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The Essay

Decameron Nights: Ten Italian Indelicacies Remixed from Boccaccio

Episode 2: Federigo and His Falcon

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Courtly Federigo spends every last groat trying to win the affections of Monna. But there is only one thing of his that she wants - and it has feathers. Introduced by Terry Jones. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

A big job, a small job, the career path of the average TV executive, and a tiger with a gun. Sketch comedy with Carrie Quinlan, Lawry Lewin and Simon Kane. From September 2011. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Documentary-makers, a big debate, and a little trophy. With Carrie Quinlan, Lawry Lewin and Simon Kane. From October 2011. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

John creates an innovative teaching aid and eavesdrops on two guards, who really should be paying more attention. With Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Simon Kane and Lawry Lewin. Show more

The Now Show

Series 49

Episode 3

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches. With Andy Zaltzman, Tez Ilyas, Pippa Evans, Gemma Arrowsmith and Matt Burgess. Show more

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for years

A president with two speeches and we hear from a couple who get on like a house on fire. With Margaret Cabourn-Smith. From 2017. Show more

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for years

John lets Lawry take over, with inevitable reactions on the musical finale from Carrie, Margaret and Simon. From 2017. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Sketch show from the writer of Cabin Pressure and regular guest on The Now Show, John Finnemore, with Carrie Quinlan, Lawry Lewin and Simon Kane. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The only detectives who have not had their own TV show yet, and a revolutionary email exchange. Sketch comedy with Lawry Lewin. From November 2014. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The induction of a new employee on Sodor Island, and a speech on following dreams. With Margaret Cabourn-Smith. From November 2014. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

John makes a heartfelt serving suggestion, Lawry tries to keep himself busy, and there’s a curious tale of murder. From 2016. Show more

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for years

An author takes drastic measures to improve sales and we discover the truth about a celebrity. With Simon Kane. From 2017. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The truth behind the war effort, sty construction, and evolution. With Carrie Quinlan and Lawry Lewin. From September 2011. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

A pure moment of happiness, and a curious tale about an invention that is probably not evil. Comedy and sketches with Simon Kane. From November 2014. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

A song about an unheralded inventor, a touching reunion and a normal man. With Margaret Cabourn-Smith. From September 2013. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The truth behind some famous anecdotes and a curious tale of a hard-bitten dame. Part of the show is in 3D. With Simon Kane. From October 2013. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

A look back at a career in accounting and an overrated experience, and the return of Patsy Straightwoman. From 2016. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

An unlikely wager, a troubled bluesman and a rip-roaring adventure on the high seas. With Margaret Cabourn-Smith. From 2016. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

John apologises for a delay and wonders what his hobbies are. Plus, a tale of Queen Victoria’s death, and robots. From 2016. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The voice in John's head pushes him to tipping point, a new approach to the news, and a tale of espionage. From 2016. Show more