BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4, a speech station for curious minds.

  • 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

  • In Touch

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

  • Front Row

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

  • The Archers

    A contemporary drama in a rural setting.

  • Six O'Clock News

    The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4

  • Short Cuts

    Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.

  • Thought for the Day

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

  • Woman's Hour

    Women's voices and women's lives - topical conversations to inform, challenge and inspire.

  • Scientifically...

    The home of the best science programmes from BBC Radio 4 introduced by Dr. Alex Lathbridge.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Farming Today

    The latest news about food, farming and the countryside

  • Seriously...

    Seriously is home to the world’s best audio documentaries and podcast recommendations, and host Vanessa Kisuule brings you two fascinating new episodes every week.

  • 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.

  • Yesterday in Parliament

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

  • Beyond Belief

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

  • 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 Darren Harriott.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Bookclub

    Led by James Naughtie, a group of readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels

  • The 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? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.

  • The Archers Omnibus

    The week's events in Ambridge

  • 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.

  • Sunday

    A look at the ethical and religious issues of the week

  • Profile

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

  • Any Questions? and Any Answers?

    Chris Mason presents topical debate in which guests answer questions from members of the public. Anita Anand presents listeners' responses to the issues raised.

  • Money Box

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

  • Inheritance Tracks

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

  • From Our Own Correspondent Podcast

    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.

  • The Week in Westminster

    Radio 4's weekly assessment of developments at Westminster

  • Saturday Live

    Radio 4's Saturday morning show brings you extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

  • A Point of View

    A weekly reflection on a topical issue

  • Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4

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

  • Fortunately... with Fi and Jane

    A frank look behind the scenes with broadcasters Jane Garvey and Fi Glover as guests from Radio, TV and podcasting share stories they probably shouldn't. Released every Friday.

  • Feedback

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

  • Feedback

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

  • Last Word

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

  • Gardeners' Question Time

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

  • Political Thinking with Nick Robinson

    Nick Robinson talks about what’s really going on in British politics.

  • Drama of the Week

    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.

  • BBC Inside Science

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

  • Open Country

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

  • Crossing Continents

    Series focusing on foreign affairs issues

  • In Our Time: History

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

  • In Our Time

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas

  • The Skewer

    A twisted comedy treat. Jon Holmes brings you the week's biggest stories like you've never heard them before. The news remixed. Welcome to The Skewer. Headphones on.

  • The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry

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

  • The Reith Lectures

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

  • The Reith Lectures

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

  • Uncanny

    From ghostly phantoms to UFOs, The Battersea Poltergeist's Danny Robins investigates real-life stories of paranormal encounters.

  • The Flipside with Paris Lees

    Hosted by Paris Lees, this science and storytelling podcast tells two stories that feel opposing. As the stories unfold, we’ll come to reflect on why we behave the way we do.

  • Sideways

    Matthew Syed explores the ideas that shape our lives with stories of seeing the world differently.

  • All in the Mind

    Programme exploring the limits and potential of the human mind

  • Books and Authors

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

  • Costing the Earth

    Fresh ideas from the sharpest minds working toward a cleaner, greener planet

  • Wireless Nights

    Jarvis Cocker explores the human condition after dark, with stories of night people

  • You're Dead To Me

    The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

  • In Our Time: Philosophy

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

  • The Media Show

    Social media, anti-social media, breaking news, faking news: this is the programme about a revolution in media, with Amol Rajan, the BBC's media editor. New episode every Wednesday

  • Life Changing

    Jane Garvey talks to people who have lived through extraordinary events and discovers how these moments have reshaped lives in the most unpredictable ways.

  • File on 4

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

  • The Bottom Line

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

  • 39 Ways to Save the Planet

    BBC Radio Four, in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society, presents 39 ideas to relieve the stress that climate change is exerting on the planet.

  • In Our Time: Culture

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

  • Law in Action

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

  • Analysis

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

  • The Digital Human

    Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world

  • No Place But the Water

    Linda Marshall Griffiths' drama series set in a flooded future world. When there is no place but the water, where do you go?

  • In Our Time: Science

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

  • This Thing of Darkness

    A gripping drama exploring the psychological impact of murder on a victim's family and on the killer

  • 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.

  • The Kitchen Cabinet

    Jay Rayner hosts a culinary panel show packed full of tasty titbits that might change the way we think about food, cooking and eating. An expert panel answers audience questions.

  • 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

  • The Life Scientific

    Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires them and asking what their discoveries might do for us in the future.

  • The Lovecraft Investigations

    An investigation into witchcraft, the occult and secret government operations. From H.P. Lovecraft.

  • Children of the Stones

    The Stones are calling you. Do you feel the shiver?

  • The Battersea Poltergeist

    The true story of one of Britain’s strangest hauntings, with Dafne Keen and Toby Jones. Updated weekly every Thursday.

  • Thinking Allowed

    New research on how society works

  • Just One Thing - with Michael Mosley

    If time is tight, what's the one thing that you should be doing to improve your health and wellbeing? Michael Mosley reveals scientifically proven top tips to change your life.

  • Ramblings

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

  • Ramblings

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

  • Planet Puffin

    A regular podcast from PM on Radio 4 on all things puffin. Both the silly and the serious; the scientific and the cultural.

  • The Film Programme

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

  • Great Lives

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

  • The Poet Laureate Has Gone to His Shed

    Poet Laureate Simon Armitage talks to guests about life, language and music in his shed.

  • Word of Mouth

    Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them

  • Moral Maze

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

  • The Joe Wicks Podcast

    What makes you feel mentally and physically strong? Fitness coach Joe Wicks ask some of his favourite people their secrets to health and happiness.

  • The Long View

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

  • Tricky

    Tricky questions of right, wrong and in-between. Every week 4 guests spend half an hour discussing the issues facing society. Nothing is off limits and no one goes unheard.

  • Rethink

    How the world should change after the coronavirus pandemic. Leading thinkers from across the globe give us their route maps to a better tomorrow.

  • Pieces of Britney

    Britney Spears: pop icon. Pandora Sykes pieces together what we know about her story, and what it tells us about sex, entertainment, and how we treat women in the public eye.

  • Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics

    Natalie Haynes takes a fresh look at the ancient world, creating stand-up routines about figures from ancient Greece and Rome.

  • The Listening Project

    Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

  • Descendants

    Descendants looks into our lives and our pasts and asks how we are connected to slavery. And, in turn, who does that mean our lives are connected to?

  • How to Invent a Country

    When did countries become countries? Misha Glenny on the borders, the stories and the people of countries worldwide.

  • In Our Time: Religion

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