Radio 4

What it's like being a scarily talented teenager

25 October 2014 9:00 am

It was when she said how she loved ‘watching the computer do exactly what you wanted it to do’ that…

Mary Beard vs Jeremy Paxman

11 October 2014 9:00 am

‘Did you find it a good read?’ asked Harrriett Gilbert. An incredibly long drawn-out sigh from Mr Paxman. ‘I think…

The sofa that became a work of art

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Last week on Front Row (Radio 4) the singer Joyce DiDonato recalled the advice she gave the new graduates of…

The bump in the night that changed my mind about pygmies

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Music of the Forest on Radio 4 last week was a profile of the anthropologist Colin Turnbull, 1924–1994, who achieved…

Radio 4 deserts the British bird. Shame on them!

6 September 2014 9:00 am

A strange coincidence on Saturday night to come back from the cinema, having seen a film about a woman fighting…

Ambridge recovers its sense of humour — finally

23 August 2014 9:00 am

‘Isn’t that charming!’ Carol declares at the height of the great Home Farm cocktail party, after being subjected to Jennifer’s…

Tread carefully! Your garden is saturated with racial meaning – and so is Ikea

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Is your life saturated with racial meaning? The most common answer to this question, when I ask friends and acquaintances,…

Jonathan Dimbleby’s notebook: In defence of Chris Patten

31 May 2014 9:00 am

I usually spend most of the week at home in South Devon in front of my computer. But for the…

Nothing beats Book at Bedtime

10 May 2014 9:00 am

There I was trapped in the bathroom at 10.55 p.m., unable to leave for fear of missing anything. The time…

Ukip isn’t a national party. It’s a Tory sickness

3 May 2014 9:00 am

It can happen that something ought to feel wrong yet somehow doesn’t; and you wonder whether this means that in…

How Radio 5 Live transformed the airwaves

29 March 2014 9:00 am

It’s amazing to think that it’s 20 years since the launch of Radio 5 Live. But it was bright and…

A learned poet's mystifying mistakes

15 February 2014 9:00 am

I enjoy Poetry Please, but was shouting mildly at the wireless the other day when a northern woman poet was…

Is a new art form being born on Woman's Hour?

25 January 2014 9:00 am

In a comic-strip cartoon, beads of water apparently radiating outward from the head of one of the characters indicate embarrassment.…

Mishal Husain's diary: Sachin, women secret agents, shipbuilding .. and telling the time.

23 November 2013 9:00 am

I’ve worked for the BBC for years and have been listening to the Today programme all my adult life, but…

Come over here, Tom Stoppard

19 October 2013 9:00 am

David Blackburn talks to Gwyneth Williams,who wants to revitalise Radio 4’s coverage of the arts

Last week's all-female Today proved women make for a more uplifting show

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Boy, we’ve had to wait a long time for this. But last Thursday morning something unusual happened on Radio 4;…

Only Evan Davies can keep his guests in order

24 August 2013 9:00 am

It must have sounded like such a great idea. To gather a group of thinkers, agitators, experts, intellectuals and media…

Kirstie Allsopp’s diary: Why I’m terrified of Woman’s Hour

17 August 2013 9:00 am

If you haven’t scuffled you haven’t lived, and our local scuffle is the best of the best. A scuffle is…

Kate Chisholm connects to her inner tortoise

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Of course there’s a future for digital radio, it’s just that we’ll probably be listening to it online, or on…

Don't blame the baby boomers - they had it tough too

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Here’s a competition for you: ‘The most irritating discussion on Radio 4 in the past month.’ Answers in not more…