October Update


Carole Walker

Former BBC Political Correspondent and news presenter, Carole has covered six general elections, the break up of the Soviet Union, and been caught brushing her hair live on air.

Matthew Price

The Today programme’s Special Correspondent, Mathew reveals the human stories behind the big stories of the day from elections to wars and natural disasters.

Iain Stirling

The award-winning Scottish standup has become known to millions as the voice of Love Island.

Georgie Barrat

Gadget Show co-host Georgie reviews the latest gadgets and apps, interviews key tech players, and explores the social and commercial effects of new technology.

Helen PilcherHelen Pilcher

Scientist and writer (and sometime standup) Helen


In The News

Brexit, populism and leadership issues continue to dominate news. Blah blah George Bridges, Danny Finkelstein etc etc as well as Nick Timothy. Whilst Mark Lyall Grant believes that the UK’s place in the world is so on and so on. A more objective look etc Joe Twyman etc. Craig Oliver, Ayesha Hazarika. Yanis Varoufakis.

On the world stage, tensions between North Korea and the US continue to cause uncertainty, and in some places outright fear. A look at the American view from Peter Westmacott, and look at diplomacy from Tom Fletcher. Asia etc. from  Evan Medeiros.

Former Marine, triple amputee and inspirational speaker Mark Ormrod competed at at the Invictus Games, won four medals and was honoured by Prince Harry.

In Print and On Air

New books from Tim Harford (who also returns with More or Less on Radio 4), Robert Peston, and Tim Shipman.

Whilst Tim Harford is examining the Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy from paper money to the canal lock to Bitcoin, Robert and Tim Shipman look at what’s going on right now in politics. Robert’s WTF: What have we done? Why did it happen? How do we take back control? asks the questions many have asked post-Brexit, post-snap election and post-truth. In Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem Tim Shipman looks more specifically at the 12 months between the Brexit vote and the 2017 election, speaks to key players and reveals the chaos and the likely future effects of a remarkable political year.

On air, Levison Wood’s latest trek through dangerous and incredible territory is blah blah etc and so on Channel 4. There are also new series on TV for Steve Stevens and Jo Jones. On radio, Bob Roberts uncovers the mysteries of blah on Radio 4 and on Radio 3 someone was interviewed by someone else.