About Radio 4 Extra

Radio 4 Extra is the new name for Radio 7.

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

Gwyneth Williams, Controller, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4 Extra says: "I hope that in bringing BBC Radio 4 Extra closer to BBC Radio 4, by adding some inviting new programmes and variations of some old favourites, we will encourage more listeners to find and enjoy what this imaginative digital station has to offer."

BBC Radio 4 Extra will also broadcast some well loved BBC Radio 4 programmes, and introduce new gems for radio lovers to enjoy.

Desert Island Discs Revisited: will feature archive editions of Desert Island Discs introduced by Kirsty Young, who will update and contextualise each castaway's interview. The programmes will be broadcast in themed groups series, beginning with children's authors.

Desert Island Discs Selection: a selection of extended repeats from the past year featuring previously unheard material will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra when DID is off BBC Radio 4's airwaves.

The Four O'Clock Show: a daily Monday to Friday one hour show with quizzes, stories, comedy clips and interviews designed to appeal to children and their parents/carers.

Young Classics: New dramas on Sunday afternoons to be enjoyed by all ages include: The Silver Sword and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The Now Show Extra and The News Quiz Extra: extended by 15 minutes, you can hear behind-the-scenes interviews with the shows' writers, producers and comic guests.

Comedy First: As part of the comedy club, new comedy will be premiered on BBC Radio 4 Extra prior to transferring to BBC Radio 4. These will include a new series of Arthur Smith's Balham Bash and Sarah Millican's Support Group.

The 7th Dimension

You may have noticed that The 7th Dimension has moved to a new slot on Saturdays and Sundays (6pm - 7pm) on Radio 4 Extra. 

The 7th Dimension will continue to be the home of science fiction and supernatural content on Radio 4 Extra at this time. The number of archive programmes in this genre is fairly limited, but we’re keen to keep two slots dedicated to sci-fi content on Radio 4 Extra, bringing the best programmes available to our listeners. Additionally we will be broadcasting sci fi programming that is longer than The 7th Dimension 1hr slot at other times in the schedule.

 

As part of small changes to the Radio 4 Extra schedule, during weeknights we’ll now be featuring programmes such as Great Lives, Act Your Age and A Good Read.

FAQ

Who is the Controller of Radio 4 Extra?

Gwyneth Williams is the Controller of Radio 4 & Radio 4 Extra. You can read a post about her first week at Radio 4 on the Radio 4 & 4 Extra Blog. You can read about her appointment on the BBC's Press Office web site.

How can I find a programme on the Radio 4 Extra website?

You can find a programme that has been broadcast or will be broadcast within seven days by clicking on the Programmes link at the top of every page on the site.

How can I contact a Radio 4 Extra programme?

If a direct contact option is not available, or to make a comment, complaint or enquiry about other BBC programmes or services, visit the BBC Information website. BBC Information

You can also write to our programmes using the following address:

Programme Name,

Radio 4 Extra,

BBC Broadcasting House,

London W1A 1AA

** You can also ring BBC Information on 03700 100 400. (03700 calls cost no more than 01 and 02 geographic landline numbers and are included in discount packages for both fixed-line and mobile phones).

Or write to them at: BBC Information, PO Box 1922, Glasgow, G2 3WT

Do you have plans to broadcast a programme called X?

Although we do not have the resources to provide a research service, we are interested in your programme suggestions. Please bear in mind that the BBC does not own all of the copyright to the archive, therefore permission has to be sought before any programme can air.

Why does Radio 4 Extra repeat programmes so often?

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.

How do I get tickets to recordings of programmes?

There are some opportunities to be an audience member at the recording of Radio 4 Extra programmes, especially comedy shows. Visit the BBC tickets site for more details. BBC Tickets site

How can I comment on a Radio 4 Extra programme?

You can email the team at: radio4extra@bbc.co.uk

Alternatively Feedback (Friday 13:30-14:00; Sunday 20:00-20:30) is the BBC Network Radio listeners' letters programme, produced for Radio 4 by an independent production company, presented by Roger Bolton.

Feedback's content is entirely directed by the telephone calls, letters, emails and faxes it receives from listeners.

Feedback - The Radio 4 & Radio 4 Extra blog publishes regular features about Radio 4 Extra and you can leave a comment on any of the posts.

Find out how to contact the programme on the Feedback website.

The Radio 4 & Radio 4 Extra blog publishes regular features about Radio 4 Extra and you can leave a comment on any of the posts.

If a direct contact option is not available, or to make a comment, complaint or enquiry about other BBC programmes or services, visit the BBC Information website

You can also write to our programmes using the following address:

Programme Name,

Radio 4 Extra,

BBC Broadcasting House,

London W1A 1AA

To make a comment about other BBC programmes visit the BBC Information website.

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How can I get a CD or transcript of a programme

We do not produce transcripts for most programmes. If a programme transcript is available, you can find a link to download the transcript on the programme's episode page. Some Radio 4 Extra programmes are available to buy in CD or digital download formats. Where titles are available links to a number of online retailers will usually appear in the 'buyer's guide' section on the relevant programme's web site.

You can also try the National Sound Archive which has a wide collection of broadcast radio that may be available under the inter-library loan scheme.

Teachers are free to play radio programmes on BBC iPlayer to classes. The playing or performing of copyright works (including sound recordings) in the course of activities of educational establishments does not infringe copyright. However, the BBC's agreements with rights holders prevent us from authorising copies being made of radio programme streams for this purpose.

Otherwise, Radio 4 programmes are not available for re-broadcast, except by formal legal agreement, including payment of a fee.

Requests to licence the right to re-broadcast should be sent to BBC Radio International

How can I submit an idea for a programme or some music?

If it is an idea for a new programme (e.g. comedy or drama), you can consult the BBC Commissioning Guidelines.

If you would like to submit some music you can visit the BBC Introducing website.

All other queries

If your question is not answered on this page, please contact radio4extra@bbc.co.uk. We can only deal with queries about Radio 4 Extra programmes.

How to Listen

How to Listen to BBC Radio 4 Extra

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.

Radio 4 Extra can be found on the following channels, frequencies and websites:

 

  • DAB Listed as "BBC Radio 4 Extra", "BBC R4 Extra", or "Radio 4 Extra"
  • Freeview Channel 708
  • Freesat Channel 708
  • SkyTV Channel 0131
  • Virgin Channel 910

 

For information on listening on these platforms - BBC Radio Help

Online

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

MP3 Players (iPods and other manufacturers)

Some Radio 4 Extra programmes are available as podcasts, which you can listen to on any MP3 player (more info about podcasts).

Radio 4 Extra Podcasts (for technical questions)

BBC Radio Help

Why can't I listen to a programme as soon as it finishes?

Once a programme has finished broadcasting, there can be a few hours' delay before the programme is available to listen to online.

The programme I want to listen to isn't available

You can listen to Radio 4 Extra programmes on programme pages on the Radio 4 Extra website. Find links to the programme pages via the Programmes or Schedule link at the top of the page.

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 Radio 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

You can listen to Radio 4 Extra programmes on programme pages on the Radio 4 Extra website. Find links to the programme pages via the Programmes or Schedule link at the top of the page.

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.

How long are programmes available to listen to online?

Programmes are usually available for seven days after broadcast.

If a download, or podcast, is available for a programme, you can save this to your computer or mp3 player and keep forever, to listen to whenever and wherever you like. You can find out which programmes can be saved in this way on the Radio 4 Extra podcast pages.

What is a podcast and how can I podcast, or download, a Radio 4 Extra programme?

A few Radio 4 Extra programmes are available to download. A download or podcast is an audio file that you can save to your computer or mp3 player. Many mobile phones also have this functionality. You can keep any programme you download on your device, to play whenever you like. You can keep these programmes permanently.

You can use iTunes or any other podcast software to manage your podcasts, or simply download individual programmes directly from the Radio 4 Extra website. Find details of how to download on the Radio 4 Extra Podcasts page.

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

I'm having problems with my Radio Reception, can you help?

Visit the BBC's Reception website for comprehensive information on both radio and TV reception. Persistent problems are likely to need help from an aerial specialist.

BBC Reception website

I'm having problems getting BBC 4 Extra on my digital TV, can you help?

BBC Radio 7 was re-branded as BBC Radio 4 Extra on Saturday 2nd April 2011. This changed on all digital TV platforms, including Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat.

Viewers with Freeview TVs or Freesat set top boxes may still need to re-tune their TVs in order to receive these changes, help with this can be found here here. Viewers may still see BBC Radio 4 Extra listed as BBC Radio 7 until they retune.

Why is Radio 4 Extra transmitted in mono on DAB?

Whilst Radio 4 Extra is transmitted in stereo on digital TV and the internet, Radio 4 Extra has to share the DAB multiplex with all the other national BBC radio stations.

The space we have allows us to broadcast in mono or stereo at 80 kbps (kilobits per second). However to broadcast in stereo would mean having to split the 80 kbps between the left and right channels. At that bit rate the quality of the transmission would be less than optimal.

In addition many of our programmes were originally made in mono.

Contact

You can email us with queries at Radio4Extra

If a direct contact option is not available, or to make a comment, complaint or enquiry about other BBC programmes or services, visit the Contact the BBC site.

You can also write to our programmes using the following address:

Programme Name,

Radio 4 Extra,

BBC Broadcasting House,

London W1A 1AA