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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Radio 4 by sighthound on 25 August 2006 5:14am
I've recently discovered that I can get Radio 4 on my computer. I've been switching to it when my local NPR station switches to a boring jazz format so I get a bit of the end-of-the-day programming before it switches to BBC World Service. I'm sure I'm missing some great stuff. What should I tune into on Radio 4?

Re: Radio 4 by perfectbitch on 25 August 2006 10:56am
Hi Geraldine,
I am an avid R4 listener and have been for some years now.
You can find all the listings on the bbc website. My favourite programmes are:-
Womans Hour - every weekday at 10.00 (BST at the moment) This is not about cooking or fashion although sometimes there are items about it. It covers arts, business, science - all sorts of things. It can be a little boring on occaision but usually I find something interesting. The last 15 mins of each show is a serial, either specially written or an adaptation of a novel. They have a weekend slot which repeats some of the items and they have downloads and blogs as well - see the website.

Comedy panel games - I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue, Just a Minute, Quote, Unquote, The News Quiz, The Now Show. - These are not all on at the same time but usually fill a slot at 18.30 on weeknights with repeats on Sat (12.30) and Sun (12.00) The panels consist of people like Tim Brooke Taylor, Clement Freud, and other comedic wits.

From Our Own Correspondant - Items from journalists from all over the world. More like a documentary on how world events affect ordinary people. - Usually on a Saturday morning - check listings.

There are often serialised novels around 23.00 under the title - A Book at Bedtime - depends on the book really to say if it's worth it.

Afternoon Play - every weekday at 14.15 - a bit hit and miss.
Saturday Play - in the afternoon - usually of a higher standard than the daily afternoon play.

If you want a laugh and a very unrealistic soap opers about country folk - The Archers - has been going since time began!! Every week day evening around 19.00 and repeated at 14.00 the following day. An omnibus edition every Sunday morning at 10.00 - When I mainly listen. You can miss a few and it doesn't matter - it is a national institution.

Happy listening - Linz
Re: Radio 4 by sighthound on 25 August 2006 10:29pm
Thanks, Linz! I'll check the schedule. Some of those are on when I'm fast asleep out here but it looks like some will be available on demand.

I've heard a couple of the comedy panel games. They're a hoot!
Re: Radio 4 by tucsonmike on 27 August 2006 6:23am
Thanks Linz. Good to know.
Re: Radio 4 by fairygirl48 on 27 August 2006 7:05am
Thanks for the info, Linz. I wondered which BBC station aired "Just a Minute" after having acquired the show that MP was on from LimeWire. He told this bloody hilarious story at one point during the game about learning to drive. If I remember correctly, he hit a sheep and had something thrown at him by an old woman. It's fun to check out international radio stations because their programming is so different...I know of stations in Asia that even broadcast language lessons. (I've got a shortwave radio, a great way to explore the world from home.)

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