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SATURDAY 15 AUGUST 2020

SAT 00:00 Victor Pemberton - The Slide (m000lp4l)
5. Danger Point

The oozing mud begins to surround the new town of Redlow in an apparently organised manner.

The local residents of Kent are increasingly in danger...

Victor Pemberton's vintage sci-fi serial starring Roger Delgado and Maurice Denham.

Hugh Deverill, MP …. Maurlce Denham
Josef Gomez …. Roger Delgado
Dr Ken Richards …. David Spenser
Mrs Luke …. Noel Hood
Janet Marshal …. Elizabeth Proud
Inspector Baxter …. Geoffrey Matthews
Sergeant Johnson …. Wilfred Babbage
Professor Lippert …. Allan McClelland
Nursing Sister …. Eva Haddon
Dr Robeson …. Michael Kilgarriff
Professor Landers …. Rolf Lefebvre
Anna Deverill …. Marion Mathie
First Journalist …. Anthony Jackson
Second Journalist …. Hector Ross
Third Journalist/Policeman …. Brian Hewlett
RAF Corporal …. Anthony Hall
American Journalist …. Peter Marinker
Vicar …. Noel Howlett
'Tug' Wilson …. Stephen Jack
Mrs Wilson …. Miriam Margolyes

Special Effects: The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Producer: John Tydeman

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in March 1966.


SAT 00:30 Off the Page (b072zkkm)
Putting Your Foot in It

Dominic Arkwright discusses putting your foot in it, with Melissa Kite, Dominic Holland and Annie Nightingale. From August 2006.


SAT 01:00 Wimsey (b007jwgl)
Busman's Honeymoon

The Mysteries of Married Life

Honeymooners Lord Peter Wimsey and his wife soon find their marital bliss disturbed - by something nasty in the cellar.

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey – the British gentleman detective created by Dorothy L Sayers.

First published in 1937 and adapted in six episodes by Alistair Beaton.

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

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

Lord Peter Wimsey …. Ian Carmichael
Lady Wimsey …. Sarah Badel
Bunter …. Peter Jones
Miss Twitterton …. Rosemary Leach
Mrs Ruddle …. Pearl Hackney
Mr Puffett …. Michael Ripper
The Rev Goodacre …. Gerald Sim
MacBride …. Roger Lloyd Pack
Frank Crutchley …. Kenneth Cranham
Narrator …. John Westbrook

Producer: Martin Fisher.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1983.


SAT 01:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzm)
5. The End?

A dramatic climax on the Lakeland Fells.

Is this the beginning of the end for Jiffy and Burco?

Conclusion of Eric Pringle’s unlikely adventure about a singing duo.

Starring Dilys Laye and Polly James.

Henrietta ..... Dilys Laye
Louise ..... Polly James
Jiffy Perkins ..... Peter Craze
Burco Madrid ..... John Hollis
BB ..... William Simons
Det Sgt Digly ..... Trevor Nichols
City Nigel ..... Philip Sully
Det Inspector ..... David Sinclair
John ..... Richard Tate

Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1988.


SAT 02:00 Wordaholics (b01rlmpt)
Series 2

Episode 1

Gyles Brandreth hosts the comedy panel show in which guests are challenged to display their knowledge of words and language.

On the panel: comedians Milton Jones and Alun Cochrane, Dictionary Corner's Susie Dent and Front Row critic Natalie Haynes.

Milton Jones will be coining his own new fear - the fear of becoming a monk: 'cloisterphobia'; Alun Cochrane's Yorkshire roots help him guess the meaning of the Polish word 'prozvonit'; Susie Dent explains the origin of the phrase 'gingering up' and Natalie Haynes tries to ban the word 'guesstimate'.

Writers: Jon Hunter and James Kettle.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2013.


SAT 02:30 Romantic Friction (b00764j4)
Clouds

Romance writer, Anna is blissfully happy, Brian is finding that grading sand paper is fun when he's thinking about Anna, and even faithful cockney muse Minnie is happy because it looks as if Anna's new-found romance is spilling over into her prose.

But could there be a cloud on the horizon when Brian's old friend Dougie unexpectedly turns up with the tempting offer of building fibreglass ducks in the Shetland Islands?

Samantha Bond and Hugh Bonneville star in Michelle Read's 4-part comedy-drama

Anna ...... Samantha Bond
Brian ...... Hugh Bonneville
Deirdre ...... Beth Chambers
Fertility Doll ...... Adjoa Andoh
Buddah ...... Kammy Darweish
Brenda ...... Michelle Read
Bob ...... Andrew Wincott
Minnie ...... Sue Elliott-Nicholls
Book ...... Michael Fenton Stevens
Bob ...... Andrew Wincott

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2001.


SAT 03:00 Drama (b08jk8x6)
Jules Verne - Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Episode 2

Axel is in grave danger. Thirty leagues of rock lie above him. Should he go up or down?

The conclusion of Jules Verne novel - the ultimate adventure story of three intrepid explorers venturing into an Icelandic volcano.

Adapted by Moya O'Shea.

Axel ...... Joel MacCormack
Professor Lidenbrock ...... Stephen Critchlow
Hans ...... Gudmundur Thorvaldsson
Grauben ...... Nicola Ferguson

Composer: Neil Brand

Director: Tracey Neale

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2017.


SAT 04:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000lp4j)
Holidays In Your Headphones

Staying at home this summer? No problem!
Amanda Litherland and Chrystal Genesis suggest podcasts that let you visit museums, art galleries and the great outdoors all over the world - from the comfort of your headphones.

And there's something to keep the little ones entertained too! CBeebies star Maddie Moate discusses her new podcast Maddie's Sound Explorers - and chats about the rise of family friendly podcasts.

Recommended this week:
The National Trust Podcast
Women Who Travel - Conde Nast Traveler
Black Women Travel Podcast
The Armchair Explorer

Maddie's Sound Explorers

Art Matters Podcast - Art UK
The Lonely Palette
Simon Schama - The Great Gallery Tours - Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
Bow Down: Women In Art - Frieze
Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast


SAT 05:00 The Golden Age (b01nt07r)
Interesting Talks

Set in the BBC's Broadcasting House in London during the 1930s, this series follows head of programmes, John Tharb and his assistant, Mabel Hopcraft as they struggle to deal with the foibles and fragile egos of radio's biggest stars.

These include the perpetually drunk band-leader, Ronaldo and the most boring man in radio, Mallard Tofts. Tharb's task is not made any easier by having to constantly defer to the whims and wishes of his irascible boss, Lord Reith.

Robert Bathurst stars in the first radio sitcom to be written by Channel 4's Father Ted writer, Arthur Mathews.

In this episode, a series of mysterious deaths brings the police to the BBC.

What could be causing people to die in front of their wireless sets? Meanwhile, Mabel tries to introduce some modern entertainment to the BBC from "up north".

John Tharb ...... Robert Bathurst
Mabel Hopcraft ...... Vicky McClure
Lord Reith ...... Ford Kiernan
Inspector Cawls ...... Peter Egan
Captain Mallard Tofts ...... Malcolm Tierney
Chip Gibney ...... Kevin Bishop
Ronaldo / Dickie Squires ...... Ewan Bailey

Producer: Simon Mayhew-Archer.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2012.


SAT 05:30 Cabin Pressure (b00m4472)
Series 2

Limerick

In the last of the series, an interminable flight with a very baffling cargo gives our crew the opportunity to pass the time by alternately opening their hearts up to each other and persuading Arthur not to play charades...

Starring
Carolyn Knapp-Shappey ..... Stephanie Cole
1st Officer Douglas Richardson ..... Roger Allam
Capt. Martin Crieff ..... Benedict Cumberbatch
Arthur Shappey ..... John Finnemore

Written by John Finnemore.

Produced & directed by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4


SAT 06:00 Arthur Wing Pinero - Dandy Dick (b007jt15)
A dean, who is a paragon of dignity and decorum, is driven by an indiscreet act into a most undignified dilemma. A horse and racing folk are also involved.

Alec McCowen and Patricia Routledge star in Arthur Wing Pinero's farce.

The Dean ...... Alec McCowen
Georgiana Tidman ...... Patricia Routledge
Sir Tristram Mardon ...... Nigel Stock
Salome ...... Susan Kyd
Sheba ...... Melinda Walker
Blore ...... John Church
Mr Darbey ...... Richard Clifford
Major Tarver ...... John Rye
Hatcham ...... Shaun Prendergast
Hannah Topping ...... Anne Jameson
Noah Topping ...... Garard Green

Producer John Tydeman.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1986


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b05vy6f2)
Series 36

Val McDermid on PD James

Val McDermid thinks crime writing is most definitely a suitable job for a woman. She believes women are good at observing the minutiae of life and incorporating them into clue development. Despite writing a book entitled 'An Unsuitable Job For A Woman', PD James evidently thought the same. Val McDermid discusses her life with the help of James' friend, the literary critic Peter Kemp.

PD James died in November 2014 aged 94.

Producer: Maggie Ayre

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


SAT 08:00 Quote... Unquote (m0001114)
5/11/2018

Quote … Unquote, the popular humorous celebrity quotations quiz is back!

In almost 40 years, Nigel Rees has been joined by writers, actors, musicians, scientists and various comedy types. Kenneth Williams, Judi Dench, PD James, Larry Adler, Ian McKellen, Peter Cook, Kingsley Amis, Peter Ustinov… have all graced the Quote Unquote stage.

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

In the first episode of series 54:

Award-winning writer of the Vicar of Dibley - Paul Mayhew-Archer
Broadcaster and author - Francine Stock
Comedian - Phil Wang

Presenter, Nigel Rees
Producer, Simon Nicholls

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in November 2018.


SAT 08:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b00s648y)
Series 3

Fatal Distraction

Robert Wilson encounters a young flame.

Farcical sitcom about the trials and tribulations of a young actor desperately seeking work.

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

Robert ..... John Gordon Sinclair
Desmond Shaw ..... Gary Waldhorn
Sue ..... Gina McKee

With:
Toby Longworth
Jon Glover
Stephanie Pack

Producer: Dianne Messias

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 1993.


SAT 09:00 4 Extra Says I Do (b0b2jd1q)
Comedian Lucy Porter rummages through the bottom drawer of the archives for a beady celebration of marriage, for better and for worse.

She tracks the shift in nuptial trends since the 1950’s, hears from three couples tying the knot in 2018 and a wedding photographer who’s chronicled the changes.

Lucy is joined by real-life husband - writer, actor and comedian Justin Edwards - to flick through their own wedding album, reminisce about embarrassing best men’s speeches and reflect on married life. Who gets first dibs on domestic material when both partners are comedians?

Featuring:

* 1950 archive of a panel of men reeling off their requirements for the perfect wife from WOMAN’S HOUR on the BBC Home Service.

* Trevor, the hapless groom, features in a drama from BLOOD IN THE BRIDAL SHOP by Nancy Harris and Louise Ramsden, in which he wonders how his mother in law has turned what promised to be a small private event into the wedding of the year.

* Justin Edwards stars as Antony, alongside Miles Jupp as Damien Trench, in an episode of IN AND OUT OF THE KITCHEN in which Antony has to give a best man’s speech.

* SIMON EVANS GOES TO MARKET looking at the economics of weddings and marriage.

* Safraz Manzoor explores how British Asians were quick to latch on to matchmaking on the internet in LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.

* A fly on the wall documentary from the series, LIVES IN A LANDSCAPE, tracking the wedding plans of Ryan and Mimi from Manchester.

* And Olivia Colman starts in an episode of FIVE WEDDING DRESSES by Katie Hims, as the bride who never wants to take off her wedding dress.

Producer: Lindsay Leonard

Made for 4 Extra and first broadcast in May 2018.


SAT 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jsvk)
Series 5

The Election Candidate

The electioneering lad battles to represent East Cheam in the Houses of Parliament.

Stars Tony Hancock.

With Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams.

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Theme and incidental music written by Wally Stott.

Producer: Tom Ronald

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in March 1958.


SAT 12:30 Control Group Six (b08lyslh)
Series 2

Episode 1

President Frank is dead, killed by an exploding theatre review at the end of the last series.

So Control Group Six, the Company's experimental town is now minus a leader.

Our hero, Dr Heaven, is looking for a job, and he doesn't mind light cleaning. Can the Director of the Company help or will her plans put a different sheen on Heaven's career?

Series two of the bizarre four-part comedy - half sketch show and half psychological thriller.

Written and performed by Richard Bean, Andrew Clifford, Clive Coleman and Colin Swash.

With Geraldine Fitzgerald.

Producer: Jon Rolph

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1997.


SAT 13:00 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzf)
1. Heist

A change in the weather is about to alter the lives of two innocent ladies from Shropshire who become entangled with a couple of Cockney crooks.

Eric Pringle’s unlikely adventure about a singing duo in five parts .

Starring Dilys Laye and Polly James.

Henrietta ..... Dilys Laye
Louise ..... Polly James
Jiffy Perkins ..... Peter Craze
Burco Madrid ..... John Hollis
Billy ..... Norman Bird
Driver ..... Richard Tate

Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1988.


SAT 13:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nz2)
2. Pursuit

Our hopeless heroes from Shropshire, Henrietta and Louise, are being hotly pursued by the avenging arm of the law and the underworld.

Eric Pringle’s unlikely adventure about a singing duo.

Starring Polly James. and Dilys Laye.

Henrietta ..... Dilys Laye
Louise ..... Polly James
Jiffy Perkins ..... Peter Craze
Burco Madrid ..... John Hollis
BB ..... William Simons
Det Sgt Digly ..... Trevor Nichols
City Nigel ..... Philip Sully
Waiter ..... Richard Tate
Other parts ..... David Sinclair

Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1988.


SAT 14:00 A Change in the Weather (m0005nz6)
3. Suspicion

In the Lake District, Henrietta and Louise suspect there's something fishy going on, as the pursuit for the villains continues...

Eric Pringle’s unlikely adventure about a singing duo.

Starring Dilys Laye and Polly James.

Henrietta ..... Dilys Laye
Louise ..... Polly James
Jiffy Perkins ..... Peter Craze
Burco Madrid ..... John Hollis
BB ..... William Simons
Det Sgt Digly ..... Trevor Nichols
City Nigel ..... Philip Sully
Shopkeeper .... Amerjit Deu

Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1988.


SAT 14:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzv)
4. Closing In

Still on the run from assorted pursuers, Jiffy and Burco have become lost and found and scared.

Eric Pringle’s unlikely adventure about a singing duo.

Starring Polly James and Dilys Laye.

Henrietta ..... Dilys Laye
Louise ..... Polly James
Jiffy Perkins ..... Peter Craze
Burco Madrid ..... John Hollis
BB ..... William Simons
Det Sgt Digly ..... Trevor Nichols
City Nigel ..... Philip Sully
Shopkeeper .... Amerjit Deu
John ..... Richard Tate

Director: Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1988.


SAT 15:00 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 01:30 today]


SAT 15:30 A Good Read (b00t20rp)
Shazia Mirza and Diana Quick

Comedian Shazia Mirza and actress Diana Quick chat to Sue MacGregor about their favourite books by Lorrie Moore, Anton Chekov and Alison Lurie.

A Gate At The Stairs by Lorrie Moore
Publisher: Faber

About Love and Other Stories by Anton Chekov
Publisher: Oxford World Classics, translator: Rosamund Bartlett

Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
Publisher: Vintage

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2010.


SAT 16:00 Arthur Wing Pinero - Dandy Dick (b007jt15)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b05vy6f2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (b09w16mn)
Hexagonal Phase

3. In Space, No One Can Hear You Complain

Are Arthur Dent, Trillian and Random really the last remaining humans in The Galaxy? Maybe not.

A full-cast production of the sixth book in the famous Hitchhiker's Guide trilogy, based on Eoin Colfer’s ‘And Another Thing...’

The Book …. John Lloyd
Arthur Dent …. Simon Jones
Ford Prefect …. Geoff McGivern
Zaphod Beeblebrox …. Mark Wing-Davey
Tricia …. Sandra Dickinson
Trillian …. Susan Sheridan
Trillian …. Jim Broadbent
Fenchurch …. Jane Horrocks
Random …. Samantha Beart
Wowbagger …. Toby Longworth
Constant Mown …. Andy Secombe
Hillman Hunter …. Ed Byrne
The Consultant …. Lenny Henry
Aseed Preflux …. Philip Pope
Thor …. Mitch Benn
Ctuthu …. Jon Culshaw
The Guide Mk II …. Prof Stephen Hawking
Buckeye Brown …. Tom Alexander
Mogdud …. Theo Maggs
Baldur …. Phillipe Bosher

Based on the novel with additional material by Douglas Adams

The series is co-written, directed and sound-designed by Dirk Maggs.

Music by Philip Pope

Produced by Dirk Maggs, Helen Chattwell and David Morley

A Perfectly Normal production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in March 2018.


SAT 18:30 Ben Moor - Undone (b00f6ddb)
Series 2

Unrelated

Edna interrogates The Prince, learns more about her own powers and takes on the public information porn industry.

Staring Alex Tregear and Ben Moor.

Ben Moor's comic sci-fi saga about magazine editor Edna Turner entering a parallel world where her version of London is replaced with the city of Undone.

Edna Turner ...... Alex Tregear
Tankerton Slopes ...... Ben Moor
Billy ...... Duncan Wisbey
Ida ...... Sophie Duval
Prince ...... Kevin Eldon

Other parts played by the cast.

Producer: Colin Anderson

Made for BBC Radio 7 by BBC Radio Comedy and first broadcast in February 2008.


SAT 19:00 4 Extra Says I Do (b0b2jd1q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar (b09fzbfm)
Series 2

The Financial Crash

Alexei considers the causes and fall-out of the 2008 financial crash, the appeal of Donald Trump and laments his lack of mainstream success.

The Godfather of Alternative Comedy delivers a mixture of stand-up, memoir and philosophy from behind the counter of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar.

Written by Alexei Sayle

Performed by Alexei Sayle with Sean Baker

Original music and lyrics by Tim Sutton

Producer: Joe Nunnery

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


SAT 22:30 Agendum (b0bgfx69)
Series 1

Crisis

A current affairs parody and stupidly feasible visit to the 24-hour Hall Of Opinion Mirrors. Taking both sides of serious issues seriously

A cotton-based crisis, a row about dimensionality and the ethics of the whoopee cushion are analysed with forensic skill by a team of paid voices, chaired by chairperson-in-chief Alexandra Palisades in this new parody created by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris.

With Carrie Quinlan as Alexandra Palisades

And the voices of:

Justin Edwards
Melanie Hudson
Kath Hughes
Simon Kane
Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong
Jess Robinson
Luke Sumner
Tony Way

Written by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris

Produced by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in August 2018.


SAT 23:00 That Mitchell and Webb Sound (b03kqg03)
Series 5

Episode 3

An unusually pedantic episode of BBC Radio 4's Gardeners Question Time, digital life after death, and the mysterious world you might find at the back of a stationery cupboard.

Offbeat sketches from the lopsided world of David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

With Olivia Colman and James Bachman.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2013.


SAT 23:30 Sarah Millican's Support Group (b011j6lq)
Series 2

5. 'I'm a mother in need of quiet'

"Sibling Rivalry: The grass is always greener in my brother's massive garden"

"I'm a mother in need of quiet - do drum kits have a mute button?"

Sarah Millican is a life counsellor and modern-day agony aunt tackling the nation's problems head on, dishing out real advice for real people.

Assisted by her very own team of experts of the heart - man of the people local cabbie Terry, and self qualified counsellor Marion,

Sarah tackles the nation's problems head on and has a solution for everything.

Sarah ...... Sarah Millican
Marion ...... Ruth Bratt
Terry ...... Simon Daye
Melissa ...... Isabel Fay
Michael ...... Miles Jupp
Janet ...... Annie Aldington

Written by Sarah Millican.

Producer: Lianne Coop

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2011



SUNDAY 16 AUGUST 2020

SUN 00:00 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (b09w16mn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:30 Ben Moor - Undone (b00f6ddb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nz2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:30 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 A Change in the Weather (m0005nz6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 01:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 A Good Read (b00t20rp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Arthur Wing Pinero - Dandy Dick (b007jt15)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b05vy6f2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 06:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nz2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:30 on Saturday]


SUN 07:00 A Change in the Weather (m0005nz6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 07:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 08:00 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 01:30 on Saturday]


SUN 08:30 Ray's a Laugh (b007jrr2)
From 01/11/1949

Ted and Kitty bicker over too much toothpaste, plus news of a curious will.

Starring Ted Ray.

With Kitty Bluett, Peter Sellers, Patricia Hayes, Fred Yule and Leslie Perrins.

Ray's A Laugh - the successor to ITMA - follows the comedy exploits of Ted's life at home with his 'radio' wife Kitty, as well as in a variety of jobs. It ran from 1949-1961.

Scripted by Eddie Maguire and Ted Ray.

Music from Bob and Alf Pearson and The Beaux and The Belles.

BBC Dance Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black.

Producer: George Inns

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in November 1949.


SUN 09:00 Not in Front of the Children (b05p9vz3)
Series 1

While the Brood's Away

Sending the children off for a holiday with friends is one thing - but what do you do with your life while they're away?

Starring Wendy Craig and Francis Matthew.

The comedy mishaps of the Corner family - Jennifer and Henry and their three kids Trudi, Amanda and Robin.

Four series were first shown on BBC TV from 1967 to 1970. Richard Waring adapted his own scripts for this radio version, now fully restored from the original reel-to-reel tapes. Wendy Craig won a Best Actress BAFTA award for the TV version of Not in Front of the Children in 1969.

Jennifer …. Wendy Craig
Henry …. Francis Matthews
Trudi …. Roberta Tovey
Robin …. Hugo Keith-Johnston
Amanda …. Jill Riddick
Biddy …. Madeleine Howell
Roy …. David Dodimead
Fred Simmons …. Jeffrey Segal
Elizabeth …. Karen Newport
Johnny …. Christopher Reynalds

Music by Ronnie Hazlehurst

Producer: Trafford Whitelock.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1969.


SUN 09:30 Rent (b04lxtl4)
Series 2

Episode 1

Paul's got his heart set on Ruby, Ruby's thinking of her missing guinea pig, Maria's plotting to get rid of the DJ rig and Richard's mind's set on a skip...

Lucy Flannery's Writers' Guild award-winning sitcom about Maria and Richard who take in lodgers.

Maria ...... Barbara Flynn
Richard ...... Patrick Barlow
Amy ...... Linda Polan
Paul ...... Toby Longworth

With Vivienne Rochester and Nelson David.

Producer: Liz Anstee.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1995.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b08xpw41)
Islands

Frank Kermode

From Handel to Strauss. Literary critic Frank Kermode’s shares his castaway choices with Sue Lawley.

One of the most influential teachers of his age, Frank is credited with bringing the new literary theory of Structuralism to this country. Something, as he admits to Sue Lawley, he now profoundly regrets.

He traces his life, "lived like tumbleweed in the wind", from a short-sighted, studious boy growing up on the Isle of Man to King Edward Professor of English Literature at Cambridge University.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1997.


SUN 10:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b010y0r7)
Series 2

Chimps

They say, David Attenborough reports, that we share more of our genes with chimpanzees than any other species alive today. And this proximity of Homo Sapiens to the chimpanzee motivated Sir David even more to film behaviour never before seen.

It had been known for some time that chimps hunt monkeys for meat, but it would be a first to film it for TV audiences. To film such a hunt required days of waiting and tracking a troop through the Equatorial African forest - and when the hunt came and was over it changed Attenborough's view of chimps and their importance to us, forever.

Written and presented by David Attenborough.

Producer: Julian Hector

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2011.


SUN 11:00 Charles Parker Prize (m000lsjd)
2020

2020 is another year of exceptional student feature makers - celebrated in the annual Charles Parker Prize programme.

Awarded to university and college students across the UK in recognition of outstanding feature production, the prize is named after the famous radio producer Charles Parker.

Though the late 1950s and 60s, Charles Parker, along with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, produced a series of innovative programmes now known as the 'Radio Ballads' which arguably pioneered a new landscape of radio storytelling - combining interwoven interviews and original verbatim musical compositions.

Charles' daughter Sara Parker, herself an award-winning radio producer, introduces this year's winners and finalists, as we hear their journeys producing eight award-winning features on themes ranging from dementia, sex working, Cornish identity, film projection, and homelessness; all in celebration of her father's legacy.

This programme showcases extracts from all five winners of 2020; Alex Morgan, Charlotte Hurrell, Gabriel Green, Lewis Harrrower, and Richard Queree, as well as the three runner-up finalists; Bruce Guthrie, Chantal Herbert, and James Montague. You can hear the five winners' work in full in the series 'New Storytellers' on BBC Sounds.

Producer: Jay Sykes

A Soundscape Production for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m000lsjj)
The Still Life Poet

Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's poetry archive and selects The Still Life Poet featuring the extraordinary life and work of little known Scottish poet, William Soutar who spent the last 13 years of his life in a bed.

Scotland's National Poet, Liz Lochhead, came across one poem of Soutar's that gave her the shivers, but she knows very little about the man and the rest of his work.

William Soutar produced many collections of poetry, most of which he wrote in one room and in what was to become his deathbed. Soutar had developed a debilitating condition of the spine which paralysed him from the waist down. Unable to move and with only a window to see the world, he became a Still Life Poet.

In his final years, Soutar wrote diaries which show a man with a wicked sense of humour, caricaturing his numerous bedside visitors and turning his ailments into playful rhymes. We also discover a mind that dissects everything from war, religion, sex and mortality, through to the songs sung by the blackbirds outside his window.

William Soutar was arguably one of Scotland's greatest poets and a key figure of the Scottish Literary Renaissance but why has his name been buried?

Liz Lochhead travels to the Soutar house in his hometown of Perth to find out and to assess how this sense of place, along with his disability, shaped his writing with the help of people who believe his name and work should be remembered.

Readings by Monty d'Inverno

Producer: Emily Smallman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


SUN 12:30 Believe It! (b08n2yhf)
Series 3

Legacy

After a recent brush with death, Richard considers the legacy he will leave behind. So he ponders the best way to bequeath something to the next generation.

The third series of Jon Canter's not quite true autobiography of Richard Wilson. Will you believe any of it?

Himself ...... Richard Wilson
Himself ...... David Tennant
Himself ...... John Humphrys
Herself ...... Kathy Clugston
Himself ...... Daniel Evans
Mr Bean ...... Simon Greenall
Jennifer La Marr ...... Lucy Robinson
Lucinda ...... Lucy Robinson
Margy ...... Kellie Shirley
Mary McCormack ...... Martine McMenemy
Julie ...... Eva Feiler

Produced and directed by Clive Brill.

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in April 2017


SUN 13:00 Arthur Bostrom's Summer Holiday (b062n3n0)
Arthur Bostrom fishes out his old bucket and spade and takes a sunny stroll through the radio archives celebrating the Summer holiday season.

On his travels we hear new contributions from Su Pollard, Melvyn Hayes, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Zeb Soanes.

His selection includes:

* "Fun and Laughter on a Summer Holiday"
Arthur Bostrom unpacks a suitcase of music, mirth and memories as he searches for the perfect summer holiday.

* Life With The Lyons: Back in the Autumn
The Lyon's family is planning their summer holiday, but will it be plain sailing? Stars Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon. From June 1953.

* Steptoe and Son: Homes Fit For Heroes
Harold makes holiday plans to sail around the world with a group of young adventurers, but what does he do with Albert? Stars Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett

* All Gas And Gaiters: The Bishop Takes A Holiday
A clerical outing to a dwindling community parish causes chaos. Adapted from TV with Derek Nimmo and William Mervyn. From July 1972

* Hancock's Half Hour: Back From Holiday
After a disastrous break, the lad discovers Sid's rented his house out. Stars Tony Hancock and Sid James. From October 1956

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in July 2015


SUN 16:00 Andrew Rissik - A Man Alone (m000lsjr)
Harriet

After 15 years Philip and Jennifer have settled into marriage in the same way that he has settled into his job as a TV producer. Drink, he finds, helps considerably. So does Harriet. But in the end both Harriet and the whisky let him down.

Only then, with props to help him, can Philip see the pattern that stands out so clearly in his life.

The ups and downs in the life story of Philip Tremayne.

The last of three plays by Andrew Rissik and starring Ronald Pickup.

Philip Tremayne …. Ronald Pickup
Jennifer .... Brenda Blethyn
Harriet .... Jane Leonard
Alan ... James MacPherson
Philip's Father .... Patrick Troughton
Anthony ... Benedict Taylor
Mr Tomkin ... George Baker
Philip as a boy ... Barnaby Rhys-Jones
Consultant ... Richard Durden

Director: Jeremy Mortimer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1986.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m000lsjj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 Believe It! (b08n2yhf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Mind's Eye (b007wqdd)
Whispers

A young boy swears he’s under attack by a poltergeist.

Another case for father and daughter psychotherapy team Lorcan and Aoife Malloy...

Five tales of the paranormal written by Gemma McMullan and Gerry Casey.

Lorcan Molloy …. Dermot Crowley
Aoife Molloy …. Cathy Belton
Fergus Rainer …. Mark Lambert
Brian Walsh …. Richard Orr
David McAlease …. Sean Campion
Eamonn McAlease …. Eamonn Owens
Radio Presenter …. Gerard Murphy

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by BBC Northern Ireland and first broadcast in 2006.


SUN 18:30 The World of Daphne Du Maurier (b09wv5qs)
The Apple Tree

Recently widowed George Carey has an irrational hatred for the old apple tree in his garden.

He decides it must be dug up - but it's a decision he's going to regret for the rest of his life - what's left of it...

Charles Gray stars in another adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's famous short stories.

Mr Carey ... Charles Gray
Willis ... Douglas Blackwell
Midge ..., Patricia Leventon
Mrs Lord ... Katherine Parr
Mrs Hall ... Daphne Rogers

Dramatised and produced by Derek Hoddinott.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in August 1974.


SUN 19:00 Charles Parker Prize (m000lsjd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 20:00 Andrew Rissik - A Man Alone (m000lsjr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b08xpw41)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b010y0r7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 Believe It! (b08n2yhf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking (m0001dd2)
Series 2

Episode 3

Office life, relationships and 'Lossie Come Home'.

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

With Rosie Cavaliero, Ben Moor and Ben Willbond.

Written by Laura Solon.

With additional material by Stephen Carlin, Ben Moor and Charlie Miller.
.
Producer: Colin Anderson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2008.


SUN 23:00 The Mark Steel Lecture (b007k482)
Series 1

Charlie Chaplin

Radical comic Mark Steel profile the fascinating life and character of the legendary silent film star, Charlie Chaplin.

Series of humorous lectures covering historical figures who shaped their era.

With Melanie Hudson and Martin Hyder.

Producer: Phil Clarke

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1999.


SUN 23:30 What to Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else (b014610b)
Series 2

Special Occasions

Andrew Lawrence explores the peculiar ways in which we choose to celebrate special occasions like weddings, birthdays, anniveraries, and religious holidays.

Series two of short comedic monologues taking a light-hearted look at various aspects of conventional living and the pressure we feel to conform to social norms and ideals.

Written by Andrew Lawrence.

Producer: Jane Berthoud

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2011


SUN 23:45 My Booze Hell, by Little Johnny Cartilage (b00dwnds)
Malcolm MacDonald's Sideburns

The faded 70s idol explains his downfall to a bemused Sue Lawley. With Johnny Meres and Peter Serafinowicz. From October 1996.



MONDAY 17 AUGUST 2020

MON 00:00 Mind's Eye (b007wqdd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:30 The World of Daphne Du Maurier (b09wv5qs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Arthur Bostrom's Summer Holiday (b062n3n0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Andrew Rissik - A Man Alone (m000lsjr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m000lsjj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Believe It! (b08n2yhf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Wimsey (b007jwgz)
Busman's Honeymoon

Credit Where Credit's Due

With William Noakes dead, Superintendent Kirk has his suspicions, but upper crust sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey is not so sure...

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey – the British gentleman detective created by Dorothy L Sayers.

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

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

Lord Peter Wimsey …. Ian Carmichael
Lady Wimsey …. Sarah Badel
Bunter …. Peter Jones
Mrs Ruddle …. Pearl Hackney
Mr Puffett …. Michael Ripper
MacBride …. Roger Lloyd Pack
Frank Crutchley …. Kenneth Cranham
Narrator …. John Westbrook
Superintendent Kirk …. Peter Vaughan
Constable Sellon …. Christopher Beeny

Dramatised by Alistair Beaton.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1983.


MON 06:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm2f)
Evil Under the Sun

Episode 1

Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot allows himself to be tempted by an English summer holiday at the seaside.

But he soon senses the presence of evil on Smugglers' Island...

Agatha Christie's whodunit stars John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot

From the book first published in 1941 and dramatised in five parts by Michael Bakewell.

Hercule Poirot …. John Moffatt
Carrie Gardener …. Wendy Craig
Odell Gardener …. John Rowe
Miss Brewster …. Joan Littlewood
Rev Stephen Lane …. Iwan Thomas
Christine Redfern …. Susannah Corbett
Patrick Redfern …. Iain Glen
Arlena Stuart/Marshall …. Fiona Fullerton
Rosamund Darnley …. Sabina Franklyn
Linda Marshall …. Lindsey Fawcett
Captain Kenneth Marshall …. Robin Ellis
Horace Blatt …. John Hartley

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1998.


MON 07:00 Plum House (b07jyw84)
Series 1

The Rather Risky Ramble

Tom returns from a team building course in London to find the Plum House team have been bickering in his absence. So he decides to put what he has learned into action.

Peter has a better idea to restore team spirit and suggests the museum's staff go on a walk through the Cumbrian countryside, known as Pudding's Horseshoe. Hiking boots on, the group set off on their ramble on a beautiful sunny day, full of enthusiasm and Kendal Mint Cake.

What can possibly go wrong?

Every year thousands of tourists flock to the Lake District. But one place they never go to is Plum House - the former country home of terrible poet George Pudding (1779-1848). Now a crumbling museum, losing money hand over fist, it struggles to stay open under its eccentric curator Peter Knight (Simon Callow).

Can anyone save Plum House from irreversible decline?

Peter ...... Simon Callow
Maureen ...... Jane Horrocks
Julian ...... Miles Jupp
Tom ...... Tom Bell
Alan ...... Pearce Quigley
Emma ...... Louise Ford

Directed and Produced by Paul Schlesinger

A Hat Trick production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in July 2016.


MON 07:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (b03lpc02)
Series 60

Episode 6

Back for a second week at the Milton Keynes Theatre, regulars Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor are joined on the panel by David Mitchell, with Jack Dee in the chair. Piano accompaniment is provided by Colin Sell.

Producer - Jon Naismith.


MON 08:00 The Navy Lark (b04cg41q)
Bunging Up

A lost toothbrush sparks chaos amongst the crew aboard HMS Troutbridge.

Tenniel Evans as the Admiral, Michael Bates as the Commander and Lawrie Wyman as AS Tiddy.

Stars Leslie Phillips, Jon Pertwee and Stephen Murray.

Laughs afloat aboard British Royal Navy frigate HMS Troutbridge. The Navy Lark ran for an impressive 13 series between 1959 and 1976.

The Sub-Lieutenant ...... Leslie Phillips
The Chief Petty Officer ...... Jon Pertwee
The Number One ...... Stephen Murray
Captain Povey ...... Richard Caldicot
Heather ...... Heather Chasen
The Admiral ...... Tenniel Evans
The Commander ....... Michael Bates
AS Tiddy ...... Lawrie Wyman

Written by Lawrie Wyman.

Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 1969.


MON 08:30 It Sticks Out Half a Mile (b007jq8k)
The Pin-Up Girl

Who can be persuaded to pose for the 'What The Butler Saw' machine on the pier in Frambourne-on-Sea?

A seaside saga of pier perpetuation starring John Le Mesurier, Ian Lavender and Bill Pertwee.

Arthur Wilson ...... John Le Mesurier
Frank Pike ...... Ian Lavender
Bert Hodges ...... Bill Pertwee
Miss Perkins ...... Vivienne Martin
Dudley Watkins ...... Christopher Biggins
Mr Hunter ...... Robin Parkinson.

Written by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles, based on the Dad's Army characters originally created by Jimmy Perry and David Croft.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in September 1984.


MON 09:00 Guess What? (b064dw48)
Episode 6

Animal, vegetable or mineral?

Barry Took hosts a revised version of popular radio parlour game of 20 questions.

Regular Geoffrey Durham is joined by Neil Innes and Jan Ravens.

Written by Michael Dines.

Producer: Andy Aliffe

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1998.


MON 09:30 Control Group Six (b08mnkyz)
Series 2

Episode 2

Can Heaven find a wife soon enough to satisfy a suspicious Bishop? And if he does, will she smell enough like his mother?

Series two of the bizarre four-part comedy - half sketch show and half psychological thriller - set in the Company's experimental town, Control Group Six.

Written and performed by Richard Bean, Andrew Clifford, Clive Coleman and Colin Swash.

With Geraldine Fitzgerald.

Producer: Jon Rolph

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1997.


MON 10:00 Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove (m000ltk4)
Series 1

A Good Shaking

The Chief Pathologist in the Scottish town of Stirling gets an urgent call out to the Dwyer family.

Dr Wallace must examine the body of their three-month-old child.

His daughter Barbara who is studying medicine also gets drawn into the investigation....

Set in 1920s Stirling, Stephen Mulrine's series about the town’s Chief Pathologist, Dr Wallace.

Wallace .... Martyn James
Barbara ... Meg Fraser
DC Curran .... Liam Brennan
Mrs Dwyer ... Alyxis Daly
Mr Dwyer ... Owen Kavanagh
Mrs Wallace .... Jan Moffatt
Mrs Hamilton ... Grace Glover
Dr Ibbotson ... Louise Beattie
Crissie ... Sybil Wintrope

Director: Hamish Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1996.


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m000ltk6)
Series 7

Speaking Up

Whether it's asking for a raise or asking for equality, speaking up can be risky — even dangerous. This hour, TED speakers share ideas and stories about taking the crucial step to say something.

Guy Raz explores the problems of speaking up for something.

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 2017.


MON 12:00 The Navy Lark (b04cg41q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 It Sticks Out Half a Mile (b007jq8k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Wimsey (b007jwgz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm2f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Guess What? (b064dw48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 14:30 Control Group Six (b08mnkyz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 15:00 Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove (m000ltk4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 TED Radio Hour (m000ltk6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 17:00 Plum House (b07jyw84)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (b03lpc02)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Victor Pemberton - The Slide (m000ltk8)
6. Time Limit

As the mysterious mud encroaches even further, the new town of Redlow is declared a Disaster Area and a complete evacuation is underway.

Now even local MP Hugh Deverill is feeling the effects...

Victor Pemberton's vintage sci-fi serial starring Roger Delgado and Maurice Denham.

Hugh Deverill, MP …. Maurlce Denham
Josef Gomez …. Roger Delgado
Inspector Baxter …. Geoffrey Matthews
Pilot …. Anthony Jackson
Ground Control …. Brian Hewlett
Sergeant Johnson …. Wilfred Babbage
Professor Lippert …. Allan McClelland
Dr Ken Richards …. David Spenser
Professor Landers …. Rolf Lefebvre
Margaret Griffiths, MP …. Joan Matheson
Anna Deverill …. Marion Mathie
RAF Corporal …. Anthony Hall
Mrs Luke …. Noel Hood

Special Effects: The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Producer: John Tydeman

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in March 1966.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b00t3zb6)
Claire Fox and Lisa Appignanesi

Books about the American dream and civilisation.

Novelist and Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, Lisa Appignanesi and Claire Fox, director and founder of the Institute of Ideas join Sue MacGregor to discuss books by Willa Cather, John Armstrong and Joseph O'Neill

A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
Publisher: Virago Modern Classics

Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
Publisher: Fourth Estate

In Search of Civilisation - Remaking a tarnished idea by John Armstrong
Publisher: Penguin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2010.


MON 19:00 The Navy Lark (b04cg41q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 It Sticks Out Half a Mile (b007jq8k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Wimsey (b007jwgz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm2f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m000ltk6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 22:00 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (b03lpc02)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 The Nick Revell Show (b007jp51)
Series 1

Episode 3

The writer's mate Craig proves a headache, while Vince the geranium encounters a bee. With Alistair McGowan. From February 1992.


MON 23:00 Summer Comedy Festival (m000lnmp)
Jayde Adams

Bristol stand-up comedian Jayde Adams curates her dream summer festival, welcoming some of her favourite people to her fantasy festival site. Sarah Millican is in charge of the VIP tent, Australian stand-up Rhys Nicholson is Jayde's designated driver, Glyn Fussell is the celebrity booker and Kathy Burke watches from her sofa. Showstopping headline music is provided by Le Gateau Chocolat.

Producer: Hayley Sterling
Production co-ordinator: Caroline Barlow
Sound design: Chris MacLean
A BBC Studios Production


MON 23:30 Radio Active (b007jw18)
Series 7

God Alone Knows

The Right Reverend Reverend Wright brings you all the very latest from around the parish.

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

Music by Philip Pope and Michael Fenton-Stevens.

Written by Angus Deayton and Geoffrey Perkins.

Producer: David Tyler

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1987.



TUESDAY 18 AUGUST 2020

TUE 00:00 Victor Pemberton - The Slide (m000ltk8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b00t3zb6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Wimsey (b007jwgz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm2f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Guess What? (b064dw48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 Control Group Six (b08mnkyz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove (m000ltk4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 TED Radio Hour (m000ltk6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Plum House (b07jyw84)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (b03lpc02)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Wimsey (b007k47f)
Busman's Honeymoon

A Policeman's Lot

As questioning over William Noakes's murder continues, there's some revelatory evidence from Lord Peter Wimsey's cleaner.

Lord Peter Wimsey …. Ian Carmichael
Lady Wimsey …. Sarah Badel
Bunter …. Peter Jones
Mrs Ruddle …. Pearl Hackney
Narrator …. John Westbrook
Superintendent Kirk …. Peter Vaughan
Constable Sellon …. Christopher Beeny
Miss Twitterton …. Rosemary Leach
The Rev. Goodacre …. Gerald Sim
Sergeant Foster …. Alexander John

British gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey features in a number of detective novels and short stories by English crime writer, Dorothy L Sayers. Busman's Honeymoon was first published in 1937.

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

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

Adapted for radio in six episodes by Alistair Beaton.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1983.


TUE 06:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm30)
Evil Under the Sun

Episode 2

When a glamorous American starlet is found strangled, Poirot has a hotel full of suspects to investigate.

Agatha Christie’s classic 1941 whodunit.

CAST:

Hercule Poirot …. John Moffatt
Colonel Weston …. George Baker
Carrie Gardener …. Wendy Craig
Odell Gardener …. John Rowe
Miss Brewster …. Joan Littlewood
Christine Redfern …. Susannah Corbett
Patrick Redfern …. Iain Glen
Arlena Stuart/Marshall …. Fiona Fullerton
Rosamund Darnley …. Sabina Franklyn
Linda Marshall …. Lindsey Fawcett
Captain Kenneth Marshall …. Robin Ellis
Inspector Colgate …. Gerrard McDermott

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1998.


TUE 07:00 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b088fg48)
Series 6

Episode 4

John Finnemore, writer and star of Cabin Pressure and John Finnemore's Double Acts and regular guest on The Now Show and The Unbelievable Truth, returns for a sixth series of his multi-award-winning Souvenir Programme, joined as ever by Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin, and Carrie Quinlan.

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme was described by The Radio Times as "the best sketch show in years, on television or radio", and by The Daily Telegraph as "funny enough to make even the surliest cat laugh". Already the winner of a BBC Audio Drama Award and a Radio Academy Silver Award, John was named the 2016 Radio Broadcaster of the Year by the Broadcasting Press Guild for his work on Souvenir Programme.

In this week's Souvenir Programme, we meet a man on the way to St Ives; a President is given two speeches; and we hear from a couple who get on like a house on fire. And, well... Since you ask him for a tale of love...

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

Producer ... Ed Morrish

A BBC Studios Production.


TUE 07:30 Meet David Sedaris (b08zc6g1)
Series 6

A Number of Reasons I've Been Depressed, Lately; Diary extracts

The globetrotting, trash-picking, aisle-rolling storyteller is back on Radio 4 with more words of wit and wisdom. This week, A Number Of Reasons I've Been Depressed, Lately and some recent diary extracts.

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humour writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that he is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

David Sedaris's first book, Barrel Fever (1994), which included The SantaLand Diaries. was a critical and commercial success, as were his follow-up efforts, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997) and Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000). He became known for his bitingly funny recollections of his youth, family life and travels, making semi-celebrities out of his parents and siblings.

David Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. A feature film adaptation of his story C.O.G. was released after a premier at the Sundance Film Festival (2013). He has been a contributor to BBC Radio 4 since 1996.

Producer: Steve Doherty
A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b007jt71)
Series 6

The Treasure in the Lake

Neddie discovers that he's the heir to a Scottish fortune, but first he must outlive the Laird. Stars Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan. From February 1956.


TUE 08:30 J Kingston Platt (b01rtzx7)
Ronnie Melcombe and His Surprising Wife

The showbiz veteran relates a startling tale of a wife addicted to shock. Written and read by Peter Jones. From September 1993.


TUE 09:00 Summer Comedy Festival (m000lnmp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Pankhiraj (b07mf5zt)
The Move

Can Sripurna find new tenants for her flat? Will Malati's comedy gig be a success?

Tanika Gupta's four-part comedy stars Meera Syal as Malati, Vinny Dhillon as Rehana, Souad Faress as Sripurna, Charubala Chokshi as Dida, Geoffrey Beevers as Geoffrey and Bhasker Patel as Nishith.

Director: Michelle Matherson Frederick

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1996.


TUE 10:00 Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove (m000lt25)
Series 1

Fast and Loose

The Scottish pathologist Dr David Wallace and his daughter Barbara, a medical student, are intrigued by two suspicious deaths in Glasgow and Stirling. One is apparently due to an overdose, while the other might be connected with dry cleaning fluid. Drama by Stephen Mulrine set in the 1920s.

Mrs Wallace ... Jan Moffatt
Lady Archer ... Eliza Langland
Barbara ... Meg Fraser
Wallace .... Martyn James
Kennedy ...Kern Falconer
DC Curran ... Liam Brennan
Mrs Hamilton ... Grace Glover
Davidson ....Billy Boyd
Dr Ibbotson ... Louise Beattie
Celine ....Maria Miller
Beth ...Elaine Ellis
DC Norton ... Barry Hunter

Directed by Hamish Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1996.


TUE 11:00 Telling Tales (m0007xgr)
Cathy FitzGerald

This week’s guest is a writer and producer who has made many award-winning features for the BBC.

Cathy FitzGerald’s storytelling is rich in sound and, over the years, she’s taken listeners on a magic carpet ride, out and about on the streets of modern day London with Charles Dickens, and invited us to look in the mirror and up at the sky.

We hear highlights from Cathy's career, including Little Volcanoes, a series of intimate conversations recorded with the patients and staff of Pilgrims Hospice, Margate, back in 2013.

There are extracts from two other BBC documentaries, both made by Cathy's White Stiletto production company: 2017's Little Shop Of Colours for Radio 4 and 2015's Burn Slush! The Reindeer Grand Prix for the BBC World Service.

We head up into the sky with a paraglider, in Skylarking, a memorable moment from Radio 3's Between The Ears in 2014 which was produced with Matt Thompson and features original music by Joe Acheson.

Finally, we hear about Strange & Charmed, Cathy's school for for people who tell stories in sound.

Made for Radio 4 Extra.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b007jt71)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 J Kingston Platt (b01rtzx7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Wimsey (b007k47f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Who Goes There? (b007w4f8)
Series 2

Episode 4

Martin Young chairs the quiz looking at lives of the noteworthy and notorious from the history books.

Tackling the biographical teasers are team captains Francis Wheen and Fred Housego with guests Polly Toynbee and Miles Kington.

Producer: Aled Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1998.


TUE 14:30 Pankhiraj (b07mf5zt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 15:00 Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove (m000lt25)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 Telling Tales (m0007xgr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 17:00 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b088fg48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Meet David Sedaris (b08zc6g1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Victor Pemberton - The Slide (m000lt2f)
7. Out of the Darkness

The scientists fighting the encroaching mud have one last, desperate plan as it encircles Redlow.

Vintage sci-fi from the pen of Victor Pemberton, a writer and script editor on Doctor Who, as well as the brains behind the Sonic Screwdriver.

CAST:

Inspector Baxter…. Geoffrey Matthews
Sgt Johnson …. Wilfred Barrage
Dr Ken Richards …. David Spenser
Professor Lippert …. Allan McClelland
Professor Josef Gomez …. Roger Delgado
Professor Landers …. Rolf Lefebvre
Anna Deverill …. Marion Mathie
RAF Corporal …. Anthony Hall
Hugh Deverill, MP …. Maurice Denham
Margaret Griffiths, MP …. Joan Matheson
TV Interviewer …. Henry Stamper

Special Effects: The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Producer: John Tydeman

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1966.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b0076bpw)
Series 3

Somewhere

A series about music that makes the hairs stand up on the back of our necks.

A hit from West Side Story, that yearns for a better world, has come to have special significance for many - from Mary Wilson of the Supremes who found it a fitting tribute to Martin Luther King, to the mother who sings it at the end of long frustrating days with her beloved autistic son. Plus, Stephen Sondheim and his daughter discuss writing the lyric and the relatively bad critical response to it.

Contributors:
Mary Dhonau
Peter Dhonau
Nina Bernstein
Humphrey Burton
Stephen Sondheim
Steve Nallon
Clive Snelling
Adrienne Snelling
Graham Clarke
Mary Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2002.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b007jt71)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 J Kingston Platt (b01rtzx7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Wimsey (b007k47f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Telling Tales (m0007xgr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 Meet David Sedaris (b08zc6g1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Radio Shuttleworth (b007wp4b)
Series 2

Tony Hart

Tony Hart visits Sheffield singer John as he tries to paint the lounge for wife Mary. With Stephen Frost. From March 2000.


TUE 23:00 Josie Long: All of the Planet's Wonders (b00htxbs)
Obscure Animal Facts

With her thirst for knowledge unquenched, the comedian aims to become the ultimate quiz show contestant. From March 2009.


TUE 23:15 Domestic Science (b07m7lmr)
Series 1

Episode 3

A heady combination of maths, science and comedy with Festival of The Spoken Nerd trio who are stand up Mathematician Matt Parker, Physicist Steve Mould and Physicist and musician Helen Arney. It’s science that you can play along with at home as the team look at domestic phenomena that we relate to on a day to day basis.

In this episode the surprising musicality of Hot Chocolate is demonstrated, we find out when stats are funny and provide a lullaby to time travel to.

Producer... Julia McKenzie

A BBC Studios Production.


TUE 23:30 Old Harry's Game (b007jpct)
Series 2

Nero

Satan takes Thomas on a tour of his life and recruits a famous, brutal tormentor. Satanic sitcom stars Andy Hamilton. From April 1998.



WEDNESDAY 19 AUGUST 2020

WED 00:00 Victor Pemberton - The Slide (m000lt2f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b0076bpw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Wimsey (b007k47f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Who Goes There? (b007w4f8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Pankhiraj (b07mf5zt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove (m000lt25)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Telling Tales (m0007xgr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b088fg48)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Meet David Sedaris (b08zc6g1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Wimsey (b007k48n)
Busman's Honeymoon

Not Why, But How

Lord Peter Wimsey and his new bride try to recreate the lead-up to the mysterious circumstances of Noakes's murder.

Lord Peter Wimsey …. Ian Carmichael
Lady Wimsey …. Sarah Badel
Bunter …. Peter Jones
Mrs Ruddle …. Pearl Hackney
Narrator …. John Westbrook
Miss Twitterton …. Rosemary Leach
Frank Crutchley …. Kenneth Cranham
Salcombe Hardy …. Patrick Newell
Sid …. David Peart

British gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey features in a number of detective novels and short stories by English crime writer, Dorothy L Sayers. Busman's Honeymoon was first published in 1937.

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

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

Adapted for radio in six episodes by Alistair Beaton.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1983.


WED 06:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm3j)
Evil Under the Sun

Episode 3

Suspects-a-plenty, along with witchcraft and a secret love-letter for the Belgian sleuth to investigate.

Agatha Christie’s classic 1941 whodunit.

CAST:

Hercule Poirot …. John Moffatt
Colonel Weston …. George Baker
Carrie Gardener …. Wendy Craig
Miss Brewster …. Joan Littlewood
Christine Redfern …. Susannah Corbett
Patrick Redfern …. Iain Glen
Rosamund Darnley …. Sabina Franklyn
Linda Marshall …. Lindsey Fawcett
Captain Kenneth Marshall …. Robin Ellis
Inspector Colgate …. Gerrard McDermott

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1998.


WED 07:00 Mum's on the Run (b00txhq5)
Episode 6

Battling lippy kids, annoying neighbours and a jazz playing ex-husband Jen's failing to be the yummy mummy she longs to be. Jen has at last secured a semi-date with Mr Rigby but then realises that it's bonfire night and she's promised the kids fireworks in the garden. Their date turns to farce as both Mr Rigby and the ex-husband turn up and neighbour Vivienne is almost hospitalised by a dodgy rocket.

Jen ..... Ronni Ancona
Mr Rigby ..... John Gordon Sinclair
Shelly ..... Alexis Zegerman
Keith ..... Kevin Eldon
Vivienne ..... Christine Kavanagh
Felicity ..... Amy Dabrowa
Toby ..... Alexander Heath
Connor ..... Pip Woolley
Adam ..... Caleb Hughes
Karina ..... Amaya Rowlands
Policeman ..... Lloyd Thomas

Producer/Director Alison Vernon-Smith


WED 07:30 Paul Sinha's General Knowledge (m000llxh)
Series 2

Episode 1

Paul Sinha is an award-winning comedian, the reigning British Quiz Champion and also, according to the Radio Times, the UK's "funniest fund of forgotten facts". He returns to Radio 4 with a second series of his General Knowledge, recounting the amazing true stories that lie behind fascinating nuggets of information.

This episode is focused on writers, from the famous writer who also played for Portsmouth FC, to the writer who refused to referee a racist boxing match, and the playwright who made Robson and Jerome stars.

The programme was recorded virtually, with an audience of 200 people watching him from the comfort of their own home.

Written and performed by Paul Sinha
Recording engineered by Lee Chaundy and Marc Willcox
Produced by Ed Morrish

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jntz)
Series 5

Hancock's Car

Parked outside for ten years - the lad's forced to move his motor car, but hits snags galore.

Stars Tony Hancock. With Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams.

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Theme and incidental music written by Wally Stott.

Producer: Tom Ronald

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in April 1958.


WED 08:30 After Henry (b007jq6v)
Series 3

A Box of Chocolates

"Any treaty drawn up with my mother would have to include strict boundary agreements. I'm afraid she has the same attitude to frontiers as Genghis Khan. And now I come to think of it, the similarities don't end there."

When Sarah meets an old flame 30 years on, her mother manages to interrupt them once again.

Simon Brett's comedy about three generations of women - struggling to cope after the death of Sarah's GP husband - who never quite manage to see eye to eye.

Starring Prunella Scales as Sarah, Joan Sanderson as Eleanor, Benjamin Whitrow as Russell, Gerry Cowper as Clare, Tom Wilkinson as Peter and Julie Berry as the Doctor.

Four radio series were made, but instead of moving to BBC TV - Thames Television produced 'After Henry' for the ITV network.

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1987.


WED 09:00 Quote... Unquote (m00013nn)
Quote … Unquote, the popular humorous celebrity quotations quiz, returns for its 54th series.

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

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

Guests:
Historian, broadcaster and writer of award-winning sketch show Horrible Histories - Greg Jenner
Comedian and writer - Sindhu Vee
Actor and comedian - Roy Hudd

Presenter ... Nigel Rees
Producer ... Simon Nicholls

A BBC Studios Production


WED 09:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b00s7t2v)
Series 3

Neighbours

Robert discovers that not everybody needs good neighbours.

Paul Mayhew-Archer’s sitcom about the trials and tribulations of life as a thespian.

CAST:

Robert Wilson …. John Gordon Sinclair
Desmond Shaw …. Gary Waldhorn
Sue Wilson …. Gina McKee
The Doctor …. Toby Longworth
Mrs Blake …. Hilda Braid
Neville …. Jon Glover

Producer: Diane Messias

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 1993.


WED 10:00 Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove (m000lvq1)
Series 1

Rights and Wrongs

A 1920s malpractice court case into the death of a child poses moral questions for Dr Wallace and Barbara. Stars Martyn James.


WED 11:00 Mastertapes - Access All Areas (m000lvq3)
1. Macca to Modfather

John Wilson goes behind the scenes of the iconic BBC studios at Maida Vale where over 40 episodes of Radio 4's Mastertapes were recorded.

Starting with the very first series recorded in 2012, Wilson takes listeners on a three hour songwriting masterclass with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Robbie Williams, Guy Chambers, Corrine Bailey Rae and Paul Weller.

Producer: Sarah Shebbeare.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in December 2018.


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jntz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 After Henry (b007jq6v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Wimsey (b007k48n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm3j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Quote... Unquote (m00013nn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 14:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b00s7t2v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 15:00 Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove (m000lvq1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Mastertapes - Access All Areas (m000lvq3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 17:00 Mum's on the Run (b00txhq5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Paul Sinha's General Knowledge (m000llxh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Terry Pratchett (b007jlxd)
Only You Can Save Mankind

1. ScreeWees are for Real?

As the alien fleet crosses the computer screen, 12 year-old Johnny Maxwell prepares to blow the ScreeWee into a million pieces - sparking a wild seesaw adventure involving space warfare, starships and aliens.

CAST:

Johnny Maxwell …. Tim Smith
ScreeWee Captain …. Janet Dale
Gunnery Officer …. Michael Angelis
The PT Teacher …. Mark Finn
Wobbler …. Akhbar Karim
Johnny’s Mother …. Marian Kemmer
Johnny’s Father …. Laurence Rew
ScreeWee Crew Member …. Tessa Harrison
Newscaster …. Terry Pearson
Yo-less …. Peter Dalton
Big Mac …. Michael Peristrello
Kirsty …. Natalie Moore
Mr Patel …. Renu Setna

Written by Terry Pratchett and dramatised by Bob Hescott.

Producer: Brian Lighthill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1996.


WED 18:30 Short Cuts (b08v09km)
Series 12

Witness

Josie Long hears stories of bearing witness - from glimpsing the moment a parent changes to escaping a violent storm.

Witness
Featuring Lois Gibson
Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

Tornado
Featuring David Walker, Lindsay Martindale and Tobey Walker
Produced by Ibby Caputo
Music SFX from theming, digifishmusic, wjoojoo, davethetech, fridobeck, InspectorJ and Robinhood76

Scaffold
Featuring Mark Thomas
Produced by Sarah Cuddon

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jntz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 After Henry (b007jq6v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Wimsey (b007k48n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm3j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Mastertapes - Access All Areas (m000lvq3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 Paul Sinha's General Knowledge (m000llxh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section (b01r51fb)
Series 2

Charlie Baker

The comedy show hosted by Alex Horne and his five piece band and specially written, original music. Guests across this series include Phill Jupitus, Charlie Baker, Nick Mohammed, Doc Brown, Matt Lucas and Danny Baker.

This third episode explores the theme of love including songs on chat up lines and romance in Bognor as well as a foray into drum and bass and a look at the history of the flute. Guest starring Charlie Baker who deconstructs a classic love song.

Host .... Alex Horne
Trumpet/banjo .... Joe Auckland
Saxophone/clarinet ....Mark Brown
Double Bass/Bass .... Will Collier
Drums and Percussion .... Ben Reynolds
Piano/keyboard .... Ed Sheldrake
Guest performer .... Charlie Baker
Producer .... Julia McKenzie.


WED 23:00 Rubbish (b00770pw)
Series 1

Excited

Local government officer Martin Christmas makes an unusual visit to the fire station. Stars Reece Dinsdale. From October 2006.


WED 23:30 Dan and Nick: The Wildebeest Years (b0089c0y)
Jelly Stinger

Dan Freedman and Nick Romero's pun-fest, where salty talk show host Jelly Stinger meets some fishy guests.



THURSDAY 20 AUGUST 2020

THU 00:00 Terry Pratchett (b007jlxd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Short Cuts (b08v09km)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Wimsey (b007k48n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm3j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Quote... Unquote (m00013nn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 An Actor's Life for Me (b00s7t2v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove (m000lvq1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Mastertapes - Access All Areas (m000lvq3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Mum's on the Run (b00txhq5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Paul Sinha's General Knowledge (m000llxh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Wimsey (b007k4c3)
Busman's Honeymoon

Crossed in Love

As murder victim, William Noakes's debts start mounting up, Lord Peter Wimsey grows suspicious of one of his relatives.

Lord Peter Wimsey …. Ian Carmichael
Lady Wimsey …. Sarah Badel
Bunter …. Peter Jones
Mrs Ruddle …. Pearl Hackney
Narrator …. John Westbrook
Miss Twitterton …. Rosemary Leach
Frank Crutchley …. Kenneth Cranham
MacBride …. Roger Lloyd Pack
Mr. Solomons …. Bernard Spear
Voice from wireless …. Michael Bilton
Superintendent Kirk …. Peter Vaughan

British gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey features in a number of detective novels and short stories by English crime writer, Dorothy L Sayers. Busman's Honeymoon was first published in 1937.

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

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

Adapted for radio in six episodes by Alistair Beaton.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1983.


THU 06:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm42)
Evil Under the Sun

Episode 4

With sound alibis proven for the main suspects, Hercule Poirot makes a chance discovery in a nearby cove.

Agatha Christie’s classic 1941 whodunit.

CAST:

Hercule Poirot …. John Moffatt
Colonel Weston …. George Baker
Christine Redfern …. Susannah Corbett
Patrick Redfern …. Iain Glen
Rosamund Darnley …. Sabina Franklyn
Linda Marshall …. Lindsey Fawcett
Captain Kenneth Marshall …. Robin Ellis
Inspector Colgate …. Gerrard McDermott
Rev Stephen Lane …. Iwan Thomas
Horace Blatt …. John Hartley
Gladys …. Nicol Forbes

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1998.


THU 07:00 North by Northamptonshire (b0196tyh)
Series 2

Episode 6

Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire. Norman may have stopped the parade, but the festival must go on. Meanwhile Helen has news for Jan and Frank, and love blossoms for a most unlikely couple.

written by Katherine Jakeways
produced by Victoria Lloyd

John Biggins................................Keith
Mackenzie Crook...........................Rod
Kevin Eldon...................Jonathan / Ken
Shelia Hancock....................... Narrator
Jessica Henwick...........................Helen
Katherine Jakeways........ Esther / Jacqui
Felicity Montagu..............................Jan
Geoffrey Palmer........................Norman
Lizzie Roper..............................Angela
Penelope Wilton............................Mary
Rufus Wright................................Frank.


THU 07:30 ReincarNathan (m000ln01)
Series 2

Max

Nathan Blakely was a popstar, but he died and was reincarnated. The last in the current series of the comedy starring Daniel Rigby and Diane Morgan. Daniel Lawrence Taylor guests.

In this final episode, Nathan has sacked Jenny and now has a brand new spiritual advisor, Max (Daniel Lawrence Taylor), who promises to get him straight up the reincarnation ladder and back up to human again. And sure enough, Nathan races from dung beetle to pig to penguin in no time. But it soon becomes clear that Max’s methods are morally dubious, and Nathan must reunite with Jenny if he is to save himself. And the world!

Cast:
Diane Morgan - Jenny
Daniel Rigby - Nathan
Daniel Lawrence Taylor - Max
Freya Parker - Dung Beetle, Warthog, Stick Insect, Farmer's Wife, Vortex
Tom Craine - Farmer, Stick Insect
Henry Paker - Pig, Airport Security

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4


THU 08:00 Round the Horne (b007jpsm)
Series 4

Episode 15

Crofter Kenneth Horne meets Bona Prince Charlie, Rambling Syd Rumpo sings of artefacts - and bona advertising Julian and Sandy-style.

Stars Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick and Betty Marsden.

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. Marty departed after series 3.

Scripted by Barry Took, Brian Cooke and Johnnie Mortimer.

Music by the Max Harris Group.
Producer: John Simmonds
First broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 in June 1968.


THU 08:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b007jq2b)
Series 1

Cults

The sofa-bound presenters look at cults and the plight of the homeless. Stars Robert Duncan and Julia Hills. From May 1996.


THU 09:00 Booked (b08yfb97)
Series 6

Episode 1

Ian McMillan's irreverent literary game with Mark Thomas, Linda Smith, David Stafford and Stuart Maconie. From June 1999.


THU 09:30 Rent (b04mljmt)
Series 2

Episode 2

When everyone's gone down with a cold, including the amateur DJ, there's only one person who can save the day ...

Lucy Flannery's Writers' Guild award-winning sitcom about Maria and Richard who take in lodgers.

Stars Barbara Flynn as Maria, Patrick Barlow as Richard, Linda Polan as Amy, Toby Longworth as Paul and Vivienne Rochester as Ruby.

Producer: Liz Anstee.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1995.


THU 10:00 John Buchan - The Thirty-Nine Steps (b00lbnys)
The Milkman Sets Out on His Travels

When a man is murdered in Richard Hannay's London flat, he goes on the run pursued by the police - and a gang of German spies intent on recovering a secret notebook which could destroy the British naval fleet.

First published in 1915, John Buchan's ever-popular spy-thriller, dramatised in two parts by Bert Coules.

Stars David Robb as Hannay, Tom Baker as Bullivant, William Hope as Scudder, Struan Rodger as Hawk, Tracy Wiles as Charlotte, Phillip Joseph as Johnners, Thomas Arnold as Jopley, Gordon Reid as Chairman and Kenny Blyth as Crofter.

Producer: Bruce Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b08xpw41)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 11:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b010y0r7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 Round the Horne (b007jpsm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b007jq2b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Wimsey (b007k4c3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm42)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Booked (b08yfb97)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 14:30 Rent (b04mljmt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 15:00 John Buchan - The Thirty-Nine Steps (b00lbnys)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b08xpw41)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 16:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b010y0r7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 17:00 North by Northamptonshire (b0196tyh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 ReincarNathan (m000ln01)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Terry Pratchett (b007jlxx)
Only You Can Save Mankind

2. I’ll See You in My Hallucinations

The ScreeWee Captain asks Johnny to lead them, but the Gunnery Officer has other ideas.

As the alien fleet crosses the computer screen, 12 year-old Johnny prepares to blow the ScreeWee into a million pieces - sparking a wild seesaw adventure involving space warfare, starships and aliens.

CAST:

Johnny Maxwell …. Tim Smith
ScreeWee Captain …. Janet Dale
Gunnery Officer …. Michael Angelis
Newscaster …. Renu Setna
Wobbler …. Akbar Karim
Big Mac …. Michael Perestrelo
Yo-less …. Peter Dalton
ScreeWee Crew Member …. Tessa Harrison
Kirsty …. Natalie Moore
Johnny’s Father …. Laurence Rew
Johnny’s Mother …. Marian Kemmer
Nozzer …. David Hawkins
Shane …. Matthew Campion
The Architect …. Simon Carter

Written by Terry Pratchett and dramatised by Bob Hescott.

Producer: Brian Lighthill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1996.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b05stkqz)
Series 36

Wendy Cope on John Clare

"John Clare, I cried last night for you" wrote Wendy Cope in a poem dedicated to the earlier poet, who overcame monumental setbacks such as a poverty-stricken upbringing and a long struggle with mental illness. However, Clare managed to write some of the most sensitive poetry in the English language. At one point he was known as "the English Robert Burns" but then his fame dropped away and many people now remember him solely for his cri de coeur, "I Am."

Expert witness is John Clare's biographer, Sir Jonathan Bate.

Producer Christine Hall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2015


THU 19:00 Round the Horne (b007jpsm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b007jq2b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Wimsey (b007k4c3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm42)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b08xpw41)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b010y0r7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 ReincarNathan (m000ln01)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 A Look Back at the Future (b01rqbqk)
2010

Recorded in June 1994, Brian Perkins, Kate Robbins and Griff Rhys Jones recall a year that was yet to be: 2010 - the Year of the Toddler Power.

Everything you wanted to know then, about the 21st century.

Written by Mark Burton, John O'Farrell and Pete Sinclair.

Producer: Caroline Leddy

First broadcast (with the aid of a crystal ball) on Radio 4 in July 1994.


THU 23:00 Sir Ralph Stanza's Letter from Salford (b0076fcx)
Series 2

Speeches

Sir Ralph hosts a literary lunch at the Munchbox Cafeteria, but there is another poet in town. Stars James Quinn. From June 2003.


THU 23:15 Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing (b01dtxh3)
Series 1

About Angry Grandmas

Can't Tell Me Nothing About Angry Grandmas - tells the story of young, up-and-coming comedian Nathan Caton, who after becoming the first in his family to graduate from University, opted not to use his architecture degree to try his hand at being a full-time stand-up comedian, much to his family's annoyance who want him to get a 'proper job.'

Each episode is designed to show the criticism, interference and rollercoaster ride that Nathan endures from his family as he pursues his career. This week Nathan's family plan a surprise birthday party for Grandma. But, the party isn't the only surprise when the police come looking for Nathan.

The episodes are a mix of Nathan's stand-up intercut with scenes from his family life.

Nathan Caton ..... Nathan
Adjoa Andoh ..... Mum
Curtis Walker ..... Dad
Mona Hammond ..... Grandma
PC Scott ..... Don Gilet

Written by: Nathan Caton
Additional material by: Ola and Maff Brown
Script Editor: James Kettle
Producer: Katie Tyrrell
Supermarket Checkout Girl ..... Alex Tregear.


THU 23:30 Delve Special (b007jmj8)
Series 3

Cowboys

Reporter David Lander investigates Britain's cowboy builders. Stars Stephen Fry and Dawn French. From September 1986.



FRIDAY 21 AUGUST 2020

FRI 00:00 Terry Pratchett (b007jlxx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b05stkqz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Wimsey (b007k4c3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm42)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Booked (b08yfb97)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Rent (b04mljmt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 John Buchan - The Thirty-Nine Steps (b00lbnys)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b08xpw41)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


FRI 04:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b010y0r7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


FRI 05:00 North by Northamptonshire (b0196tyh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 ReincarNathan (m000ln01)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Wimsey (b007k4d8)
Busman's Honeymoon

A Chain of Circumstance

With no clear murder suspect, the arrival of the removal men helps Lord Peter Wimsey to spot a vital clue.

Lord Peter Wimsey …. Ian Carmichael
Lady Wimsey …. Sarah Badel
Bunter …. Peter Jones
Mrs Ruddle …. Pearl Hackney
Narrator …. John Westbrook
Miss Twitterton …. Rosemary Leach
Frank Crutchley …. Kenneth Cranham
Superintendent Kirk …. Peter Vaughan
Mr Puffett …. Michael Ripper
The Rev. Goodacre …. Gerald Sim
Constable Sellon …. Christopher Beeny
First Removal man …. Edward Cast
Second Removal Man …. Alex Jennings

British gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey features in a number of detective novels and short stories by English crime writer, Dorothy L Sayers. Busman's Honeymoon was first published in 1937.

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

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

Adapted for radio in six episodes by Alistair Beaton.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1983.


FRI 06:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm4n)
Evil Under the Sun

Episode 5

Determined to pinpoint the American starlet's killer, Hercule Poirot invites all his suspects to a picnic.

The finale of Agatha Christie’s classic 1941 whodunit.

CAST:

Hercule Poirot …. John Moffatt
Colonel Weston …. George Baker
Christin Redfern …. Susannah Corbett
Patrick Redfern …. Iain Glen
Rosamund Darnley …. Sabina Franklyn
Linda Marshall …. Lindsey Fawcett
Captain Kenneth Marshall …. Robin Ellis
Inspector Colgate …. Gerrard McDermott
Horace Blatt …. John Hartley
Gladys …. Nicol Forbes
Carrie Gardener …. Wendy Craig

Dramatised by Michael Bakewell.

Producer: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1998.


FRI 07:00 The Golden Age (b01nx4j3)
Saturday Sports Parade

The Golden Age is the first radio sitcom from Father Ted writer, Arthur Mathews. Set in the BBC's Broadcasting House during the 1930s, the series follows head of programmes, John Tharb (Robert Bathurst) and his assistant, Mabel Hopcraft (Vicky McClure) as they struggle to deal with the foibles and fragile egos of radio's biggest stars, including the perpetually drunk band-leader, Ronaldo and the most boring man in radio, Mallard Tofts. Tharb's task is not made any easier by having to constantly defer to the whims and wishes of his irascible boss, Lord Reith (Ford Kiernan).

In this second episode, Tharb and Lord Reith have to help the King overcome a bizarre speech impediment, with the dubious aid of tempestuous children's presenter, Lancelot Wyndham. Meanwhile, Mabel tries to revamp the BBC's flagship sports show, "Saturday Sports Parade".

Robert Bathurst.....John Tharb
Vicky McClure.....Mabel Hopcraft
Ford Kiernan.....Lord Reith
Peter Egan.....Lancelot Wyndham
Pippa Evans.....The Queen Consort
Kevin Bishop.....The King / Edward Fellowes
Ewan Bailey.....Gerald Merry

Written by Arthur Mathews. Produced by Simon Mayhew-Archer.


FRI 07:30 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (b07pjb9t)
Series 4

Strangers on a Train

Episode 1 - Strangers on a Train. Tom enlists the help of his Dad to take delivery of an important package while Mum bites the bullet and learns to drive.

Series 4 of Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups presents another hilarious helping of down-the-line adventures from Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated Tom. Listen in on Tom's weekly phone calls home to his Mum, Dad and Gran in Sheffield and get a glimpse into the triumphs and tribulations of the Wrigglesworth clan in all its dysfunctional glory.

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

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

Producer: Richard Morris
A BBC Studios Production.


FRI 08:00 Share and Share Alike (m000lvt5)
The Will

Jack and Lesley are brothers with a very different approach to life. They get a nice surprise when they go to the reading of their late mother's will. There is some money after all - but only if they agree to spend more time with each other.

Written by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles

Jack............................Michael Robbins
Lesley.........................Hugh Paddick
Secretary/Janice....Elizabeth Morgan
Ron............................Denis Bond
Solicitor....................Deryck Guyler

Producer John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1978.


FRI 08:30 King Street Junior (b00tt953)
Series 1

Language Units

A proposed unit for immigrant children raises the temperature more than the school boiler. Stars Peter Davison. From April 1985.


FRI 09:00 Wordaholics (b01rr48h)
Series 2

Episode 2

Gyles Brandreth presides over the comedy panel game where Katy Brand and Alex Horne compete against Richard Herring and Natalie Haynes to find out who knows more about words.

This week Katy Brand reveals an unexpected love of Proverbs in the Old Testament and takes a guess at what 'cougar juice' meant at the turn of the 20th century; Richard Herring explains why his favourite West County word from his schooldays is 'wasp'; Natalie Haynes guesses the meaning of the German word 'zechpreller' which has no direct translation in English, and Alex Horne coins his very own onomatopoeia to describe a snowflake landing on a bubble.

Writers: Jon Hunter and James Kettle

Producer: Claire Jones.


FRI 09:30 Romantic Friction (b00764mh)
An Ending..?

Brian has gone to the Shetland Isles to make giant fibreglass ducks and romance writer, Anna's head is throbbing because she's been hitting the cooking sherry.

Her book is on hold, her characters are unhappy and her publisher is nagging her for a finished copy. Is there any chance of a happy ending?

Michelle Read's four-part comedy-drama stars Samantha Bond and Hugh Bonneville.

With Beth Chambers, Michelle Read, Kammy Darweish, Adjoa Andoh, Andrew Wincott, Sue Elliott-Nicholls, Michael Fenton Stevens and Ewan Bailey.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2001.


FRI 10:00 John Buchan - The Thirty-Nine Steps (b00lbtl4)
The Coming of the Black Stone

A gang of German spies is hot in pursuit of Richard Hannay and a notebook which contains the secret of the 39 steps.

Hannay must solve the mystery of the steps if he's to save the British naval fleet from certain destruction...

Conclusion of John Buchan's ever-popular spy-thriller dramatised in two parts by Bert Coules.

Stars David Robb as Hannay, Tom Baker as Bullivant, Struan Rodger as Hawk, Tracy Wiles as Charlotte, Phillip Joseph as Johnners, Thomas Arnold as Jopley, Gordon Reid as Chairman and Stuart McQuarrie as Sir Harry.

Producer: Bruce Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000lvt8)
Presenters recommend their favourite podcasts and speak to the people who make them.


FRI 12:00 Share and Share Alike (m000lvt5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 King Street Junior (b00tt953)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Wimsey (b007k4d8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm4n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Wordaholics (b01rr48h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 14:30 Romantic Friction (b00764mh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 15:00 John Buchan - The Thirty-Nine Steps (b00lbtl4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000lvt8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 17:00 The Golden Age (b01nx4j3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (b07pjb9t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Terry Pratchett (b007ncfp)
Only You Can Save Mankind

3. Is This Just Fantasy?

Johnny has the flu and wants to go to bed, but the ScreeWee Captain is still in trouble.

As the alien fleet crosses the computer screen, 12 year-old Johnny prepares to blow the ScreeWee into a million pieces - sparking a wild seesaw adventure involving space warfare, starships and aliens.

CAST:

Johnny Maxwell …. Tim Smith
ScreeWee Captain …. Janet Dale
Gunnery Officer …. Michael Angelis
The PT Teacher …. Mark Finn
Wobbler …. Akhbar Karim
Johnny’s Mother …. Marian Kemmer
Johnny’s Father …. Laurence Rew
ScreeWee Crew Member …. Tessa Harrison
Newscaster …. Terry Pearson
Yo-less …. Peter Dalton
Big Mac …. Michael Peristrello
Kirsty …. Natalie Moore
Kirsty’s Mother …. Tina Gray
Mr Patel …. Renu Setna
with David Hawkins, Matthew Campion and Simon Carter

Written by Terry Pratchett and dramatised by Bob Hescott.

Producer: Brian Lighthill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1996.


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b007718g)
The Snip

Dominic Arkwright discusses the pros and cons of vasectomy with Toby Young, Rory Clements and Anna Raeburn. From November 2006.


FRI 19:00 Share and Share Alike (m000lvt5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 King Street Junior (b00tt953)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Wimsey (b007k4d8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Hercule Poirot (b007jm4n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000lvt8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (b07pjb9t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Eric Idle - Radio 5 (b048nstt)
From 20/04/1974

5 live was still just a twinkle when Eric Idle multi-tasked for BBC Radio 1. With bandleader's pets and crazy theories. From April 1974.


FRI 23:30 King Cutler (b008pbxf)
Episode 1

Phyllis King and Ivor Cutler present offbeat humorous songs, stories and poems. With Glen Baxter. From January 1990.




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

4 Extra Says I Do 09:00 SAT (b0b2jd1q)

4 Extra Says I Do 19:00 SAT (b0b2jd1q)

A Change in the Weather 01:30 SAT (m0005nzm)

A Change in the Weather 13:00 SAT (m0005nzf)

A Change in the Weather 13:30 SAT (m0005nz2)

A Change in the Weather 14:00 SAT (m0005nz6)

A Change in the Weather 14:30 SAT (m0005nzv)

A Change in the Weather 15:00 SAT (m0005nzm)

A Change in the Weather 01:00 SUN (m0005nzf)

A Change in the Weather 01:30 SUN (m0005nz2)

A Change in the Weather 02:00 SUN (m0005nz6)

A Change in the Weather 02:30 SUN (m0005nzv)

A Change in the Weather 03:00 SUN (m0005nzm)

A Change in the Weather 06:00 SUN (m0005nzf)

A Change in the Weather 06:30 SUN (m0005nz2)

A Change in the Weather 07:00 SUN (m0005nz6)

A Change in the Weather 07:30 SUN (m0005nzv)

A Change in the Weather 08:00 SUN (m0005nzm)

A Good Read 15:30 SAT (b00t20rp)

A Good Read 03:30 SUN (b00t20rp)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b00t3zb6)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b00t3zb6)

A Look Back at the Future 22:30 THU (b01rqbqk)

After Henry 08:30 WED (b007jq6v)

After Henry 12:30 WED (b007jq6v)

After Henry 19:30 WED (b007jq6v)

Agendum 22:30 SAT (b0bgfx69)

Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section 22:30 WED (b01r51fb)

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar 22:00 SAT (b09fzbfm)

An Actor's Life for Me 08:30 SAT (b00s648y)

An Actor's Life for Me 09:30 WED (b00s7t2v)

An Actor's Life for Me 14:30 WED (b00s7t2v)

An Actor's Life for Me 02:30 THU (b00s7t2v)

Andrew Rissik - A Man Alone 16:00 SUN (m000lsjr)

Andrew Rissik - A Man Alone 20:00 SUN (m000lsjr)

Andrew Rissik - A Man Alone 04:00 MON (m000lsjr)

Arthur Bostrom's Summer Holiday 13:00 SUN (b062n3n0)

Arthur Bostrom's Summer Holiday 01:00 MON (b062n3n0)

Arthur Wing Pinero - Dandy Dick 06:00 SAT (b007jt15)

Arthur Wing Pinero - Dandy Dick 16:00 SAT (b007jt15)

Arthur Wing Pinero - Dandy Dick 04:00 SUN (b007jt15)

Believe It! 12:30 SUN (b08n2yhf)

Believe It! 17:30 SUN (b08n2yhf)

Believe It! 22:00 SUN (b08n2yhf)

Believe It! 05:30 MON (b08n2yhf)

Ben Moor - Undone 18:30 SAT (b00f6ddb)

Ben Moor - Undone 00:30 SUN (b00f6ddb)

Booked 09:00 THU (b08yfb97)

Booked 14:00 THU (b08yfb97)

Booked 02:00 FRI (b08yfb97)

Cabin Pressure 05:30 SAT (b00m4472)

Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing 23:15 THU (b01dtxh3)

Charles Parker Prize 11:00 SUN (m000lsjd)

Charles Parker Prize 19:00 SUN (m000lsjd)

Control Group Six 12:30 SAT (b08lyslh)

Control Group Six 09:30 MON (b08mnkyz)

Control Group Six 14:30 MON (b08mnkyz)

Control Group Six 02:30 TUE (b08mnkyz)

Dan and Nick: The Wildebeest Years 23:30 WED (b0089c0y)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 10:45 SUN (b010y0r7)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 SUN (b010y0r7)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 11:45 THU (b010y0r7)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 16:45 THU (b010y0r7)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 THU (b010y0r7)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 04:45 FRI (b010y0r7)

Delve Special 23:30 THU (b007jmj8)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (b08xpw41)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (b08xpw41)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (b08xpw41)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 16:00 THU (b08xpw41)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (b08xpw41)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 04:00 FRI (b08xpw41)

Domestic Science 23:15 TUE (b07m7lmr)

Drama 03:00 SAT (b08jk8x6)

Eric Idle - Radio 5 22:30 FRI (b048nstt)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (b05vy6f2)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (b05vy6f2)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (b05vy6f2)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b05stkqz)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b05stkqz)

Guess What? 09:00 MON (b064dw48)

Guess What? 14:00 MON (b064dw48)

Guess What? 02:00 TUE (b064dw48)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 SAT (b007jsvk)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b007jntz)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b007jntz)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b007jntz)

Hercule Poirot 06:30 MON (b007jm2f)

Hercule Poirot 13:30 MON (b007jm2f)

Hercule Poirot 20:30 MON (b007jm2f)

Hercule Poirot 01:30 TUE (b007jm2f)

Hercule Poirot 06:30 TUE (b007jm30)

Hercule Poirot 13:30 TUE (b007jm30)

Hercule Poirot 20:30 TUE (b007jm30)

Hercule Poirot 01:30 WED (b007jm30)

Hercule Poirot 06:30 WED (b007jm3j)

Hercule Poirot 13:30 WED (b007jm3j)

Hercule Poirot 20:30 WED (b007jm3j)

Hercule Poirot 01:30 THU (b007jm3j)

Hercule Poirot 06:30 THU (b007jm42)

Hercule Poirot 13:30 THU (b007jm42)

Hercule Poirot 20:30 THU (b007jm42)

Hercule Poirot 01:30 FRI (b007jm42)

Hercule Poirot 06:30 FRI (b007jm4n)

Hercule Poirot 13:30 FRI (b007jm4n)

Hercule Poirot 20:30 FRI (b007jm4n)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 07:30 MON (b03lpc02)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 17:30 MON (b03lpc02)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 22:00 MON (b03lpc02)

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 05:30 TUE (b03lpc02)

It Sticks Out Half a Mile 08:30 MON (b007jq8k)

It Sticks Out Half a Mile 12:30 MON (b007jq8k)

It Sticks Out Half a Mile 19:30 MON (b007jq8k)

J Kingston Platt 08:30 TUE (b01rtzx7)

J Kingston Platt 12:30 TUE (b01rtzx7)

J Kingston Platt 19:30 TUE (b01rtzx7)

John Buchan - The Thirty-Nine Steps 10:00 THU (b00lbnys)

John Buchan - The Thirty-Nine Steps 15:00 THU (b00lbnys)

John Buchan - The Thirty-Nine Steps 03:00 FRI (b00lbnys)

John Buchan - The Thirty-Nine Steps 10:00 FRI (b00lbtl4)

John Buchan - The Thirty-Nine Steps 15:00 FRI (b00lbtl4)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 07:00 TUE (b088fg48)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 17:00 TUE (b088fg48)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 05:00 WED (b088fg48)

Josie Long: All of the Planet's Wonders 23:00 TUE (b00htxbs)

King Cutler 23:30 FRI (b008pbxf)

King Street Junior 08:30 FRI (b00tt953)

King Street Junior 12:30 FRI (b00tt953)

King Street Junior 19:30 FRI (b00tt953)

Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking 22:30 SUN (m0001dd2)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 08:30 THU (b007jq2b)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 12:30 THU (b007jq2b)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 19:30 THU (b007jq2b)

Mastertapes - Access All Areas 11:00 WED (m000lvq3)

Mastertapes - Access All Areas 16:00 WED (m000lvq3)

Mastertapes - Access All Areas 21:00 WED (m000lvq3)

Mastertapes - Access All Areas 04:00 THU (m000lvq3)

Meet David Sedaris 07:30 TUE (b08zc6g1)

Meet David Sedaris 17:30 TUE (b08zc6g1)

Meet David Sedaris 22:00 TUE (b08zc6g1)

Meet David Sedaris 05:30 WED (b08zc6g1)

Mind's Eye 18:00 SUN (b007wqdd)

Mind's Eye 00:00 MON (b007wqdd)

Mum's on the Run 07:00 WED (b00txhq5)

Mum's on the Run 17:00 WED (b00txhq5)

Mum's on the Run 05:00 THU (b00txhq5)

My Booze Hell, by Little Johnny Cartilage 23:45 SUN (b00dwnds)

North by Northamptonshire 07:00 THU (b0196tyh)

North by Northamptonshire 17:00 THU (b0196tyh)

North by Northamptonshire 05:00 FRI (b0196tyh)

Not in Front of the Children 09:00 SUN (b05p9vz3)

Off the Page 00:30 SAT (b072zkkm)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b007718g)

Old Harry's Game 23:30 TUE (b007jpct)

Pankhiraj 09:30 TUE (b07mf5zt)

Pankhiraj 14:30 TUE (b07mf5zt)

Pankhiraj 02:30 WED (b07mf5zt)

Paul Sinha's General Knowledge 07:30 WED (m000llxh)

Paul Sinha's General Knowledge 17:30 WED (m000llxh)

Paul Sinha's General Knowledge 22:00 WED (m000llxh)

Paul Sinha's General Knowledge 05:30 THU (m000llxh)

Plum House 07:00 MON (b07jyw84)

Plum House 17:00 MON (b07jyw84)

Plum House 05:00 TUE (b07jyw84)

Podcast Radio Hour 04:00 SAT (m000lp4j)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m000lvt8)

Podcast Radio Hour 16:00 FRI (m000lvt8)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m000lvt8)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (m000lsjj)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m000lsjj)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m000lsjj)

Quote... Unquote 08:00 SAT (m0001114)

Quote... Unquote 09:00 WED (m00013nn)

Quote... Unquote 14:00 WED (m00013nn)

Quote... Unquote 02:00 THU (m00013nn)

Radio Active 23:30 MON (b007jw18)

Radio Shuttleworth 22:30 TUE (b007wp4b)

Ray's a Laugh 08:30 SUN (b007jrr2)

ReincarNathan 07:30 THU (m000ln01)

ReincarNathan 17:30 THU (m000ln01)

ReincarNathan 22:00 THU (m000ln01)

ReincarNathan 05:30 FRI (m000ln01)

Rent 09:30 SUN (b04lxtl4)

Rent 09:30 THU (b04mljmt)

Rent 14:30 THU (b04mljmt)

Rent 02:30 FRI (b04mljmt)

Romantic Friction 02:30 SAT (b00764j4)

Romantic Friction 09:30 FRI (b00764mh)

Romantic Friction 14:30 FRI (b00764mh)

Round the Horne 08:00 THU (b007jpsm)

Round the Horne 12:00 THU (b007jpsm)

Round the Horne 19:00 THU (b007jpsm)

Rubbish 23:00 WED (b00770pw)

Sarah Millican's Support Group 23:30 SAT (b011j6lq)

Share and Share Alike 08:00 FRI (m000lvt5)

Share and Share Alike 12:00 FRI (m000lvt5)

Share and Share Alike 19:00 FRI (m000lvt5)

Short Cuts 18:30 WED (b08v09km)

Short Cuts 00:30 THU (b08v09km)

Sir Ralph Stanza's Letter from Salford 23:00 THU (b0076fcx)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b0076bpw)

Soul Music 00:30 WED (b0076bpw)

Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove 10:00 MON (m000ltk4)

Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove 15:00 MON (m000ltk4)

Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove 03:00 TUE (m000ltk4)

Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove 10:00 TUE (m000lt25)

Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove 15:00 TUE (m000lt25)

Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove 03:00 WED (m000lt25)

Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove 10:00 WED (m000lvq1)

Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove 15:00 WED (m000lvq1)

Stephen Mulrine - Hand in Glove 03:00 THU (m000lvq1)

Summer Comedy Festival 23:00 MON (m000lnmp)

Summer Comedy Festival 09:00 TUE (m000lnmp)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m000ltk6)

TED Radio Hour 16:00 MON (m000ltk6)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m000ltk6)

TED Radio Hour 04:00 TUE (m000ltk6)

Telling Tales 11:00 TUE (m0007xgr)

Telling Tales 16:00 TUE (m0007xgr)

Telling Tales 21:00 TUE (m0007xgr)

Telling Tales 04:00 WED (m0007xgr)

Terry Pratchett 18:00 WED (b007jlxd)

Terry Pratchett 00:00 THU (b007jlxd)

Terry Pratchett 18:00 THU (b007jlxx)

Terry Pratchett 00:00 FRI (b007jlxx)

Terry Pratchett 18:00 FRI (b007ncfp)

That Mitchell and Webb Sound 23:00 SAT (b03kqg03)

The Golden Age 05:00 SAT (b01nt07r)

The Golden Age 07:00 FRI (b01nx4j3)

The Golden Age 17:00 FRI (b01nx4j3)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b007jt71)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b007jt71)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b007jt71)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 18:00 SAT (b09w16mn)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 00:00 SUN (b09w16mn)

The Mark Steel Lecture 23:00 SUN (b007k482)

The Navy Lark 08:00 MON (b04cg41q)

The Navy Lark 12:00 MON (b04cg41q)

The Navy Lark 19:00 MON (b04cg41q)

The Nick Revell Show 22:30 MON (b007jp51)

The World of Daphne Du Maurier 18:30 SUN (b09wv5qs)

The World of Daphne Du Maurier 00:30 MON (b09wv5qs)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups 07:30 FRI (b07pjb9t)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups 17:30 FRI (b07pjb9t)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups 22:00 FRI (b07pjb9t)

Victor Pemberton - The Slide 00:00 SAT (m000lp4l)

Victor Pemberton - The Slide 18:00 MON (m000ltk8)

Victor Pemberton - The Slide 00:00 TUE (m000ltk8)

Victor Pemberton - The Slide 18:00 TUE (m000lt2f)

Victor Pemberton - The Slide 00:00 WED (m000lt2f)

What to Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else 23:30 SUN (b014610b)

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