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SATURDAY 18 JANUARY 2020

SAT 00:00 James Follett - The Destruction Factor (b007jpbx)
Search and Destroy

Despite the national emergency, landowners try to profit from the deadly Exon strain.

James Follett’s sci-fi thriller starring TP McKenna.

Max Flinders ...... TP McKenna
Denise Exon ...... Rosalind Adams
Howard Rogers ...... Paul Copley
Nurse ...... Joan Matheson
Prime Minister ...... Noel Johnson
Blowers ...... Michael Shannon
TV Presenter ...... Henry Knowles
TV PA ...... Mary Elliott Nelson
Climatorium Technician ...... Rod Beacham
Helicopter Pilot ...... Peter Wickham
Farmer ...... Roy Spencer
Corporal ...... Gregory de Polnay
Sachs ...... Denis Goacher

Producer: David Spencer

First broadcast as 2 x 90 minute plays on BBC Radio 4 in March 1978.


SAT 00:30 Off the Page (b0076qr3)
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned

Matthew Parris, Rachel Royce, Harry Thompson and Libby Potter discuss the dangers of a woman scorned. From March 2005.


SAT 01:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000d94x)
4. Mortuary

The longer Johnny Maxen's search for his estranged wife goes on, the more mysterious her disappearance becomes.

As he reports back to his mother-in-law, there’s a message from Inspector Wardlaw...

Edward Boyd's thriller serial starring Gordon Jackson.

Johnny Maxen ...... Gordon Jackson
Helen Duncan ...... Lennox Milne
Detective Inspector Wardlaw ...... Roddy McMillan
Pete Hodgson ...... Roy Hanlon
Linda ...... Karen Ramsay
John Havergal ...... Eric Wightman
Hannah ...... Irene Sunters

Producer: Eddie Fraser

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in October 1966.


SAT 01:30 Chant (b04lpzz2)
Richard Coles delves into the 1990's when a recording of Benedictine monks singing became so popular it sold in the millions around the world.

If an album of classical music sold anywhere near one million copies at that time, it was considered unusual. For one to sell more than that was unprecedented. Adding further to this phenomenon was the fact that this was unfamiliar music at the time, Gregorian Chant, performed not by celebrity artists who might attract a large following, but by monks from a remote corner of Northern Spain. EMI marketed this album Canto Gregoriano, or Chant as it was named in Amercia, as a unique antidote to stress.

Richard Coles with former EMI employees Kick Klimbie and Jane McCann, retrace EMI's marketing tactics in the promotion of Canto Gregoriano. Professor Adrian North will also be providing insights throughout the programme into the psychology of marketing, exploring what drives people to buy certain things, and how music can impact upon us physically and emotionally.

Richard Coles also takes a trip to the Isle of Wight, where Gregorian Chant is still an important aspect of life at both St Cecilia's Abbey and Quarr Abbey, and questions whether such music is still capable of having any meaning or impact upon our lives in the twenty-first century.

Producer: Luke Whitlock.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2014.


SAT 02:00 Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar (b01qkqv0)
Episode 5

Home from New York, Esther faces a summer in the suburbs and finds herself slipping into lethargy and at a loss.

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953.

With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiraling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, it's a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with great and varied ambitions, confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way, as relevant today as when it was written.

Read by Lydia Wilson.

Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in February 2013.


SAT 02:15 Will Self's Great British Bus Journey (b09qhscb)
Series 1

Last Bus to the Border

Will Self concludes his bus tour of the UK, assessing British identity at a time of rapid change.

His final stop is Derry-Londonderry - on the very edge of the UK - where he speaks to young people about how they see themselves in 2018.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2018.


SAT 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b04bryc0)
Queens of Noise: Get It On

Episode 5

Velveteens' debut single's out. The band love it, the record company loves it and Janice Long "loves it to bits". Will the nation agree?

Conclusion of Louise Wener and Roy Boulter's story about Velveteens - an all-girl band desperate to make it in the days before the digital revolution changed the music business forever.

Rain ...... Hannah Arterton
Sylvie ...... Samantha Robinson
Beth ...... Anneika Rose
Sam ...... Joe Absolom
Herself ...... Janice Long
Shop Assistant ...... Mark Edel-Hunt

Music directors: Brian Rawling and Marky Bates

Director: Toby Swift

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2014.


SAT 02:45 Book of the Week (b05qt729)
The Story of Alice

Episode 5

Oxford gossip is catching up with Lewis Carroll. And while the ‘real’ Alice begins married life in a grand Georgian country house, he remains an object of fascination at Christ Church.

Where did Alice stop and 'Alice' begin?

Wonderland is part of our cultural heritage – a shortcut for all that is beautiful and confusing; a metaphor used by artists, writers and politicians for 150 years.

But beneath the fairy tale lies the complex history of the author and his subject. The story of Charles Dodgson the quiet academic, and his second self Lewis Carroll – storyteller, innovator and avid collector of child-friends. And also of his dream-child Alice Liddell, and the fictional alter ego that would never let her grow up.

This is their secret history - one of love and loss, of innocence and ambiguity, and of one man's need to make Wonderland his refuge in a rapidly changing world.

Drawing on previously unpublished material, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst traces the creation and influence of the Alice books against a shifting cultural landscape – the birth of photography, changing definitions of childhood and sexuality, and the tensions inherent in the transition between the Victorian and modern worlds.

Read by Simon Russell Beale.

Producer: Joanna Green

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in April 2015.


SAT 03:00 Classic Serial (b00772m2)
Leo Tolstoy - Resurrection

Episode 2

Prince Dmitri follows the young prostitute Katerina Maslova to Siberia.

Having been unable to reverse the sentence for murder served in error upon her, he proposes marriage in the hope of redeeming the wrongs he did to her as a girl.

But he finds his proposal contested by a fellow prisoner Simonson, a man who has already made all the sacrifices in life that Prince Dmitri only threatens to make.

Conclusion of Robert Forrest's dramatisation of Leo Tolstoy's last major work.

Katerina Maslova ...... Katherine Igoe
Dmitri Nikhloydov ...... Richard Dillane
Lydia Menshova ...... Vivienne Dixon
Vera Bogovskaya ...... Joanna Tope
Princess Marya ...... Lesley Hart
Anatoly Krylstov ...... Joe Arkley
Nabatov/Ivan ...... Phil McKee
Simonson ...... Tom Brooke
Old Man ...... Finlay Welsh

Director: Lu Kemp.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2007.


SAT 04:00 We've Been Here Before (b00ft41b)
Series 2

Episode 1

Clive Anderson hosts the panel show that pokes fun at events of the past.

Second series of the topical historical satirical panel show setting out to prove that there's nothing new under, or in, The Sun.

Gyles Brandreth and Arthur Smith battle it out against John O'Farrell and Arabella Weir.

Producer: Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2004.


SAT 04:30 The Emerald Green Show (b077ygkd)
Face Value

The show has failed to deliver, but Emerald's too desperate to give up so easily. Her feathers are ruffled when a bright and talented intern arrives.

A vain, ambitious black woman dreams of becoming a chat-show queen.

Lisselle Kayla's comedy series starring Llewella Gideon as Emerald Green.

Tristram ...... Jonathan Firth
Fabio ...... Iwan Thomas
Victor ...... Dean Hill
Eunice ...... Sheila Reid
David ...... Jonathan Keeble
Tanesha ...... Jo Martin

Director: Pam Fraser Solomon

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1998.


SAT 05:00 Reluctant Persuaders (b08kxzvv)
Series 2

Live Young

Welcome back to Hardacre's, the worst advertising agency in London.

Series two of Edward Rowett's award-winning sitcom starring Nigel Havers, Mathew Baynton and Josie Lawrence.

We find the team a little higher up the proverbial ladder. No longer fighting to stay afloat, but now fighting to get ahead, this week the team are confronted with an unexpected challenge - a can of water.

Tasked by accounts manager Amanda with creating a campaign to sell water to impoverished millennials, copy-writer Joe and art director Teddy face an unsettling question - can you convince people with no money to buy something they could have for free? And even if you can - should you?

As ever, they are alternately assisted and obstructed by their washed up creative director and self-professed advertising god, Rupert Hardacre (Nigel Havers) and disinterested receptionist Laura.

Rupert Hardacre ...... Nigel Havers
Amanda ...... Josie Lawrence
Joe ...... Mathew Baynton
Teddy ...... Kieran Hodgson
Laura ...... Olivia Nixon

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in April 2017.


SAT 05:30 The Skewer (m000czy8)
Series 1

Episode 1

A satirical river of sound and a platform for diverse new talent, this is topical satire like you’ve never heard it before. A new open-door comedy for a fresh generation of satirists who don’t write sketches, jokes and one liners, but instead channel their talents into playing around with sound.

Following an award-winning pilot and an award nominated Halloween Brexit special, the "disorentating, dizzying, dazzling" Skewer returns for a full series.

"A freeform assault on the senses.. deeply haunting..an eerily beautiful discombobulating mosaic of spin" - comedy.co.uk

Creator and producer Jon Holmes curates contributions from brand new and diverse talent in a show where the experience is enhanced through headphones, attaching the listener to a late night drip of current events as they melt into the brain, evoking a feeling of drifting off, but with the occasional uncomfortable sleep-twitch.

Sketch-writing has long been the way into radio comedy but, for the new generation of satirists who don’t put pen to paper and instead beaver away on laptops using self-taught skills to toy with the news-scape, The Skewer's guerrilla approach to satire is their new playground.

“If ever there was an audio version of Coldwar Steve, it might well be this! Incredible.”

“Cassette Boy meets Blue Jam. Superb.”

“A whole new genre of radio comedy programme invented right there. Clever, funny and scary all at the same time.”

“Weirdly, hypnotically funny. More please.”

“Pushes the boundaries of satirical radio into the murky depths. The world needs exactly this kind of creative commentary right now. Looking forward to more.”

“With this new show, Jon Holmes asserts his place as king of outsider radio art. Its woozy, punch drunk style operates as a perfect satire of our times. Headphones on and fall down it’s K-hole, friends. Exceptional stuff.” Rufus Hound

Producer: Jon Holmes
An Unusual production for BBC Radio 4


SAT 06:00 Theo (b007jt2n)
Made in Germany in 1908, a rare cinnamon plush bear with boot button eyes - still with the Steiff button in his ear - discovers he’s Lot 107, and the auction is about to begin...

Martin Jarvis stars as Theo in Moya O'Shea’s drama.

Theo ...... Martin Jarvis
Little Tom ...... Thomas Connor
Tom ...... Ross Livingstone
Mr Lonsdale ...... David Collings
Mrs Lonsdale ...... Jilly Bond
Charles Morgan ...... Henry Cormack
Nicholas ...... Jonathan Praeger
Jessie ...... Becky Hindley
Hannah ...... Caroline Strong
Mrs Tyler ...... Zulema Dene
George ...... Alexis Edyvean
Mr McKee ...... Jonathan Keeble
Mrs McKee ...... Linda Regan
Little Greg ...... George Allonby
Young Greg ...... Jack Allonby
Greg ...... Paul Jenkins
Imelda ...... Jane Whittenshaw
Janice ...... Sandra James Young
Mark ...... Gary Bryden
Roland ...... Stephen Critchow
Auctioneer ...... John Turner

Producer: Tracey Neale

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1995.


SAT 07:30 The Voices of... (b07vq2c2)
Marta Sebestyen

The voice of Marta Sebestyen is closely associated with the folk traditions of Hungary and its neighbouring regions.

Through her work with the band Muzsikas, she helped revive the cultural phenomenon of Tanchaz, dance house, which preserved music and dance traditions and, during the Soviet era, provided a beacon for national identity - perhaps most vividly in the dissenters' song The Unwelcome Guest.

Her mother had studied with the folklorist and composer Zoltan Kodaly and Marta inherited her passion for music and village culture, collecting and recording songs from across the Balkans, some of which have found their way onto the soundtracks of films, such as The English Patient and Only Yesterday.

Marta talks about her relationship to the music of her homeland, its political connotations and the quality of the voices of village singers she's most admired.

Producers: Simon Broughton and Alan Hall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in September 2014.


SAT 08:00 Archive on 4 (b072zn42)
The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: Anarchy Must Be Organised

2016 saw the 50th anniversary of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band going “professional” – kick-starting the chaos with a performance on the bastion of psychedelia and avant-garde: Blue Peter.

The legendary Neil Innes looks back at the influence and influences of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and the collision of art, humour, music, language and anarchy that permeated the band’s career.

Archive interviews and performances accompany new interviews with Legs Larry Smith, Rodney Slater, Vernon Dudley Bowhay Nowell, Sam Spoons, and Bob Kerr and contributions from friends and fans including Terry Gilliam, Adrian Edmondson, Kevin Eldon, Diane Morgan, Rick Wakeman and Stephen Fry.

Producer: Laura Grimshaw
Made for Radio 4 Extra

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2016.


SAT 09:00 Braden Back on the Beat (b05vj0c8)
Oldie magazine founder Richard Ingrams presents a retrospective of the pioneering star of TV and radio, Bernard Braden.

Compiled from scouring the BBC Sound Archive and liaising with Bernard Braden's family and long-term friend Gillian Best, this 3 hour showcase features:

* Leave Your Name and Number: 21/07/1950

* Bedtime with Braden: 06/04/1951

* The Ransom of Red Chief: date unknown

* Braden Beside Himself: 04/07/1987

* Offbeat with Braden: 23/09/1978

Born in Canada, actor and broadcaster, Bernard Braden (1916 – 1993) made numerous radio and TV appearances in the UK – many with his wife Barbara Kelly. Braden is particularly remembered as a pioneer of UK TV consumer programmes - ‘On the Braden Beat’ (ATV) and ‘Braden's Week’ (BBC).

Producer: Mik Wilkojc.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in May 2015.


SAT 11:30 Phil Hammond's Bad Golf Day (b00t1tkm)
GP, writer and comedian Phil Hammond spends a day at his local golf club in a bid to understand the complexities and absurdities of the most socially divisive sport on the planet.

With Tom Cox, Professor Richard Holt, Chris Cairns, John Richards, Jenny Butler and Martin Edenborough.

Producer: John Byrne

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2008.


SAT 12:00 Just a Minute (b01mhxnf)
Series 64

Episode 6

Join Nicholas Parsons and friends for the grandaddy of all panel games.

Jenny Eclair, Tony Hawks, Alun Cochrane and Kevin Eldon must talk for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation - a task much more difficult than it sounds.

Tony Hawks describes his preparations for Rio 2016, Jenny Eclair speaks on The Brontes, Alun Cochrane talks about Victorian Inventions and Kevin Eldon reveals how he keeps his body looking that good.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2012.


SAT 12:30 The Goon Show (b007jlsh)
The Last Tram (from Clapham)

London's trams are no more, but boss Neddie Seagoon must pursue the one that got away.

Groundbreaking, surreal BBC radio comedy written by Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes.

Starring:

Peter Sellers
Harry Secombe
Spike Milligan

First billed as Crazy People, ten series of The Goon Show were recorded between 1951 and 1960, but sadly many of the earliest shows weren’t kept in the archive.

With the Ray Ellington Quartet and Max Geldray.

Orchestra conducted by Wally Stott.

Announcer: Wallace Greenslade

Producer: Peter Eton

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in November 1954.


SAT 13:00 Exile (Omnibus) (m000dgm5)
Episode 2

What do you do when your beliefs are condemned by the rest of society?

Adrian Bean marks the 400 year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. A gripping story about one family's journey into the unknown.

The Hargreaves family have fled England to start a new life in America but things are far from perfect in the new Utopia. Elizabeth has to fight for her baby to be accepted, Ben's conscience is troubling him, Saul will have to confront the past and Sarah has had enough of her husband and the rest of the Puritans.

Omnibus of the last five of ten episodes.

Sarah Hargreaves - Louise Brealey
Matthew Hargreaves - Trystan Gravelle
Ben - Joel MacCormack
Elizabeth - Megan McInerney
Blackbird - Ashleigh Haddad
Samoset - Daniel Taylor
Minister - Marc Danbury

Directed by John Norton

A BBC Cymru Wales production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2020.


SAT 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (m000dgm7)
Andre Rieu

Conductor and violinist Andre Rieu chooses ‘Sphärenklänge’ by Josef Strauss and ‘What A Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong.


SAT 14:15 In the Psychiatrist's Chair (b00751vc)
Gillian Slovo

South African-born playwright and novelist Gillian Slovo shares thoughts about her parents' dedication to their cause.

Psychiatrist Dr Anthony Clare's in depth interviews with prominent people from different walks of life.

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

Anthony Clare died suddenly in Paris aged 64 in 2007.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1997.


SAT 15:00 Archive on 4 (b072zn42)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SAT 16:00 Theo (b007jt2n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 The Voices of... (b07vq2c2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Dan Dare (m000dgm9)
Series 2

Prisoners of Space 1/3

Dan Dare, Digby and Peabody have overcome The Mekon’s ruthless robots and staved-off an attack by a rogue human scientist – Blasco - in cahoots with the fearsome Vora. Now, even though there has been no sign of the evil Mekon anywhere in the solar system for some time, Dare is wary.

All seems well until unexplained spaceship disappearances near Venus, an Astral Academy student accidently launching a prototype spacecraft and a purpose designed floating prison all indicate that The Mekon has embarked on his latest scheme to defeat his nemesis.

Continuing adventures based on the Eagle comic strip 'Dan Dare' created in 1950 by the Reverend Marcus Morris and Frank Hampson.

Dan Dare …. Ed Stoppard
Digby …. Geoff McGivern
Professor Peabody …. Heida Reed
Sir Hubert …. Michael Cochrane
The Mekon …. Raad Rawi
Old Timer …. Robert G. Slade
Cadet ‘Flamer’ Spry …. Noof McEwan
Treen Captain …. Alistair Lock
On-board Computer …. Dianne Weller

Original music: Imran Ahmad

Dramatised by Colin Brake from an original story by Frank Hampson.

Produced and directed by Andrew Mark Sewell.

Made by B7 Media


SAT 18:30 Weird Tales (b01ns0yb)
Series 3

Louisa's by Amanda Whittington

When a stranger walks into Louisa's café, the juke box which hasn't played a record for years whirrs into action, the lights start flashing and Louisa is thrown into a world where her past challenges life as she knows it.

Series of chilling plays for winter nights.

Louisa ... Sara Poyzer
Pete ... Paul Rider
Joe ... Gerard McDermott

Producer, Jessica Brown

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2011.


SAT 19:00 Braden Back on the Beat (b05vj0c8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 21:30 Phil Hammond's Bad Golf Day (b00t1tkm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:30 today]


SAT 22:00 The Show What You Wrote (b06s9f1j)
Series 3

Crime & Punishment

John Thomson, Shobna Gulati, Fiona Clarke, Chris Jack, and Gavin Webster star in the themed sketch show made entirely from contributions sent in by the public.

The best ideas have been chosen from thousands of submissions from new writers resulting in a show like no other.

The theme of "Crime & Punishment" features some remarkably literal highwaymen, a door-to-door salesman who is in no way a conman, and an HR policy that shows it's always best to read the small print.

Written by Cassie Atkinson, Tim Craig, Sarah Glenister, Helen Green, Jack Hall, Dai Hill, Joe Hodgson, Gabby Hutchinson Crouch, Rose Johnson, Graham Kilvington, Derek Martin, Steve Nelson, Owen Seddon & Emlyn Williams.

Script editor: Jon Hunter
Producers: Ed Morrish and Paul Sheehan.

A BBC Radio Comedy production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2015.


SAT 22:30 Masala FM (b007jypp)
Episode 3

When one of Auntieji's disgruntled listeners decides to take matters in to his own hands, Khalid may be the only one who can save the station.

Six-part sitcom written by Meera Syal

Starring Sanjeev Bhaskar, Nitin Sawheny, Meera Syal and Nina Wadia.

Music by Nitin Sawhney.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1996.


SAT 23:00 Wondermentalist Cabaret (b00y2f1f)
Series 1

Episode 1

Poet, performer, enemy of all that's difficult and upsetting, Matt Harvey brings his own comedy-infused, musically-enhanced, slightly interactive poetry cabaret to the airwaves.

Recorded in front of an audience in Bristol, he's joined by Elvis McGonagall and one man house band Jerri Hart.

Fellow poets Lucy English and Byron Vincent battle it out with Elvis in a Dead Poets' Slam, while the audience compose their own poem on the subject of Sundays.

Producer: Mark Smalley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


SAT 23:30 Dr John Cooper Clarke at the BBC (b0832rjq)
Series 1

Crime and Retribution

The Bard of Salford performs a selection of poems on stage at the BBC’s Radio Theatre in London.

* 36 Hours
* Kamarad Klaak (All Rise)
* Crazy Mixed Up Killer
* Kung Fu International

Written and performed by Dr John Cooper Clarke.

Introduction by Johnny Green.

Producer: Joe Nunnery

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in November 2016


SAT 23:45 Political Animals (b03mhwd5)
Series 2

Rex and Ron

Ronald Reagan's dog, Rex, reveals that he shared his master's passion for acting.

Another unreliable dog's eye view of the trials and tribulations of Washington living in the White House.

Rex ...... Michael Bertenshaw
West Wing Guy ...... David Seddon

Written by Tony Bagley.

Director: Marc Beeby.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2014.



SUNDAY 19 JANUARY 2020

SUN 00:00 Dan Dare (m000dgm9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:30 Weird Tales (b01ns0yb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Exile (Omnibus) (m000dgm5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (m000dgm7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Saturday]


SUN 02:15 In the Psychiatrist's Chair (b00751vc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Archive on 4 (b072zn42)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Theo (b007jt2n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 The Voices of... (b07vq2c2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Queens of Noise - Omnibus (b04cfft4)
Get It On

It's 1989. All-girl band Velveteens are high on champagne and excitement as they sign their first record deal. Are they on the road to be wannabe flops or Top of the Pops?

In 2012, BBC Radio 2 broadcast a pilot music drama 'Shout to the Top', the brainchild of Jeff Smith with music industry veterans Louise Wener (Sleeper) and Roy Boulter (The Farm) drawing on their own experiences.

And so were born Velveteens, an all-girl band desperate to make it in the days before the digital revolution changed the music business forever.

Migrating to BBC Radio 4, this series picks up the story as the band signs to a major record company. Now sharing a flat and with only pennies in their pockets, the three young members of the band embark on a roller coaster ride on the road to who-knows-where. Calling the shots is their new manager, Sam Shephurst.

Omnibus of five episodes.

Sylvie ..... Samantha Robinson
Beth ..... Anneika Rose
Rain ..... Hannah Arterton
Sam ..... Joe Absolom
Christy ..... Clare Corbett
Alec ..... Damian Lynch
Richard ..... Matthew Watson
Music directors ..... Brian Rawling and Marky Bates

Director: Toby Swift

First broadcast BBC Radio 4 in July 2014.


SUN 07:15 Ronald Frame Short Stories (b08swpy2)
The Waitress at the Glockenspiel

"For two years, ever since she set out West, she has planned what to do..."

A waitress in Berlin serves coffee to her bitterest enemy and imagines how she will get her revenge.

Becky Hindley reads Ronald Frame's short story.

Producer: David Hunter

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1995.


SUN 07:30 All Those Women (b06bhvsr)
Series 1

Episode 2

Jen is driven to compete with Stuart in the parenting stakes. Cue the most fun (and educational) sleepover an eleven year old could wish for. In theory. In the meantime, Maggie would really prefer it if her houseguests would put things back in the correct drawer, and stop leaiving teabags in the sink.

All Those Women explores familial relationships, ageing, marriages - it's about life and love and things not turning out quite the way that you'd expected them to. Every week we join Hetty, Maggie, Jen and Emily as they struggle to resolve their own problems, and support one another.

Comedy series by Katherine Jakeways about four generations of women living under one roof.

Hetty ...... Sheila Hancock
Maggie ...... Lesley Manville
Jen ...... Sinead Matthews
Emily ...... Lucy Hutchinson
David ...... Denis Lill
Stu ...... Chris Pavlo
Pat ...... Katherine Jakeways
Mrs Bell ...... Amelia Lowdell
Freya ...... Zoe Castle
Lucy ...... Hollie Burgess
Announcement ...... George Watkins

Script editor: Richard Turner

Producer: Alexandra Smith

A BBC Radio Comedy production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in September 2015. .


SUN 08:00 Life With The Lyons (m000dhmt)
Coming Home

Returning from a family holiday abroad, Ben sparks confusion when he thinks they’ve been robbed.

Starring real-life American family: Ben Lyon and his wife Bebe Daniels and their children, Richard Lyon and Barbara Lyon.

With Horace Percival, Doris Rogers, Molly Weir, Hugh Morton, David Enders and Roger Delgado.

Life With the Lyons was one the BBC's most popular radio sitcoms between1950 and 1961. It was also adapted for BBC TV.

Written by Bebe Daniels, Bob Block and Ray Sonnin.

BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Paul Fenoulhet.

Producer: Tom Ronald

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1953.


SUN 08:30 Harry Worth in Things Could Be Worse (b09pv7kd)
The Best Policy

Harry finds a wallet and, being an honest chap, hands it in. What could possibly go wrong?

Written by David McKellar and David Renwick.

Starring Harry Worth.

With John Baddeley, John Graham and Miriam Margolyes.

Producer: Simon Brett.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1976.


SUN 09:00 Why Women Read Fiction (Omnibus) (m000dhmw)
Women far outnumber men as buyers, borrowers and readers of most kinds of fiction. and make up the majority of festival attendees, reading group members and online book bloggers.

In this wide-ranging book, Helen Taylor draws on over 500 interviews and questionnaires to explore what, when and how contemporary women read, and why fiction in particular is so precious to them. She looks at how women readers draw on their fiction reading to tell the stories and mark the milestones in their own lives, pass childhood favourites on to children and grandchildren, and forge and sustain friendships. She hears from women about their childhood memories of learning to read, often taught by women in their family or at school, and about how books have become an indispensable part of their adult lives. Her book analyses the special appeal and changing readership for genres like romance, erotica and crime, and looks in detail at the continuing appeal of lasting classic novels like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.

As a male author, Ian McEwan, once said: 'When women stop reading, the novel will be dead.'

Helen Taylor is Emeritus Professor of English at Exeter University, has taught and published widely on women's writing, is a regular chairperson at literary festivals and was the first Director of the Liverpool Literary Festival. Her books include 'Scarlett's Women: Gone With the Wind and its Female Fans', 'Circling Dixie: Contemporary Southern Culture Through a Literary Lens' and 'The Daphne du Maurier Companion'.

The reader, Lucy Briers, has recently appeared in the TV shows Victoria and Gentleman Jack. She played Mary Bennet in the memorable 1995 television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice

Omnibus of five episodes.

Abridged and produced by Sara Davies

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2020.


SUN 10:10 The Listening Project (b0612rj5)
Sarah and Andy – Doctors are Human Too

Fi Glover introduces a conversation betweeen a doctor and her husband about the strain of dealing with life and death every day. Another in the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

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

Producer: Marya Burgess


SUN 10:15 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b083h7vl)
Americans

Gillian Anderson

From Radiohead to Schubert.

American actress Gillian Anderson shares her castaway choices with Sue Lawley

Best known as Dana Scully in The X-Files , her TV role won her two Screen Actors Guild awards, an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2003.


SUN 11:00 Radiolab (m000dhmy)
Series 6

Apologetical

Radiolab explores a sea of sorry-not-sorries - what does it truly mean to make amends? With Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich.

How do you fix a word that’s broken? A word we need when we bump into someone on the street, or break someone’s heart. In our increasingly disconnected secular world, “sorry” has been stretched and twisted, and in some cases weaponised. But it’s also one of the only ways we have to piece together a sense of shared values and beliefs. Through today's sea of sorry-not-sorries, empty apologies, and just straight up non-apologies, we wonder what it looks like to make amends.

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

Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich investigate a strange world.

From WNYC. First broadcast on public radio in the USA in 2018.


SUN 12:00 Life With The Lyons (m000dhmt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


SUN 12:30 Harry Worth in Things Could Be Worse (b09pv7kd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 13:00 Queens of Noise - Omnibus (b04cfft4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SUN 14:15 Ronald Frame Short Stories (b08swpy2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 today]


SUN 14:30 Coming Up For Air (Omnibus) (m000dhn0)
Episode 1

An overweight, married, middle-aged insurance salesman surveys his life while reflecting on the country he finds himself living in. George Orwell's novel is read by Tim McInnerny.

Written in 1939, Coming Up For Air was published just before the outbreak of the Second World War and offers premonitions of the impending conflict with images of an idyllic Thames-side Edwardian-era childhood at the same time as taking a rather dim view of capitalism and its effects on the best of rural England.

The reviews were among the best that Orwell had received for a novel. It sold 3,000 copies - a considerable improvement on the response to his previous works.

Abridged by Ellin Stein
Read by Tim McInnerny

Produced by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4


SUN 15:45 Travels with Bob (b0868vgp)
4. Newham

Paddy O'Connell travels the country with his dog, Bob, talking to the people he meets.

The London Borough of Newham is one of the most diverse areas in Britain. It was once home to Tommy Flowers, inventor of the Bletchley Park codebreaking machine, Colossus. Paddy visits Flowers' former college and wonders why this local hero isn't as well remembered as his colleague Alan Turing.

Producer: Jo Coombs

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2016.


SUN 16:00 The Northern Irish Man in CS Lewis (b007jw8w)
A fascinating journey into the childhood of one of the world's best loved writers.

Geoffrey Palmer stars as CS Lewis, guiding us through his early life illustrating how his Northern Irish boyhood in County Down inspired his magical stories of Narnia.

Written by Brian Sibley.

Young CS Lewis ...... Dario Angelone
Penny ...... Hannah Gordon
Warnie ...... Jack Logue
Lizzie ...... Doreen Keogh
Father ...... Stuart Graham
Mother ...... Laura Hughes
Grandfather ...... James Ellis
Doctor ...... John Hewitt

With Sarah Gordon, Coirle Magee and Patrick Gleadhill as the children.

Director: Gemma McMullan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2002.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m000dhn3)
David Jones and Edmund Blunden

Poet Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's radio poetry archive and selects The Fatigue featuring war poet David Jones and Three Score and Ten Edmund Blunden.

For some years David Jones was engaged on inter-related pieces of writing concerned with Roman soldiers garrisoned in Judaea at the time of the Passion. In this fragment. The Fatigue, the term is used in the Army sense of a fatigue-party detailed haphazardly for a chance duty - in this case, the Crucifixion. Read by the author.

First broadcast on Network Three in 1965.

First World War Poet, Edmund Blunden who battled at Ypres and The Somme, reads his own poems Concert Party and Report on Experience from a broadcast in 1957.


SUN 17:30 All Those Women (b06bhvsr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Ghosts From The Past (m000dhn5)
John Metcalfe - Mortmain

When disturbed Humphrey Child married his young Salome, he took his vows very seriously.

Robert Glenister stars in John Metcalfe's haunting drama.

John Temple …. Robert Glenister
Humphrey Child …. David March
Salome …. Helena Breck
Florence Scrivener …. Ann Windsor
Edward Scrivener …. Ronald Herdman
Heather Fleming …. Gudrun Ure
Andrew Fleming …. Jonathan Adams
Tom Fielding …. John Church

Dramatised by Rebecca Wilmshurst.

Director: Martin Jenkins

First broadcast on the BBC in April 1992.


SUN 18:45 The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains (b06pxm4h)
Episode 3

The reaver realises the dwarf is not all that he seems.

Chilling revenge for a terrible crime is at the heart of Neil Gaiman's multi-award-winning novelette, inspired by a Hebridean myth and originally commissioned by Sydney Opera House for the Graphic Festival with celebrated illustrator Eddie Campbell.

Reader: Bill Paterson
Writer: Neil Gaiman

Abridged and produced by Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in November 2015.


SUN 19:00 Radiolab (m000dhmy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 20:00 Drama (b065rn7t)
Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell

Starring John Hurt. A dying Soho, seen through the eyes of the notorious columnist of The Spectator - plain-speaking drinker, gambler, wit and raconteur. With frequent, very strong language.

Keith Waterhouse's biographical play of Jeffrey Bernard is a recreation of a time in London when poets, painters, artists and writers (Dylan Thomas, Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, and Elizabeth Smart) lived alongside the local Low Life of No Knickers Joyce and Sid the Swimmer, inhabiting the clubs and pubs of Dean Street. Jeffrey knew and wrote about all of them.

The play is set very early in the morning at the Coach and Horses pub in Soho, where Jeffrey spent most of his days, when not 'at the Races'. The Coach and Horses was his 'office'. Jeffrey has passed out in the Gents, missed closing time and wakes up to find himself alone in the pub with the door locked. He spends the night re-visiting incidents in Soho past and present, his childhood, gambling, women, racing and drink - fuelled by vodka.

Alongside John Hurt in the lead role, the cast includes Nichola McAuliffe, Jeff Rawle, Amelia Bullmore and Miles Jupp.

Recorded on location in Gerry's Club in Dean Street Soho.

Producer: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in August 2015.


SUN 21:30 Harry Worth in Things Could Be Worse (b09pv7kd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


SUN 22:00 All Those Women (b06bhvsr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (b06r81v3)
Series 3

The Animal Lovers

Mr and Mrs Wrigglesworth think about getting a pet while Tom plans a weekend getaway.

Series 3 of the sitcom where Tom Wrigglesworth phones home for his weekly check-in with his Mum, Dad and Gran, giving listeners a glimpse into his family background and the influences that have shaped his temperament, opinions and hang-ups.

Tom ...... Tom Wrigglesworth
Dad ...... Paul Copley
Mum ...... Kate Anthony
Granny ...... Elizabeth Bennett

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

Producer: Richard Morris

A BBC Radio Comedy production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2015.


SUN 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (m000dp7n)
Rosie Jones (2/2)

From 10.00pm until midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Plus Arthur Smith chats to Rosie Jones.


SUN 23:00 Lenny Henry's Rogues Gallery (b07c2v2p)
Series 1

The Birthing Project

An alien updates his governing council on a research trip to Earth that ended in disaster.

Series of comic monologues with twists-in-the-tale, written and performed by Lenny Henry.

Producer: Sam Michell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2016.


SUN 23:15 Poets' Tree (b00srg4q)
Episode 4

Paul Hamilton looks at pop music's poetic merits plus a tribute to an unheralded genius. Stars Kevin Eldon. From April 2008.


SUN 23:30 As Told To Craig Brown (b00b71ds)
Episode 4

Craig Brown introduces a mixture of satire, social observation and nonsense.

Narrated by Juliet Stevenson and Steve Wright, with John Humphrys, Ronni Ancona, Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod, Sally Grace, Ewan Bailey and Margaret Cabourn-Smith.

First heard on BBC Radio 4 in May 2008.



MONDAY 20 JANUARY 2020

MON 00:00 Ghosts From The Past (m000dhn5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:45 The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains (b06pxm4h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Queens of Noise - Omnibus (b04cfft4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:15 Ronald Frame Short Stories (b08swpy2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:15 on Sunday]


MON 02:30 Coming Up For Air (Omnibus) (m000dhn0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Sunday]


MON 03:45 Travels with Bob (b0868vgp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:45 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 The Northern Irish Man in CS Lewis (b007jw8w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m000dhn3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 17:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 All Those Women (b06bhvsr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000dghk)
5. Discovery

With his estranged wife missing for three months, Johnny Maxen's search seems to be getting nowhere, until Detective-Inspector Wardlaw makes a shocking discovery...

Edward Boyd's thriller serial starring Gordon Jackson.

Johnny Maxen ...... Gordon Jackson
Detective Inspector Wardlaw ...... Roddy McMillan
Bob Smith ...... Moultrie R Kelsall
Helen Duncan ...... Lennox Milne
Dorothy Havergal ...... Anne Kristen

Producer: Eddie Fraser

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in October 1966.


MON 06:30 Supermarket Symphony (b01293bv)
Nina Perry's composed feature 'Supermarket Symphony' reveals the beauty, musicality and personal stories found in supermarkets over a day.

Specially composed music and the sounds of the supermarket are interwoven with some of the human encounters to be discovered along with the weekly shop.

Amongst stories and rituals of shoppers and supermarket workers, we hear from Michael, a theatrical cheese counter assistant, who now in his 70's reveals his many past lives, and the happiness he finds serving people with cheese; Father Pat, a priest who enjoys the chance to connect with his local community whilst wheeling his trolley down the aisles and Julie who works on the tills, and has a gift for turning a frown into laughter.

Producer: Nina Perry

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


MON 07:00 Chambers (b007jttl)
Series 1

QC at Any Cost

John Fuller-Carp, the Machiavellian head of chambers, is determined to become a QC and will perform almost any moral contortion to achieve his goal.

When left-wing Ruth Quirke, rumoured to be the daughter of a High Court judge, applies to join chambers at Forecourt Buildings, Fuller-Carp's imagination goes into overdrive and a hotline to the Lord Chancellor and promotion seems inevitable.

But will his "New Labour" image amount to anything..?

Clive Coleman’s sitcom about the questionable practices of a group of barristers.

John Fuller Carp ...... John Bird
Hilary Tripping ...... James Fleet
Ruth Quirke ...... Lesley Sharp
Vince ...... Jonathan Kydd
Judge ...... Gavin Muir
Suggs ...... John Baddeley
Brinsley ...... Alex Lowe
Jen ...... Jane Whittenshaw

Producer Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1996.


MON 07:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m000d7pb)
Series 23

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.

Marcus Brigstocke, Lou Sanders, Cally Beaton and Neil Delamere are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as chocolate, the human body, the Netherlands and rats.

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


MON 08:00 The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket (b04t6tf8)
Series 1

Daily Rehearsals

A driving lesson sparks problems aplenty for the dear ladies.

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
Maude ...... Daphne Heard

Scripted by Mike Craig, Lawrie Kinsley and Ron McDonnell.

Produced at BBC Manchester by James Casey.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1977.


MON 08:30 Dad's Army (b007jq38)
Series 3

The Great White Hunter

Captain Mainwaring causes chaos tracking down Walker's purloined silk parachute.

The comic exploits of a Second World War Home Guard platoon

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

Captain Mainwaring …. Arthur Lowe
Sergeant Wilson …. John Le Mesurier
Corporal Jones …. Clive Dunn
Private Frazer …. John Laurie
Private Pike …. Ian Lavender
Private Godfrey …. Arnold Ridley
Private Walker …. Larry Martyn
Mrs Pike …. Pearl Hackney

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1976.


MON 09:00 Just a Minute (b01mqmsb)
Series 64

Episode 7

Nicholas Parsons challenges another panel to talk for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation.

Panellists Paul Merton, Pam Ayres, Charles Collingwood and Miles Jupp join him at the Regal Cinema in Evesham, Worcestershire.

Paul Merton talks about Keeping A Chimp As a Pet; Pam Ayres ponders The Pros and Cons of Knitting; Miles Jupp reveals Three Things He's Given Up Lately and Charles Collingwood explains what Marilyn means to him.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2012.


MON 09:30 Semi Circles (b007jtxf)
Series 2

Charity Begins at Home

Helen and Ben fight the forces of materialism. Can they win when promotion beckons?

The improving story of life and improving times in an improving neighbourhood.

Starring Paula Wilcox as Helen and David Wood as Ben

Written by Simon Brett

Helen ...... Paula Wilcox
Ben ...... David Wood
Mrs Kelly ...... Pay Heywood
Alastair ...... Tony Millan

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1982


MON 10:00 Geoffrey Parkinson - The Annunciation (b06h1nmk)
Are mysterious messages foretelling the Second Coming?

Graham and Myra are a childless couple in early middle-age, living a quiet, uninspiring life in a London suburb. Until one day a series of curious events commence that make Myra begin to believe that she's been chosen for something special - by God.

Michael Gambon and Eva Stuart star in Geoffrey Parkinson's drama.

Graham ...... Michael Gambon
Myra ...... Eva Stuart
Vicar ...... Peter Howell
Doctor ...... Peter Baldwin
Housekeeper ...... Brenda Kaye
First Librarian ...... Leonard Fenton
Second Librarian ...... Josie Kydd

Director: Cherry Cookson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1980.


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m000dghp)
Series 6

Attention Please

Guy Raz explores how, in an age of infinite information distraction, we can pay more attention.

In an age of constant information and infinite distractions, how can we pay more attention to our ... attention? TED speakers explore the battle for our awareness during the digital age.

TED speakers explore stories of inspirational leadership, and what makes some movements more successful than others.

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

First broadcast in the USA on National Public Radio in 2018.


MON 12:00 The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket (b04t6tf8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Dad's Army (b007jq38)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000dghk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Supermarket Symphony (b01293bv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar (b01qlmls)
Episode 6

In a dark episode, Doctor Gordon tries a shocking treatment and Esther tries to take matters into her own hands.

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953.

With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiraling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, it's a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with great and varied ambitions, confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way, as relevant today as when it was written.

Read by Lydia Wilson.

Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in February 2013.


MON 14:15 Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade (b09k1fgq)
Series 1

Cafe Talk

Economist and author, Paul Seabright, begins a series that explores our trading story, from the earliest exchange networks in child-care and food, right up to the modern day. He discusses the links between trade and war, the different phases of globalization, and how the history of trade features major setbacks as well as extraordinary progress.

In this opening episode, Paul visits the Café Bibent in Toulouse to talk about the city's connections with two key moments in the history of trade: Adam Smith and his great book The Wealth of Nations, and the outbreak of the First World War.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2018.


MON 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b063zt9y)
Penelope Mortimer - The Pumpkin Eater

Episode 1

Helen McCrory and Paul Ready star in Penelope Mortimer's stark portrait of marriage and motherhood from 1962.

Dramatised in five parts by Georgia Fitch.

Mrs Armitage is encouraged by her successful screenwriter husband, Jake, to talk to a psychiatrist about her apparent compulsion to keep having children.

Mrs Armitage.....Helen McCrory
Jake Armitage.....Paul Ready
Doctor.....Chris Pavlo
Father.....Stephen Critchlow
Mother......Sheila Reid
Philpot/Dinah.....Rhiannon Neads
Bob Conway.....Mark Edel-Hunt
Beth Conway.....Alex Tregear
Giles.....Sam Dale
Journalist.....Neet Mohan

Director: Emma Harding

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2015.


MON 14:45 The Shepherd's Life (b05r0b35)
Episode 1

Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks's isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations.

It's a life lived according to the demands of the seasons: sending the sheep to the fells in the summer and making the hay; the autumn fairs where the flocks are replenished; the gruelling toil of winter when the sheep must be kept alive, and the light-headedness that comes with spring, as the lambs are born and the sheep get ready to return to the fells.

Through his eyes, we see that the Lake District is not a playground or a scenic backdrop, it's a working landscape that needs sheep and its farmers to survive.

James Rebanks has a huge following on Twitter (using his moniker: @herdyshepherd1) where you can see photographs detailing day to day life on the farm - including his fine flock of Herdwick sheep and, the latest additions to the workforce, sheepdog Floss's ten puppies.

Read by Bryan Dick
Written by James Rebanks
Abridged by Sian Preece
Produced by Kirsteen Cameron

Music details:
Track: "The Nightshift"
CD: Country Escape
Label: BBC Production Music BBCPM031.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2015.


MON 15:00 Geoffrey Parkinson - The Annunciation (b06h1nmk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 Just a Minute (b01mqmsb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 Semi Circles (b007jtxf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 Chambers (b007jttl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m000d7pb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 James Follett - The Destruction Factor (b007k4t9)
World Without Fire

After sparking a plane crash, the deadly Exon plant strain's advancement continues.

Conclusion of James Follett’s sci-fi thriller starring TP McKenna.

Max Flinders ...... TP McKenna
Denise Exon ...... Rosalind Adams
Howard Rogers ...... Paul Copley
Nurse ...... Joan Matheson
Craig ...... Noel Johnson
Blowers ...... Michael Shannon
Miss Anderson ...... Diana Olson
Scott ...... Diana Olsson
Helicopter Pilot ...... Peter Wickham
Farmer ...... Roy Spencer
Corporal ...... Gregory de Polnay
Sachs ...... Denis Goacher

Producer: David Spencer

First broadcast as 2 x 90 minute plays on BBC Radio 4 in March 1978.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b00ktc9w)
Melissa Benn and Terry Deary

Kate Mosse and her guests - journalist, Melissa Benn and , the journalist, and Horrible Histories author, Terry Deary - discuss books by Nuala O'Faolain, Charles Nicholl and Carol Shields.

Are You Somebody? by Nuala O'Faolain.
Publisher: New Island Books

The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street by Charles Nicholl
Publisher: Penguin

Unless by Carol Shields,
Publisher: Fourth Estate

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2009.


MON 19:00 The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket (b04t6tf8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Dad's Army (b007jq38)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000dghk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Supermarket Symphony (b01293bv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m000dghp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 22:00 The Unbelievable Truth (m000d7pb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 On the Hour (b007k4vr)
Series 2

Episode 4

Reports of a right royal shocker, plus Alan Partridge with all the sport.

All the news as it happens, if it happens from the BBC's urgent and incisive news overview.

Savagely satirical award-winning comedy starring Chris Morris.

With Steve Coogan, David Schneider, Rebecca Front, Patrick Marber and Doon Mackichan.

Written by Chris Morris, Armando Iannucci, Richard Herring, Steven Wells, David Quantick, Stewart Lee and Patrick Marber.

Producer: Armando lannucci

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1992.


MON 23:00 The News Quiz Extra (m000dghs)
Series 28

Episode 2

A satirical review of the week's news, chaired by Nish Kumar


MON 23:45 Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science (b00zm0mp)
Series 1

Episode 3

Helen Keen's off-beat but true account of the history of space flight.

With Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane.

* The breathtaking drama of the space race and its evil twin the Cold War

* The brilliant but secret life and tragically banal death of the Soviet Union's best rocket scientist

* The surprising tale of the last man on the moon (so far) and the songs he sang.

Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2011.



TUESDAY 21 JANUARY 2020

TUE 00:00 James Follett - The Destruction Factor (b007k4t9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b00ktc9w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000dghk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Supermarket Symphony (b01293bv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar (b01qlmls)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade (b09k1fgq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b063zt9y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:45 The Shepherd's Life (b05r0b35)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Geoffrey Parkinson - The Annunciation (b06h1nmk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Just a Minute (b01mqmsb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 Semi Circles (b007jtxf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Chambers (b007jttl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m000d7pb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000dhmp)
6. Information

Johnny Maxen's search for his estranged wife, Julia, has apparently ended after a gruesome discovery, but Detective-Inspector Wardlaw sparks off a new search...

Edward Boyd's thriller serial starring Gordon Jackson.

Johnny Maxen ...... Gordon Jackson
Detective Inspector Wardlaw ...... Roddy McMillan
Helen Duncan ...... Lennox Milne
Bob Smith ...... Moultrie R Kelsall
Dorothy Havergal ...... Anne Kristen

Producer: Eddie Fraser

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1966.


TUE 06:30 What Would Jesus Eat? (b00rxjgw)
Food writer Stefan Gates investigates what was on the menu at The Last Supper, looking at a new theory that Leonardo Da Vinci thought it was grilled eels and sliced oranges.

The controversial restoration of Leonardo's masterpiece in 1997 has raised the possibility of identifying the food on the table in the painting. Stefan journeys to Milan to find the reasons Leonardo chose to paint what he did. Along the way he uncovers a long tradition of depictions of the Last Supper, giving an insight into the way Christian attitudes to food have changed.

Though Leonardo's version is the most famous, other paintings of the Last Supper have offered unusual answers to the question "what would Jesus eat", including crayfish, roast pork and even guinea pig, all decidedly un-kosher for what is commonly understood to have been a passover meal. Other paintings of the subject like that of Paolo Veronese attracted the attention of the Inquisition for the inclusion of "dwarves and drunkards".

Stefan talks to historians of art and food and visits the Last Supper in Milan to find out more on what the paintings can tell us about our relationship with food and dining.

Producer: Russell Finch

A Somethin Else production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in April 2010.


TUE 07:00 HR (b00hg6mz)
Series 1

An Appraisal

Caught verbally abusing a client, an angry senior manager faces his HR officer. Stars Jonathan Pryce. From February 2009.


TUE 07:30 Fags, Mags and Bags (b0bfywgp)
Series 8

The Rubington's Doobrery 9000

The hit series returns for an eighth series with more shop based shenanigans and over the counter philosophy, courtesy of Ramesh Mahju and his trusty sidekick Dave. Written by and starring Donald Mcleary and Sanjeev Kohli.

Set in a Scots-Asian corner shop, the award winning Fags, Mags and Bags sees a return of all the shop regular characters, and some guest appearances along the way, from the likes of Moray Hunter, Lorraine McIntosh & Mina Amwar.

In this episode, Ramesh gets his fiancé Malcolm jealous when it's revealed that the Cash and Carry promotions manager, Helena (played by Lorraine McIntosh), fancies him.

Join the staff of Fags, Mags and Bags in their tireless quest to bring nice-price custard creams and cans of coke with Arabic writing on them to an ungrateful nation. Ramesh Mahju has built it up over the course of over 30 years and is a firmly entrenched, friendly presence in the local area. He is joined by his shop sidekick, Dave.

Then of course there are Ramesh's sons Sanjay and Alok, both surly and not particularly keen on the old school approach to shopkeeping, but natural successors to the business. Ramesh is keen to pass all his worldly wisdom onto them - whether they like it or not!

Producer: Gus Beattie for Gusman Productions.
A Comedy Unit production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b012bz13)
The Booted Gorilla (Found?)

A trap must be laid on an African jungle safari, and Bluebottle gets a surprise.

Groundbreaking, surreal BBC radio comedy written by Spike Milligan.

Starring:

Peter Sellers
Harry Secombe
Spike Milligan

First billed as Crazy People, ten series of The Goon Show were recorded between 1951 and 1960, but sadly many of the earliest shows weren’t kept in the archive.

With the Ray Ellington Quartet and Max Geldray.

Orchestra conducted by Wally Stott.

Announcer: Wallace Greenslade

Producer: Peter Eton

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in November 1954.


TUE 08:30 Round the Horne (b00lvz50)
Series 3

Episode 6

Kenneth Horne heads a Bohemian Paris romp and Julian and Sandy report on the latest bona goings on for the Daily Polari.

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 March 1967.


TUE 09:00 The News Quiz Extra (m000dghs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:45 Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science (b00zm0mp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:45 on Monday]


TUE 10:00 Doris Lessing - The Grass Is Singing (b014tvng)
Episode 1

Mary Turner is found murdered on the veranda of her farmstead, her houseboy having confessed to the crime. But he seems to have no motive...

A powerful exploration of racial politics in 1940s Rhodesia.

Nobel Prize winner, Doris Lessing's first novel dramatised in two parts by Tina Pepler.

Mary Turner 1 ...... Alison Pettit
Mary Turner 2 ...... Tracy-Ann Oberman
Charlie Slatter ...... Miles Anderson
Pheobe Slatter ...... Estelle Kohler
Dick Turner ...... Andrew Wincott
Tony Marston ...... Tom George
Denham ...... Don McCorkindale
Moses ...... Nicholas Beveney
Joseph ...... Kennedy Makambira
Samson ...... Jess Philogene
Susan ...... Janine Esser
Monica ...... Suzanna Hamilton

Director: Marion Nancarrow

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2000.


TUE 11:00 Jellyfish (b069h77p)
Jellyfish

A woman takes her son for a day out before the start of school in an exquisite tale set between childhood and independence.

Read by award-winning writer Janice Galloway from her 2015 collection.

Janice previously found success with her ‘anti-memoirs’ THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME and ALL MADE UP.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2015.


TUE 11:15 David Constantine - The Listening Heart (b00769sq)
Summer 1802: Traumatised Ludwig van Beethoven’s life is at crisis point – will he be able to live with his impending deafness?

David Constantine's drama recreates this critical of the German composer and pianist’s life, set against a background of the music he was composing at the time.

Beethoven ...... Robert Glenister
Casimir ...... Jamie Glover
Juliet ...... Anastasia Hille

Violinist: Sue Lynn
Pianist: David Owen Norris

Director: Elizabeth Burke

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2002.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b012bz13)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Round the Horne (b00lvz50)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000dhmp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 What Would Jesus Eat? (b00rxjgw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar (b01qm4q2)
Episode 7

A new hospital and a new doctor - finally Esther finds someone who understands and offers hope.

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953.

With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiraling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, it's a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with great and varied ambitions, confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way, as relevant today as when it was written.

Read by Lydia Wilson.

Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in February 2013.


TUE 14:15 Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade (b09k6pmx)
Series 1

Early Exchanges

Paul Seabright examines how goods and services were exchanged in our earliest history.

He talks to the primatologist Sarah Hardy about hunter-gatherer child-care arrangements, and what they teach us about the willingness of human beings to trade. And in New Zealand, Paul meets the historian Kerry Howe to learn about the origins of early trade networks across the Pacific Ocean.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2018.


TUE 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b0640j5h)
Penelope Mortimer - The Pumpkin Eater

Episode 2

When Jake returns from a shoot in Africa, Mrs Armitage throws a party for his film colleagues.

Helen McCrory and Paul Ready star in Penelope Mortimer's stark portrait of marriage and motherhood from 1962.

Dramatised by Georgia Fitch.

Mrs Armitage.....Helen McCrory
Jake Armitage.....Paul Ready
Doctor.....Chris Pavlo
Father.....Stephen Critchlow
Mother......Sheila Reid
Philpot/Dinah.....Rhiannon Neads
Bob Conway.....Mark Edel-Hunt
Beth Conway.....Alex Tregear
Giles.....Sam Dale
Journalist.....Neet Mohan

Director: Emma Harding

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2015.


TUE 14:45 The Shepherd's Life (b05r3tcz)
Episode 2

After his grandfather's death, James Rebanks's family face a difficult financial decision about the farm.

James Rebanks is the first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations.

An increasingly marginalised and precarious livelihood - it costs £1 to sheer a sheep, yet each fleece is worth only 40p - Rebanks' anger at the way small farmers are treated, and his passion for continuing his ancestors way of life, is palpable. Through his eyes, we see that the Lake District is not a playground or a scenic backdrop, it's a working landscape that needs sheep and its farmers to survive.

James Rebanks has a huge following on Twitter @herdyshepherd1 where you can see photographs detailing day to day life on the farm - including his fine flock of Herdwick sheep and, the latest additions to the workforce, sheepdog Floss's ten puppies.

Read by Bryan Dick

Written by James Rebanks
Abridged by Sian Preece

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2015.


TUE 15:00 Doris Lessing - The Grass Is Singing (b014tvng)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 Jest a Minute (b012yngz)
Series 1

Episode 4

Justin Moorhouse, Alun Cochrane, Chris Corcoran and Tom Wrigglesworth join Rhod Gilbert in the comedy quiz. From September 2006.


TUE 16:30 Odd Balls (b007608c)
Stan Rooker - Night Receptionist

Late one Saturday night, good Samaritan, Wilfred Parkin brings a man with a strange problem to the hospital reception. But Stan Rooker seems strangely reluctant to call the doctor.

One of four character based comedies by Don Howarth.

Stan Rooker ...... Terry Malloy
Wilfrid Parkin ...... Paul Copley
Knight ...... Barry Farrimond

Director: Julie Beckett

Producer: Sue Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2001.


TUE 17:00 HR (b00hg6mz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Fags, Mags and Bags (b0bfywgp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Fantastic Journeys (b00h73hy)
The Door in the Wall by HG Wells

Daydreamer Lionel Wallace’s encounters with an unlocked door as a young child continue to prey on his mind as an adult.

At different times in his life, the door temptingly reappears. But when a golden opportunity arrives, is Lionel brave enough to turn his back on the world he knows for a better life?

Anton Lesser reads HG Wells' story.

Some of the best sci-fi/fantasy writers in a series of fantastic journeys featuring flights of fancy, time travel, magical transporters and alternate realities.

Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in February 2009.


TUE 18:30 Pioneers (b00xxd41)
Series 1

Michael Cashman

Eastenders' star Michael Cashman on the explosive moment he helped make history when UK TV saw its first gay kiss.

A kiss which led to not just public and political controversy, but terrifying personal consequences for Cashman in the form of death threats and attacks on his home.

Michael tells Clare English about the social and political landscape of 1987 and why that brief encounter between the soap character he played, Colin Russell, and market trader Barry Clark would prove momentous for so many of the people involved.

Producer: Philip Sime

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b012bz13)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Round the Horne (b00lvz50)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000dhmp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 What Would Jesus Eat? (b00rxjgw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Jellyfish (b069h77p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 21:15 David Constantine - The Listening Heart (b00769sq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


TUE 22:00 Fags, Mags and Bags (b0bfywgp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Sketchorama (b062nrxn)
Series 4

Episode 3

Frisky & Mannish, Thünderbards and Lazy Susan.

Award winning actress and comedian Isy Suttie presents the pick of the best live sketch groups currently performing on the UK comedy circuit

Every show spotlights three up and coming groups featuring character, improv, broken and musical sketch comedy.

There are so many incredibly talented and inventive sketch groups on the British Comedy scene but with no dedicated broadcast format. Sketchorama aims to bring hidden gems and established live acts to the airwaves.

Producer: Gus Beattie

A Comedy Unit production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in July 2015.


TUE 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (m000dpb7)
Stephen K Amos (1/3)

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


TUE 23:00 Vent (b01g98f4)
Series 3

When Was the Last Time You Saw Your Godfather?

Ben is invited to be a godfather to an ex-girlfriend's baby, which doesn't impress Mary and there's a showdown on the stairlift.

Meanwhile, St Paul gives him some tips on responsibility and where to get the best olives.

Dark sitcom about a man in a coma, travelling through the distinctly odd landscape of his own unconscious mind.

Written by Nigel Smith.

Ben ...... Neil Pearson
Mary ...... Fiona Allen
Mum ...... Josie Lawrence
Blitz ...... Leslie Ash
Nurse ...... Jo Martin
Derek ...... Stephen Frost
Marley ...... Spencer Brown
Bea ...... Scarlett Milburn-Smith
Karl ...... Matthew Kelly
Sophie ...... Abigail Burdess
Priest ...... Richard Johnson

Director: Nigel Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2009.


TUE 23:30 A Look Back at the Nineties (b007jqpw)
1997

A new breed of dog, the forgotten hostage, and 20 irritating noises of today.

Recorded in 1993 - Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Steve Coogan "look back" at 1997 - a year that was yet to happen.

A satirical review set on New Year's Eve 1999 - the Sony Gold award-winning comedy recalls the events from 1995 to 1999.

Predicted by 'Spitting Image' writers Mark Burton, John O'Farrell and Pete Sinclair.

Producer: Caroline Leddy

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1993.



WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY 2020

WED 00:00 Fantastic Journeys (b00h73hy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Pioneers (b00xxd41)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000dhmp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 What Would Jesus Eat? (b00rxjgw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar (b01qm4q2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade (b09k6pmx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b0640j5h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:45 The Shepherd's Life (b05r3tcz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Doris Lessing - The Grass Is Singing (b014tvng)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Jest a Minute (b012yngz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Odd Balls (b007608c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 HR (b00hg6mz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Fags, Mags and Bags (b0bfywgp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000djpc)
7. Desperation

Johnny Maxen is under suspicion for the murder of his estranged wife.

His attempts to clear himself leads him to a loch-side cottage and a meeting with an old flame...

Edward Boyd's thriller serial starring Gordon Jackson.

Johnny Maxen ...... Gordon Jackson
Dorothy Havergal ...... Anne Kristen
Detective Inspector Wardlaw ...... Roddy McMillan
Bunty Nichol ...... WHD Joss
Helen Duncan ...... Lennox Milne

Producer: Eddie Fraser

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1966.


WED 06:30 Hamlet Undressed (b04jhn49)
Autumn 2014: The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester staged Shakespeare's Hamlet. Maxine Peake took on the iconic role in a production which saw her reunited with Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom, a year after their hugely successful version of Shelley's The Masque of Anarchy at the Manchester International Festival.

In this programme, we go behind the scenes and document Maxine's journey to playing the part of Hamlet. From research meetings to vocal sessions, from sword fight training to character preparation, we'll follow Maxine as she prepares to take on Shakespeare's most iconic work.

We hear from the director, the designer and other creatives about how they go about putting their unique stamp on the play, and create a Hamlet for Manchester, a Hamlet for 2014.

Producer: Elizabeth Foster

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2014.


WED 07:00 Electric Ink (b0121pjk)
Series 1

Episode 6

A swathe of job cuts are predicted with circulation dropping, but who will survive the bloodbath?

Old hacks meet new media in Alistair Beaton’s satire set in the changing world of the newspaper industry.

Maddox ...... Robert Lindsay
Oliver ...... Alex Jennings
Amelia ...... Elizabeth Berrington
Tasneem ...... Zita Sattar
Masha ...... Debbie Chazen
Freddy ...... Ben Willbond
Announcer ...... Matt Addis

With additional material by Tom Mitchelson.

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2009.


WED 07:30 Joe Lycett's Obsessions (m000d85z)
Series 2

Nina Wadia and Elis James

Joe Lycett returns to explore the nation's weird and wonderful obsessions by getting to know a selection of famous and not so famous guests. Joining Joe on the sofa this week, actress Nina Wadia shares her love of driving holidays, whilst comedian Elis James reveals his obsession with Welsh football shirts. Joe also welcomes members of the public to share their secret passions, as well as this week's VOP (very obsessed person), Paul Jordan, who has a PHD in Eurovision.

Joe Lycett's Obsessions was written and performed by Joe Lycett, with material from James Kettle and additional material from Catherine Brinkworth and Kat Sadler. The production coordinator was Damilola Mabadeje. The producer was Suzy Grant and it was a BBC Studios Audio production.


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jm2y)
Series 3

The Conjurer

The lad takes up conjuring and is booked for Dartmoor Prison - unaware of Sid's plan.

Starring Tony Hancock.

With 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 February 1956.


WED 08:30 Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (b00hsff3)
Series 2

Episode 6

A musing pianist, a two-headed 'Great Eccentric' and Is the Age of Chivalry dead?

A sequential entertainment for radio starring Ronnie Barker.

With Terence Brady and Pauline Yates.

Pianist: Gordon Langford.

Written by Chris Allen, David Climie and Gordon Langford, Jim Eldridge, John Graham, Alan Hutchison, Chris Miller, Richard Murdoch, Allan Scott and Chris Bryant, Gerald Wiley and Stan Wootton.

Producer John Fawcett-Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1972.


WED 09:00 The Rest is History (b07858bs)
Series 2

Episode 4

Frank Skinner loves history, but just doesn't know much of it. So he's devised a comedy discussion show in order to find out more about it.

Along with his historian in residence, Professor Kate Williams, Frank is joined by Chris Addison and Alun Cochrane, who discuss the three wise men, Jack Straw (not that one), Henry Austen and a weaponry timeline.

Producers: Mark Augustyn and Justin Pollard

An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in April 2016.


WED 09:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b008kmmq)
Series 2

Read All About It

After his disastrous children's TV appearance, Robert finds his flat surrounded by the press.

Is it an actor's dream or an actor's nightmare?

John Gordon Sinclair stars in Paul Mayhew-Archer's sitcom.

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

With:
Jane Whittenshaw:
David Goodge
Donald Gee
Nicky Henson
Rosemary Martin

Producer: Paul Spencer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in March 1990


WED 10:00 Doris Lessing - The Grass Is Singing (b014ts01)
Episode 2

Dick unknowingly seals Mary's fate, as her troubled relationship with houseboy Moses comes to a violent end.

Conclusion of Doris Lessing's powerful exploration of racial politics in 1940s Rhodesia.

Mary Turner 1 ...... Alison Pettit
Mary Turner 2 ...... Tracy-Ann Oberman
Charlie Slatter ...... Miles Anderson
Dick Turner ...... Andrew Wincott
Tony Marston ...... Tom George
Denham ...... Don McCorkindale
Moses ...... Nicholas Beveney
Pheobe Slatter ...... Estelle Kohler

Dramatised by Tina Pepler.

Director: Marion Nancarrow

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2000.


WED 11:00 Tony Law's Surreal Guide to Surreal Comedy (m000djpg)
3, Mortimer, Morris and 'mando

Absurdist Canadian comedian, Tony Law, takes us on a journey through the twists and turns of Surrealism in comedy.

He is accompanied by Will Self and Will Franken.

‘Reeves & Mortimer’ on R1 [06/02/1994]

Chris Morris interviews Arthur Streeb-Greebling [Peter Cook] on ‘Why Bother?’ [1994]

‘The Museum of Lost Keyboards’ [13/12/2003]

Producer: Kerry McCarthy.

Made for and first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2014.


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jm2y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (b00hsff3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000djpc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Hamlet Undressed (b04jhn49)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar (b01qmb0l)
Episode 8

With Doctor Nolan's help, Esther can finally fly free...

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953.

With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiraling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, it's a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with great and varied ambitions, confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way, as relevant today as when it was written.

Concluded by Lydia Wilson.

Abridged by Sally Marmion.

Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in February 2013.


WED 14:15 Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade (b09k89wt)
Series 1

Trade and War

To cut a deal or to start a war?

Paul Seabright and his guests explore the long and multi-faceted relationship between trade and violence.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2018.


WED 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b06418lc)
Penelope Mortimer - The Pumpkin Eater

Episode 3

Mrs Armitage makes a confession.

Helen McCrory and Paul Ready star in Penelope Mortimer's stark portrait of marriage and motherhood from 1962.

Dramatised by Georgia Fitch.

Mrs Armitage.....Helen McCrory
Jake Armitage.....Paul Ready
Doctor.....Chris Pavlo
Father.....Stephen Critchlow
Mother.....Sheila Reid
Philpot/Dinah.....Rhiannon Neads
Bob Conway.....Mark Edel-Hunt
Beth Conway.....Alex Tregear
Giles.....Sam Dale
Journalist.....Neet Mohan

Director: Emma Harding

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2015.


WED 14:45 The Shepherd's Life (b05r3xc3)
Episode 3

Clashing with his father, James Rebanks gains a place at Oxford University, but misses the farming life.

James Rebanks is the first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations.

Small scale farming is an increasingly precarious livelihood, it's almost impossible to earn enough money to bring up a family, you need a secondary income. And so, as disagreements with his father intensified, James, aged twenty-one, decided to return to education, resulting in a place at Oxford. All the time he was away, he longed to be back home, working on the fells.

James Rebanks has a huge following on Twitter ( as the @herdyshepherd1 ) where you can see photographs detailing day to day life on the farm - including his fine flock of Herdwick sheep and, the latest additions to the workforce, sheepdog Floss's ten puppies.

Read by Bryan Dick

Written by James Rebanks
Abridged by Sian Preece

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2015.


WED 15:00 Doris Lessing - The Grass Is Singing (b014ts01)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 The Rest is History (b07858bs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b008kmmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 Electric Ink (b0121pjk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Joe Lycett's Obsessions (m000d85z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Fantastic Journeys (b00hdf7m)
Fifty Cents by Tim Powers & James P Blaycock

Time and chance play tricks on George Lyle as he drives across the empty Arizona desert in search of a precious book.

Nathan Osgood reads Tim Powers & James P Blaycock's ingenious story involving murder and time travel.

Some of the best sci-fi/fantasy writers in a series of fantastic journeys featuring flights of fancy, time travel, magical transporters and alternate realities.

Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in February 2009.


WED 18:30 The Palace of Laughter (b007k2kn)
Series 2

Eastbourne Royal Hippodrome

Geoffrey Wheeler travels to Eastbourne, where he meets staff and supporters of the Royal Hippodrome Theatre.

It was built in the 1880s by architect CJ Phipps and acclaimed at the time as one of the most luxurious Variety theatres in the country.

The colourful history of the venue reflects the changing pattern of popular entertainment; its stage has seen everything from light operettas to Music Hall and stand-up.

With Bruce Forsyth.

Series visiting variety theatres around the United Kingdom.

Producer: Libby Cross

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2003.


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jm2y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead (b00hsff3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000djpc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Hamlet Undressed (b04jhn49)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Tony Law's Surreal Guide to Surreal Comedy (m000djpg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 Joe Lycett's Obsessions (m000d85z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 The Lawrence Sweeney Mix (b00kpybx)
Series 1

Episode 4

Something you find in the Attic – and an unusual gathering with the neighbours...

Josie Lawrence and Jim Sweeney make it up as they go along!

Faced with a live studio audience and a couple of microphones - the masters of improve create sketches from shouted out suggestions.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2007.


WED 23:00 Brian Gulliver's Travels (b01m16pr)
Series 2

Lessington

Brian Gulliver, a seasoned presenter of travel documentaries, finds himself in a hospital's secure unit after claiming to have experienced a succession of bizarre adventures.

More memories as Brian relives his experiences in Lessington where ignorance reigns.

Neil Pearson stars in series two of Bill Dare's satirical adventure story about a man lost in a fictional world.

Brian Gulliver ..... Neil Pearson
Rachel Gulliver ..... Mariah Gale
Sharol ..... Jo Bobin
Cop ..... Fergus Craig
Cop ..... Colin Hoult
Guide ..... Patrick Brennan
Wife ..... Christine Absalom
Barman ..... Harry Livingstone
Robber ..... Sam Alexander

Producer: Steven Canny

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in June 2012.


WED 23:25 The Comedy Club Interviews (m000dqwc)
Stephen K Amos (2/3)

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


WED 23:30 Absolute Power (b007r395)
Series 1

Episode 5

Prentiss and McCabe are set their hardest challenge so far - to substantially increase listening figures for BBC Radio 3.

Will this prove a wheeze too far for the Wheeze-master Generals?

Mark Tavener's comedy about the machiavellian doctors of PR spin with contacts at the highest level of government.

Starring Stephen Fry as Charles Prentiss and John Bird as Martin McCabe.

With:
Rebecca Front
Roger Sloman
Philip Fox
Beth Chalmers
Mark Tonderai

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2000.



THURSDAY 23 JANUARY 2020

THU 00:00 Fantastic Journeys (b00hdf7m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 The Palace of Laughter (b007k2kn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000djpc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Hamlet Undressed (b04jhn49)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar (b01qmb0l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade (b09k89wt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b06418lc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:45 The Shepherd's Life (b05r3xc3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Doris Lessing - The Grass Is Singing (b014ts01)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 The Rest is History (b07858bs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b008kmmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Electric Ink (b0121pjk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Joe Lycett's Obsessions (m000d85z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000djsm)
8. Truth

More and more people now suspect that Johnny Maxen murdered his wife. The latest is his mother-in-law who's got plenty to say...

Conclusion of Edward Boyd's thriller serial starring Gordon Jackson.

Johnny Maxen ...... Gordon Jackson
Helen Duncan ...... Lennox Milne
Detective Inspector Wardlaw ...... Roddy McMillan
Dorothy Havergal ...... Anne Kristen
Bunty Nichol ...... WHD Joss
Doctor ...... Alec Monteath
Patient ...... Hannah Gordon

Producer: Eddie Fraser

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1966.


THU 06:30 Ship of Spies (b00xgqx9)
Tom Mangold joins a spy-themed cruise around the Caribbean.

Outward appearances suggest it's just a regular cruise. But as the MS Eurodam sets sail from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, this vast ship is carrying two men who've been at the very heart of the US intelligence services. Former CIA directors Porter Goss and Michael Hayden are on board for the Spy Cruise, a seven day trip devoted to issues of national security.

Passengers have paid to hear and mingle with these senior ex-spooks, as well as a range of other former intelligence and military officers. Whilst other passengers on the ship gamble in the casino, play pool games and try their hand at line-dancing, the spy cruisers are locked into a lecture theatre worrying about the state of global security.

Tom Mangold discovers that the cruise is part of an attempt to repair the damaged reputation of the CIA after a string of controversies. In wide-ranging and rigorous interviews, he grills the two ex CIA bosses on extraordinary renditions, enhanced interrogations, water-boarding, and targeted assassinations.

Producer: Laurence Grissell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2011.


THU 07:00 The Stanley Baxter Playhouse (b06shzjj)
Series 7

The Pool

Set on one of Scotland's most famous salmon fishing rivers, we meet two old men with a shared love of the art of fishing and a shared past which haunts them both.

Geoffrey Palmer joins Stanley Baxter on the edge of a famous salmon pool in Scotland, on a cold wintry day.

Series of comic plays starring Stanley Baxter.

Tam ...... Stanley Baxter
Jolyon ...... Geoffrey Palmer

Written by Michael Chaplin

Director: Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in January 2016.


THU 07:30 Elephant in the Room (m0006lbh)
Episode 3

Sarah Millican hosts a new panel show using surveys to discover who is the most Average Jolene, and who is the most Maverick Matilda. This week's sparkling panel features Sandi Toksvig, Angela Barnes, Harriet Dyer and Phil Wang.

Surveys on subjects including childhood, daily rituals and favourite cheese are the basis for Sarah's questions to the panellists, discovering who is the closest to, and furthest from, the average. Surprising quirks, hilarious insights and unexpected anecdotes are revealed along the way.

The winner will be the most average. But joint winner will be the most different, the furthest from the norm.

A little bit like a dinner party, but one where you know all of the spoons.

A Chopsy production for BBC Radio 4


THU 08:00 The Ken Dodd Show (b007jx51)
Doddy's Daft Half Hour (20/08/1972)

The King of Knotty Ash examines black magic and lands a part in a horror movie. Or does he?

Starring Ken Dodd.

With Hugh Paddick, Miriam Margolyes, Talfryn Thomas, John Graham and Jo Manning Wilson.

Devised and written by Ken Dodd with Malcolm Cameron, Stewart Campbell, Norman Beedle, Peter Tonkinson and John Pye.

Doddy's Diddy Orchestra conducted by Geoff Alderson.

Producer: Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 in August 1972.


THU 08:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00scw5v)
Series 3

Episode 9

The Addictive Knitter - and a rare madrigal by Risotto.

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

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

Written by Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, Alan Hutchinson and Eric Idle.

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, Eric Idle and John Cameron.

Producer: Humphrey Barclay

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in May 1966.


THU 09:00 The Write Stuff (m000djsp)
Series 4

William Wordsworth

James Walton’s literary quiz with Sebastian Faulks, John Walsh, Tracey Macleod and Gary Younge.

Author of the week: William Wordsworth

Reader: Becky Hindley

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2001.


THU 09:30 Capital Gains (b007r5d3)
Series 1

Venture Capital

Absconding with £4,601,740.72 of someone else's money proves more challenging than it sounds for Julius Hutch.

Peter Jones stars as Julius Hutch.

Written by Collin Johnson.

Julius Hutch ...... Peter Jones
Pauline Tone ...... Celestine Randall
Sexton Lewis ...... Jeffrey Wickham
Peter Fang ...... Peter Whitman
News Reader ...... Collin Johnson
Kate ...... Justine Midda

Producer: Andy Jordan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1995.


THU 10:00 Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility (b037s8mp)
Episode 1

Forced to leave their beloved family home after the death of their father, Elinor and Marianne try to make a new life for themselves at Barton Cottage.

While Marianne unexpectedly meets the dashing Willoughby who sweeps her off her feet, Elinor has a surprise visit from Edward. But with neither fortune nor connections, the prospect of marrying the men they love appears remote.

Jane Austen's first published novel is a delightful comedy of manners and a powerful analysis of the ways in which women's lives were shaped by the claustrophobic society in which they had to survive. It is an engrossing story of love, money, passion and prudence. Intelligently written, carefully plotted and beautifully detailed.

Dramatised in two parts by Helen Edmundson.

Elinor ...... Amanda Hale
Marianne ...... Olivia Hallinan
Mrs Dashwood ...... Deborah McAndrew
Colonel Brandon ...... Blake Ritson
Willoughby ...... Ben Lamb
Edward ...... Henry Devas
Sir John ...... Conrad Nelson
Lady Middleton ...... Rosina Carbone
Mrs Jennings ...... Brigit Forsyth
Nancy ...... Victoria Brazier
Lucy ...... Caitlin Thorburn

Musician: Emily Hooker

Director: Nadia Molinari

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2013.


THU 11:00 Jellyfish (b06bfd5c)
Fittest

A woman heads north, driven by strange phenomena and uncanny weather.

Read by award-winning writer Janice Galloway from her 2015 collection.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2015.


THU 11:15 Drama (b0612b30)
The Dad Who Fell to Earth

Tom had been struggling to come to terms with his dad's sudden death, but that was before he found out his dad was secretly an alien from a distant planet.

Tom finds his whole world shifting to a new perspective, a perspective that might just also include saving Earth from imminent destruction.

Comedy drama by Toby Hadoke.

Tom ...... Toby Hadoke
Russell ...... Ronald Pickup
Jan ...... Cherylee Houston
Wendy ...... Alexandra Mathie
Pete ...... Lee Fenwick
Steve ...... Lee Fenwick
Chelsea ...... Zoe Iqbal

Director: Charlotte Riches

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.


THU 12:00 The Ken Dodd Show (b007jx51)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00scw5v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000djsm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Ship of Spies (b00xgqx9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Colin Dexter Short Stories (b007lr7f)
The Double Crossing

A good first day for a certain detective named Lewis.

The creator of the inimitable Inspector Morse brings a fresh detective tale to the airwaves.

Colin Dexter reads his own story.

Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2004.


THU 14:15 Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade (b09k894n)
Series 1

Distance Matters

What do Bronze Age donkeys and a high-speed train in Japan have in common?

Economists Richard Baldwin and Thomas Chaney join Paul Seabright to investigate the impact of distance on trade.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2018.


THU 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b0643x63)
Penelope Mortimer - The Pumpkin Eater

Episode 4

Mrs Armitage has consented to an abortion and a sterilisation.

Helen McCrory and Paul Ready star in Penelope Mortimer's stark portrait of marriage and motherhood from 1962.

Dramatised by Georgia Fitch.

Mrs Armitage.....Helen McCrory
Jake Armitage.....Paul Ready
Doctor.....Chris Pavlo
Father.....Stephen Critchlow
Mother.....Sheila Reid
Philpot/Dinah.....Rhiannon Neads
Bob Conway.....Mark Edel-Hunt
Beth Conway.....Alex Tregear
Giles.....Sam Dale
Journalist.....Neet Mohan

Director: Emma Harding

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2015.


THU 14:45 The Shepherd's Life (b05r3zjm)
Episode 4

James Rebanks recalls the dark days of 2001, facing the horror of foot-and-mouth disease.

James is the first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations.

In this episode, he remembers the dark days of 2001, when farmers faced the horror of Foot and Mouth disease. From the loss came something unexpected: a neighbour's kindness led him to breed pure Herdwick sheep.

James Rebanks has a huge following on Twitter (he's the @herdyshepherd1 ) where you can see photographs detailing day to day life on the farm - including his fine flock of Herdwick sheep and, the latest additions to the workforce, sheepdog Floss's ten puppies.

Read by Bryan Dick

Written by James Rebanks
Abridged by Sian Preece

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2015.


THU 15:00 Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility (b037s8mp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 The Write Stuff (m000djsp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Capital Gains (b007r5d3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 The Stanley Baxter Playhouse (b06shzjj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 Elephant in the Room (m0006lbh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Fantastic Journeys (b00hlb0h)
The Faery Handbag by Kelly Link

The story of Zofia Swink who claims to be over 200 years old.

She comes from a village which takes refuge in a magical handbag when real life becomes too dangerous.

Her distraught grand-daughter narrates this bizarre tale of loss...

Maggie Blake reads Kelly Link's story.

Some of the best sci-fi/fantasy writers in a series of fantastic journeys featuring flights of fancy, time travel, magical transporters and alternate realities.

Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in February 2009.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b0418kg8)
Series 33

Marcus du Sautoy on Jorge Luis Borges

Mathematician Marcus de Sautoy champions the blind Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. He is fascinated by the connection between the creator of 'The Library of Babel' and science - did Borges really understand notions of infinity and space?

Biographer Jason Wilson adds colourful detail to the life of a great writer whom he insists was just being impish when it came to the weighty matters that have excited more than one mathematician over the years.

The programme includes beautiful recordings of Borges in conversation in 1971. Marcus du Sautoy is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Understanding of Science.

Presented by Matthew Parris.

Produced by Miles Warde.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2014.


THU 19:00 The Ken Dodd Show (b007jx51)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00scw5v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000djsm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Ship of Spies (b00xgqx9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Jellyfish (b06bfd5c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


THU 21:15 Drama (b0612b30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:15 today]


THU 22:00 Elephant in the Room (m0006lbh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Listen Against (b0089j50)
Series 1

Episode 2

The show that prises the back off your radio, fiddles around with the programmes inside and then puts it all back together the wrong way round.

Alice Arnold and Jon Holmes get meddling with the Proms, JK and Joel, Any Answers and The Archers.

The brain-child of writer, comic and broadcaster Jon Holmes.

Producer: Bill Dare and Jon Holmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2007.


THU 23:00 The Hudson and Pepperdine Show (b00762ck)
Series 2

Episode 4

Mel and Vicki encounter a computer flight simulator with more to offer than flying lessons, while Mel confesses to being a bit too recreational with her pharmaceuticals.

Plus more from the Gory Nuns, the Dirty Sloanes and the Goatee Beard Men's Group.

Variety meets sitcom meets sketch show - written and performed by Mel Hudson and Vicki Pepperdine.

With Martin Hyder and Jim North and Peter Serafinowicz.

Additional material by Martin Hyder and Jim North.

Script editor: Graeme Garden

Music by Richard Webb.

Producers: Helen Williams and Claire Jones.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2001.


THU 23:25 The Comedy Club Interviews (m000dr7q)
Stephen K Amos (3/3)

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


THU 23:30 Delve Special (b00t1qsy)
Series 1

The Shifton Scandal

In 1982 Shifton, a town 20 miles north east of Birmingham, was demolished to make way for London's third airport.

David Lander examines the part played in the scandal by Mickey Ozada's Jolly Good Fun Holiday Company and looks at the fate of the Women's Anti-Airport Protest Camp.

Studio production by Stephen Fry, Jack Klaff and Andrew Sachs.

With Brenda Bleythn, Moray Watson, Tony Robinson and Jan Ravens.

Dramatic reconstruction by Mark Arden, Stephen Frost, Felicity Montague and Phil Nice.

Researched and compiled by Tony Sarchet.

Editor: Paul Mayhew-Archer.

Delve Special ran for four series from 1984 to 1987 and later transferred to TV as: This is David Lander.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1984.



FRIDAY 24 JANUARY 2020

FRI 00:00 Fantastic Journeys (b00hlb0h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b0418kg8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice (m000djsm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Ship of Spies (b00xgqx9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Colin Dexter Short Stories (b007lr7f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade (b09k894n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 15 Minute Drama (b0643x63)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:45 The Shepherd's Life (b05r3zjm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:45 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility (b037s8mp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 The Write Stuff (m000djsp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Capital Gains (b007r5d3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 The Stanley Baxter Playhouse (b06shzjj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Elephant in the Room (m0006lbh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 VI Warshawski (b0089j85)
Killing Orders

Remembrance of Things Past

Chicago private eye, VI Warshawski, is not happy to be asked for help by her Aunt Rosa who hates her - and the feeling's mutual...

Sara Paretsky's thriller stars Kathleen Turner as VI Warshawski.

Roger Ferrant ...... Martin Shaw
Gabriella ...... Avril Clark
Albert ...... William Hootkins
Rosa ...... Eileen Way
Father Carroll ...... Don Fellows
Father Pelly ...... Colin Stinton
Father Jablonski ...... Peter Penry-Jones

Sara Paretsky created one of the most popular female sleuths in modern crime fiction. Her heroine, VI Warshawski, is a strong female character in a male-dominated world. VI is comfortable packing heat and trailing nasty suspects but she never loses touch with her basic femininity.

Paretsky says of her Warshawski: "I was troubled by the way women were portrayed in (detective fiction) they always seemed either evil or powerless. I thought it was time for a tough, smart, likeable female private investigator".

Kathleen Turner also starred in the same role in the 1991 film 'VI Warshawski'.

Dramatised by Michelene Wandor.

Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1991.


FRI 06:30 Marginalia (b046j96g)
When someone takes a pen or pencil and adds a comment, an underlining or a question mark to the pages a book - is it cause for celebration or condemnation? And if the person with pencil in hand happens to be famous, should that colour our view?

These are the questions Simon Armitage - himself a lapsed margin scribbler - wrestles with as he sets off to tell the story of marginalia.

He begins with his own books, tracing his past through the comments he made as a much younger man first embarking on the world of poetry. He sees examples from some who've become regarded as masters of the art, such as William Blake and Samuel Coleridge, and hears how an Elizabethan torturer and a 20th century dictator had a great fondness for marginalia in common.

Simon also heads to an antiquarian book fair, where he stumbles across an early volume of Dylan Thomas poetry, containing the poet's own drunken scrawl which has put the volume's price up to a handsome £8,000. Chiefly though this is a personal meditation for Armitage, bringing him into contact with a younger version of himself and reminding him of the profound power of physical books and the markings placed in them across decades and sometimes centuries.

Producer: Geoff Bird

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2014.


FRI 07:00 Reluctant Persuaders (b08ljxcc)
Series 2

Just Do It

The worst advertising agency team in London are unexpectedly in demand.

The marketing manager of nutrition company Protein Team enlists their services for a huge poster campaign, aimed at selling protein shakes to women.

Yet no sooner is their ad up - featuring a slender woman, and an even more slender bikini - than Hardacre's find themselves at the centre of a media storm over misogyny, body-shaming, and the evils of advertising.

Wracked with guilt and determined to make amends, Joe clashes with his older and more cynical creative director Rupert Hardacre and accounts manager Amanda, who are convinced that sex sells and all publicity is good publicity. But in an age of Twitter storms and third-wave feminism, are they behind the times?

Edward Rowett's award-winning sitcom.

Rupert Hardacre ...... Nigel Havers
Joe ...... Mathew Baynton
Amanda ...... Josie Lawrence
Jordan ...... Richard Goulding
Teddy ...... Kieran Hodgson
Laura ...... Olivia Nixon
Tube announcer ...... David Fairs

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in April 2017.


FRI 07:30 The Skewer (m000d869)
Series 1

Episode 2

From the mind of Jon Holmes comes topical satire like you've never heard it before.


FRI 08:00 The Burkiss Way (b007js7b)
Series 4

Repeat Yourself the Burkiss Way - Part 2

Blankety Blank gets a new host and behind-the-scenes at the Dreary Lane Theatre.

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

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

Written by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick.

Producer: David Hatch

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1979.


FRI 08:30 The Marx Brothers' Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel (b007xvlm)
Series 1

Episode 3

Flywheel's assistant Ravelli gets kidnapped, but will the shady lawyer pay the ransom?

Recreation of the Marx Brothers' lost shows charting the adventures of shady lawyer Waldorf T Flywheel and his assistant, Emmanuel Ravelli. Originally broadcast with sponsors on America's NBC radio network in the 1930s. The scripts were rediscovered in 1988.

Groucho Marx as Waldorf T Flywheel ...... Michael Roberts
Chico Marx as Emmanuel Ravellias ...... Frank Lazarus

With Lorelei King and Graham Hoadly.

Written by Nat Perrin and Athur Sheekman. Adapted by Mark Brisenden.

Music arranged and conducted by David Firman.

Producer: Dirk Maggs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1990.


FRI 09:00 We've Been Here Before (b00fy1g5)
Series 2

Episode 2

Clive Anderson hosts the panel show that pokes fun at events of the past.

The topical historical satirical panel show setting out to prove that there's nothing new under, or in, The Sun.

Gyles Brandreth and Natalie Haynes battle it out against John O'Farrell and Richard Herring.

Producer: Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2004.


FRI 09:30 The Emerald Green Show (b078dlrj)
All For One

Will Emerald Green's ego be able to deal with the ambitious plans of new girl, Tanesha?

A vain, ambitious black woman dreams of becoming a chat-show queen.

Lisselle Kayla's comedy series starring Llewella Gideon as Emerald Green.

Tristram ...... Jonathan Firth
Fabio ...... Iwan Thomas
Victor ...... Dean Hill
Eunice ...... Sheila Reid
David ...... Jonathan Keeble
Tanesha ...... Jo Martin

Director: Pam Fraser Solomon

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1998.


FRI 10:00 Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility (b0381l64)
Episode 2

Elinor and Marianne are invited to stay at Mrs Jennings' house in London. But Marianne has a surprising encounter with Willoughby and complications arise for Elinor and Edward. Will the Dashwood sisters find happiness and love?

Conclusion of Jane Austen's classic novel dramatised by Helen Edmundson.

Elinor ...... Amanda Hale
Marianne ...... Olivia Hallinan
Mrs Dashwood ...... Deborah McAndrew
Colonel Brandon ...... Blake Ritson
Willoughby ...... Ben Lamb
Edward ...... Henry Devas
Sir John ...... Conrad Nelson
Lady Middleton ...... Rosina Carbone
Mrs Jennings ...... Brigit Forsyth
Nancy ...... Victoria Brazier
Lucy ...... Caitlin Thorburn
John Dashwood ...... Andonis James Anthony
Fanny ...... Lisa Brookes
Mrs Ferrars ...... Alexandra Mathie

Musician: Emily Hooker

Director: Nadia Molinari

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2013.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000dp29)
Presenters recommend their favourite podcasts and speak to the people who make them.


FRI 12:00 The Burkiss Way (b007js7b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 The Marx Brothers' Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel (b007xvlm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 VI Warshawski (b0089j85)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Marginalia (b046j96g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Alex Shearer - Getting a Life (b007k4br)
When a person sees their life going the other way on the back of a lorry, what can they do?

Brian Parr reads Alex Shearer’s short story.

Producer: Pauline Stone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1997.


FRI 14:15 Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade (b09k8r9v)
Series 1

Fair Exchange

Consumer protectors or greedy monopolists?

Paul Seabright is joined by Sheilagh Ogilvie, Professor of Economic History at Cambridge, to take a fresh look at what guilds really did for trade in medieval and early modern Europe, and lessons for trade today.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2018.


FRI 14:30 15 Minute Drama (b06442qc)
Penelope Mortimer - The Pumpkin Eater

Episode 5

Having discovered Jake's affair with Beth Conway, Mrs Armitage takes refuge with her former husband, Giles.

Helen McCrory and Paul Ready star in Penelope Mortimer's stark portrait of marriage and motherhood from 1962.

Dramatised by Georgia Fitch.

Mrs Armitage.....Helen McCrory
Jake Armitage.....Paul Ready
Doctor.....Chris Pavlo
Father.....Stephen Critchlow
Mother.....Sheila Reid
Philpot/Dinah.....Rhiannon Neads
Bob Conway.....Mark Edel-Hunt
Beth Conway.....Alex Tregear
Giles.....Sam Dale
Journalist.....Neet Mohan

Director: Emma Harding

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2015.


FRI 14:45 The Shepherd's Life (b05r6sx0)
Episode 5

Spring is the farmer's reward for the hard days of winter - and in this final episode, the cycle of the year begins again, as James Rebanks prepares for lambing.

The first son of a shepherd, who was himself the first son of a shepherd, James and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations. Through his eyes we see that the Lake District is not a playground or a scenic backdrop, it's a working landscape that needs sheep and its farmers to survive.

Concluded by Bryan Dick

Written by James Rebanks
Abridged by Sian Preece

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron

Music details:
Track: "The Nightshift"
CD: Country Escape
Label: BBC Production Music BBCPM031.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2015.


FRI 15:00 Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility (b0381l64)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 We've Been Here Before (b00fy1g5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 The Emerald Green Show (b078dlrj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 Reluctant Persuaders (b08ljxcc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 The Skewer (m000d869)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Fantastic Journeys (b00hql36)
Peter F Hamilton - If At First ...

Some of the very best classic and contemporary sci-fi and fantasy writers come together in this series of four fantastic journeys featuring flights of fancy, time travel, magical transporters and alternate realities

How does multi-millionaire businessman, Marcus Orthew, always manage to stay one step ahead of the game - he refers to the names of technological devices before they've been invented; he seems to have an uncanny knack of being able to predict the downfall of high-profile public figures years before the event? Detective Inspector, David Lanson, is interviews a suspect arrested for stalking the multi-millionaire. During the course of this interrogation, Orthew's incredible story is revealed.

Written by Peter F. Hamilton.

Read by Sam Dale.

Series abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 7 in 2009.


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b0076qvj)
How Long Is a Piece of String?

Matthew Parris, Susannah Jowitt, Jasmine Birtles and David Boyle discuss the influence and importance of numbers. From March 2005.


FRI 19:00 The Burkiss Way (b007js7b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 The Marx Brothers' Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel (b007xvlm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 VI Warshawski (b0089j85)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Marginalia (b046j96g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000dp29)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 The Skewer (m000d869)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 In and Out of the Kitchen (b03xd3hn)
Series 3

The Prisoner

Nerves are fraying as Anthony's first night of Hay Fever looms, not helped by news of a dangerous prisoner loose in the area.

Meanwhile, Damien contends with an angry neighbour...

Written by Miles Jupp.

Damien Trench ...... Miles Jupp
Anthony ...... Justin Edwards
Mr Mullaney ...... Brendan Dempsey
Marion Duffett ...... Lesley Vickerage
Ian Frobisher ...... Philip Fox
Steven ...... Ade Oyefeso
Constable Clive ...... David Seddon
Superintendent Michael ...... Bertenshaw
Victim Liaison Officer ...... Priyanga Burford

Producer: Sam Michell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2014.


FRI 22:55 The Comedy Club Interviews (m000drbg)
A Tribute to Neil Innes

From 10.00pm until midnight, seven days a week, the Comedy Club has two hours of comedy. Arthur Smith pays tribute to Neil Innes with some clips from the Comedy Club archive.


FRI 23:00 Innes Own World (b0170r0p)
Episode 1

Famed for The Rutles and The Bonzo Dog Band, Neil Innes ruminates wryly on the nature of civilisation.

An opportunity to climb inside Neil Innes's head to find songs, atmospheric musings and some very irritating commercial breaks.

Script Editor: John Dowie

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2003.


FRI 23:30 The Maltby Collection (b00crds8)
Series 1

Episode 2

Deputy curator Rod holds a press conference and Walter makes a move.

Geoffrey Palmer and Julian Rhind-Tutt star in David Nobbs’ sitcom about a small museum of paintings and sculpture.

Rod Millet ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Walter Brindle ...... Geoffrey Palmer
Prunella Edgecumbe ...... Rachel Atkins
Julian Crumb-Loosely ...... Ben Willbond
Des Wainwright ...... Michael Smiley
Eva Tattle ...... Julia Deakin
Wilf Arbuthnot ...... Geoff McGivern
Stelios Constantinopolis ...... Chris Pavlo
Rod’s Mum ...... Liza Sadovy
Mark Patterson ...... Ben Moor

Producer: Colin Anderson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2007.




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

15 Minute Drama 02:30 SAT (b04bryc0)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 MON (b063zt9y)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 TUE (b063zt9y)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 TUE (b0640j5h)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 WED (b0640j5h)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 WED (b06418lc)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 THU (b06418lc)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 THU (b0643x63)

15 Minute Drama 02:30 FRI (b0643x63)

15 Minute Drama 14:30 FRI (b06442qc)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b00ktc9w)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b00ktc9w)

A Look Back at the Nineties 23:30 TUE (b007jqpw)

Absolute Power 23:30 WED (b007r395)

Alex Shearer - Getting a Life 14:00 FRI (b007k4br)

All Those Women 07:30 SUN (b06bhvsr)

All Those Women 17:30 SUN (b06bhvsr)

All Those Women 22:00 SUN (b06bhvsr)

All Those Women 05:30 MON (b06bhvsr)

An Actor's Life for Me 09:30 WED (b008kmmq)

An Actor's Life for Me 16:30 WED (b008kmmq)

An Actor's Life for Me 04:30 THU (b008kmmq)

Archive on 4 08:00 SAT (b072zn42)

Archive on 4 15:00 SAT (b072zn42)

Archive on 4 03:00 SUN (b072zn42)

As Told To Craig Brown 23:30 SUN (b00b71ds)

Book of the Week 02:45 SAT (b05qt729)

Braden Back on the Beat 09:00 SAT (b05vj0c8)

Braden Back on the Beat 19:00 SAT (b05vj0c8)

Brian Gulliver's Travels 23:00 WED (b01m16pr)

Capital Gains 09:30 THU (b007r5d3)

Capital Gains 16:30 THU (b007r5d3)

Capital Gains 04:30 FRI (b007r5d3)

Chambers 07:00 MON (b007jttl)

Chambers 17:00 MON (b007jttl)

Chambers 05:00 TUE (b007jttl)

Chant 01:30 SAT (b04lpzz2)

Classic Serial 03:00 SAT (b00772m2)

Colin Dexter Short Stories 14:00 THU (b007lr7f)

Colin Dexter Short Stories 02:00 FRI (b007lr7f)

Coming Up For Air (Omnibus) 14:30 SUN (m000dhn0)

Coming Up For Air (Omnibus) 02:30 MON (m000dhn0)

Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade 14:15 MON (b09k1fgq)

Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade 02:15 TUE (b09k1fgq)

Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade 14:15 TUE (b09k6pmx)

Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade 02:15 WED (b09k6pmx)

Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade 14:15 WED (b09k89wt)

Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade 02:15 THU (b09k89wt)

Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade 14:15 THU (b09k894n)

Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade 02:15 FRI (b09k894n)

Conflict and Co-operation: A History of Trade 14:15 FRI (b09k8r9v)

Dad's Army 08:30 MON (b007jq38)

Dad's Army 12:30 MON (b007jq38)

Dad's Army 19:30 MON (b007jq38)

Dan Dare 18:00 SAT (m000dgm9)

Dan Dare 00:00 SUN (m000dgm9)

David Constantine - The Listening Heart 11:15 TUE (b00769sq)

David Constantine - The Listening Heart 21:15 TUE (b00769sq)

Delve Special 23:30 THU (b00t1qsy)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:15 SUN (b083h7vl)

Doris Lessing - The Grass Is Singing 10:00 TUE (b014tvng)

Doris Lessing - The Grass Is Singing 15:00 TUE (b014tvng)

Doris Lessing - The Grass Is Singing 03:00 WED (b014tvng)

Doris Lessing - The Grass Is Singing 10:00 WED (b014ts01)

Doris Lessing - The Grass Is Singing 15:00 WED (b014ts01)

Doris Lessing - The Grass Is Singing 03:00 THU (b014ts01)

Dr John Cooper Clarke at the BBC 23:30 SAT (b0832rjq)

Drama 20:00 SUN (b065rn7t)

Drama 11:15 THU (b0612b30)

Drama 21:15 THU (b0612b30)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 01:00 SAT (m000d94x)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 06:00 MON (m000dghk)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 13:00 MON (m000dghk)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 20:00 MON (m000dghk)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 01:00 TUE (m000dghk)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 06:00 TUE (m000dhmp)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 13:00 TUE (m000dhmp)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 20:00 TUE (m000dhmp)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 01:00 WED (m000dhmp)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 06:00 WED (m000djpc)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 13:00 WED (m000djpc)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 20:00 WED (m000djpc)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 01:00 THU (m000djpc)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 06:00 THU (m000djsm)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 13:00 THU (m000djsm)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 20:00 THU (m000djsm)

Edward Boyd - The Same River Twice 01:00 FRI (m000djsm)

Electric Ink 07:00 WED (b0121pjk)

Electric Ink 17:00 WED (b0121pjk)

Electric Ink 05:00 THU (b0121pjk)

Elephant in the Room 07:30 THU (m0006lbh)

Elephant in the Room 17:30 THU (m0006lbh)

Elephant in the Room 22:00 THU (m0006lbh)

Elephant in the Room 05:30 FRI (m0006lbh)

Exile (Omnibus) 13:00 SAT (m000dgm5)

Exile (Omnibus) 01:00 SUN (m000dgm5)

Fags, Mags and Bags 07:30 TUE (b0bfywgp)

Fags, Mags and Bags 17:30 TUE (b0bfywgp)

Fags, Mags and Bags 22:00 TUE (b0bfywgp)

Fags, Mags and Bags 05:30 WED (b0bfywgp)

Fantastic Journeys 18:00 TUE (b00h73hy)

Fantastic Journeys 00:00 WED (b00h73hy)

Fantastic Journeys 18:00 WED (b00hdf7m)

Fantastic Journeys 00:00 THU (b00hdf7m)

Fantastic Journeys 18:00 THU (b00hlb0h)

Fantastic Journeys 00:00 FRI (b00hlb0h)

Fantastic Journeys 18:00 FRI (b00hql36)

Geoffrey Parkinson - The Annunciation 10:00 MON (b06h1nmk)

Geoffrey Parkinson - The Annunciation 15:00 MON (b06h1nmk)

Geoffrey Parkinson - The Annunciation 03:00 TUE (b06h1nmk)

Ghosts From The Past 18:00 SUN (m000dhn5)

Ghosts From The Past 00:00 MON (m000dhn5)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b0418kg8)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b0418kg8)

HR 07:00 TUE (b00hg6mz)

HR 17:00 TUE (b00hg6mz)

HR 05:00 WED (b00hg6mz)

Hamlet Undressed 06:30 WED (b04jhn49)

Hamlet Undressed 13:30 WED (b04jhn49)

Hamlet Undressed 20:30 WED (b04jhn49)

Hamlet Undressed 01:30 THU (b04jhn49)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b007jm2y)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b007jm2y)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b007jm2y)

Harry Worth in Things Could Be Worse 08:30 SUN (b09pv7kd)

Harry Worth in Things Could Be Worse 12:30 SUN (b09pv7kd)

Harry Worth in Things Could Be Worse 21:30 SUN (b09pv7kd)

Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science 23:45 MON (b00zm0mp)

Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science 09:45 TUE (b00zm0mp)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:30 THU (b00scw5v)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:30 THU (b00scw5v)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:30 THU (b00scw5v)

In and Out of the Kitchen 22:30 FRI (b03xd3hn)

In the Psychiatrist's Chair 14:15 SAT (b00751vc)

In the Psychiatrist's Chair 02:15 SUN (b00751vc)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SAT (m000dgm7)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 SUN (m000dgm7)

Innes Own World 23:00 FRI (b0170r0p)

James Follett - The Destruction Factor 00:00 SAT (b007jpbx)

James Follett - The Destruction Factor 18:00 MON (b007k4t9)

James Follett - The Destruction Factor 00:00 TUE (b007k4t9)

Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility 10:00 THU (b037s8mp)

Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility 15:00 THU (b037s8mp)

Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility 03:00 FRI (b037s8mp)

Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility 10:00 FRI (b0381l64)

Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility 15:00 FRI (b0381l64)

Jellyfish 11:00 TUE (b069h77p)

Jellyfish 21:00 TUE (b069h77p)

Jellyfish 11:00 THU (b06bfd5c)

Jellyfish 21:00 THU (b06bfd5c)

Jest a Minute 16:00 TUE (b012yngz)

Jest a Minute 04:00 WED (b012yngz)

Joe Lycett's Obsessions 07:30 WED (m000d85z)

Joe Lycett's Obsessions 17:30 WED (m000d85z)

Joe Lycett's Obsessions 22:00 WED (m000d85z)

Joe Lycett's Obsessions 05:30 THU (m000d85z)

Just a Minute 12:00 SAT (b01mhxnf)

Just a Minute 09:00 MON (b01mqmsb)

Just a Minute 16:00 MON (b01mqmsb)

Just a Minute 04:00 TUE (b01mqmsb)

Lenny Henry's Rogues Gallery 23:00 SUN (b07c2v2p)

Life With The Lyons 08:00 SUN (m000dhmt)

Life With The Lyons 12:00 SUN (m000dhmt)

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead 08:30 WED (b00hsff3)

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead 12:30 WED (b00hsff3)

Lines From My Grandfather's Forehead 19:30 WED (b00hsff3)

Listen Against 22:30 THU (b0089j50)

Marginalia 06:30 FRI (b046j96g)

Marginalia 13:30 FRI (b046j96g)

Marginalia 20:30 FRI (b046j96g)

Masala FM 22:30 SAT (b007jypp)

Odd Balls 16:30 TUE (b007608c)

Odd Balls 04:30 WED (b007608c)

Off the Page 00:30 SAT (b0076qr3)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b0076qvj)

On the Hour 22:30 MON (b007k4vr)

Phil Hammond's Bad Golf Day 11:30 SAT (b00t1tkm)

Phil Hammond's Bad Golf Day 21:30 SAT (b00t1tkm)

Pioneers 18:30 TUE (b00xxd41)

Pioneers 00:30 WED (b00xxd41)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m000dp29)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m000dp29)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m000dhn3)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m000dhn3)

Poets' Tree 23:15 SUN (b00srg4q)

Political Animals 23:45 SAT (b03mhwd5)

Queens of Noise - Omnibus 06:00 SUN (b04cfft4)

Queens of Noise - Omnibus 13:00 SUN (b04cfft4)

Queens of Noise - Omnibus 01:00 MON (b04cfft4)

Radiolab 11:00 SUN (m000dhmy)

Radiolab 19:00 SUN (m000dhmy)

Reluctant Persuaders 05:00 SAT (b08kxzvv)

Reluctant Persuaders 07:00 FRI (b08ljxcc)

Reluctant Persuaders 17:00 FRI (b08ljxcc)

Ronald Frame Short Stories 07:15 SUN (b08swpy2)

Ronald Frame Short Stories 14:15 SUN (b08swpy2)

Ronald Frame Short Stories 02:15 MON (b08swpy2)

Round the Horne 08:30 TUE (b00lvz50)

Round the Horne 12:30 TUE (b00lvz50)

Round the Horne 19:30 TUE (b00lvz50)

Semi Circles 09:30 MON (b007jtxf)

Semi Circles 16:30 MON (b007jtxf)

Semi Circles 04:30 TUE (b007jtxf)

Ship of Spies 06:30 THU (b00xgqx9)

Ship of Spies 13:30 THU (b00xgqx9)

Ship of Spies 20:30 THU (b00xgqx9)

Ship of Spies 01:30 FRI (b00xgqx9)

Sketchorama 22:30 TUE (b062nrxn)

Supermarket Symphony 06:30 MON (b01293bv)

Supermarket Symphony 13:30 MON (b01293bv)

Supermarket Symphony 20:30 MON (b01293bv)

Supermarket Symphony 01:30 TUE (b01293bv)

Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar 02:00 SAT (b01qkqv0)

Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar 14:00 MON (b01qlmls)

Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar 02:00 TUE (b01qlmls)

Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar 14:00 TUE (b01qm4q2)

Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar 02:00 WED (b01qm4q2)

Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar 14:00 WED (b01qmb0l)

Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar 02:00 THU (b01qmb0l)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m000dghp)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m000dghp)

The Burkiss Way 08:00 FRI (b007js7b)

The Burkiss Way 12:00 FRI (b007js7b)

The Burkiss Way 19:00 FRI (b007js7b)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 SUN (m000dp7n)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 TUE (m000dpb7)

The Comedy Club Interviews 23:25 WED (m000dqwc)

The Comedy Club Interviews 23:25 THU (m000dr7q)

The Comedy Club Interviews 22:55 FRI (m000drbg)

The Emerald Green Show 04:30 SAT (b077ygkd)

The Emerald Green Show 09:30 FRI (b078dlrj)

The Emerald Green Show 16:30 FRI (b078dlrj)

The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket 08:00 MON (b04t6tf8)

The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket 12:00 MON (b04t6tf8)

The Enchanting World of Hinge and Bracket 19:00 MON (b04t6tf8)

The Goon Show 12:30 SAT (b007jlsh)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b012bz13)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b012bz13)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b012bz13)

The Hudson and Pepperdine Show 23:00 THU (b00762ck)

The Ken Dodd Show 08:00 THU (b007jx51)

The Ken Dodd Show 12:00 THU (b007jx51)

The Ken Dodd Show 19:00 THU (b007jx51)

The Lawrence Sweeney Mix 22:30 WED (b00kpybx)

The Listening Project 10:10 SUN (b0612rj5)

The Maltby Collection 23:30 FRI (b00crds8)

The Marx Brothers' Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel 08:30 FRI (b007xvlm)

The Marx Brothers' Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel 12:30 FRI (b007xvlm)

The Marx Brothers' Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel 19:30 FRI (b007xvlm)

The News Quiz Extra 23:00 MON (m000dghs)

The News Quiz Extra 09:00 TUE (m000dghs)

The Northern Irish Man in CS Lewis 16:00 SUN (b007jw8w)

The Northern Irish Man in CS Lewis 04:00 MON (b007jw8w)

The Palace of Laughter 18:30 WED (b007k2kn)

The Palace of Laughter 00:30 THU (b007k2kn)

The Rest is History 09:00 WED (b07858bs)

The Rest is History 16:00 WED (b07858bs)

The Rest is History 04:00 THU (b07858bs)

The Shepherd's Life 14:45 MON (b05r0b35)

The Shepherd's Life 02:45 TUE (b05r0b35)

The Shepherd's Life 14:45 TUE (b05r3tcz)

The Shepherd's Life 02:45 WED (b05r3tcz)

The Shepherd's Life 14:45 WED (b05r3xc3)

The Shepherd's Life 02:45 THU (b05r3xc3)

The Shepherd's Life 14:45 THU (b05r3zjm)

The Shepherd's Life 02:45 FRI (b05r3zjm)

The Shepherd's Life 14:45 FRI (b05r6sx0)

The Show What You Wrote 22:00 SAT (b06s9f1j)

The Skewer 05:30 SAT (m000czy8)

The Skewer 07:30 FRI (m000d869)

The Skewer 17:30 FRI (m000d869)

The Skewer 22:00 FRI (m000d869)

The Stanley Baxter Playhouse 07:00 THU (b06shzjj)

The Stanley Baxter Playhouse 17:00 THU (b06shzjj)

The Stanley Baxter Playhouse 05:00 FRI (b06shzjj)

The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains 18:45 SUN (b06pxm4h)

The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains 00:45 MON (b06pxm4h)

The Unbelievable Truth 07:30 MON (m000d7pb)

The Unbelievable Truth 17:30 MON (m000d7pb)

The Unbelievable Truth 22:00 MON (m000d7pb)

The Unbelievable Truth 05:30 TUE (m000d7pb)

The Voices of... 07:30 SAT (b07vq2c2)

The Voices of... 17:30 SAT (b07vq2c2)

The Voices of... 05:30 SUN (b07vq2c2)

The Write Stuff 09:00 THU (m000djsp)

The Write Stuff 16:00 THU (m000djsp)

The Write Stuff 04:00 FRI (m000djsp)

Theo 06:00 SAT (b007jt2n)

Theo 16:00 SAT (b007jt2n)

Theo 04:00 SUN (b007jt2n)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups 22:30 SUN (b06r81v3)

Tony Law's Surreal Guide to Surreal Comedy 11:00 WED (m000djpg)

Tony Law's Surreal Guide to Surreal Comedy 21:00 WED (m000djpg)

Travels with Bob 15:45 SUN (b0868vgp)

Travels with Bob 03:45 MON (b0868vgp)

VI Warshawski 06:00 FRI (b0089j85)

VI Warshawski 13:00 FRI (b0089j85)

VI Warshawski 20:00 FRI (b0089j85)

Vent 23:00 TUE (b01g98f4)

We've Been Here Before 04:00 SAT (b00ft41b)

We've Been Here Before 09:00 FRI (b00fy1g5)

We've Been Here Before 16:00 FRI (b00fy1g5)

Weird Tales 18:30 SAT (b01ns0yb)

Weird Tales 00:30 SUN (b01ns0yb)

What Would Jesus Eat? 06:30 TUE (b00rxjgw)

What Would Jesus Eat? 13:30 TUE (b00rxjgw)

What Would Jesus Eat? 20:30 TUE (b00rxjgw)

What Would Jesus Eat? 01:30 WED (b00rxjgw)

Why Women Read Fiction (Omnibus) 09:00 SUN (m000dhmw)

Will Self's Great British Bus Journey 02:15 SAT (b09qhscb)

Wondermentalist Cabaret 23:00 SAT (b00y2f1f)