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SATURDAY 20 MARCH 2021

SAT 00:00 The Spaceship (b007jvq8)
5. Enemies

The crew at last make contact with another race, but not before a minor rebellion on board.

Conclusion of the sci-fi comedy starring James Fleet.

Written by Paul Barnhill and Neil Warhurst.

In the year 2104, a fleet of research cruisers were launched into space, with every moment aboard the Really Invincible III, Macclesfield Division preserved by wall-to-wall monitoring, and transmitted back to Earth.

What you hear took place live, four years ago, 70,000 light years from home.

Captain Gordon Taylor …. James Fleet
Melissa Patterson …. Emily Joyce
Karen …. Rose Cavaliero
Stuart …. Paul Barnhill
Clive …. Neil Warhurst
Ion …. Jason Chan
The King of the Dwapeye …. Stephen Hogan
Narrator …. Nicholas Boulton

Director: Sally Avens

Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in June 2005.


SAT 00:30 Off the Page (b00l5mhs)
Vegas

Dominic Arkwright, Joe Queenan, Karen Marchbank and Michael Simkins debate the excesses and quirks of Las Vegas. From June 2009.


SAT 01:00 Paul Temple (b007w39f)
Paul Temple and the Alex Affair

8. Introducing Alex

The suave sleuth invites the key players to his home, but has he finally managed to identify the blackmailing murderer?

Francis Durbridge's thriller stars Peter Coke as Paul Temple and Marjorie Westbury as Steve in the conclusion of another intriguing case for BBC radio's smoothest investigator and his glamorous wife.

Paul Temple …. Peter Coke
Steve …. Marjorie Westbury
Sir Graham Forbes …. James Thomason
Inspector Crane …. Haydn Jones
Leo Brent …. Dennis Hawthorne
Wilfred Davis …. Basil Jones
Ricky …. Frank Henderson
Dr Kohima …. Roy Lefebvre
Mrs Trevelyan …. Barbara Mitchell
Carl Lathom …. Simon Lack

Producer: Martin C Webster

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in March 1968.


SAT 01:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr6j)
Episode 10

The fugitive is pursued through the countryside by the clever strategies of his sinister nemesis - Major Quive-Smith.

Geoffrey Household's classic British thriller was first published shortly before the outbreak of war in 1939.

Read by Michael Jayston.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in 2004.


SAT 02:00 Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham (b079rd1y)
Episode 5

Chris Packham concludes his painfully honest memoir. He is a confirmed outsider - almost overwhelmed – but determined to do things his way, on his terms.

Chris is a naturalist, nature photographer and author, best known for his BBC TV work.

Chris brings to life his childhood in the 1970s, moving back and forth through time, to capture recent, more exposing recollections from adulthood.

Read by Chris Packham and Rachel Atkins.

Abridged by Jo Coombs
Producer: Pippa Vaughan

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


SAT 02:15 44 Scotland Street: Edinburgh for Pretenders (b07cyvjm)
Episode 5

Will Irene receive a warm welcome on her return to Edinburgh? And what of Big Lou and her political boyfriend?

Portrait painter, Angus Lordie, observes the goings on of his neighbours and friends in and around 44 Scotland Street.

Alexander McCall Smith dramatises stories from his bestselling series, 44 Scotland Street, which continues to delight readers around the world.

Angus Lordie ...... Crawford Logan
Domenica ...... Carol Ann Crawford
Irene ...... Emma Currie
Bertie ...... Simon Kerr
Olive ...... Sophie Lawrence
Big Lou ...... Anita Vettesse
Alec ...... Simon Donaldson
The New Pretender ...... David Jackson Young

Director: David Ian Neville

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2016.


SAT 02:30 Just Like That - Tommy Cooper (m000t756)
Just like that! Milton Jones celebrates the comic genius of Tommy Cooper.

The "unattractive young man" who went on to become the nation's favourite clown, despite early rejection by the BBC for his "poor diction and unpleasant manner."

Fans, friends and family also help recall the magical mayhem of Tommy Cooper.

Featuring: Michael Parkinson, Barry Cryer and Tom O’Connor.

Producer: Geoff Ballinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2002.


SAT 03:00 Martyn Wade - Stepniak (b00sfby9)
The bitter-sweet real-life love story of Olive Garnett (sister of the famous Russian Translator, Constance) who meets and falls for a Russian expatriate whose charms hide a secret and rather sinister past...

Written by Martyn Wade.

Olive Garnett ...... Justine Waddell
Stepniak ...... David Horovitch
Connie Garnett ...... Jennie Stoller
Fanny Stepniak ...... Elizabeth Bell
Olive Rossetti ...... Jasmine Hyde
Edward Garnett ...... Charles Simpson

Director: Cherry Cookson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2001.


SAT 04:00 It's Not What You Know (b01ckr46)
Series 1

Episode 2

"The Thick Of It" star, Rebecca Front, Fast Show actor and comedian, Simon Day, and award-winning Geordie comic, Jason Cook nominate one of their intimate circle to answer questions about their relationship, to try and prove how well they know them.

With Miles Jupp chairing – if the panel can predict the responses their nominees gave, they get points.

Rebecca thinks she knows her father, Charles Front, a retired illustrator and calligrapher, pretty well. Simon examines his relationship with best friend, Conrad Butlin, a stylist from Notting Hill in London. And Jason plumps for his mother, Pat, a recruitment consultant from Hebburn in Newcastle - and, it turns out, something of a Loose Women fan...

Producer: Sam Michell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2012.


SAT 04:30 Fat Chance (b019fwxg)
Weigh in with Wendy

Graham joins the members of a slimming club run by Wendy Bottomley.

Jenny McDade's high-fat bittersweet five-part comedy - for those believing there's a thin person inside them begging to get out.

Graham Pitscottie ..... Gareth Corke
Wendy Bottomley ..... Janine Duvitski
Clive Bottomley ..... Michael Troughton
Soo Pitscottie ..... Anne Reid
Tina Tattersall ..... Julia Deakin
Kelly Chambers ..... Tilly Gaunt
Lee Dubs ..... Harry Myers
Mrs Enright ..... Frances Jeater

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1999.


SAT 05:00 Clare in the Community (b082hg9n)
Series 11

Fight Them on the Beaches

Clare is in charge of a day at the seaside for some elderly residents of the estate.

They turn out to be a bit more feisty than the Sparrowhawk team were expecting, which makes it tricky for Clare to impress her new student, Cilla.

Back at home, Brian is coaching Nali for a musical audition.

Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

Clare continues her struggle to control both her professional and private life. In today's Big Society there are plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker. Or even Clare.

Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden

Clare ...... Sally Phillips
Brian ...... Alex Lowe
Nali ...... Nina Conti
Ray ...... Richard Lumsden
Libby ...... Sarah Kendall
Joan ...... Sarah Thom
Mrs Singh ...... Nina Wadia
Cilla ...... Gbemisola Ikumelo
Pauline ...... Clare Perkins
Dotty ...... Alison Belbin
Geoff ...... Sean Baker

Producer: Alexandra Smith

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


SAT 05:30 Stand-Up Specials (m000t4ky)
Borderline: A postcard from the edge of the Union

Want to know what's really happening in a post Brexit Northern Ireland? Join comedian and presenter Patrick Kielty as he talks to the nation from his hometown of Dundrum, County Down, near the land border with the EU and overlooking the new 'Irish Sea Border'.

From pre ceasefire to post Brexit, Paddy shares his Northern Ireland experiences and is joined by a (virtual) Northern Irish audience, who have lived through the same, as he sends a postcard from the edge of the Union.

Recorded remotely in front of a virtual, Northern Irish audience.

Written and performed by Patrick Kielty.
Additional material by Lee Stuart Evans and Jon Hunter.

Produced by Claire Jones.
Executive Producer: Stephen Stewart.
Production Coordinator: Tamara Shilham.
Sound Designer: David Thomas.

A Green Inc production for BBC Radio 4


SAT 06:00 The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries (b00wwbcl)
Death and the Dancing Footman

Jonathan Royal is a man rich enough to indulge his somewhat extravagant sense of the theatrical.

But when he bizarrely throws a weekend party for guests with good reasons to loathe one another, his malicious comedy quickly turns to tragedy - leaving Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn investigating murder...

Dame Ngaio Marsh's detective thriller stars Nigel Graham.

Dramatised by Alan Downer.

Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn ... Nigel Graham
Jonathan Royal ... Laurence Payne
Aubrey Mandrake ... Steven Pacey
Sandra Compline ... Avril Clark
William Compline ... Stuart Organ
Nicholas Compline ... Stephen Hattersley
Chloris Wynne ... Jane Leonard
Dr Francis Hart ... Alan Downer
Mme Elise Lisse ... Natasha Pyne
Lady Hersey Amblington ... Margaret Ward
Troy Alleyn ... Elaine Claxton
James Bewling ... Peter Tuddenham
Reverend Copeland ... Shaun Prendergast
Detective Inspextor Fox ... Brian Hewlett

Director: David Johnston

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1986,


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b07cvlmd)
Series 39

Frank Turner on Joseph Grimaldi

Frank Turner chooses Joseph Grimaldi, the first celebrity of Pantomime who changed the face of Clowning forever. Matthew Parris presents, and Mattie Faint is the expert.

Grimaldi was born into a theatrical family, making his stage debut aged two dressed as a monkey and being flung around the stage on the end of a chain by his tyrannical father. The chain snapped but Grimaldi survived, making the papers and turning Grimaldi into a little celebrity. His performances as 'Clown', combining acrobatics, satire and music, made him a big draw for the crowds, and his role in 'Mother Goose' turned him into a huge star.

He developed the make-up we now associate with clowns but behind this iconic look was a man suffering from depression, extreme physical disintegration and a series of personal tragedies.

Frank Turner, former punk and now folk singer-songwriter, sees himself primarily as an entertainer and has developed an interest in Pantomime and Music Hall. For him, Grimaldi gave everything to his audiences and physically destroyed himself in the process - something he sees as honourable. He describes Grimaldi's farewell speech as one of the most beautiful eulogies to the business of being a performer.

Producer: Toby Field

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.


SAT 08:00 Heresy (b07cx3b9)
Series 10

Episode 3

Victoria Coren Mitchell presents another edition of the show which dares to commit heresy.

With Lee Mack, Konnie Huq and Dave Gorman.

Together they talk about CGI, Air BnB and Rupert Murdoch's marriage.

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


SAT 08:30 Beachcomber... By the Way (b0085j96)
Series 1

Episode 6

The First Attempt To Reach The Moon - and a slice of Edwardian life.

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 April 1989.


SAT 09:00 Steve Punt's Hancock Cuttings (b04n61gw)
Tony Hancock fan Steve Punt presents oddities and rarities featuring the lad himself:

* BBC TV's Face To Face interview (1960)
Episode from the TV series in which John Freeman cross-examined leading personalities of the day. Here he interviews the radio and TV comedian, Tony Hancock.

* 'Ancock's Anthology – the BBC Light Programme’s Christmas Day miscellany of the comic’s favourite music, readings and an interview with Stirling Moss (25/12/1964)

* The Missing Page – the Pye Records re-recording of the TV episode (1965) On a visit to Cheam Library, the lad is appalled to be told he has some outstanding fines to pay. With Graham Stark, Clive Dunn and Frank Thornton. Written by Ray Galton & Alan Simpson.

* Educating Archie (19/10/1951)
Tony Hancock, Julie Andrews and Hattie Jacques join wisecracking schoolboy Archie Andrews. Cinema high-jinks and Dr Hancock lets Archie use his 'Wishing Chair'. Radio ventriloquism from Peter Brough. Written by Eric Sykes.

* The first ever episode of Hancock's Half Hour – 'The First Night Party' (BBC Light Programme 02/11/1954) The lad throws a launch party for his new series, but things don't quite go to plan. With Moira Lister, Bill Kerr, Sidney James, Kenneth Williams and Gerald Campion. Written by Ray Galton & Alan Simpson.

Producer: Mik Wilkojc.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in 2014


SAT 12:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b08kttsw)
Series 18

Episode 1

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.

From sheep and islands to Steve Jobs and beans.

John Finnemore, Henning Wehn, Lou Sanders and Miles Jupp are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy.

Producer: Jon Naismith

A Random Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in April 2017.


SAT 12:30 Rob Newman (b0bh5hp2)
Rob Newman's Total Eclipse of Descartes

The Inheritance

One of Britain's finest comedians Rob Newman sets his sights on the world of philosophy, unpicking 3000 years of good and bad ideas to discover how we got into this mess.

In a world gone mad can philosophy provide the answer?

In this opening episode, Rob turns the spotlight onto the philosophy of education.

Written and performed by Rob Newman
Edited by John Whitehall

Producer: Jon Harvey
Executive Producer: Richard Wilson

A Hat Trick production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in September 2018.


SAT 13:00 Archive on 4 (b08xxbt7)
The Real Summer of Love

1967 saw the so-called Summer of Love, when thousands descended on Haight Ashbury suburb in San Franciso with their flower power, wacky fashions, drugs and hippy anti-establishment message which soon spread around the world.

But what did it all mean to British people?

Historian and writer Dominic Sandbrook argues that, for the majority in Britain, the Summer of Love and even 1960s Swinging London was a party happening somewhere else.

With the economy running into trouble, Harold Wilson's government devalued the pound. All was not well in British industry, with unofficial wildcat strikes and the country's ports paralysed by a 10-week strike. Dockers like Colin Ross, his young wife and baby struggled to feed themselves. Divisions in society were evident whether, as Colin puts it, 'between the haves and have-nots' or in multi-racial communities like Brixton.

Yet the '60s brought a new sense of freedom, tolerance and colour to people's monochrome daily lives. Tourists flocked to London fashion haunts such as Carnaby Steet and, in 1967, The Beatles' Sgt Pepper was declared album of the decade while barefoot songstress Sandi Shaw won the Eurovision Song Contest.

As a pop columnist, Virginia Ironside seemed to have it all. But, as liberated as she appeared, she felt pressure from the permissive society. She had two abortions, one illegally in a Harley Street clinic.

In 1967, laws came in legalising abortion and homosexuality. The same year saw the new town Milton Keynes which, although not quite the countercultural utopia San Francisco hippies had hoped for, still represented a kind of idealism - a vision of a suburban good life in the heart of the countryside.

Producer: Sara Parker
Executive: Samir Shah

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in July 2017.


SAT 14:00 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (b04ntvv9)
Series 2

Lost and Found

When Tom makes his weekly phone call to his parents in Sheffield he discovers they've been flooded.

As his parents manage the clear up operation, Tom reflects on what is important to keep and what isn't.

With Rita May, Paul Copley and Kate Anthony.

Written by Tom Wrigglesworth and James Kettle. With Miles Jupp.

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2014.


SAT 14:30 Bridget Christie Minds the Gap (b01r11x0)
Series 1

Episode 1

After noticing that misogyny, like shiny leggings, had made an unexpected comeback - comedian Bridget Christie wonders did it ever really go away?

In the first of her four-part stand up comedy series on the state of British feminism today, Bridget asks why feminism became a dirty word and whether the modern British woman needs it.

An incident involving a man, a smell and a well-known bookstore made her ask what place feminism has in modern Britain, whether the fight has been won or is being fought on different fronts. Plus, why did Bic launch the "Bic for Her" - a pen specifically designed for a woman's hand?

Fred MacAulay helps her remember some of the key incidents which brought her to an epiphany and a call to arms.

Producer; Alison Vernon-Smith.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.


SAT 15:00 Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music (b0076yqv)
Series 3

Episode 1

Mitch attempts to break America, but is refused entry at the border for violations of the Patriot Act concerning songs mocking Dubya Bush and US foreign policy. He’s forced to play a gig in Moosebutt Canada.

Highlights include a ballad from an X-Factor hopeful and the truth behind Franz Ferdinand's musical inspiration.

Mitch Benn returns with a series of music and comedy, joined by Morrissey-obsessive Robin Ince and the Distractions.

With Kirsty Newton, Craig Campbell, Jane Perry and Tasha Baylis.

Producer: Adam Bromley.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2006.


SAT 15:30 Elvenquest (b00vy3n6)
Series 2

Episode 1

The return of the fantasy-based sitcom set in Lower Earth. The intrepid band of Questers, led by Elven Lord, Vidar, set off once again on their search for the Sword of Asnagar which is the only thing that can free them from the tyranny of the evil Lord Darkness.

Joining Vidar on the Quest is Dean, the dwarf, Penthiselea, an Amazon warrior princess, Sam, the human, and Amis, the Chosen One (formerly Sam's dog who took human form when he arrived in Lower Earth - he alone can wield the Sword of Asnagar that will defeat Lord Darkness).

In this opening episode, the Questers are saved from near certain death by a strong and charming loner, who goes by the name of Byorthnoth the Brave. But is Byorthnoth quite what he seems? And does it really matter when he has such lovely hair?

Meanwhile, Lord Darkness is back from the Void and has discovered that he's lost his immortality...

Sam ...... Stephen Mangan
Lord Darkness ...... Alistair McGowan
Dean/Kreech ...... Kevin Eldon
Elf Lord, Vidar ...... Darren Boyd
Byorthnoth ...... Ben Miles
Amazon Princess, Penthiselea ...... Sophie Winkleman
Amis, The Chosen One ...... Dave Lamb

Producer: Sam Michell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2010.


SAT 16:00 The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries (b00wwbcl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b07cvlmd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Nightfall (m000tfcg)
Series 4

The Book of Hell

A failing publishing company receives a mysterious manuscript from a reclusive author, who happens to have been dead for two years. The book tells of a first-hand account of a soul's experience while in Hell. However, the book cannot be printed, photocopied or recorded in any way...

‘Nightfall’ was series of supernatural and horror dramas produced by Canada’s CBC Radio between July 1980 and June 1983 and went on to become one of the most popular shows in the network’s history. Over its one hundred episodes over three seasons, ‘Nightfall’ featured a mix of original stories and adaptations of classic tales.

CAST:

Gordon .... Budd Knapp
Linda Ross .... Nonnie Griffin
Andy .... Patrick Young
Mrs Yenopski …. Lynne Deragon
Pete .... Hugh Webster
The Fireman/The Waiter .... Allen Doremus

Writer: James Mavor Moore
Series Story Editor: Earl Toppings

Producer: Bill Howell

First broadcast on the CBC in March 1981.


SAT 18:30 Robert Holmes - Aliens in the Mind (b007jlt5)
1. Island Genesis

The curiosity of the inhabitants of the remote Scottish island of Luig is aroused when two strangers arrive for the funeral of the local doctor.

The two men are no strangers to each other, nor were they to the late Dr Hugh Dexter. One is Professor Curtis Lark - a flamboyant American explorer, scientist and Nobel Prize winner whose research has been in the field of telepathy and telekinesis; the other is John Cornelius - the eminent British brain surgeon.

What starts as a brief visit by two colleagues to honour an old friend quickly develops into a series of bizarre and frightening events uncovering the presence of forces unknown bent on world domination...

CAST:

John Cornelius …. Peter Cushing
Professor Curtis Lark …. Vincent Price
Minister Donald Schooler …. Henry Stamper
Mrs Kyle …. Shirley Dixon
Flora Kiery …. Sandra Clarke
Mary …. Irene Sutcliffe
Dr Hugh Dexter …. Frazer Carr

Written by Rene Basilico from an idea by Robert Holmes.

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1977.


SAT 19:00 Steve Punt's Hancock Cuttings (b04n61gw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Bridget Christie Minds the Gap (b01r5s2l)
Series 1

Episode 2

Bridget considers women and their day-to-day relationships with each other, via an organic herb puff snack, a church pew and a bag of dirty laundry.

Fred MacAulay helps her remember some of the key incidents which brought her to an epiphany and a call to arms.

Four-part stand-up comedy series on the state of British feminism today, Bridget asks why feminism became a dirty word and whether the modern British woman needs it.

Producer; Alison Vernon-Smith and Alexandra Smith.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.


SAT 22:30 Elastic Planet (b007k3h0)
The Hair

A documentary maker films endangered hairstyles.

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

With Dan Strauss, Doon Mackichan, Kerry Shale, Michael Troughton, Ben Moor and Alexander Armstrong.

Producer: Jon Naismith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1995.


SAT 22:45 We Know Everything (b08646s7)
Episode 6

Does colour exist or is it a pigment of our imagination? Dan Gaster and Paul Powell tackle audience quirky questions. From 1995.


SAT 23:00 It's Jocelyn (b06tvbz1)
Series 1

Episode 2

A raft of fresh new characters from Jocelyn including a terrible shop assistant, a pair of terrible bedroom DJ's and an old lady obsessed with dying.

Jocelyn vents her frustration at the world around her through sketches and stand-up. From pedantic dinner dates to coping with annoying friends, Jocelyn's life provides a rich seam of humour.

Jocelyn Jee Esien is delighted to be joined in the cast by Curtis Walker, Ninia Benjamin and Kevin J.

Producer: John Pocock

A BBC Radio Comedy production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2016.


SAT 23:30 World of Pub (b007jpby)
Series 2

Episode 1

Dodgy Phil comes up with another scheme to fill Barry and Garry's East End boozer with punters.

Tony Roche 's four-part comedy starring John Thomson as Dodgy Phil, Phil Cornwell as Barry, Alistair McGowan as Garry, Debra Stephenson and Simon Greenall.

Special effects: Carl Phillips and Nick Romero.

Music: Bill Bailey

Producer: Jane Berthoud

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1999



SUNDAY 21 MARCH 2021

SUN 00:00 Nightfall (m000tfcg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:30 Robert Holmes - Aliens in the Mind (b007jlt5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Archive on 4 (b08xxbt7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (b04ntvv9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:30 Bridget Christie Minds the Gap (b01r11x0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music (b0076yqv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 Elvenquest (b00vy3n6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries (b00wwbcl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b07cvlmd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham (Omnibus) (b07bl683)
Chris Packham is a naturalist, nature photographer and author, best known for his television work. But in his lyrical and painfully honest new memoir, he reveals the life-events which would eventually shape him and change him forever.

Chris brings to life his childhood in the 1970s, from his bedroom bursting with birds’ eggs and jam jars, to his feral adventures. But throughout his story is the search for freedom, meaning and acceptance in a world that didn’t understand him.

Chris begins his recollections as an introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school.

This unconventional and uncompromising memoir moves back and forth through time, capturing a child’s view of the 60s and 70s – the music, the clothes, the cars – alongside recent, more exposing recollections from adulthood.

Produced by Pippa Vaughan for Loftus Media

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.


SUN 07:10 Inheritance Tracks (b07wzr9y)
Judy Tzuke

English singer-songwriter Judy Tzuke chooses 'My Funny Valentine' sung by Chet Baker and 'Blue' by Joni Mitchell.


SUN 07:20 AM Smith - 44 Scotland Street (b07djq6y)
Edinburgh for Pretenders (Omnibus)

Portrait painter, Angus Lordie, observes the goings on of his neighbours and friends in and around 44 Scotland Street. Seven year-old Bertie Pollok has 'issues' when his domineering mother Irene organises his social life. And Irene has issues when her husband Stuart offers to take Bertie to Glasgow of all places. Local café owner Big Lou has a new love in her life whose politics hark back to the Jacobite days. And then there's Domenica - an anthropologist - trying to write a report on her most recent adventure exploring the lives of modern day pirates. An encounter with a gangster, a suspected kidnapping and the possibility of a new political leader ensure life for Scotland Street's residents is never uneventful.

Alexander McCall Smith dramatises stories from his bestselling series, 44 Scotland Street, which continues to delight readers around the world.

Angus Lordie ...... Crawford Logan
Domenica ...... Carol Ann Crawford
Irene ...... Emma Currie
Bertie ...... Simon Kerr
Stuart ...... David Jackson Young
Big Lou ...... Anita Vettesse

Producer/director: David Ian Neville

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2016.


SUN 08:30 Meet the Huggetts (b00p1hnz)
'Ail and Hearty

The family worries when Joe Huggett is seen calling in at the doctor's surgery.

Stars Jack Warner as Joe, Kathleen Harrison as Ethel, Malcolm Ranson as Bobby, Alanna Boyce as Jane and Charles Leno as Fred Stebbings.

With Bill Pertwee and Ralph Hallett.

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 1961.


SUN 09:00 Drop Me Here, Darling (m000tfcm)
A Plonking Success

Caroline confides in Leslie about a secret business deal.

‘Drop Me Here, Darling’ ran from December 1982 to February 1983. It starred Leslie Phillips and Jill Bennett as a recently divorced couple, Leslie and Caroline Duggan. He was a successful businessman but has fallen on hard times - following the ‘80s property crash - and now earns a living by chauffeuring his wealthy ex, who runs the successful Quantum mail order company. Despite being divorced, their lives are interleaved and they keep a close, envious eye on each other’s love lives, divulging an enduring mutual fondness.

CAST:

Leslie Duggan …. Leslie Phillips
Caroline Duggan …. Jill Bennett
Claire …. Norma Ronald
Mr Crabbe …. Kenneth Connor
Alan Archer …. John Kane

Written by Andrew Palmer.

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in December 1982.


SUN 09:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b00k40t0)
Series 3

The Dig

Curmudgeonly hack Ed finds rich pickings - and a hint of romance - in the world of archaeology.

The comical world of Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail.

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon.

Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.

Featuring:

John Fortune
Stephanie Cole
Geoffrey Whitehead
Rita May
Simon Greenall
Sally Hawkins
Eve Dallas
Laura Solon
Mark Watson
Philip Jackson
David Cann
Miranda Keeling

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2007.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000tppw)
Children's Writers

Jacqueline Wilson

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the former Children's Laureate Jacqueline Wilson. She's won just about every award going for children's fiction and, in a career spanning more than 30 years, has written more than 80 books. Even as a child she knew she wanted to write but, after an inauspicious time at school, she reluctantly trained to be a secretary instead. Then she began to pitch ideas for a new teen magazine, Jackie, her stories were bought and she quickly became a staff writer.

But she was 50 before she devised her most famous creation, Tracy Beaker. Tracy is a streetwise, feisty girl growing up in the competitive world of a children's home, who never loses the hope that one day her mum will come back for her. The book was a breakthrough for Jacqueline and its subsequent television adaptation introduced her to a mass audience. In 2002 she was awarded an OBE for services to literacy.

Favourite track: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5 in E flat by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book: The collected works by Katherine Mansfield
Luxury: A fairground carousel

Produced by Cathy Drysdale.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


SUN 10:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00yrg3g)
Series 2

Kiwi

New Zealand had several species of flightless bird living across the islands, all of which are now extinct, bar one. The Kiwi has become one of those species iconic of the country, like the Koala to Australia, the Giraffe to Africa and the Alpaca to South America. Historically, New Zealand didn't have ground predators such as wild cats and stoats - which allowed birds to exploit living on the ground. Being flightless in New Zealand was a good way to be a bird.

Having filmed Kiwis, Sir David Attenborough muses on the niche the Kiwi occupies on the ground. He argues the Kiwi behaves more like a mammal than a bird, but what mammal do you think, in Attenborough's view, the Kiwi most resembles?

Producer: Julian Hector

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2011.


SUN 11:00 Radiolab (m000tppy)
Series 7

The Cataclysm Sentence

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

One day in 1961, the famous physicist Richard Feynman stepped in front of a Caltech lecture hall and posed this question to a group of undergraduate students: “If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence was passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words?”

Radiolab explores, when in peril, what’s the one sentence you would want to pass on to the next generation?

Jad Abumrad and the Radiolab team investigate a strange world.

From WNYC. First broadcast on public radio in the USA in 2020.


SUN 11:55 Inheritance Tracks (b07wzr9y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m000tfcp)
Walker of the Downs

Daljit Nagra visits the BBC's poetry archive and selects Walker of the Downs featuring the Sussex Downs- the inspiration for the 1960s poet Ted Walker.

Martin Sorrell walks the Sussex Downs which, in the 1960s, provided nature poet Ted Walker with inspiration for some of his best work. He is joined by Mike Russell from the Sussex Wildlife Trust, who helps to evoke the essence of the land that Walker loved. Plus Patrick Romer reads a selection of Walker's poems.

Producer - Sara Davies

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


SUN 12:30 Polyoaks (b078z6sd)
Series 4

Losing Patients

Nigel Planer and returns in the Health Service satire by Dr Phil Hammond and David Spicer. The Polyoaks surgery is plagued by strikes, endless new management initiatives, staff shortages, militant patients, eight day weeks, privatisation – and all these things are entirely their fault, apparently.

The dysfunctional Bristol surgery run by warring doctors, brothers Roy and Hugh Thornton (Nigel Planer and Simon Greenall), alternates between embracing and collapsing under reforms. They’re a nurse down, they’ve got to slash their budget and there’s a new Head of the local Clinical Commissioning Group who eats GPs for breakfast (Margaret Cabourn-Smith).

The practice’s calamitous ‘celebrity’ Dr Jeremy (David Westhead), who doesn’t know what a Clinical Commissioning Group is, continues to dodge alimony payments, malpractice suits and the new practice Nurse Monica (Polly Frame). Nurse Monica is on exchange from NHS Scotland and is fuelled by a borderline psychotic contempt for patients and colleagues alike.

In this first episode of the series, the staff of Polyoaks are roped into spearheading a new anti-obesity campaign to save lives, self respect and money.

Roy............................Nigel Planer
Hugh..........................Simon Greenall
Jeremy.......................David Westhead
Monica.......................Polly Frame
Stephanie Simons.......Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Patients.....................Kate O'Sullivan and Duncan Wisbey

Written by Dr Phil Hammond and Mr David Spicer
Directed by Frank Stirling
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2016.


SUN 13:00 Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (Omnibus) (b07g78zh)
Episode 2

Kazuo Ishiguro's haunting novel of love, friendship and loss.

Kathy, Tommy and Ruth have only ever known the sheltered world of Hailsham, a secluded country boarding school. As they grow up, they begin to understand the true purpose of their isolated upbringing and the fate that lies in store for them.

Ishiguro's brilliant alternative vision of 1990s England is a disquieting exploration of what makes us human and how we each find meaning in our lives.

This Book at Bedtime is an abridged version of the full text of the novel.

Written by Kazuo Ishiguro
Read by Rachel Shelley
Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths
Produced by Mair Bosworth.

First broadcast in 2016.


SUN 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b04prn2x)
Rebecca Front

The Thick of It actress shares her love of 'They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus' and why she will pass on Bach's concerto.


SUN 14:20 Incredible Women (b08074pw)
Series 5 (Omnibus)

Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front introduce us to an uncannily realistic robot, Astrid. Can they distinguish her from a real woman?


SUN 15:30 Just Like That - Tommy Cooper (m000t756)
[Repeat of broadcast at 02:30 on Saturday]


SUN 16:00 Mike Walker - Games (b0bl584z)
The editor of a 'Lad's Mag' proposes a bet to prevent a talented and attractive woman journalist leaving for a better job. The editor then throws her into situations to ensure he wins.

Against a backdrop of "Cosi Fan Tutte", Mozart's opera about the perils of love and gambling, a young woman learns about malice and manipulation.

Written by Mike Walker.

CAST:

Helena .... Angeline Ball
Gracie ..... Geraldine James
Peter .... David Thorpe
Don .... Michael Troughton
Man …. Kenny Blyth

Producer: Rachel Horan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m000tfcp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 Polyoaks (b078z6sd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Katie Hims - Listening to the Dead (b03mjcb9)
5. Tuesday's Child

Tuesday grows up assuming her mother abandoned her, despite the voices in her dreams that try to tell her otherwise

Tuesday ..... Jeany Spark
Tuesday 11 ..... Rose Hilton Hille
Tuesday 3 ..... Rosa Yevtushenko
Frank ..... David Seddon
Peggy ..... Lisa Stevenson
Maggie ..... Carolyn Pickles
Ruby ..... Ami Metcalf
Nish ..... Paul Bazely
Oliver 20 ..... Joel MacCormack
Oliver 55 ..... Michael Bertenshaw
Dan ..... Harry Jardine
Melinda ..... Georgie Fuller
Boss ..... Sean Murray

by Katie Hims,

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2014.


SUN 18:45 Charles Dickens (b0729ggy)
Tales of the Supernatural

The Queer Chair

Too many glasses of punch and Tom feels the queer chair in the room of his inn turn on him. Read by Adrian Scarborough.

Extracted from 'The Pickwick Papers', the first of Dickens major novels, written in 1836 when he was just 24.

The last of a series of five tales of the supernatural by Charles Dickens.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Pier Productions.


SUN 19:00 Radiolab (m000tppy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 19:55 Inheritance Tracks (b07wzr9y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]


SUN 20:00 Mike Walker - Games (b0bl584z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000tppw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00yrg3g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 Polyoaks (b078z6sd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 Dave Podmore (b007tm7h)
Dave Podmore's World of Cricket

Episode 4

The star player joins a host of Z-list celebrities on a charity walk for mauled dog, Shep.

Sitcom about the exploits of talentless, amateurish, smug, inept and self-deluding English cricketer Dave Podmore.

Starring Chris Douglas and Andrew Nickolds with Chris Pavlo and Nicola Sanderson.

Written by Chris Douglas, Andrew Nickolds and Nick Newman.

Producer: Richard Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2002.


SUN 23:00 Newsjack (m000t6jg)
Series 24

Episode 4

Newsjack's host Kiri Pritchard-McLean is joined by Luke Kempner, Mali Ann Rees, Jason Forbes and a virtual audience for the last episode of the series, to make sense of this week in news.

This week, we find out how we might struggle to adapt to office life, how Barbie is celebrating Ken's 60 birthday, and what it's like to deal with the Perseverence Rover's galactic ego .

Written by - The British Public
Script Editors - Ed Amsden and Tom Coles
Producers - Gwyn Rhys Davies and Hayley Sterling
Production Coordinator - Mabel Wright
Newsjack is a BBC Studios Production


SUN 23:30 Radio 9 (b0401g9p)
Series 1

Episode 1

Welcome to Radio 9 - where Dark approaches Silly, shakes hands, then realises its trousers are round its ankles.

All set in a parallel universe just like ours, but different.

The first in a four-part series, written and performed by Johnny Daukes and Hils Barker.

With Sarah Walton, John Stevenson, Stefan Frank, Janice Vee, Matt Wilkinson and Michelle Gomez.

Producers: Johnny Daukes and Katie Marsden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.



MONDAY 22 MARCH 2021

MON 00:00 Katie Hims - Listening to the Dead (b03mjcb9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:45 Charles Dickens (b0729ggy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (Omnibus) (b07g78zh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b04prn2x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Sunday]


MON 02:20 Incredible Women (b08074pw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:20 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 Just Like That - Tommy Cooper (m000t756)
[Repeat of broadcast at 02:30 on Saturday]


MON 04:00 Mike Walker - Games (b0bl584z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m000tfcp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Polyoaks (b078z6sd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Raffles (m0001n5g)
Series 2

1. The Rest Cure

Bunny is surprised and pleased to be invited by Raffles to share the latter's self-imposed 'rest cure' in a large house in Kensington.

But Raffles, needless to say, has his own somewhat nefarious reasons for wanting to take a holiday...

Starring Jeremy Clyde as AJ Raffles, Michael Cochrane as Bunny Manders, Christopher Benjamin as Colonel Crutchley, Laurence Payne as the Porter and Norman Bird as the Cabby.

EW Hornung's Raffles stories about the 'gentleman thief' dramatised by David Buck.

Signature tune composed by Jim Parker.

Director: Gordon House

A BBC Radio 4/ BBC World Service production first broadcast in 1988.


MON 06:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr7j)
Episode 11

After days holed up in his underground den, the fugitive emerges - but has he shaken off his pursuer?

Geoffrey Household's classic British thriller was first published shortly before the outbreak of war in 1939.

15-part reading read by Michael Jayston.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in 2004.


MON 07:00 Cooking in a Bedsitter (b09jcd4g)
Series 2

Green Pea Sandwiches

Beattie Edmondson and Nikesh Patel star in Sue Teddern's romantic comedy, inspired by Katharine Whitehorn's cookery classic.

Deepak takes Trisha on an outing to Oxford. But it's not quite the punting and picnic she expects. Extracts from Cooking in a Bedsitter are read by Eleanor Bron.

Directed by Emma Harding.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2017.


MON 07:30 Just a Minute (m000t40p)
Series 86

Episode 4

Jenny Eclair hosts a special episode of Just a Minute where she challenges guests Paul Merton, Shappi Khorsandi, Julian Clary and Pam Ayres to speak for 60 seconds on subjects including Artificial Intelligence, and A Big Night Out. Hesitation, deviation, and repetition are strictly forbidden. This episode was produced using remote recording technology, with both panel and audience joining from their homes all over the world. Caroline Barlow blows the whistle.

Devised by Ian Messiter

Produced by Victoria Lloyd

A BBC Studios Production


MON 08:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jld2)
Series 2

Homes Fit for Heroes

Harold quarrels with his Dad Albert over his plan to pack him off to travel the world.

Starring Wilfrid Brambell as Albert and Harry H Corbett as Harold. With Marie Makino as Miss Lottersby and Olwen Brookes as the Matron.

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 July 1967.


MON 08:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b0075p4w)
Series 3

Episode 5

Sofa-bound TV presenters Mike and Sue tackle stress and honesty - plus an everyday problem for Miriam Stoops.

Starring Robert Duncan and Jan Ravens.
With Ronnie Ancona, Alistair McGowan, Roger Blake and Toby Longworth.

Written by Tim De Jongh from a format by Bill Dare.

Music by Mark Burton.

Producer: Aled Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1998.


MON 09:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b08lgq9j)
Series 18

Episode 2

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.

John Finnemore, Henning Wehn, Lou Sanders and Miles Jupp the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on subjects as varied as names, Germany, secrets and nudity.

Produced by Jon Naismith

A Random Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in April 2017.


MON 09:30 Married (b0084rct)
Series 3

Episode 5

Cantankerous bachelor Robin Lightfoot has encountered many strange phenomena since the universes collided. Now he's got to contend with two Arthur Smiths for the price of one.

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, Christopher Kelham as Alan, Sam Bradley as Ned and Arthur Smith as Arthur Smith.

Written by Tony Bagley.
Producer: Claire Jones
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2001.


MON 10:00 Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (b00y9455)
Episode 1

Russia, 1880: The Karamazovs are reunited for a meeting with their father, to discuss Dmitry's inheritance.

But the unpredictable Fyodor Karamazov does not look as if he's going to play the game...

Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final novel published in 1880.

Dramatised in five parts by Melissa Murray.

Fyodor Karamazov ...... Roy Marsden
Dmitry ...... Paul Hilton
Ivan ...... Nicholas Boulton
Alyosha ...... Carl Prekopp
The Elder ...... Sam Dale
Mrs Khoklakova ...... Rachel Atkins
Lise ...... Emma Noakes
Katerina ...... Juliet Aubrey
Grushenka ...... Katy Cavanagh
Smerdyakov ...... Joseph Kloska
Grigory ...... Desmond McNamara
The Monk ...... Paul Richard Biggin
Katerina's Servant ...... Miranda Keeling

Original music by David Pickvance.

Directors: Marc Beeby and Colin Guthrie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2006.


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m000tfd3)
Series 7

Risk

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

Guy Raz explores why do we revere risk-takers, even when their actions terrify us? Why are some people better at taking risks?

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


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000tfd5)
Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead chooses his Inheritance Tracks: Sweetheart Contract by Magazine, Brotherhood of Man by Oscar Peterson and Clark Terry.


MON 12:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jld2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b0075p4w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Raffles (m0001n5g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr7j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Not Working by Lisa Owens (b078xpfq)
Episode 1

Claire quits her job to discover her true vocation - but has no idea how to go about finding it.

Lisa Owens's comic debut novel tells the story of a life unravelling in minute and spectacular ways, voicing the questions we've all asked ourselves but never dared to say out loud.

Thirtysomething Claire Flannery has quit her job to discover her true vocation, only to realise that she has no idea how to go about finding it. In her muddled but somehow impeccable logic she discovers that, 'the more time you have, the less time you have'. As the weeks stretch into months with nothing to show but an overflowing internet search history and an unintended feud with her mother, Claire finds herself sinking under pressure and wondering where her life fell apart.

Lisa Owens was born in 1985 and grew up in Glasgow and Hertfordshire. After graduating, she spent six years working in publishing before leaving to complete an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Not Working is her first novel.

Read by Emily Bruni.

Written by Lisa Owens.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2016.


MON 14:15 Gudrun (b083mrv9)
Series 1

Episode 1

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. A new re-telling of classic Icelanders' saga.

Gudrun . . . . . Kate Phillips
Freija . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Bolli . . . . . Gavi Singh Chera
Kjartan . . . . . Luke MacGregor
Thordis . . . . . Alison Belbin
Osvif . . . . . John Dougall
Thorvald . . . . . Nicholas Murchie
Hallbjorn . . . . . Finlay Robertson

By Lucy Catherine

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Gudrun's Saga is based on the famous Icelanders' saga known as The Laxdoela Saga. Written in the 13th century, it tells of people in the Breiðafjörður area of Iceland from the late 9th century to the early 11th century. The saga particularly focuses on a love triangle between Gudrun, Kjartan and Bolli. Kjartan and Bolli grow up together but the love they both have for Gudrun causes enmity between them and, in the end, their deaths. The Laxdæla saga remains popular and appreciated for its poetic beauty and pathetic sentiment. Since the saga has often been regarded as an unusually feminine saga, it has been speculated that it was composed by a woman.

Kate Phillips makes her radio debut as Gudrun. Previous roles include Jane Seymour in Wolf Hall, Linda in Peaky Blinders and Lise in War & Peace, all on BBC1.

Lucy Catherine has written extensively for BBC Radio Drama, including Friday Plays, Classic Serial adaptations and Woman’s Hour series. Her 95' adaptation of THE MASTER AND MARGARITA by Mikhail Bulgakov was broadcast in early 2015 and won the BBC ‘Best Audio Drama (Adapted); her 2 x 60' adaptation of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN was broadcast in December 2012 as well as her half hour ‘Gothic Horror’ original LOOTED. Original 10 x 14' Woman’s Hour drama series HALFWAY HERE and 2 x 45' Afternoon Drama in the series ‘Riot Girls’, SUSAN AND EMMA were broadcast in 2016. Other recent commissions for Radio 4 include BOY and GOING SOLO, adapted from Roald Dahl’s autobiography; LIGHTS, CAMERA, KIDNAP! based on a true story about Kim Jong Il.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2016.


MON 14:30 A Mix-Tape for Gus (b04kbjhs)
Young composer Emily Levy sorts through the mix-tapes which her brother Gus made for her, and considers their power both to hurt and to heal since his premature death in an accident.

When she was growing up in Oxford, the young composer and musician Emily Levy learned much about music from her adored older brother, Gus. He would make her compilation tapes which brought together his passionate and eclectic taste. When he went off to university, the tape-making continued and soon they were also attending gigs and festivals together.

Then Gus died in an accident.

Five years on, Emily has begun to listen back to the mix-tapes.

She speaks with some of Gus's closest friends about his passion for music and his particular talent at bringing together surprising genres and artists - not to mention his love of juggling to music.

She finds solace in the discovery that sharing Gus' music tastes with others bestows on him a kind of immortality.

And she reflect on how, in our era of musical choices made by computer algorithm, the death of someone dear to us represents the loss of a unique, human algorithm.

Finally, Emily composes a short piece of music to contribute to a programme which is, in itself, her own Mix-Tape for Gus.

Producer : Beaty Rubens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2014.


MON 15:00 Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (b00y9455)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b08lgq9j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 Married (b0084rct)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 Cooking in a Bedsitter (b09jcd4g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 Just a Minute (m000t40p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story (m000tfd7)
Episode 1

An eight-part telling of Arthur Schnitzler’s ‘Dream Story’, credited as the novella that inspired Stanley Kubrick's last film.

Published in 1925/26, the work was alternately titled ‘Rhapsody’ and, in the original German, ‘Traumnovelle’.

It tells the tale of a young doctor who finds that he must come to terms with his wife's erotic dreams by embarking on a few escapades of his own – a tale of sexual fantasy, jealousy, obsession and death...

Read by Paul Rhys.

Translated by J.M.Q. Davies.

Made for BBC7 and first broadcast in September 2003.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b0174gkv)
Nerina Pallot and Peter Molyneux

Harriett Gilbert is joined by award-winning singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot and the computer games industry pioneer Peter Molyneux to discuss their favourite books.

Nerina's choice is an elegiac story of loss and life - The Sportswriter by Richard Ford.

Peter has picked the gripping and intimate Father-Son story - The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Harriett's book is an intriguing and occasionally torrid collection of short stories - The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers.

Producer: Toby Field

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


MON 19:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jld2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b0075p4w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Raffles (m0001n5g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr7j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m000tfd3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000tfd5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 Just a Minute (m000t40p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (b04p85z2)
Series 2

Point of No Return

After a mere 21 years of service the Wrigglesworth dishwasher has finally packed in, so Mr Wrigglesworth is bringing Tom's mum and his gran down to London to have it out with the manufacturers at the Ideal Home Show.

A visit which is made inordinately complicated by Mr Wrigglesworth's ambitious travel plans...

With Kate Anthony, Paul Copley and Judy Parfitt.

Written by Tom Wrigglesworth and James Kettle. With Miles Jupp.

Producer: Katie Tyrrell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2014.


MON 23:00 The Now Show (m000t77q)
Series 58

Episode 4

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches in front of a remote audience - and all from their own home!

Joining them from a safe distance is Lucy Porter fighting for our right to protest, Eshaan Akbar analysing our spending habits and a Beyonce inspired song by Jess Robinson and Felix Hagen.

Voice Actors: Jason Forbes and Karen Bartke

Producer: Pete Strauss
Production Co-Ordinator: Carina Andrews
Editor/Engineer: David Thomas

BBC Studios Production


MON 23:30 Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music (b0076ytw)
Series 3

Episode 2

How do you get to Aberystwyth? Mitch Benn is on tour and is stranded in Central Wales, going round in circles. Trapped with him in a car that's far too small is the whimsical music buff Robin Ince. They decide to gig in the first town they find, LLanfyl but manage to antagonise the locals. It's an anarchic mix of music, Welsh pride and a miserable local radio DJ. Musical highlights are down in the countryside, which shows the rural idyll isn't quite paradise and the road to Aberystwyth - a chronicle of his failed journey to that mid-Wales coastal university town.

Stars Mitch Benn and Robin Ince
with Kirsty Newton, Tom Price, Lloyd Langford and Tasha Baylis.

Produced by Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.



TUESDAY 23 MARCH 2021

TUE 00:00 Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story (m000tfd7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b0174gkv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Raffles (m0001n5g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr7j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Not Working by Lisa Owens (b078xpfq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 Gudrun (b083mrv9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 A Mix-Tape for Gus (b04kbjhs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (b00y9455)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b08lgq9j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 Married (b0084rct)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Cooking in a Bedsitter (b09jcd4g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 Just a Minute (m000t40p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Raffles (m0001mfp)
Series 2

2. Criminologist's Club

Bunny is appalled to learn that the Criminologists' Club has invited Raffles and Bunny to dinner.

But Raffles sees the opportunity to have a little fun....

Starring Jeremy Clyde as AJ Raffles, Michael Cochrane as Bunny, Henry Stamper as Inspector Mackenzie, David March as Lord Thornaby, Michael Tudor Barnes as Kingsmill, Blain Fairman as Parrington, Simon Hewitt as Ernest, Norman Bird as Leggett, Paul Sirr as William and John Samson as the Porter.

EW Hornung's Raffles stories about the 'gentleman thief' dramatised by David Buck.

Signature tune composed by Jim Parker.

Director: Gordon House

A BBC Radio 4/ BBC World Service production first broadcast in 1988.


TUE 06:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr7y)
Episode 12

The Major has trapped the fugitive, but can he discover the tragic motive behind his "sporting stalk"?

Geoffrey Household's classic thriller was first published shortly before the outbreak of war in 1939.

Read by Michael Jayston.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in 2004.


TUE 07:00 Quanderhorn (b0b91t03)
The Quanderhorn Xperimentations

A Little Thing Like Chocolate Gates Can't Stop Us

It's 1952.

Again.

Professor Quanderhorn (James Fleet) and his crew are besieged by a mob of alien-possessed villagers. Their only hope - a highly-trained spy parrot with a bad attitude (Kevin Eldon) and an irritating gramophone record by the Queen of the Hammond organ.

Having been permanently fitted with a rather dangerous experimental bra, Brian (Ryan Sampson) finally steels himself to face the nightmare horrors of the professor's cellar, unaware that a secret camera is set to expose him.

Meanwhile, Dr Janussen (Cassie Layton) has discovered a message from Virginia (Rachel Atkins) revealing the terrible secret that turned her into a broccoli monster.

As Troy (Freddie Fox) and Guuuurk (Kevin Eldon) join the not-quite-romantic pair while fleeing the merciless cellar defences, Troy inadvertently presses the wrong lift button and they find themselves heading pell mell....for the Moon.

The Quanderhorn Xperimentations - an adventure beyond human understanding.

Cast:
Professor Quanderhorn- James Fleet
Brian Nylon- Ryan Sampson
Dr Gemini Janussen- Cassie Layton
Guuurk- Kevin Eldon
Troy Quanderhorn- Freddie Fox
Winston Churchill/Jenkins- John Sessions
Synthetic Voice Rachel Atkins

Created and written by Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall
Directed by Andrew Marshall
Music by Peter Brewis
Engineered, Edited and Sound designed by Alistair McGregor
Production Manager: Sarah Tombling
Produced by Rob Grant and Gordon Kennedy
Recorded at The Soundhouse Studios

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


TUE 07:30 Reluctant Persuaders (m000t4vx)
Series 4

Episode 3: At Your Side

It’s Teddy’s (Rasmus Hardiker) birthday, and Joe (Mathew Baynton) has pulled out all the stops to celebrate – even roping an unwilling Amanda (Josie Lawrence) and Hardacre (Nigel Havers) into the festivities.

The celebrations are interrupted by Teddy’s brother Frederick (Kieran Hodgson), who is determined the time has come for Teddy to make something of his life. But Teddy is more concerned about keeping a promise to Mr Hardacre, in an adventure with cowboys, spies, rock stars, and Milk Tray men.

Cast:
Nigel Havers – Hardacre
Mathew Baynton – Joe
Josie Lawrence – Amanda
Rasmus Hardiker – Teddy
Kieran Hodgson – Frederick

Written by Edward Rowett
Directed by Alan Nixon
Script edited by Mark Evans
Edited and Engineered by Jerry Peal
Production Manager: Sarah Tombling
Based on an original idea by Edward Rowett and Robert Frimstone
Recorded at The Soundhouse Studios, London
Produced by Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b007jv86)
The White Neddie Trade

Fearless Neddie launches a career as a nude piano dancer with a difference. Starring Spike Milligan. From February 1958.


TUE 08:30 Rent (b065k7zn)
Series 4

Episode 4

Maria and Richard's lives are now being ruled by Eva, the nanny, while Paul and Ruby have to contend with his disreputable cousin, Dave.

Lucy Flannery's award-winning sitcom about Maria and Richard Reynolds and their lodgers.

Stars Barbara Flynn as Maria, Patrick Barlow as Richard, Vivienne Rochester as Ruby and Dave Lamb as Paul. With Sarah Parkinson and Toby Longworth.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1998.


TUE 09:00 The Now Show (m000t77q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Like They've Never Been Gone (b00cvjvf)
Series 4

Episode 5

Will singers Tommy and Sheila finally achieve the recognition they deserve – a Golden Goblet?

Sweethearts Tommy Franklin and Sheila Parr won the 1962 Eurovision Song Contest, but now they're back in the big time. The problem is, they can’t stand each other…

Fourth series of Mike Coleman's six-part sitcom.

CAST:

Tommy Franklin …. Roy Hudd
Sheila Parr …. June Whitfield
Hetty Stark …. Pat Coombes
Murray …. Julian Eardley
Louis Elstein …. Edward Halsted
Laura Chapel …. Nicola Blake

Music by Frido Ruth.

Producer: Steve Doherty

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2002.


TUE 10:00 Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (b00yb1sd)
Episode 2

While Alyosha attends the bedside of the dying Elder, relations between Dmitry and his father become ever more dangerous.

Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final novel published in 1880.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray.

Fyodor Karamazov ...... Roy Marsden
Dmitry ...... Paul Hilton
Ivan ...... Nicholas Boulton
Alyosha ...... Carl Prekopp
The Elder ...... Sam Dale
Mrs Khoklakova ...... Rachel Atkins
Lise ...... Emma Noakes
Katerina ...... Juliet Aubrey
Grushenka ...... Katy Cavanagh
Smerdyakov ...... Joseph Kloska
Grigory ...... Desmond McNamara
The Monk ...... Paul Richard Biggin
Father Paisy ...... Philip Fox
Monks ...... Saikat Ahamed

Original music by David Pickvance.

Directors: Marc Beeby and Colin Guthrie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2006.


TUE 11:00 Archive on 4 (b0930m3j)
Uses of Literacy Now

The writer and critic DJ Taylor assesses Richard Hoggart's masterpiece The Uses of Literacy, a colossal book that inspired a slew of post-war histories, as well as Coronation Street and the poet Tony Harrison's 'Them and Uz'. It was the book that inspired Alan Bennett to write. Hoggart was born into great poverty in Leeds and wrote movingly about this early life and the people - mainly women - who inspired him. A scholarship boy, he wrote about the emotional consequences of moving from one class to another. He also offered a searing critique of the burgeoning mass media, expressing his concerns that the new literacy was in danger of being swamped by a popular press that carefully suppressed anything liable to encourage readers to think about the environment they inhabit, rather than simply wallow in its material comforts.

Contributors include the author of Estates and Respectable, Lynsey Hanley, the historian David Kynaston, the novelist David Lodge and the playwright Alan Bennett.

Producer: Nicola Swords.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2017.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b007jv86)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Rent (b065k7zn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Raffles (m0001mfp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr7y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Not Working by Lisa Owens (b0790pyv)
Episode 2

Claire's job hunt falters as she becomes distracted by family responsibilities and a growing concern about her relationship with Luke.

The comic debut novel by Lisa Owens, depicting a life unravelling in minute and spectacular ways - and voicing the questions we've all asked ourselves but never dared to say out loud.

Thirtysomething Claire Flannery has quit her job to discover her true vocation, only to realise that she has no idea how to go about finding it. In her muddled but somehow impeccable logic she discovers that, 'the more time you have, the less time you have'. As the weeks stretch into months with nothing to show but an overflowing internet search history and a growing rift with her mother, Claire finds herself sinking under the pressure.

The author Lisa Owens was born in 1985 and grew up in Glasgow and Hertfordshire. After graduating, she spent six years working in publishing before leaving to complete an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Not Working is her first novel.

Read by Emily Bruni.

Written by Lisa Owens.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2016.


TUE 14:15 Gudrun (b0844cp8)
Series 1

Episode 2

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Modern re-telling of classic Icelanders' saga.

Married off to a much older man, Gudrun is now isolated in a remote part of the country. Will she fly or fight?

Gudrun . . . . . Kate Phillips
Freija . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Osvif . . . . . John Dougall
Thorvald . . . . . Nicholas Murchie
Hallbjorn . . . . . Finlay Robertson
Volva . . . . . Karen Bartke

By Lucy Catherine

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2016.


TUE 14:30 Sir John Soane At Home (b0075g7y)
Rosemary Hill uncovers the hidden history of Sir John Soane's museum in London detailed in personal diaries. From January 1999.


TUE 15:00 Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (b00yb1sd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The 3rd Degree (b079nfk8)
Series 6

The University of York

A funny and dynamic quiz show hosted by Steve Punt - this week from the University of York, with specialist subjects including History of Art, Theatre, TV and Film Studies and Physics, and questions ranging from Bartok to La Belle Et La Bête via David Bowie and the Chinese Renmimbi.

The programme is recorded on location at a different University each week, and it pits three Undergraduates against three of their Professors in an original and fresh take on an academic quiz.

The rounds vary between Specialist Subjects and General Knowledge, quickfire bell-and-buzzer rounds and the Highbrow and Lowbrow round cunningly devised to test not only the students' knowledge of current affairs, history, languages and science, but also their Professors' awareness of television, sport, and quite possibly Justin Bieber. In addition, the Head-to-Head rounds see students take on their Professors in their own subjects, offering plenty of scope for mild embarrassment on both sides.

Other Universities featured in this series include Gloucestershire, Chester, Birmingham City, Bath and Glasgow.

Produced by David Tyler.

A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2016.


TUE 16:30 Like They've Never Been Gone (b00cvjvf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 Quanderhorn (b0b91t03)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Reluctant Persuaders (m000t4vx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story (m000tfbm)
Episode 2

Fridolin, disturbed by the revelation of his wife's fantasy, sets out into the Viennese night to explore his own desires.

An eight-part of Arthur Schnitzler’s ‘Dream Story’, credited as the novella that inspired Stanley Kubrick's last film.

Published in 1925/26, the work was alternately titled ‘Rhapsody’ and, in the original German, ‘Traumnovelle’.

It tells the tale of a young doctor who finds that he must come to terms with his wife's erotic dreams by embarking on a few escapades of his own – a tale of sexual fantasy, jealousy, obsession and death...

Read by Paul Rhys.

Translated by J.M.Q. Davies.

Made for BBC7 and first broadcast in September 2003.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b00tt5hs)
Series 10

Faure Requiem

"He wanted it to be something that's consoling and helpful. It's the end of their lives where they can rest in peace".

World renowned choral conductor Sir David Willcocks, shares his personal reflections on the Faure Requiem alongside those for whom the music has comforted and inspired. Known for its peaceful and hopeful nature the Faure Requiem has been called 'The lullaby of death'. Whilst Gabriel Faure himself never spoke directly about what inspired his interpretation of the Requiem, author and biographer Jessica Duchen has speculated that it may have been born out of his experience as a soldier during the Franco-Prussian war. In this edition of Soul music, personal stories of conflict and deliverance are shared from across the decades. Reaching from the beaches of Normandy to the plains of Afghanistan and into the skies of Salisbury.

Faure composed the first version of the work, which he called "un petit Requiem" with five movements, of which the Pie Jesu and In Paradisum have become arguably the most popular. "Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.".

Contributors
David Willcocks
Jessica Duchen
Christina Schmid
Paul Hawkins
Ross Mallock

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b007jv86)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Rent (b065k7zn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Raffles (m0001mfp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr7y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Archive on 4 (b0930m3j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 Reluctant Persuaders (m000t4vx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Revolting People (b007jzgq)
Series 1

A Helluva Lot of Storm Clouds

Cora learns she is pregnant, but her marriage isn't consummated.

Historical sitcom set in Boston in 1770, written by Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses.

CAST:

Samuel Oliphant …. Jay Tarses
Sergeant McGurk …. Andy Hamilton
Mary Oliphant …. Sophie Thompson
Captain Brimshaw …. James Fleet
Ezekiel Spriggs …. Hugh Dennis
Cora Oliphant …. Felicity Montagu
Joshua Oliphant …. Tony Maudsley
Doctor Rutledge …. Philip Pope

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2000.


TUE 23:00 Bussmann and Quantick Kingsize (b044vhlq)
Episode 3

A fraudulently fat sack of sketches, monologues and weird soup, featuring a puritan vet who dishes out tough love to poorly pets.

Originally broadcast live from London's exclusive Imperial Rooms, Mayfair.

Written and performed by Jane Bussmann and David Quantick.

Also featuring Peter Serafinowicz, Emma Clarke and Steve Brody.

Producer: Phil Bowker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1998.


TUE 23:30 The Masterson Inheritance (b007jr62)
Series 3

The St Valentine's Day Mastersons

Budding starlette Genevieve hits seedy 1920s Hollywood. Improvised historical family saga with Paul Merton. From August 1995.



WEDNESDAY 24 MARCH 2021

WED 00:00 Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story (m000tfbm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b00tt5hs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Raffles (m0001mfp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr7y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Not Working by Lisa Owens (b0790pyv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 Gudrun (b0844cp8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Sir John Soane At Home (b0075g7y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (b00yb1sd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 The 3rd Degree (b079nfk8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Like They've Never Been Gone (b00cvjvf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Quanderhorn (b0b91t03)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Reluctant Persuaders (m000t4vx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Raffles (m0001ngh)
Series 2

3. The Field of Philippi

Making a nostalgic return to their school, Raffles and Bunny meet old enemy, 'Soapy' Sudborough, who owns the local bank with his father.

Raffles, like Caesar at the field of Philippi, is not one to leave old scores unsettled...

EW Hornung's Raffles stories about the 'gentleman thief' dramatised by David Buck.

Starring Jeremy Clyde as AJ Raffles, Michael Cochrane as Bunny, Bernard Brown as Sudborough, Steve Hodson as Calthorpe, Adrian Egan as Bodley, John Baddeley as Lapwing, Michael Deacon as McNa and James Dykes as Young Bunny.

Signature tune composed by Jim Parker.

Director: Gordon House

A BBC Radio 4/ BBC World Service production first broadcast in 1988.


WED 06:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr8d)
Episode 13

The Major tries to persuade his prisoner to sign a confession - but will he admit his intentions?

Geoffrey Household's classic British thriller was first published shortly before the outbreak of war in 1939.

Read by Michael Jayston.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in 2004.


WED 07:00 Tickets Please (b00nv6nh)
Episode 1

A wedding party en route to Exeter is delayed by a car on the track.

Railway-based sitcom by comic Mark Maier.

CAST:

Robin …. Jeremy Swift
Nadine …. Alex Kelly
Peter …. Malcom Tierney
Diana …. Melissa Advani
Linda/Lady …. Kate Layden
Keith …. Stephen Hogan
Carol …. Tessa Nicholson
Man One …. Philip Fox
Man Two/William …. Joseph Cohen-Cole

Producer: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2009.


WED 07:30 Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar (m000t495)
Episode 6

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:
Doctor Who star Mandip Gill and Evening Standard Best Actress award winner Josette Simon

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 Life With The Lyons (m0002056)
I Don't Know What to Get Her

Barbara’s worried about her brother’s risqué new girlfriend. What will his parents think?

Starring Bebe Daniels, Ben Lyon, Barbara Lyon, Richard Lyon, Horace Percival, Doris Rogers, Molly Weir, David Enders, Barbara Blair and Brian Smith.

Written by Bebe Daniels, Bob Block and Ronnie Hanbury.

Music by the BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Paul Fenoulhet.

Producer: Tom Ronald

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in December 1951.


WED 08:30 Alison and Maud (b007k1w7)
Series 1

Fishing for Compliments

Is there something fishy about Bernard, apart from his VAT returns?

First of two series of Sue Limb's Bed and Breakfast sitcom about sisters Alison and Maud and their guests at the Abbeyfield Guest House in Norwich.

CAST:

Alison …. Denise Coffey
Maud …. Miriam Margolyes
Father …. Joss Ackland
Mr Mullett …. Chris Emmett
Bernard …. Geoffrey Whitehead
Marina …. Phyllida Nash

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2002.


WED 09:00 Heresy (b07dm2pn)
Series 10

Episode 4

Victoria Coren Mitchell presents another edition of the show which dares to commit heresy.

Her guests this week are newspaper columnist Julia Hartley-Brewer, TV presenter Richard Osman and food critic, television presenter and novelist Giles Coren. They discuss David Bowie, iceberg houses and The Great British Bake Off.

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


WED 09:30 Snap (b00td5sb)
Series 1

Episode 1

When a couple have history, how can they ever be history?

Molly and Doug are separating but as he's only moving a few streets away, can they make a clean break?

Written by Mendelson.

CAST:

Molly …. Rebecca Lacey
Doug …. Paul Venables
Kaz …. Soumaya Keynes
Ryan …. Jessie Sullivan
Scarlet …. Rebecca Front
Mrs Lonsdale …. Marlene Sidaway
Ansel …. Richard Firth

Producer: David Ian Neville

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2003.


WED 10:00 Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (b00yb5ch)
Episode 3

Following the violent encounter at the Karamazov home, Dmitry flees the town in search of Grushenka.

Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final novel published in 1880.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray.

Dmitry ...... Paul Hilton
Grushenka ...... Katy Cavanagh
Alyosha ...... Carl Prekopp
Lise ...... Emma Noakes
Mrs Khoklakova ...... Rachel Atkins
Grigory ...... Desmond McNamara
Makarov ...... Mark Straker
Andrey ...... Philip Fox
Trifon ...... Paul Richard Biggin
Musialowicz ...... Sam Dale
Constable ...... Saikat Ahamed
Revellers ...... Miranda Keeling/ Bethan Walker

Original music by David Pickvance.

Directors: Marc Beeby and Colin Guthrie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2006.


WED 11:00 Sisters in Satire: The Pioneering Women of Comedy (m000tf7d)
3. Looking at Linda and Where's the F in News

From the dawn of broadcast comedy, women played a vital but largely overlooked role; more in the background rather than the forefront. What impact did the sisters of satire from the 60’s and 70’s have on the comedy we know today and what was their cultural influence? In the less enlightened sixties and seventies, women were often the butt of the joke, rather than making them.

Just because they weren’t the stars of the show didn’t mean their influence wasn’t felt. June Whitfield, Eleanor Bron and Miriam Margolyes were all quietly but firmly making their name in comedies such as The Glums, The Establishment Club and The Betty Witherspoon Show. These women paved the way for comedians and actors such as Jan Ravens, Meera Syal and Linda Smith.

Samira Ahmed in conversation with actor and director Arabella Weir, former radio producer and novelist Lissa Evans discusses some of the best sitcoms from the Radio 4 archives and listen again to the The Betty Witherspoon Show, Week Ending and Victoria Wood – As Seen On TV and assess the impact these funny women have had on contemporary comedy and the extent of their satirical legacy.

Producer: Belinda Naylor

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first heard in November 2019.


WED 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (b04prn2x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Sunday]


WED 12:00 Life With The Lyons (m0002056)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 Alison and Maud (b007k1w7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Raffles (m0001ngh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr8d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Not Working by Lisa Owens (b0790q5c)
Episode 3

Claire is at a loss as to how to put things right with her mother, who is refusing to take her calls.

Lisa Owens' comic debut, depicting a life unravelling in minute and spectacular ways.

Thirtysomething Claire Flannery has quit her job to discover her true vocation, only to realise that she has no idea how to go about finding it. As the weeks stretch into months with nothing to show but an overflowing internet search history and a growing rift with her mother, Claire finds herself sinking under the pressure.

Read by Emily Bruni.

Written by Lisa Owens.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2016.


WED 14:15 Gudrun (b0844sl1)
Series 1

Episode 3

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Modern re-telling of classic Icelanders' saga.

Love is rekindled when Gudrun is visited by old friends.

Gudrun . . . . . Kate Phillips
Freija . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Bolli . . . . . Gavi Singh Chera
Kjartan . . . . . Luke MacGregor
Hallbjorn . . . . . Finlay Robertson
Sailor . . . . . Nicholas Murchie

By Lucy Catherine

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2016.


WED 14:30 Sex and the Single Girl (b018flpg)
Helen Gurley Brown, who died in August, was perhaps best known for her long editorship of US Cosmopolitan Magazine. She took a failing literary rag and turned it into the slick, sexy ladies' glossy we know today. Before that she wrote a ground-breaking guide for the unmarried professional woman, "Sex and the Single Girl". First published in 1962, it encouraged women to embrace the single life and offered advice from make-up to having an affair. It got more than a few people hot under the collar.

Fifty years on, Karen Krizanovich delves into the story behind the writing of the book and charts the enormous impact it had and continues to have today. "Sex and the Single Girl" sold two million copies in three weeks and went on to influence some of the greatest success stories of recent decades - Bridget Jones's Diary, Sex and the City and Mad Men among them. The success of the book then landed Helen Gurley Brown the role of Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan in the mid-sixties. She went on to create the "Cosmo girl" and defined the magazine's now instantly recognizable style of lipsticks and sex tips.

Presenter and single girl-about-town Karen will take a leaf out of Helen Gurley Brown's study on "how to stay single in superlative style" and will meet the writers, journalists, film and TV personalities it has inspired along the way, including Mad Men creator Mathew Weiner.

A fun, cheeky and sexy look at the changing status of the single woman through the five decades from its 1962 publication, as expressed through the books, TV and films "Sex and the Single Girl" has inspired.

Producer: Rose de Larrabeiti
A Whistledown production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


WED 15:00 Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (b00yb5ch)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Heresy (b07dm2pn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 Snap (b00td5sb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 Tickets Please (b00nv6nh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar (m000t495)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story (m000tf7g)
Episode 3

A chance meeting and an old friend tells Fridolin of a secret masked ball where revellers cavort with beautiful naked women.

An eight-part of Arthur Schnitzler’s ‘Dream Story’, credited as the novella that inspired Stanley Kubrick's last film.

Published in 1925/26, the work was alternately titled ‘Rhapsody’ and, in the original German, ‘Traumnovelle’.

It tells the tale of a young doctor who finds that he must come to terms with his wife's erotic dreams by embarking on a few escapades of his own – a tale of sexual fantasy, jealousy, obsession and death...

Read by Paul Rhys.

Translated by J.M.Q. Davies.

Made for BBC7 and first broadcast in September 2003.


WED 18:30 Short Cuts (m0001mf1)
Series 17

The Gloaming

Josie Long presents new short documentaries on searching for hope in the gathering darkness.

John McCarthy and Brian Keenan look back on a single act of human kindness that glows amid much darker memories, a late night conversation explores the hope bound up in playing the lottery, and we hear as voices fade in a Danish hospice.

The Gloaming
Featuring John McCarthy and Brian Keenan
Produced by Geoff Bird

Fading
Produced by Nanna Hauge Kristensen

The Lottery
Produced by Phoebe Wang

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


WED 19:00 Life With The Lyons (m0002056)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 Alison and Maud (b007k1w7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Raffles (m0001ngh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr8d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Sisters in Satire: The Pioneering Women of Comedy (m000tf7d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (b04prn2x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Sunday]


WED 22:00 Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar (m000t495)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Elvenquest (b00w22h6)
Series 2

Episode 2

Amis' over-eating has forced him to put on weight. Which would be fine, were it not for the fact that he is the "Chosen One" and everyone knows Chosen Ones cannot be seen to be too pudgy. He is a role model after all. So the Questers take him to see the sorcerer, Dietica, where he is put on a punishing new regime - along with the rest of our noble band of heroes.

But, as ever, danger lurks round every corner in Lower Earth and it is not long until Dietica reveals his true plans for the Questers. And it involves more than just staying away from carbs.

CAST:

Sam …. Stephen Mangan
Lord Darkness …. Alistair McGowan
Dietica …. Sanjeev Bhaskar
Dean/Kreech …. Kevin Eldon
Vidar …. Darren Boyd
Amis – The Chosen One …. Dave Lamb
Penthiselea …. Sophie Winkleman

Writers: Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto

Producer: Sam Michell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2010.


WED 23:00 Radio Active (b007jy95)
Series 3

Euroshow

Britain's first national local radio station goes continental with reporters in Berlin, Paris and Madrid. Stars Angus Deayton.

Let's go Eurowide with a great big Eurowelcome in Germany, France and Italy for the first ever Euroshow. Broadcasting to over 12,000,000 Eurohomes in unforgettable Eurosound.

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

Written by Angus Deayton and Geoffrey Perkins. With Jon Canter, Moray Hunter and John Docherty.

Producer: Jamie Rix

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1983.


WED 23:30 Weak at the Top (b00tgch7)
Series 2

Booty

John Weak reveals the feminist metatext of a chocolate bar ad that features a bikini-clad model with lips that could suck the hair shirt off a Benedictine monk at 50 yards.

Randy, devious, sexist and workshy, John Weak puts the man into management – in Guy Browning’s sitcom.

Starring Alexander Armstrong as marketing maestro and "totty" magnet John Weak.

Hayley ...... Clare Perkins
Sir Marcus ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Bill Peters ...... Ron Cook
Sasha ...... Tracy Wiles
Tibet ...... Adjoa Andoh
Ski Guy ...... Kim Wall

Producer: Jonquil Panting

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2006.



THURSDAY 25 MARCH 2021

THU 00:00 Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story (m000tf7g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Short Cuts (m0001mf1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Raffles (m0001ngh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr8d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Not Working by Lisa Owens (b0790q5c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 Gudrun (b0844sl1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 Sex and the Single Girl (b018flpg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (b00yb5ch)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Heresy (b07dm2pn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 Snap (b00td5sb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Tickets Please (b00nv6nh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar (m000t495)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Raffles (m0001p33)
Series 2

4. A Bad Night

Raffles' plans to avenge a friend by robbing a private house in Hampton Court are thwarted by a prior engagement at Old Trafford, to play in the second test cricket match against Australia.

Bunny, however, nobly steps into the breach...

Starring Jeremy Clyde as AJ Raffles, Michael Cochrane as Bunny Manders, Anton Lesser as Medlicott and John Baddeley as the Police Officer.

EW Hornung's Raffles stories about the 'gentleman thief' dramatised by David Buck.

Signature tune composed by Jim Parker.

Director: Gordon House

A BBC Radio 4/ BBC World Service production first broadcast in 1988.


THU 06:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr8w)
Episode 14

With only a crudely made weapon, can the fugitive escape his underground dugout and elude his captors?

Geoffrey Household's classic British thriller was first published shortly before the outbreak of war in 1939.

Read by Michael Jayston.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in 2004.


THU 07:00 Rob Newman (b0bk1llx)
Rob Newman's Total Eclipse of Descartes

If a Tree Falls in a Forest...

One of Britain's finest comedians Rob Newman sets his sights on the world of philosophy, unpicking 3000 years of good and bad ideas to discover how we got into this mess. In a world gone mad can philosophy provide the answer?

In episode two, Rob does battle with Jean-Paul Sartre and the existentialists.

Written and performed by Rob Newman
Edited by John Whitehall
Produced by Jon Harvey
Executive Producer: Richard Wilson

A Hat Trick production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.


THU 07:30 Meet David Sedaris (m000t6lt)
Series 8

Instalment 1

What with the whole world grinding to a viral halt and everything, this special series of essays and diary entries is recorded at the Sussex home of the world-renowned storyteller.

In 2021, it's 25 years since David Sedaris first shared his very particular world view with the listeners to BBC Radio 4, having brought us The SantaLand Diaries back in 1996. In this eighth series of Meet David Sedaris, he continues to entertain with sardonic wit and incisive social critiques.

David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humour writers and, in 2019, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that he's a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

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

David Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His latest international best-selling books include a collection of stories entitled Calypso, an edited selection of diary entries Theft By Finding, and a 'greatest hits' selection called The Best Of Me.

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


THU 08:00 Round the Horne (b00hzphb)
Series 1

Episode 11

Kenneth Horne, Master Spy battles for Britain - and Bona Homes with Julian and Sandy.

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 May 1965.


THU 08:30 Nineteen Ninety-Four (b013plyd)
Freedom Is Choice

Sub-Officer Edward Wilson probes a mysterious incident in Cumbria. Orwellian sitcom starring Robert Lindsay. From March 1985.


THU 09:00 Genius (b0082b9x)
Series 3

Gyles Brandreth

A conveyor duvet for quibbling couples? Loaning out our royals abroad?

Dave Gorman asks author and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth to select the public's best loopy idea.

Award-winning comedian Dave Gorman and a celebrity guest chew over the ridiculous, unworkable but sometimes genius inventions, schemes and policies of the public.

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2007.


THU 09:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b00k89mr)
Series 3

Murder Most Rewritten

After sending abusive emails, the hack vents his spleen corporate script writing.

Stars Christopher Douglas.

Produced by Simon Nicholls.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2007.


THU 10:00 Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (b00ybxz9)
Episode 4

As Dmitry goes on trial for the murder of his father, Alyosha desperately seeks proof of his innocence.

Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final novel published in 1880.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray.

Dmitry ...... Paul Hilton
Ivan ...... Nicholas Boulton
Alyosha ...... Carl Prekopp
Mrs Khoklakova ...... Rachel Atkins
Katerina ...... Juliet Aubrey
Grushenka ...... Katy Cavanagh
Smerdyakov ...... Joseph Kloska
Grigory ...... Desmond McNamara
Judge ...... Ian Masters
Prosecutor ...... Philip Fox
Fetyokovich ...... Mark Straker
Devil ...... Sam Dale
Spectators ...... Paul Richard Biggin/ Saikat Ahamed/ Bethan Walker/ Miranda Keeling

Original music by David Pickvance.

Directors: Marc Beeby and Colin Guthrie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2006.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000tppw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 11:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00yrg3g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 Round the Horne (b00hzphb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 Nineteen Ninety-Four (b013plyd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Raffles (m0001p33)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr8w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Not Working by Lisa Owens (b0790qc5)
Episode 4

Claire's mother is still not speaking to her, despite her father's best efforts to bring the two together.

Thirtysomething Claire Flannery is no closer to finding her true vocation. It doesn't help that she's increasingly distracted from her job search by the growing (and hurtful) rift with her mother – following Claire's revelation that her grandfather exposed himself to her when she was little. As weeks stretch into months, she has little to show but an overflowing internet search history and the prospect of spending her first Christmas without her family.

Read by Emily Bruni.

Written by Lisa Owens.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2016.


THU 14:15 Gudrun (b0844tfg)
Series 1

Episode 4

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Modern re-telling of classic Icelanders' saga.

Now twice a widow, Gudrun is under threat when her uncles begin to eye her large estate. A husband would ward them off.

Gudrun . . . . . Kate Phillips
Freija . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Bolli . . . . . Gavi Singh Chera
Thordis . . . . . Alison Belbin
Olaf . . . . . John Bowler
Hakkan . . . . . David Sterne
Sigrid . . . . . Rosa Yevtushenko

By Lucy Catherine

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2016.


THU 14:30 Motown - Speaking In The Streets (b03nt8wt)
In 1970, Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown, set up a Motown spoken word label. It was called Black Forum and recorded poetry, civil rights speeches, African-American soldiers in Vietnam and more. The label closed in 1973 after eight releases. Those releases have started to attract interest with some reissued. They stand as a powerful testament to the African-American experience at a turbulent time in America. The financial educator and spoken word record collector Alvin Hall listens to the recordings and talks to those involved in their creation.

Programme Contributors:

Theatre Director and Producer Woodie King Jr., Producer of “Black Spirits: Festival of New Poets in America”, and “It’s Nation Time: African Visionary Music”

Professor Suzanne E Smith, author of "Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit"

Pat Thomas, author of "Listen Whitey: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965 – 1975"

Elaine Brown, singer/songwriter of the album “Elaine Brown” and former leader of the Black Panthers

Suzanne de Passe, former Creative Director and President of Motown

Amiri Baraka, star of “Black Spirits: Festival of New Poets in America”, “It’s Nation Time: African Visionary Music” and civil rights activist, poet, and writer

Black Forum releases:
Dr Martin Luther King Jr. – Why I Oppose The War In Vietnam
Stokely Carmichael – Free Huey
Langston Hughes and Margaret Danner – Writers Of The Revolution
Guess Who’s Coming Home – Black Fighting Men Recorded Live In Vietnam
Ossie Davis and Bill Cosby – Address The Congressional Black Caucus
Black Spirits - Festival of New Black Poets in America
Imamu Amiri Baraka – It’s Nation Time
Elaine Brown – Elaine Brown

Producer Ekene Akalawu

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


THU 15:00 Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (b00ybxz9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 Genius (b0082b9x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b00k89mr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 Rob Newman (b0bk1llx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 Meet David Sedaris (m000t6lt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story (m000tfh2)
Episode 4

Fridolin has endangered his marriage and reputation on the streets of Vienna, but now risks his own life pursuing his fantasy.

An eight-part of Arthur Schnitzler’s ‘Dream Story’, credited as the novella that inspired Stanley Kubrick's last film.

Published in 1925/26, the work was alternately titled ‘Rhapsody’ and, in the original German, ‘Traumnovelle’.

It tells the tale of a young doctor who finds that he must come to terms with his wife's erotic dreams by embarking on a few escapades of his own – a tale of sexual fantasy, jealousy, obsession and death...

Read by Paul Rhys.

Translated by J.M.Q. Davies.

Made for BBC7 and first broadcast in September 2003.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b07m5ny0)
Hilary Devey on Gracie Fields

A singer, comedian, music hall and film star from Rochdale, Gracie Fields was the nation’s darling. But in the midst of World War II, and at the phenomenal peak of her career, our great life fell in love and married an Italian and had to flee to America. She was disowned by the British public who called her a deserter and she was slated in every newspaper.

Championing this week’s Great Life is businesswoman and TV personality Hilary Devey known to viewers of BBC 2's Dragons' Den and Channel 4's The Intern. Helping her to unravel the life of Gracie Fields is Sebastian Lassandro, President of the Dame Gracie Fields Appreciation Society.

Presenter Matthew Parris

Producer Perminder Khatkar

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2016.


THU 19:00 Round the Horne (b00hzphb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 Nineteen Ninety-Four (b013plyd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Raffles (m0001p33)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr8w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000tppw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00yrg3g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 Meet David Sedaris (m000t6lt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 The World of Simon Rich (b07cynng)
Series 1

Episode 1

Simon Rich has been Saturday Night Live's youngest writer, a staff writer for Pixar and a regular contributor to The New Yorker - as well as one of the funniest short story writers of his generation. Now he brings his enchanting, absurd world to radio with his first British comedy show.

The series takes us across time and space, from the design of the universe and prehistoric love triangles to the terrors of life as an unused condom inside a teenager’s wallet.

Performing the stories alongside Simon is a cast of UK comic talent, starring Peter Serafinowicz and Tim Key, with Cariad Lloyd, Jamie Demetriou, Joseph Morpurgo and Claire Price.

Producer: Jon Harvey
Executive Producer: Richard Wilson
A Hat Trick production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.


THU 23:00 Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme (b05n17yz)
Series 3

Horror

This week Tim gets to the bottom of the concept of horror, by attempting to scare the wits out of his long-suffering musician, Tom Basden. And by reading poems. Last in the series.

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

Produced by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2015.


THU 23:15 iGod (b00xhjry)
Religion

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 the population of a different parallel world is accidentally wiped out by an ordinary bloke called IAN (Simon Day).

In this week's episode a parallel earth is obliterated when Ian inadvertently mucks up global religion.

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 2011.


THU 23:30 Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun (b007k1z6)
Greenwich

Driving instructors, pornography and a surprise from Supermarket Sweep's TV host, Dale Winton.

From Greenwich University, London.

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

With Peter Baynham, Rebecca Front and John Thomson.

Special guest: Dale Winton

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

Cult BBC Radio 1 series first broadcast in November 1993.



FRIDAY 26 MARCH 2021

FRI 00:00 Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story (m000tfh2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b07m5ny0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Raffles (m0001p33)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr8w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Not Working by Lisa Owens (b0790qc5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 Gudrun (b0844tfg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Motown - Speaking In The Streets (b03nt8wt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (b00ybxz9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Genius (b0082b9x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Ed Reardon's Week (b00k89mr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 Rob Newman (b0bk1llx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Meet David Sedaris (m000t6lt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Raffles (m0001p3l)
Series 2

5. A Trap To Catch A Cracksman

When an American pugilist boasts of inventing a trap to catch the cleverest cracksman alive, it’s a challenge Raffles is quite unable to resist - with disastrous consequences.

Starring Jeremy Clyde as AJ Raffles, Michael Cochrane as Bunny, Henry Stamper as Inspector Mackenzie, Alan Tilvern as Maguire, Peter Banks as Hambone, Michael Deacon as Cruncher, Frances Jeater as Ruby and Alan Dudley as the Cabby.

EW Hornung's Raffles stories about the 'gentleman thief' dramatised by David Buck.

Signature tune composed by Jim Parker.

Director: Gordon House

A BBC Radio 4/ BBC World Service production first broadcast in 1988.


FRI 06:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr9c)
Episode 15

The anonymous would-be assassin is on his way out of the country - but what does his future hold?

Geoffrey Household's classic British thriller was first published shortly before the outbreak of war in 1939.

Concluded by Michael Jayston.

Producer: David Jackson Young.

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in 2004.


FRI 07:00 Clare in the Community (b0832fpz)
Series 11

Hell on Wheels

Episode 2 - Hell On Wheels

It's 'Disability Awareness Day' so Clare has taken it upon herself to raise awareness. Back at home, Nali has plans to become an internet sensation.

Sally Phillips is Clare Barker the social worker who has all the right jargon but never a practical solution.

A control freak, Clare likes nothing better than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. Clare is in her thirties, white, middle class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her.

Each week we join Clare in her continued struggle to control both her professional and private life In today's Big Society there are plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker. Or even Clare.

Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden
Producer Alexandra Smith

A BBC Studios production.


FRI 07:30 Stand-Up Specials (m000tcl3)
Jacob Hawley: Class Act

Stevenage soft lad Jacob Hawley left his hometown behind a decade ago and has ascended Britain's social class system, moving to London and forging a career in comedy - just in time for commissioners to decide they want more working class voices. He has now quit the oat milk lattes, drawn a nike tick on to his chinos and re-adopted the glottle stop.

In this stand-up comedy performance, Jacob dissects his journey from working class banter boy to Inner-London feminist. This is politics for idiots, feminism for lads, love stories for louts and self-care for those who don't bother.

Are blokes dismissed as bad-feminists purely because they lack the correct language? Are working class people's mental health problems dismissed because our society values tortured artists over tortured cleaners? And most importantly, is it even worth going to a protest if you don’t tell everyone about it?

Written and performed by Jacob Hawley
Produced by Daisy Knight

An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4


FRI 08:00 Dad's Army (b007jl9m)
Series 1

Command Decision

Captain Mainwaring gets an offer of weapons for the platoon, but there's a catch...

Six years after legendary sitcom Dad's Army started on BBC TV, these specially adapted radio versions began recording with the original cast.

Starring Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier as Sergeant Wilson, Clive Dunn as Corporal Jones, John Laurie as Private Fraser, James Beck as Private Walker, Geoffrey Lumsden as Colonel Square, David Sinclair as the Driver and John Snagge as the announcer.

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

Producer: John Dyas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1974.


FRI 08:30 The Alan Davies Show (b0089kpx)
Episode 4

The struggling actor and mate Murray try out a global food café, while Kate has a bad day. With Ronnie Ancona. From June 1998.


FRI 09:00 It's Not What You Know (b01cwvbf)
Series 1

Episode 3

Miles Jupp hosts the show in which it's not what you know that matters, but who. And more importantly, how well you know them.

Roisin Conaty, Ed Byrne and Richard Madeley nominate one of their intimate circle to answer a series of questions and they then have to second-guess how their nominees responded. Roisin picks her best friend, Caroline, Ed chooses his mum, Jill, and Richard Madeley opts for his daughter, Chloe - all with varying degrees of success.

The panel also have to try and predict the responses of legendary football commentator, John Motson, as he is asked "what's your favourite film?", "what would you have been if you weren't a football commentator?" and "which other famous TV coat-wearer would you be? The Fonz, Columbo, or Paddington Bear?"

Producer: Sam Michell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2012.


FRI 09:30 Fat Chance (b019m4rs)
Celebrity Square

Graham becomes Tina Tattersall's escort for the night in a bid to make her errant husband jealous - and the rest of the slimming club have some surprising news.

Jenny McDade's high-fat bittersweet comedy for those believing there's a thin person inside them begging to get out.

Graham Pitscottie ..... Gareth Corke
Wendy Bottomley ..... Janine Duvitski
Clive Bottomley ..... Michael Troughton
Soo Pitscottie ..... Anne Reid
Tina Tattersall ..... Julia Deakin
Kelly Chambers ..... Tilly Gaunt
Lee Dubs ..... Harry Myers
Mrs Enright ..... Frances Jeater

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1999.


FRI 10:00 Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (b00yc3jw)
Episode 5

Following Ivan's dramatic appearance at his brother's trial, Katerina prepares to deal Dmitry a fatal blow.

Conclusion of Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final novel published in 1880.

Dramatised by Melissa Murray.

Dmitry ...... Paul Hilton
Ivan ...... Nicholas Boulton
Alyosha ...... Carl Prekopp
Katerina ...... Juliet Aubrey
Grushenka ...... Katy Cavanagh
Lise ...... Emma Noakes
Mrs Khoklakova ...... Rachel Atkins
Grigory ...... Desmond McNamara
Devil ...... Sam Dale
Judge ...... Ian Masters
Prosecutor ...... Philip Fox
Fetyukovich ...... Mark Straker
Bystanders ...... Paul Richard Biggin/ Saikat Ahamed

Original music by David Pickvance.

Directors: Marc Beeby and Colin Guthrie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in Decenber 2006.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000tg82)
Podcasts To Play Along With

Laura Grimshaw and Chris Pearson pick out the best podcasts you can play along with, chock full of quizzes, panel shows and trivia. With special guests Ed Gamble from the Taskmaster podcast, husband-and-wife-quizzers Lucy Porter and Justin Edwards from Plenty Questions, and we go behind the scenes of Radio 2's Popmaster.


FRI 12:00 Dad's Army (b007jl9m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 The Alan Davies Show (b0089kpx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Raffles (m0001p3l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr9c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Not Working by Lisa Owens (b0790qlv)
Episode 5

No closer to finding her true vocation, Claire spends a disastrous weekend with Luke and his parents.

Thirtysomething Claire Flannery is no closer to finding her true vocation. It doesn't help that she's increasingly distracted from her job search by a growing (and hurtful) rift with her mother – following Claire's revelation that her grandfather exposed himself to her when she was little. In the hope that a change of scene will help relieve some pressure, she and her partner Luke spend a weekend with his parents.

Read by Emily Bruni.

Written by Lisa Owens.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2016.


FRI 14:15 Gudrun (b0844vfx)
Series 1

Episode 5

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Modern re-telling of classic Icelanders' saga.

Gudrun’s blissful life is interrupted when her childhood sweetheart returns from abroad, bringing with him a new wife.

Gudrun . . . . . Kate Phillips
Freija . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Bolli . . . . . Gavi Singh Chera
Kjartan . . . . . Luke MacGregor
Olaf . . . . . John Bowler
Vigdis . . . . . Finlay Robertson
Hrefna . . . . . Natasha Cowley
Sigrid . . . . . Rosa Yevtushenko

By Lucy Catherine

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2016.


FRI 14:30 Hemingway Days (b013f96m)
Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, who together launched the Red or Dead label, have long been admirers of Robin and Lucienne Day, a husband and wife design team from another era.

Wayne looks back at the impact of Robin and Lucienne Day on post war Britain and how they emerged from the FOB to spearhead our understanding of modern design.

He talks to colleagues, friends and family about their vision and their drive and explores some of the less well known areas of their personal lives and their creative partnership.

Lucienne was a textile designer. Inspired by abstract art, she pioneered the use of bright, optimistic, abstract patterns.

Robin was a furniture designer best known for his injection moulded polypropylene stacking chair, of which over 20 million have been manufactured.

The Days shared a vision of good, affordable design for all. Together they established themselves as Britain's most celebrated post-war designer couple, and have often been compared to their US contemporaries, Charles Eames and Ray Eames.

But despite their growing fame in the 50s and 60s they remained uncomfortable with the public attention they received. They shared a passion for nature and spent more and more time outdoors. Lucienne drew much of her inspiration from plants and flowers and Robin was a talented and obsessive mountain climber.

In this programme Wayne reflects on the many layers to Robin and Lucienne and, with his wife Gerardine, he draws on their own experiences of working as a husband and wife creative team.

Producer: Sarah Cuddon

A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in August 2011.


FRI 15:00 Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (b00yc3jw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 It's Not What You Know (b01cwvbf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 Fat Chance (b019m4rs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 Clare in the Community (b0832fpz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Stand-Up Specials (m000tcl3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story (m000tg86)
Episode 5

Having infiltrated a secret masked ball where the female revellers are naked, Fridolin is discovered and must face his hosts.

An eight-part of Arthur Schnitzler’s ‘Dream Story’, credited as the novella that inspired Stanley Kubrick's last film.

Published in 1925/26, the work was alternately titled ‘Rhapsody’ and, in the original German, ‘Traumnovelle’.

It tells the tale of a young doctor who finds that he must come to terms with his wife's erotic dreams by embarking on a few escapades of his own – a tale of sexual fantasy, jealousy, obsession and death...

Read by Paul Rhys.

Translated by J.M.Q. Davies.

Made for BBC7 and first broadcast in September 2003.


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b00lbt3r)
Falling on Your Sword

Has something happened to the ideas of honour, dignity, duty and virtue? Are people less willing to fall on their swords than they used to do? Is it admirable, anyway, to admit defeat?

Political journalist Anthony Howard, author and broadcaster Anne Atkins and journalist Toby Young join Dominic Arkwright to explore the subject through their writing.

Producer: Beatrice Fenton.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2009.


FRI 19:00 Dad's Army (b007jl9m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 The Alan Davies Show (b0089kpx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Raffles (m0001p3l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household (b007jr9c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000tg82)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 Stand-Up Specials (m000tcl3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Goodness Gracious Me (b01nwbhk)
Series 3

Episode 1

The Kapoors visit a stately home, food for thought from Smeeta Smitten, Showbiz Kitten and why the royal family are Indian...

Stars Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal and Nina Wadia.

Gold Winner of the Sony Radio Academy Awards. The sketch comedy show originally ran on BBC Radio 4 from 1996 to 1998, later transferring to TV on BBC TWO from 1998 to 2001.

Scripted by Richard Pinto, Sharat Sardana, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Sanjeev Kohli.

Script Editor: Sharat Sardana

Producer: Anil Gupta.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1998.


FRI 23:00 Old Harry's Game (b00c6jfr)
Series 5

Moral Leadership

Hell is close to bursting, so to stem the flow Satan ponders his entry policy.

The fifth series of Andy Hamilton's comedy series set in Hell.

It's not easy being Satan. Thrown out of heaven by a vengeful, white-haired God merely for daring to voice the concerns of middle management and condemned for all eternity to listen to Edith Piaf and Elvis Presley. Satan may rule the roost, but he's beset by the poor unfortunates condemned to sit out Eternity with him

CAST:

Satan …. Andy Hamilton
Scumspawn …. Robert Duncan
Thomas …. Jimmy Mulville
God …. David Swift
The Professor …. James Grout
Other characters played by Philip Pope, Nick Revell and Michael Fenton Stevens

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2005.


FRI 23:30 I Think I've Got a Problem (b00cm91h)
Series 2

Episode 4

After falling over and knocking himself out, Tom - and the band in his head - awakes to find himself in a strange world where castrati singers are all the rage...

Andrew McGibbon and Nick Romero's everyday story about a man who can't stop himself from breaking into song.

CAST:

Tom Caine …. Suggs
Dr Boone …. Bob Monkhouse
Bouche …. Phil Cornwell
Jake …. Andrew McGibbon
Monty DeVere …. Nick Romero
Malc …. Bill Nighy
Phelia …. Julia Deakin
Clammy …. Toby Longworth
Pi …. Debra Stephenson

Songs: Andrew McGibbon. Nick Romero and Suggs

Producers: Andrew McGibbon and Dawn Ellis.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2003.




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

44 Scotland Street: Edinburgh for Pretenders 02:15 SAT (b07cyvjm)

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b0174gkv)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b0174gkv)

A Mix-Tape for Gus 14:30 MON (b04kbjhs)

A Mix-Tape for Gus 02:30 TUE (b04kbjhs)

AM Smith - 44 Scotland Street 07:20 SUN (b07djq6y)

Alison and Maud 08:30 WED (b007k1w7)

Alison and Maud 12:30 WED (b007k1w7)

Alison and Maud 19:30 WED (b007k1w7)

Archive on 4 13:00 SAT (b08xxbt7)

Archive on 4 01:00 SUN (b08xxbt7)

Archive on 4 11:00 TUE (b0930m3j)

Archive on 4 21:00 TUE (b0930m3j)

Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story 18:00 MON (m000tfd7)

Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story 00:00 TUE (m000tfd7)

Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story 18:00 TUE (m000tfbm)

Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story 00:00 WED (m000tfbm)

Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story 18:00 WED (m000tf7g)

Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story 00:00 THU (m000tf7g)

Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story 18:00 THU (m000tfh2)

Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story 00:00 FRI (m000tfh2)

Arthur Schnitzler - Dream Story 18:00 FRI (m000tg86)

Beachcomber... By the Way 08:30 SAT (b0085j96)

Bridget Christie Minds the Gap 14:30 SAT (b01r11x0)

Bridget Christie Minds the Gap 22:00 SAT (b01r5s2l)

Bridget Christie Minds the Gap 02:30 SUN (b01r11x0)

Bussmann and Quantick Kingsize 23:00 TUE (b044vhlq)

Charles Dickens 18:45 SUN (b0729ggy)

Charles Dickens 00:45 MON (b0729ggy)

Clare in the Community 05:00 SAT (b082hg9n)

Clare in the Community 07:00 FRI (b0832fpz)

Clare in the Community 17:00 FRI (b0832fpz)

Cooking in a Bedsitter 07:00 MON (b09jcd4g)

Cooking in a Bedsitter 17:00 MON (b09jcd4g)

Cooking in a Bedsitter 05:00 TUE (b09jcd4g)

Dad's Army 08:00 FRI (b007jl9m)

Dad's Army 12:00 FRI (b007jl9m)

Dad's Army 19:00 FRI (b007jl9m)

Dave Podmore 22:30 SUN (b007tm7h)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 10:45 SUN (b00yrg3g)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 SUN (b00yrg3g)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 11:45 THU (b00yrg3g)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 THU (b00yrg3g)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (m000tppw)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (m000tppw)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (m000tppw)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (m000tppw)

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 10:00 MON (b00y9455)

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 15:00 MON (b00y9455)

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 03:00 TUE (b00y9455)

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 10:00 TUE (b00yb1sd)

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 15:00 TUE (b00yb1sd)

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 03:00 WED (b00yb1sd)

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 10:00 WED (b00yb5ch)

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 15:00 WED (b00yb5ch)

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 03:00 THU (b00yb5ch)

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 10:00 THU (b00ybxz9)

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 15:00 THU (b00ybxz9)

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 03:00 FRI (b00ybxz9)

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 10:00 FRI (b00yc3jw)

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 15:00 FRI (b00yc3jw)

Drop Me Here, Darling 09:00 SUN (m000tfcm)

Ed Reardon's Week 09:30 SUN (b00k40t0)

Ed Reardon's Week 09:30 THU (b00k89mr)

Ed Reardon's Week 16:30 THU (b00k89mr)

Ed Reardon's Week 04:30 FRI (b00k89mr)

Elastic Planet 22:30 SAT (b007k3h0)

Elvenquest 15:30 SAT (b00vy3n6)

Elvenquest 03:30 SUN (b00vy3n6)

Elvenquest 22:30 WED (b00w22h6)

Fat Chance 04:30 SAT (b019fwxg)

Fat Chance 09:30 FRI (b019m4rs)

Fat Chance 16:30 FRI (b019m4rs)

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham 02:00 SAT (b079rd1y)

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (b07bl683)

Genius 09:00 THU (b0082b9x)

Genius 16:00 THU (b0082b9x)

Genius 04:00 FRI (b0082b9x)

Goodness Gracious Me 22:30 FRI (b01nwbhk)

Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar 07:30 WED (m000t495)

Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar 17:30 WED (m000t495)

Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar 22:00 WED (m000t495)

Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar 05:30 THU (m000t495)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (b07cvlmd)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (b07cvlmd)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (b07cvlmd)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b07m5ny0)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b07m5ny0)

Gudrun 14:15 MON (b083mrv9)

Gudrun 02:15 TUE (b083mrv9)

Gudrun 14:15 TUE (b0844cp8)

Gudrun 02:15 WED (b0844cp8)

Gudrun 14:15 WED (b0844sl1)

Gudrun 02:15 THU (b0844sl1)

Gudrun 14:15 THU (b0844tfg)

Gudrun 02:15 FRI (b0844tfg)

Gudrun 14:15 FRI (b0844vfx)

Hemingway Days 14:30 FRI (b013f96m)

Heresy 08:00 SAT (b07cx3b9)

Heresy 09:00 WED (b07dm2pn)

Heresy 16:00 WED (b07dm2pn)

Heresy 04:00 THU (b07dm2pn)

I Think I've Got a Problem 23:30 FRI (b00cm91h)

Incredible Women 14:20 SUN (b08074pw)

Incredible Women 02:20 MON (b08074pw)

Inheritance Tracks 07:10 SUN (b07wzr9y)

Inheritance Tracks 11:55 SUN (b07wzr9y)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SUN (b04prn2x)

Inheritance Tracks 19:55 SUN (b07wzr9y)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 MON (b04prn2x)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (m000tfd5)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (m000tfd5)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 WED (b04prn2x)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 WED (b04prn2x)

It's Jocelyn 23:00 SAT (b06tvbz1)

It's Not What You Know 04:00 SAT (b01ckr46)

It's Not What You Know 09:00 FRI (b01cwvbf)

It's Not What You Know 16:00 FRI (b01cwvbf)

Just Like That - Tommy Cooper 02:30 SAT (m000t756)

Just Like That - Tommy Cooper 15:30 SUN (m000t756)

Just Like That - Tommy Cooper 03:30 MON (m000t756)

Just a Minute 07:30 MON (m000t40p)

Just a Minute 17:30 MON (m000t40p)

Just a Minute 22:00 MON (m000t40p)

Just a Minute 05:30 TUE (m000t40p)

Katie Hims - Listening to the Dead 18:00 SUN (b03mjcb9)

Katie Hims - Listening to the Dead 00:00 MON (b03mjcb9)

Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b07g78zh)

Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b07g78zh)

Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun 23:30 THU (b007k1z6)

Life With The Lyons 08:00 WED (m0002056)

Life With The Lyons 12:00 WED (m0002056)

Life With The Lyons 19:00 WED (m0002056)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 08:30 MON (b0075p4w)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 12:30 MON (b0075p4w)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 19:30 MON (b0075p4w)

Like They've Never Been Gone 09:30 TUE (b00cvjvf)

Like They've Never Been Gone 16:30 TUE (b00cvjvf)

Like They've Never Been Gone 04:30 WED (b00cvjvf)

Married 09:30 MON (b0084rct)

Married 16:30 MON (b0084rct)

Married 04:30 TUE (b0084rct)

Martyn Wade - Stepniak 03:00 SAT (b00sfby9)

Meet David Sedaris 07:30 THU (m000t6lt)

Meet David Sedaris 17:30 THU (m000t6lt)

Meet David Sedaris 22:00 THU (m000t6lt)

Meet David Sedaris 05:30 FRI (m000t6lt)

Meet the Huggetts 08:30 SUN (b00p1hnz)

Mike Walker - Games 16:00 SUN (b0bl584z)

Mike Walker - Games 20:00 SUN (b0bl584z)

Mike Walker - Games 04:00 MON (b0bl584z)

Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music 15:00 SAT (b0076yqv)

Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music 03:00 SUN (b0076yqv)

Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music 23:30 MON (b0076ytw)

Motown - Speaking In The Streets 14:30 THU (b03nt8wt)

Motown - Speaking In The Streets 02:30 FRI (b03nt8wt)

Newsjack 23:00 SUN (m000t6jg)

Nightfall 18:00 SAT (m000tfcg)

Nightfall 00:00 SUN (m000tfcg)

Nineteen Ninety-Four 08:30 THU (b013plyd)

Nineteen Ninety-Four 12:30 THU (b013plyd)

Nineteen Ninety-Four 19:30 THU (b013plyd)

Not Working by Lisa Owens 14:00 MON (b078xpfq)

Not Working by Lisa Owens 02:00 TUE (b078xpfq)

Not Working by Lisa Owens 14:00 TUE (b0790pyv)

Not Working by Lisa Owens 02:00 WED (b0790pyv)

Not Working by Lisa Owens 14:00 WED (b0790q5c)

Not Working by Lisa Owens 02:00 THU (b0790q5c)

Not Working by Lisa Owens 14:00 THU (b0790qc5)

Not Working by Lisa Owens 02:00 FRI (b0790qc5)

Not Working by Lisa Owens 14:00 FRI (b0790qlv)

Off the Page 00:30 SAT (b00l5mhs)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b00lbt3r)

Old Harry's Game 23:00 FRI (b00c6jfr)

Paul Temple 01:00 SAT (b007w39f)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m000tg82)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m000tg82)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (m000tfcp)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m000tfcp)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m000tfcp)

Polyoaks 12:30 SUN (b078z6sd)

Polyoaks 17:30 SUN (b078z6sd)

Polyoaks 22:00 SUN (b078z6sd)

Polyoaks 05:30 MON (b078z6sd)

Quanderhorn 07:00 TUE (b0b91t03)

Quanderhorn 17:00 TUE (b0b91t03)

Quanderhorn 05:00 WED (b0b91t03)

Radio 9 23:30 SUN (b0401g9p)

Radio Active 23:00 WED (b007jy95)

Radiolab 11:00 SUN (m000tppy)

Radiolab 19:00 SUN (m000tppy)

Raffles 06:00 MON (m0001n5g)

Raffles 13:00 MON (m0001n5g)

Raffles 20:00 MON (m0001n5g)

Raffles 01:00 TUE (m0001n5g)

Raffles 06:00 TUE (m0001mfp)

Raffles 13:00 TUE (m0001mfp)

Raffles 20:00 TUE (m0001mfp)

Raffles 01:00 WED (m0001mfp)

Raffles 06:00 WED (m0001ngh)

Raffles 13:00 WED (m0001ngh)

Raffles 20:00 WED (m0001ngh)

Raffles 01:00 THU (m0001ngh)

Raffles 06:00 THU (m0001p33)

Raffles 13:00 THU (m0001p33)

Raffles 20:00 THU (m0001p33)

Raffles 01:00 FRI (m0001p33)

Raffles 06:00 FRI (m0001p3l)

Raffles 13:00 FRI (m0001p3l)

Raffles 20:00 FRI (m0001p3l)

Reluctant Persuaders 07:30 TUE (m000t4vx)

Reluctant Persuaders 17:30 TUE (m000t4vx)

Reluctant Persuaders 22:00 TUE (m000t4vx)

Reluctant Persuaders 05:30 WED (m000t4vx)

Rent 08:30 TUE (b065k7zn)

Rent 12:30 TUE (b065k7zn)

Rent 19:30 TUE (b065k7zn)

Revolting People 22:30 TUE (b007jzgq)

Rob Newman 12:30 SAT (b0bh5hp2)

Rob Newman 07:00 THU (b0bk1llx)

Rob Newman 17:00 THU (b0bk1llx)

Rob Newman 05:00 FRI (b0bk1llx)

Robert Holmes - Aliens in the Mind 18:30 SAT (b007jlt5)

Robert Holmes - Aliens in the Mind 00:30 SUN (b007jlt5)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 01:30 SAT (b007jr6j)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 06:30 MON (b007jr7j)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 13:30 MON (b007jr7j)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 20:30 MON (b007jr7j)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 01:30 TUE (b007jr7j)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 06:30 TUE (b007jr7y)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 13:30 TUE (b007jr7y)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 20:30 TUE (b007jr7y)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 01:30 WED (b007jr7y)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 06:30 WED (b007jr8d)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 13:30 WED (b007jr8d)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 20:30 WED (b007jr8d)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 01:30 THU (b007jr8d)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 06:30 THU (b007jr8w)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 13:30 THU (b007jr8w)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 20:30 THU (b007jr8w)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 01:30 FRI (b007jr8w)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 06:30 FRI (b007jr9c)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 13:30 FRI (b007jr9c)

Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household 20:30 FRI (b007jr9c)

Round the Horne 08:00 THU (b00hzphb)

Round the Horne 12:00 THU (b00hzphb)

Round the Horne 19:00 THU (b00hzphb)

Sex and the Single Girl 14:30 WED (b018flpg)

Sex and the Single Girl 02:30 THU (b018flpg)

Short Cuts 18:30 WED (m0001mf1)

Short Cuts 00:30 THU (m0001mf1)

Sir John Soane At Home 14:30 TUE (b0075g7y)

Sir John Soane At Home 02:30 WED (b0075g7y)

Sisters in Satire: The Pioneering Women of Comedy 11:00 WED (m000tf7d)

Sisters in Satire: The Pioneering Women of Comedy 21:00 WED (m000tf7d)

Snap 09:30 WED (b00td5sb)

Snap 16:30 WED (b00td5sb)

Snap 04:30 THU (b00td5sb)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b00tt5hs)

Soul Music 00:30 WED (b00tt5hs)

Stand-Up Specials 05:30 SAT (m000t4ky)

Stand-Up Specials 07:30 FRI (m000tcl3)

Stand-Up Specials 17:30 FRI (m000tcl3)

Stand-Up Specials 22:00 FRI (m000tcl3)

Steptoe and Son 08:00 MON (b007jld2)

Steptoe and Son 12:00 MON (b007jld2)

Steptoe and Son 19:00 MON (b007jld2)

Steve Punt's Hancock Cuttings 09:00 SAT (b04n61gw)

Steve Punt's Hancock Cuttings 19:00 SAT (b04n61gw)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m000tfd3)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m000tfd3)

The 3rd Degree 16:00 TUE (b079nfk8)

The 3rd Degree 04:00 WED (b079nfk8)

The Alan Davies Show 08:30 FRI (b0089kpx)

The Alan Davies Show 12:30 FRI (b0089kpx)

The Alan Davies Show 19:30 FRI (b0089kpx)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b007jv86)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b007jv86)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b007jv86)

The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries 06:00 SAT (b00wwbcl)

The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries 16:00 SAT (b00wwbcl)

The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries 04:00 SUN (b00wwbcl)

The Masterson Inheritance 23:30 TUE (b007jr62)

The Now Show 23:00 MON (m000t77q)

The Now Show 09:00 TUE (m000t77q)

The Spaceship 00:00 SAT (b007jvq8)

The Unbelievable Truth 12:00 SAT (b08kttsw)

The Unbelievable Truth 09:00 MON (b08lgq9j)

The Unbelievable Truth 16:00 MON (b08lgq9j)

The Unbelievable Truth 04:00 TUE (b08lgq9j)

The World of Simon Rich 22:30 THU (b07cynng)

Tickets Please 07:00 WED (b00nv6nh)

Tickets Please 17:00 WED (b00nv6nh)

Tickets Please 05:00 THU (b00nv6nh)

Tim Key's Late Night Poetry Programme 23:00 THU (b05n17yz)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups 14:00 SAT (b04ntvv9)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups 02:00 SUN (b04ntvv9)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups 22:30 MON (b04p85z2)

We Know Everything 22:45 SAT (b08646s7)

Weak at the Top 23:30 WED (b00tgch7)

World of Pub 23:30 SAT (b007jpby)

iGod 23:15 THU (b00xhjry)