Broadcasting House

Broadcasting House

News, discussion & a few gags. The Sunday papers & the BH quiz. Broadcast every Sunday morning on BBC Radio 4 between 9 and 10. Presented by Paddy O'Connell. Each week discussion about the key themes in the news, there's a review of the Sunday newspapers and a quiz with a special prize. Updated each Sunday. Subscribe to the BH Newsletter and the podcast at

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Recent episodes (4)

  • 31/08

    Sun, 31 Aug 14

    54 mins

    29 days remaining

    After the abuse scandal in Rotherham, we hear from one of the victims and debate whether high profile resignations are really the solution. We've been digging for gold on Folkestone beach, and watching Edinburgh Zoo for the arrival of a new panda cub. Nicholas Parsons presents his grammatical gripes, and Barry Cryer, John Sergeant and Kathy Lette review the papers.

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  • UK Government efforts to combat IS radicalism

    Sun, 24 Aug 14

    61 mins

    22 days remaining

    Khalid Mahmood and Mark Reckless discuss the UK's track record on combating radicalisation; Steve Evans unites three generations in Berlin to recall the fall of the Wall; and Danny Howard deconstructs contemporary UK dance music.

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  • Have the world's policemen left town?

    Sun, 17 Aug 14

    61 mins

    15 days remaining

    With reports of more massacres of minorities in Iraq and Syria, and stronger language from the Prime Minister in today's papers, has the West lost the stomach for intervention in World Affairs despite growing violence around the world. Crime may be falling overall, but there's an increase in thefts in rural areas. Paddy is down on the farm to investigate the reality of rural crime. Peter Robinson, author of the DCI Banks novels tells us why the countryside is the perfect place for his latest thriller. We've advice for parents on exam results day, an exam of our own on grammatical howlers in great works of literature. And reviewing the papers - Patricia Green, that's Jill Archer to you, Lord West, who used to run the Navy, and Mina al Oraibi, of the Arab daily Asharq Alawsat newspaper.

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  • Broadcasting House with Paddy O'Connell

    Sun, 10 Aug 14

    61 mins

    8 days remaining

    As food, water and shovels for gravedigging are dropped to the Yazidi refugees trapped on Mount Sinjar in Iraq, Jonathan Krohn tells us about flying in with the relief helicopters. Hugh Sykes, Rania Abouzeid and Patrick Cockburn look back over 100 years of Middle East turmoil and what the future may hold. Paddy follows in the footsteps of David Cameron in a fish market, and in the footsteps of Roman soldiers at Hadrian's Wall. And we assess how Boris Johnson will have to be a busy bee to combine his mayoral duties with those of an MP. Reviewing the papers, the historian Mary Beard, the journalist Isabel Hardman, the broadcaster Johnny Vaughan and Johnny's bulldog, Geoffrey.

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