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SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2019

SAT 00:00 Terry Pratchett (b008pc0b)
Guards! Guards!

Episode 5

"That dragon isn't going to accept any mealy-mouthed, wishy-washy liberal nonsense.... Do you know what you're getting with a dragon? Unashamed strong leadership."

The dragon strikes. But will Captain Vimes triumph?

First published in 1989, the 8th of Terry's Pratchett's comic fantasy stories set on Discworld.

Narrator ...... Martin Jarvis
Captain Vimes ...... John Wood
Nobby ...... Melvyn Hayes
Sergeant Colon ...... Stephen Thorne
Lady Ramkin ...... Helen Atkinson-Wood
Carrot ...... Robert Gwilym
Lord Vetinari ...... Crawford Logan
Supreme Grand Master ...... Brett Usher
Chief Merchant ...... Jeff Nuttall
Librarian...... Michael Roberts
Little Girl ....... Kate McEnery

Dramatised in six parts by Michael Butt.

Director: John Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in December 1992.


SAT 00:30 Off the Page (b0076mjy)
Smoking

Journalist Amanda Mitchison, novelist Maureen Freely and comic Lewis Schaffer join Matthew Parris to discuss smoking. From 2004.


SAT 01:00 Hercule Poirot (b007ytww)
Murder on the Orient Express

Episode 5

Time is against Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot as he battles to unmask the murderer aboard the Orient Express.

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot.

Monsieur Bouc ...... Andre Maranne
Dr Constantine ...... Peter Polycarpou
Masterman ...... Desmond Llewelyn
Pierre Michel ...... Frank Windsor
Princess Dragmiroff ...... Sian Phillips
Mrs Hubbard ...... Sylvia Syms
Miss Debenham ...... Francesca Annis
Count Andrenyi ...... David Thorpe
Countess Andrenyi ...... Siriol Jenkins
Colonel Arbuthnot ...... Stephen Hodson
Foscarelli ...... Frank Coda
Miss Ohlsson ...... Kate Binchy
MacQueen ...... James Telfer
Fraulein Schmidt ...... Linda Polan

Music composed and played by Michael Haslam

From the book published in 1934 and dramatised by Michael Bakewell

Director Enyd Williams.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1993.


SAT 01:30 Who Was Rosalind? (b01qlhjt)
In As You Like It, Shakespeare created one of his greatest and most complicated female roles. At a time when women were not allowed to act on stage, the role would have been taken by a young boy. But who? Actor, Critic and academic Susan Hitch tries to find out

In doing so she looks at how Shakespeare wrote for his actors, the educational culture of Elizabethan England, and the brilliance of the makeup artists of Shakespeare's company. She talks to academic experts, to actor Adrian Lester who has played Rosalind, and to contemporary schoolboys and teachers about boys playing girls, and discovers how radically our ideas of intimacy and desire have changed in the last 400 years and how strong the power of theatre still is today.


SAT 02:00 Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea (b00m5wdt)
Episode 10

Rochester has shut his 'mad' wife, Creole heiress Antoinette, in the attic of his English home.

Jean Rhys's most famous novel tracing the early life of the first Mrs Rochester from Jane Eyre.

Conlcuded by Adjoa Andoh.

Abridged by Margaret Busby

Producer: Claire Grove

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2004.


SAT 02:15 What Is a Story? (b061d24z)
History for the Record

Marina Warner explores History for the Record.

A look at the world of contemporary fiction. In the company of leading contemporary writers, she considers a story and story writing from a different angle.

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

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

With discussions on the reasons for writing, writers as witnesses and political interaction.

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

Producer: Kevin Dawson
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio first broadcast in July 2015.


SAT 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b06c48nt)
CJ Sansom - Shardlake: Sovereign

Episode 5

Reeling from his public humiliation at the hands of King Henry, Shardlake returns to York knowing that it will haunt him for the rest of his life. His troubles aren't over, however, because an old enemy is waiting to see him: Sir Richard Rich.

Gripping dramatisation of CJ Sansom's Tudor crime novel, featuring lawyer detective Matthew Shardlake and set during Henry VIII's spectacular Royal Progress to the north in 1541.

Shardlake ..... JUSTIN SALINGER
Barak ..... BRYAN DICK
Maleverer ...... STEPHEN CRITCHLOW
Radwinter ..... DAVID ACTON
Broderick ..... NICK UNDERWOOD
Tamasin ...... CATH WHITEFIELD
Craike ..... PATRICK BRENNAN
Rich ..... CHRIS PAVLO

Dramatised by Colin MacDonald.

Director: Kirsteen Cameron

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2015.


SAT 02:45 Book of the Week (b04tv0pj)
Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography

Episode 5

During the glittering 1920s and 30s, Elsa Schiaparelli was the undisputed Queen of Fashion. Everyone who was anyone, from Vivien Leigh to the Duchess of Windsor, entered her doors on the Place Vendôme and obediently wore whatever she instructed.

Her clothes were beautifully made, but they were also designed in a manner no one had seen before - buttons that looked like butterflies, mermaids or carrots, trompe l'oeil pockets that looked like lips, gloves with red nails appliquéd on them. She was unique.

Born into a prominent Italian family, she moved to London and married a supposed Polish count who, it transpired, was really a French con-man. His deportation during the First World War saw them move to New York, where he abandoned Schiaparelli and their baby daughter. Undaunted, she picked herself up, moved to Paris and launched her meteoric career, surviving the Second World War despite being under suspicion of spying from both sides.

Her story is one of pluck and determination, talent and great imagination. Along with Coco Chanel, her greatest rival, she was one of the few female figures in the field at the time. And her collaborations with artists such as Man Ray, Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau and Alberto Giacometti, elevated the field of women's clothing design into the realm of art.

Reader: Abigail Thaw

Written by Meryle Secrest
Abridged by Libby Spurrier

Produced by Joanna Green
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4


SAT 03:00 Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (b00yc3jw)
Episode 5

Following Ivan's dramatic appearance at his brother's trial, Katerina prepares to deal Dmitry a fatal blow.

Conclusion of Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final novel published in 1880.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray.

Dmitry ...... Paul Hilton
Ivan ...... Nicholas Boulton
Alyosha ...... Carl Prekopp
Katerina ...... Juliet Aubrey
Grushenka ...... Katy Cavanagh
Lise ...... Emma Noakes
Mrs Khoklakova ...... Rachel Atkins
Grigory ...... Desmond McNamara
Devil ...... Sam Dale
Judge ...... Ian Masters
Prosecutor ...... Philip Fox
Fetyukovich ...... Mark Straker
Bystanders ...... Paul Richard Biggin/ Saikat Ahamed

Original music by David Pickvance.

Directors: Marc Beeby and Colin Guthrie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in Decenber 2006.


SAT 04:00 Who Goes There? (b0076b0c)
Series 6

Episode 5

Martin Young presents the biographical quiz show.

Team captains Francis Wheen and Fred Housego are joined by Agony Aunt Claire Rayner and author David Aaronovitch

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2002.


SAT 04:30 Mark Tavener - In the Red (b007k003)
Episode 3

Anarchic BBC reporter George Cragge probes the murder of another London bank manager - while in Broadcasting House, BBC Controllers are counting on divine intervention to topple the Director General.

London is plagued by a series of bizarre murders of bank managers. Hot on the trail of the killer are an old-style Chief Police Inspector and BBC Radio's anarchic crime correspondent, George Cragge.

A blackly humorous murder mystery set in the world of City finance, the BBC and political parties starring Michael Williams.

Dramatised by Mark Tavener and Peter Baynham from Mark Tavener's novel.

George Cragge ...... Michael Williams
Frank Jefferson ...... Barry Foster
Geoffrey Crichton-Potter ...... Stephen Moore
Henry ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Max ...... Peter Woodthorpe
Controller Radio 2 ...... Stephen Fry
Controller Radio 4 ...... John Bird
Dominic De'ath ...... Benjamin Whitrow
Hercules Fortescue ...... Nicholas Le Prevost
Andrew James ...... Peter Serafinowcz
Agony Aunt ...... Eva Stuart
Oswald ...... Simon Greenall
Chairman ...... Peter Yapp

Other parts by Oliver Sentona and Alice Arnold.

Music by Paul Mottram

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995.


SAT 05:00 Babblewick Hall (b01mxtj6)
Series 1

Episode 1

When idealistic Fenton Babblewick inherits his uncle's Yorkshire estate, it’s the perfect opportunity to realise his utopian dreams.

But for his manservant, August Snipe, the move to Babblewick Hall is a nightmare - the house is cold, full of farm animals and worst of all "it’s in the north" - a lifetime away from the comforts of London.

Starring Nicholas Le Prevost as Fenton Babblewick and Forbes Masson as Augustus Snipe.

The first series of Scott Cherry’s six-part sitcom set in the 18th-century.

Fenton Babblewick ...... Nick Le Prevost
Augustus Snipe ...... Forbes Masson
Barney ...... David Antrobus
Jack ...... Sam Kelly
Molly ...... Gillian Bevan
Bob Scotcher ...... Philip Jackson

Music by Paul Mottram.

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1995.


SAT 05:30 Cooking in a Bedsitter (b09h2rby)
Series 2

Mutton Rissoles

Beattie Edmondson and Nikesh Patel star in Sue Teddern's romantic comedy, inspired by Katharine Whitehorn's cookery classic. Spring 1965. Trisha moves into a new bedsitter with the toast-loving Moira. Extracts from Cooking in a Bedsitter are read by Eleanor Bron.

Directed by Emma Harding

Trisha.....Beattie Edmondson
Deepak.....Nikesh Patel
June.....Ellie Darvill.


SAT 06:00 Shelagh Stephenson - Darling Peidi (b01kkmk8)
Dramatisation based on he true story of Edith Thompson who, with Freddy Bywaters, was charged murdering her husband in 1922.

Rachel Joyce stars as Edith and Charles Simpson as Freddy in Shelagh Stevenson's drama.

Edith Thompson .... Rachel Joyce
Freddy Bywaters ... Charles Simpson
Percy Thompson ... Peter Wight
Avis Graydon ... Theresa Streatfield
Mr Graydon ... Norman Bird
Mrs Graydon ... Gudrun Ure
Rose/Wardress ... Siriol Jenkins
Elsie/Wardress .... Joanna Myers
Mr Stern ... David Learner
Henry Curtis-Bennett ... Mark Lambert
Thomas Inskip .... Brett Usher
Mr Justice Shearman .... Jonathan Adams
Clerk/Chaplain ... Nicholas Murchie
Foreman/Officer .... Peter Gunn
Prison Governor ... Keith Drinkel

Director: Jeremy Mortimer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1992


SAT 07:30 Britain in a Box (b01sc9cc)
Series 6

Desmond's

The story behind Channel 4's longest running sitcom, Desmond's - the OTHER Peckham based comedy which featured Norman Beaton as Desmond, the owner of a West Indian Barber shop and Carmen Munroe who played his wife, Shirley.

Series in which Paul Jackson celebrates innovative TV programmes, whilst using them as a window on a particular period in our cultural and social history.

The 71 episode series ran from 1989 until 1994 upon the untimely early death of its star character, 'Desmond', played by Norman Beaton.

Paul speaks to the show's creator, Trix Worrell, who got the idea for setting a comedy in a West Indian Barber's shop whilst he was on a bus travelling through Peckham on the way to meet comedy producer, Humprey Barclay.

Both of them share their memories of the creation of Desmond's with Paul Jackson, along with the series' first producer, Charlie Hanson and script editor Paulette Randall. Ram John Holder, one of the show's stars, 'Porkpie' tells Paul how accurately the sit com portrayed the West Indian community and how it was a welcome change to be in a black sit com which was both funny and enjoyed by all sections of the audience.

The then commissioner for Channel 4, Farrukh Dhondy, gives his thoughts on the success of Desmond's and contributors question how much futher forward British television is today in its commission of comedies featuring members from the UK's diverse communities.

Producer: Sarah Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2013.


SAT 08:00 Archive on 4 (b07tqbw0)
Period Drama Politics

Steven Fielding, Professor of Political History at Nottingham University, asks whether the portrayal of class relations in period dramas - Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs and Noël Coward's play Cavalcade - had any political effect.

Steven sees striking parallels between the dramas; all three are set in the early decades of the twentieth century in wealthy households with servants; all three portray the relationship of the upper classes with their servants as essentially benevolent; all three appeared at times of national crisis (the 1930s, the 1970s and after the 2008 financial crash); and a Conservative government was voted in after each one.

Steven investigates whether there is a pattern here. Are these dramas just comforting entertainment or could they have had a subtle effect on voting habits? And how accurate is the portrayal of relations between the ruling classes and their servants?

Featuring a specially recorded interview with Downton creator Julian Fellowes, and an archive interview with the Script Editor of Upstairs Downstairs, Alfred Shaughnessy, that hasn't been broadcast before.

With archive material from Noël Coward, Sheridan Morley, Jean Marsh, Eileen Atkins, and Sir John Gielgud, and contributions from Coward's biographer Philip Hoare, Upstairs Downstairs expert Richard Marson, and Selina Todd, Professor of Modern British History at Oxford University.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2016.


SAT 09:00 The Freedland Files (b09t0r9c)
Made to mark the 90th Academy Awards ceremony in 2018, Michael Freedland, the prolific author and broadcaster, opens his audio archives for the very first time.

As a writer, presenter and interviewer for over fifty years Freedland has an extensive collection of material which contains the biggest Oscar winning names in film, great entertainers and leading public figures.

In this special 4 Extra showcase recorded from his Bournemouth home he explores the private recordings made for his book and article research along with extracts from his radio documentaries and reveals some of the lesser-known tales of the great stars of stage and screen.

Many of the selections from his archives have never been broadcast before and along with key material from the iconic names of Hollywood such as Julie Andrews, Fred Astaire, Hope and Crosby, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, James Cagney we also hear exclusive interview recordings with Morecambe and Wise and a fascinating not to be missed conversation with Margaret Thatcher before she became prime minister.

Michael Freedland passed away in October 2018.

Producer: Stephen Garner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in March 2018.


SAT 12:00 The Food Quiz (b0076gyp)
Series 1

Episode 1

Jay Rayner puts well-known gastronomes through their culinary paces.

On the menu:

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Anissa Helou
Matthew Fort
Clarissa Dickson Wright

Producer: Rebecca Wells

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2003.


SAT 12:30 The Patrick and Maureen Maybe Music Experience (b007jvk3)
Episode 1

Unhappily married Patrick and Maureen are meant to be presenting a classical music show together, but they just can’t stop bickering...

Starring Imelda Staunton as Maureen Maybe and Patrick Barlow as Patrick Maybe.

Doctor ...... Peter Jones
Professor ...... Stella Gonet
Bill ...... Simon Roberts

Special guest Jack Davenport.

Written by Patrick Barlow.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1999.


SAT 13:00 Blackwater (Omnibus) (m0008g6z)
Episode 1

Golden girl Zoe's been dead for ten years, her body dragged from the river Black after a night out to celebrate the end of school. But now a woman who says she's Zoe has turned up in her hometown of Blackwater, on the Irish border, with no memory of the last decade. She claims she woke up in a forest nearby, bruised and bleeding, and doesn't know where she's been all this time. What happened to her? Is she really Zoe? If so, who's in her grave?

Paul, a local boy whose band were playing in the venue where Zoe was last seen, went to prison for her murder. Now he's out, but he's lost everything and is shunned in the town. The people of Blackwater were easily convinced that a black boy murdered Zoe, and the evidence did stack up - but if she's not even dead, then how did he get convicted? Did someone deliberately frame him? He's determined to find out the truth and clear his name. But does he really know nothing about what happened?

Could it be that everyone involved with the case is hiding something? There's Zoe's uncle Phil, a former detective superintendent with an explosive secret. There's Steve, the police officer who found 'Zoe's' body in the river Black, and sent Paul to prison for her murder. And there's Zoe's friend Danny, who wasn't where she said she was on that night ten years ago. When Paul and Zoe collide, they realise they're the only ones who can help each other. As they sift through their conflicting memories of that day ten years ago, they start to discover that not everyone is happy Zoe's back from the dead.

Claire McGowan's multi-voiced dark story about secrets and lies in a small town

Omnibus of the first five of ten parts.

Clare Dunne ..... Zoe
Richard Clements ..... Steve

Claire McGowan ..... Writer
Celia De Wolff ..... Producer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2019.


SAT 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (m0008g72)
Angelique Kidjo

Singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo chooses ‘Quimbara’ by Celia Cruz and ‘Fire on the Mountain’ by Asa.


SAT 14:15 Frankly Speaking (b07d2z3f)
Allen Lane

Publisher and founder of Penguin books, Allen Lane answers the questions posed by George Scott, Margaret Lane and Walter Allen.

Aged 58 when interviewed, Allen talks of his life as a pioneering paperback publisher and his discovery of DH Lawrence.

Sir Allen Lane was born in 1902 and died in 1970.

Launched in 1952 on the BBC Home Service, Frankly Speaking was a novel, ground breaking series. Unrehearsed and unscripted, the traditional interviewee/interviewer pairing was initially jettisoned for three interviewers firing direct questions. Early critics described it as 'unkempt', 'an inquisition' and described the guest as prey being cornered, quarry being pursued - with calls to axe the unscripted interview. But the format won out and eventually won over its detractors.

Only 40 or so of the original 100 programmes survive.

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in 1961.


SAT 14:45 15 Minute Drama (b09jdz9p)
Holmes and Watford

Tattoo

For PC Sue Holmes policing is about keeping the peace, but PC Tina Watford yearns for excitement and she'll stop at nothing to ensure some action.

Today, a couple have a row outside a pub, but Tina has a vested interest in ensuring they don't make up.

Jon Canter's comedy about two policewoman crewing in a small village.

Sue Holmes ...... Jessica Ransom
Tina Watford ...... Susan Wokoma
Carl ...... Samuel James
Shelley ...... Abbie Andrews

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2017.


SAT 15:00 Archive on 4 (b07tqbw0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SAT 16:00 Shelagh Stephenson - Darling Peidi (b01kkmk8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Britain in a Box (b01sc9cc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Doctor Who (b08thzv7)
The Lost Stories: Paradise 5

Episode 1

When the Sixth Doctor and his companion, Peri check in on an old friend, Professor Albrecht Thompson, they discover he's vanished - and last sighted taking a shuttle to the eerie holiday resort planet of Paradise 5...

An adventure originally written for the BBC's Doctor Who TV series but never made.

Colin Baker stars as the Sixth Doctor.

Peri ...... Nicola Bryant
Gabriel ...... Alex Macqueen
Michael ...... James 'D'Arcy
Stella/ Bella ...... Helen Goldwyn
Lorelei ...... Andree Bernard
Elohim ...... Teddy Kempner
Mrs Aht ...... Claire Wyatt
Mr Tapp ...... Richard Earl

Written by PJ Hammond and Andy Lane.

Director: Barnaby Edwards

Made by Big Finish and reversioned for broadcast by BBC Radio 4 Extra.


SAT 19:00 The Freedland Files (b09t0r9c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Political Animals (b01lv38q)
Series 1

Wilberforce

Wilberforce, Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office 1973-1987, reflects on his life with Margaret Thatcher.

The first in a series of four scurrilous talks given by well-known, if unreliable, Downing Street cats, who relate their trials and tribulations under four different Prime Ministers.

Starring Clive Swift.

Written by Tony Bagley.

Director: Marc Beeby

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2012.


SAT 22:15 Gus Murdoch's Sacred Cows (b00fcbgm)
Pubs

Is the concept of the pub is dead?

Incisive reporter Gus Murdoch investigates Britain's public houses.

Written by and starring Stephen Carlin.

With Rachel Atkins, Christopher Douglas, Chris Pavlo, Renton Skinner and Dan Tetsall.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in November 2008.


SAT 22:30 Revolting People (b008j10d)
Series 3

Them Thar Hills

Samuel and McGurk follow a prospector named Mad Pete in search of gold...

Sitcom set just before the American War of Independence.

Written by Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses.

McGurk ...... Andy Hamilton
Samuel ...... Jay Tarses
Captain Brimshaw ...... James Fleet
Joshua ...... Tony Maudsley
Mad Pete ...... Hugh Dennis
Jeremiah ...... Philip Pope

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2004.


SAT 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (m0008ngl)
Daliso Chaponda (1/2)

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


SAT 23:00 Alice's Wunderland (b01kt4ck)
Series 1

Episode 2

A trip round Wunderland, the Poundland of magical realms. It's a kingdom much like our own, and also nothing like it in the slightest. Stay a while and meet waifs and strays, wigshops and witches, murderous pensioners and squirrels of this delightful land as they go about their bizarre business.

A sketch show written and performed by Alice Lowe.

Also starring Richard Glover, Simon Greenall, Rachel Stubbings, Clare Thompson and Marcia Warren.

Producer: Sam Bryant

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2012.


SAT 23:30 Ross Noble Goes Global (b007jvs3)
Series 1

China

The stand-up comic discovers the bustling city of Shanghai, performs in front of the locals and marvels at the wonders of a thousand pensioners in a park.

Producer: Danny Wallace

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2001.



SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2019

SUN 00:00 Doctor Who (b08thzv7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Blackwater (Omnibus) (m0008g6z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (m0008g72)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Saturday]


SUN 02:15 Frankly Speaking (b07d2z3f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Saturday]


SUN 02:45 15 Minute Drama (b09jdz9p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Archive on 4 (b07tqbw0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Shelagh Stephenson - Darling Peidi (b01kkmk8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Britain in a Box (b01sc9cc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 CJ Sansom - Sovereign (Omnibus) (b06djx24)
Episode 1

Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Royal Progress to York, aiming to strike fear and awe into his rebellious northern subjects.

Shardlake, and his assistant Barak, arrive in the city a day ahead of the 3,000-strong procession. Officially there to prepare petitions for the King, they have also been tasked with a secret mission by Archbishop Cranmer: to ensure the welfare of one of the northern conspirators, Sir Edward Broderick, who is to be brought back to London for questioning in the Tower.

Tensions are running high in the city, and soon Shardlake is called to investigate a suspicious death - and stumbles upon a daring plot that has the potential to shake England to its core.

CJ Sansom's third Tudor crime novel featuring hunchback lawyer detective Matthew Shardlake.

Omnibus of the first five of ten parts of Colin MacDonald's atmospheric dramatisation.

Shardlake ..... Justin Salinger
Barak ..... Bryan Dick
Wrenne ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Tamasin ..... Cath Whitefield
Radwinter ..... David Acton
Broderick ..... Nick Underwood
Maleverer ..... Stephen Critchlow
Jennet ..... Alex Tregear
Craike ..... Patrick Brennan
Cranmer ..... Sam Dale
Rochford ..... Amelia Lowdell
Oldroyd ..... Chris Pavlo
Paul ..... Mark Edel-Hunt
The Queen ..... Melody Grove
Henry VIII ..... Patrick Brennan
Youhill ..... SAM DALE
Rich.........Chris Pavlo

Other parts played by the cast.

Director: Kirsteen Cameron

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


SUN 07:15 Mavis Gallant Stories (m0008hpk)
The End of the World

William has made the long journey from Canada to a Paris hospital, to see an ungrateful father who abandoned his family years ago. He hopes his father will, at last, say he is sorry.

Canadian writer Mavis Gallant spent much of her life and career in France

Read by Garrick Hagon

Producer: Elisabeth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2004.


SUN 07:30 It's a Fair Cop (b062n1fc)
Series 2

Property Predicament

Policeman turned comic Alfie Moore gives himself a headache seizing items from a real-life Bob the Builder.

Series in which the audience makes the policing decisions as Alfie takes them through a real-life crime scenario.

Written and performed by Alfie Moore.

Script Editor: Will Ing

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.


SUN 08:00 The Arthur Haynes Show (m0008hpm)
From 07/07/1963

A burglar seeks damages, a marriage proposal and how to blag a meal at the tea stall.

The comic characters of popular comedian Arthur Haynes in Johnny Speight's sketches.

After originally working with Charlie Chester on a number of series for BBC Radio, Arthur Haynes (1914-1966) became a big star on ITV in the late 1950s/early 1960s

With Nicholas Parsons, Leslie Noyes, John Cazabon and Norman Shelley.

Music by The Peter Crawford Trio.

Producer: Richard Dingley

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in July 1963.


SUN 08:30 A Life of Bliss (m0008hpp)
Man At Bay

An old flame of David’s has womaniser Phil in her sights. David and Zoe come to the rescue.

Godfrey Harrison's sitcom about shy, bumbling bachelor David Alexander Bliss starring George Cole.

David Bliss ...... George Cole
Anne Fellows ...... Diana Churchill
Tony Fellows ...... Colin Gordon
Zoe Hunter ...... Sheila Sweet
'Psyche' the Dog ...... Percy Edwards
Phil Bender ...... Donald Sinden
Eve Gunning ...... Rosemary Miller
John Gunning ...... Felix Felton

Beginning in 1953, it ran for six series of 118 episodes concluding in 1969 - but few survive in the BBC archive. (A TV series was made in 1969). For the first 7 episodes, David Tomlinson played David, but the rest starred the future star of The St Trinian's films - destined to find great fame as the dodgy Arthur Daley in ITV's Minder - George Cole.

Producer: Leslie Bridgmont

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in March 1959.


SUN 09:00 Talking to Strangers (Omnibus) (m0008hpr)
Malcolm Gladwell is an international best-selling author and host of the podcast Revisionist History.

In his new book, he explores what we should know about the people we don’t know. And, with his trademark style, he delves into our recent history, in order to understand the world we live in and the people we live amongst more clearly.

Omnibus read by Malcolm Gladwell.

Abridger: Anna Magnusson

Produced by Kirsty Williams with the assistance of Pushkin Industries.

First broadcast in five parts on BBC Radio 4 in 2019.


SUN 10:10 The Listening Project (b06fwx5y)
Andy and Josh – The Garden

Fi Glover introduces a visitor from Alabama and a much younger local from Bangor, whose honest conversation shows how quickly it's possible to develop a meaningful relationship. 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 (m0008hpt)
Teachers

Anna Scher

Kirsty Young's castaway is the drama teacher Anna Scher.

It's more than forty years since she set up her theatre school and it has launched the careers of Kathy Burke, Martin Kemp, Pauline Quirke and Patsy Palmer to name just a few. It started out as a lunchtime drama club - and very quickly grew. Anna Scher says: "There were enormous classes - about seventy in a class - and a lot of those pupils were non-readers and so I fell into improvisation by chance. I found that it was a very effective way of character training."

Producer: Leanne Buckle


SUN 11:00 Radiolab (b098ply3)
Series 2

Emergence

Radiolab asks what happens in life when there is no leader? 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 The Arthur Haynes Show (m0008hpm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 12:30 A Life of Bliss (m0008hpp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 13:00 CJ Sansom - Sovereign (Omnibus) (b06djx24)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SUN 14:15 Mavis Gallant Stories (m0008hpk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 today]


SUN 14:30 Patrick McGilligan - Young Orson (Omnibus) (b06vc7pl)
Orson Welles, the defining wunderkind of modern entertainment, gets his due in a biography of his early years - including his first forays in theatre and radio before his groundbreaking move to Hollywood.

Omnibus of five episodes written by Patrick McGilligan

Read by Jack Klaff

Abridged and produced by Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in January 2016.


SUN 15:45 Diplomatic Dinners (m0008hpw)
Avoiding the Crudites

Chris Bowlby hears what it's like to eat for Britain from such wined-and-dined luminaries as Chris Patten and Christopher Meyer.

In this episode, we learn how at the Tehran Conference in 1943, Stalin was bemused by the array of cutlery stretching out on either side of his plate - eating dinner was so much simpler in post-Revolutionary Russia.

Also, how a game of musical chairs at a British embassy white tie event split opinions among the higher echelons.

Producer: Mark Savage.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2006.


SUN 16:00 Stephen Wyatt - Piglaw (b007jvly)
Who would be foolish enough to put a pig on trial?

Yet the lawyer Lebrun suggests this is the right thing to do when a crime is committed in a small market town in mediaeval France. His proposal leads him and the parish priest, Fr. Bernard, into deeper waters than either of them could have foreseen.

Written by Stephen Wyatt.

Fr. Bernard .... Christian Rodska
Pierre Lebrun .... Tony Robinson
Master Bailly .... Hugh Dickson
Jehan Delalande .... Peter Craze
Marie, his wife .... Zelah Clarke
Filliol, a pig-keeper .... Michael Graham Cox
Mayor .... Geoffrey Matthews
Man .... Kenneth Shanley
Anne Lebrun .... Melinda Walker
Confessor …. Simon Cuff
Jailer .... Joe Hall
Woman .... Jane Gambier

Producer: Peter Fozzard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 1989.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m0008hpy)
The Echo Chamber - Michael Donaghy

Poet Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's radio poetry archive and chooses The Echo Chamber: Michael Donaghy presented by Paul Farley.

Paul Farley remembers the poet Michael Donaghy with other poets ten years after his death. Greta Stoddart, Sean O'Brien and Don Paterson read his poems and read poems of their own that speak to their memory of the poet and teacher.

Producer: Tim Dee

First broadcast in BBC Radio 4 in December 2014.


SUN 17:30 It's a Fair Cop (b062n1fc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Night Terrace (m0008hq0)
Series 2

Things That Go Bump in the Night Terrace

Spooky things start to happen when the Night Terrace house refuses to land, leaving Anastasia, Eddie and Sue stuck outside of space and time.

Is Night Terrace haunted? Is the DEPARTMENT behind it all?

Sci-fi comedy starring Neighbours’ Jackie Woodburne. Guest starring Lawrence Leung.

Written by David Ashton

Jackie Woodburne ....... Anastasia Black
Ben McKenzie .............Eddie Jones
Petra Elliott ............Sue Denholm
Darren................Lawrence Leung
Auguste Knight......Jane Badler

Music by David Ashton

Producer: Ben McKenzie and John Richards

A Splendid Chaps Production.


SUN 18:30 The Man in Black (b0186hf0)
Series 4

Reunion

Mark Gatiss introduces Janice Okoh's cautionary tale. Joy loses more than her heart in her desperate quest for love.

Joy ..... Nikki Amuka-Bird
Grace ..... Adjoa Andoh
Fiona ..... Karlina Grace
Dr Alex ..... Richard Pepple
Tom ..... Adam Billington
Steve ..... Alex Lanipekun

More horrifying tales from The Man in Black. You might meet him at a luggage carousel in an airport, or behind the desk at an employment agency or he might approach you in the corridor of a care home. Wherever you encounter him, he's eager to pass on his stories. Stories to unsettle and horrify. Stories to haunt you.

Director: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in December 2011.


SUN 19:00 Radiolab (b098ply3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 20:00 Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale (Omnibus) (b008f8jd)
Episode 2

The conclusion of Margaret Atwood's chilling vision of future female subjugation in 21st-century America.

In an age of plummeting birth rates - the result of pollution, nuclear accidents and toxic spillages - this is the diary of a woman recruited by a totalitarian regime.

Margaret Atwood is one of Canada's best selling writers. First published in 1985, The Handmaid's Tale was nominated for The Booker Prize, Prometheus Award and Nebula. It won an Arthur C Clarke Award. It has also been successfully adapted for TV.

Read by Buffy Davis
Abridged by Katie Campbell
Producer Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995


SUN 21:10 The Listening Project (b06fwx5y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:10 today]


SUN 21:15 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0008hpt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:15 today]


SUN 22:00 It's a Fair Cop (b062n1fc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Chain Reaction (b053bq55)
Series 10

Reece Shearsmith talks to Bob Mortimer

Co-creator and star of The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville and Inside No.9 Reece Shearsmith talks to one half of comedy double-act Vic & Bob, creators of Shooting Stars and House of Fools, Bob Mortimer.

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

Producer: Charlie Perkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


SUN 23:00 Newsjack (m0008b7q)
Series 21

Episode 1

Newsjack is a scrapbook sketch show written entirely by the Great British public. Host Kiri Pritchard-McLean is joined this week by Celeste Dring, Ciarán Dowd and Luke Kempner.

Script Editors: Ed Amsden and Tom Coles
Production Coordinator: Damilola Mabadeje
Producers: Suzy Grant and Hayley Sterling

Newsjack is a BBC Studios Production.


SUN 23:25 The Comedy Club Interviews (m0008ngs)
Daliso Chaponda (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 Daliso Chaponda.


SUN 23:30 Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking (b00y9xdg)
Series 1

Episode 6

Revelations about hats, tents and some disturbing tales from Beatrix Potter.

Award-winning comedian Laura Solon's sketch and character comedy series

With Ben Moor, Katherine Parkinson and Ben Willbond.

Written by Laura Solon. With additional material by the cast, Carl Cooper, Tony Roche and Andy Marlatt.

Producer: Colin Anderson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2007.



MONDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2019

MON 00:00 Night Terrace (m0008hq0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:30 The Man in Black (b0186hf0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 CJ Sansom - Sovereign (Omnibus) (b06djx24)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:15 Mavis Gallant Stories (m0008hpk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 on Sunday]


MON 02:30 Patrick McGilligan - Young Orson (Omnibus) (b06vc7pl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:45 Diplomatic Dinners (m0008hpw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:45 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Stephen Wyatt - Piglaw (b007jvly)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m0008hpy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 It's a Fair Cop (b062n1fc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Paul Temple (b007k0cs)
Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery

Having a Wonderful Time

A perfectly ordinary pair of spectacles spells trouble for Paul and Steve as they set off on a trip to Egypt.

In this 2006 recreation of the 1947 vintage crime serial, Crawford Logan stars as Paul Temple and Gerda Stevenson as Steve.

Between 1938 and 1968, Francis Durbridge's incomparably suave amateur detective Paul Temple and glamorous wife Steve solved case after baffling case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated, well-heeled world of cocktails and fast cars.

Sadly, only half of their adventures survive in the archives. But in 2006, the BBC began recreating them using original scripts and incidental music, and recorded with vintage microphones and sound effects.

Paul Temple …. Crawford Logan
Steve …. Gerda Stevenson
Miss Fraser …. Eliza Langland
Joyce Raymond …. Lucy Paterson
Victor Armstrong …. Michael MacKenzie
Harold Darwin …. Richard Greenwood
Charlie …. Greg Powrie
Various …. Nick Underwood

Producer: Patrick Rayner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2006.


MON 06:30 Creating Pitch-Perfect (b01shwkq)
Audiences need never suffer out-of-tune singing again, thanks to the development of pitch-correction software. But as well as correcting the inadequate, it has become a tool for new and creative ways of performing and recording.

Presenter Catherine Bott is a Classical singer, broadcaster and experienced session musician. She visits a recording studio to see how the software works, and bravely submits her own voice for analysis by deliberately singing out of tune.

Surprisingly, one of the best-known examples of pitch correction software - Auto-Tune - was developed by a former oil industry engineer working on the development of acoustic tests for interpreting seismic data. Dr Andy Hildebrand realised that the same technology could be used to analyse and modify pitch in audio files without affecting vocal quality. Catherine talks to Andy about how he came to develop the software.

Catherine also looks at the creative use of pitch correction software - starting with the iconic use of the effect in Cher's 1998 single Believe, where extreme use of the effect creates a robotic vocal style used later by Kanye West and Channy Leaneagh singer with from the band Poliça. She visits composer and producer Steve Pycroft in his studio to see how the effect can be used on her vocals on a specially-arranged piece of Baroque music.

And the negative side of pitch correction is also explored - is it encouraging singers to be lazy, knowing that any tuning errors can always be 'fixed in the mix'?

With contributions from studio engineers Tom Bailey and Olga Fitzroy, music critics Tom Ewing and Neil McCormick, and Channy Leaneagh of Poliça.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2013.


MON 07:00 A Whole 'Nother Story (b0076bj5)
Series 2

Episode 5

If you've been to a party and woken up the following morning in bed with the postman, you might be forgiven for rushing to pick up your mail for the next couple of days...

Amanda Murphy’s comedy-drama series about Cassie and Pete, who'd make a great couple - if they weren't so busy being friends.

Starring Debra Stephenson as Cassie and David Lamb as Pete.

Dad ...... Mike Grady
Mum ...... Brigit Forsyth
Jenny ...... Mika Simmons
PJ ...... Brendan Burns

Producer: Graham Frost

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2002.


MON 07:30 Just a Minute (m000897v)
Series 85

Episode 6

Graham Norton, Zoe Lyons, Jenny Eclair 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 Marriage Lines (b03m32qf)
Series 1

The Job

Grumpy George finds keeping his new wife at home is very expensive. So Kate sets off to find a job....

Starring Richard Briers as George and Prunella Scales as Kate.

Richard Waring’s sitcom based on the mutual love and mistrust of two newlyweds. Originating on BBC TV, it ran between 1963-65 and was adapted in two series for BBC radio due to its popularity.

George ...... Richard Briers
Kate ...... Prunella Scales
Ronald ...... Terence Alexander

Other parts played by Isabel Rennie, John Baddeley and Elizabeth Morgan.

Producer: Charles Maxwell

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in June 1965.


MON 08:30 Dad's Army (b00qmbky)
Series 2

A Soldier's Farewell

A cinema trip and some illicit cheese sparks Captain Mainwaring's own Battle of Waterloo.

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

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

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1975.


MON 09:00 Whispers (b007k2kg)
Series 1

Episode 1

What is the rather inflammatory connection between Salman Rushdie and The Beatles?

Celebrating our fascination with gossip, rumour and controversy. Gyles Brandreth hosts the panel game with scandal on its mind and slander at its heart.

Regular team captains writer and critic Anthony Holden and writer and actor Stella Duffy are joined by broadcaster Rosie Millard and best-selling author Jenny Colgan to test their wits, and wit against the most notorious figures in history.

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2003.


MON 09:30 The Senses (b072zxm4)
The Sixth Sense

Conversation is far from neighbourly when the occupants of an old cemetery greet a new arrival and discover their lack of common ground.

Buckmaster ...... Geoffrey Palmer
Sarah ...... Sylvestra Le Touzel
Mildred ...... Joan Sims
Kitchie ...... Brian Murphy
Ridley ...... Peter Blythe
Olivia ...... Jane Booker
Gordon ...... Michael Kilgareth

Last in Bob Sinfield's comedy series who explains: "The six half-hour plays dealt respectively with the five obvious senses plus the er...other one".

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 in February 1990.


MON 10:00 Jane Austen (b008h3ns)
Emma

Episode 1

Emma Woodhouse - handsome, clever and rich - is a young woman so blessed by life that she declares she will never marry.

However, she is determined to find the right match for her new friend Harriet Smith.

Jane Austen's sparkling comedy of love and marriage first published in 1815.

Emma Woodhouse ...... Eve Best
Mr Elton ...... David Bamber
Mr Knightley ...... Robert Bathurst
Mr Woodhouse ...... Norman Rodway
Miss Bates ...... Marcia Warren
Mrs Weston ...... Patience Tomlinson
Harriet Smith ...... Ellie Beaven
Mr Weston ...... Andrew Wincott
Jane Fairfax ...... Beth Chalmers
Frank Churchill ...... Tom Hollander

Dramatised in two parts by April de Angelis.

Music: Martin Souter and Sarah Stowe

Director: Jonquil Panting

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2000.


MON 11:00 The TED Interview (m0008hjh)
Bill Gates

Founded in 1984 in the USA, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. The first TED Talks were first posted online in 2006 and since then TED Talks have had many millions of views.

In The TED Interview hosted by Chris Anderson – audiences can immerse themselves more deeply in some of the most compelling ideas heard on the TED stage.

Bill Gates looks to the future
Microsoft founder Bill Gates takes us deep into his remarkable history and propels us into the future of technology and philanthropy.

A TED original podcast


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (b05ysyt9)
Stewart Lee

Comedian Stewart Lee chooses 'Solitary Man' by Neil Diamond and 'Chicken Nuggets For Me' by The Fish Police.


MON 12:00 Marriage Lines (b03m32qf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Dad's Army (b00qmbky)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Paul Temple (b007k0cs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Creating Pitch-Perfect (b01shwkq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b052hwxq)
In Certain Circles

You only think of orphans in fairytales

Over a tennis match, orphans Anna and Stephen are welcomed into the rarified world of the Howard family.

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and was finally published in 2015.

This tale of love, class and freedom is set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after the Second World War, following the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard.

Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle, Stephen and Anna, two orphans, whose lives until now have been very different from those of the Howards. But despite this, these four will spend the rest of their lives moving in and out of each other's shadows.

'Harrower evokes the waste and futility of a decadent class with all the bite and poignancy of F Scott Fitzgerald,' Eimear McBride, New Statesman

Author: Elizabeth Harrower is regarded as one of Australia's most important postwar writers, and is enjoying a recent literary revival. Born in Sydney in 1928, her first novel, Down in the City, was published in 1957 and was followed by The Long Prospect (1958) and The Catherine Wheel (1960). Her most well-known work, The Watch Tower, was published in 1966 to huge acclaim.

Four years later she finished In Certain Circles , but withdrew it before publication for reasons she has never publicly spoken of. The manuscript was rediscovered recently by her publisher who felt it should be published immediately. Harrower has since received rave reviews, including comparisons with Emile Zola and F Scott Fitzgerald.

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion

Producer: Justine Willett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


MON 14:15 What Is a Story? (b061qccj)
Filling the Gaps

Marina Warner looks at 'Filling the Gaps'

A look at the world of contemporary fiction. In the company of leading contemporary writers, she considers a story and story writing from a different angle.

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

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

With discussions on the reasons for writing, writers as witnesses and political interaction.

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

Producer: Kevin Dawson
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio first broadcast in July 2015.


MON 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b06d2fxc)
CJ Sansom - Shardlake: Sovereign

Episode 6

Shardlake has been left badly shaken by the attempt upon his life. Fearing for his safety, he hopes to convince Sir William Maleverer that he should be sent back to London.

Gripping dramatisation of CJ Sansom's Tudor crime novel, featuring lawyer detective Matthew Shardlake and set during Henry VIII's spectacular Royal Progress to the north in 1541.

Shardlake ..... Justin Salinger
Barak ..... Bryan Dick
Maleverer ..... Stephen Critchlow
Radwinter ..... David Acton
Wrenne ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Broderick ..... Nick Underwood
Tamasin ..... Cath Whitefield
Rich ..... Chris Pavlo
Rochford ..... Amelia Lowdell

Dramatised by Colin MacDonald.

Director: Kirsteen Cameron

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2015.


MON 14:45 Book of the Week (b04wtchx)
Different Every Time - Robert Wyatt

Episode 1

Jazz, pop and word games, along with various family and friends influence Wyatt's early years, before he starts to drum and sing for 1960's group - The Soft Machine.

Marcus O'Dair's biography of Robert Wyatt, a musical cult cum national treasure.

A happy childhood surrounded by influential family, plus a love of jazz and a sense of the absurd. Then the young Wyatt starts to play drums...

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Abridged in five parts by Katrin Williams:

Producer: Duncan Minshull

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2015.


MON 15:00 Jane Austen (b008h3ns)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 Whispers (b007k2kg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 The Senses (b072zxm4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 A Whole 'Nother Story (b0076bj5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 Just a Minute (m000897v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Terry Pratchett (b008p506)
Guards! Guards!

Episode 6

"Last Desperate Chances always work. Besides, I'll be using my lucky arrow..."

All Captain Vimes needs to save the city is a million-to-one chance.

First published in 1989, the 8th of Terry's Pratchett's comic fantasy stories set on Discworld.

Conclusion of six parts dramatised by Michael Butt.

Narrator ...... Martin Jarvis
Captain Vimes ...... John Wood
Nobby ...... Melvyn Hayes
Sergeant Colon ...... Stephen Thorne
Lady Ramkin ...... Helen Atkinson-Wood
Carrot ...... Robert Gwilym
Lord Vetinari ...... Crawford Logan
Supreme Grand Master ...... Brett Usher
First Guard ...... Jeff Nuttall
Joint First Guard ...... Michael Roberts
Death ...... Death

Director: John Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in December 1992.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b00f41vn)
Marcel Berlins and Pauline Black

Sue MacGregor and her guests - singer, actress and author Pauline Black and broadcaster Marcel Berlins - discuss favourite books by WG Sebald, Chimamanda Adichie and Patrick Marnham.

The Rings of Saturn by W G Sebald, trans Michael Hulse,
Publisher: Vintage Books

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Publisher: Harper Perennial

Wild Mary: The Life Of Mary Wesley by Patrick Marnham
Publisher: Vintage Books

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2008.


MON 19:00 Marriage Lines (b03m32qf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Dad's Army (b00qmbky)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Paul Temple (b007k0cs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Creating Pitch-Perfect (b01shwkq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 The TED Interview (m0008hjh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (b05ysyt9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 Just a Minute (m000897v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Bleak Expectations (b00cxvxj)
Series 2

A Re-Kippered Life Smashed Some More

You're invited to marvel at the engineering genius of the early railways, including a tunnel made of beef and pastry and a man who sends loud telegrams to say "He's on the train. Stop."

But as Pip travels the length and breadth of the land in search of his beloved school could it be that there is another even more sinister plan underway? And will the evil Mister Benevolent be involved somehow? Yes! And yes again!

Mark Evans's epic comedy in the style of Charles Dickens.

Volume Two, Chapter the Second: A Re-Kippered Life Smashed Some More

Sir Philip...........................Richard Johnson
Mr Benevolent.......................Anthony Head
Sternbeater...................Geoffrey Whitehead
Harry Biscuit......................James Bachman
Young Pip..................................Tom Allen
Lily.....................................Sarah Hadland
Mr Parsimonious...............Laurence Howarth
Pippa........................................Susy Kane
Sundry railwaymen.....................Mark Evans

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2008.


MON 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (m0008ngv)
Tony Way (1/3)

From 10.00pm until midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Plus Paul Garner chats to Tony Way.


MON 23:00 The News Quiz Extra (m0008hjl)
Series 27

Episode 3

A satirical review of the week's news.


MON 23:45 Life on Egg (b09jvp37)
Series 1

Mistress of Disguise

The Egg, floating on a giant prehistoric egg in the middle of the ocean, is Britain's most remote prison.

So there's no better place to send Patsy Potts, one of the nation's most tricky prisoners, who's a master of disguise and escaped from every other prison they've tried to keep her in. But when Tim arrives on The Egg with Patsy in the helicopter, she's nowhere to be found, and worse, no-one knows what she actually looks like...

Governor Harry ..... Harry Hill
Anne ..... Karen Bartke
Peter ..... Marek Larwood
The Minister ..... Tanya Moodie
Tim the Helicopter Pilot ..... Dan Maier
Prisoner Gyles Brandreth ..... Gyles Brandreth

Written by Dan Maier

Producer: Sam Michell

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in January 2017.



TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2019

TUE 00:00 Terry Pratchett (b008p506)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b00f41vn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Paul Temple (b007k0cs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Creating Pitch-Perfect (b01shwkq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b052hwxq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 What Is a Story? (b061qccj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b06d2fxc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:45 Book of the Week (b04wtchx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Jane Austen (b008h3ns)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Whispers (b007k2kg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 The Senses (b072zxm4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 A Whole 'Nother Story (b0076bj5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 Just a Minute (m000897v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Paul Temple (b007k0ct)
Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery

Interlude at Augusta

During their stop-over in Sicily, Paul and Steve begin to sense that someone is on their trail.

In this 2006 recreation of the 1947 vintage crime serial, Crawford Logan stars as Paul Temple and Gerda Stevenson as Steve.

Between 1938 and 1968, Francis Durbridge's incomparably suave amateur detective Paul Temple and glamorous wife Steve solved case after baffling case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated, well-heeled world of cocktails and fast cars.

Sadly, only half of their adventures survive in the archives. But in 2006, the BBC began recreating them using original scripts and incidental music, and recorded with vintage microphones and sound effects.

Paul Temple …. Crawford Logan
Steve …. Gerda Stevenson
Miss Fraser …. Eliza Langland
Joyce Raymond …. Lucy Paterson
Victor Armstrong …. Michael MacKenzie
Harold Darwin …. Richard Greenwood
Colonel Marquand/Constantine …. Angus MacInnes
Various …. Nick Underwood

Producer: Patrick Rayner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2006.


TUE 06:30 Testing Times (b0122pcw)
John Humphrys revisits his old school to assess education in Wales today.

The decade since devolution has seen the educational performance of Wales fall behind the other nations of the UK. The Principality emerged particularly poorly from a recent international test of educational ability.

What is Wales doing wrong?

Wales abandoned the controversial SAT tests and school league tables in 2001. Could this move-part of the Welsh Assembly's larger effort to put "clear red water" between Cardiff and Westminster-be at the heart of the nation's poor performance?

John Humphrys goes back to school to ask what is education for and what part should testing and tables play?

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 June 2011.


TUE 07:00 Smelling of Roses (b00f405t)
Series 4

Episode 3

An environmental conference sounds just the sort of job for Rosie Burns, but are her own company's green credentials good enough?

Another assignment for Rosie Burns and the 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
Patrick ..... James Ellis
Frankie ..... Alison Skilbeck
Kelly ..... Victoria Donavan

Producer: Maria Esposito

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2003.


TUE 07:30 Paul Sinha's General Knowledge (m00088nj)
Episode 3

Paul Sinha - comedian, lapsed GP, Chaser and genuinely the fourth best quizzer in the United Kingdom - returns to tell you about... well, everything.

Paul has already told you about history in the Rose d'Or-winning Paul Sinha's History Revision, as well as Britishness (Paul Sinha's Citizenship Test), Magna Carta (The Sinha Carta), the Olympics (The Sinha Games) and, most importantly, cricket (The Sinha Test).

But, as a competitive quizzer, Paul learns fascinating facts all the time. As a curious man, he then looks up the stories behind those facts and they often turn out to be even more fascinating. In Paul Sinha's General Knowledge, he shares these stories with you.

In this week's episode, Paul explains the illustrious company he’s joined since the previous recording of this series - in a showbiz-themed episode that ranges over the great American songbook, the biggest-selling single to have never been a hit in America, and a Nobel Literature Laureate's contribution to action movies.

Written and performed by Paul Sinha
Produced by Ed Morrish

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4


TUE 08:00 Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (b00gffj3)
From 15/03/1971

A rival to the Bard of Avon, the challenge of buying an antique teaspoon and a sleepless night.

A sequential entertainment for radio starring Ronnie Barker.

With Terence Brady and Pauline Yates.

Pianist: Gordon Langford.
Guitarist: Dick Abell.

Written by:
Terence Brady
Donald Churchill
David Climie
John Graham
Charles Mackay
Spike Milligan
Peter Spence
Roger Till
Gerald Wiley (Ronnie's Barker's pseudonym)
Gordon Langford.

Producer: John Fawcett-Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1971.


TUE 08:30 Beyond Our Ken (m0008hnl)
Series 3

Episode 6

The British cowboy movie set in Tunbridge Wells and Hornerama looks at the BBC. Sta

Starring Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden and Bill Pertwee.

Written by Eric Merriman and Barry Took

The precursor to ‘Round The Horne’ – series 3 has been fully restored using both home and overseas (BBC Transcription Service) recordings.

A madcap mix of sketches and songs, Beyond Our Ken hit the airwaves in 1958 and ran to 1964 – featuring regulars like Arthur Fallowfield, Cecil Snaith and Rodney and Charles.

Music from Pat Lancaster, the Fraser Hayes Four and the BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Paul Fenoulhet.

Incidental music by Edwin Braden.

Announcer: Douglas Smith

Producer: Jacques Brown

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1960.


TUE 09:00 The News Quiz Extra (m0008hjl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:45 Life on Egg (b09jvp37)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:45 on Monday]


TUE 10:00 Jane Austen (b008h4xg)
Emma

Episode 2

Emma's composure is threatened by two new arrivals in Highbury - Mr Elton's new wife and Mr Weston's handsome son.

Conclusion of Jane Austen's sparkling comedy of love and marriage first published in 1815.

Emma Woodhouse ...... Eve Best
Mr Elton ...... David Bamber
Mr Knightley ...... Robert Bathurst
Mr Woodhouse ...... Norman Rodway
Miss Bates ...... Marcia Warren
Mrs Weston ...... Patience Tomlinson
Harriet Smith ...... Ellie Beaven
Mr Weston ...... Andrew Wincott
Frank Churchill ...... Tom Hollander
Mrs Elton ...... Josie Lawrence
Mr Elton ...... David Bamber
Servant ...... Helen Ayres

Music: Martin Souter

Dramatised by April de Angelis.

Director: Jonquil Panting

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


TUE 11:00 Wilkie Collins - Who Killed Zebedee? (b007jq0p)
Episode 1

Given just days to live, a Victorian policeman is ready to make his final confession

He candidly reveals his involvement in a murder case many years before. As a young police constable in London, he recalls how a young woman burst in with news of a gruesome killing...

Detective story by Wilkie Collins, first published in 1881.

Read by Ronald Pickup.

Producer: Joanne Reardon

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in October 2003.


TUE 11:30 After Eden (m0008hnn)
The Keys of the Kingdom

When the Reverend Elaine Metcalfe is inducted as the vicar of Pontvale, she hopes the job will have more to it than lending out spare sets of keys.

Alison Leonard's warm-hearted six-part drama about the life of a woman priest.

Rev Elaine Metcalfe …. Christine Pritchard
Sian …. Sue Jones Davies
Phil …. Hywel Morgan
Mr Hudson …. Steve Hodson
Gareth …. Simon Harris
Melvyn …. Michael Povey
Sergei …. Oliver Senton
Christina …. Jilly Bond

Director: Alison Hindell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1995.


TUE 12:00 Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (b00gffj3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Beyond Our Ken (m0008hnl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Paul Temple (b007k0ct)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Testing Times (b0122pcw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b052j583)
In Certain Circles

"Just don't develop a social conscience now"

Zoe struggles with her emotions when she discovers that Stephen is leaving.

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and was finally published in 2015.

This tale of love, class and freedom is set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after the Second World War, following the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard.

Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle, Stephen and Anna, two orphans, whose lives until now have been very different from those of the Howards. The impact of this meeting will resonate for decades.

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion

Producer: Justine Willett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


TUE 14:15 What Is a Story? (b061qv4f)
Is Anyone Responsible?

Marina Warner asks, "Is Anyone Responsible?"

A look at the world of contemporary fiction. In the company of leading contemporary writers, she considers a story and story writing from a different angle.

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

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

With discussions on the reasons for writing, writers as witnesses and political interaction.

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

Producer: Kevin Dawson
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio first broadcast in July 2015.


TUE 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b06d2g8x)
CJ Sansom - Shardlake: Sovereign

Episode 7

Shardlake, aided by his trusty assistant Barak, is determined to pursue his own investigations into Oldroyd's murder and the theft of the treasonous papers - as well as to discover who has been trying to kill him. Their inquiries lead them to a rough part of York, in search of information about Craike.

Gripping dramatisation of CJ Sansom's Tudor crime novel, featuring lawyer detective Matthew Shardlake and set during Henry VIII's spectacular Royal Progress to the north in 1541.

Shardlake ..... Justin Salinger
Barak ..... Bryan Dick
Maleverer ..... Stephen Critchlow
Radwinter ..... David Acton
Broderick ..... Nick Underwood
Wrenne ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Craike ..... Patrick Brennan
Rich ..... Chris Pavlo
Innkeeper ..... Mark Edel-Hunt

Other parts played by members of the cast.

Dramatised by Colin MacDonald.

Director: Kirsteen Cameron

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2015.


TUE 14:45 Book of the Week (b04wtwfq)
Different Every Time - Robert Wyatt

Episode 2

Wyatt perfects his drumming style, even practicing at the Mallorca home of poet Robert Graves.

Then he gets married and afterwards it's the emergence of The Soft Machine, playing psychedelic pop 'happenings' and 'freak outs' - often at an underground club called UFO.

Marcus O'Dair's biography of Robert Wyatt, a musical cult cum national treasure,

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Abridged in five parts by Katrin Williams:

Producer: Duncan Minshull

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2015.


TUE 15:00 Jane Austen (b008h4xg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 Act Your Age (b00qplyn)
Series 2

Episode 5

Simon Mayo hosts the comedy show that pits the comic generations against each other to find out which is the funniest.

Team captains Jon Richardson, Ed Byrne and Johnnie Casson are joined by Tom Wrigglesworth, John Bishop and Tom O'Connor.

Producers: Ashley Blaker and Bill Matthews.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2010.


TUE 16:30 The Patrick and Maureen Maybe Music Experience (b007k4qk)
Episode 2

Unhappily married Patrick and Maureen should have split long ago, but snipe at each other during their classical music show instead.

Starring Imelda Staunton as Maureen Maybe and Patrick Barlow as Patrick Maybe.

Special guest star Juliet Stevenson is not impressed.

Doctor ...... Peter Jones
Irina ...... Leonie Mellinger
John ...... John Ramm.

Written by Patrick Barlow.

Script associate: Nev Fountain

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1999.


TUE 17:00 Smelling of Roses (b00f405t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Paul Sinha's General Knowledge (m00088nj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Washington Irving - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (b007wlpm)
Episode 1

In New York State, a few years after the American War of Independence, a tale of two love rivals and a headless horseman unfolds.

Sleepy Hollow school teacher, Ichabod Crane is determined to win the heart of wealthy farmer's daughter, Katrina Van Tassell. Not only does he face opposition from local buck, Brom Bones, but it would also appear that supernatural forces are against him.

An eccentric New Yorker by the name of Diedrich Knickerbocker narrates this bizarrely comic tale.

Washington Irving's classic tale set in 17th-century America.

Narrated by Martin Jarvis

Musical score and sound design by award-winning composer, David Pickvance.

The Sleepy Hollow choir:
Ayesha Antoine
Delroy Brown
John Cummins
Gerard McDermott
Carolyn Pickles
Sophie Roberts
Nick Sayce
Ella Smith

Producer: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in December 2005.


TUE 18:30 Musical Genes (b00f1w1v)
Series 1

Matt Monro Jr

Tom Morton meets the professional musician son of legendary singer Matt Monro. From 2008.

Series searching for the true story behind some of our best loved musicians.

Producer: Deirdre Waldie

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in October 2008.


TUE 19:00 Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (b00gffj3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Beyond Our Ken (m0008hnl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Paul Temple (b007k0ct)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Testing Times (b0122pcw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Wilkie Collins - Who Killed Zebedee? (b007jq0p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 21:30 How to Burn a Million Quid (m0008hns)
Rule 1

Rule 1. Begin an inner alchemy to transcend the consensual reality tunnel and move from a state of fixation to a condition of mutability.

Outrageous comedy drama telling the true story of the chart-topping pop duo known as KLF who, in 1994, burned £1 million in cash on a remote Scottish Island, with only one journalist and their roadie-come-fixer, Gimpo, in attendance. Why? Why would they do that?

How To Burn a Million Quid lays the story bare. A comic, surreal and fast moving adventure that sees Bill and Jimmy rise to the very top of the music industry, becoming the biggest selling music act in the UK before crashing out of the industry in spectacular fashion and heading toward the art world with the intention of creating similar mayhem. Inspired by a madcap theatrical genius and a cult novel, they blaze a trail that takes them to Sweden, the North Pole and the Sierra Nevada, via Northampton, before arriving finally on the Isle of Jura, with two suitcases containing a million quid.

It was their mission to cause chaos. And they did.

A sonic roller coaster featuring Paul Higgins (The Thick of It, Line of Duty) as Bill Drummond, Nicholas Burns (Nathan Barley, The World’s End) as Jimmy Cauty, with Kevin Eldon as Gimpo, Jeremy Stockwell as Ken Campbell and an outstanding cast of multi-voice comedy performers.

Bill Drummond: Paul Higgins
Jimmy Cauty: Nicholas Burns
Gimpo: Kevin Eldon
Ken Campbell: Jeremy Stockwell
Everyone else: Kate O’Sullivan, Polly Kemp, Ronnie Jhuttie and Niall Ashdown
Original music by Somerset & Lewin
Original music by MZYLKYPOP (Mick Somerset, David Lewin, Simon Lewinski, Rachel E, Flip Clegg and Thom Foote)
Sound Design by Carl Scheleeshti Johnson
Produced and Directed by Boz Temple-Morris
Written by Sean Grundy and Cara Jennings

A HOLY MOUNTAIN production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 22:00 Paul Sinha's General Knowledge (m00088nj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (b04v3838)
Series 2

The Well of Loneliness

When Tom's father uncovers some potentially life-changing news through his research into the family tree, Tom is pressganged into helping him find a church which could be devastating for the Wrigglesworth name.

Meanwhile, Tom's mum and gran enter the cut-throat world of competitive well-dressing.

Tom ...... Tom Wrigglesworth
Granny ...... Judy Parfitt
Dad ...... Paul Copley
Mum ...... Kate Anthony

Written by Tom Wrigglesworth and James Kettle. With Miles Jupp.

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2014.


TUE 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (m0008rg4)
Tony Way (2/3)

From 10.00pm until midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Plus Paul Garner chats again to Tony Way.


TUE 23:00 Vent (b00v8qdv)
Series 2

Arrival

Comatose Ben takes a final trip around the safe fantasy world of his subconscious.

Dark sitcom following the thoughts of comatose patient Ben written by Nigel Smith.

Starring Neil Pearson as Ben Smith, Fiona Allen as Mary, Josie Lawrence as Mum and Leslie Ash as Blitzkrieg.

With Nicholas Hutchison, Jo Martin, Mark Perry, Laura Aikman and Tim Whitnall.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2007.


TUE 23:30 Think the Unthinkable (b007jm2g)
Series 1

Longley's Bank

Longley's Bank recruits consultants Unthinkable Solutions to transform its image.

Daisy, Sophie and Ryan persuade Longleys to change its name, its logo and even the design of its bank. At least they can say no company they've ever worked with was ever the same again.

James Cary’s award-winning sitcom about management consultants.

Sophie Stott ...... Emma Kennedy
Ryan Packer ...... Marcus Brigstocke
Daisy de Vere ...... Catherine Shepherd
John ...... Stephen Moore
Derek ...... Kim Wall
Vanessa ...... Olivia Colman.

Script associates: Paul Mayhew-Archer and Ed Drew.

Music by John Whitehall.

Producer: Adam Bromley.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2001.



WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2019

WED 00:00 Washington Irving - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (b007wlpm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Musical Genes (b00f1w1v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Paul Temple (b007k0ct)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Testing Times (b0122pcw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b052j583)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 What Is a Story? (b061qv4f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b06d2g8x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:45 Book of the Week (b04wtwfq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Jane Austen (b008h4xg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Act Your Age (b00qplyn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 The Patrick and Maureen Maybe Music Experience (b007k4qk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Smelling of Roses (b00f405t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Paul Sinha's General Knowledge (m00088nj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Paul Temple (b007k0cv)
Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery

Introducing Colonel Marquand

At the Villa Negara - the amateur sleuth must take action when events take a mysterious and dangerous turn

In this 2006 recreation of the 1947 vintage crime serial, Crawford Logan stars as Paul Temple and Gerda Stevenson as Steve.

Between 1938 and 1968, Francis Durbridge's incomparably suave amateur detective Paul Temple and glamorous wife Steve solved case after baffling case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated, well-heeled world of cocktails and fast cars.

Sadly, only half of their adventures survive in the archives. But in 2006, the BBC began recreating them using original scripts and incidental music, and recorded with vintage microphones and sound effects.

Paul Temple …. Crawford Logan
Steve …. Gerda Stevenson
Miss Fraser …. Eliza Langland
Victor Armstrong …. Michael MacKenzie
Harold Darwin …. Richard Greenwood
Colonel Marquand …. Angus MacInnes
Olaf Schreider …. Nick Underwood

Producer: Patrick Rayner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2006.


WED 06:30 Arise Black Man: The Peter Tosh Story (b00w1yzy)
Peter Tosh found international fame alongside Bob Marley as a member of The Wailers. As a solo artist he released several landmark reggae albums and even recorded with the Rolling Stones. But he was more than just a successful pop star: he was a revolutionary and a hero to many of Jamaica's poor.

He spent his life as a strident campaigner for civil rights and for the legalisation of marijuana. He was more militant and politcal than his former band mate and his uncompromising arrogance often landed him in serious trouble. For that reason, as this documentary reveals, his life could be as brutal as the way it ended.

Grammy award winning film-maker Don Letts explores his career.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 November 2010.


WED 07:00 The World As We Know It (b00fy2qt)
Donna's Leaving Do

The Stranger revealed that the doomsday device was activated by someone inside the house.

Donna thinks it may be time to start afresh somewhere else. But would she really go and will they discover what really caused the end of the world?

Sitcom by Luke Sorba.

Donna ...... Meera Syal
Johnny ...... Toby Longworth
Patrick ...... Luke Sorba
Abigail ...... Carla Mendonca
The Stranger ...... Simon Greenall

Producer: Elizabeth Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1999.


WED 07:30 The Quanderhorn Xperimentations (b0b7dl8f)
Series 1

It's Eating My Face

England 1952. A time of peace, regeneration and hope. A Golden Age. Unfortunately, it's been 1952 for the past 65 years.

Meet Professor Quanderhorn (James Fleet), a maverick scientific genius with absolutely no moral compass. Assisted by a rag-tag crew - his part insect son (Freddie Fox), reputedly a "major breakthrough in Artificial Stupidity"; a recovering amnesiac (Ryan Sampson); a brilliant scientist with a half-clockwork brain (Cassie Layton); a captured Martian hostage (Kevin Eldon) and a sinister factotum (John Sessions). He'll save the world. Even if he has to destroy it in the process.

With his Dangerous Giant Space Laser, High Rise Farm, Utterly Untested Matter Transfuser Booth and Fleets of Monkey-driven Lorries, he's not afraid to push the boundaries of science to their very limit. And far, far beyond.

But his arch nemesis, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, has plans to put a stop to his Infernal Xperimentations once and for all.

It's an Adventure beyond human understanding in Super-Vis-O-Sound.

Will our Crew of Brave Boffins survive? Tune in next week - if there is such a thing -for the next thrilling instalment.

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jyyw)
Cinderella Hancock

Bill bans the lad from the National Film Ball, but then there's a knock at the door.

Starring Tony Hancock.

With Moira Lister, Bill Kerr, Sidney James, Dora Bryan, Paul Carpenter and Kenneth Williams.

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Theme and incidental music composed by Wally Stott. Recorded by the BBC Revue Orchestra conducted by Harry Rabinowitz.

Producer: Dennis Main Wilson

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in January 1955.


WED 08:30 Listen to Les (b00jz2xl)
From 18/11/1979

Les Dawson presents 'Love in the Dole Queue', Cosmo Smallpiece and brace yourself for another piano sing-along with Les.

With Daphne Oxenford and Colin Edwynn.

Music by Brian Fitzgerald.

Scripted and produced by James Casey.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 1979.


WED 09:00 The Rest is History (b04wrycv)
Series 1

Episode 5

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

This comedy discussion show with celebrity guests promises to help him find out more about it.

With David Mitchell, Steve Hall. and historian in residence Dr Kate Williams

Frank and company navigate their way through the annals of time, picking out and chewing over the funniest, oddest, and most interesting moments in history.

Producers: Dan Schreiber and Justin Pollard

An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in January 2015.


WED 09:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b007r42w)
Series 1

A Stiff Audition

Young actor Robert Wilson is desperately seeking work.

At last an audition comes up. He doesn't need to rigidly stick to the script - just be rigid.

Sitcom by Paul Mayhew-Archer.

Robert Wilson ..... John Sinclair
Desmond Shaw ..... Gary Waldhorn
Sue ..... Caroline Quentin

With:
Ron Pember
Jo Kendall
Joanna Mackie
Jonathan Kydd
Michael Graham Cox
Melinda Walker

Producer: Paul Spencer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1989.


WED 10:00 Drama (b062htlc)
Tender Is the Night: A Romance

Episode 1

Between the First World War and the Wall Street Crash the French Riviera was the stylish place for wealthy Americans to visit.

Among the most fashionable are psychoanalyst Dick Diver and his wife Nicole, who hold court at their villa. Into their circle comes Rosemary Hoyt, a young film star, who is instantly attracted to them, but understands little of the dark secrets that hold them together.

A beautiful and poignant novel about marriage, glamour and disintegration.

Regarded by many as F Scott Fitzgerald’s greatest book - dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Dick Diver ..... Simon Harrison
Nicole Diver ..... Melody Grove
Rosemary ..... Kelly Burke
Tommy ..... Finn den Hertog
Abe North ..... Mark McDonnel
McKisco ...... Laurie Brown
Violet/Baby ..... Anita Vettesse
Mother ..... Anne Lacey
Franz/Warren ...... Nick Underwood
Collis/Buddy ..... Alasdair Hankinson
Narrator ..... Sam Dale

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.


WED 11:00 Poetry Puh-lease (m0008htp)
2: Hancock and Hamilton

Comedy and poetry have always had strong links, with many comics and poets blurring the boundaries. Now, comedian Kevin Eldon takes peeks either side of the fine line that divides them.

In this programme:

Poecia Tree

Hancock’s Half Hour: The Poetry Society

Special guest Paul Hamilton.

Along the way there is a rich mix of poetry that might be funny, sometimes cringe-worthy, occasionally absurd, sporadically nonsensical, but often brilliant.

Produced by Luke Doran.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in January 2015.


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jyyw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 Listen to Les (b00jz2xl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Paul Temple (b007k0cv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Arise Black Man: The Peter Tosh Story (b00w1yzy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b052jkx6)
In Certain Circles

"This is not my life"

Anna strikes out on her own, and finds a new life.

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and was finally published in 2015.

This tale of love, class and freedom is set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after the Second World War, following the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard.

Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle, Stephen and Anna, two orphans, whose lives until now have differed from those of the Howards in almost every way.

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion

Producer: Justine Willett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


WED 14:15 What Is a Story? (b061r0yx)
Speaking in Parables

Marina Warner looks at 'Speaking in Parables'.

A look at the world of contemporary fiction. In the company of leading contemporary writers, she considers a story and story writing from a different angle.

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

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

With discussions on the reasons for writing, writers as witnesses and political interaction.

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

Producer: Kevin Dawson
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio first broadcast in July 2015.


WED 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b06d8h0j)
CJ Sansom - Shardlake: Sovereign

Episode 8

After the second attempt upon his life, Shardlake is convinced that the stolen papers – with their allegations against the King – hold the key to the whole mystery.

Gripping dramatisation of CJ Sansom's Tudor crime novel, featuring lawyer detective Matthew Shardlake and set during Henry VIII's spectacular Royal Progress to the north in 1541.

Shardlake ..... Justin Salinger
Barak ..... Bryan Dick
Maleverer ..... Stephen Critchlow
Radwinter ..... David Acton
Wrenne ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Broderick ..... Nick Underwood
Tamasin ..... Cath Whitefield
Jennet ..... Alex Tredear
Rochford ..... Ameica Lowdell
Henry VIII ..... Patrick Brennan
The Queen ..... Melody Grove

Other parts played by members of the cast.

Dramatised by Colin MacDonald.

Director: Kirsteen Cameron

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2015.


WED 14:45 Book of the Week (b04wwcnp)
Different Every Time - Robert Wyatt

Episode 3

In 1970, Wyatt splits with Soft Machine and goes on to play with Matching Mole. Three years later, at a party in London, comes the moment that will change his life forever...

Marcus O'Dair's biography of Robert Wyatt, a musical cult cum national treasure,

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Abridged in five parts by Katrin Williams:

Producer: Duncan Minshull

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2015.


WED 15:00 Drama (b062htlc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 The Rest is History (b04wrycv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b007r42w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 The World As We Know It (b00fy2qt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 The Quanderhorn Xperimentations (b0b7dl8f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Washington Irving - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (b007wvk4)
Episode 2

Ichabod Crane sets out to win the heart of Katrina Van Tassel.

Washington Irving's supernatural 17th-century classic about two love rivals and a headless horseman:

Narrated by Martin Jarvis

Musical score and sound design by award-winning composer, David Pickvance.

Producer: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in December 2005.


WED 18:30 That Reminds Me (m0008htr)
Series 4

John Mortimer

Rumpole of the Bailey creator, John Mortimer shares favourite tales of his life as a barrister and writer.

Series showcasing the reminiscences of celebrated raconteurs before a live audience.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2002.


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jyyw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 Listen to Les (b00jz2xl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Paul Temple (b007k0cv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Arise Black Man: The Peter Tosh Story (b00w1yzy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Poetry Puh-lease (m0008htp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 The Quanderhorn Xperimentations (b0b7dl8f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 The Problem With Adam Bloom (b00gswf0)
Series 2

Comedy

Want to write comedy? Adam Bloom unveils the six steps to success.

Written by and starring Adam Bloom.

With Alistair McGowan and Rob Rouse.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2004.


WED 22:45 Sounding Off with McGough (b007k4lr)
Heroes and Villains

Roger McGough's poetic reflections on relatives and retsina.

With the accompaniment of long-time musical collaborator Andy Roberts.

Recorded at the Bath Festival.

Producer: Sara Davies

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2000.


WED 23:00 The Jason Byrne Show (b01p2s1y)
Series 3

I Looked Like Gollum at School

Award-winning comedian Jason Byrne lists the liabilities of looking good.

Stand up and sketches with Laurence Howarth and Daisy Haggard.

Producer: Julia McKenzie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2010.


WED 23:30 I Think I've Got a Problem (b00cc4qg)
Series 2

Episode 1

In an attempt to rid him of the band that lives in his head, Tom’s been sent to a special centre for the entertainingly afflicted. The treatment's going well - until the band can't take any more and make Tom burst into song.

Reunited once more, Tom and the band decide they've missed each other and hatch an escape plan...

Andrew McGibbon and Nick Romero's everyday story about a man who can't stop himself from breaking into song.

Suggs ..... Tom Caine
Bob Monkhouse ..... Dr Boone
Phil Cornwell ..... Bouche
Andrew McGibbon ..... Jake
Nick Romero ..... Monty DeVere
Bill Nighy ..... Malc
Julia Deakin ..... Phelia
Toby Longworth ..... Clammy
Tracy-Ann Oberman

Songs: Andrew McGibbon. Nick Romero and Suggs

Producers: Andrew McGibbon and Dawn Ellis.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2003.



THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2019

THU 00:00 Washington Irving - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (b007wvk4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 That Reminds Me (m0008htr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Paul Temple (b007k0cv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Arise Black Man: The Peter Tosh Story (b00w1yzy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b052jkx6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 What Is a Story? (b061r0yx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b06d8h0j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:45 Book of the Week (b04wwcnp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Drama (b062htlc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 The Rest is History (b04wrycv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b007r42w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 The World As We Know It (b00fy2qt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 The Quanderhorn Xperimentations (b0b7dl8f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Paul Temple (b007k0cw)
Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery

Cairo

Amateur sleuth Paul and wife Steve go in search of the elusive Mr Sullivan...

In this 2006 recreation of the 1947 vintage crime serial, Crawford Logan stars as Paul Temple and Gerda Stevenson as Steve.

Between 1938 and 1968, Francis Durbridge's incomparably suave amateur detective Paul Temple and glamorous wife Steve solved case after baffling case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated, well-heeled world of cocktails and fast cars.

Sadly, only half of their adventures survive in the archives. But in 2006, the BBC began recreating them using original scripts and incidental music, and recorded with vintage microphones and sound effects.

Paul Temple …. Crawford Logan
Steve …. Gerda Stevenson
Miss Fraser …. Eliza Langland
Victor Armstrong …. Michael MacKenzie
Harold Darwin …. Richard Greenwood
Colonel Marquand …. Angus MacInnes
Olaf Schreider …. Nick Underwood
Signor Rossette …. Greg Powrie
Patrick Quinn/Commandant Hakim …. Gareth Thomas
Sidney Jeans …. Wendy Seager

Producer: Patrick Rayner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2006.


THU 06:30 Inside the Brain of a Five-Year-Old (b00rm072)
Claudia Hammond investigates the latest research into the working of the five year old brain, and asks whether the latest developments in neuroscience might have an application in the classroom.

Could a deeper understanding of brain development help educationalists get better results- and if so how can teachers separate the brain fact from so much of the brain fiction which seems to be out there?

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2010.


THU 07:00 Fat Chance (b019fwxg)
Weigh in with Wendy

Graham joins the members of a slimming club run by Wendy Bottomley.

Jenny McDade's high-fat bittersweet comedy for those believing there's a thin person inside them begging to get out.

Graham Pitscottie ..... Gareth Corke
Wendy Bottomley ..... Janine Duvitski
Clive Bottomley ..... Michael Troughton
Soo Pitscottie ..... Anne Reid
Tina Tattersall ..... Julia Deakin
Kelly Chambers ..... Tilly Gaunt
Lee Dubs ..... Harry Myers
Mrs Enright ..... Frances Jeater

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1999.


THU 07:30 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (m0008bbc)
Series 3

Corbyn and the Left

Alexei offers his thoughts on Jeremy Corbyn and the Left, laments the decline of small business and explains what the 1997 film Starship Troopers can teach us all.

Written by Alexei Sayle
Performed by Alexei Sayle
Produced by Joe Nunnery
Music and Lyrics by Tim Sutton
A BBC Studios Production


THU 08:00 Brothers in Law (b05p9vwd)
Series 1

Without Due Care

Barrister Roger Thursby defends an accident-prone artist.

Starring Richard Briers as Roger Thursby, Richard Waring as Henry Blagrove and Ann Davies as Sally Mannering.

With guest star Jon Pertwee as Ford O'Hara.

Adapted for radio by Richard Waring from the BBC TV scripts.

Restored from BBC Transcription Service tapes - originally edited for sale abroad.

Published in 1955, Henry Cecil's comic legal novel Brothers in Law was adapted first for TV in 1962 by Frank Muir and Denis Norden. It provided the first regular starring role for Richard Briers, who later reprised his role of the idealistic young lawyer Roger Thursby for BBC Radio between 1970 and 1972.

Produced by David Hatch.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1970.


THU 08:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00pmgx6)
Series 1

Episode 3

Farmyard impersonations, plus Safari Time. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off...

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

Written and performed by Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, David Hatch, Jo Kendall, Bill Oddie and Anthony Buffery.

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

Songs by Bill Oddie and Hugh Macdonald.

Producer: Humphrey Barclay

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in April 1964.


THU 09:00 The Food Quiz (b0728z3b)
Series 1

Episode 4

Jay Rayner puts well-known gastronomes through their culinary paces.

On the menu:

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Heston Blumenthal
Jekka McVicar
Clarissa Dickson Wright

Producer: Rebecca Wells

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2003.


THU 09:30 Bristow (b007vgv7)
Series 3

Chapter and Verse

As the Chester-Perry clerk writes for the house journal, he learns the meaning of poetic justice.

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
Mrs Purdy ...... Dora Bryan
Hewitt ...... Owen Brenman
Miss Sunman ...... Katy Odey
Fudge ...... Jon Glover
Postboy ...... Simon Schatzberger
Hickford ...... Roger Lloyd Pack
Liftboy ...... Ian Kelland

Music: John Whitehall

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2000.


THU 10:00 Drama (b0638hpl)
Tender Is the Night: A Romance

Episode 2

Nicole Diver has had a breakdown and, together with her husband Dick, she flees Paris.

The events of the past are beginning to take a toll on their marriage and only one of them has the strength to survive.

A beautiful and poignant novel about marriage, glamour and disintegration. Regarded by many as F Scott Fitzgerald’s greatest book - dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Dick Diver ..... Simon Harrison
Nicole Diver ..... Melody Grove
Rosemary ..... Kelly Burke
Tommy ..... Finn den Hertog
Swanson ...... Laurie Brown
Baby ..... Anita Vettesse
Kathe/Caroline ..... Anne Lacey
Franz/Warren ...... Nick Underwood
Collis ..... Alasdair Hankinson
Narrator ..... Sam Dale

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.


THU 11:00 Angielski (b068yd6p)
Fox Season by Agnieszka Dale

Three newly commissioned stories offering different angles on the Polish experience in London.

Estimates vary but there are now approximately 750,000 Poles living in the UK. And Polish is now the second most spoken language in England. Much of this is the result of immigration since Poland joined the EU in 2004 - but there is also an older community that developed in the years after the Polish Resettlement Act of 1947.

Episode 3: Fox Season by Agnieszka Dale
Despite her husband’s objections, Emilia is determined to keep feeding the foxes at night.

Reader: Anamaria Marinca

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4


THU 11:15 Martyn Wade - Dogged Persistence (b009xytf)
Recorded on location, this comedy drama centres on the relationship that develops between two woman brought together by a troublesome dog.

All Veronica's experiences as a dog-trainer are needed to curb the vicious beast bequeathed to Maureen by her late husband.

Especially written by Martyn Wade for distinguished actresses Joan Sims and Elizabeth Spriggs.

Maureen ...... Joan Sims
Veronica ...... Elizabeth Spriggs
Cab Driver ...... David Thorpe
Nettie ...... Richenda Carey

Director: Cheery Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2000.


THU 12:00 Brothers in Law (b05p9vwd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00pmgx6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Paul Temple (b007k0cw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Inside the Brain of a Five-Year-Old (b00rm072)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b052lt1q)
In Certain Circles

"He's not easy"

After the death of her beloved mother, Zoe makes an unexpected choice.

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and was finally published in 2015.

This tale of love, class and freedom is set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after the Second World War, following the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard.

Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle two orphans, Stephen and Anna. the impact of this meeting will resonate for decades.

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion

Producer: Justine Willett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


THU 14:15 What Is a Story? (b061tfn2)
Ghosts at Home

Marina Warner looks at 'Ghosts at Home'.

A look at the world of contemporary fiction. In the company of leading contemporary writers, she considers a story and story writing from a different angle.

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

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

With discussions on the reasons for writing, writers as witnesses and political interaction.

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

Producer: Kevin Dawson
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio first broadcast in July 2015.


THU 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b06d9bl1)
CJ Sansom - Shardlake: Sovereign

Episode 9

With the killer unmasked and his final duty - caring for the prisoner, Broderick - almost complete, Shardlake is glad to be heading returning south with the Progress. But when the ship docks in London, he receives a shocking summons.

Gripping dramatisation of CJ Sansom's Tudor crime novel, featuring lawyer detective Matthew Shardlake and set during Henry VIII's spectacular Royal Progress to the north in 1541.

Shardlake ..... Justin Salinger
Barak ..... Bryan Dick
Maleverer ...... Stephen Critchlow
Radwinter ..... David Acton
Wrenne ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Broderick ..... Nick Underwood
Rich ..... Chris Pavlo
Rawling ..... Patrick Brennan
Dereham ..... Mark Edel-Hunt
Swann ..... Sam Dale

Dramatised by Colin MacDonald.

Director: Kirsteen Cameron

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2015.


THU 14:45 Book of the Week (b04wwkhb)
Different Every Time - Robert Wyatt

Episode 4

Wyatt records the sublime song Shipbuilding, with Elvis Costello and Clive Langer. After that, some great records follow, penned and arranged at his home in Louth, Lincolnshire.

Marcus O'Dair's biography of Robert Wyatt, a musical cult cum national treasure,

Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Abridged in five parts by Katrin Williams:

Producer: Duncan Minshull

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2015.


THU 15:00 Drama (b0638hpl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 The Food Quiz (b0728z3b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Bristow (b007vgv7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 Fat Chance (b019fwxg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (m0008bbc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Washington Irving - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (b007xrtx)
Episode 3

Both fighting for the affections of the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, the rivalry between Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones continues apace.

And now it seems that supernatural forces are about to get involved.

Washington Irving's supernatural classic about two love rivals and a headless horseman:

Narrated by Martin Jarvis

Musical score and sound design by award-winning composer, David Pickvance.

The Sleepy Hollow choir:
Ayesha Antoine
Delroy Brown
John Cummins
Gerard McDermott
Carolyn Pickles
Sophie Roberts
Nick Sayce
Ella Smith

Producer: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in December 2005.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b038xtd8)
Series 31

Julie Burchill on Ava Gardner

The writer Julie Burchill talks to Matthew Parris about the Hollywood star Ava Gardner. They're joined by Ava's biographer Lee Server.

Often described as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’, Ava Gardner made sixty-five movies, ranging from ‘Mogambo' (for which she won an Oscar nomination) to ‘Maisie Goes To Reno' (for which she didn't). She had three husbands - Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra - and many lovers including Howard Hughes, David Niven, Robert Mitchum and John F. Kennedy as well as numerous playboys, beach-boys and bullfighters.

Ava Gardner was, says Matthew Parris, “a hard-drinking, wisecracking, libidinous vamp – a liberated woman before the phrase was invented.”

Presented by Matthew Parris.

Produced by Peter Everett.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.


THU 19:00 Brothers in Law (b05p9vwd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00pmgx6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Paul Temple (b007k0cw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Inside the Brain of a Five-Year-Old (b00rm072)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Angielski (b068yd6p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


THU 21:15 Martyn Wade - Dogged Persistence (b009xytf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


THU 22:00 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (m0008bbc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Newsjack (m0008jnw)
Series 21

Episode 2

Newsjack is a scrapbook sketch show written entirely by the Great British public. Hosted by Kiri Pritchard-McLean.


THU 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (m0008rg6)
Tony Way (3/3)

From 10.00pm until midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Plus Paul Garner chats again to Tony Way.


THU 23:00 The Museum of Everything (b007k4y7)
Series 2

Behind the Magic

The Film Institute has a self-regarding guest; the audio guides start to go wrong - and there's a sneak preview of the Museum's very own behind-the-scenes DVD.

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 May 2005.


THU 23:30 Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World (b007jtpd)
Series 2

The Sea

Why did Turner paint the sea so often? Was it its timeless majesty, or because he couldn't draw hands properly?

From Liverpool University - this is the cult New Age comedy that answers the questions which leave other shows scratching their beards.

Starring Stewart Lee and Richard Herring.

With Carla Mendonca, Armando Iannucci and the voice of Tom Baker.

Producer: Sarah Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1993.



FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2019

FRI 00:00 Washington Irving - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (b007xrtx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b038xtd8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Paul Temple (b007k0cw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Inside the Brain of a Five-Year-Old (b00rm072)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Book at Bedtime (b052lt1q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 What Is a Story? (b061tfn2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b06d9bl1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:45 Book of the Week (b04wwkhb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Drama (b0638hpl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 The Food Quiz (b0728z3b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Bristow (b007vgv7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 Fat Chance (b019fwxg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (m0008bbc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Paul Temple (b007k0cx)
Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery

The House of Bahri

The suave sleuth acts on wife Steve's hunch - and ends up meeting a ghost

In this 2006 recreation of the 1947 vintage crime serial, Crawford Logan stars as Paul Temple and Gerda Stevenson as Steve.

Between 1938 and 1968, Francis Durbridge's incomparably suave amateur detective Paul Temple and glamorous wife Steve solved case after baffling case in one of BBC radio's most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated, well-heeled world of cocktails and fast cars.

Sadly, only half of their adventures survive in the archives. But in 2006, the BBC began recreating them using original scripts and incidental music, and recorded with vintage microphones and sound effects.

Paul Temple …. Crawford Logan
Steve …. Gerda Stevenson
Miss Fraser …. Eliza Langland
Victor Armstrong …. Michael MacKenzie
Harold Darwin …. Richard Greenwood
Colonel Marquand/Zoltan Bahri …. Angus MacInnes
Olaf Schreider …. Nick Underwood
Signor Rossette …. Greg Powrie
Patrick Quinn/Monsieur Flambert …. Gareth Thomas
Sidney Jeans …. Wendy Seager

Producer: Patrick Rayner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2006.


FRI 06:30 The World Cup for Writers (b01qfhh6)
The England Writers Football team brings together some of the most exciting writers - and the worst footballers - in Britain. Despite sounding like a Monty Python joke, its members would claim that there is a connection between the two activities that's well worth exploring.

Author of Submarine and acclaimed new talent (literary) Joe Dunthorne provides a running commentary on a match between his England Writers Football Team and the newly-formed Scotland Writers Football Team, at a hotly-contested international match in Glasgow. Can a writer ever make a really good footballer?

Producer: Beth O'Dea

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2013.


FRI 07:00 Babblewick Hall (b01n21l1)
Series 1

Episode 2

Having foiled his servant's attempts to get him back to London, Fenton Babblewick sets about establishing his reputation as a great agricultural reformer - with a radical proposal for the growing of the humble beetroot.

Starring Nicholas Le Prevost as Fenton Babblewick and Forbes Masson as Augustus Snipe.

Scott Cherry’s six-part sitcom set in the 18th-century.

Fenton Babblewick ...... Nick Le Prevost
Augustus Snipe ...... Forbes Masson
Barney ...... David Antrobus
Jack ...... Sam Kelly
Molly ...... Gillian Bevan
Peck ...... Alex Lowe
Pickett ...... Christain Rodska
Grunter ...... Geoff McGiven
Violin ...... Paul Mottram

Music by Paul Mottram.

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1996.


FRI 07:30 Cooking in a Bedsitter (b09hr1g3)
Series 2

Veiled Country Lass

Beattie Edmondson and Nikesh Patel star in Sue Teddern's romantic comedy, inspired by Katharine Whitehorn's cookery classic. Trisha makes a special pudding for her first visit to Robert's parents' house. Extracts from Cooking in a Bedsitter are read by Eleanor Bron.

Directed by Emma Harding.


FRI 08:00 The Burkiss Way (b00jq7qb)
Series 3

Get Cut Off the Burkiss Way

Pulling the chain on quiz shows - and the legendary tales of Scheherazade prove disappointing.

Starring Fred Harris, Jo Kendall, Nigel Rees and Chris Emmett .

Cult sketch comedy series which originally ran from 1976 to 1980.

Scripted by David Renwick and Andrew Marshall.

Producer: John Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1977.


FRI 08:30 Steptoe and Son (b007jnfd)
Series 5

Men of Letters

Albert butts in on Harold's church magazine article.

Starring Wilfrid Brambell as Albert and Harry H Corbett as Harold. With Anthony Sharp as the Vicar.

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 the BBC Radio 2 in June 1974.


FRI 09:00 Who Goes There? (b0076bdv)
Series 6

Episode 6

Martin Young presents the biographical quiz show.

Team captains Francis Wheen and Fred Housego are joined by broadcaster and magician, Geoffrey Durham and writer Jenny Colgan.

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2002.


FRI 09:30 Mark Tavener - In the Red (b007k07w)
Episode 4

Reporter George Cragge grabs headlines, as the plot to overthrow the BBC Director General grows darker.

London is plagued by a series of bizarre murders of bank managers. Hot on the trail of the killer are an old-style Chief Police Inspector and BBC Radio's crime correspondent, George Cragge.

A blackly humorous murder mystery set in the world of City finance, the BBC and political parties. Dramatised in seven-parts by Mark Tavener and Peter Baynham from Mark Tavener's novel.

George Cragge ...... Michael Williams
Frank Jefferson ...... Barry Foster
Geoffrey Crichton-Potter ...... Stephen Moore
Henry ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Max ...... Peter Woodthorpe
Controller Radio 2 ...... Stephen Fry
Controller Radio 4 ...... John Bird
Dominic De'ath ...... Benjamin Whitrow
Hercules Fortescue ...... Nicholas Le Prevost
Andrew James ...... Peter Serafinowcz
Laetitia ...... Victoria Carling
Caroline ...... Susie Brann

Other parts played by Jonathan Keeble, Don Macorkindale, Annabel Mullion and Alice Arnold.

Music by Paul Mottram

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1995.


FRI 10:00 Peter Tinniswood (b0075667)
Next Time We Might Play Better

An excruciatingly inept quartet of musicians' fervent aim is to play better.

Peter Tinniswood's touching comedy stars Graham Crowden as Mr Leslie Deedes and Hugh Dickson as the Narrator.

Mr Deedes ...... Graham Crowden
Narrator ...... Hugh Dickson
Mrs Klite ...... Jillie Meers
Penelope ...... Carolyn Jones
Esmond ...... Christopher Scott
Old/Young Mr Sievewright ...... Stephen Thorne
Mr Martindale ...... Anthony Ofoegbu
Mistress ...... Tracy-Ann Oberman
Duffy ...... Gerard McDermott

Musical director: Michael Haslam

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1997.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m0008jwm)
Plant podcasts with Frances Tophill

Frances Tophill of Gardeners' World and producer Clara Nissen get out into the garden to dig up some fascinating - and surprising - podcasts about plants. Plus, Charlotte Petts on her award-winning show 'Growing Wild', and Jane Perrone on her indoor gardening podcast 'On the Ledge'.


FRI 12:00 The Burkiss Way (b00jq7qb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Steptoe and Son (b007jnfd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Paul Temple (b007k0cx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 The World Cup for Writers (b01qfhh6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Book at Bedtime (b052mjzv)
In Certain Circles

'I'm marvellously happy'

The unlikely marriage between Zoe and Stephen continues to raise eyebrows.

Internationally acclaimed Australian author Elizabeth Harrower's novel was written in 1971 and was finally published in 2015.

This tale of love, class and freedom is set among the grand houses and lush gardens of Sydney Harbour just after the Second World War, following the lives of Zoe and Russell Howard.

Charismatic and confident, the children of affluent and loving parents, they welcome into their circle two orphans, Stephen and Anna. It's a meeting that will resonate for decades.

Reader: Penny Downie

Abridger: Sally Marmion

Producer: Justine Willett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


FRI 14:15 What Is a Story? (b061tpq2)
As If: Dreams of Shelter

Marina Warner concludes her series with an episode titled 'As if: Dreams of Shelter'.

A look at the world of contemporary fiction. In the company of leading contemporary writers, she considers a story and story writing from a different angle.

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

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

With discussions on the reasons for writing, writers as witnesses and political interaction.

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

Producer: Kevin Dawson
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio first broadcast in July 2015.


FRI 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b06d9p9s)
CJ Sansom - Shardlake: Sovereign

Episode 10

Falsely accused of treason and unable to answer the gaoler's questions, Shardlake awaits his fate in the Tower of London. Can Barak convince Archbishop Cranmer that the allegations are false and save him from the torture chamber?

Final instalment of the dramatisation of CJ Sansom's third Tudor crime novel series featuring lawyer detective Matthew Shardlake.

Shardlake ..... Justin Salinger
Barak ..... Bryan Dick
Wrenne ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Tamasin ..... Cath Whitefield
Radwinter ..... David Acton
Broderick ..... Nick Underwood
Maleverer ..... Stephen Critchlow
Jennet ..... Alex Tregear
Rawling ..... Patrick Brennan
Cranmer ..... Sam Dale
Rochford ..... Amelia Lowdell
Rich ..... Chris Pavlo
Dereham ..... Mark Edel-Hunt
Queen Catherine ..... Melody Grove

Other parts are played by members of the cast.

Dramatised by Colin MacDonald.

Director: Kirsteen Cameron

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2015.


FRI 14:45 Book of the Week (b04wwtsj)
Different Every Time - Robert Wyatt

Episode 5

Wyatt curates a very successful Meltdown Festival in London. Plus an insight into 'le trac' – his particular form of stage fright - and meet some of his famous collaborators who continue to hold him in high esteem.

Marcus O'Dair's biography of Robert Wyatt, a musical cult cum national treasure,

Concluded by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Abridged in five parts by Katrin Williams:

Producer: Duncan Minshull

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2015.


FRI 15:00 Peter Tinniswood (b0075667)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 Who Goes There? (b0076bdv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 Mark Tavener - In the Red (b007k07w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 Babblewick Hall (b01n21l1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Cooking in a Bedsitter (b09hr1g3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Carey Harrison - A Call from the Dead (b01nf2h9)
It's good to talk - or so they say - but not when you're called from beyond the grave...

Stars John Shrapnel as Dr Edward Elmore, Nick Dunning as Stephen Warburton, Christopher Scott as the Reverend Neville Barber and Carolyn Jones as Martha.

Scripted by Carey Harrison

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997.


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b0076mn5)
Pomp and Circumstance

Matthew Parris performs his formalised radio ritual with Times editor Mary Ann Sieghart, sports writer Mihir Bose and actor Tom Mitchelson. From August 2004.


FRI 19:00 The Burkiss Way (b00jq7qb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Steptoe and Son (b007jnfd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Paul Temple (b007k0cx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 The World Cup for Writers (b01qfhh6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m0008jwm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 Cooking in a Bedsitter (b09hr1g3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 In and Out of the Kitchen (b01qhqg5)
Series 2

The Wedding

Anthony is cock-a-hoop when asked out of the blue to be best man at a friend's wedding.

Problem is, he hasn't seen this friend since they were at school together and Damien isn't entirely convinced that Anthony has been invited purely because of his "excellent presentation skills".

Written by Miles Jupp.

Damien Trench ...... Miles Jupp
Anthony MacIlveny ...... Justin Edwards
Julian, the Groom ...... Ben Crowe
Ian Frobisher ...... Philip Fox
Fran, the Bride ...... Sarah Thom
Lionel ...... Rupert Vansittart
The Bride's Mum ...... Lesley Vickerage

Producer: Sam Michell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2013.


FRI 23:00 Danny Robins Music Therapy (b00ft476)
Episode 4

Danny Robins harnesses the power of music to improve the world and solve listeners' problems.

Danny campaigns for bagpipes to be celebrated rather than reviled and tries his hand at writing a 'Winterval' No 1 hit single.

With Isy Suttie and special musical guest rapper Doc Brown.

Producer: Ben Walker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2008.


FRI 23:30 The Masterson Inheritance (b007jstr)
Series 1

The Sweat of the Mastersons

A young Charles Masterson seeks his fortune in Dickensian London, a town seething with body-snatchers, opium dens and female impersonators....

An improvised historical saga of a family at war with itself - based entirely on audience suggestions.

Starring Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Caroline Quentin, Jim Sweeney and Phelim McDermott.

Producer: Phil Clarke

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1993.




LIST OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAMMES
(Note: the times link back to the details; the pids link to the BBC page, including iPlayer)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 SAT (b06c48nt)

15 Minute Drama 14:45 SAT (b09jdz9p)

15 Minute Drama 02:45 SUN (b09jdz9p)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 MON (b06d2fxc)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 TUE (b06d2fxc)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 TUE (b06d2g8x)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 WED (b06d2g8x)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 WED (b06d8h0j)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 THU (b06d8h0j)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 THU (b06d9bl1)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 FRI (b06d9bl1)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 FRI (b06d9p9s)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b00f41vn)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b00f41vn)

A Life of Bliss 08:30 SUN (m0008hpp)

A Life of Bliss 12:30 SUN (m0008hpp)

A Whole 'Nother Story 07:00 MON (b0076bj5)

A Whole 'Nother Story 17:00 MON (b0076bj5)

A Whole 'Nother Story 05:00 TUE (b0076bj5)

Act Your Age 16:00 TUE (b00qplyn)

Act Your Age 04:00 WED (b00qplyn)

After Eden 11:30 TUE (m0008hnn)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 07:30 THU (m0008bbc)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 17:30 THU (m0008bbc)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 22:00 THU (m0008bbc)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 05:30 FRI (m0008bbc)

Alice's Wunderland 23:00 SAT (b01kt4ck)

An Actor's Life for Me 09:30 WED (b007r42w)

An Actor's Life for Me 16:30 WED (b007r42w)

An Actor's Life for Me 04:30 THU (b007r42w)

Angielski 11:00 THU (b068yd6p)

Angielski 21:00 THU (b068yd6p)

Archive on 4 08:00 SAT (b07tqbw0)

Archive on 4 15:00 SAT (b07tqbw0)

Archive on 4 03:00 SUN (b07tqbw0)

Arise Black Man: The Peter Tosh Story 06:30 WED (b00w1yzy)

Arise Black Man: The Peter Tosh Story 13:30 WED (b00w1yzy)

Arise Black Man: The Peter Tosh Story 20:30 WED (b00w1yzy)

Arise Black Man: The Peter Tosh Story 01:30 THU (b00w1yzy)

Babblewick Hall 05:00 SAT (b01mxtj6)

Babblewick Hall 07:00 FRI (b01n21l1)

Babblewick Hall 17:00 FRI (b01n21l1)

Beyond Our Ken 08:30 TUE (m0008hnl)

Beyond Our Ken 12:30 TUE (m0008hnl)

Beyond Our Ken 19:30 TUE (m0008hnl)

Blackwater (Omnibus) 13:00 SAT (m0008g6z)

Blackwater (Omnibus) 01:00 SUN (m0008g6z)

Bleak Expectations 22:30 MON (b00cxvxj)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 MON (b052hwxq)

Book at Bedtime 02:00 TUE (b052hwxq)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 TUE (b052j583)

Book at Bedtime 02:00 WED (b052j583)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 WED (b052jkx6)

Book at Bedtime 02:00 THU (b052jkx6)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 THU (b052lt1q)

Book at Bedtime 02:00 FRI (b052lt1q)

Book at Bedtime 14:00 FRI (b052mjzv)

Book of the Week 02:45 SAT (b04tv0pj)

Book of the Week 14:45 MON (b04wtchx)

Book of the Week 02:45 TUE (b04wtchx)

Book of the Week 14:45 TUE (b04wtwfq)

Book of the Week 02:45 WED (b04wtwfq)

Book of the Week 14:45 WED (b04wwcnp)

Book of the Week 02:45 THU (b04wwcnp)

Book of the Week 14:45 THU (b04wwkhb)

Book of the Week 02:45 FRI (b04wwkhb)

Book of the Week 14:45 FRI (b04wwtsj)

Bristow 09:30 THU (b007vgv7)

Bristow 16:30 THU (b007vgv7)

Bristow 04:30 FRI (b007vgv7)

Britain in a Box 07:30 SAT (b01sc9cc)

Britain in a Box 17:30 SAT (b01sc9cc)

Britain in a Box 05:30 SUN (b01sc9cc)

Brothers in Law 08:00 THU (b05p9vwd)

Brothers in Law 12:00 THU (b05p9vwd)

Brothers in Law 19:00 THU (b05p9vwd)

CJ Sansom - Sovereign (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (b06djx24)

CJ Sansom - Sovereign (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b06djx24)

CJ Sansom - Sovereign (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b06djx24)

Carey Harrison - A Call from the Dead 18:00 FRI (b01nf2h9)

Chain Reaction 22:30 SUN (b053bq55)

Cooking in a Bedsitter 05:30 SAT (b09h2rby)

Cooking in a Bedsitter 07:30 FRI (b09hr1g3)

Cooking in a Bedsitter 17:30 FRI (b09hr1g3)

Cooking in a Bedsitter 22:00 FRI (b09hr1g3)

Creating Pitch-Perfect 06:30 MON (b01shwkq)

Creating Pitch-Perfect 13:30 MON (b01shwkq)

Creating Pitch-Perfect 20:30 MON (b01shwkq)

Creating Pitch-Perfect 01:30 TUE (b01shwkq)

Dad's Army 08:30 MON (b00qmbky)

Dad's Army 12:30 MON (b00qmbky)

Dad's Army 19:30 MON (b00qmbky)

Danny Robins Music Therapy 23:00 FRI (b00ft476)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:15 SUN (m0008hpt)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:15 SUN (m0008hpt)

Diplomatic Dinners 15:45 SUN (m0008hpw)

Diplomatic Dinners 03:45 MON (m0008hpw)

Doctor Who 18:00 SAT (b08thzv7)

Doctor Who 00:00 SUN (b08thzv7)

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 03:00 SAT (b00yc3jw)

Drama 10:00 WED (b062htlc)

Drama 15:00 WED (b062htlc)

Drama 03:00 THU (b062htlc)

Drama 10:00 THU (b0638hpl)

Drama 15:00 THU (b0638hpl)

Drama 03:00 FRI (b0638hpl)

Fat Chance 07:00 THU (b019fwxg)

Fat Chance 17:00 THU (b019fwxg)

Fat Chance 05:00 FRI (b019fwxg)

Frankly Speaking 14:15 SAT (b07d2z3f)

Frankly Speaking 02:15 SUN (b07d2z3f)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b038xtd8)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b038xtd8)

Gus Murdoch's Sacred Cows 22:15 SAT (b00fcbgm)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b007jyyw)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b007jyyw)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b007jyyw)

Hercule Poirot 01:00 SAT (b007ytww)

How to Burn a Million Quid 21:30 TUE (m0008hns)

I Think I've Got a Problem 23:30 WED (b00cc4qg)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:30 THU (b00pmgx6)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:30 THU (b00pmgx6)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:30 THU (b00pmgx6)

In and Out of the Kitchen 22:30 FRI (b01qhqg5)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SAT (m0008g72)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 SUN (m0008g72)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (b05ysyt9)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (b05ysyt9)

Inside the Brain of a Five-Year-Old 06:30 THU (b00rm072)

Inside the Brain of a Five-Year-Old 13:30 THU (b00rm072)

Inside the Brain of a Five-Year-Old 20:30 THU (b00rm072)

Inside the Brain of a Five-Year-Old 01:30 FRI (b00rm072)

It's a Fair Cop 07:30 SUN (b062n1fc)

It's a Fair Cop 17:30 SUN (b062n1fc)

It's a Fair Cop 22:00 SUN (b062n1fc)

It's a Fair Cop 05:30 MON (b062n1fc)

Jane Austen 10:00 MON (b008h3ns)

Jane Austen 15:00 MON (b008h3ns)

Jane Austen 03:00 TUE (b008h3ns)

Jane Austen 10:00 TUE (b008h4xg)

Jane Austen 15:00 TUE (b008h4xg)

Jane Austen 03:00 WED (b008h4xg)

Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea 02:00 SAT (b00m5wdt)

Just a Minute 07:30 MON (m000897v)

Just a Minute 17:30 MON (m000897v)

Just a Minute 22:00 MON (m000897v)

Just a Minute 05:30 TUE (m000897v)

Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking 23:30 SUN (b00y9xdg)

Life on Egg 23:45 MON (b09jvp37)

Life on Egg 09:45 TUE (b09jvp37)

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead 08:00 TUE (b00gffj3)

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead 12:00 TUE (b00gffj3)

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead 19:00 TUE (b00gffj3)

Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World 23:30 THU (b007jtpd)

Listen to Les 08:30 WED (b00jz2xl)

Listen to Les 12:30 WED (b00jz2xl)

Listen to Les 19:30 WED (b00jz2xl)

Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale (Omnibus) 20:00 SUN (b008f8jd)

Mark Tavener - In the Red 04:30 SAT (b007k003)

Mark Tavener - In the Red 09:30 FRI (b007k07w)

Mark Tavener - In the Red 16:30 FRI (b007k07w)

Marriage Lines 08:00 MON (b03m32qf)

Marriage Lines 12:00 MON (b03m32qf)

Marriage Lines 19:00 MON (b03m32qf)

Martyn Wade - Dogged Persistence 11:15 THU (b009xytf)

Martyn Wade - Dogged Persistence 21:15 THU (b009xytf)

Mavis Gallant Stories 07:15 SUN (m0008hpk)

Mavis Gallant Stories 14:15 SUN (m0008hpk)

Mavis Gallant Stories 02:15 MON (m0008hpk)

Musical Genes 18:30 TUE (b00f1w1v)

Musical Genes 00:30 WED (b00f1w1v)

Newsjack 23:00 SUN (m0008b7q)

Newsjack 22:30 THU (m0008jnw)

Night Terrace 18:00 SUN (m0008hq0)

Night Terrace 00:00 MON (m0008hq0)

Off the Page 00:30 SAT (b0076mjy)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b0076mn5)

Patrick McGilligan - Young Orson (Omnibus) 14:30 SUN (b06vc7pl)

Patrick McGilligan - Young Orson (Omnibus) 02:30 MON (b06vc7pl)

Paul Sinha's General Knowledge 07:30 TUE (m00088nj)

Paul Sinha's General Knowledge 17:30 TUE (m00088nj)

Paul Sinha's General Knowledge 22:00 TUE (m00088nj)

Paul Sinha's General Knowledge 05:30 WED (m00088nj)

Paul Temple 06:00 MON (b007k0cs)

Paul Temple 13:00 MON (b007k0cs)

Paul Temple 20:00 MON (b007k0cs)

Paul Temple 01:00 TUE (b007k0cs)

Paul Temple 06:00 TUE (b007k0ct)

Paul Temple 13:00 TUE (b007k0ct)

Paul Temple 20:00 TUE (b007k0ct)

Paul Temple 01:00 WED (b007k0ct)

Paul Temple 06:00 WED (b007k0cv)

Paul Temple 13:00 WED (b007k0cv)

Paul Temple 20:00 WED (b007k0cv)

Paul Temple 01:00 THU (b007k0cv)

Paul Temple 06:00 THU (b007k0cw)

Paul Temple 13:00 THU (b007k0cw)

Paul Temple 20:00 THU (b007k0cw)

Paul Temple 01:00 FRI (b007k0cw)

Paul Temple 06:00 FRI (b007k0cx)

Paul Temple 13:00 FRI (b007k0cx)

Paul Temple 20:00 FRI (b007k0cx)

Peter Tinniswood 10:00 FRI (b0075667)

Peter Tinniswood 15:00 FRI (b0075667)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m0008jwm)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m0008jwm)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m0008hpy)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m0008hpy)

Poetry Puh-lease 11:00 WED (m0008htp)

Poetry Puh-lease 21:00 WED (m0008htp)

Political Animals 22:00 SAT (b01lv38q)

Radiolab 11:00 SUN (b098ply3)

Radiolab 19:00 SUN (b098ply3)

Revolting People 22:30 SAT (b008j10d)

Ross Noble Goes Global 23:30 SAT (b007jvs3)

Shelagh Stephenson - Darling Peidi 06:00 SAT (b01kkmk8)

Shelagh Stephenson - Darling Peidi 16:00 SAT (b01kkmk8)

Shelagh Stephenson - Darling Peidi 04:00 SUN (b01kkmk8)

Smelling of Roses 07:00 TUE (b00f405t)

Smelling of Roses 17:00 TUE (b00f405t)

Smelling of Roses 05:00 WED (b00f405t)

Sounding Off with McGough 22:45 WED (b007k4lr)

Stephen Wyatt - Piglaw 16:00 SUN (b007jvly)

Stephen Wyatt - Piglaw 04:00 MON (b007jvly)

Steptoe and Son 08:30 FRI (b007jnfd)

Steptoe and Son 12:30 FRI (b007jnfd)

Steptoe and Son 19:30 FRI (b007jnfd)

Talking to Strangers (Omnibus) 09:00 SUN (m0008hpr)

Terry Pratchett 00:00 SAT (b008pc0b)

Terry Pratchett 18:00 MON (b008p506)

Terry Pratchett 00:00 TUE (b008p506)

Testing Times 06:30 TUE (b0122pcw)

Testing Times 13:30 TUE (b0122pcw)

Testing Times 20:30 TUE (b0122pcw)

Testing Times 01:30 WED (b0122pcw)

That Reminds Me 18:30 WED (m0008htr)

That Reminds Me 00:30 THU (m0008htr)

The Arthur Haynes Show 08:00 SUN (m0008hpm)

The Arthur Haynes Show 12:00 SUN (m0008hpm)

The Burkiss Way 08:00 FRI (b00jq7qb)

The Burkiss Way 12:00 FRI (b00jq7qb)

The Burkiss Way 19:00 FRI (b00jq7qb)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 SAT (m0008ngl)

The Comedy Club Interviews 23:25 SUN (m0008ngs)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 MON (m0008ngv)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 TUE (m0008rg4)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 THU (m0008rg6)

The Food Quiz 12:00 SAT (b0076gyp)

The Food Quiz 09:00 THU (b0728z3b)

The Food Quiz 16:00 THU (b0728z3b)

The Food Quiz 04:00 FRI (b0728z3b)

The Freedland Files 09:00 SAT (b09t0r9c)

The Freedland Files 19:00 SAT (b09t0r9c)

The Jason Byrne Show 23:00 WED (b01p2s1y)

The Listening Project 10:10 SUN (b06fwx5y)

The Listening Project 21:10 SUN (b06fwx5y)

The Man in Black 18:30 SUN (b0186hf0)

The Man in Black 00:30 MON (b0186hf0)

The Masterson Inheritance 23:30 FRI (b007jstr)

The Museum of Everything 23:00 THU (b007k4y7)

The News Quiz Extra 23:00 MON (m0008hjl)

The News Quiz Extra 09:00 TUE (m0008hjl)

The Patrick and Maureen Maybe Music Experience 12:30 SAT (b007jvk3)

The Patrick and Maureen Maybe Music Experience 16:30 TUE (b007k4qk)

The Patrick and Maureen Maybe Music Experience 04:30 WED (b007k4qk)

The Problem With Adam Bloom 22:30 WED (b00gswf0)

The Quanderhorn Xperimentations 07:30 WED (b0b7dl8f)

The Quanderhorn Xperimentations 17:30 WED (b0b7dl8f)

The Quanderhorn Xperimentations 22:00 WED (b0b7dl8f)

The Quanderhorn Xperimentations 05:30 THU (b0b7dl8f)

The Rest is History 09:00 WED (b04wrycv)

The Rest is History 16:00 WED (b04wrycv)

The Rest is History 04:00 THU (b04wrycv)

The Senses 09:30 MON (b072zxm4)

The Senses 16:30 MON (b072zxm4)

The Senses 04:30 TUE (b072zxm4)

The TED Interview 11:00 MON (m0008hjh)

The TED Interview 21:00 MON (m0008hjh)

The World As We Know It 07:00 WED (b00fy2qt)

The World As We Know It 17:00 WED (b00fy2qt)

The World As We Know It 05:00 THU (b00fy2qt)

The World Cup for Writers 06:30 FRI (b01qfhh6)

The World Cup for Writers 13:30 FRI (b01qfhh6)

The World Cup for Writers 20:30 FRI (b01qfhh6)

Think the Unthinkable 23:30 TUE (b007jm2g)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups 22:30 TUE (b04v3838)

Vent 23:00 TUE (b00v8qdv)

Washington Irving - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 18:00 TUE (b007wlpm)

Washington Irving - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 00:00 WED (b007wlpm)

Washington Irving - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 18:00 WED (b007wvk4)

Washington Irving - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 00:00 THU (b007wvk4)

Washington Irving - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 18:00 THU (b007xrtx)

Washington Irving - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 00:00 FRI (b007xrtx)

What Is a Story? 02:15 SAT (b061d24z)

What Is a Story? 14:15 MON (b061qccj)

What Is a Story? 02:15 TUE (b061qccj)

What Is a Story? 14:15 TUE (b061qv4f)

What Is a Story? 02:15 WED (b061qv4f)

What Is a Story? 14:15 WED (b061r0yx)

What Is a Story? 02:15 THU (b061r0yx)

What Is a Story? 14:15 THU (b061tfn2)

What Is a Story? 02:15 FRI (b061tfn2)

What Is a Story? 14:15 FRI (b061tpq2)

Whispers 09:00 MON (b007k2kg)

Whispers 16:00 MON (b007k2kg)

Whispers 04:00 TUE (b007k2kg)

Who Goes There? 04:00 SAT (b0076b0c)

Who Goes There? 09:00 FRI (b0076bdv)

Who Goes There? 16:00 FRI (b0076bdv)

Who Was Rosalind? 01:30 SAT (b01qlhjt)

Wilkie Collins - Who Killed Zebedee? 11:00 TUE (b007jq0p)

Wilkie Collins - Who Killed Zebedee? 21:00 TUE (b007jq0p)