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Title: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on April 03, 2019, 09:25:41 am
We have a TV thread but not, as far as I am aware, a general one for radio. So here you go...

And I'll kick it off with a recommendation for the new series of Meet David Sedaris, starting on Radio 4 at 6.30pm tomorrow.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003rk8

I know this will be good because I went to one of the recordings. He's very entertaining.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: mattc on April 03, 2019, 10:27:27 am
We have a TV thread but not, as far as I am aware, a general one for radio. So here you go...

And I'll kick it off with a recommendation for the new series of Meet David Sedaris, starting on Radio 4 at 6.30pm tomorrow.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003rk8

I know this will be good because I went to one of the recordings. He's very entertaining.
... and pretty unique, IMHO!

Massive fan here.

I started reading one of his books last week. I was pessimistic, as his stage delivery is so brilliant - would the stories work on the quiet page? The answer so far is yes.
[I think it's called Lets Talk to Owls about Dyslexia - or something equally surreal.]
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on April 03, 2019, 10:52:38 am
We have a TV thread but not, as far as I am aware, a general one for radio. So here you go...

And I'll kick it off with a recommendation for the new series of Meet David Sedaris, starting on Radio 4 at 6.30pm tomorrow.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003rk8

I know this will be good because I went to one of the recordings. He's very entertaining.
... and pretty unique, IMHO!

Massive fan here.

I started reading one of his books last week. I was pessimistic, as his stage delivery is so brilliant - would the stories work on the quiet page? The answer so far is yes.
[I think it's called Lets Talk to Owls about Dyslexia - or something equally surreal.]
"Pretty unique"? <twitch>.  But yes, he's well worth a listen.

There's a new series of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme on the way. I know this because I went to a recording last night, in London's famous London.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on April 03, 2019, 11:04:12 am
There's a new series of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme on the way.

 :thumbsup:

 Consistently the funniest radio sketch show. Although I only discovered it after he'd already done about five series - though obviously I was already familiar with him through other stuff, eg Cabin Pressure. Luckily they're frequently repeated on 4 Extra.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on April 03, 2019, 11:12:56 am
I started reading one of his books last week. I was pessimistic, as his stage delivery is so brilliant - would the stories work on the quiet page? The answer so far is yes.

I've never read any of his books but I imagine that it would be impossible to read one without "hearing" his voice.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: mattc on April 03, 2019, 11:19:44 am
"Pretty unique"? <twitch>.
:D

You are welcome to report me on The Other Thread, where I'm sure many will delight in my ignorance of Proper English!
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on April 03, 2019, 11:21:44 am
There's a new series of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme on the way.

 :thumbsup:

 Consistently the funniest radio sketch show. Although I only discovered it after he'd already done about five series - though obviously I was already familiar with him through other stuff, eg Cabin Pressure. Luckily they're frequently repeated on 4 Extra.
Also luckily I've downloaded them all using get_iplayer.  Did you catch Double Acts as well?
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: mattc on April 03, 2019, 11:39:07 am
There's a new series of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme on the way.

 :thumbsup:

 Consistently the funniest radio sketch show.

The sketch that really hooked me was the "Kirates". (the pirates skulls that had no lips - sorry, should that be "pirate's skulls' " ?)
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on April 03, 2019, 11:48:33 am
Did anyone catch Tumanbay, the third series of which has just finished? The BBC website says "Epic saga created by John Dryden and Mike Walker, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt."

Palace plotting, intrigue and death. Lots of death.  A wide range of actors, some of whom I've never encountered before and some old favourites (Anton Lesser, John Sessions for example)
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on April 03, 2019, 12:36:15 pm
Did you catch Double Acts as well?

No, that one passed me by. Will keep an ear out for it on 4 Extra.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on April 03, 2019, 02:48:56 pm
Did you catch Double Acts as well?

No, that one passed me by. Will keep an ear out for it on 4 Extra.
I can do stuff with dropbox if you want.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: De Sisti on April 03, 2019, 04:19:54 pm
When I saw the headline I was about to recommend a Roberts radio that I had just purchased.
Perhaps the title should be changed slightly to something like: Radio listening recommndations,
or What's worth listening to on the radio?
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on April 03, 2019, 05:49:42 pm
I can do stuff with dropbox if you want.

YHPM
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: mattc on April 03, 2019, 06:24:51 pm
Did you catch Double Acts as well?

No, that one passed me by. Will keep an ear out for it on 4 Extra.
I can do stuff with dropbox if you want.
Repeats start Friday 12th!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08t17yt/broadcasts/upcoming
(an awful picture of the brilliant Isy Suttie there)
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Redlight on April 08, 2019, 02:13:15 pm
I just listened to about 20 minutes of a new Radio 4 "comedy" called Saddled.

Yes, it's about a cycling club.

No, it isn't worth wasting your time on.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on April 15, 2019, 10:19:22 am
Been listening to Double Acts over the weekend (thanks, Tim). It's brilliant. Has a touch of Inside No.9 about it.

The one with Alison Steadman and Isy Suttie (Wysinnwyg) is my favourite so far - proper LOL hilarious.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on April 15, 2019, 11:19:00 pm
Been listening to Double Acts over the weekend (thanks, Tim). It's brilliant. Has a touch of Inside No.9 about it.

The one with Alison Steadman and Isy Suttie (Wysinnwyg) is my favourite so far - proper LOL hilarious.
No problems, glad you're enjoying them. I think English for Pony Lovers is my favourite from that series.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on April 16, 2019, 10:18:05 am
I think English for Pony Lovers is my favourite from that series.

Listened to that one last night. Very good. Took a few unexpected turns!
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on May 02, 2019, 11:43:03 am
There's a new series of Simon Evans goes to Market in the six thirty slot on Wednesday on The Home Service Radio 4. He's looking at three big figures from the world of economics, last week was Adam Smith, this week was Karl Marx, next week will be John Maynard Keynes. The final episode will be a fight to the death between the three. Or something. Helped by Tim Harford, off of More or Less, it's v funny. They shoe horned several groan making Marx puns into the latest episode.   
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Man in a tree on May 02, 2019, 05:07:04 pm
I thought Simon Evans Goes to Market was good, although he does sometimes get a bit overexcited and shouty, which I like less. I am also glad John Finnemore is returning; that man has funny bones.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: pcolbeck on May 03, 2019, 07:49:41 am
"Love in recovery" a Radio 4 comedy set at an alcoholics anonymous meeting is one of the best radio things I have heard for a while. Funny and poignant in equal measures. Has a stellar cast, John Hannah, Sue Johnston, Paul Kaye and Rebecca Front amongst others. Series 3 is still available to download from teh BBC.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: pcolbeck on May 03, 2019, 07:52:13 am
Another good one is "War and Peace" that's been repeated on Radio4 Extra at the moment.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04wz7q2/episodes/player
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: pcolbeck on May 06, 2019, 09:54:45 pm
Cerys Matthews Blues Show - Radio 2 Mondays at 9:00pm

Reliably good with great guests.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on May 10, 2019, 10:40:35 am
If anyone heard David Sedaris on R4 and was wondering what was the brilliant money-making idea deemed not fit for radio, I can tell you that it was...

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: mattc on May 11, 2019, 07:39:30 pm
I hope you are listening to the 3-hr Sedaris-athon on 7extra now - includes his appearance on Ramblings (mainly about litter-picking).

I can't think of anything more down-wiv-the-kidz that I could listen to right now.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on May 13, 2019, 08:30:49 pm
Saturday afternoon's drama was the third Teodor Szacki mystery to grace the airwaves. He's a Polish Prosecutor, doing the investigation stuff. Written by Zygmunt Milosewszki, translated by  Antonia Lloyd Jones and produced by Mark Lawson off of the wireless. I enjoyed the previous outing, around a year ago, so will give this a go too.


Meanwhile, this coming Sunday sees a tribute to Jeremy Hardy on 4Extra, with his production of Dario Fo's "Acciodental Death of an Anarchist" featuring Adrian Edmonson, Jennifer Saunders, Jill Gascoine, Stephen Frost and Mark Steel.

There's more Hardy (not Thomas) stuff coming up.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on May 16, 2019, 05:06:49 pm
I've just finished listening to China Towns, a series of 11 plays based on the novels of Arnold Bennett. Historical drama set in the "five towns" (six in Real Life) which became Stoke on Trent.  Go and grab them off BBC Sounds.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on May 16, 2019, 05:21:23 pm
I've just finished listening to China Towns, a series of 11 plays based on the novels of Arnold Bennett. Historical drama set in the "five towns" (six in Real Life) which became Stoke on Trent.  Go and grab them off BBC Sounds.

Thanks. I'm a fan of his books so I'll definitely give those a go.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Ham on May 16, 2019, 08:23:29 pm
I need to be following this thread.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on May 17, 2019, 11:18:17 am
There's more Hardy (not Thomas) stuff coming up.

And last night at 1830, Sandy Toksvig presented show 1 of 2 of "When Jeremy Hardy Spoke to the Nation".
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Paul on May 17, 2019, 12:48:55 pm
There's more Hardy (not Thomas) stuff coming up.

And last night at 1830, Sandy Toksvig presented show 1 of 2 of "When Jeremy Hardy Spoke to the Nation".

I enjoyed this, but not as much as I'd expected. I like Sandy Toksvig, but I thought she was a bit intrusive. I also thought the chosen clips weren't the best, but maybe JH's work suffers more than some when fragmented/taken out of context?

Still, good enough.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on May 18, 2019, 03:05:04 pm
Saturday afternoon's drama was the third Teodor Szacki mystery to grace the airwaves. He's a Polish Prosecutor, doing the investigation stuff. Written by Zygmunt Milosewszki, translated by  Antonia Lloyd Jones and produced by Mark Lawson off of the wireless. I enjoyed the previous outing, around a year ago, so will give this a go too.


Part two is on this afternoon. Nearly finish so BBC sounds or get_iplayer are your friends.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on May 20, 2019, 02:33:21 pm
There's a Lee Hall series under way on 4 Extra.  First offering was broadcast today "I Luv You Jimmy Spud".  Starts off light hearted (our hero is a trainee Angel in Newcastle) but gets a bit dark as it goes on.

Tomorrow we've got "The Love Letters of Regie Patel", Wednesday sees "The Sorrows of Sandra Saint" and Thursday has the magnificent "Spoonface Steinberg".   


I'll have a hanky ready.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on May 22, 2019, 08:58:56 am
New series of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme starts tonight at 1830, R4.

Meanwhile the 15 minute drama (1040 & 1945 R4) is the latest series of Gudrun. a "Viking epic of love revenge and faith", although as it's in Iceland shouldn't that be a "saga"?

Finally there's a series of Raffles on 4 Extra that I don't think I've head before, with Jeremy Clyde as AJ Raffles and Oliver Sterling Michael Cochrane as Bunny Manders. In a fit of coincidence, Mikchael Cochrane popped up half an hour later in something called Terminal Journals, a comedy set in a Victorian publishers.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Riggers on May 22, 2019, 10:04:50 am
We have a TV thread but not, as far as I am aware, a general one for radio. So here you go...

And I'll kick it off with a recommendation for the new series of Meet David Sedaris, starting on Radio 4 at 6.30pm tomorrow.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003rk8

I know this will be good because I went to one of the recordings. He's very entertaining.
... and pretty unique, IMHO!

It helps when, in-your-head, you read it in the same voice and delivery as David.

Massive fan here.

I started reading one of his books last week. I was pessimistic, as his stage delivery is so brilliant - would the stories work on the quiet page? The answer so far is yes.
[I think it's called Lets Talk to Owls about Dyslexia - or something equally surreal.]
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Riggers on May 22, 2019, 10:06:04 am
^ It might help if my bon mot was sat outside the quote! Doh!!!

It helps when, in-your-head, you read it in the same voice and delivery as David.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on May 22, 2019, 11:30:54 am
New series of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme starts tonight at 1830, R4.

Woo!

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Finally there's a series of Raffles on 4 Extra that I don't think I've head before, with Jeremy Clyde as AJ Raffles and Oliver Sterling Michael Cochrane as Bunny Manders. In a fit of coincidence, Mikchael Cochrane popped up half an hour later in something called Terminal Journals, a comedy set in a Victorian publishers.

I started listening to that last night. Good, gentle fun. I thought that voice sounded familiar!
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: pcolbeck on May 22, 2019, 11:53:16 am
Ed Reardon's Week always makes me smile. Just checked and its in its 13th series!
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on May 22, 2019, 01:34:13 pm
Ed Reardon's Week always makes me smile. Just checked and its in its 13th series!

What's really interesting is listening to some of the older ones and realising how it has evolved over the years - very much changing with the times. Also following Ping's career progression from office junior to head of the agency.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: pcolbeck on May 22, 2019, 01:47:58 pm
This weeks episode where he and Jaz Milvane took part in a scripted reality show was brilliant.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on May 22, 2019, 02:06:33 pm

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Finally there's a series of Raffles on 4 Extra that I don't think I've head before, with Jeremy Clyde as AJ Raffles and Oliver Sterling Michael Cochrane as Bunny Manders. In a fit of coincidence, Mikchael Cochrane popped up half an hour later in something called Terminal Journals, a comedy set in a Victorian publishers.

I started listening to that last night. Good, gentle fun. I thought that voice sounded familiar!
Trivia time: EW Hornung, creator of Raffles, gentleman jewel thief, was the brother in law of Arthur Conan Doyle.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on May 22, 2019, 04:01:17 pm
Trivia time: EW Hornung, creator of Raffles, gentleman jewel thief, was the brother in law of Arthur Conan Doyle.

Funnily enough, the episode I was listening to last night seemed to be somewhat 'inspired' by Sherlock Holmes - with Bunny believing his friend to be dead then being interviewed by a strange character who turns out to be none other than <redacted for spoilers! - ed>
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on May 22, 2019, 04:55:58 pm
Ed Reardon's Week always makes me smile. Just checked and its in its 13th series!
Speaking of Ed Reardon's Week reminds me of this:

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The story deals with the literary world that Gissing himself had experienced. Its title refers to the London street, Grub Street, which in the 18th century became synonymous with hack literature; by Gissing's time, Grub Street itself no longer existed, though hack-writing certainly did. Its two central characters are a sharply contrasted pair of writers: Edwin Reardon, a novelist of some talent but limited commercial prospects, and a shy, cerebral man; and Jasper Milvain, a young journalist, hard-working and capable of generosity, but cynical and only semi-scrupulous about writing and its purpose in the modern (i.e. late Victorian) world.

That's from the Wikipedia article about George Gissing's "New Grub street", published 1891. There was a Radio 4 adaptation a couple of years ago, adapted by a certain Christopher Douglas and featuring, umm, Christopher Douglas as Edwin Reardon.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on May 22, 2019, 05:10:06 pm
Meanwhile in what used to be the "Afternoon Play" slot this week sees a second series of "Keeping The Wolf Out" by Philip Palmer. It's Cold War era detective drama set in Hungary. Murder, intrigue, betrayal, that kind of stuff.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on May 22, 2019, 06:05:06 pm
That's from the Wikipedia article about George Gissing's "New Grub street", published 1891. There was a Radio 4 adaptation a couple of years ago, adapted by a certain Christopher Douglas and featuring, umm, Christopher Douglas as Edwin Reardon.

I read that some years ago (before it was on the radio) and was much amused at discovering Christopher Douglas's source of inspiration. It's a superb book, highly recommended. Although the similarities between Edwin/Ed and Jasper/Jaz are fairly superficial.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Man in a tree on May 29, 2019, 10:49:18 am
Meanwhile the 15 minute drama (1040 & 1945 R4) is the latest series of Gudrun. a "Viking epic of love revenge and faith", although as it's in Iceland shouldn't that be a "saga"?

I don't know, but it does seem to be going on ... and on ... and on. Maybe it's just me, but it absolutely makes me want to pack my ears with snow so I don't have to hear Gudrun's (that's Guthrrrrrrrrun's) flat monotone, weak-Bjork-impersonating voice droning on.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on May 29, 2019, 09:55:14 pm
Meanwhile the 15 minute drama (1040 & 1945 R4) is the latest series of Gudrun. a "Viking epic of love revenge and faith", although as it's in Iceland shouldn't that be a "saga"?

I don't know, but it does seem to be going on ... and on ... and on. Maybe it's just me, but it absolutely makes me want to pack my ears with snow so I don't have to hear Gudrun's (that's Guthrrrrrrrrun's) flat monotone, weak-Bjork-impersonating voice droning on.

It needs a certain mind set I find. It took me several goes to get through the last series (I had it downloaded).  Long motorway journeys seem to work best.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on June 13, 2019, 09:18:13 am
Just catching up on "The Write Stuff" on BBC Sounds.  Author of the week is Ernest Hemingway and for the set piece the guests provide Christmas round robin letters written in Papa's style.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on June 13, 2019, 09:19:31 pm
This Sunday evening sees another series of Anika Strandhed, chief of the Osli Police boat patrol. Scandi crime on the wireless.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on June 14, 2019, 03:19:31 pm
4 Extra are broadcasting a 1957 production of Rattigan's "The Browning Version" with dear, dear Johnny taking the role of Crocker Harris.  You could say it's the Gielgud Version of The Browning Version.  I've not heard this one before. I've got the Martin Jarvis production downloaded, which, I've just noticed, stars Joanne Whalley (little moment).
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on June 16, 2019, 07:18:41 pm
Series 3 of Cabin Pressure, by John Finnemore, gets another airing, starting tonight on 4 Extra.  Finnemore is also in it, with Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch and the marvellously dry Roger Allam.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on June 17, 2019, 11:20:02 am
Meanwhile, this morning my mind is being distracted from work and Real Life by listening to Doonesburyland, a documentary/comment/history of the first cartoon strip to win a Pulitzer prize. 4 Extra. 
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on June 20, 2019, 12:14:06 pm
FX: tap tap <is this thing on?>

Years ago, on Not The Nine O'clock News, there was a sketch taking the piss out of late night arts shows. Mel Smith (probably) played a hairy arsed oik. The dialogue went something like this:


Mel Smith: "I don't know a lot about art, but I know what I like"

Pamela Stevenson (probably): "And what do you like?"

MS: "Stock car racing"

Anyway, this memory caused a slight boggle, when I spotted in the 4Extra schedule "Stock Car Sewell" (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tjvxc) where Brian Sewell "explores his passion for the noise, drama and destruction of stock car racing. From 2010."
 
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on June 20, 2019, 09:03:42 pm
FX: tap tap <is this thing on?>

Heh. I’m still following the thread, just haven’t had anything to contribute lately.

I saw that Brian Sewell thing in the listings and was intrigued but haven’t listened yet. Will give it a go.

BBC Sounds has the whole nine series of Mark Steel’s In Town available to listen to at the moment. Some of his material is a bit past its sell-by date, and the gags are basically the sane everywhere he goes, he just tweaks them a bit to suit the location. But I like it. It makes good bedtime listening - amusing but not too challenging. And Mark Steel himself is very personable - which is why he can get away with being so rude about everywhere he visits.

That’s probably a bit too half-hearted to count as a real recommendation.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on June 20, 2019, 09:06:48 pm
Cycling content klaxon: Gideon Coe is doing his regular (ie annual) Tour de France themed special on his 6music evening show imminently. He did mention it the other night but I was only half listening so didn’t catch the date.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on June 21, 2019, 12:15:37 pm
FX: tap tap <is this thing on?>

Heh. I’m still following the thread, just haven’t had anything to contribute lately.

I saw that Brian Sewell thing in the listings and was intrigued but haven’t listened yet. Will give it a go.

BBC Sounds has the whole nine series of Mark Steel’s In Town available to listen to at the moment. Some of his material is a bit past its sell-by date, and the gags are basically the sane everywhere he goes, he just tweaks them a bit to suit the location. But I like it. It makes good bedtime listening - amusing but not too challenging. And Mark Steel himself is very personable - which is why he can get away with being so rude about everywhere he visits.

That’s probably a bit too half-hearted to count as a real recommendation.
Did you catch the episode where he was on Alderney? One of his recurring themes was lack of local services vs low taxation.  There was some booing...
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on June 21, 2019, 12:27:52 pm
Cycling content klaxon: Gideon Coe is doing his regular (ie annual) Tour de France themed special on his 6music evening show imminently. He did mention it the other night but I was only half listening so didn’t catch the date.

Ooh, I'll point get_iplayer at that. Also worth a delve is 6 Music Live Hour. Amongst the stuff I've never heard of are some gems.  The current episode has Elvis Costello at Barrowlands in 2004 while in their archive is a gig featuring Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames and "five young gentlemen making such an impact on the hit parade currently". Which is how the Rolling Stones were described by Long John Baldry, going full on Jazz Club, in 1964.

Download, mangle in Audacity into separate tracks, voila live album.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on June 21, 2019, 12:49:43 pm
Did you catch the episode where he was on Alderney? One of his recurring themes was lack of local services vs low taxation.  There was some booing...

Yes. I think he went easy on them - there are plenty of other things he could have mentioned about Alderney but chose not to...
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on June 27, 2019, 10:28:33 pm
Four Extra next week has a version of Day of The Triffids from 1968 and a series of Cadfael, the 17th century monk/detective.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on June 30, 2019, 05:01:05 pm
Cycling content klaxon: Gideon Coe is doing his regular (ie annual) Tour de France themed special on his 6music evening show imminently. He did mention it the other night but I was only half listening so didn’t catch the date.

Just heard another trailer - it's this Thursday (4th July) at 9pm. As well as the general cycling-themed stuff, he'll also be playing some Belgian tunes to celebrate the fact that's where the race is starting this year (the trailer included snatches of Kraftwerk's Tour de France and Plastic Bertrand's Ça Plane Pour Moi by way of a taster).
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on July 03, 2019, 10:34:56 pm
I've just listened, by chance, to an excellent play on 4 Extra. Life Cycles by Jonathan Davidson. 

Here's what the blurb says:
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Three lives on three bicycles from three different eras.

1960s: Bill might win the Tour de France but his legs are begging him to stop.

1930s: Tom is out with his cycling club in Yorkshire, but is it his last ride as a single man?

2002: Susan wants to ride around the world but the men in her life are struggling to keep up. Then the wheels begin to turn.

Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 04, 2019, 12:49:37 pm
Bill needs to channel his inner Jens.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on July 04, 2019, 05:18:59 pm
Bill needs to channel his inner Jens.
After a penc day at jbex, that made I larf out loud. Cheers M Le Maire.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on July 12, 2019, 09:53:12 pm
There's a brand new series of The Absolutely Radio Show on 4 Extra.

Stoneybridge , famed for its Stoney Bridge, is getting its own radio station.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 13, 2019, 12:05:57 am
Professor Larrington is scheduled to be on the Toady programme at 08:45 tomorrow.  Stupid time, I know.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on July 24, 2019, 01:07:21 pm
Somewhere on 4 Extra there's a series called Street and Lane.  Written by Dave Sheasby and Ian McMillan (the bard of Barnsley) it's a sitcom of sorts about some jobbing builders/white van men. Sheasby and McMillan know their way around a script, which is beautifully delivered by the fantastically named Fine Time Fontayne (previously heard in Sheasby and McMillan's "The Blackburn Files") and Nick Lane. 
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on August 18, 2019, 08:01:23 pm
I see that Radio 4 have The Inspector Chen novels running in the Sunday afternoon drama slot. Written by Qiu Xiaolong, they feature poetry loving Inspector Chen doing police type things in contemporary (ish) China. They're dramatised by John Harvey, who wrote Inspector Resnick, the Nottingham based jazz loving Polish detective.

Last week's episode was a new one, while this week's,  Don't Cry, Tai Lake was previously broadcast last year.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on August 29, 2019, 10:17:15 am
On 4 Extra right now is The Castle by Franz Kafka. To cheer us all up, obvs.

Part 2 follows tomorrow.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Basil on August 29, 2019, 10:33:20 am
The News Quiz returns tomorrow at 6.30   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Peter on August 29, 2019, 10:54:41 am
I see that Radio 4 have The Inspector Chen novels running in the Sunday afternoon drama slot. Written by Qiu Xiaolong, they feature poetry loving Inspector Chen doing police type things in contemporary (ish) China. They're dramatised by John Harvey, who wrote Inspector Resnick, the Nottingham based jazz loving Polish detective.

Last week's episode was a new one, while this week's,  Don't Cry, Tai Lake was previously broadcast last year.

I'd never heard one before, and I enjoyed that.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on August 30, 2019, 10:35:10 am
I see that Radio 4 have The Inspector Chen novels running in the Sunday afternoon drama slot. Written by Qiu Xiaolong, they feature poetry loving Inspector Chen doing police type things in contemporary (ish) China. They're dramatised by John Harvey, who wrote Inspector Resnick, the Nottingham based jazz loving Polish detective.

Last week's episode was a new one, while this week's,  Don't Cry, Tai Lake was previously broadcast last year.

I'd never heard one before, and I enjoyed that.
I've got some more of those which I grabbed when they were broadcast last year.  i can send you a link if you're interested.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Peter on September 02, 2019, 11:48:28 am
Yes, please Tim.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on September 02, 2019, 03:22:44 pm
Yes, please Tim.  Thank you.
Peter, I've sent you a PM
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on September 04, 2019, 10:10:18 pm
Paul Sinha's General Knowledge in the six thirty slot on Tuesday is good value.

This week, as a bonus, has a big segment about Beryl Burton.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: citoyen on September 06, 2019, 09:59:10 am
The 15-minute drama slot on R4 at the moment is How Does That Make You Feel? - short pieces with characters talking to their psychiatrist. Good cast including Frances Tomelty, Roger Allam and Tim McInnerny. It's the 11th series, apparently - I've heard it before but didn't know it had been going that long.

Not sure exactly when it's broadcast but it's available on BBC Sounds.
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on September 13, 2019, 10:48:07 am
There was a new production of A Kestrel for a Knave in the Saturday afternoon drama slot last week. Recorded on location in Barnsley, I've yet to listen to it but have downloaded it.
"Fisher"
"German Bight"
Title: Re: Radio recommendations
Post by: Tim Hall on September 13, 2019, 10:58:22 am
The afternoon drama this week has the latest series of Undercover Mumbai. It's  (yet another) police procedural but set and recorded in India.

Last night in the six thirty comedy slot saw a new series of Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar. The subject of this episode was Jeremy Corbyn and the Left.
"I divide my friends into those who love and adore Jeremy Corbyn and those who are Nazi fascist shitbags.

Jacob Rees Mogg is going to have to do a show for balance."