Monday 14 January 2013, 12:41
The launch of Artangel and Radio 4's search for new ground-breaking art projects plus new commissions coming to the network
Wednesday 18 April 2012, 15:25
Radio 4's Bookclub is celebrating the centenary of the novelist Elizabeth Taylor. When an author is no longer with us, the programme invites a writer who's a fan to come and champion the chosen book. Previous programmes in this vein include Andrew Davies on Thackeray's Vanity Fair, MichÃ¨le Roberts...
Thursday 15 March 2012, 12:45
Editor's Note: Stephen Wakelam is the writer of the play Waiting For The Boatman. The programme is broadcast on Friday 16 March on BBC Radio 4 as the Afternoon Drama. PM
It was the director, Sasha Yevtushenko, who suggested to me - maybe three years ago - the idea for a play about the painter Caravaggio...
Friday 2 March 2012, 11:51
Editor's note: To coincide with the Art of Monarchy, the Radio 4 blog is running a series of posts by the Royal Collection's curators on different aspects of the collection. In this post Kit Maxwell considers porcelain in the Royal Collection - PM.
Friday 10 February 2012, 23:12
Last week we blogged about the surround sound and binaural versions of Private Peaceful that are available as part of an audio experiment by the R&D team. Several of you have asked for a download of the version that was broadcast. Anyway, I'm glad to say that Private Peaceful is today's Play of...
Monday 30 January 2012, 08:00
Friday 27 January 2012, 20:00
Thursday 26 January 2012, 16:00
Ed's note: This Sunday sees the 70th anniversary edition of Desert Island Discs, where Sir David Attenborough, in the company of Kirsty Young, chooses his eight tracks, book and luxury item. Here producer Leanne Buckle reflects on her eight years on the programme - PM.
Leanne Buckle writes:
Thursday 26 January 2012, 12:55
Ed's note: You can catch the last two stories from Diving Belles on Radio 4 Extra tonight and tomorrow (timings at the end of the post) but you can hear all five stories for the next five days on the Radio 4 Extra website - PM.
Paul Arnold, 4 Extra presentation producer, writes:
Friday 20 January 2012, 20:00
Ed's note: There's a new Play of the Week podcast every Friday to download and play at your leisure. This week it's Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome. On the Radio 4 blog the play's producer Sally Avens discusses the adaptation and The Jinx Element, Stephen Wakelam's play (on this Saturday) telling the story...
Tuesday 20 December 2011, 12:25
In today's Telegraph the radio critic Gillian Reynolds wrote about The Life of Vaclav Havel which was broadcast on Sunday evening following the news of the death of the Czech playwright and politician earlier that day:
"Born into a professional Czech family, persecuted because of it, the experience...
Friday 16 December 2011, 20:00
As usual I've picked out five of the many podcasts available for your weekend's listening.
You can listen online or download to keep, or put onto your phone or...
Friday 9 December 2011, 19:00
The big news this week is the continuing expansion of the Desert Island Discs archive, now with close to a 1,000 podcasts to download. See below for more information.
Wednesday 7 December 2011, 12:36
This morning's Random Edition looked at the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour carried out on 7th December 1941 through the pages of the newspaper the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
You can see the Honolulu...
Friday 2 December 2011, 18:10
Here are some of the many amazing radio podcasts available from the BBC. I've picked out a selection for your weekend's pleasure.
You can listen online or download to keep, or put onto your phone or MP3 player. This being the Radio 4 blog I...
Friday 18 November 2011, 18:45
Here are some of the many radio podcasts available from the BBC. I've picked out a selection for your weekend's pleasure. (Actually the eagle-eyed will notice there are six this week - it seemed better...
Wednesday 16 November 2011, 21:01
I mentioned in Monday's round up of what the critics were saying about Radio 4's schedule change that the Telegraph's radio reviewer Gillian Reynolds would be meeting Radio 4's controller at an event to talk about her first year...
Monday 14 November 2011, 17:30
In the Observer radio critic Miranda Sawyer has written about the recent schedule changes at Radio 4. While she isn't happy about some of the afternoon switches:
Oh, and I don't like The Media Show being on at 4.30pm. Just so you know.
she is more complimentary about the reason the reshuffle came...
Friday 11 November 2011, 21:00
I've picked out a selection of the currently available
Radio 4 BBC podcasts. This week I've included the Ouch! podcast which isn't broadcast on Radio 4 (it isn't broadcast anywhere but is available to download). The...
Thursday 10 November 2011, 15:30
Today The Film Programme appears for the first time in its new slot on Thursdays rather than Fridays and at the earlier time of 4pm.
Bruce Robinson, perhaps best known as the writer and director of the classic Withnail and I,...
Behind the scenes at Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra from producers, presenters and programme makers.
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