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Listen online to the internet radio of BBC Radio 4 live, which has more than 10 million weekly listeners, thus the second most popular radio in the United Kingdom right after the BBC Radio 2. The station almost completely leaves out music programmes, so works with almost solely speech related programmes, it pursues a deeper insight into a more thoughtful viewpoint through world politics, domestic politics, journalism, and keep up the diversity with refreshing comedy, and gripping readings and drama, but the arts, science, and history topics are also the parts of the talkative programme structure. The station offers shipping forecasts, news, and weather reports regularly. At night, from 1:00am to 5:20am, a selection of BBC World Service is broadcasted.
The breakfast show of BBC Radio Four is the "Today" programme, which is the most popular in the schedule of the broadcaster. On weekdays from 6am to 9am and on Saturdays from 7am to 9am Today brings national and international news and affairs, sports, and weather under the scope. Furthermore Today has a three-minute slot around 7:45am for the "Thought for the Day", which is an inspirational thought pack from religious thinkers. Most of the existing religions are represented in this block, and most times the broadcasted thought has some context with one of the main events of the day. "Today" programme's presenters are Justin Webb, Martha Kearney, Mishal Husain and Nick Robinson.

BBC Radio 4 's slogan: "Intelligent speech, the most insightful journalism, the wittiest comedy, the most fascinating features and the most compelling drama and readings anywhere in UK radio"

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BBC Radio 4 frequencies

Aberdare area, South Wales - 104.7 FMAberdeen - 1449 MWAberdeenshire - 95.3 FMAberfeldy - 103.9 FMAbergavenny & Usk Valley - 93.1 FMAbersychan - 92.9 FMAbertillery - 93.4 FMAlexandria - 104.1 FMAmbleside - 92.7 FMAnglesey - 103.6 FMAngus - 94.9 FMAxminster - 93.9 FMAyrshire - 104.3 FMBakewell - 94.2 FMBallachulish - 94.7 FMBallycastle - 93.2 FMBarmouth area, Gwynedd - 104.8 FMBarnoldswick area - 94.1 FMBasingstoke - 94.5 FMBath - 93.4 FMBeds - 94.5 FMBelfast - 720 MWBerks - 93.9 FMBerwick-upon-Tweed - 93.0 FMBetws-y-Coed - 104.9 FMBexhill - 94.6 FMBlaenavon - 92.9 FMBlairgowrie - 95.5 FMBodmin area, Cornwall - 93.2 FMBorder Coast - 104.6 FMBorder Region - 103.9 FMBradford - 92.9 FMBrecon - 104.7 FMBrighton - 94.5 FMBristol - 93.7 FMBristol area - 94.3 FMBucks - 93.9 FMBurnley - 94.6 FMBuxton - 94.4 FMCalne - 92.6 FMCambridge area - 93.3 FMCambs - 94.5 FMCampbeltown - 95.2 FMCarlisle - 1485 MWCarmarthen - 95.5 FMCarmarthenshire - 92.8 FMCaterham - 94.1 FMCentral Lancashire - 93.0 FM
You can follow the broadcast on the traditional FM analogue radio way, on 92-95 FM, and on 103-105 FM in the territory of the United Kingdom. There is long wave availability on 198 LW, and a restricted medium wave availability. The radio is also available on the digital ways like DAB Digital Radio and DigitalTV, we recommend the online radio stream.
DigitalTV: Freeview: Channel 704 (broadcasting the FM schedule only),
Freesat: Channel 704 for FM schedule, 710 for LW schedule
Sky: Channel 0104 for FM schedule, 0143 for LW schedule
Virgin: Channel 904 for FM schedule, 911 for LW schedule
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Jane Garvey returns with Life Changing interviews
Jane Garvey returns to Radio 4 this April with her new interview series: Life Changing. In this new programme, Jane meets people who have experienced extraordinary moments that have set their lives on an entirely different course. Each of the seven episodes in this first series will offer Radio 4 listeners a personal insight into some of the darkest and most uplifting moments in human life. Jane Garvey said: “You can talk to some of the most famous people in the world but everybody knows..."More >> - 31.03.2021
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Independent radio production company Made in Manchester has made a ten part series for Radio 4 and BBC Sounds about the history of the human body. Written and presented by anatomist, anthropologist and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts, Bodies also includes drama from voice actor Jonathan Kydd. Alice’s time travelling tour of anatomical knowledge traces the history from cave men to DNA. Executive producer and MIM Creative Director Ashley Byrne says: “This is a brilliant and most enlightening series authored expertly by Alice and peppered with great drama from Jonathan. The shows are equally informative and entertaining.” ...More >> - 20.01.2021
Two new presenters for BBC Radio 4’s Open Book
Elizabeth Day and Johny Pitts are the new presenters of BBC Radio 4’s Open Book. Elizabeth’s first programme will be Sunday 17 January and Johny’s on 31 January. Elizabeth is an author, journalist and broadcaster and the presenter of the podcast How To Fail. Her other broadcast work includes co-presenting Sky Arts Book Club Live. As an author Elizabeth has written six books, both fiction and non-fiction, including The Party and How To Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned from Things Going Wrong. She is a judge for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021...More >> - 15.01.2021
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BBC Radio 4's schedule09

00:00 - Midnight News
The latest news and weather forecast from BBC Radio 4.
00:30 - Empty Stages
Put My Name in Lights
1/3 An elderly actress is due to make her West End comeback, but the pandemic prevents that.
00:48 - Shipping Forecast
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping.
01:00 - Selection of BBC World Service Programmes
A selection of BBC World Service news and current affairs, arts and science programmes.
05:20 - Shipping Forecast
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping.
05:30 - News Briefing
The latest news from BBC Radio 4
05:43 - Bells on Sunday
The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Shiplake in Oxfordshire
Bells on Sunday comes from the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Shiplake in Oxfordshire.
05:45 - Profile
An insight into the character of an influential person making the news headlines
06:00 - News Summary
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4
06:05 - Something Understood
The Art of Correspondence
Mark Tully investigates the art of correspondence, from beautiful letters to pithy emails.
06:35 - On Your Farm
Emu farm
Peter Hadfield visits an emu farm in Australia.
06:57 - Weather
The latest weather reports and forecast
07:00 - News and Papers
The latest news headlines. Including a look at the papers.
07:10 - Sunday
A look at the ethical and religious issues of the week
07:54 - Radio 4 Appeal
Magic Bus UK
Seema Jaswal makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of Magic Bus UK
07:57 - Weather
The latest weather reports and forecast
08:00 - News and Papers
The latest news headlines. Including a look at the papers.
08:10 - Sunday Worship
How to Pray
The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, leads a service on prayer.
08:48 - A Point of View
Weekly reflections on topical issues from a range of contributors.
08:58 - Tweet of the Day
Stock Dove
Kate Humble presents the stock dove.
09:00 - Broadcasting House
The Sunday morning news magazine programme. Presented by Paddy O'Connell
10:00 - The Archers Omnibus
Alan helps with a spiritual crisis and it’s christening day for Martha.
10:54 - Tweet of the Day
Tweet Take 5 : Terns
Three species of terns feature in this extended version of Tweet of the Day.
11:00 - Desert Island Discs
Billie Piper, actor
Billie Piper, actor and director, shares the soundtrack of her life with Lauren Laverne.
11:45 - Just One Thing - with Michael Mosley
Green Spaces
How spending time in nature could improve your immune system and reduce your stress.
12:00 - News Summary
National and international news from BBC Radio 4
12:04 - Nature Table
Series 2, Episode 1
1/6 Nature Table is Sue Perkins’ comedy ‘Show & Tell’ series about the natural world.
12:32 - The Food Programme
Was 1971 the year that changed food forever?
Dan Saladino asks if the year 1971 was a turning point for how the world eats.
12:57 - Weather
The latest weather forecast
13:00 - The World This Weekend
Edward Stourton looks at the week’s big stories from both home and around the world.
13:30 - The Listening Project
Capturing the nation in conversation, in partnership with the British Library.
14:00 - Gardeners' Question Time
GQT at Home
Kathy Clugston hosts the gardening Q&A with a panel of experts.
14:45 - Thought Cages
The Case Against Education
Should we have less, not more, education? Rory Sutherland challenges received ideas.
15:00 - Drama
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Part 2)
Mathew Baynton and Andrew Buchan star as Hamlet's ill-fated attendant lords.
16:00 - Open Book
Programme looking at new fiction and non-fiction books.
16:30 - Behind the Scenes
Carlos Acosta and the Birmingham Royal Ballet
Carlos Acosta grapples creatively with lockdown at the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
17:00 - One Night in March

Anthony Grainger was shot dead by police. Why is his family still fighting for justice?
17:40 - Profile
An insight into the character of an influential person making the news headlines
17:54 - Shipping Forecast
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping.
17:57 - Weather
The latest weather reports and forecast
18:00 - Six O'Clock News
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4
18:15 - Pick of the Week
Mobeen Azhar
Mobeen Azhar chooses the best of BBC Radio this week.
19:00 - Book at Bedtime
Cookie Jar by Stephen King, Cookie Communions
2/3 After his mother's death, Rhett inherits a cookie jar with some very unusual properties.
19:15 - The Confessional
Series 1, The Confession of Suzi Ruffell
4/10 Inappropriate accents and sex education. Stephen Mangan talks to comedian Suzi Ruffell.
19:45 - The Things We Leave Behind
The Spoons
1/5 The Things We Leave Behind by Mary Paulson-Ellis tells the story of a life in five objects
20:00 - Feedback
Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations
20:30 - Last Word
Matthew Bannister tells the life stories of people who have recently died.
21:00 - Money Box
The latest news from the world of personal finance
21:25 - Radio 4 Appeal
Magic Bus UK
Seema Jaswal makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of Magic Bus UK
21:30 - Short Cuts
Series 20, Mary Oliver
5/7 Short documentaries and adventures in sound inspired by the poet Mary Oliver.
22:00 - Westminster Hour
Radio 4's Sunday night political discussion programme.
23:00 - The Film Programme
Film programme looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.
23:30 - Something Understood
The Art of Correspondence
Mark Tully investigates the art of correspondence, from beautiful letters to pithy emails.