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Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.
Dramas for English language learners from BBC World Service. Improve your English with retellings of stories classic and new. Each episode is between 6 and 10 minutes long.
Mayday: When James Le Mesurier fell to his death he left behind a tangle of truths and lies.
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Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.
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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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Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. From BBC World Service
Learn English grammar in six minutes. Every Tuesday join two of our presenters and learn a new key area of grammar. Our presenters include Finn, Emma, Rob, Neil, Sophie & Alice.
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Greg James, Jimmy Anderson and Felix White with an alternative (and sometimes musical) look at cricket...
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A panel of horticultural experts answer gardening questions from a live audience. Recorded in a different location each week
A multi-award-winning conspiracy thriller, written by Matthew Broughton.
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Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis get to grips (from a safe distance) with all things 2020 in the form of sketches and guest contributions.This week Catherine Bohart dons The Crown, Eshaan Akbar accepts responsibility and musical duo Harry and Chris take us to church...Additional voices from Emma Sidi and George FouracresWritten by the cast, with addition…
What does it mean to make art to commemorate histories of conflict? Anne McElvoy's guests are artists Es Devlin and Machiko Weston, Art Fund director Jenny Waldman, chair of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group Ekow Eshun and Paris Agar from the IWM as Radio 3 joins with the Imperial War Museum for the 2020 Remembrance Debate.Es Devlin and Machiko…
The ethical calculation families across the UK have to make about seeing loved ones this Christmas could have far-reaching and potentially fatal consequences. The government has laid down the rules, but the moral choices lie between the gaps. Those who urge caution, even a postponement of Christmas, say it’s about taking personal responsibility to …
Patients are to begin receiving Pfizer's coronavirus jab in hospitals across the UK next week.By BBC Radio 4
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been judged safe for use in the UK, and will start to be rolled out next week. Adam is joined by BBC Health Editor Hugh Pym, Professor of Immunology Deborah Dunn-Walters and GP Dr Amir Khan to answer Newscasters’ questions.Studio Director: Emma CroweProducers: Sej Asar and Harriet NobleEpisode Editor: Rick KelseyEdit…
TEA: A dark history. Laurie Taylor talks to the historian, Seren Charrington-Hollins, about the exploitation, wars & intrigue at the heart of the history of that most 'British' hot beverage. Also, Sarah Besky, Associate Professor in the Departments of International and Comparative Labour & Labour Relations, Law, and History in at Cornell University…
Is taking a break from regular payments on your mortgage, credit card or a loan for example a good way to help you through financial difficulties?Charmaine Cozier asks what you should consider before deferring regular payments and whether there are alternatives or long term consequences for your money.We'd love to hear your questions, experiences a…
The Woman’s Hour Power List 2020: Our Planet is celebrating the women making a significant contribution to the environment. Today, we’re speaking to two women who strive to spark a lifelong love of nature in others. Beccy Speight is the CEO of the RSPB, the UK’s largest conservation charity and Miranda Lowe is a curator at the Natural History Museu…
02 DEC 20By BBC Radio 4
As we bid adieu to the current series of Isolation Tapes, the team enjoy a couple of looseners as Elis and John partake in a very tense game of 'Flagulate'.By BBC Radio 5 live
Join Mark Chapman for all the reaction to Liverpool’s win over Ajax as well as Real Madrid’s defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk.Hear from Ian Dennis, Stephen Warnock, Izzy Christiansen, Alistair Bruce-Ball, Mina Rzouki and Eduardo Alvarez.Plus we speak to Dean Holden after Bristol City’s win against QPR.By BBC Radio 5 live
England's national lockdown was, in the end, replaced with the Government's tougher tier system of local restrictions. Restrictions called "stupid" and poorly-targeted by some of its own backbenchers. Vicki and Adam discuss why those rebels spoke up. Some of those politicians have been throwing around bed occupancy figures - but there are better wa…
The department store chain Debenhams has announced it is going to close, with the loss of 12,000 jobs.By BBC Radio 4
From surrealism and science fiction to inspiration drawn from historic objects in stately homes and the painting of Francis Bacon: Shahidha Bari hosts a conversation with Will Harris, who has written long-form poems; new Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature Max Porter and Chloe Aridjis, who have written poetic novels which play with form; and…
Rutherford and Fry are back in the business of solving your science queries and rooting out the quirks and conundrums of everything that is science!By BBC Radio 4
Catherine and Neil have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.By BBC Radio
Short documentaries and audio adventures about the letters and books which reach unexpected readers - with Josie Long. From the woman who has collected 8000 strangers' diaries to the letter treasured by a political prisoner who'd never met its senders.The MotherFeaturing Cedric Jones, Sonia Sanchez and Haki Madhubuti Produced by Sarah CuddonRevolut…
Two of this year’s TechWomen100 Award winners join Jane to discuss getting more women and girls into the tech industries, including via a new app. June Angelides, an investor, speaker and mentor who founded Mums in Tech has won the Editor’s Choice award. Rav Bumbra gets the Champion award for her work recruiting women to work in tech fields and men…
01 DEC 20By BBC Radio 4
Someone who has become more important than ever during the coronavirus pandemic.By BBC Radio
Rob and Catherine tell you what they are, how to make them and when to use them.By BBC Radio
David Baker reveals the thinking and the values that have made Jeff Bezos the richest man on the planet, and Amazon the most wildly successful company, even in a year when the global economy faces catastrophe.Speaking to senior colleagues within his businesses, longstanding business partners and analysts, David Baker learns the secrets to Amazon's …
Kelly Cates, Micah Richards, Matthew Upson, Arlo White and Rory Smith look at Arsenal's progress under Mikel Arteta, following the club's fifth Premier League defeat of the season.The team discuss whether football should introduce concussion substitutions following David Luiz's head injury against Wolves, with England rugby union international Dann…
On the day that Arcadia, the owner of Topshop and Dorothy Perkins, goes into administration, the BBC's Simon Jack discusses what went wrong. And with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon addressing her party conference, the BBC's Sarah Smith joins Adam to talk about what 2021 could hold for the prospect of Scottish independence. Studio Director: Emma CrowePr…
An alcohol ban and a 6pm pub curfew are among tougher coronavirus restrictions in Wales from Friday.By BBC Radio 4
It’s hard to remember what normal life feels like, but for the first time since the start of the pandemic, there are reasons to be optimistic about when we might return to it. It looks increasingly likely that by the New Year at least one highly-effective Covid vaccine will be available. Despite this promising news, any new vaccines will be ratione…
Britain is in the midst of a huge Debt Crisis. Recent research by a debt charity has found that household borrowing and arrears have soared 66% since May to £10.3 billion. For many people, there seems to be no way out. Month by month they sink deeper into debt. Desmond Tutu once said: “There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people o…
By Matthew Broughton Episode seven of the conspiracy thriller's final series.Helen gives up on her quest and hides away with Frances in her old house in Pembrokeshire. But sometimes the darkest dangers lurk inside.A gripping thriller, Tracks was the first drama to hit the top of the iTunes podcast chart back in 2017. It went on to win Best Sound (B…
It was found that thousands of married women could have been receiving underpaid state pensions. The Department of Work and Pensions has since been investigating its records and making payments. The former pensions Minister Steve Webb, who first highlighted the issue, believes that many more women, such as divorced and widowed women could be effect…
30 NOV 20By BBC Radio 4
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'Terrified', 'fantastic', 'amazing' - learn how to use strong adjectives.By BBC Radio
Earwig is a new naturalistic sketch show by BAFTA-winning comedy writer Brian Dooley (The Smoking Room).While not immediately topical, our characters will of course discuss the main talking points of the day. As people do. They say the age of the expert is over, but this is what you get when amateurs wade in on the big issues.Every episode we hop a…
An hour of top tunes from The Greedy Beat Syndicate, Swine Tax, Maja Lena, Genesis Elijah, Cable Street Collective, Dark Days, Katherine Priddy, RODEO, Keller Machine, Mariachi Las Adelitas UK, Courting, Umbrellabirds, VSTRS-3, Sir Curse, Yusuf Ahmed, Phoenix Rise, Caiine, and FLVZ handpicked by Tom Robinson from the BBC Introducing Uploader.…
The panel discuss whether or not David Luiz should have played on after that nasty collision with Raul Jimenez. Is Edinson Cavani better starting on or off the bench and how big of a win was this for Ole Gunar Solskjaer? The panel also chat about Klopp’s VAR strop at the weekend. And defeats for both Chris Wilder and Neil Lennon over the weekend – …
Your football calls with Robbie Savage and Chris Sutton. Phone 08085 909693 free from mobiles and landlines. Text 85058 at your standard message rate. Get the podcast from the BBC Sounds app.By BBC Radio 5 live
Jennie and the team look back at events from Bahrain. They reflect on the huge crash that Romain Grosjean had on the first lap and ask what lessons will be learnt.By BBC Radio 5 live
Why does the image of the forlorn and abandoned poet Thomas Chatterton haunt us today?By BBC Radio 3
The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, says the government is listening to the concerns of Conservative MPs who think the tiered system of coronavirus restrictions is too toughBy BBC Radio 4
Helen Oxenbury is an illustrator of children’s books whose work has featured in many very popular titles for younger readers including the award-winning We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen.Helen has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice and was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Book Trust in 2018. She attended the Ipswich School of …
Parishes everywhere have seen a massive drop in funding. Should the state step in?By BBC Radio Ulster
Celebrating the BBC 100 Women list 2020 Kim Chakanetsa and a panel of inspirational and influential women discuss whether some changes made because of Covid-19 restrictions could be seen as positive. They answer questions about bringing communities together, supporting lonely people and increasing flexibility for more inclusive employment. Shani Dh…
This week, the Naked Scientists celebrate a month of movement science with a movement-themed Q&A show.By BBC Radio 5 live
We've dug through the Ali Plumb interview archives to put together a special Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Sunday special where you can hear snippets from previous interviews with the likes of Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Quentin Tarantino (whoever they are) as they talk about QT's latest.…
Robbie Savage and Chris Sutton took your calls on Saturday’s football action.Liverpool supporters called in after their side was foiled by VAR against BrightonFans have their say on Klopp's criticism of the TV scheduling and fans talk to us about City's return to form.There’s also another edition of The Wanderer and Gone in 60 SuttonsThe show origi…
This year has shown us the importance of good robust data - as Covid-19 spread around the world it was vital to track where it was, how many people it was infecting and where it might go next. On More or Less we’ve spent months reporting on data inaccuracies and vacuums, but what makes for good or indeed bad data? I’ve been speaking to Amy Maxmen, …
Boris Johnson names Nadhim Zahawi as minister to take charge of vaccine deploymentBy BBC Radio 4
Jennie Gow and the team look back at qualifying from Bahrain. We hear from the top 3 as Lewis Hamilton claims his 98th career pole position.By BBC Radio 5 live
Ozlem Cekic, one of the first Muslim women with an immigrant background to enter Danish parliament, tells us why she decided to meet up with the people who sent her racist emails. We discuss whether a new women's centre at the site of the former Holloway Women's Prison will get the go ahead. We hear from Lucy who's with Reclaim Holloway and also fr…
As part of a weekend profiling Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers, Matthew Sweet is joined by film historian Iain Smith, a past member of scheme, for a look at one of his pet interests - how popular English speaking film titles and their music often appear adapted and remade in other countries of the world. Virtually every major franchise has its eq…