Radio 3 Essay

Radio 3 Essay

Authored essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond, themed across a week. Each episode is full of insight, opinion and intellectual surprise from one expert voice. The Essay is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Monday to Friday 10.45pm. We aim to include as many episodes of The Essay in the podcast as we can but you'll find that some aren't included for rights reasons.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • British Film Comedians

    Fri, 17 Apr 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The columnist and historian Simon Heffer concludes his current series of Essays on much-loved comic actors of mid-20th century British film by turning his gaze on Sid James.

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  • British Film Comedians

    Thu, 16 Apr 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The columnist and historian Simon Heffer continues his current series of Essays on much-loved comic actors of mid-20th century British film by turning his focus on Tony Hancock.

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  • British Film Comedians

    Wed, 15 Apr 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Simon Heffer considers the film career of comic actor Terry-Thomas

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  • British Film Comedians

    Wed, 15 Apr 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The columnist and historian Simon Heffer continues his series of Essays on five hugely popular comic actors of mid-20th century British cinema with a celebration of Alastair Sim.

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  • British Film Comedians

    Wed, 15 Apr 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The columnist and historian Simon Heffer resumes his series of Essays with a celebration Will Hay, by popular consent the greatest comic actor in films of the 1930s and '40s.

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  • On Earth as in Heaven - Lead us not 3 Apr 15

    Fri, 3 Apr 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Poet and author Andrew Motion considers the penultimate lines of the Lord's Prayer, "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil". Five brilliant voices essay on different sections of the Lord's Prayer for our time. Author Ali Smith, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies Mona Siddiqui, Rabbi Julia Neuberger, poet and undertaker Thomas Lynch and poet and author Andrew Motion examine each thought with a modern day searchlight, bringing theological knowledge, personal memory, poetic insight and imagination to an understanding of this prayer, murmured by millions every day.

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  • On Earth as in Heaven - Forgive us 2 Apr 15

    Thu, 2 Apr 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Michigan-based poet and undertaker Thomas Lynch considers the lines of the Lord's Prayer "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us". The Lord's Prayer is not even sixty words long and, as it appears in the Gospel according to Matthew, it's introduced by Jesus as a 'how to pray' guide: 'This then, is how you should pray". Today it's bound with the need to express our longing for a better world and something we all share, but what do these short lines mean and how do they help? Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

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  • On Earth as in Heaven - Give us this day 1 Apr 15

    Wed, 1 Apr 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Rabbi Julia Neuberger considers the middle section of the Lord's Prayer. She reflects on the line "Give us this day our daily bread". Five brilliant voices essay on different sections of the Lord's Prayer for our time. Author Ali Smith, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies Mona Siddiqui, Rabbi Julia Neuberger, poet and undertaker Thomas Lynch and poet and author Andrew Motion examine each thought with a modern day searchlight, bringing theological knowledge, personal memory, poetic insight and imagination to an understanding of this prayer, murmured by millions every day.

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  • On Earth as in Heaven - Thy Kingdom Come 31 Mar 15

    Tue, 31 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    British Muslim Academic Mona Siddiqui explores the second section of the Lord's Prayer. She considers the lines "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven". The Lord's Prayer is not even sixty words long and, as it appears in the Gospel according to Matthew, it's introduced by Jesus as a 'how to pray' guide: 'This then, is how you should pray". Today it's bound with the need to express our longing for a better world and something we all share, but what do these short lines mean and how do they help? Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

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  • On Earth as in Heaven - Art in Heaven 30 Mar 15

    Mon, 30 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Five brilliant voices essay on different sections of the Lord's Prayer for our time. Author Ali Smith, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies Mona Siddiqui, Rabbi Julia Neuberger, poet and undertaker Thomas Lynch and poet and author Andrew Motion examine each thought with a modern day searchlight, bringing theological knowledge, personal memory, poetic insight and imagination to an understanding of this prayer, murmured by millions every day. Author Ali Smith begins this series of essays. She focuses on the first lines, "Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name".

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