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SATURDAY 10 APRIL 2021

SAT 00:00 BBC News Special (m000vj78)
Continued coverage from BBC News following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.


SAT 04:00 BBC News Special (m000vj7b)
Continued coverage from BBC News following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.


SAT 06:00 As BBC Radio 4 (m000vjtm)
Radio 4 Extra joins Radio 4.


SAT 10:00 As BBC Radio 4 (m000vjtm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 14:00 As BBC Radio 4 (m000vjtm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 18:00 As BBC Radio 4 (m000vjtm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 22:00 As BBC Radio 4 (m000vjtm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]



SUNDAY 11 APRIL 2021

SUN 02:00 As BBC Radio 4 (m000vjtm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 As BBC Radio 4 (m000vjtm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 10:00 As BBC Radio 4 (m000vjtm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 14:00 As BBC Radio 4 (m000vjtm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 18:00 As BBC Radio 4 (m000vjtm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 22:00 As BBC Radio 4 (m000vjtm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]



MONDAY 12 APRIL 2021

MON 02:00 As BBC Radio 4 (m000vjtm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


MON 06:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qrp6)
2. Confession of Guilt

A woman wants to be absolved from a case of murder, but will the cantankerous criminal psychologist Dr Morelle agree?

Ernest Dudley's Harley Street psychiatrist-turned-detective uses psychology as well as criminology to hunt down lawbreakers by deducing their felonious personalities.

Cecil Parker stars as Dr Morelle with Sheila Sim as his long-suffering assistant, Miss Frayle

Dr Morelle …. Cecil Parker
Miss Frayle …. Sheila Sim
Inspector Hood …. Phillip Wray
Paula Webb …. Mary Law

With Maurice Sweden, Norman Wynn, Hugh Manning, Betty Lynton and Alan McLelland.

Audio recovered by BBC Radio 4 Extra listener, Steve Arnold.

Director: Leslie Bridgmont

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in April 1957.


MON 06:30 Wimsey (b00s6r7j)
Five Red Herrings

5. Alibis

Lord Peter Wimsey battles to verify the whereabouts of key suspects in the murder of unpopular Scottish artist, Sandy Campbell.

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey – the aristocratic amateur sleuth created by Dorothy L Sayers.

Dramatised by Chris Miller.

Lord Peter Wimsey ...... Ian Carmichael
Sgt Dalziel ...... John Graham
Strachan ...... Gordon Clyde
Mrs Smith-Le Mesurier ...... Sheila Mitchell
Waters ...... Bill Wallace
Mrs Faron ...... Frances Jeater
Faron ...... Gordon Gardner

Producer: Simon Brett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1978.


MON 07:00 Ayres on the Air (b01mxpyr)
Series 4

Summer

Pam Ayres continues her series of poetry and sketch shows about the seasons.

Summer includes matters of keeping cool, finding the perfect swimsuit, summer weddings and eating al fresco.

Her poems include: No Alarm on the Flight Deck, That Perfect Swimsuit, The Seagull and The Swifts Are Back.

With Felicity Montagu and Geoffrey Whitehead

Producer: Claire Jones.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in September 2012.


MON 07:30 Just a Minute (m000tvm7)
Series 86

Episode 7

Stephen Fry hosts a special episode of Just a Minute where he challenges guests Paul Merton, Sue Perkins, Desiree Burch and Jenny Eclair to talk on the subjects of his choice for 60 seconds. 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 (b007jlj8)
Series 3

Two's Company

Albert introduces his new fiancee to his very surprised son, Harold.

Starring Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett.

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 featured the lives of rag and bone men Albert Steptoe and son Harold - and was the spark for a run of eight series on TV.

Albert ...... Wilfrid Brambell
Harold ...... Harry H Corbett
Daphne ...... June Whitfield

Adapted for radio from their TV scripts by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Producer: Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in March 1971.


MON 08:30 Mr Finchley Goes to Paris (b007jzhn)
Episode 2

After a contretemps with a haddock, the shy solicitor's clerk gains a guide and makes a move.

Richard Griffiths stars as Edgar Finchley.

Written by Victor Canning.

Lawrence Hume ...... Piers Gibbon
Marie Peters ...... Serena Evans
Robert Gillespie ...... James Cohen
Madame Mignard ...... Jacqueline Tong
Waiter ...... Keith Anderson

Narrated by James Villiers.

Adapted for radio by Andy and Eric Merriman.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in June 1994.


MON 09:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b08npnh8)
Series 18

Episode 5

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 ducks and words to Oliver Cromwell and astronauts.

Frankie Boyle, Holly Walsh, Elis James and Mark Steel are the panellists obliged to talk with deliberate inaccuracy.

Producer: Jon Naismith

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


MON 09:30 The Six Mothers-in-Law of Henry VIII (b0076hy9)
Episode 2

The mother of Anne Boleyn has a gentleman admirer.

Why should that threaten danger for the Queen?

Jonathan Coy stars as Henry VIII

An unreliable history, created and written in six parts by Barry Grossman.

Henry VIII ...... Jonathan Coy
Lady Boleyn ...... Diane Fletcher
Anne Boleyn ...... Lydia Leonard
Thomas Cromwell ...... Milton Jones
The Chronicler ...... Alfred Burke
Maurice Crumb ...... David Holt

Music by Jim Parker.

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.


MON 10:00 Portrait of a Lady (b00chj5g)
Innocence

Young and beautiful, Isabel Archer thinks that she is in control of her fate.

Little does she know, however, that others behind the scenes are pulling the strings.

Henry James's popular novel, dramatised in three parts by Rachel Joyce.

Isabel Archer ...... Anna Maxwell Martin
Madame Merle ...... Haydn Gwynne
Lord Warburton ...... Robert Bathurst
Mrs Touchett ...... Gayle Hunnicutt
Mr Touchett ...... Peter Marinker
Ralph Touchett ...... Paul Venables
Henrietta Stackpole ...... Laurel Lefkow
Caspar Goodwood ...... Corey Johnson
Mr Bantling ...... Dan Starkey
Narrator ...... William Hope

Pianist: Duncan Walsh Atkins

Director: Tracey Neale.

First broadcast in July 2008.


MON 11:00 Here's the Thing (b0b49j2l)
Paul Simon

Alec Baldwin delves into the life of the singer-songwriter, Paul Simon, from middle-class Jewish roots to global megastardom.

Paul Simon is one of the great American entertainers-a mantle he's worn since he started singing harmony with grade-school friend Art Garfunkel in a duo called Tom & Jerry. In the following six decades, Simon wrote dozens of classic songs. His partnership produced numerous hits like "The Sound of Silence," "America," and "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

Simon's solo career has been equally fruitful, as an engine of eclectic pop music (the gospel of "Loves Me Like a Rock," or the imported reggae of "Mother and Child Reunion"), and also as an ambassador of global sounds (the 1986 album Graceland, and 1990's The Rhythm of the Saints). He talks to Alec about how he has-and hasn't-changed after all these years.

Here's the Thing has its roots in public radio. In 2009, Alec joined with producers Lu Olkowski, Trey Kay, Kathie Russo, and Emily Botein to find fresh ways to engage in conversation on the radio. The group developed the idea of a new show that at its heart would look at what makes interesting people tick and create a platform for new and emerging ideas to be presented.

From WNYC Studios, New York. First heard in the USA in 2015.


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000v1cr)
Stuart MacBride

Crime writer Stuart MacBride chooses I Wanna Be Like You by Kenny Ball and Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance.


MON 12:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jlj8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Mr Finchley Goes to Paris (b007jzhn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qrp6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Wimsey (b00s6r7j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux (b007wnzc)
Trespassing in Florida

There’s more to Florida than pot-bellied golfers.

In a small boat off the coast, travel writer Paul Theroux uncovers the hidden delights of America’s sunshine state.

Stuart Milligan reads the first of five extracts from Paul Theroux's book of travel essays.

Producer: Duncan Minshull

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2000.


MON 14:15 Gudrun (b09h2rbt)
Series 3

Episode 1

Left to burn by her husband for the part she played in the killing of his best friend, separated from her daughter and cut adrift from her beloved homeland, Gudrun longs for death.

Iceland is now an occupied country, its people forced to convert to Christianity by the ruthless King of Norway, Olaf Trygvasson.

Starring Kate Phillips.

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun ...... Kate Phillips
Freija ...... Samantha Dakin
Silvia ...... Sanchia McCormack
Felman ...... Samuel James
Herborg ...... Sarah Ridgeway
Volva ...... Karen Bartke

Gudrun, a young woman from 11th century Iceland, forges her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness.

Series 2 ended with Gudrun telling her husband, Bolli, that she was the one responsible for starting the blood feud that led to him killing his best friend and brother, Kjartan. Driven berserk by her betrayal, he set fire to their family home with Gudrun trapped inside and rode off with their daughter.

Director: Gemma Jenkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2017.


MON 14:30 All You Need Is Lab - How Science And Technology Inspired Innovation In Music (b03v9np1)
Musician and songwriter Midge Ure looks at the many ways scientific and technological innovation have stimulated creativity in pop music.

From the invention of the steel guitar string, through the tape recorder and the synthesiser, to the drum machine and Autotune, musicians have always embraced the latest ideas and adapted or distorted them to produce new sounds.

Musicians Anne Dudley (Art of Noise) and Thomas Dolby join music journalist David Hepworth and blues researcher Tom Attah, exploring how the laboratory has informed and inspired the studio.

Midge demonstrates what you can achieve with just a laptop these days - but laments the passing of an age of invention in popular music.

Featured music includes:

The Beatles
Chopin
Thomas Dolby
Robert Johnson
Muddy Waters
Little Walter
Charlie Christian
Les Paul and Mary Ford
The Tornados
The Small Faces
Queen
The Sweet
Stevie Wonder
Band Aid
Art of Noise
Donna Summer
Fat Boy Slim
Cher
Daft Punk
Nick Clegg

Producer: Trevor Dann

A Trevor Dann production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2014.


MON 15:00 Portrait of a Lady (b00chj5g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b08npnh8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 The Six Mothers-in-Law of Henry VIII (b0076hy9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 Ayres on the Air (b01mxpyr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 Just a Minute (m000tvm7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (b007k125)
7. Suspicion

*** THIS EPISODE WAS ORIGINALLY DUE TO BE BROADCAST ON BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA LAST FRIDAY, BUT WAS POSTPONED FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH **

Earth's last living man's shock discovery leaves him feeling deeply suspicious.

Richard Matheson's 1954 cult classic set in 1976 USA. One of the 20th century's most significant vampire novels, combining sci-fi and horror

Read by Angus McInnes.

Abridged by Scott Stainton Miller.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in January 2006.


MON 18:30 I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (b007k14x)
8. Regret

Worried that Ruth has the vampire plague, last man on Earth Robert Neville regrets being so candid.

Richard Matheson's 1954 cult classic set in 1976 USA. One of the 20th century's most significant vampire novels, combining sci-fi and horror

Read by Angus McInnes.

Abridged by Scott Stainton Miller.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in January 2006.


MON 19:00 Steptoe and Son (b007jlj8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Mr Finchley Goes to Paris (b007jzhn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qrp6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Wimsey (b00s6r7j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 Here's the Thing (b0b49j2l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000v1cr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 Just a Minute (m000tvm7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (b04tjft4)
Series 2

Earning Your Corn

Tom's mum is not best pleased with Tom's dad.

He pressgangs her into helping out at a celebration he's planning to mark 168 years since the repeal of the Corn Laws ("Well, it'd be tempting fate to hold on for the bicentennary") and they've chosen the Toby Carvery as a suitable dining venue.

Meanwhile, Tom has decided to buy a flat in London, much to his gran's chagrin.

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 December 2014.


MON 23:00 The Now Show (m000twv4)
Series 58

Episode 7

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 Ria Lina and Alun Cochrane with music supplied by Rachel Parris .

Voice Actors: Katie Norris and Luke Kempner

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

BBC Studios Production


MON 23:30 Sean Lock - 15 Storeys High (b09hmjts)
Series 1

Episode 1

Crouched on his lonely perch like a smug hermit, Sean Lock hides in Flat 76, Elderberry House, Maydew Estate, trying to keep the world at bay.

The world, for some reason, does not want to play his game.

Starring Sean Lock

Five-part comedy series written by Sean Lock and Martin Trenaman.

With:
Felix Dexter
Jenny Eclair
Tim Mitchell
Tracy-Ann Oberman
Peter Serafinowicz

Script Editor: Robert Fraser-Steele

Producer: Chris Neill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1999.



TUESDAY 13 APRIL 2021

TUE 00:00 I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (b007k125)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (b007k14x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qrp6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Wimsey (b00s6r7j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux (b007wnzc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 Gudrun (b09h2rbt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively (b09d4bkw)
Town and Country

*** THIS EPISODE WAS ORIGINALLY DUE TO BE BROADCAST ON BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA LAST FRIDAY, BUT WAS POSTPONED FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH **

Penelope's focus falls on city allotments and the suburban garden.

Concluded by Stephanie Cole.

Penelope uses the garden to break open the world for us, and examines how we might encourage our lives to bloom.

Abridged by Siân Preece

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2017.


TUE 02:45 'Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman who saved Japan's Blossoms (m0003d78)
Episode 5

*** THIS EPISODE WAS ORIGINALLY DUE TO BE BROADCAST ON BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA LAST FRIDAY, BUT WAS POSTPONED FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH **

'Cherry' Ingram continues to study cherries until his death at the age of 100.

His lasting legacy can be seen in the flowering cherries of Japan and the British Isles today.

Concluded by Hattie Morahan.

Portrait of a little-known Englishman, a story of Britain and Japan in the 20th century and an exploration of the delicate blossoms whose beauty is admired around the world.

Collingwood Ingram, known as 'Cherry' after his defining life's work, was born in 1880 and lived to 100, witnessing a fraught century of conflict and change.

Written and translated by Naoko Abe

Abridged by Isobel Creed and Lizzie Davies

Producer: Lizzie Davies

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in March 2019.


TUE 03:00 Portrait of a Lady (b00chj5g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 The Unbelievable Truth (b08npnh8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 The Six Mothers-in-Law of Henry VIII (b0076hy9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Ayres on the Air (b01mxpyr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 Just a Minute (m000tvm7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qv85)
3. Threat to Kill

A woman wants to be absolved from a case of murder, but will the cantankerous criminal psychologist Dr Morelle agree?

Ernest Dudley's Harley Street psychiatrist-turned-detective uses psychology as well as criminology to hunt down lawbreakers by deducing their felonious personalities.

Cecil Parker stars as Dr Morelle with Sheila Sim as his long-suffering assistant, Miss Frayle

Dr Morelle …. Cecil Parker
Miss Frayle …. Sheila Sim
Helen Desmond .... Rosalind Knight
Miss Curtis …. Cecile Chevreau
Ronnie Cavanagh …. John Horsley
The Maid …. Annette Kelly
Mr Ashton …. Norman Wynne
Hal Digby …. John Sharplin

Audio recovered by BBC Radio 4 Extra listener, Steve Arnold.

Director: Leslie Bridgmont

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1957.


TUE 06:30 Wimsey (b00s7ql2)
Five Red Herrings

6. Evidence of a Commercial Traveller

Who killed unpopular Scottish artist, Sandy Campbell? Lord Peter Wimsey and Inspector McPherson are weighing up the alibis of suspects

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey – the aristocratic amateur sleuth created by Dorothy L Sayers.

Dramatised by Chris Miller.

Lord Peter Wimsey ...... Ian Carmichael
Sgt Dalziel ...... John Graham
Sir Maxwell Jameson ...... Garard Green
Insp MacPherson ...... Don McKillopp
Waters ...... Bill Wallace
Strachan. ...... Gordon Clyde
Jock Graham ...... .Christopher Scoular
Clarence Gordon ...... .Gordon Faith

Producer Simon Brett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1978.


TUE 07:00 Quanderhorn (b0bcg8td)
The Quanderhorn Xperimentations

Dah dah dah dah dah dahh Dah dah dah dah dahhhh...

It's 1952. Of course.

As Churchill's squadron of bagpiping bombers grows closer, our intrepid crew and their duplicates face the diabolical traps of the Alien ziggurat.

Meanwhile, Jenkins (John Sessions) races back to the laboratory to secure the cellar, and uncovers a duplicate Quanderhorn (James Fleet), who claims he's the real thing.

Barely surviving the Deadly Duck Trap, the Waterfall of Glue and the Collapsing Stairway of Strangling Vines, Brian (Ryan Sampson) and the originals face the ultimate challenge - the Mirror Maze of Laser Death.

The duplicates reach the prize, the legendary Gaulus Tempus - the Time Bucket - but they are immediately betrayed by Guuuurk 2 (Kevin Eldon) who claims it for Mars.

Can Gemma (Cassie Layton), Troy (Freddie Fox), Guuuurk and Brian triumph and use the Time Bucket to save reality before the bombers strike and the bagpipers strike up Ride of the Valkyries?

The Quanderhorn Xperimentations - an adventure beyond human understanding.

Professor Quanderhorn ...... James Fleet
Brian Nylon ...... Ryan Sampson
Dr Gemini Janussen ...... Cassie Layton
Guuuurk ...... 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 (m000tt9m)
Series 4

Episode 6: Join Our Club

It’s the biggest night of Joe Starling’s (Mathew Baynton) life. After a rough year, his work has been nominated for one of advertising’s most prestigious awards - an A&D Pen.

Joe, Hardacre (Nigel Havers), Amanda (Josie Lawrence), and Teddy (Rasmus Hardiker) arrive at the ceremony to eat, drink, and be merry – and celebrate the agency’s rise to respectability.

But when a familiar foe resurfaces (Martin Jarvis) things begin to veer off course, and what should be a night of triumph turns into one of recrimination and revelation, that threatens the future of Hardacre’s itself.

Cast:
Nigel Havers – Hardacre
Mathew Baynton – Joe
Josie Lawrence – Amanda
Rasmus Hardiker – Teddy
Martin Jarvis – Charles Blackwell
Victoria Rigby – MC
Olivia Penhallow – Waitress

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 (b00f6gsn)
World War One

England and France are at war. Eccles is at lunch.

Groundbreaking, surreal BBC radio comedy written by Spike Milligan.

Starring:
Peter Sellers
Harry Secombe
Spike Milligan

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

With the Ray Ellington Quartet and Max Geldray.

Orchestra conducted by Wally Stott.

Announcer: Wallace Greenslade

Producer: Charles Chilton

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in February 1958.


TUE 08:30 King Street Junior (b007v205)
Series 3

Back to School

A new school year, a new teacher, a new Chief Education Officer - and a white mouse...

Sounds like a typical day at King Street Junior.

Created and written by Jim Eldridge.

Ten series of this comedy about King Street Junior School ran between 1985 and 1998. King Street Junior Revisited ran from 2002 to 2005.

Phillip Sims …. Karl Howman
Mr Beeston …. James Grout
Mr Holiday …. Tom Watson
Mrs Stone …. Margaret John
Mr Long …. Paul Copley
Miss Lewis …. Marlene Sidaway
Mrs Rudd …. Vivienne Martin
Mrs Patterson …. Deirdre Costello
Mr Hesketh …. John Baddeley
Maria …. Samantha Cahill
Ranjit …. Alex Sexton
Janine …. Victoria Ludlow

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1988.


TUE 09:00 The Now Show (m000twv4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 The Brothers (b007k4wc)
Series 1

Episode 2

Brothers Nigel and Michael review a new website and Oonagh becomes a therapist.

Starring Adam Godley and Raymond Coulthard.

Comedy series about two brothers starting a website-design company - written by Caroline and David Stafford.

Nigel ...... Adam Godley
Michael ...... Raymond Coulthard
Oonagh...... Pauline McLynn
Zorro ...... Pearce Quigley
Sally ...... Alice Hart

Producer: Marc Beeby

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2004.


TUE 10:00 Portrait of a Lady (b00cly4q)
Deceit

The beautiful and free-spirited Isabel Archer is now a very rich woman.

Two men have declared their love for her, but she does not want to be married.

Resolved to enjoy her fortune, she begins her travels...

Henry James's novel, dramatised by Rachel Joyce.

Isabel Archer ...... Anna Maxwell Martin
Madame Merle ...... Haydn Gwynne
Lord Warburton ...... Robert Bathurst
Mrs Touchett ...... Gayle Hunnicutt
Gilbert Osmond ...... Colin Stinton
Ralph Touchett ...... Paul Venables
Henrietta Stackpole ...... Laurel Lefkow
Caspar Goodwood ...... Corey Johnson
Mr Bantling ...... Dan Starkey
Countess Gemini ...... Barbara Barnes
Pansy Osmond ...... Penelope Rawlins
Edward Rosier ...... Nyasha Hatendi
Mother Catherine ...... Joan Walker
Mother Justine ...... Liz Sutherland
Narrator ...... William Hope

Pianist: Duncan Walsh Atkins

Director: Tracey Neale.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2008.


TUE 11:00 Archive on 4 (b08qxd5b)
Close to the Edit

Filmmaker Mike Figgis explores the story of edited film, audio and culture, and how the simple process of cutting and splicing has changed the way people view the world.

We are living in an age of the edit.

From the jump-cuts of Eisenstein and Hitchcock, to the fractured narratives of Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, from the cut-and-paste sounds of musique concrete and hip-hop, to the sensibility of social media (to say nothing of the radio feature itself), it's the edit - the cut, the splice; montage and juxtaposition - that has ushered us into the present. To some, it's the stuff of life itself: chimps, for example, share 99% of our DNA; what matters is the sequencing, the edit.

There's a year zero to this story of the edit. From the moment we get up in the morning until we close our eyes at night, the visual reality we perceive is a continuous stream of apparently linked images. That's the way we experienced the world for millennia. Then suddenly, just over a century ago, human beings were confronted with something else: edited film.

But this isn't an exercise in cinema history. It's about our present culture. A culture in which the invisible mediating hand of the editor is ever-present. A culture of the 'creative commons' in which we can pull anything out of context and re-edit it (a gif, an internet meme, a mash-up, a parody of a political speech) and make the edit itself become an art form. Cutting, splicing, sampling -- it's all part of the way the world functions now. This is just the beginning.

With Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us, Margie Borschke, Walter Murch and Will Self.

Producer: Martin Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2017.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b00f6gsn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 King Street Junior (b007v205)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qv85)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Wimsey (b00s7ql2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux (b007wpnh)
Fever Chart

Travel writer Paul Theroux remembers the places he has visited by the exotic diseases he contracted en route.

Stuart Milligan reads another extract from Paul's book of travel essays.

Producer: Duncan Minshull

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2000.


TUE 14:15 Gudrun (b09h34y7)
Series 3

Episode 2

Nursed back to health by the nuns, Gudrun finds solace in the routine of convent life.

A shocking account told to her in confidence and news from Iceland breaks this tranquillity and Gudrun knows she must take up the sword again if she is to win back her daughter.

Starring Kate Phillips.

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the 11th century Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun ...... Kate Phillips
Freija ...... Samantha Dakin
Silvia ...... Sanchia McCormack
Felman ...... Samuel James
Herborg ...... Sarah Ridgeway

Director: Gemma Jenkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2017.


TUE 14:30 The Number 1 Ladies' Opera House (b00plfkq)
The author of The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith, has converted a disused garage in Botswana into an opera house.

Pauline McLynn charts his progress as he trains local people to sing.

Producer: Bill Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2009.


TUE 15:00 Portrait of a Lady (b00cly4q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The 3rd Degree (b07ctvfy)
Series 6

The University of Glasgow

Steve Punt hosts the battle of wits as three students from the University of Glasgow take on their professors.

A funny and dynamic quiz show with specialist subjects including Earth Science, Medicine and Astrophysics and Cosmology, and questions ranging from Rudolf Hess to Vaslav Nijinsky via smallpox and syzygys.

Producer: David Tyler.

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


TUE 16:30 The Brothers (b007k4wc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 Quanderhorn (b0bcg8td)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Reluctant Persuaders (m000tt9m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (b007k167)
9. Attack

With the new society on the attack, Robert Neville refuses to leave his house.

Richard Matheson's 1954 cult classic set in 1976 USA. One of the 20th century's most significant vampire novels, combining sci-fi and horror

Concluded by Angus McInnes.

Abridged by Scott Stainton Miller.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie

Made for BBC 7 by BBC Scotland and first broadcast in January 2006.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b00yyh92)
Series 11

Mozart's Clarinet Quintet

Mozart's Clarinet Quintet was written in 1789, two years before the composer’s death.

The first ever work for string quartet plus clarinet remains a firm favourite for music lovers around the world.

Professor Paul Robertson describes how his wife played this piece to him whilst he lay in a coma. Clarinettist Peter Furniss tells of the solace the slow movement provided his mother as she lay dying.

And Alex Smith explains the importance of this piece in his work to help children with autism, Asperger's, dyslexia and other childhood disorders.

Featuring:

Paul Robertson
Peter Furniss
Alex Smith
John Playfair
David Campbell
Robin Batteau

Series exploring famous pieces of music and their emotional appeal.

Producer: Rosie Boulton

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2011.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b00f6gsn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 King Street Junior (b007v205)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qv85)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Wimsey (b00s7ql2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Archive on 4 (b08qxd5b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 Reluctant Persuaders (m000tt9m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Danny Robins Music Therapy (b00fl0p7)
Episode 2

Harnessing the power of music to solve problems and generally improve the world, Danny Robins writes a new town anthem for Middlesbrough - and lends a hand to a love-lorn pensioner - aided by a Status Quo tribute band and a trumpeter.

With Isy Suttie.

Written by Danny Robins with Isy Suttie and Danielle Ward.

Producer: Ben Walker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2008.


TUE 23:00 Small Scenes (b01hvdnl)
Pilot

An unfortunate incident at a bird sanctuary and an uncomfortable moment for a beefeater.

Pilot of the successful comedy sketch series starring Daniel Rigby, Henry Paker, Mike Wozniak and Sara Pascoe.

Written by the cast, plus Madeleine Brettingham, Ben Partridge, Jon Lynes and Dan O'Donohue.

Producer: Simon Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2012.


TUE 23:30 The (Almost) Accidental Adventures of Bell and Todd (m0004n7s)
Princess

The narrator goes on strike, while Bell and Todd get tied up....

Mischievous narrator Diana has thrown Bell and Todd into a mad and a mysterious world of her own devising.

June Whitfield in John Eggleston's adventure series.

Diana ...... June Whiltfield
Bell ...... Matthew Bell
Todd ...... Toby Longworth

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1997.


TUE 23:45 Hearing With Hegley (b00b41k4)
Series 1

Episode 3

The poet laureate of alternative comedy, John Hegley, presents a selection of his work.

With:

Keith Moore
Susan Norton
Nigel Piper
Andrew Bailey

Producer: Phil Clarke

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1996.



WEDNESDAY 14 APRIL 2021

WED 00:00 I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (b007k167)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b00yyh92)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qv85)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Wimsey (b00s7ql2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux (b007wpnh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 Gudrun (b09h34y7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 The Number 1 Ladies' Opera House (b00plfkq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Portrait of a Lady (b00cly4q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 The 3rd Degree (b07ctvfy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 The Brothers (b007k4wc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Quanderhorn (b0bcg8td)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Reluctant Persuaders (m000tt9m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qv7y)
4. The Sleepwalker

Tormented by horrific nightmares, a man visits Dr Morelle to confess fears that he will murder his mother.

Ernest Dudley's Harley Street psychiatrist-turned-detective uses psychology as well as criminology to hunt down lawbreakers by deducing their felonious personalities.

Cecil Parker stars as Dr Morelle with Sheila Sim as his long-suffering assistant, Miss Frayle

Dr Morelle …. Cecil Parker
Miss Frayle …. Sheila Sim
Helen Keen …. Moira Lister
Richard Wilson …. Hugh Burden
Inspector Hood …. Philip Ray

Audio recovered by BBC Radio 4 Extra listener, Steve Arnold.

Director: Leslie Bridgmont

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in April 1957.


WED 06:30 Wimsey (b00s7tql)
Five Red Herrings

7. Council of War

As the investigation into the mysterious death of Scottish artist Sandy Campbell continues, Lord Peter Wimsey listens to all the various theories and pronounces that they are all wrong.

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey – the aristocratic amateur sleuth created by Dorothy L Sayers.

Dramatised by Chris Miller.

Lord Peter Wimsey ...... Ian Carmichael
Sgt Dalziel ...... John Graham
Sir Maxwell Jameson ...... Garard Green
Insp MacPherson ...... Don McKillopp
PC Ross ...... Gordon Kane
PC Duncan ...... David Strong
Campbell/Dr Cameron ...... Trevor Martin
The Procurator Fiscal ...... John Dunbar

Producer: Simon Brett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1978.


WED 07:00 Tickets Please (b00p5xc2)
Episode 4

After delays caused by lightning, a 20-piece orchestra in coach G practices. This offers Robin a plangent background for his declaration of love.

But can he seize his chance before the train arrives at Exeter St David's?

Sitcom on rails by Mark Maier.

Robin........Jeremy Swift
Nadine.......Alex Kelly
Peter......Malcolm Tierney
Carol......Tessa Nicholson
Carl........Nicholas Boulton
Diana.......Melissa Advani
Linda.........Kate Layden
Keith.....Stephen Hogan

Other parts played by Philip Fox, Piers Wehner and Joseph Cohen-Cole

Producer: Peter Kavanagh

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2009.


WED 07:30 Alone (m000tskr)
Series 3

Remember The Date

A sitcom about five single, middle aged neighbours living in flats in a converted house in north London. Written by Moray Hunter and starring Angus Deayton, Abigail Cruttenden, Pearce Quigley, Kate Isitt and Bennett Arron,

Mitch (Angus Deayton) is a widower and part-time therapist who is looking to put his life back together now that he is single and living with Will (Pearce Quigley), his younger, more volatile and unhappily divorced half-brother. Elsewhere in the building are schoolteacher Ellie (Abigail Cruttenden) who is shy, nervous and holds a secret candle for Mitch. Overly honest, frustrated actress Louisa (Kate Isitt), and socially inept IT nerd Morris (Bennett Arron) complete the line-up of mis-matched neighbours.

In the series opener, Remember The Date, a very relaxed Mitch and an over-excited Ellie are due to go out on their much postponed date, Morris leaves everyone an intriguing, truncated text message while Will just wants to celebrate his birthday with someone, anyone, although preferably not Louisa.

Cast:
Angus Deayton- Mitch
Abigail Cruttenden- Ellie
Pearce Quigley- Will
Kate Isitt- Louisa
Bennett Arron- Morris

Created and Written by Moray Hunter
Script Edited by Ian Brown and James Hendrie
Directed by Moray Hunter and Gordon Kennedy
Recorded and Edited by Jerry Peal
Production Manager: Sarah Tombling
Based on an original idea developed in association with Dandy Productions
Recorded at The Soundhouse Studios
Produced by Gordon Kennedy

An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b00dyp5l)
The First Night Party

The lad throws a launch party - with cocktails and dinner - for his very first half hour, but things don't quite go to plan.

Starring Tony Hancock.

With Moira Lister, Bill Kerr, Sidney James, Gerald Campion and Kenneth Williams.

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Theme and incidental music written by Wally Stott.

Producer: Dennis Main Wilson

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in November 1954.


WED 08:30 Alison and Maud (b007k2my)
Series 1

Tennis Balls and Military Tattoos

The landladies' accountant and guest from the clergy discover they've got something in common...

Sue Limb's sitcom about events at the Abbeyfield Guest House in Norwich.

Denise Coffey and Miriam Margolyes star as sisters Alison and Maud.

Alison …. Denise Coffey
Maud …. Miriam Margolyes
Mr Mullett …. Chris Emmett
Bernard …. Geoffrey Whitehead
Leslie …. Nickolas Grace

Producer: Jonathan James-Moore.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2003


WED 09:00 The Motion Show (b00768jd)
Series 3

Episode 2

Debates galore over money, radio and having children.

Graeme Garden chairs the quirky battle of words and wit.

With Steve Punt, Tony Hawks, Gyles Brandreth and Simon Bates

Producer: Helen Williams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2000


WED 09:30 Snap (b00tky99)
Series 1

Episode 4

Doug's planning a surprise 70th birthday party for his mum. Can he get it right without Molly's help?

Paul Mendelson's sitcom stars Rebecca Lacey as Molly, Paul Venables as Doug, Soumaya Keynes as Kaz, Jessie Sullivan as Ryan, Rebecca Front as Dawn, Marlene Sidaway as Annie and Richard Firth as Ansel.

Producer: David Ian Neville

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2003.


WED 10:00 Portrait of a Lady (b00cq3jj)
Truth

Henry James's novel, dramatised by Rachel Joyce.

Isabel has been married to the handsome and urbane Gilbert Osmond for three years. Like a sparkling and brilliant jewel, she is part of his collection of beautiful things, but she is about to discover a startling truth.

Isabel Archer ...... Anna Maxwell Martin
Madame Merle ...... Haydn Gwynne
Lord Warburton ...... Robert Bathurst
Mrs Touchett ...... Gayle Hunnicutt
Gilbert Osmond ...... Colin Stinton
Ralph Touchett ...... Paul Venables
Henrietta Stackpole ...... Laurel Lefkow
Caspar Goodwood ...... Corey Johnson
Countess Gemini ...... Barbara Barnes
Edward Rosier ...... Nyasha Hatendi
Mother Catherine ...... Joan Walker
Narrator ...... William Hope

Pianist ...... Duncan Walsh Atkins

Directed by Tracey Neale.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


WED 11:00 4 Extra Goes Gardening (m000v35j)
2. At Home with the Snails

Penelope Keith explores Miss Jekyll's own ten-acre garden – the enchanting Munstead Wood in Surrey – and along the way unearths some horticultural wisdoms and delights from the BBC sound archive.

Joining Penelope to discuss Gertrude's influence and changing horticultural fashions are broadcaster and author, James Wong, author Catherine Horwood and Munstead Wood's head gardener, Annabel Watts.

Featured programmes from the BBC Archive:

Gardeners’ Question Time [BBC Home Service 1947]

Radio Allotment from [BBC Home Service 1942]

At Home with the Snails [BBC Radio 4 2001]

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Pier Productions and first broadcast in February 2014


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b00dyp5l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 Alison and Maud (b007k2my)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qv7y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Wimsey (b00s7tql)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux (b007wqd9)
Tasting the Pacific

The travel writer describes how religion has modified eating habits and lifestyles around the world. Read by Stuart Milligan.


WED 14:15 Gudrun (b09h3t76)
Series 3

Episode 3

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Her plans to return to Iceland in tatters, a guilt stricken Gudrun agrees to travel to Denmark as bodyguard to the convent's abbess.

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2017.


WED 14:30 The Great Space Hunt (b03ynts6)
In 2013 an asteroid with the explosive power of 40 nuclear bombs exploded in the sky over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. No one saw it coming, because it was one of the smaller asteroids, and it was approaching from the wrong direction. Luckily, it exploded high up in the atmosphere, and the only injuries were from the flying glass of thousands of broken windows. If it had exploded lower down, it could have been a different story.

Subsequent research suggested that there are 10 times more asteroids out there like the Chelyabinsk one than we previously thought. Hardly any of them have been found. NASA is trying to find all the big asteroids that could potentially wipe out life on earth, and is making good progress, but the smaller ones are virtually unknown.

So what is Britain doing about the asteroid threat? At the top of a hill in mid-Wales is an observatory called Spaceguard UK. It’s run by a retired army major called Jay Tate. Despite being officially designated as the “National Near Earth Objects Information Centre”, it gets no state funding and subsists only from Mr Tate’s pension, and the sales of keyrings and pencils in the gift shop. Mr Tate is one of an army of amateur astronomers who scans the skies looking for asteroids that might come close to the earth. The safety of the earth is in these amateurs' hands, he says.

One of the most prolific asteroid observers in the world is Peter Birtwhistle, who operates from a hut in his Berkshire garden. He spends over 100 nights a year looking for asteroids, often barely sleeping. When he finds one, he sends his observations to the Minor Planets Centre at Harvard, which logs known asteroids. Despite this, only two incoming asteroids have ever been detected before they arrived. One exploded over the Sudanese desert in 2008; the world got a few hours’ warning because Gareth Williams at the Minor Planets Centre was woken in the night by his dog needing to go outside, and happened to check his computer.

Jolyon Jenkins speaks to the unsung army of people who are trying to keep us safe from the threat from outer space, and asks whether it’s right that we depend so much on enthusiasts.

Presenter/producer: Jolyon Jenkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


WED 15:00 Portrait of a Lady (b00cq3jj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 The Motion Show (b00768jd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 Snap (b00tky99)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 Tickets Please (b00p5xc2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Alone (m000tskr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Wally K Daly (b007js6f)
625Y

Episode 1

Research scientist Kate Brown makes a dramatic discovery of a gene that could determine a man or a woman's natural lifespan.

Whilst her discovery remains within the lab, everything's fine. But when politicians hear of it, events rapidly spiral out of control.

Wally K Daly intriguing two-part sci-fi drama starring Amanda Root and Geoffrey Whitehead.

Kate Brown …. Amanda Root
Professor Slingsby …. Geoffrey Whitehead
Joe Barnard …. Jon Strickland
Reporter …. Elizabeth Conboy
Prime Minister …. Chris Tranchell
Minister of Defence …. Ian Masters
Major Peters …. Brett Usher
Danny Flowers …. Stuart Milligan
Lab Technician …. Harry Myers
Minister of Health …. Sandra Clark

Director: Gordon House.

First broadcast as a one hour drama on BBC Radio 4 in January 1999.


WED 18:30 Short Cuts (m0002r4k)
Series 18

The Forgetting

Josie Long presents fragmentary short documentaries about lost memories. Searching for a half-remembered past, shape-shifting, elusive personal histories, forgetting yourself and a story of societal forgetting.

Mother of Memory
Produced by Nanna Hauge Kristensen

Seven Magic Mountains
Featuring Laura Barton

The Trace of A Cloud In A Chest (extract)
You can listen to the feature in full here: https://soundcloud.com/charles-parker-prize/the-trace-of-a-cloud-in-a-chest-by-weidong-lin-silver-2015
Produced by Weidong Lin

The Forgotten
Produced by Karla Marie Sweet

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in February 2019.


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b00dyp5l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 Alison and Maud (b007k2my)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qv7y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Wimsey (b00s7tql)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 4 Extra Goes Gardening (m000v35j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 Alone (m000tskr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Elvenquest (b00wlgt5)
Series 2

Episode 5

The Questers continue their search for the Sword of Asnagar. This time they accidentally trespass upon grounds of the Emperor Jackie. Jackie claims to have the Sword of Asnagar but he'll only hand it over if the Questers, and particularly Penthiselea, stay with him for a while.

In the meantime, Lord Darkness' main evil priest, Gaydok, is upset - he doesn't believe Darkness is evil anymore. In a fit of pique Darkness fires him. But it's not long before he realises that keeping the faith with the evil hordes isn't as easy as he originally thought...

An all-star cast, featuring:

Stephen Mangan as "Sam",
Alistair McGowan as "Lord Darkness",
Sanjeev Bhaskar as "Emperor Jackie",
Kevin Eldon as "Dean/Kreech",
Darren Boyd as "Vidar",
Dave Lamb as "Amis - The Chosen One"
Sophie Winkleman as "Penthiselea"

Written by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars At No.42)

Producer: Sam Michell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2010.


WED 23:00 Radio Active (b008jdf3)
Series 3

Repeat After Three

After a presenter reshuffle at Radio Active, Mike Channel presents his first overnight slot, including the 'What My Favourite Record Is' phone-in

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, John Docherty, Roger Planer and Richard Curtis.

Producer: Jamie Rix

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1983.


WED 23:30 Bunk Bed (b07dm8tj)
Series 3

Episode 1

Patrick Marber and Peter Curran lie in the darkness, sharing a bunk bed and wondering about ... elephants.

Everyone craves a place where their mind and body are not applied to a particular task. The nearest faraway place. Somewhere for drifting and lighting upon strange thoughts which don't have to be shooed into context, but which can be followed like balloons escaping onto the air. Late at night, in the dark and in a bunk bed, your tired mind can wander.

This is the nearest faraway place for Patrick Marber and Peter Curran. Here they try to get to the heart of things in an entertainingly vague and indirect way. This is not the place for typical male banter. From under the bed clothes they play each other music, and archive.

Work, family, literature, and their own badly-scuffed dreams are the funny and warped conversational currency.

A Foghorn Company production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in June 2016.


WED 23:45 Fabulous (b00hhrhm)
Series 1

Episode 1

Feeling inferior to stylish women, Fay gets lost in a Dirty Dancing fantasy at work. Stars Daisy Haggard. From May 2007.



THURSDAY 15 APRIL 2021

THU 00:00 Wally K Daly (b007js6f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Short Cuts (m0002r4k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qv7y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Wimsey (b00s7tql)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux (b007wqd9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 Gudrun (b09h3t76)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 The Great Space Hunt (b03ynts6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Portrait of a Lady (b00cq3jj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 The Motion Show (b00768jd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 Snap (b00tky99)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 Tickets Please (b00p5xc2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Alone (m000tskr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qw04)
5. The Blackmailer

Cantankerous criminal psychologist, Dr Morelle probes the dealings of a mysterious Spanish Count.

Ernest Dudley's Harley Street psychiatrist-turned-detective uses psychology as well as criminology to hunt down lawbreakers by deducing their felonious personalities.

A BBC Radio crime based on the characters established in the popular 1949 Hammer Film 'Dr Morelle: The Case Of The Missing Heiress'.

CAST:

Dr Morelle …. Cecil Parker
Miss Frayle …. Sheila Sim
Inspector Hood …. Phillip Wray
Sir Clifford Forbes …. Douglas Young
Lady Forbes …. Madeleine Christie
Cynthia Forbes …. Ruth Trouncer
Hotel Waiter …. Haydn Jones
Hotel Manager …. Humphrey Morton
Lily the Maid …. Beryl Calder
Matron …. Molly Rankin
Harry Fox …. Ian Sadler

Audio recovered by BBC Radio 4 Extra listener, Steve Arnold.

Director: Leslie Bridgmont

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1957.


THU 06:30 Wimsey (b00s8fxv)
Five Red Herrings

Reconstruction

Lord Peter Wimsey and his cohorts get closer to solving the mysterious death of Scottish artist Sandy Campbell - as they piece together his final hours.

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey – the aristocratic amateur sleuth created by Dorothy L Sayers.

Dramatised by Chris Miller.

Lord Peter Wimsey........................................Ian Carmichael
Sgt Dalziel...................................................... John Graham
Sir Maxwell Jameson............................. Garard Green
Insp MacPherson ...................................... Don McKillopp
The Procurator Fiscal................................ John Dunbar
Ferguson......................................................... Iain Blair
Saunders....................................................... Alaric Cotter
Miss Madden .................................................Nicolette McKenzie

Producer: Simon Brett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1978.


THU 07:00 The Architects (b050zpxh)
Series 2

Airport

Architects Sarah and Matt journey north in pursuit of an airport contract that will put Sir Lucien and Partners back on the map. Meanwhile Tim tries to buddy up with a TV chef who's fond of the sauce.

Comedy by Jim Poyser with Neil Griffiths.

Arch-Brutalist Sir Lucien founded his architectural practice on a commitment to concrete in all its forms. Fashion has been a cruel mistress and four decades later things are not going well for Sir Lucian and his team of loyal-ish employees.

Sir Lucien ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Sarah ..... Anna Crilly
Matt ..... Dominic Coleman
Tim ..... Alex Carter
Murray ..... Peter Forbes
Noel ..... David Hounslow
Ella ..... Rhiannon Neads

Director: Toby Swift

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.


THU 07:30 Meet David Sedaris (m000twhp)
Series 8

Instalment 4

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 book is a collection of stories entitled Calypso. A feature film adaptation of his story C.O.G. was released after a premier at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013.

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


THU 08:00 Round the Horne (b00j272g)
Series 1

Episode 15

Special agent Kenneth Horne investigates sinister giant milk bottles in Haiti, Fiona and Charles are very glad, Julian and Sandy are selling Bona Seats - and Kenneth Williams is feeling very unloved by the rest of the show's team.

With 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 June 1965.


THU 08:30 Nineteen Ninety-Four (b014hq46)
Power Is Happiness

Edward could be up for promotion, but will it go to his head? Orwellian sitcom starring Robert Lindsay. From April 1985.


THU 09:00 The Write Stuff (m000v37s)
Series 11

Beatrix Potter

James Walton's literary quiz.

Team captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh are joined by Tracey MacLeod and Jonathan Myerson.

Author of the week is Beatrix Potter

Reader: Beth Chalmers

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2004.


THU 09:30 Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends (b013cx3p)
Series 3

Dream Genie

Derek is devastated when he hears that his ex-wife Jackie is unwell. Stars Kay Stonham and Brian Capron. From July 2004.


THU 10:00 Kate Brannigan - The Right Chemistry (b007jlm5)
Can fast-talking private investigator Kate Brannigan discover who’s behind a deadly case of blackmail - and a counterfeit scam - which also involves murder...

Val McDermid's Manchester-based thriller stars Jane Hazelgrove as Kate Brannigan.

Kate Brannigan .... Jane Hazelgrove
Richard Barclay/Lad .... Matthew Dunster
Shelley/Sandra Bates ... Kathryn Hunt
Trevor/Dave ..... James Quinn
Jackson/Reg/Simon/Gizmo .... Martin Reeve
Gail/Doreen .... Laura Richmond
Janice/Cleaner .... Caroline Sugden

Producer: Melanie Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1999.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000v3bb)
Comic Castaways 2

Jo Brand

From Kate Bush to Talking Heads.

Stand-up comedian Jo Brand shares her castaway choices with Kirsty Young.

From the word go, Jo always anticipated she’d be heckled about her weight and appearance. While most people would run a mile at the thought of standing in front of a rowdy, aggressive and largely drunk audience, she says that the worst that can happen is humiliation - and Jo adds that as a woman, she was already equipped to deal with this, because people felt free to comment disparagingly on her appearance in everyday life.

Jo’s first career was as a psychiatric nurse - and for several years she would spend the day working in a psychiatric unit before appearing at a comedy club in the evening. Both careers demand an ability to be calm in extreme situations and to display a confidence that is often not felt.

Her extreme act meant that for many years, Jo was labelled a man-hating feminist - but she confounded critics by getting married and having two children.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2007.


THU 11:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b0124r4k)
Series 2

Elsa

David Attenborough recalls how, whilst en route to Madagascar, his BBC bosses asked him to break his journey in Kenya to visit the Adamsons.

Joy and George Adamson were famous for hand rearing a Lioness whom they named Elsa. She was the central character in the book written by the couple "Born Free".

Sir David cleverly takes us from the romanticism of Born Free and being close to habituated lions, to the harsh reality of befriending a big cat.

Producer: Julian Hector

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2011.


THU 12:00 Round the Horne (b00j272g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 Nineteen Ninety-Four (b014hq46)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qw04)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Wimsey (b00s8fxv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux (b007jyk6)
Gravy Train

The travel writer describes travelling across America aboard a restored private railway carriage. Read by Stuart Milligan.


THU 14:15 Gudrun (b09h6b4j)
Series 3

Episode 4

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun finds herself caught up in intrigue and double dealings. She plans to use the power games between the Kings of Norway and Denmark to her advantage.

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2017.


THU 14:30 The Dalesman (b0075zvj)
Broadcaster and fan of The Dalesman, Harry Gration, leafs through the pages of this much-loved publication dedicated to life in the Yorkshire Dales.

Since its first appearance in 1939, its features, drawings and letters have reflected a changing way of life, from the days when the Dales were a closed world to the present when farms play host to long lines of ramblers and face an uncertain future.

Producer Sue Ellis.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.


THU 15:00 Kate Brannigan - The Right Chemistry (b007jlm5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 The Write Stuff (m000v37s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends (b013cx3p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 The Architects (b050zpxh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 Meet David Sedaris (m000twhp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Wally K Daly (b007nfs5)
625Y

Episode 2

Scientist Kate Brown's attempt to bring her dramatic new gene discovery into the public domain doesn't go to plan...

Conclusion of Wally K Daly intriguing sci-fi drama.

Kate Brown …. Amanda Root
Professor Slingsby …. Geoffrey Whitehead
Joe Barnard …. Jon Strickland
Reporter …. Elizabeth Conboy
Prime Minister …. Chris Tranchell
Minister of Defence …. Ian Masters
Major Peters …. Brett Usher
Danny Flowers …. Stuart Milligan
Lab Technician …. Harry Myers
Minister of Health …. Sandra Clark

Director: Gordon House.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1999.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b07q87sm)
Series 40

Tony Hawks on Marshall Rosenberg

Marshall Rosenberg was the stern-faced creator of nonviolent communication, a man who spent his life finding ways to eradicate hate. Often armed only with his trademark giraffe and jackal puppets, Rosenberg toured the world teaching a new way of speaking. Language was key, but to discover the meaning of the puppets you'll have to tune in.

Championing Marshall Rosenberg is the comedian and author Tony Hawks, author of Round Ireland with a Fridge and a regular radio guest on shows including I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. A sceptical Matthew Parris presents while David Baker of the London School of Life fills in the biographical gaps.

The producer in Bristol is Miles Warde

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.


THU 19:00 Round the Horne (b00j272g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 Nineteen Ninety-Four (b014hq46)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qw04)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Wimsey (b00s8fxv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m000v3bb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


THU 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b0124r4k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:45 today]


THU 22:00 Meet David Sedaris (m000twhp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 The World of Simon Rich (b07gh587)
Series 1

Episode 4

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 for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.


THU 23:00 Lucy Montgomery's Variety Pack (b00wdjff)
Series 1

Episode 3

Peter Andre is revealed as the most dangerous man on Earth.

Multi-paced, one woman Fast Show showcasing the exceptional talent of Lucy Montgomery.

With Philip Pope, Sally Grace, Waen Shepherd and Natalie Walter.

Written by Lucy Montgomery with additional material by Steven Burge, Jon Hunter and Joe Wilkinson.

Music by Philip Pope

Producer: Katie Tyrrell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2010.


THU 23:30 Children's Hour with Armstrong and Miller (b008yrwy)
Episode 1

Number One for young people - Martin Bain-Jones and Craig Children present their frightfully clever pop culture show.

Ben Miller and Alexander Armstrong write and star in their first full-length radio comedy series.

With Charlie Condou and Melissa Lloyd.

Producer: Jon Rolph

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1998.



FRIDAY 16 APRIL 2021

FRI 00:00 Wally K Daly (b007nfs5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b07q87sm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qw04)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Wimsey (b00s8fxv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux (b007jyk6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 Gudrun (b09h6b4j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 The Dalesman (b0075zvj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Kate Brannigan - The Right Chemistry (b007jlm5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 The Write Stuff (m000v37s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends (b013cx3p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 The Architects (b050zpxh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 Meet David Sedaris (m000twhp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qww7)
6. Voice in the Night

After receiving sinister death threats over the telephone, an elderly spinster calls in cantankerous criminal psychologist, Dr Morelle.

Ernest Dudley's Harley Street psychiatrist-turned-detective uses psychology as well as criminology to hunt down lawbreakers by deducing their felonious personalities.

A BBC Radio crime based on the characters established in the popular 1949 Hammer Film 'Dr Morelle: The Case Of The Missing Heiress'.

CAST:

Dr Morelle …. Cecil Parker
Miss Frayle …. Sheila Sim
Miss Nicholson …. Hester Paton Brown
Billy Boy the Dog …. Percy Edwards
Mr Nicolson …. Alan McClelland
Superintendent Denham …. Fred Yule
Station Officer …. Alan Keith
Julian Smith/Taxi Driver …. John Baker

Audio recovered by BBC Radio 4 Extra listener, Steve Arnold.

Director: Leslie Bridgmont

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1957.


FRI 06:30 The Toff (b007jr60)
The Toff and the Runaway Bride

1. Honeymoon for One

Barbara Lawn is about to marry the Toff's old chum, Major Guy Lessing - against her father's wishes - in a gripping tale of blackmail and murder.

Terence Alexander stars as the Toff - upper-class amateur sleuth, the Honourable Richard Rollison.

Created by John Creasey, The Toff appears in over 60 novels. First published in 1959, The Toff and the Runaway Bride was dramatised in six-parts for the BBC World Service by Roy Lomax.

Jolly ...... Robert Dorning
Barbara Lessing ...... Rosalind Shanks
Aunt Gloria ...... Peggy Ann Wood
Holy Joe ...... David Graham
Maggie ...... Frances Jeater
Major Guy Lessing ...... Alan Cuthbertson

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in June 1975.


FRI 07:00 Clare in the Community (b084x76y)
Series 11

Joan Alone

Joan's birthday offers Clare a really good example of why it's so important to be aware of loneliness and isolation in the community. With added morris dancing.

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.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.


FRI 07:30 Mark Steel's in Town (b07vs3mw)
Series 7

Hebden Bridge

"That was So Hebden Bridge"

Mark visits the beautiful Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge, where he discovers how this former mill town and one time home of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath become the new age, multi cafe, hippie friendly, lesbian capital of Britain that it is today.

Mark Steel's award winning show that travels around the country, researching the history, heritage and culture of six towns that have nothing in common but their uniqueness, and performs a bespoke evening of comedy for the local residents.

Written and performed by ... Mark Steel
Additional material by ... Pete Sinclair
Production co-ordinator ... Hayley Stirling
Producer ... Carl Cooper

A BBC Radio Comedy production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2019.


FRI 08:00 Dad's Army (b007jlhv)
Series 1

The Armoured Might of Lance-Corporal Jones

Private Walker dreams up a plan to get petrol coupons so Jones's delivery van can be commandeered for the war effort...

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, James Beck as Private Walker, Arnold Ridley as Private Godfrey, Ian Lavender as Private Pike, John Laurie as Private Frazer, Nan Brawnton as Cissie Godfrey, Percy Edwards as Percy the Parrot 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 March 1974.


FRI 08:30 The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere (b007js4t)
Series 1

Episode 1

William and Dorothy settle in their sublime cottage. Sue Limb's Lakeland poets parody with Denise Coffey. From February 1985.


FRI 09:00 Counterpoint (b00rm074)
Series 24

2010 Heat 2

Paul Gambaccini chairs the general knowledge music quiz.

The questions cover every aspect of music - from the classical repertoire to world music, show tunes, film scores, jazz, rock and pop.

Three contestants battle it out:
James Ryder Bowman
David Coxall
Neil McNair

Producer: Paul Bajoria

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


FRI 09:30 Fat Chance (b01byc68)
Better Wed Than Dead

It's Kelly's wedding day and the rest of the slimming club rally round to give her a day she'll never forget - though she may want to...

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 March 1999.


FRI 10:00 Kate Brannigan - Clean Break (b0089bqv)
Fast-talking private eye Kate Brannigan is not amused when thieves steal a Monet painting from a stately home where she's arranged the security.

Kate sets off on a chase that takes her across Europe bringing her head-to-head with organised crime.

Val McDermid's Manchester-based thriller stars Charlotte Coleman as Kate Brannigan.

Kate Brannigan ...... Charlotte Coleman
Richard Barclay ...... John Lloyd Fillingham
Alexis Lee ...... Noreen Kershaw
Michal Haroun ...... Joseph Jones
Dennis O'Brien ...... Geoff Hinsliff
Henry Naismith ...... Rob Pickavance
Lord James Ballantrae ...... Martin Reeve
Della Prentiss ...... Kathryn Hunt

Producer: Melanie Harris

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1998.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000v5n5)
Literary Listening

Amanda Litherland and Greg Cochrane recommend reading podcasts, plus Rosie Wilby talks about adapting The Breakup Monologues from a podcast into a book.

Recommended podcasts this week:

Broccoli Book Club
Radio 4's Book Club
Mean Book Club
Football Book Club
Bestsellers
You're Booked
What Should I Read Next
Radio 4's Open Book
In Writing With Hattie Crissell
I Should Be Writing
Writing Excuses
Book Off!


FRI 12:00 Dad's Army (b007jlhv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere (b007js4t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qww7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 The Toff (b007jr60)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux (b007jylg)
Unspeakable Rituals and Outlandish Beliefs

The writer describes the bizarre traditions and ceremonies that he encountered during his travels. Read by Stuart Milligan.


FRI 14:15 Gudrun (b09h6x6k)
Series 3

Episode 5

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Ragnarok approaches and Gudrun hopes this bloody battle will see her reunited with her daughter.

Produced and directed by Gemma Jenkins.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2017.


FRI 14:30 Between Rock and a Good Cause (b008fbnc)
From San Francisco in the 1960s to Live Aid in America, the controversial music promoter Bill Graham was a tough businessman who also staged dozens of benefit concerts, with some of the biggest names in rock.

John Wilson looks back at a career of back-stage battles and the odd on-stage punch-up, including the memories of British promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood and Bill Graham's friends and colleagues.

Producer John Goudie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2007.


FRI 15:00 Kate Brannigan - Clean Break (b0089bqv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 Counterpoint (b00rm074)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 Fat Chance (b01byc68)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 Clare in the Community (b084x76y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 Mark Steel's in Town (b07vs3mw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 The Otherworld Child (b07lpf3k)
"It was only when she got back to her cottage and the candles were lit, that she saw what a strange creature it was she'd found ..."

David Calcutt's play is based on the traditional story of lonely Alice Proudfoot and her curious discovery in a moonlit wood.

Stars Mary Wimbush as Gran, Rebecca Wright as Alice and Alex Jones as Joe.

Director: Nigel Bryant

First broadcast in Thirty-Minute Theatre on BBC Radio 4 in 1995.


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b00nks89)
Leaving the Comfort Zone

Is leaving your comfort zone a form of masochism, or the only way to develop in life?

Dominic Arkwright is joined by comedian Rhona Cameron, mountaineer Andy Cave and journalist Agnes Poirier to write about and discuss comfort and pain.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


FRI 19:00 Dad's Army (b007jlhv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere (b007js4t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 A Case for Dr Morelle (b007qww7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 The Toff (b007jr60)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000v5n5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 Mark Steel's in Town (b07vs3mw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 Goodness Gracious Me (b01p98gy)
Series 3

Episode 4

Alternative therapies in ER, and it's Bhangraman to the rescue.

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

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.

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

Script Editors: Sharat Sardana and Richard Pinto

Producer: Anil Gupta.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1998.


FRI 23:00 Old Harry's Game (b00cl63c)
Series 5

I Blame the Media

While Satan is away morally cleansing the media and internet, revolt is brewing in Hell. Satanic sitcom stars Andy Hamilton. From October 2005.


FRI 23:30 The In Crowd (b00shkc5)
Series 3

Episode 3

Olive: "Ooh, I am shattered. You've really got to punch those old ladies hard if you want any bargains at the church jumble sale nowadays. I saw Vicar Simms headbutt that Mrs Knowles to get a blazer. Arthur, what are you doing in my tights?"

Sketch show from Manchester's Comedy Store.

With Robin Ince, Helen Moon, Smug Roberts and Kate Ward.

Producer: Graham Frost

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2002.




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

'Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman who saved Japan's Blossoms 02:45 TUE (m0003d78)

4 Extra Goes Gardening 11:00 WED (m000v35j)

4 Extra Goes Gardening 21:00 WED (m000v35j)

A Case for Dr Morelle 06:00 MON (b007qrp6)

A Case for Dr Morelle 13:00 MON (b007qrp6)

A Case for Dr Morelle 20:00 MON (b007qrp6)

A Case for Dr Morelle 01:00 TUE (b007qrp6)

A Case for Dr Morelle 06:00 TUE (b007qv85)

A Case for Dr Morelle 13:00 TUE (b007qv85)

A Case for Dr Morelle 20:00 TUE (b007qv85)

A Case for Dr Morelle 01:00 WED (b007qv85)

A Case for Dr Morelle 06:00 WED (b007qv7y)

A Case for Dr Morelle 13:00 WED (b007qv7y)

A Case for Dr Morelle 20:00 WED (b007qv7y)

A Case for Dr Morelle 01:00 THU (b007qv7y)

A Case for Dr Morelle 06:00 THU (b007qw04)

A Case for Dr Morelle 13:00 THU (b007qw04)

A Case for Dr Morelle 20:00 THU (b007qw04)

A Case for Dr Morelle 01:00 FRI (b007qw04)

A Case for Dr Morelle 06:00 FRI (b007qww7)

A Case for Dr Morelle 13:00 FRI (b007qww7)

A Case for Dr Morelle 20:00 FRI (b007qww7)

Alison and Maud 08:30 WED (b007k2my)

Alison and Maud 12:30 WED (b007k2my)

Alison and Maud 19:30 WED (b007k2my)

All You Need Is Lab - How Science And Technology Inspired Innovation In Music 14:30 MON (b03v9np1)

Alone 07:30 WED (m000tskr)

Alone 17:30 WED (m000tskr)

Alone 22:00 WED (m000tskr)

Alone 05:30 THU (m000tskr)

Archive on 4 11:00 TUE (b08qxd5b)

Archive on 4 21:00 TUE (b08qxd5b)

As BBC Radio 4 06:00 SAT (m000vjtm)

As BBC Radio 4 10:00 SAT (m000vjtm)

As BBC Radio 4 14:00 SAT (m000vjtm)

As BBC Radio 4 18:00 SAT (m000vjtm)

As BBC Radio 4 22:00 SAT (m000vjtm)

As BBC Radio 4 02:00 SUN (m000vjtm)

As BBC Radio 4 06:00 SUN (m000vjtm)

As BBC Radio 4 10:00 SUN (m000vjtm)

As BBC Radio 4 14:00 SUN (m000vjtm)

As BBC Radio 4 18:00 SUN (m000vjtm)

As BBC Radio 4 22:00 SUN (m000vjtm)

As BBC Radio 4 02:00 MON (m000vjtm)

Ayres on the Air 07:00 MON (b01mxpyr)

Ayres on the Air 17:00 MON (b01mxpyr)

Ayres on the Air 05:00 TUE (b01mxpyr)

BBC News Special 00:00 SAT (m000vj78)

BBC News Special 04:00 SAT (m000vj7b)

Between Rock and a Good Cause 14:30 FRI (b008fbnc)

Bunk Bed 23:30 WED (b07dm8tj)

Children's Hour with Armstrong and Miller 23:30 THU (b008yrwy)

Clare in the Community 07:00 FRI (b084x76y)

Clare in the Community 17:00 FRI (b084x76y)

Counterpoint 09:00 FRI (b00rm074)

Counterpoint 16:00 FRI (b00rm074)

Dad's Army 08:00 FRI (b007jlhv)

Dad's Army 12:00 FRI (b007jlhv)

Dad's Army 19:00 FRI (b007jlhv)

Danny Robins Music Therapy 22:30 TUE (b00fl0p7)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 11:45 THU (b0124r4k)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 THU (b0124r4k)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (m000v3bb)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (m000v3bb)

Elvenquest 22:30 WED (b00wlgt5)

Fabulous 23:45 WED (b00hhrhm)

Fat Chance 09:30 FRI (b01byc68)

Fat Chance 16:30 FRI (b01byc68)

Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux 14:00 MON (b007wnzc)

Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux 02:00 TUE (b007wnzc)

Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux 14:00 TUE (b007wpnh)

Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux 02:00 WED (b007wpnh)

Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux 14:00 WED (b007wqd9)

Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux 02:00 THU (b007wqd9)

Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux 14:00 THU (b007jyk6)

Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux 02:00 FRI (b007jyk6)

Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux 14:00 FRI (b007jylg)

Goodness Gracious Me 22:30 FRI (b01p98gy)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b07q87sm)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b07q87sm)

Gudrun 14:15 MON (b09h2rbt)

Gudrun 02:15 TUE (b09h2rbt)

Gudrun 14:15 TUE (b09h34y7)

Gudrun 02:15 WED (b09h34y7)

Gudrun 14:15 WED (b09h3t76)

Gudrun 02:15 THU (b09h3t76)

Gudrun 14:15 THU (b09h6b4j)

Gudrun 02:15 FRI (b09h6b4j)

Gudrun 14:15 FRI (b09h6x6k)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b00dyp5l)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b00dyp5l)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b00dyp5l)

Hearing With Hegley 23:45 TUE (b00b41k4)

Here's the Thing 11:00 MON (b0b49j2l)

Here's the Thing 21:00 MON (b0b49j2l)

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson 18:00 MON (b007k125)

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson 18:30 MON (b007k14x)

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson 00:00 TUE (b007k125)

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson 00:30 TUE (b007k14x)

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson 18:00 TUE (b007k167)

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson 00:00 WED (b007k167)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (m000v1cr)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (m000v1cr)

Just a Minute 07:30 MON (m000tvm7)

Just a Minute 17:30 MON (m000tvm7)

Just a Minute 22:00 MON (m000tvm7)

Just a Minute 05:30 TUE (m000tvm7)

Kate Brannigan - Clean Break 10:00 FRI (b0089bqv)

Kate Brannigan - Clean Break 15:00 FRI (b0089bqv)

Kate Brannigan - The Right Chemistry 10:00 THU (b007jlm5)

Kate Brannigan - The Right Chemistry 15:00 THU (b007jlm5)

Kate Brannigan - The Right Chemistry 03:00 FRI (b007jlm5)

King Street Junior 08:30 TUE (b007v205)

King Street Junior 12:30 TUE (b007v205)

King Street Junior 19:30 TUE (b007v205)

Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively 02:30 TUE (b09d4bkw)

Lucy Montgomery's Variety Pack 23:00 THU (b00wdjff)

Mark Steel's in Town 07:30 FRI (b07vs3mw)

Mark Steel's in Town 17:30 FRI (b07vs3mw)

Mark Steel's in Town 22:00 FRI (b07vs3mw)

Meet David Sedaris 07:30 THU (m000twhp)

Meet David Sedaris 17:30 THU (m000twhp)

Meet David Sedaris 22:00 THU (m000twhp)

Meet David Sedaris 05:30 FRI (m000twhp)

Mr Finchley Goes to Paris 08:30 MON (b007jzhn)

Mr Finchley Goes to Paris 12:30 MON (b007jzhn)

Mr Finchley Goes to Paris 19:30 MON (b007jzhn)

Nineteen Ninety-Four 08:30 THU (b014hq46)

Nineteen Ninety-Four 12:30 THU (b014hq46)

Nineteen Ninety-Four 19:30 THU (b014hq46)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b00nks89)

Old Harry's Game 23:00 FRI (b00cl63c)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m000v5n5)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m000v5n5)

Portrait of a Lady 10:00 MON (b00chj5g)

Portrait of a Lady 15:00 MON (b00chj5g)

Portrait of a Lady 03:00 TUE (b00chj5g)

Portrait of a Lady 10:00 TUE (b00cly4q)

Portrait of a Lady 15:00 TUE (b00cly4q)

Portrait of a Lady 03:00 WED (b00cly4q)

Portrait of a Lady 10:00 WED (b00cq3jj)

Portrait of a Lady 15:00 WED (b00cq3jj)

Portrait of a Lady 03:00 THU (b00cq3jj)

Quanderhorn 07:00 TUE (b0bcg8td)

Quanderhorn 17:00 TUE (b0bcg8td)

Quanderhorn 05:00 WED (b0bcg8td)

Radio Active 23:00 WED (b008jdf3)

Reluctant Persuaders 07:30 TUE (m000tt9m)

Reluctant Persuaders 17:30 TUE (m000tt9m)

Reluctant Persuaders 22:00 TUE (m000tt9m)

Reluctant Persuaders 05:30 WED (m000tt9m)

Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends 09:30 THU (b013cx3p)

Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends 16:30 THU (b013cx3p)

Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends 04:30 FRI (b013cx3p)

Round the Horne 08:00 THU (b00j272g)

Round the Horne 12:00 THU (b00j272g)

Round the Horne 19:00 THU (b00j272g)

Sean Lock - 15 Storeys High 23:30 MON (b09hmjts)

Short Cuts 18:30 WED (m0002r4k)

Short Cuts 00:30 THU (m0002r4k)

Small Scenes 23:00 TUE (b01hvdnl)

Snap 09:30 WED (b00tky99)

Snap 16:30 WED (b00tky99)

Snap 04:30 THU (b00tky99)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b00yyh92)

Soul Music 00:30 WED (b00yyh92)

Steptoe and Son 08:00 MON (b007jlj8)

Steptoe and Son 12:00 MON (b007jlj8)

Steptoe and Son 19:00 MON (b007jlj8)

The (Almost) Accidental Adventures of Bell and Todd 23:30 TUE (m0004n7s)

The 3rd Degree 16:00 TUE (b07ctvfy)

The 3rd Degree 04:00 WED (b07ctvfy)

The Architects 07:00 THU (b050zpxh)

The Architects 17:00 THU (b050zpxh)

The Architects 05:00 FRI (b050zpxh)

The Brothers 09:30 TUE (b007k4wc)

The Brothers 16:30 TUE (b007k4wc)

The Brothers 04:30 WED (b007k4wc)

The Dalesman 14:30 THU (b0075zvj)

The Dalesman 02:30 FRI (b0075zvj)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b00f6gsn)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b00f6gsn)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b00f6gsn)

The Great Space Hunt 14:30 WED (b03ynts6)

The Great Space Hunt 02:30 THU (b03ynts6)

The In Crowd 23:30 FRI (b00shkc5)

The Motion Show 09:00 WED (b00768jd)

The Motion Show 16:00 WED (b00768jd)

The Motion Show 04:00 THU (b00768jd)

The Now Show 23:00 MON (m000twv4)

The Now Show 09:00 TUE (m000twv4)

The Number 1 Ladies' Opera House 14:30 TUE (b00plfkq)

The Number 1 Ladies' Opera House 02:30 WED (b00plfkq)

The Otherworld Child 18:00 FRI (b07lpf3k)

The Six Mothers-in-Law of Henry VIII 09:30 MON (b0076hy9)

The Six Mothers-in-Law of Henry VIII 16:30 MON (b0076hy9)

The Six Mothers-in-Law of Henry VIII 04:30 TUE (b0076hy9)

The Toff 06:30 FRI (b007jr60)

The Toff 13:30 FRI (b007jr60)

The Toff 20:30 FRI (b007jr60)

The Unbelievable Truth 09:00 MON (b08npnh8)

The Unbelievable Truth 16:00 MON (b08npnh8)

The Unbelievable Truth 04:00 TUE (b08npnh8)

The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere 08:30 FRI (b007js4t)

The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere 12:30 FRI (b007js4t)

The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere 19:30 FRI (b007js4t)

The World of Simon Rich 22:30 THU (b07gh587)

The Write Stuff 09:00 THU (m000v37s)

The Write Stuff 16:00 THU (m000v37s)

The Write Stuff 04:00 FRI (m000v37s)

Tickets Please 07:00 WED (b00p5xc2)

Tickets Please 17:00 WED (b00p5xc2)

Tickets Please 05:00 THU (b00p5xc2)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups 22:30 MON (b04tjft4)

Wally K Daly 18:00 WED (b007js6f)

Wally K Daly 00:00 THU (b007js6f)

Wally K Daly 18:00 THU (b007nfs5)

Wally K Daly 00:00 FRI (b007nfs5)

Wimsey 06:30 MON (b00s6r7j)

Wimsey 13:30 MON (b00s6r7j)

Wimsey 20:30 MON (b00s6r7j)

Wimsey 01:30 TUE (b00s6r7j)

Wimsey 06:30 TUE (b00s7ql2)

Wimsey 13:30 TUE (b00s7ql2)

Wimsey 20:30 TUE (b00s7ql2)

Wimsey 01:30 WED (b00s7ql2)

Wimsey 06:30 WED (b00s7tql)

Wimsey 13:30 WED (b00s7tql)

Wimsey 20:30 WED (b00s7tql)

Wimsey 01:30 THU (b00s7tql)

Wimsey 06:30 THU (b00s8fxv)

Wimsey 13:30 THU (b00s8fxv)

Wimsey 20:30 THU (b00s8fxv)

Wimsey 01:30 FRI (b00s8fxv)