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The Good Immigrant

Flags, by Coco Khan

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Coco Khan recalls her first forays into sexual relationships and the alarming assumptions that can be made - on both sides - about the way we look and who we are. Show more

Book of the Week

The Good Immigrant

The Ungrateful Country, by Musa Okwonga

Duration: 15 minutes

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

After Musa Okwonga's mother was widowed, a scholarship to prep school and then to Eton made him determined to be 'an unofficial ambassador for black people'. But at what cost? Show more

Book of the Week

Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

An extensive and affectionate exploration of the life of Anthony Powell, author of the cycle of novels A Dance to the Music of Time, an undisputed classic of English literature. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Happy childhood memories sit beside a great sadness and big changes for the family. Eddie Izzard reads from her memoir. From 2017. Show more

Contributors

Abridger:
Jill Waters
Director:
Lizzie Davies
Producer:
Jill Waters

Genres

Duration: 15 minutes

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

A late diagnosis of dyslexia and a late starter at love, all a matter of reading the signs. Eddie Izzard reads from her memoir. Show more

Contributors

Abridger:
Jill Waters
Director:
Lizzie Davies
Producer:
Jill Waters

Genres

Duration: 15 minutes

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

At 21, she first told someone how she felt about her gender, but coming out took courage. Eddie Izzard reads from her memoir. Show more

Contributors

Abridger:
Jill Waters
Director:
Lizzie Davies
Producer:
Jill Waters

Genres

Duration: 15 minutes

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

A gruelling challenge of running back-to-back marathons throughout the length of the UK. Eddie Izzard concludes her memoir. Show more

Contributors

Abridger:
Jill Waters
Director:
Lizzie Davies
Producer:
Jill Waters

Genres

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Somebody I Used to Know

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

A dementia diagnosis at just 58 saw Wendy Mitchell face up to a disease which threatened to steal all hope from the life she knew was still left to live. Show more

Drama

Reading Europe: Scandinavia

Sweden: Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Available for 4 months

A chance meeting at a party, a call in the early morning, and a day trip to the dry Spanish Interior - one sightseer is profoundly moved by her experience on the day. Show more

Contributors

Author:
Lina Wolff
Translation:
Saskia Vogel
Producer:
Lizzie Davies

Genres

Drama

Reading Europe: Scandinavia

Denmark: The Buddhist

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Available for 4 months

Short story by Dorthe Nors. A spiritual awakening helps a man who fears he has lost control over events in his life. Things can only go well when the universe is on your side. Show more

Contributors

Translation:
Martin Aitken
Abridger:
Jill Waters
Producer:
Lizzie Davies

Genres

Drama

Reading Europe: Scandinavia

Denmark: The Bra

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Available for 4 months

Short story by Jakob Ejersbo. A tale of designer domesticity in a stylish Copenhagen apartment, where being a low-paid cleaner can sometimes mean being presented with a dilemma. Show more

Contributors

Translation:
Lotte Shankland
Producer:
Lizzie Davies

Genres

Book of the Week

Somebody I Used to Know

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

As the dementia makes its slow progression, Wendy reflects on the moment she acknowledged that dementia had become a part of her life that she could no longer ignore. Show more

Book of the Week

Somebody I Used to Know

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Now that she has left her beloved job in the NHS, Wendy's life, though challenging because of the dementia, is busier and more varied than ever. Show more

Book of the Week

Somebody I Used to Know

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Finding city life too noisy and chaotic, Wendy has moved to a quiet village where she can still be independent but has her daughter Gemma nearby, as she needs increasing support. Show more

Book of the Week

Somebody I Used to Know

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Internet and social media are lifelines for Wendy, be it writing her blog, sending emails or researching her talks - and she will keep online as long as she possibly can. Show more

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The Cut Out Girl

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Bart Van Es always knew of a woman from his family's past called Lien, but why was she rarely spoken of now? He goes to meet her and find out her story. Show more

Book of the Week

The Cut Out Girl

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

As Bart continues his research, he finds out how Lien came to live with his grandparents. Show more

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The Cut Out Girl

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Life in The Hague becomes too risky for Jewish hideaways, so Lien needs to move to the countryside. Show more