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Book of the Week

Philip Short - Mitterrand

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

In 1984, when president of the EEC, and despite their political differences, Francois Mitterrand went out of his way to befriend 'Dear Mrs Thatcher'. Read by Henry Goodman. Show more

Book of the Week

Philip Short - Mitterrand

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

In 1995 Francois left the presidency after 14 years. Chirac said he bequeathed to France 'a modern, calm democracy'. Read by Henry Goodman. Show more

Book of the Week

Philip Short - Mitterrand

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Francois Mitterrand was the son of a station master at Angouleme but by the late 1930s, as a student in Paris and with war looming, he had developed a fascination with politics. Show more

Book of the Week

CS Lewis - The Screwtape Letters

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

4 Extra Debut. C.S. Lewis's letters from a senior to a junior devil, advising how best to tempt their 'patients'. Read by Simon Russell Beale. From November 2013. Show more

Book of the Week

CS Lewis - The Screwtape Letters

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

With World War Two raging, the senior devil has some important advice to impart to his protege. Read by Simon Russell Beale. From November 2013. Show more

Book of the Week

CS Lewis - The Screwtape Letters

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

An optimistic senior devil congratulates his protege on his progress. But caution is advised. Read by Simon Russell Beale. From November 2013. Show more

Book of the Week

CS Lewis - The Screwtape Letters

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

The senior devil demands a report from his protege on 'young women in the neighbourhood'. Read by Simon Russell Beale. From November 2013. Show more

Book of the Week

CS Lewis - The Screwtape Letters

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

The senior devil loses patience, as he fears that the patient is slipping from Wormwood's grasp. Read by Simon Russell Beale. From November 2013. Show more

Book of the Week

Philip Short - Mitterrand

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

4 Extra Debut. Philip Short's compelling biography of France's longest-serving president, Francois Mitterrand, famous for his ambiguity. Read by Henry Goodman. Show more

Book of the Week

Philip Short - Mitterrand

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Francois Mitterrand kept his private life quiet for most of his career, but he had two families. Read by Henry Goodman. Show more

Book of the Week

Heston Blumenthal - Historic Heston

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Heston recreates a 1430 recipe for Pome Dores, a meat parfait disguised as fruit, first served at the feast to celebrate the coronation of Henry IV. From October 2013. Show more

Book of the Week

Heston Blumenthal - Historic Heston

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Heston recreates the 1660 irresistible recipe for Quaking Pudding, but finds it extraordinarily difficult to perfect. From October 2013. Show more

Book of the Week

Heston Blumenthal - Historic Heston

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Heston offers a modern twist on an 1858 recipe for Tipsy Cake, as he examines the English obsession with pineapple. From October 2013. Show more

Book of the Week

Heston Blumenthal - Historic Heston

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Heston recreates mock turtle soup, a recipe first appearing in 1732 but whose craze lasted into Victorian times. From October 2013. Show more

Book of the Week

Heston Blumenthal - Historic Heston

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

4 Extra Debut. Heston Blumenthal shares his passion for medieval cuisine, recreating a recipe from the chefs of Richard II. From October 2013. Show more

Book of the Week

Mom and Me and Mom

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Maya Angelou has chronicled her extraordinary life in bestselling autobiographies. Now she shares her most personal story - her relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter. Show more

Book of the Week

Mom and Me and Mom

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

The teenage Maya is settling into her new life with her mother in California but, when she's tempted to stay out late, she gets into trouble with the feisty Vivian Baxter. Show more

Book of the Week

Mom and Me and Mom

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

By the age of 22, Maya has left home with her five-year-old son to live in rented rooms with cooking privileges down the hall. But her mother is always on hand to support her. Show more

Book of the Week

Mom and Me and Mom

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

When Maya Angelou is in Sweden for the filming of her first screenplay, she finds she needs some motherly support. The formidable Vivian Baxter is on the next plane out. Show more

Book of the Week

Mom and Me and Mom

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Vivian Baxter sent her two young children to be looked after by their grandmother in Arkansas. Nine years later, a reluctant Maya returns to California to a mother she barely knows. Show more