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SATURDAY 01 AUGUST 2020

SAT 00:00 Earthsea (b0bn5qb4)
Series 2

A Bad Thing

On the island of Gont, Tenar saves a remarkable young girl from certain death. She also makes a dangerous enemy.

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga starring Nina Wadia.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across 12 episodes. In the first series, the first three novels were re-told, and series two takes in Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly.

As a girl, Tenar, was taken from her home and family on the island of Atuan to become Arha, the Priestess Ever Reborn, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan. Deep within the Tombs, Ged and Tenar met and became unlikely allies, escaped from Atuan, and brought peace to the troubled archipelago. Now in her late middle age, widowed and with grown up children, Tenar runs a farm on the island of Gont. She has not seen Ged for many years.

Ged was born on Gont, with innate magical talent and a reckless nature. He trained in wizardry on the island Roke, where he released a terrible shadow into the world and then risked his life to restore the balance. He grew to become Archmage on Roke and the greatest wizard on all of Earthsea. When the evil wizard Cob attempted to cheat death and live forever, Ged found him and closed the breach between life and death. In doing so, he lost his powers of magic.

Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, they tell the stories of Tenar and Ged.

Based on the novel Tehanu adapted in six-parts by Judith Adams.

Tenar . . . Nina Wadia
Ogion . . . Michael Bertenshaw
Tehanu . . .Laura Elphinstone
Therru . . . Rosie Boore
Moss . . . Elizabeth Counsell
Aspen . . . John Lightbody
Handy . . . Ryan Early
Therru's father . . . Stephen Hogan
Clearbrook . . . Sean Murray
Kalessin . . . Emma Handy
Senini . . . Lauren Cornelius
Apple . . . Kerry Gooderson
Fisherman . . . Ryan Whittle

Original music by Jon Nichols

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in October 2018.


SAT 00:30 Shooting Through to Alice (m000l970)
Ali Ballantyne travels across Australia on legendary railway engine, The Flying Scotsman.

She was transported to Australia as part of the country's bicentenary celebrations in 1988-89.

Producer: Peter Griffiths

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1990.


SAT 01:00 Paul Temple (b007jqq5)
Paul Temple and the Conrad Case

Hotel Roemer

A fresh cocktail stick clue sees Paul and Steve head to the suppliers in Oberammergau.

Francis Durbridge's thriller stars Peter Coke as Paul Temple and Marjorie Westbury as Steve in another intriguing case for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife.

Paul Temple …. Peter Coke
Steve …. Marjorie Westbury
Fritz Gunter …. George Hagan
Elliot France …. James Thomason
Denis Harper …. John Bryning
Elsa, The Countess Dekker …. Joan Matheson
Mrs Wheldon …. Virginia Winter
Dr Conrad …. Rolf Lefebvre
Herr Brechschaft …. Jeffrey Segal

Between 1938 and 1968, Francis Durbridge's incomparably suave amateur detective Paul Temple and glamorous wife Steve solved case after baffling case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated, well-heeled world of cocktails and fast cars.

Producer: Martyn C. Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in March 1959.


SAT 01:30 Miss Marple (b007jpmx)
A Caribbean Mystery

Episode 5

After two murders and an attempted suicide, amateur sleuth Miss Marple is battling to find a link.

The conclusion of Agatha Christie's whodunit starring June Whitfield as Miss Marple.

Miss Marple …. June Whitfield
Mr Rafiel …. George A. Cooper
Tim Kendall …. David Thorpe
Molly Kendall …. Alison Pettit
Esther Walters …. Yvonne Edgell
Evelyn Hillingdon …. Carolyn Jones
Edward Hillingdon …. Christopher Wright
Lucky Dyson …. Tracy-Ann Oberman
Jackson …. Andrew Wincott
Canon Prescott …. David King
Dr Graham .... John Rowe

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1997.


SAT 02:00 The Personality Test (b00m5tks)
Series 1

Gyles Brandreth

Broadcaster, author and ex-MP Gyles Brandreth quizzes a panel about himself.

Sue Perkins, Alan Carr and Lucy Porter battle with queries based on Greg's life, whims and interests

Series in which a fresh host every episode quizzes a comedy panel about themselves.

Script by Richard Turner

Devised & produced by Aled Evans.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2006.


SAT 02:30 Romantic Friction (b0075w4v)
Thwarted

Lovelorn romance writer Anna is up against a deadline for her latest potboiler, a tale of love, suffering and jealousy.

But her creative juices don't seem to be flowing as, after years of having a purely fictional love-life, she's met a real-live man.

She's also constantly thwarted by her characters, who keep leaping off the page into her living room to challenge her about their plotlines.

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

Anna ...... Samantha Bond
Brian ...... Hugh Bonneville
Deirdre ...... Beth Chambers
Fertility Doll ...... Adjoa Andoh
Book ...... Michael Fenton Stevens

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2000.


SAT 03:00 EM Forster - A Room with a View (b007qvgf)
The Triumph of Phaeton

Engaged to Cecil Vyse but haunted by her dreams of George Emerson, Lucy Honeychurch feels muddled..

Conclusion of EM Forster’s 1908 tale of a young woman from repressed Edwardian England.

Lucy Honeychurch ...... Cathy Sara
Charlotte Bartlett ...... Sheila Hancock
Mr Emerson ...... John Moffatt
George Emerson ...... Gary Cady
Mr Beebe ...... Stephen Moore
Mrs Honeychurch ...... Julia McKenzie
Freddy Honeychurch ...... Roger May
Cecil Vyse ...... Nathaniel Parker
Minnie Beebe ...... Sara-Jane Derrick
Floyd ...... Jonathan Keeble
Miss Alan ...... Anna Cropper
Phaeton ...... Andrew Branch

Pianist: Terence Allbright

Director: Glyn Dearman.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1995.


SAT 04:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000l96x)
Anti-racist activism, bingeworthy documentaries and other new listens.

Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend great new podcasts and speak to creators.

Firstly, some bingeworthy documentary and real life podcasts:
The Town That Didn't Stare (Nick Hilton & Podot)
Rabbit Hole (The New York Times)
Real Dictators (Noiser)
The Reality of Reality TV with Fleur East (Planet Radio)

We hear from Shade podcast creator Lou Mensah about her series of discussions around creativity and anti-racism.

And a selection of other notable new listens:
The Joe Wicks Podcast (BBC Sounds)
When Someone Great Is Gone (Izzy Lee-Poulton and Transmission Roundhouse)
The Harrowing (Storyglass)
Crossbread (ABC)


SAT 05:00 Michael Frayn's Matchbox Theatre (b06r8cjk)
Episode 3

Michael Frayn: the most comic philosophical writer of our time.

An all-star cast has great fun with his hilarious view of us all. People talking. To each other, to themselves. To no one. Trying to communicate. To explain.

In this episode, a controlling theatre director (Alex Jennings) thinks he can direct anything. Lloyd Owen and Rosalind Ayres talk to each other on their mobiles, yards apart. Patricia Hodge and Roger Allam can't agree on how to deal with household repairs. And Matthew Wolf decides to take a short break from this very programme. Ian Ogilvy, Julia McKenzie, Julian Sands and Sophie Winkleman attend an unusual Memorial, and Janie Dee and Richard Sisson enjoy a musical invitation list. Martin Jarvis lectures on being 'quite clear'.

So no worries about queuing up to get a drink in the interval or finding the loo. We're on the radio - the theatre of the listener's imagination. Sit back and enjoy.

With:
Alex Jennings
Patricia Hodge
Roger Allam
Rosalind Ayres
Mathew Wolf
Ian Ogilvy
Julia McKenzie
Sophie Winkleman
Julian Sands
Janie Dee
Richard Sisson
Martin Jarvis

Producer: Rosalind Ayres
Director: Martin Jarvis

A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2015.


SAT 05:30 Cabin Pressure (b00lxh3r)
Series 2

Johannesburg

When Carolyn makes a foolish bet with her pilots, what better place for a race against time than a sleepy Spanish airfield? Plus we learn about the thermodynamic properties of boiled sweets and the kinetic thrust of white wine.

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-Shappey ..... Stephanie Cole
1st Officer Douglas Richardson ..... Roger Allam
Capt. Martin Crieff ..... Benedict Cumberbatch
Arthur Shappey ..... John Finnemore
Senor Quintanilla ..... Michael Fenton-Stevens
Diego ..... Javier Marzan

Written by John Finnemore.

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


SAT 06:00 Adrian Alington - The Amazing Test Match Crime (m000lgsq)
A dastardly plot to destroy the British, by wrecking cricket, is investigated by Brian Johnston.

Starring Madeline Smith, Trevor Nichols and Brian Johnston.

Dramatised from Adrian Alington's book by Peter Thomson.

Monica …. Madeline Smith
Norman Blood …. Trevor Nichols
Joe Prestwick …. Tom Wilkinson
Ralph the Disappointment …. Nicholas Le Prevost
The Professor …. Bill Paterson
Interviewer …. Brian Johnston
Sir Timothy …. Garard Green
Sawn-Off Carlo …. Danny Schiller
Alice …. Alice Arnold
Beltravers …. James Faulkner
Alf Blowman …. Brian Miller
Lathbridge/Aussie …. Peter Dahlsen
The Vicar/Flailers …. Alan Thompson
Squire/Music Hall Singer …. Michael Kilgarriff
Posse …. Joe Dunlop
Squire's Son …. Vincent Brimble
Perfect …. John Bull
Captain/Trimmer …. David Goudge
Old Crony …. David King

Director: Jane Morgan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1989.


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b05r3w3s)
Series 36

Kulvinder Ghir on Zoran Music

Comedian and actor Kulvinder Ghir nominates the life of the artist Zoran Music. Matthew Parris finds out about Music who sketched corpses during and after he survived the horrors of being held at Dachau- a concentration camp in 1944.

They are also joined by art critic, curator Michael Peppiatt who was a friend and an admirer of Zoran Music in this week's Great Life.

Producer: Perminder Khatkar.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


SAT 08:00 Dilemma (b0183rb5)
Series 1

Episode 5

Sue Perkins puts John Finnemore, Danielle Ward, Alun Cochrane and Dame Ann Leslie through the moral and ethical wringer in the show where there are no "right" answers - but some deeply damning ones...

Hypothetical situations involve old ladies shoplifting, gentlemen "pocket-patting", unqualified doctors and fake psychics.

The panel also debates which figure least deserves their place in history out of Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, and David Attenborough.

Devised by Danielle Ward.

Producer: Ed Morrish.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2011.


SAT 08:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b00rzqpw)
Series 3

The Police Farce

Robert Wilson is acting in a disorderly manner.

Farcical sitcom about the trials and tribulations of a young actor desperately seeking work.

John Gordon Sinclair stars in Paul Mayhew-Archer's sitcom.

Robert ..... John Gordon Sinclair
Desmond Shaw ..... Gary Waldhorn
Sue ..... Gina McKee

With:
Toby Longworth
Simon Slater
Jon Glover
Millie Tiffin
Harriet Thorpe
Andrew Berkeley

Producer: Diane Messias

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1993.


SAT 09:00 Brian Blessed's Radio Adventures (b07y77x3)
Arthur Bostrom meets with Brian Blessed to celebrate the adventurer’s remarkable life and career as presented on radio.

A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice the boisterous British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and TV, however what is often overlooked is his fascinating career in radio.

There are over 40 years of recordings in the BBC radio archives, including hilarious interviews, dramas, poetry readings and panel shows. He's presented Down Your Way, appeared on the nature series Sounds Natural and hosted his own radio show. As a regular guest Brian Blessed has been interviewed on a diverse number of subjects and memorably on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek revealing how he helped to deliver a baby in a South London park.

With an enthusiastic audience at the BBC Radio Theatre in London, Arthur introduces extracts and programmes from Brian’s radio years to build an enthralling and unique insight into the actor and explorer’s life. In in his own irreverent style Brian reveals a passion for radio which has rarely been discussed.

Programmes include:

* Down Your Way: Stratford Shakespeare
Actor Brian Blessed was to have gone to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford straight after drama school. Instead he joined Z Cars and was unable to do a Season until 1984, he returns in this episode from 1991

* Sounds Natural:
Brian Blessed discusses with Derek Jones his interest in wildlife & mountaineering & chooses some recordings from the BBC's Sound Archive, in an episode from 1975.

* Outlook – Galahad of Everest:
Brian Blessed talks to John Waite about his expedition to climb Everest in the footsteps of George Mallory

* The Brian Blessed Show:
A programme from 1988 where Brian Blessed talks to theatre critic Jack Tinker about his career.

Producer: Stephen Garner

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in October 2016


SAT 12:00 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b007jq77)
Series 1

Families and Relationships

Radio's sofa-bound daytime presenter duo share some surprising items about smoking, underpants and old age.

Bill Dare's sitcom starring Robert Duncan as Mike and Julia Hills as Sue.

With Roger Blake, Mark Kilmurry, Sally Phillips and Dan Strauss.

Music by Mark Burton.

Producer: Pete Sinclair

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1996.


SAT 12:30 Round the Horne (b00tb9j7)
Series 4

Episode 12

Kenneth Horne is making Fleet Street headlines - and pays a visit to Julian and Sandy's Bona Private Detective Agency.

With Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick and Betty Marsden.

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. Marty departed after series 3.

Scripted by Barry Took, Brian Cooke and Johnnie Mortimer.

Music by the Max Harris Group.

Producer: John Simmonds

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 in May 1968.


SAT 13:00 Miss Marple (b007jpkt)
A Caribbean Mystery

Episode 1

Amateur sleuth Jane Marple's peaceful island break is disrupted by a death - and a photo.

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars June Whitfield as Miss Marple.

From the thriller first published in 1964 and dramatised in five parts by Michael Bakewell.

Miss Marple …. June Whitfield
Major Palgrave …. Windsor Davies
Dr Graham .... John Rowe
Canon Prescott …. David King
Miss Prescott …. Jenny Lee
Evelyn Hillingdon …. Carolyn Jones
Edward Hillingdon …. Christopher Wright
Lucky Dyson …. Tracy-Ann Oberman
Greg Dyson …. Brian Parr
Molly Kendall …. Alison Pettit
Tim Kendall …. David Thorpe
Victoria .... Amanda Gordon
Jim Ellis …. Anthony Ofoegbu
Raymond West …. Iwan Thomas

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1997.


SAT 13:30 Miss Marple (b007jplb)
A Caribbean Mystery

Episode 2

After Major Palgrave's sudden death, the amateur sleuth wonders whether it was murder?

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars June Whitfield as Miss Marple.

Miss Marple …. June Whitfield
Mr Rafiel …. George A. Cooper
Dr Graham .... John Rowe
Esther Walters …. Yvonne Edgell
Miss Prescott …. Jenny Lee
Evelyn Hillingdon …. Carolyn Jones
Edward Hillingdon …. Christopher Wright
Molly Kendall …. Alison Pettit
Tim Kendall …. David Thorpe
Greg Dyson …. Brian Parr
Victoria .... Amanda Gordon
Jackson …. Andrew Wincott
Daventry …. David Brooks

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1997.


SAT 14:00 Miss Marple (b007jplv)
A Caribbean Mystery

Episode 3

Tensions start to grow on the beautiful tropical island.

The authorities have been called in and a murder investigation is underway.

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars June Whitfield as Miss Marple.

Miss Marple …. June Whitfield
Evelyn Hillingdon …. Carolyn Jones
Edward Hillingdon …. Christopher Wright
Lucky Dyson …. Tracy-Ann Oberman
Greg Dyson …. Brian Parr
Molly Kendall …. Alison Pettit
Tim Kendall …. David Thorpe
Victoria …. Amanda Gordon
Jim Ellis …. Anthony Ofoegbu
Inspector Weston …. David Bannerman
Daventry …. David Brooks
Cook …. Chris Pavlo

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1997.


SAT 14:30 Miss Marple (b007jpmc)
A Caribbean Mystery

Episode 4

With the island's murder tally now standing at two, the spinster sleuth needs an ally.

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars June Whitfield as Miss Marple.

Miss Marple …. June Whitfield
Mr Rafiel …. George A. Cooper
Dr Graham .... John Rowe
Miss Prescott …. Jenny Lee
Esther Walters …. Yvonne Edgell
Evelyn Hillingdon …. Carolyn Jones
Edward Hillingdon …. Christopher Wright
Molly Kendall …. Alison Pettit
Tim Kendall …. David Thorpe

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1997.


SAT 15:00 Miss Marple (b007jpmx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 01:30 today]


SAT 15:30 A Good Read (b00sty76)
John Sergeant and Anjum Anand

Journalist and Strictly Come Dancing's John Sergeant and food writer and TV presenter,Anjum Anand talk to Sue MacGregor about favourite books by Arthur Ransome, Aravind Adiga and Evelyn Waugh.

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
Publisher: Penguin Classics

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Publisher: Randomhouse

White Tiger by Arvind Adiga
Publisher. Atlantic Books

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2010


SAT 16:00 Adrian Alington - The Amazing Test Match Crime (m000lgsq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b05r3w3s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (b09th4hf)
Hexagonal Phase

1. Part the 0.16

Following the publication of his diaries, Arthur Dent’s hopes for a secluded life soon evaporate.

A full-cast production of the sixth book in the famous Hitchhiker's Guide trilogy, based on Eoin Colfer’s ‘And Another Thing...’

The Book …. John Lloyd
Arthur Dent …. Simon Jones
Ford Prefect …. Geoff McGivern
Zaphod Beeblebrox …. Mark Wing-Davey
Trillian …. Sandra Dickinson and Susan Sheridan
Marvin the Paranoid Android …. Jim Broadbent
Fenchurch …. Jane Horrocks
with Samantha Béart, Toby Longworth, Andy Secombe, Ed Byrne, Lenny Henry, Philip Pope, Mitch Benn, Jon Culshaw and Professor Stephen Hawking.

Based on the novel with additional material by Douglas Adams
The series is co-written, directed and sound-designed by Dirk Maggs.

Music by Philip Pope

Produced by Dirk Maggs, Helen Chattwell and David Morley

A Perfectly Normal production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in March 2018.


SAT 18:30 Ben Moor - Undone (b007jwq5)
Series 2

Unaccompanied

Edna tries to make sense of a reality without Undone. Are the gaps closed?

Staring Alex Tregear and Ben Moor.

Series 2 of Ben Moor's comic sci-fi saga about a magazine editor called Edna Turner who enters a parallel world where her version of London is replaced with the city of Undone.

Edna Turner ...... Alex Tregear
Tankerton Slopes ...... Ben Moor
Billy ...... Duncan Wisbey
Voodoo Electrician ...... Nitin Ganatra
Grant ...... Tim Key

Other parts played by the cast.

Producer: Colin Anderson

Made for BBC Radio 7 by BBC Radio Comedy and first broadcast in January 2008.


SAT 19:00 Brian Blessed's Radio Adventures (b07y77x3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Tim Minchin and Friends (b007knth)
A marvellous collision of mirth and piano from the award-winning singer-songwriter in a BBC concert.

With Justin Edwards.

Producer: Will Saunders

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 2007.


SAT 23:00 That Mitchell and Webb Sound (b03jb1wp)
Series 5

Episode 1

The future of farming - battery penguins; Thomas Hardy's exciting idea to make his books even sadder; and the very confusing goings on in a cash-register shop.

Comedy from the lopsided world of David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

With Olivia Colman and James Bachman.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2013.


SAT 23:30 Sarah Millican's Support Group (b0113086)
Series 2

3. 'I'm a cherry childless and proud of it'

"I'm a cherry childless and proud of it"

"I'd like to be romantic but I have a voice that makes children cry"

Sarah Millican is a life counsellor and modern-day agony aunt tackling the nation's problems head on, dishing out real advice for real people.

Assisted by her very own team of experts of the heart - man of the people local cabbie Terry, and self qualified counsellor Marion,

Sarah tackles the nation's problems head on and has a solution for everything.

Sarah ...... Sarah Millican
Marion ...... Ruth Bratt
Terry ...... Simon Daye
Jenny ...... Bridget Christie
Keith ...... Joe Wilkinson

Written by Sarah Millican.

Producer: Lianne Coop

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2011



SUNDAY 02 AUGUST 2020

SUN 00:00 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (b09th4hf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:30 Ben Moor - Undone (b007jwq5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Miss Marple (b007jpkt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:30 Miss Marple (b007jplb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:30 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 Miss Marple (b007jplv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:30 Miss Marple (b007jpmc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Miss Marple (b007jpmx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 01:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 A Good Read (b00sty76)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Adrian Alington - The Amazing Test Match Crime (m000lgsq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b05r3w3s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Miss Marple (b007jpkt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 06:30 Miss Marple (b007jplb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:30 on Saturday]


SUN 07:00 Miss Marple (b007jplv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 07:30 Miss Marple (b007jpmc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 08:00 Miss Marple (b007jpmx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 01:30 on Saturday]


SUN 08:30 Ray's a Laugh (b007jxbb)
From 11/10/49

Ted is 'gonged' and argues with Kitty, and reporter George blunders again.

Starring Ted Ray.

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

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

Scripted by Eddie Maguire and Ted Ray.

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

BBC Dance Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black.

Producer: George Inns

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in October 1949.


SUN 09:00 Not in Front of the Children (b059c408)
Series 1

The George Washington Complex

Can the idea of honesty gain sway in the Corner household?

Starring Wendy Craig and Francis Matthew.

The comedy mishaps of the Corner family - Jennifer and Henry and their three kids Trudi, Amanda and Robin.

Four series were first shown on BBC TV from 1967 to 1970. Richard Waring adapted his own scripts for this radio version, now fully restored from the original reel-to-reel tapes. Wendy Craig won a Best Actress BAFTA award for the TV version of Not in Front of the Children in 1969.

Jennifer Corner ...... Wendy Craig
Henry Corner ...... Francis Matthews
Mary ...... Charlotte Mitchell
Mother ...... Fanny Rowe
Father ...... Noel Howlett
Ferris ...... Alexander John
Trudi ...... Roberta Tovey
Robin ...... Hugo Keith-Johnston
Amanda: ...... Jill Riddick

Music by Ronnie Hazlehurst

Producer: Trafford Whitelock.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1969.


SUN 09:30 Bristow (b00cq588)
Series 1

Stranger on a Train

Bristow helps his colleague, Jones, to plan an escape from Chester Perry

Michael Williams stars as Bristow, the Chester-Perry buying clerk. He is but a small cog in a gigantic wheel... and he knows it.

Adapted from by Frank Dickens from his famous newspaper cartoon strip. Syndicated internationally, it ran for 51 years from 1961.

Bristow …. Michael Williams
Jones …. Rodney Bewes
Fudge, Mr Frost, Station Master and the Stranger on the Train …. Jon Glover
Miss Sunman …. Katie Odie
Post Boy and Godfrey …. Simon Schatsberger
Tea Lady …. Sarah Huntley

Music: John Whitehall

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1999.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b08w9w54)
Islands

Dawn French

From Alison Moyet to James Taylor. Comedy star Dawn French shares her castaway choices with Kirsty Young.

Dawn's career started back when dungarees were considered a legitimate fashion choice and she's built her reputation on borderline surreal skits and glowingly warm characterisations.

Brought up in a forces family, she had to move schools a lot and found making people laugh helped to make them her friends. Since then it's made her a household name and she may be moments away from becoming a 'national treasure'.

Double act partner, sit-com star, sketch show performer, writer, actor, Dawn has made us laugh for years. So does she ever feel overwhelmed by people's expectations?

She says "I tell myself that I'm the sort of person who can open a one-woman play in the West End, so I do .... I am the sort of person who writes a book - so I do".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2012.


SUN 10:45 Multi Story Shorts (m000b0j5)
Living Together

Two members of the Older Women's Co-Housing group explain why they wanted to join the "intentional" community in London.

Find more personal stories like this on the BBC podcast, Multi Story - presented and produced by Becca Bryers.


SUN 11:00 Radiolab (b0bf49hb)
Series 4

Memory and Forgetting

Radiolab look behind the curtain of how memories are made...and forgotten. With Jad Abumrad, Robert Krulwich and neurologist, Oliver Sacks.

Radiolab is a Peabody-award winning show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and the human experience.

Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich investigate a strange world.

First broadcast on public radio in the USA. in 2007.


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m000lgx8)
Make Perhaps This Out Sense Of Can You

Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's poetry archives and selects Make Perhaps This Sense of Can You with experimental poet Bob Cobbing.

Bob's playful experiments with sound and text have inspired a generation of poets, artists and composers. A writer whose work skittered between literature and music, poetry and artwork - he is, perhaps, best remembered for his extraordinary poetry readings. With his operatic, resonant voice he would boom, howl, chant and whisper leaving his audience enchanted and enraged in equal measures.

In this programme, we delve into the work of Bob Cobbing - exploring his influence on the publishing world, his role in one of the most turbulent periods at the Poetry Society and the visual poem that outraged Margaret Thatcher.

Revered and reviled - he has been a controversial figure at times. In this feature the writers Iain Sinclair, Peter Finch, Alan Brownjohn and Paula Claire, amongst others, reflect on the musicality of his work, how he challenged the conventional notion of poetry and the surprising controversy sound and visual poetry caused in the 20th Century.

Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2011.


SUN 12:30 Believe It! (b08lhg9p)
Series 3

Knight Fever

The third series of Jon Canter's not quite true autobiography of Richard Wilson. Believe what you like!

Richard was unwell last year. He had a heart attack. But now he's recovered and is fighting fit.

With a new lease of life - he considers those things most likely to make him happy in the future. What's on his bucket list? Get a Knighthood of course!

Himself ...... Richard Wilson
Himself ...... Antony Sher
Himself ...... Daniel Evans
Himself ...... David Tennant
Himself ...... Angus Deayton
Francois ...... Jasmine Hyde
Jane ...... Jasmine Hyde
Suzy ...... Eva Feiler
Dave the Sound Engineer ...... Wilfredo Acosta
Big Issue Seller ...... Kellie Shirley

Produced and directed by Clive Brill.

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in April 2017.


SUN 13:00 4 Extra at the British Seaside (b038xhc6)
Seaside entertainer Tony Lidington takes a trip to Brighton for BBC Radio 4 Extra and reflects how this city has inspired a wealth of seaside memories captured in the BBC Sound Archive.

Tony came to Brighton in the eighties as a student and set up his own Pierrot Troupe The Pierroters named after the rotting West Pier which was the subject of a Kaleidoscope feature made in 1995.

There are first hand memories of what it was like to go on a seaside holiday between the wars in 1984 programme called ‘Sand Between the Toes'.

Tony meets Max Tyler an expert on the Fol De Rols and he and Tony hear them perform in an extraordinary piece of archive from 1937 when four of the shows hundreds of miles apart were brought together live by the magic of wireless.

There are also insights into Brighton's very own Cheeky Chappie as Tony visits a Fish and Chip Shop in Brighton where the Max Miller Society has set up a museum.

‘Casting Shadows' a wonderfully evocative play by Mark Burgess conjures up an imaginary meeting between the actor Laurence Oliver, playwright Terence Rattigan and Brighton's famous seaside entertainer, Max Miller. Roy Hudd headlines as Miller.

Gavin Henderson president of the National Piers Society reveals that seaside Piers were initially places of sophistication, almost the arts centres of their day, and Rachel Clark of the West Pier Trust looks to the future and the plans to create a new vertical Pier on Brighton seafront.

Tony celebrates the Great Days of the West Pier in his 1995 Archive Hour ‘Oh What a Lovely Pier!' with contributions from among others the late Corin Redgrave.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Pier Productions


SUN 16:00 Andrew Rissik - A Man Alone (m000lgxb)
Anthony

Philip Tremayne's friends consider him a success. He's written novels, produced TV programmes and made a name for himself.

But he's dogged by a sense of failure and by the recollection of a friendship that started at prep school in the 1930s, when he first met a brilliant yet vulnerable man named Anthony. It was a friendship that was to go tragically wrong.

The ups and downs in the life story of Philip Tremayne. Told across three plays by Andrew Rissik and starring Ronald Pickup.

Philip Tremayne …. Ronald Pickup
Anthony …. Benedict Taylor
Philip's Father …. Patrick Troughton
Laura …. Tessa Peake-Jones
Bookseller/Porter …. Brian Smith
Mr Tomkin …. George Baker
Philip as a boy …. Barnaby Rhys-Jones
Anthony as a boy …. Thomas Amlot
Consultant …. Richard Durden

Director: Jeremy Mortimer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 January 1986.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m000lgx8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 Believe It! (b08lhg9p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Mind's Eye (b007jypg)
Virtuoso

A woman claiming her hands are possessed is met with scepticism, until a father and daughter psychotherapist team decide to investigate...

Five tales of the paranormal written by Gemma McMullan and Gerry Casey.

Lorcan Molloy …. Dermot Crowley
Aoife Molloy …. Cathy Belton
Fergus Rainer …. Mark Lambert
Brian Walsh …. Richard Orr
Maggie Renshaw …. Margaret D'Arcy
Latimer …. Niall Cusack
Rita …. Laura Hughes

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by BBC Northern Ireland and first broadcast in 2006


SUN 18:30 The World of Daphne Du Maurier (b09v62hy)
The Alibi

To change your life in middle age can be a traumatic experience.

For James Fenton, his sudden decision leads him along a strange street into a strange house - and an experience from which he'll never recover.

Series of adaptations of Daphne Du Maurier's famous short stories.

Cast:

James Fenton …. Tony Britton
Anna …. Sarah Badel
Edna …. Katherine Parr
The Inspector …. Geoffrey Beevers
The Storyteller …. Gabriel Woolf

Dramatised and produced by Derek Hoddinott.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 1974.


SUN 19:00 Radiolab (b0bf49hb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 20:00 Andrew Rissik - A Man Alone (m000lgxb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b08w9w54)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 Multi Story Shorts (m000b0j5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 Believe It! (b08lhg9p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking (b00bg3gf)
Series 2

Episode 1

The comedy award-winner finds 1001 uses for peas, misses a meeting and shuns a caravan owner. With Ben Moor. From May 2008.


SUN 23:00 The Mark Steel Lecture (b007jv1g)
Series 1

Oliver Cromwell

Soldier statesman, Oliver Cromwell kicks off the radical comic's profile of key English historical figures. From September 1999.


SUN 23:30 Clayton Grange (b01n65zq)
Series 1

Episode 3

by Neil Warhurst with additional material by Paul Barnhill
Episode 3
Anthony Head leads a team of brilliantly stupid scientists in Clayton Grange, a top secret Scientific Institute at the top of the hill behind the supermarket; with a government brief to think the unthinkable. This week, the team attempt to make war just a bit more gentle. Meet the scientists who are a bit rubbish at life. And not much better at science.

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

Producer/Director ..... Marion Nancarrow.



MONDAY 03 AUGUST 2020

MON 00:00 Mind's Eye (b007jypg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:30 The World of Daphne Du Maurier (b09v62hy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 4 Extra at the British Seaside (b038xhc6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Andrew Rissik - A Man Alone (m000lgxb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m000lgx8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Believe It! (b08lhg9p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Paul Temple (b007jqqg)
Paul Temple and the Conrad Case

A Visit To Innsbruck

Betty Conrad's roommate disappears, as the smooth detective and his wife Steve face more peril.

Francis Durbridge's thriller stars Peter Coke as Paul Temple and Marjorie Westbury as Steve in another intriguing case for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife.

CAST:

Paul Temple …. Peter Coke
Steve …. Marjorie Westbury
Madame Klein …. Dorothy Holmes Gore
Fritz Gunter …. George Hagan
Elliot France …. James Thomason
Denis Harper …. John Bryning
Elsa, The Countess Dekker …. Joan Matheson
Mrs Weldon …. Virginia Winter
Herr Breckshaft …. Jeffrey Segal

Between 1938 and 1968, Francis Durbridge's incomparably suave amateur detective Paul Temple and glamorous wife Steve solved case after baffling case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated, well-heeled world of cocktails and fast cars.

Producer: Martyn C. Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.


MON 06:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007jmrk)
Floater

Hitler has won the war...and the totalitarian Nazi regime in Germany has a terrible secret it needs to hide at all costs.

Anton Lesser stars as Xavier March, homicide investigator with the Berlin Kriminalpolizei called to investigate a suspicious death.

Best-selling thriller by Robert Harris - dramatised in five-parts by John Dryden.

With Peter Ellis as Max Jaeger, Andrew Sachs as Rudi, Graham Padden as Krause, Robert Portal as Jost, Thomas Copeland as Pili, Amanda Walker as Frau Trinkl, Michael Byrne as Globus, Ian Gelder as Fiebes, Alice Arnold & Trevor Nichols as Newsreaders and Ned Sherrin as the Chat Show Host.

Author Robert Harris is former BBC reporter and newspaper journalist.

Producer: John Dryden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.


MON 07:00 Plum House (b07hgb4m)
Series 1

Trust the Trust

Comedy about the inept staff at a historic house, starring Simon Callow and Jane Horrocks.

Every year thousands of tourists flock to the Lake District. But one place they never go to is Plum House - the former country home of terrible poet George Pudding (1779-1848). Now a crumbling museum, losing money hand over fist, it struggles to stay open under it's eccentric curator Peter Knight (Simon Callow).

Can anyone save Plum House from irreversible decline?

In this episode, a mysterious visitor arrives. Being visited is an unusual event in itself, but when he shows genuine interest in how the place is run our team immediately suspect he has been sent from the Trust to spy on them. Why else would a man, on his own, turn up at a museum unannounced?

The cast is joined by Kevin Eldon who guest stars as the visiting man of mystery.

Written by Ben Cottam and Paul McKenna
Directed and Produced by Paul Schlesinger
A Hat Trick production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 07:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (m000l7qh)
Another half-hour of quality desk-based entertainment for all the family comes to you once more from the Theatre Royal in Nottingham, where Jeremy Hardy joins show regulars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer and reluctant chairman, Humphrey Lyttelton. At the piano - Colin Sell.

Producer - Jon Naismith


MON 08:00 The Navy Lark (b04b24nq)
Have Been Masquerading

A mix-up at the dry-cleaners leads to an unexpected promotion for Sub Lt. Phillips aboard HMS Troutbridge.

Starring Leslie Phillips as the Sub-Lieutenant, Jon Pertwee as the Chief Petty Officer, Stephen Murray as the Commanding Officer, Richard Caldicot as Captain Povey, Heather Chasen as Heather, Tenniel Evans as the Admiral, Michael Bates as the Rear Admiral and Lawrie Wyman as AS Tiddy.

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 BBC Radio 2 in December 1968.


MON 08:30 It Sticks Out Half a Mile (b007jq15)
The Fancy Dress Parade

Frambourne-on-Sea's pier restoration fund-raising costume party is going well, until Pike brings a piano.

After a pilot episode was made in 1981, Arthur Lowe sadly died. This 13-part series was revamped to feature other leading the Dad's Army characters. It was later adapted for ITV by Yorkshire TV.

CAST:

Arthur Wilson …. John Le Mesurier
Frank Pike …. Ian Lavender
Bert Hodges …. Bill Pertwee
Miss Perkins …. Vivienne Martin
Mrs Pike …. Janet Davies
Ernest Wolcott …. Michael Knowles
Mrs Briggs …. Hilda Braid
Willerby Smallpiece …. Gordon Clyde
The Waitress …. Miranda Forbes

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

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1984.


MON 09:00 Guess What? (b062r3z9)
Episode 4

Animal, vegetable or mineral?

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

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

Written by Michael Dines.

Producer: Andy Aliffe

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1998


MON 09:30 Spangles 'n' Tights (b04stqd5)
The Movie

Great excitement when the Dublin Theatrical costumiers provide the uniforms for an American film company.

Christopher Fitz-Simon's five-part comedy.

Dessie Doyle …. David Kelly
Violet Doyle … Pauline McLynn
Atony Gogan …. Eugene O'Brien
Mr McNamara …. Frank Kelly
Mike …. Dan Gordon
Mouser Dolan …. Kevin Flood
Ron Berglas as Buddy Kowalski
Gwynne McElveen as Starlet.

Music played by John Trotter.

Directed at BBC Belfast by Roland Jaquarello.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1998.


MON 10:00 Sherlock Holmes (b0085krx)
A Study in Scarlet

Revenge

London, 1881: a penniless doctor meets a curious young man with some extremely strange habits....

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes story first published in 1887.

Starring Clive Merrison as Sherlock Holmes, Michael Williams as Dr John Watson, Paul Downing as Stamford, Matt Zimmerman as Stangerson, John Moffatt as Inspector Gregson, Donald Gee as Inspector Lestrade, Jane Slavin as Alice, Ed Bishop as Drebber, Anna Cropper as Mrs Hudson, Marcia King as Mme Charpentier and Michael Kilgarriff as PC Rance.

Adapted in two episodes by Bert Coules.

Violin: Alexander Balanescu

Director: Ian Cotterell
Producer: David Johnston

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1989.


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m000ldk6)
Series 7

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Whether you're choosing spaghetti sauce or a life partner, making decisions can be paralyzing. Guy Raz explores how we make both the easy and the hard choices, and how we learn to live with them afterwards.

A journey through fascinating ideas based on talks by riveting speakers on the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) stage.

First broadcast in the USA on National Public Radio in 2017.


MON 12:00 The Navy Lark (b04b24nq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 It Sticks Out Half a Mile (b007jq15)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Paul Temple (b007jqqg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007jmrk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Guess What? (b062r3z9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 14:30 Spangles 'n' Tights (b04stqd5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 15:00 Sherlock Holmes (b0085krx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 TED Radio Hour (m000ldk6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 17:00 Plum House (b07hgb4m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (m000l7qh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Earthsea (b0bn9plc)
Series 2

Tenar

Ged returns to the island of Gont on the back of a dragon. Meanwhile, the curse afflicting Tenar gathers force.

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel Tehanu adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across twelve episodes. Series 2 takes in the action of Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly from Tales of Earthsea.

Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, they tell the stories of Tenar and Ged.

Tenar . . . Nina Wadia
Ged . . . Robert Glenister
Therru . . . Rosie Boore
Moss . . . Elizabeth Counsell
Aspen . . . John Lightbody
Fan . . . Sean Murray
Courtier . . . Ryan Whittle
Courtier . . . Stephen Hogan

Original music by Jon Nichols

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b00szzq0)
Gary Kemp and Daljit Nagra

Poet Daljit Nagra and musician and actor Gary Kemp talk to Sue MacGregor about favourite books by Patrick Hamilton, Esther Freud and Seamus Heaney.

Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton
Publisher: Penguin Classics

North by Seamus Heaney
Publisher: Faber

Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud
Publisher: Penguin

First broadcast in Radio 4 in July 2010.


MON 19:00 The Navy Lark (b04b24nq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 It Sticks Out Half a Mile (b007jq15)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Paul Temple (b007jqqg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007jmrk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m000ldk6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 22:00 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (m000l7qh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 The Nick Revell Show (b007jp45)
Series 1

Episode 1

The life of a struggling writer with dysfunctional friends and a talking geranium. With Alistair McGowan. From January 1992.


MON 23:00 Summer Comedy Festival (m000l8fx)
Episode 2

Expect a summer festival with a difference as some of the nation's favourite comics turn curators and host a virtual festival featuring their favourite performers from the worlds of comedy, literature and spoken word. They'll be in control of everything (even the weather) as we're taken along for the ride to not only hear some great performances but also to get an insight into the cultural radars of our celebrity hosts.

In episode 2 it's Jo Brand's turn as chief curator as she brings together all her favourite festival ingredients for a celebration of poetry. She's joined by performance poets Nafeesa Hamid and Hollie McNish as well as the impressionist Lewis MacLeod and the comedy poet, John Hegley.

Producer: Richard Morris
Production co-ordinator: Caroline Barlow
Sound: Chris McLean
A BBC Studios Production


MON 23:30 Radio Active (b007jvzy)
Series 7

'It Was Twenty Years Ago Last Tuesday'

The on-air team look back to the halcyon days of the late 1960's - a time of peace, love and rampant drug abuse.

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

Music by Philip Pope and Steve Brown.

Written by Angus Deayton and Geoffrey Perkins.

Producer: David Tyler

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1987.



TUESDAY 04 AUGUST 2020

TUE 00:00 Earthsea (b0bn9plc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b00szzq0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Paul Temple (b007jqqg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007jmrk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Guess What? (b062r3z9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 Spangles 'n' Tights (b04stqd5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Sherlock Holmes (b0085krx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 TED Radio Hour (m000ldk6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Plum House (b07hgb4m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (m000l7qh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Paul Temple (b007jqqt)
Paul Temple and the Conrad Case

A Dry Martini

The stylish detective and his wife are adThe stylish detective and his wife are advised to drop their enquiries and to avoid Captain Smith.

Francis Durbridge's thriller stars Peter Coke as Paul Temple and Marjorie Westbury as Steve in another intriguing case for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife.

CAST:

Paul Temple …. Peter Coke
Steve …. Marjorie Westbury
Sir Graham Forbes …. Richard Williams
Joyce Gunter …. Dorothy Smith
Madame Klein …. Dorothy Holmes Gore
Fritz Gunter …. George Hagan
Elliot France …. James Thomason
Denis Harper …. John Bryning
Elsa, Countess Dekker …. Joan Matheson
Mrs Weldon …. Virginia Winter
Dr Conrad …. Rolf Lefebvre
Herr Breckshaft …. Jeffrey Segal

Between 1938 and 1968, Francis Durbridge's incomparably suave amateur detective Paul Temple and glamorous wife Steve solved case after baffling case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated, well-heeled world of cocktails and fast cars.

Producer: Martyn C. Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.


TUE 06:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007jms0)
Stuckart

Berlin detective Xavier March fraternises with an American journalist. Together they try to unravel the secret at the heart of a post-war Nazi state.

Best-selling thriller by Robert Harris - dramatised in five-parts by John Dryden.

Anton Lesser stars as Xavier March, with Angeline Ball as Charlotte Maguire, Stratford Johns as Nebe, Eleanor Bron as Frau Luther, Michael Byrne as Globus, William Scott Masson as Krebs and Michael Culver as Stuckart.

Producer: John Dryden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.


TUE 07:00 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b086s7dk)
Series 6

Episode 2

John Finnemore, writer and star of Cabin Pressure and John Finnemore's Double Acts and regular guest on The Now Show and The Unbelievable Truth, returns for a sixth series of his multi-award-winning Souvenir Programme, joined as ever by Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin, and Carrie Quinlan.

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme was described by The Radio Times as "the best sketch show in years, on television or radio", and by The Daily Telegraph as "funny enough to make even the surliest cat laugh". Already the winner of a BBC Audio Drama Award and a Radio Academy Silver Award, John was named the 2016 Radio Broadcaster of the Year by the Broadcasting Press Guild for his work on Souvenir Programme.

This week on Souvenir Programme, John makes a decision on behalf of the nation; delivers an unusual rhythm; and has a bright idea about money. And, well... Since you ask him for a tale of strange transformations...

Written by & starring ... John Finnemore
Cast ... Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Cast ... Simon Kane
Cast ... Lawry Lewin
Cast ... Carrie Quinlan

Production Coordinator...Sophie Richardson

Producer ... Ed Morrish

A BBC Studios Production.


TUE 07:30 Meet David Sedaris (b08y115k)
Series 6

Suitable for Framing; Diary Extracts

The globetrotting, trash-picking, aisle-rolling storyteller with more words of wit and wisdom. This week, Suitable For Framing - a story about the significance of art in David's childhood family home - and additional extracts from his book Theft By Finding, a compilation of diary entries from 1977-2002.

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humour writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that he is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

David Sedaris's first book, Barrel Fever (1994), which included The SantaLand Diaries. was a critical and commercial success, as were his follow-up efforts, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997) and Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000). He became known for his bitingly funny recollections of his youth, family life and travels, making semi-celebrities out of his parents and siblings.

David Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. A feature film adaptation of his story C.O.G. was released after a premier at the Sundance Film Festival (2013). He has been a contributor to BBC Radio 4 since 1996.

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


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b0089j6x)
Series 6

The Choking Horror

Hair-raising events for Neddie Seagoon when London's monuments are sabotaged. Stars Harry Secombe. From February 1956.


TUE 08:30 Albert and Me (b04bzw4t)
Series 2

Under Observation

Single dad Bryan gets a scare when baby Albert is taken to hospital for tests.

In the original 1977 series, Bryan was played by the late Richard Beckinsale who tragically died in 1979. After a six-year hiatus, the series returned.

Bryan Archer …. Robert Lindsay
Mum …. Pat Coombs
Mrs Willis …. Diana King
Vera …. Marcia Warren
Edward …. Gorden Kaye
Jenny …. Brenda Blethyn
The GP …. Renu Setna
The Nurse …. Tammy Ustinov

Incidental music by Max Harris.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 1983.


TUE 09:00 Summer Comedy Festival (m000l8fx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Pankhiraj (b07lp4lr)
The Wedding

Dida is a storyteller with an unpredictable brand of magic. In Tanika Gupta's four-part comedy, three generations of women collide at a family wedding.

Starring Charubala Chokshi as Dida, Souad Faress as Sripurna, Meera Syal as Malati, Vinny Dhillon as Rehana and Geoffrey Beevers as Geoffrey.

Director: Claire Grove

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1994.


TUE 10:00 Sherlock Holmes (b008747m)
A Study in Scarlet

The Country of the Saints

"You may consider me a murderer; but I say I'm just as much an officer of justice as you are."

Dr Watson assists the Baker Street sleuth in the battle to solve their first gruesome case...

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes story first published in 1887.

CAST:

Sherlock Holmes .... Clive Merrison
Dr John Watson .... Michael Williams
Jefferson Hope .... Shane Rimmer
Mrs Hudson .... Anna Cropper
Wiggins .... Alan Dean
Inspector Gregson .... John Moffatt
Mme Charpentier …. Marcia King
Alice .... Jane Slavin
Inspector Lestrade .... Donald Gee
John Ferrier .... Christopher Good
Brigham Young …. Peter Carlisle
Stangerson Sr .... John Bull
Lucy .... Alice Arnold
Stangerson .... Matt Zimmerman
Drebber … Ed Bishop

Dramatised in two episodes by Bert Coules.

Violin: Alexander Balanescu

Director: Ian Cotterell
Producer: David Johnston

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1989.


TUE 11:00 Telling Tales (m0007cys)
Josie Long

We look at fact and fiction, and the blurring of both genres, with the comedian, writer and actor Josie Long.

Josie’s stand-up career began when she was still at school and she picked up her first award (the BBC New Comedy Award) whilst still a teenager.

After a brief hiatus, studying English at Oxford University, Josie’s prolific output has included eight Edinburgh shows (three of which were nominated for Best Comedy), appearances on television and radio, several podcasts, two film shorts and a full-length feature titled Super November.

All three films are set in Glasgow - an indie theme park of a city beloved by Josie - with returning characters. And the two shorts were adapted into the series Romance & Adventure, for Radio 4, back in 2016.

Josie talks about her Glaswegian series and drawing on real-life experiences for fiction. We hear the first episode, which first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.

We also look at Short Cuts, an award-winning Radio 4 programme and podcast made by Falling Tree productions, which experiments beautifully with genre and sound. The featured story, by the poet Ross Sutherland, cuts up a recording of journalist John Humphrys with brilliantly creative results.

Made for Radio 4 Extra.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b0089j6x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Albert and Me (b04bzw4t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Paul Temple (b007jqqt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007jms0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Who Goes There? (b007v2sv)
Series 2

Episode 2

Martin Young chairs the quiz looking at lives of the noteworthy and notorious from the history books.

Tackling the biographical teasers are team captains Francis Wheen and Fred Housego with guests Claire Rayner and Roy Hattersley.

Producer: Aled Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1998.


TUE 14:30 Pankhiraj (b07lp4lr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 15:00 Sherlock Holmes (b008747m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 Telling Tales (m0007cys)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 17:00 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b086s7dk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Meet David Sedaris (b08y115k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Earthsea (b0bnb4gn)
Series 2

Tehanu

On the run, Tenar and Therru find shelter on the royal ship. But it will take a dragon to finally rid them of their foes.

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel Tehanu adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across twelve episodes. Series 2 takes in the action of Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly from Tales of Earthsea.

Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, they tell the stories of Tenar and Ged.

Tenar . . . Nina Wadia
Ged . . . Robert Glenister
Tehanu . . . Laura Elphinstone
Therru . . . Rosie Boore
King Lebannen . . . Steven Robertson
Moss . . . Elizabeth Counsell
Aspen . . . John Lightbody
Kalessin . . . Emma Handy
Handy . . . Ryan Early
Therru's father . . . Stephen Hogan
Apple . . . Kerry Gooderson
Sailor . . . Sean Murray
Spark . . . Joseph Ayre

Original music by Jon Nichols

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b0076bhq)
Series 3

Moon River

Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's film theme for Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Audrey Hepburn. With Chay Blyth. From 2002.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b0089j6x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Albert and Me (b04bzw4t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Paul Temple (b007jqqt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007jms0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Telling Tales (m0007cys)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 Meet David Sedaris (b08y115k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Radio Shuttleworth (b007jq8z)
Series 2

Barbara Dickson

Joining the Sheffield singer/songwriter on-air are Barbara Dickson and Bill Bailey. Stars Graham Fellows. From February 2000.

The start of series 2 and aspiring singer/songwriter John Shuttleworth presents a mixture of celebrity guests, domestic chores & music.

Bill Bailey drops in for "Impress an Impresario"; Hattie Hayridge telephones to "Make Mary Merry" and Barbara Dickson pops in for a chat, but her timing couldn't have been worse as John is expecting a rush of callers responding to his advert for the sale of son Darren's cabin bed.

Written & performed by Graham Fellows as John Shuttleworth. From February 2000.


TUE 23:00 Josie Long: All of the Planet's Wonders (b00hkrbb)
Astronomy for Dummies

Josie unravels greater mysteries of the cosmos in her quest to better herself through learning and books. From February 2009.


TUE 23:15 Domestic Science (b07krkh0)
Series 1

Episode 1

A heady combination of maths, science and comedy with Festival of The Spoken Nerd trio who are stand up Mathematician Matt Parker, Physicist Steve Mould and Physicist and musician Helen Arney.

It's science that you can play along with at home as the team look at domestic phenomena that we relate to on a day to day basis.

In this episode the Shepard tone is explored along with the radioactivity of bananas and the conductivity of bones.

Producer... Julia McKenzie

A BBC Studios Production.


TUE 23:30 Old Harry's Game (b007k1xw)
Series 2

Assistant

With Hell getting overcrowded, the Devil decides it's time to hire a bit of help. Satanic sitcom stars Andy Hamilton. From April 1998.



WEDNESDAY 05 AUGUST 2020

WED 00:00 Earthsea (b0bnb4gn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b0076bhq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Paul Temple (b007jqqt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007jms0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Who Goes There? (b007v2sv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Pankhiraj (b07lp4lr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Sherlock Holmes (b008747m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Telling Tales (m0007cys)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b086s7dk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Meet David Sedaris (b08y115k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Paul Temple (b007jqrt)
Paul Temple and the Conrad Case

Concerning Captain Smith

Arriving to collect vital information from Countess Dekker, the stylish detective gets a shock.

Francis Durbridge's thriller stars Peter Coke as Paul Temple and Marjorie Westbury as Steve in another intriguing case for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife.

CAST:

Paul Temple …. Peter Coke
Steve …. Marjorie Westbury
Captain Williams …. John Bennett
Inspector Digby …. Peter Wilde
Paddy …. John Hollis
Denis Harper …. John Bryning
Elsa, Countess Dekker …. Joan Matheson
Charlie …. James Beattie
Sir Graham Forbes …. Richard Williams
Dr Conrad …. Rolf Lefebvre
Herr Breckshaft …. Jeffrey Segal

Between 1938 and 1968, Francis Durbridge's incomparably suave amateur detective Paul Temple and glamorous wife Steve solved case after baffling case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated, well-heeled world of cocktails and fast cars.

Producer: Martyn C. Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.


WED 06:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007r49s)
Switzerland

Probing the deaths of senior party officials in Adolf Hitler's post-war Germany, detective Xavier March gets a fresh lead...

Best-selling thriller by Robert Harris - dramatised in five-parts by John Dryden.

Anton Lesser stars as Xavier March, with Angeline Ball as Charlotte Maguire, Peter Ellis as Max Jaeger, Stratford Johns as Nebe, Andrew Sachs as Rudi, Patrick Godfrey as Zaugg and Dan Fineman as the Swiss Detective.

Author Robert Harris is former BBC reporter and newspaper journalist.

Producer: John Dryden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.


WED 07:00 Mum's on the Run (b00tpt3n)
Episode 4

Mum's on the Run is a modern-day twist on the single-family situation. It follows the hectic life ("What life?") of single mum, Jen. Mother of two, Master of none - Jen seems to spend most of her time as an unpaid chauffeur to a 15 year-old teenage existentialist son, Toby, and a tonally challenged recorder-practising 11 year-old daughter, Felicity, whilst also coping with the jazz musician ex-husband, the fiercely competitive and annoying downstairs neighbour and a huge crush on her son's history teacher.

This week Jen has trouble with mice, cats and the local constabulary.

Jen ..... Ronni Ancona
Mr. Rigby ..... John Gordon Sinclair
Shelley ..... Alexis Zegerman
Vivienne ..... Christine Kavanagh
Felicity ..... Amy Dabrowa
Toby ..... Alexander Heath
Policeman ..... Tony Bell
Police Radio ..... Sam Dale

Director ..... Dawn Ellis


WED 07:30 Women Talking About Cars (b0858nvh)
Series 1

Germaine Greer

Victoria Coren Mitchell interviews famous women about their life and the cars they have known. This week Germaine Greer talks about the journeys she has been on and the cars she has travelled in, including her first Mini, a series of Triumphs, and Australia's own car, the mighty Holden.
Car descriptions read by Josette Simon.


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jnqr)
Series 5

The Americans Hit Town

Visiting servicemen get Griselda excited and Sid all keen to rent out the lad's rooms.

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

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 March 1958.


WED 08:30 After Henry (b007k4gw)
Series 3

Lines of Communication

'It's been wonderfully peaceful. Or it would have been if I hadn't felt so guilty all the time.'

Sarah and her mother Eleanor wage a war of attrition, until Russell steps in.

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

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

Four radio series were made, but instead of moving to BBC TV - Thames Television produced 'After Henry' for the ITV network.

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1987.


WED 09:00 Dilemma (b01888wg)
Series 1

Episode 6

Sue Perkins puts Zoe Lyons, Phill Jupitus, Simon Garfield and Humphrey Ker through the moral and ethical wringer in the show where there are no "right" answers - but some deeply damning ones...

Quandaries on the agenda include swapped babies, one-night stands, and biochip crime prevention.

They also try to solve some dilemmas the audience have brought along.

Devised by Danielle Ward.

Producer: Ed Morrish.


WED 09:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b00s3d19)
Series 3

Madness In His Method

Robert Wilson devotes his life to someone's art.

CAST:

Robert Wilson …. John Gordon Sinclair
Desmond Shaw …. Gary Waldhorn
Sue Wilson …. Gina McKee
with Toby Longworth, Harriet Thorpe, Millie Tiffin, Andrew Berkeley and Simon Slater

Written by Paul Mayhew-Archer

Producer: Dianne Messias

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1993.


WED 10:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007jnlm)
The Sign of the Four

Timbertoe

When criminals become unimaginative and crimes unchallenging, the Baker Street sleuth seeks stimulation elsewhere - as a young woman arrives looking for her father...

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story was first published in 1890.

CAST:

Sherlock Holmes .... Clive Merrison
Dr John Watson .... Michael Williams
Jonathan Small .... Brian Blessed
Mary Morstan …. Moir Leslie
Abdullah Khan .... Amerjit Deu
Mrs Hudson .... Anna Cropper
Thaddeus Sholto .... Richard Tate
Major Sholto …. Michael Kilgarriff
Bartholomew Sholto .... John Bull
Inspector Jones .... Sion Probert

Dramatised in two episodes by Bert Coules.

Violin: Alexander Balanescu

Director: Ian Cotterell
Producer: David Johnston

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1989.


WED 11:00 Billy Bragg's Changing Times (m000lg63)
2. Beautiful Day

These are fractious times. But there have been fractious times before. And of all the ways of looking at history, the instinctive reactions of artists, specifically musicians, to changing times, is one of the most fascinating.

From Hamish Henderson to Tom Robinson, the Sex Pistols to U2, and more recently Radiohead and Stormzy, protest music has come a long way.

In this programme, Billy Bragg takes time to savour and share the stories of great moments where musicians were inspired by unfolding events to protest, to perform and to preach of an alternative way.

Along the way there will be contributions from authors, artists and academics who have seen technology transform the way in which people create and listen to protest songs. And there will be a chance to hear from those producing protest music in the era of Brexit, Trump and fake news.

Producer: Dan Quick

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and for broadcast in July 2019.


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jnqr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 After Henry (b007k4gw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Paul Temple (b007jqrt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007r49s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Dilemma (b01888wg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 14:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b00s3d19)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 15:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007jnlm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Billy Bragg's Changing Times (m000lg63)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 17:00 Mum's on the Run (b00tpt3n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Women Talking About Cars (b0858nvh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Earthsea (b0bnfqwx)
Series 2

The Mender

Alder, a man tormented by his dreams, seeks out the reclusive Archmage on the island of Gont.

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel The Other Wind adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across twelve episodes. Series 2 takes in the action of Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly from Tales of Earthsea.

Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, they tell the stories of Tenar and Ged.

Tehanu . . . Laura Elphinstone
Ged . . . Robert Glenister
Azver . . . Narinder Samra
Alder . . . Tom Vanson
Thorion . . . Sam Dale
Woman . . . Elizabeth Counsell
Sailor . . . Ryan Early
Fishwife . . . Emma Handy
Lily . . . Lauren Cornelius
Doorkeeper . . . Stephen Hogan

Original music by Jon Nichols

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra


WED 18:30 Short Cuts (b08sn96s)
Series 12

Radio with Pictures

Defiantly staring down neo-Nazis, unwanted family portraits and a photographer searching for his subject years later - Josie Long presents new short documentaries inspired by images.

(Photo credit: Nathan Edwards/News Corp Australia)

Woman in the Photo
Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

Resistance
Featuring Tess Asplund
Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

Family Portrait
Featuring Chimene Suleyman and Recep Süleyman Şehitoğlu

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jnqr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 After Henry (b007k4gw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Paul Temple (b007jqrt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007r49s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Billy Bragg's Changing Times (m000lg63)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 Women Talking About Cars (b0858nvh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section (b01f883m)
Series 2

With guest Danny Baker

Another series of the comedy show hosted by Alex Horne and his five piece band and specially written, original music. Guests across this series include Phill Jupitus, Charlie Baker, Nick Mohammed, Doc Brown, Matt Lucas and Danny Baker.

The first epsiode explores the theme of 'games' and guest stars Danny Baker who sings with the band and champions an instrument that can't fail to put a smile on your face. Plus the funkiest song you're ever likely to hear about Chess; an Ode to Chris Hoy and music to exercise to.

Host .... Alex Horne
Trumpet/banjo .... Joe Auckland
Saxophone/clarinet ....Mark Brown
Double Bass/Bass .... Will Collier
Drums and Percussion .... Ben Reynolds
Piano/keyboard .... Ed Sheldrake
Guest performers .... Danny Baker and Ben Jones
Producer .... Julia McKenzie.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2013.


WED 23:00 Rubbish (b00770g2)
Series 1

Diversity

Local government officer Martin Christmas wants inner peace, but is feeling held back. Stars Reece Dinsdale. From October 2006.


WED 23:30 Dan and Nick: The Wildebeest Years (b0085flc)
Incy Wincy Quincy

Dan Freedman and Nick Romero present spider pathologist Incy Wincy Quincy and The Archers abroad. From August 1998.



THURSDAY 06 AUGUST 2020

THU 00:00 Earthsea (b0bnfqwx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Short Cuts (b08sn96s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Paul Temple (b007jqrt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007r49s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Dilemma (b01888wg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b00s3d19)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007jnlm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Billy Bragg's Changing Times (m000lg63)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Mum's on the Run (b00tpt3n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Women Talking About Cars (b0858nvh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Paul Temple (b007vg7q)
Paul Temple and the Conrad Case

Coffee For Miss Conrad

The smooth detective and his wife encounter Betty Conrad and a midnight meeting is arranged.

Francis Durbridge's thriller stars Peter Coke as Paul Temple and Marjorie Westbury as Steve in another intriguing case for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife.

CAST:

Paul Temple …. Peter Coke
Steve …. Marjorie Westbury
Sir Graham Forbes …. Richard Williams
Inspector Vosper …. Hugh Manning
Elliot France …. James Thomason
Paddy …. John Hollis
Denis Harper …. John Bryning
Charlie …. James Beattie
Mrs Weldon …. Virginia Winter
Dr Conrad …. Rolf Lefebvre
Herr Breckshaft …. Jeffrey Segal
Betty Conrad …. Jane Jordan Rogers

Between 1938 and 1968, Francis Durbridge's incomparably suave amateur detective Paul Temple and glamorous wife Steve solved case after baffling case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated, well-heeled world of cocktails and fast cars.

Producer: Martyn C. Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.


THU 06:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007jmsy)
Discovery

As the 75th birthday of Adolf Hitler nears, detective Xavier March hits trouble with his terrifying investigation...

Best-selling thriller by Robert Harris - dramatised in five-parts by John Dryden

Anton Lesser stars as Xavier March, Michael Byrne as Globus, William Scott Masson as Krebs, Peter Ellis as Max Jaeger, Ian Gelder as the Hotel Manager, Thomas Copeland as Pili, Michael Culver as Friedman, Dan Fineman as the Car-hire Rep and Jonathan Coleman as the Nazi Music Critic.

Producer: John Dryden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.


THU 07:00 North by Northamptonshire (b018fmt1)
Series 2

Episode 4

Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire. Esther has a big question to ask Ken and Keith, while on the horizon, storm clouds gather...

written by Katherine Jakeways
produced by Victoria Lloyd

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


THU 07:30 ReincarNathan (m000l8r5)
Series 2

Space Hamster

Nathan Blakely was a popstar. But he was useless, died, and was reincarnated. The comedy about Nathan’s adventures in the afterlife continues with Daniel Rigby and Diane Morgan, and guest-starring Phil Wang.

In episode 4, Nathan is brought back to life as a hamster in a petshop in California. But not just any old hamster – Nathan the hamster is selected by NASA to enter the space-race. Perhaps seeing the earth from space will give Nathan a radical new sense of perspective. Or maybe it will just confirm his rampant egomania. Will Nathan ever learn to do the right thing and make it back to human again?

Cast:
Diane Morgan - Jenny
Daniel Rigby – Nathan
Tom Craine – Mission Control
Henry Paker – Chuck Rogers, Henry VIII
Freya Parker – Vortex, Cosmonaut, Nasa Scientist, Shop Assistant, Susan
Phil Wang – Xavier, the Space Hedgehog
Mike Wozniak – Cosmonaut

Writers: Tom Craine and Henry Paker
Music composed by Phil Lepherd

Producer: Harriet Jaine

Studio Production: Jerry Peal

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4


THU 08:00 Round the Horne (b00td9bn)
Series 4

Episode 13

Five Go Mad In Ancient Rome, shock news from 'Woman of the Year' - and Kenneth Horne discovers Julian and Sandy are multilingual.

With Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick and Betty Marsden.

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. Marty departed after series 3.

Scripted by Barry Took, Brian Cooke and Johnnie Mortimer.

Music by the Max Harris Group.

Producer: John Simmonds

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 in May 1968.


THU 08:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b007jsjq)
Series 1

Friendship

The sofa-bound lifestyle presenters look at sickness, friendship and sick friends. Stars Robert Duncan and Julia Hills. From May 1996.


THU 09:00 The Write Stuff (m000lfq1)
Series 5

Philip Larkin

James Walton’s literary quiz with Sebastian Faulks, John Walsh, Lynne Truss and Stephen Fry. From May 2002.

Author of the week: Philip Larkin

Reader: Beth Chalmers

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2002.


THU 09:30 Bristow (b00ct8w3)
Series 1

The Great Escape

The Chester-Perry buying clerk plots his summer holiday.

CAST:

Bristow …. Michael Williams
Jones …. Rodney Bewes
Mrs Purdy …. Dora Bryan
Hewitt …. Owen Brenman
Miss Sunman/Mrs Wood …. Katy Odey
Fudge/Sol Funboy/Mr Engers/Sea Salt …. Jon Glover
BJ Bothwick/The Mayor …. Christopher Benjamin
Post Boy …. Simon Schatzberger
Francine/TV Newsreader …. Carol Starks
Turner …. David Ryall

Music: John Whitehall

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1999.


THU 10:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007jnsx)
The Sign of the Four

The Great Agra Treasure

"I wouldn't tell her too much. Women are never to be entirely trusted - not the best of them."

The great detective's latest case is proving difficult to crack- and for Watson, there are tricky matters of the heart to negotiate...

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story was first published in 1890.

Starring Clive Merrison as Sherlock Holmes, Michael Williams as Dr John Watson, Brian Blessed as Jonathan Small, Moir Leslie as Mary Morstan, Sion Probert as Inspector Jones, Amerjit Deu as Abdullah Khan, Anna Cropper as Mrs Hudson, Michael Kilgarriff as Major Sholto, John Moffatt as Sherman, and John Bull as Mahomet Singh, Alan Dean as Wiggins, Elizabeth Mansfield as Mrs Forrester and Vincent Brimble as Jacobson

Dramatised in two episodes by Bert Coules.

Violin: Alexander Balanescu

Director: Ian Cotterell
Producer: David Johnston

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1989.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b08w9w54)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 11:45 Multi Story Shorts (m000b0j5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 Round the Horne (b00td9bn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b007jsjq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Paul Temple (b007vg7q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007jmsy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 The Write Stuff (m000lfq1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 14:30 Bristow (b00ct8w3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 15:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007jnsx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b08w9w54)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 16:45 Multi Story Shorts (m000b0j5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 17:00 North by Northamptonshire (b018fmt1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 ReincarNathan (m000l8r5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Earthsea (b0bng122)
Series 2

The Princess

Dragons threaten the Inner Isles. Tenar and Tehanu have arrived on Havnor to give counsel to the King. The threat is far greater than they first thought.

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel The Other Wind adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across twelve episodes. Series 2 takes in the action of Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly from Tales of Earthsea.

Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, they tell the stories of Tenar and Ged.

Tehanu . . . Laura Elphinstone
Tenar . . . Nina Wadia
Azver . . . Narinder Samra
King Lebannen . . . Steven Robertson
Alder . . . Tom Vanson
Seserekh . . . Sabrina Sandhu
Tesla . . . Sean Murray
Kalessin . . . Emma Handy
Oak . . . Stephen Hogan
Lady Iyesa . . . Lauren Cornelius
Sailor . . . Ryan Early

Original music by Jon Nichols

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b05s307c)
Series 36

Dame Helen Ghosh on James Lees-Milne

Matthew Parris's guest is Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust, who chooses as her Great Life James Lees-Milne who worked for the Trust between 1936 and 1966. He was responsible for acquiring many of the Trust's most iconic properties and his particular talent was his ability to persuade the aristocratic owners of the houses into handing them over to the Trust for protection. His other talent was in writing, and it is his deliciously indiscreet diaries for which many people know him.

Merlin Waterson, who was a friend of Lees-Milne's, is the expert witness.

Producer Christine Hall.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


THU 19:00 Round the Horne (b00td9bn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b007jsjq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Paul Temple (b007vg7q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007jmsy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b08w9w54)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 21:45 Multi Story Shorts (m000b0j5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 ReincarNathan (m000l8r5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 A Look Back at the Future (b01rh3wq)
2001

Recorded in June 1994, Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Jeremy Hardy recall a year of turbulent upheaval that was yet to be: 2001 – from the World Cup to the NHS.

Everything you wanted to know then, about the 21st century.

Written by Mark Burton, John O'Farrell and Pete Sinclair.

Producer: Caroline Leddy

First broadcast (with the aid of a crystal ball) on Radio 4 in July 1994.


THU 23:00 Sir Ralph Stanza's Letter from Salford (b0076f4x)
Series 2

A View From the Stanza

Ralphie advises his student Bob that comedy is the 'foot and mouth' of poetry. By James Quinn with Tony Melody. From May 2003.


THU 23:15 Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing (b01d2hg0)
Series 1

About Dating

Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing About Dating - tells the story of young, up-and-coming comedian Nathan Caton, who after becoming the first in his family to graduate from University, opted not to use his architecture degree to try his hand at being a full-time stand-up comedian, much to his family's annoyance who want him to get a 'proper job.'

Each episode is designed to show the criticism, interference and rollercoaster ride that Nathan endures from his family as he pursues his career. This week in Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing About Dating - Nathan struggles with his family who disapprove not only of his career but his girlfriend too. Can he persuade them to accept either?

The episodes are a mix of Nathan's stand-up intercut with scenes from his family life.

NATHAN ..... NATHAN CATON
MUM ..... ADJOA ANDOH
DAD ..... CURTIS WALKER
GRANDMA ..... MONA HAMMOND
MONICA..... CHIZZY AKULOLU
SAMANTHA ..... ALEX TREGEAR

Written by Nathan Caton
Additional Material by Ola and Maff Brown
Script Editor: James Kettle
Producer: Katie Tyrrell.


THU 23:30 Listen Against (b00txhld)
Series 3

Episode 4

The programme that looks back at a week's worth of radio and TV that never happened. A disaster on the island from Desert Island Discs, and BBC presenters go commercial.

Presented by Alice Arnold and Jon Holmes.

Produced by Sam Bryant and Jon Holmes.



FRIDAY 07 AUGUST 2020

FRI 00:00 Earthsea (b0bng122)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b05s307c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Paul Temple (b007vg7q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007jmsy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 The Write Stuff (m000lfq1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Bristow (b00ct8w3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007jnsx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b08w9w54)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


FRI 04:45 Multi Story Shorts (m000b0j5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


FRI 05:00 North by Northamptonshire (b018fmt1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 ReincarNathan (m000l8r5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Paul Temple (b007vh36)
Paul Temple and the Conrad Case

Person Unknown

The stylish detective and his wife arrive at the factory, in the gripping climax to the mystery.

Francis Durbridge's thriller stars Peter Coke as Paul Temple and Marjorie Westbury as Steve in another intriguing case for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife.

CAST:

Paul Temple …. Peter Coke
Steve …. Marjorie Westbury
Charlie …. James Beattie
Sir Graham Forbes …. Richard Williams
Herr Breckshaft …. Jeffrey Segal
Elliot France …. James Thomason
Denis Harper …. John Bryning
Elsa, Countess Dekker …. Joan Matheson
Dr Conrad …. Rolf Lefebvre
Inspector Vosper …. Hugh Manning
Paddy …. John Hollis
Mrs Weldon …. Virginia Winter
with Frank Partington, Peggy Gow, John Bennett and Sheila Grant

Between 1938 and 1968, Francis Durbridge's incomparably suave amateur detective Paul Temple and glamorous wife Steve solved case after baffling case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated, well-heeled world of cocktails and fast cars.

Producer: Martyn C. Webster

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.


FRI 06:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007jmtf)
Closing In

Berlin Kriminalpolizei detective Xavier March uncovers the terrible secret of Adolf Hitler's totalitarian state.

Conclusion of the best-selling thriller by Robert Harris - dramatised in five-parts by John Dryden

Anton Lesser stars as Xavier March, Michael Byrne as Globus, William Scott Masson as Krebs, Peter Ellis as Max Jaeger, Ian Gelder as the Hotel Manager, Thomas Copeland as Pili, Michael Culver as Friedman, Dan Fineman as the Car-hire Rep and Jonathan Coleman as the Nazi Music Critic.

Producer: John Dryden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.


FRI 07:00 Michael Frayn's Matchbox Theatre (b06s1b8t)
Episode 4

Michael Frayn: the most comic philosophical writer of our time. An all-star cast has great fun with his hilarious view of us all. And the ways we attempt to communicate. And explain.

In this final part, we start by taking listeners direct from the Matchbox studio to a report from outside the National Theatre, where some long speeches are going on inside. Our reporter (Martin Jarvis) tells anchor Rosalind Ayres that it seems to be all about Hamlet. A couple (Lisa Dillon and Lloyd Owen), who have just been on a street demo, can't quite cast off their hectoring demeanour when ordering tea and buns. And Tom Hollander at a dinner party embarrasses a fellow guest with some surprisingly anti-social behaviour. A husband (Adam Godley) may have a communication problem. In a bravura solo performance, Julia McKenzie attempts (on the phone) to communicate with the 'sofa disposal' department, but are they actually listening? And language becomes a problem for Ian Ogilvy as a hospital visitor - but who is really speaking gibberish?

Episode 4 cast: Rosalind Ayres, Lisa Dillon, Adam Godley, Tom Hollander, Julia McKenzie, Lloyd Owen and Ian Ogilvy, Martin Jarvis, Nigel Anthony and Matthew Wolf.

Written by Michael Frayn

Producer: Rosalind Ayres
Director: Martin Jarvis
A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 07:30 Cabin Pressure (b00lyvz7)
Series 2

Kuala Lumpur

A week on stand-by at the airfield gives Arthur an opportunity to brush up on his stewarding skills, while Douglas seems to have disappeared. And why is everyone terrified of Dirk the groundsman?

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-Shappey ..... Stephanie Cole
1st Officer Douglas Richardson ..... Roger Allam
Capt. Martin Crieff ..... Benedict Cumberbatch
Arthur Shappey ..... John Finnemore
Dave ..... Paul Putner
George ..... Roger Morlidge

Written by John Finnemore.

Produced & directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4


FRI 08:00 The Men from the Ministry (b00z66dq)
A Sticky Business

The bumbling bureaucrats hit the buffers over plans for a London Underground station.

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

Stars Richard Murdoch and Deryck Guyler.

With John Graham, Ronald Baddiley and Carol Allen.

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 Light Programme in April 1969.


FRI 08:30 King Street Junior (b007jps1)
Series 1

The Principle of the Thing

Mr Brown causes ructions in the staff room when he volunteers to stage the school play.

CAST:

Eric Brown …. Peter Davison
Mr Beeston, The Headmaster …. James Grout
Mrs Stone, The School Secretary …. Margaret John
Mrs Rudd …. Vivienne Martin
Mr Long …. Paul Copley
Mr Holliday, The Deputy Head …. Tom Watson
Mrs Patterson …. Deirdre Costello
Sundar …. Marco Ferraro
Joanna …. Natalie Abbott
Andrea …. Danielle Akers

Written by Jim Eldridge

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1985.


FRI 09:00 The Personality Test (b00mbl3k)
Series 1

Jennie Bond

Former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond quizzes a panel about herself. With Sue Perkins and Robin Ince. From August 2006.


FRI 09:30 Romantic Friction (b00764dy)
Love Hurts

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

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

Michelle Read's four-part comedy-drama stars Samantha Bond and Hugh Bonneville.

With Beth Chambers, Michelle Read, Kammy Darweish, Adjoa Andoh, Andrew Wincott, Sue Elliott-Nicholls and Michael Fenton Stevens.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2001.


FRI 10:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007k1np)
The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Powers of Evil

The Baker Street sleuth probes an ancient curse stalking a noble family on Dartmoor.

Published in 1902, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel is dramatised in two parts by Bert Coules.

Starring Clive Merrison as Sherlock Holmes and Michael Williams as Dr John Watson.

With Judi Dench as Mrs Hudson, Donald Sinden as Sir Charles Baskerville, Mark Leake as Sir Henry Baskerville, Ian Masters as Sir Hugo Baskerville, Roger May as Dr James Mortimer, John Woodnutt as Arthur Frankland, Rachel Atkins as Beryl, Don McCorkindale as Barrymore, Jenny Lee as Mrs Barrymore, Brian Parr as the Postmaster, Iwan Thomas as Perkins, Nicole Forbes as the Girl, Simon Hanna as the Soldier, Jamie Harden as the Man and James Harrison as the Cabby.

Violinist: Ian Humphries

Pianist and musical arranger: Michael Hasiam

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000lg03)
Presenters recommend their favourite podcasts and speak to the people who make them.


FRI 12:00 The Men from the Ministry (b00z66dq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 King Street Junior (b007jps1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Paul Temple (b007vh36)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007jmtf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 The Personality Test (b00mbl3k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 14:30 Romantic Friction (b00764dy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 15:00 Sherlock Holmes (b007k1np)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000lg03)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 17:00 Michael Frayn's Matchbox Theatre (b06s1b8t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Cabin Pressure (b00lyvz7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Earthsea (b0bnv2s1)
Series 2

Children of Fire and Earth

Kalessin, the eldest of dragons, brings a message to the people of Havnor. At last, the King and his council know what they must do: travel to the beating heart of all of Earthsea.

Ursula Le Guin's enduring fantasy saga - based on the novel The Other Wind adapted by Judith Adams.

Published between 1968 and 2001, the five novels and short story collection of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea) are re-told across twelve episodes. Series 2 takes in the action of Tehanu, The Other Wind and the short story Dragonfly from Tales of Earthsea.

Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, they tell the stories of Tenar and Ged.

As a girl, Tenar, was taken from her home and family on the island of Atuan to become Arha, the Priestess Ever Reborn, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan. Deep within the Tombs, Ged and Tenar met and became unlikely allies, escaped from Atuan, and brought peace to the troubled archipelago. Now in her late middle age, widowed and with grown up children, Tenar runs a farm on the island of Gont. She is reunited with Ged when he is brought back to the island of his birth on the back of a dragon.

Ged (also known as Sparrowhawk or Hawk) was born on Gont, with innate magical talent and a reckless nature. He trained in wizardry on the island Roke, where he released a terrible shadow into the world and then risked his life to restore the balance. He grew to become Archmage on Roke and the greatest wizard on all of Earthsea. When the evil wizard Cob attempted to cheat death and live forever, Ged found him and closed the breach between life and death. In doing so, he lost his powers of magic. While Tenar has traveled to Havnor, he has stayed at on Gont to mind the house.

Tehanu . . . Laura Elphinstone
Tenar . . . Nina Wadia
Azver . . . Narinder Samra
King Lebannen . . . Steven Robertson
Alder . . . Tom Vanson
Ged . . . Robert Glenister
Seserekh . . . Sabrina Sandhu
Thorion . . . Sam Dale
Tesla . . . Sean Murray
Doorkeeper . . . Stephen Hogan

Original music by Jon Nichols

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b0076zpy)
Stand By Your Man

Christine Hamilton, Linda Blair and Kirsty Crawford join Dominic Arkwright to discuss loyalty in marriage. From August 2006.


FRI 19:00 The Men from the Ministry (b00z66dq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 King Street Junior (b007jps1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Paul Temple (b007vh36)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Robert Harris - Fatherland (b007jmtf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000lg03)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 Cabin Pressure (b00lyvz7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Eric Idle - Radio Five (b04y57sr)
From 19/05/1973

Following his TV success with Monty Python in the 1970s, Eric Idle's first solo venture - predating Rutland Weekend Television by a year - was his very own hour-long music and comedy shows on BBC Radio 1.

Ever the innovator, Idle's Radio Five pre-dated the real BBC network of that name by some 18 years.
Eric links his eclectic choice of music (from the Beach Boys to Joni Mitchell) with self-penned sketches, for which he provides all of the voices.

Sketches include: unusual ways to join the Radio Five Club and the latest headlines from The World at Radio One. A weatherman can't quite manage to sign off his bulletin - and a new panel game called Absolute Rubbish.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 1 in May 1973.


FRI 23:30 Elis James's Pantheon of Heroes (b01bpjtg)
Series 1

Inventors

Facing judgement this week are Owain Glyndwr and William Robert Grove. Expect a glorious service station. From February 2012.




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

4 Extra at the British Seaside 13:00 SUN (b038xhc6)

4 Extra at the British Seaside 01:00 MON (b038xhc6)

A Good Read 15:30 SAT (b00sty76)

A Good Read 03:30 SUN (b00sty76)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b00szzq0)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b00szzq0)

A Look Back at the Future 22:30 THU (b01rh3wq)

Adrian Alington - The Amazing Test Match Crime 06:00 SAT (m000lgsq)

Adrian Alington - The Amazing Test Match Crime 16:00 SAT (m000lgsq)

Adrian Alington - The Amazing Test Match Crime 04:00 SUN (m000lgsq)

After Henry 08:30 WED (b007k4gw)

After Henry 12:30 WED (b007k4gw)

After Henry 19:30 WED (b007k4gw)

Albert and Me 08:30 TUE (b04bzw4t)

Albert and Me 12:30 TUE (b04bzw4t)

Albert and Me 19:30 TUE (b04bzw4t)

Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section 22:30 WED (b01f883m)

An Actor's Life for Me 08:30 SAT (b00rzqpw)

An Actor's Life for Me 09:30 WED (b00s3d19)

An Actor's Life for Me 14:30 WED (b00s3d19)

An Actor's Life for Me 02:30 THU (b00s3d19)

Andrew Rissik - A Man Alone 16:00 SUN (m000lgxb)

Andrew Rissik - A Man Alone 20:00 SUN (m000lgxb)

Andrew Rissik - A Man Alone 04:00 MON (m000lgxb)

Believe It! 12:30 SUN (b08lhg9p)

Believe It! 17:30 SUN (b08lhg9p)

Believe It! 22:00 SUN (b08lhg9p)

Believe It! 05:30 MON (b08lhg9p)

Ben Moor - Undone 18:30 SAT (b007jwq5)

Ben Moor - Undone 00:30 SUN (b007jwq5)

Billy Bragg's Changing Times 11:00 WED (m000lg63)

Billy Bragg's Changing Times 16:00 WED (m000lg63)

Billy Bragg's Changing Times 21:00 WED (m000lg63)

Billy Bragg's Changing Times 04:00 THU (m000lg63)

Brian Blessed's Radio Adventures 09:00 SAT (b07y77x3)

Brian Blessed's Radio Adventures 19:00 SAT (b07y77x3)

Bristow 09:30 SUN (b00cq588)

Bristow 09:30 THU (b00ct8w3)

Bristow 14:30 THU (b00ct8w3)

Bristow 02:30 FRI (b00ct8w3)

Cabin Pressure 05:30 SAT (b00lxh3r)

Cabin Pressure 07:30 FRI (b00lyvz7)

Cabin Pressure 17:30 FRI (b00lyvz7)

Cabin Pressure 22:00 FRI (b00lyvz7)

Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing 23:15 THU (b01d2hg0)

Clayton Grange 23:30 SUN (b01n65zq)

Dan and Nick: The Wildebeest Years 23:30 WED (b0085flc)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (b08w9w54)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (b08w9w54)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (b08w9w54)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 16:00 THU (b08w9w54)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (b08w9w54)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 04:00 FRI (b08w9w54)

Dilemma 08:00 SAT (b0183rb5)

Dilemma 09:00 WED (b01888wg)

Dilemma 14:00 WED (b01888wg)

Dilemma 02:00 THU (b01888wg)

Domestic Science 23:15 TUE (b07krkh0)

EM Forster - A Room with a View 03:00 SAT (b007qvgf)

Earthsea 00:00 SAT (b0bn5qb4)

Earthsea 18:00 MON (b0bn9plc)

Earthsea 00:00 TUE (b0bn9plc)

Earthsea 18:00 TUE (b0bnb4gn)

Earthsea 00:00 WED (b0bnb4gn)

Earthsea 18:00 WED (b0bnfqwx)

Earthsea 00:00 THU (b0bnfqwx)

Earthsea 18:00 THU (b0bng122)

Earthsea 00:00 FRI (b0bng122)

Earthsea 18:00 FRI (b0bnv2s1)

Elis James's Pantheon of Heroes 23:30 FRI (b01bpjtg)

Eric Idle - Radio Five 22:30 FRI (b04y57sr)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (b05r3w3s)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (b05r3w3s)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (b05r3w3s)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b05s307c)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b05s307c)

Guess What? 09:00 MON (b062r3z9)

Guess What? 14:00 MON (b062r3z9)

Guess What? 02:00 TUE (b062r3z9)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b007jnqr)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b007jnqr)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b007jnqr)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 07:30 MON (m000l7qh)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 17:30 MON (m000l7qh)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 22:00 MON (m000l7qh)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 05:30 TUE (m000l7qh)

It Sticks Out Half a Mile 08:30 MON (b007jq15)

It Sticks Out Half a Mile 12:30 MON (b007jq15)

It Sticks Out Half a Mile 19:30 MON (b007jq15)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 07:00 TUE (b086s7dk)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 17:00 TUE (b086s7dk)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 05:00 WED (b086s7dk)

Josie Long: All of the Planet's Wonders 23:00 TUE (b00hkrbb)

King Street Junior 08:30 FRI (b007jps1)

King Street Junior 12:30 FRI (b007jps1)

King Street Junior 19:30 FRI (b007jps1)

Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking 22:30 SUN (b00bg3gf)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 12:00 SAT (b007jq77)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 08:30 THU (b007jsjq)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 12:30 THU (b007jsjq)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 19:30 THU (b007jsjq)

Listen Against 23:30 THU (b00txhld)

Meet David Sedaris 07:30 TUE (b08y115k)

Meet David Sedaris 17:30 TUE (b08y115k)

Meet David Sedaris 22:00 TUE (b08y115k)

Meet David Sedaris 05:30 WED (b08y115k)

Michael Frayn's Matchbox Theatre 05:00 SAT (b06r8cjk)

Michael Frayn's Matchbox Theatre 07:00 FRI (b06s1b8t)

Michael Frayn's Matchbox Theatre 17:00 FRI (b06s1b8t)

Mind's Eye 18:00 SUN (b007jypg)

Mind's Eye 00:00 MON (b007jypg)

Miss Marple 01:30 SAT (b007jpmx)

Miss Marple 13:00 SAT (b007jpkt)

Miss Marple 13:30 SAT (b007jplb)

Miss Marple 14:00 SAT (b007jplv)

Miss Marple 14:30 SAT (b007jpmc)

Miss Marple 15:00 SAT (b007jpmx)

Miss Marple 01:00 SUN (b007jpkt)

Miss Marple 01:30 SUN (b007jplb)

Miss Marple 02:00 SUN (b007jplv)

Miss Marple 02:30 SUN (b007jpmc)

Miss Marple 03:00 SUN (b007jpmx)

Miss Marple 06:00 SUN (b007jpkt)

Miss Marple 06:30 SUN (b007jplb)

Miss Marple 07:00 SUN (b007jplv)

Miss Marple 07:30 SUN (b007jpmc)

Miss Marple 08:00 SUN (b007jpmx)

Multi Story Shorts 10:45 SUN (m000b0j5)

Multi Story Shorts 21:45 SUN (m000b0j5)

Multi Story Shorts 11:45 THU (m000b0j5)

Multi Story Shorts 16:45 THU (m000b0j5)

Multi Story Shorts 21:45 THU (m000b0j5)

Multi Story Shorts 04:45 FRI (m000b0j5)

Mum's on the Run 07:00 WED (b00tpt3n)

Mum's on the Run 17:00 WED (b00tpt3n)

Mum's on the Run 05:00 THU (b00tpt3n)

North by Northamptonshire 07:00 THU (b018fmt1)

North by Northamptonshire 17:00 THU (b018fmt1)

North by Northamptonshire 05:00 FRI (b018fmt1)

Not in Front of the Children 09:00 SUN (b059c408)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b0076zpy)

Old Harry's Game 23:30 TUE (b007k1xw)

Pankhiraj 09:30 TUE (b07lp4lr)

Pankhiraj 14:30 TUE (b07lp4lr)

Pankhiraj 02:30 WED (b07lp4lr)

Paul Temple 01:00 SAT (b007jqq5)

Paul Temple 06:00 MON (b007jqqg)

Paul Temple 13:00 MON (b007jqqg)

Paul Temple 20:00 MON (b007jqqg)

Paul Temple 01:00 TUE (b007jqqg)

Paul Temple 06:00 TUE (b007jqqt)

Paul Temple 13:00 TUE (b007jqqt)

Paul Temple 20:00 TUE (b007jqqt)

Paul Temple 01:00 WED (b007jqqt)

Paul Temple 06:00 WED (b007jqrt)

Paul Temple 13:00 WED (b007jqrt)

Paul Temple 20:00 WED (b007jqrt)

Paul Temple 01:00 THU (b007jqrt)

Paul Temple 06:00 THU (b007vg7q)

Paul Temple 13:00 THU (b007vg7q)

Paul Temple 20:00 THU (b007vg7q)

Paul Temple 01:00 FRI (b007vg7q)

Paul Temple 06:00 FRI (b007vh36)

Paul Temple 13:00 FRI (b007vh36)

Paul Temple 20:00 FRI (b007vh36)

Plum House 07:00 MON (b07hgb4m)

Plum House 17:00 MON (b07hgb4m)

Plum House 05:00 TUE (b07hgb4m)

Podcast Radio Hour 04:00 SAT (m000l96x)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m000lg03)

Podcast Radio Hour 16:00 FRI (m000lg03)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m000lg03)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (m000lgx8)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m000lgx8)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m000lgx8)

Radio Active 23:30 MON (b007jvzy)

Radio Shuttleworth 22:30 TUE (b007jq8z)

Radiolab 11:00 SUN (b0bf49hb)

Radiolab 19:00 SUN (b0bf49hb)

Ray's a Laugh 08:30 SUN (b007jxbb)

ReincarNathan 07:30 THU (m000l8r5)

ReincarNathan 17:30 THU (m000l8r5)

ReincarNathan 22:00 THU (m000l8r5)

ReincarNathan 05:30 FRI (m000l8r5)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 06:30 MON (b007jmrk)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 13:30 MON (b007jmrk)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 20:30 MON (b007jmrk)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 01:30 TUE (b007jmrk)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 06:30 TUE (b007jms0)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 13:30 TUE (b007jms0)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 20:30 TUE (b007jms0)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 01:30 WED (b007jms0)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 06:30 WED (b007r49s)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 13:30 WED (b007r49s)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 20:30 WED (b007r49s)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 01:30 THU (b007r49s)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 06:30 THU (b007jmsy)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 13:30 THU (b007jmsy)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 20:30 THU (b007jmsy)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 01:30 FRI (b007jmsy)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 06:30 FRI (b007jmtf)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 13:30 FRI (b007jmtf)

Robert Harris - Fatherland 20:30 FRI (b007jmtf)

Romantic Friction 02:30 SAT (b0075w4v)

Romantic Friction 09:30 FRI (b00764dy)

Romantic Friction 14:30 FRI (b00764dy)

Round the Horne 12:30 SAT (b00tb9j7)

Round the Horne 08:00 THU (b00td9bn)

Round the Horne 12:00 THU (b00td9bn)

Round the Horne 19:00 THU (b00td9bn)

Rubbish 23:00 WED (b00770g2)

Sarah Millican's Support Group 23:30 SAT (b0113086)

Sherlock Holmes 10:00 MON (b0085krx)

Sherlock Holmes 15:00 MON (b0085krx)

Sherlock Holmes 03:00 TUE (b0085krx)

Sherlock Holmes 10:00 TUE (b008747m)

Sherlock Holmes 15:00 TUE (b008747m)

Sherlock Holmes 03:00 WED (b008747m)

Sherlock Holmes 10:00 WED (b007jnlm)

Sherlock Holmes 15:00 WED (b007jnlm)

Sherlock Holmes 03:00 THU (b007jnlm)

Sherlock Holmes 10:00 THU (b007jnsx)

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Shooting Through to Alice 00:30 SAT (m000l970)

Short Cuts 18:30 WED (b08sn96s)

Short Cuts 00:30 THU (b08sn96s)

Sir Ralph Stanza's Letter from Salford 23:00 THU (b0076f4x)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b0076bhq)

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Spangles 'n' Tights 09:30 MON (b04stqd5)

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Summer Comedy Festival 23:00 MON (m000l8fx)

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TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m000ldk6)

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Telling Tales 11:00 TUE (m0007cys)

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Telling Tales 21:00 TUE (m0007cys)

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That Mitchell and Webb Sound 23:00 SAT (b03jb1wp)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b0089j6x)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b0089j6x)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b0089j6x)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 18:00 SAT (b09th4hf)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 00:00 SUN (b09th4hf)

The Mark Steel Lecture 23:00 SUN (b007jv1g)

The Men from the Ministry 08:00 FRI (b00z66dq)

The Men from the Ministry 12:00 FRI (b00z66dq)

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The Navy Lark 08:00 MON (b04b24nq)

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The Navy Lark 19:00 MON (b04b24nq)

The Nick Revell Show 22:30 MON (b007jp45)

The Personality Test 02:00 SAT (b00m5tks)

The Personality Test 09:00 FRI (b00mbl3k)

The Personality Test 14:00 FRI (b00mbl3k)

The World of Daphne Du Maurier 18:30 SUN (b09v62hy)

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The Write Stuff 09:00 THU (m000lfq1)

The Write Stuff 14:00 THU (m000lfq1)

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Tim Minchin and Friends 22:00 SAT (b007knth)

Who Goes There? 14:00 TUE (b007v2sv)

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Women Talking About Cars 07:30 WED (b0858nvh)

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