Radio

Time switch

27 October 2012 9:00 am

It seems an astonishing statistic but 99.6 per cent of radio is broadcast live, delivered straight from the studio mike…

Serious listening

20 October 2012 9:00 am

‘Shhhh! Listen!’ Peter White demands of us, his listeners. ‘You’re about to enter into a blind man’s world.’ White, who…

Teen spirit

13 October 2012 9:00 am

A vital sign that radio is so much more vibrant these days than tired old TV is the way the…

No escape

6 October 2012 9:00 am

‘They were Jews with guns! Understand that…’ declares Raymond Massey, chillingly, in the final scene of The Battle of the…

Classic celebrations

15 September 2012 9:00 am

It’s 20 years since Classic FM launched itself on the airwaves with a blast from Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’. Its…

Against the odds

1 September 2012 8:00 am

Just in time for the Paralympics the veteran broadcaster and campaigner for disability rights, Peter White, has launched a special…

Crime and punishment

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Just a snippet on an edition of Today last spring taken from the programme that had just won an esteemed…

Human stories

18 August 2012 6:00 am

‘The aggregation of marginal gains’ is the key to success, according to Dave Brailsford, the extraordinarily successful cycling coach to…

Save our soap

11 August 2012 6:00 am

It’s no good. We’ve been putting up with weird character changes, laughably unconvincing plotlines, calculating theatricals for a while now.…

Word perfect

4 August 2012 6:00 am

‘Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight…’ It all began on Friday night with the Shipping Forecast, made world-famous by Radio 4’s…

Olympian challenge

28 July 2012 6:00 am

Who would have thought 15 years ago that not only would the BBC still be spending money on radio coverage…

In from the cold

21 July 2012 6:00 am

When it was announced earlier this week that Aung San Suu Kyi will soon be cast away for Desert Island…

The power of words

14 July 2012 6:00 am

‘Oddly enough,’ declared the actor John Hurt on the Today programme last Friday, ‘radio is closely linked with film.’ This…

Hooked by chance

7 July 2012 6:00 am

I know we’re all supposed to be taking advantage of the new technologies and listening to whatever we fancy on…

In love with words

30 June 2012 6:00 am

No wonder Clive James thought he was writing his own obituary when he was interviewed by John Wilson for the…

In full bloom

23 June 2012 6:00 am

It’s as if James Joyce was writing for radio, as if he understood the potential of the new audio technology…

Borsetshire blues

16 June 2012 6:00 am

Will and Nic’s canoodling in the woods. Adam’s bashed-in head. Amy’s makeover from wholesome midwife to foul-mouthed stepdaughter. Ambridge, home…

Time to reflect

2 June 2012 11:00 am

It was my first Jubilee moment — Judi Dench on Radio 4’s Today programme suddenly launching into Shakespeare mid-glam (incredibly…

Conflict management

26 May 2012 11:00 am

7 Up, the TV series first made in 1964, would never have worked on radio. Ten young boys and (only)…

Lives of others

19 May 2012 11:00 am

He was accused of listening too much to the ‘wrong people’, of being ‘too deferential’, not judgmental enough. Sometimes those…

Soaps and suds

4 May 2012 11:00 pm

Listeners beware. Especially those of you who are unashamed Archers addicts. The antics of the denizens of Ambridge might seem…

Good night out

28 April 2012 11:00 am

It would never have worked on TV. Ann Widdecombe going out for a night on the town with a group…

Beware the growlers

21 April 2012 1:00 pm

It’s the weirdest thing. This obsession with the sinking of the Titanic. Go to the BBC iPlayer website and you’ll…

Question time

14 April 2012 11:00 am

You might be thinking ‘Oh no’ as you listen to yet another trailer announcing the BBC’s latest Shakespeare season, designed…

Night life

7 April 2012 12:00 pm

He’s got the perfect voice for radio, gruff and gravelly, slow and measured so you can catch every word. His…