Radio 4

The joys of scavenging the Thames

15 August 2019 14:38

‘It’s very hard for you to really live in the day,’ says Ruth, ‘because you don’t know by evening you…

Why do liberal lefties cling to these unlikely heroes such as Bercow?

12 February 2017 18:47

The BBC again. A profile of the speaker, John Bercow, for Radio Four. His  pet cat is called ‘Order’ –…

Nobody will ever forgive the right if they destroy the BBC

18 November 2015 12:49

Nowhere does the right show its isolation from its own country more vividly than when it demands the destruction of the…

James Naughtie’s swear gaffe sends the BBC into a tizzy

16 November 2015 15:52

This morning Nick Robinson made his debut as a presenter on the Today show. However, it was Robinson’s co-presenter James…

Pope Francis is right to avoid television. It’s the dumbest medium known to man

27 May 2015 11:05

Unlike Pope Francis I can’t actually remember when I consciously gave up television and I have in fact watched it occasionally in…

Kate Chisholm’s radio top five from 2014

25 December 2014 9:00

1. My top gong would be shared by June Spencer and Patricia Greene for their brilliant character acting on Radio…

What is going on at the RSPCA?

11 August 2014 17:24

listen to ‘John Humphrys and the #RSPCA case of Claude the cat ’ on Audioboo The RSPCA have hit the…

Flight MH17: the unctuous Bishop James Jones shows off on ‘Thought for the Day’

21 July 2014 18:00

Perhaps it’s my imagination, but every time the Rt Rev James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool, pops up on Thought…

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is wrong — my generation isn’t selfish or obsessed with cappuccinos

16 June 2014 22:01

Is Generation Y becoming more right wing and self-obsessed? Radio 4 broadcast a very interesting documentary tonight, Generation Right, on…

TV snobs hate the telly because it’s watched by those born on the wrong side of the tracks

9 June 2014 15:15

Growing up in the 1970s I watched as much TV as humanly possible. When we had important visitors to the…

Was Mark Lawson bullied? Or was it just a matter of trying to improve Front Row?

6 March 2014 12:51

I don’t really know Mark Lawson; I’ve bumped into him a couple of times and he once was the moderator…

Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

23 August 2013 4:30

For many people, stories and story-telling formed the basis of their childhood. But there are others whose childhood is devoid…

Spectator Play: Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

19 July 2013 17:03

Wadjda is the first feature-length film to come out of Saudi Arabia, and was shot by the country’s first female…

Hats off to Sarah Montague

11 June 2013 17:12

Well done to the BBC Today programme’s Sarah Montague for not screaming abuse at Tommy Robinson, the English Defence League…

Spectator Play: what’s worth – or not worth – watching, listening to or going to this weekend

10 May 2013 16:58

Mark Millar appears to be the typical Spectator reader until you discover – as Peter Hoskin did when he interviewed…

The BBC and religion

17 March 2013 13:54

It is to David Lammy’s credit that he hasn’t deleted what my Spectator colleague, Hugo Rifkind, describes as his new…

Taleb in 30 minutes

18 March 2012 17:11

Nassim Taleb, the Lebanese-American academic whom we interviewed in The Spectator last month, is the subject of a Radio Four…

Transcript: Stephen Hester on bankers and bonuses

8 February 2012 13:16

This morning, the chief executive of RBS Stephen Hester appeared on Radio 4’s Today programme to discuss the recent furore…

A day of gaffes

6 December 2010 16:00

You really couldn’t make this up: it wasn’t Michael Moore’s PPS who was on the World at One resigning but…