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Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick 18:06, Friday, 16 April 2010

Coles Radio TimesHere's something new. We want to know more about what our listeners and broadcasters like about Radio 4. So we're going to give a copy of the Radio Times to a different Radio 4 person once a week or so and ask them to mark the radio section of the magazine with their selections from the coming week - it's a kind of 'Pick of the Week' for radio that's not been transmitted yet.

We're starting with the Revd Richard Coles, a Radio 4 regular whose Archive on 4 about bands breaking up airs on 24 April.

You can see all of his selections as pictures on Flickr and I'd like you to add your own choices from the coming week's listening by adding notes or comments to the pictures. And we're also using this as a trial for our new Facebook page, which has so far attracted 7,000-odd fans. Click here to visit the page, become a fan and leave a comment.

If you'd like to mark up your own copy of Radio Times, photograph or scan the pages and upload them to Flickr or to Facebook. Tag them 'MyRadio4' so we can find them.

And please let me know if there are Radio 4 people whose listening you'd like to know about. I'll pass them a copy of Radio Times and see if I can persuade them to get their felt pens out.

Steve Bowbrick is editor of the Radio 4 blog


  • Comment number 1.

    Shows how I'm still far too young to be listening to Radio 4. I havn't bought a copy of The Radio Times in the last decade, what with Electronic Programme Guides and www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/schedule/ ...

  • Comment number 2.

    Brian. We'd be delighted if you had a go at annotating http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/programmes/schedules/fm/2010/w16/grid/ataglance instead.

  • Comment number 3.

    "If you'd like to mark up your own copy of Radio Times, photograph or scan the pages and upload them to Flickr or to Facebook."

    Doesn't that expressly break the copyright law. You are encouraging people to copy the RT and then post images of the content to image hosting sites for others to read, I though both radio and television listings data was covered by copyright and that charges are made for it's use?

  • Comment number 4.

    Boilerplated, we're doing this with Radio Times' approval. I appreciate your vigilance, though!

    Steve Bowbrick, editor, Radio 4 blog

  • Comment number 5.

    Here's my version of annotating the Radio Times, on what might be my pick of the week:

    The Friday Play:
    We Outnumber You

    9.00pm Radio4
    This is one of the most harrowing and profoundly upsetting plays that I have ever heard, with a concluding scene that will haunt me for ever. It is also a work of brilliance. The drama takes place on the opening night of a new zoo on the Isle of Wight, but it is delivered in a most unusual verite style, as if the listener were tuning in to the characters' mobile phone calls that have been recovered after the event. Kenneth Cranham stars as David, the self-satisfied morally-vacuous oil company boss who is behind the opening of this zoo to show off his employer's environmental commitment. He's expecting a protest from dissenters outside the perimeter of the grounds, but nothing in his worst nightmares could prepare him for the actions of the two eco-terrorists who are already on the inside. As the devastating chain of events unfolds it is matched by the increasingly hysterical phone recordings - until one final, terrible sound is heard.
    Jane Anderson

    (transcribed by Russ)

  • Comment number 6.

    Thanks for highlighting We Outnumber You, Russ. Sounds amazing. Prompted by your comment, I've just written to director Jessica Dromgoole and she's going to write us a blog post about the play - and may also provide some audio from the recording, which she describes as 'ubelievable'. Should be published here on Friday morning. Can't wait.

    Steve Bowbrick, editor, Radio 4 blog

  • Comment number 7.

    Enjoyed "WOY" too. I'm thinking of giving up the Radio Times though. If it could widen it's number of contributors it would help - because I'm fed up of reading week in - week out about how wonderfully fantastic the same programmes are - or - How rubbishy useless the others are. At least the Daily Papers would have a mix of TV/radio writers so at least there was variety - The Radio Times is becoming an incessant and boring dirge of repetitive opinions.


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