The 4 O'clock Show

Episodes

TitleFirst
Broadcast
RepeatedComments
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.

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

20140318 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the birthday of a very important person, and we'll hear the next chapter of Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis.

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

20130315 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc concludes Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, read by Omid Djalili. Plus the last in our special previews of BBC News School Report.

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?'.

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?'.

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.

20121121 (BBC7)

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

20131122 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc discovers some amazing facts about ancient yew trees, gets to grips with bullies, and introduces the final part of our current story A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

20140508 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc explores people's passion for gnomes, and there's another of Australian writer Paul Jennings' Unpredictable Tales.

20130415 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out about some clever trees, and Sue Perkins explores the history of Dr Samuel Johnson and the first dictionary. Plus a new story - Corby Flood, by Paul Stewart.

20140422 (BBC7)
20140701 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc flips out with a guide to making American-style pancakes and hears the latest episode of the current story, Cry Wolf, by Susan P Gates.

20130705 (BBC7)
20130913 (BBC7)
20141212 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets spooked by scary sounds, takes a tumble with an Ethiopian circus, and introduces the final part of David Almond's story The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas.

20131121 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc has a taste for liquorice on today's show. Plus there's the history of the mythical Green Man, and the next episode of current story A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

20140814 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about a magical moonlit bike ride and celebrates our love of games. Plus, the fourth part of our story, Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson

20130417 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the world's longest echo. Plus, part three of this week's story - Corby Flood by Paul Stewart.

20130419 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears more from our doctor at sea with his GPS, we find out about the life of Captain James Cook, and discover what your choice of font says about you.

20130201 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the final part of The War Diaries of Alistair Fury, and Gregg Wallace introduces us to his secret life. Plus we try cooking with offal and visit a mart.

20130213 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the Inheritance Tracks of musician Glenn Tilbrook

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.

20130211 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the first episode of Blabbermouth by Maurice Gleitzman.

20140602 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the first part of A Medal for Leroy, by Michael Morpurgo. The author reads the story himself, telling the World War One tale inspired by a true story.

20130925 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the next chapter of Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce, and hears how grandfather clocks became a staple part of British stately home furniture.

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.

20120918 (BBC7)

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

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.

20130314 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the penultimate episode of Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, read by Omid Djalili. Plus a BBC News School Report.

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.

20130212 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the second part of Blabbermouth by Maurice Gleitzman.

20130308 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc learns how to make the perfect bread and butter pudding, and picks up some DIY tips that might just save your home from disaster.

20130311 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc listens to Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, read by Omid Djalili. Plus a special preview of the 2013 BBC News School Report.

20130313 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc listens to the next episode in Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, read by Omid Djalili. Plus a special preview of BBC News School Report.

20121015 (BBC7)

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

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.

20140324 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents, and Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle) reads chapter one of The River Singers by Tom Moorhouse. Plus a preview of BBC News School Report.

20140527 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc rolls out the birthday bunting for celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, and we hear the next episode of Malorie Blackman's story Whizziwig Returns.

20140506 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc rolls out the birthday bunting for former children's laureate Michael Rosen, and we hear another of Paul Jennings' 13 Unpredictable Tales.

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.

20121010 (BBC7)

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

20131223 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with Sir David Jason's atmospheric reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, plus it's the end of the 1000-Mile Husky Race and we cook the perfect Christmas cake.

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.

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.

20140716 (BBC7)

Penelope Wilton reads The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen and Mel meets a man who wears nettle underpants. Plus, the Inheritance Tracks of boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard.

20121011 (BBC7)

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

20140825 (BBC7)

Richard Hammond reads the next episode of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, Mel meets some unusual mummies, and listeners learn how to make some very tasty pancakes.

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

20130719 (BBC7)

A trip underground to discover the habits, customs and rules of subway systems around the world, and a visit to the central belt of Scotland to scale the Wallace Monument.

20140310 (BBC7)

A View Through a Lens, our brand new Nature series begins. During a raging storm, wildlife cameraman John Aitchison struggles to film grey seals giving birth at night.

20140305 (BBC7)

Actress and author Meera Syal digs out her Inheritance Tracks, and Mark Williams reads the next part of the Eddie Dickens story Terrible Times, by Philip Ardagh.

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.

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.

20140128 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc, as she wishes superstar athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill a very happy birthday.

20130422 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20130423 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20130424 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20130612 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20130426 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc

20140131 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc as she hears about the remarkable top-secret war work of pigeons during the Second World War.

20140121 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc, plus the irrepressible Miriam Margolyes continues Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach.

20111205 (BBC7)
20111206 (BBC7)
20120102 (BBC7)
20120103 (BBC7)
20120104 (BBC7)
20120105 (BBC7)
20120106 (BBC7)
20120109 (BBC7)
20120110 (BBC7)
20120111 (BBC7)
20120112 (BBC7)
20120113 (BBC7)
20120207 (BBC7)
20120208 (BBC7)
20120209 (BBC7)
20120210 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120514 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120515 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120516 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120517 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120518 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20120615 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20130611 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20130614 (BBC7)

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20131111 (BBC7)

All this week the 4 O'Clock Show plays its very own version of the BBC Radio 4 game, Just a Minute. Stand by for Junior Just a Minute, hosted by Nicholas Parsons.

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.

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.

20140221 (BBC7)

Another chance to hear the second in the series of the brilliant Junior Just a Minute, and how one mum's local campaign inspired a national urban wildlife movement.

20140530 (BBC7)

Another chance to hear the winning entries in this year's 500 WORDS competition, and the final part of Malorie Blackman's story Whizziwig Returns about a furry little pink alien.

20130520 (BBC7)

Another week of 4 O'clock Show fun with Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and more finalists in the 500 WORDS writing competition.

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.

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

20130808 (BBC7)

As Mel continues listening to The Defenders by Paul May, she discovers the origins of the football chant. Plus, the Inheritance Books of authors Andy Mulligan and Claire McFall.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

20140609 (BBC7)

As the World Cup kicks off, Mel Geidroyc introduces this week's story, Brooksie by Neil Arksey, about a young boy and his footballer father.

20130926 (BBC7)

As Tom discovers more about the secret garden in Tom's Midnight Garden, Mel delves in to the history of the much-maligned garden gnome.

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.

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.

20130110 (BBC7)
20130321 (BBC7)

As we continue with this week's story The Silver Bead, we find out how to control pesky seagulls and discuss which goes on your scone first - jam or cream?

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.

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.

20130822 (BBC7)

At the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Mel asks Steve Cole for his favourite books.

Mel Giedroyc hears the next chapter of the award-winning Wonder by RJ Palacio. At the Edinburgh International Book Festival, she asks author Steve Cole for his favourite books.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20140818 (BBC7)

Can pigs fly? Well, in WWI they did. Plus, the most famous witch trial in England and Richard Hammond reads Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again.

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?

20120202 (BBC7)

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

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.

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.

20131114 (BBC7)

Circus-performing parents, the elasticity of time, and more funny, fast and furious rounds of Junior Just a Minute. Plus part four of Patrick Ness' story A Monster Calls.

20140813 (BBC7)

Comedian Alistair McGowan praises the humble plum, singer Bjork discusses her love of the Moomins and there is the next part of Tove Jansson's classic tale Finn Family Moomintroll.

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.

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.

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.

20130131 (BBC7)

Dick and Dom ask How Dangerous is your School, and Mel Giedroyc finds out about the history of sticky tape.

20140521 (BBC7)

Dick and Dom explore the science of travelling by water, astronaut Chris Hadfield offers up his Inheritance Tracks, and more of the Top 50 stories from the 500 Words competition.

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.

20131126 (BBC7)
20140805 (BBC7)

EastEnders actor Jamie Borthwick continues his reading of Sally Gardner's award-winning Maggot Moon, and Dick and Dom investigate the world of bugs and germs.

20131127 (BBC7)
20140806 (BBC7)

EastEnders actor Jamie Borthwick continues his reading of Sally Gardner's Maggot Moon, and Dick and Dom continue their fun science series 'How Dangerous is Your School?'.

Dick and Dom continue their fun science series 'How Dangerous Is Your School?'.

20131125 (BBC7)
20140804 (BBC7)

EastEnders actor Jamie Borthwick joins Mel Giedroyc to read Sally Gardner's award-winning Maggot Moon. Plus, Dick and Dom begin their science series How Dangerous Is Your School?

20131129 (BBC7)
20140808 (BBC7)

EastEnders actor Jamie Borthwick reads the final episode of Sally Gardner's Maggot Moon and Dick and Dom do mind-bending experiments at London's Cardinal Wiseman School.

Dick and Dom do mindbending experiments at London's Cardinal Wiseman School.

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'!

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.

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

20140714 (BBC7)

Featuring a fairy story by Hans Christian Andersen. Mel Giedroyc presents.

20140611 (BBC7)

Footballer and Strictly star Robbie Savage chooses his Inheritance Tracks, and Mel falls in love with a strange animal in Edinburgh Zoo.

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.

20130923 (BBC7)

Fred MacAulay is back with the general knowledge quiz Keep It in the Family. We'll also be listening to part one of Tom's Midnight Garden and exploring some gardens of our own.

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

20140507 (BBC7)

From Our Own Correspondent presenter Kate Adie chooses her Inheritance Tracks, and there's another of Paul Jennings' Unpredictable Tales.

20131225 (BBC7)

Gary Barlow shares his favourite song of all time, and the one food that's the taste of the festive season for Jamie Oliver.

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.

20131031 (BBC7)

Happy Halloween! Mel Giedroyc sets off on the trail of the mythical dog monster the Gytrash, and introduces the next part of the current story, Dreadful Acts by Philip Ardagh.

20120301 (BBC7)

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

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.

20120131 (BBC7)

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

20130531 (BBC7)

Highlights from this year's 500 WORDS competition final from the Hay Festival with Chris Evans, plus the closing chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

20140417 (BBC7)

Homemade Greek-style yoghurt, what to focus on if you want to be an astronaut, and the wonderful world of names. Plus the next chapter in this week's story.

20130628 (BBC7)

Ignition on, into gear - Mel Giedroyc finds out about the computers behind Formula 1 cars.

Ignition on, into gear - Mel Giedroyc finds out about the computers behind Formula 1 cars. Plus we mark the anniversary of the world's first emergency telephone number, 999.

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,.

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.

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.

20140410 (BBC7)

In Questions Questions, Mel Giedroyc hears how horses love to swim. She listens to a weird cow moo ringtone, and some very excited children are making pork sausages on a farm.

20121025 (BBC7)
20140904 (BBC7)

In Terry Deary's Horrible Histories, Mel hears how truly horrible Roman Emperors could be - very nasty! And she goes hunting with an eagle in Outer Mongolia.

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

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.

20140624 (BBC7)

In today's show Mel finds out how to dig like an archaeologist, and she wishes Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall a very Happy Birthday in her birthday week.

20140819 (BBC7)

Including the Norwegian student who lives in a cave and how the film industry is going green. Plus, Richard Hammond reads the next instalment of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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.

20140826 (BBC7)

Inventions galore on today's show as Mel visits the British Inventions Show and hears about how some familiar things were invented. Plus a visit to the workshop of a goldsmith.

20140207 (BBC7)

It's a firm family favourite, but what is the story behind Monopoly? Mel finds out. Plus, Arthur Smith takes to the streets of London to embark on a life-size game of his own.

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.

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.

20130626 (BBC7)

It's all about accents today - just why do some people sound different to others? Michael Rosen investigates. Plus, Sir Terry Pratchett tells us how he created the Discworld.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20140407 (BBC7)

Join Mel for part one of this week's story Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (Maybe) by Siobhan Parkinson, an adventure on an island where a mysterious woman lives.

20110704 (BBC7)

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

20110725 (BBC7)

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

20131014 (BBC7)

Join Mel Giedroyc for swords in the stone, people called Arthur, and hundreds of men and women on Icelandic horses rounding up sheep for the winter.

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.

20131213 (BBC7)

Liar and Spy author Rebecca Stead chooses her Inheritance Books, and Mel hears about the traditional food which became popular in Iceland after the financial crash.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

20140613 (BBC7)

Meet the men who spend their lives visiting as many football grounds as they can. Jack Monroe cooks perfect chickpea falafels. And which other sport is Andy Murray very good at?

20130814 (BBC7)

Mel celebrates summer holidays and hears the Inheritance Books of author Ali Sparkes.

Mel Giedroyc celebrates summer holidays and hears the Inheritance Books of author Ali Sparkes. Plus there's the third part of current story, A Handful of Magic by Stephen Elboz.

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.

20130410 (BBC7)

Mel continues Anne Fine's A Sudden Glow of Gold, plus a man who has flown on a real magic carpet (he really has!) and the Inheritance Tracks of children's laureate Julia Donaldson.

20130409 (BBC7)
20140107 (BBC7)

Mel continues Anne Fine's A Sudden Glow of Gold. Plus, excited camels make the most extraordinary noise, and Saci Lloyd recommends favourite books.

20130411 (BBC7)
20140109 (BBC7)

Mel continues Anne Fine's magical A Sudden Glow of Gold and flies 'panto-style'. Plus, Inspector Singh author Shamini Flint recommends books for younger readers.

20130329 (BBC7)

Mel cooks up a meal fit for Sir Francis Drake and visits the French town where Vincent van Gogh spent his last days. Plus the final part of the Terrible Tudors.

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

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.

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'.

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'.

20140724 (BBC7)

Mel finds out if church bells can be heard underwater, two of author Robert Muchamore's favourite books and the part Morris Minors played in the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

20121023 (BBC7)
20140902 (BBC7)

Mel finds out just how awful Roman kings were in Terry Deary's story Horrible Histories: The Rotten Romans, and she hears the Inheritance Books of author Eoin Colfer.

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

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.

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.

20130920 (BBC7)

Mel finds out what it's like on a real volcanic island, hears from one of the last astronauts to walk on the moon, and has the final chapter in Philip Ridley's Meteorite Spoon.

20131212 (BBC7)

Mel finds out why swallows sometimes fly high and sometimes low, and meets the Batman from Brazil - dentist by day and superhero by night. Plus, freezing eyelashes in the Arctic.

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.

20140213 (BBC7)

Mel gets a guide to building the perfect den and asks what's better to soak up the sniffles, hankies or tissues? Plus more from current story A Greyhound of a Girl, by Roddy Doyle.

20140812 (BBC7)

Mel gets a guide to creating sound effects, says happy birthday to TV pioneer John Logie Baird and has the next episode of Tove Jansson's classic tale Finn Family Moomintroll.

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.

20140620 (BBC7)

Mel gets in gear with a celebration of the famous Beetle car, and there's the concluding episode of our current story The Tail of Emily Windsnap.

20130904 (BBC7)

Mel gets the lowdown on the only population of reindeers in the UK, and introduces the second part of John Yeoman's story The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers.

20140505 (BBC7)

Mel gets to grips with stone skimming and indulges in beetlemania with some naturalists, and John Sessions reads the first story from author Paul Jennings' Unpredictable Tales.

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.

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.

20140117 (BBC7)
20140404 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc breaks open the piggy bank and explores the changing value of pocket money through the years. And there's the final part of current story Emil and the Detectives.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20140603 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the birthday of the creator of the World Wide Web. Plus, the next chapter in A Medal for Leroy read by the author himself, Michael Morpurgo.

20120621 (BBC7)

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

20140425 (BBC7)
20140704 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the history of the humble tea biscuit. Plus, the final episode of our current story, Cry Wolf, by Susan P Gates.

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the history of the humble tea biscuit, and there's the final episode of current story, Cry Wolf by Susan P Gates.

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

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.

20140325 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates Tolkien Reading Day as award-winning author Chris Riddell tells us why he loves The Hobbit. And Shirley Henderson continues reading The River Singers.

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.

20131007 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates World Space Week with the first chapter in Bruce Coville's My Teacher is an Alien. Plus Edinburgh Zoo is 100 years old, so Mel visits Dillon the Armadillo.

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.

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.

20130517 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc concludes Frank Cottrell Boyce's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again.

20130621 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc concludes Terry Pratchett's A Hat Full of Sky, and celebrates midsummer by playing the ukulele and joining Clare Balding and Mark Thomas at the Uffington White Horse.

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.

20130122 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc continues listening to our brand new story, MM Kaye's 'The Ordinary Princess', and she finds out how to make the perfect chocolate mousse with raspberries.

20130124 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc continues listening to our magical story, MM Kaye's 'The Ordinary Princess' and she goes out into the wild to learn the skills of natural navigation.

20140512 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc continues our story bonanza with more of the Top 50 from 500 WORDS, BBC Radio 2's short story competition. Plus another Unpredictable Tale by Paul Jennings.

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'.

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.

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.

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.

20130523 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc discovers the Inheritance Books of poet Andrew Motion, who revisits RL Stevenson's adventure story Treasure Island in his book 'Silver'.

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'.

20130328 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc discovers what food Henry VIII liked to eat, and journeys into the world of mazes. Plus part four of the Horrible Histories of the Terrible Tudors.

20110616 (BBC7)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

20131101 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc explores the history of the land speed record, and brings us the final episode of the current story, Dreadful Acts by Philip Ardagh.

20140529 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc explores the history of the visitor's book, and there's more from Whizziwig Returns, Malorie Blackman's story about a furry little alien from the planet Oricon.

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.

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.

20140116 (BBC7)
20140403 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc explores the secrets of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes, and there's the fourth part of current story Emil and the Detectives, by Erich Kastner.

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.

20131030 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc explores what it takes to keep a parrot as a pet, and introduces the next part of the current story, Dreadful Acts by Philip Ardagh.

20131008 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc feeds the meerkats at Edinburgh Zoo. Plus it's World Space Week, so Mel wishes a very happy birthday to Alien and Avatar star Sigourney Weaver.

20110614 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc find out all about infinity...

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.

20130819 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds a brand new story, RJ Palacio's award-winning Wonder.

Mel Giedroyc finds a brand new story, RJ Palacio's award-winning Wonder. And in a special report from the Edinburgh International Book Festival, she hears from the author herself.

20110615 (BBC7)

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

20140501 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out about panning for gold, and if there's fossil evidence for dragons.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20131108 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out how to bring up an orang-utan, and introduces the final episode of Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.

Mel finds out how to bring up an orang-utan, and presents the finale of Kensuke's Kingdom.

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.

20140626 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out how to make fake bananas from British cookery doyenne Marguerite Patten, and author Lucy Hawking chooses two of her favourite books for younger readers.

20140313 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out if an elevator to outer space will ever be possible, and what scientists know about the inscrutable pet cat.

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.

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.

20131028 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets a foothold on the history of the tree house and presents the first part of new story, Dreadful Acts by Philip Ardagh.

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.

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.

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.

20140303 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets green-fingered with a guide to an amazing plant, the edible samphire. Plus the first part of the Eddie Dickens story Terrible Times, by Philip Ardagh.

20130805 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets her football boots on for chapter one of a new story, The Defenders by Paul May. Plus the story of the loneliest position on the pitch - the goalie.

20140616 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets her gloves on and goes looking more signs of life in nature series A Guide to Garden Wildlife. Plus the first part of new story The Tail of Emily Windsnap.

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.

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.

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.

20131119 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets some dressing up tips from birthday girl Scarlett Johansson, and introduces the next part of the acclaimed Patrick Ness story A Monster Calls.

20111115 (BBC7)

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

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.

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.

20131106 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets up close with jellyfish and finds out what to wear to catch mosquitoes. Plus she has the Inheritance Tracks of former footballer and Strictly star Robbie Savage.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20141017 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes searching for glow worms and the mysterious Star Jelly.

20130829 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes searching for tigers in the Indian jungle, and introduces the next chapter in this week's story, A Sudden Puff of Glittering Smoke by Anne Fine.

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.

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'.

20140619 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes under the waves to dicover what whales can hear, and there's more sea-soaked fun with the fourth part of our current story The Tail of Emily Windsnap.

20140115 (BBC7)
20140402 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc has a rummage through Rob Brydon's Inheritance Tracks, and there's the next episode of current story Emil and the Detectives.

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.

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.

20140515 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc has more of the top 50 short stories from BBC Radio 2's 500 Words short story competition, and she investigates the satnav of homing pigeons.

20130802 (BBC7)
20131025 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc has the final episode in Philip Ardagh's Awful End as read by Mark Williams, tunes from Queen Victoria's iPod, and a wander around author Charles Dickens' London.

Mel Giedroyc has tunes from Queen Victoria's iPod, and a wander around Dickens' London.

20140623 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc has the first story from Chris Milne's 'Naughty Stories for Good Boys and Girls', plus the last in the series A Guide to Garden Wildlife, and we're off to Wimbledon.

20140430 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc has the Inheritance Tracks of the absolutely fabulous Jennifer Saunders, and Dick and Dom put garden wildlife under the microscope in How Dangerous Is Your Garden?

20140502 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc has the last episode of Natalie Jane Prior's Lily Quench and the Dragon of Ashby, and the remarkable story of World War One nurse and ambulance driver Elsie Knocker.

20130801 (BBC7)
20131024 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc has the next episode of Philip Ardagh's Awful End, read by Mark Williams (aka Harry Potter's Arthur Weasley), plus how to make the perfect trifle and knit a sculpture.

Mel Giedroyc explains how to make the perfect trifle and knit a sculpture.

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.

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

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.

20140120 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears a 'Rustle in the Orchard' as badgers appear in our nature feature 'Twilight'. And Miriam Margolyes reads Roald Dahl's much-loved James and the Giant Peach.

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.

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.

20121009 (BBC7)

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

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.

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.

20121001 (BBC7)

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

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.

20131107 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about Omid Djalili's secret passion and the Inheritance Books of Philip Reeve. Plus she has the next chapter of Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.

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.

20140206 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about some of the amazing things lasers can do, and finds out what happens when you release a balloon in space.

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.

20140411 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the farmer's wife who revolutionised resturants in Ireland, and learns how to dig like an archaeologist. Plus a Magical Mystery tour to a watery place.

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.

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.

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.

20140610 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the Inheritance Books of Jo Nesbo, thriller writer and author of Dr Proctor's Fart Powder. Plus, why football means so much to people in Iraq.

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.

20140522 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the origins of modern manners, part four of Whizziwig by Malorie Blackman, and some more of the 500 Words Top 50 stories.

20140605 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the origins of the salute. Plus the tale of Walter Tull, the first black British army officer and the inspiration behind the main character in our story.

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.

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.

20130702 (BBC7)
20130910 (BBC7)
20141209 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the 'The Headless Lady' sideshow illusion, and author David Almond reads the second part of his story The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas.

20140604 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the WW1 rations that had some rather smelly side effects. Plus the burger fit for a King (Charles Spaniel...) and an interview with Michael Morpurgo.

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.

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.

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.

20140424 (BBC7)
20140703 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears from actor Christophe Fluder, one of the Gringott's goblins in the Harry Potter movies. Plus, the next episode of current story, Cry Wolf, by Susan P Gates.

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.

20130627 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears from the scientists who are printing a new house in Amsterdam.

Mel Giedroyc hears from the scientists who are printing - yes, printing - a new house in Amsterdam, and finds out why being ambidextrous might help you win at tennis.

20131105 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears from top chimp impersonator Peter Elliot, learns how to choreograph a fireworks display, and presents the next episode of Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20121022 (BBC7)
20130204 (BBC7)
20140901 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears nasty, gruesome things about the Romans from Terry Deary's brilliant Horrible Histories. And the nature series features the beautiful story of the sea swallow.

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

Mel Giedroyc hears nasty, gruesome things about the Romans from Terry Deary's brilliant 'Horrible Histories'. And our nature series is the beautiful story of the Sea Swallow.

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.

20110617 (BBC7)

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

20130823 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the final episode in the week's story, Wonder by RJ Palacio, read exclusively by Oscar Kennedy. Plus favourite books from authors at the Edinburgh Book Festival.

Mel Giedroyc hears the final episode in the week's story, Wonder by RJ Palacio.

20140228 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the final part of this week's story, The Boy With the Magic Numbers by Sally Gardner. Plus Nicholas Parsons and two young contestants in Junior Just a Minute.

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.

20130821 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the next chapter of Wonder by RJ Palacio, takes tea with Judith Kerr.

Mel Giedroyc hears the next chapter of the award-winning Wonder by New York author RJ Palacio, read for us exclusively by Oscar Kennedy. And she takes tea with Judith Kerr.

20130710 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the next episode of Hacker, by children's laureate Malorie Blackman, and episode one of our first ever 4 O'Clock Show drama, Loch Ness by Alan Bissett.

20130307 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the remarkable story of the invention of Braille, and meets a former CIA agent who now writes spy joke books. Author Lauren Child chooses her Inheritance Books.

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.

20140423 (BBC7)
20140702 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the story of Apollo 13, one of the most famous space missions of all time. Plus, the next episode of our current story, Cry Wolf, by Susan P Gates.

Mel Giedroyc hears the story of Apollo 13, one of the most famous space missions of all time. Plus there's the next episode of current story, Cry Wolf by Susan P Gates.

20140416 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the story of Welsh quilts being made in... Ethiopia. Plus the eye tracker that can tell what you're thinking before you even know it yourself.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20140414 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces a new (and true) story about an Ethiopian slave who became one of Russia's greatest military leaders. Plus a trip to Ethiopia, and drum machines.

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.

20140224 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces a new story, The Boy With the Magic Numbers, by Sally Gardner. Plus, we'll go to the Big Apple, New York, to visit one of its most famous landmarks.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20140421 (BBC7)
20140630 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces an extreme knitter who once knitted with needles bigger than broomsticks. Plus, the first part of the new story, Cry Wolf, by Susan P Gates.

Mel Giedroyc introduces an extreme knitter who once knitted with needles bigger than broomsticks. Plus there's the first part of the new story, Cry Wolf by Susan P Gates.

20140514 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces an Unpredictable Tale by Paul Jennings, read by John Sessions. Plus artist Jack Vettriano shares his Inheritance Tracks, two favourite pieces of music.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20140519 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces more of the Top 50 stories from this year's 500 Words competition from the Radio 2 Breakfast Show. Plus, chapter one of Whizziwig by Malorie Blackman.

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.

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.

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.

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

20140523 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the final chapter of Whizziwig by Malorie Blackman, and hears about the American university teams inspired by Harry Potter to play competitive Quidditch.

20130405 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the final episode of 'Comet in Moominland'. Will Moominvalley be struck?Meanwhile, why not whip up a lemon posset for the weekend? All will be revealed.

20140509 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the first finalists in this year's 500 Words short story competition, and there's another of Paul Jennings' Unpredictable Tales.

20120702 (BBC7)

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

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.

20130304 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the first part of The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, by Sir Terry Pratchett. She also hears from the world's loudest cat.

20130401 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the first part of this week's story, 'Comet in Moominland' by Tove Jansson, and discovers the world's tiniest wildlife reserve.

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.

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.

20130530 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the remaining top fifty 500 WORDS stories, plus a visit to Roald Dahl's garden and the man taking on the literal abuse of the English language.

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.

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.

20130403 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the third part of this week's story, 'Comet in Moominland', and actor and theatre director, Fiona Shaw chooses her musical Inheritance Tracks.

20140526 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces Whizziwig Returns, the second series of Malorie Blackman stories about a furry little alien from the planet Oricon.

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.

20140728 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is at the Commonwealth Games. Her guest is Judy Murray, tennis coach and mother of Andy and Jamie. The story is Alexander McCall Smith's The Great Happiness Survey.

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.

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.

20140327 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is here on BBC News School Report Day with our final exclusive report. Plus, Shirley Henderson reads the penultimate episode of Tom Moorhouse's The River Singers.

20130816 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is in the mood for movies as she asks, what makes a great cinema ending?

Mel Giedroyc is in the mood for movies as she asks, what makes a great cinema ending? Plus there's the final part of this week's story, A Handful of Magic by Stephen Elboz.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20131010 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc joins Edinburgh Zoo's famous Penguin Parade, and finds out if a pea can grow inside a human body.

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.

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.

20121012 (BBC7)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20140409 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc learns how to forage for food in the city, and how to make up bedtime stories for children. Plus the Inheritance Tracks of anti-racism campaigner Doreen Lawrence.

20140520 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc learns how to speak with a proper Shakespearean accent, and Dick and Dom explore the science of travel in How Dangerous Is Your Journey.

20130807 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc learns how to train to become a football referee. Plus some favourite books from Edinburgh International Book Festival authors Jeremy Strong and Chris Bradford.

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.

20140721 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc looks forward to the Commonwealth Games, but also heads off to famous inventor James Watt's workshop, inspired by our story: Malorie Blackman's Operation Gadgetman!

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

20140408 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc marks the 13th anniversary of the launch of the Mars Odyssey spacecraft, still orbiting the planet. Plus bossy big sisters, and how humans find their way home.

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.

20131009 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc meets a lemur from Madagascar at the 100-year-old Edinburgh Zoo, and hears the Inheritance Tracks of singer and piano maestro Jamie Cullum.

20140829 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc meets a parachuting teddy bear, takes a trip around the world in a camper van, visits the National Motor Museum and cooks up a tasty tattie scone.

20130813 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc meets a really wild chef and goes in search of dragons.

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.

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.

20121008 (BBC7)

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

20140429 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc meets superstar writer and dragon expert Cressida Cowell, and hears from a man who rescues baby kangaroos.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20131029 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents Ben Fogle with his birthday bumps, and introduces the next part of the current story, Dreadful Acts by Philip Ardagh.

20140101 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents episode three of the classic story, Stig of the Dump by Clive King. And actress Maxine Peake, star of Shameless and Silk, chooses her Inheritance Tracks.

20131001 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents Harry Hill with his birthday bumps and introduces the next episode of current story, Tom's Midnight Garden.

20131015 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents Harry Hill with his birthday bumps and introduces the next episode of current story, Tom's Midnight Garden.

20130730 (BBC7)
20131022 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents more from Philip Ardagh's story Awful End, read by Mark Williams. She also tries to sleep in an Iron Age barn and hears about the Victorian circus.

Mel tries to sleep in an Iron Age barn and hears about the Victorian circus.

20130731 (BBC7)
20131023 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents Philip Ardagh's story Awful End, read by Mark Williams, plus author-actor-presenter Tony Robinson's favourite books and Jeff Lynn's Inheritance Tracks.

20131128 (BBC7)
20140807 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents Sally Gardner's award-winning Maggot Moon, read exclusively by EastEnders actor Jamie Borthwick. Plus, Dick and Dom investigate sport in 'How Dangerous'.

20130618 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents Terry Prachett's A Hat Full of Sky, read by Shirley Henderson. Plus a Happy Birthday to Paul McCartney, and author Roddy Doyle gives us his Inheritance Books.

20130620 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents Terry Pratchett's A Hat Full of Sky, read by Shirley Henderson. Mel goes in search of missing moon rocks, and discovers the secret history of garden gnomes.

20130619 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents Terry Pratchett's A Hat Full of Sky, read by Shirley Henderson. Plus she celebrates World Sauntering Day, with gardener Monty Don's Inheritance Tracks.

20130118 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents the final chapter of this week's story, 'Dustbin Baby' by Dame Jacqueline Wilson, and more everyday science with Dick and Dom in How Dangerous Is Your Garden.

20140328 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents the final, thrilling chapter of The River Singers by Tom Moorhouse, read exclusively by Shirley Henderson (aka Moaning Myrtle from the Harry Potter films).

20140326 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents the Inheritance Tracks of acclaimed children's author Judith Kerr, plus another exclusive preview of tomorrow's BBC News School Report Day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20140306 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc raids the Questions Questions archive to explore why pirates wore earrings. Plus more from the Eddie Dickens story Terrible Times, by Philip Ardagh.

20131003 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc raids the Questions Questions archive to hear the history of the message in a bottle, and introduces the next episode of the current story Tom's Midnight Garden.

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.

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.

20140618 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc rummages around in the record collection of comedian Jack Whitehall, and introduces the third part of our current story The Tail of Emily Windsnap.

20140304 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc says happy birthday Matt Lucas and hears about the funnyman's early years in comedy. Plus more from Eddie Dickens story Terrible Times, by Philip Ardagh.

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.

20131231 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc says Happy Birthday to actor Sir Ben Kingsley, the villain in Iron Man 3. Plus, on the last day of the year, she hears about the traditions of the Scottish Hogmanay.

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.

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.

20120130 (BBC7)

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

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.

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.

20130703 (BBC7)
20130911 (BBC7)
20141210 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc spins a yarn about the history of the hula hoop, and author David Almond reads the third part of his story The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20140528 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc uncovers the Inheritance Tracks of Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell and we hear the further adventures of Malorie Blackman's furry little alien in Whizziwig Returns.

20131004 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc uncovers the secret life of the mysterious British slow worm, and introduces the final episode of Tom's Midnight Garden.

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.

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.

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

20131011 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc visits Edinburgh Zoo's star attraction - the giant pandas - and introduces the final chapter in our story Bruce Coville's story My Teacher Is an Alien.

20130624 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc visits the nerve centre of Wimbledon - the computer room.

Mel Giedroyc explores the history of tennis in British society and visits the nerve centre of Wimbledon - the computer room. Plus, just why is the sky blue?

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.

20130820 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc wishes Happy Birthday to Little Britain star and author David Walliams.

Mel Giedroyc wishes Happy Birthday to Little Britain star and author David Walliams, and hears the next chapter of RJ Palacio's award-winning Wonder, read by Oscar Kennedy.

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.

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.

20130729 (BBC7)
20131021 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with a brand new story, Awful End by Philip Ardagh, read by Mark Williams. We celebrate native ponies, and Philip Ardagh tells us some of his favourite books.

Mel Giedroyc celebrates native ponies, and Philip Ardagh tells us his favourite books.

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.

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.

20130617 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with a new story - Terry Pratchett's A Hat Full of Sky, read by Shirley Henderson. She also hears about the mutant grass that's gone global, Spartina Anglica.

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.

20120117 (BBC7)

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

20130218 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with author Philippa Gregory who reads her own novel Changeling, and 500 Words judge Jacqueline Wilson talks about her two favourite books for younger readers.

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

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.

20130515 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with Frank Cottrell Boyce's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, read for us by Richard Hammond. Plus more top 50 short stories from the 500 Words story competition.

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.

20130709 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with Malorie Blackman's Hacker. And it's 80 years since the sighting of the Loch Ness Monster that made Nessie a global phenomenon, so we investigate the mystery.

20130711 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with more from Hacker by children's laureate Malorie Blackman, and the conclusion of our first 4 O'Clock Show drama, Alan Bissett's Loch Ness. Did they find Nessie?

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.

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.

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.

20130516 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with Richard Hammond's exclusive reading of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce. And more top 50 stories from the 500 Words story contest.

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.

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.

20130503 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with the final chapter of Morris Gleitzman's award-winning story 'Bumface', read by Ralf Little.

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.

20130502 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with the next episode of the award-winning story 'Bumface' by Morris Gleitzman, read by Ralf Little.

20140516 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc wraps up our short story fortnight with the last of Paul Jenning's Unpredictable Tales, and three more of the top 50 short stories from BBC Radio 2's 500 Words.

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.

20130830 (BBC7)

Mel goes in search of some of the finest teas in China, and hears the story of the daring rescue of Edvard Munch's painting The Scream.

20130524 (BBC7)

Mel has another Magical Mystery Tour and a singing mobile library man.

Mel has three more finalists in the 500 WORDS competition, another Magical Mystery Tour, and a singing mobile library man.

20140627 (BBC7)

Mel has the last in our week of Chris Milne's Naughty Stories for Good Boys and Girls, and she finds out how to train a dog to be a Hollywood star.

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.

20140220 (BBC7)

Mel heads off on a 'Journey of a Lifetime' to the Mexican Circus, and hears how to make the Perfect Fish Pie.

20140828 (BBC7)

Mel heads out with the cowboys of Madagascar, learns all about aerobatics with a stunt pilot, takes a tour of a submarine and meets a man who makes a living with Lego.

20140717 (BBC7)

Mel hears about a cloak made from the silk of a million spiders. Plus, tunnelling under the Berlin Wall and David Tennant reads The Brave Tin Solder by Hans Christian Andersen.

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.

20140218 (BBC7)

Mel hears about the other 'Strongest Girl in the World', Pippi Longstocking, and wishes a very happy birthday to Gangsta Granny and Miss Marple, aka actress Julia McKenzie.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20140725 (BBC7)

Mel hears from a man who tastes words and an investigator who tracks down missing moon rocks.

20120405 (BBC7)

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

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.

20140312 (BBC7)

Mel hears from award-winners Chris Riddell, author of 'Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse', and Ben Burtt, the sound designer who created the noise of Wall-e and the light sabre.

20130919 (BBC7)

Mel hears from the astronaut who played the flute in orbit, learns how to power a mobile phone with urine, and finds out how birds got their names.

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.

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.

20130916 (BBC7)
20131202 (BBC7)

Mel hears how to slice into a coconut like an expert to produce an exotic fruit salad.

This week, Mel hears how to prepare food with the taste of paradise. Today, she hears how to slice into a coconut like an expert to produce an exotic fruit salad.

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'.

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,.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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'.

20130717 (BBC7)

Mel hears the world's oldest piano being played, and author Damian Dibben takes us for a walk around the British Museum. Plus the next chapter in Hacker by Malorie Blackman.

20140820 (BBC7)

Mel hears what it was like being trained to drive tanks in WW1, and we visit the home and garden of one of the world's greatest scientists, Charles Darwin.

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.

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.

20130930 (BBC7)

Mel introduces a new series of Fred MacAulay's 4 O'Clock Show quiz, Keep It in the Family. Plus there's another episode of current story, Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce.

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.

20130906 (BBC7)

Mel introduces a tour of a famous pencil factory and brings us the final episode of John Yeoman's story The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers.

Mel introduces a real-life bear hunter, and presents the final episode of John Yeoman's story The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers.

20130815 (BBC7)

Mel introduces a tour of the Bank of England and celebrates the bravery of army animals.

Mel Giedroyc introduces a tour of the Bank of England, celebrates the bravery of army animals and presents the fourth part of current story, A Handful of Magic by Stephen Elboz.

20130528 (BBC7)

Mel introduces some more stories which made the top 50 in this year's Chris Evans 500 WORDS competition. Plus, exploring science in your kitchen with Dick and Dom.

20131220 (BBC7)

Mel introduces the fifth episode of current story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Plus, Dick and Dom explore more cool science in the last How Dangerous Is Your Christmas?

20130903 (BBC7)

Mel introduces the first part of John Yeoman's story, The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers.

20131104 (BBC7)

Mel introduces the first part of Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo, goes in search of the world's largest butterfly, and hears from a retired couple who've sailed the world.

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.

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.

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.

20131217 (BBC7)

Mel introduces the next part of current story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. And Dick and Dom get up to more mischief with their series, How Dangerous Is Your Christmas?

20131218 (BBC7)

Mel introduces the third part of current story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Plus, Dick and Dom explore the science of decorations in How Dangerous Is Your Christmas?

20140731 (BBC7)

Mel is at the Commonwealth Games with Olympic Champion Katherine Grainger. Our commissioned story is A Shark Called Yetunde, written and read by Alan Bissett.

20140625 (BBC7)

Mel is back in Wimbledon today but gets sidetracked by the Wombles. Plus two of Jimmy Osmond's favourite tracks, and why did elephants help with ploughing during World War One?

20140113 (BBC7)
20140331 (BBC7)

Mel is back with the first part of classic children's story Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner, which tells the tale of a young German boy and his crime-solving friends.

20131219 (BBC7)

Mel is back with the fourth episode of current story A Christmas Carol, read by David Jason. Plus, Dick and Dom explore more seasonal science in How Dangerous Is Your Christmas?

20140214 (BBC7)

Mel is guilty of repetition as she re-runs the first episode of recent series Junior Just a Minute. Plus there's the concluding chapter of A Greyhound of a Girl, by Roddy Doyle.

20140723 (BBC7)

Mel is in conversation with author Anthony Horowitz and, as the Commonwealth Games start in Glasgow, she hears from a World Champion hurdler: Trinidad and Tobago's Jehue Gordon.

20131118 (BBC7)

Mel is mixing things up with a look at the history of the apothecary, a guide to demolishing buildings and the next part of the acclaimed Patrick Ness story A Monster Calls.

20130917 (BBC7)
20131203 (BBC7)

Mel joins California's Meteorite Zombies, hears from The Tiger Who Came to Tea author Judith Kerr, and introduces the next episode of Philip Ridley's book Meteorite Spoon.

20140114 (BBC7)
20140401 (BBC7)

Mel jumps aboard some famous steam engines with a trip to the National Railway Museum in York, and there's more from current story Emil and the Detectives.

20140811 (BBC7)

Mel learns about cloud spotting and the whistling language of the Canary Islands. Plus, the first part of Tove Jansson's classic tale, Finn Family Moomintroll.

20130625 (BBC7)

Mel learns about the tennis scoring system and the history of The Diary of Anne Frank.

Author Terry Pratchett talks about his early writing career, plus Mel finds out how the tennis scoring system came about, and explores the history of The Diary of Anne Frank.

20131120 (BBC7)

Mel learns about the world's tallest trees, gets the juice on the health properties of cranberries and introduces the next part of current story A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

20131018 (BBC7)

Mel meets the husband and wife human cannonballs, and goes walking with Clare Balding and a mob of toddlers in pushchairs. How else would you start the weekend?

20130522 (BBC7)

Mel meets the woman ready to face sharks and jellyfish as she prepares to swim from Florida to Cuba. Plus more finalists in the 500 WORDS writing competition.

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?

20130726 (BBC7)

Mel pops on her apron and explores the growing trend of baking clubs, and Stephen Mangan reads the final part of The Dream Travellers by Sherry Ashworth.

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.

20130408 (BBC7)

Mel presents Anne Fine's story A Sudden Glow of Gold. Plus, Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon's favourite books, and - not horrid (really?) - a man who loves cockroaches!

20131216 (BBC7)

Mel presents some seasonal science with Dick and Dom's How Dangerous Is Your Christmas, and David Jason reads the first part of Charles Dickens' classic story, A Christmas Carol.

20130412 (BBC7)
20140110 (BBC7)

Mel presents the last chapter of Anne Fine's magical A Sudden Glow of Gold. Plus running a marathon in the desert, and Theresa Breslin recommends books for younger readers.

20140210 (BBC7)

Mel salutes the humble wellie boot, takes us on a tour of a pasta factory and hears from climber Alain Robert. Plus there's the first part of A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle.

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.

20130305 (BBC7)

Mel says Happy Birthday to Craig and Charlie Reid, otherwise known as The Proclaimers. And the delicious aroma of chocolate brownies is in the air.

20140211 (BBC7)

Mel says Happy Birthday to Dragon's Den star Deborah Meaden, and raises a marmalade sandwich to Paddington Bear. Plus there's the next part of A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle.

20130905 (BBC7)

Mel sharpens her colouring pencils for a very special tour of illustrator Quentin Blake's studio, plus there's the next episode of current story The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers.

20131002 (BBC7)

Mel sits down for a chat with top children's author Cressida Cowell about her new book How to Betray a Dragon's Hero. Plus, the next episode of current story Tom's Midnight Garden.

20140827 (BBC7)

Mel visits the Museum of Flight and learns how to fly, meets the Red Arrows and learns about ejector seats. Plus, sing along with the man who wrote the music for Mary Poppins.

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.

20140722 (BBC7)

Mel wishes actor Daniel Radcliffe happy birthday and investigates the mystery of the 400 false legs found under the floor of an ordinary suburban house.

20140730 (BBC7)

Mel's celebrity guest is Lauren Child, author of the Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean books. Our story is The Wicked Generation by Joan Lingard, read by Monica Gibb.

20140801 (BBC7)

Mel's celebrity guest is presenter and action girl Helen Skelton. Our specially commissioned story is Theresa Breslin's My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.

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.

20110728 (BBC7)

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

20131016 (BBC7)

Mel's got some goodies lined up today, including the early life of Walt Disney, the mystery of Saint Galgano who left his sword in a stone, and how to pick a winkle.

20140729 (BBC7)

Mel's guest is CBBC presenter and comedian, Iain Stirling. Our specially commissioned short story is All Sorted, written and read by AL Kennedy.

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.

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.

20130918 (BBC7)
20131204 (BBC7)

Mel's Taste of Paradise is the Perfect Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream. Plus she hears from the first man in space and has the next chapter of Philip Ridley's Meteorite Spoon.

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.

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.

20140124 (BBC7)

Miriam Margolyes does all the parts and all the voices in her exclusive 4 O'Clock Show reading of James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20120206 (BBC7)

Music and chat with Mel Giedroyc.

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.

20140718 (BBC7)

On Nelson Mandela Day, Mel hears about the song which became South Africa's national anthem. Plus, Sir Derek Jacobi reads The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen.

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.

20140612 (BBC7)

On the opening day of the World Cup, Mel Giedroyc hears about the women who played football during World War I. Plus, why is a boatload of lawyers going down the Amazon river?

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.

20130701 (BBC7)
20130909 (BBC7)
20141208 (BBC7)

On today's show, ringmaster Mel Giedroyc takes us on a tour of a modern circus, and author David Almond reads the first part of his own story The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas.

20140127 (BBC7)

Our nature feature Twilight comes to an end today, with the story of the Manx Shearwater. Plus, Miriam Margoyles reads James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl.

20140821 (BBC7)

Paralympian Ellie Simmonds on her love of reading and the story of the Gloucestershire woman who went to bed with a migraine and woke up with a French accent.

20131211 (BBC7)

Philip Pullman reads the third of his Grimm Tales, and Mel gets to the bottom of nanotechnology which, among other things, makes your mobile phone work.

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.

20130506 (BBC7)

Richard Hammond reads our new story 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again' by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Plus we start broadcasting the top 50 of the Chris Evans 500 Words competition.

20130507 (BBC7)

Richard Hammond reads the next chapter of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again', and Mel hears the story of the car and how it changed the world forever.

20140217 (BBC7)

Richard Hammond, head judge of the 500 WORDS short story competition, gives Mel his Inheritance Books, and Richard Mabey goes in search of the history of the wild rose.

20130704 (BBC7)
20130912 (BBC7)
20141211 (BBC7)

Roll up roll up, as Mel Giedroyc goes in search of the history of the flea circus, and author David Almond reads the fourth part of his own story The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas.

20130827 (BBC7)

Sculptor Antony Gormley takes us on a walk around Edinburgh, and Mel explores the life of the humble camel in Oman.

20140319 (BBC7)

Singer Annie Lennox shares her Inheritance Tracks, plus the next chapter of the brilliant Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis.

20131227 (BBC7)

Sir David Jason comes to the end of his colourful and atmospheric reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Plus, fed up with Christmas cake? Mary Berry has an alternative.

20140715 (BBC7)

Sir Derek Jacobi reads the funny and clever Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen and we say happy birthday to comedian David Mitchell.

20140212 (BBC7)

Sir Tom Jones reveals his Inheritance Tracks and Mel meets a man who had a close encounter with a ghost, plus our current story A Greyhound of a Girl, by Roddy Doyle.

20130306 (BBC7)

Survival expert Bear Grylls chooses his musical Inheritance Tracks, and Mel hears the hair-raising story of Phil Harwood's five-month solo trip down the Congo River.

20121024 (BBC7)
20140903 (BBC7)

Thanks to Terry Deary's Horrible Histories, Mel finds out how nasty the Romans could be with a sponge on a stick. And she has the Inheritance Tracks of 'The Voice' Sir Tom Jones.

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

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.

20130111 (BBC7)
20130322 (BBC7)

The final chapter of this week's story The Silver Bead, plus Cornish pasta (no, not pasties), and more 'How Dangerous Is Your House' experiments with Dick and Dom.

20131115 (BBC7)

The final rounds of Junior Just a Minute include the topics 'Eating Spaghetti' and 'When I Grow Up'. Plus, the interesting things you can find in old piano stools.

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.

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.

20140418 (BBC7)

The Hungarian railway run entirely by children, the story of Disney music, and think you've had a tough week? Mel hears about the intricate work of a brain surgeon.

20130809 (BBC7)

The Inheritance Books of Edinburgh International Book Festival authors Sally Gardner and Vivian French, plus the final chapter in this week's story, The Defenders by Paul May.

20130806 (BBC7)

The Inheritance Books of some top authors visiting the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Plus, news of a new exhibition of illustration coming soon at the British Library.

20140320 (BBC7)

The next chapter of Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis, plus we'll ask some curious Questions, Questions. Presented by Mel Giedroyc.

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.

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

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.

20130716 (BBC7)

The story of the first ever CT scan, Happy Birthday to virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, and Mel delves into the story of the parking meter. Any spare change...?

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.

20130715 (BBC7)

The world of computer game music, and new children's laureate Malorie Blackman talks to Mel about her plans for the year ahead. Plus, another episode of Malorie's story Hacker.

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.

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.

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'.

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!

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.

20130510 (BBC7)

Three more brilliant stories written in under 500 words. Plus, we're joined by Richard Hammond as he reads 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again' by Frank Cottrell Boyce.

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.

20140606 (BBC7)

Today a floating house, the creation of one of the most popular video games of all time, and the final chapter in this week's story, A Medal for Leroy by Michael Morpurgo.

20131112 (BBC7)

Today it's Happy Birthday to one of Hollywood's funniest actresses, and hello to the world's fastest talker. Plus another fast and furious game of Junior Just a Minute.

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.

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.

20131113 (BBC7)

Today there's the Inheritance Tracks of Just a Minute host Nicholas Parsons, plus more exciting rounds of our very own 4 O'Clock Show's version of the show, Junior Just a Minute.

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.

20131017 (BBC7)

Today's show is not for the faint hearted, as Mel meets a female sword swallower. Plus, anyone for snail porridge?

20130924 (BBC7)

Victoria Pendleton talks about training to become an Olympic athlete, another episode of Fred MacAulay's Keep It in the Family, and we hear about the science behind invisibility.

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!

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.

20110822 (BBC7)

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

20130927 (BBC7)

We follow the flight patterns of some geese, Fred MacAulay is back with Keep It in the Family, and we'll hear the story of the pips. BEEEEEEP.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!).

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.

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.

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?

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.

20121026 (BBC7)
20130208 (BBC7)
20140905 (BBC7)

Were the Romans the first to watch people being murdered for fun? Mel finds out thanks to the final episode of Terry Deary's Horrible History of the Rotten Romans.

Were the Romans the first to watch people being murdered for fun? Mel finds out.

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20140415 (BBC7)

Why go bird-watching in infrared? Mel finds out. Plus Dame Kelly Holmes on her sporting life growing up, and the next chapter in this week's story.

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.

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.

2012073120131023

Mel Giedroyc offers author-actor-presenter Tony Robinson's favourite books.

2012090320121105

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

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.

2012102320130205

In our story from Terry Deary's 'Horrible Histories: The Rotten Romans', Mel finds out just how awful Roman kings were, and hears the Inheritance Books of author Eoin Colfer.

2012102420130206

Mel finds out just how nasty the Romans could be with a sponge on a stick.

2012102520130207

In Terry Deary's Horrible Histories, Mel hears how truly horrible Roman Emperors could be - very nasty! And she goes hunting with an eagle in Outer Mongolia.

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?

2013010720130318

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

2013010820130319

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'.

2013010920130320

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'.

20130111

The final chapter of this week's story, 'The Silver Bead,' plus Cornish pasta (no, not pasties), and more 'How Dangerous Is Your House' experiments with Dick and Dom.

20130114

Mel Giedroyc starts listening to chapter 1 of 'Dustbin Baby' by Jacqueline Wilson. Plus, Dick and Dom with everyday science in How Dangerous Is Your Garden.

20130115

Mel Giedroyc takes a trip to the British Museum and hears about a hill-walking rubbish collector. Dick and Dom join her for more everyday science in How Dangerous Is Your Garden.

20130116

Mel Giedroyc presents part 3 of Jacqueline Wilson's 'Dustbin Baby' and the Inheritance Tracks of Frances de la Tour, plus Dick and Dom ask How Dangerous Is Your Garden.

20130117

Mel Giedroyc listens to chapter 4 of Jacqueline Wilson's story 'Dustbin Baby,' and Dick and Dom are getting their hands dirty in How Dangerous Is Your Garden.

20130118

Mel Giedroyc presents the final chapter of this week's story, 'Dustbin Baby' by Dame Jacqueline Wilson, and more everyday science with Dick and Dom in How Dangerous Is Your Garden.

20130121

Mel Giedroyc with a brand new story 'The Ordinary Princess' by MM Kaye, and in our regular Monday glimpse into the natural world we begin the extraordinary story of the Oak Tree.

20130123

Mel Giedroyc continues listening to our wonderful story, MM Kaye's 'The Ordinary Princess' and the Inheritance Tracks of legendary singer, songwriter and activist, Harry Belafonte.

20130125

Mel Giedroyc celebrates Burns Night with poems from Scotland's national bard. Plus the final chapter of the magical story, MM Kaye's 'The Ordinary Princess'.

20130128

Mel Giedroyc introduces a tour of Elvis Presley's former home Graceland, and Dick and Dom are back with more How Dangerous. Plus a new story, The War Diaries of Alistair Fury.

20130129

Gregg Wallace takes us around a baked beans factory, and we get our footie kits on to learn what it takes to be a referee.

20130130

Dick and Dom are here with fun How Dangerous experiments from your school, and we find out about the superstitions of some of our best sporting stars.

20130214

Mel Gieldroyc with this week's story, Blabbermouth by Morris Gleitzman

20130215

Mel Giedroyc introduces the final part of Blabbermouth by Morris Gleitzman.

20130219

Philippa Gregory continues her novel Changeling, and 500 Words Short Story judge Richard Hammond reveals his 'Inheritance Books' - favourite books he'd pass on to younger readers.

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20130220

Philippa Gregory continues reading her novel Changeling, and 500 Words judge Charlie Higson reveals his 'Inheritance Books' - favourite books for younger readers.

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc

20130221

Philippa Gregory continues reading her own novel Changeling, and with the 500 Words Short Story deadline arriving tomorrow, judge Malorie Blackman shares her 'Inheritance Books'.

20130222

Philippa Gregory reads the last chapter in her story Changeling. The 500 Words Short Story deadline is today, and Mel has the 'Inheritance Books' of judge Frank Cottrell Boyce.

20130225
20130226
20130227
20130228

Mel Giedroyc hears from Hardeep Singh Kohli as he investigates the world of tightrope-walking. Plus, the return of giant insects to planet Earth...?

20130301

Violinist Tamsin Green tells Mel about her time studying at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and we celebrate the humble British phone box. Plus the final chapter in this week's story.

20130306

Survival expert Bear Grylls chooses his musical Inheritance Tracks, and Mel hears the hair-raising story of Phil Harwood's five-month solo trip down the Congo River.

20130312

Mel Giedroyc listens to Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, read by Omid Djalili. Plus a special preview of the 2013 BBC News School Report.

20130325

Mel Giedroyc introduces Terry Deary's Horrible Histories of the Terrible Tudors. Plus the site of the Battle of Bosworth and Henry VIII's passion for music.

20130326

Mel presents part two in Terry Deary's Horrible Histories of the Terrible Tudors, and visits Hampton Court Palace. Plus, the origin of 'Greensleeves'.

20130327

Mel takes a tour around the Great Hall of Hampton Court Palace, learns about the food eaten by the sailors in Sir Francis Drake's navy, and hears part three of the Terrible Tudors.

20130328

Mel Giedroyc discovers what food Henry VIII liked to eat, and journeys into the world of mazes. Plus part four of the Horrible Histories of the Terrible Tudors.

20130402

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc who celebrates the birthday this week of Graham Norton - chat show, and now Eurovision Song Contest, host.

20130404

Mel hears about the art of the harmonica, and discovers the musical heritage of tin mining. She also meets a man with a recording studio in his garden shed.

2013040820140106

Mel presents Anne Fine's story A Sudden Glow of Gold. Plus, Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon's favourite books, and - not horrid (really?) - a man who loves cockroaches!

20130409

Mel continues Anne Fine's A Sudden Glow of Gold. Plus, excited camels make the most extraordinary noise, and Saci Lloyd recommends favourite books.

2013041020140109

Mel continues Anne Fine's A Sudden Glow of Gold, plus a man who has flown on a real magic carpet (he really has!) and the Inheritance Tracks of children's laureate Julia Donaldson.

20130411

Mel continues Anne Fine's magical A Sudden Glow of Gold and flies 'panto-style'. Plus, Inspector Singh author Shamini Flint recommends books for younger readers.

2013041220130607

Mel presents the last chapter of Anne Fine's magical A Sudden Glow of Gold. Plus running a marathon in the desert, and Theresa Breslin recommends books for younger readers.

20130415

Matt Baker finds out about the decoy cities built to protect Sheffield during the Second World War. Plus clowns in hospitals, GPs who need GPS, and part four of our story.

20130416

Mel Giedroyc says happy birthday to Irish comedian Ed Byrne, and we find out how chefs in the British navy keep our sailors fed and watered at sea.

20130425
20130429

Mel Giedroyc with the award-winning story 'Bumface' by Morris Gleitzman, read by Ralf Little

20130430

Mel Giedroyc with the next episode in the award-winning story 'Bumface' by Morris Gleitzman, read by Ralf Little.

20130501

Mel Giedroyc with the next episode of the award-winning story 'Bumface' by Morris Gleitzman, read by Ralf Little.

20130508

Mel hears about the personal flying machines we'll all be buzzing around in in the future. Plus, three more great stories from this year's Chris Evans 500 Words competition.

20130509

Mel Giedroyc hears about the world's first ever parachutists, and Richard Hammond reads the next chapter of this week's story, 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again'.

20130513

Mel Giedroyc continues Richard Hammond's reading of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce, plus more of the top 50 in the 500 Words short story competition.

20130514

Mel Giedroyc with Frank Cottrell Boyce's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, read for us by Richard Hammond. Plus more top 50 short stories from the 500 Words story competition.

20130521

Mel Giedroyc says Happy Birthday to actor Sir Ian McKellen and meets the Kangaroo Man. Plus episode 2 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and more 500 WORDS finalists.

20130527

Mel Giedroyc introduces part six of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, plus more brilliant short stories chosen as some of the top 50 from this year's 500 WORDS competition.

20130529

Mel teams up with Michael Rosen to explore Roald Dahl's home village, and find out how the local sights and sounds inspired some of his best-known stories. Plus, why do we sulk?

20130610

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc.

20130613
20130703

Mel Giedroyc spins a yarn about the history of the hula hoop, and author David Almond reads the third part of his story The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas.

20130704

Roll up roll up, as Mel Giedroyc goes in search of the history of the flea circus, and author David Almond reads the fourth part of his own story The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas.

20130705

Mel Giedroyc gets spooked by scary sounds, takes a tumble with an Ethiopian circus, and introduces the final part of David Almond's story The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas.

20130708

Mel Giedroyc with a new 4 O'Clock Show story, Hacker, by the new children's laureate, Malorie Blackman. Plus Malorie recommends some of her favourite books for younger readers.

20130710

Mel Giedroyc hears the next episode of Hacker, by children's laureate Malorie Blackman, and episode one of our first ever 4 O'Clock Show drama, Loch Ness by Alan Bissett.

20130711

Mel Giedroyc with more from Hacker by children's laureate Malorie Blackman, and the conclusion of our first 4 O'Clock Show drama, Alan Bissett's Loch Ness. Did they find Nessie?

20130712

Mel Giedroyc has the next episode of Malorie Blackman's mysterious thriller Hacker, and she talks to Malorie herself about her writing and her new role as Children's Laureate.

20130718

The first Disneyland park opened on this day in 1955, but not all went to plan - Mel Giedroyc hears the story. Plus, author Rick Yancey shares his Inheritance Books.

20130722

Mel introduces the first part of The Dream Travellers by Sherry Ashworth.

20130723

Mel says Happy Birthday to Helen Mirren, and gets her taste buds tingling with a guide to eating insects, and Stephen Mangan reads the second part of The Dream Travellers.

20130724

Mel explores the amazing life of the real-life Professor Calculus, and Stephen Mangan reads the third part of The Dream Travellers by Sherry Ashworth.

20130725

Mel explores the secret life of movie trailer voice-over artists, and Stephen Mangan reads the fourth part of The Dream Travellers by Sherry Ashworth.

20130729

Mel Giedroyc with a brand new story, Awful End by Philip Ardagh, read by Mark Williams. We celebrate native ponies, and Philip Ardagh tells us some of his favourite books.

20130812

Mel Giedroyc gets carried away by the inventor of a real-life magic carpet, and introduces the first part of this week's story, A Handful of Magic by Stephen Elboz

20130813

Mel Giedroyc meets a really wild chef, goes in search of dragons, and presents the second part of this week's story, A Handful of Magic by Stephen Elboz.

20130826

Mel Giedroyc presents a special concert from the BBC Proms, as the London Sinfonia perform a musical version of the Oliver Jeffers story Lost and Found.

20130828

Singer Katie Melua shares her Inheritance Tracks, we're entertained by the Baghdad Orchestra, and Rick Stein shows us how to cook the perfect fish curry.

20130902

Mel introduces another BBC Family Prom, recorded live at the Royal College of Music.

2013091920131205

Mel hears from the astronaut who played the flute in orbit, learns how to power a mobile phone with urine, and finds out how birds got their names.

2013092020131206

Mel finds out what it's like on a real volcanic island, hears from one of the last astronauts to walk on the moon, and has the final chapter in Philip Ridley's Meteorite Spoon.

20131001

Mel Giedroyc presents Harry Hill with his birthday bumps and introduces the next episode of current story, Tom's Midnight Garden.

20131002

Mel Giedroyc goes in search of some of Britain's most amazing creepy crawlies, and hears the latest episode of the current story Tom's Midnight Garden.

20131008

Mel Giedroyc presents Harry Hill with his birthday bumps and introduces the next episode of current story, Tom's Midnight Garden.

20131009

Mel Giedroyc meets a lemur from Madagascar at the 100-year-old Edinburgh Zoo, and hears the Inheritance Tracks of singer and piano maestro Jamie Cullum

20131015
20131016

Mel's got some goodies lined up today, including the early life of Walt Disney, the mystery of Saint Galgano who left his sword in a stone, and how to pick a winkle.

20131113

Today there's the Inheritance Tracks of Just a Minute host Nicholas Parsons, plus more exciting rounds of our very own 4 O'Clock Show's version of the show, Junior Just a Minute.

20131114

Circus-performing parents, the elasticity of time, and more rounds of Junior Just a Minute

20131121

Mel Giedroyc has a taste for liquorice on today's show. Plus there's the history of the mythical Green Man, and the next episode of current story A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

20131125

Eastenders actor Jamie Borthwick joins Mel Giedroyc to read Sally Gardner's award-winning Maggot Moon. And Dick and Dom begin their science series How Dangerous Is Your School?

20131126

Jamie Borthwick continues reading Maggot Moon, and Dick and Dom investigate bugs and germs

Eastenders actor Jamie Borthwick continues his reading of Sally Gardner's award-winning Maggot Moon, and Dick and Dom investigate the world of bugs and germs.

20131128

Mel Giedroyc presents Sally Gardner's award-winning Maggot Moon, read exclusively by Eastenders actor Jamie Borthwick. Plus Dick and Dom investigate sport in 'How Dangerous'.

20131209

Philip Pullman reads from his book of stories, Grimm Tales, based on the original folk tales collected by the Brothers Grimm. Plus oral storytelling and husky dogs in Alaska.

20131210

Philip Pullman reads The Musicians of Bremen from his Grimm Tales, and Mel meets the man who memorized 3,500 facts about every FA Cup Final since 1872.

20131224

Mel Giedroyc celebrates Annie Lennox's birthday, and Sophie Dahl shows us how to make the perfect Bread and Butter Pudding.

20131226

Got the family coming round for a party? Paul Hollywood tells Mel Giedroyc how to rustle up the Perfect Pork Pie.

20131230

Join Mel for the first episode of our story, Stig of the Dump, the classic story by Clive King about a boy called Barney who befriends a caveman who lives in a rubbish dump.

20140102

Mel has another tricky teaser from the Questions Questions team: Why do ancient buildings and settlements end up buried underneath the earth, and how is there room for them all?

20140103

What board games do you like to play during the Christmas holiday? Scrabble? Monopoly? Any good at jigsaws? There's plenty of fun and games with Mel Giedroyc on today's show.

20140113

Mel is back with the first part of classic children's story Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner, which tells the tale of a young German boy and his crime-solving friends.

20140121

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc, plus the irrepressible Miriam Margolyes continues Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach.

20140122

If an insect could speak, what would it sound like? Find out as Miriam Margolyes reads Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach. And Matt Horne shares his Inheritance Tracks.

20140123

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc, plus Miriam Margolyes with her colourful reading of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach.

20140124

Miriam Margolyes does all the parts and all the voices in her exclusive 4 O'Clock Show reading of James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl.

20140127

Our nature feature Twilight comes to an end today, with the story of the Manx Shearwater. Plus, Miriam Margoyles reads James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl

20140129

Young Bond author Charlie Higson shares his Inheritance Tracks, and Miriam Margoyles reads the next chapter of James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

20140130

Afternoon chat with Mel Giedroyc, as she goes to the deepest, darkest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench.

20140203

Love feeling like an under-achiever? Mel hears from a man who can speak over 30 languages. Show off. Plus part one in a new story, Jeremy Brown on Mars by Simon Cheshire.

20140204

Safety goggles on: Mel finds out how lasers work, plus a trip to South America.

20140205

Mel Giedroyc explores the landscape and geology of the Red Planet with space expert Kevin Fong, and hears the stories of the 999 call handler.

20140219

Author, comedian and 500 WORDS short story judge Charlie Higson tells Mel about the book he inherited from his parents, and the one he'd like to pass on to the next generation.

20140225

Chapter two of Sally Gardner's story The Boy With the Magic Numbers, and Mel finds out how to cook the perfect blueberry pancakes.

20140226

Mel Giedroyc hears the Inheritance Tracks of adventurer Bear Grylls. Plus how a safe-cracker gets to work, and a delicious slice of vanilla cheesecake.

20140227

Mel Giedroyc poses another curious conundrum in the regular Thursday offering from Questions, Questions. Plus the recipe for a delicious apple cake.

20140307

Mel Giedroyc gets a lesson in mathematics from a numeracy competition in Japan, and there's the next part of the Eddie Dickens story Terrible Times, by Philip Ardagh

20140311

Mel Giedroyc wishes a very Happy Birthday to talented Scottish songwriter and pop star Emeli Sande, and we find out how to try and talk to an alien.

20140314

The final episode of our brilliant series Junior Just a Minute, and we come to the thrilling conclusion of Earthborn by Sylvia Waugh.

20140317

Mel Giedroyc starts the week's shows with the first part of Sky Hawk, by Gill Lewis. Plus we'll go off on our Magical Mystery Tour.

20140321

Rounding off the week with the final episode of Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis, and another Magical Mystery Tour.

20140428

Dynamic duo Dick and Dom investigate the science behind the everyday with How Dangerous Is Your Garden? Today they're charming worms and making strange noises with grass.

20140513

Mel Giedroyc returns with more of the top 50 stories from BBC Radio 2's 500 Words short story competition, and she wishes Catherine Tate many happy returns in her birthday week.

08/04/201320130408 (BBC7)
20130603 (BBC7)

Mel presents Anne Fine's story A Sudden Glow of Gold. Plus, Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon's favourite books, and - not horrid (really?) - a man who loves cockroaches!

09/04/201320130409 (BBC7)
20130604 (BBC7)

Mel continues Anne Fine's A Sudden Glow of Gold. Plus, excited camels make the most extraordinary noise, and Saci Lloyd recommends favourite books.

10/04/201320130410 (BBC7)
20130605 (BBC7)

Mel continues Anne Fine's A Sudden Glow of Gold, plus a man who has flown on a real magic carpet (he really has!) and the Inheritance Tracks of children's laureate Julia Donaldson.

101 Dalmatians And Front-line Dogs20141016 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with the next chapter of 101 Dalmatians, read by Juliet Stevenson, and the secret history of the dogs on the front line in World War One.

101 Dalmatians, Michael Rosen And The Russian Winnie The Pooh20141015 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes mushroom-foraging, and Michael Rosen hunts down one of the best-loved creations of the Soviet era, the Russian TV cartoon version of Winnie the Pooh.

101 Dalmatians, Philip Pullman And Ww1 Teenage Spies20141014 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with the next chapter of Dodie Smith's 101 Dalmatians, read by Juliet Stevenson. Plus, Anthony Horowitz tells the story of teenage spies in the First World War.

101 Dalmatians, Steve Backshall And Water Voles20141013 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc with the first chapter of Dodie Smith's classic 101 Dalmatians, a man with a passion for water voles, and naturalist Steve Backshall chooses his favourite books.

11/04/201320130411 (BBC7)
20130606 (BBC7)

Mel continues Anne Fine's magical A Sudden Glow of Gold and flies 'panto-style'. Plus, Inspector Singh author Shamini Flint recommends books for younger readers.

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'.

A Visit To The Bank Of England20140910 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc visits the Bank of England, hears the Inheritance Tracks of cyclist Chris Froome, and sends Dick and Dom to investigate the dangers in your house's hallway.

Accents, Vw Beetles And Frank Cottrell Boyce20140822 (BBC7)

Mel discovers how accents have evolved over the years, learns the story of the VW Beetle that won the heart of Brazil, and hears the inheritance books of Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Andrew Strauss, Jacqueline Wilson And Water Voles20141126 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents the Inheritance Tracks of England's former cricket captain Andrew Strauss, and she celebrates superstar author Jacqueline Wilson's 100th book.

Andy Bell And Hardworking Horses20141112 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc uncovers the Inheritance Tracks of Erasure singer Andy Bell, and we hear the third part of Anna Sewell's classic tale Black Beauty.

Animal Impersonations, Howl's Moving Castle, Keep It In The Family20141226 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears from a man with an amazing talent for impersonating animals, and has the last in our family quiz Keep It in the Family.

Ant And Dec, Video Games And Elephants20140923 (BBC7)

Ant and Dec reveal what makes them tick as a double act, Mel explores the rise of video game music and there's the second part of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Antarctica, Keep It In The Family, Howl's Moving Castle20141222 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes to Antarctica with wildlife cameraman John Aitchison for the first episode of A View Through a Lens, and Fred MacAulay returns with Keep It in the Family.

Blacksmiths, Baby Talk And Birdwatching20141117 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets a guide to the fascinating world of bird-watching and brings you the next part of Anna Sewell's classic story Black Beauty.

Camels, Sandwiches And The Mousetrap20150223 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc reveals how the camel got its hump, celebrates the humble sandwich and introduces the next part of Roald Dahl's classic story, The Witches.

Channel Swimming, Hula Dancing And Mel C20150121 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc follows an attempt to swim across the English Channel and has a go at a spot of hula dancing, and former Spice Girl Mel C tells us two of her favourite songs.

Chocolate, Cartoons And Moustaches20141010 (BBC7)
20150109 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc discovers why a chocolate factory helped the soldiers of World War One and there's the final part of this week's award-winning story Rooftoppers, by Katherine Rundell.

Chris Hadfield, Bonnie Langford And Bionic Powers20150211 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets a guide to dressing up, and discovers how to eat peanuts in space with astronaut Chris Hadfield. Plus there's more from RJ Palacio's award-winning book Wonder.

Christian The Chelsea Lion, Whistling And Wallace And Gromit20150120 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc has the next part of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, and she hears some world-class whistling and the incredible story of Christian the Chelsea Lion.

City Horses And Pet Names20141121 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is mucking about with a tour of the city horse stables in Hyde Park. Plus, there's the final part of Anna Sewell's classic tale Black Beauty.

Clowns And Windsor Castle20141120 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc puts on her best floppy shoes and explores the origins of the red nose clown. Plus memories of the night in 1992 when Windsor Castle nearly burned down.

Concorde, Bicycles And Tom Baker Learning French20140926 (BBC7)

Ex-Doctor Who Tom Baker brushes up on his French, Mel remembers the golden age of Concorde and there's the fifth part of current story The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Coracles, Eider Ducks And The Wind In The Willows20140908 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes splash in a tiny boat, Dick and Dom get dangerous in a listener's kitchen, and there is the first episode of The Wind in the Willows.

Creative Child Prodigies And Country Life20141114 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets inspired to tinkle the ivories by honky tonk jazz musician James Booker, and we hear the final part of this week's story, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

Croissants, Cloud Watching And Curry20141009 (BBC7)
20150108 (BBC7)

Mel savours how to make the perfect croissant, meets a man with his head in the clouds and introduces the fourth part of our adaptation of Rooftoppers, by Katherine Rundell.

Crying, Neighbours And Dame Kiri Te Kanawa20140924 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc has a rummage through Kylie's wardrobe, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa reveals her Inheritance Tracks and there's the third part of current story The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Cupcakes And Steam-powered Cars20140916 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc says happy birthday to author Julia Donaldson, Matt Baker takes a ride in a steam-powered car, and we get a lesson in making the perfect cupcake.

Dick And Dom And Space Elevators20150312 (BBC7)

Mel finds out if an elevator to space is possible, and Dick and Dom go back to school to uncover the science of PE.

Dick And Dom Zap Things In The Living Room20140909 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc takes a tour of a beautiful gypsy caravan, wishes Hugh Grant a happy birthday, and lets Dick and Dom loose in a listener's living room.

Dick And Dom, Ronnie Corbett And Greyhound Of A Girl20150311 (BBC7)

Dick and Dom bravely investigate the science behind bugs and germs. Find out what happens if you do not wash your hands! Plus veteran comedy star Ronnie Corbett's favourite music.

Doctor Who, Jon Culshaw And Nasa On Mars20141104 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc meets the Doctor Who special effects department, Jon Culshaw looks at the stars, and NASA chief scientist Dr Ellen Stofan gives us the lowdown a trip to Mars.

Ed Sheeran, Roald Dahl And Writing Sheds20150217 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gives the birthday bumps to singer Ed Sheeran and hears the second episode of Junior Just a Minute. Plus part two of Roald Dahl's The Witches, read by Kathy Burke.

Elephants, Moss And Jamie Rix20141027 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets the giggles with hilarious children's writer Jamie Rix, and introduces the first part of his collection of Ghostly Tales for Ghastly Kids.

Elephants, Spiders And Dan Castellaneta20141028 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is in finger-licking good form with a history of the doughnut, plus there's the second of our Ghostly Tales for Ghastly Kids.

Ellie Simmonds Obe And Her Brilliant Bakes20141111 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the birthday of the Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds, and introduces the second part of our story, Black Beauty.

Emma Thompson, One-man Bands And Swallows And Amazons20141022 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc casts a curious eye over actress Emma Thompson's record collection, and we hear the third part of our story of the week, Swallows and Amazons.

Evan Davies Plays The Comb, Francois Delaroziere And Fur Seals20150119 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents Francois Delaroziere's giant creatures, John Aitchison goes to the Antarctic to film fur seals and baby penguins, and Evan Davies plays the comb.

Fireworks, Chris Ryan And The Rat King20141105 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the Inheritance Tracks of author Chris Ryan, plus fireworks, the perfect student meal, and Sanjeev Kohli visits panto-land as the Rat King.

Five Children On The Western Front And Just So Science20150202 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents the winner of the Costa Children's Book Award, Five Children on the Western Front, by Kate Saunders. Read exclusively by Sharon Rooney.

Five Children On The Western Front And Stephen Fry's Inheritance Tracks20150204 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc finds out how to make musical instruments from vegetables, Stephen Fry chooses his Inheritance Tracks and we hear the amazing true story of the Cottingley Fairies.

Five Children, Frank Cottrell Boyce And Jm Barrie20150206 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents the final chapter of the Costa-winning Five Children on the Western Front, by Kate Saunders, read by Sharon Rooney. Plus walking in JM Barrie's footsteps.

Forest Schools, Norway And Stretching Time20150220 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes back to nature with a trip to forest school. Plus, the fifth part of Roald Dahl's The Witches and another brand new episode of Junior Just a Minute.

Gemma Arterton, Tony Robinson And 'five Children On The Western Front'20150203 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc wishes star Gemma Arterton a happy birthday, Tony Robinson chooses two top books for younger readers and we hear the very moving story of WWI's Chocolate Soldieri.

Geocaching, Brownies And Django Bates20140930 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes geocaching, celebrates 100 years of the Brownies and hears composer Django Bates' Inheritance Tracks.

Goat Kings, Puffin Pianos And Desert Islands
Goat Kings, Puffin Pianos And Desert Islands20141203 (BBC7)
20150304 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc encounters some piano-playing puffins and a town where the goat is literally king. Plus, the third part of Daniel Defoe's classic story Robinson Crusoe.

Gold-mining And Blind Tourism20141023 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc uncovers the intricacies of finding your way round as a blind tourist on holiday, and there's more island adventures in the fourth part of Swallows and Amazons.

Graham Fellows, Digging For Dinosaurs And Keep It In The Family20141217 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces a dig for dinosaurs, the Inheritance Tracks of comedian Graham Fellows and the next episode of Diana Wynne Jones's story Howl's Moving Castle.

Greyhound Of A Girl, Elephants' Trunks And Dick And Dom20150309 (BBC7)

Dick and Dom with the science behind the everyday in How Dangerous Is Your School? Today, they're making a lot of noise! Plus in Just So Science, how the elephant got its trunk.

Halloween, Cobwebs And Kiwi Fruit20141031 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is in high spirits as she presents lots of Halloween fun, including a look at the strength of spider's webs and the final Ghostly Tale for Ghastly Kids, by Jamie Rix.

Harry Belafonte, Blind Waterspeed Record Holder And Barefoot Walking20141008 (BBC7)
20150107 (BBC7)

Harry Belafonte shares his Inheritance Tracks, Mel meets a very special landspeed record holder and there's the next episode of current story Rooftoppers.

Harry Potter Fan Power, Magnificent Castles And Shuffling Songs20150129 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc discovers the true power of Harry Potter and vlogging fandom, and visits some incredible castle ruins. Plus the fourth part of Five Children and It, by E Nesbit.

Heston Blumenthal, Weighing Penguins And Fishing For Sharks20141231 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets creative in the kitchen as chef Heston Blumenthal shares his Inheritance Tracks, and we listen to the short story A Shark Called Yetunde, by Alan Bissett.

Horror Stories, Exams And Chocolate20141030 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is in ghoulishly good form as she explores why we love horror stories, and there's another of children's author Jamie Rix's Ghostly Tales for Ghastly Kids.

How To Peel 100 Tonnes Of Onions20140711 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the village where babies are given their own songs, as well as a name, at birth. Plus, a Scottish onion farmer tells us how he peels 100 tonnes of the veg.

Howl's Moving Castle, Keep It In The Family, Glasgow Central Station20141223 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc is joined by Fred MacAulay for the next episode in our quiz Keep It in the Family, and we go to the hidden world above and below Central Station in Glasgow.

Hugh Dennis, Chinese New Year And Packed Lunches20150210 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the humble packed lunch and remembers the London Olympics with Hugh Dennis. Plus there's the next part of current story Wonder, by RJ Palacio.

Hurricanes, Nail Polish And A Psammead20150126 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes behind the scenes of a London beauty salon and we get introduced to the Psammead in the first part of E Nesbit's classic tale Five Children and It.

Iain Stirling, Rabbits And £10 Notes20150127 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc chats to comedian and ex-CBBC presenter Iain Stirling and we hear the second part of Five Children and It, by E Nesbit.

Idina Menzel, Tall Stories And Stolen Jewels20150130 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears from the star of Frozen and Wicked, Idina Menzel, and listens to some true-life tall stories. And we hear the final part of Five Children and It, by E Nesbit.

Instruments Of Ice, Living In The Wild And Hidden Treasure20150123 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents a guide to living in the wilds of Lanarkshire, hears Robert Burns' very own violin and the final chapter in Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day - Aaaarrrr!!20140919 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates International Talk Like a Pirate Day, sings a sea shanty, goes night-time badger spotting, and introduces the final episode of The Wind in the Willows.

Jamie Oliver, Beekeeping And The Blind Stuntman20150226 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the joy of beekeeping, blind daredevil Deano Dunbar discusses his passion for thrill-seeking and Jamie Oliver explains where his love of food comes from.

Janet Ahlberg, Camping Food And Archery20141021 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the birthday of The Jolly Postman illustrator Janet Ahlberg and introduces the second part of this week's story Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome.

Jk Rowling, Harry Potter And Sherlock Holmes20150205 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates the first Harry Potter Night, uncovers the secrets of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes and hears from a girl who is determined to go to Mars.

Joan Lingard, Bat Detectors And Toy Orchestras20150102 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc searches for some spooky Scottish bats, makes music with old toys and hears the Commonwealth Games inspired short story The Wicked Generation, by Joan Lingard.

John Logie Baird, Morse Code And Writer Edward Carey20140812 (BBC7)

Mel gets a guide to creating sound effects, says happy birthday to TV pioneer John Logie Baird and has the next episode of Tove Jansson's classic tale Finn Family Moomintroll.

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth20140911 (BBC7)

Mel is going underground as she visits a salt mine and takes a journey to the centre of the Earth. And above ground, Dick and Dom are in da bedroom.

Jules Verne, Whales And 20,000 Leagues20150112 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets her feet wet with a record-breaking diver, hears about a search for humpback whales and presents the first part of new story 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Junior Jam, The Witches And Cream Crackers20150216 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces the first in a new series of Junior Just a Minute and the first episode of Roald Dahl's The Witches, read by Kathy Burke.

Lauren Child, Photos Of Space And Drop Scones20141107 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes back to school with Lauren Child, learns how to take photos from space and enjoys Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's perfect drop scones with pumpkin seeds.

Lee Evans, Chips And Giant Knitting Needles20150224 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the pleasures of a moonlit bike ride, where comedian Lee Evans gets his gags and meets a lady who knits with four-metre long needles.

Lemurs In Edinburgh Zoo, Wwi Christmas Truce20141225 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc celebrates Christmas with a visit to Edinburgh Zoo, and commemorates the famous truce during World War One.

Magic Tricks, Fireworks And Grandad's Recipes20150101 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc makes her New Year's resolutions, and we hear the fourth Commonwealth Story, All Sorted by AL Kennedy.

Magic, Cats And The Inheritance Books Of Jane Elson20140815 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents a tour of a magic shop, discovers the hidden messages in a cat's purr and has the final episode of Tove Jansson's classic tale, Finn Family Moomintroll.

Mairi Hedderwick, The Big Apple And Brilliant Baking
Mairi Hedderwick, The Big Apple And Brilliant Baking20141205 (BBC7)
20150306 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc explores Scotland's islands with Katie Morag creator Mairi Hedderwick and we hear the final part of Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe.

Marbles, Kate Adie And Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber20141029 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets a guide to mastering the game of marbles, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber discusses the revival of his musical Cats, and there's another Ghostly Tale for Ghastly Kids.

Mary Berry, Sanjeev Singh Kohli In Pantoland20141224 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents her Bake Off chum Mary Berry's Inheritance Tracks, and Sanjeev Singh Kohli finds out how to create panto magic!

Meatballs, Ralph Vaughan Williams And Loch Lomond20141106 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears the story of Ralph Vaughan Williams's World War One, goes canoeing in Loch Lomond, and takes a trip around the British Isles of accents.

Michelle Paver, Bernard Cribbins And Fake Warships20140912 (BBC7)

Mel hears the story of the dummy warships of World War One, and author Michelle Paver shares her Inheritance Books.

Midnight Feasts, Coronation Street And Striped Pyjamas20140922 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gorges on some of the fabulous food featured in classic children's literature, and we hear the first part of this week's story The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Mince Pies, Butterflies And Keep It In The Family20141215 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents a new episode of quiz Keep It in the Family, and there is the first part of the classic story Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones.

Movie Trailers, Charles Darwin And Summer School20150212 (BBC7)

Mel gets some top tips on how to become a movie trailer voiceover artist and hears from kids at a summer school. Plus there's more from RJ Palacio's award-winning story Wonder.

Neil Gaiman, Seals And The Perfect Shepherd's Pie20141103 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc begins a new story, My Teacher Fried My Brains by Bruce Coville. Plus author Neil Gaiman shares two of his favourite books for younger readers.

Nicholas Parsons, Pop Music And 4d Films20150218 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc uncovers the Inheritance Tracks of Nicholas Parsons and hears the third in a brand new series of Junior Just a Minute. Plus part three of Roald Dahl's The Witches.

Orlando Bloom, Batolins And The Mariana Trench20150113 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc's birthday boy is film star Orlando Bloom, she hears about life at the bottom of the ocean and there's the next part of current story 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Parrots, Playground Fun And Swallows And Amazons20141024 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc looks forward to playtime for some made-up games, and there's the concluding episode of our story, Swallows and Amazons.

Patrick Stewart On Shakespeare, A Robotic Gut And The Piano Playing Thai Elephant20140708 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc speaks to birthday boy, the X-Man himself, Patrick Stewart and hears about the odd musical pairing of one man and his elephant.

Playground Games, Salutes And Sir Ranulph Fiennes20140925 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc learns if hopscotch and skipping still have a place in today's playground, and we hear the fourth part of current story The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Pool Frogs, Polar Bears And A Royal Dollhouse20141007 (BBC7)
20150106 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc meets some pool frogs, takes a tour of a Queen's dollhouse and brings us more of a new adaptation of Rooftoppers, by Katherine Rundell.

Randy Newman And Shirley Henderson20141125 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc wishes Toy Story composer Randy Newman a very happy birthday, and Shirley Henderson continues her exclusive reading of The River Singers by Tom Moorhouse.

Rebecca Front, Living Underwater And Papua New Guinea20150114 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc rummages around actress Rebecca Front's record collection, discovers why astronauts train underwater and there's more from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Richard Branson, Raspberry Jam And Invisible Wings20150128 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets out her pots to find out how to make the perfect raspberry jam, and Richard Branson shares his Inheritance Tracks. Plus the third part of Five Children and It.

River Singers, Shirley Henderson And Cleopatra's Palace20141128 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents the final chapter of Tom Moorhouse's The River Singers, read by Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter), and discovers Cleopatra's Palace.

River Singers, Shirley Henderson And Rare Orchids20141124 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents The River Singers by Tom Moorhouse, read by Shirley Henderson (aka Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter). And she discovers some spectacular and rare orchids.

Rollercoasters, Clog Dancing And Extreme Eating20141202 (BBC7)
20150303 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc revels in the rush of the rollercoaster ride and gets her clogs on for a Lancashire clog dance. Plus we hear the second part of Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe.

Rooftoppers, Quentin Blake And Creepy Crawlies20141006 (BBC7)
20150105 (BBC7)

Quentin Blake gives Mel a crash course in drawing, Mary Colwell visits an insect garden, and there's the first part of award-winning story Rooftoppers, by Katherine Rundell.

Rudyard Kipling, Cressida Cowell And Michael Morpurgo20141002 (BBC7)

On National Poetry Day, Mel hears about Rudyard Kipling's World War One poetry, gets two of Cressida Cowell's favourite books and asks if it's possible to 'fly' behind a fast car.

Rudyard Kipling, Lindyhopping And Big Toothy Smiles20141230 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc blows out the birthday candles on behalf of Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling, and we hear the short story The Great Happiness Survey, by Alexander McCall Smith.

Sarah Millican And Vincent Van Gogh20141119 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc paints a portrait of the amazing life of Vincent Van Gogh and introduces comedian Sarah Millican's Inheritance Tracks.

Scary Mice, Improvising And Tasty Food Pairings20150219 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc explores why some people find mice scary and celebrates some tasty food pairings. Plus, part four of Roald Dahl's The Witches.

Science Tricks And A Greyhound Of A Girl20150313 (BBC7)

Dick and Dom reveal science tricks to impress your friends. Gabriel Quigley reads the last episode of Roddy Doyle's moving story A Greyhound of a Girl.

Sea Horses, Swazzling And Roger Mcgough20150122 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hosts the penultimate episode of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, read by Ray Fearon. Plus the Northern Lights and two of Roger McGough's favourite poems.

Sherlock Holmes, Nursery Rhymes And Sheila Ravenscroft20150225 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc examines our love of nursery rhymes, Philip Ardagh takes a tour of a special Sherlock Holmes exhibition and there's the next part of Roald Dahl's tale The Witches.

Sir Quentin Blake, Reindeer And Keep It In The Family20141216 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc takes listeners a tour of Sir Quentin Blake's art studio, plus some shaggy reindeer and the next episode of Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones.

Slimy Slugs, Slippery Snails And Shipwrecks20141201 (BBC7)
20150302 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc follows the trail of some slimy slugs and snails in nature feature In Pursuit of the Ridiculous. And we hear the first part of Daniel Defoe's classic Robinson Crusoe.

Stag's Antlers And Saddling Up20141113

Mel Giedroyc locks antlers with the stags of Richmond Park, and we hear the penultimate part of our story this week, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

Stag's Antlers, Morris Gleitzman And Chocolate Heaven
Stag's Antlers, Morris Gleitzman And Chocolate Heaven20141204 (BBC7)
20150305 (BBC7)

Mel treks through the forest in search of stag's antlers and chats to children's author Morris Gleitzman about his Inheritance Books. Plus the fourth part of Robinson Crusoe.

Stag's Antlers, Morris Gleizman And Chocolate Heaven20141204 (BBC7)

Mel treks through the forest in search of stag's antlers and chats to children's author Morris Gleitzman about his Inheritance Books. Plus the fourth part of Robinson Crusoe.

Star Wars, Piranhas And Leopards20150209 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears how the sound of the light sabre was created, meets a man who has fished for piranhas and introduces the first episode of RJ Palacio's book, Wonder.

Stephen Moffat And Walt Disney20141118 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces a very special tour of Doctor Who's TARDIS and salutes the anniversary of Mickey Mouse's first big-screen appearance.

Sticky Songs, Hadrian's Wall And Hollywood's Scientific Advisers20140710 (BBC7)

Why is there a rather spooky disembodied train whistle echoing through the forests of Scotland? Plus, the physicists keeping Hollywood movies accurate. With Mel Giedroyc.

Strictly Dresses, Mermaids And Keep It In The Family20141219 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets a guide to making the perfect frilly frock with the Strictly Come Dancing costumier, plus the next part of Diana Wynne Jones's story Howl's Moving Castle.

Striped Pyjamas, Chris Riddell And Paul Merton20141003 (BBC7)

Mel has the finale of John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as read by Anne Marie Duff, Chris Riddell reveals two of his favourite books and Paul Merton talks silent comedy.

Striped Pyjamas, Stalking Lynx And Philip Ardagh20140929 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, wildlife cameraman John Aitchison stalks a lynx and Philip Ardagh offers his two favourite books.

Superstition, Valentine's Day And School20150213 (BBC7)

It's Friday the 13th and, lucky for us, Mel is exploring the weird world of superstitions. Plus soppy stories for Valentine's Day and the final part of Wonder, by RJ Palacio.

Swallows And Amazons, Snorkeling And The Language Of The Sea20141020 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets her snorkel mask on to search the British coastline for coral in nature series A Life With.... Plus the first part of the classic tale Swallows and Amazons.

The Congo, Fingal's Cave And Sharks20150116 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc introduces a man who faced crocodiles and hippos on the Congo river, explores the magic of Fingal's Cave and presents the next part of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

The Jumblies, Fat Boy Slim And Red Squirrels20141001 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc goes on a hunt for red squirrels, Shirley Henderson reads The Jumblies by Edward Lear, and Fatboy Slim reveals his Inheritance Tracks.

The Leaning Tower Of Pisa, Sword Swallowing And Mice
The Leaning Tower Of Pisa, Sword Swallowing And Mice20150227 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc explores why mice terrify some of us, meets the man who tried to right the Leaning Tower of Pisa and learns about the perils of sword swallowing.

The Story Behind The Creation Of Mario20140709 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc presents the next part in the true story of Abraham Hannibal. Plus, the story behind the creation of one of gaming's most famous characters: Mario.

Toads, Tigers And Tiny Cars20140915 (BBC7)

There's lots of stripey feline fun today as Mel roars with the tigers of India and hears from author and illustrator Judith Kerr about the origins of The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

Tom Palmer, Ferrets And Icing20140918 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc discovers the origins of icing for cakes, author Tom Palmer shares his Inheritance Books, and we go 'squeak' with a very friendly pet ferret.

Tracking Penguins And The Music Of Hawaii20140707 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc on the science behind tracking penguins and the twang of the Ukulele. Plus, the story of Abraham Hannibal, the Ethiopian slave who became a Russian military leader.

Tricky Water Beetles And Mysterious Arabian Stallions20141110 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc embraces all things creepy and crawly as she finds out about water beetles in a brand new nature series, and we hear part one of Anna Sewell's classic, Black Beauty.

Upside-down Trees20140917 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about the amazing upside-down trees of Africa, takes a boat trip with a lady lock-keeper, and gets in a spin over the invention of the washing machine.

Wellies, Patrick Duffy And Dick & Dom
Wellies, Patrick Duffy And Dick & Dom20150310 (BBC7)

Mel celebrates Patrick Duffy's birthday, and Dick and Dom are back at school investigating the science of food.

Whale Song, Aidan Moffat And Wheelbarrow Races20141127 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc investigates the beautiful and haunting whale song, and in Scottish Book Week we hear singer and musician Aidan Moffat's new children's book, The Lavender Blue Dress.

Whistling Language, Mushrooms And Moomins20140811 (BBC7)

Mel learns about cloud spotting and the whistling language of the Canary Islands. Plus, the first part of Tove Jansson's classic tale, Finn Family Moomintroll.

Wing-walkers, Telescopes And Submarines20150115 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc hears about an amazing group of female wing-walkers and learns about the power of telescopes. Plus there's the next part of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Witches, Rock Choir And Keep It In The Family20141218 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc discovers the bizarre rituals people used to perform to ward off witches, plus there is the next episode of Diana Wynne Jones's story Howl's Moving Castle.

Zoella, Funky Chickens And Pole-vaulting Pterosaurs20141229 (BBC7)

Mel Giedroyc gets down with some funky chickens in our Life Through a Lens series, and we revisit the Commonwealth-inspired story My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean, by Theresa Breslin.