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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.
 
Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.
 
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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Beyond Belief
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Series exploring the place and nature of faith in today's world
 
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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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Seriously...
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A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
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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
 
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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Short Cuts
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Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long
 
Investigating every aspect of the food we eat
 
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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
 
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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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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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
 
Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.
 
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The Archers
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Contemporary drama in a rural setting
 
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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Crossing Continents
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Series focusing on foreign affairs issues
 
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Four Thought
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Thought-provoking talks in which speakers explore original ideas about culture and society through their own thinking, experience and stories. Recorded in front of audiences at events around the UK.
 
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Costing the Earth
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Exploring man's effect on the environment and how it 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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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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The World Tonight
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In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and major breaking news from a global perspective
 
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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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
 
Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series
 
A panel of horticultural experts answer gardening questions from a live audience. Recorded in a different location each week
 
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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.
 
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
 
The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world
 
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World at One
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Forty-five minutes of news, analysis and comment, with Sarah Montague.
 
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Start the Week
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Weekly discussion programme, setting the cultural agenda every Monday
 
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The Digital Human
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Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world
 
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Training to be a prison officer takes 12 weeks. Meet Sally, who's the third woman in our series. She describes the training and explains why she's so excited to start work in a men's prison. It's estimated that more than 8,000 workers will strike on 23 and 24 October in Glasgow. That's according to the GMB and Unison. For more than a decade a d ...…
 
Epic drama series set in Great War Britain.
 
Comedian and writer Adam Hills is also the host of Channel 4's taboo busting comedy satire The Last Leg. He joins Richard and Aasmah along with:Georgina Lawton who grew up thinking she was white like her parents, then she found out about her black heritage. Claire de Lune is a ceramicist who recently found that her family had been working with ...…
 
Trade wars between America and China are having a knock on effect on farming here. Coupled with drought, experts say it's bad news for arable farmers.New apples for new temperatures - researchers in Kent are experimenting with varieties of fruit that can cope with climate change.Harvest gathered, cows brought in, farmers are getting ready for w ...…
 
Pirates come in many forms – from swashbuckling Captain Hook to today's poverty-stricken pirates off the coast of Somalia. It’s 400 years since one of the most charismatic and controversial figures in English history was executed. Sir Walter Ralegh was a favourite of Elizabeth I and was a famous adventurer and poet. But his exploits divided opi ...…
 
This week London's Tate Britain opens an exhibition of Edward Burne-Jones. He was one of the most influential British artists of the late 19th century. The founder and guitarist of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, has tapestries made by the artist, which he's loaned to the museum for the exhibition. (Image: Edward Burn-Jones tapestry, credit: BBC)…
 
How should the UK respond to Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi? Former Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, and Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry, both say arms trade should be curbed. (Image: Jamal Khashoggi, credit: Reuters)
 
The prime minister is facing growing unrest in her party over Brexit as it emerged Downing Street phoned cabinet ministers over the weekend to offer reassurances over her proposals. Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, responds to criticism saying "we're not a set of clones, we don't always agree on everything".(Image: Theresa May, credit: Toby ...…
 
Why discussing business over a drink or two could get you a hefty fine or land you in prison for up to 5 years(Image: Business people shaking hands in meeting. Credit: Science Photo Library)
 
Andy Zaltzman and Anuvab Pal trace the rise and fall of the British Empire by looking at what's been left behind, in a combination of location recording and stand-up comedy. In this first episode, Andy and Anuvab wander around London, from the docks the trading ships originally departed from in the east of London, to the final resting place of ...…
 
Carolyn Quinn and guests discuss Conservative Party leadership & the upcoming budget
 
Johnny tries to persuade Tom and Hannah to stop arguing about the washing machine and come to Apple Day. He goes alone, then remembers that he’s left his phone behind – if he misses Freddie’s call the prison won’t let him try again. He walks in on Tom and Hannah canoodling on the sofa – on top of his phone! Johnny thinks it’s weird that they’ve ...…
 
The former Soviet leader, Mikhael Gorbachev, has criticised President Trump's plan to withdraw from a 30-year-old nuclear weapons treaty with Russia.
 
Liane Moriarty, best-selling author of Big Little Lies, discusses her latest novel.
 
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom. This month we hear Sima Kotecha's triumphant tale of finally managing to pay off her student loans - except debt can prove a stubborn companion. Lesley Curwen visits a part of Lancashire she has long known w ...…
 
After the summer heatwave, Master of Wine Susie Barrie meets winemakers bringing in what could be a watershed harvest for homegrown wine. On a tour of the south of England she visits Peter Hall who's been making wine for 40 years in his isolated Breaky Bottom vineyard in East Sussex. Just down the road we visit sparkling wine makers Nyetimber a ...…
 
Venki Ramakrishnan is a Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist. He is most renowned for his research into the atomic structure of the ribosome - a complex molecule in the cell which translates DNA into chains of amino acids that build proteins, the essence of life. This work eventually secured Venki a Nobel Prize in 2009, which he shared with ...…
 
Writer ..... Mary CutlerDirector ..... Rosemary WattsEditor ..... Alison HindellJill Archer ..... Patricia GreenDavid Archer ..... Timothy BentinckJosh Archer ..... Angus ImrieKenton Archer ..... Richard AttleeJolene Archer ..... Buffy DavisPat Archer .... Patricia GallimoreTom Archer ..... William TroughtonBrian Aldridge ..... Charles Collingw ...…
 
Sunday morning magazine programme with news and conversation about the big stories of the week. Presented by Paddy O'Connell.
 
The shifting shingle world of Dungeness is a remarkable place. There are four internationally important shingle peninsula’s in the World. Two in Germany, one in America, (Cape Canaveral) and yes you've guessed it, Dungeness in Kent. The unique landscape of Dungerness has been studied since Medieval times giving scientists such as Erica Towner a ...…
 
Detective Jack Frost prequel author James Henry picks the yellowhammer, whose song is believed to have influenced one of the world’s greatest composers Ludwig Van Beethoven..Although many think the yellowhammer is a symbol of English farmland, it is in reality very much a European bird, famous for it's song. The natural world provided Ludwig Va ...…
 
For many years concerns have been raised over the eroded pilgrim path of Croagh Patrick; from where the fifth century Saint Patrick allegedly banished the snakes from all Ireland. Tracey Logan visits a new kind of path built near the summit using only materials found on the mountain, will the path still feel sacred? Labour MP Diana Johnson deba ...…
 
They Shall Not Grow Old is a film directed and created by Peter Jackson about The First World War. Compiled using colourised and painstakingly-restored footage from 100 years ago accompanied by the testimonies of the soldiers who fought. Is it tampering with history or an exciting new way to bring it back to life?Oceania at The Royal Academy is ...…
 
Government minister Esther McVey has become a lightening rod for anger about benefit cuts and welfare reform. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions knows all about financial struggle, starting out in life as a foster child. Mark Coles finds out how the former presenter has gone from a breakfast TV sofa to the front benches of the House o ...…
 
Clive Anderson and Emma Freud are joined by Sue Perkins, Ian Rankin, Nina Sosanya and Schalk Bezuidenhout for with an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from Delgres and The Breath.Producer: Paula McGinley
 
Organisers claim 700,000 people attended a march demanding another referendum on Brexit
 
The actor Sally Field tells us about her challenging childhood and her rise to fame.In some areas in the UK, children outnumber adopters three to one. What is it like to be adopted? We hear from Zara Phillips a musician and author of Somebody’s Daughter and the comedian and broadcaster Jon Holmes who's written about his experience in ‘A Portrai ...…
 
Your say on the issues discussed on Any Questions, presented by Anita Anand
 
Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from Chesham, Buckinghamshire
 
If you're thinking of buying a new greener motor car you might want to hurry up. In less than three weeks' time government subsidies on more environmentally friendly vehicles, worth thousands of pounds, are going to be cut or disappear altogether.Pay.UK have just released plans for banks to introduce confirmation payee in 2019 to help cut bank ...…
 
Fuel shortages are nothing to worry about, says the government in Zimbabwe - just bumps in the road on the way to a better future. Andrew Harding reflects on whether President Mnangagwa and Zanu PF will be able to deliver on their promise of a new dawn for the country. Kate Adie introduces this and other stories from correspondents around the w ...…
 
The singer chooses My Babe by Little Walter, & Come Sunday by Mahalia Jackson
 
George Parker of the Financial Times looks behind the scenes at Westminster.Sir Nick Clegg explains his imminent move to Facebook in California; Sir Bernard Jenkin and Lord Word discuss recent attacks on civil service impartiality; Conservative MP Sir Christopher Chope and Labour MP Seema Malhotra, members of the Brexit Select Committee, on how ...…
 
Sybil reports from a farm and game shoot in the north Cotswolds where she challenges the young game keeper about animal rights issues and on the environmental impact of rearing pheasants and partridge. And there is a discussion on the best way to manage grouse moorland between the Friends of the Earth and the Moorland Association.Presented by S ...…
 
All the news from today's sitting at Westminster.
 
Migrants confronted by Mexican police in riot gear - as they try to reach the US. Sir Nick Clegg appointed to senior position at Facebook.Tory MP Johnny Mercer attacks current state of the Conservative party. and France hears the posthumous album from their favourite rock star Johnny Hallyday.
 
Epic drama series set in Great War Britain.
 
Howard Jacobson on the end of mooching as a way of life."Rooting around, doing nothing in particular, walking but not knowing where I was walking to....I can only regret the happy mooching hours of earlier times", writes Howard. He ponders whether our present age of mass anger and disgruntlement is partly a result of our expectations of instant ...…
 
The Tattooist of Auschwitz: the author Heather Morris talks about her novel, based on the true story of Lale Sokolov, who tattooed numbers on prisoners’ wrists at Auschwitz/Birkenau and tattooed and fell in love with a young Jewish woman who survived and became his wife. Billboard art and politics: in the US more than 100 artists have designed ...…
 
In foreign aid terms what’s the best way of measuring how generous a country is?
 
Writer ..... Mary CutlerDirector ..... Rosemary WattsEditor ..... Alison HindellJill Archer ..... Patricia GreenDavid Archer ..... Timothy BentinckJosh Archer ..... Angus ImrieKenton Archer ..... Richard AttleeJolene Archer ..... Buffy DavisPat Archer .... Patricia GallimoreTom Archer ..... William TroughtonBrian Aldridge ..... Charles Collingw ...…
 
Miles Jupp is back in the host's chair and he's joined by Helen Lewis, Neil Delamere, Felicity Ward and Susan Calman.This week Theresa May wants a deal, China wants the moon on a stick and some Greek donkeys want a rest.Writers: Madeleine Brettingham, James Kettle and Benjamin Partridge with Edward Easton and Mike ShephardProducer: Richard Morr ...…
 
A gang of men, who raped and abused girls as young as 11, given lengthy prison sentences
 
After a week that saw Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab hurry to Brussels for talks, the BBC’s Brussels reporter Adam Fleming talks to Roger Bolton. He shares his personal insights into the challenges of covering breaking news on Brexit.The BBC Radio 4 series ‘The Anatomy of Loneliness’ came to a close this week. It explored the results of the BBC’ ...…
 
Pictured: Paul AllenMatthew Bannister onPaul Allen who teamed up with his school friend Bill Gates to found the computer software company Microsoft. After he left, he used his billions to support medical research, education and an American football team.Mary Midgley, the philosopher who wrote about the relationship between humans and animals an ...…
 
The residents trying to protect their Yorkshire town from flooding. Hebden Bridge was badly hit by floods in 2015. In the valley above the town, volunteers have taken up saws and pickaxes to try and ensure it doesn't happen again. Let us know what's happening in your world. ipm@bbc.co.ukYou can tweet us @BBCiPMPresented by Luke Jones. Produced ...…
 
Peter Gibbs and the panel are in the New Forest. Chris Beardshaw, Christine Walkden and Pippa Greenwood answer the horticultural questions.They offer advice on growing dahlias in pots, how to deal with problematic looking pears, and how best to prune apple trees. They also make suggestions on giving a makeover to a blooming bluebell garden, and ...…
 
Fi and Jane are joined by comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson, hosts of the Scummy Mummies Podcast. They talk Australian chauvinism, the future of radically honest mothering, and lying to get on the Lorraine Kelly show. Plus, a surprise appearance from a BBC legend.
 
A case of BSE has been confirmed on a farm in Scotland. The infected animal is dead, it didn't enter the human food chain and restrictions have been put in place at the farm near Huntly in Aberdeenshire. The British Cattle Veterinary Association says farmers and consumers don't need to worryAfter scandal at the Two Sisters poultry plant last ye ...…
 
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