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Friday 16th March


    Desert Island Discs

    6:00pm - St George's Bristol

    Kirsty Young's castaway will be singer-songwriterand jazz pianist Jamie Cullum, who will share his choice of eight tracks, a book and a luxury that he'd want to take with him to the mythical desert island land. This will be a unique occasion as, in a break with tradition, Jamiewill be performing a number of his musical choices.

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    Any Questions

    6:45pm - M Shed - Broadcast on Radio 4 at 8pm

    Dragon's Den comes entrepreneur Deborah Meaden is joined by singer songwriter Billy Bragg and two other special guests to take questions on the week's news from the audience - at Bristol's newest museum The M-Shed. Jonathan Dimbleby is in the chair. Guests are subject to change.


    Bristol Comedy Night - BBC Radio Bristol

    8:00pm - Bristol Folk House

    A chance to see some of the UK's sharpest young comedy talent at the Bristol Folk House featuring multi-talented sketch comedy group "The Three Englishmen", Sara Pascoe and Stuart Goldsmith. The gig will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol on Saturday 17th March.


    Great Lives

    8:45pm - St George's Bristol

    Presenter Matthew Parris is joined by one of the UK's most exciting contemporary writers Owen Sheers. He chooses Dylan Thomas, arguably Wales's most famous and dramatic poet, whose work is celebrated for its comic observation, linguistic exuberance, lyricism and pathos while his chaotic personal life and his battle with alcohol are notorious. It should be a compelling programme.

Saturday 17th March


    A Load of Nonsense with Michael Rosen

    10:30am - Bristol Central Library

    Michael Rosen's guests include the children's writer Philip Ardagh, the actor Paul Nicholson, and nonsense experts Anna Barton and James Williams. With help from the audience, Michael will be filling a cauldron with nonsense poems, prose, limericks and tongue twisters, with a few nonsense sounds thrown in to bring out the flavour. The programme will mark the 200th anniversary of Edward Lear's birth with discussion of the writer's life and work.


    Loose Ends

    10:45am - St George's Bristol

    Sparkling conversation, music and comedy brought to you by the Radio 4 Loose Ends team. Presenter Clive Anderson is joined by programme regular, writer and comedian Arthur Smith. Surprising and engaging guests and wonderful live music.


    Made in Bristol - Trilogy of Short Stories

    2.45pm - St George's Bristol

    Three innovative writers from Bristol push the boundaries of radio fiction in a trilogy of specially commissioned stories that bring together words and sound effects to create stories that delight the ear. Featuring Edson Burton, Tania Hershman and Timothy X Atack.


    A Good Read

    5:15pm - St George's Bristol

    Expect a lively exchange and passionate opinions as presenter Harriett Gilbert and her guests Frances Barber and Grace Dent recommend their favourite books. Come and see if you agree with their choices and maybe find some new books for your own reading list.


    Sherlock Holmes & The Hound of the Baskervilles

    6pm - QEH Theatre

    Anarchic theatre company Peepolykus and writer Steven Canny adapt the classic Sherlock Holmes mystery with trademark hilarity and wit. A rare chance to see the magic of radio drama created in 3-D with a full panoply of live sound effects. The actors will be joined by a live Foley artist on stage. This performance will be broadcast on Radio 4 at a later date.


    Wondermentalist Cabaret

    7:45pm - St George's Bristol

    Poet, performer and self-proclaimed enemy of all that's difficult and upsetting, Matt Harvey weaves his magic in this comedy-infused, musically-enhanced, slightly interactive poetry cabaret. Matt will be joined by his musical side-kick and one man house band, Jerri Hart, and for this show by Bristol poets Sally Jenkinson and Byron Vincent.


    Pink Mist

    8:30pm - QEH Theatre

    Welsh author, poet and playwright Owen Sheers was approached by Radio 4 in Bristol to write an epic poem for the city, inspired by the Odyssey. A British soldier is injured in Afghanistan. Within twelve hours he is back in Britain but in all sorts of ways he cannot get home. This specially commissioned poetry sequence explores the timeless agonies of war and its aftermath, taking the story to the streets and people of Bristol.

Sunday 18th March


    Broadcasting House

    8:30am - St George's Bristol - Broadcast on Radio 4 at 9:00am

    Join Paddy O'Connell and his guests for a fresh approach to the world in this live broadcast of news, views and discussion. What better way to start a Sunday morning?


    Readings with AL Kennedy - Are You Inexperienced?

    11:15am - St George's Bristol

    This Radio 4 trilogy of short stories comes from award-winning writer, dramatist, performer and long-term aerophobic AL Kennedy. Recounting some curious encounters on ship and train when she decided to complete her latest novel in the United States, this is AL Kennedy at her comic and creative best.


    With Great Pleasure

    1:45pm - St George's Bristol

    A chance to hear the wonderful singer songwriter, broadcaster, multi-linguist and multi-instrumentalist Cerys Matthews as she shares an eclectic and personal mix of some of her favourite pieces of poetry, prose and song.


    Tidal Talks from the Rockpool by Lynne Truss

    4pm - QEH Theatre

    Tony Robinson, Alison Steadman, Geoffrey Palmer and Bill Wallis are some of the Rockpool residents who reveal the truth about life between the tides in this funny series of seaside tales. Meet a roving, joke-loving Periwinkle, a house-proud Hermit Crab, a figure-conscious Sea Anemone, a fast-talkin' Goby Fish, a poetic love-struck Limpet, and a diligent Lugworm. These salty tales are introduced by the writer, Lynne Truss, and accompanied by specially created live surround-sound diffusion by Chris Watson.


    Poetry Please

    4:00pm - St George's Bristol - Broadcast on Radio 4 at 4:30pm

    Roger McGough is joined by Harriet Walter and John Mackay to share listener requests for poems that celebrate sounds and the joy of listening. The poet Paul Henry will also read some of his own work. This is a chance to connect with the sounds of radio, the sounds of weather, of music, dance, speech, and of course - with poems that just sound great.

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