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20130109 (BBC7)

Mel finds out about the history of teapots, hears the next chapter of 'The Silver Bead', plus Dick and Dom are back with more science experience in 'How Dangerous Is Your House'.

20130108 (BBC7)

Mel finds out about the art of drinking tea, plus Dick and Dom are back with more science experiments in 'How Dangerous Is Your House'.

20130107 (BBC7)

Dick and Dom are back with more experiments in 'How Dangerous Is Your House'. Plus, a guide to woodland birds and a new story, 'The Silver Bead' by Helen Dunmore.

20130103 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc continues Eoin Colfer's 'The Legend of Spud Murphy'. And in their popular science series, Dick and Dom wrap up for a winter break in 'How Dangerous Is Your Holiday?'.

20130102 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc continues Eoin Colfer's story 'The Legend of Spud Murphy'. And Dick and Dom go camping in the next episode of 'How Dangerous Is Your Holiday?'.

20121228 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents the next episode of 'How Dangerous...' in which Dick and Dom climb to the top of the Christmas tree to find out how fairy lights work.

20121227 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc serves up more seasonal science from Dick and Dom's new series 'How Dangerous...'. Plus there's more from Terry Deary's current story The Vicious Vikings.

20121226 (BBC7)

Mel introduces the next episode of 'How Dangerous...' where Dick and Dom explore the science of Christmas decorations. Plus there's more from Terry Deary's Vicious Vikings.

20121225 (BBC7)

Mel presents a guide to festive food, and Dick and Dom show how to make your own crackers.

Mel pulls the party poppers and presents a guide to festive food, and Dick and Dom show how to make your own crackers. Plus there's more from Terry Deary's Vicious Vikings.

20121224 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces a new series especially for The 4 O'Clock Show. Dick and Dom present 'How Dangerous...', exploring the surprising science of everyday life.

20121130 (BBC7)

Mel waxes lyrical about wax, we'll munch some haggis on St Andrew's Day, and hear the final chapter of this week's story, Up On Cloud Nine, by Anne Fine.

20121220 (BBC7)

The next part of The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Glittering Storm, plus Mel finds out about some interesting uses for gold and hears how to make the perfect vegetarian nut roast.

20121218 (BBC7)

We'll continue following our Christmas turkeys, and find out about the forgotten foods of Christmas. Just what did people eat during advent a hundred years ago?

20120903 (BBC7)

Eeny meeny miney moe - join Mel Giedroyc for school escapades and playground games.

Eeny meeny miney moe - join Mel Giedroyc for school escapades and playground games - you're 'it'!

20120824 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes for a walk in an Edinburgh wood.

Mel Giedroyc goes for a walk in an Edinburgh wood alongside an adventurer skilled in the art of natural navigation. Plus, there's the concluding part of Roald Dahl's Matilda.

20120823 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets a lesson on how to fly a plane.

Mel Giedroyc gets a lesson on how to fly a plane, hears about the healthy pizza you can eat every day and gets clucky over chickens. Plus there's more from current story Matilda.

20120822 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets a Roman Cookery class from the Horrible Histories team.

Mel Giedroyc and her girls get their hands dirty with a Roman Cookery class from the Horrible Histories cast. Plus, there's the next episode of Roald Dahl's classic tale Matilda.

20120821 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc joins in a ukelele jam session in the park at the Edinburgh Festival.

Mel Giedroyc continues her exploration of fun things to do at the Edinburgh Festival by joining in a ukelele jam session in the park. Plus there's more from current story Matilda.

20120820 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc takes a tour of a graveyard with horror writer Darren Shan.

Mel Giedroyc begins a week of fun at the Edinburgh Festival by taking a tour of a graveyard with horror writer Darren Shan. Plus there's the next episode of Roald Dahl's Matilda.

20120817 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc continues Roald Dahl's classic tale 'Matilda'. She goes on a Scrabble holiday, grows her own vegetables and then turns them into the perfect gazpacho.

Mel Giedroyc continues Roald Dahl's classic tale 'Matilda'.

20120816 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with Roald Dahl's wonderful story 'Matilda'. Today Matilda writes a limerick for her teacher, and we hear poet John Hegley on the art of the limerick.

Mel Giedroyc with Roald Dahl's Matilda. Today Matilda writes a limerick for her teacher.

20120815 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc continues the classic tale, Roald Dahl's Matilda. She finds out about the history of hair dye and hears golfer Sam Torrance's Inheritance Tracks.

Mel Giedroyc continues kids' classic Matilda, and finds out about the history of hair dye.

20120814 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes backstage with the award-winning musical Matilda.

Mel Giedroyc continues Roald Dahl's classic tale Matilda. Mel goes backstage with the award-winning musical Matilda, and she goes to the Scalextric Championships.

20120813 (BBC7)

On this week's 4 O'Clock Show, Mel Giedroyc has Roald Dahl's classic story Matilda. Child genius Matilda teaches herself to read.

Mel Giedroyc has the classic story Matilda. Child genius Matilda teaches herself to read.

20120810 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc meets a sniffer dog helping to save the whale.

Mel Giedroyc meets a sniffer dog helping to save the whale and joins a debate on whether you can apply the principles of dog-training to humans.

20120809 (BBC7)

Evan Davies' historic rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody on the paper and comb. And if that's not mad enough for you, what about howling at the full moon? Mel Giedroyc discovers the truth about those legends of lunacy.

Evan Davies' historic rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody on the paper and comb.

20120808 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the Inheritance Tracks of comedian Ronnie Corbett.

In a musical programme, Mel Giedroyc hears the Inheritance Tracks of comedian Ronnie Corbett, and discovers the truth about whether listening to Mozart makes you smarter.

20120807 (BBC7)

Barbara Windsor is this week's birthday celebrity.

Barbara Windsor is this week's birthday celebrity, and there's a chance to hear her reflections on 60 years in showbusiness. Presenter Mel Giedroyc finds out how to make an exotic fruit salad, and begins the countdown to another Magical Mystery Tour destination.

20120806 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears from a DIY rescue agent.

Ever lost the battle with a piece of flat-packed furniture? Or removed a wall that really shouldn't have been removed? In today's programme, Mel Giedroyc hears from a DIY rescue agent, and finds out whether it's true we only use 10 per cent of our brains - in home improvements, or anything else.

20120803 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc tunes up nicely with a musical duo, hears from Diary Of A Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney and gets competitive at school sports day. Plus the final episode of Camp Gold.

Mel Giedroyc introduces the final part of Camp Gold, an athletics-themed story.

20120802 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the fourth part of Camp Gold, an athletics-themed story.

Mel Giedroyc gets out her puncture repair kit as she hears from a veteran Olympic cyclist and gold medal winning sprint cyclist Victoria Pendleton.

20120801 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears how to paint a portrait with dolly mixtures.

Mel Giedroyc hears how to paint a portrait with dolly mixtures, hitches a ride on a rubbish train and celebrates the art of the prank.

20120731 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the second part of Camp Gold, an athletics-themed story.

Mel Giedroyc hears how to pamper a bull before a county show and gets down with a disco-dancing pensioner from Brighton. Plus there's the next part of current story Camp Gold.

20120730 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the first part of Camp Gold, an athletics-themed story.

Mel Giedroyc introduces the first part of Camp Gold, an athletics-themed story written by Olympic Gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu and read by Blue Peter's Helen Skelton.

20120727 (BBC7)

On the day of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, Mel Giedroyc hears the story of one of the greatest Olympians and goes down one of the famous London markets.

Mel hears the story of one of the greatest Olympians and visits a famous London market.

20120726 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc ventures into the newsroom with the BBC's School Report, finds out more about the 'London Nobody Knows' and hears some positive news about the River Thames.

Mel finds out more about the 'London Nobody Knows', and there's good news about the Thames

20120725 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes to the 'London Nobody Knows', finds out what mantelpieces can tell you about the British and takes a trip to 'Sea Life Loch Lomond'.

Mel Giedroyc goes to the 'London Nobody Knows' and takes a trip to 'Sea Life Loch Lomond'.

20120724 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc wishes actor Daniel Radcliffe a happy birthday in his birthday week, travels on a London bus and hears the origin of the nursery rhyme 'London Bridge is Falling Down'.

Mel Giedroyc wishes actor Daniel Radcliffe a happy birthday and travels on a London bus.

20120723 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with a magical new story, Suniti Namjoshi's 'Aditi and the Thames Dragon'. And it's the beginning of the London Olympics, so the 4 O'Clock Show celebrates London.

It's the beginning of the London Olympics, so the 4 O'Clock Show celebrates London.

20120709 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes adventuring and time-travelling with this week's story from the Sarah Jane Adventures, 'The Thirteenth Stone', read by Elisabeth Sladen herself.

20121212 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc continues our moving fable 'The Earth Giant' by Melvin Burgess. The 'Keep it in the Family' quiz continues, and there's the Inheritance Tracks of Benjamin Grosvenor.

20121211 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc says "Happy Birthday!" to Miranda Hart, she has the next episode of 'The Earth Giant' by Melvin Burgess and our quiz 'Keep it in the Family' busts some brains.

20121206 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces another of life's quirkier conundrums from the Questions Questions archive, plus there's the next part of Anne Fine's book Up On Cloud Nine.

20121204 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc bounces back on air with a look at bungee jumping, says Happy Birthday Ronnie Corbett and introduces the next part of Anne Fine's story Up On Cloud Nine.

20121203 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the return of quirky quiz Keep It In The Family and another episode from current story Up On Cloud Nine by Anne Fine.

20121129 (BBC7)

An exploration of the Hollywood Costumes exhibition at the V&A Museum, and we'll find out if you can really tell when someone is telling a bare-faced lie.

20121128 (BBC7)

We dish up some delicious Sikh food to mark the celebration of Guru Nanak, hear the Inheritance Tracks of Grease star Olivia Newton John, and find out why children fib!

20121127 (BBC7)

Mel celebrates the birthday of musician Randy Newman, finds out about the work that goes into cooking food for hospital patients, and searches for noctilucent clouds.

20121126 (BBC7)

We start listening to a new story - Up On Cloud Nine by Anne Fine. We'll also get a guide to garden birds and find out about the legacy of Concorde.

20121123 (BBC7)

Introducing with the final chapter of Terry Pratchett's funny, brilliant story 'Johnny and the Dead'. And presenter Mel Giedroyc celebrates Dr Who's 49th Birthday.

20121122 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with the penultimate episode of Terry Pratchett's fabulous, funny story 'Johnny and the Dead'. Also, today is Thanksgiving in the USA, so Mel goes Stateside.

20121121 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc continues Terry Pratchett's gripping, funny story 'Johnny and the Dead', and we hear the Inheritance Tracks of Meera Syal.

20121120 (BBC7)

Mel has the next episode of Terry Pratchett's brilliant story 'Johnny and the Dead', and wishes actor and comedian Billy Connolly a very happy 70th birthday.

20121119 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc continues Terry Pratchett's fantastic story 'Johnny and the Dead' and this week Johnny inspires the fight against the bulldozing of the cemetery.

20121116 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets the story on one of the world's most famous teddy bears, why the sound of a gate is music to a listener's ears and takes in the view from the top of a zip wire.

20121115 (BBC7)

Mel's here with a sizzler of a show including a trip to a burger bar, a search for buried treasure and a tour of an Orkney graveyard looking for autumn fungi.

20121114 (BBC7)

Today's 4 O'Clock Show is magic as Mel meets a master conjuror and takes a tour of a haunted Irish castle. Plus there's the next episode of Terry Pratchett's Johnny and the Dead.

20121113 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc asks why people call their pets silly names and hears from the apple harvest in Herefordshire. Plus, there's more from Terry Pratchett's story Johnny and the Dead.

20121112 (BBC7)

There's something creepy afoot as Mel Giedroyc hears about the writers-in-residence at London's Highgate cemetery. Plus the first part of Terry Pratchett's Johnny and the Dead.

20121102 (BBC7)

The story of Tutankhamun, whose tomb was unearthed 90 years ago this week, followed by the final chapter of this week's story, Roddy Doyle's A Greyhound of a Girl.

20121101 (BBC7)

We meet the judges behind this year's Roald Dahl Funny Prize and get stuck in to the big debate: hankies or tissues? Plus part 4 of our story, Roddy Doyle's A Greyhound of a Girl.

20121031 (BBC7)

Mel gets dressed up for Halloween and joins some real-life ghost hunters. Plus the news behind this year's Roald Dahl Funny Prize, with chief judge Michael Rosen.

20121030 (BBC7)

We taste the culinary delights enjoyed state-side on Halloween, and find out how the television came in to being. Then it's time for part 2 of our story - A Greyhound of a Girl.

20121029 (BBC7)

Mel introduces a brand new story - A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle. As Halloween looms on the horizon, we'll be finding out about a quick, easy recipe for pumpkin soup.

20121012 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc lands on the moon, and as Private Peaceful reaches cinemas, Michael Morpurgo reveals his favourite books.

20121019 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates International Day of the Nacho with tortillas, enchiladas and chillies. Plus, the final part of our interview with top author Anthony Horowitz

20121018 (BBC7)

Where did that expression about teaching grannies how to suck eggs come from? We'll find out... and give it a try. Plus, how to cook the perfect carrot cake.

20121017 (BBC7)

As National Apple Day approaches, we visit a Suffolk orchard and cook a tarte tatin. Plus, more from author Anthony Horowitz from the Cheltenham Literary Festival.

20121016 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the birthday of the Disney company, learns how to bake doughnuts, and hears the Inheritance Books of Radio 2 and Radio 5 Live DJ Simon Mayo

20121015 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc meets Anthony Horowitz at the Cheltenham Literary Festival, along with the first chapter of his story 'Granny'.

20121011 (BBC7)

Philip Pullman reads more Grimm Tales, and Mel finds out about the story-collecting brothers.

20121010 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc sits down at her spinning wheel to create some radio gold.

20121009 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about a lifesaving cat, and heads backstage at a glittering West End theatre.

20121008 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc meets Philip Pullman, as he reads his reworkings of classic fairy tales.

20121001 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about a scheme in Liverpool that encourages kids to try their hand at stand-up comedy.

20121005 (BBC7)

In today's programme, Mel Giedroyc listens in on a computer that creates music with no composer involved, and takes a Magical Mystery Tour across land and sea.

20121004 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc discovers the origins of the British urge to queue up in an orderly fashion, and there's more from this week's classic story, 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.

20121003 (BBC7)

This week's story is The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, and Mel Giedroyc talks to the writer Lynne Truss about the book and its great popularity from Victorian times to today.

20121002 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates this week's birthday celebrity, Harry Hill, and gets a second helping of laughs from young stand-up comedians in Liverpool.

20120913 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents this week's story, the extraordinarily powerful 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness, read by the legendary actor and director David Hayman.

20120921 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the creepy truth about cockroaches and gets a lesson on building the perfect campfire. Plus there's the final episode of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

Mel Giedroyc introduces the final episode of the moving tale A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

20120920 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces a visit to an owl sanctuary, hears about some Big Foot monster hunters and asks why we love horror. Plus there's the next episode of A Monster Calls.

Mel Giedroyc introduces the next episode of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Plus, there's another conundrum to crack as we delve into the Questions Questions archive.

20120914 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents this week's story, the extraordinarily powerful 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness, read by the legendary actor and director David Hayman.

20120912 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents this week's story, the extraordinarily powerful 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness, read by the legendary actor and director David Hayman.

20120911 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents this week's story, the extraordinarily powerful 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness, read by the legendary actor and director David Hayman.

20120919 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the next episode of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Plus, there's the Inheritance Tracks of singing legend Cilla Black.

20120918 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the next episode of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Plus, one lucky celebrity gets their birthday bumps!

20120917 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the next episode of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Plus there's the first in a brand new nature series about two Arctic terns called The Sea Swallow.

20120910 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents this week's story, the extraordinarily powerful 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness, read by the legendary actor and director David Hayman.

Mel presents this week's story, 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness, read by David Hayman.

20120719 (BBC7)

Join Mel Giedroyc for bees, bikes and big dogs on today's show. Plus, she learns a few Gaelic words, visits a theatre by the sea and continues her cycle up the Western Isles.

20120718 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc does some practice camping in the park, and hears about the Inheritance Books of Gill Lewis, the author of this week's story Skyhawk.

20120717 (BBC7)

Mel samples haggis with a busload of Americans and goes caravanning with Patrick Duffy, aka Bobby Ewing in Dallas. Plus, why midges like biting tall men, and part two of Skyhawk.

20120716 (BBC7)

Mel's having a Scottish day, as she joins some Americans on a bus tour of the Highlands, visits Stirling Castle and cycles up the Western Isles.

20120706 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets physical in today's show with women's boxing, the diary of a teenage discus thrower and the final part of the Horrible Histories series on Groovy Greeks.

20120704 (BBC7)

It's an American Independence Day special as Mel Giedroyc visits a flag factory, and celebrates American inventions like chewing gum. Plus there's more from the Groovy Greeks.

20120703 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc says 'Pah!' to the colour pink and 'Happy Birthday' to author Charlie Higson. Plus there's the second part of the Horrible Histories series on Groovy Greeks.

20120702 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the first part of a Horrible Histories series on the Groovy Greeks.

20120419 (BBC7)
20120628 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the talents of the UK's only professional whistler, and learns the history of messages in bottles.

Mel Giedroyc hears the talents of the UK's only professional whistler.

20120605 (BBC7)

We'll take a byte out of the big Apple to mark the anniversary of one of the world's first personal computers going on sale. Plus, we unwrap the Puccini classic opera Tosca.

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120604 (BBC7)

The history of the motor car on the anniversary of Henry Ford's first ever automobile. Plus, part 5 of our nature series Parrots and Piranhas.

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120621 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the genius of master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. Today we begin another most loved story, 'Thumbelina'.

20120615 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120614 (BBC7)

Join Mel Giedroyc for a visit to a teabag factory, and a trip on a canal. Plus, cooking Boston beans, how to tune a piano, and episode 4 of Dakota of the White Flats.

20120613 (BBC7)

Today Mel Giedroyc tries a jellied eel, meets some ponies on Exmoor and hears about one of the world's greatest watchmakes. Plus, the Inheritance Tracks of Cyndi Lauper.

20120612 (BBC7)

Mel hears about a Pacific island teeming with two million snakes, and discovers the connection between cows' intestines and tennis. Plus, episode 2 of Dakota of the White Flats.

20120611 (BBC7)

There's a wild west flavour today as Mel Giedroyc finds out what cowboys ate on the trail and how the Indians traded food. Plus, a man who loves bats and a great new story.

20120608 (BBC7)

As we finish listening to Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, we go on the hunt for mice and rats in Wales, and we join presenter Peter White - blind since birth - on a flying lesson.

Made for 4 Extra. We visit a dairy, learn how to make home-made ice cream and find out about the sound of an ice-cream van. Plus, the story of Mickey Mouse.

Made for 4 Extra. We find out how the computer mouse started life, we hear from Apple co-creator Steve Wozniak and learn about the role hedgehogs played in shaping World War II.

20120601 (BBC7)

Mel hears the winners of the Chris Evans Show 500 Words short story competition, and the next instalment of the classic tale 'Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH'.

20120530 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with more of the final top fifty in the Chris Evans Show 500 Words short story competition, and Robert O'Brien's classic tale 'Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH'.

Mel Giedroyc with more of the final top fifty in the 500 Words short story competition.

20120529 (BBC7)

Made For 4 Extra. Mel continues the classic tale 'Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH', there's more of the final top fifty 500 Words short stories and Mel ultimately finds a dormouse.

20120528 (BBC7)

Made For 4 Extra. Mel Giedroyc with the classic story Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, more 500 Words short stories, and backstage at the award-winning show Matilda.

20120525 (BBC7)

As MIB3 is released, Will Smith talks about the making of the first Men In Black film. We also hear from the couple that met in a children's home, plus the conclusion of our story.

20120524 (BBC7)

Mel hears from Stewart Henderson as he finds out if we really do have an innate sense of direction. Plus, two more fantastic stories from the Chris Evans 500 Words competition.

20120523 (BBC7)

Mel finds out the truth about the people behind some of the world's most famous cave art and we'll hear the Inheritance Tracks of actress Jenny Agutter.

20120522 (BBC7)

As we listen to part two of Adults Only by Morris Gleitzman, Mel finds out about a caving trip that went wrong. Plus, Gyles Brandreth goes on the hunt for the first ever teddy.

20120521 (BBC7)

This week we start listening to Morris Gleitzman's Adults Only. Plus, we'll continue hearing more of the Top 50 stories from the Chris Evans 500 Words short story competition!

20120518 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120517 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120516 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120515 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120514 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120511 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears more of the top 50 stories from the BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans 500 Words short story competition. And it's the last episode in our story Huckleberry Finn.

Mel Giedroyc hears more top stories from the Radio 2 500 Words short story competition.

20120510 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears more 500 Words short stories. She also follows in the footsteps of Peter Pan author J M Barrie, and finds out why gospel music is so uplifting.

Mel Giedroyc hears more 500 Words short stories.

20120509 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears more of the top 50 stories in this year's BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans 500 Words competition. We go shark fishing in Wales and our story Huckleberry Finn continues.

We go shark fishing in Wales and our story Huckleberry Finn continues.

20120508 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears more of the top 50 stories from the BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans 500 Words short story competition. We go fishing on the River Usk and our story Huck Finn continues.

More of the top 50 stories from Radio 2's 500 Words short story competition.

20120507 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc starts broadcasting the top 50 stories from the BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans 500 Words short story competition. And our story, Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, continues.

Mel starts broadcasting the top 50 stories from the Radio 2's 500 Words story competition.

20120504 (BBC7)

We're messing about on the river as we experience life on a houseboat. Plus we're talking films as we hear about the work of a film designer and meet the real Darth Vader.

We're messing about on the river as we experience life on a houseboat.

20120503 (BBC7)

Heigh-ho! Mel Giedroyc finds out about the history of mining songs. Plus tips on surviving in the wilderness and the next chapter in our story, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Heigh-ho! Mel Giedroyc finds out about the history of mining songs.

20120502 (BBC7)

We dive in to white water rafting, getting soaking wet in the process. Plus we cook up an American outdoors treat - squirrel stew. And we get tips on putting on accents.

We dive in to white water rafting, and cook up an American outdoors treat - squirrel stew.

20120501 (BBC7)

As we continue listening to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, we find out how to make a raft and go on the hunt for the real Tom Sawyer.

We continue listening to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

20120430 (BBC7)

As Mel introduces Chapter 1 of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, we'll get tips on river canoeing, and explore the home town of this well-known American author.

Mel introduces Chapter 1 of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

20120427 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc says Happy Friday with a tour of the new Harry Potter exhibition, hears about Ben Fogle's dip with crocodiles and gets a lesson in claymation with Nick Park.

Mel Giedroyc gets a lesson in claymation with Nick Park.

20120426 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about a man who made a mint from some old Roman coins, sets sail with a female steamboat captain and goes postal at a postcard fair.

Mel Giedroyc hears about a man who made a mint from some old Roman coins.

20120425 (BBC7)

Mel introduces the Inheritance Tracks of Julian Lennon, hears about the musical stones of Skiddaw and takes a trip down the Amazon with Helen Skelton.

Mel hears about the musical stones of Skiddaw and takes a trip down the Amazon.

20120424 (BBC7)

Mel's full of the joys of spring as she bids happy birthday to Strictly judge Len Goodman, learns how to pack the perfect picnic and gets a crash course in building a bird's nest.

Mel learns how to pack the perfect picnic and gets a crash course in building a bird nest.

20120423 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with highlights from The 4 O'Clock Show - join her for some cake baking, jam making and propping up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Join Mel for some cake baking, jam making and propping up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

20120420 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out how to bake a lemon cake, hears from a songwriter who loves rollercoasters, and learns the history of archery. Plus Lady Gaga, and a trip to a famous forest.

Mel Giedroyc finds out how to bake a lemon cake, and learns the history of archery.

20120418 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is all singing and dancing, as choirmaster Gareth Malone shares his favourite songs, and a blind man takes his first tentative steps in ballroom dance.

Mel is all singing and dancing, as choirmaster Gareth Malone shares his favourite songs.

20120417 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears from a painter who gets creative with cattle, and gets tips from the businessman who created a jam-making empire in his parent's kitchen.

Mel Giedroyc hears from a painter who gets creative with cattle.

20120416 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc pulls on her wellies for a spot of egg collecting, pony-trekking and tractor riding.

Mel Giedroyc pulls on her wellies for a spot of egg collecting and pony-trekking.

20120413 (BBC7)

We mark Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year, and hear from Elena Gagarina, daughter of the first man ever to go in to space.

We mark Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year, and hear from Elena Gagarina, Yuri Gagarin's daughter

20120412 (BBC7)

It's a sandwich special as we hear about sarnies great and small, from the humble pre-packed supermarket one to the exquisite, exotic, made-to-order delicacy.

It's a sandwich special as we hear about sarnies great and small.

20120411 (BBC7)

Simon Callow shares his Inheritance Tracks, Mel hears how to cook the perfect carrot cake (as if she doesn't know...), and we find out what happened on board Apollo 13.

Simon Callow shares his Inheritance Tracks and Mel hears how to cook a perfect carrot cake

20120410 (BBC7)

As we continue listening to the story of 'Granny', Mel hears from a hardcore granny adventurer. Plus, we'll celebrate the birthday of Mr Top Gear - Jeremy Clarkson.

As we continue listening to the story of 'Granny', Mel hears from a granny adventurer.

20120409 (BBC7)

This week Mel starts listening to Anthony Horowitz's story 'Granny'. Plus, as it's Easter Monday we'll explore inside a chocolate factory and find out what it's really made of.

This week Mel starts listening to Anthony Horowitz's story 'Granny'.

20120406 (BBC7)

Mel hits a high C with a boy soprano who sang one of the most beautiful pieces of music in the world, and she finds out what it's like to be 15 and performing as a circus clown.

Mel hits a high C with a boy soprano, plus what it's like to be a circus clown at 15.

20120405 (BBC7)

Mel hears from a woman that's spent 30 years tracking the UK's elusive big wild cats.

20120404 (BBC7)

Mel finds out what happens if you send a troupe of clowns into a war zone and discovers the darker history of man's relationship with the skylark.

Mel finds out what happens if you send a troupe of clowns into a war zone.

20120403 (BBC7)

Mel ponders on collective nouns - along with an exultation of skylarks, could there be a giggle of Giedroycs? And she runs away to the Mexican circus on a Journey of a Lifetime.

Mel ponders on collective nouns - could there be a giggle of Giedroycs?

20120402 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes to the circus and finds some great acts from the past - high diving elks, men with bee beards and the Fiji mermaid. 'Secret Heart' by David Almond is our story.

Mel Giedroyc goes to the circus and finds some great acts from the past.

20120330 (BBC7)

Mel hears from the man behind The Simpsons, Matt Groening. Andi Osho presents another Sneaky Peeks, and finds herself in the Falkland Isles with a lot of penguins.

Mel hears from the man behind The Simpsons and finds herself with a lot of penguins.

20120329 (BBC7)

Actress Anjelica Huston tells us about her father's legendary film The African Queen, plus Mel finds out why we have a sweet tooth and learns all about Gentoo penguins.

Actress Anjelica Huston tells us about her father's legendary film The African Queen.

20120328 (BBC7)

Mike Perham talks about sailing round the world single-handedly, plus Mel dresses up in medieval armour and finds out why the dinosaurs were so giant.

Mike Perham on sailing round the world, and Mel finds out why dinosaurs were so big.

20120327 (BBC7)

Mel finds out about battle re-enactments and medieval forts, and Sue Perkins tells us about recreating life in the 1970s. Why does she have to follow a goat around all day?

Mel finds out about battle re-enactments, and Sue talks about recreating life in the 1970s

20120326 (BBC7)

Mel hears the first chapter in Eric Pringle's 'Big George and the Seventh Knight,' Tom Daley talks about Olympic training, and we hear about medieval musical instruments.

Tom Daley talks about Olympic training, and Mel hears about medieval musical instruments.

20120302 (BBC7)

As Mr and Mrs Twit get their comeuppance with some sticky glue, Mel Giedroyc hears what's inside Roald Dahl's writing shed.

The Twits get their comeuppance, and Mel Giedroyc peeks inside Roald Dahl's writing shed.

20120229 (BBC7)

Will you marry us? Mel Giedroyc finds out about leap year traditions, and where the extra day comes from.

Mel Giedroyc finds out about leap year traditions, and where the extra day comes from.

20120301 (BBC7)

Happy St David's Day! Mel Giedroyc celebrates with daffodils and leeks.

20120228 (BBC7)

Be careful what you eat - Mrs Twit serves up spaghetti, and Mel Giedroyc goes hunting for worms.

Mrs Twit serves up spaghetti, and Mel Giedroyc goes hunting for worms.

20120227 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hides behind a fake bushy beard, seeks out storytelling tips, and goes mad with some March hares.

Mel Giedroyc grows a bushy beard, seeks storytelling tips, and goes mad with March hares.

20120224 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc's journey on the Hogwarts Express finishes at the Scottish town of Mallaig, where she uncovers the hidden history at the end of the line.

Mel Giedroyc's journey on the Hogwarts Express finishes at the Scottish town of Mallaig.

20120223 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds the cave where Bonnie Prince Charlie hid before he escaped to France, and she continues her quest to find the smartest family in Britain.

Mel Giedroyc finds the cave where Bonnie Prince Charlie hid before he escaped to France.

20120222 (BBC7)

As she continues listening to Oliver Twist, Mel Giedroyc learns about the funny names Charles Dickens created for his characters. Plus another round of Keep It in the Family.

Mel Giedroyc learns about the funny names Charles Dickens created for his characters.

20120221 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc makes American pancakes for Shrove Tuesday and continues the search for the cleverest family in Britain with the Keep It in the Family quiz.

Mel Giedroyc hunts for the cleverest family in Britain with the Keep It in the Family quiz

20120220 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc catches the Hogwarts Express on one of the most beautiful railways in the world, the West Highland Railway line in Scotland.

Mel Giedroyc catches the Hogwarts Express on the West Highland Railway line in Scotland.

20120217 (BBC7)

Mr Gum author Andy Stanton's tips for the Chris Evans 500 Words short story competition, Jennifer Saunders talks about re-creating Ab Fab, and more discoveries in hidden London.

Author Andy Stanton's writing tips, Ab Fab with Jennifer Saunders, and more hidden London.

20120216 (BBC7)

The original Oliver Twist, Mark Lester, tells us about his time making the film, we explore more hidden London, and hear top writing tips from Charlie Higson.

Mark Lester on making the original Oliver Twist film plus writing tips from Charlie Higson

20120215 (BBC7)

Dizzee Rascal spills the secret behind his music, Lauren Child offers writing tips for the Chris Evans 500 Words short story competition, and more from Oliver Twist.

Dizzee Rascal spills the secret behind his music, and Lauren Child offers writing tips.

20120214 (BBC7)

Matt Groening explains how his Simpsons characters got their names, plus more hidden London and the next chapter of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

Matt Groening explains how his Simpsons characters were named, plus more hidden London.

20110715 (BBC7)

David Walliams gives us his writing tips as we hear the 10-13 winner of Chris Evans's 500 words competition. Plus, female fighter pilots and the musical man behind Harry Potter.

David Walliams joins us as we hear the 10-13 winner of the 500 words competition.

David Walliams gives us his writing tips as we hear the 10-13 winner of Chris Evans's 500 words competition.

Plus, female fighter pilots and the musical man behind Harry Potter.

20110801 (BBC7)

Mel hears the first chapter in Eric Pringle's Big George and the Seventh Knight, Tom Daley tells us about Olympic training, and we hear about medieval musical instruments.

Mel talks to Tom Daley about Olympic training, and we hear about medieval instruments.

20120213 (BBC7)

Explore hidden parts of London, and tips for entering Chris Evans' 500 Words short story competition. Plus, the first chapter of the Dickens classic Oliver Twist.

Explore hidden parts of London and tips for Chris Evans' 500 Words short story competition

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Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120206 (BBC7)

Music and chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120203 (BBC7)

Join Mel Giedroyc as she listens to music from space, plus what does a cloak made of spider silk feel like?

Mel Giedroyc listens to music from space, plus what does a spider silk cloak feel like?

20120202 (BBC7)

Chopping boards and frying pans at the ready, Mel Giedroyc is cooking for the family.

20120201 (BBC7)

Who's the presenter again? A forgetful Mel Giedroyc finds out about the importance of memories.

Who's the presenter again? A forgetful Mel Giedroyc explores the importance of memories.

20120131 (BBC7)

Hello! I'm on the train! Mel Giedroyc makes a call to some historical mobile phones.

20120130 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc searches for a rare butterfly, and catches Chris Evans.

20120127 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the final chapter of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Plus a look at model planes, and Andi Osho with her Sneaky Peeks into the best comedy.

Mel Giedroyc takes a look at model planes, and Andi Osho with her Sneaky Peeks into comedy

20120126 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out why we play instruments upside-down, introduces the next chapter of Treasure Island, and hears from legendary Canadian actor Donald Sutherland.

Mel Giedroyc hears from legendary Canadian actor Donald Sutherland.

20120125 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc marks the annual celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns, plays the Inheritance Tracks of Bob Harris, and hears from actor Philip Glenister.

Mel Giedroyc marks the annual celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns.

20120124 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out about the history of navigating the seven seas, and a postcard from WWII France. Plus the birthday of Johnny English actress Rosamund Pike.

Mel Giedroyc learns the history of navigating the seas, and finds WWII France postcard.

20120123 (BBC7)

Mel hears the next chapter in the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, Treasure Island. She'll explore the world of lighthouses, and follow the African journey of the humble swallow.

Mel explores the world of lighthouses, and follows the journey of the humble swallow.

20120120 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc continues her voyage to Treasure Island, and tries on a helmet from the Vietnam War.

Mel Giedroyc is on a trip to Treasure Island, and tries on a helmet from the Vietnam War.

20120119 (BBC7)

Which bird is best at telling the time? Mel Giedroyc finds out about the history of cuckoo clocks.

Mel Giedroyc finds out about the history of cuckoo clocks.

20120118 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc lays a special set of dominoes end to end, and takes of tour of the world's best - and worst - toilets.

Mel Giedroyc takes of tour of the world's best - and worst - toilets.

20120117 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with a very chatty parrot, and some historical lemonade.

20120116 (BBC7)

Arr me hearties! Mel Giedroyc looks out her favourite eyepatch, and goes hunting for buried gold on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

Mel Giedroyc goes hunting for buried gold on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

20111230 (BBC7)

Join Mel Giedroyc for tales of new lives and new years, and the story of the boy who never grew up.

Join Mel Giedroyc for tales of new lives and new years, and the boy who never grew up.

20111229 (BBC7)

Mel flies to Neverland with Peter Pan, and as the New Year approaches, she practises first footing.

Mel flies to Neverland with Peter Pan, and practises first footing for the New Year.

20111228 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc has top tips on how to use up that fridge full of leftovers, and has a play in Peter Pan author JM Barrie's childhood garden.

Mel Giedroyc has top tips on how to use up that fridge full of leftovers.

20111227 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc dons a pair of ruby slippers to hear from a woman who really got carried away by a hurricane, and celebrates bedtime stories.

Mel Giedroyc dons ruby slippers to hear from a woman who got carried away by a hurricane.

20111226 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is surrounded by torn wrapping paper as she celebrates Boxing Day, and learns to fly like Peter Pan.

Mel Giedroyc is surrounded by torn wrapping paper, and learns to fly like Peter Pan.

20111223 (BBC7)

Christmas is nearly here! Mel Giedroyc builds a snowman, hears about walking to the Arctic and samples an Icelandic Christmas.

Plus, the last part of The House at Pooh Corner.

Mel Giedroyc builds a snowman, hears about the Arctic and samples an Icelandic Christmas.

20111222 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc jumps in for some wild swimming round Britain and checks out winter headgear for Russians.

Plus, Alan Bennett reads part four of The House at Pooh Corner.

Mel Giedroyc jumps in for some wild swimming and checks out winter headgear for Russians.

20111221 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc learns about Icelandic moss bread and checks out some Christmas turkeys down on the farm.

Plus the third part of The House at Pooh Corner.

Mel Giedroyc learns about Icelandic moss bread and meets Christmas turkeys on the farm.

20111220 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with a bag of winter goodies, including an ice hotel in Canada and a nativity play set on a real farm.

Plus, Alan Bennett reads part two of The House at Pooh Corner.

Mel Giedroyc's winter goodies, like Canada's ice hotel and a nativity play on a real farm.

20111219 (BBC7)

Plenty of Christmas fun and sparkle with Mel Giedroyc in the last week before the Big Day, plus Alan Bennett reads The House at Pooh Corner.

Plenty of Christmas fun and sparkle with Mel Giedroyc in the last week before the Big Day.

20111216 (BBC7)

Christmas is coming and Mel Giedroyc is taking notes on shopping for the big day.

Plus there's a dramatic conclusion to our current story The Quigleys by Simon Mason.

20111215 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc learns about the language of flowers and a record-breaking train.

Plus there's the next episode of Simon Mason's The Quigleys.

20111214 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears a history of the sandwich and meets the owner of a famous ballet shoe.

Plus more from our current story about a funny family called The Quigleys.

20111213 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc learns about the honey bee's waggle dance and explores bridesmaid dresses.

Plus there's another episode from Simon Mason's story The Quigleys.

20111209 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc rocks around the Christmas tree, flies with an eagle in Mongolia, and celebrates all things mountainous.

Plus the conclusion of Anne Fine's The Tulip Touch.

Mel Giedroyc flies with an eagle in Mongolia and celebrates all things mountainous.

20111208 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc opens another door on the advent calendar, and asks if real life can be as exciting as a computer game.

Plus more from Anne Fine's The Tulip Touch.

Mel Giedroyc asks if real life can be as exciting as a computer game.

20111207 (BBC7)

I'll have a consonant please! Mel Giedroyc hears Carol Vorderman's favourite songs, and tastes some tongue-tingling seasonings.

Plus another chapter of Anne Fine's The Tulip Touch.

I'll have a consonant please! Mel Giedroyc hears Carol Vorderman's favourite songs.

20111202 (BBC7)

Mel hears from an air guitar champion, goes skateboarding, and starts to write her Christmas cards.

Plus the second chapter of Anne Fine's The Tulip Touch.

Mel hears from an air guitar champion and starts to write her Christmas cards.

20111201 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc opens the first door on her advent calendar to find snowflakes and knitting needles.

Plus the opening chapter of a new story: The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine.

Mel opens the first door on her advent calendar to find snowflakes and knitting needles.

20111130 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc starts a sing-a-long and seeks out ghostly apparitions.

Plus there's the final part of the celebrated David Almond story Skellig.

20111129 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gives Woody Allen the birthday bumps and gives a teddy bear the cuddles.

Plus the seventh part of the celebrated David Almond story Skellig.

20111128 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc explores the secret language of whistling and the continuing tales of a seal called Selkie.

Plus the sixth part of the celebrated David Almond story Skellig.

Mel explores the secret language of whistling and the tales of a seal called Selkie.

20111125 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc uncovers the truth about beetles, gets stressed over homework and learns how to make the perfect cheese.

Plus there's the fifth part of David Almond's story Skellig.

Mel Giedroyc uncovers the truth about beetles and gets stressed over homework.

20111124 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc learns about pigeon's satnav, the history of a 700 year old oak tree and the life of the world's biggest bird.

Plus the fourth part of David Almond's story Skellig.

Mel Giedroyc learns about pigeon's satnav and the history of a 700 year old oak tree.

20111123 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with the Inheritance Tracks of actor Larry Lamb and the truth about owls.

Plus the third part of the celebrated David Almond story Skellig.

20111122 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with a hot serving of chinese food and marvellous monkeys.

Plus the second part of the celebrated David Almond story Skellig.

20111121 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces spiders webs, tales from the kitchen and buzzing bluebottles.

Plus the the first part of the celebrated David Almond story Skellig.

20111118 (BBC7)

It's Children in Need day - Mel hears about one of the many projects which have benefited from the money raised, and Andi Osho is here with some comedy Sneaky Peeks.

It's Children in Need day - Mel hears about one of the many projects to benefit.

20111117 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes glam with some fabulous nail polish, and then moves on to geek chic with actor Simon Pegg.

Mel Giedroyc goes glam with some fabulous nail polish, and talks to actor Simon Pegg.

20111116 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc takes a turn on the dancefloor, and discovers the joys of ticking off lists and completing a set.

Mel Giedroyc takes a turn on the dancefloor, and discovers the joys of ticking off lists.

20111115 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets the lowdown on table tennis, and wishes Jonathan Ross a happy birthday.

20111114 (BBC7)

Join Mel Giedroyc for a new week on The 4 O'Clock Show as she hears from the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction prize, Andy Mulligan.

Mel Giedroyc hears from the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction prize, Andy Mulligan

20111111 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces a Remembrance Day special with a history of the poppy badge, a stroll with a Spitfire pilot and the final part of the Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.

Mel Giedroyc introduces a Remembrance Day special with the history of the poppy badge.

20111110 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc brings you the history of the salute, some classic child's play with conkers and hopscotch and the next part of John Boyne's story The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.

Mel Giedroyc learns the history of the salute as well as some classic child's play.

20111109 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about a history of the haircut, why we need imaginary friends and gets to the root of nits.

Plus the next part of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.

Mel Giedroyc hears the history of the haircut and gets to the root of nits.

20111108 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc takes a spin round the world of ballroom dancing and learns what passed for popcorn in Shakespeare's day.

Plus the next episode of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.

Mel Giedroyc takes a spin round the world of ballroom dancing.

20111107 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc passes the time learning how to make a watch and hears the adventures of a grey seal called Selkie.

Plus the next part of our story The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.

Mel Giedroyc passes the time learning how to make a watch.

20111104 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc takes a ride round the history of the bicycle and gets in the mood for bonfire night.

Plus the fifth part of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Mel Giedroyc takes a ride round the history of the bicycle.

20111103 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc learns the secrets of supersleuth Sherlock Holmes and the history of playground games.

Plus, there's the fourth part of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Mel Giedroyc learns about supersleuth Sherlock Holmes and the history of playground games.

20111102 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets emotional over the science of crying and hears the history of Maid Marian.

Plus, there's the third part of John Boyne's story The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Mel Giedroyc gets emotional over the science of crying and hears the story of Maid Marian.

20111101 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces a stroll in the country and a tour of the Queen Mary's dollhouse.

Plus there's the second part of the story The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

20111031 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the horror of Halloween, memorable misquotes and the first part of John Boyne's moving story The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Mel Giedroyc introduces the first part of John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

20111028 (BBC7)

The final chapter of The Phoenix and the Carpet by E Nesbit, plus Andi Osho joins us for her Sneaky Peeks into the best comedy coming up over the next 7 days on Radio 4 Extra.

The final chapter of The Phoenix and the Carpet by E Nesbit.

20111021 (BBC7)

Friday laughs with Mel Giedroyc, a much-loved magician, and why allotments are the perfect place for children.

Mel Giedroyc, a much-loved magician, and why allotments are the perfect place for children

20111020 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc eats biscuits, gets lost in a maze, and talks books with Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

Mel Giedroyc eats biscuits, gets lost in a maze, and talks books with Jacqueline Wilson.

20111019 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc picnics with the world's first teddy bear, sings along to Queen with Dame Jacqueline Wilson, and hears about a transatlantic journey by pedalo.

Mel picnics with the world's first teddy bear and hears about a transatlantic journey.

20111018 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about Jacqueline Wilson's favourite books, asks why rabbits have white tails, and finds out whether we could all learn from the humble penguin.

Mel Giedroyc hears about Jacqueline Wilson's favourite books.

20111017 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc begins a week of daydreams and diaries, celebrating the stories of Jacqueline Wilson.

Plus a look at the natural world in Autumn.

Mel begins a week of daydreams and diaries, celebrating the stories of Jacqueline Wilson.

20111011 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc explores the history of Worcester sauce, the value of pocket money and hears about the cameraman who took a plane ride with a pair of moose.

Mel Giedroyc explores the history of Worcester sauce and the value of pocket money.

20111007 (BBC7)

Mel hears the final part of Nicobobinus by Terry Jones, and Andi Osho joins us for a sneaky peek into the best comedy coming up over the next seven days.

Mel hears the final part of Nicobobinus by Terry Jones,.

20111006 (BBC7)

As Nicobobinus enters The City of Cries, is he getting any closer to his dragon's blood? And Stewart Henderson goes on the hunt for Answers, Answers to your Questions, Questions.

As Nicobobinus enters The City of Cries, is he getting any closer to his dragon's blood?

20111005 (BBC7)

Chapter three of Nicobobinus is coming your way.

But what is that snoring noise? Plus, another Daily Dalek and the Inheritance Tracks of a special person.

But what is that snoring noise?

20111004 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces Chapter 2 of Nicobobinus by Terry Jones, hears from Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey, and we find some dragons of our own.

Mel hears the second chapter of Nicobobinus by Terry Jones.

20111003 (BBC7)

Mel hears the first chapter of a brand new story, Nicobobinus by Terry Jones.

We'll find out why Nicobobinus has to track down dragon's blood...

20110930 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc learns how to cook a medieval feast, discovers the strength of silk and hears about a stage production of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes.

Mel Giedroyc learns how to cook a medieval feast and discovers the strength of silk.

20110929 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the power of waterfalls, predicts the weather using insects and hitches a ride with a gabby cabby.

Mel Giedroyc hears about the power of waterfalls and predicts the weather using insects.

20110928 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the pastime of cloud-spotting, explores the life of a lighthouse painter and has a close shave with a beard-wearer.

Mel Giedroyc hears about cloud-spotting and explores the life of a lighthouse painter.

20110927 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes digging for facts on soil, hears about sportsman's superstitions and learns about people's passions for swimming in the sea.

Mel Giedroyc goes digging for facts on soil and hears about sportsman's superstitions.

20110926 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the sixth part of Roald Dahl's James and The Giant Peach, and hears about uses for silk thread as well as the dangerous business of swimming with sharks.

Mel Giedroyc introduces the sixth part of Roald Dahl's James and The Giant Peach.

20110923 (BBC7)

Aunt Sponge herself, Miriam Margolyes, reads part five of James and the Giant Peach, we'll find out how silkworms work and the man himself - Roald Dahl - on his time in Africa.

Aunt Sponge herself, Miriam Margolyes, reads part five of James and the Giant Peach.

20110922 (BBC7)

We'll hear more about the life of our favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl.

Plus, we'll learn the nutritional value of eating...

insects (shh...don't tell James!).

20110921 (BBC7)

Miriam Margolyes reads chapter three of James and the Giant Peach, we'll go digging through soil, and we'll find out why insects are so perfectly designed for living and surviving.

Miriam Margolyes reads chapter three of James and the Giant Peach.

20110920 (BBC7)

Miriam Margolyes reads Chapter 2 of James and the Giant Peach, we'll try cooking with our own peaches, and we'll find out what it takes to grow giant veg.

Miriam Margolyes reads Chapter 2 of James and the Giant Peach.

20110919 (BBC7)

Miriam Margolyes starts reading James and the Giant Peach, especially for The 4 O'Clock Show.

Plus we'll explore the archives and find out how the story was created.

Miriam Margolyes reads James and the Giant Peach, especially for The 4 O'Clock Show.

20110916 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about a real life chocolate factory and introduces a tour of Roald Dahl's very own garden, complete with his writer's hut and his famous gypsy caravan.

Mel Giedroyc hears about a real life chocolate factory.

20110915 (BBC7)

Thursday afternoon is all about reading aloud, mythical beasts in Lake Windemere and alligator-spotting in Florida.

Presented by Mel Giedroyc.

Reading aloud, mythical beasts in Lake Windemere and alligator-spotting in Florida.

20110914 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc revisits the early life of TV pioneer John Logie Baird, cuts some ice with ice-skating legend Jayne Torvill and gets stuck on the history of toffee.

Mel Giedroyc revisits the early life of TV pioneer John Logie Baird.

20110913 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the history of ice cream, learns how to make a squirrel stew and follows a day in the life of a Roald Dahl nurse.

Mel Giedroyc hears about the history of ice cream and learns how to make a squirrel stew.

20110912 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc chomps on chewing gum and meets Roald Dahl's Creepy Crawleys.

And we hear another episode of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

20110909 (BBC7)

We visit a fudge factory, discover how Roald Dahl influenced pop music, comic Armando Iannucci tells us about reading Dahl's stories, and the author delivers his rules for writing.

We visit a fudge factory and discover how Roald Dahl influenced pop music.

20110908 (BBC7)

The original Willy Wonka Gene Wilder tells us about the early days of his acting career, we find out how sugar and chocolate work and Quentin Blake takes us around his art studio.

The original Willy Wonka Gene Wilder tells us about the early days of his acting career.

20110907 (BBC7)

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton tell us about making Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we learn how chewing gum is made and Roald Dahl himself on his love of chocolate!

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton tell us about making Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

20110906 (BBC7)

Illustrator Quentin Blake gives us a lesson in drawing, we find out how photographers make food look so yummy in adverts, plus we hear Roald Dahl's three wishes.

Illustrator Quentin Blake gives us a lesson in drawing, plus Roald Dahl's three wishes.

20110905 (BBC7)

Mel hears about working in a chocolate factory, explores the Roald Dahl museum in Buckinghamshire and finds out what Charlie Bucket's cabbage soup diet would've been like.

Mel hears about working in a chocolate factory and explores the Roald Dahl museum.

20110902 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets her hands dirty with a history of handwriting, cracks a cryptic code and hears the concluding episode of Anthony Buckeridge's story Jennings Goes to School.

Mel Giedroyc gets her hands dirty with a history of handwriting.

20110901 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is straightening her tie as she gets to grips with school uniforms, getting in a tangle with the game Cat's Cradle and having fun at an after school party.

Mel Giedroyc is straightening her tie as she gets to grips with school uniforms.

20110831 (BBC7)

Fossilised Fishhooks! Mel Giedroyc twists her tongue round playground slang and hears the musical Inheritance Tracks of film director Mike Leigh.

Fossilised Fishhooks! Mel Giedroyc twists her tongue round playground slang.

20110830 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the history of the Beano and finds out what really packs a punch when it comes to school lunchboxes.

Mel Giedroyc hears about the history of the Beano.

20110829 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc packs her pencil case as we hear tales of school fun and mischief in our story, Jennings Goes to School by Anthony Buckeridge.

Mel Giedroyc hears tales of school fun in Jennings Goes to School.

20110818 (BBC7)

It's a spacey 4 O'Clock Show with Mel Giedroyc as we learn about a fantastic space lift, go for a moon walk with our Daily Dalek and blow some big bubbles at the Edinburgh Fringe.

It's a spacey 4 O'Clock Show with Mel Giedroyc as we learn about a fantastic space lift.

20110826 (BBC7)

Andi Osho presents her Sneaky Peeks, we take a trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and hear from Queen of Shops, Mary Portas.

Andi Osho presents her Sneaky Peeks, and we hear from Queen of Shops Mary Portas.

20110825 (BBC7)

We'll find out what makes a fussy eater, Gillian McKeith recounts her experience living in the I'm A Celebrity jungle, and we hear more from the Edinburgh Festival.

Gillian McKeith recounts her experience living in the I'm A Celebrity jungle.

20110824 (BBC7)

Danny Boyle shares his experiences of filming Slumdog Millionaire in India, we meet a rollercoaster addict, and take a fun trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Danny Boyle shares his experiences of filming Slumdog Millionaire in India.

20110823 (BBC7)

We'll hear another brilliant Just William story, go fishing with Chris Tarrant, and take another trip to Edinburgh to sample the delights of the Fringe Festival.

Fishing with Chris Tarrant, and another trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

20110822 (BBC7)

We explore the wonderful world of mud and hear more from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

20110819 (BBC7)

It's party time with Mel Giedroyc as she looks at the history of jelly, gets inventive at the Edinburgh Fringe and remembers the first dogs in space.

It's party time with Mel Giedroyc as she looks at the history of jelly.

20110817 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc takes a ride with a rollercoaster inventor, hears the favourite songs of the creator of Elmer The Patchwork Elephant and goes hunting for cave-dwelling spiders.

Mel Giedroyc takes a ride with a rollercoaster inventor and goes hunting for spiders.

20110816 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces Flamenco dancing at the Edinburgh Fringe, celebrates David Walliams' birthday and whistles along to the song of one of Britain's tiniest birds.

Mel Giedroyc introduces Flamenco dancing at the Edinburgh Fringe.

20110815 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc uncovers the truth behind space dust, learns the correct way to blow up a building and introduces a race down the Royal Mile at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Mel Giedroyc learns the truth about space dust and the correct way to blow up a building.

20110812 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with Britain's amateur space explorers and the story of the real Robinson Crusoe.

Plus Andi Osho's Sneaky Peeks and the latest episode of our story Truckers.

Mel Giedroyc meets Britain's amateur space explorers.

20110811 (BBC7)

Join Mel Giedroyc as she learns how to shear a sheep and hears about a rare left-handed castle staircase.

Plus the latest episode of Truckers by Sir Terry Pratchett.

Mel Giedroyc learns how to shear a sheep and explores a left-handed castle staircase.

20110810 (BBC7)

Mel introduces the man who kept a lion as a pet, meets some young inventors and explores sibling rivalry.

Plus the latest chapter of Sir Terry Pratchett's story Truckers.

Mel introduces the man who kept a lion as a pet and meets some young inventors.

20110809 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is going slow today in search of Britain's pet turtles and discovering how snails find their way home.

Plus Sir Terry Pratchett explains his taste for weevils.

Mel Giedroyc searches for pet turtles and discovers how snails find their way home.

20110808 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about people's passion for gnomes, uncovers a forgotten magical island and explores the secret world of lorry-spotters.

Mel Giedroyc hears about people's passion for gnomes.

20110805 (BBC7)

Mel hears from the man behind The Simpsons, Matt Groening.

Andi Osho presents another Sneaky Peeks and we're in the Falkland Isles with a lot of penguins.

20110804 (BBC7)

Actress Anjelica Huston tells us about her father's legendary film The African Queen, we'll find out why we have a sweet tooth and learn all about Gentoo penguins.

Actress Anjelica Huston tells us about her father's legendary film The African Queen.

20110803 (BBC7)

Mike Perham tells us about sailing round the world single-handedly, we'll dress up in medieval armour and find out why the dinosaurs were so giant!

Mike Perham talks about sailing round the world single-handedly.

20110802 (BBC7)

Mel finds out about battle re-enactments and medieval forts, and Sue Perkins tells us about recreating life in the 1970s.

Why does she have to follow a goat around all day...?

Mel chats to Sue Perkins about recreating life in the 1970s.

20110729 (BBC7)

More summer fun as Mel Giedroyc steps inside a beach hut, hears some comedy Sneaky Peeks, and tries not to get stung by wasps.

Summer fun as Mel Giedroyc steps inside a beach hut and tries not to get stung by wasps.

20110728 (BBC7)

Mel's got her sunhat on - for some beachcombing, surfing and hanging out with gnomes.

20110727 (BBC7)

I'll have a 99 with sprinkles.

Mel finds out about the history of ice cream, and the seaside trip which inspired The Darling Buds of May.

Mel finds out about the history of ice cream,.

20110726 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc find out why time flies when you're having fun, wishes Helen Mirren a happy birthday, and goes hunting for a 40 year old time capsule.

Mel Giedroyc find out why time flies when you're having fun.

20110725 (BBC7)

Join Mel Giedroyc for some cloud-spotting, sandcastle building and standing on one leg.

20110722 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out how to cook the perfect BBQ, hears about different types of laugh, throws another Daily Dalek our way - and the final part of out story At the Firefly Gate.

Mel Giedroyc finds out how to cook the perfect barbecue.

20110721 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out about the secret British troops during World War II, hears about allergies and visits a North Devon Show.

Plus, another Daily Dalek.

Mel Giedroyc finds out about the secret British troops during World War II.

20110720 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears from a female bodyguard, introduces the next chapter in At The Firefly Gate, and learns about the planes on show at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.

Mel Giedroyc learns about the planes on show at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.

20110719 (BBC7)

Map and compass at the ready? We're going orienteering! Plus, Brian May tells us about his first ever guitar, and we find out what fireflies are.

Map and compass at the ready? We're going orienteering!

20110718 (BBC7)

Mel hears about the restoration of a Lancaster bomber, finds out how to cook fresh pasta, and introduces the next chapter of At The Firefly Gate.

Mel hears about the restoration of a Lancaster bomber and learns how to cook fresh pasta.

20110714 (BBC7)

What does it take to be a great baddy? Voldermort himself will tell us...

Plus, getting started playing golf, Rory McIlroy and how to cook the perfect Madeleines.

Voldermort himself reveals what it takes to be a great baddy.

20110713 (BBC7)

We'll discuss whether there should be more women playing golf, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen shares his Inheritance Tracks, and we'll hear interviews with the cast of Harry Potter.

Should more women be playing golf? Plus interviews with the cast of Harry Potter.

20110712 (BBC7)

Oliver Jeffries gives us his writing tip, we'll hear from another runner up in Chris Evans's 500 words story competition, and we'll find out how to use a map and compass.

Another runner up in the 500 words story competition, and how to use a map and compass.

20110711 (BBC7)

The first part of our brand new story, At The Firefly Gate by Linda Newbery.

Plus, how to cook the perfect brownies and the winners of Chris Evans's 500 words competition.

20110708 (BBC7)

Get your sequins out - Mel Giedroyc finds out how to be a trapeze artist, flies in a hot air balloon, and sings along to Adele.

Get your sequins out - Mel Giedroyc finds out how to be a trapeze artist.

20110707 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with more prizewinning short stories, Coldplay's Chris Martin, and why Kirsten O'Brien hates a mess.

Mel Giedroyc with more prizewinning short stories and Coldplay's Chris Martin.

20110706 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc meets the new Children's Laureate and author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson.

Plus, flying blind, and driving a digger.

Mel Giedroyc meets the new Children's Laureate, Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson.

20110705 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about spying skills, gets ice-dancing tips from Jane Torvill, and hears from a bestselling novelist who loves laserquesting.

Mel Giedroyc hears about spying skills and gets ice-dancing tips from Jane Torvill.

20110704 (BBC7)

Join Mel Giedroyc as she celebrates short story writing, spying, and all things American.

20110701 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates Canada Day baking pancakes with Pippi Longstocking and hearing about how maple syrup is harvested from maple sugar trees.

Plus Andi Osho's Sneaky Peeks.

Mel Giedroyc celebrates Canada Day baking pancakes with Pippi Longstocking.

20110630 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out how to be chosen as a Queen Bee, Arabella Weir tries out the Pony Club and a listener shares a remarkable story about living underneath Freddie Mercury.

Mel Giedroyc finds out how to be chosen as a Queen Bee.

20110629 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates strawberries and cream season with a lesson in how to make the perfect summer pavlova.

And gardener Monty Don shares some of his favourite music.

Mel Giedroyc celebrates strawberries and cream season.

20110628 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc learns about egg throwing and fishing in rural Sweden, home to Pippi Longstocking.

And Simon Singh tries to solve a curious puzzle linked to the making of maps.

Mel Giedroyc learns about egg throwing and fishing in rural Sweden.

20110627 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc starts a new week with stories from Astrid Lindgren's The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking and a project to build a giant treehouse in the African country of Gabon.

Mel Giedroyc learns about a project to build a giant treehouse in Gabon.

20110624 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is wombling free in Wimbledon, finding out how tennis balls are made.

Kirsten Dunst hits Centre Court, and Andi Osho previews the comedy week ahead.

Mel Giedroyc finds out how tennis balls are made.

With Andi Osho's comedy preview.

20110623 (BBC7)

Join Mel Giedroyc as she goes panning for gold, hunting for dragon bones and investigating the perfect way to hit a cricket ball.

Join Mel Giedroyc as she goes panning for gold and hunting for dragon bones.

20110622 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc comes face to face with fire-breathing dragons, hears about bringing up a tennis talent, and listens to music with Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

Mel comes face to face with dragons and listens to music with Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

20110621 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with some summer solstice treats.

KT Tunstall goes to the Arctic, comedian Mark Thomas on standing stones, and tennis technology in Wimbledon's nerve centre.

20110620 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc has her tennis racquet in hand as Wimbledon gets underway, and learns how to look after dragons.

Mel Giedroyc has her tennis racquet in hand as Wimbledon gets underway.

20110617 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the final chapter of Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke.

20110616 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc discovers what happens to our bodies when we're sad.

20110615 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out about 'guilt', and the music choices of Jasmine Guinness.

20110614 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc find out all about infinity...

20110606 (BBC7)

Mel introduces a new week on The 4 O'Clock Show.

We'll hear the first chapter in Philip Pullman's The Ruby In The Smoke, and another nail-biting round of Keep It In The Family.

Mel introduces the first chapter of The Ruby In The Smoke.

Plus Keep It In The Family.

20110613 (BBC7)

Mel hears about the work of rat-catchers, finds out what happens when we get angry, and introduces another episode of Philip Pullman's The Ruby In The Smoke.

Mel hears about the work of rat-catchers.

Plus another episode of The Ruby In The Smoke.

20110610 (BBC7)

We'll explore how the emotion of fear works on today's show.

Plus, our Sneaky Peeks to the best comedy coming up on Radio 4 Extra.

Plus Sneaky Peeks.

20110609 (BBC7)

We'll learn about the history of shoes and find out about the last witch in Europe.

Plus, another chapter of The Ruby In The Smoke.

20110608 (BBC7)

We'll take a trip back to Dickensian London: from ratcatchers to street sweepers - what kind of jobs did people do? Plus, Alexei Sayle's Inheritance Tracks.

A trip back to Dickensian London - what kind of jobs did people do?

20110607 (BBC7)

Mel hears the facts behind the nursery rhyme 'London Bridge is Falling Down' and finds out why keeping a diary is so good.

Plus, another Daily Dalek and this week's celeb birthday.

Mel hears the facts behind the nursery rhyme 'London Bridge is Falling Down'.

20110603 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out about the Scottish pupils learning bushcraft skills and we'll hear about the life of the urban chicken.

Plus, Just William and another Daily Dalek.

Mel Giedroyc finds out about the Scottish pupils learning bushcraft skills.

20110602 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears how the perfect movie trailer voice is achieved, finds out about the skills of persuasion and dishes up another Just William story for you.

Mel Giedroyc hears how the perfect movie trailer voice is achieved.

20110601 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc explores the world of sibling rivalry and hears the inheritance tracks of comedian and poet John Hegley.

Plus, another story from Richmal Crompton's Just William.

Mel Giedroyc explores sibling rivalry and hears John Hegley's inheritance tracks.

20110531 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the history of stories like Hansel and Gretel, learns how to master a jigsaw puzzle and introduces another Just William story.

Mel Giedroyc hears about the history of stories like Hansel and Gretel.

20110530 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is back in The 4 O'Clock Show seat, hearing about the biggest tree house in the country and introducing a brand new set of stories from the Just William series.

Mel Giedroyc hears about the biggest tree house in the country.

20110527 (BBC7)

It's funny Friday on The 4 O'Clock Show: Mel Giedroyc takes some comedy Sneaky Peeks for the week ahead, and finds out the results of a comedy census.

Mel Giedroyc takes some comedy Sneaky Peeks for the week ahead.

20110526 (BBC7)

As Alice confronts brought-to-life chessmen in her looking-glass world, Mel Giedroyc discovers the oddities of chess playing in the real world.

Alice's looking-glass adventures continue and Mel Giedroyc discovers the oddities of chess

20110525 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with more of Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass, and the music which means the most to comedy superwoman Ruth Jones.

Mel Giedroyc with more of Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass.

20110524 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc wishes songstress Adele a happy birthday, finds out about mirror mazes and optical illusions, and enters the world of celebrity hairdressing.

Mel Giedroyc learns about mirror mazes and optical illusions - and celebrity hairdressing.

20110523 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc has her finger on the buzzer for the Keep It in the Family quiz, and listens out for some popular garden songbirds.

Mel Giedroyc has her finger on the buzzer for the Keep It in the Family quiz.

20110520 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about a garden of talking flowers, takes some Sneaky Peeks at upcoming 4 Extra comedy, and learns why Helena Bonham Carter is happiest when dressed as a chimp.

Mel Giedroyc hears about a garden of talking flowers.

20110519 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with a new story, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.

Mel finds out what recently discovered bank account records reveal about the book's author.

20110518 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc heads into orbit, 20 years after Helen Sharman became the first Briton in space.

Plus Sigourney Weaver on aliens, and how a homemade camera kit took photos from space.

Mel Giedroyc goes into orbit 20 years after Helen Sharman became the first Briton in space

20110517 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears how joining the circus has helped children from Afghanistan.

Plus show tunes with John Barrowman, and is it really lucky to have a birthday in May?

20110516 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is joined by Fred MacAulay for a brand new quiz challenging contestants to Keep It In The Family.

Plus Dermot O'Leary, daleks and the joys of going barefoot.

Mel Giedroyc is joined by Fred MacAulay for new quiz Keep It In The Family.

20110513 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the stories of three teenage refugees, discovers the joys of fossil hunting, and tries out laughter yoga.

Plus Andi Osho's comedy Sneaky Peeks.

Mel Giedroyc hears the stories of three teenage refugees and tries out laughter yoga.

20110512 (BBC7)

Boom bang-a-bang! Mel Giedroyc celebrates the Eurovision Song Contest, eats biscuits, and hears a different take on sat-nav from a famously booming actor.

Boom bang-a-bang! Mel Giedroyc celebrates the Eurovision Song Contest.

20110511 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc plays dolls houses with Charlie & Lola creator Lauren Child, Ranulph Fiennes explains why family matters, and some under-12 girl footballers learn about team spirit.

Mel Giedroyc plays dolls houses with Charlie & Lola creator Lauren Child.

20110510 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc sings happy birthday to actress Catherine Tate, goes back to the classroom with chef Gary Rhodes, and winces in pain at the World Nettle Eating Championships.

Mel Giedroyc sings happy birthday to actress Catherine Tate and talks to chef Gary Rhodes.

20110509 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc cooks with comedians Fred MacAulay and Susan Calman, enjoys live football with Radio 4's Peter White and searches for doughnut perfection.

Mel Giedroyc cooks with comedians Fred MacAulay and Susan Calman.

20110506 (BBC7)

Join Mel Giedroyc as she finds out about luxury bus stops, and the Scottish island with a Viking past.

Plus, stand-up Russell Howard, and Andi Osho's comedy Sneaky Peeks.

Mel Giedroyc finds out about luxury bus stops, and the Scottish island with a Viking past.

20110505 (BBC7)

Today Mel Giedroyc gets theatrical with Kenneth Branagh, and discovers how acting cured one student's shyness.

Plus chapter four of Theresa Breslin's Dream Master Nightmare.

Mel Giedroyc meets Kenneth Branagh, and discovers how acting cured one student's shyness.

20110504 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc discovers why teenagers can't get up in the morning, whether a toaster could beat a shark in a fight, and what Len Goodman got for his 16th birthday.

Mel Giedroyc discovers why teenagers can't get up in the morning.

20110503 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc says happy birthday to actor and comedian Rob Brydon, hears what life is like with no sense of smell, and discovers the joys of keeping your own pigs.

Mel Giedroyc says happy birthday to Rob Brydon and discovers the joys of keeping pigs.

20110502 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears from comedian Ed Byrne about his mania about mountains, hunts for sharks in UK seas, and reveals which of The Archers' actors loves skinny dipping.

Mel Giedroyc meets comedian Ed Byrne and reveals which Archers actor loves skinny dipping.

20110429 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the royal wedding, listens to the latest Sneaky Peeks for the comedy week ahead and enjoys the final chapter of Goodnight Mr Tom.

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the royal wedding and enjoys the final chapter of Goodnight Mr Tom

20110428 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets excited about the royal wedding and finds out whether or not it's possible to kill someone by firing a pillow from a canon.

Mel Giedroyc gets excited about the royal wedding.

20110427 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes fishing for piranhas in Guyana and hears the musical choices of seafood chef and restauranteur Rick Stein.

Mel Giedroyc fishes for piranhas in Guyana and hears the musical choices of Rick Stein.

20110426 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the birthday of Bridget Jones actress Rene Zellweger and continues the current story Goodnight Mr Tom.

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the birthday of Bridget Jones actress Rene Zellweger.

20110425 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces Funny Friends Susan Calman and Sarah Millican, bakes a cake for the upcoming royal wedding and swoons at the voice behind her Daily Dalek.

Mel Giedroyc introduces Funny Friends Susan Calman and Sarah Millican.

20110422 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates World Earth Day with Professor Brian Cox and listens to comedian Andi Osho's latest Sneaky Peeks for the comedy week ahead.

Mel Giedroyc celebrates World Earth Day with Professor Brian Cox.

20110421 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets lost in a cloud of migrating butterflies, introduces choreographer Arlene Philips and listens to another chapter of this week's story Goodnight Mr Tom.

Mel Giedroyc gets lost in a cloud of butterflies, and meets choreographer Arlene Philips.

20110420 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the migration patterns of a honking gaggle of geese on the Scottish island of Islay, and Dame Vera Lynn shares her favourite musical tracks.

Mel Giedroyc hears about the migration patterns of geese on the Scottish island of Islay.

20110419 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hosts an afternoon tea party with Michael Morpurgo, Michelle Magorian, David Tennant and the Easter Bunny.

Mel Giedroyc with Michael Morpurgo, Michelle Magorian, David Tennant and the Easter Bunny.

20110418 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc meets Funny Friends Susan Calman and Lucy Porter, hears from a fan of chickens and listens to the first chapter of Michelle Magorian's WW2 story Goodnight Mr Tom.

Mel Giedroyc meets Funny Friends Susan Calman and Lucy Porter.

20110411 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc meets Funny Friends Susan Calman and Miles Jupp, hears about a pyjama party in an aquarium and listens to Dame Jacqueline Wilson's story Sleepovers.

Mel Giedroyc meets Funny Friends Susan Calman and Miles Jupp.

20110415 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates sisters with Dame Jacqueline Wilson and listens to Andi Osho's latest Sneaky Peeks for the comedy week ahead.

Mel Giedroyc celebrates sisters with Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

20110414 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Sir David Attenborough and finds out whether or not it's possible to shrink a human head.

Mel Giedroyc introduces Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Sir David Attenborough.

20110413 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces national treasures Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry, who reveals how he likes to wake up in the morning.

Mel Giedroyc introduces national treasures Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry.

20110412 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hosts an afternoon tea party with Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Emma Watson, a Daily Dalek and Tiger Mother Amy Chua.

Mel Giedroyc hosts an afternoon tea party with Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Emma Watson.

20110408 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces national treasures Jacqueline Wilson and Alan Bennett along with Andi Osho's Sneaky Peeks for the comedy week ahead on Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra.

Mel Giedroyc is joined by Jacqueline Wilson and Alan Bennett.

20110407 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces Rupert the Bear and Winnie the Pooh, finds out whether or not a pea plant can grow on a human lung and hears all about ancient dinosaur droppings.

Mel Giedroyc introduces Rupert the Bear and Winnie the Pooh.

20110406 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets theatrical as Alan Bennett reads from AA Milne's classic tale of Winnie the Pooh and Tamsin Greig shares some of her favourite music.

Mel Giedroyc is joined by Alan Bennett and Tamsin Greig.

20110405 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hosts an afternoon tea party with Paddington Bear, Jamie Oliver, Rory Bremner, Christopher Milne and Winnie the Pooh.

Mel Giedroyc hosts an afternoon tea party with Paddington Bear and Jamie Oliver.

20110404 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces an entertaining line up of comedians Susan Calman and Sandi Toksvig, Dr Who actor Matt Smith and Alan Bennett reading AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh.

Mel Giedroyc is joined by Susan Calman, Sandi Toksvig, Matt Smith and Alan Bennett.

2011101020120305 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc seeks out the truth about adders, the history of the cresta run and asks who's better - zombies or vampires? Plus, we hear the first part of our story Vlad the Drac.

Mel Giedroyc seeks out the truth about adders and asks who's better - zombies or vampires?

Mel Giedroyc learns about adders and hears the first part of our story Vlad The Drac.

2011101120120306 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc explores the history of Worcester sauce, the value of pocket money, and the camerman who took a plane ride with a pair of moose.

2011101220120307 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out how to apologise properly, learns the history of the kilt and hears about the inspiration for Dracula's castle. Plus, the next episode of Vlad the Drac.

Mel Giedroyc finds out how to apologise properly and learns the history of the kilt.

Mel Giedroyc finds out how to apologise properly, learns the history of the kilt and hears about the inspiration for Dracula's castle.

Plus, the next episode of Vlad The Drac.

2011101320120308 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc digests the truth about venus fly traps, hears about the art of shoe shining and gets an education in puppy training. Plus there's another episode of Vlad the Drac.

Mel Giedroyc digests the truth about venus fly traps and learns the art of shoe shining.

Mel Giedroyc digests the truth about venus fly traps, hears about the art of shoe shining and gets an education in puppy training.

Plus there's another episode of Vlad The Drac.

2011101420120309 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc serves up a ghoulish show full of haunted houses, horror stories and little creatures of the forest. Plus, there's the final part of this week's story Vlad the Drac.

Mel Giedroyc serves up a ghoulish show full of haunted houses and horror stories.

Mel Giedroyc serves up a ghoulish show full of haunted houses, horror stories and little creatures of the forest.

Plus, there's the final part of this week's story Vlad The Drac.

2011102420120312

Mel Giedroyc introduces the first chapter of The Phoenix and the Carpet by E Nesbit, and we hear another episode of Soundscape, capturing the life of white-tailed sea eagles.

Mel Giedroyc introduces the first chapter of The Phoenix and the Carpet by E Nesbit

2011102520120313

We hear the Inheritance Books of children's author Damian Dibben and we'll listen to the second chapter of E Nesbit's The Phoenix and the Carpet.

2011102620120314 (BBC7)

The magic carpet whisks us off to a new and exciting place in chapter 3 of E Nesbit's The Phoenix and the Carpet, plus the Inheritance Tracks of a special guest.

The magic carpet whisks us off to a new and exciting place in The Phoenix and the Carpet.

2011102720120315 (BBC7)

Just who could our Daily Dalek be today? Stewart Henderson's here to answer another intriguing question, and we'll hear chapter 4 of The Phoenix and the Carpet.

Just who could our Daily Dalek be today? Plus chapter 4 of The Phoenix and the Carpet.

2011102820120316 (BBC7)

The final chapter of The Phoenix and the Carpet by E Nesbit, plus Andi Osho joins us for her Sneaky Peeks into the best comedy coming up over the next 7 days on Radio 4 Extra.

The final chapter of The Phoenix and the Carpet by E Nesbit.

2011121220120319

Mel Giedroyc hears about an author's private passion for jigsaw puzzles, and the history of nicknames. Plus the first part of a new story about a funny family called The Quigleys.

Mel Giedroyc hears about an author's passion for jigsaws, and the history of nicknames.

Mel Giedroyc hears about an author's private passion for jigsaw puzzles, and the history of nicknames.

Plus the first part of a new story about a funny family called The Quigleys.

2011121320120320 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc learns about the honey bee's waggle dance and explores bridesmaid dresses. Plus there's another episode from Simon Mason's story The Quigleys.

Mel Giedroyc learns about the honey bee's waggle dance and explores bridesmaid dresses.

2011121420120321 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears a history of the sandwich and meets the owner of a famous ballet shoe. Plus more from our current story about a funny family called The Quigleys.

Mel Giedroyc hears a history of the sandwich and meets the owner of a famous ballet shoe.

2011121520120322 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc learns about the language of flowers and a record-breaking train. Plus there's the next episode of Simon Mason's The Quigleys.

Mel Giedroyc learns about the language of flowers and a record-breaking train.

2011121620120323 (BBC7)

Christmas is coming and Mel Giedroyc is taking notes on shopping for the big day. Plus there's a dramatic conclusion to our current story The Quigleys by Simon Mason.

Christmas is coming and Mel Giedroyc is taking notes on shopping for the big day.

2012041620120625 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc pulls on her wellies for a spot of egg collecting, pony-trekking and tractor riding.

2012041720120626 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears from a painter who gets creative with cattle, and gets tips from the businessman who created a jam-making empire in his parent's kitchen.

2012041820120627 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is all singing and dancing, as choirmaster Gareth Malone shares his favourite songs, and a blind man takes his first tentative steps in ballroom dance.

2012042020120629

Mel Giedroyc finds out how to bake a lemon cake, hears from a songwriter who loves rollercoasters, and learns the history of archery. Plus Lady Gaga, and a trip to a famous forest.

20120705

Mel Giedroyc introduces the fourth part of the Horrible Histories series on Groovy Greeks.

2012070920120924

Mel Giedroyc goes adventuring and time-travelling with this week's story from the Sarah Jane Adventures, 'The Thirteenth Stone', read by Elisabeth Sladen herself.

2012071020120925 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes adventuring and time-travelling, because our story is The Thirteenth Stone from the Sarah Jane Adventures, read by the late Elisabeth Sladen herself.

2012071120120926 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes time-travelling with this week's story from the Sarah Jane Adventures - The Thirteenth Stone, read by the late Elisabeth Sladen herself.

2012071220120927 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes time-travelling with Sarah Jane in this week's story, The Thirteenth Stone. Plus she finds out if people are born with a sense of direction.

2012071320120928 (BBC7)

It's Mel Giedroyc's last time-travelling adventure in the thrilling finale of the Sarah Jane Adventures tale The Thirteenth Stone, read by the late Elisabeth Sladen herself.

20120720

Mel meets a highwire walker, a parachute jumper and some American tourists shopping for cashmere sweaters. Plus, walking in the Gambia and the final part of Skyhawk.

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2012090420121106 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears from a man who tidies up mountains, and visits a bottle recycling factory.

Mel hears from a man who tidies up mountains, and visits a bottle recycling factory.

2012090520121107 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc has an outdoor swim, and schoolchildren talk about their project to preserve a prehistoric fish.

Mel has an outdoor swim, and learns about a school project to preserve a prehistoric fish.

2012090620121108 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out what causes fits of the giggles, and hears some very unpleasant sounds. What's worse - snoring, or fingernails down the blackboard?

Mel finds out what causes fits of the giggles, and hears some very unpleasant sounds.

2012090720121109 (BBC7)

Cameras at the ready as Mel Giedroyc learns about photography, and discovers why we need trees.

Cameras at the ready as Mel learns about photography, and discovers why we need trees.

20121130

Mel waxes lyrical about wax, we'll munch some haggis on St Andrew's Day, and hear the final chapter of this week's story, Up On Cloud Nine, by Anne Fine

20121205

Mel Giedroyc makes a splash with a wheelbarrow river race and introduces Carol Vorderman's Inheritance Tracks. Plus, there's the next part of Anne Fine's book Up On Cloud Nine.

20121207

Mel Giedroyc hears the tale of the blind parachutist who took the jump of her life, and introduces the final part of current story Up On Cloud Nine by Anne Fine

20121210

Mel Giedroyc is inspired by a new story, The Earth Giant by Melvin Burgess. Can Amy keep her secret friend safe? And the return of our quiz 'Keep It In The Family'

20121213

Mel is in the Land of the Giants. Could giant prehistoric insects return? 'Keep it in the Family' quizzes giant brains and Melvin Burgess' 'The Earth Giant' continues.

20121214

Mel Giedroyc has the final episode in 'The Earth Giant' by Melvin Burgess, and our brain busting quiz comes to an end too, but Quentin Blake is 80 this weekend - Happy Birthday!

20121217

This week on The 4 O'Clock Show we're focussing on food. On today's show, Mel follows the life of Christmas turkeys, and hears from the busy fingers picking brussels sprouts.

20121219

Actress Emma Thompson shares her Inheritance Tracks, and we make the perfect Christmas pudding. Plus, the next chapter in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Glittering Storm.

20121221

We visit a Christmas market, make the perfect Christmas cake and hear the final chapter in this week's story. Plus, the 30th anniversary of 'The Snowman'.

20130101

Mel Giedroyc says Happy New Year! Our first story of 2013 is Eoin Colfer's 'The Legend of Spud Murphy', and Dick and Dom ask 'How Dangerous Is Your Holiday?'

20130104

Mel Giedroyc with our first story of 2013, Eoin Colfer's 'The Legend of Spud Murphy' and two helpings of Dick and Dom's popular science series 'How Dangerous Is Your Holiday?

18/06/201220120618 (BBC7)
20120827 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the genius of master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. Today our story is 'The Emperor's New Clothes'.

Mel Giedroyc celebrates Hans Christian Andersen. Today's story is Emperor's New Clothes.

19/06/201220120619 (BBC7)
20120828 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the genius of master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. Today one of his most famous stories, 'The Ugly Duckling'.

Mel Giedroyc celebrates Hans Christian Andersen. Today's tale is 'The Ugly Duckling'.

20/06/201220120620 (BBC7)
20120829 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the genius of master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. Continuing one of his most famous stories, 'The Ugly Duckling'.

Mel Giedroyc celebrates Hans Christian Andersen by continuing 'The Ugly Duckling'.

21/06/201220120621 (BBC7)
20120830 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the genius of master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. Today we begin another most loved story, 'Thumbelina'.

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the genius of master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen.

22/06/201220120622 (BBC7)
20120831 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the genius of master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. Today, one of his most famous stories, the final part of 'Thumbelina'.

Mel Giedroyc celebrates Hans Christian Andersen with the final part of 'Thumbelina'.