Programme Index

Discover 10,333,466 listings and 247,656 playable programmes from the BBC

Where Is Fancy Bred? Joan Bakewell ponders
Shakespeare's question in The Merchant of Venice: "Where is fancy bred.... in the heart or in the head?" Is it right to distinguish thought from feeling? Producer Beverley McAinsh Repeated 11.30pm


Joan Bakewell
Beverley McAinsh

Kevin Whately appeals on behalf of acharity that offers information and advice to people affected by epilepsy.
Donations: Epilepsy Action. [address removed] Credit-card donations: Freephone [number removed]
Producer Kim Normanton
Repeated at 9.25pm and Thursday 3.28pm


Kevin Whately
Kim Normanton

Beverley Humphreys joins the Pontarddulais Male
Choir at Ebenezer Congregational Church, Gorseinon, to explore the religious tradition of the Welsh male voice choir. Conductor Clive Phillips. Accompanist
David Last. ProducerRoy Jenkins E-mail:


Beverley Humphreys
Clive Phillips.
David Last.
Producerroy Jenkins

Derek Cooper presents the last in a series featuring four outstanding food philosophers. This week Sir
Terence Conran -design guru, retailer and restaurateur - who for more than 40 years has exerted a powerful influence over the way we prepare and eat our food. Producer Rebecca Wells Repeated tomorrow 4pm


Derek Cooper
Terence Conran
Rebecca Wells

An investigation into the roots of spirituality in Britain. 2: The Voyage of the Coracle. In the sixth century, Irish monks brought Christianity to lona and north-east England. William Dalrymple traces their links with the desert fathers in Egypt and discovers their enduring appeal to modern-day "Celtic Christians". Producer Rosemary Dawson See also 4pm


Rosemary Dawson

Muriel Spark's novel set in a girls' school in Edinburgh during the 1930s.
Dramatised in two parts by Patricia Hannah.
The Brodie set have moved on to the senior school but Miss Brodie maintains her influence over her girls while the headmistress is still in pursuit of evidence against her most troublesome teacher.
(Repeated Saturday 9pm)


Muriel Spark
Dramatised by:
Patricia Hannah
Bruce Young
Eileen McCallum
Jean Brodie:
Gerda Stevenson
Miss McKay:
Carol Ann Crawford
Miss Gaunt:
Ann Scott Jones
Sandy (as Nun):
Irene MacDougall
Gregor Powrie
James Bryce
Vicki Liddelle
Frances Thorburn
Hannah Thornton
Jenny Shaw
Gemma Stroyan
Kirsty MacKay
Andrew 1:
Callum Stewart
Andrew 2:
Keith McCleish

A celebration of African poets and poetry, introduced by Ato Quayson. This week featuring poets from southern Africa, including protest poet Dennis Brutus , who, as a prisoner on Robben Island, broke stones alongside Nelson Mandela , and Zimbabwean poet
Chenjerai Hove. ProducerKateMcAlI Repeated Saturday 11.30pm


Introduced By:
Ato Quayson.
Dennis Brutus
Nelson Mandela

How does it feel to present news about your home country, knowing your friends and family are listening and living through those events? Three distinguished presenters from the BBC World Service tell their own stories, exposing the raw and deeply personal dilemmas that their ambiguous position forces them to confront on a daily basis.
1: Laurent Ndayuhurume from Burundi: a Long Way from Home
Producer Emily Kasriel
(Repeated Saturday 7.45pm)

A World Service presenter describes the personal dilemma of broadcasting from the UK to his war-torn home country

Talking to My Family 5.40pm R4

Laurent Ndayuhurume presents and edits programmes for the BBC World Service, targeted at listeners in Burundi, Rwanda and Eastern Congo. He's working as a a journalist for a powerful international broadcaster; his role is to present the facts of the war going on in his home country. But Ndayuhurume's journey from Burundi to Blackheath has left him feeling like an outsider in both countries. In the remote and mountainous countryside where his family lives, many of his former friends now consider him a traitor. "My family finds it hard to understand how I can be so remote when I'm broadcasting and my failure to condemn their enemies baffling," he says. In London he feels he must keep his feelings private "to maintain my credibility" - even when he had to report the death of his own beloved uncle on air. He'd stumbled across the story while checking the news wires but had to present it as "yet another casualty of our civil war".


Laurent Ndayuhurume
Emily Kasriel

Barney Harwood meets 13-year-old Luke Jackson who has written a book about Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism, and explains that he's not a freak butjust sees the world in his own unique way. Producer Jane Chambers E-MAIL:


Barney Harwood
Luke Jackson

1977-8: Jubilee, Devolution and a Polish Pope
Written by Christopher Lee , narrated by Anna Massey. Producer Pete Atkin
BBC RADIO COLLECTION: This series is available on a series of individual audio cassettes and compact discs, as well as superb boxed sets. Two books to accompany the series have been published by BBC Books, Call [number removed]


Written By:
Christopher Lee
Anna Massey.
Pete Atkin

A selection of the best English language radio from around the globe, with Emily Buchanan. This week a gaggle of agony aunts from around the world try to solve all your problems in one go.
Producer Leonida Krusheinycky Repeated from Friday


Emily Buchanan.
Leonida Krusheinycky

Hungerford's Burden. Fifteen years after a man killed 14 people in Hungerford, Michael Rosen visits the town to discuss the language of tragedy and examines how communities heal when their name is forever associated with grief and loss. Producer Laurence Grissell Rptd from Friday


Michael Rosen
Laurence Grissell Rptd

The Curse of the Zero Era. For decades rising prices were seen as the main economic problem. Suddenly we've been pitched into a world where low or almost no inflation iscausingall kinds of trouble-to pensions, investments and company profits. Peter Day asks, Where will it end? Editor Stephen Chilcott Rpt of Thur 8.30pm


Stephen Chilcott Rpt

Andrew Rawnsley takes a look at the politics of the next seven days. Including at 10.45 How to Win a Referendum In the first of a new series, Huw Edwards looks back at the first European referendum in 1975. Editor John Evans
How to Win a Referendum: Producer Chris Bond Rptd Wed 8.45pm


Andrew Rawnsley
Huw Edwards
John Evans
Chris Bond Rptd

BBC Radio 4 FM

About BBC Radio 4

Intelligent speech, the most insightful journalism, the wittiest comedy, the most fascinating features and the most compelling drama and readings anywhere in UK radio.

Appears in

About this data

This data is drawn from the Radio Times magazine between 1923 and 2009. It shows what was scheduled to be broadcast, meaning it was subject to change and may not be accurate. More

About this data

This data is drawn from the data stream that informs BBC's iPlayer and Sounds. The information shows what was scheduled to be broadcast, meaning it was/is subject to change and may not be accurate. More