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Colin Murray plays host as his guests aim to gain points whilst discussing the sporting stories of the week. Points are awarded for informed comment, wit and passion but taken away for drivel and answers lacking in conviction. In the final round, the top two…

Christa Ludwig: from song to silence

Out of the wreckage of WW2 Germany, mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig forged a stellar career singing opera and lieder. With Tom Service. Photo credit: Lyric Opera

Unafraid to Speak Out

DeAndre Levy is a star of the Detroit Lion’s American football team, but it is not just on the field that he excels. Never afraid to speak out, he has dedicated to educating and changing the ‘macho culture’ that exists in American football and wider…

Zaha Hadid’s Artistic Inspiration

Zaha Hadid, the influential Iraqi architect known for her curved, futuristic designs died earlier this year. A new exhibition in London examines her early paintings and drawings to try and catch a glimpse of the distinctive style that made her a star of the architecture…

Hunger in the Rich World

Why do people struggle to feed themselves in wealthy societies? Food banks – depositories of donated and excess food where the neediest can collect ingredients for basic meals – have been running in America since the 1960s. But they are only meant to be for…

The Now Show, 9 December 2016

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis are joined by Vikki Stone, Ellie Taylor, Luke Kempner and Lucy Porter as they present the week via topical stand-up and sketches This week the team explore the Brexit legal challenge in the Supreme Court, hear Political Panto and take…


Pip and Toby make plans, and Adam takes advice.


Usha meets a prospective tenant, and Jill faces up to the enemy.

Harriet Martineau

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Harriet Martineau who, from a non-conformist background in Norwich, became one of the best known writers in the C19th. She had a wide range of interests and used a new, sociological method to observe the world around her, from religion…