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April (21 posts)

  1. Front Row: David Foster Wallace's The Pale King

    Friday 15 April 2011, 19:10

    Paul Murphy Paul Murphy Senior Producer, A&Mi

    Front Row reports on The Pale King by American writer David Foster Wallace which is being published posthumously today, following the 46-year-old American author's long battle with depression and eventual suicide in 2008.

    Arts editor Will Gompertz on what made Wallace's writing so special, and why...

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  2. Your blogger departs

    Thursday 14 April 2011, 16:20

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

    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 Radio 4. I tell...

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  3. The story of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, on Radio 4

    Tuesday 12 April 2011, 10:30

    Paul Murphy Paul Murphy Senior Producer, A&Mi

    The Afternoon Play, Titanium, marks the 50th anniversary of Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's first manned spaceflight. The story is told through the eyes of Gagarin's training partner Gherman Titov, the man who so nearly could have been the first man into space.

    Peter Snow brings the events around...

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  4. Radio 4 Extra - the first week

    Friday 8 April 2011, 18:37

    Mary Kalemkerian Mary Kalemkerian

    Radio 4 Extra is almost one week old - and we've all been delighted to read far more publicity for the network than we ever expected. Our notice boards are groaning with press cuttings of previews and reviews from a wide variety of newspapers across the UK. We also made a number of feature pages too...

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  5. Let's Get Quizzical - Brains, Pickles and Slips

    Wednesday 6 April 2011, 19:08

    Nick St George Nick St George Producer, Radio 4 Extra

In Part 1 of 'Quizzical' Russell referred to mild-mannered Wilfred Pickles as a herbivore, while the more irascible Gilbert Harding was described as a carnivore. And it is perhaps difficult to envisage Harding getting the best out of the good people of Ramsbottom. But with the more media-savvy...

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  • Fags, Mags and Bags is back

    Monday 4 April 2011, 11:51

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

    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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  • Protection - it's the name of the game

    Monday 4 April 2011, 09:37

    Neil Gardner Neil Gardner

    I'm standing in a large conference room - devoid of furniture, carpet pulled back - in an ordinary well-known branded hotel in Kent. The room reverberates with shouts and cries:

    "Give me your money!"

    I've got a gun and I'll use it if you don't give me your valuables! br> Get down! Get down! br>

    Aaaaaarrrrggghhhhhhhhhh...

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  • Let's Get Quizzical - a history of the radio panel game

    Saturday 2 April 2011, 13:36

    Nick St George Nick St George Producer, Radio 4 Extra

    Some radio programmes seem to appear on air fully-formed, almost overnight - others have a somewhat longer gestation period. Let's Get Quizzical - Russell Davies's two-part history of the radio panel game and quiz show - falls most definitely into the latter camp.

    If you've come to 4 Extra from Radio...

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  • Welcome to Radio 4 Extra

    Friday 1 April 2011, 18:02

    Mary Kalemkerian Mary Kalemkerian

    After we bid a fond farewell to BBC Radio 7 after over 8 years on-air - what a delight to be able instead to welcome you to the world of BBC Radio 4 Extra.

    Whether you're a newbie or one of our loyal band of followers - I can promise you plenty to enjoy in our new schedule, which kicks off tomorrow at...

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  • The Bookclub author interview archive - literary treasure

    Friday 1 April 2011, 16:22

    Jim Naughtie Jim Naughtie Jim Naughtie presents Bookclub on BBC Radio 4

    Looking through the list of Bookclub recordings brings back some extraordinary memories... of Joseph Heller talking about Catch 22, Wendy Cope reading poetry in a basement studio in Broadcasting House while the story from New York was coming in on September 11, 2001, Muriel Spark reading from The Prime...

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