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SATURDAY 05 JUNE 2021

SAT 00:00 Terry Pratchett (b007jmq9)
Wyrd Sisters

4. Degrees of Royalty

Lancre's new ruler teeters on the edge of madness. The old King will be revenged. The three witches set to work!

Starring Sheila Hancock, Lynda Baron and Deborah Berlin.

The conclusion of Terry Pratchett's popular tale.

Granny Weatherwax …. Sheila Hancock
Nanny Ogg …. Lynda Baron
Magrat Garlick …. Deborah Berlin
Duke Felmet … Ian Masters
Lady Felmet …. Kristin Milward
King Verence …. John Hartley
The Fool …. Andrew Branch
Vitoller …. Gavin Muir
Hwel …. Brian Hibbard
Tomjon …. Roger May

Dramatised by Vince Foxall.

Director: Claire Grove

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1995.


SAT 00:30 Off the Page (b00smq83)
Entitlement

When did what we desire become what we feel we deserve ? In an age when foreign holidays have become routine and over 25,000 public sector workers earn £100,000 a year and more, we tackle this mood of relentless entitlement with Heather Brooke, whose tireless use of the Freedom of Information act helped to break the MPs expenses scandal; stand up Simon Evans, whose routine includes a description of his accent as exotic 'and that's because it is educated'; and Naomi Alderman whose first novel Disobedience won the Orange Award for Young Writers and who feels our sense of entitlement should be replaced by a purer feeling of gratitude. The presenter is Dominic Arkwright and the producer is Miles Warde.


SAT 01:00 Detective (b01s2xl6)
Series 3

3. Lost Without a Trace

Detectives Brook and Tully must sound out their snouts to try and recapture £200,000 of stolen electrical goods.

Starring Ray Brooks and Stephen Garlick.

More tough stories of crime and detection in London written by Robert Barr

Detective Sergeant Brook …. Ray Brooks
Detective Constable Tully …. Stephen Garlick
Detective Sergeant Harrison …. Peter Cleall
Chief Inspector Roach …. Stephen Yardley
Ma Gregg … Julie May
Mr Hewitt …. Victor Maddern
Harry …. Johnny Wade
Springer …. William Hope

Other parts played by the cast.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast weekly on BBC Radio 2 in July 1984.


SAT 01:30 Barbara Vine - King Solomon's Carpet (m000wlyg)
4. Out of This World

Axel's influence over the residents of the schoolhouse, near the London Underground, finally extends to Tom...

Conclusion of Ruth Rendell's crime mystery - written under the pen name of Barbara Vine.

Dramatised by Nick Fisher.

Alice .... Kate Fenwick
Axel .... Mark Strong
Tom .... Jonathan Cullen
Daphne .... Linda Polan
Cecilia .... Ann Beach
Jarvis .... Kim Wall
Tina .... Alice Arnold
Jasper .... Stuart Morris
Bienvida .... Verity Waite
Alice's mother .... Shirley Dixon
Newsreader .... Alex Lowe
First doctor .... Christopher Scott
Second doctor .... Colleen Prendergast

Musicians: Polly Hewett, Roland Robert and Christine Messiter.

Director: Marion Nancarrow

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1996.


SAT 02:00 Flâneuse: Women Who Walk the Cities by Lauren Elkin (b07myyqx)
5. Florence

Author Lauren Elkin strolls great cities, thinking about distinguished women who did the same.

There's an intriguing photograph of 'Jinx Allen', taken in Florence by Ruth Orkin, and its mysteries are now revealed.

Then some reveries after wandering the sidewalks of New York.

Concluded by Julianna Jennings.

Abridged by Penny Leicester.

Producer: Duncan Minshull

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2016.


SAT 02:15 Gudrun (m000ss39)
Series 7

Episode 5

Gudrun is reunited with a figure from her past when she is taken to meet the leader of a religious cult.

Stars Kate Phillips.

The final series in Lucy Catherine’s Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun ….. Kate Phillips
Freija ….. Samantha Dakin
Garvinicus ….. Jane Whittenshaw
Sigrid ….. Hollie Burgess
Leif ….. Chris Pavlo

Director: Gemma Jenkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2021.


SAT 02:30 D-Day Dames (b0457rms)
In spring 1944, American women war correspondents gathered in London in anticipation of the D-Day invasion.

Women were not allowed to report from the front line, although that did not stop Martha Gellhorn. She returned to London as her marriage to Ernest Hemingway was ending - he had met his next wife, also a war correspondent, in the Dorchester hotel in London as he waited for the invasion to take place.

But it was Gellhorn, who hid on a hospital ship across the channel, who went ashore and wrote a dramatic account of it – she was subsequently disciplined by the authorities as she had no accreditation.

Others women, such as Helen Kirkpatrick witnessed Eisenhower's return from the front as she reported from D-Day HQ.

After D-Day itself, women reporters gradually started going to Normandy, such as Lee Miller, who filed dramatic photo-journalism accounts for British Vogue from a field hospital and then found herself on the frontlines of the siege of St Malo. The women followed the troops across Europe, arriving in Paris for its liberation in August.

It was a key moment in the history of women war correspondents.

Lyse Doucet recounts their stories with archive audio, readings from their articles and letters, interviews with relatives and their biographers. She explains how the work of women war correspondents has changed since then.

Producer: Philip Reevell

A City Broadcasting production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2014.


SAT 03:00 Hugh Walpole - Rogue Herries (b007k1r3)
4. A Great Age to Be Beginning

Trapped at Herries with a man she cannot love, Mirabell yearns to be free...

Stars Gavin Muir, Mark Bonnar and Deborah Berlin.

Conclusion of Hugh Walpole's historical novel dramatised by Eric Pringle.

Francis .... Gavin Muir
David ... Mark Bonnar
Mirabell ... Deborah Berlin
Deborah ... Jane Whittenshaw
Sarah ... Becky Hindley
Benjamin ... Chris Pavlo
Reverend ... Christopher Scott
Harness ... Gerard McDermott

Other parts played by Stephen Thorne, Linda Polan, Katie Clarke, Joseph Head, Carolyn Jones and George Maguire

Director David Blount

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1997.


SAT 04:00 Counterpoint (b00scgxy)
Series 24

2010 Heat 9

Paul Gambaccini chairs the ninth and last heat of the 2010 general knowledge music quiz from Manchester.

Musical extracts encompass classical composers old and modern, jazz, rock and pop, and musical theatre.

The three contestants are from Scotland and the North of England:

George Kerr
Thomas Leeming
Mike Unsworth

Only one can win the last remaining place in the semi-finals.

Producer Paul Bajoria

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2010.


SAT 04:30 Bristow (b007vgv7)
Series 3

Chapter and Verse

As the Chester-Perry clerk writes for the house journal, he learns the meaning of poetic justice.

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
Miss Sunman ...... Katy Odey
Fudge ...... Jon Glover
Postboy ...... Simon Schatzberger
Hickford ...... Roger Lloyd Pack
Liftboy ...... Ian Kelland

Music: John Whitehall

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2000.


SAT 05:00 The Break (b07j40ww)
Series 1

The Girl from the South

Uncle Jeff, out of the blue, decides that his nephew Andy needs a girlfriend.

Andy decides that he does not. Jeff persists - Fish Shop Frank has his niece visiting from down south, and she is, by all accounts, "a lovely girl".

While waiting for Andy to agree, Jeff takes him to the local hypermarket ostensibly for supplies, but in fact because Jeff has read in a magazine that supermarkets are the ideal place for young singles to meet.

While Jeff is wrongly detained for shoplifting, Andy runs into an old flame from London, Liz. She's staying with her Uncle Frank - so this is the "lovely girl" Jeff's been banging on about! Can Andy rekindle the relationship with his old flame?

Jeff ...... Philip Jackson
Andy ...... Tom Palmer
Frank ...... Mark Benton
Corinne ...... Alison Steadman
Joyce ...... Alison Steadman
Liz ...... Shobna Gulati
Carenza ...... Shobna Gulati
Alan ...... Rasmus Hardiker
Frank 2 ...... Rasmus Hardiker

Writers: Ian Brown and James Hendrie

Director: Gordon Kennedy

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


SAT 05:30 The Confessional (m000wjfr)
Series 1

The Confession of Joan Bakewell

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'. 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's 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 why we get embarrassed, where our shame thresholds should be, and the value of guilt.

This week, legendary broadcaster Joan Bakewell confesses to gaffes in the Big Apple, escapades in Paris and not being outspoken enough.

Other guests in the series include Cariad Lloyd, Dr Phil Hammond, Clarke Peters, Suzi Ruffell, Marian Keyes, Phil Wang, Lucy Porter, Nigel Planer 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 Eric Pringle - Meeting Bea (b041th7q)
In 1927, children's author, Beatrix Potter was living the life of a recluse as Mrs Beatrix-Heelis.

The arrival at her Lake District home of an American publisher and an admiring Lancashire Mill-girl, sparks painful memories of an appalling childhood and youth.

Eric Pringle's play stars Stephanie Cole and Clive Swift.

Beatrix ....... Stephanie Cole
William Heelis ....... Clive Swift
Alexander McKay ....... Ed Bishop
Sally Worboys ....... Caroline Strong
Young Beatrix ....... Federay Holmes
Tom Storey ....... Lloyd Johnston
Bertram ....... James Telfer
Mrs Potter ....... Irene Sutcliffe
Matson ....... Jonathan Adams
Norman Warne ....... John Church
Joseph ....... John Webb
Lancashire Girl ....... Melanie Hudson
Shopkeeper ....... Jill Graham

Director: Adrian Bean

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 1993.


SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b084x6m8)
Series 41

Sir Ben Kingsley on Elie Wiesel

Actor Sir Ben Kingsley tells Matthew Parris why he regards Elie Wiesel as his great life.

A writer, a Nobel laureate, a holocaust survivor, Elie had to endure the worst horrors of mankind and survive the darkest of crimes.

In the Holocaust he lost his mother, his father and his youngest sister. He once said: “To forget the dead would be to akin to killing them again a second time”.

Sir Ben Kingsley regards Wiesel as was one the great voices of the holocaust and says he should never be forgotten. This was a promise he made to Wiesel.

To help tell Elie’s story, the expert witness is Robert Eaglestone, Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought and an expert in Holocaust Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Producer: Perminder Khatkar

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2016.


SAT 08:00 Whispers (b007k2zg)
Series 1

Episode 3

“There never was an individual less regretted by his fellow creatures than this deceased King."

Gyles Brandreth reveals who - in the panel show that celebrates gossip rather than discretion - believing valour to be a redundant concept in the face of a good story.

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

Joining them to test their wits are ex-BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond and entertainer Geoffrey Durham.

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2003.


SAT 08:30 Snap (b00tnmtj)
Series 2

Episode 1

Separated for over a year, Doug and Molly are still finding it hard to keep out of each other's lives.

When the decree absolute arrives and Doug hears that Molly is having a drinks party he's furious. But is all as it seems?

The return of Paul Mendelson’s sitcom about life for a couple after they've split.

Molly …. Rebecca Lacey
Doug …. Paul Venables
Kaz …. Soumaya Keynes
Ryan …. Jessie Sullivan
Annie …. Marlene Sidaway
Raymond …. Jonathan Tafler
Dawn …. Samantha Spiro

Producer: David Ian Neville

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2004.


SAT 09:00 Do Tell Them Pike: Arthur Lowe on the Radio (b06chqrb)
The BBC radio legacy of iconic British comedy actor Arthur Lowe – best loved as Dad's Army's very own Captain Mainwaring.

Arthur's friend, and Dad's Army co-star, Ian Lavender (Private Pike) is our guide over 3 hours:

* Desert Island Discs - Arthur Lowe:

Lost to the BBC archives, but saved by a listener's off air recording, Arthur Lowe's castaway choices heard for the first time since 1970. Arthur tells Roy Plomley about his childhood, his early acting days whilst serving in the Second World War, his time on ITV's Coronation Street, and his joy at being part of the BBC's Dad's Army team – then in its relative infancy.

* Dad's Army:

Ian chooses his favourite episode about the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon from the many radio adaptations.

* Billy's Last Stand:

From 1965, Arthur stars in a startling drama, the first play from Barry Hines (who later wrote the novel 'A Kestrel For A Knave' - filmed by Ken Loach as 'Kes') In this darkly comic tale, Arthur Lowe plays casual labourer Billy who becomes the target of the schemes of parasitic Darkly, played by 'The Men From The Ministry' star, Ronald Baddiley. First heard on the BBC Third Programme.

* With Great Pleasure:

Not heard since 1976, Arthur Lowe's own choice of favourite readings and sketches. Helped by Martin Jarvis, hear Arthur's take on one of his favourite writers, PG Wodhouse, as he plays the ultimate British butler, Jeeves.

Arthur Lowe died aged 66 in 1982.

Producer: Peter McHugh.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in September 2015.


SAT 12:00 Who Goes There? (b00766w1)
Series 6

Episode 1

Martin Young chairs the biographical quiz show about the noteworthy and notorious.

Team captains Francis Wheen and Fred Housego - and guests Lynne Truss and Anthony Holden - battle to prove that it's not what you know but who you know that counts.

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2002.


SAT 12:30 Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler (b01qldm8)
Pilot episode

Award winning comedian-author-adventurer, Tim FitzHigham and his nemesis Alex Horne recreate a bizarre bet which was originally wagered by the 4th Duke of Queensbury in 1753.

The bet: that Tim can pass a missive over a distance of fifty miles in one hour, using only the means that would have been available to a gentleman in 1753.

Written by Tim FitzHigham and Jon Hunter, with additional material from Paul Byrne.

Produced by Colin Anderson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.


SAT 13:00 Archive on 4 (b08x2zn8)
Apocalypse Nigh

In 2017, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists set its Doomsday Clock at two minutes to midnight, their judgement that humanity had moved closer to its own destruction.

It's a theme embraced in popular culture, from the surprise-bestseller, The Ladybird Book of the Zombie Apocalypse to armageddon-chic on the catwalk.

However while politics, pollution and the very real threat of terrorism may indeed have made our world less stable, Robin Ince considers whether our concern with disaster is also age-old and sometimes imagined.

Using the archive, he explores our longstanding preoccupation with the apocalypse, from religion and science to comedy and drama, and what it tells us about the way we think.

Drawing on diverse sources from nuclear missile tests to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Orson Wells' infamous radio hoax, Ince discovers how destruction has been portrayed in different ways across the decades, with archive contributions from thinkers including physicist Richard Feynman and philosopher Noam Chomsky.

Robin hears from contemporary commentators with an interest in the darker side of human thought. Novelist Lionel Shriver and psychotherapist Susie Orbach explain what the apocalypse means to them.

Ince also searches the archive for practical advice in the event of catastrophe. He meets Professor Lewis Dartnell, a disaster-expert who explains how to reboot civilisation in the event of apocalypse.

Producer: Harry Kretchmer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2017.


SAT 14:00 Party (b011jrmq)
Series 2

All Publicity Is Good Publicity

The young aspiring politicians of the new political Party attempt to step up a gear and get the recognition and publicity they deserve.

All they need to do is sort out the diversity of their group first.

Second series of Tom Basden's satirical comedy about a political party run by young idealists.

Simon ...... Tom Basden
Duncan ...... Tim Key
Jared ...... Jonny Sweet
Mel ...... Ann Crilly
Phoebe ...... Katy Wix
Photographer ...... Jane Wittenshaw

Producer: Julia McKenzie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2011.


SAT 14:30 To Hull and Back (b09rx3vt)
Series 3

Last Chance Salon

On her way back from Hull station following a failed attempt to get onto the Vidal Sassoon hairdressing course in London, Sophie is knocked over by a car.

By way of compensation the driver, Alison, a frequent church-goer, offers Sophie a disused hair salon that she has access to thanks to her church's outreach work. Sophie accepts Alison's offer.

But with only a week to make the salon a going concern, will Sophie manage to make a success of it?

Starring Lucy Beaumont and Maureen Lipman.

Lucy Beaumont’s warm-hearted sitcom set in Hull where a daughter tries to escape her overbearing mother.

Sophie ...... Lucy Beaumont
Sheila ...... Maureen Lipman
Jean ...... Kerrie Marsh
Ernie ...... Norman Lovett
Alison ...... Annie Sawle
Trish ...... Debra Baker

Producer: Sam Michell

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in February 2018.


SAT 15:00 Bleak Expectations (b00p3380)
Series 3

Lives Lost, Ruined, Wrecked and Redeemed

Pip and Ripely find themselves facing a vast and evil undead army.

England has only one hope - that Miss Sweetly Delightful can melt Mr Benevolent's cruel, undead heart.

Mark Evans's epic Victorian comedy in the style of Charles Dickens.

Sir Philip ...... Richard Johnson
Young Pip Bin ...... Tom Allen
Gently Benevolent ...... Anthony Head
Harry Biscuit ...... James Bachman
Bishop Wackwallop ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Ripely Bin ...... Sarah Hadland
Miss Sweetly Delightful ...... Raquel Cassidy
The Duke of Chelsea ...... Mark Evans

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2009


SAT 15:30 Chain Reaction (b03s71cz)
Series 9

Graham Linehan talks to Adam Buxton

The final episode in this series sees Father Ted and IT crowd writer Graham Linehan talking to comedian, actor and one half of Adam and Joe, Adam Buxton.

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 December 2013.


SAT 16:00 Eric Pringle - Meeting Bea (b041th7q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b084x6m8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


SAT 18:00 Dan Dare (b0bhfnq7)
Series 1

5. Marooned on Mercury 1/2

On their journey Earthwards, Dare and the crew of the Anastasia rally to the assistance of an old ally...

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 Marc Platt.

Dan Dare …. Ed Stoppard
Digby …. Geoff McGivern
Professor Peabody …. Heida Reed
The Mekon …. Raad Rawi
Sondar …. Bijan Daneshmand
Ergolux …. Kelly Burke
On-board Computer …. Dianne Weller
Garlock …. Nicholas Briggs
Crewman Galloway …. Alistair Lock

Director: Andrew Mark Sewell.

Made by B7 Media in 2016.


SAT 18:30 The Dead Hand by Wilkie Collins (b007k2ws)
"When he looked at the bed now, he saw hanging over the side of it a long, white hand."

When Arthur visits Doncaster during race week, he’s obliged to share a hotel room with a stranger.

A tale of mystery by Wilkie Collins - addapted by Michael Bakewell

Read by Peter Marinker

Producer: Rosemary Hart

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1989.


SAT 19:00 Do Tell Them Pike: Arthur Lowe on the Radio (b06chqrb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


SAT 22:00 Welcome to Wherever You Are (b09gkh2f)
Series 1

Episode 1

Andrew Maxwell hosts a truly global stand-up show, in which comedians perform from wherever on the planet they happen to be, to an audience in the BBC Radio Theatre, London.

With:

Alice Fraser
Storm Xu
Bassem Youssef

From Sydney, The Bugle podcast co-host Alice Fraser talks cricket and colonialism.

Emerging star Storm Xu in Shanghai reveals his problems with dating.

World-renowned satirist Bassem Youssef explains why he had to move to Los Angeles from his native Egypt (spoiler: it turns out dictators don't like you making jokes about them).

Photo credit: Matt Stronge

Producer: Ed Morrish

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in November 2017.


SAT 22:30 Elvenquest (b01616lj)
Series 3

Episode 1

When Sam is left behind to "guard the stuff" whilst the others are off killing the Man-munching Giant of Rankor he is accosted by a beautiful maiden, Eirwen, who has been kept captive in the giant's castle and takes Sam to be her rescuer. She promptly proposes, throwing the future of the Questers' Fellowship into jeopardy.

Meanwhile, Lord Darkness' attempts to conquer Lower Earth take a new turn when Kreech discovers an ancient prophesy enabling Lord Darkness to create the "UnChosen One", an evil spirit that is the only being that can defeat the Chosen One.

Problem is, it means Lord Darkness has to impregnate a hideous, misshapen creature. If only there was one of those close to hand...

Fantasy-based sitcom set in Lower Earth written by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto.

Sam …. Stephen Mangan
Lord Darkness …. Alistair McGowan
Dean/Kreech …. Kevin Eldon
Vidar …. Darren Boyd
EirwenMartha Howe-Douglas
Amis ‘The Chosen One’ …. Dave Lamb
Penthiselea …. Sophie Winkleman

Producer: Sam Michell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2011.


SAT 23:00 Jason Cook's School of Hard Knocks (b03y38kp)
Funerals and Sex Education

Jason Cook helps make life more lovely for listeners, with more life lessons.

This time Jason looks at the peculiar pressures of fitting in at funerals as well as how to tackle the tricky task of explaining the bird n' the bees.

With Zoe Harrison and Neil Grainger.

Producer: Sam Michell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2014.


SAT 23:30 Two Episodes of Mash (b01mk9nz)
Series 2

Episode 2

Barricaded inside their studio, David O'Doherty is holding all the Radio 4 microphones hostage in an attempt to make the network give them the team their own radio series.

Prepare for unique versions of the news, weather, sport, traffic and a fly on the wall documentary about working behind-the-scenes on a sketch show.

Things look set take a turn for the worse with a phone call from the Radio 4 Negotiator.

An online animation of the Fishing Sketch by Tom Rourke is available via the Radio 4 Extra website.

A mix of silly, surreal sketches and banter starring Diane Morgan, and Joe Wilkinson.

With:
David O'Doherty
Paul Harry Allen
Bobbie Pryor
Gary Newman

Producer: Clair Wordsworth

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2012.



SUNDAY 06 JUNE 2021

SUN 00:00 Dan Dare (b0bhfnq7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]


SUN 00:30 The Dead Hand by Wilkie Collins (b007k2ws)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Saturday]


SUN 01:00 Archive on 4 (b08x2zn8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:00 Party (b011jrmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]


SUN 02:30 To Hull and Back (b09rx3vt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]


SUN 03:00 Bleak Expectations (b00p3380)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:00 on Saturday]


SUN 03:30 Chain Reaction (b03s71cz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]


SUN 04:00 Eric Pringle - Meeting Bea (b041th7q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]


SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b084x6m8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]


SUN 06:00 Flâneuse: Women Who Walk the Cities by Lauren Elkin (Omnibus) (b07nwyf5)
Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London.

Author Lauren Elkin strolls great cities, thinking about distinguished women who did the same.

Omnibus of five parts abridged by Penny Leicester.

Read by Julianna Jennings.

Produced by Duncan Minshull.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2016.


SUN 07:10 Inheritance Tracks (b0b1q03c)
Debbie Wiseman

Composer Debbie Wiseman chooses 'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing' by The New Seekers and Chopin's Nocturne in E flat.


SUN 07:20 Lucy Catherine - Gudrun (m000wrxc)
Series 7 (Omnibus)

Episode 1

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

Having given birth at sea and survived the treacherous voyage home from the Vinland, Gudrun believes her young son, Jesson, is destined for great things. Together, they embark on a pilgrimage to Rome.

The concluding series in Lucy Catherine’s Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas

Omnibus of the first five of ten episodes.

Gudrun ….. Kate Phillips
Freija ….. Samantha Dakin
Truda ….. Charlotte East
Monk ….. Ian Dunnett Jnr
Kjartan ….. Luke MacGregor

Director: Gemma Jenkins

Despite the warmongering and bloodshed Gudrun is a story of family and a mother’s love. An avenging angel forged from violence, she continues to try and lead a good life in a man's world. She longs for the freedom to live her life according to her own rules.

Gudrun is under the protection of Freija, the Norse Goddess of love and war. Freija’s voice cries out for a new kind of leadership. She can sometimes be as slippery a customer as her protégée - is she really on Gudrun’s side or does she have an agenda of her own?

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2021.


SUN 08:30 We're in Business (b07nwwqt)
The Regimental Dinner

Can Dudley and Harry help the Major organise his regimental dinner?

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 and Frederick Treves.

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

Producer: Charles Maxwell.

First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in March 1960.


SUN 09:00 The Arthur Haynes Show (b0177539)
From 03/12/1962

Arthur in his famed role as a tramp - and a school summons from the headmaster.

Arthur Haynes stars in the sketch show series written by Johnny Speight.

With

Nicholas Parsons
Dorothy Dampier

Music by the Temperance Seven.

Part of a selection of surviving episodes.

Producer: Richard Dingley

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in December 1962.


SUN 09:30 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b008043w)
Series 2

Episode 5

The news that their best friends are expecting a second baby sparks an unexpected reaction in Lucy.

In desperation, Daniel turns to his mother-in-law for help...

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 .... Liz Carling
Katie .... Samantha Spiro
Andy .... Tony Gardner
Mary .... Sally Grace
Frank .... Bill Fellows

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2002.


SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b05tr0tl)
Eurovision

Michael Ball

From Ethel Merman to Garth Brooks.

Actor and singer Michael Ball shares his castaway choices with Kirsty Young.

For over 20 years he's been the London West End's leading man - winning stacks of awards, building a hugely successful recording career and attracting a large and loyal army of fans.

He was a teenage drop-out, but when a teacher encouraged him to go to drama school he suddenly realised what he wanted to do. Success seemed to come easily to him and he quickly took on leading roles in Les Miserables, Aspects of Love and Phantom of the Opera.

But at one point he feared he’d have to abandon his career; he was on stage performing in Les Miserables when he suffered his first panic attack. They became so severe that he could barely leave his flat and he hated the thought of anyone looking at him. He shut himself away for nearly a year as he tried to work out what was wrong with him and overcome his anxieties.

Michael describes how he managed to return to the stage - and reveals the role his partner, Cathy McGowan, has played in rebuilding his confidence.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2008.


SUN 10:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b0106x58)
Series 2

Identities

You get a very different insight into the natural world when you have the opportunity to study the behaviour of individual animals.

Sir David Attenborough recalls with sumptuous delight spotting a blackbird in his garden with a white feather - "whitey" - giving him a window into the life of blackbirds and what's more, that individual. And, he says, he saw what blackbirds get up to!

David remembers filming spiders and filming chimpanzees, both of which benefited from someone knowing about the individuals - and whether you're a spider or a chimpanzee, you have a personality all of your own.

Written and presented by David Attenborough

Producer: Julian Hector

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2011.


SUN 11:00 Sneakernomics (p09fy2qv)
4. A Fistful of Shoes

How the shoe wars and the Dassler family rivalry reached their peak in Mexico 1968.

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 4 Cast:

Bud . . . . . Joe Sims
Tommie . . . . . Arun Blair-Mangat
John . . . . . Stefan Adegbola
David . . . . . Gunnar Cauthery
Sepp . . . . . Ian Dunnett Jnr
Michel . . . . . Hasan Dixon
Inspector . . . . . Joseph Balderrama
Horst . . . . . Mark Edel-Hunt
Concierge . . . . . Cecilia Appiah
Other parts . . . . . Charlotte East & Trevor White

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

Special thanks: Art Simburg, David Jones, Sigi Dassler, Professor Akilah Carter-Francique, Dr Todd Boyd, Michael Dassler, John Boulter, Patrick Nally, Michael McKnight, Helmut Fischer, Harry Blutstein, Professor Kevin Hylton and Kerstin Neuber.


SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m000wrxh)
Time For Verse: Charles Causley and Blithe Sprits: Pets

Poet Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's poetry archive and selects two programmes: Time For Verse: Charles Causley and Blithe Sprits on poetry written about pets.

Time For Verse: Charles Causley – Ep 1/5
George MacBeth talks to Cornish poet, Charles Causley. Poems: “Betjeman 1984”; “Armistice Day”; “Nursery Rhyme Of Innocence And Experience”. Reader - Michael Deacon.

Producer - Alec Reid
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1988.

Blithe Sprits - 5/5 Pets
Cats, dogs and even hares have inspired great poetry, often written by their owners when the animals died. In this programme, Joanna Pinnock explores the roles of pets in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and finds out why they make such good subjects for epitaphs.

Producer – Brett Westwood.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.


SUN 12:30 To Hull and Back (b09sn1hl)
Series 3

Stockholm Syndrome

Sophie tries to find some new customers for the salon.

However, in doing so, she unwittingly attracts the attention of a couple of animal rights activists who are looking for somewhere new to protest...

Starring Lucy Beaumont and Maureen Lipman.

Lucy Beaumont’s warm-hearted sitcom set in Hull where a daughter tries to escape her overbearing mother.

Sophie ...... Lucy Beaumont
Sheila ...... Maureen Lipman
Jean ...... Kerrie Marsh
Waitress ...... Kerrie Marsh
Imran ...... Shane Zaza
Mo ...... Mike Bubbins

Producer: Sam Michell

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in February 2018.


SUN 13:00 The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables (Omnibus) (b08cd678)
There has never been a book like it.

War and Peace, Great Expectations, Crime and Punishment were all published in the same decade, yet only Les Misérables can stand as the novel of the 19th century.

How did Victor Hugo's epic work come to be the most widely read and frequently adapted story of all time? And why is its message just as important for our century as it was for his own?

David Bellos explores why Les Miserables is "France's greatest gift".

He reveals its inspirations and its resonance now, while describing Victor Hugo's life as he penned his epic.

Omnibus of five parts read by Daniel Weyman.

Abridged by Eileen Horne

Producer: Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in January 2017.


SUN 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b0760k87)
Jung Chang

The writer Jung Chang selects 'God Bless the Child', by Billie Holliday and 'The Sweetest Embrace' by Barry Adamson.


SUN 14:20 How to Have a Perfect Marriage (b08wwxc0)
Series 4 (Omnibus)

Karen and gay husband Jack are called to account by their surprisingly grown-up teenagers.

After 19 years of marriage, Jack told Karen he was gay. Nicholas McInerny’s tale continues...

Omnibus of five episodes.

So where are we, a year on in their lives? We'll let their girls tell us - this fourth series belongs to them.

Despite these seismic changes, Naomi (18) and Ella (16) are remarkably sane, considering their mum had to sell the family home, so they live with her in a small flat with an ageing dog.

Naomi's managing a bar and bringing strangers home to her bed. She has no intention of going to university. Ella's throwing herself into local green politics and is determined to keep her beloved dog Bruno alive.

Karen works all the time and Jack's preoccupied with his new young boyfriend, The Body. The girls are thrown back on their own resources with mixed success.

It's a relief when a crisis forces the family to come back together, as the girls get a big surprise...

Karen ....... Julia Ford
Jack ....... Greg Wise
Naomi ....... Katriona Pellett
Ella ....... Izzy Watts
Miranda ....... Dona Croll
Max ....... Andrew Hayden-Smith

Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore
Director/Producer: Melanie Harris
Executive Producer: Jo Meek

A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2017.


SUN 15:30 D-Day Dames (b0457rms)
[Repeat of broadcast at 02:30 on Saturday]


SUN 16:00 DH Lawrence - Daughters of the Vicar (b0075s4x)
Louisa and Mary, daughters of the impoverished vicar of Aldecross, see only marriage as a means of escape from their routine lives.

The arrival of a new young curate fills them with anticipation, but will his intellectual qualities match up to the more physical attractions of Alfred Durant, the son of a local miner?

DH Lawrence's novella - written at around the same time as Sons and Lovers - is a classic tale of the struggle between emotion and intellect.

Louisa ...... Rachel Atkins
Mary ...... Cathy Sara
Mrs Lindley ...... Gillian Goodman
Mr Lindley ...... David Timson
Mr Massey ...... Robert Pickavance
Alfred Durant ...... Peter Meakin
Mrs Durant ...... Ann Rye
Miner ...... Sean Connolly

Dramatised by Jane Beeson.

Director: Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2000.


SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m000wrxh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]


SUN 17:30 To Hull and Back (b09sn1hl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 18:00 Hans Christian Andersen - The Nightingale (m000wrxl)
An obsessed emperor demands to hear the beautiful song of a nightingale.

But then he receives something even better...

David Wade's drama based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen.

The Emperor .... John Pullen
The Nightingale .... Elizabeth Proud
Royal Gardener .... Carleton Hobbs
Imperial Orator .... Peter Woodthorpe
High Minister .... Garard Green
Dowager Empress .... Margot Boyd
Mei Hua .... Helen Worth
Death .... Jack May
Physician .... Michael Deacon
Watchmaker .... David Graham
Song of the Nightingale .... Percy Edwards

Producer: Graham Gauld

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1975.


SUN 19:00 Sneakernomics (p09fy2qv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


SUN 20:00 DH Lawrence - Daughters of the Vicar (b0075s4x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]


SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b05tr0tl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


SUN 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b0106x58)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


SUN 22:00 To Hull and Back (b09sn1hl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]


SUN 22:30 There Is No Escape (b06mft8b)
Episode 4

When his girlfriend announces she's pregnant, Andrew faces one of the biggest decisions of his life: should he stay or should he go?

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

Starring:

Diane Morgan
Andrew Lawrence

With Marek Larwood and Debra Baker.

Producer: Jane Berthoud

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2015.


SUN 23:00 Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science (b00z5hrv)
Series 1

Episode 1

Funny, off-beat but factually accurate account of the science of rockets and the brilliant but occasionally warped brains behind it all.

Helen Keen, Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane look at the three fathers of modern rocket science:

* 19th Century self-taught Russian visionary Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky and his dreams of orbiting space stations and Martian colonies;

* American Robert H Goddard, derided in The New York Times in the 1920s for his prediction of a lunar landing (A retraction was printed after the Apollo 11 launch);

* Transylvanian-German Hermann Oberth with his brilliant theories about space travel and his horrifying theories about racial supremacy.

Plus Helen reveals the surprising connection between space travel and a coach tour of the Jewels of the Rhineland.

Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill.

Producer: Gareth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2011.


SUN 23:15 Gus Murdoch's Sacred Cows (b00fcbgm)
1. Pubs

Is the concept of the pub is dead?

Incisive reporter Gus Murdoch investigates Britain's public houses.

Written by and starring Stephen Carlin.

With:

Rachel Atkins
Christopher Douglas
Chris Pavlo
Renton Skinner
Dan Tetsall

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani

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


SUN 23:30 Alice's Wunderland (b01kt4ck)
Series 1

Episode 2

A trip round Wunderland, the Poundland of magical realms. It's a kingdom much like our own, and also nothing like it in the slightest.

Stay a while and meet waifs and strays, wigshops and witches, murderous pensioners and squirrels of this delightful land as they go about their bizarre business.

A sketch show written and performed by Alice Lowe.

Also starring:

Richard Glover
Simon Greenall
Rachel Stubbings
Clare Thompson
Marcia Warren

Producer: Sam Bryant

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2012.



MONDAY 07 JUNE 2021

MON 00:00 Hans Christian Andersen - The Nightingale (m000wrxl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]


MON 01:00 The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables (Omnibus) (b08cd678)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]


MON 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b0760k87)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Sunday]


MON 02:20 How to Have a Perfect Marriage (b08wwxc0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:20 on Sunday]


MON 03:30 D-Day Dames (b0457rms)
[Repeat of broadcast at 02:30 on Saturday]


MON 04:00 DH Lawrence - Daughters of the Vicar (b0075s4x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m000wrxh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]


MON 05:30 To Hull and Back (b09sn1hl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]


MON 06:00 Detective (b01s5gng)
Series 3

4. The Sell Out

Detective Constable Tully and his boss learn you can't always believe what people tell you - and you can't always win...

Starring Ray Brooks and Stephen Garlick.

More tough stories of crime and detection in London written by Robert Barr

DS Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Tully …. Stephen Garlick
Chief Inspector Roach …. Stephen Yardley
Tommy …. Michael Ripper
Roberts …. John Judd
Harry Webb …. John Pullen
Terry Nichols …. Jon Strickland
Mrs Gilbert …. Hilda Schroder
Kovacs/DC O’Brien …. Anthony Jackson
DC Mathieson …. Peter Acre

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast weekly on BBC Radio 2 in July 1984.


MON 06:30 Falco (b008kkch)
Shadows in Bronze

1. Vipers

Following a plot to depose the Emperor Vespasian, Falco sets out to clear up a few loose ends, only to uncover a nest of vipers.

Starring Anton Lesser.

Lindsey Davis's witty detective, Marcus Didius Falco is back patrolling the streets of 1st-century Rome.

Falco ....... Anton Lesser
Petronius / Chamberlain ....... Ben Crowe
Tullia ....... Fiona Clarke
Helena Justina ....... Anna Madeley
Vespasian / Milo ....... Michael Tudor Barnes
Gordianus ....... Christian Rodska

Dramatised by Mary Cutler.

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2005.


MON 07:00 Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler (b03zxw0q)
Series 1

Episode 1

Tim recreates Sir John Throckmorton's 1811 attempt to have a coat made from scratch - going from the sheep's back to his own back in a single day.

Award-winning comedian-author-adventurer Tim FitzHigham recreates a series of bizarre bets from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Written by and starring Tim FitzHigham.

Additional material by Jon Hunter & Paul Byrne, and literal material from the Derbyshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers.

Producer: Colin Anderson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2014.


MON 07:30 Nature Table (m000wl46)
Series 2

Episode 5

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 this time round. The host, panel and guest zookeepers recorded the series at ZSL London Zoo, socially distanced.

Episode 5
Recorded at London Zoo, this week Sue Perkins is joined by special guests:
Martin Hughes-Games (Zoologist, Wildlife presenter), Dr. Chris Thorogood (Deputy Director of Oxford Botanic Garden) 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 (b007k0rm)
Series 4

The Lodger

Albert and Harold Steptoe argue over their lack of cash.

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 William Eadie.

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

Producer: Bobby Jaye

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 1972.


MON 08:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b00751s5)
Series 4

Episode 4

Sofa-bound TV presenters Mike and Sue Mike take a look at the flipside of fame, Mike meets his biggest fan and the week's good cause is Charity.

Starring Robert Duncan and Jan Ravens.

With Roger Blake, Alistair McGowan, Ronnie Ancona and Emma Kennedy.

Written by David Spicer and Hugh Rycroft 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 Quote... Unquote (b07vnglv)
Cressida Cowell, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Helen Zaltzman & Michael Billington

Quote ... Unquote, the popular quotations quiz, returns with its 40th anniversary series.

Nigel Rees quizzes his guests on the origins of sayings and well-known quotes, and they share their favourite anecdotes.

* Children's author, Cressida Cowell
* Journalist, biographer and crime novelist, Ruth Dudley Edwards
* Podcaster, broadcaster and writer, Helen Zaltzman
* Author and arts critic, Michael Billington

Reader: Sally Grace

Producer: Carl Cooper

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


MON 09:30 The Elephant Man (b007k2cj)
While the Cat's Away

Leonard and Adam head off to Frankfurt for the sake of the polar bear's future - and the zoo's!

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

Terry Lyon …. Peter Serafinowicz
Leonard …. Chris Emmet
George …. Geoff McGivern
Maureen …. Geraldine Fitzgerald
Adam …. Richard Pearce
Stephanie …. Joanna Monro
Morse …. Wayne Forester

Producer: Richard Wilson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in September 1996.


MON 10:00 Alan Bennett - An Englishman Abroad (b007jyxz)
When a mysterious Englishman appears in her dressing-room, the actress Coral Browne assumes he is with the embassy.

But, if so, why are his trousers out at the knees? And what does he want with her face-powder?

Starring Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton.

Alan Bennett based this drama on a real incident in Moscow involving the spy Guy Burgess in 1958.

Guy Burgess ....... Michael Gambon
Coral Browne ....... Penelope Wilton
Mrs Burgess ....... Lala Lloyd
Claudius ....... John Baddeley
Tolya/Hamlet ....... Michael Higgs

Adapted from BBC TV's 1983 film and directed by Hilary Norrish.

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in 1994.


MON 10:45 Alan Bennett - Two in Torquay (b0076f3m)
A man and a woman, both middle-aged, engage in polite conversation in a Torquay hotel.

But neither is quite what they seem to be. Who is deceiving whom?

Starring Judi Dench and Alan Bennett.

Written by Alan Bennett.

Miss Philpott (Betty) ....... Judi Dench
Mr Mortimer (Arthur) ....... Alan Bennett

Producer: Gordon House.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2003.


MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m000wrg9)
Series 8

Uncharted

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

Manoush Zomorodi explores uncharted places, from outer space to the deep oceans of our own brains.

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


MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000wrgc)
Alice Cooper

Singer-songwriter Alice Cooper inherits 'Train Kept A Rollin’' by The Yardbirds and passes on 'Something in the Air' by Thunderclap Newman.


MON 12:00 Steptoe and Son (b007k0rm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 12:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b00751s5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 13:00 Detective (b01s5gng)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 13:30 Falco (b008kkch)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 14:00 Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper (b092m4wn)
Episode 1

A family has been brutally killed on their farm outside the small Australian country town of Kiewarra. It hasn't rained for two years, farms are failing and tensions in the community are running unbearably high. It seems that Luke Hadler reached snapping point, killed his wife and child and then committed suicide.

When policeman Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for his old friend's funeral he wants to get away again as soon as possible. He certainly doesn't want to be reminded of the secret he and Luke shared twenty years earlier. But as he's unwillingly drawn into the investigation into the Hadler deaths, the past keeps getting in the way. Questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, and Falk must face what's hidden in his own past to help him solve the secrets of the present.

In this episode, Aaron Falk's return to his hometown forces him to confront an old secret.

Crime Down Under showcases some of the best crime fiction from contemporary Australia. Jane Harper is a journalist who moved from the UK to Australia in 2008. She lives in Melbourne and currently writes for the Herald Sun. She won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2015, and The Dry is her first novel. It was named the Australian Book Industry Association's Book of the Year, and the Australian Independent Bookseller 2017 Indie Book of the Year.

Read by Richard Goulding

Abridged and produced by Sara Davies.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2017.


MON 14:15 Gudrun (m000sy1v)
Series 7

Episode 6

The final series in Lucy Catherine’s Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun has discovered her son, Jesson, and friend, Truda, are in danger and she sets out to rescue them.

Gudrun ….. Kate Phillips
Freija ….. Samantha Dakin
Truda ….. Charlotte East
John Crescentius ….. Roger Ringrose
Servant ….. Ian Dunnett Jnr

Directed by Gemma Jenkins.


MON 14:30 Percy Edwards Showdown (b00htwx7)
David Attenborough stars in a new role: radio quizmaster - in a show all about Percy Edwards, who enjoyed a 70 year career impersonating birds and beasts.

That was a first, and so is this programme - a documentary game-show, combining the strange story of Percy's life, with archive of his impersonations, interviews with those who knew him, and a quiz. Among the contestants are Bill Oddie and the comedian Alex Horne.

Percy Edwards discovered his talent for talking like animals when he was seven. Dozing under a tree, he heard what he thought was a wolf-whistle and discovered that it was a bird. For several weeks, Edwards kept hearing this greenfinch and found that, with practice, he could imitate it. He even took to eating canary seed before going to bed in the hope that he would wake in the morning singing like a bird.

Eventually he was able to produce the sound of more than 600 birds, and some other beasts (his was the voice of the killer whale in Orca, the alien in Alien and he provided sheep noises for Kate Bush's song The Dreaming). He took to the stage aged 11, was a stalwart of the Generation Game in the 1970's and gave his final performance aged 80 at the London palladium in 1989. His repertoire was extraordinary, all 13 calls of the chaffinch, the strangely grinding sound of the amorous capercaille and corgis barking in Welsh accents.

Quizmaster Attenborough will play bird calls for the teams to identify, some of which will not be the birds, but Percy's impressions, so can they tell the difference? They will be asked not only the identity of the bird, but its circumstances. Is this a cry of distress, alarm or a sexy song? Woven into the rounds will be snippets about Edwards' life from the BBC?s archive ? he appeared on Parkinson, Wogan and Morecambe & Wise - revealing the importance of his work for raising the public?s awareness of wildlife, and the significance of his role as an ornithologist.

Percy Edwards died in 1996 aged 88.

Producers: Emma Legg and Julian May

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009.


MON 15:00 Alan Bennett - An Englishman Abroad (b007jyxz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


MON 15:45 Alan Bennett - Two in Torquay (b0076f3m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]


MON 16:00 Quote... Unquote (b07vnglv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


MON 16:30 The Elephant Man (b007k2cj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


MON 17:00 Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler (b03zxw0q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


MON 17:30 Nature Table (m000wl46)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 18:00 Haunted (b01qyrxk)
The Dead Man of Varley Grange, by Anonymous

Jack is set for a good time in a friend's new property, but why do strange rumours persist about the house?

Dramatised for radio by Patricia Mays.

Fred Lester ..... George Baker
Jack Darrant ..... Jeremy Clyde

Other parts played by Adrian Egan, Gareth Armstrong, David Ashford, Jane Thompson, and Narissa Nights.

Producer: Derek Hoddinott

Director: Martin Williamson

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in July 1984.


MON 18:30 A Good Read (b01jhb3n)
Maggie Aderin-Pocock and William Orbit

Harriett Gilbert and her guests - space scientist, Maggie Aderin-Pocock and music producer, William Orbit - discuss favourite books by John Wyndham, Janice Galloway and Tom Stoppard.

'Chocky' by John Wyndham
Publisher: Penguin

'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' by Tom Stoppard
Publisher: Faber and Faber

'Trick Is To Keep Breathing' by Janice Galloway
Publisher: Vintage

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2012.


MON 19:00 Steptoe and Son (b007k0rm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


MON 19:30 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue (b00751s5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


MON 20:00 Detective (b01s5gng)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


MON 20:30 Falco (b008kkch)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m000wrg9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (m000wrgc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]


MON 22:00 Nature Table (m000wl46)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


MON 22:30 Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups (b06pbwzh)
Series 3

Broadband on the Run

Tom and his Dad fret about some potentially uncomfortable brushes with the law while Mum prepares for the arrival of a new lodger.

Series 3 of the sitcom where Tom Wrigglesworth phones home for his weekly check-in with his Mum, Dad and Gran, giving listeners a glimpse into his family background and the influences that have shaped his temperament, opinions and hang-ups.

Tom ...... Tom Wrigglesworth
Granny ...... Elizabeth Bennett
Dad ...... Paul Copley
Mum ...... Kate Anthony

With Chris Pavlo.

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

Producer: Richard Morris

A BBC Radio Comedy production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in November 2015.


MON 23:00 The News Quiz (m000wm56)
Series 105

Episode 8

Andy Zaltzman presents a look back at the week's headlines with guests Andrew Maxwell, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Alex Massie and Ria Lina.

It's the last episode in the series and Andy FINALLY becomes the first News Quiz host to present the programme from the BBC Test Match Special commentary box at Lords.

Written by Andy Zaltzman with additional material from Alice Fraser, Max Davis and Tasha Dhanraj.

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

A BBC Studios Production


MON 23:30 The Jason Byrne Show (b01p9jsb)
Series 3

First I Was a Nurse Then I Became a Roofer

The hyperactive Irish comedian scrutinises the realm of employment.

Jason reveals how he drove a former employer to distraction - and amongst the audience he discovers a nurse-turned-roofer-turned-counsellor-turned-womble; a laundry manager in a private castle and one man who has no idea whatsoever of his job title.

Themed audience comedy show with high-energy stand-up and sketches with Laurence Howarth and Daisy Haggard.

Producer: Julia McKenzie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2010.



TUESDAY 08 JUNE 2021

TUE 00:00 Haunted (b01qyrxk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]


TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b01jhb3n)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]


TUE 01:00 Detective (b01s5gng)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]


TUE 01:30 Falco (b008kkch)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]


TUE 02:00 Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper (b092m4wn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]


TUE 02:15 Gudrun (m000sy1v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]


TUE 02:30 Percy Edwards Showdown (b00htwx7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]


TUE 03:00 Alan Bennett - An Englishman Abroad (b007jyxz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]


TUE 03:45 Alan Bennett - Two in Torquay (b0076f3m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Monday]


TUE 04:00 Quote... Unquote (b07vnglv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]


TUE 04:30 The Elephant Man (b007k2cj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]


TUE 05:00 Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler (b03zxw0q)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]


TUE 05:30 Nature Table (m000wl46)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]


TUE 06:00 Detective (b01s5l3b)
Series 3

5. Murder of a Shy Girl

Reclusive Joan is found dead, but Brook and Tully wonder how solitary her life really was.

CAST:

DS Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Tully …. Stephen Garlick
DS Harrison …. Peter Cleall
Chief Inspector Roach …. Stephen Yardley
Palmer …. Nigel Greaves
Mrs Stevens …. Margery Withers
Mr Johnson …. Arnold Diamond
Mr Sheldon …. Haydn Wood
Jonathan Evans …. Mark Straker

More tough stories of crime and detection in London written by Robert Barr.

Robert Barr also wrote TV scripts for the BBC's Z Cars and Softly Softly. He was also a prize-winning TV producer.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast weekly on BBC Radio 2 in July 1984.


TUE 06:30 Falco (b008klh0)
Shadows in Bronze

2. Resort

Probing the murder of a conspirator against the Emperor, the Roman sleuth is sent to a fashionable resort.

Anton Lesser stars as Marcus Didius Falco, Lindsey Davis's witty detective, patrolling the streets of 1st-century Rome.
With Ben Crowe as Petronius, Michael Tudor Barnes as Vespasian, Sara Poyzer as Silvia, Christopher Kelham as Larius, Paul Webster as Marcellus and Anna Madeley as Helena Justina,

Dramatised by Mary Cutler.

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


TUE 07:00 Ayres on the Air (b03qfzgg)
Series 5

Horses

Pam Ayres regales her Radio 4 audience with poems, stories and sketches, this week on a subject close to her heart: Horses.

She is joined on stage by Felicity Montagu and Geoffrey Whitehead, with Geoffrey playing her long-suffering husband 'Gordon'.

This week Pam talks about her first memories of going to the races as a little girl, about the significance of leg positioning in statues of horses, and she shares an intriguing story of being flattered by a stranger's attentions at the Badminton Horse Trials.

Poems include: The Racehorse Fred, The Stuffed Horse & Dreaming of Fresh Fields.

Sketch writers: James Bugg, Jan Etherington, Grainne McGuire, Andy Wolton and Tom Neenan.

Producer: Claire Jones.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2014.


TUE 07:30 Alex Edelman's Peer Group (m000wjqx)
Series 4

New Relationships To Old Things

Alex Edelman is a comedian who spends his life travelling the US and the world. So when his parents come to sell the family home he thinks nothing of it. That is until lockdown happens and he realises he might have more emotional investment in the house, and the things he left behind, than he had at first thought.

Written by Alex Edelman and Max Davis

With special thanks to
Josh Weller
Alfie Brown
Rajiv Karia
Tasha Dhanraj
Danny Jolles
and
Hannah Einbinder

Producer is Sam Michell

It is a BBC Studios Production


TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b007jxxg)
The Seagoon Memoirs

Driving a piano on the Great North Road, Neddie must seek Bloodnok's assistance. Stars Spike Milligan. From December 1958.


TUE 08:30 Winston (b007qq36)
Winston Comes to Town

Line of Communication

Cunning rogue Winston has stowed away in a yellow removal van to follow the family to London.

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

Director: Shaun MacLoughlin.

First broadcast on BBC Radio in January 1990.


TUE 09:00 The News Quiz (m000wm56)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]


TUE 09:30 Four Joneses and a Jenkins (b007jz3j)
August - Harvest Home

Megan Jones snubs the Carnival Queen contest and heads off to see Nana. Stars Geoffrey Whitehead. From September 2000.


TUE 10:00 Tsar (b08njzh8)
1. Catherine the Great: Husbands, Lovers and Sons

Second series chronicling the reigns of Catherine the Great; Alexander I and the Napoleonic Wars; and Alexander II and the emancipation of the serfs.

Did the young Catherine foresee the consequences of staging a coup d'état against her husband the Tsar? Or did she want him dead from the start? Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Russian Tsars continues with the story of Catherine The Great, who came to Russia as a young 15-year-old girl from Prussia and became one of Russia's most renowned monarchs, transforming the country into one of the great powers of Europe.

Catherine II .... Samantha Spiro
Paul I .... Kenneth Collard
Peter III .... Anton Lesser
Petya .... Joe Sims
Panin .... Robert Blythe
Grigory Orlov .... David Sturzaker
Pugachev .... Simon Ludders
Praskovya .... Sanchia MacCormack
The Midwife .... Georgie Glen
Alexander .... Joel MacCormack
The Councillor .... Finlay Robertson

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko

The dramas are produced by Alison Hindell and Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2017.


TUE 11:00 Archive on 4 (b09y6wg3)
The Ultimate Trip: Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey

Cultural historian and writer Christopher Frayling explores the lasting influence of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke's 1968 science fiction masterpiece.

2001: A Space Odyssey was released into the world in April 1968. Puzzling, infuriating, inspiring and thrilling, it captivated audiences at the time and, fifty years on, continues to exert a powerful effect on our thinking about the present and the future.

This remarkable movie was the result of a synthesis of two very different visions. Based on his own short story The Sentinel, it was written by British author Arthur C Clarke - a futurist of uncanny ability. The director was Stanley Kubrick - an American working in the UK, whose previous works included the swords and sandals epic Spartacus and savage nuclear satire Dr Strangelove.

Marketed at the time as The Ultimate Trip, 2001 became an essential experience for younger audiences - many of whom went to see it multiple times, and sometimes in an enhanced state of consciousness. But alongside its wildly psychedelic visions, 2001 also presented an extraordinarily convincing and intricate vision of the future of space travel.

Christopher Frayling travels back in time to the creation of 2001, hearing how organisations like NASA and IBM were enlisted to help Kubrick craft his vision. And he speaks to scientists, critics and filmmakers to examine the film's enduring influence on science, design and popular culture.

Interviewees:
Maggie Aderin-Pocock, space scientist
Piers Bizony, science journalist
Victoria Broackes, Senior Curator, V&A Museum
Catherine Constable, Professor of Film Studies, Warwick University
John Landis, film director
Christopher Nolan, film director
Georgina Orgill, Stanley Kubrick Archivist, University of the Arts London.

Producer: Jane Long
A Hidden Flack production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.


TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b007jxxg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 12:30 Winston (b007qq36)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 13:00 Detective (b01s5l3b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 13:30 Falco (b008klh0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 14:00 Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper (b092nk37)
Episode 2

Crime Down Under showcases some of the best crime fiction from contemporary Australia

A family has been brutally killed on their farm outside the small Australian country town of Kiewarra. It hasn't rained for two years, farms are failing and tensions in the community are running unbearably high. It seems that Luke Hadler reached snapping point, killed his wife and child and then committed suicide.

When policeman Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for his old friend's funeral he wants to get away again as soon as possible. He certainly doesn't want to be reminded of the secret he and Luke shared twenty years earlier. But as he's unwillingly drawn into the investigation into the Hadler deaths, the past keeps getting in the way. Questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, and Falk must face what's hidden in his own past to help him solve the secrets of the present.

In this episode, Falk begins to doubt the official explanation of the deaths

Jane Harper is a journalist who moved from the UK to Australia in 2008. She lives in Melbourne and currently writes for the Herald Sun. She won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2015, and The Dry is her first novel. It was named the Australian Book Industry Association's Book of the Year, and the Australian Independent Bookseller 2017 Indie Book of the Year.

Read by Richard Goulding

Abridged and produced by Sara Davies.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2017.


TUE 14:15 Gudrun (m000sz1w)
Series 7

Episode 7

The final series in Lucy Catherine’s Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun’s son is being used as a bargaining chip by ruthless power-broker John Crescentius

Gudrun ….. Kate Phillips
Freija ….. Samantha Dakin
Truda ….. Charlotte East
Sigrid ….. Hollie Burgess
Garvinicus ….. Jane Whittenshaw
Servant ….. Ian Dunnett Jnr

Directed by Gemma Jenkins


TUE 14:30 Caribbean Domino Club (b040lthj)
Benjamin Zephaniah explores the passion, community and history of Britain's high-octane Caribbean domino clubs, where each table is a stage and every game tells a story.

The mesmerising sound of the dominoes being shuffled keeps many players at the table into the small hours.

Benjamin visits his home town of Birmingham to find out how the dominoes scene has changed since his father taught him to play, and learns how the "bones" have been the soundtrack to centuries of Caribbean history, a thread linking slave plantations to south London bus stations.

Amid the high-decibel action of the Anglo-Caribbean Domino League Final, clubs from all over the UK battle it out in a fierce showdown of mind games, table slamming and dramatic winning poses.

Benjamin hears the stories of some of the nation's finest players – Black Hat, The Enforcer, Lady Sassy, Big C, Virgo, The Screamer – and finds out how the "sweet sound of the shuffle" plays on their subconscious, long after the slamming and cheering have died down.

Featuring: Kenneth Ward, Earl John, Kingsley Douglas, Errol Richards, Carlton Witter, Mervin Stuart, Janet Francis, Gary Lewis, Austin Agard, Rudi Page, Millicent Wilks, Clive Milanese, Donald Douglas, Felix Whittley, Vida Tucker.

Thanks to Anita Witter, Kingsley Douglas, Norris Mckenzie and the Anglo-Caribbean Domino League.

Presenter: Benjamin Zephaniah

Producer: Cicely Fell
Associate producer: Mark Dormer

Executive producer: Lyn Champion
A Redlight production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.


TUE 15:00 Tsar (b08njzh8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


TUE 16:00 The Rest is History (b04y9v20)
Series 1

Episode 6

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 Josh Widdicombe, Roisin Conaty 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 (b007jz3j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


TUE 17:00 Ayres on the Air (b03qfzgg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


TUE 17:30 Alex Edelman's Peer Group (m000wjqx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 18:00 Haunted (b01qyswf)
The Grey Ones, by JB Priestley

A patient fears evil is at work in the shape of a sinister conspiracy. Will his psychiatrist be able to help?

JB Priestley's creepy tale dramatised for radio by Patricia Mays.

Patson ...... Tony Britton
Dr Smith ...... Jack May.

Producer: Derek Hoddinott

Director: Martin Williamson

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in July 1983.


TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b013q20t)
Series 12

Spiegel im Spiegel

Exploring the impact that Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's piece for piano and violin Spiegel im Spiegel has had on people's lives.

Written in 1978, just prior to his departure from Estonia, Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel is musically minimal, yet produces a serene tranquillity.

It's in F major in 6/4 time, with the piano playing rising crotchet triads and the violin playing slow scales, alternately rising and falling, of increasing length, which all end on the note A. The score of the piece looks deceptively simple, but as violinist, Tasmin Little explains, it's one of the most difficult pieces to perform because the playing has to simply be perfect, or the mood is lost.

"Spiegel im Spiegel" in German literally can mean both "mirror in the mirror" as well as "mirrors in the mirror", referring to the infinity of images produced by parallel plane mirrors.

The programme contains an interview with visual artist Mary Husted who heard this work and was inspired to produce a set of collages called "Spiegel im Spiegel" which in a round about way, led to her long lost son tracing her for the first time in his life.

Contributors:
Doreen Macfarlane
Rhona Smith
Mary Husted
Tasmin Little
Vicky Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b007jxxg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


TUE 19:30 Winston (b007qq36)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


TUE 20:00 Detective (b01s5l3b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


TUE 20:30 Falco (b008klh0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


TUE 21:00 Archive on 4 (b09y6wg3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


TUE 22:00 Alex Edelman's Peer Group (m000wjqx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


TUE 22:30 Revolting People (b00fy2qr)
Series 2

Still in Trying Times

Ezekiel discovers the real truth about his ginger baby, and sets out to find the ginger father. The others set out to stop him...

Sitcom set in 1770s Baltimore, just prior the American Revolution.

CAST:

Samuel Oliphant …. Jay Tarses
Sergeant McGurk …. Andy Hamilton
Captain Brimshaw …. James Fleet
Mary …. Jan Ravens
Ezekiel Spriggs …. Hugh Dennis
Cora Oliphant …. Penelope Nice
Joshua Oliphant …. Tony Maudsley
Dashmount …. Michael Fenton
Elizabeth …. Susie Blake
Abraham Smith …. Philip Pope

Written by Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses.

Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2001.


TUE 23:00 Bridget Christie Minds the Gap (b050bhnq)
Series 2

Episode 4

Bridget Christie returns in another series of her multi-award winning series about modern feminism.

Bridget thought that she'd be able to put her feet up after her last Radio 4 series, she expected it to bomb. Sadly it was a huge success and she's had to bang on about feminism ever since, perform two sell-out runs at the Edinburgh festival and win lots of awards.

But she hasn't managed to single-handedly eradicate sexism so she's made a whole new four-part series about it for Radio 4.

In this final episode, she talks about why she's not grateful Russell Brand has stopped being a sexist, what happens when you wear an end FGM badge on a popular TV show and why politics has a women problem.

She's assisted in this by the series' token man, Fred MacAulay.

The series is written and performed by Bridget Christie and the producers are Alexandra Smith and Alison Vernon Smith.


TUE 23:30 Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better (b00kn8k7)
Series 1

Sloth

Mark Watson investigates sloth 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 jealous glances.

Producer: Katie Marsden

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2007.



WEDNESDAY 09 JUNE 2021

WED 00:00 Haunted (b01qyswf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]


WED 00:30 Soul Music (b013q20t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]


WED 01:00 Detective (b01s5l3b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]


WED 01:30 Falco (b008klh0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]


WED 02:00 Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper (b092nk37)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]


WED 02:15 Gudrun (m000sz1w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]


WED 02:30 Caribbean Domino Club (b040lthj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]


WED 03:00 Tsar (b08njzh8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:00 The Rest is History (b04y9v20)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]


WED 04:30 Four Joneses and a Jenkins (b007jz3j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]


WED 05:00 Ayres on the Air (b03qfzgg)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]


WED 05:30 Alex Edelman's Peer Group (m000wjqx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]


WED 06:00 Detective (b01s647t)
Series 3

6. Rough Justice

A harrowing attack on a child means uncomfortable questions about justice. Meanwhile, who robs the robbers?

CAST:

DS Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Tully …. Stephen Garlick
DS Harrison …. Peter Cleall
Chief Inspector Roach …. Stephen Yardley
The Judge/Radio Voice …. Peter Tuddenham
Mossy Taylor/Friend …. Harry Landis
Harry/Barman/Jailer …. Johnny Wade
Kirby/Simmonds …. Nigel Rathbone
Farrell/Usher …. Tom Bowles
Joplin …. Gordon Clyde

More tough stories of crime and detection in London written by Robert Barr.

Robert Barr also wrote TV scripts for the BBC's Z Cars and Softly Softly. He was also a prize-winning TV producer.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast weekly on BBC Radio 2 in August 1984.


WED 06:30 Falco (b008kmgp)
Shadows in Bronze

3. Friends

At the villa of Helena's former father-in-law, the Roman sleuth meets old friends of the senator's daughter.

Anton Lesser stars as Marcus Didius Falco, Lindsey Davis's witty detective, patrolling the streets of 1st-century Rome.
With Anna Madeley as Helena Justina, Christopher Kelham as Larius, Paul Webster as Marcellus, Timothy Watson as Aemilius Rufus and Jaimi Barbakoff as Aenelia.

Dramatised by Mary Cutler.

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


WED 07:00 A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics (b08k4zw1)
Series 2

The Auction

By John Nicholson

In early 20th-century Russia, the future of a large family estate hangs in the balance. It risks being turned into a golf course.

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

Director . . . . . Sasha Yevtushenko.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2017.


WED 07:30 Shush! (b08q62bx)
Series 2

Taken at the Flood

When the library is threatened from an unexpected quarter, Snoo gains some friends and Alice sacrifices her favourite tunic.

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 (b007k0pd)
Series 1

The Sheik

The lad signs to Sid's new studio, but filming doesn't quite go to plan.

Starring Tony Hancock.

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

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 February 1955.


WED 08:30 No Commitments (b007jmwx)
Series 2

Twice Bitten

Downcast Charlotte is delighted when middle-aged and dependable Gordon appears. Stars Josie Lawrence. From September 1993.


WED 09:00 Whispers (b007k356)
Series 1

Episode 4

The great and the good are torn from their pedestals in glee in this edition in the panel show that proves there's no smoke without fire.

Two teams, led by biographer Anthony Holden and actress Stella Duffy, are joined by writer Jenny Colgan and broadcaster Rosie Millard, attempting to dish the dirt on the bad boys and girls in history.

Gyles Brandreth is your host.

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2003.


WED 09:30 Snap (b00tqqjc)
Series 2

Episode 2

Kaz is having problems at school and wants her dad to have a firm talk with her PE teacher from hell.

Meanwhile, Molly’s concerned about Dawn who’s concerned about Raymond. Is he having an affair?

Paul Mendelson’s sitcom stars Rebecca Lacey as Molly, Paul Venables as Doug, Soumaya Keynes as Kaz, Jessie Sullivan as Ryan, Marlene Sidaway as Annie, Jonathan Tafler as Raymond and Samantha Spiro as Dawn.

Producer: David Ian Neville

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2004.


WED 10:00 Tsar (b08pdfj3)
2. Alexander I: Into the Woods

Alexander never wanted to be Tsar. Before his accession he told friends that he hoped to retire into private life abroad. Life, however, had other plans. Starting with his own father's ill-fated reign, and his subsequent murder. How complicit was Alexander in all of this? And then came the greatest threat Russia had ever seen: the new French Emperor. Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Russian Tsars continues with the story of Alexander I, the Tsar who took on Napoleon Bonaparte and won.

Alexander I .... Joel MacCormack
Pavel I .... Kenneth Collard
Petya .... Joe Sims
Napoleon .... Charlie Anson
Arakcheyev .... Nathaniel Martello-White
Elizabeth .... Maeve Bluebell Wells
Katya .... Sarah Ridgeway
Pahlen .... David Sturzaker
Sperensky .... Simon Ludders
Talleyrand .... Robert Blythe
Bennigsen .... Finlay Robertson
The French Actor .... Tom Forrister

Director Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2017.


WED 11:00 Laura Barton's American Road Trip (m000bxlv)
1. Heading West

Using BBC Archives, writer Laura Barton takes to the road for an audio adventure across the USA - from New York to California. In this episode:

‘Travel Talk: How The World Lives’ – New York [1947]
‘Free Spirit’ by Jonathan Raban [1991]
‘American Airwaves’ [1984]
‘Sam Shepard at the Battersea Arts Centre: Cruising Paradise’ [1998]
‘The Green Book’ extract [2016]

Producer: Luke Doran.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2018.


WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007k0pd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 12:30 No Commitments (b007jmwx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 13:00 Detective (b01s647t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 13:30 Falco (b008kmgp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 14:00 Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper (b092pgx0)
Episode 3

A family has been brutally killed on their farm outside the small Australian country town of Kiewarra. It hasn't rained for two years, farms are failing and tensions in the community are running unbearably high. It seems that Luke Hadler reached snapping point, killed his wife and child and then committed suicide.

When policeman Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for his old friend's funeral he wants to get away again as soon as possible. He certainly doesn't want to be reminded of the secret he and Luke shared twenty years earlier. But as he's unwillingly drawn into the investigation into the Hadler deaths, the past keeps getting in the way. Questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, and Falk must face what's hidden in his own past to help him solve the secrets of the present.

In this episode, old enmities flare up as Falk digs deeper into the Hadler deaths

Crime Down Under showcases some of the best crime fiction from contemporary Australia
Jane Harper is a journalist who moved from the UK to Australia in 2008. She lives in Melbourne and currently writes for the Herald Sun. She won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2015, and The Dry is her first novel. It was named the Australian Book Industry Association's Book of the Year, and the Australian Independent Bookseller 2017 Indie Book of the Year.

Read by Richard Goulding

Abridged and produced by Sara Davies.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2017.


WED 14:15 Gudrun (m000symm)
Series 7

Episode 8

The final series in Lucy Catherine’s Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Rival religious factions in Rome threaten violence. Truda tries to persuade Gudrun to flee the city with Jesson.

Gudrun ….. Kate Phillips
Freija ….. Samantha Dakin
Truda ….. Charlotte East
Sigrid ….. Hollie Burgess
Garvinicus ….. Jane Whittenshaw

Directed by Gemma Jenkins


WED 14:30 The Brontes' Piano (b01d12ny)
Singer Catherine Bott explores the Bronte sisters' musical world through their newly restored piano, now returned to the parsonage in Haworth. Joined by pianist Jonathan Cohen, Catherine looks through the Bronte's family music collection and discovers how musical life at the parsonage underscored the sisters' creative life, their work and tastes.

When Charlotte Bronte discovered the poems of her sister Emily, she described them as having "a peculiar music - wild, melancholy and elevating." The Bronte sisters - Charlotte, Emily and Anne - have been mythologised and worshipped ever since their early deaths. Haworth Parsonage, where they and their troubled brother Branwell grew up, has been a place of pilgrimage for 150 years. The Brontes are a literary industry, because we need them to stand as symbols of doomed, rebellious womanhood. And their lives, just as much as their writing, oblige us. They all wrote compulsively from early childhood, creating fantastical worlds in minute writing, moralising verse-tragedies - and Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

But when they made music, they came home from the fantasy lands of Gondal and Angria, to sing and play folk songs (such as Robert Burns' 'Ye Banks and Braes), popular numbers by Haydn, Handel's Harmonious Blacksmith, for their own pleasure, not solely to demonstrate their maidenly accomplishments. The piano their father bought them is still in the Parsonage, recently restored. And their sheet music is still in its drawer. Singer Catherine Bott and pianist Jonathan Cohen go to Haworth, to hold the music in their hands, and recreate a quiet evening at home with Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell. They all lived much of the time in a "wild, melancholy and elevating" world, and that's part of the Bronte myth, but their music-making reminds us of a different side to them - perhaps one that doesn't quite fit with how we want or need them to be.

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

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012


WED 15:00 Tsar (b08pdfj3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


WED 16:00 Whispers (b007k356)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


WED 16:30 Snap (b00tqqjc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


WED 17:00 A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics (b08k4zw1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


WED 17:30 Shush! (b08q62bx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 18:00 Haunted (b01qxztt)
The Lamp, by Agatha Christie

A sickly young boy settles at a new address, but his ghostly playmate has other ideas...

Agatha Christie's creepy tale dramatised by Patricia Mays.

Mrs Lancaster ...... Judy Cornwell
Mr Windburn ...... Timothy Bateson
Marco Ferraro ...... Geoffrey
Radnor ...... William Eadle
Arnold Diamond ...... Doctor
Simon Meacock ...... Child

Director: Derek Hoddinott

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in July 1984.


WED 18:30 Short Cuts (m00060x8)
Series 19

Nature Documentaries

Singing with whales, a cloud of bats and the ballad of a rare bird. Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about the natural world.

Whale Duet
A version of this story first appeared on the podcast Sound Matters
Interview by Tim Hinman
Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

Bats in the Attic
Produced by Jessie Lawson

The Lord God Bird
Originally broadcast in 2005
Produced by Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister of Long Haul Productions
The song - Great God Bird - was written and performed by Sufjan Stevens
To listen to the song in its entirety and to hear more Long Haul stories, go to www.longhaulpro.org

Production Team: Alia Cassam and Eleanor McDowall
Producer: Andrea Rangecroft

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


WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b007k0pd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


WED 19:30 No Commitments (b007jmwx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


WED 20:00 Detective (b01s647t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


WED 20:30 Falco (b008kmgp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


WED 21:00 Laura Barton's American Road Trip (m000bxlv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


WED 22:00 Shush! (b08q62bx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


WED 22:30 Isy Suttie's Love Letters (b041y1n3)
Series 2

Eleanor and Mr Woodfield

Isy returns to her home town of Matlock and observes the unfolding romance between Eleanor, a dinner lady, and Mr Woodfield, a teacher - both of whom are unhappily married, but find solace in their workplace friendship.

Isy Suttie's Sony Award winning show, recounting a series of love stories affecting people she's known throughout her life, told partly through song.

Sometimes Isy has merely observed other people's love lives; quite often she's intervened, changing the action dramatically - for better or worse. Intertwined within these stories are related real life anecdotes from Isy's own, often disastrous, love life.

With her multi-character and vocal skills, and accompanied by her guitar, Isy creates a hilarious and deeply moving world, sharing with us her lessons in life and love.

"A voice you want to swim in" The Independent

Producer: Lyndsay Fenner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2014.


WED 23:00 Radio Active (b008pc9s)
Series 4

Salute to New York

It's Radio Active's live transatlantic link-up with the Big Apple, but sadly Mike Channel is stuck behind in the UK studio.

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

Music by Philip Pope and Steve Brown.

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

Producer: Jamie Rix

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1984.


WED 23:30 Vent (b01f9xz7)
Series 3

Stirrings in the Night

Ben and Mary's love life is in jeopardy, so Blitz recruits Lord Byron to offer the couple some useful relationship advice.

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/Lord Byron ...... Spencer Brown
Bea ...... Scarlett Milburn-Smith

Director: Nigel Smith

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2009.



THURSDAY 10 JUNE 2021

THU 00:00 Haunted (b01qxztt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]


THU 00:30 Short Cuts (m00060x8)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]


THU 01:00 Detective (b01s647t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]


THU 01:30 Falco (b008kmgp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]


THU 02:00 Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper (b092pgx0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]


THU 02:15 Gudrun (m000symm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]


THU 02:30 The Brontes' Piano (b01d12ny)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]


THU 03:00 Tsar (b08pdfj3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:00 Whispers (b007k356)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]


THU 04:30 Snap (b00tqqjc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]


THU 05:00 A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics (b08k4zw1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]


THU 05:30 Shush! (b08q62bx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]


THU 06:00 Detective (b01s697j)
Series 3

7. A Well Planned Job

Tully is rather taken with a new informant who might help them catch Steve Mason. Can she be trusted though?

CAST:

DS Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Tully …. Stephen Garlick
DS Harrison …. Peter Cleall
Chief Inspector Roach …. Stephen Yardley
Angela Fielding …. Deidre Costello
Barman/Radio Voice …. Douglas Blackwell
Jan …. Fiona Matheson
DS O’Brien/Radio Voice …. Anthony Jackson

More tough stories of crime and detection in London written by Robert Barr.

Robert Barr also wrote TV scripts for the BBC's Z Cars and Softly Softly. He was also a prize-winning TV producer.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast weekly on BBC Radio 2 in August 1984.


THU 06:30 Falco (b008ktyq)
Shadows in Bronze

4. Party

The Roman sleuth heads to a party thrown by the wealthy and influential Crispus. Helena gets shocking news and Falco receives a nasty surprise.

Anton Lesser stars as Marcus Didius Falco, Lindsey Davis's witty detective, patrolling the streets of 1st-century Rome.
With Anna Madeley as Helena Justina, Ben Crowe as Petronius, Sara Poyzer as Silvia, Timothy Watson as Aemilius Rufus, Bertie Carvel as Aufidius Crispus, Paul Webster as Marcellus and Jaimi Barbakoff as Aenelia.

Dramatised by Mary Cutler.

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


THU 07:00 Cleaning Up (b0543k0g)
3. Getting Stuck

Julie and Nobby find themselves in a sticky situation.

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.

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 (m000wlnr)
Series 9

Episode 5

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 concerns Newt, following his life backwards from a funeral in 1990 to an eventful Christmas dinner in 1898.

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 by ... John Finnemore
Newt ... John Finnemore
Ensemble ... Lawry Lewin
Ensemble ... Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Ensemble ... Simon Kane
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 (b011301y)
Series 7

Episode 7

Bill Oddie sings the 'Baby Samba' and Professor Prune loses his trousers. Stars John Cleese and David Hatch. From February 1969.


THU 08:30 The 27-Year Itch (b0b1txr3)
All Play and No Work Makes Jill an Unemployment Statistic

Dorothy wants to get out of the house and get a job, but what about cooking Edward's dinner?

Dorothy and Edward Atkinson are Sidcup's premier warring couple with a marriage to challenge even the most determined of counsellors.

Barry Pilton's marital mayhem sitcom stars Hugh Paddick as Edward and Betty Marsden as Dorothy.

With Alison Steadman and Bill Wallis.

After notching up multiple BBC radio series together of 'Beyond Our Ken' and 'Round The Horne' - most memorably as ageing juvenile Binkie Huckaback and Dame Celia Molestrangler - Hugh and Betty were reunited on-air, almost a decade later in 'The 27 Year Itch'.

Producer: Geoffrey Perkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1978.


THU 09:00 Who Goes There? (b00766zc)
Series 6

Episode 3

Martin Young presents the biographical quiz show.

Team captains Francis Wheen and Fred Housego are joined by entertainer Geoffrey Durham and novelist Jenny Colgan.

Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2002.


THU 09:30 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b0080q77)
Series 2

Episode 6

Lucy's offer to help a first-time celebrity author write a book finds her stuck in a remote Cornish cottage with an ex-Page 3 model and a neurotic mother, leaving Daniel to have an unusual boys’ night out...

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

CAST:

Daniel …. David Tennant
Lucy …. Liz Carling
Katie …. Samantha Spiro
Andy …. Tony Gardner
Suzie …. Paula Wilcox

Producer: Liz Anstee

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.


THU 10:00 Tsar (b08q3j6p)
3. Alexander II: The People's Will

In 1861, Alexander II liberated 23 million Russian serfs, four years earlier than the abolition of slavery in the USA. But twenty years later, the tide of revolutionary thinking is rising and dissatisfaction with the regime has led to terrorist cells making several assassination attempts on the Tsar's life. One cell in particular, The People's Will, is determined to succeed this time but in the struggle between autocracy and radical socialism there can be only one winner.

Alexander ..... Joseph Millson
Dvorzhitsky ..... Kenneth Cranham
Sofia ..... Alexandra Roach
Petya ..... Joe Sims
Nesselrode ..... Michael Bertenshaw
Grinevitsky ..... Tom Forrister
Kostya ..... Philip Fox
Rysakov ..... John Norton
Katya ..... Joanna van Kampen
Perovsky ..... Simon Ludders
Sasha ..... Samuel James

Director Alison Hindell
A BBC Cymru Wales production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2017.


THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b05tr0tl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 11:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b0106x58)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 12:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b011301y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 12:30 The 27-Year Itch (b0b1txr3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 13:00 Detective (b01s697j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 13:30 Falco (b008ktyq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 14:00 Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper (b092r77w)
Episode 4

A family has been brutally killed on their farm outside the small Australian country town of Kiewarra. It hasn't rained for two years, farms are failing and tensions in the community are running unbearably high. It seems that Luke Hadler reached snapping point, killed his wife and child and then committed suicide.

When policeman Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for his old friend's funeral he wants to get away again as soon as possible. He certainly doesn't want to be reminded of the secret he and Luke shared twenty years earlier. But as he's unwillingly drawn into the investigation into the Hadler deaths, the past keeps getting in the way. Questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, and Falk must face what's hidden in his own past to help him solve the secrets of the present.

In this episode, Falk rekindles an old friendship with Gretchen.

Crime Down Under showcases some of the best crime fiction from contemporary Australia Jane Harper is a journalist who moved from the UK to Australia in 2008. She lives in Melbourne and currently writes for the Herald Sun. She won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2015, and The Dry is her first novel. It was named the Australian Book Industry Association's Book of the Year, and the Australian Independent Bookseller 2017 Indie Book of the Year.

Read by Richard Goulding

Abridged and produced by Sara Davies.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2017.


THU 14:15 Gudrun (m000sz83)
Series 7

Episode 9

The final series in Lucy Catherine’s Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun’s eyes have been opened to the danger she’s in and she prepares to save her family - but has she left it too late?

Gudrun ….. Kate Phillips
Freija ….. Samantha Dakin
Truda ….. Charlotte East
Sigrid ….. Hollie Burgess
Garvinicus ….. Jane Whittenshaw
Soldiers ….. Ian Dunnett Jnr and Hasan Dixon

Directed by Gemma Jenkins


THU 14:30 Runaway Lives - DH Lawrence and Frieda von Richthofen (m000wt0m)
Richard Holmes follows in the footsteps of a great literary elopement.

A young DH Lawrence fled a teaching job, an engagement and memories of his recently dead mother to run off with a sex-crazed and very liberated German woman called Frieda von Richthofen, who was married with children. They met at a Sunday lunch and it is quite possible that she seduced him within minutes of their meeting.

The pair had a passionate but stormy relationship and, as they travelled south through Europe, their success was always touch-and-go. They had no money, Freida missed her children and they both argued like mad.

But it was at Lake Garda in Italy that Lawrence found his writing voice and, with Frieda's help, finished his first masterpiece, Sons and Lovers. So did the warm south work its magic after all?

Producer: Tim Dee.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2000.


THU 15:00 Tsar (b08q3j6p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


THU 16:00 Who Goes There? (b00766zc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


THU 16:30 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b0080q77)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


THU 17:00 Cleaning Up (b0543k0g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


THU 17:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (m000wlnr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 18:00 Haunted (b01qylzp)
The Liberated Tiger, by R Chetwynd-Hayes

Roland is dying. But could he possibly be haunting his wife while he's still alive?

R Chetwynd-Hayes's creepy tale dramatised for radio by Patricia Mays.

Mary ...... Rosemary Leach
Roland ...... Leslie Sands
Mrs Parkins ...... Hilda Schroeder

Director: Derek Hoddinott

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in July 1984.


THU 18:30 Great Lives (b08587nx)
Series 41

Orlando Murrin on Dinu Lipatti

For many piano music lovers, Dinu Lipatti [1917-1950], the Romanian concert pianist, stands head and shoulders above others. He lived during a time of great turbulence, leaving his native Romania for Switzerland at the outbreak of the second World War. He left behind a wealthy family but they subsequently lost everything under communism.

Food writer and former chef Orlando Murrin explains his love for Lipatti's music and his fascination with his life. It has led him to spending time trying to save Lipatti's family home from demolition in Bucharest.

He joins Matthew Parris and the London based Romanian concert pianist Alexandra Dariescu to champion the life and work of one of classical music's greatest 20th century talents.

Producer: Maggie Ayre

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.


THU 19:00 I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (b011301y)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


THU 19:30 The 27-Year Itch (b0b1txr3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


THU 20:00 Detective (b01s697j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


THU 20:30 Falco (b008ktyq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (b05tr0tl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]


THU 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b0106x58)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]


THU 22:00 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (m000wlnr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


THU 22:30 Little Lifetimes by Jenny Eclair (b09czt2x)
Series 4

A Nice Time with All the Family

Julie's always hated her birthday parties so she's determined her 60th will be different but her family don't seem to have heard.

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

Beverley Callard is best known for playing Liz McDonald in ITV's Coronation Street but has also found time to appear in 'The Rise and Fall of Little Voice', Two Pints of Lager and A Packet of Crisps and 'Mile High' amongst other TV appearances.

Producer: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2017.


THU 22:45 Brian Appleton's History of Rock 'n' Roll (b00fvwk6)
Kajaboohoo

The Brummie musicologist reveals what he didn’t do during the ‘80s music scene.

Set in a fictitious in a college of further education in the 'Newcastle-under-Lyme area'.

Written by and starring Graham Fellows.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2001.


THU 23:00 The In Crowd (b06cqzvm)
Series 4

Episode 3

Predicting the future and sequin waste. Manchester sketch show with Kate Ward, Smug Roberts and Robin Ince. From June 2004.


THU 23:30 Mark Tavener - Absolute Power (b007wwf1)
Series 3

Episode 1

The government retainer is under threat when Prentiss McCabe is given a difficult task.

A swipe at the cults of celebrity and spin, Absolute Power centres around the PR agency, Prentiss McCabe, a company set up by a couple of ex-BBC, long-term staffers. The partners spin news stories to benefit their invariably loathsome clients.

CAST:

Charles Prentiss …. Stephen Fry
Martin McCabe …. John Bird
with Tony Gardner, Siobhan Hayes, Tom George and David Timpson

Written by Mark Tavener

Producer: Dawn Ellis

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2002.



FRIDAY 11 JUNE 2021

FRI 00:00 Haunted (b01qylzp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]


FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b08587nx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]


FRI 01:00 Detective (b01s697j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]


FRI 01:30 Falco (b008ktyq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]


FRI 02:00 Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper (b092r77w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]


FRI 02:15 Gudrun (m000sz83)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]


FRI 02:30 Runaway Lives - DH Lawrence and Frieda von Richthofen (m000wt0m)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]


FRI 03:00 Tsar (b08q3j6p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:00 Who Goes There? (b00766zc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]


FRI 04:30 Double Income, No Kids Yet (b0080q77)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]


FRI 05:00 Cleaning Up (b0543k0g)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]


FRI 05:30 John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (m000wlnr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]


FRI 06:00 Detective (b01s8pyv)
Series 3

8. Death at the Weekend

The sad death of three teenagers is soon overshadowed when an escaped prisoner strikes closer to home.

CAST:

DS Brook …. Ray Brooks
DC Tully …. Stephen Garlick
DS Harrison …. Peter Cleall
Chief Inspector Roach …. Stephen Yardley
Kathy …. Lesley Manville
Alan Waters …. Clive Panto
John Sullivan …. Henry Stamper
Mr Percival …. John Hollis
Steve Gray/Doctor …. Peter Acre
Mrs Walters …. Stella Tanner

More tough stories of crime and detection in London written by Robert Barr.

Robert Barr also wrote TV scripts for the BBC's Z Cars and Softly Softly. He was also a prize-winning TV producer.

Producer: Martin Fisher

First broadcast weekly on BBC Radio 2 in August 1984.


FRI 06:30 Falco (b008l1cb)
Shadows in Bronze

5. Surprise

The Roman sleuth closes in on his man, but gets more than he bargained for from Helena's old school friend.

Anton Lesser stars as Marcus Didius Falco, Lindsey Davis's witty detective, patrolling the streets of 1st-century Rome.

With Anna Madeley as Helena Justina, Sean Connolly as Atius Pertinax, Christopher Kelham as Larius, Sara Poyzer as Silvia, Paul Webster as Marcellus, Bertie Carvel as Aufidius Crispus, Timothy Watson as Aemilius Rufus, Christian Rodska as Gordianus and Jaimi Barbakoff as Aenelia.

Dramatised by Mary Cutler.

Directed at BBC Birmingham by Peter Leslie Wild.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.


FRI 07:00 Fags, Mags and Bags (b0bf64gh)
Series 8

A Song for Lenzie

The eighth series of with more shop based shenanigans and over the counter philosophy, courtesy of Ramesh Mahju and his trusty sidekick Dave. Written by and starring Donald Mcleary and Sanjeev Kohli.

Set in a Scots-Asian corner shop, the award winning Fags, Mags and Bags sees a return of all the shop regular characters, and some guest appearances along the way, from the likes of Moray Hunter, Lorraine McIntosh & Mina Amwar.

In this episode, Ramesh discovers to his horror than Sanjay hasn't been entirely truthful about his college education after The Bish (played by Michael Redmond) spots him busking in East Kilbride.

Join the staff of Fags, Mags and Bags in their tireless quest to bring nice-price custard creams and cans of coke with Arabic writing on them to an ungrateful nation. Ramesh Mahju has built it up over the course of over 30 years and is a firmly entrenched, friendly presence in the local area. He is joined by his shop sidekick, Dave.

Then of course there are Ramesh's sons Sanjay and Alok, both surly and not particularly keen on the old school approach to shopkeeping, but natural successors to the business. Ramesh is keen to pass all his worldly wisdom onto them - whether they like it or not!

Producer: Gus Beattie for Gusman Productions.
A Comedy Unit production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in August 2018.


FRI 07:30 The Confessional (m000wsjf)
Series 1

The Confession of Lucy Porter

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 isn't 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 why we get embarrassed, where our shame thresholds should be, and the value of guilt.

This week, comedian Lucy Porter apologises for a youthful indiscretion, discusses the disadvantages of PVC and reveals a secret as yet untold.

Other guests in this series include Cariad Lloyd, Dr Phil Hammond, Clarke Peters, Suzi Ruffell, Marian Keyes, Phil Wang, Joan Bakewell, Nigel Planer and Alastair Campbell.

Written and presented by Stephen Mangan
With extra material by Nick Doody.
Devised with Dave Anderson

Produced by Frank Stirling
A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4


FRI 08:00 Dad's Army (b007jm5w)
Series 1

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker

The Home Guard platoon is horrified when their black marketeer, Private Joe Walker, gets his army call up.

Six years after classic wartime sitcom Dad's Army started on BBC TV, these specially adapted radio versions were recorded with the original cast. James Beck [Private Walker], sadly died in August 1973, part way through the making of this series, and was replaced by Graham Stark.

CAST:

Captain Mainwaring …. Arthur Lowe
Sergeant Wilson …. John Le Mesurier
Corporal Jones …. Clive Dunn
Private Godfrey …. Arnold Ridley
Private Pike …. Ian Lavender
Private Frazer …. John Laurie
Private Walker …. Graham Stark
The Captain/Mr Rees …. Michael Knowles
The Chairwoman …. Judith Furze
The Sergeant/The Brigadier …. Jack Watson
The Announcer …. John Snagge

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 (b0953y3x)
Series 1

A Woman's Role

Helen's multiplying skills with a calculator mean that Ben is soon adding up all the repercussions.

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
Laura ...... Anita Carey

Producer: Pete Atkin

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1982.


FRI 09:00 Counterpoint (b00sfwmk)
Series 24

2010 Semi-final 1

Three contestants who have won their respective heats return to face Paul Gambaccini's questions on all aspects of music, in the first semi-final of the 2010 competition. Paul will have plenty of musical clues and anecdotes, and, as always, the competitors will have to choose from an eclectic selection of 'special subjects' on which to answer individual questions.

Producer Paul Bajoria

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


FRI 09:30 Bristow (b007w5jb)
Series 3

Repaying Mr Piper

Why is Bristow surrounded by incompetents? He has a theory - and determines to bumble toward the proof.

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
Hewitt ...... Owen Brenman
Perkins ...... Leslie Phillips
Gert ...... Liz Fraser
Daisy ...... Joan Sims
Miss Sunman ...... Katy Odey
Fudge ...... Jon Glover
Postboy ...... Simon Schatzberger
Stokes ...... David Battley
Miss Pleasant ...... Jackie Neglia

Music: John Whitehall

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2000.


FRI 10:00 Jeremy Front - The Long Weekend (b0076cwx)
When former school chums Sophie and Gemma re-unite after 20 years at Sophie's Country Estate, the idyllic-sounding long weekend takes a turn for the unexpected.

Black comedy written by Jeremy Front.

Gemma ...... Emma Fielding
Sophie ...... Jane Slavin
Toby ...... Stephen Tompkinson
Inspector Fenton ...... Clive Merrison
Dodo ...... Clare Corbett
Freddie ...... Robert Portal
Ivor ...... Ben Crowe

Director: Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2003.


FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000wtmq)
What's new for June?

Chris Pearson and Scott Bryan round up the best new podcasts.


FRI 12:00 Dad's Army (b007jm5w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 12:30 Semi Circles (b0953y3x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 13:00 Detective (b01s8pyv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 13:30 Falco (b008l1cb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 14:00 Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper (b092rckg)
Episode 5

A family has been brutally killed on their farm outside the small Australian country town of Kiewarra. It hasn't rained for two years, farms are failing and tensions in the community are running unbearably high. It seems that Luke Hadler reached snapping point, killed his wife and child and then committed suicide.

When policeman Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for his old friend's funeral he wants to get away again as soon as possible. He certainly doesn't want to be reminded of the secret he and Luke shared twenty years earlier. But as he's unwillingly drawn into the investigation into the Hadler deaths, the past keeps getting in the way. Questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, and Falk must face what's hidden in his own past to help him solve the secrets of the present.

In this episode, Falk is not the only one who has kept a secret for 20 years.

Crime Down Under showcases some of the best crime fiction from contemporary Australia
Jane Harper is a journalist who moved from the UK to Australia in 2008. She lives in Melbourne and currently writes for the Herald Sun. She won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2015, and The Dry is her first novel. It was named the Australian Book Industry Association's Book of the Year, and the Australian Independent Bookseller 2017 Indie Book of the Year.

Read by Richard Goulding

Abridged and produced by Sara Davies.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2017.


FRI 14:15 Gudrun (m000t031)
Series 7

Episode 10

The final series in Lucy Catherine’s Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun comes face to face with her destiny.

Gudrun ….. Kate Phillips
Freija ….. Samantha Dakin
Truda ….. Charlotte East
Kjartan ….. Ian Dunnett Jnr
Pope ….. Roger Ringrose
Jesson at 7 ….. Harry Clarke

Directed by Gemma Jenkins


FRI 14:30 The School on the Moor (b092k9jp)
Revealing 1948 portrait of Cornwall’s Bolventor School with just 24 pupils aged 5 to 15, in two classrooms with two teachers, plus headmaster Reginald Bennetts and his wife.

In this experimental programme, BBC engineers had set-up microphones around this tiny remote village school in the middle of Bodmin Moor in the Autumn of 1947. Microphones and cables were left to allow children to get used to them.

The programme was recorded over a week with the head as presenter, plus the stories of two former pupils, who attended the school when it opened in 1877. (The school was closed in 1994).

Producer: Brandon Acton-Bond

First broadcast on the BBC West of England Home Service, it evoked vivid memories for listeners and inspired a wider broadcast (except Scotland and Wales) on the BBC Home Service in December 1948.


FRI 15:00 Jeremy Front - The Long Weekend (b0076cwx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]


FRI 16:00 Counterpoint (b00sfwmk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]


FRI 16:30 Bristow (b007w5jb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]


FRI 17:00 Fags, Mags and Bags (b0bf64gh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]


FRI 17:30 The Confessional (m000wsjf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 18:00 Haunted (b01qyntg)
Which One? by R Chetwynd-Hayes

1940: A fire warden team are put to the severest test during a bombing raid. Will they all survive?

R Chetwynd-Hayes's creepy tale dramatised for radio by Patricia Mays.

Drayton ..... Reginald Marsh
Hughes ..... Garrard Green
Raymond ..... Robert Glenister
Smithers ..... Adrian Egan
Jackson ..... Nigel Graham
David ..... Graham Conway.

Director: Derek Hoddinott

First broadcast on the BBC World Service in July 1984.


FRI 18:30 Off the Page (b00sq1vx)
Poetry Schmoetry

Provocative and thoughtful new writing and discussion, presented by Dominic Arkwright. The title for this week's programme is 'Poetry Schmoetry.' The guests are the former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, the writer Guy Browning and performance poet, Rachel Pantechnicon.

Andrew talks about the elemental power of poetry; 'Poetry is for the most humane, as well as the most humanising aspect of the self.' Guy describes poetry as a 'tattered umbrella between you and the sun', and Rachel tells of her doomed attempt to retrace the wanderings of the Ancient Mariner. Andrew also indulges us with a reading from a contender for the 'worst poem ever written' award.

Produced by Sarah Langan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.


FRI 19:00 Dad's Army (b007jm5w)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]


FRI 19:30 Semi Circles (b0953y3x)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]


FRI 20:00 Detective (b01s8pyv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]


FRI 20:30 Falco (b008l1cb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]


FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m000wtmq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]


FRI 22:00 The Confessional (m000wsjf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]


FRI 22:30 The Consultants (b007jwvr)
Series 4

Episode 6

Inoculation against old age leads to unusual results. Neil Edmond and James Rawlings' cerebral sketches. From November 2005.


FRI 23:00 Lucy Montgomery's Variety Pack (b0137yqf)
Series 2

Episode 4

A multi-paced, one woman Fast Show for Radio 4 showcasing the exceptional talent of Lucy Montgomery. Lucy is a true chameleon who can embrace any character with uncanny accuracy, from a deluded teenager to a nonagenarian Diva. Lucy is a rare and multifaceted performer her intelligence and Barry Humphries-esque glee give her characterisations a smart and distinctive edge

Like all big stars, Lucy's worked hard to earn her tilt at the windmill of fame. In her ten years since Footlights she's honed her talents on Radio 4 shows as diverse as the Sony Gold winning Down the Line, The Museum of Everything, The Department, Another Case of Milton Jones, Mastering the Universe, Torchwood, The Don't Watch With Mother Sketchbook and The Way We Live Right Now. On television she has made her mark on BBC THREE's TittyBangBang, BBC ONE's Armstrong and Miller and BBC TWO's - Bellamy's People.

Starring; Lucy Montgomery, Philip Pope, Sally Grace, Natalie Walter and Waen Shepherd.

Written by Lucy Montgomery with additional material by Steve Burge, Jon Hunter, Fay Rusling, Abigail Burdess, Suk Pannu, Andy Wolton and Joseph Morpurgo.

Script Editor; Dan Tetsell

Producer: Katie Tyrrell.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.


FRI 23:30 Party (b011pkqg)
Series 2

It's Technology, Stupid

The young aspiring politicians of the new political Party get to grips with technology and whether it is making people stupid.

Meanwhile, they launch a recruiting campaign on the internet.

Second series of Tom Basden's satirical comedy.

Simon ..... Tom Basden
Duncan ..... Tim Key
Jared ..... Jonny Sweet
Mel ..... Ann Crilly
Phoebe ..... Katy Wix
Jared's Mum ..... Jane Whittenshaw

Producer: Julia McKenzie

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2011.




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 (b01jhb3n)

A Good Read 00:30 TUE (b01jhb3n)

A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics 07:00 WED (b08k4zw1)

A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics 17:00 WED (b08k4zw1)

A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics 05:00 THU (b08k4zw1)

Alan Bennett - An Englishman Abroad 10:00 MON (b007jyxz)

Alan Bennett - An Englishman Abroad 15:00 MON (b007jyxz)

Alan Bennett - An Englishman Abroad 03:00 TUE (b007jyxz)

Alan Bennett - Two in Torquay 10:45 MON (b0076f3m)

Alan Bennett - Two in Torquay 15:45 MON (b0076f3m)

Alan Bennett - Two in Torquay 03:45 TUE (b0076f3m)

Alex Edelman's Peer Group 07:30 TUE (m000wjqx)

Alex Edelman's Peer Group 17:30 TUE (m000wjqx)

Alex Edelman's Peer Group 22:00 TUE (m000wjqx)

Alex Edelman's Peer Group 05:30 WED (m000wjqx)

Alice's Wunderland 23:30 SUN (b01kt4ck)

Archive on 4 13:00 SAT (b08x2zn8)

Archive on 4 01:00 SUN (b08x2zn8)

Archive on 4 11:00 TUE (b09y6wg3)

Archive on 4 21:00 TUE (b09y6wg3)

Ayres on the Air 07:00 TUE (b03qfzgg)

Ayres on the Air 17:00 TUE (b03qfzgg)

Ayres on the Air 05:00 WED (b03qfzgg)

Barbara Vine - King Solomon's Carpet 01:30 SAT (m000wlyg)

Bleak Expectations 15:00 SAT (b00p3380)

Bleak Expectations 03:00 SUN (b00p3380)

Brian Appleton's History of Rock 'n' Roll 22:45 THU (b00fvwk6)

Bridget Christie Minds the Gap 23:00 TUE (b050bhnq)

Bristow 04:30 SAT (b007vgv7)

Bristow 09:30 FRI (b007w5jb)

Bristow 16:30 FRI (b007w5jb)

Caribbean Domino Club 14:30 TUE (b040lthj)

Caribbean Domino Club 02:30 WED (b040lthj)

Chain Reaction 15:30 SAT (b03s71cz)

Chain Reaction 03:30 SUN (b03s71cz)

Cleaning Up 07:00 THU (b0543k0g)

Cleaning Up 17:00 THU (b0543k0g)

Cleaning Up 05:00 FRI (b0543k0g)

Counterpoint 04:00 SAT (b00scgxy)

Counterpoint 09:00 FRI (b00sfwmk)

Counterpoint 16:00 FRI (b00sfwmk)

Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper 14:00 MON (b092m4wn)

Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper 02:00 TUE (b092m4wn)

Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper 14:00 TUE (b092nk37)

Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper 02:00 WED (b092nk37)

Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper 14:00 WED (b092pgx0)

Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper 02:00 THU (b092pgx0)

Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper 14:00 THU (b092r77w)

Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper 02:00 FRI (b092r77w)

Crime Down Under: The Dry by Jane Harper 14:00 FRI (b092rckg)

D-Day Dames 02:30 SAT (b0457rms)

D-Day Dames 15:30 SUN (b0457rms)

D-Day Dames 03:30 MON (b0457rms)

DH Lawrence - Daughters of the Vicar 16:00 SUN (b0075s4x)

DH Lawrence - Daughters of the Vicar 20:00 SUN (b0075s4x)

DH Lawrence - Daughters of the Vicar 04:00 MON (b0075s4x)

Dad's Army 08:00 FRI (b007jm5w)

Dad's Army 12:00 FRI (b007jm5w)

Dad's Army 19:00 FRI (b007jm5w)

Dan Dare 18:00 SAT (b0bhfnq7)

Dan Dare 00:00 SUN (b0bhfnq7)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 10:45 SUN (b0106x58)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 SUN (b0106x58)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 11:45 THU (b0106x58)

David Attenborough's Life Stories 21:45 THU (b0106x58)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 10:00 SUN (b05tr0tl)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 SUN (b05tr0tl)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 11:00 THU (b05tr0tl)

Desert Island Discs Revisited 21:00 THU (b05tr0tl)

Detective 01:00 SAT (b01s2xl6)

Detective 06:00 MON (b01s5gng)

Detective 13:00 MON (b01s5gng)

Detective 20:00 MON (b01s5gng)

Detective 01:00 TUE (b01s5gng)

Detective 06:00 TUE (b01s5l3b)

Detective 13:00 TUE (b01s5l3b)

Detective 20:00 TUE (b01s5l3b)

Detective 01:00 WED (b01s5l3b)

Detective 06:00 WED (b01s647t)

Detective 13:00 WED (b01s647t)

Detective 20:00 WED (b01s647t)

Detective 01:00 THU (b01s647t)

Detective 06:00 THU (b01s697j)

Detective 13:00 THU (b01s697j)

Detective 20:00 THU (b01s697j)

Detective 01:00 FRI (b01s697j)

Detective 06:00 FRI (b01s8pyv)

Detective 13:00 FRI (b01s8pyv)

Detective 20:00 FRI (b01s8pyv)

Do Tell Them Pike: Arthur Lowe on the Radio 09:00 SAT (b06chqrb)

Do Tell Them Pike: Arthur Lowe on the Radio 19:00 SAT (b06chqrb)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 09:30 SUN (b008043w)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 09:30 THU (b0080q77)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 16:30 THU (b0080q77)

Double Income, No Kids Yet 04:30 FRI (b0080q77)

Elvenquest 22:30 SAT (b01616lj)

Eric Pringle - Meeting Bea 06:00 SAT (b041th7q)

Eric Pringle - Meeting Bea 16:00 SAT (b041th7q)

Eric Pringle - Meeting Bea 04:00 SUN (b041th7q)

Fags, Mags and Bags 07:00 FRI (b0bf64gh)

Fags, Mags and Bags 17:00 FRI (b0bf64gh)

Falco 06:30 MON (b008kkch)

Falco 13:30 MON (b008kkch)

Falco 20:30 MON (b008kkch)

Falco 01:30 TUE (b008kkch)

Falco 06:30 TUE (b008klh0)

Falco 13:30 TUE (b008klh0)

Falco 20:30 TUE (b008klh0)

Falco 01:30 WED (b008klh0)

Falco 06:30 WED (b008kmgp)

Falco 13:30 WED (b008kmgp)

Falco 20:30 WED (b008kmgp)

Falco 01:30 THU (b008kmgp)

Falco 06:30 THU (b008ktyq)

Falco 13:30 THU (b008ktyq)

Falco 20:30 THU (b008ktyq)

Falco 01:30 FRI (b008ktyq)

Falco 06:30 FRI (b008l1cb)

Falco 13:30 FRI (b008l1cb)

Falco 20:30 FRI (b008l1cb)

Flâneuse: Women Who Walk the Cities by Lauren Elkin (Omnibus) 06:00 SUN (b07nwyf5)

Flâneuse: Women Who Walk the Cities by Lauren Elkin 02:00 SAT (b07myyqx)

Four Joneses and a Jenkins 09:30 TUE (b007jz3j)

Four Joneses and a Jenkins 16:30 TUE (b007jz3j)

Four Joneses and a Jenkins 04:30 WED (b007jz3j)

Great Lives 07:30 SAT (b084x6m8)

Great Lives 17:30 SAT (b084x6m8)

Great Lives 05:30 SUN (b084x6m8)

Great Lives 18:30 THU (b08587nx)

Great Lives 00:30 FRI (b08587nx)

Gudrun 02:15 SAT (m000ss39)

Gudrun 14:15 MON (m000sy1v)

Gudrun 02:15 TUE (m000sy1v)

Gudrun 14:15 TUE (m000sz1w)

Gudrun 02:15 WED (m000sz1w)

Gudrun 14:15 WED (m000symm)

Gudrun 02:15 THU (m000symm)

Gudrun 14:15 THU (m000sz83)

Gudrun 02:15 FRI (m000sz83)

Gudrun 14:15 FRI (m000t031)

Gus Murdoch's Sacred Cows 23:15 SUN (b00fcbgm)

Hancock's Half Hour 08:00 WED (b007k0pd)

Hancock's Half Hour 12:00 WED (b007k0pd)

Hancock's Half Hour 19:00 WED (b007k0pd)

Hans Christian Andersen - The Nightingale 18:00 SUN (m000wrxl)

Hans Christian Andersen - The Nightingale 00:00 MON (m000wrxl)

Haunted 18:00 MON (b01qyrxk)

Haunted 00:00 TUE (b01qyrxk)

Haunted 18:00 TUE (b01qyswf)

Haunted 00:00 WED (b01qyswf)

Haunted 18:00 WED (b01qxztt)

Haunted 00:00 THU (b01qxztt)

Haunted 18:00 THU (b01qylzp)

Haunted 00:00 FRI (b01qylzp)

Haunted 18:00 FRI (b01qyntg)

Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science 23:00 SUN (b00z5hrv)

How to Have a Perfect Marriage 14:20 SUN (b08wwxc0)

How to Have a Perfect Marriage 02:20 MON (b08wwxc0)

Hugh Walpole - Rogue Herries 03:00 SAT (b007k1r3)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 08:00 THU (b011301y)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 12:00 THU (b011301y)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again 19:00 THU (b011301y)

Inheritance Tracks 07:10 SUN (b0b1q03c)

Inheritance Tracks 14:10 SUN (b0760k87)

Inheritance Tracks 02:10 MON (b0760k87)

Inheritance Tracks 11:50 MON (m000wrgc)

Inheritance Tracks 21:50 MON (m000wrgc)

Isy Suttie's Love Letters 22:30 WED (b041y1n3)

Jason Cook's School of Hard Knocks 23:00 SAT (b03y38kp)

Jeremy Front - The Long Weekend 10:00 FRI (b0076cwx)

Jeremy Front - The Long Weekend 15:00 FRI (b0076cwx)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 07:30 THU (m000wlnr)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 17:30 THU (m000wlnr)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 22:00 THU (m000wlnr)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme 05:30 FRI (m000wlnr)

Laura Barton's American Road Trip 11:00 WED (m000bxlv)

Laura Barton's American Road Trip 21:00 WED (m000bxlv)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 08:30 MON (b00751s5)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 12:30 MON (b00751s5)

Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue 19:30 MON (b00751s5)

Little Lifetimes by Jenny Eclair 22:30 THU (b09czt2x)

Lucy Catherine - Gudrun 07:20 SUN (m000wrxc)

Lucy Montgomery's Variety Pack 23:00 FRI (b0137yqf)

Mark Tavener - Absolute Power 23:30 THU (b007wwf1)

Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better 23:30 TUE (b00kn8k7)

Nature Table 07:30 MON (m000wl46)

Nature Table 17:30 MON (m000wl46)

Nature Table 22:00 MON (m000wl46)

Nature Table 05:30 TUE (m000wl46)

No Commitments 08:30 WED (b007jmwx)

No Commitments 12:30 WED (b007jmwx)

No Commitments 19:30 WED (b007jmwx)

Off the Page 00:30 SAT (b00smq83)

Off the Page 18:30 FRI (b00sq1vx)

Party 14:00 SAT (b011jrmq)

Party 02:00 SUN (b011jrmq)

Party 23:30 FRI (b011pkqg)

Percy Edwards Showdown 14:30 MON (b00htwx7)

Percy Edwards Showdown 02:30 TUE (b00htwx7)

Podcast Radio Hour 11:00 FRI (m000wtmq)

Podcast Radio Hour 21:00 FRI (m000wtmq)

Poetry Extra 12:00 SUN (m000wrxh)

Poetry Extra 17:00 SUN (m000wrxh)

Poetry Extra 05:00 MON (m000wrxh)

Quote... Unquote 09:00 MON (b07vnglv)

Quote... Unquote 16:00 MON (b07vnglv)

Quote... Unquote 04:00 TUE (b07vnglv)

Radio Active 23:00 WED (b008pc9s)

Revolting People 22:30 TUE (b00fy2qr)

Runaway Lives - DH Lawrence and Frieda von Richthofen 14:30 THU (m000wt0m)

Runaway Lives - DH Lawrence and Frieda von Richthofen 02:30 FRI (m000wt0m)

Semi Circles 08:30 FRI (b0953y3x)

Semi Circles 12:30 FRI (b0953y3x)

Semi Circles 19:30 FRI (b0953y3x)

Short Cuts 18:30 WED (m00060x8)

Short Cuts 00:30 THU (m00060x8)

Shush! 07:30 WED (b08q62bx)

Shush! 17:30 WED (b08q62bx)

Shush! 22:00 WED (b08q62bx)

Shush! 05:30 THU (b08q62bx)

Snap 08:30 SAT (b00tnmtj)

Snap 09:30 WED (b00tqqjc)

Snap 16:30 WED (b00tqqjc)

Snap 04:30 THU (b00tqqjc)

Sneakernomics 11:00 SUN (p09fy2qv)

Sneakernomics 19:00 SUN (p09fy2qv)

Soul Music 18:30 TUE (b013q20t)

Soul Music 00:30 WED (b013q20t)

Steptoe and Son 08:00 MON (b007k0rm)

Steptoe and Son 12:00 MON (b007k0rm)

Steptoe and Son 19:00 MON (b007k0rm)

TED Radio Hour 11:00 MON (m000wrg9)

TED Radio Hour 21:00 MON (m000wrg9)

Terry Pratchett 00:00 SAT (b007jmq9)

The 27-Year Itch 08:30 THU (b0b1txr3)

The 27-Year Itch 12:30 THU (b0b1txr3)

The 27-Year Itch 19:30 THU (b0b1txr3)

The Arthur Haynes Show 09:00 SUN (b0177539)

The Break 05:00 SAT (b07j40ww)

The Brontes' Piano 14:30 WED (b01d12ny)

The Brontes' Piano 02:30 THU (b01d12ny)

The Confessional 05:30 SAT (m000wjfr)

The Confessional 07:30 FRI (m000wsjf)

The Confessional 17:30 FRI (m000wsjf)

The Confessional 22:00 FRI (m000wsjf)

The Consultants 22:30 FRI (b007jwvr)

The Dead Hand by Wilkie Collins 18:30 SAT (b007k2ws)

The Dead Hand by Wilkie Collins 00:30 SUN (b007k2ws)

The Elephant Man 09:30 MON (b007k2cj)

The Elephant Man 16:30 MON (b007k2cj)

The Elephant Man 04:30 TUE (b007k2cj)

The Goon Show 08:00 TUE (b007jxxg)

The Goon Show 12:00 TUE (b007jxxg)

The Goon Show 19:00 TUE (b007jxxg)

The In Crowd 23:00 THU (b06cqzvm)

The Jason Byrne Show 23:30 MON (b01p9jsb)

The News Quiz 23:00 MON (m000wm56)

The News Quiz 09:00 TUE (m000wm56)

The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables (Omnibus) 13:00 SUN (b08cd678)

The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables (Omnibus) 01:00 MON (b08cd678)

The Rest is History 16:00 TUE (b04y9v20)

The Rest is History 04:00 WED (b04y9v20)

The School on the Moor 14:30 FRI (b092k9jp)

There Is No Escape 22:30 SUN (b06mft8b)

Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler 12:30 SAT (b01qldm8)

Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler 07:00 MON (b03zxw0q)

Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler 17:00 MON (b03zxw0q)

Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler 05:00 TUE (b03zxw0q)

To Hull and Back 14:30 SAT (b09rx3vt)

To Hull and Back 02:30 SUN (b09rx3vt)

To Hull and Back 12:30 SUN (b09sn1hl)

To Hull and Back 17:30 SUN (b09sn1hl)

To Hull and Back 22:00 SUN (b09sn1hl)

To Hull and Back 05:30 MON (b09sn1hl)

Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups 22:30 MON (b06pbwzh)

Tsar 10:00 TUE (b08njzh8)

Tsar 15:00 TUE (b08njzh8)

Tsar 03:00 WED (b08njzh8)

Tsar 10:00 WED (b08pdfj3)

Tsar 15:00 WED (b08pdfj3)

Tsar 03:00 THU (b08pdfj3)

Tsar 10:00 THU (b08q3j6p)

Tsar 15:00 THU (b08q3j6p)

Tsar 03:00 FRI (b08q3j6p)

Two Episodes of Mash 23:30 SAT (b01mk9nz)

Vent 23:30 WED (b01f9xz7)

We're in Business 08:30 SUN (b07nwwqt)

Welcome to Wherever You Are 22:00 SAT (b09gkh2f)

Whispers 08:00 SAT (b007k2zg)

Whispers 09:00 WED (b007k356)

Whispers 16:00 WED (b007k356)

Whispers 04:00 THU (b007k356)

Who Goes There? 12:00 SAT (b00766w1)

Who Goes There? 09:00 THU (b00766zc)

Who Goes There? 16:00 THU (b00766zc)

Who Goes There? 04:00 FRI (b00766zc)

Winston 08:30 TUE (b007qq36)

Winston 12:30 TUE (b007qq36)

Winston 19:30 TUE (b007qq36)