A number of new commissions for BBC Radio 4 have been revealed at an event in London on Monday night with BBC Director General Tony Hall and station Controller Gwyneth Williams.
Highlights include Miles Jupp to host the News Quiz, Lauren Laverne to host Late Night Woman’s Hour, sharing presenting duties with Jane Garvey, and a special live World At One to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, says: “Radio 4 is a treasured part of the BBC – it wakes us up, makes us think, and helps us make sense of what’s going on around us. It’s something none of us should take for granted – there’s nothing else like it in the world and it’s a service our country can be proud of. Nowhere else would you find this broad mix of content, guiding you through the earliest verses of poetry to black holes and some very big, global debates.”
Here’s the full list of new commissions:
- Professor Stephen Hawking is the BBC Reith Lecturer 2015
- Miles Jupp to host the News Quiz
- Glenda Jackson returns to acting in Emile Zola: Blood, Sex and Money
- We British: An Epic In Poetry – a day long exploration of the story of Britain through its poetry
- A special drama to mark the 60th anniversary of the death of Grace Archer
- A series of debates on the world’s most pressing issues that will pioneer a new, truly global, digital
space for public engagement
- BBC New Comedy Award winner Lucy Beaumont’s new sitcom To Hull And Back
- Lauren Laverne to host Late Night Woman’s Hour, sharing presenting duties with Jane Garvey
- A new factual podcast, Seriously…
- The Price of Oil – seven original dramas that delve into the complex history of oil and its role in
shaping our world
- Mary Beard on greyness, Sally Hawkins on Ada Lovelace’s letters and Francine Stock on charisma
- On Your Farm visits the farm of HRH The Prince of Wales in Romania
- Arthur Miller’s The Hook gets its broadcast premiere
- New comedies from Susan Calman, Robert Newman, John Finnemore, Rebecca Front and Morwenna Banks
- World At One to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special live programme
- Jeremy Irons to star in The Sea, The Sea as part of a moment celebrating Iris Murdoch
Gwyneth Williams, Controller of Radio 4, says: “Radio 4 arguably has more original content than anyone, anywhere in the world – news, culture, science, drama, entertainment – and I’m proud of our long Reithian tradition based on quality. I also relish the opportunity for Radio 4 to shine in the contemporary digital world, but it’s important to remember that, unique as we are in Radio 4, we are part of the bigger story of the BBC and wouldn’t exist without it.
“I am excited by the line-up of ambitious programmes and amazing talent that will be on Radio 4 this autumn. I want especially to welcome the gifted young comedian and actor – already a Radio 4 favourite – Miles Jupp, as our new presenter of The News Quiz. We will miss the fabulous Sandi Toksvig but I know that her legacy will be safe with Miles.
“Above all I am thrilled to announce Stephen Hawking as our Reith Lecturer for 2015, especially as I have sought to make science more prominent on Radio 4. I know that our discriminating audience will be inspired by Professor Hawking’s magnificent challenge ‘never to stop trying to tell… extraordinary stories from science… and never to be overwhelmed by the task of discovery’.”