Radio

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…

Communal listening

21 January 2012 11:00 am

Where mostly do you listen to the radio? In the kitchen, on the M25 or M62, under the duvet, soaking…

…and on the air

14 January 2012 11:00 am

The trouble with Dickens is that there’s just far too much plot. How do you make sense of his incredibly…

Swapping stations

7 January 2012 11:00 am

‘Do you feel like crying?’ asked Shaun Keaveny on his 6 Music breakfast show this week, before replying, ‘Text us…

Highlighting the goodies

31 December 2011 10:00 am

Since the Home Service was relaunched as Radio 4 in September 1967, the station has established itself almost as the…

Twelve crackers

17 December 2011 9:00 pm

It might cheer the spirits of our over-stressed EU leaders this weekend if they were allowed time out from their…

Wild wastes of forgetfulness

10 December 2011 12:45 pm

Too much dark, not enough light, often leads us inwards, into those dark regions of the mind where memory resides.…

Dark time

3 December 2011 12:00 pm

Keep awake, urges the Gospel messenger in the readings for the beginning of the Christian festival of Advent. That’s not…

Limited menu

26 November 2011 12:00 pm

The changes to the Radio 4 schedule have been in operation for a couple of weeks. Have they made any…

History lesson

19 November 2011 11:00 am

When I was a student of history, the first book we were asked to read was E.H. Carr’s What Is…

Democracy on trial

12 November 2011 1:00 pm

At the debate on parliamentary democracy recorded last week in Portcullis House for The Forum (broadcast on Sunday on the…

After the tyrants

5 November 2011 2:00 pm

What’s the best way for a dictator to fall, wondered Owen Bennett-Jones on Saturday night’s Archive on 4 (Radio 4,…

Great expectations

29 October 2011 1:00 pm

‘We chose to believe things that could not be true,’ says Velma Hart, the American finance officer who famously confronted…