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!cue! Eric Sykes -20121225 (BBC7)

The comedian shares his literary and poetry favourites.

Eric shares his literary and poetry favourites with readings by Dennis Waterman and Imelda Staunton. Introduced by Eddie Izzard.

MARTHA KEARNEY2008021420091019

chooses pieces of writing which have a special meaning for her, either personally or in her work as a broadcaster.

Readers are Niamh Cusack and David Morrissey.

Martha Kearney chooses pieces of writing which have a special meaning for her.

Martha Kearney chooses pieces of writing which have a special meaning for her, either personally or in her work as a broadcaster.

Andy Mcnab2000060820000612

Ex-SAS member-turned-novelist Andy McNab chooses his favourite literary and poetic pieces.

After surviving horrific experiences during the Gulf War, he wrote his memoir `Bravo Two Zero'.

His choices reflect a lingering taste for adventure as well as humou / Ex-SAS member-turned-novelist, Andy McNab, chooses his favourite literary and poetic pieces.

His choices reflect a lingering taste for adventure as well as hum.

Anthony Howard *20090804

Guest performers select their favourite pieces of writing.

Journalist and political commentator Anthony Howard chooses some of his favourite pieces - read by Nigel Anthony and Eleanor Bron

Anthony Minghella20080503

As a tribute to writer and director Anthony Minghella who died recently, another chance to hear him discuss his favourite pieces of writing, including works by Beckett, Larkin and Pablo Neruda.

Readers include Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman.

Ben Fogle20100713

Writer and adventurer Ben Fogle chooses some of the pieces of writing which have influenced him in his personal and professional life.

Readers Michael Simkins and Eleanor David.

Producer: Christine Hall.

Writer and adventurer Ben Fogle chooses some of the writing which has influenced him.

Brian Patten2008020720091012

Poet Brian Patten chooses pieces of writing which have been inspirational to him in his work and his life.

Readers are Christian Rodska and Alison Reid.

Poet Brian Patten chooses pieces of writing which have been inspirational to him.

Carol Shields2000062220000626

Canadian writer Carol Shields introduces her favourite poetry and prose.

Readers: Anthony Hyde and Eleanor Bron

Claire Tomalin20110802

chooses some of her favourite extracts from a few of the many great writers whose lives she has written about, including Hardy, Dickens and Pepys.

Her readers are Harriet Walter, Nicky Henson, Robin Ince and Meera Syal.

Producer Christine Hall.

An anthology of favourite writing from biographer Claire Tomalin

Clive Stafford Smith20090825

Lawyer and human rights activist Clive Stafford Smith chooses a selection of the writing which has inspired, amused or uplifted him.

In 1999 Clive founded the pressure group Reprieve, which fights for the human rights of prisoners.

Clive's readers for the programme, which was recorded in front of an audience in Dorset, are Pippa Haywood and Peter Marinker

Colin Blakemore1990072519900729

First broadcast on 1990-07-25

Producer: WHITEHEAD, K

Next in series: DAVID LODGE

Previous in series: Eleanor Bron

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Colin BLAKEMORE takes a broader view of the literary anthology & includes scientific writing as well as the lyrics of a Bob Dylan song.

Read by Jill Balcon & Denys Hawthorne.

Prod Kate WHITEHEAD.

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

Broadcast history

25 Jul 1990 11:02-11:47 (RADIO 4)

29 Jul 1990 22:15-23:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Kate Whitehead (Producer)

Denys Hawthorne (rdr)

Jill Balcon (rdr)

Colin Blakemore (Speaker)

Recorded on 1990-05-26.

Dame Eileen Atkins2002012420020128

introduces some of her favourite pieces of prose and poetry.

They include works by Virginia Woolf, W B Yeats, Anthony Powell and Charles Dickens

Dame Jacqueline Wilson20090326

Children's author Dame Jacqueline Wilson shares her love of literature with anecdotes and a choice of readings.

Children's author Dame Jacqueline Wilson shares her love of literature.

David Lodge1990080119900805

First broadcast on 1990-08-01

Producer: A.

REID

Next in series: GWEN FFRANGCON-DAVIES

Previous in series: COLIN BLAKEMORE

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David LODGE presents his personal choice of poetry & prose read by Haydn Gwynne & Jack SHEPHERD.

Prod Kate WHITEHEAD.

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readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

Broadcast history

01 Aug 1990 11:02-11:47 (RADIO 4)

05 Aug 1990 22:15-23:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Kate Whitehead (Producer)

Haydn Gwynne (rdr)

Jack Shepherd (rdr)

David Lodge (Speaker)

Recorded on 1990-06-17.

Diana Athill2008101620090202

Literary editor and memoirist Diana Athill, now in her nineties, shares the rich pickings of a life spent among books with an audience at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Among her favourites are excerpts from Chekhov, PG Wodehouse and Jane Austen's unfinished novel The Watsons.

Guest performers select their favourite pieces of writing.

Literary editor and memoirist Diana Athill shares her literary passions.

Diana Quick20100803

, the classical actress known also for her widely varied television work, notably as Julia Flyte in "Brideshead Revisited" and lately as one of the actresses portraying the Queen, chooses some of the writing which means a lot to her.

Her readers are her long-time partner Bill Nighy and their daughter Mary.

Producer: Christine Hall.

Actress Diana Quick chooses some favourite pieces of writing.

Dominic Dromgoole *20090914

Guest performers select their favourite pieces of writing.

Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, where this programme is recorded, shares his passion for poetry and prose, without so much as a word by the Bard.

Readers are Michelle Terry and John Light.

Dominic Dromgoole, director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, shares his literary passions.

Donald Woods2000061520000619

South African editor Donald Woods reflects on some of the writers who has inspired him.

Woods fled the apartheid regime of his homeland in order to write the biography of black activist Steve Biko - immortalised in the film `Cry Freedom'.

Dorothy Rowe2000110920001120

, author of many popular psychology manuals, presents some of her favourite pieces of poetry and prose, read by Suzie Brann and Sean Barrett.

Dr Zaki Badawi2002011720020121

, principal of the Muslim College in London, chooses his favourite poetry and prose, ranging from Socrates and Voltaire to Imtiaz Dharker's `I Speak for the Devil'.

Eleanor Bron1990071819900722

First broadcast on 1990-07-18

Producer: WHITEHEAD, K

Next in series: COLIN BLAKEMORE

Previous in series: JEREMY ISAACS

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SBH:The actress Eleanor Bron chooses a selection of her favourite poetry and prose.

Readers: Joanna David & John Fortune.

Producer: Kate Whitehead.

OTN:SBS028/89WT2451 TXN/TDT:R4 18-Jul-1990

Broadcast history

18 Jul 1990 11:02-11:47 (RADIO 4)

22 Jul 1990 22:15-23:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

David Thompson (Author)

D Lawrence (Author)

Alfred Tennyson (Author)

Stevie Smith (Author)

Joseph Conrad (Author)

Wilfred Owen (Author)

John Webster (Author)

E Forster (Author)

Homer (Author)

Studs Terkel (Author)

Toni Morrison (Author)

Edward Cummings (Author)

Randall Jarrell (Author)

John Skelton (Author)

Elizabeth Von Arnim (Author)

Samuel Butler (Author)

Edmund Spenser (Author)

Crichton Browne (Author)

Pao Chao (Author)

Kate Whitehead (Producer)

Joanna David (rdr)

John Fortune (rdr)

Eleanor Bron (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 525232.

Fergal Keane2000110220001113

Award-winning journalist Fergal Keane presents some of his favourite pieces of poetry and prose, read for him by Eleanor Bron and Christian Rodska

Freddie Jones1990070419900708

Actor Freddie Jones returns to his roots in Stoke-on-Trent to present a slection of favourite poetry & prose.

Readers Michael Williams and Su-lin Looi

Gerry Robinson20110809

The businessman and broadcaster Sir Gerry Robinson presents extracts of some of his favourite readings.

Recorded with an audience in Londonderry, at the University of Ulster.

Businessman and broadcaster Sir Gerry Robinson presents some of his favourite readings.

Gerry Robinson20110816

The businessman and broadcaster Sir Gerry Robinson introduces some of his favourite readings, recorded in front of an audience at Magee College, Londonderry.

He's helped by two readers, Stella McCusker and Stuart Graham.

Gerry explains that making a recent BBC1 documentary on Alzheimer's was one of the hardest things he's done, not least because his own father died of the illness.

He chooses a powerful, moving poem by the Irish poet Paul Durcan, 'Golden Mothers Driving West'.

It's like a three minute road movie, in which three Alzheimer's sufferers do a bunk from their care home.

Gerry reflects on his Donegal childhood, before his family moved to east London, and how he pursued a vocation for the priesthood until his faith became less important to him than earning a living in business.

He shows a deep fondness for his family, and the readings reflect an indebtedness to them.

We hear how Gerry's older brother drowned at 14, and he chooses a moving tribute to his father, linking it to Sebastian Barry's powerful play about early twentieth century Ireland, 'The Steward of Christendom' in which a father fully forgives his son for a transgression.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Businessman and broadcaster Sir Gerry Robinson presents some of his favourite readings.

Gervase Phinn20120130

The popular writer and educationalist Gervase Phinn presents his selection of favourite literary extracts to a home crowd in Yorkshire, with Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney and Trollope among his chosen pieces. Recorded at The Red Shed, Wakefield's Labour Club, he shares his indebtedness to his parents for encouraging a love of reading from an early age - whilst also acknowledging their sense of humour. There they were, living in a red brick semi in Rotherham, his father a steelworker - and they saw fit to name him Gervase.

Gervase Phinn is a tremendous anecdotalist, with a profound love of children and their unique experience of an unfolding world. This is very much reflected in his choice of extracts - from Jim Hawkins in 'Treasure Island' to a telling evocation of an Edwardian schooling by Robert Roberts. Gervase warmly recalls key teachers and figures from his own childhood, honouring the importance of the work that teachers do today, many of them being - in his own words - 'fair rigwelted' by the constant changes.

The readers are Jane Godber and Jonathan Keeble.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

The writer Gervase Phinn presents favourite readings, with Wilde, Heaney and Trollope.

Gloria Steinem19960129

Producer: S.DAVIES

Next in series: Allen Ginsberg

Previous in series: Harold Evans

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American feminist Gloria STEINEM pres the writing that has inspired her through three decades of campaigning for the rights of women & children.

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readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

Broadcast history

29 Jan 1996 10:02-10:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Robin Morgan (Author)

Carolyn Heilbron (Author)

Judith Herman (Author)

Sara Davies (Producer)

Alice Arnold (rdr)

Adjoa Andoh (rdr)

Nigel Carrington (rdr)

Gloria Steinem (Speaker)

Recorded on 1996-01-17.

Grayson Perry20100720

The Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry presents a selection of the written influences on his life and work.

His readers are Michael Simkins and Eleanor David.

In a range of choices reflecting themes which appear in his work as an artist, from children's books to stories of psychotherapy, this open and engaging man gives us an insight into his art and his personal life.

Producer: Christine Hall.

The artist Grayson Perry shares with an audience some favourite pieces of writing.

Gwen Ffrangcon19901225

-DAVIES

Producer: WHITEHEAD, K

Next in series: JONATHON PORRITT

Previous in series: DAVID LODGE

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SBH:The 99-year-old actress Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies presents her personal choice of poetry & prose and performances of some of her favourite roles.

Readers: Anna Massey & Alec Mccowen.

Producers: David Spenser & Kate Whitehead.

PRE:Ffrangcon-Davies: introduces her readers.

3'55" in - Talks about her idol Ellen Terry.

11'05" in - Great admiration for 'The Seven Pillars of Wisdom'.

Meeting T.E.

Lawrence as Aircraftsman Shaw - his piercing blue eyes.

NTS:This programme was specially recorded in celebration of Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies's 100th birthday the following month.

OTN:SLN050/90WT258 TXN/TDT:R4 25-Dec-1990

Broadcast history

25 Dec 1990 14:00-15:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Anna Massey (Actor)

Alec Mccowen (Actor)

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies (Actor)

William Shakespeare (Author)

Thomas Hardy (Author)

Rudyard Kipling (Author)

T Eliot (Author)

George Shaw (Author)

William Thackeray (Author)

Virginia Woolf (Author)

Robert Browning (Author)

Rupert Brooke (Author)

Christina Rossetti (Author)

Christopher Fry (Author)

T Lawrence (Author)

Francis Thompson (Author)

David Spenser (Producer)

Kate Whitehead (Producer)

Notes: CAIRS 568695.

Harold Evans19960122

Producer: S.DAVIES

Next in series: GLORIA STEINEM

Previous in series: NICOLE FARHI

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Editor, publisher & passionate New York resident Harold Evans pres his selection of favourite journalism, fiction & poetry.

Readers Ed Bishop , Nigel CARRINGTON & Deboraj GARRISON.

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

worked late on a tuesday night (poem)

Broadcast history

22 Jan 1996 10:02-10:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Deborah Garrison (Author)

Sara Davies (Producer)

Ed Bishop (rdr)

Nigel Carrington (rdr)

Harold Evans (Speaker)

Recorded on 1996-01-02.

Honor Blackman *2009072820091116

Guest performers select their favourite pieces of writing.

Honor Blackman introduces a selection of the poetry and prose which has inspired her through her long acting career.

The pieces are read by Eleanor David, Nickolas Grace and Honor herself.

Honor Blackman introduces a selection of the poetry and prose which has inspired her.

J K Rowling2000052520000529

, creator of Harry Potter, chooses her favourite pieces of poetry and prose - from Roddy Doyle to Vladimir Nabokov

James Naughtie2010122420101225

Political journalist and Today programme presenter James Naughtie shares with an audience some of the pieces of prose and verse which have entertained and inspired him over the years.

The readers are Alison Steadman, Bill Paterson and David Haig.

Producer Christine Hall.

James Naughtie presents a gala selection of his favourite pieces of writing.

presents a gala selection of his favourite pieces of writing.

Jenny Eclair19960101

Producer: S.

DAVIES

Next in series: JON SNOW

Previous in series: 25TH ANNIVERSARY PROGRAMME

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Edinburgh Festival stand-up queen Jenny Eclair, well-thumbed copy of Dorothy

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

book programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

01 Jan 1996 10:02-10:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Kenneth Williams (Author)

Alan Bennett (Author)

Fay Weldon (Author)

Roddy Doyle (Author)

Angela Carter (Author)

Pamela Brown (Author)

Nell Dunn (Author)

Joe Orton (Author)

Don Marquis (Author)

Damon Runyon (Author)

Sara Davies (Producer)

Crawford Logan (rdr)

Amanda Root (rdr)

Jenny Eclair (Speaker)

Recorded on 1995-08-30.

Jeremy Isaacs1990071119900715

First broadcast on 1990-07-11

Producer: REID.

Next in series: Eleanor Bron

Previous in series: Freddie Jones

Description

Jeremy ISAACS presents his personal choice of poetry and prose read by John BettS and Geraldine MCEWAN.

Prod Alec REID.

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

Broadcast history

11 Jul 1990 11:02-11:47 (RADIO 4)

15 Jul 1990 22:15-23:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Alec Reid (Producer)

Geraldine Mcewan (rdr)

John Betts (rdr)

Jeremy Isaacs (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-10-04.

Joan Bakewell2011021520131004
Joanne Harris *2009031920091026

, author of novels including Chocolat, shares her love of great writing, ranging from Molesworth to science fiction, plus the radio version of a graphic novel by Neil Gaiman.

The readers are Amanda Root and Jon Strickland.

Joanne Harris, author of novels including Chocolat, shares her love of great writing.

John Major20080131

Former prime minister John Major presents a selection of his favourite pieces of writing, from Anthony Trollope to Nigel Molesworth.

Readers are Lucy Briers and Nigel Anthony

Jon Snow19960108

Producer: K.MCALL

Next in series: NICOLE FARHI

Previous in series: Jenny Eclair

Description

Jon SNOW, with the help of Kate FAHY & Ian MITCHELL, reveals his literary

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

book programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

08 Jan 1996 10:02-10:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Kate Mcall (Producer)

Alan Clark (rdr)

Ian Mitchell (rdr)

Kate Fahy (rdr)

Jon Snow (Speaker)

Recorded on 1995-12-29.

Jonathon Porritt19901226

Producer: WHITEHEAD, K

Next in series: MAYA ANGELOU

Previous in series: GWEN FFRANGCON-DAVIES

Description

Environmentalist Jonathon PORRITT pres his selection of favourite poetry & prose with readers Diana Quick & Andrew Sachs.

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

Broadcast history

26 Dec 1990 14:02-15:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Kate Whitehead (Producer)

Andrew Sachs (rdr)

Diana Quick (rdr)

Jonathon Porritt (Speaker)

Recorded on 1990-12-09.

Jude Kelly20090928

Jude Kelly, artistic director of London's refurbished Southbank Centre, where this programme is recorded, uses extracts from her favourite poetry and literature to argue the case for the central role of creativity and the arts in society.

Readers are Diana Quick and John Shrapnel

Julia Donaldson20120206

The children's author Julia Donaldson, best known for her creation The Gruffalo and her appointment as Children's Laureate. She chooses some of the texts and poems which have been most influential on her work as a writer for children and brings some of that work to life in song, including her famous "A Squash and A Squeeze." She is accompanied by her partner Malcolm and by Samuel West, who reads some of her choices.

Producer Christine Hall.

Julia Donaldson, the children's author, shares some favourite pieces of writing.

Julie Welch20100727

In 1969, on The Observer, Julie Welch became the first woman to report on a football match in a national paper.

This created some controversy but she has made an art of turning challenge into success and has gone on to build an enviable reputation as a sports writer, novelist and scriptwriter for film and television.

In this programme she chooses a selection of writing which illustrates one of the main themes of her life so far - feet.

The readers are Dominic Jephcott and Stella Gonet.

Producer: Christine Hall.

Sports writer and journalist Julie Welch chooses some favourite pieces of writing.

June Tabor2012073020130410

Eminent folk singer June Tabor presents extracts from her favourite books and poems.

Eminent folk singer (and former librarian) June Tabor movingly explores the links between literature and song, presenting extracts from her favourite books and poems to an audience at Bristol's Arnolfini. The readers are Alun Raglan and Noni Lewis.

Producer: Mark Smalley

Kate Humble *20100216

Wildlife presenter Kate Humble shares some favourite pieces of writing with an audience.

The readers are John Telfer and Rosie Cavliero.

Lady Longford2000101920001030

Prolific biographer and campaigner Lady Longford looks back over almost 100 years of a literary life when she chooses her favourite pieces of poetry and prose, read for her by Eleanor Bron and Philip Franks.

Les Dennis20090312

Guest performers select their favourite pieces of writing.

Les Dennis introduces an eclectic selection of readings reflecting some of the ups and downs of his personal and professional life.

Readers are Christopher Cazenove and Jodie McNee.

Les Dennis introduces an eclectic selection reflecting the ups and downs of his life.

Madhur Jaffrey2002013120020204

introduces some of her favourite pieces of prose and poetry, including extracts from `Paradise Lost', `A House for Mr Biswas' and a recipe for oyster stew.

Mark Thomas20120123

The comedian, campaigner and satirist Mark Thomas presents his best loved literary extracts - with Orwell and AA Milne among them - to an audience at the Red Shed, Wakefield's Labour Club. This long, narrow wooden hut was where he performed his first satirical sketches during the Miners' Strike of the 1980s, when studying drama at nearby Bretton Hall. He's warmly greeted by the home crowd.

Mark shares a deep love of poetry and the written word - owing, he tellingly reflects - to being descended from a long line of Methodist lay preachers for whom the Word was key. He's joined in Wakefield by one of his favourite poets, John Hegley, who also reads Spike Milligan's brilliant account of the declaration of war in 1939.

Mark Thomas also revisits his very first performance piece - a poem about a mischievous mouse by AA Milne - which he proclaimed aged 4, from the pulpit of a church in Clapham, South London. The other extracts reveal Mark Thomas' passionately engaged journey through life and literature, building towards Brian Clough's tragi-comic epiphany in David Peace's 'The Damned United'.

The readers are Jane Godber and Jonathan Keeble

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Comedian Mark Thomas presents his favourite readings, including Orwell and AA Milne.

Matthew Sweeney2000111620001127

Poet and anthologist Matthew Sweeney presents some of his favourite pieces of poetry and prose, read by Bonnie Hurran.

Michael Morpugo20091005

Children's writer Michael Morpurgo takes a literary journey through his life, with pieces of prose and poetry read by Alison Reid and Christian Rodska.

Children's writer Michael Morpurgo takes a literary journey through his life.

Michael Morpurgo20080221

Children's writer Michael Morpurgo takes a literary journey through his life, with pieces of prose and poetry read by Alison Reid and Christian Rodska

Miles Kington19900204

First broadcast on 1989-12-24

Producer: WHITEHEAD, K

Next in series: MIRIAM ROTHSCHILD

Previous in series: Jill Balcon

Description

SBH:Miles Kington presents his personal choice of poetry & prose.

Readers: Sheila Steafel & Kerry Shale.

Producer: Kate Whitehead.

OTN:SBS949/89WT2450 TXN/TDT:R4 24-Dec-1989

Broadcast history

24 Dec 1989 13:10-13:55 (RADIO 4)

04 Feb 1990 16:02-16:47 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Eleanor Bron (Author)

Ogden Nash (Author)

Raymond Chandler (Author)

Groucho Marx (Author)

J Morton (Author)

Flann O'Brien (Author)

Stephanie Calman (Author)

Shelley Berman (Author)

Wyndham Lewis (Author)

Harry Graham (Author)

Alexander Frater (Author)

H Mencken (Author)

Alphonse Allais (Author)

Kate Whitehead (Producer)

Kerry Shale (rdr)

Sheila Steafel (rdr)

Miles Kington (rdr)

Notes: CAIRS 436915.

Miriam Rothschild1990062719900701

First broadcast on 1990-06-27

Producer: WHITEHEAD, K

Next in series: Freddie Jones

Previous in series: Miles Kington

Description

Miriam ROTHSCHILD presents her choice of poetry & prose on the theme of butterflies & doves.

Read by Peggy ASHCROFT & Ronald Pickup.

Prod Kate WHITEHEAD.

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

Broadcast history

27 Jun 1990 11:02-11:47 (RADIO 4)

01 Jul 1990 22:15-23:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Kate Whitehead (Producer)

Ronald Pickup (rdr)

Peggy Ashcroft (rdr)

Miriam Rothschild (Speaker)

Recorded on 1990-05-12.

Nicholas Parsons20120213

Nicholas Parsons, celebrated chairman of Just a Minute, has the microphone to himself as he chooses favourite pieces of prose and poetry gathered since childhood. His readers are Prunella Scales, with whom he has acted, and Samuel West.

Producer Christine Hall.

Nicholas Parsons chooses some of the pieces of writing which have moved and inspired him.

Nicole Farhi19960115

Producer: S.MARMION

Notes: MASTER INDEXED BY SOUND ARCHIVES (SLU)-NOT TO BE EDITED

Next in series: Harold Evans

Previous in series: JON SNOW

Description

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Subject Categories

personality based programmes (presentation style)

fashion

Broadcast history

15 Jan 1996 10:02-10:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Sally Marmion (Producer)

Ian Holm (rdr)

Penelope Wilton (rdr)

Recorded on 1995-12-19.

Oliver James2011022220110321

Psychiatrist and writer Oliver James with his favourite texts.

His readers are William Chubb and Susan Jameson.

Producer: Christine Hall.

This week's presenter is psychologist Dr Oliver James, whose first choice is one of the best-known examples in literature of very strong language, "This Be the Verse" by Philip Larkin.

The programme includes extracts from Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding, The Importance of Being Ernest, by Oscar Wilde, some TS Eliot and RD Laing.

Psychologist Oliver James presents his favourite prose and poetry.

Pamela Stephenson20110719

, whom many people will remember fondly from her time on Not the Nine O'Clock News, has a wide range of references to draw on for her selection of favourite pieces of writing.

After much agonising she chose some classic travel pieces, reflecting her year sailing around the South Pacific; a wickedly sexy piece from Ovid, reminding us that she is a fully qualified clinical psychologist; some remarkable poetry about the Australian landscape, and two classic pieces of comedy.

Her readers are Eleanor Bron, Michael Maloney and Dominic Jephcott.

Producer Christine Hall.

Readings from favourite books chosen by Pamela Stephenson.

Paul Gambaccini20100202

has broadcast on just about every BBC radio platform over his decades as a radio presenter, but this is an opportunity to hear something he doesn't normally share - his literary interests.

They range from Shakespeare to a graphic novel, via Bob Dylan and Arthur Rubinstein.

Paul's readers are John Guerrasio, Kathryn Akin and Philip Rosch.

Paul Gambaccini celebrates some great writing which has influenced and moved him.

Queen Mother20000804

In celebration of the 100th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Ned Sherrin presents a selection of poetry, prose and songs in front of an invited audience at the Radio Theatre, London.

Performed by Eleanor Bron, Leslie Phillips, Andrew Sachs

R S Thomas2000062920000703

A selection of poetry and prose chosen by distinguished Welsh poet R S Thomas, now in his eighty-seventh year.

He includes readings from Tolstoy, Hardy, the Confessions of St Augustine and the King James Bible and poetry by Yeats, Sir Thomas Wyatt and Edward Thomas.

Reader: Ronald Pickup

Rev Dr John Polkinghorne2000102620001106

Eminent scientist turned clergyman Rev Dr John Polkinghorne presents his favourite pieces of poetry and prose, read for him by Alice Arnold and Jamie Glover

Richard Eyre2002011020020114

Theatre director Richard Eyre selects his favourite poetry and prose, including pieces by D H Lawrence, John Donne and Alan Bennett.

The readers are Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent

Robert Webb2009110920100209

Comedian Robert Webb plunders his bookshelves to present a selection of his favourite prose and poetry in a special edition recorded at the University of Bedfordshire.

Including the first piece of writing to make him laugh out loud and a poem that best captures his feelings in his newly-acquired role as a father.

The readers are Abigail Burdess and Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

Comedian Robert Webb introduces a selection of his favourite prose and poetry.

Comedian Robert Webb presents a selection of his favourite prose and poetry in a special edition recorded at the University of Bedfordshire.

It includes the first piece of writing to make him laugh out loud and a poem that best captures his feelings in his newly-acquired role as a father.

Comedian Robert Webb presents a selection of his favourite prose and poetry.

Ruth Deech2002020720020211

, head of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, chooses poetry and prose, including extracts from Theodor Herzl's `Old New Land' and the Profumo inquiry.

Sean O'brien2002010320020107

Poet Sean O'brien chooses some of his favourite pieces of poetry and prose, which are read by Julia Watson and Deka Walmsley

Shirley Hughes1999070119990707

Award-winning children's writer and illustrator Shirley Hughes chooses her favourite pieces of writing.

She includes Kenneth Clarke's `Civilisation', and a piece written and read by her son, Guardian correspondent Ed Vulliamy.

Other readers are Bill Wallis

Simon Singh20110726

Science journalist Simon Singh presents some of the pieces of writing which have captured his imagination, including a blog, an online hoax, a nursery rhyme and a well-loved contemporary novel.

Simon's readers are his performance collaborator Robin Ince and writer and actress Meera Syal.

Producer Christine Hall.

Quirky and fascinating pieces of writing chosen by science journalist Simon Singh

Sir Alan Ayckbourn *20090402

Playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn asserts the importance of humour and laughter in his choice of literary extracts.

The readers are Amanda Root and Jon Strickland.

Sir John Major20091102

Former prime minister Sir John Major chooses some of the pieces of writing which have sustained, inspired and entertained him.

The readers are Nigel Anthony and Lucy Briers.

Former prime minister John Major chooses a selection of his favourite pieces of writing.

Stephen Frears2000113020001201

One of this country's most successful film directors, Stephen Frears, whose work includes `My Beautiful Launderette', `Les Liaisons Dangereuses' and `High Fidelity', presents some of his favourite pieces of poetry and prose, read by Stephen Moore and Eve

One of this country's most successful film directors, Stephen Frears, whose work includes `My Beautiful Launderette', `Les Liaisons Dangereuses' and `High Fidelity', presents some of his favourite pieces of poetry and prose, read by Stephen Moore and Eve Matheson

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One of this country's most successful film directors, Stephen Frears, whose work includes `My Beautiful Launderette', `Les Liaisons Dangereuses' and `High Fidelity', presents some of his favourite pieces of poetry and prose, read by Stephen Moore and Eve

One of this country's most successful film directors, Stephen Frears, whose work includes `My Beautiful Launderette', `Les Liaisons Dangereuses' and `High Fidelity', presents some of his favourite pieces of poetry and prose, read by Stephen Moore and Eve Matheson

Stuart Maconie20090818

Guest performers select their favourite pieces of writing.

Writer and DJ Stuart Maconie presents a selection of favourite verse and prose illustrating some personal memories, in front of an audience at the Latitude Festival.

The readers are Michael Maloney and Lucy Briers.

Stuart has a wide-ranging fan base thanks to his eclectic body of work; in addition to having written several books on music and travel, he is a frequent contributor to magazines including the Radio Times, a regular guest on television programmes and an established part of the radio schedules on Radio 2 and 6 Music.

Writer and DJ Stuart Maconie presents a selection of favourite verse and prose.

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Journalist and author Tony Parsons, best known for his contributions to the Mirror and BBC2's `Late Review' and now also enjoying success with his latest book `Man and Boy', discusses his influences.

Featuring passages from Ernest Hemingway, Frank McCourt / Journalist and author Tony Parsons, until recently best known for his contributions to The Mirror and BBC2's `Late Review' but now enjoying unexpected success with his latest book `Man and Boy', discusses his influences.

Featuring extracts from works by E.

Vivienne Westwood *20090811

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood chooses some of the pieces of writing which inspire her, from Alice in Wonderland to Bertrand Russell.

The readers are David Morrissey and Lucy Briers.

Westwood exploded onto the fashion scene at the beginning of the 1970s, the decade whose look she would do so much to create.

Since then she has been consistently and uncompromisingly original in her designs, moving from anarchy and pornography to a deep interest in classic British tailoring.

In a programme recorded at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk, Vivienne presents an eclectic mixture of readings which have influenced her.

Will Hutton *20090921

Will Hutton, chief executive of the Work Foundation, shares his admiration for not just JM Keynes but also writers such as Dickens and Umberto Eco.

Readers are Michelle Terry and William Hope

With Great Pleasure At Christmas2012122520121228

A festive edition of the programme which invites a celebrity to raid their memories in search of the pieces of writing and music which best sum up their lives. Fi Glover, one of the BBC's most cherished radio presenters, steps up with a wonderfully varied selection of readings, from a nursery rhyme to Aristotle by way of Alan Bennett and John Mortimer. She even includes a fully-practical recipe for a very special dessert.

The readers are Rosie Cavaliero and Mark Meadows, who are joined by poet Kate Fox, and the Exultate Singers provide the finishing celebratory touch.

Producer Christine Hall.

A celebration of favourite readings with Fi Glover and guests.

With Great Pleasure At Christmas - Melvyn Bragg20111225

A special Christmas edition of the programme in which Melvyn Bragg looks back at the writing which inspired him when he was a young man. His choices include Dickens, Shakespeare and Wordsworth but also Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh and a story from the December 1946 edition of The Wizard comic, in which the hero helps choose likely athletes for the forthcoming London Olympics. Melvyn's readers are Eleanor Bron, Bill Paterson and David Bamber, and choristers from Carlisle Cathedral open the programme with a favourite carol.

Producer Christine Hall.

Melvyn Bragg with a special programme of his favourite poetry and prose.

With Great Pleasure At Christmas - Melvyn Bragg20111230

Melvyn Bragg with a special programme of his favourite poetry and prose.

Zandra Rhodes2001122720011231

Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes chooses some of her favourite pieces of prose and poetry.

Zoe Ball20110125

DJ Zoe Ball showcases some of her favourite pieces of writing.

The readers are Hattie Morahan and Blake Ritson, with a guest appearance by Johnny Ball.

Producer: Christine Hall.

01Mark Kermode2008072420090126

Guest performers select their favourite pieces of writing.

Film critic Mark Kermode draws upon some haunting fiction, including extracts from William Peter Blatty's novel The Exorcist and F Scott Fitzgerald's American classic The Great Gatsby.

Mark's grandfather recites a poem in his Manx accent.

Readers are Amelia Bullmore and Demetri Goritsas.

Film critic Mark Kermode's choices include The Exorcist and The Great Gatsby.

02Catherine Bott2008073120090216

Guest performers select their favourite pieces of writing.

Classical singer and broadcaster Catherine Bott shows how writers as diverse as JM Coetzee and Joyce Grenfell have attempted to convey what music means in words.

Sharing her deep love of the Archers, the readers are Patricia Greene and Tim Bentinck (Jill and David Archer).

Classical singer and broadcaster Catherine Bott shows how writers depict music in words.

03Dominic Dromgoole20080807

Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, where this programme is recorded, shares his passion for poetry and prose, without so much as a word by the Bard.

Readers are Michelle Terry and John Light.

04*20080814

Will Hutton, chief executive of the Work Foundation, shares his admiration for not just JM Keynes but also writers such as Dickens and Umberto Eco.

Readers are Michelle Terry and William Hope

05 LAST20080821

Jude Kelly, artistic director of London's refurbished Southbank Centre, where this programme is recorded, uses extracts from her favourite poetry and literature to argue the case for the central role of creativity and the arts in society.

Readers are Diana Quick and John Shrapnel

LASTDavid Dabydeen19991028

In the last of the present series Guyanese poet and novelist David Dabydeen selects his favourite pieces of writing, with extracts from the work of Sam Selvon, Toni Morrison and D H Lawrence

197D01Steven Berkoff19971006

Writer, director and actor Steven Berkoff performs extracts from his favourite poetry, prose and plays before an audience at this year's Edinburgh Festival.

He draws on ancient Greek drama, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and poet Walt Whitman to celebrate language as an instrument of praise.

197D02Marjorie Wallace19971013

, campaigning journalist and head of SANE, the organisation for the support of schizophrenics and their carers, chooses her favourite pieces of writing, which are read by Anna Massey and Tim Pigott-smith

197D03Alison Lurie19971020

American novelist Alison Lurie chooses her favourite pieces of writing, read by Bonnie Hurren and Ben Onwukwe

197D04Lord Soper19971027

In his 95th year, Lord Soper looks back over his life and introduces extracts from the books, hymns and poems which have been significant to him through the years.

James Fox and Stephanie Cole read the extracts.

197D05Jenny Agutter19971103

Actress Jenny Agutter chooses some of her favourite prose and poetry.

Readings by Michael Pennington and Sara Kestelman

197D06Mavis Nicholson19971110

Writer and broadcaster Mavis Nicholson chooses some of her favourite pieces of poetry and prose, beginning with `Girl's Crystal' and ending with Maya Angelou.

Readings by Sian Phillips and Philip Madoc

198C01Leslie Phillips19980819

The first of two programmes featuring veteran entertainer Leslie Phillips.

With his wife, Angela Scoular, he presents his favourite pieces of prose and poetry, including an extract from `Peter Pan' and his celebrated rendition of `The Owl and the Pussycat.

198C01Stephanie Cole19980817

In the first of two programmes, Stephanie Cole presents her personal selection of prose and poetry, including Causley's `I Am the Great Sun' and Elizabeth Jennings's `Friendship'.

Reader Andrew Sachs

198D01Sir Hardy Amies - 119981005

Two programmes in which Sir Hardy Amies, dressmaker to the Queen, presents his personal selection of prose and poetry.

1: The first 45 years of his life.

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The second 45 years of his life.

199B01Eric Sykes19990610

In six programmes, Eric Sykes looks back on his life through literature, from `The Tudor Kings of England' to the wise and witty sayings of Mark Twain.

With Dennis Waterman and Imelda Staunton

199C01Brian Keenan1999092319990929

Brian Keenan talks about his love of literature, growing up in Belfast, being a hostage in Beirut and of his writing, and his role as husband and father.

With extracts from `The Wind in the Willows', `The Dharma Bums' and poems by Sylvia Plath and Pablo N / Best-selling American author Bill Bryson chooses his favourite writing - a mix of comedy and adventure, with excerpts from Evelyn Waugh's `Scoop', a Hardy Boys classic and `Three Men in a Boat'.

Readers Kerry Shale and Bill Wallis

199C021999093019991013

Author Lynne Reid Banks, best known for the `L-Shaped Room', reflects on the literature that has given her pleasure throughout her life.

With excerpts from the Jewish Passover service, `Romeo and Juliet', and Nancy Mitford's `The Pursuit of Love'.

/ Bestselling American author Bill Bryson chooses his favourite writing - a mix of comedy and adventure, with extracts from Evelyn Waugh's `Scoop', a Hardy Boys classic and `Three Men in a Boat'.

Readers Kerry Shale and Bill Wallis

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201C02Milton Shulman2001080920010813

Milton Shulman, who was theatre critic of the London Evening Standard for 30 years, chooses his favourite literary extracts, including pieces by William Congreve, Shakespeare and Edmund Rostand.

They are read for him by Alice Arnold and William Hope

201C03The Wind In The Willows2001081620010820

At the Gower Festival, John Humphrys chooses his favourite pieces of literature, which range from `The Wind in the Willows' to `Animal Farm', and Evelyn Waugh to Dylan Thomas.

The readers are Angharad Rees and Michael Elwyn

201C0420010817
201C04Robert Winston2001082320010827

Fertility expert Robert Winston chooses his favourite pieces of poetry and prose.

Among them are works by Boccaccio, Wilfred Owen and Roy Hattersley.

The readers are Philip Franks and Michael Elwyn

201C05Helen Dunmore2001083020010903

Novelist and poet Helen Dunmore chooses her favourite pieces of literature, with readers Eve Matheson and Bill Wallis

202C01Diane Abbott2002081520020819

Maverick Labour MP Diane Abbott chooses some of her favourite pieces of writing.

Featured excerpts include `Vanity Fair', `Little Women' and Congreve's `The Way of the World'.

202C02Joe Simpson2002082220020826

Writer and mountaineer Joe Simpson chooses favourite pieces of prose and poetry that have inspired his life of travel and adventure.

With readers Stephen McGann and Kate Rutter.

202C03Anne Owers2002082920020902

Chief inspector of prisons Anne Owers presents her personal choice of favourite pieces of writing which have illuminated her career and beliefs.

202C04Oliver Letwin2002090520020909

Shadow Home Secretary Oliver Letwin presents his personal choice of favourite pieces of writing which have illuminated his career and beliefs.

202C05Edna O'brien2002091220020916

Writer Edna O'brien presents her personal choice of favourite pieces of writing which have illuminated her career and beliefs.

Read by Stephen Rea and Marie Mullen.

202C06Paul Morley2002091920020923

Writer and broadcaster Paul Morley presents his choice of favourite pieces of writing that have illuminated his career and beliefs.

Read by Daniela Nardini and Ralf Little

203A01Dora Bryan2003010220030106

Actress Dora Bryan presents her personal choice of favourite pieces of writing that have illuminated her career and beliefs.

Including pieces by Dirk Bogarde and Alan Bennett

203A02Lemn Sissay2003010920030113

Poet Lemn Sissay presents his personal choice of favourite pieces of writing that have illuminated his career and beliefs.

With readers James Quinn and Juliet Ellis

203A03Emma Nicholson2003011620030120

presents her choice of favourite pieces of writing that reflect her life campaigning for human rights and her late husband's work on the Booker Prize committee.

203A04Christopher Frayling2003012320030127

, Rector of the Royal College of Art, presents his personal choice of pieces of writing that reflect his lifelong passions for art, film and horror stories / Rector of the Royal College of Art, presents his personal choice of pieces of writing that reflect his lifelong passions for art, film and horror stories.

203A05Jan Ravens2003013020030203

Dead Ringers star Jan Ravens presents her personal choice of favourite pieces of writing.

Featuring extracts by Philip Larkin, Edwin Muir, Jane Austen and Victoria Wood

203A06Michael Grade2003020620030210

presents his personal choice of favourite pieces of writing which reflect a life full of rich and varied interests.

With readers William Hope and Juliet Stevenson

203C01Barry Norman2003073120030804
20070106

Barry Norman entertains an audience at the Pump House in Aldeburgh with his personal choice of favourite pieces of writing, ranging from Richmal Crompton and PG Wodehouse to Neville Cardus and Raymond Chandler.

With readers Andrew Sachs, Alice Arnold and Jon Glover

203C02Joan Bakewell2003080720030811

entertains an audience at the Aldeburgh Festival with her choice of favourite literature.

Readers are Andrew Sachs, Alice Arnold and Jon Glover

203C03Jo Shapcott2003081420030818

From the Ledbury Poetry Festival, award-winning poet in residence Jo Shapcott presents some of her literary favourites - read for her by Christian Rodska and Mark Meadows

203C04Barrie Rutter2003082120030825

In the first of two programmes from The Shed in North Yorkshire, actor and director Barrie Rutter entertains an audience with some of his favourite pieces of prose and poetry.

With Fine Time Fontayne, Noreen Kershaw, Michael Fenton Stevens and Mike Harding.

203C05Mike Harding2003082820030831

is at The Shed, North Yorkshire with his choice of literature.

Readers are Fine Time Fontayne, Noreen Kershaw, Michael Fenton Stevens and Barrie Rutter

203C06Tim Smit2003090420030908

founder and Chief Executive of the Eden Project, presents some of his favourite pieces of prose and poetry.

204C01Pauline Mclynn2004081220040816
20061206

Comedy writer and actor Pauline Mclynn, best known as Mrs Doyle in father ted, entertains an audience with a witty and poignant choice of some favourite prose and poetry.

Shes joined by actors David Bamber and William Hope at this summers ways with words festival at Dartington Hall in Devon.

204C02Anne Fine2004081920040823

Award winning childrens writer, Anne Fine, entertains an audience at this summers Swindon festival with her choices of favourite prose and poetry, from Kit Wright to Raymond Carver.

They're read for her by Jenny Coverack and Michael Elwyn

204C03Mark Doty2004082620040830

Campaigning American poet, Mark Doty, was poet in residence at this summer's Ledbury festival.

He was joined there by Actors Kerry Shale and Barbara Barnes to perform some favourite verses that have helped to shape his life.

204C04Phillip Blackwell2004090220040906

Entrepreneur and bookseller, Phillip Blackwell, presents some of his favourite pieces of prose and poetry.

Hes joined by actors Anton Lesser and Alice Arnold at the original branch of Blackwell's in Oxford, as they celebrate 125 years in the book business.

204C05 LASTRichard Ingrams2004090920040913

Richard Ingrams introduces some of his favourite pieces of writing from this summers Ludlow Festival of Literature.

Not surprisingly his choices include humour from beachcomber to James Thurber to Auberon Waugh.

They're read for him by Andrew Sachs and Peter Marinker

205A01Shazia Mirza2005012020050124

is the UK's only female Muslim stand-up comedian and in the first of a new series of With Great Pleasure she introduces some of the favourite prose, poetry and songs that have inspired her.

Shazia's choices range from Harold Pinter to Alan Bennett to Sue Townsend and are read for her by Mina Anwar, Elizabeth Berrington, Jon Glover and David Bamber.

205A02Ian Mcmillan2005012720050131

Ian Mcmillan entertains an audience at The Shed in North Yorkshire with prose and poetry performed by Noreen Kershaw, Fine Time Fontayne and Pete Morgan.

205A03Jenni Trent Hughes2005020320050207

Firm but fair relationship expert, Jenni Trent Hughes, reveals a love affair with literature when she entertains an audience with some of her favourite prose and poetry.

She's joined by Mina Anwar, David Bamber, Elizabeth Berrington and Jon Glover to read them for her.

205A04Philip Pullman2005021020050214
20061129

Author Philip Pullman entertains an audience at the Pegasus Theatre in Oxford with some of his favourite prose and poetry.

He is joined by actors Jenny Coverack and Sean Barrett.

205A05 LASTJohn Sergeant2005021720050221
20061220

Political journalist and broadcaster John Sergeant, who as a young man wanted to become a comedian, reveals his private world of literature which includes P G Wodehouse, Alan Bennett, James Thurber and Joseph Heller.

He's joined by actors William Hope and Bill Wallis

205C01John Simpson2005072820050801

entertains an audience with some of his favourite pieces of writing read by Jilly Bond and Michael Elwyn.

There are classics from fellow journalists, poems by Seamus Heaney and Edward Thomas, and there's some nonsense too from Lewis Carroll and the Marx Brothers.

205C02Roy Hattersley2005080420050808

Roy Hattersley entertains an audience at this summer's Buxton Festival with some of his favourite prose and poetry, read for him by Barrie Rutter and David Fleeshman

205C03Jo Brand2005081120050815
20061122 (R4)

Comedian Jo Brand and actors Eve Matheson, Philip Franks and Jon Glover entertain an audience with some of Jo's favourite pieces of writing, including a poem by John Hegley, a story by Annie Proulx and a song from Elvis Costello.

205C04Richard Dawkins2005081820050822

Oxford Professor of the Public Understanding of Science, he entertains an audience with some favourite and accessible science writing - as well as passages from Romeo and Juliet, A Shropshire Lad and comedy from Evelyn Waugh and Michael Frayn.

With readers Eve Matheson, Philip Franks and Jon Glover

205C05 LASTPam Ayres2005082520050829
20061213

entertains an audience at Buscot Park Theatre on the estate of Lord Faringdon, very close to where she was born and brought up.

She's joined by Martin Jarvis and Phyllida Nash to read a few of her literary favourites, which include poems by Laurence Binyon and Banjo Patterson and vivid stories from George Orwell, J Meade Faulkner and Richmal Crompton.

Pam Ayres entertains an audience at Buscot Park Theatre on the estate of Lord Faringdon, very close to where she was born and brought up.

She is joined by Martin Jarvis and Phyllida Nash to read a few of her literary favourites, which include poems by Laurence Binyon and Banjo Patterson; and vivid stories from George Orwell, J Meade Faulkner and Richmal Crompton.

206A01Adam Hart-davis2006011220060116

Writer and broadcaster Adam Hart-davis entertains his audience with stories about his life and favourite writing.

Readers are Bill Wallis, Jenny Coverack and John Telfer

206A02Dick King-smith2006011920060123

Children's author Dick King-Smith entertains an audience with stories about his life and favourite writing, including Samuel Whiskers, Tarka the Otter and The Jungle Book, as well as poems by Thomas Hardy and R S Thomas.

206A03Stewart Lee2006012620060130

Writer and stand-up comedian Stewart Lee introduces a selection of his favourite poetry and prose to an audience at 'The Shed' in North Yorkshire.

Highlights range from Ray Bradbury to Joe Queenan and from Wyndham Lewis to William Blake

206A04Gyles Brandreth2006020220060206

Author, raconteur and former Tory MP Gyles Brandreth entertains with a selection of his favourite pieces of prose and poetry, to reflect his lifelong loves of nonsense, politics and Shakespeare.

With readers Sir Donald Sinden and Kosha Engler.

206A05 LASTOona King2006020920060213

Former Labour MP Oona King presents writing that has influenced her life and thinking, including Alan Clarke's diaries, Vanity Fair and Arthur Miller's autobiography.

206C01Jonathan Sacks2006092120060925

The Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, presents some of his favourite prose and poetry - including extracts from The Torah, the writings of Isaiah Berlin and Amos Oz, and poems from Ogden Nash and W H Auden.

He's joined by Alice Arnold, Michael Fenton Stevens, John Moraitis and Andrew Sachs

206C02Henry Normal2006092820061002

Comedian, poet and scriptwriter Henry Normal entertains an audience when he introduces favourite poems by Lemn Sissay and John Hegley; extracts from Alan Sillitoe, George Orwell and Oscar Wilde; plus a song from Paul Simon

206C03Kirsty Wark2006100520061009

News journalist Kirsty Wark shows her more literary side when she's joined by friends Bridget Mccann, Sean Scanlon and Barbara Rafferty to entertain an audience at Glasgow's Oran Mhor - with some of her favourite prose and poetry.

206C04Sue Townsend2006101220061016

She entertains an audience of friends and family, with extracts from some of her favourite books, including the work of Iris Murdoch, George Orwell and Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Reading are taken from

Going to See a Man Hanged by William Thackery

The Donkey by GK Chesterton

The House of the Dead by Dostoevsky

Translated by Constance Garnett

The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch

Inside the Whale by George Orwell

Taken from George Orwell: Politics and the English Language

Analogy about Frogs by Shami Chakrabati

Cigarettes are Sublime by Richard Klein

Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton

By John Lahr

First They Came for the Jews by Pastor Martin Niemoller.

206C05 LASTDon Paterson2006101920061023

Poet in residence Don Paterson presents some of his literary favourites at this summer's Ledbury Poetry Festival.

He praises the work of fellow poets Douglas Dunn, Tony Harrison, Billy Collins, Seamus Heaney and William Topaz McGonagall.

206CXMASSue Lawley20061225

Retired from her Desert Island, Sue Lawley wades ashore at the BBC Theatre, bearing a list of her own.

It's not a list of eight records - but a selection of her favourite prose and poetry.

With the help of readers Andrew Sachs, Pippa Haywood and Michael Elwyn, she introduces literary delights ranging from Jane Austen to Philip Roth, and from John Donne to Hilaire Belloc.

She also explains why she is haunted by an ironing board.

207A01Graham Fellows2007011820070122

Graham Fellows, better known as John Shuttleworth - Sheffield's finest yet most unaccomplished singer/songwriter - presents some of the writing that has most influenced his own work.

He entertains an audience at The Shed in North Yorkshire with the help of actors Debbie McAndrew and Shaun Prendergast

207A02Rick Stein2007012520070129

Rick Stein presents some memorable pieces of literature including prose, poetry and some favourite cookery writing.

Christian Rodska and Jenny Coverack join him to entertain an audience at The Seafood School in Padstow.

207A03Lynne Truss2007020120070205

Lynne Truss revisits a time spent working in a library between school and university and the early literary passions which would influence her as a writer.

Actors Helen Atkinson Wood, Philip Franks and Peter Marinker join her to entertain an audience.

207A04Adrian Mitchell2007020820070212

Adrian Mitchell entertains an audience when he introduces some of his favourite literature to illustrate a happy life as poet, playwright and general mischief maker.

Read for him by Helen Atkinson Wood, Peter Marinker and Philip Franks.

207A05 LASTJames Lovelock2007021520070219

Crusading environmental scientist James Lovelock, author of the Gaia theory of life on Earth, reveals some of his favourite pieces of prose and poetry in a recording at his home near Launceston - with actors Jenny Coverack and Bill Wallis

207C01Tony Benn2007072620071118
20140418 (R4)

Tony Benn presents some of the pieces of prose and poetry which have helped shape his personal philosophy.

Readers are Saffron Burrows, Jim Findley and Carl Prekopp

The late Tony Benn on the writing that shaped his character and beliefs. A programme first broadcast in 2007.

207C02Anna Raeburn2007080220071125

Broadcaster and journalist Anna Raeburn is joined on stage at the Hay Festival by Diana Quick and Richard Mitchley in a selection of some of her favourite pieces of writing.

207C03Carmen Callil2007080920071202

In a programme recorded at the Hay Literary Festival, writer and publisher Carmen Callil presents her selection of favourite pieces of writing, ranging from George Bernard Shaw and WS Gilbert to Puss in Boots and a fragment of a story from her Australian childhood.

Readers are Diana Quick and Richard Mitchley

207C04Zeinab Badawi20070816

TV presenter Zeinab Badawi presents her selection of favourite pieces of writing, ranging from Virgil to The Tale of Custard the Dragon.

207C05 LASTRichard Briers *2007082320090209

Richard Briers chooses some of his favourite performance pieces for an entertaining half hour with his daughter Lucy Briers and his old friend Peter Egan.

Richard Briers chooses some of his favourite performance pieces.

chooses some of his favourite performance pieces for an entertaining half hour with his daughter Lucy Briers and his old friend Peter Egan.