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Series 1 Episode 2: A Hundred Years of British Birds

A programme marking the centenary of the influential journal British Birds.

4 Extra Debut. A programme marking the centenary of the influential journal British Birds. Presented by Brett Westwood. From May 2007.

A Hundred Years of British Birds

Arguably the most influential journal of its genre, British Birds reaches its 100th birthday in June. With the help of leading ornithologists, Brett Westwood looks back at a history which mirrors the growth of birdwatching in the UK. He uncovers the scandal of the Hastings Rarities, the first arrival of the Collared Dove, and the unique legacy of observations in the magazine.

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Soul Music

Series 4 Episode 3: Stand By Me

Ben E King talks about writing the classic song, and others reflect on its lasting power.

Singer-songwriter Ben E King talks about writing the classic song, and others reflect on its lasting emotional power. From July 2004.

Soul Music

Series 5 Episode 3

Tony Benn, Cleo Laine and Paul Robeson Jr reflect on the emotional power of Ol' Man River.

Tony Benn, Cleo Laine and Paul Robeson Jr reflect on the emotional power of the song from the musical 'Showboat'. From March 2006.

The award-winning campaigning journalist tells Dr Anthony Clare about her major influences

The award-winning campaigning journalist and chief executive of SANE tells Dr Anthony Clare about her major influences. From July 1997.

The award-winning campaigning journalist and chief executive of SANE tells Dr Anthony Clare about her major influences. From 1997.

Psychiatrist Dr Anthony Clare's in depth interviews with prominent people from different walks of life.

Born in Dublin, author Anthony held a doctorate in medicine, a master's degree in philosophy and was a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. After becoming a regular on BBC Radio 4's Stop the Week in the 1980s, he became Britain's best-known psychiatrist and earned his own vehicle, In the Psychiatrist's Chair. Starting in 1982, this series ran until 2001 and also transferred to TV. Series highlights include conversations with Bob Monkhouse, Cecil Parkinson and Gerry Adams.

Anthony Clare died suddenly in Paris aged 64 in 2007.

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The acclaimed theatre director tells Dr Anthony Clare of the impact of shyness on his life

Acclaimed theatre director Sir Peter Hall tells Dr Anthony Clare of the impact of shyness and obsession on his life. From August 1990.

Acclaimed theatre director Sir Peter Hall tells Professor Anthony Clare of the impact of shyness and obsession on his life.

Psychiatrist Dr Anthony Clare's in depth interviews with prominent people from different walks of life. Born in Dublin, author Anthony held a doctorate in medicine, a master's degree in philosophy and was a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

After becoming a regular on BBC Radio 4's Stop the Week in the 1980s, he became Britain's best-known psychiatrist and earned his own vehicle, In the Psychiatrist's Chair.

Starting in 1982, this series ran until 2001 and also transferred to TV.

Anthony Clare died suddenly in Paris aged 64 in 2007.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1990.

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Bookclub

Douglas Adams

James Naughtie and a group of readers talk to Douglas Adams about Hitchhiker's Guide.

4 Extra Debut. James Naughtie and a group of readers talk to Douglas Adams about his classic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. From January 2000.

In a special edition of Bookclub, James Naughtie and a group of readers talk to author Douglas Adams about his classic worldwide bestseller The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Guests include Simon Brett, Geoffrey Perkins and book publisher Nick Webb. The audience ask Douglas Adams questions about comedy, sci-fi and about the creation of his characters and his influences.

From January 2000.

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Hancock's Half Hour

Series 5 The Foreign Legion

The lad is set to entertain troops in Malta, but he gets duped into a frontline appearance

The lad is set to entertain troops in Malta, but he gets duped into a frontline appearance. Stars Tony Hancock. From April 1958.

The lad is set to entertain troops in Malta, but he's duped into making an appearance on the frontline.

Stars Tony Hancock. With Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams.

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Theme and incidental music written by Wally Stott.

Producer: Tom Ronald

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in April 1958.

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Lord Warburton is in hopeful pursuit of American Isabel Archer. But he's not the only one.

Lord Warburton is in hopeful pursuit of beautiful American Isabel Archer. But he's not the only one. Read by Miriam Margolyes.

At the Touchett's house, Isabel Archer meets fellow American expatriate Madam Merle.

At the Touchett's house, Isabel Archer meets fellow American expatriate Madam Merle. Read by Miriam Margolyes.

Back from his voyage, the narrator sees a sinister green hand at his window.

Back from his voyage, the narrator sees a sinister green hand at his window. Jim Norton reads William Hope Hodgson's fantasy.

Back from his voyage, the narrator sees a sinister green hand at his window...

First published in 1908, William Hope Hodgson's fantasy novella is now seen as a classic of early, Edwardian sci-fi.

Concluded by Jim Norton.

Abridged by Doreen Estall.

Producer: Lawrence Jackson

Made for BBC Radio 7 by BBC Northern Ireland.

First broadcast in September 2007.

The narrator and his sister face the swine-like creatures' terrifying siege.

The narrator and his sister face the swine-like creatures' terrifying siege. William Hope Hodgson's novel is read by Jim Norton.

After beginning to read the ragged manuscript purporting to be written by an old recluse, the narrator and his sister face the swine-like supernatural creatures' terrifying siege...

Read by Jim Norton.

First published in 1908, William Hope Hodgson's fantasy novella is now seen as a classic of early, Edwardian sci-fi.

Abridged in four parts by Doreen Estall.

Producer: Lawrence Jackson

Made for BBC Radio 7 by BBC Northern Ireland.

First broadcast in September 2007.

Two friends on holiday come across a terrifying tale of the supernatural.

Two friends on holiday come across a terrifying tale of the supernatural. William Hope Hodgson's novel is read by Jim Norton.

Two friends are camping near the bleak ruins of a huge old house in a remote spot in the west of Ireland, when they discover a ragged manuscript.

It purports to be the journal of an old recluse who once lived in the house with his sister. The manuscript describes his terrifying experiences of being besieged by supernatural creatures and another dimension...

Read by Jim Norton.

First published in 1908, William Hope Hodgson's fantasy novella is now seen as a classic of early, Edwardian sci-fi.

Abridged in four parts by Doreen Estall.

Producer: Lawrence Jackson

Made for BBC Radio 7 by BBC Northern Ireland.

First broadcast in September 2007.

Hancock's Half Hour

Series 5 Hancock's Car

Parked outside for ten years, the lad hits snags when he is forced to move his motor.

Parked outside for ten years, the lad hits snags galore when he is forced to move his motor. Stars Tony Hancock. From April 1958.

Parked outside for ten years - the lad's forced to move his motor car, but hits snags galore.

Stars Tony Hancock. With Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams.

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Theme and incidental music written by Wally Stott.

Producer: Tom Ronald

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in April 1958.

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The Shuttleworths

Series 3 Episode 3: Radio Shuttleworth

John Shuttleworth starts a new station for Sheffield, but can he count on Mary and Ken?

John Shuttleworth starts a new station for Sheffield, but can he count on Mary and Ken? Stars Graham Fellows. From October 1997.

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The Goon Show

Series 8 The Burning Embassy

Peking's British embassy catches fire, so fireman Seagoon posts off parcels of water.

Peking's British embassy catches fire, so fireman Seagoon posts off parcels of water. Stars Spike Milligan. From October 1957.

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The Shuttleworths

Series 3 Episode 6: Midsummer Madras

Mary thinks she has seen a mouse, so John Shuttleworth starts a musical investigation.

Mary thinks she has seen a mouse, so John Shuttleworth starts a musical investigation. Stars Graham Fellows. From November 1997.

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The Goon Show

Series 8 The Space Age

Neddy and Crun attempt to launch Min into space, but she gets stuck up the chimney.

Neddy and Crun attempt to launch Min into space, but she gets stuck up the chimney. Stars Spike Milligan. From November 1957.

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The Shuttleworths

Series 2 John Dries Up

With the washing-up to be done, Sheffield singer John Shuttleworth needs inspiration.

With the washing-up to be done, Sheffield singer John Shuttleworth needs inspiration. Stars Graham Fellows. From July 1995.

John's ambitions to be a successful singer/songwriter suffer a mild setback.

Wife Mary is not impressed...

Written and performed by Graham Fellows.

Producer: Paul Schlesinger

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1995.

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Old Harry's Game

Series 3 Episode 4: The Reasonably Fantastic Journey

Satan and the Professor find a huge empty space in Hell - inside Scumspawn's brain.

Satan and the Professor find a huge empty space in Hell - inside Scumspawn's brain. Devilish sitcom stars Andy Hamilton. From April 1999.

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The surreal zoo's staff tackle gangsters, a spirit and porpoises.

The surreal zoo's staff tackle gangsters, a spirit and porpoises. Stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. From October 2001.

Vince can't make the porpoise derby because his band's on New Faces of Pop and Howard can't relax because he's constantly being visited by the spirit of jazz.

Written by and starring Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt.

The Boosh is a surreal adventure based on the Perrier Award-winning comedy show, featuring Howard and Vince's battles with zoo manager Bob Fossil.

Howard Moon ...... Julian Barrattt

Vince Noir ...... Noel Fielding

Bob Fossil ...... Rich Fulcher

With Simon Evans.

After BBC radio gave them their big break with this series, they transferred to BBC TV where The Mighty Boosh ran for three series.

Producer: Danny Wallace.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2001.

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The Boosh

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