Last Letter has been revealed, but is it what he would have wanted
This week the new controller of Radio 4, Gwyneth Williams, settled into one of the best jobs in the British media. She has had a long summer to decide what she will bring to the cultural treasure-house, but to be honest, what everyone really wants to know is, what will she cull? Which programmes will be making their way to broadcasting Dignitas? Can Quote Unquote, the Methuselah of game shows, continue to defy its listen-by date? What possible rationale allows You and Yours to run for a full hour? And will she be the one to think the unthinkable on Thought for the Day?
Literary luminaries, family members and close friends gathered yesterday to say goodbye to the acclaimed novelist and "superb granny" Dame Beryl Bainbridge at a packed church in north London.
A pastoral musical to Bragg about
'He's got this buccaneer spirit that the general public don't ever get to see'
Melvyn Bragg’s latest autobiographical novel forced him to relive the ordeal of his first wife’s suicide. He tells Danuta Kean where he lays the blame and why writing about it hasn’t been therapeutic