The picks of the best of this week’s radio
With Great Pleasure MONDAY, 4PM, BBC RADIO 4 Charlotte Church’s lovely singing voice floats up to the roof of the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay at the start of this programme of readings by Carys Eleri and Jonathan Powell of Charlotte’s favourite prose and poetry. An Saol ó Dheas THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, 12.10PM, RTÉ RnaG The 23rd Féile na Bealtaine starts on Thursday in An Daingean in West Kerry and runs until Monday. There will be concerts from Kíla, Spats Colombo, Katie Kim, Eduard Niebla and Pólca 4, an interview with author Sebastian Barry, art exhibitions, children’s events and lots more. Helen Ní Shé and her team will be broadcasting live from the RnaG Roadcaster, An Ródaí, at the heart of the action. Chris and Ciara SUNDAY-THURSDAY, 10PM, RTÉ 2FM The presenters discuss everything from the news stories you won’t find on the front pages to what’s new on social media and the latest trends, while listeners are also encouraged to take part in the conversation.
Callan’s Kicks SATURDAY, 2PM, RTÉ RADIO 1 Oliver Callan with his weekly satirical swipe at well-known faces in the worlds of entertainment, politics and sport.
Siúlach Scéalach SUNDAY, 1.56PM, RTÉ RnaG Monday marks 101 years since the start of the Easter Rising and to celebrate the event we’ll hear a recording from the archives of Professor Liam Ó Briain vividly recalling the fighting around Stephen’s Green and how he got to know Countess Markievicz and Michael Mallin, both members of the Citizen Army. Also featured will be some extracts from Radio Éireann’s commentary on the military parade which took place on Easter Sunday 1966 with Niall Tóibín, Breandán Ó hEithir, Terry O Sullivan and Terry Wogan as commentators.
The History Show SUNDAY, 6PM, RTÉ RADIO 1 With the musical Hamilton opening in London’s West End, we find out why US Founding Father Alexander Hamilton is an unlikely subject for a Broadway musical; and, as Marine Le Pen challenges for the French presidency, Myles Dungan looks at the historical debate about women and government with Derval Conroy from UCD.
Open Country THURSDAY, 3PM, RADIO 4 There’s oil under Sherwood Forest. Lots of it. Secret drilling during the Second World War yielded enough barrels to keep Britain from fuel famine. Now, a multinational company wants to drill within metres of the oak that, so legend has it, hid Robin Hood. David Lindo reports.
Tumanbay TUESDAY, 2.15PM, BBC RADIO 4 This strange and rather brilliant series – set in a civilisation that might be from the distant past or the unknowable future – returns. In this opening episode, zealots are laying waste to the once beautiful and wealthy city of Tumanbay, where treachery lurks at every corner.
Chris and Ciara give their offbeat look at the latest news stories and trends