BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4, a speech station for curious minds.

  • Farming Today

    The latest news about food, farming and the countryside

  • Yesterday in Parliament

    Five-minute reports on the key events in Parliament presented with insight and humour by BBC correspondents.

  • Today in Parliament

    News, views and features on today's stories in Parliament

  • The World Tonight

    In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and major breaking news from a global perspective

  • A Point of View

    A weekly reflection on a topical issue

  • Front Row

    Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music

  • The Archers

    Contemporary drama in a rural setting

  • Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4

    Download the best new comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and The Museum of Curiosity.

  • Six O'Clock News

    The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4

  • iPM: We Start With Your Stories

    A weekly companion to PM where the expertise and insights of the BBC Radio 4 audience shape a programme that sees news differently. Presented by Luke Jones and Eddie Mair.

  • Last Word

    Radio 4's weekly obituary programme, telling the life stories of those who have died recently

  • Feedback

    Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

  • Gardeners' Question Time

    A panel of horticultural experts answer gardening questions from a live audience. Recorded in a different location each week

  • The Eddie Mair Interview

    Eddie Mair speaks at length to people with interesting things to say, for Radio 4's PM.

  • Seriously...

    A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.

  • Documentary of the Week

    The Documentary of the Week podcast brings you our pick of the week's documentaries on BBC Radio 4. A new episode is published every Friday.

  • Best of Today

    Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme

  • Thought for the Day

    Reflections from a faith perspective on issues and people in the news.

  • Home Front

    Drama serial tracking the fortunes of a group of characters on the home front as they try to maintain normality while Britain is involved in the First World War.

  • Living With The Gods

    Neil MacGregor explores the role and expression of shared beliefs in communities around the world. Produced in partnership with the British Museum.

  • Moral Maze

    Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze

  • Tweet of the Day

    Discover birds through their songs and calls. Each Tweet of the Day begins with a call or song, followed by a story of fascinating ornithology inspired by the sound.

  • The Bottom Line

    Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters

  • You and Yours

    On your side in a world of scams, frauds and rip-offs. The best in consumer journalism from You & Yours on BBC Radio 4.

  • BBC Inside Science

    Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

  • The Film Programme

    The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world

  • Open Country

    Countryside magazine featuring the people and wildlife that shape the landscape of the British Isles

  • Woman's Hour

    The programme that offers a female perspective on the world

  • In Our Time: History

    Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.

  • Money Box

    The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.

  • Four Thought

    Series of thought-provoking talks in which the speakers air their thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society

  • The Media Show

    Topical programme about the fast-changing media world

  • All in the Mind

    Programme exploring the limits and potential of the human mind

  • In Touch

    News, views and information for people who are blind or partially sighted

  • In Touch

    News, views and information for people who are blind or partially sighted

  • Books and Authors

    This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.

  • Law in Action

    Joshua Rozenberg presents Radio 4's long-running legal magazine programme, featuring reports and discussion on matters relating to law

  • Saturday Live

    Real life but not as you know it. Radio 4's Saturday morning show brings you extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

  • The Long View

    Jonathan Freedland presents the series in which stories from the past are compared with current events.

  • Analysis

    Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics

  • From Our Own Correspondent

    Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.

  • Beyond Belief

    Series exploring the place and nature of faith in today's world

  • Radio 4 Quiz

    Intelligent and challenging quiz games on BBC Radio 4. Featuring Round Britain Quiz, Counterpoint and Brain of Britain with Quiz Masters including Paul Gambaccini.

  • Start the Week

    Weekly discussion programme, setting the cultural agenda every Monday

  • Comedy of the Week

    Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Cariad Lloyd.

  • Tracks

    A multi-award-winning conspiracy thriller, written by Matthew Broughton.

  • Westminster Hour

    The big political stories with lively discussion and expert comment and analysis. Presenter Carolyn Quinn is joined by politicians and journalists 10pm every Sunday on BBC Radio 4

  • The Reservoir Tapes

    Short story series by Jon McGregor set in the Peak District.

  • Food Programme

    Investigating every aspect of the food we eat

  • Desert Island Discs

    Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Kirsty Young invites her guests to share the soundtrack of their lives.

  • Broadcasting House

    The Sunday morning magazine programme with a fresh approach to the news and discussion about the big stories of the week. Presented by Paddy O'Connell

  • The Archers Omnibus

    The week's events in Ambridge

  • Tweet of the Week

    Weekly podcast in which five stories of birds and birdsong are told by the people inspired by them.

  • Sunday

    A look at the ethical and religious issues of the week

  • Saturday Review

    Presenter Tom Sutcliffe and guests offer sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events

  • Profile

    An insight into the character of an influential figure making news headlines

  • Any Questions? and Any Answers?

    Any Questions? with Jonathan Dimbleby: topical debate in which guests from politics, business, science, arts and the media answer questions from members of the public. BBC Radio 4

  • The Week in Westminster

    Radio 4's weekly assessment of developments at Westminster

  • More or Less: Behind the Stats

    Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4

  • Short Story

    Your weekly fix of brand new stories written specially by today’s best writers. Brought to you by BBC Radio 4, home of the Modern Short Story.

  • Drama of the Week (feat. POD PLAYS)

    Every Friday we bring you a new drama from BBC Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.

  • In Our Time: Culture

    Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.

  • Thinking Allowed

    New research on how society works

  • File on 4

    Award-winning current affairs documentary series investigating major issues at home and abroad

  • Costing the Earth

    Programme looking at man's effect on the environment and how the environment reacts, questioning accepted truths, challenging those in charge and reporting on progress towards improving the world

  • The Adoption

    One true story. Two young children. A family is being shattered; can a new one be created? A UK adoption through the eyes of those affected. Lives being changed forever.

  • Inheritance Tracks

    Celebrating the music that special guests cherish and would like to bestow to future generations.

  • The Digital Human

    Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world

  • The Kitchen Cabinet

    Jay Rayner hosts a culinary panel show packed full of tasty titbits that might change the way you think about food, cooking and eating. The expert panel answers questions from audiences around the UK.

  • The Life Scientific

    Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires and motivates them and asking what their discoveries might do for mankind

  • At Lunch With...

    Politicians and public figures talk candidly and engagingly over lunch with reporter Becky Milligan. This is the off-the-record lunch, on the record.

  • Cook The Perfect...

    Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey are joined by leading chefs and food writers who share their secrets for perfect home-cooked dishes. From BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

  • Cook The Perfect...

    Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey are joined by leading chefs and food writers who share their secrets for perfect home-cooked dishes. From BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

  • In Our Time: Science

    Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.

  • Inside Health

    Dr Mark Porter demystifies health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice, with the help of regular contributor GP Margaret McCartney

  • Best of Natural History Radio

    The BBC Natural History Unit produces a wide range of programmes that aim to immerse a listener in the wonder, surprise and importance that nature has to offer.

  • Ramblings

    Clare Balding joins notable and interesting people for a walk through the countryside

  • David Baddiel Tries to Understand

    David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

  • In Our Time: Religion

    Discussion of religious movements and the theories and individuals behind them.

  • The Reith Lectures

    Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series

  • The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry

    Science sleuths Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.

  • Great Lives

    Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.

  • In Our Time: Philosophy

    From Altruism to Wittgenstein, philosophers, theories and key themes.

  • Crossing Continents

    Series focusing on foreign affairs issues

  • Making History

    Series exploring the latest historical and archaeological research

  • Midweek

    Lively and diverse conversation with weekly guests

  • The Report

    The current affairs series combining original insights into major news stories with topical investigations

  • 1914: Day by Day

    Historian Margaret MacMillan chronicles the road to war in 1914.

  • The Reith Lectures: Archive 1976-2012

    Series of annual radio lectures on significant contemporary issues, delivered by leading figures from the relevant fields

  • Secret History of Social Networking

    It's a phenomenon which seems to have come from nowhere, but in fact computer-based social networks have been around for decades. In this three-part series the BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan Jones traces the hidden story of social networking, from the early days of computing and the 60s counterculture through to the businesses worth billions today. From their roots in utopian experiments in California, online social networks spread around the world. In the past few years companies such as Facebook and Twitter have captivated millions of users. But what will be the next big thing in social networking, and how is it changing our lives? This series was originally broadcast in three weekly parts from 26 January 2011.

  • Desert Island Discs: Archive 2005-2011

    Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island

  • A History of the World in 100 Objects

    Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, narrates 100 programmes that retell humanity's history through the objects we have made

  • A Brief History of Mathematics

    Professor of Mathematics Marcus du Sautoy reveals the personalities behind the calculations and argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science

  • The Reith Lectures: Archive 1948-1975

    Annual radio lectures on significant contemporary issues, delivered by leading figures from the relevant fields. Please note relatively few recordings survive from this period.