When we lived in the US I listened to NPR a lot, and even though I still catch some of my favorite programs via Podcast, I have turned into a total BBC Radio 4 junkie. I have a radio in the kitchen and if I am in there, Radio 4 is on. I even time my cooking to listen to The Archers at 7:03 every night (except Saturday).
In the US I listened to NPR when driving but driving here is so intense that only in the last few months have I become relaxed enough to have the radio on.
Listen to BBC Radio Online or by Podcast
Radio Podcasts are not restricted by location as BBC TV is – just go into iTunes and subscribe or go to the Radio 4 website to listen online or download podcasts.
BBC Radio 4: Listen online, download podcasts, read about their shows.
Quiz Shows are an Excuse for Comedy
Many British comedy shows, on TV and Radio, are presented in a quiz show format. My favorite Radio 4 show is Friday Night Comedy – The News Quiz which is a group of comedians talking about the week’s news events. But listen closely, they are on teams and the host Sandi Toksvig is keeping score. No one really cares about the scores but the winner is declared at the end.
My favorite BBC Radio 4 Shows
- Friday Night Comedy – Comedy related to the week’s new events. There are two formats: The News Quiz and The Now Show.
- Just a Minute – Panelists have to talk on a topic without repetition or hesitation. Way more interesting than it sounds.
- Broadcasting House – Sunday morning news show.
- Desert Island Discs – Interviews based on picking music they would want if stranded on a desert island.