The Saturday Play: Writing on Wigan Pier Radio 4, Saturday 2.30pm
Adrian Scarborough plays George Orwell in David Pownall’s account of the author’s 1936 visit to Wigan that formed the basis of his classic work The Road to Wigan Pier. Karl Davies, bernard Cribbins and Thelma Barlow also star.
Death at the Desert Inn Radio 7, Saturday 5am & 5pm
One of Marcy Kahan’s great comedy thrillers that recasts Noel Coward as a sleuth who solves murder mysteries in between cabaret performances. Malcolm Sinclair (the new Equity president) plays Coward, with able support from Eleanor Bron as his long-suffering secretary. This week’s mystery includes Judy Garland, showgirls, Broadway agents and a US congressman.
BBC Proms: Sondheim at 80 Radio 3, Saturday 7.30pm
The radio transmission of this celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s work is going out live on radio, as opposed to BBC2’s delayed transmission which doesn’t start until 9pm. A number of celebrated musical theatre performers contribute renditions of the master’s works.
Classic Serial: The Wings of the Dove Radio 4, Sunday 3pm
Linda Marshall Griffiths adapts Henry James’ novel over three weeks. Lyndsey Marshal stars as Kate Croy, who yearns to marry her sweetheart Merton Densher (Blake Ritson) despite neither family having much money. The arrival of American socialite Milly Theale (Anna Maxwell Martin) gives Kate an opportunity to manipulate events in her favour, but as is the way with such things, complications ensue.
Yodel-Ay-Ee-Ooo: Arthur Smith and the Global Yodel Radio 2, Tuesday 10pm
Stage contributor and occasional comedian Arthur Smith explores the art of yodelling, from Switzerland to Korea and Africa.
Afternoon Play: Tetherdown Radio 4, Friday 2.15pm
Based on a real life murder in 1896, Scott Cherry and Gregory Evans have scripted a tale about the gruesome killing of a 79-year-old man in Muswell Hill. Murdered in the belief that he lived with a stash of money, the police start to track down the killer — but the new technique of fingerprint detection, which could help secure a conviction, is not recognised by politicians or judges.