Radio 4

Diane Abbott Gets A Social Media Roasting After Brutal Radio 4 Interview

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK

Diane Abbott has sparked uproar on social media after an interview on BBC's Today programme when she attempted to play down tensions in the shadow cab...

Radio 4's 'Today in Parliament' Is Celebrating Its 70th Anniversary - I Take a Look Back...

Sean Curran | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK
Sean Curran

Now, in spite of all the TV temptations and digital distractions, Today in Parliament attracts more than a million listeners every week. In times of crisis it is even bigger. In 2003 as parliament debated the case for military action in Iraq, the weekly audience neared three million.

'You Can Shout at Us, You Can Do Whatever You Want... We Are Going to Stay Here, We Are British'

Kavita Puri | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK
Kavita Puri

Last year I heard the untold story of this pioneer generation - children of the Raj who arrived in a country unused to seeing people from the former colonies on its streets. I now pick up their story - along with their children - many of whom were born here - in the second series of Three Pounds in My Pocket, broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

As Jim Naughtie Recalls His Jeremy C**t Moment, Here Are The Best Radio 4 Gaffes Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK

Radio veteran Jim Naughtie has recalled the cringeworthy moment he accidentally called former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt 'Jeremy 'C**t'' while broa...

This Radio 4 Interview With Kids Company's Founder Has Been Branded 'Shameful'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK

The founder of Kids Company has mounted a passionate defence against claims of financial mismanagement at the troubled charity, resulting in a bizarre...

Shift Terrors - The Health Dangers of Working Unsociable Hours

David Spencer | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Spencer

This week on Radio 4, Today's Sarah Montague presented a half hour exploration of the health risks of working these unsociable hours. Getting up to present the BBC's flagship radio news programme at 0330 was her inspiration.

Why the UK Just Can't Get Enough of Nature

Sophie Alderson | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Comedy
Sophie Alderson

I am enjoying our genuine national interest in hitherto uncelebrated wildlife, in a positive way that Watership Down could never truly offer. Because all the children were crying.

My First Day as a Writer

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Furquan Akhtar

I start to think about the writer I want to be. Maybe I'll get really good at Twitter. I could become one of those writers who has their finger on the pulse and can talk about Newsnight and the latest series of Ex on the Beach, Yeah, maybs. I turn the wifi back on.

Confessions of a 40-something

Vicki Marinker | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Marinker

Almost as soon as the clock struck midnight on my 40th birthday, I became invisible to the general public. I'm not saying I used to attract lots of attention, but I really think I could walk the streets naked in broad daylight without causing a stir.

Why Do the Media Assume the Bishops Are Our Only Moral Guardians?

Bob Morgan | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Bob Morgan

The 'Thought For The Day' slot is often (not always) given to religious professionals of various types. Or at least there seem to be a majority of speakers from the various faiths. Other people's thoughts are not seen as valuable or moral perhaps?

'Lagom': Why Swedes Are Happier Than Us

Danny Robins | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Danny Robins

There has for some years now been a great deal of interest in Sweden here in the UK. I think this stems largely from the fact that Swedes seem like a happier, more successful version of us... What is their secret? It could be summed up in one word: 'lagom'. Lagom is a uniquely Swedish word with no direct translation into English. It means 'not too much, not to little'.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue What's Wrong With Samantha

Paul Blanchard | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Paul Blanchard

Last week it was announced that four sad people with no sense of humour, no discernable social skills, no life, no experience and no self-awareness had complained to the BBC about the lovely Samantha...

Westminster Is Irrelevant (Not That You Would Know It)

Harry Cooper | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Harry Cooper

I got back from Strasbourg last week, where the European Parliament absurdly ships itself each month to vote on various regulations and directives. And, unsurprisingly, there was almost no mention of what happened in any UK newspaper, blog or radio station. To be quite honest with you, it makes me want to bash my head against a wall. What happens in Brussels (and Strasbourg) has far more impact on any of lives than what MPs in Westminster usually bitch and moan about.

Hate The Archers? Then You Won't Want To Hear Wiggins On It

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Sport

Olympic gold medallist and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins is gearing up for a cameo role in Radio 4 soap The Archers. Sir Bradley will h...

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..." ...

Why a Lack of Toilets Is Costing the Earth

Girish Menon | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Girish Menon

Fourteen years ago, the UN set its Millennium Development Goals to cut in half the proportion of people without safe water and improved sanitation. Progress on the sanitation target has been incredibly, unacceptably slow.

The Battle Is On!

Harley Miller | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Harley Miller

This Monday was worse than usual. Before I even took a first sip of my obligatory morning coffee, my phone pinged to tell me an email had arrived. It was from my solicitor, telling me that they had received the response from UK Visa and Immigration to say my review has been rejected on the same grounds as they originally refused it. They have now also issued me my removal orders.

In Defence of a Friend

John Parish | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Parish

Polly Harvey is my best friend and I know her to be meticulous and considered in everything she does. The amazing line up of guests for Today she was able to draw from is testament to how well thought of she is.

PJ Harvey and the Today Programme Controversy

Dr Kristian Lasslett | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kristian Lasslett

The consensus among the programme's critics is that the music-icon organised several hours of tiresome leftist drivel - the word left has been echoed again and again. Behind this criticism is a stance that is both dangerous and ingenious at the same time.

With Google Translate I Thee Wed?

Alan Dein | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alan Dein

I first met Bryan online nearly two years ago, during a series of interviews for a BBC Radio 4 series called Don't Log Off that has been on the air since January 2012. The concept of the show is to seek out people's stories from all over the world - not by traditional or conventional research methods.

Government Does Good Thing - Nobody Cares

Nigel Cannings | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK
Nigel Cannings

First up, a declaration - I hate the Coalition. I hold George Osborne personally responsible for plunging the country into a worse crisis than necess...

The Patter of Tiny Feats... of Genius!

Ed O'Meara | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Ed O'Meara

They're London's next generation of influentials. Ed O'Meara introduces the capital's hottest 5 under-5s. Kristabooboo Smith Fashion Designer, 3 M...

Newsjack's Back - The Show You Can Write for, and Should

Gabby Hutchinson Crouch | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Gabby Hutchinson Crouch

Fellow writers, comedy fans and people prone to going "I could do that" - Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack is about to start a new series. As well as being very funny, it has an open door policy. You can write for it. In fact, if you're interested in getting in to writing comedy for radio, I'm going to go as far as saying that you really, really should write for it.

'Shut Up, Just For A Second'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK

Veteran BBC presenter James Naughtie lost patience with two guests appearing on his Radio 4 show this morning, demanding they both "shut up, just for ...

Why Is the Media So Silent About the Content of Edward Snowden's NSA Leaks?

Thomas Midlane | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics
Thomas Midlane

Why are the British press largely keeping Snowden's leaks at arm's length? It's impossible to give a comprehensive answer to this question, but here are a few suggestions.