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18/12/2017
BBC Radio 4

    Paul Murphy

    Senior Producer, A&Mi

    Blog posts in total 55

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    1. The launch of Artangel and Radio 4's search for new ground-breaking art projects plus new commissions coming to the network

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    2. 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, Michèle Robe...

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    3. 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...

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    4. 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. Supplied by Royal Collection Trust / © HM ...

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    5. 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 ...

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    6. Fanny Blankers-Koen, far right, of the Netherlands finishes first in the Women's 100m during the XIV Olympic Games Circa August of 1948 in London Clare Balding's new 30 part series on sport in Britain starts today at 1.45pm on BBC Radio 4 after the World at One. The first part looks at t...

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    7. Ed's note: This week's drama podcast to download, keep and listen to whenever you want is The Jinx Element. Download it here - PM. Portrait Of Edith Wharton Stephen Wakelam's play The Jinx Element follows on from last week's adaptation of Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome in that it tel...

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    8. 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...

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    9. 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. Lucy Wood Paul Arnold, 4 Extra presentation producer,...

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    10. 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 th...

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    11. 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 expe...

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    12. Christopher Hitchens at the Hitchens v Hitchens debate, Fountain St. Church, Grand Rapids. Pic by 1546 used under licence The preamble 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 yo...

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    13. Ian Dury (naturally enough) chose Gene Vincent but who else's music did he pick to take to the Desert Island? The preamble 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 informati...

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    14. Women fire fighters directing a hose after the Japanese attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbour 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 t...

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    15. Confederate Flag in Biloxi: Pic by akasped The preamble 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 Ra...

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    16. Oscar and Al Pacino: Pacino talks about his obsession with the work of Oscar Wilde The preamble 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 see...

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    17. Gillian Reynolds and Gwyn Williams at the Media Society organised event 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 ...

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    18. 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 reshuff...

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    19. From @JohnWilson14 on twitter: Lou Reed on the Front Row daily podcast The preamble 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 do...

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    20. Writer and director of Withnail and I, Bruce Robinson, with Francine 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 Withna...

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