BBC Radio 4

Apollo 8 on its launch pad in December 1968. Photo: AP / REX / Shutterstock

Remembering the 1968 Apollo mission – when the world was reaching to the future rather than drawing in

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Take yourself back to (or try to imagine) Christmas 1968; a year full of disturbances, dashed hopes and extreme violence…

It's Christmas. You don't want Götterdämmerung. You want a waltz-operetta

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Grade: A– 1898: two Parisiennes and a housemaid secretly invite each other’s partners to the Paris Opera ball and… c’mon,…

Listening to people talking about death can be strangely consoling

8 December 2018 9:00 am

‘Without death,’ says Salena Godden, ‘life would be a never-ending conveyor belt of sensation.’ For her death is what gives…

The story of the cook who spent 10 years preparing food for those on death row

1 December 2018 9:00 am

You don’t need headphones to appreciate, and catch on to, the unique selling point of radio: its immediacy, its directness,…

Michelle Obama during the 2008 Democrat primaries. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Is Michelle Obama a secret Archers fan?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

I wonder what Michelle Obama, the former First Lady who remade that role in her own image, would make of…

Henry Williamson and Charles Carrington, two of the soldiers featured in Radio 4's Voices of the First World War

When the first world war ended, many soldiers were left with ‘a terrible empty feeling’

10 November 2018 9:00 am

‘It was so unreal,’ said one of the first world war veterans about the long-awaited Armistice. It was the most…

Jacqueline Gold, CEO of Ann Summers. Photo; Gareth Cattermole/ Getty Images

Why has BBC Radio been replaced by ‘BBC Sounds’?

3 November 2018 9:00 am

You may have noticed that BBC iPlayer (for radio programmes) has been replaced this week with the new BBC Sounds…

The Maze Prison in 2006. Photo: REX/ Shutterstock

What are the writers of The Archers trying to achieve with the Freddie Pargetter story?

27 October 2018 9:00 am

‘I’m not here to rehabilitate,’ says Pamela, who teaches creative writing to prisoners in Northern Ireland. She doesn’t think of…

Radio 4 treats its radio listeners as second-best in favour of those who listen to podcasts

13 October 2018 9:00 am

How very odd of Radio 4 not only to release The Ratline as a podcast before broadcasting it on the…

A week of extraordinarily direct and honest radio on the World Service

6 October 2018 9:00 am

The most inspiring voice on radio this week belongs to Hetty Werkendam, or rather to her 15-year-old self as she…

It’s as I suspected – my defects can’t be cured

22 September 2018 9:00 am

I’ve just finished making a one-hour documentary about character for Radio 4 that’s due to be broadcast on Saturday at…

Ralph Abernathy (seated centre) and C.B. King (seated left) sit on a wagon as 300 protesters march to Atlanta. Photo: Getty/Bettmann

What it was like to be a black lawyer in the deep south in the 60s

8 September 2018 9:00 am

To have been a black lawyer in the deep south of America in the early 1960s would have taken a…

Cariad Lloyd has an excellent mission: to get us talking about death. Photographer. Image: Jonny Birch/Bafta/Rex/Shutterstock

Podcasts still have a long way to go to challenge the best of conventional radio

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Here’s a thought. Matthew Bannister, former Radio 1 controller turned presenter of programmes such as Outlook on the World Service…

The power of Sue MacGregor’s The Reunion

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The return of Sue MacGregor’s long-running Radio 4 series The Reunion (produced by Eve Streeter) is a welcome reminder of…

Another side of John Humphrys

18 August 2018 9:00 am

‘What can you tell me just now,’ asks Audrey Gillan. She’s talking to Tara, who’s been sleeping rough on Fournier…

Robert Redford turns his hand to radio

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Much ado is being made of the latest listening figures, which have suggested that the percentage of those aged between…

Radio 4 brings back the dead

4 August 2018 9:00 am

If proof were needed that radio will survive the onslaught of the new (or rather now not-so-new) digital technologies, albeit…

Why the scream of the elephant is much more chilling than the roar of a lion

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Raw, earthy, ear-piercing. It’s hard to decide which was more terrifying and unsettling: the roar of the elephants in Living…

The marketisation of BBC radio is a recipe for creative disaster

21 July 2018 9:00 am

There’s been a lot of fuss and many column inches written about levels of pay at the BBC, as revealed…

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…

The dumbing down of the Reith Lectures

30 June 2018 9:00 am

It’s been a heavyweight week on Radio 4 with the start of the annual series of Reith Lectures and a…

Rod Liddle is wrong: if anything we still hear too much from male presenters on Radio 4

16 June 2018 9:00 am

I don’t know which day Rod Liddle travelled down from the northeast and found nothing but women’s voices cluttering up…

There are too many women on Radio 4 and they’re always moaning

9 June 2018 9:00 am

We had a long drive back from the north-east last weekend. Six hours or so, including a stop halfway, just…

Why is Today losing its audience? Because it doesn’t care about its listeners

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Headlines announcing that Radio 4’s flagship Today programme is losing its audience while Radio 3’s Breakfast has put on numbers…

Joanna Lumley plays Mrs God in BBC Radio 4's new play Michael Frayn's Pocket Playhouse (Credit: ITV/ Rex/ Shutterstock)

Only Radio 4 would allow Ian McKellen and Joanna Lumley to play Mr and Mrs God

2 June 2018 9:00 am

One sphere that podcasts have so far not much penetrated is drama. Audible.co.uk is itching to develop its own brand…