BBC Radio 4 kick off the schedule of free events as Clive Anderson presents Loose Ends; Andy Zaltzman and guests find the funny in the week with a recording of The News Quiz; Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Festival guests for Start the Week; Aleem Maqbool leads a live recording of Beyond Belief; Katie Razzall presents The Media Show; Natalie Haynes offers a double performance of Stand Up for the Classics; Saturday Live is broadcast from Hay on 27th May; and for the first time ever, the cast of The Archers perform a script-in-hand preview of that evening’s episode.
Leading BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds podcasts are brought to life with Greg Jenner unearthing the history of folklore and magic in medieval Ireland with comedian Catherine Bohart and historian Dr Gillian Kenny in You’re Dead to Me; Jon Ronson discussing Things Fell Apart with special guest Dolly Alderton; Doctors Chris and Xand van Tulleken explore the themes behind their show A Thorough Examination; Danny Robins is joined by writer and comedian David Baddiel for Uncanny; Dr Sian Williams presents Life Changing; Dr Michael Mosley offers Just One Thing with special guest Professor Tim Spector; the team behind the I’m Not A Monster podcast share an inside look at The Shamima Begum Story; and Horatio Clare and Femi Oyebode ask Is Psychiatry Working?
BBC Radio 5 Live take over the Marquee for Nihal Arthanayake’s afternoon show; BBC Culture celebrate the world’s greatest children’s books; BBC Academy offers creative workshops for hundreds of young people with sessions themed around comedy, music, and interactive storytelling; and BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester Introducing… bring local talent to the Festival for an evening of performances.
BBC Radio 3 offers up double recordings of some of its flagship shows as Free Thinking explores memoir and nature writing; Ian McMillan hosts The Verb; and Linton Stephens offers Classical Fix.
BBC Radio Wales offers a trio of its cultural highlights as The Review Show, The Arts Show and The Aberystwyth Book Club are recorded live in front of a Festival audience.
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