Private Passions

The lack of public transport outside London is shocking

14 July 2018 9:00 am

When did you last take the bus? If you don’t live in London, probably not for ages. In her two-part…

Why does sport work so well on radio?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

The purest form of radio is probably sports commentating, creating pictures in the mind purely through language so that by…

Coney Island amusement park used to display premature babies to a paying public

28 May 2016 9:00 am

I like Radio 4 — you can have it on in the background burbling away for hours and hours without…

The Jodrell Bank Observatory (Photo: Getty)

You can’t forget what Will Self says - even if you wish you could

28 November 2015 9:00 am

It lasted for just a few seconds but was such a graphic illustration of the statistics behind the bombing campaign…

The Baroque composer who was a world music pioneer

19 September 2015 8:00 am

On Private Passions this week the writer Amitav Ghosh gave us a refreshingly different version of what has become a…

‘Ratings aren’t a pressure for me,’ says the new controller of Radio Three

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The new controller of Radio Three, Alan Davey, was on Feedback this week (Radio Four) talking to listeners about his…

Why wasn’t there more about the other faiths over Easter on the BBC?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

There was no shortage of Easter music and talks across the BBC networks with a sunrise service on Radio 4…

Radio is the best way to mug up on the classics

21 March 2015 9:00 am

If ever I found myself at a pretentious literary party obliged to play David Lodge’s ‘Humiliation’ game and to confess…

Bye-bye Bric, hello Mint — are Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey really the new boom economies?  

11 January 2014 9:00 am

New year new ideas as we woke up on Monday morning to find ourselves in Lagos with Evan Davies trying…

The BBC bows to celebrity

27 July 2013 9:00 am

The licence fee is both a blessing and a curse for the BBC. The clue is in that nickname —…