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Kerry’s List; 52 First Impressions With David Quantick - radio review

theguardian.com — Kerry's List (Radio 4) | iPlayer 52 First Impressions With David Quantick (Radio 4) | iPlayer Caroline Raphael, the BBC's long-standing comedy commissioner (full title: commissioning editor, comedy and fiction; she was also the commissioning editor for Radio 4 Extra), last week announced she would be leaving next spring, after the BBC decided her job should be reframed, to comedy and entertainment commissioning editor, and her hours cut from five days a week to three.

From Twiggy to Germaine Greer: eight classic images of powerful women

theguardian.com — Twiggy: defiant in a two-piece suit This isn't a perfect look, but that's why I like it. Twiggy should be wearing heeled brogues, or at least some shoes that are closed at the front. Those white clip-clop heels are designed to go with a casual kaftan and big shades, for standing on the edge of a swimming pool pointing out leaves to the pool boy.

Germany: Memories of a Nation; 21st-Century Mythologies - radio review

theguardian.com — Germany: Memories of a Nation (Radio 4) | iPlayer 21st-Century Mythologies (Radio 4) | iPlayer My favourite Radio 4 format is the 15-minute documentary serial: all the info, none of the faff, perfect for download/podcast listening.

Bob Geldof: 'We are a normal family. And one of us didn't make it'

theguardian.com — You can prepare for a Bob Geldof interview, but you cannot prepare for Bob Geldof himself. Not that he isn't how you imagine: he is, but more so. Taller, louder, funnier, better read, more sweary, more informed, more opinionated. More everything. He rarely draws breath.

5 Live Daily; Woman’s Hour; Today - radio review

theguardian.com — Oh dear, what were the producers doing when they booked Adrian Chiles's first 5 Live morning show? Chiles is a fine presenter, but he's used to interviewing pros: sportspeople, popstars, other journalists. His first interview for his brand-new show on 5 Live Daily was Amy, a woman who'd had four children taken off her by social services and then fled to Ireland to keep hold of her fifth.

The Essay: Trip Sheets; Afternoon Drama: The Electrical Venus; Between the Ears: More Than a Desert - radio review

theguardian.com — The Essay: Trip Sheets (Radio 3) | iPlayer Afternoon Drama: The Electrical Venus (Radio 4) | iPlayer Between The Ears: More Than A Desert (Radio 3) | iPlayer Every week I give thanks that I review radio programmes, as opposed to TV.

Last Day; The Life Scientific - radio review

theguardian.com — Last Day (Radio 4) | iPlayer The Life Scientific (Radio 4) | iPlayer Big ideas, massive egos: these are the foundation stones of documentary these days. The BBC loves a unifying theme, an epic tale, an exciting event for the whole country to get behind, with presenters to match.

Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review; Masters of Man Time With Just for Men; Phone Farage; Sam Walker - radio review

theguardian.com — Kermode and Mayo's Film Review (5 Live) Masters of Man Time with Just for Men ( Absolute Radio) The world is changing: politics, gender, religion, all breaking free of old habits, hellbent on changing their environment, from the locks to the wallpaper to the future. Good, I say.

Lives in a Landscape: The Roman Way; Taking the Edge Off; The Waiting - radio review

theguardian.com — Biggs, from the Lewsey Farm council estate in Luton, is a man of action. An intruder, a barger-in, an outlaw in a black hoodie and red bandana who takes events into his own hands. Biggs has decided to squat the Roman Way, the estate pub, now that landlord Declan has had enough and is going back to Ireland.

Home Front; The Educators; Prom 37 - radio review

theguardian.com — The Educators (Radio 4) | iPlayer The BBC, in its steady manner, has been continuing to mark 100 years since the start of the first world war with careful, relevant programmes.
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