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SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2021

SAT 00:00 The Price of Fear (b007jshy)
Lot 132

Horror legend Vincent Price tells the artistically horrifying tale of a painting. With Douglas Blackwell, Alexander John, Elizabeth Morgan and Vincent Price


SAT 00:30 Off the Page (b00j7ty0)
One Big Happy Family

Dominic Arkwright, John O'Farrell, Kathryn Flett and Andi Oliver discuss how family life shapes up to the ideal. From March 2009.


SAT 01:00 The Christopher Marlowe Mysteries (b007k1zv)
4. The Murky Mystery of Murder at St Mark's

Can a college murderer at large be outwitted?

The eloquent Elizabethan spy heads to Cambridge, where college professors are dropping like flies.

Historical comedy mysteries by Ged Parsons. Amid the splendour and squalor of Elizabethan London - scholar, playwright and government spy, Christopher Marlowe is assigned to investigate a number of baffling mysteries and perplexing intrigues...

Starring Dominic Jephcott as Marlowe, Bill Wallis as Ratsbane, Paul Brooke as Sir Francis Walsingham, Peter Serafinowicz as Darus, Gordon Reid as Sir Hubert and Sarah Thomas as Mistress Parker.

Producer: Richard Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1993.


SAT 01:30 P Division (b00rgnxh)
Two Way Cut

Episode 4

Donoghue has enough evidence to arrest Stein - but where is he? Louise wants to make a statement about the murder and Elka Willems is going to tell Mrs Salisbury about her daughter's illness.

Stars Frank Gallagher as DC Malcolm Montgomery, Robert Carlyle as DC King, Eliza Langland as WPC Elka Willems, Ginni Barlow as Mrs Sailisbury, Mary Ann Reid as Mrs Steen, Jake D'Arcy as DS Ray Sussock and Crawford Logan as DI Donoghue.

Published in 1988, this is Peter Turnbull's fifth P Division novel about his Glaswegian cops.

Dramatised by Stephen Mulrine.
Producer: Hamish Wilson
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1993.


SAT 02:00 This Orient Isle (b074zw3t)
Episode 5

Professor Jerry Brotton, one of the UK's leading experts on cultural exchange, examines Queen Elizabeth I's fascination with the Orient. He shows that England's relations with the Muslim world were far more extensive, and often more amicable, than we have ever appreciated, and that their influence was felt across the political, commercial and domestic landscape of Elizabethan England.

Derek Jacobi reads the captivating account of how Britain sent ships, treaties and gifts to the royal families of Morocco and Turkey, including a gold carriage and a full-size pipe organ.

In this episode, we visit the London stage to discover the Elizabethan fascination with the little-known world of Islam, particularly by Shakespeare and Marlowe.

Producer: David Roper
A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in April 2016.


SAT 02:15 The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler (b08md9xc)
2001, An Extra Marriage

By Anne Tyler dramatised by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Episode ten - 2001, An Extra Marriage

Michael returns to his old neighbourhood and old loves.

Michael …. Ian Porter
Narrator …. Barbara Barnes
Radio Interviewer …. Finlay Robertson
Anna …. Georgie Glen
Lindy …. Jane Slavin
Young Pauline …. Julianna Jennings
Ex-soldier …. Nicholas Murchie
Pauline …. Sarah Stewart
Pagan/Young Michael …. Tom Forrister

Director: David Hunter.


SAT 02:30 The Map That Made Manhattan (b04fy2bq)
Over two hundred years since the beginning of its construction, this feature explores the New York grid system as real and imagined - architectural matrix, psychic space and site of continuing cultural-political argument.

The Commissioners' Plan of 1811 divided the island of Manhattan into an orthogonal grid of intersecting avenues running North-South and cross-streets running East-West, from river to river. Attacked for being nothing more than "a grid of money making", it was in fact a great democratic leveller. And if it fostered what de Tocqueville viewed as relentless monotony, its coordinates also enabled drivers and pedestrians to figure out where they stood, physically and metaphorically.

The debate continues. Urban critic Tony Hiss ('In Motion: The Experience of Travel') has written about the grid's primal orderliness: "I still think it distances us from our natural surroundings and it has given us a spurious and diminished mental geometry".

Condemned for dehumanizing and mechanising the city's inhabitants (Henry James, writing in the grid-free enclave of Greenwich Village, called it "a primal topographic curse") others saw it as a modern, rational system in step with the ethos of a young republic.

And New Yorkers themselves are of course a great source of wit and comment on the grid system.

Filled with the sounds and atmosphere of New York, and hearing entirely from its residents - from city architects and historians to taxi drivers and subway engineers - this programme considers the geometry of the grid as the brilliant intersection of architectural vision with psychic and cultural space, and as footprint for the awesome city skyline.

Producer: Simon Hollis
A Brook Lapping Production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


SAT 03:00 Classic Serial (b00dcgdw)
Tobias Smollett - The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

Episode 3

Tobias Smollet's uproarious satire of 18th-century life, dramatised by Yvonne Antrobus.

The Bramble family's adventures continue as they begin the long trip home, a journey full of surprises and unexpected revelations.

Mathew Bramble ...... Nigel Anthony
Tabitha Bramble ...... Marcia Warren
Lydia Melford ...... Helen Longworth
Jery Melford ...... Dan Starkey
Winifred Jenkins ...... Joanna Page
Humphry Clinker ...... Stuart McLoughlin
Lieutenant Lismahago ...... John Rowe
Sir Thomas Bullford ...... Trevor Peacock
Oxmington/Dennison ...... Sam Dale
Wilson/French valet ...... Nyasha Hatendi
Frogmore ...... Stephen Critchlow

Other parts played by Chris Pavlo, Joan Walker and Ben Crowe.

Directed by Marc Beeby.


SAT 04:00 Say the Word (b00764vn)
Episode 4

Frank Delaney's panel game revolving around the English language.

With Christopher Cook, Miles Kington, Valerie Grove and Carol Boyd

Plus resident jesters - the Nimmo Twins

Producer: Simon Elmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2001.


SAT 04:30 The Sit Crom (b00m0zyl)
Thick Fog in All Areas

Tobias Thynne finds an unusual way to avoid the Devil's vegetables and all is confusion upon the heath.

Sue Limb's six-part comedy set during the English Civil War.

Sir John Firebasket ...... Joss Ackland
Lady Anne Firebasket ...... Denise Coffey
Tobias Thynne ...... Clive Merrison
Mercy, alias Melissa ...... Miriam Margoyles
Father Francis ...... Nickolas Grace
Slow Ned ...... Chris Emmett
Gazebo Fogg ...... Jack Klaff
Captain Arise Higgs ...... Alun Armstrong
Posthumous ...... Nicky Henson
Counter Tenor ...... Peter Hayward
Lettice ...... Jane Whittenshaw

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1990.


SAT 05:00 Rudy's Rare Records (b00y2cvn)
Series 3

Redemption Song

Father and son comedy set in the finest old-school record shop in Birmingham.

Thanks to some dodgy paperwork, Adam and Rudy are faced with the prospect of losing the lease on their shop in less than a year. Inspired by Rudy's claim that Bob Marley once cited Rudy's Rare Records as having the best toilet facilities in Birmingham, they take extreme action.

Written by Danny Robins
Produced by Lucy Armitage

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


SAT 05:30 Stand-Up Specials (m000s85m)
Rachel Parris: Austensibly Feminist

Comedian Rachel Parris, a Jane Austen fan and geek, assesses one of our greatest writer's feminist credentials.

Although Jane Austen wrote about a particular class of women at a particular period in our history , the portraits she drew have resonated with millions of subsequent readers. But rarely is she considered from a feminist perspective.

In this stand-up comedy show recorded in front of a live, virtual audience, Rachel Parris asks us to re-appraise Jane Austen's work and see it in a new light. Albeit a little irreverently.

Do Austen's books pass the Bechdel test? What do her sisters tell us about the sisterhood? What have her women got in common with women today and what can we learn from what Jane Austen had to say about marriage, men and money?

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4


SAT 06:00 Sheila Hodgson - Sea Fever (m000sj51)
When devious Dennis Vyner's financial empire collapses, there's only one thing left to do - vanish, and fast! He comes up with a scheme to disappear during a luxury cruise. The trouble is, he needs the help of his wife… and his girlfriend.

Written by Sheila Hodgson.

CAST:

Dennis Vyner …. John Moffatt
Sylvia Vyner …. Elizabeth Mansfield
Julie Barnes …. Jane Leonard
Dr Lorrimer …. John Bull
Prof Guy Heydock …. John Baddeley
Prof Charles Jarvis …. James Kerry
Bonnie McBride …. Maureen Beattie
Alec Dunbar …. Jack McKenzie
Miss Parker …. Diana Lambert
Miss Pascall …. Petra Davies
Rev Fergus Anderson …. Geoffrey Whitehead
Barman/PA Announcer…. Peter Craze

Director: David Johnston

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1989.


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b078y4tv)
Series 39

Graeme Lamb on Christine Granville

Lt-Gen Sir Graeme Lamb, former head of British special forces, champions the life of wartime spy Christine Granville, assisted by her biographer Clare Mulley.

Christine, born Kristina Skarbek, was a glamorous swashbuckling heroine who skied into occupied Poland to distribute Allied propaganda, and parachuted into southern France to work with the Resistance after D Day. Murdered after the war by a jilted lover, she is little known today - thanks partly to the efforts of a group of men she had been close to, who formed a committee to "protect her reputation" from suggestions of sexual impropriety.

Matthew Parris chairs the discussion.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.


SAT 08:00 The Motion Show (b06s1bnp)
Series 2

Episode 5

Dr Phil Hammond chairs the debating game with Hugh Dennis, Jon Plowman, Jenny Eclair and Nick Revell. From February 2000.


SAT 08:30 Beachcomber... By the Way (b0081b4f)
Series 1

Episode 2

Moonlight on Mrs Parsons, newts in Lord Shortcake's trouser turn-ups, and the police - as ever - on Captain Foulenough's tail.

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, John Sessions and Patricia Routledge recreate the world of the JB Morton.

Running in the Daily Express from 1924 to 1975 – JB Morton’s surreally comic ‘Beachcomber’ column paved the way for a great deal of modern humour.

Adapted by Michael Barfield with Richard Ingrams.

Announcer: Brian Perkins

Producer: Harry Thompson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1989.


SAT 09:00 Larry Adler, All Mouth Organ (b07hnqrq)
Nick Baker explores the remarkable life of virtuoso musician Larry Adler.

Larry Adler's achievement was to take the harmonica, until then thought of as a children's toy, onto the concert stages of the world. He did this with a parallel career as a celebrity, a raconteur, writer and funny man.

This celebration of his work includes rare archive and new contributions from broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, author Michael Freedland along with musician Philip Achille and those close to him.

* "The Adler Archives" - A selection of hidden gems.

* "Nice Work if You Can Get It (part one) - The Tin Sandwich"
Russell Davies explores Adler's early days in Baltimore, tours of the United States and how his virtuoso harmonica playing inspired composers. Originally broadcast in 2001

* "Deconstructing Larry"
A brand new programme sees Nick Baker attempting to unravel the mercurial world of the infamous mouth organist.

* "Blow Suck - The World's Most Successful Instrument"
Nick Baker traces the history of the harmonica. First broadcast in 1987

* "Nice Work if You Can Get It (part two) - It Ain't Necessarily So"
Russell Davies concludes his series on Adler with more anecdotes and musical tales. Originally broadcast in 2001

Producer: Stephen Garner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in June 2016.


SAT 12:00 The Jack Benny Program (m000sj53)
A Day At The Beach

Jack organises the annual beach picnic for the cast.

On radio, The Jack Benny Show ran from February 1932 to May 1955. From that date, new shows were produced for television but there were re-runs on radio until 1958. Over the years, the programme was sponsored by a diverse range of products from jelly, to tyres and cigarettes.

With a fine cast of supporting players Benny made his show into one of the all-time great radio comedies, portraying him as likeable character, despite being vain, argumentative and a skinflint. It’s classic comedy that stood the test of time.

With Eddie Anderson as the irrepressible Rochester, Mary Livingstone, Dennis Day, The Sportsmen Quartet, announcer Don Wilson and orchestra conducted by Bob Crosby.

First broadcast on the Columbia Broadcasting System in May 1954.


SAT 12:30 Steptoe and Son (b00t39lf)
Series 2

The Siege of Steptoe Street

Albert and Harold are besieged by all their creditors demanding money.

Starring Wilfrid Brambell as Albert, Harry H Corbett as Harold and Robert Dorning as Mr Stacey the butcher

Following the conclusion of their hugely successful association with Tony Hancock, writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson wrote 10 pilots for the BBC TV's Comedy Playhouse in 1962. The Offer was set in a house with a yard full of junk, featuring the lives of rag and bone men Albert Steptoe and his son Harold and it was the spark for a run of 8 series for TV.

Adapted for radio from Galton and Simpson's TV script by Gale Pedrick.

Produced by Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in June 1967.


SAT 13:00 Out of this World: The Colin Pillinger story (p064nm11)
Professor Colin Pillinger, the Bristol-born scientist is best known as the leader of the Beagle 2 project, the attempt - in the face of opposition - to land a British spacecraft on Mars. He was involved in ground-breaking scientific research for over 40 years.

He analysed the original Apollo 11 moon rocks, was one the of the first to classify asteroids as being from Mars and with the Beagle 2 mission reignited the United Kingdom’s love for space exploration.

Told through archive interviews and recordings of Colin plus new interviews with those who knew him best - "Out of this World" tells Colin's incredible life.

Narrator Jon Culshaw.

Producers Pete Simson and Tom Ryan.

First broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol in May 2018; 4 Extra Debut in February 2020.


SAT 14:00 Tina C (b06qmpqw)
Tina C: Herstory

Episode 1

Country music star Tina C presents her life story, starting with her humble origins in deepest Tennessee and taking us all the way to where she stands today - a global feminist icon, and political powerhouse. And she can still knock out a tune or two too.

Tina will be joined on stage by a three-piece band who will help her recreate her biggest hits, and a special guest interviewer who will talk to her about her struggles.

In this first episode, Tina recalls her childhood. A humble start in life provides a rich seam of stories which fed into her early work. Family has always been important to Tina - as tracks like Hard Times, Don't Be Afraid to Start Crying, and Tramp on a Trampoline show.

From the moment her second album No Dick's As Hard As My Life was released, the world took notice of country music singer Tina C. Since then she has become a global brand. Following 9/11 she has been travelling the world 24/11 working for peace and being a poster girl for American democracy, selling that unique vision of hope to the rest of the world whether they want it or not. Seductive and persuasive, she is here to recruit you to her world view. She is the living embodiment (and what a body) of soft power. Tina C. has performed in venues all over the world, with her own TV show and five series on BBC Radio. You can run but you can't hide from Tina C.

Tina is the creation of Christopher Green, a multi-award winning writer and performer.

"Tina C is one of my favourite performers. She is witty, often outrageous and always in tune! I can't wait to see what Chris Green comes up with next" Sir Ian McKellen

""Christopher Green's Tina C is one of the great comic creations of the age. A genuinely fine country singer, but with a twist of satire and insight which is rare and to be highly prized". Stephen Fry

Written & performed by Christopher Green.
Additional voices: Debra Baker & Leo Wan.
The Band: Duncan Walsh-Atkins, Mark Hardisty & Phil Wraith.
Special guest interviewer: Dr Raj Persaud.
Producer: Victoria Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


SAT 14:30 The Masterson Inheritance (b007jqqh)
Series 3

The Masterson's Magical Marquee, pt 1

The improvised historical family saga's two-part romp about a Victorian travelling circus. Stars Paul Merton. From July 1995.


SAT 15:00 Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme (b052jkxb)
Series 3

Love

In the first of a series, Tim Key grapples with the concept of love by telling the story of one man's romance with a beautiful cashier. Musical accompaniment is provided by Tom Basden.

Written and presented by Tim Key
With Tom Basden and Katy Wix

Produced by James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production

The Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning comedian returns for a third series of his Late Night Poetry Programme. Since series two Tim has been busy touring his latest acclaimed live show, Single White Slut, thrilling audiences at the Old Vic in Daniel Kitson's Tree, as well as filming movies such as Steve Coogan's Alpha Papa and Richard Ayoade's The Double. But now he's back on late night Radio 4 doing what he does best - attempting to recite poetry whilst tormenting his friend and musician, the equally brilliant Tom Basden.

Praise for Tim Key

"...You never know when Key will suddenly toss you a fantastic joke or startlingly well-constructed line." Radio Times

"The show... has a kind of artistry and strange beauty that makes it unlike any other hour of stand-up you are likely to see." The Observer

"In any other sphere apart from comedy, we'd probably class this way of looking at the world as certifiable. Here it feels like genius." The Telegraph.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


SAT 15:15 iGod (b00wr7v2)
Food

iGOD is a highly original and funny new late-night comedy series for Radio 4. It stars Simon Day (The Fast Show) and David Soul (Starsky & Hutch) and is written by one of the head writers of the BAFTA award-winning The Thick Of It, Sean Gray and produced by Simon Nicholls (Ed Reardon's Week / News At Bedtime).

We all worry about the end of the world, as economists and environmentalists speak in apocalyptic terms everyday. iGOD says that trying to predict the end of the world is as pointless as moisturising an elephant's elbow.

In each episode, an unnamed, all-seeing narrator (David Soul - Starsky and Hutch) shows us that it is stupid to be worrying, as he looks back at some of the most entertaining apocalypses on parallel Earths. Each week our case study is a normal bloke called Ian (Simon Day) who manages to accidentally initiate the apocalypse of a different parallel world through a seemingly harmless single act (telling a lie, being lazy, cooking some lambshanks). A succession of comic vignettes ensue that escalate to the end of a parallel world.

With a full-range of sound effects and wonderfully funny and surreal twists, iGOD will be a true aural extravaganza.

Written by Sean Gray

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


SAT 15:30 Old Harry's Game (b007jvjx)
Series 4

Beauty

Satan introduces the Professor and Thomas to Helen of Troy and her plain friend, Daphne. Stars Andy Hamilton. From May 2001.


SAT 16:00 Sheila Hodgson - Sea Fever (m000sj51)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b078y4tv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Red Moon (m000sj55)
Phase 3: Syzygy

Eddie Sloper gets drawn-in even further but, when his life is endangered, which side should he fear?

An alternative-history, Cold War thriller, where American and Soviet Moon bases aim their nuclear missiles at targets across the planet.

Winner of Best Online Audio Drama at the BBC Audio Drama Awards, 2019.

CAST:

Eddie Sloper …. Philip Bulcock
Quirke …. Joe Riley
Luchnik …. Stephen Critchlow
Lieutenant-General Atherton …. William Hope
Mrs Jones/Felicity …. Georgina Periam
Dr Susan Madison …. Yasmine Holness-Dove
BBC Reporter/POSK Receptionist …. Sarah Whitehouse
Base Commander …. Richard Reed
Cab Driver …. Greg Page

Music composed and performed by Francesco Quadraruopolo.

Story by Jack Bowman and Robert Valentine.

Written, directed and produced by Robert Valentine.

A Wireless Theatre Production recorded at the RNIB Talking Book Studios.


SAT 18:23 John Wyndham - Trouble with Lichen (b007k3kn)
Episode 3

Biochemist Diana's compensation payout catches the attention of Fleet Street.

Meanwhile, Paul has told his wife about the antigerone

The scientific world, government, media and the beauty salon collide in John Wyndham's 1960 sci-fi novel.

Read by Joanna Tope.

Abridged by Scott Stainton Miller.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

Made for BBC Radio 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in 2007.


SAT 19:00 Larry Adler, All Mouth Organ (b07hnqrq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 The Party Party (b007jx3r)
Episode 4

No one in Microcosm notices that the quiz show Narrator has gone missing. Stars Hugh Laurie and Clive Mantle. From June 1987.


SAT 22:30 Elastic Planet (b007js6h)
The Train

The Ministry of Furniture and methodist pirates.

Oliver Postgate narrates a stream of bizarre coincidences in Ben Moor’s cosmic comedy of connections.

With Miriam Margolyes, Dan Strauss, Michael Troughton and Neil Mullarkey.

And Sir Patrick Moore, Sir Robert Stephens and Richard Baker.

Producer: Jon Naismith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995


SAT 22:45 We Know Everything (b083j3f0)
Episode 2

Which really did come first - the chicken or the Cheg? Dan Gaster and Paul Powell tackle audience quirky questions. From July 1995.


SAT 23:00 Tina C (b06r885k)
Tina C: Herstory

Episode 2

1999 sees Tina C established as a global icon, and exploring her feminist side.

Jenni Murray quizzes Tina about the highs and lows of finding your feet as a woman in Nashville.

Written & performed by Christopher Green.
Additional voices: Susan Jameson & Leo Wan.
The Band: Duncan Walsh-Atkins, Mark Hardisty & Phil Wraith.
Produced by Victoria Lloyd.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


SAT 23:30 Chain Reaction (b01ljwn3)
Series 8

Chris Addison interviews Derren Brown

Comedian Chris Addison gets the rare chance to talk to the amazing Derren Brown about magic, comedy, art, faith and Hitler.

Episodes in the chain include:

Rebecca Front being interviewed by the man who knows her best, her big brother, Jeremy Front.

Rebecca Front talking to her Thick Of It co-star and fellow non-nudist, Chris Addison, about working with Armando Iannucci and embracing his middle-classness through stand-up;

Chris Addison in a rare interview with the actually-really-nice-and-he-doesn't-do-any-of-that-weird-stuff-in-real-life, Derren Brown;

Derren Brown chatting hair, beliefs and Tim Minchin with comedy musical megastar and fellow sceptic Tim Minchin;

A poorly Tim Minchin being handed tissues whilst attempting to interview with no questions a not-at-all-poorly and hilarious Caitlin Moran.

Caitlin Moran getting to spend time and talk shoes, Bananarama and women with her comedy hero Jennifer Saunders.

And.

Jennifer Saunders turning up a week later to find the series has ended. Probably. We weren't there because the series had ended.

Produced by Carl Cooper

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2012.



SUNDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2021

SUN 00:00 Red Moon (m000sj55)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:23 John Wyndham - Trouble with Lichen (b007k3kn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:23 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Out of this World: The Colin Pillinger story (p064nm11)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 Tina C (b06qmpqw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:30 The Masterson Inheritance (b007jqqh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme (b052jkxb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:15 iGod (b00wr7v2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:15 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 Old Harry's Game (b007jvjx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Sheila Hodgson - Sea Fever (m000sj51)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b078y4tv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 This Orient Isle (Omnibus) (b0761127)
Professor Jerry Brotton examines Queen Elizabeth I's fascination with the Orient.

One of the UK's leading experts on cultural exchange, he shows that England's relations with the Muslim world were far more extensive, and often more amicable, than we have ever appreciated, and that their influence was felt across the political, commercial and domestic landscape of Elizabethan England.

Derek Jacobi reads the captivating account of how Britain sent ships, treaties and gifts to the royal families of Morocco and Turkey, including a gold carriage and a full-size pipe organ.

Omnibus of five parts.

Producer: David Roper

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in April 2016.


SUN 07:10 Inheritance Tracks (b06qm7w6)
Mary Black

Folk singer Mary Black chooses Ewan MacColl's 'Schooldays Over' and Bob Dylan's 'Forever Young'.


SUN 07:20 The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler (Omnibus) (b08n1vy0)
Episode 2

It's 1972, and the celebration of Pauline and Michael's 30th Wedding Anniversary triggers a momentous decision.

Pauline ..... Sara Stewart
Michael ..... Ian Porter
Karen ..... Maeve Bluebell Wells
George ..... Tom Forrister
Pagan ..... Finn Monteath
Donna ..... Sanchia McCormack
Narrator ..... Barbara Barnes

Written by Anne Tyler
Dramatised by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Directed by David Hunter

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2017.


SUN 08:30 Meet the Huggetts (b00nvyzd)
Clean Linen

A mix-up at the launderette sparks a whole pile of embarrassment for Joe and Ethel Huggett.

Stars Jack Warner as Joe, Kathleen Harrison as Ethel, James Langley as Bobby, Alanna Boyce as Jane, Charles Leno as Fred Stebbings and Alan Keith as the Detective.

Popular working-class family, the Huggetts first hit the cinema screen with a series of Gainsborough films between 1947 and 1949. Their subsequent BBC radio series ran from 1953 to 1962.

Scripted by Eddie Maguire.

Producer: Jacques Brown

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in June 1959.


SUN 09:00 The TV Lark (b01dc2dt)
Back in the Navy

The ex-shipmates are all at sea, when they discover their brief careers at Troutbridge TV are over.

After four series of 'The Navy Lark', the BBC decided the comedy crew needed a new setting, so where better than brand new independent station, Troutbridge TV?

However, after just ten episodes, this proved to be only a temporary change of course for the crew of HMS Troutbridge - as the crew were soon back aboard 'The Navy Lark'.

CAST:

The Producer …. Stephen Murray
The Floor Manager …. Jon Pertwee
Lesley Phillips (The Director)
Henry Povey, The Deputy Controller of Programmes …. Richard Caldicote
‘Fatso’ Johnson …. Ronnie Barker
‘Taffy’ Goldstein …. Teniel Evans
Commander Pearson/Naval Police Officer …. Michael Bates
Vera …. Janet Brown
TTV Continuity Announcer …. Robin Boyle

Written by Lawrie Wyman

Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in March 1963.


SUN 09:30 Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends (b008h4qy)
Series 2

About Some Boys

Robin is soaking. Derek is excited. Maureen is furious. Whatever next? Stars Kay Stonham and Simon Greenall. From June 2003.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000sj3k)
Castaway Novelists

Patricia Cornwell

4 Extra Debut. From Annie Lennox to Elton John. Crime writer Patricia Cornwell makes her castaway choices. With Sue Lawley. From 2002.


SUN 10:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00mydlm)
Series 1

Amber

As a boy, David Attenborough had a piece of amber in which lay a blood-sucking fly. He still has it today.

Would it be possible to extract the DNA from one of these insects caught in the resin and, maybe, recreate a dinosaur?

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

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2009


SUN 11:00 The Moth Radio Hour (m0007y03)
Series 9

Knowing How and When to Fight

In this hour, five stories of picking our battles. The internal and external pressures that guide how we speak up, speak out or stay silent. Hosted by The Moth's Artistic Director Catherine Burns.

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

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

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

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

First heard on PRX in January 2019.


SUN 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (b06qm7w6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m000sj3m)
Adventures In Poetry - Ode On A Grecian Urn

To mark 200 years since the death of the poet John Keats, Poet Daljit Nagra visits the BBC's poetry archive and selects Adventures In Poetry - Ode On A Grecian Urn.

Peggy Reynolds talks to classical scholars, artists, and scientists about the resonance and meaning of Keats's masterpiece about a Greek vase, beauty and truth.

Producer - Sara Davies.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.


SUN 12:30 Susan Calman - Keep Calman Carry On (b073j5cg)
Series 1

Hillwalking with Muriel Gray

Susan Calman is the least relaxed person she knows. She has no down time, no hobbies (unless you count dressing up your cats in silly outfits) and her idea of relaxation is to play Grand Theft Auto, an hour into which she is in a murderous rage with sky high blood pressure. Her wife had to threaten to divorce her to make her go on holiday last year. Her first for four years. But she's been told by the same long-suffering wife, that unless she finds a way to switch off, and soon, she's going to be unbearable.

So Susan is looking at her options to try and immerse herself in the pursuits that her friends find relaxing, to find her inner zen and outer tranquillity. Can she ditch the old Susan Calman and attempt to find the new Susan Calm?

For the first attempt, Susan tries to learn how to unwind, by going hillwalking with Muriel Gray.

Keep Calman Carry On is an audience stand up show in which Susan reports on how successful she's been - both at relaxing and at the pursuit itself - as well as playing in and discussing a handful of illustrative clips from her efforts. It's an attempt to find out how people find solace or sanctuary in these worlds and how Susan can negotiate her own place in them.

Producer: Lyndsay Fenner.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2016.


SUN 13:00 The Wall by John Lanchester (Omnibus) (m0003skb)
Ravaged by the Change, an island nation has built the Wall, a high concrete barrier around its entire coastline.

Joseph Kavanagh, a new Defender, has one task: to protect his section of the Wall from the Others, the desperate souls who are trapped on the rising seas beyond the Wall and are trying to get in. Failure will result in death or a fate perhaps worse: being put to sea and made an Other himself.

Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he’s lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this: 729 more nights.

Omnibus read by Ben Norris.

John Lanchester is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books and a regular contributor to the New Yorker. He has written four novels, The Debt to Pleasure, Mr Phillips, Fragrant Harbour and Capital, and three works of non-fiction: Family Romance, a memoir; and Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay, about the global financial crisis and How to Speak Money, a primer in popular economics. His books have won the Hawthornden Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the EM Forster Award and the Premi Llibreter, been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and been translated into 25 languages.

Abridged by Eileen Horne
Producer: Mair Bosworth

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


SUN 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b074bnjp)
Bradley Walsh

Actor and presenter Bradley Walsh chooses 'Stranger in Paradise' by Tony Bennett and 'The Hungry Years' by Neil Sedaka.


SUN 14:20 Writing the Century: Land's End to John O'Groats (Omnibus) (b07wxqks)
Twentieth century journals and correspondence. George Allen's 1904 diary of his record attempting walk. Stars Edward Hogg.

CAST:

George H. Allen .... Ed Hogg
Annie Allen .... Sarah Thom
Arthur Cole .... Tom Forrister
Shopkeeper/Dean/Hilton/ Mr Bates .... Brian Protheroe
St. Austellite/Pony Trap Man/Landlord .... James Lailey
Jack .... Blake Ritson
Devon Landlord/Reporter/Ferryman .... Jason Barnett
Baker/Mancunian/Scotswoman .... Kirsty Oswald
Harry .... Jeff Rawle
Landlady/Mrs Bates .... Elizabeth Bennett

Pianist: Pete Ringrose

Director: David Hunter

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2016


SUN 15:30 Walter Kershaw: The UK's First Street Artist? (b01mk8zs)
Years before the super-cool graffiti of Banksy and his ilk, guerrilla art was being pioneered on condemned buildings in Rochdale. Walter Kershaw brightened up bridges, transformed toilets and glorified gable-ends. His work was large scale. Poppies the size of a house and a portrait of Alvin Stardust that covered an old shop (it WAS the 1970s).

Kershaw's art upset local authorities but delighted many locals. Wherever he painted he drew a crowd and soon residents were requesting him to paint their houses. He sought no fee and knew that his work would fade or be bulldozed, but he persisted. There were no slogans, no protests and nothing overtly political. This really was art for art's sake.

Mark Hodkinson, who grew up around Rochdale, meets Walter and takes him back to his old haunts. He meets Walter's accomplices and the art historians who put his work in context. He discovers what makes Walter tick and what he thinks of the current crop of graffiti artists.

Producer: Ian Bent

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.


SUN 16:00 John Graham - A Desperate Hour (m000sj3p)
Two criminals on the run from the police decide to lie low in an ordinary family house, holding the occupants hostage.... after all Humphrey Bogart did it in The Desperate Hours. However, what appears simple on film is seldom so in real life, particularly if the occupants of the house are not as ordinary as it would first appear.

The Police:
Chief Constable Norman Makepeace .... Norman Rodway
Det-Sgt Brian Benskin .... Alan Downer
WPC Annabelle Robey .... Sarah Maxwell
Insp Groves .... Brian Haines
Sgt Thorogood .... Gordon Dulieu

The Criminals:
Snelgrove .... Jack May
O'Connor .... David Kelly

Others involved:
Ruth Makepeace .... Jennifer Piercey
Sarah Nelson .... Jenny Twigge

Directed by Glyn Dearman.
Written by John Graham.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1979.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m000sj3m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 Susan Calman - Keep Calman Carry On (b073j5cg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Drama (b03mfn0c)
Katie Hims - Listening to the Dead

1. Enoch's Machine

Enoch Cartwright, Victorian gentleman scientist, invests everything in the development of a machine to record the voice of his dead daughter, Emily, unaware that his living daughter Clara talks to her sister every night.

Written by Katie Hims.
Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

Enoch …. Michael Bertenshaw
Clara …. Eva Sayer
Emily …. Georgie Fuller
Wesley Blackburn …. Ben Crowe
Woman at door …. Carolyn Pickles
Joe …. John Hughes
Josie …. Priyanga Burford

After developing the means to make long distance radio transmissions, Marconi devoted much of the rest of his life to listening out for the voices of the dead. If radio can conjure a voice disembodied in space, he expected, as have legions of people since, that radio can capture the voices of those disembodied in other dimensions - in time, in ethereal planes. As technology becomes more sensitive, more diverse, more obscure, there are pioneers always ready to harness the new to the service of this age old fascination.

This is the story of five generations of a family whose members can and can't hear the dead. It's an enterprise to explore the myriad ties, stories and quirks that bind families through the generations, across the spectrum of meanings of 'listening to the dead'. Between allowing the echoes of a beloved's voice to live on, and the notion that the dead can engage in communicating new information, are vast grey areas of misinformation that beguile the bereaved and thrill the imagination.

Katie Hims' previous series with Jessica Dromgoole, Lost Property, won Best Audio Drama in the Audio Drama Awards 2011, and they are now collaborating on Radio 4's epic commission, Home Front.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2013.


SUN 18:45 Charles Dickens (b072681j)
Tales of the Supernatural

Trial for Murder

The ghost of a murdered man haunts the courtroom at the trial of his killer. Read by Adrian Scarborough.

A series of five tales of the supernatural by Charles Dickens:

'Trial for Murder' (1865) and 'The Signal Man' (1866) were conceived as stand-alone short stories.

'A Madman's Manuscript' (the Old Clergyman's Tale) and 'The Queer Chair' (The Bagman's story) are extracted from the 'The Pickwick Papers', the first of Dickens major novels, written in 1836, when he was just 24.

'Chips' (the nurse's tale) is extracted from 'The Uncommercial Traveller', a collection of literary sketches and reminiscences, written between 1860 and 1869, which was first published as a complete set in 1875 posthumously.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Pier Productions.


SUN 19:00 The Moth Radio Hour (m0007y03)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:50 Inheritance Tracks (b06qm7w6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 20:00 John Graham - A Desperate Hour (m000sj3p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000sj3k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00mydlm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 Susan Calman - Keep Calman Carry On (b073j5cg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 I, Regress (b01blj2g)
Series 1

Episode 6

A dark, David Lynch-ian comedy, ideally suited for an unsettling and surreal late night listen. 'I, Regress' sees Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi's Dark Place, Snuff Box) playing a corrupt and bizarre hypnotherapist taking unsuspecting clients on twisted, misleading journeys through their subconscious.

Each episode sees the doctor dealing with a different client who has come to him for a different problem (quitting smoking, fear of water, etc). As the patient is put under hypnosis, we 'enter' their mind, and all the various situations the hypnotherapist takes them through are played out for us to hear. The result is a dream- (or nightmare-) like trip through the patient's mind, as funny as it is disturbing.

Ep 6: Dr Berry treats some intimidating east-ender twins with unexpected past lives. Can he pull off the double?

The cast across the series include Katherine Parkinson (IT Crowd), Morgana Robinson (The Morgana Show), Simon Greenall (I'm Alan Partridge), Jack Klaff (Star Wars, For Your Eyes Only), Tara Flynn (The Impressions Show, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle), Alex Lowe (Barry From Watford, The Peter Serafinowicz Show), and Derek Griffiths (Playschool, Bod, and The Royal Exchange).

A compelling late night listen: tune in and occupy someone else's head!

Produced by Sam Bryant.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2012.


SUN 22:45 The Shuttleworths (b007jp7x)
Series 3

Midsummer Madras

Mary thinks she has seen a mouse, so John Shuttleworth starts a musical investigation. Stars Graham Fellows. From November 1997.


SUN 23:00 The Brig Society (b0832rjd)
Series 4

Scandal!

Marcus Brigstocke becomes a victim of his own newspaper as he gets caught up in a scandal and discovers that it's really, really difficult to doorstep yourself.

This week, there's sex, scandal and saucy secrets on Radio 4! But enough about Moneybox Live. In this show, Marcus examines how the great British press combine the difficult jobs of both selling newspapers and ruining peoples' lives.

Helping him peek through the curtain will be Margaret Cabourn-Smith ("Miranda"), William Andrews ("Sorry I've Got No Head") and Colin Hoult ("Derek")

Written by Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Salsby, Toby Davies, Nick Doody, Steve Punt and Dan Tetsell

Produced by David Tyler
A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.


SUN 23:30 Pleased to Meet You (b007k2kz)
Series 1

Episode 1

90-something good-time girl Dora Dale spills the beans on her many celebrity friends. And how did the Rat Pack get its name?

Betraying confidences and breaking unwritten rules galore, the friend of the stars reveals some surprising and salacious secrets.

Written by and starring Martin Kelner and Jake Yapp.

Made for BBC7 and first broadcast in July 2006.



MONDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2021

MON 00:00 Drama (b03mfn0c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:45 Charles Dickens (b072681j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 The Wall by John Lanchester (Omnibus) (m0003skb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b074bnjp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Sunday]


MON 02:20 Writing the Century: Land's End to John O'Groats (Omnibus) (b07wxqks)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:20 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 Walter Kershaw: The UK's First Street Artist? (b01mk8zs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Sunday]


MON 04:00 John Graham - A Desperate Hour (m000sj3p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m000sj3m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Susan Calman - Keep Calman Carry On (b073j5cg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jn17)
Episode 1

When Kim Drake's fiance is killed on their wedding day, the authorities agree on suicide. But why would computer expert Mike kill himself on his wedding day? Could it be connected to his decision to walk out of his sensitive job at Peregrine Communications Systems?

Shaun Prendergast's techno thriller in six-parts.

CAST:

Kim Drake …. Siriol Jenkins
Mike Fisher …. Neil Roberts
Anne …. Kate Binchy
Frank …. Shaun Prendergast
Miss Gee …. Ann Davies
Stone …. Kenneth Cranham
Todd …. Jack Klaff
DI Dear …. Eric Alan
DS Love …. Jonathan Tafler
John Maschler …. Terence Edmond
Emma/Nurse Lewis …. Caroline Strong
Mary/WPC …. Nicola Boyce

Directed by Adrian Bean

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1992.


MON 06:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008wf8j)
Series 1

Episode 1

Since graduation, Simon has hardly blazed a trail as a plodding Health and Safety executive, so why does his old Cambridge master Gilbert need him?

Following the death of one of its most prominent Dons, celebrity TV historian Peter Devanti - everyone at a Cambridge College gathers to attend the funeral. Simon, an ex-student and now disillusioned health and safety officer, starts wondering whether his death was not as straightforward as it at first appeared.

CAST:

Gilbert …. Geoffrey Palmer
Simon …. Samuel West
Patricia …. Rebecca Front
with Sharon Small, Michael Maloney, Jonathan Coy, Emily Wachter, Nicholas Boulton, Hugh Dickson, and Beth Chalmers

Script Editor: Paul Schlesinger

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2005.


MON 07:00 Boswell's Lives (b075pddm)
Series 2

Boswell's Life of Madonna

Boswell meets Madonna and lives to tell the tale.

Jon Canter’s sitcom sees James Boswell, Dr Johnson's celebrated biographer, pursue other legends to immortalise.

James Boswell ..... Miles Jupp
Madonna ..... Debra Stephenson

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2016.


MON 07:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m000s81f)
Series 25

Episode 6

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

Sarah Millican and Gary Delaney, Marcus Brigstocke and Rachel Parris, and Lucy Porter and Justin Edwards are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as nudity, horses and Valentine's Day.

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


MON 08:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jlb0)
Series 2

Pilgrim's Progress

Old soldier Albert is eager to revisit the World War One battlefields of Flanders, but Harold's in the mood to mock.

Starring Wilfrid Brambell as Albert and Harry H Corbett as Harold.

Following the conclusion of their hugely successful association with Tony Hancock, writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson wrote 10 pilots for the BBC TV's Comedy Playhouse in 1962. The Offer was set in a house with a yard full of junk, featuring the lives of rag and bone men Albert Steptoe and his son Harold and it was the spark for a run of 8 series for TV.

Adapted for radio from Galton and Simpson's TV script by Gale Pedrick.

Produced by Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in June 1967.


MON 08:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b0075ng9)
Series 3

Episode 1

Sofa-bound TV presenters Mike and Sue take on party food and reading, plus therapy - could it have helped the Beatles and Henry VIII?

Series 2 of Bill Dare's sitcom stars Robert Duncan and Jan Ravens.

With Ronnie Ancona, Alistair McGowan, Roger Blake and Steve Punt.

Music by Mark Burton.

Producer: Aled Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1998.


MON 09:00 Act Your Age (b00g0nnv)
Series 1

Episode 4

Simon Mayo discovers which generation is the funniest. With Jon Richardson, Lucy Porter and Roy Walker. From December 2008.


MON 09:30 Married (b0081fb3)
Series 3

Episode 1

Things are even stranger now that Robin's two universes have collided - and he's surprised to find himself turning into a nice person...

Hugh Bonneville stars in the third series of the comedy drama about a confirmed bachelor Robin Lightfoot dealing with life in a parallel universe where he has kids and an ex-wife who hates him.

With Josie Lawrence as Lesley, Stephen Frost as Dirk, Ann Gosling as Maxine, Kate Robbins as Doctor/Newsreader/Glop, Christopher Kelham as Alan and Arthur Smith as Arthur Smith.

Written by Tony Bagley.

Producer: Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2001.


MON 10:00 Tsar (b07tqwm9)
Ivan The Terrible: Absolute Power

Following years of tumultuous reign, Tsar Ivan IV abruptly leaves Moscow and announces his abdication. Russia is without a Tsar and thrown into chaos, with the boyars unable to rule and in fear of an uprising. They beg Ivan to return. His condition is simple: Absolute Power. Are they right to accept? Was it ever really a choice? Mike Walker's full-blooded drama chronicles the fearsome reign of the first Tsar of All Russia.

Ivan IV . . . . . David Threlfall
Boris Godunov . . . . . Shaun Dooley
Malyuta Skuratov . . . . . Steven Hartley
Andrei Kurbsky . . . . . Hugo Speer
Anastasia Romanov . . . . . Kirsty Oswald
Prince Belsky . . . . . Sean Baker
Jerome Horsey . . . . . James Lailey
Metropolitan Philip II . . . . . Jason Barnett
Vanya . . . . . Tom Forrister
Younger Ivan . . . . . Graham Butler
Younger Kurbsky . . . . . Will Howard
Midwife . . . . . Elizabeth Bennett

Written by Mike Walker

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko

Originally part of a season of programmes to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution in October 2017.

Series One takes in the reigns of Ivan IV (aka The Terrible), Boris Godunov and Peter The Great.

Series Two chronicles the reigns of Catherine the Great; Alexander I and the Napoleonic Wars; and Alexander II and the emancipation of the serfs.

Series Three takes in Nicholas II and the Revolution, the Soviets, and Putin.

The dramas are produced by Alison Hindell and Sasha Yevtushenko.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m000sn45)
Series 7

Anthropomorphic

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

Guy Raz explores how our views of animals are changing. Do they grieve? Do they have language or consciousness? What are the implications for us?

First broadcast in the USA on National Public Radio in 2019.


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000snr3)
Skin

Singer Skin chooses to inherit ‘Pastime Paradise' by Stevie Wonder and passes on ‘Strange Fruit’ by Nina Simone.


MON 12:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jlb0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b0075ng9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jn17)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008wf8j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Dirt Road by James Kelman (b07knqy5)
Episode 1

Booker prize-winner James Kelman’s novel is a potent exploration of love, grief and the power of music.

Reeling from a family bereavement, young musician Murdo and his father prepare to leave Scotland for a road trip to the Southern States of America.

Reader Finn den Hertog
Abridged by David Jackson Young
Produced Eilidh McCreadie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.


MON 14:15 Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (b08rfvsy)
Vichyssoise

Anthony Bourdain's no holds barred exposé of the restaurant trade. A high octane culinary adventure set in New York, dramatised by Marcy Kahan.

Kitchen Confidential was a sensation on publication in 2000, taking the reader right to the heart of a sweaty, noisy, fast and furious cooking station with a fiery, likeable anti-hero protagonist. This radio dramatisation is a full-on behind the scenes tour of a range of kitchens, which questions why anyone would want to lead the exhausting, adrenalin-fuelled, harsh and precarious life of a restaurant chef. Marcy Kahan's clever dramatisation brings out the tenderness and real passion of its writer, as well as his high-octane roller coaster career.

Episode 1: Vichyssoise
Anthony is tucked away in a store room of his restaurant Les Halles, tapping out his book. He is telling us why we should never order fish on Monday, when his great friend and colleague Dimitri interrupts - they need to prep the day's ingredients. Then, all of a sudden, Anthony's Mother pipes up, taking him back to his seminal childhood holiday in France, when he first encountered cold soup and oysters. A chef is born.

The dramatist Marcy Kahan is an award-winning radio and theatre playwright and screenwriter. Her plays include 20 Cigarettes (Soho Theatre, 2007), a stage version of Nora Ephron's When Harry Met Sally (Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 2005) and Intimate Memoirs of An Irish Taxidermist (Perrier award, 1986 Edinburgh Festival). Marcy's screenplay Antonia and Jane was the first television film to be given cinematic distribution by Miramax and won a Gold Plaque award for best original screenplay at the 1991 Chicago Film Festival.

Anthony Bourdain .... Michael Esper
Dimitri .... Sargon Yelda
Mother .... Barbara Barnes

Dramatised by Marcy Kahan
Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore
Producer: Polly Thomas
Executive Producer: Robert Abel

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2017.


MON 14:30 David Bowie in New York (m000sj5z)
In 2002, as he prepared to release his latest album, David Bowie met BBC Radio 4’s John Wilson in a rehearsal room in New York City.

Over the course of an extraordinarily candid conversation, Bowie revealed his creative processes and inspirations behind some of his best loved albums. He looked back at how he created alter-ego characters, including Ziggy Stardust, through which he explored recurring themes in his work. “It’s all despondency, despair, fear, isolation, abandonment”, Bowie admitted. And he explained how the spaceship motif that often travelled through his songs was “an interior dialogue manifested physically .. it’s my own little space writ large”.

David Bowie, speaking just months after the 9/11 attacks on New York, also revealed how he had been seeking solace in spirituality as the prospect of death was weighing heavily on his mind.

Presented and produced by John Wilson


MON 15:00 Tsar (b07tqwm9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 Act Your Age (b00g0nnv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 Married (b0081fb3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 Boswell's Lives (b075pddm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m000s81f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 The Price of Fear (b007jnd6)
The Waxwork

Horror legend Vincent Price tells the mortifying tale of a man who spends the night among wax dummies.

Starring Peter Barkworth, Joan Cooper, Cyril Shaps and Christopher Bidmead.

AM Burrage’s story dramatised by Barry Campbell.

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC World Service in 1973.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b015zpdq)
Rick Stein and Michael Dobbs

Chef Rick Stein and Michael Dobbs, author of House of Cards, recommend favourite books to presenter Harriett Gilbert.

Rick Stein talks about Lifting the Latch (A Life on the Land) by Sheila Stewart, which he enjoyed because it's set in the area of Oxfordshire in which he was born and spent his childhood. The true-life story of rural labourer Mont Abbott, It's been described as a rival to Lark Rise of Candleford.

Lord Dobbs' choice is Train to Trieste by Domnica Radulescu, a powerful love story set in Ceausescu's Romania.

Then Harriett Gilbert brings something completely different to the table: Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler.

Producer: Beth O'Dea

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2011.


MON 19:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jlb0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b0075ng9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jn17)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008wf8j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m000sn45)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000snr3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 The Unbelievable Truth (m000s81f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 The Pick Up (b08tgjkw)
Episode 5

Beth agrees to accompany her estranged father on a road trip to Moscow to pick up his mail order bride, but why does she arrive there under her own steam? Did her Dad really abandon her in a park when she was attempting to heal old wounds between them? Has she permanently mucked up her relationship with her boyfriend Christopher? Will she ever be able to say the word 'marriage' without getting a rash? These and other questions are answered in a comedy that crosses both emotional and physical borders.

Vinnie …. David Threlfall
Alena …. Debbie Chazen
Beth …. Kimberley Nixon
Agency Rep …. Samuel James
Margaret …. Sanchia McCormack
Chris …. Stephen Wight

Written by Sarah Cartwright

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2017.


MON 22:45 Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing (b01sjj87)
Series 2

About Poorly Relatives

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

Janet a.k.a. Mum - At the end of the day she just wants the best for her son. However, she'd also love to brag and show her son off to her friends, but with Nathan only telling jokes for a living it's kind of hard to do. She loves Nathan, but she aint looking embarrassed for nobody!

Martin a.k.a. Dad - works in the construction industry and was looking forward to his son getting a degree so the two of them could work together in the same field. But now Nathan has blown that dream out of the window. Martin is clumsy and hard-headed and leaves running the house to his wife (she wouldn't allow it to be any other way).

Shirley a.k.a. Grandma - cannot believe Nathan turned down architecture for comedy. How can her grandson go on stage and use foul language and filthy material... it's not the good Christian way!

So with the weight of his family's disappointment will Nathan be able to persist and follow his dreams? Or will he give in to his family's interference?

About Poorly Relatives - Nathan Caton is unsympathetic when his parents are poorly as he has an important gig and needs to be on his A game. But he agrees not to tell Grandma that they're poorly as she doesn't believe in poorly.

Nathan ..... Nathan Caton
Mum ..... Adjoa Andoh
Dad ..... Curtis Walker
Grandma ..... Mona Hammond
Reverend Williams ..... Don Gilet

Written by Nathan Caton and James Kettle
Additional Material by Ola and Maff Brown
Produced by Katie Tyrrell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2013.


MON 23:00 The News Quiz (m000sbfz)
Series 104

Episode 8

A satirical review of the week's news with Andy Zaltzman and guests Andrew Maxwell, Ayesha Hazarika, Scott Bennett and Kiri Pritchard-McLean

It's the last in the current series and there are pressing issues on the agenda from climate change to the story of an incorrectly measured man.

Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Alice Fraser, Simon Alcock and Runi Talwar.

Producer: Richard Morris
A BBC Studios Production


MON 23:30 The Jason Byrne Show (b01fhswh)
Series 2

Money

Award-winning comedian Jason Byrne gives full value on the cost of living and luxury.

Stand up and sketches with Laurence Howarth and Anna Bengo.

Producer: Julia McKenzie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2009.



TUESDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2021

TUE 00:00 The Price of Fear (b007jnd6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b015zpdq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jn17)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008wf8j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Dirt Road by James Kelman (b07knqy5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (b08rfvsy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 David Bowie in New York (m000sj5z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Tsar (b07tqwm9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Act Your Age (b00g0nnv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 Married (b0081fb3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Boswell's Lives (b075pddm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 The Unbelievable Truth (m000s81f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jzf9)
Episode 2

Kim Drake is retracing her dead boyfriend's journey across Europe in an attempt to discover why he apparently killed himself on their wedding day. In the tough city of Hamburg she discovers that Mike had been economical with the truth ...

Stars Siriol Jenkins as Kim Drake, Neil Roberts as Mike Fisher, Kate Binchy as Anne, Shaun Prendergast as Otto/Burns and Kenneth Cranham as Stone.

Shaun Prendergast's techno thriller in six parts.

Directed by Adrian Bean

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1992.


TUE 06:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008wmnj)
Series 1

Episode 2

Another mysterious death makes Health and Safety executive Simon consider the relevance of cruets.

Following the death of one of its most prominent Dons, celebrity TV historian Peter Devanti - everyone at a Cambridge College gathers to attend the funeral. Simon, an ex-student and now disillusioned health and safety officer, starts wondering whether his death was not as straightforward as it at first appeared.

CAST:

Gilbert …. Geoffrey Palmer
Simon …. Samuel West
Patricia …. Rebecca Front
with Sharon Small, Michael Maloney, Jonathan Coy, Emily Wachter, Nicholas Boulton, Jason Chan and Beth Chalmers

Script Editor: Paul Schlesinger

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2005.


TUE 07:00 The Break (b0b5sqkb)
Series 2

The Clench

Andy and Jeff clash with The Mayor (Rasmus Hardiker) as a missing sweet shop sets off a tale of kompromat, corruption and coastal erosion. Starring Philip Jackson and Mark Benton.

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4.

Produced by Gordon Kennedy.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.


TUE 07:30 Victoria Wood - From Soup to Nuts (b0b3ftjj)
...To Nuts

The second part of a look back at Victoria Wood's stand-up and songs with her own archives and tapes, including never-heard-before material. Presented by Rebecca Front.

With unprecedented access to Victoria Wood's own boxes of battered cassette tapes, this programme is a shameless chance to hear some wonderful stand-up comedy, characters and songs, mixed with a look back at what made her so funny and so universally loved.

Presented by Rebecca Front

With thanks to:
Libby Gregory
Lucy Ansbro
Phil McIntyre Entertainments

Executive Producer: Geoff Posner
Produced by David Tyler

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b00d4182)
The Great British Revolution

Angry revolutionary leader Neddie Seagoon is duped into buying worthless weapons. Stars Harry Secombe. From December 1957.


TUE 08:30 Winston (b007mwhn)
Series 1

The Village Fete

Father's enjoyed a remarkable recovery and seems poised to live forever; and Rosie and William plan to stay at home. But Nancy makes a big decision...

Peter Tinniswood's bawdy comedy serial stars Bill Wallis as Winston, Maurice Denham as Father, Shirley Dixon as Nancy, Liz Goulding as Rosie and Christian Rodska as William.

Directed at BBC Bristol by Shaun MacLoughlin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio in May 1989.


TUE 09:00 The News Quiz (m000sbfz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Like They've Never Been Gone (b00cfzqy)
Series 4

Episode 1

Tommy and Sheila's sneaky agent schemes to sell off their back catalogue to a record company – but what’s in it for him?

Ageing showbiz couple Tommy Franklin and Sheila Parr battle on with their second stab at fame.

Series 4 of Mike Coleman’s six-part sitcom starring June Whitfield and Roy Hudd.

With Pat Coombs, Julian Eardley and Edward Halstead.

Music by Frido Ruth.

Producer: Steve Doherty

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2002.


TUE 10:00 Tsar (b07vkf75)
Boris Godunov: Ghosts

By Mike Walker

"Petty thieves hang, great ones escape." Or so goes the Russian saying.

Did Boris Godunov have Ivan the Terrible's son killed in order to steal the throne? And what did he do when the murdered boy came back from the dead - leading an army to steal it all back? Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Russian Tsars surveys the Time of Troubles, a period that saw the crown change hands 5 times in just 22 years.

Boris Godunov . . . . . Shaun Dooley
Maria Nagaya . . . . . Elizabeth Berrington
Feodor Romanov . . . . . Jason Barnett
Vasily Shuisky . . . . . Sean Baker
Feodor I . . . . . Tom Forrister
Jerome Horsey . . . . . James Lailey
Petya . . . . . Fisayo Akinade
Marta . . . . . Kirsty Oswald
Dmitri Ivanovich . . . . . Finn Monteath
Andrei . . . . . Tom Taylor

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko


TUE 11:00 Archive on 4 (b07lf4gg)
The Norma Percy Tapes

Norma Percy draws on taped interview rushes and her own TV archive to reflect on her long career in documentary making, recalling her favourite encounters and the interviews she will never forget - as well as the role of television in making history.

For decades television documentary maker Norma Percy and her team have interviewed Presidents and Prime Ministers, global leaders and heads of state. She has spoken to key players in some of the most monumental events in modern history - from the end of the Soviet Union and the break-up of Yugoslavia to the quest for peace in Northern Ireland; from Iran and its relationship with the West to the rise of Putin and the fall of Milosevic, the war in Iraq, elusive peace in the Middle East and decisions inside Obama’s White House.

The list of interviewees for her TV series read like a Who’s Who of modern history and international politics: Obama, Sharon, Clinton, Gorbachev, Milosevic, Putin, Blair, Carter, Bush, Yeltsin, Powell, Barak.

At the heart of her approach lies ‘the method’, devised by Norma. The starting point is that key political decisions take place between powerful people, behind closed doors, in private. Many of these meetings are secret. So, for a television series to tell these stories, the interviewer must first find out that the meetings occurred, then uncover in detail what happened, and then get the people who were actually there to tell their version of events.

This is what her programmes do, producing a body of work that is archived and cherished by historians as primary source material for students and scholars. But it’s also exciting television, showing in incredible detail the human drama behind high politics.

Producer: Simon Hollis
A Brook Lapping production for BBC Radio 4

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b00d4182)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Winston (b007mwhn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jzf9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008wmnj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Dirt Road by James Kelman (b07kpyds)
Episode 2

Booker prize-winner James Kelman’s novel is a potent exploration of love, grief and the power of music.

Murdo’s American road trip gets off to the worst possible start as he and his dad find themselves stranded in Allentown, Mississippi.

Read by Finn den Hertog
Abridged by David Jackson Young
Producer Eilidh McCreadie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.


TUE 14:15 Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (b08r1ljb)
The Line

Anthony Bourdain's no holds barred exposé of the restaurant trade. A high octane culinary adventure set in New York, dramatised by Marcy Kahan.

Kitchen Confidential was a sensation on publication in 2000, taking the reader right to the heart of a sweaty, noisy, fast and furious cooking station with a fiery, likeable anti-hero protagonist. This radio dramatisation is a full-on behind the scenes tour of a range of kitchens, which questions why anyone would want to lead the exhausting, adrenalin-fuelled, harsh and precarious life of a restaurant chef. Marcy Kahan's clever dramatisation brings out the tenderness and real passion of its writer, as well as his high-octane roller coaster career.

Episode 2: The Line
Bourdain drifts back to 1973 and his summer at the Cape Cod joint where he started out as bottle washer and skivvy, graduating to being the salad maker alongside a bunch of stoned, metal head, summer season outlaw chefs - a training that took him next to New York.

The dramatist Marcy Kahan is an award-winning radio and theatre playwright and screenwriter. Her plays include 20 Cigarettes (Soho Theatre, 2007), a stage version of Nora Ephron's When Harry Met Sally (Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 2005) and Intimate Memoirs of An Irish Taxidermist (Perrier award, 1986 Edinburgh Festival). Marcy's screenplay Antonia and Jane was the first television film to be given cinematic distribution by Miramax and won a Gold Plaque award for best original screenplay at the 1991 Chicago Film Festival.

Anthony Bourdain .... Michael Esper
Dimitri .... Sargon Yelda
Mother .... Barbara Barnes
Tyrone .... Ewart James Walter
Chef .... David Carlyle

Dramatisation: Marcy Kahan
Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore
Producer: Polly Thomas
Executive Producer: Robert Abel

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2017.


TUE 14:30 Houses of Horror (b03s9tm7)
It's almost a given that the story of British horror movies belongs to Hammer films. The studio, with its lurid combination of sex and death, lashings of blood and gore, has given it a special stake in British hearts. It made over 200 films such as Dracula and Curse of Frankenstein with a recurring, legendary cast, including Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, and its 2007 revival drew heavily on past mystique.

Hammer was the most successful British film company of all time but, throughout its heyday in the 60s and 70s, it did battle with a much smaller, poorer, creative, upstart rival - Amicus films. Amicus was a small British horror studio that pioneered the much loved 'portmanteau' picture, such as Tales From the Crypt and Vault of Horror – each movie a composite of four or five short stories, whose connection is revealed at the end.

Horror aficionado and film buff Matthew Sweet explores the productive rivalry between the two contenders for the heart and soul of British horror, in a blood-curdling tale of low budget, gore spattered one-upmanship that's full of chilling atmosphere and fun.

Producer: Simon Hollis
A Brook Lapping Production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


TUE 15:00 Tsar (b07vkf75)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 Dilemma (b05r3ssw)
Series 4

Episode 3

Sue Perkins presents another edition of the show that puts the big moral and ethical questions to a mixed panel, finding the tipping point of their personal morality. This week, it's the turn of comedians Jo Brand and Michael Legge, musician and Radio 3 presenter Mara Carlyle, and journalist Matthew Parris. They discuss, among other things, unfortunate children's names and bad birthday presents, and help the audience with their real life dilemmas - although with "help" like this...

Dilemma is presented by Sue Perkins, and was devised by Danielle Ward.

Devised by ... Danielle Ward
Producer ... Ed Morrish.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2015.


TUE 16:30 Like They've Never Been Gone (b00cfzqy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 The Break (b0b5sqkb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Victoria Wood - From Soup to Nuts (b0b3ftjj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 The Price of Fear (b007jmk9)
Fish

Movie legend Vincent Price takes the bait, and tells a tale of horror from Down Under. Shark and chips, anyone?

Starring Bill Kerr, Bruce Beeby, Amanda Murray and Lewis Fiander.

Written by Rene Basilico.

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 1973.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b00rb2sv)
Series 9

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Series exploring famous pieces of music and their emotional appeal.

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands is a spiritual song originating in the United States, but it first caught the public's attention when Laurie London took it to the top of the charts in 1958. In this programme, people describe the place that the song has in their lives. Including the conductor of a choir for refugees and asylum seekers and the minister who led prayers on President Obama's first day in office.

The programme also includes a performance from Washington Performing Arts Society's Children of the Gospel Choir. They sang an arrangement of He's Got the Whole World in His Hands made by their conductor and Artistic Director Stanley J Thurston at the National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral on January 21, 2009. President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden and their families attended this service and the sermon was given by the Reverend Sharon E Watkins.

Contributors:
John Copley
Ian Bradley
Amy Mclean
Philip Wright
Sharon Watkins
Mike McGrother

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b00d4182)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Winston (b007mwhn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jzf9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008wmnj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Archive on 4 (b07lf4gg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 Victoria Wood - From Soup to Nuts (b0b3ftjj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Revolting People (b007jrqj)
Series 1

Storm Clouds

The year is 1770 and Baltimore shopkeeper, Samuel Oliphant has much to worry about.

Historical sitcom written by Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses.

Stars Jay Tarses as Samuel Oliphant, Andy Hamilton as Sergeant McGurk, Sophie Thompson as Mary Oliphant, James Fleet as Captain Brimshaw, Hugh Dennis as Ezekiel Spriggs, Felicity Montagu as Cora Oliphant, Tony Maudsley as Joshua Oliphant, Susie Blake as Mrs Arbuthnot.

With Penelope Nice and Michael Fenton Stevens.

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


TUE 23:00 Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section (b045bqt6)
Series 3

Cariad Lloyd and Gwyneth Herbert

Alex Horne and his five-piece band tackle the theme of the Tudors versus The Vikings featuring a battle, a huge motivational song and a prequel to Barry Manilow's Copacabana.

Special guest comedian: Cariad Lloyd.

Band: Joe Auckland, Mark Brown, Will Collier, Ben Reynolds, Ed Sheldrake.

With singer Gwyneth Herbert.

Producer: Charlie Perkins.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2014.


TUE 23:30 The Masterson Inheritance (b007jqwj)
Series 3

The Masterson's Magical Marquee, pt 2

The improvised historical family saga's two-part romp about a Victorian travelling circus. With Josie Lawrence. From July 1995.



WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2021

WED 00:00 The Price of Fear (b007jmk9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b00rb2sv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jzf9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008wmnj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Dirt Road by James Kelman (b07kpyds)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (b08r1ljb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Houses of Horror (b03s9tm7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Tsar (b07vkf75)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 Dilemma (b05r3ssw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Like They've Never Been Gone (b00cfzqy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 The Break (b0b5sqkb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Victoria Wood - From Soup to Nuts (b0b3ftjj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jzfm)
Episode 3

Ex-Stasi Agent, Otto, has sent Kim to Copenhagen in search of clues to solve her fiance's death. Will the mysterious Victor solve the riddle, and why does Charles always turn up like a bad penny?

Shaun Prendergast's techo thriller in six-parts.

CAST:

Kim Drake …. Siriol Jenkins
Mike Fisher …. Neil Roberts
Anne/Jean …. Kate Binchy
Frank/Otto …. Shaun Prendergast
Stone …. Kenneth Cranham
Miss Gee …. Ann Davies
Todd …. Jack Klaff
Charles …. Okon Jones
Wilson …. Peter Gunn
Doris Meyer …. Joanna Wake
Helga/Prostitute …. Melanie Hudson
DI Dear …. Eric Allen
DS Love/Victor …. Jonathan Tafler

Directed by Adrian Bean

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1992.


WED 06:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008wzvk)
Series 1

Episode 3

As dead don Peter Devanti's sordid side is made public, Simon struggles with his day job.

Following the death of one of its most prominent Dons, celebrity TV historian Peter Devanti - everyone at a Cambridge College gathers to attend the funeral. Simon, an ex-student and now disillusioned health and safety officer, starts wondering whether his death was not as straightforward as it at first appeared.

CAST:

Gilbert …. Geoffrey Palmer
Simon …. Samuel West
Patricia …. Rebecca Front
with Sharon Small, Michael Maloney, Jonathan Coy, Emily Wachter, Nicholas Boulton, Jason Chan and Beth Chalmers

Script Editor: Paul Schlesinger

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2005.


WED 07:00 Start/Stop (b04stvxw)
Series 2

David's Villa

Hit comedy about three marriages in various states of disrepair.

This week the three couples are invited to David's villa in Italy. Barney and Evan go out early to help David with some renovations. Meanwhile Fiona tries to help Cathy to get bikini-ready. Alice, of course, is already bikini-ready...which Barney is looking forward to confirming.

Barney ...... Jack Docherty
Cathy ...... Kerry Godliman
Evan ...... John Thomson
Fiona ...... Fiona Allen
David ...... Charlie Higson
Alice ...... Sally Bretton

Producer ..... Claire Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2014.


WED 07:30 Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar (m000s7n9)
Episode 2

Granny Kumar is back! Meera Syal’s glorious comedy creation returns, with her great granddaughter Maya (Ambreen Razia) and arch nemesis “frenemy” Geeta (Harvey Virdi) to chat with the sisters.

Left alone while her family are stuck in quarantine on a world cruise, Granny Kumar decides to host her own series, born out of frustration at seeing or hearing the same old parade of guests on chat shows (mainly male, pale and stale).

She wonders why no one interviews any of the sisters and asks them about their extraordinary, complex and uplifting stories.

So, Gossip and Goddesses is born – Ummi Kumar gathers together her favourite inspirational women at Wembley Community Centre, aided by her millennial great granddaughter Maya and her arch nemesis “frenemy” Geeta, leader of the local Asian Ladies Silver Bats community group.

The show is a women-only party, where they share stories, laugh loads and chew the fat/dish the dirt/eat the biscuits…

A blend of sitcom, silliness and improvised chat, led by the best kind of interviewers who know how to make anyone talk - two really nosy old Indian women.

Guests:
Presenter of The Sky at Night Maggie Aderin-Pocock and British soul singer Beverley Knight.

Cast:
Ummi Kumar – Meera Syal
Geeta Bhandari – Harvey Virdi
Maya Kumar – Ambreen Razia

Written by Meera Syal
Music by Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal

Producer: Liz Anstee
A CPL production for BBC Radio 4


WED 08:00 The Missing Hancocks (b08jb9nq)
Series 3

The Crown Jewels

The Missing Hancocks recreates those episodes of the classic Hancock's Half Hour that have been wiped or lost from the archive. Something else has gone missing in this episode from the second series - the lad 'imself, who had absconded to Rome. In 1955, he was replaced for the first three episodes by the Goon Show's Harry Secombe. In this recreation, he has been replaced by Andy Secombe - Harry's son. Not heard since then, this is a real piece of comedy history.

The first modern sitcom, Hancock's Half Hour made stars of Tony Hancock, Sid James and Kenneth Williams, and launched Ray Galton and Alan Simpson on one of the most successful comedy-writing partnerships in history. But 20 episodes of the show are missing from the BBC archives. Now, after two highly successful series, another five of those episodes have been lovingly re-recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC Radio Theatre.

Tonight's episode: The Crown Jewels. As Hancock is absent, Bill is staying with Harry Secombe. They decide to show Andree the sights of London but get caught up in Sid's plot to steal the Crown Jewels.

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, and with the classic score newly recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra, the show stars Andy Secombe, Kevin Eldon, Simon Greenall, Robin Sebastian and Susy Kane. The Crown Jewels was first broadcast on the 26th April, 1955.

Produced by Ed Morrish & Neil Pearson.

Written by Ray Galton & Simpson

Music recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Levon Parikian.

A BBC Radio Comedy Production.


WED 08:30 No Commitments (b007jv6f)
Series 1

A Nice Civilised Evening

Victoria's plans for a perfect dinner party go awry. Stars Rosemary Leach, Celia Imrie and Nicola Pagett. From January 1992.


WED 09:00 The Motion Show (b0075x94)
Series 2

Episode 6

Dr Phil Hammond chairs the debating game with Stuart Maconie, Steve Punt, Chris Neill and Linda Smith. From February 2000.


WED 09:30 Beachcomber... By the Way (b0081s34)
Series 1

Episode 3

Cads and Swine, The Giddy Girlhood of Mrs Wretch, plus a few problems with parrots.

Richard Ingrams, John Wells, John Sessions and Patricia Routledge recreate the world of the JB Morton.

Running in the Daily Express from 1924 to 1975 – JB Morton’s surreally comic ‘Beachcomber’ column paved the way for a great deal of modern humour.

Adapted by Michael Barfield with Richard Ingrams.

Announcer: Brian Perkins

Producer: Harry Thompson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1989.


WED 10:00 Tsar (b07w6b7t)
Peter the Great: the Gamblers

By Mike Walker

Moscow, 1682 and clan rivalry forces the accession of two joint tsars: one, Ivan, is feeble-minded and the other is Peter, a child of ten years old. Sophia, their half-sister, proclaims herself regent and in so doing becomes the first woman to rule Russia, with the Streltsy, the tsar's regiment of ruthless musketeers, on her side. But under-estimating Peter as he grows up could prove a dangerous mistake.

Peter ..... Will Howard
Sophia ..... Christine Bottomley
Young Menshikov ..... Justin Davies
Nikita ..... Simon Armstrong
Lefort ..... Carl Prekopp
Brandt / Golitsyn ..... Steffan Rhodri
Natalya ..... Claire Cage
Gordon / Dolgoruky ..... Brendan Charleson
Young Peter ..... Isaac Rouse
Menshikov ..... Sion Pritchard
Ivan / Nachaev ..... Jonathan Green
Eudoxia ..... Kirsty Oswald

Director Alison Hindell

In the run-up to the centenary of the Russian Revolution in October 2017, Radio 4's ambitious chronicle of Russian rulers continues. 11 plays, in three seasons, from Ivan the Terrible, contemporary of Elizabeth I, to Russia's current Premier, Vladimir Putin, TSAR continues the full-blooded, 'more is more' tradition established in Plantagenet and The Stuarts for Radio 4.

Series One takes in the reigns of Ivan IV (aka The Terrible), Boris Godunov and Peter The Great.

Series Two (Spring 2017) will chronicle the reigns of Catherine the Great; Alexander I and the Napoleonic Wars; and Alexander II and the emancipation of the serfs.

Series Three (Autumn 2017) takes in Nicholas II and the Revolution, the Soviets, and Putin.

The dramas are produced by Alison Hindell and Sasha Yevtushenko.


WED 11:00 Hardware, Software, Anywhere (m000sjk8)
2. Software

Nick Baker’s collection of programmes and interviews reflects on how the impact of technology has changed, from the dawn of language to the age of virtual reality.

In this episode, Software, Nick revisits two of the past music software formats that used to dominate. In The Curse of the Cassette [from 1997], he recalls the downside of a much reviled format. Then, in the AB of CD [from 1988] Simon Bates looks at what the then revolutionary medium would bring to pop music.

Nick also meets Simon Rooks from the BBC archives.

Producer: Stephen Garner

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


WED 12:00 The Missing Hancocks (b08jb9nq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 No Commitments (b007jv6f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jzfm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008wzvk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Dirt Road by James Kelman (b07krkgw)
Episode 3

Booker prize-winner James Kelman’s novel is a potent exploration of love, grief and the power of music.

Stranded overnight in Allentown, Mississippi, Murdo stumbles across a rehearsal by a group of Zydeco musicians.
Read by Finn den Hertog

Abridged by David Jackson Young
Producer Eilidh McCreadie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.


WED 14:15 Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (b08rfsr6)
Owners

Anthony Bourdain's no holds barred exposé of the restaurant trade. A high octane culinary adventure set in New York, dramatised by Marcy Kahan.

Kitchen Confidential was a sensation on publication in 2000, taking the reader right to the heart of a sweaty, noisy, fast and furious cooking station with a fiery, likeable anti-hero protagonist. This radio dramatisation is a full-on behind the scenes tour of a range of kitchens, which questions why anyone would want to lead the exhausting, adrenalin-fuelled, harsh and precarious life of a restaurant chef. Marcy Kahan's clever dramatisation brings out the tenderness and real passion of its writer, as well as his high-octane roller coaster career.

Episode 3: Owners
Anthony considers the wilderness years, when he traipsed from one lowly New York place to another, taking hand to mouth chef jobs in ever more ludicrous restaurant ventures, bound to fail.

The dramatist Marcy Kahan is an award-winning radio and theatre playwright and screenwriter. Her plays include 20 Cigarettes (Soho Theatre, 2007), a stage version of Nora Ephron's When Harry Met Sally (Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 2005) and Intimate Memoirs of An Irish Taxidermist (Perrier award, 1986 Edinburgh Festival). Marcy's screenplay Antonia and Jane was the first television film to be given cinematic distribution by Miramax and won a Gold Plaque award for best original screenplay at the 1991 Chicago Film Festival.

CAST:
Anthony Bourdain … Michael Esper
Dimitri …. Sargon Yelda
Steak House Owner …. Mark Straker

Dramatised by Marcy Kahan
Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore
Producer: Polly Thomas
Executive Producer: Robert Abel

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2017.


WED 14:30 The First Pirate (b0075rby)
Presenter Les Woodland tells the story of Captain Leonard Frank Plugge, the founder of Radio Normandie, which competed so successfully with the early BBC that Lord Reith was forced to compromise his principles and broadcast dance music on a Sunday.

Producer: Brian King

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2000.


WED 15:00 Tsar (b07w6b7t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 The Motion Show (b0075x94)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 Beachcomber... By the Way (b0081s34)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 Start/Stop (b04stvxw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar (m000s7n9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 The Price of Fear (b007jn0n)
Soul Music

Horror legend Vincent Price tells the chilling tale of a violinist with very special hands

Starring John Graham, Coral Browne, Roger Snowdon and Michael Burlington.

Written by William Ingram.

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 1973.


WED 18:30 Short Cuts (m00017t1)
Series 17

Meals

Josie Long presents short documentaries about food - from congee on a mountaintop to the nightmarish consequences of a family dinner.

The writer Jessica J Lee tries to recreate a vivid sensory experience and Australian audio-maker Mike Williams shares a visceral story of a Christmas Eve meal.

Mutual Mastication
Produced by Steve Urquhart

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Produced by Mike Williams

Congee Dreams
Produced by Jessica J Lee

Last Requests
Produced by Hannah Dean

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in November 2018.


WED 19:00 The Missing Hancocks (b08jb9nq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 No Commitments (b007jv6f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jzfm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008wzvk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Hardware, Software, Anywhere (m000sjk8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar (m000s7n9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 On the Hour (b008s3k9)
Series 1

Episode 3

Campaigning to tighten the letter of the law, and war is declared.

The show that's in the thick of the action with a microphone – plus all the sport from Alan Partridge.

Savagely satirical award-winning comedy starring Chris Morris.

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

Written by Chris Morris, Richard Herring, Steven Wells, Andrew Glover, David Quantick and Stewart Lee.

Editor: Armando lannucci

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1991.


WED 23:00 Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking (b00p2z8j)
Series 3

Episode 3

Laura Solon presents her third series of sketches, monologues and one-liners.

This week we meet a woman who is so completely useless that she's just been snapped up for a job in the government; Britain's most affable secret agent and someone with a pretend hedgehog sanctuary.

Also featuring Rosie Cavaliero, Ben Moor and Ben Willbond.

Producer: Colin Anderson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2009.


WED 23:30 Vent (b00t2crk)
Series 1

Switching Off

Ben's doctors wonder if lying in a coma might be making him depressed and they send in the hospital psychiatrist to see him. This has a surprising effect on Ben, Mary and Mum.

Meanwhile Ben's unconscious mind takes him back to his previous experience of therapy - having a row with Mary about their marriage guidance counsellor.

Dark sitcom written by Nigel Smith.

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

With Mark Perry, Dave Lamb, Jo Martin, Lucy Montgomery and Nicola Walker.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2006.



THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2021

THU 00:00 The Price of Fear (b007jn0n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Short Cuts (m00017t1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jzfm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008wzvk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Dirt Road by James Kelman (b07krkgw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (b08rfsr6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 The First Pirate (b0075rby)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Tsar (b07w6b7t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 The Motion Show (b0075x94)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 Beachcomber... By the Way (b0081s34)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Start/Stop (b04stvxw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar (m000s7n9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jzgl)
Episode 4

Following the unsuccessful attempt on Kim's life at Elsinor by Miss Gee, Kim turns to Todd for help. In Paris, Kim and Charles meet Seeta, a fugitive with a dreadful secret.

Shaun Prendergast's techo thriller in six-parts.

CAST:

Kim Drake …. Siriol Jenkins
Mike Fisher …. Neil Roberts
Anne/Clearwater/Jean …. Kate Binchy
Frank/Burns/Otto …. Shaun Prendergast
Stone …. Kenneth Cranham
Miss Gee …. Ann Davies
Todd …. Jack Klaff
Charles …. Okon Jones
Seeta Kumar …. Mamta Kaash
Wilson …. Peter Gunn
Computer …. Joanna Wake
DS Love …. Jonathan Tafler
John Maschler …. Terence Edmond
Welkin …. William Roberts

Directed by Adrian Bean

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1992.


THU 06:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008x3lv)
Series 1

Episode 4

Simon has to investigate the college chapel, while also trying to identify Peter Devanti's murderer. But is Zoe the next target?

Following the death of one of its most prominent Dons, celebrity TV historian Peter Devanti - everyone at a Cambridge College gathers to attend the funeral. Simon, an ex-student and now disillusioned health and safety officer, starts wondering whether his death was not as straightforward as it at first appeared.

CAST:

Gilbert …. Geoffrey Palmer
Simon …. Samuel West
Patricia …. Rebecca Front
with Sharon Small, Michael Maloney, Jonathan Coy, Emily Wachter, Nicholas Boulton, Stephen Hogan and Beth Chalmers

Script Editor: Paul Schlesinger

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2005.


THU 07:00 People In Cars (b00qx1m7)
Getaway

People In Cars

1. Getaway

The first in a season of three Simon Brett comedies set in cars. Gilly's fourteen year old son Ben complains that nothing exciting ever happens to them. Until a gangster on the run jumps into their car.

Gilly .... Samantha Bond
Ben .... Angus Imrie
Nigel .... Stephen Critchlow
Policewoman .... Tessa Nicholson

Writer: Simon Brett

Director: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


THU 07:30 Between Ourselves with Marian Keyes (m000s9s0)
Adventure

Back for a second series, Marian Keyes continues to be a publishing sensation. Her works of fiction - Rachel's Holiday, The Break and her latest, Grown Ups, among many others - have sold in their millions across the globe.

Marian reads selections from her non-fiction writing in conversation with her friend, the actor Tara Flynn.

With the on-going international unpleasantness – and in the brief respite between lockdowns - this series was recorded without a studio audience at Marian’s home in County Dublin, Ireland. If you listen carefully you might hear the number 96A bus rumbling past, outside.

What we might lack in a studio audience reaction we hope to make up for in warmth and witty, good-natured companionship. The first series was described in The Observer as “a laugh out loud hoot” and the Daily Mail called it “bright, funny and clever”.

This week's theme is adventure. Alongside the craic, Marian recounts her experiences travelling in Patagonia and an unforgettable encounter with rock legend Robert Plant.

Presenters: Tara Flynn and Marian Keyes
Producer: Steve Doherty
A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4


THU 08:00 Round the Horne (b00j05vk)
Series 1

Episode 7

The Backroom Boys of the BBC - and Captain Horne tackles a tricky case as that 'Edwin Braden is Missing'.

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

Recorded at the BBC's Paris Studio in Lower Regent Street, London.

Announcer: Douglas Smith

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

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

Producer: John Simmonds

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in April 1965.


THU 08:30 Living with Betty (b09hzpfb)
Episode 4

Muriel fails to impress the neighbours with Bill's truck parked up outside.

The East End meets Cheshire in Arline Whittaker's six-part sitcom.

CAST:

Betty …. Barbara Windsor
Harold …. Peter Sallis
Bill …. Glynn Edwards
Muriel …. Rosalind Knight
Trevor …. Simon Molloy
Katherine …. Diana Mather
The Mechanic …. Chris Ellison
Mrs Brightwell …. Rosalie Williams

Producer: Mike Craig

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 1986.


THU 09:00 Quote... Unquote (m000czlb)
Dame Esther Rantzen, Steve Pemberton, Konnie Huq

Join Nigel as he quizzes a host of celebrity guests on the origins of sayings and well-known quotes, and gets the famous panel to share their favourite anecdotes.
Across forty years, Nigel Rees has been joined by writers, actors, musicians, scientists and various comedy types. Kenneth Williams, Judi Dench, PD James, Sir Ian McKellen and Peter Ustinov... have all graced the Quote...Unquote stage.

Episode 6
Broadcaster Dame Esther Rantzen
Actor and comedy writer Steve Pemberton
TV presenter Konnie Huq

Quotes read by Sally Grace
Production Coordinator: Candace Wilson

Produced by Victoria Lloyd
A BBC Studios Production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2020.


THU 09:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b00jn2d7)
Series 3

The Name-check

A new commission gets the writer's literary juices flowing - unlike his finances. Stars Christopher Douglas. From December 2006.


THU 10:00 Tsar (b07wndxx)
Peter the Great: Queen of Spades

By Mike Walker

Peter the Great returns from a grand tour of Europe full of ideas of modernisation. Distracted with the building of his new capital of St Petersburg, and the passion of Catherine, the only woman to meet his match, he ignores his opponents who don't want to be dragged into the eighteenth century. But when his own son Alexei declares his colours, Peter is forced to take action.

Peter ..... Elliot Cowan
Martha-Catherine ..... Joanna van Kampen
Menshikov ..... Sion Pritchard
Nikita ..... Simon Armstrong
Alexei ..... Toby Laurence
Tolstoy ..... Tristan Sturrock
Kikin ..... Michael Bertenshaw
Sheremetyev ..... John Telfer

Director Alison Hindell


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000sj3k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 11:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00mydlm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 Round the Horne (b00j05vk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 Living with Betty (b09hzpfb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jzgl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008x3lv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Dirt Road by James Kelman (b07ks18x)
Episode 4

Booker prize-winner James Kelman’s novel is a potent exploration of love, grief and the power of music.

After more uncomfortable bus journeys and an unplanned overnight stay in Allentown, Murdo and his dad finally meet up with Uncle John in Alabama.
Read by Finn den Hertog

Abridged by David Jackson Young
Producer Eilidh McCreadie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.


THU 14:15 Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (b08rfr34)
Cook's Talk

Anthony Bourdain's no holds barred exposé of the restaurant trade. A high octane culinary adventure set in New York, dramatised by Marcy Kahan.

Kitchen Confidential was a sensation on publication in 2000, taking the reader right to the heart of a sweaty, noisy, fast and furious cooking station with a fiery, likeable anti-hero protagonist. This radio dramatisation is a full-on behind the scenes tour of a range of kitchens, which questions why anyone would want to lead the exhausting, adrenalin-fuelled, harsh and precarious life of a restaurant chef. Marcy Kahan's clever dramatisation brings out the tenderness and real passion of its writer, as well as his high-octane roller coaster career.

Episode 4: Cook's Talk
Anthony and Dimitri entertain us with the low down on kitchen repartee. Not recommended for the faint hearted! Mother attempts to maintain some decorum - and finds herself quite fluent in some of the less racy terminology.

The dramatist Marcy Kahan is an award-winning radio and theatre playwright and screenwriter. Her plays include 20 Cigarettes (Soho Theatre, 2007), a stage version of Nora Ephron's When Harry Met Sally (Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 2005) and Intimate Memoirs of An Irish Taxidermist (Perrier award, 1986 Edinburgh Festival). Marcy's screenplay Antonia and Jane was the first television film to be given cinematic distribution by Miramax and won a Gold Plaque award for best original screenplay at the 1991 Chicago Film Festival.

Anthony Bourdain .... Michael Esper
Dimitri .... Sargon Yelda
Mother .... Barbara Barnes
Cachundo .... David Aguirre-Firth

Dramatised by Marcy Kahan
Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore
Producer: Polly Thomas
Executive Producer: Robert Abel

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2017.


THU 14:30 Earworms (b01ng2qz)
Earworms are those nagging songs you find yourself humming on the bus.

In this programme, music presenter Shaun Keaveny meets fellow sufferers and scientists to find out why songs get stuck in our head. He asks songwriter Guy Garvey from Elbow how to write a catchy tune and discovers the Holy Grail of musicians everywhere - the 'earworm formula'.

For the past three years on his 6 Music breakfast show, Shaun has been asking listeners to send in their earworms. When psychologist Dr Lauren Stewart found out, she was fascinated by this strange mental phenomenon. Together they've compiled the largest study on earworms to date, with over 10,000 reports from people around the world.

Lauren and her team at Goldsmiths have found that some people are particularly susceptible to earworms. Plus they are starting to discover that certain songs are more 'earwormy' than others.

So is there a secret formula behind the world's catchiest tunes?

Producer: Michelle Martin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.


THU 15:00 Tsar (b07wndxx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 Quote... Unquote (m000czlb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b00jn2d7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 People In Cars (b00qx1m7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 Between Ourselves with Marian Keyes (m000s9s0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 The Price of Fear (b01s4f4p)
Guy Fawkes Night

Unaware at first that a crime had been committed, Vincent Price remembers a bonfire party when a bullying father disappeared...

Vincent Price introduces another chilling tale starring Adrienne Corri, Alexander John, Derek Lamden and Peter Craze.

Dramatised by Richard Davis from his own story.

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 1974.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b079pr90)
Series 39

Richard the Lionheart

Richard the Lionheart has been portrayed on screen by Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins and Patrick Stewart, quite a starry list. But what is the reality behind the legend of this famous king?

Richard's nominator is Timmy Mallett, a legend of children's TV but also unexpectedly a history graduate. Great historical characters, he says, have great stories attached to them, and Richard's life was not short of adventure, particularly on the Third Crusade.

Applying a cool head to Richard's life is the historian and broadcaster Helen Castor. She concedes that much of Timmy's enthusiasm is probably deserved.

Presenter Matthew Parris attempts to discover the truth about whether the Lionheart was in fact gay.

Producer: Miles Warde.

Produced in BBC Bristol and first broadcast on Radio 4 in May 2016.


THU 19:00 Round the Horne (b00j05vk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 Living with Betty (b09hzpfb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jzgl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008x3lv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000sj3k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00mydlm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 Between Ourselves with Marian Keyes (m000s9s0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Newsjack (m000sjws)
Series 24

Episode 1

The week's news stories lovingly moulded into sketches and one-liners by the public.


THU 23:00 Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme (b053bq5p)
Series 3

Dating

Tim Key is on a date. He's attempting to woo Anne White, while grappling with the concept of dating through the medium of his poetry. Musical accompaniment is provided by Tom Basden.

Written and presented by Tim Key
With Tom Basden and Ellie White

Produced by James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


THU 23:15 iGod (b00ws7md)
Ego

iGOD is a highly original and funny new late-night comedy series for Radio 4. It stars Simon Day (The Fast Show) and David Soul (Starsky & Hutch) and is written by one of the head writers of the BAFTA award-winning The Thick Of It, Sean Gray and produced by Simon Nicholls (Ed Reardon's Week / News At Bedtime).

We all worry about the end of the world, as economists and environmentalists speak in apocalyptic terms everyday. iGOD says that trying to predict the end of the world is as pointless as moisturising an elephant's elbow.

In each episode, an unnamed, all-seeing narrator (David Soul - Starsky and Hutch) shows us that it is stupid to be worrying, as he looks back at some of the most entertaining apocalypses on parallel Earths. Each week our case study is a normal bloke called Ian (Simon Day) who manages to accidentally initiate the apocalypse of a different parallel world through a seemingly harmless single act (telling a lie, being lazy, cooking some lambshanks). A succession of comic vignettes ensue that escalate to the end of a parallel world.

With a full-range of sound effects and wonderfully funny and surreal twists, iGOD will be a true aural extravaganza.

Written by
SEAN GRAY

Produced by
SIMON NICHOLLS.


THU 23:30 Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun (b007zmh6)
Edinburgh

Stewart Lee berates Richard Herring for his lack of street cred, Peter Baynham shares some unusual recipes and is Radio 1 really the youth-friendly station it pretends to be?

Recorded at the Pleasance Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. With Alistair McGowan and Rebecca Front.

Stewart Lee and Richard Herring's mix of sharp sketches and situations, stand up topical gags and banter.

Lee and Herring went to write and star in their successful TV transfer to BBC TWO in 1995.

The rest of the series comes from university venues, including Plymouth, Lancaster and Belfast.

Cult BBC Radio 1 series first broadcast in October 1993.



FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2021

FRI 00:00 The Price of Fear (b01s4f4p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b079pr90)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jzgl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008x3lv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Dirt Road by James Kelman (b07ks18x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (b08rfr34)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Earworms (b01ng2qz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Tsar (b07wndxx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Quote... Unquote (m000czlb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b00jn2d7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 People In Cars (b00qx1m7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Between Ourselves with Marian Keyes (m000s9s0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jzgw)
Episode 5

Acting on information from Seeta, Kim and DS Love follow the trail towards "Bird in Hand". But what secrets will their digging unearth?

Shaun Prendergast's techo thriller in six-parts.

CAST:

Kim Drake …. Siriol Jenkins
Todd …. Jack Klaff
Stone …. Kenneth Cranham
Charles …. Okon Jones
DS Love …. Jonathan Tafler
Jill Noone …. Alice Arnold
John Maschler …. Terence Edmond
Anne …. Kate Binchy
Frank …. Shaun Prendergast
Wilson …. Peter Gunn
Nelson …. Kenneth McClellan
Doctor …. Teresa Streatfield

Directed by Adrian Bean

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1992.


FRI 06:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008x7tk)
Series 1

Episode 5

Losing the struggle to keep his job, Simon receives an intriguing offer.

Following the death of one of its most prominent Dons, celebrity TV historian Peter Devanti - everyone at a Cambridge College gathers to attend the funeral. Simon, an ex-student and now disillusioned health and safety officer, starts wondering whether his death was not as straightforward as it at first appeared.

CAST:

Gilbert …. Geoffrey Palmer
Simon …. Samuel West
Patricia …. Rebecca Front
with Sharon Small, Michael Maloney, Jonathan Coy, Emily Wachter, Nicholas Boulton, Martin Hyder, Laurence Howarth and Beth Chalmers

Script Editor: Paul Schlesinger

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2005.


FRI 07:00 Rudy's Rare Records (b00y8vkb)
Series 3

Rudy's Rare Record

Father and son comedy set in the finest old-school record shop in Birmingham.

With the discovery on one of the rarest records ever recorded on a dusty shelf at the back of the shop, Rudy, Adam and Richie each allow themselves to imagine what life would really be like if they were that rich. Turns out, their dreams are a bit premature...

Written by Paula Hines
Script Edited by Danny Robins
Produced by Lucy Armitage.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


FRI 07:30 Stand-Up Specials (m000sgwf)
Eleanor Tiernan: Success Without a Sex Tape

Stand-up comedy from Eleanor Tiernan, arguing with herself on the merits of releasing a sextape.

So you still haven't made your most intimate sexual acts available on pay per view? What?! Not even willing to tweet as much as a naked pic? How old school! In our click-bait, "no such thing as bad publicity" world, one woman dares to stand against the tide. How? By not releasing a sextape, obviously.

Written and performed by Eleanor Tiernan
Produced by Daisy Knight
An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4


FRI 08:00 The Men from the Ministry (b010v747)
Fair Exchange

The bungling bureaucrats mix up the designs for the new pound note.

A weekly tribute to all those who work in government departments.

Stars Richard Murdoch and Deryck Guyler. With Norma Ronald, John Graham and Ronald Baddiley.

Written by Edward Taylor and John Graham.

'The Men from the Ministry' ran for 14 series between 1962 and 1977. Deryck Guyler replaced Wilfrid Hyde-White from 1966. Sadly many episodes didn't survive in the archive, however the BBC's Transcription Service re-recorded 14 shows in 1980 - never broadcast in the UK, until the arrival of BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 in September 1970.


FRI 08:30 Second Thoughts (b00fnfp3)
Series 2

There Goes the Bride

It's Faith and Bill's wedding day - can they manage to tie the knot?

Sitcom about the battles of divorcees Bill MacGregor and Faith Greyshott trying to forge a relationship whilst balancing the demands of his ex-wife, Liza and her teenage children, Hannah and Joe.

Stars Lynda Bellingham as Faith, James Bolam as Bill, Celia Imrie as Hilary, Kelda Holmes as Hannah, Mark Denham as Joe, Belinda Lang as Liza, John Baddeley as the Registrar, Richard Tate as the Video Man and Ben Onwukwe as the Cabbie.

Series two of four inspired by the real lives of its writers, husband and wife Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie.

A TV version made by LWT for ITV appeared in 1991 and ran for four series, with a spin-off ‘Faith in the Future’.

Producer: Sioned Wiliam

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1989.


FRI 09:00 Say the Word (b00764zg)
Episode 5

Frank Delaney's panel game revolving around the English language.

With Andrew Sachs, Felix Dexter, Helen Lederer and Kathy Lette.

Plus words of wit from the Nimmo Twins

Producer: Simon Elmes

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2001.


FRI 09:30 The Sit Crom (b00m5qlg)
A Draught of Malmesy

The household is in need of a steward, The captain undertakes a search and Lady Anne is desperate for a drink.

Sue Limb's six-part comedy set during the English Civil War.

Sir John Firebasket ...... Joss Ackland
Lady Anne Firebasket ...... Denise Coffey
Tobias Thynne ...... Clive Merrison
Mercy, alias Melissa ...... Miriam Margoyles
Father Francis ...... Nickolas Grace
Slow Ned ...... Chris Emmett
Gazebo Fogg ...... Jack Klaff
Captain Arise Higgs ...... Alun Armstrong
Counter Tenor ...... Peter Hayward

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1990.


FRI 10:00 Keats - The Eve of St Agnes (m000skhj)
A gothic fantasy in which the heroine Madeline hopes to be visited on St Agnes' Eve, according to legend, by the vision of the man she is to marry. The story inspired the romantic poet John Keats to write his celebrated poem.

CAST:
Beadsman .... David Calder
Keats .... Michael Maloney
Porphyro .... Robert Glenister
Madeline .... Emma Fielding
Angela .... Tessa Worsley
Baron .... Geoffrey Whitehead
Hildebrand .... Stephen Critchlow
Maurice .... Jonathan Keeble

Music specially composed by Elizabeth Parker

Director Cherry Cookson
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1995


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000skhl)
Amanda Litherland, Chris Pearson, Moy McGowan and Laura Grimshaw share the podcasts that give them hope.


FRI 12:00 The Men from the Ministry (b010v747)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Second Thoughts (b00fnfp3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jzgw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008x7tk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Dirt Road by James Kelman (b07ks4md)
Episode 5

Booker prize-winner James Kelman’s novel is a potent exploration of love, grief and the power of music.

As the days settle into a routine in Alabama, Murdo is beginning to feel trapped at Uncle John and Aunt Maureen’s house.
Read by Finn den Hertog

Abridged by David Jackson Young
Producer Eilidh McCreadie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.


FRI 14:15 Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (b08rfqb6)
Okay I Lied

Anthony Bourdain's no holds barred exposé of the restaurant trade. A high octane culinary adventure set in New York, dramatised by Marcy Kahan.

Kitchen Confidential was a sensation on publication in 2000, taking the reader right to the heart of a sweaty, noisy, fast and furious cooking station with a fiery, likeable anti-hero protagonist. This radio dramatisation is a full-on behind the scenes tour of a range of kitchens, which questions why anyone would want to lead the exhausting, adrenalin-fuelled, harsh and precarious life of a restaurant chef. Marcy Kahan's clever dramatisation brings out the tenderness and real passion of its writer, as well as his high-octane roller coaster career.

Episode 5: Okay I Lied
Anthony makes his final confession - everything he has told us is untrue. Well, sort of. His love of chaos and the dark side means that his version of restaurant life is not the only one. As an example, we visit the kitchen of Scott Bryan, a fellow cook and the antithesis of Anthony - quiet, calm, always well mannered. Anthony brings us up to date with his own career as a jet setting cookery writer and presenter, whose love of food drives all his endeavours.

The dramatist Marcy Kahan is an award-winning radio and theatre playwright and screenwriter. Her plays include 20 Cigarettes (Soho Theatre, 2007), a stage version of Nora Ephron's When Harry Met Sally (Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 2005) and Intimate Memoirs of An Irish Taxidermist (Perrier award, 1986 Edinburgh Festival). Marcy's screenplay Antonia and Jane was the first television film to be given cinematic distribution by Miramax and won a Gold Plaque award for best original screenplay at the 1991 Chicago Film Festival.

Anthony Bourdain .... Michael Esper
Dimitri .... Sargon Yelda
Mother .... Barbara Barnes
Scott Bryan .... Richard Laing

Dramatisation: Marcy Kahan
Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore
Producer: Polly Thomas
Executive Producer: Robert Abel

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2017.


FRI 14:30 The Vernons Girls (b0076wgg)
An all girl group from Liverpool rose to success in the male dominated popular music scene of 1950s and early 60s. Michael Angelis charts the girls rise to fame with songs such as 'We love the Beatles', 'Do the Bird' and 'Funny all over.' How did they fare when the rollercoaster ride was over and what are they doing now?

Produced in Manchester by Angela Sherwin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 2006.


FRI 15:00 Keats - The Eve of St Agnes (m000skhj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 Say the Word (b00764zg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 The Sit Crom (b00m5qlg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 Rudy's Rare Records (b00y8vkb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Stand-Up Specials (m000sgwf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 The Heart of Hark'un (b007jq83)
Episode 1

The Great Wizard sends student sorcerer Arcos on a mission, little realising how perilous and menacing it will prove to be...

A fantasy-adventure by Peter Thomson and Jamie Thomson in six parts.

Arcos ..... Francis Thomson
Kaddah ..... Trevor Peacock
Vanna ..... Elizabeth Whiting
Shazir ..... Crawford Logan
Bereneth ..... Edward Kelsey
Va ..... Melanie Hudson
Alviza ..... Emma Fielding
Zander ..... Robert Portal
Kishah ..... John Church
Rashiq ..... Theresa Streatfeild

Producer: Peter Hutchings

First broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in September 1991.


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b00kpzdd)
Welcome to the Real World

Dominic Arkwright is joined by clinical psychologist Oliver James, author of The Selfish Capitalist and Britain on the Couch; French journalist Agnes Poirier; and Annie Caulfield, creator of the Radio 4 series Reasons to be Cheerful, to discuss why people avoid confronting reality, and what happens when they do.

Produced by Miles Warde

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


FRI 19:00 The Men from the Ministry (b010v747)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Second Thoughts (b00fnfp3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young (b007jzgw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders (b008x7tk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000skhl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 Stand-Up Specials (m000sgwf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Alan Parker's 59 Minutes of Truth (b00ysfh6)
Episode 3

The urban warrior's comedy-music mix looks at clubbing plus the full lowdown on fashion.

More undeniable truths to a nation crying out for direction and guidance.

Written by and starring Simon Munnery.

With Peter Serafinowicz and Mandy Knight.

Producer: Aled Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 1 in March 1995.


FRI 23:30 Simon Evans Goes to Market (b07nrxdl)
Series 3

Episode 4

Simon Evans' comedy lecture on four of the big life stages that mark our journey through life and how economics is part of every one of those stages, whether we like it or not.

As always, he is joined by Financial Times columnist and presenter of Radio 4's 'More or Less', economist Tim Harford, and by financial guru and editor of Money Week, Merryn Somerset Webb.

This week in the final programme of the series, Simon looks at (probably) the most final of life stages: Death.

From paying for funerals to the cost of cryonics, and the cheery subject of getting your final finances in order, this inevitably morbid programme will also make you laugh.

Special guest is Louise de Winter, funeral planner and the editor of the Good Funeral Guide.

Presenter: Simon Evans, with Tim Harford and Merryn Somerset Webb
Special guest: Louise de Winter
Written by Simon Evans, Benjamin Partridge and Andy Wolton.
Producer: Claire Jones.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.




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

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b015zpdq)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b015zpdq)

Act Your Age 09:00 MON (b00g0nnv)

Act Your Age 16:00 MON (b00g0nnv)

Act Your Age 04:00 TUE (b00g0nnv)

Alan Parker's 59 Minutes of Truth 22:30 FRI (b00ysfh6)

Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section 23:00 TUE (b045bqt6)

Archive on 4 11:00 TUE (b07lf4gg)

Archive on 4 21:00 TUE (b07lf4gg)

Beachcomber... By the Way 08:30 SAT (b0081b4f)

Beachcomber... By the Way 09:30 WED (b0081s34)

Beachcomber... By the Way 16:30 WED (b0081s34)

Beachcomber... By the Way 04:30 THU (b0081s34)

Between Ourselves with Marian Keyes 07:30 THU (m000s9s0)

Between Ourselves with Marian Keyes 17:30 THU (m000s9s0)

Between Ourselves with Marian Keyes 22:00 THU (m000s9s0)

Between Ourselves with Marian Keyes 05:30 FRI (m000s9s0)

Boswell's Lives 07:00 MON (b075pddm)

Boswell's Lives 17:00 MON (b075pddm)

Boswell's Lives 05:00 TUE (b075pddm)

Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing 22:45 MON (b01sjj87)

Chain Reaction 23:30 SAT (b01ljwn3)

Charles Dickens 18:45 SUN (b072681j)

Charles Dickens 00:45 MON (b072681j)

Classic Serial 03:00 SAT (b00dcgdw)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 10:45 SUN (b00mydlm)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 SUN (b00mydlm)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 11:45 THU (b00mydlm)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 THU (b00mydlm)

David Bowie in New York 14:30 MON (m000sj5z)

David Bowie in New York 02:30 TUE (m000sj5z)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (m000sj3k)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (m000sj3k)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (m000sj3k)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (m000sj3k)

Dilemma 16:00 TUE (b05r3ssw)

Dilemma 04:00 WED (b05r3ssw)

Dirt Road by James Kelman 14:00 MON (b07knqy5)

Dirt Road by James Kelman 02:00 TUE (b07knqy5)

Dirt Road by James Kelman 14:00 TUE (b07kpyds)

Dirt Road by James Kelman 02:00 WED (b07kpyds)

Dirt Road by James Kelman 14:00 WED (b07krkgw)

Dirt Road by James Kelman 02:00 THU (b07krkgw)

Dirt Road by James Kelman 14:00 THU (b07ks18x)

Dirt Road by James Kelman 02:00 FRI (b07ks18x)

Dirt Road by James Kelman 14:00 FRI (b07ks4md)

Drama 18:00 SUN (b03mfn0c)

Drama 00:00 MON (b03mfn0c)

Earworms 14:30 THU (b01ng2qz)

Earworms 02:30 FRI (b01ng2qz)

Ed Reardon's Week 09:30 THU (b00jn2d7)

Ed Reardon's Week 16:30 THU (b00jn2d7)

Ed Reardon's Week 04:30 FRI (b00jn2d7)

Elastic Planet 22:30 SAT (b007js6h)

Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar 07:30 WED (m000s7n9)

Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar 17:30 WED (m000s7n9)

Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar 22:00 WED (m000s7n9)

Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar 05:30 THU (m000s7n9)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (b078y4tv)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (b078y4tv)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (b078y4tv)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b079pr90)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b079pr90)

Hardware, Software, Anywhere 11:00 WED (m000sjk8)

Hardware, Software, Anywhere 21:00 WED (m000sjk8)

Houses of Horror 14:30 TUE (b03s9tm7)

Houses of Horror 02:30 WED (b03s9tm7)

I, Regress 22:30 SUN (b01blj2g)

Inheritance Tracks 07:10 SUN (b06qm7w6)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 SUN (b06qm7w6)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SUN (b074bnjp)

Inheritance Tracks 19:50 SUN (b06qm7w6)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 MON (b074bnjp)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (m000snr3)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (m000snr3)

John Graham - A Desperate Hour 16:00 SUN (m000sj3p)

John Graham - A Desperate Hour 20:00 SUN (m000sj3p)

John Graham - A Desperate Hour 04:00 MON (m000sj3p)

John Wyndham - Trouble with Lichen 18:23 SAT (b007k3kn)

John Wyndham - Trouble with Lichen 00:23 SUN (b007k3kn)

Keats - The Eve of St Agnes 10:00 FRI (m000skhj)

Keats - The Eve of St Agnes 15:00 FRI (m000skhj)

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain 14:15 MON (b08rfvsy)

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain 02:15 TUE (b08rfvsy)

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain 14:15 TUE (b08r1ljb)

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain 02:15 WED (b08r1ljb)

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain 14:15 WED (b08rfsr6)

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain 02:15 THU (b08rfsr6)

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain 14:15 THU (b08rfr34)

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain 02:15 FRI (b08rfr34)

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain 14:15 FRI (b08rfqb6)

Larry Adler, All Mouth Organ 09:00 SAT (b07hnqrq)

Larry Adler, All Mouth Organ 19:00 SAT (b07hnqrq)

Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking 23:00 WED (b00p2z8j)

Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun 23:30 THU (b007zmh6)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 08:30 MON (b0075ng9)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 12:30 MON (b0075ng9)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 19:30 MON (b0075ng9)

Like They've Never Been Gone 09:30 TUE (b00cfzqy)

Like They've Never Been Gone 16:30 TUE (b00cfzqy)

Like They've Never Been Gone 04:30 WED (b00cfzqy)

Living with Betty 08:30 THU (b09hzpfb)

Living with Betty 12:30 THU (b09hzpfb)

Living with Betty 19:30 THU (b09hzpfb)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 06:30 MON (b008wf8j)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 13:30 MON (b008wf8j)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 20:30 MON (b008wf8j)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 01:30 TUE (b008wf8j)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 06:30 TUE (b008wmnj)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 13:30 TUE (b008wmnj)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 20:30 TUE (b008wmnj)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 01:30 WED (b008wmnj)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 06:30 WED (b008wzvk)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 13:30 WED (b008wzvk)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 20:30 WED (b008wzvk)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 01:30 THU (b008wzvk)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 06:30 THU (b008x3lv)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 13:30 THU (b008x3lv)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 20:30 THU (b008x3lv)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 01:30 FRI (b008x3lv)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 06:30 FRI (b008x7tk)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 13:30 FRI (b008x7tk)

Mark Tavener - High Table, Lower Orders 20:30 FRI (b008x7tk)

Married 09:30 MON (b0081fb3)

Married 16:30 MON (b0081fb3)

Married 04:30 TUE (b0081fb3)

Meet the Huggetts 08:30 SUN (b00nvyzd)

Newsjack 22:30 THU (m000sjws)

No Commitments 08:30 WED (b007jv6f)

No Commitments 12:30 WED (b007jv6f)

No Commitments 19:30 WED (b007jv6f)

Off the Page 00:30 SAT (b00j7ty0)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b00kpzdd)

Old Harry's Game 15:30 SAT (b007jvjx)

Old Harry's Game 03:30 SUN (b007jvjx)

On the Hour 22:30 WED (b008s3k9)

Out of this World: The Colin Pillinger story 13:00 SAT (p064nm11)

Out of this World: The Colin Pillinger story 01:00 SUN (p064nm11)

P Division 01:30 SAT (b00rgnxh)

People In Cars 07:00 THU (b00qx1m7)

People In Cars 17:00 THU (b00qx1m7)

People In Cars 05:00 FRI (b00qx1m7)

Pleased to Meet You 23:30 SUN (b007k2kz)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m000skhl)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m000skhl)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (m000sj3m)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m000sj3m)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m000sj3m)

Quote... Unquote 09:00 THU (m000czlb)

Quote... Unquote 16:00 THU (m000czlb)

Quote... Unquote 04:00 FRI (m000czlb)

Red Moon 18:00 SAT (m000sj55)

Red Moon 00:00 SUN (m000sj55)

Revolting People 22:30 TUE (b007jrqj)

Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends 09:30 SUN (b008h4qy)

Round the Horne 08:00 THU (b00j05vk)

Round the Horne 12:00 THU (b00j05vk)

Round the Horne 19:00 THU (b00j05vk)

Rudy's Rare Records 05:00 SAT (b00y2cvn)

Rudy's Rare Records 07:00 FRI (b00y8vkb)

Rudy's Rare Records 17:00 FRI (b00y8vkb)

Say the Word 04:00 SAT (b00764vn)

Say the Word 09:00 FRI (b00764zg)

Say the Word 16:00 FRI (b00764zg)

Second Thoughts 08:30 FRI (b00fnfp3)

Second Thoughts 12:30 FRI (b00fnfp3)

Second Thoughts 19:30 FRI (b00fnfp3)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 06:00 MON (b007jn17)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 13:00 MON (b007jn17)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 20:00 MON (b007jn17)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 01:00 TUE (b007jn17)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 06:00 TUE (b007jzf9)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 13:00 TUE (b007jzf9)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 20:00 TUE (b007jzf9)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 01:00 WED (b007jzf9)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 06:00 WED (b007jzfm)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 13:00 WED (b007jzfm)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 20:00 WED (b007jzfm)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 01:00 THU (b007jzfm)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 06:00 THU (b007jzgl)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 13:00 THU (b007jzgl)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 20:00 THU (b007jzgl)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 01:00 FRI (b007jzgl)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 06:00 FRI (b007jzgw)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 13:00 FRI (b007jzgw)

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young 20:00 FRI (b007jzgw)

Sheila Hodgson - Sea Fever 06:00 SAT (m000sj51)

Sheila Hodgson - Sea Fever 16:00 SAT (m000sj51)

Sheila Hodgson - Sea Fever 04:00 SUN (m000sj51)

Short Cuts 18:30 WED (m00017t1)

Short Cuts 00:30 THU (m00017t1)

Simon Evans Goes to Market 23:30 FRI (b07nrxdl)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b00rb2sv)

Soul Music 00:30 WED (b00rb2sv)

Stand-Up Specials 05:30 SAT (m000s85m)

Stand-Up Specials 07:30 FRI (m000sgwf)

Stand-Up Specials 17:30 FRI (m000sgwf)

Stand-Up Specials 22:00 FRI (m000sgwf)

Start/Stop 07:00 WED (b04stvxw)

Start/Stop 17:00 WED (b04stvxw)

Start/Stop 05:00 THU (b04stvxw)

Steptoe and Son 12:30 SAT (b00t39lf)

Steptoe and Son 08:00 MON (b007jlb0)

Steptoe and Son 12:00 MON (b007jlb0)

Steptoe and Son 19:00 MON (b007jlb0)

Susan Calman - Keep Calman Carry On 12:30 SUN (b073j5cg)

Susan Calman - Keep Calman Carry On 17:30 SUN (b073j5cg)

Susan Calman - Keep Calman Carry On 22:00 SUN (b073j5cg)

Susan Calman - Keep Calman Carry On 05:30 MON (b073j5cg)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m000sn45)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m000sn45)

The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler (Omnibus) 07:20 SUN (b08n1vy0)

The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler 02:15 SAT (b08md9xc)

The Break 07:00 TUE (b0b5sqkb)

The Break 17:00 TUE (b0b5sqkb)

The Break 05:00 WED (b0b5sqkb)

The Brig Society 23:00 SUN (b0832rjd)

The Christopher Marlowe Mysteries 01:00 SAT (b007k1zv)

The First Pirate 14:30 WED (b0075rby)

The First Pirate 02:30 THU (b0075rby)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b00d4182)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b00d4182)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b00d4182)

The Heart of Hark'un 18:00 FRI (b007jq83)

The Jack Benny Program 12:00 SAT (m000sj53)

The Jason Byrne Show 23:30 MON (b01fhswh)

The Map That Made Manhattan 02:30 SAT (b04fy2bq)

The Masterson Inheritance 14:30 SAT (b007jqqh)

The Masterson Inheritance 02:30 SUN (b007jqqh)

The Masterson Inheritance 23:30 TUE (b007jqwj)

The Men from the Ministry 08:00 FRI (b010v747)

The Men from the Ministry 12:00 FRI (b010v747)

The Men from the Ministry 19:00 FRI (b010v747)

The Missing Hancocks 08:00 WED (b08jb9nq)

The Missing Hancocks 12:00 WED (b08jb9nq)

The Missing Hancocks 19:00 WED (b08jb9nq)

The Moth Radio Hour 11:00 SUN (m0007y03)

The Moth Radio Hour 19:00 SUN (m0007y03)

The Motion Show 08:00 SAT (b06s1bnp)

The Motion Show 09:00 WED (b0075x94)

The Motion Show 16:00 WED (b0075x94)

The Motion Show 04:00 THU (b0075x94)

The News Quiz 23:00 MON (m000sbfz)

The News Quiz 09:00 TUE (m000sbfz)

The Party Party 22:00 SAT (b007jx3r)

The Pick Up 22:30 MON (b08tgjkw)

The Price of Fear 00:00 SAT (b007jshy)

The Price of Fear 18:00 MON (b007jnd6)

The Price of Fear 00:00 TUE (b007jnd6)

The Price of Fear 18:00 TUE (b007jmk9)

The Price of Fear 00:00 WED (b007jmk9)

The Price of Fear 18:00 WED (b007jn0n)

The Price of Fear 00:00 THU (b007jn0n)

The Price of Fear 18:00 THU (b01s4f4p)

The Price of Fear 00:00 FRI (b01s4f4p)

The Shuttleworths 22:45 SUN (b007jp7x)

The Sit Crom 04:30 SAT (b00m0zyl)

The Sit Crom 09:30 FRI (b00m5qlg)

The Sit Crom 16:30 FRI (b00m5qlg)

The TV Lark 09:00 SUN (b01dc2dt)

The Unbelievable Truth 07:30 MON (m000s81f)

The Unbelievable Truth 17:30 MON (m000s81f)

The Unbelievable Truth 22:00 MON (m000s81f)

The Unbelievable Truth 05:30 TUE (m000s81f)

The Vernons Girls 14:30 FRI (b0076wgg)

The Wall by John Lanchester (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (m0003skb)

The Wall by John Lanchester (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (m0003skb)

This Orient Isle (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (b0761127)

This Orient Isle 02:00 SAT (b074zw3t)

Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme 15:00 SAT (b052jkxb)

Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme 03:00 SUN (b052jkxb)

Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme 23:00 THU (b053bq5p)

Tina C 14:00 SAT (b06qmpqw)

Tina C 23:00 SAT (b06r885k)

Tina C 02:00 SUN (b06qmpqw)

Tsar 10:00 MON (b07tqwm9)

Tsar 15:00 MON (b07tqwm9)

Tsar 03:00 TUE (b07tqwm9)

Tsar 10:00 TUE (b07vkf75)

Tsar 15:00 TUE (b07vkf75)

Tsar 03:00 WED (b07vkf75)

Tsar 10:00 WED (b07w6b7t)

Tsar 15:00 WED (b07w6b7t)

Tsar 03:00 THU (b07w6b7t)

Tsar 10:00 THU (b07wndxx)

Tsar 15:00 THU (b07wndxx)

Tsar 03:00 FRI (b07wndxx)

Vent 23:30 WED (b00t2crk)

Victoria Wood - From Soup to Nuts 07:30 TUE (b0b3ftjj)

Victoria Wood - From Soup to Nuts 17:30 TUE (b0b3ftjj)

Victoria Wood - From Soup to Nuts 22:00 TUE (b0b3ftjj)

Victoria Wood - From Soup to Nuts 05:30 WED (b0b3ftjj)

Walter Kershaw: The UK's First Street Artist? 15:30 SUN (b01mk8zs)

Walter Kershaw: The UK's First Street Artist? 03:30 MON (b01mk8zs)

We Know Everything 22:45 SAT (b083j3f0)

Winston 08:30 TUE (b007mwhn)

Winston 12:30 TUE (b007mwhn)

Winston 19:30 TUE (b007mwhn)

Writing the Century: Land's End to John O'Groats (Omnibus) 14:20 SUN (b07wxqks)

Writing the Century: Land's End to John O'Groats (Omnibus) 02:20 MON (b07wxqks)

iGod 15:15 SAT (b00wr7v2)

iGod 03:15 SUN (b00wr7v2)

iGod 23:15 THU (b00ws7md)