Mike Wilson has some key loves in his life – his sourdough starter, his wife and children (obviously), but also the cult rock group of his formative years - The Smiths. Jangly and heartfelt it’s perfect music for the tortured soul; albeit one with a comfortable and privileged life. Until that is, Cat comes crashing in with her questions. Are some of Morrissey’s more recent statements problematic and if so, can we separate the arts from the artist? What else can’t we enjoy anymore? A rummage through his parent’s attic suggests LOTS, it turns out. Mike’s dilemma contorts him with anxiety as the family pick their way through this new minefield. Can we ‘offset’ liking problematic things?
Writers...Marcus Brigstocke and Sarah Morgan
A BBC Studios production
Just a Minute
Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Josh Widdicombe and Julian Clary join Nicholas Parsons for the panel game where the challenge is to speak without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Produced by Matt Stronge. A BBC Studios Production.
Alexei Sayle's The Absence of Normal
Episode 1: The Only Man Stalin Was Afraid Of
Alexei Sayle’s The Absence of Normal is a series of dark comic plays narrated by Alexei Sayle and adapted from his original short stories.
The Only Man Stalin Was Afraid Of finds one of the world’s most murderous dictators in desperate need of help from an old friend.
Starring Peter Capaldi, Freya Parker and Peter Serafinowicz
Written and adapted for radio by Alexei Sayle
Produced by Joe Nunnery
A BBC Studios Production
The World of Simon Rich
Celebrated American humourist Simon Rich returns with more of his enchanting tales of the absurd. Performed in London by a top-drawer cast of comic talent including Robert Webb, Cariad Lloyd, Jamie Demetriou, Lewis Macleod and Freya Parker. Produced by Jon Harvey A Hat Trick production for BBC Radio 4
Love in Recovery
Comedy drama set in AA starring Sue Johnston, Rebecca Front, John Hannah, Paul Kaye and Johnny Vegas.
Written by Pete Jackson, based on his own road to recovery.