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Feedback: 30/07/2021

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



How does the comedian Mark Steel get away with cheekily satirising towns and cities that he visits in his eponymous Radio 4 programme? Mark Steel’s in Town has been running for over a decade, but now he has broken new ground writing and appearing in a radio sitcom, Unite. Mark tells Roger Bolton he thinks all comedians are actors at heart, and questions whether there is such as think as left-wing comedy. And two listeners review Alun Cochrane: Centrist Dad? Part of a series of stand-up...



The Proms are back but will there be a full audience in the Albert Hall to hear them, who will they be listening to, and will the flags be flying for the Last Night? Questions for the Proms Director, David Pickard. Also, Feedback has heard criticism from some listeners about the BBC’s coverage of the riots in South Africa, which many believe pose the greatest threat to the country since the end of apartheid. A leading academic gives his view. And two listeners discuss a Radio 2 documentary...



Should BBC sports commentators remain impartial during football matches involving home nations? Some listeners think they are openly biased in favour of England, Roger Mosey, the former Director of BBC Sport, gives his views. Does Radio 4’s Rethink series needs to be rethought for not being radical enough? And 25 years after the Spice Girls crashed through some glass ceilings, did two radio listeners really, really want to listen to a Radio 2 documentary about them? Presenter: Roger Bolton...



The Deputy Director of BBC News Jonathan Munro discusses impartiality, cronyism, and the tendency for guests to disappear at a vital moment in an interview. The writer Jan Etherington talks about her award winning Radio 4comedy series Conversations from a Long Marriage, starring Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam. And in the Out of Your Comfort Zone feature, two listeners examine a documentary which claims that emojis have changed the course of history. Presenter: Roger Bolton Producer: Kate...



Listeners have been enjoying the conclusion of long-running Radio 4 fictional serial The Corrupted this week. The author GF Newman explains how he sees corruption everywhere in our most respected circles and how, as a child, his eyes were first opened to it. And what is more important to the new presenter of the News Quiz, who is also the Test Match Special statistician, Andy Zaltzman, comedy or cricket? Andy responds to listener comments and questions. In the Out of Your Comfort Zone...



With listeners concerned about cuts to BBC radio drama and asking if it's still a priority for Radio 4, a former head of BBC Radio Drama tells Roger Bolton she shares those concerns. And the Editor of The Reunion discusses the usually acclaimed programme and replies to criticism of an edition about Romanian orphanages, which one listener describes as, “flaunting of British superiority”. And can you make a successful radio programme about cartoon music when you can’t see the cartoons? Two...



The Editor of Woman’s Hour, Karen Dalziel, talks about how her new presenters are bedding into the long-running programme which celebrates its 75th birthday this year. She also discusses the decision to extend the programme to a whole hour at the expense of the daily 15 minute drama. One of the BBC’s journalists gives an insight into reporting from India as the pandemic overwhelms the country’s health services. And two listeners give their views on a BBC 6 Music talk show. Presenter: Roger...



BBC Radio 1 has launched a new streaming service called Relax, Roger Bolton hears the views of listeners and asks the Head of Radio 1, Aled Haydn Jones, whether it really is public service broadcasting, and how he can afford it. Aled also talks about presenter changes at Radio 1, and how they have been reaching out to young DJs around the country. And two listeners review a World Service programme about a sporting personality, before he made his name famous throughout the world. Presenter:...



Roger Bolton hears more views from listeners about the BBC's coverage of the death of HRH the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Does Danny Robins, the writer and producer of the Radio 4 programme and podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, believe that ghosts exist? And did making his programme change his mind? And two drama students review Radio 4’s Front Row. Would they recommend it to their college colleagues? Presenter: Roger Bolton Producer: Kate Dixon Executive Producer: Samir Shah A...



Criticism levelled at the BBC for the programme changes made in the aftermath of the death of HRH the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is unprecedented. Roger Bolton hears the views of listeners and asks if the corporation got its response badly wrong. Also, the Reverend Richard Coles talks about religion on the radio, and two young listeners discuss a controversial Radio 4 play about sexual consent and rape. Did it put them out of their comfort zone? Presenter: Roger Bolton Producer: Kate...



Why does Saturday Live’s the Reverend Richard Coles insist on using his title when he presents non-religious programmes? That’s one of the questions put to the former pop star and polymath by Roger Bolton. What does the BBC’s Annual Plan tell listeners about the future of radio? Roger Mosey the former Editorial Director of the BBC gives his view. And in Out of your Comfort Zone, two amateur reviewers give their verdict on the BBC Radio podcast I’m Not a Monster. Were they convinced?...



The Controller of Radio 3 Alan Davey answers listeners’ questions - including why the music of Justin Bieber is being played on a radio station better known as the home of classical music on the BBC. He also explains why a much loved presenter Ian Skelly is going from his morning slot to the afternoon, and talks about Radio 3's move to Salford and whether it will affect the station’s output. And did Melinda Gates put Pope Francis, and our listener reviewers, out of their comfort zones?...



As politicians, doctors and scientists fought to bring Covid under control, the BBC’s Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg was trying to find out what was really going on in Downing Street, Whitehall and in Parliament. She explains to Roger Bolton the difficulties she has encountered covering this unique story over the past year. And the actor and director Martin Jarvis talks about radio drama, and specifically his recent role on Radio 4 as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd. Is...



Are you a mood mum? Do you even know what that means? You can find out as Roger Bolton explores why Radio 2 is so keen on attracting listeners from this new demographic. But is the station in danger of driving away older listeners as a result? Martin Jarvis has just directed a controversial new Radio 4 play by the celebrated American playwright David Mamet. He discusses the play and responds to listeners’ comment. And the alarming effects of the music of Poly Styrene, the singer with band X...



There has been almost blanket media coverage of the extraordinary interview given by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Oprah Winfrey. One of the people charged with bringing this story to BBC radio is the Royal Correspondent Jonny Dymond, He responds to listeners’ questions and talks to Roger Bolton about the difficulties in reporting the story. Fascism is alive and kicking in Britain today. That's the claim of a Radio 4 series, but can we all agree on what fascism is in the 21st Century?...



Melvyn Bragg came up with the idea of the long-running Radio 4 programme In our Time back in 1998 and, 900 editions later, is still at the helm. He answers listeners’ questions and explains how he thought it would only last six months at best. Peter White has gone much further back in time for his series Disability: A New History recently re-broadcast on Radio 4. Listeners have found it revelatory, but did he? And a mother and daughter try to discover whether men really do rule the world, by...



The BBC‘s Deputy Director of News faces questions from listeners about the Corporation’s Covid coverage. Jonathan Munro hears concerns that his journalists are not tough enough on the Government, and are neglecting other vital stories. And two young politics graduates who never switch on Radio 4, are exposed to the News Quiz. Did it raise a smile? Presenter: Roger Bolton Producer: Kate Dixon Executive Producer: Samir Shah A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4



How is Emma Barnett settling in as the main presenter of Woman’s Hour? Is she turning the programme into a radio version of Newsnight? In the first edition of a new series of Feedback listeners give their contrasting views. Also this week, the departing newsreaders Corrie Corfield and Neil Sleat confess their broadcasting sins, including accidentally taking Radio 4 off air. And two young politics graduates who have never heard the Today programme, give it a listen. Presenter: Roger Bolton...



After almost half a century, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue is still the most popular radio comedy, according to a poll of Radio Times readers. The producer of the series for nearly 30 years is Jon Naismith. He gives insights into the show and explains that it nearly didn’t survive the pilot. Equally loved by radio listeners is the Christmas Eve broadcast from Kings College Chapel, Cambridge. Producer Philip Billson explains how the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will sound with no...