Review of 2012: Radio
Victoria Derbyshire, Radio 5 Live:
5 Live's greatest asset – and a presenter who wouldn't flinch if her hair was on fire – Victoria Derbyshire was in her element when broadcasting from an unnamed British abortion clinic, offering glimpses of the lives of the women who found themselves there.
Ulysses, Radio 4
Many say they have read it, but few, if they're honest, have got to the end. Robin Brooks's five-and-a-half-hour adaptation of Joyce's novel, served up in digestible portions over a single weekend, was a triumph both for experts and dilettantes.
Schubert week, Radio 3
Radio 3's eight-day, 200-hour marathon, a crash-course in all things Schubert, certainly wasn't to everyone's taste – but for those among us with scant knowledge of the composer, it was an education and an inspiration.
The Listening Project, Radio 4
“Never forget what belly you came out of,” warned a grandfather to his granddaughter in The Listening Project, a year-long endeavour that broadcast happy, sad and frequently astonishing snippets of conversation between family members and friends, and stored them away for posterity. Consistently wonderful.
Amanda Vickery on... Men, Radio 4
The eminent TV historian explored masculinity through the centuries in this brilliant series, taking on archetypes such as the explorer, the sailor, the lover and the knight with intelligence, equanimity and a sense of the absurd.
Discovery of the Year: Desert Island Discs online archive
The programme created by Roy Plomley at home in his pyjamas has barely changed since its first recording in January 1942, as evidenced by this online treasure trove of 1500 recordings in which famous types grapple with the notion of tropical solitude.
Turkey of the Year: We Are Sixty, Radio 2
While BBC radio's broader coverage of the Queen's Jubilee lacked bite, nothing matched the cringing banality of the Celia Imrie-narrated We Are Sixty, as much an adoring, unbalanced and fervently rypalist tribute to our sovereign as a glossy tourist brochure from Beck House itself.
Review: A panoramic account of the hacking scandalbooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Now diplomacy has failed, boycotting Israel might be the only way we can protect the people of Gaza
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
Game of Thrones actress Aimee Richardson begs for 'other princess work' after Myrcella Baratheon part is recast
Cultural relations between Sydney and Melbourne soured by row over milk crate art instillation
The Walking Dead season 5 will see deaths of 'favourite characters', suggests Andrew Lincoln
Star Wars Episode 7: Simon Pegg hints at role
Big Bang Theory: Filming delayed by contract disputes over actors' pay
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
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