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Head to Berlin to hear nightingales sing

3 August 2019 9:00 am

In a sense, the song of the bird in the title of this short, hugely thoughtful and fascinating book is…

What do Joan Rivers and Enoch Powell have in common?

15 April 2017 9:00 am

This is a gem of a book for Radio 4 lovers, particularly those of us who work out which day…

A good man at the 1970s BBC

4 June 2016 9:00 am

When I saw this book, a biography of Huw Wheldon, who was managing director of BBC Television between 1968 and…

The Lahore attacks reflected hatred of Christians. Why must we deny it?

2 April 2016 9:00 am

You might expect that the murder of Christians would excite particular horror in countries of Christian heritage. Yet almost the…

John Freeman: polymath or psychopath?

15 August 2015 9:00 am

They don’t make Englishmen like the aptly named John Freeman any more. When he died last Christmas just shy of…

Lance Sieveking (right) with Colonel G.L. Thompson broadcasting a running commentary on the final bumping race from a tree in Rectory Meadow, Cambridge, June 1927

'One warm night in June 1917 I became the man who nearly killed the Kaiser'

1 March 2014 9:00 am

The traditional story told about the first world war is that it changed everything: that it was the end of…

The Spectator’s Notes

13 April 2013 9:00 am

It is strange how we are never ready for events which are, in principle, certain. The media have prepared for…

Three faces of Thatcher

13 April 2013 9:00 am

11 May 1985: Ludovic Kennedy on her charm, abrasiveness and artificiality

Nick Robinson’s Battle for the Airwaves

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Deep within the BBC’s inquiry into the Newsnight and Jimmy Savile affair is a comment by Jeremy Paxman so inflammatory…