Radio drama

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…

Sometimes allowing someone to die is in the patient’s best interest

14 January 2017 9:00 am

All that’s needed for Radio 4’s One to One series (Tuesdays) to succeed is a sharp-eyed interviewer, ready with the…

Global radio is now available at the swipe of a fingernail – yet it all sounds the same

7 January 2017 9:00 am

A new website, radio.garden, lets us browse radio stations across the globe. Nothing new about that. That’s been a key…

The most significant invention of the 20th century? The Haber-Bosch process

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Barbed wire, concrete, razor blades, passports, Bakelite and the sewage system are all crucial to the way we live now…

Appointing a former Labour cabinet minister to oversee radio is not just odd but alarming

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Quite how one person is expected to oversee not just radio but also ‘arts, music, learning and children’s departments’ was…

It’s hard to justify spending money on Radio 3 – but here’s why we must

24 September 2016 9:00 am

We now think of Radio 3 as the music station, but when it was created in 1946 as the Third…

‘Funny is now dangerous’: Michael Heath’s Desert Island Discs reviewed

13 August 2016 9:00 am

‘I’m off now,’ says Michael Heath, signing off from his selection of Desert Island Discs on Radio 4, ‘to go…

The Archers v the cricket: which was the more dramatic?

9 April 2016 9:00 am

It was a toss-up on Sunday between the atmosphere in the Radio Five Live Sports Extra studio in Kolkata for…

Why Archers fans are raising funds to save Helen

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Archers listeners are so obsessed with the soap’s domestic abuse storyline that they have set up a real-life charity appeal

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Radio comedy still misses Kenneth Williams

27 February 2016 9:00 am

It’s tempting to believe that somewhere in the bowels of Broadcasting House in London the voice of Kenneth Williams is…

Is Radio 4 encouraging us to overshare?

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Much ado about Radio 4’s latest venture into the new smart world of aural selfies. Reaction Time, on Thursday mornings,…

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Serial returns with a story of loyalty, resilience and punishment

30 January 2016 9:00 am

The new season of the Serial podcast (produced by the same team who make This American Life) was launched last…