And Now on Radio 4
And Now on Radio 4 offers an enthusiasts guide to the shows that have made Radio 4 what it is, and also explores some of the wonderful corners of the networks history that are long forgotten by all but a few. Who, for instance, now recalls Ronnie Barkers starring role on Radio 4 in a sophisticated cabaret-cum-sketch-show called Lines from My Grandfathers Forehead ? What about Spike Milligans 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 book is organized not on simple chronological lines but in the form of a typical day. Chapter by chapter, the day evolves, from Farming Today , through the daily feast that is Today , through the morning menu of conversation, Womans Hour , documentary and comedy. Lunchtime brings The World at One. The early evening, of course, yields The Archers. And finally theres Book at Bedtime and Sailing By. An addictive mix of history, biography, anecdote, and occasional useless fact, this is the perfect book for Radio 4 aficionados.
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