The Unbelievable Truth
12.04PM, RADIO 4
David Mitchell presents the first show in this repeated comedy series that asks contestants to talk with deliberate inaccuracy on a number of subjects. At some point, panellists must slip a truthful statement into their comic monologue, making it sound so outrageous that no one could possibly take it for the truth. On today’s show, Richard Osman, Arthur Smith, Lou Sanders and
Phil Wang talk about dolphins, cows and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
1.02PM, RADIO 3
Elizabeth I loved to dance the volta. It was a sexy dance, with thigh-tothigh contact and lifts that involved the man getting a firm grasp on his partner’s corset. The lutenist Paul O’Dette includes this lively measure in a concert of English dance music from Wigmore Hall. Some charming jigs, pavans and Lauren Laverne (4.30pm, Radio 4) galliards by Johnson, Dowland and Bacheler are also on the bill.
World Book Club
2PM, WORLD SERVICE
Failed in London, try Hong Kong. This old phrase, abbreviated to Filth, stuck to many ex-pats who went to seek their fortunes in the former British colony. Jane Gardam’s book Old Filth tells the story of Edward Feathers who, after years working abroad, finds life in his supposed homeland foreign and confusing. Today, Jane will be taking calls from readers about her novel.
Dads And Daughters
4.30PM, RADIO 4
Lauren Laverne and dad Les talk about fictional and real-life relationships between fathers and daughters. Les, who used to be a sociology lecturer, was happy to turn up at gigs and act as Lauren’s roadie when she was touring with the likes of The Ramones. Les and Lauren talk about their family life in Sunderland, then look at idealised father-daughter fictional relationships, as depicted in
To Kill A Mockingbird, as well as King Lear-style dysfunctional ones.
11PM, RADIO 2
Moira features the peerless Ella Fitzgerald singing hits from The Johnny Mercer Songbook, including Midnight Sun and Laura. SJ