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The Tim Vine Chat Show

Christmas Special 2019

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMFirst on BBC Radio 4 Extra: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for years

Christmas jokes and songs from the Punslinger extraordinaire as he invites the Great British Public to tell him some Christmas stories. Show more

All in a Chord

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMFirst on BBC Radio 4 Extra: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

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Ivan Hewett examines Wagner's Tristan Chord to test the idea that harmony is a reflection of history. From 2017. Show more

All in a Chord

Mahler: Symphony No. 10

Duration: 15 minutes

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Ivan Hewett tests the idea harmony is a reflection of history using Mahler's 10th Symphony. With David Matthews. From 2017. Show more

All in a Chord

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Duration: 15 minutes

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Ivan Hewett tests if harmony is a reflection of history using Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. With Gerard McBurney. From 2017. Show more

All in a Chord

Terry Riley: In C

Duration: 15 minutes

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Ivan Hewett tests if harmony is a reflection of history using Terry Riley's In C. With pianist Joanna MacGregor. From 2017. Show more

Sketchtopia

Series 1

Episode 4

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMFirst on BBC Radio 4 Extra: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

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Multicultural sketch show written by white, black, Asian and minority ethnic stand-ups and writers from across the UK. Hosted by Hardeep Singh Kohli in his home town of Glasgow. Show more

Small Scenes

Series 4

Episode 4

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMFirst on BBC Radio 4 Extra: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

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Award-winning sketch show set to music. Starring Daniel Rigby, Mike Wozniak, Cariad Lloyd, Henry Paker and Freya Parker and featuring melodramatic scenes from modern life. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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4 Extra Debut. Soprano Catherine Bott tells the story of Nancy Storace, an English singing superstar who worked with Mozart. From 2014. Show more

Networking Nation

Episode 4: The World of Work

Duration: 15 minutes

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Businesswoman and professor Julia Hobsbawm explores how the world of work runs on human networks and networking. From October 2014. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

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Scientist Dorothy Hodgkin and her lover wrestle with the internal structure of complex molecules in 1930s letters. From October 2014. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

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In the 1940s, Dorothy made more scientific strides even with a baby, prompting the college to award maternity pay. From October 2014. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

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Dorothy's reputation grew post-war, conquering the structure of penicillin before the challenge of vitamin B12. From October 2014. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

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Becoming the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1964, Dorothy shared her hopes for the future. From October 2014. Show more

The Celebrity Voicemail Show

Series 1

Barack Obama

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMFirst on BBC Radio 4 Extra: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

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Kayvan Novak imagines what the answerphone messages of US President Barack Obama might sound like. From 2015. Show more

The Voices of...

Series 2

Christopher Robson

Duration: 30 minutes

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Countertenor Christopher Robson reflects on his life in music, from the Salvation Army to Blur’s Damon Albarn. From 2017. Show more

The Celebrity Voicemail Show

Series 1

Episode 1: Benedict Cumberbatch

Duration: 13 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMFirst on BBC Radio 4 Extra: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

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Fictitious improvised comedy, listening to the phone messages of Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch. With Kayvan Novak. From 2015. Show more

Natural History Heroes

Franz Baron Nopcsa von Felso-Szilvás

Duration: 15 minutes

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Paul Barrett explores the life of 20th-century palaeontologist, Franz Baron Nopcsa von Felso-Szilvás. From October 2015. Show more

Natural History Heroes

Evelyn Cheesman

Duration: 15 minutes

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Beulah Garner explores the life of the pioneering entomologist, Evelyn Cheesman. From October 2015. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

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Erica McAllister explores the life of entomologist - and dipterist (fly expert), George Verrallis. From October 2015. Show more