The Lost Noggins
Radio 7, Saturday 9am (repeated 7pm)
First broadcast in 2002, this documentary centres on the quest to make new episodes of The Saga of Noggin the Nog, the classic Norse-style mythological animation series from the Smallfilms duo of Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate (who died last year). Animator Nick Park also contributes.
Saturday Play: Phone
Radio 4, Saturday 2.30pm
When pizza delivery boy Eliot (Freddy White) looks after his drug-dealing friend’s mobile phone, he finds himself thrust into an underworld life which leads him to an old flame, a new girlfriend and eventually to Spain. What he doesn’t know is the phone has been bugged by the police. Jemima Rooper and Jimmy Akingbola also star.
Drama on 3: The Adding Machine
Radio 3, Saturday 9.15pm
Generally considered to be the first American Expressionist play, Elmer Rice’s 1923 work focuses on accountant Mr. Zero, who has worked at a large, faceless company for 25 years but discovers he is due to be replaced by an adding machine.
Classic Serial: Boswell’s Life of Johnson
Radio 4, Sunday 3pm
Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Johnson, Robin Brooks dramatises Boswell’s classic biography, with Paul Higgins as Boswell and Kenneth Cranham as Johnson. Part of Radio 4’s ongoing A to Z of Dr Johnson season.
Radio 1, Monday 6.30am
A sad day for lovers of music radio, as Chris Moyles becomes the longest serving Radio 1 breakfast show DJ of all time.
Woman’s Hour Drama: Au Pairs
Radio 4, Monday-Friday 10.45am & 7.45pm
Ana Maxwell Martin and Sharon Gavin play two au pairs who bond after meeting every day at a drop-in mother-and-child centre. Irish Alvy (Gavin) steers Hungarian Dorika (Martin) off the rails — but it is Dorika’s illegal immigrant brother, hiding out in her employers’ shed, who causes major disruption. By David and Caroline Stafford.
Radio 2, Monday-Friday 2pm
Accusations that Radio 2 has been too busy courting TV names for its DJ slots are unlikely to be assuaged by Norton’s week-long run as a stand-in for Steve Wright.
Afternoon Play: Best Friends
Radio 4, Monday 2.15pm
A cheery tale by Clara Glynn about baby murder. Just what you need at the start of the week. Shonagh Price plays Sam, who is determined to correct what she sees as a massive miscarriage of justice when her best friend Charlotte is arrested for the suspected murder of her baby daughter. Setting up a PR campaign, she organises a second forensic report which she hopes will clear her friend’s name — but when the report removes any doubt that the baby was smothered, what should Sam do next?
Twenty Minutes: Sherlock Holmes
Radio 3, Monday 7.55pm
As part of Radio 3’s Proms interval discussions, Matthew Sweet looks at why a certain pipe-smoking fictional Victorian detective has remained in the public affections over 120 years after he first appeared in print. Joining in the discussion are AN Wilson, author of The Victorians, and new Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat, co-creator (with Mark Gatiss) of a new modern-day TV adaptation of Sherlock Holmes due for broadcast next year.
Afternoon Play: Meryl the Mounted
Radio 4, Tuesday 2.15pm
Meryl (Rosalin Sydney) is a mounted policewoman who is a little too attached to her horse. Aidan (Scott Fletcher) is a stable boy who is a little too enamoured of Meryl. When their sergeant is murdered, what are the pair to do but investigate the crime? A black comedy by Colin Hough.
Mercury Prize 2009 Live
BBC 6music, Tuesday 9pm
Steve Lamacq introduces coverage from the Grosvenor House Hotel of this year’s Mercury Prize, including live performances and discussions about the relative merits of this year’s nominees and the eventual winner.
Radio 4, Wednesday 6.30pm
Last week’s interviewee Dave Gorman becomes the host, interviewing stand up comedian Frank Skinner.
Radio 4, Thursday 11.30am
The title of this biographical documentary betrays how one role can overshadow an actor’s entire career. Violet Carson became a household name playing the hairnet-clad battleaxe Ena Sharples, who dominated Coronation Street from its first episodes. Prior to that, she had been an established BBC radio star, a classical pianist and Shakespearean actress. The programme includes contributions from Corrie creator Tony Warren, as well as archive recording of Carson reflecting on the mixed blessing that Ena became in her life.
Afternoon Play: The Second Best Bed
Radio 4, Friday 2.15pm
Caroline Quentin delivers a comic monologue, written by Christopher Green, about a 39-year-old woman who moves into the dingy spare room, and decides to stay there — especially when her hsuband doesn’t even notice that she’s gone.
Desmond Carrington - After Seven
Radio 2, Friday 7pm
A new series in which Radio 2’s veteran broadcaster reviews the careers of light entertainers who rewrote the rule book, starting with bus driver-turned-singer Matt Monro.
Friday Night Rediscovers the Planets
Radio 2, Friday 7.30pm
A couple of weeks ago I touched upon how light entertainment has been creeping into the Proms, with the glorious MGM concert and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. As a counterweight to that, Radio 2 gets slightly more classical with Charles Hazlewood conducting his orchestra, Excellent Device!, in a rendition of Gustv Holst’s The Planets. After each of the planet concertos has been played, an improvised electronic “response”, featuring samples from the material just played by the orchestra, will be performed by the All Star band, featuring Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory and Ardia Utley from Portishead.