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.
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Michelle Watt's father says TV presenter killed herself because she was in constant pain
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 4 North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
- 5 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly
Bad luck, One Direction: Paul McCartney doubts success of The Beatles will ever be matched again
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Game of Thrones season 6: Daenerys actress Emilia Clarke says '50/50 chance' Jon Snow is alive
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What if Nicolas Cage played every character in Game of Thrones?
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture