Radio

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…

Close encounters

31 March 2012 12:00 pm

Kate Chisholm looks forward to The People’s Passion on Radio 4 which explores the role of the cathedral in a modern, secular world

Con air

31 March 2012 11:00 am

Imagine a small room, no windows, institutional cream on the walls. Bare of all decoration except for a circle of…

JAM today

24 March 2012 1:00 pm

On the page a minute’s worth of words doesn’t look like much. A hundred and forty-four or thereabouts. But try…

Healing art

24 March 2012 12:00 pm

‘It’s like acting,’ says the illustrator Quentin Blake about his latest project. ‘You imagine yourself there, in that situation. You…

Listen up!

17 March 2012 12:00 pm

Life-changing moments are not always as dramatic as Saint Paul’s Damascene experience. Often they emerge from conversations that begin with…

Overdoing the drama

10 March 2012 12:00 pm

What took them so long? For weeks and weeks he’d been limping into the farmhouse whining about how cold he…

Archive treasures

3 March 2012 11:00 am

It’s a bit of a surprise to discover that my young nephews are huge fans of radio. Since Radio 4…

New world order

25 February 2012 11:00 am

Not much fuss has been made about it. We might not have realised it was happening if news of the…

Character building

18 February 2012 11:00 am

He writes about the stuff you’d rather not know, prefer not to think about, pretend to ignore. But it lives…

Leave well alone

11 February 2012 11:00 am

Maybe he was asking for it. Maybe his article in the New Statesman was a subconscious attempt to undermine his…

Audio gongs

4 February 2012 11:00 am

No red carpet was rolled out on Sunday night when the first ever Audio Drama Awards were presented to best…

Only connect

28 January 2012 11:00 am

It was uncanny, discomfiting, even a little bit alarming. He seemed to be reading my mind, as if my thoughts…