On-demand recommendations

This month

The Essay

Radio Times Choice
The Essay: Shaping the Air: Writers and Radio: Shaping the Air - Samuel West
15mins
BBC iPlayer

Five perspectives on the art of radio by seasoned broadcasters and practitioners. In the first, Samuel West...

Woods Beyond a Cornfield

Woods Beyond a Cornfield
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Stanley Cook's poem, set in the bruised and beautiful landscape of South Yorkshire, about a girl who is lost for...

Friday Night Is Music Night

Friday Night Is Music Night
117mins
BBC iPlayer

Tenor Alfie Boe joins the BBC Concert Orchestra at London's Mermaid Theatre to perform songs with an Italian...

Soul Music

Radio Times Choice
Plaisir d'Amour/Can't Help Falling in Love with You
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Singer Marianne Faithfull recalls Plaisir d'Amour, the French love song that influenced Elvis Presley's 1962 hit...

Paul Gambaccini with America's Greatest Hits

Radio Times Choice
Paul Gambaccini with America's Greatest Hits
117mins
BBC iPlayer

Paul returns after more than a year away, playing records from this week's US digital, album, country, R'n'B and...

Free Thinking

Radio Times Choice
Free Thinking Festival: Bringing the Rich to Book: John Lanchester on the Language of Money
45mins
BBC iPlayer

John Lanchester talks about his new novel Capital and explores the wealth gap in Britain with Matthew Sweet....

Spin the Globe

Radio Times Choice
1485 AD
28mins
BBC iPlayer

New series. The programme taking a global view of familiar historical dates returns. Historian Michael Scott...

Sunday Feature

Radio Times Choice
Sunday Feature: God and the Great War
45mins
BBC iPlayer

Conventional wisdom dictates that if the First World War didn't kill God, it did him great injury. In this...