The Australians do suburbia well. We seem to be interested in the working classes and the poor (EastEnders, Coronation Street,…
Before we knuckle down to the week’s offerings I’m going to seize the opportunity (this review is a one-off, so…
Back in the Fifties, it was possible for a single TV sitcom to capture 92 per cent of the small-screen…
Sad to say that none of the ex-pats who were interviewed in India for Home from Home (Radio 4, Friday)…
It’s such a relief to come back from a trip to America, to switch on the first available radio and…
Dr Johnson would be thrilled. His name up there in lights in the West End. He craved theatrical fame, and…
Having argued last week that it takes time (maybe a couple of generations) before fiction can be appropriately applied to…
‘History is not a dull subject,’ warned Caryl Phillips, the novelist, at the end of his 9/11 Letter.
‘It makes you happy that something like that exists,’ says Devente, a young beekeeper from Hackney as he emerges from his protective suit in a halo of smoke, having just checked that all is well in the colony.
Two programmes, two very different worlds, and all in the space of a Sunday afternoon. Imogen Stubbs gave us a Radio 4 moment when she used the network to campaign against those personal statement forms which young students have to write as part of their applications to colleges and universities.
Even the great Alan Bennett sounded out of synch with the times as he read from his new short story ‘The Shielding of Mrs Forbes’ for this week’s Book at Bedtime (Radio 4).
Voices of a banking collapse
A great new series on the World Service
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.
‘You have to live.
Amid all the chattering about hacking it’s a relief to discover that some things don’t change and yet still, surprisingly in these tainted times, proffer sterling quality.
My favourite fact of the week is to have discovered that in the UK there are 2,500 species of eyebright, 2,500 different varieties of that dainty, slender-stemmed flower, with its bright white trumpet.
Is Glastonbury over yet? If not, can it be very soon please? On Jo Whiley’s exciting new evening show on Radio 2, the poor woman can still barely finish a sentence without referring to ‘Glasto’ or ‘the Pyramid Stage’ or whatever it’s called, where everyone who played was brilliant, as everyone always is in Jo’s world.
‘To be speaking to you through the BBC has a very special meaning for me.
All eyes will be on Andy Murray this week and perhaps next, but 50 years ago it was British women tennis players who were on top, with two of them fighting for the trophy in the final at Wimbledon.
It’s the small things that drive you mad.
It must be a fix, surely? The list of tunes voted online ‘by the nation’ as the eight favourite ‘discs’ we would like to be marooned with on a desert island is the dullest, most unoriginal, least controversial combination we listeners could possibly have come up with.
It’s all in the voice.
‘We will know one day why it happened,’ said the mother of Helga Mosey.
That interview with Kenneth Clarke, QC, was not so much a disaster for his political career as yet another knockout blow to the possibility of hearing honest answers from leading politicians.