And Now on Radio 4: A 40th Birthday Celebration of the World's Best Radio Station (Abridged edition)
By: Simon Elmes (author), Nigel Anthony (reader)Audio Book
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"And Now on Radio 4" offers an enthusiast's guide to the shows that have made Radio 4 what it is, and also explores some of the wonderful corners of the network's history that are long forgotten by all but a few. Who, for instance, now recalls Ronnie Barker's starring role on Radio 4 in a sophisticated cabaret-cum-sketch-show called "Lines from My Grandfather's Forehead"; what about Spike Milligan's intimate, soul-bearing account of his upbringing in colonial India, "Plain Tales from the Raj"; and who now remembers that "Start the Week" was once hosted by Russell Harty, a bit of programming compared by one insider to letting Graham Norton run Newsnight.In order to reflect the way devotees listen to Radio 4, the audiobook is organised not on simple chronological lines but in the form of a typical day. So the day evolves, from "Farming Today", through the daily feast that is "Today", through the morning menu of conversation, "Woman's Hour", documentary and comedy. Lunchtime brings "The World at One". The early evening, of course, yields "The Archers". And finally there's "Book at Bedtime" and "Sailing By".
An addictive mix of history, biography, anecdote and occasional useless fact, this is the perfect audiobook for Radio 4 aficionados.
Simon Elmes is Creative Director of the BBC's Radio Documentary Unit, where he oversees a wide range of programmes. He was Executive Producer of the long-running magazine Word of Mouth, from its inception until 2004. In 1996 it was awarded one of the world's premier broadcasting prizes, the Premio Ondas. Simon Elmes also produced the award-winning Routes of English, a 26-part series on the history of the English language, and has written four books to accompany the series. He also produced the 2005 series Voices.
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