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SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2017

SAT 00:00 Simon Bovey - The Voice of God (b007jwlh)
Can You Hear That

Can You Hear That: The colonel plans to fire the sonic weapon and risk a global catastrophe. Stars Clare Corbett and Matthew Dyktynski. From February 2006.


SAT 00:30 Soul Music (b076cg3q)
Series 22, Sukiyaki (Ue o Muite Arukou)

Memories of a prison camp in the Arizona desert, a tsunami and a plane crash are stirred by the bittersweet Japanese song Sukiyaki, a huge global hit of the 1960s.

Originally released in Japan with the title 'Ue o Muite Arukou' ('I Look Up As I Walk'), the song was retitled 'Sukiyaki' (the name for a type of beef stew) for international release. It went to No 1 in the USA, Canada and Australia and placed in the top 10 of the UK singles chart. With melancholy lyrics set to a bright and unforgettable melody, it has since been covered hundreds of times in countless languages.

California peach farmer Mas Masumoto tells the story of his family's internment in an Arizona relocation camp following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and explains what the song meant to him and many other Japanese-Americans in the years after WWII. Violinist and composer Diana Yukawa plays the song as a way to remember her father, who died in the same plane crash that killed Kyu Sakamoto, the original singer of 'Sukiyaki'. Michael Bourdaghs, author of 'Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon', talks about the songwriting team behind the song (Rokusuke Ei, Hachidai Nakamura and Kyu Sakamoto), and the surprising roots of the song in the Japanese protest movement of the early 1960s.

Janice-Marie Johnson of A Taste of Honey talks about writing an English version of the song and how she interpreted the Japanese lyrics. Gemma Treharne-Foose speaks about her experience of travelling to Japan from her home in the Rhondda Valleys, and what the song came to mean to her. And we hear the story of how Ue o Muite Arukou became a 'prayer for hope' following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 from musician Masami Utsunomiya.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.


SAT 01:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr6j)
Episode 10

The fugitive is pursued through the countryside by the clever strategies of his sinister nemesis - Major Quive-Smith.

Geoffrey Household's classic British thriller was first published shortly before the outbreak of war in 1939.

Read by Michael Jayston.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in 2004.


SAT 01:30 The King of Light Music (b0090qmd)

Alasdair Molloy explores the career of Eric Coates. Although best known for his signature tune to Desert Island Discs and The Dambusters March, Coates's orchestral music is coming back to the concert hall.

Alasdair profiles a man who had to wear shirt, tie and tweed jacket and light up a cigarette before he could sit down and compose, as well as a man keen on photography, fast cars and the Charleston.


SAT 02:00 Marilynne Robinson - Gilead (b09hly9l)
Episode 5

Reverend Ames strives to put things right between him and Jack Boughton. Pulitzer prize-winning fiction read by Garrick Hagon. From August 2006.


SAT 02:15 Cosmic Quest (b00c3hvl)
How the Universe Began

Heather Couper presents a narrative history of astronomy.

The discovery that the universe is expanding led cosmologists to suggest that its origin lay in a compact, dense, hot fireball. Cambridge astronomer Fred Hoyle thought this so ridiculous that he disparagingly called it the big bang. The name stuck and there followed intense arguments between supporters of the big bang theory and Fred Hoyle and his colleagues, who favoured a steady state universe.

A decisive blow to the latter theory came from a radio telescope in New Jersey in the early 1960s that detected a gentle background glow at microwave radio frequencies that theorists had predicted as the dying embers of the big bang itself.

Readers are Timothy West, Robin Sebastian, Julian Rhind-Tutt and John Palmer.


SAT 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b009xydx)
Nicola Upson - An Expert in Murder, Episode 5

Murder mystery set in 1934, blending fact with fiction. Penrose is nowhere near catching the murderer and is anxious that Josephine could be the next victim. From April 2008.


SAT 02:45 Book of the Week (b01p4nxc)
The Black Count, Episode 5

Tom Reiss's new book reveals that the father of the writer, Alexandre Dumas, led a life of derring-do that is captured in his son's novels. Today, relief at escaping the rigours of campaigning in Egypt turns to disillusion on reaching the Neapolitan coast.

Read by Hugh Quarshie.
Abridged by Richard Hamilton.
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.


SAT 03:00 Plantagenet (b011djb6)
Series 1, John, by the Grace of God

The fourth son of Henry II never expected to succeed to the English throne. When he does, he reveals a talent for making enemies.

Mike Walker's trilogy - inspired by Holinshed's Chronicles, and the accounts of the lives of the Plantagenet Kings.

Starring David Warner as King Henry II, Jane Lapotaire as Queen Eleanor, Ed Stoppard as King Richard, Neil Stuke as King John, Stephen Hogan as William Marshall, Ryan Watson as Prince Arthur, Emerald O'Hanrahan as Queen Isabelle, John Biggins as King Philip, Raad Rawi as Saladin, Khalid Laith as El-Adel, Ewan Hooper as the Doctor, Joseph Cohen-Cole as Girard, Bruce Alexander as De Roche, Piers Wehnher as Fitzwalter, Rhys Jennings as Will Marshall and Bertie Gilbert as Prince Henry.

Director: Jeremy Mortimer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


SAT 04:00 The Rest Is History (b04wrycv)
Series 1, Episode 5

Frank Skinner loves history, but just doesn't know much of it.

The Rest Is History is a new comedy discussion show which promises to help him find out more about it.

Along with his historian in residence Dr Kate Williams, each episode sees Frank joined by a selection of celebrity guests, who will help him navigate his way through the annals of time, picking out and chewing over the funniest, oddest, and most interesting moments in history.

Frank's guests in this edition of the programme are David Mitchell and Steve Hall.

Produced by Dan Schreiber and Justin Pollard
An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 04:30 Kalangadog Junction (b09g8kzt)
Episode 6

Will Jane be able to refuse a new proposal? Will Gaelene's gold medal dreams come true?

Conclusion of the six-part comedy drama series by Moya O'Shea.

Starring Caroline Quentin as Jane, John Duttine as Thomas, Niall Ashdown as Jimmy, Toby Longworth as Pete, Brian Bowles as Len, Joanna Monro as Madge, Julie Gibbs as Milly, June Whitfield as Phoebe and Moya O'Shea as Gaylene.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1996.


SAT 05:00 Safety Catch (b0184tdb)
Series 2, There Will Be Paint

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

Simon decides it's about time he and his colleagues prove they understand the true horrors of war by getting out there and actually fighting. So it is that team Heathcote Sanders go paintballing. Okay, so it's not quite the same as fighting in an actual war, but you can't expect Simon to take part in one of those - I mean, people actually die in those things. So join Simon for one last time as he searches for the hero inside himself.

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
Roger/Dave......................................Philip Fox
Guide.............................................Gus Brown

Written by Laurence Howarth

Producer: Dawn Ellis.


SAT 05:30 Dot (b071skpf)
Series 1, The Extraordinary Example of the Ha'penny Exchange

by Ed Harris

Comic adventures with Dot and the gals from personnel. A little East End snotling has infiltrated the Cabinet War Rooms. But Dot's got important propaganda work to do. How will she dispose of the little gremlin, whilst simultaneously concocting a stirring, yet pithy slogan for the war effort? For King and country, she'll bally well try!

Director/Producer Jessica Mitic

Ed Harris has written extensively for radio. In 2013 he won the Radio Academy Award for Best Drama for his War time thriller, 'The Resistance of Mrs Brown'. In 2011 he won the Writer's Guild Award for 'Troll' and was nominated for the Prix Europa for his play for BBC Radio 3: 'The Wall'.

Fenella Woolgar won the Clarence Derwent Award for her role in 'Hedda Gabler' at the Old Vic and most recently played Margaret Thatcher in 'Handbagged' at the Vaudeville Theatre, London.

Kate O'Flynn won the Critics Circle Award winner 2013 Most Promising Newcomer for 'Port' at the National Theatre, she also received an Evening Standard Nomination.


SAT 06:00 Ellen Dryden - The Westward Journey (b007jzmq)

"We are now beyond the Missouri River. We have left the States behind. Ahead of us lie the great uncivilised plains."

On the wagon trains of the perilous migration across America to Oregon and California, the strength of women was tested against the ambition and pride of their men.

Ellen Dryden's period drama stars Carolyn Jones as Martha, Tracy-Ann Oberman as Lucy, Marcia Warren as Hannah, , Bradley Lavelle as Thomas, Nathan Osgood as George, David Bannerman as Robert McKail, Mia Soteriou as Elizabeth Swain, Alison Pettitt as Rebecca, David Brooks as Francis, Mac McDonald as Jonah, Liz Ross as Woman and Alan Marriott as Charles Putnam.

Music by Mia Soteriou.

Director: Ned Chaillet

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997.


SAT 07:30 Yes Yes Yes (b007kvw5)
Series 2, Through Hell and High Water

John Rawling tells how 1976 Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda survived a bad crash to race against James Hunt in Japan six weeks later. From February 2001.


SAT 08:00 An Hour With... (b05tr3zq)
Henry Blofeld

BBC cricket commentator Henry Blofeld looks back at his life from his eccentric childhood in Norfolk to his schooldays at Eton, plus his successful career as an international cricket writer and broadcaster.

Henry entertains his audience with many colourful anecdotes about his colleagues on 'Test Match Special', including John Arlott and Brian Johnston, and reveals what really happened when the Queen presented the TMS team with a special cake.

Henry also describes his incredible journey in 1976 when he travelled overland with three friends from London via Iran and Afghanistan to Bombay in a 1921 Roll-Royce Silver Ghost.

Recorded on tour in Autumn 2001.


SAT 09:00 People Talking (b09ggc2f)

Fi Glover trawls the archives for intimate stories of the everyday, tracing how curated wartime spirit developed into today's unmediated snapshots of life, with the help of writer and lido supporter, Tanya Shadrick.

From Olive Shapley's Mass Observation-inspired recordings in the 1930s and 40s, via Radio Ballads and Down Your Way, they arrive at the verbatim examples of 20th Century Vox and The Listening Project, charting the development from patronised 'ordinary folk' to the autonomy of contemporary voices.

Producer: Marya Burgess

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in November 2017.


SAT 12:00 A Very Private Man (b09g6hw1)
Episode 1

Young couple David and Helen swap the frenzy of Croydon for the serenity of the Yorkshire countryside. But there are obstacles to overcome...

Terry Gregson's north v south sitcom stars Rodney Bewes as David Parkinson, Ann Bell as Helen Parkinson, Daphne Oxenford as Mrs Henderson, Paula Tildrook as Mrs Arthur and Peter Wheeler as Mr Sands.

Produced at BBC Manchester by Ron McDonnell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 1981.


SAT 12:30 Act Your Age (b00zm0mc)
Series 3, Episode 1

Simon Mayo hosts the three-way battle between the comedy generations to find out which is the funniest. Will it be the Up-and-Comers, the Current Crop or the Old Guard who will be crowned, for one week at least, as the Golden Age of Comedy. This week Holly Walsh is joined by Henry Paker, Lucy Porter is joined by Miles Jupp and Tom O'Connor teams up with Duggie Brown.

Devised and Produced by Ashley Blaker and Bill Matthews.


SAT 13:00 The Pillow Book (b09gjzcp)
Series 10 Omnibus

Thriller set in 10th-century Japan. Shonagon is summoned to meet the new Empress - an encounter even more disturbing than she imagines. Starring Ruth Gemmell.


SAT 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b09gjzcr)
Johnny Ball

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


SAT 14:15 In the Psychiatrist's Chair (b06sb28z)
Tony Benn

Former cabinet minister, politician and campaigner Tony Benn discusses his life and career with Professor Anthony Clare. From 1995.

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

Born in Dublin, author Anthony Clare 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.

Anthony Clare died suddenly in Paris aged 64 in 2007.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1995.


SAT 15:00 An Hour With... (b05tr3zq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SAT 16:00 Ellen Dryden - The Westward Journey (b007jzmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Yes Yes Yes (b007kvw5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Afternoon Drama (b00j0h0c)
Anita Sullivan - Homesick

Comedy by Anita Sullivan. Jeff's mundane life changes when he is struck by an actual bolt from the blue. He starts hearing a voice in another language and his perspective changes. Then he meets a girl and falls in love. But does she love him, or the voice in his ear?

Alien ...... Mark Heap
Jeff ...... Paul Ritter
Nicole ...... Maxine Peake
Pat ...... Susan Jameson
Hopper ...... Ewan Bailey

Other parts played by Mia Soteriou

Directed by Anita Sullivan.


SAT 18:45 AL Barker - Five Strange Stories (b09gk3kx)
You Have to Laugh

What starts off as a decorator's prank turns out to be not so funny after all. Read by James Bolam. From October 1992.


SAT 19:00 People Talking (b09ggc2f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Old Harry's Game (b008qsz5)
Series 1, Hero Worship

When Satan argues with the professor, he's introduced to a miserable Leonardo Da Vinci. Stars Andy Hamilton. From December 1995.


SAT 22:30 Isy Suttie's Love Letters (b0435hrn)
Series 2, Episode 3

Isy Suttie returns to BBC Radio 4 with a brand new series of her Sony Award Winning show, recounting a series of love stories affecting people she's known throughout her life, told partly through song.

Sometimes Isy has merely observed other people's love lives; quite often she's intervened, changing the action dramatically - for better or worse. Intertwined within these stories are related real life anecdotes from Isy's own, often disastrous, love life.

In this episode, Isy recounts the tale of the Crank, a Matlock oddball who Isy's mother has roped into helping Isy study the Welsh language. Along the way, Isy picks up a bit of morse code.

With her multi-character and vocal skills, and accompanied by her guitar, Isy creates a hilarious and deeply moving world, sharing with us her lessons in life and love.

"A voice you want to swim in" The Independent

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.


SAT 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b09gzfhy)
Adam Riches and John Kearns 2/3

The best in contemporary comedy. Plus Arthur Smith chats with Adam Riches and John Kearns.


SAT 23:00 Goodness Gracious Me (b01pgs6z)
Series 3, Episode 6

The Archers and The Waltons with a twist, and the Minx Twins tackle feminism. Stars Sanjeev Bhaskar. From June 1998.


SAT 23:30 Mark Thomas: The Manifesto (b00qjx5j)
Series 2, Episode 2

Mark Thomas: The Manifesto. Comedian-activist, Mark Thomas creates a People's Manifesto, taking suggestions from his studio audience and then getting them to vote for the best. The winner of each show will be enforceable by law, so pay attention.

This edition includes such policies as forcing Ofsted inpectors to teach; taxing commodities trading; and paying off the mortgages of the customers of failed banks.

Produced by Ed Morrish.



SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2017

SUN 00:00 Afternoon Drama (b00j0h0c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:45 AL Barker - Five Strange Stories (b09gk3kx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 The Pillow Book (b09gjzcp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


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


SUN 02:15 In the Psychiatrist's Chair (b06sb28z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 An Hour With... (b05tr3zq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Ellen Dryden - The Westward Journey (b007jzmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Yes Yes Yes (b007kvw5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Nicola Upson - An Expert in Murder (Omnibus) (b09gkk10)
Episode 1

1934: novelist and playwright Josephine Tey is travelling to London for the final week of her hit play, Richard of Bordeaux. But tragedy awaits at King's Cross station...

Stars Meg Fraser as Josephine Tey, James Chisholm as Penrose, Nick Farr as Forrester, Irene MacDougall as Lydia, Grant O'Rourke as Swinburne, Laura Smales as Elspeth, Joanna Tope as Marta and Paul Young as Frank.

First published in 2008, Nicola Upson's historical crime novel was dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Director: Gaynor MacFarlane.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


SUN 07:15 Elizabeth Taylor - Swan Moving (b01pjrry)

The arrival of a winged visitor ruffles feathers in a village where community pride has been forgotten. Read by Fiona Walker. From July 1990.


SUN 07:30 Micky Flanagan: What Chance Change? (b00sg13d)
1970s

Cockney geezer Micky Flanagan regales us with the story of his journey from tabloid to broadsheet; from the street party to the dinner party; from apples and pears to stocks and shares... Well you've got the idea.

Each week's episode focuses on a different decade of Micky's life. Micky regales us with stories from his life told through stand up comedy. In between, the programmes goes 'behind the scenes' with short interviews that give an insight into the stand up.

In this opening episode Micky talks about growing up in the East End in the 1970's. He chats to his school friends about their shared experiences of leaving with no qualifications to work at Billingsgate Fish Market. He also interviews Sociology Professor Paul Willis about his research on working class boys in a 1970's school.

Micky's transition from the mean streets of the East End, working as a Billingsgate Fish Porter to an entertainer living in the leafy lanes of Dulwich is a fascinating story, all the better for being told through jokes. The issue of class is a crucial theme in Micky's stand up. However it is framed less as "Do we now have a classless society?" and more as "Is it ok to ask for Tomato sauce in a fancy French restaurant?"

The series is written and performed by Micky Flanagan.
The producer is Tilusha Ghelani.


SUN 08:00 The Al Read Show (b008xzwj)
From 28/10/1995

Right monkey! Al takes a peek inside the world of horse racing.

A compilation of the legendary Northern comic's 1950s monologues.

Originally produced at BBC North by Ronnie Taylor

Compilation produced by Mike Craig.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in October 1995.


SUN 08:30 As Time Goes By (b050c2sf)
Series 1, Episode 7

Lionel invites Jean to share a cruise with him but is puzzled when she resists the invitation.

Starring Judi Dench as Jean and Geoffrey Palmer as Lionel.

With Paul Chapman as Stephen and Moyra Fraser as Penny.

With Moira Brooker as Judith, Philip Bretherton as Alistair, Jenny Funnell as Sandy and Simon Greenall as Mr Atwell.

Adapted from his original television series by Bob Larbey.

Producer: Martin Fisher.

A DLT Production in association with the Theatre of Comedy for BBC Radio 2.

First broadcast in April 1997.


SUN 09:00 Tina Brown - The Vanity Fair Diaries (Omnibus) (b09gl7d8)

Tina Brown recalls her time as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair magazine from 1983 to 1992. How did she first start out there? Abridged by Katrin Williams.


SUN 10:10 World Book Club (b09glmgf)
Marilynne Robinson - Gilead

Marilynne Robinson discusses her prize-winning fictional autobiography of an elderly pastor with Harriett Gilbert.

Gilead is an epistolary novel about the Reverend John Ames who lives in the small, secluded town of Gilead, Iowa and knows that he's dying of a heart condition.

An intimate tale of three generations from the Civil War to the 20th Century, Gilead tells a story of fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America's heart.

In the luminous voice of Congregationalist minister John Ames, the novel takes the form of a letter to his young son and is a hymn of praise and lamentation to the God-driven existence that the Reverend loves passionately - and from which he will soon part.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 2014.


SUN 11:00 The Moth Radio Hour (b09glmgh)
Series 6, Where We Belong

True stories told live in the USA: Jenifer Hixson introduces tales about people struggling to find a real sense of home.

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

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

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

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


SUN 11:50 The Listening Project (b03kk9bw)
Joan and Angela - Heidi, Hobbits and Horror

Fi Glover introduces another conversation in the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen, between friends who met through a Get Into Reading group and whose tastes range from Tolkien to bloody murder.

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

Producer: Marya Burgess.


SUN 12:00 The Al Read Show (b008xzwj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 12:30 As Time Goes By (b050c2sf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 13:00 Nicola Upson - An Expert in Murder (Omnibus) (b09gkk10)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SUN 14:15 Elizabeth Taylor - Swan Moving (b01pjrry)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 today]


SUN 14:30 Moshin Hamid - Exit West (Omnibus) (b09glnp1)

Nadia and Saeed are two ordinary young people falling in love in a world turned upside down. Theirs is a story of a world in crisis and two humans travelling through it.

Mohsin Hamid is the author of four novels: Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and now Exit West.


SUN 15:45 What Is a Story? (b061tpq2)
As If: Dreams of Shelter

Marina Warner - in the company of leading contemporary writers - looks at the world of contemporary fiction. In each programme, she considers a story and story writing from a different angle.

Marina is the Chair of the Man Booker International Prize 2015 and the series draws on the expertise of this year's International Booker judging panel, the views of the shortlisted writers, as well as other key literary talent.

Marina speaks with writers as diverse as Julian Barnes, Michelle Roberts, Fanny Howe, Marlene van Niekerk, Alain Mabanckou, Lydia Davis, Edwin Frank, Elleke Boehmer, Wen-Chin Ouyang, Daniel Medin, Nadeem Aslam and Laszlo Krasznahorkai.

There are questions around the boundaries between fact and fiction which Marina believes are central to any consideration of storytelling, since readers' pleasure depends so much on trust built up between the storyteller or writer and the audience.

Over ten episodes, there are discussions on the reasons for writing, writers as witnesses and political interaction.

The final episode of the series is titled 'As if: Dreams of Shelter'.

Producer: Kevin Dawson
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 16:00 Peter Ling - Moonbeam and Mrs Pat (b00756hj)

The most constant and adored companion in the life of the celebrated stage actress Mrs Patrick Campbell was her little dog Moonbeam.

With war declared in 1939, 'Mrs Pat' travels with Dorothy, the daughter of her former secretary, on a train journey to Spain. Thus begins Dorothy's voyage of discovery as she learns of her marriages, love letters from George Bernard Shaw - and how she met her beloved Moonbeam.

Starring Imelda Staunton as Mrs Patrick Campbell. With Sarah Badel as Egypt, Zulema Dene as Madame Lescaux, Jilly Bond as Mrs Whittall and Oona Beeson as Dorothy Whittall.

Written by Peter Ling - who with Hazel Adair - most famously created the Midland-based ITV soap opera, Crossroads.

Mrs Patrick Campbell (born Beatrice Stella Tanner in 1865, died 1940) made a name for herself in a variety of diverse theatre roles: Mrs Darling in Peter Pan, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac and Raina in Arms And The Man.

Directed by Enyd Williams.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1996.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (b09jbtyr)
Poetry of the Forgotten People

Poet Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's radio poetry archive with 'Poetry of the Forgotten People' featuring Australian poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal.

Greta Scacchi pays a personal tribute to this extraordinary poet - formerly known as Kath Walker - who, when the aeroplane she was travelling on was taken hostage, used poetry to appeal to the hostage takers.

A pioneer of Aboriginal poetry, she was the first Indigenous Australian woman to have her work published, which was a milestone in Australian history.

She was also a trailblazing Aboriginal Rights campaigner and environmental activist, who paved the way for contemporary Aboriginal artists and political campaigners.

Joining Greta are close friends and family, who share their memories and discuss her impact not only on their lives but on millions of Australians too.

Oodgeroo's poems are read by Aboriginal actress, Roxanne McDonald.

Produced by Charlotte Austin and Diana Bentley
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2010.


SUN 17:30 Micky Flanagan: What Chance Change? (b00sg13d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 18:00 MR James - The Backward Glance (b007k1j7)

"The object he handed me was made of black silk, beautifully worked. I put the period at late 18th-century. Oh, and one more point about the mask ... across the slits which would normally have been left open for the eyes, there had been stitched something which looked like human skin!"

The tale of a mysterious mask starring David March as MR James and Paul Meier as Nicholas Pawle.

Scripted by Sheila Hodgson, based on an idea by MR James.

Directed by David Johnstone.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1977.


SUN 18:45 Lauren Beukes - The Problem with Talitha (b046j42x)

Sex as an opiate for the masses is taken to a whole new level in Lauren Beukes' celebrity-obsessed dystopia where every second of a star's life is filmed and recorded for consumers to plug into and experience at first-hand. Talitha Calix, a South African reality TV star, has become a worldwide phenomenon, people are riveted by the soap opera that is her love life. When a hacker group of obsessive fans decide to bring the network down and give Talitha an hour of privacy a whole new world of possibilities opens up to her but will she be allowed to walk away from the limelight?

Read by Chipo Chung
Produced by Gemma Jenkins

Lauren Beukes is the author of bestselling thrillers, The Shining Girls and Broken Monsters.


SUN 19:00 The Moth Radio Hour (b09glmgh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:50 The Listening Project (b03kk9bw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


SUN 20:00 Tina Brown - The Vanity Fair Diaries (Omnibus) (b09gl7d8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SUN 21:10 World Book Club (b09glmgf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:10 today]


SUN 22:00 Micky Flanagan: What Chance Change? (b00sg13d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Cabin Pressure (b01293c9)
Series 3, Paris

When a bottle of highly-expensive whisky goes missing, Martin becomes the Miss Marple of MJN Air with Arthur assisting as his trusty Doctor Watson and Douglas hindering as his untrusty prime suspect.

Cast:
Carolyn Knapp-Shappey ..... Stephanie Cole
1st Officer Douglas Richardson ..... Roger Allam
Capt. Martin Crieff ..... Benedict Cumberbatch
Arthur Shappey ..... John Finnemore
Mr Birling ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Mrs Birling ..... Flip Webster
Phil ...... Ewan Bailey

Written by John Finnemore

Producer/Director: David Tyler
A Pozzitive production for the BBC Radio 4.


SUN 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b09gzfsr)
Adam Riches and John Kearns 3/3

The best in contemporary comedy. Plus Arthur Smith chats with Adam Riches and John Kearns.


SUN 23:00 I Think I've Got a Problem (b00cfzrq)
Series 2, Episode 2

Thanks to the band inside his head, Tom disrupts a funeral and ends up on stage. Stars Suggs and Bob Monkhouse. From April 2003.


SUN 23:30 Weak at the Top (b00tjnmq)
Series 2, Values

Marketing maestro John Weak tackles a meeting room crisis with a little seduction. Stars Alexander Armstrong. From June 2006.



MONDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2017

MON 00:00 MR James - The Backward Glance (b007k1j7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:45 Lauren Beukes - The Problem with Talitha (b046j42x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Nicola Upson - An Expert in Murder (Omnibus) (b09gkk10)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:15 Elizabeth Taylor - Swan Moving (b01pjrry)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 on Sunday]


MON 02:30 Moshin Hamid - Exit West (Omnibus) (b09glnp1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:45 What Is a Story? (b061tpq2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:45 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Peter Ling - Moonbeam and Mrs Pat (b00756hj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (b09jbtyr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Micky Flanagan: What Chance Change? (b00sg13d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr7j)
Episode 11

After days holed up in his underground den, the fugitive emerges - but has he shaken off his pursuer?

Geoffrey Household's classic British thriller was first published shortly before the outbreak of war in 1939.

15-part reading read by Michael Jayston.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in 2004.


MON 06:30 Burl Ives (b00ktgkl)

Musician and writer CP Lee celebrates the life, career and music of singer and Oscar-winning actor Burl Ives, in the centenary year of his birth.

CP Lee also explores Ives's co-operation in the 1950s with the anti-communist trials held by the House Un-American Activities Committee, and how he informed against his fellow folk musicians, notably Pete Seeger, in order to preserve his film career.

Burl Ives came from Illinois, where he sang folk songs as a child, dropping out of school in the late 1920s to become an itinerant banjo player during the economic depression. By the 1930s he was appearing on radio, singing the songs he made famous, such as Foggy Foggy Dew, The Bluetail Fly and the hobo ballad Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Along with Woody Guthrie, Ives was one of a generation of musicians who were rediscovering American folk music, performing it to politicise their audiences as well as entertain them. Ives was also a talented actor, and during the Second World War he found success in several roles in Broadway productions. Subsequently he won an Oscar for his role in the 1958 film, The Big Country.

Like many other left-wing artists, Ives faced blacklisting in the late 1940s, when he was listed in a McCarthyite publication as having possible communist connections. But Ives survived the House Un-American Activities Committee two years later, by informing against other folk musicians, notably Pete Seeger. In 1993, however, two years before Ives's death, Seeger forgave him and the two were reunited and sang at a benefit concert in New York.

CP Lee explores Ives's rise to fame, his music, and the dilemmas he faced, with the help of veteran American folk singer Julie Felix. They recall the music and the influence of a man whose career spanned more than one troubled period in American history, and who is best remembered today for the songs he recorded for children.


MON 07:00 Winston (b007np4w)
Winston Comes to Town, A Tweak of Thread

Father's poorly so the family must leave Winterleaf Gunner and return to London, but Nancy is distraught.

What's going to happen to Winston - village poacher, philosopher and Romeo? Will he come with them? Will London survive with Winston?

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

Director: Shaun MacLoughlin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio in January 1990.


MON 07:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (b09fy1qh)
Series 68, Episode 2

The 68th series of Radio 4's multi award-winning 'antidote to panel games' promises more homespun wireless entertainment for the young at heart. This week the programme pays a return visit to the Swan Theatre in High Wycombe where regulars Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Barry Cryer are once again joined on the panel by Jan Ravens, with Jack Dee in the chair. At the piano - Colin Sell. Producer - Jon Naismith. It is a BBC Studios production.


MON 08:00 Hello Cheeky (b0133g70)
From 16/06/1973

Tim is sick of playing women in the pun-packed sketch show.

Fast-moving comedy written by and starring John Junkin, Barry Cryer and Tim Brooke-Taylor.

With musical accompaniment from the Denis King Trio.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1973.


MON 08:30 Dad's Army (b007jqjv)
Series 3, Asleep in the Deep

Walker and Godfrey get trapped in a pumping station, but so do their rescuers from the rest of the Home Guard platoon.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier as Sergeant Wilson, Clive Dunn as Corporal Jones, John Laurie as Private Frazer, Arnold Ridley as Godfrey, Ian Lavender as Private Pike, Bill Pertwee as Hodges and Larry Martyn as Private Walker.

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

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1976.


MON 09:00 Just a Minute (b00tmkr5)
Series 57, Episode 6

Radio 4's popular panel game is back this week with Paul Merton, Sue perkins, Liza Tarbuck and John Sergeant.
They attempt to speak for a minute without repetition, hesitation or deviation under the watchful eye of Nicholas Parsons. Subjects include How to Audition, What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor! and Two to Tango - What will John Sergeant make of that one..?


MON 09:30 Living with Betty (b09gvdzc)
Series 1, Episode 2

A reconciliation dinner for Trevor and Katherine has an unexpected outcome.

Arline Whittaker's six-part sitcom.

Stars Barbara Windsor as Betty, Glynn Edwards as Bill, Peter Sallis as Harold, Rosalind Knight as Muriel, Simon Molloy as Trevor and Diana Mather as Katherine.

Recorded at City Varieties in Leeds.

Producer: Mike Craig

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 1986.


MON 10:00 Plantagenet (b02qf2hv)
Series 2, Edward I - Old Soldiers

Edward Longshanks - the Hammer of the Scots - was grief-stricken after the death of his first wife. But he finds new love with Margaret, sister of the French King. And heartache with his son Ned.

Mike Walker's trilogy - inspired by Holinshed's Chronicles.

Stars Philip Jackson as Edward the First, Ellie Kendrick as Margaret, Sam Troughton as Ned, Simon Bubb as Gaveston, James Lailey as Wallace and Jonathan Forbes as Roger Bigod.

With Sean Baker, Brian Bowles, Nyasha Hatendi, Stuart McLoughlin, Joanna Monro, Peter Polycarpou, Daniel Rabin, Alun Raglan and Jane Whittenshaw.

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Jessica Dromgoole.

These plays tell the story of the birth of a new Europe after the dark ages. The issues of control, of freedom, of belief, above all, perhaps, the temptations of power which are so familiar to us now were new to an age which had no template for domination on this scale.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


MON 11:00 Stories from Songwriters (b042l2xw)
Sunset to Break Your Heart, by Barb Jungr

The first in a series of three specially commissioned short stories from songwriters Barb Jungr, Eliza Carthy and You Are Wolf (also known as Kerry Andrew).

Three songwriters turn their hand to short story writing for the first time for BBC Radio 4.

Suranne Jones reads Barb Jungr's heartbreaking story set on the Shetland Islands which takes its title from one of Barb's songs, 'Sunset to Break Your Heart'. Singer-songwriter Barb Jungr has been described as "the best thing to come out of Rochdale since Gracie Fields". She draws on her Czech and German heritage to blend European style with her English roots. Billy Bragg described Jungr as our greatest living interpreter of Dylan songs, and Jeremy Irons chose a Barb Jungr song as one of his Desert Island Discs.

Hattie Morahan reads Eliza Carthy's unusual and playful fairy tale, 'The Announcer's Daughter'. Eliza has been nominated for the Mercury Prize twice and grew up immersed in the world of traditional music - her parents are folk legends Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson. She approaches the tradition in new and innovative ways creating utterly contemporary work.

You Are Wolf - the artist also known as Kerry Andrew - is a singer, songwriter and composer who specialises in experimental vocal music and uses a loop machine to layer her astonishing voice. For her debut short story she interweaves song and story, singing traditional inspired counterpoints to her story 'One Swallow'.


MON 11:15 Clare Bayley - The Secret Place (b01r2vh1)

Andy and Safi's wedding is unusual: they won't even be sharing their marriage bed tonight because Andy is serving a life sentence for murder.

Clare Bayley's drama stars Paul Hilton as Andy Heaton, Helen Longworth as Safi Harrison, Tracey Wilkinson as Leyla and Rod Arthur as Patrick Gilbert.

Director: Claire Grove.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


MON 12:00 Hello Cheeky (b0133g70)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Dad's Army (b007jqjv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr7j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Burl Ives (b00ktgkl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (b09jc5kk)
Episode 1

Dystopian tale of love, friendship and loss. Kathy looks back on her idyllic childhood at Hailsham. From May 2016.


MON 14:15 Cosmic Quest (b00c50x2)
Broadcasts from the Cosmos

Heather Couper presents a narrative history of astronomy.

Second World War radar research led to the discovery of radio broadcasts from the skies. A new science was born and radio astronomers started to build giant dishes to listen in to the cosmos, including the great radio telescope at Jodrell Bank, brainchild of Bernard Lovell.

In 1967, a field near Cambridge saw a strange new sort of telescope, consisting of 1,000 wooden posts and 120 miles of wire. It was with this that Jocelyn Bell discovered a regular cosmic heartbeat, a regular radio pulse. Researchers initially surmised that it might be a signal from an alien civilisation, but it was later found to emanate from an extremely dense spinning neutron star, the collapsed core of an exploded star or supernova. Soon dozens of these pulsars were known, taking physics to a new level.

Readers are Timothy West, Robin Sebastian, Julian Rhind-Tutt and John Palmer.


MON 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b00b1025)
Nicola Upson - An Expert in Murder, Episode 6

Penrose suspects that the war may hold the key to his double murder investigation. Meanwhile, Hedley White, one of the chief suspects, reappears. From April 2008.


MON 14:45 Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix (b0076t6l)
Episode 1

As a child, the only instrument Jimi Hendrix has to play on is a broom. But he soon graduates to a real guitar - with only one string.

Charles R Cross's biography of the rock icon abridged by Kai Nicholl.

Read by Rhashan Stone.

Producer: Emma Harding.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


MON 15:00 Plantagenet (b02qf2hv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 Just a Minute (b00tmkr5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 Living with Betty (b09gvdzc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 Winston (b007np4w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (b09fy1qh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Martin Jameson - Ice (b007jlns)
Episode 1

Swept across the Galaxy, two children must battle the evil Ice Queen, Novod Scaa.

1998 retelling of 'The Snow Queen' by Martin Jameson in three parts.

Stars Tara Prendergast as Michelle, Alan Halsall as Travis, Ishia Bennison as Novod Scaa/Mum, Gerard McDermott as Gary, Miles Anderson as Bandit, Vincent Davies as Stash, Bradley Lavelle as Roth, Christopher Wright as Keith, Iwan Thomas as Headmaster, Andrew Whyment as Thug and Margaret Jervis as Chaperoning Child.

Director: Sally Avens.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b09gvsfv)
Andrew Roberts and Henry Goodman

Sue MacGregor and her guests - historian Andrew Roberts and actor Henry Goodman - discuss books by John Buchan, Sandor Marai and Jonathan Swift. From 2005.

'The Thirty-Nine Steps' by John Buchan.
Publisher: Penguin Classics

'Embers' [English translation] by Sandor Marai.
Publisher: Penguin

'Gulliver's Travels' by Jonathan Swift.
Publisher: Wordsworth Classics.


MON 19:00 Hello Cheeky (b0133g70)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Dad's Army (b007jqjv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr7j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Burl Ives (b00ktgkl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 Stories from Songwriters (b042l2xw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:15 Clare Bayley - The Secret Place (b01r2vh1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


MON 22:00 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (b09fy1qh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Dave Podmore (b007t32j)
Dave Podmore's World of Cricket, Episode 3

Asked to advise on a new cricketing film, the star player causes havoc in Hollywood. Stars Christopher Douglas. From June 2002.


MON 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b09gzg24)
Phil Wang 1/2

The best in contemporary comedy. Plus Rob Deering is joined by Phil Wang.


MON 23:00 The Now Show (b09fzt7z)
Series 51, Episode 4

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis re-cap the week with topical stand-up and sketches from guests Gareth Gwynn, Andy Zaltzman, Tamar Broadbent and Eshaan Akbar.

It's budget week! We delve into their red box to present more sketches, stand up and song...

Gareth Gwynn takes us on a magical mystery tour of local radio, Andy Zaltzman plays hardball, Tamar Broadbent chooses Avocados with Eshaan Akbar as interview guest.

Producer...Adnan Ahmed

BBC Studios Production.


MON 23:30 The Problem With Adam Bloom (b00gswf0)
Series 2, Comedy

The comedian reveals how comics come up with all their witty gags. With Alistair McGowan and Rob Rouse. From November 2004.


MON 23:45 Brian Appleton's History of Rock 'n' Roll (b00fvwk6)
Kajaboohoo

The Brummie musicologist reveals what he didn't do on the 1980s music scene. Stars Graham Fellows. From October 2001.



TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2017

TUE 00:00 Martin Jameson - Ice (b007jlns)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b09gvsfv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr7j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Burl Ives (b00ktgkl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (b09jc5kk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 Cosmic Quest (b00c50x2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b00b1025)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:45 Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix (b0076t6l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Plantagenet (b02qf2hv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Just a Minute (b00tmkr5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 Living with Betty (b09gvdzc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Winston (b007np4w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (b09fy1qh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr7y)
Episode 12

The Major has trapped the fugitive, but can he discover the tragic motive behind his "sporting stalk"?

Geoffrey Household's classic thriller was first published shortly before the outbreak of war in 1939.

Read by Michael Jayston.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in 2004.


TUE 06:30 The Beat Hotel (b01p0sb1)

Think of American writers in Paris and the chances are the first people to come to mind are the Lost Generation of the 1920s - Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Stein and friends. But a period every bit as significant in the development of American letters and the culture more broadly is often overlooked.

Professor Andrew Hussey tells the story of how a dirty, run-down hotel in the medieval heart of Paris became in the late 1950s and early 1960s a bohemian mecca, attracting some of the most important figures of the Beat Generation. And not only did those individuals live there, they also thrived among the more liberal social attitudes than they'd grown up with in America, creating some of their most important work. Allen Ginsberg wrote much of Kaddish, William Burroughs completed Naked Lunch, Gregory Corso rote BOMB; it was here that the famous cut-up technique so important to Burroughs and so influential on modern culture was invented by Bryon Gysin, and also the place where the Dream Machine - a means of inducing drug free hallucinations - was developed by Burroughs' lover Ian Sommerville.

Andrew will also show that the Beats were much more engaged with their French surroundings than has previously been thought, meeting many of the most important European artists of the day and witnessing the frequent violence that the Algerian War brought with it to the streets in their immediate vicinity. He will make clear that the Beat movement - so often identified as strictly American in its focus - was in fact passionately internationalist and a key influence in global avant-garde political aesthetics.

Presenter: Professor Andrew Hussey
Producer: Geoff Bird.


TUE 07:00 1834 (b011pw52)
Dentists and Lovers

Ned needs root canal work, but 21st-century Jason needs lessons in 19th-century courting.

In Jim Poyser's riotous comedy of transportation and delight, Jason is now Tarquin, third son of Lord Belport with a faithful valet, Ned.

Stars Michael Begley as Jason Slater, Joe Caffrey as Ned, Kenneth Alan Taylor as Hoskins, Mark Chatterton as Lord Belport, Glenn Cunningham as Stubbs and Julia Rounthwaite as Millicent.
Directed at BBC Manchester by Polly Thomas.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2003.


TUE 07:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b09fy5xg)
Series 12, How Did I Do?

Episode 5: How Did I Do?

Whilst trying to track down his delivery of cat food Ed discovers a whole new world of employment opportunities when he meets Dominic, a 'PTP', or 'Paid to Populate' who is working on a development site. They quickly join forces to start a new delivery company and Ed is introduced to a new climate where freebies are distributed in lieu of salaries and continuing employment lies in the fate of the Customer Satisfaction survey.

Written by Andrew Nickolds and Christopher Douglas
Produced by Dawn Ellis
It was a BBC Studios Production.


TUE 08:00 The Ken Dodd Show (b0516tq7)
From 24/05/1964

It's the tickling season with Dickie Mint and meet the world's worst!

Starring Ken Dodd.

With Judith Chalmers, Patricia Hayes, Duncan Macrae, Peter Hudson, Wallas Eaton and Percy Edwards.

Music from Val Doonican.

BBC Revue Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Lockyer.

Script by Ken Dodd and Eddie Braben.

Producer: Bill Worsley.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1964.


TUE 08:30 The Men From the Ministry (b012n3rv)
Taking Leave of Their Census

The bungling bureaucrats are sent to Cornwall where some dodgy villagers are up to no good...

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

Stars Richard Murdoch and Deryck Guyler. With Norma Ronald, Ronald Baddiley and John Graham.

Written by Edward Taylor and John Graham.

'The Men from the Ministry' ran for 14 series between 1962 and 1977. Deryck Guyler replaced Wilfrid Hyde-White from 1966. Sadly many episodes didn't survive in the archive, however the BBC's Transcription Service re-recorded 14 shows in 1980 - never broadcast in the UK, until the arrival of BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Producer: Edward Taylor.

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 in August 1972.


TUE 09:00 The Now Show (b09fzt7z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 The Adventures of John and Tony (b007k1s6)
The Hiking Holiday

John and his best friend Tony find face dodgy hotels and sinister monks, but love is in the air...

Written by John Hegley.

Starring John Hegley, Simon Munnery, Terry Malloy, Sunny Ormonde and Andy Hockley.

Original music by Nigel Piper.

Director: Anne Edyvean.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1999.


TUE 10:00 Plantagenet (b02qnn10)
Series 2, Edward II - The Greatest Traitor

While Edward's power is prey to his passions, his queen, Isabella, and his most powerful ally, Roger Mortimer, find a passion of their own.

Mike Walker's trilogy - inspired by Holinshed's Chronicles.

Stars Sam Troughton as Edward the Second, Hattie Morahan as Isabella, Trystan Gravelle as Mortimer, Joseph Samrai as Prince Edward and Jonathan Forbes as Despenser.

Other parts were played by Sean Baker, Simon Bubb, James Lailey, Peter Polycarpou, Daniel Rabin, and Alun Raglan.

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Jessica Dromgoole.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


TUE 11:00 Stories from Songwriters (b042z66n)
One Swallow, by You Are Wolf

You Are Wolf - the artist also known as Kerry Andrew - is a singer, songwriter and composer who specialises in experimental vocal music and uses a loop machine to layer her astonishing voice. For her debut short story she interweaves song and story, singing traditional inspired counterpoints to her story 'One Swallow'. Kerry Andrew's extensive research of traditional British birdlore and folk superstitions nudges its way into her story.

You Are Wolf's debut album, 'Hawk the Hunting Gone', is released on May 26th (Stone Tape).


TUE 11:15 Afternoon Drama (b01pzqnf)
Alan Harris - Wolf

By Alan Harris

Frankie wants to be a journalist and he's prepared to do whatever it takes to find a story. But when he starts to get inventive with the truth, he embarks on a dangerous journey into Cardiff's criminal underworld.

A dark comedy about the importance of telling the truth.

Directed by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru/Wales Production.


TUE 12:00 The Ken Dodd Show (b0516tq7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 The Men From the Ministry (b012n3rv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr7y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 The Beat Hotel (b01p0sb1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (b09jc80z)
Episode 2

Kazuo Ishiguro's dystopian novel of love and loss. The children begin to question things. Could it be that the adults are afraid of them? From May 2016.


TUE 14:15 Cosmic Quest (b00c843k)
Squashed Stars and Black Holes

Heather Couper presents a narrative history of astronomy.

As long ago as 1783, the rector of a small Yorkshire church suggested that the gravity of a very massive star might be strong enough to pull its light back and prevent it from shining. It was not until the 1930s, however, that Subramanyan Chandrasekhar suggested a mechanism through which such a star might form, and even then he was ridiculed by his peers. But the concept slowly gained ground, and in the late 1960s the first x-ray telescope in space pinpointed the first black hole to be discovered in orbit around a normal star.

A black hole seems to defy notions of common sense and even of normal physics. Light, information and travellers would have no escape from its gravity. At its heart, matter and even space and time would be squashed out of existence. Yet there is a small theoretical chance that someone entering a spinning black hole might survive to emerge in another universe.

Readers are Timothy West, Robin Sebastian, Julian Rhind-Tutt and John Palmer.


TUE 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b00b102c)
Nicola Upson - An Expert in Murder, Episode 7

Hedley has seeks an alibi for the time of Elspeth's murder. Penrose is unconvinced that Josephine was not the intended victim. Stars James Chisholm. From April 2008.


TUE 14:45 Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix (b0076t73)
Episode 2

The 21-year-old Jimi Hendrix arrives in New York determined to make his mark on the music scene. Read by Rhashan Stone. From August 2005.


TUE 15:00 Plantagenet (b02qnn10)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 Wordaholics (b04hyrq3)
Series 3, Episode 4

Radio 4's word-obsessed comedy panel game - with stars from across the world of wordplay coming together to score points off each other, under the well-read eye of chairman Gyles Brandreth.

Former linguistics student Josh Widdicombe tells us about his favourite West Country words, lexicographer Susie Dent predicts some of the new words that might enter the dictionary this year and astronomy enthusiast Helen Keen reveals her favourite words from the language of outer space.

The letter of the week is 'L'. Josh has to guess what the World War 2 slang term 'latrinogram' meant; Natalie Haynes explains the American expression 'log-rolling'; Susie Dent gets full marks for explaining where the phrase 'limbo dancing' comes from and in a Germanic twist Helen Keen is asked under what circumstances you would act like a 'liver sausage'.

The panellists are asked to invent new words or phrases. Their new offerings include 'Antandecophobia'; 'smellationship'; the 'Josh number' and 'agony hooves'.

In a round about derogatory terms for different occupations Natalie has to guess what a 'nutbuster' is; Susie a 'needle-dodger'; Helen a 'knob thatcher' and Josh a 'honey-dipper'.

They then coin their own terms of abuse including bikopaths, fobslotch, nerds of prey and chattypedia.

Finally the panellists are asked what four Victorian slang terms meant: widdling, muffin-worry, lully-prigger and hock-dockies.

Writers: Jon Hunter and James Kettle.
Producer: Claire Jones.


TUE 16:30 The Adventures of John and Tony (b007k1s6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 1834 (b011pw52)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b09fy5xg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Martin Jameson - Ice (b007jlp2)
Episode 2

Michelle is convinced her brother has been abducted by aliens. But what would they be doing in Manchester? Stars Alan Halsall. From January 1998. Episode 2 of 3.


TUE 18:30 Dad Made Me Laugh (b007k0n4)
Michael Sellers

Peter Sellers' son tells Sally Magnusson about the ups and downs of growing up with a famous funny father. From September 2005.


TUE 19:00 The Ken Dodd Show (b0516tq7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 The Men From the Ministry (b012n3rv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr7y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 The Beat Hotel (b01p0sb1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Stories from Songwriters (b042z66n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 21:15 Afternoon Drama (b01pzqnf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


TUE 22:00 Ed Reardon's Week (b09fy5xg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 In and Out of the Kitchen (b01qw8m7)
Series 2, On Location

Damien is sent on location to the Lake District to film a chunk of his new series for Sky Arts about "poets and their palates".

But when the sunshine turns to driving rain, Damien's spirits are further dampened when it appears Anthony might not be missing him quite as much as he had hoped...

Written by Miles Jupp

Producer: Sam Michell.


TUE 23:00 Revolting People (b00ww9fh)
Series 4, Episode 6

The deserters lobby King George III over the war, and McGurk has plans. 1775 America sitcom stars Andy Hamilton. From June 2006.


TUE 23:30 Vent (b01glrp7)
Series 3, The Stand-In

Ben vows to do something alone but buying an envelope is not that easy. Stars Neil Pearson and Fiona Allen. From December 2009.



WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2017

WED 00:00 Martin Jameson - Ice (b007jlp2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Dad Made Me Laugh (b007k0n4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr7y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 The Beat Hotel (b01p0sb1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (b09jc80z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 Cosmic Quest (b00c843k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b00b102c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:45 Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix (b0076t73)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Plantagenet (b02qnn10)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Wordaholics (b04hyrq3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 The Adventures of John and Tony (b007k1s6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 1834 (b011pw52)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b09fy5xg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr8d)
Episode 13

The Major tries to persuade his prisoner to sign a confession - but will he admit his intentions?

Geoffrey Household's classic British thriller was first published shortly before the outbreak of war in 1939.

Read by Michael Jayston.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in 2004.


WED 06:30 Bicycle Music (b00x87by)

Graeme Fife discovers the musical landscape inspired by cycling with enthusiasts Dervla Murphy and Alan Bennett. From July 2003.


WED 07:00 The Cavity Within (b00770ns)
Episode 4

Dentist Marty has high hopes for a relationship. The zoo brings out the animal in Pete.

Written by Jim Poyser.

Starring Chris O'Dowd as Marty, Jeff Rawle as Pete, Mark Straker as Tim, Christine Kavanagh as Anna, Sarah Crowe as Daisy, Mark Straker as Tim, John Rowe as Mr Holmes. Other parts played by Tracy Wiles, Bethan Walker and Emma Noakes.

Director: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.


WED 07:30 All Those Women (b06bhvsr)
Series 1, Episode 2

Comedy series by Katherine Jakeways about four generations of women living under one roof.

Jen is driven to compete with Stuart in the parenting stakes. Cue the most fun (and educational) sleepover an eleven year old could wish for. In theory. In the meantime, Maggie would really prefer it if her houseguests would put things back in the correct drawer, and stop leaiving teabags in the sink.

All Those Women explores familial relationships, ageing, marriages - it's about life and love and things not turning out quite the way that you'd expected them to. Every week we join Hetty, Maggie, Jen and Emily as they struggle to resolve their own problems, and support one another.

Written by KATHERINE JAKEWAYS

Script editor Richard Turner
Producer Alexandra Smith

A BBC Radio Comedy Production.


WED 08:00 The Navy Lark (b00yspj3)
The Charter Trip to Antarctica

A geographical society from Willesden heads to the Antarctic aboard HMS Troutbridge.

Starring Leslie Phillips as the Sub-Lieutenant, Jon Pertwee as the Chief Petty Officer, Stephen Murray as Number One, Richard Caldicot as Commander Povey, Ronnie Barker as AS Johnson, Heather Chasen as Mrs Edgwick, Michael Bates as Mr Crump and Tenniel Evans as the Professor.

The Navy Lark ran for an impressive 13 series on BBC Radio between 1959 and 1976.

Scripted by Lawrie Wyman.

Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in December 1959.


WED 08:30 A Very Private Man (b09gxsml)
Episode 2

David and Helen Parkinson arrive in their new secluded home in the Yorkshire countryside. But David's dream of isolation is even more remote...

Terry Gregson's north v south sitcom stars Rodney Bewes as David Parkinson, Ann Bell as Helen Parkinson, Daphne Oxenford as Mrs Henderson, Paula Tildrook as Mrs Arthur and Peter Wheeler as Mr Sands.

Produced at BBC Manchester by Ron McDonnell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 1981.


WED 09:00 Act Your Age (b00zsjz7)
Series 3, Episode 2

Simon Mayo hosts the three-way battle between the comedy generations to find out which is the funniest. Will it be the Up-and-Comers, the Current Crop or the Old Guard who will be crowned, for one week at least, as the Golden Age of Comedy. This week Jon Richardson is joined by Andi Osho, Rufus Hound teams up with Andrew Maxwell and Ted Robbins is paired with both Roger De Courcey and Nookie Bear.

Devised and Produced by Ashley Blaker and Bill Matthews.


WED 09:30 The Sit Crom (b00mf205)
The Wasps' Nest

The search for enemies leads to love triumphing over fire.

Sue Limb's six-part comedy set during the English Civil War.

Stars Joss Ackland as Sir John Firebasket, Denise Coffey as Lady Anne Firebasket, Clive Merrison as Tobias Thynne, Miriam Margoyles as Mercy, alias Melissa Ffortescue-Bottomley, Nickolas Grace as Father Francis, Chris Emmett as Slow Ned/King Charles, Jack Klaff as Gazebo Fogg, Nicky Henson as Posthumous, Peter Hayward as Counter Tenor and Alun Armstrong as Captain Arise Higgs.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1990.


WED 10:00 Plantagenet (b02qtfn6)
Series 2, Richard II - And All Our Dreams Will End in Death

Richard II, having proved his mettle in quelling the Peasants' Revolt, disappoints his courtiers as he pursues peace and culture as an alternative to fighting and swiving.

Mike Walker's trilogy - inspired by Holinshed's Chronicles.

'Plantagenet' tells the story of the birth of a new Europe after the dark ages. The issues of control, of freedom, of belief, above all, perhaps, the temptations of power which are so familiar to us now were new to an age which had no template for domination on this scale.

Stars Patrick Kennedy as Richard II, Blake Ritson as Henry Bolingbroke, Alex Tregear as Queen Ann, Peter Polycarpou as Gloucester, Sean Baker as John of Gaunt, James Lailey as DeVere, Stuart McLoughlin as Burley, Simon Bubb as Tyler, Daniel Rabin as Walworth, Jonathan Forbes as John Ball, Claire Harry as Joan and Alun Raglan as Welshman.

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Jessica Dromgoole.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


WED 11:00 Stories from Songwriters (b043wk19)
The Announcer's Daughter, by Eliza Carthy

Hattie Morahan reads Eliza Carthy's unusual and playful fairy tale, 'The Announcer's Daughter'. Eliza has been nominated for the Mercury Prize twice and grew up immersed in the world of traditional music - her parents are folk legends Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson. She approaches the tradition in new and innovative ways creating utterly contemporary work.


WED 11:15 Afternoon Drama (b03jznqp)
Julian Poidevin - Kindness

Psychological drama written by Julian Poidevin.

Happy family life is disrupted when Tom's son Simon comes to stay. His arrival unearths the past, catalysing a chain of events that exposes old and new deceptions. Simon wants to fit in and be loved, Sophie wants to escape and be loved and Tom's second wife Lorna is forced to question the stability of her seemingly perfect home life.

Director: Peter Darney
Producer: Lucinda Mason Brown

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 12:00 The Navy Lark (b00yspj3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 A Very Private Man (b09gxsml)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr8d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Bicycle Music (b00x87by)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (b09jc9ps)
Episode 3

Kazuo Ishiguro's dystopian novel of love, friendship and loss. The students begin to understand how they are different from those beyond the school gates. From June 2016.


WED 14:15 Cosmic Quest (b00c6wpd)
A Violent Universe

Heather Couper presents a narrative history of astronomy.

Only in the last 50 years have telescopes been powerful enough to study distant galaxies beyond our Milky Way in much detail. Cygnus A first came to astronomers' attention as a radio source, the second strongest in the sky. Optical astronomers later realised that it was a pair of galaxies colliding with one another. It is a colossal 700 million light years away, making its radio output a million times more powerful than that of our Milky Way. Energetic reactions were taking place in its core, shooting out great jets of high energy particles emitting radio waves.

The next breakthrough came from an even more distant object over 2 billion light years away. At its heart was something 40 times more luminous than a normal galaxy yet no bigger than the solar system. These mysterious powerhouses were named quasi-stellar radio sources, now abbreviated to quasars. The consensus now is that they are massive black holes, millions or even billions of times the mass of our Sun, gobbling stars and gas in the centres of galaxies.

Readers are Timothy West, Robin Sebastian, Julian Rhind-Tutt and John Palmer.


WED 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b00b102k)
Nicola Upson - An Expert in Murder, Episode 8

Murder mystery set in 1934. Elspeth's adoptive mother Alice Simmons arrives in London and provides Penrose with a vital link between the past and the present. From April 2008.


WED 14:45 Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix (b0076t7n)
Episode 3

Jimi arrives in Britain in September 1966 and soon takes swinging London by storm. Read by Rhashan Stone. From August 2005.


WED 15:00 Plantagenet (b02qtfn6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Act Your Age (b00zsjz7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 The Sit Crom (b00mf205)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 The Cavity Within (b00770ns)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 All Those Women (b06bhvsr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Martin Jameson - Ice (b007jlpb)
Episode 3

Michelle comes face to face with the evil Ice Queen, Novod Scaa. Is she too late to save Travis? Stars Alan Halsall. From February 1998.


WED 18:30 Musical Legends (b0139466)
Roger Daltrey

The Who's legendary lead singer Roger Daltrey joins Tom Morton for an in depth interview about his life and career to date. From fighting against bullying at school to fighting with his fellow band members over drug use. In this very open and frank account Daltrey talks about his passion for singing and performing, his move from music to film and the on going feelings of loss over the deaths of band members Keith Moon and John Entwistle.


WED 19:00 The Navy Lark (b00yspj3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 A Very Private Man (b09gxsml)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr8d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Bicycle Music (b00x87by)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Stories from Songwriters (b043wk19)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 21:15 Afternoon Drama (b03jznqp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


WED 22:00 All Those Women (b06bhvsr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Before They Were Famous (b03gg7nr)
Series 2, Episode 4

Even the most successful of writers have, at some point, had to take day jobs to pay the bills.

Ian Leslie presents the second series of this Radio 4 spoof documentary, which sheds light on the often surprising jobs done by the world's best known writers in the days before they were able to make a living from their art.

In a project of literary archaeology, Leslie unearths archive examples of early work by great writers, including Fortune Cookie messages written by Germaine Greer, a political manifesto by the young JK Rowling, and a car manual written by Dan Brown. In newspaper articles, advertising copy, and company correspondence, we get a fascinating glimpse into the embryonic development of our best-loved literary voices.

We may know them today for their novels, plays or poems but, once upon a time, they were just people with a dream - and a rent bill looming at the end of the month.

Producers: Anna Silver and Claire Broughton
A Hat Trick Production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 22:45 No Tomatoes (b0081b7p)
World Weary

World Weary: It's snow jokes from Paul Copley and Helen Moon in the sketch show mixing up language and sounds. From October 2007.


WED 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b09gzg6v)
Phil Wang 2/2

The best in contemporary comedy. Plus Rob Deering is joined by Phil Wang.


WED 23:00 Hard to Tell (b03jb3n7)
Series 2, Episode 3

Second series of the relationship comedy written by Jonny Sweet.

It tells its central love story through the couple's individual conversations with their family and friends. In the process, we are introduced to all manner of relationships from a father and his cherished tour van to two women rivalling for the position of Best Friend, from a brother and sister comparing notes on Brazilians to a vicar and his new parish, and from a lodger's historic fling with a local waitress to a mum's lack of control over her desire to monitor her son's life.

Recorded on location, Hard To Tell's naturalistic, contemporary and conversational style brings new meaning to restaurants, funerals, French dressers and monkey puzzle trees.

Jonny Sweet is also the writer of Radio 4's Party and co-writer/co-star of Chickens on Sky 1.

Episode 3:
Tom's Mum's cousin has died and she volunteers her son to give the eulogy. At the funeral, Ellen suspects an infidelity, while Gillian the lodger suspects a mental disorder.

Producer: Lucy Armitage
A Tiger Aspect production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 23:30 Radio 9 (b04hkfq5)
Series 2, Episode 5

An unusual doctor, the perils of parenthood and faking it as a boxer. Stars Johnny Daukes and Hils Barker. From August 2005.



THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2017

THU 00:00 Martin Jameson - Ice (b007jlpb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Musical Legends (b0139466)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr8d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Bicycle Music (b00x87by)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (b09jc9ps)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 Cosmic Quest (b00c6wpd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b00b102k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:45 Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix (b0076t7n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Plantagenet (b02qtfn6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Act Your Age (b00zsjz7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 The Sit Crom (b00mf205)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 The Cavity Within (b00770ns)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 All Those Women (b06bhvsr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr8w)
Episode 14

With only a crudely made weapon, can the fugitive escape his underground dugout and elude his captors?

Geoffrey Household's classic British thriller was first published shortly before the outbreak of war in 1939.

Read by Michael Jayston.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in 2004.


THU 06:30 The Real Patron Saints (b00768vq)
Saint Andrew

How did a Palestinian fisherman who had never even heard of Scotland become the patron saint? Have the Scots got the wrong man?

Ian Hislop pieces together a rather unsaintly tale of Andrew the apostle posthumously elbowing out his local rivals to the title, only to be challenged in later years by a romantic drunk, a poet - and Mel Gibson.

Part of Ian Hislop's investigation into the conflicting and confusing history of the four national saints.

Producer: Philip Sellars.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.


THU 07:00 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b007xrsn)
Series 2, Episode 2

When Lucy joins a school reunion website and is contacted by an old classmate, youthful indiscretions return to haunt Daniel's best friend Andy.

The second series of David Spicer's comedy drama about modern life and parenthood, as seen through the eyes of two 30-something non-parents.

Starring David Tennant as Daniel, Liz Carling as Lucy, Samantha Spiro as Katie, Tony Gardner as Andy and Nasreen Hussain as Amanda.

Producer: Liz Anstee.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.


THU 07:30 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (b09fzmk0)
Series 2, Death and Travel

Episode 3 - Death and Travel

Alexei considers travel to places both real and imaginary. Along the way he reveals why Radio 4 is a staple for Merchant seamen, how to get a cheap drink in the centre of Paris and the impulses he must fight when on holiday.

Written by Alexei Sayle with additional material from Ben Partridge.
Performed by Alexei Sayle with Ian Smith
Original music and lyrics by Tim Sutton
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.


THU 08:00 Not in Front of the Children (b059c408)
Series 1, The George Washington Complex

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

Starring Wendy Craig as Jennifer Corner, Francis Matthews as Henry Corner, Charlotte Mitchell as Mary and Fanny Rowe as Mother.

The comedy mishaps of the Corner family: Jennifer and Henry and their three children Trudi, Amanda and Robin. Family sitcom, Not in Front of the Children originally ran for four series from 1967 to 1970 on BBC TV. Richard Waring adapted his own scripts for this radio version, now fully restored from the original reel-to-reel tapes.

Wendy Craig won a Best Actress BAFTA award for the TV version of Not in Front of the Children in 1969. This was the first of several housewife roles that Wendy Craig was to play on television. Later series included And Mother Makes Three and Butterflies.

Music by Ronnie Hazlehurst

Producer: Trafford Whitelock.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1969.


THU 08:30 The Goon Show (b007swcz)
The Sinking of Westminster Pier

Oyster-loving Neddie Seagoon takes to the River Thames, which is soon draining away. Stars Harry Secombe. From February 1955.


THU 09:00 Counterpoint (b007h3lc)
Series 21, Heat 9

Edward Seckerson chairs another heat of the music quiz with contestants David Love, Edward Pearce and Geoff Smith. From May 2007.


THU 09:30 HR (b00tt4lt)
Series 2, Remodelling

Comedy drama series by Nigel Williams that charts the misfortunes of a middle-aged HR officer and his trouble-making colleague.

Sam, fearing the sense of purposelessness that often hits retirees, decides to redecorate his house. But, his housemate Peter worries, has he some darker purpose in mind?

Peter ..... Jonathan Pryce
Sam ..... Nicholas Le Prevost
Nigel ..... Tony Bell

Director: Peter Kavanagh.


THU 10:00 Plantagenet (b09gydv9)
Series 3, Henry V - True Believers

Young prince Hal will inherit an unstable throne, and a kingdom riven with heresy and rebellion.

Victory over the rebel Hotspur, and then the French, will bring peace to England and glory to the king - but at what cost to the man?

Mike Walker's trilogy - inspired by Holinshed's Chronicles.

Stars Luke Treadaway as Hal, Lydia Leonard as Catherine, James Lailey as Thomas of Earlham, Nicky Henson as Sir John Oldcastle, Paul Moriarty as Henry IV, Simon Bubb as Badby and Carl Prekopp as Bradmore.

With Rikki Lawton, Gerard McDermott and Christopher Webster.

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Sasha Yevtushenko.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.


THU 11:00 Skylines (b045c65w)
Stonehenge, by Maaza Mengiste

The first of three specially commissioned stories which invited writers to lift their gaze to the horizon - the point where our everyday worlds intersect with the sky.

In Stonehenge the exiled Emperor Haile Selassie makes an unofficial excursion to the ancient holy place whose outline dominates the skyline of Salisbury Plain.

Reader: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Written by by Maaza Mengiste

Commissioned for radio by Ellah Allfrey

Directed by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 11:15 Afternoon Drama (b00lc9ff)
The King of Sootland

By Richard Hurford. In the early days of Queen Victoria's reign, a boy and a teenage girl - who he assumes to be a new maidservant but is in fact the young Victoria - go on an adventure through the chimneys of Buckingham Palace.

Queen Victoria ...... Daisy Marsden
Boy Cotton ...... Aidan Parsons
Duchess Of Kent ...... Olwen May
Sir John Conroy ...... Jonathan Keeble
Mr Diggle ...... Malcolm Raeburn

Directed by Nadia Molinari.


THU 12:00 Not in Front of the Children (b059c408)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 The Goon Show (b007swcz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr8w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 The Real Patron Saints (b00768vq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (b09jcdv9)
Episode 4

Kazuo Ishiguro's dystopian novel of love, friendship and loss read by Rachel Shelley. Miss Lucy tells the students the truth about the future that awaits them. From June 2016.


THU 14:15 Cosmic Quest (b00c76bn)
The Dark Side of the Cosmos

Heather Couper presents a narrative history of astronomy.

In 1933, Fritz Zwicky realised that a huge cluster of galaxies is being held together by something more powerful than the gravitational pull of the visible matter. In the 1960s, Vera Rubin was coming to the same conclusion from studying the rotation of stars within individual galaxies. The conclusion was inescapable; all the visible stars and gas comprise a mere fraction of the total matter in the universe. Dark matter exists, although nobody knows what it is.

The question remains unanswered, though now there are many theories. It is hoped that elaborate experiments in particle accelerators may cast some light on the subject.

Readers are Timothy West, Robin Sebastian, Julian Rhind-Tutt and John Palmer.


THU 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b00b102r)
Nicola Upson - An Expert in Murder, Episode 9

Murder mystery by Nicola Upson set in 1934, blending fact with fiction. Penrose has discovered a link between Elspeth and Bernard, but what he has yet to find out is the identity of the murderer. Vital information comes from a very unexpected source.


THU 14:45 Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix (b0076t86)
Episode 4

The Jimi Hendrix Experience makes a bid for fame with a legendary performance at the Monterey Festival. From August 2005.


THU 15:00 Plantagenet (b09gydv9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 Counterpoint (b007h3lc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 HR (b00tt4lt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b007xrsn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (b09fzmk0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Edgar Allan Poe (b007jpt5)
The Fall of the House of Usher, Episode 1

What power does the family's ancestral home hold over Roderick and Madeline Usher?

Sean Barrett reads Edgar Allan Poe's gothic horror story, first published in 1839. A man's descent into madness seems bound to the house of his ancestors.

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in 2003.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b00s77ft)
Series 21, Matthew Flinders

Sir Stuart Rose, chairman of Marks and Spencer, chooses the cartographer Matthew Flinders for Great Lives. Flinders mapped Australia two hundred years ago in His Majesty's ship the Investigator. "Since neither birth nor fortune have favoured me," he wrote, "my actions shall speak to the world." Sir Stuart Rose clearly finds inspiration in what Flinders achieved and the way he led his men. Rose also reveals that his first ambition was to join the Royal Navy, and that he applied to 25 companies before Marks and Spencer took him on. Dr Nigel Rigby of the National Maritime Museum offers the expert's view on Flinders life and Matthew Parris presents. The producer is Miles Warde.


THU 19:00 Not in Front of the Children (b059c408)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 The Goon Show (b007swcz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr8w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 The Real Patron Saints (b00768vq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Skylines (b045c65w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


THU 21:15 Afternoon Drama (b00lc9ff)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


THU 22:00 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (b09fzmk0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Recorded for Training Purposes (b00hdd69)
Series 3, Episode 6

Sketch show about modern communication and contemporary obsessions. With Ben Willbond and Rachel Atkins. From February 2009.


THU 23:00 Sarah Millican's Support Group (b010twf6)
Series 2, Episode 1

Award winning comedian Sarah Millican is back for a second series playing Sarah, modern day agony aunt dishing out real advice for real people.

Solving the nations problems with her Support Group, she wants you to live life to the upmost, and she's got tons of ideas of how to help. Together with her team of experts of the heart - man of the people local cabbie Terry, and self qualified counsellor Marion, Sarah tackles the nation's problems head on and has a solution for everything.

This week the team tackle two problems - "My partner is too controlling - a fight for the television remote" and "I'm a non drinker with no friends - should I just buy a cat?"

Sarah Millican Sarah
Ruth Bratt Marion
Simon Day Terry
Diane Morgan Linda
Will Smith Matthew.


THU 23:30 The Masterson Inheritance (b007jswh)
Series 1, The Tatting of the Mastersons

Family revenge in the Wild West over dodgy dental work. Improvised comedy with Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence. From May 1993.



FRIDAY 01 DECEMBER 2017

FRI 00:00 Edgar Allan Poe (b007jpt5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b00s77ft)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr8w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 The Real Patron Saints (b00768vq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (b09jcdv9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 Cosmic Quest (b00c76bn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b00b102r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:45 Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix (b0076t86)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Plantagenet (b09gydv9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Counterpoint (b007h3lc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 HR (b00tt4lt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b007xrsn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (b09fzmk0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr9c)
Episode 15

The anonymous would-be assassin is on his way out of the country - but what does his future hold?

Geoffrey Household's classic British thriller was first published shortly before the outbreak of war in 1939.

Concluded by Michael Jayston.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in 2004.


FRI 06:30 Changing My Voice (b01k9vh0)

Christopher Gabbitas asks why singers sometimes have to change the pitch of their voice. How do they learn to perform in another register and what effect does the change have?

Christopher Gabbitas is a member of the vocal group the King's Singers. He originally began his career as a bass, able to sing the lowest notes with ease. But when he auditioned for the group,the vacancy was for the higher baritone voice and he had to learn to sing in that new range.

Some classical singers have to change their voice because of the effects of ageing. If they've been a high soprano perhaps they now have problems hitting the top notes and may decide to pursue a career in the lower mezzo range. Men, as in the recent case of the celebrated tenor Plácido Domingo, may decide to move from being a tenor to singing baritone.

Other singers discover that, although they may have begun in one register, they are more suited to another. The opera singer Grace Bumbry began her career as a low soprano but discovered that she was able to sing higher and changed - to huge critical acclaim.

And there are cases of injury to the vocal chords, which can also cause a singer to have to change register.

But it's not easy to change your voice. Although it can prolong a singer's performing life, changing pitch can be an unnerving process. There are new techniques to learn. The ear has literally to be retuned and the brain rewired to adapt to a new vocal range. And the way performers often think of themselves in stereotypes- a romantic tenor for example, or a coloratura soprano- has to be revised.

In this feature, Christopher goes on a personal exploration of the art of voice changing. He examines his own experiences and talks to other singers who have switched ranges, to see how fundamental such shifts can be. Interviewees include the singers Grace Bumbry and Rosalind Plowright.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.


FRI 07:00 Capital Gains (b007qgnq)
Series 1, Risk Capital

Amateur philosopher, Julius Hutch is looking forward to spending his retirement just "pottering".

But one morning, he wakes early to find that his life is changed forever...

Starring Peter Jones as Julius Hutch.

With Celestine Randall as Mrs Pauline Tone, Justine Midda as Kate, Jeffrey Wickham as Sexton Lewis and Collin Johnson as the News Reader.

Scripted by Collin Johnson.

Producer: Andy Jordan.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1995.


FRI 07:30 Dot (b072j327)
Series 1, The Mystery at St Horribly-Vulture's School for Boys

by Ed Harris

Comedy in the Cabinet War Rooms. Dot's been sent to St Horribly Vulture's School for Boys to enlist a teacher for 'Shhhh Bletchley Park'. But is he the right sort of chap for the job?

Director/Producer Jessica Brown.


FRI 08:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00vdc3h)
Series 5, Episode 4

Greyhounds in conversation - and a trip to the South Pole.

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

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

Written by David Hatch and Bill Oddie.

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

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

Producer: Humphrey Barclay.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1967.


FRI 08:30 Albert and Me (b007jsbh)
Series 1, Spanner in the Works

Single dad Bryan's son Albert is starting nursery - what could possibly go wrong?

Stars Richard Beckinsale as Bryan Archer, Pat Coombs as Mum/Albert and John Comer as Dad. With John Junkin as Harry.

Written by Jim Eldridge.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 1977.


FRI 09:00 The Rest Is History (b04y9v20)
Series 1, Episode 6

Frank Skinner loves history, but just doesn't know much of it.

The Rest Is History is a new comedy discussion show which promises to help him find out more about it.

Along with his historian in residence Dr Kate Williams, each episode sees Frank joined by a selection of celebrity guests, who will help him navigate his way through the annals of time, picking out and chewing over the funniest, oddest, and most interesting moments in history.

Frank's guests in this edition of the programme are Josh Widdicombe and Roisin Conaty.

Produced by Dan Schreiber and Justin Pollard
An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 09:30 After Henry (b007k280)
Series 2, Memory Games

Daughter Clare's trivia quiz helps Sarah with all the memories of late husband Henry.

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

Starring Prunella Scales as Sarah, Joan Sanderson as Eleanor, Benjamin Whitrow as Russell, Gerry Cowper as Clare, David Quilter as Miles and Graham Blockey as the Quizmaster.

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

Producer: Pete Atkin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1986.


FRI 10:00 Plantagenet (b09gz3wn)
Series 3, Henry VI - A Simple Man

The once-great England of Henry V is bankrupt and losing territory in France. The times call for a strong man who can unite the kingdom. Not the weak, idealistic Henry VI, pleading for peace and incapacitated by bouts of insanity.

As the House of York grows in power, Queen Margaret is forced to take up arms to protect her royal line.

Mike Walker's trilogy - inspired by Holinshed's Chronicles.

Stars Al Weaver as Henry VI, Aimee Ffion Edwards as Margaret, Shaun Dooley as York, Paul Moriarty as Cardinal Beaufort, Gerard McDermott as Warwick, Carl Prekopp as Somerset and Simon Bubb as Edward of York.

With Rikki Lawton, James Lailey and Christopher Webster.

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Sasha Yevtushenko.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.


FRI 11:00 Skylines (b0460zmx)
Theory of Flight, by Suzanne Joinson

A series inviting writers to lift their gaze to the horizon - the point where our everyday worlds intersect with the sky.

In Suzanne Joinson's story, a senior government official makes a long distance trip, but reads a life changing letter in mid-air.

Read by: Zoe Waites

Produced and directed by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 11:15 Afternoon Drama (b01qdvlr)
Kathleen and Con

When the great explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott meets the sculptor Kathleen Bruce on his return from his first Antarctic expedition, he falls for the rather bohemian but passionate and unconventional young artist. This is the story of their rather unlikely love affair, told through their actual letters, from the early days together to the many months apart, until his ill-fated final expedition to the South Pole less than five years later.

Kathleen: Emilia Fox is an acclaimed actor, best known for her role as Dr Nikki Alexander on BBC crime drama 'Silent Witness'.

Captain Scott: Samuel West is an acclaimed actor and director. His most recent role was Astrov in Chekhov's 'Uncle Vanya' at London's Vaudeville Theatre.

Wunchie: Liza Sadowy

Written by Meredith Hooper, author and Antarctic historian. In 1994 she was selected by The Australian Antarctic Division to visit Antarctica as a writer in 1994, and by the US National Science Foundation to visit Antarctica as a writer in 1998 and 2001 on their Antarctica Artists Writers' Programme.

Directed by Justine Willett.


FRI 12:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00vdc3h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Albert and Me (b007jsbh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr9c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Changing My Voice (b01k9vh0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (b09jclw9)
Episode 5

Kazuo Ishiguro's haunting dystopian novel read by Rachel Shelley. As the students enter their last months of school, the reality of donations creeps closer. From June 2016.


FRI 14:15 Cosmic Quest (b00c6wpj)
Design or Accident - Why Me?

Heather Couper presents a narrative history of astronomy.

Given all that we now know about the formation of stars and planets and the evolution of life on Earth, it might seem as if the mystery is being taken out of the universe. However, every solution seems to throw up a deeper mystery. Within our understanding of physics, there are no known fundamental reasons for much of the astronomical phenomena that we observe. Of course, we can only observe a universe that supports life. This is known as the anthropic principle and has far-reaching implications. Some argue that it makes the universe very special, as if we were meant to be, while others suggest that we inhabit one of the few bio-friendly corners in an almost infinite multiverse of possibilities.

Readers are Timothy West, Robin Sebastian, Julian Rhind-Tutt and John Palmer.


FRI 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b00b102y)
Nicola Upson - An Expert in Murder, Episode 10

Murder mystery by Nicola Upson set in 1934, blending fact with fiction. Josephine and Marta find themselves in mortal danger. Marta has made a ghastly discovery as the investigation closes in on the murderer.


FRI 14:45 Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix (b0076t8r)
Episode 5

The Woodstock Festival of 1969 sees Jimi at the peak of his career, but his hedonistic lifestyle leads to tragedy. Read by Rhashan Stone. From August 2005.


FRI 15:00 Plantagenet (b09gz3wn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 The Rest Is History (b04y9v20)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 After Henry (b007k280)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 Capital Gains (b007qgnq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Dot (b072j327)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Edgar Allan Poe (b007jsry)
The Fall of the House of Usher, Episode 2

As his behaviour starts to change, Roderick Usher reveals his terrible secret. Edgar Allen Poe's classic gothic horror read by Sean Barrett. From September 2003.


FRI 18:30 Soul Music (b077gd5b)
Series 22, The Way You Look Tonight

'The Way You Look Tonight' was written by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields for the 1936 film 'Swing Time'. Sung by Fred Astaire to Ginger Rodgers while she was washing her hair, the song won an Oscar. It's been recorded by Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. Sarah Woodward, daughter of actor Edward, recalls how age seven, she watched him sing it on The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show with his 'angelic' voice; theatre director Michael Bawtree remembers the song being his father's favourite, and being distraught when he broke the gramophone record as a five year old; and Glaswegian singer Eddie Toal describes making an album of jazz songs, including 'The Way You Look Tonight' to remember his late wife, Irene.


FRI 19:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00vdc3h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Albert and Me (b007jsbh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male (b007jr9c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Changing My Voice (b01k9vh0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Skylines (b0460zmx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 21:15 Afternoon Drama (b01qdvlr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


FRI 22:00 Dot (b072j327)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Radio Shuttleworth (b00cq188)
Series 1, Episode 2

The BBC hands over the airwaves to aspiring singer-songwriter John Shuttleworth, with guest Wendy Craig. From November 1998.


FRI 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (b09gzgmy)
Dane Baptiste 1/3

The best in contemporary comedy. Plus Arthur Smith chats with Dane Baptiste.


FRI 23:00 Listen Against (b0089j50)
Series 1, Episode 2

The show that prises the back off your radio, fiddles around with the programmes inside and then puts it all back together the wrong way round.

Alice Arnold and Jon Holmes get meddling with the Proms, JK and Joel, Any Answers and The Archers.

The brain-child of writer, comic and broadcaster Jon Holmes.

Producer: Bill Dare and Jon Holmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2007.


FRI 23:30 Chain Reaction (b00gsb89)
Series 2, Bill Bailey Interviews Simon Pegg

One comedian grills another in the tag talk show, where the guest is next week's interviewer.

Based on the original BBC Radio 5 programme of the same name, Chain Reaction is a simple idea of big name stars from the world of entertainment interviewing others whose work they appreciate and admire.

Recorded with an audience, the interviews focus on the life, career and the passions of the interviewee but often prove to be as revealing about the interviewer.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 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 (b009xydx)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 MON (b00b1025)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 TUE (b00b1025)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 TUE (b00b102c)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 WED (b00b102c)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 WED (b00b102k)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 THU (b00b102k)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 THU (b00b102r)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 FRI (b00b102r)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 FRI (b00b102y)

1834 07:00 TUE (b011pw52)

1834 17:00 TUE (b011pw52)

1834 05:00 WED (b011pw52)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b09gvsfv)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b09gvsfv)

A Very Private Man 12:00 SAT (b09g6hw1)

A Very Private Man 08:30 WED (b09gxsml)

A Very Private Man 12:30 WED (b09gxsml)

A Very Private Man 19:30 WED (b09gxsml)

AL Barker - Five Strange Stories 18:45 SAT (b09gk3kx)

AL Barker - Five Strange Stories 00:45 SUN (b09gk3kx)

Act Your Age 12:30 SAT (b00zm0mc)

Act Your Age 09:00 WED (b00zsjz7)

Act Your Age 16:00 WED (b00zsjz7)

Act Your Age 04:00 THU (b00zsjz7)

After Henry 09:30 FRI (b007k280)

After Henry 16:30 FRI (b007k280)

Afternoon Drama 18:00 SAT (b00j0h0c)

Afternoon Drama 00:00 SUN (b00j0h0c)

Afternoon Drama 11:15 TUE (b01pzqnf)

Afternoon Drama 21:15 TUE (b01pzqnf)

Afternoon Drama 11:15 WED (b03jznqp)

Afternoon Drama 21:15 WED (b03jznqp)

Afternoon Drama 11:15 THU (b00lc9ff)

Afternoon Drama 21:15 THU (b00lc9ff)

Afternoon Drama 11:15 FRI (b01qdvlr)

Afternoon Drama 21:15 FRI (b01qdvlr)

Albert and Me 08:30 FRI (b007jsbh)

Albert and Me 12:30 FRI (b007jsbh)

Albert and Me 19:30 FRI (b007jsbh)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 07:30 THU (b09fzmk0)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 17:30 THU (b09fzmk0)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 22:00 THU (b09fzmk0)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 05:30 FRI (b09fzmk0)

All Those Women 07:30 WED (b06bhvsr)

All Those Women 17:30 WED (b06bhvsr)

All Those Women 22:00 WED (b06bhvsr)

All Those Women 05:30 THU (b06bhvsr)

An Hour With... 08:00 SAT (b05tr3zq)

An Hour With... 15:00 SAT (b05tr3zq)

An Hour With... 03:00 SUN (b05tr3zq)

As Time Goes By 08:30 SUN (b050c2sf)

As Time Goes By 12:30 SUN (b050c2sf)

Before They Were Famous 22:30 WED (b03gg7nr)

Bicycle Music 06:30 WED (b00x87by)

Bicycle Music 13:30 WED (b00x87by)

Bicycle Music 20:30 WED (b00x87by)

Bicycle Music 01:30 THU (b00x87by)

Book of the Week 02:45 SAT (b01p4nxc)

Brian Appleton's History of Rock 'n' Roll 23:45 MON (b00fvwk6)

Burl Ives 06:30 MON (b00ktgkl)

Burl Ives 13:30 MON (b00ktgkl)

Burl Ives 20:30 MON (b00ktgkl)

Burl Ives 01:30 TUE (b00ktgkl)

Cabin Pressure 22:30 SUN (b01293c9)

Capital Gains 07:00 FRI (b007qgnq)

Capital Gains 17:00 FRI (b007qgnq)

Chain Reaction 23:30 FRI (b00gsb89)

Changing My Voice 06:30 FRI (b01k9vh0)

Changing My Voice 13:30 FRI (b01k9vh0)

Changing My Voice 20:30 FRI (b01k9vh0)

Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix 14:45 MON (b0076t6l)

Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix 02:45 TUE (b0076t6l)

Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix 14:45 TUE (b0076t73)

Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix 02:45 WED (b0076t73)

Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix 14:45 WED (b0076t7n)

Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix 02:45 THU (b0076t7n)

Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix 14:45 THU (b0076t86)

Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix 02:45 FRI (b0076t86)

Charles R Cross - Room Full of Mirrors: Jimi Hendrix 14:45 FRI (b0076t8r)

Clare Bayley - The Secret Place 11:15 MON (b01r2vh1)

Clare Bayley - The Secret Place 21:15 MON (b01r2vh1)

Cosmic Quest 02:15 SAT (b00c3hvl)

Cosmic Quest 14:15 MON (b00c50x2)

Cosmic Quest 02:15 TUE (b00c50x2)

Cosmic Quest 14:15 TUE (b00c843k)

Cosmic Quest 02:15 WED (b00c843k)

Cosmic Quest 14:15 WED (b00c6wpd)

Cosmic Quest 02:15 THU (b00c6wpd)

Cosmic Quest 14:15 THU (b00c76bn)

Cosmic Quest 02:15 FRI (b00c76bn)

Cosmic Quest 14:15 FRI (b00c6wpj)

Counterpoint 09:00 THU (b007h3lc)

Counterpoint 16:00 THU (b007h3lc)

Counterpoint 04:00 FRI (b007h3lc)

Dad Made Me Laugh 18:30 TUE (b007k0n4)

Dad Made Me Laugh 00:30 WED (b007k0n4)

Dad's Army 08:30 MON (b007jqjv)

Dad's Army 12:30 MON (b007jqjv)

Dad's Army 19:30 MON (b007jqjv)

Dave Podmore 22:30 MON (b007t32j)

Dot 05:30 SAT (b071skpf)

Dot 07:30 FRI (b072j327)

Dot 17:30 FRI (b072j327)

Dot 22:00 FRI (b072j327)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 07:00 THU (b007xrsn)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 17:00 THU (b007xrsn)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 05:00 FRI (b007xrsn)

Ed Reardon's Week 07:30 TUE (b09fy5xg)

Ed Reardon's Week 17:30 TUE (b09fy5xg)

Ed Reardon's Week 22:00 TUE (b09fy5xg)

Ed Reardon's Week 05:30 WED (b09fy5xg)

Edgar Allan Poe 18:00 THU (b007jpt5)

Edgar Allan Poe 00:00 FRI (b007jpt5)

Edgar Allan Poe 18:00 FRI (b007jsry)

Elizabeth Taylor - Swan Moving 07:15 SUN (b01pjrry)

Elizabeth Taylor - Swan Moving 14:15 SUN (b01pjrry)

Elizabeth Taylor - Swan Moving 02:15 MON (b01pjrry)

Ellen Dryden - The Westward Journey 06:00 SAT (b007jzmq)

Ellen Dryden - The Westward Journey 16:00 SAT (b007jzmq)

Ellen Dryden - The Westward Journey 04:00 SUN (b007jzmq)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 01:00 SAT (b007jr6j)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 06:00 MON (b007jr7j)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 13:00 MON (b007jr7j)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 20:00 MON (b007jr7j)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 01:00 TUE (b007jr7j)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 06:00 TUE (b007jr7y)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 13:00 TUE (b007jr7y)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 20:00 TUE (b007jr7y)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 01:00 WED (b007jr7y)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 06:00 WED (b007jr8d)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 13:00 WED (b007jr8d)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 20:00 WED (b007jr8d)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 01:00 THU (b007jr8d)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 06:00 THU (b007jr8w)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 13:00 THU (b007jr8w)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 20:00 THU (b007jr8w)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 01:00 FRI (b007jr8w)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 06:00 FRI (b007jr9c)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 13:00 FRI (b007jr9c)

Geoffrey Household - Rogue Male 20:00 FRI (b007jr9c)

Goodness Gracious Me 23:00 SAT (b01pgs6z)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b00s77ft)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b00s77ft)

HR 09:30 THU (b00tt4lt)

HR 16:30 THU (b00tt4lt)

HR 04:30 FRI (b00tt4lt)

Hard to Tell 23:00 WED (b03jb3n7)

Hello Cheeky 08:00 MON (b0133g70)

Hello Cheeky 12:00 MON (b0133g70)

Hello Cheeky 19:00 MON (b0133g70)

I Think I've Got a Problem 23:00 SUN (b00cfzrq)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 07:30 MON (b09fy1qh)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 17:30 MON (b09fy1qh)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 22:00 MON (b09fy1qh)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 05:30 TUE (b09fy1qh)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:00 FRI (b00vdc3h)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:00 FRI (b00vdc3h)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:00 FRI (b00vdc3h)

In and Out of the Kitchen 22:30 TUE (b01qw8m7)

In the Psychiatrist's Chair 14:15 SAT (b06sb28z)

In the Psychiatrist's Chair 02:15 SUN (b06sb28z)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SAT (b09gjzcr)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 SUN (b09gjzcr)

Isy Suttie's Love Letters 22:30 SAT (b0435hrn)

Just a Minute 09:00 MON (b00tmkr5)

Just a Minute 16:00 MON (b00tmkr5)

Just a Minute 04:00 TUE (b00tmkr5)

Kalangadog Junction 04:30 SAT (b09g8kzt)

Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go 14:00 MON (b09jc5kk)

Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go 02:00 TUE (b09jc5kk)

Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go 14:00 TUE (b09jc80z)

Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go 02:00 WED (b09jc80z)

Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go 14:00 WED (b09jc9ps)

Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go 02:00 THU (b09jc9ps)

Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go 14:00 THU (b09jcdv9)

Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go 02:00 FRI (b09jcdv9)

Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go 14:00 FRI (b09jclw9)

Lauren Beukes - The Problem with Talitha 18:45 SUN (b046j42x)

Lauren Beukes - The Problem with Talitha 00:45 MON (b046j42x)

Listen Against 23:00 FRI (b0089j50)

Living with Betty 09:30 MON (b09gvdzc)

Living with Betty 16:30 MON (b09gvdzc)

Living with Betty 04:30 TUE (b09gvdzc)

MR James - The Backward Glance 18:00 SUN (b007k1j7)

MR James - The Backward Glance 00:00 MON (b007k1j7)

Marilynne Robinson - Gilead 02:00 SAT (b09hly9l)

Mark Thomas: The Manifesto 23:30 SAT (b00qjx5j)

Martin Jameson - Ice 18:00 MON (b007jlns)

Martin Jameson - Ice 00:00 TUE (b007jlns)

Martin Jameson - Ice 18:00 TUE (b007jlp2)

Martin Jameson - Ice 00:00 WED (b007jlp2)

Martin Jameson - Ice 18:00 WED (b007jlpb)

Martin Jameson - Ice 00:00 THU (b007jlpb)

Micky Flanagan: What Chance Change? 07:30 SUN (b00sg13d)

Micky Flanagan: What Chance Change? 17:30 SUN (b00sg13d)

Micky Flanagan: What Chance Change? 22:00 SUN (b00sg13d)

Micky Flanagan: What Chance Change? 05:30 MON (b00sg13d)

Moshin Hamid - Exit West (Omnibus) 14:30 SUN (b09glnp1)

Moshin Hamid - Exit West (Omnibus) 02:30 MON (b09glnp1)

Musical Legends 18:30 WED (b0139466)

Musical Legends 00:30 THU (b0139466)

Nicola Upson - An Expert in Murder (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (b09gkk10)

Nicola Upson - An Expert in Murder (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b09gkk10)

Nicola Upson - An Expert in Murder (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b09gkk10)

No Tomatoes 22:45 WED (b0081b7p)

Not in Front of the Children 08:00 THU (b059c408)

Not in Front of the Children 12:00 THU (b059c408)

Not in Front of the Children 19:00 THU (b059c408)

Old Harry's Game 22:00 SAT (b008qsz5)

People Talking 09:00 SAT (b09ggc2f)

People Talking 19:00 SAT (b09ggc2f)

Peter Ling - Moonbeam and Mrs Pat 16:00 SUN (b00756hj)

Peter Ling - Moonbeam and Mrs Pat 04:00 MON (b00756hj)

Plantagenet 03:00 SAT (b011djb6)

Plantagenet 10:00 MON (b02qf2hv)

Plantagenet 15:00 MON (b02qf2hv)

Plantagenet 03:00 TUE (b02qf2hv)

Plantagenet 10:00 TUE (b02qnn10)

Plantagenet 15:00 TUE (b02qnn10)

Plantagenet 03:00 WED (b02qnn10)

Plantagenet 10:00 WED (b02qtfn6)

Plantagenet 15:00 WED (b02qtfn6)

Plantagenet 03:00 THU (b02qtfn6)

Plantagenet 10:00 THU (b09gydv9)

Plantagenet 15:00 THU (b09gydv9)

Plantagenet 03:00 FRI (b09gydv9)

Plantagenet 10:00 FRI (b09gz3wn)

Plantagenet 15:00 FRI (b09gz3wn)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (b09jbtyr)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (b09jbtyr)

Radio 9 23:30 WED (b04hkfq5)

Radio Shuttleworth 22:30 FRI (b00cq188)

Recorded for Training Purposes 22:30 THU (b00hdd69)

Revolting People 23:00 TUE (b00ww9fh)

Safety Catch 05:00 SAT (b0184tdb)

Sarah Millican's Support Group 23:00 THU (b010twf6)

Simon Bovey - The Voice of God 00:00 SAT (b007jwlh)

Skylines 11:00 THU (b045c65w)

Skylines 21:00 THU (b045c65w)

Skylines 11:00 FRI (b0460zmx)

Skylines 21:00 FRI (b0460zmx)

Soul Music 00:30 SAT (b076cg3q)

Soul Music 18:30 FRI (b077gd5b)

Stories from Songwriters 11:00 MON (b042l2xw)

Stories from Songwriters 21:00 MON (b042l2xw)

Stories from Songwriters 11:00 TUE (b042z66n)

Stories from Songwriters 21:00 TUE (b042z66n)

Stories from Songwriters 11:00 WED (b043wk19)

Stories from Songwriters 21:00 WED (b043wk19)

The Adventures of John and Tony 09:30 TUE (b007k1s6)

The Adventures of John and Tony 16:30 TUE (b007k1s6)

The Adventures of John and Tony 04:30 WED (b007k1s6)

The Al Read Show 08:00 SUN (b008xzwj)

The Al Read Show 12:00 SUN (b008xzwj)

The Beat Hotel 06:30 TUE (b01p0sb1)

The Beat Hotel 13:30 TUE (b01p0sb1)

The Beat Hotel 20:30 TUE (b01p0sb1)

The Beat Hotel 01:30 WED (b01p0sb1)

The Cavity Within 07:00 WED (b00770ns)

The Cavity Within 17:00 WED (b00770ns)

The Cavity Within 05:00 THU (b00770ns)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 SAT (b09gzfhy)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 SUN (b09gzfsr)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 MON (b09gzg24)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 WED (b09gzg6v)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 FRI (b09gzgmy)

The Goon Show 08:30 THU (b007swcz)

The Goon Show 12:30 THU (b007swcz)

The Goon Show 19:30 THU (b007swcz)

The Ken Dodd Show 08:00 TUE (b0516tq7)

The Ken Dodd Show 12:00 TUE (b0516tq7)

The Ken Dodd Show 19:00 TUE (b0516tq7)

The King of Light Music 01:30 SAT (b0090qmd)

The Listening Project 11:50 SUN (b03kk9bw)

The Listening Project 19:50 SUN (b03kk9bw)

The Masterson Inheritance 23:30 THU (b007jswh)

The Men From the Ministry 08:30 TUE (b012n3rv)

The Men From the Ministry 12:30 TUE (b012n3rv)

The Men From the Ministry 19:30 TUE (b012n3rv)

The Moth Radio Hour 11:00 SUN (b09glmgh)

The Moth Radio Hour 19:00 SUN (b09glmgh)

The Navy Lark 08:00 WED (b00yspj3)

The Navy Lark 12:00 WED (b00yspj3)

The Navy Lark 19:00 WED (b00yspj3)

The Now Show 23:00 MON (b09fzt7z)

The Now Show 09:00 TUE (b09fzt7z)

The Pillow Book 13:00 SAT (b09gjzcp)

The Pillow Book 01:00 SUN (b09gjzcp)

The Problem With Adam Bloom 23:30 MON (b00gswf0)

The Real Patron Saints 06:30 THU (b00768vq)

The Real Patron Saints 13:30 THU (b00768vq)

The Real Patron Saints 20:30 THU (b00768vq)

The Real Patron Saints 01:30 FRI (b00768vq)

The Rest Is History 04:00 SAT (b04wrycv)

The Rest Is History 09:00 FRI (b04y9v20)

The Rest Is History 16:00 FRI (b04y9v20)

The Sit Crom 09:30 WED (b00mf205)

The Sit Crom 16:30 WED (b00mf205)

The Sit Crom 04:30 THU (b00mf205)

Tina Brown - The Vanity Fair Diaries (Omnibus) 09:00 SUN (b09gl7d8)

Tina Brown - The Vanity Fair Diaries (Omnibus) 20:00 SUN (b09gl7d8)

Vent 23:30 TUE (b01glrp7)

Weak at the Top 23:30 SUN (b00tjnmq)

What Is a Story? 15:45 SUN (b061tpq2)

What Is a Story? 03:45 MON (b061tpq2)

Winston 07:00 MON (b007np4w)

Winston 17:00 MON (b007np4w)

Winston 05:00 TUE (b007np4w)

Wordaholics 16:00 TUE (b04hyrq3)

Wordaholics 04:00 WED (b04hyrq3)

World Book Club 10:10 SUN (b09glmgf)

World Book Club 21:10 SUN (b09glmgf)

Yes Yes Yes 07:30 SAT (b007kvw5)

Yes Yes Yes 17:30 SAT (b007kvw5)

Yes Yes Yes 05:30 SUN (b007kvw5)