Corridor of Sound Radio 2, Saturday 10pm
We covered the celebrations of the Maida Vale studio’s 75th anniversary in last week’s radio choices. To conclude the This two-hour documentary, fronted by singer (and BBC 6Music presenter) Cerys Matthews, tours the building talking to engineers, producers and some of the big names who have used the studios over the years.
Archive on 4: Capering with Ken Campbell Radio 4, Saturday 8pm
Ian McMillen explores the world of the late actor and director Ken Campbell. With contributions from his daughter Daisay, manager Colin Watkeys, theatre director Richard Eyre and fellow actors Julia McKenzie and Jim Broadbent, this is a must-listen for anyone involved in theatre. A shortened repeat is on Monday afternoon.
Desert Island Discs Radio 4, Sunday 11.15am
This week’s castaway is chat show host, inspiration for a superb (if very rude) opera and recent star of Chicago, Jerry Springer.
John Barrowman Radio 2, Sunday 1pm
As EP continues her Australian tour, this week her seat is kept warm by her Anything Goes/Sunset Boulevard costar John Barrowman. He’s such a shy and retiring figure, I don’t know how they manage to coax him on to the airwaves.
Classic Serial: Bel Ami Radio 4, Sunday 3pm
A story of political corruption and spin set in 19th century France, as Frances Byrnes dramatises Guy de Maupassant’s novel. Ambitious journalist Georges Duroy (Jonathan Slinger), under the pen name of ‘Bel Ami’, is a key figure in French society - but his forthcoming marriage to a society heiress is threatened by the presence of his mistress, Mme de Marelle (Emma Fielding).
Drama on 3: The Lady from the Sea Radio 3, Sunday 8pm
Frank McGuinness adapts Ibsen’s play. Ellida (Lia Williams), now married to a much older man, is haunted by the memory of the sailor to whom she was once engaged, but who disappeared. When he resurfaces, she finds herself consumed by longing.
Woman’s Hour Drama: Singleparentpals.com Radio 4, Monday-Friday 10.45am, rpt 7.45pm
Tom (Kris Marshall) has signed up with an online dating service for lone parents. Through the website he makes new friends - including the spiky Rosie, played by Maxine Peake…
Afternoon Play: Ivan and the Dogs Radio 4, Wednesday 2.30pm
Based on a true story, Hattie Naylor’s play documents the story of Ivan, a four-year-old boy who spent two years living on the streets of Moscow, where he was adopted by a pack of feral dogs.
Afternoon Play: The Penny Dreadfuls Present: Guy Fawkes Radio 4, Thursday 2.15pm
If you haven’t caught the Penny Dreadfuls’ Faversham Brothers shows on Radio 7, you’ve missed a treat. Expect some dubious views of historical accuracy and some well-aimed potshots at literary cliché.
Ronnie Scott’s at 50 Radio 2, Friday from 7pm
Another week, another anniversary - this time the legendary Soho jazz venue. A new two-part documentary bookends a repeat Friday Night is Music Night