The BBC has announced that it has a sustainable plan for the future of the BBC Singers, in association with The VOCES8 Foundation.
The threat to reduce the staff of the three English orchestras by 20% has not been lifted, but it is being reconsidered.
See the BBC press release here.

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SATURDAY 18 MAY 2024

SAT 00:00 Midnight News (m001z6v3)
National and international news from BBC Radio 4


SAT 00:30 The Immune Mind by Monty Lyman (m001z6s5)
Episode 5

Delving into the recent discovery of the intimate relationship between the brain and the body’s immune system, Dr Monty Lyman reveals the extraordinary implications for our physical and mental health.

Up until the last ten years, we have misunderstood a fundamental aspect of human health. The brain and the body have always been viewed as separate entities – treated in separate hospitals – but science now shows that they are intimately linked.

Startlingly, we now know that our immune system is in constant communication with our brain and can directly alter our mental health. Biological science and cognitive science are inseparable. This has opened up a new frontier in medicine. Could inflammation cause depression, and arthritis drugs cure it? Can gut microbes shape your behaviour via the vagus nerve? Could childhood infections lie behind neurological and psychiatric disorders?

A specialist in the cutting-edge field of immunopsychiatry, Monty Lyman argues that we need to change the way we treat disease, and the way we see ourselves.

Episode Five
Dr Monty Lyman explores the power of the mind to influence our physical health, and discusses ‘contested illnesses’.

Read by Gunnar Cauthery
Abridged by Libby Spurrier
Producer: David Blount

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4


SAT 00:48 Shipping Forecast (m001z6v5)
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping


SAT 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (m001z6v7)
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service.


SAT 05:20 Shipping Forecast (m001z6v9)
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping


SAT 05:30 News Briefing (m001z6vc)
The latest news from BBC Radio 4


SAT 05:43 Prayer for the Day (m001z6vf)
A reflection and prayer to start the day with George Craig, a Methodist local preacher in Cardiff


SAT 05:45 Just One Thing - with Michael Mosley (m001z6pb)
Read a poem

Reading poetry can reduce stress and help give you words to express the things you're feeling. And reading a poem out loud has been shown to be a surprisingly simple way to activate your relaxation response and bring about a sense of calm. It’s all to do with the way it slows and controls your breathing rate, which in turn stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system and can lead to many beneficial effects. Michael Mosley speaks to Dietrich von Bonin from the Swiss Association of Art Therapies, who says as little as 5 minutes of rhythmic poetry read aloud can be even more effective than slow-paced breathing at relaxing your body and mind. Our volunteer Colm dives into the world of Irish poetry and incorporates reading it aloud into his bedtime routine.

Series Producer: Nija Dalal-Small
Editor: Zoë Heron
A BBC Studios production for BBC Sounds / BBC Radio 4.


SAT 06:00 News and Papers (m001zfpd)
The latest news headlines. Including the weather and a look at the papers.


SAT 06:07 Open Country (m001z6pz)
Gibraltar Point

Martha Kearney explores the shifting sands of Gibraltar Point on the Lincolnshire coast, to witness the effects of beach erosion on both birds and people.

At Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve, wardens go to extraordinary lengths to protect shore-nesting birds from habitat loss caused by beach erosion. They build wooden platforms for the nests of little terns and cages to protect the nests of ringed plover, as well as mounting overnight patrols to keep predators away. In 2023 they tried the platform technique with oystercatchers for the first time, meticulously moving the nests in stages so as not to spook the birds. The shingle where these striking birds prefer to nest is threatened with inundation from high tides, as well as from foxes, sparrowhawks and curious humans with dogs. The birds raised a successful brood and now the wardens are preparing for another season, hoping for more fledgling oystercatchers.

Reserve wardens aren't the only people to take extraordinary measures to deal with beach erosion. The sand on Lincolnshire's beaches has to be replenished every year to protect the coastal population from flooding. Like sandcastles on an enormous scale, 400,000 cubic metres of sand are pumped onto the beaches from offshore dredgers and a sand profile created, in what's known as 'beach nourishment'. It's become a tourist attraction in its own right. The sand works its way a few miles down the coast to Gibraltar Point with the tides, literally shoring up the sea defences.

And then there are the inland pumping stations at every seaside town, which 'evacuate' water from low-lying areas, of which there are many in Lincolnshire: one third of the county is below sea level. Without them, this landscape would be marshland. Martha compares the historic diesel pumps (made in Lincoln) with the automated electric pumps (from Holland).

Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery


SAT 06:30 Farming Today (m001zfpg)
18/05/24 - Farming Today This Week: Farm to Form Summit and the Balmoral Show

Anna Hill reports from the second Farm to Fork Summit held this week in Downing Street. To coincide with the event, the Government released it's Food Security Index - which looks at how much of the food we eat is produced here, but also takes into account other things, like fertiliser prices, global trade and biosecurity risks. The Prime Minister said he wants to expand UK fruit and veg production.

Around 120,000 visitors and 4,000 head of livestock have been at the Balmoral Show in Northern Ireland this week. Helen Mark reports from the show, and grills the NI Farming Minister over his plans for future farm payments.

And South East Water has launched a 25 Year Environment Plan, which includes creating a new super nature reserve. More than 80% of the area covered by the company across Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire, is agricultural - so what will this mean for farmers?

Presented by Charlotte Smith
Produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Heather Simons


SAT 06:57 Weather (m001zfpj)
The latest weather reports and forecast


SAT 07:00 Today (m001zfpl)
Including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.


SAT 09:00 Saturday Live (m001zfpn)
Michael Sheen, Preet Chandi, Anthony Horowitz, Reece Shearsmith

Radio 4's Saturday morning show brings you extraordinary stories and remarkable people.


SAT 10:00 Your Place or Mine with Shaun Keaveny (m001zfpq)
Sammi Kinghorn: Safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Sammi shares her joy at going on safari in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, meeting leopards, lions and hippos. Although as the world's fastest female wheelchair racer, she could probably get away. Unlike Shaun, who would rather stick to seeing sheep and cows. Resident geographer, historian and comedian Iszi Lawrence joins them with some wild facts.

Your Place Or Mine is the travel series that isn’t going anywhere. Join Shaun as his guests try to convince him that it’s worth getting up off the sofa and seeing the world, giving us a personal guide to their favourite place on the planet.

Producers: Beth O'Dea and Caitlin Hobbs

Your Place or Mine is a BBC Audio production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.


SAT 10:30 The Kitchen Cabinet (m001zdf6)
Series 44

Letchworth

Jay Rayner and his panel of chefs, cooks and food writers are in Letchworth.

Joining Jay are drinks expert Alice Lascelles, food historian Dr Annie Gray, and chefs and food writers Jeremy Pang and Tim Hayward.

Jay discusses a variety of kitchen do's and don'ts, whether it be their favourite vegetarian feasts, or the best way to cook green veg. The panel also offer their advice on a range of kitchen conundrums, from the most appealing food fragrance for selling a house, to the contentions question - should we serve seafood with cheese?

Situated in the world's first garden city, Jay stops for a chat with Gardeners' Question Time panellist and horticultural guru Christine Walkden about the best fruit and veg to grow at home.

Senior Producer: Dan Cocker
Assistant Producer: Dulcie Whadcock
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4


SAT 11:00 The Week in Westminster (m001zfps)
Sonia Sodha of The Observer assesses the latest developments at Westminster. Following the Prime Minister's speech on global insecurity she speaks to former Conservative Defence Secretary, Sir Liam Fox MP, and former Labour International Development Secretary, Douglas Alexander. Theo Bertram, director of the Social Market Foundation and a former Labour adviser, discusses whether election 'pledge' cards are a good idea following Sir Keir Starmer's campaign event this week. After a knife-edge vote on excluding from Parliament MPs accused of serious offences, Sonia speaks to Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain MP and Conservative MP Nigel Mills. And, after claims a Liberal Democrat candidate was deselected because of his Christian faith, Sonia brings together the Rt Rev Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, and Polly Toynbee, journalist and vice president of Humanists UK, to discuss whether Christianity and modern politics are compatible.


SAT 11:30 From Our Own Correspondent (m001zdjt)
Insight, wit and analysis from BBC correspondents, journalists and writers from around the world


SAT 12:00 News Summary (m001zfpv)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


SAT 12:04 Money Box (m001zdjr)
Paul Lewis presents the latest news from the world of personal finance.


SAT 12:30 Dead Ringers (m001z6t0)
Series 24

Episode 4

Politics, world affairs, the culture wars, and Mr Blobby.

With writing from Tom Jamieson, Nev Fountain, Laurence Howarth, Ed Amsden & Tom Coles, Rob Darke, Edward Tew, Sophie Dixon, Sarah Campbell, Cody Dahler and Joe Topping.

With additional material by Jennifer Walker, Touissaint Douglass, Christopher Donovan and Sarah Dempster.

Producer: Bill Dare
Exec Producer: Pete Strauss
Production Coordinator: Dan Marchini
Sound Designer: Rich Evans


SAT 12:57 Weather (m001zfpx)
The latest weather forecast


SAT 13:00 News and Weather (m001zfpz)
The latest national and international news and weather reports from BBC Radio 4


SAT 13:10 Any Questions? (m001z6tf)
Fatima Ibrahim, David Johnston MP, Tim Montgomerie, Karin Smyth MP

Alex Forsyth presents political discussion from Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre in Gloucestershire with the Co-Executive Director of the Green New Deal Fatima Ibrahim, the Minister for Children David Johnston MP, the political commentator Tim Montgomerie and the Shadow Health Minister Karin Smyth MP.


SAT 14:00 Any Answers? (m001zfq1)
Call Any Answers? to have your say on the big issues in the news this week.


SAT 14:45 The Archers (m001z6t5)
WRITER: Sarah Hehir
DIRECTOR: Rosemary Watts
EDITOR: Jeremy Howe

Jolene Archer…. Buffy Davis
Kenton Archer…. Richard Attlee
Pip Archer…. Daisy Badger
Harrison Burns…. James Cartwright
Alice Carter…. Hollie Chapman
Chris Carter…. Wilf Scolding
Ruairi Donovan…. Arthur Hughes
George Grundy…. Angus Stobie
Jakob Hakansson…. Paul Venables
Chelsea Horrobin…. Madeleine Leslay
Tracy Horrobin…. Susie Riddell
Alistair Lloyd…. Michael Lumsden
Paul Mack…. Joshua Riley
Adam Macy…. Andrew Wincott
Kirsty Miller…. Annabelle Dowler
Freddie Pargetter…. Toby Laurence
Fallon Rogers…. Joanna Van Kampen
Mick…. Martin Barrass
Lisa…. Rhiannon Neads


SAT 15:00 Drama on 4 (m001zfq3)
Song from Far Away

Will Young revives his witty and tender stage performance, written by Olivier Award-winning Simon Stephens and Mark Eitzel. Willem is a young Dutch man, who has deserted his conventional family to live in New York as a high-flying financier. When his younger brother dies unexpectedly, he reluctantly returns home.

The drama includes a striking musical arc, integral to the performance. Throughout the drama, Willem is haunted by a song, which we eventually hear fully toward the end, as he finally acknowledges his grief. The music is composed by Mark Eitzel, of American Music Club.

Song From Far Away was first performed as an original commission for Ivo van Hove’s Toneelgroep Amsterdam in 2015 and then a short run at the Young Vic.
Its UK revival in early 2023 at HOME and then at Hampstead Theatre was its first production since then and was enthusiastically received by audience and critics alike.
The play came about through Simon and Mark’s fascination with Amsterdam, its liberal/capitalist roots and its links to its sister city New York. The ‘Far Away’ in the title is a reference to the Dutch imperial venture capital company Compagnie van Verre - 'Company of Far Lands’.

“…the idea of writing about somebody whose sense of self was built on these cities and this contradiction: a character defined by a hunger for making money, the kind of unimaginable unquantifiable money that the two cities were built on, and at the same time punctured into humanity by grief...” Simon Stephens, January 2023

Willem returns home for the funeral of his younger brother, Pauli, who died unexpectedly, throwing the family into confusion. Willem is the hard-nosed businessman; Pauli was the softer-edged musician - this imbalance between the two underpins the story. The drama charts Willem’s return, his attempts to re-connect with his family and his conflicting feelings of loss and humanity, in the form of letters that Willem writes to his dead brother. He shares his feelings about being back in Amsterdam after 12 years' absence, the difficulties, griefs and absurdities when he meets up with his family, his painful encounter with the boyfriend he left to go to New York but still yearns for, and unexpectedly tender meditations on love and acceptance. The letters strip away Willem’s hard-shell exterior to reveal a movingly intimate portrait of a solitary life.

“…if ever there was an actor born to sing, it is Will Young… He plays the part of the disconnected Willem… with melodic grace… he glides between a pretty sing-song speaking voice and a brash Manhattan bass. At turns louche, comic and fragile, he has a musician’s sense of rhythm. When he actually sings, as he does in the cathartic pay-off, it is delicate and angelic.”
Mark Fisher, The Guardian 4 star review, February 2023

A BSL/subtitled film is available on the BBC Sounds website, coinciding with the broadcast on Radio 4, to increase access.

Cast:
Willem ..... Will Young

Writers: Simon Stephens and Mark Eitzel

Sound Designer: Jon Nicholls
Assistant Producer: Louis Blatherwick
Image: Michael Wharley
Additional Composer/Musical Supervisor original stage production: Paul Schofield
Additional musical content: Julian Starr
BSL and subtitled transcript: Marcel Hirshman, Weald BSL
Production Manager: Darren Spruce
Producer: Polly Thomas
Executive Producer: Eloise Whitmore

Recorded by John Merriman, at Crown Lane Studios.

Based on the original stage production directed by Kirk Jameson, from Thomas Hopkins, Guy Chapman and HOME.

A Thomas Carter Projects production for BBC Radio 4


SAT 16:00 Woman's Hour (m001zfq5)
Highlights from the Woman's Hour week.


SAT 17:00 PM (m001zfq7)
Full coverage of the day's news.


SAT 17:30 Political Thinking with Nick Robinson (m001zk1y)
The Victoria Atkins One

After a damning report into maternity services in England, the Health Secretary opens up about her own traumatic childbirth experience in the NHS.

Victoria Atkins also speaks to Nick Robinson about a change of tone in dealings with doctors' unions, growing up as child of an MP and what she thought when Natalie Elphicke defected to Labour.


SAT 17:54 Shipping Forecast (m001zfq9)
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping


SAT 17:57 Weather (m001zfqc)
The latest weather reports and forecast


SAT 18:00 Six O'Clock News (m001zfqf)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4


SAT 18:15 Loose Ends (m001zdx3)
Frank Skinner, Maxine Peake, Kathryn Hughes, Rachel Fairburn join Stuart Maconie with music by Willy Vlautin and Phoebe Green

Joining Stuart Maconie in our Salford studio are the comedians Frank Skinner and Rachael Fairburn. In Franks latest stand up show '30 years of Dirt' he has his comedic eye firmly on the dirty joke, while Rachel Fairburn's showgirl finds her moving away from boozing and towards crystals - will it last?

Maxine Peake stars in Robin/Red/Breast at Manchester's Factory International. Based on John Bowen's cult TV play Robin Redbreast, Maxine plays Norah, a woman who has escaped the city for village life. But it is not exactly the idyll she dreamed off... The production is written by Imogen Knight and Daisy Johnson, directed by Sarah Frankcom and features music from Gazelle Twin.

In her latest book the The biographer and historian Kathryn Hughes tells the story of how we fell in love with cats, and illuminates the life of the man who did so much to change their image, the artist Louis Wain.

Music is from Willy Vlautin, novelist, songwriter and musician who was the lead singer in Richmond Fontaine. Willy also chats about his new novel 'The Horse', his most personal book yet, it examines the trials of a life on the road. And we also hear from BBC Introducting Rising Star Phoebe Green.

Presenter: Stuart Maconie
Producer: Jessica Treen


SAT 19:00 Profile (m001zdj1)
Baroness Floella Benjamin

You may know her from Play School, Bafta or the House of Lords, Baroness Floella Benjamin doesn’t sit still, she’s even appeared in panto.

Stephen Smith hears about the remarkable life of the Trinidad-born actress, TV presenter and author, who campaigns passionately for children and the Windrush generation.

Contributors
Colin Webb, Publisher, 'Coming to England'
Nero Ughwujabo, Senior Strategy Adviser - Equality Diversity and Inclusion, The Prince's Trust
Lord Simon Woolley, Principal at Homerton College, Cambridge University
Johnny Ball, Children's TV presenter
Paul Nicholas, Actor
Linzi Beuselinck, Actress
Jeremy Swan, Children's TV producer

Credits
BAFTA
Aladdin and The Forty Thieves, BBC 1984
Desert Island Discs, Baroness Floella Benjamin, BBC Radio 4, October 2020

Presenter: Stephen Smith
Producers: Diane Richardson and Drew Hyndman
Editor: Tom Bigwood
Sound: Neil Churchill
Programme Coordinators: Maria Ogundele and Sabine Schereck


SAT 19:15 This Cultural Life (m001z6pg)
John Adams

The work of composer and conductor John Adams blends the rhythmic vitality of Minimalism with late-Romantic orchestral harmonies. He emerged alongside Philip Glass, Steve Reich and other musical minimalists in the early 1970s, and his reputation grew with symphonic work and operas that tackle recent history including Nixon In China, the Death Of Klinghoffer and Dr Atomic. He is the winner of five Grammy Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Music, and is one of America’s greatest and most performed living composers.

Born and raised in New England, Adams learned the clarinet from his father and played in marching bands and community orchestras during his formative years. He began composing at the age of ten and heard his first orchestral pieces performed while still a teenager. He tells John Wilson about the huge influence the composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein and his televised Young People's Concerts had on him. He also reveals how jazz band leader and composer Duke Ellington influenced how he writes for the orchestra, and how Charles Dickens inspired him to embrace accessibly in his compositions.

Producer: Edwina Pitman

Extract from Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concert, What Does Music Mean? CBS, 18 January 1958, © The Leonard Bernstein Office


SAT 20:00 Archive on 4 (m001zfqh)
Turning 50: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

The stories say it was rejected by 121 publishers, reaching the Guinness Book of Records. After finally being published, Robert Pirsig's 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance', became an era defining text. The story of a man's motorbike trip across the American West soon appeared in college dorm rooms and on bedside cabinets around the world, but what was it about Pirsig's book that captivated readers?

Part travelogue, part philosophical treatise into the the nature of 'quality'. It's a spiritual quest on two wheels, powered by Eastern and Western philosophy and a fragile father-son bond. A fan of the book since he was a teenager, cultural historian and broadcaster Christopher Harding speaks to fellow devotees, about what the book means to them and how two of its greatest themes speak to us now more than ever. The first is Pirsig's conviction that at the root of much mental illness - his own included - lies a crisis of meaning. No creed or ideology can solve this, he thought; the answer is a renewed way of living that infuses every aspect of a person's life. Pirsig's second great theme is another major concern of our times: a crisis of masculinity, often playing out in fractured relationships between fathers and sons.

Chris' journey includes archive interviews with Robert Pirsig and landmarks of the book's cultural impact. It also features a lecture by Pirsig, given in 1974, that has never been broadcast before. Chris interviews Wendy Pirsig, Robert's wife and Jim Landis, the editor of the book. He also speaks to others who have been influenced by the book, including the philosopher Jonathan Rowson, the actor Rufus Hound and the poet Ann Tweedy.

Contributors:
Wendy Pirsig, Archivist and widow of Robert Pirsig
Jim Landis, Editor of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Jonathan Rowson, Philosopher and Chief Executive of the Charity Perspectiva
Ann Tweedy, Poet and Law Professor, University of South Dakota
Rufus Hound, actor and Comedian

Archive Credits:
'The Young and the Restless' (2010) CBS
Robert Pirsig Lecture at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1974), the Pirsig family.
Robert Pirsig interview (1974) NPR

Presented by Chris Harding
Produced by Sam Peach
Readings by Juliana Lisk


SAT 21:00 Shadow War: China and the West (m001zfqk)
Shadow War - Omnibus, Part 1

Could growing tensions lead to conflict? The rise of China is the defining challenge of our times – how far to co-operate, compete or confront? But has the West taken its eye off the ball? BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera looks at the points of friction in recent history, from espionage to free speech, the battle over technology and claims of political interference. This is a story about the competition to shape the world order. He speaks to politicians, spies, dissidents and those who’ve been caught up in the growing tension between China and the West.

Presenter: Gordon Corera
Series Producer: John Murphy
Producer: Olivia Lace-Evans
Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore (Naked Productions)
Programme Coordinator: Katie Morrison
Series Editor: Penny Murphy


SAT 22:00 News (m001zfqm)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4


SAT 22:15 The Food Programme (m001z6s3)
The Hong Kongers finding a new home through food

Jimi Famurewa meets the Hong Kongers who are serving, growing and eating the food of their home country to connect with their own food heritage and find a new sense of belonging.

Almost 200,000 Hong Kongers have arrived in the UK since a new government visa offered safe passage and the chance of a new life in January 2021. And, as they settle into communities across the UK, including in New Malden, Manchester and Reading, there’s been a noticeable impact on food culture. At Holy Sheep, in Camden, Jimi tastes the spicy rice noodles beloved by this new generation of Hong Kongers, before visiting Hong Kong's most famous organic farmer who relocated and now helps new migrants grow the culturally-significant Choy Sum and other Asian vegetables.

As he talks to Hong Kongers about the role food has played in settling into the UK, Jimi also finds out how, for some, food has become an act of resistance and a way to express political solidarity. From the so-called 'yellow economy' of pro democracy restaurants and food shops in Hong Kong, to choosing to travel miles to buy ingredients that don't come from China, Jimi starts to realise how food has become more than just a taste of home.

Produced by Nina Pullman for BBC Audio in Bristol.


SAT 23:00 Michael Spicer: No Room (m001yzzz)
1. Yellow

Can men called Tim change the world? Comedian Michael Spicer on the good, the great and the awful.

No Room features an up to the minute take on current events, alongside character-filled sketches which brilliantly capture everything that provokes us - culture, politics, work...and other people.

Michael is famous for his Room Next Door sketches which have amassed more than 100million views. Now he's pouring his cutting-edge online presence directly into your ears in this original, topical, and very funny new series.

Writer, Performer and Co-Editor: Michael Spicer

Composer and Sound Designer: Augustin Bousfield

Producer: Matt Tiller

A Tillervision production for BBC Radio 4


SAT 23:15 Michael Spicer: No Room (m001z001)
2. Orange

Louis Theroux attempts to win another BAFTA. An MP parachutes into a local election campaign. A football pundit considers a manager's future.

Comedian Michael Spicer brings his satirical talents to this original, topical, and very funny series. No Room features an up-to-the-minute take on current events, alongside character-filled sketches which brilliantly capture everything that provokes us - culture, politics, work... and other people.

Michael is famous for his Room Next Door government advisor character whose withering takedowns of politicians have amassed more than 100 million views and helped keep his audience sane in fractured times.

Writer, Performer and Co-Editor: Michael Spicer

Composer and Sound Designer: Augustin Bousfield

Producer: Matt Tiller

A Tillervision production for BBC Radio 4


SAT 23:30 Round Britain Quiz (m001z640)
Programme 10, 2024

(10/12)
Wales and Northern Ireland face off in the cryptic quiz for the last time this season. A win for either team could put them in a very strong position to take this year's series title. Kirsty Lang asks the questions, with Cariad Lloyd and Myfanwy Alexander playing for Wales, opposite Freya McClements and Paddy Duffy for Northern Ireland.

The questions today are:

Q1 (from Daniel Kitto) Where in the world do the day's end, Augustine's mother, an Ace detective and La Serenissima share a common route?

Q2 Why might bringing together a politician who gets a lot of letters, an overseer of Apprentices, and an Irish footballer and pundit (now retired) create a happy family?

Q3 Music: Where are we?

Q4 Why could a Wicked composer, a unit of frequency and the main constituent of granite find their end with a mining company founded on a Spanish river?

Q5 (from Adrian Perry) What's the masterful connection between a fictional Los Angeles detective, the first racing driver to compete in 300 Grand Prix races, and the pop group best known for introducing friends? And what kind of beard might suit them best?

Q6 (from Simon Meara) Music: Listen to these pieces and explain why none of them is the cause.

Q7 (from Anne Mitchell) Explain how, from a bad beginning, you might: keep the doctor away; cause fever, nausea, vomiting and death; use an incorrect word to humorous effect; succeed a 'dead butcher'; or be awarded the George Cross?

Q8 (from Karl Sabbagh) What might hold together charged particles in a magnetosphere, a group of iron oxides, and a huntsman of legend?

Producer: Paul Bajoria



SUNDAY 19 MAY 2024

SUN 00:00 Midnight News (m001zfqp)
The latest news and weather forecast from BBC Radio 4.


SUN 00:15 Open Book (m001z63y)
Hari Kunzru

Hari Kunzru speaks to Shahidha Bari about his new novel, Blue Ruin, about money's influence on art.

Plus the writing of historical crime fiction writer CJ Sansom. Following his sad passing two fellow writers guide us through his work and life: his friend William Shaw, who writes as GW Shaw, and also Stephanie Merritt, pen name SJ Parris.

And an audio postcard from Istanbul. Writer Andrew Finkel has lived there for over thirty years and describes how novelists have variously tried to unlock the city’s mysteries.

Presenter: Shahidha Bari
Producer: Emma Wallace

Book List – Sunday 12 May

Blue Ruin by Hari Kunzru
White Tears by Hari Kunzru
Red Pill by Hari Kunzru
The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru
Dissolution by C. J. Sansom
Heartstone by C.J. Sansom
Revelation by C.J. Sansom
The Shardlake Series by C. J. Sansom
Dominion by C. J. Sansom
Tombland by C. J. Sansom
Sovereign by C. J. Sansom
Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom
The Wild Swimmers by William Shaw
Alchemy by S. J. Parris
The Adventure of the Second Wife by Andrew Finkel
Istanbul: The Imperial City by John Freely
Candide by Voltaire
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Fog by Tevik Fikret
Sailing to Byzantium by WB Yeats
Stamboul Train by Graham Greene
The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye: Five Fairy Stories by A.S. Byatt
The Maltese Falcon by Samuel Dashiell Hammett


SUN 00:48 Shipping Forecast (m001zfqr)
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping


SUN 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (m001zfqt)
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service.


SUN 05:20 Shipping Forecast (m001zfqw)
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping


SUN 05:30 News Briefing (m001zfqy)
The latest news from BBC Radio 4


SUN 05:43 Bells on Sunday (m001zdk0)
The Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury in Portsmouth

Bells on Sunday comes from the Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury in Portsmouth


SUN 05:45 In Touch (m001z6jk)
Travelling Abroad

Hayley Kennedy, Amar Latif and Dawn Hopper are all experienced visually impaired travellers and we have brought them together to discuss the positives and pitfalls of travelling around the world when visually impaired. We discuss booking airport assistance, getting your guide dog on an airplane, allocations of special assistance seats on airplanes and why it can be important to have a positive attitude.

Hayley Kennedy is considered to be the only disabled person, let alone visually impaired person, to have travelled to every country recognised under the United Nations. Amar Latif founded the assisted holiday company for visually impaired people 'Traveleyes', who are celebrating their 20th year and Dawn Hopper has family in both Switzerland and Spain, and travels regularly with her new guide dog, Micky.

Presenter: Peter White
Producer: Beth Hemmings
Production Coordinator: David Baguley
Website image description: Peter White sits smiling in the centre of the image and he is wearing a dark green jumper. Above Peter's head is the BBC logo (three separate white squares house each of the three letters). Bottom centre and overlaying the image are the words "In Touch" and the Radio 4 logo (the word Radio in a bold white font, with the number 4 inside a white circle). The background is a bright mid-blue with two rectangles angled diagonally to the right. Both are behind Peter, one is a darker blue and the other is a lighter blue.


SUN 06:00 News Summary (m001zdh6)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4


SUN 06:05 Beyond Belief (m001z6j1)
Monsters and Gods

Bunny Love-Schock is an interfaith minister and practising witch. She has a devotional practice to the figure of Lilith, a character who has appeared in myth and religious storytelling for centuries. She’s been a demoness, a monster linked to owls, screeching and with wings. In the middle ages you might have been afraid of her harming your unborn or young children.

Now, Bunny tells us how she’s seen as a Goddess figure, in all her ambivalence.

Giles Fraser explores the monsters that have snarled at us from religious writings. What is their relationship to the divine? What are they trying to tell us and how do we see them now?

He’s joined by Professor Esther Hamori, author of ‘God’s Monsters’ who reminds us of the fearsome nature of angels, Dr Bihani Sarkar who has stories from classic Hindu literature and Natalie Lawrence, whose fascination with folklore and ancient myth inspired her book 'Enchanted Creatures'.

Producer: Rebecca Maxted
Assistant Producer: Ruth Purser
Editor: Jonathan Hallewell


SUN 06:35 On Your Farm (m001zdh8)
Zerodig!

Robin Markwell takes a closer look at a pilot project to measure the benefits of not digging the soil. He meets Ed Bonn who is conducting this scientific trial on seven acres of land next to the Royal Agricultural University near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. Ed tells Robin it's the largest trial scheme of its kind in the country. Ed believes that overlaying his new beds with alternate lengths of compost and woodchip will help promote the growth of fungal networks. He says that will then improve the soil health and boost productivity. Now he wants to prove it using science!

As part of the project run by Zerodig Earth and The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), vegetables at the site will be grown using the "Zerodig" method, a form of regenerative horticulture designed by Christopher Upton and Dr Mario Peters. Students will help tend the site during term-time and the local community will pitch in during the holidays. Robin also hears from the landowner Lord Bathurst and his land agent Tristan Chippendale as well as Dr Karen Rial-Lovera from the Royal Agricultural University and Jenny Phelps from FWAG.

It's hoped the project will eventually become a commercially viable fruit and vegetable business, supplying produce to the local community.

Presented and produced by Robin Markwell.


SUN 06:57 Weather (m001zdhb)
The latest weather reports and forecast


SUN 07:00 News and Papers (m001zdhd)
The latest news headlines. Including a look at the papers.


SUN 07:10 Sunday (m001zdhg)
A look at the ethical and religious issues of the week


SUN 07:54 Radio 4 Appeal (m001zdhj)
Lumos Foundation

Evanna Lynch, ambassador for Lumos Foundation makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of the charity.

To Give:
- UK Freephone 0800 404 8144
-You can donate online at bbc.co.uk/appeal/radio4
- Freepost BBC Radio 4 Appeal. (That’s the whole address. Please do not write anything else on the front of the envelope). Mark the back of the envelope ‘Lumos Foundation’.
- Cheques should be made payable to ‘Lumos Foundation’.
Please note that Freephone and online donations for this charity close at 23.59 on the Saturday after the Appeal is first broadcast. However the Freepost option can be used at any time.

Registered charity number: 1112575


SUN 07:57 Weather (m001zdhl)
The latest weather reports and forecast


SUN 08:00 News and Papers (m001zdhn)
The latest news headlines. Including a look at the Sunday papers


SUN 08:10 Sunday Worship (m001zdhq)
Conversation Under Trees

Conversation Under Trees

From the garden at St James’s Piccadilly, a service of Scripture, music, readings and conversation explores the interdependence of human beings with the earth.

Poetry from Zena Edwards and Diane Pacitti with music from St James’s Singers, the service lead by the Rector of St James’s, Lucy Winkett and the Director of Music was Michael Haslam, singers were St James’s music scholars and the viola was played by Dominic Stokes.

St James’s Church Piccadilly has a garden in the Chelsea Flower Show May 2024 called ‘Imagine the World to be Different’. It opens Tuesday the 21st May 2024.

Producer: Carmel Lonergan
Editor: Tim Pemberton


SUN 08:48 A Point of View (m001z6tk)
A Clean Break

Tom Shakespeare calls for new thinking to fix the current crisis in our prisons. Against a backdrop of overcrowding, violence and high rates of reoffending, he says we need a clearer vision of what prisons are really for.

"We want them to do lots of rather different things: punish people who have broken our laws; protect the public from violent criminals; rehabilitate offenders and teach them useful employment skills. Yet we are guilty of stigmatising people who have spent some time in prison."

Producer: Adele Armstrong
Sound: Peter Bosher
Production coordinator: Gemma Ashman
Editor: Bridget Harney


SUN 08:58 Tweet of the Day (m001zdhs)
Jackie Morris on the Raven

A new series of Tweet of the Day for Sunday morning revealing personal and fascinating stories from some fresh voices who have been inspired by birds, their calls and encounters.

For author, artist and illustrator Jackie Morris the language of the raven is as much poetic as they are intelligent. Her prose narration to this member of the crow family dispels the commonly held view that raven are dark malevolent beings of the natural world., they are a species to simply enjoy.

A BBC Audio Production from Bristol

Producer Andrew Dawes
Studio Manager : Ilse Lademann


SUN 09:00 Broadcasting House (m001zdhv)
The Sunday morning news magazine programme. Presented by Paddy O'Connell


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs (m001zdhx)
Dame Sarah Storey, athlete

Dame Sarah Storey is Great Britain’s most successful Paralympian, winning 17 gold, eight silver and three bronze medals. She was just 14 when she took two weeks off school to compete as a swimmer in the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics, where she won her first two gold medals. Since then, she has competed in a further seven Paralympics, switching to cycling from 2005.

A TV documentary inspired Sarah's childhood ambition to take part in the Paralympics, even though her swimming club coach told her that it was too late - at the age of 10 - to start training for an elite career.

After competing in four Paralympics in the pool, she decided to try cycling after persistent ear infections and chronic fatigue. She was immediately successful and has continued to win medals at both the Paralympics and World Championships in numerous events, breaking many world records. She is supported on and off the track by her husband, Barney Storey, who is also a gold medal-winning cyclist. They have two children, who were born in 2013 and 2017.

Sarah is the Active Travel Commissioner in her home city of Manchester, and is still training with the aim of competing in the 2024 Paralympics in Paris – which would be her ninth games, at the age of 46.

Presenter Lauren Laverne
Producer Sarah Taylor


SUN 11:00 The Archers Omnibus (m001zdhz)
WRITER: Sarah Hehir
DIRECTOR: Rosemary Watts
EDITOR: Jeremy Howe

Jolene Archer…. Buffy Davis
Kenton Archer…. Richard Attlee
Pip Archer…. Daisy Badger
Harrison Burns…. James Cartwright
Alice Carter…. Hollie Chapman
Chris Carter…. Wilf Scolding
Ruairi Donovan…. Arthur Hughes
George Grundy…. Angus Stobie
Jakob Hakansson…. Paul Venables
Chelsea Horrobin…. Madeleine Leslay
Tracy Horrobin…. Susie Riddell
Alistair Lloyd…. Michael Lumsden
Paul Mack…. Joshua Riley
Adam Macy…. Andrew Wincott
Kirsty Miller…. Annabelle Dowler
Freddie Pargetter…. Toby Laurence
Fallon Rogers…. Joanna Van Kampen
Mick…. Martin Barrass
Lisa…. Rhiannon Neads


SUN 12:15 Profile (m001zdj1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Saturday]


SUN 12:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (m001z66n)
Series 81

Episode 1

Radio 4's multi award-winning ‘antidote to panel games’ promises yet more quality, desk-based entertainment for all the family. The series begins at the New Theatre in Oxford where Rachel Parris and the Reverend Richard Coles are pitched against Tony Hawks and Alexander Armstrong, with Jack Dee in the role of reluctant chairman.

Regular listeners will know to expect inspired nonsense, pointless revelry and Colin Sell at the piano.

Producer - Jon Naismith.

A Random production for BBC Radio 4


SUN 12:57 Weather (m001zdj3)
The latest weather forecast


SUN 13:00 The World This Weekend (m001zdj5)
Radio 4's look at the week's big stories from both home and around the world.


SUN 13:30 Broken Politicians, Broken Politics (m001zdf4)
Are British politicians at breaking point?

In this new digital age with its high level of public scrutiny, the sheer amount of abuse, disdain and direct threat politicians get is causing their mental health to take a real hit.

And this matters. Broken politicians equal broken politics and that’s bad news for us all.

Few can dispute that in the wake of a near constant stream of scandals, public perceptions of politics and politicians have become increasingly cynical and toxic.

So what impact is this all having on our politicians and our politics?

Jennifer Nadel - Co-Founder of Compassion in Politics - hears raw personal testimony from MPs across the House who have reached breaking point and worse, asking what this means for the health of our democracy?

In this Radio 4 investigation into the mental health and wellbeing of politicians, MPs talk candidly about the incessant pressures of the job and the escalating mental health crisis in parliament.

The programme reveals shocking testimony including one former government minister who tells us ‘Politics has left me a broken human being.’ A young MP describes attempting to take his own life, revealing to the BBC that he is not alone.

And these seem not to be isolated incidents. In 18 months the police received around 3,000 reports of harassment and 23 death threats. In the preliminary findings of a 2024 survey of departing MPs that this programme has exclusive access to, two thirds of respondents say the job adversely affected their mental health; half said fears for their families were a major factor in their decision to stand down and a quarter said they would not encourage others to stand for parliament. The murder of MPs Jo Cox and Sir David Amess have only confounded these fears.

This programme asks whether the mental health crisis is affecting MPs' ability to govern. Many say it does, and that good people are simply being driven out or away from public life.

In the face of these mounting personal testimonies Radio 4 asks MPs, what emergency measures are now necessitated?

Producer: Daniel Tetlow
Presenter: Jennifer Nadel
Studio Manager: Rod Farquhar
Production Coordinator: Gemma Ashman
Editor: Richard Vadon


SUN 14:00 Gardeners' Question Time (m001z6sm)
Trinity College

Any tips on how I can successfully grow heavy potatoes in a bucket? Is there any way to get rid of slugs without killing them? Do you recommend the use of Coir in compost and how would you use it?

Peter Gibbs and his team of horticultural experts are at Trinity College in Oxford for this week's episode of Gardeners' Question Time.

Joining Peter to resolve the audience's horticultural dilemmas are passionate plantswoman Christine Walkden, garden designer Chris Beardshaw, and Head of Oxford Botanical Gardens Dr Chris Thorogood.

Later in the programme, Chris Beardshaw speaks with head gardener of Trinity College Kate Burtonwood to discuss the potential trials and errors of redesigning their north lawn border.

Producer: Dan Cocker

Assistant Producer: Rahnee Prescod

Executive Producer: Carly Maile

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4


SUN 14:45 Singing with the Nightingales (b044m17b)
Late in the evening on 19th May, 1924, the BBC made its first live wildlife outside broadcast, from the cellist Beatrice Harrison's garden. A nightingale joined in, singing as she played and listeners were entranced.

100 years to the day, Radio 4 mark the anniversary, broadcasting again 'Singing with the Nightingales'. In this the folk musician Sam Lee finds, somewhere in southern England, "some melodious plot/ Of beechen green, and shadows numberless", as Keats puts it in his 'Ode to a Nightingale', where the birds are singing "of summer with full throated ease".

Sam, with the cellist Francesca Ter-Berg, violinist Flora Curzon and viola player Laurel Pardue, sings traditional songs that feature nightingales, such as 'The Tan Yard Side', to the nightingales as they sing in the thickets. Sam also considers our relationship with this amazing songster, which appears in so many songs and poems. We hear, too, Beatrice's reminiscence of that first nightingale broadcast, 100 years ago.

So popular was Beatrice Harrison's original duet that the cello and nightingale concerts were broadcast annually, eagerly awaited by listeners around the globe. We hear, too, how in 1942 this beautiful, fragile collaboration was silenced by war.

Producer: Julian May


SUN 15:00 Electric Decade (m000plwp)
Electric Decade: The Good Soldier

By Ford Maddox Ford
Adapted by Sebastian Baczkiewicz

A new adaptation of Ford Maddox Ford’s classic novel. John Dowell is the original unreliable narrator in a twisted tale of sex, money and murder.

John Dowell (Kyle Soller) recounts the ‘saddest story ever told’, in which ‘good soldier’ Edward Ashburnham's libido leaves countless lives in ruins. Sharp, menacing and ultimately deadly, The Good Soldier can be seen as the prototype for the psychosexual drama. In charge of the story is Dowell - the impotent, voyeuristic husband of Florence, whose love affair with Edward ultimately ends in tragedy. But how much can we trust Dowell’s account of events? How does he know such intimate details of his wife’s affair? And who is really responsible for the dramatic tragedies that hang over the story?

Of The Good Soldier Graham Greene said, 'I don't know how many times in nearly forty years I have come back to this novel'. While Julian Barnes simply described it as 'a masterpiece'.

John Dowell…. Kyle Soller
Florence Dowell…. Tonya Cornelisse
Edward Ashburnham…. Patrick Baladi
Leonora Ashburnham…. Fiona O’Shaughnessy
Major Hazleton…. Mark Bonnar
Nancy Rufford…. Ashna Rabheru
Jimmy Doyle…. Ronan Summers
Maisie Maidan…. Cecilia Appiah

Directed by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production


SUN 16:00 Open Book (m001zdj8)
Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry talks to Shahidha Bari about her new book, Enlightenment.

Plus authors Rosie Andrews and Bridget Collins on combining history, myth and imagination in their new novels: Rosie's The Puzzle Wood, and Bridget's The Silence Factory.

And author Abir Mukherjee on his Book I'd Never Lend - The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Presenter: Shahidha Bari
Producer: Emma Wallace

Book List – Sunday 19 May

Enlightenment by Sarah Perry
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
The Silence Factory by Bridget Collins
The Puzzle Wood by Rosie Andrews
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Hunted by Abir Mukherjee


SUN 16:30 Round Britain Quiz (m001zdjb)
Programme 11, 2024

(11/12)
The Midlands and the South of England teams join Kirsty Lang for the penultimate contest in this series of the cryptic quiz. For the final time this year, Frankie Fanko and Stephen Maddock face Paul Sinha and Marcus Berkmann.

Today's questions are:

Q1 In Edinburgh someone shows you to your seat at a wedding. In Poole you're in a place that sends warnings to ships. In Manchester you'd find Simon & Garfunkel's last album with the middle missing. So where has a herb recently become a prison?

Q2 Someone who put his signature on a urinal, two people of very different heights, and Robert John Lange: what kind of dog might they all own?

Q3 (from Daniel Kitto) Music: Why might these all lead to recognition?

Q4 The Hasmonean dynasty, the sweetest innovation of Catherine de Medici, Yankee Doodle's feathered cap, and somewhere you'd go to gamble in China: shouldn't they be Scottish?

Q5 Why do Stravinsky's operatic Turk, an artistic hobby-horse, Cass Elliot and an Ottoman royal tutor appear to be caught in a lava flow?

Q6 Music: Why might you unearth this piece of music, and Bathsheba's feckless husband, and the creator of Z-Cars, at Hissarlik?

Q7 (from Isabel Evans) What links a Scottish dialect and one used by Dante and Petrarch, a sporting individual, and a chemical bond? And why might all of this interest a hermit near Aleppo?

Q8 (from Tom Peach) If the sports stars Michael Slater, Lionel Messi and John Milburn invited you for dinner, who might be on the menu?

Producer: Paul Bajoria


SUN 17:00 Witness History (w3ct4xbm)
La Haine: The film that shocked France

In 1993, film director Mathieu Kassovitz started work on what would become a cult cinema classic, La Haine.

La Haine would follow three friends from a poor immigrant neighbourhood in the Paris suburbs 24 hours after a riot.

The film was released in 1995 to huge critical acclaim and Mathieu won best director at the Cannes Film Festival.

It was heavily critical of policing in France and it caught the attention of high profile politicians in the country, including then Prime Minister, Alain Juppé.

Thirty years on, Mathieu has been sharing his memories of that time with Matt Pintus.

(Photo: Vincent Cassel "Vinz" in La Haine. Credit: Studio Canal+)


SUN 17:10 The Invention Of... (m001z65x)
China

The life and times of Chairman Mao

Misha Glenny and Miles Warde travel east to tell the story of China - what it is and where it came from.

"Twentieth century China is the most extraordinary place, and Mao is at the heart of nearly all of it."

With the help of Tania Branigan, Red Memory: Living, Remembering and Forgetting China's Cultural Revolution; plus Chris Buckley, Chief China correspondent of the New York Times, Frances Wood, Paul French, Ian Johnson, the author of Sparks, and Jonathan Fenby, former editor of the South China Morning Post.

The producer for BBC studios is Miles Warde.


SUN 17:54 Shipping Forecast (m001zdjf)
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping


SUN 17:57 Weather (m001zdjh)
The latest weather reports and forecast


SUN 18:00 Six O'Clock News (m001zdjk)
National and international news from BBC Radio 4


SUN 18:15 Pick of the Week (m001zdjm)
John Gallagher

Do bees have feelings? What would a Radiohead cover of the Hokey Cokey sound like? Is there a stew that can make you have twins? This week’s best radio takes us from camping on campus to the ancient Roman holiday from hell, and has tips on bringing down a government and catching an international criminal (you have to start in Nottingham). We dig into the ethics of lying to our loved ones and find out how a granny of good character can get her hands on a dirty book in 1930s Ireland...

Presenter: John Gallagher
Producer: Elizabeth Foster
Production Co-ordinators: Pete Liggins & Paul Holloway


SUN 19:00 The Archers (m001zddz)
Tensions rise at the cricket, and Jazzer attempts to lend a hand from afar.


SUN 19:15 How Much Can You Say? (m001zdjp)
"The north London heroin trade is almost folklore at this stage."

For decades, calculated gang warfare involving Turkish, Turkish Cypriot, and Kurdish heroin dealers has played out on the streets of north London, in the midst of dry cleaners, empty market stalls, and oddly abundant carpet shops. In this intimate documentary, we hear the careful accounts of women and young people on the edges of that world.

"It is a life-or-death situation to say the wrong thing."

Featuring creative direction and original poetry from Tice Cin, an award-winning interdisciplinary artist from Tottenham and Enfield.

"The best way to put it is if you look at the Turkish word ‘suskunluk’ ... It's the honour thing, you can't be bad-mouthing your own community."

Presented by Tice Cin
Produced by Jude Shapiro with Tice Cin
Executive Producer: Jack Howson
Mixed by Arlie Adlington - including music composed by Tice Cin with Oscar Deniz Kemanci

A Peanut & Crumb production for BBC Radio 4


SUN 19:45 Why Do We Do That? (m001fwf1)
Why Do We Sit Down to Poo?

You might think sitting is a recent technological advancement, but both squat and sit-down toilets have been around for millennia. Today Westerners have embraced the sit-down toilet, whereas billions in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and even parts of Europe use toilets that are designed specifically for squatting. But which is better for us - sitting or squatting? Ella Al-Shamahi speaks to gastroenterologist Dr Rohan Modi who has been investigating the best way to do your business, and gets personal with comedian Eshaan Akba.


SUN 20:00 Word of Mouth (m001z6q1)
Disaster Dialogue

Professor Lucy Easthope explains why language is important in the aftermath of a disaster, why some words are useful and some can be damaging.

Produced for BBC Audio Bristol by Sally Heaven


SUN 20:30 Last Word (m001z6sr)
Dame Shirley Conran, Doreen Massey, Beverley LaHaye, Steve Albini

Matthew Bannister on

Dame Shirley Conran, the journalist and author best known for her books “Superwoman” and “Lace”.

Baroness Doreen Massey, the educator and former director of the Family Planning Association

Beverly LaHaye the founder of Concerned Women of America who campaigned to stop the Equal Rights Amendment.

Steve Albini, the controversial musician who worked many influential albums including Nirvava’s “In Utero”.

Producer: Ed Prendeville

Archive used:
National Women’s Coalition for Life, National Cable Satellite Corporation, C-Span, 03/04/1992; Former President Trump Speaks at Concerned Women for America Summit, National Cable Satellite Corporation, C-Span, 15/09/2023; Beverly LaHaye, Concernedwomen.org, 23/02/2017; President Reagan's Remarks at Convention of Concerned Women for America, Reagan Library, YouTube upload, 28/11/2017; The PTL Club, The PTL Club – Heritage USA, YouTube upload, 12/08/2022; Woman's Hour, 07/11/2014; Woman's Hour, 02/08/2012; Graham Norton, BBC Radio 2, 14/07/2012; The Stephen McCauley Show, BBC Radio Ulster, 29/08/2022; House of Lords, parliament.tv, 24/04/2019; Baroness Massey Stories of Democracy, House of Lords, YouTube upload, 22/11/2012


SUN 21:00 Money Box (m001zdjr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:04 on Saturday]


SUN 21:25 Radio 4 Appeal (m001zdhj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:54 today]


SUN 21:30 From Our Own Correspondent (m001zdjt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:30 on Saturday]


SUN 22:00 Westminster Hour (m001zdjw)
Radio 4's Sunday night political discussion programme.


SUN 23:00 In Our Time (m001z6p8)
Philippa Foot

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the most significant philosophers of the twentieth century, Philippa Foot (1920 - 2010). Her central question was, “Why be moral?” Drawing on Aristotle and Aquinas, Foot spent her life working through her instinct that there was something lacking in the prevailing philosophy of the 1950s and 1960s which held that values could only be subjective. Could there really be no objective response to the horrors of the concentration camps that she had seen on newsreels, no way of saying that such acts were morally wrong? Foot developed an ethics based on virtues, in which humans needed virtues to flourish as surely as plants needed light and water. While working through her ideas she explored applied ethics and the difference between doing something and letting it happen, an idea she illustrated with what became The Trolley Problem.

With

Anil Gomes
Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Trinity College, University of Oxford

Sophie Grace Chappell
Professor of Philosophy at the Open University

And

Rachael Wiseman
Reader in Philosophy at the University of Liverpool

Producer: Simon Tillotson
In Our Time is a BBC Studios Audio Production

Reading list:

Philippa Foot, Virtues and Vices (Oxford University Press, 1978)

Philippa Foot, Moral Dilemmas (Oxford University Press, 2002)

Philippa Foot, Natural Goodness (Oxford University Press, 2001)

John Hacker-Wright, Philippa Foot's Moral Thought (Bloomsbury, 2013)

Benjamin Lipscomb, The Women Are Up To Something (Oxford University Press, 2021)

Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman, Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life (Chatto, 2022)

Dan Russell (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics (Cambridge University Press), especially ‘Virtue Ethics in the Twentieth Century’ by Timothy (now Sophie Grace) Chappell


SUN 23:45 Short Works (m001z6sp)
An Affliction by Lottie Mills

A specially commissioned short story for BBC Radio 4 by the award-winning Lottie Mills. In this fantastical tale, a strange illness takes hold of those living at the Saint Francis Invalid Colony...

Lottie Mills won the BBC Young Writers Award in 2020, and her debut collection, Monstrum is published in 2024. In her stories, Lottie delights in the uncanny, the unusual and the unique power of outsiders.

Reader: Hayley Atwell
The producer is Di Speirs
The director is Justine Willett



MONDAY 20 MAY 2024

MON 00:00 Midnight News (m001zdjy)
The latest news and weather forecast from BBC Radio 4.


MON 00:15 Crossing Continents (m001z6jm)
Return of the Benin Bronzes

In 1897 British colonial forces attacked and looted the ancient Kingdom of Benin in what is now southern Nigeria. Thousands of precious objects were taken including stunning sculptures made of bronze, brass, ivory and terracotta. Some were decorative, some were sacred. Known collectively as the Benin Bronzes, they were famed for their craftsmanship and beauty. The majority ended up in museums around the world. But ever since Nigerians have been demanding their return. The Bronzes became symbols of the wider global campaign for restitution by former colonial powers. Now finally, some have been handed back. For Crossing Continents, Peter Macjob travels to Nigeria to track the return of the Bronzes, and find out what it means for Nigeria to have these lost treasures come home.

Producer: Alex Last
Studio mix: Neil Churchill
Production coordinator: Gemma Ashman
Editor: Penny Murphy


MON 00:45 Bells on Sunday (m001zdk0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 05:43 on Sunday]


MON 00:48 Shipping Forecast (m001zdk2)
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping


MON 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (m001zdk4)
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service.


MON 05:20 Shipping Forecast (m001zdk6)
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping


MON 05:30 News Briefing (m001zdk8)
The latest news from BBC Radio 4


MON 05:43 Prayer for the Day (m001zdkb)
A reflection and prayer to start the day with George Craig, a Methodist local preacher in Cardiff


MON 05:45 Farming Today (m001zdkd)
The latest news about food, farming and the countryside


MON 05:57 Weather (m001zdkg)
Weather reports and forecasts for farmers


MON 06:00 Today (m001zdd6)
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.


MON 09:00 Start the Week (m001zdd8)
Art: market, money and malfeasance

The National Gallery in London is displaying Caravaggio’s last painting, The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula (until 21 July 2024), an extraordinary work depicting the violence and intense naturalism of the scene, and the painter’s revolutionary use of dramatic lighting. The curator Francesca Whitlum-Cooper says Caravaggio changed the art world in the 17th century. But the painter was as famous for his personal life as his art: he left murder and mayhem in his wake as he attempted to evade the law.

For most of its existence The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula languished in private collections and was sold for just £3,500 in the 1970s, with few believing it was by Caravaggio. Now it’s been identified as an original it’s worth millions. The fortunes to be made and lost in the art market, the risks, the greed and the deals are the subject of Orlando Whitfield’s book All That Glitters. He details his friendship with the contemporary art dealer Inigo Philbrick, a young man whose spectacular rise is matched only by his dramatic fall, convicted and imprisoned for fraud owing $86.7 million.

The art market is often shrouded in secrecy and is one of the very few unregulated markets left in the global economy. Angelina Giovani-Agha is an art historian who has specialised in provenance research. She understands that each painting has a story to tell and a unique record of acquisition. Her work involves investigating ownership history and highlighting any murky inconsistencies, as well as specialising in looted artworks.

Producer: Katy Hickman


MON 09:45 Café Hope (m001zddb)
Believing in Belfast

Rachel Burden hears from David Boyd who set up Belfast Child, a social enterprise to help get young people of the street with mentoring and sports activities.

Café Hope is our virtual Radio 4 coffee shop, where guests pop in for a brew and a chat to tell us what they’re doing to make things better in big and small ways. Think of us as sitting in your local café and celebrating the people making the world a better place.

We’re all about trying to make change. It might be a transformational project that helps an entire community, or it might be about trying to make one life a little bit easier. And the key here is in the trying. This is real life. Not everything works, and there are struggles along the way. But it’s always worth a go.

You can contact us on cafehope@bbc.co.uk

Presenter: Rachel Burden
Producer: Uma Doraiswamy
Sound Design: Nicky Edwards
Researcher: Katie Morgan
Editor: Clare Fordham


MON 10:00 Woman's Hour (m001zddd)
Infected blood scandal, Anita Pallenberg, Feminist theatre

The long awaited final report of the public inquiry into the infected blood scandal is published today, The inquiry was announced in 2017 after years of campaigning by victims. From the 1970s to the early 1990s, approximately 30,000 people were infected with blood contaminated with HIV and Hepatitis C. Over 3,000 have since died, with one person estimated to die every four days in the UK. The affected groups include those who received infected blood via blood transfusions, such as women following childbirth, and individuals with haemophilia—predominantly males—and others with similar bleeding disorders who received contaminated blood products. Around 1,250 people with bleeding disorders, including 380 children were infected with HIV. Fewer than 250 are still alive today. Some transmitted HIV to their partners. Nuala McGovern speaks to Clair, who gave evidence to the inquiry. She has been campaigning for years for the wives and partners who became infected to be heard and acknowledged.

Anita Pallenberg was the quintessential 1960s Rock and Roll IT girl. A model, actress and artist, she is best remembered as a muse for The Rolling Stones. But a new film about her life, Catching Fire: The Story Of Anita Pallenberg, puts her experiences front and centre and explores her unique creativity and her influence on the sound and swagger of The Stones. Her son Marlon Richards, who is an executive producer on the film, tells Nuala McGovern about her wild and intense life.

The book Feminist Theatre – Then and Now brings to life the lived experiences of three generations of women working in British theatre over the last fifty years and reveals the struggle to succeed in an industry where gender, race, sexuality, class and parenthood were, and still can be serious obstacles to success. Nuala is joined by the book’s editor Cheryl Robson and a contributor, the playwright Moira Buffini.


MON 11:00 The Tourist Trap (m001zddg)
Episode 1

The travel industry is booming with millions more people holidaying abroad each year. In this first episode of The Tourist Trap, seasoned BBC TV travelogue presenter Rajan Datar focuses on the relentless rise of global tourism and the impact that’s having on local communities. He hears how the Indian travel market is gearing up to conquer the world. He visits the Austrian village that regularly gets swamped by ten times as many tourists as there are residents. He is in Venice as it begins charging visitors to enter the city on certain days. He’ll also be hearing how people have come to the end of their tether in Tenerife. Are we now in danger of killing the goose that lays the golden eggs – ruining the very natural beauty and attractions that we seek out so keenly?

Produced by Bob Howard.


MON 11:45 A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton (m001zddk)
Episode 1: The People Made of Glass

Caroline Crampton explores the history of hypochondria, drawing together cultural history and moving personal memoir.

When she was 17, Caroline Crampton developed a blood cancer which was diagnosed when a tumour appeared on her neck. After several rounds of gruelling treatment, including chemotherapy and weeks in an isolation ward, the doctors announced that her cancer was cured. But – understandably – Caroline herself was not so sure. Ever alert to new symptoms, feeling anxiously for new tumours on her neck, she worries continually that the cancer has returned.

‘The fear that there is something wrong with me, that I am sick, is always with me.’

This personal experience becomes the starting point for an exploration of the history of hypochondria or health anxiety, from the ancient Greeks to the modern wellness industry. It is, she says, ‘an ancient condition which makes itself anew for every age’.

In this first episode, Caroline tells the extraordinary story of the ‘people made of glass’. From the 14th to the 17th Century, people who felt fragile and extremely brittle believed that their internal organs had literally been transformed into glass.

"One report from the early 17th Century by a French royal physician concerned a Parisian glassmaker who suffered from a form of the delusion focused on the buttocks. He supposedly went around with a small cushion fastened to his behind at all times, in case they broke when he sat down. He was apparently cured by a doctor who beat him severely..."

Caroline Crampton is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Granta, the New Humanist, and the Spectator. Her previous book The Way to the Sea (2019) is a journey down the Thames from source to sea. She hosts the Shedunnit podcast about detective fiction.

The reader, Tuppence Middleton, is a British actress known for her stage and screen roles in Downton Abbey, The Imitation Game, His Dark Materials and The Motive and the Cue.

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Produced and abridged by Elizabeth Burke and Heather Dempsey
Executive Producer: Jo Rowntree
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MON 14:15 The Train at Platform 4 (m0013swn)
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Episode four of Punt and Dennis's new sitcom, set in the claustrophobic carriages of a cross-country rail service.

When First Class Steward Gilbert discovers his step-sister is a passenger on the train, he's forced to spend the journey hiding from her. It seems that his whole life Gilbert has been living a lie. Meanwhile, Sam must contend with a carriage full of Roundheads on their way to a re-enactment of the Battle of Naseby, armed with a collection of very realistic pikes.

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This programme was first broadcast in December 2020.


MON 15:00 Great Lives (m001zdf1)
Harriet Harman on Maria Callas

The legendary opera star Maria Callas was lauded for her magnetic stage presence and extraordinary vocal range. Born in New York in 1923 to Greek immigrant parents, she moved with her mother and sister to Greece aged 13. In 1939 she attended the Athens Conservatoire where she embarked on a rigorous vocal training in the Italian "bel canto" tradition. After the Second World War she moved to Italy, where she was mentored by the leading conductor Tullio Serafin, and became one of the most celebrated opera stars of the day, making triumphant appearances at La Scala in Milan, Covent Garden in London and the Metropolitan in New York.

Labour MP and former Deputy Prime Minister Harriet Harman is a lifelong fan, who says that despite Callas' tremendous talent and hard work she was unfairly vilified for behaving like a "diva" in the pejorative sense. She says that Callas was one of the first celebrities to get the full "tabloid treatment", and endured prurient press interest in her relationship with the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. We hear from Robert Sutherland, a pianist who accompanied Maria Callas during her world tour in 1973-1974, about their friendship. Joining Harriet and Matthew in the studio is singer, musician, teacher and researcher Nina Horrocks, also known by her stage name Ziazan. She specialises in the "bel canto" technique that Callas trained in, and has a YouTube channel dedicated to the subject called Phantoms of the Opera (https://www.youtube.com/c/PhantomsoftheOpera).

Archive includes:
Maria Callas in conversation with Edward Downes, 1967, Angel Records
Maria Callas: Today interview with Barbara Walters, 1974, NBC

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MON 15:30 History's Secret Heroes (p0hm0r3g)
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Helena Bonham Carter shines a light on extraordinary stories from World War Two. Join her for incredible tales of deception, acts of resistance and courage.

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MON 16:00 Broken Politicians, Broken Politics (m001zdf4)
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MON 18:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (m001zdfd)
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This series of Radio 4's multi award-winning ‘antidote to panel games’ promises more homespun wireless entertainment for the young at heart.

This week the programme pays a return visit to the New Theatre in Oxford where Rachel Parris and the Reverend Richard Coles are pitched against Tony Hawks and Alexander Armstrong, with Jack Dee in the chair.

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MON 20:00 The Briefing Room (m001z6q3)
Avian flu is evolving but what risk does it pose to us?

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David Aaronovitch speaks to:

Professor Wendy Barclay, action medical research chair in virology at Imperial College London
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MON 20:30 BBC Inside Science (m001z6q5)
Is gene therapy the future?

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Also this week, atmospheric scientist Laura Wilcox answers an interesting listener question about the effect volcanoes can have on the weather and sticks around to dig into the connection between aerosols and weather in different regions.

The exhibition “Bees: A Story of Survival” opened at the World Museum in Liverpool this month. Part of the show explains the how honeybees communicate through vibration. Physicist Martin Bencsik, who collected and studies these vibrations, plays us a few and explains their meaning.

And did you get a chance to see the auroras that covered a large part of the Northern Hemisphere last weekend? The intense solar activity that caused them has some people alarm. Jim Al-Khalili, who has written a science fiction novel based on the concept, talks what is protecting us from solar flares and what could go wrong.

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MON 22:45 Making Amends (m000yzvp)
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Making Amends is a therapeutic process that encourages people to recognise behaviour in their past which, because of addiction problems, goes against their values and standards. But the need to make amends and apologise for lapses of behaviour is not just confined to the addicted.

1/5. Jo
Until last week, Jo had been drinking heavily for 30 years. She sets off to find and apologise to Kieran, her ex-boyfriend from her student days.

Nick Walker is the writer of Annika Stranded, which ran for six seasons on BBC Radio 4 between 2013 and 2020. Annika - a TV version - will be broadcast in 2021. He has also written two critically-acclaimed novels , Blackbox and Helloland. His plays and other short stories for radio include The First King of Mars, Life Coach and Stormchasers.

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TUE 00:30 A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton (m001zddk)
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TUE 09:00 Being Roman with Mary Beard (m001zdrj)
9. Soldiering for Softies

The image of the battle-hardened, well regimented Roman soldier has been set in stone by movies, novels and video games. The letters of Claudius Terentianus reveal something very different. A terrible moaner, the young soldier has to beg his father to send the most basic of equipment, from sandals to swords. Stuck in the marines, the poorly paid squad tasked with guarding grain supplies, he bribes and wangles his way into a more illustrious legion, but still seems to spend more time shopping than fighting.

Mary Beard catches up with Terentianus at the British Museum's Legion exhibition and discovers more about his uncanny ability to avoid conflict and ensure a prosperous retirement.

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Expert Contributors: Carolina Rangel de Lima, British Museum; Livia Capponi, Pavia University and Claire Holleran Exeter University

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TUE 09:30 All in the Mind (m001zdrl)
Why is exercise good for your mental health?

As part of the BBC’s mental well-being season, All in the Mind takes a deep dive into the evidence on the relationship between exercise and mental health. Not just whether getting moving can make a difference, but why.

Claudia Hammond laces up her running shoes and goes for a jog on the seafront in Eastbourne with a group of people who are running for their mental health. Claudia meets the founder of 'Run Talk Run', Jess Robson, and talks to other members of the group about why they find exercise to be helpful.

Back in the studio, Claudia speaks to Jonathan Roiser, Professor of Neuroscience and Mental Health at University College London. He’s about to embark on a major piece of research that should help us understand a lot more about what exercise does for people with depression. As well as explaining what they’re hoping to discover, he tells her about the latest research into exercise and mental health. Why does it work for some people and not others, and what’s the best exercise for your brain?

Then there’s the commonly held belief that exercise is good for your mood because it ‘gets the endorphins going’, but we know that endorphins are not able to cross the blood-brain barrier. Claudia talks to Dr Hilary Marusak from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit about one of the possible alternatives – the endocannabinoid system.

Throughout the programme Claudia is joined by Dr Peter Olusoga, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. Together they discuss the many barriers people face to improving their physical activity, including the fact that poor mental health itself can stop you wanting to exercise in the first place.

And if getting more exercise really does sound like the worst idea you can think of, it turns out that watching sport on TV might also be good for you.

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TUE 10:00 Woman's Hour (m001zg4r)
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TUE 11:00 Screenshot (m001z6t9)
Meryl Streep

From early, Oscar-winning roles in The Deer Hunter and Sophie's Choice, through to Mamma Mia! and The Iron Lady, Meryl Streep has earned a reputation as the greatest actress of our times. As the star receives an honorary Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Ellen E Jones and Mark Kermode discuss the remarkable depth, breadth and legacy of her career.

Ellen speaks to writer Michael Schulman, author of Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep, about the actor's beginnings in the 1970s, and the power of a Meryl acceptance speech. And she discusses the actress' breakout comedic role alongside Roseanne Barr in 1989's She-Devil, with the film's director Susan Seidelman.

And Mark speaks to actor Kate Winslet about her decades-long love for Meryl's work, from Angels In America to Death Becomes Her, and about how it felt to beat her heroine to a Best Actress Oscar.

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TUE 11:45 A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton (m001zg4t)
Episode 2: All Disease Begins in the Gut

Caroline Crampton explores the history of hypochondria, drawing together cultural history and moving personal memoir.

When she was 17, Caroline Crampton developed a blood cancer which was diagnosed when a tumour appeared on her neck. After several rounds of gruelling treatment, including chemotherapy and weeks in an isolation ward, the doctors announced that her cancer was cured. But – understandably – Caroline herself was not so sure. Ever alert to new symptoms, feeling anxiously for new tumours on her neck, she worries continually that the cancer has returned.

‘The fear that there is something wrong with me, that I am sick, is always with me.’

This personal experience becomes the starting point for an exploration of the history of hypochondria or health anxiety, from the ancient Greeks to the modern wellness industry. It is, she says, ‘an ancient condition which makes itself anew for every age’.

In this episode, we learn about the earliest understandings of hypochondria from the time of Hippocrates, and how the word at first referred to a physical region of the body, the abdomen.

"A strong cultural association remains between the digestive system and our emotional state: we still talk of having a ‘gut feeling’. This sense of an instinctive understanding rooted in the abdomen, separate from more ‘rational’ knowledge in the brain, is a survivor from this era of medical theory. It’s also a key component of hypochondria. I can know logically that my every shiver is not the arrival of a fever, nor my every sneeze an indication that I have caught a deadly virus, but when the anxiety overrides this rational certainty, it can feel like a different part of me is in charge. It’s in the stomach region that I experience those ungovernable lurches of fear, as if that is still where the hypochondria rests within me, just as those Ancient Greek practitioners believed."

Caroline Crampton is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Granta, the New Humanist, and the Spectator. Her previous book The Way to the Sea (2019) is a journey down the Thames from source to sea. She hosts the Shedunnit podcast about detective fiction.

The reader, Tuppence Middleton, is a British actress known for her stage and screen roles in Downton Abbey, The Imitation Game, His Dark Materials and The Motive and the Cue.

Find all the latest books at the bottom of the Sounds homepage. Just click on the Books collection.

Produced and abridged by Elizabeth Burke and Heather Dempsey
Executive Producer: Jo Rowntree
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This is an EcoAudio certified production.


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Shadow War: China and the West

Shadow War - 7. The Abduction

Could growing tensions lead to conflict? The rise of China is the defining challenge of our times – how far to co-operate, compete or confront? But has the West taken its eye off the ball? BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera looks at the points of friction in recent history, from espionage to free speech, the battle over technology and claims of political interference. This is a story about the competition to shape the world order. He speaks to politicians, spies, dissidents and those who’ve been caught up in the growing tension between China and the West.

Presenter: Gordon Corera
Series Producer: John Murphy
Producer: Olivia Lace-Evans
Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore (Naked Productions)
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TUE 14:00 The Archers (m001zdfg)
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TUE 14:15 Drama on 4 (m001zg56)
The Invitation

Comedy drama by Katherine Chandler, starring Siwan Morris and Kimberley Nixon.

When her eight-year-old daughter is the only one in the class who doesn't get a party invitation, Lizzie challenges the birthday girl's mum, Jo. As their two world views collide, all hell breaks loose. What are the rules here?

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Ritchie Tyne- Nathan Sussex
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TUE 15:00 Short Cuts (m001zg58)
Devotions

Life and love. Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures exploring the language of care.

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TUE 15:30 Thinking Allowed (m001zk1g)
Laurie Taylor explores the latest research into how society works.


TUE 16:00 Michael Sheen Gets Into Character (m001zg5b)
From System to Method

Michael Sheen explores the strange art of acting.

When the Moscow Art Theatre performed at Jolson’s 59th Street Theatre in New York in January and February of 1923 they were a huge success. It is said that they received a thirty-minute standing ovation on the first night. How did they manage to create such powerful performances? One of the answers to that question was found in the approach to acting of the company’s director Constantin Stanislavski. Over the previous three decades he had codified, adjusted and refined his own approach to actor training, which he called the System.

Stanislavski never spoke English and his System was taught by a sequence of associates. And, as happens, things get lost in translation.

The Moscow Art Theatre were an inspiration to the Group Theatre in New York, which aimed to emulate its artistic principles – and its approach to acting. Under its director, Lee Strasberg, the Group Theatre took Stanislavski’s System – particularly the elements relating to the use of an actor’s own emotion and psychology – and transformed it into what became known as the Method.

However, when another leading member of The Group, Stella Adler, went to study personally with Stanislavski, she discovered that he had moved on from that emphasis on psychology and emotion and considered it damaging – he now emphasised a deep immersion in the context of the script and the importance of finding character through the process of action within that context.

Stella Adler’s news about the truth of Stanislavski’s teaching was not well received by Lee Strasberg and it precipitated a split within the Group Theatre, within the personal relationship between Adler and Strasberg – and, it might be said, within our own understanding of what exactly Stanislavski’s System and Strasberg’s Method actually are.

Michael Sheen explores the transformation of Stanislavski’s ‘system’ into The Method, with the writer Isaac Butler, the actor Anne-Marie Duff and journalist Michael Goldfarb, an ex-student of Stella Adler.

Isaac Butler’s history of Stanislavski and the Method is called 'The Method: How the Twentieth Century Learned to Act'.


TUE 16:30 When It Hits the Fan (m001zg5d)
Who's in the news for all the wrong reasons? With David Yelland and Simon Lewis.


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TUE 18:30 Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! (m001zg5l)
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6. Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Nostrils

Star of Mock The Week Milton Jones gathers the gang together for one last nose job.

Complete with his unmissable jokes and a fully-working cast.

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Written by Milton Jones, James Cary and Dan Evans

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With music by Guy Jackson

Produced and directed by David Tyler

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TUE 19:00 The Archers (m001zdr0)
Neil offers support to a friend, and Kirsty has a secret weapon.


TUE 19:15 Front Row (m001zg5n)
Colm Tóibín, Miranda Rutter & Rob Harbron, Ian Sinclair

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TUE 20:00 File on 4 (m001zg5q)
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TUE 20:40 In Touch (m001zg5s)
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TUE 21:00 Crossing Continents (m001zg5v)
The Caspian Crisis

The Caspian Sea is the largest inland body of water in the world. Bordered by Kazakhstan, Russia, Iran, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan it spans 371,000 square kilometres and bridges Europe and Central Asia. It’s fed mainly by Russia’s Volga and Ural rivers and the sea is not only rich in oil and gas but is also home to numerous rare and endemic species, including the Caspian seal and 90% of the world’s remaining wild sturgeon. But the Caspian Sea is in crisis. Climate change and the damming of Russia’s rivers are causing the coastline to recede at an alarming rate. The sea’s levels have fallen by a metre in the last 4 years, a trend likely to increase. Recent studies have shown that the levels could drop between 9 and 18 metres by 2100. Last June Kazakh government officials declared a state of emergency over the Caspian. Iran has also raised the alarm with the UN. Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent travels to Kazakhstan for Crossing Continents to report from the shores of the Caspian Sea on what can be done to prevent an environmental disaster.

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Dombyra played by Yelnar Amanzhol


TUE 21:30 The Bottom Line (m001zg5x)
The Decisions That Made Me a Leader

Episode 2

With the British businesswoman, philanthropist and public servant.

The Decisions That Made Me A Leader is a mini-series from The Bottom Line. It features one-on-one interviews with entrepreneurs and business leaders, including Duncan Bannatyne, Martha Lane Fox, and the boss of Depop, Simon Beckerman. All of these episodes are available on BBC Sounds and you can also watch them on BBC iPlayer. To find the series, just search: The Decisions That Made Me A Leader.

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TUE 22:00 The World Tonight (m001zg5z)
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TUE 22:45 Making Amends (m000z5p2)
Kieran

Five wry stories on the nature of and need for apology, by Nick Walker, the writer of Annika Stranded.

Making Amends is a therapeutic process that encourages people to recognise behaviour in their past which, because of addiction problems, goes against their values and standards. But the need to make amends and apologise for lapses of behaviour is not just confined to the addicted.

2/5. Kieran
In prison, Kieran had time to reflect on his past mistakes. Newly released, he aims to make amends to Gina.

Nick Walker is the writer of Annika Stranded, which ran for six seasons on BBC Radio 4 between 2013 and 2020. Annika - a TV version - will be broadcast in 2021. He has also written two critically-acclaimed novels , Blackbox and Helloland. His plays and other short stories for radio include The First King of Mars, Life Coach and Stormchasers.

Writer: Nick Walker
Reader: Stuart McQuarrie
Sound Design: Jon Calver
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4


TUE 23:00 Uncanny (m001zg61)
Series 4

Uncanny USA

Danny Robins turns his supernatural gaze to the other side of the Atlantic.


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WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 2024

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News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.


WED 09:00 More or Less (m001zk2d)
Tim Harford explains - and sometimes debunks - the numbers and statistics used in political debate, the news and everyday life.


WED 09:30 Intrigue (m001z75l)
To Catch a Scorpion

To Catch a Scorpion: 2. Trading in People

Sue and Rob hear transcripts of police surveillance tapes, broadcast for the first time as officers eavesdrop on calls between members of the Scorpion people smuggling gang.

Barzan Majeed - codenamed Scorpion - leads the Scorpion gang. He's on international most-wanted lists. He started his criminal career in Britain and went on to build a smuggling empire which now spans the globe.

An international police surveillance operation trapped more than 20 of his gang and almost netted Scorpion himself, but he was tipped off and escaped. BBC journalist, Sue Mitchell, and former soldier and aid worker, Rob Lawrie, team up to try to do what the police have been unable to achieve: to find Scorpion, to speak to him, to ask him to account for his crimes and to seek justice to those families he has harmed.

Their investigation takes them to the heart of an organised criminal gang making millions from transporting thousands of migrants on boat and lorry crossings that in some cases have gone dangerously wrong, causing serious injury and putting lives at risk. They witness his operation in action and record as intense situations unfold, where vulnerable people desperate for a better future, put their lives in the hands of ruthless and dangerous criminals.

To Catch a Scorpion is a BBC Studios Audio Production for BBC Radio 4 and is presented and recorded by Sue Mitchell and Rob Lawrie.
The series is produced by Sue Mitchell, Winifred Robinson and Joel Moors
The Editor is Philip Sellars
Commissioning Editor is Daniel Clarke
Commissioning Exec Tracy Williams
Assistant Commissioner Podcasts/Digital, Will Drysdale
Original music is by Mom Tudie
and Sound Design is by Tom Brignell


WED 10:00 Woman's Hour (m001zdqh)
Women's voices and women's lives - topical conversations to inform, challenge and inspire.


WED 11:00 File on 4 (m001zdqk)
Current affairs documentary series investigating major issues at home and abroad.


WED 11:45 A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton (m001zdqm)
Episode 3: The Rise and Rise of the Quack

Caroline Crampton explores the history of hypochondria, drawing together cultural history and moving personal memoir.

When she was 17, Caroline Crampton developed a blood cancer which was diagnosed when a tumour appeared on her neck. After several rounds of gruelling treatment, including chemotherapy and weeks in an isolation ward, the doctors announced that her cancer was cured. But – understandably – Caroline herself was not so sure. Ever alert to new symptoms, feeling anxiously for new tumours on her neck, she worries continually that the cancer has returned.

‘The fear that there is something wrong with me, that I am sick, is always with me.’

This personal experience becomes the starting point for an exploration of the history of hypochondria or health anxiety, from the ancient Greeks to the modern wellness industry. It is, she says, ‘an ancient condition which makes itself anew for every age’.

In this episode, Caroline charts the rise and rise of the ‘quack’, as fraudulent healers offered seductive alternative treatments to hypochondriacs through the ages – at a price. She tells the stories of some ingenious 18th century businessmen whose remedies promised to heal all ills:

"Joshua Ward, a pickle seller from the banks of the Thames, made a name for himself in France by selling a pair of remedies that he claimed could cure all human ailments. On his return to England, he successfully masqueraded as the Member of Parliament for Marlborough for several months, before being discovered and struck from the records of the House of Commons. He fell back on his medical wheeze, and quickly turned ‘Ward’s Pill and Drop’ into a city-wide sensation, even though its main effect on a sick person was to make them much sicker."

Caroline Crampton is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Granta, the New Humanist, and the Spectator. Her previous book The Way to the Sea (2019) is a journey down the Thames from source to sea. She hosts the Shedunnit podcast about detective fiction.

The reader, Tuppence Middleton, is a British actress known for her stage and screen roles in Downton Abbey, The Imitation Game, His Dark Materials and The Motive and the Cue.

Find all the latest books at the bottom of the Sounds homepage. Just click on the Books collection.

Produced and abridged by Elizabeth Burke and Heather Dempsey
Executive Producer: Jo Rowntree
A Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 4
This is an EcoAudio certified production.


WED 12:00 News Summary (m001zdqp)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


WED 12:04 You and Yours (m001zdqr)
News and discussion of consumer affairs


WED 12:57 Weather (m001zdqt)
The latest weather forecast


WED 13:00 World at One (m001zdqw)
Forty-five minutes of news, analysis and comment.


WED 13:45 The History Podcast (m001zdqy)
Shadow War: China and the West

Shadow War - 8. Pulling the Strings

Could growing tensions lead to conflict? The rise of China is the defining challenge of our times – how far to co-operate, compete or confront? But has the West taken its eye off the ball? BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera looks at the points of friction in recent history, from espionage to free speech, the battle over technology and claims of political interference. This is a story about the competition to shape the world order. He speaks to politicians, spies, dissidents and those who’ve been caught up in the growing tension between China and the West.

Presenter: Gordon Corera
Series Producer: John Murphy
Producer: Olivia Lace-Evans
Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore (Naked Productions)
Programme Coordinator: Katie Morrison
Series Editor: Penny Murphy


WED 14:00 The Archers (m001zdr0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Tuesday]


WED 14:15 The Interrogation (m0006tzh)
Series 7

Nadine

Today Detectives D.I. Matthews and D.S. Armitage have to interview Nadine, who Sean has known since childhood and what's more, she's a police officer, so it's uncomfortable for everyone.

Max ..... Kenneth Cranham
Sean ..... Alex Lanipekun
Nadine ..... Bianca Stephens

Writer ..... Roy Williams
Music ..... David Pickvance
Director ..... Mary Peate
Producer ..... Jessica Dromgoole


WED 15:00 The Law Show (m001zdr2)
Weekly conversation led by Dr Joelle Grogan that will give you an in-depth understanding of the law stories making news and the legal decisions that could have a bearing on everyone in the UK. Whether it’s unpicking a landmark legal ruling, explaining how laws are made or seeking clarity for you on a legal issue, The Law Show will be your guide.


WED 15:30 Behind the Crime (m001thx9)
Marc

This is the story of a man who learnt early on in life that he couldn’t trust the police, and that his group of older friends could protect him from harm. It happened that those friends were into committing crime.
Between the ages of 15 and 21, Marc only spent one Christmas out of prison. He graduated from stealing hubcaps to committing armed robberies.
During his last sentence, he ended up in HMP Grendon – a prison run on the principles of a ‘therapeutic community’ – where, for the first time, Marc was forced to confront his own actions and account for them not to the authorities, but to his peers.
HMP Grendon was ‘the hardest prison’ Marc had ever done. He cried for the first time inside Grendon.
And then, in an extraordinary twist, Marc was forced to use some of the ‘skills’ he had learned during his criminal career to save the lives of others – and he was labelled a hero.
Is it possible to prevent crime by understanding the root causes of offending behaviour?

Sally Tilt and Dr Kerensa Hocken are forensic psychologists who work in prisons.

They help people in prison to look at the harm they’ve caused to other people, understand why it happened and work out how to make changes to prevent further harm after they’ve been released.

In Behind the Crime, they take the time to understand the life of someone whose crimes have led to harm and, in some cases, imprisonment.

The job of the forensic psychologists is to dig deep into Marc’s story, to understand the sequence of events that got Marc to the point where he committed a crime.
For details of organisations that can provide help and support, visit bbc.co.uk/actionline

Producer: Andrew Wilkie
Editor: Clare Fordham
Behind the Crime is a co-production between BBC Long Form Audio and the Prison Radio Association.


WED 16:00 The Media Show (m001zdr5)
Topical programme about the fast-changing media world


WED 17:00 PM (m001zdr7)
Afternoon news and current affairs programme, reporting on breaking stories and summing up the day's headlines.


WED 18:00 Six O'Clock News (m001zdr9)
National and international news from BBC Radio 4


WED 18:30 Tudur Owen: United Nations of Anglesey (m0013zpd)
Episode 2

In 1978 a Japanese film crew came to 11-year-old Tudur Owen’s farm on Anglesey to make a programme about his life for a TV show called Children of the World. Then a Patagonian gaucho turned up. As did a man claiming to be a geology student called Hector. But were they all what they seemed?

Written and narrated by Tudur Owen with additional voices from Lisa-Jên Brown, Richard Harrington, Gwenno Hodgkins and Yuriko Kotani.

Script editor: Gareth Gwynn
Production co-ordinator: Katie Baum
Sound design: David Thomas
Producer: Richard Morris

A BBC Studios Production


WED 19:00 The Archers (m001zdrc)
Harrison has the rug pulled from under him, and Ben launches a surprise.


WED 19:15 Front Row (m001zdrf)
Vicky McClure, LS Lowry and the sea, International Booker Prize

Presenter: Nick Ahad
Producer: Ekene Akalawu


WED 20:00 AntiSocial (m001z6s9)
Pro-Palestinian student camps

The debate about protestors calling for their universities to cut ties with Israel.

Encampments of students protesting about Israel’s military action in Gaza have been popping up on campuses across the UK. They’re calling for their institutions to divest from - sell their stakes in - companies linked to the conflict or Israel, but others say they’re demonising the country and stoking antisemitism. How did the movement start and how have universities been responding? What’s the history of political activism around university investments? And what does the law say about pitching tents on university land?

Presenter: Adam Fleming
Producers: Simon Maybin, Simon Tulett, Ellie House, Jameel Shariff


WED 20:45 Uncharted with Hannah Fry (m001r1p4)
8. In the Habit

What is the secret to ageing well?

Humankind has been in search of an answer for millions of years. But one man believes he may have found the beginnings of an answer, and it’s hiding in a convent.

Hannah Fry tells a tale of a single scatter graph which might reveal the key to longevity.

Episode Producer: Lauren Armstrong-Carter
Sound Design: Jon Nicholls
Story Editor: John Yorke

A series for Radio 4 by BBC Science in Cardiff.


WED 21:00 Being Roman with Mary Beard (m001zdrj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Tuesday]


WED 21:30 All in the Mind (m001zdrl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 22:00 The World Tonight (m001zdrn)
In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and breaking news from a global perspective.


WED 22:45 Making Amends (m000zd4k)
Gina

Five wry stories on the nature of and need for apology, by Nick Walker, the writer of Annika Stranded.

Making Amends is a therapeutic process that encourages people to recognise behaviour in their past which, because of addiction problems, goes against their values and standards. But the need to make amends and apologise for lapses of behaviour is not just confined to the addicted.

3/5. Gina
Emerging from the depression that followed the breakdown of her career, Gina feels she must seek out Alyssa.

Nick Walker is the writer of Annika Stranded, which ran for six seasons on BBC Radio 4 between 2013 and 2020. Annika - a TV version - will be broadcast in 2021. He has also written two critically-acclaimed novels , Blackbox and Helloland. His plays and other short stories for radio include The First King of Mars, Life Coach and Stormchasers.

Writer: Nick Walker
Reader: Tracy Wiles
Sound Design: Jon Calver
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4


WED 23:00 Gary Little: At Large (m001zdrq)
4. Out of the Frying Pan, and into the Pyre

This final episode of the series sees Glaswegian comedian Gary Little staying on the straight and narrow, but finding new deals to obsess over, and starkly facing mortality.

He’s turned 60 and is suddenly more aware of how much time he has left - and what his legacy will be. Agonising over an extravagant new purchase, he fears it might become an overlooked heirloom, his health woes become the stuff of local gossip, and the deaths of people close to him seem to come in the most ludicrous of circumstances.

More true criminal than true crime, this stand-up comedy series gives a different perspective of life before, behind and beyond bars.

Written and performed by Gary Little
Produced by Julia Sutherland
A Dabster production for BBC Radio 4


WED 23:15 Tom Mayhew Is Benefit Scum (m0019k7l)
Series 2

Everybody’s Changing

Comedian Tom Mayhew is joined by his mate Sian Davies to talk about cheap dates, love and relationships as Tom’s stand up explores sexuality and feelings among the working class.

Tom Mayhew Is Benefit Scum is an autobiographical stand-up series where the comedian shares stories about his life growing up working class and his time on benefits. The show takes a wry, sideways look at the prejudices that people have towards benefits claimants and turns those assumptions on their head.

Written and Performed by Tom Mayhew
Featuring Chris Cantrill and Sian Davies
Additional Material – Olivia Phipps
Production Coordinator – Katie Baum
Producer – Benjamin Sutton
A BBC Studios Production.


WED 23:30 Today in Parliament (m001zdrs)
News, views and features on today's stories in Parliament



THURSDAY 23 MAY 2024

THU 00:00 Midnight News (m001zdrv)
National and international news from BBC Radio 4


THU 00:30 A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton (m001zdqm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:45 on Wednesday]


THU 00:48 Shipping Forecast (m001zdrx)
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping


THU 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (m001zdrz)
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service.


THU 05:20 Shipping Forecast (m001zds1)
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping


THU 05:30 News Briefing (m001zds3)
The latest news from BBC Radio 4


THU 05:43 Prayer for the Day (m001zds5)
A reflection and prayer to start the day with George Craig, a Methodist local preacher in Cardiff


THU 05:45 Farming Today (m001zds7)
The latest news about food, farming and the countryside.


THU 06:00 Today (m001zdvy)
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.


THU 09:00 In Our Time (m001zdw0)
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas.


THU 09:45 Just One Thing - with Michael Mosley (m001zdvw)
Yoga

Although yoga is thought to have been practised for over 5,000 years, its myriad benefits for our health and wellbeing are still being uncovered. Professor Rima Dada from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi reveals the extraordinary findings into the benefits of yoga - how half an hour a day can slow down ageing at a cellular level by protecting your mitochondria and your DNA. It can also improve your brain health and even reduce symptoms of depression. Just a few sessions are enough for our volunteer James to catch the yoga bug!

Series Producer: Nija Dalal-Small
Editor: Zoë Heron
A BBC Studios production for BBC Sounds / BBC Radio 4.


THU 10:00 Woman's Hour (m001zdw2)
Women's voices and women's lives - topical conversations to inform, challenge and inspire.


THU 11:00 This Cultural Life (m001zdw4)
Lily Allen

Renowned for the autobiographical candour of her lyrics, Lily Allen has sung about the pitfalls of fame, drugs, broken relationships and motherhood. She was nominated for a Grammy Award for her debut album Alright Still and after the release of It’s Not Me, It’s You in 2010 won a Brit Award and three Ivor Novello Awards, including Songwriter of the Year. In 2021 she embarked on a stage acting career starring in 2.22 A Ghost Story, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award. More recently, with her childhood friend Miquita Oliver, she launched her BBC podcast series Miss Me.

Talking to John Wilson, Lily recalls a sometimes sad and troubled childhood. Her father, the actor and comedian Keith Allen, had left the family home when she was four, and her film producer mother Alison Owen was often away working. She chooses as her first formative experiences a school concert in which she performed the song Baby Mine from the Disney movie Dumbo and captivated the audience. She recalls how the first started writing and recording her own songs, and built up a fanbase with the on-line platform MySpace. She chooses, as key musical influences the 1979 song Up The Junction by Squeeze, and the 2004 album A Grand Don’t Come For Free by Mike Skinner, otherwise known as The Streets. Lily Allen also reflects on the pressures of juggling life in the spotlight with motherhood, and how theatre acting has offered her a new creative challenge.

Producer: Edwina Pitman


THU 11:45 A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton (m001zdw6)
Episode 4: All in my Head

Caroline Crampton explores the history of hypochondria, drawing together cultural history and moving personal memoir.

When she was 17, Caroline Crampton developed a blood cancer which was diagnosed when a tumour appeared on her neck. After several rounds of gruelling treatment, including chemotherapy and weeks in an isolation ward, the doctors announced that her cancer was cured. But – understandably – Caroline herself was not so sure. Ever alert to new symptoms, feeling anxiously for new tumours on her neck, she worries continually that the cancer has returned.

‘The fear that there is something wrong with me, that I am sick, is always with me.’

This personal experience becomes the starting point for an exploration of the history of hypochondria or health anxiety, from the ancient Greeks to the modern wellness industry. It is, she says, ‘an ancient condition which makes itself anew for every age’.

In this episode, Caroline explores the psychology of hypochondria through the lives and writings of Kant, Freud and the poet Philip Larkin – who was one of literature’s most famous hypochondriacs. She concludes:

"It seems to me that, at its simplest, hypochondria is a fear of death. In this sense, hypochondria is merely the human condition with the comforting fictions stripped away."

Caroline Crampton is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Granta, the New Humanist, and the Spectator. Her previous book The Way to the Sea (2019) is a journey down the Thames from source to sea. She hosts the Shedunnit podcast about detective fiction.

The reader, Tuppence Middleton, is a British actress known for her stage and screen roles in Downton Abbey, The Imitation Game, His Dark Materials and The Motive and the Cue.

Find all the latest books at the bottom of the Sounds homepage. Just click on the Books collection.

Produced and abridged by Elizabeth Burke and Heather Dempsey
Executive Producer: Jo Rowntree
A Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 4
This is an EcoAudio certified production.


THU 12:00 News Summary (m001zdw8)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


THU 12:04 You and Yours (m001zdwb)
News and discussion of consumer affairs


THU 12:32 Sliced Bread (m001zdwd)
Greg Foot investigates the so-called wonder products making bold claims.


THU 12:57 Weather (m001zdwg)
The latest weather forecast


THU 13:00 World at One (m001zdwj)
Forty-five minutes of news, analysis and comment.


THU 13:45 The History Podcast (m001zdwl)
Shadow War: China and the West

Shadow War - 9. Designing the Future

Could growing tensions lead to conflict? The rise of China is the defining challenge of our times – how far to co-operate, compete or confront? But has the West taken its eye off the ball? BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera looks at the points of friction in recent history, from espionage to free speech, the battle over technology and claims of political interference. This is a story about the competition to shape the world order. He speaks to politicians, spies, dissidents and those who’ve been caught up in the growing tension between China and the West.

Presenter: Gordon Corera
Series Producer: John Murphy
Producer: Olivia Lace-Evans
Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore (Naked Productions)
Programme Coordinator: Katie Morrison
Series Editor: Penny Murphy


THU 14:00 The Archers (m001zdrc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Wednesday]


THU 14:15 Drama on 4 (m000v9by)
Camberwell Green. Part 2

A two-part crime thriller set in a London bus control centre, inspired by the everyday heroism of keyworkers during Covid.

Part 2: On Diversion

With her husband Steve held hostage by Bianca’s armed robbers, bus controller Marilyn is forced to engineer traffic chaos to help their escape.

When torrential rain creates flooding, then gridlock, Marilyn is conflicted in her responsibility to her job and drivers, and fears for Steve and daughter Nell. Haunted by the death of a colleague early in the pandemic, can she regain control?

Unable to protect her family alone, she recruits the help of Frankie and the community of drivers to track the criminals to Camberwell Green.

Set against the backdrop of Covid and its impact on key workers who kept the country running despite enormous personal risks.

Cast:
Marilyn ..... Chizzy Akudolu
Vincent ..... Lloyd Hutchinson
Frankie ..... Michelle Greenidge
Steve ..... Nicholas Gleaves
Nell ..... Tia Bannon

Other roles played by:
Nick Armfield, Ginny Holder, Alice Hoskyns, Sean Kearney and Finlay Paul

Written by Nicola Baldwin
Directed by Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4


THU 15:00 Open Country (m001zdwn)
Bats on Punts

Martha Kearney is in Cambridge to explore wildlife at night. She takes an evening trip on a punt to see and hear the creatures which come out after the tourists have gone to home bed. She learns about the bats which at this time of year are just emerging from hibernation - hungry and on the hunt for insects. They swoop low over the waters of the Cam, their echo-location picked up and relayed for human ears by the clicking of a bat detector. A bat enthusiast from the Wildlife Trust tells Martha about bats' habits and identifies the species flitting through the trees around them.

Punts have not always been used in this benign way around wildlife. At the Museum of Cambridge, Martha is shown a punt gun - a huge weapon which was widely used in the 19th and early 20th century. It would have been mounted on a punt, with the huntsman paddling into a flock of wildfowl in order to shoot them in large numbers for food.

Martha also visits Cambridge University Botanic Garden, where a long-running moth research project is in progress. She watches as a moth trap is set out in the evening, and then returns early the next morning as a team of volunteers checks which moths have turned up in the trap, before releasing them back into the wild. She learns about the importance of these nocturnal species, and asks why night-time creatures like bats and moths always seem to get such a bad press.

Produced by Emma Campbell


THU 15:27 Radio 4 Appeal (m001zdhj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:54 on Sunday]


THU 15:30 Word of Mouth (m001zdwq)
The Irish Language

In conversation with Michael about his book "32 Words For Field" Manchán Magan reveals Ireland's deep connection with the landscape expressed through the Irish language. The author traces his country's relationship with the natural world and its corresponding belief system that encompasses the 'otherworld'. He lists many similarities between Irish and Sanskrit and even Arabic - suggesting a link between the ancient Islamic word Shamrakh and the Irish Seamróg (shamrock). It's a fascinating discussion of a rich and poetic language that survives in traditional communities on the west coast and is being enthusiastically revived in the cities. Manchán also lists the many words that we use in English that have come from Irish and Scots Gaelic: words like 'bog' 'whisky' 'hooligan' and Tory.
We also learn a bit of Hiberno-English along the way.

Producer: Maggie Ayre for BBC Audio Bristol

A longer version of this programme is available on the podcast


THU 16:00 The Briefing Room (m001zdws)
David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts and insiders present in-depth explainers on big issues in the news.


THU 16:30 BBC Inside Science (m001zdwv)
A weekly programme looking at the science that's changing our world.


THU 17:00 PM (m001zdwx)
Afternoon news and current affairs programme, reporting on breaking stories and summing up the day's headlines.


THU 18:00 Six O'Clock News (m001zdwz)
National and international news from BBC Radio 4


THU 18:30 Unspeakable (m001wgzv)
Ever had an emotion or sensation on the tip of your tongue, but you just can't find the word? Finally, here's the show for you.

Stand-up Phil Wang and lexicographer and etymologist Susie Dent challenge guests to dream up new words for universal, shared concepts and experiences which have always lacked names. Until now!

We've got our best people on the case. Linguists? Anthropologists? Nope. Comedians!

Phil Wang and Susie Dent welcome guests putting forward a new word suggestion, hilariously picking apart each other's pitches. Unspeakable is a celebration of language and shared experiences and it's a cure for that relatable moment when we're lost for words.

Hosts: Phil Wang and Susie Dent
Guests: Stephen Fry, Laura Smyth and Maisie Adam
Created by Joe Varley
Writer: Matt Crosby
Recorded by Jerry Peal
Programme Associate: Andy Brown
Producer: Jon Harvey
Executive Producers: Joe Varley and Akash Lockmun

A Brown Bred production for BBC Radio 4


THU 19:00 The Archers (m001zdtg)
Emotions run high for Tom, and Vince finds himself cornered.


THU 19:15 Front Row (m001zdx1)
The Sympathizer, Ivor Novello Awards, Beach Boys documentary

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Claire Bartleet


THU 20:00 The Media Show (m001zdr5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Wednesday]


THU 21:00 Loose Ends (m001zdx3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:15 on Saturday]


THU 21:45 Why Do We Do That? (m001g38h)
Why Do We Wear Make-Up?

Make-up has a long history - from the surprising use of lipstick in ancient Greece to today's Tiktok trends - and though fashions may have changed, some things, like red lips, cheeks, and defined eyes, keep cropping up. So in this episode, Ella Al-Shamahi investigates if there is any biological basis to make-up? Joined by Journalist and BBC Radio 1 presenter Katie Thistleton, and psychologist Professor Richard Russell, Ella discovers fascinating research on how make-up can change the way we perceive faces and ponders on a slightly strange theory about make-up and orgasm.


THU 22:00 The World Tonight (m001zdx7)
In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and breaking news from a global perspective.


THU 22:45 Making Amends (m000zlkf)
Alyssa

Five wry stories on the nature of and need for apology, by Nick Walker, the writer of Annika Stranded.

Making Amends is a therapeutic process that encourages people to recognise behaviour in their past which, because of addiction problems, goes against their values and standards. But the need to make amends and apologise for lapses of behaviour is not just confined to the addicted.

4/5. Alyssa
Alyssa combines a trip to Athens with making her peace with her ex-partner, Bruce.

Nick Walker is the writer of Annika Stranded, which ran for six seasons on BBC Radio 4 between 2013 and 2020. Annika - a TV version - will be broadcast in 2021. He has also written two critically-acclaimed novels , Blackbox and Helloland. His plays and other short stories for radio include The First King of Mars, Life Coach and Stormchasers.

Writer: Nick Walker
Reader: Rosie Cavaliero
Sound Design: Jon Calver
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4


THU 23:00 The Today Podcast (m001zdxc)
Amol and Nick's take on the biggest stories of the week.


THU 23:30 Today in Parliament (m001zdxg)
News, views and features on today's stories in Parliament



FRIDAY 24 MAY 2024

FRI 00:00 Midnight News (m001zdxl)
National and international news from BBC Radio 4


FRI 00:30 A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton (m001zdw6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:45 on Thursday]


FRI 00:48 Shipping Forecast (m001zdxr)
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping


FRI 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (m001zdxw)
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service.


FRI 05:20 Shipping Forecast (m001zdy1)
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping


FRI 05:30 News Briefing (m001zdy5)
The latest news from BBC Radio 4


FRI 05:43 Prayer for the Day (m001zdy8)
A reflection and prayer to start the day with George Craig, a Methodist local preacher in Cardiff


FRI 05:45 Farming Today (m001zdyc)
The latest news about food, farming and the countryside.


FRI 06:00 Today (m001zdsw)
News and current affairs, including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.


FRI 09:00 Desert Island Discs (m001zdhx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


FRI 10:00 Woman's Hour (m001zdsy)
Women's voices and women's lives - topical conversations to inform, challenge and inspire.


FRI 11:00 The Food Programme (m001zdt0)
Investigating every aspect of the food we eat.


FRI 11:45 A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton (m001zdt2)
Episode 5: We Know Too Much

Caroline Crampton explores the history of hypochondria, drawing together cultural history and moving personal memoir.

When she was 17, Caroline Crampton developed a blood cancer which was diagnosed when a tumour appeared on her neck. After several rounds of gruelling treatment, including chemotherapy and weeks in an isolation ward, the doctors announced that her cancer was cured. But – understandably – Caroline herself was not so sure. Ever alert to new symptoms, feeling anxiously for new tumours on her neck, she worries continually that the cancer has returned.

‘The fear that there is something wrong with me, that I am sick, is always with me.’

This personal experience becomes the starting point for an exploration of the history of hypochondria or health anxiety, from the ancient Greeks to the modern wellness industry. It is, she says, ‘an ancient condition which makes itself anew for every age’.

In this episode, Caroline explores how the internet feeds health anxiety, ‘acting like a megaphone for a hypochondriac’. She tells the story of how Tik Tok videos produced during lockdown sparked an epidemic of symptoms, around Tourette’s syndrome in particular. And she reflects on what she’s learned in the five years spent researching the history of hypochondria:

"There are no perfect neat endings, no matter how much our instincts tell us to seek them out. During an early discussion about the book, someone asked me whether I would be giving it a happy ending. “Perhaps you could talk about the cure for hypochondria?” she said, hopefully. I think I made a joke, probably something about how it would make for a better story if I died from one of my imaginary ailments…"

Caroline Crampton is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Granta, the New Humanist, and the Spectator. Her previous book The Way to the Sea (2019) is a journey down the Thames from source to sea. She hosts the Shedunnit podcast about detective fiction.

The reader, Tuppence Middleton, is a British actress known for her stage and screen roles in Downton Abbey, The Imitation Game, His Dark Materials and The Motive and the Cue.

Find all the latest books at the bottom of the Sounds homepage. Just click on the Books collection.

Produced and abridged by Elizabeth Burke and Heather Dempsey
Executive Producer: Jo Rowntree
A Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 4
This is an EcoAudio certified production.


FRI 12:00 News Summary (m001zdt4)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


FRI 12:04 AntiSocial (m001zdt6)
Adam Fleming helps you work out what the culture war arguments are really about.


FRI 12:57 Weather (m001zdt8)
The latest weather forecast


FRI 13:00 World at One (m001zdtb)
Forty-five minutes of news, analysis and comment.


FRI 13:45 The History Podcast (m001zdtd)
Shadow War: China and the West

Shadow War - 10. Collision

Could growing tensions lead to conflict? The rise of China is the defining challenge of our times – how far to co-operate, compete or confront? But has the West taken its eye off the ball? BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera looks at the points of friction in recent history, from espionage to free speech, the battle over technology and claims of political interference. This is a story about the competition to shape the world order. He speaks to politicians, spies, dissidents and those who’ve been caught up in the growing tension between China and the West.

Presenter: Gordon Corera
Series Producer: John Murphy
Producer: Olivia Lace-Evans
Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore (Naked Productions)
Programme Coordinator: Katie Morrison
Series Editor: Penny Murphy


FRI 14:00 The Archers (m001zdtg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Thursday]


FRI 14:15 Limelight (p0hsvyq0)
Money Gone

Money Gone – 5. Ok Computer

Grace gets some help from an unexpected source. The Prime Minister works with MI5 in a final race to solve the financial chaos, but there are unintended consequences.

A fast-paced satirical drama starring Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, Toast of London), Charlotte Ritchie (Ghosts, Call the Midwife), Aaron Heffernan (War of the Worlds, Brassic) and Josette Simon (Wonder Woman, Blakes 7).

Pascal ..... Robert Bathurst
Patricia ..... Josette Simon
Emily ..... Charlotte Ritchie
Ross ..... Aaron Heffernan
Grace ..... Lauren Douglin
Stuart ..... Raj Ghatak
Chris ..... Fergus Craig
Karen ..... Melody Brown
Glenn ..... Simon Darwen
Bex ..... Sylvie Churnside-Reed
Journalist ..... Zoe Kleinman

Including the voices of Ruby Evans, Megan Maguire, George Styman, Molly Diamond, Lawrence Carter, Samuel Carrera Briega, Maya Dhokia, Marco Bosin Salome, Christopher Hoop, Evie Barrow, Neve Clark, Niamh Brockbank, Ruby Mutluay, Ryan Gaul

Written by Ed Sellek
Directed by Tony Churnside

Production: Leah Marks and Louis Blatherwick
Original Music and Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore and Tony Churnside
Theme sung by Ellie Akhgar
Series Photographer: Simon Bray
Illustrator: Pete Hambling
Producer: Eloise Whitmore
Exec Producer: John Dryden

A Naked production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds


FRI 14:45 Child (p0hhrsxf)
24. Attachment

Attachment is an interesting word. It conjures up images of love, security, but also a specific focus and intensity that has encircled modern parenting. India Rakusen speaks to Child Psychotherapist Graham Music about attachment styles and people behind the theory.

We hear from Marvyn Harrison, founder of Dope Black Dads, about his experience of becoming a father and India talks to Dr Charlotte Faircloth about how attachment parenting and other intensive parenting methods are impacting parents today.

Presented by India Rakusen
Producer: Ellie Sans
Series Producer: Ellie Sans
Executive Producer: Suzy Grant
Commissioning Editor: Rhian Roberts
Original music composed and performed by The Big Moon and Eska Mtungwazi
Mix and Mastering by Olga Reed

A Listen production for BBC Radio 4


FRI 15:00 Gardeners' Question Time (m001zdtl)
Horticultural programme featuring a group of gardening experts.


FRI 15:45 Short Works (m001zdtn)
Dŵr by Catrin Kean

Dŵr.

An original short story by Catrin Kean.

A woman is late for her father's funeral. She hardly knew him, but she spends the night in his empty house, trying to feel his presence.

Catrin Kean won the 2021 Wales Book of The Year Award for her debut novel "Salt".

Reader: Catrin Stewart
Sound: Nigel Lewis
Producer: John Norton
A BBC Audio Drama Wales Production


FRI 16:00 Last Word (m001zdtq)
Weekly obituary programme telling the life stories of those who have died recently.


FRI 16:30 More or Less (m001zk2d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


FRI 17:00 PM (m001zdts)
Afternoon news and current affairs programme, reporting on breaking stories and summing up the day's headlines.


FRI 18:00 Six O'Clock News (m001zdtv)
National and international news from BBC Radio 4


FRI 18:30 Dead Ringers (m001zdtx)
Series 24

Episode 5

Mordant topical satire from the usual team with voices by Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis MacLeod, Duncan Wisbey and Jess Robinson. With writing from Tom Jamieson, Nev Fountain, Ed Amsden & Tom Coles, Laurence Howarth, Rob Darke, Edward Tew, Sophie Dixon, Sarah Campbell, Toussaint Douglass, Cody Dahler and Joe Topping.


FRI 19:00 The Archers (m001zdtz)
Writer: Liz John
Director: Jeremy Howe
Editor: Jeremy Howe

Ben Archer…. Ben Norris
David Archer…. Timothy Bentinck
Tom Archer…. William Troughton
Pat Archer…. Patricia Gallimore
Harrison Burns…. James Cartwright
Neil Carter…. Brian Hewlett
Vince Casey…. Tony Turner
Mick Fadmoor…. Martin Barrass
George Grundy…. Angus Stobie
Joy Horville…. Jackie Lye
Alistair Lloyd…. Michael Lumsden
Jazzer McCreary…. Ryan Kelly
Kirsty Miller…. Annabelle Dowler
Elizabeth Pargetter…. Alison Dowling
Freddie Pargetter…. Toby Laurence
Lily Pargetter…. Katie Redford
Fallon Rogers…. Joanna Van Kampen
Inspector Norris…. Bharti Patel


FRI 19:15 Add to Playlist (m001zdv1)
Natalie Duncan and Neil Brand take us on a manic journey

Add to Playlist returns for its ninth series and Jeffrey is joined by a new co-host, the violinist and composer Anna Phoebe.

To kick off the new six part series, Jeffrey and Anna are joined in the studio by the composer and silent film specialist Neil Brand and jazz singer and composer Natalie Duncan, who create a playlist of five tracks that take us from a manic Monday to Blondie’s biggest-selling single, via Sergei Prokofiev’s children’s masterpiece.

Cerys Matthews is taking a temporary pause from presenting the programme in order to pursue other musical and literary projects.

Producer: Jerome Weatherald
Presented with musical direction by Jeffrey Boakye and Anna Phoebe


FRI 20:00 Any Questions? (m001zdv3)
Topical discussion posing questions to a panel of political and media personalities.


FRI 20:50 A Point of View (m001zdv5)
Weekly reflections on topical issues from a range of contributors.


FRI 21:00 Free Thinking (m001zdv7)
Margaret MacMillan, David Aaronovitch, Philip Blond and Kate Maltby join Matthew Sweet.


FRI 22:00 The World Tonight (m001zdv9)
In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and breaking news from a global perspective.


FRI 22:45 Making Amends (m000zt84)
Bruce

Five wry stories on the nature of and need for apology, by Nick Walker, the writer of Annika Stranded.

Making Amends is a therapeutic process that encourages people to recognise behaviour in their past which, because of addiction problems, goes against their values and standards. But the need to make amends and apologise for lapses of behaviour is not just confined to the addicted.

5/5. Bruce
Still troubled by something he said to Jo when they were both 8 years old, Bruce goes back to his hometown.

Nick Walker is the writer of Annika Stranded, which ran for six seasons on BBC Radio 4 between 2013 and 2020. Annika - a TV version - will be broadcast in 2021. He has also written two critically-acclaimed novels , Blackbox and Helloland. His plays and other short stories for radio include The First King of Mars, Life Coach and Stormchasers.

Writer: Nick Walker
Reader: Tony Gardner
Sound Design: Jon Calver
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4


FRI 23:00 Americast (m001zdvc)
Join the Americast team for insights from across the US.


FRI 23:30 Today in Parliament (m001zdvf)
News, views and features on today's stories in Parliament




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

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 11:45 MON (m001zddk)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 00:30 TUE (m001zddk)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 11:45 TUE (m001zg4t)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 00:30 WED (m001zg4t)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 11:45 WED (m001zdqm)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 00:30 THU (m001zdqm)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 11:45 THU (m001zdw6)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 00:30 FRI (m001zdw6)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 11:45 FRI (m001zdt2)

A Point of View 08:48 SUN (m001z6tk)

A Point of View 20:50 FRI (m001zdv5)

Add to Playlist 19:15 FRI (m001zdv1)

All in the Mind 09:30 TUE (m001zdrl)

All in the Mind 21:30 WED (m001zdrl)

Americast 23:00 FRI (m001zdvc)

AntiSocial 20:00 WED (m001z6s9)

AntiSocial 12:04 FRI (m001zdt6)

Any Answers? 14:00 SAT (m001zfq1)

Any Questions? 13:10 SAT (m001z6tf)

Any Questions? 20:00 FRI (m001zdv3)

Archive on 4 20:00 SAT (m001zfqh)

BBC Inside Science 20:30 MON (m001z6q5)

BBC Inside Science 16:30 THU (m001zdwv)

Behind the Crime 15:30 WED (m001thx9)

Being Roman with Mary Beard 09:00 TUE (m001zdrj)

Being Roman with Mary Beard 21:00 WED (m001zdrj)

Bells on Sunday 05:43 SUN (m001zdk0)

Bells on Sunday 00:45 MON (m001zdk0)

Beyond Belief 06:05 SUN (m001z6j1)

Broadcasting House 09:00 SUN (m001zdhv)

Broken Politicians, Broken Politics 13:30 SUN (m001zdf4)

Broken Politicians, Broken Politics 16:00 MON (m001zdf4)

Café Hope 09:45 MON (m001zddb)

Café Hope 21:45 MON (m001zddb)

Child 14:45 FRI (p0hhrsxf)

Crossing Continents 00:15 MON (m001z6jm)

Crossing Continents 21:00 TUE (m001zg5v)

Dead Ringers 12:30 SAT (m001z6t0)

Dead Ringers 18:30 FRI (m001zdtx)

Desert Island Discs 10:00 SUN (m001zdhx)

Desert Island Discs 09:00 FRI (m001zdhx)

Drama on 4 15:00 SAT (m001zfq3)

Drama on 4 14:15 TUE (m001zg56)

Drama on 4 14:15 THU (m000v9by)

Electric Decade 15:00 SUN (m000plwp)

Farming Today 06:30 SAT (m001zfpg)

Farming Today 05:45 MON (m001zdkd)

Farming Today 05:45 TUE (m001zdg3)

Farming Today 05:45 WED (m001zg6k)

Farming Today 05:45 THU (m001zds7)

Farming Today 05:45 FRI (m001zdyc)

Felicity Ward - Appisodes 14:45 MON (m000qm0y)

File on 4 20:00 TUE (m001zg5q)

File on 4 11:00 WED (m001zdqk)

Free Thinking 21:00 FRI (m001zdv7)

From Our Own Correspondent 11:30 SAT (m001zdjt)

From Our Own Correspondent 21:30 SUN (m001zdjt)

Front Row 19:15 MON (m001zdfj)

Front Row 19:15 TUE (m001zg5n)

Front Row 19:15 WED (m001zdrf)

Front Row 19:15 THU (m001zdx1)

Gardeners' Question Time 14:00 SUN (m001z6sm)

Gardeners' Question Time 15:00 FRI (m001zdtl)

Gary Little: At Large 23:00 WED (m001zdrq)

Great Lives 15:00 MON (m001zdf1)

History's Secret Heroes 15:30 MON (p0hm0r3g)

How Much Can You Say? 19:15 SUN (m001zdjp)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 12:30 SUN (m001z66n)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 18:30 MON (m001zdfd)

In Our Time 23:00 SUN (m001z6p8)

In Our Time 09:00 THU (m001zdw0)

In Touch 05:45 SUN (m001z6jk)

In Touch 20:40 TUE (m001zg5s)

Intrigue 09:30 WED (m001z75l)

Just One Thing - with Michael Mosley 05:45 SAT (m001z6pb)

Just One Thing - with Michael Mosley 09:45 THU (m001zdvw)

Last Word 20:30 SUN (m001z6sr)

Last Word 16:00 FRI (m001zdtq)

Limelight 23:00 MON (m0010xtx)

Limelight 14:15 FRI (p0hsvyq0)

Loose Ends 18:15 SAT (m001zdx3)

Loose Ends 21:00 THU (m001zdx3)

Making Amends 22:45 MON (m000yzvp)

Making Amends 22:45 TUE (m000z5p2)

Making Amends 22:45 WED (m000zd4k)

Making Amends 22:45 THU (m000zlkf)

Making Amends 22:45 FRI (m000zt84)

Michael Sheen Gets Into Character 16:00 TUE (m001zg5b)

Michael Spicer: No Room 23:00 SAT (m001yzzz)

Michael Spicer: No Room 23:15 SAT (m001z001)

Midnight News 00:00 SAT (m001z6v3)

Midnight News 00:00 SUN (m001zfqp)

Midnight News 00:00 MON (m001zdjy)

Midnight News 00:00 TUE (m001zdfq)

Midnight News 00:00 WED (m001zg65)

Midnight News 00:00 THU (m001zdrv)

Midnight News 00:00 FRI (m001zdxl)

Money Box 12:04 SAT (m001zdjr)

Money Box 21:00 SUN (m001zdjr)

More or Less 09:00 WED (m001zk2d)

More or Less 16:30 FRI (m001zk2d)

News Briefing 05:30 SAT (m001z6vc)

News Briefing 05:30 SUN (m001zfqy)

News Briefing 05:30 MON (m001zdk8)

News Briefing 05:30 TUE (m001zdfz)

News Briefing 05:30 WED (m001zg6f)

News Briefing 05:30 THU (m001zds3)

News Briefing 05:30 FRI (m001zdy5)

News Summary 12:00 SAT (m001zfpv)

News Summary 06:00 SUN (m001zdh6)

News Summary 12:00 MON (m001zddn)

News Summary 12:00 TUE (m001zg4w)

News Summary 12:00 WED (m001zdqp)

News Summary 12:00 THU (m001zdw8)

News Summary 12:00 FRI (m001zdt4)

News and Papers 06:00 SAT (m001zfpd)

News and Papers 07:00 SUN (m001zdhd)

News and Papers 08:00 SUN (m001zdhn)

News and Weather 13:00 SAT (m001zfpz)

News 22:00 SAT (m001zfqm)

On Your Farm 06:35 SUN (m001zdh8)

Open Book 00:15 SUN (m001z63y)

Open Book 16:00 SUN (m001zdj8)

Open Country 06:07 SAT (m001z6pz)

Open Country 15:00 THU (m001zdwn)

PM 17:00 SAT (m001zfq7)

PM 17:00 MON (m001zdf8)

PM 17:00 TUE (m001zg5g)

PM 17:00 WED (m001zdr7)

PM 17:00 THU (m001zdwx)

PM 17:00 FRI (m001zdts)

Pick of the Week 18:15 SUN (m001zdjm)

Political Thinking with Nick Robinson 17:30 SAT (m001zk1y)

Prayer for the Day 05:43 SAT (m001z6vf)

Prayer for the Day 05:43 MON (m001zdkb)

Prayer for the Day 05:43 TUE (m001zdg1)

Prayer for the Day 05:43 WED (m001zg6h)

Prayer for the Day 05:43 THU (m001zds5)

Prayer for the Day 05:43 FRI (m001zdy8)

Profile 19:00 SAT (m001zdj1)

Profile 12:15 SUN (m001zdj1)

Radio 4 Appeal 07:54 SUN (m001zdhj)

Radio 4 Appeal 21:25 SUN (m001zdhj)

Radio 4 Appeal 15:27 THU (m001zdhj)

Round Britain Quiz 23:30 SAT (m001z640)

Round Britain Quiz 16:30 SUN (m001zdjb)

Saturday Live 09:00 SAT (m001zfpn)

Screenshot 11:00 TUE (m001z6t9)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 SAT (m001z6v7)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 SUN (m001zfqt)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 MON (m001zdk4)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 TUE (m001zdfv)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 WED (m001zg69)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 THU (m001zdrz)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 FRI (m001zdxw)

Shadow War: China and the West 21:00 SAT (m001zfqk)

Shipping Forecast 00:48 SAT (m001z6v5)

Shipping Forecast 05:20 SAT (m001z6v9)

Shipping Forecast 17:54 SAT (m001zfq9)

Shipping Forecast 00:48 SUN (m001zfqr)

Shipping Forecast 05:20 SUN (m001zfqw)

Shipping Forecast 17:54 SUN (m001zdjf)

Shipping Forecast 00:48 MON (m001zdk2)

Shipping Forecast 05:20 MON (m001zdk6)

Shipping Forecast 00:48 TUE (m001zdfs)

Shipping Forecast 05:20 TUE (m001zdfx)

Shipping Forecast 00:48 WED (m001zg67)

Shipping Forecast 05:20 WED (m001zg6c)

Shipping Forecast 00:48 THU (m001zdrx)

Shipping Forecast 05:20 THU (m001zds1)

Shipping Forecast 00:48 FRI (m001zdxr)

Shipping Forecast 05:20 FRI (m001zdy1)

Short Cuts 15:00 TUE (m001zg58)

Short Works 23:45 SUN (m001z6sp)

Short Works 15:45 FRI (m001zdtn)

Singing with the Nightingales 14:45 SUN (b044m17b)

Six O'Clock News 18:00 SAT (m001zfqf)

Six O'Clock News 18:00 SUN (m001zdjk)

Six O'Clock News 18:00 MON (m001zdfb)

Six O'Clock News 18:00 TUE (m001zg5j)

Six O'Clock News 18:00 WED (m001zdr9)

Six O'Clock News 18:00 THU (m001zdwz)

Six O'Clock News 18:00 FRI (m001zdtv)

Sliced Bread 12:32 THU (m001zdwd)

Start the Week 09:00 MON (m001zdd8)

Start the Week 21:00 MON (m001zdd8)

Sunday Worship 08:10 SUN (m001zdhq)

Sunday 07:10 SUN (m001zdhg)

Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! 18:30 TUE (m001zg5l)

The Archers Omnibus 11:00 SUN (m001zdhz)

The Archers 14:45 SAT (m001z6t5)

The Archers 19:00 SUN (m001zddz)

The Archers 14:00 MON (m001zddz)

The Archers 19:00 MON (m001zdfg)

The Archers 14:00 TUE (m001zdfg)

The Archers 19:00 TUE (m001zdr0)

The Archers 14:00 WED (m001zdr0)

The Archers 19:00 WED (m001zdrc)

The Archers 14:00 THU (m001zdrc)

The Archers 19:00 THU (m001zdtg)

The Archers 14:00 FRI (m001zdtg)

The Archers 19:00 FRI (m001zdtz)

The Bottom Line 21:30 TUE (m001zg5x)

The Briefing Room 20:00 MON (m001z6q3)

The Briefing Room 16:00 THU (m001zdws)

The Food Programme 22:15 SAT (m001z6s3)

The Food Programme 11:00 FRI (m001zdt0)

The History Podcast 13:45 MON (m001zddx)

The History Podcast 13:45 TUE (m001zg54)

The History Podcast 13:45 WED (m001zdqy)

The History Podcast 13:45 THU (m001zdwl)

The History Podcast 13:45 FRI (m001zdtd)

The Immune Mind by Monty Lyman 00:30 SAT (m001z6s5)

The Interrogation 14:15 WED (m0006tzh)

The Invention Of... 17:10 SUN (m001z65x)

The Kitchen Cabinet 10:30 SAT (m001zdf6)

The Kitchen Cabinet 16:30 MON (m001zdf6)

The Law Show 15:00 WED (m001zdr2)

The Media Show 16:00 WED (m001zdr5)

The Media Show 20:00 THU (m001zdr5)

The Today Podcast 23:00 THU (m001zdxc)

The Tourist Trap 11:00 MON (m001zddg)

The Train at Platform 4 14:15 MON (m0013swn)

The Week in Westminster 11:00 SAT (m001zfps)

The World This Weekend 13:00 SUN (m001zdj5)

The World Tonight 22:00 MON (m001zdfl)

The World Tonight 22:00 TUE (m001zg5z)

The World Tonight 22:00 WED (m001zdrn)

The World Tonight 22:00 THU (m001zdx7)

The World Tonight 22:00 FRI (m001zdv9)

Thinking Allowed 15:30 TUE (m001zk1g)

This Cultural Life 19:15 SAT (m001z6pg)

This Cultural Life 11:00 THU (m001zdw4)

Today in Parliament 23:30 MON (m001zdfn)

Today in Parliament 23:30 TUE (m001zg63)

Today in Parliament 23:30 WED (m001zdrs)

Today in Parliament 23:30 THU (m001zdxg)

Today in Parliament 23:30 FRI (m001zdvf)

Today 07:00 SAT (m001zfpl)

Today 06:00 MON (m001zdd6)

Today 06:00 TUE (m001zg4p)

Today 06:00 WED (m001zdqf)

Today 06:00 THU (m001zdvy)

Today 06:00 FRI (m001zdsw)

Tom Mayhew Is Benefit Scum 23:15 WED (m0019k7l)

Tudur Owen: United Nations of Anglesey 18:30 WED (m0013zpd)

Tweet of the Day 08:58 SUN (m001zdhs)

Uncanny 23:00 TUE (m001zg61)

Uncharted with Hannah Fry 20:45 WED (m001r1p4)

Unspeakable 18:30 THU (m001wgzv)

Weather 06:57 SAT (m001zfpj)

Weather 12:57 SAT (m001zfpx)

Weather 17:57 SAT (m001zfqc)

Weather 06:57 SUN (m001zdhb)

Weather 07:57 SUN (m001zdhl)

Weather 12:57 SUN (m001zdj3)

Weather 17:57 SUN (m001zdjh)

Weather 05:57 MON (m001zdkg)

Weather 12:57 MON (m001zdds)

Weather 12:57 TUE (m001zg50)

Weather 12:57 WED (m001zdqt)

Weather 12:57 THU (m001zdwg)

Weather 12:57 FRI (m001zdt8)

Westminster Hour 22:00 SUN (m001zdjw)

When It Hits the Fan 16:30 TUE (m001zg5d)

Why Do We Do That? 19:45 SUN (m001fwf1)

Why Do We Do That? 21:45 THU (m001g38h)

Witness History 17:00 SUN (w3ct4xbm)

Woman's Hour 16:00 SAT (m001zfq5)

Woman's Hour 10:00 MON (m001zddd)

Woman's Hour 10:00 TUE (m001zg4r)

Woman's Hour 10:00 WED (m001zdqh)

Woman's Hour 10:00 THU (m001zdw2)

Woman's Hour 10:00 FRI (m001zdsy)

Word of Mouth 20:00 SUN (m001z6q1)

Word of Mouth 15:30 THU (m001zdwq)

World at One 13:00 MON (m001zddv)

World at One 13:00 TUE (m001zg52)

World at One 13:00 WED (m001zdqw)

World at One 13:00 THU (m001zdwj)

World at One 13:00 FRI (m001zdtb)

You and Yours 12:04 MON (m001zddq)

You and Yours 12:04 TUE (m001zg4y)

You and Yours 12:04 WED (m001zdqr)

You and Yours 12:04 THU (m001zdwb)

Your Place or Mine with Shaun Keaveny 10:00 SAT (m001zfpq)




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

Comedy

Gary Little: At Large 23:00 WED (m001zdrq)

The Train at Platform 4 14:15 MON (m0013swn)

Comedy: Character

Michael Spicer: No Room 23:00 SAT (m001yzzz)

Michael Spicer: No Room 23:15 SAT (m001z001)

Comedy: Chat

Your Place or Mine with Shaun Keaveny 10:00 SAT (m001zfpq)

Comedy: Panel Shows

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 12:30 SUN (m001z66n)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 18:30 MON (m001zdfd)

Unspeakable 18:30 THU (m001wgzv)

Comedy: Satire

Dead Ringers 12:30 SAT (m001z6t0)

Dead Ringers 18:30 FRI (m001zdtx)

Comedy: Sitcoms

Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! 18:30 TUE (m001zg5l)

The Train at Platform 4 14:15 MON (m0013swn)

Comedy: Spoof

Michael Spicer: No Room 23:00 SAT (m001yzzz)

Michael Spicer: No Room 23:15 SAT (m001z001)

Comedy: Standup

Felicity Ward - Appisodes 14:45 MON (m000qm0y)

Tom Mayhew Is Benefit Scum 23:15 WED (m0019k7l)

Drama

Drama on 4 15:00 SAT (m001zfq3)

Drama on 4 14:15 TUE (m001zg56)

Drama on 4 14:15 THU (m000v9by)

Electric Decade 15:00 SUN (m000plwp)

Making Amends 22:45 MON (m000yzvp)

Making Amends 22:45 TUE (m000z5p2)

Making Amends 22:45 WED (m000zd4k)

Making Amends 22:45 THU (m000zlkf)

Making Amends 22:45 FRI (m000zt84)

Short Works 23:45 SUN (m001z6sp)

Short Works 15:45 FRI (m001zdtn)

Drama: Classic & Period

Electric Decade 15:00 SUN (m000plwp)

Drama: Crime

The Interrogation 14:15 WED (m0006tzh)

Drama: Political

Shadow War: China and the West 21:00 SAT (m001zfqk)

The History Podcast 13:45 MON (m001zddx)

The History Podcast 13:45 TUE (m001zg54)

The History Podcast 13:45 WED (m001zdqy)

The History Podcast 13:45 THU (m001zdwl)

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Drama: Soaps

The Archers Omnibus 11:00 SUN (m001zdhz)

The Archers 14:45 SAT (m001z6t5)

The Archers 19:00 SUN (m001zddz)

The Archers 14:00 MON (m001zddz)

The Archers 19:00 MON (m001zdfg)

The Archers 14:00 TUE (m001zdfg)

The Archers 19:00 TUE (m001zdr0)

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The Archers 19:00 WED (m001zdrc)

The Archers 14:00 THU (m001zdrc)

The Archers 19:00 THU (m001zdtg)

The Archers 14:00 FRI (m001zdtg)

The Archers 19:00 FRI (m001zdtz)

Drama: Thriller

Limelight 23:00 MON (m0010xtx)

Limelight 14:15 FRI (p0hsvyq0)

Factual

AntiSocial 20:00 WED (m001z6s9)

AntiSocial 12:04 FRI (m001zdt6)

Archive on 4 20:00 SAT (m001zfqh)

Broken Politicians, Broken Politics 13:30 SUN (m001zdf4)

Broken Politicians, Broken Politics 16:00 MON (m001zdf4)

Café Hope 09:45 MON (m001zddb)

Café Hope 21:45 MON (m001zddb)

From Our Own Correspondent 11:30 SAT (m001zdjt)

From Our Own Correspondent 21:30 SUN (m001zdjt)

How Much Can You Say? 19:15 SUN (m001zdjp)

Michael Sheen Gets Into Character 16:00 TUE (m001zg5b)

Radio 4 Appeal 07:54 SUN (m001zdhj)

Radio 4 Appeal 21:25 SUN (m001zdhj)

Radio 4 Appeal 15:27 THU (m001zdhj)

Round Britain Quiz 23:30 SAT (m001z640)

Round Britain Quiz 16:30 SUN (m001zdjb)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 SAT (m001z6v7)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 SUN (m001zfqt)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 MON (m001zdk4)

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Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 FRI (m001zdxw)

Shadow War: China and the West 21:00 SAT (m001zfqk)

Singing with the Nightingales 14:45 SUN (b044m17b)

The Briefing Room 20:00 MON (m001z6q3)

The Briefing Room 16:00 THU (m001zdws)

The History Podcast 13:45 MON (m001zddx)

The History Podcast 13:45 TUE (m001zg54)

The History Podcast 13:45 WED (m001zdqy)

The History Podcast 13:45 THU (m001zdwl)

The History Podcast 13:45 FRI (m001zdtd)

The Tourist Trap 11:00 MON (m001zddg)

Tudur Owen: United Nations of Anglesey 18:30 WED (m0013zpd)

Why Do We Do That? 19:45 SUN (m001fwf1)

Why Do We Do That? 21:45 THU (m001g38h)

Factual: Arts, Culture & the Media

Add to Playlist 19:15 FRI (m001zdv1)

AntiSocial 20:00 WED (m001z6s9)

AntiSocial 12:04 FRI (m001zdt6)

Desert Island Discs 10:00 SUN (m001zdhx)

Desert Island Discs 09:00 FRI (m001zdhx)

File on 4 20:00 TUE (m001zg5q)

File on 4 11:00 WED (m001zdqk)

Free Thinking 21:00 FRI (m001zdv7)

Front Row 19:15 MON (m001zdfj)

Front Row 19:15 TUE (m001zg5n)

Front Row 19:15 WED (m001zdrf)

Front Row 19:15 THU (m001zdx1)

Loose Ends 18:15 SAT (m001zdx3)

Loose Ends 21:00 THU (m001zdx3)

More or Less 09:00 WED (m001zk2d)

More or Less 16:30 FRI (m001zk2d)

Open Book 00:15 SUN (m001z63y)

Open Book 16:00 SUN (m001zdj8)

Pick of the Week 18:15 SUN (m001zdjm)

Start the Week 09:00 MON (m001zdd8)

Start the Week 21:00 MON (m001zdd8)

The Media Show 16:00 WED (m001zdr5)

The Media Show 20:00 THU (m001zdr5)

When It Hits the Fan 16:30 TUE (m001zg5d)

Word of Mouth 20:00 SUN (m001z6q1)

Word of Mouth 15:30 THU (m001zdwq)

Factual: Arts, Culture & the Media: Arts

Screenshot 11:00 TUE (m001z6t9)

This Cultural Life 19:15 SAT (m001z6pg)

This Cultural Life 11:00 THU (m001zdw4)

Factual: Consumer

You and Yours 12:04 MON (m001zddq)

You and Yours 12:04 TUE (m001zg4y)

You and Yours 12:04 WED (m001zdqr)

You and Yours 12:04 THU (m001zdwb)

Factual: Crime & Justice

Behind the Crime 15:30 WED (m001thx9)

Intrigue 09:30 WED (m001z75l)

The Law Show 15:00 WED (m001zdr2)

Factual: Crime & Justice: True Crime

Intrigue 09:30 WED (m001z75l)

Factual: Disability

In Touch 05:45 SUN (m001z6jk)

In Touch 20:40 TUE (m001zg5s)

Factual: Families & Relationships

Child 14:45 FRI (p0hhrsxf)

Saturday Live 09:00 SAT (m001zfpn)

Factual: Food & Drink

The Food Programme 22:15 SAT (m001z6s3)

The Food Programme 11:00 FRI (m001zdt0)

The Kitchen Cabinet 10:30 SAT (m001zdf6)

The Kitchen Cabinet 16:30 MON (m001zdf6)

Factual: Health & Wellbeing

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 11:45 MON (m001zddk)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 00:30 TUE (m001zddk)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 11:45 TUE (m001zg4t)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 00:30 WED (m001zg4t)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 11:45 WED (m001zdqm)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 00:30 THU (m001zdqm)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 11:45 THU (m001zdw6)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 00:30 FRI (m001zdw6)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 11:45 FRI (m001zdt2)

All in the Mind 09:30 TUE (m001zdrl)

All in the Mind 21:30 WED (m001zdrl)

In Touch 05:45 SUN (m001z6jk)

In Touch 20:40 TUE (m001zg5s)

Just One Thing - with Michael Mosley 05:45 SAT (m001z6pb)

Just One Thing - with Michael Mosley 09:45 THU (m001zdvw)

Sliced Bread 12:32 THU (m001zdwd)

The Immune Mind by Monty Lyman 00:30 SAT (m001z6s5)

Woman's Hour 16:00 SAT (m001zfq5)

Woman's Hour 10:00 MON (m001zddd)

Woman's Hour 10:00 TUE (m001zg4r)

Woman's Hour 10:00 WED (m001zdqh)

Woman's Hour 10:00 THU (m001zdw2)

Woman's Hour 10:00 FRI (m001zdsy)

Factual: History

Being Roman with Mary Beard 09:00 TUE (m001zdrj)

Being Roman with Mary Beard 21:00 WED (m001zdrj)

History's Secret Heroes 15:30 MON (p0hm0r3g)

In Our Time 23:00 SUN (m001z6p8)

In Our Time 09:00 THU (m001zdw0)

Shadow War: China and the West 21:00 SAT (m001zfqk)

The History Podcast 13:45 MON (m001zddx)

The History Podcast 13:45 TUE (m001zg54)

The History Podcast 13:45 WED (m001zdqy)

The History Podcast 13:45 THU (m001zdwl)

The History Podcast 13:45 FRI (m001zdtd)

The Invention Of... 17:10 SUN (m001z65x)

Witness History 17:00 SUN (w3ct4xbm)

Factual: Homes & Gardens: Gardens

Gardeners' Question Time 14:00 SUN (m001z6sm)

Gardeners' Question Time 15:00 FRI (m001zdtl)

Factual: Life Stories

A Point of View 08:48 SUN (m001z6tk)

A Point of View 20:50 FRI (m001zdv5)

Child 14:45 FRI (p0hhrsxf)

Crossing Continents 00:15 MON (m001z6jm)

Crossing Continents 21:00 TUE (m001zg5v)

Desert Island Discs 10:00 SUN (m001zdhx)

Desert Island Discs 09:00 FRI (m001zdhx)

Great Lives 15:00 MON (m001zdf1)

In Touch 05:45 SUN (m001z6jk)

In Touch 20:40 TUE (m001zg5s)

Last Word 20:30 SUN (m001z6sr)

Last Word 16:00 FRI (m001zdtq)

Profile 19:00 SAT (m001zdj1)

Profile 12:15 SUN (m001zdj1)

Saturday Live 09:00 SAT (m001zfpn)

Short Cuts 15:00 TUE (m001zg58)

This Cultural Life 19:15 SAT (m001z6pg)

This Cultural Life 11:00 THU (m001zdw4)

Tudur Owen: United Nations of Anglesey 18:30 WED (m0013zpd)

Uncanny 23:00 TUE (m001zg61)

Uncharted with Hannah Fry 20:45 WED (m001r1p4)

Woman's Hour 16:00 SAT (m001zfq5)

Woman's Hour 10:00 MON (m001zddd)

Woman's Hour 10:00 TUE (m001zg4r)

Woman's Hour 10:00 WED (m001zdqh)

Woman's Hour 10:00 THU (m001zdw2)

Woman's Hour 10:00 FRI (m001zdsy)

Factual: Money

Money Box 12:04 SAT (m001zdjr)

Money Box 21:00 SUN (m001zdjr)

The Bottom Line 21:30 TUE (m001zg5x)

Factual: Politics

Americast 23:00 FRI (m001zdvc)

Any Answers? 14:00 SAT (m001zfq1)

Any Questions? 13:10 SAT (m001z6tf)

Any Questions? 20:00 FRI (m001zdv3)

File on 4 20:00 TUE (m001zg5q)

File on 4 11:00 WED (m001zdqk)

Political Thinking with Nick Robinson 17:30 SAT (m001zk1y)

The Invention Of... 17:10 SUN (m001z65x)

The Law Show 15:00 WED (m001zdr2)

The Week in Westminster 11:00 SAT (m001zfps)

Today in Parliament 23:30 MON (m001zdfn)

Today in Parliament 23:30 TUE (m001zg63)

Today in Parliament 23:30 WED (m001zdrs)

Today in Parliament 23:30 THU (m001zdxg)

Today in Parliament 23:30 FRI (m001zdvf)

Westminster Hour 22:00 SUN (m001zdjw)

When It Hits the Fan 16:30 TUE (m001zg5d)

Factual: Real Life Stories

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 11:45 MON (m001zddk)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 00:30 TUE (m001zddk)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 11:45 TUE (m001zg4t)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 00:30 WED (m001zg4t)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 11:45 WED (m001zdqm)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 00:30 THU (m001zdqm)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 11:45 THU (m001zdw6)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 00:30 FRI (m001zdw6)

A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton 11:45 FRI (m001zdt2)

Shadow War: China and the West 21:00 SAT (m001zfqk)

The History Podcast 13:45 MON (m001zddx)

The History Podcast 13:45 TUE (m001zg54)

The History Podcast 13:45 WED (m001zdqy)

The History Podcast 13:45 THU (m001zdwl)

The History Podcast 13:45 FRI (m001zdtd)

Uncharted with Hannah Fry 20:45 WED (m001r1p4)

Factual: Science & Nature

BBC Inside Science 20:30 MON (m001z6q5)

BBC Inside Science 16:30 THU (m001zdwv)

Child 14:45 FRI (p0hhrsxf)

Just One Thing - with Michael Mosley 05:45 SAT (m001z6pb)

Just One Thing - with Michael Mosley 09:45 THU (m001zdvw)

Sliced Bread 12:32 THU (m001zdwd)

The Immune Mind by Monty Lyman 00:30 SAT (m001z6s5)

Thinking Allowed 15:30 TUE (m001zk1g)

Tweet of the Day 08:58 SUN (m001zdhs)

Why Do We Do That? 19:45 SUN (m001fwf1)

Why Do We Do That? 21:45 THU (m001g38h)

Factual: Science & Nature: Nature & Environment

Farming Today 06:30 SAT (m001zfpg)

Farming Today 05:45 MON (m001zdkd)

Farming Today 05:45 TUE (m001zdg3)

Farming Today 05:45 WED (m001zg6k)

Farming Today 05:45 THU (m001zds7)

Farming Today 05:45 FRI (m001zdyc)

On Your Farm 06:35 SUN (m001zdh8)

Open Country 06:07 SAT (m001z6pz)

Open Country 15:00 THU (m001zdwn)

Factual: Science & Nature: Science & Technology

BBC Inside Science 20:30 MON (m001z6q5)

BBC Inside Science 16:30 THU (m001zdwv)

Sliced Bread 12:32 THU (m001zdwd)

Factual: Travel

Crossing Continents 00:15 MON (m001z6jm)

Crossing Continents 21:00 TUE (m001zg5v)

Your Place or Mine with Shaun Keaveny 10:00 SAT (m001zfpq)

Music

Add to Playlist 19:15 FRI (m001zdv1)

News

Americast 23:00 FRI (m001zdvc)

Broadcasting House 09:00 SUN (m001zdhv)

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News Briefing 05:30 SAT (m001z6vc)

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News and Papers 06:00 SAT (m001zfpd)

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Political Thinking with Nick Robinson 17:30 SAT (m001zk1y)

Six O'Clock News 18:00 SAT (m001zfqf)

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The Today Podcast 23:00 THU (m001zdxc)

The World This Weekend 13:00 SUN (m001zdj5)

The World Tonight 22:00 MON (m001zdfl)

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When It Hits the Fan 16:30 TUE (m001zg5d)

World at One 13:00 MON (m001zddv)

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Religion & Ethics

Bells on Sunday 05:43 SUN (m001zdk0)

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Beyond Belief 06:05 SUN (m001z6j1)

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Sunday Worship 08:10 SUN (m001zdhq)

Sunday 07:10 SUN (m001zdhg)

Weather

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