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SATURDAY 30 JANUARY 2016

SAT 00:00 The Laxian Key (b007k30w)
Episode 4

Evans the Welsh vigilante aims to senselessly bomb the planetary decontaminationists for melting Earth.

Stephen Hawking once warned us that our species could soon be wiped out by plagues, asteroids and our tendency to destroy ourselves. The solution, he suggested, was for us to colonise other planets. But Chris Larner and David Gilbert's sci-fi comedy sees the truth as a little more complicated.

The Laxian Key shows how, as soon as Man steps onto another planet, he promptly fouls it up just as he did earth. The heroes of this wonderfully wacky tale are two interplanetary decontaminationists.

CAST:

Arnold …. Chris Larner
Gregor …. Mark Bonner
Evan …. Trevor Cooper
Office …. Alex Lowe
Ferngraum …. Sam Dale
Jo …. Christine Kavanagh
Dolores …. Virge Gilchrist
Virtual Newsreader …. Bethan Walker
with Paul Biggin, Emma Noakes and Joseph Kloska

Music by Mark Stevens and Chris Larner

Producer: Peter Kavanagh

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in February 2007.


SAT 00:30 Soul Music (b0076m94)
Series 4

Stand By Me

Singer-songwriter Ben E King talks about writing the classic song in his bedroom on a cheap guitar,

It was recorded by Marc Bolan and John Lennon, and was featured in a film.

Those reflecting on its lasting emotional power are:

Raynold Gideon
Bruce Evans
Jason Toynbee
Steve Brosnihan
Alan Clayson

Reader: Kerry Shale

Series about music that makes the hairs stand up on the back of our necks.

Producer: Lucy Lunt

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2004.


SAT 01:00 R Austin Freeman - Thorndyke, Forensic Investigator (b01r7bhp)
Series 2

Rex v Burnaby

At first glance it looked like a simple bullion robbery, but Thorndyke's investigations reveal that nothing is as it first appeared. Read by William Gaminara.

John Thorndyke, barrister and doctor of medicine, possesses an armoury of skills that equip him as the first scientifically plausible "forensic" detective. R. Austin Freeman, his creator, was himself a medic with an extensive knowledge of forensic medicine, and the solutions to the puzzles are completely plausible. In fact the scientific detail and authenticity of Thorndyke's investigations go much further than anything in the Holmes stories, though Freeman was happy to acknowledge his debt to Arthur Conan Doyle:

"A fellow doctor, Conan Doyle, had made a brilliant and well-deserved success by the creation of the immortal Sherlock Holmes. Considering that achievement, I asked myself whether it might not be possible to devise a detective story of a slightly different kind; one based on the science of Medical Jurisprudence, in which, by the sacrifice of a certain amount of dramatic effect, one could keep entirely within the facts of real life, with nothing fictitious excepting the persons and the events. I came to the conclusion that it was, and began to turn the idea over in my mind."

Thorndyke's work-life stretches over four decades from the early 1900s until the Second World War, a period during which Freeman wrote more than 20 novels and several collections of short stories, from which the six in this series are selected.

The reader William Gaminara is best known as pathologist Leo Dalton in the BBC's long-running series 'Silent Witness'.

Producer: John Taylor

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Fiction Factory and first broadcast in 2013.


SAT 01:30 Bandits of the Blitz (b00tmtj8)
With Britain at war and London under siege from the Luftwaffe, everyone's pulling together. Or are they? Whilst bombs rained down and long-suffering Brits helped each other, some people were simply helping themselves - stealing, looting, and making money on the black market.

The Second World War created vast opportunities for crime. Warehouses were robbed, army stores rifled and forgers kept busy providing false identity documents, ration books and clothing coupons. Looters, stealing anything of value, cleaned out blitzed houses.

The blackout and bombing provided perfect cover for safe cracking and Post Office raids. Professional criminals thrived. People like Billy Hill, who despite prison terms used his wartime muscle to become, in his words, "Boss of Britain's Underworld".

Complex emergency rules left normally-law-abiding citizens facing the courts. Shopkeepers who fell foul of the tangle of red tape faced heavy fines.

Even as the war ended, rationing continued, and the black market flourished. Presenter Duncan Campbell unearths once-secret papers that put Billy Hill at the centre of London's organized crime in the 1950s.

Using archive accounts and talking to people who were there, Campbell tells the tale of crime on the home front. With interviews from Billy Hill's son, Justin Hill, former jewel thief Peter Scott, veteran ex police officers, and historians and academics.

Presenter Duncan Campbell is a former crime correspondent for the Guardian.

Producer: Liz Carney
A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2010.


SAT 02:00 Donna Tartt - The Secret History (b03q9ng3)
Episode 15

Richard has been shot and, as events escalate, not everyone will get out alive. Donna Tartt thriller concluded by William Hope. From April 1995.


SAT 02:15 Incarnations: India in 50 Lives (b05vhh4d)
Basavana: A Voice in the Air

A portrait of Basavana, the radical poet and religious guru from the 12th century, whose words have inspired many other Indian poets, writers and dramatists. Professor Sunil Khilnani tells the story of a man whose deceptively simple verses protest against the immorality of the caste system and proclaim the intrinsic value of people who happen to be born poor. "His verses ... are what best explain him. They have a directness that reveals to us a free thinker, social reformer and religious evangelist who sometimes struggled to resist worldly temptations," says Professor Khilnani. Basavana was an inspiration to his followers yet his life came to a bitter end. His teachings are kept alive by a substantial religious community called the Lingayats who are concentrated in Northern Karnataka.

Produced by Mark Savage
Researcher: Manu Pillai
Readings by Sagar Arya
Listeners can catch up with the series and see the list of remarkable Indians featured on the Radio 4 website.


SAT 02:30 Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (b00767g1)
Episode 5

Can Andrea and married Philip manage to keep their affair secret?

Stan Barstow’s gritty double love story set in Yorkshire in the 1960s, dramatised by his partner Diana Griffiths.

Agnes.........Naomi Radcliffe
Andrea...............Deborah Mcandrew
Philip..................Robert Glenister
Landlord.............Geoff Hinsliff

Director: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.


SAT 02:45 Rukhsana Ahmad - Freedom's Daughter (b007jybp)
Episode 5

Nehru is released from jail, while Indira Gandhi's political views are developing. Read by Nina Wadia. and Paul Bhattacharjee.


SAT 03:00 Charles Dickens (b01b3fqd)
Little Dorrit

Episode 5

After her father's death Little Dorrit is still in Italy when the newly-married Fanny has a strange visit from Mr Merdle.

Arthur is struck by disaster and Mrs Clennam is forced to reveal the family secret at last.

Conclusion of Charles Dickens's masterpiece of social satire and imprisonment.

Starring Sir Ian McKellen as Charles Dickens.

Recorded on location in London.

Charles Dickens ...... Ian McKellen
Arthur Clennam ...... Julian Wadham
Mrs Clennam ...... Margaret Tyzack
Little Dorrit ...... Jasmine Hyde
Fanny Dorrit ...... Indira Varma
John Chivery ...... Ben Crowe
Flintwinch ...... Ioan Meredith
Mr Pancks ...... Philip Joseph
Mr Doyce ...... Jonathan Keeble
Mr Merdle ...... Kenneth Cranham
Chivery ...... Gordon Reid

Dramatised by Doug Lucie.

Music by Mia Soteriou
Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2001.


SAT 04:00 The 3rd Degree (b01fhrjh)
Series 2

Queen Mary, University of London

Coming this week from Queen Mary, University of London, "The 3rd Degree" is a funny, lively and dynamic quiz show aimed at cultivating the next generation of Radio 4 listeners whilst delighting the current ones. It's recorded on location at a different University each week, and it pits three Undergraduates against three of their Professors in a genuinely original and fresh take on an academic quiz. Being a Radio 4 programme, it of course meets the most stringent standards of academic rigour - but with lots of facts and jokes thrown in for good measure.

Together with host Steve Punt, the show tours the (sometimes posh, sometimes murky, but always welcoming!) Union buildings, cafés and lecture halls of six universities across the UK.

The rounds vary between Specialist Subjects and General Knowledge, quickfire bell-and-buzzer rounds and the 'Highbrow & Lowbrow' round cunningly devised to test not only the students' knowledge of current affairs, history, languages and science, but also their Professors' awareness of television, film, and Lady Gaga... In addition, the Head-to-Head rounds, in which students take on their Professors in their own subjects, were particularly lively, and offered plenty of scope for mild embarrassment on both sides...

The resulting show is funny, fresh, and not a little bit surprising, with a truly varied range of scores, friendly rivalry, and moments where students wished they had more than just glanced at that reading list...

Producer: David Tyler
A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 04:30 Albert and Me (b0480vfp)
Series 2

Casual Labour

Single dad Bryan is sacked and advertises for work in a local shop window.

Stars Robert Lindsay and Pat Coombs.

Single parent Bryan Archer struggles to find work while raising his baby son, Albert.

Bryan Archer ...... Robert Lindsay
Mum/Albert ...... Pat Coombs
Mrs Willis ...... Diana King
Fred ...... Harry Fowler
Vikkie ...... Sherrie Hewson
Mr Graham ...... Douglas Blackwell
Mrs Weston ...... Frances Jeater
Amateur Photographer ...... John Tordoff.

Incidental music by Max Harris.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in April 1983.


SAT 05:00 1834 (b011vffj)
London

Trapped in 19th-century Macclesfield, bored 21st-century Jason heads to London, but is waylaid by a mint-popping highwayman...

In Jim Poyser's riotous comedy of transportation and delight, Jason is now Tarquin, third son of Lord Belport with faithful valet, Ned.

Jason Slater ...... Michael Begley
Ned ...... Joe Caffrey
Hoskins ...... Kenneth Alan Taylor
Lord Belport ...... Mark Chatterton
Millicent ...... Julia Rounthwaite
Henry ...... James Nickerson
Highwayman ...... Toby Hadoke
Duke of Cranmere ...... John Craig

Directed at BBC Manchester by Polly Thomas.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2003.


SAT 05:30 So Wrong It's Right (b01j5nws)
Series 3

Episode 3

Charlie Brooker hosts the comedy panel show about the wrong side of life. Guests Father Ted and IT Crowd writer Graham Linehan, comedian Matthew Crosby and Sony-award winning podcaster Helen Zaltzman compete to suggest the best in bad ideas.

So Wrong It's Right sees Charlie ask three guests a number of questions testing their powers of creativity and revealing the best embarrassing stories from their lives. This week, the panel's worst experiences with a stranger and the best ideas for the worst new gadget are just two of the challenges faced by the panel.

Can anyone top Helen's nomination for most annoying modern irritant, 'constructed reality TV'? And will anyone beat Graham Linehan's suggestion for a terrible new gadget, the 'exciting ladder'?

The host of So Wrong It's Right, Charlie Brooker, also presents BBC4s acclaimed Newswipe and Screenwipe series, and is an award winning columnist for The Guardian. He also won Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards 2009.

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


SAT 06:00 Colin Davis - Thin Boy (b06z61l1)
"Who is the sane one," asked the philosopher Bertrand Russell, "the man who cracks up because of Hiroshima, or the rest of us who remain unaffected by it?"

On 10 December, 1957, Claude "Buck" Eatherly, ex-509th Squadron, USAF, stood trial for robbing post offices. He pleaded not guilty by virtue of insanity....

Colin Davis's biographical play stars Peter Whitman as Claude Eatherly, Peter Marinker as the Writer, Bob Sherman as Colonel Tibbetts, Serretta Wilons as Eatherly's Woman, Bill Wallis as Dr McElroy and Nigel Anthony as Dr Constantine.

Producer: Andy Jordan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1990.


SAT 07:30 Tony Hawks's Guide to the Guides (b0075vhy)
Tea Shops

Comedian and writer Tony Hawks tests the guide books that claim to help us navigate our way around our holidays.

Kicking off this 6-part series, Tony goes in search of that very British creation, the tea-room.

Should it be milk or tea in first to make the very best cuppa? Armed with his guide, Tony's tea tour takes in the delights of Dorset. But what is it that writers think of in order establish real tea-room credibility for guide-readers, including the needs of visitors from abroad?

Producer: Lucy Willmore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


SAT 08:00 Archive on 4 (b017l87m)
Rebuilding Britain for the Baby Boomers

Maxwell Hutchinson analyses the great push to re-build post war Britain.
In the 1990's architect and broadcaster Maxwell Hutchinson began recording interviews with the men who re-built Britain after World War 2. These idealists - then in their eighties- told how they'd returned from war to a country ravaged by the Luftwaffe, determined to design a country fit for heroes . Many were graduates of the left-leaning Architectural Association and brought their radical ideas, influenced by le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, to building social housing for slum clearance families ; hospitals for the infant NHS; schools for the children of the Butler Education act; and bold new tower blocks that would transform the city skyline. Most of them worked for local authorities and saw their profession as a public service. These "duffle-coated pip-squeaks" as they were known, included Sir Phillip Powell ,Sir Andrew Derbyshire , Ivor Smith, Peter Smithson , the father of Brutalism; Lord Esher and Jim Cadbury Brown. Many have since died. Using these interviews, plus newsreel and contemporary archive , this programme captures that idealism and reflects the later disillusionment when modernism - and architects - fell out of fashion.
2011 was the fiftieth anniversary of Parkhill Flats, Sheffield. It was seen as the embodiment of the modernist movement - streets in the sky to replace the grim terraces bulldozed after the war to give families indoor lavatories, central heating and airy balconies. At first the families couldn't believe their luck - they loved their modern new homes. But as the building began to show cracks, and the community spirit failed to translate from slum-terrace to deck access, Parkhill Flats became a by-word for all that was rotten in the state of post war architecture. It wasn't long before residents starting chucking their rubbish over the balconies, and the flats became the new slums. Peter Smithson, once blamed the residents of his much criticised development, Robin Hood Gardens (a sister project to Parkhill) for letting the building go to rack and ruin; for "painting their doors purple" and not applying "the minor arts of occupation".
Parkhill Flats - the largest listed building in Europe - is undergoing extensive renovation by the trendy developers Urban Splash; so the story of this emblematic building, which Sheffielders love and loathe in equal measure, is still a talking point. Maxwell Hutchinson goes back to Parkhill to see the renovation, talk to former residents and find out if the post-war dream of the young architects who designed this colossal building can be revived.


SAT 09:00 Comedy Controller (b01r9rh7)
Colin Murray

'Radio is my companion'. Presenter, writer, producer Colin Murray is such an enthusiast that he plans his travel around certain radio shows or stocks up with podcasts for the car journey.

Colin's selection includes some of his comedy and radio heroes: Desert Island Discs with castaway Mel Brooks 01/07/1978; Alan Partridge in Knowing Me, Knowing You 05/01/1993; Mark Thomas The Manifesto 02/07/2009; grammar boffins in Many a Slip 05/05/1964; BBC Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle presenter Gerry Anderson and Stewart Lee in Chain Reaction 20/01/2005.


SAT 12:00 The Motion Show (b00768f5)
Series 3

Episode 1

Debates galore over the North/South divide, glorious failure – and blowing your own trumpet.

Graeme Garden chairs the quirky battle of words and wit.

With Steve Punt, Simon Fanshawe, Dan Gaster and Jenny Eclair.

Producer: Helen Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2000


SAT 12:30 Tomorrow, Today! (b016r51y)
Series 2

Dr Chaotica and the Rise of the Atomic Man-Bees

A BBC producer struggles to make a radio soap set in the unimaginably futuristic world of 2008.

Suspicious deaths provoke mixed reactions.

Series two of Christopher William Hill's sitcom set in 1962.

Nigel Lavery ...... Peter Bowles
Sylvia Hann ...... Cheryl Campbell
Godfrey Winnard ..... John Fortune
Sir Angus McNairn ...... Gary Waldhorn
Hugo Kellerman ...... Joseph Kloska
Douglas Bennings ...... Jon Glover
Keith Wood ...... Sam Pamphilon
Mrs Tinkler ...... Rachel Atkins
Graham Tinkler ...... Lloyd Thomas
Delivery Boy ...... Alex Lamipekun

Producer: Liz Webb

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2008.


SAT 13:00 November Dead List (b06z66tg)
Series 2 Omnibus

DCI Greave investigates a series of murders in rural Norfolk. Gritty psychological crime drama starring Lia Williams.


SAT 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b06z67z6)
James Naughtie

Broadcaster James Naughtie chooses 'Mrs Jamieson's Favourite' played by Aly Bain and Schubert's Sonata for Arpeggione.


SAT 14:15 Robin Brooks - The Romantics (b06z68nc)
Robin is a dreamer

He can't stop himself travelling back in time to hold imaginary conversations about the early 19th-century poets, Shelley, Keats and Byron, with people who were close to them.

But his domestic life goes tragically wrong. Can he bring himself back to the real world long enough to save it?

Robin Brooks's play stars Christopher Timothy as Robert, Edward de Souza as Edward, Robin Brooks as Shelley, Jonathan Adams as Byron and Nicholas Murchie as Keats and Theresa Streatfeild as Gillian.

Director: Tim Gebbels

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1992.


SAT 15:00 Archive on 4 (b017l87m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SAT 16:00 Colin Davis - Thin Boy (b06z61l1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Tony Hawks's Guide to the Guides (b0075vhy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Planet B (b00y90wz)
Series 3

The Pirate Islands

Medley and Kip must battle island inhabitants to save Planet B. Virtual reality saga by Penelope Skinner. Stars Claire Harry.


SAT 18:30 Ghost Zone (b007jtzr)
Episode 2

After the mysterious explosion in the Scottish Highlands, the small advance party of rescuers face a hostile reception from locals on arrival at the devastated village of Inchbrae.

Can they unearth what's caused the massive cloud of radioactive dust?

Sci-fi thriller written by Marty Ross.

Stars Simon Tait as Dan Collins, Gayanne Potter as Jill Logan, Joanna Tope as Dr Beth Granger, Sandy Neilson as Captain Cairns, Lesley Hart as Heather Logan, Finlay McLean as PC McBain/Driver and Stevie Hannan as Lt Hopridge/Jamie/Voice-off.

Producer: Bruce Young

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in 2004.


SAT 19:00 Comedy Controller (b01r9rh7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Colin Hoult's Carnival of Monsters (b037j6vl)
Series 1

Episode 4

Master character comedian Colin Hoult presents his much anticipated debut comedy series for BBC Radio 4. Enter the Carnival of Monsters, a bizarre and hilarious world of sketches, stories and characters, presented by the sinister Ringmaster.

Meet such monstrous yet strangely familiar oddities as: Thwor - the mighty (but Leeds-based) god of Thwunder; Len Parker - Nottingham-born martial arts and transformers enthusiast; Anna Mann - outrageous star of such forgotten silver screen hits such as 'Rogue Baker', 'Who's For Turkish Delight' and 'A Bowl For My Bottom'; and many more.

Writers Guild Award-winner Colin Hoult is best known for his highly acclaimed starring roles in 'Being Human', 'Life's Too Short', and 'Russell Howard's Good News', as well as his many hit shows at the Edinburgh Festival. He has also appeared and written for a number of Radio 4 series including 'The Headset Set' and 'Colin and Fergus' Digi-Radio'.

'Lewis Carol meets The League Of Gentlemen . A beautifully staged masterclass in character comedy' - Time Out
'Comic gold' - Metro
'Delightfully funny' - The Telegraph

Produced by Sam Bryant.


SAT 22:30 Mordrin McDonald: 21st Century Wizard (b00yz2hw)
Series 2

Merlin's Visit

Written by David Kay & Gavin Smith.

Step into the magically mundane world that is the life of 21st century wizard Mordrin McDonald. An isolated 2000-year-old sorcerer with enough power in his small finger to destroy a town, yet not even enough clout to get his bins emptied on time by the local council. Even for such a skilful sorcerer - modern life is rubbish!

Mordrin is deadpan, dry and makes delicious jams. He initially set up as a plc for income tax relief, but has found it a useful vehicle to help him bolster his Wizard skill set and his range of services. (Even a wizard has to diversify). He's been running Fruity Potions from his cave for the past few years, in between completing the odd quest as instructed by the Wizard Council. In the past his services were to help kings in battles of good and evil, or as he prefers to put it, 'assisting with neighbour disputes.'

This week Mordrin has to prepare for the visit of Merlin to Blairochil, and eyeing an opportunity for a promotion, pulls out all the stops.

Cast:
Mordrin: David Kay
Geoff: Gordon Kennedy
Heather: Hannah Donaldson
Bernard The Blue: Jack Docherty
Lord Cumnock: Michael McKenzie
Policeman: Jonny Austin

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


SAT 22:45 Warhorses of Letters (b01pcqkr)
Series 2

Episode 4

It's the eve of Waterloo and our two heroes face the prospect of seeing each other face to face, if only it was not across a battlefield. And is Marengo's life at risk from another more immediate enemy?

The continuing romantic correspondence between two of history's most important horses: Napoleon's mount Marengo and the Duke of Wellington's own Copenhagen.

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

Written by Robbie Hudson and Marie Phillips.

Producer: Gareth Edwards.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2012.


SAT 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b070d59j)
The best in contemporary comedy. Tonight Arthur Smith chats to 'Beasts'.


SAT 23:00 Pleased to Meet You (b0124y89)
Pilot

90-something good-time girl Dora Dale shares wild tales of her star-strewn past.

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

Written by and starring Martin Kelner and Jake Yapp.

Made for BBC7 and first broadcast in November 2005.


SAT 23:30 The Big Booth (b007jv50)
Series 2: The Big Booth Too

Episode 3

Boothby Graffoe meets a man with a replacement tongue and a man in a washing machine.

More guitar-flavoured songs and surreal laughs from Boothby Graffoe.

With Stephen Frost , Vivienne Soan, Big Al, Jim Sweeney and guitarist Antonio Forcione.

Written by Boothby Graffoe and Dave Thompson.

Producer: Lucy Armitage

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2001.



SUNDAY 31 JANUARY 2016

SUN 00:00 Planet B (b00y90wz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:30 Ghost Zone (b007jtzr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 November Dead List (b06z66tg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b06z67z6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Saturday]


SUN 02:15 Robin Brooks - The Romantics (b06z68nc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Archive on 4 (b017l87m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Colin Davis - Thin Boy (b06z61l1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Tony Hawks's Guide to the Guides (b0075vhy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (Omnibus) (b06z87jb)
Episode 1

Andrea meets Philip, a married man. The warnings are all about lust but tenderness is the real enemy.

Stan Barstow’s gritty double love story set in Yorkshire in the 1960's - dramatised by his partner Diana Griffiths.

Andrea...............Deborah McAndrew
Philip..................Robert Glenister
Tom......................David Calder
George.................John Griffin
Julie............Naomi Radcliffe
Mrs Warner............Daryl Fishwick

Omnibus of the first five of ten parts

Director: Pauline Harris

First broadcast in on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.


SUN 07:15 Shoot from the Hip - The World's Coolest Camera (b0076xhf)
Lucy Ash discovers how in the digital age, the world still loves a Soviet Union relic - the low-spec Lomo Camera. From 2006.


SUN 07:30 Life: An Idiot's Guide (b01q9771)
Series 2

Technology

Stephen K Amos is joined by stand-ups Marlon Davis, Jarlath Reagan and Lloyd Langford to consider the pros and cons of living with technology. Produced by Colin Anderson.


SUN 08:00 Jim the Great (b02zbzxb)
Series 2

Joust in Time

To settle a debt, the moustachioed monarch challenges a bloodthirsty Viking to a duel. Stars Jimmy Edwards. From September 1979.


SUN 08:30 Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (b008kmkg)
Series 2

Episode 1

Reshuffling Patron Saints, the art of piano moving and spoofing 'Under Milk Wood'.

A sequential entertainment for radio starring Ronnie Barker.

With Terence Brady and Pauline Yates.

Pianist: Gordon Langford.

Written by Miles Kington, Roy Lomax, John Graham, Peter Spence, Chris Miller, Chris Allen, Jim Eldridge, Chris Bell and Laurie Holloway and Peter N Christie

Producer John Fawcett-Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1972.


SUN 09:00 Volker Weidermann - Summer Before the Dark: Omnibus (b06z8cxj)
1936: Stefan Zweig and his mistress stroll Ostend's seafront waiting for writer, Joseph Roth to arrive. Read by Peter Firth.


SUN 10:10 Inheritance Tracks (b06z8dhz)
Sarah Millican

Comedian Sarah Millican chooses 'Bossanova' from Fun in Acapulco by Elvis Presley and 'Wired for Sound' by Cliff Richard.


SUN 10:15 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b06z8dj3)
Absent Friends

Peter O'Sullevan

4 Extra Debut. From Beethoven to Edith Piaf, horse racing commentator Peter O'Sullevan makes his castaway choices. With Sue Lawley. From September 1997.


SUN 11:00 The Moth Radio Hour (b06y9jvd)
Amputation, Al Gore, and Heroin

True stories told live in the USA.


SUN 11:50 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00zf648)
Series 2

Cicada

One of the great wild sounds of North America is the purring of insects in the evening, especially that of Cicadas, one of the great stridulating sounds in the wild.

This is the tale of one Cicada; the 17-year periodic Cicada that stunned the community in New England 13 years after the Pilgrim Fathers had landed. There was a plague of insects, all with red eyes on stalks - and all emerging continuously out of the soil.

When the plague subsided a few weeks later the people of Plymouth Rock were braced for another onslaught, but nothing happened until 17 years later.

Sir David Attenborough recalls a filming trip to New England to film this species of Cicada with both fascinating natural history and a hilarious twist.

Written and presented by David Attenborough

Producer: Julian Hector

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2011.


SUN 12:00 Jim the Great (b02zbzxb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 12:30 Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (b008kmkg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 13:00 Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (Omnibus) (b06z87jb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SUN 14:15 Shoot from the Hip - The World's Coolest Camera (b0076xhf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 today]


SUN 14:30 Automobile Club of Egypt: Omnibus (b06z8kwx)
Episode 2

Mitsy meets the King of Egypt. But the outcome does not please her father. Alaa Al Aswany's novel is read by Raad Rawi, Amir El-Masry and Emerald O'Hanrahan.


SUN 15:45 Trevor Hoyle - The Dying Art of Letter Writing (b01bmrq2)
Malcolm wants to sell the family paper mill, but his Aunt Emmie declares "Over my dead body!". Letters read by Joyce Gibbs. From February 2012.


SUN 16:00 Peter Tinniswood (b007k354)
The Governor's Consort

Mary Wimbush stars as Lady Edith in this play written specially for her by Peter Tinniswood.

Lady Edith is sailing with her husband to the tiny South Atlantic island of St David's, of which he's about to become Governor.

Her fellow passengers, not to mention the crew and the exuberant band on board, produce an invigorating and somewhat earthy effect on her Ladyship, a frustrated woman of 'a certain age' with a vivid imagination.

Lady Edith …. Mary Wimbush
Sir Wilfred …. John Moffatt
Doctor Spofforth …. Bernard Hepton
Captain MacWhirter …. Stephen Thorne
Delgado …. Keith Drinkel
Chief Engineer …. Matthew Morgan
First Officer …. James Telfer
Tarleton …. Jonathan Adams

Radio kept Mary Wimbush particularly busy throughout her career. She was known to millions as Julia Pargetter in 'The Archers' until her death in 2005, shortly after she'd recorded an episode of the BBC's long-running soap opera at the BBC's Mailbox in Birmingham.

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1993.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (b06z8twh)
With Great Pleasure - Jo Shapcott

BBC Radio 4's Poet in Residence, Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's radio poetry archive.

In 'With Great Pleasure' from the 2003 Ledbury Poetry Festival, Jo Shapcott presents some of her literary favourites read for her by Christian Rodska and Mark Meadows.

Her choices range from medieval poem Piers Plowman to war poet Ivor Gurney via Galileo, Emily Dickinson and the ascent of Kilimanjaro.

Producer: Viv Beeby

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.


SUN 17:30 Life: An Idiot's Guide (b01q9771)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Nick Stafford - The Fire Inside (b0075gpk)
A stranger seeks shelter at an isolated farmhouse in the depths of winter. The occupants, Jack and Mavis, put him in an upstairs room, sparking a sinister chain of events - and an investigation into what has really been going on...

Nick Stafford's supernatural tale stars Philip Jackson as Jack, Kate Rutter as Mavis, Jonathan Tafler as Ellis and Stephen Critchlow as Colin.

Director: Claire Grove

First broadcast in the Elemental Tales series on Radio 4 in 1999


SUN 18:45 The Pond (b06z8twn)
An old man calls to a frog and then catches it for a sinister purpose, but will he pay for his crime?

George Parsons reads Nigel Kneale’s short story.

Produced at BBC Bristol by Pamela Howe.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1988


SUN 19:00 The Moth Radio Hour (b06y9jvd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:50 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00zf648)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


SUN 20:00 Volker Weidermann - Summer Before the Dark: Omnibus (b06z8cxj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SUN 21:10 Inheritance Tracks (b06z8dhz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:10 today]


SUN 21:15 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b06z8dj3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:15 today]


SUN 22:00 Life: An Idiot's Guide (b01q9771)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Clayton Grange (b01n65zq)
Series 1

Episode 3

The team attempt to make war just a bit more gentle.

This is Clayton Grange, top secret Scientific Institute with a government brief to solve the global fuel crisis, cheer people up and make war just a bit more gentle. Meet the scientists who are a bit rubbish at life. And not much better at science.

Comedy by Neil Warhurst with extra material by Paul Barnhill.

Saunders ..... Anthony Head
Geoff ..... Neil Warhurst
Roger ..... Paul Barnhill
Jameson ..... Stephanie Racine
Lionel ..... Don Gilet
Alan Dobson ..... Paul Stonehouse

Director: Marion Nancarrow.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2012.


SUN 23:00 Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking (b00c5xtr)
Series 2

Episode 5

An attic full of peas, switching from Girl Guide to sumo wrestler and dull geological holidays.

Award-winning comedian Laura Solon's sketch and character comedy series

With Rosie Cavaliero, Ben Moor and Ben Willbond.

Written by Laura Solon.

Producer: Colin Anderson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2008.


SUN 23:30 The Harpoon (b00cq60w)
Series 3

Episode 4

Howdee y'all! A special star-spangled American issue of the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure story papers.

Performed by Alistair McGowan, Peter Baynham, Susie Brann, Mary Elliot-Nelson and Julian Dutton.

Producer: Sarah Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1994.



MONDAY 01 FEBRUARY 2016

MON 00:00 Nick Stafford - The Fire Inside (b0075gpk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:45 The Pond (b06z8twn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (Omnibus) (b06z87jb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:15 Shoot from the Hip - The World's Coolest Camera (b0076xhf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 on Sunday]


MON 02:30 Automobile Club of Egypt: Omnibus (b06z8kwx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:45 Trevor Hoyle - The Dying Art of Letter Writing (b01bmrq2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:45 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Peter Tinniswood (b007k354)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (b06z8twh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Life: An Idiot's Guide (b01q9771)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 R Austin Freeman - Thorndyke, Forensic Investigator (b01r7ml4)
Series 2

The Stalking Horse

When Miss Dalby, a leading light in the suffragette movement, is accused of the murder of a man on a train, Thorndyke takes up the case for her defence. Read by William Gaminara.

John Thorndyke, barrister and doctor of medicine, possesses an armoury of skills that equip him as the first scientifically plausible "forensic" detective. R. Austin Freeman, his creator, was himself a medic with an extensive knowledge of forensic medicine, and the solutions to the puzzles are completely plausible. In fact the scientific detail and authenticity of Thorndyke's investigations go much further than anything in the Holmes stories, though Freeman was happy to acknowledge his debt to Arthur Conan Doyle:

"A fellow doctor, Conan Doyle, had made a brilliant and well-deserved success by the creation of the immortal Sherlock Holmes. Considering that achievement, I asked myself whether it might not be possible to devise a detective story of a slightly different kind; one based on the science of Medical Jurisprudence, in which, by the sacrifice of a certain amount of dramatic effect, one could keep entirely within the facts of real life, with nothing fictitious excepting the persons and the events. I came to the conclusion that it was, and began to turn the idea over in my mind."

Thorndyke's work-life stretches over four decades from the early 1900s until the Second World War, a period during which Freeman wrote more than 20 novels and several collections of short stories, from which the six in this series are selected.

The reader William Gaminara is best known as pathologist Leo Dalton in the BBC's long-running series 'Silent Witness'.

Producer: John Taylor

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Fiction Factory and first broadcast in 2013.


MON 06:30 Stash: The Dandy Aesthete of Swinging London (b00h6xlm)
Journalist Mark Paytress searches for mysterious 60s personality Stash, friend of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. From March 2009.


MON 07:00 The Right Time (b0076m76)
Series 4

Episode 1

From nudism and reflexology to top-shelf magazines.

Sketch show about life, written and performed by people who've lived a bit.

Stars Eleanor Bron, Dudley Sutton , Roger Blake , Clive Swift and Paula Wilcox.

With guest star Arthur Smith.

Written by Colin Bostock-Smith, Jill Brodie, John Pidgeon, Mike Haskins, Jan Etherington, George Poles, Arthur Smith, Alan Stafford, Chris Thompson and Petr Reynolds.

Script editors: Ed Dyson and George Poles.

Music by Ronnie & The Rex.

Producer: Katie Marsden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2004.


MON 07:30 The Museum of Curiosity (b06ybgxr)
Series 8

Ward, Sharman, Blofeld

Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sarah Millican welcome:

* An award-winning Australian comedian who is so much more than a mere joker, Felicity Ward
* The cricket commentator whose association with James Bond villainy is more than a mere coincidence, Henry Blofeld
* A former chemist from Mars who is more than a Mir astronaut, Dr Helen Sharman OBE

The Museum's guests discuss the cultural significance of Australians using watermelons as hats; how you can increase your stature in more ways than one by going into space; how it took an author as inventive as PG Wodehouse to coin the word 'gruntled' decades after the word 'disgruntled'; the vital importance of toilets; and the coolest possible way of telling mountain trekkers where you were when you first saw the Himalayas.

Researchers: Anne Miller and Molly Oldfield of QI.

Producers: Richard Turner and James Harkin.

A BBC Radio Comedy production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in January 2016.


MON 08:00 Dad's Army (b007jqpj)
Series 3

The Royal Train

Captain Mainwaring gets up steam when the Home Guard platoon receive sealed orders regarding the King.

The comic exploits of a Second World War Home Guard platoon in Walmington-on-Sea.

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

Captain Mainwaring …. Arthur Lowe
Sergeant Wilson …. John Le Mesurier
Corporal Jones …. Clive Dunn
Private Frazer …. John Laurie
Private Godfrey …. Arnold Ridley
Private Pike …. Ian Lavender
Warden Hodges …. Bill Pertwee
Private Walker …. Larry Martyn
Vicar …. Frank Williams
Announcer/Newsreader …. John Snagge

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1976.


MON 08:30 Brothers in Law (b007k2p3)
Series 2

But...

Juggling cases and girlfriends, barrister Roger has trouble with toggles and grommets.

Starring Richard Briers as Roger Thursby, John Glyn-Jones as Grimes, Julia Lockwood as Sally, Bridget Armstrong as Joy and Brian Oulton as the Judge.

All other parts played by William Fox, Garard Green and Peter Tuddenham.

Written by Henry Cecil and Basil Dawson.

Published in 1955, Henry Cecil's comic legal novel Brothers in Law was adapted first for TV in 1962 by Frank Muir and Denis Norden. It provided the first regular starring role for Richard Briers, who later reprised his role of the idealistic young lawyer Roger Thursby for BBC Radio between 1970 and 1972.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1971.


MON 09:00 The Write Stuff (b00dr86m)
Series 8

Raymond Chandler

James Walton takes the chair for the game of literary correctness, flanked by captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh with guests Lynne Truss and Mark Billingham. The author of the week and subject for pastiche is Raymond Chandler and the reader is Beth Chalmers.


MON 09:30 Tomorrow, Today! (b017071k)
Series 2

Squab is not the Language of Love

Radio writer Hugo defects to TV.

Series two of Christopher William Hill's sitcom set in 1962. A BBC producer struggles to make a radio soap set in the unimaginably futuristic world of 2008.

Nigel Lavery ...... Peter Bowles
Sylvia Hann ...... Cheryl Campbell
Godfrey Winnard ..... John Fortune
Sir Angus McNairn ...... Gary Waldhorn
Hugo Kellerman ...... Joseph Kloska
Douglas Bennings ...... Jon Glover
Keith Wood ...... Sam Pamphilon
Georgina Barrett ...... Carolyn Pickles
Burton ...... Peter Marinker.

Producer: Liz Webb

First broadcast on Radio 4 in February 2008.


MON 10:00 Lee Hall - I Luv U Jimmy Spud (b007jmts)
Jimmy Spud is Newcastle's only trainee angel, determined to solve cosmic mysteries and save his father from the grip of lung cancer.

Lee Hall's play about poverty, illness, love and redemption stars Gareth Brown as Jimmy Spud, Charlle Hardwick as Mother and Dave Whittaker as Father.

Producer: Kate Rowland

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995

First repeated in 1997 as part of Lee Hall's "God's Country" quartet plays: The Love Letters of Ragie Patel, The Sorrows of Sandra Saint and Spoonface Steinberg.


MON 11:00 Mick Jackson - Junior Science (b016x4t9)
Back to School

To coincide with the broadcast of 'Junior Science', Mick Jackson is taking up a year-long post as writer-in residence at The Science Museum in London.

In these three specially-commissioned stories, children become involved in science with strange and unsettling results.

In Back To School, young Robert Thornber discovers strange goings-on in the Science Block when he accidentally goes back to school a day early. He is soon forced to run for his life.

Mick Jackson is a Booker-nominated author and screenwriter. His first novel, The Underground Man, was shortlisted for The Booker Prize, The Whitbread First Novel Award and won The Royal Society of Authors' First Novel Award. He has published three novels and two illustrated collections of stories including Spirit Bears, Circus Bears and Sewer Bears which were produced by Sweet Talk for BBC Radio 4.

Mick also writes screenplays and has directed documentaries. One of his short stories,The Pearce Sisters, was adapted by Aardman Animation and won more than twenty prizes at international film festivals, including a BAFTA for Best Short Animation.

Mick lives in Brighton with his family.

Written by Mick Jackson. Read by David Holt.

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


MON 11:15 Nick Warburton - Purvis (b007k1jy)
A kindly vicar appoints a lonely widower as church safety officer but he proves to be rather accident prone. Stars Peter Sallis. From November 2000.


MON 12:00 Dad's Army (b007jqpj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Brothers in Law (b007k2p3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 R Austin Freeman - Thorndyke, Forensic Investigator (b01r7ml4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Stash: The Dandy Aesthete of Swinging London (b00h6xlm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife (b00zsdgc)
Episode 1

Hattie Morahan reads Tea Obreht's evocative debut novel set in a Balkan country scarred by war, and where Natalia, a young doctor, is struggling to understand the mysterious circumstances of her grandfather's death. A tattered copy of The Jungle Book which her grandfather kept with him always provides an unlikely clue, sending her on a quest that leads to the extraordinary stories of the deathless man and the tiger's wife.

Tea Obreht is on "The New Yorker's Top Writers under 40 Fiction Issue" (June 2010), and at 24 was the youngest on the list. 'The Tiger's Wife' is one of the Waterstone's 11 - the best debuts that they have picked for 2011. Her short story, "The Sentry", appeared in the "Guardian Summer Fiction Issue", alongside stories by Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell.

She was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, and raised in Belgrade, where she spent her childhood. In 1992, her family immigrated, and in 1997 eventually settled in the United States.

The reader is Hattie Morahan.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and produced by Elizabeth Allard.


MON 14:15 Incarnations: India in 50 Lives (b05vx1bs)
Amir Khusro: The Parrot of India

By turns warrior, prisoner of war, court poet and passionate Sufi devotee, Amir Khusro was above all a quick-witted literary survivor. And his ability to write for all manner of patrons and audiences, added to his faith in Sufism, would help his words endure for 700 years. Sunil Khilnani tells the story of the man who called himself 'The Parrot of India'.

After a career as a soldier, Khusro gained fame in the royal courts of Delhi where poets improvised and extemporised for their patrons, competing with each other in a kind of medieval poetry slam. But despite being the most admired court poet of his time, he eventually suffered burnout and turned for spiritual strength to the great Sufi Muslim saint Nizamuddin Auliya. From then on his poetry focussed on the ideal of Sufi devotion, a merging of identity between master and follower.

Sunil Khilnani visits old Delhi and Khusro's tomb where his songs, passed down through 700 years of oral tradition, are still performed. Those songs have also come to live in the unconscious of millions of Indians through their use in cinema. Javed Akhtar, one of the great song-writers of Indian cinema, pays tribute to his 13th century predecessor.

The founding fathers of modern India made Amir Khusro a mascot of cultural harmony. Sunil Khilnani explores the life of a Sufi Muslim who has become the embodiment of the nation's unofficial motto: 'Unity in Diversity'.

Producer: Jeremy Grange
Executive Producer: Martin Smith
Original music composed by Talvin Singh.


MON 14:30 Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (b00767h8)
Episode 6

Tom plans for Norma's future, whilst Andrea's future is very much threatened.

A gritty double love story set in Yorkshire in the 1960s, dramatised by Stan Barstow's partner Diana Griffiths.

Andrea...............Deborah Mcandrew
Philip..................Robert Glenister
David Calder..................Tom
Jo-Anne Knowles.........Kate
Sharon Duce...............Norma
Ruth Herbert..............Shirley
Ben Crompton...........Nick

Director: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.


MON 14:45 Book of the Week (b04vk6kt)
Ian Bostridge - Schubert's Winter Journey

Episode 1

Award-winning tenor Ian Bostridge explores Franz Schubert's enigmatic masterpiece Winterreise, or Winter's Journey. Composed in 1827, this powerful song-cycle for voice and piano uses twenty-four poems by Wilhem Muller and is considered one of classical music's most powerful compositions.

Drawing upon his experience as a performer (he has performed Winterreise more than a hundred times), on his musical knowledge and on his training as a scholar, Bostridge unpicks the enigmas and subtle meanings behind the songs to explore the world Schubert inhabited.

Ian Bostridge is recognised as one of the greatest Lieder interpreters today. He has made numerous award-winning recordings of opera and song, and gives recitals throughout Europe, North America and the Far East. He was the original Caliban in Thomas Ades's The Tempest, and played Aschenbach in the landmark 2007 production of Britten's Death in Venice at ENO. He will be Humanitas Professor of Classical Music at the University of Oxford in 2014-15.

Read by Ian Bostridge

Written by Ian Bostridge

Abridged by Laurence Wareing

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.


MON 15:00 Lee Hall - I Luv U Jimmy Spud (b007jmts)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 The Write Stuff (b00dr86m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 Tomorrow, Today! (b017071k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 The Right Time (b0076m76)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 The Museum of Curiosity (b06ybgxr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Hordes of the Things (b0089b37)
1. The Prophecy is Cast

The kingdom of Albion is in peril, and the law of darkness encroaches...

Andrew Marshall and John Lloyd's epic four-part Tolkien parody.

Starring Paul Eddington, Paul Magee and Simon Callow.

King Yulfric the Wise …. Paul Eddington
The Chronicler …. Patrick Magee
Crown Prince Veganin …. Simon Callow
Agar …. Christian Rodska
Radox the Green …. Frank Middlemass
Maliadoc …. Hugh Thomas
King Yulfric's First Assistant Advisor …. David Ross
Caradorn …. Gordon Gostelow
Dyandetes …. Miriam Margolyes
Another Harpy …. Eve Karpf

Producer: Geoffrey Perkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1980.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b007623t)
Sir Bernard Crick and Joe Farrell

Kirsty Wark and her guests, eminent social scientist Sir Bernard Crick, and writer and critic Joe Farrell, discuss paperbacks by William Riviere, Pat Barker and Sarah Dunant. From 2001.

Mapping the Edge by Sarah Dunant
Publisher: Virago

The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
Publisher: Penguin

Kate Caterina by William Riviere
Publisher: Sceptre.


MON 19:00 Dad's Army (b007jqpj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Brothers in Law (b007k2p3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 R Austin Freeman - Thorndyke, Forensic Investigator (b01r7ml4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Stash: The Dandy Aesthete of Swinging London (b00h6xlm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 Mick Jackson - Junior Science (b016x4t9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:15 Nick Warburton - Purvis (b007k1jy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


MON 22:00 The Museum of Curiosity (b06ybgxr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Fags, Mags and Bags (b010m2f6)
Series 4

Evil Narbara

The hit Radio 4 series 'Fags, Mags & Bags' returns with a 4th series with more shop based shenanigans and over the counter philosophy, courtesy of Ramesh Mahju and his trusty sidekick Dave.

Written by and starring Donald McLeary and Sanjeev Kohli 'Fags, Mags & Bags' has proved a hit with the Radio 4 audience with the show also collecting a Sony nomination and a Writers' Guild award in 2008. This brand new series sees a crop of new shop regulars, and some guest appearances along the way from the likes of Mina Anwar and Kevin Eldon.

In this episode a rowdy party shop run by an unfriendly sort causes havoc amongst the local traders association after a number of undesirables descend on the town.

So join the staff of 'Fags, Mags and Bags' in their tireless quest to bring nice-price custard creams and cans of coke with Arabic writing on them to an ungrateful nation. Ramesh Mahju has built it up over the course of 30 years, and is a firmly entrenched feature of the local area. Ramesh loves the art of the 'shop'.

However; he does apply the 'low return' rules of the shop to all other aspects of his life. Ramesh is ably assisted by his shop sidekick Dave, a forty-something underachiever who shares Ramesh's love of the art of shopkeeping, even if he is treated like a slave.

Then of course there are Ramesh's sons Sanjay and Alok, both surly and not particularly keen on the old school approach to shopkeeping, but natural successors to the business, and Ramesh is keen to pass all his worldly wisdom onto them whether they like it or not!

Cast:
Ramesh: Sanjeev Kolhi
Dave: Donald McLeary
Sanjay: Omar Raza
Alok: Susheel Kumar
Peggy: Kate Donnelly
Mrs Begg: Marj Hogarth
Hilly: Kate Brailsford
Lovely Sue: Julie Wilson Nimmo
Mutton Jeff: Sean Scanlan
Bra Jeff: Steven McNicol

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


MON 23:00 The News Quiz Extra (b06zdcjg)
Series 16

Episode 4

A satirical review of the week's news chaired by Miles Jupp. Tune in to hear some bonus material from the live recording that didn't quite make it into the regular weekly show.


MON 23:45 Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science (b01jhdhr)
Series 2

Episode 4

Last in the series of Helen Keen's quirky comic but true look at the past and future of space exploration. This week looks at what we could do if a giant asteroid was heading straight for us and looks at where else we might be able to go in the solar system if Earth was destroyed, and how we might get there. And we ask the most searching of all questions, why didn't the dinosaurs avoid extinction by developing a space programme of their own? And if they had, how could a T Rex have flown a spaceship with those tiny arms?

With Helen Keen
Peter Serafinowicz
Susy Kane

Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill
Produced by Gareth Edwards.



TUESDAY 02 FEBRUARY 2016

TUE 00:00 Hordes of the Things (b0089b37)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b007623t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 R Austin Freeman - Thorndyke, Forensic Investigator (b01r7ml4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Stash: The Dandy Aesthete of Swinging London (b00h6xlm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife (b00zsdgc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 Incarnations: India in 50 Lives (b05vx1bs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (b00767h8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:45 Book of the Week (b04vk6kt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Lee Hall - I Luv U Jimmy Spud (b007jmts)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 The Write Stuff (b00dr86m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 Tomorrow, Today! (b017071k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 The Right Time (b0076m76)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 The Museum of Curiosity (b06ybgxr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 John Mortimer - Rumpole (b007k4fd)
The Confession of Guilt

Recalling the case of an immigrant accused of wounding near a cricket ground, Horace Rumpole investigates the truth of a true confession.

"The Splendours And Miseries Of An Old Bailey Hack". Starring Maurice Denham as ageing London barrister-at-law Horace Rumpole and Margot Boyd as Hilda Rumpole

With Michael Maloney as Nick Rumpole and Godfrey Kenton as Mr Justice Everglades and John Church as Magnus Piecan.

Originally a TV series created by writer and barrister John Mortimer, Rumpole hit the BBC radio airwaves in 1980. Case-by-case, Rumpole recalls his work at the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales.

Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1980.


TUE 06:30 Composing New York (b00t1zc7)
New York City has always drawn composers from the Old World - from Dvorak and Mahler to Kurt Weill, Rachmaninov and Benjamin Britten. Some, like Puccini, crossed the Atlantic to premier new works, others like Gustav Mahler and Bela Bartok stayed for longer periods to compose, study and conduct. But all were shaped by the energy of New York, just as the city's musical culture was shaped, in turn, by them.

Behind this extraordinary cultural exchange lay a deeper question: what should a truly American "classical" music sound like? Did it lie outside the concert hall and with the Broadway musical, as envisaged by Kurt Weill? Or was it Dvorak's iconic New World symphony, with its powerful invocations of the black American spiritual, that pointed the way?

Filled with the sounds of NYC, British composer and New York resident Tarik O'Regan presents a vivid portrait of the city which electrified these great composers and, through their works composed and premiered in New York, transformed the wider world of classical music.

Producer: Simon Hollis
A Brook Lapping production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 07:00 Fat Chance (b01byc68)
Better Wed Than Dead

It's Kelly's wedding day and the rest of the slimming club rally round to give her a day she'll never forget - though she may want to...

Jenny McDade's high-fat bittersweet comedy for those believing there's a thin person inside them begging to get out.

Graham Pitscottie ..... Gareth Corke
Wendy Bottomley ..... Janine Duvitski
Clive Bottomley ..... Michael Troughton
Soo Pitscottie ..... Anne Reid
Tina Tattersall ..... Julia Deakin
Kelly Chambers ..... Tilly Gaunt
Lee Dubs ..... Harry Myers
Mrs Enright ..... Frances Jeater

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1999.


TUE 07:30 Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! (b06ycr4z)
Series 2

Milton's Motors

When Milton opens up a car repair shop, he finds he's on a collision course with a notorious local villain. Meanwhile, a mysterious tin of travel sweets comes to a sticky end.

Mention Milton Jones to most people and the first thing they think is 'Help!'. Because each week, Milton, and his trusty assistant Anton (Tom Goodman-Hill) set out to help people and soon find they're embroiled in a new adventure. Because when you're close to the edge, then Milton can give you a push.

Written by Milton with James Cary and Dan Evans, the man they call "Britain's funniest Milton" returns to the radio with a fully-working cast and a shipload of new jokes.

With Tom Goodman-Hill, Josie Lawrence and Ben Willbond.

Music by Guy Jackson.

Produced and directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in January 2016.


TUE 08:00 Round the Horne (b007tm45)
Series 3

Episode 19

Kenneth Horne welcomes 'The Palone Ranger', Fiona and Charles with sound effects, plus Julian and Sandy take charge of the BBC wardrobe department.

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 June 1967.


TUE 08:30 The Men from the Ministry (b012b8hx)
Fowl Play

The blundering bureaucrats learn not to put all their eggs in one in-tray.

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

Stars Richard Murdoch and Deryck Guyler. With Norma Ronald, Ronald Baddiley and John Graham.

Written by Edward Taylor and John Graham.

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

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 in August 1972.


TUE 09:00 The News Quiz Extra (b06zdcjg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:45 Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science (b01jhdhr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:45 on Monday]


TUE 10:00 Lee Hall - The Love Letters of Ragie Patel (b06zdnkh)
Ragie Patel is left with his Grandparents for the summer. A chance meeting with the amazing Jimmy Spud convinces Ragie that he might be a Hindu god, and when Nandini asks him to act as a go-between, he's convinced of his powers.

Lee Hall's play about Faith, Hope and Reality in the 1990s.

Stars Kulwant Singh Bhatia as Ragie Patel, Gareth Brown as Jimmy Spud, Nina Wadia as Nandini, Rashid Karapiet as Grandfather and Jamila Massey as Grandmother.

Producer: Kate Rowland

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997 as part of Lee Hall's "God's Country" quartet plays: I Luv U Jimmy Spud, The Sorrows of Sandra Saint and Spoonface Steinberg.


TUE 11:00 Mick Jackson - Junior Science (b01756jf)
The Answering Machine

To coincide with the broadcast of 'Junior Science', Mick Jackson is taking up a year-long post as writer-in residence at The Science Museum in London.

In these three specially-commissioned stories, children become involved in science with strange and unsettling results.

In 'The Answering Machine', the narrator remembers his father buying an early version of an answering machine. The machine changes the lives of his family in a chilling and unexpected way.

Mick Jackson is a Booker-nominated author and screenwriter. His first novel, The Underground Man, was shortlisted for The Booker Prize, The Whitbread First Novel Award and won The Royal Society of Authors' First Novel Award. He has published three novels and two illustrated collections of stories including Spirit Bears, Circus Bears and Sewer Bears which were produced by Sweet Talk for BBC Radio 4.

Mick also writes screenplays and has directed documentaries. One of his short stories,The Pearce Sisters, was adapted by Aardman Animation and won more than twenty prizes at international film festivals, including a BAFTA for Best Short Animation.

Mick lives in Brighton with his family.

Written by Mick Jackson
Read by David Holt

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


TUE 11:15 Peter Tinniswood (b007jw6t)
Mr Reliable

It's Mr Openshaw's job to listen to people. He goes to their houses to listen to them talk.

Mrs Flenswick is one of his visitees. But he doesn't listen to her at all...

Peter Tinniswood's drama stars Peter Sallis as Mr Oakenshaw and Edna Dore as Mrs Flenswick.

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.


TUE 12:00 Round the Horne (b007tm45)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 The Men from the Ministry (b012b8hx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 John Mortimer - Rumpole (b007k4fd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Composing New York (b00t1zc7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife (b00zshp7)
Episode 2

Hattie Morahan and David Horovitch read Tea Obreht's evocative debut novel set in a Balkan country scarred by war, and where Natalia, a young doctor, is struggling to understand the mysterious circumstances of her grandfather's death. A tattered copy of The Jungle Book which her grandfather kept with him always provides an unlikely clue, sending her on a quest that leads to the extraordinary stories of the deathless man and the tiger's wife. Today, Natalia remembers the night her grandfather told her about his first encounter with the deathless man.

Tea Obreht is on "The New Yorker's Top Writers under 40 Fiction Issue" (June 2010), and at 24 was the youngest on the list. 'The Tiger's Wife' is one of the Waterstone's 11 - the best debuts that they have picked for 2011. Her short story, "The Sentry", appeared in the "Guardian Summer Fiction Issue", alongside stories by Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell.

She was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, and raised in Belgrade, where she spent her childhood. In 1992, her family immigrated, and in 1997 eventually settled in the United States.

The readers are Hattie Morahan and David Horovitch.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and produced by Elizabeth Allard.


TUE 14:15 Incarnations: India in 50 Lives (b05vy50d)
Kabir: Offender and Offendables

Today's subject is the low-caste weaver and poet who dared to upturn the social orthodoxies of 15th century India - and who still challenges us today. Sunil explores the life and poetic legacy of Kabir - a dissenter, a provoker and an abrasive debunker of humbug.

There are plenty of legends around the poet - for example that, after his death, his body transfigured into flowers so that he could be neither cremated by his Hindu followers s nor buried by Muslim devotees - but we actually know very little about Kabir's life. One of the few certain facts is that he lived in India's most sacred city, Varanasi. Sunil Khilnani finds himself in the poor neighbourhood of Bajardhia where low-caste Muslims still work today as weavers. Sitting in cramped rooms among men with little work, Sunil reflects on the man who described himself as 'a patient weaver's son' but who is actually one of the most impatient, acerbic, fed-up voices in the Indian cultural canon.

Kabir has become venerated across northern India as a saint, almost a god. Yet Sunil finds Kabir's name being invoked in secular circles too, for example the annual Jaipur Literary Festival, a 21st century haven for independent thinking. Here he meets the eminent poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, translator of Kabir's poems into modern idiom and an advocate for the poetic dissenter who wasn't afraid to offend the powerful.

Producer: Jeremy Grange
Original music composed by Talvin Singh.


TUE 14:30 Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (b00767hs)
Episode 7

Andrea's in hospital and her mother’s discovered the truth.

Across town, Norma's daughter, Shirley is shocked by her brother's news.

A gritty double love story set in Yorkshire in the 1960s, dramatised by Stan Barstow's partner Diana Griffiths.

Andrea...............Deborah Mcandrew
Philip..................Robert Glenister
David Calder..................Tom
Jo-Anne Knowles...............Kate
Sharon Duce...............Norma
Ruth Herbert...............Shirley
Ben Crompton...............Nick
Guy Perry..............Bedford
Daryl Fishwick...............Mrs Warner

Director: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.


TUE 14:45 Book of the Week (b04vkhlb)
Ian Bostridge - Schubert's Winter Journey

Episode 2

Internationally acclaimed tenor Ian Bostridge examines one of the most powerful compositions in classical music: Schubert's song-cycle Winterreise (Winter's Journey).

In this episode, which explores the political context of the piece, he focuses on song five "Der Lindenbaum" (The Linden Tree) and song ten "Rast" (Rest)

Ian Bostridge is recognised as one of the greatest Lieder interpreters today. He has made numerous award-winning recordings of opera and song, and gives recitals throughout Europe, North America and the Far East. He was the original Caliban in Thomas Ades's The Tempest, and played Aschenbach in the landmark 2007 production of Britten's Death in Venice at ENO. He will be Humanitas Professor of Classical Music at the University of Oxford in 2014-15.

Written and read by Ian Bostridge

Abridged by Laurence Wareing

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.


TUE 15:00 Lee Hall - The Love Letters of Ragie Patel (b06zdnkh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 Act Your Age (b00g47nm)
Series 1

Episode 6

Simon Mayo discovers which generation is the funniest. With Jon Richardson, Lucy Porter and Roy Walker. From January 2009.


TUE 16:30 Flying the Flag (b00b2nfp)
Series 2

The Opium of the People

It's Glorious Reindeer Day in the People's Republic.

Seasonal goodwill abounds, even if light bulbs and religious tolerance don't...

Alex Shearer's Eastern bloc embassy sitcom.

Starring Dinsdale Landen as HM Ambassador Mackenzie, Peter Acre as William Frost, Moir Leslie as Helen Waterson, John Baddeley as Morris and Christopher Benjamin as Colonel Surikov.

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1988.


TUE 17:00 Fat Chance (b01byc68)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! (b06ycr4z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Hordes of the Things (b007jqts)
2. The Forces Gather

Radox the Green battles to gather an army against the encroaching Evil One.

But as his mum gives him an ear-bashing - is Agar really a hero?

Andrew Marshall and John Lloyd's epic Tolkien parody.

Starring Paul Eddington, Paul Magee and Simon Callow.

King Yulfric the Wise …. Paul Eddington
The Chronicler …. Patrick Magee
Crown Prince Veganin …. Simon Callow
Agar …. Christian Rodska
Radox the Green …. Frank Middlemass
Maliadoc …. Hugh Thomas
King Yulfric's First Assistant Advisor …. David Ross
Mother of Agar …. Miriam Margolyes
Queen Elfreda …. Maggie Steed
The High Bishop of Zylbor …. Aubrey Woods
Golin Longshanks …. Jonathan Lynn

Producer: Geoffrey Perkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1980.


TUE 18:30 That Reminds Me (b007jp4b)
Series 3

Jack Douglas

Comic actor Jack Douglas - famed for playing 'Alf Ippititimus' - shares memories of his TV, stage and film career with an audience.

How Des O'Connor was Jack's springboard to success and a part in the 'Carry On' films. Plus the mystery of the sex appeal of co-star Sid James!

Producer: Claire Jones

Jack Douglas: Born: 26th April 1927. Died: 18th December 2008

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2001.


TUE 19:00 Round the Horne (b007tm45)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 The Men from the Ministry (b012b8hx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 John Mortimer - Rumpole (b007k4fd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Composing New York (b00t1zc7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Mick Jackson - Junior Science (b01756jf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 21:15 Peter Tinniswood (b007jw6t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


TUE 22:00 Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! (b06ycr4z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Andrew Maxwell's Public Enemies (b007jtr3)
The Food Industry

Andrew Maxwell is one of the UK's most informed and fearless stand ups.

In this series of one-off stand up shows, he uses his trademark intelligence and political incisiveness to dig behind the clichés and assumptions about four possible threats to British society: food, the internet, drugs and Nationalism.

Andrew kicks off with a look at the food industry.

From horseburgers right up to snail ice-cream, it seems like there's something wrong with every rung of the food ladder. But given that food is essential to survival, shouldn't we be clearer about what it is we want from the industry that provides it?

A series showcasing a comedian at the top of his abilities tackling difficult and important 'slow news' topics with a depth and perceptiveness that remains outside the remit of mainstream 'topical' comedy.

Written and performed by Andrew Maxwell

Script edited by Paul Byrne.
Producer: Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2013.


TUE 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b070d5d7)
The best in contemporary comedy. Tonight Iain Lee chats to Adam Hess.


TUE 23:00 Revolting People (b00wg3mg)
Series 4

George Washington

Captain Brimshaw attempts to broker peace with George Washington. 1775 America sitcom stars Andy Hamilton. From May 2006.


TUE 23:30 Les Kelly's Britain (b017mws9)
Episode 4

Les Kelly (Kevin Bishop) hosts a magazine show from hell. Les is a cross between Jeremy Kyle and a slap in the face. He claims this is the only radio show for 'normal, decent people'. 'If you aren't normal or decent, this is not the show for you,' says Les.

This week Les talks to Britain's only male nun, a man who only speaks using sound fx and answers the question: what is the world coming to?

Written by Bill Dare with Julian Dutton.



WEDNESDAY 03 FEBRUARY 2016

WED 00:00 Hordes of the Things (b007jqts)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 That Reminds Me (b007jp4b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 John Mortimer - Rumpole (b007k4fd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Composing New York (b00t1zc7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife (b00zshp7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 Incarnations: India in 50 Lives (b05vy50d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (b00767hs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:45 Book of the Week (b04vkhlb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Lee Hall - The Love Letters of Ragie Patel (b06zdnkh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Act Your Age (b00g47nm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Flying the Flag (b00b2nfp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Fat Chance (b01byc68)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! (b06ycr4z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 John Mortimer - Rumpole (b007k4gk)
The Dear Departed

Rumpole recalls a fraud case based on some ghostly messages.

"The Splendours And Miseries Of An Old Bailey Hack". Starring Maurice Denham as ageing London barrister-at-law Horace Rumpole and Margot Boyd as Hilda Rumpole

With Michael Spice as Guthrie Featherstone, Peter Pratt as Justice Venables and Preston Lockwood as Mr Pontefract.

Originally a TV series created by writer and barrister John Mortimer, Rumpole hit the BBC radio airwaves in 1980. Case-by-case, Rumpole recalls his work at the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales.

Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1980.


WED 06:30 Sidekick (b00sfy5g)
The sidekick is not, by definition, the focus of our attention. They are destined to be overshadowed by their better half, the hero who will save Gotham, solve the uncrackable case or rescue the girl from the bad guys...

But without the sidekick these heroes would often remain too distant, too powerful or just too brilliant for us to ever really love them. So in steps the earthy, flawed and loyal sidekick to provide the audience with someone to connect to, a character who knows how the world really works to help the hero off tilting at windmills.

Whether it's in countless children's films - think Eddie Murphy's Donkey to Mike Myers's Shrek - or a hundred comic books and cartoons - or high literature from Cervantes to Sterne and Shakespeare to Verne - the sidekick provides the laughs, the pratfall and the focus of our empathy.

Frank Cottrell Boyce talks with those who've created sidekicks, those who've played the parts and those who've studied just how essential these characters really are to making the fiction seem believable and offer a human face to the often inhuman character supposedly at the centre of the show.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


WED 07:00 The Brothers (b00p92xt)
Series 2

Episode 6

Peter, Nigel and Michael make mistakes and promises. Stars Raymond Coulthard, Adam Godley and James Fleet. From November 2005.


WED 07:30 Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler (b05nvjm7)
Series 2

Episode 1

Adventuring comedian Tim FitzHigham recreates an 18th century bet.

Can he walk from London's Royal Academy to the Royal Exchange building while blindfolded in under one hour?

Written by and starring Tim FitzHigham.

Additional material by Jon Hunter and Paul Byrne.

Producer: Joe Nunnery.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


WED 08:00 The Navy Lark (b01hc2x3)
Series 6

On the Carpet

The floor of Murray's cabin aboard HMS Troutbridge is bare - and Phillips wants it to stay that way.

Stars Jon Pertwee as the Chief Petty Officer, Leslie Phillips as the Sub-Lieutenant, Stephen Murray as the Number One, Ronnie Barker as Able Seaman Johnson, Richard Caldicote as Captain Povey and Heather Chasen as Heather.

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 October 1963.


WED 08:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b01211y0)
Series 7

Episode 12

Your complete guide to the Aristocracy - and the hunt for Professor Prune's Time Trousers heads Down Under.

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

Sketches written by Graeme Garden 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 Bill Oddie, Liam Cohen and Dave Lee.

Producer: David Hatch/Peter Titheradge

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 in March 1969.


WED 09:00 The Motion Show (b00768jd)
Series 3

Episode 2

Debates galore over money, radio and having children.

Graeme Garden chairs the quirky battle of words and wit.

With Steve Punt, Tony Hawks, Gyles Brandreth and Simon Bates

Producer: Helen Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2000


WED 09:30 Beachcomber... By the Way (b008kkz1)
Series 2

Episode 6

JB Morton's whimsies as performed by Richard Ingrams, Patricia Routledge, John Sessions and John Wells. From August 1991.


WED 10:00 Lee Hall - The Sorrows of Sandra Saint (b06zh3r6)
Sandra and her brother Scout are still grieving for their Dad.

Sandra is 14, difficult, angry at the world and drives her mum mad. Scout is two years younger and believes if he buries a sock in the
garden, then he might bring his father back to life. However, Sandra has other ideas in mind ...

Lee Hall's play about Faith, Hope and Reality in the 1990s stars Hayley Richardson at Sandra, Michael Walpert as Scout and Tracey Wilkinson as Mother.

Producer: Kate Rowland

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997 as part of Lee Hall's "God's Country" quartet plays: I Luv U Jimmy Spud, The Love Letters of Ragie Patel and Spoonface Steinberg.


WED 11:00 Mick Jackson - Junior Science (b017clx1)
Zero Gravity

To coincide with the broadcast of 'Junior Science', Mick Jackson is taking up a year-long post as writer-in residence at The Science Museum in London.

In these three specially-commissioned stories, children become involved in science with strange and unsettling results.

In 'Zero Gravity', Daniel Taylor throws a ball into the air, with unexpected results. He is soon able to carry out the ultimate experiment in gravity and explores his home town in a way he never has before.

Mick Jackson is a Booker-nominated author and screenwriter. His first novel, The Underground Man, was shortlisted for The Booker Prize, The Whitbread First Novel Award and won The Royal Society of Authors' First Novel Award. He has published three novels and two illustrated collections of stories including Spirit Bears, Circus Bears and Sewer Bears which were produced by Sweet Talk for BBC Radio 4.

Mick also writes screenplays and has directed documentaries. One of his short stories,The Pearce Sisters, was adapted by Aardman Animation and won more than twenty prizes at international film festivals, including a BAFTA for Best Short Animation.

Mick lives in Brighton with his family.

Written by Mick Jackson
Reader: David Holt

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


WED 11:15 Drama (b037d18g)
Christopher William Hill - Hush! Hush! Whisper Who Dares!

1969. Ernest Shepard looks forward to a V&A retrospective of his drawings for Winnie-the-Pooh. But then, in an imagined meeting with the now grown-up Christopher Robin Milne, some painful truths emerge. By Christopher William Hill.


WED 12:00 The Navy Lark (b01hc2x3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b01211y0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 John Mortimer - Rumpole (b007k4gk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Sidekick (b00sfy5g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife (b00zt22l)
Episode 3

Hattie Morahan and David Horovitch read Tea Obreht's evocative debut novel set in a Balkan country scarred by war, and where Natalia, a young doctor, is struggling to understand the mysterious circumstances of her grandfather's death. A tattered copy of The Jungle Book which her grandfather kept with him always, provides an unlikely clue, sending her on a quest that leads to the extraordinary stories of the deathless man and the tiger's wife. Today, memories of a pledge that her grandfather made to the deathless man are conjured up.

Tea Obreht is on "The New Yorker's Top Writers under 40 Fiction Issue" (June 2010), and at 24 was the youngest on the list. 'The Tiger's Wife' is one of the Waterstone's 11 - the best debuts that they have picked for 2011. Her short story, "The Sentry", appeared in the "Guardian Summer Fiction Issue", alongside stories by Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell.

She was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, and raised in Belgrade, where she spent her childhood. In 1992, her family immigrated, and in 1997 eventually settled in the United States.

The readers are Hattie Morahan and David Horovitch.

Abridged by Sally Marmion and produced by Elizabeth Allard.


WED 14:15 Incarnations: India in 50 Lives (b05w002k)
Guru Nanak: The Discipline of Deeds

Today's Incarnation is a poet who established one of the great world religions: Guru Nanak, the 15th century founder of Sikhism.

Like the Buddha and Mahavira, the founder of the Jain religion, Nanak was a wanderer. He spent 25 years on the road and is said to have travelled as far as Mecca and the Himalayas. But, unlike his predecessors, when he had achieved enlightenment he returned to his homelands in the Punjab. He taught his disciples that, rather than renouncing the world and retreating from it, they must use their faith to change it from within. Nanak's 'disciplined worldliness' emphasised the importance of work and family.

He also instituted an idea which is practised in Sikh temples all over the world. Sunil Khilnani visits the Gurudwara Nanak Piao in Delhi as they serve the langar, a meal provided by volunteers to anyone who comes, regardless of status, sex or religion. Everybody eats together in an equalizing act, a dispelling of the taboos designed to protect caste boundaries.

Sunil explores the life of a man whose ideas were polemical and provocative. In announcing that "there is neither Hindu nor Muslim" Nanak wasn't proposing a harmonious blend of religions. Instead, he was rejecting other paths and creating an entirely new religion, one which now has around 30 million followers.

Producer: Jeremy Grange
Original music composed by Talvin Singh.


WED 14:30 Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (b00767j6)
Episode 8

After finding out Tom is actually her father, Shirley has gone missing.

A gritty double love story set in Yorkshire in the 1960's, dramatised by Stan Barstow's partner Diana Griffiths.

Andrea...............Deborah Mcandrew
David Calder..................Tom
Sharon Duce...............Norma
Ruth Herbert...............Shirley
Ben Crompton...............Nick
Geoff Hinsliff..........Inspector Bradley

Director: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.


WED 14:45 Book of the Week (b04vkc30)
Ian Bostridge - Schubert's Winter Journey

Episode 3

Award-winning tenor Ian Bostridge explores Franz Schubert's masterpiece Winterreise, or Winter's Journey. Drawing upon his experience as a performer (he has performed Winterreise more than a hundred times), on his musical knowledge and on his training as a scholar, Bostridge unpicks the enigmas and subtle meanings behind the songs to explore the world Schubert inhabited.

In this episode, he focuses on three songs: "Einsamkeit" (Loneliness), "Die Post" (The Post) and "Der greise Kopf" (The Old Man's Head).

Written and read by Ian Bostridge

Abridged by Laurence Wareing

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.


WED 15:00 Lee Hall - The Sorrows of Sandra Saint (b06zh3r6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 The Motion Show (b00768jd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 Beachcomber... By the Way (b008kkz1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 The Brothers (b00p92xt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler (b05nvjm7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Hordes of the Things (b007jqwz)
Episode 3

A startling discovery is made by one defender of Albion.

Andrew Marshall and John Lloyd's four-part epic Tolkien parody.

CAST:

King Yulfric the Wise …. Paul Eddington
The Chronicler …. Patrick Magee
Crown Prince Veganin …. Simon Callow
Agar …. Christian Rodskar
Radox the Green …. Frank Middlemass
Maliadoc …. Hugh Thomas
King Yulfric's First Assistant Advisor …. David Ross
Mother of Agar …. Miriam Margolyes
Queen Elfreda …. Maggie Steed
The High Bishop of Zylbor …. Aubrey Woods
Golin Longshanks …. Jonathan Lynn

Producer: Geoffrey Perkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1980.


WED 18:30 Off the Page (b0076z8b)
Blonde Moments

Dominic Arkwright asks how blonde hair evolved with Toby Young, Pauline Black and Libby Potter. From July 2006.


WED 19:00 The Navy Lark (b01hc2x3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b01211y0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 John Mortimer - Rumpole (b007k4gk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Sidekick (b00sfy5g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Mick Jackson - Junior Science (b017clx1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 21:15 Drama (b037d18g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


WED 22:00 Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler (b05nvjm7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Andrew Lawrence: How Did We End Up Like This? (b01njxp8)
Dietary Practices

Andrew Lawrence, kicks off his comic explanation of our development via stand up, sketch and song.

In this opening episode, Andrew looks at what goes in to making our diet: "what we shove in our mouths, dissolve in our guts and shunt out of our poo pipes".

Including a rather different view of fair trade, a comment on road-kill as food and a moving song about the extinction of the Mammoth.

Sara Pascoe and Marek Larwood assist.

Producer: Jane Berthoud

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2012.


WED 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b070d5rj)
The best in contemporary comedy. Tonight Iain Lee chats to Adam Hess.


WED 23:00 Listen Against (b008drpb)
Series 1

Episode 4

A cheeky round-up of a week's worth of BBC radio that never happened.

Rewinding and mangling real programmes from across the networks, Alice Arnold and Jon Holmes take liberties with Steve Wright, Woman's Hour and Eddie Mair.

The brain-child of writer, comic and broadcaster Jon Holmes.

Producer: Bill Dare and Jon Holmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2007.


WED 23:30 And Now in Colour (b00cfzx5)
Series 1

Marathon

The sketch show team and their studio audience enter the London Marathon, plus a car valet service with a twist.

Precision comedy written and performed by Tim Firth, Tim de Jongh, Michael Rutger and William Vandyck.

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1990.



THURSDAY 04 FEBRUARY 2016

THU 00:00 Hordes of the Things (b007jqwz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Off the Page (b0076z8b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 John Mortimer - Rumpole (b007k4gk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Sidekick (b00sfy5g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife (b00zt22l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 Incarnations: India in 50 Lives (b05w002k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (b00767j6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:45 Book of the Week (b04vkc30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Lee Hall - The Sorrows of Sandra Saint (b06zh3r6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 The Motion Show (b00768jd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 Beachcomber... By the Way (b008kkz1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 The Brothers (b00p92xt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler (b05nvjm7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 John Mortimer - Rumpole (b007jsdk)
The Gentle Art of Blackmail

Rumpole recalls a clear case of extortion at his Oxford College, St Joseph's.

"The Splendours And Miseries Of An Old Bailey Hack". Starring Maurice Denham as ageing London barrister-at-law Horace Rumpole and Margot Boyd as Hilda Rumpole

With Brian Sanders as the Judge, Geoffrey Bayldon as Bernard Crompton and Emily Richard as Sue Galton.

Originally a TV series created by writer and barrister John Mortimer, Rumpole hit the BBC radio airwaves in 1980. Case-by-case, Rumpole recalls his work at the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales.

Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1980.


THU 06:30 The Name Game (b00s5nzv)
The number of people changing their name by deed poll has doubled in the past five years and should top 70,000 this year. With a one hour express service that costs just a few pounds, people are hastening to fill in the forms, make the change and become someone new.

Tim Samuels asks what is driving this self-reinvention - is it divorce, immigration or the quest for a little cheer?

After tea with Christine Hamilton - now Mrs British Battleaxe - Tim heads off to meet some of the migrants, attention seekers, former drunks and others reinventing themselves. He encounters Ian Roberts, who transformed himself into the distinguished actor and playwright Kwame Kwei Armah, a young man called Dylan who changed his surname to reject his undeserving father, and Princess-Rainbow.com who woke up one morning with more than just a hangover.

He brushes dust off the Close Rolls at the National Archives to discover the origins of the deed poll and is on his best behaviour with the Senior Master at the Royal Courts of Justice.

And before he takes the plunge to change his own name, Tim pauses to contemplate identity, aspiration and belonging.

Producer: Sarah Bowen

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2010.


THU 07:00 Hazelbeach (b008crhw)
Series 1

Party

Ronnie organises a disastrous birthday party and Nick finally finds his father's will.

Caroline and David Stafford's comedy stars Jamie Forman as Ronnie Hazelbeach.

Ronnie ...... Jamie Foreman
Nick ...... Paul Bazely
Mrs Barlow ...... Tracy Wiles
James ...... John Dougall
Andrea ...... Liza Sadovy

Producer: Marc Beeby

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2007.


THU 07:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b06yfjdy)
Series 5

Episode 4

John Finnemore's fifth series of his multi-award-winning sketch show, joined as ever by Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan.

This week features a sketch that couldn't catch a cold in Coventry, if you know what we mean; a train passenger who really doesn't over think things; and, well, since you ask him for a tale of a haunted mansion...

John is the writer and star of Cabin Pressure and John Finnemore's Double Acts, regular guest on The Now Show and The Unbelievable Truth.

One of the most consistently funny sketch shows for quite some time" - The Guardian
"The best sketch show in years, on television or radio" - The Radio Times
"The inventive sketch show ... continues to deliver the goods" - The Daily Mail
"Superior comedy" - The Observer

Written by and starring ... John Finnemore

Producer: Ed Morrish

A BBC Radio Comedy production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in January 2016.


THU 08:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jn7v)
Series 5

A Winter's Tale

Harold admits he's planning a holiday - but without his dad Albert.

Starring Wilfrid Brambell as Albert and Harry H Corbett.

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

Written for TV and adapted for radio by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Produced by Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 in June 1974.


THU 08:30 The Small, Intricate Life of Gerald C Potter (b007jtg6)
Series 1

The Promotion

Gerald and Diana compete to publicize their new books.

The convoluted chronicle of an optimistic crime writer written by Basil Boothroyd.

Starring Ian Carmichael as Gerald C Potter and Charlotte Mitchell as his wife and more successful writer, Diana.

With James Thomason, Anthony Smee and Peter Craze.

The Small, Intricate Life of Gerald C Potter ran from 1976 to 1981.

Producer: Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1976.


THU 08:55 Inheritance Tracks (b06zj4pn)
Chris Hadfield

Astronaut Chris Hadfield inherits 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone', and passes on 'The Story' by Brandi Carlile.


THU 09:00 Genius (b00850j1)
Series 3

Charlie Brooker

Speeding motorway services? Two year dogs?

Dave Gorman asks writer and humourist Charlie Brooker 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 2007.


THU 09:30 The Senses (b06zhjpj)
Hearing

An affair conducted via tape cassette-recorded messages conjures up a few problems with the sense of hearing.

Opening episode starring Celia Imrie and John McGlynn.

Heather ...... Celia Imrie
Tony ...... John McGlynn
Audrey ...... Francesca Brill
Edith ...... Eva Stuart
Mr Polglaze ...... Daniel Moynihan
Postman ...... Norman Bird

Senses is a six-part comedy drama boasting a stellar list of star names, including Joan Sims, Charles Gray, Alex Jennings, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Geoffrey Palmer, Lynda Bellingham, Brian Murphy, Rodney Bewes, Liz Fraser, Rory McGrath and Maurice Denham.

As writer Bob Sinfield explains: "The six half-hour plays dealt respectively with the five obvious senses plus the er...other one".

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 in 1990.


THU 10:00 Lee Hall - Spoonface Steinberg (b007jnsq)
Spoonface is seven years old, autistic and terminally ill with cancer. She's fascinated by opera and by the way her parents behave. With the help of their cleaner, Mrs Spud, she tries to come to terms with her extraordinary life.

Lee Hall's award-winning monologue is performed by Becky Simpson.

First broadcast in 1997, it elicited such an extraordinary response from BBC Radio 4 listeners that a repeat was scheduled within days of the original transmission.

Originally the final part of Hall's quartet of dramas examining the experience of growing up from the perspective of children, Spoonface Steinberg was subsequently adapted for TV and the stage. Lee Hall went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay of Billy Elliot, later turned into a stage musical.

Producer: Kate Rowland

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997.


THU 11:00 Gillian Tindall - The Great Eastern Adventure (b038qbkn)
Aunt Susie and Uncle Trevor's long-planned trip proved momentous, but does not go at all according to plan. Read by Jean Rogers. From July 1996.


THU 11:15 Paupers and Pig Killers (b007jx3z)
Series 1

The Troubles of This Life

The lively events in the parish of Over Stowey, from the 1799 diary of Somerset parson, William Holland. Stars Ronald Pickup.


THU 12:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jn7v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 The Small, Intricate Life of Gerald C Potter (b007jtg6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 12:55 Inheritance Tracks (b06zj4pn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:55 today]


THU 13:00 John Mortimer - Rumpole (b007jsdk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 The Name Game (b00s5nzv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife (b00zt3tr)
Episode 4

Hattie Morahan reads Tea Obreht's evocative debut novel set in a Balkan country scarred by war, and where Natalia, a young doctor, is struggling to understand the mysterious circumstances of her grandfather's death. A tattered copy of The Jungle Book which her grandfather kept with him always provides an unlikely clue, sending her on a quest that leads to the extraordinary stories of the deathless man and the tiger's wife. Today, the tiger begins his long journey into local legend.

Tea Obreht is on "The New Yorker's Top Writers under 40 Fiction Issue" (June 2010), and at 24 was the youngest on the list. 'The Tiger's Wife' is one of the Waterstone's 11 - the best debuts that they have picked for 2011. Her short story, "The Sentry", appeared in the "Guardian Summer Fiction Issue", alongside stories by Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell.

She was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, and raised in Belgrade, where she spent her childhood. In 1992, her family immigrated, and in 1997 eventually settled in the United States.

The reader is Hattie Morahan.
Abridged by Sally Marmion and produced by Elizabeth Allard.


THU 14:15 Incarnations: India in 50 Lives (b05w47hh)
Krishnadevaraya: Kingship Is Strange

Professor Sunil Khilnani, from the King's India Institute in London, visits Hampi in today's Karnataka, site of the sprawling capital of Krishnadevaraya, 16th-century warrior and self-doubting king. Krishnadevaraya lived in a brutal age and yet his writings show he was both learned and thoughtful, with an artistic temperament. He was a compulsive self-promoter whose presence is felt amongst the ruins at Hampi, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But it is in the Amuktamulyada, his long poetic work, that we hear his original voice which marks, says Professor Khilnani, "the emergence of an individual self, a subjective voice - centuries before the arrival of colonial ideas of the individual".

Produced by Mark Savage
Researcher: Manu Pillai
Editor: Hugh Levinson.


THU 14:30 Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (b00767jp)
Episode 9

Election Day draws closer with Philip and Tom as rivals.

A gritty double love story set in Yorkshire in the 1960s, dramatised by Stan Barstow's partner Diana Griffiths.

Tom...........David Calder
Norma.............Sharon Duce
Andrea..............Deborah McAndrew
Philip................Robert Glenister
Caroline............Naomi Radcliffe
Shirley...........Ruth Herbert
Nick........Ben Crompton

Director: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.


THU 14:45 Book of the Week (b04vqsh5)
Ian Bostridge - Schubert's Winter Journey

Episode 4

Award-winning tenor Ian Bostridge explores Franz Schubert's song-cycle masterpiece Winterreise, Winter's Journey. Drawing upon his experience as a performer, on his musical knowledge and on his training as a scholar, Bostridge unpicks the enigmas and subtle meanings behind the songs to explore the world Schubert inhabited.

"I'm at an end with all dreams / why should I linger among the sleepers?" In this episode, he looks at the ways in which Schubert used his composition to challenge the social and political order of his day, focusing on two songs: "Im Dorfe" (In The Village) and "Tauschung" (Deception).

Written and read by Ian Bostridge

Abridged by Laurence Wareing

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.


THU 15:00 Lee Hall - Spoonface Steinberg (b007jnsq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 Genius (b00850j1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 The Senses (b06zhjpj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 Hazelbeach (b008crhw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b06yfjdy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Hordes of the Things (b007jqyx)
Episode 4

Can the assembled forces of Radox the Green win the battle?

The conclusion of Andrew Marshall and John Lloyd's epic Tolkien parody.

King Yulfric the Wise …. Paul Eddington
The Chronicler …. Patrick Magee
Crown Prince Veganin …. Simon Callow
Agar …. Christian Rodska
Radox the Green …. Frank Middlemass
Queen Elfreda …. Maggie Steed
The Evil Flesh-Eating Lord of Craarn …. Aubrey Woods
Baddedas the Blue …. Ballard Berkeley
Hob-Lob, The Monstrous Spider …. Bob Grant
Xanspur, the Skylord …. Michael Cule
Golin Longshanks …. Jonathan Lynn

Producer: Geoffrey Perkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1980.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b0076xtw)
Series 9

Andrew Carnegie

Financial journalist Jeff Randall chooses businessman and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. With Matthew Parris. From 2006.


THU 19:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jn7v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 The Small, Intricate Life of Gerald C Potter (b007jtg6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 19:55 Inheritance Tracks (b06zj4pn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:55 today]


THU 20:00 John Mortimer - Rumpole (b007jsdk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 The Name Game (b00s5nzv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Gillian Tindall - The Great Eastern Adventure (b038qbkn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


THU 21:15 Paupers and Pig Killers (b007jx3z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


THU 22:00 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b06yfjdy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 The Secret World (b012ylgm)
Series 2

Episode 6

James Bond star Daniel Craig tries to get car insurance. Jon Culshaw explores famous folk's private lives. From August 2010.


THU 23:00 Susan Calman Is Convicted (b03zd3j5)
Series 2

Children

In a new series for Radio 4, Susan Calman explores issues on which she has strong opinions. This week, she explains that she has never been interested in having children, and why they frighten her.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2014.


THU 23:30 The Consultants (b007k320)
Series 1

Episode 2

The team ponder how to revamp tea to make it more dangerous and exciting. With Neil Edmond, Justin Edwards and James Rawlings. From February 2003.


THU 23:45 World of Pub (b008m4ft)
Series 1

Episode 2

Barry and Garry build the world's first environmentally friendly bar. Stars Phil Cornwell and John Thomson. From March 1998.



FRIDAY 05 FEBRUARY 2016

FRI 00:00 Hordes of the Things (b007jqyx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b0076xtw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 John Mortimer - Rumpole (b007jsdk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 The Name Game (b00s5nzv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife (b00zt3tr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 Incarnations: India in 50 Lives (b05w47hh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (b00767jp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:45 Book of the Week (b04vqsh5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Lee Hall - Spoonface Steinberg (b007jnsq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Genius (b00850j1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 The Senses (b06zhjpj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 Hazelbeach (b008crhw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b06yfjdy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 John Mortimer - Rumpole (b007k4l3)
The Rotten Apple

Rumpole recalls a suspicious case of bribery in the police force.

"The Splendours And Miseries Of An Old Bailey Hack". Starring Maurice Denham as ageing London barrister-at-law Horace Rumpole and Margot Boyd as Hilda Rumpole

With Michael Spice as Guthrie Featherstone, Robert Harris as Justice Vosper and Brian Carroll as Erskine-Brown.

Originally a TV series created by writer and barrister John Mortimer, Rumpole hit the BBC radio airwaves in 1980. Case-by-case, Rumpole recalls his work at the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales.

Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1980.


FRI 06:30 Mayhem at the Ritz (b00sjrv4)
In the 1960s, demand to see the latest music sensation was so high there were insufficient British venues to meet the demand for tickets. The ABC Gaumont and Rank/Odeon cinema chains saw a money-making opportunity. Andrew Collins revisits this unique time to hear how staff coped with thousands of hysterical teenagers, and to reveal an era when health and safety issues were not a concern, but having a good time was the priority.

A small but dedicated band of workers were able to switch working procedures to embrace the new era of the pop package tours. We meet chief projectionist Robert Phillpot, press-ganged into working the curtains, liaising with tour mangers and roadies while making frantic notes about lighting sequences and spotlight cues.

We also find out about the 1963 Beatles tour that kicked off at The Bradford Gaumont. Manager James Whittell recalls escorting the Beatles around the cinema, pointing out the art decor. And hear how rock n' roll legend Little Richard quizzed the manager about where to go in Bradford, as the star stood abandoned outside the empty Gaumont after the show.

Listen out for extracts from a rare interview The Beatles recorded backstage at the ABC Market Street, for the Huddersfield Tape Recording Society. As Beatle Historian Mark Lewisohn confirms, it still makes compelling listening.

Producer: John Sugar
A Sugar production for BBC Radio 4


FRI 07:00 1834 (b0121lh5)
Victorian Principles

The young Queen Victoria is coming to Woolsley House for a visit. But when 21st century Jason invents the electric guitar, he unwittingly changes the course of history.....

In Jim Poyser's riotous comedy, Jason has been transported back to the 18th century as Tarquin, third son of Lord Belport with faithful valet, Ned.

Jason Slater ...... Michael Begley
Ned ...... Joe Caffrey
Hoskins ...... Kenneth Alan Taylor
Lord Belport ...... Mark Chatterton
Henry ...... James Nickerson
Queen Victoria ...... Caroline Harding

Directed at BBC Manchester by Polly Thomas.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2003.


FRI 07:30 So Wrong It's Right (b01jhdh7)
Series 3

Episode 4

Charlie Brooker hosts the comedy panel show devoted to the art of being wrong, with leading comics and entertainers competing to give the best in wrong answers.

So Wrong It's Right sees Charlie challenge the panel's creativity and asks them to reveal their finest embarrassing stories from their lives. This week the worst experiences at a party and terrible ideas for a series of children's books are just two of the challenges faced by the panel. Will anyone beat Isy Suttie's suggestion for a 'wrong' children's book - the paperwork-themed 'Morris The Admin Mouse'?

The host of So Wrong It's Right, Charlie Brooker, also writes for The Guardian and presents BBC4's satirical series Newswipe and Screenwipe as well as Channel 4's You Have Been Watching. He won Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards 2009 and Columnist of the Year at the 2009 British Press Awards for his newspaper columns.

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


FRI 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jph6)
Series 6

The Gourmet

The lad thinks he's a connoisseur of food, so Sid enters him in an eating competition.

Starring Tony Hancock.

With Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Warren Mitchell and Hugh Morton.

Special guest star: BBC sports commentator, Ray Glendenning.

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Theme and incidental music written by Wally Stott.

Producer: Tom Ronald

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in October 1959.


FRI 08:30 The Goon Show (b007jn76)
Series 6

Tales of Old Dartmoor

Prison governor Neddie Seagoon relocates all of his inmates to the south of France.

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 February 1956.


FRI 09:00 The 3rd Degree (b01dp52g)
Series 2

University of Northampton

Coming this week from the University of Northampton, "The 3rd Degree" is a funny, lively and dynamic quiz show aimed at cultivating the next generation of Radio 4 listeners whilst delighting the current ones. It's recorded on location at a different University each week, and it pits three Undergraduates against three of their Professors in a genuinely original and fresh take on an academic quiz. Being a Radio 4 programme, it of course meets the most stringent standards of academic rigour - but with lots of facts and jokes thrown in for good measure.

Together with host Steve Punt, the show tours the (sometimes posh, sometimes murky, but always welcoming!) Union buildings, cafés and lecture halls of six universities across the UK.

The rounds vary between Specialist Subjects and General Knowledge, quickfire bell-and-buzzer rounds and the 'Highbrow & Lowbrow' round cunningly devised to test not only the students' knowledge of current affairs, history, languages and science, but also their Professors' awareness of television, film, and Lady Gaga... In addition, the Head-to-Head rounds, in which students take on their Professors in their own subjects, were particularly lively, and offered plenty of scope for mild embarrassment on both sides...

The resulting show is funny, fresh, and not a little bit surprising, with a truly varied range of scores, friendly rivalry, and moments where students wished they had more than just glanced at that reading list...

Producer: David Tyler
A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 09:30 Albert and Me (b048s4vy)
Series 2

Driver

Single dad Bryan takes a driving job but finds himself caught up in crime.

Stars Robert Lindsay and Pat Coombs.

The struggles of single parent Bryan Archer to find work while raising his baby son, Albert.

Bryan Archer ...... Robert Lindsay
Mum/Albert ...... Pat Coombs
Mrs Willis ...... Diana King
Terry ...... Derek Martin
Alison ...... Deidre Costello
Charlie ...... Peter Cleall
Andy ...... John Kane

Written by Jim Eldridge.

Incidental music by Max Harris.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in March 1983.


FRI 10:00 Annie Caulfield - Almost Always African (b007k30r)
"Music may go or come but almost always it is African."

Gambian musician, Moses Biama is invited to London to make an album with fading English rock star, Frank.

But the recording doesn't work out the way Frank has planned...

Annie Caulfield's comedy drama about cultural cross purposes and the Music Industry.

Starring Lenny Henry as Moses, Bill Nighy as Frank, Curtis Walker as Moses' brother, Joy Elias-Rilwan as Binta, Donna Croll as Fatima, Joanna Myers as Tara, James Greene as Jack and Mark Straker as the Journalist.

Music composed by Dominique Le Gendre.
Hit single by Neil Arthur and Joe Hagan.

Director: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1991.


FRI 11:00 Rudyard Kipling - At the Pit's Mouth (b03y00mj)
A man rides out with his married lover. Brian Gear reads Kipling's cautionary tale set in India at the time of the British Raj.


FRI 11:15 Paupers and Pig Killers (b007jx44)
Series 1

The Fruits of the Earth

In the year 1800, parson William Holland battles with the Somerset farmers and sees the harvest in. Stars Ronald Pickup.


FRI 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jph6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 The Goon Show (b007jn76)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 John Mortimer - Rumpole (b007k4l3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Mayhem at the Ritz (b00sjrv4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife (b00zt611)
Episode 5

Hattie Morahan reads Tea Obreht's evocative debut novel set in a Balkan country scarred by war, and where Natalia, a young doctor, is struggling to understand the mysterious circumstances of her grandfather's death. A tattered copy of The Jungle Book which her grandfather kept with him always provides an unlikely clue, sending her on a quest that leads to the extraordinary stories of the deathless man and the tiger's wife. Today, Natalia evokes her grandfather as a nine year old boy, and the day the men of his village set off to hunt the tiger.

Tea Obreht is on "The New Yorker's Top Writers under 40 Fiction Issue" (June 2010), and at 24 was the youngest on the list. 'The Tiger's Wife' is one of the Waterstone's 11 - the best debuts that they have picked for 2011. Her short story, "The Sentry", appeared in the "Guardian Summer Fiction Issue", alongside stories by Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell.

She was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, and raised in Belgrade, where she spent her childhood. In 1992, her family immigrated, and in 1997 eventually settled in the United States.

The reader is Hattie Morahan.
Abridged by Sally Marmion and produced by Elizabeth Allard.


FRI 14:15 Incarnations: India in 50 Lives (b05w8dn6)
Mirabai: I Go the Other Way

Sunil Khilnani tells the story of Mirabai, the 16th century mystic poet who is one of India's most revered saints. Mirabai was born into a conservative warrior caste in Rajastan but rejected traditional family life and became a wandering religious singer devoted to the Hindu god Krishna. "All this, of course, was scandalous behaviour," says Professor Sunil Khilnani "But Mira proved herself ungovernable in her spiritual zeal". Mirabai composed up to a hundred songs or bhajans which have been passed down through the centuries by oral tradition. Others have been added in her name over the centuries. Today some see Mirabai as a potent symbol of feminism and self-transformation, others as a passionate religious inspiration.

With field recordings by Parita Mukta and readings by Sheenu Das

Produced by Mark Savage
Researcher: Manu Pillai
Listeners can catch up with the series and see the list of remarkable Indians featured on the Radio 4 website.


FRI 14:30 Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (b00767k6)
Episode 10

It's the day of the election, and there's a showdown with Andrea and Philip's wife, Kate.

Conclusion of Stan Barstow's gritty double love story set in Yorkshire in the 1960s, dramatised by his partner Diana Griffiths.

Tom...........David Calder
Norma.............Sharon Duce
Andrea..............Deborah McAndrew
Philip................Robert Glenister
Nick........Ben Crompton
Bess............Daryl Ffishwick
Kate..............Jo-Anne Knowles
Shirley...........Ruth Herbert
Inspector Bradley..........Geoff Hinsliff

Director: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.


FRI 14:45 Book of the Week (b04vqvbq)
Ian Bostridge - Schubert's Winter Journey

Episode 5

Literature, religion and the hurdy-gurdy man. Internationally acclaimed tenor Ian Bostridge concludes his exploration of Schubert's existential masterpiece Winterreise, Winter's Journey.

Strange old man,
Should I go with you?
Will you to my songs
Play your hurdy-gurdy?

Written and read by Ian Bostridge

Abridged by Laurence Wareing

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.


FRI 15:00 Annie Caulfield - Almost Always African (b007k30r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 The 3rd Degree (b01dp52g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 Albert and Me (b048s4vy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 1834 (b0121lh5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 So Wrong It's Right (b01jhdh7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Eric Pringle - Dancing With Jaques (b06zjdjy)
London 1959: A young woman begins her first night "working the streets".

It ends in a ghostly encounter with a man with a wind-up gramophone who calls himself Jaques.

Written by Eric Pringle

Jackie ...... Alice Arnold
Jaques ...... John Evitts
Alice ...... Thersa Streatfeild
News Vendor ...... John Church

Director: Adrian Bean

First broadcast in Thirty Minute Theatre on BBC Radio 4 in May 1993.


FRI 18:30 Soul Music (b0076md4)
Series 4

Bach's Concerto in D minor for Two Violins

So little is known about the life of J S Bach, yet his music opens up a world of imagination. His Concerto in D minor is often described as being like a conversation between two lovers.

David Gregory of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, rock guitarist Steve Hackett, and Terry Waite CBE, are among those moved by the music of the two violins as they imitate, interrupt and overlap each other in one of Bach's most sublime creations.

Taking part:

Mr and Mrs David Gregory
Terry Waite
Simon Heighes
Fionnaigh McKenzie
Steve Hackett
Lara St John
Gillian Teadley

Producer Kate McAll

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2004.


FRI 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jph6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 The Goon Show (b007jn76)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 John Mortimer - Rumpole (b007k4l3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Mayhem at the Ritz (b00sjrv4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Rudyard Kipling - At the Pit's Mouth (b03y00mj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 21:15 Paupers and Pig Killers (b007jx44)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


FRI 22:00 So Wrong It's Right (b01jhdh7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Absolute Power (b007xwmc)
Series 3

Episode 2

Can Prentiss and McCabe's medicine help the government to sort out the NHS?

Stephen Fry and John Bird star in Mark Tavener's biting satire.

Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe are spin masters in the world of government and media relations.

Charles Prentiss …. Stephen Fry
Martin McCabe …. John Bird
Sir Archibald Sullivan …. Tony Gardner
Sandy …. Siobhan Hayes
Clive …. Tom George
Maurice …. David Timson

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2002.


FRI 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b070hwxm)
The best in contemporary comedy. Plus Arthur Smith chats to Tony Law.


FRI 23:00 Meet David Sedaris (b03kp2kh)
Series 4

Episode 2

One of the world's funniest storytellers is back on BBC Radio 4 doing what he does best.

This week, a story dealing with the guilt he sometimes feels as a result of writing stories about his family in "Repeat After Me" and some more extracts from his hilarious diary.

Producer: Steve Doherty
A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 23:30 Goodness Gracious Me (b01nwbhk)
Series 3

Episode 1

The Kapoors visit a stately home, food for thought from Smeeta Smitten, Showbiz Kitten and why the royal family are Indian...

Starring:

Sanjeev Bhaskar
Kulvinder Ghir
Meera Syal
Nina Wadia

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

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 May 1998.




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

1834 05:00 SAT (b011vffj)

1834 07:00 FRI (b0121lh5)

1834 17:00 FRI (b0121lh5)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b007623t)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b007623t)

Absolute Power 22:30 FRI (b007xwmc)

Act Your Age 16:00 TUE (b00g47nm)

Act Your Age 04:00 WED (b00g47nm)

Albert and Me 04:30 SAT (b0480vfp)

Albert and Me 09:30 FRI (b048s4vy)

Albert and Me 16:30 FRI (b048s4vy)

And Now in Colour 23:30 WED (b00cfzx5)

Andrew Lawrence: How Did We End Up Like This? 22:30 WED (b01njxp8)

Andrew Maxwell's Public Enemies 22:30 TUE (b007jtr3)

Annie Caulfield - Almost Always African 10:00 FRI (b007k30r)

Annie Caulfield - Almost Always African 15:00 FRI (b007k30r)

Archive on 4 08:00 SAT (b017l87m)

Archive on 4 15:00 SAT (b017l87m)

Archive on 4 03:00 SUN (b017l87m)

Automobile Club of Egypt: Omnibus 14:30 SUN (b06z8kwx)

Automobile Club of Egypt: Omnibus 02:30 MON (b06z8kwx)

Bandits of the Blitz 01:30 SAT (b00tmtj8)

Beachcomber... By the Way 09:30 WED (b008kkz1)

Beachcomber... By the Way 16:30 WED (b008kkz1)

Beachcomber... By the Way 04:30 THU (b008kkz1)

Book of the Week 14:45 MON (b04vk6kt)

Book of the Week 02:45 TUE (b04vk6kt)

Book of the Week 14:45 TUE (b04vkhlb)

Book of the Week 02:45 WED (b04vkhlb)

Book of the Week 14:45 WED (b04vkc30)

Book of the Week 02:45 THU (b04vkc30)

Book of the Week 14:45 THU (b04vqsh5)

Book of the Week 02:45 FRI (b04vqsh5)

Book of the Week 14:45 FRI (b04vqvbq)

Brothers in Law 08:30 MON (b007k2p3)

Brothers in Law 12:30 MON (b007k2p3)

Brothers in Law 19:30 MON (b007k2p3)

Charles Dickens 03:00 SAT (b01b3fqd)

Clayton Grange 22:30 SUN (b01n65zq)

Colin Davis - Thin Boy 06:00 SAT (b06z61l1)

Colin Davis - Thin Boy 16:00 SAT (b06z61l1)

Colin Davis - Thin Boy 04:00 SUN (b06z61l1)

Colin Hoult's Carnival of Monsters 22:00 SAT (b037j6vl)

Comedy Controller 09:00 SAT (b01r9rh7)

Comedy Controller 19:00 SAT (b01r9rh7)

Composing New York 06:30 TUE (b00t1zc7)

Composing New York 13:30 TUE (b00t1zc7)

Composing New York 20:30 TUE (b00t1zc7)

Composing New York 01:30 WED (b00t1zc7)

Dad's Army 08:00 MON (b007jqpj)

Dad's Army 12:00 MON (b007jqpj)

Dad's Army 19:00 MON (b007jqpj)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 11:50 SUN (b00zf648)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 19:50 SUN (b00zf648)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:15 SUN (b06z8dj3)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:15 SUN (b06z8dj3)

Donna Tartt - The Secret History 02:00 SAT (b03q9ng3)

Drama 11:15 WED (b037d18g)

Drama 21:15 WED (b037d18g)

Eric Pringle - Dancing With Jaques 18:00 FRI (b06zjdjy)

Fags, Mags and Bags 22:30 MON (b010m2f6)

Fat Chance 07:00 TUE (b01byc68)

Fat Chance 17:00 TUE (b01byc68)

Fat Chance 05:00 WED (b01byc68)

Flying the Flag 16:30 TUE (b00b2nfp)

Flying the Flag 04:30 WED (b00b2nfp)

Genius 09:00 THU (b00850j1)

Genius 16:00 THU (b00850j1)

Genius 04:00 FRI (b00850j1)

Ghost Zone 18:30 SAT (b007jtzr)

Ghost Zone 00:30 SUN (b007jtzr)

Gillian Tindall - The Great Eastern Adventure 11:00 THU (b038qbkn)

Gillian Tindall - The Great Eastern Adventure 21:00 THU (b038qbkn)

Goodness Gracious Me 23:30 FRI (b01nwbhk)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b0076xtw)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b0076xtw)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 FRI (b007jph6)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 FRI (b007jph6)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 FRI (b007jph6)

Hazelbeach 07:00 THU (b008crhw)

Hazelbeach 17:00 THU (b008crhw)

Hazelbeach 05:00 FRI (b008crhw)

Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science 23:45 MON (b01jhdhr)

Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science 09:45 TUE (b01jhdhr)

Hordes of the Things 18:00 MON (b0089b37)

Hordes of the Things 00:00 TUE (b0089b37)

Hordes of the Things 18:00 TUE (b007jqts)

Hordes of the Things 00:00 WED (b007jqts)

Hordes of the Things 18:00 WED (b007jqwz)

Hordes of the Things 00:00 THU (b007jqwz)

Hordes of the Things 18:00 THU (b007jqyx)

Hordes of the Things 00:00 FRI (b007jqyx)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:30 WED (b01211y0)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:30 WED (b01211y0)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:30 WED (b01211y0)

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives 02:15 SAT (b05vhh4d)

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives 14:15 MON (b05vx1bs)

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives 02:15 TUE (b05vx1bs)

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives 14:15 TUE (b05vy50d)

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives 02:15 WED (b05vy50d)

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives 14:15 WED (b05w002k)

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives 02:15 THU (b05w002k)

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives 14:15 THU (b05w47hh)

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives 02:15 FRI (b05w47hh)

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives 14:15 FRI (b05w8dn6)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SAT (b06z67z6)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 SUN (b06z67z6)

Inheritance Tracks 10:10 SUN (b06z8dhz)

Inheritance Tracks 21:10 SUN (b06z8dhz)

Inheritance Tracks 08:55 THU (b06zj4pn)

Inheritance Tracks 12:55 THU (b06zj4pn)

Inheritance Tracks 19:55 THU (b06zj4pn)

Jim the Great 08:00 SUN (b02zbzxb)

Jim the Great 12:00 SUN (b02zbzxb)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 07:30 THU (b06yfjdy)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 17:30 THU (b06yfjdy)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 22:00 THU (b06yfjdy)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 05:30 FRI (b06yfjdy)

John Mortimer - Rumpole 06:00 TUE (b007k4fd)

John Mortimer - Rumpole 13:00 TUE (b007k4fd)

John Mortimer - Rumpole 20:00 TUE (b007k4fd)

John Mortimer - Rumpole 01:00 WED (b007k4fd)

John Mortimer - Rumpole 06:00 WED (b007k4gk)

John Mortimer - Rumpole 13:00 WED (b007k4gk)

John Mortimer - Rumpole 20:00 WED (b007k4gk)

John Mortimer - Rumpole 01:00 THU (b007k4gk)

John Mortimer - Rumpole 06:00 THU (b007jsdk)

John Mortimer - Rumpole 13:00 THU (b007jsdk)

John Mortimer - Rumpole 20:00 THU (b007jsdk)

John Mortimer - Rumpole 01:00 FRI (b007jsdk)

John Mortimer - Rumpole 06:00 FRI (b007k4l3)

John Mortimer - Rumpole 13:00 FRI (b007k4l3)

John Mortimer - Rumpole 20:00 FRI (b007k4l3)

Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking 23:00 SUN (b00c5xtr)

Lee Hall - I Luv U Jimmy Spud 10:00 MON (b007jmts)

Lee Hall - I Luv U Jimmy Spud 15:00 MON (b007jmts)

Lee Hall - I Luv U Jimmy Spud 03:00 TUE (b007jmts)

Lee Hall - Spoonface Steinberg 10:00 THU (b007jnsq)

Lee Hall - Spoonface Steinberg 15:00 THU (b007jnsq)

Lee Hall - Spoonface Steinberg 03:00 FRI (b007jnsq)

Lee Hall - The Love Letters of Ragie Patel 10:00 TUE (b06zdnkh)

Lee Hall - The Love Letters of Ragie Patel 15:00 TUE (b06zdnkh)

Lee Hall - The Love Letters of Ragie Patel 03:00 WED (b06zdnkh)

Lee Hall - The Sorrows of Sandra Saint 10:00 WED (b06zh3r6)

Lee Hall - The Sorrows of Sandra Saint 15:00 WED (b06zh3r6)

Lee Hall - The Sorrows of Sandra Saint 03:00 THU (b06zh3r6)

Les Kelly's Britain 23:30 TUE (b017mws9)

Life: An Idiot's Guide 07:30 SUN (b01q9771)

Life: An Idiot's Guide 17:30 SUN (b01q9771)

Life: An Idiot's Guide 22:00 SUN (b01q9771)

Life: An Idiot's Guide 05:30 MON (b01q9771)

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead 08:30 SUN (b008kmkg)

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead 12:30 SUN (b008kmkg)

Listen Against 23:00 WED (b008drpb)

Mayhem at the Ritz 06:30 FRI (b00sjrv4)

Mayhem at the Ritz 13:30 FRI (b00sjrv4)

Mayhem at the Ritz 20:30 FRI (b00sjrv4)

Meet David Sedaris 23:00 FRI (b03kp2kh)

Mick Jackson - Junior Science 11:00 MON (b016x4t9)

Mick Jackson - Junior Science 21:00 MON (b016x4t9)

Mick Jackson - Junior Science 11:00 TUE (b01756jf)

Mick Jackson - Junior Science 21:00 TUE (b01756jf)

Mick Jackson - Junior Science 11:00 WED (b017clx1)

Mick Jackson - Junior Science 21:00 WED (b017clx1)

Mordrin McDonald: 21st Century Wizard 22:30 SAT (b00yz2hw)

Nick Stafford - The Fire Inside 18:00 SUN (b0075gpk)

Nick Stafford - The Fire Inside 00:00 MON (b0075gpk)

Nick Warburton - Purvis 11:15 MON (b007k1jy)

Nick Warburton - Purvis 21:15 MON (b007k1jy)

November Dead List 13:00 SAT (b06z66tg)

November Dead List 01:00 SUN (b06z66tg)

Off the Page 18:30 WED (b0076z8b)

Off the Page 00:30 THU (b0076z8b)

Paupers and Pig Killers 11:15 THU (b007jx3z)

Paupers and Pig Killers 21:15 THU (b007jx3z)

Paupers and Pig Killers 11:15 FRI (b007jx44)

Paupers and Pig Killers 21:15 FRI (b007jx44)

Peter Tinniswood 16:00 SUN (b007k354)

Peter Tinniswood 04:00 MON (b007k354)

Peter Tinniswood 11:15 TUE (b007jw6t)

Peter Tinniswood 21:15 TUE (b007jw6t)

Planet B 18:00 SAT (b00y90wz)

Planet B 00:00 SUN (b00y90wz)

Pleased to Meet You 23:00 SAT (b0124y89)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (b06z8twh)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (b06z8twh)

R Austin Freeman - Thorndyke, Forensic Investigator 01:00 SAT (b01r7bhp)

R Austin Freeman - Thorndyke, Forensic Investigator 06:00 MON (b01r7ml4)

R Austin Freeman - Thorndyke, Forensic Investigator 13:00 MON (b01r7ml4)

R Austin Freeman - Thorndyke, Forensic Investigator 20:00 MON (b01r7ml4)

R Austin Freeman - Thorndyke, Forensic Investigator 01:00 TUE (b01r7ml4)

Revolting People 23:00 TUE (b00wg3mg)

Robin Brooks - The Romantics 14:15 SAT (b06z68nc)

Robin Brooks - The Romantics 02:15 SUN (b06z68nc)

Round the Horne 08:00 TUE (b007tm45)

Round the Horne 12:00 TUE (b007tm45)

Round the Horne 19:00 TUE (b007tm45)

Rudyard Kipling - At the Pit's Mouth 11:00 FRI (b03y00mj)

Rudyard Kipling - At the Pit's Mouth 21:00 FRI (b03y00mj)

Rukhsana Ahmad - Freedom's Daughter 02:45 SAT (b007jybp)

Shoot from the Hip - The World's Coolest Camera 07:15 SUN (b0076xhf)

Shoot from the Hip - The World's Coolest Camera 14:15 SUN (b0076xhf)

Shoot from the Hip - The World's Coolest Camera 02:15 MON (b0076xhf)

Sidekick 06:30 WED (b00sfy5g)

Sidekick 13:30 WED (b00sfy5g)

Sidekick 20:30 WED (b00sfy5g)

Sidekick 01:30 THU (b00sfy5g)

So Wrong It's Right 05:30 SAT (b01j5nws)

So Wrong It's Right 07:30 FRI (b01jhdh7)

So Wrong It's Right 17:30 FRI (b01jhdh7)

So Wrong It's Right 22:00 FRI (b01jhdh7)

Soul Music 00:30 SAT (b0076m94)

Soul Music 18:30 FRI (b0076md4)

Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (b06z87jb)

Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b06z87jb)

Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b06z87jb)

Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm 02:30 SAT (b00767g1)

Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm 14:30 MON (b00767h8)

Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm 02:30 TUE (b00767h8)

Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm 14:30 TUE (b00767hs)

Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm 02:30 WED (b00767hs)

Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm 14:30 WED (b00767j6)

Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm 02:30 THU (b00767j6)

Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm 14:30 THU (b00767jp)

Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm 02:30 FRI (b00767jp)

Stan Barstow - A Raging Calm 14:30 FRI (b00767k6)

Stash: The Dandy Aesthete of Swinging London 06:30 MON (b00h6xlm)

Stash: The Dandy Aesthete of Swinging London 13:30 MON (b00h6xlm)

Stash: The Dandy Aesthete of Swinging London 20:30 MON (b00h6xlm)

Stash: The Dandy Aesthete of Swinging London 01:30 TUE (b00h6xlm)

Steptoe and Son 08:00 THU (b007jn7v)

Steptoe and Son 12:00 THU (b007jn7v)

Steptoe and Son 19:00 THU (b007jn7v)

Susan Calman Is Convicted 23:00 THU (b03zd3j5)

Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife 14:00 MON (b00zsdgc)

Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife 02:00 TUE (b00zsdgc)

Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife 14:00 TUE (b00zshp7)

Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife 02:00 WED (b00zshp7)

Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife 14:00 WED (b00zt22l)

Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife 02:00 THU (b00zt22l)

Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife 14:00 THU (b00zt3tr)

Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife 02:00 FRI (b00zt3tr)

Tea Obreht - The Tiger's Wife 14:00 FRI (b00zt611)

Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! 07:30 TUE (b06ycr4z)

Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! 17:30 TUE (b06ycr4z)

Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! 22:00 TUE (b06ycr4z)

Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! 05:30 WED (b06ycr4z)

That Reminds Me 18:30 TUE (b007jp4b)

That Reminds Me 00:30 WED (b007jp4b)

The 3rd Degree 04:00 SAT (b01fhrjh)

The 3rd Degree 09:00 FRI (b01dp52g)

The 3rd Degree 16:00 FRI (b01dp52g)

The Big Booth 23:30 SAT (b007jv50)

The Brothers 07:00 WED (b00p92xt)

The Brothers 17:00 WED (b00p92xt)

The Brothers 05:00 THU (b00p92xt)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 SAT (b070d59j)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 TUE (b070d5d7)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 WED (b070d5rj)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 FRI (b070hwxm)

The Consultants 23:30 THU (b007k320)

The Goon Show 08:30 FRI (b007jn76)

The Goon Show 12:30 FRI (b007jn76)

The Goon Show 19:30 FRI (b007jn76)

The Harpoon 23:30 SUN (b00cq60w)

The Laxian Key 00:00 SAT (b007k30w)

The Men from the Ministry 08:30 TUE (b012b8hx)

The Men from the Ministry 12:30 TUE (b012b8hx)

The Men from the Ministry 19:30 TUE (b012b8hx)

The Moth Radio Hour 11:00 SUN (b06y9jvd)

The Moth Radio Hour 19:00 SUN (b06y9jvd)

The Motion Show 12:00 SAT (b00768f5)

The Motion Show 09:00 WED (b00768jd)

The Motion Show 16:00 WED (b00768jd)

The Motion Show 04:00 THU (b00768jd)

The Museum of Curiosity 07:30 MON (b06ybgxr)

The Museum of Curiosity 17:30 MON (b06ybgxr)

The Museum of Curiosity 22:00 MON (b06ybgxr)

The Museum of Curiosity 05:30 TUE (b06ybgxr)

The Name Game 06:30 THU (b00s5nzv)

The Name Game 13:30 THU (b00s5nzv)

The Name Game 20:30 THU (b00s5nzv)

The Name Game 01:30 FRI (b00s5nzv)

The Navy Lark 08:00 WED (b01hc2x3)

The Navy Lark 12:00 WED (b01hc2x3)

The Navy Lark 19:00 WED (b01hc2x3)

The News Quiz Extra 23:00 MON (b06zdcjg)

The News Quiz Extra 09:00 TUE (b06zdcjg)

The Pond 18:45 SUN (b06z8twn)

The Pond 00:45 MON (b06z8twn)

The Right Time 07:00 MON (b0076m76)

The Right Time 17:00 MON (b0076m76)

The Right Time 05:00 TUE (b0076m76)

The Secret World 22:30 THU (b012ylgm)

The Senses 09:30 THU (b06zhjpj)

The Senses 16:30 THU (b06zhjpj)

The Senses 04:30 FRI (b06zhjpj)

The Small, Intricate Life of Gerald C Potter 08:30 THU (b007jtg6)

The Small, Intricate Life of Gerald C Potter 12:30 THU (b007jtg6)

The Small, Intricate Life of Gerald C Potter 19:30 THU (b007jtg6)

The Write Stuff 09:00 MON (b00dr86m)

The Write Stuff 16:00 MON (b00dr86m)

The Write Stuff 04:00 TUE (b00dr86m)

Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler 07:30 WED (b05nvjm7)

Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler 17:30 WED (b05nvjm7)

Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler 22:00 WED (b05nvjm7)

Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler 05:30 THU (b05nvjm7)

Tomorrow, Today! 12:30 SAT (b016r51y)

Tomorrow, Today! 09:30 MON (b017071k)

Tomorrow, Today! 16:30 MON (b017071k)

Tomorrow, Today! 04:30 TUE (b017071k)

Tony Hawks's Guide to the Guides 07:30 SAT (b0075vhy)

Tony Hawks's Guide to the Guides 17:30 SAT (b0075vhy)

Tony Hawks's Guide to the Guides 05:30 SUN (b0075vhy)

Trevor Hoyle - The Dying Art of Letter Writing 15:45 SUN (b01bmrq2)

Trevor Hoyle - The Dying Art of Letter Writing 03:45 MON (b01bmrq2)

Volker Weidermann - Summer Before the Dark: Omnibus 09:00 SUN (b06z8cxj)

Volker Weidermann - Summer Before the Dark: Omnibus 20:00 SUN (b06z8cxj)

Warhorses of Letters 22:45 SAT (b01pcqkr)

World of Pub 23:45 THU (b008m4ft)