The BBC has announced that it will be producing a radio dramatization of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's book, Good Omens.
The radio drama will be broadcast as six episodes in December on BBC Radio 4, and will feature Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz in the lead roles.
BBC Radio 4's 'The Film Programme' talks to George A Romero.
'Forty five years after the release of genre-defining Night of the Living Dead, Francine Stock talks to the director George A Romero about inventing the undead zombie and where he might unearth horror in contemporary society. Plus why he doesn't rate Stanley Kubrick as a horror director.' [SL BBC Radio 4 episode] [more inside]
Finding a Way: The Future of Navigation
(BBC Radio 4 program audio, 30 minutes) examines problems with our dependence on GPS
and what can be done about it. [more inside]
Jake Yapp presents the whole of Radio 4 in 4 minutes
...others live in terraced houses.
A very Radio 4 imagining of the diamond age. Part of the open air
series (iteself part of the Artangel 'Open' initiative
). The other episodes
BBC Radio 4's audio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
is now up in it's entirety
on the 4Extra site for streaming. [more inside]
For over 50 years, the BBC's From Our Own Correspondent
has been an opportunity for reporters to share a bit of context, some relevant history, one or two of the characters encountered en route, some description of a foreign country or capital
, in 5 or 10 minute segments. The program
is available online in various formats: the weekly 30 minute version
can be heard (in its entirety or individual segments) via the BBC website, or there are a wide variety of podcasting options available
for those who prefer to download. Alternately, the BBC World Service daily 10 minute version
can be heard online. For a different approach, the FOOC Archives
have the past few years' worth of segments, sorted by geographical region. [more inside]
The naughtiest word in English? In an unbelievable coincidence, first a prime time Radio broadcaster
[on the serious BBC Radio 4 station], then the well known political correspondent & broadcaster Andrew Marr
on the same station, then Nick Herbert MP in the House of Commons
, all managed to Spoonerise the name of a government minister with his position.
His name? Jeremy Hunt
His department? C
All started by... James Naughtie
. See what he did there?
Ex MI5 / MI6 man John Le Carre
talks to Radio4's Today program about his new book
. He then goes on to talk about how the Muslim boogeyman is being used to erode democracy much more than the IRA ever was. [more inside]
Jon Ronson On
"Each week in a series of interviews, short location reports, scripted monologues, phone calls etc, Jon Ronson delves into a world of personal stories surrounding the central theme which all shed light on the human condition." You can download all the episodes here
--it's like listening to Wikipedia on the radio--is also available on the web
(for those of you whose radios do not support multiple-voice broadcasts).
A thousand echos:
Bells on Sunday from BBC Radio 4. Campanology is a dying art, despite having loyal devotees
. Evan Davis
learns how it's done. Here's a modern introduction
to bell ringing; here's something a bit older
. [more inside]
is a long running series of videos of live underground music in NYC shot by Joly MacFie
. Each video is usually one song. The Internet Archive hosts its videos
and offers downloads in a variety of formats. MacFie also has a YouTube channel
with 480 videos
and a video podcast [iTunes link, feedburner link]
. Here are a few bands that caught my fancy: The Icicles and The Besties
, The Slits (1
), Andrew W. K.
, Oneida (1
), The Long Blondes
, The Gossip
, Acid Mothers Temple & Cosmic Inferno
, Art Brut
, Be Your Own Pet
, Cansei de Ser Sexy
, Lesbians on Ecstasy
, The Fall
, Fred Frith
, Rose Melberg and Jennifer O'Connor
, The Horrors
, The Homosexuals
, Bat for Lashes
, Radio 4 and Teddybears
, Kimya Dawson and Tiny Masters of Today
, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
and Nikki Sudden
Explore a thousand years of classical music
in 30 fifteen-minute programmes on BBC Radio 4.
The I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Info Site.
A huge collection of short transcripts and one-liners from the perennial antidote to panel games, organised by game and category -- including some never-before broadcast! Personal favourites are the One Song To The Tune Of Another introductions
and the "while Samantha"s