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A Good Read

Bidisha and Gillian Reynolds

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Writer and broadcaster Bidisha, radio reviewer Gillian Reynolds and presenter Harriett Gilbert choose favourite books including Wide Sargasso Sea and John Le Carre's first novel. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Interviewed Guest:
Gillian Reynolds
Producer:
Sally Heaven

The Secret Life of Books

Series 1

Episode 5: Jane Eyre

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Series uncovering the story behind the creation of six classic books. Journalist Bidisha revisits Charlotte Bronte's classic novel after first reading it as a teenager. Show more

Loose Ends

Rupert Everett, Bidisha, Andy McCluskey, OMD, Thabo, Nikki Bedi

Duration: 36 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Nikki Bedi is joined by actor Rupert Everett, OMD's Andy McCluskey and broadcaster Bidisha for conversation and comedy. With music from OMD and Thabo. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Nikki Bedi
Interviewed Guest:
Rupert Everett
Interviewed Guest:
Andy McCluskey
Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Performer:
undefined OMD
Performer:
undefined Thabo
Producer:
Sukey Firth

Saturday Review

Wonder Woman, Persuasion, Lucienne Day/Barbara Brown, Adam Thorpe, Ackley Bridge

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Wonder Woman, Jane Austen's Persuasion on stage, Lucienne Day/Barbara Brown at The Whitworth in Manchester, Adam Thorpe's novel Missing Fay, Channel 4's school drama Ackley Bridge. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Farley
Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Interviewed Guest:
Susan Jeffreys
Producer:
Oliver Jones

Saturday Review

Journey's End, Julius Caesar, Julian Barnes, Charles I at the Royal Academy, Trauma on ITV

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

A film version of the 1928 stageplay Journey's End, Julius Caesar at London's Bridge Theatre, Julian Barnes: The Only Story, Charles I: King and Collector at the RA, Trauma on ITV. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Christopher Frayling
Interviewed Guest:
Bridget Minamore
Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Producer:
Oliver Jones

Loose Ends

Nikki Bedi, Tom Conti, Simon Nicol, Sue Webster, Bidisha, Fairport Convention and Rhiannon Giddens

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Clive Anderson is joined by Nikki Bedi, Tom Conti, Simon Nicol, Sue Webster and Bidisha for conversation and comedy. With music from Fairport Convention and Rhiannon Giddens. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Clive Anderson
Interviewed Guest:
Nikki Bedi
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Conti
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Nicol
Interviewed Guest:
Sue Webster
Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Producer:
Sukey Firth

Saturday Review

Noah, Olden Days, Kingston 14, Kamila Shamsie

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Tom Sutcliffe and his guests discuss the Biblical epic Noah, Ian Hislop's TV series Olden Days, DJ Goldie's stage debut in Kingston 14, and Kamila Shamsie's new novel. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Andreas Whittam Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Catherine Bott
Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Producer:
Oliver Jones

Saturday Review

The Great Beauty; Peaky Blinders

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Paolo Sorrentino's film The Great Beauty, Mark Ravenhill's take on Candide and Helen McCrory and Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Interviewed Guest:
Ellah Allfrey
Interviewed Guest:
John Carey

Saturday Review

Harry Potter, The Carer, Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down, Clive James, The Knives

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Brian Cox in The Carer, Baz Luhrmann's hip hop Netflix series The Get Down, Clive James' box set book Play All, The Knives by Richard T Kelly. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Sarah Crompton
Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Interviewed Guest:
Rosie Goldsmith
Interviewed Guest:
Benedict Nightingale
Producer:
Oliver Jones

Saturday Review

Viceroy's House, Hamlet, Jake Arnott, Photography on BBC TV, Serpentine Gallery

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Gurinder Chadha's Viceroy's House, Andrew Scott plays Hamlet, Jake Arnott's novel The Fatal Tree, Photography on BBC TV, John Latham at the Serpentine Gallery. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Producer:
Oliver Jones
Interviewed Guest:
John Tusa
Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Interviewed Guest:
Laura Ashe

Saturday Review

Deep Blue Sea, Fire At Sea, Edmund White, Winifred Knights, Outcast/Preacher

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Rattigan's Deep Blue Sea, prize-winning documentary Fire At Sea, Edmund White's novel Our Young Man, Winifred Knights at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Outcast and Preacher on TV. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Interviewed Guest:
Shahidha Bari
Interviewed Guest:
David Benedict
Producer:
Oliver Jones

Free Thinking

Writers and their notebooks

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Lawrence Norfolk talks to AS Byatt and David Mitchell about their notebooks, and Samira Ahmed chairs a discussion with Wendy Cope, Bidisha and the British Library's Rachel Foss. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
A.S. Byatt
Interviewed Guest:
John Cooper Clarke
Interviewed Guest:
David Mitchell
Interviewed Guest:
Wendy Cope
Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Foss
Producer:
Laura Thomas

Saturday Review

William Gibson; Marco Polo; Chimera; Conflict Time Photography; Concerning Violence

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

William Gibson's novel The Peripheral, Netflix epic adventure series Marco Polo, Gate Theatre's Chimera, Conflict Time Photography at Tate Modern, Concerning Violence documentary. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Interviewed Guest:
Jim White
Interviewed Guest:
Alice Jones
Producer:
Oliver Jones

Woman's Hour

Iris Murdoch, Coil contraceptive, Parenting girls

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Iris Murdoch's life, writing and philosophy. Plus parenting girls, relationships after retirement and the coil contraceptive - just how much does it hurt? With Emma Barnett. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Emma Barnett
Interviewed Guest:
James Davies
Interviewed Guest:
Susie Hayman
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Rowe
Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Interviewed Guest:
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest:
David Ainger
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Armitage
Interviewed Guest:
Sam Hutt

Woman's Hour

Sadie Frost, Lust, Iris Murdoch

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Sadie Frost on her new film, Lauren Laverne and Caitlin Moran discuss lust, the continued appeal of the novels of Iris Murdoch, and Eska sings her new single. With Emma Barnett. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Emma Barnett
Interviewed Guest:
Sadie Frost
Interviewed Guest:
Sam Hutt
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Armitage
Interviewed Guest:
Niamh McEvitt
Interviewed Guest:
Caitlin Moran
Interviewed Guest:
Nikki Hodgson
Interviewed Guest:
Shereen El Feki
Interviewed Guest:
Cynthia Graham
Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Rowe
Interviewed Guest:
undefined Eska

Free Thinking

School Report - A Sense of Home, Beauty in Ancient Greece

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy hears from young people involved in the BBC's School Report Day. School children who have come to north east England from other countries describe what home means. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Interviewed Guest:
David Ralph
Interviewed Guest:
Ian Jenkins
Interviewed Guest:
Edith Hall

Free Thinking

Jane Eyre versus Anne of Green Gables, Parent Power, Georg Baselitz, Flooding in Literature

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Anne McElvoy. With a debate on 'parent power', positive female role models in literarature, artist Georg Baselitz on his career and literary depictions of flooding. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Sally Morgan
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Montgomerie
Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Interviewed Guest:
Rebecca Mead
Interviewed Guest:
Georg Baselitz
Producer:
Natalie Steed