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SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER 2016

SAT 00:00 Midnight News (b07z3cyp)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4. Followed by Weather.

SAT 00:30 Book of the Week (b07z78t8)
The Good Immigrant, The Ungrateful Country, by Musa Okwonga

A collection of essays, edited by Nikesh Shukla, in which writers explore what it means to be Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic in Britain today.

After Musa Okwonga's mother was widowed, a scholarship to prep school and then to Eton made him determined to be 'an unofficial ambassador for black people'. But at what cost? As the role of the immigrant in British society came under pressure once again, it prompted some major decisions for the author who had been born and brought up in a country he was told was great.

The music used in the programme is Englistan by the actor and rapper Riz Ahmed, whose essay Airports and Auditions also features in the collection, The Good Immigrant.

Written and read by Musa Okwonga
Abridged and produced by Jill Waters and Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

SAT 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b07z3cyr)
The latest shipping forecast.

SAT 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b07z3cyt)
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service. BBC Radio 4 resumes at 5.20am.

SAT 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b07z3cyw)
The latest shipping forecast.

SAT 05:30 News Briefing (b07z3cyy)
The latest news from BBC Radio 4.

SAT 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b07z7f0d)
A reading and a reflection to start the day with Canon Jenny Wigley, Rector of Radyr in Cardiff.

SAT 05:45 iPM (b07z7f0g)
'I'm don't want HIV, but I've stopped using condoms' A listener on why he's paying for PrEP pills to avoid the sexually-transmitted virus. With Eddie Mair. And Woman's Hour's Jane Garvey reads the bulletin of listener's stories, Your News. iPM@bbc.co.uk.

SAT 06:00 News and Papers (b07z3cz0)
The latest news headlines. Including a look at the papers.

SAT 06:04 Weather (b07z3cz2)
The latest weather forecast.

SAT 06:07 Ramblings (b07z728k)
Series 34, Suffolk with Geoff Nicholson

Clare Balding walks in Suffolk with the writer Geoff Nicholson. They talk of the history of walking, of flaneurs, pedestrianism and psychogeography. Geoff has delighted in walking all his life; from the daily walk to school,to trips with his father to the Peak District to the rambles he now takes around his new home of Los Angeles. He explains to Clare that his favourite walk is always his next one.
Producer: Lucy Lunt.

SAT 06:30 Farming Today (b07z3cz4)
Farming Today This Week: EU legislation and Brexit

Charlotte Smith discusses how farming and the environment could be regulated post Brexit. Much of agriculture is currently legislated from Brussels - so which of those existing laws should we keep, and which should we ditch?

She's joined in the discussion by two MEPs: Molly Scott Cato for the Green Party and Julie Girling for the Conservatives; and by former Environment minister and Welsh Assembly Member Huw Irranca Davies.

We also hear from a farmer explaining how the current system of subsidies works for him; and from another who receives funding to improve water quality on his land.

Produced by Sally Challoner.

SAT 06:57 Weather (b07z3cz6)
The latest weather forecast.

SAT 07:00 Today (b07zv3gf)
Morning news and current affairs. Including Yesterday in Parliament, Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

SAT 09:00 Saturday Live (b07z3cz8)
Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong, quizmaster, actor, classically trained baritone and occasional oboist shares his love of music and llamas.

Arlene Phillips left home at 22 to follow a career in dance. She founded the dance troupe Hot Gossip, courting controversy with Mary Whitehouse, and went on to work with a string of artists from Aretha Franklin to Robbie Williams and choreographed Hollywood films and West End shows.

Charlie Dark grew up listening to pirate radio in his bedroom and by the time he was a teenager he was sneaking out to attend illegal warehouse parties. He soon became a successful jungle music DJ and travelled the world but he gave it all up to found a group of runners who give back to their community.

Plus Paddy Ashdown shares his Inheritance Tracks and remembers how a failing pig farm irrevocably altered the future of his family.

Producer: Steven Williams

Editor: Karen Dalziel.

SAT 10:30 The Kitchen Cabinet (b07zv3gh)
Series 14, Conwy

Jay Rayner and the culinary panel of experts visit Conwy, North Wales. Answering the audience's questions this week are the food historian Dr Annie Gray, former Masterchef champion Tim Anderson and writer and restaurateur Tim Hayward.

The panel discuss what to do with a surfeit of pears, offer ideas for savoury dishes containing honey, and try to settle the argument over whether cheese should be eaten before or after pudding.

Also, Conwy Mussels owner, Tom Jones, talks about traditional mussel growing methods, Keith Arnold from The National Beekeeping Centre Wales discusses heather honey production and Debbie Leviseur provides the panel with a selection of cheese from the Bodnant Dairy on the Conwy river.

Produced by Darby Dorras
Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett

Food consultant: Anna Colquhoun

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

SAT 11:00 Week in Westminster (b07zv3gk)
George Parker of the Financial Times looks behind the scenes at Westminster.

Is there a split in government between the chancellor and Brexit ministers? What part can parliament play in the Brexit negotiations , and what chance is there that Theresa May might go for an election in the spring? Plus the Green party candidate for Witney -Larry Sanders brother of Bernie Sanders- on elections both here and in the USA.

The editor is Marie Jessel.

SAT 11:30 From Our Own Correspondent (b07z3czb)
Reports from writers and journalists around the world. Presented by Kate Adie.

SAT 12:00 News Summary (b07z3czd)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.

SAT 12:04 Money Box (b07zv3gm)
Annuity Selling and Mis-Selling

More than 90,000 savers may be due compensation due to the way they were sold annuities. If you think you might be one of them, what should you do? Stephen Bayliss of the Better Retirement Group explains.

A new report claims that defined benefit pension schemes are in extremely good financial shape. If that's the case why do we always seem to be hearing about deficits and disaster? Rob Hammond, a Partner at First Actuarial, and Professor David Blake, Director of the Pensions Institute at Cass Business School, discuss.

Asking job seekers to attend regular meetings, hit certain targets and then imposing benefit sanctions on those who don't could be counterproductive. That's according to a new report from the Behavioural Insights Team, the so called Nudge Unit. Paul speaks to its chief-executive David Halpern.

And this week the government abandoned plans to let pensioners raise money by selling their annuities. But the former pensions minister Ros Altmann tells Moneybox why she believes some of those who bought annuities worth less than £10,000 may still be able to sell.

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Reporter: Ed Davey
Producer: Joe Kent
Editor: Richard Vadon.

SAT 12:30 The News Quiz (b07z7d5c)
Jeremy Hardy, Chris Addison, Rebecca Front and Zoe Lyons join Chairman Miles Jupp for the latest edition of the long-running satirical quiz of the week's news.

Trump/Clinton, The Labour Party and Heathrow are just some of the topics tackled by the panel.

Producer: Paul Sheehan.
A BBC Studios Production.

SAT 12:57 Weather (b07z3czg)
The latest weather forecast.

SAT 13:00 News (b07z3czj)
The latest news from BBC Radio 4.

SAT 13:10 Any Questions? (b07z7d5j)
Neil Hamilton AM, Stephen Kinnock MP, Antoinette Sandbach MP, Liz Saville-Roberts MP

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from St Collen's Parish Church in Llangollen, Wales, with the leader of UKIP in the Welsh Assembly Neil Hamilton AM, Labour MP Stephen Kinnock, Conservative MP Antoinette Sandbach, and Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville-Roberts.

SAT 14:00 Any Answers? (b07z3czl)
Listeners have their say on the issues discussed on Any Questions?

SAT 14:30 Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola (b07zv3gp)
Money, Crash

The first drama of in the Emile Zola: Money season, inspired by literature's greatest ever whistle-blower and his epic saga of the Rougon Macquart families.

Adelaide Fouque (Dide) is 104 years old, trapped in her small room in the local asylum, but omniscient as she broods over her extended family. As a young woman, she gave birth to two dynasties that exemplified French society - one legitimate, rich, powerful, obsessive and corrupt; the other illegitimate, poor, vulnerable, weak and depraved. France is on the brink of a new Empire. Her family is a turbulent mix of the good, the bad and the misguided.

Damaged by a lifetime of seizures and her mind scarred by trauma but Dide cannot forget her family. "What did I bring into this world? Wolves... I have raised a family of Wolves... I have watched their years. I will tell their story. Crime by crime. Blood by blood."

The Rougon-Macquart saga, themed around Blood, Sex and Money, is a mash-up of Zola's 20 novels, drawing us into 19th century France and the tragic, farcical reign of Napoleon III, as it marches forward towards a modern, industrialised society.

In this final season, Dide engages in a desperate bid to stop daughter-in-law Félicité Rougon's unscrupulous plans to make the family the ultimate in wealth and politics in all of France.

Crash follows the meteoric rise and spectacular fall of Aristide Rougon, whose wild money making speculations in 19th century France are almost an exact mirror of the money markets of today. As he struggles with Bourse, Dide starts to hatch a plan to get out and reveal the truth about the Rougon Macquart evil deeds to the world.

Dan Rebellato is a Sony nominated writer and Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway.

Dramatised by Dan Rebellato

Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore
Series Producer: Susan Roberts
Executive Producer: Melanie Harris

Produced and Directed by Polly Thomas
A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.

SAT 15:30 Soul Music (b07z43fm)
Series 23, Jerusalem

"Jerusalem" has become a quintessentially middle-class and very English song, but it is held in the hearts and memories of people from different backgrounds and cultures.

There is a bit of cricket - Aggers discusses England's stunning and unexpected victory in the 2005 Ashes. Jerusalem reminds of that extraordinary summer.

We hear from Pamela Davenport, the daughter of a man who felt that the words of Jerusalem highlighted inequality in society; lack of money prevented him fulfilling his academic potential and he died in a care home that didn't care well enough for him.

For the American poet, Ann Lauterbach, the unusual and little-known Paul Robeson version was the theme-tune to her escape from the difficult years of Nixon and Vietnam to 1960s London.

The singer, Janet Shell, recalls the burial of her Great Uncle who was killed during World War One, but whose body was only discovered in 2009.

Susanne Sklar - a scholar of William Blake - discusses the inspiration behind the words of the poem. Probably, she says, he wrote them while awaiting his trial for sedition; he was in trouble for fighting with a soldier who had urinated in his garden.

The composer and writer, Paul Spicer, plays, sings and talks through the tune which was composed by Sir Hubert Parry.



Producer: Karen Gregor.

SAT 16:00 Woman's Hour (b07z3czn)
Weekend Woman's Hour: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lucie Horsch, Joy Spence

The award winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be discussing parenthood, Michelle Obama and her new collaboration with a cosmetics brand.

Hundreds of thousands of black GIs were stationed across the UK during WW2. Many had relationships with local women and some had children but, due to US laws at the time, they were usually refused permission to marry. Jenni talks to Dr Deborah Prior, who was one of those babies and to Professor Lucy Bland of Anglia Ruskin University who hopes to shed light on an under-reported chapter of 20th century social history.

Who'll make it on to this year's Woman's Hour Powerlist which will feature seven women who have made the biggest impact on women's lives over the past seven decades. Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, the MP Nicky Morgan and Professor Sarah Childs will discuss who might make the list from the world of politics?

The genius of the baroque artist Artemesia Gentileschi with Anna Reynolds the Curator of Paintings at the Royal Collection and Jonathan Jones the art critic for the Guardian - why are they both such huge fans?

Hayley Squires star of the new Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake talks about her role as a penniless single mother determined to make a good life for herself and her children.

Joy Spence the world's first female master blender introduces us to the many flavours of a well blended rum.

Plus music from the 17 year old Dutch musician Lucie Horsch , the first recorder player to ever sign a record deal.

Highlights from the Woman's Hour week. Presented by Jane Garvey
Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed
Editor:Beverley Purcell.

SAT 17:00 PM (b07z3czq)
Saturday PM

Full coverage of the day's news.

SAT 17:30 The Bottom Line (b07z728y)
Activist Investors

Are activist investors good or bad for the firms they target? They hunt down companies they think are underperforming. They buy a stake in the business, then lobby for change. Critics say activists want to make a fast buck and then head for the exit. But you could regard these investors as doing a valuable service - challenging poorly performing company boards and making more profit for shareholders. Top UK names like Rolls Royce and John Menzies have been affected. Explore the world of activist investors with Evan Davis. Joining him will be: activist investor, Harlan Zimmerman, senior partner at Cevian Capital; Chris Walton, a company chairman and non-executive director; and Sacha Sadan, director of corporate governance at Legal and General Investment Management.

Producer: Lesley McAlpine.

SAT 17:54 Shipping Forecast (b07z3czs)
The latest shipping forecast.

SAT 17:57 Weather (b07z3czv)
The latest weather forecast.

SAT 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b07z3czx)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.

SAT 18:15 Loose Ends (b07z3d02)
Clive Anderson, Nikki Bedi, Harry Hill, Bonnie Greer, Barry Cryer, Malachi Kirby, Lee Fields & The Expressions. Haley Bonar

Clive Anderson and Nikki Bedi are joined by Harry Hill, Bonnie Greer, Barry Cryer and Malachi Kirby for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from Lee Fields & The Expressions and Haley Bonar.

Producer: Sukey Firth.

SAT 19:00 Profile (b07zv3gr)
Professor Alexis Jay

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

SAT 19:15 Saturday Review (b07z3d04)
David Hare, Ken Loach, The Young Pope, Sebastian Barry, Yves Klein

David Hare's latest play The Red Barn is an adaptation of a Georges Simenon thriller now at London's National Theatre

Ken Loach's new film I Daniel Blake is a typically hard-hitting reflection on the political state of modern Britain. It won this year's Palme d'Or, will it win over the reviewers?

The Young Pope is a new series from Sky Atlantic starring Jude Law as the first American pontiff; new, controversial and unconventional Pope Pius XIII (born Lenny Belardo)

Award-winning Irish novelist Sebastian Barry's newest work Days Without End is set in 1850s America following soldiers fighting in the Indian Wars and then in the Civil War.

We visit the Yves Klein retrospective at Tate Liverpool. He was a leading member of the Nouveau Realisme movement (and invented his own shade of blue) before dying at the age of 34

Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Shahidha Bari, Demetrios Matheou and Polly Samson.

SAT 20:00 Archive on 4 (b07zv3gt)
A Natural History of the Banker

New York Times financial journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin criss-crosses the Atlantic to trace the troubled reputation of bankers over the centuries, in the UK and the USA.

With the global economy still recovering from the crash of 2008, the reputation of high finance often appears to be at an all time low. Banks and the people who run them are a common target of scorn both in pop culture and political debate. The world's masters of money have been brought low - and in full public view. But is banker-bashing really a new phenomenon, or do its roots actually run far deeper?

Andrew Ross Sorkin - author of Too Big to Fail and co-creator of the TV show Billions - traces the reputation of bankers, from the mysterious stockbrokers of late 17th century London to the shock crashes of 1929 and 2008 and the success of films such as Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. He asks if we have always been ambivalent about the financial world and those who make it tick.

Featuring economist J K Galbraith, financier Charlie Munger, director Oliver Stone, anthropologist Karen Ho and historian Lucy Inglis.

Produced by Alice Bloch and Victoria Shepherd.

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

SAT 21:00 Drama (b07z3hpp)
Graham Greene - The Confidential Agent, Episode 2

Dramatised by Nick Perry

Directed by Sally Avens

Graham Greene's masterful tale of suspense. When Edgar Dominguez is sent to England on a mission to arrange a supply of coal for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War it seems a straightforward business negotiation; but no sooner does he set foot on English soil he finds himself a hunted man, with seemingly no one he can trust and implicated in the murder of a young girl. Determined to avenge her murder and complete his deal Dominguez turns from the hunted to the hunter.

Greene wrote The Confidential Agent at the same time as his masterpiece The Power and The Glory. It was written in six weeks in 1938 as England stood on the brink of war, and the story is suffused with paranoia, distrust and urgency. He wrote it as an 'Entertainment' with the hope of getting a film made of the book and therefore providing much needed income for his family, in which he succeeded. A tense thriller where the hero must avoid trap after trap that is set for him haunted by the memory of his dead wife and his own time in prison awaiting execution.

SAT 22:00 News and Weather (b07z3d08)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4, followed by weather.

SAT 22:15 The Reith Lectures (b07z43ds)
Kwame Anthony Appiah: Mistaken Identities, Creed

Philosopher and cultural theorist Kwame Anthony Appiah argues that when considering religion we overestimate the importance of scripture and underestimate the importance of practice.

He begins with the complexities of his own background, as the son of an English Anglican mother and a Ghanaian Methodist father. He turns to the idea that religious faith is based around unchanging and unchangeable holy scriptures. He argues that over the millennia religious practice has been quite as important as religious writings. He provides examples from Jewish, Christian, Islamic and Buddhist texts to show that they are often contradictory and have been interpreted in different ways at different times, for example on the position of women and men in Islam. He argues that fundamentalists are a particularly extreme example of this mistaken scriptural determinism.

The lecture is recorded in front of audience at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The series is presented and chaired by Sue Lawley. Future lectures will examine identity in the contexts of country, colour and culture.

The producer is Jim Frank.

SAT 23:00 Quote... Unquote (b07z414v)
Quote ... Unquote, the popular quotations quiz, returns for its 40th anniversary series.

For forty years, Nigel Rees has been joined by writers, actors, musicians, scientists and various comedy types. Kenneth Williams, Judi Dench, PD James, Larry Adler, Ian KcKellen, Peter Cook, Kingsley Amis, Peter Ustinov... have all graced the Quote Unquote stage.

Join Nigel as he quizzes a host of guests on the origins of sayings and well-known quotes, and gets the panel to share their favourite anecdotes.

Episode 5

Comedian and writer Arnold Brown
Director, producer and author Lissa Evans
Educationalist and writer Christopher Frayling
Author and critic Erica Wagner

Presenter ... Nigel Rees
Reader ... Charlotte Green
Producer ... Carl Cooper
Production co-ordinator ... George Pierpoint

This is a BBC Studios Production.

SAT 23:30 Conversations on a Bench (b07z3hpt)
Anna Scott-Brown hears more stories from the people who stop to sit beside her on benches around the country. In this edition she is joined in Mumbles, on a bench overlooking Swansea Bay, by locals, holidaymakers and the family of the person to whom the bench is dedicated.

Throughout the programme, a specially commissioned work by poet Owen Sheers draws on the voices and stories of those who sit and contemplate the inscription, "Born to be Wild - Dinks Nash -Loved Forever."

The views from the bench of the Gower Peninsula and the threatened Tata Steelworks evoke stories of migration and community, of division and cohesion, and of grief for what has gone we well as celebration for what lives on.

Hidden lives are revealed and common threads recur as Anna Scott-Brown's gentle - but insistent and sometimes extremely direct - questions elicit poignant and profound responses from those sitting on the bench.

Presenter: Anna Scott-Brown
Producer: Adam Fowler
An Overtone production for BBC Radio 4.


SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 2016

SUN 00:00 Midnight News (b07zxgj0)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4. Followed by Weather.

SUN 00:30 If I Only Had... (b04d4v81)
If I Only Had a Heart

Stories inspired by the iconic MGM film adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic novel The Wizard of Oz.

Inspired by the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion's quest to find Brains, Heart and Courage, Ian Sansom, Morwenna Banks and Colin Carberry bring us a series of three stories about people who find themselves in unexpected situations, which challenge them to display qualities they never realized they had all along, or which find them looking at their lives in a new light in their own personal quests for a brain, a heart, and the nerve.

If I Only Had a Heart
Read by Vicky McClure

Writer and performer Morwenna Banks takes us to a hospital bedside where a mother waits nervously for news that could save her son's life.


Writer ...... Morwenna Banks
Reader ...... Vicky McClure
Producer ..... Heather Larmour.

SUN 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b07zxgj2)
The latest shipping forecast.

SUN 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b07zxgj5)
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service. BBC Radio 4 resumes at 5.20am.

SUN 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b07zxgj7)
The latest shipping forecast.

SUN 05:30 News Briefing (b07zxgj9)
The latest news from BBC Radio 4.

SUN 05:43 Bells on Sunday (b07zxk1t)
All Saints Church, Allesley

This week's Bells on Sunday comes from All Saints Church, Allesley, in the West Midlands. There's been a church on this site for over 800 years. Until 1901 the bells hung as an anti-clockwise ring of 5, but then a clockwise frame for 6 bells was installed. In 1947 two new bells were hung to make a ring of 8, which we hear now ringing Cambridge Surprise Major.

SUN 05:45 Profile (b07zv3gr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Saturday]

SUN 06:00 News Headlines (b07zxgjc)
The latest national and international news.

SUN 06:05 Something Understood (b07zxgjf)
Holding On to Our Dreams

The value of day dreaming is a vexed question. Joseph was a dreamer, but so was Billy Liar.

Mark Tully considers attitudes towards aspirations, dreams and ambitions and asks whether we need our dreams or whether they are merely a kind of self destructive escapism.

There are readings from the persecuted pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Indian teacher Krishnamurti and contemporary poet Jan Beatty - with music ranging from Hubert Parry to Linda Ronstadt and Roy Orbison.

The readers are Adjoa Andoh, Jonathan Broadbent and Francis Cadder.

Presenter: Mark Tully
Producer: Frank Stirling
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

SUN 06:35 On Your Farm (b07zxk1y)
Cheese Robots

Ruth Sanderson visits a dairy in Somerset to see their new cheese-turning robot. Tom and Richard Calver make very traditional cheeses on a small scale using unpasteurised milk from their own cows but they're not afraid to make use of the latest technology.

Produced by Beatrice Fenton.

SUN 06:57 Weather (b07zxgjh)
The latest weather forecast.

SUN 07:00 News and Papers (b07zxgjk)
The latest news headlines. Including a look at the papers.

SUN 07:10 Sunday (b07zxgjm)
The Young Pope, Holiday hunger, Scientology

Monsignor Nizar Semaan of the Syriac Catholic Church speaks to Edward Stourton about the hopes and fears of displaced Iraqi Christians as the operation to retake Mosul from the so-called Islamic State continues.

The link between freedom of religion or belief and the prevention of violent extremism was the subject of a conference hosted by the Foreign Office this week. Trevor Barnes went along to hear the arguments.

This half term, an estimated 13 thousand meals will be served to children who would usually have free school lunches. Rachel Warwick, founder and director of 'Make Lunch', the Christian Charity behind the scheme, explores the notion of 'holiday hunger' and the impact of the rising cost of living on the UK's poorest households.

The political machinations of the Vatican have inspired HBO's new 10-part series, 'The Young Pope', starring Jude Law. The Tablet's arts editor Joanna Moorhead and Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith from the Catholic Herald discuss the continuing appeal of the Church as a subject for film-makers and authors.

A new shrine is being inaugurated at St Dominic's Priory in London to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the foundation of the Dominican Order. Ed Adoo explores the role of shrines and their relevance today.

Journalist Steve Cannane shares some of the revelations from his new book about Scientology.

And Radio 2's Faith in the World Week explores the theme of beauty and our relationship with it. The Bishop of Gloucester Rachel Treweek speaks to Sunday about the work she is doing with young people on the subject of body image and self-esteem.

Producers:
Dan Tierney
David Cook

Editor:
Christine Morgan.

SUN 07:54 Radio 4 Appeal (b07zxk20)
Bag Books

Michael Morpurgo makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of Bag Books.
Registered Charity Number 1026432
To Give:
- Freephone 0800 404 8144
- Freepost BBC Radio 4 Appeal. (That's the whole address. Please do not write anything else on the front of the envelope). Mark the back of the envelope 'Bag Books'
- Cheques should be made payable to 'Bag Books'.

SUN 07:57 Weather (b07zxgjp)
The latest weather forecast.

SUN 08:00 News and Papers (b07zxgjr)
The latest news headlines. Including a look at the papers.

SUN 08:10 Sunday Worship (b07zxgjt)
From Genesis to Revelation

To mark Bible Sunday, the Manga artist and theologian, Siku, brings the Bible to life in a way it has never been heard before. He takes the story from Genesis to Revelation in a service that combines music, prayer and bible readings with the drama of the overarching narrative of the bestselling book of all time.

This is a book that has changed the world and the lives of many individuals. It has inspired art, literature and music. It is regarded by many as the foundation of western thought, culture and morality.

It's a story of pride and passion, faith and hope in which nations and powers rise and fall. It is filled with fascinating twists and turns, colourful characters and beautiful poetry as the narrative develops from creation to the end of the world.

Traditional choral music, hymns and contemporary gospel songs are interwoven with the biblical narrative, providing both a moment for reflection and an augmentation of this account of scripture. The Huddersfield Singers and AINE are directed by Alexander Douglas and accompanied by Graham Eccles.

Producer: Katharine Longworth.

SUN 08:48 A Point of View (b07z7d5m)
Shylock's Mock Appeal

Howard Jacobson applauds the granting of an appeal by Shylock in a mock trial in Venice as a symbolic revoking of a bad decision in Shakespeare's play.

"It's natural to rage against wrong decisions, miscarrriages of justice or the inclemencies of nature, but the more fanciful of us go further and imagine that some power will intervene and make things right again."

Producer: Sheila Cook.

SUN 08:58 Tweet of the Day (b03k7177)
Knot

Tweet of the Day is a series of fascinating stories about our British birds inspired by their calls and songs.

David Attenborough presents the knot. Knot are dumpy waders which breed in the high Arctic but winter in hundreds of thousands on our estuaries and salt-marshes. Crammed together shoulder to shoulder at the water's edge, you can see how they got their scientific name Calidris canutus...a tribute to King Canute who discovered, despite his best attempts, that he didn't have the power to turn back the tides.

SUN 09:00 Broadcasting House (b07zxgjw)
Sunday morning magazine programme with news and conversation about the big stories of the week. Presented by Paddy O'Connell.

SUN 10:00 The Archers Omnibus (b07zxmdf)
Rex is argumentative, and Helen is ready to move forward.

SUN 11:15 Desert Island Discs (b07zxmdh)
Jackie Kay

Kirsty Young's castaway is the poet and writer Jackie Kay. Born in Edinburgh in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father, she was adopted as a baby by a white Scottish couple, Helen and John Kay, and grew up in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow. Her father worked for the Communist Party and her mother was the Scottish secretary for CND. She began to write seriously at the age of 17 when recovering from a moped accident, and while reading English at the University of Stirling she became a feminist and politically active in the arena of gay and lesbian rights and racial equality.

Her first book of poetry, the partly autobiographical The Adoption Papers, was published in 1991 and won the Saltire Society Scottish First Book Award. She won the 1994 Somerset Maugham Award for Other Lovers, the Guardian Fiction Prize for Trumpet and in 2010 published Red Dust Road, an account of her search for her biological parents. She is now Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University and Chancellor of Salford University and was appointed Makar - Scotland's Poet Laureate - in March 2016.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

SUN 12:00 News Summary (b07zxgjy)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.

SUN 12:04 The Unbelievable Truth (b07z4151)
Series 17, Episode 3

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

Tony Hawks, Richard Osman, Clive Anderson and Vicki Pepperdine are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as chairs, medicine, prisons and video games.

The show is devised by Graeme Garden and Jon Naismith, the team behind Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

Produced by Jon Naismith
A Random Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

SUN 12:32 Food Programme (b07zxnh3)
Terra Madre Part 2: A Global Food Gathering

From ancient Egyptian bread to Native American food, Dan Saladino reports from Terra Madre.

SUN 12:57 Weather (b07zxgk0)
The latest weather forecast.

SUN 13:00 The World This Weekend (b07zxgk2)
Global news and analysis.

SUN 13:30 Hardeep's Sunday Lunch (b07zxnh5)
Series 5, Song of Voice

Over the past few weeks Hardeep Singh Kohli has been travelling the country cooking for people and in return hearing some extraordinary stories. In the last programme in this series Hardeep travels to Wiltshire to cook lunch for Jonathan Bryan and his parents Christopher and Chantal. Jonathan was born after his mother was injured in a car crash. Starved of oxygen in the womb he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and for the next few months his parents had to make difficult decisions about whether or not to continue his treatment. Jonathan is now 10 years old and throughout his life he's been non-verbal, that was until last year. Through the perseverance of his parents, who taught him to read and write, he was at last able to communicate with his eyes. Hardeep talks to Jonathan and his parents about how he is starting to find his own voice in the world.

Producer: Amanda Hancox.

SUN 14:00 Gardeners' Question Time (b07z7bwh)
Belfast 2

Eric Robson and the panel are in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Joining Eric this week are Matthew Wilson, Bunny Guinness and Bob Flowerdew.

The panel offers advice on the best plants to grow up a trellis, they give top tips on growing tulips and debate the best plants for a community garden.

Also, Pippa Greenwood chats to Berkshire bat expert, James Shipman, to learn how to encourage bats into the garden and why these nocturnal mammals are beneficial to your plot.

Produced by Darby Dorras
Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

SUN 14:45 The Listening Project (b07zy2xl)
Sunday Omnibus

Fi Glover introduces conversations between women about postnatal depression and cerebral malaria - and fancy dress and ceilidhs - in the Omnibus edition of the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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

Producer: Marya Burgess.

SUN 15:00 Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola (b07zy2xn)
Money, Massacre

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola: Season 3 Money
Massacre by Martin Jameson
In a radical re-imagining of Zola's classic novel Germinal, the powerful Rougon brothers - Eugene and Aristide - become embroiled in a volatile miners' strike in North East France, whilst their grandmother plots her escape from the asylum at Tulettes.

Director/Producer Gary Brown.

SUN 16:00 Open Book (b07zy2xq)
Sebastian Barry; Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman; Helen Dunmore on Louis MacNeice; literary news from Sri Lanka

As part of the BBC's #lovetoread season Open Book explores writing across the generations: in 2012 award winning novelist Margaret Atwood agreed to mentor relative newcomer, Naomi Alderman. Over the last four years they've developed a close and fruitful friendship. As Naomi publishes the book she wrote during this time - The Power - they talk to Open Book about how they work, and write, and travel together.

Also on the programme Sebastian Barry discusses Days Without End, his harrowing account of an Irishman fighting in the nineteenth century American Wars, Anuk Arudpragasam sends literary news from northern Sri Lanka and Helen Dunmore reveals the book she'd never lend.

SUN 16:30 Africa's Digital Poets (b07zy2xs)
Another Kind of Stage

In the first of two programmes, Johannesburg based poet Thabiso Mohare looks at the way digital platforms are serving poets across the continent, from emerging writers to established voices, and those carrying forward ancient oral traditions.

Thabiso Mohare ('Afurakan') is one of the poets and entrepreneurs spearheading developments in spoken word poetry in South Africa, and exploring the possibilities of what the digital space can offer poets in countries where there's a lack of publishing infrastructure, or publishers are pulling back from poetry. Thabiso talks to the digital pioneers who, as part of the broader tech revolution in a mobile-first continent, are offering poets across Africa a new outlet for presenting their work in a digital age.

The poets who are benefitting aren't just those below the age of 35, with a smartphone and wifi access, based in the major cities. Badilisha Poetry X-Change, a website based in Cape Town, is creating an online audio archive of the work of African master poets across the continent, some of whom recite rather than recording their work in book form, so the site is doing valuable work in preserving and archiving oral traditions. Linda Kaoma is Badilisha's Project Manager, and it's her job to track down such poets, however remote they are, and record them. Also based in Cape Town, but looking north across the whole of Africa, Bozza offers the opportunity for anyone with an internet connection to share their poetry, music and video content, in any language, and talk to their own community.

Thabiso talks to Mak Manaka, one of the poets excited by the opportunities to carve their own path, not only against those who value a published collection as proof of your worth, but also against the European model of success. And he talks to a mentor from the older generation, Professor Keorapatse Kgositsile, the poet laureate of South Africa, to see what he makes of it all, asking what the role of the poet has always been in African societies and how that translates into the online space, and what he sees the pitfalls as being.

SUN 17:00 File on 4 (b07z45x2)
Changing Tides: Can the UK keep its renewable energy promises?

The world's first tidal lagoon power station in Wales, which was in the Conservative manifesto, has stalled, as the government seems to be baulking at the price. The Swansea Bay lagoon, and five more that would follow around the country, would generate as much electricity as Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. But does the government's commitment to the wave of new nuclear threaten the future of renewable energy in the UK?

Jane Deith hears about the options the government's considered to meet an EU target of providing 15% of energy from renewables by 2020. Does the answer lie in buying in renewable power from Norway, or 'credit transfers' from countries who've hit their targets? Or does the commitment need to renegotiated completely?

With growing pressure to keep a lid on bills, will renewables come second to economic interests?

Reporter: Jane Deith
Producer: Rob Cave.

SUN 17:40 Profile (b07zv3gr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Saturday]

SUN 17:54 Shipping Forecast (b07zxgk4)
The latest shipping forecast.

SUN 17:57 Weather (b07zxgk6)
The latest weather forecast.

SUN 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b07zxgk9)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.

SUN 18:15 Pick of the Week (b07zxgkc)
Adrian Goldberg

Adrian Goldberg with the best of BBC Radio this week

Bruce Springsteen features but he isn't singing - he's talking about the hairdo that was a hairdon't where he grew up. However, there are songs aplenty albeit from unexpected sources. Barbara Windsor with the tune that made her name - whatever would they have made of that down the Old Vic? And the honeyguide birds who lead hunters to the beehive - but only if the humans join in a lyrical call and response.

There are tragedies movingly remembered - Aberfan and the Paris attacks; the man who hoaxed a scammer, and Referendum Tales from the Listening Project.

There's plenty of comedy too with Ed Reardon and Mae Martin along with the rousing anthem Jerusalem.

Producer: Stephen Garner
Production Support: Kay Bishton.

SUN 19:00 The Archers (b07zy2xv)
Alice has a job on her hands, and Roy strikes a pose.

SUN 19:15 Mark Thomas: The Manifesto (b01rw3ym)
Series 5, Episode 3

Comedian Mark Thomas compiles audience policy ideas from The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury. Tonight's manifesto includes demands that farmers stop spraypainting sheep, that we abandon the recycling of plastic bottles and that a Land Value Tax replace all other taxation. Produced by Colin Anderson.

SUN 19:45 Snip-snip (b07zy5c4)
"They only had one rule.
Stay out of the hold..."

When ten year old Nicky finds himself aboard a boat from his homeland of Russia en route to England where a life of promised adventures and the opportunity to play football awaits, he inadvertently stumbles on a dark, sinister, and terrifying secret.

Sarah Hilary takes us into an ominous and disturbing hidden world in her latest story for Radio 4. Sarah is the author of the Marnie Rome series of crime novels, the first of which, 'Someone Else's Skin' won the 2015 Crime Novel of the Year Award.

Reader ..... Alex Lawther
Producer ..... Heather Larmour.

SUN 20:00 Feedback (b07zy5c8)
The editor of Today defends his programme against audience accusations of sexism in its coverage of Donald Trump's obscene comments, and a listener goes behind the scenes at Radio 5Live.

When the Today programme ran an item on so-called "locker-room banter" following Donald Trump's comments about women, it prompted an angry reaction from the guest who had been invited to discuss the story on air. Laura Bates from Everyday Sexism accused the programme of a serious error of judgement in conflating two very different issues. Today's editor, Jamie Angus, tells Roger Bolton why he thinks he was right to run the item.

Also, listener Tony Baker goes behind the scenes at BBC Radio 5Live Drive as they cover the victory parade of Britain's successful Olympians and Paralympian teams.

The BBC's Head of Newsgathering, Jonathan Munro, explains why budget cuts means fewer presenters being jetted off to foreign climes to cover international stories.

And Fi Glover, the presenter of Radio 4's The Listening Project, talks about the decision to devote a week of programmes to Brexit.

Presenter: Roger Bolton
Producer: Kate Dixon
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

SUN 20:30 Last Word (b07z7bwn)
Jean Alexander, Trinh Thi Ngo, Ian Mercer, Joseph Harmatz, Joan Marie Johnson

Matthew Bannister on

Jean Alexander - the actress best known for playing Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street.

Trinh Thi Ngo. Nicknamed Hanoi Hannah, she broadcast propaganda to American GIs during the Vietnam war.

Ian Mercer the naturalist who became the first Dartmoor National Park officer and the first Chief Executive of the Countryside Council for Wales.

Joseph Harmatz, part of a group of Jewish vigilantes who set out to murder millions of Germans just after the second world war.

And Joan Marie Johnson - one of the three women singers in the Dixie Cups who scored a major hit with The Chapel of Love.

Producer: Neil George.

SUN 21:00 Money Box (b07zv3gm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:04 on Saturday]

SUN 21:26 Radio 4 Appeal (b07zxk20)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:54 today]

SUN 21:30 Analysis (b07z4157)
Brexit and Northern Ireland

Is the island of Ireland where Brexit will matter most? Edward Stourton visits Londonderry, right on the Irish border, to explore what's at stake as the UK leaves the EU. Some locals fear the border across Ireland - as the EU's new external border - will harden, causing great practical and economic difficulty and even threatening the Northern Ireland peace process. Others say change the will matter far less, and that peace is now guaranteed. While people in Derry ask anxious questions, we'll hear too how policy makers in London and Dublin face a particular challenge in making Brexit work.
Producer: Chris Bowlby.

SUN 22:00 Westminster Hour (b07zxgkf)
Weekly political discussion and analysis with MPs, experts and commentators.

SUN 23:00 The Film Programme (b07z728m)
David Oyelowo

With Francine Stock.

Actor and producer David Oyelowo outlines his plans to revolutionize the British film industry and to make films that are genuinely diverse and reflective of the United Kingdom. Oyelowo argues that industry orthodoxies about what audiences want are "lies". And he explains why his son assumed that he would be playing the best friend, and not the male lead, in his new film The Queen Of Katwe.

Francine visits Mouth That Roars, an organisation based in Hackney which trains teenagers in film production, many of whom are from communities that are under-represented in British Cinema. Denise Rose explains how her company is trying to redress the balance.

The result of the BFI poll to find the best loved performance by a black star is announced exclusively on the programme.

SUN 23:30 Something Understood (b07zxgjf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:05 today]


MONDAY 24 OCTOBER 2016

MON 00:00 Midnight News (b07zxgmh)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4. Followed by Weather.

MON 00:15 Thinking Allowed (b07z4djc)
House of Commons - Voting and Inequality

The House of Commons - an anthropologist's guide to the political 'tribe'. Emma Crewe, Professorial Research Associate at SOAS, spent two years doing interviews in the Palace of Westminster and MPs constituencies. She talks to Laurie Taylor about her study, which provides a fascinating glimpse into the hidden mechanisms of parliamentary democracy. She's joined by Lord Daniel Finkelstein, political commentator and associate editor at The Times.

Also, Anne Phillips, Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science, asks if inequality impacts on rates of voting in general elections.
Producer: Jayne Egerton.

MON 00:45 Bells on Sunday (b07zxk1t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 05:43 on Sunday]

MON 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b07zxgmk)
The latest shipping forecast.

MON 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b07zxgmm)
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service.

MON 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b07zxgmp)
The latest shipping forecast.

MON 05:30 News Briefing (b07zxgmr)
The latest news from BBC Radio 4.

MON 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b0816w9q)
A reading and a reflection to start the day with Canon Jenny Wigley, Rector of Radyr in Cardiff.

MON 05:45 Farming Today (b07zxgmt)
The latest news about food, farming and the countryside. Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Mark Smalley.

MON 05:56 Weather (b07zxgmw)
The latest weather forecast for farmers.

MON 05:58 Tweet of the Day (b04dvk7n)
Hoatzin

Tweet of the Day is the voice of birds and our relationship with them, from around the world.

Sir David Attenborough presents the South American hoatzin. Moving clumsily through riverside trees the funky Mohican head crested hoatzin looks like it has been assembled by a committee. Hoatzin's eat large quantities of leaves and fruit, and to cope with this diet have a highly specialised digestive system more like that of cattle, which gives them an alternative name, 'stink-bird'.

MON 06:00 Today (b07zxgmy)
News and current affairs. Includes Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

MON 09:00 Start the Week (b07zyg5m)
Microbes, Genes and Human Endeavour

On Start the Week Andrew Marr looks at winners and losers - from microbes and genes, to athletes and adventurers. Ed Yong seeks to expand our understanding of microscopic microbes which inhabit every corner of the earth, and influence our bodies more than we know. Each person's DNA is unique but Adam Rutherford reveals how collectively it tells the story of the history of our species - the successes and the failures. When one's own genetic make-up and hard work aren't enough, there's always chemical enhancement - Jonathan Maitland looks at doping in sport for his latest play, Deny, Deny, Deny. The polar scientist Felicity Aston was the world's first woman to ski alone across the Antarctic and knows what it's like to push your body to the limits. She's now off to Canada's frozen North in search of gold.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

MON 09:45 Book of the Week (b07zyg5p)
Keeping On Keeping On, 2005

Alan Bennett reads extracts from his recently published diaries.

Following on from Alan Bennett's bestselling, award-winning prose collections Writing Home and Untold Stories, Keeping On Keeping On is a newly-published third anthology featuring his unique observations, recollections and reminiscences.

In these entries, covering the years 2005 to 2014, Bennett looks back on a packed decade that included writing four highly-acclaimed plays - The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, all of which premiered at the National Theatre - as well as the screenplays for the hit films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van.

In addition, he reflects on his 25 years of friendship and collaboration with director Nicholas Hytner, life with his partner Rupert Thomas and, radical views notwithstanding, his status as 'kindly, cosy and essentially harmless' - a view which these diaries do their best to disprove.

Today, Alan's play The History Boys has its last production at the National Theatre and he laments the many abandoned pieces he has written.

Abridged and produced by Gordon House.

MON 10:00 Woman's Hour (b07zxgn0)
LeAnn Rimes

Internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter LeAnn Rimes talks to Jane about her twenty-year career and performs her new single, How to Kiss a Boy.

We continue with the Woman's Hour series, Becoming a Mother: A Hot Cup of Tea with Hollie McNish as she travels around the country speaking to mothers and father about how they cope with parenthood. Today she meets Ruby, originally from Sri Lanka, and Shanthini, originally from Tamil Nadu in India. Both have raised their children in the UK.

This year's Power List will celebrate seven women who've made the biggest impact on women's lives over the past seven decades. Today it's food. Who has changed our attitudes to what we eat and how we cook it.

More than half of misogynistic posts by Twitter users in the UK and America are written by women according to a new large-scale study that analysed 19 million tweets over four years. We explore that figure.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore.

MON 10:45 15 Minute Drama (b07zyg5r)
The Pillow Book, Episode 1

Lady Shonagon and Lieutenant Yukinari return for a new series of the popular mystery, The Pillow Book, set in 10th Century Japan.

Shonagon and Yukinari find themselves finally alone in a small house in the country. Their solitude is interrupted by the death of the Empress's father - a man who alone protects the Empress's position at court. And, if the position of the Empress is at risk, so too is the safety and security of Lady Shonagon herself.

The Pillow Book is inspired by the writings of Sei Shonagon, a poet and lady-in-waiting to the Empress of the 10th Century Japanese court.

Written by Robert Forrest.

Directed by Lu Kemp.

A BBC Scotland Production for Radio 4.

MON 11:00 The Untold (b07zyg5t)
The Man the Lions Love to Hate

Mark Godwin has a problem. "A lot of the animals don't really like me. I'm usually the bad news person - if something bad's going to happen, I turn up."
Head keeper at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, he wears sunglasses to avoid upsetting the wolverines, the zebras and the giraffes he sometimes has to dart. There's one lioness who would love to have him for lunch.

The rhinos do seem to like him, but now he has to move one of them on the back of lorry around the M25. Astrid is a celebrity rhino, a bit of a diva they say. When she was born even the Prime Minister came to pay his respects. But now Astrid is three years old she has to be moved, or her dad Monty could try to mount her. But Astrid won't even go in her crate.

Grace Dent introduces a zoo tale with a difference, featuring a blunt speaking keeper just trying to do his job.

The producer is Miles Warde.

MON 11:30 Lemn Sissay's Origin Stories (b07zyg5w)
The Dark Side

Batman was an orphan; Lisbeth Salander, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, was an orphan; Superman was an orphan and a foundling. Cinderella was a foster child. Darth Vader - well, they can't all be winners. Lemn Sissay returns to BBC Radio 4 with a comic and poetic look at the treatment of children raised in care, orphans and foster children in popular culture, comparing them with reality. Because it surely says something about how we view them that we create so many for fiction.

Lemn will explore the gap between fiction and reality, based on his own experiences of growing up in care as well as those of some special guests.

4. The Dark Side
No-one, really, believes they are doing evil. Anakin Skywalker did not become Darth Vader because he liked being bad, he did it because he believed his pregnant wife was in danger - and so began his journey to the Dark Side. In this final, and possibly toughest, episode, Lemn examines his bad choices; where he let himself do the wrong thing - and how he has attempted to make amends. When must you let go of your memories and live?

Written and performed by ... Lemn Sissay
Producer ... Ed Morrish

LEMN SISSAY'S ORIGIN STORIES IS A BBC STUDIOS PRODUCTION.

MON 12:00 News Summary (b07zxgn2)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.

MON 12:04 The Listening Project (b07zyg5y)
The Listening Project: Referendum Tales, Experts and Opinions

Fi Glover with conversations about how the Referendum result affects an EU expert and his relationship, and another about attitudes north and south of the border, as she explores the aftermath of the EU Referendum for the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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

Producer: Marya Burgess.

MON 12:15 You and Yours (b07zxgn4)
Consumer affairs programme with Winifred Robinson.

MON 12:57 Weather (b07zxgn6)
The latest weather forecast.

MON 13:00 World at One (b07zxgn8)
Analysis of news and current affairs.

MON 13:45 The Pursuit of Power (b07zyg60)
The Newly Elected Mayor

"The cry you hear from the public is, why can't they get anything done? The cry you hear from government is, why can't I get anything done?"
In this new five part series the director of the Institute for Government, Bronwen Maddox, sets off in pursuit of power. What is it, and how does it work?

Her interviewees include former secretary of state for Education, Michael Gove; the Momentum activist Barbara Ntumy; and the first female bishop to speak in the House of Lords, the right reverend Rachel Treweek.

In the opening programme you'll hear from the newly elected mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees. He draws on this story to explain being in charge: " It's like having your mouth round a fire hydrant, stuff coming in at volume. How do you manage that, and remember that you're supposed to be leading the way?"

Bronwen Maddox is the former editor of Prospect and became the new director of The Institute for Government in September 2016.
The producer is Miles Warde.

MON 14:00 The Archers (b07zy2xv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Sunday]

MON 14:15 Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola (b07zyg62)
Money, Trapped

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola. Season 3 Money
Trapped by Martin Jameson
Continuing our radical re-imagining of Zola's classic novel Germinal, following the violent collapse of the Montsou miners' strike, Etienne Lantier heads back to work determined to find love where revolution has failed. As his great grandmother contemplates the true nature of struggle, Etienne faces a greater reckoning than he could ever have imagined.

Director/Producer Gary Brown.

MON 15:00 Quote... Unquote (b07zyhpy)
Quote ... Unquote, the popular quotations quiz, returns for its 40th anniversary series.

For forty years, Nigel Rees has been joined by writers, actors, musicians, scientists and various comedy types. Kenneth Williams, Judi Dench, PD James, Larry Adler, Ian KcKellen, Peter Cook, Kingsley Amis, Peter Ustinov... have all graced the Quote Unquote stage.

Join Nigel as he quizzes a host of guests on the origins of sayings and well-known quotes, and gets the panel to share their favourite anecdotes.

Episode 6

Comedian, actor and writer Dan Antopolski
Presenter, actress and author Janet Ellis
Journalist and Broadcaster Kirsty Lang
Journalist and ballroom dancer John Sergeant

Presenter ... Nigel Rees
Reader ... Charlotte Green
Producer ... Carl Cooper
Production co-ordinator ... George Pierpoint

This is a BBC Studios Production.

MON 15:30 Food Programme (b07zxnh3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:32 on Sunday]

MON 16:00 Short Cuts (b07zyhq0)
Series 10, Wild Youth

Falling in love, losing yourself and vicious sibling rivalries - Josie Long presents tales of wild youth. We hear the writer Joe Dunthorne and his sister Leah try to unpick old family scars and the story of a love affair gone awry which ended in armed robbery.

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

MON 16:30 Digital Human (b07zyhq2)
Series 10, Traces

Aleks Krotoski explores life in the digital world.

MON 17:00 PM (b07zxgnb)
Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.

MON 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b07zxgnd)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.

MON 18:30 The Unbelievable Truth (b07zyhq4)
Series 17, Episode 4

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

Tony Hawks, Richard Osman, Clive Anderson and Vicki Pepperdine are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as Australia, leather, oil and crisps.

The show is devised by Graeme Garden and Jon Naismith, the team behind Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

Produced by Jon Naismith
A Random Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

MON 19:00 The Archers (b07zyhq6)
Pat defends Tony, and Susan makes her demands.

MON 19:15 Front Row (b07zxgng)
Arts news, interviews and reviews.

MON 19:45 15 Minute Drama (b07zyg5r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]

MON 20:00 Searching for Tobias (b07zyl4b)
In 2008 Chloe Hadjimatheou was covering Barack Obama's first election campaign when she came across a 15 year old black boy in a Mississippi trailer park. Back then the young Tobias was full of potential and had big dreams of becoming a policeman. 8 years later, Chloe goes in search of him to find what became of him. Did Tobias ever fulfil his wishes and has he prospered in Obama's America?

Produced and presented by Chloe Hadjimatheou
Editor: Penny Murphy.

MON 20:30 Analysis (b07zyl4d)
The Myth of Mobs

In popular imagination, being in a crowd makes people scary and irrational. But is this true? In this edition of Analysis, David Edmonds asks social psychologists - including a leading expert on groups, Steve Reicher - about the psychology of crowds. This is far more than merely a theoretical matter. It has profound implications for how we police crowds.

MON 21:00 Natural Histories (b07z43f8)
Honeyguide

The greater honeyguide is unique: it is the only wild animal that has been proven to selectively interpret human language. Brett Westwood tells the sweet story of a bird that leads human honey hunters to wild bees' nests in order to share the rewards - perhaps one of the oldest cultural partnerships between humans and other animals on Earth. With biologist Claire Spottiswoode, anthropologist Brian Wood, and honey hunters, Lazaro Hamusikili in Zambia and Orlando Yassene in Mozambique, and the calls of the honeyguide. Producer: Tim Dee.

MON 21:30 Start the Week (b07zyg5m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]

MON 21:58 Weather (b07zxgnj)
The latest weather forecast.

MON 22:00 The World Tonight (b07zxgnl)
In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.

MON 22:45 Book at Bedtime (b07zylgx)
Fright Night Shorts, Cookie Jar by Stephen King - Part One

A new short story by Stephen King, adapted for radio in three parts. The first of a series of stories of the supernatural by Stephen King, Kate Mosse and John Connolly. Part 1 of 3.

'I had sort of a peculiar childhood, because my mother was peculiar. Not outright crazy, but very, very peculiar. Stories were her way of staying sane... A way to cover that hole in reality the way you might cover a well with boards so no one would fall in. But her stories stopped working for her. Because the thing she was afraid of was in the house with her all along.'

Cookie Jar is a new short story by Stephen King. It is included in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, published by Hodder.

Abridged and Produced by Mair Bosworth
Read by Colin Stinton
Music by Timothy X Atack.

MON 23:00 Word of Mouth (b07z4423)
Susie Dent on Language

Michael Rosen and Laura Wright talk to Susie Dent, lexicographer and word lover known for her expert contribution to Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. She has been uncovering the secret language tribes of Britain: the words used only between themselves by groups like publicans, binmen and builders..what on earth is "disco rice"?
Producer Beth O'Dea.

MON 23:30 Today in Parliament (b07zyl4g)
Sean Curran reports from Westminster.


TUESDAY 25 OCTOBER 2016

TUE 00:00 Midnight News (b07zxgqc)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4. Followed by Weather.

TUE 00:30 Book of the Week (b07zyg5p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:45 on Monday]

TUE 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b07zxgqf)
The latest shipping forecast.

TUE 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b07zxgqh)
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service.

TUE 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b07zxgqk)
The latest shipping forecast.

TUE 05:30 News Briefing (b07zxgqm)
The latest news from BBC Radio 4.

TUE 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b0812nr7)
A reading and a reflection to start the day with Canon Jenny Wigley, Rector of Radyr in Cardiff.

TUE 05:45 Farming Today (b07zxgqp)
The latest news about food, farming and the countryside. Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

TUE 05:58 Tweet of the Day (b04dvrcj)
Australian Magpie

Tweet of the Day is the voice of birds and our relationship with them, from around the world.

Sir David Attenborough presents the Australian magpie. These large piebald birds with pickaxe bills reminded early settlers of the more familiar European magpie, but in fact they are not crows at all. Australian magpies have melodious voices which can range over four octaves in a chorus of squeaks, yodels and whistles. Pairs or larger groups of magpies take part in a behaviour known as carolling, a harmony of rich fluting calls which marks their territories and helps to cement relationships between the birds.

TUE 06:00 Today (b07zz5mc)
Morning news and current affairs. Including Yesterday in Parliament, Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

TUE 09:00 The Reith Lectures (b07zz5mf)
Kwame Anthony Appiah: Mistaken Identities, Country

The philosopher and cultural theorist Kwame Anthony Appiah argues against a mythical, romantic view of nationhood, saying instead it should rest on a commitment to shared values.

He explores the history of the idea, born in the 19th century, that there are peoples who are bound together by an ancient common spirit and that each of these nations is entitled to its own state. He says this idea is a mistaken one, illustrating his argument through the life story of the writer who took the pen name Italo Svevo - meaning literally Italian Swabian. He was born a citizen of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and became a citizen of the new republic of Italy, all without leaving his home city of Trieste. Appiah argues that states exist as a set of shared beliefs rather than membership of some sort of mythical and ancient group. "What binds citizens together is a commitment," he says, "to sharing the life of a modern state, united by its institutions, procedures and precepts."

The lecture is recorded in front of an audience at the University of Glasgow. The series is presented and chaired by Sue Lawley. Future lectures will examine the themes of colour and culture.

The producer is Jim Frank.

TUE 10:00 Woman's Hour (b07zxgqr)
Programme that offers a female perspective on the world.

TUE 10:45 15 Minute Drama (b07zz5y4)
The Pillow Book, Episode 2

Lady Shonagon and Lieutenant Yukinari return for a new series of the popular mystery, The Pillow Book, set in 10th Century Japan.

Shonagon and Yukinari have returned to the Palace. Shonagon, to attend to her beloved Empress after the death of her father, and Yukinari to investigate the death of a palace lady - who appears to have been murdered by her drunken and deluded husband.

The Pillow Book is inspired by the writings of Sei Shonagon, a poet and lady-in-waiting to the Empress of the 10th Century Japanese court.

Written by Robert Forrest.

Directed by Lu Kemp.

A BBC Scotland Production for Radio 4.

TUE 11:00 Natural Histories (b07zz5y6)
Toad

Unlike frogs, toads have long suffered from a bad press. Thomas Pennant, a Welsh naturalist described them as "The most deformed and hideous of all animals .... its general appearance is such as to strike one with disgust and horror" in 1776, and Shakespeare didn't do much for their PR when he had the three witches toss the toads into the charmed pot in Macbeth. And whilst its true that Toads have glands which contain toxic substances which deter predators, they have also been viewed as evil spirits and a widely held belief concerned the toadstone - a jewel that was supposed to be found inside the toad's head, which could protect the wearer from foul play. Kenneth Grahame did his best to dispel many of these myths when he introduced his readers to the loveable rascal Mr Toad in Wind in the Willows, although this toad terrorised everyone with his wreckless driving! This is somewhat ironic given that thousands of toads are killed every year on our roads by cars as they return to their breeding ponds. But as Brett Westwood discovers, help is at hand - as huge number of volunteers venture out every year to gather up toads from the roads and release them in nearby pools and lakes, to breed once again. All this and an encounter with the bootle organ as Brett explore our relationship with the Toad. Producer Sarah Blunt.

TUE 11:30 Soul Music (b07zz5y8)
Series 23, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Memories of first love, first borns and loss are stirred by The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, the timeless love song written by Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, and made famous by Roberta Flack.

The activist and folk musician Peggy Seeger tells the story of her first meeting with Ewan MacColl, which would inspire him to write the song, and talks about what the song means to her today. MacColl's biographer Ben Harker explains why this song is so different from much of Ewan's other work.

Julie Young talks about singing the song to her son Reagan, who had severe complex needs following a cardiac arrest as a baby, and the writer Louise Janson speaks about what the song came to mean to her as she set out on the path to becoming a mother on her own.

Writer and academic Jason King tells the story of how Roberta Flack came to cover this ballad by a Scottish folk musician, and how it catapulted her to fame. And Kandace Springs, a singer and pianist from Nashville, Tennessee, records her version of the song and talks about why the song is one of the greatest love songs of all time.

Produced by Mair Bosworth.

TUE 12:00 News Summary (b07zxgqt)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.

TUE 12:04 The Listening Project (b07zz5yb)
The Listening Project: Referendum Tales, Different Perspectives

Fi Glover introduces three conversations that demonstrate how life and personal experience inform the decision on how to vote, as she explores the aftermath of the EU Referendum for the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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

Producer: Marya Burgess.

TUE 12:15 You and Yours (b07zxgqw)
Call You and Yours

Consumer phone-in.

TUE 12:57 Weather (b07zxgqy)
The latest weather forecast.

TUE 13:00 World at One (b07zxgr0)
Analysis of news and current affairs.

TUE 13:45 The Pursuit of Power (b080hy61)
Michael Gove

"Power means constructing structures in order to allow individuals to achieve their utmost."
As a former secretary of state, first for education and then justice, Michael Gove MP has seen first hand how power works. It's not, he says, like being Louis XIV king of France and ordering executions - you have to work within constraints.
In a wide ranging interview about education, Brexit and the media, Bronwen Maddox quizzes Gove as she continues her series about how power now works in the UK.

The producer in Bristol is Miles Warde.

TUE 14:00 The Archers (b07zyhq6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Monday]

TUE 14:15 Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola (b07zzg87)
Money, Swindle

Blood Sex and Money by Emile Zola, Season 3 - Money
Swindle by Lavinia Murray

Return of the award winning series. Double Oscar winning actress Glenda Jackson, with Pippa Heywood and Mathew Horne lead this wonderfully wicked episode. Jackson stars as the 104 year old matriarch trapped in a lunatic asylum, whilst her relatives wreak havoc in their greedy endeavours to acquire and make money. Sidonie, takes in her orphaned niece, Pauline, and manages to siphon off her considerable fortune.

Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

Further info: A radical reimagining by writer Lavinia Murray, inspired largely from the novel The Joy of Life from Zola's Rougon-Macquart series. Animals, the first episode from season one, Blood, in this epic series won the BBC Audio and Music Award for Best Drama.

TUE 15:00 The Kitchen Cabinet (b07zv3gh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:30 on Saturday]

TUE 15:30 Costing the Earth (b07zzg89)
Forests of the Orangutan

Some of the last refuges of the Orangutan are under threat. As food manufacturers demand more palm oil for their processed products so the pressure grows on the forests of Indonesia which contain some the last of the Orangutan and some of the world's densest reserves of carbon capturing peat. Peter Hadfield travels to Indonesia to witness the forest being cleared and the peat being burnt.

Producer: Alasdair Cross.

TUE 16:00 Law in Action (b07zzg8c)
Interview with Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions

Thirty years ago the Crown Prosecution Service was established - the body which acts as a gatekeeper to the criminal justice system of England and Wales. Those three decades have not been an easy ride for the CPS, which faced staffing shortages from the start. What's beyond doubt is that a well-run prosecution service is essential if the criminal courts are going to deliver justice.

In this first programme of the new series, Joshua Rozenberg speaks to the current head of the CPS - the Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders.

They discuss how the CPS has changed the legal landscape, as well as some of the key areas of work for the CPS in recent years such as increasing the success rate of rape prosecutions; bringing historical child sexual abuse cases to trial; the recovery of proceeds of crime; and the new challenges social media is presenting for the justice system.

Producer: Richard Fenton-Smith.

TUE 16:30 A Good Read (b07zzg8f)
Cariad Lloyd and Mike Bullen

Cariad Lloyd is an actor, improviser, comedian and writer. And she's outraged to hear that people are not reading Iris Murdoch any more. So she's chosen her Booker Prize winner The Sea, The Sea to bring to the A Good Read table and back into the limelight.
Mike Bullen is the screenwriter of Cold Feet, and Life Begins. And he finds To Rise Again At A Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris laugh-out-loud funny. Humour is such a subjective thing..
LovetoRead is a campaign celebrating the pleasures of reading, and as part of it presenter Harriett Gilbert chooses the book that's most special to her, and explains why: it's The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham.
Which book would you recommend to a friend? Share your own Good Reads using the hashtag #LovetoRead.
Producer Beth O'Dea.

TUE 17:00 PM (b07zxgr2)
Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.

TUE 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b07zxgr4)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.

TUE 18:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b07zzg8h)
Series 11, Episode 4

Comedy. The curmudgeonly author takes listeners through his week.

TUE 19:00 The Archers (b07zzg8k)
Shula wants Alistair to reconsider, and Neil gets in the mood.

TUE 19:15 Front Row (b07zxgr8)
Arts news, interviews and reviews.

TUE 19:45 15 Minute Drama (b07zz5y4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]

TUE 20:00 File on 4 (b07zzg8m)
Behind Closed Doors

This July, days after walking into the top job at number 10, Theresa May renewed her commitment to crack down on modern day slavery, describing it as "the great human rights issue of our time".

The 2015 Modern Slavery Act gave prosecutors more options to pursue offenders, it handed judges the ability to dole out life sentences and promised more protection for victims. But in the clamour to tackle modern slavery, has the plight of overseas domestic workers, who toil in the homes of wealthy overseas visitors as nannies, cooks and cleaners, been forgotten?

This summer File on 4 followed migrant domestic workers as they escaped abusive employers in the dead of night. Through their stories, the programme questions whether recent measures go far enough to adequately protect an invisible workforce who've been tricked and trapped into a life of exploitation.

Reporter: Phillip Kemp
Producers: Sarah Shebbeare & Ben Robinson.

TUE 20:40 In Touch (b07zxgrb)
News, views and information for people who are blind or partially sighted.

TUE 21:00 All in the Mind (b07zzg8p)
Tasers, Amnesia Museum, The dangers of diagnosing Donald Trump

Claudia Hammond presents a series that explores the limits and potential of the human mind.

TUE 21:30 The Anglo-Irish Century (b07889g8)
Shadow Language and Shape Shifting

In the second programme in his series looking at the last hundred years of Anglo-Irish history historian Diarmaid Ferriter covers the period following the Anglo-Irish agreement of 1921 which brought into being the Irish Free State and saw then saw it descend, within a year, into a bitter civil war. Although the British were now observers from the sidelines letters from Churchill to Michael Collins reveal that there was an understanding between the two men that had survived the settlement negotiations of the previous year. In the event Collins was the most significant casualty of the war which ended with the anti-treaty forces defeated and their leader Eamon de Valera in the political wilderness.
Under a new leader W.T.Cosgrave the Free State established a degree of stability in its dealings with Britain, although it was a period described by one of his ministerial colleagues, Kevin O'Higgins as "simply eight young men in city hall standing amidst the ruins of one administration with the foundations of another not yet laid and with wild men screaming through the keyholes.."
Diarmaid carries the story through the Irish engagement with the other Dominions in forging new freedoms in the form of the Statue of Westminster of 1931. And then, a year later, de Valera's return and subsequent progress towards complete Irish independence which saw changes in the country's name, the return of Irish ports to Irish control and, with an agreement in 1938, all but the most minimal British involvement. It would allow de Valera to achieve his ambition in the war that threatened Europe, to maintain Irish neutrality.
The results of that stance, Churchill's reaction to it at the end of the war and de Valera's response bring this period of The Anglo-Irish Century to a close.

Producer: Tom Alban.

TUE 21:58 Weather (b07zxgrd)
The latest weather forecast.

TUE 22:00 The World Tonight (b07zxgrg)
In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.

TUE 22:45 Book at Bedtime (b07zzg8r)
Fright Night Shorts, Cookie Jar by Stephen King - Part Two

A new short story by Stephen King, adapted for radio in three parts. The first of a series of stories of the supernatural by Stephen King, Kate Mosse and John Connolly. Part 2 of 3.

'I had sort of a peculiar childhood, because my mother was peculiar. Not outright crazy, but very, very peculiar. Stories were her way of staying sane... A way to cover that hole in reality the way you might cover a well with boards so no one would fall in. But her stories stopped working for her. Because the thing she was afraid of was in the house with her all along.'

Cookie Jar is a new short story by Stephen King included in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, published by Hodder.

Abridged and Produced by Mair Bosworth
Read by Colin Stinton
Music by Timothy X Atack.

TUE 23:00 Life: An Idiot's Guide (b045xxst)
Series 3, Mortality

Stephen K Amos is joined by comedians Jason Cook, Brendon Burns and Robin Ince to present a guide to mortality.

Additional material by Stephen Grant and Hugh Sington. Produced by Colin Anderson.

TUE 23:30 Today in Parliament (b07zzg8t)
Susan Hulme reports from Westminster.


WEDNESDAY 26 OCTOBER 2016

WED 00:00 Midnight News (b07zxgt7)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4. Followed by Weather.

WED 00:30 Book of the Week (b080k4zr)
Keeping On Keeping On, 2006

Alan Bennett reads extracts from his recently published diaries.

Following on from Alan Bennett's bestselling, award-winning prose collections Writing Home and Untold Stories, Keeping On Keeping On is a newly-published third anthology featuring his unique observations, recollections and reminiscences.

In these entries, covering the years 2005 to 2014, Bennett looks back on a packed decade that included writing four highly-acclaimed plays - The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, all of which premiered at the National Theatre - as well as the screenplays for the hit films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van.

In addition, he reflects on his 25 years of friendship and collaboration with director Nicholas Hytner, life with his partner Rupert Thomas and, radical views notwithstanding, his status as 'kindly, cosy and essentially harmless' - a view which these diaries do their best to disprove.

Today, Alan reflects on how much easier it is to get married than to get a Camden parking permit.

Abridged and produced by Gordon House.

WED 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b07zxgt9)
The latest shipping forecast.

WED 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b07zxgtc)
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service.

WED 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b07zxgtf)
The latest shipping forecast.

WED 05:30 News Briefing (b07zxgth)
The latest news from BBC Radio 4.

WED 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b0812q91)
A reading and a reflection to start the day with Canon Jenny Wigley, Rector of Radyr in Cardiff.

WED 05:45 Farming Today (b07zxgtk)
The latest news about food, farming and the countryside. Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

WED 05:58 Tweet of the Day (b04dvsrk)
Red-Winged Blackbird

Tweet of the Day is the voice of birds and our relationship with them, from around the world.

Sir David Attenborough presents the North American red-winged blackbird. The arrival of spring in the USA is heralded by the unmistakable "conk-ra-lee" call of the red-winged blackbird. The male blackbirds, who are un-related to the European blackbird, flutter their red and yellow wing-patches like regimental badges to announce their territories. The numbers of Red-winged blackbirds has increased spectacularly in the mid 20th century as more land was converted to growing crops on which the birds feed. Today at a winter roost hundreds of thousands, even millions of birds darken the skies over the plantations or marshes in which they will spend the night - a loud and unforgettable spectacle.

WED 06:00 Today (b07zzr8h)
Morning news and current affairs. Including Yesterday in Parliament, Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

WED 09:00 Midweek (b07zzr8k)
Lively and diverse conversation with Libby Purves and guests.

WED 09:45 Book of the Week (b080k4x7)
Keeping On Keeping On, 2007

Alan Bennett reads extracts from his recently published diaries.

Following on from Alan Bennett's bestselling, award-winning prose collections Writing Home and Untold Stories, Keeping On Keeping On is a newly-published third anthology featuring his unique observations, recollections and reminiscences.

In these entries, covering the years 2005 to 2014, Bennett looks back on a packed decade that included writing four highly-acclaimed plays - The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, all of which premiered at the National Theatre - as well as the screenplays for the hit films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van.

In addition, he reflects on his 25 years of friendship and collaboration with director Nicholas Hytner, life with his partner Rupert Thomas and, radical views notwithstanding, his status as 'kindly, cosy and essentially harmless' - a view which these diaries do their best to disprove.

Today, Alan is offered a role in Fanny Hill, and reflects on his public image as "kindly, cosy and essentially harmless."

Abridged and produced by Gordon House.

WED 10:00 Woman's Hour (b07zxgtm)
Programme that offers a female perspective on the world.

WED 10:41 15 Minute Drama (b07zzr8m)
The Pillow Book, Episode 3

Lady Shonagon and Lieutenant Yukinari return! Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th century Japan.

Two funerals on the same day: one in the city, with full pomp and ceremony for the Empress's father, the Lord Chancellor; the other, outside the city walls, for the erratic and errant Lady Mazago. Shonagon and Yukinari attend different funerals, with the intention of solving the same murder - that of Lady Mazago.

The Pillow Book is inspired by the writings of Sei Shonagon, a poet and lady-in-waiting to the Empress of the 10th Century Japanese court.

Written by Robert Forrest.

Directed by Lu Kemp.

A BBC Scotland Production for Radio 4.

WED 10:55 The Listening Project (b07zzr8p)
Dalbinder and Dara - Football Talk

Fi Glover introduces a conversation between a mother and son about football. Her knowledge may not be quite as extensive as his, but his mum has clearly absorbed some facts. Another in the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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

Producer: Marya Burgess.

WED 11:00 Asquith's Fight for Equality (b07zzr8r)
Oona King uncovers the story of Dominican Asquith Xavier, whose 1966 fight for the right to work as a passenger guard at Euston Station put pressure on the government to strengthen the widely discredited 1965 Race Relations Act.

Oona King's own family was at the centre of similar, better reported fights in the Deep South of the USA. She wants to know why it is that American Rosa Parks is widely known in this country, while Asquith Xavier is forgotten. What does that say about the place of black people in the UK?

The first Race Relations Act had been passed in 1965, making it illegal to "refuse anyone access, on racial grounds, to public places such as hotels, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, public transport or any place run by a public authority". But the legislation did not apply to the workplace.

Fifty years ago, two of this country's great railway stations, Euston and St Pancras, both operated a colour bar. It was a ban enforced by the local unions and station management, until Asquith Xavier risked his own job and the anger of his fellow workers when he went public and demanded the rules be changed. When he took up his new job, he had to ask British Rail for protection after anonymous workers sent letters threatening to cut his throat and "send him back to the jungle".

Contributors include Asquith's daughter Maria, and former railway guard Lord Peter Snape.

Producer: David Morley
A Bite Media production for BBC Radio 4.

WED 11:30 Man at the Helm (b07zzr8t)
Episode 4

Amanda Whittington's adaptation of Nina Stibbe's comic novel set in 1970s rural Leicestershire.

In dire financial straits, Elizabeth has to get a job and she is soon having run-ins with her new boss.

Directed by Gemma Jenkins.

WED 12:00 News Summary (b07zxgtp)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.

WED 12:04 The Listening Project (b07zzr8w)
The Listening Project: Referendum Tales, Taking It Personally

Fi Glover introduces conversations about how it feels to identify as a European in post-Brexit Britain as she explores the aftermath of the EU Referendum for the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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

Producer: Marya Burgess.

WED 12:15 You and Yours (b07zxgtr)
Consumer affairs programme.

WED 12:57 Weather (b07zxgtt)
The latest weather forecast.

WED 13:00 World at One (b07zxgtw)
Analysis of news and current affairs.

WED 13:45 The Pursuit of Power (b080hzx7)
The Momentum Activist

Bronwen Maddox meets Barbara Ntumy, political activist with Momentum. Barbara came to this country a decade ago from Ghana, and first found her voice marching against the English Defence League in Sheffield. In a wide ranging interview Barbara explains why she feels the need to stand up, and what her activism can achieve.
"Where she was less convincing," says presenter Bronwen Maddox, "was on the relationship between Momentum and those elected MPs who don't agree with her views, some of whom say they find Momentum threatening and undemocratic."

The producer in Bristol is Miles Warde.

WED 14:00 The Archers (b07zzg8k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Tuesday]

WED 14:15 Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola (b07zzr8y)
Money, Inheritance

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola, Season 3 - Money
Inheritance by Lavinia Murray
Award winning drama series continues. Starring Glenda Jackson, David Schofield and Angela Griffin. First of a two part drama set in the depths of rural France where families fight over ownership of land, and the earth takes precedence over humanity. An unflinching and gritty account of rural life in 19th century France, inspired largely by Zola's novel The Earth.

Further info:- Animals from Season 1, Blood Series won BBC Audio and Music Award's Best Drama.

WED 15:00 Money Box (b07zzr90)
Money Box Live

Financial phone-in.

WED 15:30 All in the Mind (b07zzg8p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Tuesday]

WED 16:00 Thinking Allowed (b07zzrkw)
Sociological discussion programme, presented by Laurie Taylor.

WED 16:30 The Media Show (b07zxgty)
Topical programme about the fast-changing media world.

WED 17:00 PM (b07zxgv0)
Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.

WED 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b07zxgv2)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.

WED 18:30 Rich Hall's (US Election) Breakdown (b07z7290)
Multi award-winning comedian and US Citizen Rich Hall follows the closing stages of the US Presidential race, offering an acerbic look at the electoral system and the two candidates vying for the most important job in the world.

A combination of stand-up, sketch and interview, Rich Hall's (US Election) Breakdown broadcasts live from the fictional IBBC network in Washington to the whole of the United States.

Rich and his producer Nick Doody take calls from every corner of the United States to hear the concerns of voters, offering their take on the issues troubling the American electorate.

WED 19:00 The Archers (b07zzrl4)
Rex delivers a final blow, and Jazzer muscles in.

WED 19:15 Front Row (b07zxgv4)
Arts news, interviews and reviews.

WED 19:45 15 Minute Drama (b07zzr8m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:41 today]

WED 20:00 Moral Maze (b07zzspl)
Combative, provocative and engaging debate chaired by Michael Buerk. With Giles Fraser, Michael Portillo, Anne McElvoy and Claire Fox.

WED 20:45 Four Thought (b07zzspn)
Stories with Food

Annie Zimmerman and James Wheale argue that food is the perfect storytelling medium.

Working together as Understory, they are developing foods which go beyond taste and nutrients, but which pose another question: will people eat food if it doesn't taste delicious?

Producer: Giles Edwards.

WED 21:00 Costing the Earth (b07zzg89)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Tuesday]

WED 21:30 Midweek (b07zzr8k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]

WED 21:58 Weather (b07zxgv6)
The latest weather forecast.

WED 22:00 The World Tonight (b07zxgv8)
In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.

WED 22:45 Book at Bedtime (b07zztsw)
Fright Night Shorts, Cookie Jar by Stephen King - Part Three

A new short story by Stephen King, adapted for radio in three parts. The first of a series of stories of the supernatural by Stephen King, Kate Mosse and John Connolly. Part 3 of 3.

'I had sort of a peculiar childhood, because my mother was peculiar. Not outright crazy, but very, very peculiar. Stories were her way of staying sane... A way to cover that hole in reality the way you might cover a well with boards so no one would fall in. But her stories stopped working for her. Because the thing she was afraid of was in the house with her all along.'

Cookie Jar is a new short story by Stephen King included in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, published by Hodder.

Abridged and Produced by Mair Bosworth
Read by Colin Stinton
Music by Timothy X Atack.

WED 23:00 Little Lifetimes by Jenny Eclair (b07zztsy)
Series 3, Anthea's Round Robin

By Jenny Eclair

Produced by Sally Avens

Four of the country's leading actresses star in this comic series about women facing a crisis in their lives.
Anthea always sends a round robin at Christmas time, only this year her news comes as a surprise even to herself.

WED 23:15 Mae Martin's Guide to 21st Century Sexuality (b07zztt0)
Is Everything a Spectrum?

Canadian stand-up Mae Martin presents her debut series for BBC Radio 4. Combining wickedly astute social observations with personal references to her own unique upbringing, Mae's taking a funny, personal look at how millennials are transforming the way that society thinks about sexuality and gender.

In this episode Mae's using a very classy title as an excuse for some cathartic storytelling, mostly about her biggest adolescent crush.

Written and performed by Mae Martin.
Script editor: Sarah Campbell
Producer: Alexandra Smith

A BBC Studios Production.

WED 23:30 Today in Parliament (b07zztt2)
Sean Curran reports from Westminster.


THURSDAY 27 OCTOBER 2016

THU 00:00 Midnight News (b07zxgxq)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4. Followed by Weather.

THU 00:30 Book of the Week (b080k4x7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:45 on Wednesday]

THU 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b07zxgxs)
The latest shipping forecast.

THU 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b07zxgxv)
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service.

THU 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b07zxgxz)
The latest shipping forecast.

THU 05:30 News Briefing (b07zxgy1)
The latest news from BBC Radio 4.

THU 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b0812sbb)
A reading and a reflection to start the day with Canon Jenny Wigley, Rector of Radyr in Cardiff.

THU 05:45 Farming Today (b07zxgy5)
The latest news about food, farming and the countryside. Presented by Caz Graham and produced by Vernon Harwood.

THU 05:58 Tweet of the Day (b04dvtjk)
Wrybill

Tweet of the Day is the voice of birds and our relationship with them, from around the world.

Sir David Attenborough presents the New Zealand wrybill. The wrybill is an inconspicuous wader yet it is unique. It is the only bird in the world whose bill is bent sideways , and as it happens, always to the right. In the shingly, gravelly world it inhabits alongside fast flowing rivers, the wrybill's beak is the perfect shape for finding food. With neat, rapid movements, it sweeps aside small stones to reveal insects beneath. Endemic to New Zealand in winter dense flocks gather and display, their highly co-ordinated aerial movements having been described as a flung scarfe across the sky.

THU 06:00 Today (b07zzy79)
Morning news and current affairs. Including Yesterday in Parliament, Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

THU 09:00 In Our Time (b07zzy8b)
John Dalton

The scientist John Dalton was born in North England in 1766. Although he came from a relatively poor Quaker family, he managed to become one of the most celebrated scientists of his age. Through his work, he helped to establish Manchester as a place where not only products were made but ideas were born. His reputation during his lifetime was so high that unusually a statue was erected to him before he died. Among his interests were meteorology, gasses and colour blindness. However, he is most remembered today for his pioneering thinking in the field of atomic theory.

With:

Jim Bennett
Former Director of the Museum of the History of Science at the University of Oxford and Keeper Emeritus at the Science Museum

Aileen Fyfe
Reader in British History at the University of St Andrews

James Sumner
Lecturer in the History of Technology at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester

Producer: Victoria Brignell.

THU 09:45 Book of the Week (b080j3fk)
Keeping On Keeping On, 2008

Alan Bennett reads extracts from his recently published diaries.

Following on from Alan Bennett's bestselling, award-winning prose collections Writing Home and Untold Stories, Keeping On Keeping On is a newly-published third anthology featuring his unique observations, recollections and reminiscences.

In these entries, covering the years 2005 to 2014, Bennett looks back on a packed decade that included writing four highly-acclaimed plays - The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, all of which premiered at the National Theatre - as well as the screenplays for the hit films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van.

In addition, he reflects on his 25 years of friendship and collaboration with director Nicholas Hytner, life with his partner Rupert Thomas and, radical views notwithstanding, his status as 'kindly, cosy and essentially harmless' - a view which these diaries do their best to disprove.

Today, Alan gives us new, and unexpected revelations about Gordon Brown, John Sergeant and a lost pullover

Abridged and produced by Gordon House.

THU 10:00 Woman's Hour (b07zxgy9)
Programme that offers a female perspective on the world.

THU 10:45 15 Minute Drama (b07zzrvh)
The Pillow Book, Episode 4

Lady Shonagon and Lieutenant Yukinari return! Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th century Japan.

Shonagon suspects there may be more to the murder of Lady Mazago than Lieutenant Yukinari perceives. And, as conspiracy rumbles through the Palace, Shonagon is summoned to an interview with Lord Korechicka - a man infamous for his temper.

The Pillow Book is inspired by the writings of Sei Shonagon, a poet and lady-in-waiting to the Empress of the 10th Century Japanese court.

Written by Robert Forrest.

Directed by Lu Kemp.

A BBC Scotland Production for Radio 4.

THU 11:00 From Our Own Correspondent (b0812rn8)
Reports from writers and journalists around the world. Presented by Kate Adie.

THU 11:30 Keepsake for My Lover (b08015rk)
'Like talking on the phone but a thousand times more thrilling,' voice recording booths invite you to 'hear yourself as others hear you' by entering a weird machine to cut a record. Once a technological novelty, these recordings leave a unique legacy and a wonderful world of audio peculiarities, which serve as a vital reminder for how we communicate today.
Once a staple of seaside resorts and arcades, famously used in the films Brighton Rock and Badlands, they returned to prominence when Jack White restored a booth, on which Neil Young recorded his 2014 album. While the discs speak for themselves, the booths ask questions about us and how we choose to present ourselves to the world.
Janine H. Jones crosses the Atlantic, to meet the people who have restored these booths, to find out what's the value of putting our money where our mouth is and speaking out loud. Recording personally and for posterity, why are people in their droves returning to make a permanent record, instead of the infinitely editable yet intangible digital recordings offered by the technology in our pocket?

Presenter: Janine H. Jones
Producer: Hannah Loy.

THU 12:00 News Summary (b07zxgyf)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.

THU 12:04 The Listening Project (b08015rm)
The Listening Project: Referendum Tales, The View From The Farm and The Youth

Fi Glover introduces conversations between farmers in Ulster, an Essex farmer and his daughter, and 9 year old twins from Suffolk who believe they should have had a say in their future, to explore the aftermath of the EU Referendum for the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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

Producer: Marya Burgess.

THU 12:15 You and Yours (b07zxgyh)
Consumer affairs programme.

THU 12:57 Weather (b07zxgyk)
The latest weather forecast.

THU 13:00 World at One (b07zxgyp)
Analysis of news and current affairs.

THU 13:45 The Pursuit of Power (b080j1w5)
The Female Bishop

The Right Reverend Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, made headlines worldwide when she said she would not describe God as 'he'.
She tells presenter Bronwen Maddox that she was surprised by the press response, but is still determined to use her voice. Earlier this year she became the first female bishop to speak in the House of Lords.
"It's interesting how your position of authority enables you have a platform and a voice, while there are lots of other people who've equally good things to say but don't get asked."
The producer in Bristol is Miles Warde.

THU 14:00 The Archers (b07zzrl4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Wednesday]

THU 14:15 Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola (b08015rq)
Money, Reap

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola, Season 3 - Money
Reap by Lavinia Murray
Award winning drama series continues. Starring Glenda Jackson, David Schofield and Angela Griffin. Concluding part of drama set in the depths of rural France where families fight over ownership of land, and the earth takes precedence over humanity. Francoise lies dying on her farm, after being attacked by her cousin and sister, husband and wife, Buteau and Lise. An unflinching and gritty account of rural life in 19th century France, inspired largely by Zola's novel The Earth.

Produced and directed by Pauline Harris.

THU 15:00 Open Country (b08015rt)
Off Grid in Mid-Wales

Guest presenter Ian Marchant meets people who live off-grid in his part of the world, near Presteigne in mid-Wales.

There's Bob, who started his off-grid life on the hippy trail in the sixties, driving over-land to Afghanistan and bringing back the first Afghan coats to the London fashion scene. Now he lives in a wood, still making jewellery and living in his van. For him, there's adventure in every aspect of his life, even the washing up, especially if you have to do it in 'horizontal snow'.

Goffee-the-Clown has built himself an idyllic cottage, but somehow he can't bring himself to move in. He prefers the simplicity of his pale blue retro caravan with its wood-burner and collection of spider-webs, idyllically situated on the bank of the River Usk.

There are the Hoopers, a family of four who run an efficient small-holding as carbon-lightly and self sufficiently as is possible. They did have a brief spell in a house, but despite the fascinations of the washing machine, they were delighted to be back living off-grid up a mountain.

And there's Briar, who has just moved in to her new home, a yurt she has built herself, snugly insulated with duvets and brightly-coloured rugs and fabrics. Everything she needs is to hand, and there's water from the spring nearby. Knowing she can rely on her own strength and skill to live anywhere makes her happy and gives her confidence. And the cost? This luxurious construction cost her roughly twenty quid to build.

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery.

THU 15:27 Radio 4 Appeal (b07zxk20)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:54 on Sunday]

THU 15:30 Open Book (b07zy2xq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]

THU 16:00 The Film Programme (b08015rw)
Jacqueline Bisset

With Francine Stock.

Jacqueline Bisset looks back at Day For Night, Francois Truffaut's Oscar-winning movie about movie-making. She reveals why she refuses "to whinge" about the roles offered to older women.

THU 16:30 BBC Inside Science (b07zxgyt)
Adam Rutherford explores the science that is changing our world.

THU 17:00 PM (b07zxgyw)
Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.

THU 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b07zxgyy)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.

THU 18:30 The Casebook of Max and Ivan (b08015ry)
Halloween Special

Acclaimed double-act Max and Ivan return as incompetent private detectives for hire in a Halloween Special of their gag-packed crime caper sitcom.

Thrown out of their office by unhinged landlord Malcolm McMichaelmas, a holiday with Ivan's anthropologist uncle on the remote Isle of Sudley seems to be the perfect solution. However, things quickly go awry as the boys get mixed up in a sinister underworld of murder, human sacrifice and sand.

Written by and starring Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez
A Retort production for BBC Radio 4.

THU 19:00 The Archers (b08015s0)
Helen doubts her actions, and Kate delegates all responsibility.

THU 19:15 Front Row (b07zxgz0)
Arts news, interviews and reviews.

THU 19:45 15 Minute Drama (b07zzrvh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]

THU 20:00 Law in Action (b07zzg8c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]

THU 20:30 The Bottom Line (b08018qn)
Selling Corporate Baby

Business discussion show presented by Evan Davis.

THU 21:00 BBC Inside Science (b07zxgyt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:30 today]

THU 21:30 In Our Time (b07zzy8b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]

THU 21:58 Weather (b07zxgz4)
The latest weather forecast.

THU 22:00 The World Tonight (b07zxgz6)
In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.

THU 22:45 Book at Bedtime (b08018qq)
Fright Night Shorts, The Mirror by Kate Mosse

A new story for Radio 4 by Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth, The Taxidermist's Daughter and The Winter Ghosts. One of a series of stories of the supernatural from Stephen King, Kate Mosse and John Connolly.

Toussaint. The Eve of All Saints. A time when the veil between our world and the next is as thin as a spider's web. A time when ghosts and unquiet spirits wait in the shadows for the darkness to fall. When night comes, or so it is said, so come they to claim the souls of those destined to die in the coming year. On this day, in the year 1883, in a remote village in the foothills of the Pyrenees, a mother struggles through a long labour to bring her baby into the world.

Read by Kate Mosse
Produced by Mair Bosworth
Music by Timothy X Atack.

THU 23:00 Rich Hall's (US Election) Breakdown (b07z7290)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]

THU 23:30 Today in Parliament (b08018qs)
Susan Hulme reports from Westminster.


FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER 2016

FRI 00:00 Midnight News (b07zxh1k)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4. Followed by Weather.

FRI 00:30 Book of the Week (b080j3fk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:45 on Thursday]

FRI 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b07zxh1m)
The latest shipping forecast.

FRI 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b07zxh1p)
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service.

FRI 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b07zxh1r)
The latest shipping forecast.

FRI 05:30 News Briefing (b07zxh1t)
The latest news from BBC Radio 4.

FRI 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b08173tc)
A reading and a reflection to start the day with Canon Jenny Wigley, Rector of Radyr in Cardiff.

FRI 05:45 Farming Today (b07zxh1w)
The latest news about food, farming and the countryside. Presented by Caz Graham and produced by Sally Challoner.

FRI 05:58 Tweet of the Day (b04dyh88)
Emperor Penguin

Tweet of the Day is the voice of birds and our relationship with them, from around the world.

Sir David Attenborough presents the emperor penguin from the Antarctic Peninsula. With temperatures down to minus 50oC, midwinter blizzards scouring one of the most inhospitable places on the planet, this is not an obvious location for raising young. Yet at the heart of this landscape, the world's largest penguin, the emperor, stands guard over their young. Tightly-packed colonies of hundreds or sometimes thousands of birds huddle together, to conserve heat. The male broods the single egg on his feet, protected under folds of bare abdominal skin. Females travel up to 100km from the colony in search of food, using a technique called tobogganing which is far more efficient than walking on their short legs. Harsh though the landscape is in midwinter, all this activity is co-ordinated to allow the young to fledge into the relatively warmth of an Antarctic summer.

FRI 06:00 Today (b080j3fm)
Morning news and current affairs. Including Yesterday in Parliament, Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

FRI 09:00 Desert Island Discs (b07zxmdh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Sunday]

FRI 09:45 Book of the Week (b080j3fp)
Keeping On Keeping On, 2009

Alan Bennett reads extracts from his recently published diaries.

Following on from Alan Bennett's bestselling, award-winning prose collections Writing Home and Untold Stories, Keeping On Keeping On is a newly-published third anthology featuring his unique observations, recollections and reminiscences.

In these entries, covering the years 2005 to 2014, Bennett looks back on a packed decade that included writing four highly-acclaimed plays - The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, all of which premiered at the National Theatre - as well as the screenplays for the hit films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van.

In addition, he reflects on his 25 years of friendship and collaboration with director Nicholas Hytner, life with his partner Rupert Thomas and, radical views notwithstanding, his status as 'kindly, cosy and essentially harmless' - a view which these diaries do their best to disprove.

Today Alan presents writings to the Bodleian Library and describes the long process of finding a sound effect for W H Auden breaking wind

Abridged and produced by Gordon House.

FRI 10:00 Woman's Hour (b07zxh1y)
Programme that offers a female perspective on the world.

FRI 10:45 15 Minute Drama (b0801l03)
The Pillow Book, Episode 5

Lady Shonagon and Lieutenant Yukinari return! Robert Forrest's popular thriller set in 10th century Japan.

Alone once more in the house outside the city, Shonagon and Yukinari find themselves more embroiled in affairs of state, and the plans of Retired Emperor Kazan, than they would ever wish to be. And now it is for Shonagon, not her lieutenant, to speak for the dead.

The Pillow Book is inspired by the writings of Sei Shonagon, a poet and lady-in-waiting to the Empress of the 10th Century Japanese court.

Written by Robert Forrest.

Directed by Lu Kemp.

FRI 11:00 Recycled Radio (b0801l05)
Series 5, Europeland

"I'm sketching a map of Europe as it used to be, not just pre-referendum but a long, long time earlier than that. And let me tell you, it's a bewildering place!"

Cartoonist Gerald Scarfe introduces a Recycled special on the place that has obsessed us all summer long, so buckle up as we find out what is so different about Us and Them. With journeys to the continent and back to Westminster again combined with the powerful slicing of leading voices in the European debate - Tony Benn and Margaret Thatcher from 1975; Boris, Nigel and Dave from 2016. Plus the voices of leading historians, and comedians, attempting to make sense of the great European divide. Exhilarating radio you'll not hear anywhere else.
The producer is Miles Warde.

FRI 11:30 My Teenage Diary (b04v5fk2)
Series 6, Robert Newman

Rufus Hound is joined by the comedian and author Robert Newman, who reads from his 1981 teenage diaries. The young Newman goes on a CND rally, meets Tony Benn and Joe Strummer, and falls in love on the bus... twice.

Produced by Harriet Jaine
A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

FRI 12:00 News Summary (b07zxh20)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.

FRI 12:04 The Listening Project (b0801l0f)
The Listening Project: Referendum Tales, Getting Things Into Focus

Fi Glover introduces conversations between family members who voted differently and those who nearly did, and one between pensioners living in France, as she explores the aftermath of the EU Referendum for the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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

Producer: Marya Burgess.

FRI 12:15 You and Yours (b07zxh22)
Consumer news and issues.

FRI 12:57 Weather (b07zxh24)
The latest weather forecast.

FRI 13:00 World at One (b07zxh26)
Analysis of news and current affairs.

FRI 13:45 The Pursuit of Power (b080mhyg)
The Power of Nudge

Bronwen Maddox concludes her pursuit of power with a trip into the world of nudge. Dr David Halpern is chief executive of the Behavioural Insights Team, and he also spent six years as chief analyst of the Downing Street strategy unit. Here he explains how small changes can make a big difference, and why the traditional levers of power don't always work. Presenter Bronwen Maddox asks when a 'nudge' becomes manipulation, a sharp issue right now in the United States.
The presenter is Miles Warde.

FRI 14:00 The Archers (b08015s0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Thursday]

FRI 14:15 Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola (b0801l0n)
Money, Fate

Blood Sex and Money, an epic 24 hours of drama inspired by the works of literature's greatest whistle blower, Emile Zola.

Season 3. Money. Episode 7. Fate

By Oliver Emanuel.

Two Rougon brothers, Eugene and Aristide, head to Prussia. One on a diplomatic mission to prevent war, one chasing an arms deal. When their worlds clash, the repercussions are monumental.

Glenda Jackson, Robert Jack and Samuel West star.

Directed by Kirsty Williams.

FRI 15:00 Gardeners' Question Time (b080py41)
Woburn Abbey

Eric Robson and the panel visit Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire. Answering the horticultural questions this week are James Wong, Pippa Greenwood and Matt Biggs.

Produced by Dan Cocker
Assistant producer: Laurence Bassett

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

FRI 15:45 Ms Markey's Spare Room (b0801l0q)
Cutting short her doctor's visit, Ms Markey returns home to prepare for the arrival of her first ever paying house-guest. However she soon discovers the true cost of her visitor's stay.

Eugene O'Hare is an accomplished Northern Irish actor and writer. His plays include 'Hospital Food' for National Theatre for the 2015 Connections festival. He has worked with the Abbey Theatre and with Channel 4 Drama as part of the "4Screenwriters" placement. This is Eugene's second original short story for BBC Radio 4

Writer ..... Eugene O'Hare
Reader ..... Bríd Brennan
Producer ..... Michael Shannon.

FRI 16:00 Last Word (b0801l0s)
Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

FRI 16:30 Feedback (b0801l0v)
Radio 4's forum for audience comment.

FRI 16:55 The Listening Project (b0801l13)
Bill and Madeleine - The Proposal

Fi Glover introduces a conversation between a couple who have spent a lifetime apart but are now looking at a future together. Another in the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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

Producer: Marya Burgess.

FRI 17:00 PM (b07zxh28)
Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.

FRI 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b07zxh2b)
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.

FRI 18:30 The News Quiz (b0801nv6)
Susan Calman, Francis Wheen, Mark Steel and Justin Moorhouse are on the panel joining Miles Jupp for the last in the current series of the long-running satirical quiz of the week's news.

Producer: Paul Sheehan.
A BBC Studios Production.

FRI 19:00 The Archers (b0801nvd)
Rob finds someone who will listen, and Toby seeks inspiration.

FRI 19:15 Front Row (b07zxh2d)
News, reviews and interviews from the worlds of art, literature, film and music.

FRI 19:45 15 Minute Drama (b0801l03)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]

FRI 20:00 Any Questions? (b0801nvj)
Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh.

FRI 20:50 A Point of View (b0801p3y)
A reflection on a topical issue.

FRI 21:00 A British History in Weather (b0801p40)
Omnibus 2

Alexandra Harris tells the story of how the weather has written and painted itself into the cultural life of Britain.

During Wind and Rain will bear witness to Britain's cultural climates across the centuries. Before the Norman Conquest, Anglo-Saxons living in a wintry world wrote about the coldness of exile or the shelters they had to defend against enemies outside. The Middle Ages brought the warmth of spring; the new lyrics were sung in praise of blossoms and cuckoos. Descriptions of a rainy night are rare before 1700, but by the end of the eighteenth century the Romantics had adopted the squall as a fit subject for their most probing thoughts.

The weather is vast and yet we experience it intimately, and Alexandra Harris builds her story from small details. There is the drawing of a twelfth-century man in February, warming bare toes by the fire. There is the tiny glass left behind from the Frost Fair of 1684, and the Sunspan house in Angmering that embodies the bright ambitions of the 1930s. There are distinct voices of compelling individuals. "Bloody cold," says Jonathan Swift in the "slobbery" January of 1713. Percy Shelley wants to become a cloud and John Ruskin wants to bottle one. During Wind and Rain is a celebration of British air and a life story of those who have lived in it.

With music by Jon Nicholls. Producer: Tim Dee.

FRI 21:58 Weather (b07zxh2g)
The latest weather forecast.

FRI 22:00 The World Tonight (b07zxh2j)
In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.

FRI 22:45 Book at Bedtime (b0801pfy)
Fright Night Shorts, The Rat King by John Connolly

The last in our series of stories of the supernatural by Stephen King, Kate Mosse and John Connolly.

A macabre retelling of the Pied Piper story by John Connolly, author of The Book of Lost Things, Nocturnes and the bestselling Charlie Parker mysteries.

The Rat King is a new story included in the 10th anniversary edition of The Book of Lost Things, published by Hodder & Stoughton in October 2016.

Produced by Mair Bosworth
Read by Peter Marinker
Music by Timothy X Atack.

FRI 23:00 Woman's Hour (b0801ql5)
Late Night Woman's Hour

Late-night conversation presented by Lauren Laverne.

FRI 23:30 Today in Parliament (b0801s39)
Mark D'Arcy reports from Westminster.

FRI 23:55 The Listening Project (b0801rmb)
Lizzie and William - The Bee's Knees

Fi Glover with a conversation between a third generation bee-keeper and his daughter, who's taken on the mantle but has traded the traditional white protective suit for a pink one... Another in the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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

Producer: Marya Burgess.



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 10:45 MON (b07zyg5r)

15 Minute Drama 19:45 MON (b07zyg5r)

15 Minute Drama 10:45 TUE (b07zz5y4)

15 Minute Drama 19:45 TUE (b07zz5y4)

15 Minute Drama 10:41 WED (b07zzr8m)

15 Minute Drama 19:45 WED (b07zzr8m)

15 Minute Drama 10:45 THU (b07zzrvh)

15 Minute Drama 19:45 THU (b07zzrvh)

15 Minute Drama 10:45 FRI (b0801l03)

15 Minute Drama 19:45 FRI (b0801l03)

A British History in Weather 21:00 FRI (b0801p40)

A Good Read 16:30 TUE (b07zzg8f)

A Point of View 08:48 SUN (b07z7d5m)

A Point of View 20:50 FRI (b0801p3y)

Africa's Digital Poets 16:30 SUN (b07zy2xs)

All in the Mind 21:00 TUE (b07zzg8p)

All in the Mind 15:30 WED (b07zzg8p)

Analysis 21:30 SUN (b07z4157)

Analysis 20:30 MON (b07zyl4d)

Any Answers? 14:00 SAT (b07z3czl)

Any Questions? 13:10 SAT (b07z7d5j)

Any Questions? 20:00 FRI (b0801nvj)

Archive on 4 20:00 SAT (b07zv3gt)

Asquith's Fight for Equality 11:00 WED (b07zzr8r)

BBC Inside Science 16:30 THU (b07zxgyt)

BBC Inside Science 21:00 THU (b07zxgyt)

Bells on Sunday 05:43 SUN (b07zxk1t)

Bells on Sunday 00:45 MON (b07zxk1t)

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola 14:30 SAT (b07zv3gp)

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola 15:00 SUN (b07zy2xn)

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola 14:15 MON (b07zyg62)

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola 14:15 TUE (b07zzg87)

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola 14:15 WED (b07zzr8y)

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola 14:15 THU (b08015rq)

Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola 14:15 FRI (b0801l0n)

Book at Bedtime 22:45 MON (b07zylgx)

Book at Bedtime 22:45 TUE (b07zzg8r)

Book at Bedtime 22:45 WED (b07zztsw)

Book at Bedtime 22:45 THU (b08018qq)

Book at Bedtime 22:45 FRI (b0801pfy)

Book of the Week 00:30 SAT (b07z78t8)

Book of the Week 09:45 MON (b07zyg5p)

Book of the Week 00:30 TUE (b07zyg5p)

Book of the Week 00:30 WED (b080k4zr)

Book of the Week 09:45 WED (b080k4x7)

Book of the Week 00:30 THU (b080k4x7)

Book of the Week 09:45 THU (b080j3fk)

Book of the Week 00:30 FRI (b080j3fk)

Book of the Week 09:45 FRI (b080j3fp)

Broadcasting House 09:00 SUN (b07zxgjw)

Conversations on a Bench 23:30 SAT (b07z3hpt)

Costing the Earth 15:30 TUE (b07zzg89)

Costing the Earth 21:00 WED (b07zzg89)

Desert Island Discs 11:15 SUN (b07zxmdh)

Desert Island Discs 09:00 FRI (b07zxmdh)

Digital Human 16:30 MON (b07zyhq2)

Drama 21:00 SAT (b07z3hpp)

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