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Episode 3
BBC Radio 4

    Blog posts by year and month April 2009

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    1. Elvenquest is a new Radio 4 comedy set in the world of fantasy fiction. It's by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto: British comedy royalty. Gupta produced The Office, Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at No. 42. He's also a writer. Pinto wrote for Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars and co-wrote che...

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    2. I caught a wonderful programme on Sunday afternoon - Twin Sisters, Two Faiths. It was about identical twins - one of whom was a practising Christian - the other a practising Muslim. Their mother - dying from cancer - was an agnostic but clearly more comfortable with one religion than the other....

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    3. It is not often that we remove a programme from the schedule at short notice. The 'On The Ropes' we had hoped to broadcast this morning in the end did not work. We were mindful of the background and, in particular, the strained domestic circumstances surrounding the break-up of Andy Kershaw's l...

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    4. Chris Impey and Fran Barnes from Farming Today have been learning the art of beekeeping for a year-long project. They've acquired a hive and a colony of bees, which they're keeping at the British Beekeepers' Association apiary at the National Agricultural Centre in Warwickshire. They're going to...

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    5. It was Sir Clement Freud's funeral today (Friday) at St Bride's, Fleet Street in London. It was billed as being both a funeral and a celebration - and so it was. It was poignant and beautiful and peppered with references to Radio 4. One of the pieces of music chosen was 'Oh What a Beautiful Morn...

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    6. A couple of days ago in a comment here on the blog @ooergosh asked a question about the new 'week-at-a-view' schedule on the Radio 4 web site. He or she said: Glad you're listening to about 1% of feedback. Now how about tackling the rest? For example I have just noticed that the schedule for t...

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    7. The first in a series of posts from Tony Pilgrim, explaining what on earth a Radio 4 Head of Planning and Scheduling does. It is becoming easier to find and play or store and share radio programmes in the way that you want to, when you want to (podcasts, for instance). But listening live is sti...

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    8. I belong to the generation for whom JG Ballard was always present. A sort of conscience for the strangeness of post-war, post-scarcity, post black-and-white Britain. But one that took an evident dark joy in it all. The BBC, being staffed in the main by the generations he influenced most intensel...

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    9. The genesis of Americana derives from Alistair Cooke's death in 2004. Letter from America had run on Radio 4, fifty two weeks a year for 58 years - a total of 2,869 editions. The last one was broadcast only a few weeks before he died. I had been an admirer for decades. One of the talks in 1993 ...

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    10. Some British cultural figures - entertainers, intellectuals, writers - have special meaning for Radio 4 listeners. We believe they're in some way ours. Humph was one. Clement Freud is another. And this makes us miss them more when they go. So how do you mark the passing of an authentic Radio 4 l...

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