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SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2020

SAT 00:00 Atomic Tales (b007qtm4)
Unstoppable!

A white-knuckle ride of instellar thrills as a space train hurtles towards Earth

1950s American sci-fi spoof.

Starring the talents of:

John Guerrasio
Jeff Harding
Allison Warnyca
Lewis McLeod
Colin Stinton
Liza Ross.

Written by Adam Tandy and Nat Sones.

Producer: Adam Bromley.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in August 2006.


SAT 00:30 Off the Page (b007sptx)
Zeitgeist

Zeitgeist

Joe Queenan, Pauline Black and Toby Young discuss one of the few German words to find a secure place in the English language.

Though adored by fashion writers and political columnists alike, Queenan says: 'If you used words like zeitgeist where I grew up, they'd break your legs'.

Dominic Arkwright presents.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2007.


SAT 01:00 Maeve Binchy - Firefly Summer (b049mt8r)
5. The Legacy

After 18 months in New York, Rachel Fine has been summoned back to Ireland by Patrick O'Neill to oversee the decoration of his new hotel.

Rachel has become a close friend of Kate Ryan, who is now in a wheelchair as a result of an accident on the site of the hotel, over three years ago

Starring David Soul as Patrick O'Neill

Novel by Maeve Binchy dramatised by Jane Cassidy

Kate Ryan ...... Anna Healy
John Ryan ...... Lorcan Cranitch
Rachel ...... Susan Slot
Fergus ...... Dan Gordon
Kerry O'Neill ...... Luke Griffin
Grace O'Neill ...... Melissa Smith
Dr White ...... Denys Hawthorne
Costello ...... John Keegan
Loretta ...... Julia Deardon
Jack Coyne ...... Ray McBride
Brian Doyle ...... Conleth Hill
Dennis Hill ...... Gordon Fulton
Dara ...... Audrey Dempsey

Music Composed by Jane Cassidy and performed by Rod McVey and Kate O'Brien

Director: Pam Brighton

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1996.


SAT 01:30 Miss Marple (b007jpqv)
The Murder at the Vicarage

Episode 5

Amateur sleuth Jane Marple battles to unearth the proof she needs to reveal the murderer's identity - along with a few other surprises.

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

Rev. Leonard Clement.......................................Francis Matthews
Griselda Clement.................................................Imelda Staunton
Lettice Protheroe.................................................Rachel Atkins
Colonel Melchett.................................................Richard Todd
Dr Haydock............................................................Nigel Davenport
Inspector Slack......................................................John Baddeley
Gladys Cram..........................................................Oona Beeson
Mrs Sadler..............................................................Tina Gray
Constable................................................................Dominic Letts

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1993.


SAT 02:00 The Personality Test (b00mf3kk)
Series 2

Roy Hattersley

Former Labour Deputy Leader and writer, Roy Hattersley quizzes a panel about his own career, whims and interests.

With Sue Perkins, Lucy Porter, Robin Ince and Mark Dolan

Series with changing hosts who quiz the panel.

Script by Richard Turner and Simon LIttlefield

Devised and produced by Aled Evans.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2006.


SAT 02:30 Minor Adjustment (b0b4ff7s)
Overture and Beginners Please

Kate's in the school play, while Sarah has a problem with a client - and her husband Richard.

Six-part comedy series about the Stubbs family - cartoonist Richard, therapist Sarah and their daughters - Kate, aged 16 and three-year-old Amy who has Down's Syndrome.

Starring Peter Davison and Samantha Bond.

Written by son and father team, Andy and Eric Merriman - inspired by Andy's own four-year-old daughter, Sarah. Eric famously wrote legendary BBC comedy series 'Beyond Our Ken'.

Richard …. Peter Davison
Sarah …. Samantha Bond
Kate …. Claire Russell
Amy …. Sarah Merriman
Pat Humphreys …. Penelope Nice
Annie …. Teresa Gallagher
The Headmaster …. Brian Bowles
Robbie …. Robbie Gill
The Policeman …. Sebastian Brennan

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1996.


SAT 03:00 Elena Ferrante - The Neapolitan Novels (m000msl1)
The Story of a Lost Child Part 3/3

Elena Ferrante's story of a life long friendship between Lila and Lena comes to an end in this sad and surprising final chapter.

While deep in conversation with her old lover Nino and holding his child with Lena, Lila loses sight of her own daughter who suddenly disappears. Lila's world will never be the same and, despite Lena's attempts to help her friend try to come to terms with her loss, their past comes back to haunt them and one of them finally decides that there is only one way forward.

Does this free the other or hold her prisoner to her past forever?

Lena ...... Monica Dolan
Lila ...... Anastasia Hille
Nino Sarratore ...... Daniel Flynn
Pietro ...... Ferdinand Kingsley
Adele ...... Sylvestra Le Touzel
Dede ...... Grace Wingate
Dede ...... Ella Dale
Elsa ...... Isobel Tinsley
Elsa ...... Georgia Taft
Mariarosa ...... Claudia Jolly
Carmela ...... Louise Calf
Colombe ...... Louise Calf
Antonio ...... Hugh Kermode
Mother ...... Jane Whittenshaw
Guido ...... David Collings
Franco ...... Simon Scardifield
Augustin ...... Simon Scardifield
Armando ...... Josh Dylan
Marisa ...... Sara Markland
Elisa ...... Nelly Harker
Photographer ...... Nelly Harker
Enzo ...... Carl Prekopp
Marcello ...... Ben Crowe
Guest ...... Ben Crowe
Alfonso ...... Nick Armfield
Tina ...... Sylvie Goodwin
Imma ...... Grace Pearcey
Imma ...... Cosima Pearcey
Michele ...... Daniel Ryan
Guest ...... Daniel Ryan
Gennaro ...... Tom Davies
Pasquale ...... Nicholas Gleaves

Written by Elena Ferrante
Translated by Ann Goldstein
Dramatised for radio by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Director: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in October 2017.


SAT 04:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000msl3)
US Politics Special - featuring Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel

Amanda Litherland is joined by the podcaster and journalist Greg Cochrane to recommend podcasts to keep up to date with the US Election and understand some of the history that's made the country what it is today.

Also Jon Sopel and Emily Maitlis discuss making the BBC's Americast - how is reporting for the podcast different to radio or TV broadcasting? And are there fans of the podcast on both sides of the Atlantic?

Podcasts mentioned this week:
Slate's Political Gabfest
FiveThirtyEight Politics
KCRW's Left Right and Center
Pod Save America
Joe Rogan Experience
Americast
CBC's Party Lines (Party In The USA mini series)
Women Belong In The House
The Brown Girls Guide To Politics
Presidential
More Perfect
1619


SAT 05:00 Alone (b0b2mgj6)
Series 1

The Reunion

Mitch's get together with an old university chum is not at all the reunion he expects - while the rest of the gang are disappointed to have to attempt the local pub quiz without their main man, Mitch.

Sitcom, written by Moray Hunter and starring Angus Deayton, about five single, middle aged neighbours living in flats in a converted house in North London.

Guest stars: Frances Barber and Clive Mantle.

Mitch is a widower and part-time therapist who is looking to put his life back together now that he is single and living - supposedly temporarily - with Will, his younger, more volatile and unhappily divorced half-brother.

Elsewhere in the building are schoolteacher Ellie who is shy, nervous and desperately missing her ex-boyfriend, overly honest, frustrated actress Louisa, and socially inept IT nerd Morris.

Mitch ...... Angus Deayton
Ellie ...... Abigail Cruttenden
Will ...... Pearce Quigley
Louisa ...... Kate Isitt
Morris ...... Bennett Arron
Chris ...... Frances Barber
Laurence ...... Clive Mantle
Quiz Master ...... Clive Mantle

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2018.


SAT 05:30 Dot (b08q3yjs)
Series 2

Psychology

by Ed Harris

Comic adventures with Dot and the gals from personnel. Peabody's not been the full shilling recently and now Dr Pinkly has arrived to test who is the psychological 'weak link' and everyone's a suspect. Who will be deemed sane and who will be sent to Sunnyside Sanatorium? Ed Harris' rollicking comedy starring Fenella Woolgar.


SAT 06:00 Ken Whitmore - A Decent British Murder (m000mybr)
Colonel Grace's house-guests include a number of people who are experienced at breaking and entering.

He decides to offer a prize of £1,000 to the one who can get into his intruder-proof library, which is protected with a deafening alarm, heavy security locks and a guillotine device that would slice in half anybody attempting to enter un-announced...

Murder mystery written by Ken Whitmore.

Vanessa Grace ........... Kathleen Helmi
Colonel Grace ............ Graham Roberts
Marina Grace .............. Linda Gardner
Fred Gingrich .............. Christopher Godwin
Lionel Monro .............. David Calder
Ella Chatto ................... Annette Robertson
Albert Congleton ...... John Hollis

Director: Alfred Bradley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 February 1980.


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b065vrl8)
Series 37

Michael Howard on Elizabeth I

Matthew Parris meets the former leader of the Conservative Party Michael Howard to discuss the life of Elizabeth I of England.

They're joined by Professor Paulina Kewes of Jesus College Oxford.

Producer: Maggie Ayre

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


SAT 08:00 Dilemma (b01qmb08)
Series 2

Episode 1

Sue Perkins puts Paul Sinha, Lemn Sissay, Margaret Cabourn-Smith and Graeme Garden through the moral and ethical wringer.

The return of the panel show posing finely-balanced dilemmas as Sue cross-examines their answers.

Comic Paul struggles with his sporting loyalties; poet Lemn experiences something new, actor and comic Margaret faces up to some poor parenting; and Graeme contemplates life without one of his favourite Aunties.

There are no "right" answers - but there are some deeply damning ones.

Devised by Danielle Ward.

Producer: Ed Morrish.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2013.


SAT 08:30 Kathmandu or Bust (b07rhlzg)
A Sticky Wicket

Nepal is almost in sight and the travellers are in a mellow mood - until their truck is stolen by bandits.

Series written by Mike Yeaman and David Napthine.

Simon …. David Haig
Petra …. Michelle Chadwick
Callum …. Forbes Masson
Trigger …. Richard Ridings
Joan …. Sarah Crowden
Ellie …. Lolly Susi
Bandit …. Lyndam Gregory
Bandit …. Shiv Grewal

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1996.


SAT 09:00 Last Post for the Men of Letters (b097lpnp)
Russell Davies unearths from the radio and TV archives the voices of men and women who were, for many years, a staple of the broadcasting diet.

Some, but by no means all, have university pedigree but all have a breath-taking breadth of learning and the facility to deliver it, albeit to an audience who were prepared to give them time and were, it would appear, happy to be dazzled by learning.

Russell's examples from the Men and Women of letters trove is gathered round his very personal association with John Gross, of whom he writes:

'In 1969 an author in his early thirties published his first book. The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters won the Duff Cooper prize, delighted the reading public, introduced them to the name of John Gross, and marked the beginning of what would be an illustrious and fascinating literary career. It ended with his death on 10 January 2011, a great sorrow for the many people who loved and admired John.

No doubt I read at the time, but had forgotten until coming across it again, since I quite lack his total recall, something he wrote here in 1983, an entertaining review of a biography of Sir George Lewis, the famous and immensely influential Victorian solicitor whose clients included the Prince of Wales. In an aside, Gross gently wondered why the biographer hadn't mentioned that Lewis 'appears by name in Conan Doyle's "The Illustrious Client" — a pretty broad clue to the client's identity'. Yes, he had read everything, high and low.

Since his death, I've thought often about John, and reread him. The breadth of his reading and his memory made him the perfect anthologist, and he edited half a dozen Oxford Books of ..., from Aphorisms to Parodies. He also wrote three books of his own, and I wish he had written more. Shylock is a learned and highly original study of that singularly problematic character and his play, while A Double Thread is a beautiful short memoir of Gross's London childhood, 'double' because both English and Jewish. But I now see that the defining point came with his brilliant first book.

Although he and Kingsley Amis were disparate personalities, to say the least, Gross would have shared Amis's contempt for anything which 'makes a statement', and his disdain for the idea of 'importance'. But I believe that The Rise and Fall is a truly important book. It wasn't just an item on Gross's list of publications, it was part of his own story, and it made a statement of its own: a repudiation of the attempted monopoly of literary criticism by 'the university' and the larger academic appropriation of our common culture.

Producer: Tom Alban

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in October 2017.


SAT 12:00 Foul Play (b00yy8yz)
Series 4

Deadline News

Crime writers Ruth Dudley Edwards and Robert Richardson try to solve the murder of a model.

With the help of witnesses played by Maria McErlane and Lee Simpson.

Murder mystery panel game chaired by Simon Brett.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1998.


SAT 12:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b007wlpq)
Series 1

The Old Lock-keeper

Writer Ed's week is marred by a death, deceptive junk mail and some huge egos.

Welcome to the world of Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

He may have only one pair of trousers and a seven-figure Amazon sales ranking, but no writer knows more about freeloading than Ed Reardon.

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon.

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Featuring:

Philip Jackson
Alice Lowe
Geoffrey Whitehead
Emma Kennedy
Geoffrey McGivern
Stephanie Cole
Ronnie Golden
John Fortune
Dan Tetsell
Rita May

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2005


SAT 13:00 Miss Marple (b007jpp2)
The Murder at the Vicarage

Episode 1

Even the vicar of St Mary Mead detests a certain member of his flock. But murder seems to be carrying things a bit far?

First published in 1930, Agatha Christie's whodunit stars June Whitfield as Miss Marple.

Rev Leonard Clement...........................Francis Matthews
Griselda Clement....................................Imelda Staunton
Dr Haydock...............................................Nigel Davenport
Dennis........................................................Nicholas Boulton
Lettice Protheroe...................................Rachel Atkins
Miss Wetherby.......................................Joan Matheson
Mrs Price-Ridley....................................Margot Boyd
Mrs Lestrange........................................Jilly Meers
Lawrence Redding...............................James Telfer
Anne Protheroe................................... Frances Jeater
Colonel Protheroe...............................James Greene
Mary.........................................................Alice Arnold
Inspector Slack.....................................John Baddeley

Dramatised in five parts by Michael Bakewell

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1993.


SAT 13:30 Miss Marple (b007jppk)
The Murder at the Vicarage

Episode 2

Much to the Vicar's embarrassment, a murder has been committed in his study. But who killed Colonel Protheroe?

Miss Jane Marple is on the case.

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars June Whitfield as Miss Marple

Rev Leonard Clement..................................Francis Matthews
Griselda Clement..........................................Imelda Staunton
Dr Haydock.....................................................Nigel Davenport
Lettice Protheroe..........................................Rachel Atkins
Mary..................................................................Alice Arnold
Colonel Melchett.........................................Richard Todd
Constable.......................................................Malcolm Ward
Butler...............................................................Lewis Jones
Anne Protheroe...........................................Frances Jeater
Lawrence Redding......................................James Telfer
Inspector Slack.............................................John Baddeley
Gladys Cram.................................................Oona Beeson

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell

Director Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1993.


SAT 14:00 Miss Marple (b007jpq1)
The Murder at the Vicarage

Episode 3

Multiple confessions to the murder of Colonel Protheroe mount up in the village of St. Mary Mead.

But who does amateur sleuth Jane Marple believe?

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars June Whitfield as Miss Marple

Rev. Leonard Clement....................................Francis Matthews
Griselda Clement.............................................Imelda Staunton
Mrs Lestrange..................................................Jillie Meers
Mary....................................................................Alice Arnold
Hilda...................................................................Lisa Howard
Dr Haydock......................................................Nigel Davenport
Lawrence Redding........................................James Telfer
Dennis................................................................Nicholas Boulton
Hawes................................................................David Thorpe
Dr Stone...........................................................Timothy Alcock
Raymond West..............................................Ian Masters
Inspector Slack..............................................John Baddeley
Gladys Cram...................................................Oona Beeson
Nancy...............................................................Vivienne Rochester

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1993.


SAT 14:30 Miss Marple (b007jpqf)
The Murder at the Vicarage

Episode 4

Investigations into the murder of Colonel Protheroe don't go at all to plan. Who is the killer?

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

Rev. Leonard Clement.............................................Francis Matthews
Griselda Clement.......................................................Imelda Staunton
Lettice Protheroe......................................................Rachel Atkins
Dr Haydock................................................................Nigel Davenport
Anne Protheroe.......................................................Frances Jeater
Inspector Slack........................................................John Baddeley
Gladys Cram.............................................................Oona Beeson
Hawes........................................................................David Thorpe
Mrs Price-Ridley.....................................................Margot Boyd

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1993.


SAT 15:00 Miss Marple (b007jpqv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 01:30 today]


SAT 15:30 A Good Read (b00vkxhc)
Mike Brearley and Julie Welch

Sue MacGregor is joined by the former England cricket captain Mike Brearley, now a psychoanalyst, and sports writer, Julie Welch, to discuss their chosen paperbacks.

There's a sporting tie that links this week's guests on A Good Read. Mike Brearley captained the England cricket team in the early 1980s, later retraining as a psychoanalyst. He discusses a Graham Greene novel set in the Congo, while sports writer Julie Welch chooses a book by the other Elizabeth Taylor - the novelist, not the film star.

A Burnt Out Case by Graham Greene
Publisher: Vintage Classics

In A Summer Season by Elizabeth Taylor
Publisher: Virago Modern Classics

The White Spider by Heinrich Harrer
Publisher: Harper Perennial

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


SAT 16:00 Ken Whitmore - A Decent British Murder (m000mybr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b065vrl8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Drama (b086kjgq)
The Mysteries of Udolpho

Emily St Aubert is forced to leave France and go and live with her Aunt and her new husband, Count Montoni, in his isolated castle in Italy.

Before long Emily discovers that the castle is a place of nightmares and Montoni a desperate man who will stop at nothing to terrorise both his wife and his niece.

Ann Radcliffe's Gothic romance revelled in both terrorising and titillating its readers. This was the sensational novel of its era, filled with dark deeds, dastardly villains and supposedly supernatural events.

As with many other Gothic novels, The Mysteries of Udolpho has at its centre a powerless young heroine often trapped in a mysterious location and pitted against an evil villain; the book revels in exploring the politics of power, pleasure and pain and sexual desire. Ann Radcliffe felt that terror was superior to horror, which nullified the senses, whereas she preferred to write about the psychological experience of being full of fear and dread manifested through the art of suggestion. Radcliffe was also unusual in always giving a rational explanation for the strange goings on in her novels.

Hattie Naylor's dramatisation takes the core of the four volumes of the novel to explore those edicts most at the heart of the Gothic Novel.

Emily ...... Georgia Groome
Madame Cheron ...... Tracy Wiles
Count Montoni ...... John Dougall
Cavigni ...... Finlay Robertson
Verizzi ...... Luke Thompson
Annette ...... Natasha Cowley
Ludovicio ...... Stephen Wight
Count Morano ...... John Bowler
Sister Agnes ...... Karen Bartke
Abbess ...... Alison Belbin

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2016.


SAT 19:00 Last Post for the Men of Letters (b097lpnp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting (b007jsf7)
Series 1

A Day Trip to Romney Marsh

Linda and her chums head to the coast, letting the train increase the strain.

Comedy series written by and starring Linda Smith.

With Femi Elufowoju Jr, Jeremy Hardy, Martin Hyder, Margaret John, Chris Neill and Mark Steel.

Producer: Lucy Armitage

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2001.


SAT 22:30 Rhod Gilbert's Bulging Barrel of Laughs (b00tw32q)
Episode 4

Welsh comic Rhod Gilbert introduces regulars Lloyd Langford and Greg Davies, plus Sarah Millican who takes a weekly look at The Six Stages of Woman.

With live music from Goldheart Assembly, including hits King of Rome and Engravers Daughter.

Guest comedian is Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, Milton Jones.

Join Rhod for his Rant on misguided advertising, see what punch lines Lloyd Langford offers up in It's a Set Up and see if Greg Davies can tempt you with a life time supply of chocolate if you accept his Indecent Proposal.

Producers: Julia Mckenzie and Lianne Coop.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in September 2010.


SAT 23:30 The Mary Whitehouse Experience (b048w5gl)
Series 4

Episode 5

Plumbers, eh, what are they like? Satire starring Hugh Dennis, Steve Punt, Robert Newman and David Baddiel. From November 1990.



SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2020

SUN 00:00 Drama (b086kjgq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Miss Marple (b007jpp2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:30 Miss Marple (b007jppk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:30 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 Miss Marple (b007jpq1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:30 Miss Marple (b007jpqf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Miss Marple (b007jpqv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 01:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 A Good Read (b00vkxhc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Ken Whitmore - A Decent British Murder (m000mybr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b065vrl8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Miss Marple (b007jpp2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 06:30 Miss Marple (b007jppk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:30 on Saturday]


SUN 07:00 Miss Marple (b007jpq1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 07:30 Miss Marple (b007jpqf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 08:00 Miss Marple (b007jpqv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 01:30 on Saturday]


SUN 08:30 All Gas and Gaiters (m000mxz0)
Series 1

The Bishop Writes a Sermon

The Bishop has writer’s block.

All Gas and Gaiters was a television ecclesiastical sitcom which aired on BBC1 from 1966 to 1971. It was written by the husband-and-wife team Pauline Devaney and Edwin Apps, with the pilot featuring as a one-off in Comedy Playhouse. Selected scripts were later revised for Radio 4.

The Archdeacon …. Robertson Hare
The Bishop …. William Mervyn
The Bishop's Chaplain …. Derek Nimmo
The Dean …. John Barron
The Postman …. Frank Abbott

Producer: David Hatch.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1967.


SUN 09:00 Much Binding in the Marsh (b008p5c6)
From 21/09/1948

The gang are back from their summer holidays sharing tales - and Murdoch organises a sing-song...

Starring Kenneth Horne and Richard 'Stinker' Murdoch.

With Sam Costa, Maurice Denham, Maureen Riscoe and Helen Hill.

Much Binding in the Marsh ran from 1944 to 1954 initially set at a remote RAF station before being converted to a country club and later the action moved to a newspaper. (The show also ran for a season with commercial breaks on Radio Luxembourg).

Written by Richard Murdoch and Kenneth Horne.

Music by the Augmented Dance Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black.

Producer: Leslie Bridgemont

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in September 1948.


SUN 09:30 Millport (b0076b7f)
Series 3

Reinstatement

As the first ferry of the holiday season arrives - why is Irene back on the island?

The third series of the bittersweet comedy written by and starring Lynn Ferguson as 30-something barmaid Irene Bruce, who hankers after a better life on the mainland.

Irene ...... Lynn Ferguson
Moira/Agnes ...... Janet Brown
Alberto/Dr Hume/Ferryman ...... Lewis McLeod
Ena/Bunty ...... Gabriel Quigley
Minister ...... Robert Patterson
Dougie ...... Kenneth Bryans

Music arranged by Olly Fox.

Producer: Lucy Bacon

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2002.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b036tt5r)
Cricketers

Jonathan Agnew

In an extended edition of Desert Island Discs, Kirsty Young's castaway is the cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew.

Known simply as "Aggers" to the army of fans devoted to Test Match Special, his charm, knowledge and ready wit have gained him a place in the heart of anyone who loves the game.

His own infatuation began as a young boy at boarding school and along with his talent and determination it took him all the way to the top of the sport. He played for Leicestershire and England. His transition from the crease to the commentary box was cemented by one of the most memorable moments in broadcasting history - the notorious "legover" comment that prompted the legendary Brian Johnson to dissolve into helpless, prolonged giggles live on air.

He says "The great thing about our job is that you have no pre-conceived idea about what is going to happen - you have no script - the cricket is the script".

Producer: Cathy Drysdale


SUN 11:00 The Moth Radio Hour (b0bqfj1r)
Series 8

Thrill Seekers, Wanderlust and an Italian Stallion

True stories told live in in the USA: Sarah Austin Jenness introduces five stories of adventure, from thrill seeking to horses.

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling based in the USA. Since 1997, it has celebrated both the raconteur and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. Originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch in Georgia (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen), and then recreated in a New York City living room, The Moth quickly grew to produce immensely popular events at theatres and clubs around New York City and later around the USA, the UK and other parts of the world.

The Moth has presented more than 15,000 stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth podcast is downloaded over 27 million times a year.

Featuring true stories told live on stage without scripts, from the humorous to the heart-breaking.

The Moth Radio Hour is produced by Jay Allison and Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and is distributed by the Public Radio Exchange.


SUN 11:55 The Listening Project (b06wf7ll)
Jim and Robin - Setting Sail

Fi Glover with friends who are united by their love of the sea and encourage unity through traditional seafaring: "If we don't all pull together in one direction we'll go nowhere" - another conversation in the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation with someone close to them about a subject they've never discussed intimately before. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation - they're not BBC interviews, and that's an important difference - lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moment of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Marya Burgess.


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m000mxzb)
Tony Harrison and Sean O'Brien

BBC Radio 4's Poet in Residence, Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's radio poetry archive with ‘Fine Lines’ featuring Tony Harrison and Sean O’Brien.

Poets Tony and Sean are in conversation with Christopher Cook in Newcastle.

Fine Lines was a series looking at contemporary poetry.

Producer: Susan Roberts

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.


SUN 12:30 Susan Calman Is Convicted (b04001kn)
Series 2

Appearance

Susan Calman explores issues on which she has strong opinions. This week, she looks at society's obsession with appearance and explains why it has taken her so many years to feel happy with the way she looks.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


SUN 13:00 Comedy Controller (b007jw11)
Eric Sykes

Comedian and writer Eric Sykes [05/05/1923 - 04/07/2012] takes control and picks some of his favourite BBC radio comedies:

* The Goon Show: 'Phantom Batter Pudding Hurler'
Constable Neddie Seagoon sets out to apprehend Minnie and Henry's Sussex assailant. Stars Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. From 12/10/1954.

* The Al Read Show
A look at the fire brigade and the morning after the night before - a collection of the Northern comic's 1950s monologues. From 06/02/1966

* Round the Horne: Series 4 (6/16)
Kenneth Horne's in for a shock from sneaky Kenneth Williams - and bona gifts galore from Julian and Sandy. From 31/03/1968

* The Ken Dodd Show
Nude photography and a Scottish monster are on Doddy's chuckles menu. With John Laurie and Patricia Hayes. From 19/07/1964

* Variety Bandbox
With Frankie Howerd, William Ternent, Jerry Allen, Barbara Leigh, Peter Sellers, Bill Kerr and Philip Slessor. From 22/01/1950

* Take It from Here
The fall and rise of a Punch & Judy show - and in 'The Glums' Ron and Eth are planning their honeymoon. Stars Jimmy Edwards, Dick Bentley and June Whitfield. From 19/02/1959.

Producer: Mik Wilkojc

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in 2005.


SUN 16:00 Tom Stoppard - The Dog It Was That Died (b007jnhb)
Rupert Purvis is a spy. He is also a counter-spy and even a counter-counter-spy. When, confused as to who his real masters are and why, he cracks and writes a suicide note making wild allegations about his colleagues and superiors, there has to be an investigation. The truths revealed are stranger than any fiction.

This play was specially commissioned as part of the BBC's 60th anniversary celebrations.

CAST:
Rupert Purvis .... Dinsdale Landen
Giles Blair ... Charles Gray
Pamela Blair ... Penelope Keith
Hogben ... Kenneth Cranham
Seddon ... John Le Mesurier
Arlon .... Stephen Murray
Matron .... Betty Marsden
Chief .... Maurice Denham
Vicar .... Noel Howlett
Wren ... Lockwood West
Slack .... Peter Tuddenham
Mrs Ryan ... Katherine Parr

Director John Tydeman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in December 1982.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m000mxzb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 Susan Calman Is Convicted (b04001kn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


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

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

Andrew Marshall and John Lloyd's epic Tolkien parody in 4-parts.

CAST:

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

Producer: Geoffrey Perkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1980.


SUN 18:30 The Man in Black (b00zd7gz)
Series 3

Perfect Home

A man and a woman meet at a bus stop late at night - but who is fooling who..?

More horrifying tales from The Man in Black. Wherever you encounter him, he's eager to pass on his stories. Stories to unsettle and horrify. Stories to haunt you.

Mark Gatiss stars as sinister raconteur to introduce Nick Warburton's chilling tale.

CAST:

Heron …. Toby Jones
Felice …. Zoe Tapper

Director: Lucy Collingwood.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in March 2011.


SUN 19:00 The Moth Radio Hour (b0bqfj1r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:55 The Listening Project (b06wf7ll)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:55 today]


SUN 20:00 Tom Stoppard - The Dog It Was That Died (b007jnhb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b036tt5r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 22:00 Susan Calman Is Convicted (b04001kn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 The Lach Chronicles (b07hhqtq)
Series 3

A Trip To The Strip

Lach was the King of Manhattan’s East Village and host of the longest running open mic night in New York. He now lives in Scotland and finds himself back at square one, playing in a dive bar on the wrong side of Edinburgh.

His night, held in various venues around New York, was called the Antihoot. Never quite fitting in and lost somewhere lonely between folk and punk music, Lach started the Antifolk movement. He played host to Suzanne Vega, Jeff Buckley and many others; he discovered and nurtured lots of talent including Beck, Regina Spektor and the Moldy Peaches but nobody discovered him.

In this episode, Lach remembers a time when he used to live in Las Vegas. There were parties, parties and you guessed it… more parties. But the good times didn’t last.

Written and performed by Lach
Executive Producer: Richard Melvin
Sound design: Al Lorraine and Sean Kerwin
A Dabster production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.


SUN 22:45 World of Pub (b008pb2m)
Series 1

Episode 3

Dodgy Phil builds the world's biggest pub named after the Titanic, but is it undrinkable? Stars John Thomson. From March 1998.


SUN 23:00 Newsjack (m000mqvm)
Series 23

Episode 1

Newsjack is a scrapbook sketch show written entirely by the Great British public. Hosted by Kiri Pritchard-McLean.


SUN 23:30 The Skivers (b00j5l87)
Series 3

Peter Stringfellow

Nightclubbing in London, courtesy of Peter Stringfellow. Sketch show with Nick Golsen and Tim de Jongh. From January 1997.



MONDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2020

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


MON 00:30 The Man in Black (b00zd7gz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Comedy Controller (b007jw11)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Tom Stoppard - The Dog It Was That Died (b007jnhb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m000mxzb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Susan Calman Is Convicted (b04001kn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Maeve Binchy - Firefly Summer (b04b20j7)
6. The Opening

Patrick O'Neill has almost realised his dream.

The opening of his new hotel is in sight, but Kate Ryan's compensation case is looming and Kerry's gambling has further estranged father and son.

Starring David Soul as Patrick O'Neill

Conclusion of Maeve Binchy's novel dramatised by Jane Cassidy

Kate Ryan - Anna Healy
John Ryan - Lorcan Cranitch
Rachel - Susan Slot
Fergus - Dan Gordon
Kerry O'Neill - Luke Griffin
Grace O'Neill - Melissa Smith
Dr White - Denys Hawthorne
Costello - John Keegan
Bar Man - John Hewitt
Kevin Kennedy - Trevor Moore
Sergeant Sheean - Paddy Scully
Old Walters - Anthony Finigan
Eddie - Ken Farmer

With Helen Norton, Marie Jones, Ray McBride, Ian McElhinney, Gordon Fulton

Music Composed by Jane Cassidy and performed by Rod McVey and Kate O'Brien

Director: Pam Brighton

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1996.


MON 06:30 Castles in Spain (m0004xtt)
Episode 1

'When I walked into this house I was simple Grahame Mayer, the bookseller. Now it seems I'm Philip Marlowe, private eye. Am I being tested for something?'

A bookseller is surprised to be asked to try and solve a military mystery...

Edward Boyd’s five-part thriller serial based on his 1986 play.

Grahame Mayer ..... Ray Brooks
Coleman ..... John Westbrook
Teresa ..... Alexandra Mathie
Forrest ..... Garard Green
Hemingway ..... William Hope
Cameron ..... John Hannah
Rainsford ..... Jonathan Tafler

Produced at BBC Scotland by Patrick Rayner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1987.


MON 07:00 Relativity (b0952sv0)
Series 1

Episode 3

Richard Herring's comedy about four generations of a family. Starring Alison Steadman, Phil Davies and Richard Herring.

Relativity is a witty and loving portrait of family life, with affectionate observation of inter generational misunderstanding, sibling sparring and the ties that bind, that will resonate with anyone who has ever argued with their dad about how to pronounce crisp brand names.

Episode 3
A Christmas visit to Doris in her care home is simultaneously poignant and hilarious. Doris has Alzheimers and Ken insists on firing mental maths questions at Doris to keep her brain cells in good working order, while Margaret struggles to get her mother simply to recognise her.

Written by Richard Herring and produced by Polly Thomas.
Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore
Broadcast Assistants: Bella Lamplough Shields, Bryony Jarvis Taylor
Producer: Polly Thomas
Executive Producers: Jon Thoday and Richard Allen Turner

An Avalon Television production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in September 2017.


MON 07:30 The Museum of Curiosity (m000mswk)
Series 15

Episode 3

Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and the Museum’s curator Alice Levine are joined by comedian and actor Eddie Izzard, Natural History Museum curator Miranda Lowe and doctor and author Dr Roopa Farooki.

This week, the Museum’s Guest Committee donate the centre of the universe, a jellyfish and a virtual patient.

In this series of The Museum of Curiosity, John and Alice are recording from various locations around their fictional Museum. This week they’re in the Museum’s staff canteen. Over the series they will also visit the Museum’s grand hall, the lost property office and get stuck in the Museum lift. This series was recorded remotely in June/July 2020.

The Museum’s exhibits were catalogued by Mike Shephard, Mike Turner and Emily Jupitus and Lydia Mizon of QI.

The Producer was Anne Miller.

The Exec Producer was Victoria Lloyd.

The Production Coordinator was Mabel Wright.

Edited by David Thomas.


MON 08:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00cbcpl)
Series 5

Episode 6

Extreme cat taming - and a magnificent Roman epic.

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

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

Written by Lizzie Evans, Eric Idle and Bill Oddie with Derek Farmer and Graeme Chapman.

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

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

Producer: Humphrey Barclay

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1967.


MON 08:30 The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue (b007k281)
Raising the Dead

"I hope you know what you're doing, Miss Tilling. Experimenting with the paranormal can be fraught with danger."

Miss Tilling's getting in touch with her spiritual side, but hapless vicar Timothy Carswell is not so keen.

Stephen Sheridan's six-part series

Reverend Timothy Carswell.....................................James Grout
Miss Tilling......................................................................Margaret Courtenay
Miss Tap..........................................................................Jean Heywood
Dr Warlock.....................................................................Christopher Good
Mrs Muir.........................................................................Sarah Thomas
Arnold..............................................................................Cyril Shaps
Eric.....................................................................................Ian Lindsay
Mrs Garland...................................................................Rosemary Martin

Producer Lissa Evans.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1991.


MON 09:00 Foul Play (b00z5bl2)
Series 4

Much Ado About Murder

Crime writers Jean McConnell and Keith Miles try to solve an Elizabethan court killing.

With the help of witnesses played by Maria McErlane and Lee Simpson.

Murder mystery panel game chaired by Simon Brett.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1998.


MON 09:30 Gilbert Without Sullivan (b0076f7x)
Series 1

Wide Awake

Eligible but gullible Harold Symperson boasts of his fortune, but needs to stay alert when looking for his soulmate...

Series One of short stories by W.S. Gilbert dramatised by Stephen Wyatt.

CAST:

W.S. Gilbert …. Jonathan Coy
Harold Symperson …. Richard Derrington
Uncle Sparrow …. Chris Emmett
Georgiana Sparrow …. Julia Hills
Aunt Sparrow …. Joanna Wake
John Sparrow…. Jamie Chapman
James Sparrow …. Tom George

Playwright and humourist, Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911) is best known for his comic opera collaborations with Sir Arthur Sullivan, which first captivated audiences across the English-speaking world in the late 19th century.

Director: Sue Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.


MON 10:00 Wallis - The Life and Legends of Wallis Simpson (b0855gx9)
A Pretty Girl Is like a Melody

1986: Wallis Simpson is facing a lonely and miserable death, a virtual prisoner of her obsessive lawyer, Maitre Blum.

As The Duchess of Windsor, Wallis was reviled for causing King Edward VIII to abdicate his throne to marry her. But what was she really like?

Elizabeth Proud's three-part drama.

CAST:

Wallis Simpson .... Stockard Channing
Maitre Blum .... Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Win Spencer .... Lewis Hancock
Ernest Simpson/Commander Lewis Little .... Stephen Thorne
Bessie Merryman .... Helen Horton
Anna Warfield/Foxie .... Jill Graham
Georges/Robbie …. Chris Emmett
Uncle Sol .... Ed Bishop
Nurse Christine/Corinne Mustin .... Sara Coward
Nurse Dominique/Mary Raffray .... Susan Bovell
Kitty Rogers .... Teresa Gallagher
Bigelow/Hugh .... Peter MacQueen
Herman Rogers/Chevy Chevalier .... William Dufris

Producer: Sue Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1996.


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m000my3g)
Series 7

Going Undercover

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

Guy Raz explores deception and secrecy. Can they be a necessary means to an end – when people go undercover to find the truth?

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


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (b0bfx20h)
Josette Simon

The actress Josette Simon chooses 'Hit the Road, Jack' by Ray Charles and 'You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me' by Gladys Knight and the Pips.


MON 12:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00cbcpl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue (b007k281)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Maeve Binchy - Firefly Summer (b04b20j7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Castles in Spain (m0004xtt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Foul Play (b00z5bl2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 14:30 Gilbert Without Sullivan (b0076f7x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 15:00 Wallis - The Life and Legends of Wallis Simpson (b0855gx9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 TED Radio Hour (m000my3g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 16:50 Inheritance Tracks (b0bfx20h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 17:00 Relativity (b0952sv0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 The Museum of Curiosity (m000mswk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Atomic Tales (b007jx7x)
Night of the Cicadas

Small and usually friendly, chirruping insects suddenly grow huge - turning nasty and developing a taste for human flesh...

1950s American sci-fi spoof starring John Guerrasio, Jeff Harding, Allison Warnyca, Lewis McLeod, Colin Stinton and Liza Ross.

Written by Adam Tandy and Nat Sones.

Producer: Adam Bromley.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in August 2006.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b00vrvrs)
Laura Wade and Will Gregory

Sue MacGregor invites contemporary playwright Laura Wade and composer (and Goldfrapp musician) Will Gregory to discuss favourite books by Colm Toibin, Philip K Dick and Edward St Aubyn.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Publisher: Penguin

Ubik by Philip K Dick
Publisher: Orion

Mother's Milk by Edward St Aubyn
Publisher: Picador

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2010.


MON 19:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00cbcpl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue (b007k281)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Maeve Binchy - Firefly Summer (b04b20j7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Castles in Spain (m0004xtt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m000my3g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (b0bfx20h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 The Museum of Curiosity (m000mswk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (b03h4294)
Series 1

Horsing Around

Tom is annoyed that his parents don't trust him - even with his own car. He is determined to prove them wrong and what better way - than taking care of his sister Amy when she comes to London? But first he has to persuade mum and dad to trust him.

Tom persuades his parents that he can be trusted to look after his sister Amy when she comes to London.

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang Ups is a 30 minute phone call from Tom ringing his parents for his weekly check-in. As the conversation unfolds, Tom takes time out from the phone call to explain the situation, his parent's reactions and relate various anecdotes from the past which illustrate his family's views. And sometimes he just needs to sound-off about the maddening world around him and bemoan everyday annoyances.

A fascinating and hilarious glimpse into Tom Wrigglesworth, his family background and the influences that have shaped his temperament,opinions and hang-ups.

During all this Hang Ups explores class, living away from 'home', trans-generational phenomena, what we inherit from our families and how the past repeats in the present. All in a 30 minute phone call.

'Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-ups' gets underneath the skin of Tom and the Wrigglesworth family, so sit back and enjoy a bit of totally legal phone hacking.

Cast:

Tom Wrigglesworth ...Tom
Judy Parfitt ... Granny
Paul Copley ... Dad
Kate Anthony ... Mum
Amy Wrigglesworth ... Amy

Written by Tom Wrigglesworth and James Kettle
Additional Material by Miles Jupp

Producer: Katie Tyrrell.


MON 23:00 The News Quiz (m000ms0k)
Series 103

Episode 4

A satirical review of the week's news with Andy Zaltzman and guests including Francis Wheen, Neil Delamere, Lucy Porter and Fern Brady.

Andy Zaltzman looks at the latest COVID-19 advice ("this is not a repeat, I repeat, this is not a repeat") and investigates dodgy bank dealings and even dodgier Welsh broadband.

Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Suchandrika Chakrabarti, Charlie Dinkin, Alice Fraser and Mike Shephard.

Producer: Richard Morris
A BBC Studios Production


MON 23:30 Hut 33 (b01js406)
Series 3

Back to Your Post

Everything German's under suspicion in 1942, especially in Bletchley Park. When it's discovered Charles has German relatives, he' threatened with internment. Will Archie help him, and can he avoid Minka's attention now she knows a true German is among them?

Stars Tom Goodman-Hill as Archie, Robert Bathurst as Professor Charles Gardner, Fergus Craig as Gordon, Alex MacQueen as 3rd Lt. Joshua Featherstonhaugh-Marshall, Olivia Colman as Minka and Lill Roughley as Mrs Best.

Written by James Cary.

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2009.



TUESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2020

TUE 00:00 Atomic Tales (b007jx7x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b00vrvrs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Maeve Binchy - Firefly Summer (b04b20j7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Castles in Spain (m0004xtt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Foul Play (b00z5bl2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 Gilbert Without Sullivan (b0076f7x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Wallis - The Life and Legends of Wallis Simpson (b0855gx9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 TED Radio Hour (m000my3g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:50 Inheritance Tracks (b0bfx20h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Relativity (b0952sv0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 The Museum of Curiosity (m000mswk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer (b00c36bm)
Where's Father Jack?

A suspicious death in a pond unites Detective Inspector Cromwell and convent Mother Helen. Are they about to embark on a long and unlikely relationship?

Crime and convents, the police and perdition come together in comedy writer and former monk Robert Smith's mystery.

Starring Timothy Spall as DI Cromwell, Cheryl Campbell as Mother Helen, Jeremy Finch as DC Kelp and Jonathan Oliver as Father Jack.

Producer: Ned Chaillet

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.

DI Cromwell: Timothy Spall
Mother Helen: Cheryl Campbell
DC Kelp: Jeremy Finch
Father Jack: Jonathan Olivet
Sister: Beth Chalmers
Nun: Gemma Saunders

Choice
Robert Smith, a former monk, is the author of a new series Jagged Prayer (11.30am R4), inspired by GK Chesterton's famous priest, Father Brown. Cheryl Campbell plays Mother Helen, a nun with a nose for crime, aided by the kindly Detective Inspector Cromwell, played by Timothy Spall. This morning she confronts and eventually answers the question: Where's Father Jack? SG


TUE 06:30 Castles in Spain (m0004r2s)
Episode 2

'You can't even get your act together, you lot. Do you want Jock Cameron found, or would he be better left where he is?'

Armed with new information, bookseller Grahame Mayer is sent to Glasgow on the trail of Jock Cameron.

Edward Boyd’s five-part thriller serial.

Grahame Mayer ..... Ray Brooks
Coleman ..... John Westbrook
Teresa ..... Alexandra Mathie
Inspector McNeill ..... Carey Wilson
Norah McGill ..... Sybil Wintrope
Cameron ..... Joseph Greig
Henderson ..... Joseph Brady
Arnold ..... Ian Thompson
Receptionist ..... Jennifer Piercey
Passenger ..... William Hope

Produced at BBC Scotland by Patrick Rayner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1987.


TUE 07:00 Shush! (b06fntmg)
Series 1

New Romantics

A wandering poet, a bottle of Calpol and some Roman bathing techniques cause trouble for Snoo and Alice. And just what is Dr Cadogan's unexpected skill?

Meet Alice, a former child prodigy who won a place at Oxford aged 9 but, because Daddy went too, she never needed to have any friends. She's scared of everything - everything that is, except libraries and Snoo, a slightly confused individual, with a have-a-go attitude to life, marriage, haircuts and reality. Snoo loves books, and fully intends to read one one day.

And forever popping into the library is Dr. Cadogan, celebrity doctor to the stars and a man with his finger in every pie. Charming, indiscreet and quite possibly wanted by Interpol, if you want a discrete nip and tuck and then photos of it accidentally left on the photocopier, Dr Cadogan is your man.

Their happy life is interrupted by the arrival of Simon Nielson, a man with a mission, a mission to close down inefficient libraries. Fortunately, he hates his mission. What he really wants to do is once, just once, get even with his inexhaustible supply of high-achieving brothers.

Written by Rebecca Front and Morwenna Banks
Based on an idea developed with Armando Iannucci

Produced by David Tyler
A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in October 2015.


TUE 07:30 The Lenny Henry Show (m000mt1g)
Episode 5

Another helping of character-based sketch comedy from Lenny Henry, this time including more from outrageous Jamaican gameshow Box Mi Down, hosted by the great Glenroy Livingstone.

We're back in space to see if Tyrone can stop himself getting killed again. Delbert and Winston are back on the Brixton Broadcasting Co-operative to discuss celebrities they nearly met and there's more from bookseller Paul's Brixton Bibliotheque. Also, we drop in on Raheim X Davies's art history audioguide.

Cast includes Lenny Henry, Vas Blackwood, George Fouracres and Cherrelle Skeete.

Written by Lenny Henry and Max Davis, with Kim Fuller and Michael Odewale.

Music by Lawrence Insula

Produced by Sam Michell
A Douglas Road and Tiger Aspect production for BBC Radio 4


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b007jnj2)
Series 7

The Macreekie Rising of '74

Neddie Seagoon has a 60-foot caber hidden under his kilt, but the Scots want it back. Stars Spike Milligan. From October 1956.


TUE 08:30 Any Other Business (b0132mxz)
Episode 3

The new mayor has to chair his very first council meeting - and he's scared witless.

Lucy Flannery's local government sitcom stars Nelson David, John Duttine, James Grout, Rosy Fordham, Nick Hardy, Howard Lew Lewis, Toby Longworth, Jan Ravens, Vivienne Rochester and June Whitfield.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1995.


TUE 09:00 The News Quiz (m000ms0k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b007wvmx)
Series 1

The Winona Defence

The writer falls in love, but his cat proves an obstacle to happy-ever-after. Stars Christopher Douglas. From February 2005.


TUE 10:00 Wallis - The Life and Legends of Wallis Simpson (b0855tzh)
Tea for Two

As Maitre Blum manipulates Wallis, she recalls her first marriage and her attempts to meet a prince.

As The Duchess of Windsor, Wallis was reviled for causing King Edward VIII to abdicate his throne to marry her. But what was she really like?

Elizabeth Proud's three-part drama.

CAST:

Wallis Simpson .... Stockard Channing
The Prince of Wales .... Christopher Cazenove
Maitre Blum .... Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Ernest Simpson.... Stephen Thorne
Perry .... Christopher Scott
Douglas .... David Monico
Bessie Merryman .... Helen Horton
Nurse Christine/Thelma Furness .... Sara Coward
Nurse Dominique/Sybil .... Susan Bovell
Nancy .... Sunny Ormonde
Kitty Rogers .... Teresa Gallagher
Ben Thaw/Herman Rogers .... William Dufris

Producer: Sue Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1996.


TUE 11:00 Telling Tales (m000cctn)
Natalie Haynes

The writer and broadcaster Natalie Haynes combines a love of classical history and myth, with a background in teaching and stand-up.

In her first novel, The Amber Fury, a grief-stricken teacher turns to Greek tragedies and finds that the tales of fate, family and vengeance speak directly to her pupils. The Children of Jocasta followed, a re-imagining of the Oedipus myth; while Natalie’s most recent book, A Thousand Ships, re-tells the story of the Trojan War from the perspective of women (both mortal and immortal).

In this book Natalie highlights “the pain of the women who have always been relegated to the edges of the story, victims of men, survivors of men, slaves of men.” Natalie draws on two of the world’s oldest poems, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, imagining Penelope’s fidelity to her questing husband, stretched to its very limits, in a series of letters.

We re-visit a previous incarnation of Odysseus’ wife, in The Two Penelopes, a story commissioned by Writing West Midlands, which first broadcast on Radio 4 in 2014. In this short tale, Natalie sneaks in references to Homer’s epic poem, while imagining a latter day Penelope, knitting to while away the hours in a Birmingham care home.

Natalie also talks about standing up for the classics in her titular Radio 4 series. In the upcoming fifth series, she will turn once again to the foundational poems of Homer, with an impressively concise re-telling of The Iliad. All 24 books, recorded live at the BBC Radio Theatre, in 24 minutes.

Made for Radio 4 Extra.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b007jnj2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Any Other Business (b0132mxz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer (b00c36bm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Castles in Spain (m0004r2s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 All the Way from Memphis (b00jdp93)
Series 1

Episode 4

James Walton's pop music history quiz with Andrew Collins, Martin Freeman, Tracey Macleod and Stewart Lee. From December 2004.


TUE 14:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b007wvmx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 15:00 Wallis - The Life and Legends of Wallis Simpson (b0855tzh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 Telling Tales (m000cctn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 17:00 Shush! (b06fntmg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 The Lenny Henry Show (m000mt1g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Haunted (b01qr0l9)
The Inexperienced Ghost by HG Wells

A man encounters a troubled spirit. But could this meeting lead to tragedy?

H.G. Wells' supernatural tale, dramatised by Patricia Mays.

CAST:

Clayton …. Donald Houston
Sanderson …. Christopher Guard
Michael Cochrane …. Wish
John Gillett …. Evans
The Barman …. Gary Cady

Director: Derek Hoddinott

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 1982.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b0076x76)
Series 5

Clair de lune

An exploration of Claude Debussy's music for piano, which was inspired by a poem about moonlight. With Phil Cool. From February 2006.

Contributors:
Sioned Williams (Harpist)
Heather Couper
Richard Langham-Smith
Erica Duggan
Elodie Lauten
Phil Cool
Philippe Cassard

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b007jnj2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Any Other Business (b0132mxz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer (b00c36bm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Castles in Spain (m0004r2s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Telling Tales (m000cctn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 The Lenny Henry Show (m000mt1g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Great Unanswered Questions (b00fjdvj)
Series 1

Episode 3

Northern Ireland comedian Colin Murphy and his cohorts take on the most ridiculous of questions and try to provide either the correct or at least a funny answer.

Could there be a city under the sea? Could pigs fly? Featuring regulars, scientist Dr David Booth and Matthew Collins, up-and-coming comedian and computer geek. Special guest Stephen Grant.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2008.


TUE 23:00 The Consultants (b0076pz9)
Series 2

Episode 5

The Adventure-Bakers make a time-strudel and travel through history. With Neil Edmond and Justin Edwards. From December 2003.


TUE 23:30 Angela Barnes: You Can't Take It With You (b07pj2q0)
Series 1

Episode 3

Super-sharp everywoman Angela Barnes tackles life and love - and, with the help of an audience, packs herself a fantasy coffin.

Remembering her larger-than-life father - a gregarious character, sex shop manager, naturist, and a big fan of caravans and pranks - Angela celebrates his 'carpe diem' approach to life, and his favourite motto, You Can't Take It With You.

When her father died very suddenly in 2008, Angela and her family proved him wrong and stuffed his coffin with sentimental keepsakes for his final journey.

In this series, Angela does the very same thing and asks her loved ones to nominate objects that they would choose to send on with her as mementoes of their time together, which she keeps in a suitcase full of memories, acting as prompts for contemplative, heart-warming and captivating comedy.

Angela Barnes is a vivacious, critically acclaimed stand-up comic from Maidstone, Kent. After a career in health and social care, at aged 33 she decided to pursue a long held ambition and give comedy a go. Within a couple of years, Angela and her witty worldview had won the 2011 BBC New Comedy Award by a public vote, secured a weekly star slot in Channel 4's Stand Up For The Week and appeared on numerous radio and television shows including Loose Ends, The Now Show and writing credits on her beloved The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4), Russell Kane's Whistle Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2), Mock The Week (BBC 2) and Russell Howard's Good News (BBC 3).

An Impatient production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in August 2016.


TUE 23:45 Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea (b007zh10)
Series 1

Romance in the Glen

Falling head over heels for a society beauty, Hamish finds a rival in the laird. Stars Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden. From December 2002.



WEDNESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2020

WED 00:00 Haunted (b01qr0l9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b0076x76)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer (b00c36bm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Castles in Spain (m0004r2s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 All the Way from Memphis (b00jdp93)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b007wvmx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Wallis - The Life and Legends of Wallis Simpson (b0855tzh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Telling Tales (m000cctn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Shush! (b06fntmg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 The Lenny Henry Show (m000mt1g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer (b00c3d42)
Icon, or A Pocketful of Nuns

A murder brought them together, but for DI Cromwell and Mother Helen within her enclosed convent, it's the theft of an icon that reunites them.

And there's also the small problem of Monsignor Nietzsche.

Crime and convents, the police and perdition come together in comedy writer and former monk Robert Smith's mystery.

Starring Timothy Spall as DI Cromwell, Cheryl Campbell as Mother Helen, Jeremy Finch as DC Kelp and Sandor Eles as Monsignor Nietzsche.

Producer: Ned Chaillet

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


WED 06:30 Castles in Spain (m0004tv9)
Episode 3

'Remember, nobody knows what this Hanrahan looks like. Nobody knows what name he's travelling under. So keep your door locked. And don't let anyone in you don't know.'

Bookseller Grahame unearths more clues about Jock Cameron when he meets a nurse from the Spanish Civil War.

Edward Boyd’s five-part thriller serial.

Grahame Mayer ..... Ray Brooks
Coleman ..... John Westbrook
Teresa ..... Alexandra Mathie
Inspector McNeill ..... Carey Wilson
Cameron ..... John Hannah
Norah McGill ..... Sybil Wintrope
Cameron ..... Joseph Greig
Arnold ..... Ian Thompson
Miss McLauchlan ..... Yvonne Gilan
Pat ..... Richard Jamieson
Paula ..... Caroline Guthrie
Waiter ..... Gordon Reid

Produced at BBC Scotland by Patrick Rayner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1987.


WED 07:00 Clare in the Community (b03ts6jg)
Series 9

Come Dine With Me

Clare has finally managed to find some time for romance. Meanwhile Brian discovers that a cheap flat comes with some unusual conditions and Nali has an eventful first day in her new job.

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

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

Each week we join Clare in her continued struggle to control both her professional and private life In today's Big Society there are plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker. Or even Clare.

Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden
Producer Alexandra Smith.


WED 07:30 Phil Ellis Is Trying (m000mr6c)
Series 3

Ghost Walk

When that the treasure map he bought off a dodgy Tom Jones impersonator turns out - incredibly - to be useless, Polly convinces Phil to abandon his get-rich-quick schemes and opt for something more traditional, namely a ghost walk through Parbold. Phil jumps at the idea and enlists Johnny to help him. Parbold has its fair share of ghosts. And even if no-one can see them, they can just make them up; who's to know any better? More importantly, putting on a big event like a ghost walk might finally impress Phil's love interest Ellie. If only Polly and Phil hadn't shared their idea with Mick the Chinese herbalist who suddenly decides he's going to put on a ghost walk too. What a coincidence. Parbold's not big enough for two spectral spectacles so which walk is going to win?

Cast includes:

Phil Ellis as Phil
Johnny Vegas as Johnny
Amy Gledhil as Polly
Katia Kvinge as Ellie/Goth
Jason Barnett as Keith the Barman
Desiree Burch as American Tourist
Terry Mynott as German Tourist/Gravedigger/Orlando
And
Mick Ferry as Mick The Chinese Herbalist

The producer was Sam Michell and it is a BBC Studios Production.


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jp18)
Series 5

Hancock's War

The lad impresses the vicar with tales of his heroic exploits in Military Intelligence.

Starring 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 May 1958.


WED 08:30 Up the Garden Path (b0081t4t)
Series 2

The View from the Bridge

When confused Izzy meets her fiancé Charles's friend Bill, they hit it off straight away...

Imelda Staunton stars as Izzy. With David Robb as Charles, Neil McCaul as Bill, Marty Cruickshank as Maria, Dafydd Hywel as Gwyn, Melissa Wilson as Sharon and Catherine Clarke as Lorraine.

Tumbling from one love entanglement to another, 30 something teacher Izzy Comyn has a predilection for inappropriate men.

An 8-part radio sequel adapted from Sue Limb’s 1984 novel. The second of 3 series which ran from 1987 to 1993. Granada also adapted the series for ITV.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1988.


WED 09:00 Dilemma (b01r0h4y)
Series 2

Episode 3

In Dilemma, Sue Perkins puts four panellists through the moral and ethical wringer by posing a series of finely-balanced dilemmas and then cross-examining them on their answers. So, in the first series, Dominic Lawson was asked if he would provide an alibi for someone he hated; Fi Glover was offered £25,000 to give a talk to a company that once screwed over her husband; John Finnemore was asked if he'd grass up a sweet old lady who was shoplifting. (Yes, Yes, No, were the answers if you're interested.)

As well as these hypothetical questions, the show also features a variety of rounds which may include: Audience Dilemmas, where the panel 'solve' any problems the audience may be having; What Did I Do?, where each panellist relates a dilemma they were faced with in their own lives and the others have to guess how they resolved it; Why I Was Right, where each panellist is given an indefensible action that they must morally justify in 30 seconds; Choose Your Own Adventure, where the panellists get a series of dilemmas, each one following on from the last as they burrow their way deeper into a moral quagmire; and Quickfire, where shades of grey are dismissed in favour of a fingers-on-the-buzzers binary choice - "Would you rather eat a kitten or fight a swan?".

This week's show sees comedian Dave Gorman cheating higher, faster and stronger; journalist Anita Anand deal with an unexpected guest; creator of Bleak Expectations Mark Evans getting a hand in the bush (but no birds); and comedian Jenny Eclair embrace dating in the digital age.

The show was devised by the award-winning comedian Danielle Ward, and is presented by Sue Perkins.

Producer: Ed Morrish.


WED 09:30 Kathmandu or Bust (b07s6dls)
End of the Road

The lights of Kathmandu are twinkling on the horizon. What can possibly go wrong? Starring Richard Ridings. From July 1996.


WED 10:00 Wallis - The Life and Legends of Wallis Simpson (b0855wfh)
The Melody Lingers On

Wallis realises marrying an ex-King means broken promises, plus doubtful acquaintances and scandal.

As The Duchess of Windsor, Wallis was reviled for causing King Edward VIII to abdicate his throne to marry her. But what was she really like?

Elizabeth Proud's three-part drama.

CAST:

Wallis Simpson .... Stockard Channing
Duke of Windsor .... Christopher Casenove
Maitre Blum .... Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Churchill/Georges .... Chris Emmett
Foxie .... Jill Graham
Nancy .... Sunny Ormonde
Noel Coward/Von Stohrer/1st Embassy Official …. John Webb
Nurse Christine .... Sara Coward
Nurse Dominique .... Susan Bovell
Penelope Ross/Lady Mosley .... Joanna Monro
Douglas .... David Monico
Stanley/Von Ribbentrop .... Keith Drinkel
Maj. Gray Phillips/BBC Announcer .... Tim Meats
2nd Embassy Official .... David Holt

Producer: Sue Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1996.


WED 11:00 Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? (m000n0kq)
1. A Cad and a Bounder

Public Historian Greg Jenner embarks on an Arthurian quest to find out how comedy writers make history funny.

Greg is the Historical Consultant to all eight series of CBBC’s Emmy and multiple BAFTA award-winning Horrible Histories. In short, he is both a nerd and a comedy nerd.

In the first of three programmes, Greg grapples with the big questions over accuracy and ethics with the help of comedian-turned-classicist Natalie Haynes, ‘Horrible Histories’ Head Writer Ben Ward and ‘Austentatious’ improvisers Cariad Lloyd and Andrew Hunter-Murray.

Featured programme:

‘Austentatious: A Cad and a Bounder’ [R4 18/06/2017]

Produced by Anne-Marie Luff.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in February 2019.


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jp18)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 Up the Garden Path (b0081t4t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer (b00c3d42)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Castles in Spain (m0004tv9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Dilemma (b01r0h4y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 14:30 Kathmandu or Bust (b07s6dls)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 15:00 Wallis - The Life and Legends of Wallis Simpson (b0855wfh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? (m000n0kq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 17:00 Clare in the Community (b03ts6jg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Phil Ellis Is Trying (m000mr6c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Haunted (b01qrnb9)
The Emissary by Ray Bradbury

The Emissary
By Ray Bradbury

Young Marion is unwell, but her pet dog keeps her in touch with the outside world - and beyond.

Dramatised by Patricia Mays

Mrs Christie..............................................Jennie Linden
Marion...........................................Bernadette Windsor
Marion's Father..................................Stephen Thorne

With Jean Trend and Miranda Forbes
and Percy Edwards playing Toby the dog

Directed by Derek Hoddinott

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 1982.


WED 18:30 Short Cuts (b095rbth)
Series 13

Role Models

What can we learn from the humanity of others? From seeing ourselves reflected in someone else? Josie Long presents stories of role models.

"You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There's this idea that monsters don't have reflections in a mirror. And what I've always thought isn't that monsters don't have reflections in a mirror. It's that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves... Part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it." - Junot Diaz

Water Fleas
Featuring Akira Sakata
Produced by Phil Smith

Mirrors
Featuring Nikesh Shukla

Nadia
Produced by Sophie Townsend

Intolerants Not Welcome
Featuring Mark Thompson
Produced by Alan Hall

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


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jp18)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 Up the Garden Path (b0081t4t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer (b00c3d42)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Castles in Spain (m0004tv9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? (m000n0kq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 Phil Ellis Is Trying (m000mr6c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 The Secret World (b01mw35d)
Series 3

Episode 3

From Miranda Hart to Sean Connery - Jon Culshaw and friends imagine the private lives of the famous. From September 2012.


WED 23:00 Chain Reaction (b0092j13)
Series 4

Richard Wilson Interviews Arabella Weir

The famous TV pensioner passes the baton to the Fast Show gal in the relay chat show. From March 2008.


WED 23:30 28 Acts in 28 Minutes (b008khpv)
Series 2

Episode 1

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

Jeremy Limb
Des Clarke
Penny Broadhurst
Arnab Chanda
John Sessions
Christina Martin
Gavin Osborn
Aaron Counter
G-Force
James Kettle
Paula Wilcox
James Branch
Pegabovine
Dave Cohen
Jarlath Regan
Dutch Elm Conservatoire
Jeff Innocent
Katherine Jakeways
Carl Donnelly
Stephen Grant
Mara Carlyle
Stephen K Amos
Barry Davies
Jeff Green
Shappi Khorsandi
Martin Jarvis
The Puppini Sisters
Stewart Lee

Producers: Rohan Acharya and Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2007.



THURSDAY 01 OCTOBER 2020

THU 00:00 Haunted (b01qrnb9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Short Cuts (b095rbth)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer (b00c3d42)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Castles in Spain (m0004tv9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Dilemma (b01r0h4y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 Kathmandu or Bust (b07s6dls)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Wallis - The Life and Legends of Wallis Simpson (b0855wfh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? (m000n0kq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Clare in the Community (b03ts6jg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Phil Ellis Is Trying (m000mr6c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer (b00c3rlj)
Virtual Saints

Despite moving the convent into cyber space, Mother Helen and her nuns are not safe from declining numbers. And DI Cromwell has the small matter of an old murder to solve.

Crime and convents, the police and perdition come together in comedy writer and former monk Robert Smith's mystery.

Starring Timothy Spall as DI Cromwell, Cheryl Campbell as Mother Helen, Jeremy Finch as DC Kelp and Bryan Pringle as Mr Lord.

Producer: Ned Chaillet

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


THU 06:30 Castles in Spain (m0004xw8)
Episode 4

'Each of these postcards came from a place where there had been a bomb outrage. That, Mayer, is why we want to talk to Jock Cameron.'

Continuing his quest to hunt Jock down, Grahame meets a pop star and gets a lead on the holy pictures...

Edward Boyd’s five-part thriller serial.

Grahame Mayer ..... Ray Brooks
Coleman ..... John Westbrook
Teresa ..... Alexandra Mathie
Inspector McNeill ..... Carey Wilson
Norah McGill ..... Sybil Wintrope
Nuke ..... John McGlynn
Apollyon ..... Billy McColl
Millhouse ..... William Hope

Produced at BBC Scotland by Patrick Rayner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1987.


THU 07:00 North by Northamptonshire (b03mflth)
Series 3

Episode 2

by Katherine Jakeways

Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small market town in Northamptonshire. This week, against her better judgement, Jan has dinner with her ex-husband, and Mary and Jonathan have crossed wires.

Producer: Steven Canny

As is well-known: Yorkshiremen wear flat caps and Essex girls wear short skirts; Liverpudlians are scallies and Cockneys are wideboys. Northamptonians gaze wistfully at these stereotypes and wish for an identity of any kind and a label less ridiculous than Northamptonians. Northamptonshire, let us be clear, is neither north, nor south nor in the Midlands. It floats somewhere between the three eyeing up the distinctiveness of each enviously. Now Katherine Jakeways is giving Northamptonshire an identity. And she waits, eagerly, for her home-county to thank her. And possibly make her some kind of Mayor.

Joined by nearly all of the incredible cast which graced Series One and Two - including Sheila Hancock as the Narrator, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu, Geoffrey Palmer and Kevin Eldon - and with the exciting addition of Tim Key and Nathaniel Parker - North by Northamptonshire hopes (and promises) to once again delight and entertain audiences and critics alike.


THU 07:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b06vmzdy)
Series 5

Episode 2

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

This second episode sees the voice in John's head push him to tipping point; a new approach to the News; and, well, since you ask him for a tale of espionage...

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme won the BBC Audio Drama Award for 'Best Scripted Comedy with Live Audience' in 2015; and a Radio Academy Silver Award for Comedy in 2014.

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

Written by and starring ... John Finnemore

Producer: Ed Morrish

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is a BBC Radio Comedy production.


THU 08:00 Beyond Our Ken (m000mzy3)
Series 4

Episode 5

Kenneth Horne stars in a musical - Kitty from Kensington - and Hornerama looks at Sport.

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

The precursor to ‘Round The Horne’, ‘Beyond Our Ken’ hit the airwaves in 1958 and ran to 1964 – featuring regulars like Cecil Snaith, Stanley Burkinshaw and Rodney and Charles.

With Janet Waters and the BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Paul Fenoulhet.

Written by Eric Merriman

Producer: Jacques Brown

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in October 1960.


THU 08:30 Yes Minister (b007k0nj)
Series 2

A Question of Loyalty

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

Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn's satirical sitcom ran on BBC TV between 1980 and 1984. Yes Minister is centred around the hapless Jim Hacker and a collection of civil service underlings headed by the Machiavellian Sir Humphrey Appleby and obsequious Bernard.

CAST:

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

Adapted for radio by producer Pete Atkin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1984.


THU 09:00 Genius (b008gh65)
Series 1

Paul Daniels

From the 99p coin to steel drum urinals, Dave Gorman asks magician Paul Daniels to select the best loopy idea.

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

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2005.


THU 09:30 Millport (b0076bbj)
Series 3

Restitution

The re-opening of the Cumbrae Club goes horribly wrong when Irene notices a fatal flaw in the plan.

Meanwhile, Alberto is paranoid that a new money-making scheme could bring the island some unwanted attention.

Bittersweet comedy written by and starring Lynn Ferguson as 30-something barmaid Irene Bruce, who hankers after a better life on the mainland.

With Janet Brown as Agnes / Moira, Lewis McLeod as Alberto / Dr Hume / Ferryman / Robert, Gabriel Quigley as Ena / Bunty, Robert Paterson as the Minister /Bob and Kenneth Bryans as Dougie/Huberto.

Producer: Lucy Bacon

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2002.


THU 10:00 Joseph Conrad - The Secret Agent (b00770cw)
Episode 1

When a terrorist bomb explodes in London killing the bomber, all levels of the establishment, and every anarchist circle feels threatened.

Joseph Conrad's prescient black comedy, written in 1907 takes a wry look at the shabby truth behind the news.

Dramatised in two parts by David Napthine.

Chief Inspector Heat..........................Ron Cook
Assistant Commissioner.......Robert Glenister
Adolf Verloc.................................David Calder
Winnie Verloc......................Wendy Nottingham
Tom Ossipon...................................Paul Bazeley
The Professor................................Robin Soans
Vladimir..............................................Hugh Ross
Sir Ethelred.........................Geoffrey Beevers
Toodles...................................... Joseph Kloska
George................................Paul Richard Biggin
Waiter..........................................Saikat Ahamed

Director: Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b036tt5r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 Beyond Our Ken (m000mzy3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


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


THU 13:00 DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer (b00c3rlj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Castles in Spain (m0004xw8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Genius (b008gh65)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 14:30 Millport (b0076bbj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 15:00 Joseph Conrad - The Secret Agent (b00770cw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b036tt5r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 17:00 North by Northamptonshire (b03mflth)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b06vmzdy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Haunted (b01qrt4h)
Mists of Memory by Rosemary Timperley

Young cellist Janet meets a confused old man. He wonders if 'music is where I live'. And he seems familiar. Stars Helen Worth.

Janet ..................... Helen Worth
The Old Man ..... John Bull
Mother................ Delia Peyton
Father .................. Douglas Blackwell
with
Miranda Forbes
Steve Hodson
Alan Woodhouse

Written by Rosemary Timperley

Dramatised by Patricia Mays

Directed by Derek Hoddinott

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 1982.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b05wc8wz)
Series 36

David Blunkett on Louis Braille

Matthew Parris hears why David Blunkett has chosen Louis Braille, the 18th century French boy who blinded himself in his father's workshop, as his great life - with the help of guest expert the RNIB's Kevin Carey.

Producer: Maggie Ayre

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2015.


THU 19:00 Beyond Our Ken (m000mzy3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


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


THU 20:00 DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer (b00c3rlj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Castles in Spain (m0004xw8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b036tt5r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b06vmzdy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Newsjack (m000mzy5)
Series 23

Episode 2

Newsjack is a scrapbook sketch show written entirely by the Great British public. Hosted by Kiri Pritchard-McLean.


THU 23:00 Knowing Me, Knowing You (b007jvc2)
Episode 6

A-ha! Chat show host Alan Partridge welcomes BBC TV's Commissioning Director Tony Hayers, TV presenter Trudy Sky, fashion designer Yvonne Boyd and the maverick Lord Morgan.

With thanks to his researchers: Steve Coogan, Patrick Marber , Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan and David Schneider.

Producer: Armando Iannucci

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1992.


THU 23:30 Desolation Jests (b086s7jt)
Episode 4

David Jason stars in the final episode of David Renwick's post-apocalyptic comedy alongside John Bird, Jan Ravens and Rory Bremner.

Each week J P Doom interviews an iconic cultural behemoth about the comic moments they would most like by their side as they face their own mortality. This week Sydney Pynchlink, the innovative director behind some of the country's most admired weather forecasts chooses the laughs that would comfort them most during the extinction of all life on the planet; including a joke too dangerous for parliament, a horse with three legs, and a lobster with a rather crucial piece of evidence.

Cast:
David Jason
John Bird
Jan Ravens
Rory Bremner
Adie Allen
James Lailey
Nick Underwood

Produced by Gareth Edwards

Production Coordinator: Sophie Richardson
It was a BBC Studios Production.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2017.



FRIDAY 02 OCTOBER 2020

FRI 00:00 Haunted (b01qrt4h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b05wc8wz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer (b00c3rlj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Castles in Spain (m0004xw8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Genius (b008gh65)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Millport (b0076bbj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Joseph Conrad - The Secret Agent (b00770cw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b036tt5r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


FRI 05:00 North by Northamptonshire (b03mflth)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b06vmzdy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Sherlock Holmes (m0001c9t)
The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger

A long-buried secret induces pity and sorrow in the Great Detective.

Holmes and Watson learn the truth about the death of a lion tamer many years before, which left his wife horribly mutilated and hidden behind a veil. A tale of abuse and revenge fuelled by the ultimate betrayal of a lover and the physical and emotional scars it has left behind.

Taken from 'The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes' published in 1927 some years after Holmes' death at the hands of Moriarty, this a story from the latter period of Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

Read by James Nickerson.

Producer: Joanne Reardon
Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in 2004


FRI 06:30 Castles in Spain (m0004xw1)
Episode 5

'Whatever you think it is, bookseller, Terry copied pictures. End of story. Right?'.

Will Forrest’s death release bookseller Grahame Mayer from the business of tracking down Jock Cameron?

Conclusion of Edward Boyd’s five-part thriller serial.

Grahame Mayer ..... Ray Brooks
Coleman ..... John Westbrook
Teresa ..... Alexandra Mathie
Dr Lovat ..... Roy Hanlon
Joseph Greig ..... Cameron

Produced at BBC Scotland by Patrick Rayner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1987.


FRI 07:00 Alone (b0b3fkqm)
Series 1

The Big Match

A sitcom, written by Moray Hunter and starring Angus Deayton, about five single, middle aged neighbours living in flats in a converted house in North London.

Mitch (Angus Deayton) is a widower and part-time therapist who is looking to put his life back together now that he is single and living - supposedly temporarily - with Will (Pearce Quigley), his younger, more volatile and unhappily divorced half-brother.

Elsewhere in the building are schoolteacher Ellie (Abigail Cruttenden) who is shy, nervous and desperately missing her ex-boyfriend, overly honest, frustrated actress Louisa (Kate Isitt), and socially inept IT nerd Morris (Bennett Arron).

In The Big Match, Mitch has plans to watch the Australian tennis final on his own - but no-one else quite got the memo and they all turn up to watch the match too. Unfortunately for Mitch, Will is trying to avoid working, Ellie is struggling with her Facebook reaction to a death, Morris is hungry and Louisa needs to find a hot date in a hurry.

Cast:
Mitch: Angus Deayton
Ellie: Abigail Cruttenden
Will: Pearce Quigley
Louisa: Kate Isitt
Morris: Bennett Arron
Tom (Chief Fire Officer): Saul Boyer

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2018.


FRI 07:30 Dot (b08r1ljg)
Series 2

Meat

by Ed Harris

Comic adventures with Dot and the gals from personnel who for this week at least are in control of the War Rooms kitchens. Their task is to prepare a delicious cut of veal to woo the American Ambassador. It's a shame Dot just ate it. How will they wriggle out of this one?

Producer/Director, Jessica Mitic.


FRI 08:00 Share and Share Alike (m000myzl)
The Film

There is excitement at the factory where the two brothers work, because a film director wants to make a documentary about the place. Lesley sees himself as the star, but then the director meets Jack.

Written by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles

Jack Burrows……………………………….Michael Robbins
Lesley Burrows…………………………….Hugh Paddick
Janice………………………………………….Elizabeth Morgan
Ron……………………………………………. Denis Bond
Sid………………………………………………Ron Pember
Film director..........................................Frank Thornton

Producer John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1978.


FRI 08:30 Patterson (m000myzn)
Episode 5

University lecturer Andrew Patterson faces many new challenges - he must deliver a lecture on someone he has never even read, start his erotic novel and mend his estranged wife's fence.

Campus comedy in eight parts

Written by Malcolm Bradbury and Christopher Bigsby

Patterson................................... Lewis Fiander
Professor Misty........................Richard Vernon
Jane............................................. Judy Parfitt
Melissa........................................Maureen Lipman
Mary/Mrs Misty.......................Frances Jeater
Valerie Candle..........................Leueen Willoughby
Cuthbertson..............................Richard O'Callaghan
Victor...........................................Hugh Thomas
Bannerji......................................Tariq Yunus

Producer Geoffrey Perkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in March 1981.


FRI 09:00 The Personality Test (b00mk68l)
Series 2

Rick Wakeman

Progressive rock legend, Rick Wakeman quizzes a panel about all things Wakeman.

With Sue Perkins, Lucy Porter, Will Smith and Robin Ince.

Series with changing hosts who quiz the panel,

Script by Richard Turner and Simon LIttlefield

Devised and produced by Aled Evans.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.


FRI 09:30 Minor Adjustment (b0b51x67)
Foetal Attraction

Sarah wants a third child. Richard suggests a holiday might be more fun.

Six-part comedy series about the Stubbs family - cartoonist Richard, therapist Sarah and their daughters - Kate, aged 16 and three-year-old Amy who has Down's Syndrome.

Written by son and father team, Andy and Eric Merriman - inspired by Andy's own four-year-old daughter, Sarah. Eric famously wrote legendary BBC comedy series 'Beyond Our Ken'.

CAST:

Richard …. Peter Davison
Sarah …. Samantha Bond
Kate …. Claire Russell
Amy …. Sarah Merriman
Emma …. Heather Jones
Joni …. Lorelei King
George …. Philip Pope
Eddy …. Simon Treves
Daniel …. Daniel Merriman
Mary …. Alison Pettit
The Saxophonist …. John Barnes
Uncle Chuckles …. Bill Pertwee

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1996.


FRI 10:00 Joseph Conrad - The Secret Agent (b00770h8)
Episode 2

After a terrorist bomb explodes in London killing the bomber, all levels of the establishment, and every anarchist circle feels threatened.

But what began as an international outrage quickly resolves into a domestic tragedy.

Conclusion of Joseph Conrad's prescient black comedy, written in 1907 takes a wry look at the shabby truth behind the news.

Dramatised in two parts by David Napthine.

Chief Inspector Heat..........................Ron Cook
Assistant Commissioner.......Robert Glenister
Adolf Verloc.................................David Calder
Winnie Verloc......................Wendy Nottingham
Tom Ossipon...................................Paul Bazeley
The Professor................................Robin Soans
Vladimir..............................................Hugh Ross
Sir Ethelred.........................Geoffrey Beevers
Great Lady.............................Jillie Meers
Toodles...................................... Joseph Kloska
Stevie................................Paul Richard Biggin
Waiter..........................................Saikat Ahamed

Director: Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000myzq)
Presenters recommend their favourite podcasts and speak to the people who make them.


FRI 12:00 Share and Share Alike (m000myzl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Patterson (m000myzn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Sherlock Holmes (m0001c9t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Castles in Spain (m0004xw1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 The Personality Test (b00mk68l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 14:30 Minor Adjustment (b0b51x67)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 15:00 Joseph Conrad - The Secret Agent (b00770h8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000myzq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 17:00 Alone (b0b3fkqm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Dot (b08r1ljg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Haunted (b01qrljn)
Esmeralda by John Keir Cross

Felix might finally be free of his wife, but who is the mysterious woman claiming to be his daughter?

By: John Keir Cross
Dramatised by: Patricia Mays

Mr Broome ...... George Baker
Esmeralda ...... Kim Braden

With
Pauline Letts
Katherine Parr
David Gooderson
Crawford Logan

Directed by Derek Hoddinott for World Service Drama

First broadcast on BBC World Service in February 1982.


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b007tn5h)
Keeping Up Appearances

Dominic Arkwright chairs the lively discussion series. This episode looks at personal image.

With Attila the Stockbroker, Susannah Jowitt and James Delingpole

Producer Miles Warde

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2007.


FRI 19:00 Share and Share Alike (m000myzl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Patterson (m000myzn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Sherlock Holmes (m0001c9t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Castles in Spain (m0004xw1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000myzq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 Dot (b08r1ljg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Tom Parry's Fancy Dressed Life (b08mqtgg)
Series 1

Max

Episode 2: Max. It's the annual Parry family party and, as if you needed reminding, it's Fancy Dress. Tom is rather pleased with his typically obscure nay gloriously inaccessible choice of costume but some unhelpfully nightmarish flashbacks to his university days threaten to spoil his enjoyment of the day.

Tom Parry is an award winning comedian, writer and actor whose credits include Miranda, Phone Shop and Drunk History among many others. As a stand up, he most recently gained critical acclaim and an Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nomination for his debut hour 'Yellow T-Shirt'. For more than a decade he has been part of the multi-award winning sketch team Pappy's. Together they have performed 6 sell out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, completed 4 national tours, gigged all over the world, and created, written and starred in the sitcom 'Badults' for BBC3.

Cast: Tom Parry, Ben Clarke, Celeste Dring, Gareth Pierce
Producer: Richard Morris
A BBC Studios Production.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2017.


FRI 22:45 Charlotte and Lillian (b095t75x)
Series 1

The Photo

In the throes of splitting up from her boyfriend, 29-year-old Charlotte (Helen Monks) is determined to prove she's not as self-centred as he says she is. She signs up as a volunteer to visit the elderly, expecting to be paired with a frail and needy old lady who's full of gratitude and appreciation for such a selfless act. Instead she meets 82-year-old Lillian (Miriam Margolyes), a belligerent and feisty old bat who sees through her in an instant.

Needless to say, they don't get on.

But Charlotte and Lillian's conflicting outlooks on life belie a striking similarity in their personalities. Both are profoundly selfish, self-involved and stubborn. Both are quietly curious about each other - though they'd never dream of admitting it. And both are lonely.

For Charlotte, spending time with Lillian brings certain benefits, and she's keen to maximise them for her 'personal brand'. She starts capturing moments of their time together with her phone's camera - something Lillian quickly takes exception to. She wants full editorial control, along with the final say over any photos. A battle of wills and vanities ensues, but not before each of them has picked up some unforeseen advice from across the generational divide.

This four-part, two-actress comedy, written by Holly Walsh and Kat Sommers, was recorded on location and features the fantastic combination of Miriam Margolyes and Helen Monks, working together for the first time.

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in September 2017.


FRI 23:00 I've Never Seen Star Wars (b015p8sr)
Series 4

Sarah Millican

Marcus Brigstocke invites comic Sarah Millican to eat Chinese food with chopsticks and read The Joy of Sex. From October 2011.


FRI 23:30 Simon Evans Goes to Market (b0435p0k)
Series 1

Land

How do you make economics funny? How do you put the comedy in commodity? Simon Evans has the answer in this new series which asks us to get involved in investment.

Rather than being cowed by an apparently complicated and overwhelming system, Simon jumps right in. He takes as his focus four commodities which are so intrinsic to our lives they have an almost elemental significance - land, gold, oil and grain. Yet, despite the fact we encounter them everywhere we look, very few people have been able to build a fortune on them.

All that's about to change as, Simon enlists help from the experts. Each week he will be joined by Tim Harford, Merryn Somerset Webb and a guest specialist as they examine the chequered social and economic histories of these commodities. By looking at four such fundamental products, Simon brings us to a closer understanding of how global economic forces have a far-reaching and often surprising impact on our lives.

In this first episode, Simon looks at Land. How did it come to be traded, why we think bricks and mortar are a safe investment and who really owns the land we buy.
Performed by ..... Simon Evans, with regular guests Tim Harford and Merryn Somerset-Webb, and Land expert Kevin Cahill
Written by ..... Simon Evans with Benjamin Partridge, Guy Venables, Andy Wolton
Producer ..... Tilusha Ghelani.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.




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

28 Acts in 28 Minutes 23:30 WED (b008khpv)

A Good Read 15:30 SAT (b00vkxhc)

A Good Read 03:30 SUN (b00vkxhc)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b00vrvrs)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b00vrvrs)

All Gas and Gaiters 08:30 SUN (m000mxz0)

All the Way from Memphis 14:00 TUE (b00jdp93)

All the Way from Memphis 02:00 WED (b00jdp93)

Alone 05:00 SAT (b0b2mgj6)

Alone 07:00 FRI (b0b3fkqm)

Alone 17:00 FRI (b0b3fkqm)

Angela Barnes: You Can't Take It With You 23:30 TUE (b07pj2q0)

Any Other Business 08:30 TUE (b0132mxz)

Any Other Business 12:30 TUE (b0132mxz)

Any Other Business 19:30 TUE (b0132mxz)

Atomic Tales 00:00 SAT (b007qtm4)

Atomic Tales 18:00 MON (b007jx7x)

Atomic Tales 00:00 TUE (b007jx7x)

Beyond Our Ken 08:00 THU (m000mzy3)

Beyond Our Ken 12:00 THU (m000mzy3)

Beyond Our Ken 19:00 THU (m000mzy3)

Castles in Spain 06:30 MON (m0004xtt)

Castles in Spain 13:30 MON (m0004xtt)

Castles in Spain 20:30 MON (m0004xtt)

Castles in Spain 01:30 TUE (m0004xtt)

Castles in Spain 06:30 TUE (m0004r2s)

Castles in Spain 13:30 TUE (m0004r2s)

Castles in Spain 20:30 TUE (m0004r2s)

Castles in Spain 01:30 WED (m0004r2s)

Castles in Spain 06:30 WED (m0004tv9)

Castles in Spain 13:30 WED (m0004tv9)

Castles in Spain 20:30 WED (m0004tv9)

Castles in Spain 01:30 THU (m0004tv9)

Castles in Spain 06:30 THU (m0004xw8)

Castles in Spain 13:30 THU (m0004xw8)

Castles in Spain 20:30 THU (m0004xw8)

Castles in Spain 01:30 FRI (m0004xw8)

Castles in Spain 06:30 FRI (m0004xw1)

Castles in Spain 13:30 FRI (m0004xw1)

Castles in Spain 20:30 FRI (m0004xw1)

Chain Reaction 23:00 WED (b0092j13)

Charlotte and Lillian 22:45 FRI (b095t75x)

Clare in the Community 07:00 WED (b03ts6jg)

Clare in the Community 17:00 WED (b03ts6jg)

Clare in the Community 05:00 THU (b03ts6jg)

Comedy Controller 13:00 SUN (b007jw11)

Comedy Controller 01:00 MON (b007jw11)

DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer 06:00 TUE (b00c36bm)

DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer 13:00 TUE (b00c36bm)

DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer 20:00 TUE (b00c36bm)

DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer 01:00 WED (b00c36bm)

DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer 06:00 WED (b00c3d42)

DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer 13:00 WED (b00c3d42)

DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer 20:00 WED (b00c3d42)

DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer 01:00 THU (b00c3d42)

DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer 06:00 THU (b00c3rlj)

DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer 13:00 THU (b00c3rlj)

DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer 20:00 THU (b00c3rlj)

DI Cromwell - Jagged Prayer 01:00 FRI (b00c3rlj)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (b036tt5r)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (b036tt5r)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (b036tt5r)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 16:00 THU (b036tt5r)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (b036tt5r)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 04:00 FRI (b036tt5r)

Desolation Jests 23:30 THU (b086s7jt)

Dilemma 08:00 SAT (b01qmb08)

Dilemma 09:00 WED (b01r0h4y)

Dilemma 14:00 WED (b01r0h4y)

Dilemma 02:00 THU (b01r0h4y)

Dot 05:30 SAT (b08q3yjs)

Dot 07:30 FRI (b08r1ljg)

Dot 17:30 FRI (b08r1ljg)

Dot 22:00 FRI (b08r1ljg)

Drama 18:00 SAT (b086kjgq)

Drama 00:00 SUN (b086kjgq)

Ed Reardon's Week 12:30 SAT (b007wlpq)

Ed Reardon's Week 09:30 TUE (b007wvmx)

Ed Reardon's Week 14:30 TUE (b007wvmx)

Ed Reardon's Week 02:30 WED (b007wvmx)

Elena Ferrante - The Neapolitan Novels 03:00 SAT (m000msl1)

Foul Play 12:00 SAT (b00yy8yz)

Foul Play 09:00 MON (b00z5bl2)

Foul Play 14:00 MON (b00z5bl2)

Foul Play 02:00 TUE (b00z5bl2)

Genius 09:00 THU (b008gh65)

Genius 14:00 THU (b008gh65)

Genius 02:00 FRI (b008gh65)

Gilbert Without Sullivan 09:30 MON (b0076f7x)

Gilbert Without Sullivan 14:30 MON (b0076f7x)

Gilbert Without Sullivan 02:30 TUE (b0076f7x)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (b065vrl8)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (b065vrl8)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (b065vrl8)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b05wc8wz)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b05wc8wz)

Great Unanswered Questions 22:30 TUE (b00fjdvj)

Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea 23:45 TUE (b007zh10)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b007jp18)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b007jp18)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b007jp18)

Haunted 18:00 TUE (b01qr0l9)

Haunted 00:00 WED (b01qr0l9)

Haunted 18:00 WED (b01qrnb9)

Haunted 00:00 THU (b01qrnb9)

Haunted 18:00 THU (b01qrt4h)

Haunted 00:00 FRI (b01qrt4h)

Haunted 18:00 FRI (b01qrljn)

Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? 11:00 WED (m000n0kq)

Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? 16:00 WED (m000n0kq)

Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? 21:00 WED (m000n0kq)

Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? 04:00 THU (m000n0kq)

Hordes of the Things 18:00 SUN (b007jqyx)

Hordes of the Things 00:00 MON (b007jqyx)

Hut 33 23:30 MON (b01js406)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:00 MON (b00cbcpl)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:00 MON (b00cbcpl)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:00 MON (b00cbcpl)

I've Never Seen Star Wars 23:00 FRI (b015p8sr)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (b0bfx20h)

Inheritance Tracks 16:50 MON (b0bfx20h)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (b0bfx20h)

Inheritance Tracks 04:50 TUE (b0bfx20h)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 07:30 THU (b06vmzdy)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 17:30 THU (b06vmzdy)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 22:00 THU (b06vmzdy)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 05:30 FRI (b06vmzdy)

Joseph Conrad - The Secret Agent 10:00 THU (b00770cw)

Joseph Conrad - The Secret Agent 15:00 THU (b00770cw)

Joseph Conrad - The Secret Agent 03:00 FRI (b00770cw)

Joseph Conrad - The Secret Agent 10:00 FRI (b00770h8)

Joseph Conrad - The Secret Agent 15:00 FRI (b00770h8)

Kathmandu or Bust 08:30 SAT (b07rhlzg)

Kathmandu or Bust 09:30 WED (b07s6dls)

Kathmandu or Bust 14:30 WED (b07s6dls)

Kathmandu or Bust 02:30 THU (b07s6dls)

Ken Whitmore - A Decent British Murder 06:00 SAT (m000mybr)

Ken Whitmore - A Decent British Murder 16:00 SAT (m000mybr)

Ken Whitmore - A Decent British Murder 04:00 SUN (m000mybr)

Knowing Me, Knowing You 23:00 THU (b007jvc2)

Last Post for the Men of Letters 09:00 SAT (b097lpnp)

Last Post for the Men of Letters 19:00 SAT (b097lpnp)

Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting 22:00 SAT (b007jsf7)

Maeve Binchy - Firefly Summer 01:00 SAT (b049mt8r)

Maeve Binchy - Firefly Summer 06:00 MON (b04b20j7)

Maeve Binchy - Firefly Summer 13:00 MON (b04b20j7)

Maeve Binchy - Firefly Summer 20:00 MON (b04b20j7)

Maeve Binchy - Firefly Summer 01:00 TUE (b04b20j7)

Millport 09:30 SUN (b0076b7f)

Millport 09:30 THU (b0076bbj)

Millport 14:30 THU (b0076bbj)

Millport 02:30 FRI (b0076bbj)

Minor Adjustment 02:30 SAT (b0b4ff7s)

Minor Adjustment 09:30 FRI (b0b51x67)

Minor Adjustment 14:30 FRI (b0b51x67)

Miss Marple 01:30 SAT (b007jpqv)

Miss Marple 13:00 SAT (b007jpp2)

Miss Marple 13:30 SAT (b007jppk)

Miss Marple 14:00 SAT (b007jpq1)

Miss Marple 14:30 SAT (b007jpqf)

Miss Marple 15:00 SAT (b007jpqv)

Miss Marple 01:00 SUN (b007jpp2)

Miss Marple 01:30 SUN (b007jppk)

Miss Marple 02:00 SUN (b007jpq1)

Miss Marple 02:30 SUN (b007jpqf)

Miss Marple 03:00 SUN (b007jpqv)

Miss Marple 06:00 SUN (b007jpp2)

Miss Marple 06:30 SUN (b007jppk)

Miss Marple 07:00 SUN (b007jpq1)

Miss Marple 07:30 SUN (b007jpqf)

Miss Marple 08:00 SUN (b007jpqv)

Much Binding in the Marsh 09:00 SUN (b008p5c6)

Newsjack 23:00 SUN (m000mqvm)

Newsjack 22:30 THU (m000mzy5)

North by Northamptonshire 07:00 THU (b03mflth)

North by Northamptonshire 17:00 THU (b03mflth)

North by Northamptonshire 05:00 FRI (b03mflth)

Off the Page 00:30 SAT (b007sptx)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b007tn5h)

Patterson 08:30 FRI (m000myzn)

Patterson 12:30 FRI (m000myzn)

Patterson 19:30 FRI (m000myzn)

Phil Ellis Is Trying 07:30 WED (m000mr6c)

Phil Ellis Is Trying 17:30 WED (m000mr6c)

Phil Ellis Is Trying 22:00 WED (m000mr6c)

Phil Ellis Is Trying 05:30 THU (m000mr6c)

Podcast Radio Hour 04:00 SAT (m000msl3)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m000myzq)

Podcast Radio Hour 16:00 FRI (m000myzq)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m000myzq)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (m000mxzb)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m000mxzb)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m000mxzb)

Relativity 07:00 MON (b0952sv0)

Relativity 17:00 MON (b0952sv0)

Relativity 05:00 TUE (b0952sv0)

Rhod Gilbert's Bulging Barrel of Laughs 22:30 SAT (b00tw32q)

Share and Share Alike 08:00 FRI (m000myzl)

Share and Share Alike 12:00 FRI (m000myzl)

Share and Share Alike 19:00 FRI (m000myzl)

Sherlock Holmes 06:00 FRI (m0001c9t)

Sherlock Holmes 13:00 FRI (m0001c9t)

Sherlock Holmes 20:00 FRI (m0001c9t)

Short Cuts 18:30 WED (b095rbth)

Short Cuts 00:30 THU (b095rbth)

Shush! 07:00 TUE (b06fntmg)

Shush! 17:00 TUE (b06fntmg)

Shush! 05:00 WED (b06fntmg)

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