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SATURDAY 22 JUNE 2019

SAT 00:00 Susan Hill - The Woman in Black (b007jls5)
Letters and Death Certificates

Can solicitor Arthur Kipps finally unravel the eerie mystery of the isolated house of the reclusive Mrs Drablow?

Susan Hill's chilling ghost story dramatised in four parts by Jon Strickland.

Young Kipps ...... Robert Glenister
Old Kipps ...... John Woodvine
Esme ...... Paula Tilbrook
Stella ...... Jane Cox
Samuel Daily ...... Rod Arthur

Music composed by Derek Pearce.

Directed at BBC Manchester by Chris Wallis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in 1993.


SAT 00:30 Off the Page (b0076h00)
Africa

Are Europe and Africa destined to misunderstand each other? Matthew Parris chats to three authors of African memoirs. From September 2003.

In each programme, Matthew Parris introduces a group of writers of fact and fiction: new talent and established names. In the context of a discussion of one of the ideas and pre-occupations of our times, each presents a piece on this week's topic.

The best new writing and the freshest conversation from 2003.


SAT 01:00 Peeler (m00061r0)
Blaggard

Lord Trowle and PC Quin meet in Court and Jeremiah Morley meets his match in Mrs Gascoygne.

Patrick Carroll’s six-part crime series set in 1830, a year after the Metropolitan Police Act created the 'Peelers'.

PC Martin Quin ...... Mick Ford
Jeremiah Morley ...... James Booth
Sir Robert Peel ...... Norman Jones
Lord Trowle ...... Richard E Grant
Colonel Brown ...... Peter Jeffrey
Richard Mayne ...... Killian McKenna
Maria Staples ...... Joanna Myers
Frederick Roe ...... Timothy Bateson
Lord Laverton ...... James Greene
John Staples ...... Ian Lindsay
Rev Charkes Lyton ...... Timothy Carlton
Florrie ...... Susan Sheridan
Mrs Gregory ...... Elizabeth Kelly
Peter The Screever ...... Frazer Kerr

Singer: Martin Carthy.

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1991.


SAT 01:30 Khmer Rock and the Killing Fields (b00lrv50)
Robin Denselow tells the story of Cambodia's rock and roll stars who emerged during the late 1960s with a new sound known as 'Khmer Rock'.

Under Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, almost all these singers and musicians were killed, but they’re still revered by Cambodians today.

Producer: Sarah Cuddon

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2009.


SAT 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b009twfw)
Ford Madox Ford - The Good Soldier

Florence

John Dowell reveals the devious nature of his wife Florence

Set in early 20th century Europe, Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit abridged in ten parts by Lu Kemp.

Read by Toby Stephens.

Producer: Kirsty Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


SAT 02:15 Noise: A Human History (b01rw8xt)
Capturing Sound

Sounds were ephemeral until recording technology made it possible to capture them.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex introduces bottled moments from the past, including the voices of Robert Browning and Florence Nightingale and 9/11 answerphone messages.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.


SAT 02:30 Julia Darling - Posties (b0076f5r)
Letters to the Dead

When undelivered letters start to pour through the letterbox of Olix's flat, the Albanian asylum seeker turns to an elderly neighbour, Merril for help...

The last of five gentle stories by Julia Darling about letters, postal workers and the way communication is changing.

Merril ... Madeleine Moffatt
Milosh .... Rad Lazar

Music by Dave Scott and Neil Blenkinsop.

Producer: Susan Roberts

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2003


SAT 02:45 Book of the Week (b049mwb1)
Matt Lewis - Last Man Off

Episode 5

In the sub-zero waters of the Southern Ocean, it's all about survival for the crew of the Sudur Havid.

In the spring of 1998, Matt Lewis was just 23 and not long out of college when he accepted a job as a scientific observer on the deep-sea fishing vessel Sudur Havid. It was his first time as an observer and, with the fishing season already started, he was rushed out to Cape Town to join the crew. The boat then sailed off to the Southern Ocean, off South Georgia, to fish in some of the most hostile conditions on the planet.

'Last Man Off' is Matt Lewis's story of that journey and the fateful consequences. The author waited over 15 years for this story to be told. "I was waiting for more time to make the story less painful," said Lewis.

Reader: Sam Troughton
Abridger: Pete Nichols
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2014.


SAT 03:00 William Makepeace Thackeray - Barry Lyndon (b00t1bsd)
The Squire

Redmond Barry pursues and wins the widowed Lady Lyndon to take the title of Barry Lyndon and play the role of country squire.

However, once arrived at the summit of his good fortune, his luck begins to change for the worse.

Conclusion of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic novel about the rise and fall of an Irish adventurer in the 18th century.

Dramatised by Don McCamphill

Barry ...... Gerard McSorley
Lady Lyndon ...... Tina Kellegher
Chevalier de Balibari ...... David Kelly
Bell Barry ...... Sheila Hancock
Earl of Crabs ...... Kenneth Cranham
Wiggins ...... Jamie Foreman
Redmond ...... Andrew Scott
Furniture Dealer ...... Mark Lambert
Poynings ...... Don Wycherley
Ulick ...... Darragh Kelly
Brendan ...... Eanna MacLiam
Maggie-Rose ...... Alice Barry

Directed at BBC Belfast by Lawrence Jackson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.


SAT 04:00 Say the Word (b00764r2)
Episode 3

Frank Delaney's panel game revolving around the English language.

From the Cheltenham Festival of Literature, Gloucestershire.

With Pam Ayres, Adam Hart-Davis, Sue Limb and John Julius Norwich.

Plus resident jesters - the Nimmo Twins

Producer: Simon Elmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2001.


SAT 04:30 A Whole 'Nother Story (b00763tm)
Series 1

Older

Cassie and Pete would be a great couple, if they weren't so busy being friends.

The first of three series of Amanda Murphy’s comedy-drama series about a friendship between a man and a woman.

Starring Debra Stephenson as Cassie and David Lamb as Pete.

Rebecca ...... Mika Simmons
PJ ...... Brendan Burns
Dad ...... Mike Grady
Mum ...... Anne Reid

Producer: Graham Frost

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2001.


SAT 05:00 On the Rocks (b05wq1bl)
Series 2

Swimming

War is looming and Ben still isn't getting anywhere with Morwenna-May.

Christopher William Hill’s 1930s comedy set on St. Martin's, one of the Isles of Scilly.

Frank Gunwallow ..... Joseph Kloska
Tommy Trenear ..... Stuart Fox
Father Tregarthan ..... Peter Marinker
Ben Trenear ..... Alex Palmer
Len Oliver ..... Ed Gaughan
Morwenna-May ..... Alex Tregear
Pender ..... Christopher William Hill

Director ..... Mary Peate

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


SAT 05:30 A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics (b08hqf5w)
Series 2

The Nose

By John Nicholson, Javier Marzan and Richard Katz

In 17th-century Paris, an early practitioner of plastic surgery has her work cut out when she meets a man with the most wonderfully large nose.

In this second series the comedy troupe Peepolykus assume the roles of minor characters in great works of fiction and derail the plot of the book through their hapless buffoonery.

Director . . . . . Emma Harding
Producer . . . . . Sasha Yevtushenko.


SAT 06:00 Drama (b05vrg6z)
Nicholas Wright - Vincent In Brixton

Brixton, 1873. A young Dutchman rents a room in the house of an English widow.

Based on fact, Nicholas Wright's play charts the genesis of the artistic genius of Vincent van Gogh. Nicholas Wright was winner of the Olivier Award for Best Play.

Ursula ..... Monica Dolan
Vincent ..... Finn den Hertog
Eugenie ..... Melody Grove
Sam ..... Justin Salinger
Anna ..... Maggie Service

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015


SAT 07:30 Recycled Radio (b02yk8rm)
Series 1

Class

Back in 1966, a famous sketch first appeared on TV skewering the British class system like a well done kebab.

Now Recycled Radio picks up John Cleese, Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker and runs headlong into the slicing, dicing and splicing of the edit machine before emerging afresh.

Gerald Scarfe introduces, while vocal talent is provided by Boris Johnson, Nadine Dorries, Caitlin Moran, Laurie Taylor, Jennifer Saunders, Stephen Fry, John Lennon, Marcus Brigstocke, Grayson Perry and Attila the Stockbroker.

Intellectual backbone from the eminent sociologist AH Halsey, with music from AC / DC.

Producer: Miles Warde

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.


SAT 08:00 Archive on 4 (b04frcvv)
The Eccentric Entrepreneur

"Radio Normandy Calling!" The Belles of Normandy sing the station ident; Roy Plomley (of Desert Island Discs fame) introduces the artistes from the Bradford Alhambra, and another melody-packed hour - sponsored by a patent medicine - begins on the commercial radio station that, back in the 1930s, was often more popular than the majestic BBC.

The man behind it all was called, improbably, Captain Leonard Plugge. And in this programme, Dominic Sandbrook tells the story of this clever, enterprising and subversive man. Tory MP, passionate European and backroom boffin, Plugge created a string of brilliantly successful commercial stations in France and beyond that challenged Sir John Reith's radio monopoly with popular music and variety shows, sponsored by Bile Beans, Persil and Diploma cheddar cheese. So wealthy did his radio network make him that he owned two yachts, six cars (including two Rolls Royces), a Mayfair mansion, employed twelve staff, and lived a life that lay somewhere between The Great Gatsby and Citizen Kane.

With Plugge's son Frank, Dominic leafs through his father's mountain of diaries and scrapbooks - news cuttings, photographs... memorabilia of a life that brought him the Legion d'Honneur, a medal from US broadcaster NBC and made him a worldwide celebrity. With a rich archive of contributions from Roy Plomley, Bob Danvers-Walker and many others who first made their names on Plugge's stations, plus recordings from the shows they broadcast, Dominic Sandbrook brings a forgotten mogul of a bygone era to life.

And next time you approach a road junction with an elongated 'SLOW' painted on the tarmac, you can thank Captain Plugge for it, because that was his idea too...

Producer Simon Elmes.


SAT 09:00 Ross Noble's Newcastle (b0755pvx)
From the bistro bar of Newcastle's Tyne Theatre, where he performed his very first hometown gig – Ross Noble explores Geordie comedy past and present.

Featuring a candid interview with Sarah Millican, an exploration of happiness with Jason Cook and a trip back in time to the humour of old with Percy Douglas and Bobby Thompson.

Self-deprecating, quick witted and warm, there's much to be said for Geordie humour that sets it apart from the comedy in the rest of the British Isles. Newcastle is a city of almost pathological friendliness - no-one takes themselves too seriously and everyone is as quick to poke fun at themselves as at others. Whether you put it down to the cheeriness of the accent or the egalitarian mentality of your average Novocastrian, there's no denying Geordies want people to enjoy themselves as much as they do, and that true homespun North Eastern humour has its tongue placed firmly in its cheek.

Multi-award winning Cramlington born stand-up comic Ross Noble is one of British comedy's biggest household names – a TV and radio regular, with numerous sell-out stage shows.

The carefully selected archive includes:

* Ross Noble On....
* Jason Cook, Gavin Webster and Kai Humphries, MacAulay & Co at the Edinburgh Fringe
* The Geordie Game
* Knitted Trunks, Woman's Hour
* Sarah Millican, Funny Friends
* Ant and Dec, Desert Island Discs
* Jason Cook and Chris Ramsey, Jason Cook's Happiness HQ
* Fireside Tales
* Percy Douglas, Wot Cheor Geordie
* Bobby Thompson, Turns of the Century
* Jesting About

Producer: Anna Miles

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by BBC Radio Scotland


SAT 12:00 Booked (b0075lcp)
Series 2

Episode 1

Piglet bumps into the Greek Chorus, Inspector Clouseau takes Blanche Dubois to a dance, and Hunter S Thompson writes a public school prospectus.

Outrageous parody, wit and original writing from Mark Thomas, Dillie Keane, Miles Kington and Roger McGough in the irreverent literary game.

Chaired by Ian McMillan.

Producer: Marc Jobst

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1997.


SAT 12:30 The Stanley Baxter Playhouse (b04807hl)
Series 6

A Dish of Neapolitan

An Old Army colonel and his one time batman reunite after many years at the scene of their greatest glories on the Italian front in the Second World War.

Many secrets are revealed and a new friendship is forged as they conspire to win back what they perceive as rightfully belonging to their old regiment.

Archie ..... Stanley Baxter
Charles ..... Geoffrey Palmer
Luca (Waiter) ..... Alex Madia
Arturo (Launch Driver ..... Alex Madia
Museum Attendant ..... Lara Parmiani

Written by Michael Chaplin
Director: Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2014. .


SAT 13:00 Reading Europe: Lullaby (Omnibus) (m00067bv)
When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her music producer husband Paul look for the perfect nanny for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise - a quiet, polite and devoted woman who captivates the children, cleans the family’s chic Paris apartment, stays late without complaint and hosts enviable birthday parties.

But as the couple’s dependence on their nanny increases, their idyllic domesticity is shattered.

Omnibus of Leïla Slimani’s international bestseller, winner of France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt.

Adapted for radio by Hattie Naylor from the translation by Sam Taylor

Louise ….. Christine Bottomley
Myriam ….. Laila Alj
Paul ….. Shaun Evans
Mila ….. Beatrice Butler
Wafa ….. Lara Sawalha
Sylvie ….. Jane Slavin
Emma ….. Liz Sutherland-Lim
Pascal ….. Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong
Grace ….. Feyi Babalola
Adam ….. Leo Layton-McClean
Emergency services ..... Céline Fuhrer
Emergency services ..... Cédric Moreau

Other voices played by the cast.

Executive Producer: Sara Davies
Producers: Nicolas Jackson and Steve Bond

An Afonica production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in five parts in 2019.


SAT 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (m00067bz)
Nick Lowe

Singer-songwriter Nick Lowe chooses Fatback Louisiana USA by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Harlan County by Jim Ford.


SAT 14:15 In the Psychiatrist's Chair (b04d0klc)
Zoe Wanamaker

Actress Zoe Wanamaker opens up to Anthony Clare about her childhood, upbringing and relationship with her parents.

Born in Dublin, author Anthony held a doctorate in medicine, a master's degree in philosophy and was a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. After becoming a regular on BBC Radio 4's Stop the Week in the 1980s, he became Britain's best-known psychiatrist and earned his own vehicle, In the Psychiatrist's Chair. Starting in 1982, this series ran until 2001 and also transferred to TV. Series highlights include conversations with Bob Monkhouse, Cecil Parkinson and Gerry Adams.

Anthony Clare died suddenly in Paris aged 64 in 2007.

First broadcast on Radio 4 in October 1998


SAT 15:00 Archive on 4 (b04frcvv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SAT 16:00 Drama (b05vrg6z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Recycled Radio (b02yk8rm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Doctor Who (b07hnvwm)
The Curse of Davros

Episode 1

The fugitive Doctor joins forces once more with Philippa 'Flip' Jackson to beat back the Daleks' incursion into 21st century London.

But the real plan of Daleks mastermind, Davros, is taking shape nearly 200 years in the past, on the other side of the English Channel at the Battle of Waterloo...

Colin Baker stars as the Sixth Doctor.

Flip ...... Lisa Greenwood
Davros ...... Terry Molloy
Jared ...... Ashley Kumar
Napoleon Bonaparte ...... Jonathan Owen

Writer: Jonathan Morris

Director: Nicholas Briggs

A Big Finish production.


SAT 19:00 Ross Noble's Newcastle (b0755pvx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Mark Steel's in Town (b07vs3mw)
Series 7

Hebden Bridge

"That was So Hebden Bridge"

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

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

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

A BBC Radio Comedy production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2019. .


SAT 22:30 Chain Reaction (b03phrws)
Series 9

Grant Morrison talks to Neil Innes

Comic book legend Grant Morrison continues the chain talking to writer, performer, musician and Monty Python collaborator Neil Innes.

Chain Reaction is the long-running host-less chat show where last week's interviewee becomes this week's interviewer.

Producer: Carl Cooper

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2014.


SAT 23:00 The Comedy Club Interviews (m0006fzf)
Sara Barron 2/2

From 10.00pm until midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Plus Angela Barnes chats again to Sara Barron.


SAT 23:05 Armando Iannucci (b007jzc3)
Series 2

Episode 2

Lies galore, wind-up calls and this week’s fight.

Armando lannucci hosts wry comical discussion, sketches and music.

With Rebecca Front, David Schneider and Richard Herring.

Written by Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham, Richard Herring, Stewart Lee and Ben Moor.

Producer: Sarah Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 1 in March 1994.



SUNDAY 23 JUNE 2019

SUN 00:00 Doctor Who (b07hnvwm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Reading Europe: Lullaby (Omnibus) (m00067bv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (m00067bz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Saturday]


SUN 02:15 In the Psychiatrist's Chair (b04d0klc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Archive on 4 (b04frcvv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Drama (b05vrg6z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Recycled Radio (b02yk8rm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Julia Darling - Posties (b0788hrj)
Omnibus

Five gentle stories by Julia Darling about letters, postal workers and the way communication is changing.

* LOST LETTERS

Tilley, a young postal worker is asked to deliver a lost letter found in an old post box, posted in 1960. Her search takes her to the Newcastle flat of Amy Heard...

With Grace Stillgrove as Tilley, Val McLane as Amy Heard and Donald McBride as Mr Peas

* OLD LETTERS

Venetia Love has retired after a lifetime's service in the Post Office. When her son in Australia sends a computer so they can keep in touch via e mail, she's not impressed...

With Madeleine Moffatt as Venetia Love, Val McLane as Eliza Perks and Donald McBride as Alf

* LETTERS HOME

15 year old Janie is anorexic. Her mother Grace, a school dinner lady, feels powerless - until a library book suggests she writes letters to her daughter...

With Siobhan Finneran as Grace, Tara Prendergast as Janie and .Jo-Anne Knowles as Mel.

* LETTERS TO GOD

Winifred writes letters to God about her marriage to James. On his last postal round before retirement, something happens to James which changes both their lives...

With Judi Earl as Winifred Peas, Donald McBride as James Peas and Roger Morlidge as Lenny.

* LETTERS TO THE DEAD

When undelivered letters start to pour through the letterbox of Olix's flat, the Albanian asylum seeker turns to an elderly neighbour, Merril for help...

With Madeleine Moffatt as Merril and Rad Lazar as Milosh.

Music by Dave Scott and Neil Blenkinsop

Producer: Susan Roberts

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003


SUN 07:15 Afternoon Reading (b00yjs47)
Virginia Woolf - Mrs Dalloway's Party

The New Dress

Fascinated and preoccupied by the idea of this social event, Virginia Woolf wrote this story sequence around the same time as writing the novel Mrs Dalloway.

In each of these three stories written in Woolf's distinctive style, glimpse each character's inner most thoughts and emotions as Woolf depicts the intriguing social world of Mrs Dalloway's party in microscopic detail.

In 'The New Dress', Mabel chooses a new yellow dress of a different style to wear to Mrs Dalloway's party. However, the moment she arrives she feels wishes she hadn't.

Read by Amanda Root

Abridged by Miranda Davies

Producer: Lucy Collingwood

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


SUN 07:30 Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section (b044h6nv)
Series 3

Adam Buxton

Alex Horne and his five-piece band tackle the theme of money, shopping and consumerism with an advert for milk, a sea shanty and a song about cheese dreams.

Special guest comedian Adam Buxton.

Band: Joe Auckland, Mark Brown, Will Collier, Ben Reynolds, Ed Sheldrake

With Saxophonist Pedro

Producer: Charlie Perkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2014.


SUN 08:00 Whack-O! (b061vkh6)
From 04/07/1961

Sacked over a poetry prize gaff, Professor Jimmy Edwards works hard to get his job back at Chiselbury School.

June Whitfield ...... Matron
Roddy Maude-Roxby ...... Mr Potter
Roger Shepherd ...... Lumley
David Lott ...... Taplow

With Graham Aza and John Mitchell.

Starting life on BBC TV before transferring to radio, Chiselbury School is run "for the sons of gentlefolk".

Headmaster, Professor James Edwards, M.A. never misses a trick when it comes to exploiting the students and their parents. Sports pitches are given over to growing vegetables, which the boys nurture for their head to sell. Classes never exceed 95 pupils - 50 if private tuition is paid for at five guineas extra. It's only thanks to the efforts of the devoted deputy head, Mr Pettigrew, that the school exists at all.

Written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden and adapted for radio by David Climie.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in July 1961.


SUN 08:30 The Clitheroe Kid (m00067ct)
Series 4

The Not-so-welcome Guest

Schoolboy Jimmy Clitheroe plots to drive Theodore into the arms of an amorous widow.

Just 4 feet 3 inches tall, the success of comic entertainer Jimmy Clitheroe (1921-1973) sprang from a BBC Variety Playhouse try-out in the late 1950s. His naughty schoolboy act was a smash and he even wore school uniform during recordings! At its peak, ten million fans were tuning into 'The Clitheroe Kid' on the BBC Light Programme.

Living with his mother, sister and grandfather in a northern England town - the Kid's schemes spark havoc, with the ever present threat of a good spanking from Grandad! The Clitheroe Kid clocked up 16 series in its run from 1956 to 1972.

Jimmy Clitheroe …. The Kid Himself
Patricia Burke …. Mother
Peter Sinclair …. Grandfather
Diana Day …. Susan
Danny Ross …. Alfie
Leonard Williams …. Theodore Craythorpe/Harry Whittle
Betty Alberge …. Mrs Eccles

Theme music by Alan Roper and played by the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra directed by Alan Ainsworth.

Written by James Casey and Frank Roscoe.

Producer: James Casey.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in March 1961.


SUN 09:00 Deaf Republic (Omnibus) (m00067cw)
"We lived happily during the war / And when they bombed other people's houses, we / protested, / but not enough, we opposed them but not / enough".

In a departure for Book of the Week, Radio 4 presents an adaptation of Ukrainian-American author Ilya Kaminsky's new book of poetry, read by Fiona Shaw, Christopher Eccleston, Noma Dumezweni and Arinzé Kene.

Deaf Republic defies classification - it is a poetic narrative, a drama-in-verse, a contemporary epic. In an unnamed country, soldiers shoot dead a young deaf boy at a public gathering and the townspeople respond with refusal to hear the government's commands. Deafness becomes a form of protest and resistance.

This is a fable which speaks incisively about our political moment: about populations living under occupation and about governments at war with their own people. It is about our collective deafness to trauma happening elsewhere to others; and about the news we might choose not to hear. At its heart it is also a tender love story about a pregnant woman and her husband, caught up in this crisis; their love and joy set against the horror of events.

The week's programming begins with a documentary about Ilya Kaminsky, providing the backstory to this remarkable new work, more than 15 years in the making. Deaf since the age of 4, when a doctor in his native Ukraine misdiagnosed mumps as a cold, Ilya learned as a boy to closely observe the world around him. When his family fled to the USA as political refugees and settled there, he taught himself English by translating American poems back and forth between languages. We hear from Ilya and from leading authors Andrew Motion, Max Porter, Raymond Antrobus, Garth Greenwell and Carolyn Forché.

The book itself can be heard adapted across the following four episodes. The performers are Fiona Shaw (Fleabag, Killing Eve), Christopher Eccleston (The A Word, Doctor Who), Arinzé Kene (Death of a Salesman, Been So Long, The Pass) and Olivier Award-winning Noma Dumezweni (Harry Potter, Black Earth Rising).

Illustrations by Jennifer Whitten
Produced by Mair Bosworth with original sound design and music by Aaron May.


SUN 10:10 The Listening Project (b06wj7bs)
Edward and James – The Sausage Machine

Fi Glover introduces a conversation between friends who have both come out of university with degrees, but at some cost; another in the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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

Producer: Marya Burgess


SUN 10:15 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b08tj381)
The Great Outdoors

Richard Mabey

From The Kinks to Vaughan Williams. Naturalist and writer Richard Mabey shares his castaway choices with Sue Lawley. From 1997.


SUN 11:00 Radiolab (b08wz6rj)
Series 1

After Life

Radiolab stares down the very moment of passing, and speculates about what may lie beyond. 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.


SUN 12:00 Whack-O! (b061vkh6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 12:30 The Clitheroe Kid (m00067ct)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 13:00 Julia Darling - Posties (b0788hrj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SUN 14:15 Afternoon Reading (b00yjs47)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 today]


SUN 14:30 How to Find Home (Omnibus) (m00067cy)
Episode 2

Molly's lived on the streets since she was a teenager. Her violent ex-boyfriend Rusby is back in Nottingham and won't leave her alone. So when she meets Luca at a party and he asks her to go away with him she jumps at the chance to escape. Old friend Jules doesn't trust this newcomer and invites herself along for the ride.

On the way to Skegness the friends have stopped off with Luca's parents. Their initial warm welcome is beginning to fray around the edges as Molly is plagued by dark visions.

Omnibus of the last five of ten episodes read by Anjli Mohindra.

Written by Mahsuda Snaith and abridged by Siân Preece.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2019.


SUN 15:45 The Best of English (m00067d1)
Onwards and Upwards

Comedian and actor Arthur English talks ghosts, TV and film roles and he concludes with a revival of a stand up character from his past.

Best remembered as Mr Harman in BBC TV’s long-running sitcom Are You Being Served?, Arthur English looks back over his life and career with Michael Pointon and a studio audience.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 1988.


SUN 16:00 Reconstructing Louis (b0075z1g)
At Vailima - his home in Western Samoa - Robert Louis Stevenson attempts to dispel some of the more romantic notions that have built up around him as he looks back over his life and the people who have meant most to him.

These include his American wife Fanny, his stepson Lloyd, and the waspish literary critic WE Henley, now best remembered as the model for Treasure Island's most enduring character - Long John Silver.

Written by John Sessions who stars as Robert Louis Stevenson.

Fanny ... Phyllis Logan
Thomas Stevenson.... Paul Young
Maggie Stevenson .... Sheila Donald
Belle Osbourne.... Nora Elwell-Sutton
Lloyd Osbourne/Bob Stevenson...... Henry Ian Cuslck
Young Louis/Young Lloyd .... James Quintal-Norrls
WE Henley .... Michael MacKenzie

Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer: Bruce Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2000.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m0003ts8)
Time for Verse: Carol Ann Duffy

Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's radio poetry archive and selects Time for Verse (episodes 1 and 2) featuring Carol Ann Duffy in conversation with George MacBeth.

They talk of growing up in Liverpool and the public and political poetry of Duffy's early writing years.

Produced by Alec Reid

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1989


SUN 17:30 Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section (b044h6nv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Nightfall (m00067d3)
Series 1

Hands Off

A scientist is driven to extreme measures when a solution he's created sparks violence in others.

‘Nightfall’ is a series of supernatural and horror dramas - one of Canada’s CBC Radio's most popular shows in the network’s history. Running to over 100 episodes between 1980 and 1983, it features a mix of original stories and adaptations of classic tales.

Colin Fox …. Striker
Jennifer Browne …. Sylvia
Marian Waldman …. Doris
Murray Westgate …. George
Ruth Springford …. The Neighbour
Ken James …. The Policeman

Written by John Graham.

Director: Bill Howell.

First broadcast on CBC Canada in 1980.


SUN 18:30 Robert Holmes - Aliens in the Mind (b007jltw)
Unexpected Visitations

Believing the apparently simple-minded Flora Kiery may be the key to the strange genetic mutation they've discovered on the Isle of Luig, Professor Curtis Lark and John Cornelius persuade her to leave the island and come with them to London.

They believe that only by exhaustive laboratory tests can they ever hope to solve the mystery of her extraordinary telepathic powers...

Starring Peter Cushing and Vincent Price.

John Cornelius ..... Peter Cushing
Curtis Lark ..... Vincent Price
Flora Kiery ..... Sandra Clarke
Kalman Baromek ..... Steve Playtus
Joan ..... Joan Mathieson
Purser ..... Andrew Sear

Written by Rene Basilico from an idea by Robert Holmes.
Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1977.


SUN 19:00 Radiolab (b08wz6rj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 20:00 Deaf Republic (Omnibus) (m00067cw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SUN 21:10 The Listening Project (b06wj7bs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:10 today]


SUN 21:15 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b08tj381)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:15 today]


SUN 22:00 Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section (b044h6nv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 22:30 What Does the K Stand For? (b0510ftl)
Series 2

Sister Dearest

Guests not welcome.

Stephen K Amos's sitcom about growing up black, gay and funny in 1980s south London.

Written by Jonathan Harvey with Stephen K Amos.

Stephen K Amos … Stephen K Amos
Young Stephen … Shaquille Ali-Yebuah
Stephanie Amos … Fatou Sohna
Virginia Amos … Ellen Thomas
Vincent Amos … Don Gilet
Miss Bliss … Michelle Butterly
Jayson Jackson … Frankie Wilson
Jocelyn Jee Esien … Princess

Producer: Colin Anderson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


SUN 22:55 Comedy Club Extra (m0006fzm)
Ones to Watch... Olga Koch

BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Comedy Club meets up-and-coming comedian Olga Koch.


SUN 23:00 Cabin Pressure (b01293c9)
Series 3

Paris

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

John Finnemore's sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small and many jobs are too difficult.

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

Producer/Director: David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in July 2011.


SUN 23:30 Andrew Maxwell's Public Enemies (b03dv5n2)
The Internet

Andrew tackles the internet. Whether it's online pornography twisting our children's minds or GCHQ reading our emails, it seems only right to have a healthy distrust of the internet.

But surely, to paraphrase a former Prime Minister, there's no such thing as the Internet - there are men, and women, and lolcats. What is it about the internet that makes people on it so scary?

Andrew Maxwell is one of the UK's most informed and fearless stand ups. In this series of one-off stand up shows, he uses his trademark intelligence and political incisiveness to dig behind the clichés and assumptions about four possible threats to British society: food, the internet, drugs and Nationalism.

This series will showcase a comedian at the top of his abilities tackling difficult and important 'slow news' topics with a depth and perceptiveness that remains outside the remit of mainstream 'topical' comedy.

Written and performed by Andrew Maxwell.

Script edited by Paul Byrne.
Producer: Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2013.



MONDAY 24 JUNE 2019

MON 00:00 Nightfall (m00067d3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:30 Robert Holmes - Aliens in the Mind (b007jltw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Julia Darling - Posties (b0788hrj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:15 Afternoon Reading (b00yjs47)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 on Sunday]


MON 02:30 How to Find Home (Omnibus) (m00067cy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:45 The Best of English (m00067d1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:45 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Reconstructing Louis (b0075z1g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m0003ts8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section (b044h6nv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Peeler (m00067d5)
Breaking Point

Mr Morley secures PC Quin's release, as Maria hits breaking point.

Murder and suicide are yet to come.

Conclusion of Patrick Carroll’s crime series set in 1830, a year after the Metropolitan Police Act created the 'Peelers'.

PC Martin Quin ...... Mick Ford
Jeremiah Morley ...... James Booth
Colonel Brown ...... Peter Jeffrey
Richard Mayne ...... Killian McKenna
Maria Staples ...... Joanna Myers
Rev Charkes Lyton ...... Timothy Carlton
Mrs Gregory ...... Elizabeth Kelly
Sergeant Dutton ...... Ronald Herdman
Mr Evans ...... Alan Barker
Mr Luke ...... Mark Straker
Mr Yardley ...... Richard Pearce
John Staples ...... Ian Lindsay

Singer: Martin Carthy.

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1991.


MON 06:30 The Frontline Prince (b0952jkk)
'This is a most rotten war unless you are actually fighting.' Edward VIII, the king who abdicated, was deeply marked by his experience of the First World War.

Heather Jones reveals the true story of the front-line prince, drawing on new research from the Royal Archives. Anxieties over the risks of exposing young members of the Royal Family to the realities of combat are nothing new. But the first frontline Prince of the modern age was transformed and marked by his experience of the Great War: this was a time vital to the development and public image of the future King Edward VIII.

Yet his wartime role is little remembered or known. Unlike the other heads of European monarchy, Edward was constitutionally bound and politically protected. Germany's Crown Prince was directing the forces at Verdun whilst Edward was supposed to be safely away from the front.

Heather Jones has spent the last four years piecing together Edward's crisis at not being allowed to serve in direct combat, and his role as an ordinary staff officer. The young prince struggled with ideas of heroism, masculinity & service as he donned khaki & alarmed those charged with protecting him with his risk taking. Heather Jones tells the story of the Prince who wanted to fight - and whose bravery turned sour in the years of conflict.

Producer: Mark Burman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2017.


MON 07:00 Flying the Flag (b00f34fk)
Series 4

The Pretenders

Revolution in the People's Democratic Republic is in the air when a claimant to the newly restored throne arrives from Britain.

Enter political stage right, Princess Sharon Eckersley.

Series 4 of Alex Shearer's Eastern bloc embassy sitcom.

Starring Dinsdale Landen as HM Ambassador Mackenzie, Peter Acre as William Frost, Moir Leslie as Helen Waterson, Christopher Benjamin as Colonel Surikov, Elaine Lordan as Sharon and Simon Schatzberger as Dave.

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1992.


MON 07:30 Just a Minute (m000613c)
Series 84

Episode 6

Tony Hawks, Cariad Lloyd, Zoe Lyons and Paul Merton join Nicholas Parsons for the panel game where the challenge is to speak without repetition, hesitation or deviation.

A BBC Studios Production


MON 08:00 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b007qv81)
Series 3

Episode 1

Legendary comic duo Eric and Ernie play wine-tasting connoisseurs, pay tribute to marriage guidance service and enjoy an afternoon in the garden.

Written by Eddie Braben.

With Allan Cuthbertson and Ann Hamilton.

Singing guest: Anita Harris

Music from Max Harris and his Orchestra.

Producer: Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in December 1977.


MON 08:30 Dad's Army (b007mdr8)
Series 1

Room at the Bottom

Shock news for Captain Mainwaring sparks an upheaval in the Home Guard platoon.

Six years after legendary sitcom Dad's Army started on BBC TV, these specially adapted radio versions began recording with the original cast.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier as Sergeant Wilson, Clive Dunn as Corporal Jones, Arnold Ridley as Private Godfrey, John Laurie as Private Fraser, John Ringham as Captain Turner and Jack Watson as the Sergeant. With John Snagge as the announcer.

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

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 in May 1974.


MON 09:00 The Museum of Curiosity (b04k9mzs)
Series 7

Episode 1

The Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd welcomes his latest curator Phill Jupitus.

With the space-obsessed star of Radio 4's It Is Rocket Science Helen Keen; the internet entrepreneur and founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales; and curator of the Natural History Museum of Rotterdam Kees Moeliker, who won an Ig Nobel Prize for his study of Homosexual Necrophilia in the Mallard Duck.

The Museum's Steering Committee discusses:

* A smuggling ring 27 kilometres in circumference
* Why the largest reference work in the history of civilisation has room for a list of sexually active popes
* How a sparrow became Holland's most famous martyr to TV Light Entertainment
* How invoking The Wand helped put Americans in space
* How Africa will be transformed by a £10 gadget.

Researchers: James Harkin and Stevyn Colgan of QI.

Producers: Richard Turner and Dan Schreiber

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2014.


MON 09:30 The Best Laid Plans (b04xnczq)
Peddle Power

Smallbone is set to lead the gang in staging a cycling protest against the building of a new multi-story car park. That is, if he doesn't get too distracted by the car showroom on the way to the protest.

Ardal O'Hanlon plays Smallbone - an idiot angel who's sent to earth to fix his mistakes - in Mark Daydy's sitcom.

In 1885, God (Geoff McGivern) nodded off. In 2015, he awoke to discover that his idiot servant, the angel Smallbone, had accidentally handed out God's plans for the next millennium when he was only meant to hand out plans for the next century. A thousand years of leisurely human progression has been crammed into the last 130. No wonder we're all so stressed. We weren't even meant to have pocket calculators until 2550.

Not only that, but God's blueprints should have run out in the mid-eighties – but we kept going. Humans are now inventing things God never even dreamed of - mobile phones, wireless internet and Made in Chelsea.

Smallbone is cast down to Earth in human form by God, tasked with the dauntingly vague mission of 'reversing the last thirteen decades of human progression'. The problem is that Smallbone is the world's biggest fan - he loves modern technology and his new human body, and he becomes distracted by everything that he's meant to destroy. Especially escalators.

Smallbone.......Ardal O'Hanlon
God.................Geoff McGivern
Tanya..............Esther Smith
Toby................Mike Wozniak
Susan..............Ruth Bratt

Supporting Roles: Duncan Wisbey and Ruth Bratt

Producer: Ben Worsfield
A Lucky Giant production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2015.


MON 10:00 Saturday Drama (b00k2mfh)
JM Barrie - The Admirable Crichton

Russell Tovey stars in JM Barrie's classic satire about the changing fortunes of Crichton, the perfect butler.

Liberal aristocrat Lord Loam favours a return to nature, with masters and servants living together as equals, but Crichton is the perfect butler and the perfect snob who adores the intricacies of the class system. He cannot help but be horrified by his master's opinions, and it will take a sea change to alter them.

Crichton ...... Russell Tovey
JM Barrie ...... David Bannerman
Lady Mary ...... Beth Chalmers
Lord Loam ...... David Timson
Lady Agatha ...... Martha Howe-Douglas
Ernest Woolley ...... Gunnar Cauthery
Tweeny ...... Lizzy Watts
Rev John Treherne ...... Adrian Grove
Lord Brocklehurst ...... Stephen Hogan
Lady Brocklehurst ...... Tina Gray

Abridged and directed by Fiona Kelcher.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2009


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m00067d9)
Series 5

Toxic

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

Guy Raz asks, 'Should we accept our toxic world as a reality or can we make a change?'

First broadcast in the USA on National Public Radio in 2016.


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (b0860425)
Gabriela Montero

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero chooses The Fantasie in C major by Schumann and 'Quintet Opus 18' by Mieczyslaw Weinberg.


MON 12:00 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b007qv81)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Dad's Army (b007mdr8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Peeler (m00067d5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 The Frontline Prince (b0952jkk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b009xzbr)
Ford Madox Ford - The Good Soldier

Discovery

John Dowell discovers that, rather than dying of a heart condition, his wife had actually poisoned herself.

Set in early 20th-century Europe, Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit abridged in ten parts by Lu Kemp.

Read by Toby Stephens.

Producer: Kirsty Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


MON 14:15 Noise: A Human History (b01s09k9)
Shell Shock

The rumble of artillery bombardment in Northern France could be heard as far away as Kent during the First World War. Up close in the trenches, soldiers experienced a sonic onslaught that continued night and day: howling shells, the machine gun's rattle, and the screams of injured men.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex visits Flanders to relay echoes from the Front.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 14:30 Mary Brunton - Self Control (b011j6lv)
Two Suitors

Laura Montreville is loved by two men - a reckless Libertine and a dignified but reserved landowner. In a world where polite society and sexual hypocrisy rub shoulders easily, can she choose wisely between passion and virtue?

Mary Brunton’s romantic tale set in Perthshire and London - dramatised in ten parts by Gerda Stevenson.
.
In the opening episode, Colonel Hargrave's sexual advances are too much for Laura - and she places her suitor on a two-year probation.

Narrated by Maureen Beattie

Laura ...... Gerda Stevenson
Hargrave ...... Andrew Wincott
Lady Harriet Montreville ...... Phyllida Law
Jeannie ...... Colette O'Neil
Montreville ...... Bernard Horsfall

Mary Brunton was a Scottish novelist much admired by Jane Austen; and Self Control, first published in 1811, deals with similar themes to Sense and Sensibility.

Producer: Bruce Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2003.


MON 14:45 Book of the Week (b049y3mf)
Deep

Doorway to the Deep

In his book, 'Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves', American journalist James Nestor investigates the world of freediving, both competitive and scientific.

He learns how to stay underwater for extended periods; goes shark-tagging; has a close encounter with sperm whales; plunges to 2,500 feet in a DIY submarine; unveils startling facets of human physiology – most notably the extraordinary life-preserving reflexes known as the Master Switch of Life.

And we learn about the old and new life-forms that inhabit our deep oceans – a habitat with the greatest biodiversity on earth, yet most of it remains unknown.

Abridged and produced by Pippa Vaughan.
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.


MON 15:00 Saturday Drama (b00k2mfh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 The Museum of Curiosity (b04k9mzs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 The Best Laid Plans (b04xnczq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 Flying the Flag (b00f34fk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 Just a Minute (m000613c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach (b00yyb1l)
The Woman

Visiting the remote east coast settlement of Ait, disaffected writer Linus Scott is beguiled by a woman he sees emerging from the sea – and the strange story she has to tell...

Five-part story from the Chronicles of Ait written by Michael Butt.

Linus Scott ........Greg Wise
Alice Pyper .......... Indira Varma
Naomi Pyper .... .. Amanda Drew
Doctor....................Jonathan Keeble
Agnes................... Patience Tomlinson
Ben........................Simon J Williamson

Director: John Taylor

A Fiction Factory production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


MON 18:15 Short Works (m00067df)
Zoe Gilbert - Folk

Prick Song

Crab Skerry takes his first run with the other boys through the gorse-maze in pursuit of kisses from the local girls.

But secretly he longs for Madden, the stable girl.

Zoe Gilbert’s debut novel 'Folk' conjures up a series of dark and bewitching tales from a remote mythical island – Neverness - a place ripe with shadowy secrets and magic, and where its villagers’ lives are entwined with nature: its enchantments, seductions and dangers.

Read by Samantha Spiro.

Zoe Gilbert is the winner of the Costa Short Story Award in 2014. Folk has been long-listed for the 2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize.

Producer/abridger: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4 Extra


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b00bvz97)
Trevor Dann and Kate Muir

Sue MacGregor and her guests - Times columnist, Kate Muir and radio guru, Trevor Dann - discuss favourite books by Kumiko Kakehashi, Nicholson Baker and Eleanor Updale.

Montmorency by Eleanor Updale
Publisher: Scholastic Point.

Room Temperature by Nicholson Baker
Publisher: Granta

Letters From Iwo Jima: The Japanese Eyewitness Stories That Inspired Clint Eastwood's Film by Kumiko Kakehashi
Publisher: Phoenix

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


MON 19:00 The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show (b007qv81)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Dad's Army (b007mdr8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Peeler (m00067d5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 The Frontline Prince (b0952jkk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m00067d9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (b0860425)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 Just a Minute (m000613c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 The Harpoon (b00cgsrm)
Series 3

Episode 1

Is your journey really necessary? Do you know your submarines? Are you bored with your biscuits? And above all - are you German?

The Empire's favourite is back with a special wartime edition of the nostalgic spoof of boys' adventure magazines

Performed by Alistair McGowan, Peter Baynham, Susie Brann, Mary Elliot-Nelson and Julian Dutton.

Producer: Sarah Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1994.


MON 23:00 Dead Ringers (m000616t)
Series 19

Episode 3

This series of Dead Ringers features Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis Macleod, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey,

The producer and creator is Bill Dare
A BBC Studios Production


MON 23:30 Radio Active (b007jp67)
Series 4

Round Your Parts

Mike Flex, Anna Daptor and Mike Channel make a special visit to meet the residents of the Rural Village of Humpingham.

Radio Active is the one and only local national radio station.

Starring Helen Atkinson-Wood, Angus Deayton, Geoffrey Perkins, Philip Pope and Michael Fenton-Stevens.

Music by Philip Pope and Steve Brown.

Written by Angus Deayton and Geoffrey Perkins. With Jon Canter, Murray Hunter and John Docherty.

Producer: Jamie Rix

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1984.



TUESDAY 25 JUNE 2019

TUE 00:00 Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach (b00yyb1l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:15 Short Works (m00067df)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:15 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b00bvz97)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Peeler (m00067d5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 The Frontline Prince (b0952jkk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b009xzbr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 Noise: A Human History (b01s09k9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 Mary Brunton - Self Control (b011j6lv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:45 Book of the Week (b049y3mf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Saturday Drama (b00k2mfh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 The Museum of Curiosity (b04k9mzs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 The Best Laid Plans (b04xnczq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Flying the Flag (b00f34fk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 Just a Minute (m000613c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 The Hot Kid (b05410x3)
Rising Star and Wayward Son

Elmore Leonard's enthralling criminal odyssey is set against the dusty, sun-kissed backdrop of Oklahoma and Kansas during America's Great Depression.

Carl Webster is a rising star in the US Marshals Service, one of the elite man-hunters currently chasing the likes of Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, and Pretty Boy Floyd across America's Depression-ravaged heartland.

Meanwhile, Jack Belmont, the wayward son of an oil millionaire, wants to be public enemy number one. The lives of the cop and robber criss-cross repeatedly before finally confronting in an inevitable show down.

Adapted by Katie Hims

Carl Webster . . . . . Luke Norris
Jack Belmont . . . . . Adam Gillen
Louly Brown . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Tony Antonelli . . . . . Nathan Osgood
Virgil Webster . . . . . David Acton
Heidi Dilworth . . . . . Bettrys Jones
Emmet Long . . . . . Shaun Mason
Marshal Bob McMahon . . . . . Ian Conningham
Oris Belmont . . . . . John Chancer
Doris Belmont . . . . . Elaine Claxton
Norm Dilworth . . . . . Paul Heath
Nancy Polis . . . . . Roslyn Hill
Crystal Lee Davidson . . . . . Hannah Genesius
Mr Deering . . . . . Michael Bertenshaw

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.

Critical praise for Elmore Leonard's novel:

"Elmore Leonard is our Prospero, a magician who has given us inspired fun for 50 years. He floats above the action, amused; his motto is surely Puck's "What fools these mortals be." In The Hot Kid, Oklahoma is his version of Shakespeare's enchanted isle in "The Tempest," a brave new world where maids and monsters, outlaws and oilmen, strange creatures all, act out their dubious destinies." - The Washington
Post

"As always, Leonard's prose seems effortless, his dialogue is perfect, and his humor is as dry as a moonshine martini....a terrific pleasure." - Booklist

"The whole sepia-toned caravan, in fact, is so relaxed that even the most violent felonies may leave you smiling. Leonard's gentle epic is as restorative as a month in the country." - Kirkus Reviews


TUE 06:30 The Funny Thing About Muslims (b007qwzz)
Sarfraz Manzoor explores the view that Muslims lack a sense of humour.

Writer and broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor, himself a practising Muslim, talks to Muslim comics, comedy writers and scholars about what makes their fellow believers laugh.

How far can Muslim humour go about their faith? How does it compare to the way other religions and cultures laugh at themselves? And what subjects - if any - are off-limits?

Producer: Mohini Patel.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2008.


TUE 07:00 Smelling of Roses (b00dbwtv)
Series 3

A Closed Book

Rosie is contracted to organise a literary prize, but finds that not everything goes by the book...

More challenges for Rosie Burns running her family's event management company, where the clients are only part of the problem...

Written by Simon Brett.

Rosie ..... Prunella Scales
Jo ..... Rebecca Callard
Bob ..... Duncan Preston
Tess ..... Annette Badland
Pomme Grantley ..... Joanna Monro
Lancelot Crotty ..... Timothy Alcock
Sioned Pugh-Craven ..... Sheila Mitchell

Producer: Maria Esposito

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2002.


TUE 07:30 Heresy (m00060xx)
Series 11

Episode 2

Victoria Coren Mitchell is joined by Katy Brand, Richard Herring and David Mitchell to commit heresy about the smoking ban, surviving in the wild and the Royal Family.

Produced by Victoria Coren Mitchell and Daisy Knight
An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4


TUE 08:00 The Al Read Show (b00tf065)
From 25/11/1954

A nagging wife - and secrets of the boys in blue.

Monologues and sketches from the legendary Northern comic "introducing us to ourselves".

With The Tunesmiths and the Augmented Northern Variety Orchestra.

Conductor: Alyn Ainsworth

Produced in the North of England by Ronnie Taylor.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1954.


TUE 08:30 To the Manor Born (b007k4mq)
Vive Le Sport

When Devere invites Audrey to go skiing, he ends up being taken for a ride.

Starring Penelope Keith as Audrey fforbes-Hamilton.

Keith Barron ..... Richard DeVere
Angela Thorne ..... Marjory Frobisher
Nicholas McArdle ..... Brabinger
Margery Withers ..... Mrs Polouvicka
Frank Middlemass ..... Ned
Geoffrey Whitehead ..... Dr Horton
Melanie Hudson ..... Receptionist

The tale of lady of the manor Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, forced to sell her beloved Grantleigh Estate when her husband's death leaves her financially strapped. With butler Brabinger in tow, they've decamped to the tiny Old Lodge cottage.

From this vantage point, Audrey keeps a close and disapproving eye on the estate's new owner, the nouveau-riche Richard DeVere, a wholesale foods magnate of Czech descent.

First piloted on radio and then whisked off to TV before it ever appeared, before finally arriving home in 1997.

Adapted from his TV scripts by Peter Spence.

Producer: Jane Berthoud

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 1997.


TUE 09:00 Dead Ringers (m000616t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 The Other Man (b0076xms)
The Hotel

Desperately trying to get their affair under way, Travis and Grace decide to meet at a hotel. Surely nothing will go wrong this time?

And the Serena/Charlie/Alice love knot shows no signs of untangling, so Alice decides to take matters into her own hands

Written by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

Travis ..... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Grace ..... Charlotte Randle
Charlie ..... Paul Reynolds
Serena ..... Alice Lowe
Annie ...... Harvey Virdi

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2006.


TUE 10:00 Saturday Drama (b007m9y3)
Robin Glendinning - The Windsor Jewels

In 1946, the Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) and his wife (formerly Wallis Simpson) paid a visit to Britain, hoping to secure a government job for the Duke and a title for the Duchess.

During the visit, the Duchess's jewels, worth £13M, were stolen. Conspiracy theories abounded: was it an inside job by the Royal Family or an insurance fraud by the Duke and Duchess?

Robin Glendinning's black comedy tells the story of this real life mystery.

Starring Jon Glover as the Duke and Christine Kavanagh as the Duchess.

Capstick .... Christian Rodska
Evans .... Chris Yapp
Miss Martin .... Amy Clifton
Bevin .... Alan Moore
Attlee .... Paul Humpoletz
Lascelles / Newsreel .... David Collins
First Hack .... Stephen Perring
Second Hack ...Paul Mohan

Producer Jolyon Jenkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2007.


TUE 11:00 Telling Tales (m00067dl)
Michael Goldfarb

Michael Goldfarb is a broadcast journalist and author, whose search for stories has taken him to more than 20 countries.

His favourite medium is the radio essay and we learn more about Michael’s upbringing in New York, via two standout episodes of Trip Sheets, recorded for BBC Radio 3.

In these essays, Michael documents a city in flux. We see New York through the eyes of a child of victory, walking the streets safely in the 1950s; and later those of a cab driver, passing burning buildings, as crime in the city escalated. He also recalls the powerful allure of Broadway, to an aspiring actor not yet ready to be the author of his own scripts.

We hear Michael hosting a live NPR talk show in Boston, as the north tower fell on 11th September 2001. And he reflects on this extraordinary experience, as well as the very real danger to reporters, and the civilians who engage with them, in conflict zones.

Now based in London, with his field reporting days largely behind him, Michael presents a podcast which reflects on the history he’s reported, written and lived.

Titled FRDH - The First Rough Draft Of History – recent topics include Brexit, Iran War Fever, the Democrat dilemma, and a declining life expectancy in North America.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


TUE 12:00 The Al Read Show (b00tf065)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 To the Manor Born (b007k4mq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 The Hot Kid (b05410x3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 The Funny Thing About Muslims (b007qwzz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b009xz0z)
Ford Madox Ford - The Good Soldier

Devastation

John Dowell reflects on the devastating impact that Leonora's teenage ward has on the eponymous 'good' soldier.

Set in early 20th century Europe, Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit abridged in ten parts by Lu Kemp.

Read by Toby Stephens.

Producer: Kirsty Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


TUE 14:15 Noise: A Human History (b01s09zw)
Radio Everywhere

In the early days, listening to radio was a magical, uncanny experience. Voices arrived out of thin air from hundreds of miles away. In time, the radio became a trusted part of family life - and by the 1930s and 40s, the perfect medium for propaganda, as Joseph Goebbels recognized.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers the seductive power of the disembodied voice.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson
Producer: Matt Thompson

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4


TUE 14:30 Mary Brunton - Self Control (b011km7g)
A Future Lost

Laura's skills as a painter are praised by a London artist - but her father receives some terrible news about his investments...

Published in 1811, Mary Brunton’s romantic tale set in Perthshire and London - dramatised in ten parts by Gerda Stevenson.

Laura Montreville is loved by two men - a reckless Libertine and a dignified but reserved landowner. In a world where polite society and sexual hypocrisy rub shoulders easily can she choose wisely between passion and virtue?

Narrated by Maureen Beattie

Hargrave ...... Andrew Wincott
Lady Harriet Montreville ...... Phyllida Law
Laura ...... Gerda Stevenson
Jeannie ...... Colette O'Neil
Montreville ...... Bernard Horsfall
Mr Foster ...... David Timson

Producer: Bruce Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2003.


TUE 14:45 Book of the Week (b04b60fq)
Deep

Shark-tagging

James Nestor's book 'Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves' begins at the surface and then plunges ever deeper into the unknown – until we are at 35,797 feet below sea level: the lowest point on earth. "Freedivers" come to the ocean to redefine the limits of the human body, swimming up to 400 feet below the surface for minutes at a time in a single breath.

Scientific adventurers take us even deeper when they explore Grand Canyon-like chasms no one has ever reached (alive) before, where life-forms flourish in 300 degree water with absolutely no light. None of it should exist, and yet it does. But how?

Abridged and produced by Pippa Vaughan.
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 15:00 Saturday Drama (b007m9y3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 Genius (b0084ffq)
Series 3

Matthew Wright

A coat for showering and anthems of shame?

Dave Gorman asks broadcaster Matthew Wright to select the public's best loopy idea.

Award-winning comedian Dave Gorman and a celebrity guest chew over the ridiculous, unworkable but sometimes genius inventions, schemes and policies of the public.

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2007.


TUE 16:30 Ballylenon (b00p2jch)
Series 7

Episode 2

Customers to Miss Maconchy's shop have increased significantly since her 'vision' at Lourdes.

But Mrs Vivienne Hawthorne, wonders if the census that disclosed a fall in her congregation was tampered with..?

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1959.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Muriel Maconchy ...... Margaret D'Arcy
Vera Maconchy ...... Stella McCusker
Phonsie Doherty ...... Gerard Murphy
Vivienne Hawthorne ...... Annie McCartney
Rev Samuel Hawthorne ...... Miche Doherty
Stumpy Bonner ...... Gerard McSorley
Terry Black ...... Mark Lambert
Consuela Dooley ...... Cathy Belton

Pianist: Michael Harrison

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


TUE 17:00 Smelling of Roses (b00dbwtv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Heresy (m00060xx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach (b00yyg22)
The Room

Naomi leads Linus to a hidden room in the house on the beach, shedding new light on her disturbing family history.

Five-part story from the Chronicles of Ait written by Michael Butt.

Linus Scott ........Greg Wise
Alice Pyper .......... Indira Varma
Naomi Pyper .... .. Amanda Drew
Doctor....................Jonathan Keeble
Agnes................... Patience Tomlinson
Ben........................Simon J Williamson

Director: John Taylor

A Fiction Factory production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


TUE 18:15 Short Works (m00067dr)
Zoe Gilbert - Folk

The True Tale of Jack Frost

March abandons her chores for an assignation with a stranger in the winter woods. When her sister Grey follows and watches her, she decides she wants the lover for her own.

Zoe Gilbert’s debut novel ‘Folk’ conjures up a series of dark and bewitching tales from a remote mythical island – Neverness - a place ripe with shadowy secrets and magic, and where its villagers’ lives are entwined with nature: its enchantments, seductions and dangers.

Read by Samantha Spiro.

Producer/abridger: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4 Extra


TUE 18:30 Sounds Natural (m00067dt)
Esmond Knight

Film and stage actor Esmond Knight shares his love of wildlife including birds of prey with Derek Jones.

Illustrations from the BBC sound archives include the Plaintive Cuckoo and the Redshank.

Produced by John Burton for BBC Bristol.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1976.


TUE 19:00 The Al Read Show (b00tf065)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 To the Manor Born (b007k4mq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 The Hot Kid (b05410x3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 The Funny Thing About Muslims (b007qwzz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Telling Tales (m00067dl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 Heresy (m00060xx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Alun Cochrane's Fun House (b01rlnhp)
The Kitchen

Comedian Alun Cochrane has a 25 year mortgage which he can only pay off by being funny. In this series he takes us on a room by room, stand up tour of his house.

He has a fridge that beeps at him when he doesn't move quickly enough and a fire alarm he can't reach. His relationship with his house is a complicated one.

A hoarder of funny and original observations on everyday life, Alun invites us to help him de-clutter his mind and tidy his ideas into one of those bags that you hoover all the air out of and keep under your bed. This show will help Alun and his house work through their relationship issues and prevent a separation that Alun can ill afford; at least not until the market picks up anyway.

Performers: Alun Cochrane and Gavin Osborn

Writers: Alun Cochrane and Andy Wolton

Producer: Carl Cooper.


TUE 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (m0006gd6)
Lucy Montgomery 1/2

From 10.00pm until midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Plus Barry From Watford chats to Lucy Montgomery.


TUE 23:00 To Hull and Back (b07nrlr3)
Series 2

Is There Anyone Out There?

Sophie takes a shine to the new lodger; but the last thing Sheila wants is her daughter getting romantically involved with a UFO fanatic, or anyone else for that matter.

She does her best to get rid of this interloper.

Lucy Beaumont stars as the daughter trying to escape her overbearing mother played by Maureen Lipman in the second series of this warm-hearted sitcom set in Hull.

Sophie ...... Lucy Beaumont
Sheila ...... Maureen Lipman
Alan ...... Matt Sutton
Alan Matt Sutton

"It's like a cross between a Victoria Wood Sketch and a Mike Leigh film". Radio Times

Producer: Carl Cooper

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in August 2016.


TUE 23:30 Mark Thomas: The Manifesto (b01s0qnc)
Series 5

London

Activist comedian Mark Thomas considers policy suggestions for a People's Manifesto.

Recorded in the BBC Radio Theatre, London.

Producer: Colin Anderson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013



WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE 2019

WED 00:00 Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach (b00yyg22)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:15 Short Works (m00067dr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:15 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Sounds Natural (m00067dt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 The Hot Kid (b05410x3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 The Funny Thing About Muslims (b007qwzz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b009xz0z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 Noise: A Human History (b01s09zw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Mary Brunton - Self Control (b011km7g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:45 Book of the Week (b04b60fq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Saturday Drama (b007m9y3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Genius (b0084ffq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Ballylenon (b00p2jch)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Smelling of Roses (b00dbwtv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Heresy (m00060xx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 The Hot Kid (b054qctm)
Shoot-out

Louly Brown tells of how her letters to Pretty Boy Floyd in prison led to her stealing her step-father's car and running away from home with a bank robber, before meeting the handsome Deputy Marshal Carl Webster at a fatal motel shoot-out.

Meanwhile, Jack Belmont's illegal moonshine operation is threatened when his roadhouse is attacked by members of the Klan.

Elmore Leonard's enthralling criminal odyssey is set against the dusty, sepia-toned backdrop of Oklahoma and Kansas during America's Great Depression.

Adapted by Katie Hims

Jack Belmont . . . . . Adam Gillen
Louly Brown . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Tony Antonelli . . . . . Nathan Osgood
Carl Webster . . . . . Luke Norris
Joe Young . . . . . Joe Jameson
Norm Dilworth . . . . . Paul Heath
Pretty Boy Flloyd . . . . . Shaun Mason
Virgil Webster . . . . . David Acton
Heidi Dilworth . . . . . Bettrys Jones
Nestor Lott . . . . . Ian Conningham
Sylvia Hagenlocker . . . . . Elaine Claxton
Filling Station Woman . . . . . Jane Slavin

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


WED 06:30 Pieces of a Man (b00js8d1)
Poet Lemn Sissay explores the life of the influential activist, musician, writer and 'godfather of rap' Gil Scott-Heron, who died in May 2011.

Following in the footsteps of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, The Black Arts movement and jazz and blues musicians such as John Coltrane and Billie Holiday, Gil Scott-Heron helped pioneer the fight for racial equality and developed a new way of fusing music with hard-hitting political poetry. His story reflects the modern African-American struggle, from segregation in the South to triumph in the White House.

Lemn will speak to Gil about his childhood, spent with his feisty grandmother in Tennessee, and his teenage years in New York at the height of the Civil Rights movement, punctuated by the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and when black artists, musicians and writers were beginning to find a voice in modern American society.

Gil spent four decades in the music business during which time he joined forces with Stevie Wonder to campaign for a Martin Luther King national holiday, paved the way for the birth of hip hop, influenced some of the biggest names in popular culture and wrestled with a long term addiction to drugs.

Featuring interviews with Chuck D, Greg Tate and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Producer: Elizabeth Alker
An All Out production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2009.


WED 07:00 The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (b00b9ftc)
Sherlock Holmes and the Glorious Doppelganger

Baker Street’s Great Detective Sherlock Holmes investigates when Queen Victoria suffers a severe personality change.

The ghastly truth is revealed at Buckingham Palace garden party.

Roy Hudd spoofs the famous sleuth in Tony Hare’s comedy series.

With Chris Emmett as Dr Watson, June Whitfield as Mrs Hudson and Geoffrey Whitehead as Moriarty.

Musical accompaniment: Ian Smith.

Producer: Chris Neill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1999.


WED 07:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (m0006115)
Series 8

Episode 5

John Finnemore returns to Radio 4 with an eighth series of his multi-award-winning sketch show, joined by his regular ensemble cast of Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan.

This episode contains some helpful guidance on the etiquette of "Thank Yous", and looks into the devastating consequences of World Peace.

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme was described by The Radio Times as "the best sketch show in years, on television or radio", and by The Daily Telegraph as "funny enough to make even the surliest cat laugh". Already the winner of a Radio Academy Silver Award and a Broadcasting Press Guild award, this year Souvenir Programme won its second BBC Audio Drama award.

Written by & starring ... John Finnemore
Cast ... Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Cast ... Simon Kane
Cast ... Lawry Lewin
Cast ... Carrie Quinlan

Production Coordinator ... Beverly Tagg
Producer ... Ed Morrish
A BBC Studios production


WED 08:00 The Navy Lark (b007s84c)
Series 8

The PM Papa

HMS Troutbridge must take Sir Willoughby Todhunter-Brown and his wife to France on an official trip, but bedlam ensues...

Stars Leslie Phillips as the Sub-Lieutenant, Jon Pertwee as the Chief Petty Officer, Stephen Murray as the Number One, Richard Caldicot as Captain Povey, Heather Chasen as Lady Todhunter-Brown, Michael Bates as Commander Bracewell, Ronnie Barker as Commander Bell and Tenniel Evans as Sir Willoughby Todd Hunter-Brown.

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

Scripted by Lawrie Wyman

Incidental Music by Tommy Riley and James Moody.

Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1966.


WED 08:30 Doctor at Large (b009hq0t)
The Doctor's Dilemma

Seasick ship's doctor Simon Sparrow attempts emergency surgery using cutlery and brandy...

The misadventures of newly qualified doctor, Simon Sparrow - adapted for radio by Ray Cooney from Richard Gordon's 'Doctor at Large' published in 1955.

Starring Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Geoffrey Sumner as Sir Lancelot Spratt, Ray Cooney as Jock Hornby, Peter Jones as Easter and Norma Ronald as Wendy Swithenbank.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1969.


WED 09:00 The 99p Challenge (b007jw52)
Series 3

Episode 5

Crazy panel show capers as host Sue Perkins grills Tom Binns, Peter Serafinowicz, Nick Frost and Marcus Brigstocke.

The game where someone stands to leave the studio 99p richer than when they came in.

Written by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley.

Producer: David Tyler

A Pozzitive production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2001.


WED 09:30 The Attractive Young Rabbi (b007k2vh)
Series 2

Brief Encounter

Rabbi Su feels dumbfounded when Rabbi Abraham is invited to a Royal garden party, but then she meets someone...

Barry Grossman’s comedy-drama about the collision between the old and the new in the Jewish community of Hillfield.

Rabbi Abraham Fine ...... David De Keyser
Rabbi Su Jacobs ...... Tracy-Ann Oberman
Melvin ...... Henry Goodman
Brian ...... Jonathan Kydd
Sadie Fine ...... Doreen Mantle
Khaled ...... Nadim Sawalha
Rashid ...... Nabil Elouahabi

Music: Max Harris.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2000.


WED 10:00 Classic Serial (b00bbdmb)
The Mayor of Casterbridge

Burying the Past

Thomas Hardy's tragic story of a man who spends his life trying to atone for the terrible action that led to the loss of his wife and child. But his past refuses to be buried no matter how hard he tries to conceal it.

Dramatised in three parts by Helen Edmundson

MICHAEL HENCHARD........John Lynch
ELIZABETH-JANE..................Ruth Wilson
DONALD FARFRAE...............Paul Higgins
FURMITY WOMAN............Maggie Steed
SUSAN HENCHARD..... .......Olwen May
ABEL WHITTLE.................Burn Gorman
JOPP................................Conrad Nelson
NEWSON..........................Jonathan Keeble
SOLOMON LONGWAYS......Russell Dixon
CHRISTOPHER CONEY.......David Fielder
MOTHER CUXSOM.............Sue Ryding
MARTHA..........................Vashti Maclachlan

Director: Nadia Molinari

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


WED 11:00 Shorts (b05xqbmg)
Welcome to Your Holiday!

Enzo by Tod Wodicka

Three specially commissioned stories in which writers from around the world explore the idea of getting away from it all.

The impulse to flee the everyday grind and seek rest and relief in a change of scene is known as a need for a holiday – but what are the real reasons for becoming a tourist ? Perhaps it is all about travelling hopefully.

In Enzo by Tod Wodicka, a couple in their 30s attempt to revisit the carefree holidays of their formerly hip and trendy past, the era before marriage and before parenthood.

Tod Wodicka is based in Berlin.

Reader: Teresa Gallagher

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4


WED 11:15 Peter Tinniswood (b007q9f4)
Anton in Eastbourne

Mr Anton arrives for a sojourn. He expects to meet a young lady with a little dog. He knows her stories well. But he doesn't yet seem to know his own.

Peter Tinniswood's last play was created as a tribute for Chekhov admirer, Paul Scofield.

Anton ...... Paul Scofield
Miss Mansfield ...... Emma Fielding
Mr Kember ...... Stephen Thorne

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.


WED 12:00 The Navy Lark (b007s84c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 Doctor at Large (b009hq0t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 The Hot Kid (b054qctm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Pieces of a Man (b00js8d1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b009xz17)
Ford Madox Ford - The Good Soldier

Happy Marriage?

John Dowell unlocks the story behind the Ashburnham's seemingly happy marriage.

Set in early 20th century Europe, Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit abridged in ten parts by Lu Kemp.

Read by Toby Stephens.

Producer: Kirsty Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


WED 14:15 Noise: A Human History (b01s0dk7)
Music While You Shop, Music While You Work

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers how music has been used to soothe us, cheer us, and make us productive over the past 100 years.

Featuring extremely rare recordings of wartime episodes of the much-loved BBC series, Music While You Work.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 14:30 Mary Brunton - Self Control (b011kqj4)
London

Laura and her father travel to London in search of their lost annuity - and meet a man who talks like a parrot, dresses like a monkey, and smells like a civet-cat.

Published in 1811, Mary Brunton’s romantic tale set in Perthshire and London - dramatised in ten parts by Gerda Stevenson.

Laura Montreville is loved by two men - a reckless Libertine and a dignified but reserved landowner. In a world where polite society and sexual hypocrisy rub shoulders easily can she choose wisely between passion and virtue?

Narrated by Maureen Beattie

Hargrave ...... Andrew Wincott
Lady Harriet Montreville ...... Phyllida Law
Laura ...... Gerda Stevenson
Jeannie ...... Colette O'Neil
Montreville ...... Bernard Horsfall
Montague De Courcy ...... Tom Goodman-Hill
Wilkins ...... David Timson
Warren ...... Thomas Arnold

Producer: Bruce Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2003.


WED 14:45 Book of the Week (b04b60k8)
Deep

Japan

James Nestor's 'Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves' explores the human relationship with the deep sea, following extreme athletes, adventurers and scientists who risk life and limb to dive deeper than anyone before. What they discover is weird and wondrous, and in many cases redefines our understanding of biology – ours, and the sea's.

Deep begins at the surface and then plunges ever deeper into the unknown – until we are at 35,797 feet below sea level: the lowest point on earth. "Freedivers" come to the ocean to redefine the limits of the human body, swimming up to 400 feet below the surface for minutes at a time in a single breath.

Nestor learns how to stay underwater for extended periods; goes shark-tagging; has a close encounter with sperm whales; plunges to 2,500 feet in a DIY submarine; and unveils startling facets of human physiology – most notably the extraordinary life-preserving reflexes known as the Master Switch of Life.

Abridged and produced by Pippa Vaughan.
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4


WED 15:00 Classic Serial (b00bbdmb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 The 99p Challenge (b007jw52)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 The Attractive Young Rabbi (b007k2vh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (b00b9ftc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (m0006115)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach (b00yyjwj)
The Painting

Alice discovers a painting that could shed light on her family's disturbing history.

Five-part story from the Chronicles of Ait written by Michael Butt.

Linus Scott ........Greg Wise
Alice Pyper .......... Indira Varma
Naomi Pyper .... .. Amanda Drew
Doctor....................Jonathan Keeble
Agnes................... Patience Tomlinson
Ben........................Simon J Williamson

Director: John Taylor

A Fiction Factory production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011


WED 18:15 Short Works (m00067f1)
Zoe Gilbert - Folk

Swirling Cleft

Gad's strange mother, Sil, is not from Neverness, and may not even be her natural mother.

When her baby sister falls ill, Gad is sent into forbidden territory to find an unusual remedy.

Zoe Gilbert’s debut novel ‘Folk’ conjures up a series of dark and bewitching tales from a remote mythical island – Neverness - a place ripe with shadowy secrets and magic, and where its villagers’ lives are entwined with nature: its enchantments, seductions and dangers.

Read by Samantha Spiro.

Producer/abridger: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4 Extra


WED 18:30 That Reminds Me (b007jnlp)
Series 2

Victor Spinetti

Welsh stage and screen star Victor Spinetti reminisces about his acting career, as he entertains an audience.

Featuring memories ranging from The Beatles to Sir Laurence Olivier,

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2000.


WED 19:00 The Navy Lark (b007s84c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 Doctor at Large (b009hq0t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 The Hot Kid (b054qctm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Pieces of a Man (b00js8d1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Shorts (b05xqbmg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 21:15 Peter Tinniswood (b007q9f4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


WED 22:00 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (m0006115)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 The Problem With Adam Bloom (b007qs2d)
Series 1

Mobiles

You can answer a mobile phone anywhere, including a cinema. Should you say anything if somebody does?

Adam Bloom attempts to tackle this tricky situation.

With the help of Rob Rouse , Stefano Paolini and Sarah Kennedy

Written by Adam Bloom.

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2003.


WED 22:45 The Shuttleworths (b007jm4t)
Series 2

John Dries Up

John's ambitions to be a successful singer/songwriter suffer a mild setback.

Wife Mary is not impressed...

Written and performed by Graham Fellows.

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1995.


WED 23:00 The Jason Byrne Show (b01dhnrz)
Series 2

Ageing

Award-winning comedian Jason Byrne tackles the pros and cons of getting older.

Stand up and sketches with Laurence Howarth and Anna Bengo.

Producer: Julia McKenzie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2009.


WED 23:30 Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea (b0076zsc)
Series 3

Gambling Fever

To Dougal's dismay, Hamish becomes addicted to gambling after winning a Sporran Cosy in the Glen MacLottery.

Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden star as the two Scotsmen famed for their appearances on BBC Radio’s I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

With Alison Steadman as their cleaning-lady-cum-housekeeper, Mrs Naughtie, and Jeremy Hardy as the local Laird.

Producer: Jon Naismith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2006.


WED 23:45 Love in Recovery (b04wwh8j)
Series 1

Fiona

The lives of five very different recovering alcoholics.

Set entirely at their weekly meetings, we hear them get to know each other, learn to hate each other, argue, moan, laugh, fall apart, fall in love and, most importantly, tell their stories.

Comedy drama by Pete Jackson, set in Alcoholics Anonymous. Starring Sue Johnston, John Hannah, Eddie Marsan, Rebecca Front, Paul Kaye and Julia Deakin.

In the first programme, Fiona, a competitive and snobby ex-banker, tries to come to terms with the fact that she might have more in common with the rest of the group than she'd like to admit.

Marion ...... Julia Deakin
Fiona ...... Rebecca Front
Simon ...... John Hannah
Julie ...... Sue Johnston
Danno ...... Paul Kaye
Andy ...... Eddie Marsan

There are funny stories, sad stories, stories of small victories and milestones, stories of loss, stories of hope, and stories that you really shouldn't laugh at - but still do. Along with the storyteller.

Writer Pete Jackson is a recovering alcoholic and has spent time with Alcoholics Anonymous. It was there he found, as many people do, support from the unlikeliest group of disparate souls, all banded together due to one common bond. As well as offering the support he needed throughout a difficult time, AA also offered a weekly, sometimes daily, dose of hilarity, upset, heartbreak and friendship.

Director: Ben Worsfield

A Lucky Giant production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2014. .



THURSDAY 27 JUNE 2019

THU 00:00 Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach (b00yyjwj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:15 Short Works (m00067f1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:15 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 That Reminds Me (b007jnlp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 The Hot Kid (b054qctm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Pieces of a Man (b00js8d1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b009xz17)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 Noise: A Human History (b01s0dk7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 Mary Brunton - Self Control (b011kqj4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:45 Book of the Week (b04b60k8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Classic Serial (b00bbdmb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 The 99p Challenge (b007jw52)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 The Attractive Young Rabbi (b007k2vh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (b00b9ftc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (m0006115)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 The Hot Kid (b055g8zr)
Fresh Start

Fed up with waiting for Deputy Marshal Carl Webster to take her dancing, Louly has gone to Kansas City to make a fresh start, with a new job and new name.

She arrives at the same time as Jack Belmont, who's fled Tulsa after shooting his partner and now plans to start robbing banks. Both soon come to the attention of local crime boss Teddy Ritz and it's not long before Carl has to bail them all out of trouble.

Elmore Leonard's enthralling criminal odyssey is set against the dusty, sun-kissed backdrop of Oklahoma and Kansas during America's Great Depression.

Adapted by Katie Hims

Louly Brown . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Tony Antonelli . . . . . Nathan Osgood
Carl Webster . . . . . Luke Norris
Jack Belmont . . . . . Adam Gillen
Teddy Ritz . . . . . Lucian Msamati
Heidi Dilworth . . . . . Bettrys Jones
Lou Tessa . . . . . Shaun Mason
Bank Guard . . . . . David Acton
Bank Teller . . . . . Hannah Genesius
Bank Manager . . . . . Ian Conningham
Hotshot . . . . . Paul Heath

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015


THU 06:30 A Weekend in Butetown (b01rvnx5)
Gwyneth Lewis explores the contemporary life and fascinating history of the largest Somali community outside Somalia as National Theatre Wales visits Butetown in Cardiff for a one-off reclaiming of a unique migratory and poetic heritage.

In the days when Cardiff was one of the shipping centres of the world, it's docks areas became special multicultural, multilingual communities. These port areas were often isolated from the cities around them, while at the same time closely connected to places thousands of miles away.

One of the biggest communities to thrive in Cardiff's Tiger Bay, as it was called, was made up of Somali sailors and tradespeople, who settled half way up the Bristol Channel in such numbers that it became the largest Somali community outside Somalia itself.

Inside that community, they kept alive the traditions and stories of their relatives in the way that generations of Somalians had done - through story telling and poetry. As the 60s turned to the 70s and 80s, these stories were still told in terraces in Butetown (the ideal workers house village built for the dockers by the Lord Bute, and cassettes of the storytellers in Cardiff and back home would travel beween the two places on the ships.

The first production in National Theatre Wales' third season, De Gabay [The Poem] was a two-day, site-specific exploration of the Butetown area of Cardiff, with a focus on the lives of its young Somali poets and the generations that came before them.

In this programme poet (and transatlantic sailor) Gwyneth Lewis visits Butetown as the performance comes through the community. She talks to members both young and old and listens to their stories and their poetry. She asks about their traditions of theatre, and how the community has kept its cultural independence within Wales for so many years.

The backdrop of the theatre weekend itself, with its street parades and public performance, sits alongside the very personal stories of the community today.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.


THU 07:00 The Stanley Baxter Playhouse (b048nsml)
Series 6

The Showman

In the year of our Lord 1561, Mary Queen Of Scots and the protestant reformer John Knox clash in Edinburgh's old town over a harmless entertainment involving a wayward troupe of Scots comedians and song and dance acts - led by none other than a 16th century thespian who could easily have been Stanley Baxter's ancestor.

It's Murdo, the man with a fan club as big as the Royal Mile and leading light of a visiting troupe of players, Murdo and his Merry May Dancers.

Murdo Fletcher ..... Stanley Baxter
John Knox ..... Stuart McQuarrie
Mary Queen of Scots ..... Tracy Wiles
Chronicler ..... Hugh Ross

Other parts played by the cast.

Written by Rona Munro.

Director: Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2014.


THU 07:30 My Obsession (m000616z)
Series 1

Episode 1

Paul Merton and Suki Webster star in a new episode of this warm-hearted comedy exploring the obsessive narcissistic culture of so-called celebrity, the desire to be famous and the urge to be near it.

After a bizarre first meeting when Sheryl, a superfan of stand-up comedian Danny Heywood, broke into his hotel bedroom, the perfectly mismatched pair are reunited. This time the self-obsessed comic pays his number one fan a surprise visit.

But does the lonely comic want a date? No, he needs to be driven to his next gig.

However, Danny also reveals that Sheryl is now his inspiration, his muse. Will a bumpy road trip bring the obsessive lonely couple together or drive them both round the bend? And can this unlikely pair find happiness and a true connection or is the only thing they have in common that they are both obsessed with Danny?

Cast:
Danny – Paul Merton
Sheryl – Suki Webster
Malcolm – Matt Addis
Phoebe -Tilly Gaunt
Kevin - Terry Mynott

Written by Suki Webster
Producer: Liz Anstee

A CPL production for BBC Radio 4


THU 08:00 Benny Hill (b08qmt8w)
Benny Hill Time

From 17/05/1964

Benny Hill with homemade movie mayhem and the Italian-made historical epic, 'Henry XVIII'

With Peter Vernon, Jan Waters and Patricia Hayes.

Music from the Mike Sammes Singers and the Johnnie Spence Orchestra.

Scripted by Benny Hill.

Producer: John Browel

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1964.


THU 08:30 The Goon Show (b007jyf4)
The Call of the West

Count Moriarty and Grytpype-Thynne sell saxophones to the Indians in a cowboy caper. Stars Peter Sellers. From January 1959.


THU 09:00 Booked (b0075lk3)
Series 2

Episode 2

Sickboy from Trainspotting jumps into Pride and Prejudice, Fred Flintstone advertises in the lonely hearts column and The Three Musketeers gets a radical reworking.

John Hegley joins regular panellists Mark Thomas. Miles Kington and Dillie Keane to write the believably absurd from the utterly ridiculous.

Chaired by Ian McMillan.

Producer: Marc Jobst

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1997.


THU 09:30 Bristow (b007r031)
Series 2

When Melancholy Autumn Comes to Chester-Perry

The promise of a Christmas bonus lifts Bristow's spirits - for once, his generosity knows no bounds... But then he takes matters into his own hands when it becomes clear that a bonus for Chester Perry staff isn't forthcoming.

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

Bristow ...... Michael Williams
Jones ...... Rodney Bewes
Jonathan Quartly ...... Bernard Cribbins
Mrs Purdy ...... Dora Bryan
Hewitt ...... Owen Brenman
Molly ...... Sheila Reid
Rupert Clement ...... Royce Mills
Miss Sunman ...... Katy Odey
Richard Blobb ...... Norman Bird
Miss Golightly ...... Lucy Akhurst
Postboy ...... Simon Schatzberger
Receptionist ...... Zeena Eate

Music composed and performed by John Whitehall.

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1999.


THU 10:00 Classic Serial (b00bfk05)
The Mayor of Casterbridge

Revelations

Henchard attempts to hold his life together despite painful revelations and the unexpected arrival of someone from his past.

Thomas Hardy's tragic story of a man who spends his life trying to atone for the terrible action that led to the loss of his wife and child.

Dramatised in three parts by Helen Edmundson.

MICHAEL HENCHARD........John Lynch
ELIZABETH-JANE.................Ruth Wilson
DONALD FARFRAE................Paul Higgins
LUCETTA..........................Emma Fielding
FURMITY WOMAN.............Maggie Steed
SUSAN HENCHARD........... .Olwen May
ABEL WHITTLE.................Burn Gorman
JOPP................................Conrad Nelson
SOLOMON LONGWAYS......Russell Dixon
MOTHER CUXSOM.............Sue Ryding
PHOEBE.............................Lorna Lewis

Directed by Nadia Molinari

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


THU 11:00 School Days - Romeo and Julie (b007639f)
The first performance of the school play should be a triumph, but it turns into Julie's worst nightmare.

Lisa Coleman reads Clare Seal’s short story.

Producer: Sara Davies

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.


THU 11:15 The Vicar, the Automaton and the Talking Dog (b04dk880)
Using a mixture of fact and fantasy, this is an extraordinary day in the life of Alexander Graham Bell as a child.

We discover the roots of his genius, and how his mother's impending deafness helped lead him to his invention of the telephone. Aleck, with the help of his friend and brother, made an automaton that could say 'Mama' and further, he manipulated his dog's throat and mouth so he indeed had a talking dog.

Written by Lavinia Murray.

Aleck....... John Bell
Ben ..... Keir Beckwith
Reverend McReady ...... Stuart Mcquarrie
Father, Voice of the Automaton, and Trouve ...... Seamus O'Neill
Mother ..... Morag Siller
Melville ..... Stephen Fletcher

Director: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.

Further info:

We begin with a symphony of various telephone rings through the ages brought to us on a light Scottish breeze, and then we cut to answer machine. We see the stark difference between Bell's world of sound and his mother's world into silence. This is a drama not without humour, fascinating, illuminating and enchanting; providing a real, dramatic insight into the roots of a scientific genius, told with imagination and originality, and created especially for radio.


THU 12:00 Benny Hill (b08qmt8w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 The Goon Show (b007jyf4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 The Hot Kid (b055g8zr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 A Weekend in Butetown (b01rvnx5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b009xz1h)
Ford Madox Ford - The Good Soldier

Unnerved

John Dowell finds himself in an unnerving situation.

Set in early 20th century Europe, Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit abridged in ten parts by Lu Kemp.

Read by Toby Stephens.

Producer: Kirsty Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


THU 14:15 Noise: A Human History (b01s0qmz)
An Ever Noisier World

The 20th century brought attempts to distinguish between 'necessary' and 'unnecessary' noise. In New York, the authorities tried to clean up Coney Island fairground, banning barkers from using megaphones and targeting street sellers, newspaper boys, and buskers. But the volume of modern life has risen inexorably.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex travels to Ghana's capital, Accra, a city so loud that visitors describe its streets as a visceral shock, and introduces an elegiac recording of the wild soundscape we've lost, captured by the celebrated naturalist, Bernie Krause.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 14:30 Mary Brunton - Self Control (b011kw71)
A New Admirer

Colonel Hargrave pursues Laura from Perthshire to London - where Laura meets a new admirer.

Published in 1811, Mary Brunton’s romantic tale set in Perthshire and London - dramatised in ten parts by Gerda Stevenson.

Laura Montreville is loved by two men - a reckless Libertine and a dignified but reserved landowner. In a world where polite society and sexual hypocrisy rub shoulders easily can she choose wisely between passion and virtue?

Narrated by Maureen Beattie

Laura ...... Gerda Stevenson
Hargrave ...... Andrew Wincott
Lady Harriet Montreville ...... Phyllida Law
Jeannie ...... Colette O'Neil
Montreville ...... Bernard Horsfall
Montague De Courcy ...... Tom Goodman-Hill
Wilkins ...... David Timson
Warren ...... Thomas Arnold

Producer: Bruce Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2003.


THU 14:45 Book of the Week (b04b60rv)
Deep

Caribbean

In 'Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves', journalist James Nestor becomes enthralled by the extreme sport of freediving – where humans plunge many hundreds of feet into the sea without oxygen or breathing equipment. Nestor overcomes his initial scepticism about this dangerous sport and meditates on our relationship to the ocean, which he describes as 'the last truly quiet place on Earth.'

We meet scientific adventurers who take us ever deeper when they explore Grand Canyon-like chasms no one has ever reached (alive) before, where life-forms flourish in 300-degree water with absolutely no light. None of it should exist, and yet it does. But how?

Abridged and produced by Pippa Vaughan.
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.


THU 15:00 Classic Serial (b00bfk05)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 Booked (b0075lk3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Bristow (b007r031)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 The Stanley Baxter Playhouse (b048nsml)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 My Obsession (m000616z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach (b00yz3h4)
The Vision

Following a disturbing vision, Naomi gives Linus a different slant on events in the family history, raising Linus's doubts about Alice.

Five-part story from the Chronicles of Ait written by Michael Butt

Linus Scott ........Greg Wise
Alice Pyper .......... Indira Varma
Naomi Pyper .... .. Amanda Drew
Doctor....................Jonathan Keeble
Agnes................... Patience Tomlinson
Ben........................Simon J Williamson

Director: John Taylor

A Fiction Factory production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011


THU 18:15 Short Works (m00067bk)
Zoe Gilbert - Folk

A Winter Guest

A handsome red-haired stranger called Redwing arrives in the village, to the considerable interest of the women of Neverness.

Clotha, a widow, takes him as her lover, but discovers you can have too much of a good thing.

Zoe Gilbert’s debut novel ‘Folk’ conjures up a series of dark and bewitching tales from a remote mythical island – Neverness - a place ripe with shadowy secrets and magic, and where its villagers’ lives are entwined with nature: its enchantments, seductions and dangers.

Read by Samantha Spiro.

Producer/abridger: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4 Extra


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b01rvppq)
Series 30

Kenny Everett

Chris Tarrant chooses one of the great pioneers of modern radio - a man born Maurice Cole in Liverpool in 1944, who became famous on television as Gizzard Puke, Cupid Stunt and Sid Snot.

Kenny Everett's life was almost as bizarre as the characters he played, but it is for his work as a deejay that Chris Tarrant selects him. Tarrant was at Capital Radio for twenty years.
Kenny Everett began his career in pirate radio, from where he was sacked. He also worked for the BBC, from where he was sacked. He made one appearance on Radio 4's Just a Minute, famously talking about marbles. Other employees included Radio Luxembourg and Capital.

Presenter Matthew Parris reminisces about the Young Conservatives invitation to Kenny Everett to join them on stage in 1983 - his slogans included 'Let's Bomb Russia' and 'Let's kick Michael Foot's stick away' - while biographer James Hogg fills in some of the details of Everett's complicated personal life.

The producer is Miles Warde


THU 19:00 Benny Hill (b08qmt8w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 The Goon Show (b007jyf4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 The Hot Kid (b055g8zr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 A Weekend in Butetown (b01rvnx5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 School Days - Romeo and Julie (b007639f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


THU 21:15 The Vicar, the Automaton and the Talking Dog (b04dk880)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


THU 22:00 My Obsession (m000616z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Richard Marsh (b068xyz6)
Cardboard Heart

New Job

Award-winning writer and poet Richard Marsh stars alongside Russell Tovey, Phil Daniels and Rebecca Scroggs in this heart-warming sitcom set in a greetings card company.

In this opening episode, the gang battle for promotion. Will tries to make himself the model candidate and takes to the streets to learn what the public really want when it comes to greetings cards - but he finds that all he really wants to do is make himself the model candidate for the attractive woman he meets.

Richard Marsh plays Will, a hapless romantic who's keen to find love and an aspiring writer with a 9 to 5 job writing poetry at a greetings card company.

Will shares an office with Goadsby (Rebecca Scroggs), who's responsible for the card artwork and being Will's nemesis, Colin (Sam Troughton), the firm's safety and survival-obsessed accountant, and charming renegade salesman Beast (Russell Tovey). Phil Daniels plays Rog, their roguish boss.

Paid to express heartfelt emotions for people he will never meet, Will consistently fails to express himself properly to anyone he does meet. Every social interaction is a minefield for Will. In his head, he knows exactly what to say but the minute he opens his mouth, it's a disaster. Luckily for you, Will shares his inner thoughts with the audience.

Written and created by Richard Marsh.

Director: Pia Furtado
Producer: Ben Worsfield

A Lucky Giant production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2015.


THU 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (m0006gd8)
Lucy Montgomery 2/2

From 10.00pm until midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Plus Barry From Watford chats again to Lucy Montgomery.


THU 23:00 The Museum of Everything (b007k1gw)
Series 1

The History of Everything

Discover the origins of the first-ever museum and learn the secrets of the Pyramids.

Meanwhile, Badgerland fights back

Written and performed by Marcus Brigstocke, Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell.

With Lucy Montgomery.

Music by Dominic Haslam and Ben Walker.

Producer: Alex Walsh-Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2004.


THU 23:30 Two Episodes of Mash (b01mdl9r)
Series 2

Episode 1

Diane Morgan and Joe Wilkinson discover they don't actually have a radio series at all. You can also see an animation of one sketch via the Radio 4 Extra website - it's a fishy tale.

A mix of silly, surreal sketches and banter with Diane Morgan, Joe Wilkinson, David O'Doherty, Paul Harry Allen, Peter Donaldson, Ken Bruce, Bobbie Pryor and Gary Newman.

The series also has an absurd narrative, which makes fun of its new home at BBC Radio 4, after starting life on Radio 2.

Animation: Tom Rourke.

Producer: Clair Wordsworth

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2012.



FRIDAY 28 JUNE 2019

FRI 00:00 Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach (b00yz3h4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:15 Short Works (m00067bk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:15 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b01rvppq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 The Hot Kid (b055g8zr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 A Weekend in Butetown (b01rvnx5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b009xz1h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 Noise: A Human History (b01s0qmz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Mary Brunton - Self Control (b011kw71)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:45 Book of the Week (b04b60rv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Classic Serial (b00bfk05)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Booked (b0075lk3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Bristow (b007r031)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 The Stanley Baxter Playhouse (b048nsml)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 My Obsession (m000616z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 The Hot Kid (b05mt3h4)
Most Wanted

As far as Jack Belmont sees it, the only thing standing between him and realising his dream of becoming America's most wanted criminal is Deputy Marshal Carl Webster.

A chance encounter in prison enables Jack to formulate a plan that will put an end to his nemesis once and for all.

Conclusion of Elmore Leonard's enthralling criminal odyssey set against the dusty, sun-kissed backdrop of Oklahoma and Kansas during America's Great Depression.

Adapted by Katie Hims

Tony Antonelli . . . . . Nathan Osgood
Jack Belmont . . . . . Adam Gillen
Carl Webster . . . . . Luke Norris
Louly Brown . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Oris Belmont . . . . . John Chancer
Nancy Polis . . . . . Roslyn Hill
Cecil Guyton . . . . . Ian Conningham
Virgil Webster . . . . . David Acton
Walter . . . . . Shaun Mason
Cell Mate . . . . . Paul Heath

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


FRI 06:30 The Mousetrap and Me (b0125kr0)
Louise Elliot meets Terry O'Neill, who survived child cruelty, and whose case inspired Agatha Christie's Mousetrap. From 2011.


FRI 07:00 Charles Dickens (b00rz6m8)
Sketches by Boz: Series 2

Love and Oysters

David Calder stars as John Dounce whose orderly life is disrupted on acquaintance with an oyster.

Gloriously comic stories of London Life by Charles Dickens - dramatised by Stephen Wyatt.

Boz ...... Nicholas Farrell
Fanny ...... Samantha Spiro
Rosa ...... Siriol Jenkins
Dora ...... Elizabeth Conboy
Harris ...... David Allister
Jones ...... loan Meredith

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1999.


FRI 07:30 A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics (b08jdz0k)
Series 2

The Prophecy

By Richard Katz and John Nicholson

In medieval Scotland, a pair of soldiers, fleeing their own regiment, come face-to-face with a trio of witches on a desolate moor. One of them receives a prophecy that he will become King of Scotland. It's a classic case of mistaken identity.

In this second series, the comedy troupe Peepolykus assume the roles of minor characters in great works of fiction and derail the plot through their hapless buffoonery.

Director, Sasha Yevtushenko.


FRI 08:00 The Burkiss Way (b00gs0fr)
Series 2

Gain Spiritual Fulfilment the Burkiss Way

A dangerous pantomime gang escapes, as the team go 'Nationwide'.

The Burkiss Way to Dynamic Living from radio's Advanced Correspondence Course

All you have to do is fill in your name here: take out all the vowels and consonants and make an anagram of what remains to gain access to the latest lesson.

With instruction from Jo Kendall, Nigel Rees, Chris Emmett and Fred Harris.

Scripts by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick.

Producer: Simon Brett

Cult sketch show first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1976.


FRI 08:30 Steptoe and Son (b007k0k6)
Series 4

Is That Your Horse Outside?

Albert Steptoe advises son Harold on the art of seduction.

Starring Wilfrid Brambell as Albert and Harry H Corbett as Harold. With Martin Friend, Douglas Blackwell and Michael Kilgarriff.

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

Written for TV and adapted for radio by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Produced by Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 1972.


FRI 09:00 Say the Word (b00764vn)
Episode 4

Frank Delaney's panel game revolving around the English language.

With Christopher Cook, Miles Kington, Valerie Grove and Carol Boyd

Plus resident jesters - the Nimmo Twins

Producer: Simon Elmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2001.


FRI 09:30 A Whole 'Nother Story (b00763xr)
Series 1

Velvet Pants and Padded Bras

After her terrible rejection, Pete tries to convince Cassie that she’s definitely not a sad old cat-keeping spinster.

But it's becoming clear that they haven't been quite as disinterested in each other's love lives as perhaps they've appeared...

The first of three series of Amanda Murphy’s comedy-drama series about a friendship between a man and a woman.

Starring Debra Stephenson as Cassie and David Lamb as Pete.

PJ ...... Brendan Burns
Dad ...... Mike Grady
Mum ...... Anne Reid

Producer: Graham Frost

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2001.


FRI 10:00 Classic Serial (b00bvc00)
The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Stranger

Henchard sets about rebuilding his life but the appearance of a stranger in Casterbridge threatens to unravel everything.

Conclusion of Thomas Hardy's tragic story of a man who spends his life trying to atone for the terrible action that led to the loss of his wife and child.

Dramatised in three parts by Helen Edmundson.

MICHAEL HENCHARD........John Lynch
ELIZABETH-JANE.................Ruth Wilson
DONALD FARFRAE................Paul Higgins
LUCETTA..........................Emma Fielding
FURMITY WOMAN.............Maggie Steed
ABEL WHITTLE.................Burn Gorman
JOPP................................Conrad Nelson
NEWSON...........................Jonathan Keeble
SOLOMON LONGWAYS......Russell Dixon
CHRISTOPHER CONEY........David Fielder
MOTHER CUXSOM.............Sue Ryding
MARTHA...........................Vashti Maclachlan
PHOEBE............................Lorna Lewis

Directed by Nadia Molinari

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m00067bq)
Made for 4 Extra. Presenters recommend their favourite podcasts and speak to the people who make them.


FRI 12:00 The Burkiss Way (b00gs0fr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Steptoe and Son (b007k0k6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 The Hot Kid (b05mt3h4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 The Mousetrap and Me (b0125kr0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b009xz1r)
Ford Madox Ford - The Good Soldier

The End of Edward

John Dowell recounts the final events in the life of Edward Ashburnham.

Set in early 20th century Europe, Ford Madox Ford's classic tale of passion and deceit abridged by Lu Kemp.

Concluded by Toby Stephens.

Producer: Kirsty Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


FRI 14:15 Noise: A Human History (b01s0scn)
The Search for Silence

In the noisy modern world, silence has become an ever more desirable - and fashionable - state. We read books about it, go on retreats to find it, and soundproof our living and working spaces in its name. But when we have it is it what we want?

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers the modern quest for quiet and asks whether what really makes us humans happy is a little noise.

Conclusion of the 30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson.
Producer: Matt Thompson

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 14:30 Mary Brunton - Self Control (b011lcx2)
Desperation

Laura's father is ill, their money is running out and Colonel Hargrave is growing desperate.

Published in 1811, Mary Brunton’s romantic tale set in Perthshire and London - dramatised in ten parts by Gerda Stevenson.

Laura Montreville is loved by two men - a reckless Libertine and a dignified but reserved landowner. In a world where polite society and sexual hypocrisy rub shoulders easily can she choose wisely between passion and virtue?

Narrated by Maureen Beattie

Laura ...... Gerda Stevenson
Hargrave ...... Andrew Wincott
Mrs Stubbs ...... Phyllida Law
Beggar ...... Colette O'Neil
Montreville ...... Bernard Horsfall
Montague De Courcy ...... Tom Goodman-Hill

Producer: Bruce Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2003.


FRI 14:45 Book of the Week (b04b61hh)
Deep

Sri Lanka

James Nestor's book, "Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves" begins at the surface and then plunges ever deeper into the unknown – until we are at 35,797 feet below sea level: the lowest point on earth. "Freedivers" come to the ocean to redefine the limits of the human body, swimming up to 400 feet below the surface for minutes at a time in a single breath.

Nestor introduces us to freedivers who are drawn to the sea for a variety of reasons: some to break records, some to find peace, and some who are scientists, freediving 'because it's the most intimate way to connect with the ocean.'

Nestor unveils startling facets of human physiology – most notably the extraordinary life-preserving reflexes known as the Master Switch of Life.

And we learn about the old and new life-forms that inhabit our deep oceans – a habitat with the greatest biodiversity on earth, yet most of it remains unknown.

Abridged and produced by Pippa Vaughan.
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.


FRI 15:00 Classic Serial (b00bvc00)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 Say the Word (b00764vn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 A Whole 'Nother Story (b00763xr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 Charles Dickens (b00rz6m8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics (b08jdz0k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach (b00yz54s)
Answers

Linus confronts Alice in the hope of receiving a conclusive explanation of the story of Echo Beach.

Conclusion of the five-part story from the Chronicles of Ait written by Michael Butt

Linus Scott ........Greg Wise
Alice Pyper .......... Indira Varma
Naomi Pyper .... .. Amanda Drew
Doctor....................Jonathan Keeble
Agnes................... Patience Tomlinson
Ben........................Simon J Williamson

Director: John Taylor

A Fiction Factory production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011


FRI 18:15 Short Works (m00067by)
Zoe Gilbert - Folk

Turning

An old man encourages Finch, a boy, to steal birds' eggs, before teaching him how to steal bees.

Zoe Gilbert’s debut novel ‘Folk’ conjures up a series of dark and bewitching tales from a remote mythical island – Neverness - a place ripe with shadowy secrets and magic, and where its villagers’ lives are entwined with nature: its enchantments, seductions and dangers.

Zoe Gilbert is the winner of the Costa Short Story Award in 2014. Folk has been long-listed for the 2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize.

Read by Samantha Spiro.

Producer/abridger: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4 Extra


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b0076h37)
Winning Prizes

Musician Martin Isherwood, physicist Len Fisher and journalist Lucy Cavendish discuss the winning of prizes and awards.

In each programme, Matthew Parris introduces a group of writers of fact and fiction: new talent and established names. In the context of a discussion of one of the ideas and pre-occupations of our times, each presents a piece on this week's topic.

The best new writing and the freshest conversation from 2003.


FRI 19:00 The Burkiss Way (b00gs0fr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Steptoe and Son (b007k0k6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 The Hot Kid (b05mt3h4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 The Mousetrap and Me (b0125kr0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m00067bq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics (b08jdz0k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Dave Podmore (b0612pjc)
Dave Podmore's Toughest Test

It's Ashes time (again) and the world's sleaziest cricketer Dave Podmore is here with his explosive memoir DP. But, in doing so, he's putting at risk his budding career as motivational coach for the England women's team.

Pod's especially proud of emerging star player Danniii (yes, three i's), until he realises his precious second-hand car lot endorsements have a new competitor who's young enough to still be discovered on the Borrowash roundabout at 3am with her pants on her head.

Is Pod's long reign as England's anti-hero finally over? And has he burned his lucrative corporate advertising bridges for good?

It's Pod's toughest test yet.

Starring Christopher Douglas as Dave Podmore.

With Lewis Macleod, Andrew Nickolds, Andy Hamer and Nicola Sanderson.

Scripted by Christopher Douglas, Andrew Nickolds and Nick Newman.

Producer: Jon Harvey
A Hat Trick production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2015. .


FRI 23:00 Tina C (b04b1v8z)
Tina C's Commonwealth of Nations: The Empire Strikes Back

Country music legend Tina C - multi-Grammy award-winner, global peace icon, and US troops pin-up in warzones worldwide - is the living embodiment (and what a body) of soft power.

Fresh from the Commonwealth Games' spectacular opening ceremony, Tina guides a Glasgow audience through her own unique take on the Commonwealth, and why she should be in it. Expect great songs, laughs, and a look at something you've known about all your life from a completely different perspective. Including special guests, obscure facts, and power ballads to bring us all together where ideology has failed. Written and performed by Christopher Green.

“Christopher Green’s Tina C is one of the great comic creations of the age. A genuinely fine country singer, but with a twist of satire and insight which is rare and to be highly prized.” – Stephen Fry

“To misconstrue Tina as a comedy act done merely for laughs is to miss out on a strategic, highly intelligent brand of satire” - The Age, Melbourne

“The political person’s Barry Humphries” – The Guardian

“Better politics than Michael Moore, better legs than Marlene Dietrich” – New Zealand Herald

“Christopher Green….Part politician, part shaman, part sociologist, part healer, but you’ll happily only focus on the fact that he’s an entertainer” – The Guardian

Producer: Jonquil Panting


FRI 23:30 The Big Booth (b007k32y)
Series 2: The Big Booth Too

Episode 2

Boothby Graffoe stays the night in a haunted Scottish castle. With Stephen Frost and Robyn Hitchcock. From February 2001.




LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
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A Good Read 18:30 MON (b00bvz97)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b00bvz97)

A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics 05:30 SAT (b08hqf5w)

A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics 07:30 FRI (b08jdz0k)

A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics 17:30 FRI (b08jdz0k)

A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics 22:00 FRI (b08jdz0k)

A Weekend in Butetown 06:30 THU (b01rvnx5)

A Weekend in Butetown 13:30 THU (b01rvnx5)

A Weekend in Butetown 20:30 THU (b01rvnx5)

A Weekend in Butetown 01:30 FRI (b01rvnx5)

A Whole 'Nother Story 04:30 SAT (b00763tm)

A Whole 'Nother Story 09:30 FRI (b00763xr)

A Whole 'Nother Story 16:30 FRI (b00763xr)

Afternoon Reading 07:15 SUN (b00yjs47)

Afternoon Reading 14:15 SUN (b00yjs47)

Afternoon Reading 02:15 MON (b00yjs47)

Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section 07:30 SUN (b044h6nv)

Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section 17:30 SUN (b044h6nv)

Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section 22:00 SUN (b044h6nv)

Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section 05:30 MON (b044h6nv)

Alun Cochrane's Fun House 22:30 TUE (b01rlnhp)

Andrew Maxwell's Public Enemies 23:30 SUN (b03dv5n2)

Archive on 4 08:00 SAT (b04frcvv)

Archive on 4 15:00 SAT (b04frcvv)

Archive on 4 03:00 SUN (b04frcvv)

Armando Iannucci 23:05 SAT (b007jzc3)

Ballylenon 16:30 TUE (b00p2jch)

Ballylenon 04:30 WED (b00p2jch)

Benny Hill 08:00 THU (b08qmt8w)

Benny Hill 12:00 THU (b08qmt8w)

Benny Hill 19:00 THU (b08qmt8w)

Book at Bedtime 02:00 SAT (b009twfw)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 MON (b009xzbr)

Book at Bedtime 02:00 TUE (b009xzbr)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 TUE (b009xz0z)

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Book at Bedtime 14:00 WED (b009xz17)

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Book at Bedtime 14:00 THU (b009xz1h)

Book at Bedtime 02:00 FRI (b009xz1h)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 FRI (b009xz1r)

Book of the Week 02:45 SAT (b049mwb1)

Book of the Week 14:45 MON (b049y3mf)

Book of the Week 02:45 TUE (b049y3mf)

Book of the Week 14:45 TUE (b04b60fq)

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Book of the Week 14:45 WED (b04b60k8)

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Book of the Week 14:45 THU (b04b60rv)

Book of the Week 02:45 FRI (b04b60rv)

Book of the Week 14:45 FRI (b04b61hh)

Booked 12:00 SAT (b0075lcp)

Booked 09:00 THU (b0075lk3)

Booked 16:00 THU (b0075lk3)

Booked 04:00 FRI (b0075lk3)

Bristow 09:30 THU (b007r031)

Bristow 16:30 THU (b007r031)

Bristow 04:30 FRI (b007r031)

Cabin Pressure 23:00 SUN (b01293c9)

Chain Reaction 22:30 SAT (b03phrws)

Charles Dickens 07:00 FRI (b00rz6m8)

Charles Dickens 17:00 FRI (b00rz6m8)

Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach 18:00 MON (b00yyb1l)

Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach 00:00 TUE (b00yyb1l)

Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach 18:00 TUE (b00yyg22)

Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach 00:00 WED (b00yyg22)

Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach 18:00 WED (b00yyjwj)

Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach 00:00 THU (b00yyjwj)

Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach 18:00 THU (b00yz3h4)

Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach 00:00 FRI (b00yz3h4)

Chronicles of Ait: Echo Beach 18:00 FRI (b00yz54s)

Classic Serial 10:00 WED (b00bbdmb)

Classic Serial 15:00 WED (b00bbdmb)

Classic Serial 03:00 THU (b00bbdmb)

Classic Serial 10:00 THU (b00bfk05)

Classic Serial 15:00 THU (b00bfk05)

Classic Serial 03:00 FRI (b00bfk05)

Classic Serial 10:00 FRI (b00bvc00)

Classic Serial 15:00 FRI (b00bvc00)

Comedy Club Extra 22:55 SUN (m0006fzm)

Dad's Army 08:30 MON (b007mdr8)

Dad's Army 12:30 MON (b007mdr8)

Dad's Army 19:30 MON (b007mdr8)

Dave Podmore 22:30 FRI (b0612pjc)

Dead Ringers 23:00 MON (m000616t)

Dead Ringers 09:00 TUE (m000616t)

Deaf Republic (Omnibus) 09:00 SUN (m00067cw)

Deaf Republic (Omnibus) 20:00 SUN (m00067cw)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:15 SUN (b08tj381)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:15 SUN (b08tj381)

Doctor Who 18:00 SAT (b07hnvwm)

Doctor Who 00:00 SUN (b07hnvwm)

Doctor at Large 08:30 WED (b009hq0t)

Doctor at Large 12:30 WED (b009hq0t)

Doctor at Large 19:30 WED (b009hq0t)

Drama 06:00 SAT (b05vrg6z)

Drama 16:00 SAT (b05vrg6z)

Drama 04:00 SUN (b05vrg6z)

Flying the Flag 07:00 MON (b00f34fk)

Flying the Flag 17:00 MON (b00f34fk)

Flying the Flag 05:00 TUE (b00f34fk)

Genius 16:00 TUE (b0084ffq)

Genius 04:00 WED (b0084ffq)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b01rvppq)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b01rvppq)

Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea 23:30 WED (b0076zsc)

Heresy 07:30 TUE (m00060xx)

Heresy 17:30 TUE (m00060xx)

Heresy 22:00 TUE (m00060xx)

Heresy 05:30 WED (m00060xx)

How to Find Home (Omnibus) 14:30 SUN (m00067cy)

How to Find Home (Omnibus) 02:30 MON (m00067cy)

In the Psychiatrist's Chair 14:15 SAT (b04d0klc)

In the Psychiatrist's Chair 02:15 SUN (b04d0klc)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SAT (m00067bz)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 SUN (m00067bz)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (b0860425)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (b0860425)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 07:30 WED (m0006115)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 17:30 WED (m0006115)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 22:00 WED (m0006115)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 05:30 THU (m0006115)

Julia Darling - Posties 02:30 SAT (b0076f5r)

Julia Darling - Posties 06:00 SUN (b0788hrj)

Julia Darling - Posties 13:00 SUN (b0788hrj)

Julia Darling - Posties 01:00 MON (b0788hrj)

Just a Minute 07:30 MON (m000613c)

Just a Minute 17:30 MON (m000613c)

Just a Minute 22:00 MON (m000613c)

Just a Minute 05:30 TUE (m000613c)

Khmer Rock and the Killing Fields 01:30 SAT (b00lrv50)

Love in Recovery 23:45 WED (b04wwh8j)

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

Mark Thomas: The Manifesto 23:30 TUE (b01s0qnc)

Mary Brunton - Self Control 14:30 MON (b011j6lv)

Mary Brunton - Self Control 02:30 TUE (b011j6lv)

Mary Brunton - Self Control 14:30 TUE (b011km7g)

Mary Brunton - Self Control 02:30 WED (b011km7g)

Mary Brunton - Self Control 14:30 WED (b011kqj4)

Mary Brunton - Self Control 02:30 THU (b011kqj4)

Mary Brunton - Self Control 14:30 THU (b011kw71)

Mary Brunton - Self Control 02:30 FRI (b011kw71)

Mary Brunton - Self Control 14:30 FRI (b011lcx2)

My Obsession 07:30 THU (m000616z)

My Obsession 17:30 THU (m000616z)

My Obsession 22:00 THU (m000616z)

My Obsession 05:30 FRI (m000616z)

Nightfall 18:00 SUN (m00067d3)

Nightfall 00:00 MON (m00067d3)

Noise: A Human History 02:15 SAT (b01rw8xt)

Noise: A Human History 14:15 MON (b01s09k9)

Noise: A Human History 02:15 TUE (b01s09k9)

Noise: A Human History 14:15 TUE (b01s09zw)

Noise: A Human History 02:15 WED (b01s09zw)

Noise: A Human History 14:15 WED (b01s0dk7)

Noise: A Human History 02:15 THU (b01s0dk7)

Noise: A Human History 14:15 THU (b01s0qmz)

Noise: A Human History 02:15 FRI (b01s0qmz)

Noise: A Human History 14:15 FRI (b01s0scn)

Off the Page 00:30 SAT (b0076h00)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b0076h37)

On the Rocks 05:00 SAT (b05wq1bl)

Peeler 01:00 SAT (m00061r0)

Peeler 06:00 MON (m00067d5)

Peeler 13:00 MON (m00067d5)

Peeler 20:00 MON (m00067d5)

Peeler 01:00 TUE (m00067d5)

Peter Tinniswood 11:15 WED (b007q9f4)

Peter Tinniswood 21:15 WED (b007q9f4)

Pieces of a Man 06:30 WED (b00js8d1)

Pieces of a Man 13:30 WED (b00js8d1)

Pieces of a Man 20:30 WED (b00js8d1)

Pieces of a Man 01:30 THU (b00js8d1)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m00067bq)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m00067bq)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m0003ts8)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m0003ts8)

Radio Active 23:30 MON (b007jp67)

Radiolab 11:00 SUN (b08wz6rj)

Radiolab 19:00 SUN (b08wz6rj)

Reading Europe: Lullaby (Omnibus) 13:00 SAT (m00067bv)

Reading Europe: Lullaby (Omnibus) 01:00 SUN (m00067bv)

Reconstructing Louis 16:00 SUN (b0075z1g)

Reconstructing Louis 04:00 MON (b0075z1g)

Recycled Radio 07:30 SAT (b02yk8rm)

Recycled Radio 17:30 SAT (b02yk8rm)

Recycled Radio 05:30 SUN (b02yk8rm)

Richard Marsh 22:30 THU (b068xyz6)

Robert Holmes - Aliens in the Mind 18:30 SUN (b007jltw)

Robert Holmes - Aliens in the Mind 00:30 MON (b007jltw)

Ross Noble's Newcastle 09:00 SAT (b0755pvx)

Ross Noble's Newcastle 19:00 SAT (b0755pvx)

Saturday Drama 10:00 MON (b00k2mfh)

Saturday Drama 15:00 MON (b00k2mfh)

Saturday Drama 03:00 TUE (b00k2mfh)

Saturday Drama 10:00 TUE (b007m9y3)

Saturday Drama 15:00 TUE (b007m9y3)

Saturday Drama 03:00 WED (b007m9y3)

Say the Word 04:00 SAT (b00764r2)

Say the Word 09:00 FRI (b00764vn)

Say the Word 16:00 FRI (b00764vn)

School Days - Romeo and Julie 11:00 THU (b007639f)

School Days - Romeo and Julie 21:00 THU (b007639f)

Short Works 18:15 MON (m00067df)

Short Works 00:15 TUE (m00067df)

Short Works 18:15 TUE (m00067dr)

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Short Works 18:15 WED (m00067f1)

Short Works 00:15 THU (m00067f1)

Short Works 18:15 THU (m00067bk)

Short Works 00:15 FRI (m00067bk)

Short Works 18:15 FRI (m00067by)

Shorts 11:00 WED (b05xqbmg)

Shorts 21:00 WED (b05xqbmg)

Smelling of Roses 07:00 TUE (b00dbwtv)

Smelling of Roses 17:00 TUE (b00dbwtv)

Smelling of Roses 05:00 WED (b00dbwtv)

Sounds Natural 18:30 TUE (m00067dt)

Sounds Natural 00:30 WED (m00067dt)

Steptoe and Son 08:30 FRI (b007k0k6)

Steptoe and Son 12:30 FRI (b007k0k6)

Steptoe and Son 19:30 FRI (b007k0k6)

Susan Hill - The Woman in Black 00:00 SAT (b007jls5)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m00067d9)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m00067d9)

Telling Tales 11:00 TUE (m00067dl)

Telling Tales 21:00 TUE (m00067dl)

That Reminds Me 18:30 WED (b007jnlp)

That Reminds Me 00:30 THU (b007jnlp)

The 99p Challenge 09:00 WED (b007jw52)

The 99p Challenge 16:00 WED (b007jw52)

The 99p Challenge 04:00 THU (b007jw52)

The Al Read Show 08:00 TUE (b00tf065)

The Al Read Show 12:00 TUE (b00tf065)

The Al Read Show 19:00 TUE (b00tf065)

The Attractive Young Rabbi 09:30 WED (b007k2vh)

The Attractive Young Rabbi 16:30 WED (b007k2vh)

The Attractive Young Rabbi 04:30 THU (b007k2vh)

The Best Laid Plans 09:30 MON (b04xnczq)

The Best Laid Plans 16:30 MON (b04xnczq)

The Best Laid Plans 04:30 TUE (b04xnczq)

The Best of English 15:45 SUN (m00067d1)

The Best of English 03:45 MON (m00067d1)

The Big Booth 23:30 FRI (b007k32y)

The Burkiss Way 08:00 FRI (b00gs0fr)

The Burkiss Way 12:00 FRI (b00gs0fr)

The Burkiss Way 19:00 FRI (b00gs0fr)

The Clitheroe Kid 08:30 SUN (m00067ct)

The Clitheroe Kid 12:30 SUN (m00067ct)

The Comedy Club Interviews 23:00 SAT (m0006fzf)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 TUE (m0006gd6)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 THU (m0006gd8)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 08:00 MON (b007qv81)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 12:00 MON (b007qv81)

The Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Show 19:00 MON (b007qv81)

The Frontline Prince 06:30 MON (b0952jkk)

The Frontline Prince 13:30 MON (b0952jkk)

The Frontline Prince 20:30 MON (b0952jkk)

The Frontline Prince 01:30 TUE (b0952jkk)

The Funny Thing About Muslims 06:30 TUE (b007qwzz)

The Funny Thing About Muslims 13:30 TUE (b007qwzz)

The Funny Thing About Muslims 20:30 TUE (b007qwzz)

The Funny Thing About Muslims 01:30 WED (b007qwzz)

The Goon Show 08:30 THU (b007jyf4)

The Goon Show 12:30 THU (b007jyf4)

The Goon Show 19:30 THU (b007jyf4)

The Harpoon 22:30 MON (b00cgsrm)

The Hot Kid 06:00 TUE (b05410x3)

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The Hot Kid 20:00 THU (b055g8zr)

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The Hot Kid 06:00 FRI (b05mt3h4)

The Hot Kid 13:00 FRI (b05mt3h4)

The Hot Kid 20:00 FRI (b05mt3h4)

The Jason Byrne Show 23:00 WED (b01dhnrz)

The Listening Project 10:10 SUN (b06wj7bs)

The Listening Project 21:10 SUN (b06wj7bs)

The Mousetrap and Me 06:30 FRI (b0125kr0)

The Mousetrap and Me 13:30 FRI (b0125kr0)

The Mousetrap and Me 20:30 FRI (b0125kr0)

The Museum of Curiosity 09:00 MON (b04k9mzs)

The Museum of Curiosity 16:00 MON (b04k9mzs)

The Museum of Curiosity 04:00 TUE (b04k9mzs)

The Museum of Everything 23:00 THU (b007k1gw)

The Navy Lark 08:00 WED (b007s84c)

The Navy Lark 12:00 WED (b007s84c)

The Navy Lark 19:00 WED (b007s84c)

The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 07:00 WED (b00b9ftc)

The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 17:00 WED (b00b9ftc)

The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 05:00 THU (b00b9ftc)

The Other Man 09:30 TUE (b0076xms)

The Problem With Adam Bloom 22:30 WED (b007qs2d)

The Shuttleworths 22:45 WED (b007jm4t)

The Stanley Baxter Playhouse 12:30 SAT (b04807hl)

The Stanley Baxter Playhouse 07:00 THU (b048nsml)

The Stanley Baxter Playhouse 17:00 THU (b048nsml)

The Stanley Baxter Playhouse 05:00 FRI (b048nsml)

The Vicar, the Automaton and the Talking Dog 11:15 THU (b04dk880)

The Vicar, the Automaton and the Talking Dog 21:15 THU (b04dk880)

Tina C 23:00 FRI (b04b1v8z)

To Hull and Back 23:00 TUE (b07nrlr3)

To the Manor Born 08:30 TUE (b007k4mq)

To the Manor Born 12:30 TUE (b007k4mq)

To the Manor Born 19:30 TUE (b007k4mq)

Two Episodes of Mash 23:30 THU (b01mdl9r)

Whack-O! 08:00 SUN (b061vkh6)

Whack-O! 12:00 SUN (b061vkh6)

What Does the K Stand For? 22:30 SUN (b0510ftl)

William Makepeace Thackeray - Barry Lyndon 03:00 SAT (b00t1bsd)