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  1. Comedian Alex Horne reveals the creative process behind the second series of Alex Horne Presents the Horne Section.

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  2. Wilko Johnson's manager, Rob Hoy, writes about Wilko's life since recording Mastertapes for Radio 4.

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  3. Editor's note: Warhorses of Letters starts on Radio 4 this Tuesday 25 October at 11pm. As the Radio Times puts it: "Only on Radio 4 would one find a gay, epistolary romance in which the letter writers are horses". Stephen Fry and Daniel Rigby (who won a BAFTA for his portrayl of Eric Morecambe o...

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  4. Editor's note: Desert Island Discs has just released over 200 programme fragments which have been painstakingly restored from different sources including the British Library. Here, Alison Hughes, producer of Desert Island Discs talks about the latest archive project. PM Christmas has come ...

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  5. Chris Hutchings (Research Manager for Radio 4, 4 Extra and Radio & Music Interactive) discusses the latest Rajar results, which cover April - June 2013.

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  6. The Farming Today bees are on holiday in Derbyshire. Fran and Clive (our beekeeping mentor) took them up to the moors one rainy night. They're on a farm feeding off the heather. We're hoping, all being well, this well produce a crop of very rich tasting honey. They've been away a few weeks now a...

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  7. I was recently at the home of Hari and Matt (I've changed the names) - a friend from childhood and his partner, respectively - now new adoptive gay dads to two older children. The kids come from troubled backgrounds and are having difficulty settling into their new homes. They're testing both th...

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  8. Whilst working on this week's Britain In A Box, I had a rare treat when we managed to obtain a copy of the original, never-broadcast pilot of 'Men Behaving Badly'. The pilot was made for Thames TV, directed by their then Head of Comedy, John Howard Davies and starred the eventual cast of the fir...

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  9. Editor's note: the five day sprint from idea to completed drama is over and tomorrow afternoon you'll be able to hear the results of the 'From Fact to Fiction' team's labours - a topical play inspired by the news. Today Matilda James finishes the story - SB So our third actor did say yes - and ...

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  10. Artist Susan Aldworth (left) at the Curwen Studios in Cambridgeshire Imagine meeting a "Living National Treasures" (or more correctly the less wieldy "Intangible Cultural Properties"), the honorific title given to artists or crafts people in Japan reflecting their contribution to a skill ...

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  11. Radio Producer, Gemma Jenkins, writes about Opening Lines and the themes and inspirations that emerged from this year's contributions.

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  12. Last year, the British Library discovered a number of editions of Desert Island Discs in their archive. Andrew Caspari, Head of Speech & Classical Music Radio, describes the project to publish these online and some highlights from the collection.

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  13. At Radio 4, we've been trying to make the experience of listening to programmes on the internet as comfortable as listening live on a radio set. For far too long, listening online has meant things like retreating to a dark home office where your computer lives, or precariously balancing your lap...

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  14. Author Peter Jukes on the challenges of condensing 80 days of testimony into a 45 minute Afternoon Drama

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  15. Today, Tuesday 13 September, is the 95th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, a hugely popular and prolific writer who has been referred to as "one of the greatest story-tellers for children of the twentieth century". Dahl's memorable and magical books for children include: Charlie and the Ch...

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  16. Ed's note: You can listen to Songs for Tahrir on the Radio 4 website. There's also more information and photos on the website - PM. Sayyid Darwish (Picture courtesy of the Friends of Sayyid Darwish Association) Since childhood, I've had this love-hate relationship with Arabic music...

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  17. Editor's note: Radio 4's listening figures for the final quarter of 2010 are published tomorrow. Paul Kennedy, Research Director at RAJAR, explains how they're gathered - SB. RAJAR, or 'Radio Joint Audience Research', is the official body in charge of radio audience measurement for the UK. RAJA...

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  18. AL Kennedy's new Radio 4 documentary - AA: America's Gift to the World - tells the story of Alcoholics Anonymous and its methods, and asks whether AA is still the best 'cure' for addicts given new science and treatments.

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  19. We wanted to know what difference it makes to someone, suddenly changing school, perhaps shifting class or modifying accent, in going from state school to boarding at a posh school on a free bursary. In this case one of the people was your dispassionate reporter. A surprisingly layered assi...

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