential cultural centre also has a fascinating earlier history, when it served as a progressive mission hall with a musical pastor and a legendary silver band. Today the building has reverted to being a religious base, housing an African church and a devout and joyous congregation. Dein joins up the hidden history of Gifford Hall which has played host to three different communities, but which, curiously, have much in common.

Producer: Neil McCarthy

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


FRI 07:00 Little Blighty on the Down (b00tx3dp)
Series 4

Episode 5

When an opera star visits, council leader John shows his true colours. Political satire with John Baddeley. From August 1991.


FRI 07:30 Don't Need the Sunshine (b061pr48)
John Osborne returns to Radio 4 with autobiographical stories from four seasides that hold a special place in his heart.


FRI 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007synp)
Series 4

The Old School Reunion

Surprises are in store as the lad heads back for prize-giving day at his old school.

Starring Tony Hancock.

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

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

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

Producer: Dennis Main Wilson

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in January 1957.


FRI 08:30 The Goon Show (b007k4l1)
Series 5

Lurgi Strikes Britain

Doctor Seagoon is dispatched to tackle a curious contagious epidemic disease.

Groundbreaking, surreal BBC radio comedy written by Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes.

Starring:

Peter Sellers
Harry Secombe
Spike Milligan

First billed as Crazy People, ten series of The Goon Show were recorded between 1951 and 1960, but sadly many of the earliest shows weren’t kept in the archive.

With the Ray Ellington Quartet and Max Geldray.

Orchestra conducted by Wally Stott.

Announcer: Wallace Greenslade

Producer: Peter Eton

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in November 1954.


FRI 09:00 All the Way from Memphis (b00m0mb4)
Series 2

Episode 1

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

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

Reader: Beth Chalmers

Written and researched by James Walton

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2006.


FRI 09:30 Sneakiepeeks (b00pqn27)
Two of Our Spies Are Missing

When Bill meets the organisation's most effective but least sane assassin, it's up to Sharla and Mark to find them.

Comedy by Harry Venning and Neil Brand about a team of inept, backstabbing surveillance operatives.

Bill ...... Richard Lumsden
Sharla ...... Nina Conti
Mark ...... Daniel Kaluuya
Ian ...... Paterson Joseph
Mrs Davies ...... Lucy Montgomery
Channing ...... Ewan Bailey
Tim the Tea Boy ...... Joe Thomas
Secretary ...... Tessa Nicholson

Other parts played by the cast.

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2010.


FRI 10:00 John Buchan - The Three Hostages (b00lgn64)
I Make the Acquaintance of a Popular Man

Some years after his 39 Steps mission, Richard Hannay encounters a global criminal gang. Stars David Robb and Haydn Gwynne.


FRI 11:00 Five Stories by Margaret Drabble (b0176nbj)
Faithful Lovers

An idle decision to return to an old stomping ground, and its echoes of love, leads to an unexpected and unsettling encounter. Faithful Lovers was written in 1968 and appears in A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman: The Collected Stories by Margaret Drabble.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.
Abridged by Katrin Williams.
Produced by Duncan Minshull.


FRI 11:15 Emlyn Williams - The Power of Dawn (b00w46rh)
Author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina - Count Leo Tolstoy died aged 82 in the winter of 1910 at the small railway junction of Astapovo.

Emlyn Williams’ play depicts an imaginary meeting between the great Russian writer and a young peasant girl in the last hour of his life.

Michael Redgrave stars as Tolstoy, with Felicity Hayes-McCoy as Katya and Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies as Katya aged 82.

Guitarist: Eric Hill

Director: John Tydeman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978.


FRI 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007synp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 The Goon Show (b007k4l1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Dashiell Hammett - Secret Agent X-9 (b007jpzt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 The Keskidee (b00k4fv9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Book at Beachtime (b01kng10)
Freya North - Rumours

Episode 5

Lady Lydia reveals the true reason she is selling Longbridge, and Stella has a brainwave. Read by Naomi Frederick.


FRI 14:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00y2x5k)
Episode 5

Ash takes up his post with the Guides in Mardan, but his relationship with Belinda is increasingly troubled.

MM Kaye's epic of love and war, dramatised by Rukhsana Ahmad.

Narrator ..... Vineeta Rishi
Ash ..... Blake Ritson
Gulbaz ..... Kaleem Janjua
Zarin ..... Chris Simpson
Colonel ..... Sam Dale
Khoda-Daad ..... Sam Dastor
Battye ..... Jude Akuwudike
Belinda ..... Leah Brotherhead
George ..... Lloyd Thomas
Mrs Harlowe ..... Christine Kavanagh
Major Harlowe ..... Sean Baker

Directors: Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


FRI 14:45 Book of the Week (b00t6fcj)
Lynn Schooler - Walking Home

Episode 5

To have any hope of reaching the Wilderness Swift to sail back to Juneau, Lynn must first outrun or outwit the grizzly bear on his trail. But this bear is like no other he has seen. And it is circling him.

With his back to the surf, and armed only with a pepper-spray, Lynn is running quickly out of options.

Lynn Schooler is the critically acclaimed author of The Blue Bear (2003) and The Last Shot (2006). He has lived in Alaska for almost forty years, working as a commercial fisherman, shipwright, wilderness guide, and an award-winning wildlife photographer.

Abridged by Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Colin Stinton.
Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 15:00 John Buchan - The Three Hostages (b00lgn64)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 All the Way from Memphis (b00m0mb4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 Sneakiepeeks (b00pqn27)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 Little Blighty on the Down (b00tx3dp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Don't Need the Sunshine (b061pr48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Ben Moor - Undone (b00pkvk9)
Series 3

Unending

The Notting Hill Carnival sees the potential end of the worlds and new weirdness. Ben Moor's comic sci-fi saga with Alex Tregear.


FRI 18:30 Fry's English Delight (b00tgd1b)
Series 3

Accentuate the Negative

Contradiction is an addiction - from philosophical dialectic to the verification of scientific and mathematical hypotheses, and from religious controversy to traditional pantomime exchanges with the audience. Oh No It Isn't, you may think. Oh, yes, it very much is.

Stephen Fry examines various aspects of the subject with language expert Professor David Crystal, theologian Melissa Raphael-Levine, philosopher Anthony Grayling, and Oliver Double, who has made a special study of comedy double-acts, and will reveal just how vital contradiction is not only for cross-patter partners but for the whole of comedy.

We learn about the Square of Opposition and about how there is more than one way to be wrong. We find out just how the law of double negatives work, and how beguiling and sometimes surprising the oxymoron can be - that little combination of a couple of words that cancel each other out in some way. Well, it's only common sense, isn't it?

We also hear how those who claim to spot contradictions in the Bible, or the Talmud, or the Koran are essentially misguided, and we hear about a current development in English that threatens to change one of the things that has so far made the language different to French or German.

All of that, together with a lesson in when "No" does not necessarily mean no - and when "Yes" doesn't really mean yes, either.

Producer: Ian Gardhouse
ATestbed production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007synp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 The Goon Show (b007k4l1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Dashiell Hammett - Secret Agent X-9 (b007jpzt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 The Keskidee (b00k4fv9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Five Stories by Margaret Drabble (b0176nbj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 21:15 Emlyn Williams - The Power of Dawn (b00w46rh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


FRI 22:00 Don't Need the Sunshine (b061pr48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Absolute Power (b007jqw0)
Series 1

Episode 1

Having left the BBC, Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe embark on a new career as spin doctors in the world of government and media relations.

They’re visited by the Chairman of the Conservative Party, who offers to establish them on the road to solvency...

Mark Tavener's political comedy stars Stephen Fry as Charles Prentiss and John Bird as Martin McCabe.

With:
Jeremy Clyde
Tony Gardner
Simon Greenall
Siobhan Hayes
Martin Hyder

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2000.


FRI 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b063zdgs)
The best in contemporary comedy. Tom Wrigglesworth chats to Stephen Carlin.


FRI 23:00 The Consultants (b0628g9r)
Series 4

Episode 5

Two travellers stumble upon a very unusual pub quiz.

Cerebral sketch show written by and starring Neil Edmond, Justin Edwards and James Rawlings.

Producer: Will Saunders

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2005.


FRI 23:30 Down the Line (b00zshns)
Series 4

Episode 3

The return of the ground-breaking Radio 4 show, hosted by the legendary Gary Bellamy; brought to you by the creators of The Fast Show.

Down the Line stars Rhys Thomas as Gary Bellamy, with Simon Day, Felix Dexter, Charlie Higson, Lucy Montgomery and Paul Whitehouse,

Special guests are Lee Mack, Adil Ray and Fiona Whitehouse.

Producers: Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson.




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

15 Minute Drama 02:30 SAT (b00k0jcx)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b0075t39)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b0075t39)

A Wing and a Prayer 17:00 SUN (b05nczjl)

A Wing and a Prayer 05:00 MON (b05nczjl)

Absolute Power 22:30 FRI (b007jqw0)

Alan Parker's 59 Minutes of Truth 23:00 SAT (b00yjvx4)

Alan Plater - Who's Jimmy Dickenson? 06:00 SAT (b007qzh7)

Alan Plater - Who's Jimmy Dickenson? 16:00 SAT (b007qzh7)

Alan Plater - Who's Jimmy Dickenson? 04:00 SUN (b007qzh7)

All the Way from Memphis 09:00 FRI (b00m0mb4)

All the Way from Memphis 16:00 FRI (b00m0mb4)

Another Case of Milton Jones 07:30 SUN (b0132p8h)

Another Case of Milton Jones 17:30 SUN (b0132p8h)

Another Case of Milton Jones 22:00 SUN (b0132p8h)

Another Case of Milton Jones 05:30 MON (b0132p8h)

Anthony Trollope - The Pallisers 03:00 SAT (b007jwht)

Anthony Trollope - The Pallisers 10:00 MON (b007jwj3)

Anthony Trollope - The Pallisers 15:00 MON (b007jwj3)

Anthony Trollope - The Pallisers 03:00 TUE (b007jwj3)

Anthony Trollope - The Pallisers 10:00 TUE (b007jwj9)

Anthony Trollope - The Pallisers 15:00 TUE (b007jwj9)

Anthony Trollope - The Pallisers 03:00 WED (b007jwj9)

Archive on 4 08:00 SAT (b01gngrj)

Archive on 4 15:00 SAT (b01gngrj)

Archive on 4 03:00 SUN (b01gngrj)

Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive 22:30 SAT (b007yd2k)

Bach Fever! 06:30 THU (b00pfsln)

Bach Fever! 13:30 THU (b00pfsln)

Bach Fever! 20:30 THU (b00pfsln)

Bach Fever! 01:30 FRI (b00pfsln)

Bad Habits 07:15 SUN (b00ft1tv)

Bad Habits 14:15 SUN (b00ft1tv)

Bad Habits 02:15 MON (b00ft1tv)

Ben Moor - Undone 00:00 SAT (b00p4klt)

Ben Moor - Undone 18:00 MON (b00p7r1y)

Ben Moor - Undone 00:00 TUE (b00p7r1y)

Ben Moor - Undone 18:00 TUE (b00pbtv6)

Ben Moor - Undone 00:00 WED (b00pbtv6)

Ben Moor - Undone 18:00 WED (b00pd7ck)

Ben Moor - Undone 00:00 THU (b00pd7ck)

Ben Moor - Undone 18:00 THU (b00pgnql)

Ben Moor - Undone 00:00 FRI (b00pgnql)

Ben Moor - Undone 18:00 FRI (b00pkvk9)

Bleak Expectations 22:30 THU (b00d45vn)

Book at Beachtime 14:00 MON (b01kkr9w)

Book at Beachtime 02:00 TUE (b01kkr9w)

Book at Beachtime 14:00 TUE (b01kkwqd)

Book at Beachtime 02:00 WED (b01kkwqd)

Book at Beachtime 14:00 WED (b01kkyll)

Book at Beachtime 02:00 THU (b01kkyll)

Book at Beachtime 14:00 THU (b01kn6z7)

Book at Beachtime 02:00 FRI (b01kn6z7)

Book at Beachtime 14:00 FRI (b01kng10)

Book at Bedtime 02:45 SAT (b009jd8q)

Book of the Week 14:45 MON (b00t6fj5)

Book of the Week 02:45 TUE (b00t6fj5)

Book of the Week 14:45 TUE (b00t6fcb)

Book of the Week 02:45 WED (b00t6fcb)

Book of the Week 14:45 WED (b00t6fcd)

Book of the Week 02:45 THU (b00t6fcd)

Book of the Week 14:45 THU (b00t6fcg)

Book of the Week 02:45 FRI (b00t6fcg)

Book of the Week 14:45 FRI (b00t6fcj)

Cabin Pressure 22:30 WED (b012llrz)

Counterpoint 09:00 WED (b06232k1)

Counterpoint 16:00 WED (b06232k1)

Counterpoint 04:00 THU (b06232k1)

Cowards 22:30 SUN (b007d5bl)

Dad Made Me Laugh 18:30 TUE (b00d7h6q)

Dad Made Me Laugh 00:30 WED (b00d7h6q)

Dad's Army 08:00 MON (b007jn4c)

Dad's Army 12:00 MON (b007jn4c)

Dad's Army 19:00 MON (b007jn4c)

Dan and Nick: The Wildebeest Years 23:30 WED (b0089lxf)

Dashiell Hammett - Secret Agent X-9 06:00 THU (b007jpzc)

Dashiell Hammett - Secret Agent X-9 13:00 THU (b007jpzc)

Dashiell Hammett - Secret Agent X-9 20:00 THU (b007jpzc)

Dashiell Hammett - Secret Agent X-9 01:00 FRI (b007jpzc)

Dashiell Hammett - Secret Agent X-9 06:00 FRI (b007jpzt)

Dashiell Hammett - Secret Agent X-9 13:00 FRI (b007jpzt)

Dashiell Hammett - Secret Agent X-9 20:00 FRI (b007jpzt)

Dave Podmore 05:30 SAT (b0612pjc)

Delve Special 23:00 TUE (b007jmm8)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:15 SUN (b010gjmf)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:15 SUN (b010gjmf)

Don't Need the Sunshine 07:30 FRI (b061pr48)

Don't Need the Sunshine 17:30 FRI (b061pr48)

Don't Need the Sunshine 22:00 FRI (b061pr48)

Down the Line 23:30 FRI (b00zshns)

Drawn to Be Wild 06:30 TUE (b00ft64f)

Drawn to Be Wild 13:30 TUE (b00ft64f)

Drawn to Be Wild 20:30 TUE (b00ft64f)

Drawn to Be Wild 01:30 WED (b00ft64f)

Elizabeth and Her German Garden: Omnibus 14:30 SUN (b061y4hf)

Elizabeth and Her German Garden: Omnibus 02:30 MON (b061y4hf)

Emlyn Williams - The Power of Dawn 11:15 FRI (b00w46rh)

Emlyn Williams - The Power of Dawn 21:15 FRI (b00w46rh)

Fabulous Flops 07:30 SAT (b01380ck)

Fabulous Flops 17:30 SAT (b01380ck)

Fabulous Flops 05:30 SUN (b01380ck)

Five Stories by Margaret Drabble 11:00 MON (b0170czj)

Five Stories by Margaret Drabble 21:00 MON (b0170czj)

Five Stories by Margaret Drabble 11:00 TUE (b0170mty)

Five Stories by Margaret Drabble 21:00 TUE (b0170mty)

Five Stories by Margaret Drabble 11:00 WED (b0175j83)

Five Stories by Margaret Drabble 21:00 WED (b0175j83)

Five Stories by Margaret Drabble 11:00 THU (b0175mgk)

Five Stories by Margaret Drabble 21:00 THU (b0175mgk)

Five Stories by Margaret Drabble 11:00 FRI (b0176nbj)

Five Stories by Margaret Drabble 21:00 FRI (b0176nbj)

Four Joneses and a Jenkins 09:30 WED (b007jqnd)

Four Joneses and a Jenkins 16:30 WED (b007jqnd)

Four Joneses and a Jenkins 04:30 THU (b007jqnd)

Fry's English Delight 00:30 SAT (b00tdmqr)

Fry's English Delight 18:30 FRI (b00tgd1b)

Genius 09:00 MON (b008gh65)

Genius 16:00 MON (b008gh65)

Genius 04:00 TUE (b008gh65)

Getting Nowhere Fast 16:30 MON (b008gdc5)

Getting Nowhere Fast 04:30 TUE (b008gdc5)

Great Lives 11:30 SUN (b00k3zns)

Great Lives 19:30 SUN (b00k3zns)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b0076nnn)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b0076nnn)

Gregor Mendel - A Monk and Two Peas 02:00 SAT (b008x8b6)

Guess What? 09:00 THU (b0627zhy)

Guess What? 16:00 THU (b0627zhy)

Guess What? 04:00 FRI (b0627zhy)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 FRI (b007synp)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 FRI (b007synp)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 FRI (b007synp)

Hardeep at The Stand 22:00 SAT (b01qxvtg)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:30 WED (b00ckcmh)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:30 WED (b00ckcmh)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:30 WED (b00ckcmh)

In the Psychiatrist's Chair 14:15 SAT (b061vc1w)

In the Psychiatrist's Chair 02:15 SUN (b061vc1w)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SAT (b061vbxk)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 SUN (b061vbxk)

Inheritance Tracks 10:10 SUN (b061xs4z)

Inheritance Tracks 11:55 SUN (b0627p62)

Inheritance Tracks 19:55 SUN (b0627p62)

Inheritance Tracks 21:10 SUN (b061xs4z)

Inside Alan Francis 23:30 SUN (b00hr4mz)

It's Not What You Know 07:30 TUE (b060ztxq)

It's Not What You Know 17:30 TUE (b060ztxq)

It's Not What You Know 22:00 TUE (b060ztxq)

It's Not What You Know 05:30 WED (b060ztxq)

It's a Fair Cop 07:30 THU (b0612hjl)

It's a Fair Cop 17:30 THU (b0612hjl)

It's a Fair Cop 22:00 THU (b0612hjl)

It's a Fair Cop 05:30 FRI (b0612hjl)

Joanna Biggs - All Day Long Omnibus 09:00 SUN (b061xmlm)

Joanna Biggs - All Day Long Omnibus 20:00 SUN (b061xmlm)

John Buchan - Mr Standfast 10:00 WED (b00tl07x)

John Buchan - Mr Standfast 15:00 WED (b00tl07x)

John Buchan - Mr Standfast 03:00 THU (b00tl07x)

John Buchan - Mr Standfast 10:00 THU (b00tlmws)

John Buchan - Mr Standfast 15:00 THU (b00tlmws)

John Buchan - Mr Standfast 03:00 FRI (b00tlmws)

John Buchan - The Three Hostages 10:00 FRI (b00lgn64)

John Buchan - The Three Hostages 15:00 FRI (b00lgn64)

John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre 11:15 MON (b007jqxv)

John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre 21:15 MON (b007jqxv)

John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre 11:15 TUE (b007n1hp)

John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre 21:15 TUE (b007n1hp)

John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre 11:15 WED (b007n9px)

John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre 21:15 WED (b007n9px)

John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre 11:15 THU (b007ncyz)

John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre 21:15 THU (b007ncyz)

Just a Minute 07:30 MON (b060zdf1)

Just a Minute 17:30 MON (b060zdf1)

Just a Minute 22:00 MON (b060zdf1)

Just a Minute 05:30 TUE (b060zdf1)

Life at 24 Frames a Second 02:15 SAT (b00xw5mw)

Little Blighty on the Down 05:00 SAT (b00tv7wv)

Little Blighty on the Down 07:00 FRI (b00tx3dp)

Little Blighty on the Down 17:00 FRI (b00tx3dp)

ME Braddon - Lady Audley's Secret (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (b039b7yy)

ME Braddon - Lady Audley's Secret (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b039b7yy)

ME Braddon - Lady Audley's Secret (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b039b7yy)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 14:30 MON (b00y21xf)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 02:30 TUE (b00y21xf)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 14:30 TUE (b00y2d7l)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 02:30 WED (b00y2d7l)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 14:30 WED (b00y2f2q)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 02:30 THU (b00y2f2q)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 14:30 THU (b00y2vgc)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 02:30 FRI (b00y2vgc)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 14:30 FRI (b00y2x5k)

Marriage Lines 08:30 MON (b061ygcr)

Marriage Lines 12:30 MON (b061ygcr)

Marriage Lines 19:30 MON (b061ygcr)

Mastering the Universe 23:00 SUN (b00sg6yn)

Mind Changers 01:30 SAT (b00m0zz3)

Miranda Hart's Joke Shop 23:30 THU (b00mk4bz)

Mystery Theater 11:00 SUN (b061y3z7)

Mystery Theater 19:00 SUN (b061y3z7)

OK Computer 18:00 SAT (b01n6sk7)

OK Computer 00:00 SUN (b01n6sk7)

Off the Page 18:30 WED (b0076qjx)

Off the Page 00:30 THU (b0076qjx)

Opening Lines 15:45 SUN (b012r7tf)

Opening Lines 03:45 MON (b012r7tf)

PG Wodehouse - The Inimitable Jeeves 07:00 THU (b007jxf5)

PG Wodehouse - The Inimitable Jeeves 17:00 THU (b007jxf5)

PG Wodehouse - The Inimitable Jeeves 05:00 FRI (b007jxf5)

Penguin, Puffin and the Paperback Revolution 06:30 WED (b00tjrgz)

Penguin, Puffin and the Paperback Revolution 13:30 WED (b00tjrgz)

Penguin, Puffin and the Paperback Revolution 20:30 WED (b00tjrgz)

Penguin, Puffin and the Paperback Revolution 01:30 THU (b00tjrgz)

Pete Firman's World of Magic 09:00 SAT (b061v8x4)

Pete Firman's World of Magic 19:00 SAT (b061v8x4)

Pick Ups 23:30 MON (b00n911g)

Radio Active 09:30 THU (b007jrdn)

Radio Active 16:30 THU (b007jrdn)

Radio Active 04:30 FRI (b007jrdn)

Ray's a Laugh 08:00 SUN (b007jrkl)

Ray's a Laugh 12:00 SUN (b007jrkl)

Revolting People 23:00 WED (b00fj2br)

Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch 01:00 SAT (b061g4g8)

Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch 06:00 MON (b061ycw3)

Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch 13:00 MON (b061ycw3)

Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch 20:00 MON (b061ycw3)

Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch 01:00 TUE (b061ycw3)

Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch 06:00 TUE (b05z865m)

Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch 13:00 TUE (b05z865m)

Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch 20:00 TUE (b05z865m)

Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch 01:00 WED (b05z865m)

Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch 06:00 WED (b0622ysh)

Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch 13:00 WED (b0622ysh)

Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch 20:00 WED (b0622ysh)

Robert Barr - Galbraith and the Midas Touch 01:00 THU (b0622ysh)

Romantic Friction 09:30 TUE (b00764dy)

Romantic Friction 16:30 TUE (b00764dy)

Romantic Friction 04:30 WED (b00764dy)

Round the Horne 12:30 SAT (b00jjq7v)

Round the Horne 08:00 TUE (b00jnnpm)

Round the Horne 12:00 TUE (b00jnnpm)

Round the Horne 19:00 TUE (b00jnnpm)

Saturday Drama 16:00 SUN (b00tnb15)

Saturday Drama 04:00 MON (b00tnb15)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 07:30 WED (b0610182)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 17:30 WED (b0610182)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 22:00 WED (b0610182)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 05:30 THU (b0610182)

Sketchorama 09:30 MON (b061yh01)

Sketchorama 22:30 MON (b061yh01)

Sneakiepeeks 04:30 SAT (b00pkbmh)

Sneakiepeeks 09:30 FRI (b00pqn27)

Sneakiepeeks 16:30 FRI (b00pqn27)

Steptoe and Son 08:00 THU (b00sf1tm)

Steptoe and Son 12:00 THU (b00sf1tm)

Steptoe and Son 19:00 THU (b00sf1tm)

Target Practice 06:30 MON (b00rz0k4)

Target Practice 13:30 MON (b00rz0k4)

Target Practice 20:30 MON (b00rz0k4)

Target Practice 01:30 TUE (b00rz0k4)

The 99p Challenge 04:00 SAT (b01s2v0x)

The Boosh 22:30 TUE (b007jmhj)

The Burkiss Way 08:30 TUE (b007jsl5)

The Burkiss Way 12:30 TUE (b007jsl5)

The Burkiss Way 19:30 TUE (b007jsl5)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 SUN (b0627mp9)

The Comedy Club Interviews 23:25 TUE (b0630g5y)

The Comedy Club Interviews 23:25 WED (b0630g68)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 FRI (b063zdgs)

The Consultants 23:00 FRI (b0628g9r)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 12:00 SAT (b01j9t01)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 08:30 THU (b01jl8hs)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 12:30 THU (b01jl8hs)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 19:30 THU (b01jl8hs)

The Goon Show 08:30 FRI (b007k4l1)

The Goon Show 12:30 FRI (b007k4l1)

The Goon Show 19:30 FRI (b007k4l1)

The Keskidee 06:30 FRI (b00k4fv9)

The Keskidee 13:30 FRI (b00k4fv9)

The Keskidee 20:30 FRI (b00k4fv9)

The Navy Lark 08:00 WED (b007wwf0)

The Navy Lark 12:00 WED (b007wwf0)

The Navy Lark 19:00 WED (b007wwf0)

The Now Show 23:00 MON (b0612rhv)

The Now Show 09:00 TUE (b0612rhv)

The Party Party 23:00 THU (b007jx3r)

The Problem With Adam Bloom 22:15 SAT (b00gf8pp)

The Shuttleworths 23:15 SUN (b01n6yr5)

The World As We Know It 07:00 MON (b00fd7zl)

The World As We Know It 17:00 MON (b00fd7zl)

The World As We Know It 05:00 TUE (b00fd7zl)

Two Doors Down 07:00 TUE (b0076gzn)

Two Doors Down 17:00 TUE (b0076gzn)

Two Doors Down 05:00 WED (b0076gzn)

Val McDermid - Dead Clever Omnibus 13:00 SAT (b061vbgq)

Val McDermid - Dead Clever Omnibus 01:00 SUN (b061vbgq)

Vanessa Rosenthal - The Drover's Path 18:00 SUN (b0076q43)

Vanessa Rosenthal - The Drover's Path 00:00 MON (b0076q43)

Vent 23:30 TUE (b01dlg0k)

Whack-O! 08:30 SUN (b061vkh6)

Whack-O! 12:30 SUN (b061vkh6)

Who Goes There? 16:00 TUE (b00766rs)

Who Goes There? 04:00 WED (b00766rs)

Winston 07:00 WED (b007k4b8)

Winston 17:00 WED (b007k4b8)

Winston 05:00 THU (b007k4b8)