Best of 2014: Radio preview
Fiona Sturges picks this year's must-hear radio
African Music Weekend
This two-day extravaganza includes a documentary by presenter Gemma Cairney on her trip to Mali to join the music collective Africa Express as they record an album in a makeshift studio in Bamako. 18 to 19 January, BBC6 Music
Freedom Songs: The Voice
Part of the BBC’s cross-platform Freedom2014 season, this five-part series finds presenter Rebecca Kesby travelling to South Africa, Croatia and around the UK to see how oppressed people have expressed their political and social dissent through song. From 4 February 8pm, BBC World Service
18th Century Season
Another multi-platform motif, this major new season will focus on the art and music of the 18th century. Radio 3 will form the backbone of the radio programming, with possible docs on Handel’s Messiah and the rise of the fashionable English Oratorio. BBC Radio 3
World War One Season
Among the many documentaries, dramas and essays marking the centenary of World War One, Radio 4’s Day by Day chronicles the run-up to war, Radio 3 and World Service pair up for The War That Changed The World, in which Amanda Vickery explores the effects of war on different countries, while Radio 2 tells the story of the flamboyant Welsh composer Ivor Novello in Keep The Home Fires Burning. Across BBC Radio networks
Mad About the Boy
The image of young girls screaming over pop idols gets a serious treatment here as journalist Jude Rogers and broadcaster Ruth Barnes investigate the empowering flipside of teen-pop culture and female fandom. Interviewees include East 17’s Tony Mortimer and Rogers’ Beatle-maniac mother-in-law. 28 January, 11.30am, BBC Radio 4
Re-imagining the City
The welcome return of the richly evocative programme in which writers and artists explore cities they have known and loved. Soweto Kinch will read his love-letter to Birmingham while Lavinia Greenlaw lays herself at the feet of London. BBC Radio 4
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 The political parties aren't all the same – which means 2015 will be a 'big-choice' election
- 2 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
Downton Abbey Christmas special 2014, review: Love is everywhere, actually
The golden age of TV comedy is here
The Boy in the Dress, TV review: David Walliams' Boxing Day treat is a celebration of being different
From Marvel to Star Wars: The rise of cinema’s shared universes
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'