Gwyneth Williams reveals some major forthcoming highlights for Radio 4

Radio 4 will broadcast special programmes celebrating the art of sound, storytelling and listening from the More Than Words Festival in Bristol..."
Date: 02.11.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.16
Speaking at The Radio Festival in Manchester, BBC Radio 4 Controller Gwyneth Williams revealed some major forthcoming highlights for the network.

Radio 4 will broadcast special programmes celebrating the art of sound, storytelling and listening from the More Than Words Festival in Bristol; a Melvyn Bragg series telling the story of the written word; and programmes to mark the 45th anniversary of Just A Minute.

Gwyneth announced that Radio 4 and St George’s concert hall in Bristol will host the More Than Words Festival next March. Several Radio 4 programmes will be broadcast from St George’s, and the festival will feature a host of other events celebrating creativity, culture, journalism and the art of listening. Radio 4 will also broadcast a special five part poem by Owen Sheers - a poetic re-telling and updating of Homer’s Odyssey set in modern–day Bristol.

Melvyn Bragg’s series, Written World, details the story of the written word, from its origins in the Middle East 6,000 years ago to the present day. The series will explore how writing has enabled the dissemination of thought worldwide and, featuring works from the British Library and input from its curators, will detail how writing has enabled different civilisations to pass on ideas, knowledge and culture.

Radio 4 also plans to broadcast a series of programmes to celebrate 45 years of Just A Minute (JAM).

A documentary presented by chairman Nicholas Parsons and regular panellist Paul Merton will explore JAM’s popularity in India. Just A Minute: A Crazy Adventure In Time will reveal JAM clubs which have sprung up all over the country, playing a team version of the game.

And the series will also include two special editions of JAM, chaired by Nicholas Parsons, to be recorded in India with Paul Merton, another regular panellist and two Indian guest panellists.

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