Ra­dio Week

The picks of the best of this week’s ra­dio

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EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

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.

FAC­TUAL

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.

DRAMA

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

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