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Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches in front of a remote audience - and all from their own home!This week Chris McCausland Musks up, Zoe Lyons takes a dip whilst Tim Sutton and Sooz Kempner go Gaga...Voice Actors: George Fouracres and Karen BartkeProducer: Adnan AhmedProduction Co-Ordinator: Carina AndrewsE…
 
Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was broadcast last night on CBS in the US. It is due to air here in the UK tonight on ITV at 9pm. What might be the repercussions of the interview with the two former working Royals? Emma talks to Jennie Bond who was the BBC’s royal correspondent for 14 years and Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu,…
 
Baby Bear and Nigel are going on a car trip to the countryside and hear lots of things on their way.Why not play along with your little one as we guess the sound? It’s the sound of … a toy car.We hear about some of the journeys you make and sing along to ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’ together. Then we relax with some calm time, listening to sounds of t…
 
An hour of top tunes from This Elegant Gull, JUDVH, Greentea Peng, The Reytons, Deep Tan, Oya Paya, Off Peek, Uncle Kid, DEAFDEAFDEAF, Webmoms ft. Sukie, Dolo Jones, Anorak Patch, Otis Mensah, Eloise, The Lounge Society, Sans Soucis, workfriends, Penya, and Dubbul O, handpicked by Tom Robinson from the BBC Introducing Uploader…
 
Working-class comedian Tom Mayhew takes you on an autobiographical journey through the benefits system in a stand-up series that takes a wry sideways look at the prejudices that people have towards benefits claimants and turns those assumptions on their heads. In this episode, Tom heads to the job centre to meet his advisor, Carol, and talks about …
 
Rangers have their first Scottish Premiership title in ten years, former midfielder Charlie Adam joins the podcast to talk about their impressive season under Steven Gerrard. Manchester City’s extraordinary 21-match winning streak is ended by Manchester United at the Etihad. And has Liverpool’s blip turned into a crisis? The defending Premier Leagu…
 
Describing it as 'music's secret fire', Tom Service explores the world of the viola. Speaking to Lawrence Power, one of the world's great viola players who has commissioned numerous works for his instrument and Sally Beamish, viola player and composer, Tom sets out to unlock the key to the viola's elusive sound and to understand how it can drive th…
 
Mark Strong has appeared in more than 60 films, along with numerous TV dramas and plays. His career took off after he won a leading role in the landmark 1996 BBC series Our Friends in the North, and since then his screen work includes dramas such as Syriana, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Zero Dark Thirty and The Imitation Game, as well as the fantasy …
 
There's a noisy commotion going on under the water in today's story. Jack and Salty decide to investigate and come face to face with the Queen of Seaweed! In this series, Jack tells tall stories from his fishing boat which will spark your child’s imagination and nurture their interest in stories and storytelling. #CBeebiesRadio…
 
Robbie Savage and Chris Sutton took your calls on Saturday’s football action.We heard from Arsenal fans after another unsatisfying result for Arteta’s team.Rangers supporters called in to celebrate Gerrard’s push for the SPL title, while Sheffield United followers discuss the club’s current predicament and the future of Chris Wilder.And there’s als…
 
Pensions expert, Baroness Ros Altman talks about the state pension scandal which only affects women. Around 200,000 of them could be due pay-outs averaging £13,500 to top-up the underpayment of their state pension. We hear from the critically acclaimed and award-winning author, Isabel Allende. She tells us about her latest book 'The ‘Soul of a Woma…
 
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Kevin De Bruyne are on the pod ahead Sunday's Manchester derby, and whilst the title is almost certainly on its way to the Etihad could a new number 9 see United really close the gap next season? Glenn Murray and Sami Mokbel also discuss Jurgen Klopp's bullish comments about Liverpool's future even if they miss out on Champ…
 
Brazil is facing the deadliest point of the pandemic so far – this week posting record death tolls as scientists warn the variant found in the country appears to be more contagious. For Katy Watson, who has been reporting on Brazil's outbreak throughout, it’s a story that’s become personal too.Meanwhile in Europe, some countries are cautiously re-o…
 
Andy jets off in his safari mobile to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in order to record the beautiful song of the mighty humpback whale for Jen’s audio database back at Safari World. Along the way, he puts on his aqua suit and goes splashing with dolphins, escapes dive bombing cormorants with a shoal of silverside fish and hears some migrating ma…
 
Tim Harford explores the chances of becoming a saint, inspired by a throw away comment by the detective on the TV drama ‘Death in Paradise.’ Plus, a listener has a question about the recent Europa League Draw for the final knockout round. He spotted that none of the teams face a rival from their own country. What were the chances of that happening?…
 
Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas bring you the Friday Football Social. They preview the Manchester derby at the weekend and talk about why Liverpool can’t find their form.They’re joined by Nigel Pearson ahead of his 500th game as a manager and he gives his views on Steve Bruce and the issues at Newcastle.Nottingham Forest defender Michael Dawson …
 
After John finished a pen (a feat Elis claimed could never be achieved), graphologist Tracy took it upon herself to analyse the lads' handwriting. Her findings were eerily accurate. Elsewhere, we chat to the textbook definition of an Unsung Hero, Elis decides he doesn't need his microphone anymore, and John cries at his car's mileage again.…
 
Mark and Simon are joined by Guy Pearce who talks about his new movie The Last Vermeer, in which he stars as "Han" van Meegeren, a Dutch painter and portraitist, one of the most ingenious art forgers of the 20th century. Plus your essential streaming reviews including Raya and the Last Dragon, the new Disney animation starring Kelly Marie Tran, Awk…
 
No one seems to know what is wrong with Jess. No one but The Gut, that is. But Jess isn’t listening.Amanda Dalton’s drama documentary explores the history of ventriloquism, the relationship between mind and body and the mysterious wisdom of the gut.Jess.....CHRISTINE BOTTOMLEYEurycles.....SANJEEV BHASKARThe Gut.....MEERA SYALProgramme Consultant Dr…
 
Aaron Paul is joined by Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor & Plymouth manager Ryan Lowe to discuss the latest news from the football league.It's all change at Ipswich after they replace Paul Lambert with Paul Cook. The League One side could also be on the verge of a takeover from American investors - we speak to The Athletic's Matt Slater who ha…
 
Anita Rani talks to the Chilean author Isabel Allende, also to the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. To mark International Women's Day we have music with Madeleine Mitchell & Errollyn Wallen and we look at the future of workwear post lockdown. Will power suits and formal wear be a thing of the past after a year of lounging in comfies? Emma Jac…
 
John Murray and Chris Sutton join Mark Chapman to react to an historic fifth consecutive home defeat for Liverpool that leaves the Champions on the outside looking in for a top 4 spot. Is there anything to suggest their alarming slide can be halted and why was leading scorer Mo Salah subbed? We hear from Jurgen Klopp and opposite number Thomas Tuch…
 
From prejudice against accents to early attempts to create an artificial voice - Matthew Sweet is joined by the academics Sadie Ryan, Allison Koenecke and Lynda Clark.Sadie Ryan hosts a podcast Accentricity and is part of the Manchester Voices project team https://www.manchestervoices.org/project-team/You can find a New Thinking podcast episode loo…
 
Steve Crossman is joined by Julien Laurens, Raphael Honigstein and Mina Rzouki to look ahead to the postponed European Championships. 100 days out, they ask what will it look like and crucially where will it be held. The team also decide which nations will flop and who their breakout stars will be. North Macedonian sports journalist Igor Aleksandro…
 
With global warming continuing to increase at an alarming rate, we need all the help we can get to lock up the carbon that we’ve released into the atmosphere. Fortunately, plants have evolved to do just this, but there’s a whole class of plants that often get forgotten: the mangroves and seagrasses that grow between land and sea, which are among th…
 
The Covid vaccine has given us a ‘roadmap’ out of the lockdown but it also provides us with a whole new set of moral conundrums. The virus will likely be with us forever, so the question becomes: how will we live with it in the medium and long-term? We’ve all accepted conditions on our daily lives, with the view that they would be temporary, but sh…
 
How many times have you been out for a walk and spotted intriguing shapes in the landscape? Your instinct tells you that these dips, hollows, lumps, bumps and oddly shaped stones aren’t natural features, but what on (and under) the earth are they? Mary-Ann Ochota is an anthropologist who writes about these curious archaeological forms and how to un…
 
In the South Caucasus, Georgia and Armenia are facing challenging times as political crises in each country have intensified in the past week. In Georgia, the arrest of the opposition leader brought thousands onto the streets in protest. And in neighbouring Armenia, the country’s embattled prime minister accused the army’s generals of an attempting…
 
Silence Is a Sense is a new novel by Layla AlAmmar: a Kuwaiti now based in Lancashire. Her novel is about a young woman from Syria who's living in a block of flats in a small English city. It's about the people she watches from her window, and how she's settling in after leaving a war zone.Two out of every three adults in the UK are either overweig…
 
In this 900th edition of the programme, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the best known and most influential of the poems of the Romantic movement. Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) wrote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in 1798 after discussions with his friend Wordsworth. He refined it for the rest of his life, and it came to define him, a…
 
In this 900th edition of the programme, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the best known and most influential of the poems of the Romantic movement. Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) wrote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in 1798 after discussions with his friend Wordsworth. He refined it for the rest of his life, and it came to define him, a…
 
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