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30/03/2017
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    1. The producer of The 40 Year Twitch Toby Swift writes: "Daniel Thurman is a talented young writer whose work often 'finds rich humour in the seemingly mundane' (Radio Times). And it is a 'seemingly mundane' relationship that Daniel explores to great effect in his new comic play. And to make it ev...

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    2. Docudrama Winter Exercise examines a secret government Cold War drill. where senior civil servants role-played the Cabinet as it tried to deal with an imagined nuclear crisis.

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    3. Cheryl Tipp, curator of natural sounds at the British Library, previews the fifth week of Noise: A Human History.

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    4. Editor's note: Nominations for The New Elizabethans were sent in by Radio 4 listeners and then a panel of experts decided on the final list. Radio 4 broadcast profiles of the New Elizabethans daily (Mon-Fri) at 12.45pm. Here, Pete Tong gives a personal view of the contribution he believes Goldi...

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    5. Editor's note: As part of the new BBC season, When I'm 65, Radio 4's You and Yours has been focussing on covering some of the issues around ageing in the UK today. Here, Ben Toone from the show picks out some highlights. PM The season certainly opened my eyes to the issues affect...

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    6. Dr Janet Topp Fargion, lead curator of world and traditional music at the British Library, previews the final week of Noise: A Human History.

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    7. Editor's note: Tony Travers is Director of LSE London, a research centre at the London School of Economics and a contributor to Radio 4's London: Another Country. Here, he responds to this morning's #GreatestCity debate with a short essay about London's status as a 'world city' - SB London can ...

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    8. Editor's note: You can catch up with each episode of the Radio 4 Extra adaptation of Daughters-in-Law on the website for seven days after it's first broadcast. I am always thrilled to bits to have a novel of mine serialised on the radio. I don't know if it's generational, but there'...

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    9. Simon Tuff, Principal Technologist for BBC Audion and Music Technology Team explains the different file formats available for Radio 4's Satuday Drama, Pinocchio.

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    10. Editor's note. When Margie Tunbridge wrote to Radio 4 asking for a flag to unfurl on the fourth plinth we leapt at the chance. Here she writes about the experience - SB Like nearly every other Plinther I like Gormley's work (did he know he had so many fans?) - I've seen the Field for the Britis...

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    11. It began, a couple of weeks ago, with my editor asking, "Chris do you know about game theory?" I've been a journalist long enough to know it doesn't pay to plead ignorance (unless you've done something wrong or stolen pens from the desk of a colleague), so I said, "I know all about game theory -...

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    12. Editor's note - Paul Vickers wrestled with his Sat Nav for a trip to the Welsh borders and the ancestral home of William Ewart Gladstone to mark Gladstone's bicentenary for Beyond Westminster. He recorded this short account of his visit specially for the blog - SB. Paul Vickers is a Producer o...

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    13. The job of the historian is to make the long dead speak again - we take dusty, unpromising documents and breathe life back into the faded hand-writing. It can be a magical craft, akin to necromancy - trying to communicate with the spirits of the dead. Scribbled love letters, desperate diaries, a...

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    14. I first came into contact with the world of HP Lovecraft aged thirteen, and it wasn't through his books. My elder brother, John, the two boys from next door and I were into role playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons, and when I say we were into it, I mean we were lost in it, obsessed, consu...

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    15. Spike from The Goon Show, 1958 Classical music in the morning, jazz in the afternoons, half an hour for lunch (battenburg or a danish) and to open the French windows and talk to the birds. The Magic Roundabout at five to six and then a bath. "The public perception of Spike is this sc...

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    16. Editor's note: Deborah Wain is the writer of today's Afternoon Play 'Notes To Self', a drama about Alzheimer's disease, based on real experiences and interwoven with recordings of music sessions carried out in care homes and day centres - SB. A heartfelt blast of a chorus or just a brief flicke...

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    17. This is the story of the search for the Manhattan Bee Man - a guy who apparently lives in New York with 250,000 bees in his apartment and is completely oblivious to the discomfort. Is he real or is he a just another bogie man? It's also about Alphabet City, and the truly amazing people who live ...

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    18. Editor's note: more quite haunting glimpses of our former selves from the You & Yours archive. We've now published all of the five episodes of the programme from the 1970s found in the archive. If you have a recording of an episode of You & Yours from that decade, please leave a comment to let u...

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    19. The BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2013 is a nationwide talent search that aims to find the brightest new voices on the stand-up comedy circuit and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4 Extra. It is currently open for entry until 28th June.

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    20. Fifty years since the first publication of Betty Friedan's seminal feminist work The Feminine Mystique, Radio 4 has commissioned three leading writers to celebrate her influence in new short stories exploring the contemporary feminist landscape. Marina Warner explains the inspiration behind her ...

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