Tim Key
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Stephen Fry
Miles Jupp
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Sarah Millican
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Paul Merton
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BBC Radio 4

Knowledge Identifier: &BBC_Radio_4


BBC Radio 4

Radio station owned and operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation that broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history add

Category: Journalism

Founded in 2006.

Countries: United Kingdom (76%), (7%), United States (6%)

Main connections: BBC, Tim Key, Stephen Fry

Linked to: BBC, Open University, St Peter's College, Oxford, NPR




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The five-minute "Radio 4 UK Theme" composed by Fritz Spiegl followed this for 28 years until April 2006 add something


Peter Davison - Davison made a guest appearance in the first episode of the second series of the BBC Radio 4 science fiction comedy series "Nebulous", broadcast in April 2006


Helen Raynor - Her non science-fiction work includes "Cake", a fifteen-minute television short for BBC One's "Brief Encounters" strand shown in May 2006, and a sixty-minute play "Running Away with the Hairdresser" for BBC Radio 4, broadcast in June 2005


Francis Durbridge - On Monday 7 August 2006, BBC Radio 4 broadcast the first episode of a new production of "Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery", a lost 1947-produced serial


John Humphrys - He referred to these facts on 31 October 2006 on BBC Radio 4 in the programme "Humphrys in Search of God"


Linda Smith (comedian) - A tribute show of the same name was aired on BBC Radio 4 on 10 November 2006


Matt Lucas - On 26 November 2006 he appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme "Desert Island Discs"


Gerard Kelly - From 2007 to 2010 he appeared regularly as Father Henderson, a camp "Doctor Who"-loving priest in the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy "Fags, Mags and Bags"


Jim Sweeney (comedian) - In 2007, Jim made two series of BBC Radio 4's improvised sketch show "The Lawrence Sweeney Mix" with Josie Lawrence


Kwame Kwei-Armah - In 2007, he starred as "E.R. Braithwaite" in the two-part BBC Radio 4 adaptation of "To Sir, with Love"


Kenneth Cranham - Most recently, he has been heard on BBC Radio 4's "Afternoon Play" series as "DS Max Matthews" in the three-play series "The Interrogation" by Roy Williams and starred as "Thomas Gradgrind" in BBC Radio's 2007 adaptation of Dickens "Hard Times"


Joyce Hatto - Report on Front Row, BBC Radio 4, 6 April 2007 She was active in the recording studios, for several companies such as Saga Records, in England, Germany and Paris


Francis Durbridge - This production was repeated on $Radio_4 (BBC_Radio_4) from mid-June 2007


Francis Durbridge - BBC Audio and Music head Jenny Abramsky told 6 July 2007's $Radio_4 (BBC_Radio_4)'s listeners' complaints programme, "Feedback", that more repeats were inevitable because the level at which Parliament had set the television licence fee – the BBC's principal source of income – made spending cuts vital


Tara Blaise - In March and April 2007 Tara opened for Michael Ball on his 23 date tour of the UK. Tara released a single called "Fall at the Start" in June 2007 and featured on "The Tao of Bergerac", a comedy show by Will Smith and Roger Drew on BBC Radio 4 on 15 August 2007 which was later released


Pete Doherty - In October 2007, Doherty said in an interview with BBC Radio 4 show, "Front Row", that he briefly reconciled with his father after 3 years of no contact when his father came to visit him in rehab, but they are currently estranged due to his ongoing difficulties with drugs


Jools Holland - His 2007 biography, "Barefaced Lies and Boogie Woogie Boasts", was BBC Radio 4 "Book of the Week" in the week beginning 8 October 2007 and was read by Holland


Eliza Manningham-Buller, Baroness Manningham-Buller - Manningham-Buller was a "castaway" on "Desert Island Discs" broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2007 giving her first interview after her retirement


Amanda Root - In November 2007 for BBC Radio 4 she played in the "Woman's Hour" Drama serial adaptation of F. Tennyson Jesse's novel "A Pin to See the Peep Show", and on 2 December 2007 was heard in Arnold Wesker's 75-minute radio play "The Rocking Horse", commissioned by the BBC World Service to celebrate its 75th anniversary


Thomas Paine - A film has not been made but it was broadcast as a two-part radio drama on BBC Radio 4 in 2008 ://www


Rhod Gilbert - Gilbert was the host of BBC Radio 4's "4 Stands Up" comedy series which aired in the Autumn of 2008, and has appeared twice on Radio Four's "Just a Minute", Radio 2's "Does the Team Think-", and BBC Radio 4s "Act your Age"


Sheridan Smith - Smith appeared as Ruby Ruggles in the 2008 radio serial "The Way We Live Right Now", and took over the role of Tamsin Trelawny in series 2 of "Elephants to Catch Eels" on BBC Radio 4


John Humphrys - Humphrys was a guest on the BBC Radio 4 show "Desert Island Discs" on 6 January 2008


Amanda Root - As part of the BBC Radio 4 "Hopes and Desires" season, she played Lindsey, an incurable romantic who yearns to meet a modern-day Heathcliff, in Nick Warburton's 30 minute comedy "Catching Heathcliff", broadcast at 11pm on 15 January 2008


Philip Larkin - A programme examining the discovery in more depth, "The Larkin Tapes", was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2008


Michael Ball (singer) - On 2 March 2008, Ball appeared as the guest on the BBC Radio 4 show "Desert Island Discs", during which he talked about his early life and his career, including his struggle with stage fright in his early career, and a little about his personal life


Evan Davis - He left this post in April 2008 to become a presenter on BBC Radio 4's "Today" programme


Philip Larkin - In April 2008, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a play by Chris Harrald entitled "Mr Larkin's Awkward Day", recounting the practical joke played on him in 1957 by his friend Robert Conquest, a fellow poet


Victoria Shalet - In April 2008, she took the main role in a BBC Radio 4 Friday Play, entitled "How Now TV" written and directed by Paul Watson


Harold Baim - A radio documentary on Baim's films, entitled " Telly Savalas and the Quota Quickies", was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 26 April 2008


Kathrine Taylor - An adaptation for BBC Radio 4 was broadcast in June 2008 as an Afternoon Play


There is no comparable British commercial network: Channel 4 abandoned plans to launch its own speech-based digital radio station in October 2008 as part of a £100m cost cutting review add something


John Tavener - His wife, Maryanna, broadcast a charity appeal on BBC Radio 4 in October 2008 on behalf of the Marfan Trust


Eamonn Walker - In October 2008 he performed on BBC Radio 4 in the first adaptation of Alice Walker's 1982 epistolary novel "The Color Purple" in the UK, serialised in ten parts


Liz Smith (actress) - That same year she was a castaway on BBC Radio 4's "Desert Island Discs" and was in the film "City of Ember", which was released in October 2008


Angus Deayton - Deayton presented a tribute to "Radio Active" and "KYTV" colleague and friend Geoffrey Perkins for BBC Radio 4 on 4 October 2008


Steven Poole - He appeared in the documentary "Thumb Candy", and has guested on BBC Radio 4 and other outlets in numerous discussions about language, including an appearance on the "Today" programme in 2009 talking about the term "swine flu"


Bill Paterson (actor) - He played the key role of SIS Chief Percy Alleline in the 2009 BBC Radio 4 version of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"


Ian Hislop - Hislop and Newman wrote the $Radio_4 (BBC_Radio_4) series "The News At Bedtime", a satire on fairy tales which aired over the 2009 Christmas season


Dervla Murphy - In 2009 Murphy appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme "Great Lives", nominating Freya Stark as a Great Life, supported by expert John Murray VII of the publishing family


Arthur Smith (comedian) - In 2009 he broadcast a comedy series for BBC Radio 4 from his own home called "Arthur Smith's Balham Bash"


Charlie Connelly - In 2009 his next book "And Did Those Feet" followed great journeys from British and Irish history and was again a BBC Radio 4 "Book of the Week" narrated by Martin Freeman


Emma Fielding - In 2009 she appeared as Daisy alongside Timothy West in the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of John Mortimer's "Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders"


Patricia Highsmith - In 2009, BBC Radio 4 adapted all five Ripley books with Ian Hart as Ripley


Katharine Whitehorn - In 2009, she began presenting the short philosophical Friday evening programme on $Radio_4 (BBC_Radio_4) entitled "A Point of View"


Vince Cable - When appearing on BBC Radio 4's "Desert Island Discs" programme in January 2009, Cable revealed that he wears the wedding rings from both of his marriages


Richard Holloway - Holloway presented the second of the $Radio_4 (BBC_Radio_4) Lent Talks on 11 March 2009


Little Boots - This was followed by an appearance on the BBC Radio 4 programme "Woman's Hour" on 27 May 2009


Susan Boyle - In June 2009, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a short story called "I Dreamed a Dream" that was based on a combination of Boyle's appearances on "Britain's Got Talent" and the political difficulties of Gordon Brown


Alfred Broughton - On 8 June 2009 an afternoon play called 'How Are You Feeling, Alf-' about Broughton and the 1979 no confidence vote was aired on BBC Radio 4


David Miliband - In August 2009, Miliband was a guest on BBC Radio 4's "Great Lives" programme, choosing South African Communist Party leader and anti-apartheid activist Joe Slovo


John Tusa - From October 2009 until the end of the year Tusa presented a 91-part series on BBC Radio 4


Tom Baker - In October 2009, Baker was interviewed for BBC Radio 4's "Last Word" to pay tribute to the deceased former Doctor Who producer Barry Letts


Pete Townshend - In a BBC Radio 4 interview, first broadcast on 27 October 2009, Townshend informed the audience that from the time he was involved in writing the music for the Who's first album, he has been influenced by the works of the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell


Brian Cox (physicist) - Since November 2009 Cox has co-presented a BBC Radio 4 "comedy science magazine programme", "The Infinite Monkey Cage" with comedian Robin Ince


Andy Zaltzman - Zaltzman presented his own four part BBC Radio 4 programme in December 2009 entitled "Andy Zaltzman's History of the Third Millennium, Series 1 of 100"


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Peggy Guggenheim - The play was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Oct. 19, 2010


Tarik O'Regan - This aspect of his career broadened with the broadcasting in 2010 on BBC Radio 4 of "Composing New York", a documentary written and presented by O'Regan


David Warner (actor) - In 2010, David Warner appeared in the BBC Radio 4 play 'Plantagenet - What Is A Man' by Mike Walker, inspired by Holinshed's Chronicles, chronicling the early years of the Plantagenet dynasty, as King Henry II. Originally broadcast Sun 14 February 2010 / 15:00


Sarah Millican - Her radio series, "Sarah Millican's Support Group", began broadcasting on 18 February 2010 on BBC Radio 4


David Tennant - On 7 March 2010, he appeared as George in a one-part BBC Radio 4 adaptation of "Of Mice and Men" in the "Classic Serial" strand


Peter Lorre - Peter Lorre", a 45-minute radio play written/produced by Michael Button, directed by Toby Swift and broadcast on BBC Radio 4's "Afternoon Play" on 10 May 2010 and again on 11 January 2013


Charlie Brooker - Beginning on 11 May 2010, Brooker presented a 5-part BBC Radio 4 series celebrating failure titled "So Wrong It's Right", in which guests compete to pitch the worst possible ideas for new franchises and give the 'most wrong' answer to a question


Lewis Gilbert - On 20 June 2010 he appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme "Desert Island Discs"


Mark Harper - On 10 September 2010, Harper stated on the BBC Radio 4 program "Any Questions-" that "There are definitely some people in our country, and everyone in every community knows who they are, who are able to work, and don't"


Colin Firth - In December 2010, Firth was guest editor on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, during which he commissioned research to scan the brains of politicians to see if there were any differences depending on political leanings


Angus Deayton - Deayton returned to BBC Radio 4 in 2011 as host of the panel show "It's Your Round"


Justin Fletcher - Fletcher is a relief continuity presenter for CBeebies' presentation links, the voice of Chubba on BB3B, and regularly performed on the CBeebies radio station on "BBC Radio 7" until its change to BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2011


Miles Jupp - In 2011 he starred in the self-penned BBC Radio 4 comedy "In and Out of the Kitchen", "the diary, written for publication, of a somewhat minor celebrity chef, Damien Trench"


David Stafford - "Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be" their biography of the composer Lionel Bart, published by Omnibus Press in 2011, was chosen as BBC Radio 4's Book of The Week and shortlisted for the Sheridan Morley award


Miles Jupp - In February 2011, he appeared as a panelist on BBC Radio 4's panel show "It's Your Round"


Howard Jacobson - On 6 February 2011 Jacobson appeared on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs


Luise Rainer - On 24 February 2011, at the age of 101, she said in an interview to BBC Radio 4 that the Oscars were not as ostentatious as they are now


It recorded its highest audience, of 11 million listeners, in May 2011 and was "UK Radio Station of the Year" at the 2003, 2004 and 2008 Sony Radio Academy Awards add something


Sarah Millican - A second series debuted on BBC Radio 4 Extra on 2 May 2011


Kwame Kwei-Armah - On 15 May 2011 he was the stranded person on BBC Radio 4's "Desert Island Discs"


Matthew Parris - On 8 July 2011 on BBC Radio 4's "Any Questions", at the height of the furore surrounding the alleged illegal and corrupt activities of News of the World journalists, Parris eulogised the newspaper and gave an enthusiastic appreciation of what he considered the virtues and positive achievements of Rupert Murdoch


Michael Portillo - In September 2011 he presented a two-part series on BBC Radio 4 entitled "Capitalism on Trial"


Arthur Darvill - In December 2011, he played Keith Moon for BBC Radio 4's "Burning Both Ends"


In 2012 the BBC announced that it would be reducing its main presentation team from 12 to ten add something


Iain Glen - Also in 2012, he starred in a new 4-part BBC Radio 4 adaptation of "The Count of Monte Cristo" written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz and directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Sasha Yevtushenko, with Richard Johnson as Faria, Jane Lapotaire as the aged Haydee, Toby Jones as Danglasr, Zubin Varla as Fernand, Paul Rhys as Villefort and Josette Simon as Mercedes


Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett - Four of Birkett's cases were dramatized for radio by Caroline and David Stafford and broadcast on BBC Radio 4's "Afternoon Play" series in January 2012 starring Neil Dudgeon as Birkett


Miles Jupp - In February and March 2012, Jupp hosted four editions of a BBC Radio 4 panel show "It's Not What You Know", based on his suggestion for a round on "It's Your Round", and in April 2012, he was a contestant on BBC Radio 4's "The News Quiz"


Miles Jupp - In March 2012, he appeared in an episode of the specially televised 45th Anniversary series of BBC Radio 4's "Just a Minute" quiz show, alongside Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth and Liza Tarbuck


W. A. Poucher - In May 2012 Poucher was the subject of a BBC Radio 4 programme "The Perfumed Mountaineer" presented by geographer Hayden Lorimer


Lynda Baron - On 11 May 2012 Baron appeared in the "Afternoon Play" on BBC Radio 4, "Mrs Lowry and Son", playing the mother of artist LS Lowry


Beryl Burton - On 27 November 2012 a radio play about Burton written by actress Maxine Peake was broadcast by BBC Radio 4, with Peake playing Burton


Continuity is managed from Broadcasting House with news bulletins, including the hourly summaries and longer programmes such as the "Six O'Clock News" and "Midnight News", and news programmes such as "Today", "The World at One" and "PM", which by early 2013 had returned to Broadcasting House after 15 years at BBC Television Centre in White City add something


Chris Paling - Paling recently wrote a series of plays entitled 'Words and Music', broadcast by BBC Radio 4 in the summer of 2013


Sarah Millican - In February 2013 Millican was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by "Woman's Hour" on BBC Radio 4


Tracey Emin - In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4


Joanna Lumley - In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4


Cressida Dick - In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4


Janet Smith (judge) - In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4


Alexandra Shulman - In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4


J. K. Rowling - In February 2013 she was assessed as the 13th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4


Nancy Rothwell - In February 2013 she was assessed as the 15th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by "Woman's Hour" on BBC Radio 4


Maria Miller - In February 2013 she was assessed as the 17th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by "Woman's Hour" on BBC Radio 4


Sally Davies (doctor) - In February 2013 she was assessed as the 6th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4


Natalie Haynes - On 4 February 2013 she was the feature of the BBC Radio 4 programme "With Great Pleasure"


Uta Frith - On 1 March 2013 she was the guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs


Nancy Rothwell - In May 2013 she was the subject of BBC Radio 4's "The Life Scientific" and was interviewed about her life and work by Jim Al-Khalili


Amy Nuttall - On 8 June 2013 Nuttall starred in the Saturday Drama on BBC Radio 4


Neil Brand - On 20 December 2014, & BBC Radio 4 broadcast Neil Brand's new version of "A Christmas Carol", adapted by Brand for actors, the BBC Singers and the BBC_Symphony_Orchestra,which was recorded before an audience in the BBC Maida Vale Studios


Will Self - In January 2015, Self began a 50 km walking tour of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN near Geneva for BBC Radio 4, invited by Physicist Akram Khan to 'feel the wonder' of particle physics


Radio 4's Shipping Forecast reached 150 years on the air in August 2017 add something


On 21 January 2019 Williams announced she was quitting the role add something