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SATURDAY 01 AUGUST 2015

SAT 00:00 Book at Bedtime (b00vfxmc)
George Eliot - The Lifted Veil

Episode 5

Nigel Cooke reads George Eliot's disturbing tale of clairvoyance and mind-reading.

As Latimer begins to lose his mind-reading powers - an old friend persuades him to take part in an extraordinary experiment.

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Produced by Clive Brill
A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 00:15 Dermot Bolger - Haunting Women (b016q02f)
The Riding Crop

A bitter dispute between sisters 200 years ago means a precious wedding gift must be cared for in the present.


SAT 00:30 Fry's English Delight (b012fbpn)
Series 4

The Mouth

"If you were an intelligent designer, would you combine the food processor and the word processor in the same unit?" asks Stephen Fry in this intimate portrait of the most important part of speech.

Evolutionary biologists can't agree whether the complexities of eating and speaking are linked. But the evolution of the mouth is important. It date stamps the start of language and of modern humanity. As soon as we had the equipment to speak, we started, for example, to make art. We hear from a lipreader, who explains why we all hear mouths with our eyes. Ventriloquist Nina Conti explains how she has learned to over-rule the automatic functions of her mouth. A facial surgeon gives us the tour of the inside of the mouth and a psychologist discusses humanity's earliest form of happy oral communication - or language. The smile. But are smiles conscious or unconscious? The psychologist and the lipreader also explain what distinguishes English mouths. And it's not the stiff upper lip.

The programme gives us key information about the development of language. The human mouth's structure is unique among primates. If chimpanzee or neanderthal mouths had developed the same physical structure, would they be able to speak? The answer comes with the help of a monkey, interviewed by Stephen in the studio. He just happened to come along with Nina Conti.

We also learn of a design fault unique to human mouths. The benefit of the power of speech has a potentially fatal downside.

Producer: Nick Baker
A Testbed Production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 01:00 John Mortimer Presents: The Trials of Marshall Hall (b007k2zd)
The Case of the Green Bicycle

True stories of crime and trial in a bygone age, starring Tom Baker as Britain's celebrated barrister, Sir Edward Marshall Hall.

Did Ronald Light shoot a woman cyclist dead? Sir Edward sets out to prove his innocence.

Introduced by Rumpole of the Bailey's creator John Mortimer. With Jonathan Tafler and David Alistair.

Dramatised by Michael Butt.

Director Michael Fox

A Fiction Factory production for BBC Radio 2 from 1996.


SAT 01:30 A Thor in One's Side (b00772pf)
In 1947, a crew of intrepid and hard-bitten Norwegians first set out on what was, on the face of it, a pretty flimsy premise - that you could cross the mighty Pacific Ocean from Peru to Polynesia with nothing more solid than a balsa wood raft.

That raft, the Kon-Tiki, and the exploits of those Norwegians, led by the visionary Thor Heyerdahl, were to become world renowned.

Tony Robinson tells the story of Heyerdahl's epic journey and its lasting effect on popular archaeology.

Producer: Geoff Ballinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2007.


SAT 02:00 Book at Beachtime (b01kv7wq)
Sadie Jones - The Uninvited Guests

Episode 5

A horse and child unite the beleaguered party guests and the train crash survivors demand release.

Dark secrets threaten to tear a family apart in Sadie Jones' country house drama set in Edwardian England - abridged by Alison Joseph.

Concluded by Hattie Morahan.

Producer: Gemma Jenkins

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


SAT 02:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00yj265)
Episode 15

Safe and with the woman he loves, Ash cannot work out how to marry her.

MM Kaye's epic of love and war, dramatised by Lucy Catherine.

Narrator ..... Vineeta Rishi
Ash ..... Blake Ritson
Gulbaz ..... Kaleem Janjua
Bukta ..... Adeel Akhtar
Anjuli ..... Ayesha Dharker
Stiggins ..... Sean Baker
Zarin ..... Christopher Simpson
Mrs Viccary ..... Joanna Monro

Directors: Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


SAT 02:45 Book of the Week (b009ppjq)
Kate Summerscale - The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

Episode 5

Deborah Findlay reads from Kate Summerscale's account of a Victorian murder case that gripped the nation.

5/5. Only in 1928, with the arrival of an anonymous letter from Sydney, do the real events at Road Hill House back in 1860 finally come to light.


SAT 03:00 Stephen Fagan - The Intersection (b01fhjrq)
Working in a London auction house, Chris meets his father by chance for the first time in 10 years.

Chris has grown up and his father has grown old.

Neither of them knows whether their meeting will prove to be an important beginning - or just a sad accident...

Family drama by Stephen Fagan.

Starring John le Mesurier as Father, Frank Grimes as Chris, Jane Knowles as the American woman, Christopher Scott as George, Alan Dudley as Lord Wrighton, Haydn Wood as Lord Soper and Stephen Garlick as Bernie.

Director: Margaret Windhau

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981


SAT 04:00 All the Way from Memphis (b00mb1r1)
Series 2

Episode 3

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

Team captains Tracey MacLeod and Andrew Collins are joined by Danny Kelly and Clare Grogan to be put through their musical paces.

Reader: Beth Chalmers

Written and researched by James Walton

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2006.


SAT 04:30 Boogie Up the River (b007jv6z)
Sonning, I'll Definitely Meet You in Sonning

Mark and his manic mutt are rowing up the Thames, but will Jennifer ever come on board? Stars Timothy Spall. From December 1992.


SAT 05:00 Rent (b063rvm6)
Series 4

Episode 2

Paul and Ruby are busy house hunting. Meanwhile Maria and Richard are in the money - what will they do with it all?

Lucy Flannery's award-winning sitcom about Maria and Richard Reynolds and their lodgers.

Maria …. Barbara Flynn
Richard …. Patrick Barlow
Ruby …. Vivienne Rochester
Paul …. Dave Lamb

With Sarah Parkinson

Producer: Liz Anstee.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1998.


SAT 05:30 Wordaholics (b01c7lk6)
Series 1

Episode 1

Wordaholics is the comedy panel game all about words.

Gyles Brandreth presides as Stephen Fry, Natalie Haynes, Milton Jones and Lloyd Langford vie for supremacy in the ring.

Wordaholics is clever, intelligent, witty and unexpected. There are toponyms, abbreviations, euphemisms, old words, new words, cockney rhyming slang, Greek gobbledegook, plus the panellists' picks of the ugliest and the most beautiful words.

Find out the meaning of words like giff-gaff, knock-knobbler and buckfitches - the difference between French marbles, French velvet and the French ache - hear the glorious poetry of the English language, as practiced from writers varying from William Shakespeare to Vanilla Ice - and spend half an hour laughing and learning with some of the finest Wordaholics in the business.

Writers: Jon Hunter and James Kettle

Producer: Claire Jones.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2012.


SAT 06:00 Peter Tinniswood (b01bl25p)
A Touch of Daniel

Young Carter Brandon struggles for love in a world preoccupied with Cheshire cheese, individual trifles, dominoes, outbreaks of wireworm and vests; where strong women fight grimly to maintain their hold on a traditionally matriarchal society and where the only person who really understands Carter is his cousin, the baby Daniel.

Peter Tinniswood's Northern drama about the Brandon family.

Starring Christian Rodska as Carter, Liz Smith as Mrs Brandon, Eileen Derbyshire as Auntie Lil, George A Cooper as Mort, Graham Roberts as Mr Brandon and Judy Bennett as Daniel.

Directed by Tony Cliff at BBC Manchester

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1977.


SAT 07:30 Michael Bentine - The Reluctant Jester (b01qqxn5)
The Reluctant Jester Strikes Back

There's Nowt Queerer Than Folk

Visiting Australia and New York and meeting some colourful friends along the way...

Founding member of The Goon Show and one of the foremost comic minds of his generation - Michael Bentine returns with behind-the-scenes tales of his offbeat and extraordinary life in show business, the RAF and civvy street; putting wrongs to right and right to wrongs.

With extracts from some of his most memorable comic performances and eccentric characters.

Recorded at the Secombe Theatre, Sutton, Surrey.

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

Producer: Andy Aliffe

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 1994.


SAT 08:00 Meeting Myself Coming Back (b00tcsvt)
Series 2

Peter Mandelson

From Labour PR supremo to cabinet minister and peer, and dubbed "Prince of Darkness" along the way, Peter Mandelson reflects on his life in sound through the BBC archives. In the first programme of the series "Meeting Myself Coming Back" where guests replay the sound archive of their life, he talks to John Wilson about his career, hears recordings of his younger self and discusses how he has changed over the decades.

Lord Mandelson grew up with Labour in his blood - his grandfather was the Labour cabinet minister Herbert Morrison. After university and early jobs, he became first the party's Director of Campaigns and Communications and then MP for Hartlepool. After Labour's 1997 General Election victory, he served in Tony Blair's cabinet but was forced to resign twice - once over a home loan and the second over the Hinduja passport affair. After a move to Brussels as EU Trade Commissioner, a surprise request by the new Prime Minister Gordon Brown saw him given a cabinet post for an unprecedented third time, serving this time as a Peer in the House of Lords.

In this programme, John Wilson takes Lord Mandelson through the sound archive of his life from his earliest appearance in the 1970s up to the Labour's 2010 election defeat. We hear about his role as a moderniser of the Labour Party, his work in Government and his very public resignations.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.


SAT 09:00 Clowning Around on 4 Extra (b03xcl02)
Tony Lidington traces the role of the clown in British humour, from the Great Grimaldi through stars of circus, pantomime and pierrots, to modern entertainers and even activists.

Drawing on his own performances, BBC archive and contemporary experts, Tony traces the clown's evolution from Shakespeare's plays, whose rustic clowns and court fools could speak uncomfortable truths to those in power. He recreates the role of "the Great Grimaldi", whose panto clown became the most popular entertainment of Regency London and defined the clown's image for generations to come. Light is also cast on the popular 19th century travelling circuses, the enormous appeal of pantos and harlequinades and the successful careers - and often tragically short lives - of entertainers like Dan Leno, once hailed as "the funniest man in the world".

The days of organized leisure time for working people and the growth of the middle class produced new diversions and the era of mass entertainment. White-clad Pierrot troupes entertained visitors at seaside resorts and troops abroad as Britain descended into two World Wars. The tradition of physical theatre and anarchic comedy clowning continued in the latter half of the 20th century, with The Goon Show and characters like Professor Wallofski, created by Max Wall.

Tony also explores the role of the clown today, still active in circus and panto and even in political demonstrations.

Made for Radio 4 Extra by Pier Productions.


SAT 12:00 Round the Horne (b007jrlz)
Series 2

Episode 5

Master Spy Kenneth Horne's on the case of a remote-control guided nuclear banana - and Kenneth Williams throws a fresh tantrum over the show's script.

With 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 April 1966.


SAT 12:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00wmxgc)
Series 5

Episode 12

The sound archives of the BBC - and noises animals make.

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

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

Written by Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Eric Idle and Bill Oddie.

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

Music and songs by Leon Cohen and Bill Oddie.

Producer: Humphrey Barclay

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in July 1967.


SAT 13:00 Writing the Century - Omnibus (b0643wl1)
Letters from a Young Indian Revolutionary

By Tanika Gupta. Set in 1930s Calcutta and based on letters and diary entries, this drama tells the true story of Dinesh Gupta and his resistance to British colonial rule.


SAT 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b04prn2x)
Rebecca Front

The Thick of It actress shares her love of 'They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus' and why she will pass on Bach's concerto.


SAT 14:15 In the Psychiatrist's Chair (b0643xg8)
Anita Roddick

Businesswoman and campaigner Anita Roddick tells Professor Anthony Clare about her early life and what motivates her.

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 June 1996.


SAT 15:00 Meeting Myself Coming Back (b00tcsvt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SAT 16:00 Peter Tinniswood (b01bl25p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Michael Bentine - The Reluctant Jester (b01qqxn5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Drama (b012fqsz)
Torchwood - The Lost Files

The House of the Dead

The brewery have called 'time' and it's the last night at The House of the Dead - the most haunted pub in Wales. Barry the barman has invited renowned psychic, Mrs Wintergreen, to hold a special séance to mark the occasion, and there's a big crowd hoping for the chance of seeing their deceased loved ones for one last time. But when Jack arrives on the scene, he's determined to stop them. Ianto is puzzled by Jack's behaviour, and Gwen is suspicious. Why is Jack acting so strangely? Then the ghosts start arriving - and all hell breaks loose.

By James Goss.

Recorded at The Invisible Studios, by Mark Holden and mixed at BBC Wales by Nigel Lewis.

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


SAT 18:45 Brave New Worlds (b01n7jpv)
Tomorrow's News Yesterday

By Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. The towering double act's funny yet sinister sci-fi story. From 2012's Cheltenham Literary Festival. Read by Jon Strickland.


SAT 19:00 Clowning Around on 4 Extra (b03xcl02)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Hardeep at The Stand (b01r9tbm)
Series 3

Episode 5

We're back at The Stand comedy club for more jokes, stories and revelations from some of the world's best comedians. Hardeep Singh Kohli takes to The Stand's tiny stage to introduce a selection of the world's greatest comedians.

Phil Nichol returns to Hardeep at the Stand and remains at the cutting edge of comedy. His rants combine the wonderfully written comedy he is best known for with his increased interest and success in acting. Backstage, Phil reveals his expectations for his own future in comedy. Keeping the pace up is Geordie Gavin Webster who goes from school age to old age in four minutes, hitting the most significant event of the 20th century on the way and we have a deeper look into the world of the rising superstars. Four comedians from Red Raw at the Stand in Glasgow's West show that there's a bright future in homegrown comedy; featuring Adam Mitchell, Gary Henderson, Rab Brown and Steph E Graph.


SAT 22:15 The Problem With Adam Bloom (b00h4cwy)
Series 2

Friendship

Earlier this year, Adam told three of his closest friends what he most disliked about them. This is how they reacted.

Written by and starring Adam Bloom.

With Brendon Burns.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2004.


SAT 22:30 The Lawrence Sweeney Mix (b008vzdy)
Series 2

Episode 2

From a room full of kittens to something you might find behind the sofa...

Josie Lawrence and Jim Sweeney make it up as they go along!

Faced with a live studio audience and a couple of microphones - the masters of improve create sketches from shouted out suggestions.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2008.


SAT 23:00 Alan Parker's 59 Minutes of Truth (b00z64xq)
Episode 5

The urban warrior speaks to The People. In a Pub.

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

Comedy-music mix written by and starring Simon Munnery.

With Peter Serafinowicz, Mandy Knight, Dermot Carmody and Simon Clayton.

Producer: Aled Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 1 in March 1995.



SUNDAY 02 AUGUST 2015

SUN 00:00 Drama (b012fqsz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:45 Brave New Worlds (b01n7jpv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Writing the Century - Omnibus (b0643wl1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b04prn2x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Saturday]


SUN 02:15 In the Psychiatrist's Chair (b0643xg8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Meeting Myself Coming Back (b00tcsvt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Peter Tinniswood (b01bl25p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Michael Bentine - The Reluctant Jester (b01qqxn5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (Omnibus) (b064506c)
Episode 3

MM Kaye's epic of love and war, dramatised by Lucy Catherine.

Leaving the Karidkote party, Ash rejoins the Guides in Rawalpindi.

Narrator ..... Vineeta Rishi
Ash ..... Blake Ritson
Jhoti ..... Joseph Samrai
Kaka-Ji Rao ..... Paul Bhattacharjee
Wally ..... Jonathan Forbes
Zarin ..... Christopher Simpson
Khoda-Daad ..... Sam Dastor

The third of four omnibuses of this epic drama which spans the years between the Indian Mutiny in 1857 and the Siege of the British Mission in Kabul in 1879.

Directors: Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


SUN 07:15 Robb Wilton: I Should Say So (b01l1d4z)
Series 1

The Spy

Robb Wilton (1881 - 1957) was one of the most popular music hall and radio comics of the 1930s and 1940s.

Famed as an all-round pessimist - what would he have made of 1980s Britain - coping with an unusual visitor?

Michael Williams stars as Robb Wilton - making as little sense out of life as he did 40 years before...

Written by Allen Saddler.

Producer: Brian Miller

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1986.


SUN 07:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b00dqnyw)
Series 5

The Last Miaow

Comedy series by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email, attempts to survive in a world where the media seems to be run by idiots and lying charlatans.

Ed has rekindled his relationship with fellow author Mary Potter and they are in a record breaking second month of partnership 'bliss'. Elgar, however, is none too pleased

Ed Reardon ...... Christopher Douglas
Olive ...... Stephanie Cole
Felix ...... John Fortune
Mary Potter ...... Sally Grace
Ray ...... Simon Greenall
Jaz ...... Philip Jackson
Pearl ...... Rita May
Frank ...... Geoffrey McGivern
Ping ...... Barunka O'Shaughnessy
Stan ...... Geoffrey Whitehead

With Lewis MacLeod and Nicola Sanderson.


SUN 08:00 Ray's a Laugh (b00t141c)
From 29/01/1960

When Kitty hears about Ted's pay rise, she's keen to start splashing out....

Starring Ted Ray.

With Kitty Bluett, Kenneth Connor, Pat Coombs and Laidman Browne.

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 Bernard Botting and Charles Hart.

Music from the BBC Variety Orchestra

Producer: Leslie Bridgmont

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in January 1960.


SUN 08:30 Whack-O! (b06451cb)
The Inspector's Visit

Professor Jimmy Edwards' plans to bribe the boys with a sumptuous meal are all washed up.

June Whitfield ...... Matron
Roger Shepherd ...... Lumley
Frederick Treves ...... Alfred Tennyson

With Michael Turner, Graham Aza and David Lott.

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 Hannah Lowe - Long Time No See Omnibus (b06451m7)
Poet Hannah Lowe reads from her memoir about her Jamaican father and her relationship with him during her childhood in Essex.


SUN 10:10 Inheritance Tracks (b010m3ql)
Jilly Cooper

The writer inherits Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and passes on 'Something Good' from The Sound of Music.


SUN 10:15 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b06451zx)
Children's Writers

JK Rowling

From the Beatles to Beethoven, the Harry Potter author shares her castaway choices with Sue Lawley. From November 2000.


SUN 11:00 Mystery Theater (b06451zz)
The Black Museum: Orson Welles 1/2

'The Open End Wrench'. Orson Welles' tale inspired by a real case from Scotland Yard's gruesome gallery of murder artefacts.

The significance of the wrench is not necessarily what you'd assume, at least not at first. Lowly quiet Martin Beech appears to have been cuckolded, but is his shock at the drunk-driving demise of his wife genuine?

The films of Orson Welles films have guaranteed him a place in the pantheon of film heroes (Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Touch of Evil). This series is one of several fascinating sidesteps into a medium which arguably contributed to Welles' success - radio. Thanks to Harry Alan Towers, British radio was host to his dulcet tones for a spell in the early 1950s - including his famous cinematic anti-hero in The Lives of Harry Lime.

In The Black Museum, Orson is your host and guide through tales based on the grim and ominous collection of objects connected to significant British crimes.

Produced by Towers of London and first broadcast in the USA in 1952.


SUN 11:30 In the Director's Chair (b0075ppf)
Film-maker Alex Cox assesses the career of one of Cinema's greatest directors, Orson Welles.

At the age of just 25 Welles made his stunning directorial debut with Citizen Kane, pushing existing film-making techniques as far as they could go. But his maverick nature became legendary and he failed to build on his early success.

With Simon Callow and Charlton Heston.

Produced by Colin Hughes.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1999.


SUN 11:45 Centurions (b007k1px)
Orson Welles, Citizen Kane

The greatest film of all time? 'The best train set a boy ever had?' A movie about a sledge? In 1941 Welles bullied, cajoled and badgered his fellow collaborators and turned the dream factory of Hollywood on its head to give the world 'Citizen Kane'. A first-time film-maker's masterclass - a deep focus dream of an American life.

Biographer and writer David Thomson, director Peter Bogdanovich and screenwriter John Logan celebrate this universal portrait of failure, decline and self-destruction that has haunted film-makers and audiences ever since.

Produced by Mark Burnham.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1999.


SUN 12:00 Ray's a Laugh (b00t141c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 12:30 Whack-O! (b06451cb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 13:00 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (Omnibus) (b064506c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SUN 14:15 Robb Wilton: I Should Say So (b01l1d4z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 today]


SUN 14:30 Paul Murray - The Mark and the Void (b0645328)
Episode 1

Investment banker Claude is being stalked by Paul, who is certain he has found the star of his new novel. But is Claude interesting enough to be an artist's muse?


SUN 15:45 Afternoon Reading (b011vhdf)
Alexandros Papadiamandis - The Boundless Garden

Shipwrecks' Wreckage

Mark Williams reads from an anthology of Greek short stories. Three sailors are shipwrecked and their cargo of cheeses lost. But perhaps the sea can return their goods...

Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851 - 1911) was born on the western Aegean island of Skiathos, where many of his short stories are set.

In these stories he explores the souls of ordinary men and women as they succumb to, or struggle against, the power of evil, and try to deal with life's ambiguities. Aware of the way in which the past breathes life into the present, Papadiamantis also delves into Greek mythology, as it survived through people's belief in supernatural wonders on both land and sea.

Mark Williams is well known as one of the stars of BBC TV's The Fast Show ("Suits you, sir..!!") and for the role of Ron Weasley's father in the Harry Potter films.

Translated by John Raffan
Abridged by Roy Apps

Producer: David Blount
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 16:00 The Other Side of the Hill (b010t4pb)
It's a Long Way From Talavera

The 1808-1813 peninsular campaign of the Duke of Wellington. First of Peter Luke's two linked plays with Michael Pennington.


SUN 17:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b00dqnyw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Jenny Stephens - Jefferson 37 (b007k4kc)
Episode 3

Dr Abbotts claims clones are emotionless, while Jefferson and Lucy try to learn Carter 5's true fate. Stars Oliver Hembrough.


SUN 18:30 Ancient Sorceries by Algernon Blackwood (b007jvxy)
3. Ancient Forces

Vesin has been travelling in France when he finds himself stopping off for one night in a sleepy medieval town. There he meets Ilse the beautiful innkeeper's daughter and becomes bewitched by her.

Vesin starts wondering whether the people actually come alive at night and wonders if the town is in the hands of cats. Vesin begins to feel uneasy and that strange forces are tugging at his very being.

by Algernon Blackwood
An Unabridged Reading in 4 episodes for Radio 4 Extra's The 7th Dimension
Read by Philip Madoc

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2005.


SUN 19:00 Mystery Theater (b06451zz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:30 In the Director's Chair (b0075ppf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:30 today]


SUN 19:45 Centurions (b007k1px)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:45 today]


SUN 20:00 Hannah Lowe - Long Time No See Omnibus (b06451m7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SUN 21:10 Inheritance Tracks (b010m3ql)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:10 today]


SUN 21:15 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b06451zx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:15 today]


SUN 22:00 Ed Reardon's Week (b00dqnyw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Mark Steel's in Town (b01m0k9m)
Edinburgh Special

Mark uncovers the stories and characters that make up Leith in Edinburgh in this special one-off episode of the award winning stand-up comedy show, 'Mark Steel's in Town.'

As attention focuses on the Edinburgh festival, Mark Steel immerses himself in one of Edinburgh's lesser-known districts. Taking tales from the history, highways, and Hibs legends - not to mention the port workers, pub fights, and poetry - that make up this unique corner of Scotland's capital, Mark delivers a half hour of stand-up comedy about Leith. in front of an audience of born and bred Leithers.

Recorded at the BBC's Potterow venue in Edinburgh during the festival.
Produced by Sam Bryant.


SUN 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b0654771)
The best in contemporary comedy. Arthur Smith is joined by Iain Stirling.


SUN 23:00 Mastering the Universe (b00spqnz)
Series 1

Food and Drink

Professor Joy Klamp explores the miserable world of our menus. Stars Dawn French and Christopher Douglas. From November 2005.


SUN 23:15 Where Did It All Go Wrong? (b0076gqv)
Series 1

Blakey 'Blake' Blakeson

Simon Munnery debunks the image of one of England's forgotten folk heroes. From August 2003.


SUN 23:30 Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea (b0076zsc)
Series 3

Gambling Fever

To Dougal's dismay, Hamish becomes addicted to gambling after winning a Sporran Cosy in the Glen MacLottery.

Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden star as the two Scotsmen famed for their appearances on BBC Radio’s I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

With Alison Steadman as their cleaning-lady-cum-housekeeper, Mrs Naughtie, and Jeremy Hardy as the local Laird.

Producer: Jon Naismith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2006.


SUN 23:45 Armstrong and Miller (b00t1bct)
Episode 1

Time management plus some special detectives.

Sketches and songs with Ben Miller and Alexander Armstrong in their first series for radio.

With Samuel West and Tony Gardiner.

Written by Ben Miller, Alexander Armstrong and Tony Gardiner.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1998.



MONDAY 03 AUGUST 2015

MON 00:00 Jenny Stephens - Jefferson 37 (b007k4kc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:30 Ancient Sorceries by Algernon Blackwood (b007jvxy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (Omnibus) (b064506c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:15 Robb Wilton: I Should Say So (b01l1d4z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 on Sunday]


MON 02:30 Paul Murray - The Mark and the Void (b0645328)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:45 Afternoon Reading (b011vhdf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:45 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 The Other Side of the Hill (b010t4pb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b00dqnyw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b0647tth)
Series 1

See Naples and Live

Con-artist Harry targets an item of jewellery, but is he overlooking something more precious?

Starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime.

The films of Orson Welles, such as 'Citizen Kane', 'The Magnificent Ambersons' and 'Touch of Evil' guaranteed his place in the pantheon of silver-screen heroes.

In the celebrated 1949 film adaptation of Graham Greene's novel 'The Third Man', Harry Lime is introduce as one of cinema's most notorious anti-heroes. Sought in post-war Vienna by pulp writer Holly Martins [Joseph Cotton] and British Army Major Calloway [Trevor Howard], Lime manages to steal the show despite being absent for much of it!

This 1951-52 radio prequel to the film, 'The Lives of Harry Lime' earned Welles even more acclaim. His distinctive tones had already served him well as the radio voice of 'The Shadow' between 1937 and 1938, where he portrayed the crusader with distinctly questionable means of thwarting crime.

Stripped of the film cameras, the character of Harry Lime is not ameliorated for this radio outing. He's an out and out rogue. Lime made it to the airwaves thanks to another Harry - Harry Alan Towers, with whom Welles collaborated on 'The Black Museum'. Like its eponymous anti-hero, this series travelled widely, being syndicated across the USA and on Radio Luxembourg.

The music is by Anton Karas, the zither man.

Produced by Towers of London.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in August 1951.


MON 06:20 Inheritance Tracks (b0647v9f)
Hugh Laurie

Actor and musician Hugh Laurie chooses 'Tumbling Dice' by the Rolling Stones and 'Cantaloupe Island' by Herbie Hancock.


MON 06:30 Li Yuan-Chia (b00pcf5j)
When Taiwan's first abstract artist settled in a Cumbrian farmhouse, his life changed. Deriving inspiration from landscape and local people, he encouraged new British artists and anticipated the success of contemporary Chinese visual art.

Li Yuan Chia was one of the first significant Chinese abstract artists of the 20th century. This programme, presented by Sally Lai, the director of Manchester's Chinese Arts Centre, examines his career from the place he spent the last 28 years of his life: a stone farmhouse, built next to Hadrian's Wall in Cumbria.

Born in China in 1929, Li was educated in Taiwan. He worked and exhibited in Italy before moving to London in 1963. Here, Li's reputation was established with monochrome paintings and scrolls marked with a tiny, isolated dot.

But Li came to dislike the fashionable metropolitan art world of the mid-1960s. In 1968 he met Cumbrian painter Winifred Nicholson, who persuaded Li to move away from the busy capital to a far more remote location, near her own home. With his own hands Li then set about converting a farm building, the Banks, at Brampton, where he built a gallery, library, theatre, printing press, children's art room and photographic darkroom, and opened it to the public. It became a popular attraction for local people, art aficionados and tourists walking Hadrian's Wall.

Over the next ten years over 300 artists exhibited at the Banks, which was also the base from which Li's organisation, the LYC Foundation, was able to commission work by young British artists, some of whom became very successful later, including sculptors and land artists Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and Bill Woodrow.

Li's own work moved into abstract sculpture, using magnets, gold leaf, plastic discs suspended on plastic thread and additional text. The landscape also affected him, and he began to explore photography and environmental art. Always, he wrote poetry.

But after Arts Council funding became increasingly limited, the LYC Foundation had to struggle to survive. Li continued to produce art, which became increasingly contemplative. He fell ill with cancer and died in 1994. Art historians now acknowledge Li Yuan Chia as having paved the way for the current expansion of Chinese contemporary art. But his former home in Cumbria is derelict.


MON 07:00 The World As We Know It (b00fnrkf)
Around the World in 80 Hours

It's Bank Holiday weekend and Donna, Johnny, Patrick and Abigail see no reason to end their usual habits just because the world has ended.

So they do what they usually do and go away on holiday. But with the choice of anywhere in the world, where will they go?

Sitcom by Luke Sorba.

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

Producer: Elizabeth Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1999.


MON 07:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (b0639jpd)
Series 63

Episode 3

The nation's favourite wireless entertainment pays a visit to the Alban Arena in St Albans. Regulars Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor are joined on the panel by Omid Djalili, with Jack Dee in the chair. Colin Sell provides piano accompaniment. Producer - Jon Naismith. It is a BBC Radio Comedy production.


MON 08:00 Dad's Army (b00qmbky)
Series 2

A Soldier's Farewell

A cinema trip and some illicit cheese sparks Captain Mainwaring's own Battle of Waterloo.

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, Arnold Ridley as Godfrey and Bill Pertwee as Hodges.

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 April 1975.


MON 08:30 Marriage Lines (b0647y7d)
Series 2

Episode 8

Baby Helen is annoying Kate and George's neighbours.

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 May 1967.


MON 09:00 Genius (b00brvcm)
Series 1

Neil Innes

From bunk chairs to helium-filled bubble wrap.

Dave Gorman asks musical comedian Neil Innes to select the public's best loopy idea.

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 November 2005.


MON 09:30 King Street Junior (b00tdzjx)
Series 1

The New School Year Starts Here

A flu epidemic sparks trouble for head teacher Mr Beeston. Jim Eldridge's sitcom stars Peter Davison. From March 1985.


MON 10:00 Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels (b01bkyly)
1 The Voyage to Lilliput

Gulliver is shipwrecked on the Island of Lilliput where the natives are tiny people living in a miniature society.

With his unique overview of this realm, Gulliver discovers a world of petty politics and small minds. Coerced into a war between two nations who disagree on the best way to eat boiled eggs, Gulliver finds himself betrayed by friends and battered by enemies - escape is his only option if he wants to survive!

Jonathan Swift's classic satire starring Arthur Darvill as Gulliver.

Mary …. Bethan Walker
Gulliver …. Arthur Darvill
Flimnap …. Richard Nichols
Bolgolam, Hurgo …. Sam Dale
Richard Sympson, Reldresal …. Matthew Gravelle
King of Lilliput …. Chris Pavlo
and Judith Faultless

Gulliver's adventures in Lilliput are hilarious, disturbing and profound. This is a story of dishonest politicians, mindless ceremony and wars based on unconvincing arguments. A satire as potent now as it ever was!

Gulliver's Travels quickly became a classic. The book has become not only the defining work of its author but also of its genre - a landmark in English Literature to which all satirists today can trace a heritage.

Adapted in three-parts by Matthew Broughton.

A BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in February 2012.


MON 11:00 Afternoon Reading (b01322dc)
Susie Maguire - Portrait

The Painter's Story

A mystery unfolds in Susie Maguire's trilogy of stories that examine a portrait from three perspectives. The painter's story is read by Burn Gorman.

Tom first lays eyes on Nic in the audience of an art house cinema. She smells of money and he knows she is out of his league, but he decides to ask if he can paint her. She succumbs and finally enters the arena of his scruffy studio. There's a power shift; she may be the femme fatale whose husband owns the building, but this is Tom's domain, and she is the one feeling nervous. He knows all the tricks to put her at her ease. He's used to the idle chit chat between artist and model, the questions about commissions, the subtle pleas for reassurance. He rashly agrees to her request not to exhibit the painting when it's finished, but hopes that once she sees the finished piece, she'll be flattered and have a change of heart. He is already secretly planning further portraits of her as he circles her with his camera snapping away, adjusting her position now and then. Will he keep his promise to keep her portrait for his eyes only, and who is really studying who?

Producer: Sarah Langan.


MON 11:15 Baldi (b007jljw)
Series 1

The Prodigal Son

Paolo Baldi - Franciscan priest and philosophy lecturer - accidentally becomes involved in solving a murder at an Italian chip shop.

Starring David Threlfall as Paolo Baldi, Tina Kellegher as Tina Mahon, TP McKenna as Father Troy, Gerard McSorley as Doctor Graham and Owen Roe as Superintendent Rynne.

Murder mystery written by Barry Devlin.

Format by Barry Devlin. Developed and produced by BBC Northern Ireland.

Directed in Belfast by Lawrence Jackson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


MON 12:00 Dad's Army (b00qmbky)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Marriage Lines (b0647y7d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b0647tth)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:20 Inheritance Tracks (b0647v9f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:20 today]


MON 13:30 Li Yuan-Chia (b00pcf5j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b00v1npb)
Rebecca Hunt - Mr Chartwell

Episode 1

Written by Rebecca Hunt.

Set across five days in July 1964 we follow the bizarrely intertwined lives of Sir Winston Churchill, Esther Hammerhans and the unwelcome visitor they both share.

July 1964, and the day looms when Winston Churchill must leave Parliament. Meanwhile Esther, a library clerk, has her own black date in the diary. She also has an unusual visitor.

The reader is Miriam Margolyes.

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company Production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 14:15 The Generation Gap (b00qszyv)
Series 1: Respect

Teachers

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the first five programmes is Respect.

Kevin Madden started teaching in a Catholic, inner-city Manchester boys' school in 1945. His grandson Patrick McMahon has just started teaching in a mainly moslem school in Rochdale. They discuss the changing nature of respect between pupils and teachers and how schools have reflected wider society.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 14:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00yqhrf)
Episode 16

British attention turns to Afghanistan, and the Guides need the services of a man who could pass for a Shinwari.

MM Kaye's epic of love and war, dramatised by Lucy Catherine.

Narrator ..... Vineeta Rishi
Ash ..... Blake Ritson
Anjuli ..... Ayesha Dharker
Cavagnari ..... Sam Dale
Wally ..... Jonathan Forbes
Battye ..... Jude Akuwudike

Directors: Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


MON 14:45 Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 (b012lq82)
Episode 1

As Japan surrenders, the reflections of an ordinary housewife from Barrow-in-Furness in August 1945. Read by Imelda Staunton.


MON 15:00 Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels (b01bkyly)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 Genius (b00brvcm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 King Street Junior (b00tdzjx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 The World As We Know It (b00fnrkf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (b0639jpd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Marty Ross - Catch My Breath (b007k378)
Episode 1

On the run from a women's prison in the Scottish Highlands, Kate and Colleen are given refuge in a vast country mansion by a charming but rather enigmatic host, Adam Strachan.

It could be a decision they come to regret...

The storyline for Marty Ross's supernatural five-part thriller is based around the notion, found in old Scottish folk tales, of the Beatha Greimach - literally 'The Breath
Thief' - a celtic demon said to lure victims into a kiss which would drain the soul from their bodies.

Kate .................................................................. Claire Knight
Colleen ............................................ . Suzanne Donaldson
Strachan ........................................................ Liam Brennan
Old Strachan ............................................... John Shedden
Donnie .......................................................... Lewis Howden
Isla .............................................................. Eileen McCallum
Octavia ......................................................... Lucy Patterson
DC Carbeth ....................................................... James Bryce
WPC Briggs ..................................................... Jill Riddiford
Dennis ............................................................ Finlay McLean

Producer: Bruce Young

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Radio Scotland. First broadcast in 2007.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b0075tmk)
Peter Lachmann and Helen Marriage

Louise Doughty and her guests immunologist Professor Peter Lachmann and Helen Marriage, former director of the Salisbury Festival, discuss favourite paperbacks by Graham Swift, Dodie Smith and Henry Miller. From 2000.

Waterland, by Graham Swift
Publisher: Picador

I Captured the Castle, by Dodie Smith
Publisher: Virago

Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
Publisher: Flamingo.


MON 19:00 Dad's Army (b00qmbky)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Marriage Lines (b0647y7d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b0647tth)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:20 Inheritance Tracks (b0647v9f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:20 today]


MON 20:30 Li Yuan-Chia (b00pcf5j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 Afternoon Reading (b01322dc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:15 Baldi (b007jljw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


MON 22:00 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (b0639jpd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Party (b011jrmq)
Series 2

All Publicity Is Good Publicity

The young aspiring politicians of the new political Party attempt to step up a gear and get the recognition and publicity they deserve.

All they need to do is sort out the diversity of their group first.

Second series of Tom Basden's satirical comedy about a political party run by young idealists.

Simon ...... Tom Basden
Duncan ...... Tim Key
Jared ...... Jonny Sweet
Mel ...... Ann Crilly
Phoebe ...... Katy Wix
Photographer ...... Jane Wittenshaw

Producer: Julia McKenzie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2011.


MON 23:00 The Now Show (b063dch8)
Series 46

Episode 5

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


MON 23:30 Pick Ups (b00nkxfc)
Series 2

Carpe Diem

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

Lind endures a dinner date in a bid to secure the future of Irwell Cars, while Mike's pick-up is on a quest for sexual and personal liberation.

Mike ...... Paul Loughran
Lind ...... Lesley Sharp
Dave ...... Phil Rowson
Alan ...... Parvez Qadir
Simon De Vere ...... James Quinn
Shelly ...... Naomi Radcliffe
Johnny ...... Peter Keeley.



TUESDAY 04 AUGUST 2015

TUE 00:00 Marty Ross - Catch My Breath (b007k378)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b0075tmk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b0647tth)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:20 Inheritance Tracks (b0647v9f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:20 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Li Yuan-Chia (b00pcf5j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b00v1npb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 The Generation Gap (b00qszyv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00yqhrf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:45 Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 (b012lq82)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels (b01bkyly)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Genius (b00brvcm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 King Street Junior (b00tdzjx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 The World As We Know It (b00fnrkf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (b0639jpd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b0648k4r)
Series 1

A Ticket to Tangier

Anti-hero Harry's persuaded to travel to Morocco, where a dangerous widow needs his assistance.

Starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime.

The films of Orson Welles, such as 'Citizen Kane', 'The Magnificent Ambersons' and 'Touch of Evil' guaranteed his place in the pantheon of silver-screen heroes.

In the celebrated 1949 film adaptation of Graham Greene's novel 'The Third Man', Harry Lime is introduce as one of cinema's most notorious anti-heroes. Sought in post-war Vienna by pulp writer Holly Martins [Joseph Cotton] and British Army Major Calloway [Trevor Howard], Lime manages to steal the show despite being absent for much of it!

This radio prequel to the film, 'The Lives of Harry Lime' earned Welles even more acclaim. His distinctive tones had already served him well as the radio voice of 'The Shadow' between 1937 and 1938, where he portrayed the crusader with distinctly questionable means of thwarting crime.

Stripped of the film cameras, the character of Harry Lime is not ameliorated for this radio outing. He's an out and out rogue. Lime made it to the airwaves thanks to another Harry - Harry Alan Towers, with whom Welles collaborated on 'The Black Museum'. Like its eponymous anti-hero, this series travelled widely, being syndicated across the USA and on Radio Luxembourg.

The music is by Anton Karas, the zither man.

Produced by Towers of London.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in August 1951.


TUE 06:20 Inheritance Tracks (b0648kk8)
Natalie Merchant

Singer Natalie Merchant chose 'The Games People Play' by Petula Clark and her own song, 'Wonder'.


TUE 06:30 Dance of the Seven Veils (b0081kqz)
Although not mentioned by name in the Bible, Salome and her dance have inspired writers and artists through the centuries.

Reem Kelani explores the history and the cultural impact of the exotic Dance of the Seven Veils - from its supposedly ancient Eastern origins to its notorious transformations in the 1890s onwards, as it began to reflect major changes in culture, society and the role of women.

Producer: Megan Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2007.


TUE 07:00 Two Doors Down (b0076h8n)
Series 3

And It Was All Yellow

Rory and Evie throw a party while their parents are away and Sally is out to dinner

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
Saffron ...... Ali White
Trevor ...... Gerard McSorley
Fintan. ...... Gerard Murphy
Clare ...... Marcella Riordan
Anna ...... Hannah R Gordon
Simon ...... Lloyd Houston
Evie ...... Katy Gleadhill
Tony ...... Robert Patterson
Edith ...... Roma Tomelty
Layla ...... Eadaoin Hegarty
Victor ...... Alan McKee
Rory ...... Richard Clements

Director: Tanya Nash

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2003


TUE 07:30 It's Not What You Know (b0639w41)
Series 3

Episode 5

Which particular football match is Elis James obsessed with? What's Penny Smith's worst habit? What was the worst thing Russell Grant did as a child?

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, comedian Elis James picks his radio show co-host, presenter Penny Smith picks her brother-in-law and astrologer Russell Grant picks his mum.

Producer: Matt Stronge.


TUE 08:00 Round the Horne (b007k1g4)
Series 2

Episode 6

Master Spy Kenneth Horne is on the star-studded trail of Doddy's joke thief, while Michael Bain and Barbara Cartload are on 'The Seamus Android Show'.

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 April 1966.


TUE 08:30 Hello Cheeky (b007jnx4)
From 14/04/1973

What do you get when you fall in love? And bizarre events at Crewe Junction.

Pun-tastic fast-moving comedy sketch series written by and starring John Junkin, Barry Cryer and Tim Brooke-Taylor.

With musical accompaniment from the Denis King Trio.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1973.


TUE 09:00 The Now Show (b063dch8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Such Rotten Luck (b0648pf9)
Series 2

Kiss My Hand, Iris

Struggling writer Woodhouse continues his fruitless search for literary fame and fortune.

Six further ups and downs in the comic life of a second-class writer.

Comedy drama series written by Ronald Hayman.

Woodhouse ...... Tim Pigott-Smith
Gila ...... Zoe Wanamaker
Seamus ...... Stephen Rea
Wilhelmina ...... Susie Bran
Henrietta ...... Miriam Karlin
McVomitory ...... Bill Wallis
Colonel ...... Benjamin Witrow
Mrs Mellon ...... Sheila Hancock
Mark ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Penelope ...... Celia Imrie

Music by Elizabeth Parker of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Director: Piers Plowright

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in December 1991.


TUE 10:00 Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels (b01bwddl)
2 The Voyage to Brobdingnag

Gulliver's adventures continue when he finds himself in Brobdingnag - a land where the inhabitants are enormous!

Here, as a miniature man, Gulliver must fight for survival against rats the size of dogs, a dwarf who is 40 foot high, and the ridicule and humiliation of a scornful court.

Jonathan Swift's classic satire starring Arthur Darvill as Gulliver.

Gulliver …. Arthur Darvill
King …. Sam Dale
Richard Sympson …. Matthew Gravelle
Mary …. Bethan Walker
Dwarf …. Gareth Pierce
Farmer's Wife …. Claire Cage
The Queen …. Lynne Seymour

With his uniquely close-up view, Gulliver sees the people (even the great beauties) as if under a microscope - and they are dirty, stinking and disgusting. He becomes increasingly horrified by humankind, stranded in a frightening land where his only ally is an innocent child. Once again, escape is imperative - if he doesn't, he won't survive...

As an exploration of of man's vanity and complacency, Gulliver's second voyage is an acute satire - as relevant today as ever. Beyond that, it is also a rattling good adventure story - a man lost, swashbuckling his way through manifold giant-sized dangers, desperate to find a way back home.

Adapted by Matthew Broughton.

A BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in February 2012.


TUE 11:00 Afternoon Reading (b0132l74)
Susie Maguire - Portrait

The Model's Story

A mystery unfolds in Susie Maguire's trilogy of stories that examine a portrait from three perspectives. The Model's Story is read by Federay Holmes.

Nic wakes up in hospital. She's battered and bruised, and is trying to piece together the events that led her to this state. Her husband Andrew turns up, very concerned and keen to take care of her, but Nic retreats to a local hotel to lick her wounds and reflect on what has happened. She wonders if it all went wrong when she started modelling for Tom. She'd certainly valued that time they shared in his studio, but Andrew would never be able to understand that theirs was a platonic relationship. It's only when she is finally and violently presented with a fragmented image of herself, that she really begins to see the bigger picture, and seeks the courage to do what she has to.

Producer: Sarah Langan.


TUE 11:15 Baldi (b007jlk6)
Series 1

Keepers of the Flame

Paolo Baldi, - priest, philosophy lecturer and accidental sleuth - is caught up in solving the murder of a leading University academic. He follows a trail leading into the past of one of Ireland's most cherished literary figures.

Starring David Threlfall as Paolo Baldi, Tina Kellegher as Tina Mahon, TP McKenna as Father Troy, Gerard McSorley as Doctor Graham, Owen Roe as Superintendent Rynne and Margaret D'Arcy as Mrs Reid.

Murder mystery written by Simon Brett.

Format by Barry Devlin. Developed and produced by BBC Northern Ireland.

Directed in Belfast by Lawrence Jackson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


TUE 12:00 Round the Horne (b007k1g4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Hello Cheeky (b007jnx4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b0648k4r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:20 Inheritance Tracks (b0648kk8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:20 today]


TUE 13:30 Dance of the Seven Veils (b0081kqz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b00v2zbz)
Rebecca Hunt - Mr Chartwell

Episode 2

Written by Rebecca Hunt.

Set across five days in July 1964 we follow the bizarrely intertwined lives of Sir Winston Churchill, Esther Hammerhans and the unwelcome visitor they both share.

July 1964, and the day looms when Winston Churchill must leave Parliament. Meanwhile Esther, a library clerk, has her own black date in the diary. She also has an unusual visitor.

The reader is Miriam Margolyes.

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company Production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 14:15 The Generation Gap (b00qszz5)
Series 1: Respect

Nobility

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the first five programmes is Respect.

Viscount De L'Isle and his daughter The Hon Sophia Sidney, whose family have owned Penshurst Place for the past 400 years, discuss the changing attitudes towards the aristocracy during their lifetimes.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 14:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00yqn6z)
Episode 17

Ash's reports from Afghanistan seem to fall on deaf ears, and he wonders whether the British have any desire to avoid conflict.

MM Kaye's epic of love and war, dramatised by Lucy Catherine.

Narrator ..... Vineeta Rishi
Ash ..... Blake Ritson
Gulbaz ..... Kaleem Janjua
Anjuli ..... Ayesha Dharker
Cavagnari ..... Sam Dale
Wally ..... Jonathan Forbes
Battye ..... Jude Akuwudike
Zarin ..... Chris Simpson

Directors: Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


TUE 14:45 Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 (b012mdwy)
Episode 2

The Barrow-in-Furness housewife looks forward to the first peace-time Christmas in seven years. Read by Imelda Staunton.


TUE 15:00 Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels (b01bwddl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 Who Goes There? (b064cy21)
Series 6

Episode 4

Martin Young presents the biographical quiz show.

Team captains Francis Wheen and Fred Housego are joined by novelist Lynne Truss and biographer Anthony Holden.

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2002.


TUE 16:30 Such Rotten Luck (b0648pf9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 Two Doors Down (b0076h8n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 It's Not What You Know (b0639w41)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Marty Ross - Catch My Breath (b007k387)
Episode 2

Fugitives Kate and Colleen hide from the police - but who's hiding with them?

Marty Ross's five-part supernatural thriller.

Kate ........................................................... Claire Knight
Colleen ...................................... Suzanne Donaldson
Strachan ................................................... Liam Brennan
Old Strachan ............................................. John Shedden
Donnie ........................................................ Lewis Howden
Isla ......................................................... Eileen McCallum
Octavia ....................................................... Lucy Patterson
DC Carbeth ...................................................... James Bryce
WPC Briggs .............................................. Jill Riddiford
Dennis .......................................................... Finlay McLean

Producer: Bruce Young

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Radio Scotland. First broadcast in 2007.


TUE 18:30 How Tickled Am I? (b007jt19)
Series 3

Gracie Fields

Gracie Fields was one of Lancashire's best-loved exports. Yet the press accused her of treachery when she and her Italian husband moved to America during the Second World War, despite the huge sums she raised abroad for the British war effort.

Mark Radcliffe presents a tribute to the film and music hall star once described as "the British nation's favourite big sister".

Series exploring the tradition of influential northern comedians of the past,

Producer Libby Cross

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


TUE 19:00 Round the Horne (b007k1g4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Hello Cheeky (b007jnx4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b0648k4r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:20 Inheritance Tracks (b0648kk8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:20 today]


TUE 20:30 Dance of the Seven Veils (b0081kqz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Afternoon Reading (b0132l74)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 21:15 Baldi (b007jlk6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


TUE 22:00 It's Not What You Know (b0639w41)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Little Britain (b008p522)
Series 2

Episode 2

Back where it started out. Matt Lucas and David Walliams' oddball TV smash hit without the cameras. From February 2002.


TUE 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b0658svz)
The best in contemporary comedy. Tonight Isy Suttie chats to Matt Forde.


TUE 23:00 Rubbish (b00853km)
Series 2

Liar

And why are you late? Disillusioned recycling officer Martin has his patience tested when a game gets out of hand.

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

Martin ...... Reece Dinsdale
Barney ...... Matthew Cottle
John ...... Neil Dudgeon
Sarah ...... Pippa Haywood
Scott ...... Kevin Eldon
Tristana ...... Katy Brand
Karen ...... Orianne Messina
Marie ...... Claire Bartlett

Producer: Claire Bartlett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2007.


TUE 23:30 Vent (b01flqm7)
Series 3

Victoria

Ben begins to resent being pushed around, and imagines a different life back in Victorian times when he might have got things his own way a bit more often.

But then he gets into an argument with Benjamin Disraeli...

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
Disraeli ...... Matthew Kelly
Bea ...... Scarlett Milburn-Smith
Grocer ...... Nigel Hastings

Director: Nigel Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2009.



WEDNESDAY 05 AUGUST 2015

WED 00:00 Marty Ross - Catch My Breath (b007k387)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 How Tickled Am I? (b007jt19)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b0648k4r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:20 Inheritance Tracks (b0648kk8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:20 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Dance of the Seven Veils (b0081kqz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b00v2zbz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 The Generation Gap (b00qszz5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00yqn6z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:45 Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 (b012mdwy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels (b01bwddl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Who Goes There? (b064cy21)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Such Rotten Luck (b0648pf9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Two Doors Down (b0076h8n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 It's Not What You Know (b0639w41)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b064czyq)
Series 1

Operation Music Box

The anti-hero meets a woman hunting an antique, which may be more of a wind-up than it first appears.

Starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime.

The films of Orson Welles, such as 'Citizen Kane', 'The Magnificent Ambersons' and 'Touch of Evil' guaranteed his place in the pantheon of silver-screen heroes.

In the celebrated 1949 film adaptation of Graham Greene's novel 'The Third Man', Harry Lime is introduce as one of cinema's most notorious anti-heroes. Sought in post-war Vienna by pulp writer Holly Martins [Joseph Cotton] and British Army Major Calloway [Trevor Howard], Lime manages to steal the show despite being absent for much of it!

This radio prequel to the film, 'The Lives of Harry Lime' earned Welles even more acclaim. His distinctive tones had already served him well as the radio voice of 'The Shadow' between 1937 and 1938, where he portrayed the crusader with distinctly questionable means of thwarting crime.

Stripped of the film cameras, the character of Harry Lime is not ameliorated for this radio outing. He's an out and out rogue. Lime made it to the airwaves thanks to another Harry - Harry Alan Towers, with whom Welles collaborated on 'The Black Museum'. Like its eponymous anti-hero, this series travelled widely, being syndicated across the USA and on Radio Luxembourg.

The music is by Anton Karas, the zither man.

Produced by Towers of London.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in August 1951.


WED 06:20 Inheritance Tracks (b064d0qt)
Tom Conti

Actor Tom Conti selects the Scarlatti Sonata in G major, and 'Piangero La Sorte Mia' from Handel's Giulio Cesare.


WED 06:30 In Search of Beauty (b00p016j)
Erin O'Connor, whose beauty defies convention, discusses this knotty subject-area. What is beauty? Where do our ideas about beauty come from? How is our life-experience affected by how we look?

When Erin was growing up she was convinced she was ugly. She would dart across the road diagonally so she wouldn't draw attention to her nose by crossing in front of stationary cars. She was so self-conscious about her flat-chest that she would regularly wear two padded bras.

But one day she was told she was beautiful, scooped up by the modelling industry and presented as the uber-elegant catwalk queen, sought after and richly rewarded.
What did they see in her that she would never have seen in herself? Beauty?

With the help of renowned facial-reconstructive surgeon Professor Iain Hutchison, who has treated people with severe facial disfigurement; and Professor of Children's Literature, Kim Reynolds who has studied the way beauty is regarded in traditional stories, Erin explores various opinions and experiences of beauty.

Erin also goes behind the scenes at London Fashion Week, to an event called 'All Walks Beyond the Catwalk'; it used a wide range of models - both in size and age - as a way to broaden the range of catwalk models used at such influential events.


WED 07:00 Winston (b007lmgv)
Series 1

What Do You Reckon?

Rosie plans to go to London and set up house. William dreams of esteem and beautiful women. Nancy doesn't relish the prospect of being left alone to care for Father; but she doesn't know about his own plans...

Peter Tinniswood's bawdy comedy serial.

CAST:

Winston …. Bill Wallis
Father …. Maurice Denham
Nancy …. Shirley Dixon
Rosie …. Liz Goulding
William …. Christian Rodska

Directed at BBC Bristol by Shaun MacLoughlin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio in May 1989.


WED 07:30 Simon Evans Goes to Market (b0639xp0)
Series 2

Sugar

Comedian Simon Evans' new series about the economics of some of the goods - or bads - to which we're addicted.

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?
In this series, Simon Evans looks at the economics, history and health issues behind these oh-so-addictive commodities.

This week it's sugar. Some people say sugar could be the new tobacco - exposed as a health risk that's been knowingly concealed for decades. And the trouble is sugar is in almost everything now - even things that 'look' savoury. What part does economics have to play in how we have got to this point? How do we make sense of what the food industry is doing with sugar? And if we want to invest in this addiction, how do we do it?
With the help of economics guru, More Or Less host Tim Harford and the Queen of investment know-how, Merryn Somerset Webb, plus author David Gillespie, Simon walks us around the economics of this very familiar commodity and pokes fun at our relationship with it.
Presented by Simon Evans, with regular guests Tim Harford and Merryn Somerset Webb.
Written by Simon Evans, Benjamin Partridge and Andy Wolton.
Produced by Claire Jones.


WED 08:00 The Navy Lark (b007zmrl)
Series 3

Families' Day

As the chief fundraises, Cedric Phillips arrives on board HMS Troutbridge to see his brother, 'the Captain'!

Stars Jon Pertwee as the Chief Petty Officer, Leslie Phillips as the Sub-Lieutenant, Stephen Murray as the Number One, Ronnie Barker as Lt Commander Stanton, Richard Caldicote as Captain Povey and Michael Bates as Cedric Phillips. Plus Heather Chasen as Ramona, Tenniel Evans as LS Goldstein, and June Tobin as Charlotte Stanton.

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 January 1961.


WED 08:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00wsyk4)
Series 5

Ulysses

An Ancient Greek epic - and Bill Oddie sings the telephone directory.

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

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

Written by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Lizzie Evans, Derek Farmer and Bill Oddie.

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

Music and songs by Leon Cohen and Bill Oddie.

Producer: Humphrey Barclay

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in July 1967.


WED 09:00 Counterpoint (b064d8b9)
1998

Semi-final 3

Ned Sherrin hosts the musical quiz with Stephen Gore from Bucks, Geoff Pagett from Liverpool and Damien Clark of Kent.


WED 09:30 The Leopard in Autumn (b00761mn)
Series 1

The Pilgrim Industry

Following a fleeting visit from a cardinal, Plethora initiates plans to put Monte Guano on the pilgrimage map.

Neal Anthony's comedy drama about the chaotic lives of the ruling family of Renaissance Italy's most inconsequential city-state.

Stars David Swift as Ludovico, Sian Phillips as Plethora, Graham Crowden as Francesco, Paul Bigley as Alessandro, Saskia Wickham as Rosalie, Nick Romero as Salvatori, Christopher Kelham as Guido and Kim Wall as Brother Michael.

Producer: Helen Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2001.


WED 10:00 Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels (b01c6trt)
3 The Voyage to Laputa

The last voyages of Jonathan Swift's story are the lesser told. Gulliver finds himself on the floating Island of Laputa, where he encounters mad scientists and the terrifying ghosts of the great and the good. He flees from these intellectual and spiritual horrors, only to finally find a kind of Eden with the Houyhnhnms, a race of intelligent and gentle horses.

However, in this land, humans - or as they are called, the 'Yahoos' - are considered vermin. The dark and traumatizing experiences Gulliver has in this land change his life (and his wife and family's lives) forever.

With the satire here focused on crazy scientific experimentation, superstition, and finally spiritual desolation - Gulliver's Travels is as modern and potent now as it has ever been.

Jonathan Swift's classic satire starring Arthur Darvill as Gulliver.

Gulliver …. Arthur Darvill
Richard Sympson …. Matthew Gravelle
Mary …. Bethan Walker
The Governor of Glubdrubdrib …. Ewan Bailey
The Master Horse …. Sam Dale
Lady Munodi …. Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Adapted by Matthew Broughton.

A BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in February 2012.


WED 11:00 Afternoon Reading (b0132p87)
Susie Maguire - Portrait

The Voyeur's Story

The mystery deepens in the final part of Susie Maguire's trilogy of stories that examine a portrait from three perspectives. The Voyeur's Story is read by Bill Paterson.

Andrew is being roundly ignored on the set of the popular TV detective series that he's written, 'Westlake'. Hardly anyone talks to him and he doesn't care much for either the young golden boy director or the arrogant and untalented star of the show, Dean Smith. So he is pleased to make the acquaintance of Tom over lunch.

The episode of Westlake they are filming this week sees the Detective investigating the death of a woman who the viewer only ever sees as a figure in a portrait. Tom is the artist that painted the portrait.

In one scene the actor playing the model's husband slashes at the portrait. Tom flinches; it's clear from his reaction that the painting means something more to him than being just a cog in a make-believe story. And when the loud mouth star of the show makes a crude comment about the model between takes, it's too much for Tom to take, and all hell breaks loose. Andrew is intrigued by Tom's apparent obsession with the model and begins to imagine all kinds of possibilities for this beguiling portrait.

Producer: Sarah Langan.


WED 11:15 Baldi (b007jlkz)
Series 1

Miss Lonelyhearts

Paolo Baldi and Tina investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of a nurse at an old people's home and uncover an unlikely case of voyeurism.

Starring David Threlfall as Paolo Baldi, Tina Kellegher as Tina Mahon, TP McKenna as Father Troy, Owen Roe as Superintendent Rynne, Margaret D'Arcy as Mrs Reid and Marie Jones as Thelma.
Murder mystery written by Barry Devlin.

Format by Barry Devlin. Developed and produced by BBC Northern Ireland.

Directed in Belfast by Lawrence Jackson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


WED 12:00 The Navy Lark (b007zmrl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00wsyk4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b064czyq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:20 Inheritance Tracks (b064d0qt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:20 today]


WED 13:30 In Search of Beauty (b00p016j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b00v4m08)
Rebecca Hunt - Mr Chartwell

Episode 3

Written by Rebecca Hunt.

Wednesday 22nd July has been a long day for Esther, and it is still not over - Mr Chartwell has promised to tell her more about himself and just what the nature of his work is.

The reader is Miriam Margolyes.

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company Production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 14:15 The Generation Gap (b00qszyz)
Series 1: Respect

Policemen

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the first five programmes is Respect.

Two policemen who have seen changes on the beat in levels of respect from society.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 14:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00yqn79)
Episode 18

Ash's increasing sense of his own difference from his friends and fellow soldiers drives him to make a move.

MM Kaye's epic of love and war, dramatised by Lucy Catherine

Narrator ..... Vineeta Rishi
Ash ..... Blake Ritson
Anjuli ..... Ayesha Dharker
Zarin ..... Christopher Simpson
Colonel Jenkins ..... Sean Baker
Wally ..... Jonathan Forbes

Directors: Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


WED 14:45 Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 (b012mkj2)
Episode 3

The Barrow-in-Furness housewife worries over the prospects for her husband and sons in January 1946. Read by Imelda Staunton.


WED 15:00 Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels (b01c6trt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Counterpoint (b064d8b9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 The Leopard in Autumn (b00761mn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 Winston (b007lmgv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Simon Evans Goes to Market (b0639xp0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Marty Ross - Catch My Breath (b007k391)
Episode 3

Two women. Two Adams - but what's the connection? Are they "Demon" or "Liberator"?

Marty Ross's supernatural five-part thriller.

Kate ........................................................... Claire Knight
Colleen ...................................... Suzanne Donaldson
Strachan ................................................... Liam Brennan
Old Strachan ............................................. John Shedden
Donnie ........................................................ Lewis Howden
Isla ......................................................... Eileen McCallum
Octavia ....................................................... Lucy Patterson
DC Carbeth ...................................................... James Bryce
WPC Briggs .............................................. Jill Riddiford
Dennis .......................................................... Finlay McLean

Producer: Bruce Young

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Radio Scotland. First broadcast in 2007.


WED 18:30 Off the Page (b0076qvj)
How Long Is a Piece of String?

Matthew Parris, Susannah Jowitt, Jasmine Birtles and David Boyle discuss the influence and importance of numbers. From March 2005.


WED 19:00 The Navy Lark (b007zmrl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00wsyk4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b064czyq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:20 Inheritance Tracks (b064d0qt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:20 today]


WED 20:30 In Search of Beauty (b00p016j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Afternoon Reading (b0132p87)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 21:15 Baldi (b007jlkz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


WED 22:00 Simon Evans Goes to Market (b0639xp0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Will Smith's Midlife Crisis Management (b00g0536)
Episode 1

Comedy series in which comedian Will Smith seeks help and advice - primarily from his godfather Peter - on coping with the onset of middle age. Peter invites Tory MP George to help Will speak his mind.

With Roger Allam, Geoffrey Whitehead, Jill Cardo, Gunnar Cauthery, Roger Drew, Donnla Hughes, Robert Lonsdale, Dan Starkey, Malcolm Tierney.


WED 23:00 Revolting People (b00ftcck)
Series 2

A Bunch More Trying Times

Ezekiel gets a shock, and Mary is wooed by a newly arrived Captain. Little does she know he's recently been named "Cad of the Year" by the Bounder's Gazette.

Comedy set just before the American Revolution.

Written by Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses.

Samuel Oliphant .... Jay Tarses
Sergeant McGurk .... Andy Hamilton
Captain Brimshaw .... James Fleet
Mary .... Jan Ravens
Ezekiel Spriggs .... Hugh Dennis
Cora Oliphant .... Penelope Nice
Joshua Oliphant .... Tony Maudsley
Dashmount .... Michael Fenton Stevens

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2001.


WED 23:30 1966 and All That (b010hcwh)
The 1960s

Albert Einstein discovers the Beatles, while for the first time, the nation discovers sex.

Plus a look at the era of "Flour Power"; the World Cup is won by a team of men all called Bobby; and the with-it Royal try barbecuing.

Craig Brown's satirical history of Britain reaches the 1960s.

With:

Joss Ackland
Eleanor Bron
Rory Bremner
Ewan Bailey
Margaret Cabourn-Smith
John Humphrys

Producer: Victoria Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2006.



THURSDAY 06 AUGUST 2015

THU 00:00 Marty Ross - Catch My Breath (b007k391)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Off the Page (b0076qvj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b064czyq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:20 Inheritance Tracks (b064d0qt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:20 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 In Search of Beauty (b00p016j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b00v4m08)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 The Generation Gap (b00qszyz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00yqn79)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:45 Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 (b012mkj2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels (b01c6trt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Counterpoint (b064d8b9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 The Leopard in Autumn (b00761mn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Winston (b007lmgv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Simon Evans Goes to Market (b0639xp0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b064dqyd)
Series 1

Two Is Company

The con artist sees dollar signs when the romance between a wealthy heir and heiress runs out of steam.

Starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime.

The films of Orson Welles, such as 'Citizen Kane', 'The Magnificent Ambersons' and 'Touch of Evil' guaranteed his place in the pantheon of silver-screen heroes.

In the celebrated 1949 film adaptation of Graham Greene's novel 'The Third Man', Harry Lime is introduce as one of cinema's most notorious anti-heroes. Sought in post-war Vienna by pulp writer Holly Martins [Joseph Cotton] and British Army Major Calloway [Trevor Howard], Lime manages to steal the show despite being absent for much of it!

This radio prequel to the film, 'The Lives of Harry Lime' earned Welles even more acclaim. His distinctive tones had already served him well as the radio voice of 'The Shadow' between 1937 and 1938, where he portrayed the crusader with distinctly questionable means of thwarting crime.

Stripped of the film cameras, the character of Harry Lime is not ameliorated for this radio outing. He's an out and out rogue. Lime made it to the airwaves thanks to another Harry - Harry Alan Towers, with whom Welles collaborated on 'The Black Museum'. Like its eponymous anti-hero, this series travelled widely, being syndicated across the USA and on Radio Luxembourg.

The music is by Anton Karas, the zither man.
Produced by Towers of London.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in August 1951.


THU 06:20 Inheritance Tracks (b064ds7n)
Eddie Edwards

Ski jumper Eddie Edwards chooses 'Jump' by Van Halen, and 'I Believe I Can Fly' by R Kelly.


THU 06:30 When Cassius Met The Beatles (b00r8b1k)
The tale of an unexpected encounter between 20th century legends - a meeting which created a new template for global celebrity.

February 1964: The Beatles fly into Miami, sparking Beatlemania as they prepare to perform on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Meanwhile in a low-rent Miami gym, the underdog Cassius Clay trains to fight reigning champion Sonny Liston for the world title. The pundits say Clay hasn't a hope. Quite unexpectedly, the paths of these legendary figures cross.

British photographer Harry Benson arranges for The Beatles to visit Cassius Clay in the gym. Clay picks up Ringo and swings him around the ring as if he's no heavier than a toddler, as the other band-members lie at his feet. Clay pretends to knock all four Beatles down with a single punch. The resulting images remain in the memory long after this brief encounter.

The Beatles triumph on TV. Cassius Clay amazes all the boxing writers by defeating Liston. They suddenly both find themselves on the cusp of a new kind of stardom - they're young, outspoken and able to capture the global imagination.

John Wilson reports from Miami on the background to this unique encounter, with the memories of three people who were there at the time: photographer Harry Benson, who was travelling with the Beatles, writer Robert Lipsyte, who was covering the fight for the New York Times as a rookie reporter, and fight doctor Ferdie Pacheco, then working at the gym in Miami. All witnessed the moment when Cassius met The Beatles. John also taps the memories of Paul McCartney.

Producer John Goudie


THU 07:00 PG Wodehouse - The Inimitable Jeeves (b007s5dn)
The Great Sermon Handicap

Can Bertie Wooster beat the odds of disaster in an unusual betting syndicate?

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

Jeeves ...... Michael Hordern
Bertie Wooster ..... Richard Briers
Revrend Heppenstall ..... Maurice Denham
Bingo Little ..... Jonathan Cecil
Eustace ..... David Jason
Claude ..... Jonathan Lynn
Cynthia ..... Carol Marsh

Adapted by Chris Miller.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1973.


THU 07:30 Meet David Sedaris (b063d34q)
Series 5

The Understudy; Big Boy

Two stories from one of the world's best storytellers, David Sedaris, doing what he does best:

The Understudy sees some questionable childcare from the child's point of view.

Big Boy is about a problem many of us have faced when one flush just isn't enough.

Plus some extracts from David's unique diary.

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in July 2015.


THU 08:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jlb0)
Series 2

Pilgrim's Progress

Old soldier Albert is eager to revisit the World War One battlefields of Flanders, but Harold's in the mood to mock.

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 June 1967.


THU 08:30 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b01k763p)
Series 1

Episode 5

Shock news from Eric: Ernie's set to retire! Plus the torrid tale of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning.

Special singing guest: Laura Lee..

Written by Eddie Braben

With Ann Hamilton 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? (b064dw48)
Episode 6

Animal, vegetable or mineral?

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

Regular Geoffrey Durham is joined by Neil Innes and Jan Ravens.

Written by Michael Dines.

Producer: Andy Aliffe

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1998.


THU 09:30 Radio Active (b007jrnl)
Series 2

What's Going On

Your indispensable guide to bargains in Margate and mouth-watering lunchtime theatre - from your local national radio station.

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

Music by Philip Pope.

Written by Angus Deayton and Geoffrey Perkins with Richard Curtis, Jon Canter, James Hendrie, Michael Fenton-Stevens and Jimmy Mulville.

Producer: Jimmy Mulville

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1982


THU 10:00 Herman Melville - Moby Dick (b00ttzkc)
Episode 1

Captain Ahab's obsessive sea chase for the great white whale, as witnessed by sole survivor of the voyage, Ishmael.

Ishmael, now in middle age, looks back on his younger self and remembers how this voyage of a lifetime began.

Herman Melville's 1851 novel dramatised in two-parts by Stef Penney.

Ishmael ..... Trevor White
Young Ishmael ..... PJ Brennan
Captain Ahab ..... Garrick Hagon
Peter Coffin ..... Howell Evans
Queequeg ..... Sani Muliaumaseali'i
Peleg ..... Mark Meadows
Elijahh/Captain Mayhew ..... Dorian Thomas
Starbuck ..... Richard Laing
Stubb ..... Simon Lee Phillips
Archy ..... Adam Redmayne
Daggoo ..... Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Specially composed music by Stuart Gordon.

Directed at BBC/Cymru Wales by Kate McAll

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2010.


THU 11:00 Deborah Moggach - Hot Tickets (b03zm4bq)
A waitress falls for a neurotic poet who is just her type, except that sometimes she longs to find 'a real man'. Read by Josie Lawrence.


THU 11:15 Baldi (b007jlld)
Series 1

The Emerald Style

Priestly sleuth Paolo Baldi's attempt to wine and dine his spiritual director Father Troy at a leading Dublin hotel is interrupted by a murder taking place behind-the-scenes that very evening.

Starring David Threlfall as Paolo Baldi, Tina Kellegher as Tina Mahon, TP McKenna as Father Troy, Owen Roe as Superintendent Rynne, Margaret D'Arcy as Mrs Reid and Cathy Belton as Mona.
Murder mystery written by Simon Brett.

Format by Barry Devlin. Developed and produced by BBC Northern Ireland.

Directed in Belfast by Lawrence Jackson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


THU 12:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jlb0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b01k763p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b064dqyd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:20 Inheritance Tracks (b064ds7n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:20 today]


THU 13:30 When Cassius Met The Beatles (b00r8b1k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b00v4m0x)
Rebecca Hunt - Mr Chartwell

Episode 4

Written by Rebecca Hunt.

Having agreed that Black Pat aka Mr Chartwell can stay over for a night, Esther is not sure what to expect in the morning.

The reader is Miriam Margolyes.

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company Production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 14:15 The Generation Gap (b00qszyx)
Series 1: Respect

Post Workers

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the first five programmes is Respect.

Alistair Redman is a sub-postmaster on the Scottish Isle of Islay and Elizabeth Stuart drives the post bus around the island. They discuss the changing nature of the post business and how change has to respect the society it operates in.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 14:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00yqn7c)
Episode 19

The British Mission is welcomed to Kabul, but - it transpires - on a false premise.

MM Kaye's epic of love and war, dramatised by Lucy Catherine.

Narrator ..... Vineeta Rishi
Ash ..... Blake Ritson
Anjuli ..... Ayesha Dharker
Official ..... Kaleem Janjua
Cavagnari ..... Sam Dale
Jenkyns ..... Sean Baker
Wally ..... Jonathan Forbes
Ambrose ..... Iain Batchelor
Nakshband Khan ..... Mozaffar Shafeie

Directors: Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


THU 14:45 Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 (b012n474)
Episode 4

In June 1946, the housewife sees PoWs working in Barrow, and wonders why they can't be repatriated. Read by Imelda Staunton.


THU 15:00 Herman Melville - Moby Dick (b00ttzkc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 Guess What? (b064dw48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Radio Active (b007jrnl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 PG Wodehouse - The Inimitable Jeeves (b007s5dn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 Meet David Sedaris (b063d34q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Marty Ross - Catch My Breath (b007k3b0)
Episode 4

It's party time for Adam Strachan, but his house guests prove to be far from ordinary...

Marty Ross's supernatural five-part thriller.

Kate ........................................................... Claire Knight
Colleen ...................................... Suzanne Donaldson
Strachan ................................................... Liam Brennan
Old Strachan ............................................. John Shedden
Donnie ........................................................ Lewis Howden
Isla ......................................................... Eileen McCallum
Octavia ....................................................... Lucy Patterson
DC Carbeth ...................................................... James Bryce
WPC Briggs .............................................. Jill Riddiford
Dennis .......................................................... Finlay McLean

Producer: Bruce Young

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Radio Scotland. First broadcast in 2007.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b0076p53)
Series 6

Edward Elgar

4 Extra Debut. Writer, broadcaster and charity founder Marjorie Wallace chooses composer Edward Elgar. With Humphrey Carpenter. From November 2004.


THU 19:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jlb0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b01k763p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b064dqyd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:20 Inheritance Tracks (b064ds7n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:20 today]


THU 20:30 When Cassius Met The Beatles (b00r8b1k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Deborah Moggach - Hot Tickets (b03zm4bq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


THU 21:15 Baldi (b007jlld)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


THU 22:00 Meet David Sedaris (b063d34q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 My First Planet (b01fjt0g)
Series 1

The Landing Has Landed

Day 1 on the colony and they've lost the food, the air, the Commander and the Mood Music. Meanwhile, Chief Physician Lillian makes a terrible discovery about Project Adam...

A sitcom set on a shiny new planet where we ask the question - if humankind were to colonize space, is it destined to succumb to self-interest, prejudice and infighting? (By the way, the answer's "yes". Sorry.)

Welcome to the colony. We're aware that having been in deep cryosleep for 73 years, you may be in need of some supplementary information.

Unfortunately, Burrows the leader of the colony has died on the voyage, so his Number 2, Brian (Nicholas Lyndhurst) is now in charge. He's a nice enough chap, but no alpha male, and his desire to sort things out with a nice friendly meeting infuriates the colony's Chief Physician Lillian (Vicki Pepperdine - "Getting On"), who'd really rather everyone was walking round in tight colour-coded tunics and saluting each other. She's also in charge of Project Adam, the plan to conceive and give birth to the first colony-born baby. Unfortunately, the two people hand-picked for this purpose - Carol and Richard - were rather fibbing about being a couple, just to get on the trip.

Add in an entirely unscrupulous Chief Scientist, Mason and also Archer, an idiot maintenance man who believes he's an "empath" rather than a plumber, and you're all set to answer the question - if humankind were to colonize space, is it destined to succumb to self-interest, prejudice and infighting? (By the way, the answer's "yes". Sorry.)

Written by Phil Whelans

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


THU 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b0658t43)
The best in contemporary comedy. Tonight Isy Suttie chats to Matt Forde.


THU 23:00 Lee Mack and Friends at the Fringe (b007kltt)
Episode 1

BAFTA award-winning Lee Mack introduces a top line-up of fellow comics Dara Ó Briain, Alan Carr, Rhod Gilbert and Tim Minchin.

Recorded at The Edinburgh Fringe.

Producer: Will Saunders

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in August 2005.


THU 23:30 Goodness Gracious Me (b007jwnv)
Series 2

Episode 1

The Kapoors try social climbing at the golf club - and TV's 'Masterchef' with a twist.

Starring:

Sanjeev Bhaskar
Kulvinder Ghir
Nitin Sawhney
Meera Syal
Nina Wadia

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

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

Script Editor: Sharat Sardana

Producer: Anil Gupta

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1997.



FRIDAY 07 AUGUST 2015

FRI 00:00 Marty Ross - Catch My Breath (b007k3b0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b0076p53)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b064dqyd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:20 Inheritance Tracks (b064ds7n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:20 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 When Cassius Met The Beatles (b00r8b1k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b00v4m0x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 The Generation Gap (b00qszyx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00yqn7c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:45 Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 (b012n474)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Herman Melville - Moby Dick (b00ttzkc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Guess What? (b064dw48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Radio Active (b007jrnl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 PG Wodehouse - The Inimitable Jeeves (b007s5dn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Meet David Sedaris (b063d34q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b064fmwy)
Series 1

The Dead Candidate

The con artist tries going straight, but still manages to become embroiled in a dictatorship's shenanigans.

Starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime.

The films of Orson Welles, such as 'Citizen Kane', 'The Magnificent Ambersons' and 'Touch of Evil' guaranteed his place in the pantheon of silver-screen heroes.

In the celebrated 1949 film adaptation of Graham Greene's novel 'The Third Man', Harry Lime is introduce as one of cinema's most notorious anti-heroes. Sought in post-war Vienna by pulp writer Holly Martins [Joseph Cotton] and British Army Major Calloway [Trevor Howard], Lime manages to steal the show despite being absent for much of it!

This radio prequel to the film, 'The Lives of Harry Lime' earned Welles even more acclaim. His distinctive tones had already served him well as the radio voice of 'The Shadow' between 1937 and 1938, where he portrayed the crusader with distinctly questionable means of thwarting crime.

Stripped of the film cameras, the character of Harry Lime is not ameliorated for this radio outing. He's an out and out rogue. Lime made it to the airwaves thanks to another Harry - Harry Alan Towers, with whom Welles collaborated on 'The Black Museum'. Like its eponymous anti-hero, this series travelled widely, being syndicated across the USA and on Radio Luxembourg.

The music is by Anton Karas, the zither man.
Produced by Towers of London.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in August 1951.


FRI 06:20 Inheritance Tracks (b064fmx0)
Beverley Knight

The singer and actress chooses 'Touch the Hem of His Garment' and 'A Change Gonna Come' by Sam Cooke.


FRI 06:30 Percy Edwards Showdown (b00htwx7)
David Attenborough stars in a new role: radio quizmaster - in a show all about Percy Edwards, who enjoyed a 70 year career impersonating birds and beasts.

That was a first, and so is this programme - a documentary game-show, combining the strange story of Percy's life, with archive of his impersonations, interviews with those who knew him, and a quiz.

Contestants include: Bill Oddie and Alex Horne.

Sir David will play bird calls for the teams to identify, some of which will be Percy's impressions, so can they tell the difference? They will also be asked to identity circumstances - a cry of distress, alarm or a sexy song?

Woven into the rounds will be snippets about Percy’s life and impact.

Percy discovered his talent for talking like animals aged seven. Eventually he could produce the sound of over 600 birds, and some other beasts (his was the voice of the killer whale in Orca, the alien in Alien and he provided sheep noises for Kate Bush's song The Dreaming).

Percy Edwards died aged 88 in 1996.

Producers: Emma Legg and Julian May

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2009.


FRI 07:00 Rent (b064fnvq)
Series 4

Episode 3

Maria and Richard are getting to grips with a welcome new arrival - the nanny.

While Paul and Ruby are about to cope with a rather less welcome arrival...

Lucy Flannery's award-winning sitcom about Maria and Richard Reynolds and their lodgers.

Maria …. Barbara Flynn
Richard …. Patrick Barlow
Ruby …. Vivienne Rochester
Paul …. Dave Lamb

With Sarah Parkinson and Toby Longworth.

Producer: Liz Anstee.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1998.


FRI 07:30 Wordaholics (b01cjm4p)
Series 1

Episode 2

Wordaholics is the comedy panel game all about words.

Gyles Brandreth presides as Natalie Haynes, Michael Rosen, Arthur Smith and Paul Sinha vie for supremacy in the ring.

Wordaholics is clever, intelligent, witty and unexpected. There are toponyms, abbreviations, euphemisms, old words, new words, cockney rhyming slang, Greek gobbledegook, plus the panellists' picks of the ugliest and the most beautiful words: the whole world of words.

Writers: Jon Hunter and James Kettle

Producer: Claire Jones.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2012.


FRI 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007vh34)
Series 4

Hancock in the Police

When Bill and the lad take to the beat, the crime rate soars after they meet Sid.

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 February 1957.


FRI 08:30 The Goon Show (b012bz13)
Series 5

The Booted Gorilla (Found?)

A trap must be laid on an African jungle safari, and Bluebottle gets a surprise.

Groundbreaking, surreal BBC radio comedy written by Spike Milligan.

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 (b00mdyl9)
Series 2

Episode 4

James Walton and the music quiz for all the young, and not so young, dudes.

Team captains Tracey MacLeod and Andrew Collins are joined by Dave Gorman and Mary Anne Hobbs to be put through their musical paces.

Reader: Beth Chalmers

Written and researched by James Walton

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.


FRI 09:30 Boogie Up the River (b007jv7w)
See You Outside Boots in Oxford

Mark and his manic mutt look for the enigmatic Jennifer in the city of dreaming spires. Stars Timothy Spall. From December 1992.


FRI 10:00 Herman Melville - Moby Dick (b00tycss)
Episode 2

Fedullah's enigmatic prophecy is revealed, as Captain Ahab's obsessive pursuit for the great white whale reaches a boiling, wrenching climax...

Now in middle age, sole survivor Ishmael looks back on his younger self and remembers more of this voyage of a lifetime.

Conclusion of Herman Melville's 1851 novel dramatised by Stef Penney.

Ishmael ..... Trevor White
Young Ishmael ..... PJ Brennan
Captain Ahab ..... Garrick Hagon
Peter Coffin ..... Howell Evans
Queequeg ..... Sani Muliaumaseali'i
Captain Boomer ..... Mark Meadows
Captain Mayhew ..... Dorian Thomas
Starbuck/Gabriel ..... Richard Laing
Stubb ..... Simon Lee Phillips
Archy ..... Adam Redmayne
Daggoo ..... Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Specially composed music by Stuart Gordon.

Directed at BBC/Cymru Wales by Kate McAll.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2010.


FRI 11:00 Deborah Moggach - Playing the Part (b03zm819)
A couple are house-sitting in London where they meet an unappealing dog and a celebrity neighbour.

Josie Lawrence reads Deborah Moggach’s short story.

Producer: Pam Fraser Solomon

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1999.


FRI 11:15 Baldi (b00803g1)
Series 1

Death Cap

At a monastic retreat far out in County Cork, a sudden death among the Franciscan brothers causes Paolo Baldi to suspect foul play.

Starring David Threlfall as Paolo Baldi, Tina Kellegher as Tina Mahon, TP McKenna as Father Troy, Patrick Ryecart as Father Cyril, Barry Cassin as Abbot Frederick and Rudolph Walker as Brother Vincent.

Murder mystery written by Simon Brett.
Format by Barry Devlin. Developed and produced by BBC Northern Ireland.
Directed in Belfast by Lawrence Jackson.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


FRI 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007vh34)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 The Goon Show (b012bz13)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b064fmwy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:20 Inheritance Tracks (b064fmx0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:20 today]


FRI 13:30 Percy Edwards Showdown (b00htwx7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b00v4m42)
Rebecca Hunt - Mr Chartwell

Episode 5

Written by Rebecca Hunt

The weekend is approaching, together with the imminent anniversary of Esther's husband's death. But an unexpected task is set for Esther by her boss at the Westminster Library.

The reader is Miriam Margolyes.

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company Production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 14:15 The Generation Gap (b00qsz6f)
Series 1: Respect

Funeral Directors

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the first five programmes is Respect.

Michael Ryan, a funeral director in Newport, and his daughter Louise - who, at 21, is the youngest female funeral director in the world - discuss whether changes in funeral styles mean that our respect for the dead has changed.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 14:30 MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (b00yqn7f)
Episode 20

The Guides' heroic last stand at the British Mission in Kabul is watched helplessly by an imprisoned Ash.

Conclusion of MM Kaye's epic of love and war, dramatised by Lucy Catherine.

Narrator ..... Vineeta Rishi
Ash ..... Blake Ritson
Cavagnari ..... Sam Dale
Anjuli ..... Ayesha Dharker
Jenkyns ..... Sean Baker
Wally ..... Jonathan Forbes
Ambrose ..... Iain Batchelor
Nakshband Khan ..... Mozaffar Shafeie
Hassan Gul ..... Sagar Arya

Directors: Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


FRI 14:45 Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 (b012m9yp)
Episode 5

In 1947's bitter winter, the housewife looks back - and ponders the next generation's prospects. Concluded by Imelda Staunton.


FRI 15:00 Herman Melville - Moby Dick (b00tycss)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 All the Way from Memphis (b00mdyl9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 Boogie Up the River (b007jv7w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 Rent (b064fnvq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Wordaholics (b01cjm4p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Marty Ross - Catch My Breath (b007k3bt)
Episode 5

The truth about Isla is revealed. Will Kate and Colleen finally manage to escape..?

Conclusion of Marty Ross's supernatural five-part thriller.

Kate ........................................................... Claire Knight
Colleen ...................................... Suzanne Donaldson
Strachan ................................................... Liam Brennan
Old Strachan ............................................. John Shedden
Donnie ........................................................ Lewis Howden
Isla ......................................................... Eileen McCallum
Octavia ....................................................... Lucy Patterson
DC Carbeth ...................................................... James Bryce
WPC Briggs .............................................. Jill Riddiford
Dennis .......................................................... Finlay McLean

Producer: Bruce Young

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Radio Scotland. First broadcast in 2007.


FRI 18:30 Fry's English Delight (b012krqz)
Series 4

Brevity

Stephen Fry explores 'Brevity' - from lyrics to headlines and epitaphs to telegrams.

We've always had a taste for the tweet-sized. Proverbs and aphorisms go back to the ancient Greeks. We explore the possible links between the Tweet and the Haiku - including that tiny rarity, an English Haiku. We visit Bunhill Cemetery in London with writer Kevin Jackson to enjoy the necessary terseness of epitaphs and reflect on a poetic exponent, William Blake.

The concision of telegrams created poetry and humour born of economy. We recall Oscar Wilde's famous telegram exchange with his publisher in which he enquires about sales of his recent book with a lone '?' The response was of course, '!'

One liner-machine Tim Vine joins Stephen in the studio to discuss his affinity with brevity and 'his passion for small hand grenades of wit' as one reviewer put it. He describes the liberation of the bite-size joke and reflects on why he would make the perfect headline writer.

'The pun is the life blood of the headline' according to Kelvin Mackenzie who recalls the origins of his famous headline from the 1980s - 'Gotcha' and reflects on the importance of short words for any tabloid newspaper editor. Laura Barton, writer for the Guardian, explores her love of short writing and of neologisms in pop lyrics. If 'la la' means 'I love you' and 'wop-bop-a-loop-a' was an expression which captured the freedom of 50s rock and roll, what short word sums up the world today?

Aleks Krotoski chooses the word 'Meme' and examines the way technology has given us the means to create ever smaller bespoke packages of information. And more of them. The chopped up doesn't necessarily mean the dumbed down.

Producer: Nick Baker
A Testbed production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007vh34)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 The Goon Show (b012bz13)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 The Lives of Harry Lime (b064fmwy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:20 Inheritance Tracks (b064fmx0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:20 today]


FRI 20:30 Percy Edwards Showdown (b00htwx7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Deborah Moggach - Playing the Part (b03zm819)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 21:15 Baldi (b00803g1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


FRI 22:00 Shappi Talk (b00lk2zh)
Series 1

Unconventional Parents

Comedy series in which Shappi Khorsandi examines what it is like growing up in multi-cultural families.

Joining Shappi will be comedian John Gordillo who shares his memories of growing up in a Spanish family with a very forceful father. Shappi also chats with another 'related' guest- and also to Lenny Henry 'on location' to talk about his family.

There'll also be a chance for Shappi to chat with the audience and there'll be a song from Hils Barker.

Producer: Paul Russell
An Open Mike Production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 22:30 Absolute Power (b007qs09)
Series 1

Episode 4

Can Prentiss McCabe come up with a strategy to increase church congregations around the country?

Mark Tavener's comedy about the machiavellian doctors of PR spin with contacts at the highest level of government.

Starring Stephen Fry as Charles Prentiss and John Bird as Martin McCabe.

With:
Tony Gardner
Siobhan Hayes
John Rowe
Alys Torrance

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2000.


FRI 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b06549s0)
The best in contemporary comedy. Arthur Smith is joined by Jess Robinson and Kirsty Newton.


FRI 23:00 I've Never Seen Star Wars (b014gsmn)
Series 4

Frank Skinner

Marcus Brigstocke invites comedian Frank Skinner to try 4 new things, including getting a spray tan and eating Jugged Hare.

Whether the experiences are banal or profound, the show is about embracing the new and getting out of our comfort zones.

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

Producer: Bill Dare

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011.


FRI 23:30 Down the Line (b010dp1c)
Series 4

Episode 6

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 Amelia Bullmore, Simon Day, Felix Dexter, Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse.

Special guests are Adil Ray and Arabella Weir.

Producers: Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse
A Down The Line production for BBC Radio 4.




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

1966 and All That 23:30 WED (b010hcwh)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b0075tmk)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b0075tmk)

A Thor in One's Side 01:30 SAT (b00772pf)

Absolute Power 22:30 FRI (b007qs09)

Afternoon Reading 15:45 SUN (b011vhdf)

Afternoon Reading 03:45 MON (b011vhdf)

Afternoon Reading 11:00 MON (b01322dc)

Afternoon Reading 21:00 MON (b01322dc)

Afternoon Reading 11:00 TUE (b0132l74)

Afternoon Reading 21:00 TUE (b0132l74)

Afternoon Reading 11:00 WED (b0132p87)

Afternoon Reading 21:00 WED (b0132p87)

Alan Parker's 59 Minutes of Truth 23:00 SAT (b00z64xq)

All the Way from Memphis 04:00 SAT (b00mb1r1)

All the Way from Memphis 09:00 FRI (b00mdyl9)

All the Way from Memphis 16:00 FRI (b00mdyl9)

Ancient Sorceries by Algernon Blackwood 18:30 SUN (b007jvxy)

Ancient Sorceries by Algernon Blackwood 00:30 MON (b007jvxy)

Armstrong and Miller 23:45 SUN (b00t1bct)

Baldi 11:15 MON (b007jljw)

Baldi 21:15 MON (b007jljw)

Baldi 11:15 TUE (b007jlk6)

Baldi 21:15 TUE (b007jlk6)

Baldi 11:15 WED (b007jlkz)

Baldi 21:15 WED (b007jlkz)

Baldi 11:15 THU (b007jlld)

Baldi 21:15 THU (b007jlld)

Baldi 11:15 FRI (b00803g1)

Baldi 21:15 FRI (b00803g1)

Boogie Up the River 04:30 SAT (b007jv6z)

Boogie Up the River 09:30 FRI (b007jv7w)

Boogie Up the River 16:30 FRI (b007jv7w)

Book at Beachtime 02:00 SAT (b01kv7wq)

Book at Bedtime 00:00 SAT (b00vfxmc)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 MON (b00v1npb)

Book at Bedtime 02:00 TUE (b00v1npb)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 TUE (b00v2zbz)

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Book at Bedtime 14:00 WED (b00v4m08)

Book at Bedtime 02:00 THU (b00v4m08)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 THU (b00v4m0x)

Book at Bedtime 02:00 FRI (b00v4m0x)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 FRI (b00v4m42)

Book of the Week 02:45 SAT (b009ppjq)

Brave New Worlds 18:45 SAT (b01n7jpv)

Brave New Worlds 00:45 SUN (b01n7jpv)

Centurions 11:45 SUN (b007k1px)

Centurions 19:45 SUN (b007k1px)

Clowning Around on 4 Extra 09:00 SAT (b03xcl02)

Clowning Around on 4 Extra 19:00 SAT (b03xcl02)

Counterpoint 09:00 WED (b064d8b9)

Counterpoint 16:00 WED (b064d8b9)

Counterpoint 04:00 THU (b064d8b9)

Dad's Army 08:00 MON (b00qmbky)

Dad's Army 12:00 MON (b00qmbky)

Dad's Army 19:00 MON (b00qmbky)

Dance of the Seven Veils 06:30 TUE (b0081kqz)

Dance of the Seven Veils 13:30 TUE (b0081kqz)

Dance of the Seven Veils 20:30 TUE (b0081kqz)

Dance of the Seven Veils 01:30 WED (b0081kqz)

Deborah Moggach - Hot Tickets 11:00 THU (b03zm4bq)

Deborah Moggach - Hot Tickets 21:00 THU (b03zm4bq)

Deborah Moggach - Playing the Part 11:00 FRI (b03zm819)

Deborah Moggach - Playing the Part 21:00 FRI (b03zm819)

Dermot Bolger - Haunting Women 00:15 SAT (b016q02f)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:15 SUN (b06451zx)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:15 SUN (b06451zx)

Down the Line 23:30 FRI (b010dp1c)

Drama 18:00 SAT (b012fqsz)

Drama 00:00 SUN (b012fqsz)

Ed Reardon's Week 07:30 SUN (b00dqnyw)

Ed Reardon's Week 17:30 SUN (b00dqnyw)

Ed Reardon's Week 22:00 SUN (b00dqnyw)

Ed Reardon's Week 05:30 MON (b00dqnyw)

Fry's English Delight 00:30 SAT (b012fbpn)

Fry's English Delight 18:30 FRI (b012krqz)

Genius 09:00 MON (b00brvcm)

Genius 16:00 MON (b00brvcm)

Genius 04:00 TUE (b00brvcm)

Goodness Gracious Me 23:30 THU (b007jwnv)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b0076p53)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b0076p53)

Guess What? 09:00 THU (b064dw48)

Guess What? 16:00 THU (b064dw48)

Guess What? 04:00 FRI (b064dw48)

Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea 23:30 SUN (b0076zsc)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 FRI (b007vh34)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 FRI (b007vh34)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 FRI (b007vh34)

Hannah Lowe - Long Time No See Omnibus 09:00 SUN (b06451m7)

Hannah Lowe - Long Time No See Omnibus 20:00 SUN (b06451m7)

Hardeep at The Stand 22:00 SAT (b01r9tbm)

Hello Cheeky 08:30 TUE (b007jnx4)

Hello Cheeky 12:30 TUE (b007jnx4)

Hello Cheeky 19:30 TUE (b007jnx4)

Herman Melville - Moby Dick 10:00 THU (b00ttzkc)

Herman Melville - Moby Dick 15:00 THU (b00ttzkc)

Herman Melville - Moby Dick 03:00 FRI (b00ttzkc)

Herman Melville - Moby Dick 10:00 FRI (b00tycss)

Herman Melville - Moby Dick 15:00 FRI (b00tycss)

How Tickled Am I? 18:30 TUE (b007jt19)

How Tickled Am I? 00:30 WED (b007jt19)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 07:30 MON (b0639jpd)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 17:30 MON (b0639jpd)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 22:00 MON (b0639jpd)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 05:30 TUE (b0639jpd)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:30 SAT (b00wmxgc)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:30 WED (b00wsyk4)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:30 WED (b00wsyk4)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:30 WED (b00wsyk4)

I've Never Seen Star Wars 23:00 FRI (b014gsmn)

In Search of Beauty 06:30 WED (b00p016j)

In Search of Beauty 13:30 WED (b00p016j)

In Search of Beauty 20:30 WED (b00p016j)

In Search of Beauty 01:30 THU (b00p016j)

In the Director's Chair 11:30 SUN (b0075ppf)

In the Director's Chair 19:30 SUN (b0075ppf)

In the Psychiatrist's Chair 14:15 SAT (b0643xg8)

In the Psychiatrist's Chair 02:15 SUN (b0643xg8)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SAT (b04prn2x)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 SUN (b04prn2x)

Inheritance Tracks 10:10 SUN (b010m3ql)

Inheritance Tracks 21:10 SUN (b010m3ql)

Inheritance Tracks 06:20 MON (b0647v9f)

Inheritance Tracks 13:20 MON (b0647v9f)

Inheritance Tracks 20:20 MON (b0647v9f)

Inheritance Tracks 01:20 TUE (b0647v9f)

Inheritance Tracks 06:20 TUE (b0648kk8)

Inheritance Tracks 13:20 TUE (b0648kk8)

Inheritance Tracks 20:20 TUE (b0648kk8)

Inheritance Tracks 01:20 WED (b0648kk8)

Inheritance Tracks 06:20 WED (b064d0qt)

Inheritance Tracks 13:20 WED (b064d0qt)

Inheritance Tracks 20:20 WED (b064d0qt)

Inheritance Tracks 01:20 THU (b064d0qt)

Inheritance Tracks 06:20 THU (b064ds7n)

Inheritance Tracks 13:20 THU (b064ds7n)

Inheritance Tracks 20:20 THU (b064ds7n)

Inheritance Tracks 01:20 FRI (b064ds7n)

Inheritance Tracks 06:20 FRI (b064fmx0)

Inheritance Tracks 13:20 FRI (b064fmx0)

Inheritance Tracks 20:20 FRI (b064fmx0)

It's Not What You Know 07:30 TUE (b0639w41)

It's Not What You Know 17:30 TUE (b0639w41)

It's Not What You Know 22:00 TUE (b0639w41)

It's Not What You Know 05:30 WED (b0639w41)

Jenny Stephens - Jefferson 37 18:00 SUN (b007k4kc)

Jenny Stephens - Jefferson 37 00:00 MON (b007k4kc)

John Mortimer Presents: The Trials of Marshall Hall 01:00 SAT (b007k2zd)

Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels 10:00 MON (b01bkyly)

Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels 15:00 MON (b01bkyly)

Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels 03:00 TUE (b01bkyly)

Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels 10:00 TUE (b01bwddl)

Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels 15:00 TUE (b01bwddl)

Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels 03:00 WED (b01bwddl)

Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels 10:00 WED (b01c6trt)

Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels 15:00 WED (b01c6trt)

Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels 03:00 THU (b01c6trt)

King Street Junior 09:30 MON (b00tdzjx)

King Street Junior 16:30 MON (b00tdzjx)

King Street Junior 04:30 TUE (b00tdzjx)

Lee Mack and Friends at the Fringe 23:00 THU (b007kltt)

Li Yuan-Chia 06:30 MON (b00pcf5j)

Li Yuan-Chia 13:30 MON (b00pcf5j)

Li Yuan-Chia 20:30 MON (b00pcf5j)

Li Yuan-Chia 01:30 TUE (b00pcf5j)

Little Britain 22:30 TUE (b008p522)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (b064506c)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b064506c)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b064506c)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 02:30 SAT (b00yj265)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 14:30 MON (b00yqhrf)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 02:30 TUE (b00yqhrf)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 14:30 TUE (b00yqn6z)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 02:30 WED (b00yqn6z)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 14:30 WED (b00yqn79)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 02:30 THU (b00yqn79)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 14:30 THU (b00yqn7c)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 02:30 FRI (b00yqn7c)

MM Kaye - The Far Pavilions 14:30 FRI (b00yqn7f)

Mark Steel's in Town 22:30 SUN (b01m0k9m)

Marriage Lines 08:30 MON (b0647y7d)

Marriage Lines 12:30 MON (b0647y7d)

Marriage Lines 19:30 MON (b0647y7d)

Marty Ross - Catch My Breath 18:00 MON (b007k378)

Marty Ross - Catch My Breath 00:00 TUE (b007k378)

Marty Ross - Catch My Breath 18:00 TUE (b007k387)

Marty Ross - Catch My Breath 00:00 WED (b007k387)

Marty Ross - Catch My Breath 18:00 WED (b007k391)

Marty Ross - Catch My Breath 00:00 THU (b007k391)

Marty Ross - Catch My Breath 18:00 THU (b007k3b0)

Marty Ross - Catch My Breath 00:00 FRI (b007k3b0)

Marty Ross - Catch My Breath 18:00 FRI (b007k3bt)

Mastering the Universe 23:00 SUN (b00spqnz)

Meet David Sedaris 07:30 THU (b063d34q)

Meet David Sedaris 17:30 THU (b063d34q)

Meet David Sedaris 22:00 THU (b063d34q)

Meet David Sedaris 05:30 FRI (b063d34q)

Meeting Myself Coming Back 08:00 SAT (b00tcsvt)

Meeting Myself Coming Back 15:00 SAT (b00tcsvt)

Meeting Myself Coming Back 03:00 SUN (b00tcsvt)

Michael Bentine - The Reluctant Jester 07:30 SAT (b01qqxn5)

Michael Bentine - The Reluctant Jester 17:30 SAT (b01qqxn5)

Michael Bentine - The Reluctant Jester 05:30 SUN (b01qqxn5)

My First Planet 22:30 THU (b01fjt0g)

Mystery Theater 11:00 SUN (b06451zz)

Mystery Theater 19:00 SUN (b06451zz)

Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 14:45 MON (b012lq82)

Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 02:45 TUE (b012lq82)

Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 14:45 TUE (b012mdwy)

Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 02:45 WED (b012mdwy)

Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 14:45 WED (b012mkj2)

Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 02:45 THU (b012mkj2)

Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 14:45 THU (b012n474)

Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 02:45 FRI (b012n474)

Nella Last's Peace: Housewife 49 14:45 FRI (b012m9yp)

Off the Page 18:30 WED (b0076qvj)

Off the Page 00:30 THU (b0076qvj)

PG Wodehouse - The Inimitable Jeeves 07:00 THU (b007s5dn)

PG Wodehouse - The Inimitable Jeeves 17:00 THU (b007s5dn)

PG Wodehouse - The Inimitable Jeeves 05:00 FRI (b007s5dn)

Party 22:30 MON (b011jrmq)

Paul Murray - The Mark and the Void 14:30 SUN (b0645328)

Paul Murray - The Mark and the Void 02:30 MON (b0645328)

Percy Edwards Showdown 06:30 FRI (b00htwx7)

Percy Edwards Showdown 13:30 FRI (b00htwx7)

Percy Edwards Showdown 20:30 FRI (b00htwx7)

Peter Tinniswood 06:00 SAT (b01bl25p)

Peter Tinniswood 16:00 SAT (b01bl25p)

Peter Tinniswood 04:00 SUN (b01bl25p)

Pick Ups 23:30 MON (b00nkxfc)

Radio Active 09:30 THU (b007jrnl)

Radio Active 16:30 THU (b007jrnl)

Radio Active 04:30 FRI (b007jrnl)

Ray's a Laugh 08:00 SUN (b00t141c)

Ray's a Laugh 12:00 SUN (b00t141c)

Rent 05:00 SAT (b063rvm6)

Rent 07:00 FRI (b064fnvq)

Rent 17:00 FRI (b064fnvq)

Revolting People 23:00 WED (b00ftcck)

Robb Wilton: I Should Say So 07:15 SUN (b01l1d4z)

Robb Wilton: I Should Say So 14:15 SUN (b01l1d4z)

Robb Wilton: I Should Say So 02:15 MON (b01l1d4z)

Round the Horne 12:00 SAT (b007jrlz)

Round the Horne 08:00 TUE (b007k1g4)

Round the Horne 12:00 TUE (b007k1g4)

Round the Horne 19:00 TUE (b007k1g4)

Rubbish 23:00 TUE (b00853km)

Shappi Talk 22:00 FRI (b00lk2zh)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 07:30 WED (b0639xp0)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 17:30 WED (b0639xp0)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 22:00 WED (b0639xp0)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 05:30 THU (b0639xp0)

Stephen Fagan - The Intersection 03:00 SAT (b01fhjrq)

Steptoe and Son 08:00 THU (b007jlb0)

Steptoe and Son 12:00 THU (b007jlb0)

Steptoe and Son 19:00 THU (b007jlb0)

Such Rotten Luck 09:30 TUE (b0648pf9)

Such Rotten Luck 16:30 TUE (b0648pf9)

Such Rotten Luck 04:30 WED (b0648pf9)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 SUN (b0654771)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 TUE (b0658svz)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 THU (b0658t43)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 FRI (b06549s0)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 08:30 THU (b01k763p)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 12:30 THU (b01k763p)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 19:30 THU (b01k763p)

The Generation Gap 14:15 MON (b00qszyv)

The Generation Gap 02:15 TUE (b00qszyv)

The Generation Gap 14:15 TUE (b00qszz5)

The Generation Gap 02:15 WED (b00qszz5)

The Generation Gap 14:15 WED (b00qszyz)

The Generation Gap 02:15 THU (b00qszyz)

The Generation Gap 14:15 THU (b00qszyx)

The Generation Gap 02:15 FRI (b00qszyx)

The Generation Gap 14:15 FRI (b00qsz6f)

The Goon Show 08:30 FRI (b012bz13)

The Goon Show 12:30 FRI (b012bz13)

The Goon Show 19:30 FRI (b012bz13)

The Lawrence Sweeney Mix 22:30 SAT (b008vzdy)

The Leopard in Autumn 09:30 WED (b00761mn)

The Leopard in Autumn 16:30 WED (b00761mn)

The Leopard in Autumn 04:30 THU (b00761mn)

The Lives of Harry Lime 06:00 MON (b0647tth)

The Lives of Harry Lime 13:00 MON (b0647tth)

The Lives of Harry Lime 20:00 MON (b0647tth)

The Lives of Harry Lime 01:00 TUE (b0647tth)

The Lives of Harry Lime 06:00 TUE (b0648k4r)

The Lives of Harry Lime 13:00 TUE (b0648k4r)

The Lives of Harry Lime 20:00 TUE (b0648k4r)

The Lives of Harry Lime 01:00 WED (b0648k4r)

The Lives of Harry Lime 06:00 WED (b064czyq)

The Lives of Harry Lime 13:00 WED (b064czyq)

The Lives of Harry Lime 20:00 WED (b064czyq)

The Lives of Harry Lime 01:00 THU (b064czyq)

The Lives of Harry Lime 06:00 THU (b064dqyd)

The Lives of Harry Lime 13:00 THU (b064dqyd)

The Lives of Harry Lime 20:00 THU (b064dqyd)

The Lives of Harry Lime 01:00 FRI (b064dqyd)

The Lives of Harry Lime 06:00 FRI (b064fmwy)

The Lives of Harry Lime 13:00 FRI (b064fmwy)

The Lives of Harry Lime 20:00 FRI (b064fmwy)

The Navy Lark 08:00 WED (b007zmrl)

The Navy Lark 12:00 WED (b007zmrl)

The Navy Lark 19:00 WED (b007zmrl)

The Now Show 23:00 MON (b063dch8)

The Now Show 09:00 TUE (b063dch8)

The Other Side of the Hill 16:00 SUN (b010t4pb)

The Other Side of the Hill 04:00 MON (b010t4pb)

The Problem With Adam Bloom 22:15 SAT (b00h4cwy)

The World As We Know It 07:00 MON (b00fnrkf)

The World As We Know It 17:00 MON (b00fnrkf)

The World As We Know It 05:00 TUE (b00fnrkf)

Two Doors Down 07:00 TUE (b0076h8n)

Two Doors Down 17:00 TUE (b0076h8n)

Two Doors Down 05:00 WED (b0076h8n)

Vent 23:30 TUE (b01flqm7)

Whack-O! 08:30 SUN (b06451cb)

Whack-O! 12:30 SUN (b06451cb)

When Cassius Met The Beatles 06:30 THU (b00r8b1k)

When Cassius Met The Beatles 13:30 THU (b00r8b1k)

When Cassius Met The Beatles 20:30 THU (b00r8b1k)

When Cassius Met The Beatles 01:30 FRI (b00r8b1k)

Where Did It All Go Wrong? 23:15 SUN (b0076gqv)

Who Goes There? 16:00 TUE (b064cy21)

Who Goes There? 04:00 WED (b064cy21)

Will Smith's Midlife Crisis Management 22:30 WED (b00g0536)

Winston 07:00 WED (b007lmgv)

Winston 17:00 WED (b007lmgv)

Winston 05:00 THU (b007lmgv)

Wordaholics 05:30 SAT (b01c7lk6)

Wordaholics 07:30 FRI (b01cjm4p)

Wordaholics 17:30 FRI (b01cjm4p)

Writing the Century - Omnibus 13:00 SAT (b0643wl1)

Writing the Century - Omnibus 01:00 SUN (b0643wl1)