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SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2016

SAT 00:00 HP Lovecraft - The Shadow Over Innsmouth (b015fv26)
Episode 5

Robert Olmstead flees Innsmouth, only to discover years later a shocking secret linking him to the town. Read by Richard Coyle.

SAT 00:30 Soul Music (b00tpqm4)
Series 10, Ma Vlast

At the core of Czech cultural identity is this week's piece - Ma Vlast by Bedrich Smetana. Written in the late 19th century, it's a series of six symphonic poems. For a western audience the most popular and best loved is Vltava, a soundscape which conjures up vivid images of the river which runs through Prague.

Jan Kaplan is a Czech born film-maker who has lived in the UK since 1968. He describes the 'educational concerts' he had to attend as a young boy when - bored to tears - he would endure long performances of Smetana's music. However, as an adult living in exile, his experience of Czech culture was tinged with a remote sense of patriotism and he grew to appreciate his national composer. When - following the 1989 Velvet revolution - he was eventually able to return home, he witnessed one of the most famous and moving performances of Ma Vlast at Smetana Hall in 1990.

Also at that concert was musicologist, Professor Jan Smaczny, who describes his memories of that evening, and explains the history and mythology portrayed in Ma Vlast.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

SAT 01:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07wb50w)
A Landlady Goes Missing

In a Northern French town, a young widow vanishes.

Newly-promoted Commissaire Henri Castang wonders why the last name in the register of the tiny hotel she runs is that of a Jewish painter who never set foot there...?

Van der Valk creator, Nicolas Freeling's thriller stars Keith Barron as Castang, Edita Brychta as Vera, Clive Swift as Marklake, Auriol Smith as Gabrielle, Michael Kilgarriff as Goubin and Nigel Carrington as Nelson

First published in 1989, this is the 11th novel in Freeling's sixteen strong series featuring Henri Castang. The London-born author died 2003 aged 76.

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Matthew Walters

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1990.

SAT 01:30 The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy (b04stc5x)
1995-2000

The Frequency of Laughter is a six-part history of radio comedy, covering 1975-2005, presented by journalist and radio fan Grace Dent. In each episode she brings together two figures who were making significant radio comedy at the same time, and asks them about their experiences. This is a conversational history that focuses on the people who were there and the atmosphere within the BBC and the wider comedy world that allowed them to make great radio - or not.

This penultimate edition features producer Paul Schlesinger, who spent the late 1990s making shows such as the Sunday Format, People Like Us and Absolute Power before leaving to make television, returning in 2005 to become Head of Radio Comedy; it also features Meera Syal whose Radio 4 sketch show Goodness Gracious Me was the first British Asian comedy hit, later transferring to BBC Two. Grace asks them about the atmosphere within the Radio Comedy department and the attitude of TV Comedy department towards it; they discuss the BBC's reaction to the wide range of Black and Asian talent breaking through; and they discuss what it is about media parodies that works so well on radio.

The Frequency of Laughter is presented by Grace Dent, a journalist for The Independent, and is a BBC Radio Comedy production.

Presenter ... Grace Dent
Guest ... Paul Schlesinger
Guest ... Meera Syal
Interviewee ... Andrew Caspari
Interviewee ... Peter Fincham

Producers ... Ed Morrish & Alexandra Smith.

SAT 02:00 EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread (b007jrx0)
Episode 5

The peace of Sawston is disturbed by the latest news from Italy about Lilia. With Teresa Gallagher and Tom George.

SAT 02:15 A History of the Brain (b016x4t1)
The Spark of Being

Dr Geoff Bunn's 10 part History of the Brain is a journey through 5000 years of our understanding of this complex organ in our heads. From Neolithic times to the present day, he reveals the contemporary beliefs about what the brain is for and how it fulfils its functions.

While referencing the core physiology and neuroscience, this is a cultural, not a scientific history. What soon becomes obvious is that our understanding of this most inscrutable organ has in all periods been coloured by the social and political expedients of the day no less than by the contemporary scope of scientific or biological exploration.

In Episode 5: The Spark of Being, the focus is on electricity and communication, within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. When John Walsh showed, in 1776, that an eel could generate electricity, it became possible that human consciousness also relied on sparks fizzing within the brain. Coming at a time when Benjamin Franklin - an acknowledged expert on electricity - was signing the Declaration of Independence which asserted that all men are created equal, it generated a new perspective on the workings of the brain; the old hierarchical model was discarded in favour of the doctrine of equipotentiality.

The series is entirely written and presented by Dr Geoff Bunn of Manchester Metropolitan University, with actors Paul Bhattacharjee and Jonathan Forbes providing the voices of those who have written about the brain from Ancient Egypt to the present day, and actor Hattie Morahan giving the Anatomy Lesson which establishes the part of the brain to be highlighted in each episode - in this instance the Corpus Callosum. The original, atmospheric score is supplied by composer, Barney Quinton.

Producer: Marya Burgess.

SAT 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b007wk84)
Winifred Holtby - The Crowded Street, Episode 10

Diana Griffiths's dramatisation of Winifred Holtby's tale of a woman's journey into self-fulfilment.

10/10. Muriel returns to Marshington in Yorkshire for the annual fete and is faced with a life-changing decision.

Muriel ...... Clare Goose
Godfrey ...... James D'Arcy
Mrs Hammond ...... Brigit Forsyth

Directed by Pauline Harris.

SAT 02:45 Auto-Da-Fay (b007k1jt)
Episode 5

Concluding her autobiography, novelist and playwright Fay has fallen in love and now adds Weldon to her many names. From May 1998.

SAT 03:00 Classic Serial (b01ky5h5)
The Graduate, Episode 2

Now that's he's stopped sleeping with Mrs Robinson, Benjamin has become obsessed with her daughter, Elaine. Now, at last, he understands the purpose of his life. He drives through the night to Berkeley, determined to find Elaine and marry her. Elaine, however, has other plans.

The Graduate has been adapted from Charles Webb's novel by Polly Thomas. Polly is a Sony award-winning director and producer of radio drama. Her theatre work includes directing for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester; and the Manchester Literature Festival launch of Margaret Atwood's new book, The Year of the Flood.

A BBC Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.

SAT 04:00 Heresy (b00sg1vh)
Series 8, Episode 2

Victoria Coren presents another edition of the show which dares to commit heresy.

Her guests this week are comedians David Baddiel and Lucy Porter and the co-presenter of daytime quiz show Pointless, Richard Osman. Together they have fun exposing the wrong-headedness of received wisdom and challenging knee-jerk public reaction to events.

Arguing against the common belief that "the economy is up the creek without a paddle", David Baddiel says we're actually sailing serenely through the recession. Lucy Porter isn't convinced that "the innocence of children is snatched away too fast these days" and wants to know when her 13 month old daughter will start paying her share of the household bills, and Richard Osman finds reasons not to mourn the passing of the News of the World.

Producer: Brian King
An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4.

SAT 04:30 Simon's Bug (b04gn3ls)
Episode 2

Busy monitoring phone calls, Simon is learning a lot about his family. Stars Hwyel Bennett and Alison Steadman. From March 1989.

SAT 05:00 Dave Sheasby - One Flat Summer (b07wb9l1)
The St Leger

Unable to locate the money he liberated as a courier for 'Racecourse Rita', Ken is a wanted man. With Gerard McDermott.

SAT 05:30 Sketchorama (b01s8q18)
Series 2, Episode 2

Thom Tuck presents the pick of the new sketch groups currently performing live on the UK comedy circuit - with character, improv, broken and musical sketch comedy.

This is the second series, and in the second episode:

SO ON AND SO FORTH
Posh sketch boys Nick Gadd, John Sherman and Martin Allanson have been performing together since 2010. In that time they have chalked up an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe debut and picked up a Cofilmic Comedy Film Award for best sketch in 2011.

THAT PAIR
That Pair are Kathryn Bond and Lorna Shaw, who met at Bretton Hall where they discovered their mutual love of being from Essex. After graduating with one degree each in Theatre Acting, they have worked as professional actresses ever since. They came out of the comedy closet in 2010 as a female musical comedy duo. Influenced by fellow Bretton Haller's and comedy legends The League of Gentlemen and their Nans and Grandads, they perform sketches and songs with bags of silliness.

SHEEPS
Sheeps are Daran Johnson, Alastair Roberts and Liam Williams - three erudite young chaps doing sketches, and then doing themselves reflecting on their own sketches. Sheeps are graduates of that most venerable of comedy finishing schools, Cambridge Footlights. Liam Williams was runner-up in the 2010 standup contest So You Think You're Funny?, while Daran Johnson is already a prizewinning playwright.


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

SAT 06:00 Saturday Drama (b015bgvm)
Classic Chandler, Classic Chandler - The Long Goodbye

Toby Stephens is back as Raymond Chandler's fast-talking private eye Philip Marlowe.This is California in the 50's, as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the American Dream. Outside a club on Sunset Boulevard Marlowe meets a drunk named Terry Lennox, a man with scars on one side of his face. They forge an uneasy friendship but everything changes when Lennox shows up late one night, asking for a favour.

Dramatised by Stephen Wyatt
Directed by Claire Grove

This series brings all the Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4's Saturday Play. The Big Sleep 1939, Farewell My Lovely 1940, The High Window 1942, The Lady in the Lake 1943, The Little Sister 1949 and The Long Goodbye 1953, and two lesser known novels, Playback 1958 and Poodle Springs, unfinished at the time of his death in 1959.

Toby Stephens is best known for playing megavillain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006). In autumn 2010 Toby starred as a detective in Vexed, a three-part comedic television series for BBC Two. He also made his debut at the National Theatre as George Danton in Danton's Death.

Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 23, 1888, but spent most of his boyhood and youth in England, where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, he served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the R. A. F. In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his business career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. By the time he published his first novel, The Big Sleep (1939), featuring the iconic private eye Philip Marlowe, it was clear that he had not only mastered a genre but had set a standard to which others could only aspire. He died in 1959.

SAT 07:30 Moral Notes (b00760dm)
Love

Simon Brett explores how the Victorians perfected the use of popular song as a way to reflect values and beliefs. From January 2011.

SAT 08:00 Archive on 4 (b02xyl43)
Writers and Radio

This is the last era of radio-age writers. Authors born in the Forties and the early Fifties grew up with radio not TV; the BBC for them was a thing of sounds and voices, rather than of pictures. Susannah Clapp, of that generation, asks them what they heard and presents an archive essay talking to writers and listening, via the archive, to what they listened to and exploring the effect it had on their work.

With Richard Holmes, Andrew Motion, Alan Hollingshurst, Posy Simmonds and others. Producer: Tim Dee.

SAT 09:00 Joe Queenan: My Years of Awe and Wonder (b07wxpqh)
John Sergeant introduces two decades of adventures in broadcasting with the best reviewed American on BBC radio - Joe Queenan.

From his early days presenting Postcard from Gotham through to Wonderful Ways to Make a Living, A Brief History of Irony and Hitler's Favourite Cowboy, Joe Queenan has always shown a delight in his interviewees. "Most journalists don't like people but I'm the complete opposite of that. For the brief moment that we meet, they become almost like friends. I remember all of them still."

You'll hear uncut and previously unbroadcast extended interviews, unsliced and undiced, with Ian Hislop, Germaine Greer, Kathy Lette and Armando Iannucci. John Sergeant reveals what it's like to be rung up and asked to give short, snappy thoughts on abstract subjects such as cunning, failure and blame. And then there's Queenan's unexpected and deep love of Britain (he is married to a woman from Stroud), plus his ongoing amazement that a poor boy from Philadelphia has been given the opportunity to work for the BBC: letters, he says, "that do resonate in America still".

"It's worth remembering that when you're doing these kinds of programmes, they become a part of your life. For four days that's all you're doing. But it's not a job. It's some sort of special adventure. You're meeting unusual people. You're in unusual places. You're doing an unusual thing, asking complete strangers bizarre questions that they hadn't expected you to ask. "

Produced in Bristol by Miles Warde.

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

SAT 12:00 Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends (b007jzkw)
Series 2, Them and Us

Joy and consternation as Wendy is promoted at work, but Robin is suspended. Stars Kay Stonham and Simon Greenall. From May 2003.

SAT 12:30 The Burkiss Way (b00jq7qq)
Series 3, Discover Gravity

Fred Harris, Jo Kendall, Nigel Rees and Chris Emmett refuse to mention the unsavoury Eric Pode of Croydon.

Cult sketch comedy series which originally ran from 1976 to 1980.

Scripted by David Renwick and Andrew Marshall.

Producer: John Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1977.

SAT 13:00 Land's End to John O'Groats - Omnibus (b07wxqks)
Twentieth-century journals and correspondence. George Allen's 1904 diary of his record-attempting walk. Stars Edward Hogg.

SAT 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b07wxqm4)
Tito Jackson

American singer Tito Jackson chooses 'Papa's Got a Brand New Bag' by James Brown and 'Thank You' by Sly and the Family Stone.

SAT 14:15 In the Psychiatrist's Chair (b047wd3q)
Wayne Sleep

The dancer shares his thoughts on success, an awkward childhood, his physique and most famous partnership. From September 1998.

Psychiatrist Dr Anthony Clare's in depth interviews with prominent people from different walks of life.

Born in Dublin, author Anthony held a doctorate in medicine, a master's degree in philosophy and was a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. After becoming a regular on BBC Radio 4's Stop the Week in the 1980s, he became Britain's best-known psychiatrist and earned his own vehicle, In the Psychiatrist's Chair.

Starting in 1982, this series ran until 2001 and also transferred to TV. Series highlights include conversations with Bob Monkhouse, Cecil Parkinson and Gerry Adams.

SAT 15:00 Archive on 4 (b02xyl43)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]

SAT 16:00 Saturday Drama (b015bgvm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]

SAT 17:30 Moral Notes (b00760dm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]

SAT 18:00 Dangerous Visions (b046j873)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Episode 1

By Philip K. Dick
Dramatised by Jonathan Holloway

Philip K. Dick's cult sci-fi novel inspired the film Blade Runner. Set in a world devastated by nuclear war, a San Francisco bounty hunter is on a mission to retire a group of rogue androids. James Purefoy and Jessica Raine star in this new adaptation.

In post-war 1992 androids are becoming indistinguishable from human beings, even in their capacity to love, and bounty hunter Rick Deckard is tasked with locating and retiring a rogue group of escaped androids who have fled a life of slavery and returned to Earth.

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

SAT 19:00 Joe Queenan: My Years of Awe and Wonder (b07wxpqh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]

SAT 22:00 The Lawrence Sweeney Mix (b00kpybx)
Series 1, Episode 4

Invention as it happens. Josie Lawrence and Jim Sweeney's improvised sketches, driven by the audience. From March 2007.

SAT 22:30 The Secret World (b03kv277)
Series 4, Episode 3

The impression show with a difference. This week, Mary Berry from Bake Off has to deal with a baking-related dispute between Ray Winstone and Bob Hoskins. Olympic director Danny Boyle is tasked with rescuing a cat from a tree, and James Naughtie seeks counselling from poet Roger McGough.

With Jon Culshaw, Julian Dutton, Lewis MacLeod, Jess Robinson, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey.

SAT 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b07y0vqg)
From 10pm to midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Plus Arthur Smith chats again to Danny Robins.

SAT 23:00 The League Against Tedium (b007jp8b)
Episode 1

A surreal hour of music and comedy, as Simon Munnery goes in search of the Greatest Waiter of All Time. From January 1997.


SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2016

SUN 00:00 Dangerous Visions (b046j873)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]

SUN 01:00 Land's End to John O'Groats - Omnibus (b07wxqks)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]

SUN 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b07wxqm4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Saturday]

SUN 02:15 In the Psychiatrist's Chair (b047wd3q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Saturday]

SUN 03:00 Archive on 4 (b02xyl43)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Saturday]

SUN 04:00 Saturday Drama (b015bgvm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]

SUN 05:30 Moral Notes (b00760dm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]

SUN 06:00 Winifred Holtby - The Crowded Street Omnibus (b00fvpdy)
Episode 2

Muriel Hammond's journey to independence in 1900s Yorkshire. The Winifred Holtby dramatisation concludes with Claire Goose.

SUN 07:15 The Romantic Road: On the Trail of the German Philosophers (b00lxd7b)
Doppelgänger

Writer Stephen Plaice takes a journey through the German cities where the great philosophers of the 19th century lived and worked, exploring the impact that these thinkers have had on each stage of his life. Along the way, he reflects on the Germany which has been locked away behind the two World Wars, and examines our contemporary prejudices towards Germans.

Together with his brother Neville, an expert on the romantic city of Heidelberg, Stephen explores the city of the Student Prince and examines its connections with the philosophers Hegel and Schopenhauer. He considers the idea of the Doppelgänger, the double, an important archetype in German Romantic literature.

Neville explains how the movement of High Romanticism was created by the anti-French nationalism, which developed in the city during the years after the Napoleonic invasion. The enthusiasm for German folklore, which was later fostered by the Nazis, was directly related to this cultural reaction.

Stephen discusses with his brother two of the famous philosophers associated with the city, Hegel and Schopenhauer. Hegel went on to become an intellectual superstar, taking over the chair of philosophy in Berlin. Schopenhauer, on the other hand, was dismissed by the academic establishment, his ideas only latterly being taken seriously by the likes of Richard Wagner and Friedrich Nietzsche. Schopenhauer attempted to emulate Hegel, and became a kind of Doppelgänger for him when he followed in his footsteps to Berlin and set up his own rival series of lectures. These were so poorly attended however, he had to beat an ignominious retreat from the capital.

SUN 07:30 Fags, Mags and Bags (b01nb28b)
Series 5, Carnaptious Scroosh

More shop-based shenanigans and over the counter philosophy courtesy of Ramesh Mahju and his trusty sidekick Dave. The staff of Fags, Mags and Bags continue their tireless quest to bring nice-price custard creams and cans of coke with Arabic writing on them to an ungrateful nation.

Ramesh Mahju has built the business up over 30 years and loves the art of the shop. However, he does apply the "low return" rules of the shop to all other aspects of his life. Then there are Ramesh's sons Sanjay and Alok, both surly and not keen on the old school approach to shopkeeping, but Ramesh is keen to pass all his worldly wisdom onto them whether they like it or not!

In this episode, new shop regular Mrs Birkett goes head to head with Lovely Sue as they both enter their cat in the Catticus Cat of the Year competition. Meanwhile, Sanjay and Alok start making music with their new cool friend Grebo, who goes by the rapping name of Carnaptious Scroosh.

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

SUN 08:00 The Arthur Haynes Show (b00zl7rv)
From 23/06/1963

Lead-swinging Arthur visits his doctor - and will a dodgy couple really buy a posh mansion?

The comic characters of popular comedian Arthur Haynes in Johnny Speight's sketches.

After originally working with Charlie Chester on a number of series for BBC Radio, Arthur Haynes (1914-1966) became a big star on ITV in the late 1950s/early 1960s

With Nicholas Parsons and Patricia Hayes.

Songs by Janie Marden.

Producer: Richard Dingley

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in June 1963.

SUN 08:30 The Jason Explanation of... (b007jq6z)
Travel and Leisure

David Jason and company elect to poke fun at the Houses of Parliament.

With Sheila Steafel, Royce Mills and Chris Emmett.

Following in the footsteps of Lord Clark, Dr Bronowski and Professor Galbraith, David Jason unravels the mysteries of the universe and the meaning of life.

Scripted by Colin Bostock Smith, Andy Hamilton, Barry Pilton and Alastair Beaton.

Music by John Owen Edwards

Producer: Geoffrey Perkins

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 in September 1977.

SUN 09:00 Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence - Omnibus (b07wxrsh)
Biography of author of The Cazalet Chronicles who died in 2014. A writer on the topic of love, but in her own life it often eluded her.

SUN 10:10 Inheritance Tracks (b07wzr9y)
Judy Tzuke

English singer-songwriter Judy Tzuke chooses 'My Funny Valentine' sung by Chet Baker and 'Blue' by Joni Mitchell.

SUN 10:15 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b07wzrb3)
Women Writers, Barbara Taylor Bradford

4 Extra Debut. From Rod Stewart to Maria Callas, the author makes her castaway choices with Sue Lawley. From June 2003.

SUN 11:00 TED Radio Hour (b07wzrnh)
Series 3, The Unknown Brain

Guy Raz explores new research into the human brain, and how scientists are starting to map and manipulate its many regions.

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

SUN 11:50 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b011vjj0)
Series 2, Waterton

18/20. Squire Waterton of Walton Hall was an eccentric Englishman and gentleman who made many visits to South America and wrote about his travels. His travel books are "amongst the oddest I know" David Attenborough tells us, written in an odd, almost biblical style. But nevertheless, these books are accounts of natural history two hundred years ago. Attenborough argues that Waterton shouldn't be just remembered for his writing. He should be credited with establishing the first nature reserve in this country. Appalled by the ravages of the industrial revolution's impact on the landscape, he built a wall around his estate to protect the wildlife - and free of charge allowed people to visit, which they did in their masses.

Written and presented by David Attenborough
Produced by Julian Hector.

SUN 12:00 The Arthur Haynes Show (b00zl7rv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]

SUN 12:30 The Jason Explanation of... (b007jq6z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]

SUN 13:00 Winifred Holtby - The Crowded Street Omnibus (b00fvpdy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]

SUN 14:15 The Romantic Road: On the Trail of the German Philosophers (b00lxd7b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 today]

SUN 14:30 Charles Portis - True Grit Omnibus (b0616pb3)
A young girl undertakes an unthinkable quest to avenge her father's death and bring the killer to justice. Read by Nancy Crane.

SUN 15:45 F Scott Fitzgerald - The Smilers (b07wzt9m)
4 Extra Debut. Sylvester tries to inflict his innate misery on others, not realising that they might already be unhappy. Read by Garrick Hagon.

SUN 16:00 Laurie Graham - Perfect Meringues (b0075m9z)
Being a cook on TV was meant to lead to fame, fortune and a rich social life. But for miserable Lizzie Partridge, it means dinners-for-one and a stroppy adolescent daughter, Eleanor.

Laurie Graham's play stars Imelda Staunton as Lizzie Partridge, Christopher Biggins as Louie and Lesley Joseph as Kim. With Stephen Moore, Nina Wadia and Patricia Brake.

Producer: Viv Beeby.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1999.

SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (b07wzzz8)
Poet of Albion

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

Jenny Uglow presents a profile of Wiliam Blake. Widely misrepresented as a patriotic conformist, the great poet was a passionate dissident, a political artist deeply at odds with his country whose ideas were formed by the turbulent history of the time.

Contributors include Blake's biographer Peter Ackroyd and poet and critic Tom Paulin.

Producers: Susan Marling and Kate Bland.

Made for BBC Radio 4 by Just Radio and first broadcast in 2007.

SUN 17:30 Fags, Mags and Bags (b01nb28b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]

SUN 18:00 HG Wells (b007k4kd)
A Dream of Armageddon, Episode 2

As war breaks out, our hero flees with his wife to try and shield her from the horrors of battle and bloodshed. Can he re-establish the romantic idyll he once enjoyed?

Concluded by Robert Bathurst.

Written in 1901, this is a disturbing vision of the future - as Wells comes uncannily close to predicting the horrors of the Second World War.

English author and political philosopher, HG Wells is recognised as one of sci-fi's founding-fathers. Within his own lifetime, he became a literary celebrity, earning praise from contemporaries such as Henry James and Joseph Conrad. His influence was wide reaching; George Orwell in particular - "The minds of all of us, and therefore the physical world, would be perceptibly different if Wells never existed." In recent years his work has enjoyed a renaissance, including Steven Spielberg's 2005 film of War Of The Worlds.

Wells died on August 13th, 1946, aged 79.

Producer: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in 2006.

SUN 18:30 David Calcutt - Paper Doll (b07wzzzb)
" I can see you. I'm watching. Here in the dark, in this corner. I can see you, going through everything, dirtying it all with your fingers. Think you're alone, eh? Think it's just rubbish? Just wait. Soon. You'll find out. Soon. "

Two young men find more than they bargained for when they search for junk in a derelict house.

David Calcutt's chilling drama stars Richard Pasco as Matthews, Michael Staniforth as Mick and Daniel Abineri as Ronnie.

Directed in Birmingham by Vanessa Whitburn

Michael Staniforth played Mr Claypole in the long-running BBC children's tv series Rentaghost.

First broadcast in Thirty Minute Theatre on BBC Radio 4 long wave only in 1979.

SUN 19:00 TED Radio Hour (b07wzrnh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]

SUN 19:50 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b011vjj0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]

SUN 20:00 Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence - Omnibus (b07wxrsh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]

SUN 21:10 Inheritance Tracks (b07wzr9y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:10 today]

SUN 21:15 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b07wzrb3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:15 today]

SUN 22:00 Fags, Mags and Bags (b01nb28b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]

SUN 22:30 Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation (b01r11wm)
Series 9, How to Be a Woman in the 21st Century

Stand by your radios! Jeremy Hardy returns to the airwaves with a broadcast of national comic import as he delves into the murky world of womanlitude. Expect polite language from the start.

Welcome to "Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation", a series of debates in which Jeremy Hardy engages in a free and frank exchange of his entrenched views. Passionate, polemical, erudite and unable to sing, Jeremy returns with a new series of his show, famous for lines like -
"Kids should never be fashion slaves, especially in the Far East. My 12-year old daughter asked me for a new pair of trainers. I told her she was old enough to go out and make her own" and, "Islam is no weirder than Christianity. Both are just Judaism with the jokes taken out."

Few can forget where they were twenty years ago when they first heard "Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation". The show was an immediate smash-hit success, causing pubs to empty on a Saturday night, which was particularly astonishing since the show went out on Thursdays. The Light Entertainment department was besieged, questions were asked in the House and Jeremy Hardy himself became known as the man responsible for the funniest show on radio since Money Box Live with Paul Lewis.

Since that fateful first series, Jeremy went on to win Sony Awards, Writers Guild nominations and a Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

The show is a Pozzitive production, and is produced by Jeremy's long-standing accomplice, David Tyler.

Written by Jeremy Hardy
Produced by David Tyler
A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.

SUN 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b07y0vqn)
From 10pm to midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Plus Arthur Smith chats again to Danny Robins.

SUN 23:00 Newsjack (b07wb2xn)
Series 15, Episode 3

This week's stories lovingly bashed, mashed and moulded into sketches, one-liners and vox-pops written by the public. Trying to make sense of it all is our host, Nish Kumar.

In this edition we have a message from the new UKIP leader, listen in on David Cameron at the Job Centre and take a relaxing flight.

This week Nish is joined by Gemma Arrowsmith, Daniel Barker and Cariad Lloyd.

Newsjack was produced by Matt Stronge and Adnan Ahmed.

Script Editors: Grainne Maguire and James Bugg.
Production Co-ordinator: Beverly Tagg.

It was a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

SUN 23:30 The Skivers (b007jq44)
Series 1, Episode 5

New age DIY, and Sinatra sings punk. Nick Golson and Tim de Jongh welcome special guest Britt Ekland. From April 1994.


MONDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2016

MON 00:00 HG Wells (b007k4kd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]

MON 00:30 David Calcutt - Paper Doll (b07wzzzb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday]

MON 01:00 Winifred Holtby - The Crowded Street Omnibus (b00fvpdy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Sunday]

MON 02:15 The Romantic Road: On the Trail of the German Philosophers (b00lxd7b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 on Sunday]

MON 02:30 Charles Portis - True Grit Omnibus (b0616pb3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Sunday]

MON 03:45 F Scott Fitzgerald - The Smilers (b07wzt9m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:45 on Sunday]

MON 04:00 Laurie Graham - Perfect Meringues (b0075m9z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]

MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (b07wzzz8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Sunday]

MON 05:30 Fags, Mags and Bags (b01nb28b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Sunday]

MON 06:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x0m63)
Explosions in a Convent

Commissaire Henri Castang wonders if the disappearance of hotel owner, Adrienne Sergent is linked to a bombing?

Van der Valk creator, Nicolas Freeling's thriller stars Keith Barron as Castang, Edita Brychta as Vera, Clive Swift as Marklake, Michael Kilgarriff as Goubin and Vincent Brimble as the American.

First published in 1989, this is the 11th novel in Freeling's sixteen strong series featuring Henri Castang. The London-born author died 2003 aged 76.

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Matthew Walters

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1990.

MON 06:30 The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy (b04t9j65)
2000-2005

The Frequency of Laughter is a six-part history of radio comedy, covering 1975-2005, presented by journalist and radio fan Grace Dent. In each episode she brings together two figures who were making significant radio comedy at the same time, and asks them about their experiences. This is a conversational history that focuses on the people who were there and the atmosphere within the BBC and the wider comedy world that allowed them to make great radio - or not.

This final edition features Justin Edwards and Jan Ravens looking at radio comedy in the early 2000s. Justin is now known for his work on In And Out Of The Kitchen and Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack, but got his first series in 2003 as part of the sketch team The Consultants. Jan's association with radio comedy dates back to the early 1980s when she became the first-ever female radio comedy producer, but became beloved of the Radio 4 audience for her work on Dead Ringers, which started in 2000. Grace asks them about the atmosphere within the Radio Comedy department and within the BBC; they discuss the difference between topical comedy and satire, and whether the Radio 4 audience necessarily wants either; and they discuss the contribution a good sound engineer can make to a programme.

The Frequency of Laughter is presented by Grace Dent, a journalist for The Independent, and is a BBC Radio Comedy production.

Presenter ... Grace Dent
Guest ... Justin Edwards
Guest ... Jan Ravens
Interviewee ... Jerry Peal

Producers ... Ed Morrish & Alexandra Smith.

MON 07:00 Gloomsbury (b01ngrwf)
Series 1, A Desperate Attempt to Have Fun

The writer Vera Sackcloth-Vest has to tear herself away from her beloved garden just at the moment when her mammillarias are about to open.

She and her husband Henry have been summoned to London by her bosom chum, the novelist Ginny Fox. Ginny and her husband Lionel have realized that they have never had what is known as "fun" and they beg Vera and Henry to provide it.

Simultaneously, Vera's ardent acolyte Venus Traduces asks Vera to educate her, so she can be taken seriously by the Gloomsbury set. Exhausted by her efforts to educate and entertain, and haunted by the fear that her beloved Henry will soon be posted to the Balkans, Vera endures an emotional crisis at a picnic in Kensington Gardens.

Rescue arrives unexpectedly, and she escapes back to her beloved Sizzlinghurst, just as her mammillarias lift their saucy little faces to the sun.

Cast:
Vera Sackcloth-Vest ..... Miriam Margolyes
Henry Mickleton ..... Jonathan Coy
Venus Traduces ..... Morwenna Banks
Mrs Ginny Fox ..... Alison Steadman
Lionel Fox ..... Nigel Planer

Produced by Jamie Rix
A Little Brother production for BBC Radio 4.

MON 07:30 Just a Minute (b07vngrk)
Series 76, Episode 7

Nicholas Parsons and guests return for the 76th series of the panel show where participants must try to speak for 60 seconds without hesitation, deviation or repetition. No repetition? That's no small order after nearly 50 years.

Paul Merton, now the second most prolific player of the game after Kenneth Williams, will be joined by guests including series regulars Josie Lawrence, Sheila Hancock, Marcus Brigstocke and Gyles Brandreth.

Hayley Sterling blows the whistle.

Produced by Matt Stronge.

MON 08:00 The Burkiss Way (b00jq7qb)
Series 3, Get Cut Off the Burkiss Way

Pulling the chain on quiz shows - and the legendary tales of Scheherazade prove disappointing.

Starring Fred Harris, Jo Kendall, Nigel Rees and Chris Emmett .

Cult sketch comedy series which originally ran from 1976 to 1980.

Scripted by David Renwick and Andrew Marshall.

Producer: John Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1977.

MON 08:30 The Betty Witherspoon Show (b01mg07x)
From 01/06/1974

Kenneth Williams and Ted Ray take on Anthony and Cleopatra. Songs and sketches with Miriam Margolyes. From June 1974.

MON 09:00 Foul Play (b00zshr3)
Series 4, Murder for Starters

Crime writers Robert Barnard and Lindsey Davis probe who wielded a deadly skewer. Chaired by Simon Brett. From October 1998.

MON 09:30 In the End (b007qww6)
Episode 3

Tension mounts as the serial killer claims a third journalist victim. Comedy thriller with Michael Williams. From December 1999.

MON 10:00 Saturday Drama (b00yw4f9)
Classic Chandler, Classic Chandler - Playback

By Raymond Chandler
Dramatised by Stephen Wyatt

Marlowe is hired to tail the mysterious Betty Mayfield all the way to the seaside town of Esmerelda, without knowing why or the identity of his employer. It's not long before he realises that he's not the only one on the trail, and that he too is being watched. Toby Stephens plays Philip Marlowe in a landmark series bringing all of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4.

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko
Produced by Claire Grove

Stephen Wyatt (dramatist) is a Sony Award Winning Playwright. Recent work for R4 includes dramatising three of the Complete Ripley series including The Talented Mr Ripley for Saturday Afternoon, The Yellow Plush Papers for 11.30am and Tom Jones for Classic Serial. His original play Memorials for the Missing won a Sony Award in 2008.

MON 11:00 HE Bates - Three Country Stories (b007jv1q)
Series 1, Time

Three old men sit and watch the world go by, but one has a very youthful secret of vitality. Read by David Neal.

MON 11:15 Nan Woodhouse (b0075k2l)
Encore

If all the world's a stage, then Henry and Sheila's reunion might become a farce. Stars Timothy West and Julia McKenzie.

MON 12:00 The Burkiss Way (b00jq7qb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]

MON 12:30 The Betty Witherspoon Show (b01mg07x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]

MON 13:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x0m63)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]

MON 13:30 The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy (b04t9j65)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]

MON 14:00 EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread (b007jrxz)
Episode 6

As Harriet and Philip arrive to rescue Lilia's son, Philip finds himself captivated by Italy. With Sian Thomas and Jamie Bamber.

MON 14:15 A History of the Brain (b0174dzk)
The Beast Within

Dr Geoff Bunn's 10 part History of the Brain is a journey through 5000 years of our understanding of this complex organ in our heads. From Neolithic times to the present day, he reveals the contemporary beliefs about what the brain is for and how it fulfils its functions.

While referencing the core physiology and neuroscience, this is a cultural, not a scientific history. What soon becomes obvious is that our understanding of this most inscrutable organ has in all periods been coloured by the social and political expedients of the day no less than by the contemporary scope of scientific or biological exploration.

Episode 6: The Beast Within, focuses on localisation. Following a macabre accident when an iron rod shot through his head, Phineas Gage, a mild-mannered railway worker in Vermont, became capricious and profane. Meanwhile in France Paul Broca established that damage to another part of the brain caused aphasia. While phrenology had it that the brains of 'degenerates' differed from those of poets or scientists, British neurologist John Hughlings Jackson incorporated evolutionary ideas into his theory of brain function: higher centres with more recent evolutionary origins kept lower, more primitive ones in check.

The series is entirely written and presented by Dr Geoff Bunn of Manchester Metropolitan University, with actors Paul Bhattacharjee and Jonathan Forbes providing the voices of those who have written about the brain from Ancient Egypt to the present day, and actor Hattie Morahan giving the Anatomy Lesson which establishes the part of the brain to be highlighted in each episode - in this instance the four lobes. The original, atmospheric score is supplied by composer, Barney Quinton.

Producer: Marya Burgess.

MON 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b00d43cv)
Doris Lessing - The Golden Notebook, Episode 1

Doris Lessing's 20th-century classic, dramatised by Sarah Daniels.

In the summer of 1957, writer Anna Wulf is welcoming home her friend Molly, just returned from a year's travelling. The two friends have a lot to catch up on.

Anna ...... Susannah Harker
Molly ...... Fenella Woolgar
Richard ...... Ron Cook
Tommy ...... Adam Paulden
Saul ...... Peter Brooke

Directed by Polly Thomas.

MON 14:45 Eric Lomax - The Railway Man (b008jf5v)
Episode 1

Eric Lomax's best-selling autobiography, featuring his wartime experiences as a prisoner of the Japanese. Read by Alec Heggie.

MON 15:00 Saturday Drama (b00yw4f9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]

MON 16:00 Foul Play (b00zshr3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]

MON 16:30 In the End (b007qww6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]

MON 17:00 Gloomsbury (b01ngrwf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]

MON 17:30 Just a Minute (b07vngrk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]

MON 18:00 Wally K Daly (b007jt6t)
The Silent Scream, Episode 1

The alien takeover gathers pace. The second of a sci-fi trilogy, and sequel to Before the Screaming Begins. Stars Donald Hewlett and James Laurenson.

MON 18:30 A Good Read (b0076bx7)
George Melly & Jenny Diski

Rosie Boycott and her guests, novelist and travel writer Jenny Disk and jazz singer, art historian and aesthete, George Melly discuss paperbacks by Vladimir Nabokov, Jim Crace and Iris Murdoch. From 2002.

'Lolita' by Vladimir Nabokov
Publisher: Penguin

'Quarantine' by Jim Crace
Publisher: Penguin

'The Sea, The Sea' by Iris Murdoch
Publisher: Vintage.

MON 19:00 The Burkiss Way (b00jq7qb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]

MON 19:30 The Betty Witherspoon Show (b01mg07x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]

MON 20:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x0m63)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]

MON 20:30 The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy (b04t9j65)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]

MON 21:00 HE Bates - Three Country Stories (b007jv1q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]

MON 21:15 Nan Woodhouse (b0075k2l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]

MON 22:00 Just a Minute (b07vngrk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]

MON 22:30 Chain Reaction (b03m81pm)
Series 9, Terry Christian talks to Kevin Bridges

Chain Reaction is Radio 4's long running hostless chat show where last week's interviewee becomes this week's interviewer.

In the first in the new series, Manchester's very own Terry Christian talks to Scotland's newest comedy superstar Kevin bridges.

Producer ... Carl Cooper.

MON 23:00 News Quiz Extra (b07x1hmq)
Series 18, Episode 3

Made for 4 Extra. An extended version of the News Quiz for Radio 4 Extra.

MON 23:45 Foley and McColl: The Interview (b0076d23)
Cool As You Like

After a rift in the partnership, Sean moves to the Antarctic. Ten years later, Hamish decides to go and find him. With Sean Foley, Hamish McColl, Michael Parkinson. From March 2003.


TUESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2016

TUE 00:00 Wally K Daly (b007jt6t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]

TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b0076bx7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]

TUE 01:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x0m63)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]

TUE 01:30 The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy (b04t9j65)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]

TUE 02:00 EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread (b007jrxz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]

TUE 02:15 A History of the Brain (b0174dzk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]

TUE 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b00d43cv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]

TUE 02:45 Eric Lomax - The Railway Man (b008jf5v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Monday]

TUE 03:00 Saturday Drama (b00yw4f9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]

TUE 04:00 Foul Play (b00zshr3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]

TUE 04:30 In the End (b007qww6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]

TUE 05:00 Gloomsbury (b01ngrwf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]

TUE 05:30 Just a Minute (b07vngrk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]

TUE 06:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x1k3w)
Springtime in Sussex

Henri Castang goes in search of a missing British journalist, who has links to the two cases he's trying to investigate.

Nicolas Freeling's thriller stars Keith Barron as Castang, Clive Swift as Marklake, James Greene as The Bishop, Sheila Mitchell as Annunziata and Auriol Smith as Gabrielle.

First published in 1989, this is the 11th novel in Freeling's sixteen strong series featuring Henri Castang. The London-born author died 2003 aged 76.

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Matthew Walters

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1990.

TUE 06:30 Am I Tone Deaf? (b014641m)
If you are 'tone-deaf' can your brain be 're-tuned' by singing lessons? Author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera has spent his life miming to songs. Like one in 15 of us, he believes he is tone deaf. But is he? In this programme he braves both scientific testing and singing lessons in the hope of finding his voice. Vocal coach Heather Mair Thomas believes that whatever the diagnosis, she has ways of making him sing. But will doctors who argue that congenital tone deafness cannot be cured by training alone eclipse her optimism? As Sathnam navigates his way between science and song, he will meet key experts who are dedicated to exploring the scientific highs and lows of tone deafness. For the past decade, neurologists have developed a number of techniques aimed at identifying the root cause of 'amusia' known more commonly as tone deafness. If they can understand more about this relatively common condition it will help them to understand more complex neurological disorders that can affect speech or sound perception. Sathnam will also take on board the 'sound advice' that fellow sufferers have to offer. Retired Reverend Jim Cross was occupationally obliged to lead his church in song, however his congregation gave him special dispensation to simply say the lines aloud following his diagnosis of 'amusia'.

TUE 07:00 Bangers and Mash (b0075gv1)
Episode 3

A health inspector calls. Will the catering team have to halt pie production? Stars Jane Whittenshaw. From January 1999.

TUE 07:30 Mark Watson Talks a Bit About Life (b07vs2hg)
Series 2, Legacy

New series from multi-award winning Mark Watson. Assisted and impeded in equal measure by henchmen Sam Simmons and Will Adamsdale, he revives his quest to make some sort of sense of life, against the backdrop of a world, in recent times, has come to seem even more peculiar than usual.

The tenacious trio take on some of human life's central topics - family, spirituality, Scandinavia. Watson peddles his unique, high-octane stand-up while Simmons and Adamsdale chip in with interjections which include (but are not limited to) music, shopping lists, life advice, stunts, avant-garde offerings and divvy interactions.

Expect big laughs, controlled chaos and an attempt to answer the one question none of us can quite escape from - what exactly is going on?

This weeks topic is legacy. How will the world see us after we've gone, and is it really important? The trio consider their reputations, prepare their wills, and look the end in the face in this penultimate episode of the series.

Mark Watson is a multi-award winning comedian, including the inaugural If.Comedy Panel Prize 2006. He is assisted by Sam Simmons, winner of Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award 2015 and Will Adamsdale who won the the Perrier Comedy Award in 2004.

Produced by Lianne Coop
An Impatient production for BBC Radio 4.

TUE 08:00 Steptoe and Son (b00t39lf)
Series 2, The Siege of Steptoe Street

Albert and Harold are besieged by all their creditors demanding money.

Starring Wilfrid Brambell as Albert, Harry H Corbett as Harold and Robert Dorning as Mr Stacey the butcher

Following the conclusion of their hugely successful association with Tony Hancock, writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson wrote 10 pilots for the BBC TV's Comedy Playhouse in 1962. The Offer was set in a house with a yard full of junk, featuring the lives of rag and bone men Albert Steptoe and his son Harold and it was the spark for a run of 8 series for TV.

Adapted for radio from Galton and Simpson's TV script by Gale Pedrick.

Produced by Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in June 1967.

TUE 08:30 The Men From the Ministry (b007jpsq)
Penny Wise

The arrival of a computer means the inept civil servants face the axe. With Richard Murdoch and Deryck Guyler. From July 1976.

TUE 09:00 News Quiz Extra (b07x1hmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]

TUE 09:45 Foley and McColl: The Interview (b0076d23)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:45 on Monday]

TUE 10:00 Saturday Drama (b0167qq4)
Classic Chandler, Poodle Springs

By Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker
Dramatised by Robin Brooks

Fresh from his honeymoon with heiress Linda Loring, Philip Marlowe has set up shop in the upmarket Californian town of Poodle Springs. But the life of a kept man soon loses its charm, and when he's asked to find a gambler on the run from his debts, Marlowe can't resist. Toby Stephens plays iconic detective Philip Marlowe.

The eighth and final Philip Marlowe novel, Raymond Chandler's Poodle Springs was unfinished at the time of the author's death in 1959. It remained so for another 30 years, until crime writer Robert B. Parker completed the novel to mark the centenary of Chandler's birth.

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.
Produced by Claire Grove.

TUE 11:00 HE Bates - Three Country Stories (b007jv2t)
Series 1, Chaff in the Wind

A lost man needing directions has a chance encounter in a cold, windswept field. Read by David Neal.

TUE 11:15 Jallebies and Tea (b007jy83)
Recently arrived in London from India, Asha is lonely left in her flat all day long, until some extraordinary visitors appear. Stars Nina Wadia.

TUE 12:00 Steptoe and Son (b00t39lf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]

TUE 12:30 The Men From the Ministry (b007jpsq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]

TUE 13:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x1k3w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]

TUE 13:30 Am I Tone Deaf? (b014641m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]

TUE 14:00 EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread (b007jryd)
Episode 7

Preparing to rescue Lilia's baby, Philip, Caroline and Harriet find Italy intoxicating. Stars Jamie Bamber and Emilia Fox.

TUE 14:15 A History of the Brain (b0174gkl)
Mind the Gap

Dr Geoff Bunn's 10 part History of the Brain is a journey through 5000 years of our understanding of this complex organ in our heads. From Neolithic times to the present day, he reveals the contemporary beliefs about what the brain is for and how it fulfils its functions.

While referencing the core physiology and neuroscience, this is a cultural, not a scientific history. What soon becomes obvious is that our understanding of this most inscrutable organ has in all periods been coloured by the social and political expedients of the day no less than by the contemporary scope of scientific or biological exploration.

Episode 7: Mind the Gap, focuses on how the microscope allowed neurologists to detail the structure of brain cells. While Sigmund Freud, who started out as a neurologist, had hoped his gold chloride staining method would revolutionise brain research, it was in fact Camillo Golgi's La Reazione Nero, using silver nitrate, that enabled brain scientists to see the cell composition more clearly. Combined with the Gudden microtome, which provided extremely thin sections of brain tissue, neurologists began to explore how neurons are connected, with Charles Sherrington coining the term synapse to describe the gap between them.

The series is entirely written and presented by Dr Geoff Bunn of Manchester Metropolitan University, with actors Paul Bhattacharjee and Jonathan Forbes providing the voices of those who have written about the brain from Ancient Egypt to the present day, and actor Hattie Morahan giving the Anatomy Lesson which establishes the part of the brain to be highlighted in each episode - in this instance the nerve cell or neuron. The original, atmospheric score is supplied by composer, Barney Quinton.

Producer: Marya Burgess.

TUE 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b00d4g09)
Doris Lessing - The Golden Notebook, Episode 2

Doris Lessing's 20th-century classic, dramatised by Sarah Daniels.

Anna becomes embroiled in the conflict between Molly and her ex-husband Richard over their son Tommy's future.

Anna ...... Susannah Harker
Molly ...... Fenella Woolgar
Richard ...... Ron Cook
Tommy ...... Adam Paulden
Ella ...... Emma Fielding
Janet ...... Ellie Sager
Mr Mathlong ...... Wyllie Longmore
Mrs Marks ...... Brigit Forsyth
Saul ...... Peter Brooke
Dick ...... Marc Parry

Directed by Polly Thomas.

TUE 14:45 Eric Lomax - The Railway Man (b03mj37r)
Episode 2

The outbreak of the Second World War allows the young Scot to escape from his mundane Post Office job. Read by Alec Heggie.

TUE 15:00 Saturday Drama (b0167qq4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]

TUE 16:00 Counterpoint (b07x1sls)
2006, Heat 4

Ned Sherrin asks musical questions of Alan Avery from Stowmarket, Graham Holliday from Teddington and Franke Keyte from Kenton.

TUE 16:30 Safety Catch (b00vy3st)
Series 3, Uncomfortably Numb

A new series of Laurence Howarth's black comedy of modern morality set in the world of arms dealing.

Simon McGrath is a generally nice chap who just happens to be an arms dealer. It's not something he planned, he just fell into it, and despite all his best intentions he just doesn't seem to be able to leave because he has to pay his mortgage like everyone else. Of course his real love is electronic music and this is just a stop gap until he finds the perfect outlet for his music - okay so the gap has lasted five years but that's not the point. Once he can get himself motivated he'll be out of there and, as his ever supportive mum says, people will always want to kill each other. So that's alright then......

This week Simon is appalled that his boss thinks it's inappropriate for him to empathise with the world's persecuted and oppressed and stop worrying, but when his family generally agree that worrying gets you nowhere he sets out to give himself compassion fatigue so that he can he can stop worrying and not feel guilty about all the bloodshed in the world. Unfortunately his new outlook doesn't seem to change Anna's parents view of him when they come to visit.

Cast:

Simon McGrath ..... Darren Boyd
Anna Grieg ..... Joanna Page
Boris Kemal ..... Lewis Macleod
Judith McGrath ..... Sarah Smart
Angela McGrath ..... Brigit Forsyth
Madeleine Turnbull ..... Rachel Atkins
Glenys ..... Di Botcher
Hugh ..... Mike Hayward

Written by Laurence Howarth
Produced By Dawn Ellis.

TUE 17:00 Bangers and Mash (b0075gv1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]

TUE 17:30 Mark Watson Talks a Bit About Life (b07vs2hg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]

TUE 18:00 Wally K Daly (b007k3zb)
The Silent Scream, Episode 2

The aliens are standing by to invade, but is there an even bigger threat to humanity? The second of a sci-fi trilogy with Hannah Gordon and Donald Hewlett.

TUE 18:30 Lives in a Landscape (b0076zy8)
Series 2, Episode 1

Documentary series telling original stories about real lives in Britain today.

1/6. Under Throckmorton

James Maw visits a tiny village, home to an old airfield, sandwiched between the Vale of Evesham and the Malvern Hills. What is a group of former soldiers doing speeding around the runway? Why is there no electricity in the church and what are dozens of brand new pianos doing in an old chicken shed?

TUE 19:00 Steptoe and Son (b00t39lf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]

TUE 19:30 The Men From the Ministry (b007jpsq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]

TUE 20:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x1k3w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]

TUE 20:30 Am I Tone Deaf? (b014641m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]

TUE 21:00 HE Bates - Three Country Stories (b007jv2t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]

TUE 21:15 Jallebies and Tea (b007jy83)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]

TUE 22:00 Mark Watson Talks a Bit About Life (b07vs2hg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]

TUE 22:30 The Maltby Collection (b00wwj28)
Series 2, Episode 1

With the museum stuck in the past, modernising deputy curator Rod wants to make it sexy. Stars Geoffrey Palmer. From June 2008.

TUE 23:00 Brian Gulliver's Travels (b00yqhrk)
Series 1, Gelbetia

by Bill Dare

Brian Gulliver, a seasoned presenter of travel documentaries, finds himself in a hospital's secure unit after claiming to have experienced a succession of bizarre adventures.

This week we hear about his travels in Gelbetia, a country run by doctors.

Produced by Steven Canny

Brian Gulliver's Travels is a new satirical adventure story from Bill Dare. The series has attracted an excellent cast led by Neil Pearson and award winning star of the RSC's current season, Mariah Gale. Cast includes fantastic actors Tamsin Greig, John Standing, Paul Bhattacharjee, Christopher Douglas, Catherine Shepherd, Vicky Pepperdine, Phil Cornwell, Antonia Campbell Hughes, Jo Bobin and Katherine Jakeways.

For years Bill Dare wanted to create a satire about different worlds exploring Kipling's idea that we travel, 'not just to explore civilizations, but to better understand our own'. But science fiction and space ships never interested him, so he put the idea on ice. Then Brian Gulliver arrived and meant that our hero could be lost in a fictional world without the need for any sci-fi.

Satirical targets over the series: the medical profession and its need to pathologize everything; the effect of marriage on children; spirituality and pseudo-science; compensation culture; sexism; the affect of our obsession with fame.

Gulliver's Travels is the only book Bill Dare read at university. His father, Peter Jones, narrated a similarly peripatetic radio series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

TUE 23:30 The Penny Dreadfuls Present (b00gpbcl)
The Brothers Faversham, Theseus Faversham

The story of Victorian Britain's most respected detective. Swashbuckling family romp with the comedy trio. From January 2008.


WEDNESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2016

WED 00:00 Wally K Daly (b007k3zb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]

WED 00:30 Lives in a Landscape (b0076zy8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]

WED 01:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x1k3w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]

WED 01:30 Am I Tone Deaf? (b014641m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]

WED 02:00 EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread (b007jryd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]

WED 02:15 A History of the Brain (b0174gkl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]

WED 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b00d4g09)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]

WED 02:45 Eric Lomax - The Railway Man (b03mj37r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Tuesday]

WED 03:00 Saturday Drama (b0167qq4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]

WED 04:00 Counterpoint (b07x1sls)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]

WED 04:30 Safety Catch (b00vy3st)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:30 on Tuesday]

WED 05:00 Bangers and Mash (b0075gv1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]

WED 05:30 Mark Watson Talks a Bit About Life (b07vs2hg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]

WED 06:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x204g)
Boring Old Biarritz

With hotelier, Adrienne Sargent still missing, Commissaire Henri Castang travels across France in search of journalist Robert MacLeod.

Van der Valk creator, Nicolas Freeling's thriller stars Keith Barron as Castang, Edita Brychta as Vera, Clive Swift as Marklake, James Greene as The Bishop and John Horsley as Richard.

First published in 1989, this is the 11th novel in Freeling's sixteen strong series featuring Henri Castang. The London-born author died 2003 aged 76.

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Matthew Walters

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1990.

WED 06:30 What's Eating the Museum? (b013q311)
Chris Ledgard hears how museums are waging war against the insect pests threatening their collections.

Anyone who has had a bad infestation of moths in their wardrobe knows the misery they cause.

But clothes - though expensive - can at least be replaced. For museum conservators, moth and beetle larvae pose a more serious threat. An insect infestation in a museum collection can destroy artefacts which are not only valuable but also irreplaceable.

In What's Eating the Museum?, conservators explain the quandary they find themselves in: insect populations - particularly clothes moths - have increased rapidly in recent years. At the same time, chemical pesticides have been taken off the market because of safety fears. So the people responsible for our great natural history, ethnographic and costume collections find themselves in a continual battle to keep the insects at bay.

The guru of insect pest management, David Pinniger, takes us around the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford to see how conservators there are coping. Also in the programme, Chris Ledgard visits the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of London, and Dover Castle. And what's the secret to winning this war? It's simple, says David Pinniger - good housekeeping. And you have to learn to think like a moth.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

WED 07:00 Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends (b0088zqz)
Series 2, Take the High Road

Robin is driving to Glasgow, but Wendy lets the train take the strain. Stars Kay Stonham and Simon Greenall. From May 2003.

WED 07:30 Mark Steel's in Town (b07vs3mw)
Series 7, Hebden Bridge

Mark Steel's In Town - Hebden Bridge

"That was So Hebden Bridge"

Mark Steel returns to Radio 4 for a seventh series of the award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and performs a bespoke evening of comedy for the local residents.

Mark visits the beautiful Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge, where he discovers how this former mill town and one time home of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath become the new age, multi cafe, hippie friendly, lesbian capital of Britain that it is today.

In this series Mark visits Stockport in Greater Manchester, Colchester in Essex, Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames, Lynton in North Devon and the British overseas territory of Gibraltar.

Written and performed by ... Mark Steel
Additional material by ... Pete Sinclair
Production co-ordinator ... Hayley Stirling
Producer ... Carl Cooper

This is a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

WED 08:00 The Navy Lark (b007xwmd)
Deliberately Abandoned

Can the inept crew of HMS Troutbridge discover where the rest of the fleet has gone?

Stars Leslie Phillips as the Sub-Lieutenant, Jon Pertwee as the Chief Petty Officer, Stephen Murray as the Number One, Richard Caldicot as Captain Povey, Heather Chasen as Heather, Ronnie Barker as Commander Bell, Tenniel Evans as Uncle and Michael Bates as the Sea Lord.

Laughs afloat aboard British Royal Navy frigate HMS Troutbridge. The Navy Lark ran for an impressive thirteen series between 1959 and 1976.

Scripted by Lawrie Wyman

Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in July 1967.

WED 08:30 Hancock's Half Hour (b007k251)
The Marrow Contest

The green-fingered lad takes on the authorities to save his pride and joy.

Starring Tony Hancock, Bill Kerr, Sidney James. Andree Melly and Kenneth Williams.

Announcer: Kenneth Williams

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

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

Producer: Dennis Main Wilson

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in June 1955.

WED 09:00 Dilemma (b01qmb08)
Series 2, Episode 1

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

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

This week's show sees comedian Paul Sinha struggling with his sporting loyalties; poet Lemn Sissay experiencing Something New; actor and comic Margaret Cabourn-Smith facing up to some poor parenting; and Graeme Garden contemplating life without one of his favourite Aunties.

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

Producer: Ed Morrish.

WED 09:30 Rent (b04phhy0)
Series 2, Episode 6

Paul and Ruby are thinking of moving out, and Maria needs more space. Stars Barbara Flynn and Patrick Barlow. From March 1995.

WED 10:00 DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers (b007jlqq)
Episode 1

Paul Morel is born in Nottinghamshire at the turn of the 20th century. His father is a hard-working, hard-drinking miner, but his mother a refined woman of middle-class aspirations.

As family conflict grows, Paul's mother turns to her sons.

Published in 1913, DH Lawrence's novel dramatised in three parts by Michael Butt

Starring Benedict Sandeford as Paul Morel, Elizabeth Estenson as Gertrude Morel, Clive Russell as Walter Morel, and Fiona Clarke as Miriam.

Director: Claire Grove

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1999.

WED 11:00 HE Bates - Three Country Stories (b007jxtx)
Series 1, The Maker of Coffins

Every Sunday an awkward, fiddle-playing coffin-maker comes to play for his mother. Read by David Neal.

WED 11:15 Juliet Ace Monologues (b007k17c)
The Captain's Wife

As the years pass, a navy spouse moves from craving conformity to rebellion. Patricia Hodge reads Mattie Potter's tale.

WED 12:00 The Navy Lark (b007xwmd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]

WED 12:30 Hancock's Half Hour (b007k251)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]

WED 13:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x204g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]

WED 13:30 What's Eating the Museum? (b013q311)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]

WED 14:00 EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread (b007jryt)
Episode 8

Caroline sets out to rescue Lilia's son from his father Gino, but discovers something unknown. Stars Emilia Fox and Tom George.

WED 14:15 A History of the Brain (b0174h6b)
The Agony and the Ecstasy

Dr Geoff Bunn's 10 part History of the Brain is a journey through 5000 years of our understanding of this complex organ in our heads. From Neolithic times to the present day, he reveals the contemporary beliefs about what the brain is for and how it fulfils its functions.

While referencing the core physiology and neuroscience, this is a cultural, not a scientific history. What soon becomes obvious is that our understanding of this most inscrutable organ has in all periods been coloured by the social and political expedients of the day no less than by the contemporary scope of scientific or biological exploration.

Episode 8: The Agony and the Ecstasy, focuses on the collaborative work between Otto Loewi in Austria and Henry Dale in England. They established that communication within the brain is chemical and not electrical. Thanks to the work of many exiles from Nazism (and a leech smuggled out by one of them) the vital role of acetylcholine became known. This work laid the foundation for the neuropharmalogical gold rush of the 1950s, with the discovery of drugs to help those suffering from schizophrenia, depression and anxiety.

The series is entirely written and presented by Dr Geoff Bunn of Manchester Metropolitan University, with actors Paul Bhattacharjee and Jonathan Forbes providing the voices of those who have written about the brain from Ancient Egypt to the present day, and actor Hattie Morahan giving the Anatomy Lesson which establishes the part of the brain to be highlighted in each episode - in this instance the neurotransmitters acetylcholine and adrenalin. The original, atmospheric score is supplied by composer, Barney Quinton.

Producer: Marya Burgess.

WED 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b00d4g0h)
Doris Lessing - The Golden Notebook, Episode 3

Doris Lessing's 20th-century classic, dramatised by Sarah Daniels.

As Anna tries to shake off the painful memories of her unhappy affair with a married man, she finds herself turning them into a story about her alter ego Ella.

Anna ...... Susannah Harker
Molly ...... Fenella Woolgar
Ella ...... Emma Fielding
Paul ...... Sean Gallagher
Dr West ...... Mark Chatterton
Mrs West ...... Christine Brennan

Directed by Polly Thomas.

WED 14:45 Eric Lomax - The Railway Man (b03mj9t5)
Episode 3

When Singapore falls in February 1942, the signals officer soon finds himself a prisoner of the Japanese. Read by Alec Heggie.

WED 15:00 DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers (b007jlqq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]

WED 16:00 Dilemma (b01qmb08)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]

WED 16:30 Rent (b04phhy0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]

WED 17:00 Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends (b0088zqz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]

WED 17:30 Mark Steel's in Town (b07vs3mw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]

WED 18:00 Wally K Daly (b007k406)
The Silent Scream, Episode 3

As the alien takeover deadline approaches, can humanity fend off enemies from without and within? Stars James Laurenson.

WED 18:30 Off the Page (b00j16kr)
Imposter Syndrome

4 Extra Debut. Imposter Syndrome: Dominic Arkwright, Julian Baggini, Kathy Sykes and Xanthe Clay discuss feeling insecure. From December 2009.

WED 19:00 The Navy Lark (b007xwmd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]

WED 19:30 Hancock's Half Hour (b007k251)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]

WED 20:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x204g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]

WED 20:30 What's Eating the Museum? (b013q311)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]

WED 21:00 HE Bates - Three Country Stories (b007jxtx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]

WED 21:15 Juliet Ace Monologues (b007k17c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]

WED 22:00 Mark Steel's in Town (b07vs3mw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]

WED 22:30 Party (b01mwvkw)
Series 3, The Grundy

Series 3 of the satirical comedy about a group of young idealists trying to make waves with their new political party. This week the group visit Phoebe and 'The Grundy' in hospital. Written by Tom Basden.

Simon .... Tom Basden
Duncan .... Tim Key
Jared .... Jonny Sweet
Mel .... Anna Crilly
Phoebe .... Katy Wix
Male Nurse .... Jot Davies

Producer .... Julia McKenzie.

WED 23:00 Hearing With Hegley (b007jr05)
Series 2, Episode 2

Songs and poems from the Luton Laureate including tales of the Tate, a jumble sale and an armadillo. From September 1998.

WED 23:15 All the World's a Globe (b007k44p)
Episode 2

From Egypt to origami, the National Theatre of Brent presents the definitive history of Earth. Stars Patrick Barlow. From May 1990.

WED 23:30 Hut 33 (b00lqfm2)
Series 1, Careless Talk

A security breach at Bletchley Park puts the wartime code-breakers under suspicion. Stars Robert Bathurst. From July 2007. Episode 3 of 6.


THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2016

THU 00:00 Wally K Daly (b007k406)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]

THU 00:30 Off the Page (b00j16kr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]

THU 01:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x204g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]

THU 01:30 What's Eating the Museum? (b013q311)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]

THU 02:00 EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread (b007jryt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]

THU 02:15 A History of the Brain (b0174h6b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]

THU 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b00d4g0h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]

THU 02:45 Eric Lomax - The Railway Man (b03mj9t5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Wednesday]

THU 03:00 DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers (b007jlqq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]

THU 04:00 Dilemma (b01qmb08)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]

THU 04:30 Rent (b04phhy0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]

THU 05:00 Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends (b0088zqz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]

THU 05:30 Mark Steel's in Town (b07vs3mw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]

THU 06:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x4bnb)
An Infirmary in Auschwitz

Battling to locate a missing hotelier, Henri Castang makes an important discovery - and also unearths a clue about journalist, Robert MacLeod.

Van der Valk creator, Nicolas Freeling's thriller stars Keith Barron as Castang, Edita Brychta as Vera, Clive Swift as Marklake, James Greene as The Bishop and Ian Lindsay as the Major

First published in 1989, this is the 11th novel in Freeling's sixteen strong series featuring Henri Castang. The London-born author died 2003 aged 76.

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Matthew Walters

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1990.

THU 06:30 Ghost Music (b010dp0s)
In 1939 the BBC recorded the sound of two trumpets discovered in Tutankhamun's tomb. It was a nail-biting session; one of them had previously shattered, but the British soldier, James Tappern, who played them allowed the haunting music that had been silent for 3000 years to be heard once more.

For three months this year the recording had added poignancy, as one of the trumpets was among the many artefacts stolen from the Cairo Museum during the recent revolution, though it's now been recovered. Archaeologist Christine Finn, who travelled to Egypt upon news of the uprising and chronicled the looting of archaeological sites, tells the story of the trumpet with the help of Egyptologist, Margaret Maitland.

Christine hears an account of the 1939 recording from Peter Tappern, son of the original bandsman, himself a professional trumpeter. And from archive of Rex Keating, who recorded the event for the BBC in Cairo.

Christine also considers how archaeology has revealed other 'ghost music'. Richard Dumbrill talks about his reconstruction of the Silver Lyre of Ur, discovered by Leonard Woolley in modern-day Iraq around the same time that Howard Carter was excavating Tutankhamun's tomb. She hears from Domenico Vicinanza of the Lost Sounds Orchestra, an international group which re-creates the sound of ancient instruments using technology and synthesis. One of its first projects was the ancient Greek harp often seen on classical vases, the epigonion; this time the instrument is not a faithful re-creation, but a new model reflecting its 21st century incarnation.

And Christine reflects on the role of these musical, archaeological discoveries in modern composition.

Producer: Marya Burgess.

THU 07:00 Bristow (b00cq588)
Series 1, Stranger on a Train

The buying clerk helps his colleague Jones to plan an escape from Chester Perry

With Rodney Bewes as Jones, Jon Glover as Fudge and Katy Odey as Miss Sunman.

Bristow works as a buying clerk for Reginald Chester-Perry's firm. He's but a small cog in a gigantic wheel...and he knows it.

Michael Williams stars as Bristow, the buying clerk from Frank Dickens' famous newspaper cartoon strip. Syndicated internationally, it ran for 41 years in London's Evening Standard. Frank Dickens died in July 2016.

RSC talent and popular stage and TV actor, Michael Williams died in 2001

Music: John Whitehall

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1999.

THU 07:30 Radio Active (b07vw6lt)
Radio Active - David Chizzlenut

Britain's only national local radio station returns to the airwaves for a one-off special - a spectacular world-premiere adaption of Charles Dickens' David Chizzlenut.

Mike Channel, Anna Daptor, Martin Brown and the rest of the Radio Active crew try to hold things together as the spectacularly appalling Radio Active Drama Repertory Company unveil their unique rendition of Dickens' mercifully less well-known masterpiece.

Original cast members Angus Deayton, Helen Atkinson Wood, Philip Pope and Michael Fenton Stevens have reunited to recreate an episode of one of the most successful radio comedies of the 1980s, which ran for seven series and won numerous awards.

The show is produced by one of the original producers, David Tyler

Cast:
Helen Atkinson Wood
Angus Deayton
Michael Fenton Stevens
Philip Pope

Written by
Geoffrey Perkins and Angus Deayton

With additional material by Jon Cantor, Moray Hunter and John Docherty

Music by Philip Pope & Richard Curtis

Produced by David Tyler

A So Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

THU 08:00 Thirty Minutes Worth (b00r7q2v)
From 09/10/1988

Harry Worth's got a new camera - and havoc awaits at a wedding.

Starring Harry Worth. With Jacqueline Clarke, Charles Collingwood, Julie Higginson and John Savident.

Script by Vince Powell.

Producer: Mike Craig

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in October 1988.

THU 08:30 Radio Active (b00gl83m)
Series 7, Probe Round the Back

Nigel Pry leads the hunt for the Fifth Man, the Whitehall Mole, the Moscow Sleeper and the Gentlemen's Toilet - as the radio team asks the question "MI5 - Friend, foe or motorway?".

Starring Morwenna Banks, Angus Deayton, Geoffrey Perkins, Philip Pope and Michael Fenton-Stevens.

Music by Philip Pope and Steve Brown.

Written by Angus Deayton and Geoffrey Perkins.

Producer: David Tyler

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1987.

THU 09:00 It's Your Round (b018g279)
Series 2, Episode 1

The first in a new series in which the panellists bring their own round for the other panellists to play.

Angus Deayton presides over a panel of comedians - Miles Jupp, Fred MacAulay, Josie Long and Nick Helm - all trying to beat each other at their own games.

Featured rounds:

Miles Jupp's "Test Match Specialists", a quiz using the rules and regulations of the "world's finest sport" (Miles' words)

Fred MacAulay's "Play Your Various Different Categories Right", like "Play Your Cards Right", but with other variables such as Scottish landmarks, household accident statistics, Radio 4 presenter's heights and, er, the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid.

Josie Long's "Dream Day Job" in which panellists have to guess an audience member's dream day job by asking yes/no questions.

Nick Helm's "Cream Crackered" in which panellists have to eat as many cream crackers as they can in a minute...commentated on by Test Match Special's very own, Henry Blofeld.

Producer: Sam Michell.

THU 09:30 The Elephant Man (b04vf6rt)
Age Concern

The Elephant Man was created by Debbie Barham. Under the pen-name D.A. Barham, she gently obscured her gender and youth to send scripts to BBC comedy programmes.

In 2003 Debbie Barham (1976 - 2003) tragically died from heart failure, due to anorexia, aged only 26. In her short, waspishly brilliant comedy writing life she had written for The News Huddlines, Spitting Image, The News Quiz, Weekending, Loose Ends and for Bob Monkhouse, Graham Norton, Rory Bremner and Clive Anderson amongst others.

Terry Lyon, assistant head keeper of struggling Southwood Zoo. His boss is the formidable 'management-speaking' Miss Stonewick and the head keeper in the taciturn Scot, Leonard. Terry is going through a divorce, his ex - Margaret - is now in a relationship with his friend Richard. He has had to move back in with his parents.

THU 10:00 DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers (b007jlr6)
Episode 2

Clinging to her sons, unhappy Gertrude is jealous of Paul's success and friendship with Miriam. Stars Elizabeth Estensen.

THU 11:00 HE Bates - Three Country Stories (b007jy4d)
Series 2, The Cowslip Field

The tale of a tender moment among the spring flowers for Pacey and her young charge. Read by David Neal.

THU 11:15 Juliet Ace Monologues (b007k18n)
Small Parts

Seduced by the theatre, Mattie Potter joins a repertory company and finds that the quick-change artistry is a preparation for life. Patricia Hodge tells her tale.

THU 12:00 Thirty Minutes Worth (b00r7q2v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]

THU 12:30 Radio Active (b00gl83m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]

THU 13:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x4bnb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]

THU 13:30 Ghost Music (b010dp0s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]

THU 14:00 EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread (b007jrzb)
Episode 9

Philip admires Gino's love for his son, but Harriet has other plans which spark terrible consequences. Stars Sian Thomas.

THU 14:15 A History of the Brain (b017528x)
All or Nothing

Dr Geoff Bunn's 10 part History of the Brain is a journey through 5000 years of our understanding of this complex organ in our heads. From Neolithic times to the present day, he reveals the contemporary beliefs about what the brain is for and how it fulfils its functions.

While referencing the core physiology and neuroscience, this is a cultural, not a scientific history. What soon becomes obvious is that our understanding of this most inscrutable organ has in all periods been coloured by the social and political expedients of the day no less than by the contemporary scope of scientific or biological exploration.

Episode 9: All Or Nothing, focuses on the invention of the electroencephalograph, which made our brain waves visible. Invented by Hans Berger, one of its main proponents was the eccentric English robotics pioneer and neuroscientist, William Grey Walter. Until a near fatal accident, Walter was one of 15% of the population who can't produce the resting, alpha wave - only the active, beta wave. After the accident he could emit alpha waves. Meanwhile, at Cambridge, Edgar Adrian, no fan of the EEG, established the 'all or nothing' principle of nerve transmission to explain simple reflex actions.

The series is entirely written and presented by Dr Geoff Bunn of Manchester Metropolitan University, with actors Paul Bhattacharjee and Jonathan Forbes providing the voices of those who have written about the brain from Ancient Egypt to the present day, and actor Hattie Morahan giving the Anatomy Lesson which establishes the part of the brain to be highlighted in each episode - in this instance the cerebral cortex. The original, atmospheric score is supplied by composer, Barney Quinton.

Producer: Marya Burgess.

THU 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b00d4g0p)
Doris Lessing - The Golden Notebook, Episode 4

Doris Lessing's twentieth-century classic, dramatised by Sarah Daniels.

Anna finally exorcises the painful memory of her affair as she concludes the story of her alter ego Ella being left by her married lover.

Anna ...... Susannah Harker
Molly/Julia ...... Fenella Woolgar
Ella ...... Emma Fielding
Paul ...... Sean Gallagher
Janet ...... Ellie Sagar

Directed by Polly Thomas.

THU 14:45 Eric Lomax - The Railway Man (b03mjkzh)
Episode 4

The signals officer brands the Burma-Siam railway as 'the last cruel enterprise of the railway age'. Read by Alec Heggie.

THU 15:00 DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers (b007jlr6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]

THU 16:00 It's Your Round (b018g279)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]

THU 16:30 The Elephant Man (b04vf6rt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]

THU 17:00 Bristow (b00cq588)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]

THU 17:30 Radio Active (b07vw6lt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]

THU 18:00 Richard Matheson - Duel (b007jwll)
Episode 1

The driver of a huge truck plays deadly games with an innocent motorist. Classic tense thriller read by Nathan Osgood.

THU 18:30 Great Lives (b007ybgq)
Series 13, Lord Denning

4 Extra Debut. Blur drummer David Rowntree chooses legal heavyweight, Lord Denning. With Joshua Rozenberg and Matthew Parris. From September 2007.

THU 19:00 Thirty Minutes Worth (b00r7q2v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]

THU 19:30 Radio Active (b00gl83m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]

THU 20:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x4bnb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]

THU 20:30 Ghost Music (b010dp0s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]

THU 21:00 HE Bates - Three Country Stories (b007jy4d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]

THU 21:15 Juliet Ace Monologues (b007k18n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]

THU 22:00 Radio Active (b07vw6lt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]

THU 22:30 Newsjack (b07x4pvp)
Series 15, Episode 4

This week's stories lovingly bashed, mashed and moulded into sketches, one-liners and hot-takes by the public. Trying to make sense of it all is host Nish Kumar.

THU 23:00 Wondermentalist Cabaret (b00yj96p)
Series 1, Episode 3

3 of 4. Poet, performer, enemy of all that's difficult and upsetting, Matt Harvey presents this comedy-infused, musically-enhanced, slightly interactive poetry cabaret. Recorded in front of an audience at The Royal Seven Stars in Totnes, South Devon, he's joined by the poet Murray Lachlan Young and one man house band Jerri Hart. Fellow poets Liv Torc and Nathan Filer battle it out with Murray in a Dead Poets' Slam, while the audience compose their own poem on the subject of gerbils.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

THU 23:30 As Told to Craig Brown (b00b4j53)
Series 1, Episode 3

Craig Brown introduces a mixture of satire, social observation and nonsense.

Narrated by Juliet Stevenson and Steve Wright, with John Humphrys, Ronni Ancona, Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod, Sally Grace, Ewan Bailey and Margaret Cabourn-Smith.


FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

FRI 00:00 Richard Matheson - Duel (b007jwll)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]

FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b007ybgq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]

FRI 01:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x4bnb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]

FRI 01:30 Ghost Music (b010dp0s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]

FRI 02:00 EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread (b007jrzb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]

FRI 02:15 A History of the Brain (b017528x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]

FRI 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b00d4g0p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]

FRI 02:45 Eric Lomax - The Railway Man (b03mjkzh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Thursday]

FRI 03:00 DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers (b007jlr6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]

FRI 04:00 It's Your Round (b018g279)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]

FRI 04:30 The Elephant Man (b04vf6rt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]

FRI 05:00 Bristow (b00cq588)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]

FRI 05:30 Radio Active (b07vw6lt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]

FRI 06:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x4qbm)
Tipping the Black Spot

Commissaire Henri Castang is a reluctant bystander as the police net closes in, but he still has a role to play.

Van der Valk creator, Nicolas Freeling's thriller stars Keith Barron as Castang, Edita Brychta as Vera, James Greene as The Bishop, Angus Wright as Morosini and Simon Treves as Robert.

First published in 1989, this is the 11th novel in Freeling's sixteen strong series featuring Henri Castang. The London-born author died 2003 aged 76.

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Matthew Walters

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1990.

FRI 06:30 The British Film Studios (b07x4r4c)
4 Extra Debut. John Huntley traces the history of one of Britain's most iconic centres of film making. With Norman Wisdom. From February 1996.

FRI 07:00 Winston Back Home (b00pbv78)
So This Is What Happiness Is All About

The old rogue and Nancy's idyllic return to Winterleaf Gunner proves to be short-lived. Stars Bill Wallis and Maurice Denham. From March 1994.

FRI 07:30 Sketchorama (b01sdcvs)
Series 2, Episode 3

Thom Tuck presents the pick of the new sketch groups currently performing live on the UK comedy circuit - with character, improv, broken and musical sketch comedy.

In this third episode of the second series:

McNEILL & PAMPHILON
Double act Steve McNeill and Sam Pamphilon have been performing their comedy socks off since 2009 and have won rave reviews for their three Fringe runs. They have become a regular fixture on the sketch circuit, have written for several other BBC projects and now have their own BBC sitcom script in development. They both appeared on BBC 1 in Richard Hammond's Secret Service.

BARBERSHOPERA
Six years ago, Rob Castell and Tom Sadler came up with the idea to form a comedy musical quartet - and Barbershopera was born. Since then, the group has gone from strength to strength, winning a total of six Musical Theatre Matters awards over four years at the Edinburgh Festival, performing in London's West End two years running, and entertaining audiences around the UK on three successive tours.

WITTANK
Sketchateers Mark Cooper-Jones, Kieran Boyd and Naz Osmanoglu came together after achieving notable success as stand-ups on the circuit. Along with appearances on BBC3's Live at the Electric, the boys are in the middle of a sell-out tour and host a London residency at The Courtyard Theatre in Shoreditch every month.



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

FRI 08:00 Something to Shout About (b07x4s0y)
Series 1, Episode 13

Maggie's got butterflies in her stomach, after the ad agency's campaign for indigestion tablets.

Starring Michael Medwin as Michael, Fenella Fielding as Janet, Sheila Hancock as Shirley, Eleanor Summerfield as Maggie, Nicholas Phipps as Adrian and Warren Mitchell as Fruity.

"A light-hearted exposé of the advertising world!". Set in a London ad agency called 'Apsley, Addis, Cohen, Barbican, Blythe, Giddy & Partners', Something To Shout About ran to 54 episodes over three series

Written by Myles Rudge and Ronnie Wolfe.

Music by The Jingle Belles and The Bernie Fenton Quartet, under the direction of Cliff Adams.

Producer: Trafford Whitelock

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in September 1960.

FRI 08:30 The Goon Show (b00db5l2)
African Incident

Neddie Seagoon is dispatched to destroy a bridge built by British prisoners of war. Stars Peter Sellers. From December 1957.

FRI 09:00 Heresy (b0184s33)
Series 8, Episode 3

Victoria Coren presents another edition of the show which dares to commit heresy.

Her guests this week are comedian David Mitchell, the Rev Richard Coles and Diane Abbott MP. Together they have fun exposing the wrong-headedness of received wisdom and challenging knee-jerk public reaction to events.

Diane Abbott is happy to argue against the received wisdom that "the Labour Party chose the wrong Miliband" though she can't help observing that the party really should have chosen her, the Rev Richard Coles is happy to speak in defence of parents who go to church just to get their kids into the local faith schools, and David Mitchell is incredulous that anyone would believe that "if a friend is doing something for charity you should sponsor them.

Producer: Brian King
An Avalon Television production for BBC Radio 4.

FRI 09:30 Simon's Bug (b04hgsms)
Episode 3

Simon is sure he knows what his family are up to behind his back. Things are falling apart. Stars Hwyel Bennett. From March 1989.

FRI 10:00 DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers (b007jlrk)
Episode 3

Gertrude clings to her son Paul, who now turns to a new lover, yet his first love is not forgotten. Stars Benedict Sandiford.

FRI 11:00 HE Bates - Three Country Stories (b007jyd8)
Series 2, Great Uncle Crow

A young boy gets to know his eccentric relative with a fondness for moorhen eggs, cress and 'neck oil'. Read by David Neal.

FRI 11:15 Juliet Ace Monologues (b007k19x)
Skin

On her road to liberation, Mattie Potter strips off. Patricia Hodge tells her tale of sun, flesh, naturism and morality.

FRI 12:00 Something to Shout About (b07x4s0y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]

FRI 12:30 The Goon Show (b00db5l2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]

FRI 13:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x4qbm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]

FRI 13:30 The British Film Studios (b07x4r4c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]

FRI 14:00 EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread (b007jrzr)
Episode 10

Englishman Philip confesses all to Italian Gino, and learns a bitter truth. Stars Sian Thomas, Jamie Bamber and Tom George.

FRI 14:15 A History of the Brain (b017551t)
Einstein's Brain

Dr Geoff Bunn's 10 part History of the Brain is a journey through 5000 years of our understanding of this complex organ in our heads. From Neolithic times to the present day, he reveals the contemporary beliefs about what the brain is for and how it fulfils its functions.

While referencing the core physiology and neuroscience, this is a cultural, not a scientific history. What soon becomes obvious is that our understanding of this most inscrutable organ has in all periods been coloured by the social and political expedients of the day no less than by the contemporary scope of scientific or biological exploration.

Episode 10: Einstein's Brain focuses on how advances in neurology have influenced our understanding of human's as 'neurochemical selves'. Examining the recent trend to explain every aspect of personality by underlying brain processes, Geoff Bunn highlights how disciplines from aesthetics to sociology have felt the impact of neuroscience. He acknowledges the benefits supplied by MRI scanning but points out the flaws in promoting an understanding of humanity based entirely on analysis of the brain. If the dissection of Einstein's brain were all we had to go on, we wouldn't know much about the famous physicist's life and character.

The series is entirely written and presented by Dr Geoff Bunn of Manchester Metropolitan University, with actors Paul Bhattacharjee and Jonathan Forbes providing the voices of those who have written about the brain from Ancient Egypt to the present day. The original, atmospheric score is supplied by composer, Barney Quinton.

Producer: Marya Burgess.

FRI 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b00d4g0w)
Doris Lessing - The Golden Notebook, Episode 5

Doris Lessing's twentieth-century classic, dramatised by Sarah Daniels.

Anna is bombarded by her friends' problems as she continues to struggle with her own. Then Tommy takes dramatic action that shocks them all.

Anna ...... Susannah Harker
Molly ...... Fenella Woolgar
Dick ...... Marc Parry
Tommy ...... Adam Paulden
Marion ...... Julia Rounthwaite
Janet ...... Ellie Sager

Directed by Polly Thomas.

FRI 14:45 Eric Lomax - The Railway Man (b007jywt)
Episode 5

The guards discover the prisoners' home-made radio set. The autobiography of a prisoner of the Japanese, read by Alec Heggie.

FRI 15:00 DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers (b007jlrk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]

FRI 16:00 Heresy (b0184s33)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]

FRI 16:30 Simon's Bug (b04hgsms)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]

FRI 17:00 Winston Back Home (b00pbv78)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]

FRI 17:30 Sketchorama (b01sdcvs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]

FRI 18:00 Richard Matheson - Duel (b007k3qp)
Episode 2

A hunted motorist is forced to become the hunter in a deadly, primordial duel. Classic tense thriller read by Nathan Osgood.

FRI 18:30 Soul Music (b00tt5hs)
Series 10, Faure Requiem

"He wanted it to be something that's consoling and helpful. It's the end of their lives where they can rest in peace". World renowned choral conductor Sir David Willcocks, shares his personal reflections on the Faure Requiem alongside those for whom the music has comforted and inspired. Known for its peaceful and hopeful nature the Faure Requiem has been called 'The lullaby of death'. Whilst Gabriel Faure himself never spoke directly about what inspired his interpretation of the Requiem, author and biographer Jessica Duchen has speculated that it may have been born out of his experience as a soldier during the Franco-Prussian war. In this edition of Soul music, personal stories of conflict and deliverance are shared from across the decades. Reaching from the beaches of Normandy to the plains of Afghanistan and into the skies of Salisbury. Faure composed the first version of the work, which he called "un petit Requiem" with five movements, of which the Pie Jesu and In Paradisum have become arguably the most popular. "Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.".

FRI 19:00 Something to Shout About (b07x4s0y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]

FRI 19:30 The Goon Show (b00db5l2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]

FRI 20:00 Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma (b07x4qbm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]

FRI 20:30 The British Film Studios (b07x4r4c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]

FRI 21:00 HE Bates - Three Country Stories (b007jyd8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]

FRI 21:15 Juliet Ace Monologues (b007k19x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]

FRI 22:00 Sketchorama (b01sdcvs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]

FRI 22:30 The Odd Half Hour (b00vy0f0)
Series 2, Episode 1

Comedy sketch show starring Kevin Bishop, Stephen K Amos, Doon Mackichan, Justin Edwards & Jessica Ransom. Answering the questions you probably never asked, this week's episode explains how the mouse got in the beans and why you should think twice before sponsoring a dog.

Produced by Simon Mayhew-Archer.

FRI 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b07yfy5k)
The best in contemporary comedy. Arthur Smith chats to to Richard Gadd.

FRI 23:00 A Look Back at the Nineties (b007jqxy)
1999

Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie 'look back' at the decade that was yet to happen. Recorded in July 1993.

FRI 23:30 The Flight of the Conchords (b007k17r)
Neil Finn Saves the Day!

After the band splits, Jemaine holds auditions in the toilets. Stars Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. From October 2005.



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

15 Minute Drama 02:30 SAT (b007wk84)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 MON (b00d43cv)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 TUE (b00d43cv)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 TUE (b00d4g09)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 WED (b00d4g09)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 WED (b00d4g0h)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 THU (b00d4g0h)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 THU (b00d4g0p)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 FRI (b00d4g0p)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 FRI (b00d4g0w)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b0076bx7)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b0076bx7)

A History of the Brain 02:15 SAT (b016x4t1)

A History of the Brain 14:15 MON (b0174dzk)

A History of the Brain 02:15 TUE (b0174dzk)

A History of the Brain 14:15 TUE (b0174gkl)

A History of the Brain 02:15 WED (b0174gkl)

A History of the Brain 14:15 WED (b0174h6b)

A History of the Brain 02:15 THU (b0174h6b)

A History of the Brain 14:15 THU (b017528x)

A History of the Brain 02:15 FRI (b017528x)

A History of the Brain 14:15 FRI (b017551t)

A Look Back at the Nineties 23:00 FRI (b007jqxy)

All the World's a Globe 23:15 WED (b007k44p)

Am I Tone Deaf? 06:30 TUE (b014641m)

Am I Tone Deaf? 13:30 TUE (b014641m)

Am I Tone Deaf? 20:30 TUE (b014641m)

Am I Tone Deaf? 01:30 WED (b014641m)

Archive on 4 08:00 SAT (b02xyl43)

Archive on 4 15:00 SAT (b02xyl43)

Archive on 4 03:00 SUN (b02xyl43)

As Told to Craig Brown 23:30 THU (b00b4j53)

Auto-Da-Fay 02:45 SAT (b007k1jt)

Bangers and Mash 07:00 TUE (b0075gv1)

Bangers and Mash 17:00 TUE (b0075gv1)

Bangers and Mash 05:00 WED (b0075gv1)

Brian Gulliver's Travels 23:00 TUE (b00yqhrk)

Bristow 07:00 THU (b00cq588)

Bristow 17:00 THU (b00cq588)

Bristow 05:00 FRI (b00cq588)

Chain Reaction 22:30 MON (b03m81pm)

Charles Portis - True Grit Omnibus 14:30 SUN (b0616pb3)

Charles Portis - True Grit Omnibus 02:30 MON (b0616pb3)

Classic Serial 03:00 SAT (b01ky5h5)

Counterpoint 16:00 TUE (b07x1sls)

Counterpoint 04:00 WED (b07x1sls)

DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers 10:00 WED (b007jlqq)

DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers 15:00 WED (b007jlqq)

DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers 03:00 THU (b007jlqq)

DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers 10:00 THU (b007jlr6)

DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers 15:00 THU (b007jlr6)

DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers 03:00 FRI (b007jlr6)

DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers 10:00 FRI (b007jlrk)

DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers 15:00 FRI (b007jlrk)

Dangerous Visions 18:00 SAT (b046j873)

Dangerous Visions 00:00 SUN (b046j873)

Dave Sheasby - One Flat Summer 05:00 SAT (b07wb9l1)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 11:50 SUN (b011vjj0)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 19:50 SUN (b011vjj0)

David Calcutt - Paper Doll 18:30 SUN (b07wzzzb)

David Calcutt - Paper Doll 00:30 MON (b07wzzzb)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:15 SUN (b07wzrb3)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:15 SUN (b07wzrb3)

Dilemma 09:00 WED (b01qmb08)

Dilemma 16:00 WED (b01qmb08)

Dilemma 04:00 THU (b01qmb08)

EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread 02:00 SAT (b007jrx0)

EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread 14:00 MON (b007jrxz)

EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread 02:00 TUE (b007jrxz)

EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread 14:00 TUE (b007jryd)

EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread 02:00 WED (b007jryd)

EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread 14:00 WED (b007jryt)

EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread 02:00 THU (b007jryt)

EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread 14:00 THU (b007jrzb)

EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread 02:00 FRI (b007jrzb)

EM Forster - Where Angels Fear to Tread 14:00 FRI (b007jrzr)

Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence - Omnibus 09:00 SUN (b07wxrsh)

Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence - Omnibus 20:00 SUN (b07wxrsh)

Eric Lomax - The Railway Man 14:45 MON (b008jf5v)

Eric Lomax - The Railway Man 02:45 TUE (b008jf5v)

Eric Lomax - The Railway Man 14:45 TUE (b03mj37r)

Eric Lomax - The Railway Man 02:45 WED (b03mj37r)

Eric Lomax - The Railway Man 14:45 WED (b03mj9t5)

Eric Lomax - The Railway Man 02:45 THU (b03mj9t5)

Eric Lomax - The Railway Man 14:45 THU (b03mjkzh)

Eric Lomax - The Railway Man 02:45 FRI (b03mjkzh)

Eric Lomax - The Railway Man 14:45 FRI (b007jywt)

F Scott Fitzgerald - The Smilers 15:45 SUN (b07wzt9m)

F Scott Fitzgerald - The Smilers 03:45 MON (b07wzt9m)

Fags, Mags and Bags 07:30 SUN (b01nb28b)

Fags, Mags and Bags 17:30 SUN (b01nb28b)

Fags, Mags and Bags 22:00 SUN (b01nb28b)

Fags, Mags and Bags 05:30 MON (b01nb28b)

Foley and McColl: The Interview 23:45 MON (b0076d23)

Foley and McColl: The Interview 09:45 TUE (b0076d23)

Foul Play 09:00 MON (b00zshr3)

Foul Play 16:00 MON (b00zshr3)

Foul Play 04:00 TUE (b00zshr3)

Ghost Music 06:30 THU (b010dp0s)

Ghost Music 13:30 THU (b010dp0s)

Ghost Music 20:30 THU (b010dp0s)

Ghost Music 01:30 FRI (b010dp0s)

Gloomsbury 07:00 MON (b01ngrwf)

Gloomsbury 17:00 MON (b01ngrwf)

Gloomsbury 05:00 TUE (b01ngrwf)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b007ybgq)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b007ybgq)

HE Bates - Three Country Stories 11:00 MON (b007jv1q)

HE Bates - Three Country Stories 21:00 MON (b007jv1q)

HE Bates - Three Country Stories 11:00 TUE (b007jv2t)

HE Bates - Three Country Stories 21:00 TUE (b007jv2t)

HE Bates - Three Country Stories 11:00 WED (b007jxtx)

HE Bates - Three Country Stories 21:00 WED (b007jxtx)

HE Bates - Three Country Stories 11:00 THU (b007jy4d)

HE Bates - Three Country Stories 21:00 THU (b007jy4d)

HE Bates - Three Country Stories 11:00 FRI (b007jyd8)

HE Bates - Three Country Stories 21:00 FRI (b007jyd8)

HG Wells 18:00 SUN (b007k4kd)

HG Wells 00:00 MON (b007k4kd)

HP Lovecraft - The Shadow Over Innsmouth 00:00 SAT (b015fv26)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:30 WED (b007k251)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:30 WED (b007k251)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:30 WED (b007k251)

Hearing With Hegley 23:00 WED (b007jr05)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 01:00 SAT (b07wb50w)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 06:00 MON (b07x0m63)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 13:00 MON (b07x0m63)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 20:00 MON (b07x0m63)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 01:00 TUE (b07x0m63)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 06:00 TUE (b07x1k3w)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 13:00 TUE (b07x1k3w)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 20:00 TUE (b07x1k3w)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 01:00 WED (b07x1k3w)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 06:00 WED (b07x204g)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 13:00 WED (b07x204g)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 20:00 WED (b07x204g)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 01:00 THU (b07x204g)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 06:00 THU (b07x4bnb)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 13:00 THU (b07x4bnb)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 20:00 THU (b07x4bnb)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 01:00 FRI (b07x4bnb)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 06:00 FRI (b07x4qbm)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 13:00 FRI (b07x4qbm)

Henri Castang - Not as Far as Velma 20:00 FRI (b07x4qbm)

Heresy 04:00 SAT (b00sg1vh)

Heresy 09:00 FRI (b0184s33)

Heresy 16:00 FRI (b0184s33)

Hut 33 23:30 WED (b00lqfm2)

In the End 09:30 MON (b007qww6)

In the End 16:30 MON (b007qww6)

In the End 04:30 TUE (b007qww6)

In the Psychiatrist's Chair 14:15 SAT (b047wd3q)

In the Psychiatrist's Chair 02:15 SUN (b047wd3q)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SAT (b07wxqm4)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 SUN (b07wxqm4)

Inheritance Tracks 10:10 SUN (b07wzr9y)

Inheritance Tracks 21:10 SUN (b07wzr9y)

It's Your Round 09:00 THU (b018g279)

It's Your Round 16:00 THU (b018g279)

It's Your Round 04:00 FRI (b018g279)

Jallebies and Tea 11:15 TUE (b007jy83)

Jallebies and Tea 21:15 TUE (b007jy83)

Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation 22:30 SUN (b01r11wm)

Joe Queenan: My Years of Awe and Wonder 09:00 SAT (b07wxpqh)

Joe Queenan: My Years of Awe and Wonder 19:00 SAT (b07wxpqh)

Juliet Ace Monologues 11:15 WED (b007k17c)

Juliet Ace Monologues 21:15 WED (b007k17c)

Juliet Ace Monologues 11:15 THU (b007k18n)

Juliet Ace Monologues 21:15 THU (b007k18n)

Juliet Ace Monologues 11:15 FRI (b007k19x)

Juliet Ace Monologues 21:15 FRI (b007k19x)

Just a Minute 07:30 MON (b07vngrk)

Just a Minute 17:30 MON (b07vngrk)

Just a Minute 22:00 MON (b07vngrk)

Just a Minute 05:30 TUE (b07vngrk)

Land's End to John O'Groats - Omnibus 13:00 SAT (b07wxqks)

Land's End to John O'Groats - Omnibus 01:00 SUN (b07wxqks)

Laurie Graham - Perfect Meringues 16:00 SUN (b0075m9z)

Laurie Graham - Perfect Meringues 04:00 MON (b0075m9z)

Lives in a Landscape 18:30 TUE (b0076zy8)

Lives in a Landscape 00:30 WED (b0076zy8)

Mark Steel's in Town 07:30 WED (b07vs3mw)

Mark Steel's in Town 17:30 WED (b07vs3mw)

Mark Steel's in Town 22:00 WED (b07vs3mw)

Mark Steel's in Town 05:30 THU (b07vs3mw)

Mark Watson Talks a Bit About Life 07:30 TUE (b07vs2hg)

Mark Watson Talks a Bit About Life 17:30 TUE (b07vs2hg)

Mark Watson Talks a Bit About Life 22:00 TUE (b07vs2hg)

Mark Watson Talks a Bit About Life 05:30 WED (b07vs2hg)

Moral Notes 07:30 SAT (b00760dm)

Moral Notes 17:30 SAT (b00760dm)

Moral Notes 05:30 SUN (b00760dm)

Nan Woodhouse 11:15 MON (b0075k2l)

Nan Woodhouse 21:15 MON (b0075k2l)

News Quiz Extra 23:00 MON (b07x1hmq)

News Quiz Extra 09:00 TUE (b07x1hmq)

Newsjack 23:00 SUN (b07wb2xn)

Newsjack 22:30 THU (b07x4pvp)

Off the Page 18:30 WED (b00j16kr)

Off the Page 00:30 THU (b00j16kr)

Party 22:30 WED (b01mwvkw)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (b07wzzz8)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (b07wzzz8)

Radio Active 07:30 THU (b07vw6lt)

Radio Active 08:30 THU (b00gl83m)

Radio Active 12:30 THU (b00gl83m)

Radio Active 17:30 THU (b07vw6lt)

Radio Active 19:30 THU (b00gl83m)

Radio Active 22:00 THU (b07vw6lt)

Radio Active 05:30 FRI (b07vw6lt)

Rent 09:30 WED (b04phhy0)

Rent 16:30 WED (b04phhy0)

Rent 04:30 THU (b04phhy0)

Richard Matheson - Duel 18:00 THU (b007jwll)

Richard Matheson - Duel 00:00 FRI (b007jwll)

Richard Matheson - Duel 18:00 FRI (b007k3qp)

Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends 12:00 SAT (b007jzkw)

Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends 07:00 WED (b0088zqz)

Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends 17:00 WED (b0088zqz)

Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends 05:00 THU (b0088zqz)

Safety Catch 16:30 TUE (b00vy3st)

Safety Catch 04:30 WED (b00vy3st)

Saturday Drama 06:00 SAT (b015bgvm)

Saturday Drama 16:00 SAT (b015bgvm)

Saturday Drama 04:00 SUN (b015bgvm)

Saturday Drama 10:00 MON (b00yw4f9)

Saturday Drama 15:00 MON (b00yw4f9)

Saturday Drama 03:00 TUE (b00yw4f9)

Saturday Drama 10:00 TUE (b0167qq4)

Saturday Drama 15:00 TUE (b0167qq4)

Saturday Drama 03:00 WED (b0167qq4)

Simon's Bug 04:30 SAT (b04gn3ls)

Simon's Bug 09:30 FRI (b04hgsms)

Simon's Bug 16:30 FRI (b04hgsms)

Sketchorama 05:30 SAT (b01s8q18)

Sketchorama 07:30 FRI (b01sdcvs)

Sketchorama 17:30 FRI (b01sdcvs)

Sketchorama 22:00 FRI (b01sdcvs)

Something to Shout About 08:00 FRI (b07x4s0y)

Something to Shout About 12:00 FRI (b07x4s0y)

Something to Shout About 19:00 FRI (b07x4s0y)

Soul Music 00:30 SAT (b00tpqm4)

Soul Music 18:30 FRI (b00tt5hs)

Steptoe and Son 08:00 TUE (b00t39lf)

Steptoe and Son 12:00 TUE (b00t39lf)

Steptoe and Son 19:00 TUE (b00t39lf)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 SUN (b07wzrnh)

TED Radio Hour 19:00 SUN (b07wzrnh)

The Arthur Haynes Show 08:00 SUN (b00zl7rv)

The Arthur Haynes Show 12:00 SUN (b00zl7rv)

The Betty Witherspoon Show 08:30 MON (b01mg07x)

The Betty Witherspoon Show 12:30 MON (b01mg07x)

The Betty Witherspoon Show 19:30 MON (b01mg07x)

The British Film Studios 06:30 FRI (b07x4r4c)

The British Film Studios 13:30 FRI (b07x4r4c)

The British Film Studios 20:30 FRI (b07x4r4c)

The Burkiss Way 12:30 SAT (b00jq7qq)

The Burkiss Way 08:00 MON (b00jq7qb)

The Burkiss Way 12:00 MON (b00jq7qb)

The Burkiss Way 19:00 MON (b00jq7qb)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 SAT (b07y0vqg)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 SUN (b07y0vqn)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 FRI (b07yfy5k)

The Elephant Man 09:30 THU (b04vf6rt)

The Elephant Man 16:30 THU (b04vf6rt)

The Elephant Man 04:30 FRI (b04vf6rt)

The Flight of the Conchords 23:30 FRI (b007k17r)

The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy 01:30 SAT (b04stc5x)

The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy 06:30 MON (b04t9j65)

The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy 13:30 MON (b04t9j65)

The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy 20:30 MON (b04t9j65)

The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy 01:30 TUE (b04t9j65)

The Goon Show 08:30 FRI (b00db5l2)

The Goon Show 12:30 FRI (b00db5l2)

The Goon Show 19:30 FRI (b00db5l2)

The Jason Explanation of... 08:30 SUN (b007jq6z)

The Jason Explanation of... 12:30 SUN (b007jq6z)

The Lawrence Sweeney Mix 22:00 SAT (b00kpybx)

The League Against Tedium 23:00 SAT (b007jp8b)

The Maltby Collection 22:30 TUE (b00wwj28)

The Men From the Ministry 08:30 TUE (b007jpsq)

The Men From the Ministry 12:30 TUE (b007jpsq)

The Men From the Ministry 19:30 TUE (b007jpsq)

The Navy Lark 08:00 WED (b007xwmd)

The Navy Lark 12:00 WED (b007xwmd)

The Navy Lark 19:00 WED (b007xwmd)

The Odd Half Hour 22:30 FRI (b00vy0f0)

The Penny Dreadfuls Present 23:30 TUE (b00gpbcl)

The Romantic Road: On the Trail of the German Philosophers 07:15 SUN (b00lxd7b)

The Romantic Road: On the Trail of the German Philosophers 14:15 SUN (b00lxd7b)

The Romantic Road: On the Trail of the German Philosophers 02:15 MON (b00lxd7b)

The Secret World 22:30 SAT (b03kv277)

The Skivers 23:30 SUN (b007jq44)

Thirty Minutes Worth 08:00 THU (b00r7q2v)

Thirty Minutes Worth 12:00 THU (b00r7q2v)

Thirty Minutes Worth 19:00 THU (b00r7q2v)

Wally K Daly 18:00 MON (b007jt6t)

Wally K Daly 00:00 TUE (b007jt6t)

Wally K Daly 18:00 TUE (b007k3zb)

Wally K Daly 00:00 WED (b007k3zb)

Wally K Daly 18:00 WED (b007k406)

Wally K Daly 00:00 THU (b007k406)

What's Eating the Museum? 06:30 WED (b013q311)

What's Eating the Museum? 13:30 WED (b013q311)

What's Eating the Museum? 20:30 WED (b013q311)

What's Eating the Museum? 01:30 THU (b013q311)

Winifred Holtby - The Crowded Street Omnibus 06:00 SUN (b00fvpdy)

Winifred Holtby - The Crowded Street Omnibus 13:00 SUN (b00fvpdy)

Winifred Holtby - The Crowded Street Omnibus 01:00 MON (b00fvpdy)

Winston Back Home 07:00 FRI (b00pbv78)

Winston Back Home 17:00 FRI (b00pbv78)

Wondermentalist Cabaret 23:00 THU (b00yj96p)