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SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2019

SAT 00:00 Charles Chilton - Journey into Space (b007jsl4)
The World in Peril

Episode 20

As the invasion fleet reaches Earth, can Jet Morgan and his crew save the day?

Continuing the 20-part serial - the third of Charles Chilton's classic sci-fi trilogy set in 1972.

CAST:
Jet Morgan …. Andrew Faulds
Lemmy …. Alfie Bass
Doc …. Guy Kingsley Poynter
Mitch …. Don Sharp
Various ….Alan Tylvern
Rogers/The Martian …. David Jacobs

Music composed and orchestra conducted by Van Phillips.

Written and produced by Charles Chilton.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in February 1956.


SAT 00:30 Off the Page (b0076qbj)
Bringing Up Baby

Matthew Parris discusses the impact of babies with writers Mary Loudon and Katie Baxendale and comic, Lewis Schaffer. From 2005.


SAT 01:00 Paul Temple (b007jsm0)
Paul Temple and the Jonathan Mystery

8. Jonathan

The sleuth throws a drinks party to try and finger the gang leader...

Conclusion of Francis Durbridge's thriller starring Peter Coke as Paul Temple and Marjorie Westbury as Steve - BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife.

Paul Temple …. Peter Coke
Steve …. Marjorie Westbury
Sir Graham Forbes …. James Thomason
Robert Ferguson …. John Glen
Helen Ferguson …. Grizelda Hervey
Dinah Nelson …. Valerie Kirkbright
Reggie Mackintosh …. Simon Lack
Charlie …. James Beattie
Mavis Russell …. Isabel Rennie
Mark Elliot …. William Fox
Clerk …. Peter Bartlett
Inspector Gerrard …. Rolf Lefebvre
Milson …. Lewis Stringer
1st Immigration Officer …. Frank Partington
2nd Immigration Officer …. Frederick Treves
Rudolph Charles …. Anthony Hall
Richard Ferguson …. Gabriel Woolf

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.

Producer: Martyn C. Webster.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in December 1963.


SAT 01:30 Loud Organs His Glory (b0103wyx)
Anyone who has watched a BBC Prom or visited St Paul's or Salisbury or Hereford or Truro Cathedral will have seen a "Father Willis" organ.

Discover the story of the man who through a blend of engineering ability, musical ambition and massive self-confidence became the dominant organ builder of the Victorian era. It was an era in which huge organs were suddenly required in both cathedrals and the new town halls appearing all over the country.

Simon Townley tells the story of 'Father' Henry Willis from his relatively humble beginnings as the son of a London builder to the heights of Victorian society. By winning a competition at the Great Exhibition in 1851, Willis set himself on a road which was to lead to the building of over a thousand organs. Many are still working today, even if they've been altered over the years. What makes the Willis organs special, and makes organists today acknowledge their greatness in hushed tones, is the subject of this programme.

Simon visits the current Willis factory in Liverpool where new organs are still built and old Willis machines are revitalised.

He plays the organ in Winchester Cathedral, the organ that won the Great Exhibition competition and was squeezed into the cathedral by the then organist SS Wesley, and he finds out more about the man whose love of yachting was matched only by his belief that anything was possible when it came to the building of organs. If that meant splitting an organ in two, putting the two parts on either side of a cathedral transept and linking the whole lot through a system of subterranean pipes then that's what he would do... and he did, in the case of St Paul's Cathedral.

But essentially the Father Willis story is about the details that earned his reputation. The reed technology that no one at the time could match, the use of new steam-generated wind and the design of organ consoles that gave organists like Willis himself a control that they'd never enjoyed before.

It's a story of the king of instruments built at a time of supreme national self-confidence by a man who embodied the spirit of the age and gave it voice.

Producer: Tom Alban

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2011.


SAT 02:00 Truman Capote - Breakfast at Tiffany's (b0089htv)
Episode 10

Henry Goodman reads Truman Capote's vivid and witty novel about the relationship between young writer, Paul Varjak and captivating girl-about-town, Holly Golightly, in 1940s New York.

With her tousled blond hair and upturned nose, dark glasses and chic black dresses, Holly Golightly is top notch in style and a sensation wherever she goes. Her brownstone apartment vibrates with martini-soaked parties as she plays hostess to millionaires and gangsters alike. Yet Holly never loses sight of her ultimate goal - to find a real life place like Tiffany's that makes her feel at home.

Truman Capote's 1958 novella abridged in 10-parts by James Robertston.

Born in New Orleans in 1925, Truman Capote left school at 15 to work for the New Yorker - his first, and last, regular job. He's the author of many highly praised books, including A Tree of Night and Other Stories, The Grass Harp, In Cold Blood, Music for Chameleons and Answered Prayers. Truman Capote died in 1984.

Producer: Bruce Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.


SAT 02:15 A History of Britain in Numbers (b052m5b1)
Series 2

Public Spending

Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority (2012-2017), brings to life the numbers conveying the big trends that have transformed the shape and scope of the British state.

He looks at what governments through the centuries have spent, borrowed, taxed, regulated and built; and he considers how we came to organise a national life that reaches into every corner of private life, from the delivery of pensions and healthcare to the surveillance of emails or rules about the temperature of a hot cup of tea.

By one measure, the modern British state is roughly 7,000 times bigger than the Tudor state. How and why did that happen?

The story of the state unfolds through muddy fields, smugglers coves and a Victorian village lock-up. Numbers become sound as we hear the dramatic scale of change that has occurred over the centuries.

The evolution of the state may be driven less by party politics than party politicians might like us to think. Although the state's size and functions are a natural subject of fierce political argument, the impetus for the biggest changes has often come from another source - such as war, economic growth, and the power that arises from knowledge.

In this programme, Andrew looks at public spending.

Producer: Michael Blastland

A Whistledown production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


SAT 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b06qms9m)
Greater Love

Episode 5

Rowland tries desperately to find a way for he, Emmy and the boy to flee the village, but it's too late. As the loss increases in the village, William and Stanley reconcile their differences.

Conclusion of Don Shaw's drama series charting the true story of the Plague in Eyam, Derbyshire in 1665.

William ...... Al Weaver
Catherine ...... Emily Pithon
Thomas Stanley ...... David Calder
Emmy ....... Charlie May-Clark
Rowland ....... Gerard Kearns

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2015.


SAT 02:45 Book of the Week (b01nf3nd)
Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor

Episode 5

Forced into retirement, Nancy struggles to adapt to non-political life in her twilight days.

The fascinating life of the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament.

Anna Maxwell Martin concludes Adrian Fort's biography.

Abridger: Alison Joseph.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2012.


SAT 03:00 Melissa Murray - Pass the Parcel (b0076vh0)
Two people meet at a genealogy course researching the background to their family history.

Both are emotionally scarred by the past, and when they investigate their family backgrounds they discover that there is a curious link between their ancestors as well.

Will this have a beneficial or negative effect on their own relationship?

Anton Lesser and Carolyn Pickles star in Melissa Murray’s romantic drama.

Adam ... Anton Lesser
Alison ... Carolyn Pickles
Mark ... Gerard McDermott
Frances .... Natasha Pyne
Mary/Steph ... Ella Smith

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2005.


SAT 04:00 It's Not What You Know (b062khlc)
Series 3

Episode 4

What's Lucy Porter's least favourite town to perform in? Has Cornelius's pal Jonathan ever won any money as a result of a tip from Cornelius? Who is Tom Wrigglesworth's all time hero?

All these burning questions, and more, will be answered in the show hosted by Miles Jupp, where panellists are tested on how well they know their nearest and dearest.

In this case, comedian Lucy Porter picks her agent, comedian Tom Wrigglesworth picks his father, and Cornelius Lysaght picks an old school friend.

Producer: Matt Stronge.


SAT 04:30 The Phenomenon Squad (b083m047)
Episode 1

Superintendent Brabazon's task is to investigate his superiors, using hand-picked police officers.

Unfortunately, the hand that picked them belongs to his boss.- the Deputy Assistant Commissioner...

Michael Snelgrove’s sitcom stars Roy Kinnear and Simon Cadell.

Supt Brabazon ...... Roy Kinnear
Dep Asst Commissioner ...... Simon Cadell
Sigaloff ...... Royce Mills
WPI Nuttkins ...... Susie Blake
MacTooley ...... Ron Bain
Humby ...... David Battley
Wizard ...... Peter Howell
Phylis ...... Sheila Grant

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1986


SAT 05:00 A Whole 'Nother Story (b0076hft)
Series 3

Que Sera Sera

Back from America, Jenny is after Pete. Cassie is burying her head. Who will live happily ever after? Stars Dave Lamb. From October 2003.


SAT 05:30 Rich Hall's (US) Breakdown (m0006dtt)
Independence Day

Multi award-winning comedian and US Citizen Rich Hall takes a look across the pond at the current state of US politics.

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

Rich and his co-host Nick Doody take calls from every corner of the United States to hear the concerns of US citizens, offering their take on the issues troubling them.

Starring Rich Hall with Nick Doody, Lewis Mcleod, Emma Sidi and Jen Kirkman.

A BBC Studios production


SAT 06:00 Dostoyevsky - The Friend of the Family (b04fxy8d)
Russia, 1859: The Manor of Stephanchikovo has been thrown into chaos by the activities of a former sergeant who's set himself up as an arbiter of morals and taste.

When he interferes in the marriage plans of the family, the whole situation explodes.

Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1859 novel dramatised by David Blum. Starring David Suchet, Margot Boyd and Clive Merrison.

Colonel ...... David Suchet
Madame La Generale ...... Margot Boyd
Sashenka ...... Kathryn Hurlbutt
Sergei ...... John Webb
Foma Fomich ...... Clive Merrison
Natasha ...... Helena Breck
Falaley ...... Graham Blockey
Yezhevikin ...... Alan Dudley
Tatyana Ivanovn ...... Maggie McCarthy
Bahcheyev ...... Bernard Brown
Miss Perepelitsyn ...... Eva Stuart
Mizinchikov ...... Colin Starkey
Obnoskin ...... Gary Cady
Gavrila ...... Lockwood West
Servant ...... Alan Thompson

Director: Martin Jenkins.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1984.


SAT 07:30 Reimagining the City (b01q7fjn)
Coventry

Pauline Black takes us to Coventry - the city she's adopted as her home town.

The first time Pauline stepped off a train at Coventry station in 1971, she felt at home. A mixed race child adopted by a white family in Essex, she grew up the only black child in her school and neighbourhood. The multicultural environs of Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry offered her a place full of new people, new music and new possibilities. "It felt like the centre of England..most people were passing through, but I wanted to stay."

Coventry became the portal that opened up a world of possibilities to the aspiring musician, as she became a proponent of the Two Tone music scene and the lead singer in The Selecter.

Produced by Rachel Hooper

A Falling Tree production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2013.


SAT 08:00 Archive on 4 (b06tky20)
Work is A Four Letter Word

Many of us have grown up with the belief that a strong work ethic is a positive thing, and that by contrast idle hands are the devil's playthings.

According to Professor Andrew Hussey, that argument makes very little sense. Starting off with a line from the Cilla Black song 'Work is a Four Letter Word' he offers a powerful counter-argument by navigating the ideas of, among others, Bertrand Russell, John Ruskin and the Situationists in France, whose graffiti slogan 'Ne Travaillez Jamais' - never work - still appears regularly on Parisian streets. Hussey argues that the corporate culture in particular, born out of mid-20th Century America and built upon ideologies of work developed during the industrial revolution and on through to the development of the assembly line, can have a hugely corrosive impact on people's lives.

The programme features the voices of workers from the 1930s through to the present day, describing working life in call centres where even a trip to the toilet is timed by management. Hussey doesn't, however, suggest that we all take to the sofa to watch TV and eat crisps, though; instead he argues that by taking control of the work we do and the way we do it, work can actually become a positive force in our lives, once stripped of what he regards as the caustic power of modern managerialism.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2016.


SAT 09:00 Listening to Les Dawson (b03b2n4d)
Ray Peacock is joined by Ken Dodd, Neil Innes, Lee Mack, Robin Ince, Gillian Reynolds and David Nobbs, introducing rare interviews, routines and programmes including In The Psychiatrist's Chair, Les reading his own novel, Come Back With the Wind, Marriott's Monologues, Whirligig and Listen To Les.

Producer: Laura Baron

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in Sept 2013.


SAT 12:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b068tsvn)
Series 15

Episode 3

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

Lloyd Langford, Henning Wehn, Sara Pascoe and Miles Jupp are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as zoos, theft, phones and hands.

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

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


SAT 12:30 Change at Oglethorpe (b00mvs9q)
Off the Rails

Ticket sales at Oglethorpe railway station are at an all-time low.

Could passengers be put off by Points's Platform 1 FM Punk Rock Show? Or is it down to June's seances in the cafe? - or perhaps because Rocket refuses to sell anyone a ticket to Barnsley?

New station manager, David Clare has a challenge on his hands!

Peter Morfoot's railway sitcom stars Michael Williams and Peter Davison.

Rocket ...... Michael Williams
David ...... Peter Davison
June ...... Rosemary Martin
Points ...... Phillippa Wilson
Hattie ...... Madge Hindle
Sodd ...... Chris Emmett

Other parts played by Caroline Strong and David Timson.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in December 1995.


SAT 13:00 Anne Tyler - Ladder of Years (Omnibus) (b055fy0k)
Episode 1

An unexpected romantic encounter in the grocery aisle sparks the beginning of a new adventure for homely Delia Grinstead.

Anne Tyler's unsettling story about marriage, family and hope.

Omnibus of the first five of ten parts dramatised by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Delia ...... Nancy Crane
Adrian ...... Ian Conningham
Sam ...... Nathan Osgood
Eliza ...... Jessica Turner
Rosemary ...... Rhiannon Neads
Skipper ...... David Acton
Carroll ...... Sam Valentine
Driscoll ...... Mark Edel-Hunt
Susie ...... Roslyn Hill

Director: David Hunter

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2015.


SAT 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (m000bvgq)
Gok Wan

TV stylist and presenter Gok Wan selects The Carpenters’ Top Of The World and Mama Cass Elliot’s Make Your Own Kind Of Music.


SAT 14:15 Down Your Way (m000bvgs)
Jimmy Hill in Hickstead

BBC soccer analyst Jimmy Hill turns his attention to the super league of the equestrian world, when he reveals his passion for show jumping on a visit to Hickstead - a mere horseshoe's throw from his Sussex home.

Down Your Way was a schedule staple for decades - starting on the BBC Home Service in 1946 and ending its run on BBC Radio 4 in 1992. Using a variety of hosts, including Richard Dimbleby and Brian Johnston, the programme toured villages, towns and cities across the UK. At the height of the series' success in the 1950s, it was attracting 10 million listeners a week.

Producer: Jill Marshall.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1991.


SAT 15:00 Archive on 4 (b06tky20)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SAT 16:00 Dostoyevsky - The Friend of the Family (b04fxy8d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Reimagining the City (b01q7fjn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Wally K Daly (b073h06c)
2004

Out of a chaotic society generated by crime and violence steps a new Prime Minister with a mission, preaching a high-tech vision of a crime-free nation.

Bill Nighy stars in Wally K Daly's 1995 dystopian view of the year 2004.

Quinley …. Bill Nighy
Lyle …. Derek Waring
Franklin …. David Collings
Jason …. Michael Cochrane
Petra …. Christine Milwood
Quarme …. Anton Phillips

Director: David Hitchinson.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in March 1995.


SAT 19:00 Listening to Les Dawson (b03b2n4d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 It's Jocelyn (b08fgw6f)
Series 2

Dumped

Jocelyn talks about a break-up, a flirty dentist crosses the line and a street magician shows off his skills to the public.

It's Jocelyn returns for a second series of sketches and stand-up from the wonderful mind of Jocelyn Jee Esien.

With Paul Whitehouse as a cockney funeral director, plus the vocal talents of Ninia Benjamin, Curtis Walker, Dee Kaate, Gavi Chera and Karen Bartke.

Producer: Suzy Grant

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


SAT 22:30 Revolting People (b00wlrp5)
Series 4

Pirates

Brimshaw, McGurk and the Oliphants attempt to flee to England. 1775 America sitcom. Stars Andy Hamilton. From May 2006.


SAT 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (m000cdkr)
Jayde Adams 2/2

From 10.00pm until midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Jake Yapp is your host and chats to the comedian Jayde Adams.


SAT 23:00 Colin Hoult's Carnival of Monsters (b036vtc2)
Series 1

Episode 2

Enter the Carnival of Monsters, a bizarre and hilarious world of sketches, stories and characters, presented by the sinister Ringmaster.

Master character comedian Colin Hoult's debut comedy series.

Meet such monstrous yet strangely familiar oddities as: Thwor - the mighty (but Leeds-based) god of Thwunder; Len Parker - Nottingham-born martial arts and transformers enthusiast; Anna Mann - outrageous star of such forgotten silver screen hits such as 'Rogue Baker', 'Who's For Turkish Delight' and 'A Bowl For My Bottom'; and many more.

Writers Guild Award-winner Colin Hoult is best known for his highly acclaimed starring roles in 'Being Human', 'Life's Too Short', and 'Russell Howard's Good News', as well as his many hit shows at the Edinburgh Festival. He has also appeared and written for a number of Radio 4 series including 'The Headset Set' and 'Colin and Fergus' Digi-Radio'.

Producer: Sam Bryant.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2013.


SAT 23:30 Ross Noble Goes Global (b01c6txd)
Series 2

Belgium

Comedian Ross Noble Ross sets about proving Belgium is not dull, with chocolate, odd statues and the legacy of Jean-Claude Van Damme

Producer: Danny Wallace

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2003.



SUNDAY 01 DECEMBER 2019

SUN 00:00 Wally K Daly (b073h06c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Anne Tyler - Ladder of Years (Omnibus) (b055fy0k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (m000bvgq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Saturday]


SUN 02:15 Down Your Way (m000bvgs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Archive on 4 (b06tky20)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Dostoyevsky - The Friend of the Family (b04fxy8d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Reimagining the City (b01q7fjn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Greater Love (Omnibus) (b06r9fhy)
The true story of the Derbyshire village of Eyam during The Plague of 1665-66 in which characters and their values change as tragedy unfolds, as all the villagers effectively agree to stay in the village in order for the Plague not to spread.

A new young Rector battles for authority with the puritanical former rector. William announces the betrothal of Emmy and Rowland but then he and Stanley are called to tend to a sick villager who dies before they arrive. Stanley identifies plague from experience. William, shocked, fails to anoint the tailor. Stanley suspects the cause is cloth brought from London. It must be burnt and a quick burial to keep secrecy, prevent panic.

Omnibus written by Don Shaw.

William ...... Al Weaver
Catherine ...... Emily Pithon
Thomas Stanley ...... David Calder
Emmy Sydall....... Charlie May-Clark
Rowland ...... Gerard Kearns
Alice Sydall ..... Daryl Fishwick
Mary Cooper ..... Melissa Sinden

Producer: Pauline Harris

First broadcast in five parts on BBC Radio 4 in November 2015.


SUN 07:15 From the Vineyard (b06s80ff)
Pinotage by Christopher Hope

Mysterious Marta attends to her wine-making tasks inthe Cape region, watched over by the owner of the estate. Then something happens.

Written and read by Christopher Hope.

Producer: Duncan Minshull

First broadcast on Radio 4 in December 2015.


SUN 07:30 Start/Stop (b07pjkhr)
Series 3

BnB

Start/Stop is a sitcom by Jack Docherty about three marriages in various states of disrepair.

Barney and Cathy have been married for ages and it shows, Evan and Fiona’s marriage is one big, noisy argument and David is old enough to be Alice’s father.

Start/Stop follows the story of these three couples as they try to make the best of their marriages and friendships, and the characters are able to stop the action, explain themselves to the audience and start it all up again.

This week: 'BnB'.

Barney and Cathy's finances are in a bad state. So Barney decides to become an Uber driver to boost his income (and to 'bump into' Alice more often). And Cathy decides to rent their spare bedroom out on Air BnB. Meanwhile Evan and Fiona are arguing. And David writes a raunchy bestseller based, to her horror, around Alice.

Cast:
Barney...Jack Docherty
Cathy...Kerry Godliman
Evan...John Thomson
Fiona...Fiona Allen
David...Charlie Higson
Alice...Laura Aikman

Written by: Jack Docherty
Producer: Claire Jones

A BBC Studio Production


SUN 08:00 ITMA - It's That Man Again (m000bvgv)
8/3/1945

When a bulldozer arrives at Much Fiddling, Tommy Handley has reconstruction on his mind. Wartime comedy from March 1945.

ITMA proved to be one of the BBC's most popular radio comedies ever produced. It was first transmitted just before the start of the Second World War in 1939 and ran to 1949. Domestic audiences topped 20 million, and the audience worldwide was said to number 30 million. It starred Liverpudlian comic Tommy Handley, who with Ted Kavanagh created the series named after the phrase newspapers often used to describe Hitler: It's That Man Again!

The original setting on a ship was deemed inappropriate once war broke out, and was replaced with the Office Of Twerps, with Tommy as Minister of Aggravation and Mysteries.

With:

Sydney Keith
Horace Percival
Dorothy Summers
Bryan Herbert
Bill Stephens
Dino Galvani
Paula Green
Jean Capra

Music from the BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell. Singer: Jack Cooper.

Script written by Ted Kavanagh.

Producer: Francis Worsley

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in March 1945


SUN 08:30 Educating Archie (b01s4cwl)
From 07/12/1952

Archie tries to be helpful and gets a surprise after turning his hand to sculpting...

Radio ventriloquism from Peter Brough and schoolboy, Archie Andrews.

With Max Bygraves, Harry Secombe, Beryl Reid, Hattie Jacques and Peter Madden.

Running from 1950- 1958, Educating Archie introduced a number of soon-to-be household names to listeners, including Tony Hancock, Benny Hill, Harry Secombe, Dick Emery, Hattie Jacques, Bruce Forsyth and Max Bygraves - all taking a turn in tutoring Archie.

Script by Eric Sykes and Walter Ridley

With Ronald Chesney and the BBC Revue Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell.

Producer: Roy Speer

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in December 1952.


SUN 09:00 The Pulse Glass (Omnibus) (m000bvgx)
Gillian Tindall’s reflection on family and social history and the changing meaning of the objects that survive the passing of time is a fascinating exploration into memory, loss and how we construct the past.

Most of the objects that surround us, no matter how important in their time, will eventually be lost and forgotten. But a few, for reasons of sentiment, chance, conservation or simple inaction, escape destruction and gain new meanings. A toy train, a stack of letters in a family attic, a piece of medical equipment long out of use - each opens a window into the past and prompts an exploration into the nature of permanence.

In The Pulse Glass and the Beat of Other Hearts, Tindall explores what has survived of her own family’s history, as well as the remnants of a wider social history, glimpsed through the chance survival of artefacts that have survived against the odds of history and forgetting.

Gillian Tindall is a novelist and historian. She combines a sharp eye for the detail of individual and domestic history with an imaginative understanding of the social and political geography of the past to find and follow the traces of past lives that survive all around us. She has written on the history of Kentish Town (The Fields Beneath), on the history of London’s Southbank through the generations living in one house (The House by the Thames), on a village in rural France through the letters written to one young girl (Celestine: Voices From a French Village), on her own family’s connection with the Left Bank in Paris (Footsteps in Paris), and on London’s past through the route to be followed by Crossrail (The Tunnel Through Time). She has lived in the same house in London for over fifty years.

Omnibus reader: Anastasia Hille

Abridger: Libby Spurrier
Producer: Sara Davies

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in five parts in 2019.


SUN 10:10 The Listening Project (b04kfk5n)
Rachel and Mandy – Keep On Running

After Rachel's daughter Rosie died, the friends wanted to do something positive, but their route to the finish of the charity run wasn’t quite the same as that of the other runners. Fi Glover introduces another conversation 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 (b07tzdx0)
Absent Friends

Diana Athill

Sue Lawley's castaway is the writer and book editor Diana Athill.

For nearly 50 years Diana Athill was involved in every aspect of publishing, from editing and even completely rewriting books to drawing adverts, designing covers and nursing authors for the publishing house Andre Deutsch. They published some of the greatest names of the 20th century, including Norman Mailer, Jack Kerouac, VS Naipaul and Jean Rhys.

Her career has been remarkable, but it was one that she fell into after her original plans for marriage and children fell through. Now aged 86, she is still writing and her novel Make Believe is being republished this autumn - and she still visits the Norfolk estate owned by her family where she spent so much time as a girl riding horses.

Favourite track: O Glucklich Paar by Franz Joseph Haydn
Book: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Luxury: Her own bed

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2004.


SUN 11:00 The Moth Radio Hour (b09g4fdk)
Series 6

Under the Gun

True stories told live in in the USA: Meg Bowles introduces stories about being singled out and facing your fears.

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling based in the USA. Since 1997, it has celebrated both the raconteur and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. Originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch in Georgia (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen), and then recreated in a New York City living room, The Moth quickly grew to produce immensely popular events at theatres and clubs around New York City and later around the USA, the UK and other parts of the world.

The Moth has presented more than 15,000 stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth podcast is downloaded over 27 million times a year.

Featuring true stories told live on stage without scripts, from the humorous to the heart-breaking.

The Moth Radio Hour is produced by Jay Allison and Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and is distributed by the Public Radio Exchange.

First broadcast in the USA in 2017.


SUN 11:50 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00n5w39)
Series 1

Collecting

Why do we collect things? Is it a male response to ancient hunting instincts to provide food for the family?

Today, collecting by children is in decline, and with it the development of an early fascination with the natural world around them.

Series of talks by Sir David Attenborough on the natural histories of creatures and plants from around the world.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2009.


SUN 12:00 ITMA - It's That Man Again (m000bvgv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 12:30 Educating Archie (b01s4cwl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 13:00 Greater Love (Omnibus) (b06r9fhy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SUN 14:15 From the Vineyard (b06s80ff)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 today]


SUN 14:30 Grandmothers (Omnibus) (m000bvgz)
Episode 1

Three very different women’s lives collide in Salley Vickers’ tender new novel about grandparents and the children they help to raise.

Reader: Eleanor Bron
Abridger: Salley Vickers
Producer: Kirsty Williams


SUN 15:45 Who Ate All The Pies? (m000bvh2)
Me and Mash

Poet Ian McMillan travels the country in search of the perfect pie.

Ian McMillan's in Greenwich, London, at Goddard's Pie House, where he's initiated into the culinary mastery of pie, mash and liquor, and discovers that there are secrets about this traditional London fare that just can't be revealed.

Producer Julian May

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2004.


SUN 16:00 Marcy Kahan - Blithe Spy (b00tcsps)
The Nazis are in New York – as ‘The Master’, Noel Coward turns spy to battle for Britain.

Marcy Kahan’s highly improbable Second World War espionage adventure featuring a highly improbable and flamboyant spy... with a talent to amuse.

Noel Coward ..... Malcolm Sinclair
Lorn Loraine ..... Eleanor Bron
Neysa McMein ..... Elizabeth McGovern
Jon Smith ..... Adam Sims
FD Roosevelt ..... Bob Sherman
Fortnum ..... Ian Masters
Simpson ..... Kerry Shale
Willoughby ..... Peter Marinker
Conklin ..... Gerard McDermott

Director: Gordon House

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2002.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m000bvh4)
Man Versus God

Poet Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's radio poetry archive and chooses Man Versus God featuring Muhammad Iqbal’s Islamic poem Shikwa.

Storyteller Seema Anand explores Shikwa, one of the most famous and enduring works of Islamic literature. The poem is an audacious and heartfelt complaint in lyrical Urdu about all the many ways in which God has let Muslims down.

When it was first recited by Iqbal at a public gathering in Lahore in 1911, a fatwa was issued by Islamic scholars who were shocked by its seemingly outrageous impudence: here was Man daring to challenge the wisdom of God!

Like many works by Iqbal, the poem is presented as a dialogue between Man and God, a quite revolutionary concept in Islamic literature and with echoes of Milton's Paradise Lost. Iqbal felt strongly that Islam should be open to reform and questioning - and many of his ideas are as powerfully relevant today as they were 100 years ago.

Iqbal is often called the spiritual father of Pakistan for using poetry to raise self-awareness amongst Muslims in pre-partition India so that they would eventually rise up and seek a separate nation. His poems are still recited at social gatherings all across the Muslim world (Shikwa is now even available as an iPhone app) but his poetry has a much wider appeal than just for Muslims. It contains many universal ideas about the relationship between Man, Earth and Divinity which resonate to this day.

Seema Anand (who is not Muslim) is learning to translate the poem with the dream that one day she too will be able to recite it and bring it to new audiences in Britain. Despite the challenge of learning a poem in a language she barely knows and with intricate imagery and ideas drawn from earlier Sufi and Persian poets, it's something she pursues because she's convinced the beauty of the verse nourishes the soul.

Contributors: Professor Javed Majeed, Navid Akhtar
Readings by Sagar Arya, Saeed Jaffrey and Pervaiz Alam

Producer: Mukti Jain Campion
A Culturewise production for BBC Radio 4

First broadcast in 2011.


SUN 17:30 Start/Stop (b07pjkhr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Nick Fisher - Playing With Dracula (b08pn328)
When Byron Musgrave joins an amateur acting group making horror movies, he seems just a little too anxious to get his teeth into things.

Anger gives way to fear when the body count starts mounting...

Nick Fisher’s tale of horror.

Byron Redgrave ...... Nickolas Grace
Mary Morris ...... Tina Gray
Arthur Renfield ...... Malcolm Ward
Jonathan Harker ...... Nicholas Boulton
Shelley Holmwood ...... Maureen O’Brien
Lucy Western ...... Siriol Jenkins
Estate Agent ...... Paul Panting

Director: Martin Jenkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1994.


SUN 18:45 Stephen Gallagher - The Visitor's Book (b092g86j)
A couple renting a holiday home start to feel that something happened there the year before...

Terence Edmond reads Stephen Gallagher’s short story.

Producer: Duncan Minshull

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1992.


SUN 19:00 The Moth Radio Hour (b09g4fdk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:50 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00n5w39)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


SUN 20:00 The Pulse Glass (Omnibus) (m000bvgx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SUN 21:10 The Listening Project (b04kfk5n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:10 today]


SUN 21:15 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b07tzdx0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:15 today]


SUN 22:00 Start/Stop (b07pjkhr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 22:30 The Remains of Foley and McColl (b007jrl6)
The Real You

The producer forces Sean and Hamish to get proper jobs.

Surreal comedy starring award-winning double act Sean Foley and Hamish McColl, the Right Size.

With Rose English, Count Arthur Strong, Chris Lamer and Mark Stevens

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2000.


SUN 23:00 2000 Years of Radio (b007jndx)
Series 1

Roman Britain Radio

It’s 55AD and ancient Britain tries to come to terms with the Roman invasion. DJ Steve-in-the-Afternoon fights the invaders' plans to make changes to the nation's favourite radio station - Iceni Gold.

Six-part series that taps into the radio archive of a bygone age.

Written and performed by Marcus Brigstocke, Claire Downes , Stuart Lane, Al Holloway, Danny Robbins and Dan Tetsell.

Producers: Paul Dodgson & Sean Grundy

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2000.


SUN 23:15 Hannah Gadsby: Arts Clown (b05419l4)
Edouard Manet's Olympia

Art historian Hannah Gadsby kicks off her comedy lectures about four masterpieces, with Edouard Manet's masterpiece 'Olympia'.

She shares her first encounter with the art work as well as looking at what critics had to say about it at the time it was created.

Born in Tasmania, Hannah's first encounters with art was solely through books. These books taught her the language of art appreciation but they also legitimised her desire to look at 'boobs'. This was just as well as Hannah realised in her teens that she was 'a little bit lesbian' but homosexuality was still illegal in Tasmania at that time.

The painting 'Olympia' was first exhibited in Paris in 1865. It made a lot of people very angry at the time. Here was a reclining nude but this woman had attitude, looking right at the observer with no embarrassment or demureness. She was a whore - what of it?

The woman who posed for the painting was Victorine Meurent, not a prostitute but an artist in her own right and, says Gadsby, surely she had a major influence on Manet's considerably feminist approach to 'the reclining nude' in this painting.

Hannah explains what makes 'Olympia' a cornerstone of modern art and what bring her personally back to this painting again and again.

Hannah Gadsby is assisted in this series by her very own 'Quotebot' who has been inputted with every quote that's ever been written about art.

Quotebot sounds remarkably like comedy legend and all-round boffin John Lloyd.

Written by Hannah Gadsby
Script edited by Jon Hunter

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2015.


SUN 23:30 Radio 9 (b04g429s)
Series 2

Episode 3

Travels at sea, a magazine for NIMBYs and faking your way in abseiling. Stars Johnny Daukes and Hils Barker. From July 2005.



MONDAY 02 DECEMBER 2019

MON 00:00 Nick Fisher - Playing With Dracula (b08pn328)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:45 Stephen Gallagher - The Visitor's Book (b092g86j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Greater Love (Omnibus) (b06r9fhy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:15 From the Vineyard (b06s80ff)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 on Sunday]


MON 02:30 Grandmothers (Omnibus) (m000bvgz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:45 Who Ate All The Pies? (m000bvh2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:45 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Marcy Kahan - Blithe Spy (b00tcsps)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m000bvh4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Start/Stop (b07pjkhr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Wimsey (m000bvp2)
Whose Body?

1. The Body in the Bath

Amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey is called to Battersea following the alarming discovery in an architect's bathroom...

Ian Carmichael stars as the aristocratic sleuth.

British gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey features in a number of detective novels and short stories by English crime writer, Dorothy L Sayers. Whose Body? was first published in 1923

Classy and sharp-witted, aristocratic amateur sleuth Lord Peter Bredon Wimsey was born in 1890 and educated at Eton and Oxford, before serving in the military during the First World War

Ian Carmichael appeared as Lord Peter Wimsey for BBC Radio from 1973 to 1983, in addition to the BBC TV adaptations that were broadcast between 1972 and 1975

Lord Peter Wimsey.................Ian Carmichael
Bunter..........................................Peter Jones
Dowager Duchess...................Patricia Routledge
Mr Phipps................................. Norman Bird
Inspector Parker.................... Gabriel Woolf
Mrs Phipps.............................. Betty Huntley-Wright
Inspector Sugg...................... Stephen Thorne

Adapted in five episodes by Chris Miller.

Producer: Simon Brett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1973.


MON 06:30 In for the Kill (b011j8zb)
Crime writer Mike Phillips investigates the coming of age of black British crime fiction and asks why there is still a reluctance to see the black detective as hero.

In recent years as the ethnic mix in the UK has changed, the literature produced by black Britons has embraced broader themes beyond questions of identity and freedom. The autobiographical narratives of the past are being superseded by a new generation of writers who are tackling other genres - notably crime fiction.

Mike Phillips was one of the first to delve into this area with Sam Dean, the journalist who features in his novels Blood Rights and The Late Candidate. In this programme, he meets other writers who are following his example, and discovers what their work tells us about modern Britain. The UK still lags behind the US where novelists such as Walter Mosley and Barbara Neely have captured the black crime fiction genre. Phillips discovers why this is the case.

Producer: Paula McGinley.


MON 07:00 55 and Over (b01nxh1h)
Episode 2

Ray and Jane are both starting over with new paramours half their age. Despite the age gap it seems older does not always mean wiser.

Apparently it's not only teenagers that act like love-struck, tongue-tied fools.

Juliet Stevenson and Philip Jackson star in Peter Souter's comedy about love, sex and other foolhardy mistakes made by the modern 50-pluser.

Jane ..... Juliet Stevenson
Ray ..... Philip Jackson
Tony ..... Patrick Brennan
Heather ..... Liza Sadovy
Honey ..... Stephanie Racine
Sam ..... Adam Nagaitis
Honey's Dad ..... Robert Blythe
Portia ..... Sarah Thom

Director: Helen Perry

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2012.


MON 07:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (m000blx6)
Series 72

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

The nation's favourite wireless entertainment pays a visit to the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth. Tim Brooke-Taylor and Tony Hawks compete against Rachel Parris and Marcus Brigstocke with Jack Dee in the chair. Colin Sell provides piano accompaniment. Producer - Jon Naismith. It is a BBC Studios production.


MON 08:00 The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket (b04lwyxh)
Series 1

Winter's Backlog of Work

Things are running away with the dear ladies - like the lawnmower.

Starring Dame Hilda Bracket and her lifelong companion Dr Evadne Hinge.

The dear ladies reside in the Suffolk village of Stackton Tressel. This was the genteel setting for three Radio 4 series between 1977 and 1979, with further spin-off seasons on Radio 2 until 1990. In the early 1980s, they expanded over to BBC TV with the series Dear Ladies.

Dame Hilda Bracket ...... George Logan
Dr Evadne Hinge ...... Patrick Fyffe
Mr Greenaway ...... Duggie Brown
Walter ...... Joe Gladwin

Scripted by Mike Craig, Lawrie Kinsley and Ron McDonnell.

Producer: James Casey

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1977.


MON 08:30 Dad's Army (b007jpgq)
Series 2

The Day the Balloon Went Up

Captain Mainwaring gets carried away with the platoon's war effort.

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, Bill Pertwee as Hodges and Frank Williams as the Vicar.

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 June 1975.


MON 09:00 Just a Minute (b01jwk6g)
Series 63

Episode 6

Nicholas Parsons challenges Jenny Éclair, Tony Hawks, Richard Herring and Paul Sinha to speak for 60 seconds. From 2012.


MON 09:30 Huddwinks (b00fsmz2)
Series 1

Voodoo Island

A missionary expedition leads to peril in the far flung Caribbean. Stars Roy Hudd and Denise Coffey. From August 1986.


MON 10:00 James Hilton - Lost Horizon (b00tnrv2)
The Kidnapping

During May 1931, the revolutionary situation in Baskul worsened and Air Force machines arrived from Peshawar to evacuate the residents.

A few miscellaneous aircraft were also employed - among them one lent by the Maharajah of Chandapore. In this, four passengers embarked: Miss Roberta Brinklow, of the Eastern Mission; Henry D Barnard, a US citizen; Hugh Conway, HM Consul; and Captain Charles Mallinson, HM Vice-Consul.

Mysteriously none of them reached their destination.

James Hilton's novel about Shangri-La, the mystical lamasery hidden in the mountains of Tibet.

Three-part dramatisation by Barry Campbell.

Starring Derek Jacobi as Hugh Conway, Andrew Branch as Mallinson, Alan Tilvern as Barnard, Carol Marsh as Miss Brinklow, John Livesey as Rutherford, Sion Probert as Wyland, Alaric Cotter as Hilton, Gary Cady as Sanders, John Bull as the Doctor and Garard Green as Chang.

Pianist: Antony Miall

Producer: Graham Gauld

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981.


MON 11:00 The TED Interview (m000bwqg)
Roger McNamee

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.

Roger McNamee - early investor in Facebook turned outspoken critic - sits down for an extended examination of big tech's missteps, and where we go from here.
A TED original podcast.


MON 11:45 Multi Story Shorts (m000bwqj)
June and Gretel

The story of two girls, one English and one German, whose friendship was formed in the shadow of WWII.

June and Gretel shared their childhood memories with Chris Browning at BBC Radio Berkshire.

This story originally appeared in the BBC podcast, Multi Story - presented and produced by Becca Bryers.


MON 12:00 The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket (b04lwyxh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Dad's Army (b007jpgq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Wimsey (m000bvp2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 In for the Kill (b011j8zb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light (b0150pc2)
Episode 1

In 1906 the body of a drowned woman is found in Big Moose Lake, in upstate New York.

As the story behind Grace Brown's death unfolds, 17 year old Mattie Gokey must chose to between her desire to be a writer, and the excitement of a first romance.

Jennifer Donnelly's debut novel read by Vicki Simon.
Abridged by Penny Leicester.

Producer: Liz Allard

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2004.


MON 14:15 A History of Britain in Numbers (b053721c)
Series 2

Social Security

Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority (2012-2017), brings to life the numbers conveying the big trends that have transformed the shape and scope of the British state.

He looks at what governments through the centuries have spent, borrowed, taxed, regulated and built; and he considers how we came to organise a national life that reaches into every corner of private life, from the delivery of pensions and healthcare to the surveillance of emails or rules about the temperature of a hot cup of tea.

By one measure, the modern British state is roughly 7,000 times bigger than the Tudor state. How and why did that happen?

The story of the state unfolds through muddy fields, smugglers coves and a Victorian village lock-up. Numbers become sound as we hear the dramatic scale of change that has occurred over the centuries.

The evolution of the state may be driven less by party politics than party politicians might like us to think. Although the state's size and functions are a natural subject of fierce political argument, the impetus for the biggest changes has often come from another source - such as war, economic growth, and the power that arises from knowledge.

In this sixth programme, Andrew turns to social security.

Producer: Michael Blastland
A Whistledown production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


MON 14:30 Charles Dickens (b00x5c6g)
A House to Let

Episode 1

Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell's tale of a woman worried about a derelict house. Stars Marcia Warren.


MON 14:45 Book of the Week (b0536jp8)
Mary Portas - Shop Girl

Episode 1

Mary Portas reads her moving, funny account of growing up in a large Irish family in a small Watford semi in the 1970s.

Young Mary is always getting into trouble. When she isn't choking back fits of giggles at Holy Communion, or playing pranks on her teachers, she's gluing together cardboard boxes with her mum and dad to win youth club competitions dressed as a pack of Player's No. 6.

In Mary's house, money is scarce and space is tight. But these are good times and everything revolves around the force of nature that is her mum.

Mary's dad is a tea salesman and she loves tagging along on his sales calls to independent shops, selling everything from Chappie dog food and Heinz soups to Homepride flour and Kellogg's Corn Flakes. And even as a six-year-old, the girl who will one day be known as "Mary Queen of Shops" knows there is a world enclosed in the four tiny letters of the word 'shop'.

Read by Mary Portas. Abridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Hannah Marshall
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4


MON 15:00 James Hilton - Lost Horizon (b00tnrv2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 Just a Minute (b01jwk6g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 Huddwinks (b00fsmz2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 55 and Over (b01nxh1h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (m000blx6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Martin Jameson - Ice (b007jlns)
Episode 1

Swept across the Galaxy, two children must battle the evil Ice Queen, Novod Scaa.

1998 retelling of 'The Snow Queen' by Martin Jameson in three parts.

Michelle ...... Tara Prendergast
Travis ...... Alan Halsall
Novod Scaa ...... Ishia Bennison
Gary ...... Gerard McDermott
Bandit ...... Miles Anderson
Stash ...... Vincent Davies
Roth ...... Bradley Lavelle
Keith ...... Christopher Wright
Headmaster ...... Iwan Thomas
Thug ...... Andrew Whyment
Chaperoning Child ...... Margaret Jervis

Director: Sally Avens.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1998.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b00j4f1p)
Simon Warner and Sophie Hannah

Sue MacGregor and her guests - poet and writer, Sophie Hannah and music writer and academic, Simon Warner - discusses favourite paperbacks by Kurt Vonnegut, Jill McGown and Kate Summerscale.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Vintage Classics

Unlucky for Some: A Novel of Suspense by Jill McGown
Publisher: Pan Macmillan

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale
Publisher: Bloomsbury

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2009.


MON 19:00 The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket (b04lwyxh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Dad's Army (b007jpgq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 New Creatives Dramas (m000bvp7)
Series 1

No Place Like Home & The Entity

BBC Arts Correspondent, Rebecca Jones, introduces the best new audio dramas from the New Creatives.

BBC Arts and Arts Council England have joined forces to give 500 emerging artists the chance to tell the stories they want to tell. New Creatives are aged between 16-30 - and their work is featuring on BBC TV, online and radio.

BBC Radio 4 Extra is the place to hear the very best dramas from these writers new to radio. And the writers themselves tell us what inspired them to explore the world of sound.

In this episode two dramas that inhabit a world of fear. First, in No Place Like Home, written by James Creswell, Lucy must confront some uneasy feelings. Then, in The Entity, written by Luke Beardsley, Matthew fears may be more than the stuff of nightmares.

No Place Like Home
Written by James Creswell.
Featuring the voices of Sophie Cottle, Kim Hicks; music by James Creswell.

A Rural Media Production for New Creatives which is supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

The Entity
Written by Luke Beardsley
Matthew ... Jack Hammett; Lisa ... Malli Rees, Therapist ... Nic Howden.

A Rural Media Production for New Creatives which is supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

More information about the New Creatives can be found on the BBC Arts website.

New Creatives Dramas was presented by Rebecca Jones.
Producer: Peter McHugh for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


MON 20:30 In for the Kill (b011j8zb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 The TED Interview (m000bwqg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:45 Multi Story Shorts (m000bwqj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:45 today]


MON 22:00 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (m000blx6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Bleak Expectations (b00nrrd5)
Series 3

A Sort of Fine Life De-Niced Completely

Pip wants to save the poor and Harry Biscuit wants swans. Mark Evans's Dickensian spoof starring Tom Allen. From November 2009.


MON 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (m000cgft)
Louise Young 1/3

From 10.00pm until midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Harriet Kemsley is your host and chats to the comedian Louise Young.


MON 23:00 The Now Show (m000bs4w)
Series 55

Episode 6

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches. They're joined by Jessica Fostekew, Glenn Moore, Jess Robinson and Luke Kempner.

It was written by the cast with additional material by Rose Johnson, Mike Shephard, Laura Major and Zoe Tomalin.

It was a BBC Studios production.


MON 23:30 Radio Active (b07h1k5h)
Series 5

Wey Hey, It's Saturday

A special train gets named, while Aaron the Aardvark very grudgingly joins the Saturday kids show.

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

Music by Steve Brown, Philip Pope and Geoffrey Perkins.

Written by Angus Deayton and Geoffrey Perkins with John Cantor, John Docherty and Moray Hunter.

Producer: Jamie Rix

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1985.



TUESDAY 03 DECEMBER 2019

TUE 00:00 Martin Jameson - Ice (b007jlns)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b00j4f1p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Wimsey (m000bvp2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 In for the Kill (b011j8zb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light (b0150pc2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 A History of Britain in Numbers (b053721c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 Charles Dickens (b00x5c6g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:45 Book of the Week (b0536jp8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 James Hilton - Lost Horizon (b00tnrv2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Just a Minute (b01jwk6g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 Huddwinks (b00fsmz2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 55 and Over (b01nxh1h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (m000blx6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Wimsey (m000bwxk)
Whose Body?

2. Disappearance of a Financier

Lord Peter Wimsey follows the trail of missing financier Sir Reuben Levy. Is there a link to the body found in the Battersea bathroom?

Ian Carmichael stars as the aristocratic sleuth.

British gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey features in a number of detective novels and short stories by English crime writer, Dorothy L Sayers. Whose Body? was first published in 1923

Classy and sharp-witted, aristocratic amateur sleuth Lord Peter Bredon Wimsey was born in 1890 and educated at Eton and Oxford, before serving in the military during the First World War

Ian Carmichael appeared as Lord Peter Wimsey for BBC Radio from 1973 to 1983, in addition to the BBC TV adaptations that were broadcast between 1972 and 1975

Lord Peter Wimsey......................................Ian Carmichael
Bunter...............................................................Peter Jones
Inspector Parker...........................................Gabriel Woolf
Freddie Arbuthnot.......................................Nigel Lambert
John P Milligan..............................................Blain Fairman
Graves, Waiter and Scoot .........................Peter Williams
Mabel Price......................................................Betty Huntley-Wright

Adapted by Chris Miller

Producer: Simon Brett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1974.


TUE 06:30 Was Gertrude Stein Any Good? (b01r0dys)
Gertrude Stein has been called a genius and an idiot. So which was she? For some Stein is on a literary par with her contemporaries and friends; James Joyce, T.S Eliot, Marcel Proust or Ezra Pound, but for others she's a fraud, the 'eminent idiot' of the Modernist period, writing gibberish and passing it off as art.

There's no doubting the importance of Stein as a creative catalyst. She gathered some of the greatest artists of the 20th century into her circle, offering financial, emotional and intellectual support. Picasso and Hemingway in particular cited her importance to their work.

She spent much of her life working on her opus, 'The Making of Americans', a book likened to Joyce's Ulysses in its scale, ambition and incomprehensibility. Does it deserve re-examination? Is it fair that Joyce is lauded and Stein marginalised?

Poet and presenter Ian McMillan asks if Getrude Stein was any good?

Produced in Salford by Nicola Swords.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2013.


TUE 07:00 Four Joneses and a Jenkins (b007jqmy)
April - All Hands to the Pump

Megan's still keen to escape the farm and study. But her father's not listening. Stars Geoffrey Whitehead. From September 2000.


TUE 07:30 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (m000bmy1)
Series 5

No Rest for the Wrigglesworths

Mr and Mrs Wrigglesworth take a trip down memory lane. And then another trip back up memory lane.

Starring Tom Wrigglesworth, Paul Copley, Kate Anthony and Elizabeth Bennett.

Written by Tom Wrigglesworth and James Kettle with additional material by Miles Jupp.

Produced by Richard Morris

A BBC Studios Production


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b007jlfp)
The Phantom Head Shaver

As baldness breaks out in Brighton, is there a connection to a glut of cheap tobacco? Stars Spike Milligan. From October 1954.


TUE 08:30 Round the Horne (b007k3n2)
Series 3

Episode 3

More swashbuckling for Kenneth Horne as 'The Three Musketeers' continues, a sea shanty from Rambling Syd Rumpo, plus Julian and Sandy go bona cruising.

With Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden and Bill Pertwee.

Recorded at the BBC's Paris Studio in Lower Regent Street, London. Announcer: Douglas Smith

Round The Horne was born out of the demise of BBC radio comedy Beyond Our Ken, after the end of writer Eric Merriman's involvement. Using the same cast and producer, Barry Took and Marty Feldman were persuaded to write the scripts - which led to four series that ran between 1965 and 1968 - packed full of parodies, recurring characters, catchphrases and double-entendres.

Music by Edwin Braden and the Hornblowers and The Fraser Hayes Four.

Producer: John Simmonds

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in February 1967.


TUE 09:00 The Now Show (m000bs4w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Beachcomber... By the Way (b008kkz1)
Series 2

Episode 6

JB Morton's whimsies as performed by Richard Ingrams, Patricia Routledge, John Sessions and John Wells. From August 1991.


TUE 10:00 James Hilton - Lost Horizon (b00tp809)
Shangri-La

Hugh Conway and the others are stranded in the Tibetan wilderness, but a man named Chang comes to their aid. Stars Derek Jacobi.


TUE 11:00 Telling Tales (m000bwxm)
Amelia Bullmore

It’s time to turn to crime on Telling Tales, with the multi-talented Amelia Bullmore.

After studying drama at Manchester University, Amelia landed a role on Coronation Street. It was her first job on television and many memorable roles have followed, including Kay Hope, Head of Sustainability in 2012, Alan Partridge’s Ukrainian girlfriend Sonja, and DCI Gill Murray in Scott & Bailey.

After putting her writing on hold, Amelia was encouraged by Niamh Cusack to write a pilot, when she was pregnant. Though the resulting legal drama didn’t get commissioned, it brought Amelia to the attention of the team behind This Life. She wrote several scripts for the second series, becoming part of a team that won the Writers Guild Award for best TV drama in 1997.

Amelia’s move into crime began with another pilot for ITV: a drama about a fast-tracked female DCI in London, who is compromised by a personal secret. This pilot became a radio drama, set in Manchester and starring Maxine Peake, which eventually ran for five series on BBC Radio 4.

We hear a 45 minute drama from 2012, titled Craven: Looking For Mr King, in which Sue - the titular DCI -investigates a made-for-tabloid murder, involving a rich man, a sports car, and a well-known beauty spot.

Amelia talks about how acting informs her writing, and what she learned from working with the ground-breaking comedian Chris Morris, and later with Sally Wainwright on Scott & Bailey.

We also hear about Amelia’s latest writing project, Traces, a crime thriller based in the world of forensics and based on an original idea by the best-selling Scottish author Val McDermid. It re-unites Amelia with Red Productions, who brought Craven to life for Radio 4.

Made for Radio 4 Extra.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b007jlfp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Round the Horne (b007k3n2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Wimsey (m000bwxk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Was Gertrude Stein Any Good? (b01r0dys)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light (b015bf2r)
Episode 2

The early 1900s, and Mattie is embroiled in a mysterious death, having been given the chance of a lifetime.

As the story behind Grace Brown's death unfolds, 17 year old Mattie Gokey must chose to between her desire to be a writer, and the excitement of a first romance.

Jennifer Donnelly's debut novel read by Vicki Simon.

Abridged by Penny Leicester.

Producer: Liz Allard

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2004.


TUE 14:15 A History of Britain in Numbers (b05375kz)
Series 2

Debt

Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority (2012-2017), brings to life the numbers conveying the big trends that have transformed the shape and scope of the British state.

He looks at what governments through the centuries have spent, borrowed, taxed, regulated and built; and he considers how we came to organise a national life that reaches into every corner of private life, from the delivery of pensions and healthcare to the surveillance of emails or rules about the temperature of a hot cup of tea.

By one measure, the modern British state is roughly 7,000 times bigger than the Tudor state. How and why did that happen?

The story of the state unfolds through muddy fields, smugglers coves and a Victorian village lock-up. Numbers become sound as we hear the dramatic scale of change that has occurred over the centuries.

The evolution of the state may be driven less by party politics than party politicians might like us to think. Although the state's size and functions are a natural subject of fierce political argument, the impetus for the biggest changes has often come from another source - such as war, economic growth, and the power that arises from knowledge.

In programme seven, Andrew analyses the numbers around debt.

Producer: Michael Blastland
A Whistledown production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


TUE 14:30 Charles Dickens (b00x7l7s)
A House to Let

Episode 2

Will discovering the history of the derelict house solve the mystery of the strange watcher at the window? Stars Marcia Warren.


TUE 14:45 Book of the Week (b0537494)
Mary Portas - Shop Girl

Episode 2

Mary Portas reads her moving and hilarious memoir of her early years.

It's 1974 and the world is changing. Glam-rock boys who look like girls are wearing silk and glitter on Top of the Pops, and even in Watford chicken chow mein is all the rage and Oxford bags are making an appearance on the market stalls.

For the young Mary Portas, life is full of opportunity which she'll seize as soon as she's old enough for a Saturday job. She's never happier than when she's singing along to David Bowie songs with her brothers and sister, with backcombed hair and fuchsia eye shadow.

Her mum, a stickler for the rules when it comes to school and church, is happy to encourage her children's self-expression. But this world of chaotic creativity is blown apart when Mary's mother is taken seriously ill.

Read by the author
Abridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Hannah Marshall
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4


TUE 15:00 James Hilton - Lost Horizon (b00tp809)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b069r813)
Series 15

Episode 4

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

Sarah Millican, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Holly Walsh and Katherine Ryan are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as princesses, diets, sauce and paper.

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

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


TUE 16:30 Kalangadog Junction (b09ckrh5)
Episode 3

1956: It's a big week in the junction as everyone prepares to go to the movies, and the Australian town witnesses a version of On the Waterfront unlike any other...

Six-part comedy drama series by Moya O'Shea.

Starring Caroline Quentin as Jane, John Duttine as Thomas, Niall Ashdown as Jimmy, Toby Longworth as Pete, Brian Bowles as Len, Joanna Monro as Madge, Julie Gibbs as Milly, June Whitfield as Phoebe and Moya O'Shea as Gaylene.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1996.


TUE 17:00 Four Joneses and a Jenkins (b007jqmy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (m000bmy1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Martin Jameson - Ice (b007jlp2)
Episode 2

Michelle is convinced her brother has been abducted by aliens. But what would they be doing in Manchester?

Retelling of 'The Snow Queen' by Martin Jameson.

Michelle ...... Tara Prendergast
Novod Scaa ...... Ishia Bennison
Gary ...... Gerard McDermott
Stash ...... Vincent Davies
Roth ...... Bradley Lavelle
Keith ...... Christopher Wright
Bandit ...... Miles Anderson
Sergeant ...... Christopher Wright
Chaperoning Child ...... Margaret Jervis

Director: Sally Avens.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1998.


TUE 18:30 Sounds Natural (b08xr5jc)
Andrew Sachs

Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs shares his life-long love of wildlife with Derek Jones,

Gibbons and White Tigers are among his choice of recordings from the BBC Sound Archives.

Produced in Bristol by John Burton.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1980.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b007jlfp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Round the Horne (b007k3n2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 New Creatives Dramas (m000bwxp)
Series 1

Ivan Uncovers & Dem Times

BBC Arts Correspondent, Rebecca Jones, introduces the best new audio dramas from the New Creatives.

BBC Arts and Arts Council England have joined forces to give 500 emerging artists the chance to tell the stories they want to tell. New Creatives are aged between 16-30 - and their work is featuring on BBC TV, online and radio.

BBC Radio 4 Extra is the place to hear the very best dramas from these writers new to radio. And the writers themselves tell us what inspired them to explore the world of sound.

In this episode we first enter the slightly alarming world of Ivan Uncovers, written and starring Theo Watkins. After that, teenage pupil Samuel must come to grips with a new world of education in Ghana, in Dem Times written by Jacob Roberts- Mensah and Rhys Reed-Johnson.

Ivan Uncovers
written by Theo Watkins.
Ivan Gallows ... Theo Watkins; bin man/jingle announcer ... Tim Wells; Karen ... Sasha Bigwood; Razorthump ... Ben Young; Tom Barker ... Ed Drewitt; Steve Yabsley as...himself; voiceover recordist ... Noah Feasey-Kemp

A Calling the Shots production New Creatives which is supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

Dem Times
written by Jacob Roberts- Mensah and Rhys Reed-Johnson
Samuel ... David Omor; Dad / Mr Anash ... Andy Sarfo; Mum/Mrs Ampofo ... Harriet Eshun; Belinda ... Wini Opoku; Tiwa ... Samuelle Durojaiye; Derrick ... Kobby Parker; Nll ... Julian Ossei-Gerning; Theme song written and performed by Joshua Kyeot

An ICA Production for New Creatives which is supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

More information about the New Creatives can be found on the BBC Arts website.

New Creatives Dramas was presented by Rebecca Jones
Producer: Peter McHugh for BBC Radio 4 Extra


TUE 20:30 Was Gertrude Stein Any Good? (b01r0dys)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Telling Tales (m000bwxm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (m000bmy1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Comedy Club Extra (m000bwxr)
The Circuit

Bent Double

The Comedy Club hits the road to showcase the outstanding clubs and festivals around the UK

The award-winning comic Zoe Lyons hosts Bent Double; the queer-friendly stand-up night at Komedia in Brighton.
Zoe takes us on a tour of the club and chats backstage to the comedians Rhys Nicolson and Tania Edwards.


TUE 22:45 Jelly Mountain (b00fh6vz)
Episode 2

Ivor Cutler's unique views on how to promote a child's growth. Songs and stories, with Craig Murray-Orr. From May 1996.


TUE 23:00 Chat Show Roulette (b05qjypq)
Episode 5

Justin Edwards is the host of the new improvised chat show. His guests are Simon Day, David Reed, Luisa Omielan and Beardyman - with musical accompaniment from James Sherwood.

Devised by Ashley Blaker and Justin Edwards.

Produced by Ashley Blaker
A John Stanley production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 23:30 Think the Unthinkable (b007k4wm)
Series 2

Barrington Comprehensive

The management consultants try reversing the fortunes of an inner city school. Stars Marcus Brigstocke. From November 2002.



WEDNESDAY 04 DECEMBER 2019

WED 00:00 Martin Jameson - Ice (b007jlp2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Sounds Natural (b08xr5jc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Wimsey (m000bwxk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Was Gertrude Stein Any Good? (b01r0dys)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light (b015bf2r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 A History of Britain in Numbers (b05375kz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Charles Dickens (b00x7l7s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:45 Book of the Week (b0537494)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 James Hilton - Lost Horizon (b00tp809)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b069r813)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Kalangadog Junction (b09ckrh5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Four Joneses and a Jenkins (b007jqmy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (m000bmy1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Wimsey (m000bxls)
Whose Body?

3. Lunch at Lady Swaffham's

Lord Peter Wimsey visits Salisbury in his quest for more clues in the mystery of a murder and a missing financier.

Ian Carmichael stars as the aristocratic sleuth.

British gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey features in a number of detective novels and short stories by English crime writer, Dorothy L Sayers. Whose Body? was first published in 1923

Classy and sharp-witted, aristocratic amateur sleuth Lord Peter Bredon Wimsey was born in 1890 and educated at Eton and Oxford, before serving in the military during the First World War

Ian Carmichael appeared as Lord Peter Wimsey for BBC Radio from 1973 to 1983, in addition to the BBC TV adaptations that were broadcast between 1972 and 1975

Lord Peter Wimsey......................Ian Carmichael
Bunter...............................................Peter Jones
The Dowager Duchess...............Patricia Routledge
Inspector Charles Parker...........Gabriel Woolf
Mr Crimplesham...........................Richard Goolden
Mr Thipps........................................Norman Bird
John P. Milligan.............................Blain Fairman
Lady Swaffham..............................Elizabeth Revill
Coroner............................................David Sinclair

Adapted by Chris Miller

Producer Simon Brett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1974.


WED 06:30 Ruby Murray: The Secret Story of Curry (b00rtg89)
The British are mad about curry - 'Ruby Murray' in Cockney rhyming slang.

Alkarim Jivani speaks to curry lovers north and south of the border to find out how curry came to be so intimately linked with the British sense of identity.

Historically, the English have been seen as distrustful of foreigners and wary of foreign food. So the nation's long love affair with curry - which is as much working class as colonial - is a surprising one. Even more curious is how this passion for curry is now recognised as part of the British identity. Vindaloo was the unofficial song of England's 1998 World Cup team - an unlikely battlecry for English football fans. In 2001, Robin Cook, then Foreign Secretary, declared that chicken tikka masala was the nation's most popular dish. Chicken tikka masala is even included by the Ministry of Defence in its operational ration packs to bring the troops some home comfort.

Contributors include:

* Madhur Jaffrey, whose enormously popular 1982 BBC TV series Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery revolutionised British Indian cuisine.
* Michelin-starred chef, Atul Kochhar (Great British Menu, Saturday Kitchen), known for his masterful use of spices and Indian twist to modern British cuisine.
* Namita Panjabi, Group Director, Masala World (Veeraswamy, Chutney Mary, Amaya, and Masala Zone).
* Neil Hind at Defence Food Services, Defence Equipment and Support, Ministry of Defence (Defence Equipment and Support buys equipment and supports the UK army, navy and airforce around the world).

Producers: Catriona Oliphant / Ian Willox
Executive Producer: Simon Berthon

A Chrome Radio Production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in April 2010.


WED 07:00 The Change (b00nxcbs)
Series 1

Lipstick

Carol is thwarted trying to keep George's transvestism a secret. Stars Lynda Bellingham and Chris Ellison. From December 2001.


WED 07:30 Susan Calman Makes Me Happy (m000bpbn)
Episode 2

Taking part in Strictly Come Dancing made Susan Calman happy. Completely, totally happy. And having lived with anxiety for so long, it was something of a surprise to discover something new that gave her feelings of joy. So, in Susan Calman Makes Me Happy, she explores and explains the other things in life that bring her happiness.

This week, aided and abetted by her studio audience and wife Lee, Susan presents a love letter to the gogglebox. From the enormous rented behemoth of her childhood through to the modern day box-set you can watch on your phone anywhere you like, television has been an ever-present comfort and teacher for her.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.
Written by Susan Calman and Jon Hunter

Production Co-ordinator: Tamara Shilham

A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b00j1wj3)
Series 3

The Pet Dog

The lad buys Andree a puppy for her birthday, but to his alarm - it won't stop growing!

Starring Tony Hancock, Bill Kerr, Sidney James, Andree Melly 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 October 1955.


WED 08:30 Listen to Les (b00cz801)
From 24/07/1983

Les Dawson's line-up including snobby Cissie Braithwaite instructing Ada Shufflebotham on the etiquette of fox hunting.

With Roy Barraclough, Daphne Oxenford and Colin Edwynn.

Music by Brian Fitzgerald.

Scripted and produced by James Casey.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in July 1983.


WED 09:00 Many a Slip (b007js4m)
From 25/07/1978

Roy Plomley challenges Eleanor Summerfield and Gillian Reynolds to battle David Nixon and Tim Rice in the panel game to spot mistakes.

With some tune-twisters from Steve Race.

Devised and written by Ian Messiter.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1978.


WED 09:30 Mind Your Own Business! (b009sczf)
Two Fingers of Suspicion

There's a leak at a secret defence project. Could Brightco be the source? Stars Bernard Cribbins. From January 1988.


WED 10:00 James Hilton - Lost Horizon (b00tp95x)
The Inheritance

Hugh Conway's old acquaintances try to discover if there's any truth behind his Shangri-La adventure. Stars Derek Jacobi.


WED 11:00 Laura Barton's American Road Trip (m000bxlv)
1. Heading West

Using BBC Archives, writer Laura Barton takes to the road for an audio adventure across the USA - from New York to California. In this episode:

‘Travel Talk: How The World Lives’ – New York [1947]
‘Free Spirit’ by Jonathan Raban [1991]
‘American Airwaves’ [1984]
‘Sam Shepard at the Battersea Arts Centre: Cruising Paradise’ [1998]
‘The Green Book’ extract [2016]

Producer: Luke Doran.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2018.


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b00j1wj3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 Listen to Les (b00cz801)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Wimsey (m000bxls)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Ruby Murray: The Secret Story of Curry (b00rtg89)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light (b015n9xs)
Episode 3

Mattie shares a boat with Royal and discovers Miss Wilcox's library. But will she destroy Grace's letters?

As the story behind Grace Brown's death unfolds, 17 year old Mattie Gokey must chose to between her desire to be a writer, and the excitement of a first romance.

Jennifer Donnelly's debut ovel read by Vicki Simon.

Abridged by Penny Leicester.

Producer: Liz Allard

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2004.


WED 14:15 A History of Britain in Numbers (b053bq4v)
Series 2

Infrastucture

Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority (2012-2017), brings to life the numbers conveying the big trends that have transformed the shape and scope of the British state.

He looks at what governments through the centuries have spent, borrowed, taxed, regulated and built; and he considers how we came to organise a national life that reaches into every corner of private life, from the delivery of pensions and healthcare to the surveillance of emails or rules about the temperature of a hot cup of tea.

By one measure, the modern British state is roughly 7,000 times bigger than the Tudor state. How and why did that happen?

The story of the state unfolds through muddy fields, smugglers coves and a Victorian village lock-up. Numbers become sound as we hear the dramatic scale of change that has occurred over the centuries.

The evolution of the state may be driven less by party politics than party politicians might like us to think. Although the state's size and functions are a natural subject of fierce political argument, the impetus for the biggest changes has often come from another source - such as war, economic growth, and the power that arises from knowledge.

In the eigth programme Andrew Dilnot looks at the rise of infrastructure spending.

Producer: Michael Blastland
A Whistledown production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


WED 14:30 Charles Dickens (b00x7fj7)
A House to Let

Episode 3

The derelict house mystery deepens when manservant Trottle finds people inside. But why are they there? Stars Marcia Warren.


WED 14:45 Book of the Week (b053771d)
Mary Portas - Shop Girl

Episode 3

Mary Portas reads her moving and hilarious memoir of her early years.

Mary's family is reeling from the death of her mother – the core of their busy, chaotic, happy household. Her unexpected loss has sent them spinning in different directions, each lost in their own grief.

Her dad has crumpled and Mary knows she must be the one to stop everyone falling into the chasm which has opened in the family. So she juggles A-Levels and RADA auditions with cleaning and comforting her teenage brother.

Will her new responsibilities leave any room for her own theatrical aspirations?

Read by the author
Abridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Hannah Marshall
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4


WED 15:00 James Hilton - Lost Horizon (b00tp95x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Many a Slip (b007js4m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 Mind Your Own Business! (b009sczf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 The Change (b00nxcbs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Susan Calman Makes Me Happy (m000bpbn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Martin Jameson - Ice (b007jlpb)
Episode 3

Michelle comes face to face with the evil Ice Queen, Novod Scaa. Is she too late to save Travis?

Conclusion of the retelling of 'The Snow Queen' by Martin Jameson.

Michelle ...... Tara Prendergast
Novod Scaa ...... Ishia Bennison
Gary ...... Gerard McDermott
Stash ...... Vincent Davies
Roth ...... Bradley Lavelle
Bandit ...... Miles Anderson
Travis ...... Alan Halsall
Thug ...... Christopher Pavlo
Chaperoning Child ...... Margaret Jervis

Director: Sally Avens.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1998.


WED 18:30 The Palace of Laughter (b007svws)
Series 1

London Windmill

Geoffrey Wheeler visits the scene of the infamous Windmill Theatre in London.

Famed for its female nude tableaux, the Windmill was also known as the "comics' graveyard" - audiences being more interested in the girls than the gags.

Barry Cryer, Arthur English, Pearl Hackney and Eric Barker are among those recalling their Windmill days with a mixture of affection and horror.

Series featuring Variety theatres from all over the United Kingdom.

Producer: Libby Cross

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2002.


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b00j1wj3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 Listen to Les (b00cz801)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 New Creatives Dramas (m000bxly)
Series 1

Black Boys Cry. New Coal. Waves

BBC Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones introduces the best new audio dramas from the New Creatives.

BBC Arts and Arts Council England have joined forces to give 500 emerging artists the chance to tell the stories they want to tell. New Creatives are aged between 16 and 30 - and their work is featuring on BBC TV, online and radio.

BBC Radio 4 Extra is the place to hear the very best dramas from these writers new to radio. And the writers themselves tell us what inspired them to explore the world of sound.

In this episode, a man looks back to a fateful day in Black Boys Cry, written by Prince Taylor. In the second story, we enter a bright future in New Coal, written by Stacie Woolsey. And in Waves, written by Scott Brummitt, a teenager looks for solace in the radio.

Black Boys Cry
written by Prince Taylor
voice artist: Kwame Asiedu
A Calling the Shots production for New Creatives which is supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

New Coal
written by Stacie Woolsey
featuring the voices of: George Wilson, Julie Marsh, Sophie Marsh
An ICA Production for New Creatives which is supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

Waves
written by Scott Brummitt.
Sam ..... Eliot Sayers
DJ ..... David Hooper
A Tyneside Cinema production for New Creatives which is supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

More information about the New Creatives can be found on the BBC Arts website.

Presented by Rebecca Jones
Producer: Peter McHugh for BBC Radio 4 Extra


WED 20:30 Ruby Murray: The Secret Story of Curry (b00rtg89)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Laura Barton's American Road Trip (m000bxlv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 Susan Calman Makes Me Happy (m000bpbn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Arthur Smith's Balham Bash (b00ryl05)
Series 2

Episode 1

Arthur Smith invites us into his Balham flat in south London for comedy, music and entertainment.

With his guests: John Hegley, Barbara Nice, Andrew Lawrence and Scouting For Girls.

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2010


WED 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (m000cgzx)
Louise Young 2/3

From 10.00pm until midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Harriet Kemsley is your host and chats to the comedian Louise Young.


WED 23:00 Clare in the Community (m000bxm0)
Series 6

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Clare Barker is the self-absorbed social worker who has the right jargon for every problem she comes across, though never a practical solution. But there are plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker. Or even Clare.

The team at the Family Centre has been shaken around and shuffled about. Clare is now Acting Team Leader, as Irene has job-swapped. And whilst Irene is in Melbourne the team here are joined by Libby – an Aussie and a lezzie, proud to be both, and after Clare’s job.

But it is in the nature of hell to be unchanging, and most of the regulars are present and correct for a further round of frustration, despair, disappointment, team meetings and eleven o’clock cakes at the Sparrowhawk Family Centre.

Clare ... Sally Phillips
Helen ... Liza Tarbuck
Brian ... Alex Lowe
Ray ... Richard Lumsden
Libby ... Sarah Kendall
Simon ... Philip Pope
Megan/Na ... Nina Conti

Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

Produced by Katie Tyrrell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2010.


WED 23:30 The Consultants (b061gtpt)
Series 4

Episode 4

A 'ladies man' sings about his suspect personal hygiene. Neil Edmond and James Rawlings' cerebral sketches. From November 2005.



THURSDAY 05 DECEMBER 2019

THU 00:00 Martin Jameson - Ice (b007jlpb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 The Palace of Laughter (b007svws)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Wimsey (m000bxls)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Ruby Murray: The Secret Story of Curry (b00rtg89)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light (b015n9xs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 A History of Britain in Numbers (b053bq4v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 Charles Dickens (b00x7fj7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:45 Book of the Week (b053771d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 James Hilton - Lost Horizon (b00tp95x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Many a Slip (b007js4m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 Mind Your Own Business! (b009sczf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 The Change (b00nxcbs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Susan Calman Makes Me Happy (m000bpbn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Wimsey (m000c0lp)
Whose Body?

4. Shellshock

When his traumatic past returns to haunt Lord Peter Wimsey, it prompts him to probe a little deeper into an important witness...

Ian Carmichael stars as the aristocratic sleuth.

British gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey features in a number of detective novels and short stories by English crime writer, Dorothy L Sayers. Whose Body? was first published in 1923

Classy and sharp-witted, aristocratic amateur sleuth Lord Peter Bredon Wimsey was born in 1890 and educated at Eton and Oxford, before serving in the military during the First World War

Ian Carmichael appeared as Lord Peter Wimsey for BBC Radio from 1973 to 1983, in addition to the BBC TV adaptations that were broadcast between 1972 and 1975

Lord Peter Wimsey.................Ian Carmichael
Bunter..........................................Peter Jones
Dowager Duchess...................Patricia Routledge
Sir Julian Freke.........................Bernard Archard
Inspector Parker..................... Gabriel Woolf
Cummings..................................Peter Tuddenham

Adapted by Chris Miller

Producer: Simon Brett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1974.


THU 06:30 I Have a Dream (b0395qvq)
In this unique tribute programme, global figures celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King by reading the words of "I Have a Dream."

It is Introduced by Professor Clayborne Carson, editor of the Martin Luther King papers.

Dr Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington D.C. on 28th August 1963.

The readers are:

Congressman John Lewis, who spoke at the 1963 March.
Dr Maya Angelou, American author and Civil Rights activist.
Prof Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Laureate and economist.
Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered British teenager Stephen Lawrence.
Wei Jingsheng, Chinese democracy campaigner.
Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, first female President of Ireland.
John Hume, jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to the peace process in Northern Ireland.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Albie Sachs, anti-apartheid campaigner, judge on South Africa's Constitutional Court.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, first female Head of State in Africa.
Raja Shedadeh, Palestinian lawyer, author and human rights activist.
Ndileka Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela.
Ariel Dorfman, Chilean-American author and human rights activist.
David Grossman, Israeli author and peace campaigner.
Dr Shirin Ebadi, Iran's first female judge, Nobel Peace Laureate.
Malala Yousafzai, sixteen-year-old student from Swat in Pakistan, shot by the Taliban.
Satish Kumar, Indian peace campaigner and environmentalist.
Maestro José Antonio Abreu, Venezuelan educator and musician.
Joan Baez, American musician and activist, performer at the 1963 March on Washington.
Stevie Wonder, American musician, singer and songwriter. Campaigner for Martin Luther King's birthday to become a national holiday in the United States.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2013.


THU 07:00 Ballylenon (b00y8xdx)
Series 8

More News Than Is Fit to Print

Ballylenon, County Donegal. Pop. 1,999 was founded by St Lenon of Padua, when he fell into the river at this spot in 953. Ballylenon is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly with entrancing views of Muckish Mountain, in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe. (Note: Ballylenon is a fictional name, but the other landmarks are identifiable.)

In this society, there exists an uneasy balance of interests. Communication has all the appearances of power, and in Ballylenon, communication means the local Telephone Exchange and Post Office. Both these are firmly in the control of sisters, Vera and Muriel McConkey, who in cahoots with hotelier and funeral undertaker, Phonsie Doherty, would seek to rule the roost in Ballylenon. However, other forces have their own guiding principles, and where the McConkey sisters and Mr Doherty, aided by The Vindicator, would dominate reactionary thinking, a dangerous liberal tendency is championed by Vivienne and Rev. Samuel Hawthorne, and the somewhat unlikely, Guard Gallagher. The antagonism between these camps is only ever thinly veiled.

In this brand new series, Christopher Fitz-Simon takes a jocose but jaundiced look at 1960's Ireland, where we discover
Muriel McConachie , 62. Spinster remnant of a family once active in politics, Muriel inherited the corner shop and, due to her Councillor father's influence, has the Post Office franchise. Known as the eyes of Ballylenon, Muriel, the Honouree Secretary of the Development Association, has a long-term 'understanding' with its Chair, Phonsie Doherty. She is a gentle personality, but misses nothing and can see a midge on a mare's arse in Tyrone.

We also discover, Vera McConachie, 61, Muriel's younger and more forthright spinster sister who runs the 10-line manual Telephone Exchange and is known as the Ears of Ballylenon. Every call goes through her switchboard, its content noted, discussed and any necessary action taken. She also writes the Horoscope anonymously for the Donegal Vindicator.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie [Alphonsus] Doherty. 58. Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association. Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects. His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

If there is a thorn in the side of this trio it is, Vivienne Hawthorne, 30, the former Miss Boal. Bright, breezy, busy primary schoolteacher. Organist and choir-mistress of the Presbyterian congregation. Though seemingly rationalist, Vivienne is secretly much influenced by horoscopes. She is supporter of cultural causes like the music festival and architectural conservation. And though apparently straightforward, she achieves certain aims by devious means.

Ballylenon by Christopher Fitz-Simon

Muriel McConkey -Margaret D'Arcy
Vera McConkey -Stella McCusker
Phonsie Doherty -Gerard Murphy
Mrs Vivienne Hawthorne -Aine McCartney
Rev. Samuel Hawthorne -Dermot Crowley
Kevin 'Stumpy' Bonnar - Gerard McSorley
Guard Gallagher -Frankie McCafferty
Daniel O'Searcaigh - James Greene
Monsignor McFadden - Niall Cusack
Aubrey Frawley - Chris McHallem
Polly Acton - Joanna Munro
Eamonn Doyle - Patrick Fitzsymons
Mr Boylan - Derek Bailey

Directed By Eoin O'Callaghan.


THU 07:30 'Desert Storm in a Teacup' (b043xsl6)
Sitcom set in a parallel world where women are unquestionably in charge.

PM, Eve would really like to launch a missile strike on an evil Middle East dictator who has been using banned chemical weapons. She's very excited about this. But will Parliament back her?

Eve Feevis ... Ingrid Oliver
Sue Brush ... Morgana Robinson
Adam ... Fergus Craig
Tony Props ... Geoff McGivern
Hilary Crench ... Selina Cadell

Written by Arthur Mathews.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


THU 08:00 The Ken Dodd Show (b00hwyq9)
From 19/07/1964

The creature of Invercockieleekie wreaks a special kind of havoc when confronted with Doddy's singing.

Starring Ken Dodd.

With Judith Chalmers, John Laurie, Patricia Hayes, Peter Hudson, Wallas Eaton and Percy Edwards.

Music from The Migil Five.

BBC Revue Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Lockyer.

Script by Ken Dodd and Eddie Braben.

Producer: Bill Worsley

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in July 1964.


THU 08:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00rm4xh)
Series 3

Episode 2

A nervous sex talk - and the fortunes of Moll Flounders.

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

Stars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall and Bill Oddie.

Written by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Phillip Cox and Graeme Garden.

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

Music and songs by Dave Lee, Bill Oddie and John Cameron.

Producer: Humphrey Barclay

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in March 1966.


THU 09:00 Booked (b0783q7s)
Series 3

Episode 5

Ian McMillan chairs the literary quiz with Roger McGough, Mark Thomas, Miles Kington and Dillie Keane. From November 1997.


THU 09:30 Change at Oglethorpe (b007jzwk)
The Thin Controller

Trouble for the rural railway station's new manager when he sacks a member of staff. Stars Peter Davison. From December 1995.


THU 10:00 Drama (b0848rl2)
Robert Louis Stevenson: Terror in the South Seas

The Beach of Falesa

The first of two dramatisations of Robert Louis Stevenson's gripping novellas set in Samoa and written while he lived there.

David Tennant stars as Wiltshire, a trader freshly arrived on a Samoan Island. He marries a native girl, only to find himself tabooed by the rest of the inhabitants.

At the height of his powers, Stevenson tackled the most pressing theme on the islands - the vicious effects of colonialism including slavery, racism, sexual exploitation and the conflict between traditional and modern values. The subjects are as vivid today as in 1894 and these compelling and violent stories feature some of the most driven, dangerous and obsessive characters in fiction. Joseph Conrad drew on these novellas for Heart of Darkness.

Cast:
Wiltshire - David Tennant
Uma - Adjoa Andoh
Case - Dan Mullane
Captain Randal and The Sea Captain - Nigel Cooke
Tarleton and Galuchet - Theo Fraser-Steele

Dramatised for radio by Jane Rogers
Produced and Directed by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4


THU 11:00 Stories by Alasdair Gray (m000c0lr)
Loss of the Golden Silence

A couple discover a surprising way to sustain their relationship, despite their differences.

Read by Paul Young.

Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2004.


THU 11:15 Drama (b06ycn95)
Oliver Emanuel - A History of Paper

A man goes through a cardboard box. Each piece of paper he picks out holds a memory. Pieced together the memories tell the story of an everyday and extraordinary love affair.

Folded into that is a brief, and sometimes fictional, history of paper.

Mark Bonnar and Lucy Gaskell star in Oliver Emanuel's love story.

Him ...... Mark Bonnar
Her ...... Lucy Gaskell

Director: Kirsty Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2016.


THU 12:00 The Ken Dodd Show (b00hwyq9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00rm4xh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Wimsey (m000c0lp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 I Have a Dream (b0395qvq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light (b015yn87)
Episode 4

There are revelations regarding Miss Wilcox and the late Grace Brown, and Mattie receives a proposal.

As the story behind Grace Brown's death unfolds, 17 year old Mattie Gokey must chose to between her desire to be a writer, and the excitement of a first romance.

Jennifer Donnelly's debut novel read by Vicki Simon.

Abridged by Penny Leicester.

Producer: Liz Allard

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2004.


THU 14:15 A History of Britain in Numbers (b053bsfw)
Series 2

Order and Punishment

Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority (2012-2017), brings to life the numbers conveying the big trends that have transformed the shape and scope of the British state.

He looks at what governments through the centuries have spent, borrowed, taxed, regulated and built; and he considers how we came to organise a national life that reaches into every corner of private life, from the delivery of pensions and healthcare to the surveillance of emails or rules about the temperature of a hot cup of tea.

By one measure, the modern British state is roughly 7,000 times bigger than the Tudor state. How and why did that happen?

The story of the state unfolds through muddy fields, smugglers coves and a Victorian village lock-up. Numbers become sound as we hear the dramatic scale of change that has occurred over the centuries.

The evolution of the state may be driven less by party politics than party politicians might like us to think. Although the state's size and functions are a natural subject of fierce political argument, the impetus for the biggest changes has often come from another source - such as war, economic growth, and the power that arises from knowledge.

In programme nine, Andrew explores the numbers around building the state.

Producer: Michael Blastland
A Whistledown production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


THU 14:30 Charles Dickens (b00x58pp)
A House to Let

Episode 4

Trottle makes a disturbing discovery at the derelict house, in a locked room. Stars Marcia Warren and Alec McCowen.


THU 14:45 Book of the Week (b053bsfc)
Mary Portas - Shop Girl

Episode 4

Mary Portas reads her moving and hilarious memoir of her early years.

Ten months after her mother's sudden death, Mary's dad is finally beginning to emerge from his grief. At the Widows' and Widowers' Club, his brylcreemed hair and Night Fever dance moves prove attractive - soon he's bringing his new girlfriend Rebecca to meet the family.

Mary has started a course in 'visual merchandising' at the local college, but she knows her future doesn't lie in anything as mundane as shops – she spends her nights at the Roxy in Soho listening to Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees, The Clash and The Jam, and craves drama and excitement.

Then, one work experience at Harvey Nichols, she begins to see that shop windows can be as theatrical as any stage. They are a performance, a fantasy landscape where anything could be played out.

But just as Mary starts to see a future for herself and an outlet for her talents, the foundations of her life are pulled from beneath her when her father announces his intention to sell the family home and move in with Rebecca.

Read by the author
Abridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Hannah Marshall
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4


THU 15:00 Drama (b0848rl2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 Booked (b0783q7s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Change at Oglethorpe (b007jzwk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 Ballylenon (b00y8xdx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 'Desert Storm in a Teacup' (b043xsl6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 David Garnett - Lady into Fox (b00ck4gm)
Episode 1

Richard Tebrick is surprised by his wife Silvia's new habits - after her sudden transformation into a vixen. Read by Ben Miles.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b03phrwn)
Series 32

Dave Allen chosen by Adil Ray

Comedian Dave Allen is chosen by Adil Ray, creator and star of Citizen Khan. He explains to Matthew Parris how the legendary Irish comic helped shape his own career.

Producer: Perminder Khatkar.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2014.


THU 19:00 The Ken Dodd Show (b00hwyq9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00rm4xh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 New Creatives Dramas (m000c0lw)
Series 1

Chop Chop & The Experiment

BBC Arts Correspondent, Rebecca Jones, introduces the best new audio dramas from the New Creatives.

BBC Arts and Arts Council England have joined forces to give 500 emerging artists the chance to tell the stories they want to tell. New Creatives are aged between
16-30 - and their work is featuring on BBC TV, online and radio.

BBC Radio 4 Extra is the place to hear the very best dramas from these writers new to radio. And the writers themselves tell us what inspired them to explore the world of sound.

In this episode, enter the world of an all female halal butcher shop, in the darkly comic world of Chop Chop, written by Afshan D’Souza Lodhi. And in another story of what might lie beneath, we explore a world of time travel conspiracy theories in The Experiment, by Kitty Clark.

Chop Chop
Written by Afshan D’Souza-Lodhi.
feautring: Marian ... Sharma Walfall; Ameena. ... Shobna Gulati; Taz ... Carla Henry; The Inspector ... Murray Taylor;
male customer ... Sushil Chudasama
A Tyneside Cinema production for New Creatives which is supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

The Experiment
written by Kitty Clark.
Voices of Scott Fortney and Mary Smith

An ICA Production for New Creatives which is supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

More information about the New Creatives can be found on the BBC Arts website.

New Creatives Dramas was presented by Rebecca Jones
Producer: Peter McHugh for BBC Radio 4 Extra


THU 20:30 I Have a Dream (b0395qvq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Stories by Alasdair Gray (m000c0lr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


THU 21:15 Drama (b06ycn95)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


THU 22:00 'Desert Storm in a Teacup' (b043xsl6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Newsjack (m000c0ly)
Newsjack Unplugged, Series 4

Episode 7

Darren Harriott hosts Newsjack's little brother with this week's satirical instalment


THU 22:45 The Goldfish Bowl (m000c0m0)
Series 1

Episode 7

Will their owners reconcile? Liam and Anton get a fish's eye view. With Shaun Prendergast and Hamish McColl. From October 1998.


THU 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (m000cgfx)
Louise Young 3/3

From 10.00pm until midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Harriet Kemsley is your host and chats to the comedian Louise Young.


THU 23:00 Mr and Mrs Smith (b019rpw8)
The Dinner Party

A year into married life and already things are a little creaky. So, following Will's unimaginative anniversary present (a draining rack), Annabelle's signed them up for a course of marriage counselling.

Counsellor Guy mediates a recent dispute between Will and Annabelle, with flashbacks to the events that spawned the argument...

Will Smith's sitcom about a couple in marriage counselling

Will Smith ..... Will Smith
Annabelle Smith ..... Sarah Hadland
Guy ..... Paterson Joseph
Katrina ..... Tracy Wiles
Doug ..... Simon Bubb
Heather ..... Morwenna Banks

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2012.


THU 23:30 Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice (b05rnx7r)
Series 1

Episode 3

Comedian Deborah Frances-White was born in Australia but now lives in London. Continuing her series of true life tales, she recalls her struggles to get back into England and stay here.

In the company of Thom Tuck, Alex Lowe and Cariad Lloyd, she recalls how pretending to marry a gay man, and pay him for it, seemed the only way to satisfy the authorities.

Then, when she accidentally meets the true love of her life and gets married for her visa, Deborah had not anticipated worse troubles looming with both his parents and the Home Office.

Producer: Alan Nixon
A So Television production for BBC Radio 4.



FRIDAY 06 DECEMBER 2019

FRI 00:00 David Garnett - Lady into Fox (b00ck4gm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b03phrwn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Wimsey (m000c0lp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 I Have a Dream (b0395qvq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light (b015yn87)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 A History of Britain in Numbers (b053bsfw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Charles Dickens (b00x58pp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:45 Book of the Week (b053bsfc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Drama (b0848rl2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Booked (b0783q7s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Change at Oglethorpe (b007jzwk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 Ballylenon (b00y8xdx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 'Desert Storm in a Teacup' (b043xsl6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Wimsey (m000c2bx)
Whose Body?

5. Bunter Brings a Letter

In his quest to finally solve the mystery of missing financier Sir Reuben Levy, Lord Peter Wimsey makes a crucial appointment...

Ian Carmichael stars as the aristocratic sleuth.

British gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey features in a number of detective novels and short stories by English crime writer, Dorothy L Sayers. Whose Body? was first published in 1923

Classy and sharp-witted, aristocratic amateur sleuth Lord Peter Bredon Wimsey was born in 1890 and educated at Eton and Oxford, before serving in the military during the First World War

Ian Carmichael appeared as Lord Peter Wimsey for BBC Radio from 1973 to 1983, in addition to the BBC TV adaptations that were broadcast between 1972 and 1975

Lord Peter Wimsey...............................Ian Carmichael
Bunter........................................................Peter Jones
Sir Julian Freke.......................................Bernard Archard
Inspector Charles Parker....................Gabriel Woolf
Piggott/Dr Colegrove..........................Geoffrey Beevers
Dr Grimbold/Sir Reuben Levy..........Wilfred Carter
Lady Levy..................................................Betty Cardno

Adapted by Chris Miller

Producer Simon Brett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1974.


FRI 06:30 The Lennon Visitors (b00v1qzc)
Every year, around 8,000 people from 50 countries pay homage to John Lennon at his childhood home, Mendips. But who are these visitors and what do they seek from an ordinary suburban semi in Liverpool?

Comedian, Alexei Sayle, took the National Trust tour in 2009 and was so taken with its 1950s charm and with the spirit of it, that he's gone back; this time meeting custodian, Colin Hall and finding out what it's like to live in one of the most famous houses in Liverpool.

He also talks to some of those who visited the house when John Lennon lived there - John's cousin Mike; Colin Hanton, the drummer in John Lennon's band, the Quarrymen; and Freda Kelly, the Beatles' Club Secretary. And of course just a few of those 8000 visitors.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2010 to mark Lennon's 70th birthday


FRI 07:00 1834 (b01137b8)
What Century Are You Living In?

Jason Slater is a 21st-century English teacher from Cheadle Hulme who wakes in 19th-century Macclesfield.

In Jim Poyser's riotous comedy of transportation and delight, Jason discovers he's now Tarquin, third son of Lord Belport with a faithful valet, Ned who can't explain what's happened.

He's also acquired a suspicious brother, Henry; a spurned ex-girlfriend, Millicent, now going out with Henry; and an over excited Luddite-cum-cauliflower farmer.

Stars Michael Begley as Jason Slater, Joe Caffrey as Ned, Kenneth Alan Taylor as Hoskins, Mark Chatterton as Lord Belport, James Nickerson as Henry, Toby Hadoke as Luddite and Julia Rounthwaite as Millicent.

Directed at BBC Manchester by Polly Thomas.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2003.


FRI 07:30 Rich Hall's (US) Breakdown (m000bp4k)
Thanksgiving

Join multi award-winning comedian and US citizen Rich Hall as he takes a look across the pond at the current state of US politics.

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

In this thanksgiving special Rich and his co-host, Nick Doody take a closer look at the impeachment process, hear from some Democratic presidential hopefuls and listen in as Trump pardons a turkey...

Written by Rich Hall & Nick Doody with additional material from Sarah Campbell and Mike Shepherd.

The cast includes Lewis McLeod, Freya Parker and Mike Wilmot. Interview Guest Dahlia Lithwick (Host of Amicus Podcast, Senior Editor at Slate)

Researcher: Mandy Baker
Production Co-Ordinator: Candace Wilson

Producer: Adnan Ahmed

A BBC Studios production


FRI 08:00 The Burkiss Way (b007jrnh)
Series 3

The Last Burkiss Way

General Custer tackles his last stand with a battle of one-liners.

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

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

Written Andrew Marshall and David Renwick.

Producer: John Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1978.


FRI 08:30 Something to Shout About (m000c2bz)
Series 3

Episode 3

An attractive new nurse sets pulses racing at the advertising agency.

"A light-hearted exposé of the advertising world!". Set in a London ad agency called 'Apsley, Addis, Cohen, Barbican, Blythe, Giddy & Partners'.

Michael Lightfoot …. Michael Medwin
Janet Harris …. Fenella Fielding
Maggie Tufnell …. Eleanor Summerfield
Mavis Willis … Joan Sims
Adrian Beales …. Nicholas Phipps
Mr Blythe/Various …. Warren Mitchell

Written by Myles Rudge and Ronnie Wolfe.

Producer: John Simmonds.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in October 1961.


FRI 09:00 It's Not What You Know (b0639w41)
Series 3

Episode 5

Which particular football match is Elis James obsessed with? What's Penny Smith's worst habit? What was the worst thing Russell Grant did as a child?

All these burning questions, and more, will be answered in the show hosted by Miles Jupp, where panellists are tested on how well they know their nearest and dearest.

In this case, comedian Elis James picks his radio show co-host, presenter Penny Smith picks her brother-in-law and astrologer Russell Grant picks his mum.

Producer: Matt Stronge.


FRI 09:30 The Phenomenon Squad (b08490hk)
Episode 2

The Beevers are expecting the Devil at No 42. Can Brabazon's squad save surburbia from Satanism? Stars Roy Kinnear. From 1986.


FRI 10:00 Drama (b084tl7z)
Robert Louis Stevenson: Terror in the South Seas

The Ebb Tide

The second of two dramatisations of Robert Louis Stevenson's gripping novellas set in Samoa and written while he lived there. Starring David Tennant.

Three destitute men steal a schooner. They drink the cargo of champagne and try to steal a treasure trove of pearls from a local slave-owning trader.

At the height of his powers, Stevenson tackled the most pressing theme on the islands - the vicious effects of colonialism including slavery, racism, sexual exploitation and the conflict between traditional and modern values. The subjects are as vivid today as in 1894 and these compelling and violent stories feature some of the most driven, dangerous and obsessive characters in fiction. Joseph Conrad drew on these novellas for Heart of Darkness.

Cast:
Narrator - David Tennant
Captain John Davis - Stanley Townsend
Herrick - Rupert Evans
Huish - Charles Davies
Attwater - Nick Sampson

Dramatised for radio by Jane Rogers
Produced and Directed by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000c2c1)
Presenters recommend their favourite podcasts and speak to the people who make them.


FRI 12:00 The Burkiss Way (b007jrnh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Something to Shout About (m000c2bz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Wimsey (m000c2bx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 The Lennon Visitors (b00v1qzc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light (b01683vq)
Episode 5

Will she stay or will she go? Mattie reads Grace's last letter and receives some news from Miss Wilcox. And Royal awaits.

As the story behind Grace Brown's death unfolds, 17 year old Mattie Gokey must chose to between her desire to be a writer, and the excitement of a first romance.

Jennifer Donnelly's debut novel conlcuded by Vicki Simon.

Abridged by Penny Leicester.

Producer: Liz Allard

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2004.


FRI 14:15 A History of Britain in Numbers (b053c3pd)
Series 2

Voting

Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority (2012-2017), brings to life the numbers conveying the big trends that have transformed the shape and scope of the British state.

He looks at what governments through the centuries have spent, borrowed, taxed, regulated and built; and he considers how we came to organise a national life that reaches into every corner of private life, from the delivery of pensions and healthcare to the surveillance of emails or rules about the temperature of a hot cup of tea.

By one measure, the modern British state is roughly 7,000 times bigger than the Tudor state. How and why did that happen?

The story of the state unfolds through muddy fields, smugglers coves and a Victorian village lock-up. Numbers become sound as we hear the dramatic scale of change that has occurred over the centuries.

The evolution of the state may be driven less by party politics than party politicians might like us to think. Although the state's size and functions are a natural subject of fierce political argument, the impetus for the biggest changes has often come from another source - such as war, economic growth, and the power that arises from knowledge.

In the final programme of the series, Andrew turns his attention to enfranchisement.

Producer: Michael Blastland
A Whistledown production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


FRI 14:30 Charles Dickens (b00x544m)
A House to Let

Episode 5

The derelict house finally reveals its sad secrets, but Trottle is determined to make it a happy ending. Stars Marcia Warren.


FRI 14:45 Book of the Week (b053c3nw)
Mary Portas - Shop Girl

Episode 5

Mary Portas reads her moving and hilarious memoir of her early years.

Mary has finally found her calling as a window dresser at Harrods. Under Berge, the Armenian Rudolf Nureyev/Freddie Mercury look-alike who's known as Queen of the Store, she learns to create windows which will make dreams become reality and entice customers over the threshold into the magic kingdom.

She thrives in the frenetic, creative environment, but now that her dad has sold the family home to move in with his new wife, she's always desperate for money and lonely in her tiny flat.

Then, one night, her step mother turns up - with shocking news.

Read by the author
Abridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Hannah Marshall
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4


FRI 15:00 Drama (b084tl7z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 It's Not What You Know (b0639w41)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 The Phenomenon Squad (b08490hk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 1834 (b01137b8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Rich Hall's (US) Breakdown (m000bp4k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 David Garnett - Lady into Fox (b00cmz8m)
Episode 2

Despite Mr Tebrick's security for their new home, his wife escapes to begin a new family life in the woods. Read by Ben Miles.


FRI 18:30 Last Orders (b00qpslw)
Episode 1

A celebration of the pub landlord and landlady.

With pubs disappearing at the rate of more than three a day , signalling one of the most rapid cultural shifts of recent times, half a dozen landlords and landladies reflect on life as a licensee and explore what we're in danger of losing besides the beer and the buildings.
This rueful view from behind the bar includes reflections on the qualities of a good landlord or landlady; their role as community confessional and settler of tap room fights, dispenser of best bitter and pearls of wisdom.

We hear from old hands like Barbara, an ex-Bunny girl who runs the Grapes in London's Limehouse; Tetley Dave who fought a battle to keep the Shoulder of Mutton from closing in Castleford; Maureen from the Waggon and Horses at Langsett who's famous for her pies ; ex miner Dennis from Barnsley, whose concern is health and safety; stand-up comedian Toby- who recalls lining up six pints apiece for the miners coming off shift at his auntie's pub in a Yorkshire pit village ; and former Cambridge academic Tim, who's taken early retirement to open his first pub in York - the Pheonix- just as many others are shutting up shop.

How have these landlords and landladies kept their marriages together , living and working on the premises? How much of a tempatation was it to hit the top shelf and go for the optics after a hard day's graft behind the bar? Why do they think the pub can teach the next generation how to hold their drink .And how do they handle an objectionable customer without starting a wild-west barroom brawl?

Producer Lindsay Leonard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2010.


FRI 19:00 The Burkiss Way (b007jrnh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Something to Shout About (m000c2bz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 New Creatives Dramas (m000c2c4)
Series 1

10 Lime Street

BBC Arts Correspondent, Rebecca Jones, introduces the best new audio dramas from the New Creatives.

BBC Arts and Arts Council England have joined forces to give 500 emerging artists the chance to tell the stories they want to tell. New Creatives are aged between 16 and 30 - and their work is featuring on BBC TV, online and radio.

BBC Radio 4 Extra is the place to hear the very best dramas from these writers new to radio. And the writers themselves tell us what inspired them to explore the world of sound.

In this episode we have an investigation in sound - into events that happened in the United States over 90 years ago.

10 Lime Street is written by Myrto Farmaki and is developed from original transcripts from the Society for Psychical Research archive. It reimagines extracts from a series of séances that famously took place in the house of Margery Crandon. The wife of a Boston surgeon, Margery claimed to be a medium, able to channel the spirit of her dead brother, Walter. She was visited by the rich, the famous and the scientifically incredulous.

10 Lime Street
Written by Myrto Farmaki
Features voices of Brent Whitted and Rebecca Crankshaw

An ICA Production for New Creatives which is supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.

More information about the New Creatives can be found on the BBC Arts website.

Presented by Rebecca Jones
Producer: Peter McHugh for BBC Radio 4 Extra


FRI 20:30 The Lennon Visitors (b00v1qzc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000c2c1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 Rich Hall's (US) Breakdown (m000bp4k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Josie Long: Romance and Adventure (b076p08g)
Series 1

Episode 3

Comedy drama about a young woman trying to build a more fulfilling life for herself in Glasgow.

Josie's 32nd birthday has her questioning whether her dream of one day having a family is now unrealistic.

Based on characters from the short films "Romance and Adventure" and "Let's Go Swimming" by Josie Long and Douglas King.

Josie Josie Long
Darren Darren Osborne
Roddy Sanjeev Kohli
Kerry Hatty Ashdown
Eleanor Clare Grogan
Chris Michael Bertenshaw
Mona Rebecca Hamilton
Fraser Chris Pavlo
Genevieve Puja Panchkoty

Written by Josie Long
Producer: Colin Anderson


FRI 22:55 Comedy Club Extra (m000c4dr)
Ones to Watch...

Chris Washington

Chris Washington shares with BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Comedy Club tales of his worst DIY experience and the funniest thing that happened to him as a postie.


FRI 23:00 The Iguanodon (b0075cbr)
Away and Slightly to the Left

Sam Varley is looking for a lift back to the mainland when his boat is wrecked in a storm.

Mr Brook is looking for an unforgettable adventure at sea, after a lifetime in custards.

Neither of them get quite what they're expecting on a boat called 'The Iguanodon'...

A three-part comedy adventure by Paul Lucas.

Starring Paul Haigh as Sam Varley, Bernard Cribbins as Mr Brook, Rosemary Leach as Isabel, Dermot Crowley as Don O'Reilly, John Arthur as the Captain, Patsy Byrne as Harriet and Sally Phillips as Laura.

Producer: Jo Clegg
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1997.


FRI 23:30 The Mel and Sue Thing (b00769ql)
Episode 1

Weird characters and surreal chat from Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins . Featuring Jane Austen's Last Novella and a duet sung by Cliff Richard and Delia Smith.

These days, they're best known as the scrumptious cake-filling between Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood on the BBC's The Great British Bake Off - but in this series, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins return to their radio comic roots.

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2002.




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

'Desert Storm in a Teacup' 07:30 THU (b043xsl6)

'Desert Storm in a Teacup' 17:30 THU (b043xsl6)

'Desert Storm in a Teacup' 22:00 THU (b043xsl6)

'Desert Storm in a Teacup' 05:30 FRI (b043xsl6)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 SAT (b06qms9m)

1834 07:00 FRI (b01137b8)

1834 17:00 FRI (b01137b8)

2000 Years of Radio 23:00 SUN (b007jndx)

55 and Over 07:00 MON (b01nxh1h)

55 and Over 17:00 MON (b01nxh1h)

55 and Over 05:00 TUE (b01nxh1h)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b00j4f1p)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b00j4f1p)

A History of Britain in Numbers 02:15 SAT (b052m5b1)

A History of Britain in Numbers 14:15 MON (b053721c)

A History of Britain in Numbers 02:15 TUE (b053721c)

A History of Britain in Numbers 14:15 TUE (b05375kz)

A History of Britain in Numbers 02:15 WED (b05375kz)

A History of Britain in Numbers 14:15 WED (b053bq4v)

A History of Britain in Numbers 02:15 THU (b053bq4v)

A History of Britain in Numbers 14:15 THU (b053bsfw)

A History of Britain in Numbers 02:15 FRI (b053bsfw)

A History of Britain in Numbers 14:15 FRI (b053c3pd)

A Whole 'Nother Story 05:00 SAT (b0076hft)

Anne Tyler - Ladder of Years (Omnibus) 13:00 SAT (b055fy0k)

Anne Tyler - Ladder of Years (Omnibus) 01:00 SUN (b055fy0k)

Archive on 4 08:00 SAT (b06tky20)

Archive on 4 15:00 SAT (b06tky20)

Archive on 4 03:00 SUN (b06tky20)

Arthur Smith's Balham Bash 22:30 WED (b00ryl05)

Ballylenon 07:00 THU (b00y8xdx)

Ballylenon 17:00 THU (b00y8xdx)

Ballylenon 05:00 FRI (b00y8xdx)

Beachcomber... By the Way 09:30 TUE (b008kkz1)

Bleak Expectations 22:30 MON (b00nrrd5)

Book of the Week 02:45 SAT (b01nf3nd)

Book of the Week 14:45 MON (b0536jp8)

Book of the Week 02:45 TUE (b0536jp8)

Book of the Week 14:45 TUE (b0537494)

Book of the Week 02:45 WED (b0537494)

Book of the Week 14:45 WED (b053771d)

Book of the Week 02:45 THU (b053771d)

Book of the Week 14:45 THU (b053bsfc)

Book of the Week 02:45 FRI (b053bsfc)

Book of the Week 14:45 FRI (b053c3nw)

Booked 09:00 THU (b0783q7s)

Booked 16:00 THU (b0783q7s)

Booked 04:00 FRI (b0783q7s)

Change at Oglethorpe 12:30 SAT (b00mvs9q)

Change at Oglethorpe 09:30 THU (b007jzwk)

Change at Oglethorpe 16:30 THU (b007jzwk)

Change at Oglethorpe 04:30 FRI (b007jzwk)

Charles Chilton - Journey into Space 00:00 SAT (b007jsl4)

Charles Dickens 14:30 MON (b00x5c6g)

Charles Dickens 02:30 TUE (b00x5c6g)

Charles Dickens 14:30 TUE (b00x7l7s)

Charles Dickens 02:30 WED (b00x7l7s)

Charles Dickens 14:30 WED (b00x7fj7)

Charles Dickens 02:30 THU (b00x7fj7)

Charles Dickens 14:30 THU (b00x58pp)

Charles Dickens 02:30 FRI (b00x58pp)

Charles Dickens 14:30 FRI (b00x544m)

Chat Show Roulette 23:00 TUE (b05qjypq)

Clare in the Community 23:00 WED (m000bxm0)

Colin Hoult's Carnival of Monsters 23:00 SAT (b036vtc2)

Comedy Club Extra 22:30 TUE (m000bwxr)

Comedy Club Extra 22:55 FRI (m000c4dr)

Dad's Army 08:30 MON (b007jpgq)

Dad's Army 12:30 MON (b007jpgq)

Dad's Army 19:30 MON (b007jpgq)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 11:50 SUN (b00n5w39)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 19:50 SUN (b00n5w39)

David Garnett - Lady into Fox 18:00 THU (b00ck4gm)

David Garnett - Lady into Fox 00:00 FRI (b00ck4gm)

David Garnett - Lady into Fox 18:00 FRI (b00cmz8m)

Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice 23:30 THU (b05rnx7r)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:15 SUN (b07tzdx0)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:15 SUN (b07tzdx0)

Dostoyevsky - The Friend of the Family 06:00 SAT (b04fxy8d)

Dostoyevsky - The Friend of the Family 16:00 SAT (b04fxy8d)

Dostoyevsky - The Friend of the Family 04:00 SUN (b04fxy8d)

Down Your Way 14:15 SAT (m000bvgs)

Down Your Way 02:15 SUN (m000bvgs)

Drama 10:00 THU (b0848rl2)

Drama 11:15 THU (b06ycn95)

Drama 15:00 THU (b0848rl2)

Drama 21:15 THU (b06ycn95)

Drama 03:00 FRI (b0848rl2)

Drama 10:00 FRI (b084tl7z)

Drama 15:00 FRI (b084tl7z)

Educating Archie 08:30 SUN (b01s4cwl)

Educating Archie 12:30 SUN (b01s4cwl)

Four Joneses and a Jenkins 07:00 TUE (b007jqmy)

Four Joneses and a Jenkins 17:00 TUE (b007jqmy)

Four Joneses and a Jenkins 05:00 WED (b007jqmy)

From the Vineyard 07:15 SUN (b06s80ff)

From the Vineyard 14:15 SUN (b06s80ff)

From the Vineyard 02:15 MON (b06s80ff)

Grandmothers (Omnibus) 14:30 SUN (m000bvgz)

Grandmothers (Omnibus) 02:30 MON (m000bvgz)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b03phrwn)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b03phrwn)

Greater Love (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (b06r9fhy)

Greater Love (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b06r9fhy)

Greater Love (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b06r9fhy)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b00j1wj3)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b00j1wj3)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b00j1wj3)

Hannah Gadsby: Arts Clown 23:15 SUN (b05419l4)

Huddwinks 09:30 MON (b00fsmz2)

Huddwinks 16:30 MON (b00fsmz2)

Huddwinks 04:30 TUE (b00fsmz2)

I Have a Dream 06:30 THU (b0395qvq)

I Have a Dream 13:30 THU (b0395qvq)

I Have a Dream 20:30 THU (b0395qvq)

I Have a Dream 01:30 FRI (b0395qvq)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 07:30 MON (m000blx6)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 17:30 MON (m000blx6)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 22:00 MON (m000blx6)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 05:30 TUE (m000blx6)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:30 THU (b00rm4xh)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:30 THU (b00rm4xh)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:30 THU (b00rm4xh)

ITMA - It's That Man Again 08:00 SUN (m000bvgv)

ITMA - It's That Man Again 12:00 SUN (m000bvgv)

In for the Kill 06:30 MON (b011j8zb)

In for the Kill 13:30 MON (b011j8zb)

In for the Kill 20:30 MON (b011j8zb)

In for the Kill 01:30 TUE (b011j8zb)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SAT (m000bvgq)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 SUN (m000bvgq)

It's Jocelyn 22:00 SAT (b08fgw6f)

It's Not What You Know 04:00 SAT (b062khlc)

It's Not What You Know 09:00 FRI (b0639w41)

It's Not What You Know 16:00 FRI (b0639w41)

James Hilton - Lost Horizon 10:00 MON (b00tnrv2)

James Hilton - Lost Horizon 15:00 MON (b00tnrv2)

James Hilton - Lost Horizon 03:00 TUE (b00tnrv2)

James Hilton - Lost Horizon 10:00 TUE (b00tp809)

James Hilton - Lost Horizon 15:00 TUE (b00tp809)

James Hilton - Lost Horizon 03:00 WED (b00tp809)

James Hilton - Lost Horizon 10:00 WED (b00tp95x)

James Hilton - Lost Horizon 15:00 WED (b00tp95x)

James Hilton - Lost Horizon 03:00 THU (b00tp95x)

Jelly Mountain 22:45 TUE (b00fh6vz)

Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light 14:00 MON (b0150pc2)

Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light 02:00 TUE (b0150pc2)

Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light 14:00 TUE (b015bf2r)

Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light 02:00 WED (b015bf2r)

Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light 14:00 WED (b015n9xs)

Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light 02:00 THU (b015n9xs)

Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light 14:00 THU (b015yn87)

Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light 02:00 FRI (b015yn87)

Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light 14:00 FRI (b01683vq)

Josie Long: Romance and Adventure 22:30 FRI (b076p08g)

Just a Minute 09:00 MON (b01jwk6g)

Just a Minute 16:00 MON (b01jwk6g)

Just a Minute 04:00 TUE (b01jwk6g)

Kalangadog Junction 16:30 TUE (b09ckrh5)

Kalangadog Junction 04:30 WED (b09ckrh5)

Last Orders 18:30 FRI (b00qpslw)

Laura Barton's American Road Trip 11:00 WED (m000bxlv)

Laura Barton's American Road Trip 21:00 WED (m000bxlv)

Listen to Les 08:30 WED (b00cz801)

Listen to Les 12:30 WED (b00cz801)

Listen to Les 19:30 WED (b00cz801)

Listening to Les Dawson 09:00 SAT (b03b2n4d)

Listening to Les Dawson 19:00 SAT (b03b2n4d)

Loud Organs His Glory 01:30 SAT (b0103wyx)

Many a Slip 09:00 WED (b007js4m)

Many a Slip 16:00 WED (b007js4m)

Many a Slip 04:00 THU (b007js4m)

Marcy Kahan - Blithe Spy 16:00 SUN (b00tcsps)

Marcy Kahan - Blithe Spy 04:00 MON (b00tcsps)

Martin Jameson - Ice 18:00 MON (b007jlns)

Martin Jameson - Ice 00:00 TUE (b007jlns)

Martin Jameson - Ice 18:00 TUE (b007jlp2)

Martin Jameson - Ice 00:00 WED (b007jlp2)

Martin Jameson - Ice 18:00 WED (b007jlpb)

Martin Jameson - Ice 00:00 THU (b007jlpb)

Melissa Murray - Pass the Parcel 03:00 SAT (b0076vh0)

Mind Your Own Business! 09:30 WED (b009sczf)

Mind Your Own Business! 16:30 WED (b009sczf)

Mind Your Own Business! 04:30 THU (b009sczf)

Mr and Mrs Smith 23:00 THU (b019rpw8)

Multi Story Shorts 11:45 MON (m000bwqj)

Multi Story Shorts 21:45 MON (m000bwqj)

New Creatives Dramas 20:00 MON (m000bvp7)

New Creatives Dramas 20:00 TUE (m000bwxp)

New Creatives Dramas 20:00 WED (m000bxly)

New Creatives Dramas 20:00 THU (m000c0lw)

New Creatives Dramas 20:00 FRI (m000c2c4)

Newsjack 22:30 THU (m000c0ly)

Nick Fisher - Playing With Dracula 18:00 SUN (b08pn328)

Nick Fisher - Playing With Dracula 00:00 MON (b08pn328)

Off the Page 00:30 SAT (b0076qbj)

Paul Temple 01:00 SAT (b007jsm0)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m000c2c1)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m000c2c1)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m000bvh4)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m000bvh4)

Radio 9 23:30 SUN (b04g429s)

Radio Active 23:30 MON (b07h1k5h)

Reimagining the City 07:30 SAT (b01q7fjn)

Reimagining the City 17:30 SAT (b01q7fjn)

Reimagining the City 05:30 SUN (b01q7fjn)

Revolting People 22:30 SAT (b00wlrp5)

Rich Hall's (US) Breakdown 05:30 SAT (m0006dtt)

Rich Hall's (US) Breakdown 07:30 FRI (m000bp4k)

Rich Hall's (US) Breakdown 17:30 FRI (m000bp4k)

Rich Hall's (US) Breakdown 22:00 FRI (m000bp4k)

Ross Noble Goes Global 23:30 SAT (b01c6txd)

Round the Horne 08:30 TUE (b007k3n2)

Round the Horne 12:30 TUE (b007k3n2)

Round the Horne 19:30 TUE (b007k3n2)

Ruby Murray: The Secret Story of Curry 06:30 WED (b00rtg89)

Ruby Murray: The Secret Story of Curry 13:30 WED (b00rtg89)

Ruby Murray: The Secret Story of Curry 20:30 WED (b00rtg89)

Ruby Murray: The Secret Story of Curry 01:30 THU (b00rtg89)

Something to Shout About 08:30 FRI (m000c2bz)

Something to Shout About 12:30 FRI (m000c2bz)

Something to Shout About 19:30 FRI (m000c2bz)

Sounds Natural 18:30 TUE (b08xr5jc)

Sounds Natural 00:30 WED (b08xr5jc)

Start/Stop 07:30 SUN (b07pjkhr)

Start/Stop 17:30 SUN (b07pjkhr)

Start/Stop 22:00 SUN (b07pjkhr)

Start/Stop 05:30 MON (b07pjkhr)

Stephen Gallagher - The Visitor's Book 18:45 SUN (b092g86j)

Stephen Gallagher - The Visitor's Book 00:45 MON (b092g86j)

Stories by Alasdair Gray 11:00 THU (m000c0lr)

Stories by Alasdair Gray 21:00 THU (m000c0lr)

Susan Calman Makes Me Happy 07:30 WED (m000bpbn)

Susan Calman Makes Me Happy 17:30 WED (m000bpbn)

Susan Calman Makes Me Happy 22:00 WED (m000bpbn)

Susan Calman Makes Me Happy 05:30 THU (m000bpbn)

Telling Tales 11:00 TUE (m000bwxm)

Telling Tales 21:00 TUE (m000bwxm)

The Burkiss Way 08:00 FRI (b007jrnh)

The Burkiss Way 12:00 FRI (b007jrnh)

The Burkiss Way 19:00 FRI (b007jrnh)

The Change 07:00 WED (b00nxcbs)

The Change 17:00 WED (b00nxcbs)

The Change 05:00 THU (b00nxcbs)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 SAT (m000cdkr)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 MON (m000cgft)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 WED (m000cgzx)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 THU (m000cgfx)

The Consultants 23:30 WED (b061gtpt)

The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket 08:00 MON (b04lwyxh)

The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket 12:00 MON (b04lwyxh)

The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket 19:00 MON (b04lwyxh)

The Goldfish Bowl 22:45 THU (m000c0m0)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b007jlfp)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b007jlfp)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b007jlfp)

The Iguanodon 23:00 FRI (b0075cbr)

The Ken Dodd Show 08:00 THU (b00hwyq9)

The Ken Dodd Show 12:00 THU (b00hwyq9)

The Ken Dodd Show 19:00 THU (b00hwyq9)

The Lennon Visitors 06:30 FRI (b00v1qzc)

The Lennon Visitors 13:30 FRI (b00v1qzc)

The Lennon Visitors 20:30 FRI (b00v1qzc)

The Listening Project 10:10 SUN (b04kfk5n)

The Listening Project 21:10 SUN (b04kfk5n)

The Mel and Sue Thing 23:30 FRI (b00769ql)

The Moth Radio Hour 11:00 SUN (b09g4fdk)

The Moth Radio Hour 19:00 SUN (b09g4fdk)

The Now Show 23:00 MON (m000bs4w)

The Now Show 09:00 TUE (m000bs4w)

The Palace of Laughter 18:30 WED (b007svws)

The Palace of Laughter 00:30 THU (b007svws)

The Phenomenon Squad 04:30 SAT (b083m047)

The Phenomenon Squad 09:30 FRI (b08490hk)

The Phenomenon Squad 16:30 FRI (b08490hk)

The Pulse Glass (Omnibus) 09:00 SUN (m000bvgx)

The Pulse Glass (Omnibus) 20:00 SUN (m000bvgx)

The Remains of Foley and McColl 22:30 SUN (b007jrl6)

The TED Interview 11:00 MON (m000bwqg)

The TED Interview 21:00 MON (m000bwqg)

The Unbelievable Truth 12:00 SAT (b068tsvn)

The Unbelievable Truth 16:00 TUE (b069r813)

The Unbelievable Truth 04:00 WED (b069r813)

Think the Unthinkable 23:30 TUE (b007k4wm)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups 07:30 TUE (m000bmy1)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups 17:30 TUE (m000bmy1)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups 22:00 TUE (m000bmy1)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups 05:30 WED (m000bmy1)

Truman Capote - Breakfast at Tiffany's 02:00 SAT (b0089htv)

Wally K Daly 18:00 SAT (b073h06c)

Wally K Daly 00:00 SUN (b073h06c)

Was Gertrude Stein Any Good? 06:30 TUE (b01r0dys)

Was Gertrude Stein Any Good? 13:30 TUE (b01r0dys)

Was Gertrude Stein Any Good? 20:30 TUE (b01r0dys)

Was Gertrude Stein Any Good? 01:30 WED (b01r0dys)

Who Ate All The Pies? 15:45 SUN (m000bvh2)

Who Ate All The Pies? 03:45 MON (m000bvh2)

Wimsey 06:00 MON (m000bvp2)

Wimsey 13:00 MON (m000bvp2)

Wimsey 01:00 TUE (m000bvp2)

Wimsey 06:00 TUE (m000bwxk)

Wimsey 13:00 TUE (m000bwxk)

Wimsey 01:00 WED (m000bwxk)

Wimsey 06:00 WED (m000bxls)

Wimsey 13:00 WED (m000bxls)

Wimsey 01:00 THU (m000bxls)

Wimsey 06:00 THU (m000c0lp)

Wimsey 13:00 THU (m000c0lp)

Wimsey 01:00 FRI (m000c0lp)

Wimsey 06:00 FRI (m000c2bx)

Wimsey 13:00 FRI (m000c2bx)