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Free Bristol festival from BBC Radio 4

Radio 4 will host a free festival of listening in Bristol between 16th and 18th March.

The More Than Words Listening Festival will mark the BBC’s partnership with the city and feature special live programmes by regular presenters.

The weekend will feature a host of Radio 4 recordings in front of live audiences, including: Any Questions? hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby; Jamie Cullum as Kirsty Young’s castaway in a special edition of Desert Island Discs and With Great Pleasure, which sees Cerys Matthews joined by actors and musicians as she shares her favourite poetry, prose and song.

Paddy O’Connell and Roger McGough will present live editions of Broadcasting House and Poetry Please and Clive Anderson will be joined by Arthur Smith for Loose Ends. Matthew Parris, Fi Glover and Matt Harvey will also headline at the festival.

Clare McGinn, Head of Radio 4 Production in Bristol says: “Bristol forged a special connection with BBC radio during the war years, when 700 BBC staffers were sent from London to help keep the BBC on the air. We’ve been producing programmes for Radio 4 here since 1967. Bristol is unique in that it’s the only city in the UK that has an official partnership with the BBC, thanks to the Anchor Agreement signed by the Director General in 2009.

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