Adam & Joe
BBC 6music, Saturday 9am
After a summer break, Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish return to the 6music airwaves for more Song Wars, shouts of Stephen! and Text the Nation.
Radio 7, Saturday 10am, repeated 8pm
This Sunday would have been legendary DJ John Peel’s 70th birthday. To mark the occasion, Steve Lamacq celebrates his life in a programme first broadcast in 2008.
The Golden Age
Radio 7, Saturday 1pm
James Fleet stars in an adaptation of Wind in the Willows creator Kenneth Grahame’s 1895 collection of stories. Five orphaned children create a magical world for themselves in the countryside, but their lives change when their toys are sent to impoverished children in London.
The Saturday Play: Lockerbie on Trial
Radio 4, Saturday 2.30pm
A timely repeat for the dramatised reconstruction of the 2001 trial of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, both charged with blowing up Pan Am Flight 103. The trial would ultimate see Megrahi convicted and Fhimah acquitted, but on the way previously cast-iron witnesses were revealed as CIA double agents, convicted terrorists and arms dealers. Written by Peter Goodchild and produced by Margaret Renn and Jeremy Howe, who has written a piece on the Radio 4 blog about the trials (if you’ll excuse the pun) of bringing the transcripts to life as a piece of drama.
Elaine Paige on Sunday
Radio 2, Sunday 1pm
Today’s studio guest is Alan Cumming, whose new one-man show I Bought a Blue Car Today opens at the Vaudeville Theatre next week. A live performance comes from Sally Ann Triplett, currently playing Donna in Mamma Mia!.
Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon
Radio 7, Sunday 1pm
Tom Wilkinson stars as Sam Spade in an adptation of the classic detective thriller. Jane Lapotaire and Peter Vaughan also star.
The Beatles at the Beeb
Radio 2, Monday 12pm
As part of Radio 2’s Beatles Bank Holiday Weekend, this programme looks at some of the session recordings and interviews that the Fab four conducted with the BBC. Presented by Bill Kenwright.
Twice Ken is Plenty: the Lost Script of Kenneth Williams
Radio 4, Tuesday 11.30am
Originally written for Kenneth Williams and Kenneth Horne, this 1966 script was never performed and laid forgotten until discovered by Williams collector Wes Butters along a pile of the comedian’s papers sold on eBay by his godson. Robin Sebastian and Jonathan Rigby play Williams and Horne in a frothy script that has the duo trying to infiltrate the inner recesses of Broadcasting House.
Afternoon Play: Fireflies
Radio 4, Thursday 2.15pm
Six people are stranded at an airport due to bad weather. Martin (James Fleet) is on his way to a suicide clinic in Switzerland after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. At the airport, he bumps into old flame Clara (Helena Breck). Jeanne and Nate are a neurotic couple embarking on their first holiday together since kicking alcohol addiction, while Olga and Oliver are both travelling to the US but for very different reasons.
Radio 2 Live in Blackpool
Radio 2, Friday from 5pm
A number of shows coming from the North-west’s entertainment capital, including a live, swing-themed edition of Friday Night is Music Night from the town’s Opera House, and an outdoor concert featuring JLS, Madness, Tony Christie and culminating with Alan Carr switching on the Blackpool Illuminations.