Aussie rules

29 October 2011 1:00 pm

The Australians do suburbia well. We seem to be interested in the working classes and the poor (EastEnders, Coronation Street,…

Sunday sustenance

22 October 2011 2:00 pm

Before we knuckle down to the week’s offerings I’m going to seize the opportunity (this review is a one-off, so…

Smart operator

8 October 2011 4:00 pm

Back in the Fifties, it was possible for a single TV sitcom to capture 92 per cent of the small-screen…

Eastern promise

1 October 2011 12:00 am

Sad to say that none of the ex-pats who were interviewed in India for Home from Home (Radio 4, Friday)…

Musical chairs

24 September 2011 12:00 am

It’s such a relief to come back from a trip to America, to switch on the first available radio and…

Conversation piece

17 September 2011 12:00 am

Dr Johnson would be thrilled. His name up there in lights in the West End. He craved theatrical fame, and…

Novel experiment

17 September 2011 12:00 am

Having argued last week that it takes time (maybe a couple of generations) before fiction can be appropriately applied to…

One day

10 September 2011 12:00 am

‘History is not a dull subject,’ warned Caryl Phillips, the novelist, at the end of his 9/11 Letter.

The bees’ knees

3 September 2011 12:00 am

‘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.

Personal best

27 August 2011 11:00 am

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.

Bearing witness

20 August 2011 12:00 am

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).

Kate Chisholm on The Reunion

13 August 2011 12:00 am

Voices of a banking collapse

Sporting Witness

6 August 2011 12:00 am

A great new series on the World Service

Spreading the word

30 July 2011 12:00 am

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.

The divine spark

23 July 2011 12:00 am

‘You have to live.

Pursuit of excellence

16 July 2011 12:00 am

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.

Where have all the flowers gone?

9 July 2011 12:00 am

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.

Unnecessary tweaks

9 July 2011 12:00 am

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.

The inspirational Suu Kyi

2 July 2011 12:00 am

‘To be speaking to you through the BBC has a very special meaning for me.

Four by Two

25 June 2011 12:00 am

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.

Radio rage

25 June 2011 12:00 am

It’s the small things that drive you mad.

Limited vision

18 June 2011 12:00 am

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.

Walking and talking

11 June 2011 12:00 am

It’s all in the voice.

Reliving Lockerbie

4 June 2011 12:00 am

‘We will know one day why it happened,’ said the mother of Helga Mosey.

Out of touch

28 May 2011 12:00 am

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.