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Comedy of the Week
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Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Sindhu Vee.
 
Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince
 
Reflections from a faith perspective on issues and people in the news.
 
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In Our Time
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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
 
Download the best new comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and The Museum of Curiosity.
 
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Beyond Belief
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Series exploring the place and nature of faith in today's world
 
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BBC Inside Science
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Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.
 
Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
 
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Desert Island Discs
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Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Kirsty Young invites her guests to share the soundtrack of their lives.
 
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Inside Health
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Dr Mark Porter demystifies health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice, with the help of regular contributor GP Margaret McCartney
 
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Money Box
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The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.
 
Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.
 
Science sleuths Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.
 
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Seriously...
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A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
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The Food Programme
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Investigating every aspect of the food we eat
 
Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires and motivates them and asking what their discoveries might do for mankind
 
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Thinking Allowed
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New research on how society works
 
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Word of Mouth
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Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them
 
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Short Cuts
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Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long
 
Every Friday we bring you a new drama from BBC Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.
 
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Analysis
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Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics
 
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The Briefing Room
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David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts and insiders present in-depth explainers on big issues in the news
 
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The Archers
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Contemporary drama in a rural setting
 
Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.
 
Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.
 
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Woman's Hour
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The programme that offers a female perspective on the world
 
The week's events in Ambridge
 
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The Bottom Line
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Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters
 
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The Untold
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Grace Dent presents a series documenting the untold dramas of 21st-century Britain.
 
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Front Row
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Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music
 
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Great Lives
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Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
 
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Books and Authors
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This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.
 
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Four Thought
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Series of thought-provoking talks in which the speakers air their thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society
 
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Crossing Continents
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Series focusing on foreign affairs issues
 
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Moral Maze
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Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze
 
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The World Tonight
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In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and major breaking news from a global perspective
 
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Best of Today
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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme
 
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Home Front
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Drama serial tracking the fortunes of a group of characters on the home front as they try to maintain normality while Britain is involved in the First World War.
 
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Costing the Earth
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Programme looking at man's effect on the environment and how the environment reacts, questioning accepted truths, challenging those in charge and reporting on progress towards improving the world
 
Any Questions? with Jonathan Dimbleby: topical debate in which guests from politics, business, science, arts and the media answer questions from members of the public. BBC Radio 4
 
A panel of horticultural experts answer gardening questions from a live audience. Recorded in a different location each week
 
Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series
 
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Radio 4 Quiz
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Intelligent and challenging quiz games on BBC Radio 4. Featuring Round Britain Quiz, Counterpoint and Brain of Britain with Quiz Masters including Paul Gambaccini.
 
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The Film Programme
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The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world
 
Discussion of religious movements and the theories and individuals behind them.
 
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A Point of View
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A weekly reflection on a topical issue
 
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File on 4
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Award-winning current affairs documentary series investigating major issues at home and abroad
 
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Start the Week
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Weekly discussion programme, setting the cultural agenda every Monday
 
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Bookclub
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Led by James Naughtie, a group of readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels
 
David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.
 
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Russell Davies hosts another 4 contenders competing for the title Brain of Britain 2018
 
Uplifting stories about kindness and community are in vogue. Think bestsellers like Joanna Cannon's The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Ruth Hogan's The Keeper of Lost Things and the massive hit of last year, Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Gail Honeyman and Libby Page, author of The Lido discuss.Woman's Hour has brought toge ...…
 
Analysis of news and current affairs.
 
On this day in 1918, a general strike was held in Dublin in protest against plans for Irish conscription, and in Folkestone, Gabriel finds that nothing goes his way. Written by Sarah DanielsDirected by Jessica Dromgoole.
 
Patients could be left without a GP because there aren't enough doctors who want to work in general practice, doctors have warned. Across England the NHS aims to recruit 5,000 more GPs, but the total number of full-time GPs dropped by a thousand last year. Some GP surgeries say they are struggling to cope. (Image: Doctor with patient; credit: G ...…
 
We've just endured a tough winter but some records suggest that Spring now begins on average 26 days earlier than it did 10 years ago. Lindsey Chapman investigates how shifting seasons are affecting our wildlife.Bumblebees in January, daffodils blooming early, 'thuggish-vegetation' thriving as a result of mild winters and damp summers: the seas ...…
 
Tom Sutcliffe discusses free will and fate; dreams and reality. Jesmyn Ward's prize-winning novel Sing, Unburied, Sing, set in the American South, is haunted by the ghosts of the past. Ward writes of incarceration and freedom, and the strength - and weakness - of family bonds.For his latest ballet, choreographer Kim Brandstrup has taken inspira ...…
 
A group of British Christians has been criticised for a trip to Syria where they met with political leaders and Syria's controversial Grand Mufti, the country's most senior Muslim cleric. They had planned their visit before the latest chemical weapons attack and the Western airstrikes. But should they have gone at all? (Image: Destroyed buildin ...…
 
America's sanctions against Russia are hitting hard and some of the victims are in the West(Image: Pure aluminium ingots at the Rusal Krasnoyarsk aluminium smelter. Credit: Reuters)
 
Van Morrison's album Astral Weeks was released 50 years ago and is now considered by some to be up there with the finest albums ever recorded. The Belfast-born singer-songwriter is about to release his 39th studio album. He spoke to Front Row presenter John Wilson about returning to his musical roots.(Image: Van Morrison, credit: BBC)…
 
Neil Parish MP has called for a change to the law on fly-tipping to shift the cost of this crime from the land-owner to the perpetrator. Charlotte Smith speaks to Gordon Paice, a farmer who's recently had a sofa dumped on his land, and Christopher Price of the Country Land and Business Association about the changes he thinks are necessary to gi ...…
 
A new one-off show as part of Radio 4's season of Sunday night stand-up specials from Tom Allen, star of The Royal Variety Performance, 8 out of 10 Cats and Mock The Week amongst many others.Tom Allen is Actually Not Very Nice explores what happens when Tom’s calm and collected exterior collapses, be it when confronting some rowdy teenagers on ...…
 
Carolyn Quinn and guests discuss the Windrush scandal, Brexit and Margaret Thatcher.
 
Alistair struggles to adjust to life at Greenacres. Between Jazzer's snoring and a woefully inadequate bed he's not getting much sleep. He's ready to give up on his marriage, but Jim encourages him to talk to Shula. When she arrives to drop off Alistair's orthopaedic pillow Jim makes sure they're left alone together. Shula offers to move in wit ...…
 
Labour steps up its attack on the government over its treatment of Windrush migrants.
 
Carys Davies on her new book, West and unfaithful women in fiction.
 
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers that reflect the range of contemporary life across the country. Andy Kershaw visits the most cluttered workbench he's ever seen to discover how restoration work is going on a monument to British endeavour in speed on water; Jane Labou ...…
 
Salt has long been prized, but in recent years it has become, for many, something to be avoided: to reduce or even eliminate. At the same time, there are new salt making businesses popping up all over the UK, celebrating salts with - they claim - unique characteristics due to their location and methods of production; they are salts of a place. ...…
 
Another chance to listen to the singer-songwriter speaking to Kirsty Young in 2008. Her extraordinary voice has captivated us for decades and, as one half of the group Eurythmics and as a solo artist, she's sold tens of millions of records and won fistfuls of awards. As a teenager, her musical ability was her passport out of her home town of Ab ...…
 
Alistair opens up, and the stress rises for Helen.
 
The Sunday morning magazine programme with Britain's best newspaper review. Presented by Paddy O'Connell.
 
At a ceremony at Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury broke the ground for the construction of a new library. Callum May reports on the first building to be be built within the walls of the palace in a century.Orphanage trafficking has been described as a 'billion dollar racket' by the Australian politician Senator Linda Reynolds. She w ...…
 
Martin Noble, of the band British Sea Power, is this week's guest curator. Here, he reflects on the relationship between birdsong and songwriting, and how he was "wing"-spired by an avian encounter in Mississippi.This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;House Sparrow - Cyrus TodiwalaGreat Tit - David AttenboroughBlackbird - ...…
 
Martin Noble of British Sea Power leafs through the Tweet of the Day back catalogue to pick out five more favourite birds from the series.
 
Let The Sunshine In, directed by Claire Denis is a French film starring Juliette Binoche as a divorced Parisienne dealing with love and looking for a relationship that will work for herThe latest West End jukebox musical Tina is about the tumultuous life of Tina Turner and her transformation from Anna Mae Bullock - born into rural poverty in th ...…
 
Mark Coles profiles Pulitzer Prize winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, whose concepts and ideas are changing hip-hop culture. Lamar won the award for his latest album Damn, which also collected five Grammy awards in January and is praised for lyrics which reveal the complexity of modern African-American life.Growing up in the deprived city of Compto ...…
 
The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, who has faced mounting pressure concerning the death of a Cabinet minister he had sacked, is standing down.
 
Phyllida Lloyd, the director, on the challenges of a staging a musical biography as Tina the Musical opens in London. It stars Adrienne Warren as soul icon Tina Turner.In July 2014 Jane talked to a woman we named 'Helen' who was taking part in a pilot project in London called Pause. It supports women who've had multiple children taken into care ...…
 
Listeners have their say on the issues discussed on Any Questions?
 
There's been a big increase over the past year in the number of young people acting as money mules. That's the name for people who are offered a fee to receive money into their bank account and then the cash is passed to someone else. It's illegal - as often what the money mule is doing is laundering the proceeds of crime. Money Box reporter Ma ...…
 
Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from Bridlington Priory in East Riding of Yorkshire with a panel including Shadow Treasury Minister Anneliese Dodds MP, former diplomat Sir Mark Lyall Grant, the Archbishop of York John Sentamu and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak MP. Questions include: Windrush immig ...…
 
Actor Samuel West chooses Dory Previn's Play It Again Sam and Matt Bianco's Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed.
 
Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles are joined by history obsessive Dr Lucy Worsley, whose mission is to make history accessible: she writes books for adults and children, she presents TV documentaries, often dressing up as historical characters to further tell their tales, and she is also Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces. Her latest book is ab ...…
 
Chechnya's bucolic beauty, touching hospitality and jihadi brides now lost in Iraq. Caroline Wyatt introduces correspondents' tales from around the world:Chechnya's bucolic beauty, touching hospitality and jihadi brides now lost in Iraq. Caroline Wyatt introduces correspondents' tales from around the world.In the foothills of the Caucasus mount ...…
 
Tom Newton Dunn of The Sun asks what happens next in Syria after last week's air strikes. Should MPs have the final say on military action? Different views on the Commonwealth. And the political appeal of Twitter.Editor: Peter Mulligan.
 
In this podcast, we talk to General Martin Dempsey, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and author of 'Radical Inclusion', about the action Donald Trump took over chemical weapons and the prospects for the wider conflict now.(Image: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)…
 
News from Westminster.
 
The US Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit accusing Russia, the Trump campaign and Wikileaks of conspiring to swing the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump's favour. Also in the programme: an unprecedented apology from Basque separatist group ETA, and modern memorials open across the country - but not to everyone's approval.(Photo: Dona ...…
 
The seventh omnibus of Season 13, A Woman's Place, set in Folkestone, in the week, in 1918, when suffragist Nina Boyle claimed a 'moral triumph' after her nomination to run as an MP was rejected. CastSylvia Graham ..... Joanna DavidEdie Chadwick ..... Kathryn BeaumontFlorrie Wilson ..... Claire RushbrookEsme Macknade ..... Katie AngelouAlice Ma ...…
 
"The past is concretised and solidified in things", writes Stella Tillyard "and they vibrate with the experience of their use".Stella tells the story of a small Italian Museum - the Museum of Deportation and Resistance - and reflects on how we remember the past.Producer: Adele Armstrong.
 
Romola Garai is known for her roles in films such as Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights, and in The Hours, Emma and The Miniaturist on television. For her latest role she's on stage in Ella Hickson's new play, The Writer. Garai discusses playing the writer, who battles patriarchy and capitalism in her determination to create a pure art that will ch ...…
 
Dan takes Alistair for a picnic and a walk along the river in Felpersham. It's supposed to be a treat, but it also gives Dan the opportunity to talk about Alistair's gambling addiction. Alistair's annoyed that Kenton told him, but Dan explains that he was only defending Shula. Alistair had thought he'd won back Shula's trust, but now wonders if ...…
 
Miles Jupp is joined by Michael Deacon, Kerry Godliman, Jeremy Hardy and Felicity Ward for a satirical review of the week's news.Tonight the panel discuss the parliamentary debate over military action in Syria, the treatment of the Windrush Generation and the best way to get out of a binding gym contract in Belgium. Written by James Kettle, Jen ...…
 
Commonwealth leaders at UK summit agree the Prince of Wales should succeed the Queen
 
Tim Harford talks to economist Dan Ariely about the psychology of money. They discuss how understanding the way we think about our finances can help us to spend more carefully and save more efficiently. Plus Dan explains how to never have an argument over sharing a restaurant bill again.(Photo: Mannequins in a shop window wearing sale t-shirts. ...…
 
iPM listeners tell of their encounters with potholes and share their expertise on how we can improve Britain's roads. And a listener rediscovers her family's connection with Enoch Powell, 50 years after his Rivers of Blood speech. Plus Sarah Montague reads Your News.iPM is the news programme that starts with its listeners. Email ipm@bbc.co.uk. ...…
 
Roger Bolton hosts a Brexit special and also asks if the BBC was right to air the Rivers of Blood speech in full.A panel of high-ranking BBC journalists and executives chew over listener complaints about the corporation's coverage of Brexit. Before the referendum, Feedback was inundated with complaints from listeners who felt that the BBC was o ...…
 
Matthew Bannister onBarbara Bush, the first woman in history to see both her husband and son sworn in as President of the USA. Milos Forman, the film director who made Amadeus and the multi Oscar winning One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.Dame Daphne Sheldrick who devoted her life to saving elephants orphaned by poachers and other Kenyan wild anim ...…
 
On the first week in her new role as presenter of World at One, journalist Sarah Montague joins Fi and Jane to talk balanced journalism, interrupting, and presenting Today.Plus Jane’s wet step, Fi’s skiing holiday and the disloyalty of mothers.
 
Eric Robson and his panel are guests of Incredible Edible in Bristol. Pippa Greenwood, Anne Swithinbank and Bob Flowerdew answer the questions.This week the panellists help one audience member in his attempts to win a pumpkin growing competition, offer planting suggestions for underneath a street tree, and advise on a struggling Myrtle bush.The ...…
 
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