BBC Radio 4

Nothing about Radio 4’s Across the Red Line suggested it would be as riveting as it was

20 January 2018 9:00 am

On paper and on air, there’s nothing to suggest that the Radio 4 series Across the Red Line will have…

What Rwanda can teach us about gender equality

13 January 2018 9:00 am

What an incredible statement we heard on My Perfect Country. ‘I can walk into a boardroom and forget I am…

Podcasts have a long way to go to catch up with radio

6 January 2018 9:00 am

It’s racing up the UK podcast charts, overtaking (as I write) the established favourites such as No Such Thing as…

Radio 3 offers a refreshing antidote to the current conversations about Europe

16 December 2017 9:00 am

The season of Advent, for most children, means anticipation, gleeful waiting, the counting down of days. But after a certain…

What it feels like to hold a heart

9 December 2017 9:00 am

It’s been heart week on Radio 4, celebrating the anniversary of the first ‘successful’ heart transplant in 1967, which was…

Why local radio is thriving

18 November 2017 9:00 am

It’s 50 years since the first local radio stations were launched by the BBC in yet another instance of the…

I never understood the appeal of Ken Dodd – until now

11 November 2017 9:00 am

It’s always odd to hear a familiar voice on a different programme, playing an alternative role. They never sound quite…

Why talking about death is a essential part of living

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Mandy was 38 when she was told she was ‘in the end stage’, suffering from COPD and finding it more…

Neil MacGregor’s latest Radio 4 series is exhilarating

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Only Neil MacGregor could do it — take us in a single thread from a blackened copper coin, about the…

The real reason why the Today programme is losing its edge

14 October 2017 9:00 am

There’s no doubting her passion for the programme of which she is now chief of staff. Talking to Roger Bolton…

A terrifyingly brilliant drama from the golden age of American radio

30 September 2017 9:00 am

‘On air, I could be the most glamorous, gorgeous, tall, black-haired female… Whatever I wanted to be, I could be……

Sarah Sands: George Osborne turns up to Radio 4 with an entourage; he thinks he’s Don Corleone

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Next month, the Today programme marks its 60th anniversary, so I have been mugging up on the archives. If there…

Reviving the death mask

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The inimitably pukka voice of Jacob Rees-Mogg echoed through Radio 4 on Thursday morning. He was not, though, talking about…

‘I’m going to fine anyone who refers to an opus number on air’: how we made Classic FM

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Three weeks before Classic FM launched, I was on the radio in Hong Kong, introducing hits by Rick Astley and…

If Voyager is powered by 40-year-old computers, why do our PCs last five years?

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Yet another sign that we are living in very strange times: a pair of celebrities, their names made by TV,…

Radio 4’s adaptation of Midnight’s Children would have been unthinkable a few years ago

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Bold programming by the powers-that-be at Radio 4 meant it was possible to listen to all seven episodes of Ayeesha…

The real bloody legacy of Partition

5 August 2017 9:00 am

As Europe remembers Passchendaele, India and Pakistan recall Partition, just 70 years ago, when Britain so hastily abandoned its Indian…

What ‘shareholder value’ really means

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Two programmes this week presented two radically different world views, or rather ways of life. Aditya Chakrabortty’s series for Radio…

I wish radio was more like I remember it as a child

24 June 2017 9:00 am

This week’s column is dedicated to my mother who loved her radio and encouraged us to be listeners. Without her,…

In the digital age, you might expect the paper diary to be dying – not so

10 June 2017 9:00 am

By chance on Saturday morning, I tuned into Radio 4 and heard Professor Clare Brant talking on Saturday Live about…

The femme fatale is as much a male fantasy as the Mona Lisa

3 June 2017 9:00 am

In such times as these, enough to try a man’s soul, a dose of John Finnemore is advisable. His brand…

The radio documentary that makes you think again about the Nuremberg Trials

27 May 2017 9:00 am

‘Hell is better than what I personally witnessed,’ says Ben Ferencz, who was one of the American troops sent in…

Why on earth has the BBC created a radio drama with visuals?

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Two extremes of the listening experience were available on Monday on Radio 4. The day began conventionally enough with Start…

The country full of teenagers

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Imagine living in a country where the average age is under 16 (in the UK it’s currently 40 and increasing)…

Master of dramatic interplay: Jack Rosenthal in 1962

Those of us who rely on radio to keep us sane need to rally round the BBC

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Bashing the BBC often becomes a popular blood sport in times of political instability, and especially if the left is…