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SATURDAY 22 MAY 2021

SAT 00:00 Planet B (b00j2j7k)
Series 1

10. Death's Door

John and Lioba aim to meet in the real world, but can they really escape their virtual reality?

Conclusion of series one of three about a mystery virtual world.

Written by Matthew Broughton.

John ...... Gunnar Cauthery
Medley ...... Lizzy Watts
Cerberus ...... Chris Pavlo
Lioba ...... Donnla Hughes

All other parts played by Janice Acquah, Jill Cardo, Stephen Critchlow,Paul Rider, Manjeet Mann, Matthew Broughton and Adjoa Andoh.

Director: Jessica Dromgoole

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in March 2009.


SAT 00:30 Off the Page (b00p93sw)
How's My Driving?

Having a driving licence used to be proof you'd grown up and could move about on your own. Now it is almost a guilty pleasure.

Dominic Arkwright borrowed a car to get to the studio to meet entrepreneur Alison Larkman (who walked), broadcaster Chris Serle (on his motor scooter) and actor Patrick Field (bike, train and bike) to consider the point of driving in the 21st century.

Producer: Christine Hall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2009.


SAT 01:00 The Doomed Oasis, by Hammond Innes (b007jsrw)
5. The Empty Quarter

As his quest continues, lawyer George Grant is led into an inhospitable desert - and into the heart of a long-standing conflict.

Starring Tim Munro.

Arabian adventure based on Hammond Innes' 1960 novel.

Adapted by Rene Basilico.

George Grant ....... Tim Munro
Colonel Whittaker ....... Bernard Horsfall
Prince Khalid ....... Raad Rawi
Salim ....... George Masri
David Whittaker ....... Christopher Guard
Hamid ....... Mamdouh Ashour
Ali....... Ali Refaie
Boy ....... Yasmin Abdul Rahman

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in September 1984.


SAT 01:30 Dalziel & Pascoe - Exit Lines (m000w6lw)
5. The Comedy is Over

Three old men dead. Two unsolved problems. Has Detective Inspector Pascoe got one answer?

Donald Gee and Philip Jackson star as detective duo, Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe.

Reginald Hill's thriller dramatised by Betty Davies.

Det Insp Pascoe .... Donald Gee
Supt Dalziel .... Philip Jackson
Charley .... Charles Simpson
Mrs Escott .... Barbara Atkinson
Det Con Seymour .... Paul Downing
Sgt Wield .... Michael Graham Cox
PC Hector .... Stephen Garlick
Abbiss .... John Bull
Cpl Gillott .... Joe Dunlop
Major Kassell .... Vincent Brimble
Sir William .... Brian Miller
Charlesworth .... David King
Elite .... Tara Dominick
Ruddlesdin ....Danny Schiller
Moody .... Dale Rapley

Director: Matthew Walters

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1990.


SAT 02:00 The Transition by Luke Kennard (b08dwyh9)
Episode 5

Transition mentors Janna and Stu confront Karl and Genevieve with the stark facts of their situation: heavily in debt and no prospect of that changing if they continue with their current jobs and expectations.

Karl is becoming increasingly suspicious about the true motives behind the secretive organisation's 'rehabilitation' programme.

Bryan Dick reads Luke Kennard's novel, inspired by 'Generation Debt', set a few years from now in an unnamed British city.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2017.


SAT 02:15 Gudrun (m00057rq)
Series 6

Sigrid

Sigrid's intended husband has discovered her terrible secret and now her life hangs in the balance.

Stars Hollie Burgess.

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith continues. Set in the 11th century, Gudrun is in the New World, and her estranged daughter Sigrid in England.

Both mother and daughter have reasons to seek forgiveness as they forge a path through lands of unearthly beauty and uncompromising harshness.

Sigrid ..... Hollie Burgess
The Virgin ..... Marilyn Nnadebe
Silvia ..... Susan Jameson
Saxon ..... Joseph Ayre
Gorm ..... David Hounslow
Canute ..... Aaron Gelkoff
Gunnar ..... Chris Pavlo

Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2019.


SAT 02:30 Be My Guest (b0b520pj)
Patrick Cargill

Actor Patrick Cargill is best remembered as the star of 'Father Dear Father'.

Made by Thames TV for ITV, this popular 70s sitcom was written especially for Patrick, who played a writer forever struggling with his teenage daughters.

Patrick says 'Be My Guest' as he shares highlights from his varied acting career in TV, film and on stage - and plays some of his favourite songs.

Inviting a variety of guests from the world of entertainment - Be My Guest ran for several series spanning the 1960s and 80s.

Producer: Richard Burwood

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in July 1974.


SAT 03:00 Drama (b096fsmx)
Stardust by Ray Connolly

Show me a boy who never wanted to be a rock star and I'll show you a liar.

Following on from the events of 'That'll be the Day', it's the early 1960s sand Jim MacLaine is now an aspiring pop musician.

He seeks out his old mate Mike, because every pop star needs a road manager.

Written by Ray Connolly, based on the 1974 film of the same name.

Mike .... Greg Wood
Jim .... Jack Gordon
Stevie / Barnacle Tim .... Chris Hannon
Sally / Mrs Porter-Lee .... Fiona Clarke
Danielle / Air Stewardess .... Verity Henry
Porter Lee / Johnny .... Stephen Marzella
JD / Colin Day .... Jason Done

Director: Gary Brown.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2017.


SAT 04:00 Counterpoint (b00s7vtk)
Series 24

2010 Heat 7

Paul Gambaccini chairs the general knowledge music quiz from London.

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

The three contestants from London, Gosport and Brighton are:

Raymond Allen
Simon Heilbron
Edward McDermott

Producer Paul Bajoria

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2010.


SAT 04:30 Bristow (b007tdnn)
Series 3

Of Moles and Men

The office rebel returns with some inside information which must surely lead to promotion.

Michael Williams stars as Bristow

Frank Dickens' sitcom is based on his famous long-running newspaper cartoon strip about the Chester-Perry buying clerk.

Bristow ...... Michael Williams
Jones ...... Rodney Bewes
Mrs Purdy ...... Dora Bryan
Hewitt ...... Owen Brenman
Gert ...... Liz Frazer
Daisy ...... Joan Sims
Fred Stokes ...... David Battley
Miss Glockling ...... Carol Starks
Teacher ...... Jane Booker
Miss Sunman ...... Katy Odey
Fudge ...... Jon Glover

Music: John Whitehall

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2000.


SAT 05:00 The Break (b07gf4s6)
Series 1

Sunday, Flipping Sunday

Dawn breaks on a beautiful Sunday morning in Flamford. Uncle Jeff is on a quest for spiritual comfort and persuades his nephew Andy to join him by bribing him with the promise of a proper roast dinner.

They find that the local church has installed a new vicar, the Reverend Beverley, who invites Jeff to her bible class that evening. The words "bring a bible" strike a chill to Jeff's heart. He has never owned a bible, and neither has Andy.

They spend the rest of the day trying to find a bible on a Sunday, with Andy's stomach rumbling as he pictures his dinner slipping further away. On their quest they encounter Derek Horrox The Mayor, Peter Humfriss, The Town Crier, and a slightly unnerving bookseller.

Jeff ...... Philip Jackson
Andy ...... Tom Palmer
Reverend Beverley ...... Shobna Gulati
Derek Horrox the Mayor ...... Rasmus Hardiker
Peter Humfriss, the Town Crier ...... Mark Benton

Writers: Ian Brown and James Hendrie

Director: Gordon Kennedy

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


SAT 05:30 The Confessional (m000w3mf)
Series 1

The Confession of Marian Keyes

Actor, comedian and broadcaster Stephen Mangan presents a comedy chat show about shame and guilt.

Each week Stephen invites a different eminent guest into his virtual confessional box to make three 'confessions'. This is a cue for some remarkable storytelling, and surprising insights.

We’re used to hearing celebrity interviews where stars are persuaded to show off about their achievements and talk about their proudest moments. Stephen is not interested in that. He doesn’t want to know what his guests are proud of, he wants to know what they’re ashamed of. That’s surely the way to find out what really makes a person tick. Stephen and his guest reflect with empathy and humour on things like why we get embarrassed, where our shame thresholds should be, and the value of guilt.

This week the prolific novelist and writer Marian Keyes confesses, from her home in Dublin, details of a disservice she did that still haunts her 20 years after the event. She also tells tales of a lost glove and of Joan of Arc at a fancy dress ball.

Other guests in this series include Dr Phil Hammond, Cariad Lloyd, Joan Bakewell, Suzi Ruffell, Phil Wang and Alastair Campbell.

Written and presented by Stephen Mangan
With extra material by Nick Doody
Devised with Dave Anderson and produced by Frank Stirling
A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4


SAT 06:00 Terence Rattigan - The Winslow Boy (b0129678)
"It is easy to do justice - very hard to do right".

Let Right Be Done - is the the theme of this drama by Terence Rattigan - set just before the First World War.

A father battles to prove the innocence of his son, accused of stealing a postal order at his Edwardian naval college.

His stubborn quest sparks reverberations at the House of Commons.

Arthur Winslow ...... Michael Aldridge
Grace Winslow ...... Pauline Letts
Catherine Winslow ...... Sarah Badel
Dickie Winslow ...... Michael Maloney
Ronnie Winslow ...... John McAndrew
Violet ...... Peggy Page
Attorney-General ...... Nicholas Courtney
John Watherstone ...... David Timson
Miss Barnes ...... Margaret Robertson
Mrs Beggs ...... Gladys Spencer
Desmond Curry ...... Michael Spice
Herbert Ridgeley-Pearce ...... John Rye
1st Lord of the Admiralty ...... Patrick Barr
Sir Robert Morton ...... Aubrey Woods

Adapted from Terence Rattigan's stage and TV scripts and directed by Ian Cotterell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1981.


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b07wby0q)
Series 40

Cyrus Todiwala on Dadabhai Naoroji

Chef Cyrus Todiwala chooses Dadabhai Naoroji, the 'Grand Old Man of India' who in 1892 became Britain's first Asian MP for Finsbury Central.

He later returned to India and petitioned for the country to be self-governing. Gandhi, who was Dadabhai's mentee, would later refer to him as the Father of the Nation.

Matthew Parris presents and Zerbanoo Gifford is the expert.

Producer: Toby Field

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2016.


SAT 08:00 Whispers (b007k2kg)
Series 1

Episode 1

What is the rather inflammatory connection between Salman Rushdie and The Beatles?

This is the series celebrating our fascination with gossip, rumour and controversy.

Gyles Brandreth hosts the panel game with scandal on its mind and slander at its heart.

The regular team captains are writer and critic, Anthony Holden and actor and writer, Stella Duffy.

Joining them to test their wits, and wit against the most notorious figures in history are broadcaster, Rosie Millard and best-selling author, Jenny Colgan.

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2003.


SAT 08:30 Smelling of Roses (b007k0d2)
Series 1

Survival of the Fittest

Rosie’s company hosts a management team building course. It all goes well until the murder mystery dinner, but it isn't Rosie who makes a killing.

Prunella Scales in Simon Brett's sitcom.

The trials and tribulations of Rosie Burns and her event management company, based in Brighton.

Rosie ...... Prunella Scales
Kate ...... Arabella Weir
Jo ...... Rebecca Callard
Bob ...... Duncan Preston
Tess ...... Annette Badland
Barry ...... Lee Simpson
Alex ...... Chris Pavlo
Dick ...... David Holt

Producer: Maria Esposito

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2000.


SAT 09:00 From Gorsemere to Gloomsbury: The Literary Lunacy of Sue Limb (m0009bys)
Shaun Ley takes you on a three-hour guided tour through a world of literary lunacy that flows from the pen of dramatist Sue Limb.

The voyage of parody takes the listener from the Lake District retreat of Romantic poets – a rural idyll rocked by the arrival of the philandering Lord Biro – to gardens of Sizzlinghurst Castle and the “very modern” politics and personal lives of the Gloomsbury set.

The English Civil War gets cavalier treatment in The Sit Crom, where a scullery maid attempts to save a king, while in present-day Norwich two sisters attempt to save their Bed and Breakfast in Alison & Maud.

Shaun discusses the ideas and inspiration behind Sue’s writing with the author herself and talks about turning scripts into performance with regular cast members, Nigel Planer and Miriam Margolyes.

Joss Ackland, Denise Coffey, Geoffrey Whitehead, Simon Callow and Tim Curry star in featured episodes of:

* The Wordsmiths of Gorsemere

* Gloomsbury

* The Sit Crom

* Alison and Maud

* Lord Byron's Don Juan is performed by Will Kirk.

* Dorothy Wordsworth's diary is read by Scarlett Courtney.

Producer: Adam Bowen

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


SAT 12:00 A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics (b08h0c9k)
Series 2

The Neck

In 19th-century Whitby, a magician prepares to compete with Harry Houdini at a major international Magic Convention. When a ship carrying a cargo of 50 coffins runs aground on the town's beach, he suspects Houdini of pulling a huge publicity stunt.

Comedy troupe Peepolykus assume the roles of minor characters in great works of fiction and derail the plot of the book through their hapless buffoonery.

By John Nicholson and Richard Katz

Javier ...... Javier Marzan
John ...... John Nicholson
Lucy ...... Sanchia McCormack
Professor Van Hesling ...... Richard Katz
Mrs Higgins ...... Chetna Pandya
Guard ...... John Dougall
Guard ...... Nicholas Murchie

Peepolykus (pronounced people-like-us) has exported its brand of irreverent comic theatre to over 100 towns and cities across four continents, often under the auspices of the British Council.

Their CV includes two tours of Bangladesh, winning the audience award at The Tehran Festival, performing to royalty in Brunei, to Indian states people in the Himalayas, a truly disastrous run in Barbados, an unforgettable stint on The Price is Right in Australia and other occasional bits of telly for the BBC.

With theatre scripts licensed worldwide, they played for 3 months in London’s West End and collaborated with numerous organisations.

Peepolykus is produced by Eleanor Lloyd Productions.

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2017.


SAT 12:30 The Elephant Man (b007jsfp)
Endangered Species

Terry Lyon, assistant head keeper of Southwood Zoo, trusts animals because most people think he's a waste of space.

But as the zoo lurches towards bankruptcy, his future looks bleak.

DA Barham's eight-part sitcom stars Peter Serafinowicz.

Terry ...... Peter Serafinowicz
Leonard ...... Chris Emmett
Maureen ...... Geraldine Fitzgerald
Derek ...... Wayne Forester
George ...... Geoff Fitzgerald
Stephanie ...... Joanna Munro
Adam ...... Richard Pearce

DA Barham - alias Debbie Ann - used her gently gender-obscured writing name. Aged just 15, she'd sent in comedy scripts to the BBC. She tragically died in 2003 from heart failure due to anorexia, aged just 26.

In her short, brilliant comedy career, she'd written for The News Huddlines, Spitting Image, The News Quiz, Weekending, Loose Ends, as well as big names like Bob Monkhouse, Graham Norton, Rory Bremner and Clive Anderson.

Producer: Richard Wilson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in August 1996.


SAT 13:00 The Jon Pertwee Files (m0006lvy)
Sean Pertwee celebrates his father Jon’s broadcasting career in this special documentary made to mark the actor’s birth centenary.

Featuring rediscovered archive material, rare interviews and behind-the-scenes recordings.

From his radio days playing a disreputable postman and a chief petty officer in The Navy Lark, to his TV portrayals of the dandy Doctor Who and the anarchic scarecrow, Worzel Gummidge.

Producers: Richard Latto and Stuart Manning.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in July 2019.


SAT 14:00 There Is No Escape (b06grjn7)
Episode 1

Andrew Lawrence's sitcom about a man dissatisfied with his life, whose feeble attempts to run away invariably end with him traipsing home defeated.

In this opening episode, Andrew arrives home from work one evening to find the house even more of a mess than usual. An argument with his girlfriend about cleaning escalates and Andrew storms out to find something to eat.

After a soul destroying encounter with the woman in the local shop, who can only recommend frozen turkey dinosaurs for his meal, Andrew joins his work mate, Lennie, for a consolation dinner in the pub.

Later he returns home and is forced to negotiate about a cleaner through the letterbox before he is finally allowed back in.

Starring:

Andrew Lawrence
Diane Morgan

With Rosie Cavaliero and Marek Larwood.

Producer: Jane Berthoud

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2015.


SAT 14:30 Bridget Christie Minds the Gap (b04wwnh8)
Series 2

Episode 1

Bridget is back asking who has the best sexism in the world, deconstructing a yoghurt advert and taking a look at what happens when a perfectly normal woman appears on TV.

With token man, Fred MacAulay who reveals a hitherto unsuspected penchant for certain kitchen cleaning products.

As she hasn't managed to single-handedly eradicate sexism, Bridget Christie returns in her multi-award winning series about modern feminism.

Bridget thought that she'd be able to put her feet up assuming her last series would bomb. Sadly it was a huge success and she's had to bang on about feminism ever since.

Written by Bridget Christie.

Producers: Alison Vernon-Smith and Alexandra Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2015.


SAT 15:00 Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better (b00k9dc3)
Series 1

Lust

Mark Watson investigates lust as he continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins via stand-up comedy.

Tim Key and Tim Minchin provide sketches, songs and distractions.

Producer: Katie Marsden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2007.


SAT 15:30 Lucy Montgomery's Variety Pack (b012qtv1)
Series 2

Episode 1

The human chameleon's host of characters from a chatty school girl to a decrepit charwoman.

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

With:

Philip Pope
Sally Grace
Waen Shepherd
Natalie Walter

Written by Lucy Montgomery with additional material by Steven Burge, Jon Hunter, Fay Rusling and Barunka O'Shaughnessy.

Script Editor: Dan Tetsell

Music by Philip Pope

Producer: Katie Tyrrell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2011.


SAT 16:00 Terence Rattigan - The Winslow Boy (b0129678)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b07wby0q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Dan Dare (b0bfxjs5)
Series 1

3 The Red Moon Mystery 1/2

Infected by the evil Mekon's virus and unable to return to Earth, Dan Dare and the crew of the Anastasia are ordered to the desolate planet of Mars...

Adventures based on the Eagle comic strip 'Dan Dare' created in 1950 by the Reverend Marcus Morris and Frank Hampson.

First of a two-part adventure starring Ed Stoppard.

Dramatised by James Swallow.

Dan Dare ....... Ed Stoppard
Digby ....... Geoff McGivern
Professor Peabody ....... Heida Reed
Sir Hubert ...... Michael Cochrane
Creator ...... Marcus Morris
On-board Computer ...... Dianne Weller
Ivor Dare ...... Hugh Fraser
Sergeant Scott ...... Jake Maskall
Corporal Dajani ...... Jalleh Alizadeh
Dr Harlan Stoll ...... Greg Keith
Teacher ...... Diane Spencer
Flamer Spry ...... Ryan Sewell

Director: Andrew Mark Sewell.

Made by B7 Media.


SAT 18:35 Ray Bradbury - There Will Come Soft Rains (b007k2w1)
2026: With surroundings destroyed and devoid of human life, an automated house carries on...

Dramatisation of Ray Bradbury’s short story

The Woman ...... Joan Miller
Commentator ...... David King-Wood

Music composed and conducted by Antony Hopkins

Singers: Ann Dowdall and John Carol Case.

Adapted and produced by Nesta Pain.

First broadcast on the BBC Third Programme in September 1962.


SAT 19:00 From Gorsemere to Gloomsbury: The Literary Lunacy of Sue Limb (m0009bys)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Rigor Mortis (b007k419)
Series 1

Episode 1

Dr Webster realises that he recognises the man he’s just performed a routine autopsy on, but where from?

His colleague, Professor Donaldson is aghast at the medical ethics of the situation whilst Dr Anderson is convinced that there's some kind of conspiracy going on.

Dr Webster can't understand what all the fuss is about...

Laurence Howarth’s sitcom set in the fascinating, but misunderstood world of the pathology lab.

Dr Anthony Webster ...... Peter Davison
Dr Ruth Anderson ...... Tracy-Ann Oberman
Professor Donaldson ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Gordon ...... Tom Price
Chloe ...... Marianne Levy
Simon ...... Gus Brown
David/Patient ...... Stephen Critchlow
Elaine ...... Beth Chalmers

Music by Paul Mottram and Stephanie Benavente.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2003.


SAT 22:30 Josie Long: Romance and Adventure (b076p08g)
Series 1

Episode 3

Josie's 32nd birthday has her questioning whether her dream of one day having a family is now unrealistic.

Comedy drama about a young woman trying to build a more fulfilling life for herself in Glasgow.

Based on characters from the short films "Romance and Adventure" and "Let's Go Swimming" by Josie Long and Douglas King.

Josie ...... Josie Long
Darren ...... Darren Osborne
Roddy ...... Sanjeev Kohli
Kerry ...... Hatty Ashdown
Eleanor ...... Clare Grogan
Chris ...... Michael Bertenshaw
Mona ...... Rebecca Hamilton
Fraser ...... Chris Pavlo
Genevieve ...... Puja Panchkoty

Producer: Colin Anderson

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


SAT 23:00 Jason Cook's School of Hard Knocks (b03ws221)
Dumping and Proposals

Jason Cook continues dispensing advice on how best to navigate the choppy waters of life and come out the other side without feeling woozy, using the full spectrum of his own experiences as his educational aids.

This time, he looks at the two-sides of the romance coin: dumping someone and proposing to someone.

Stories from the audience help to throw more light on the matter in hand.

With Zoe Harrison and Neil Grainger.

Producer: Sam Michell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2014.


SAT 23:30 I've Never Seen Star Wars (b05108h0)
Series 6

Dame Kelly Holmes

Dame Kelly Holmes, a self-confessed chocoholic, tries her first deep fried Mars bar, but will she try the chocolate covered scorpion?

And to conquer her fear of drowning, she tries hypnotherapy.

Marcus Brigstocke persuades his guests to try new experiences: things they really ought to have done by now.

Some experiences are loved, some are loathed, in this show all about embracing the new.

Producer: Bill Dare

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2015.



SUNDAY 23 MAY 2021

SUN 00:00 Dan Dare (b0bfxjs5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:35 Ray Bradbury - There Will Come Soft Rains (b007k2w1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:35 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 The Jon Pertwee Files (m0006lvy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 There Is No Escape (b06grjn7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:30 Bridget Christie Minds the Gap (b04wwnh8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better (b00k9dc3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 Lucy Montgomery's Variety Pack (b012qtv1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Terence Rattigan - The Winslow Boy (b0129678)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b07wby0q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 The Transition by Luke Kennard (Omnibus) (b08dxkh2)
Episode 1

Luke Kennard’s intriguing and wry debut novel about capitalism, the housing crisis and a generation in debt.

Set a few years from now, in an unnamed city, the award-winning poet imagines what life might be like for young people from the squeezed middle-class if our society continues along its current economic path.

30-something couple Karl and Genevieve (he writes copy for online content providers, she is a primary teacher) live in a room in a shared house; their combined income is less than their rent and they're falling ever deeper into debt.

To help pay off his 17 credit cards, Karl accepts a job generating 'clickbait' from a stranger online that seems to good to be true. It is. Very soon the messy strands of his and Genevieve's lives are beginning to unravel.

Omnibus of the first five of parts abridged by Robin Brooks.

Read by Bryan Dick

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2017.


SUN 07:10 Inheritance Tracks (b07d3fpp)
Pauline Black

Singer Pauline Black chooses 'My Boy Lollipop' by Millie Small and 'Get Up Stand Up' by Bob Marley.


SUN 07:20 Lucy Catherine - Gudrun (m0005gxn)
Series 6 (Omnibus)

Episode 1

Sigrid has arrived in England to marry a man she has never met. She must keep her darkest secrets well-hidden if she is to survive in this strange land of Saxons and Danes.

Set in the 11th century, the series follows Gudrun in the New World, and her estranged daughter Sigrid in England. Both mother and daughter have reasons to seek forgiveness as they forge a path through lands of unearthly beauty and uncompromising harshness.

Omnibus of the first five of ten episodes written by Lucy Catherine.

Sigrid ..... Hollie Burgess
The Virgin ..... Marilyn Nnadebe
Silvia ..... Susan Jameson
Sailor (Sc2) / Sailors ..... Chris Harper, Joseph Ayre
Gorm ..... David Hounslow
Canute ..... Aaron Gelkoff
Gunnar .... Chris Pavlo

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2019


SUN 08:30 We're in Business (b07md68m)
Changing Rooms

Can Dudley and Harry get along in their new noisy lodgings?

Stars Peter Jones and Harry Worth.

Peter Jones is small-time businessman, Dudley Grosvenor who's always out to make a fast buck - usually at the expense of his side-kick, Harry Worth.

Written by Marty Feldman, Barry Took and Peter Jones.

Dudley ....... Peter Jones
Harry ....... Harry Worth
Miss Boot ....... Irene Handl

With Dick Emery.

A selection of surviving episodes from two series broadcast between 1959-1960.

Producer: Charles Maxwell.

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in February 1960.


SUN 09:00 Drop Me Here, Darling (m000v29w)
Changing Up

Leslie feels that it’s time to look for a more senior position.

Starring Leslie Phillips.

Andrew Palmer's comedy about a former property tycoon who’s fallen on hard times and is now chauffeur to his wealthy ex-wife.

Leslie Duggan …. Leslie Phillips
Caroline Duggan …. Jill Bennett
Kay …. Norma Ronald
Michael …. Edward Judd
Emma …. Eve Karpf

Producer: Edward Taylor

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1983.


SUN 09:30 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b007yrh0)
Series 2

Episode 3

When Daniel's brother suggests a night in the pub and Lucy's best friend meets a new man, their plans for a week away from other people's problems come seriously unstuck.

Starring David Tennant and Elizabeth Carling.

David Spicer's comedy drama about modern life and parenthood, as seen through the eyes of two 30-something non-parents.

Daniel ....... David Tennant
Lucy ....... Elizabeth Carling
Amanda ....... Nasreen Hussain
Alison ....... Joanna Brookes
Peter ....... Robert Harley
Caroline ....... Polly Frame.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2002.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b05x27d7)
Eurovision

Lulu

From David Bowie to Luciano Pavarotti.

Singer Lulu shares her castaway choices with Michael Parkinson.

Born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, Lulu recalls her upbringing in a Glasgow tenement and her subsequent career as a singer and actress.

She is still active and performing on stage – including 42nd Street and concert tours.

Lulu was awarded an OBE in 2000.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1987.


SUN 10:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00zt5xr)
Series 2

Wallace

It was the great travel books written in the 19th century by Alfred Russell Wallace that inspired Sir David Attenborough himself to achieve great things in the realm of natural history.

But Attenborough tells us that Wallace was more than just a great travel writer. His power of meticulous observation and recording as he explored many parts of the world were in the highest league imaginable, even for Victorian standards - and his power of analysis very much akin with Darwin, his great contemporary.

Wallace independently came up with a theory of evolution that was in parallel to Darwin's thinking - two field naturalists breaking huge conventions of the time and coming up with the single most important theory in Biology. How did they resolve the conflict between themselves?

Written and presented by David Attenborough

Producer: Julian Hector

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2011.


SUN 11:00 Sneakernomics (p09fy1zk)
2. Dassler vs. Dassler

Sneakernomics is a close encounter with the visionaries, artisans and journeymen who’ve made, and been made, by trainers. We’ll follow in the footsteps of mavericks, hustlers and dreamers, and hear their tales of boom and bust, fame and infamy, hope and heartbreak.

Across nine episodes, Sneakernomics tells the extraordinary origin stories of some of the world’s biggest brands, and how sponsorship deals and celebrity culture redefined our relationship with products. It’s also a business story – how leisure has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry; a sports story – how games became organised and grew into a global spectacle; and it’s a story of invention – how enthusiastic hobbyist-pioneers often took extraordinary risks that changed the course of sport and fashion.

The sneaker story is characterised by fierce competition and rivalry. We explore how the quest to be number one tore families and friendships apart and divided towns. Above all, this is the story of the people behind the shoes. What you’ll hear is a mix of interviews with many of the key individuals who’ve played their part in that extraordinary story, interlaced with moments of fiction inspired by their testimonies and our research.

Written and presented by Nicholas Smith, with 1Xtra presenter Ace. The drama is written by Al Smith.

Episode 2 Cast:

Sepp . . . . . Roger Ringrose
Joe . . . . . Aaron Gelkoff
Rudi . . . . . Joe Sims
Adi . . . . . Gunnar Cauthery
Horst . . . . . Mark Edel-Hunt
Fritz . . . . . Ian Dunnet Jnr
Eckel . . . . . Stefan Adegbola
Charles . . . . . Trevor White
Clarissa . . . . . Jane Whittenshaw
Chuck . . . . . Joseph Balderrama
Bill . . . . . Nathan Osgood

Production Trainee: Marithe Van Der Aa
Assistant Producer: Ben Hollands
Sound: Peter Ringrose
Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko

Special thanks: Joe Foster, Sigi Dassler, Michael Dassler, Abe Aamidor, Charles Slack, Angelo Anastasio, Patrick Nally, John Boulter, David Jones, Michael McKnight, Helmut Fischer, Kerstin Neuber and Victoria Purcell.


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m000wb77)
Africa's Digital Poets - Another Kind of Stage 1/2

Poet Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's poetry archive and selects Africa's Digital Poets - Another Kind of Stage.

In the first of two programmes, Johannesburg based poet Thabiso Mohare looks at the way digital platforms are serving poets across the continent, from emerging writers to established voices, and those carrying forward ancient oral traditions.

Thabiso Mohare ('Afurakan') is one of the poets and entrepreneurs spearheading developments in spoken word poetry in South Africa, and exploring the possibilities of what the digital space can offer poets in countries where there's a lack of publishing infrastructure, or publishers are pulling back from poetry.

Thabiso meets the digital pioneers who, as part of the broader tech revolution in a mobile-first continent, are offering poets across Africa a new outlet for presenting their work in a digital age.

Thabiso talks to Mak Manaka, one of the poets excited by the opportunities to carve their own path, not only against those who value a published collection as proof of your worth, but also against the European model of success.

And he talks to a mentor from the older generation, Professor Keorapatse Kgositsile, the poet laureate of South Africa, to see what he makes of it all, asking what the role of the poet has always been in African societies and how that translates into the online space, and what he sees the pitfalls as being.

Producer: Megan Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2016.


SUN 12:30 Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics (b040hjy4)
Series 1

Aspasia

A fresh look at the ancient world.

Natalie Haynes, critic, writer and reformed stand-up comedian, brings the ancient world entertainingly up to date.

In the first of four programmes, she profiles a figure from ancient Greece or Rome and creates a stand-up routine around them. She then goes in search of the links which make the ancient world still very relevant in the 21st century.

Women in ancient Greece were supposedly not seen, not heard and not talked about. Meet Aspasia -the woman who broke all the rules – all the more remarkably for the fact that she was the partner of one of the most powerful men in Greece at the time, Pericles.

Natalie explores how writers and comedians used Aspasia’s reputation as a way of attacking the statesman – a practice which hasn’t changed much over 2,500 years.

With classicist Sarah B Pomeroy, Dr Ian Jenkins of the British Museum and Cate Haste, co-author with Cherie Booth of a book on the lot of the statesman’s spouse.

Producer: Christine Hall

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2014.


SUN 13:00 The Return by Hisham Matar (Omnibus) (b07yk69n)
Libyan novelist Hisham Matar’s powerful memoir describes the state of hope and grief he endured in the two decades since his father, Jaballa, was kidnapped by Qaddafi's regime in 1990.

Imprisoned and kept isolated from other prisoners, Jaballa managed to send only a handful of letters to his family before he disappeared without trace. To this day, no-one is sure what happened to him, although it is likely that he died in a massacre at Abu Salim prison in Tripoli in 1996.

Living in exile since the 1970s, Hisham returned to Libya for the first time in 2012, following the revolution that brought down Qaddafi and his regime.

In beautiful language, he describes the difficult state of exile, its mix of guilt and pain, as well as the powerful meetings with his uncles and cousins, many of whom had also been imprisoned, and for whose release he campaigned tirelessly.

“You make a man disappear to silence him but also to narrow the minds of those left behind, to pervert their soul and limit their imagination. When Qaddafi took my father, he placed me in a space not much bigger than the cell Father was in. I paced back and forth, anger in one direction, hatred in the other, until I could feel my insides grow small and hard. And, because I was young, and hatred and anger are a young man’s emotions, I tricked myself into thinking the transformation was good, that it was akin to progress, a sign of vigour and strength.”

Omnibus of five episodes abridged by Anna Magnusson.

Read by Khalid Abdalla

Khalid is an actor and political activist born in Britain after his parents were forced to leave Egypt in the late 1970s – his father was a leading student activist there and was imprisoned several times.

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2016.


SUN 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b06chsm1)
Bill Nighy

Actor Bill Nighy chooses 'Well Did You Evah' by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra and 'Sign On A Window' by Bob Dylan.


SUN 14:20 AL Kennedy - Subterranean Homesick Blues (b093m2x1)
Series 2 (Omnibus)

John and Maggie return as the lovers attempting to rekindle the flames of an on/off affair from their younger days.

But they discover love doesn't get easier when you're older but no wiser.

Omnibus of five episodes written by AL Kennedy.

John ..... Bill Nighy
Maggie ..... Anna Calder-Marshall

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2017.


SUN 15:30 Be My Guest (b0b520pj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 02:30 on Saturday]


SUN 16:00 Caroline Gawn - Fraud (b0076cpm)
A daring, amoral female crook pits her wits against a top policeman stuck in an unhappy marriage. Romantic intrigue is inevitable.

Starring Philip Glenister and Angela Wynter.

Caroline Gawn’s entertaining, stylish detective story, with a definite twist.

Faulkes.......Philip Glenister
Jean Mallory...... Angela Wynter
Williams............Ken Bradshaw
Rodriguez/Ken Restal....Russell Dixon
Stephens/Diane.......Christine Brennan
Jack Cooper..........Toby Hadoke

Producer: Polly Thomas

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2003


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m000wb77)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics (b040hjy4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Elizabeth Gaskell - Curious, If True (b00tvmk0)
The Grey Woman

A miller's daughter marries a nobleman. But this is no fairy tale. It's the beginning of a terrifying adventure...

Elizabeth Gaskell's collection of intriguing "true" tales dramatised by Sally Hedges.

Mrs Gaskell ...... Elizabeth Spriggs
Anna ...... Stella Gonet
Amante ...... Adjoa Andoh
Tourelle ...... Struan Rodger

With Duncan Law, Richard Avery, Mary Wimbush, Andrew Harrison and Graham Colclough.

Producer: Nigel Bryant

An Armada production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 1998.


SUN 18:45 Murder & Mystery (m0003l5g)
Series 5

The Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allan Poe

An unknown man keeps to the shadows.

In a writing career that spanned barely two decades (he died in his 41st year) Edgar Allan Poe penned over 70 short stories. These the American incessantly revised over the years and many became standards of the short form (like ‘The Fall Of The House of Usher’ or ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’).

But for our five fictional tales, we burrow down amongst Poe’s lesser-known, and often dark, gems.

Read by Owen Teale.

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Producer: Karen Rose

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Sweet Talk Productions.


SUN 19:00 Sneakernomics (p09fy1zk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 20:00 Caroline Gawn - Fraud (b0076cpm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b05x27d7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00zt5xr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics (b040hjy4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 There Is No Escape (b06j21c5)
Episode 2

Andrew finds himself, like so many others across the country, having to spend a few hours over Saturday lunchtime with his girlfriend's parents.

But Andrew is determined not to go. He hatches a plan to get his workmate to call him in to an "emergency" at work. But all goes wrong when he gets a flat tyre and the only person who can come to his rescue is his girlfriend's father.

Sitcom about a man dissatisfied with his life, whose feeble attempts to run away invariably end with him traipsing home defeated.

Starring:

Andrew Lawrence
Diane Morgan

With Janice Connolly, Marek Larwood and Graham Fellows.

Producer: Jane Berthoud

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2015.


SUN 23:00 As Told To Craig Brown (b00bbnxt)
Episode 5

The Jane Austen industry and car user manuals.

Craig Brown introduces a mixture of satire, social observation and nonsense.

Narrated by Juliet Stevenson and Steve Wright

With John Humphrys, Ronni Ancona, Jon Culshaw, Lewis MacLeod, Sally Grace, Ewan Bailey and Margaret Cabourn-Smith.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2008.


SUN 23:30 Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World (b007jtrr)
Series 2

The Unexplained

Every other mystery left answered in a final blockbusting edition.

Cult New Age comedy that answers the questions which leave other shows scratching their beards.

Starring Stewart Lee and Richard Herring.

With:
Rebecca Front
Armando Iannucci

And the voice of Tom Baker.

Producer: Sarah Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1993.



MONDAY 24 MAY 2021

MON 00:00 Elizabeth Gaskell - Curious, If True (b00tvmk0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 00:45 Murder & Mystery (m0003l5g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:45 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 The Return by Hisham Matar (Omnibus) (b07yk69n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b06chsm1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Sunday]


MON 02:20 AL Kennedy - Subterranean Homesick Blues (b093m2x1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:20 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 Be My Guest (b0b520pj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 02:30 on Saturday]


MON 04:00 Caroline Gawn - Fraud (b0076cpm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m000wb77)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics (b040hjy4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 The Doomed Oasis, by Hammond Innes (b007k372)
6. Jebel Al-Akhbar

Politics and practicalities as the water supply is cut to force the Emir to negotiate - and a final confrontation.

Starring Tim Munro.

Conclusion of the Arabian adventure based on Hammond Innes' novel.

Adapted by Rene Basilico.

George Grant ....... Tim Munro
Colonel Whittaker ....... Bernard Horsfall
David Whittaker ....... Christopher Guard
Ruffin ....... Robert Rietty
Colonel Goodge ....... Nicholas Courtney
Captain Chuck Berry ....... David McAlister
Sergeant Rashid ....... Adam Hussein
Yousif ....... Ali Refaie
Trucial Oman Scout ....... Mohammad Sultan
Abdul Zaid Emir of Hadd ....... Renu Setna
Henry Grant ....... Robert James
Betty ....... Jill Lidstone

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in September 1984.


MON 06:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyp)
1. The Kind Man

"I don't dig you and I don't dig your tone."

Steve Gardiner - a hip Londoner and Korean War veteran - arrives in a small Scottish seaside town where locals are all under threat from a serial killer dubbed 'The Kind Man'.

Starring Teddy Johnson.

Edward Boyd's six-part serial thriller is reminiscent of American radio thrillers of the era, as our hero also addresses us directly.

Steve Gardiner ...... Teddy Johnson
Jimmy Morton ...... Jimmy Logan
Miss Wylie ...... Marjorie Dalziel
PC McKenzie ...... John Young
The Police Sergeant ...... Kalman Glass
Detective Inspector Gordon ...... Moultrie R. Kelsall
Mrs McGann ...... Helen Norman
Stella ...... Isobel Gardner
Albert ...... Paul Young
The Porter ...... Eric Wightman
The Tramp ...... Douglas Murchie
Delia Dewar ...... Effie Morrison
Wilfred Morton ...... Leonard Maguire

As well as acting, Teddy Johnson sang with his wife Pearl Carr - coming second in the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest with 'Sing Little Birdie'. Johnson was also a DJ on Radio Luxembourg and later BBC Radio 2.

Produced in Glasgow by Eddie Fraser.

First broadcast on the BBC Regional Home Service - Scotland in March 1954.


MON 07:00 Psmith in the City by PG Wodehouse (b00dsr3b)
Psmith Arranges His Future

Psmith's powers of persuasion are put to the test when Mike is dismissed from the bank.

PG Wodehouse’s comic adventures of the extraordinary Psmith and his friend Mike in the world of Edwardian finance.

Dramatised by Marcy Kahan.

PG Wodehouse ..... Simon Williams
Psmith ..... Nick Caldecott
Mike Jackson ..... Inam Mirza
John Bickersdyke ..... Stephen Critchlow
Mr Gregory ..... Chris Pavlo
Jo Jackson ..... Dan Starkey

Producer: Abigail le Fleming

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2008.


MON 07:30 Nature Table (m000w4pf)
Series 2

Episode 3

Nature Table is comedian, broadcaster and writer Sue Perkins’ new comedy ‘Show & Tell’ series celebrating the natural world and all its funny eccentricities.
Taking the simple format of a ‘Show & Tell’, each episode Sue is joined by celebrity guests from the worlds of comedy and natural history. Each of the natural history guests brings an item linked to the wild world to share with the audience, be it an amazing fact or funny personal anecdote. Each item is a springboard for an enlightening and funny discussion, alongside fun games and challenges revealing more astonishing facts. We also hear from some of the London Zoo, as they bring us their own natural history ‘show and tells’ for Sue and the guests to discuss.
Nature Table has a simple clear brief: to positively celebrate and promote the importance of all our planet’s wonderfully wild flora and fauna in an fun and easily grasped way... whilst at the same time having a giggle.
Note: Series 2 was recorded in November 2020, during lockdown conditions, so this time round there is no studio audience. The host, panel and guest zookeepers recorded the series at ZSL London Zoo, socially distanced.

Episode 3
Recorded at London Zoo, this week Sue Perkins is joined by special guests:
Lucy Cooke (Zoologist, writer, presenter), Dr. Karim Vahed (Entomologist) and comedian Felicity Ward.

Written by: Catherine Brinkworth, Kat Sadler & Jon Hunter
Researcher: Catherine Beazley
Music by Ben Mirin. Additional sounds were provided by The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Produced by: Simon Nicholls
A BBC Studios Production


MON 08:00 Steptoe and Son (b007k094)
Series 4

Full House

Card sharks fleece Harold Steptoe, so his father Albert steps in.

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

With Martin Friend, Douglas Blackwell and Michael Kilgarriff.

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

Producer: Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 1972.


MON 08:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b0075nmn)
Series 4

Episode 2

Sofa-bound TV presenters Mike and Sue discuss children in the workplace and threadbare toffs.

Starring Robert Duncan and Jan Ravens.

With:
Roger Blake
Emma Kennedy
Alistair McGowan
Ronni Ancona

Written by Ian Brown and James Hendrie from a format by Bill Dare

Music by Mark Burton.

Producer: Aled Evans

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1999.


MON 09:00 Act Your Age (b00qplyn)
Series 2

Episode 5

Simon Mayo hosts the comedy show that pits the comic generations against each other to find out which is the funniest.

Team captains Jon Richardson, Ed Byrne and Johnnie Casson are joined by Tom Wrigglesworth, John Bishop and Tom O'Connor.

Producers: Ashley Blaker and Bill Matthews.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2010.


MON 09:30 The Elephant Man (b04phhxw)
It Could Be the Zoo

Tax problems and incompetent staff are just two of Southwood Zoo's problems.

But the National Lottery is designed to come to the aid of such hopeless causes.

Peter Serafinowicz stars in Debbie Barham's sitcom about the life of an elephant zoo keeper.

Terry ...... Peter Serafinowicz
Leonard ...... Chris Emmett
Maureen ...... Geraldine Fitzgerald
Morse ...... Wayne Forester
George ...... Geoff Fitzgerald
Stephanie ...... Joanna Munro
Adam ...... Richard Pearce

Producer: Richard Wilson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in September 1996.


MON 10:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007jx2h)
The King's Son

Baby Alexander is born and there's friction between King Philip of Macedon and Queen Olympias.

David Wade's six-part serial on the life of Alexander the Great - starring Barry Foster, Simon Ward and Geraldine James.

Translator: Richmond Lattimore

Spirit of Achilles ...... Barry Foster
Spirit of Patroclus ...... Simon Ward
King Philip of Macedon ...... Brian Cox
Queen Olympias ...... Geraldine James
Young Alexander ...... Sam Crane
Antipatros ...... David March
Demosthenes ...... Malcolm Sinclair
Lysimachos ...... Keith Drinkel
Young Hephaistion ...... Gary King
Aristander ...... Barry Gordon
Artabazus ...... Philip Anthony
Kleitos ...... John Evitts
Leonidas ...... John Webb
Pusanias ...... James Telfer
Menapis ...... David Thorpe
Hellanike ...... Patti Holloway
Barsine ...... Oona Beeson
Clotho ...... Rachel Atkins
Lachesis ...... Jill Graham
Atropos ...... Diana Payan

Music: Wilfredo Acosta

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1993.


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m000w9sv)
Series 8

Reinvention

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

Manoush Zomorodi explores the challenges posed by transitioning to the new. How do we reimagine what we thought we knew?

First broadcast in the USA on National Public Radio in 2020.


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000wlpn)
Phillip Schofield

Presenter Phillip Schofield chooses Unforgettable by Nat King Cole and Make Me Smile by Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel.


MON 12:00 Steptoe and Son (b007k094)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b0075nmn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 The Doomed Oasis, by Hammond Innes (b007k372)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 The Transition by Luke Kennard (b08dnkhb)
Episode 6

Luke Kennard's debut novel is set a few years from now and is inspired by the housing crisis and a generation in serious debt.

Karl and his wife have signed up to a rehabilitation programme run by THE TRANSITION to avoid a jail sentence for his part in a credit card skimming scam. As the weeks pass, he is increasingly suspicious about the secretive organisation's true motives.

Reader: Bryan Dick

Writer: Luke Kennard

Abridger: Robin Brooks

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2017.


MON 14:15 Gudrun (m0005f2s)
Series 6

Episode 6: Gudrun

Gudrun's quest takes her on a whaling ship, where the crew loathe her doubly for being a woman and a heathen.

Gudrun ..... Kate Phillips
Dag ..... Joseph Ayres
Panuk ..... Kenny Blyth
Vali ..... Chris Harper
Freija ..... Samantha Dakin
Sigrid ..... Hollie Burgess

Written by Lucy Catherine.
Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2019.


MON 14:30 What's So Great About ...? (b00c7fbx)
Series 1

Bob Dylan

Comedian and actor Lenny Henry asks "What's So Great About...?" people, things, institutions and aspects of contemporary life that frequently go unexplored, unchallenged and widely accepted but which he, personally doesn't really buy.

In this programme he questions the greatness of Bob Dylan. Lenny - a great fan of Soul music and Rhythm & Blues - gets to grips one recording artist he never really "got": Bob Dylan. From the time he was a teenager in Dudley in the early 70s he had to listen to his schoolmate Greg Stokes tell him what a "classic" the Dylan album 'Blonde On Blonde' was ; and ever since friends have been trying to convince him that "His Bobness", as Lenny describes him, is the one recording artist to whom he should really devote his energies. It's now make or break time and Lenny assembles a band of musicians and fans to see if they can, once and for all, change his mind.

"Dear oh dear", says Lenny. "That whine! That grating music!" Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, Kris Kristofferson, Bryan Ferry, Jools Holland and Al Kooper, who played with Dylan on some of his most famous albums in the 1960s, are among the defence team. It seems they have their work cut out.

Producer: Patrick Gregory

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.


MON 15:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007jx2h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 16:00 Act Your Age (b00qplyn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 The Elephant Man (b04phhxw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 Psmith in the City by PG Wodehouse (b00dsr3b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 Nature Table (m000w4pf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space (b007jnlt)
1. Ruination

Space travel throws the most unlikely people together. Norman is an idealist with a hand grenade. Max is a cheerful bore who won't stop talking.

Together, they're set to ruin the lives of some decidedly friendly aliens. Forever.

Six-part black-hole sci-fi comedy by Colin Swash

Norman ...... Tony Robinson
Max ...... David Haig
Stella ...... Louise Lombard
Macari ...... Michael Troughton
Captain Rossiter ...... Dan Strauss
Jane ...... Carla Mendonca
Tony ...... Geoff McGivern

Producer: Richard Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1995.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b01gh84k)
Isy Suttie and Beverley Humphreys

Comedian Isy Suttie and opera singer and broadcaster Beverley Humphreys share their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert.

Beverley's choice is the Gothic thriller The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, which she describes as a "love letter to literature."

Isy picks The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan, a sinister tale of two couples in an unnamed European town, which she admits does not have a particularly happy ending.

Harriett's choice is the story of a young man with learning difficulties whose intelligence is enhanced by a scientific procedure - Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.

Producer: Toby Field

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.


MON 19:00 Steptoe and Son (b007k094)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b0075nmn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 The Doomed Oasis, by Hammond Innes (b007k372)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m000w9sv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000wlpn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 Nature Table (m000w4pf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Chain Reaction (b03q8z47)
Series 9

Neil Innes talks to Graham Linehan

Ex-Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band member and Monty Python collaborator Neil Innes continues the chain talking to comedy writer and director Graham Linehan.

Chain Reaction is the long-running host-less chat show where last week's interviewee becomes this week's interviewer.

Producer: Carl Cooper

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2014.


MON 23:00 The News Quiz (m000w5wj)
Series 105

Episode 6

Andy Zaltzman is joined by Geoff Norcott, Anand Menon, Felicity Ward and Eleanor Tiernan for a look back at the week's headlines

Items on this week's agenda include foreign holidays and sheep. Stories range from red to green via amber in terms of national importance.

Producer: Richard Morris
Production Coordinator: Cherlynn Andrew-Wilfred
Sound Editor: Marc Willcox

A BBC Studios Production


MON 23:30 The Jason Byrne Show (b01p2s1y)
Series 3

I Looked Like Gollum at School

Award-winning comedian Jason Byrne lists the liabilities of looking good.

Stand up and sketches with Laurence Howarth and Daisy Haggard.

Producer: Julia McKenzie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2010.



TUESDAY 25 MAY 2021

TUE 00:00 Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space (b007jnlt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b01gh84k)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 The Doomed Oasis, by Hammond Innes (b007k372)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 The Transition by Luke Kennard (b08dnkhb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 Gudrun (m0005f2s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 What's So Great About ...? (b00c7fbx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007jx2h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Act Your Age (b00qplyn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 The Elephant Man (b04phhxw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Psmith in the City by PG Wodehouse (b00dsr3b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 Nature Table (m000w4pf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Wimsey (b007jvmh)
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

1. Armistice Night

Lord Peter Wimsey investigates the puzzling death of rich, retired General Fentiman who's found dead in an armchair at his gentleman's club.

Starring Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey, Peter Jones as Bunter, Martin Jarvis as George Fentiman and John Gabriel as Mr Murbles.

British gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey features in a number of detective novels and short stories by English crime writer, Dorothy L Sayers. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club was first published in 1928.

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

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

Adapted for radio in six episodes by Chris Miller.

Producer: Simon Brett.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1975.


TUE 06:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyr)
2. The Voice

As the terror intensifies in the town, Steve Gardiner is drawn in to the search for the Scottish seaside serial killer now dubbed 'The Kind Man'.

Steve Gardiner ...... Teddy Johnson
Jimmy Morton ...... Jimmy Logan
Romily Foster ...... Douglas Murchie
Wilfred Morton ...... Leonard Maguire
Detective Inspector Gordon ...... Moultrie R. Kelsall
The Librarian ...... Leslie Blackater
Lindy Marshall ...... Hannah Gordon

Produced in Glasgow by Eddie Fraser.

First broadcast in April 1954 on the BBC Regional Home Service - Scotland


TUE 07:00 Beauty of Britain (b010y0sh)
Series 2

Life in the UK

Series 2 of this Radio 4 comedy follows Beauty's continuing adventures among the cauliflower-cheese eating population as the Featherdown Agency sends her to provide care for those who need it - and occasionally some who don't, but all of whom have relatives with guilty consciences. Beauty sees herself as an inspiration to other African girls hoping to live the dream in Britain. Until she gets the nod from God about which sector of the economy would most benefit from her entrepreneurial skills, Beauty will carry on grating the Extra Mature Cathedral City, running the assisted baths and trying to understand the British character.

The series breaks the embarrassed silence about what happens to us when we get old and start to lose our faculties. Beauty sees Britain at its best, its worst and also sometimes without its clothes on running the wrong way down the M6 with a toy dog shouting 'Come on!'

In this episode, Beauty Oolonga, a Southern African care worker, shares her quirky view of Britain. Beauty's visa to work in the U.K. is about to run out. Will she pass her citizenship test and be granted indefinite leave to remain and will the handsome, mature Ade be her saviour? Last in series.

Beauty ..... Jocelyn Jee Esien
Liz ..... Rita May
Helen ..... Nicola Sanderson
Mrs Gupte ..... Indira Joshi
Anil ..... Paul Sharma
Jodie ..... Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Waiter/Receptionist ..... Christopher Douglas
Ade ..... Paterson Joseph

The music for the series was performed by The West End Gospel Choir.
Written by Christopher Douglas and Nicola Sanderson.
The producer is Tilusha Ghelani.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2011.


TUE 07:30 Alex Edelman's Peer Group (m000w4t0)
Series 4

America As It Is Now

When Alex Edelman first heard about the Coronavirus he was on tour in the UK. Coming back to the US and enduring lockdowns, the complete destruction of his livelihood and the tail-end of the Trump presidency, he talks about the ways he has changed, how America has changed with him and how he got caught up in a little election of his own.

Written by Alex Edelman and Max Davis.

With special thanks to
Adam Brace
Tasha Dhanraj
Rajiv Karia
Alfie Brown
Mike Birbiglia
and
Danny Jolles

Produced by Sam Michell

It is a BBC Studios Production


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b007jvj0)
The Pam's Paper Insurance Policy

Moriarty and Grytpype-Thynne set about trying to drown Neddy Seagoon - for money. Stars Spike Milligan. From November 1958.


TUE 08:30 King Street Junior (b007jm74)
Series 3

The School Fete

The school are alarmed by the prospect of an outbreak of nits just in time for a visit from a celebrity journalist, while Mr Beeston wonders how the school can accommodate a wheelchair user. Another typical day in the life of King Street Junior School.

There were ten series of the comedy about King Street Junior which ran between 1985 and 1998. King Street Junior Revisited ran from 2002 to 2005.

CAST:
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
Sundar...........................................David Crane
Maureen.......................................Victoria Keady
Razia...............................................Caroline Wigley

And with John Craven as himself

Created and written by Jim Eldridge

Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1988.


TUE 09:00 The News Quiz (m000w5wj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Four Joneses and a Jenkins (b007jqmy)
April - All Hands to the Pump

Megan's still keen to escape the farm and study. But her father's not listening. Stars Geoffrey Whitehead. From September 2000.


TUE 10:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007jx2n)
I am also Alexander

Alexander is used as a pawn in the war between his parents, and is educated by Aristotle.

David Wade's six-part serial on the life of Alexander the Great

Spirit of Achilles ...... Barry Foster
Spirit of Patroclus ...... Simon Ward
King Philip of Macedon ...... Brian Cox
Alexander ...... Michael Maloney
Young Alexander ...... Sam Crane
Hephaistion ...... Alex Jennings
Young Hephaistion ...... Gary King
Queen Olympias ...... Geraldine James
Aristotle ...... John Moffat
Demosthenes ...... Malcolm Sinclair
Lysimachos ...... Keith Drinkel
Leonidas ...... John Webb
Ptolemy ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Philotas ...... Michael Onslow
Pusanias ...... James Telfer
Menapis ...... David Thorpe
Aristander ...... Barry Gordon
Demaratos ...... John Evitts

Music: Wilfredo Acosta

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1993.


TUE 11:00 Archive on 4 (b09tbl2s)
Don't Panic! It's The Douglas Adams Papers

John Lloyd unearths the private papers of his friend and colleague Douglas Adams, and discovers more about the agonies he went through to write The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

The papers, donated to St John's College, Cambridge University, include note books, ramblings, rants about how hard it is to write, unfinished scenes and passages never included in Douglas Adams' books.

John Lloyd co-wrote the first series of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, which started on Radio 4 in 1978. He reveals that he and Douglas Adams had been commissioned to write the first novel together, following the success of the radio series, but Douglas decided to "give me the boot" and went on to write the books on his own. The novels have sold something in the region of 14 million copies.

Other contributors to the programmes include the original producer and now novelist Simon Brett; original cast members Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern and Mark Wing-Davey; and Paddy Kingsland of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

John also discusses how unpublished writings by Douglas Adams have just been used in a new series of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, about to be transmitted on Radio 4.

A Bite Media production for BBC Radio 4.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b007jvj0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 King Street Junior (b007jm74)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Wimsey (b007jvmh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 The Transition by Luke Kennard (b08dnrz2)
Episode 7

Bryan Dick reads Luke Kennard's 'Generation Debt' inspired debut novel, set in an unnamed British city a few years from now.

As Genevieve becomes more and more engaged with The Transition's programme, Karl, by contrast, is increasingly suspicious about the secretive organisation's motives.

Reader: Bryan Dick

Writer: Luke Kennard

Abridger: Robin Brooks

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2017.


TUE 14:15 Gudrun (m0005f0d)
Series 6

Episode 7: Sigrid

Set in the 11th century, the series follows Gudrun in the New World, and her estranged daughter Sigrid in England. Both mother and daughter have reasons to seek forgiveness as they forge a path through lands of unearthly beauty and uncompromising harshness.

Sigrid escaped the wrath of her intended husband when he was killed by his Saxon neighbours. Now she's a fugitive on the run in the English wilderness, with only the boy Canute as company.

Sigrid ..... Hollie Burgess
The Virgin ..... Marilyn Nnadebe
Tofa ..... Debbie Korley
Saxon ..... Joseph Ayre
Gorm ..... David Hounslow
Canute ..... Aaron Gelkoff

Written by Lucy Catherine.
Produced by Sasha Yevtushenko.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2019.


TUE 14:30 Mastering the Art of the Kimono (b017chpt)
The kimono may be one of Japan's most enduring cultural symbols, but the kimono industry is now in steep decline, and soon there could be no craftsmen left with the skills to make them.

In Mastering the Art of the Kimono, the BBC's Japan Correspondent Roland Buerk reports on the crisis in the industry, and the efforts being made to ensure ancient skills are not lost.

Interviews with:
Vox pops with young shoppers in Harajuku, Tokyo
Yoshio Hada, Kimono specialist who has worked in Mitsubushi's kimono department for 50 years.
80 year old Setsco Arakawa, Echigo Jofu weaver in Niigata province, and her daughter.
Nojiri-san, manager and master weaver of obis at Watabun company.
Takao Watanabe, President of the Nishijin Textile Association.
Kihachi Tabata, "national living treasure" and designer/painter of hand-crafted kimonos.
Yoko Ichise, small Kimono shop owner
Umeka, geiko/geisha artist
Hitosmi Ohkubo, former kimono artist who now runs a honey shop because there was not enough work.
Tatsu Kirokai, organiser of "kimono week" sponsored by Mitsui Fudosan.
Kayo Igarashi. Editor of Waragu kimono magazine.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


TUE 15:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007jx2n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The Rest is History (b04ws4hy)
Series 1

Episode 4

Frank Skinner loves history, but just doesn't know much of it.

This comedy discussion show with celebrity guests promises to help him find out more about it.

With David Baddiel, Emma Kennedy and historian in residence Dr Kate Williams

Frank and company navigate their way through the annals of time, picking out and chewing over the funniest, oddest, and most interesting moments in history.

Producers: Dan Schreiber and Justin Pollard

An Avalon production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in January 2015.


TUE 16:30 Four Joneses and a Jenkins (b007jqmy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 Beauty of Britain (b010y0sh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Alex Edelman's Peer Group (m000w4t0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space (b007jnpy)
2. Gifting

Norman and Max are welcomed by the incurably friendly Oblivions and soon they're offering priceless gifts - the secret of fire, contemplation and baked potatoes.

Six-part black-hole sci-fi comedy by Colin Swash

Norman ...... Tony Robinson
Max ...... David Haig
Stella ...... Louise Lombard
Macari ...... Michael Troughton
Terayz ...... Carla Mendonca
Tony ...... Geoff McGivern
Ken ...... Tom Hollander
Inspector Albermarle ...... Andy Rashleigh

Producer: Richard Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1995.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b0076mh5)
Series 4

Like a Rolling Stone

Robbie Robertson, Al Kooper and Greil Marcus reflect on Bob Dylan's song that challenged and changed lives.

Contributors:

Bebe Miller
Robbie Robertson
Paula Radice
Al Kooper
Greil Marcus
CP Lee
Michael Gray
Bill McGarvey

Producer: Lindsay Leonard

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2004.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b007jvj0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 King Street Junior (b007jm74)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Wimsey (b007jvmh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Archive on 4 (b09tbl2s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 Alex Edelman's Peer Group (m000w4t0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Revolting People (b00fnrmh)
Series 2

And Yet Even More Trying Times

Samuel is left a fortune by his puritanical Aunt Sybil. But only if his family can fulfil her final wish.

Comedy set just before the American Revolution.

Written by Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses.

Stars Jay Tarses as Samuel Oliphant, Andy Hamilton as Sergeant McGurk, James Fleet as Captain Brimshaw, Jan Ravens as Mary, Hugh Dennis as Ezekiel Spriggs, Penelope Nice as Cora Oliphant, Tony Maudsley as Joshua Oliphant and Phillip Pope as Snavely.

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2001.


TUE 23:00 Bridget Christie Minds the Gap (b04xrwhh)
Series 2

Ethical Filing

Bridget Christie's taken her activism to a whole new level. Well, sort of.

Multi-award winning series about modern feminism.

Bridget thought that she'd be able to put her feet up after her last series, she expected it to bomb. Sadly it was a huge success. But it's OK, because actually she's solved the feminist struggle all by herself.

She's assisted by token man, Fred MacAulay.

Written by Bridget Christie.

Producers: Alison Vernon-Smith and Alexandra Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2015.


TUE 23:30 Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better (b00kfx3c)
Series 1

Pride

Mark Watson investigates pride as he continues his quest to free us from the seven deadly sins via stand-up comedy.

Tim Key and Tim Minchin provide sketches, songs and distractions.

Producer: Katie Marsden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2007.



WEDNESDAY 26 MAY 2021

WED 00:00 Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space (b007jnpy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b0076mh5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Wimsey (b007jvmh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 The Transition by Luke Kennard (b08dnrz2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 Gudrun (m0005f0d)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Mastering the Art of the Kimono (b017chpt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007jx2n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 The Rest is History (b04ws4hy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Four Joneses and a Jenkins (b007jqmy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Beauty of Britain (b010y0sh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Alex Edelman's Peer Group (m000w4t0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Wimsey (b007jvmm)
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

2. The General's Last Evening

Lord Peter Wimsey probes the mysterious Mr Oliver - and a pair of tricky wills.

Starring Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey, Martin Jarvis as George Fentiman and Allan Cuthbertson as Robert Fentiman.

British gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey features in a number of detective novels and short stories by English crime writer, Dorothy L Sayers. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club was first published in 1928.

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

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

Adapted for radio in six episodes by Chris Miller.

Producer: Simon Brett.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1975.


WED 06:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyt)
3. The Ally

Despite the suspicious terrified locals, Steve Gardiner makes a useful ally in the town in his hunt for 'The Kind Man'.

Steve Gardiner ...... Teddy Johnson
Jimmy Morton ...... Jimmy Logan
Delia Dewar ...... Effie Morrison
Romily Foster ...... Douglas Murchie
Wilfred Morton ...... Leonard Maguire
Detective Inspector Gordon ...... Moultrie R. Kelsall
Lindy Marshall ...... Hannah Gordon
The Old Lady ...... Jean Taylor-Smith
The drunk ...... Phil McCall
Bill Williams ...... Glenn Michael

Produced in Glasgow by Eddie Fraser.

First broadcast in April 1954 on the BBC Regional Home Service - Scotland


WED 07:00 A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics (b08hqf5w)
Series 2

The Nose

By John Nicholson, Javier Marzan and Richard Katz

In 17th-century Paris, an early practitioner of plastic surgery has her work cut out when she meets a man with the most wonderfully large nose.

In this second series the comedy troupe Peepolykus assume the roles of minor characters in great works of fiction and derail the plot of the book through their hapless buffoonery.

Director . . . . . Emma Harding
Producer . . . . . Sasha Yevtushenko.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2017.


WED 07:30 Shush! (b08nq9wk)
Series 2

Dewey Decimal

When an International Librarians' Conference looms, Alice and Snoo have to resort to some rather unconventional methods to get hold of a passport - methods that include a thousand hummingbirds, some over-tight jeans and a hilarious anagram.

Meet Alice (Rebecca Front) - a former child prodigy who won a place at Oxford aged 9 but, because Daddy went too, she never needed to have any friends. She's scared of everything. Everything that is except libraries and Snoo (Morwenna Banks) - a slightly confused individual with a have-a-go attitude to life, marriage, haircuts and reality. Snoo loves books, and fully intends to read one one day.

And forever popping into the library is Dr Cadogan (Michael Fenton-Stevens) - celebrity doctor to the stars and a man with his finger in every pie. Charming, indiscreet and quite possibly wanted by Interpol, if you want a discrete nip and tuck and then photos of it accidentally left on the photocopier, Dr Cadogan is your man.

Their happy life is interrupted by the arrival of Simon Nielson (Ben Willbond), a man with a mission - a mission to close down inefficient libraries. Fortunately, he hates his mission. What he really wants to do is once - just once - get even with his inexhaustible supply of high-achieving brothers.

Written by Morwenna Banks and Rebecca Front
Based on an idea developed with Armando Iannucci

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


WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jzg0)
Series 1

The Monte Carlo Rally

The lad competes in the famous motor race in a very classic car - provided by Sid.

Starring Tony Hancock.

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

Special guests: Brian Johnston and Raymond Baxter.

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Theme and incidental music composed by Wally Stott. Recorded by the BBC Revue Orchestra conducted by Harry Rabinowitz.

Producer: Dennis Main Wilson

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in January 1955.


WED 08:30 No Commitments (b007jmvz)
Series 2

Bed and Breakfast

When Anna becomes a temporary landlady, her sister Charlotte offers extra amenities. Stars Rosemary Leach. From August 1993.


WED 09:00 Whispers (b00b0hml)
Series 1

Episode 2

Discover the truth about how Bram Stoker broke Oscar Wilde's heart.

Gyles Brandreth hosts the scandals quiz show that puts naughty before nice, dishing the dirt on the bad boys and girls in history.

Regular team captains writer and critic Anthony Holden and writer and actor Stella Duffy are joined by writer and broadcaster Lynne Truss and former editor of the Erotic Review Rowan Pelling,

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2003.


WED 09:30 Smelling of Roses (b007jrrq)
Series 1

A Good Cause

Rosie’s company is tasked to put together a charity gala concert in aid of the Afghans.

But there’s confusion over whether it’s for the people or the dogs?

Rosie’s company hosts a management team building course. It all goes well until the murder mystery dinner, but it isn't Rosie who makes a killing.

Prunella Scales stars in the first of four series of Simon Brett's sitcom following the trials and tribulations of Rosie Burns and her event-management company based in Brighton.

With Arabella Weir as Kate, Rebecca Callard as Jo, Duncan Preston as Bob, Annette Badland as Tess, Joanna Munro as Ginnie and Celia Imrie as Lady Helen.

Producer: Maria Esposito

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2000.


WED 10:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007jx30)
Preparation of the Sacrifice

Young Alexander goes into battle to prove his manhood. Meanwhile, King Philip's remarriage plans cause tension....

David Wade's six-part serial on the life of Alexander the Great.

Alexander ...... Michael Maloney
Spirit of Achilles ...... Barry Foster
Spirit of Patroclus ...... Simon Ward
King Philip of Macedon ...... Brian Cox
Hephaistion ...... Alex Jennings
Queen Olympias ...... Geraldine James
Ptolemy ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Philotas ...... Michael Onslow
Pusanias ...... James Telfer
Aristander ...... Barry Gordon
Demaratos ...... John Evitts
Parmenion ...... John Rye
Antipatros ...... David March
Demosthene ...... Malcolm Sinclair
Attalos ...... John Baddeley

Music: Wilfredo Acosta

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1993.


WED 11:00 Lauren Laverne: Acting the Rock Star (m000wcjk)
2. Dusty Springfield, Spinal Tap, Beyoncé, Diana Ross & André 3000

From The Beatles and David Bowie to Spinal Tap and beyond, across three programmes Lauren Laverne showcases how rock stars lives have been portrayed on radio and screen.

In the second part of this musical mixtape we'll hear...

"Dusty Won’t Play" - A drama drawing on eye-witness accounts of what happened when Dusty Springfield refused to perform to segregated audiences in apartheid South Africa.

"Back from the Dead: The Return of Spinal Tap" - An excerpt from Peter Curran's 2009 radio special in which he spoke to the heavy metal 'legends'.

We'll also re-visit archive interviews from Beyoncé, Diana Ross and OutKast's André 3000 in which they talk about their own acting experiences, and especially recorded for this programme, the broadcaster, music journalist and Radio Times Film Editor Andrew Collins offers his thoughts on rock stars appearing on screen.

Produced by Stuart Ross.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra.


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jzg0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 No Commitments (b007jmvz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Wimsey (b007jvmm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 The Transition by Luke Kennard (b08dnws0)
Episode 8

Bryan Dick reads Luke Kennard's 'Generation Debt' inspired debut novel, set in an unnamed British city a few years from now.

While Genevieve falls further under the influence of Transition mentors Stu and Janna; Karl is increasingly suspicious about the secretive organisation's true motives.

Reader: Bryan Dick

Writer: Luke Kennard

Abridger: Robin Brooks

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2017.


WED 14:15 Gudrun (m0005f44)
Series 6

Episode 8: Gudrun

Rescued from the wreck of her whaling boat by a tall, spiritual loner, Gudrun believes her saviour to be The Saviour, and a man worthy of her love.

Gudrun ..... Kate Philips
Jesus ..... Paul Hilton
Freija ..... Samantha Dakin

Written by Lucy Catherine.

Produced by Sahsa Yevtushenko.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2019.


WED 14:30 Charting the Border (b047wnyp)
The writer Garrett Carr has spent the last two years walking the Irish border and creating a new map - the Map of Connections.

The border that separates the north and south of Ireland is a place of myth - it's been a symbol of danger and the unknown. But few people know what it actually looks like. Garrett has explored every inch of it and has found a beautiful and strange world of open bogland and unofficial border crossings.

Near Derry, he finds a bridge made out of planks. It connects a farmer's property, in the south, to his son across a stream, in the north.

In South Armagh, he tries to find a border farm he visited years ago. Only now the farm is eerily derelict, with 'No Sale' sprayed on the walls alongside the image of a kalashnikov.

Cross-border movement is quietly happening, unchecked and often unmapped. Garrett takes us back over the land and reveals his border-crossings - not found on any other map.

Produced by Rachel Hooper
A Falling Tree production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


WED 15:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007jx30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Whispers (b00b0hml)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 Smelling of Roses (b007jrrq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics (b08hqf5w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Shush! (b08nq9wk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space (b007jnt5)
3. Anyone for Tennis?

As the Oblivions have so much time on their hands, it couldn't possibly hurt to introduce them to the gentle game of tennis, could it?

Sci-fi comedy by Colin Swash about two space-age humans stranded on a friendly alien planet.

Norman ...... Tony Robinson
Max ...... David Haig
Stella ...... Louise Lombard
Macari ...... Michael Troughton
Terayz ...... Carla Mendonca
Ken ...... Tom Hollander

Producer: Richard Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1995.


WED 18:30 Short Cuts (m0005mtw)
Series 19

Mirror Image

Josie Long gazes into a mirror as she presents short documentaries and sonic adventures on reflections and doubles.

A woman wrestles with an unsettling shadow, the double act Split Britches explore life as partners and performers and a work of sound art offers advice on becoming more becoming...

Becoming More Becoming
Originally made for the Third Coast International Audio Festival ShortDocs competition
Produced by Sarah Boothroyd

Split Britches
Feat. Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver
Produced by Alia Cassam

The Detonator
Originally made for CBC's Love Me
Produced by Sarah Geis, Mira Burt-Wintonick, Cristal Duhaime and 'Kate'
Sound by Mira Burt-Wintonick

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall.
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2019.


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007jzg0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 No Commitments (b007jmvz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Wimsey (b007jvmm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Lauren Laverne: Acting the Rock Star (m000wcjk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 Shush! (b08nq9wk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Bleak Expectations (b00nyy8s)
Series 3

An Evil Life Sort of Explained

Pip Bin, Harry Biscuit and Gently Benevolent find themselves trapped in the vast emptiness of space.

As their doom looks increasingly inevitable, Mr Benevolent finally explains just why it is that he is so very very evil.

Comedy Victorian adventure by Mark Evans.

Sir Philip ...... Richard Johnson
Young Pip Bin ...... Tom Allen
Gently Benevolent ...... Anthony Head
Lovely Benevolent ...... Jane Asher
Harry Biscuit ...... James Bachman
Hardthrasher/Sternbeater/Wackwallop ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Miss Christmasham ...... Sarah Hadland
Miss Sweetly Delightful ...... Raquel Cassidy.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2009


WED 23:00 The Problem With Adam Bloom (b007r0c7)
Series 1

Lending Things

Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

Adam Bloom explores what happens when you give something to someone and then ask for it back.

With stand-up reconstructions and help from Rob Rouse.

Written by Adam Bloom.

Producer: Adam Bromley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2003.


WED 23:15 Tina C (b01bm0q4)
Tina C's Global Depression Tour

China

Country legend Tina C challenges the Secretary for the US Treasury, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve and the former CEO of Goldman Sachs that where they have failed, she can come up with a solution to the Global Recession, and sets off on a six country tour to prove it.

This week she's in China.

Tina C...Christopher Green
With Will Hutton, Victoria Inez Hardy and James Lailey.

Musical arrangements by Duncan Walsh Atkins and Christopher Green
Director Jeremy Mortimer.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2012.


WED 23:30 Vent (b01dlg0k)
Series 3

Ladies and Gentlemen

Ben makes the ambulance journey home to begin life in a wheelchair. On the way he remembers an argument about cheesecake, invents a panel game and meets Buzz Aldrin.

Dark sitcom about a man in a coma, travelling through the distinctly odd landscape of his own unconscious mind.

Written by Nigel Smith.

Ben ...... Neil Pearson
Mary ...... Fiona Allen
Mum ...... Josie Lawrence
Blitz ...... Leslie Ash
Nurse ...... Jo Martin
Derek ...... Stephen Frost
Marley ...... Spencer Brown
Chairman ...... Robert Webb
Buzz ...... Peter Banks
Announcer ...... Bruce Alexander
Bea ...... Scarlett Milburn-Smith

Director: Nigel Smith.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2009.



THURSDAY 27 MAY 2021

THU 00:00 Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space (b007jnt5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Short Cuts (m0005mtw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Wimsey (b007jvmm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 The Transition by Luke Kennard (b08dnws0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 Gudrun (m0005f44)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 Charting the Border (b047wnyp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007jx30)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Whispers (b00b0hml)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 Smelling of Roses (b007jrrq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics (b08hqf5w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Shush! (b08nq9wk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Wimsey (b007jvmr)
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

3. Mr Oliver

Probing the last hours of the life of General Fentiman, upper class sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey seeks out his grandson.

Starring Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey, Allan Cuthbertson as Robert Fentiman and Martin Jarvis as George Fentiman.

British gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey features in a number of detective novels and short stories by English crime writer, Dorothy L Sayers. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club was first published in 1928.

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

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

Adapted for radio in six episodes by Chris Miller.

Producer: Simon Brett.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1975.


THU 06:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyw)
4. The Latest Victim

Steve Gardiner witnesses the Kind Man's latest deadly attack and hears the dying words of the victim...

Steve Gardiner ...... Teddy Johnson
Jimmy Morton ...... Jimmy Logan
Delia Dewar ...... Effie Morrison
Romily Foster ...... Douglas Murchie
Wilfred Morton ...... Leonard Maguire
Detective Inspector Gordon ...... Moultrie R. Kelsall
Lindy Marshall ...... Hannah Gordon
Diana Wheeler-Sproat ...... Eileen McCallum
PC McKenzie ...... John Young
Mr Dunnsmiur ...... Michael Elder

Produced in Glasgow by Eddie Fraser.

First broadcast in April 1954 on the BBC Regional Home Service - Scotland


THU 07:00 Cleaning Up (b052m59s)
Episode 1

Every night, as time is called and people are spat out onto the streets and squeezed into rides home to dream -tossed beds - others are hard at work. Teams of cleaners are in office spaces scrubbing, vaccuming and cleaning up. And right at the bottom of the food chain we find our gang - Spit n' Polish tackling the floors of a plush tower block in Manchester city centre.

In this opening episode, a new cleaner reports for duty. Turns out he and his boss have met before.

Written by Ian Kershaw and with a top hole Northern cast this is a funny, sometimes dark comedy about people who always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop.This four part series is about a group of people who are thrown together by their work and who take as much solace as they can from this.

Julie ..... Julie Hesmondhalgh
Nobby ..... Paul Barber
Dave ..... John Thompson
Shiv ..... Lauren Socha
Nita ..... Bhavna Limbachia
Our Bri ..... Jack Deam

Produced at BBC Salford by Alison Vernon-Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.


THU 07:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (m000w5jh)
Series 9

Episode 3

The ninth series of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is very different to the previous eight. It's still written by John Finnemore, "one of our best sketch writers", (The Observer), and performed by him with "a great supporting cast of Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane, Lawry Lewin and Carrie Quinlan" (The Telegraph), and there are still sketches and songs. But, with no live studio audience this year, John has taken the opportunity to try something completely new

Every episode in this series of Souvenir Programme is made up of scenes from one person's life, played in reverse order. There's no narrative to the episode; it's still a sketch show, not a sitcom... but the sketches in each episode all happened to one person, played by one member of the cast, over the course of their lifetime.

This week, we follow our way back through the life of Jerry, starting earlier this year.

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme started in 2011 and quickly established itself as "One of the most consistently funny sketch shows for quite some time" (The Guardian), and "One of the funniest and most inventive new radio comedy shows of recent years" (The Daily Mail).

Written and performed by ... John Finnemore
Jerry ... Simon Kane
Ensemble ... Lawry Lewin
Ensemble ... Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Ensemble ... Carrie Quinlan

Original music composed by .... Susannah Pearse
Original music arranged by ... Susannah Pearse and Tim Sutton
Recorded and edited by ... Rich Evans at Syncbox Post
Production coordinator ... Beverly Tagg
Producer ... Ed Morrish

A BBC Studios Production


THU 08:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b010tcrn)
Series 7

Episode 5

The History of Transport - and the search is on for the Lost City of Atlantis courtesy of Professor Prune.

Starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall and Bill Oddie.

Sketches written by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie with Simon Brett.

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

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

Producer: David Hatch/Peter Titheradge

First broadcast on the BBC Radio 2 in February 1969.


THU 08:30 The House of the Spirit Levels (b007jvb4)
Treachery With a Cricket Sock in Its Face

Tony meets two old flames and some Russian gangsters. Nick Revell's epic comedy saga with Alison Steadman. From May 1997.


THU 09:00 The Write Stuff (m000wd0z)
Series 7

Richmal Crompton

James Walton's literary quiz.

Team captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh are joined by Miles Kington and novelist Harry Ritchie

Author of the week is Richmal Crompton

Reader: Beth Chalmers

Producer: Katie Marsden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2004.


THU 09:30 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b007zkzz)
Series 2

Episode 4

When their new and 'ever so slightly unbearable' friends invite them to dinner, Lucy wants to return the offer. But Daniel, who's expected to cook, is less than convinced...

The second series of David Spicer's comedy drama about modern life and parenthood, as seen through the eyes of two 30-something non-parents.

Starring David Tennant as Daniel, Liz Carling as Lucy, Samantha Spiro as Katie, Tony Gardner as Andy, Joanna Brookes as Alison, Jonathan Aris as Steve and Carla Mendonca as Linda.

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.


THU 10:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007jx34)
The Road to Gordium

Warrior Alexander becomes King of Macedon and sets out to conquer the world.

David Wade's six-part serial on the life of Alexander the Great

Alexander ...... Michael Maloney
Spirit of Achilles ...... Barry Foster
Spirit of Patroclus ...... Simon Ward
Hephaistion ...... Alex Jennings
Queen Olympias ...... Geraldine James
Darius ...... Charles Kay
Harpalos ...... Dominic Letts
Perdikkas ...... Mark Straker
Charidemos ...... Jonathan Adams
Ptolemy ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Philotas ...... Michael Onslow
Anteas ...... Barry Gordon
Simmias ...... John Evitts
Antipatros ...... David March
Demosthene ...... Malcolm Sinclair
Nabarzanes ...... John Baddeley

Music: Wilfredo Acosta

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1993.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b05x27d7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 11:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00zt5xr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b010tcrn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 The House of the Spirit Levels (b007jvb4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Wimsey (b007jvmr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 The Transition by Luke Kennard (b08dr942)
Episode 9

Luke Kennard's debut novel, read by Bryan Dick.

To avoid being jailed for his part in a credit card scam, Karl and Genevieve have signed up to a six-month 'rehabilitation' programme run by secretive organisation THE TRANSITION. One month in: Genevieve is completely assimilated, while Karl is close to full scale rebellion.

Reader: Bryan Dick

Writer: Luke Kennard

Abridger: Robin Brooks

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2017.


THU 14:15 Gudrun (m0005f2y)
Series 6

Episode 9: Sigrid

Set in the 11th century, the series follows Gudrun in the New World, and her estranged daughter Sigrid in England. Both mother and daughter have reasons to seek forgiveness as they forge a path through lands of unearthly beauty and uncompromising harshness.

Sigrid and Canute have escaped their Saxon captors but their fate hangs in the balance. What will King Sweyn make of Gudrun's daughter?

Sigrid ...... Hollie Burgess
The Virgin ..... Marilyn Nnadebe
Dane ..... Christopher Harper
Sweyn ..... Michael Bertenshaw
Gorm ..... David Hounslow
Canute ..... Aaron Gelkoff

Written by Lucy Catherine.
Produced by Sahsa Yevtushenko.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2019.


THU 14:30 A Kiss Is .... Never Just a Kiss (b01gg8h0)
The kiss is the most deceptive gesture. Seemingly simple, it is in fact a highly complex action and - depending on the depth of passion used - can ignite a plethora of emotional, sensual and physical reactions including lowering blood pleasure, extending life expectancy and helping to choose a mate.

But the kiss we know and practice today, didn't always have emotional and erotic overtones. In Roman times a kiss was used as a symbol of power: the lower the rank the nearer the ground you planted your kiss, only kissing someone on the mouth if you were their equal. The Greeks believed that breath was the life of man, and kissing an adored object represented a sort of sacrifice. And when European explorers introduced the practice of kissing in South Africa, the Tsonga people were horrified exclaiming "Look at these people! They suck each other! They eat each other's saliva and dirt!" So you see, the idea of kissing someone on the lips hasn't always thrilled people.

Today, just about every culture on the planet kisses - but some cultures are still reluctant. In Arab countries, public displays of affection can land you in prison - and if you kiss someone in Japan, you can find yourself engaged to be married!

In "A Kiss is...Never Just a Kiss", the former Editor of the Erotic Review Rowan Pelling tries to discover how and why our views of kissing have changed and whether it has lost some of its magic with over-use, and takes a lesson in how to do it for stage and screen when you've never met the person you're kissing before.

Presenter: Rowan Pelling

Producer: Angela Hind
A Pier production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.


THU 15:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007jx34)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 The Write Stuff (m000wd0z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b007zkzz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 Cleaning Up (b052m59s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (m000w5jh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space (b007jnx2)
4. Martinis

The dangers of tennis are now apparent to the Oblivions - but Martinis? What could possibly go wrong with Martinis?

Sci-fi comedy by Colin Swash about two space-age humans stranded on a friendly alien planet.

Norman ...... Tony Robinson
Max ...... David Haig
Stella ...... Louise Lombard
Macari ...... Michael Troughton
Terayz ...... Carla Mendonca
Ken ...... Tom Hollander
Tony ...... Geoff McGivern
Clive ...... Guy Witcher
Jonathan ...... RossAlistair McGowan

Producer: Richard Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1995.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b084bmf7)
Series 41

Lucy Porter on Cary Grant

The comedian and writer Lucy Porter champions Cary Grant as her Great Life finding that, despite his troubled relationships with women off screen, his on screen charm and generosity towards his female co stars redeems him. Lucy joins Matthew Parris along with Grant's biographer, Geoffrey Wansell, to discuss the troubled screen icon's humble beginnings in Bristol and following him to the glamour and wealth of Los Angeles.

Producer: Maggie Ayre

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.


THU 19:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b010tcrn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 The House of the Spirit Levels (b007jvb4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Wimsey (b007jvmr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b05x27d7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00zt5xr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (m000w5jh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Little Lifetimes by Jenny Eclair (b099yqss)
Series 4

The Visit

A woman returns to her old home to see the changes made by her husband and his new wife. She can't believe what she finds, but she has a unique way of dealing with her disappointment.

Another in the series of Jenny Eclair's comic monologues where four women reach a crisis in their lives.

Doon Mackichan is one of our leading comic actors. She wrote and starred in Smack The Pony and Doon Our Way and has recently been seen in Plebs and Two Doors Down.

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2017,


THU 22:45 Brian Appleton's History of Rock 'n' Roll (b00fvm5g)
Consider Yourself Dumped Upon

Rock musicologist and part-time media studies tutor Brian Appleton reveals more big names in rock who have a lot to thank him for.

Brian performs the first progressive rock song ever written, and reveals he inadvertently encouraged the Who to smash up their equipment and was instrumental in Phil Collins becoming the lead singer in Genesis.

A six-part comedy series written and performed by Graham Fellows.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2001.


THU 23:00 The In Crowd (b007jp55)
Series 4

Episode 1

Compulsive Liars Anonymous and a birthday shock. The comedy sketch show from Manchester.
Starring Robin Ince, Helen Moon, Smug Roberts and Kate Ward.

Produced in Manchester by Graham Frost.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.


THU 23:30 Safety Catch (b00fkyrd)
Series 1

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Will Simon blow the whistle on his murky world of international arms dealing? Stars Darren Boyd. From October 2007.



FRIDAY 28 MAY 2021

FRI 00:00 Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space (b007jnx2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b084bmf7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Wimsey (b007jvmr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 The Transition by Luke Kennard (b08dr942)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 Gudrun (m0005f2y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 A Kiss Is .... Never Just a Kiss (b01gg8h0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 David Wade - Alexander (b007jx34)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 The Write Stuff (m000wd0z)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b007zkzz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 Cleaning Up (b052m59s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (m000w5jh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Wimsey (b007jvmz)
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

4. Exhumation

Lord Peter Wimsey awaits Doctor Horner's verdict. At a party thrown by pal Margery, the upper class sleuth does a little more digging.

Starring Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey, Allan Cuthbertson as Robert Fentiman and Gabriel Woolf as Inspector Parker.

British gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey features in a number of detective novels and short stories by English crime writer, Dorothy L Sayers. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club was first published in 1928.

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

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

Adapted for radio in six episodes by Chris Miller.

Producer: Simon Brett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1975.


FRI 06:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyy)
5. The Angry Mob

After Delia Dewar implicates him, an angry mob turns on Jimmy Morton. Meanwhile Steve Gardiner discovers his friend's war actions.

Steve Gardiner ...... Teddy Johnson
PC McKenzie ...... John Young
PC Robertson ...... Kalman Glass
Lindy Marshall ...... Hannah Gordon
Jimmy Morton ...... Jimmy Logan
Wilfred Morton - Leonard Maguire
Detective Inspector Gordon ...... Moultrie R. Kelsall
Louisa Matthews ...... Nancy Mitchell
Romily Foster ...... Douglas Murchie
Bill Williams ...... Glenn Michael

Produced in Glasgow by Eddie Fraser.

First broadcast in April 1954 on the BBC Regional Home Service - Scotland


FRI 07:00 The Break (b07h6fmm)
Series 1

Occupied

Andy (Tom Palmer) has found a level of contentment with the world - reading books, watching films, and generally repairing his wounded psyche. Uncle Jeff (Philip Jackson) is having none of this and reveals a hitherto unknown secret to Andy, that the dusty shop downstairs from his seaside flat belongs to Jeff. When necessary, it seems, he offers the community of Flamford a valuable service as an electrical repair person.

Jeff lures Andy into the shop and shows him how to use the till. Andy realises it's another of his uncle's ploys, and refuses this oblique yet unsubtle job offer. But Jeff, never the one to say "die", takes his nephew on a job search in which Andy is an unwilling participant.

Visits follow to Fish Shop Frank (Mark Benton), the Tourist Information Office run by the uniformed and uninformed Steph and Pippa (Alison Steadman and Shobna Gulati), and Flamford's as-yet-unlicensed zoo.

Writers: Ian Brown and James Hendrie
Producer/Director: Gordon Kennedy
An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.


FRI 07:30 The Confessional (m000wc13)
Series 1

The Confession of Phil Wang

Actor, comedian and broadcaster Stephen Mangan presents a comedy chat show about shame and guilt.

Each week Stephen Mangan invites a different eminent guest into his virtual confessional box to make three 'confessions' to him. This is a cue for some remarkable storytelling, and surprising insights as their confessions are put under the microscope.

We’re used to hearing celebrity interviews, where stars are persuaded to show off about their achievements and talk about their proudest moments. Stephen is not interested in that. He doesn’t want to know what his guests are proud of, he wants to know what they’re ashamed of. That’s surely the way to find out what really makes a person tick.Stephen and his guest reflect with empathy and humour on things like: why we get embarrassed, where our shame thresholds should be, and the value of guilt.

Series guests include Marian Keyes, Cariad Lloyd, Joan Bakewell, Suzi Ruffell, Phil Hammond, Alastair Campbell and many more.

This week, award-winning stand-up and sketch comedian, Phil Wang confesses about potty training, supermarket gossip and getting the wrong end of the stick.

Written and presented by Stephen Mangan
With extra material by Nick Doody
Devised with Dave Anderson and produced by Frank Stirling
A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4


FRI 08:00 Dad's Army (b007k48l)
Series 1

Something Nasty in the Vault

An unexploded bomb puts Mainwaring and Wilson in a jam.

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, Arnold Ridley as Private Godfrey, Ian Lavender as Private Pike, John Laurie as Private Frazer, Jack Watson as Major Smith and Alan Tilvern as Captain Rodrigues. With 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 the BBC Radio 4 in April 1974.


FRI 08:30 Semi Circles (b007jxlw)
Series 1

A Matter of Life and Death

Following a school reunion, Ben is cajoled to sign up for life insurance. Subterfuge is called for

The improving story of life and improving times in an improving neighbourhood.

Starring Paula Wilcox as Helen and David Wood as Ben

Written by Simon Brett

Helen ...... Paula Wilcox
Ben ...... David Wood
Mrs Kelly ...... Pay Heywood
Alastair ...... Bruce Alexander
Willy ...... Robert Longden
Blythe ...... Bryan Coleman

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1982.


FRI 09:00 Counterpoint (b00s97hj)
Series 24

2010 Heat 8

(8/13) Paul Gambaccini chairs the penultimate heat of the 2010 tournament. Three amateur music enthusiasts face Paul's questions on a wide variety of musical topics, from the baroque to rock. This week's competitors come from London, Worthing and Hale in Cheshire. As always, there'll be musical extracts and clues to suit every taste.

Producer Paul Bajoria

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


FRI 09:30 Bristow (b007v1dg)
Series 3

The Good, the Bad and the Temporary

There's a new girl in town, and Bristow knows his office isn't big enough for the two of them.

Michael Williams stars as Bristow, the buying clerk from Frank Dickens' famous newspaper cartoon strip. Syndicated internationally, it ran for 41 years in London's Evening Standard.

Bristow ...... Michael Williams
Jones ...... Rodney Bewes
Mrs Purdy ...... Dora Bryan
Perkins ...... Leslie Phillips
Hewitt ...... Owen Brenman
Miss Sunman ...... Katy Odey
Fudge ...... Jon Glover
Postboy ...... Simon Schatzberger
Stokes ...... David Battley
Sylvana ...... Jackie Neglia

Music: John Whitehall

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2000.


FRI 10:00 David Wade - Alexander (b00cfwr8)
The Hunt of the God King

Alexander pursues Darius, conquers Egypt and falls in love with Barsine.

David Wade's six-part serial on the life of Alexander the Great

Alexander ...... Michael Maloney
Hephaistion ...... Alex Jennings
Achilles ...... Barry Foster
Patroclus ...... Simon Ward
Ptolemy ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Philotas ...... Michael Onslow
Perdikkas ...... Mark Straker
Simmias ...... John Evitts
Philip ...... Sean Barrett
Lysimachos ...... Keith Drinkel
Eumenes ...... James Telfer
Artzbazus ...... Philip Anthony
Barsine ...... Teresa Gallagher
Sisygambis ...... Diana Payan
Thais ...... Rachel Atkins
The Eunuch ...... Richard Pearce

Music: Wilfredo Acosta

Director: Glyn Dearman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1993.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000wd9b)
Sound Design

Laura Grimshaw and Jon Holmes immerse themselves in the world of sound design.


FRI 12:00 Dad's Army (b007k48l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Semi Circles (b007jxlw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Wimsey (b007jvmz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 The Transition by Luke Kennard (b08drky3)
Episode 10

Moving conclusion of Luke Kennard's debut novel, read by Bryan Dick.

Although he's been banished to the basement and relegated to The Transition's 'B stream' programme, Karl's only concern is for Genevieve: her increasingly erratic behaviour, which he knows from long experience, is a precursor to a serious breakdown. Janna and Stu refuse to listen to his concerns, however, and soon his fears are proved correct.

Reader: Bryan Dick

Writer: Luke Kennard

Abridger: Robin Brooks

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2017.


FRI 14:15 Gudrun (m0005f8t)
Series 6

Episode 10: Gudrun

by Lucy Catherine

The last episode in the current series. Guthrun's love of Jesus, and her desire to return to the Sacred Land, inform the greatest decision she will make.

Gudrun ..... Kate Philips
Leif ..... Chris Pavlo
Heidr ..... Helen Clapp
Panuk ..... Kenny Blyth
Jesus ..... Paul Hilton
Sigrid ..... Hollie Burgess
Freija ..... Samantha Dakin

Written by Lucy Catherine.
Produced by Sasha Yevtushenko.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2019.


FRI 14:30 Malmesbury: the Philosophy Town (b017551k)
Britain's most famous political philosopher Thomas Hobbes was born there, and Malmesbury in Wiltshire wants to become for philosophy what Hay-on-Wye is for books, St. Ives for painting, or Aldeburgh for music.

It is setting out to become the country's special 'Philosophy Town'. The scheme is the brainchild of philosophy and small-town enthusiast Michael Cuthbert, and he has got the backing of Wiltshire Council and the involvement of the local and long-established Thomas Hobbes Society. He has also enthused the head teacher of Malmesbury School, whose students are being encouraged to take philosophy seriously.

Recently Malmesbury has hosted an annual philosophy festival. Initially this focused on Hobbes - and the country's leading experts came to speak - but now its scope is wider.

Mark Whitaker (who has himself published work on Hobbes) reports from the Malmesbury Festival. He interviews leading philosophers who are speaking. These include John Cottingham, Simon Glendinning and Angie Hobbs. Professor Hobbs has been designated a 'Town Philosopher', and she also holds an academic title in the Public Understanding of Philosophy.

The Festival raises questions as to what philosophy is once it escapes from the academy. Whitaker interviews members of the audience and local residents about how they see the link between their town and philosophy. He also explores plans to give philosophy a permanent place in Malmesbury. There is talk of a 'Philosopher's Footpath' from Oxford, of inscriptions of great philosophical sayings on the town's buildings, and of a philosophical bookshop-cum-cafe.

Producer: Mark Whitaker
A Square Dog Radio production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


FRI 15:00 David Wade - Alexander (b00cfwr8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 Counterpoint (b00s97hj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 Bristow (b007v1dg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 The Break (b07h6fmm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 The Confessional (m000wc13)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space (b007jp0g)
5. Things Hot Up

When Norman introduces the Oblivions to the pleasures of the flesh, one thing leads to another...

Sci-fi comedy by Colin Swash about two space-age humans stranded on a friendly alien planet.

Norman ...... Tony Robinson
Max ...... David Haig
Stella ...... Louise Lombard
Macari ...... Michael Troughton
Terayz ...... Carla Mendonca
Clive ...... Guy Witcher
Buzz ...... Peter Serafinowcz

Producer: Richard Wilson

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1995.


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b00sjt9x)
Shoulda Put A Ring On It

Off The Page presents new writing and provocative debate. Bidisha, Stella Duffy and Harry Benson have their 400 word essays at the ready - entitled "Shoulda Put A Ring On It." The title comes from a Beyonce single, and provokes each of our guests in a different way. "Marriage? I am not tempted, writes Bidisha, "it is like all other things I am not tempted by, such as golf, crochet and pole jumping."

Presenter Dominic Arkwright

Producer: Sarah Langan

First broadcast on BBC Radio Four in June 2010.


FRI 19:00 Dad's Army (b007k48l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Semi Circles (b007jxlw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Wimsey (b007jvmz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness (b0b51vyy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000wd9b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 The Confessional (m000wc13)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 The Consultants (b061gtpt)
Series 4

Episode 4

A 'ladies man' sings about his suspect personal hygiene. Neil Edmond and James Rawlings' cerebral sketches. From November 2005.


FRI 23:00 Lucy Montgomery's Variety Pack (b012wjd5)
Series 2

Episode 2

The human chameleon's host of comic characters with a nonagenarian musical.

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

Written by Lucy Montgomery with additional material by Steven Burge, Jon Hunter, Fay Rusling and Barunka O'Shaughnessy.

Script Editor: Dan Tetsell

Music by Philip Pope

Producer: Katie Tyrrell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2011.


FRI 23:30 Chris Addison's Civilization (b00f68lx)
A Sense of Identity

Chris Addison reveals how "culture" gives a civilisation a sense of identity, and Professor Herring tells all about a conference on deckchairs

Continuing his journey through the vast and rich subject of civilisation, the thinking-idiot's anthropologist explains exactly what we need to create a new one.

With Professor Austin Herring (Geoffrey McGivern), Jo Enright and Dan Tetsell.

Producer: Simon Nicholls

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2006.




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

A Good Read 18:30 MON (b01gh84k)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b01gh84k)

A Kiss Is .... Never Just a Kiss 14:30 THU (b01gg8h0)

A Kiss Is .... Never Just a Kiss 02:30 FRI (b01gg8h0)

A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics 12:00 SAT (b08h0c9k)

A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics 07:00 WED (b08hqf5w)

A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics 17:00 WED (b08hqf5w)

A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics 05:00 THU (b08hqf5w)

AL Kennedy - Subterranean Homesick Blues 14:20 SUN (b093m2x1)

AL Kennedy - Subterranean Homesick Blues 02:20 MON (b093m2x1)

Act Your Age 09:00 MON (b00qplyn)

Act Your Age 16:00 MON (b00qplyn)

Act Your Age 04:00 TUE (b00qplyn)

Alex Edelman's Peer Group 07:30 TUE (m000w4t0)

Alex Edelman's Peer Group 17:30 TUE (m000w4t0)

Alex Edelman's Peer Group 22:00 TUE (m000w4t0)

Alex Edelman's Peer Group 05:30 WED (m000w4t0)

Archive on 4 11:00 TUE (b09tbl2s)

Archive on 4 21:00 TUE (b09tbl2s)

As Told To Craig Brown 23:00 SUN (b00bbnxt)

Be My Guest 02:30 SAT (b0b520pj)

Be My Guest 15:30 SUN (b0b520pj)

Be My Guest 03:30 MON (b0b520pj)

Beauty of Britain 07:00 TUE (b010y0sh)

Beauty of Britain 17:00 TUE (b010y0sh)

Beauty of Britain 05:00 WED (b010y0sh)

Bleak Expectations 22:30 WED (b00nyy8s)

Brian Appleton's History of Rock 'n' Roll 22:45 THU (b00fvm5g)

Bridget Christie Minds the Gap 14:30 SAT (b04wwnh8)

Bridget Christie Minds the Gap 02:30 SUN (b04wwnh8)

Bridget Christie Minds the Gap 23:00 TUE (b04xrwhh)

Bristow 04:30 SAT (b007tdnn)

Bristow 09:30 FRI (b007v1dg)

Bristow 16:30 FRI (b007v1dg)

Caroline Gawn - Fraud 16:00 SUN (b0076cpm)

Caroline Gawn - Fraud 20:00 SUN (b0076cpm)

Caroline Gawn - Fraud 04:00 MON (b0076cpm)

Chain Reaction 22:30 MON (b03q8z47)

Charting the Border 14:30 WED (b047wnyp)

Charting the Border 02:30 THU (b047wnyp)

Chris Addison's Civilization 23:30 FRI (b00f68lx)

Cleaning Up 07:00 THU (b052m59s)

Cleaning Up 17:00 THU (b052m59s)

Cleaning Up 05:00 FRI (b052m59s)

Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space 18:00 MON (b007jnlt)

Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space 00:00 TUE (b007jnlt)

Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space 18:00 TUE (b007jnpy)

Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space 00:00 WED (b007jnpy)

Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space 18:00 WED (b007jnt5)

Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space 00:00 THU (b007jnt5)

Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space 18:00 THU (b007jnx2)

Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space 00:00 FRI (b007jnx2)

Colin Swash - Paradise Lost in Space 18:00 FRI (b007jp0g)

Counterpoint 04:00 SAT (b00s7vtk)

Counterpoint 09:00 FRI (b00s97hj)

Counterpoint 16:00 FRI (b00s97hj)

Dad's Army 08:00 FRI (b007k48l)

Dad's Army 12:00 FRI (b007k48l)

Dad's Army 19:00 FRI (b007k48l)

Dalziel & Pascoe - Exit Lines 01:30 SAT (m000w6lw)

Dan Dare 18:00 SAT (b0bfxjs5)

Dan Dare 00:00 SUN (b0bfxjs5)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 10:45 SUN (b00zt5xr)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 SUN (b00zt5xr)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 11:45 THU (b00zt5xr)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 THU (b00zt5xr)

David Wade - Alexander 10:00 MON (b007jx2h)

David Wade - Alexander 15:00 MON (b007jx2h)

David Wade - Alexander 03:00 TUE (b007jx2h)

David Wade - Alexander 10:00 TUE (b007jx2n)

David Wade - Alexander 15:00 TUE (b007jx2n)

David Wade - Alexander 03:00 WED (b007jx2n)

David Wade - Alexander 10:00 WED (b007jx30)

David Wade - Alexander 15:00 WED (b007jx30)

David Wade - Alexander 03:00 THU (b007jx30)

David Wade - Alexander 10:00 THU (b007jx34)

David Wade - Alexander 15:00 THU (b007jx34)

David Wade - Alexander 03:00 FRI (b007jx34)

David Wade - Alexander 10:00 FRI (b00cfwr8)

David Wade - Alexander 15:00 FRI (b00cfwr8)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (b05x27d7)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (b05x27d7)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (b05x27d7)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (b05x27d7)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 09:30 SUN (b007yrh0)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 09:30 THU (b007zkzz)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 16:30 THU (b007zkzz)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 04:30 FRI (b007zkzz)

Drama 03:00 SAT (b096fsmx)

Drop Me Here, Darling 09:00 SUN (m000v29w)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 06:30 MON (b0b51vyp)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 13:30 MON (b0b51vyp)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 20:30 MON (b0b51vyp)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 01:30 TUE (b0b51vyp)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 06:30 TUE (b0b51vyr)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 13:30 TUE (b0b51vyr)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 20:30 TUE (b0b51vyr)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 01:30 WED (b0b51vyr)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 06:30 WED (b0b51vyt)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 13:30 WED (b0b51vyt)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 20:30 WED (b0b51vyt)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 01:30 THU (b0b51vyt)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 06:30 THU (b0b51vyw)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 13:30 THU (b0b51vyw)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 20:30 THU (b0b51vyw)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 01:30 FRI (b0b51vyw)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 06:30 FRI (b0b51vyy)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 13:30 FRI (b0b51vyy)

Edward Boyd - The Candle of Darkness 20:30 FRI (b0b51vyy)

Elizabeth Gaskell - Curious, If True 18:00 SUN (b00tvmk0)

Elizabeth Gaskell - Curious, If True 00:00 MON (b00tvmk0)

Four Joneses and a Jenkins 09:30 TUE (b007jqmy)

Four Joneses and a Jenkins 16:30 TUE (b007jqmy)

Four Joneses and a Jenkins 04:30 WED (b007jqmy)

From Gorsemere to Gloomsbury: The Literary Lunacy of Sue Limb 09:00 SAT (m0009bys)

From Gorsemere to Gloomsbury: The Literary Lunacy of Sue Limb 19:00 SAT (m0009bys)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (b07wby0q)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (b07wby0q)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (b07wby0q)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b084bmf7)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b084bmf7)

Gudrun 02:15 SAT (m00057rq)

Gudrun 14:15 MON (m0005f2s)

Gudrun 02:15 TUE (m0005f2s)

Gudrun 14:15 TUE (m0005f0d)

Gudrun 02:15 WED (m0005f0d)

Gudrun 14:15 WED (m0005f44)

Gudrun 02:15 THU (m0005f44)

Gudrun 14:15 THU (m0005f2y)

Gudrun 02:15 FRI (m0005f2y)

Gudrun 14:15 FRI (m0005f8t)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b007jzg0)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b007jzg0)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b007jzg0)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:00 THU (b010tcrn)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:00 THU (b010tcrn)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:00 THU (b010tcrn)

I've Never Seen Star Wars 23:30 SAT (b05108h0)

Inheritance Tracks 07:10 SUN (b07d3fpp)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SUN (b06chsm1)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 MON (b06chsm1)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (m000wlpn)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (m000wlpn)

Jason Cook's School of Hard Knocks 23:00 SAT (b03ws221)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 07:30 THU (m000w5jh)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 17:30 THU (m000w5jh)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 22:00 THU (m000w5jh)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 05:30 FRI (m000w5jh)

Josie Long: Romance and Adventure 22:30 SAT (b076p08g)

King Street Junior 08:30 TUE (b007jm74)

King Street Junior 12:30 TUE (b007jm74)

King Street Junior 19:30 TUE (b007jm74)

Lauren Laverne: Acting the Rock Star 11:00 WED (m000wcjk)

Lauren Laverne: Acting the Rock Star 21:00 WED (m000wcjk)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 08:30 MON (b0075nmn)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 12:30 MON (b0075nmn)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 19:30 MON (b0075nmn)

Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World 23:30 SUN (b007jtrr)

Little Lifetimes by Jenny Eclair 22:30 THU (b099yqss)

Lucy Catherine - Gudrun 07:20 SUN (m0005gxn)

Lucy Montgomery's Variety Pack 15:30 SAT (b012qtv1)

Lucy Montgomery's Variety Pack 03:30 SUN (b012qtv1)

Lucy Montgomery's Variety Pack 23:00 FRI (b012wjd5)

Malmesbury: the Philosophy Town 14:30 FRI (b017551k)

Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better 15:00 SAT (b00k9dc3)

Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better 03:00 SUN (b00k9dc3)

Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better 23:30 TUE (b00kfx3c)

Mastering the Art of the Kimono 14:30 TUE (b017chpt)

Mastering the Art of the Kimono 02:30 WED (b017chpt)

Murder & Mystery 18:45 SUN (m0003l5g)

Murder & Mystery 00:45 MON (m0003l5g)

Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics 12:30 SUN (b040hjy4)

Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics 17:30 SUN (b040hjy4)

Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics 22:00 SUN (b040hjy4)

Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics 05:30 MON (b040hjy4)

Nature Table 07:30 MON (m000w4pf)

Nature Table 17:30 MON (m000w4pf)

Nature Table 22:00 MON (m000w4pf)

Nature Table 05:30 TUE (m000w4pf)

No Commitments 08:30 WED (b007jmvz)

No Commitments 12:30 WED (b007jmvz)

No Commitments 19:30 WED (b007jmvz)

Off the Page 00:30 SAT (b00p93sw)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b00sjt9x)

Planet B 00:00 SAT (b00j2j7k)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m000wd9b)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m000wd9b)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (m000wb77)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m000wb77)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m000wb77)

Psmith in the City by PG Wodehouse 07:00 MON (b00dsr3b)

Psmith in the City by PG Wodehouse 17:00 MON (b00dsr3b)

Psmith in the City by PG Wodehouse 05:00 TUE (b00dsr3b)

Ray Bradbury - There Will Come Soft Rains 18:35 SAT (b007k2w1)

Ray Bradbury - There Will Come Soft Rains 00:35 SUN (b007k2w1)

Revolting People 22:30 TUE (b00fnrmh)

Rigor Mortis 22:00 SAT (b007k419)

Safety Catch 23:30 THU (b00fkyrd)

Semi Circles 08:30 FRI (b007jxlw)

Semi Circles 12:30 FRI (b007jxlw)

Semi Circles 19:30 FRI (b007jxlw)

Short Cuts 18:30 WED (m0005mtw)

Short Cuts 00:30 THU (m0005mtw)

Shush! 07:30 WED (b08nq9wk)

Shush! 17:30 WED (b08nq9wk)

Shush! 22:00 WED (b08nq9wk)

Shush! 05:30 THU (b08nq9wk)

Smelling of Roses 08:30 SAT (b007k0d2)

Smelling of Roses 09:30 WED (b007jrrq)

Smelling of Roses 16:30 WED (b007jrrq)

Smelling of Roses 04:30 THU (b007jrrq)

Sneakernomics 11:00 SUN (p09fy1zk)

Sneakernomics 19:00 SUN (p09fy1zk)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b0076mh5)

Soul Music 00:30 WED (b0076mh5)

Steptoe and Son 08:00 MON (b007k094)

Steptoe and Son 12:00 MON (b007k094)

Steptoe and Son 19:00 MON (b007k094)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m000w9sv)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m000w9sv)

Terence Rattigan - The Winslow Boy 06:00 SAT (b0129678)

Terence Rattigan - The Winslow Boy 16:00 SAT (b0129678)

Terence Rattigan - The Winslow Boy 04:00 SUN (b0129678)

The Break 05:00 SAT (b07gf4s6)

The Break 07:00 FRI (b07h6fmm)

The Break 17:00 FRI (b07h6fmm)

The Confessional 05:30 SAT (m000w3mf)

The Confessional 07:30 FRI (m000wc13)

The Confessional 17:30 FRI (m000wc13)

The Confessional 22:00 FRI (m000wc13)

The Consultants 22:30 FRI (b061gtpt)

The Doomed Oasis, by Hammond Innes 01:00 SAT (b007jsrw)

The Doomed Oasis, by Hammond Innes 06:00 MON (b007k372)

The Doomed Oasis, by Hammond Innes 13:00 MON (b007k372)

The Doomed Oasis, by Hammond Innes 20:00 MON (b007k372)

The Doomed Oasis, by Hammond Innes 01:00 TUE (b007k372)

The Elephant Man 12:30 SAT (b007jsfp)

The Elephant Man 09:30 MON (b04phhxw)

The Elephant Man 16:30 MON (b04phhxw)

The Elephant Man 04:30 TUE (b04phhxw)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b007jvj0)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b007jvj0)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b007jvj0)

The House of the Spirit Levels 08:30 THU (b007jvb4)

The House of the Spirit Levels 12:30 THU (b007jvb4)

The House of the Spirit Levels 19:30 THU (b007jvb4)

The In Crowd 23:00 THU (b007jp55)

The Jason Byrne Show 23:30 MON (b01p2s1y)

The Jon Pertwee Files 13:00 SAT (m0006lvy)

The Jon Pertwee Files 01:00 SUN (m0006lvy)

The News Quiz 23:00 MON (m000w5wj)

The News Quiz 09:00 TUE (m000w5wj)

The Problem With Adam Bloom 23:00 WED (b007r0c7)

The Rest is History 16:00 TUE (b04ws4hy)

The Rest is History 04:00 WED (b04ws4hy)

The Return by Hisham Matar (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b07yk69n)

The Return by Hisham Matar (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b07yk69n)

The Transition by Luke Kennard (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (b08dxkh2)

The Transition by Luke Kennard 02:00 SAT (b08dwyh9)

The Transition by Luke Kennard 14:00 MON (b08dnkhb)

The Transition by Luke Kennard 02:00 TUE (b08dnkhb)

The Transition by Luke Kennard 14:00 TUE (b08dnrz2)

The Transition by Luke Kennard 02:00 WED (b08dnrz2)

The Transition by Luke Kennard 14:00 WED (b08dnws0)

The Transition by Luke Kennard 02:00 THU (b08dnws0)

The Transition by Luke Kennard 14:00 THU (b08dr942)

The Transition by Luke Kennard 02:00 FRI (b08dr942)

The Transition by Luke Kennard 14:00 FRI (b08drky3)

The Write Stuff 09:00 THU (m000wd0z)

The Write Stuff 16:00 THU (m000wd0z)

The Write Stuff 04:00 FRI (m000wd0z)

There Is No Escape 14:00 SAT (b06grjn7)

There Is No Escape 02:00 SUN (b06grjn7)

There Is No Escape 22:30 SUN (b06j21c5)

Tina C 23:15 WED (b01bm0q4)

Vent 23:30 WED (b01dlg0k)

We're in Business 08:30 SUN (b07md68m)

What's So Great About ...? 14:30 MON (b00c7fbx)

What's So Great About ...? 02:30 TUE (b00c7fbx)

Whispers 08:00 SAT (b007k2kg)

Whispers 09:00 WED (b00b0hml)

Whispers 16:00 WED (b00b0hml)

Whispers 04:00 THU (b00b0hml)

Wimsey 06:00 TUE (b007jvmh)

Wimsey 13:00 TUE (b007jvmh)

Wimsey 20:00 TUE (b007jvmh)

Wimsey 01:00 WED (b007jvmh)

Wimsey 06:00 WED (b007jvmm)

Wimsey 13:00 WED (b007jvmm)

Wimsey 20:00 WED (b007jvmm)

Wimsey 01:00 THU (b007jvmm)

Wimsey 06:00 THU (b007jvmr)

Wimsey 13:00 THU (b007jvmr)

Wimsey 20:00 THU (b007jvmr)

Wimsey 01:00 FRI (b007jvmr)

Wimsey 06:00 FRI (b007jvmz)

Wimsey 13:00 FRI (b007jvmz)

Wimsey 20:00 FRI (b007jvmz)