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SATURDAY 03 OCTOBER 2020

SAT 00:00 Haunted (b01qrljn)
Esmeralda by John Keir Cross

Felix might finally be free of his wife, but who is the mysterious woman claiming to be his daughter?

A series of stories of the supernatural.

John Keir Cross's tale dramatised by Patricia Mays.

Mr Broome ...... George Baker
Esmeralda ...... Kim Braden

With
Pauline Letts
Katherine Parr
David Gooderson
Crawford Logan

Director: Derek Hoddinott

First broadcast on BBC World Service in February 1982.


SAT 00:30 Off the Page (b007tn5h)
Keeping Up Appearances

Dominic Arkwright chairs the lively discussion series. This episode looks at personal image.

With Attila the Stockbroker, Susannah Jowitt and James Delingpole

Producer Miles Warde

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2007.


SAT 01:00 Sherlock Holmes (m0001c9t)
The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger

A long-buried secret induces pity and sorrow in the Great Detective.

Holmes and Watson learn the truth about the death of a lion tamer many years before, which left his wife horribly mutilated and hidden behind a veil. A tale of abuse and revenge fuelled by the ultimate betrayal of a lover and the physical and emotional scars it has left behind.

Taken from 'The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes' published in 1927 some years after Holmes' death at the hands of Moriarty, this a story from the latter period of Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

Read by James Nickerson.

Producer: Joanne Reardon
Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in 2004


SAT 01:30 Castles in Spain (m0004xw1)
Episode 5

'Whatever you think it is, bookseller, Terry copied pictures. End of story. Right?'.

Will Forrest’s death release bookseller Grahame Mayer from the business of tracking down Jock Cameron?

Conclusion of Edward Boyd’s five-part thriller serial.

Grahame Mayer ..... Ray Brooks
Coleman ..... John Westbrook
Teresa ..... Alexandra Mathie
Dr Lovat ..... Roy Hanlon
Joseph Greig ..... Cameron

Produced at BBC Scotland by Patrick Rayner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1987.


SAT 02:00 The Personality Test (b00mk68l)
Series 2

Rick Wakeman

Progressive rock legend Rick Wakeman quizzes a panel about all things Wakeman.

With Sue Perkins, Lucy Porter, Will Smith and Robin Ince.

Series with changing hosts who quiz the panel.

Script by Richard Turner and Simon LIttlefield

Devised and produced by Aled Evans.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2006.


SAT 02:30 Minor Adjustment (b0b51x67)
Foetal Attraction

Sarah wants a third child. Richard suggests a holiday might be more fun.

Six-part comedy series about the Stubbs family - cartoonist Richard, therapist Sarah and their daughters - Kate, aged 16 and three-year-old Amy who has Down's Syndrome.

Starring Peter Davison and Samantha Bond.

Written by son and father team, Andy and Eric Merriman - inspired by Andy's own four-year-old daughter, Sarah. Eric famously wrote legendary BBC comedy series 'Beyond Our Ken'.

Richard …. Peter Davison
Sarah …. Samantha Bond
Kate …. Claire Russell
Amy …. Sarah Merriman
Emma …. Heather Jones
Joni …. Lorelei King
George …. Philip Pope
Eddy …. Simon Treves
Daniel …. Daniel Merriman
Mary …. Alison Pettit
Saxophonist …. John Barnes
Uncle Chuckles …. Bill Pertwee

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1996.


SAT 03:00 Joseph Conrad - The Secret Agent (b00770h8)
Episode 2

After a terrorist bomb explodes in London killing the bomber, all levels of the establishment, and every anarchist circle feels threatened.

But what began as an international outrage quickly resolves into a domestic tragedy.

Conclusion of Joseph Conrad's prescient black comedy taking a wry look at the shabby truth behind the news.

Chief Inspector Heat ...... Ron Cook
Assistant Commissioner ...... Robert Glenister
Adolf Verloc ...... David Calder
Winnie Verloc ...... Wendy Nottingham
Tom Ossipon ...... Paul Bazeley
The Professor ...... Robin Soans
Vladimir ...... Hugh Ross
Sir Ethelred ...... Geoffrey Beevers
Great Lady ...... Jillie Meers
Toodles ...... Joseph Kloska
Stevie ...... Paul Richard Biggin
Waiter ...... Saikat Ahamed

Dramatised by David Napthine.

Director: Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.


SAT 04:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000myzq)
Sporting stories and a visit to the Socially Distant Sports Bar

Chris Pearson and Amanda Litherland tackle sports podcasts.
This week, Stef Garrero, Elis James and Mike Bubbins discuss their lockdown sports podcast The Socially Distant Sports Bar podcast.
Then Adrian Koenigsberg joins us from New York to discuss her podcast Quell Party which celebrates and showcases women and non-binary people in Skateboarding.

Plus recommended listens from the world of Sports, including:
Don't Tell Me The Score
The Game Changers
Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.
All-American: Tiger Woods
Death Of A Sports Star
30 for 30
HORSE
The Tennis Podcast‎


SAT 05:00 Alone (b0b3fkqm)
Series 1

The Big Match

Mitch has plans to watch the Australian tennis final on his own - but no-one else quite got the memo and they all turn up to watch the match too.

Unfortunately for Mitch, Will is trying to avoid working, Ellie is struggling with her Facebook reaction to a death, Morris is hungry and Louisa needs to find a hot date in a hurry.

Sitcom, written by Moray Hunter and starring Angus Deayton, about five single, middle aged neighbours living in flats in a converted house in North London.

Mitch is a widower and part-time therapist who is looking to put his life back together now that he is single and living - supposedly temporarily - with Will, his younger, more volatile and unhappily divorced half-brother.

Elsewhere in the building are schoolteacher Ellie who is shy, nervous and desperately missing her ex-boyfriend, overly honest, frustrated actress Louisa, and socially inept IT nerd Morris.

Mitch ...... Angus Deayton
Ellie ...... Abigail Cruttenden
Will ...... Pearce Quigley
Louisa ...... Kate Isitt
Morris ...... Bennett Arron
Tom (Chief Fire Officer) ...... Saul Boyer

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2018.


SAT 05:30 Dot (b08r1ljg)
Series 2

Meat

by Ed Harris

Comic adventures with Dot and the gals from personnel who for this week at least are in control of the War Rooms kitchens. Their task is to prepare a delicious cut of veal to woo the American Ambassador. It's a shame Dot just ate it. How will they wriggle out of this one?

Producer/Director, Jessica Mitic.


SAT 06:00 John Fletcher - Night Express (m000n6bg)
November, 1933: Gregory Roberts is a young British spy on his first mission. Travelling under the alias of a ball-bearings salesman, he heads to Vienna.

But, in neighbouring Germany, Adolf Hitler has recently come to power and the Nazis are infiltrating Austria...

Cornelius Garrett stars in John Fletcher's spy thriller.

Gregory Roberts …. Cornelius Garrett
Litzi …. Melinda Walker
Harold St John …. Timothy Bentinck
The Professor …. Gabriel Woolf
MacDonald …. John Rowe
Archie …. Andrew Hilton
Simpson …. Christian Rodska
Erich …. Jonathan Tafler
Commissioner … Michael Graham Cox
Commissioner’s Assistant …. John Hartoch
Gunter …. Ian Targett
Karl …. Richard Pearce
Gerta …. Joan Walker

Directed at BBC Bristol by Shaun MacLoughlin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1989.


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b05wc8wz)
Series 36

David Blunkett on Louis Braille

Matthew Parris hears why David Blunkett has chosen Louis Braille, the 18th century French boy who blinded himself in his father's workshop, as his great life - with the help of guest expert the RNIB's Kevin Carey.

Producer: Maggie Ayre

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2015.


SAT 08:00 Dilemma (b01r0h4y)
Series 2

Episode 3

Sue Perkins puts Dave Gorman, Anita Anand, Mark Evans and Jenny Eclair through the moral and ethical wringer.

Comedian Dave Gorman is cheating higher, faster and stronger; journalist Anita Anand deals with an unexpected guest; creator of Bleak Expectations Mark Evans gets a hand in the bush (but no birds); and comedian Jenny Eclair embraces dating in the digital age.

There are no "right" answers - but there are some deeply damning ones.

Devised by Danielle Ward.

Producer: Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2013.


SAT 08:30 Kathmandu or Bust (b07s6dls)
End of the Road

The lights of Kathmandu are twinkling on the horizon, the truck is in fine working order, and a haunch of goat is roasting on an open fire.

What can possibly go wrong?

Series written by Mike Yeaman and David Napthine.

Simon …. David Haig
Petra …. Michelle Chadwick
Callum …. Forbes Masson
Trigger …. Richard Ridings
Joan …. Sarah Crowden
Ellie …. Lolly Susi
Mechanic …. Peter Serafinowcz
Consul …. Derek Waring

Producer: Lissa Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1996.


SAT 09:00 Selected Radiophonic Works (b00g15x3)
In 1958 an extraordinary musical laboratory was opened by the BBC. The Radiophonic Workshop provided music and sound for a wealth of BBC TV and radio programmes - from The Goon Show to Doctor Who.

Richard Coles explores the achievements of the unit and presents a carefully chosen selection of programmes showcasing the department's work:

* THE ELECTRIC TUNESMITHS

What have Doctor Who, New Worlds and Major Bloodnok's stomach in common? A Radiophonics Workshop signature tune.
George Luce finds out how sounds and tunes are conjured out of springs, shampoo bottles and electronic synthesisers. From BBC Radio 4, 1971.

* THE DREAMS

One of Delia Derbyshire's ‘Inventions for Radio’ produced in collaboration with the poet and dramatist Barry Bermange for the BBC Third Programme in 1964.

* THE GOON SHOW Series 9 (14/17) The Scarlet Capsule

Professor Ned Quatermass unravels a mystery around some enigmatic blue serge suits.
Stars Spike Milligan. From the BBC Home Service, 1959.

* INFERNO REVISITED

Peter Howell’s musical play by Peter Howell inspired by Dante's Inferno, with Alec McCowen as the Guide.
The music was realised at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. From BBC Radio 3, 1983

Plus clips of Bath Time (1976), Relativity (1974) and the legendary sound effect of Doctor Who’s TARDIS.

With contributions from Coldcut, Dick Mills and Mark Ayres.

Producer: Elizabeth Jaynes

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


SAT 12:00 My Favorite Husband (m000n6bj)
The Quiz Show

Lucille Ball stars in the vintage American sitcom which ran for well over a 100 episodes between 1948 and 1951.

Co-starring Richard Denning as her banker husband, My Favorite Husband is the story of Liz and George Cugat, a happily married couple living in the fictitious city of Sheridan Falls.

Based on the two novels written by Isabel Scott Rorick, Mr And Mrs Cugat, The Record Of A Happy Marriage (1940) and Outside Eden (1945).

In this opening episode, Liz and George’s housekeeper is desperate for a new dishwasher. Liz’s solution is to get a spot on a prize-winning quiz show. What could go wrong?

With Gale Gordon and Frank Nelson.

The popularity of this radio series led to Lucille’s ground breaking TV sitcom role, I Love Lucy. This was to cement her long-running position as one of America’s favourite entertainers over several decades.

First broadcast in the USA on CBS Radio in October 1948.


SAT 12:30 Genius (b008gh65)
Series 1

Paul Daniels

From the 99p coin to steel drum urinals.

Dave Gorman asks magician Paul Daniels to select the public's best loopy idea.

The first of three radio comedy series where award-winning comedian Dave Gorman and a celebrity guest chew over the ridiculous, unworkable but sometimes genius inventions, schemes and policies of the public.

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2005.


SAT 13:00 Castles in Spain (m0004xtt)
Episode 1

'When I walked into this house I was simple Grahame Mayer, the bookseller. Now it seems I'm Philip Marlowe, private eye. Am I being tested for something?'

A bookseller is surprised to be asked to try and solve a military mystery...

Edward Boyd’s five-part thriller serial based on his 1986 play.

Grahame Mayer ..... Ray Brooks
Coleman ..... John Westbrook
Teresa ..... Alexandra Mathie
Forrest ..... Garard Green
Hemingway ..... William Hope
Cameron ..... John Hannah
Rainsford ..... Jonathan Tafler

Produced at BBC Scotland by Patrick Rayner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1987.


SAT 13:30 Castles in Spain (m0004r2s)
Episode 2

'You can't even get your act together, you lot. Do you want Jock Cameron found, or would he be better left where he is?'

Armed with new information, bookseller Grahame Mayer is sent to Glasgow on the trail of Jock Cameron.

Edward Boyd’s five-part thriller serial.

Grahame Mayer ..... Ray Brooks
Coleman ..... John Westbrook
Teresa ..... Alexandra Mathie
Inspector McNeill ..... Carey Wilson
Norah McGill ..... Sybil Wintrope
Cameron ..... Joseph Greig
Henderson ..... Joseph Brady
Arnold ..... Ian Thompson
Receptionist ..... Jennifer Piercey
Passenger ..... William Hope

Produced at BBC Scotland by Patrick Rayner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1987.


SAT 14:00 Castles in Spain (m0004tv9)
Episode 3

'Remember, nobody knows what this Hanrahan looks like. Nobody knows what name he's travelling under. So keep your door locked. And don't let anyone in you don't know.'

Bookseller Grahame unearths more clues about Jock Cameron when he meets a nurse from the Spanish Civil War.

Edward Boyd’s five-part thriller serial.

Grahame Mayer ..... Ray Brooks
Coleman ..... John Westbrook
Teresa ..... Alexandra Mathie
Inspector McNeill ..... Carey Wilson
Cameron ..... John Hannah
Norah McGill ..... Sybil Wintrope
Cameron ..... Joseph Greig
Arnold ..... Ian Thompson
Miss McLauchlan ..... Yvonne Gilan
Pat ..... Richard Jamieson
Paula ..... Caroline Guthrie
Waiter ..... Gordon Reid

Produced at BBC Scotland by Patrick Rayner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1987.


SAT 14:30 Castles in Spain (m0004xw8)
Episode 4

'Each of these postcards came from a place where there had been a bomb outrage. That, Mayer, is why we want to talk to Jock Cameron.'

Continuing his quest to hunt Jock down, Grahame meets a pop star and gets a lead on the holy pictures...

Edward Boyd’s five-part thriller serial.

Grahame Mayer ..... Ray Brooks
Coleman ..... John Westbrook
Teresa ..... Alexandra Mathie
Inspector McNeill ..... Carey Wilson
Norah McGill ..... Sybil Wintrope
Nuke ..... John McGlynn
Apollyon ..... Billy McColl
Millhouse ..... William Hope

Produced at BBC Scotland by Patrick Rayner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1987.


SAT 15:00 Castles in Spain (m0004xw1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 01:30 today]


SAT 15:30 A Good Read (b00vrvrs)
Laura Wade and Will Gregory

Sue MacGregor invites contemporary playwright Laura Wade and composer (and Goldfrapp musician) Will Gregory to discuss favourite books by Colm Toibin, Philip K Dick and Edward St Aubyn.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Publisher: Penguin

Ubik by Philip K Dick
Publisher: Orion

Mother's Milk by Edward St Aubyn
Publisher: Picador

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2010.


SAT 16:00 John Fletcher - Night Express (m000n6bg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b05wc8wz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Tanika Gupta - Skeleton (m000n6bm)
An Indian medical student is obsessed with a beautiful and unobtainable woman.

The skeleton's story breaks the spell.

Tanika Gupta's fable-based drama stars Shiv Grewal and Sudha Buchar.

Gopal …. Shiv Grewal
Nayani …. Sudha Buchar
Prasad …. Nadim Sawalha
Biju …. Kulvinder Ghir
Sumit …. Ravin Gunatra
Mishti …. Vinny Dhillon
Anju …. Nisha Nayar
Mother …. Surendra Kochar

Director: Claire Grove

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1997.


SAT 19:00 Selected Radiophonic Works (b00g15x3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting (b007jshj)
Series 1

Coffins, Funerals and Nursing Homes

Accompanying her neighbour Betty to a funeral, Linda encounters a mislaid eco warrior.

Comedy series written by and starring Linda Smith.

With Femi Elufowoju Jr, Jeremy Hardy, Margaret John, Chris Neill and Rob Newman.

Producer: Lucy Armitage

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2001.


SAT 22:30 Rhod Gilbert's Bulging Barrel of Laughs (b00tysvb)
Episode 5

Welsh comic Rhod Gilbert introduces regulars Lloyd Langford and Greg Davies, plus Sarah Millican who takes a weekly look at The Six Stages of Woman.

With live music from Divine Comedy.

Guest comedian: Shappi Khorsandi.

Find out whether animals can have human faces; what annoys Rhod about considerate builders; and the most surprising location for a postage stamp.

Producers: Julia Mckenzie and Lianne Coop.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in October 2010.


SAT 23:30 The Mary Whitehouse Experience (b045xy47)
Series 4

Episode 6

Charity telethons are mercilessly parodied by Hugh Dennis, Steve Punt, Robert Newman and David Baddiel. From November 1990.



SUNDAY 04 OCTOBER 2020

SUN 00:00 Tanika Gupta - Skeleton (m000n6bm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Castles in Spain (m0004xtt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 01:30 Castles in Spain (m0004r2s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:30 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 Castles in Spain (m0004tv9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:30 Castles in Spain (m0004xw8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Castles in Spain (m0004xw1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 01:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 A Good Read (b00vrvrs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 John Fletcher - Night Express (m000n6bg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b05wc8wz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Castles in Spain (m0004xtt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 06:30 Castles in Spain (m0004r2s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:30 on Saturday]


SUN 07:00 Castles in Spain (m0004tv9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 07:30 Castles in Spain (m0004xw8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 08:00 Castles in Spain (m0004xw1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 01:30 on Saturday]


SUN 08:30 All Gas and Gaiters (b007jp2q)
Series 1

The Bishop Meets a Bird

An unwelcome visitor threatens the quiet life at St. Ogg's Cathedral.

The ecclesiastical sitcom started life as a TV pilot in Comedy Playhouse, ahead of a run on BBC1 from 1966 to 1971. Selected scripts were revised and re-recorded for radio.

CAST:

The Archdeacon …. Robertson Hare
The Bishop …. William Mervyn
The Reverend Mervyn Noote …. Derek Nimmo
The Dean …. John Barron
Stanley Bird …. Peter Jones

Written and adapted by husband-and-wife team, Pauline Devaney and Edwin Apps.

Producer: David Hatch.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1971.


SUN 09:00 Much Binding in the Marsh (b015f9b7)
From 03/05/1950

With fresh London premises, the staff must recruit a new secretary.

Starring Kenneth Horne and Richard 'Stinker' Murdoch.

With Sam Costa, Maurice Denham, Diana Morrison and Barbara Leigh.

Much Binding in the Marsh ran from 1944 to 1954 initially set at a remote RAF station before being converted to a country club and later the action moved to a newspaper. (The show also ran for a season with commercial breaks on Radio Luxembourg).

Written by Richard Murdoch and Kenneth Horne.

Music by the Augmented Dance Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black.

Producer: Leslie Bridgemont

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1950.


SUN 09:30 Millport (b0076bbj)
Series 3

Restitution

The re-opening of the Cumbrae Club goes horribly wrong when Irene notices a fatal flaw in the plan.

Meanwhile, Alberto is paranoid that a new money-making scheme could bring the island some unwanted attention.

Bittersweet comedy written by and starring Lynn Ferguson as 30-something barmaid Irene Bruce, who hankers after a better life on the mainland.

With Janet Brown as Agnes / Moira, Lewis McLeod as Alberto / Dr Hume / Ferryman / Robert, Gabriel Quigley as Ena / Bunty, Robert Paterson as the Minister /Bob and Kenneth Bryans as Dougie/Huberto.

Producer: Lucy Bacon

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2002.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b037sj80)
Cricketers

Ian Botham

From the Rolling Stones to Beethoven, cricket's all-rounder shares his castaway choices with Sue Lawley. From November 1989.


SUN 10:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b01130qm)
Series 2

Cuckoo

The Cuckoo is one of the iconic brood parasites of the world - the bird that cons another species into taking its egg as its own and rears the chick to fledging. In the single frame of the Cuckoo you have a long distance migrant, travelling from Africa to breeding grounds in the temperate north, and back again. The Cuckoo does not raise its own chick and across a range of Cuckoo individuals, they parasitise several species of bird - all much smaller than they are. David Attenborough explores the world of the Cuckoo and not only marvels at their natural history but tells the story of how a wildlife cameraman resolved a scientific mystery - and how the Cuckoo itself harbours yet more secrets to science and natural history.

Written and presented by David Attenborough
Produced by Julian Hector.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


SUN 11:00 The Moth Radio Hour (b0br5d8h)
Series 8

I Will Be Your Father Figure

True stories told live in in the USA: Sarah Austin Jenness introduces fatherly stories, from joking to tender moments.

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

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

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

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


SUN 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m0001sh6)
Stephen Mangan

Actor Stephen Mangan chooses I Recall a Gypsy Woman by Don Williams and Who Knows Where the Time Goes? by Fairport Convention.


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (b0076k4c)
Dunstanburgh Castle: A Secret as Old as the Stones

Poet Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's radio poetry archive and chooses 'Dunstanburgh Castle: A Secret as Old as the Stone'.

Featuring the sounds of Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland, recorded by poet Katrina Porteous, and drawing on local myth and memories of Scottish raids and the ideal of good lordship.

Performed by Trevor Fox and the children of Seahouses First School.

Producer: Julian May

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.


SUN 12:30 Susan Calman Is Convicted (b040j1lx)
Series 2

Intellectual Snobbery

Susan Calman explores issues on which she has strong opinions. This week, she explains why she is an evangelist for embracing the broadest possible spectrum of cultural pursuits, and why intellectual snobbery is the one thing that makes her angry enough to HULK SMASH in public.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2014.


SUN 13:00 Shakespeare: Thereby Hangs A Tale (b01ghgjn)
A Celebration of the Swan of Avon presented by actor and broadcaster Simon Russell Beale CBE.

A collection of programmes from the BBC archives inspired by and about the glover's son from Stratford. In true Shakespearian style, there will be comedy, tragedy and history:

* Great Lives – William Shakespeare (BBC Radio 4, 2011)
Matthew Parris, TV producer and novelist Daisy Goodwin and Shakespeare director Dominic Dromgoole discuss what we know, and don't know, about Will's life.

* Macbeth or Unlucky For Some (BBC Radio 4, 1979)
John Wells stars in a mini-Macbeth from the Edinburgh Festival of 1979.

* Lenny and Will (BBC Radio 4, 2006)
Comic-turned-Shakespearian Lenny Henry goes in search of the Bard in a programme which indirectly led to him playing Othello. With Dame Judi Dench and Sir Peter Hall.

* Mrs Shakespeare (BBC Radio 4, 1998)
Radio dramatisation of Robert Nye's raunchy novel inspired by Shakespeare's will: "Item: I gyve unto my wief my second best bed with the furniture." Stars Maggie Steed and Kenneth Cranham as William and Anne.

* Shakespeare Stories – Romeo & Juliet (BBC Radio 4, 2005)
Professor Carol Rutter explores Shakespeare's use of literary sources for his plots.

* Hark! (clip) (BBC Radio 3, 2008) attempts to uncover the sounds of Shakespeare's London.

* Desmond Olivier Dingle's Compleat Life and Works of William Shakespeare (BBC Radio 4, 1995)
Comedy featuring the National Theatre of Brent, which brings its 'unique' vision to Julius Caesar, with a little help from guest stars Juliet Stevenson and Harriet Walter.

There's also readings of Shakespeare's sonnets, enhanced with music and effects, featuring Sir Ian McKellen.

Producer: Nick St. George.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in April 2012.


SUN 16:00 Rose Tremain (b0075nk4)
The End of Love

Olga and Bertie's 30-year-old daughter Lottie wishes to marry her Irish poet boyfriend Michael. But he’s a dreamer and fearful of commitment.

He reminds Olga of the love of her life - a Polish pianist. Their love was not enough: why should Lottie's fare any better?

Miriam Margolyes stars in Rose Tremain's drama.

Olga ... Miriam Margolyes
Bertie ... Nigel Anthony
Lottie ...Eleanor Tremain
Michael ... Kieran Cunningham
with Becky Hindley and Tessa Worsley

Director: Gordon House

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1999.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (b0076k4c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 Susan Calman Is Convicted (b040j1lx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Cult Vampires (m0003tk1)
1. This Is Now by Michael Marshall Smith

Are vampires the only thing that can suck the life from you?

Three friends discover the unsettling answer.

Jamie Bamber reads Michael Marshall Smith’s tale .

First published on the BBC Cult Vampire website.

Producer: Ann Kelly

First broadcast on BBC 7 in March 2004.


SUN 18:30 A Stone Woman (m000n66x)
1. Flint

Acclaimed actress Penelope Wilton reads AS Byatt's sensuous and ultimately uplifting account of one woman's transformation into stone.

Ines is a middle-aged etymologist. When her mother dies, grief overtakes her. Then, after a minor surgery, she discovers her navel has turned to flint.

The first of three parts of a modern day gothic fable that muses on grief.

Producer: Claudine Toutoungi

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in December 2004.


SUN 19:00 The Moth Radio Hour (b0br5d8h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:50 Inheritance Tracks (m0001sh6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


SUN 20:00 Rose Tremain (b0075nk4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b037sj80)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b01130qm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 Susan Calman Is Convicted (b040j1lx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 The Lach Chronicles (b07j68pq)
Series 3

Lach's Antihoot

Lach was the King of Manhattan’s East Village and host of the longest running open mic night in New York. He now lives in Scotland and finds himself back at square one, playing in a dive bar on the wrong side of Edinburgh.

His night, held in various venues around New York, was called the Antihoot. Never quite fitting in and lost somewhere lonely between folk and punk music, Lach started the Antifolk movement. He played host to Suzanne Vega, Jeff Buckley and many others; he discovered and nurtured lots of talent including Beck, Regina Spektor and the Moldy Peaches. But nobody discovered him.

In this, the final episode, Lach decides it’s time to bring back the Antihoot and wonders what this adventure might bring.

Written by Lach
Performed by Lach, Julia Sutherland and Richard Melvin
Sound Design: Al Lorraine and Sean Kerwin

Executive Producer: Richard Melvin
A Dabster production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in July 2016.


SUN 22:45 World of Pub (b008qt08)
Series 1

Episode 4

For the Queen's visit, dodgy Phil books her beloved Chas and Dave. But can they make it? Stars John Thomson. From March 1998.


SUN 23:00 Newsjack (m000mzy5)
Series 23

Episode 2

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


SUN 23:30 The Skivers (b00jd5jn)
Series 3

Paul McKenna

Hypnotist Paul McKenna gets a taste of his own medicine. Sketch show with Nick Golsen and Tim de Jongh. From January 1997.



MONDAY 05 OCTOBER 2020

MON 00:00 Cult Vampires (m0003tk1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:30 A Stone Woman (m000n66x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Shakespeare: Thereby Hangs A Tale (b01ghgjn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 Rose Tremain (b0075nk4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (b0076k4c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Susan Calman Is Convicted (b040j1lx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvh9)
Charles Paris: Cast, in Order of Disappearance

1. Baron Hardup

Charles Paris is a middle-aged actor down on his luck, but his whole life is to change after a chance meeting with a chorus girl named Jacqui.

Assuming a variety of roles, the lothario thespian employs his skills to try and solve a murder.

Francis Matthews stars as actor-cum-sleuth, Charles Paris.

Adapted by Simon Brett from his thriller set during the UK's winter fuel crisis of 1973.
.
Charles Paris …. Francis Matthews
Jacqui Mitchell …. Fiona Hendley
Frances …. Jennifer Hilary
Maurice Skellern …. Harry Landis
Len …. Peter Tuddenham
Norman …. James Bryce
Barman …. Mark Straker
Newsreader …. Paul Leighton

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in May 1984.


MON 06:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1vw)
Three Act Tragedy

Episode 1

Hercule Poirot, his amateur detective acquaintance Mr Satterthwaite, and the distinguished Harley Street nerve specialist Sir Bartholomew Strange, are amongst the guests at a weekend party being given by the celebrated actor Sir Charles Cartwright at his clifftop house in Cornwall.

On the first evening after their arrival there is a cocktail party - at which an elderly clergyman, who's only had a sip of dry martini, falls dead. Was it through natural causes - or could it be murder?

Starring John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot.

Agatha Christie's 1935 novel dramatised in five parts by Michael Bakewell

Hercule Poirot......................................................John Moffatt
Mr Satterthwaite................................................George Cole
Sir Charles Cartwright......................................Michael Cochrane
Sir Bartholomew Strange................................Clive Merrison
Lady Mary Lytton Gore....................................Pauline Jamieson
Hermione 'Egg' Lytton Gore..........................Beth Chalmers
Cynthia Dacres....................................................Paula Jacobs
Muriel Wills..........................................................Elizabeth Proud
Oliver Manders..................................................Carl Prekopp
Miss Milray..........................................................Helen Longworth
The Rev Babbington.......................................Peter Marinker

Director: Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2002.


MON 07:00 Relativity (b095t037)
Series 1

Episode 4

Richard Herring's comedy about four generations of a family. Starring Alison Steadman, Phil Davies and Richard Herring.

Relativity is a witty and loving portrait of family life, with affectionate observation of inter generational misunderstanding, sibling sparring and the ties that bind, that will resonate with anyone who has ever argued with their dad about how to pronounce crisp brand names.

Episode 4:
When Ken is rushed into hospital, and Margaret has to hold the fort alone, the family do their best to reach hospital as fast as possible - in a typically chaotic manner. Pete is nearly done for stealing chocolate Hob Nobs, Jane relives her glory days as a teen sprinting champ and Ian and Chloe have their first row.

Written by Richard Herring and produced by Polly Thomas.
Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore
Broadcast Assistants: Bella Lamplough Shields, Bryony Jarvis Taylor
Producer: Polly Thomas
Executive Producers: Jon Thoday and Richard Allen Turner
An Avalon Television production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in September 2017.


MON 07:30 The Museum of Curiosity (m000my7x)
Series 15

Episode 4

Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and the Museum’s latest curator Alice Levine are joined by comedian and The Last Leg host Josh Widdicombe, mathematician and pianist Dr Eugenia Cheng and editor and Have I Got News For You captain Ian Hislop.

This week, the Museum’s Guest Committee donate Bowerman’s Nose, the equals sign and print.

In this series of The Museum of Curiosity, John and Alice are recording from various locations around their fictional Museum - this week they get stuck inside the Museum lift. This series was recorded remotely in June/July 2020.

The Museum’s exhibits were catalogued by Mike Shephard, Mike Turner and Emily Jupitus and Lydia Mizon of QI.

The Producer was Anne Miller.

The Exec Producer was Victoria Lloyd.

The Production Coordinator was Mabel Wright.

Edited by David Thomas.


MON 08:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00vt6jy)
Series 5

Episode 7

The transport cafe that discovered Haute Cuisine - and the "Grim" fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Green Witch.

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

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

Written by Eric Idle, Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Andy Smith.

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

Music and songs by Dave Lee, Leon Cohen and Bill Oddie.

Producer: Humphrey Barclay

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in June 1967.


MON 08:30 The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue (b007jx5n)
Miss Willow and the One-Eyed Gentleman

"I'm afraid you're too trusting for your own good, Miss Willow. Believe me, appearances can be very deceptive..."

Hapless vicar Timothy Carswell visits some of the more sinister members of his flock.

Stephen Sheridan's six-part series stars James Grout as the Reverend Timothy Carswell, Margaret Courtenay as Miss Tilling, Jean Heywood as Miss Tapp, Jacqueline Tong as Hilary and Patricia Hayes as Miss Willow.

Producer: Lissa Evans.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1991.


MON 09:00 Foul Play (b00zf4tf)
Series 4

The Final Judgement

Crime writers Jessica Mann and James Melville investigate a distinctly 'kinky' matter.

With the help of witnesses played by Maria McErlane and Lee Simpson.

Murder mystery panel game chaired by Simon Brett.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1998.


MON 09:30 Gilbert Without Sullivan (b0076fcl)
Series 1

Mr Foster's Good Fairy

Confectioner, Cyril Foster harbours dark secrets from his past, until he's offered a most unlikely escape...

Series one of short stories by W.S. Gilbert dramatised by Stephen Wyatt.

CAST:

W.S. Gilbert …. Starring Jonathan
Cyril Foster …. Ian Brooker
The Fairy …. Sara Coward
Jake …. Lennox Greaves
Samuel …. David Bannerman

Playwright and humourist, Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911) is best known for his comic opera collaborations with Sir Arthur Sullivan, which first captivated audiences across the English-speaking world in the late 19th century.

Director: Sue Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.


MON 10:00 Drama (b06s7ztr)
Memsahib Emma

Episode 1

Tanika Gupta's glorious adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma is set in mid 19th Century India.

Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Bhattacharjee sees no need for love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others.

But her plans soon lead her into all kinds of trouble.

Emma Bhattacharjee ....... Manjinder Virk
Roy ....... Navin Chowdhry
Bhattacharjee ....... Silas Carson
Krishna ....... Maya Sondhi
Sumit Chowdhury ....... Raj Ghatak
Miss Bates ....... Meera Syal
Mrs Weston ....... Tracy Wiles
Mr Elton ....... Leo Wan

Directed by Tracey Neale


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m000n64r)
Series 7

Rethinking Medicine

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

Guy Raz explores our approach to treating disease. Are our ideas too narrow – do we need a paradigm shift in medical thinking?

First broadcast in the USA on National Public Radio in 2017.


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000nb08)
Trevor Nelson

The soul DJ, Trevor Nelson chooses ‘I Want You Back’ performed by The Jackson 5 and ‘As' by Stevie Wonder.


MON 12:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00vt6jy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue (b007jx5n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvh9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1vw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Foul Play (b00zf4tf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 14:30 Gilbert Without Sullivan (b0076fcl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 15:00 Drama (b06s7ztr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 TED Radio Hour (m000n64r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 16:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000nb08)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 17:00 Relativity (b095t037)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 The Museum of Curiosity (m000my7x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero (b08fx516)
1. The Unseeing Eye

"A glimpse across a weird threshold, on the rim of space where there should be nothing but eternal, frozen darkness. Yet where there was something more....."

Newspaper reporter, Tom Lambert has decided to reinvestigate the strange events of ten years before, concerning the "cosmic noise". Believing the inside story was never told, he's tracked down the only man who knows, Dr Hayward Petrie.

Told in flashbacks, the story unfolds from Dr Petrie's own recordings of the time when the detection of a strange pattern of signals sparks a mysterious discovery...

Dr Petrie …. Felix Felton
Tom Lambert …. David Spenser
Clifford Brown …. Graydon Gould
Elizabeth Ryder …. Elaine MacNamara
Professor Campbell McLaren …. Ian Sadler
Peter Garrick …. Harold Reese

Written by Peter Elliott Hayes

Producer: David Davis

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in April 1961.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b00vy0dw)
Stephanie Cole and Michael Horovitz

Sue MacGregor and her guests - actress, Stephanie Cole and distinguished poet, Michael Horovitz - discuss favourite books by John Fante, GK Chesterton and Joyce Johnson

Wait Until Spring, Bandini by John Fante
Publisher: Canongate

The Man who was Thursday by G K Chesterton
Publisher: Penguin

Minor Characters by Joyce Johnson
Publisher: Methuen

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2010.


MON 19:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b00vt6jy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue (b007jx5n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvh9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1vw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m000n64r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000nb08)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 The Museum of Curiosity (m000my7x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (b03hwbrr)
Series 1

Out of Our Tree

Tom's father is engrossed in putting together the Wrigglesworth Family Tree which is leaving Tom's mother at a loose end. Tom suggests she gets in a lodger for company.

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang Ups is a 30 minute phone call from Tom ringing his parents for his weekly check-in. As the conversation unfolds, Tom takes time out from the phone call to explain the situation, his parent's reactions and relate various anecdotes from the past which illustrate his family's views. And sometimes he just needs to sound-off about the maddening world around him and bemoan everyday annoyances.

A fascinating and hilarious glimpse into Tom Wrigglesworth, his family background and the influences that have shaped his temperament,opinions and hang-ups.

During all this Hang Ups explores class, living away from 'home', trans-generational phenomena, what we inherit from our families and how the past repeats in the present. All in a 30 minute phone call.

'Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-ups' gets underneath the skin of Tom and the Wrigglesworth family, so sit back and enjoy a bit of totally legal phone hacking.

Cast:

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

Written by Tom Wrigglesworth and James Kettle
Additional Material by Miles Jupp

Producer: Katie Tyrrell.


MON 23:00 The News Quiz (m000myx1)
Series 103

Episode 5

A satirical review of the week's news with Andy Zaltzman and guests guests Simon Evans, Jena Friedman, Mark Nelson and Zoe Lyons.

It's been a big week for America - even before the Trumps tested positive - and Britain has been doing its best to keep up in the highly satirisable news stakes too.

Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Simon Alcock, Max Davis, Alice Fraser, Natasha Mwansa and Mike Shephard.

Producer: Richard Morris
A BBC Studios Production


MON 23:30 Hut 33 (b01jz3p2)
Series 3

Spitfire Poker

The Bletchley Park code breakers try help raise money for the town's spitfire fund.

Stars Tom Goodman-Hill as Archie, Robert Bathurst as Professor Charles Gardner, Fergus Craig as Gordon, Alex MacQueen as 3rd Lt. Joshua Featherstonhaugh-Marshall, Olivia Colman as Minka and Lill Roughley as Mrs Best.

Written by James Cary.

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2009.



TUESDAY 06 OCTOBER 2020

TUE 00:00 Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero (b08fx516)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b00vy0dw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvh9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1vw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Foul Play (b00zf4tf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 Gilbert Without Sullivan (b0076fcl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Drama (b06s7ztr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 TED Radio Hour (m000n64r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000nb08)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Relativity (b095t037)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 The Museum of Curiosity (m000my7x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvhd)
Charles Paris: Cast, in Order of Disappearance

2. Transformation Scene

Chorus girl Jacqui Mitchell has suddenly been rejected by her lover impresario. Could it be because compromising photographs were taken of them both at a party?

Assuming a variety of roles, the lothario thespian employs his skills to try and solve a murder.

Francis Matthews stars as actor-cum-sleuth, Charles Paris.

Adapted by Simon Brett from his thriller set during the UK's winter fuel crisis of 1973.

Charles Paris …. Francis Matthews
Jacqui Mitchell …. Fiona Hendley
George …. Peter Tuddenham
Bernard Walton …. Timothy Carlton
Joanne Menzies …. Sandra Clark
Mrs Sweet …. Lynda Baron
Harry Chiltern …. Victor Maddern
Nurse …. Hilda Schroder
Maggie Swede …. Maggie McCarthy

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in May 1984.


TUE 06:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1x7)
Three Act Tragedy

Episode 2

Hercule Poirot is now on the Riviera in Monte Carlo, but death appears to be following him.

1935 novel by Agatha Christie dramatized by Michael Bakewell

Hercule Poirot......................................................John Moffatt
Mr Satterthwaite..................................................George Cole
Sir Charles Cartwright........................................Michael Cochrane
Hermione 'Egg' Lytton Gore............................Beth Chalmers
Colonel Johnson...................................................John Baddeley
Supt Crossfield......................................................Martin Hyder
Mrs Leckie................................................................Kathleen Helme
Little Boy...................................................................Tom Glenister

Directed by Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2002.


TUE 07:00 Hazelbeach (b00ljy24)
Series 2

Chess

Domestic harmony is disrupted for conman Ronnie Hazelbeach and his hapless friend, Nick by the arrival of a very unwelcome guest.

The return of Caroline and David Stafford's comedy about likeable conman Ronnie Hazelbeach starring Jamie Forman.

Ronnie Hazelbeach ...... Jamie Foreman
Nick..........Paul Bazely
James.........Neil Stuke
Chloe......... Tracy Wiles
Carlton Hobbs..... Philip Fox
Doctor.......... Stephen Hogan

Producer: Marc Beeby

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2009.


TUE 07:30 The Lenny Henry Show (m000mzp4)
Episode 6

Another dose of character-based sketch comedy from Lenny Henry, including more from Paul and his Brixton-based black studies bookshop.

Tyrone is still in Space desperately trying not to get killed, Glenroy Livingstone has more outrageous antics from his Jamaican game show Box Mi Down, and we meet new character Nick, a bouncer who can't get used to letting anyone in.

Also, Theophilus P Wildebeeste is back from retirement - but this time the P stands for "progressive".

Cast includes Lenny Henry, Gemma Arrowsmith, Vas Blackwood, George Fouracres and Cherrelle Skeete.

Written by Lenny Henry and Max Davis, with Tasha Dhanraj and Nathan Roberts.

Music by Lawrence Insula

Produced by Sam Michell

A Douglas Road and Tiger Aspect production for BBC Radio 4


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b008zfwf)
Series 7

The Spectre of Tintagel

Neddie Seagoon reveals his Arthurian roots and goes in search of treasure in deepest Cornwall.

Groundbreaking, surreal BBC radio comedy written by Spike Milligan and Larry Stephens.

Starring:
Peter Sellers
Harry Secombe
Spike Milligan

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

With the Ray Ellington Quartet and Max Geldray.

Orchestra conducted by Wally Stott.

Announcer: Wallace Greenslade

Producer: Peter Eton

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in October 1956.


TUE 08:30 Any Other Business (b013cnyp)
Episode 4

Chesbury FC is in dire straits, but Lady Mayoress Graham is determined to save the day.

Lucy Flannery's local government sitcom stars Nelson David, John Duttine, James Grout, Rosy Fordham, Nick Hardy, Howard Lew Lewis, Toby Longworth, Jan Ravens, Vivienne Rochester and June Whitfield.

Producer: Liz Anstee
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1995.


TUE 09:00 The News Quiz (m000myx1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b007xrxm)
Series 1

King of the Road

A faculty fracas with an old rival helps re-ignite the author's career. Stars Christopher Douglas. From February 2005.


TUE 10:00 Drama (b06sfk94)
Memsahib Emma

Episode 2

Tanika Gupta's glorious adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma set in mid 19th Century India.

Emma's plans for Krishna and Mr Elton have backfired spectacularly and she is horrified when he declares his love for her.

But a chastened Emma is cheered by news of Frank Churchill's arrival. Mr Roy, however, is wary of his young English man with his airs and graces.

Emma ....... Manjinder Virk
Roy ....... Navin Chowdhry
Bhattacharjee ....... Silas Carson
Krishna ....... Maya Sondhi
Sumit ....... Raj Ghatak
Miss Bates ....... Meera Syal
Mrs Weston ....... Tracy Wiles
Mr Weston ....... Stephen Critchlow
Frank Churchill ....... George Watkins
Jane Fairfax ....... Rina Mahoney
Mr Elton ....... Leo Wan
Mrs Elton ....... Evie Killip

Directed by Tracey Neale


TUE 11:00 Telling Tales (m00061yh)
Danny Robins

This week’s episode takes a trip to the unpronounceable village of Yxsjö with the writer, comedian and self-confessed Swedophile Danny Robins.

From comedy revue beginnings, performing alongside Marcus Brigstocke and Dan Tetsell at Bristol University, Danny has gone on to write numerous sketches, as well as scripts for sitcom, stage and documentaries.

One early live show, The Museum Of Everything, became a Sony-nominated series for Radio 4. And he’s since become a radio regular, writing for Dead Ringers, Hudson & Pepperdine, Armando Iannucci, and co-creating Rudy’s Rare Records with Lenny Henry; while his television work includes Young Dracula and The Basil Brush Show.

Danny’s most recent radio sitcom takes creative inspiration from his own experiences as a Brit indoctrinated by his Swedish wife. It is recorded on location; with Adam Riches starring alongside a cast of Swedish comic actors, and a fifth series has been commissioned for Radio 4.

In The Cold Swedish Winter, Danny mines a rich comic seam of cultural differences, exploring language, tradition and national characteristics, without resorting to cliché. The featured episode, New Swedes, also explores the country’s attitude towards immigration, a subject he explored further in the 2017 radio drama The Most Wanted Man In Sweden.

Both dramas are produced by Frank Stirling for the Unique Broadcasting Company.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b008zfwf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Any Other Business (b013cnyp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvhd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1x7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 All the Way from Memphis (b00jj529)
Series 1

Episode 5

James Walton's pop music history quiz with Tracey MacLeod, Andrew Collins, David Hepworth and Carol Decker. From January 2005.


TUE 14:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b007xrxm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 15:00 Drama (b06sfk94)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 Telling Tales (m00061yh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 17:00 Hazelbeach (b00ljy24)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 The Lenny Henry Show (m000mzp4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero (b08fxq95)
2. The Cylinder

Monitoring a strange pattern of signals sparks a mysterious discovery in outer space.

Newspaper reporter, Tom Lambert has decided to reinvestigate the strange events of ten years before, concerning the "cosmic noise". Believing the inside story was never told, he's tracked down the only man who knows, Dr Hayward Petrie.

Told in flashbacks, the story unfolds from Dr Petrie's own recordings of the time when the detection of a strange pattern of signals sparks a mysterious discovery...

Dr Petrie …. Felix Felton
Tom Lambert …. David Spenser
Clifford Brown …. Graydon Gould
Elizabeth Ryder …. Elaine MacNamara
Professor Campbell McLaren …. Ian Sadler
Peter Garrick …. Harold Reese

Written by Peter Elliott Hayes

Producer: David Davis

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in April 1961.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b0076xbb)
Series 5

I Vow to thee my Country

A hymn that has attracted controversy for its patriotism, I Vow To Thee My Country was born just after the First World War.

Ralph Vaughan Williams had the inspirational idea to put together the stirring music from Holst's Jupiter movement and the poem written by American ambassador Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, which was found on his desk when he left office.

Featuring:

Raymond Head
David Burton
Bishop of Hulme, Stephen Lowe
Martin Linton
Battersea Singers
Julian Mitchell
Dr Martin Neary

Producer: Sara Conkey

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b008zfwf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Any Other Business (b013cnyp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvhd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1x7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Telling Tales (m00061yh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 The Lenny Henry Show (m000mzp4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Great Unanswered Questions (b00fn9l8)
Series 1

Episode 4

Northern Ireland comedian Colin Murphy and his cohorts take on the most ridiculous of questions and try to provide either the correct or at least a funny answer.

Could there be a city under the sea? Could pigs fly? Featuring regulars, scientist Dr David Booth and Matthew Collins, up-and-coming comedian and computer geek. Special guest Tony Law.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2008.


TUE 23:00 The Consultants (b0076q2b)
Series 2

Episode 6

Crossword challenges and dinner with the devil. Offbeat songs and sketches with Neil Edmond, Justin Edwards and James Rawlings. From May 2004.


TUE 23:30 Angela Barnes: You Can't Take It With You (b07qbcbz)
Series 1

Episode 4

Super-sharp everywoman Angela Barnes tackles life and love - and, with the help of an audience, packs herself a fantasy coffin.

Remembering her larger-than-life father - a gregarious character, sex shop manager, naturist, and a big fan of caravans and pranks - Angela celebrates his 'carpe diem' approach to life, and his favourite motto, You Can't Take It With You.

When her father died very suddenly in 2008, Angela and her family proved him wrong and stuffed his coffin with sentimental keepsakes for his final journey.

In this series, Angela does the very same thing and asks her loved ones to nominate objects that they would choose to send on with her as mementoes of their time together, which she keeps in a suitcase full of memories, acting as prompts for contemplative, heart-warming and captivating comedy.

Angela Barnes is a vivacious, critically acclaimed stand-up comic from Maidstone, Kent. After a career in health and social care, at aged 33 she decided to pursue a long held ambition and give comedy a go. Within a couple of years, Angela and her witty worldview had won the 2011 BBC New Comedy Award by a public vote, secured a weekly star slot in Channel 4's Stand Up For The Week and appeared on numerous radio and television shows including Loose Ends, The Now Show and writing credits on her beloved The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4), Russell Kane's Whistle Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2), Mock The Week (BBC 2) and Russell Howard's Good News (BBC 3).

An Impatient production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in August 2016.


TUE 23:45 Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea (b0080273)
Series 1

The Shooting Party

The elderly Scotsmen assist the Laird with armaments for shooting out on the moors. Stars Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden. From December 2012.



WEDNESDAY 07 OCTOBER 2020

WED 00:00 Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero (b08fxq95)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b0076xbb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvhd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1x7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 All the Way from Memphis (b00jj529)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b007xrxm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Drama (b06sfk94)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Telling Tales (m00061yh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Hazelbeach (b00ljy24)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 The Lenny Henry Show (m000mzp4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvhj)
Charles Paris: Cast, in Order of Disappearance

3. Inside the Giant's Castle

Charles Paris has still not been able to contact the elusive theatrical impresario Marius Steen.

Now the man who took the compromising photographs of Steen and his lover has been shot - dead.

Francis Matthews stars as actor-cum-sleuth, Charles Paris.

Adapted by Simon Brett from his thriller.

CharleS Paris …. Francis Matthews
Jacqui Mitchell …. Fiona Hendley
Marius Steen …. Peter Tuddenham
Mrs Sweet …. Lynda Baron
Juliet …. Wendy Murray
Miles …. David Dixon
Nigel Steen …. Richard Morant
Taxi Driver …. Mark Jones

Adapted by Simon Brett from his book.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in May 1984.


WED 06:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1yj)
Three Act Tragedy

Episode 3

Hercule Poirot re-enters the mystery deaths investigation, to the relief of all involved.

1935 Agatha Christie novel dramatized by Michael Bakewell

Hercule Poirot.................................................John Moffat
Mr Satterthwaite............................................George Cole
Sir Charles Cartwright..................................Michael Cochrane
Lady Mary Lytton Gore................................Pauline Jamieson
Hermione 'Egg' Lytton Gore......................Beth Chalmers
Mrs Babbington..............................................Patricia Scott
Oliver Manders................................................Carl Prekopp

Directed by Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2002.


WED 07:00 Barbara Nice (m000n5d9)
Pilot

Stockport housewife extraordinaire Barbara Nice is the creation of 'Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights' star Janice Connolly.

In this warm-hearted sitcom pilot, Janice and John Henshaw play husband and wife Barbara and Ken.

Barbara is worried she and Ken are at risk of adding to the numbers of silver splitters - they have nothing in common; Ken's idea of retirement involves a marathon session of 'Pointless' and that doesn't fit with Barbara's idea of a well spent golden age.

When a homeless Spanish busker (David Sant) needs some help, Barbara sees it as the perfect opportunity to do some good and stir things up home ... A little more than she expected.

Barbara Nice ... Janice Connolly
Ken Nice ... John Henshaw
Mary ... Angela Curran
Tonio ... David Sant
Hostel Manager ... Debra Baker
Guitar by Kester Owen
Produced by Rebecca Papworth

_Carl Cooper_
A BBC Studios Production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2015.


WED 07:30 Phil Ellis Is Trying (m000mzsh)
Series 3

Pondlife 2000

When he's accused of murdering a hipster, Phil is hauled before the Supreme Court of Parbold presided over by the ruthless Judge Shawshank (Jack Dee). Phil must find a way to counter the allegations of Parbold's best prosecutor (Sindhu Vee) and the witness statements of several of Parbold's residents, including Mick the Chinese herbalist and Ellie the florist. Otherwise, it looks like Phil might be facing a lengthy jail term. Polly could help his cause as foreman of the jusry, but as she's not been paid for months, she's got it in for Phil too. Luckily, the defendant has Johnny on his side. If only the court vending machine hadn't been so recently stocked full of Caramacs.

Cast includes:

Phil Ellis as Phil
Johnny Vegas as Johnny
Amy Gledhill as Polly
Katia Kvinge as Ellie the florist
Mick Ferry as Mick the Chinese herbalist
Jason Barnett as Keith the barman
Terry Mynott as Jarvis Cocker

And guest starring Sindhu Vee as the Prosecutor, and Jack Dee as Judge Shawshank.

It was produced by Sam Michell and is a BBC Studios Production


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b008p8pl)
Series 5

The Prize Money

The lad gets more than he bargained for when he wins a TV quiz show.

Starring 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 May 1958.


WED 08:30 Up the Garden Path (b0082g3d)
Series 2

On the Side of the Angels

Izzy faces confusion when fiancé Charles takes her home to the family mansion.

Imelda Staunton stars as Izzy. With David Robb as Charles, Neil McCaul as Bill, Marty Cruickshank as Maria, Dafydd Hywel as Gwyn, Melissa Wilson as Sharon and Catherine Clarke as Lorraine.

Tumbling from one love entanglement to another, 30-something teacher Izzy Comyn has a predilection for inappropriate men.

An eight-part radio sequel adapted from Sue Limb’s 1984 novel. The second of three series which ran from 1987 to 1993. Granada also adapted the series for ITV.

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1988.


WED 09:00 Dilemma (b01r5pxg)
Series 2

Episode 4

Sue Perkins puts Roisin Conaty, Samira Ahmed, David Reed and Robin Ince through the moral and ethical wringer.

The panellists finely-balanced dilemmas involve changing history; dipping into the archives; injust justice and a maths teacher's non-standard deviation.

Devised by Danielle Ward.

Producer: Ed Morrish.


WED 09:30 North East of Eden (b01f9t2c)
Invaders and Outsiders

Marcia leaves London when she inherits her uncle's medical practice on the remote Paradise Island in Northumbria - with its Wind O' Change pub and populace of slightly dodgy fisherman.

Rebecca Front and Joan Sims stars in Peter Kerry's sitcom.

Doctor Marcia Hulme …. Rebecca Front
Auntie Annie …. Joan Sims
Hjorst/The Translator …. Niall Ashdown
Joseph Gates …. James Garbutt
Mrs Peevis …. Jean Southern
William …. Sammy Johnson
Ralph Gates …. Stephen Thirkeld
Other Roles …. Peter Kerry

Producer: Kathy Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1997.


WED 10:00 Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris (b0889b1l)
1. 1934

From her deathbed, the sinister Madame Fisher weaves the lives of young Henrietta and Leopold as she manipulated others before them.

But who is Karen, the mother who gave Leopold away? Will Madame Fisher reveal her secrets of love, scandal and death?

Elizabeth Bowen's classic novel dramatised in three-parts by Margaret Steward.

CAST:

Mme Fisher …. Sara Kestelman
Karen …. Sunny Ormonde
Naomi Fisher …. Susan Bovell
Max …. John Duttine
Aunt Violet …. Ann Windsor
Uncle Bill …. David King
Henrietta …. Fiona Christie
Leopold …. Joshua Goodman

Music by Anthea Gomez.

Producer: Sue Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1994.


WED 11:00 Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? (m000n5dh)
2. Blackadder and Brian

Public Historian Greg Jenner embarks on an Arthurian quest to find out how comedy writers make history funny.

Greg is the Historical Consultant to all eight series of CBBC’s Emmy and multiple BAFTA award-winning Horrible Histories. In short, he is both a nerd and a comedy nerd.

To help Greg grapple with the big questions over accuracy and ethics, he’s joined by Stephen Fry, comedian-turned-classicist Natalie Haynes, ‘Horrible Histories’ Head Writer Ben Ward and ‘Austentatious’ improvisers Cariad Lloyd and Andrew Hunter-Murray.

Featured programmes:

‘Desert Island Discs: Terry Jones’ [R4 1983]
‘Reel Histories: The Life of Brian’ [R4 2004]

Produced by Anne-Marie Luff.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in February 2019.


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b008p8pl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 Up the Garden Path (b0082g3d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvhj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1yj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Dilemma (b01r5pxg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 14:30 North East of Eden (b01f9t2c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 15:00 Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris (b0889b1l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? (m000n5dh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 17:00 Barbara Nice (m000n5d9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Phil Ellis Is Trying (m000mzsh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero (b08fxww3)
3. The Power

The mysterious cylinder reveals its contents and - more terrifyingly - its awesome capabilities...

Newspaper reporter, Tom Lambert has decided to reinvestigate the strange events of ten years before, concerning the "cosmic noise". Believing the inside story was never told, he's tracked down the only man who knows, Dr Hayward Petrie.

Told in flashbacks, the story unfolds from Dr Petrie's own recordings of the time when the detection of a strange pattern of signals sparks a mysterious discovery...

Dr Petrie …. Felix Felton
Tom Lambert …. David Spenser
Clifford Brown …. Graydon Gould
Elizabeth Ryder …. Elaine MacNamara
Sir Edward Bancroft …. William Fox
Mr Morgan …. Basil Jones

Written by Peter Elliott Hayes

Producer: David Davis

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in May 1961.


WED 18:30 Short Cuts (b09dy2s2)
Series 14

Out of Thin Air

Josie Long hears stories which come out of nowhere. A story of creation, time and disappearance; a writer takes a precarious drive down an icy road imagining the dive into nothing at the edge of her vision, and the unexpected kindness of a stranger pulls a man back from the brink.

Thin Air
Feat. Laura Barton

The Water
Produced by Rikke Houd
Originally broadcast on CBC's Love Me
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/loveme/the-island-and-the-sea-1.4234588

The Kindness of Strangers
Produced by Claire Crofton

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in November 2017.


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b008p8pl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 Up the Garden Path (b0082g3d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvhj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1yj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? (m000n5dh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 Phil Ellis Is Trying (m000mzsh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 The Secret World (b01n11x0)
Series 3

Episode 4

From Michael Caine to Mark Zuckerberg, Jon Culshaw and friends imagine the private lives of the famous. From September 2012.


WED 23:00 Chain Reaction (b0093z9z)
Series 4

Arabella Weir interviews Paul Whitehouse

The story of 'Suits You, Sir' as two Fast Show stars are reunited in the relay interview show. From March 2008.


WED 23:30 28 Acts in 28 Minutes (b008kmqx)
Series 2

Episode 2

John Humphrys gives 28 performers 60 seconds to entertain an audience:

Arthur Smith
Catherine Williams
Natalie Haynes
Murray Lachlan Young
Dave Fulton
Harald Dubois [Kevin Eldon]
Paul Sinha
Fat Tongue
Mick Miller
I Am Kloot
Dr. Phil Hammond
Pappy's Fun Club
Five Live Drive
Dan Evans
Faultless & Torrance
Joe Wilkinson
Joolz Denby
Paul Carenza
Philip Pope
Carrie Quinlan
Lady Agatha [Lizzie Roper]
Mark Maier
Hils Barker
The Pros from Dover
Andy Zaltzman
Billy Bennett [Andrew Sachs]
Jimmy Cricket
Marcus Brigstocke

Producers: Rohan Acharya and Ed Morrish

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2008.



THURSDAY 08 OCTOBER 2020

THU 00:00 Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero (b08fxww3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Short Cuts (b09dy2s2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvhj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1yj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Dilemma (b01r5pxg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 North East of Eden (b01f9t2c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris (b0889b1l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? (m000n5dh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Barbara Nice (m000n5d9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Phil Ellis Is Trying (m000mzsh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvhn)
Charles Paris: Cast, in Order of Disappearance

4. Enter the Funny Policeman

Impresario Marius Steen has been found dead.

Jacqui Mitchell suspects foul play, so Charles Paris continues his investigations - and discovers a thing or two about Steen's will.

Francis Matthews stars as actor-cum-sleuth, Charles Paris.

Adapted by Simon Brett from his thriller.

Charles Paris …. Francis Matthews
Jacqui Mitchell …. Fiona Hendley
Marius Steen …. Peter Tuddenham
Gerald Venables …. Jeremy Child
Joanne Menzies …. Sandra Clark
Bartlemas …. Anthony Newlands
O’Rourke …. Alec Bregonzi
Maurice Skellern …. Harry Landis
Morrison …. Peter Cleall
Waiter …. Geoffrey Collins

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in June 1984.


THU 06:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1zt)
Three Act Tragedy

Episode 4

As the murder suspects are investigated, the Belgian sleuth issues an invitation.

1935 Agatha Christie thriller dramatized by Michael Bakewell

Hercule Poirot..............................................John Moffatt
Mr Satterthwaite.........................................George Cole
Sir Charles Cartwright...............................Michael Cochrane
Hermione 'Egg' Lytton Gore..................Beth Chalmers
Muriel Wills...................................................Elizabeth Proud
Oliver Manders............................................Carl Prekopp
Cynthia Dacres............................................Paula Jacobs
Captain Dacres............................................Nigel Anthony
Angela Sutcliffe...........................................Jemma Churchill
Doris, the model.........................................Angela Sims

Directed by Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2002.


THU 07:00 North by Northamptonshire (b03nt1sw)
Series 3

Episode 3

by Katherine Jakeways

Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small market town in Northamptonshire. This week, visitors are expected in Wadenbrook, and a revelation is long overdue.

As is well-known: Yorkshiremen wear flat caps and Essex girls wear short skirts; Liverpudlians are scallies and Cockneys are wideboys. Northamptonians gaze wistfully at these stereotypes and wish for an identity of any kind and a label less ridiculous than Northamptonians. Northamptonshire, let us be clear, is neither north, nor south nor in the Midlands. It floats somewhere between the three eyeing up the distinctiveness of each enviously. Now Katherine Jakeways is giving Northamptonshire an identity. And she waits, eagerly, for her home-county to thank her. And possibly make her some kind of Mayor.

Joined by nearly all of the incredible cast which graced Series One and Two - including Sheila Hancock as the Narrator, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu, Geoffrey Palmer and Kevin Eldon - and with the exciting addition of Tim Key and Nathaniel Parker - North by Northamptonshire hopes (and promises) to once again delight audience and critics.

'The laughs are cruel, but the monsters of suburbia are curiously sympathetic, and the characters so well drawn and well played that this could run and run.' Time Out.

Producer: Steven Canny

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


THU 07:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b06whsx1)
Series 5

Episode 3

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

This week we look back at a career in accounting, hear of an over-rated experience and, we're sorry to say, Patsy Straightwoman returns with an interview sketch.

"One of the most consistently funny sketch shows for quite some time" - The Guardian
"The best sketch show in years, on television or radio" - The Radio Times
"The inventive sketch show ... continues to deliver the goods" - The Daily Mail
"Superior comedy" - The Observer

Written by and starring ... John Finnemore

Original music composed by ... Susannah Pearse
Original music performed by ... Susannah Pearse & Sally Stares

Producer: Ed Morrish

A BBC Radio Comedy production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2016.


THU 08:00 Beyond Our Ken (m000n4jj)
Series 4

Episode 6

Desert island doings for the "Swiss Family Horne" - and 'Hornerama' probes the press. Stars Kenneth Horne. From November 1960.


THU 08:30 Yes Minister (b007k0ww)
Series 2

The Quality of Life

Jim Hacker gets floored by the high rise world of property business.

Starring Paul Eddington as Jim Hacker, Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey Appleby, Derek Fowldes as Bernard, Richard Vernon as Sir Desmond and Selina Scott as herself.

Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn's satirical sitcom ran on BBC TV between 1980 and 1984. Yes Minister is centred around the hapless Jim Hacker and a collection of civil service underlings headed by the Machiavellian Sir Humphrey Appleby and obsequious Bernard.

Adapted for radio by producer Pete Atkin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1984.


THU 09:00 Genius (b008h570)
Series 1

Richard Madeley

From mini-elephants to food on tap. Dave Gorman asks TV host Richard Madeley to select the public's best loopy idea.

The first of three radio comedy series where award-winning comedian Dave Gorman and a celebrity guest chew over the ridiculous, unworkable but sometimes genius inventions, schemes and policies of the public.

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2005.


THU 09:30 Millport (b0076bfv)
Series 3

Wild Rover

The Cumbrae Club is up and running and the islanders are already arguing over how it should be run.

Meanwhile back at Bruce House, Moira is in hysterics over her missing pet pooch. But will Irene risk missing the ferry and losing her job to help her unhappy sister?

Bittersweet comedy written by and starring Lynn Ferguson as 30-something barmaid Irene Bruce, who hankers after a better life on the mainland.

With Janet Brown as Agnes / Moira, Lewis McLeod as Alberto Ferryman / Robert the dog / Morris, Gabriel Quigley as Ena / Bunty, Robert Paterson as the Minister / Bob, and Kenneth Bryans as Dougie.

Producer: Lucy Bacon

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2002.


THU 10:00 Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris (b08909qf)
2. 1924

Apart for five years, Karen agrees to an illicit meeting with Max that is set to spark fatal consequences.

Elizabeth Bowen's classic novel dramatised in three parts by Margaret Steward.

CAST:

Mme Fisher …. Sara Kestelman
Karen …. Sunny Ormonde
Naomi Fisher …. Susan Bovell
Max …. John Duttine
Aunt Violet …. Ann Windsor
Uncle Bill …. David King
Henrietta …. Fiona Christie
Leopold …. Joshua Goodman

Music by Anthea Gomez.

Producer: Sue Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1994.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b037sj80)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 11:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b01130qm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 Beyond Our Ken (m000n4jj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 Yes Minister (b007k0ww)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvhn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1zt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Genius (b008h570)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 14:30 Millport (b0076bfv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 15:00 Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris (b08909qf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b037sj80)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 16:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b01130qm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 17:00 North by Northamptonshire (b03nt1sw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b06whsx1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero (b08fxzqq)
4. The Voices

After dramatic events in outer-space, the disturbance of noise, light and vibration subsides...

Newspaper reporter, Tom Lambert has decided to reinvestigate the strange events of ten years before, concerning the "cosmic noise". Believing the inside story was never told, he's tracked down the only man who knows, Dr Hayward Petrie.

Told in flashbacks, the story unfolds from Dr Petrie's own recordings of the time when the detection of a strange pattern of signals sparks a mysterious discovery...

Dr Petrie …. Felix Felton
Tom Lambert …. David Spenser
Clifford Brown …. Graydon Gould
Elizabeth Ryder …. Elaine MacNamara
Peter Garrick …. Harold Reese
Sir Edward Bancroft …. William Fox
Dr Trevor Hughes …. Basil Jones
Lord Hetherton …. Charles West
Professor Campbell McLaren …. Ian Sadler

Written by Peter Elliott Hayes

Producer: David Davis

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in May 1961.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b066w57n)
Series 37

George Washington Williams

George Washington Williams was an incredibly early, mould-breaking, self-made black intellectual who fought in the American civil war and went on to write the first history of African Americans. He met King Leopold of Belgium and exposed that country's treatment of Africans under Belgian colonial rule.

Nominating the life of George Washington Williams is television presenter, and former Paralympic medallist, Ade Adepitan. The expert witness is Dr David Brown, Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Manchester. The presenter is Matthew Parris.

Producer: Perminder Khatkar

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


THU 19:00 Beyond Our Ken (m000n4jj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 Yes Minister (b007k0ww)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvhn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1zt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b037sj80)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b01130qm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b06whsx1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Newsjack (m000n4jl)
Series 23

Episode 3

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


THU 23:00 The Penny Dreadfuls (b00gpbcj)
The Brothers Faversham

Horatius Faversham

The Penny Dreadfuls sketch group present four swashbuckling tales of Horatius, Theseus, Leonidas and Augustus, all brothers born into the same privileged aristocratic Victorian family. N.B The Penny Dreadfuls won the Best Comedy Award at Edinburgh in 2008.

Each episode, our narrator guides us through the colourful birth, life and untimely demise of each of the brothers as one by one they succumb to the dangers of 19th century living. Characters are bigger than life; melodramatic, quaint, mysterious, and come from a wide range of trades, from soldiers and explorers to reverends, children entertainers and of course, gentlemen detectives.

Cast:
The Penny Dreadfuls:
Humphrey Ker
David Reed
Thom Tuck.

Alexandra Faversham ... Ingrid Oliver
Narrator... Miles Jupp.

Written by:
Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck.

Produced by Julia McKenzie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


THU 23:30 Concrete Cow (b0076jk4)
Series 2

Ancient and Modern

IT support in ancient Egypt, tax-avoidance schemes for pirates and Feudal Mishap Direct.

Second series of the four-part sketch show in which anything is possible.

Starring Robert Webb, Beth Chalmers, Catherine Shepherd, Steven Kynman, Abigail Burdess and Chris Pavlo.

Written by James Cary.

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.



FRIDAY 09 OCTOBER 2020

FRI 00:00 Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero (b08fxzqq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b066w57n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvhn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k1zt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Genius (b008h570)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Millport (b0076bfv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris (b08909qf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b037sj80)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


FRI 04:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b01130qm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


FRI 05:00 North by Northamptonshire (b03nt1sw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (b06whsx1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvhq)
Charles Paris: Cast, in Order of Disappearance

Slapstick Scene

Marius Steen has been found dead. His lover Jacqui Mitchell suspects foul play and now that a new will has been found made in her favour, Charles Paris begins to believe her.

Movie making becomes a horror story.

Francis Matthews stars as actor-cum-sleuth, Charles Paris.

Adapted by Simon Brett from his thriller.

Charles Paris …. Francis Matthews
Jacqui Mitchell …. Fiona Hendley
Gerald Venable …. Jeremy Child
Joanne Menzies …. Sandra Clark
Nigel Steen …. Richard Morant
Jean-Luc Roussel …. Harry Fowler
Garth …. Nigel Graham
P.A. …. Eileen Tully
Eric …. Mark Jones

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in June 1984.


FRI 06:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k213)
Three Act Tragedy

Episode 5

Just as Hercule Poirot looks set is to solve the murder mystery, there's a fresh death.

Agatha Christie thriller dramatized by Michael Bakewell

Hercule Poirot..................................................John Moffatt
Mr Satterthwaite.............................................George Cole
Sir Charles Cartwright...................................Michael Cochrane
Egg Lytton Gor.................................................Beth Chalmers
Angela Sutcliffe................................................Jemma Churchill
Oliver Manders.................................................Carl Prekopp
Matron,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Natasha Pyne

Director Enyd Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2002.


FRI 07:00 Alone (b0b48yxn)
Series 1

Birthday Drinks

A sitcom, written by Moray Hunter and starring Angus Deayton, about five single, middle aged neighbours living in flats in a converted house in North London.

Mitch (Angus Deayton) is a widower and part-time therapist who is looking to put his life back together now that he is single and living - supposedly temporarily - with Will (Pearce Quigley), his younger, more volatile and unhappily divorced half-brother.

Elsewhere in the building are schoolteacher Ellie (Abigail Cruttenden) who is shy, nervous and desperately missing her ex-boyfriend, overly honest, frustrated actress Louisa (Kate Isitt), and socially inept IT nerd Morris (Bennett Arron).

In Birthday Drinks, Mitch's birthday is approaching and he's desperately trying to avoid any fuss - not least because he's having a break from alcohol. Meanwhile Louisa is on the warpath, wanting feedback after her latest acting role, but everyone seems to be trying to change the subject for some reason.

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2018.


FRI 07:30 Dot (b08rptr4)
Series 2

Trees

by Ed Harris

Comic adventures with Dot and the gals who are tasked with a top secret mission in the countryside. A German plane crashes nearby, will this be Dot's big chance for promotion?
Producer/Director, Jessica Mitic.


FRI 08:00 Share and Share Alike (m000n6zr)
Redundancy

The factory buzzes with rumours of impending cutbacks.

Jack and Lesley Burrows’ lifestyles are poles apart but find themselves working at the same factory and obliged to live under the same roof.

CAST:

Jack Burrows…. Michael Robbins
Lesley Burrows…. Hugh Paddick
Janet …. Elizabeth Morgan
Ron …. Denis Bond
The Managing Director, Mr Robertson …. Reginald Marsh
The Shop Steward, George Fellowes …. George A. Cooper

Written by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978.


FRI 08:30 Patterson (m000n6zt)
Episode 6

Can university lecturer Andrew Patterson deal with the particular demands of his students and his boss?

Written by Malcolm Bradbury and Christopher Bigsby

Patterson................................... Lewis Fiander
Professor Misty........................Richard Vernon
Jane............................................. Judy Parfitt
Melissa........................................Maureen Lipman
Valerie Candle..........................Leueen Willoughby
Cuthbertson..............................Richard O'Callaghan
Victor...........................................Hugh Thomas
Bannerji......................................Tariq Yunus
Inspector Firestone............... David Tate

Producer Geoffrey Perkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in March 1981.


FRI 09:00 The Personality Test (b00mrc84)
Series 2

Adam Hart-Davis

Broadcaster, writer and science enthusiast, Adam Hart-Davis quizzes a panel about himself.

With Sue Perkins, Lucy Porter, Will Smith and Robin Ince.

Series with changing hosts who quiz the panel.

Script by Richard Turner and Simon LIttlefield

Devised and produced by Aled Evans.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.


FRI 09:30 Ballylenon (b007nfs3)
Series 1

Episode 1

1953: Trouble brews when the McConkey sisters join forces with hotel owner, Phonsie Doherty to campaign for the demolition of the Georgian courthouse to make way for a car park.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home. Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher, Gerard Murphy as Reverend Samuel Hawthorne, Roma Tomelty as RL Watson and Kevin Flood as O'Brollochain.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1994.


FRI 10:00 Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris (b0890hpt)
3. 1924-1934

Fading fast, is scheming Mme Fisher sowing the seeds for the ultimate destruction of her house in Paris?

Elizabeth Bowen's classic novel dramatised in three-parts by Margaret Steward.

CAST:

Mme Fisher …. Sara Kestelman
Karen …. Sunny Ormonde
Naomi Fisher …. Susan Bovell
Max …. John Duttine
Aunt Violet …. Ann Windsor
Uncle Bill …. David King
Henrietta …. Fiona Christie
Leopold …. Joshua Goodman

Music by Anthea Gomez.

Producer: Sue Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1994.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000n6zx)
Presenters recommend their favourite podcasts and speak to the people who make them.


FRI 12:00 Share and Share Alike (m000n6zr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Patterson (m000n6zt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvhq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k213)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 The Personality Test (b00mrc84)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 14:30 Ballylenon (b007nfs3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 15:00 Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris (b0890hpt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000n6zx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 17:00 Alone (b0b48yxn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Dot (b08rptr4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero (b08fy3gj)
5. The Frozen World

"If I had known, that night, the terrible risk Elizabeth had taken!" But Clifford knew...

Newspaper reporter, Tom Lambert has decided to reinvestigate the strange events of ten years before, concerning the "cosmic noise". Believing the inside story was never told, he's tracked down the only man who knows, Dr Hayward Petrie.

Told in flashbacks, the story unfolds from Dr Petrie's own recordings of the time when the detection of a strange pattern of signals sparks a mysterious discovery...

Dr Petrie …. Felix Felton
Tom Lambert …. David Spenser
Clifford Brown …. Graydon Gould
Elizabeth Ryder …. Elaine MacNamara
Professor Campbell McLaren …. Ian Sadler
Peter Garrick …. Harold Reese
Lord Hetherton …. Charles West

Written by Peter Elliott Hayes

Producer: David Davis

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in May 1961.


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b007vl1x)
Lunch is for Wimps

Dominic Arkwright discusses whether we should enjoy a good lunch, with Giles Coren, Lucy Kellaway and Martin Rowson. From August 2007.


FRI 19:00 Share and Share Alike (m000n6zr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Patterson (m000n6zt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 A Charles Paris Mystery (b007jvhq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Hercule Poirot (b007k213)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000n6zx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 Dot (b08rptr4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Tom Parry's Fancy Dressed Life (b08mqtpz)
Series 1

Scary

Episode 3: Scary. It's Halloween, the Christmas of Fancy Dress and Tom's friend Ben is having a party. The curse of the dreaded "internet orderers" and some traumatic memories of cub camp conspire to temporarily undermine Tom's status as local Fancy Dress Hero.

Tom Parry is an award winning comedian, writer and actor whose credits include Miranda, Phone Shop and Drunk History among many others. As a stand up, he most recently gained critical acclaim and an Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nomination for his debut hour 'Yellow T-Shirt'. For more than a decade he has been part of the multi-award winning sketch team Pappy's. Together they have performed 6 sell out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, completed 4 national tours, gigged all over the world, and created, written and starred in the sitcom 'Badults' for BBC3.

Cast: Tom Parry, Ben Clarke, Celeste Dring, Gareth Pierce
Producer: Richard Morris
A BBC Studios Production.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2017.


FRI 22:45 Charlotte and Lillian (b096j4m6)
Series 1

The Mirror

In the throes of splitting up from her boyfriend, 29-year-old Charlotte (Helen Monks) is determined to prove she's not as self-centred as he says she is. She signs up as a volunteer to visit the elderly, expecting to be paired with a frail and needy old lady who's full of gratitude and appreciation for such a selfless act. Instead she meets 82-year-old Lillian (Miriam Margolyes), a belligerent and feisty old bat who sees through her in an instant.

Needless to say, they don't get on.

Helping Lillian clear out her garage is undoubtedly a Good Turn, but it's not long before Charlotte's self-interest gets the better of her. She spots a vintage treasure in amongst Lillian's junk and, determined to get her hands on it, attempts to manipulate Lillian into giving it to her. Not only does her plan backfire spectacularly, but it also reveals how both women are just as greedy as each other.

This four-part, two-actress comedy, written by Holly Walsh and Kat Sommers, was recorded on location and features the fantastic combination of Miriam Margolyes and Helen Monks, working together for the first time.

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in October 2017.


FRI 23:00 The Flight of the Conchords (b00dn8br)
Tower of London

The Kiwi novelty music duo try to make it big in the English capital. Improvised by Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, with Rob Brydon. From September 2005.


FRI 23:30 Simon Evans Goes to Market (b043xqry)
Series 1

Grain

How do you make economics funny? How do you put the comedy in commodity? Simon Evans has the answer in this new series which asks us to get involved in investment.

Rather than being cowed by an apparently complicated and overwhelming system, Simon jumps right in. He takes as his focus four commodities which are so intrinsic to our lives they have an almost elemental significance - land, gold, oil and grain. Yet, despite the fact we encounter them everywhere we look, very few people have been able to build a fortune on them.
All that's about to change as, Simon enlists help from the experts. Each week he will be joined by Tim Harford, Merryn Somerset Webb and a guest specialist as they examine the chequered social and economic histories of these commodities. By looking at four such fundamental products, Simon brings us to a closer understanding of how global economic forces have a far-reaching and often surprising impact on our lives.
In this episode, Simon looks at commodities markets in grain. How moral is it to trade in food? how much of it is animal feed and what is the future of food?

Performed by ..... Simon Evans, with regular guests Tim Harford and Merryn Somerset-Webb, and to talk about grain markets, Kanes Rajah and Jim Rogers.
Written by ..... Simon Evans with Benjamin Partridge and Andy Wolton
Producer ..... Tilusha Ghelani.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.




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

28 Acts in 28 Minutes 23:30 WED (b008kmqx)

A Charles Paris Mystery 06:00 MON (b007jvh9)

A Charles Paris Mystery 13:00 MON (b007jvh9)

A Charles Paris Mystery 20:00 MON (b007jvh9)

A Charles Paris Mystery 01:00 TUE (b007jvh9)

A Charles Paris Mystery 06:00 TUE (b007jvhd)

A Charles Paris Mystery 13:00 TUE (b007jvhd)

A Charles Paris Mystery 20:00 TUE (b007jvhd)

A Charles Paris Mystery 01:00 WED (b007jvhd)

A Charles Paris Mystery 06:00 WED (b007jvhj)

A Charles Paris Mystery 13:00 WED (b007jvhj)

A Charles Paris Mystery 20:00 WED (b007jvhj)

A Charles Paris Mystery 01:00 THU (b007jvhj)

A Charles Paris Mystery 06:00 THU (b007jvhn)

A Charles Paris Mystery 13:00 THU (b007jvhn)

A Charles Paris Mystery 20:00 THU (b007jvhn)

A Charles Paris Mystery 01:00 FRI (b007jvhn)

A Charles Paris Mystery 06:00 FRI (b007jvhq)

A Charles Paris Mystery 13:00 FRI (b007jvhq)

A Charles Paris Mystery 20:00 FRI (b007jvhq)

A Good Read 15:30 SAT (b00vrvrs)

A Good Read 03:30 SUN (b00vrvrs)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b00vy0dw)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b00vy0dw)

A Stone Woman 18:30 SUN (m000n66x)

A Stone Woman 00:30 MON (m000n66x)

All Gas and Gaiters 08:30 SUN (b007jp2q)

All the Way from Memphis 14:00 TUE (b00jj529)

All the Way from Memphis 02:00 WED (b00jj529)

Alone 05:00 SAT (b0b3fkqm)

Alone 07:00 FRI (b0b48yxn)

Alone 17:00 FRI (b0b48yxn)

Angela Barnes: You Can't Take It With You 23:30 TUE (b07qbcbz)

Any Other Business 08:30 TUE (b013cnyp)

Any Other Business 12:30 TUE (b013cnyp)

Any Other Business 19:30 TUE (b013cnyp)

Ballylenon 09:30 FRI (b007nfs3)

Ballylenon 14:30 FRI (b007nfs3)

Barbara Nice 07:00 WED (m000n5d9)

Barbara Nice 17:00 WED (m000n5d9)

Barbara Nice 05:00 THU (m000n5d9)

Beyond Our Ken 08:00 THU (m000n4jj)

Beyond Our Ken 12:00 THU (m000n4jj)

Beyond Our Ken 19:00 THU (m000n4jj)

Castles in Spain 01:30 SAT (m0004xw1)

Castles in Spain 13:00 SAT (m0004xtt)

Castles in Spain 13:30 SAT (m0004r2s)

Castles in Spain 14:00 SAT (m0004tv9)

Castles in Spain 14:30 SAT (m0004xw8)

Castles in Spain 15:00 SAT (m0004xw1)

Castles in Spain 01:00 SUN (m0004xtt)

Castles in Spain 01:30 SUN (m0004r2s)

Castles in Spain 02:00 SUN (m0004tv9)

Castles in Spain 02:30 SUN (m0004xw8)

Castles in Spain 03:00 SUN (m0004xw1)

Castles in Spain 06:00 SUN (m0004xtt)

Castles in Spain 06:30 SUN (m0004r2s)

Castles in Spain 07:00 SUN (m0004tv9)

Castles in Spain 07:30 SUN (m0004xw8)

Castles in Spain 08:00 SUN (m0004xw1)

Chain Reaction 23:00 WED (b0093z9z)

Charlotte and Lillian 22:45 FRI (b096j4m6)

Concrete Cow 23:30 THU (b0076jk4)

Cult Vampires 18:00 SUN (m0003tk1)

Cult Vampires 00:00 MON (m0003tk1)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 10:45 SUN (b01130qm)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 SUN (b01130qm)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 11:45 THU (b01130qm)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 16:45 THU (b01130qm)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 THU (b01130qm)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 04:45 FRI (b01130qm)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (b037sj80)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (b037sj80)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (b037sj80)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 16:00 THU (b037sj80)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (b037sj80)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 04:00 FRI (b037sj80)

Dilemma 08:00 SAT (b01r0h4y)

Dilemma 09:00 WED (b01r5pxg)

Dilemma 14:00 WED (b01r5pxg)

Dilemma 02:00 THU (b01r5pxg)

Dot 05:30 SAT (b08r1ljg)

Dot 07:30 FRI (b08rptr4)

Dot 17:30 FRI (b08rptr4)

Dot 22:00 FRI (b08rptr4)

Drama 10:00 MON (b06s7ztr)

Drama 15:00 MON (b06s7ztr)

Drama 03:00 TUE (b06s7ztr)

Drama 10:00 TUE (b06sfk94)

Drama 15:00 TUE (b06sfk94)

Drama 03:00 WED (b06sfk94)

Ed Reardon's Week 09:30 TUE (b007xrxm)

Ed Reardon's Week 14:30 TUE (b007xrxm)

Ed Reardon's Week 02:30 WED (b007xrxm)

Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris 10:00 WED (b0889b1l)

Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris 15:00 WED (b0889b1l)

Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris 03:00 THU (b0889b1l)

Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris 10:00 THU (b08909qf)

Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris 15:00 THU (b08909qf)

Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris 03:00 FRI (b08909qf)

Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris 10:00 FRI (b0890hpt)

Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris 15:00 FRI (b0890hpt)

Foul Play 09:00 MON (b00zf4tf)

Foul Play 14:00 MON (b00zf4tf)

Foul Play 02:00 TUE (b00zf4tf)

Genius 12:30 SAT (b008gh65)

Genius 09:00 THU (b008h570)

Genius 14:00 THU (b008h570)

Genius 02:00 FRI (b008h570)

Gilbert Without Sullivan 09:30 MON (b0076fcl)

Gilbert Without Sullivan 14:30 MON (b0076fcl)

Gilbert Without Sullivan 02:30 TUE (b0076fcl)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (b05wc8wz)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (b05wc8wz)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (b05wc8wz)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b066w57n)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b066w57n)

Great Unanswered Questions 22:30 TUE (b00fn9l8)

Hamish and Dougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea 23:45 TUE (b0080273)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b008p8pl)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b008p8pl)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b008p8pl)

Haunted 00:00 SAT (b01qrljn)

Hazelbeach 07:00 TUE (b00ljy24)

Hazelbeach 17:00 TUE (b00ljy24)

Hazelbeach 05:00 WED (b00ljy24)

Hercule Poirot 06:30 MON (b007k1vw)

Hercule Poirot 13:30 MON (b007k1vw)

Hercule Poirot 20:30 MON (b007k1vw)

Hercule Poirot 01:30 TUE (b007k1vw)

Hercule Poirot 06:30 TUE (b007k1x7)

Hercule Poirot 13:30 TUE (b007k1x7)

Hercule Poirot 20:30 TUE (b007k1x7)

Hercule Poirot 01:30 WED (b007k1x7)

Hercule Poirot 06:30 WED (b007k1yj)

Hercule Poirot 13:30 WED (b007k1yj)

Hercule Poirot 20:30 WED (b007k1yj)

Hercule Poirot 01:30 THU (b007k1yj)

Hercule Poirot 06:30 THU (b007k1zt)

Hercule Poirot 13:30 THU (b007k1zt)

Hercule Poirot 20:30 THU (b007k1zt)

Hercule Poirot 01:30 FRI (b007k1zt)

Hercule Poirot 06:30 FRI (b007k213)

Hercule Poirot 13:30 FRI (b007k213)

Hercule Poirot 20:30 FRI (b007k213)

Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? 11:00 WED (m000n5dh)

Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? 16:00 WED (m000n5dh)

Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? 21:00 WED (m000n5dh)

Hilarious Histories - What's So Funny About the Past? 04:00 THU (m000n5dh)

Hut 33 23:30 MON (b01jz3p2)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:00 MON (b00vt6jy)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:00 MON (b00vt6jy)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:00 MON (b00vt6jy)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 SUN (m0001sh6)

Inheritance Tracks 19:50 SUN (m0001sh6)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (m000nb08)

Inheritance Tracks 16:50 MON (m000nb08)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (m000nb08)

Inheritance Tracks 04:50 TUE (m000nb08)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 07:30 THU (b06whsx1)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 17:30 THU (b06whsx1)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 22:00 THU (b06whsx1)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 05:30 FRI (b06whsx1)

John Fletcher - Night Express 06:00 SAT (m000n6bg)

John Fletcher - Night Express 16:00 SAT (m000n6bg)

John Fletcher - Night Express 04:00 SUN (m000n6bg)

Joseph Conrad - The Secret Agent 03:00 SAT (b00770h8)

Kathmandu or Bust 08:30 SAT (b07s6dls)

Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting 22:00 SAT (b007jshj)

Millport 09:30 SUN (b0076bbj)

Millport 09:30 THU (b0076bfv)

Millport 14:30 THU (b0076bfv)

Millport 02:30 FRI (b0076bfv)

Minor Adjustment 02:30 SAT (b0b51x67)

Much Binding in the Marsh 09:00 SUN (b015f9b7)

My Favorite Husband 12:00 SAT (m000n6bj)

Newsjack 23:00 SUN (m000mzy5)

Newsjack 22:30 THU (m000n4jl)

North East of Eden 09:30 WED (b01f9t2c)

North East of Eden 14:30 WED (b01f9t2c)

North East of Eden 02:30 THU (b01f9t2c)

North by Northamptonshire 07:00 THU (b03nt1sw)

North by Northamptonshire 17:00 THU (b03nt1sw)

North by Northamptonshire 05:00 FRI (b03nt1sw)

Off the Page 00:30 SAT (b007tn5h)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b007vl1x)

Patterson 08:30 FRI (m000n6zt)

Patterson 12:30 FRI (m000n6zt)

Patterson 19:30 FRI (m000n6zt)

Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero 18:00 MON (b08fx516)

Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero 00:00 TUE (b08fx516)

Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero 18:00 TUE (b08fxq95)

Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero 00:00 WED (b08fxq95)

Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero 18:00 WED (b08fxww3)

Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero 00:00 THU (b08fxww3)

Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero 18:00 THU (b08fxzqq)

Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero 00:00 FRI (b08fxzqq)

Peter Elliott Hayes - Orbit One Zero 18:00 FRI (b08fy3gj)

Phil Ellis Is Trying 07:30 WED (m000mzsh)

Phil Ellis Is Trying 17:30 WED (m000mzsh)

Phil Ellis Is Trying 22:00 WED (m000mzsh)

Phil Ellis Is Trying 05:30 THU (m000mzsh)

Podcast Radio Hour 04:00 SAT (m000myzq)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m000n6zx)

Podcast Radio Hour 16:00 FRI (m000n6zx)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m000n6zx)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (b0076k4c)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (b0076k4c)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (b0076k4c)

Relativity 07:00 MON (b095t037)

Relativity 17:00 MON (b095t037)

Relativity 05:00 TUE (b095t037)

Rhod Gilbert's Bulging Barrel of Laughs 22:30 SAT (b00tysvb)

Rose Tremain 16:00 SUN (b0075nk4)

Rose Tremain 20:00 SUN (b0075nk4)

Rose Tremain 04:00 MON (b0075nk4)

Selected Radiophonic Works 09:00 SAT (b00g15x3)

Selected Radiophonic Works 19:00 SAT (b00g15x3)

Shakespeare: Thereby Hangs A Tale 13:00 SUN (b01ghgjn)

Shakespeare: Thereby Hangs A Tale 01:00 MON (b01ghgjn)

Share and Share Alike 08:00 FRI (m000n6zr)

Share and Share Alike 12:00 FRI (m000n6zr)

Share and Share Alike 19:00 FRI (m000n6zr)

Sherlock Holmes 01:00 SAT (m0001c9t)

Short Cuts 18:30 WED (b09dy2s2)

Short Cuts 00:30 THU (b09dy2s2)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 23:30 FRI (b043xqry)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b0076xbb)

Soul Music 00:30 WED (b0076xbb)

Susan Calman Is Convicted 12:30 SUN (b040j1lx)

Susan Calman Is Convicted 17:30 SUN (b040j1lx)

Susan Calman Is Convicted 22:00 SUN (b040j1lx)

Susan Calman Is Convicted 05:30 MON (b040j1lx)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m000n64r)

TED Radio Hour 16:00 MON (m000n64r)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m000n64r)

TED Radio Hour 04:00 TUE (m000n64r)

Tanika Gupta - Skeleton 18:00 SAT (m000n6bm)

Tanika Gupta - Skeleton 00:00 SUN (m000n6bm)

Telling Tales 11:00 TUE (m00061yh)

Telling Tales 16:00 TUE (m00061yh)

Telling Tales 21:00 TUE (m00061yh)

Telling Tales 04:00 WED (m00061yh)

The Consultants 23:00 TUE (b0076q2b)

The Flight of the Conchords 23:00 FRI (b00dn8br)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b008zfwf)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b008zfwf)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b008zfwf)

The Lach Chronicles 22:30 SUN (b07j68pq)

The Lenny Henry Show 07:30 TUE (m000mzp4)

The Lenny Henry Show 17:30 TUE (m000mzp4)

The Lenny Henry Show 22:00 TUE (m000mzp4)

The Lenny Henry Show 05:30 WED (m000mzp4)

The Mary Whitehouse Experience 23:30 SAT (b045xy47)

The Moth Radio Hour 11:00 SUN (b0br5d8h)

The Moth Radio Hour 19:00 SUN (b0br5d8h)

The Museum of Curiosity 07:30 MON (m000my7x)

The Museum of Curiosity 17:30 MON (m000my7x)

The Museum of Curiosity 22:00 MON (m000my7x)

The Museum of Curiosity 05:30 TUE (m000my7x)

The News Quiz 23:00 MON (m000myx1)

The News Quiz 09:00 TUE (m000myx1)

The Penny Dreadfuls 23:00 THU (b00gpbcj)

The Personality Test 02:00 SAT (b00mk68l)

The Personality Test 09:00 FRI (b00mrc84)

The Personality Test 14:00 FRI (b00mrc84)

The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue 08:30 MON (b007jx5n)

The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue 12:30 MON (b007jx5n)

The Secret Life of Rosewood Avenue 19:30 MON (b007jx5n)

The Secret World 22:30 WED (b01n11x0)

The Skivers 23:30 SUN (b00jd5jn)

Tom Parry's Fancy Dressed Life 22:30 FRI (b08mqtpz)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups 22:30 MON (b03hwbrr)

Up the Garden Path 08:30 WED (b0082g3d)

Up the Garden Path 12:30 WED (b0082g3d)

Up the Garden Path 19:30 WED (b0082g3d)

World of Pub 22:45 SUN (b008qt08)

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