Bbc Radio 4

Why Roy Hattersley Is Last of a Kind

Denis MacShane | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

Peter Hennessey has been carrying out a fascinating series of interviews on Radio 4 with veteran politicians like John Major and Roy Hattersley. It is unlikely we will see their like again as the role and make-up of MPs is changing faster than ever before in Parliament's history. Take Hattersley as an example.

Jack Dee Is Revolting... Against BBC Bosses

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Entertainment

Jack Dee has threatened to quit his beloved radio show over orders by BBC bosses to tone down his smutty jokes, according to his fellow panellist Tim ...

The Risk of an All-Female Line Up

Darryl Morris | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Darryl Morris

The BBC's head of entertainment Danny Cohen insisted that he will put an end to all-male comedy panel shows, but I'm not entirely convinced its for the right reasons. Will the booking of more female panelists be seen as an honest recognition of the person's ability or simply an attempt to appease a growing movement?

EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Lisa Knapp's Ode To The Shipping Forecast

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

"Shipping Song uses the arcane shipping forecast as the template for one of the most original and astonishing songs of the sea you could wish for..." ...

A 'LegenDerry' Piano Pilgrimage

Neil Cowley | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Neil Cowley

But Jamie Cullum's BBC Radio show called and it made perfect sense to take the opportunity to big up this crazy city on air. Actually, this broadcast is not for his weekly Radio 2 show, but for a documentary he is doing for BBC Radio 4 called 'Piano Pilgrimage'. The premise of the show is to explore the changing fortunes of the 'home piano'.

Fracking 'Won't Ruin Countryside'

PA/HuffintonPost | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK

The boss of energy company Cuadrilla has said it has "no intention of ruining the countryside and won't ruin the countryside" as anti-fracking protest...

Vince Cable Has a Policy; Does the Government?

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK Politics
Margaret Heffernan

I wanted to discuss economic growth, where it might be found and what the government was doing to promote it. What I discovered was a minister who, I think, is serious, committed and doing what he can to promote growth for everyone. But I couldn't help wondering how far Cable's commitment is given any substantial support from his colleagues in other departments.

Radio 4 Rapped After Listeners Mishear 'Cox Sackers'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK

BBC Radio 4 has been criticised after the words "cox sackers" were broadcast during an afternoon show. The host of the Thinking Allowed show, Lauri...

Ukip's Godfrey Bloom is No Misogynist, It's Just Plain Speaking Commonsense

Janice Atkinson | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

According to the Oxford Dictionary the definition of misogynist is 'a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women'. Therefore, it's odd why UKIP's Godfrey Bloom is described as one.

The History of Being a Lady

Sara Sheridan | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Sheridan

Some matters are simply contentious. Sometimes you're never going to get it right. The politics of the Middle East, for example. Whether Scotland should or shouldn't become independent in 2014. Oh, and whether the term 'lady' is outmoded and derogatory or exactly what most women aspire to.

Ed And George Catch Up On The Street

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics

Squaring up across the Commons chamber is one thing and is a familiar part of Ed Balls and George Osborne's political lives but what happens when they...

Queen Tops UK's Most Powerful Women List

PA | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK

The Queen has topped the first ever power list put together by Radio 4 show Woman's Hour, but there is no room on it for her daughter-in-law the Duche...

Orwell Would Have Liked Photoshop

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK
Neil Durkin

Under the blitz of current Orwell stuff in the media there's a recurring theme: what would the great man have made of the present day, and how right was he about the modern world? Recent chit-chat in my office was broadly positive about his "predictive" powers. Recent chit-chat in my office was broadly positive about his "predictive" powers: Doublespeak (modern political/managerial jargon?), Telescreens (TV, especially those tuned to the Big Brother house on Channel 5!), Napoleon, the revolutionary-turned-authoritarian pig from Animal Farm.

Let the Melody Ring On: Musical Faces to Watch Out For in 2013

Jason Holmes | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

A love of live music pervades the club, rather than the sweaty media ambition of the mainstream, whose godheads can be identified as the millionaire prefab boy bands who some of us have learned to avoid.

The Science of Stripes

Val Watham | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK Tech
Val Watham

I want to find out whether it's true that vertical stripes are more flattering than horizontal or whether Steve Jobs and Coco Chanel had it right and black is best. Material World agreed that this is a question people would be interested in and I'm now planning the experiment.

China And Russia In Cyber Attack, Claims Government Adviser

PA | Posted 31.12.2011 | UK Politics

A Government adviser has accused China and Russia of carrying out cyber warfare attacks aimed at stealing national security secrets from other countri...