Thursday 16 October 2014, 10:06
Find out how to listen to Under Milk Wood in surround sound
Friday 17 October 2014, 13:20
Thursday 16 October 2014, 10:06
Editor's note: BBC Radio 4 offers you a special chance to hear the highly-acclaimed 2003 production of Under Milk Wood, celebrating the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas in surround sound (Saturday 18 October at 2.30pm). Starring Richard Burton it features an all-Welsh cast, including early appearances by Ruth Jones and Matthew Rhys, and a cameo role from John Humphrys.
The 2003 production was streamed online in 5.1 surround sound and now that 5.1 mix will also be available on-line in an experimental player on the Radio 4...
Monday 13 October 2014, 17:20
This November three Radio 4 programmes are giving you the chance to curate their content.
Do you have a fantastic...
Friday 10 October 2014, 08:37
This blog is usually concerned with concerns or controversy about BBC radio, so I thought I’d start this week with some praise, for the often maligned Radio 4 comedy output, well, for some of it.
I was just about to switch the radio off at 11pm on Monday night, and settle down to sleep after a particularly grey and gloomy day, when Fresh From The Fringe came on. It showcased new comedy talent from the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe, was hosted by Jason Cook, and featured award winners Alex Edelman and Funz and Gamz. There were a few...
Monday 6 October 2014, 15:00
Author Peter Jukes on the challenges of condensing 130 days of testimony into a 45 minute Afternoon Drama© Olivia Beasley
It was the strangest sensation of deja vu. As Neil Pearson (a hero of mine ever since Drop the Dead Donkey and Between the Lines) pulled the velcro fastener of my satchel and then started typing away on my iPad keyboard, I was taken back to the 8 months I spent at the Old Bailey, tweeting out half a million words from the phone hacking trial.
Condensing the 130 days of testimony from the ‘trial of the century’, with witnesses ranging from archbishops to Hollywood...
Friday 3 October 2014, 12:00
Is there a crisis in political interviewing and discussions on radio and television?
The editor of Newsnight, Ian Katz, evidently thinks there is and his comments, following the departure of his formidable, some might say abrasive, presenter Jeremy Paxman, suggests that he thinks his programme needs to adopt a new approach.
Regular listeners to Feedback will know that a significant section of the radio audience shares his view that there is indeed a crisis, although it’s debatable whether the main culprits are over aggressive...
Monday 29 September 2014, 11:12
Friday 26 September 2014, 15:57
Editor's note: In a new Radio 4 drama, Andrew Scott plays an earnest statistician who falls in love with an impulsive photographer.
Here, the writer of the story, Charlotte Bogard Macleod, reveals how the inspiration for Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight began...Andrew Scott and Jenny Spark
I email the eminent statistician Professor David Spiegelhalter, of Cambridge University, this question.
Dear Professor Spiegelhalter
What is the statistical probability of love at first sight?
He responds immediately.
Hearing back from The Professor is a bit like googling God, finding to...
Friday 5 September 2014, 11:18
Allan Massie is a genuine man of letters – novelist, journalist, historian, and a man who can’t imagine a day without writing in his study, deep in the heart of the Scottish Borders. I found myself turning recently to his account of the union between Scotland and England, The Thistle and the Rose, for reasons that will be obvious. It’s an exploration of the whole tangled relationship, its moments of intimacy and strain, and above all a highly-literate cultural...
Wednesday 27 August 2014, 09:09
Editor's note: Every year, for a run of six weeks, BBC Radio 4 offers an opportunity for writers new to radio to submit a short story to Opening Lines. From thousands of submissions we select the best three stories for broadcast on BBC Radio 4 - you can hear the first in the new series of Opening Lines on Friday 29 August at 1545.
Here, the programme producer, Gemma Jenkins, talks about some of the emerging themes from the entries this year.
Coastlines were a recurring theme in entries this year to Opening Lines.
We want to encourage as many budding writers and short story enthusiasts...