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Episode 4: Comic Relief Special

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Victoria Coren hosts a special edition of the show as six celebrity brains try to deduce hidden connections. Guests include Brian Sewell and Adam Hart-Davis. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Victoria Coren
Director:
Siân G Lloyd
Participant:
Brian Sewell
Participant:
Adam Hart-Davis
Participant:
Andrew Motion
Participant:
Stuart Maconie

The Book Quiz

Series 3

Episode 3

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four

Kirsty Wark presents the literary panel game, as poet laureate Andrew Motion and actor Jan Ravens do battle against crime writer Jake Arnott and chick-lit writer Wendy Holden.

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Wark
Participant:
Andrew Motion
Participant:
Wendy Holden
Participant:
Jake Arnott
Participant:
Jan Ravens
Producer:
Irene Daniels

Poetry Please

Poetry by Heart

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Roger McGough presents a selection of poems from finalists at Poetry by Heart, a competition for school and college students to learn and recite poems from memory. Show more

Start the Week

Altered Minds

Duration: 43 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Cultural discussion programme. Kirsty Wark with Michael Pollan, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Tammy Burmeister and Andrew Motion. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Wark
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Pollan
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Godfrey-Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Tammy Burmeister
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Motion
Producer:
Katy Hickman

Start the Week

Life Underwater

Duration: 43 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Tom Sutcliffe discusses life under the waves with biologists Luke Rendell and Helen Scales, poet Andrew Motion and biochemist Nick Lane. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Luke Rendell
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Scales
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Motion
Interviewed Guest:
Nick Lane
Producer:
Katy Hickman

Poetry Please

Charles Causley Anniversary

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Roger McGough presents a first selection of listeners' requests for poems by Charles Causley, who died in 2003. Including BBC archive recording of the poet. Show more

Birds Britannia

Episode 4: Countryside Birds

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

This programme looks at countryside birds, such as the skylark, pheasant and nightingale - celebrated in poetry, used to forecast the weather and hunted for food. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Bill Paterson
Narrator:
Bill Paterson
Series Producer:
Stephen Moss
Series Producer:
Stephen Moss
Producer:
Susie Painter
Producer:
Susie Painter
Participant:
Bill Oddie
Participant:
Bill Oddie
Participant:
David Attenborough
Participant:
David Attenborough
Participant:
Tony Soper
Participant:
Tony Soper
Participant:
Kate Humble
Participant:
Kate Humble
Participant:
Burchardt Jeremy
Participant:
Burchardt Jeremy
Participant:
Andrew Motion
Participant:
Andrew Motion
Participant:
Jeremy Mynott
Participant:
Jeremy Mynott

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Griff Rhys Jones explores the power of verse, dissecting Keats with Simon Armitage, encountering an experimental poem made from beach balls and experiencing a poetry slam. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Simon Armitage
Participant:
Andrew Motion
Producer:
Louise Hooper
Director:
Louise Hooper

Poetry Please

Charles Causley Part 2

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Roger McGough presents a second selection of requests for Charles Causley's poems, including archive recordings of the poet, some new readings and some sung versions of his poems. Show more

The Book Quiz

Poetry Special

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Kirsty Wark presents a poetry edition of the literary panel game. Guests include ex-Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, poet Brian Patten, actress Alice Eve and comedian Natalie Haynes. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Wark
Participant:
Andrew Motion
Participant:
Natalie Haynes
Participant:
Alice Eve
Director:
Sue McMahon

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One YorkshireLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sir Andrew Motion discovers an unpublished poem by Philip Larkin when he visits Hull to meet one of the poet's ex-lovers, Betty Mackereth, speaking of her love for the first time. Show more

Birds Britannia

Episode 3: Seabirds

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Series about the UK's birds. Our relationship with seabirds is an ancient and turbulent one, an untold chapter in the history of our rise and fall as a seafaring people. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Bill Paterson
Narrator:
Bill Paterson
Series Producer:
Stephen Moss
Series Producer:
Stephen Moss
Producer:
Susie Painter
Producer:
Susie Painter
Participant:
David Attenborough
Participant:
David Attenborough
Participant:
Tony Soper
Participant:
Tony Soper
Participant:
Kate Humble
Participant:
Kate Humble
Participant:
Andrew Motion
Participant:
Andrew Motion
Participant:
Jeremy Mynott
Participant:
Jeremy Mynott
Participant:
David Lindo
Participant:
David Lindo
Participant:
Roy Dennis

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Alastair Sooke explores the appeal of unfinished works of art. He talks to those who have attempted to finish them and those who believe that any such task is impossible. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alastair Sooke
Executive Producer:
Franny Moyle
Producer:
Sarah Barclay
Director:
Sarah Barclay
Participant:
Paul Morley
Participant:
Mark Lawson
Participant:
John Mullan
Participant:
Robert McKee
Participant:
Sarah Churchwell
Participant:
Andrew Motion
Participant:
Mike Figgis

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sadeq Saba travels to Iran to explore the life and work of Omar Khayyam, the great medieval mathematician and poet whose philosophy continues to resonate with modern Iranians. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Marcus du Sautoy
Participant:
Andrew Motion
Participant:
Art Malik
Executive Producer:
Neil Cameron