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Alan Bennett reads Radio 4's Shipping Forecast

30 December 2013 Last updated at 18:15 GMT

As guest editor of Radio 4's Today programme, Monty Python's Michael Palin selected Alan Bennett to read the Shipping Forecast.

The playwright read a forecast from 28 October 2013, which was a particularly stormy day.

Presenters Evan Davis and James Naughtie reassured those listening to Mr Bennett's forecast not to batten down the hatches, as that particular storm had since passed.