Radio

Seeing the light

23 September 2017 9:00 am

‘You can’t lie… on radio,’ says Liza Tarbuck. The Radio 2 DJ was being interviewed for the network’s birthday portrait,…

Face time

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The inimitably pukka voice of Jacob Rees-Mogg echoed through Radio 4 on Thursday morning. He was not, though, talking about…

The listening project

9 September 2017 9:00 am

As Classic FM celebrated its quarter-century on Wednesday with not a recording but a live broadcast of a concert from…

‘Smile, segue and shut up’

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Three weeks before Classic FM launched, I was on the radio in Hong Kong, introducing hits by Rick Astley and…

Universal appeal

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Yet another sign that we are living in very strange times: a pair of celebrities, their names made by TV,…

India in a day

17 August 2017 1:00 pm

Bold programming by the powers-that-be at Radio 4 meant it was possible to listen to all seven episodes of Ayeesha…

Big Auntie

12 August 2017 9:00 am

It’s sneaky, the way in which the BBC, so much regarded as part of the family as to be nicknamed…

Separation anxiety

5 August 2017 9:00 am

As Europe remembers Passchendaele, India and Pakistan recall Partition, just 70 years ago, when Britain so hastily abandoned its Indian…

What stopped Stoppard?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Two programmes this week presented two radically different world views, or rather ways of life. Aditya Chakrabortty’s series for Radio…

The joy of the Proms

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Summer nights, hot and humid, mean just one thing — it’s Proms season again. Sore feet, sweaty armpits, queuing outside…

Stitches in time

15 July 2017 9:00 am

When Martha Ann Ricks was 76 she travelled from her home in Liberia to London to meet Queen Victoria. The…

Listen with mother

22 June 2017 1:00 pm

This week’s column is dedicated to my mother who loved her radio and encouraged us to be listeners. Without her,…

Making history

17 June 2017 9:00 am

‘History is not the past,’ says the writer Hilary Mantel in the first of her Reith Lectures on Radio 4…

Diary stories

10 June 2017 9:00 am

By chance on Saturday morning, I tuned into Radio 4 and heard Professor Clare Brant talking on Saturday Live about…

Comic relief

3 June 2017 9:00 am

In such times as these, enough to try a man’s soul, a dose of John Finnemore is advisable. His brand…

Master of dramatic interplay: Jack Rosenthal in 1962

Crime and punishment

27 May 2017 9:00 am

‘Hell is better than what I personally witnessed,’ says Ben Ferencz, who was one of the American troops sent in…

Moment of truth

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Two extremes of the listening experience were available on Monday on Radio 4. The day began conventionally enough with Start…

Teenage kicks

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Imagine living in a country where the average age is under 16 (in the UK it’s currently 40 and increasing)…

Master of dramatic interplay: Jack Rosenthal in 1962

Discovery channels

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Bashing the BBC often becomes a popular blood sport in times of political instability, and especially if the left is…

A square dance in Heaven

29 April 2017 9:00 am

It’s 500 years since Martin Luther pinned his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, sparking…

The real deal

22 April 2017 9:00 am

How about this for an inspiring response to what could have been a personal tragedy. Chi-chi Nwanoku was in the…

Tales of the unexpected

14 April 2017 11:00 pm

It’s the oddest place to find a profound meditation on the death of Christ, but there it is on Radio…

The future of Today

8 April 2017 9:00 am

I wonder what Sarah Sands will do to Radio 4’s Today programme? She is the first editor in more than…

Ed’s diner

1 April 2017 9:00 am

In a world where politicians can turn into newspaper editors and former newspaper editors can seize the most coveted job…

Jarvis Cocker: contrived or beguiling?

Going underground

25 March 2017 9:00 am

When Wireless Nights hit the Radio 4 airwaves in the spring of 2012, I was not at all sure about…