I can still remember when it happened: a little over 10 years ago, in a bar in west London, as I was exploring the cocktail menu with Valerie Singleton "Screaming orgasm, Val? I explained to the former Blue Peter presenter how I'd become progressively disillusioned with BBC Radio 4, a station I'd listened to more or less constantly from the age of I was one of those people who had recordings of The Archers mailed to them whenever they went abroad.
The programme heard from Celia Kitzinger, a supporter of Compassion in Dying who has personal experience of what can happen if you do not record your wishes. Celia told listeners the tragic story of her sister Polly, who as a young woman was left seriously brain damaged after a car accident. For weeks after the accident, Polly was in a deep coma and the doctors said she was likely to remain in a vegetative or minimally conscious state for the rest of her life.
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Astro-physicist Dr Jen Gupta and comedian Alice Fraser travel the parallel worlds of science and sci-fi. Starting with the latest books and films, they discover real life science that sounds too strange to be true — from babies grown in bags, via black hole Jacuzzis, to flowers that behave like our ears. How close is modern technology to making this a reality?
In case you missed this, you can listen to this for the next few weeks or so! Behold the ten million pound bidder. Drink him in.
Liverpool poet Brian Patten shares writing that has been an emotional marker in his life. Writer Neil Gaiman shares the writing and songs he loves, with readings by Peter Capaldi. Series bringing fresh insight into lives through literature, with guest presenters.
Radio 4 still follows the old Reithian imperative: we think you might find this interesting or helpful or valuable, so here it is. And - guess what? Taxi drivers, builders and decorators, shopkeepers, nurses all listen to it.
This is a list of current and former programmes broadcast on BBC Radio 4. When it came into existence — on 30 September — Radio 4 inherited a great many continuing programme series which had been initiated prior to that date by its predecessor, the BBC Home Service —and in some cases even by stations which had preceded the Home Service. Such inherited programmes are included in the list.