Radio drama

The Polish electronic music revolution of the 1950s

16 November 2019 9:00 am

It was created in November 1957, a year before the BBC’s fabled Radiophonic Workshop, and was far more influential in…

Without Joe Grundy The Archers feels lost

19 October 2019 9:00 am

There was something really creepy about listening to the ten-minute countryside podcast released last weekend by Radio 4 supposedly transporting…

Radio dial

Listening to plays in a foreign language is a weirdly engaging experience

30 March 2019 9:00 am

As the ravens circle around Broadcasting House in London’s West End, presaging difficult times ahead for BBC Radio, with less…

I always come away more confused after listening to Moral Maze

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Is it me or are we now faced (or perhaps I should say fazed?) much more often by stories in…

Two members of the Glasgow Humane Society on the River Clyde. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

The story of the River Clyde

16 February 2019 9:00 am

It sounds like something out of Dickens or a novel by Thackeray, a classic case of high-minded Victorian philanthropy, but…

Yemen's capital Sana'a after another airstrike, where Aziz H's award-winning new play is set. Photo: Mohammed Huwais / AFP

Why the BBC International Playwriting Competition really matters

26 January 2019 9:00 am

We don’t know whether ‘Aziz H’ listened to radio plays as he grew up in Yemen. In fact we don’t…

When haddocks flirt, they sound like a motorbike revving up

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Flies buzzing, strange rustling, crunching sounds, and then the most chilling screech you’ll have heard all week. Vultures were feeding…

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…

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…

Donald Hankey: a remarkable – and neglected – English voice

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Last year the BBC radio drama department received 3,797 scripts from hopeful authors, of which just 33 were recommended to…

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…

Why British radio plays can't compete with those from the Continent

7 April 2018 9:00 am

To Herne Bay in Kent for the UK International Radio Drama Festival: 50 plays from 17 countries in 15 languages…

'We're using the same Aga and Belfast sink as Jill Archer': how Radio 4 made Home Front

3 March 2018 9:00 am

It feels like a long time since the launch of Home Front on Radio 4 back in June 2014, retracing…

Radio’s role in winning the Cold War

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Some of us grew up worrying about reds under the bed, which was perhaps not as foolish as all that…

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…

The genius of Ken Dodd

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…

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 way the BBC constantly asks you to log in to iPlayer is sneaky

12 August 2017 9:00 am

It’s sneaky, the way in which the BBC, so much regarded as part of the family as to be nicknamed…

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…

S-Town may be slick and professional, but it’s not nearly as compelling – or truthful – as Serial

22 April 2017 9:00 am

How about this for an inspiring response to what could have been a personal tragedy. Chi-chi Nwanoku was in the…

Radio drama is far more adventurous than anything visuals can achieve

4 March 2017 9:00 am

At the third UK International Radio Drama Festival held last week in Herne Bay, entitled ‘And Let Us Listen to…

School children listen to a radio broadcast given by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in 2014

How radio can help refugees integrate

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The Indian Prime Minister has twigged something that President Trump has yet to understand. On Monday, celebrated as World Radio…

What was Joseph Goebbels’s secretary really like?

4 February 2017 9:00 am

As if on cue, The World At One on Monday (Radio 4) ended with a short (too short) interview with…

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…