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BBC Radio 4 has more than 10 million weekly listeners, and so the second most popular radio in the United Kingdom right after the BBC Radio 2, but it leads the race for the audience in London, and in the South of England. BBC Radio 4 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. For actual use, the station offers shipping forecasts, news, and weather reports regularly. At night, from 1:00am to 5:20am, BBC World Service’s selection takes place.
The breakfast show slot is filled with "Today" programme, which is the most popular in the schedule of BBC Radio 4. 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"

BBC Radio 4 availability: You can follow BBC Radio 4 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 of the BBC Radio 4 on 198 LW, and a restricted medium wave availability - For the detailed MW allocation check the Frequencies section below and the Frequency Map! BBC Radio 4 is also available on the digital ways, we recommend the online radio stream via the internet.

DAB Digital Radio: BBC Radio 4, BBC R4, Radio 4 (UK)

Freeview: Channel 704 (broadcasting only the FM schedule)
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


E-mail: Every programme on BBC Radio 4 has its own e-mail address. You can find the programmes, and their individual e-mail address, or contact options on the official BBC Radio 4 site –

Postal address: Radio 4, BBC Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom

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Kenneth Branagh returns to Radio 4 in Stalingrad
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Matt Lucas and David Walliams return to BBC Radio 4
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BBC Radio 4's schedule07

00:00 - Midnight News
National and international news from BBC Radio 4
00:30 - Grossman's War
Stalingrad: Destiny of a Novel, In a Crooked Mirror
5/5 Catherine Merridale chronicles the tortuous gestation of Vasily Grossman’s Stalingrad.
00:48 - Shipping Forecast
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping.
01:00 - Selection of BBC World Service Programmes
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service.
05:20 - Shipping Forecast
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping.
05:30 - News Briefing
National and international news from BBC Radio 4.
05:43 - Prayer for the Day
Radio 4's daily prayer and reflection
05:45 - The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry
Series 14, The End of the World
What would become the dominant species if, or when, humans go extinct?
06:00 - News and Papers
The latest news headlines. Including the weather and a look at the papers.
06:07 - Open Country
The Secret Life of Pigeons
Join us as we uncover the little-known world of the humble homing pigeon
06:30 - Farming Today
Farming Today This Week
The latest news about food, farming and the countryside
06:57 - Weather
The latest weather forecast.
07:00 - Today
Including Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.
09:00 - Saturday Live
Extraordinary stories, unusual people and a sideways look at the world.
10:30 - James Veitch's Contractual Obligation
Comedian James Veitch wonders if mindfulness can help him create a new podcast format
11:00 - Electioncast
The essential guide to the 2019 UK general election.
11:30 - From Our Own Correspondent
Insight, wit and analysis from BBC correspondents, journalists and writers.
12:00 - News Summary
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.
12:04 - Money Box
The latest news from the world of personal finance.
12:30 - The Now Show
Series 55, Episode 7
7/7 Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches.
12:57 - Weather
The latest weather forecast
13:00 - News
The latest news from BBC Radio 4.
13:10 - Any Questions?
Richard Burgon, Matt Hancock, Layla Moran, Tommy Sheppard
Chris Mason presents topical debate from Chesterfield in Derbyshire.
14:00 - Any Answers?
Have your say on the issues discussed on Any Questions?
14:45 - Middlemarch
Episode 12: The Convergence of Human Lots
12/12 George Eliot's beloved classic novel of life, love and politics adapted by Katie Hims.
15:45 - One to One
Benjamin Zephaniah meets Richard Clothier
Male infertility - the male experience. Benjamin Zephaniah talks to Richard Clothier
16:00 - Woman's Hour
Highlights from the Woman's Hour week.
17:00 - PM
Full coverage and analysis of the day's news, plus the sports headlines.
17:30 -

17:31 - The Inquiry
Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.
17:54 - Shipping Forecast
The latest shipping forecast.
17:57 - Weather
The latest weather forecast.
18:00 - Six O'Clock News
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4.
18:15 - Loose Ends
M. Night Shyamalan, Amelia Bullmore, Rob Brydon, Ayesha Casely-Hayford, The Tiger Lillies, Jungle Brown
Clive Anderson and guests with an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy.
19:00 - Profile
An insight into the character of an influential person making the news headlines
19:15 - Saturday Review
Sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events, with Tom Sutcliffe and guests
20:00 - Archive on 4
Peak Hype
Murray Lachlan Young traces the rise of hyperbole and asks: Have we reached Peak Hype?
21:00 - Dickens Confidential
Series 1, Foundry
5/6 Charles Dickens asks Jack to investigate the death of a young boy at an iron foundry.
21:45 - Book at Bedtime
Rabbit, Run, Episode 4
4/10 Rabbit returns home to get his things and is waylaid by the local minister, Jack Eccles.
22:00 - News and Weather
National and international news from BBC Radio 4.
22:15 - Moral Maze
Live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories.
23:00 - Quote... Unquote
Ken Cheng, Helen Lewis, Luke Jennings
Quote … Unquote, the popular celebrity quotations quiz, returns for its 55th series.
23:30 - Power Lines
Poet and performer Yomi Ṣode looks at the dynamic cultures surrounding contemporary poetry
00:00 - Midnight News
National and international news from BBC Radio 4
00:30 - Cyprus Avenue

Lucy Caldwell’s story of a chance meeting on a delayed flight to Belfast.
00:48 - Shipping Forecast
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping.
01:00 - Selection of BBC World Service Programmes
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service.
05:20 - Shipping Forecast
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping.
05:30 - News Briefing
National and international news from BBC Radio 4.
05:43 - Bells on Sunday
Bells on Sunday comes from the medieval church of St. Nicholas, Sandhurst in Kent.
Bells on Sunday comes from the medieval church of St. Nicholas, Sandhurst in Kent.
05:45 - Profile
An insight into the character of an influential person making the news headlines