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SATURDAY 10 JUNE 2017

SAT 00:00 Midnight News (b08sksj4)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4. Followed by Weather.


SAT 00:30 Book of the Week (b08sphs6)
The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington, Episode 5

Leonora Carrington, born in 1917, was the last surviving member of the Surrealist movement of the 1930s. A prodigious painter and writer, she was caught up in some of the most exciting - and most terrible - events of the 20th century. Joanna Moorhead tells the remarkable life story of her father's cousin.

At the age of 17, Leonora Carrington rejected her upper class English upbringing and her family, in favour of the bohemian life of an artist, first in London and then Paris. She became the lover and muse of Max Ernst, and friend of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and many other creative geniuses. Soon after the outbreak of the war however, she suffered a mental breakdown and ended up in an asylum in Madrid. She eventually escaped war-torn Europe by marrying a Mexican, which enabled her passage to New York, and from there she journeyed to Mexico where she lived out the rest of her life.

Mexico is where Joanna Moorhead went to find Leonora in 2006. During Joanna's childhood, all she knew was that her father's cousin had been a wild child who had caused the family no end of trouble and "simply flounced off into the sunset". But this first visit of many was the start of a life-changing friendship. During days of talking and reading, of drinking tea and tequila, of going for walks and eating in local restaurants Leonora told Joanna her amazing life story.

This book is the story of Leonora Carrington's life, and of the relationship between two women. And it's about Surrealism as Leonora lived it - a way of approaching the world in a spirit of constant curiosity, with the desire to work out, if not the answers, then at least some of the questions.

Read by Juliet Stevenson
Written and introduced by Joanna Moorhead
Abridged by Sara Davies
Directed by Alexa Moore

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b08sksj6)

The latest shipping forecast.


SAT 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b08sksj8)

SAT 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b08sksjb)

The latest shipping forecast.


SAT 05:30 News Briefing (b08sksjd)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


SAT 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b08spyl9)

A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with Anna Drew, Director of Communications with the Canterbury Diocese.


SAT 05:45 iPM (b08spylc)
Finding mum

How do you buy a Mother's Day card for a mother you don't know? A listener, who was adopted as a baby, on dealing with new family members. On iPM we start with our listeners. Email us on ipm@bbc.co.uk or tweet @BBCiPM. Presented by Luke Jones and Eddie Mair. Produced by Emma Close.


SAT 06:00 News and Papers (b08sksjg)

The latest news headlines. Including a look at the papers.


SAT 06:04 Weather (b08sksjj)

The latest weather forecast.


SAT 06:07 Ramblings (b08spfwc)
Series 36, The Nidderdale Way: Bewerley to Dacre Banks

Clare Balding is walking The Nidderdale Way in North Yorkshire for this series and here she completes the fourth leg of the route from Bewerley to Dacre Banks. She's accompanied by three members of the Tordoff family. Keith, came to the town of Pateley Bridge, that lies in the centre of the dale, twenty five years ago with his wife, Gloria. He gave up the stress of being a police officer in Leeds and took to running the local sweetshop, the oldest in the country. He is now a spokesman for the town and the area and does all he can to promote it, concerned as he is, that small rural towns like this, can die without the whole community pulling together. His son Alex is a local fireman and his partner Kirsty also works in the family business. Kirsty and Alex explain to Clare that their love of walking has taken them traveling all over the world, while Keith explains his love of Pateley Bridge means he no longer wishes to go anywhere else.
Their walk starts at Bewerley Grange Chapel where Keith's parents are buried and ends in the village of Dacre Banks, right on the banks of the river Nidd.
Producer Lucy Lunt.


SAT 06:30 Farming Today (b08sksjl)
South of England Show

Charlotte Smith presents from the South of England Show in Ardingly, West Sussex, now in its fiftieth year.

With the country still coming to terms with the General Election result she asks West Sussex NFU Chairman David Exwood and CLA South East Regional Director Robin Edwards where it leaves farmers and the agricultural sector.

Inside the cow shed students from Plumpton College explain what attracts them to these shows and why showing cattle is still a relevant skill. Charlotte discovers that spinning wool is much harder than it looks, and she introduces reports on Open Farm Sunday, the Cumbrian poet Harriet Fraser and Quattro the bull who carries the future of a rare Welsh breed of cattle on his shoulders.

Producer: Toby Field.


SAT 06:57 Weather (b08sksjn)

The latest weather forecast.


SAT 07:00 Today (b08rnz3j)

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


SAT 09:00 Saturday Live (b08sksjq)

The Rev. Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir are joined by the wine writer and broadcaster Oz Clarke; TV presenter and author of "The Grief Survival Guide" Jeff Brazier; former England cricketer and Director of Surrey Women's Cricket Ebony Rainsford-Brent and mathematician Dr Hannah Fry. Plus Bron Campbell and Holly Ford who opened a cake shop in a phone box. And garden designer Dan Pearson shares his Inheritance Tracks.

Oz and Armonico Drink to Music at Harrogate Festival (1 July), Buxton Festival (10 July) and Lichfield Festival (11 July).
The Grief Survival Guide: How to Navigate Loss and All That Comes With It by Jeff Brazier is out now.
Dr Hannah Fry and Ant Anstead present 'Britain's Greatest Invention' on BBC Two, 15 June.

Producer: Tim Allen.
Editor: Eleanor Garland.


SAT 10:30 Butterbeer and Grootcakes (b08tgbc2)

Aleks Krotoski takes her seat at the table to explore the amazing world of fictional food made real.

Food is not a new force in fiction, but increasingly fictional food is finding its way onto the table. And fan communities from the new breed of modern cultural canon aren't just nibbling on Laura Esquivel's devastating quail in rose petal sauce from Like Water for Chocolate, but also tucking in to fried squirrel and raccoon from The Hunger Games, Sansa's lemon cakes from Game of Thrones, or downing a frothy glass of butterbeer from Harry Potter.

Now Aleks gathers together three people who know a lot about fictional food to discuss its appeal for fans, authors and food creators alike. Together, they will make, and eat, a meal of food from fiction, and discuss some of the interesting questions it raises.

Joanne Harris is author of several novels where food is almost a character in its own right - most famously Chocolat, which was turned into a film of the same name; she also co-created a cookbook, The Little Book of Chocolat, for the many fans desperate to make the concoctions they had read about in her novels. Sam Bompas is co-founder of creative food studio Bompas & Parr, who recently helped create Dinner At The Twits, inspired by Roald Dahl's book. And Kate Young brings together her passion for food and literature in her blog The Little Library Café, where she creates recipes for food found in fiction, and many of them will be included in her first cookbook, The Little Library Cookbook.

The programme also includes music played on the flavour conductor - a working cocktail organ, conceived by Sam Bompas for Johnnie Walker. The music is composed by Simon Little.

Producer: Giles Edwards.


SAT 11:00 Week in Westminster (b08tb8fj)

Steve Richards and fellow Week In Westminster presenter Helen Lewis of the New Statesman, Tom Newton Dunn of the Sun, and and George Parker of the Financial Times, discuss the results of the General Election 2017.
The editor is Peter Mulligan.


SAT 11:30 From Our Own Correspondent (b08sksjs)

Reports from writers and journalists around the world. Presented by Kate Adie.


SAT 12:00 News Summary (b08sksjv)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


SAT 12:04 Money Box (b08tb8qb)
DUP policy on pensions and benefits plus 95% mortgages & tax-free childcare problems

The latest news from the world of personal finance.


SAT 12:30 The News Quiz (b08spvzv)
Series 93, 09/06/2017

Mark Steel, Hugo Rifkind, Rich Hall and Katy Brand join Miles to find the funny in all things general election.

Producer: Richard Morris
A BBC Studios Production.


SAT 12:57 Weather (b08sksjx)

The latest weather forecast.


SAT 13:00 News (b08sksjz)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


SAT 13:10 Any Questions? (b08spwl4)

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from Broadcasting House Radio Theatre in London.


SAT 14:00 Any Answers? (b08sksk1)

Any Answers after the Saturday broadcast of Any Questions?. Email any.answers@bbc.co.uk. Tweet,#BBCAQ. Follow us @bbcanyquestions.
Lines open at 1230 on Saturday 03700 100 444.

Presenter Anita Anand
Producer: Maire Devine
Editor Eleanor Garland.


SAT 15:00 Drama (b06sf10d)
The Bed-Sitting Room

Three years since the nuclear misunderstanding which led to the third world war ("and it's no idle boast when I remind you that this was the shortest world war on record... two minutes twenty eight seconds... including the signing of the Peace Treaty which is now on sale at Her Majesty's Stationery Office with a free T-shirt") survivors gather together on the former-streets of London. In amongst the rubble, Captain Kak and his fiancee Penelope find Lord Fortnum, who is convinced he's turning into a bed-sitting room. With property prices what they are, Kak should be on to a good thing.

This atmospheric, surrealist play was originally written by John Antrobus and Spike Milligan, and has been adapted for radio by John Antrobus and Paul Merton.

Music and FX by Jerry Peal.
Directed by Sam Michell.
Produced by Victoria Lloyd.


SAT 16:00 Woman's Hour (b08sksk3)
Elisabeth Moss, Bill Cosby on trial, seven women from seven decades

The Actor Elisabeth Moss discusses her role as Offred in the television adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale, why is the story still resonant more than 30 years after it was first published?

Karen Gardner was one of the women who had accused Rolf Harris of molesting her when she was 16 years old. She tells us how she feels now that a court has decided Rolf Harris will face no further legal action over allegations of historical sexual abuse after a jury was unable to reach a verdict.

As part of Woman's Hour 70th Birthday we hear from seven women all born in different decades since 1946. Ten year old Solei, Stemettes founder Anne-Marie Imafidon, journalist Bryony Gordon, dentist Dr Uchenna Okoye, performer Penny Pepper, former Isuzu MD Nikki King and 73 year old model Jan de Villeneuve all discuss body image.

We discuss why the highly successful Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has become such a topic of controversy. The show features a high school girl who kills herself and throughout the series she explains the 13 Reason's Why she took her own life. Kate Delaney is a young writer who has experienced suicidal thoughts and thinks it's important to show how graphic mental health problems can be. Writer Lucy Nichol has a teenage stepson who has struggled with his mental health and Alice Newton is a suicide prevention advisor for the charity Papyrus.

The seven women from seven decades discuss how the importance of making money and being financially independent and whether they believe it has got easier or harder for women.

This week the trial into sexual assault claims made against the comedian Bill Cosby has begun. After years of rumours involving the US star in 2004 women began to come forward with their stories of alleged drugging and sexual assaults. But it has taken ten years to bring the issue to public consciousness in 2014 - why? The Playwright Bonnie Greer and filmmaker Ricardo Pollack discuss.

And ten year old Solei Brown - one of our seven women born in the seven decades of Woman's Hour, talks about being the youngest person to have been selected as an ambassador for the Diana Anti Bullying Campaign.

Presented by Jenni Murray
Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed
Editor: Jane Thurlow.


SAT 17:00 PM (b08sksk5)
Saturday PM

Full coverage of the day's news.


SAT 17:30 The Bottom Line (b08spg35)
The Future of Farming

What's the future for UK Farming? Evan Davis meets three food producers from across the country to talk about the daily challenges of farming in Britain today. Guests include one of the biggest carrot producers in the country, a Wiltshire Beef farmer and Deputy President of the National Farmers Union and a lowland sheep farmer whose herd shares the land with cadets from the Ministry of Defence in Kent.

GUESTS

Guy Poskitt, Managing Director, M H Poskitt Ltd

Marie Prebble, Lowland Sheep farmer

Minette Batters, Beef farmer and Deputy President of the National Farmers Union.


SAT 17:54 Shipping Forecast (b08sksk7)

The latest shipping forecast.


SAT 17:57 Weather (b08sksk9)

The latest weather forecast.


SAT 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b08skskc)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


SAT 18:30 Loose Ends (b08skskf)
Darryl DMC McDaniels, Joe Thomas, Thomas Dolby, Rose Matafeo, Voices of the Amazon, Nikki Bedi, Clive Anderson

Clive Anderson and Nikki Bedi are joined by Joe Thomas, Darryl DMC McDaniels, Thomas Dolby and Rose Matafeo for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from Voices of the Amazon.

Producer: Sukey Firth.


SAT 18:45 Book of the Week (b08sphs6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 00:30 today]


SAT 19:00 Profile (b08tb9ct)
Arlene Foster

Arlene Foster's Democratic Unionist Party now hold the balance of power, after elections this week. Some people have suggested that all the parties lost - but across the Irish Sea one party definitely won. Only with their votes can the Conservatives get things through the House of Commons. Which makes Arlene Foster possibly the most powerful woman in Britain. Mark Coles takes an updated look at the former first minister of Northern Ireland.


SAT 19:15 Saturday Review (b08skskh)
Raphael, My Cousin Rachel, Common, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Riviera

My Cousin Rachel is an atmospheric adaptation for the big screen of Daphne Du Maurier's novel starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin and directed by Notting Hill director Roger Michell. Like her most famous novel "Rebecca" the narrative revolves around a large private estate in Cornwall and a powerful woman whose life is an enigma.

Arundhati Roy was the first Indian woman writer to win the Booker Prize, which she won in 1997 for her novel The God of Small Things, and which sold over 8 million copies world wide. A political activist and writer, it has taken her 20 years to publish her ambitious second novel, The Ministry of Untold Happiness.

Raphael: The Drawings at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford includes 120 drawings by the celebrated Renaissance artist, including 50 from the Ashmolean's own collection which is the largest and most important in the world. The drawings are taken from across Raphael's brief but brilliant career, taking visitors from his early career in Umbria through his radically creative years in Florence to the period where he was at the height of his powers in Rome, working on major projects such as the Vatican frescoes.

Common, a world premiere by DC Moore, and directed by Headlong's Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin opens at the National's Olivier Theatre. An epic new history play co-produced by the National Theatre and Headlong, it is set in the early days of the Industrial Revolution when the common land of England is under threat. Common stars Anne-Marie Duff.

Set against an awe-inspiring backdrop of the Riviera in the South of France, Riviera is a new ten part television series from Sky, and stars Julia Stiles as Georgina Clios, the smart and resourceful second wife of a billionaire banker who dies in a yacht explosion. This catastrophe sets in motion a dramatic chain of events that exposes the darker side of the Riviera's glitz and glamour and the global art market. Conceived by Neil Jordan, who co-wrote the first episode with John Banville, the series also stars Adrian Lester.


SAT 20:00 Archive on 4 (b08tbbmt)
Dictators on the Couch

For decades psychologists working for the CIA have drawn up psychological profiles of foreign leaders.
Using expertise developed watching the Nazis, the programme presented American Presidents with detailed profiles of their opponents, complete with proposed weak points and personal foibles.
In 1961, prior to a planned summit meeting between John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev, the CIA profiled the Russian leader, declaring him "an uninhibited ham actor who ...has a truly unusual ability to project the force of his own powerful personality."
The report - which today reads like generalisation of a peculiarly obvious kind - so impressed Kennedy that he became "addicted" to reading analyses of foreign leaders, particularly if they contained details of sexual peccadilloes. The Russians became keen on psychological reports too, commissioning one on Kennedy which questioned whether his liberalism was anything more than skin deep.
Extraordinarily, the CIA unit profiling foreign leaders survived the Cold War, offering such gems as...
"Fidel Castro is not "crazy," but he is so highly neurotic and unstable a personality as to be quite vulnerable to certain kinds of psychological pressure. The outstanding neurotic elements in his personality are his hunger for power and his need for the recognition and adulation of the masses..."
"While Saddam Hussein is not psychotic, he has a strong paranoid orientation..."
Psychoanalyst Daniel Pick explores these extraordinary files, and speaks to psychiatrists about the validity of "distance readings" and foreign policy experts and historians about how they may have influenced the direction of American foreign policy.
And what exactly are the psychiatrists currently saying about today's world leaders?


SAT 21:00 Drama (b08skykk)
Pygmalion, Episode 2

Alistair McGowan, Morgana Robinson, Sian Phillips and Al Murray star in George Bernard Shaw's classic tale of Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower girl who is trained to talk 'like a lady' by irascible professor of phonetics, Henry Higgins. Eliza faces the day of reckoning: can she pass as a lady at the Ambassador's Ball?

Directed by Emma Harding.


SAT 22:00 News and Weather (b08skskk)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4, followed by weather.


SAT 22:15 FutureProofing (b08snhwt)
Sin

Will sin disappear in future, as technology and a better understanding of human behaviour allow us to stop people from sinning before they act? And if sin does disappear, what would the consequences be? FutureProofing presenters Timandra Harkness and Leo Johnson find out how technology is changing our understanding of morality, and how social changes may create the circumstances for radically different moral values in future.

Producer: Jonathan Brunert.


SAT 23:00 The 3rd Degree (b08sltc4)
Series 7, The University of Derby

A funny and dynamic quiz show hosted by Steve Punt - this week from the University of Derby with specialist subjects including Education Studies, Forensics and Theatre Studies and questions ranging from cannibalistic beetles to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with a passing nod to Olivia Newton-John and orbital mechanics.

The programme is recorded on location at a different University each week, and it pits three Undergraduates against three of their Professors in an original and fresh take on an academic quiz.

The rounds vary between Specialist Subjects and General Knowledge, quickfire bell-and-buzzer rounds and the Highbrow and Lowbrow round cunningly devised to test not only the students' knowledge of current affairs, history, languages and science, but also their Professors' awareness of television, sport, and quite possibly Justin Bieber. In addition, the Head-to-Head rounds see students take on their Professors in their own subjects, offering plenty of scope for mild embarrassment on both sides.

Other Universities featured in this series include Roehampton, Hull, Liverpool, Queen's University Belfast and St John's College Cambridge.

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


SAT 23:30 Poetry Please (b08sl1hz)
The Body

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners' requests for poems which celebrate the body in all its forms whether stretched, flabby, swollen or svelte.

Inspired by Walt Whitman's 'I Sing The Body Electric', the programme features poems from Sylvia Plath, Stevie Smith, Sharon Olds and P J Harvey as well as an interview and reading from Andrew McMillan whose first ever poetry collection, 'Physical' won The Guardian First Book Award in 2015.

Readers are Rosie Cavaliero and John Mackay.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.



SUNDAY 11 JUNE 2017

SUN 00:00 Midnight News (b08tbdnh)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4. Followed by Weather.


SUN 00:30 Short Works (b08spv7j)
Series 1, Companions

Companions by Adam Marek. Specially-commissioned for Radio 4.

A young man confides in his grandmother about problems in his relationship. Unfortunately, she knows nothing at all about problems with robots.

Adam Marek is the award-winning writer of two short story collections - Instruction Manual For Swallowing and The Stone Thrower - which featured on Radio 4 Extra as The Stories Of Adam Marek in 2014. A specially-commissioned story, The Bullet Racers, was broadcast later that year on Radio 4 as part of the series Short Rides In Fast Machines. He was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His story The 40-Litre Monkey was included in The Penguin Book Of The British Short Story in 2015.

Writer: Adam Marek
Reader: Lee Ingleby
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b08tbdnk)

The latest shipping forecast.


SUN 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b08tbdnm)

SUN 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b08tbdnp)

The latest shipping forecast.


SUN 05:30 News Briefing (b08tbdnr)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


SUN 05:43 Bells on Sunday (b08tbmbr)
St Peter's, Congleton

This week's Bells on Sunday comes from St Peter's Church, Congleton, in Cheshire. The tower holds a peal of eight bells from various foundries cast between 1720 and 1867. The tenor weighs thirteen and a quarter hundredweight and is tuned to F. The first full peal of five thousand and forty changes was rung on Christmas Day 1867. We hear them now ringing Stedman Triples.


SUN 05:45 Profile (b08tb9ct)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 News Headlines (b08tbdnt)

The latest national and international news.


SUN 06:05 Something Understood (b08tbdnx)
The Water of Life

Theologian Jane Williams explores our multifaceted relationship with water in its many forms and how it can simultaneously be both precious resource and inimical enemy, bringing both deep joy and terrible destruction.

Jane explains, "In the Genesis creation story, God starts by creating the formless, almost chaotic mass of the waters, from which life will spring. In it, life is potential - but so is death. It has to be restrained, held back by divine initiative, to make space for human life, and the threat of the return of the waters to inundate the land is ever-present."

Jane considers some of the paradoxes of water and illustrates her narrative with poetry from Emily Dickinson and Matthew Arnold, along with readings from CS Lewis and Jules Verne. She also uses music to capture the different aspects of water and how we experience it. Compositions from Wagner and Toshiro Mayuzumi add to her thinking, with John Ireland's setting of John Masefield's poem Sea Fever.

For Christians, water is significant in the ritual of baptism which itself symbolises death and resurrection, the heart of the Christian faith. Jane concludes, "I suppose this exploration of the water that is both creation and destruction, chaos and peace, turns out to be a plea for hope. Not a naïve optimism that everything is all right really, but a kind of reckless trust that says, since we cannot control life and death, beginnings and endings, any more than we can in the end control the seas' tides, let us choose an adventure of trust rather than a life of fear."

Presenter: Jane Williams
Producer: Michael Wakelin
A TBI Media production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 06:35 The Living World (b08tr66c)
Nest Finder of Dartmoor

Brett Westwood relives programmes from The Living World archives. In this programme from 2010, Lionel Kelleway is on Dartmoor with BTO nest finder Mark Lawrence.

If you're out walking on Dartmoor and see a hump of camouflage netting with binoculars poking out, don't be alarmed. It's likely to be Mark Lawrence at work.

Thousands of birds make their nests amongst the bracken and gorse of dartmoor, tucked into hollows low in the brush. Finding them is Mark's passion. But they are totally hidden, so how does he do it? Lionel Kelleway asked the same question and goes on a nest-finding expedition with Mark to watch him in action. It turns out that it's all about observation. Picking up clues which signal where the nests are: clues from the behaviour of the parent birds.

In just one morning Mark and Lionel find Pippits' nests, two of which have been taken over by enormous cuckoo chicks; a whinchat brood just hatched and finally a rare and precious family of young Grasshopper Warbler chicks.

So why does Mark do it? Listen now to find out.

Produced by Andrew Dawes.


SUN 06:57 Weather (b08tbdnz)

The latest weather forecast.


SUN 07:00 News and Papers (b08tbdp1)

The latest news headlines. Including a look at the papers.


SUN 07:10 Sunday (b08tbdp3)
Same-sex marriage in Scotland; Imams refuse to perform funeral prayers; BBC Music Day

Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme, presented by Edward Stourton.


SUN 07:54 Radio 4 Appeal (b08tbqh6)
Africa Educational Trust

Fi Glover makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of Africa Educational Trust.

Registered Charity Number 313139
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 'Africa Educational Trust'.
- Cheques should be made payable to 'Africa Educational Trust'.


SUN 07:57 Weather (b08tbdp7)

The latest weather forecast.


SUN 08:00 News and Papers (b08tbdp9)

The latest news headlines. Including a look at the papers.


SUN 08:10 Sunday Worship (b08tbqh8)
Women in the Image of the Trinity

On Trinity Sunday theologian Elaine Storkey explores the mystery of the Holy Trinity in the light of issues facing women across the world today. Live from Emmanuel Church Didsbury in South Manchester. Director of Worship: Helen Leach; Organist: Simon Leach; Producer: Ben Collingwood.


SUN 08:48 A Point of View (b08spwl6)
A new politics?

"The election has left many people wondering if politics has morphed into a wholly new condition" writes John Gray.

He reflects on whether politics really has been turned upside down by a momentous election.

He argues that the situation is not unprecedented but says "the election has punctured what was the ruling illusion of our age - the belief that we'd left behind the ideological antagonisms of the past".

Producer: Adele Armstrong.


SUN 08:58 Tweet of the Day (b08tbqhb)
David Lindo on the Swift

Urban Birder David Lindo reflects on the arrival of the swift as a sign that summer is here. He marvels at the ability of this small bird to navigate its way to Britain across Africa and Europe.
Tweet of the Day has captivated the Radio 4 audience with its daily 90 seconds of birdsong. But what of the listener to this avian chorus? In this new series of Tweet of the Day, we bring to the airwaves the conversational voices of those who listen to and are inspired by birds. Building on the previous series, a more informal approach to learning alongside a renewed emphasis on encounter with nature and reflection in our relationship with the natural world.

Producer Maggie Ayre.


SUN 09:00 Broadcasting House (b08tbdpf)

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 (b08tbdph)

Lynda strikes a deal, and for Tom there is no time like the present.


SUN 11:15 Desert Island Discs (b08tbrlc)
Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman, musician and composer, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs

Producer: Paula McGinley.


SUN 12:00 News Summary (b08tbdpp)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


SUN 12:04 Just a Minute (b08sltcb)
Series 78, 05/06/2017

Just A Minute is 50 years old this year! Nicholas Parsons has been hosting since day one, and presides over the following all-star panel: Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Graham Norton and Stephen Fry.

The panel have to talk on a given subject for sixty seconds without repetition, hesitation or deviation. How much does Paul know about the Norfolk Broads? What happens when Josie's gloves come off? If Graham could change a law, which one would it be and we hear about Stephen's favourite dance.

PLUS one of our panellists talks for a full minute - which one? You'll have to tune in to find out...

Hayley Sterling blows the whistle and it was produced by Matt Stronge.

Just A Minute is a BBC Studios production.


SUN 12:32 Food Programme (b08tbrlf)
Women & Beer

Think beer. Think boys with beards? Think again. The last time Sheila Dillon reported on the women in British beer, in 2013, she met Sara Barton head brewer at Brewster's brewery in Lincolnshire. At the time Sara was the only woman head brewer in the country and women were drinking only a tenth of all the beer sold in the UK.

Today that figure has nearly tripled, Sara has become the first woman to be named 'Brewer of the Year' by the Guild of Beer Writers, and women all around the UK are turning to jobs in brewing.

And yet Sheila still prefers a glass of wine in the pub.

In this programme, beer sommelier Jane Peyton introduces Sheila to some of the most exciting beers being brewed by women brewers (or brewsters) in the country. Louise Mulroy and Lucy Stevenson, co-creators of podcast 'We Made a Beer' demystify the art of brewing. Chemical engineer-come-head brewer at London's award winning Wild Card brewery shares a one-off brew created by a group of brewers on International Women's Day. We hear from 'FEM.ALE' a British festival for all celebrating beer brewed by women. And Sheila asks if there is a biological reason she remains unconvinced by a pint of bitter.

Presented by Sheila Dillon
Produced in Bristol by Clare Salisbury.


SUN 12:57 Weather (b08tbdpw)

The latest weather forecast.


SUN 13:00 The World This Weekend (b08tbdpy)

Global news and analysis.


SUN 14:00 Gardeners' Question Time (b08spttm)
Lyme Regis

Eric Robson and his panel of experts are in Lyme Regis. Anne Swithinbank, Bunny Guinness and Bob Flowerdew answer the horticultural questions.

Produced by Hannah Newton
Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 14:45 The Listening Project (b08tbt4v)
Omnibus - Teachers

Fi Glover introduces conversations between teachers about the days before the National Curriculum, the pernicious spread of fast food into the classroom, and work-life balance 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 Drama (b08tbvv6)
Reading Europe - Italy: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Episode 1

The third book in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, charting the lifelong relationship between two girls, Lila Cerullo and Elena Greco, who grew up together in the slums of post-War Naples.

Elena, having escaped to Milan after the publication of her first book, struggles to find the courage to live, parent and write again after her marriage to her increasingly dismissive husband Pietro.

Lila, meanwhile, also struggles to rise above her social conditions and desperately tries to find a way to better herself in whatever way she can. By day she suffers the daily abuse and exploitation at work in the local sausage factory and by night she works hard with her partner, Enzo, to make a difference with her life by studying hard the ever-changing face of technology.

Struggling with periods of mental darkness, she also wrestles with being a parent and finding the time to be true to herself. Eventually she is encouraged by a group of old friends and young students to admit her anger at the social adversity and abuses suffered by the women at work in the factory and to stand up and shout about it.

As always, amid the troubles, the two women turn to each other, gaining either strength or weakness from the other, not always to happy effect.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 16:00 Open Book (b08tbvv8)
Where Fiction Meets Technology: Catherine Lacey, Chris Brookmyre

Mariella and her guests explore the space where fiction meets technology: novelist Catherine Lacey's new book The Answers explores dating in a digital age; two writers for younger readers discuss how they portray social media in their novels and Chris Brookmyre on why computers can be bad for plots.


SUN 16:30 Poetry Please (b08tbvvb)
Virtue and Vice

Roger McGough presents a selection of listeners poetry requests on the theme of Virtue and Vice, that moral tug of war.

Guiding us through the moral maze will be poems from Thomas Hardy, Simon Armitage and Ogden Nash about temptation, conflict and the pleasures of resisting or succumbing to everything in between. How could you resist?

Readers are Rosie Cavaliero and John Mackay.

Producer: Sarah Addezio.


SUN 17:00 File on 4 (b08sn973)
Preventing TB

Around 1.5 million people die from tuberculosis each year. The Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine was introduced nearly a hundred years ago, but is only partially effective against the bacterium that causes TB.

With so many infected and the BCG vaccine only 60% effective, a race is on to develop a better way of preventing TB. Hundreds of millions of public and philanthropic money has been poured into this quest. For researchers, the competition for this pot of money is fierce.

A new vaccine called MVA85A developed by scientists in Oxford as a booster to BCG was heralded as a possible solution. But when it was trialed on nearly 3000 infants in South Africa it didn't offer any further significant protection.

File on 4 investigates the outcome of tests carried out on monkeys and asks to what extent animal trials are used to help decide whether to go on to test in humans.

How do regulators and ethics committees decide to give their approval and who is looking out for the people who volunteer to take part?

Reporter: Deborah Cohen
Producer: Paul Grant.


SUN 17:40 Profile (b08tb9ct)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Saturday]


SUN 17:54 Shipping Forecast (b08tbdq2)

The latest shipping forecast.


SUN 17:57 Weather (b08tbdq5)

The latest weather forecast.


SUN 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b08tbdq7)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


SUN 18:15 Pick of the Week (b08tbdqb)
John Waite

John Waite chooses his BBC Radio highlights.


SUN 18:45 iPM (b08spylc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 05:45 on Saturday]


SUN 19:00 The Archers (b08tbvvd)

Bridge Farm's secret is out, and Pip faces difficult questions.


SUN 19:15 Wordaholics (b04g8q5c)
Series 3, Episode 2

Comedians Josh Widdecombe and Helen Keen, Dictionary Corner's Susie Dent and classics scholar Natalie Haynes vie for wordy supremacy under the watchful eye of chair Gyles Brandreth.

Lexicographer Susie Dent admits to the words she finds most difficult to spell; science lover Helen Keen grumpily dismantles the portmanteau word 'murse'; Natalie Haynes works out what 'kyacting' is, and does some to boot; while Josh Widdecombe tries to ban the word 'chilllax'.

The panel also guess what some foreign words which have no direct equivalent in English: the Caribbean Spanish word 'cotisuelto; the Welsh phrase 'glas wen'; the German word 'Kummerspeck' and the Central American Spanish word 'achaplinarse'.

Finally they unearth some archaic phrases from the 1870s: 'gigglemug', 'Jeremiah-mongering', 'back row hopper' and 'robbing the barber'.

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


SUN 19:45 Life at Absolute Zero (b08tbw0c)
Series 2, In the Dark

Lynne Truss observes the inhabitants of Meridian Cliffs, a small wind-battered town on the south coast of England.

Ravi, the proprietor of the Flag of India curry house is a football mega-fan. So when Meridian Cliffs FC's manager and his star striker take a table in the restaurant, he's over the moon. But Ravi's golden opportunity to contribute to a discussion on team tactics is interrupted by a shocking confession.

Directed by Kate McAll
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 20:00 Feedback (b08spvzq)
Election Coverage - The Listeners' Verdict.

On the morning after the night before, Roger Bolton talks to the BBC's Head of Newsgathering, Jonathan Munro, about the corporation's election coverage, responding to audience complaints about bias and over-aggressive interviewers.

Also, listener Marcia Hughes gets to the heart of Radio 4's Soul Music with producer Maggie Ayre.

And audio addict Anthony Frost explains why his all-consuming passion for radio means he finds it difficult to find time to talk to his wife.

Producer: Will Yates
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 20:30 Last Word (b08spvzn)
Miriam Rodriguez Martinez, Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, Peter Sallis, Lady Anne Piper, Jiri Belohlavek

Matthew Bannister on

Miriam Rodríguez Martínez- the Mexican woman whose daughter was killed by drug cartels - and who led a campaign for justice for thousands of missing people.

Lord Soulsby - the first vet to be made a peer. He was an expert on parasites nicknamed "Lord of the Worms."

Peter Sallis the actor best known for his role as Norman Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine - and for being the voice of Wallace in Wallace and Gromit.

Lady Anne Piper, the novelist who campaigned for nuclear disarmament.

Jiří Bělohlávek, the Czech-born chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the first non-native English speaker to preside at the Last Night of the Proms.


SUN 21:00 Money Box (b08tb8qb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:04 on Saturday]


SUN 21:26 Radio 4 Appeal (b08tbqh6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:54 today]


SUN 21:30 Analysis (b08slvk8)
Implicit Bias

Do we unconsciously harbour racist and sexist attitudes? Far fewer people are explicitly racist than a couple of decades ago. They won't express or admit to racist sentiments. But what happens beneath the conscious level? In recent years there has been an explosion in research into what's called implicit bias. David Edmonds discovers that big business is taking the idea very seriously. He asks: does it stand up to scrutiny?
Producer: Ben Carter.


SUN 22:00 Westminster Hour (b08tbdqg)

Weekly political discussion and analysis with MPs, experts and commentators.


SUN 23:00 The Film Programme (b08spfwf)
My Cousin Rachel

With Francine Stock

Roger Michell, the writer/director of My Cousin Rachel, discusses the work of Daphne Du Maurier on film, from Rebecca to The Birds to Don't Look Now.


SUN 23:30 Something Understood (b08tbdnx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:05 today]



MONDAY 12 JUNE 2017

MON 00:00 Midnight News (b08tbdt4)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4. Followed by Weather.


MON 00:15 Thinking Allowed (b08snhwm)
Fashion and class

Fashion and Class: Laurie Taylor talks to Daniel Smith, Lecturer in Sociology at Anglia Ruskin University, and author of a study of the 'branded gentry' the target buyers of the Jack Wills clothing brand. How did a fashion company come to be associated with elite educational institutions and what can it tell us about the maintenance and reproduction of social and economic privilege? How has the relationshio between class, style and fashion democratised, or not, over the years? They're joined by Angela McRobbie, Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London and Angela Partington, Associate Dean at Kingston University.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.


MON 00:45 Bells on Sunday (b08tbmbr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 05:43 on Sunday]


MON 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b08tbdt8)

The latest shipping forecast.


MON 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b08tbdtc)

MON 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b08tbdtg)

The latest shipping forecast.


MON 05:30 News Briefing (b08tbdtj)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


MON 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b08vg0lc)

A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with Anna Drew, Director of Communications with the Canterbury Diocese.


MON 05:45 Farming Today (b08tbdtl)
Crop protection; Springwatch farm

The latest news about food, farming and the countryside.


MON 05:56 Weather (b08tbdtn)

The latest weather forecast for farmers.


MON 05:58 Tweet of the Day (b08tbwdw)
Mark Smith on the Corncrake

Cameraman Mark Smith describes an unusual encounter with a corncrake.

Tweet of the Day has captivated the Radio 4 audience with its daily 90 seconds of birdsong. But what of the listener to this avian chorus? In this new series of Tweet of the Day, we bring to the airwaves the conversational voices of those who listen to and are inspired by birds. Building on the previous series, a more informal approach to learning alongside a renewed emphasis on encounter with nature and reflection in our relationship with the natural world.

Producer Miles Warde.


MON 06:00 Today (b08tbdtq)

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


MON 09:00 Start the Week (b08tbdtw)
Crossing the Boundaries of Gender, Race and Class

On Start the Week Kirsty Wark asks what it is to be a man, and to belong to a tribe. Thomas Page McBee has sought answers as he's transitioned from female to male, and explored how far the violent men of his youth are models of masculinity. Fatherhood and aggression take centre stage in Gary Owen's play, Killology, in which he's created a video game that allows players to live out their darkest fantasies. The poet Kayo Chingonyi moved to Britain when he was a child and in his debut collection he translates the rites of passage of his native Zambia to his new home. In the TV drama Ackley Bridge, filmmaker Penny Woolcock imagines a new school that throws together two communities, segregated along ethnic lines, in a fictional Yorkshire mill town.
Producer: Katy Hickman
Image: Missy (Poppy Lee Friar) and Nasreen (Amy Leigh Hickman) in Ackley Bridge on Channel 4 Photographer: Matt Squire.


MON 09:45 Book of the Week (b08tbx8s)
The Secret Life, Episode 1

Andrew O'Hagan reads from his essay 'Ghosting', about the turbulent process of writing the memoir of Wikileaks editor Julian Assange. Taken from the book of collected essays THE SECRET LIFE.
Read by the author
Abridged by Rosemary Goring
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.


MON 10:00 Woman's Hour (b08tbdtz)

Programme that offers a female perspective on the world.


MON 10:45 15 Minute Drama (b08tbx8v)
The Pick Up, Episode 1

by Sarah Cartwright

Director ..... Sally Avens

When Beth's estranged father asks her to go on a road trip to Moscow with him to attend an old friend's wedding she jumps at the chance; this could be the opportunity for her to heal old wounds that could help her move on with her own relationship. What Beth doesn't know is that Vinnie isn't so much going to a wedding as getting married himself.

David Threlfall is best known for his role as Frank Gallagher in Shameless.
Kimberley Nixon has starred in Fresh Meat and Ordinary Lies

Sarah Cartwright has written several plays for Radio 4.


MON 11:00 The Untold (b08tbx8x)
All Sewn Up

Grace Dent follows 23 year old Koye as he weighs up whether to abandon his homegrown fashion label for a corporate job in the City of London.

Koye's Nigerian parents - who've spent a fortune on his education - are desperately keen for him to get a job in the City. But Koye himself is torn. He's also the sole force behind successful African street wear brand Mojo Kojo. This is where his heart truly lies.

We follow him as he goes through the gruelling process of applying for City graduate schemes and confronts the possibility of leaving behind the business he's worked so hard to establish.

Producer: Mariana Des Forges

Original music by Mina.


MON 11:30 Wordaholics (b04hyrq3)
Series 3, Episode 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MON 12:00 News Summary (b08tbdv1)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


MON 12:04 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (b08svvh6)
Series 6, The Cat Who Came Back

"How on earth do cats find their way back to their previous home when they move house?" asks Vicky Cole from Nairobi in Kenya.

Our enduring love for our feline friends began when Egyptian pharaohs began to welcome domesticated moggies into their homes. Pictured reclining in baskets at the feet of royalty, pet cats soon became fashionable throughout society in Egypt.

Today they are the most popular pet in the world, and home is definitely where their hearts lie.

"Whereas dogs are bonded to people, cats are bonded to place," explains zoologist Dr John Bradshaw. "It's very typical for them to try and find their way back to their old house when you move."

But how do they do it? And if their navigational skills are so good, why do they get lost?

Plus, Prof Matthew Cobb reveals the super-senses that cats possess, which humans don't, and how to spot when your cat is deploying them.

You can send your Curious Cases for the team to investigate to: curiouscases@bbc.co.uk

Presenters: Hannah Fry, Adam Rutherford
Producer: Michelle Martin.


MON 12:15 You and Yours (b08tbdv3)

News and discussion of consumer affairs.


MON 12:57 Weather (b08tbdv5)

The latest weather forecast.


MON 13:00 World at One (b08tbdv7)

Analysis of news and current affairs.


MON 13:45 Our Man in the Middle East (b08tby76)
A Strike to the Heart

The dark days following 9/11, watching how the US would react, recalled by BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen. America's enemies were about to feel its anger. "The hard years of war that followed might have been easier - and more effective," he says "if the attacks had been treated as the actions of a dangerous but small group of conspirators. But Al Qaeda earned a new status on 9/11"

Bowen has been reporting from the region for more than a quarter of a century. In this series, he combines first-hand accounts from the front line with an in-depth look into the region's history. He has witnessed endless wars between individuals, religious groups and full-sized states, jostling for military, political and economic power. He has interviewed dictators, fanatics and fundamentalists as well as the ordinary people caught up in their dangerous games. In that time, the past has always been present, providing motivation and political ammunition . Bowen has made headlines himself and he has paid a personal price, coming under fire and losing a colleague in the course of reporting - one of the worst days, he says, in his life.
Producers: Mark Savage and Cara Swift.


MON 14:00 The Archers (b08tbvvd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Sunday]


MON 14:15 Drama (b08tby78)
Mayday

Coralie is a nineteen year old student. It's the morning of the 30th April and she had just taken a Mifepristone pill, the first stage of a medical abortion. As she waits the 24 hours until she is due to take the second set of pills which will complete the procedure, she relates and reflects on the events and circumstances which brought her to this moment.

Set in Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK in which the 1967 Abortion Act does not apply, Mayday takes us into the mind of an increasingly isolated, conflicted, and terrified young woman who, having ordered the drugs online - illegally - fears that she, and anyone she might confide in, could face prosecution and jail if her actions are discovered.

Starring Eileen O'Higgins (Brooklyn, My Mother and Other Strangers) as Coralie, the cast also includes Anthony Boyle ( Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Sophie Robinson (Rebellion, Fifteen) and Imogen Doel (The Importance of Being Earnest, Whisper).

WRITER ..... LUCY CALDWELL
PRODUCER ..... HEATHER LARMOUR.


MON 15:00 The 3rd Degree (b08tby7b)
Series 7, St John's College, Cambridge

A funny and dynamic quiz show hosted by Steve Punt - this week from St John's College, Cambridge with specialist subjects including Human, Social and Political Sciences, World History and Physics and questions ranging from Christoffel Symbols to Cannibal Rituals via August Strindberg and Jojo Moyes.

The programme is recorded on location at a different University each week, and it pits three Undergraduates against three of their Professors in an original and fresh take on an academic quiz.

The rounds vary between Specialist Subjects and General Knowledge, quickfire bell-and-buzzer rounds and the Highbrow and Lowbrow round cunningly devised to test not only the students' knowledge of current affairs, history, languages and science, but also their Professors' awareness of television, sport, and quite possibly Justin Bieber. In addition, the Head-to-Head rounds see students take on their Professors in their own subjects, offering plenty of scope for mild embarrassment on both sides.

Other Universities featured in this series include Roehampton, Hull, Derby, Liverpool and Queen's University Belfast.

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


MON 15:30 Food Programme (b08tbrlf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:32 on Sunday]


MON 16:00 Tough Love: Boys, Books and Romance (b08tgpg3)

Steven Camden writes young adult fiction books about love, from a male perspective. Love is at the heart of all the stories he's written over the last twenty years -but he's only just realised it.

He has also realised that being a man who writes love stories for boys is pretty unusual - some might even say it's a bit weird.

Steven wants to know why it's such a big deal. Is love not a subject that appeals to boys or is it the books bit that's most off-putting?

Steven meets teenagers and talks to fellow authors Chris Vick and Alex Wheatle, along with mental health campaigner Jordan Stephens of Rizzle Kicks.

Presenter: Steven Camden
Producer: Milly Chowles
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 16:30 Beyond Belief (b08tbzlw)
The Moon

The Moon has been venerated since the dawn of religion. Has Space exploration diminished its allure?
Ernie Rea's guests are Professor Ronald Hutton from Bristol University, Professor Monica Grady from the Open University, Edgar Mark Williams, author of "The Moon, Nature and Culture" and the Associate Director of the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, Tim O'Brien.

Producer Rosie Dawson.


MON 17:00 PM (b08tbdv9)

Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.


MON 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b08tbdvc)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


MON 18:30 Just a Minute (b08tbzly)
Series 78, 12/06/2017

Just A Minute is 50 years old this year! Nicholas Parsons has been hosting since day one, and presides over the following all-star panel: Paul Merton, Pam Ayres, Zoe Lyons and Julian Clary.

The panel have to talk on a given subject for sixty seconds without repetition, hesitation or deviation. Paul takes us out to the Sahara Desert, Julian talks us through his fitness regime, Zoe tells us what she knows about fly fishing, and Pam thinks outside the box.

Hayley Sterling blows the whistle and it was produced by Matt Stronge.

Just A Minute is a BBC Studios production.


MON 19:00 The Archers (b08tbzm0)

Pat delivers a telling off, and Lower Loxley's prodigal son returns.


MON 19:15 Front Row (b08tbdvf)

Arts news, interviews and reviews.


MON 19:45 15 Minute Drama (b08tbx8v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


MON 20:00 Here's How the Story Ends (b08tc1gs)
Series 1, Oklahoma City After the Bomb

Emma Barnett explores what happened in Oklahoma City after the devastating 1995 bomb.

Travelling to the city, Emma speaks to survivors of the bombing, to relatives of the 168 people who died that day, to those who rushed in to help and to those whose job was to rebuild the city, about what happened after 9.02am on 19th April, 1995.

She explores how the attack affected tens of thousands of people's lives and forever changed the face of this city; she investigates how the city used the horror to transform itself physically and psychologically; she hears how some whose lives were turned upside down by the bombing feel let down by the federal government's response; and she asks what Oklahoma City might have to teach the rest of America, and all of us, about civility and compromise.

Producer: Giles Edwards.


MON 20:30 Analysis (b08tc1gv)
Germany - Anxious Giant

With angst over European security growing, why is Germany such a reluctant military power? Chris Bowlby discovers how German pacifism has grown since World War Two. The German army, the Bundeswehr, is meant to be a model citizen's army but is poorly funded and treated with suspicion by the population. Some now say the world of Trump, Putin and Brexit demands major change in German thinking, much more spending and Bundeswehr deployments abroad. But most Germans disagree. Could Germany in fact be trying historically something really new - becoming a major power without fighting wars?

Producer: Chris Bowlby
Editor: Hugh Levinson.


MON 21:00 Natural Histories (b08slxy4)
Starling

Every Autumn vast numbers of continental starlings migrate here to take advantage of our milder winters. Huge flocks of a million birds or more swirl over their roost sites before settling down for the night. These impressive gatherings, called murmurations, are both remarkable and inspiring as Brett Westwood discovers as he visits a reed bed in Somerset. He also gets to grips with the physics of how the birds avoid each other in flight and hears from a sound artist who uses the patterns of starlings on a wire as musical staves. Plus a man whose starlings accompany him on the piano.


MON 21:30 Start the Week (b08tbdtw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 21:58 Weather (b08tbdvj)

The latest weather forecast.


MON 22:00 The World Tonight (b08tbdvl)

In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.


MON 22:45 Book at Bedtime (b08tc1gx)
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, The Landlord - Garson Hobart

In the hotly anticipated new novel by the celebrated writer Arundhati Roy the story shifts to an apartment in Delhi, and is taken up by the landlord, Biplab Dasgupta who discovers that his tenant is absent. Reminiscences about an enduring love lead to the vivid memory of a coded message, and the moment when the lives of Biplab's college friends catch up with him, setting in train a set of events that none of them will ever forget. Emilio Doorgasingh reads.

This is Arundhati Roy's first novel since her award winning debut The God of Small Things which was published in 1997. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes the listener on a powerful journey from Old Delhi to Kashmir and back, introducing listeners to a cast of vivid and unforgettable characters. The corrupting nature of power is brought into stark relief as each endures through the darkest of times sustained by hope and love.

If you've missed an episode or you would like to listen ahead you can find out how to download all fifteen episodes by visiting the iPlayer Radio app or the Book at Bedtime pages at the Radio 4 website. On the website you'll also find new features and archive programmes about Arundhati Roy's life and work.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.


MON 23:00 Hull Before Culture (b086t7f4)
Episode 1

Playwright John Godber takes a drive around Hull in the company of the artists, actors, musicians and writers who live and breathe the city's culture, to explore the challenges and liberations of creating art in a 'working class city'.

Hull's big year is here: UK City of Culture 2017. But as well as ships, white phone boxes and renewable energy, there has been the odd bit of culture in Hull before now.

Playwright John Godber has been absorbing and interpreting the city's culture in his work at Hull Truck and in his plays for over thirty years. One of the most-performed playwrights in the English language, his work has travelled all over the world, but it is perhaps most fiercely loved by people in Hull: 'you're not proper 'ull if you 'ent seen 'Bouncers'.

John is well-placed to take a closer look at the city he's made his home in this series of conversations with the people who make culture happen in Hull. Hull is a sprawling sliver of a city, built along the banks of the Humber, so it makes sense to talk and drive, visiting key places in the cultural life of the place along the way. It's like carpool karaoke but without the karaoke, although there is a bit of singing.

John discovers why Hull is 'defensively self-deprecating' with a BS alarm which means that you can't get away with talking about things you don't really understand, why so many people would turn out to see shows in a freezing cold theatre where you got wet if it rained, how you reach audiences that see theatre as alien as the moon. And he finds a beating, passionate heart determined to keep on making culture in Hull even when the City of Culture circus has left town. Restlessly sharp, charismatic and funny, John is a breath of fresh air as a presenter.

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery.


MON 23:30 With Great Pleasure (b087psl9)
Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe presents her favourite and funniest readings - including some killer putdowns by Tina Fey - to the audience at the BBC Radio Theatre. Sara is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor. A regular panellist on TV quiz shows like QI and Mock the Week, she also appeared in In the Thick of It and Twenty Twelve. Her readers are Olivia Poulet and John Robins, and the extracts are from Bossypants by Tina Fey, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Henry and June by Anais Nin and My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.
Producer Beth O'Dea.



TUESDAY 13 JUNE 2017

TUE 00:00 Midnight News (b08tbdxh)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4. Followed by Weather.


TUE 00:30 Book of the Week (b08tbx8s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:45 on Monday]


TUE 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b08tbdxk)

The latest shipping forecast.


TUE 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b08tbdxm)

TUE 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b08tbdxp)

The latest shipping forecast.


TUE 05:30 News Briefing (b08tbdxr)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


TUE 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b08vwg7n)

A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with Anna Drew, Director of Communications with the Canterbury Diocese.


TUE 05:45 Farming Today (b08tbdxt)

The latest news about food, farming and the countryside.


TUE 05:58 Tweet of the Day (b08tcbrm)
Polly Weston on the Eagle Owl

Polly Weston describes an important encounter with an eagle owl.

Tweet of the Day has captivated the Radio 4 audience with its daily 90 seconds of birdsong. But what of the listener to this avian chorus? In this new series of Tweet of the Day, we bring to the airwaves the conversational voices of those who listen to and are inspired by birds. Building on the previous series, a more informal approach to learning alongside a renewed emphasis on encounter with nature and reflection in our relationship with the natural world.

Producer Miles Warde.


TUE 06:00 Today (b08tbdxw)

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


TUE 09:00 The Reith Lectures (b08tcbrp)
Hilary Mantel, The Day Is for the Living

Art can bring the dead back to life, argues the best-selling novelist Hilary Mantel, starting with the story of her own great-grandmother. "We sense the dead have a vital force still," she says. "They have something to tell us, something we need to understand. Using fiction and drama, we try to gain that understanding." She describes how and why she began to write fiction about the past, and how her view of her trade has evolved. We cannot hear or see the past, she says, but "we can listen and look".

Over this series of five lectures, Dame Hilary discusses the role that history plays in our culture. How can we understand the past, she asks, and how can we convey its nature today? Above all, she believes, we must all try to respect the past amid all its strangeness and complexity.

The lecture is recorded in front of an audience at Halle St Peter's in Manchester, and is followed by a question and answer session chaired by Sue Lawley.
The producer is Jim Frank.


TUE 09:45 Book of the Week (b08vg2d2)
The Secret Life, Episode 2

In an extract from his new collection of essays, THE SECRET LIFE, Andrew O'Hagan reveals the truth behind his difficult collaboration with Julian Assange. As their work together continues, O'Hagan is intrigued by glimpses of the Wikileaks team in action. However he's becoming increasingly frustrated by Assange's attitude to deadlines.
Read by the author
Abridged by Rosemary Goring
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.


TUE 10:00 Woman's Hour (b08tbdxy)

Programme that offers a female perspective on the world.


TUE 10:45 15 Minute Drama (b08tcbrr)
The Pick Up, Episode 2

by Sarah Cartwright

Director ..... Sally Avens

When Beth's estranged father suggests she accompany him on a road trip to Moscow she sees it as a chance to heal old wounds.
However, her plans go awry when she discovers he's going there to meet a potential bride he's met on the internet.


TUE 11:00 Natural Histories (b08tcbrt)
Dodo

The Dodo is a byword for extinction and whilst none of us have ever seen a living Dodo it somehow feels familiar even though we know virtually nothing about it. As Brett Westwood traces our relationship with this icon of extinction, he meets a man whose home is a shrine of Dodo memorabilia, follows the auction of a Dodo skeleton, hears how a head and a foot inspired a famous Caucus race and handles a selection of beautiful Dodo bones. With the help of Lewis Carroll, this bizarre looking bird has captured our hearts and imagination, whilst the true story of this flightless pigeon is a poignant tale. Producer Sarah Blunt.


TUE 11:30 Laura Barton's Notes from a Musical Island (b08tcbrw)
Series 2, Blackbirds and Drums

The music writer Laura Barton visits three corners of Britain and listens closely to the music found in different landscapes.

In Belfast, a city known for its industry and its Troubles, Laura is accompanied by the composer Deirdre Gribbin, who grew up in west Belfast and went to school along the Falls Road. They take a stroll along the towpath of the River Lagan, which Deirdre often visits to think through her orchestral music against the rhythms of the water.

Also, Laura visits three figures who still live in Northern Ireland - the avant garde performance artist Die Hexen, the musician David Holmes and the singer Susan McCann. She discusses how growing up during the conflict shaped their musical tastes, why country music is so popular in Belfast and what it's like to be at the cutting edge of musical innovation in the city.

Produced by Alan Hall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 12:00 News Summary (b08tbdy0)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


TUE 12:04 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (b08svvqj)
Series 6, The Burning Question

"What is fire? Is it a solid, liquid or a gas? Why is it hot and why can you see it in the dark?" asks Hannah Norton, aged 10.

Dr Fry embarks on a quest to "set fire to loads of stuff" in the Burn Hall at The Buildings Research Establishment in Watford.

Whilst Dr Rutherford gets to grips with Michael Faraday's pioneering Christmas Lectures at the Royal Institution of Great Britain on 'The Chemical History of a Candle'. Plus, he chats to forensic chemist Niamh Nic Daeid from Dundee University about our lasting fascination with fire.

You can send your Curious Cases for the team to investigate to: curiouscases@bbc.co.uk

Presenters: Hannah Fry, Adam Rutherford
Producer: Michelle Martin.


TUE 12:15 You and Yours (b08tbdy2)
Call You and Yours

Consumer phone-in.


TUE 12:57 Weather (b08tbdy4)

The latest weather forecast.


TUE 13:00 World at One (b08tbdy6)

Analysis of news and current affairs.


TUE 13:45 Our Man in the Middle East (b08tcbry)
The Drums of War

Jeremy Bowen considers the fallout from the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The BBC's Middle East editor delayed going to Baghdad after the allied attack. He was still having nightmares dating back to the First Gulf War and decided it would be a step too far. He eventually flew out to Iraq after President Bush famously appeared on a US warship which displayed a banner reading 'Mission Accomplished'. Bowen discovered an Iraq in turmoil. His questions about weapons of mass destruction, directed at Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair, went unanswered.

Bowen has been reporting from the region for more than a quarter of a century. In this series, he combines first-hand accounts from the front line with an in-depth look into the region's history. He has witnessed endless wars between individuals, religious groups and full-sized states, jostling for military, political and economic power. He has interviewed dictators, fanatics and fundamentalists as well as the ordinary people caught up in their dangerous games. In that time, the past has always been present, providing motivation and political ammunition. Bowen has made headlines himself and he has paid a personal price, coming under fire and losing a colleague in the course of reporting - on the worst day, he says, in his life.
Produced by Mark Savage and Cara Swift.


TUE 14:00 The Archers (b08tbzm0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Monday]


TUE 14:15 Tumanbay (b08tcc2f)
Series 2, We Are Three

The blood-soaked finale to the second series. The rebel army, under General Qulan (Christopher Fulford) prepares to march on the city where Gregor (Rufus Wright) struggles to decide where his loyalties lie and is faced with a terrible truth about his past.

Tumanbay is created by John Dryden and Mike Walker and inspired by the Mamluk slave rulers of Egypt.

Original Music by Sacha Puttnam

Sound Design by Steve Bond
Sound Edited by James Morgan and Andrea Gomez
Additional Music by Jon Ouin
Script Edited by Abigail Youngman

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Dryden
Written and directed by John Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 15:00 Short Cuts (b08tcg69)
Series 12, Pause

Josie Long hears stories of our desire to pause - from dismantling a house which seems stopped in time to the difficulties of watching your child grow up.

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


TUE 15:30 Making History (b08tcg6f)
Zombies in Yorkshire?

Helen Castor presents the programme that goes behind the history headlines.

Today, Scottish medievalist Fiona Watson and landscape historian Francis Pryor join Helen to discuss medieval mutilations in North Yorkshire, illegal whisky distilling in nineteenth century Scotland and the demise of a once great medieval Mexican city.

Tom Holland travels to North Yorkshire and the deserted medieval village at Wharram Percy which, archaeologists now believe, was the site of a gruesome practice of mutilation in the middle ages. Dr Simon Mays is a human skeletal biologist for Historic England and he noticed some odd marks on human bones recovered at Wharram Percy in the sixties. These bones were found in the middle of the deserted village - not in the churchyard. Simon thinks that the marks on them were caused by severe blows made shortly after death - maybe to stop disruptive souls from tormenting villagers again.

Whisky writer Rachel McCormack takes us to another remote and deserted location, the Cabrach between Aberdeen and Inverness. This was the centre of a well-developed, but illegal, whisky distilling industry in the eighteenth century. Although the remote location kept these stills hidden from the revenue men it also made them commercially unviable when whisky production was licensed in the 1820s. The ruined farmsteads in this otherwise untouched environment are the only clues to this tumultuous past.

Mexico: Earth's Festival of Life has been thrilling audiences on BBC 2, but what's the story behind the spectacular ruins at what is now the deserted city of Paquimé? Professor Paul Minnis has been studying this once thriving medieval metropolis for nearly 40 years and joins us from Arizona.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 16:00 Law in Action (b08tcg6l)

Following the general election, Joshua Rozenberg introduces a special live discussion programme in which he and his guests consider what the composition of the new House of Commons means for the law. They consider the courts and those who use them, the strained prison system, impending legislative changes to the law - including those required to achieve commitments made on Brexit - and how those seeking access to justice are likely to fare.

Producer Simon Coates.


TUE 16:30 A Good Read (b08tcg6p)
Nathan Caton and Adam Rutherford

Harriett Gilbert talks favourite books with comedian Nathan Caton and science presenter and geneticist Adam Rutherford.
Leviathan by Paul Auster is Adam's favourite novel, in part because little happens in it..
Black and Blue: how racism, drugs and cancer almost destroyed me by Paul Canoville, the first ever black first-team player for Chelsea FC, is Nathan's recommendation.
And presenter Harriett picks I'll Sell You A Dog by the Mexican writer Juan Pablo Villalobos.
Producer Beth O'Dea.


TUE 17:00 PM (b08tbdy8)

Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.


TUE 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b08tbdyb)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


TUE 18:30 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (b0832mwg)
Political Beliefs

The Godfather of Alternative Comedy delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar.

Episode 2 - Political Beliefs

Alexei explores his political beliefs system, looking back at his childhood in a communist house-hold, his career as a drug-dealer and his physical attraction to Boris Johnson.

Written and performed by Alexei Sayle
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.


TUE 19:00 The Archers (b08tcg6y)

Lynda has troublesome guests, and Kirsty is keen to recruit.


TUE 19:15 Front Row (b08tbdyd)

Arts news, interviews and reviews.


TUE 19:45 15 Minute Drama (b08tcbrr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


TUE 20:00 File on 4 (b08tcg72)
Online Grooming

File on 4 reveals the true scale of child sexual grooming and abuse online and asks whether social media companies are doing enough to prevent paedophiles from targeting children. The investigation follows the rape and murder of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood from Leicestershire who was groomed online before meeting her killer in person. File on 4 reveals the number of children being groomed online and who are subsequently abused is increasing. Child abuse experts say some social media platforms have ignored repeated calls for better child protection measures and Parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee has accused them of putting profit before safety.


TUE 20:40 In Touch (b08tbdyj)

News, views and information for people who are blind or partially sighted.


TUE 21:00 All in the Mind (b08tcg78)

Claudia Hammond explores the latest developments in the worlds of psychology, neuroscience and mental health.


TUE 21:30 Out of the Ordinary (b082fjkf)
Liberland

Jolyon Jenkins reports on one man's attempt to create a new nation - a libertarian utopia - in what he says is unclaimed land between Serbia and Croatia. He has money and supporters, and half a million people have signed up for citizenship.

But it's not been easy for Vít Jedlicka, Czech politician and president of "Liberland". Since he planted his flag on these marshy 7 square kilometres on the banks of the Danube in 2015, his supporters have been arrested, fined and jailed. He himself has been barred from entering Croatia. Neither Croatia nor Serbia seem to want to claim the territory, but that doesn't mean they want a zero tax libertarian enclave with no gun laws sitting between them.

Jedlicka is not deterred though. He keeps up a busy schedule of international conferences, has appointed a full cabinet, and is busy opening embassies and bestowing proto-ambassadorships around the world.

Jolyon Jenkins joins him as he and his foreign minister try to get back into Croatia and visit the territory he would eventually like to call home.

Producer: Jolyon Jenkins.


TUE 22:00 The World Tonight (b08tbdyl)

In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.


TUE 22:45 Book at Bedtime (b08tch0l)
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, The Photographs

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is Arundhati Roy's first novel since her award winning debut The God of Small Things which was published in 1997. The powerful new novel by the internationally acclaimed writer takes listeners on a mesmerising journey from Old Delhi to Kashmir and back. In this episode the story continues with the events that took place in 1996 in Kashmir where conflict rages. Looking back across almost twenty years Biplab Dasgupta recalls pulling a few strings for the beautiful and insouciant Tilo, and he also discovers some photos in her apartment that are cause for disquiet. They point to the moment when the lives of Biplab and three old friends were suddenly brought together in the most unlikely and dangerous of circumstances. Emilio Doorgasingh reads.

If you've missed an episode or you would like to listen ahead to all fifteen episodes visit the Radio 4 website to find out how. There is lots more about the celebrated writer on the Book at Bedtime pages on the Radio 4 website including her recent Desert Island Discs as well as newly created features.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.


TUE 23:00 Liam Williams: Ladhood (b06pb839)
The First Time

Liam Williams - Ladhood.

Please Note: Due to it's subject matter of teenage sex, this episode contains language and content that some listeners may find offensive.

From Liam Williams, a two-time Edinburgh Festival Award Nominated comedian, comes a rich new storytelling Radio 4 series entitled "Ladhood", about Liam's teenage misadventures in the Yorkshire suburbs. With evocative monologues by "Adult Liam" being interjected with flashback scenes from his teenage years, the series was recorded in Leeds and stars teens from Yorkshire, with each episode delving into Liam's memories of his first fight, virginity loss, the best house party ever organised, and his marvelous outwitting of an entire teaching staff. This is the New Labour, post-mining, aspirational heartland, meeting 50 Cent and Generation Y ennui, represented in a bourgeois radio format - by one of Britain's most exciting comedians.

Written By: Liam Williams

Produced By: Arnab Chanda

It is a BBC Radio Comedy Production.


TUE 23:30 With Great Pleasure (b08pdy0c)
Liz Carr

The comedian and actor Liz Carr, who plays Clarissa in Silent Witness, chooses the words and poetry that inspire her one way or another. Expect the unexpected in her choices which range from Laura Hershey's poem You Get Proud by Practicing to Peter Falk's memoir on playing Detective Columbo as well as an extract from her Dad's PHD in Chemistry and her own childhood poems on being 7 by Elizabeth Anne Carr.
She's joined on stage at the Radio Theatre by her friends Penny Pepper and Daniel Weyman who plays her on screen husband.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.



WEDNESDAY 14 JUNE 2017

WED 00:00 Midnight News (b08tbf10)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4. Followed by Weather.


WED 00:30 Book of the Week (b08vg2d2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:45 on Tuesday]


WED 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b08tbf12)

The latest shipping forecast.


WED 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b08tbf15)

WED 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b08tbf17)

The latest shipping forecast.


WED 05:30 News Briefing (b08tbf19)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


WED 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b08vz06g)

A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with Anna Drew, Director of Communications with the Canterbury Diocese.


WED 05:45 Farming Today (b08tbf1c)

The latest news about food, farming and the countryside.


WED 05:58 Tweet of the Day (b08tcnmh)
Will Young on the Woodland Kingfisher

Singer Will Young dates his love of birds from this encounter with the woodland kingfisher.

Tweet of the Day has captivated the Radio 4 audience with its daily 90 seconds of birdsong. But what of the listener to this avian chorus? In this new series of Tweet of the Day, we bring to the airwaves the conversational voices of those who listen to and are inspired by birds. Building on the previous series, a more informal approach to learning alongside a renewed emphasis on encounter with nature and reflection in our relationship with the natural world.

Producer Miles Warde.


WED 06:00 Today (b08tbf1f)

Morning news and current affairs. Including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.


WED 09:00 Soul Music (b08tcnmk)
Series 24, Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

Sandy Denny was just 19 years old when she wrote 'Who Knows Where the Time Goes?', her much-loved song about the passing of time. Soul Music tells the story behind the song and speaks to people for whom it has special meaning.

The record producer Joe Boyd and founder member of Fairport Convention Simon Nicol remember Sandy and her music. We speak to musicians who have covered the song, including folk legend Judy Collins and the singer Rufus Wainwright, about what the song means to them. And we hear from people whose lives have been touched by the song, including the singer-songwriter Ren Harvieu, who suffered a back break in a freak accident and found strength in the song during her recovery. And neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman explains why the years seem to fly past ever more quickly as we grow older. Also featuring contributions from Sandy Denny's biographer Mick Houghton and Dr Richard Elliott, Senior Lecturer in Music at Newcastle University.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.


WED 09:30 John Cleese Presents (b08sndpr)
Series 1, Episode 5

In today's show, John has an accident with his coffee, prompting an unwelcome visitor to the studio - the BBC Health and Safety officer, Elviz Tucker.

Starring John Cleese, Harriet Carmichael, Peter Richardson and Sam Holmes, and written by John Cleese and James Peak.

The extracts used in this programme are taken from John's audiobook of his autobiography, So Anyway.

Producers: James Peak and Andre Jacquemin
A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 09:45 Book of the Week (b08vg10y)
The Secret Life, Episode 3

In an extract from his new collection of essays, THE SECRET LIFE, Andrew O'Hagan reveals the truth behind his difficult collaboration with Julian Assange. O'Hagan has agreed to ghost write the Wikileaks editor's memoir and international interest in the project is mounting but there's a major problem - Assange is getting cold feet...
Read by Andrew O'Hagan
Abridged by Rosemary Goring
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.


WED 10:00 Woman's Hour (b08tbf1h)

Programme that offers a female perspective on the world.


WED 10:41 15 Minute Drama (b08tcnmm)
The Pick Up, Episode 3

David Threlfall and Kimberley Nixon star in Sarah Cartwright's comedy about an estranged father and daughter's road trip to Moscow.


WED 10:55 The Listening Project (b08tcnmp)
Marc and Trevor - On the Bus

Friends who met through an organisation that supports adults with learning difficulties and/or autism, find that managing bus travel has changed their lives. Fi Glover presents another conversation in the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

Producer: Marya Burgess.


WED 11:00 Here's How the Story Ends (b08tc1gs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Monday]


WED 11:30 It's a Fair Cop (b08tcnmr)
Series 3, Cedric the Gnome

Policeman and comedian Alfie Moore returns in this his third series for Radio 4, in which he takes his studio audience through a real-life case that he's investigated and asks them to make the policing decisions he had to make. With tales of life behind the scenes in Britain's police force he offers a rare insight into what it's really like to serve as one of Britain's finest. Winkling out secrets from his audience and recounting very funny anecdotes about law-breakers he has known, Alfie is a delightful and entertaining host.

This, the third in this four-part series, concerns a missing gnome.

Written and presented by Alfie Moore

Script Editor ..... Will Ing

Producer ..... Alison Vernon-Smith.


WED 12:00 News Summary (b08tbf1k)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


WED 12:04 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (b08svw56)
Series 6, The Dark Star

"What's inside a black hole and could we fly a spaceship inside?" asks Jorge Luis Alvarez from Mexico City.

Some interstellar fieldwork is on the agenda in today's Curious Cases. Astrophysicist Sheila Rowan explains how we know invisible black holes actually exist. And cosmologist Andrew Pontzen is on hand to help cook one up.

But which of our intrepid doctors will volunteer to fly into the heart of a black hole?

You can send your Curious Cases for the team to investigate to: curiouscases@bbc.co.uk

Presenters: Hannah Fry, Adam Rutherford
Producer: Michelle Martin.


WED 12:15 You and Yours (b08tbf1m)

Consumer affairs programme.


WED 12:57 Weather (b08tbf1p)

The latest weather forecast.


WED 13:00 World at One (b08tbf1r)

Analysis of news and current affairs.


WED 13:45 Our Man in the Middle East (b08tcnmt)
The Unravelling

Jeremy Bowen's personal history of the Middle East.


WED 14:00 The Archers (b08tcg6y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Tuesday]


WED 14:15 Tommies (b08tcnzm)
14 June 1917

By Jonathan Ruffle.

After the victory at Messines, Belgium are we prepared for the much bigger challenge of Ypres? A tale of sibling and professional rivalry and the cold logistics of organising and servicing the war effort.

Meticulously based on unit war diaries and eye-witness accounts, each episode of TOMMIES traces one real day at war, exactly 100 years ago.

Series created by Jonathan Ruffle
Producers: Jonquil Panting, David Hunter, Jonathan Ruffle
Director: David Hunter.


WED 15:00 Money Box (b08tbf1t)
Money Box Live

Financial phone-in.


WED 15:30 All in the Mind (b08tcg78)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Tuesday]


WED 16:00 Thinking Allowed (b08tcnzp)

Sociological discussion programme, presented by Laurie Taylor.


WED 16:30 The Media Show (b08tbf1w)

Topical programme about the fast-changing media world.


WED 17:00 PM (b08tbf1y)

Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.


WED 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b08tbf20)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


WED 18:30 John Finnemore's Double Acts (b08tcp50)
Series 2, Here's What We Do

It's Pidge and Gavin! The old team back together again for one last mission.

Kieran Hodgson and Ethan Lawrence star in the third of six two-handers written by Cabin Pressure's John Finnemore

Written by John Finnemore
Produced by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 19:00 The Archers (b08tcp52)

Lilian chooses her side, and can Elizabeth see history repeating?


WED 19:15 Front Row (b08tbf22)

Arts news, interviews and reviews.


WED 19:45 15 Minute Drama (b08tcnmm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:41 today]


WED 20:00 Moral Maze (b08tcrpf)

Combative, provocative and engaging debate chaired by Michael Buerk. With Claire Fox, Melanie Phillips, Anne McElvoy and Giles Fraser.


WED 20:45 Four Thought (b08tcrph)

Talks with a personal dimension.


WED 21:00 Science Stories (b08tcrpk)
Series 5, The Medieval Bishop's Big Bang Theory

Philip Ball tells the tale of Robert Grosseteste and his medieval Big Bang Theory. This is the story of how a 12th Century Bishop, obsessed with rainbows, colour and light streaming through Cathedral windows, describes the birth of the cosmos in his treatise 'On Light'. It's a tale of daring invention and imagination, of how an early faith in scientific and mathematical principles, coupled to a belief in a universe ordered by God, gave rise to an uncannily prescient idea. It was nothing less than a medieval Big Bang.

Producer: Erika Wright.


WED 21:30 Soul Music (b08tcnmk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 21:58 Weather (b08tbf24)

The latest weather forecast.


WED 22:00 The World Tonight (b08tbf26)

In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.


WED 22:45 Book at Bedtime (b08tcrpm)
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, The Interrogation Centre

In the new novel by celebrated writer Arundhati Roy events unfold at the Interrogation Centre in war torn Srinigar, Kashmir, which leave Naga and Tilo unnerved. Indira Varma reads.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is Arundhati Roy's first novel since her celebrated debut The God of Small Things which won the Booker Prize in 1997. It takes the listener on a mesmerising journey starting in Delhi and moving to Kashmir which in 1996, when this episode is set, is in the throes of a bitter conflict. As old friends, Biplab, Naga, Musa and Tilo are brought back into one another's orbit, the corrupting nature of power is brought into stark relief as they endure through the darkest of times sustained by hope and most of all love.

For the recent Front Row interview with Arundhati Roy, new features and archive programmes about her life and work visit the Radio 4 website. While you're there, if you've missed an episode or you would like to listen ahead you can also find out how to download all fifteen episodes. Or you can go to the iPlayer Radio app.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.


WED 23:00 The Damien Slash Mixtape (b08tcx1g)
Series 1, Episode 1

Multi-character YouTube star Damien Slash makes the move from online to Radio 4, in this new fast-paced, one-man sketch comedy show. From the surreal to the satirical, from the zeitgeist to the absurd, Damien serves up a range of high octane characters, all from his own voice. Adverts, actors, hipsters, trolls - no aspect of modern life is left un-skewered.

Written by and starring Damien Slash (aka Daniel Barker).
Additional material by Robin Morgan.
Produced by Sam Bryant.
A BBC Studios production.


WED 23:15 Little Lifetimes by Jenny Eclair (b04brs9j)
Series 1, Fifteen Minutes to Landing

by Jenny Éclair

The first of a series of stories set in real time as six very different women share their secrets.
A couple experience severe turbulence on a flight but it turns out to be not nearly
as bumpy as their marriage.

Produced by Sally Avens.


WED 23:30 With Great Pleasure (b086nzhh)
Sir Trevor McDonald

Veteran broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald chooses his favourite words and poetry for With Great Pleasure, including Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken which brought him comfort far from home in a war zone.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.



THURSDAY 15 JUNE 2017

THU 00:00 Midnight News (b08tbf40)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4. Followed by Weather.


THU 00:30 Book of the Week (b08vg10y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:45 on Wednesday]


THU 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b08tbf42)

The latest shipping forecast.


THU 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b08tbf44)

THU 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b08tbf46)

The latest shipping forecast.


THU 05:30 News Briefing (b08tbf48)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


THU 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b08spyl9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 05:43 on Saturday]


THU 05:45 Farming Today (b08tbf4b)

The latest news about food, farming and the countryside.


THU 05:58 Tweet of the Day (b08tfsq2)
Tristan Gooley on the Wood Pigeon

Writer Tristan Gooley on the wood pigeon.

Tweet of the Day has captivated the Radio 4 audience with its daily 90 seconds of birdsong. But what of the listener to this avian chorus? In this new series of Tweet of the Day, we bring to the airwaves the conversational voices of those who listen to and are inspired by birds. Building on the previous series, a more informal approach to learning alongside a renewed emphasis on encounter with nature and reflection in our relationship with the natural world.

Producer Miles Warde.


THU 06:00 Today (b08tbf4d)

Morning news and current affairs. Including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.


THU 09:00 In Our Time (b08tbf4g)
The American Populists

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss what, in C19th America's Gilded Age, was one of the most significant protest movements since the Civil War, with repercussions well into C20th. Farmers in the South and Midwest felt ignored by the urban and industrial elites, who were thriving as the farmers suffered droughts and low prices. The farmers were politically and physically isolated. As one man wrote on his abandoned farm, 'two hundred and fifty miles to the nearest post office, one hundred miles to wood, twenty miles to water, six inches to Hell'. They formed the Populist, or People's, Party to fight their cause, put up candidates for President, won several states and influenced policies. In the South, though, their appeal to black farmers stimulated their political rivals to suppress the black vote for decades, and set black and poor white farmers against each other, tightening segregation. Aspects of the Populists ideas re-emerged, effectively, in Roosevelt's New Deal, even if they are mainly remembered now, if at all, thanks to allegorical references in The Wizard of Oz.

With

Lawrence Goldman
Professor of History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Mara Keire
Lecturer in US History at the University of Oxford

And

Christopher Phelps
Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Nottingham

Producer: Simon Tillotson.


THU 09:45 Book of the Week (b08vg16z)
The Secret Life, Episode 4

In an extract from his new collection of essays, THE SECRET LIFE, Andrew O'Hagan reveals the truth behind his difficult collaboration with Julian Assange. As the Wikileaks editor battles extradition to Sweden to face rape charges, O'Hagan struggles to keep the memoir on track.
Read by the author
Abridged by Rosemary Goring
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.


THU 10:00 Woman's Hour (b08tbf4j)

Programme that offers a female perspective on the world.


THU 10:45 15 Minute Drama (b08tfsq6)
The Pick Up, Episode 4

by Sarah Carwright

Director ..... Sally Avens

Beth has agreed to accompany her estranged father on his roadtrip to pick up his Russian mail order bride, but before they get to Moscow she insists they must attempt some emotional healing exercises that will help them move on with their relationship and allow her to commit to her boyfriend.
The exercises, however, don't quite go to plan.


THU 11:00 From Our Own Correspondent (b08w8n67)

Reports from writers and journalists around the world. Presented by Kate Adie.


THU 11:30 I Was... (b08tfsqb)
Series 4, I Was John Lennon's Trauma Surgeon

Dr David Halleran was the trauma surgeon who held John Lennon's heart in his hands after he was fatally shot outside the Dakota buildings in New York.

Halleran was a third-year general surgery resident at New York's Roosevelt Hospital when an unidentified man with four gunshot wounds to the chest was brought to the emergency room. But Halleran didn't recognize the victim and began trying to restore his vital signs like any other patient.

During this time one of the nurses said, "That looks like John Lennon." Halleran was not so sure.

Halleran, a Beatles fan himself, describes the brief time he spent with Lennon as he desperately tried to bring his heart back to life, including massaging it in his hands. This sudden meeting in the most tragic of circumstances became a remarkable event in Halleran's life as well as a defining cultural one for Beatles lovers around the world.

Written and Presented by Andrew McGibbon
Producer: Nick Romero
A Curtains for Radio production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 12:00 News Summary (b08tbf4l)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


THU 12:04 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (b08svw8f)
Series 6, Itchy and Scratchy

"What is an itch and how does scratching stop it? Why does scratching some itches feel so good?!" asks Xander Tarver from Wisborough Green in West Sussex.

Our doctors set off to probe the mysteries of itch, and discover that this overlooked area of medicine is revealing surprising results about the human brain. From why itching is contagious to why scratching is pleasurable, we get under the skin of this medical mystery.

The programme features interviews with neuroscientist Prof Francis McGlone from Liverpool John Moores University, and dermatologist Dr Brian Kim from the Center for the Study of Itch at Washington University. Yes, that is a real place.

You can send your everyday mysteries for the team to investigate to: curiouscases@bbc.co.uk

Presenters: Adam Rutherford, Hannah Fry
Producer: Michelle Martin.


THU 12:15 You and Yours (b08tbf4n)

Consumer affairs programme.


THU 12:57 Weather (b08tbf4q)

The latest weather forecast.


THU 13:00 World at One (b08tbf4s)

Analysis of news and current affairs.


THU 13:45 Our Man in the Middle East (b08tfsqd)
Guns and Olive Branches

Jeremy Bowen's personal history of the Middle East.


THU 14:00 The Archers (b08tcp52)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Wednesday]


THU 14:15 Drama (b08tfsql)
Our Hylda

Our Hylda by Martyn Hesford
A poignant comedy about British TV's first female comedy star.
It's 1968, and Hylda Baker is a big variety star. However, she's never broken through on the telly. But totally out of the blue Granada TV wants her for a new sitcom, "Nearest and Dearest". Hylda's going to be a major TV star. Unfortunately for Hylda, she doesn't get on with her co-star Jimmy Jewell and the studio is a war zone, and to make matters worse Hylda keeps on forgetting her lines. But this masks a bigger problem - Hylda is struggling with the early symptoms of Alzheimer's.

Director/Producer Gary Brown

Martyn Hesford is a well known TV screenwriter with many credits to his name including 'Fantabulosa' and adaptations of Nicholas Nickleby and The Old Curiosity Shop. His last two plays for R4 were the critically acclaimed 'Frankie Takes a Trip' and 'Give Dotty a Chance'.


THU 15:00 Ramblings (b08tfx0j)
Series 36, The Nidderdale Way: Birstwith to Thornton Moor

Clare Balding nears the end of her walk along The Nidderdale Way, a fifty three mile route, that starts and finishes in Pateley Bridge. Today she walks the most easterly stretch passing through the Ripley Estate, home to the Ingilby family for over seven hundred years. Sir Thomas Ingilby a keen long distance walker, and his wife Lady Emma, explain how they welcome ramblers through the estate and have constructed new paths to ease their way.
Producer Lucy Lunt.


THU 15:27 Radio 4 Appeal (b08tbqh6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:54 on Sunday]


THU 15:30 Open Book (b08tbvv8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


THU 16:00 The Film Programme (b08tfx0m)
Nick Broomfield

Francine Stock reports from the Sheffield Documentary Festival, where Nick Broomfield is premiering Whitney: Can I Be Me ?


THU 16:30 BBC Inside Science (b08tbf4v)

Gareth Mitchell explores the science that is changing our world.


THU 17:00 PM (b08tbf4x)

Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.


THU 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b08tbf4z)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


THU 18:30 Paul Sinha's History Revision (b08tfyqj)
Series 3, Episode 1

Comedian and quizzer Paul Sinha returns to Radio 4 for a third series of his award-winning History Revision. Previous series have seen Paul tell you how Portugal's invasion of Morocco in 1415 lead directly to the 2014 World Cup; how the 1909 launch of an Austro-Hungarian submarine prevented Dr Zhivago winning an Oscar; and the story the black woman who refused to give up a seat on an Alabama bus and ended up changing the law - no, it wasn't Rosa Parks.

This series will once again see Paul shine a light on the important historical moments that you never got taught at school, and explain why so much of what you did learn is wrong. There will also, as ever, be puns.

In this first episode of the series, Paul looks at the sheer volume of history that has been created since series two, including Brexit, every celebrity in the world seeming to pass away, and the election of Donald Trump. He also looks at the contributions to American culture of immigrants, including iconic clothing, iconic entertainment, and iconic icons.

Paul Sinha's History Revision was the winner of the 2016 Rose d'Or for 'Best Radio Comedy'.

Written and performed by ... Paul Sinha
Producer .............................. Ed Morrish
Production co-ordinator ..... Tamara Shilham

A BBC Studios production.


THU 19:00 The Archers (b08tfyql)

Tom puts himself forward, and Rex is feeling bold.


THU 19:15 Front Row (b08tbf51)

Arts news, interviews and reviews.


THU 19:45 15 Minute Drama (b08tfsq6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


THU 20:00 Law in Action (b08tcg6l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


THU 20:30 The Bottom Line (b08tg506)

Evan Davis presents the business magazine.


THU 21:00 BBC Inside Science (b08tbf4v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:30 today]


THU 21:30 In Our Time (b08tbf4g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 21:58 Weather (b08tbf53)

The latest weather forecast.


THU 22:00 The World Tonight (b08tg508)

In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.


THU 22:45 Book at Bedtime (b08tg50b)
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Sound Sight Stench

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is Arundhati Roy's first novel since her award winning debut The God of Small Things which was published in 1997. The story returns listeners to 2014 and the boisterous residents of an old Delhi graveyard., including a young and incorrigible man who goes by the nickname of Saddam Hussein who is busy concocting an innovative escape plan. Indira Varma reads.

Visit the Radio 4 website to find links to new features and archive programmes about the life and work of the acclaimed writer. While you're there, if you've missed an episode or you would like to listen ahead you can also find out how to download all fifteen episodes.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.


THU 23:00 Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! (b06vkg1w)
Series 2, The Swimsman

When Milton discovers the local lido is under threat of closure he unwisely decides to organise a sit-in. But his dreams for a state-of-the-art aquacentre are sunk when his trunks are declared a biohazard.

Mention Milton Jones to most people and the first thing they think is 'Help!'. Because each week, Milton and his trusty assistant Anton (played by Milton regular, Tom Goodman-Hill) set out to help people and soon find they're embroiled in a new adventure. Because when you're close to the edge, then Milton can give you a push.

"Milton Jones is one of Britain's best gagsmiths with a flair for creating daft yet perfect one-liners" - The Guardian.

"King of the surreal one-liners" - The Times

"If you haven't caught up with Jones yet - do so!" - The Daily Mail

Written by Milton with James Cary (Bluestone 42, Miranda), and Dan Evans (who co-wrote Milton's Channel 4 show House Of Rooms) the man they call "Britain's funniest Milton", returns to the radio with a fully-working cast and a shipload of new jokes.

The cast includes regulars Tom Goodman-Hill ( Spamalot, Mr. Selfridge) as the ever-faithful Anton, Josie Lawrence and Dan Tetsell.

With music by Guy Jackson.

Produced and directed by David Tyler
A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 23:30 With Great Pleasure (b01pzqnk)
Mel Giedroyc at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

Mel Giedroyc, presenter of The Great British Bake Off and R4 Extra's The 4 O'Clock Show, introduces her favourite pieces of writing to the audience at The Cheltenham Literature Festival. From things that make her laugh - like Ronnie Barker's wordplay and choice extracts from Jackie magazine, to those with a special meaning for her, such as a poem about a mouth-watering Lithuanian stew...

Readers Dave Mounfield and Susie Donkin
Producer Beth O'Dea

Pieces featured in the programme:
Dr Spooner in the Bookshop by Ronnie Barker
From All I Ever Wrote: The Complete Works by Ronnie Barker, Sidgwick & Jackson
First Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton, Dragon Books
Can You Face Yourself from The Best of Jackie, Prion Books
Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz
Translation by Kenneth Mackenzie, Everyman's Library Dent
Cooking in a Bedsitter by Katharine Whitehorn, Virago
I, an Actor by Nicholas Craig (Nigel Planer and Christopher Douglas), Methuen.



FRIDAY 16 JUNE 2017

FRI 00:00 Midnight News (b08vkk7t)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4. Followed by Weather.


FRI 00:30 Book of the Week (b08vg16z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:45 on Thursday]


FRI 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b08vkk7w)

The latest shipping forecast.


FRI 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b08vkk81)

FRI 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b08vkk87)

The latest shipping forecast.


FRI 05:30 News Briefing (b08vkk89)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


FRI 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b08w50f5)

A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with Anna Drew, Director of Communications with the Canterbury Diocese.


FRI 05:45 Farming Today (b08vkk8c)

The latest news about food, farming and the countryside.


FRI 05:58 Tweet of the Day (b08tgfsl)
Jimi Goodwin on the Cuckoo

Musician Jimi Goodwin on his shock at discovering the cuckoo's wicked ways.

Tweet of the Day has captivated the Radio 4 audience with its daily 90 seconds of birdsong. But what of the listener to this avian chorus? In this new series of Tweet of the Day, we bring to the airwaves the conversational voices of those who listen to and are inspired by birds. Building on the previous series, a more informal approach to learning alongside a renewed emphasis on encounter with nature and reflection in our relationship with the natural world.

Producer Miles Warde.


FRI 06:00 Today (b08tbf67)

Morning news and current affairs. Including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.


FRI 09:00 Desert Island Discs (b08tbrlc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Sunday]


FRI 09:45 Book of the Week (b08vg2x9)
The Secret Life, Episode 5

In an extract from his new collection of essays, THE SECRET LIFE, Andrew O'Hagan reveals the truth behind his difficult collaboration with Julian Assange. As Canongate prepares to publish its unauthorised biography of the Wikileaks editor, ghostwriter O'Hagan reflects on his relationship with the controversial figure and the failure of a project with so much promise.
Read by the author
Abridged by Rosemary Goring
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.


FRI 10:00 Woman's Hour (b08tbf69)

Programme that offers a female perspective on the world.


FRI 10:45 15 Minute Drama (b08tgjkw)
The Pick Up, Episode 5

by Sarah Cartwright

Beth agrees to accompany her estranged father on a road trip to Moscow to pick up his mail order bride, but why does she arrive there under her own steam? Did her Dad really abandon her in a park when she was attempting to heal old wounds between them? Has she permanently mucked up her relationship with her boyfriend Christopher? Will she ever be able to say the word 'marriage' without getting a rash? These and other questions are answered in a comedy that crosses both emotional and physical borders.


FRI 11:00 It's My Baby Too (b08tgjky)

How are men affected by abortion? There are around 200,000 legal abortions carried out in England, Scotland and Wales every year and it's estimated that 1 in 3 women will have a termination at some point in their lifetime. Women are offered support and counselling through the process - but do we do enough to help the many men affected by the experience?

Aasmah Mir talks to men who have gone through the experience and to women about how they feel men cope with abortion. She hears from abortion service providers about the current process, academics about the limited research conducted into the impact abortion has on men, and experts working in the field of relationship counselling.

Fifty years after abortion was decriminalised in most of the UK, Aasmah discovers there's still a lot of stigma around it and the experience of men is often a closed topic. One man, who has supported three partners through terminations, tells Aasmah, "'I've not spoken to anybody about this ever. I did bring it up once recently but people just seem to want to sweep it under the carpet with me. They were embarrassed that I brought it up. It's a taboo. You can't really talk about it."

US psychologist Michael Simon says, for some men, the experience can have a serious long term impact on how they deal in particular with sex and relationships.

But others don't feel men should be offered any extra support at all. UK newspaper columnist Sarah Ditum says, "The more you involve men, the more you take the focus away from women. You're suddenly allowing this other person in, who in a physical sense is very much the junior partner in the whole baby making process."

A Made in Manchester production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 11:30 Polyoaks (b08tgjl0)
Series 5, The Ghosts of Patients Present

The NHS satire by Dr Phil Hammond and David Spicer returns and the staff at Polyoaks continue their struggle to survive, all the while dodging the CQC, the GMC and the many other acronyms the NHS is prone to - as well as keeping their finances, computer systems and patients from failing.

This series - starring Nigel Planer, Polly Frame, Simon Greenall, David Westhead and Margaret Cabourn-Smith - deals with such knotty issues as PFIs and privatisation, social care and taking care of ourselves, corporate consultants and "super practices", the power of the Care Quality Commission and the fate of single handed GPs.

Doctors Hugh and Roy Thornton continue to argue over who's responsible for the state of the NHS - Lansley or Hunt, Corbyn or May, Blair, Thatcher or Bevan. Dr Jeremy struggles to understand medicine, duty of candour and fungal infections, while Staff Nurse Monica takes on the Herculean task of managing the dysfunctional Polyoaks practice - while wishing she was back in Scotland.

This first episode guest stars Sheila Reid (Benidorm) as Polyoaks' healthiest patient, as Roy is told to strike her off his list for being too well.

Written by Dr Phil Hammond and Mr David Spicer
Directed by Frank Stirling

A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 12:00 News Summary (b08tbf6c)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


FRI 12:04 The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry (b08svx8y)
Series 6, The Sonic Weapon

"It started while listening to the excellent Experiment IV by Kate Bush. The premise of the song is of a band who secretly work for the military to create a 'sound that could kill someone'. Is it scientifically possible to do this?" asks Paul Goodfield.

Hannah consults acoustic engineer Trevor Cox to ask if sonic weapons could kill. And Adam delves into subsonic frequencies with parapsychologist Chris French to investigate their spooky effects.

You can send your everyday mysteries for the team to investigate to: curiouscases@bbc.co.uk

Presenters: Adam Rutherford, Hannah Fry
Producer: Michelle Martin.


FRI 12:15 You and Yours (b08tbf6f)

Consumer news and issues.


FRI 12:57 Weather (b08tbf6h)

The latest weather forecast.


FRI 13:00 World at One (b08tbf6k)

Analysis of news and current affairs.


FRI 13:45 Our Man in the Middle East (b08tgjl2)
Missiles and the Ballot Box

Jeremy Bowen reflects on the present and the past of the Middle East, after reporting from the region for more than a quarter of a century. He combines first-hand accounts from the front line with an in-depth look into the region's history. He has witnessed endless wars between individuals, religious groups and full-sized states, jostling for military, political and economic power. He has interviewed dictators, fanatics and fundamentalists as well as the ordinary people caught up in their dangerous games. In that time, the past has always been present, providing motivation and political ammunition . Bowen has made headlines himself and he has paid a personal price, coming under fire and losing a colleague in the course of reporting - on the worst day, he says, in his life.

Producers: Mark Savage and Cara Swift.


FRI 14:00 The Archers (b08tfyql)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Thursday]


FRI 14:15 Drama (b05qk32w)
Carter Mysteries: The Incident of the Russian Visitors

by Jonathan Holloway

The 20th Century has left the Carter warehouse crammed with history. When a dodgy pair arrive looking for a long-lost Russian table it's the beginning of a far-reaching and dangerous tale.

Director: David Hunter.


FRI 15:00 Gardeners' Question Time (b08tglj5)
Scottish Borders

Peter Gibbs and his panel of horticultural experts are in the Scottish Borders. Matt Biggs, Anne Swithinbank and Bob Flowerdew answer the questions from local gardeners.

Matthew Wilson pays a visit to the Oxfordshire home of Academy Award winning actor and keen gardener Jeremy Irons. Jeremy gives Matthew an exclusive look around his gardens, takes huge pride in his fruit and veg patch and reveals how gardening on this side of the pond has kept him from ever moving away from Britain and Ireland.

Produced by Dan Cocker
Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 15:45 Short Works (b08tglj7)
Series 1, The Beautiful Girl

An original short work for radio by Australian writer Sophie Townsend.

Sophie Townsend works as a radio producer, writer and storyteller. She is part of ABC Radio's Creative Audio Unit, where she works on projects as a script and story editor. She has produced work for the BBC and the CBC, and her work has been featured at the Third Coast and Hear Say Festivals. Sophie lives in Sydney with her gorgeous daughters and beloved dog, Charlie.


FRI 16:00 Last Word (b08tglj9)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.


FRI 16:30 Feedback (b08tgljc)

Radio 4's forum for audience comment.


FRI 16:55 The Listening Project (b08tgljf)
Paul and Danny - Learning How to Love

Friends who have struggled with commitment share an honest conversation about their inherent prejudices. Fi Glover presents another conversation in the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

Producer: Marya Burgess.


FRI 17:00 PM (b08tbf6m)

Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.


FRI 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b08tbf6p)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


FRI 18:30 Dead Ringers (b08tgljh)
Series 18, 16/06/2017

Recorded the day before transmission, the satirical sketch show remains as sharp and topical as ever. Impressions and caricatures are the charming couriers of explosively satirical truth-bombs.

The series is written by Private Eye writers Tom Jamieson and Nev Fountain, together with Tom Coles, Ed Amsden, Sarah Campbell, Laurence Howarth, James Bugg, Laura Major, Max Davis, Jack Bernhardt and others.

The series stars Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis MacLeod, Deborah Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey.


FRI 19:00 The Archers (b08tgljk)

Justin smooths the way, and Matt sticks his oar in.


FRI 19:15 Front Row (b08tbf6r)

News, reviews and interviews from the worlds of art, literature, film and music.


FRI 19:45 15 Minute Drama (b08tgjkw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


FRI 20:00 Any Questions? (b08tgljm)

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate and discussion from Thurston Sixth Form Campus in Beyton, Suffolk.


FRI 20:50 A Point of View (b08tgljp)

A reflection on a topical issue.


FRI 21:00 Intrigue: Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel (b08tgn02)
Omnibus

This is a story of death, sex and power in China. Five years ago, China's most charismatic politician, Bo Xilai, was toppled. His disgrace allowed his great rival, Xi Jinping, to dominate the political stage in a way unseen in China since the days of Chairman Mao. A single murder played a key role in all of this.

The BBC's China Editor Carrie Gracie investigates a story that has become a political taboo. She was warned off making this programme and her phones were tapped, her emails hacked and many of her sources went to ground. She drew upon decades' worth of experience and contacts in China to paint a vivid picture of the sometimes lurid life inside a top Communist family - and how its downfall has created the China we have today.

Producers: Neal Razzell & Maria Byrne.


FRI 21:58 Weather (b08tbf6t)

The latest weather forecast.


FRI 22:00 The World Tonight (b08tbf6w)

In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.


FRI 22:45 Book at Bedtime (b08tgn04)
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, The Untimely Death of Miss Jebeen the First

In the celebrated writer Arundhati Roy's powerful new novel it is 1996 and tragedy lies in wait for Musa as martyrdom steals into the Kashmir Valley. Indira Varma reads.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is Arundhati Roy's first novel since her celebrated debut The God of Small Things which won the Booker Prize in 1997. It is set in a graveyard in Old Delhi and also in 1996 in war torn Kashmir where love and hope struggle to survive in the heat of a brutal conflict. As the story undertakes its kaleidoscopic journey through time and space, listeners will encounter a cast of vivid and unforgettable characters.

For new features and archive programmes about Arundhati Roy's life and work visit the Radio 4 website. While you're there, if you've missed an episode or you would like to listen ahead you can also find out how to download all fifteen episodes.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.


FRI 23:00 A Good Read (b08tcg6p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:30 on Tuesday]


FRI 23:27 With Great Pleasure (b01qdtq0)
Natalie Haynes

Inspirational prose and poetry chosen by comedian and critic Natalie Haynes, read by Tracy Wiles, Dan Mersh and special guest Julian Barnes and recorded in front of an audience.
The pieces reflect Natalie's enthusiasms from childhood to her career as a classicist and include observations on life, death and why women don't need the men of their dreams.
Producer Christine Hall.


FRI 23:55 The Listening Project (b08tgn4t)
Tom and Duncan - The Fifth Sense

Having lost their sense of smell, they have had to find other routes to fulfil their passions. Fi Glover presents another conversation in the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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 (b08tbx8v)

15 Minute Drama 19:45 MON (b08tbx8v)

15 Minute Drama 10:45 TUE (b08tcbrr)

15 Minute Drama 19:45 TUE (b08tcbrr)

15 Minute Drama 10:41 WED (b08tcnmm)

15 Minute Drama 19:45 WED (b08tcnmm)

15 Minute Drama 10:45 THU (b08tfsq6)

15 Minute Drama 19:45 THU (b08tfsq6)

15 Minute Drama 10:45 FRI (b08tgjkw)

15 Minute Drama 19:45 FRI (b08tgjkw)

A Good Read 16:30 TUE (b08tcg6p)

A Good Read 23:00 FRI (b08tcg6p)

A Point of View 08:48 SUN (b08spwl6)

A Point of View 20:50 FRI (b08tgljp)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 18:30 TUE (b0832mwg)

All in the Mind 21:00 TUE (b08tcg78)

All in the Mind 15:30 WED (b08tcg78)

Analysis 21:30 SUN (b08slvk8)

Analysis 20:30 MON (b08tc1gv)

Any Answers? 14:00 SAT (b08sksk1)

Any Questions? 13:10 SAT (b08spwl4)

Any Questions? 20:00 FRI (b08tgljm)

Archive on 4 20:00 SAT (b08tbbmt)

BBC Inside Science 16:30 THU (b08tbf4v)

BBC Inside Science 21:00 THU (b08tbf4v)

Bells on Sunday 05:43 SUN (b08tbmbr)

Bells on Sunday 00:45 MON (b08tbmbr)

Beyond Belief 16:30 MON (b08tbzlw)

Book at Bedtime 22:45 MON (b08tc1gx)

Book at Bedtime 22:45 TUE (b08tch0l)

Book at Bedtime 22:45 WED (b08tcrpm)

Book at Bedtime 22:45 THU (b08tg50b)

Book at Bedtime 22:45 FRI (b08tgn04)

Book of the Week 00:30 SAT (b08sphs6)

Book of the Week 18:45 SAT (b08sphs6)

Book of the Week 09:45 MON (b08tbx8s)

Book of the Week 00:30 TUE (b08tbx8s)

Book of the Week 09:45 TUE (b08vg2d2)

Book of the Week 00:30 WED (b08vg2d2)

Book of the Week 09:45 WED (b08vg10y)

Book of the Week 00:30 THU (b08vg10y)

Book of the Week 09:45 THU (b08vg16z)

Book of the Week 00:30 FRI (b08vg16z)

Book of the Week 09:45 FRI (b08vg2x9)

Broadcasting House 09:00 SUN (b08tbdpf)

Butterbeer and Grootcakes 10:30 SAT (b08tgbc2)

Dead Ringers 18:30 FRI (b08tgljh)

Desert Island Discs 11:15 SUN (b08tbrlc)

Desert Island Discs 09:00 FRI (b08tbrlc)

Drama 15:00 SAT (b06sf10d)

Drama 21:00 SAT (b08skykk)

Drama 15:00 SUN (b08tbvv6)

Drama 14:15 MON (b08tby78)

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Drama 14:15 FRI (b05qk32w)

Farming Today 06:30 SAT (b08sksjl)

Farming Today 05:45 MON (b08tbdtl)

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Farming Today 05:45 WED (b08tbf1c)

Farming Today 05:45 THU (b08tbf4b)

Farming Today 05:45 FRI (b08vkk8c)

Feedback 20:00 SUN (b08spvzq)

Feedback 16:30 FRI (b08tgljc)

File on 4 17:00 SUN (b08sn973)

File on 4 20:00 TUE (b08tcg72)

Food Programme 12:32 SUN (b08tbrlf)

Food Programme 15:30 MON (b08tbrlf)

Four Thought 20:45 WED (b08tcrph)

From Our Own Correspondent 11:30 SAT (b08sksjs)

From Our Own Correspondent 11:00 THU (b08w8n67)

Front Row 19:15 MON (b08tbdvf)

Front Row 19:15 TUE (b08tbdyd)

Front Row 19:15 WED (b08tbf22)

Front Row 19:15 THU (b08tbf51)

Front Row 19:15 FRI (b08tbf6r)

FutureProofing 22:15 SAT (b08snhwt)

Gardeners' Question Time 14:00 SUN (b08spttm)

Gardeners' Question Time 15:00 FRI (b08tglj5)

Here's How the Story Ends 20:00 MON (b08tc1gs)

Here's How the Story Ends 11:00 WED (b08tc1gs)

Hull Before Culture 23:00 MON (b086t7f4)

I Was... 11:30 THU (b08tfsqb)

In Our Time 09:00 THU (b08tbf4g)

In Our Time 21:30 THU (b08tbf4g)

In Touch 20:40 TUE (b08tbdyj)

Intrigue: Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel 21:00 FRI (b08tgn02)

It's My Baby Too 11:00 FRI (b08tgjky)

It's a Fair Cop 11:30 WED (b08tcnmr)

John Cleese Presents 09:30 WED (b08sndpr)

John Finnemore's Double Acts 18:30 WED (b08tcp50)

Just a Minute 12:04 SUN (b08sltcb)

Just a Minute 18:30 MON (b08tbzly)

Last Word 20:30 SUN (b08spvzn)

Last Word 16:00 FRI (b08tglj9)

Laura Barton's Notes from a Musical Island 11:30 TUE (b08tcbrw)

Law in Action 16:00 TUE (b08tcg6l)

Law in Action 20:00 THU (b08tcg6l)

Liam Williams: Ladhood 23:00 TUE (b06pb839)

Life at Absolute Zero 19:45 SUN (b08tbw0c)

Little Lifetimes by Jenny Eclair 23:15 WED (b04brs9j)

Loose Ends 18:30 SAT (b08skskf)

Making History 15:30 TUE (b08tcg6f)

Midnight News 00:00 SAT (b08sksj4)

Midnight News 00:00 SUN (b08tbdnh)

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