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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.
 
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The Infinite Monkey Cage
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Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince
 
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Thought for the Day
Weekly
 
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
 
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Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
 
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.
 
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More or Less: Behind the Stats
 
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.
 
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From Our Own Correspondent Podcast
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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.
 
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The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry
 
Science sleuths Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.
 
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The Food Programme
Weekly
 
Investigating every aspect of the food we eat
 
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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 Life Scientific
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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
 
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Drama of the Week (feat. POD PLAYS)
 
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 Archers
Daily
 
Contemporary drama in a rural setting
 
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In Our Time: Culture
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Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.
 
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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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Woman's Hour
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The programme that offers a female perspective on the world
 
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In Our Time: Science
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Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.
 
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The Archers Omnibus
Weekly
 
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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Front Row
Daily
 
Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music
 
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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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Great Lives
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Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
 
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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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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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Crossing Continents
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Series focusing on foreign affairs issues
 
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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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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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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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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
 
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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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Any Questions? and Any Answers?
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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
 
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The Reith Lectures
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Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series
 
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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
 
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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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Gardeners' Question Time
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A panel of horticultural experts answer gardening questions from a live audience. Recorded in a different location each week
 
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In Our Time: Religion
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Discussion of religious movements and the theories and individuals behind them.
 
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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
 
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David Baddiel Tries to Understand
 
David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.
 
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A Point of View
Weekly
 
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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Today in Parliament
 
News from Westminster.
 
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The World Tonight
 
In-depth reporting and analysis from a global perspective.
 
Matt Damon's new film Downsizing imagines a solution to over-population is to shrink humans to five inches tall. Director of Film for the British Council Briony Hanson reviews the film which is part midlife strife part speculative science-fiction.A choreographer for sex scenes on stage or on screen is just as important as that for a fight scene ...…
 
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The Archers
 
Toby is overjoyed, and Jim turns detective.
 
Turkey has intensified its assault on Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.
 
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The Infinite Monkey Cage
 
AntibioticsBrian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Chris Addison, Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, and Professor Martha Clokie to look at the history and future for antibiotics. Producer: Alexandra Feachem.
 
Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair as the teams from the Midlands and Wales compete.
 
The Women's March movement ignited in January 2017 in the wake of the election of Donald Trump. A year later many demonstrations are expected to take place again. We speak to participants and to one of the organisers, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu.The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held next month in South Korea and Team GB is going for gold. Jane find ...…
 
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World at One
 
Analysis of news and current affairs.
 
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Desert Island Discs
 
Christina Lamb is chief foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times and travels the world reporting from war zones and hot spots, speaking not just to key protagonists but also seeking out and detailing the daily impact of conflict on civilians.An only child, and brought up in Carshalton Beeches, she was a voracious reader and dreamed of being a ...…
 
If you ask an economist to explain what is happening in a country’s economy. They rely on economic data points to describe what is happening – they might talk about the unemployment rate, average wages, and the numbers of people in poverty. They pull together the information available for thousands or millions of people to work out trends.But a ...…
 
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Thought for the Day
 
22 JAN 18
 
Jackie Harrison has a 50-50 chance of developing Huntington's disease. Her grandfather, mother and uncle all died young with this devastating, neuro-degenerative disease and she cares for her younger brother who has it too. In December 2017 it seemed that there might have been a breakthrough and there's been a surge of people at risk asking for ...…
 
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Start the Week
 
Art was power for Britain's kings and queens. In a new BBC TV series, Andrew Graham-Dixon visits the paintings amassed by King Charles I, the first great royal collector in British history. He tells Andrew Marr why after Charles was executed his royal artworks were flogged across Europe. The lost royal collection will finally be reunited this y ...…
 
A week ago Carillion, one of the government's biggest contractors, went bust. How much damage has been done?(Image: a person walks past defaced branding. Credit: Reuters)
 
The Advocate General - a senior lawyer at the EU - has advised that plants which have been gene-edited shouldn't necessarily come under the current EU Directive on Genetically Modified Organisms. Charlotte Smith talks to a scientist from the Francis Crick Institute and an anti-GM campaigner to ask for their reactions to the advice.All this week ...…
 
Wildlife artist Jane Smith reveals why she feels such a strong connection with Snipe which produce a drumming sound which seems to encapsulate the sound of the Hebrides.Tweet of the Day has captivated the Radio 4 audience with its daily 90 seconds of birdsong. But what of the listener to this avian chorus? In this new series of Tweet of the Day ...…
 
Comedy of the Week presenter Sindhu Vee brings you the latest madcap offering from Harry Hill and Dan Maier - Life on Egg. She also shares her thoughts on films you definitely shouldn’t take your children to see and reads out some of the excellent tips for staying happy in January you guys have been providing on #ComedyoftheWeek. More of this p ...…
 
Political chat from Carolyn Quinn and guests plus Sir Nick Clegg’s thoughts on brexit.
 
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The Archers
 
Word is spreading, fuelled by the sight of scientists and mobile labs on the river banks, that the poison in the Am came from Home Farm.Jennifer is busy making amends, determined to put things right, in attempt to clear the Home Farm name. Frist, she bakes Kirsty a Victoria Sponge but Kirsty can see right through her, the cake's more than a pea ...…
 
Turkish President vows to crush Kurdish militia UKIP leader's no confidence vote
 
Leila Slimane discusses her new novel and the iimportance of translating foreign fiction
 
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The Food Programme
 
Dan Saladino looks at ideas that could make an impact on our food future featuring America's Impossible Burger, a Sardinian maggot infested cheese and mussels being grown in downtown Copenhagen. Most people are aware of the challenges that lie ahead linked to predictions of population growth peaking at 9bn by 2050 but who is coming up with idea ...…
 
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The Archers Omnibus
 
Brian is in trouble, and Noluthando goes too far.
 
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Broadcasting House
 
Sunday morning magazine programme with news and conversation about the big stories of the week. Presented by Paddy O'Connell.
 
Kathy Hinde, an audio-visual artist influenced by nature, is this week's presenter. She shares some of her most memorable encounters with birds.Photograph: Simon Webb
 
A new exhibition by The Singh Twins has just opened at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool exploring the history of Indian textiles and challenges the history of empire and its relevance on lifestyles in the West today. Matthew Kalman, Middle East Correspondent for Bloomberg, explains why the Knesset in Israel has voted to close shops over Shabbat. ...…
 
Disney Pixar's latest release is their first with an all-Latin cast. Coco explores the Mexican tradition of The Day of The Dead and a young boy's coming to terms with his heritageThe new novel from Tim Pears is the second in his proposed trilogy. The Wanderers is the story of two young people in pre-WW1 England and the horses that are part of t ...…
 
Recriminations have begun following the failure of the US Senate to pass a new budget.
 
Earlier this week Jon Lansman, founder and leader of left-wing political group Momentum, was elected to the Labour Party's National Executive Committee.A 60-year-old veteran of the hard left, Lansman has been credited with helping get Jeremy Corbyn elected as Labour leader and to successfully rallying thousands of activists behind the Momentum ...…
 
Clive Anderson and Emma Freud are joined by Jack Jones, Warwick Davis, Sarah Hadland and Tim Cowbury for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from The Go! Team and Sheila Atim.Producer: Tim Bano.
 
Women share their experiences of the menopause, and we discuss the impact of the menopause on sex and relationships with Eileen Bellot the director of Hands Inc, a health and wellbeing charity and Heather Currie a gynaecologist and former chair of the British Menopause Society.We look at the use of digital material as evidence in rape cases. Ho ...…
 
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Any Questions? and Any Answers?
 
Your say on the issues discussed on Any Questions. Presented by Julian Worricker
 
Car finance companies are levying charges that many experts say are unenforceable in law. These charges are applied when borrowers cut short their PCP contracts for things like excess mileage. The finance companies say the potential charges are made clear to borrowers at the outset but consumer experts say the charges flout consumer law. Money ...…
 
Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from Aberystwyth
 
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From Our Own Correspondent Podcast
 
The Salvadoran woman who claims she faces 30 years in prison for having a miscarriage Kate Adie introduces correspondent's stories from around the world. Benjamin Zand is in El Salvador investigating the country's abortion laws - some of the harshest and most stringently enforced in the world. Colin Freeman meets the survivors of the Gambian di ...…
 
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Inheritance Tracks
 
Actress Josette Simon chooses 'Hit The Road Jack' by Ray Charles and 'You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me' by Gladys Knight and the Pips.
 
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The Week in Westminster
 
George Parker of The Financial Times looks behind the scenes at Westminster.The Editor is Marie Jessel.
 
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Thought for the Day
 
20 JAN 18
 
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Saturday Live
 
Broadcaster and author Dan Snow is the history guy - from first appearing on our screens with the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein, with dad Peter to numerous other documentaries including the Rise of the Royal Navy, Battlefield Britain series and a documentary about his great great grandfather, former Prime Minister, Lloyd George. ...…
 
After a week that saw day two of LAMMA - the UK's biggest agricultural machinery show - cancelled because of dangerous weather conditions, Charlotte Smith goes to Lincolnshire to gauge the mood at Garford Farm Machinery - speaking to MD Philip Garford and Sales Manager Chris Lunn about the agricultural machinery sector today; the booming second ...…
 
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Today in Parliament
 
The Justice Secretary, David Gauke, has said he will not seek judicial review of the controversial decision by the Parole Board to release the serial sexual offender, John Worboys, from prison. Mr Gauke told the Commons he had made the decision after taking expert legal advice. The statement interrupted a debate on a private members bill dealin ...…
 
It seems likely that the anniversary of President Trump's inauguration will be marred the shutdown of the US federal government at midnight US time. We hear from Republicans and Democrats and ask veteran political analyst Norman Ornstein why the shutdown was happening. Also as Turkey prepares to attack a Kurdish militia group in Syria - we spea ...…
 
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A Point of View
 
"How long", asks Howard Jacobson, "before the protocols of looking forbid our looking appreciatively at anyone?"He explores the enormous difficulties surrounding the language of appreciation, "no matter whether the viewer in question is a mechanic ogling a pin-up in his workshop or an art critic pausing at a wall of French nudes in the Wallace ...…
 
Director Richard Linklater discusses his new film Last Flag Flying, starring Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell, about three former US servicemen who re-unite in 2003 for a road trip to bury the son of one of the men, killed in the Iraq War.A recent Arts Council England report into literary fiction shows that sales, advances an ...…
 
Gender Pay GapThis week the Office for National Statistics has published analysis trying to find out why it is that on average women are paid less than men in specific industries and occupations. We examine their findings, as well as taking a look at the current discussion about equal pay at the BBC.Alcohol reaction timesWe take a look at a stu ...…
 
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The Archers
 
Noluthando wakes up in hospital with Kate at her bedside. She feels awful, but the doctors say she should be fine. All she remembers is Kate talking to her. Kate apologises for being a terrible mother. She finally appreciates how selfish she's been. They return to Home Farm reconciled. Kate's going to join her in South Africa. Now that Phoebe's ...…
 
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Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
 
Joining Miles are Jeremy Hardy, Kerry Godliman, Daliso Chaponda and Isabel Hardman.This week a Carillion carry-on and Bayeux by here?Writers: Nick Doody, James Kettle, Jenny Laville with Scott Bennett and Mike ShephardProducer: Richard MorrisA BBC Studios Production
 
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iPM: We Start With Your Stories
 
A listener on receiving letters from a stalker, even though he is in prison.
 
The government has said it will not challenge the decision to release Jon Worboys, the former London cab driver who drugged, raped and sexually assaulted his passengers.
 
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