SATURDAY 21 MAY 2022

SAT 00:00 Terry Pratchett (b007k1l2)
Mort
Episode 4
Death has disappeared, leaving his apprentice Mort, his daughter Ysabell and Albert the cook to carry on the life-collecting operation.
The conclusion of Terry's Pratchett's comic fantasy set on Discworld.
Narrated by Anton Lesser
Mort ...... Carl Prekopp
Death ...... Geoffrey Whitehead
Albert ...... Phillip Jackson
Ysabell ...... Clare Corbett
Princess Keli ...... Alice Hart
Cutwell ...... Adam Godley
Rincewind ...... Philip Fox
Duke ...... Jon Glover
Dramatised by Robin Brooks.
Director: Claire Grove
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2004.
SAT 00:30 Sounds Natural (b07m7kcq)
Bill Oddie
From the Bar-Tailed Godwit to the Black-Winged Stilt.
Back in the days when BBC Springwatch wasn't even a twinkle in Auntie's transmitters, Bill Oddie from 'The Goodies' tells Derek Jones about his longstanding love of bird watching, and his travels to see them - aided by recordings from the BBC Sound Archive.
Producer: John Burton.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1973.
SAT 01:00 Oscar Wilde (b007jq42)
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
3. The Ormolu Clock
Still thwarted in trying to fulfil his predicted dark destiny, Lord Arthur Savile decides to change his tactics.
Oscar Wilde's mystery written in 1891.
Concluded by Michael Maloney.
Produced at BBC Manchester by Katherine Beacon.
Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in October 2003.
SAT 01:30 Jack London - The Call of the Wild (b01dhkpv)
2. Wilderness
Buck started life as a pet, living in a wealthy household in California. But kidnapped and sold, he found himself in the frozen Yukon landscape, pulling a sledge.
After battling with the dangerous but alluring wilderness - he's saved from certain death...
Conclusion of Jack London's epic novella.
Dramatised by Robert Forrest.
Buck ... Robert Jack
Thornton ... Finn den Hertog
Hans ... Robin Laing
Burton/Indian Chief ... Nick Underwood
Director: Kirsty Williams
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2012.
SAT 02:00 Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (b0bbtghp)
5. Help
Willa has spontaneously responded to a request for help. She has travelled to Baltimore to look after her son's ex-girlfriend, who has been shot.
Anne Tyler's novel about family and self-discovery by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler.
Abridged by Sian Preece.
Read by Barbara Barnes
Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane
Made by BBC Scotland for BBC Radio 4 and first broadcast in July 2018.
SAT 02:15 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (b007jvyc)
15. Court
Becky is delighted to be presented at court - but Rawdon Crawley is unhappy.
Stephen Fry narrates one of the greatest comic novels of the Victorian period.
Written by William Makepeace Thackeray
Dramatised in twenty parts by Stephen Wyatt
Becky Sharp .... Emma Fielding
Lady Jane …. Jemma Churchill
Miss Briggs .... Kate Buffery
Rawdon Crawley …. Ray Coulthard
Pitt .... Jon Glover
Lord Steyne …. David Calder
with Stephen Fry as the narrator
Director Marc Beeby
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2004.
SAT 02:30 Fifty Years Around the Clock (b00js9vh)
Tony Wilson traces the story of the first rock n roll song to reach number 1 in 1955.
Hastily recorded in a converted ballroom in Manhattan and first released as an obscure B-side, Rock around the Clock only found its moment of glory when it was included in the film 'Blackboard Jungle' as the sound of teenage rebellion and an antidote to the jazz of Bix Beiderbecke.
With Virtuosa Guitarist Vini Reilley, Ex Rocker Sir Cliff Richard and broadcasting impresario Michael Grade.
Producer: Jane Lewis.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2005.
SAT 03:00 The Raj Quartet (b09vb8y1)
The Day of the Scorpion
Episode 2
Lady Manners hears Hari Kumar's account of his interrogation at the hands of Ronald Merrick. In Mirat.
Susan and Teddie get married, and back in Pankot, Barbie Batchelor has trouble with her wedding gift.
The last days of the British Raj in India as the Second World War leads inevitably towards independence.
Paul Scott's classic series of novels dramatised by John Harvey.
Sarah Layton ...... Lia Williams
Mildred Layton ...... Geraldine James
Susan Layton ...... Alex Tregear
Teddie Bingham ...... Nicholas Boulton
Ronald Merrick ...... Mark Bazeley
Lady Manners ...... Irene Sutcliffe
Barbie Batchelor ...... Marcia Warren
And Mabel Layton ...... Margaret Tyzack
Count Bronowski ...... Gary Waldhorn
Fenny Grace ...... Selina Griffiths
The Nawab ...... Raad Rawi
Ahmed Kasim ...... Shiv Grewal
Aunt Shalini ...... Nina Wadia
Nigel Rowan ...... Benedict Cumberbatch
Hari Kumar ...... Prasanna Puwanarajah
Gopal ...... Bhasker Patel
With Amit Shah.
Music by Raiomond Mirza.
Director: Jeremy Mortimer
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2005.
SAT 04:00 Guess What? (b06759y1)
Episode 9
Animal, vegetable or mineral?
Barry Took hosts a revised version of popular radio parlour game of 20 questions.
Regular Geoffrey Durham is joined by Frances Edmonds and Nigel Dempster.
Written by Michael Dines.
Producer: Andy Aliffe
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1998.
SAT 04:30 Millport (b0076287)
Series 2
Growth
Bunty's nowhere to be found when an EU official arrives to inspect her vegetables.
Meanwhile the rest of Millport is bitten by the fitness bug, but the lack of any sports facilities poses a few logistical problems...
Bittersweet comedy written by and starring Lynn Ferguson as 30-something island barmaid Irene Bruce, who hankers after a better life on the mainland.
Irene ...... Lynn Ferguson
Moira/Agnes ...... Janet Brown
Alberto/Robert/Inspector ...... Lewis McLeod
Ena/Bunty ...... Gabriel Quigley
Bob/Minister ...... Robert Patterson
Dougie ...... Matt Costello
Music arranged by Olly Fox.
Producer: Lucy Bacon
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2001.
SAT 05:00 Says on the Tin (b00gvhxv)
Healthcare
Eliott makes a film to encourage US investment in the NHS, explaining that 'where there's pain, there's gain'.
Starring Michael Brandon.
Christopher William Hill's sitcom about an American advertising man, forced to relocate to London.
Eliott Thurber ...... Michael Brandon
Esther Finn ...... Samantha Bond
Hannah Walker ...... Pippa Haywood
Zadie ...... Joannah Tincey
Baz ...... Inam Mirza
Ted ...... Malcolm Tierney
Carl ...... Jonathan Tafler
Moses ...... Stephen Critchlow
Film Director ...... Janice Acquah
Hospital Exec ...... Dan Starkey
Other parts played by:
Stephen Critchlow
Jonathan Tafler
Dan Starkey
Gunnar Cauthery
Donnla Hughes
Producer: Liz Webb
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2009.
SAT 05:30 Stand-Up Specials (m0017ctz)
Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff)
Lovecraft (Not the sex shop in Cardiff) is a one woman, comedy-science-music-show about the neuroscience of love and loneliness.
First performed in 2018 at Cardiff’s Festival of Voice, it has been to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Machynlleth Comedy Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival where it won Best Cabaret award.
The show tackles the stigma around loneliness and breaks it down scientifically for what it is and how Carys Eleri came to recognise it in herself and combat it by finding love in different ways through the medium of rats and songs and science. It is essentially a celebration of community, a wider sense of love and the scientific importance of kindness.
Bringing down this well researched lesson to a 28 minute radio format has been quite the challenge, where songs about tits have been sacrificed to make way for an updated narrative as the show is now visited through the lens of the pandemic with new lessons learned of ways to cope in isolation.
Writer composer and producer: Carys Eleri
Co-producers: Branwen Munn at Goldhill Studios and Jo Southerd at Little Wander.
Neuroscientist consultant: Dr. Dean Burnett
Originally co-produced for stage by Carys Eleri and Wales Millennium Centre
A Little Wander production for BBC Radio 4
SAT 06:00 Hercule Poirot (b009v35c)
Cards on the Table
1936: The enigmatic Mr Shaitana hosts an unusual dinner party. His guests include four sleuths - including Hercule Poirot - and four suspected murderers.
After dinner, the guests play bridge, with the sleuths in one room and the suspects in another, where Shaitana watches on.
By the end of the game, Shaitana has been fatally stabbed with a weapon from his collection.
Agatha Christie's thriller stars John Moffat as the Belgian sleuth.
First published in 1936 novel and dramatised by Michael Bakewell.
Hercule Poirot …… John Moffatt
Mr Shaitana …… Christopher Godwin
Ariadne Oliver …… Stephanie Cole
Colonel Race …… Donald Sinden
Supt Battle …… Ioan Meredith
Mrs Lorrimer …… Mary Wimbush
Dr Roberts …… David Timson
Major Despard …… Nigel Anthony
Anne Meredith …… Helen Longworth
Rhoda Dawes …… Sarah Paul
Mrs Luxmore …… Marlene Sidaway
Stephens …… Ewan Bailey
Director: Enyd Williams.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2002.
SAT 07:30 Great Lives (b0bgrhxx)
Series 46
Greg Jenner on Gene Kelly
Public historian Greg Jenner has always loved Gene Kelly.
"So much better than he had any right to be."
Born in Pittsburgh in 1912, Gene Kelly was a broad-shouldered Irish American whose first love was ice hockey. But according to his biographer, Ruth Leon, he revolutionised movie-making by making the camera dance.
Kelly's great films are Singin in the Rain, On The Town and An American in Paris - with extracts and archive of Gene speaking, this is a joyful celebration of the great age of Hollywood musicals.
Presented by Matthew Parris.
Producer Miles Warde
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2018.
SAT 08:00 Booked (b0075lcp)
Series 2
Episode 1
Piglet bumps into the Greek Chorus, Inspector Clouseau takes Blanche Dubois to a dance, and Hunter S Thompson writes a public school prospectus.
Outrageous parody, biting wit and bizarre couplings from:
Miles Kington
Mark Thomas
Dillie Keane
Roger McGough
Ian McMillan chairs the irreverent literary game.
Producer: Marc Jobst
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1997.
SAT 08:30 1834 (b011pw52)
Dentists and Lovers
Ned needs root canal work, but 21st-century Jason needs lessons in 19th-century courting.
Jason Slater is now Tarquin, the third son of Lord Belport with his faithful valet, Ned.
Jim Poyser's riotous comedy of transportation and delight.
Jason Slater ...... Michael Begley
Ned ...... Joe Caffrey
Hoskins ...... Kenneth Alan Taylor
Lord Belport ...... Mark Chatterton
Stubbs ...... Glenn Cunningham
Millicent ...... Julia Rounthwaite
Directed at BBC Manchester by Polly Thomas.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2003.
SAT 09:00 Lauren Laverne: Acting the Rock Star (m000d7f9)
From The Beatles and David Bowie to Spinal Tap and beyond, Lauren Laverne showcases how rock stars lives have been portrayed on radio and screen.
In this lovingly compiled long-playing retrospective we'll hear...
"When Elvis Met The Beatles" - An imagining of the occasion when the King of Rock 'n' Roll and The Fab Four came face to face in 1965.
"The Final Take: Bowie in the Studio" - Jon Culshaw’s portrayal of David Bowie during the recording of his final album Blackstar.
"Dusty Won’t Play" - A drama drawing on eye-witness accounts of what happened when Dusty Springfield refused to perform to segregated audiences in apartheid South Africa.
"Witness History: The Monkees" - A look at how a group of actors in the 1960s, who were originally hired to play wannabe pop stars, became the world's first 'manufactured' boy band.
"Queens of Noise: Get It On" - An episode from the drama about a fictional female group chasing rock stardom in the late 1980s written by The Farm's Roy Boulter and Louise Wener from Sleeper.
"Back from the Dead: The Return of Spinal Tap" - An excerpt from Peter Curran's 2009 radio special in which he spoke to the heavy metal 'legends'.
As part of this three-hour musical mixtape we'll also re-visit archive interviews from Beyoncé, Diana Ross and OutKast's André 3000 in which they talk about their own acting experiences, and especially recorded for this programme, we'll hear the thoughts of the broadcaster, music journalist and Radio Times Film Editor Andrew Collins on the phenomenon of the rock biopic.
Produced by Stuart Ross.
Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in January 2020.
SAT 12:00 The Personality Test (b00mf3kk)
Series 2
Roy Hattersley
Former Labour party Deputy Leader and writer, Roy Hattersley quizzes a panel about his own political career, whims and interests.
With:
Sue Perkins
Lucy Porter
Robin Ince
Mark Dolan
Series with changing hosts who quiz the panel
Script by Richard Turner and Simon Littlefield
Devised and produced by Aled Evans.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2006.
SAT 12:30 Mrs Sidhu Investigates (b097btt0)
Murder With Masala
The Peril of the Poisoned Puddle
Mrs Sidhu is a caterer from Slough, who is still busy sleuthing on the side.
Starring Meera Syal.
After Mrs Sidhu's evidence gives Inspector Burton a panic attack, she is soon on the trail of Josh Lucas, the playboy heir to the Lucas title and fortune - but Josh has turned over a new leaf.
Meanwhile Inspector Burton, ever eager to impress the rich and famous, jumps at the chance when Lady Lucas offers her help in the search of the property.
Mrs Sidhu is furious and suspects manipulation of both the evidence and the Inspector.
Comedy drama by Suk Pannu.
Mrs Sidhu ...... Meera Syal
Jemma ...... Amy Morgan
Tez ...... Hamza Jeetooa
Mr Varma ...... Vincent Ebrahim
Josh. ...... Justin Edwards
Mrs Brogan ...... Rachel Atkins
Director Marilyn Imrie
An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in October 2017.
SAT 13:00 Archive on 4 (b019dzpp)
Bertrand Russell: The First Media Academic?
Bertrand Russell was one of the greatest thinkers of the last century.
His contributions to the field of mathematics and philosophy are still widely acknowledged as some of the most important of their kind.
But, as Robin Ince discovers, he was also arguably one of the first great media academic stars, who brought his own brand of rationalism and intellect to an audience far beyond the academic and political circles he routinely mixed with.
His relationship with the BBC goes back almost to the beginning of its own history, and his many broadcasts and appearances on radio, in particular, brought his ideas to a whole new audience.
He delivered the very first Reith Lectures back in 1948, and was a regular panellist on the hugely popular "The Brains Trust". His thoughts on themes ranging from education, through to nuclear armament and religion, were regularly broadcast on the BBC, right up to the end of his life.
Robin takes a listen back to some of Russell's great contributions to broadcasting and looks at the life of arguably the first great media academic.
Producer: Alexandra Feachem
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2012.
SAT 14:00 Delve Special (b007jq1p)
Series 3
A Rocket for Defence
Reporter David Lander investigates whether we really need the new 'Sea Snake' torpedo.
Every year each British taxpayer gives £700 to the Ministry of Defence for new nuclear weapons. Would we be better off putting an extra lock on the door and having a fortnight in Bermuda?
Presented by David Lander with assistance from Stephen Fry.
Studio production by:
Jack Klaff
Brenda Blethyn
Harry Enfield
Dramatic reconstruction by:
Felicity Montagu
Robert Bathurst
Mark Arden
Researched and compiled by Tony Sarchet.
Editor: Paul Mayhew-Archer
Delve Special ran for four series from 1984 to 1987 and later transferred to TV as ‘This is David Lander’.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1986.
SAT 14:30 Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking (b00bg3gf)
Series 2
Episode 1
Laura reveals 1001 uses for peas, missies a meeting and shuns a caravan owner.
Award-winning comedian Laura Solon's sketch and character comedy series
With Rosie Cavaliero, Ben Moor and Ben Willbond.
Written by Laura Solon. With additional material by Holly Walsh and Jon Hunter.
Producer: Colin Anderson
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2008.
SAT 15:00 All the World's a Globe (b007jwp2)
1. The Creation
From the first amoeba to the Second World War.
It's the history of mankind.
Presented by the entire cast of the National Theatre of Brent - Desmond Olivier Dingle and Wallace, aided by Mr Barker.
Written by Patrick Barlow
With additional material by Jim Broadbent and Martin Duncan.
With thanks to
Patrick Barlow
Jim Broadbent
Martin Duncan
Producer: Lissa Evans
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1990.
SAT 15:15 The Goldfish Bowl (m0017d81)
Series 2
Episode 1
Anton and Liam - the Eric and Ernie of the fish fraternity - are back with more underwater wit and fishy frivolity.
As their owners move house, Anton and Liam go on a little holiday.
Starring Sean Foley and Hamish McColl.
Goldfish bowl based sitcom written by Shaun Prendergast.
Anton .... Sean Foley
Liam ....Hamish McColl
Susan ....Tracy Ann Oberman
Struan ....Shaun Prendergast
Director: Sally Avens
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2000.
SAT 15:30 The Masterson Inheritance (b007jps7)
Series 2
Beware the Ides of Masterson
Intrigue, terror, tyrants and togas set in ancient Rome.
The return of the award-winning improvised historical comedy series.
Based entirely on audience suggestions - this is the unfolding saga of the Mastersons - a family at war with itself.
Starring:
Paul Merton
Josie Lawrence
Jim Sweeney
Phelim McDermott
Caroline Quentin
Producer: Phil Clarke
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1994.
SAT 16:00 Hercule Poirot (b009v35c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]
SAT 17:30 Great Lives (b0bgrhxx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]
SAT 18:00 Bram Stoker - Dracula (b04y9dlb)
1. No One
Bram Stoker's disturbing vampire tale of horror, re-imagined by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
Nicky Henson stars as Count Dracula.
An all action adventure story, with ghosts, ghouls, lunatics, and seriously gripping chase sequences.
Narrated by various characters with different 'takes' on the progress of the story
A thrilling ride through the dark psyche of Victorian England dramatised in two parts.
Count Dracula ..... Nicky Henson
Dr Seward ..... Charles Edwards
Renfield ..... Don Gilet
Jonathan Harker ..... Michael Shelford
Mina Murray ..... Ellie Kendrick
Lucy Westenra ..... Scarlett Brookes
Dr Van Helsing ..... John Dougall
Arthur ..... Joe Sims
Landlord's Wife ..... Christine Absalom
Driver ..... Robert Blythe
Simmons ..... Patrick Brennan
Vampiresses ..... Sarah Thom, Ellie Crook & Stephanie Racine
Child ..... Harper Bone
Singer ..... Adriana Festeu
Director: Jessica Dromgoole.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2012.
SAT 19:00 Lauren Laverne: Acting the Rock Star (m000d7f9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]
SAT 22:00 4 at the Store (b007jqg1)
Series 1
Episode 3
Stand-up at London's Comedy Store with host Simon Bligh, Rhona Cameron, Omid Djalili and Steve Gribbin. From December 1998.
SAT 22:30 Thom Tuck - Goes Straight to DVD (b01rr371)
Faith Films
In his debut solo Radio 4 show, comedian Thom Tuck recounted heart-rending tales of loves lost while drawing comparisons with 54 Straight-to-DVD Disney movies he'd watched, so we don't ever have to.
Thom now turns his attention to other genres of Straight-to-DVD movies - seeking out further underrated gems and drawing parallels with captivating personal tales from his own life experience, backed by cinematic music, so we can rest easy.
In this second episode, Thom looks at the strangely lucrative world of faith films, and draws parallels to the narrative in these underrated gems with stories of his own experiences as a child growing up whilst his family travelled the globe through Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Yorkshire.
Produced by Lianne Coop
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2013.
SAT 23:00 Foley and McColl: The Interview (b0076cvt)
Rockall
The comedy duo behind the Morecambe and Wise tribute ‘The Play What I Wrote’ finally give their big interview and spill the beans to Michael Parkinson.
Written by and starring Sean Foley and Hamish McColl.
Director: Sally Avens
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2003.
SAT 23:15 Jigsaw (b01qmbk2)
Series 1
Mousetrap
Stand-up comedians Dan Antopolski, Tom Craine and Nat Luurtsema combine their talents to piece together a rapid-fire and surreal sketch show.
Produced by Colin Anderson.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.
SAT 23:30 The Odd Half Hour (b00w7bv1)
Series 2
Episode 3
Learn about a brand new pension plan.
Hear Madeline the naughty cellist upset yet another conductor.
Comedy sketch show which answers the questions you probably never asked:
Starring Kevin Bishop, Stephen K Amos, Doon Mackichan, Justin Edwards and Jessica Ransom.
Written by Madeleine Brettingham, Jason Hazeley, Joel Morris, Steve Dawson, Andrew Dawson, Timothy Inman, Stephen Carlin, James Kettle and Dale Shaw.
Producer: Simon Mayhew-Archer
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2010.


SUNDAY 22 MAY 2022

SUN 00:00 Bram Stoker - Dracula (b04y9dlb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Saturday]
SUN 01:00 Archive on 4 (b019dzpp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Saturday]
SUN 02:00 Delve Special (b007jq1p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Saturday]
SUN 02:30 Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking (b00bg3gf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Saturday]
SUN 03:00 All the World's a Globe (b007jwp2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:00 on Saturday]
SUN 03:15 The Goldfish Bowl (m0017d81)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:15 on Saturday]
SUN 03:30 The Masterson Inheritance (b007jps7)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Saturday]
SUN 04:00 Hercule Poirot (b009v35c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Saturday]
SUN 05:30 Great Lives (b0bgrhxx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Saturday]
SUN 06:00 Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (Omnibus) (b0076rw2)
Episode 1
It's 1967 and 11 year old Willa has to deal with a domestic crisis.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler's novel about family and self-discovery.
Omnibus of the first five of ten episodes read by Barbara Barnes
Abridged by Sian Preece
Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2018.
SUN 07:10 Inheritance Tracks (b04prp0s)
Ruthie Henshall
West End and Broadway star Ruthie Henshall selects Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland and Faure's In Paradisum.
SUN 07:20 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (Omnibus) (b008qpww)
Episode 3
Orphan Becky Sharp's ambitious pursuit of riches goes from strength to strength
Stephen Fry narrates one of the greatest comic novels of the Victorian period.
Written by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Dramatised in twenty parts by Stephen Wyatt.
Becky Sharp .... Emma Fielding
Amelia …. Katy Cavanagh
Miss Briggs .... Kate Buffery
William Dobbin .... Tom Smith
Miss Crawley ..... Margaret Tyzack
Pitt .... Jon Glover
John Osborne .... Geoffrey Whitehead
Hester …. Helen Longworth
Sir Pitt Crawley .... Trevor Peacock
Lord Steyne …. David Calder
Lady Jane …. Jemma Churchill
Rawdon Crawley …. Ray Coulthard
Maria …. Alice Hart
Mr Sedley …. Ian Masters
Georgy …. Harry Francis
Director Claire Grove
First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2004.
SUN 08:30 Albert and Me (b007jzdc)
Series 2
Minder
Bryan is offered a job at last, but where will he find a babysitter?
Stars Robert Lindsay and Pat Coombs.
Single parent Bryan Archer struggles to find work while raising his baby son, Albert.
Bryan Archer ...... Robert Lindsay
Mum/Albert ...... Pat Coombs
Mrs Willis ...... Diana King
Vera ...... Marcia Warren
Joe ...... Ron Pember
Mr Graham ...... Douglas Blackwell
Job Centre Clerk ...... David Graham
Written by Jim Eldridge.
Incidental music by Max Harris.
Producer: John Fawcett Wilson
First broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in March 1983.
SUN 09:00 Something to Shout About (b07rh90y)
Series 1
Episode 9
A new kind of biscuit, but does the ad agency's campaign have a large hole in it?
"A light-hearted exposé of the advertising world!" Set in a London ad agency called 'Apsley, Addis, Cohen, Barbican, Blythe, Giddy & Partners'.
Michael...................Michael Medwin
Janet.......................Fenella Fielding
Mavis......................Joan Sims
Maggie..................Eleanor Summerfield
Adrian....................Nicholas Phipps
Mr Parkin..............Warren Mitchell
Written by Myles Rudge and Ronnie Wolfe.
Something To Shout About ran to 54 episodes over three series
Music by The Jingle Belles and The Bernie Fenton Quartet, under the direction of Cliff Adams
Producer: John Simmonds
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in August 1960.
SUN 09:30 Sneakiepeeks (b00pqn27)
Two of Our Spies Are Missing
When Bill meets the organisation's most effective but least sane assassin, it's up to Sharla and Mark to find them.
Comedy by Harry Venning and Neil Brand about a team of inept, backstabbing surveillance operatives.
Bill ...... Richard Lumsden
Sharla ...... Nina Conti
Mark ...... Daniel Kaluuya
Ian ...... Paterson Joseph
Mrs Davies ...... Lucy Montgomery
Channing ...... Ewan Bailey
Tim the Tea Boy ...... Joe Thomas
Secretary ...... Tessa Nicholson
Other parts played by the cast.
Producer: Katie Tyrrell
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2010.
SUN 10:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0017l36)
Platinum Jubilee
HRH The Duchess of Kent
From Yehudi Menuhin to the Beatles.
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent - cousin to the Queen - shares her castaway choices with Sue Lawley.
After a lifelong devotion to music, she will be whittling down her choice of eight records with great difficulty.
The Duchess studied music until she was 25.
She was the director of the National Foundation for Youth Music and served as the president of the Royal Northern College of Music.
Her Royal Highness tells Sue about her love of music, her Yorkshire childhood and her prolific work for charity.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Eve 1989.
SUN 10:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00lq99f)
Series 1
Archaeopteryx
Sir David recounts the remarkable story of a feather, like any other feather from a bird.
Only this one was 150 million years old, and the animal that lost it lived when birds had not yet evolved.
Series of talks by Sir David Attenborough on the natural histories of creatures and plants from around the world.
Producer: Julian Hector
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2009.
SUN 11:00 Radiolab (m0017l38)
Series 9
Heavy Metal
Radiolab is a Peabody-award winning show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and the human experience.
Latif Nasser and the Radiolab team investigate a strange world.
A story about the sometimes obvious but sometimes sneaky effects of the way that we humans rearrange the elemental stuff around us. Reporter Avir Mitra and science journalist Lydia Denworth bring us a story about how one man’s relentless pursuit of a deep truth about the Earth led to an obsession that really changed the very air we breathe.
From WNYC. First broadcast on public radio in the USA in 2021.
SUN 11:55 Inheritance Tracks (b04prp0s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]
SUN 12:00 Poetry Extra (m0017l3b)
Shark
Poet Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's poetry archive and selects Dorothy Cross - Sharks - An ode to sharks with the Irish artist.
With fossil records dating back 400 million years, sharks have outlived most life forms on the planet. They are essential to the natural order of marine ecosystems, but so little is really known about them. Dorothy Cross is fascinated and inspired by these majestic fish. She's shared a canoe with a shark caller in the South Pacific, swum beneath Hammerheads in the Galapagos and, in this programme, she's out on a boat off Malin Head, the northern most tip of Ireland, in search of basking sharks and poetry.
Poems include Norman MacCaig's Basking Shark, Mirror by Silvia Plath, Flying Fish: An Ode by Charles Wharton Stork, Herman Melville's Maldive Shark and Behind Me Dips Eternity by Emily Dickinson. Poetry readers are Eleanor Bron, Bill Paterson and Fiona Shaw.
Produced by Kate Bland
A Cast Iron Radio production for BBC Radio 4
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2019.
SUN 12:30 HR (b01by7c0)
Series 3
Married
Discovering that their pensions are worthless, the chums contemplate the unthinkable: welcoming a female lodger into their home.
Nigel Williams's comedy series stars Jonathan Pryce and Nicholas le Prevost.
Sam .... Nicholas Le Prevost
Peter .... Jonathan Pryce
Lupin ..... Sara Crowe.
Producer: Peter Kavanagh
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2012.
SUN 13:00 Somebody I Used to Know by Wendy Mitchell (Omnibus) (b09r458t)
Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s​ at the age of 58 ​. ​But after a 20 year career in the NHS, based in York, this single mother of two adult daughters was not going to ​just ​give in.
Th​is is her account, written with Anna Wharton, of how she determined to try and outsmart the challenges served up by the dementia on a daily basis. ​Every tiny victory was hard won.​ Every day is faced with courage and resourcefulness.​
​F​our years on from th​e​ diagnosis, she still lives independently, spends more time than ever travelling th​roughout the UK to give talks​, ​​ ​and ​continues to ​do whatever she can to change a society that views dementia as a death sentence. Her driving force is a compulsion to live in the moment, never knowing which version of herself ​- somebody she used to know - ​ might greet ​her ​when she wakes ​each​ morning.​ ​
Written by Wendy Mitchell and Anna Wharton
Abridged by Amanda Hargreaves
Read by Tessa Gallagher
Produced by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4
First broadcast in 2018.
SUN 14:10 Inheritance Tracks (b04tt83j)
Margaret Atwood
Writer Margaret Atwood chooses Beethoven's Symphony No 6, and Joan Sutherland singing Norma by Bellini.
SUN 15:30 Mr Capra Goes to Hollywood (b01rw2zj)
"The art of [my films] is very, very simple... it's the love of people. Add two simple ideals to this love of people - the freedom of each individual and the equal importance of each individual - and you have the principle on which I've based all my films."
Frank Capra, 1982.
This is an exploration of the filmmaker Frank Capra's enduring vision of the American dream. The man behind It's a Wonderful Life, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Mr Deeds Goes to Town and It Happened One Night, he remains one of America's most popular directors - yet his movies can still divide critics.
Was he simply a peddler of sentimental 'Capra-corn' or do his films offer a much more complex view of American life?
Discover what makes a movie 'Capra-esque' - looking at the balance of humour and heart in his films through to their occasional dark, noir-like edges - as well as unpicking how the 'Capra-esque' has filtered down into the contemporary American political landscape.
Contributors:
Jeanine Basinger
Andrea Seabrook
Peter Swaab
Michael Newton
Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in April 2013.
SUN 16:00 Sharon Oakes - The Haunt of Swans (m0004fwx)
When a recently widowed young woman retreats to a remote part of Scotland to get away from everything, she not only falls in love, but also finds herself caring for an injured whooper swan.
CAST:
Fiona …. Kaye Wragg
Cameron …. Alex Ferns
Rachel .... Susan Cookson
Written by Sharon Oakes.
Director: Pauline Harris
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2004.
SUN 17:00 Poetry Extra (m0017l3b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 today]
SUN 17:30 HR (b01by7c0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]
SUN 18:00 Nightfall (m0006mlv)
Series 1
4. Baby Doll
A young husband gets more than he bargained for when he buys his wife an antique doll.
‘Nightfall’ is a series of supernatural and horror dramas - one of Canada’s CBC Radio's most popular shows in the network’s history. Running to over 100 episodes between 1980 and 1983, it features a mix of original stories and adaptations of classic tales.
CAST:
Kathleen …. Elva Mai Hoover
Alex …. Jay Bowen
Loomis …. Jimmy Morris
Old Woman …. Ruth Springford
Fireman …. Claude Rae
Written by Larry LeClair.
Director: Fred Diehl
First broadcast on CBC Canada in 1981.
SUN 18:30 The World of Daphne Du Maurier (b09wv5qs)
4. The Apple Tree
Recently widowed George Carey has an irrational hatred for the old apple tree in his garden.
He decides it must be dug up - but it's a decision he's going to regret for the rest of his life - what's left of it...
An adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's novella, first published in 1952 in ‘The Apple Tree: A Short Novel and Some Stories’.
CAST:
Mr Carey …. Charles Gray
Willis …. Douglas Blackwell
Midge .... Patricia Leventon
Mrs Lord .... Katherine Parr
Mrs Hall …. Daphne Rogers
Dramatised and produced by Derek Hoddinott.
First broadcast on the BBC World Service in August 1974.
SUN 19:00 Radiolab (m0017l38)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]
SUN 19:55 Inheritance Tracks (b04prp0s)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:10 today]
SUN 20:00 Sharon Oakes - The Haunt of Swans (m0004fwx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 today]
SUN 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0017l36)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]
SUN 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00lq99f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 today]
SUN 22:00 HR (b01by7c0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 today]
SUN 22:30 Delve Special (b007jmj8)
Series 3
Cowboys
When a builder burnt down their house, Ronald and Yvonne Worthington went to their solicitor. That's when their troubles really started.
Reporter David Lander investigates Britain's cowboy builders.
Presented by David Lander with assistance from Stephen Fry.
Studio production by Stephen Frost, Dawn French and Phli Nice.
Dramatic reconstructions by Jack Klaff, Julia Hills, Mark Arden and Robert Bathurst.
Researched and compiled by Tony Sarchet.
Editor: Paul Mayhew-Archer
Delve Special ran for four series from 1984 to 1987 and later transferred to TV as: This is David Lander.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1986.
SUN 23:00 The Masterson Inheritance (b007jpvx)
Series 2
The Quest for the Other Rabbit's Foot
Myths and mucking out in the Masterson’s adventures at the court of King Arthur.
The award-winning improvised historical family saga based entirely on audience suggestions.
Starring Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Jim Sweeney, Lee Simpson, Phelim McDermott and Caroline Quentin.
Producer: Phil Clarke
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1994.
SUN 23:30 John Finnemore's Double Acts (b08snhwp)
Series 2
Mercy Dash
Malcolm needs some help. Sue has a spot of time on her hands. Winchester beckons.
Starring Julia McKenzie and Gus Brown
Series of two-handers written by Cabin Pressure's John Finnemore.
Malcolm.....Gus Brown
Sue......Julia McKenzie
Produced by David Tyler
A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in 2017.


MONDAY 23 MAY 2022

MON 00:00 Nightfall (m0006mlv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Sunday]
MON 00:30 The World of Daphne Du Maurier (b09wv5qs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday]
MON 01:00 Somebody I Used to Know by Wendy Mitchell (Omnibus) (b09r458t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 13:00 on Sunday]
MON 02:10 Inheritance Tracks (b04tt83j)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:10 on Sunday]
MON 03:30 Mr Capra Goes to Hollywood (b01rw2zj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 15:30 on Sunday]
MON 04:00 Sharon Oakes - The Haunt of Swans (m0004fwx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Sunday]
MON 05:00 Poetry Extra (m0017l3b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:00 on Sunday]
MON 05:30 HR (b01by7c0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 12:30 on Sunday]
MON 06:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017lnv)
1. Presenting Philip Odell
Philip Odell is a hardnosed Irish-American private eye, who worked for the American secret service during the Second World War.
When his friend Heather O'Mara reveals her brother has been killed, he sets out to investigate.
With London under a thick pea soup fog, his probe begins…
Vintage thriller serial by Lester Powell in eight parts.
Philip Odell ....Robert Beatty
Heather McMara .... Sheila Manahan
Marilyn Peters .... June Tobin
Christopher Hampden .... James Thomason
Parkin .... Harold Reese
Martin Sorrowby .... John Bennett
The Barman …. Ronald Baddiley
Mrs Cantaloup .... Betty Baskcomb
The Receptionist .... Joan Matheson
Producer: Martyn C Webster
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in April 1958.
MON 06:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzf)
1. Heist
A change in the weather is about to alter the lives of two innocent ladies from Shropshire who become entangled with a couple of Cockney crooks.
Eric Pringle’s unlikely adventure about a singing duo in five parts .
Starring Dilys Laye and Polly James.
Henrietta ..... Dilys Laye
Louise ..... Polly James
Jiffy Perkins ..... Peter Craze
Burco Madrid ..... John Hollis
Billy ..... Norman Bird
Driver ..... Richard Tate
Director: Ian Cotterell
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1988.
MON 07:00 It's a Fair Cop (b08rrb47)
Series 3
Barry the Burglar
Barry the Burglar: what seems like an open and shut case of breaking, entering and stealing - becomes something else entirely.
Series in which the audience makes the policing decisions as Alfie takes them through a real-life crime scenario.
Written and performed by Alfie Moore.
Script Editor: Will Ing
Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2017.
MON 07:30 Just a Minute (m0017cpw)
Series 89
Nosey Neighbours, Tap Dancing and Charlie Chaplin
Sue Perkins challenges Paul Merton, Pippa Evans, Tony Hawks and Suzi Ruffell to speak for 60 seconds without repetition, deviation or hesitation.
The long running Radio 4 national treasure of a parlour game is back for a new series with subjects this week ranging from Nosey Neighbours to Charlie Chaplin.
Production co-ordinator: Caroline Barlow
Sound editor: Marc Willcox
Producer: Richard Morris
A BBC Studios Production
MON 08:00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b007jrms)
Birthday Boy
Bob bungles a surprise birthday party for Terry.
Starring James Bolam as Terry Collier, Rodney Bewes as Bob Ferris and Brigit Forsyth as Thelma Chambers.
Created and scripted for BBC TV by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. Adapted for radio by Patrick Tilley.
Producer: John Browell
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1975.
MON 08:30 Tales From the Mausoleum Club (b007k1w6)
The Inaudible Man
1903: a murky autumn day. The Honourable Clarence Green enters the lobby of what turns out to be one of the queerest clubs in London.
In the Smoking Room he eagerly listens to the first creepy tale of an otolaryngologist.
Starring Terence Stamp, Joss Ackland and Spike Milligan.
Star-packed curious and macabre comedy series written by Ian Brown and James Hendrie
Dr Bates ...... Terence Stamp
Wyvern ...... Joss Ackland
Psychiatrist ...... Spike Milligan
Arturo ...... Andrew Sachs
Green ...... Royce Mills
Mrs Boyle ...... Sheila Steafel
Felch ...... Michael Ripper:
Policeman ...... Arthur Smith
Hornby ...... Adam Wide
Music by Max Harris.
Producer: Paul Spencer
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1987.
MON 09:00 Counterpoint (b011c0nb)
Series 25
2011 Heat 8
In which of his compositions did Hector Berlioz make extensive use of the 'idee fixe', a term he used for a recurring musical motif or theme?
The eighth trio of 27 competitors join Paul Gambaccini in London for the eighth heat of this 25th anniversary series.
Richard Foster from Crowborough in East Sussex
Charles Kinsey from Bristol
Steve Roberts from Hatfield in Hertfordshire
Producer Paul Bajoria
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2011.
MON 09:30 Bangers and Mash (b0075h0f)
Episode 4
A strange man is lurking - and Father Harry is hired to entertain the OAPs, but what will he be singing?
Six-part comedy series by Katie Hims.
CAST:
Martina …. Catherine Harvey
Jimmy …. Gerard McDermott
Juan …. Roger May
Carol …. Jane Whittenshaw
Director: Catherine Horn
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1999.
MON 10:00 The Raj Quartet (b09w2pyf)
The Day of the Scorpion
Episode 3
Sarah travels to Calcutta to visit Ronald Merrick in hospital and to hear at first hand of Teddie Bingham's tragic encounter with Indian National Army troops.
The last days of the British Raj in India as the Second World War leads inevitably towards independence.
Paul Scott's classic series of novels dramatised by John Harvey.
Sarah Layton ...... Lia Williams
Mildred Layton ...... Geraldine James
Susan Layton ...... Alex Tregear
Teddie Bingham ...... Nicholas Boulton
Ronald Merrick ...... Mark Bazeley
Fenny Grace ...... Selina Griffiths
Barbie Batchelor ...... Marcia Warren
Mabel Layton ...... Margaret Tyzack
General Rankin ...... Hugh Dickson
Clark ...... Giles Fagan
Mira ...... Priyanga Elan
Reverend Peplow ...... Ian Masters
With Jason Chan, Shiv Grewal, Robert Hastie and Emily Wachter.
Music by Raiomond Mirza.
Director: Jeremy Mortimer
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2005.
MON 11:00 TED Radio Hour (m0017lny)
Series 9
Ideas Into Action
A journey through fascinating ideas based on talks by riveting speakers on the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) stage.
Manoush Zomorodi explores how a big idea can grow – how someone can help a spark become a movement. With Shoham Arad.
First broadcast in the USA on National Public Radio in 2021.
MON 11:50 Inheritance Tracks (m0017lp0)
Craig Revel Horwood
Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood, chooses Along the Road to Gundagai by Slim Dusty and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
MON 12:00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b007jrms)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]
MON 12:30 Tales From the Mausoleum Club (b007k1w6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]
MON 13:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017lnv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]
MON 13:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]
MON 14:00 Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (b0bcgm4c)
6. Locals
Willa and her husband Peter have travelled to Baltimore in a spontaneous act of kindness. Willa begins to meet members of the local community.
Anne Tyler's novel about family and self-discovery by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler.
Abridged in ten parts by Sian Preece.
Read by Barbara Barnes
Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane
Made by BBC Scotland for BBC Radio 4 and first broadcast in July 2018.
MON 14:15 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (b007jvyn)
Episode 16
Orphan Becky Sharp's ambitious pursuit of riches goes from strength to strength.
Rawdon leaves debtors' prison, but more trouble soon follows.
Stephen Fry narrates one of the greatest comic novels of the Victorian period.
Written by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Dramatised in twenty parts by Stephen Wyatt.
CAST:
Becky Sharp .... Emma Fielding
Hester …. Helen Longworth
Mr Moss …. Ian Masters
Rawdon Crawley …. Ray Coulthard
Lord Steyne …. David Calder
Lady Jane …. Jemma Churchill
with Stephen Fry as the narrator
Director Marc Beeby
First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2004.
MON 14:30 The Print Master (b019fwvx)
What do Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Elisabeth Frink, Paula Rego, David Hockney and Man Ray have in common?
They have all worked with legendary print maker, Stanley Jones.
Susan Aldworth takes the chance to be his apprentice, to hear his tales, and learn his skills.
In the 1950s the printmaking skill-base in the UK had almost completely disappeared until WS Hayter - founder of the legendary Atelier 17 studio in Paris - persuaded a talented young artist from Wigan to study the art of lithography, a skill which had been lost in the UK since the time of Whistler.
On his return to Britain, Stanley Jones spearheaded a rapid expansion in British Printmaking Today he is revered in artistic circles as one of the greatest print makers alive. His clients read like a roll-call of the 20th century's great British artists.
Susan Aldworth was invited to be Artist in Residence at the Curwen Studio, which Stanley was involved in setting up in the 1950s. The Tate Gallery has a special archive devoted to the studio's work.
We join them amongst the thundering and clanking machinery of the print works, now near Cambridge, as Stanley initiates Susan in the art of lithography, hearing tales of artists he has worked with over the past 50 years. And what artists!
Today, lithography is under threat as increasing numbers of Art Schools have disposed of their lithography presses and there are few technicians who fully understand the process.
This is a unique chance to work with the world expert in this discipline, and for the listener to discover more about this art.
Producer: Sara Jane Hall
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2012.
MON 15:00 The Raj Quartet (b09w2pyf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]
MON 16:00 Counterpoint (b011c0nb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]
MON 16:30 Bangers and Mash (b0075h0f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]
MON 17:00 It's a Fair Cop (b08rrb47)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]
MON 17:30 Just a Minute (m0017cpw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]
MON 18:00 Just Before Midnight (b0b529sh)
Philip Levene - The Invader
Composer Edmund Stanway is a sensitive man - until he's forced into committing a terrible act...
Philip Levene's chilling tale stars James Thomason as Edmund Stanway, Ronald Faulkner as Paul Farrow, Patricia Leventon as Joan Sheldon, Hamlyn Benson as Hanley and Valerie Kirkbright as Millie.
Producer: Michael Bakewell
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in April 1964.
MON 18:15 Never Trust a Rabbit by Jeremy Dyson (m000hmbh)
We Who Walk Through Walls
Johnson, a student, is hired for work by the enigmatic magician Trapido.
One of five stories from League of Gentleman writer, Jeremy Dyson
Read by Stephen Critchlow.
Producer: Lizzie Davies.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2000.
MON 18:30 A Good Read (b03y10h5)
Julie Burchill and Fred MacAulay
Harriett Gilbert and her guests - writer, Julie Burchill and broadcaster, Fred MacAulay - argue about their favourite books by Harriet Lane, JD Salinger and Elmore Leonard.
Alys, Always by Harriet Lane
Publisher: Phoenix
Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
Publisher: Penguin
Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard
Publisher: Phoenix
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2014.
MON 19:00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (b007jrms)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]
MON 19:30 Tales From the Mausoleum Club (b007k1w6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]
MON 20:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017lnv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]
MON 20:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]
MON 21:00 TED Radio Hour (m0017lny)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]
MON 21:50 Inheritance Tracks (m0017lp0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:50 today]
MON 22:00 Just a Minute (m0017cpw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]
MON 22:30 Everyone Quite Likes Justin (b01292g0)
Series 1
Episode 2
Justin is a Manchester DJ who tries to balance love, work and everything else without much success.
Now his job seems to be on the line.
Starring Justin Moorhouse, Anne Reid and Paul Copley.
Sitcom written by Justin Moorhouse and Jim Poyser.
Despite his messy life, Justin always remains positive. Every new day is a new opportunity, "When life throws you lemons, make lemonade".
Recorded in front of an audience in Manchester.
Anne Reid ..... Gran
Christine Bottomley ..... Lisa
Justin Moorhouse ..... Justin
Lloyd Langford ..... Bryn
Paul Copley ..... Ray
Susan Cookson ..... Tanya
Producer: Steven Canny
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2011
MON 23:00 The News Quiz (m0017crt)
Series 108
Episode 5
Topical panel quiz show, taking its questions from the week's news stories.
MON 23:30 Sarah Millican's Support Group (b011ppyc)
Series 2
6. ' I've finally found what I'm looking for...'
"Bullying at work - a trapeze artist who's been pushed off her perch"
"I've finally found what I'm looking for...Terry, it's you!"
Sarah Millican is a life counsellor and modern-day agony aunt tackling the nation's problems head on, dishing out real advice for real people.
Assisted by her very own team of experts of the heart - man of the people local cabbie Terry, and self qualified counsellor Marion.
Sarah tackles the nation's problems head on and has a solution for everything.
Sarah ...... Sarah Millican
Marion ...... Ruth Bratt
Terry ...... Simon Daye
Judy ...... Anna Crilly
Evan ...... Elis James
Written by Sarah Millican.
Producer: Lianne Coop
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2011.


TUESDAY 24 MAY 2022

TUE 00:00 Just Before Midnight (b0b529sh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Monday]
TUE 00:15 Never Trust a Rabbit by Jeremy Dyson (m000hmbh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:15 on Monday]
TUE 00:30 A Good Read (b03y10h5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Monday]
TUE 01:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017lnv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Monday]
TUE 01:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Monday]
TUE 02:00 Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (b0bcgm4c)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Monday]
TUE 02:15 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (b007jvyn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Monday]
TUE 02:30 The Print Master (b019fwvx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Monday]
TUE 03:00 The Raj Quartet (b09w2pyf)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Monday]
TUE 04:00 Counterpoint (b011c0nb)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Monday]
TUE 04:30 Bangers and Mash (b0075h0f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Monday]
TUE 05:00 It's a Fair Cop (b08rrb47)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Monday]
TUE 05:30 Just a Minute (m0017cpw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Monday]
TUE 06:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017l6r)
2. O'Gorman of Islington
Irish-American private eye Philip Odell is investigating the suspicious death of his friend's brother.
But the body count suddenly doubles...
Vintage thriller serial by Lester Powell.
Philip Odell .... Robert Beatty
Heather McMara .... Sheila Manahan
Marilyn Peters .... June Tobin
Mrs Cantaloup ....Betty Baskcomb
Hector O'Gorman .... David March
Taxi Driver .... Will Leighton
Violet Levine .... Joan Matheson
The Narrator .... Anthony Viccara
Producer: Martyn C Webster
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1958.
TUE 06:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nz2)
2. Pursuit
Our hopeless heroes from Shropshire, Henrietta and Louise, are being hotly pursued by the avenging arm of the law and the underworld.
Eric Pringle’s unlikely adventure about a singing duo.
Starring Polly James. and Dilys Laye.
Henrietta ..... Dilys Laye
Louise ..... Polly James
Jiffy Perkins ..... Peter Craze
Burco Madrid ..... John Hollis
BB ..... William Simons
Det Sgt Digly ..... Trevor Nichols
City Nigel ..... Philip Sully
Waiter ..... Richard Tate
Other parts ..... David Sinclair
Director: Ian Cotterell
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1988.
TUE 07:00 North by Northamptonshire (b00sv6fw)
Series 1
Episode 3
Sheila Hancock heads a stunning cast including Mackenzie Crook, Penelope Wilton, Felicity Montagu and Kevin Eldon. This is a clever, funny and touching series about a small town in the middle of Northamptonshire as it prepares for a talent night.
Written by and also starring Katherine Jakeways.
Recently divorced Jan gets two compliments in one day. Meanwhile her ex husband Frank performs the most embarrassing version of Je T'Aime ever heard, with his new love, Angela.
Across town Rod the local supermarket manager is still sharing rather more than is usual about his private life over the store's tannoy system. Could he be getting closer to Tanya on till 4?
Narrator ...... Sheila Hancock
Rod ...... Mackenzie Crook
Mary ...... Penelope Wilton
Jan ...... Felicity Montagu
Jonathan ...... Kevin Eldon
Esther ...... Katherine Jakeways
Keith ...... John Biggins
Frank ...... Rufus Wright
Angela ...... Lizzie Roper
Producer: Claire Jones.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2010.
TUE 07:30 Daphne Sounds Expensive (b08xctdw)
Series 2
Black Country
The Daphne boys host a charity gala night in George's native Wolverhampton, where guests include award-winning author Caitlin Moran. All seems to be going swimmingly before George makes a shocking confession.
As usual they are joined by their live band, The Daphnettes and renown opera singer Sir Willard White.
Written by and starring: Jason Forbes, Phil Wang & George Fouracres
with Celeste Dring, Jack Kirwan, Sir Willard White and special guest the actual Caitlin Moran
Original music composed by Jeff Carpenter
Orchestrator: Simon Nathan
The Daphnettes were the London Musical Theatre Orchestra:
Musical Director - Freddie Tapner
Violin - Debs White
Cello - Nick Squires
Trumpet - Michael Maddocks
Trombone - Elliot Pooley
Tenor Sax - Joe Atkin Reeves
Drum Kit - Ben Hartley
Percussion - Ben Burton
Piano - Jon Ranger
Bass - Jack Cherry
The Production Coordinator was Hayley Sterling
It was produced by Matt Stronge and was a BBC Studios production.
TUE 08:00 The Goon Show (b007td29)
Series 5
Yehti
Neddie Seagoon goes Yehti hunting – in deepest, darkest Yorkshire.
Groundbreaking, surreal BBC radio comedy written by Spike Milligan.
Starring:
Peter Sellers
Harry Secombe
Spike Milligan
First billed as Crazy People, ten series of The Goon Show were recorded between 1951 and 1960, but sadly many of the earliest shows weren’t kept in the archive.
With the Ray Ellington Quartet and Max Geldray.
Orchestra conducted by Wally Stott.
Announcer: Wallace Greenslade
Producer: Peter Eton
First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in March 1955.
TUE 08:30 King Street Junior (b007jml9)
Series 6
Safety First
All go at school with a serious road accident at the gates, and a radio show for the headmaster to record.
Created and written by Jim Eldridge.
CAST:
Mr Sims …. Karl Howman
Mr Beeston …. James Grout
Mr Holliday …. Tom Watson
Mrs Stone …. Margaret John
Mr Long …. Paul Copley
Mrs Patterson …. Deirdre Costello
Mrs Rudd …. Vivienne Martin
Miss Lewis …. Marlene Sidaway
Radio Chairman …. Nigel Carrington
Bishop …. Fraser Kerr
Dean …. Rocky Samrai
Ajaz …. Sebastian Brennan
Piano played by Max Harris.
The sixth of ten series of 'King Street Junior'. The comedy drama ran between 1985 and 1998. 'King Street Junior' Revisited ran from 2002 to 2005.
Producer: John Fawcett Wilson
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1991.
TUE 09:00 The News Quiz (m0017crt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 23:00 on Monday]
TUE 09:30 Chambers (b007jp12)
Series 2
Only the Lonely
John Fuller-Carp uses his masculine charms when he finds himself in competition with rival Vernon Ames.
Meanwhile, Ruth is very broody...
Clive Coleman’s sitcom set in perhaps the country's least spectacular law chambers.
John Fuller Carp ...... John Bird
Hilary Tripping ...... James Fleet
Vince ...... Jonathan Kydd
Ruth Quirke ...... Sarah Lancashire
With Jeremy Clyde, Joanna Monro and Tracy-Ann Oberman.
Producer: Paul Schlesinger
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1998.
TUE 10:00 The Raj Quartet (b09w2zr4)
The Towers of Silence
After the death of Mabel Layton, her companion Barbie Batchelor has to leave Rose Cottage.
It's summer 1945, and as the war comes to a close, the days of the British Raj are numbered...
Paul Scott's classic series of novels dramatised by John Harvey.
Sarah Layton ...... Lia Williams
Mildred Layton ...... Geraldine James
Susan Layton ...... Alex Tregear
Ronald Merrick ...... Mark Bazeley
Fenny Grace ...... Selina Griffiths
Barbie Batchelor ...... Marcia Warren
Reverend Peplow ...... Ian Masters
Clarissa Peplow ...... Susan Jameson
Kenneth Coley ...... Stephen Hogan
With Jason Chan, Robert Hastie, Rez Kempton, Stuart McLoughlin and Ndidi Del Fatti.
Music by Raiomond Mirza.
Director: Jeremy Mortimer
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2005.
TUE 11:00 Cook and Greenaway: In Perfect Harmony (m0017l6v)
Celebrating the incredible careers of the song-writing duo Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway.
Born in Bristol, the award-winning partnership wrote some of the biggest songs in music history, for some of the biggest names.
Cook went on to have phenomenal success in Nashville and Greenaway with the Drifters in the UK.
Together they've enjoyed an unbelievable career spanning seven decades.
Producer: Tom Ryan
Made for BBC Radio Bristol and first broadcast in 2021.
TUE 12:00 The Goon Show (b007td29)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]
TUE 12:30 King Street Junior (b007jml9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]
TUE 13:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017l6r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]
TUE 13:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nz2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]
TUE 14:00 Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (b0bcgw3l)
7. Decision
Denise has returned home leaving Willa with a tough decision about whether to stay or go.
Anne Tyler's novel about family and self-discovery by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler.
Abridged by Sian Preece.
Read by Barbara Barnes
Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane
Made by BBC Scotland for BBC Radio 4 and first broadcast in July 2018.
TUE 14:15 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (b007jvyr)
Episode 17
Orphan Becky Sharp's ambitious pursuit of riches goes from strength to strength.
Rawdon falters in his resolve to fight a duel with Lord Steyne.
Stephen Fry narrates one of the greatest comic novels of the Victorian period.
Written by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Dramatised in twenty parts by Stephen Wyatt.
CAST:
Becky Sharp .... Emma Fielding
Lady Jane …. Jemma Churchill
Rawdon Crawley …. Ray Coulthard
Pitt .... Jon Glover
Mr Wenham …. Philip Fox
Captain MacMurdo …. Mark Bonnar
with Stephen Fry as the narrator
Director Marc Beeby
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.
TUE 14:30 The Achalasia Diaries (b0606vv3)
In 2007 Femi developed Achalasia, a rare disorder of the gullet that prevents food getting into the stomach and which went undiagnosed for many years.
At her lowest point, under seven stone, experiencing heart attack-like chest spasms, Femi almost surrendered to the condition.
Since the age of seven Femi had written - but with fear and reservation. Now she took fresh resolve, making a pledge to herself to live long enough to write with confidence and honesty. She explored not only her illness, but her identity, beliefs, even her reasons for living.
She also reappraised the relationships in her life - most notably with her mother, who features in the programme in conversation with Femi. Together, they revisit those times when Femi’s anger led her mother to ask her to leave the family home.
Producer: Adam Fowler
A PRA production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2015.
TUE 15:00 The Raj Quartet (b09w2zr4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]
TUE 16:00 The Museum of Curiosity (b09qcfh1)
Series 12
Episode 5
Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sally Phillips welcome:
* Satirical comedy songstress Dillie Keane
* Intrepid Neanderthal expert Ella Al-Shamahi
* Writer of Notting Hill, Blackadder and The Vicar of Dibley, Richard Curtis
The Museum's Guest Committee tuck into some homemade chutney, get embarrassingly excited about caves and celebrate some choice bits of Australian slang.
Researched by QI & Mike Turner.
Producers: Richard Turner and Anne Miller.
A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in February 2018.
TUE 16:30 Chambers (b007jp12)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]
TUE 17:00 North by Northamptonshire (b00sv6fw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]
TUE 17:30 Daphne Sounds Expensive (b08xctdw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]
TUE 18:00 Just Before Midnight (b0b53bbv)
Rosemary Timperley - The Dare Game
A chance meeting of old school friends revives memories of a very dangerous game...
Rosemary Timperley's daring tale stars Shirley Cooklin as Enid, Margaret Woolfit as Carol, Moira Mannon as the Store Detective and Frederick Treves as Mr Merlin.
Producer: Keith Williams
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in April 1964
TUE 18:15 Never Trust a Rabbit by Jeremy Dyson (m000hmd0)
City Deep
Foster reluctantly takes a journey on the London Underground.
One of five stories from League of Gentleman writer, Jeremy Dyson
Read by Stephen Critchlow.
Producer: Lizzie Davies.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2000.
TUE 18:30 Soul Music (b07865h5)
Series 22
Mozart's Requiem
How Mozart's Requiem, written when he was dying, has touched and changed people's lives.
Crime writer Val McDermid recalls how this music helped her after the loss of her father. Hypnotist Athanasios Komianos recounts how the piece took him to the darker side of the spirit world. And a friend of ballet dancer Edward Stierle, Lissette Salgado-Lucas, explains how Eddie turned his struggle with HIV into a ballet inspired by Mozart's music.
Basement Jaxx used the Requiem in their live shows while Felix Buxton reveals his love for Mozart and the divine nature of the Requiem.
And Mozart expert Cliff Eisen takes us inside the composer's world: how the orchestra and choir conjure visions of funerals, beauty, hellfire and the confusion of death. He recounts how Mozart was commissioned to write the piece by a nobleman who may have intended to pass off the work as his own. The stern challenge faced by people trying to complete the piece are described by composer Michael Finnissy, who himself wrote a completion of the work.
The Requiem was performed at the funerals of many heroic figures - Beethoven, Napoleon and J F Kennedy, among others. Gordana Blazinovic remembers one extraordinary performance during the horrors of the Bosnian war - a show of defiance and grief from the ruins of Sarajevo City Hall.
Producer: Melvin Rickarby.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2016.
TUE 19:00 The Goon Show (b007td29)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]
TUE 19:30 King Street Junior (b007jml9)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]
TUE 20:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017l6r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]
TUE 20:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nz2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]
TUE 21:00 Cook and Greenaway: In Perfect Harmony (m0017l6v)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]
TUE 22:00 Daphne Sounds Expensive (b08xctdw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]
TUE 22:30 Mark Steel's in Town (b01p0rpj)
Series 4
Whitehaven
Comedian Mark Steel returns with a new series, looking under the surface of some of the UK's more distinctive towns to shed some light on the people, history, rivalries, slang, traditions, and eccentricities that makes them unique.
Creating a bespoke stand-up set for each town, Mark performs the show in front of a local audience.
As well as examining the less visited areas of Britain, Mark uncovers stories and experiences that resonate with us all as we recognise the quirkiness of the British way of life and the rich tapestry of remarkable events and people who have shaped where we live.
During this 4th series of 'Mark Steel's In Town', Mark will visit Tobermory, Whitehaven, Handsworth, Ottery St Mary, Corby, and Chipping Norton.
This week, Mark visits Whitehaven, to discuss surrealist pirates, the dubious origins of rum butter, and the unreassuring link between rugby and nuclear power.
Additional material by Pete Sinclair.
Produced by Sam Bryant
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.
TUE 23:00 What Does the K Stand For? (b04wwgz3)
Series 2
All the Fun of the Affair
Stephen K Amos' sitcom about his own teenage years, growing up black, gay and funny in 1980s South London - and in this episode a nostalgic look at some "exciting" trips taken back then.
Written by Jonathan Harvey with Stephen K Amos.
Produced by Colin Anderson.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2015.
TUE 23:30 The Million Pound Radio Show (b007k1j3)
Series 2
Episode 8
Motson's Syndrome - and a nuclear attack. Andy Hamilton and Nick Revell's sharp-edged topical humour. From October 1986.


WEDNESDAY 25 MAY 2022

WED 00:00 Just Before Midnight (b0b53bbv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Tuesday]
WED 00:15 Never Trust a Rabbit by Jeremy Dyson (m000hmd0)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:15 on Tuesday]
WED 00:30 Soul Music (b07865h5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Tuesday]
WED 01:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017l6r)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Tuesday]
WED 01:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nz2)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Tuesday]
WED 02:00 Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (b0bcgw3l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Tuesday]
WED 02:15 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (b007jvyr)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Tuesday]
WED 02:30 The Achalasia Diaries (b0606vv3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Tuesday]
WED 03:00 The Raj Quartet (b09w2zr4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Tuesday]
WED 04:00 The Museum of Curiosity (b09qcfh1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 16:00 on Tuesday]
WED 04:30 Chambers (b007jp12)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Tuesday]
WED 05:00 North by Northamptonshire (b00sv6fw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Tuesday]
WED 05:30 Daphne Sounds Expensive (b08xctdw)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Tuesday]
WED 06:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017lvp)
3. The Mink Coat
Philip Odell’s investigations take a glamorous turn with the appearance of woman wearing a mink coat.
Hardnosed Irish-American, Philip Odell, though not a detective, worked for the American secret service during the Second World War, which ended just five years before this plot is set. Just as he prepares to fly to Dublin from London, he meets with a friend, Heather McMara, who tells him that her brother has been killed and she asks him to investigate. To the backdrop of a London peasouper, the drama unfolds…
A serial in eight parts by Lester Powell.
CAST:
Philip Odell .... Robert Beatty
Heather McMara .... Sheila Manahan
The Lady in Mink .... Mary Wimbush
Christopher Hampden .... James Thomason
Parkin .... Harold Reese
Inspector Rtgby .... Edward Jewesbury
Sergeant Leyton .... Jeffrey Segal
Mrs Cantaloup .... Betty Baskcomb
Produced by Martyn C. Webster
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1958.
WED 06:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nz6)
3. Suspicion
In the Lake District, Henrietta and Louise suspect there's something fishy going on, as the pursuit for the villains continues...
Eric Pringle’s unlikely adventure about a singing duo.
Starring Dilys Laye and Polly James.
Henrietta ..... Dilys Laye
Louise ..... Polly James
Jiffy Perkins ..... Peter Craze
Burco Madrid ..... John Hollis
BB ..... William Simons
Det Sgt Digly ..... Trevor Nichols
City Nigel ..... Philip Sully
Shopkeeper .... Amerjit Deu
Director: Ian Cotterell
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1988.
WED 07:00 Mrs Sidhu Investigates (b098jr7h)
Murder With Masala
Murder Corked
Mrs Sidhu is determined to put her humiliation in the stables behind her and win back Inspector Burton's trust.
Her nose for trouble leads her to mysterious spanish butler Carlos. But is Carlos what he seems? Is he merely a servant to Lady Lucas, or is there more going on. Lord Lucas, meanwhile, holes up in his office and watches old adverts for nasal hair trimmers.
Mrs Sidhu's Miss Marple Complex is questioned, and mishandled by Inspector Burton, while Tez has an unprofessional encounter with Lucy brought on by a shared interest in conspiracy theories.
Meera Syal stars as the Indian Aunty sleuth - with Justin Edwards and Vincent Ebrahim.
Written by Suk Pannu
Directed by Marilyn Imrie
Produced by Chris Pye and Gordon Kennedy
An Absolutely production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in October 2017.
WED 07:30 The Confessional (m000x60b)
Series 1
The Confession of Alastair Campbell
Actor 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'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.
In the final edition of this series, the writer, journalist and political strategist Alastair Campbell speaks about “maladaptive competitiveness”, technology which defeats him and dressing up at Lambeth Palace.
Other guests in this series include Cariad Lloyd, Dr Phil Hammond, Clarke Peters, Suzi Ruffell, Marian Keyes, Phil Wang, Joan Bakewell, Lucy Porter and Nigel Planer.
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
WED 08:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b008f307)
Series 5
The Junk Man
Griselda's plan to clear out The Lad's house backfires spectacularly.
Starring Tony Hancock.
With Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams.
Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.
Theme and incidental music written by Wally Stott.
Producer: Tom Ronald
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1958.
WED 08:30 If You're So Clever, Why Aren't You Rich? (b00sttpy)
Series 3
Riot Grrrl!
The three London flatmates Judith, David and Giles enter a magazine writing competition - and one of them wins. Stars Tony Slattery. From June 1998.
Comedy drama series about three promising graduates still underachieving in their 30s.
Written by Paul Shearer and Richard Turner.
Giles ...... Tony Slattery
David ...... Paul Bigley
Judith ...... Amanda Root
Other parts played by Paul Shearer, Richard Turner, Janet Ellis, Sue Elliott-Nicholls, and Debra Stephenson
Producer: Paul Schlesinger
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1998.
WED 09:00 Booked (b0075lk3)
Series 2
Episode 2
Sickboy from Trainspotting jumps into Pride and Prejudice, Fred Flintstone advertises in the lonely hearts column and The Three Musketeers gets a radical reworking.
John Hegley joins regular panellists Mark Thomas. Miles Kington and Dillie Keane to write the believably absurd from the utterly ridiculous.
Chaired by Ian McMillan.
Producer: Marc Jobst
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1997.
WED 09:30 1834 (b011vffj)
London
Trapped in 19th-century Macclesfield, bored 21st-century Jason heads to London, but is waylaid by a mint-popping highwayman...
In Jim Poyser's riotous comedy of transportation and delight, Jason is now Tarquin, third son of Lord Belport with faithful valet, Ned.
Jason Slater ...... Michael Begley
Ned ...... Joe Caffrey
Hoskins ...... Kenneth Alan Taylor
Lord Belport ...... Mark Chatterton
Millicent ...... Julia Rounthwaite
Henry ...... James Nickerson
Highwayman ...... Toby Hadoke
Duke of Cranmere ...... John Craig
Directed at BBC Manchester by Polly Thomas.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2003.
WED 10:00 The Raj Quartet (b09w3m6t)
A Division of the Spoils
Episode 1
With the war at an end, will the Layton family be able to unite behind Susan's decision to remarry?
Paul Scott's concluding novel about the end of the British Raj.
Dramatised by Shelley Silas.
Susan Layton ...... Alex Tregear
Nigel Rowan ...... Benedict Cumberbatch
Ronald Merrick ...... Mark Bazeley
Sarah Layton ...... Lia Williams
Guy Perron ...... Jeremy Northam
Bronowski ...... Gary Waldhorn
Ahmed ...... Shiv Grewal
Colonel Layton ...... Hugh Dickson
Mak ...... Sam Dastor
Sayed Kasm ...... Amerjit Deu
Sergeant ...... Stuart McLoughlin
Edward ...... Matthew Thomas-Davies
Music by Raiomond Mirza.
Director: Sally Avens
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2005.
WED 11:00 The Real Comedy Controllers: The Things That Made Us Laugh (m0017lvs)
Comedy in the 21st Century
1. Over the Garden Wall
BBC Comedy Controllers from across the decades look back at radio shows from the past.
Clocking up over 150 years on the job between them, Paul Jackson, Beryl Vertue, John Lloyd and Jimmy Mulville reveal what they do, why they do it and what makes them laugh.
(Very sadly Beryl Vertue passed away last February).
From London's iconic BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House - the home of British Radio comedy.
In the first of two programmes, they controllers argue over whether broadcast comedy has run out of ideas
And they wonder where do we go for laughs today?
Featuring:
‘Over the Garden Wall’ [07/10/1948]
‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ [losing virginity sketch]
‘QI’ [Brendan O’Carroll appearance]
‘Yes, Minister’ [Jim Hacker’s first day]
‘No Such Thing as the News’ [20/05/2016]
Series Producers: Paul Kobrak and Dixi Stewart.
Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in April 2017.
WED 12:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b008f307)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]
WED 12:30 If You're So Clever, Why Aren't You Rich? (b00sttpy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]
WED 13:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017lvp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]
WED 13:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nz6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]
WED 14:00 Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (b0bclbmz)
8. Discovery
Denise has returned home leaving Willa with a tough decision about whether to stay or go.
Anne Tyler's novel about family and self-discovery by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler.
Abridged by Sian Preece.
Read by Barbara Barnes
Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane
Made by BBC Scotland for BBC Radio 4 and first broadcast in August 2018.
WED 14:15 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (b007jvyt)
Episode 18
Orphan Becky Sharp's ambitious pursuit of riches goes from strength to strength.
A keen William Dobbin returns from India to visit a frosty Amelia.
Stephen Fry narrates one of the greatest comic novels of the Victorian period.
Written by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Dramatised in twenty parts by Stephen Wyatt.
CAST:
Amelia …. Katy Cavanagh
Jos Sedley .... Toby Jones
Polly, the maid …. Joanna McCallum
William Dobbin .... Tom Smith
Mr Sedley …. Ian Masters
with Stephen Fry as the narrator
Director Marc Beeby
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.
WED 14:30 The Naughty Pictures Committees (b01nt3xk)
The British Board of Film Censors [BBFC] was set up in 1912, yet few people know that it has always been local authorities that had - and still have - the final say over what films are shown in their areas.
From the late ‘40s through to the ‘70s, many councils such as Manchester and London used these powers to push back the boundaries of what was considered acceptable to public 'taste and decency'. They passed many films the BBFC had banned, causing the Board to slowly relax its views on nudity and sex in particular. Other councils, like Sale in Cheshire, tried desperately to hold back the tide of X-rated films, insisting they could not be shown in their town without the express permission of the council - which was often denied.
In a programme made to mark the BBFC’s centenary, Laurie Taylor explores this peculiarly British system of film censorship, where the local councils have the power, whilst the BBFC has expertise but no legal powers and its certificates are only guidance. Laurie describes how the BBFC has got much more involved with audiences and so almost eliminated the conflict with local councils that at one time threatened its very existence.
Laurie also looks at such classics as ‘The Birth of a Baby’, the naturism film ‘Garden of Eden’, the gory ‘Joker is Wild’, the notorious ‘Ulysses’ and more.
Producer: Mike Hally
A Square Dog Radio production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in November 2012.
WED 15:00 The Raj Quartet (b09w3m6t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]
WED 16:00 Booked (b0075lk3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]
WED 16:30 1834 (b011vffj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]
WED 17:00 Mrs Sidhu Investigates (b098jr7h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]
WED 17:30 The Confessional (m000x60b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]
WED 18:00 JCW Brook - The Bognor Regis Vampire (b07g7jp5)
"Forgive me for being personal, but you have several peculiarities: your teeth, white face and staring, red eyes ... the fact that our mahogany mirror over the fireplace seems to ignore your existence - and what are you doing in Bognor Regis?"
A couple receives an unusually diabolical visitor, but this guest may get more than he bargained for.
Written by JCW Brook.
Agnes - Margot Boyd
Rodney - Philip Voss
Bertram - Gordon Dulieu
Hilda - Tammy Ustinov
Director: Ian Cotterell
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1979.
WED 18:15 Never Trust a Rabbit by Jeremy Dyson (m000hn2b)
A Last Look at the Sea
The tide goes out for George and Tessa on a trip to Cornwall, in more ways than one.
One of five stories from League of Gentleman writer, Jeremy Dyson
Read by Stephen Critchlow.
Producer: Lizzie Davies.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2000.
WED 18:30 How Tickled Am I? (b007k4rl)
Series 2
Al Read
Mark Radcliffe profiles the Salford sausage-maker who became one of BBC radio's most popular comedians, Al Read.
Series exploring some of the North's best-loved and most influential comedians.
Producer: Libby Cross
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.
WED 19:00 Hancock's Half Hour (b008f307)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]
WED 19:30 If You're So Clever, Why Aren't You Rich? (b00sttpy)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]
WED 20:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017lvp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]
WED 20:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nz6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]
WED 21:00 The Real Comedy Controllers: The Things That Made Us Laugh (m0017lvs)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]
WED 22:00 The Confessional (m000x60b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]
WED 22:30 That Mitchell and Webb Sound (b03lph8r)
Series 5
Episode 4
A horror story for slugs; the Escalator brothers inventing the world's first horseless staircase; and the very last programme the BBC ever does...
Offbeat sketches from the lopsided world of David Mitchell and Robert Webb.
With Olivia Colman and James Bachman.
Producer: Gareth Edwards
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2013.
WED 23:00 All the World's a Globe (b007k44p)
2. Civilisation
From Egypt to origami.
The history of mankind from the first amoeba to the Second World War.
Presented by the entire cast of the National Theatre of Brent - Desmond Olivier Dingle and Wallace, aided by Mr Barker.
Written by Patrick Barlow, with additional material by Jim Broadbent and Martin Duncan.
With thanks to
Patrick Barlow
Jim Broadbent
Martin Duncan
Producer: Lissa Evans
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1990.
WED 23:15 The Goldfish Bowl (m0017lvw)
Series 2
Episode 2
Our two be-scaled heroes find themselves face to face with Horace the master criminal cat. They have 60 minutes to save the world - in James Bond style.
Liam ......................Sean Foley
Anton ................. Hamish McColl
Other parts ........Tracy Ann Oberman and Shaun Prendergast
Written by Shaun Prendergast
Director Sally Avens
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2000.
WED 23:30 King Cutler (b008vr1b)
King Cutler III
Another zesty batch of poems, songs and stories from Phyllis King and Ivor Cutler.
Interrupting from beyond the harmonium are Dylan Edwards , David Lloyd and Craig Murray-Orr.
Producer: Neil Cargill
First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in January 1990.


THURSDAY 26 MAY 2022

THU 00:00 JCW Brook - The Bognor Regis Vampire (b07g7jp5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Wednesday]
THU 00:15 Never Trust a Rabbit by Jeremy Dyson (m000hn2b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:15 on Wednesday]
THU 00:30 How Tickled Am I? (b007k4rl)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Wednesday]
THU 01:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017lvp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Wednesday]
THU 01:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nz6)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Wednesday]
THU 02:00 Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (b0bclbmz)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Wednesday]
THU 02:15 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (b007jvyt)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Wednesday]
THU 02:30 The Naughty Pictures Committees (b01nt3xk)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Wednesday]
THU 03:00 The Raj Quartet (b09w3m6t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Wednesday]
THU 04:00 Booked (b0075lk3)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Wednesday]
THU 04:30 1834 (b011vffj)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Wednesday]
THU 05:00 Mrs Sidhu Investigates (b098jr7h)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Wednesday]
THU 05:30 The Confessional (m000x60b)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Wednesday]
THU 06:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017m28)
4. The Lady isn't Willing
Philip Odell’s investigations become clouded when the police suspect him of being involved in the crimes.
Hardnosed Irish-American, Philip Odell, though not a detective, worked for the American secret service during the Second World War, which ended just five years before this plot is set. Just as he prepares to fly to Dublin from London, he meets with a friend, Heather McMara, who tells him that her brother has been killed and she asks him to investigate. To the backdrop of a London peasouper, the drama unfolds…
A serial in eight parts by Lester Powell.
CAST:
Philip Odell .... Robert Beatty
Heather McMara .... Sheila Manahan
The Lady in Mink .... Mary Wimbush
Christopher Hampden .... James Thomason
Parkin .... Harold Reese
Martin Sorrowby .... John Bennett
Inspector Rigby .... Edward Jewesbury
Sergeant Leyton .... Jeffrey Segal
Jay .... Haydn Jones
Produced by Martyn C. Webster
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1958.
THU 06:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzv)
4. Closing In
Still on the run from assorted pursuers, Jiffy and Burco have become lost and found and scared.
Eric Pringle’s unlikely adventure about a singing duo.
Starring Polly James and Dilys Laye.
Henrietta ..... Dilys Laye
Louise ..... Polly James
Jiffy Perkins ..... Peter Craze
Burco Madrid ..... John Hollis
BB ..... William Simons
Det Sgt Digly ..... Trevor Nichols
City Nigel ..... Philip Sully
Shopkeeper .... Amerjit Deu
John ..... Richard Tate
Director: Ian Cotterell
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1988.
THU 07:00 Mum's on the Run (b00txhq5)
Episode 6
Battling lippy kids, annoying neighbours and a jazz playing ex-husband Jen's failing to be the yummy mummy she longs to be.
But Jen has at last secured a semi-date with Mr Rigby but then realises that it's bonfire night and she's promised the kids fireworks in the garden.
Their date turns to farce as both Mr Rigby and the ex-husband turn up and neighbour Vivienne is almost hospitalised by a dodgy rocket.
The conclusion of Mum's on the Run - a modern-day twist on the single-family situation.
Jen ...... Ronni Ancona
Mr Rigby ...... John Gordon Sinclair
Shelly ...... Alexis Zegerman
Keith ...... Kevin Eldon
Vivienne ...... Christine Kavanagh
Felicity ...... Amy Dabrowa
Toby ...... Alexander Heath
Connor ...... Pip Woolley
Adam ...... Caleb Hughes
Karina ...... Amaya Rowlands
Policeman ...... Lloyd Thomas
Writer: Alexis Zegerman
Producer: Dawn Ellis
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2010.
THU 07:30 Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! (m0017ckn)
Series 5
Hair Today, Goal Tomorrow
When Milton accidentally invents a new hair tonic with surprising powers, the local football team can't wait to see the highlights.
Mention Milton Jones to most people and the first thing they think is ‘Help!’. Because each week Milton and his trusty assistant Anton (played by Milton regular, Tom Goodman-Hill) set out to help people and soon find they’re embroiled in a new adventure. When you’re close to the edge, Milton can give you a push...
“Milton Jones is one of Britain’s best gagsmiths with a flair for creating daft yet perfect one-liners” – The Guardian.
“King of the surreal one-liners” - The Times
“If you haven’t caught up with Jones yet – do so!” – The Daily Mail
Written by Milton with James Cary (Bluestone 42, Miranda), and Dan Evans (who co-wrote Milton’s Channel 4 show House Of Rooms), the man they call “Britain’s funniest Milton" returns to the radio with a fully-working cast and a shipload of new jokes.
The cast includes regulars Tom Goodman-Hill ( Spamalot, Mr. Selfridge) as the ever-faithful Anton, Josie Lawrence and Dan Tetsell (Peep Show, Upstart Crow)
With music by Guy Jackson.
Produced and Directed by David Tyler
A Pozzitive production for BBC Radio 4
THU 08:00 The Atkinson People (b007k271)
Barry Good
A wry, startling, in-depth probe into the life of a spoof pop star. Stars Rowan Atkinson. From November 1979.
THU 08:30 Capital Gains (b00sqlnp)
Series 2
Political Capital
At last Julius Hutch has the answer, but is it too late? If a desperate mission succeeds, Julius can make his first speech in Parliament...
CAST:
Julius Hutch …. Peter Jones
Pauline Hutch …. Celestine Randall
Kate …. Justine Midda
Sexton Lewis …. Jeffrey Wickham
Sir Gainford Blounty …. Stephen Thorne
Dahlia Sprout …. Jillie Meers
Haiku Jack …. Collin Johnson
The Colonel …. Hugh Dickson
Liz Dangerfield …. Toni G Barry
Brian Perkins as Himself.
Written by Collin Johnson.
Producers: Andy Jordan and David Blount
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1997.
THU 09:00 The Personality Test (b00mk68l)
Series 2
Rick Wakeman
Progressive rock legend Rick Wakeman quizzes a panel about all things Wakeman.
With Sue Perkins, Lucy Porter, Will Smith and Robin Ince.
Series with changing hosts who quiz the panel.
Script by Richard Turner and Simon LIttlefield
Devised and produced by Aled Evans.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2006.
THU 09:30 Tomorrow, Today! (b0175mdh)
Series 2
They Come to Freeze Our Children
An actress is forced to face her worst fear and work with a child.
Series two of Christopher William Hill's sitcom set in 1962. A BBC producer struggles to make a radio soap set in the unimaginably futuristic world of 2008.
Nigel Lavery ...... Peter Bowles
Sylvia Hann ...... Cheryl Campbell
Godfrey Winnard ..... John Fortune
Sir Angus McNairn ...... Gary Waldhorn
Hugo Kellerman ...... Joseph Kloska
Douglas Bennings ...... Jon Glover
Keith Wood ...... Sam Pamphilon
Cynthia Valentine ...... Rachel Atkins
Fenella Sayers ...... Ania Gordon
Director ...... Alex Lamipekun
Angela ...... Anna Bengo
Continuity ...... Simon Treves.
Producer: Liz Webb
First broadcast on Radio 4 in February 2008.
THU 10:00 The Raj Quartet (b09w3ndq)
A Division of the Spoils
Episode 2
Guy returns to India for its independence, but the division of the country sparks tragic consequences.
Paul Scott's concluding novel about the end of the British Raj.
Sarah Layton ...... Lia Williams
Nigel Rowan ...... Benedict Cumberbatch
Guy Perron ...... Jeremy Northam
Susan Layton ...... Alex Tregear
Ronald Merrick ...... Mark Bazeley
Hari Kumar …..... Prasanna Puwanarajah
Bronowski ...... Gary Waldhorn
Ahmed ...... Shiv Grewal
Major Peabody ...... Sean Baker
Mrs Peabody ...... Susan Jameson -
Edward ...... Matthew Thomas-Davies
Other parts by Nicholas Boulton, Emily Wachter, Amit Shah and Robert Hastie.
Dramatised by Shelley Silas.
Music by Raiomond Mirza.
Director: Sally Avens
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2005.
THU 11:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0017l36)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]
THU 11:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00lq99f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]
THU 12:00 The Atkinson People (b007k271)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]
THU 12:30 Capital Gains (b00sqlnp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]
THU 13:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017m28)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]
THU 13:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]
THU 14:00 Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (b0bclvyc)
9. Secret
Willa is harbouring the secret of who shot Denise but it's only a matter of time until the truth comes out.
Anne Tyler's novel about family and self-discovery by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler.
Abridged by Sian Preece.
Read by Barbara Barnes
Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane
Made by BBC Scotland for BBC Radio 4 and first broadcast in August 2018.
THU 14:15 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (b007jvyx)
Episode 19
Orphan Becky Sharp's ambitious pursuit of riches goes from strength to strength.
Jos, Amelia and William head to Europe and meet an old 'friend'.
Stephen Fry narrates one of the greatest comic novels of the Victorian period.
Written by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Dramatised in twenty parts by Stephen Wyatt.
CAST:
Becky Sharp .... Emma Fielding
Amelia …. Katy Cavanagh
Jos Sedley .... Toby Jones
William Dobbin .... Tom Smith
Mr Wenham …. Philip Fox
Lord Steyne …. David Calder
John Osborne .... Geoffrey Whitehead
with Stephen Fry as the narrator
Director Marc Beeby
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.
THU 14:30 Dotun and Dean (b06c0cgx)
Hollywood actor James Dean died in a crash in 1955 aged only 24. His early death immortalised him as the first American teenager - appealing to young people in the late 1950s.
Fast forward to the 1970s and a young black boy in North London hears the term Rebel without a Cause and the love affair begins.
Broadcaster Dotun Adebayo was that boy. He tells of the lengths to which he went to adopt everything he could to become like James Dean both physically and in attitude. He reveals how this led him to become London’s first black Teddy Boy, one of the Southgate Teds, and how his determination to rebel got him into trouble.
Following his hero’s footsteps, Dotun joined the National Youth Theatre where he met the playwright Barrie Keeffe, famed for the Long Good Friday screenplay. They got talking and it turned out Barrie had shared the Dean obsession in his youth. This resulted in writing the play Killing Time about a young black boy’s obsession with James Dean - incorporating some of Dotun’s own feelings.
We also hear from James Dean’s family, still living in the small town where he grew up as a quiet farm boy and where he’s buried – Fairmount Indiana. To them he was likeable Jimmy Dean and not the moody, rebellious Hollywood actor.
Since his death, Dean has become big business – there’s the Gallery, the Museum, and the family farm's door is always open to fans. Visitors from all over the world make pilgrimages, so it seems Dotun wasn’t alone in his obsession. There is also a corporation that takes care of the Dean image for the family, and their involvement in various projects brings earnings estimated at $7 million a year. The brand continues to get stronger across the world.
Producer: Sue Clark
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in September 2015.
THU 15:00 The Raj Quartet (b09w3ndq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]
THU 16:00 The Personality Test (b00mk68l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]
THU 16:30 Tomorrow, Today! (b0175mdh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]
THU 17:00 Mum's on the Run (b00txhq5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]
THU 17:30 Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! (m0017ckn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]
THU 18:00 The Bionic Blob by James Follett (b0153tq1)
The Bionic Blob (or 'this bazooka on my left shoulder is loaded').
A ‘Thing’ from outer space accidentally arrives on Earth. Its greatest ambition is to become a side-kick to a private-eye.
Written by James Follett.
CAST:
Amy …. Sandra Dickinson
Slim Chance …. Ed Bishop
Other parts played by John Bay and Harold Kasket
Director: John Tydeman
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1979.
THU 18:15 Never Trust a Rabbit by Jeremy Dyson (m000hpjd)
The Maze
Carver's quest for a childhood memory takes him on a strange journey.
One of five stories from League of Gentleman writer, Jeremy Dyson
Read by Stephen Critchlow.
Producer: Lizzie Davies.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2000.
THU 18:30 Great Lives (b0bh454t)
Series 46
Cherie Blair on Dame Rose Heilbron
For Cherie Blair, leading barrister and QC, picking her great life was simple – her role model is Rose Heilbron, England's first woman judge.
When Cherie was growing up in Liverpool, Rose Heilbron was always the name that excited her grandmother the most. Rose was a barrister and when she was arguing a case before a jury in her home city, Cherie Blair's grandmother would follow her cases avidly, sometimes from the public gallery. Then she would come back and tell young Cherie all about what had gone on. And so Heilbron became a great example of what a Liverpool girl could achieve in the law. And she had a remarkable career - first woman in silk, first to lead in a murder case, first woman treasurer of Gray's Inn.
Cherie is joined in the studio by Hilary Heilbron QC , daughter and the author of the biography: 'Rose Heilbron , Legal Pioneer of the 20th century'; plus Dr John Tribe – senior lecturer in law from the University of Liverpool.
The presenter is Matthew Parris
Producer: Perminder Khatkar
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.
THU 19:00 The Atkinson People (b007k271)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]
THU 19:30 Capital Gains (b00sqlnp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]
THU 20:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017m28)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]
THU 20:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]
THU 21:00 Desert Island Discs Revisited (m0017l36)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Sunday]
THU 21:45 David Attenborough's Life Stories (b00lq99f)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:45 on Sunday]
THU 22:00 Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! (m0017ckn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]
THU 22:30 DMs Are Open (m0017m2c)
Series 1
Episode 2
DMs Are Open is a weekly comedy sketch show hosted by Athena Kugblenu (BBC 1 “Mock The Week” Radio 4 “Cancel Culture”) & Ali Official (BBC Three “Muzlamic” Radio 4 “The Train At Platform 4”)
It’s a brand new show that takes a satirical swipe at the latest news and trending topics. Each week, the Great British public will be sliding into Athena and Ali’s DMs with sketches, one liners and voice notes about anything from Martin Lewis taking over the world to Rihanna’s new baby. Tune in for the best comedy sketches, performed by some of the biggest social media influencers, showcasing the very best of the British public’s submissions.
It is an open submissions show which means it is written by you, the listeners! DMs Are Open seeks to develop new comedy writers and performers and is looking for sketches, one-liners, new characters and voicenote submissions.
Producers: Sadia Azmat and Rajiv Karia
Production Coordinator: Sarah Nicholls
A BBC Studios Production
THU 23:00 The Consultants (b0076pm3)
Series 2
Episode 2
The Consultants are facing legal problems after Jack and Jill's accident at work and the unfortunate demise of Dr Foster during an activity weekend in The Cotswolds.
There's also a chance to re-remember their recently destroyed war serial "we dive to serve".
The Consultants are Neil Edmond, Justin Edwards and James Rawlings.
Producer: Will Saunders
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2003.
THU 23:30 The Secret World (b01mw35d)
Series 3
Episode 3
From Miranda Hart to Sean Connery - Jon Culshaw and friends imagine the private lives of the famous.
The comedy impressions series examining the bizarre and private lives of public people.
Starring:
Jon Culshaw
Margaret Cabourn Smith
Julian Dutton
Debra Stephenson
Lewis Macleod
Duncan Wisbey
Written by Bill Dare, Julian Dutton and Duncan Wisbey
Created and produced by Bill Dare.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2012.


FRIDAY 27 MAY 2022

FRI 00:00 The Bionic Blob by James Follett (b0153tq1)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:00 on Thursday]
FRI 00:15 Never Trust a Rabbit by Jeremy Dyson (m000hpjd)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:15 on Thursday]
FRI 00:30 Great Lives (b0bh454t)
[Repeat of broadcast at 18:30 on Thursday]
FRI 01:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017m28)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 on Thursday]
FRI 01:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzv)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 on Thursday]
FRI 02:00 Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (b0bclvyc)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:00 on Thursday]
FRI 02:15 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (b007jvyx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:15 on Thursday]
FRI 02:30 Dotun and Dean (b06c0cgx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 14:30 on Thursday]
FRI 03:00 The Raj Quartet (b09w3ndq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 on Thursday]
FRI 04:00 The Personality Test (b00mk68l)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 on Thursday]
FRI 04:30 Tomorrow, Today! (b0175mdh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 on Thursday]
FRI 05:00 Mum's on the Run (b00txhq5)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 on Thursday]
FRI 05:30 Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! (m0017ckn)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 on Thursday]
FRI 06:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017m4p)
5. The Little Doctor
Odell’s investigations finally begin to reveal the connections between the murders and the blackmail.
Hardnosed Irish-American, Philip Odell, though not a detective, worked for the American secret service during the Second World War, which ended just five years before this plot is set. Just as he prepares to fly to Dublin from London, he meets with a friend, Heather McMara, who tells him that her brother has been killed and she asks him to investigate. To the backdrop of a London peasouper, the drama unfolds…
A serial in eight parts by Lester Powell.
CAST:
Philip Odell .... Robert Beatty
Heather McMara .... Sheila Manahan
The Lady in Mink .... Mary Wimbush
Martin Sorrowby .... John Bennett
Inspector Rigby .... Edward Jewesbury
Sergeant Levton .... Jeffrey Segal
Police Doctor .... Hugh Manning
Postman .... Frank Partington
Foreman .... Will Leighton
Dr Alexander Frey ....Trevor Martin
Produced by Martyn C. Webster
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in May 1958.
FRI 06:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzm)
5. The End?
A dramatic climax on the Lakeland Fells.
Is this the beginning of the end for Jiffy and Burco?
Conclusion of Eric Pringle’s unlikely adventure about a singing duo.
Starring Dilys Laye and Polly James.
Henrietta ..... Dilys Laye
Louise ..... Polly James
Jiffy Perkins ..... Peter Craze
Burco Madrid ..... John Hollis
BB ..... William Simons
Det Sgt Digly ..... Trevor Nichols
City Nigel ..... Philip Sully
Det Inspector ..... David Sinclair
John ..... Richard Tate
Director: Ian Cotterell
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1988.
FRI 07:00 Says on the Tin (b00h62pp)
Face Cream
Eliott and Esther are on the brink of admitting their attraction when a young actress with a father fixation fixes on Eliott.
Comedy by Christopher William Hill about an American ad man, forced to relocate to London.
Eliott Thurber ...... Michael Brandon
Esther Finn ...... Samantha Bond
Hannah Walker ...... Pippa Haywood
Pippa Walker ...... Manjeet Mann
Zadie ...... Joannah Tincey
Baz ...... Inam Mirza
Max ...... Robert Lonsdale
Rutter ...... Stephen Critchlow
Angelique ...... Donnla Hughes
Other parts played by Janice Acquah, Jill Cardo, Jonathan Tafler and Gunnar Cauthery.
Producer: Liz Webb
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2009.
FRI 07:30 Stand-Up Specials (m0017k54)
Don Biswas: Neurotopical
For years, comedian Don Biswas struggled with things most people take for granted - from telling the time to following simple directions.
Not long after graduating from university he found himself sacked from not one but two management trainee positions, and he fell into a depression. Well into his 20s, Don decided to seek medical advice and doctors told him he had Dyspraxia, ADHD and mild Asperger's Syndrome. Suddenly, everything made much more sense.
In Don Biswas: Neurotopical, Don explores how his diagnoses were his ticket out of the rat-race and how, as a result, he decided to take a keen interest in politics, much to the chagrin of his parents.
In his first stand-up comedy special for Radio 4, recorded in front of a live audience at the famous Frog and Bucket Comedy Club in Manchester, Don speaks candidly about his mental health conditions and the impact they've had on his outlook.
Written and performed by Don Biswas
Sound Engineer and Editor: Mark Burrows
Producer: Kurt Brookes
Photo credit: Steve Best
A Made In Manchester production for BBC Radio 4
FRI 08:00 Dad's Army (b007jrdx)
Series 3
The Captain's Car
When a French general pays a visit to Walmington-on-Sea, there's a mighty motoring mix-up for the Home Guard platoon.
The comic exploits of a Second World War Home Guard platoon.
Adapted for radio from Jimmy Perry and David Croft's TV scripts by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles.
Captain Mainwaring …. Arthur Lowe
Sergeant Wilson …. John Le Mesurier
Corporal Jones …. Clive Dunn
Private Frazer …. John Laurie
Private Godfrey …. Arnold Ridley
Private Pike …. Ian Lavender
Warden Hodges …. Bill Pertwee
Private Walker …. Larry Martyn
Lady Maltby …. Betty Marsden
Colonel Masters …. Garrard Green
Announcer/Newsreader …. John Snagge
Producer: John Dyas
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1976.
FRI 08:30 Married (b007zmd4)
Series 2
Identity
Robin is about to encounter the double of someone he knew from his old universe.
After all this time, and one universe later, he can't still be nursing a grudge?
Hugh Bonneville stars in Tony Bagley's comedy.
Robin .... Hugh Bonneville
Lesley .... Josie Lawrence
Dirk .... Stephen Frost
Dame Jane Hyde .... Stephanie Cole
Philippa .... Siobhan Redmond
Producer: Claire Jones
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2000.
FRI 09:00 Guess What? (b068bf83)
Episode 10
Animal, vegetable or mineral?
Barry Took hosts a revised version of popular radio parlour game of 20 questions.
Regular Geoffrey Durham is joined by Clare Frances and Chris Serle.
Written by Michael Dines.
Producer: Andy Aliffe
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1998.
FRI 09:30 Millport (b00762cq)
Series 2
The Verdict
The islanders unite to try and save The Cumbrae Bar from closure.
Will Irene stay and fight with them or will she take the last ferry of the day to the mainland to the new life she's always dreamed of?
Bittersweet comedy written by and starring Lynn Ferguson as 30-something island barmaid Irene Bruce.
Irene ...... Lynn Ferguson
Moira/Agnes ...... Janet Brown
Alberto/Robert/Ferryman ...... Lewis McLeod
Ena/Bunty ...... Gabriel Quigley
Bob/Minister ...... Robert Patterson
Dougie ...... Matt Costello
Music arranged by Olly Fox.
Producer: Lucy Bacon
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2001.
FRI 10:00 Ken Whitmore - The Red Telephone Box (m000fg10)
Chief Inspector Cockfoster tries to keep his head, while those around him are being decapitated...
Bob Grant stars in Ken Whitmore's comedy drama.
Chief Inspector Raymond Cockfoster …. Bob Grant
Detective Sergeant Frogman …. Christian Rodska
Benjamin Dobell …. John Hollis
Mrs Victrola …. Patricia England
Doctor Lamb …. Ronald Herdman
Peter Royle …. Finetime Fontayne
Angela Victrola …. Dorcas Morgan
Belinda Ruby …. Sally Edwards
Best remembered as cheeky cockney bus conductor Jack Harper in ITV's On The Buses, Bob Grant made numerous radio appearances including the lead in BBC Radio 3’s Don Quixote.
Director: Alfred Bradley.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1986.
FRI 11:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m0017ngh)
Science Fiction Audio Drama
Chris Pearson and Ella Watts suggest Sci-Fi Audio Drama
FRI 12:00 Dad's Army (b007jrdx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]
FRI 12:30 Married (b007zmd4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]
FRI 13:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017m4p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]
FRI 13:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]
FRI 14:00 Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (b0bclyj5)
10. Fury
Denise is furious that Willa knows who shot her and Willa is forced to make a big decision.
Anne Tyler's novel about family and self-discovery by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler.
Abridged by Sian Preece.
Read by Barbara Barnes
Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane
Made by BBC Scotland for BBC Radio 4 and first broadcast in August 2018.
FRI 14:15 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (b007jvyz)
Episode 20
Orphan Becky Sharp's ambitious pursuit of riches goes from strength to strength.
Becky, Jos, Amelia and William's futures are finally decided.
Stephen Fry narrates one of the greatest comic novels of the Victorian period.
Written by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Dramatised in twenty parts by Stephen Wyatt.
CAST:
Becky Sharp .... Emma Fielding
Amelia …. Katy Cavanagh
Jos Sedley .... Toby Jones
William Dobbin .... Tom Smith
with Stephen Fry as the narrator
Director Marc Beeby
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.
FRI 14:30 The Frontline Prince (b0952jkk)
'This is a most rotten war unless you are actually fighting.' Edward VIII, the king who abdicated, was deeply marked by his experience of the First World War.
Heather Jones reveals the true story of the front-line prince, drawing on new research from the Royal Archives. Anxieties over the risks of exposing young members of the Royal Family to the realities of combat are nothing new. But the first frontline Prince of the modern age was transformed and marked by his experience of the Great War: this was a time vital to the development and public image of the future King Edward VIII.
Yet his wartime role is little remembered or known. Unlike the other heads of European monarchy, Edward was constitutionally bound and politically protected. Germany's Crown Prince was directing the forces at Verdun whilst Edward was supposed to be safely away from the front.
Heather Jones spent four years piecing together Edward's crisis at not being allowed to serve in direct combat, and his role as an ordinary staff officer. The young prince struggled with ideas of heroism, masculinity and service as he donned khaki - and alarmed those charged with protecting him with his risk taking.
Heather Jones tells the story of the Prince who wanted to fight - and whose bravery turned sour in the years of conflict.
Producer: Mark Burman
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2017.
FRI 15:00 Ken Whitmore - The Red Telephone Box (m000fg10)
[Repeat of broadcast at 10:00 today]
FRI 16:00 Guess What? (b068bf83)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:00 today]
FRI 16:30 Millport (b00762cq)
[Repeat of broadcast at 09:30 today]
FRI 17:00 Says on the Tin (b00h62pp)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:00 today]
FRI 17:30 Stand-Up Specials (m0017k54)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]
FRI 18:00 The Nightwatchman by Philip Levene (m0017m4r)
Hospital staff are confounded after a patient is admitted following an accident at a frozen food company.
With:
Hamlyn Benson
Fraser Kerr
John Ruddock
Alan Haines
Gabriel Woolf
Eva Stuart
Margaret Wolfit
Writer Philip Levene
Producer Ronald Mason
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in March 1964.
FRI 18:15 Never Trust a Rabbit by Jeremy Dyson (m000hq18)
All in the Telling
Fletcher finds himself in a seedy club, with the urge to tell a story.
One of five stories from League of Gentleman writer, Jeremy Dyson
Read by Stephen Critchlow.
Producer: Lizzie Davies.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2000.
FRI 18:30 Sounds Natural (b07mvx97)
Harry Secombe
From the Hyena to the Mountain Gorilla.
Star of 'The Goon Show', actor and singer Harry Secombe talks to Derek Jones about his love of wildlife photography and travel
Aided by recordings from the BBC Sound Archive.
Producer: John Burton.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1976.
FRI 19:00 Dad's Army (b007jrdx)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:00 today]
FRI 19:30 Married (b007zmd4)
[Repeat of broadcast at 08:30 today]
FRI 20:00 Lady in a Fog (m0017m4p)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:00 today]
FRI 20:30 A Change in the Weather (m0005nzm)
[Repeat of broadcast at 06:30 today]
FRI 21:00 Podcast Radio Hour (m0017ngh)
[Repeat of broadcast at 11:00 today]
FRI 22:00 Stand-Up Specials (m0017k54)
[Repeat of broadcast at 07:30 today]
FRI 22:30 A World of Dowie (m0017m4t)
Episode 3
Enter a brave new world created and presented by John Dowie.
John Dowie checks into a boarding house in order to read the Gideon's bible from cover to cover.
With:
Jim Sweeney
Steve Steen
Tony Haase
Cathryn Harrison
Music from the Ronnie Golden Small Band.
Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 1991.
FRI 23:00 Laura Solon - Talking and Not Talking (b00bw01s)
Series 2
Episode 2
Divorcee Carol has a fruit surplus and Adrian is asked to be a Bond girl.
Award-winning comedian Laura Solon's sketch and character comedy series
With Rosie Cavaliero, Ben Moor and Ben Willbond.
Written by Laura Solon.
With additional material by Stephen Carlin, Ben Moor and Charlie Miller.
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Producer: Colin Anderson
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2008.
FRI 23:30 Mitch Benn Specials (b068xdrj)
Mitch Benn Has Left the Building
Elvis is one of the most impersonated men in history. But it's a surprising complex persona to inhabit.
Mitch Benn explores the man behind the phenomenon called 'Elvis'...
Humble Southern boy or bejewelled megalomaniac emperor?
Fearless rebel or gormless yes-man?
Pioneer and innovator or showbiz sell-out?
Rock and roll's greatest triumph or its most tragic waste?
From the early rock and roll years, to Mr. Presley post-army; food addiction; and his Las Vegas residency in THE SUIT...With a glorious mix of musical parodies and trivia, Mitch Benn is going to find out.
Written by and starring Mitch Benn.
Producer: Alexandra Smith/Ed Morrish
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2015.