Scandinavian Dreams (Radio 3)
Alan Howard's 70th Birthday (Radio 4), Words and Music (Radio3)
Start the Week (Radio 4)
The Sunday Feature (Radio 3)
Guilty pleasure (Radio 4)
Unmasking the English (Radio 4)
He died in 1955, aged 45, in the back of a New York taxi cab (we were not told how), wrote the script for The African Queen (going so far as to direct the moment when the audience should hear Bogart’s stomach rumbling), and won the Pulitzer Prize posthumously for his once-read-never-forgotten novel, A Death in the Family.
Catch ’em young makes sense if you’re selling a product, an organisation or a belief system.
Lavinia Greenlaw’s clever riposte to the High Fidelity band of writers (a misogynistic group who believe that an obsession with…
Next time you’re bemoaning the TV licence fee, check out the BBC’s World Service.
The weirdest moment on A Royal Recovery (Radio Four, Tuesday)...
The hunt is on for the missing first edition of Radio Four’s Today programme, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in October.
It was a bit surprising to find a programme marking the 62nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Radio Two (Tuesday), not Radio Four.
Yet another rash of programmes has erupted marking the anniversary of yet another of Britain’s disastrous foreign policy decisions. At midnight on 14 August it will be 60 years since Nehru, as the prime minister of newly independent India, pronounced those fateful words, ‘A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.’
Twenty minutes is reckoned by psychologists to be the most that any of us can concentrate without the mind wandering...
Back in the US in the Fifties, just as atomic fear was gripping the American nation and the McCarthyite witch hunts were at their most vicious, a rather extraordinary radio programme was created by the journalist Edward R. Murrow and his production team at CBS radio.
I’m not quite sure which of the political weeklies has been the inspiration for His Master’s Voice, the new comedy…
The last thing Winston Churchill (or Ramsay MacDonald, for that matter) would have thought of discussing before taking power as prime minister was the kind of books they read to their children
Behind the Scenes: The Hidden Life of Georgian Theatre
It’s your last chance this afternoon to catch one of the best programmes on Radio Four, guaranteed to come up…
You may have caught an extraordinary programme of interviews with Peckham’s Lost on Radio Four a couple of weeks ago
‘Censorship,’ shrieked Hanif Kureishi after discovering that his short story, ‘Weddings and Beheadings’, was not going to be read on Radio Four
It was not so extraordinary when the Third Programme began broadcasting that its schedule should include a weekly discussion of the ‘visual arts’
It sounds like a really bad idea — Lenny Henry, the black comedian, devising a set of radio sketches to…