Documentary of the Week

Documentary of the Week

The Documentary of the Week podcast brings you our pick of the week's documentaries on BBC Radio 4. A new episode is published every Friday.

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Recent episodes (5)

  • Shipping Songs: 24 Apr 15

    Fri, 24 Apr 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    The Shipping Forecast has long provided essential, potentially life-saving, information for those at sea around the British Isles. But the forecast also has a history of sparking the imagination and creativity of those firmly on land - music, poetry and artworks of all kinds have been inspired by it. Award-winning folk artist Lisa Knapp, who has herself written a song inspired by the daily forecast, takes a musical and poetic voyage through the watery regions of the Shipping Forecast and examines the appeal it holds for land-bound musicians, poets and writers.

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  • Future Speak: 17 Apr 15

    Fri, 17 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    Computer code is written all over our offices, our homes and now in our classrooms too. Technologist Tom Armitage de-codes digital literacy for the so-called 'second machine age'.

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  • Twin Peaks: 10 Apr 15

    Fri, 10 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Available:
    13 days remaining

    Twin Peaks is one of the most influential and innovative programmes in television history - writer and broadcaster Danny Leigh goes for a walk in the woods to explain why. Before The Killing, True Detective and The X Files, there was Twin Peaks. The programme made its debut in America in the spring of 1990. By the time it arrived in the UK six months later, millions of people in Britain too were asking 'Who killed Laura Palmer?

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  • AA: America's Gift To The World: 10 Apr 15

    Fri, 10 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Available:
    13 days remaining

    Alcoholics Anonymous, founded in Akron, Ohio by Bill Wilson and Dr Bob Smith in 1935, has a presence in most countries around the world. Author AL Kennedy tells its story and how it works.

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  • Minecraft: More than a Game: 3 Apr 15

    Fri, 3 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    Jolyon Jenkins asks why our children are hooked on the computer game Minecraft. Does its alternate universe stimulate creativity, or make them disengage from Planet Earth?

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