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Steve Bowbrick

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  1. Jo Cornish came into BH to talk to Francine Stock about his new film Attack the Block on this afternoon's Film Programme. Listen again on the Radio 4 web site and download the programme to your computer by signing up for the free podcast. Mark Kermode reviewed the film a couple of weeks ago and ...

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  2. Awkward legend, vegetarian curmudgeon, my generation's Proust: Morrissey is on Front Row tonight at 1915. It's not his first time on the programme (listen to his previous appearance from February 2009) but it's no less dramatic for that. Broadcasting House was all aquiver this afternoon and pres...

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  3. Jack de Manio, 1967: "Radio's breakfast-time look at life around the country and across the world, introduced by Jack de Manio." You've read those stories about children brought up by wolves (sometimes monkeys). Children shaped by the most unorthodox of upbringings. I was brought up by Rad...

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  4. Fags, Mags and Bags is back. One of the most enjoyable days in my tenure as Radio 4 blogger was spent in a Sauchiehall Street studio in Glasgow with the team behind Lenzie's best-known radio sitcom Fags, Mags and Bags.   

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  5. Elizabeth Taylor, perhaps the last of the movie icons of the golden era, has died, aged 79. She was a troubled person but an undisputed star. Philip French, The Guardian's film critic, said in a profile: ...she was exploited by every gossip columnist and patronised by virtually every film revi...

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  6. As this video preview confirms, the brutal inter-station comedy smackdown that is Stand up for Comic Relief is under way. Six of the BBC's national radio networks are represented this time; Radio 4 by Woman's Hour legend Jenni Murray and the others by various presenters I can't quite bring mysel...

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  7. Mark Watson is live on Radio 4 at 2300 on Monday evening with a brand new live pilot called Mark Watson's Live Address to the Nation. The theme of the pilot is 'ambition' and your role (apart from listening, of course) is to share your ambition story. What's the craziest (or noblest) thing you'v...

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  8. In the Radio Times, BBC Radio boss Tim Davie has written a response to the substantial public debate about the Trust's review of Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio 7. He endorses the suggestion that Radio 4 broaden its audience: The idea of making more people aware of Radio 4 makes sense: there are so...

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  9. 1. Tony Hancock Tony Hancock opened tonight's Archive on 4 about Face to Face, the hugely influential interview programme that ran on BBC television from 1959 to 1962. In the programme, produced by Chris Ledgard, Sue MacGregor interviews producer and creator of the programme Hugh Burnet...

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  10. Olivier Award-winning writer Christopher Green has written a play about being a fan. He plays himself in the drama, called Like an Angel Passing through My Room. And, remarkably, so does Frida Lyngstad from Abba. The picture above shows the two of them in a Radio 4 studio recording the play and ...

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  11. Radio 4 reporter Hugh Sykes is in Egypt. He presented the Cairo end of today's extended The World This Weekend and he's been providing reports for Broadcasting House, PM, From Our Own Correspondent and many other programmes and bulletins while he's been there. If you're a regular listener you'll...

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  12. Editor's note: the BBC Trust today announced approval for some important changes at the BBC, several of which affect Radio 4. In this blog post, which appears in full on the About the BBC blog, Roly Keating outlines plans for an extension to access to archive content, much of which will come fro...

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  13. Musical instruments carved from ice cut from a frozen fjorde, concerts by musicians from all over the world, held in snow flurries under the Northern lights. Not your typical music festival. These remarkable pictures, by photographer Emile Holba, were taken at the Norwegian Ice Music Festival, t...

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  14. Editor's note: I'm republishing this post from last year now because the programme has just been repeated and that's a good enough excuse to revive this excellent new recording of Skiffle classic 'Rock Island Line' - SB The chorus goes like this: The Rock Island Line is a mighty good road The ...

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  15. Curation is going to be one of the big words of 2011. Everyone's at it. My Saturday newspaper offers to 'curate my weekend', chefs 'curate lunch'. Every time we share a link or a music track with friends we're 'curating the web'. Real curators, of course, will object to such imprecise use of the...

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  16. Join us on The Archers blog between 10am and 7.30pm on Sunday 2 January to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Archers as it happens. Consider yourselves warned (and warmly invited). The special 60th anniversary episode of The Archers is only days away and we want you to join in. All day, fr...

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  17. BBC Radio 4 has just made this announcement: Pope Benedict XVI, will deliver his Thought For The Day on Radio 4, Friday 24th December at 7.45am. Pope Benedict's Christmas message to the British people follows his UK visit in September. In an unprecedented move - the Pope has not presented mate...

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  18. Robin Brooks dramatised 'I, Claudius' for BBC Radio 4. Here, he writes about the pleasures of adapting Graves for radio. His post begins with a clip from the current episode - SB As material for dramatisation, one of the best things about 'I, Claudius' is that it starts very well and then get...

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  19. A rare voice from the internet underground on Today this morning. Cold Blood is a member of the informal alliance of hackers that goes by the name Anonymous. The loosely-coordinated group came together to attack the Church of Scientology's web site in 2008 and is now taking credit for 'Operation...

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  20. Tweet your questions for Tim Bentinck with #BBCiWeek The live chat has now closed and will be archived here permanently. Click the replay button to see all of the tweets published during the chat. It's Internet Week - a huge annual event that celebrates the net in all its variety. Radio 4's sma...

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