BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4, a speech station for curious minds.

  • The Food Programme

    Investigating every aspect of the food we eat

  • The Archers Omnibus

    The week's events in Ambridge

  • Broadcasting House

    The Sunday morning magazine programme with a fresh approach to the news and discussion about the big stories of the week. Presented by Paddy O'Connell.

  • Sunday

    A look at the ethical and religious issues of the week

  • Profile

    An insight into the character of an influential figure making news headlines

  • Six O'Clock News

    The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4

  • Woman's Hour

    Women's voices and women's lives - topical conversations to inform, challenge and inspire.

  • Any Questions? and Any Answers?

    Chris Mason presents topical debate in which guests answer questions from members of the public. Anita Anand presents listeners' responses to the issues raised.

  • Money Box

    The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.

  • From Our Own Correspondent Podcast

    Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.

  • Inheritance Tracks

    Celebrating the music that special guests cherish and would like to bestow to future generations.

  • Saturday Live

    Radio 4's Saturday morning show brings you extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

  • The Week in Westminster

    Radio 4's weekly assessment of developments at Westminster

  • You're Dead To Me

    The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

  • More or Less: Behind the Stats

    Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4

  • Today in Parliament

    News, views and features on today's stories in Parliament

  • The World Tonight

    In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and major breaking news from a global perspective

  • A Point of View

    A weekly reflection on a topical issue

  • Front Row

    Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music

  • Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4

    Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show and Dead Ringers.

  • Last Word

    Radio 4's weekly obituary programme, telling the life stories of those who have died recently

  • Gardeners' Question Time

    A panel of horticultural experts answer gardening questions from a live audience. Recorded in a different location each week

  • Political Thinking with Nick Robinson

    Nick Robinson talks about what’s really going on in British politics.

  • Fortunately... with Fi and Jane

    A frank look behind the scenes with broadcasters Jane Garvey and Fi Glover as guests from Radio, TV and podcasting share stories they probably shouldn't. Released every Friday.

  • Best of Today

    Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme

  • Thought for the Day

    Reflections from a faith perspective on issues and people in the news.

  • Drama of the Week

    Every Friday we bring you a new drama from BBC Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.

  • Farming Today

    The latest news about food, farming and the countryside

  • Seriously...

    Seriously is home to the world’s best audio documentaries and podcast recommendations, and host Vanessa Kisuule brings you two fascinating new episodes every week.

  • Documentary of the Week

    The Documentary of the Week podcast brings you our pick of the week's documentaries on BBC Radio 4. A new episode is published every Friday.

  • Yesterday in Parliament

    Five-minute reports on the key events in Parliament presented with insight and humour by BBC correspondents.

  • The Bottom Line

    Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters

  • The Archers

    A contemporary drama in a rural setting.

  • BBC Inside Science

    Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

  • The Film Programme

    The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world

  • Open Country

    Countryside magazine featuring the people and wildlife that shape the landscape of the British Isles

  • In Our Time: History

    Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.

  • In Our Time: Culture

    Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.

  • In Our Time

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas

  • Moral Maze

    Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze

  • The Skewer

    A twisted comedy treat. Jon Holmes brings you the week's biggest stories like you've never heard them before. The news remixed. Welcome to The Skewer. Headphones on.

  • Thinking Allowed

    New research on how society works

  • The Media Show

    Social media, anti-social media, breaking news, faking news: this is the programme about a revolution in media, with Amol Rajan, the BBC's media editor. New episode every Wednesday

  • Analysis

    Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics.

  • Four Thought

    Series of thought-provoking talks in which the speakers air their thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society

  • All in the Mind

    Programme exploring the limits and potential of the human mind

  • In Touch

    News, views and information for people who are blind or partially sighted

  • File on 4

    Award-winning current affairs documentary series investigating major issues at home and abroad

  • Books and Authors

    This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. Open Book talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.

  • Law in Action

    Joshua Rozenberg presents Radio 4's long-running legal magazine programme, featuring reports and discussion on matters relating to law

  • Short Cuts

    Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.

  • Tricky

    Tricky questions of right, wrong and in-between. Every week 4 guests spend half an hour discussing the issues facing society. Nothing is off limits and no one goes unheard.

  • The Digital Human

    Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world

  • Start the Week

    Weekly discussion programme, setting the cultural agenda every Monday

  • The Joe Wicks Podcast

    What makes you feel mentally and physically strong? Fitness coach Joe Wicks ask some of his favourite people their secrets to health and happiness.

  • Comedy of the Week

    Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.

  • Westminster Hour

    The big political stories with lively discussion and expert comment and analysis. Presenter Carolyn Quinn is joined by politicians and journalists 10pm every Sunday on BBC Radio 4.

  • Desert Island Discs

    Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.

  • Ramblings

    Clare Balding joins notable and interesting people for a walk through the countryside

  • Ramblings

    Clare Balding joins notable and interesting people for a walk through the countryside

  • Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics

    Natalie Haynes takes a fresh look at the ancient world, creating stand-up routines about figures from ancient Greece and Rome.

  • Bookclub

    Led by James Naughtie, a group of readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels

  • Just One Thing - with Michael Mosley

    If time is tight, what's the one thing that you should be doing to improve your health and wellbeing? Michael Mosley reveals scientifically proven top tips to change your life.

  • Great Lives

    Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.

  • In Our Time: Philosophy

    From Altruism to Wittgenstein, philosophers, theories and key themes.

  • The Life Scientific

    Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires them and asking what their discoveries might do for us in the future.

  • The Listening Project

    Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

  • Descendants

    Descendants looks into our lives and our pasts and asks how we are connected to slavery. And, in turn, who does that mean our lives are connected to?

  • Rethink

    How the world should change after the coronavirus pandemic. Leading thinkers from across the globe give us their route maps to a better tomorrow.

  • Planet Puffin

    A regular podcast from PM on Radio 4 on all things puffin. Both the silly and the serious; the scientific and the cultural.

  • Costing the Earth

    Fresh ideas from the sharpest minds working toward a cleaner, greener planet

  • Radio 4 Quiz

    Intelligent and challenging quiz games on BBC Radio 4. Featuring Round Britain Quiz, Counterpoint and Brain of Britain with Quiz Masters including Paul Gambaccini.

  • Feedback

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

  • Feedback

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

  • Beyond Belief

    Series exploring the place and nature of faith in today's world

  • Life Changing

    Jane Garvey talks to people who have lived through extraordinary events and discovers how these moments have reshaped lives in the most unpredictable ways.

  • How to Invent a Country

    When did countries become countries? Misha Glenny on the borders, the stories and the people of countries worldwide.

  • Crossing Continents

    Series focusing on foreign affairs issues

  • In Our Time: Science

    Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.

  • Scientifically...

    The home of the best science programmes from BBC Radio 4 introduced by Dr. Alex Lathbridge.

  • Word of Mouth

    Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them

  • The Kitchen Cabinet

    Jay Rayner hosts a culinary panel show packed full of tasty titbits that might change the way we think about food, cooking and eating. An expert panel answers audience questions.

  • 39 Ways to Save the Planet

    BBC Radio Four, in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society, presents 39 ideas to relieve the stress that climate change is exerting on the planet.

  • The Battersea Poltergeist

    The true story of one of Britain’s strangest hauntings, with Dafne Keen and Toby Jones. Updated weekly every Thursday.

  • In Our Time: Religion

    Discussion of religious movements and the theories and individuals behind them.

  • Intrigue

    Mayday: When James Le Mesurier fell to his death he left behind a tangle of truths and lies.

  • How to Vaccinate the World

    Scientists are racing to create a vaccine to end the Covid-19 pandemic.But creating a workable vaccine is just the start. Tim Harford is your guide to this epic global undertaking.

  • Evil Genius with Russell Kane

    It’s good, bad, ugly - and very very funny. Changing the way we see heroes and villains in history.

  • Sideways

    Matthew Syed explores the ideas that shape our lives with stories of seeing the world differently.

  • Don’t Tell Me The Score

    What can sport teach us about life and how best to live it? Each week Simon Mundie sits down with an expert and uses sport to answer life’s big questions.

  • Inside Health

    Dr Mark Porter demystifies health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice, with the help of regular contributor GP Margaret McCartney

  • Homeschool History

    Fun history lessons for all the family, presented by Horrible Histories' Greg Jenner. Full of facts and jokes, the series brings to life a broad range of historical topics.

  • The Infinite Monkey Cage

    Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

  • The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry

    Science sleuths Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.

  • Grounded with Louis Theroux

    Stuck at home, Louis is using the lockdown to track down some high-profile people he's been longing to talk to - from all walks of life and on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Don't Log Off

    Alan Dein connects with strangers across the world via social media, exploring the things that unite people across cultures and borders.

  • A History of the World in 100 Objects

    Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, narrates 100 programmes that retell humanity's history through the objects we have made

  • Cook The Perfect...

    Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey are joined by leading chefs and food writers who share their secrets for perfect home-cooked dishes. From BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

  • The Reith Lectures

    Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series

  • The Reith Lectures

    Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series