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Can anyone help with Listen Again for Eddie Mair's PM of 27/7/17.
An "unavailable to listen in your area" window pops up. Nothing doing at all after many attempts.

Thank you very much.

Radio 4
Will insects inherit the earth?
The Infinite Monkey Cage, Series 16 Episode 4 of 6
Available to listen for 29 days

Will Insects Inherit the Earth?

Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Dave Gorman, zoologist Tim Cockerill and forensic entomologist Amoret Whitaker. They'll be discovering the joy of creepy crawlies, why the flea is the ultimate master of Darwinian evolution, and whether those pesky cockroaches will really have the last laugh if we are unlucky enough to be wiped out by a nuclear explosion. They'll be discovering how and why insects have been by far the most successful group of organisms during the history of life on planet earth, and why we simply couldn't do without them.

Tom Stoppard
Albert's Bridge
29 days to listen

Tom Stoppard's award-winning play about a philosophy graduate named Albert, employed to help paint the cantilevered railway bridge spanning Clufton Bay.

Starring John Hurt as Albert, Haydn Jones as Fraser, Barbara Mitchell as Kate, Victor Lucas as the Chairman, Ronald Herdman as Fitch, Betty Hardy as Mother, Alan Dudley as Father, Nigel Anthony as Bob, Alexander John as Charlie, Geoffrey Wincott as Dad, Anthony Jackson as George and Ian Thompson as Dave.

In 1968, 'Albert Bridge' won both the Prix Italia prize in Rome and the Czechoslovak International Radio Play Festival in Prague.

Producer: Charles Lefeaux
First broadcast on the BBC Third Programme in July 1967.


Assata Shakur The FBI's Most Wanted Woman - Omnibus
28 days to listen

4 Extra Debut. Political activist Assata Shakur's autobiography. Shakur is gravely wounded in a shoot-out. Starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / OFF AIR ???
« on: July 21, 2017, 02:49:53 AM »
July 28 from 09.00 - 19.00
Radio 4
is announcing the BBC will be off air!
Declared there is no schedule!

Sunday July 30th has a similar announcement!

'pon my soul, what IS going on?

Or might it be that the schedule has not yet been posted on line?

Book at Bedtime, Summer Lies Episode 1 of 5

The Night in Baden-Baden,
Part 1
329 days to listen

Bill Nighy reads from the new collection of short fiction by the author of The Reader, Bernhard Schlink.

He begins with a three-part story called The Night in Baden-Baden. An author goes to the first night of his first play, which is being performed in Baden-Baden. To celebrate the occasion he invites Therese to go with him. But Therese is not his girlfriend.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

The man reads WICKEDLY well does the NIGHY man!

A Supreme Work of Backstabbing ...

The Secret Life

About 27 days to Listen Again

Andrew O'Hagan recalls working with Julian Assange on a ghost-written memoir of the Wikileaks editor. Read by the author.

Read by the author!

Though there can be no doubt Julian Assange can be termed angelic, Ghost Writer's Andrew O'Hagen's radio play is a straightforward case of settling scores.
HOWEVER he does it in a masterly way. The production is well worth the listen ... even if it does toady to the requirements of the State, the BBC and the US Administration ... (NSA, CIA and other even more covert organisations).

Seems O'Hagan simply didn't understand the implications of the "covert sector" and its underbelly!

James Mitchell - Red File For Callan
22 days to listen

Hunter has given Schneider a red file and Callan is all too aware of the significance of this. Cheerful, friendly, affluent Schneider with his innocent passion for model soldiers must die. Once again Callan's means to an end is petty criminal Lonely, the most frightened little man in the underworld. It is Lonely who gets him the gun, a Noguchi Magnum 38 calibre. A magnum for Schneider.
The operation is fraught with complications, but Callan's own inhibitions are the most dangerous.
Abridged by Adrian Bean
Producer: Joanna Green
Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Pier Productions

Radio Matters / Potential
« on: May 20, 2017, 02:23:13 AM »
Came across this :
and at the site selected took this first bite at the apple:

The play was listenable but "the greatest was behind" ... the show to follow was a "live" quiz dating back from the forties or fifties sponsored by Heinz featuring Boris Karloff, Jan Struther (Mrs. Miniver) and a.n. other. The moderator was tip top, the atmosphere was laid back, the badinage witty. The whole seemed quite modern as compared to the BBC stuffiness at the same period.

I'd  be interested to hear feedback.

Had the dilettante who churned out the pap on license payers' money audible in the BBC link below bothered to surf YouTube he might have spared scarce resources, offered the listener a worthwhile production and found infinitely more valuable material from which to source his poorly presented slapdash effort!

The quality of broadcasting makes one weep!

Famously known as the City of Light, Paris is a diverse metropolis rich in architecture and steeped in history. But it has a dark alter ego that lies 30 metres under the ground, mirroring centuries of bloody wars, revolutions and riots on the surface. For Paris is porous - built on 177 miles of tunnels that were formed when limestone and gypsum were quarried to build the capital. Most people are only aware of just a tiny fraction of these tunnels - the world famous ossuary known as The Catacombs. The authorities have tried to keep a lid on the full extent of the labyrinthine remainder for hundreds of years. But there are little known entry points everywhere - in basements, in train stations, cellars and sewers. Throughout history, invaders have always found a way in, whether they were fighting Prussian soldiers, fleeing royalty of the French Revolution, the Nazis or The Resistance. Today they're home to the cataphiles - urban explorers who use the tunnels as an art space, a music venue or even a clandestine meeting point for secret societies.

The Guardian's architecture and design correspondent Jonathan Glancey investigates the underground maze of Paris, revealing a mysterious and intriguing history.

Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Harold Pinter - Betrayal
« on: April 23, 2017, 02:56:02 AM »
Radio 4

Saturday Drama
29 days to Listen

Harold Pinter's acclaimed drama about a love affair and the intricate nature of deceit which is told in reverse time from its poignant ending to its thrilling first kiss.

Emma ..... Olivia Colman
Jerry ..... Andrew Scott
Robert ..... Charles Edwards
Waiter ..... Gerard McDermott

Produced/directed by Gaynor Macfarlane

Harold Pinter was born in London in 1930. His writing career spanned over 50 years and produced 29 original stage plays, 27 screenplays, many dramatic sketches, radio and TV plays, poetry, one novel, short fiction, essays, speeches, and letters. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and, in the same year, the Wilfred Owen Award for Poetry and the Franz Kafka Award (Prague). In 2006 he was awarded the Europe Theatre Prize and, in 2007, the highest French honour, the Légion d'honneur. He died in December 2008.

Andrew Scott recently won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.

The Music Phorum / James Runcie - BACH: The Great Passion
« on: April 16, 2017, 02:23:02 PM »

BACH: The Great Passion

Simon Russell Beale as Johann Sebastian Bach in a drama revealing how the St Mathew Passion was written, composed, rehearsed and performed in the build-up to its first performance in Leipzig on Good Friday 1727.

Entering the final weeks of rehearsals, Bach struggles to complete his Great Passion while he also runs a boarding school of fifty-five pupils (some of whom are hopeless at music) and supports a continuously pregnant wife.

James Runcie's play recreates the vicissitudes and exultations of his gargantuan undertaking, while retaining the intimacy, surprise and profound sympathy which is at the heart of the work.

Arriving in Leipzig in 1727, Bach, the newly appointed Kapellmeister, sets out his plan for the staging of the Passion and the story of the persecuted Christ. He intends that it will be directly personal music, written not in Latin but in German, using the words " We" and "I" for the choruses and arias. In a radical move for the time, he insists on the individual responsibility of every musician in the unfolding drama. The story, he insists, involves us all and saves us all from the terror of death.

An exhausted Bach is increasingly impatient during rehearsals, interrupting and bullying his performers; so much so that his wife Anna Magdalena, though pregnant with her second child, is called on to mediate and prevent a walk-out.

Anna Magdalena is the only one who can bring harmony to the home as well as to the music. But it's a race against time to be ready for the first performance.

Simon Russell Beale is one of the most notable actors of his generation and was himself a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral School in London. Melody Grove, as Anna Magdalena Bach, trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where she won the James Bridie Gold Medal in 2009. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Olivier Awards 2016 and won the Clarence Derwent Award 2016 for her performance as the female lead, alongside Mark Rylance, in Farinelli and the King,

The music and choral rehearsals for this production were recorded in Edinburgh's world famous Greyfriars Kirk, with the choir and musicians of the Dunedin Consort under the directorship of John Butt, and with the choristers St Mary's Music School and choirmaster Duncan Ferguson.

John Butt - Director and Organ/Harpsichord

Jacob Slater - Boy Soloist
Joanne Lunn - Soprano
Robert Davies - Bass

Joanne Lunn
Emily Mitchell
Esther Brazil
Rory McLeery
Kenny Reid
David Horton
Robert Davies
Jerome Knox

Children of St Mary's Music School Choir:
Taylor Torkington
Madeleine Gill
Mattea Sacco
Carlo Massimo

Choir Master: Duncan Ferguson

Huw Daniel - Violin
Katy Bircher - Flute
William Hunt - Violone

Produced by Marilyn Imrie
Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan
A Big Fish production for BBC Radio 4.

The Dock Brief by John Mortimer
Listen again for 29 days

A cynical and unsuccessful, elderly barrister is overjoyed to be assigned a 'dock brief - to defend a husband accused of the murder of his wife.

John Mortimer's legal satire stars Michael Hordern as Wilfred Morganhall and David Kossoff as Herbert Fowle.

Music composed and conducted by Antony Hopkins.
Producer: Nesta Pain

First broadcast on the BBC Third Programme in May 1957.

Radio 4

The Kuiper Belt
In Our Time
Listen again for 30 days

FOR JAN and other astral anoraks! 8)

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Kuiper Belt, a vast region of icy objects at the fringes of our Solar System, beyond Neptune, in which we find the dwarf planet Pluto and countless objects left over from the origins of the solar system, some of which we observe as comets. It extends from where Neptune is, which is 30 times further out than the Earth is from the Sun, to about 500 times the Earth-Sun distance. It covers an immense region of space and it is the part of the Solar System that we know the least about, because it is so remote from us and has been barely detectable by Earth-based telescopes until recent decades. Its existence was predicted before it was known, and study of the Kuiper Belt, and how objects move within it, has led to a theory that there may be a 9th planet far beyond Neptune.


Carolin Crawford
Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy and Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

Monica Grady
Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences at the Open University


Stephen Lowry
Reader in Planetary and Space Sciences, University of Kent

Producer: Simon Tillotson.

The Unseeing Eye
Orbit One Zero by Peter Elliot Hayes Episode 1 of 6
Listen again for 29 days

"A glimpse across a weird threshold, on the rim of space where there should be nothing but eternal, frozen darkness. Yet where there was something more....."

Newspaper reporter, Tom Lambert has decided to re-investigate the strange events of ten years before, concerning the "cosmic noise". Believing the inside story was never told, he's tracked down the only man who knows, Dr Hayward Petrie.

Told in flashbacks, the story unfolds from Dr Petrie's own recordings of the time when the detection of a strange pattern of signals sparks a mysterious discovery...

Starring Felix Felton as Dr Petrie, David Spenser as Tom Lambert, Graydon Gould as Clifford Brown, and Elaine MacNamara as Elizabeth Ryder.
Written by Peter Elliott Hayes
Producer: David Davis
First broadcast on the BBC Home Service in April 1961.

Back to the Paul Temple era only in SciFi mode.

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