‘’Enjoy BBC audio on the move - a wide range of programmes and highlights are available as podcasts for you to download for free.’’ (and be careful, some of them are available for download only one month after the original broadcast) E.g.:
BBC Learning English Drama
Dramas for English language learners. Every Friday you can improve your English by listening to a drama specially created for English language learners.
Listen to retellings of classic stories and bespoke dramas on specific topics.
Each episode will be between six and 10 minutes long. Most dramas will be told over a number of episodes.
History as told by the people who were there.
Witness talks to people who lived through moments of history to bring
you a personal perspective on world events. Broadcast on weekdays.
21st Century Mythologies
Peter Conrad examines contemporary popular culture in a series of 21st Century Mythologies in the spirit of Roland Barthes.
6 Minute English
Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the
BBC. Your weekly instruction manual for saying or doing something in
English is published every Friday. Each programme is six minutes long
and contains examples and explanations to help you improve your
knowledge of the English language across a wide range of topics.
6 Minute Grammar
Learn English grammar in six minutes.
Every Tuesday join two of our presenters and learn a new key area of
6 Minute Vocabulary
Build your English vocabulary in six minutes. Every Monday join two of our presenters and hear about different ways to develop your vocabulary knowledge and skills.
A Christmas Carol (BBC Learning)
Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is abridged in 9 episodes and
read by Alan Smith. The adaptation of the story is rich in music and
sound effects and is accompanied by Teacher’s Notes - making it ideal
for children studying a classic text.
A History of Britain in Numbers
British history in numbers, the big trends and changes in our lives, brought to
life with interviews and new audio techniques, and compared with the
present day. Andrew Dilnot presents 10 programmes that cover population,
incomes, health, consumption, homes, work, education, old age and
A History of Ideas
A fresh take on the History of Ideas as big subjects like beauty,
freedom, technology and morality get dissected by a team of thinkers.
Philosophers, theologians, lawyers, Neuroscientists, historians and
mathematicians join Melvyn Bragg to present a history in many voices.
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores 100 different objects which reflect how the world has changed.
A Point of View
Weekly reflections on topical issues from a range of contributors including
historian Lisa Jardine, novelist Sarah Dunant and writer Alain de
Americana: inside the USA
An insider’s guide to the stories and people shaping the USA today.
Discussion and insight from some of the best known names and voices in
Analysis makes sense of the ideas that change the world, from economics to
social affairs to global politics to political Islam. With
thought-provoking and expert presenters, Analysis aims to make the world
of policy and ideas both interesting and surprising.
BBC Business Daily
Demystifying the world of money - Business Daily and In the Balance examine the big
issues facing the global economy and look at what the analysis and the
business jargon really mean.
All in the Mind
All in the Mind examines how we think and behave. It’s presented by
psychologist Claudia Hammond. She investigates the latest techniques
being used by mental health practitioners, speaks to people with
psychological issues and uncovers all the most recent research from the
world of the mind.
Debates exploring the place of religion and faith in today’s complex world.
Ernie Rea is joined by a multi-faith panel to discuss how religious
traditions affect their values and perspectives.
James Naughtie and readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best known
novels. Authors include: Douglas Adams, Alan Bennett, Alice Sebold and
Books and Authors
This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book, Mariella
Frostrup talks to leading authors about their work. A Good Read features
Harriett Gilbert discussing a range of favourite titles with guests.
Cook The Perfect…
Discover cooking techniques and tips to help you perfect your cooking know-how.
Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey are joined by leading chefs and food
writers who share their secrets for perfect home-cooked dishes.
The science documentary series that looks in depth at the most significant ideas, discoveries and trends in science
Drama of the Week
Every Friday we bring you a new drama from Radio 4 or Radio 3.Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.
Travellers’ Tales from home and around the world: their destinations, experiences
and issues arising from their journeys are discussed with Sandi Toksvig
or John McCarthy.
Five Hundred Years of Friendship
Five Hundred Years of Friendship: Dr Thomas Dixon presents a history of the changing meaning of friendship over the centuries.
Provenance and pleasure, history and health - Radio 4’s weekly look at food.
Making sense of food, from the kitchen and canteen, to the farm and
factory. We place food in its historical and cultural context; call to
account policy makers and industry decision makers; and celebrate the
sheer pleasure of good food.
Biography series exploring the greatest people who ever lived. Matthew Parris
interviews an eminent guest and an expert to reveal the truth behind
their history heroes.
Germany: Memories of a Nation
Presented by British Museum director Neil MacGregor, this 30-part series explores
600 years of Germany’s complex and often challenging history, using
objects, art, landmarks and literature.
In Our Time: Culture
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of ideas as it applies to
culture - from literature and the visual arts to artistic movements and
In Our Time: Philosophy
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of philosophy - from ancient
Greek thinkers to the major questions that preoccupy philosophers today.
In Our Time: Religion
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of religious ideas - from the
faith systems of ancient civilisations to the development of modern
My Own Shakespeare
What does Shakespeare mean to us today ? Public figures from all walks of
life talk about the piece of Shakespeare that inspires them most.The
pieces are read by well known actors.
The Digital Human
Aleks Krotoski explores what technology tells us about modern living. Each
programme takes part of our digital world and looks at how it’s
influencing who we are, what we value and where we’re headed. Whether it
be our relationships or our environments; both real and virtual, Aleks
reveals what these developments tell us about ourselves and the world
The Educators – ideas about learning
Examining ideas about the way we teach and learn. Sarah Montague interviews some
of the most influential people in education, to find out the origin of
their ideas, the things they would change and the experience that has