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SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER 2017

SAT 00:00 Midnight News (b099v3d9)

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


SAT 00:30 Book of the Week (b09b19y8)
Daemon Voices, Soft Beulah's Night - William Blake and Vision

In these personal, entertaining and deeply thoughtful essays, Philip Pullman examines the art of storytelling.

Written over a period of 30 years, they reflect on a wide range of topics including the origins of his own stories, the practice of writing and the storytellers who have most inspired him.

In today's final essay, Philip recalls how, at the age of sixteen, he discovered visionary 18th century poet William Blake through the "hellish rapture" of beat poet Alan Ginsberg's Howl.

Adapted and produced by Kate McAll
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b099v3dc)

The latest shipping forecast.


SAT 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b099v3df)

SAT 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b099v3dh)

The latest shipping forecast.


SAT 05:30 News Briefing (b099v3dk)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


SAT 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b09b1bq9)

A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with Dr Elaine Storkey, a philosopher, sociologist, and theologian.


SAT 05:45 iPM (b09b1bqc)
I loathe my stepsons

A listener on what she can't tell her husband or her friends.

iPM is the news programme that starts with its listeners. Email ipm@bbc.co.uk. Twitter: @BBCiPM. Presented by Luke Jones and Eddie Mair. Produced by Emma Close.


SAT 06:00 News and Papers (b099v3dm)

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


SAT 06:07 Open Country (b09b0wbb)
The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh

How do you keep history alive? It's claimed the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh - fought in 1547 between the Scots and the English - has largely been forgotten despite being the largest Battle fought on Scottish soil. Helen Mark travels to Musselburgh in East Lothian to see re-enactors gather from across the UK to live as the forces did and fight to the (acted) death to remember the battle in front of an audience. The current Duke of Somerset - who descends from the leader of the English troops braves a return to Scotland to see the event. The areas on which the original battle was fought may not give many clues if it were not for the efforts of the Battlefield Group who fight to protect sites like this and mark their significance in our history.


SAT 06:30 Farming Today (b099v3dp)
Farming Today This WeeK: Autumn Harvest

Farming Today This Week is on a family fruit farm and Pick-Your-Own site nestled between the Malvern Hills and the River Severn in Worcestershire. David Gregory-Kumar visits Clive's Fruit Farm which is almost 100 years old and now into the fourth generation of farmers. The family have diversified into apple juice production and even run a children's nursery along with the PYO operation. There are also reports on harvesting walnuts, crab apples for gin making and one of the reporters follows a wild mushroom forager as he teaches novices the tricks of the trade.

Presented by David Gregory-Kumar
Produce by Alun Beach.


SAT 06:57 Weather (b099v3dr)

The latest weather forecast.


SAT 07:00 Today (b09bx9fb)

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


SAT 09:00 Saturday Live (b099v3dt)
Goldie

Goldie, producer, DJ and artist; actor Tim Bentinck and model and campaigner Mary Russell join Aasmah Mir and the Reverend Richard Coles..

Born in Walsall and brought up in a series of children's homes, Goldie made his name as a graffiti artist before becoming a sought after producer and DJ. As an actor he appeared in the James Bond film the World is Not Enough and learned how to conduct an orchestra in the BBC series Maestro. His new book, All Things Remembered, written with Ben Thompson, looks back at his eventful life and reveals how hot yoga has helped him come to terms with his past. All Things Remembered is published by Faber and Faber.

Mary Russell is a model, disability rights campaigner and a television personality. Born with achondroplasia - a common cause of dwarfism - she also works for a range of charities which aim to educate people about disability. Mary has appeared in the television series the Undateables and more recently in the BBC series Without Limits in which a group of people with disabilities travelled to Vietnam.

Actor Tim Bentinck has played the role of David Archer in BBC Radio 4's soap opera The Archers for the past 35 years. In his memoir, Being David Archer, he recounts his varied life from being born in Tasmania to being the Earl of Portland (a title he inherited from a distant cousin) the voice of Mind the Gap on the Piccadilly Line, an HGV truck driver, an inventor and the voice of James Bond in the computer game The World is Not Enough. Being David Archer is published by Constable and Robinson.

Also on the programme is Eloise Sentito who left her job as an academic to drive around the country in a campervan which is now her home and where she weaves blankets and shawls inspired by the landscape around her.

JP Devlin visits Rosamund Young who runs a farm in the Cotswolds where she observes the mannerisms and relationships developed by her cattle - all the better to learn from their behaviour. The Secret Life of Cows is published by Faber and Faber.

And comedian Shazia Mirza reveals her inheritance tracks - Verdi's The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from the opera Nabucco and Heroes by David Bowie.

Producer: Paula McGinley.


SAT 10:30 The Kitchen Cabinet (b09bx9fg)
Series 18, Ipswich

Jay Rayner and the panel visit Ipswich. Zoe Laughlin, Jordan Bourke, Tim Anderson and Andi Oliver answer the questions.

This week the panellists discuss Halloween kitchen ideas, delve into Suffolk's rich Saxon culinary heritage, and track the migration to Ipswich of the Gressingham Duck.

They also give some savoury almond recipe ideas and suggestions for vegan broths.

Producer: Darby Dorras
Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett

Food Consultant: Anna Colquhoun

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 11:00 The Week in Westminster (b09bx9fj)

Peter Oborne of the Daily Mail investigates the row over universal credit. He hears about life in the Commons when the government has no majority. There's an eye-witness account of the refugee camps outside Myanmar. And reflections on the letter which paved the way for the creation of the state of Israel, 100 years ago.

Editor: Peter Mulligan.


SAT 11:30 From Our Own Correspondent (b099v3dw)

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


SAT 12:00 News Summary (b099v3dy)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


SAT 12:04 Money Box (b09bx9fl)
The £14.8M BrightHouse customer payout: a former manager's view.

The FCA has told BrightHouse to pay £14.8m in compensation and refunds to 249,000 customers. The action follows the financial regulator's findings that the rent-to-own household goods firm was "not a responsible lender" for failing to properly check whether people who took out agreements between 1 April 2014 and 30 September 2016 would be able to make the required payments. It also found it did not refund customers whose agreements were cancelled before the goods had been delivered but after first payments had been taken. Former BrightHouse branch manager Lois details her experiences of working for the company including how customers were persuaded to take on debt.

People with serious financial problems could get a legally protected six-week breathing space to get advice and repair their finances as part of a plan put out for consultation by the government this week. During that time they wouldn't have to pay other charges, interest on debts or be visited by bailiffs. A similar Debt Arrangement Scheme already operates in Scotland. Mike O'Connor, Chief Executive of the StepChange debt charity and Yvonne MacDermid, Chief Executive of Money Advice Scotland. discuss the practicalities .

As the government launches a review aimed at improving the process of buying a home to make it 'faster and less stressful' reporter Tony Bonsignore investigates the role of conveyancing solicitors. It's an area the review will look at to see what the industry could do to help consumers make more informed decisions when selecting one. Guest: Beth Rudolph from the Conveyancing Association

Presenter: Adam Shaw
Producer: Charmaine Cozier
Editor: Andrew Smith.


SAT 12:30 The News Quiz (b09b19yx)
Series 94, 27/10/2017

Miles Jupp is joined by Simon Evans, Angela Barnes, Hugo Rifkind & Zoe Lyons to hash out the week's news.

The teams discuss the China's leader Xi Jinping's political reshuffle, Lord Lawson's climate change denial on Radio 4's Today programme and Labour MP Jarad O'Hara's suspension from the party.

The chair's script is written by James Kettle, Benjamin Partridge and David Reed with additional material by Saskia Preston and Robin Morgan.
The producer is Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production.


SAT 12:57 Weather (b099v3f0)

The latest weather forecast.


SAT 13:00 News (b099v3f2)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


SAT 13:10 Any Questions? (b09b19z1)
Dan Jarvis MP, Loveday Jenkin, Tim Martin, Sarah Wollaston MP

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from Solomon Browne Hall in Mousehole in Cornwall with a panel including the Labour MP Dan Jarvis, Loveday Jenkin from the Cornish nationalist party Mebyon Kernow, the businessman Tim Martin and the Chair of the House of Commons Health Select Committee Sarah Wollaston MP.


SAT 14:00 Any Answers? (b099v3f4)

Listeners have their say on the issues discussed on Any Questions?


SAT 14:30 Drama (b09bx9fn)
Unmade Movies, Hammer Horror's The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula

Dracula travels to 1930's India in this celebrated unproduced Hammer Horror feature film script, part of the ongoing BBC Radio 4 Unmade Movies series and 2017's Fright Night. It's 1932 and Penny (Anna Madeley), a young British woman, travels secretly and alone by train through the heart of India, in search of her sister who has recently disappeared. In her first class carriage she meets Prem (Nikesh Patel) and Lakshmi (Ayesha Dharker), a brother and sister performing duo who have been hired for one night by a Maharajah. Babu (Kulvinder Ghir), who also shares the carriage, is horrified to learn that Penny is unaccompanied and insists that she stays with him and his wife near the caves she is visiting. Prem and Lakshmi are taken by chauffeur to the sinister residence of the Maharajah and his wife the Rani (Meera Syal) and asked to perform that night. The performance is not for the Maharajah though but his new guest, Count Dracula (Lewis MacLeod) . While Lakshmi, soon separated from her brother, finds herself in great danger as she begins to dance for Dracula, Penny makes her way into the hidden cavern beneath the Maharajah's Palace where she is shocked to discover Prem, desperately searching for his sister. As they descend a hidden stone staircase inhabited by poisonous snakes, they soon find themselves looking out on a huge underground chamber full of hundreds of the Rani's acolytes, all waiting for her next human sacrifice to satisfy their blood cult. Will it be Lakshmi? And has Penny's sister already met a similar fate? It's a race against time to get answers before all of them fall under the spell of the hypnotic Count.


SAT 16:00 Woman's Hour (b09bx9fq)
Weekend Woman's Hour: Lola Olufemi, Anne Marie Duff, and David Steel on the 1967 Abortion Act

Lola Olufemi talks about finding herself on the front page of a national newspaper as the face of a campaign to 'decolonise' the English Curriculum at Cambridge University. She is just one of many students backing the campaign and feels she has been scapegoated by the media.

Anne Marie Duff on her new role as Georgie a 42 year old woman from New Jersey who impulsively accosts Alex a solitary 75 year old butcher, a love story which incorporates the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

Yetunde, Luana and Ru, who are all 23, tell us about growing up in Islington. The borough came bottom of our research into the Best Place to be a woman.

We hear the reflections of Lord Steel of Aikwood, whose Private Members Bill led to the creation of the 1967 Abortion Act.

Emma Sewell and Harriet Wallace Jones are responsible for some of the seat fabric designs used on the tube and trains. They are celebrating 25 years together with a new exhibition. They talk about their stand out fabrics and being part of a successful partnership.

Is the Harvey Weinstein scandal changing men's attitudes towards women? Have the allegations around the powerful film producer made men reassess how they interact and even flirt with women? The columnist for The Times, David Aaronovitch, and the stand-up comedian Kae Kurd discuss.

And Dianna Gould tells us what it's like to be 105 years old and her tips for a long and healthy life.

Presented by Jenni Murray
Produce by Rabeka Nurmahomed
Edited by Jane Thurlow.


SAT 17:00 PM (b099v3f6)
Saturday PM

Full coverage of the day's news.


SAT 17:30 The Bottom Line (b09b0wbl)
Agents

This week the programme looks at the business of agents. What exactly do they do and are they adding value to their clients' careers? Evan Davis discusses their role with three agents from the worlds of show business, football and books.

GUESTS

Professor Jonathan Shalit, Chairman, Roar Global

Anna Davis, Literary Agent. Founder and Creator of Curtis Brown Creative Writing course. Curtis Brown Group

James Featherstone, Founder and Owner, OmniSports

Producer: Julie Ball.


SAT 17:54 Shipping Forecast (b099v3f8)

The latest shipping forecast.


SAT 17:57 Weather (b099v3fb)

The latest weather forecast.


SAT 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b099v3fd)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


SAT 18:15 Loose Ends (b099v3fj)
Sir David Jason, Rachel O'Riordan, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Miranda Kaufmann, Weezer, Arthur Smith, Clive Anderson

Clive Anderson and Arthur Smith are joined by Sir David Jason, Rachel O'Riordan, Miranda Kaufmann and Nikki Amuka-Bird for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from Weezer.

Producer: Sukey Firth.


SAT 19:00 Profile (b09bx9fv)
Eniola Aluko

Mark Coles profiles England's women's football team player - and whistleblower - Eniola Aluko.


SAT 19:15 Saturday Review (b099v3fl)
Young Marx, Call Me by Your Name, Art since 9/11, Susie Boyt - Love & Fame, Alias Grace on Netflix

Young Marx is the opening production at Nicholas Hytner's newest venture; the brand new Bridge Theatre in London. It stars Rory Kinnear as a youthful version of the writer of Das Kapital
Armie Hammer plays a visiting professor who is the object of a crush by a younger man in a new film Call me By Your Name.
The exhibition Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 has just opened at The Imperial War Museum in London, showing works by an international array of artists created in the wake of the events of that world-changing day
Susie Boyt's latest novel - Love and Fame - examines relations between siblings as well as a difficult marriage.
Alias Grace on Netflix is a new series dramatising Margaret Atwood's novel

Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Antonia Quirk, Ayesha Hazarika and Ryan Gilbey. the producer is Oliver Jones.


SAT 20:00 Archive on 4 (b08qxd5b)
Close to the Edit

Filmmaker Mike Figgis explores the story of edited film, audio and culture, and how the simple process of cutting and splicing has changed the way people view the world.

We are living in an age of the edit.

From the jump-cuts of Eisenstein and Hitchcock, to the fractured narratives of Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, from the cut-and-paste sounds of musique concrete and hip-hop, to the sensibility of social media (to say nothing of the radio feature itself), it's the edit - the cut, the splice; montage and juxtaposition - that has ushered us into the present. To some, it's the stuff of life itself: chimps, for example, share 99% of our DNA; what matters is the sequencing, the edit.

There's a year zero to this story of the edit. From the moment we get up in the morning until we close our eyes at night, the visual reality we perceive is a continuous stream of apparently linked images. That's the way we experienced the world for millennia. Then suddenly, just over a century ago, human beings were confronted with something else: edited film.

But this isn't an exercise in cinema history. It's about our present culture. A culture in which the invisible mediating hand of the editor is ever-present. A culture of the 'creative commons' in which we can pull anything out of context and re-edit it (a gif, an internet meme, a mash-up, a parody of a political speech) and make the edit itself become an art form. Cutting, splicing, sampling -- it's all part of the way the world functions now. This is just the beginning.

With Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us, Margie Borschke, Walter Murch and Will Self.

Producer: Martin Williams.


SAT 21:00 Drama (b099w7th)
Tsar, Nikolai II - Three Hundred Years

In 1913, the Romanov dynasty celebrated three hundred years since they had claimed the Russian throne. Despite social unrest, public festivities
were enjoyed and Tsar Nikolai II believed he held the hearts of the people. But four years later, following disastrous military campaigns in the
First World War, and with a populace fired by revolutionary rhetoric, his grudging attempts to move with the times were not enough and he was
forced to abdicate. By Mike Walker.

Director Alison Hindell

For the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Radio 4's ambitious chronicle of Russian leaders reaches the present day.
Earlier series of TSAR have covered the reigns of Ivan IV (aka The Terrible), Boris Godunov, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Alexander I, and
Alexander II, the liberator of the serfs.

The final season takes in Nicholas II and the Revolution, Stalin and finally, Putin.

The dramas are produced by Alison Hindell and Sasha Yevtushenko.


SAT 22:00 News and Weather (b099v3fn)

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


SAT 22:15 Moral Maze (b099ypqt)
Elite Universities

Newly-released data obtained by the Labour MP David Lammy shows the dominance of the top two social classes at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Four-fifths of the students accepted between 2010 and 2015 were the offspring of barristers, doctors and chief executives - and the numbers are edging upwards. More offers were made to pupils in the London commuter-belt than in the whole of northern England. Most prime ministers, most judges and a large proportion of those who work in the media went to Oxbridge. It's a route to the top, but according to David Lammy it represents and perpetuates a ruling elite which is "fatally out of touch with the people it purports to serve." Some argue that the admissions bar should be lowered for socially-disadvantaged candidates - that a 'B' from a struggling comprehensive is worth an 'A' from Eton. Some of the top US colleges give weight to an applicant's class to ensure that talented students who have succeeded against the odds are recognised. Others argue that admissions should be based on academic considerations alone, and that the greatest barrier to disadvantaged students is not the entrance criteria of elite universities but the schools that have let them down. For many, social mobility is an intrinsic moral good; they want everyone to achieve their potential regardless of their postcode and they think universities should work towards that. It is, they say, part of their job. Others say their job is simply to be academically outstanding, and if universities mirror social and racial inequalities, that's just a symptom of a bigger problem. Witnesses are Dr Wanda Wyporska, Raph Mokades, Prof Tim Blackman and Prof Geoffrey Alderman.

Producer: Dan Tierney.


SAT 23:00 Quote... Unquote (b099xqpx)

With more than the average quota of quotes, the quotations programme 'Quote ... Unquote' continues. Nigel Rees welcomes back the Author, Simon Brett, the Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz, Columnist, Michele Hanson and Poet and Writer Henry Normal.

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

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

Episode 4 Guests:

Detective Fiction Author Simon Brett
Guardian Columnist Michele Hanson
Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz
Poet and writer Henry Normal

Presenter ... Nigel Rees
Reader ... Charlotte Green
Producer ... Katie Tyrrell
Production co-ordinator ... Beverly Tagg

This is a BBC Studios Production.


SAT 23:30 Conversations on a Bench (b099w7tp)
Series 2, Edinburgh - Janette Ayachi

Anna Scott-Brown hears more stories from the people who stop to sit beside her on benches around the country.

In this edition, she sits on a bench in Inverleith Park in Edinburgh. Throughout the programme, a specially commissioned work by the Edinburgh-based poet Janette Ayachi draws on the voices of those passing their time in the park.

From the bench there is a panoramic view of both the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town. The layering of this strangely three dimensional city of roads and bridges, arches and spires is echoed in the layering of story. A schoolgirl practices her reading, while a man always ready to use his fists regrets a life dominated by drugs. Refugees from Syria are finding their feet as they learn to master the language, while one man connects to his homeland in Africa through song. A local churchman talks of pilgrimage and a museum curator of holding the past - present and future together - as one woman speaks of her fear of aging.

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

An Overtone production for BBC Radio 4.



SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 2017

SUN 00:00 Midnight News (b09bxjz3)

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


SUN 00:30 Short Works (b09b19yh)
Series 1, The Midnight Sandwich

An original short story for Radio 4 from the writer/performer Eva O'Connor. Eva's one woman show 'My Name is Saoirse' won the First Fortnight Award at the Dublin Fringe 2014 and the Argus Angel at the Brighton Fringe 2015. Eva's recent play 'Overshadowed', about a young girl's struggle with anorexia, won the 2015 Fishamble New Writing Award and has recently been adapted into a 8 x 10′ series for BBC3.

Writer ..... Eva O'Connor
Reader ..... Eva O'Connor
Producer ..... Michael Shannon.


SUN 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b09bxjz5)

The latest shipping forecast.


SUN 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b09bxjz7)

SUN 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b09bxjz9)

The latest shipping forecast.


SUN 05:30 News Briefing (b09bxjzc)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


SUN 05:43 Bells on Sunday (b09bxkt3)
All Saints Church, Marsworth, Buckinghamshire

This week's Bells on Sunday, comes from All Saints Church in Marsworth, Buckinghamshire. There have been five bells at the Church since 1662. Four of the present ring date between 1662 and 1702. In 1995 the five old bells were retuned and a new treble cast by Taylors of Loughborough. All six now hang in a new - and locally constructed steel frame. We hear them ringing 'All Saints Place Doubles'.


SUN 05:45 Profile (b09bx9fv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 News Headlines (b09bxjzf)

The latest national and international news.


SUN 06:05 Something Understood (b09bxjzh)
Cars

The poet Michael Symmons Roberts takes us on a journey to reveal our complex relationship with the car and how it means much more to us than simply getting from A to B.

"Cars have only been around for a century," he reminds us, "but in that short span of time they have not just become ubiquitous in our towns and cities, but a permanent fixture in our cultural and metaphorical landscape. Why has the car grown into such a potent symbol, and what does it point to in ourselves and in the world?"

In a search that includes fast cars, car crashes, sat navs and the car wash, Michael reveals that our vehicles have even entered our spiritual psyche - something he doesn't find that surprising. He explains, "It doesn't seem odd to me to find cars cropping up in mystical or religious stories or imaginings. There's something about the combination of the car as a sealed-off private space, like a monastic cell, and as a way of crossing great distances that lends itself to that treatment."

Illustrating his journey with the poetry of Colette Bryce, Les Murray and Seamus Heaney, along with the music of Schubert, Janis Joplin and Tracey Chapman, Michael celebrates the mystery and meditative quality of driving and wonders, with the help of playwright and screenwriter David Mamet, whether the second coming itself might be by means of a mid-sized sedan.

Presenter: Michael Symmons Roberts
Producer: Michael Wakelin
A TBI Media production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 06:35 On Your Farm (b09bxmy4)
Hop Harvest

Thanks to the recent resurgence in craft beers, there's been renewed interest in British hops over the past decade - not only from brewers in the UK, but internationally as well.
This is welcome news for farmers such as Ali Capper, who grows hops and apples at Stocks Farm on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border.
Charlotte Smith heads to the farm during harvest, when Ali and her pickers are battling the wet weather to gather the hops at just the right time - and finds out that despite the strengthening market, pressures including disease, competition and concerns over post-Brexit access to seasonal foreign labour are ensuring that Britain's hop farmers still have plenty on their plates.
Charlotte also speaks to Ben Adams from the hop merchant Charles Faram, to find out exactly what today's buyers are looking for from their hops; why the beer sector is seeing such growth; and whether you really can identify 'terroir' in beer as in wine...
There's also a chance to sample the end product: Stocks Farm is the only farm in Britain with a brewery on site. The Unity Brew House, run by Sarah Saleh, has been developing craft beers with local hops for just over a year, and the team are already earning accolades for their quirky British brews.
Presenter by Charlotte Smith; produced by Lucy Taylor.


SUN 06:57 Weather (b09bxjzk)

The latest weather forecast.


SUN 07:00 News and Papers (b09bxjzm)

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


SUN 07:10 Sunday (b09bxjzp)
Reformation divisions; No technology Shabbat; 21st-century Sunday

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia said this week that he wants to return the country to 'moderate Islam'. Gulf analyst Bill Law tells Emily why he believes the Prince is pursuing this policy.

On Tuesday a service will be held to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation in Europe. The Archbishop of Canterbury will present a text supporting an agreement to resolve the theological dispute that divided the churches. Professor Eamon Duffy and Rev Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch will debate if the divisions have been healed.

Martin Bashir meets one of the world's leading geneticists who says advances in foetal testing may lead to increased screening for minor abnormalities and non-medical traits - in addition to conditions like Down's Syndrome.

The Chief Rabbi has called on Jews around the country to celebrate an authentic Shabbat for ShabbatUK. Trevor Barnes talks to the Chief Rabbi and meets a family who are trying to manage without breaking the rules.

Sexual harassment allegations against the film producer Harvey Weinstein have led to a public discussion about how institutions and organisations deal with these serious issues. This week some women in the Church of England have written about their experiences. Emily speaks to The Rev Charlotte Bannister-Parker who says it can be difficult for women to speak out while the Revd Canon Dr Emma Percy says the Church has clear guidelines on dealing with serious complaints.

For the last ten years photographer Matt Writtle has been documenting how people spend their Sunday. With fewer people attending church he set out to discover what they are doing on the traditional day of rest.

Producers:
David Cook
Louise Clarke-Rowbotham

Series Producer:
Amanda Hancox

Photo: Matt Writtle.


SUN 07:54 Radio 4 Appeal (b09bxmy6)
Myotubular Trust

Nicholas Farrell makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of Myotubular Trust.

Registered Charity Number: 1137177
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 'Myotubular Trust'.
- Cheques should be made payable to 'Myotubular Trust'.


SUN 07:57 Weather (b09bxjzr)

The latest weather forecast.


SUN 08:00 News and Papers (b09bxjzt)

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


SUN 08:10 Sunday Worship (b09bxmy8)
Reformation 500

Bishop Nick Baines in Wittenberg marks the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation.

On October 31st 1517 Martin Luther is said to have posted his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. It was the spark that lit the Reformation and
led to the transformation of Europe. It led to revolutions in theology, politics, education, language and music. It also led to bitter divisions in church and society and
to wounds which have yet to heal.
The Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, leads this act of worship from Wittenberg. He is joined by the well known German actor and singer Julian Sengelmann who is
seeking to engage young people in discussion about what Reformation might mean today. The leaders of both the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches offer
their perspectives and the sermon is preached by former Lutheran Bishop and Reformation Ambassador, Margot Kaessman. Music includes Luther's plaintiff setting of Psalm 130, Out of the depths I cry to thee O Lord and his most famous and confident hymn Ein fest Burg ist unser Gott. (A Mighty Stronghold is Our God.)

Producer: Rosie Dawson.


SUN 08:48 A Point of View (b09b19z3)
Ode to Space

Will Self on why he loves space....

From childhood dreams of being "strapped into the command module of a Saturn 5 rocket about to blast off from Cape Kennedy" to contemplating 1000-million-star mega-clusters in the sky today, Will describes why space is - for him - "both sublime and restful".

Producer: Adele Armstrong.


SUN 08:58 Tweet of the Day (b099xhmg)
Samuel West on the Dipper

Actor and keen birdwatcher Samuel West on hearing first the call of a dipper above the water of a fast flowing river.

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: Tom Bonnett
Photo: Keith Docherty.


SUN 09:00 Broadcasting House (b09bxjzy)

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 (b09bxk00)

Matt makes a new enemy, and Shula struggles to remain calm.


SUN 11:15 Desert Island Discs (b09bxmyb)
Kay Mellor

Kay Mellor, OBE, is an English screenwriter and director best known for TV drama series including Band of Gold, Playing the Field, Fat Friends and The Syndicate. She has won a Bafta award, along with numerous nominations, and she received a Royal Television Society Fellowship in 2016. She has also worked as an actress, and has written for the stage.

Kay was born in Leeds and has lived there all her life. It's also the home of her production company. Her highly successful career now seems worlds away from her early life, when she became pregnant and got married at the age of 16, curtailing her dreams of going to drama school. Later, whilst enjoying motherhood, she decided to return to education, studying for a degree in drama at Bretton Hall College.

Upon graduation, she worked in theatre, then at Granada TV as a scriptwriter on Coronation Street before embarking on her own prolific writing career for TV and theatre.

She celebrates her Golden Wedding anniversary later this year.

Presenter: Kirsty Young
Producer: Sarah Taylor.


SUN 12:00 News Summary (b09bxk02)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


SUN 12:04 The Unbelievable Truth (b099xs64)
Series 19, Episode 4

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

Lloyd Langford, Henning When, Ellie Taylor and John Finnemore are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as boxing, snails, bras and parents.

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


SUN 12:32 The Food Programme (b09bxp0y)
More Problems with Poultry?

Following years of reporting on UK chicken scandals, Dan Saladino looks at investigations now underway by The Food Standards Agency and MPs into practices at supplier 2 Sisters.


SUN 12:57 Weather (b09bxk04)

The latest weather forecast.


SUN 13:00 The World This Weekend (b09bxk06)

Global news and analysis.


SUN 13:30 When Greeks Flew Kites (b09by2sp)
Episode 4

A monthly series in which broadcaster and acclaimed historical novelist Sarah Dunant delves into the past to help frame the present, bringing to life worlds that span the centuries. Taking modern day anxieties as its starting point, the programme considers how certain questions are constant, yet also change their shape over time.

This month, Sarah delves into history to find some answers to the age old question of old age. At a time when lengthening life-expectancy brings increasing pressure on our modern society and the older generation searches for a place within it, she looks at the different responses down the years to this most human of constants.

From the elder statesman of Republican Rome still striving for relevance to the story of how the discovery of Alzheimer's transformed modern America's attitude to growing old, When Greeks Flew Kites takes an honest look at the history of old age and some of the surprising lessons it can teach us today.

The guests are Professor Lyndal Roper from Oxford University, Professor Susannah Ottaway from Carleton College, Professor Jesse Ballenger from Drexel University, and Professor Mary Harlow from the University of Leicester.

Presenter: Sarah Dunant
Producers: Katherine Godfrey and Nathan Gower
Executive Producer: David Prest
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 14:00 Gardeners' Question Time (b09b19yb)
Exeter

Eric Robson and the panel pay a visit to Exeter. Bob Flowerdew, James Wong and Anne Swithinbank answer the audience's horticultural questions.

Produced by Dan Cocker
Assistant Producer: Laurence Bassett

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 14:45 The Listening Project (b09by2sr)
Omnibus - A Child's Perspective

Fi Glover introduces conversations between parents and children, and between children, covering a broad range of topics, providing some surprising insights. All 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 (b09by2st)
Tsar, Lenin: Tears

In 1917, the Romanov dynasty came to an end and the Soviet era began. Lenin's first priority on returning from exile and joining the provisional
government was to get Russia out of the First World War, but not all of his fellow- revolutionaries agreed. And as the Duma wavered, the
Bolsheviks seized their opportunity for complete power.
By Mike Walker

Director Alison Hindell

For the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Radio 4's ambitious chronicle of Russian leaders reaches the present day.
Earlier series of TSAR have covered the reigns of Ivan IV (aka The Terrible), Boris Godunov, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Alexander I and
Alexander II, the liberator of the serfs.

The final season takes in Nicholas II and the Revolution, Stalin and finally, Putin.

The dramas are produced by Alison Hindell and Sasha Yevtushenko.


SUN 16:00 Open Book (b09by2sw)
Graeme Macrae Burnet

Graeme Macrae Burnet joins Alex Clark to discuss his novel The Accident on the A35, a new literary crime thriller. He describes the book as 'a fiction within a fiction', claiming to be not the author but the translator.

Also on the programme, the life and work of South African writer Olive Schreiner, literary news from Chile and Lucy Hughes-Hallett, one of this year's judges, discusses the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer Award of the Year Award.


SUN 16:30 Conversations on a Bench (b09by2sy)
Series 2, 29/10/2017

Anna Scott-Brown hears more stories from the people who stop to sit beside her on benches around the country.

In this edition, she sits on a bench in London's Chinatown. Throughout the programme a specially commissioned work by the poet Sarah Howe draws on the voices of those passing by - and sometimes pausing on - the bench outside a bubble tea shop in Gerrard Street.

These hidden stories are glimpsed through snatched moments and the painful and beautiful stories people tell Anna in this busy urban setting - the life on hold of an illegal immigrant, the gambler who has lost everything and found God but who is still fighting his addiction, the woman whose father committed suicide after the handover of Hong Kong to China, the political exile turned lawyer, the successful businessman, the artist and the chef.

Throughout it all, the importance of food and family emerges as people speak of where they find their roots - in Mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, London's Chinatown itself - and compare the experiences of being a migrant to Britain with a British-born Chinese.

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

Producer Adam Fowler
An Overtone production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 17:00 File on 4 (b099yh8j)
Crossing the Line - Britain's Teenage Drug Mules

Drug dealers from big cities are exploiting thousands of teenagers to traffic Class A drugs to smaller rural towns in what's known as County Lines.

Children - some as young as 9 -are being used as runners to move drugs and cash from cities like London and Manchester hundreds of miles away to other areas of the UK.

It's a massive problem which until recently was being ignored.

File on 4 hears from some of the exploited young people who spent their teens travelling around the UK for months at a time living in drugs dens selling heroin and
crack cocaine.

They do this by taking over the homes of vulnerable people - drug users or the elderly - to sell drugs from and then refuse to leave -a practice called 'cuckooing' which can have tragic consequences.

These trafficked children often find themselves trapped by the gangs unable to escape because of the threat of violence or in order to pay back debts.

Are the authorities are doing enough to protect children from being exploited in this way? Or are they being let down by being viewed as criminals themselves rather
than the victims of organised crime?

Reporter: Simon Cox
Producer: Emma Forde
Editor: Gail Champion.


SUN 17:40 Profile (b09bx9fv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Saturday]


SUN 17:54 Shipping Forecast (b09bxk0b)

The latest shipping forecast.


SUN 17:57 Weather (b09bxk0d)

The latest weather forecast.


SUN 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b09bxk0g)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


SUN 18:15 Pick of the Week (b09bxk0j)
Anna Foster

Can you remember the highlight of the last dinner party you went to? Was it all about the food and drink, or like BBC journalist and presenter Anna Foster do you revel in the heat and light of the conversation?

Pick of the Week is serving up all of those topics that we're warned to avoid in polite company. On the menu, politics, religion, sex, death... and Spam. Nothing's off the table as we sample the atmosphere of deep space, journey into the bowels of Parliament and digest the afterlife.

Presenter: Anna Foster
Producer: Stephen Garner
Production Support: Tim Fernley.


SUN 19:00 The Archers (b09by2t0)

Matt plots his escape, and Justin is on the warpath.


SUN 19:15 Tony Law: 21st Century Adventurer (b09by2t2)

Fearless adventurer Tony Law leads an intrepid team attempting to recover the Lost Girdle of the Amazons.

Tony Law is a celebrity explorer, in the mould of Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Several years ago, he wrote a book about his adventures which, combined with the proceeds from a handful of specially funded expeditions, has bankrolled his operation ever since. He's a big fan of razzle-dazzle and derring do, a man who wants to be perceived as a hero.

As a young man, Tony discovered the stories surrounding his great-grandfather, Anton Lawless, and his grandfather, Antonio Lawless. The Lawless family were renowned explorers, but Tony's accountant father was ashamed of the family's unorthodox past, changed the family name to Law (no-one wants an accountant called Lawless), moved to Canada and hid the family history from the young Tony.

Tony's discovery of his grandfather's past gave his life a sudden purpose and spurred him on to follow in Anton and Antonio's footsteps. and, if possible, outdo them. Tony both stars in and narrates the show, in which he is joined by a set of adventurers he has employed to help him on his various quests.

The team comprises Martha (Adjoa Andoh), a survival expert; Janet (Nina Wadia), the 40-something Botanist who's just got out of an awful marriage and finally decided to put her Open University Floral Biology degree to good use; Alan (John-Luke Roberts), the group's transport officer and an old-fashioned right-winger who is delighted to have a shot at (what he sees as) rebuilding the British Empire.

New sitcom written by Gareth Gwynn and John-Luke Roberts. Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.


SUN 19:45 The Reservoir Tapes (b09by37q)
Series 1, Liam's Story

The story of a disappearance - told backwards.

Joe Dempsie reads the sixth story in a gripping new series by the award-winning writer, John McGregor.

Thirteen-year-old Becky Shaw has gone missing on a return holiday to a Peak District village. Her shocking disappearance now sparks the memories of a local teenage boy, who is taken back to an unsettling day with her the previous summer...

The fifteen stories of The Reservoir Tapes each stand alone but together build a compelling portrait of a community rocked by tragedy, as they explore events that precede and follow the disappearance the teenage girl. A prequel to Jon McGregor's critically acclaimed Man Booker long-listed novel Reservoir 13, these stories and their different perspectives offer tantalizing glimpses as to might have happened to Becky.

Writer: Jon McGregor is an acclaimed British novelist who has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize three times. His third novel, Even the Dogs, won the International Dublin Literary Award.
Reader: Joe Dempsie is a British actor known for his roles in Skins and Game of Thrones.
Producer: Justine Willett.


SUN 20:00 Feedback (b09b19yq)

Roger Bolton with listener views on BBC radio.

The World at One has courted controversy by dedicating a whole show to the topic of abortion, marking 50 years since the passage of the 1967 Abortion Act. Some listeners found the coverage upsetting, while others were annoyed that one subject had been allowed to take over what they see as, first and foremost, a news programme. But some listeners say they found the focus both timely and touching. Roger hears views from all sides.

Neil MacGregor has a new 30-part series, Living with the Gods, following in the footsteps of his enormously popular previous programmes examining historical objects. But does the BBC spend too much time on religion? And is radio the right medium for a programme about objects you can't see? Neil addresses these questions and talks about his aims for the series.

Last week, Radio 4 Commissioning Editor for Drama Jeremy Howe appeared on Feedback answering concerns over his decision to air unsettling horror The Omen as the Book at Bedtime. This week, listeners give their verdict on both The Omen and the book which came next, Philip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage.

Finally, Feedback has been inviting listeners to share stories of how radio has changed their lives. This week, listener Lou Moore describes how a chance radio encounter with Desert Island Discs became a turning point in her life and career.

Producer: Nicola Kelly
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 20:30 Last Word (b09b19yn)
Daphne Caruana Galizia, Fats Domino, Rodney Bickerstaffe, Geoffrey Schild, Rosemary Leach

Matthew Bannister on

The campaigning Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was killed by a car bomb after exposing corruption in politics and business.

Fats Domino - the rock and roll pioneer who was second only to Elvis in record sales.

Rodney Bickerstaffe, the trade union leader who campaigned for the minimum wage.

Geoffrey Schild, the virologist who laid the foundations for the creation of a universal flu vaccine.

And Rosemary Leach, the actress best known for roles in Jewel In The Crown on TV, A Room With A View on film and 84 Charing Cross Road on stage.


SUN 21:00 Money Box (b09bx9fl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:04 on Saturday]


SUN 21:26 Radio 4 Appeal (b09bxmy6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:54 today]


SUN 21:30 Analysis (b099xz21)
Parliament - A Building Catastrophe?

What does the dangerous state of the Houses of Parliament tell us about our politics? There are increasing fears of a catastrophic fire, asbestos leak or major systems failure in the famed buildings. But after years of warnings, MPs and Lords are still struggling to decide what to do. Some say Parliament must remain active in the buildings while urgent work is done. Others say they must be vacated for renovation - and that this is an opportunity for a complete rethink of how our parliamentary democracy functions.

Chris Bowlby visits the buildings' secret and hazardous corners and talks to key figures in the debate, discovering a story of costly but revealing political paralysis

Producer: Chris Bowlby
Editor: Hugh Levinson.


SUN 22:00 Westminster Hour (b09bxk0n)

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


SUN 23:00 Radiolab (b09b6qst)
Series 2, Placebo

Radiolab examines the chemical consequences of belief and imagination. With Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich.

Radiolab is a Peabody-award winning show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and the human experience.

First broadcast on public radio in the USA.



MONDAY 30 OCTOBER 2017

MON 00:00 Midnight News (b09bxk2m)

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


MON 00:15 Thinking Allowed (b099ypqf)
Hospices - Palliative Care

Palliative medicine and care: Laurie Taylor talks to David Clarke, Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Glasgow, about his social history of 'easeful death'. Also, daily life in an English Hospice. Danny Miller, Professor of Anthropology at UCL, explores kinship, loneliness and community amongst people suffering from terminal or long term illness.
Producer: Jayne Egerton.


MON 00:45 Bells on Sunday (b09bxkt3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 05:43 on Sunday]


MON 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b09bxk2p)

The latest shipping forecast.


MON 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b09bxk2r)

MON 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b09bxk2t)

The latest shipping forecast.


MON 05:30 News Briefing (b09bxk2w)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


MON 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b09d3zfb)

A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with Dr Elaine Storkey, a philosopher, sociologist, and theologian.


MON 05:45 Farming Today (b09bxk2y)
Trade after Brexit, Illegal fishing, and Pumpkins

The latest news about food, farming and the countryside.


MON 05:56 Weather (b09bxk30)

The latest weather forecast for farmers.


MON 05:58 Tweet of the Day (b09by75m)
Paul Evans on the Carrion Crow

On the eve of Halloween, the silence of a graveyard is broken by the raucous calls of an inky black Crow "Throwing her voice as if coughing up a bone" says Paul Evans in the first of four specially commissioned Halloween tales.

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: Sarah Blunt
Photograph: Derek Wood.


MON 06:00 Today (b09bxk32)

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


MON 09:00 Start the Week (b09bxk34)
Animals: tamed, exploited and resurrected

Amol Rajan discusses the uneasy interaction between the animal kingdom and humans. The anthropologist Alice Roberts looks back to the moment hunter-gatherers changed their relationship with other species and began to tame them, paving the way for our civilisation. Gaia Vince visits the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica where local people have found a way to both exploit and protect a natural resource, the olive ridley sea turtle. Re-introducing native species can be fraught with difficulties: John Ewen was part of the team who successfully re-introduced the hihi bird to New Zealand, but can lessons learnt with songbirds help with schemes to bring back wolves, lynx and beavers? And resurrection science may be the stuff of films like Jurassic Park, but it is also an exciting - and potentially dangerous - new field of study. Britt Wray offers a warning about the risks of de-extinction.

Producer: Katy Hickman.


MON 09:45 Living With The Gods (b09by75p)
Living with the Dead

Neil MacGregor's series on the role and expression of beliefs continues with a reflection on our relationship with the dead.

In the British Museum, he focuses on mummy bundles from Peru, skeletons wrapped in textiles made of llama wool or cotton. For the living, these were ancestors with great wisdom and knowledge of the world, who could be called upon to help key decision-makers.

He also examines two Chinese 'ancestor portraits', and discovers how and why they were venerated by surviving family members.

Producer Paul Kobrak

The series is produced in partnership with the British Museum, with the assistance of Dr Christopher Harding, University of Edinburgh.
Photograph (c) The Trustees of the British Museum.


MON 10:00 Woman's Hour (b09bxk36)
The Atlas of Beauty; Sex in long-term relationships; March of the Mummies

Four years ago Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc resigned from her day job to go travelling. She took a camera and as she went from country to country, she started to photograph the women that she met, whatever they were doing. She realised that they all shared a natural attractiveness. She's compiled all the images in an 'Atlas of Beauty.' Jane talks to her about the project and her portraits of women.

Tomorrow families across the UK will march for better protections and support for working mothers. The demonstrations will take place in London, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff, Newcastle and Glasgow. Joeli Brearley experienced discrimination when she was pregnant and set up the website Pregnant Then Screwed. She's organised the march and joins Jane to outline the demands they are presenting to MPs.

Many of you have been in touch about your sexual issues. So, all this week our reporter Abby Hollick will be talking to women about a wide range of the most common problems raised - today sex in long term relationships. Later in the week we'll cover mismatched libido and the impact having children can have on our sex life.

And, Una Marson is seen as the earliest first female poet of significance to emerge in West Indies literature. Her biographer, Dr Delia Jarrett-Macauley joins Jane to explain why Marson's work was considered ahead of her time and, politicised by her arrival in the UK, trailblazing in the ways we now address race politics, gender, Black identity and Black beauty standards.

Presenter; Jane Garvey
Producer; Beverley Purcell.


MON 10:45 15 Minute Drama (b09by75r)
The Citadel, Episode 1

By A J Cronin. Dramatised by Christopher Reason
Episode 1
Andrew Manson, a newly trained doctor arrives in Drineffy, a South Wales mining town. He is to be an assistant to the elderly Dr Page. Manson
is idealistic and full of enthusiasm but this is soon tempered by reality when he meets the cynical Dr Denny another doctor in the town.
Set in the mid 1920s and based on A J Cronin's ground breaking novel, which partly inspired Nye Bevan to create the NHS.

Director - Gary Brown
Producers Gary Brown and Pauline Harris.


MON 11:00 Impotential (b09by75t)

Most men will experience erection problems at some stage in their life but few will seek help because of shame and embarrassment. In this documentary, men speak openly to psychologist Dr Petra Boynton about their erection difficulties and how it's affected them and their relationships.

"You don't feel like a man. You can really kick yourself in the teeth. You can feel suicidal. You can feel the dark depressions of the ends of the earth. It's a terrible thing for a bloke."

Some men interviewed in the programme have erection problems because of surgery. Knowing the cause helped them find the right treatment but it didn't make erectile dysfunction any easier to accept. We speak to them, with their partners, about how they've come to terms with the changes and how, in some cases, managed to maintain a physical and intimate relationship.

For most men, the origin of erectile dysfunction is psychological with performance anxiety the main cause. A lack of sex education and an unrealistic expectation can add to the pressure men feel. We hear from one man who believes pornography and childhood trauma affected his ability to perform and another who used drink as a cover for his erection problems.

Erectile dysfunction can be an indicator of other health problems like heart disease or diabetes so it is important to seek help if the problem is long lasting.

But men still find it hard to talk.

In this frank and honest half-hour documentary, men do talk and share what erectile dysfunction is like, perhaps encouraging other men to do the same.

Producer: Henrietta Harrison
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 11:30 Susan Calman - Keep Calman Carry On (b072n5xp)

Susan Calman is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to play Grand Theft Auto, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday last year. Her first for four years. But she's been told by the same long-suffering wife, that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable.

So Susan is going to look at her options and try to immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. Each week she will ditch the old Susan Calman and attempt to find the new Susan Calm, in a typically British leisure pursuit; this week she visits the Scottish National Portrait Gallery with Phill Jupitus, and in other episodes goes hillwalking with Muriel Gray, watches a cricket match with Andy Zaltzman and takes a spontaneous holiday with John Finnemore.

Keep Calman Carry On is an audience stand up show in which Susan reports on how successful she's been - both at relaxing and at the pursuit itself - as well as playing in and discussing a handful of illustrative clips from her efforts. It's an attempt to find out how people find solace or sanctuary in these worlds and how Susan can negotiate her own place in them.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.


MON 12:00 News Summary (b09bxk38)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


MON 12:04 Five Green Bottles (b09by77p)
Series 1, The Parker Effect

Wine has been made by most civilisations throughout history, and in every part of the world. It has inspired artists, thinkers, writers, theologians and poets through the ages, and is deeply connected with the story of recorded human history. In this series, five wine critics offer personal reflections on the personal, political, and historical stories of bygone bottles.

In the first episode, wine critic Jancis Robinson profiles Chateau Pavie 2003. Through this bottle, she tells the story of critic Robert Parker who set out to democratise wine criticism but ended up creating a new elitism based solely on his own palate. Parker shot to fame with his unalloyed approval of this vintage using his unique 100 point system, and his power grew rapidly during the 1980s as producers, importers and collectors all began to take note of his marks and opinions.

Soon the whole professional world of wine was desperate to know what he thought. His views could make or break reputations and wines were increasingly made to please him alone. Over time Parker became the only palate the producers at the top end were desperate to please, as every point of approval on his scale represented the difference of millions of dollars.

Jancis speaks to various critics, wine makers, and vineyard owners and hears how Parker fundamentally changed the way wine is made - riper, fleshier, richer - and also imposed a sense of certainty where none had existed before.

An SPG production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 12:15 You and Yours (b09bxk3b)

News and discussion of consumer affairs.


MON 12:57 Weather (b09bxk3d)

The latest weather forecast.


MON 13:00 World at One (b09bxk3g)

Analysis of news and current affairs.


MON 13:45 Book of the Week (b09by7dx)
Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time, Episode 1

Born in 1905 among a new and brilliant generation of writers, Anthony Powell was the literary genius who gave us A Dance to the Music of Time, an undisputed classic of English literature. Anthony Powell wrote his spectacular 12 volume sequence over a 25 year period. This comic masterpiece teems with idiosyncratic characters, capturing 20th century Britain through war and peace.

In this portrait of a literary master from one of our generation's greatest biographers, Hilary Spurling draws on Powell's letters and journals, and the memories of those who knew him.

Investigating the friends, relations, lovers, acquaintances, fools and geniuses who surrounded him, she reveals the comical and tragic events that inspired one of the greatest fictions of the age.

Written by Hilary Spurling
Abridged by Sara Davies
Read by Hattie Morahan
Directed by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 14:00 The Archers (b09by2t0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Sunday]


MON 14:15 Drama (b071h81q)
Pilgrim, Crowsfall Wood

By Sebastian Baczkiewicz.

1 of 4

Pilgrim is called upon to help an old friend who is possessed by a deadly forest spirit . The first of four new dark fantasy adventures featuring the immortal William Palmer.

CAST
William Palmer ..... Paul Hilton
Tadek ..... Karl Johnson
Cecilia ..... Faye Castelow
Ewa ..... Susan Engel
Macadam ..... Dudley Sutton
Cripps ..... John Rowe
Henselow ..... Adam Billington
Grainger ..... Rikki Lawton

Directed by Marc Beeby

This is the third series of enormously popular adventures to feature cult hero William Palmer - the Pilgrim of the title.

In 1185, William Palmer was making pilgrimage to Canterbury. Unbeknownst to him his fellow pilgrim was the King of the Greyfolk. When William claimed that the Church would wipe out the belief in the Faerie world, he was cursed by the Faerie King and condemned forever to the walk between our world and theirs.

The plays in PILGRIM are thrilling, dark and contemporary. They're set in a very recognisable, very real present, but a present haunted by the folktales of these islands: forest spirits, changeling children, Merlin...


MON 15:00 Quote... Unquote (b09byc8z)

The popular perennial quotations programme 'Quote ... Unquote' continues a new series.

The quotations programme 'Quote ... Unquote' continues its new series. Nigel Rees welcomes back and quizzes Actor and Writer Joanna Scanlon, Gadget Guru Olly Mann, Playwright Julian Mitchell and Stand Up Poet Kate Fox.

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

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

Episode 5 Guests:

Playwright and Screenwriter Julian Mitchell
Award Winning Podcaster and Gadget Guru Olly Mann
Actor and Writer Joanna Scanlan
Stand Up Poet Kate Fox

Presenter ... Nigel Rees
Reader ... Charlotte Green
Producer ... Katie Tyrrell
Production co-ordinator ... Beverly Tagg

This is a BBC Studios Production.


MON 15:30 The Food Programme (b09bxp0y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:32 on Sunday]


MON 16:00 Hull 2017 (b09byh8b)
I Wish to Communicate with You

The Thornton Housing Estate is five minutes walk from Hull City Centre, but is isolated both physically - by the arterial roads around it - and socially, thanks to a long-standing reputation for anti-social behaviour. It's a reputation the residents feel is unjustified, and as part of the City Of Culture they have sent out a message to the rest of the city in the form of a lighting installation called 'I Wish To Communicate With You'. Modelled on maritime flags used by local mariners for centuries, the project has seen the white lights in the walkways and public areas of the tower blocks transformed into various colours through the use of simple plastic filters - but that simplicity belies the impressive overall impact of the hundreds of lights seen together. Kofi Smiles, the BBC's face of Hull 2017, follows the fortunes of the project from January through to the Autumn, and watches as it spreads into other locations across the city. He hears from residents about the impact of the project and the extent to which is has made them feel - unexpectedly - like a vital part of the year long artistic celebrations.

Presenter: Kofi Smiles
Producer: Geoff Bird

Photo Credit: (c) Sean Spencer.


MON 16:30 The Digital Human (b09byh8d)
Series 12, Insatiable

For many of us the modern world is thankfully one of abundance, where we can indulge ourselves at every turn. But why is it so difficult to say when we've had enough; of foods we know aren't good for us, of TV programmes that play the next episode automatically, of the fleeting social connections we get through online platforms?

As advanced as our technological world has become our brains haven't evolved much since we lived on the African Savannah. And all the things that we sought out to survive there remain hardwired into us today. And its the consequences of that Aleks will explore.

Some of the tricks nature plays on us go even further back in evolution. Take the humble if duplicitous Cuckoo, laying eggs in another birds nest. When hatched the cuckoo chicks mouth is that bit wider, that bit redder than those its sharing the nest with (should any other chicks have survived). The result is the deceived parents will feed it preferentially as the best bet for survival. That extra redness and wider gape is an example of a phenomena in animal behaviour called super normal stimuli. We encounter something we like but with its attributes boosted and we go mad for it, there numerous examples across the animal kingdom.

The difference with humans is we've learnt to super-normally stimulate ourselves; with foods with more sugar and fat than occur in nature, with images of the opposite sex carefully manipulated to make them even more arousing. We've mastered how to push our buttons and we do it, or have it done to us repeatedly.

Aleks sees how this plays out across a range of experiences from the playing of slot machines to competitive eating, to learn the tricks being played on us and how we might outsmart the tricksters.

Producer: Peter McManus.


MON 17:00 PM (b09bxk3j)

Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.


MON 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b09bxk3l)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


MON 18:30 The Unbelievable Truth (b09byhny)
Series 19, Episode 5

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

Mark Steel, Holly Walsh, Tony Hawks and Fred Macaulay are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as twins, Sean Connery, golf and photography.

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


MON 19:00 The Archers (b09byhp0)

The residents of Ambridge receive shocking news, and Noluthando makes a friend.


MON 19:15 Front Row (b09bxk3n)

Arts news, interviews and reviews.


MON 19:45 Living With The Gods (b09by75p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:45 today]


MON 20:00 The Confidence Trick (b09bykhx)
Series 1, Episode 1

The meek may well inherit the earth, but right now that looks like it will be a long time coming. As things stand, it is those brash blusterers who strut and swagger their way around the political, social and business stages who seem to be in the ascendancy.
In this new three part series, Laura Barton sets out to examine the increasingly important part confidence appears to play in modern life, at the point when so many of us are beset by problems surrounding our own self-confidence. She speaks with the likes of Stuart Maconie, who argues that, "We've become obsessed with confidence and self-assertion.... it seems to be a new strain in our thinking. Isn't quiet modest competence a better thing?"
Over the course of the series Laura examines the key role of our background and education in determining our levels of confidence, teasing out the intricate interplay between aspects including class, gender, psychology and even architecture.
She hears how our inclination to follow those who seem most confident can lead us into dark waters, and looks at the complicated connections between confidence and creativity.
Laura also explores her own vexed relationship with this commodity that has so often proved elusive in her own life, seeking out an alternative to the brazen, pushy version of confidence that is currently so dominant.
In this first episode, Laura speaks with the likes of Marina Hyde, Susan Cain, Katty Kay and high-wire walker Chris Bullzini to look at how we have come to be so in thrall to confidence and those most assured of their own opinions. She heads into the workplace to look at the ways the loudest and the cockiest most often rule the roost, and attempts being made to give more space and weight to the voices of those given to quiet reflection in order to maximise their potential contribution.
Laura also hears from entrepreneur Luke Johnson who argues that we should embrace confidence as "an essential element of any free-market system," without which we would "probably still be living in caves."
Presenter: Laura Barton
Producer: Geoff Bird.


MON 20:30 Analysis (b09bykhz)
Europe Unbound

Edward Stourton asks how the European Union might change after Britain leaves. "The wind is back in Europe's sails", according to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. In September, in his annual address to the European Parliament, he set out a bold dream for the future. Soon afterwards it was echoed by another, this time from French President Emmanuel Macron who declared that "the only path that assures our future is the rebuilding of a Europe that is sovereign, united and democratic". Amongst the proposals that the two leaders put forward were a European budget run by a European finance minister, an enlargement of the Schengen passport-free travel zone, and much closer collaboration on tax, defence, and a host of other issues.

But at present, the European project faces huge challenges. Britain is about to leave the EU, whilst Catalonia's bid for independence is causing turmoil in Spain. In the face of such developments, how realistic are the grand visions that Europe's leaders have for the future of the continent?

Producer: Neil Koenig.


MON 21:00 Natural Histories (b099ycls)
Rhino

Brett Westwood meets a rhinoceros nose to nose and is blown away - by the sense of wonder engendered by this prehistoric-looking yet gentle and water-loving animal. Rhinos are now being wiped out at a frightening rate but when they first arrived in Europe they were hailed as the unicorn made manifest. With the help of zoologist Mark Carwardine, author of The Pope's Rhinoceros Lawrence Norfolk, rhino historian Kelly Enright and poet Kate Sutherland Brett traces the strange history of the relationship between rhinoceros and man.
With readings by Lia Williams of extracts from Rhinoceros Odyssey from How to Draw A Rhinoceros by Kate Sutherland, and Rhinoceros by Adrian Stoutenburg.

Producer Beth O'Dea.


MON 21:30 Start the Week (b09bxk34)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 22:00 The World Tonight (b09bxk3q)

In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.


MON 22:45 Book at Bedtime (b09bykj1)
The Book of Dust, Episode 6

The Book of Dust, Part One: La Belle Sauvage

Twenty two years after the publication of Philip Pullman's NORTHERN LIGHTS, the author returns to the world of HIS DARK MATERIALS with a brand new trilogy.

LA BELLE SAUVAGE, read by Simon Russell Beale, is the first volume of THE BOOK OF DUST. Set ten years before the events of HIS DARK MATERIALS, this novel explores the origins of that story.

We open in Oxford, at The Trout Inn, with a pot boy named Malcolm Polstead, and the whisper of a mysterious baby girl, hidden at the local convent, in the care of the nuns...


MON 23:00 Word of Mouth (b099yh88)
Pub Names

From The Red Lion to the Bucket of Blood, how did your local get its name? Michael Rosen asks Word of Mouth's resident linguist Dr Laura Wright about her research into pub names. And guest Eddie Gershon explains how the JD Wetherspoon pub chain goes about naming new pubs.

Produced by Mair Bosworth.


MON 23:30 Today in Parliament (b09bxk3s)

Susan Hulme reports from Westminster.



TUESDAY 31 OCTOBER 2017

TUE 00:00 Midnight News (b09bxk5m)

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


TUE 00:30 Book of the Week (b09by7dx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:45 on Monday]


TUE 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b09bxk5p)

The latest shipping forecast.


TUE 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b09bxk5r)

TUE 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b09bxk5t)

The latest shipping forecast.


TUE 05:30 News Briefing (b09bxk5w)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


TUE 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b09d40px)

A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with Dr Elaine Storkey, a philosopher, sociologist, and theologian.


TUE 05:45 Farming Today (b09bxk5y)

The latest news about food, farming and the countryside.


TUE 05:58 Tweet of the Day (b09bym2v)
Jeremy Deller on the Mexican Free-tailed Bat

It's Halloween and Tweet of the Day has descended into the darkness - artist Jeremy Deller describes the stench and force of a flight of Mexican free-tailed bats streaming out of a Texan cave.

Producer: Eliza Lomas
Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters.


TUE 06:00 Today (b09bxk60)

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


TUE 09:00 The Life Scientific (b09byqf7)
Adrian Thomas on the mechanics of flight

As a young man Adrian Thomas took to the skies in order to better understand the mechanics of flight. He's a paragliding champion and a Professor of Zoology who specialises in the dynamics of insect flight. On a typical day, he can be found inside a wind tunnel that's been custom-made to study insects instead of jumbo jets. Using lines of smoke and high speed video cameras, he measures exactly how different insects flap their wings. When he's not writing academic papers, he's inventing clever machines based on his insights into how nature achieves certain results. His latest project is a drone that's inspired by a dragonfly. This nimble robot can accelerate rapidly in any direction and, having flexible wings rather than rotary blades, it glides when the battery dies rather than dropping dangerously to the ground. He's also working on a wheelchair modelled on a spider and a boat with a fin rather than a propeller.
Producer: Anna Buckley.


TUE 09:30 One to One (b09byqf9)
Peter Curran meets John Chambers

Broadcaster Peter Curran talks to guests about the Northern Ireland they left behind - they grew up there but then came over to mainland UK. With them he explores how they perceive the people and the politics, now that they don't live there, and how their childhood affected their own world view.


TUE 09:45 Living With The Gods (b09byqfc)
Mother and Child

Neil MacGregor continues his series on the expression of shared beliefs in communities around the world and across time.

He focuses on how societies and communities seek to protect the newly-born and their mothers, including the role of St Margaret of Antioch, patron saint of childbirth, and the use of protective omamori in Japan.

Producer Paul Kobrak

Produced in partnership with the British Museum
Photograph (c) The Trustees of the British Museum.


TUE 10:00 Woman's Hour (b09bxk62)

Programme that offers a female perspective on the world.


TUE 10:45 15 Minute Drama (b09byqhw)
The Citadel, Episode 2

By A J Cronin. Dramatised by Christopher Reason.
Episode 2
Manson and Denny deal with an outbreak of typhoid in the town. Denny is convinced he knows the cause of it and is determined to do something about it.

Director - Gary Brown
Producers - Pauline Harris and Gary Brown.


TUE 11:00 Natural Histories (b09byqhy)
Beaver

Beavers are back in the UK, hundreds of years since they last lived among us. Brett Westwood asks if we can recover our cultural links with these architectural animals, as well as remember how to live with the changes they bring to the landscape. Nature writer Jim Crumley talks about their green engineering skills and writer Rachel Poliquin brings the Canadian perspective on what she calls the four great human romances with the beaver: with its castoreum, its musk, its architectural skills and its ecological abilities. With readings by Lia Williams of extracts from Castorologia and Winter by Geoffrey Ursell, and The Beaver by Vernon Watkins.
Producer Beth O'Dea.


TUE 11:30 The Trainspotter's Guide to Dracula (b09byr3c)

"3 May. Bistritz. Left Munich at 8:35 P. M, on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late."

The first line of Bram Stoker's Dracula makes it clear what the novel will be about: trains. As the book begins, the English solicitor Jonathan Harker is travelling across Europe by train, en route to meet his mysterious new Transylvanian client, complaining all the way about the late running of the service. "It seems to me that the further East you go the more unpunctual are the trains. What ought they to be in China?"

In the Trainspotter's Guide to Dracula, Miles Jupp uses Bram Stoker's novel as it has never been used before, as a train timetable, following its references to plot a route across Europe by rail to Dracula's castle in Transylvania.

Will Miles be able to reach Dracula's castle more quickly than Harker did, or will his journey be dogged by discontinued services, closed lines and delays?

Produced by David Stenhouse.


TUE 12:00 News Summary (b09bxk64)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


TUE 12:04 Five Green Bottles (b09cmbdh)
Series 1, Ancient Steinwein

Wine has been made by most civilisations throughout history, and in every part of the world. It has inspired artists, thinkers, writers, theologians and poets through the ages, and is deeply connected with the story of recorded human history. In this series, five wine critics offer personal reflections on the personal, political, and historical stories of bygone bottles.

In today's episode, the world's best-selling wine writer Hugh Johnson profiles a 1540 Steinwein. Hugh was one of a tiny group of people who gathered in 1961 to share the oldest bottle of wine to have ever been drunk. The wine itself was produced while Michelangelo was still at work in Rome, King Henry VIII had just married his fifth wife, and before Shakespeare had even been born.

Hugh will discover that there are several reasons why the world's oldest bottle of wine is German - the main one being that the early 16th centuries saw a brief interlude in a mini ice age that would cool European climates until the mid 19th century.

Alongside the bottle's natural and social history, he delves into the taste of the wine, saying, "Nothing has ever demonstrated to me so clearly that wine is indeed a living organism, and that this brown, Madeira-liked fluid still held the active principles of the life that had been conceived in it by the sun of that distant summer."

An SPG production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 12:15 You and Yours (b09bxk66)
Call You and Yours

Consumer phone-in.


TUE 12:57 Weather (b09bxk68)

The latest weather forecast.


TUE 13:00 World at One (b09bxk6b)

Analysis of news and current affairs.


TUE 13:45 Book of the Week (b09d66k6)
Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time, Episode 2

Born in 1905 among a new and brilliant generation of writers, Anthony Powell was the literary genius who gave us A Dance to the Music of Time, an undisputed classic of English literature. Anthony Powell wrote his spectacular 12 volume sequence over a 25 year period. This comic masterpiece teems with idiosyncratic characters, capturing 20th century Britain through war and peace.

In this portrait of a literary master from one of our generation's greatest biographers, Hilary Spurling draws on Powell's letters and journals, and the memories of those who knew him.

Investigating the friends, relations, lovers, acquaintances, fools and geniuses who surrounded him, she reveals the comical and tragic events that inspired one of the greatest fictions of the age.

Written by Hilary Spurling
Abridged by Sara Davies
Read by Hattie Morahan
Directed by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 14:00 The Archers (b09byhp0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Monday]


TUE 14:15 Drama (b071hj7r)
Pilgrim, Sookey Hill

By Sebastian Baczkiewicz.

2 of 4

When Pilgrim investigates a story about a man being turned into a hare, he meets a dangerous new enemy. The second in a new series of dark fantasy adventures.

CAST

William Palmer ..... Paul Hilton
Colonel Coburn ..... Ralph Ineson
Birdie ..... Kate Fleetwood
Barry ..... Carl Prekopp
Nathan ..... Gerard McDermott
Mary ..... Alex Tregear
Dale ..... Simon Bubb

Directed by Marc Beeby.


TUE 15:00 The Kitchen Cabinet (b09bx9fg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:30 on Saturday]


TUE 15:30 Costing the Earth (b09byr3f)
Tony's Farm

When Anna Jones was growing up, the air was clean and the grass was lush. She lived on a farm in Shropshire, and phrases such as 'greenhouse gas emissions' and carbon footprints were associated with towns and cities - factories, cars and aerosols. Not anymore. We now know that 10% of the UK's greenhouse emissions come from farms, and there is a concerted effort to encourage farmers to reduce their carbon footprint. But in a world where the idea of stewardship has only recently taken hold, how do you communicate the importance of carbon emissions to a farmer? Anna starts with her father, Tony, first.
The programme also features contributions from two other farmers - Ian Pigott and Rob Richmond, one arable, one dairy - who have both changed their ways; and Becky Willson, project officer with the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit, travels to Tony Jones' Shropshire farm to measure his carbon footprint.

Producer: Miles Warde.


TUE 16:00 Law in Action (b09byr3h)

Legal magazine programme presented by Joshua Rozenberg.


TUE 16:30 A Good Read (b09bysng)
Jenny Colgan and Steven Camden (Polarbear)

Author Jenny Colgan & writer/performer Steven Camden (Polarbear) talk about brilliant books with Harriett Gilbert. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer is about a doomed attempt to climb Everest but will grip those with no interest in at all in mountaineering. The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll meant a lot to Steven when he was young - but how does he feel reading it again now? Harriett rounds things off with The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Producer Beth O'Dea.


TUE 17:00 PM (b09bxk6g)

Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.


TUE 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b09bxk6j)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


TUE 18:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b09bysnl)
Series 12, Diabetes Day

Episode 2: Diabetes Day

As the new columnist for 'Your Motorhome' magazine, Ed is enjoying a comfortable life on the open road searching out top tips for mobile homeowners. He's finding inspiration at every turn and, in particular, at car parks - namely the hospital car park where he has to attend his diabetes clinic, and subsequently the swimming pool car park to resume a swim regime when challenged about his health by the hospital. Will his tip of letting down one's tyres to get under car park height barriers prove a hit with the readers?

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


TUE 19:00 The Archers (b09byv6h)

Alice puts her foot in it, and Robert calls a truce.


TUE 19:15 Front Row (b09bxk6l)

Arts news, interviews and reviews.


TUE 19:45 Living With The Gods (b09byqfc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:45 today]


TUE 20:00 File on 4 (b09byv6k)
The Nuclear Option - Powering the Future and Cleaning Up the Past

There a risk we won't get new nuclear hooked up to the grid in time to back up renewable energy like wind power.

There's an aim to generate 16GWe of new nuclear power by 2030.

But experts doubt that's a realistic prospect, with Hinkley Point C years late, and questions over whether investors will risk capital on proposed plants in Cumbria and North Wales. And as plans for the future of nuclear power evolve, the legacy of the past also needs to be dealt with.

The government's served notice on a £6billion contract to make safe a dozen of the UK's first nuclear sites, dating back to the 1950s.

It was the most valuable piece of work ever put out to tender by the government.

But the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority gave the job to the wrong consortium. The high court ordered a payout to the rightful winners of £97.3 million in damages.
The National Audit Office says the total cost to the taxpayer is upwards of £122 million.

The government also has to find someone else to clean up the old Magnox power stations and nuclear research sites. The current contractor, Cavendish Fluor Partnership and the NDA agree the job is far bigger than was made clear, and CFP will down tools nine years early.

File on 4 looks at the delays and spiralling costs in decommissioning old power station sites.

So just how well is our nuclear industry being managed?

Producer: Rob Cave
Reporter: Jane Deith
Editor: Gail Champion.


TUE 20:40 In Touch (b09bxk6n)
Inaccessible white goods, Hands-on hub

Jackie Brown wants better access to domestic white goods, which don't require sighted help to set up. Robin Christopherson from AbilityNet, suggests smart options
which use apps, speech and wifi to enable a blind person to take control of their domestic appliances. Jackie is concerned however, that not everyone is comfortable
using smartphone technology and the demise of the button and tactile switches will leave some people behind.
Tom Walker reports from Worcester New College on a new innovation hub which aims to give students and the public better access to assistive technology.


TUE 21:00 All in the Mind (b09byv6m)

As many as one in twenty people will experience the strange phenomenon of sleep paralysis. While falling asleep or waking up they are completely unable to move or
speak while often having vivid hallucinations of being crushed or sensing the presence of an intruder at the same time. Despite being relatively common this sleep anomaly is little understood. Even less well known or understood is the frightening experience of 'Exploding Head Syndrome' where someone perceives abrupt loud noises when going to sleep or waking up.

Claudia Hammond talks to Professor Chris French from Goldsmiths University about the neuropsychological causes of these sleep disruptions and different strategies to help cope with them.


TUE 21:30 The Life Scientific (b09byqf7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


TUE 22:00 The World Tonight (b09bxk6q)

In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.


TUE 22:45 Book at Bedtime (b09byv6p)
The Book of Dust, Episode 7

The Book of Dust, Part One: La Belle Sauvage

Twenty two years after the publication of Philip Pullman's NORTHERN LIGHTS, the author returns to the world of HIS DARK MATERIALS with a brand new trilogy.

LA BELLE SAUVAGE, read by Simon Russell Beale, is the first volume of THE BOOK OF DUST. Set ten years before the events of HIS DARK MATERIALS, this novel explores the origins of that story.

We open in Oxford, at The Trout Inn, with a pot boy named Malcolm Polstead, and the whisper of a mysterious baby girl, hidden at the local convent, in the care of the nuns...


TUE 23:00 Fred at The Stand (b09byv6r)
Series 1, Lyons, Mazadza, Jones and Nelson

Fred MacAulay introduces some of the funniest comedians in the UK doing what they do best - pure stand-up comedy. Recorded at The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh.

This week, Zoe Lyons shares her insights into Buddhism, newcomer Wayne Mazadza integrates into British life, Rosie Jones doesn't let being northern hold her back, and Mark Nelson lovingly overcomes the worst for his favourite child.

Produced by Richard Melvin
A Dabster production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 23:30 Today in Parliament (b09bxk6s)

Sean Curran reports from Westminster.



WEDNESDAY 01 NOVEMBER 2017

WED 00:00 Midnight News (b09bxk8p)

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


WED 00:30 Book of the Week (b09d66k6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:45 on Tuesday]


WED 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b09bxk8r)

The latest shipping forecast.


WED 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b09bxk8t)

WED 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b09bxk8w)

The latest shipping forecast.


WED 05:30 News Briefing (b09bxk90)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


WED 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b09db5lj)

A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with Dr Elaine Storkey, a philosopher, sociologist, and theologian.


WED 05:45 Farming Today (b09bxk92)

The latest news about food, farming and the countryside.


WED 05:58 Tweet of the Day (b09byxlf)
Paul Evans on the Barn Owl

In a house on the marsh which has been abandoned for forty years, Paul Evans disturbs a Barn owl and the ghosts of a tragic past as he recalls in this specially commissioned Halloween tale.

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: Sarah Blunt
Photograph: Joshua Myers.


WED 06:00 Today (b09bxk94)

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


WED 09:00 The Gamble (b09byxlm)
Series 1, Naked

Noma Dumezweni narrates a series about risk and creativity, this week featuring performance artists Bryony Kimmings and Scottee, and the French artist Sophie Calle, talking about the art of self-revelation.

Bryony Kimmings begins work on a new show exploring personal trauma and the vulnerability of opening up about your own life. Writer and artist Scottee revisits his life as a gay teenager in Kentish Town in a new staged memoir. And - blurring the boundary between art and life - the artist Sophie Calle talks about recording her own mother's death.

Producer: Jo Wheeler
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 09:45 Living With The Gods (b09byxlr)
Becoming an Adult

Neil MacGregor continues his series on the expression of shared beliefs in communities around the world and across time.

He focuses on rites of passage, marking the transition from childhood to adulthood, including a lock of bound hair, from the collections of the British Museum, which reveals an important ritual for teenage boys on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.

Producer Paul Kobrak

Produced in partnership with the British Museum
Photograph (c) The Trustees of the British Museum.


WED 10:00 Woman's Hour (b09bxk98)

Programme that offers a female perspective on the world.


WED 10:41 15 Minute Drama (b09byxlt)
The Citadel, Episode 3

By A J Cronin. Dramatised by Christopher Reason.
Episode 3

Denny tries to persuade Manson to go along with his plans to rid the town of the source of the typhoid epidemic.

Director - Gary Brown
Producers - Gary Brown and Pauline Harris.


WED 10:55 The Listening Project (b09byxly)
Pete and Les - Fifty Years of Friendship

Friends since primary school have ended up living near each other, having followed very different paths to arrive there. 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 The Confidence Trick (b09bykhx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 20:00 on Monday]


WED 11:30 Mae Martin's Guide to 21st Century Addiction (b09byzdk)
What makes a habit an addiction?

Mae Martin is kicking the habit.

Award-winning stand-up and Edinburgh comedy award nominee 2017 Mae Martin presents a brand new series for Radio 4.

Mae's exploring how we as a society think about addiction, and on a personal level, trying to understand who she is now she's no longer addicted to anything. Through the lens of her own experience, Mae Martin's Guide to 21st Century Addiction follows Mae chronologically through a lifetime of obsessive behaviour and addiction with all her characteristic wit and levity.

Episode 1 - What makes a habit an addiction?
As a young child, Mae may not have been addicted yet, but she was certainly OBSESSED. She's never just "liked" things, she's always loved them. Mae is finally drawing connections between her obsessive, all-consuming patterns of behaviour, and examining why they might occur.

Written by and starring Mae Martin
With Dr Gabor Mate and Carolyn Taylor

Producer Alexandra Smith
Production Coordinator Beverley Tagg

A BBC Studios Production.


WED 12:00 News Summary (b09bxk9b)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


WED 12:04 Five Green Bottles (b09cmbfw)
Series 1, The Rise of the Super Tuscan

Wine has been made by most civilisations throughout history, and in every part of the world. It has inspired artists, thinkers, writers, theologians and poets through the ages, and is deeply connected with the story of recorded human history. In this series, five wine critics offer personal reflections on the personal, political, and historical stories of bygone bottles.

In the third episode, Master of Wine Rebecca Gibb travels to the Tuscan coast to the birthplace of Sassicaia, a wine that started out as an experiment and became Italy's Wine of the 20th Century. Created by a family that trained Gold Cup and Arc de Triomphe-winning horses in the 1940s, the Tenuta San Guido estate is still home to race horses, but the demise of Italian racing and the runaway success of this Italian red means that Sassicaia is now the thoroughbred of this stable.

The story of Sassicaia is also the story of the transformation of the Italian wine scene. Sassicaia and a group of other nonconformist wineries nicknamed Super Tuscans shunned the traditional grape of Tuscany - Sangiovese - in favour of Bordeaux-style blends. Operating outside of the local rules meant that some of the finest wines in Italy were labelled as simple table wines. Rebecca visits this famous family to hear their story of fast horses and fine wine, and meet those who have witnessed Sassicaia's rise from homemade wine to Italy's most revered red.

An SPG production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 12:15 You and Yours (b09bxk9d)

Consumer affairs programme.


WED 12:57 Weather (b09bxk9g)

The latest weather forecast.


WED 13:00 World at One (b09bxk9j)

Analysis of news and current affairs.


WED 13:45 Book of the Week (b09d670j)
Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time, Episode 3

Born in 1905 among a new and brilliant generation of writers, Anthony Powell was the literary genius who gave us A Dance to the Music of Time, an undisputed classic of English literature. Anthony Powell wrote his spectacular 12 volume sequence over a 25 year period. This comic masterpiece teems with idiosyncratic characters, capturing 20th century Britain through war and peace.

In this portrait of a literary master from one of our generation's greatest biographers, Hilary Spurling draws on Powell's letters and journals, and the memories of those who knew him.

Investigating the friends, relations, lovers, acquaintances, fools and geniuses who surrounded him, she reveals the comical and tragic events that inspired one of the greatest fictions of the age.

Written by Hilary Spurling
Abridged by Sara Davies
Read by Hattie Morahan
Directed by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 14:00 The Archers (b09byv6h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Tuesday]


WED 14:15 Drama (b071hk2j)
Pilgrim, Aisley Bridge

By Sebastian Baczkiewicz.

3 of 4: Following the mysterious absence of a local girl, Pilgrim is drawn into the strange world of the lanes, and the immortal children who live there.

William Palmer ..... Paul Hilton
Lily ..... Victoria Inez-Hardy
Mr Hendrickson ..... James Lailey
George ..... Kasper Hilton-Hille
Effie ..... Nishi Malde
Cecilia ..... Faye Castelow
Audrey ..... Lizzy Watts
Everett ..... Simon Bubb
Conor ..... Adam Billington

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.


WED 15:00 Money Box (b09bxk9l)
Money Box Live

Financial phone-in.


WED 15:30 All in the Mind (b09byv6m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 21:00 on Tuesday]


WED 16:00 Thinking Allowed (b09bz02x)

Sociological discussion programme, presented by Laurie Taylor.


WED 16:30 The Media Show (b09bxk9n)

Topical programme about the fast-changing media world.


WED 17:00 PM (b09bxk9q)

Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.


WED 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b09bxk9s)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


WED 18:30 Andy Hamilton Sort of Remembers (b09bz16d)
Series 1, The Human Body

Andy Hamilton is a familiar and much-loved voice on Radio 4. Now for the first time on the network, he presents a collection of observations and reminiscences about both his personal life and his 40 years working in comedy.

Over this 4 part series, Andy looks at Childhood, Politics, The Human Body and Animals. Using comic observation and personal anecdotes he will explore each theme, examining how much (or how little) things have changed in the 60ish years he's been on this planet. Each programme will provide 30 minutes of thoughtful, social history, but packed with laughs.

In this episode Andy, a self-confessed hypochondriac, looks at the topic of The Human Body. Memories include: a GP at University with a penchant for boxing, a unfortunate trick Andy's brain used to play on him every Thursday morning and her reveals the only time he ever wished he'd been taller.

Andy was born in Fulham in 1954, read English at Cambridge and then in 1976 began writing comedy for BBC radio, on programmes like Week Ending and The News Huddlines. In 1990, he and Guy Jenkin created Drop the Dead Donkey for Channel 4. Andy has spent much of his working life making acute observations about politics and family life. In 2007, again with Guy Jenkin, he created the massive TV hit, Outnumbered, which celebrated the chaos of life with young children. More recently they created the highly topical Ballot Monkeys and Power Monkeys for Channel 4, which charted the absurdities of the General Election and then the EU Referendum. For over 20 years he has been playing the part of Satan in his R4 sitcom, Old Harry's Game. Andy is also a popular panellist on shows such as The News Quiz and Have I Got News For You.


WED 19:00 The Archers (b09bz16g)

Lilian fears the worst, and Pip makes a controversial decision.


WED 19:15 Front Row (b09bxk9v)

Arts news, interviews and reviews.


WED 19:45 Living With The Gods (b09byxlr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:45 today]


WED 20:00 Moral Maze (b09bz16j)

Combative, provocative and engaging debate chaired by Michael Buerk. With Michael Portillo, Claire Fox, Mona Siddiqui and Anne McElvoy.


WED 20:45 Why I Changed My Mind (b09bz16l)
Series 3, Bill Browder

Bill Browder was the biggest foreign investor in Russia, but a tragic death - and changing his mind about what truly matters to him - have made him Vladimir Putin's great enemy.

Browder managed Hermitage Capital Management, with billions invested in Russia until one night in 2009 when his Russian lawyer was beaten to death inside a Moscow prison. The two men had been trying to expose corruption at the heart of the Russian state.

When Sergei Magnitsky died, Bill Browder decided to abandon his career as one of the most successful capitalists in the world, and dedicate his life to campaigning for human rights and specifically justice for his dead friend. He has successfully persuaded many Western governments to consider and introduce laws to ban those he holds responsible for Magnitsky's death from travelling to several countries, and to freeze assets they own in states outside Russia.

But this campaign has come at a price. Browder is now in fear of his life and feels the need to be eternally vigilant to the possibility that Russian agents have plans to assassinate him.

In "Why I Changed My Mind", Dominic Lawson interviews people who have changed their mind on controversial matters.

Producer: Jonathan Brunert.


WED 21:00 Costing the Earth (b09byr3f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Tuesday]


WED 21:30 The Gamble (b09byxlm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 22:00 The World Tonight (b09bxk9x)

In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.


WED 22:45 Book at Bedtime (b09bz18j)
The Book of Dust, Episode 8

The Book of Dust, Part One: La Belle Sauvage

Twenty two years after the publication of Philip Pullman's NORTHERN LIGHTS, the author returns to the world of HIS DARK MATERIALS with a brand new trilogy.

LA BELLE SAUVAGE, read by Simon Russell Beale, is the first volume of THE BOOK OF DUST. Set ten years before the events of HIS DARK MATERIALS, this novel explores the origins of that story.

We open in Oxford, at The Trout Inn, with a pot boy named Malcolm Polstead, and the whisper of a mysterious baby girl, hidden at the local convent, in the care of the nuns...


WED 23:00 Little Lifetimes by Jenny Eclair (b09bz18l)
Series 4, The Nannas

by Jenny Eclair

Produced by Sally Avens

The third in a series of comic monologues where four women reach a crisis in their lives.

Dawn spends her life cleaning for the middle classes and fancies she could uncover a few secrets behind the Farrow and Ball doors, but when she does it comes at a cost she couldn't imagine.

Tilly Vosburgh has appeared in numerous television series including EastEnders, Tipping The Velvet, and The Smoking Room and films such as Atonement, Vera Drake and Boy A.


WED 23:15 Yours Truly, Pierre Stone (b09bz284)
Series 1, Episode 2

Sam Bain's (Peep Show, Fresh Meat) adaptation of his dark comic novel about Pierre, a man too obsessed with celebrity trivia to pay attention to the disintegration of his own life. This week while Pierre ponders the minutiae of a social media post about Tess Daly's breakfast choices and gets a bit carried away sending her a message about the delights of a tube of refreshers from the hospital vending machine Doctor Misra interrupts him with some very bad news about his mother.
Starring Alex Macqueen
Produced by Gareth Edwards
A BBC Studios Production.


WED 23:30 Today in Parliament (b09bxk9z)

Susan Hulme reports from Westminster.



THURSDAY 02 NOVEMBER 2017

THU 00:00 Midnight News (b09bxkd5)

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


THU 00:30 Book of the Week (b09d670j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:45 on Wednesday]


THU 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b09bxkd7)

The latest shipping forecast.


THU 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b09bxkd9)

THU 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b09bxkdc)

The latest shipping forecast.


THU 05:30 News Briefing (b09bxkdf)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


THU 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b09dhy9h)

A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with Dr Elaine Storkey, a philosopher, sociologist, and theologian.


THU 05:45 Farming Today (b09bxkdh)

The latest news about food, farming and the countryside.


THU 05:58 Tweet of the Day (b09c0m4k)
Paul Evans on the Merlin

Merlins are "ariel sprites" says writer Paul Evans, but they also kill skylarks in a rather gruesome manner as we hear in this specially commissioned dark Halloween tale.

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: Sarah Blunt
Photographer: David Gibbon.


THU 06:00 Today (b09bxkdk)

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


THU 09:00 In Our Time (b09bxkdm)
Picasso's Guernica

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the context and impact of Pablo Picasso's iconic work, created soon after the bombing on 26th April 1937 that obliterated much of the Basque town of Guernica, and its people. The attack was carried out by warplanes of the German Condor Legion, joined by the Italian air force, on behalf of Franco's Nationalists. At first the Nationalists denied responsibility, blaming their opponents for creating the destruction themselves for propaganda purposes, but the accounts of journalists such as George Steer, and the prominence of Picasso's work, kept the events of that day under close scrutiny. Picasso's painting has gone on to become a symbol warning against the devastation of war.

With

Paul Preston

Mary Vincent

and

Gijs van Hensbergen

Producer: Simon Tillotson.


THU 09:45 Living With The Gods (b09c0m4m)
Lines of Communication

Neil MacGregor continues his series on the expression of shared beliefs in communities around the world and across time.

He focuses on prayer, reflecting on how this most highly individualized of activities is also a profoundly communal act, with objects including a 16th century ivory and gold qibla, used to find the direction of Mecca - a function now offered by smartphone apps.

Producer Paul Kobrak

Produced in partnership with the British Museum
Photograph (c) The Trustees of the British Museum.


THU 10:00 Woman's Hour (b09bxkdp)

Programme that offers a female perspective on the world.


THU 10:45 15 Minute Drama (b09c0m4p)
The Citadel, Episode 4

By A J Cronin. Dramatised by Christopher Reason.
Episode 4.
Denny has persuaded Manson to take direct action to rid Drineffy of the source of its typhoid problem. But will they get away with it?

Director - Gary Brown
Producers - Gary Brown and Pauline Harris.


THU 11:00 From Our Own Correspondent (b09bxkdr)

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


THU 11:30 A Portrait Of... (b09c12jt)
Danielle de Niese

Follow artist Fiona Graham-Mackay as she paints a portrait of top opera soprano Danielle de Niese.

The relationship between an artist and her sitter is unique, a bit like being in the therapist's chair - the painter stripping away the layers to reveal the true likeness of her subject. And in the hush of the sitting, conversations meander in unexpected ways.

'The process should be transformative for both the painter and the sitter.'

We eavesdrop on the conversation between the two artists across three meetings as the portrait develops. The programme begins with a blank canvas, and ends with the big reveal as Danielle meets her likeness in the portrait Fiona has painted.

In the opera world, there really isn't anyone like Danielle de Niese. The winner of a TV talent show in her native Australia aged nine, Danielle made her operatic debut in Los Angeles aged just 15 and has been unstoppable ever since. The New York Times magazine has called her "opera's coolest soprano", and the setting for the portrait is Glyndebourne, home of opera in the Sussex downs, where she has lived since marrying Glyndebourne chairman Gus Christie in 2009.

Fiona Graham-Mackay has painted hundreds of portraits, including Prince Michael of Kent, Seamus Heaney and Lord Carrington. In all her sittings she has always been fascinated by her conversations with her subjects and continues to be amazed by how people open up in ways that surprise even themselves. What is revealed goes beyond anything you might expect in an ordinary interview.

Producer: Eve Streeter
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 12:00 News Summary (b09bxkdt)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


THU 12:04 Five Green Bottles (b09cmbnh)
Series 1, The Choicest Wine

Wine has been made by most civilisations throughout history, and in every part of the world. It has inspired artists, thinkers, writers, theologians and poets through the ages, and is deeply connected with the story of recorded human history. In this series, five wine critics offer personal reflections on the personal, political, and historical stories of bygone bottles.

In today's episode, British Master of Wine Tim Atkin profiles 2012 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance. Klein is the New World's most historic wine, made on an estate that was created by Simon Van der Stel, the last Commander and first Governor of the Cape Colony, in 1685. Constantia wine became a favoured tipple of kings and emperors - Napoleon asked for it on his deathbed - and it is immortalised in print from Jane Austen "for its healing powers on a disappointed heart", to Charles Dickens in his final and unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Charles Baudelaire in his most famous volume of poems Les Fleurs du Mal, in which he compares Constantia wine to his lover's lips.

This bottle is also a great story of resurrection. Following the arrival of the vine louse, phylloxera in the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg, production ceased in 1865. Klein survived only in the poetry and prose of the 19th Century and in the illustrious cellars of Europe's great wine collectors. In 1986 it was relaunched and reclaimed its position as one of the Cape's greatest wines.

An SPG production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 12:15 You and Yours (b09bxkdw)

Consumer affairs programme.


THU 12:57 Weather (b09bxkdy)

The latest weather forecast.


THU 13:00 World at One (b09bxkf0)

Analysis of news and current affairs.


THU 13:45 Book of the Week (b09d67rm)
Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time, Episode 4

Born in 1905 among a new and brilliant generation of writers, Anthony Powell was the literary genius who gave us A Dance to the Music of Time, an undisputed classic of English literature. Anthony Powell wrote his spectacular 12 volume sequence over a 25 year period. This comic masterpiece teems with idiosyncratic characters, capturing 20th century Britain through war and peace.

In this portrait of a literary master from one of our generation's greatest biographers, Hilary Spurling draws on Powell's letters and journals, and the memories of those who knew him.

Investigating the friends, relations, lovers, acquaintances, fools and geniuses who surrounded him, she reveals the comical and tragic events that inspired one of the greatest fictions of the age.

Written by Hilary Spurling
Abridged by Sara Davies
Read by Hattie Morahan
Directed by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 14:00 The Archers (b09bz16g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Wednesday]


THU 14:15 Drama (b071hkkx)
Pilgrim, Lindie Island

By Sebastian Baczkiewicz.

4 of 4: In exchange for a precious bargaining chip in his negotiations with the King, Pilgrim is asked to sacrifice a man he has kept safe for centuries.

William Palmer ..... Paul Hilton
Viv ..... Pamela Merrick
Henselow ..... Adam Billington
Marcellus ..... Jimmy Akingbola
Goat Lord ..... Nicky Henson
Randell ..... Carl Prekopp
Birdie ..... Kate Fleetwood

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.


THU 15:00 Open Country (b09c0m4r)
The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh

How do you keep history alive? It's claimed the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh - fought in 1547 between the Scots and the English - has largely been forgotten despite being the largest Battle fought on Scottish soil. Helen Mark travels to Musselburgh in East Lothian to see re-enactors gather from across the UK to live as the forces did and fight to the (acted) death to remember the battle in front of an audience. The current Duke of Somerset - who descends from the leader of the English troops braves a return to Scotland to see the event. The areas on which the original battle was fought may not give many clues if it were not for the efforts of the Battlefield Group who fight to protect sites like this and mark their significance in our history.


THU 15:27 Radio 4 Appeal (b09bxmy6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:54 on Sunday]


THU 15:30 Open Book (b09by2sw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


THU 16:00 The Film Programme (b09c0n18)
Thriller

Antonia Quirke presents a special edition on the thriller. She hears some tricks of the trade from Ronan Bennett, writer of Face, Public Enemies and Gunpowder, who reveals why he thinks thrillers should really be called "tensers". Award-winning editor Walter Murch takes us through a key scene in the classic conspiracy thriller The Conversation and explains how to build paranoia in the audience. Alexandre O. Philippe reveals the secrets of the shower scene in Psycho in his new documentary 78/52, including the identity of the painting that covers Norman Bates' peep-hole.


THU 16:30 BBC Inside Science (b09bxkf2)

Adam Rutherford investigates the news in science and science in the news.


THU 17:00 PM (b09bxkf4)

Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.


THU 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b09bxkf6)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


THU 18:30 Lemn Sissay's Origin Stories (b07zyg5w)
The Dark Side

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

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

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

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

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


THU 19:00 The Archers (b09c0n1d)

Harrison hits a brick wall, and gossip spreads about the night of the Hunt Ball.


THU 19:15 Front Row (b09bxkf8)

Arts news, interviews and reviews.


THU 19:45 Living With The Gods (b09c0m4m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:45 today]


THU 20:00 Law in Action (b09byr3h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


THU 20:30 The Bottom Line (b09c0p97)
Foreign investment in the UK

Evan Davis presents the business magazine.


THU 21:00 BBC Inside Science (b09bxkf2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:30 today]


THU 21:30 In Our Time (b09bxkdm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 22:00 The World Tonight (b09bxkfd)

In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.


THU 22:45 Book at Bedtime (b09c0p9f)
The Book of Dust, Episode 9

The Book of Dust, Part One: La Belle Sauvage

Twenty two years after the publication of Philip Pullman's NORTHERN LIGHTS, the author returns to the world of HIS DARK MATERIALS with a brand new trilogy.

LA BELLE SAUVAGE, read by Simon Russell Beale, is the first volume of THE BOOK OF DUST. Set ten years before the events of HIS DARK MATERIALS, this novel explores the origins of that story.

We open in Oxford, at The Trout Inn, with a pot boy named Malcolm Polstead, and the whisper of a mysterious baby girl, hidden at the local convent, in the care of the nuns...


THU 23:00 The Absolutely Radio Show (b068sp4g)
Series 1, Episode 1

Members of the cast of Channel 4's hugely popular sketch show Absolutely reunite for a brand new radio series.

Pete Baikie, Morwenna Banks, Moray Hunter, Gordon Kennedy and John Sparkes are back together with all new material. They are revisiting some of their much loved sketch characters, while also introducing some newcomers to the show.

In 2013, the group got back together for Radio 4's Sketchorama: Absolutely Special, which won a BBC Audio Drama Award in the Best Live Scripted Comedy category.

The opening episode of this new series features The Stoneybridge Town Council attempting to adapt to today's technology, Denzil and Gwynedd discussing Gwynedd's plan to enter the Miss Swansea competition, The Little Girl's very personal take on Divorce and Calum Gilhooley getting some customer feedback of his own. There are sketches about the downside of Facebook, the dangers of watching television in middle age, vague War memories from people who were almost there and the perils of having to look after your own, ageing parents.

Produced by Gus Beattie and Gordon Kennedy
A Comedy Unit production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 23:30 Today in Parliament (b09bxkfg)

Sean Curran reports from Westminster.



FRIDAY 03 NOVEMBER 2017

FRI 00:00 Midnight News (b09bxkh7)

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


FRI 00:30 Book of the Week (b09d67rm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:45 on Thursday]


FRI 00:48 Shipping Forecast (b09bxkh9)

The latest shipping forecast.


FRI 01:00 Selection of BBC World Service Programmes (b09bxkhc)

FRI 05:20 Shipping Forecast (b09bxkhf)

The latest shipping forecast.


FRI 05:30 News Briefing (b09bxkhh)

The latest news from BBC Radio 4.


FRI 05:43 Prayer for the Day (b09dj3m3)

A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with Dr Elaine Storkey, a philosopher, sociologist, and theologian.


FRI 05:45 Farming Today (b09bxkhk)

The latest news about food, farming and the countryside.


FRI 05:58 Tweet of the Day (b09c0pw0)
Paul Evans on the Raven

In his final tale for Halloween, writer Paul Evans encounters a pair of ravens and reflects on their dark associations and their playful and ominous voices.

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 Sarah Blunt.


FRI 06:00 Today (b09bxkhm)

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


FRI 09:00 Desert Island Discs (b09bxmyb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 on Sunday]


FRI 09:45 Living With The Gods (b09c0pw4)
The Power of Song

Neil MacGregor continues his series on the expression of shared beliefs in communities around the world and across time.

He focuses on a Kirchenpelz or 'church fur' - a sheepskin coat made in the late 19th century in Transylvania, now part of Romania, for the German-speaking Saxon community there. This was not just 'Sunday Best': to wear this coat was to proclaim in public your allegiance to the Lutheran Church, and your identity as a Transylvanian Saxon.

He also reflects on the importance and power of communal singing within the Lutheran Church and elsewhere: the German theologian and priest Martin Luther did not invent hymns or congregational singing, but he did transform them, making them central to worship as never before.

Producer Paul Kobrak

Produced in partnership with the British Museum
Photograph (c) The Trustees of the British Museum.


FRI 10:00 Woman's Hour (b09bxkhp)

Programme that offers a female perspective on the world.


FRI 10:45 15 Minute Drama (b09c0pw6)
The Citadel, Episode 5

by A J Cronin. Dramatised by Christopher Reason.

Episode 5
Denny and Manson are arrested. Can they extricate themselves from a scandal that will ruin their careers?

Director/Producer Gary Brown.


FRI 11:00 What Happened to Africa's Revolutions? (b09c11q8)

Africa analyst Ben Shepherd journeys to Tanzania and Uganda to examine the often untold history and legacy of Africa's left-wing liberation movements.

In the 1960s and 70s the port city of Dar Es Salaam in newly independent Tanzania in East Africa was a bubbling crucible of revolution. Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Black Panthers, Nelson Mandela and a cast of future African leaders came together here, drawn by a shared hope for a new world in the era of the Vietnam War, the US Civil Rights movement and African campaigns for independence. Their vision was not just of an Africa free from colonial rule, but a reborn continent built on the socialist principles of equality for all.

It's a moment disappearing from memory in the post-Cold War era of globalisation. The restaurants where revolutionaries ate and argued and the hotels where Malcolm X hopped between in the hope of shaking off his CIA tail are marked by a few fading signs. They are far from being places of pilgrimage you might expect. But it was a time whose ideas and ideals shaped a generation of African leaders and parties. Many are still in power including Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, who was a student revolutionary at the University of Dar Es Salaam in the 1960s. But do those ideas still resonate with the generations of young Africans looking to understand their place in the world?

In this programme Ben Shepherd explores this socialist history in Dar Es Salaam and journeys to Kampala in Uganda to trace what legacy the era of liberation has left for Africa's present.

Producer: Eve Streeter
A Greenpoint production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 11:30 Big Problems with Helen Keen (b09c0pw8)
Series 2, Personality

This week's Big Problem with Helen Keen is; Personality

Who are we? Why do we have a personality? Do different brains give us different personalities? Does our environment shape our personality? Is, as they believed in Shakespeare's day, the liver still the seat of the passions?

As humanity faces a very big raft of very varied problems, many of them of its own making, here is a series of optimistic, scientifically literate yet comically nimble shows that offer a sweeping overview of the biggest challenges we face and the science behind them. We look at the often surprising solutions of past generations and the likely and unlikely solutions of the future and present a scrupulously researched comedy celebrating human ingenuity.

Written by Helen Keen, Jenny Laville, Lloyd Langford and Carrie Quinlan and special thanks to Professor Richard Wiseman.
Cast: Helen Keen, Jon Culshaw and Susy Kane.
Producer was Katie Tyrrell and it was a BBC Studios Production.


FRI 12:00 News Summary (b09bxkhr)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


FRI 12:04 Five Green Bottles (b09cmbtx)
Series 1, The Terroirs of Burgundy

Wine has been made by most civilisations throughout history, and in every part of the world. It has inspired artists, thinkers, writers, theologians and poets through the ages, and is deeply connected with the story of recorded human history. In this series, five wine critics offer personal reflections on the personal, political, and historical stories of bygone bottles.

In the final episode, philosopher and wine columnist Barry Smith heads to Burgundy to profile a 1994 Meo-Camuzet Vosne Romanee, Aux Brulee. Having unexpectedly tasted this bottle in Brussels, he researched its roots and unearthed a fascinating cultural story.

This particular bottle comes from the heart of Burgundy, a unique wine region, cultivated by Cistercian monks since the 13th century. As Barry discovered by visiting the region, each village appended its name to a famous vineyard - Gevrey Chambertin, Chambolle Musigny, and Puligny Montrachet. After the French revolution, the vineyards passed from the church and crown to the peasant farmers, whose sons inherited equally following Napoleonic laws. And so the famous vineyards were divided again and again, among many growers, each working their rows of vines.

Even today, individual growers, not corporations, control 67% of the vineyards in the region, and it is through marriages that growers acquire more land to bolster their vineyard territory. This, we will discover, is why so many Burgundian wine producers have two names.

An SPG production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 12:15 You and Yours (b09bxkht)

Consumer news and issues.


FRI 12:57 Weather (b09bxkhw)

The latest weather forecast.


FRI 13:00 World at One (b09bxkhy)

Analysis of news and current affairs.


FRI 13:45 Book of the Week (b09d67xn)
Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time, Episode 5

Born in 1905 among a new and brilliant generation of writers, Anthony Powell was the literary genius who gave us A Dance to the Music of Time, an undisputed classic of English literature. Anthony Powell wrote his spectacular 12 volume sequence over a 25 year period. This comic masterpiece teems with idiosyncratic characters, capturing 20th century Britain through war and peace.

In this portrait of a literary master from one of our generation's greatest biographers, Hilary Spurling draws on Powell's letters and journals, and the memories of those who knew him.

Investigating the friends, relations, lovers, acquaintances, fools and geniuses who surrounded him, she reveals the comical and tragic events that inspired one of the greatest fictions of the age.

Written by Hilary Spurling
Abridged by Sara Davies
Read by Hattie Morahan
Directed by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 14:00 The Archers (b09c0n1d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 19:00 on Thursday]


FRI 14:15 Drama (b09byznw)
The Last Missionary of Kanaipur

Rebecca has lived and worked as a missionary in Bangladesh for many years. She loves the country and her small Christian community, but growing Islamist tension and a visit from an old friend force her to question her place there. Stars Eve Matheson, Vincent Ebrahim and Sunetra Sarker. By Ben Musgrave.

Directed by Emma Harding.


FRI 15:00 Gardeners' Question Time (b09c0w3c)

A panel of experts answer listeners' horticultural queries.


FRI 15:45 Short Works (b09c0w3f)
Series 1, The Curse

By Agnieszka Dale. Annie's condition leads her to utter exotic curses at those around her. Over a cabbage dinner of many colours, things come to a head with her in-laws.

Agnieszka Dale is a Polish-born London-based author. Her stories Fox Season and A Happy Nation appeared on Radio 4 in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Her first collection, Fox Season and Other Short Stories, was published in October 2017.

Writer: Agnieszka Dale
Reader: Daniela Denby-Ashe
Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 16:00 Last Word (b09c0w3h)

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


FRI 16:30 Feedback (b09c0w3k)

Radio 4's forum for audience comment.


FRI 16:55 The Listening Project (b09c0w3m)
Tom and Daniel - Going Through the Motions

Fellow managers admit it's often easier to do the job themselves than let someone else get it wrong. 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 (b09bxkj0)

Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.


FRI 18:00 Six O'Clock News (b09bxkj2)

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.


FRI 18:30 The Now Show (b09c0x7r)
Series 51, Episode 1

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis re-cap the week via topical stand-up and sketches with guests Sindhu Vee, Tez Ilyas, Pippa Evans and Luke Kempner.

Producer...Victoria Lloyd
A BBC Studios Production.


FRI 19:00 The Archers (b09c0ynh)

Roy faces an impossible dilemma, and Adam has something on his mind.


FRI 19:15 Front Row (b09bxkj4)

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


FRI 19:45 Living With The Gods (b09c0pw4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:45 today]


FRI 20:00 Any Questions? (b09c0ynk)
Kirsty Blackman MP, Katie Perrior

Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from Haybridge High School & Sixth Form in Hagley, Worcestershire, with Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party at Westminster Kirsty Blackman MP and Theresa May's former Head of Communications at Downing Street Katie Perrior.


FRI 20:50 A Point of View (b09c0ynm)
The Pantomime of Contemporary British Vegetarianism

A reflection on a topical issue.


FRI 21:00 Peter Snow Returns to the Future (b09c0ynp)
Omnibus, Episode 2

There's no more famous extinct creature than the dodo. In the latest of Peter Snow's trips to the past and the future the nature broadcaster Chris Packham goes back to witness its extinction, then travels forward to 2017 to see the luckless bird resurrected thanks to some unlicensed DNA experiments in a Beijing laboratory.


FRI 22:00 The World Tonight (b09bxkj6)

In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.


FRI 22:45 Book at Bedtime (b09c0ynr)
The Book of Dust, Episode 10

The Book of Dust, Part One: La Belle Sauvage

Twenty two years after the publication of Philip Pullman's NORTHERN LIGHTS, the author returns to the world of HIS DARK MATERIALS with a brand new trilogy.

LA BELLE SAUVAGE, read by Simon Russell Beale, is the first volume of THE BOOK OF DUST. Set ten years before the events of HIS DARK MATERIALS, this novel explores the origins of that story.

We open in Oxford, at The Trout Inn, with a pot boy named Malcolm Polstead, and the whisper of a mysterious baby girl, hidden at the local convent, in the care of the nuns...


FRI 23:00 A Good Read (b09bysng)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:30 on Tuesday]


FRI 23:30 Today in Parliament (b09bxkjc)

Mark D'Arcy reports from Westminster.


FRI 23:55 The Listening Project (b09c0ywl)
Chris and Henry - A Forest on a Plate

A restaurant owner and an uber-forager have found the perfect partnership. 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
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15 Minute Drama 10:45 MON (b09by75r)

15 Minute Drama 10:45 TUE (b09byqhw)

15 Minute Drama 10:41 WED (b09byxlt)

15 Minute Drama 10:45 THU (b09c0m4p)

15 Minute Drama 10:45 FRI (b09c0pw6)

A Good Read 16:30 TUE (b09bysng)

A Good Read 23:00 FRI (b09bysng)

A Point of View 08:48 SUN (b09b19z3)

A Point of View 20:50 FRI (b09c0ynm)

A Portrait Of... 11:30 THU (b09c12jt)

All in the Mind 21:00 TUE (b09byv6m)

All in the Mind 15:30 WED (b09byv6m)

Analysis 21:30 SUN (b099xz21)

Analysis 20:30 MON (b09bykhz)

Andy Hamilton Sort of Remembers 18:30 WED (b09bz16d)

Any Answers? 14:00 SAT (b099v3f4)

Any Questions? 13:10 SAT (b09b19z1)

Any Questions? 20:00 FRI (b09c0ynk)

Archive on 4 20:00 SAT (b08qxd5b)

BBC Inside Science 16:30 THU (b09bxkf2)

BBC Inside Science 21:00 THU (b09bxkf2)

Bells on Sunday 05:43 SUN (b09bxkt3)

Bells on Sunday 00:45 MON (b09bxkt3)

Big Problems with Helen Keen 11:30 FRI (b09c0pw8)

Book at Bedtime 22:45 MON (b09bykj1)

Book at Bedtime 22:45 TUE (b09byv6p)

Book at Bedtime 22:45 WED (b09bz18j)

Book at Bedtime 22:45 THU (b09c0p9f)

Book at Bedtime 22:45 FRI (b09c0ynr)

Book of the Week 00:30 SAT (b09b19y8)

Book of the Week 13:45 MON (b09by7dx)

Book of the Week 00:30 TUE (b09by7dx)

Book of the Week 13:45 TUE (b09d66k6)

Book of the Week 00:30 WED (b09d66k6)

Book of the Week 13:45 WED (b09d670j)

Book of the Week 00:30 THU (b09d670j)

Book of the Week 13:45 THU (b09d67rm)

Book of the Week 00:30 FRI (b09d67rm)

Book of the Week 13:45 FRI (b09d67xn)

Broadcasting House 09:00 SUN (b09bxjzy)

Conversations on a Bench 23:30 SAT (b099w7tp)

Conversations on a Bench 16:30 SUN (b09by2sy)

Costing the Earth 15:30 TUE (b09byr3f)

Costing the Earth 21:00 WED (b09byr3f)

Desert Island Discs 11:15 SUN (b09bxmyb)

Desert Island Discs 09:00 FRI (b09bxmyb)

Drama 14:30 SAT (b09bx9fn)

Drama 21:00 SAT (b099w7th)

Drama 15:00 SUN (b09by2st)

Drama 14:15 MON (b071h81q)

Drama 14:15 TUE (b071hj7r)

Drama 14:15 WED (b071hk2j)

Drama 14:15 THU (b071hkkx)

Drama 14:15 FRI (b09byznw)

Ed Reardon's Week 18:30 TUE (b09bysnl)

Farming Today 06:30 SAT (b099v3dp)

Farming Today 05:45 MON (b09bxk2y)

Farming Today 05:45 TUE (b09bxk5y)

Farming Today 05:45 WED (b09bxk92)

Farming Today 05:45 THU (b09bxkdh)

Farming Today 05:45 FRI (b09bxkhk)

Feedback 20:00 SUN (b09b19yq)

Feedback 16:30 FRI (b09c0w3k)

File on 4 17:00 SUN (b099yh8j)

File on 4 20:00 TUE (b09byv6k)

Five Green Bottles 12:04 MON (b09by77p)

Five Green Bottles 12:04 TUE (b09cmbdh)

Five Green Bottles 12:04 WED (b09cmbfw)

Five Green Bottles 12:04 THU (b09cmbnh)

Five Green Bottles 12:04 FRI (b09cmbtx)

Fred at The Stand 23:00 TUE (b09byv6r)

From Our Own Correspondent 11:30 SAT (b099v3dw)

From Our Own Correspondent 11:00 THU (b09bxkdr)

Front Row 19:15 MON (b09bxk3n)

Front Row 19:15 TUE (b09bxk6l)

Front Row 19:15 WED (b09bxk9v)

Front Row 19:15 THU (b09bxkf8)

Front Row 19:15 FRI (b09bxkj4)

Gardeners' Question Time 14:00 SUN (b09b19yb)

Gardeners' Question Time 15:00 FRI (b09c0w3c)

Hull 2017 16:00 MON (b09byh8b)

Impotential 11:00 MON (b09by75t)

In Our Time 09:00 THU (b09bxkdm)

In Our Time 21:30 THU (b09bxkdm)

In Touch 20:40 TUE (b09bxk6n)

Last Word 20:30 SUN (b09b19yn)

Last Word 16:00 FRI (b09c0w3h)

Law in Action 16:00 TUE (b09byr3h)

Law in Action 20:00 THU (b09byr3h)

Lemn Sissay's Origin Stories 18:30 THU (b07zyg5w)

Little Lifetimes by Jenny Eclair 23:00 WED (b09bz18l)

Living With The Gods 09:45 MON (b09by75p)

Living With The Gods 19:45 MON (b09by75p)

Living With The Gods 09:45 TUE (b09byqfc)

Living With The Gods 19:45 TUE (b09byqfc)

Living With The Gods 09:45 WED (b09byxlr)

Living With The Gods 19:45 WED (b09byxlr)

Living With The Gods 09:45 THU (b09c0m4m)

Living With The Gods 19:45 THU (b09c0m4m)

Living With The Gods 09:45 FRI (b09c0pw4)

Living With The Gods 19:45 FRI (b09c0pw4)

Loose Ends 18:15 SAT (b099v3fj)

Mae Martin's Guide to 21st Century Addiction 11:30 WED (b09byzdk)

Midnight News 00:00 SAT (b099v3d9)

Midnight News 00:00 SUN (b09bxjz3)

Midnight News 00:00 MON (b09bxk2m)

Midnight News 00:00 TUE (b09bxk5m)

Midnight News 00:00 WED (b09bxk8p)

Midnight News 00:00 THU (b09bxkd5)

Midnight News 00:00 FRI (b09bxkh7)

Money Box 12:04 SAT (b09bx9fl)

Money Box 21:00 SUN (b09bx9fl)

Money Box 15:00 WED (b09bxk9l)

Moral Maze 22:15 SAT (b099ypqt)

Moral Maze 20:00 WED (b09bz16j)

Natural Histories 21:00 MON (b099ycls)

Natural Histories 11:00 TUE (b09byqhy)

News Briefing 05:30 SAT (b099v3dk)

News Briefing 05:30 SUN (b09bxjzc)

News Briefing 05:30 MON (b09bxk2w)

News Briefing 05:30 TUE (b09bxk5w)

News Briefing 05:30 WED (b09bxk90)

News Briefing 05:30 THU (b09bxkdf)

News Briefing 05:30 FRI (b09bxkhh)

News Headlines 06:00 SUN (b09bxjzf)

News Summary 12:00 SAT (b099v3dy)

News Summary 12:00 SUN (b09bxk02)

News Summary 12:00 MON (b09bxk38)

News Summary 12:00 TUE (b09bxk64)

News Summary 12:00 WED (b09bxk9b)

News Summary 12:00 THU (b09bxkdt)

News Summary 12:00 FRI (b09bxkhr)

News and Papers 06:00 SAT (b099v3dm)

News and Papers 07:00 SUN (b09bxjzm)

News and Papers 08:00 SUN (b09bxjzt)

News and Weather 22:00 SAT (b099v3fn)

News 13:00 SAT (b099v3f2)

On Your Farm 06:35 SUN (b09bxmy4)

One to One 09:30 TUE (b09byqf9)

Open Book 16:00 SUN (b09by2sw)

Open Book 15:30 THU (b09by2sw)

Open Country 06:07 SAT (b09b0wbb)

Open Country 15:00 THU (b09c0m4r)

PM 17:00 SAT (b099v3f6)

PM 17:00 MON (b09bxk3j)

PM 17:00 TUE (b09bxk6g)

PM 17:00 WED (b09bxk9q)

PM 17:00 THU (b09bxkf4)

PM 17:00 FRI (b09bxkj0)

Peter Snow Returns to the Future 21:00 FRI (b09c0ynp)

Pick of the Week 18:15 SUN (b09bxk0j)

Prayer for the Day 05:43 SAT (b09b1bq9)

Prayer for the Day 05:43 MON (b09d3zfb)

Prayer for the Day 05:43 TUE (b09d40px)

Prayer for the Day 05:43 WED (b09db5lj)

Prayer for the Day 05:43 THU (b09dhy9h)

Prayer for the Day 05:43 FRI (b09dj3m3)

Profile 19:00 SAT (b09bx9fv)

Profile 05:45 SUN (b09bx9fv)

Profile 17:40 SUN (b09bx9fv)

Quote... Unquote 23:00 SAT (b099xqpx)

Quote... Unquote 15:00 MON (b09byc8z)

Radio 4 Appeal 07:54 SUN (b09bxmy6)

Radio 4 Appeal 21:26 SUN (b09bxmy6)

Radio 4 Appeal 15:27 THU (b09bxmy6)

Radiolab 23:00 SUN (b09b6qst)

Saturday Live 09:00 SAT (b099v3dt)

Saturday Review 19:15 SAT (b099v3fl)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 SAT (b099v3df)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 SUN (b09bxjz7)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 MON (b09bxk2r)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 TUE (b09bxk5r)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 WED (b09bxk8t)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 THU (b09bxkd9)

Selection of BBC World Service Programmes 01:00 FRI (b09bxkhc)

Shipping Forecast 00:48 SAT (b099v3dc)

Shipping Forecast 05:20 SAT (b099v3dh)

Shipping Forecast 17:54 SAT (b099v3f8)

Shipping Forecast 00:48 SUN (b09bxjz5)

Shipping Forecast 05:20 SUN (b09bxjz9)

Shipping Forecast 17:54 SUN (b09bxk0b)

Shipping Forecast 00:48 MON (b09bxk2p)

Shipping Forecast 05:20 MON (b09bxk2t)

Shipping Forecast 00:48 TUE (b09bxk5p)

Shipping Forecast 05:20 TUE (b09bxk5t)

Shipping Forecast 00:48 WED (b09bxk8r)

Shipping Forecast 05:20 WED (b09bxk8w)

Shipping Forecast 00:48 THU (b09bxkd7)

Shipping Forecast 05:20 THU (b09bxkdc)

Shipping Forecast 00:48 FRI (b09bxkh9)

Shipping Forecast 05:20 FRI (b09bxkhf)

Short Works 00:30 SUN (b09b19yh)

Short Works 15:45 FRI (b09c0w3f)

Six O'Clock News 18:00 SAT (b099v3fd)

Six O'Clock News 18:00 SUN (b09bxk0g)

Six O'Clock News 18:00 MON (b09bxk3l)

Six O'Clock News 18:00 TUE (b09bxk6j)

Six O'Clock News 18:00 WED (b09bxk9s)

Six O'Clock News 18:00 THU (b09bxkf6)

Six O'Clock News 18:00 FRI (b09bxkj2)

Something Understood 06:05 SUN (b09bxjzh)

Start the Week 09:00 MON (b09bxk34)

Start the Week 21:30 MON (b09bxk34)

Sunday Worship 08:10 SUN (b09bxmy8)

Sunday 07:10 SUN (b09bxjzp)

Susan Calman - Keep Calman Carry On 11:30 MON (b072n5xp)

The Absolutely Radio Show 23:00 THU (b068sp4g)

The Archers Omnibus 10:00 SUN (b09bxk00)

The Archers 19:00 SUN (b09by2t0)

The Archers 14:00 MON (b09by2t0)

The Archers 19:00 MON (b09byhp0)

The Archers 14:00 TUE (b09byhp0)

The Archers 19:00 TUE (b09byv6h)

The Archers 14:00 WED (b09byv6h)

The Archers 19:00 WED (b09bz16g)

The Archers 14:00 THU (b09bz16g)

The Archers 19:00 THU (b09c0n1d)

The Archers 14:00 FRI (b09c0n1d)

The Archers 19:00 FRI (b09c0ynh)

The Bottom Line 17:30 SAT (b09b0wbl)

The Bottom Line 20:30 THU (b09c0p97)

The Confidence Trick 20:00 MON (b09bykhx)

The Confidence Trick 11:00 WED (b09bykhx)

The Digital Human 16:30 MON (b09byh8d)

The Film Programme 16:00 THU (b09c0n18)

The Food Programme 12:32 SUN (b09bxp0y)

The Food Programme 15:30 MON (b09bxp0y)

The Gamble 09:00 WED (b09byxlm)

The Gamble 21:30 WED (b09byxlm)

The Kitchen Cabinet 10:30 SAT (b09bx9fg)

The Kitchen Cabinet 15:00 TUE (b09bx9fg)

The Life Scientific 09:00 TUE (b09byqf7)

The Life Scientific 21:30 TUE (b09byqf7)

The Listening Project 14:45 SUN (b09by2sr)

The Listening Project 10:55 WED (b09byxly)

The Listening Project 16:55 FRI (b09c0w3m)

The Listening Project 23:55 FRI (b09c0ywl)

The Media Show 16:30 WED (b09bxk9n)

The News Quiz 12:30 SAT (b09b19yx)

The Now Show 18:30 FRI (b09c0x7r)

The Reservoir Tapes 19:45 SUN (b09by37q)

The Trainspotter's Guide to Dracula 11:30 TUE (b09byr3c)

The Unbelievable Truth 12:04 SUN (b099xs64)

The Unbelievable Truth 18:30 MON (b09byhny)

The Week in Westminster 11:00 SAT (b09bx9fj)

The World This Weekend 13:00 SUN (b09bxk06)

The World Tonight 22:00 MON (b09bxk3q)

The World Tonight 22:00 TUE (b09bxk6q)

The World Tonight 22:00 WED (b09bxk9x)

The World Tonight 22:00 THU (b09bxkfd)

The World Tonight 22:00 FRI (b09bxkj6)

Thinking Allowed 00:15 MON (b099ypqf)

Thinking Allowed 16:00 WED (b09bz02x)

Today in Parliament 23:30 MON (b09bxk3s)

Today in Parliament 23:30 TUE (b09bxk6s)

Today in Parliament 23:30 WED (b09bxk9z)

Today in Parliament 23:30 THU (b09bxkfg)

Today in Parliament 23:30 FRI (b09bxkjc)

Today 07:00 SAT (b09bx9fb)

Today 06:00 MON (b09bxk32)

Today 06:00 TUE (b09bxk60)

Today 06:00 WED (b09bxk94)

Today 06:00 THU (b09bxkdk)

Today 06:00 FRI (b09bxkhm)

Tony Law: 21st Century Adventurer 19:15 SUN (b09by2t2)

Tweet of the Day 08:58 SUN (b099xhmg)

Tweet of the Day 05:58 MON (b09by75m)

Tweet of the Day 05:58 TUE (b09bym2v)

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Weather 06:57 SAT (b099v3dr)

Weather 12:57 SAT (b099v3f0)

Weather 17:57 SAT (b099v3fb)

Weather 06:57 SUN (b09bxjzk)

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Weather 12:57 FRI (b09bxkhw)

Westminster Hour 22:00 SUN (b09bxk0n)

What Happened to Africa's Revolutions? 11:00 FRI (b09c11q8)

When Greeks Flew Kites 13:30 SUN (b09by2sp)

Why I Changed My Mind 20:45 WED (b09bz16l)

Woman's Hour 16:00 SAT (b09bx9fq)

Woman's Hour 10:00 MON (b09bxk36)

Woman's Hour 10:00 TUE (b09bxk62)

Woman's Hour 10:00 WED (b09bxk98)

Woman's Hour 10:00 THU (b09bxkdp)

Woman's Hour 10:00 FRI (b09bxkhp)

Word of Mouth 23:00 MON (b099yh88)

World at One 13:00 MON (b09bxk3g)

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World at One 13:00 WED (b09bxk9j)

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You and Yours 12:15 MON (b09bxk3b)

You and Yours 12:15 TUE (b09bxk66)

You and Yours 12:15 WED (b09bxk9d)

You and Yours 12:15 THU (b09bxkdw)

You and Yours 12:15 FRI (b09bxkht)

Yours Truly, Pierre Stone 23:15 WED (b09bz284)

iPM 05:45 SAT (b09b1bqc)