Daisy Dunn

The joy of Radio 4 Extra

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Alec Guiness playing various members of the D'Ascoyne family in Kind Hearts and Coronets, which has been adapted superbly for the radio. Image: Shutterstock

The best thing on the radio last week was, without question, Kind Hearts and Coronets. You may have missed it because it was on Radio 4 Extra, the poor, forgotten relation of the BBC’s main channels, which many regard as merely a Radio 4+1 for yesterday’s replays, when it is in fact home to the drama and comedy archive.

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