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SATURDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2021

SAT 00:00 I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison (b037bvq6)
It’s 109 years after the near annihilation of humanity. Just four men and one woman remain, and they have one final battle… with a psychotic computer.

Starring David Soul.

Harlan Ellison’s famous sci-fi story comes to radio with the author taking the role of the psychotic computer which has prevailed in mankind's last war.

Ted .... David Soul
AM .... Harlan Ellison
Ellen .... Abi Eniola
Nimdok …. Ewan Bailey
Gorrister …. David Timson
Benny …. Jason O'Mara

Producer: Ned Chaillet

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2002.


SAT 00:30 Off the Page (b0184rgl)
Birmingham

Dominic Arkwright and guests discuss the city of Birmingham; its flaws and its fabulousness.

According to a survey, the majority of the population believe that Manchester is the UK's second city and not Birmingham. Lord Digby Jones added further fuel to that debate when he suggested in 2011 that Manchester has a more legitimate claim to that crown.

But is there anything to be gained from being classified as second? Is it a title that either cities want?

Brummies Adrian Goldberg and Shazia Mirza and Mancunian Luke Bainbridge join Dominic Arkwright to discuss why coolness is the one adjective that has eluded the city of a thousand trades.

Blighted by dialectic prejudice and the stereotypes borne of Crossroads and the like, Birmingham is about to embark on another architectural city revamp.

Is Birmingham happy with itself?

Producer: Sarah Langan.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2011.


SAT 01:00 Wimsey (b007jvnm)
Strong Poison

5. Pongo

Lord Peter Wimsey's trail goes cold, until a stolen will brings fresh enlightenment.

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey – the aristocratic amateur sleuth created by Dorothy L Sayers.

Dramatised by Alistair Beaton.

Lord Peter Wimsey …. Ian Carmichael
Freddy Arbuthnot …. Christopher Scoular
Miss Climpson …. Ambrosine Phillpotts
Nurse Booth …. Joan Hickson

Producer: Simon Brett.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1976.


SAT 01:30 Miss Marple (b007jnl4)
A Murder Is Announced

Episode 5

A further murder has been committed, but just as Miss Marple is piecing her thoughts together - she disappears...

Conclusion of Agatha Christie's whodunit.

Starring June Whitfield as Miss Jane Marple.

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Miss Marple ...... June Whitfield
Inspector Craddock ...... Ian Lavender
Letty Blacklock ...... Sarah Lawson
Colonel Easterbrook ...... Jack Hedley
Laura Easterbrook ...... Joanna McCallum
Bunch Harmon ...... Molly Gaisford
Patrick Simmons ...... Jamie Glover
Mitzi ...... Jenny Funnell
Julia Simmons ...... Angela Sims
Phillipa Haymes ...... Sarah Rice

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1999


SAT 02:00 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (b09jh3ks)
10. Goodbye, Mummy

After being taken back to painful childhood memories, Eleanor finally confronts her mother...

Tracy Wiles concludes Gail Honeyman's heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking novel.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. But one simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton.

Producer: Justine Willett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2017.


SAT 02:15 Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary (b00cqzj4)
5. The Temptation

Emma meets wealthy land owner Rodolphe Boulanger, and succumbs to temptation...

Gustave Flaubert's French masterpiece of betrayal and wantonness - the first great novel of adultery.

Narrated by John Hurt.

Dramatised by Diana Griffiths from Margaret Mauldon's translation.

Narrator ...... John Hurt
Charles ...... Conrad Nelson
Emma ...... Sarah Smart
Rodolphe Boulanger ...... Jude Akuwudike
Madame Lefrancois ...... Siobhan Finneran
Monsieur Homais ...... David Fleeshman

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2006.


SAT 02:30 Blind Date with Don Camillo (b04009c2)
Peter White goes in search of one of his childhood's favourite comic heroes, the buffoonish figure of Don Camillo.

Whilst at the National Blind School, Peter lapped up the braille books that described the antics of this angry Italian Catholic priest who was always pitted against Peppone, the Communist mayor.

Peter discovers that author Giovannino Guareschi's comic creations provide a fascinating road map to the bitter rivalries and huge political instability of post-war Italy. This was a time when the battle-scarred country was recovering from 20 years of Mussolini's fascism, from Nazi occupation, and the Allied campaign to seize the country. The internationally popular Don Camillo books are a snapshot of the early Cold War years when the Communist Party was riding high, and entirely at odds with the conservatism of the Catholic church.

Meeting Guareschi's descendants, Italian satirists today, a publisher and academics, Peter discovers that the short stories he so enjoyed as a teenager unlock a passionate and pivotal time in Italy's history.

Arrested and imprisoned by three different successive regimes, first by Mussolini, then made a POW by the Nazis, only to fall foul of the post-war Christian Democrat government, we'll hear that Guareschi continued to hone his satire, always using humour to poke fun at authority, in whatever shape or form it presented itself. He certainly knew how to make life hard for himself, but nearly 50 years after his death Guareschi's characters live on: the Don Camillo films remain a staple of Italian TV.

But, Peter asks, do the antics and rivalries of Don Camillo and Peppone still speak to us today, and if so, what do they tell us?

Producer: Mark Smalley

Frist broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2014.


SAT 03:00 Martin Boyd - Lucinda Brayford (b0076q1g)
3. Expectations

Badly injured Hugo has refused to divorce Lucinda, leaving her torn between what society expects of her and what her heart desires.

Conclusion of Martin Boyd's novel about the battles between wealthy Australian Lucinda and the English aristocracy.

Starring Juliet Aubrey.

Dramatised by Elspeth Sandys.

Lucinda ...... Juliet Aubrey
Hugo ...... Jonathan Firth
Paul ...... Paul Rhys
Pat ...... Mark Straker
Marian ...... Penelope Wilton
Arthur ...... Michael Cochrane
Lydia ...... Abigail McKern
Fred ...... James Laurenson
Julie ...... Angela Pleasence
Bill ...... Nick Boulton
Tony ...... Matt Day
Watteau ...... Miranda Barber
Mrs. Greene-James ...... Joanna McCallum
Lord Fitzauncell ...... Stephen Hogan
Stephen ...... Robert Hastie
Muriel ...... Helen Longworth
Heather ...... Alex Tregear
Mrs. Galway ...... Ndidi Del Fatti
Stephen ...... Pax Baldwin
Commanding Officer ...... Hugh Dickson

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2005.


SAT 04:00 Funny You Should Ask (b0b2r0jx)
From 20/04/1978

Peter Jones hosts the entertainment quiz about comedy as he tests a panel of experts:

Barry Took, Derek Roy and Mike Burton recall memories of careers and comic colleagues.

Funny You Should Ask ran for 8 series from 1976 to 1982.

Questions compiled by Michael Pointon.

Producer: Bob Oliver Rogers

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in April 1978.


SAT 04:30 In the Red (b007jzh9)
Episode 1

London is plagued by a series of bizarre murders of bank managers.

Hot on the trail of the killer are an old-style Chief Police Inspector and BBC Radio's anarchic crime correspondent, George Cragge.

A blackly humorous murder mystery set in the world of City finance, the BBC and political parties starring Michael Williams.

Dramatised in seven-parts by Mark Tavener and Peter Baynham from Mark Tavener's novel.

George Cragge ...... Michael Williams
Frank Jefferson ...... Barry Foster
Geoffrey Crichton-Potter ...... Stephen Moore
Henry ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Max ...... Peter Woodthorpe
Dominic De'ath ...... Benjamin Whitrow

With:

Nicholas Le Prevost
Peter Serafinowicz
Eva Stuart
Susie Brann
Alice Arnold
David Antrobus
Annabel Mullion

Music by Tony McAnaney.

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1995.


SAT 05:00 Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully (b01k9hmd)
Pilot

Katherine Parkinson and Julian Rhind-Tutt star in this 'Comedy Showcase' pilot about an alien invasion of a small English village.

The Geonin are not your typical alien invaders. Instead of the usual all-at-once approach to global domination (which usually fails, they've noticed) they've decided to start small. They've encircled a small English village with an impenetrable heat wave, preventing anything coming in or out.

With Cresdon Green as their base, they will learn about humankind, using their knowledge to effectively and efficiently spread their domination over the rest of the world, bit by bit.

Katrina just came back to borrow some money from her parents. And, having been turned down, she's really in no mood to stick around - but the Geonin are not letting anyone in or out, and she has tickets to the theatre in London. So what choice does she have but to start The Resistance?

Following this pilot - two series were produced with an amended cast.

Written by Eddie Robson.

Kat Lyons ...... Katherine Parkinson
Uljabaan ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Mrs Lyons ...... Jan Francis
Mr Lyons ...... Peter Davison
Ron ...... Dave Lamb
Lucy ...... Hannah Murray
Computer ...... John-Luke Roberts
Chris ...... Don Gilet

Producer: Ed Morrish.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in July 2012.


SAT 05:30 It's Not What You Know (b09tf70n)
Series 5

Episode 1

Has Tony Hawks ever committed a crime, what's the most embarrassing thing Rachel Riley does when working on Countdown and what did Desiree like least about working as a dominatrix?

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

Produced by Matt Stronge.

It was a BBC Studios Production.


SAT 06:00 Richard Marsh - The Beetle (b04n923r)
British politician Paul Lessingham, a handsome man of wealth, talent and ambition, has a strange and disturbing past which threatens to destroy him.

Richard Marsh's tale of terror starring Gerald McDermott, Robert Holt and Tracy-Ann Oberman.

Dramatised by Roger Danes

Paul Lessingham .... Gerard McDermott
Robert Harper .... Robert Holt
Dora Grayling .... Tracy Ann Oberman
Sidney Atherton .... Alex Lowe
Marjorie Lindon .... Janet Maw
Augustus Champnell .... Sean Baker
Mr Lindon .... Hugh Dickson
Percy Woodville .... Christopher Scott

With Ioan Meredith, Stephen Thorne, Linda Polan, Chris Pavlo and Alison Pettit.

Richard Marsh's Gothic novel about a fantastical creature was first published in 1897 – the same year as Bram Stoker's Dracula, which it outsold six times over after winning popular appeal amongst readers in the Victorian period.

Marsh published over 80 novels, yet much of his work has been largely forgotten.

Director: Marion Nancarrow.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1997.


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b092mbm2)
Series 43

Helen Sharman on Elsie Widdowson

How many people realise the impact Elsie Widdowson had on the way we view nutrition?

She was a food scientist who devoted her life to improving the diets of adults and children in Britain and abroad.

Matthew Parris hears why Helen Sharman, the first Briton to go into space, thinks Widdowson deserves her nomination.

They are joined by Elsie's friend and biographer Margaret Ashwell, President for the Association for Nutrition.

You can download the podcast to hear an extended version of the broadcast programme

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2017.


SAT 08:00 Listomania (b09z7br4)
Series 1

Episode 3

From the magnificent to the mundane.

From the humble 'to do' list to the bucket list and many more...

Susan Calman hosts the series exploring the world of the lists.

With:

Sara Cox
James Acaster
Miles Jupp
Jocelyn Esien

Written by James Kettle and Gráinne Maguire with Max Davis and Gabby Hutchinson Crouch.

Producers: Sam Bryant and Adnan Ahmed.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in March 2015.


SAT 08:30 All the Young Dudes (b00cgyjs)
Series 1

School's Out

Having moved back to London, Patrick is still looking for a teaching post and tries for a job at his old school.

An unexpected voice from the past leaves him feeling cold...

Comedy drama written by and starring Jim Sweeney.

Patrick …… Jim Sweeney
Helen: Cathryn Harrison
Billy …… Steve Steen
Joe …… Stephen Frost
Moira …… Sadie Shimmin
Maria …… Flaminia Cinque
Charlie …… Izzy De Rosario
Mr Martin …… Geoffrey Whitehead

Announcer: Whispering Bob Harris

Producer: Steve Doherty

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2001.


SAT 09:00 The Burkiss Way (b00jvj68)
Celebrate the Burkiss Way

Happy dynamic living!

It's back to the 1970s and 80s as comedy writers David Renwick and Andrew Marshall – plus original cast members Chris Emmett, Nigel Rees and Fred Harris - recall their cult BBC radio comedy hit .

Discover how Eric Pode of Croydon came to be! Which cast member made the leap from Big Ted and Play School to Radio 4? And why did 'The Burkiss Way' earn itself a mention in the Houses of Parliament?

Enjoy five classic episodes first heard on BBC Radio 4, featuring the talents of Jo Kendall, Chris Emmett, Fred Harris and Nigel Rees:

* Skive from School the Burkiss Way:
Can 'Moses Minor' lead the boys of Greyfriars away from the clutches of their oppressors?
From 1977.

* Not the Burkiss Way:
Learn how to offer family planning for rabbits. Michael Parkinson interviews Bugs Bunny.
From 1978.

* Remember the Burkiss Way:
From 3-2-1 to The Generation Game Questions galore in the clash of the game shows!
From 1979.

* Settle out of Court the Burkiss Way:
Find out 'What's My Gender', plus a galactic 'Panorama'.
From 1980.

* Wave Goodbye to CBEs the Burkiss Way
The sketch show team's last-ever episode which provoked controversy.
From 1980.

Producer: Martin Dempsey

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in April 2009


SAT 12:00 Bad Salsa (b048jj9b)
Series 1

A New Perspective

After treatment for ovarian and breast cancer Chippy, mad Jill is sad and Terri is definitely dangerous to know!

The road back after cancer treatment can be tricky and full of obstacles.

Two middle-aged women and their younger friend seek to regain their zest for life and love by learning to dance at Bad Salsa, the club where everyone knows your name but no-one knows your prognosis!

Depictions of people with cancer on TV and radio too often follow a standard format; there is the diagnosis, the depression the chemo, then the false recovery followed by the tragic death.

Written by Kay Stonham, Bad Salsa tries to paint a picture at once more hopeful and more in line with survival rates, which have improved immensely over the past 20 years.

For many, 'living with cancer' is now their day-to-day challenge. Our characters have finished their treatment and are in the process of finding their way back to normal life or at least finding a "new normal."

Everyday challenges must go on like boring marriages, distracting crushes, troublesome children, difficult workmates and infuriating parents. But their brush with mortality gives them a new perspective.

So do they preserve their pre-cancer status quo, or in Terri's words, to say, "sod it all" and "go for it!"?

Follow the women as they embrace the world of salsa whilst they adjust to life after cancer.

Terry ...... Camille Coduri
Chippy ...... Sharon Rooney
Jill ...... Natasha Little
Marco ...... Doc Brown
Gordon ...... Andrew Obeney
Colin ...... David Cann
Georgie ...... Emily Chase
Tim ...... Matt Houlihan
Sara ...... Antonia Reid
Chippy's Mum ...... Kay Stonham

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2014.


SAT 12:30 Round the Horne (b007k2gd)
Series 2

Episode 10

Suspense in Kenneth Horne's 'The Portrait of Florian Thrust', plus a bout of bona wrestling for Julian and Sandy.

Starring:

Kenneth Horne
Kenneth Williams
Hugh Paddick
Betty Marsden
Bill Pertwee

Announcer: Douglas Smith

Parodies, recurring characters, catchphrases and double-entendres galore!

Classic groundbreaking comedy series written by Barry Took and Marty Feldman.

Recorded at the BBC's Paris Studio in Lower Regent Street, London.

Music by Edwin Braden and the Hornblowers and The Fraser Hayes Four.

Producer: John Simmonds

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1966.


SAT 13:00 Archive on 4 (b01s37f3)
Collar the Lot

Actor Tom Conti explores the story of Italian internment in Britain during the Second World War.

On June 10th 1940, Mussolini declared war on Britain and France. Overnight, as a result, the thousands of Italians living in Britain were declared enemies, considered a potential threat. Winston Churchill ordered the authorities to 'collar the lot' of so-called 'enemy aliens' and over 4,000 Italians were rounded up and imprisoned.

Most were shopkeepers, hairdressers, ice cream sellers and respectable citizens at the heart of their communities. Many had been in Britain all their lives.

We hear from some of the very few still alive, who were taken from families, jobs and homes to makeshift camps across the UK.

Tom Conti's own father was an Italian who had made a life in Scotland, but was interned on the Isle of Man. Tom visits the island to discover which camp his father was kept in, and what conditions were like for all those kept behind barbed wire.

Alfonso Conti narrowly avoided being put on board the cruise liner the Arandora Star, which was requisitioned for war duties and was bound for Newfoundland carrying internees. It was hit by a torpedo just off Ireland and sank within 20 minutes.

With archive interviews and testimony from the last Italian survivor, Tom tells the story of the ship's tragic sinking, in which nearly 500 Italian civilians lost their lives, and lift the lid on this overlooked episode in British history.

Producer: Jo Wheeler

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in April 2013.


SAT 14:00 The Penny Dreadfuls (b04v29h5)
Macbeth Rebothered

An alternative tale of Shakespeare's noble king.

A comedy play by The Penny Dreadfuls.

Greg McHugh stars as Macbeth with Susan Calman as the narrator.

Other roles:

Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Humphrey Ker
David Reed
Thom Tuck

Written by David Reed with additional material by Humphrey Ker.

Producer: Julia McKenzie.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2014.


SAT 15:00 Women Talking About Cars (m0001b9c)
Series 3

1. Floella Benjamin

Victoria Coren Mitchell talks to actress, singer, writer, business woman, and politician Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham, known to millions of BBC TV's Play School viewers as Floella Benjamin.

Return of the interview series that uses a famous woman's cars as a vehicle to talk about her life.

Floella tells how her supremely happy childhood in Trinidad turned sour when her parents left her with a cruel foster family – and the joy of being reunited with them when she came to England.

She explains how she learnt to overcome racism with a smile. Plus the freedom that came with passing her driving test - driving around looking for parties in the 1960s – and why when she became a peer, she chose Baroness of Beckenham as her title.

Car descriptions read by Sarah Hadland.

Producer: Gareth Edwards.

A BBC Studios Production, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2018.


SAT 15:30 The Maltby Collection (b00cnclw)
Series 1

Episode 1

Rod Millet has always dreamed of working at the Maltby Collection.

But when he’s appointed deputy curator of painting and sculpture, it quickly becomes clear that the son of a self-made biscuit mogul isn't going to fit into the musty and insular world of London antiquities...

Starring Geoffrey Palmer and Julian Rhind-Tutt.

The first of three series of David Nobbs’ sitcom about a small museum of paintings and sculpture.

Rod Millet ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Walter Brindle ...... Geoffrey Palmer
Prunella Edgecumbe ...... Rachel Atkins
Julian Crumb-Loosely ...... Ben Willbond
Des Wainwright ...... Michael Smiley
Eva Tattle ...... Julia Deakin
Wilf Arbuthnot ...... Geoff McGivern

Producer: Colin Anderson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2007.


SAT 16:00 Richard Marsh - The Beetle (b04n923r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b092mbm2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Spine Chillers (b08ch63p)
Peter Redgrove - Dracula in White

Prisoners up and down the country seem to be disappearing mysteriously from Her Majesty's prisons.

Joanna, a TV journalist, suspects they've been used as guinea-pigs in some unspeakable experiments, and sets out on a perilous course to verify her suspicions....

Peter Redgrove's chilling drama stars Maggie McCarthy and Benjamin Whitrow.

Joanna …… Maggie McCarthy
Dr Exeter-White …… Benjamin Whitrow
Sam Mellish/MP …… Jerold Wells
Ron …… John Linstrum
Judge …… Paul Nicholson
Mrs Petit …… June Barrie
Delivery Boy …… Richard Curnow

Other parts played by the cast.

Directed at BBC Bristol by Brian Miller

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1984.


SAT 18:45 The Strange and The Sinister by William Croft Dickinson (b0b53ptb)
4. The Work of Evil

Can a sceptical academic resist the challenge of reading a book that curses anyone that dares open it?

Read by Moultrie Kelsall.

William Croft Dickinson introduces his stories of the supernatural set in Scotland.

Producer: John Gray

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in October 1961.


SAT 19:00 The Burkiss Way (b00jvj68)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 The Lee Mack Show (b00bfq1c)
Midge Ure

Lee Mack presents stand-up comedy, sketches and music.

With Angela McHale and band leader Steve Brown.

With guests:

Midge Ure
Mick Miller

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in March 2005.


SAT 22:30 Women Talking About Cars (m0001fdq)
Series 3

2. Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders talks to Victoria Coren Mitchell about her life and some of the cars she has driven along the way.

From the much-polished Ford Zephyr of her childhood that her father let her steer as a special treat to the day her husband to be Adrian Edmondson reversed into her much-loved Alfa Spider, nearly ending their romance before it began.

Car descriptions read by Sarah Hadland.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in December 2018


SAT 23:00 The Skivers (b007zn0j)
Series 2

Henry Cooper

Peter Sissons and Alan Hansen's secrets are revealed.

Nick Golson and Tim de Jongh's skilful sketch show.

With special guest Henry Cooper who's on fighting form as he reveals the ways of the fist.

Written and performed by Nick Golson and Tim de Jongh.

With:

Peter Bradshaw
Mel Giedroyc

Producer: Jon Naismith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1995.


SAT 23:30 Hut 33 (b00ljn73)
Series 1

Bridge Too Far

Three wartime code-breakers are forced to share a draughty wooden hut as they try to break German ciphers.

Unfortunately, they hate each other.

James Cary's sitcom set in Bletchley Park in 1941.

Charles .... Robert Bathurst
Archie .... Tom Goodman-Hill
Minka .... Olivia Colman
Gordon .... Fergus Craig
Mrs Best .... Lill Roughley
Joshua .... Alex MacQueen

Producer: Adam Bromley.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2007.



SUNDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2021

SUN 00:00 Spine Chillers (b08ch63p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:45 The Strange and The Sinister by William Croft Dickinson (b0b53ptb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Archive on 4 (b01s37f3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 The Penny Dreadfuls (b04v29h5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Women Talking About Cars (m0001b9c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 The Maltby Collection (b00cnclw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Richard Marsh - The Beetle (b04n923r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b092mbm2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Omnibus) (b09k85px)
Episode 2

With her thoughts still very much on ageing rocker Johnnie Lomond, Eleanor agrees to go to a party with Raymond.

Soon the bubbles are going to her head...

Gail Honeyman's heart-warming, and sometimes heart-breaking, novel.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. But one simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself.

Omnibus of the last five of ten parts abridged by Richard Hamilton.

Concluded by Tracy Wiles.

Producer: Justine Willett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2017.


SUN 07:10 Inheritance Tracks (b0b0grrl)
Frances Ruffelle

Singer Frances Ruffelle chooses 'All Your Pals May Leave You' by Kate Carney and 'Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien' by Edith Piaf.


SUN 07:20 Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary (Omnibus) (b00ct1wf)
Episode 1

Beautiful Emma meets and marries Doctor Charles Bovary. He's happy for the first time in his life - unlike Emma, who's distraught that her marriage lacks the passion and excitement of her fantasies.

Gustave Flaubert''s French masterpiece of betrayal and wantonness - the first great novel of adultery.

Narrated by John Hurt.

Omnibus of the first five of ten episodes dramatised by Diana Griffiths from Margaret Mauldon's translation.

The Narrator …. John Hurt
Charles …. Conrad Nelson
Emma …. Sarah Smart
Madame Bovary Snr …. Brigit Forsyth
Monsieur Rouault ...... Russell Dixon
Doctor Lariviere ...... Martin Reeve
Mere Rollet ...... Julie McCabe
Madame Lefrancois ...... Siobahn Finneran
Monsieur Homais ...... David Fleeshman
Leon Dupuis ...... James D'Arcy
Monsieur L'Heureux ...... Seamus O'Neill
Felicite ...... Sarah Jayne Hallworth
Rodolphe Boulanger ...... Jude Akuwudike

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2006.


SUN 08:30 A Life of Bliss (m0008b1q)
The Anniversary

With Tony’s wedding anniversary imminent, he asks David to help choose Anne’s gift.

George Cole stars in Godfrey Harrison's sitcom about bashful, bumbling bachelor David Alexander Bliss.

David Bliss ...... George Cole
Anne Fellows ...... Diana Churchill
Tony Fellows ...... Colin Gordon
Zoe Hunter ...... Sheila Sweet
'Psyche' the Dog ...... Percy Edwards
Daily Help ...... Ella Milne

Six series of 118 episodes of A Life of Bliss ran on the BBC Home Service from 1953. It moved to BBC TV for a run of six episodes in 1969.

Sadly very few episodes survive in the BBC archive, including the first seven starring David Tomlinson. His replacement George Cole went to to star in the St Trinian's films and later as dodgy Arthur Daley in ITV's Minder.

The BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Paul Fenhoulet.

Producer: Leslie Bridgmont

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in March 1959.


SUN 09:00 Life With The Lyons (m00120pv)
Once Upon A Mime

Ben reluctantly agrees to play the fairy godmother in Cinderella.

But he's horrified to discover his boss will be in the audience.

Comedy with a real-life American family - starring Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon.

With:

Barbara Lyon
Richard Lyon
Horace Percival
Doris Rogers
Molly Weir
Norman Shelley
David Enders
Hugh Morton

Written by Bebe Daniels, Bob Block and Ronnie Hanbury.

Incidental music by Arthur Wilkinson. BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Paul Fenoulhet.

Producer: Tom Ronald

First broadcast on the BBC Light programme in January 1954.


SUN 09:30 In and Out of the Kitchen (b016ljx7)
Series 1

January 1st to 5th

Mouth-watering entries from the kitchen diary of cookery writer, Damien Trench.

Written by and starring Miles Jupp.

In a mixture of narrative, dialogue and recipes, Damien unflinchingly captures every angle of his day-to-day life, "no matter how grisly or, indeed, how gristly".

Damien and his partner, Anthony, deciding on their New Year's Resolutions. They start by finally making up their minds to commit to each other...namely, by signing up a builder, Mr Mullaney to install a new kitchen which Damien hopes will eventually become the food and preparation space that he's always dreamed of.

On top of all this, Anthony decides to get fit and Damien decides to do a radio programme about the French bean. But not everything goes according to plan...

Also featuring Damien's easy-to-follow recipes: for a "Super Simple" Roast Beef, cooking your own pasta, and "Marvellously Moist Muffins".

Damien Trench ...... Miles Jupp
Anthony ...... Justin Edwards
Damien's Mother ...... Selina Cadell
Mr Mullaney ...... Brendan Dempsey
Ian Frobisher ...... Philip Fox
Researcher ...... Alex Tregear

Producer: Sam Michell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2011.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m00120px)
Novelists

Ahdaf Soueif

From The Beatles to Hazem Shahin.

Egyptian writer and cultural commentator, Ahdaf Soueif shares her castaway choices with Kirsty Young.

Ahdaf was the first Muslim woman to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

From an early age, her life has been divided between Egypt and Britain. She was among the crowds in Tahrir Square in 2011, witnessing the uprising at first hand, and describing events for the world's media.

Producer: Leanne Buckle

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2012.


SUN 10:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m0001b8b)
Series 12

The Stressful Scone

"How do accents start and where did they come from?” asks Sachin Bahal from Toronto in Canada.

Hannah is schooled in speaking Geordie by top accent coach Marina Tyndall. And Adam talks to author and acoustics expert Trevor Cox about how accents evolved and why they persist.

We meet Debie who has Foreign Accent Syndrome - an extremely rare condition in which your accent can change overnight. After a severe bout of flu, which got progressively worse, Debie's Brummie accent suddenly transformed into something distinctively more European.

If you have any more Curious Cases for the team to solve, please send them in for consideration: curiouscases@bbc.co.uk

Presenters: Adam Rutherford, Hannah Fry

Producer: Michelle Martin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2018.


SUN 11:00 The Moth Radio Hour (m000k82w)
Series 10

Pregnancy, Cigarettes, and Desert Islands

True stories told live in the USA: Catherine Burns introduces stories of a break-up, a chance meeting and an unusual dinner guest.

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.

First broadcast in the USA in 2019.


SUN 11:55 Inheritance Tracks (b0b0grrl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m00120pz)
Warsan Shire: Brave Girl Rising

Poet Daljit Nagra selects 'Warsan Shire - Brave Girl Rising' inspired by Shire's long-distance friendship with Nasro, a young refugee living in a Kenyan camp. Warsan Shire has written and reads five poems about her and the experience of exile.

The much admired Somali/British poet has become the laureate of displaced persons - her own family fled Somalia when she was very young.

Warsan Shire's first collection of poetry, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, established her reputation. Her contribution of poems to Beyoncé's 2016 visual album Lemonade, made her internationally famous.

Warsan gives very few interviews so we are delighted to feature some of her thoughts about writing, visiting Somalia, her own family and what poetry can achieve.

The poems for Nasro were written to accompany a film, Brave Girl Rising, that highlights the plight of young women refugees and the vital importance for them of education.

Produced by Susan Marling

A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2019.


SUN 12:30 Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics (b07756bd)
Series 2

Ovid

Join Natalie Haynes and guests for half an hour of comedy and the Classics from the BBC Radio Theatre in London.

Natalie is a reformed comedian who is a little bit obsessive about Ancient Greece and Rome.

She stands up in the name of Roman poet, Ovid. Expect frottage at the races, Greek myths from a female perspective, and enough inspiration for painters, writers and sculptures to last a couple of millenia.

With special guests:

Llewelyn Morgan
Michael Squire

Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2016.


SUN 13:00 The Hungry Empire by Lizzie Collingham (Omnibus) (b091vwfb)
This culinary journey through history examines how the growing Empire allowed Britain to harness the globe's edible resources; from cod fish and salt beef to sugar, spices and opium.

Historian Lizzie Collingham brings a fresh perspective to the making of the realm, uncovering its decisive role in the shaping of the modern diet and revealing how almost every meal we eat still contains a taste of empire.

Beginning on board the Mary Rose, to discover how salt cod helped create the British Empire.

Omnibus of five parts abridged by Siân Preece.

Read by Melody Grove.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2017.


SUN 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b09gjzcr)
Johnny Ball

Entertainer and maths enthusiast Johnny Ball chooses 'Sing Sing Sing' by Benny Goodman and the title track to 'Guys and Dolls'.


SUN 14:20 A Small Town Murder (Omnibus) (m00034ly)
Series 13

Meera Syal returns as family liaison officer Jackie Hartwell.

Nobody seems to mind when notorious mobster Jimmy Reid goes missing in suspicious circumstances. He’s an out-and-out villain who’d get kicked out of hell for bad behaviour – a West Midlands millionaire made rich from a successful career in every aspect of organised crime, and a man made infamous by the cruelty of his tactic.

If someone has finally done him in, what’s not to like?

However, it’s down to Jackie Hartwell to remain impartial and support his wife and daughter as much as she can. And who knows, maybe they’ll have something that might help the investigation.

But Jackie soon realises she’s being lied to - and not just by the victim’s family. It’s also her fellow police officers who are being economical with truth.

Written by Scott Cherry

Jackie ...... Meera Syal
Peter ...... Mathew Marsh
Dee ...... Ayesha Antoine
Angela ...... Karen Archer
Claire ...... Jasmine Hyde

Director: Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in March 2019.


SUN 15:30 Tupac Shakur, Hip Hop Immortal..... (b04g10zp)
Poet Al Letson recalls the life of Tupac Shakur, a conflicted African American folk hero.

The son of a black panther, Tupac trained as an actor, posed as a street thug and became a best selling rapper. He continues to be mythologised, revered and highlighted like no other. He was shot and killed in 1996, yet he is still a top-selling and requested hip hop artist.

A restless revolutionary he led a conflicted life, causing moral outrage in one verse and capturing the voice of the disenfranchised in another. He continues to inspire the disenfranchised around the world and has even been chosen by the Vatican, as someone who 'aimed to reach the heart of good minded people.'

He carried the conflict between community struggle and personal gain. He wrote the feminist elegy "Brenda's Got a Baby" and the abusive "Wonda Why They Call U Bitch."

Exploring the the complexity of Tupac's life and the contending identities that defined him, Al will ask what is it about Tupac's life that still resonates?

Producer: Barney Rowntree

A Tonic Production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in September 2014.


SUN 16:00 The Cello and the Nightingale: Beatrice Harrison (m00120q1)
In 1924 cellist Beatrice Harrison became world famous with a BBC live broadcast from her Surrey garden of a nightingale accompanying her cello.

Patricia Cleveland-Peck's play tells the story of the extraordinary occasion.

Starring Diana Quick.

With music performed on the cello, by Julian Lloyd Webber.

Beatrice Harrison .... Diana Quick
Captain West .... Geoffrey Whitehead
Colonel Harrison .... Garard Green
Mrs Harrison .... Maxine Audley
Margaret .... Kate Binchy
Mr Eckersley .... Jonathan Adams
Cyril Scott .... Keith Drinkel
Mr Reith .... Gordon Reid
Rex Palmer .... Peter Penry-Jones
Listener-In .... Eric Allan
Child .... Jill Lidstone
Madame Melba .... Joanna Wake
Bates .... John Webb
Monica .... Theresa Streatfield

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in May 1992.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m00120pz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics (b07756bd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 18:00 A Short History of Gothic (b00pd7cm)
2. Clytie by Eudora Welty

Watery parallels to Greek mythology, as life gets too much for a woman in Mississippi.

Clytie has lived for years in the shadow of her bullying sister and drunken brother. Suddenly, something snaps and she decides to take back control of her life.

The human heart and how it yearns for love and companionship is the subject of this dark tale by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Eudora Welty [1909 – 2001]. A short story first published in 1941, in the collection 'A Curtain of Green'.

Read by Barbara Barnes.

Producer: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in December 2009.


SUN 18:30 Terry Pratchett (b00b50xj)
Small Gods

Episode 2

Novice priest Brutha has been selected by Deacon Vorbis to go on a secret mission to the infidel city of Ephebe.

The Great God Om, who is stuck in the body of a small tortoise, is going with him in a little wicker basket.

Terry Pratchett's comic Discworld fantasy.

Starring Carl Prekopp, Patrick Barlow, Alex Jennings and Anton Lesser.

Narrator ...... Anton Lesser
Om ...... Patrick Barlow
Brutha ...... Carl Prekopp
Vorbis ...... Alex Jennings
Aktor ...... Philip Fox
Xeno ...... Sean Barrett
Captain ...... Gerard McDermott
Sergeant ...... John Cummins

Other parts played by the cast.

Dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Producer: Claire Grove
Director: Gordon House

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2006.


SUN 19:00 The Moth Radio Hour (m000k82w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:55 Inheritance Tracks (b0b0grrl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 20:00 The Cello and the Nightingale: Beatrice Harrison (m00120q1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m00120px)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m0001b8b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics (b07756bd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Paul Sinha's Citizenship Test (b0386j1j)
Episode 2

Paul Sinha is proudly British. He also loves a quiz. So you would have thought that the UK Citizenship Test, which newcomers to this country must pass to become citizens, would have been right up his street. But the questions in the 2012 and 2013 Home Office guides seem either bizarrely easy - "Where is Welsh most widely spoken?" - or infuriatingly vague - "What happened in the First World War?".

So Paul has created his own test, to better reflect the things that aspiring migrants should understand before they can call themselves British. In this second episode he deals with the health of the nation - our diet, our drinking habits and our athletic prowess. And he tests the studio audience on their knowledge, with those that answer incorrectly being deported.

The series intertwines the sort of comedy Paul has become known for on The Now Show, The News Quiz, and Fighting Talk, as well as his own Radio 4 shows The Sinha Test and The Sinha Games, and the command of facts and figures he demonstrates on the ITV quiz show The Chase, with a dash of the patriotism that has seen him banned from the bar at the United Nations.

Written and performed by Paul Sinha.
Producer: Ed Morrish.


SUN 23:00 Colin Hoult's Carnival of Monsters (b04xrzdh)
Series 2

Episode 2

Enter the Carnival of Monsters, a bizarre and hilarious world of sketches, stories and characters, presented by the sinister Ringmaster.

A host of characters are the exhibits at the Carnival - all played by Colin himself.

Meet such monstrous yet strangely familiar oddities as: Wannabe Hollywood screenwriter Andy Parker; Anna Mann - outrageous star of such forgotten silver screen hits such as 'Rogue Baker', 'Who's For Turkish Delight' and 'A Bowl For My Bottom'; and a host of other characters from acid jazz obsessives, to mask workshop coordinators.

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

Producer: Sam Bryant.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2015.


SUN 23:30 Life: An Idiot's Guide (b044w2t8)
Series 3

Coming of Age

Stephen K Amos is joined by comedians Mae Martin, Travis Jay and Dan Antopolski to present a guide to coming of age.

Additional material by Christine Rose and Hugh Sington.

Producer: Colin Anderson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2014.



MONDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2021

MON 00:00 A Short History of Gothic (b00pd7cm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:30 Terry Pratchett (b00b50xj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 The Hungry Empire by Lizzie Collingham (Omnibus) (b091vwfb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b09gjzcr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Sunday]


MON 02:20 A Small Town Murder (Omnibus) (m00034ly)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:20 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 Tupac Shakur, Hip Hop Immortal..... (b04g10zp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 The Cello and the Nightingale: Beatrice Harrison (m00120q1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m00120pz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics (b07756bd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Wimsey (b007k440)
Strong Poison

6. Turkish Delight

Can Lord Peter Wimsey finally clear Harriet Vane's name and persuade her to take his?

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey – the aristocratic amateur sleuth created by Dorothy L Sayers.

Dramatised by Alistair Beaton.

Lord Peter Wimsey …. Ian Carmichael
Bunter …. Peter Jones
Harriet Vane …. Anne Bell
Chief Inspector Parker …. Gabriel Woolf
Miss Murchison …. Betty Huntley-Wright
Freddy Arbuthnot …. Christopher Scoular
Norman Urquhart …. John Pullen
Attorney-General/Gerald, Duke of Denver …. Stephen Thorne
Sir Impey Biggs …. Robert Gillespie
Marjorie Phelps …. Rosalind Adams

Producer: Simon Brett.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1976.


MON 06:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09snl2d)
1. Mountain Horror

After leaving a glittering party in London, Milkie discovers arson and bloodshed in the mountains of north Wales...

Starring Dennis Waterman.

Nigel Baldwin's taut political thriller in six parts.

Milkie ... Dennis Waterman
The Teller ... Ray Smith
Beth ... Bethan Jones
Valmai ... Annest Wilam
Huw ... Richard Elfyn
Dewi ... Robert David
Rhys ... Terry Victor
Sian ... Sian Summers
Pauline ... Eluned Jones
Gordon ... Michael Povey
Kate ... Tara Dominick
Lord Cambria ... Terry Dauncey
Rushton ... Timothy Bateson
Sharon ... Emma Gregory

Music by Laurie Scott Baker.

Producer: Jane Dauncey

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1990.


MON 07:00 In and Out of the Kitchen (b016x4sv)
Series 1

April 21st to 25th

Damien is reluctantly drawn into accepting a job for a supermarket's online magazine, whilst Anthony resolves to start the "courgette diet" and lose a few pounds.

More entries from the kitchen diary of cookery writer, Damien Trench - written by and starring Miles Jupp.

In a mixture of narrative, dialogue and recipes, Damien unflinchingly captures every angle of his day-to-day life, "no matter how grizzly or, indeed, how gristly".

The programme also features Damien's easy-to-follow recipes for a simple Lobster Bisque, a comforting Lardy Cake, relaxing Nettle Tea and easy Wiener Schnitzel.

Damien Trench ...... Miles Jupp
Anthony ...... Justin Edwards
Geraldine McBeef ...... Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Mr Mullaney ...... Brendan Dempsey
Ian Frobisher ...... Philip Fox

Producer: Sam Michell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2011.


MON 07:30 The Museum of Curiosity (m0011rth)
Series 16

Episode 6

Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and the Museum’s latest curator Holly Walsh are joined by comedian and writer Daliso Chaponda, Chief Fire Officer of the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and neuroscientist Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and anaesthetist and space medicine specialist Dr Kevin Fong.

Daliso explains how jokes have got him into some seriously hot water and discovers how many anagrams there are of his name. Sabrina discusses how experiencing homelessness as a teenager led her to the fire service and her love of Xoloitzcuintlis (Mexican hairless) dogs. And Dr Kevin Fong explores how an air ambulance could work in space and donates a special tribute to the NHS teams working devotedly through the COVID 19 crisis.

This series of The Museum of Curiosity has been recorded remotely.

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

The Production Co-Ordinator was Sarah Nicholls.

The Producer was Anne Miller.

The Executive Producer was Julia McKenzie.

Edited by David Thomas.

A BBC Studios production.


MON 08:00 Marriage Lines (b05yy74l)
Series 2

Episode 1

George Starling is being driven mad by his wife Kate's preparations for their first baby.

Starring Richard Briers and Prunella Scales.

Richard Waring’s sitcom based on the mutual love and mistrust of two newlyweds.

Originating on BBC TV, it ran between 1963-65 and was adapted in two series for BBC radio due to its popularity.

George ...... Richard Briers
Kate ...... Prunella Scales
Henry ...... Peter Hawkins
Sarah ...... Rosemary Miller
Ronnie ...... James Taylor
Midge ...... Jo Kendall
Mother ...... Diana King

Recorded at the BBC Paris Studio in London.

Producer: Charles Maxwell

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in March 1967.


MON 08:30 Old Dog and Partridge (b007vmbx)
Episode 3

Nicola is on the verge of romance, while pub customer Andy is on the verge of being found out...

Starring Michael Williams.

Joe Turner’s sitcom about a landlord who runs a pub with his, until recently, estranged daughter

Jack ...... Michael Williams
Nicola ...... Lisa Coleman
Andy ...... Simon Greenall
Mrs Drummond ...... Cherry Morris
Steve / Derek ...... Toby Longworth
Andy's Mum ...... Sally Grace

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1999.


MON 09:00 It's Your Round (b01946wq)
Series 2

Episode 3

Another panel of comedians endeavour to beat each other at their own games, watched over by Angus Deayton.

Featured rounds:

Will Self's "What's In My Hand?"...further explanation unnecessary.

Glyes Brandreth's "It's My Party", in which panellists must all pitch their own, new political party.

Sara Pascoe's "Tax Loss Entertainment", in which panellists must improvise the worst play in history.

Arthur Smith's "How Much Would It Cost For You To?", a refinement of a game he's played before in which panellists must guess the money they'd require in order to complete various unpleasant tasks.

Producer: Sam Michell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2012.


MON 09:30 The Leopard in Autumn (b00c683t)
Series 1

The Future Begins Here

Prince Ludovico battles his enemies in the local tavern while his wife Princess Plethora tries to reconcile her quarrel-some sons.

Neal Anthony's 16th century comedy drama about the chaotic lives of the ruling family of Renaissance Italy's most inconsequential city-state.

Ludovico ...... David Swift
Plethora ...... Sian Phillips
Francesco ...... Graham Crowden
Alessandro ...... Paul Bigley
Rosalie ...... Saskia Wickham
Salvatori ...... Nick Romero
Guido ...... Christopher Kelham
Doctor Dolfini ...... Kim Wall

Producer: Helen Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2001.


MON 10:00 Fredrik Backman - Britt-Marie Was Here (b086l8m9)
Episode 1

Britt-Marie needs purpose in her life and she takes the brave step of going out to look for it.

She ends up in Borg, a typical Swedish, run-down, small town. Her part-time job leads her to an extraordinary turn of events, beyond anything she might have imagined.

But she finds that bringing people into her life also brings problems and she's soon in the midst of a football drama, involved in a family crisis and at the corner of an unexpected love triangle, in this warm and humorous drama.

In part one, Britt-Marie finds herself in a new town, with a job and a lot of things to clean. She soon finds a way to let people know she's here and is thrust unexpectedly into the heart of the community, thanks to a game she doesn't understand.

Starring Pippa Haywood.

Dramatised in two-parts by Charlotte Jones from a translation by Henning Koch.

Britt-Marie ...... Pippa Haywood
Sven ...... Matthew Gravelle
Sami ...... Justin Davies
Vega ...... Maddison Daye
Omar ...... Christopher Benning
Pirate ...... Jacob Foot
Bank ...... Carys Eleri
Somebody ...... Wanda Opalinska
Girl at Unemployment Office ...... Alexandria Riley
Narrator ...... Gunnar Pettersson

Director: Janine H Jones

A BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in January 2017.


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m00120yx)
Series 8

Warped Reality

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

Manoush Zomorodi explores the world of false information on the internet. How can we deal with technology and deception going forward?

First broadcast in the USA on National Public Radio in 2020.


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m00120yz)
Bernardine Evaristo

Author Bernadine Evaristo chooses Mona Lisa by Nat King Cole and Bridge Over Troubled Water sung by Roberta Flack.


MON 12:00 Marriage Lines (b05yy74l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Old Dog and Partridge (b007vmbx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Wimsey (b007k440)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09snl2d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 The Reformation (b087pr2y)
Unfinished Business

Diarmaid MacCulloch examines how the announcement of a university seminar in Germany led to the division of Europe.

He examines the ideas of Martin Luther, where they came from and why they proved so revolutionary, tracing their development and influence, and reflecting on what they mean for us today.

Series made 500 years after the Reformation.

Producer: Dixi Stewart

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2017.


MON 14:15 Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary (b00ct506)
The Affairs

Beautiful Emma Bovary is planning to elope with her lover, Rodolphe.

Gustave Flaubert's French masterpiece of betrayal and wantonness; the first great novel of adultery.

CAST:

Narrator .... John Hurt
Charles .... Conrad Nelson
Emma .... Sarah Smart
Rodolphe Boulanger .... Jude Akuwudike
Madame Bovary Snr .... Brigit Forsyth
Monsieur Lheureux .... Seamus O'Neill
Felicite .... Sarah Jane Hallworth

Gustave Flaubert's novel is dramatised by Diana Griffiths from a translation by Margaret Mauldon.

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.


MON 14:30 George on George (m00120z1)
Russell Davies looks back on the life of the Lancashire entertainer George Formby who, for 40 years, had the world of entertainment at his feet.

This programme features an exclusive archive recording of the late George Harrison, who was a huge fan of Formby's, discussing his admiration of the ukulele-playing star.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2004.


MON 15:00 Fredrik Backman - Britt-Marie Was Here (b086l8m9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 It's Your Round (b01946wq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 The Leopard in Autumn (b00c683t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 In and Out of the Kitchen (b016x4sv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 The Museum of Curiosity (m0011rth)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Lady into Fox by David Garnett (b00ck4gm)
1. Vixen

Richard Tebrick is surprised by his wife Silvia's new habits - after her sudden transformation into a vixen.

First published in 1922, David Garnett's terrifying novel of transformation is read by Ben Miles.

Abridged by Doreen Estall

Directed at BBC Northern Ireland by Lawrence Jackson.

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in July 2008.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b01rg22q)
Gervase Phinn and Moni Mohsin

Writers Gervase Phinn and Moni Mohsin talk to Harriett Gilbert about books they love.

Gervase Phinn is an author and raconteur of tales of his life as a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales. His choice is the extraordinary autobiography of an ordinary man - A Ragged Schooling by Robert Roberts. It's a funny, wise and life-enhancing story of growing up in the slums of Salford in the 1900s.

Moni Mohsin is a Pakistani writer who lives in the UK. Her Indian bestseller The Diary of a Social Butterfly is based on her column in Pakistan's Friday Times. Her selection for A Good Read is, perhaps surprisingly, Rudyard Kipling's novel, Kim.

Presenter Harriett Gilbert brings along Angela Carter's sparkling comedy Wise Children.

A Ragged Schooling by Robert Roberts
Publisher: Manchester University Press

Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Publisher: Penguin Books

Wise Children by Angela Carter
Publisher: Vintage Books

Producer: Beth O'Dea

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.


MON 19:00 Marriage Lines (b05yy74l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Old Dog and Partridge (b007vmbx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Wimsey (b007k440)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09snl2d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m00120yx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (m00120yz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 The Museum of Curiosity (m0011rth)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Buy Me Up TV (b009p9f3)
Episode 4

Inspired by every shopping channel you've ever seen and every product you've never wanted to buy - this week featuring Brian Blessed, Aled Jones and Sir Terry Wogan.

Starring Justin Edwards, Colin Hoult, Katherine Jakeways, Ewen MacIntosh, Alex MacQueen, Greg Proops.

Producer: Lucy Armitage.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2008.


MON 23:00 The Now Show (m0011tc3)
Series 59

Episode 5

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches in the BBC's Radio Theatre in front of a remote audience.

Joining them from a safe distance is Athena Kugblenu and Geoff Norcott with music supplied by Huge Davies.

Voice Actors: Emma Sidi and Jason Forbes

Producer: Rajiv Karia
Production Co-Ordinator: Sarah Sharpe

BBC Studios Production


MON 23:30 The Young Postmen (b00ftk3n)
It's a Dog's Life

The eager trio whizz up to Jupiter and perform a musical. Stars Ben Miller and Alistair McGowan. From December 1992.



TUESDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2021

TUE 00:00 Lady into Fox by David Garnett (b00ck4gm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b01rg22q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Wimsey (b007k440)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09snl2d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 The Reformation (b087pr2y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary (b00ct506)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 George on George (m00120z1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Fredrik Backman - Britt-Marie Was Here (b086l8m9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 It's Your Round (b01946wq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 The Leopard in Autumn (b00c683t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 In and Out of the Kitchen (b016x4sv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 The Museum of Curiosity (m0011rth)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb (m000czhc)
1. F8 and Then Infinity

“Well, that's it. Shields. The measure of the opposition. Take a good look at it. That's what you'll be up against. Know your enemy.”

Teacher Johnny Shields has ideas for romance, but an unexpected meeting sparks a chain of alarming consequences...

Peter Coke stars in Roy Clarke’s comedy thriller serial set in the world of highly-organised international smugglers.

Shields ...... Peter Coke
The Major ...... Bob Grant
Greta ...... Veronica Doran
Doreen ...... Sylvia Brayshay
Tadpole ...... Derrick Gilbert
Muff ...... Robert Powell
Jean Hogg ...... Heather Stoney
Alfie ...... Peter Stephens
Vera ...... Elizabeth Ashton
Mrs Beckett ...... Barbara Greenhalgh

Roy Clarke went on to write TV’s longest-running TV sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine, plus Open All Hours and Keeping Up Appearances.

Sir Alan Ayckbourn is the author of over 70 plays, including The Norman Conquests trilogy and A Chorus of Disapproval.

Producer: Alan Ayckbourn

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1968.


TUE 06:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09sq996)
2. Politics of Darkness

Did fanatical nationalists attack an old lady? Milkie finds Welsh political currents run dark and deep.

Dennis Waterman stars in Nigel Baldwin’s taut political thriller.

Milkie ... Dennis Waterman
The Teller ... Ray Smith
Beth ... Bethan Jones
Angela ... Tara Dominick
Sharon ... Emma Gregory
Huw ... Richard Elfyn
Sioned ... Sue Roderick
Pauline ... Eluned Jones
Rhys ... Terry Victor

Music by Laurie Scott Baker.

Producer: Jane Dauncey

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1990.


TUE 07:00 Bad Salsa (b06vkj1w)
Series 1

Mount Kilimanjaro

After treatment for Ovarian and breast cancer Chippy, is mad Jill is sad and Terri is definitely dangerous to know! The road back after cancer treatment can be tricky and full of obstacles.

Two middle aged women and their younger friend seek to regain their zest for life and love by learning to dance at Bad Salsa, the club where everyone knows your name but no-one knows your prognosis!

Depictions of people with cancer on TV and radio too often follow a standard format; there is the diagnosis, the depression the chemo, then the false recovery followed by the tragic death.

Written by Kay Stonham, Bad Salsa tries to paint a picture at once more hopeful and more in line with survival rates which have improved immensely over the past 20 years.

For many, 'living with cancer' is now their day to day challenge. Our characters have finished their treatment and are in the process of finding their way back to normal life or at least finding a "new normal." Everyday challenges must go on like boring marriages, distracting crushes, troublesome children, difficult workmates and infuriating parents. But their brush with mortality gives them a new perspective.

So do they preserve their pre-cancer status quo or in Terri's words, to say "sod it all" and "go for it!"

Follow the women as they embrace the world of salsa whilst they adjust to life after cancer.

Chippy ...... Sharon Rooney
Jill ...... Natasha Little
Terri Camille ...... Coduri
Marco ...... Derek Elroy
Gordon ...... Andrew Obeney
Elaine ...... Ayesha Antoine
Georgie ...... Emily Chase
Joel ...... Joe Johnsey

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2014.


TUE 07:30 The Casebook of Max and Ivan (b096gspx)
Series 2

Case #96 - Community Disservice

The return of acclaimed double-act Max and Ivan as incompetent private detectives for hire.

Joanna Lumley guest stars.

The detectives investigate a series of mysterious thefts which threaten the very future of Nunhead Community Centre.

Assisted by the permanently tired caretaker Gerry, they track the chief suspect, washed-up former B-Movie actress Lavinia Moncrief and eventually have to go undercover to infiltrate her bizarre acting classes. Also featuring bell ringers, hypnotism and a mutant komodo dragon.

Written by and Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez.

Max ...... Max Olesker
Ivan ...... Ivan Gonzalez
Lavinia Moncrief ...... Joanna Lumley
Gerry Glossop ...... David Reed
Andromedo ...... David Reed
Battle re-enactor ...... David Reed
Narrator ...... Lewis Macleod
Malcolm McMichaelmas ...... Lewis Macleod
Soulless property developer ...... Lewis Macleod
Janet from the council ...... Lolly Adefope
Bell-ringer ...... Lolly Adefope

Developed by John Stanley Productions
Producer: Ben Walker

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


TUE 08:00 Round the Horne (b007js3y)
Series 2

Episode 11

It's Kenneth Horne to the rescue in 'The Gaylords', a tune from Rambling Syd Rumpo, plus Julian and Sandy get all musical in Bona Beats.

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

Recorded at the BBC's Paris Studio in Lower Regent Street, London. Announcer: Douglas Smith

Round The Horne was born out of the demise of BBC radio comedy Beyond Our Ken, after the end of writer Eric Merriman's involvement. Using the same cast and producer, Barry Took and Marty Feldman were persuaded to write the scripts - which led to four series that ran between 1965 and 1968 - packed full of parodies, recurring characters, catchphrases and double-entendres.

Music by Edwin Braden and the Hornblowers and The Fraser Hayes Four.

Producer: John Simmonds

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1966.


TUE 08:30 Winston (b007wfy8)
Winston in Europe

Questions and Answers

Old rogue Winston has something he wants to ask Nancy, while Father is making plans of his own...

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

Director: Shaun MacLoughlin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1992.


TUE 09:00 The Now Show (m0011tc3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 The Mitch Benn Music Show (b007s5g7)
Series 1

Episode 1

The musical comedian presents his selection of some of the finest comic songs. With guest Boothby Graffoe. From July 2005.


TUE 10:00 Fredrik Backman - Britt-Marie Was Here (b087pn05)
Episode 2

Exploring the best in contemporary literature, Reading Europe reaches Scandinavia and begins with Sweden.

Britt-Marie needs purpose in her life and she takes the brave step of going out to look for it. She ends up in Borg, a typical Swedish, run-down, small town. Her part-time job leads her to an extraordinary turn of events, beyond anything she might have imagined. But she finds that bringing people into her life also brings problems and she's soon in the midst of a football drama, involved in a family crisis and at the corner of an unexpected love triangle, in this warm and humorous drama.

The conclusion sees Britt-Marie having to rely on the people of Borg to come through for her and the team, but suddenly the January Cup is the least of her worries as a family in crisis need her help.

Adapted for radio by Charlotte Jones
From a translation by Henning Koch

Britt-Marie ... Pippa Haywood
Sven ... Matthew Gravelle
Kent ... Simon Greenall
Sami ... Justin Davies
Vega ... Maddison Daye
Omar ... Christopher Benning
Pirate ... Jacob Foot
Bank ... Carys Eleri
Somebody ... Wanda Opalinska
Girl at the Unemployment Office ... Alexandria Riley
The Narrator ... Gunnar Pettersson

Directed by Janine H. Jones
A BBC Cymru/Wales Production


TUE 11:00 The Man Behind the Mask – Dave Prowse (m00120y8)
A tribute to Dave Prowse, the Bristol-born bodybuilder and actor.

The former bodybuilder and champion weight-lifter rose to fame as the face of Britain’s road safety campaign, The Green Cross Man and later as the man behind the mask of one of cinema’s greatest villains, Darth Vader.

Dave Prowse died aged 85 on 28th November, 2020.

Producer: Tom Ryan

First broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol in 2020.


TUE 12:00 Round the Horne (b007js3y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Winston (b007wfy8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb (m000czhc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09sq996)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 The Reformation (b087tw38)
Virgin Mary: Mother of God or Whore of Babylon?

Oxford historian Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch considers the problem of The Virgin Mary in the Protestant Reformation. He explores why Mary became such a divisive figure in the church, how attitudes towards her shaped religious thought and what that means for us today.

Producer: Dixi Stewart

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2017.


TUE 14:15 Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary (b00ctjz2)
An Unexpected Turn

As part of her convalescence, Charles takes Emma to the theatre in Rouen and life takes an unexpected turn.

A French masterpiece of betrayal and wantonness; the first great novel of adultery starring John Hurt..

Narrator ...... John Hurt
Charles ...... Conrad Nelson
Emma ...... Sarah Smart
Monsieur Homais ...... David Fleeshman
Leon Dupuis ...... James D'Arcy

Gustave Flaubert's novel is dramatised by Diana Griffiths from a translation by Margaret Mauldon.

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.


TUE 14:30 Tiny Tim (b0076sg9)
With his ukelele and his falsetto renditions of pre-Second World War popular songs like Tiptoe through the Tulips, Tiny Tim was an unlikely star, and an even less likely sex symbol.

Yet during the 1960s, he became the darling of the hippie counterculture.

He married three times, most famously live, on US network television, in front of 45 million viewers.

Writer and musician CP Lee tells the story of a very unusual talent and a genuine eccentric, Tiny Tim.

Tiny Tim died aged 64 in 1996.

Producer: Bob Dickinson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2005.


TUE 15:00 Fredrik Backman - Britt-Marie Was Here (b087pn05)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 Elephant in the Room (m0007cwj)
Series 1

Episode 7

Sarah Millican hosts a new panel show using surveys to discover who is the most Average Jolene, and who is the most Maverick Matilda. This week's panel features Jo Caulfield, Emma Kennedy, Jessica Fostekew and Mark Watson.

Surveys on subjects including childhood, daily rituals and favourite cheese are the basis for Sarah's questions to the panellists, discovering who is the closest to, and furthest from, the average. Surprising quirks, hilarious insights and unexpected anecdotes are revealed along the way.

The winner will be the most average. But joint winner will be the most different, the furthest from the norm.

A little bit like a dinner party, but one where you know all of the spoons.

A Chopsy production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in 2019.


TUE 16:30 The Mitch Benn Music Show (b007s5g7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 Bad Salsa (b06vkj1w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 The Casebook of Max and Ivan (b096gspx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Lady into Fox by David Garnett (b00cmz8m)
2. Escape

Despite Richard Tebrick's increased security for their new home, his vixen wife escapes to begin a new family life in the woods...

David Garnett's terrifying novel of transformation is concluded by Ben Miles.

Abridged by Doreen Estall

Directed at BBC Northern Ireland by Lawrence Jackson.

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in July 2008.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b03jznqg)
Series 17

Gymnopédie No 1

From the seat of a concert hall piano, Pascal Rogé, one of the world's greatest interpreters of French piano music, leads us through a personal and musical journey of Erik Satie's Gymnopédies. You may not immediately know the title but in hearing just the first few notes you are most likely to know the music.

Erik Satie's Gymnopédies are a collection of short, atmospheric pieces of which Gymnopédie No.1 is perhaps the most popular. Music historian and author Mark Prendergast has studied Satie's work and reveals the complex character of the man who revolutionised the 19th century classical music of Europe. Melbourne based artist Colin Duncan reflects on the music's 'physical form which takes you into space and time' and for him inspired a body of work created in brail. Murder Mystery writer Cathy Ace remembers how this meditative music could shut out the noise of the city as she sped around London in her old brown mini, whilst Mathematician and author Ian Stewart explores the mathematics of this special piece and how music can touch our soul.


TUE 19:00 Round the Horne (b007js3y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Winston (b007wfy8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb (m000czhc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09sq996)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 The Man Behind the Mask – Dave Prowse (m00120y8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 The Casebook of Max and Ivan (b096gspx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Fabulous (b00fb8zx)
Series 2

Episode 4

Faye is anxious. She knows that today's women are Fabulous; they have it all, the job, the house, the colour-co-ordinated capsule wardrobe and they cope with the pressures modern life brings effortlessly, with nothing more than a copy of Prima and a poem by Pam Ayres to guide them. So why can't she pull it off? Life should be exciting with Edith going on maternity leave and announcing who will get her job...

Starring Daisy Haggard with Katy Brand, Stephen Critchlow, Ben Crowe, Justin Edwards, Mel Hudson, Martin Hyder, Joanna Neary, Jo Scanlan, Laura Solon, Dan Starkey and Ann Reid.

Written by Lucy Clarke

Music by Osymyso

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


TUE 23:00 The Maltby Collection (b00crds8)
Series 1

Episode 2

Deputy curator Rod holds a press conference and Walter makes a move.

Geoffrey Palmer and Julian Rhind-Tutt star in David Nobbs’ sitcom about a small museum of paintings and sculpture.

Rod Millet ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Walter Brindle ...... Geoffrey Palmer
Prunella Edgecumbe ...... Rachel Atkins
Julian Crumb-Loosely ...... Ben Willbond
Des Wainwright ...... Michael Smiley
Eva Tattle ...... Julia Deakin
Wilf Arbuthnot ...... Geoff McGivern
Stelios Constantinopolis ...... Chris Pavlo
Rod’s Mum ...... Liza Sadovy
Mark Patterson ...... Ben Moor

Producer: Colin Anderson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2007.


TUE 23:30 Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea (b007706g)
Series 3

Look Who's Stalking

The laird appoints Hamish and Dougal as ghillies to a party of chums up for a week of stalking in the Highlands.

Unfortunately he's unable to take part himself...

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

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

Producer: Jon Naismith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2006.


TUE 23:45 Quando, Quando, Quando (b0081rfw)
Love and Marriage

The salon is offering special two-for-one cuts. Brides and grooms are queuing up for days in the hope of getting an appointment. A childhood sweetheart of Rene's appears unexpectedly, hoping to rekindle their love.

Brothers Rene, Carlo and Charlie Quando chop, snip and crimp their lucky clients into shape at London's finest hair salon.

Six-part comedy written and performed by Rainer Hersch and Mark Maie. With Stephen Greif and Catherine Tate.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1999.



WEDNESDAY 01 DECEMBER 2021

WED 00:00 Lady into Fox by David Garnett (b00cmz8m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b03jznqg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb (m000czhc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09sq996)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 The Reformation (b087tw38)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary (b00ctjz2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Tiny Tim (b0076sg9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Fredrik Backman - Britt-Marie Was Here (b087pn05)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Elephant in the Room (m0007cwj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 The Mitch Benn Music Show (b007s5g7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Bad Salsa (b06vkj1w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 The Casebook of Max and Ivan (b096gspx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb (m000czhv)
2. Light the Blue Touch Paper and Retire

After the dramatic death at the airport, Johnny Shields has arrived in Switzerland on his secret mission. He must now wait for the opposition to make a move...

Peter Coke stars in Roy Clarke’s thriller serial set in the world of highly-organised international smugglers.

Shields ...... Peter Coke
The Major ...... Bob Grant
Greta ...... Veronica Doran
Doreen ...... Sylvia Brayshay
Tadpole ...... Derrick Gilbert
Muff ...... Robert Powell
Julie ...... Anne Stallybrass
Bruno ...... David Mahlowe
Karl ...... Ben Kingsley
Karen ...... Cynthia Grenville
Gino ...... Ronald Harvi
Foster ...... Michael Stirrup

Theme music composed and played by Trevor Holroyd.

Producer: Alan Ayckbourn

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1968.


WED 06:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09sqfjq)
3. Exploitation

It's not just terrorism, arson and violence. Milkie uncovers corruption reaching right to the top.

Dennis Waterman stars in Nigel Baldwin’s taut political thriller.

Milkie ... Dennis Waterman
Teller .... Ray Smith
Beth .... Bethan Jones
Angela .... Tara Dominick
Huw ... Richard Elfyn
Pauline ... Eluned Jones
Sharon ... Emma Gregory
Phone Man ... Terry Dauncey
Rushton ... Timothy Bateson
Rhys ... Terry Victor

Music by Laurie Scott Baker.

Producer: Jane Dauncey

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1990.


WED 07:00 Ed Reardon's Week (b00q2w82)
Series 6

The Cruise

Ed, surprisingly, has had a brilliant idea for a book and, even more surprisingly, Ping agrees.

So it is that when an opportunity arises to go on a cruise with Jaz and the band, Ed takes up the offer in order to find creative reinvigoration at sea.

With Christopher Douglas as Ed Reardon
and Stephanie Cole as Olive

Simon Greenall ... Ray
Geoff McGivern ... Cliff
Philip Jackson ... Jaz
Rita May ... Pearl
Barunka O'Shaughnessey ... Ping
Geoffrey Whitehead ... Stan

With Kim Wall and Lewis McCleod

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


WED 07:30 Henry Normal: A Normal... (m0011ryb)
Ageing

Henry Normal: A Normal... Ageing

"Shove up National Treasures. We need to make room for Henry Normal"
Simon O'Hagan - Radio Times

The eighth instalment in this acclaimed, occasional series in which acclaimed, occasional writer Henry Normal tackles those subjects so big only radio can possibly contain them.

So far Henry has covered ‘Family’, ‘Life’, ‘Love’, ‘Imagination’, ‘Nature’, ‘The Universe’ and ‘Communication; in this new episode, recorded in front of a live audience in Stratford Upon Avon, he will be talking about getting older.

Through poetry, stories, jokes and quotes Henry will be exploring being in the autumn of his life, when things are "going a different colour and dropping off.

Henry Normal is a multi-award winning writer, producer and poet. Co-writer of award winning TV programmes such as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, Coogan’s Run and Paul Calf, and producer of, amongst many others, Oscar-Nominated Philomena, Gavin and Stacey and Alan Partridge.

Praise for previous episodes in this series:

"It's a rare and lovely thing: half an hour of radio that stops you short, gently demands your attention and then wipes your tears away while you have to have a little sit down"

"It's a real treat to hear a seasoned professional like Henry taking command of this evening comedy spot to deliver a show that's idiosyncratic and effortlessly funny"

"Not heard anything that jumps from hilarious to moving in such an intelligent, subtle way as Henry Normal's show"

Written and performed by Henry Normal
Production Coordinator - Katie Baum
Sound manager - David Thomas
Produced by Carl Cooper

This was a BBC Studios production


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007r3dg)
Series 4

The Espresso Bar

Making no money out of being in showbiz, the Lad sees his future in selling coffee.

Starring Tony Hancock.

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

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

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

Producer: Dennis Main Wilson

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in December 1956.


WED 08:30 No Commitments (b00t1bnp)
Series 4

Not a Leg to Stand On

A broken leg makes Anna an unwilling recipient of sister Victoria's bedside manner. Stars Rosemary Leach. From August 1996.


WED 09:00 Listomania (b0b0fty3)
Series 1

Episode 4

Susan Calman hosts the series exploring the world of the list - from the magnificent to the mundane - from the humble 'to do' list to the bucket list and many more...

With Lucy Beaumont, Nat Luurtsema, Alun Cochrane and Richard Herring.

Written by James Kettle and Juliet Meyers with Max Davis and Gabby Hutchinson Crouch.

Producer: Sam Bryant

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in March 2015.


WED 09:30 All the Young Dudes (b007qx33)
Series 1

Lazy Sunday

Patrick faces a full house, as Maria takes on her pub competition. Stars Jim Sweeney and Cathryn Harrison. From August 2001.


WED 10:00 Trevor Lloyd - The MacGuffin (m0007dfv)
An homage to Alfred Hitchcock's script editor, Angus MacPhail, who - according to the film director - coined the name for the movie plot device, the MacGuffin.

Starring Ian McDiarmid.

Trevor Lloyd's drama takes place on the day of the Queen's Coronation in 1953.

Angus MacPhail .... Ian McDiarmid
Robert Hamer ... Peter Blythe
Katrin Eisler .... Indira Varma
Frank .... Ben Crowe
Monique ... Alison Pettitt
Freda .... Carolyn Jones
Jack ..... Bruce Purchase
Geoffrey .... Stephen Critchlow
Isobel .... Liza Sadovy
PC .... Andrew Harrison
Hitchcock..... Ewan Bailey

Director: Janet Whitaker.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2003.


WED 11:00 Parody Please (m000l1g4)
3. People Like Us and Dead Ringers

The history of radio's ability to parody itself goes back almost to the birth of radio. The range of this parody is so wide - news, current affairs, drama, the arts, phone-ins, investigative journalism - that the production team on this programme decided that a single presenter simply wouldn't do it justice.

Co-presented by a truly exceptional range of favourite radio voices, including Charlotte Green and Kirsty Young and Ruth from the Archers, who collectively explore why radio is the best medium for parody, and its important role in our society, perhaps today more than ever.

In the last of three programmes, Jan Ravens joins this roster of celebrities to talk with the distinguished radio critic Gilllian Reynolds CBE.

‘People Like Us: The Pilot’ [02/08/1997 R4]

‘Dead Ringers’ [24/06/2016 R4]

Producer: Beaty Rubens.

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


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007r3dg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 No Commitments (b00t1bnp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb (m000czhv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09sqfjq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 The Reformation (b087tw5k)
The Pope's Reformation

Oxford church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch, investigates the effect of the Reformation on the Catholic church. He explores the Vatican's response to Protestant ideas, and explains how it continues to shape religious centuries later.

Producer: Dixi Stewart

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2017.


WED 14:15 Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary (b00ctlgz)
Torment

Emma's sweet murmurs and kisses ravish Léon's soul, but there seems to Leon something shadowy and ominous slipping between them.

A French masterpiece of betrayal and wantonness; the first great novel of adultery starring John Hurt..

Narrator ...... John Hurt
Charles ...... Conrad Nelson
Emma ...... Sarah Smart
Monsieur Homais ...... David Fleeshman
Leon Dupuis ...... James D'Arcy
Monsieur Lheureux ...... Seamus O'Neill
Justin ...... Sam Curtis

Gustave Flaubert's novel is dramatised by Diana Griffiths from a translation by Margaret Mauldon.

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.


WED 14:30 Train Tracks (b00m69ws)
They may be a shadow of their former infrastructural selves but railways still hold a curiously affectionate place in our national life.

That's nowhere more true than in the world of music where chuffing, whistling, steaming and clackety-clacking have been the inspiration for hundreds of songs.

Pianist and broadcaster Simon Townley has never described himself as a railway enthusiast, but he's always had an ear for the things that inspire composers and songwriters.

Country and Western star Laura Cantrell, music professor Allan Moore and composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett contribute their thoughts on this mass transit system which has provided such a rich seam of inspiration over the last 200 years.

Producer: Tom Alban

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2009.


WED 15:00 Trevor Lloyd - The MacGuffin (m0007dfv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Listomania (b0b0fty3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 All the Young Dudes (b007qx33)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 Ed Reardon's Week (b00q2w82)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Henry Normal: A Normal... (m0011ryb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Weird Tales (b00vknmp)
Series 2

Connected by Melissa Murray

Hoarder of horror Lovecraft returns for a new series to share more of his chilling tales.

When her brother-in-law is killed in a car crash, Steph is overcome with sadness. One day, feeling maudlin, she rings his mobile number. She just wants to hear his voice really. The next day he rings her back...

By Melissa Murray

Steph ..... Fiona Glascott
Ray ..... Joseph Kloska
Jamie ..... Piers Wehner
Lovecraft ..... Stephen Hogan
Mother ..... Kate Layden
Jan / Flight Attendant ..... Melissa Advani
Passenger ..... Ewan Hooper
Shop Assistant ..... Rhys Jennings
Passerby ..... John Biggins
Passerby 2 / Estate Agent ..... Tessa Nicholson

Directed by Mary Peate

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2010.


WED 18:30 Short Cuts (m000k9bc)
Remix

Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about remixing and reinventing the world.

Jonathan Zenti builds something new from undelivered audio projects, Scottee's grandad becomes an emerging artist and we hear reimagined whale song.

Porn Whales
Originally made for In The Dark Radio
www.inthedarkradio.org
Produced by Ed Prosser

Apology Letter
Produced by Jonathan Zenti

No Need to Shout
Featuring Scottee and Liam Gallagher
Produced by Alia Cassam

The Toilets at Home Are All Gender Neutral
Produced by Arlie Adlington

Production Team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia Cassam
Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2020.


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007r3dg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 No Commitments (b00t1bnp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb (m000czhv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09sqfjq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Parody Please (m000l1g4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 Henry Normal: A Normal... (m0011ryb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Little Lifetimes by Jenny Eclair (b04brs9j)
Series 1

Fifteen Minutes to Landing

A couple experience severe turbulence on a flight - although it turns out to be not nearly as bumpy as their marriage.

Starring Lesley Manville.

Leading actresses star in Jenny Eclair's comic series about women facing a crisis in their lives.

Woman .....;. Lesley Manville
Captain James Barrington .....;. Clive Hayward
Air Hostess .....;. Jane Slavin
Pat .....;. Ruth Sheen
Checkout woman .....;. Elaine Claxton
Lauren .....;. Jane Slavin

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2014.


WED 22:45 Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme (b01c7s27)
Series 1

Family

Tim Key grapples with the idea of 'family' via his narrative poem: The Godfather. Musical accompaniment is provided by Tom Basden.

Written and presented by Tim Key

With Tom Basden

Produced by James Robinson.


WED 23:00 Bleak Expectations (b00wlgnn)
Series 4

A Life Destroyed Then Repaired and Rehappied

Pip in the company of Pippa, the Reverend Fecund and Harry Biscuit, now just a brain in a jar, have tracked Mister Benevolent to the heart of the vast Russian Empire.

But when they find him, he is at the head of a mighty army. Who will triumph in the final battle between good and evil? Will Harry get a new body? Will Mister Benevolent detonate his infamous cheese bomb? And what is the correct way to spell Czar?

As fate decides these crucial questions it seems there are a few surprises in store for Pip.

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

Sir Philip ..... Richard Johnson
Young Pip Bin ..... Tom Allen
Gently Benevolent ..... Anthony Head
Harry Biscuit ..... James Bachman
Grimpunch ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Ripely ..... Sarah Hadland
Pippa ..... Susy Kane
Reverend Godly Fecund ..... David Mitchell

Producer Gareth Edwards.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2010.


WED 23:30 The News at Bedtime (b00pft4y)
Series 1

Episode 2

Twin presenters John Tweedledum and Jim Tweedledee present in-depth news analysis, covering the latest stories happening this 'once upon a time'.

Including a report on Yuletide Stress Syndrome, the latest on Santa's strike, a forecast for the Feast Of Stephen, and an update on The Xmas Factor.

With Jack Dee, Peter Capaldi, Lewis MacLeod, Alex MacQueen, Lucy Montgomery and Vicki Pepperdine.

Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


WED 23:45 The Goldfish Bowl (b0080275)
Episode 2

Anton attempts to educate fellow goldfish Liam, but who wants to learn when you can play I-Spy?

Liam is a Friday-night-in-with-a-Dick Francis-and-a-box-of-Terry's All Gold goldfish, whereas Anton is erudite and sophisticated.

Written by and starring Shaun Prendergast.

Liam ...... Sean Foley
Martin ...... Shaun Prendergast
Anton ...... Hamish McColl
Susan ...... Sarah Parish

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio in September 1998.



THURSDAY 02 DECEMBER 2021

THU 00:00 Weird Tales (b00vknmp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Short Cuts (m000k9bc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb (m000czhv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09sqfjq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 The Reformation (b087tw5k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary (b00ctlgz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 Train Tracks (b00m69ws)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Trevor Lloyd - The MacGuffin (m0007dfv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Listomania (b0b0fty3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 All the Young Dudes (b007qx33)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Ed Reardon's Week (b00q2w82)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Henry Normal: A Normal... (m0011ryb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb (m000d04x)
3. The Minestrone Thickens and is Stirred

Shields has made contact with the Swiss gang through Karen and Bruno, but it's doubtful whether he'll live long enough to make use of it...

Peter Coke stars in Roy Clarke’s thriller serial set in the world of highly-organised international smugglers.

Shields ...... Peter Coke
The Major ...... Bob Grant
Greta ...... Veronica Doran
Doreen ...... Sylvia Brayshay
Tadpole ...... Derrick Gilbert
Muff ...... Robert Powell
Julie ...... Anne Stallybrass
Bruno ...... David Mahlowe
Karl ...... Ben Kingsley
Karen ...... Cynthia Grenville
Gino ...... Ronald Harvi
Foster ...... Michael Stirrup
Jean Hogg ...... Heather Stoney
Alfie ...... Peter Stephens

Theme music composed and played by Trevor Holroyd.

Producer: Alan Ayckbourn

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1968.


THU 06:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09sqkf5)
4. Trouble Runs Deep

In seeking the killers, Milkie is drawn deeper into trouble - with the Establishment.

Dennis Waterman stars in Nigel Baldwin’s taut political thriller.

Milkie ... Dennis Waterman
The Teller.... Ray Smith
Beth... Bethan Jones
Special Branch Man ... Michael Povey
Special Branch Man ... Chris Durnall
Special Branch Man.... Terry Dauncey
Pauline .... Eluned Jones
Angela... Tara Dominick
Huw ... Richard Elfyn

Music by Laurie Scott Baker.

Producer: Jane Dauncey

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1990.


THU 07:00 Meet David Sedaris (b08wp5cq)
Series 6

Untamed & Theft By Finding

The globetrotting, trash-picking, aisle-rolling storyteller is back with more words of wit and wisdom.

* A new story fresh from the pages of The New Yorker, Untamed

* Extracts from his book Theft By Finding, a compilation of diary entries from 1977-2002.

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

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

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

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4m first broadcast in July 2017.


THU 07:30 Relativity (m000l8dy)
Series 3

Episode 3

The third series of Richard Herring’s comedy drama builds on the warm, lively characters and sharply observed family dynamics of previous series.

His affectionate, sharp witted observation of inter-generational misunderstanding, sibling sparring and the ties that bind will resonate with anyone who has ever tried to win an argument with a teenager. Amid the comedy, Richard broaches some more serious highs and lows of family life. In this series, he focuses on the roller coaster ride of first time parenting, how to maintain a long standing marriage and brass rubbing.

Richard Herring is a comedian, writer, blogger and podcaster and the world's premier semi-professional self-playing snooker player.

Episode 3
Ian takes Chloe and baby Don away, hoping a relaxing weekend at a spa hotel will help. Meanwhile, Holly is arrested at Extinction Rebellion, while 16 year old brother Nick is struggling to keep her whereabouts secret from their parents.

Cast:
Margaret…………….Alison Steadman
Ken……………..Phil Davis
Jane…………….Fenella Woolgar
Ian……………….Richard Herring
Chloe…………..Emily Berrington
Pete………………..Gordon Kennedy
Holly………………...Tia Bannon
Mark………………Fred Haig
Nick………………..Harrison Knights
George……………..Danny Kirrane

Written by Richard Herring
Sound design by Eloise Whitmore
Producer: Polly Thomas
Executive Producers: Jon Thoday and Richard Allen Turner.
An Avalon Television production for BBC Radio 4


THU 08:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00h8kxm)
Series 8

Episode 12

Oedipus Rex gets the Radio Prune treatment plus a Whitehall farce with a twist.

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

Sketches written by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie.

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

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

Producer: David Hatch/Peter Titheradge

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 in May 1970.


THU 08:30 King Street Junior (b007jmcw)
Series 4

7. It's Not Cricket

Mr Sims bowls a 'bouncer' at Tradition and opens up a can of worms. Stars Karl Howman and James Grout.

Philip Sims……………………Karl Howman
Mrs Rudd…………………… Vivienne Martin
Miss Lewis………………… Marlene Sidaway
Mr Holliday………………….Tom Watson
Mrs Stone…………………….Margaret John
Mr Beeston………………….James Grout
Mr Masters………………….Joe Dunlop
Meryl………………………... Victoria Keady
Asam…………………………..Daniel Roberts
Gordon……………………….Trevor Thomas

Writer Jim Eldridge

Producer John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1989.


THU 09:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b099xs64)
Series 19

Episode 4

David Mitchell hosts the panel game in which four comedians are encouraged to tell lies and compete against one another to see how many items of truth they're able to smuggle past their opponents.

Lloyd Langford, Henning When, Ellie Taylor and John Finnemore are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as boxing, snails, bras and parents.

ProduceR: Jon Naismith

A Random Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in October 2017.


THU 09:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b008kmmq)
Series 2

Read All About It

After his disastrous children's TV appearance, Robert finds his flat surrounded by the press.

Is it an actor's dream or an actor's nightmare?

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

Robert Wilson ..... John Gordon Sinclair
Desmond Shaw ..... Gary Waldhorn
Sue ..... Caroline Quentin

With:
Jane Whittenshaw:
David Goodge
Donald Gee
Nicky Henson
Rosemary Martin

Producer: Paul Spencer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in March 1990


THU 10:00 James Fenimore Cooper - The Spy (b019rgnv)
1. Trapped

New York State, 1778. Henry Wharton, a young soldier for the British in the American War of Independence, creeps into no-man's land to spend an evening with his family.

But the happy reunion is cut short when American troops surround the house. Can the mysterious peddler Harvey Birch provide Henry with a means of escape?

Published in 1821, James Fenimore Cooper's tale of espionage and divided loyalties during the American War of Independence

The first commercially successful American work of popular fiction, The Spy is also generally regarded as the world's first espionage novel. Fennimore’s double agent Harvey Birch, began the tradition of spy-as-hero, leading to the great genre novels of the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Dramatised in two parts by DJ Britton.

Harvey Birch . . . . . Burn Gorman
Frances . . . . . Rose Leslie
Henry . . . . . Alex Waldmann
Mr Wharton . . . . . James Lailey
Sarah . . . . . Francine Chamberlain
Mr Harper . . . . . Timothy Watson
Caesar . . . . . Richard Pepple
Peyton Dunwoodie . . . . . Simon Bubb
Captain Lawton . . . . . Gerard McDermott
Colonel Wellmere . . . . . Adam Billington
Isabella Singleton . . . . . Victoria Inez Hardy

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2012.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m00120px)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 11:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m0001b8b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00h8kxm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 King Street Junior (b007jmcw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb (m000d04x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09sqkf5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 The Reformation (b087tw8z)
The English Reformation: A Language for the World

Church historian Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch reveals the importance of the Book of Common Prayer and shows how its words have changed the way we speak and worship today.

Producer: Dixi Stewart

First broadcast in January 2017.


THU 14:15 Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary (b00ctvhj)
Misfortune

By dint of buying on credit and never paying, by constantly trying to fill the void in her inner life, Emma finds herself in serious trouble...

A French masterpiece of betrayal and wantonness; the first great novel of adultery starring John Hurt..

Narrator ...... John Hurt
Emma ...... Sarah Smart
Monsieur Homais ...... David Fleeshman
Leon Dupuis ...... James D'Arcy
Monsieur Lheureux ...... Seamus O'Neill
Rodolphe Boulanger ...... Jude Akuwudike
Felicite ...... Sarah Jane Hallworth
Maitre Guillaumin ...... Russell Dixon

Gustave Flaubert's novel is dramatised by Diana Griffiths from a translation by Margaret Mauldon.

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.


THU 14:30 In Defence of Pushy Parents (b042jpk2)
Picked on by the media, feared by teachers, banned from the touchlines on sports day – pushy parents are public enemy number one. In this programme, self-professed pushy parent Rosie Millard launches a spirited defence, arguing that pushy parents are a much maligned force within society.

Broadcaster and writer Rosie Millard's view is not a popular one, from psychologists who warn that overbearing parenting can damage a child's health, to teachers who argue that they spend more time dealing with pushy parents than they do actually teaching, there are no shortage of people lining up to have a pop.

With Britain's children slipping down the international league tables, Rosie hears from controversial "Tiger-Mom" Amy Chua who explains that the hard-line East Asian parenting style instils within children discipline and focus that is lacking from many children in the West.

In Manchester, Rosie speaks to the head teacher at one of the country's top primary schools who states that her school's consistently excellent results would simply not be possible without its bevy of pushy parents.

Rosie argues that being a pushy parent is about more than just a child's education, it's also about helping your children blossom through extracurricular pursuits. At the Golders Green Rapidplay Chess Tournament, Rosie meets 9 year old chess prodigy Joshua Altman and his "hardcore chess mum" Hillary.

Pushy parents also play a vital role in spurring on youngsters for sporting successes, we hear from Paralympic gold medallist Josef Craig who explains that his medal glory would have been impossible without his parents' drive and support.

Presenter: Rosie Millard
Producer: Max O'Brien
A Juniper production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


THU 15:00 James Fenimore Cooper - The Spy (b019rgnv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b099xs64)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b008kmmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 Meet David Sedaris (b08wp5cq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 Relativity (m000l8dy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Weird Tales (b00vknrq)
Series 2

Split the Atom by Lynn Ferguson

Hoarder of horror Lovecraft returns to share three more chilling tales.

By Lynn Ferguson. Frank Ivory is full of anger: burning, simmering, steaming anger. On his way home one night, after making his colleagues lives a misery, he meets Gwen, who is determined to tell him the story of the Morrigan, the Celtic goddess in charge of who should live and who should die.

Frank ......Derek Riddell
Gwen ......Rachel Ogilvy
Lovecraft ...... Stephen Hogan
Louise ...... Emma Stansfield
Bill ...... Rhys Jennings
Barbara/Delivery Woman ...... Tessa Nicholson
George ...... Ewan Hooper
William Perkins/Homeless Guy ...... Piers Wehner

Directed by Luke Fresle

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2010.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b0938pwl)
Series 43

Nicholas Stern on Muhammad Ali

Nicholas Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics, among other positions, and former Chief Economist at the World Bank. He is also a massive boxing fan and chooses the life of Muhammad Ali to explore with Matthew Parris and sports journalist and boxing commentator Ronald McIntosh.

Not only does Stern admire Ali's prowess in the ring, but more so his fearless stance against the Vietnam War which cost him dearly both personally and professionally. Ali's humanitarian work in later life has also been a huge source of inspiration to him.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2017.


THU 19:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00h8kxm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 King Street Junior (b007jmcw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb (m000d04x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09sqkf5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m00120px)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 21:45 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (m0001b8b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 Relativity (m000l8dy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 The Penny Dreadfuls (b06kb0g6)
The Odyssey

Comedy trio Penny Dreadfuls take on Homer's tale of Odyseuss's epic journey home from the Trojan Wars and the incredible monsters and enchantress he encounters en route.

Starring Robert Webb as Odysseus with Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck

Plus guests Lolly Adefope and Margaret Cabourn-Smith.

Written by David Reed with additional material by Humphrey Ker

Producer: Julia McKenzie

A BBC Radio Comedy production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in October 2015.


THU 23:30 Wondermentalist Cabaret (b00yj96p)
Series 1

Episode 3

Poet, performer, enemy of all that's difficult and upsetting, Matt Harvey presents this comedy-infused, musically-enhanced, slightly interactive poetry cabaret.

Recorded in front of an audience at The Royal Seven Stars in Totnes, South Devon, he's joined by the poet Murray Lachlan Young and one man house band Jerri Hart.

Fellow poets Liv Torc and Nathan Filer battle it out with Murray in a Dead Poets' Slam, while the audience compose their own poem on the subject of gerbils.

Producer: Mark Smalley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.



FRIDAY 03 DECEMBER 2021

FRI 00:00 Weird Tales (b00vknrq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b0938pwl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb (m000d04x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09sqkf5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 The Reformation (b087tw8z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary (b00ctvhj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 In Defence of Pushy Parents (b042jpk2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 James Fenimore Cooper - The Spy (b019rgnv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b099xs64)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b008kmmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 Meet David Sedaris (b08wp5cq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Relativity (m000l8dy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb (m000czqc)
4. Saraband to a Burning Fuse

Johnny Shields and Julie are now on board the St Gothard Express bound for Lugano. Somehow they have to warn the authorities that Karl is in danger...

Peter Coke stars in Roy Clarke’s thriller serial set in the world of highly-organised international smugglers.

Shields ...... Peter Coke
The Major ...... Bob Grant
Greta ...... Veronica Doran
Muff ...... Robert Powell
Julie ...... Anne Stallybrass
Jean Hogg ...... Heather Stoney
Walter ...... Ben Kingsley

Producer: Alan Ayckbourn

Theme music composed and played by Trevor Holroyd.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1968.


FRI 06:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09tbs3h)
5. Much Knowledge

As Milkie tries to find out how far the political corruption goes - can he deal with consequences?

Dennis Waterman stars in Nigel Baldwin’s taut political thriller.

Milkie ... Dennis Waterman
The Teller ... Ray Smith
Beth ... Bethan Jones
Angela ... Tara Dominick
Huw ... Richard Elfyn
Sharon ... Emma Gregory
Pauline ... Eluned Jones
Laura ... Richards

Music by Laurie Scott Baker.

Producer: Jane Dauncey

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1990.


FRI 07:00 Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully (b01r0fv7)
Series 1

Taking Overs

Following a successful pilot, Hattie Morahan and Julian Rhind-Tutt star in Eddie Robson's sitcom about an alien invasion of a small English village.

Katrina Lyons was only visiting Cresdon Green, the village where she grew up, to borrow some money from her parents. But when she tried to head back to London, it turned out alien beings known as the Geonin had lowered a force field around the village and were refusing to let anyone in or out.

Unfortunately almost everyone in the village is too cowardly, apathetic, polite or stupid to stand up to this alien menace, so Katrina has no choice but to start the resistance movement herself. In the cricket pavilion.

In this episode, the force field around the village is keeping out all the rain, so the villagers can no longer moan about the weather. Uljabaan realises this means they're moaning about him instead.

Whilst he tries to construct a device to simulate rain inside the force field, Uljabaan distracts the village with a cricket match - aliens versus humans, with Richard captaining the humans. Katrina sees an opportunity to sabotage Uljabaan's computer - if she can keep the match going long enough.

Katrina Lyons ...... Hattie Morahan
Field Commander Uljabaan ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Margaret Lyons ...... Jan Francis
Richard Lyons ...... Peter Davison
Lucy Alexander ...... Hannah Murray
Computer ...... John-Luke Roberts

Producer: Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in March 2013.


FRI 07:30 It's Not What You Know (b09v6xwz)
Series 5

Episode 2

What would be Gyles Brandreth superpower, who is Sarah Kendall's all time hero and what is the source of Phil Wang's shame?

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

Produced by Adnan Ahmed.

It was a BBC Studios Production.


FRI 08:00 Dad's Army (b007jpcv)
Series 2

All Is Safely Gathered In

The platoon battle to bring in a farmer's harvest - with help from ARP Warden Hodges.

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

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

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1975.


FRI 08:30 Second Thoughts (b00kmys6)
Series 3

Come as You Were

Bill tries to disrupt Liza and Richard's affair, and gets involved with 'Emma Peel'.

Sitcom about the battles of divorcees Bill and Faith beginning married life, whilst balancing the demands of his ex-wife, Liza and Faith's teenage children.

Stars Lynda Bellingham as Faith, James Bolam as Bill, Belinda Lang as Liza, Geoffrey Whitehead as Richard, Jo Kendall as Marjorie, Brian Bowles as Dennis and Ian Lindsay as Ray.

Series three of four inspired by the real lives of its writers, husband and wife Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

A TV version made by LWT for ITV appeared in 1991 and ran for four series, with a spin-off 'Faith in the Future'.

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1991.


FRI 09:00 Funny You Should Ask (b0b3j9rq)
From 23/07/1979

Peter Jones hosts the entertainment quiz about comedy as he tests a panel of experts:

Sid Colin, Barry Cryer and John Junkin recall memories of careers and comic colleagues.

Funny You Should Ask ran for 8 series from 1976 to 1982.

Questions compiled by Michael Pointon.

Producer: Bob Oliver Rogers

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in July 1979.


FRI 09:30 In the Red (b007jzr4)
Episode 2

Can anarchic BBC reporter George Cragge keep his job and get nearer to the murderer?

London is plagued by a series of bizarre murders of bank managers. Hot on the trail of the killer are an old-style Chief Police Inspector and BBC Radio's anarchic crime correspondent, George Cragge.

A blackly humorous murder mystery set in the world of City finance, the BBC and political parties starring Michael Williams.

Dramatised by Mark Tavener and Peter Baynham from Mark Tavener's novel.

George Cragge ...... Michael Williams
Frank Jefferson ...... Barry Foster
Geoffrey Crichton-Potter ...... Stephen Moore
Henry ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Max ...... Peter Woodthorpe
Controller Radio 2 ...... Stephen Fry
Controller Radio 4 ...... John Bird
Dominic De'ath ...... Benjamin Whitrow
Hercules Fortescue ...... Nicholas Le Prevost
Caroline ...... Susie Brann
Andrew James ...... Peter Serafinowcz

With Alice Arnold, Annabel Mullion, Jonathan Keeble and Gavin Muir.

Music by Tony McAnaney.

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995.


FRI 10:00 James Fenimore Cooper - The Spy (b01b8yyb)
2. Captured

New York State, 1778. Henry Wharton, a young soldier for the British, has been captured by American forces while wearing a disguise in no-man's land.

He must stand trial as a spy, and if found guilty, he will hang. Can General Washington be found in time to issue a pardon?

The conclusion of James Fenimore Cooper's tale of espionage and divided loyalties during the American War of Independence

Harvey Birch . . . . . Burn Gorman
Frances . . . . . Rose Leslie
Henry . . . . . Alex Waldmann
Mr Wharton . . . . . James Lailey
Sarah . . . . . Francine Chamberlain
Mr Harper . . . . . Timothy Watson
Caesar . . . . . Richard Pepple
Peyton Dunwoodie . . . . . Simon Bubb
Captain Lawton . . . . . Gerard McDermott
Skinner . . . . . Adam Billington
Isabella Singleton . . . . . Victoria Inez Hardy
Colonel Martin . . . . . Paul Moriarty

Dramatised by DJ Britton.

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2012.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000kp3m)
Neil Gaiman and Audio Fiction

Neil Gaiman speaks to Amanda Litherland and Ella Watts about the new audio adaptation of his DC comic book series The Sandman, out next week on Audible. Neil discusses his love of audio fiction, and the Radio 4 dramas and comedies that have inspired him since childhood.

Also, David Devereux from Tin Can Audio discusses his new podcast The Dungeon Economic Model.

And Kaitlin Statz and Travis Vengroff from Fool & Scholar Productions offer tips on crafting adventures in your headphones.


FRI 12:00 Dad's Army (b007jpcv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Second Thoughts (b00kmys6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb (m000czqc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09tbs3h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 The Reformation (b087twdf)
The United States: Protestant World Power

Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explains the journey of the English Protestant Reformation from Europe to America and explores its continuing influence on life and politics in the United States.

Producer: Dixi Stewart

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2017.


FRI 14:15 Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary (b00cvbj4)
Mounting Debts

Emma has tried and exhausted every effort to repay her debts, but feels that she's left with only one course of action...

Gripping conclusion of the French masterpiece of betrayal and wantonness.

Narrator ...... John Hurt
Emma ...... Sarah Smart
CharlesConrad Nelson
Monsieur Homais ...... David Fleeshman
Berthe Bovary ...... Daisy Jones
Victor Lariviere ...... Martin Reeve
Justin ...... Sam Curtis

Gustave Flaubert's novel is dramatised by Diana Griffiths from a translation by Margaret Mauldon.

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.


FRI 14:30 The Ice Mountain (b01g65gs)
In 1912, RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic, and more than 1500 people died as a result of this collision.

As a result, the International Ice Patrol (I.C.P.) was formed to monitors the ice conditions near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and warn mariners of the dangers that icebergs present to safe navigation.

A haunting soundscape follows the journey of a fictional iceberg as it travels south into the North Atlantic after calving from a glacier in Greenland.

Narrated by Adjoa Andoh and with sound recordings by Chris Watson

Producer Sarah Blunt

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2012.


FRI 15:00 James Fenimore Cooper - The Spy (b01b8yyb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 Funny You Should Ask (b0b3j9rq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 In the Red (b007jzr4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully (b01r0fv7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 It's Not What You Know (b09v6xwz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Weird Tales (b00wr8s9)
Series 2

The House on Pale Avenue by Richard Vincent

Hoarder of horror Lovecraft returns to share three more chilling tales.

By Richard Vincent.

Scratching in the walls, under the floorboards, in the pipes: their new home is trying to tell the Williams family something and they won't be given a moment's peace until its secret is out in the open.

Geoff Williams ...... Jamie Glover
Jane Williams ...... Julia Ford
Sarah Williams ...... Agnes Dromgoole
Martin Crabtree ...... John Biggins
DCI Cram ...... Piers Wehner
Psychiatrist ...... Melissa Advani
Lovecraft ...... Stephen Hogan

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2010.


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b01j5j2s)
No Country for Old Men

"That is no country for old men," wrote Yeats in the opening line of his poem Sailing to Byzantium. "I am trying to write about the state of my soul," he later explained. Since when the phrase has been picked up in a novel by Cormac McCarthy, and a Coen brothers film based on the same book. But are we any closer to understanding what this phrase means, beyond realising something poignant is at work ?

Tibor Fischer, Katharine Whitehorn and Guy Browning all approach the subject with three very different columns about age, experience, and youth. For Guy Browing this is no longer a country for old men because they've decided that staying young is more to their taste. Katharine Whitehorn, agony aunt at Saga, argues for the creation of a fourth age of man, while Tibor Fischer worries about what has changed more, his world or him.

Dominic Arkwright presents.


FRI 19:00 Dad's Army (b007jpcv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Second Thoughts (b00kmys6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb (m000czqc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Nigel Baldwin - Burnt (b09tbs3h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000kp3m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 It's Not What You Know (b09v6xwz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Alice's Wunderland (b03ls16f)
Series 2

Episode 2

A trip to Wunderland (a poundland of magical realms), which is getting awarded the prestigious by-the-sea status.

Sketch show by Alice Lowe.

Also starring Richard Glover, Simon Greenall, Rachel Stubbings, Clare Thompson and Marcia Warren.

Producer: Lyndsay Fenner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2013.


FRI 23:00 Old Harry's Game (b00hv1f4)
Series 7

Episode 3

The presence of a baby is turning the residents of Hell all soft - Scumspawn becomes the first demon to wear a papoose, and Satan tries to locate "Satan Junior's" real family.

Stars Andy Hamilton as Satan, Annette Crosbie as Edith, Robert Duncan as Scumspawn and Jimmy Mulville as Thomas.

Additional roles played by Michael Fenton Stevens and Philip Pope.

Written by Andy Hamilton.

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2009.


FRI 23:30 Think the Unthinkable (b01jb1xy)
Series 3

Matsons Electronics

Electrical retailer, Matson’s, needs a boost – but are they ready for the sort of kick delivered by this bunch?

James Carey's sitcom about a clueless bunch of management consultants, Unthinkable Solutions, effortlessly screwing-up their clients' businesses.

Starring:

Marcus Brigstocke
Robin Ince
Catherine Shepherd
Beth Chalmers

Producer: Adam Bromley.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2004.




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

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b01rg22q)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b01rg22q)

A Life of Bliss 08:30 SUN (m0008b1q)

A Short History of Gothic 18:00 SUN (b00pd7cm)

A Short History of Gothic 00:00 MON (b00pd7cm)

A Small Town Murder (Omnibus) 14:20 SUN (m00034ly)

A Small Town Murder (Omnibus) 02:20 MON (m00034ly)

Alice's Wunderland 22:30 FRI (b03ls16f)

All the Young Dudes 08:30 SAT (b00cgyjs)

All the Young Dudes 09:30 WED (b007qx33)

All the Young Dudes 16:30 WED (b007qx33)

All the Young Dudes 04:30 THU (b007qx33)

An Actor's Life for Me 09:30 THU (b008kmmq)

An Actor's Life for Me 16:30 THU (b008kmmq)

An Actor's Life for Me 04:30 FRI (b008kmmq)

Archive on 4 13:00 SAT (b01s37f3)

Archive on 4 01:00 SUN (b01s37f3)

Bad Salsa 12:00 SAT (b048jj9b)

Bad Salsa 07:00 TUE (b06vkj1w)

Bad Salsa 17:00 TUE (b06vkj1w)

Bad Salsa 05:00 WED (b06vkj1w)

Bleak Expectations 23:00 WED (b00wlgnn)

Blind Date with Don Camillo 02:30 SAT (b04009c2)

Buy Me Up TV 22:30 MON (b009p9f3)

Colin Hoult's Carnival of Monsters 23:00 SUN (b04xrzdh)

Dad's Army 08:00 FRI (b007jpcv)

Dad's Army 12:00 FRI (b007jpcv)

Dad's Army 19:00 FRI (b007jpcv)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (m00120px)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (m00120px)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (m00120px)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (m00120px)

Ed Reardon's Week 07:00 WED (b00q2w82)

Ed Reardon's Week 17:00 WED (b00q2w82)

Ed Reardon's Week 05:00 THU (b00q2w82)

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (b09k85px)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 02:00 SAT (b09jh3ks)

Elephant in the Room 16:00 TUE (m0007cwj)

Elephant in the Room 04:00 WED (m0007cwj)

Fabulous 22:30 TUE (b00fb8zx)

Fredrik Backman - Britt-Marie Was Here 10:00 MON (b086l8m9)

Fredrik Backman - Britt-Marie Was Here 15:00 MON (b086l8m9)

Fredrik Backman - Britt-Marie Was Here 03:00 TUE (b086l8m9)

Fredrik Backman - Britt-Marie Was Here 10:00 TUE (b087pn05)

Fredrik Backman - Britt-Marie Was Here 15:00 TUE (b087pn05)

Fredrik Backman - Britt-Marie Was Here 03:00 WED (b087pn05)

Funny You Should Ask 04:00 SAT (b0b2r0jx)

Funny You Should Ask 09:00 FRI (b0b3j9rq)

Funny You Should Ask 16:00 FRI (b0b3j9rq)

George on George 14:30 MON (m00120z1)

George on George 02:30 TUE (m00120z1)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (b092mbm2)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (b092mbm2)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (b092mbm2)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b0938pwl)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b0938pwl)

Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary (Omnibus) 07:20 SUN (b00ct1wf)

Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary 02:15 SAT (b00cqzj4)

Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary 14:15 MON (b00ct506)

Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary 02:15 TUE (b00ct506)

Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary 14:15 TUE (b00ctjz2)

Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary 02:15 WED (b00ctjz2)

Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary 14:15 WED (b00ctlgz)

Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary 02:15 THU (b00ctlgz)

Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary 14:15 THU (b00ctvhj)

Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary 02:15 FRI (b00ctvhj)

Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary 14:15 FRI (b00cvbj4)

Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea 23:30 TUE (b007706g)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b007r3dg)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b007r3dg)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b007r3dg)

Henry Normal: A Normal... 07:30 WED (m0011ryb)

Henry Normal: A Normal... 17:30 WED (m0011ryb)

Henry Normal: A Normal... 22:00 WED (m0011ryb)

Henry Normal: A Normal... 05:30 THU (m0011ryb)

Hut 33 23:30 SAT (b00ljn73)

I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison 00:00 SAT (b037bvq6)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:00 THU (b00h8kxm)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:00 THU (b00h8kxm)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:00 THU (b00h8kxm)

In Defence of Pushy Parents 14:30 THU (b042jpk2)

In Defence of Pushy Parents 02:30 FRI (b042jpk2)

In and Out of the Kitchen 09:30 SUN (b016ljx7)

In and Out of the Kitchen 07:00 MON (b016x4sv)

In and Out of the Kitchen 17:00 MON (b016x4sv)

In and Out of the Kitchen 05:00 TUE (b016x4sv)

In the Red 04:30 SAT (b007jzh9)

In the Red 09:30 FRI (b007jzr4)

In the Red 16:30 FRI (b007jzr4)

Inheritance Tracks 07:10 SUN (b0b0grrl)

Inheritance Tracks 11:55 SUN (b0b0grrl)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SUN (b09gjzcr)

Inheritance Tracks 19:55 SUN (b0b0grrl)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 MON (b09gjzcr)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (m00120yz)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (m00120yz)

It's Not What You Know 05:30 SAT (b09tf70n)

It's Not What You Know 07:30 FRI (b09v6xwz)

It's Not What You Know 17:30 FRI (b09v6xwz)

It's Not What You Know 22:00 FRI (b09v6xwz)

It's Your Round 09:00 MON (b01946wq)

It's Your Round 16:00 MON (b01946wq)

It's Your Round 04:00 TUE (b01946wq)

James Fenimore Cooper - The Spy 10:00 THU (b019rgnv)

James Fenimore Cooper - The Spy 15:00 THU (b019rgnv)

James Fenimore Cooper - The Spy 03:00 FRI (b019rgnv)

James Fenimore Cooper - The Spy 10:00 FRI (b01b8yyb)

James Fenimore Cooper - The Spy 15:00 FRI (b01b8yyb)

King Street Junior 08:30 THU (b007jmcw)

King Street Junior 12:30 THU (b007jmcw)

King Street Junior 19:30 THU (b007jmcw)

Lady into Fox by David Garnett 18:00 MON (b00ck4gm)

Lady into Fox by David Garnett 00:00 TUE (b00ck4gm)

Lady into Fox by David Garnett 18:00 TUE (b00cmz8m)

Lady into Fox by David Garnett 00:00 WED (b00cmz8m)

Life With The Lyons 09:00 SUN (m00120pv)

Life: An Idiot's Guide 23:30 SUN (b044w2t8)

Listomania 08:00 SAT (b09z7br4)

Listomania 09:00 WED (b0b0fty3)

Listomania 16:00 WED (b0b0fty3)

Listomania 04:00 THU (b0b0fty3)

Little Lifetimes by Jenny Eclair 22:30 WED (b04brs9j)

Marriage Lines 08:00 MON (b05yy74l)

Marriage Lines 12:00 MON (b05yy74l)

Marriage Lines 19:00 MON (b05yy74l)

Martin Boyd - Lucinda Brayford 03:00 SAT (b0076q1g)

Meet David Sedaris 07:00 THU (b08wp5cq)

Meet David Sedaris 17:00 THU (b08wp5cq)

Meet David Sedaris 05:00 FRI (b08wp5cq)

Miss Marple 01:30 SAT (b007jnl4)

Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics 12:30 SUN (b07756bd)

Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics 17:30 SUN (b07756bd)

Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics 22:00 SUN (b07756bd)

Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics 05:30 MON (b07756bd)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 06:30 MON (b09snl2d)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 13:30 MON (b09snl2d)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 20:30 MON (b09snl2d)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 01:30 TUE (b09snl2d)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 06:30 TUE (b09sq996)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 13:30 TUE (b09sq996)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 20:30 TUE (b09sq996)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 01:30 WED (b09sq996)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 06:30 WED (b09sqfjq)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 13:30 WED (b09sqfjq)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 20:30 WED (b09sqfjq)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 01:30 THU (b09sqfjq)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 06:30 THU (b09sqkf5)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 13:30 THU (b09sqkf5)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 20:30 THU (b09sqkf5)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 01:30 FRI (b09sqkf5)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 06:30 FRI (b09tbs3h)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 13:30 FRI (b09tbs3h)

Nigel Baldwin - Burnt 20:30 FRI (b09tbs3h)

No Commitments 08:30 WED (b00t1bnp)

No Commitments 12:30 WED (b00t1bnp)

No Commitments 19:30 WED (b00t1bnp)

Off the Page 00:30 SAT (b0184rgl)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b01j5j2s)

Old Dog and Partridge 08:30 MON (b007vmbx)

Old Dog and Partridge 12:30 MON (b007vmbx)

Old Dog and Partridge 19:30 MON (b007vmbx)

Old Harry's Game 23:00 FRI (b00hv1f4)

Parody Please 11:00 WED (m000l1g4)

Parody Please 21:00 WED (m000l1g4)

Paul Sinha's Citizenship Test 22:30 SUN (b0386j1j)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m000kp3m)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m000kp3m)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (m00120pz)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m00120pz)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m00120pz)

Quando, Quando, Quando 23:45 TUE (b0081rfw)

Relativity 07:30 THU (m000l8dy)

Relativity 17:30 THU (m000l8dy)

Relativity 22:00 THU (m000l8dy)

Relativity 05:30 FRI (m000l8dy)

Richard Marsh - The Beetle 06:00 SAT (b04n923r)

Richard Marsh - The Beetle 16:00 SAT (b04n923r)

Richard Marsh - The Beetle 04:00 SUN (b04n923r)

Round the Horne 12:30 SAT (b007k2gd)

Round the Horne 08:00 TUE (b007js3y)

Round the Horne 12:00 TUE (b007js3y)

Round the Horne 19:00 TUE (b007js3y)

Second Thoughts 08:30 FRI (b00kmys6)

Second Thoughts 12:30 FRI (b00kmys6)

Second Thoughts 19:30 FRI (b00kmys6)

Short Cuts 18:30 WED (m000k9bc)

Short Cuts 00:30 THU (m000k9bc)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b03jznqg)

Soul Music 00:30 WED (b03jznqg)

Spine Chillers 18:00 SAT (b08ch63p)

Spine Chillers 00:00 SUN (b08ch63p)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m00120yx)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m00120yx)

Terry Pratchett 18:30 SUN (b00b50xj)

Terry Pratchett 00:30 MON (b00b50xj)

The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb 06:00 TUE (m000czhc)

The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb 13:00 TUE (m000czhc)

The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb 20:00 TUE (m000czhc)

The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb 01:00 WED (m000czhc)

The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb 06:00 WED (m000czhv)

The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb 13:00 WED (m000czhv)

The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb 20:00 WED (m000czhv)

The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb 01:00 THU (m000czhv)

The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb 06:00 THU (m000d04x)

The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb 13:00 THU (m000d04x)

The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb 20:00 THU (m000d04x)

The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb 01:00 FRI (m000d04x)

The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb 06:00 FRI (m000czqc)

The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb 13:00 FRI (m000czqc)

The 17-Jewelled Shockproof Swiss-Made Bomb 20:00 FRI (m000czqc)

The Burkiss Way 09:00 SAT (b00jvj68)

The Burkiss Way 19:00 SAT (b00jvj68)

The Casebook of Max and Ivan 07:30 TUE (b096gspx)

The Casebook of Max and Ivan 17:30 TUE (b096gspx)

The Casebook of Max and Ivan 22:00 TUE (b096gspx)

The Casebook of Max and Ivan 05:30 WED (b096gspx)

The Cello and the Nightingale: Beatrice Harrison 16:00 SUN (m00120q1)

The Cello and the Nightingale: Beatrice Harrison 20:00 SUN (m00120q1)

The Cello and the Nightingale: Beatrice Harrison 04:00 MON (m00120q1)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 10:45 SUN (m0001b8b)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 21:45 SUN (m0001b8b)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 11:45 THU (m0001b8b)

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry 21:45 THU (m0001b8b)

The Goldfish Bowl 23:45 WED (b0080275)

The Hungry Empire by Lizzie Collingham (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b091vwfb)

The Hungry Empire by Lizzie Collingham (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b091vwfb)

The Ice Mountain 14:30 FRI (b01g65gs)

The Lee Mack Show 22:00 SAT (b00bfq1c)

The Leopard in Autumn 09:30 MON (b00c683t)

The Leopard in Autumn 16:30 MON (b00c683t)

The Leopard in Autumn 04:30 TUE (b00c683t)

The Maltby Collection 15:30 SAT (b00cnclw)

The Maltby Collection 03:30 SUN (b00cnclw)

The Maltby Collection 23:00 TUE (b00crds8)

The Man Behind the Mask – Dave Prowse 11:00 TUE (m00120y8)

The Man Behind the Mask – Dave Prowse 21:00 TUE (m00120y8)

The Mitch Benn Music Show 09:30 TUE (b007s5g7)

The Mitch Benn Music Show 16:30 TUE (b007s5g7)

The Mitch Benn Music Show 04:30 WED (b007s5g7)

The Moth Radio Hour 11:00 SUN (m000k82w)

The Moth Radio Hour 19:00 SUN (m000k82w)

The Museum of Curiosity 07:30 MON (m0011rth)

The Museum of Curiosity 17:30 MON (m0011rth)

The Museum of Curiosity 22:00 MON (m0011rth)

The Museum of Curiosity 05:30 TUE (m0011rth)

The News at Bedtime 23:30 WED (b00pft4y)

The Now Show 23:00 MON (m0011tc3)

The Now Show 09:00 TUE (m0011tc3)

The Penny Dreadfuls 14:00 SAT (b04v29h5)

The Penny Dreadfuls 02:00 SUN (b04v29h5)

The Penny Dreadfuls 22:30 THU (b06kb0g6)

The Reformation 14:00 MON (b087pr2y)

The Reformation 02:00 TUE (b087pr2y)

The Reformation 14:00 TUE (b087tw38)

The Reformation 02:00 WED (b087tw38)

The Reformation 14:00 WED (b087tw5k)

The Reformation 02:00 THU (b087tw5k)

The Reformation 14:00 THU (b087tw8z)

The Reformation 02:00 FRI (b087tw8z)

The Reformation 14:00 FRI (b087twdf)

The Skivers 23:00 SAT (b007zn0j)

The Strange and The Sinister by William Croft Dickinson 18:45 SAT (b0b53ptb)

The Strange and The Sinister by William Croft Dickinson 00:45 SUN (b0b53ptb)

The Unbelievable Truth 09:00 THU (b099xs64)

The Unbelievable Truth 16:00 THU (b099xs64)

The Unbelievable Truth 04:00 FRI (b099xs64)

The Young Postmen 23:30 MON (b00ftk3n)

Think the Unthinkable 23:30 FRI (b01jb1xy)

Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme 22:45 WED (b01c7s27)

Tiny Tim 14:30 TUE (b0076sg9)

Tiny Tim 02:30 WED (b0076sg9)

Train Tracks 14:30 WED (b00m69ws)

Train Tracks 02:30 THU (b00m69ws)

Trevor Lloyd - The MacGuffin 10:00 WED (m0007dfv)

Trevor Lloyd - The MacGuffin 15:00 WED (m0007dfv)

Trevor Lloyd - The MacGuffin 03:00 THU (m0007dfv)

Tupac Shakur, Hip Hop Immortal..... 15:30 SUN (b04g10zp)

Tupac Shakur, Hip Hop Immortal..... 03:30 MON (b04g10zp)

Weird Tales 18:00 WED (b00vknmp)

Weird Tales 00:00 THU (b00vknmp)

Weird Tales 18:00 THU (b00vknrq)

Weird Tales 00:00 FRI (b00vknrq)

Weird Tales 18:00 FRI (b00wr8s9)

Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully 05:00 SAT (b01k9hmd)

Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully 07:00 FRI (b01r0fv7)

Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully 17:00 FRI (b01r0fv7)

Wimsey 01:00 SAT (b007jvnm)

Wimsey 06:00 MON (b007k440)

Wimsey 13:00 MON (b007k440)

Wimsey 20:00 MON (b007k440)

Wimsey 01:00 TUE (b007k440)

Winston 08:30 TUE (b007wfy8)

Winston 12:30 TUE (b007wfy8)

Winston 19:30 TUE (b007wfy8)

Women Talking About Cars 15:00 SAT (m0001b9c)

Women Talking About Cars 22:30 SAT (m0001fdq)

Women Talking About Cars 03:00 SUN (m0001b9c)

Wondermentalist Cabaret 23:30 THU (b00yj96p)