About Radio 4 Extra

Radio 4 Extra is an archive entertainment network broadcasting classic comedy, drama and features.

How to Listen

In the UK you can listen to Radio 4 Extra in many ways: on a digital (DAB); on digital television; online through a computer; on a mobile phone; on an MP3 player.

For information on listening on these platforms - BBC Sounds help.

Online

Listen live, and listen to programmes broadcast in the past 30 days at Radio 4 Extra's website.

Some Radio 4 Extra programmes are available as podcasts -

Radio 4 Extra Podcasts

The programme I want to listen to isn't available

If the audio is not available, it may be for the following reasons: programmes can take up to a few hours to be available to listen to; many programmes, such as drama or comedy are only available, for rights reasons, for 7 days after broadcast. Sometimes audio is unavailable due to high demand causing network congestion. In this case if you try again later you will often find that the programme is available.

BBC Sounds help

The BBC does not control the technology that runs the internet. We cannot help with problems relating to audio, browsers, interruptions to audio streams etc.

I'm having problems listening to a Radio 4 Extra programme on my computer

The BBC does not control the technology that runs the internet. We cannot help with problems relating to audio, browsers, interruptions to audio streams etc.

Can I listen from outside the UK?

You can listen to Radio 4 Extra online anywhere in the world, but you will not be able to pick up BBC stations broadcasting on DAB very far from UK shores. They are funded by the UK licence fee and the BBC is not permitted to re-broadcast them from other countries.

BBC Reception website

Contact

You can follow Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra on these social media platforms to get the latest updates and to join in conversations about programmes:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BBCRadio4/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBCRadio4

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/bbcradiofour

If you have a question or would like to make a comment or complaint about Radio 4 Extra, visit Contact the BBC.

You may also find the answer to your question at our Frequently Asked Questions site.

You can also write to us at the following address:

Programme Name,

Radio 4 Extra,

BBC Broadcasting House,

London W1A 1AA

Frequently Asked Questions

Radio 4 Extra is set up as a repeat digital network with a small budget and limited resources.

It can take around 3 months to research, gain permission from contributors, clear copyright and digitally remaster every programme before it can be scheduled.

Therefore to make it economically viable, we buy rights for 6 broadcast days over 3 years (excluding the 24 hour repeat). In order to provide value for money, we broadcast most programmes twice a year.

However, we do stagger repeats, mixing the old with the new so our audience has a fresh listening experience every day.