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Wireless Nights

Wireless Nights
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Jarvis Cocker meets astronaut Chris Hadfield, famous for his rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity on the...

50 Years of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

50 Years of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
28mins
BBC iPlayer

Writer Brian Sibley celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of Ian Fleming's novel, which later...

Under My Bed

Getting Ink
15mins
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New series. Getting Ink. By Patrick Neate. The first in a trio of tales by three writers exploring the hidden...

Drama on 3

Drama on 3: Rhinoceros in Love
90mins
BBC iPlayer

A runaway success in China after its first staging in 1999, Liao Yimei's play is a dark romance about a...

Ivy Benson: Original Girl Power

Ivy Benson: Original Girl Power
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Melanie Chisholm explores the legacy of Ivy Benson, the leader of an all-girl swing band who rose to fame in the...

Speaking as a Member of the Public

Speaking as a Member of the Public
60mins
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Author, broadcaster and humourist Danny Wallace explores the history of the `vox populi', the journalistic style...

Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood
90mins
BBC iPlayer

Another chance to hear the 2003 recording of Dylan Thomas's classic `play for voices', first broadcast to...

Free Thinking

David Baddiel; Shlomo Sand
45mins
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Comedian and writer David Baddiel has transformed his film The Infidel into a musical, which premières at...

Radio 3 Live in Concert

Pianist Danny Driver at Wigmore Hall
150mins
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Acclaimed pianist Danny Driver plays an imaginative programme ranging from Handel's Harmonious Blacksmith suite...

Radio 1's Stories

How John Peel Changed My Life
60mins
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Phil Taggart, Rob da Bank, Annie Mac, Annie Nightingale and Huw Stephens delve into the archives to celebrate...

Nora Webster

People Mean Well
15mins
BBC iPlayer

By Colm Toibin, abridged by Sally Marmion. A haunting portrayal of a woman's journey through grief and towards...

Networking Nation

Networks Are Everywhere
15mins
BBC iPlayer

New series. Businesswoman Julia Hobsbawm, the world's first Professor of Networking, charts the development of...

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Radio Times Choice
For Whom the Bell Tolls
60mins
BBC iPlayer

By Ernest Hemingway. Dramatised by Ed Hime. The first instalment of a two-part adaptation of the celebrated...

Between the Ears

Radio Times Choice
Between the Ears: Coma Songs
30mins
BBC iPlayer

A meditation on the cultural representation of comas through music, poetry and interviews with the families of...

A Century of Hope

Radio Times Choice
A Century of Hope
30mins
BBC iPlayer

American comedian Greg Proops presents a profile of Bob Hope, the British-born vaudeville performer who became a...

The Essay

Radio Times Choice
The Essay: A Body of Essays: Mark Ravenhill: The Gall Bladder
15mins
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Five writers reflect on a particular organ in the human body, expressing its significance to them and linking it...

Care, Work, Sleep, Repeat

Radio Times Choice
Care, Work, Sleep, Repeat
28mins
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Dave Howard finds out about the lives of young adult carers, and asks if there's enough support for those trying...

August Shines

Radio Times Choice
August Shines
30mins
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Following Lenny Henry's theatrical performance as Troy Maxson in August Wilson's Fences, the comedian travels to...

How to Dig a Grave

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How to Dig a Grave
28mins
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Documentary in which Cathy FitzGerald sets out to learn about gravediggers, who exist in the popular imagination...

Short Cuts

Radio Times Choice
Rabbit Holes
30mins
BBC iPlayer

New series. Josie Long showcases short and unusual documentaries from around the world, beginning with the tale...

Woman's Hour

Radio Times Choice
Woman's Hour
45mins
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Tim Dowling and his wife Sophie de Brandt launch a week of editions focusing on the reality of household chore...

From Inside - The Guildford Four

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From Inside - The Guildford Four
60mins
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Martin McNamara introduces readings from the letters of Paul Hill, one of the Guildford Four wrongfully...

A Good Read

Radio Times Choice
Jeremy Paxman & Mary Beard
27mins
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Journalist Jeremy Paxman and classicist Mary Beard discuss their favourite books, Long Halftime Walk by Billy...

Future Proofing

Radio Times Choice
The Descent of Man
45mins
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Writer Michael Smith explores the uncertain future of masculinity, asking if there will ever be a time when men...

Always the Bridesmaid

Radio Times Choice
Always the Bridesmaid
30mins
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Classical soprano singer Catherine Bott explores the world of the backing singer, talking to singer-songwriter...

The Essay

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The Essay: Trip Sheets
15mins
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Writer and broadcaster Michael Goldfarb drove a taxi in New York during the 1970s while he pursued an acting...

Germany: Memories of a Nation

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The View from the Gate
15mins
BBC iPlayer

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, examines 600 years of German history through objects, with a...

Hamlet Undressed

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Hamlet Undressed
30mins
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Maxine Peake documents developments backstage at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre's production of Hamlet,...

Joan Littlewood and the People's Theatre

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Joan Littlewood and the People's Theatre
58mins
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Richard Eyre, former director of the National Theatre, explores the influential life and work of theatre...