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BBC Proms 2016: The Official Guide

BBC

The official 2016 BBC Proms Guide will help you to plan your summer of music and discover in depth what lies behind the Proms – from the composers to the performers to how the events are broadcast. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or an experienced Prommer you will enjoy:

· brand-new articles on featured composers, insights on performers, new music and accompanying events

· full listings for every concert and event – repertoire, performers, time, location, ticket and broadcast information

· details on how to book tickets

· free season calendar to see all the concerts at a glance

With beautiful photographs and bespoke imagery throughout, this official Proms Guide is the most comprehensive way to plan your summer’s Proms visiting, watching and listening.

The BBC Proms is the world’s biggest and longest-running classical music festival and features many of the greatest artists and orchestras from the UK and around the world in over 80 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall. There are also daily free Proms Extra talks, workshops, performances and family events.

The News Quiz: Series 87

BBC (and others)

Sandi Toksvig chairs seven episodes of the ever-popular topical comedy show.
The News Quiz, ‘the finest topical comedy panel game known to radio’, has been providing headlines and punchlines since it first aired in 1977.

In these seven episodes, long-standing panellists and guest players tackle issues diverse and diverting.

BBC Proms 2015: The Official Guide

BBC

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or an experienced Prommer, plan your summer through the 2015 BBC Proms season with the official Proms Guide. Contains:

· brand-new articles on featured composers, insights on performers, new music and Proms Extra events

· full listings for every concert and event – repertoire, performers, time, location, ticket and broadcast information

· details on how to book tickets

· free season calendar to see all the concerts at a glance.

With beautiful photographs and bespoke imagery throughout, this official Proms Guide is the most comprehensive way to plan your summer’s Proms visiting, watching and listening.

The BBC Proms, celebrating its 120th year in 2015, is the world’s biggest and longest-running classical music festival and features many of the greatest artists and orchestras from the UK and around the world in over 80 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall. There are also daily free Proms Extra talks, workshops, performances and family events.

Doctor Who: Monster Sticker Activity Book

BBC

As all Doctor Who fans know, the universe is full of dangerous monsters that want to invade our planet. Help the Twelfth Doctor and his companion Clara defeat some of the scariest ones in existence by completing all the puzzles in this book using the monsters stickers inside!

Dad’s Army

Jimmy Perry (and others)

Twenty episodes from the first BBC Radio series plus an hour-long Christmas special, starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn.

In 1973 the BBC adapted its hit TV series for radio, featuring the original TV cast and characters. Three series were broadcast between 1974 and 1976, with episodes adapted from their TV counterparts by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles.

Now you can enjoy once again these unique recordings, with a supporting cast including John Laurie, James Beck, Arnold Ridley and Ian Lavender. Among the twenty-one episodes are The Man and the Hour, The Battle of Godfrey’s Cottage, Sgt Wilson’s Little Secret, Something Nasty in the Vault, The Menace from the Deep and No Spring for Frazer.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

BBC (and others)

In this fifteenth collection of the perennial antidote to panel games, regulars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden – and special guests Rob Brydon, Jeremy Hardy, Victoria Wood and Ross Noble – are given silly but hilarious things to do by chairman Jack Dee. So join Jack and company in these perennial favourites: ‘New Definitions’, ‘Swanee Kazoo’, ‘One Song to the Tune of Another’, ‘Sound Charades’ and last, but certainly not least, ‘Mornington Crescent.’ Other exciting rounds include ‘84 Chicken Cross Road', 'Complete Bellocs' and 'Grassington's Got Talent.' Listeners will know to expect inspired nonsense, pointless revelry and Colin Sell at the piano. Warning: some listeners may find the content offensive.

2 CDs. 2 hrs 30 mins.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: The Specials

BBC (and others)

This classic collection includes four 'Clue' specials. I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue meets Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in the Gold Sony Radio Award winner I'm Sorry I Haven't A Christmas Carol. Humph in Wonderland is a throughly daft take on Lewis Carroll. Including 20 minutes of bonus material not heard on transmission, it is also fitting tribute to the late, and much-missed, Humphrey Lyttelton. Anniversary Special celebrates the show's 30th birthday, and includes the hour-long special, plus I'm Sorry I Haven't a Desert Island and the first ever episode of 'Clue'. In Search of Mornington Crescent uncovers the mystery of the ever-popular game, with contributions from well-known experts and enthusiasts of the game.

7 CDs. 7 hrs 40 mins.

Just A Minute: The Classic Collection

BBC (and others)

Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Derek Nimmo, Peter Jones and Paul Merton are the ‘Famous Five’ of Just a Minute: sparkling raconteurs whose sharp wits and skill made them consistently a pleasure to listen to. Each brings their own unique quality to the show, and this box set showcases their highlights - the moments which reveal these talented players at the very top of their game. Also among the featured shows are the first ever Just a Minute, plus the 25th anniversary edition and the infamous episode when Clement Freud failed to appear and the show’s ever capable chairman Nicholas Parsons replaced him as a panellist. Full of fast-paced, irreverent fun and ferocious competition, this collection is a goldmine of wonderful comedy nuggets from five fantastically funny comedians.

11 CDs. 11 hrs.

Doctor Who Collection Three: The Lost TV Episodes (1966-1967)

BBC (and others)

Absent from the TV archives, these stories survive only as soundtrack recordings. Now remastered, with additional linking narration, you can enjoy them once again: plus bonus interviews with Anneke Wills and the BBC Radio 3 programme Dance of the Daleks. The Smugglers (first broadcast September-October 1966): The TARDIS arrives in 17th-Century Cornwall for an adventure with pirates and hidden treasure. The Tenth Planet (first broadcast October 1966): Earth's twin planet enters the solar system and brings with it the Cybermen... The Power of the Daleks (first broadcast November-December 1966): The First Doctor becomes the Second, and must fight the Daleks on the swamp planet Vulcan. The Highlanders (first broadcast December 1966-January 1967): The time travellers arrive in Scotland after the battle of Culloden, and meet a young piper named Jamie... The Underwater Menace (first broadcast January-February 1967): The TARDIS arrives on an extinct volcanic island, beneath which lies the long-lost city of Atlantis... The Moonbase (first broadcast February-March 1967): The Moon, 2070 AD. A weather control station is in the grip of plague – caused by the Cybermen... Dance of the Daleks (first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 July 2010): Matthew Sweet time-travels through Doctor Who's 47-year history to investigate the weird and wonderful sound world of its incidental music. This box set allso includes linking narration by Anneke Wills and Frazer Hines, and bonus interviews with Anneke Wills. The CD release also contains high quality scans, presented as PDF files, of the original BBC TV camera scripts.

13 CDs. 12 hours.

I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again

BBC (and others)

Described by Barry Took as 'A kaleidoscope of funny voices, catch phrase and innuendo revolving at breakneck speed and with a complete disregard for logic', I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again pre-dated I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and showcased the comic talents of Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall and Bill Oddie. This compilation of classic sketches includes 'Full Frontal Radio', 'Prune Manifesto', 'Buffers', 'Critics', 'News in Welsh', 'Listening to Flowers', 'Eddie Waring Impersonation' and 'Taming of the Shrew'. Vintage Beeb: classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now reissued on CD and as downloads.

1 CD. 37 mins.

Doctor Who Collection Two: The Lost TV Episodes (1965-1966)

BBC (and others)

Absent from the television archives, each of these stories survives only as a soundtrack recording. Now remastered, with additional linking narration, you can enjoy the adventures once more - and learn what happened to the missing episodes with a special bonus disc. The Daleks' Master Plan (13 episodes, first broadcast October 1965-January 1966): The Daleks have stolen the Time Destructor, and are threatening to destroy the fabric of Time itself. In a bid to stop them, the Doctor steals the taranium core which powers the weapon. Pursued across Time and Space, the TARDIS crew are in grave danger... The Massacre (4 episodes, first broadcast February 1966): The TARDIS materialises in Paris in 1572, a time of great danger and religious strife. When Steven witnesses the execution of a man who uncannily resembles the Doctor, he is horrified. Can the Doctor really have been killed in front of his eyes? The Celestial Toymaker (4 episodes, first broadcast April 1966): The travellers arrive in the dangerous domain of the Toymaker, where their failure to win at a series of games could result in them becoming his playthings for eternity. The Savages (4 episodes, first broadcast May-June 1966): The TARDIS has arrived on a distant and seemingly idyllic world, but the Doctor, Steven and Dodo discover that it hides a terrible secret... Doctor Who - The Lost Episodes (First broadcast December 2009): What happened to the 108 missing episodes of Doctor Who from the 1960s? Shaun Ley investigates in this edition of Archive on 4. Also includes linking narration by Peter Purves, bonus interviews with Peter Purves and high quality scans, presented as PDF files, of the original BBC TV camera scripts.

12 CDs. 10 hrs 20 mins.

Book 2 - Doctor Who: The Good, the Bad and the Alien/System Wipe

BBC

Action-packed original fiction for younger Doctor Who fans, starring the Eleventh Doctor with his companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams. Double-fronted books each contain two fast-paced, fun-filled Doctor Who adventures! Essential reading for any young fan, combining two adventures in one book ensures fans are hooked and only too happy to read on...

The Good, the Bad and the Alien/System Wipe

Aliens have crash-landed in the Wild West and they're ready for a showdown in The Good, the Bad and the Alien! Can the Doctor, Rory and Amy work out which are the good guys and which are the bad?

The Doctor finds himself trapped in a virtual world in System Wipe. As he tries to save the characters of the virtual world from being destroyed by a deadly virus, Amy and Rory must fight to keep the Doctor's body in the real world safe from the mysterious entity known as Legacy...

Also available: Heart of Stone/Death Riders

Book 1 - Doctor Who: Heart of Stone / Death Riders

BBC

Action-packed original fiction for younger Doctor Who fans, starring the Eleventh Doctor with his companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams. Double-fronted books each contain two fast-paced, fun-filled adventures!

Heart of Stone/Death Riders

A monster made from moon rock is attacking an Earth farm in Heart of Stone. Everything it touches turns to stone - even people. Can the Doctor, Amy and Rory find out what the creature wants before it's too late?

In Death Riders the Galactic Fair has arrived on the mining planet of Stanalan and the Death Ride roller coaster is really drawing in the crowds. But there's something sinister going on behind all the fun of the fair. Join the Doctor, Amy and Rory as they investigate...

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: Chairman Humph - A Tribute

BBC (and others)

BBC Radio 4 celebrates the remarkable life of Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz genius, radio legend and master of the breathtaking double entendre, as friends and admirers recall Humph’s highlights as chairman of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. Presented by Stephen Fry, this programme features clips from 36 years of Clue, plus specially recorded contributions from Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Andy Hamilton, Jeremy Hardy, Sandi Toksvig, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Germaine Greer, and Dame Judi Dench, plus I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue producer Jon Naismith, and Humph’s link writer Iain Pattinson. ‘He was a colossally good broadcaster possessed of a fantastic sense of timing’ - Mark Damazer, Radio 4 Controller. ‘A unique, irreplaceable talent’ - Mark Thompson, BBC Director-General. ‘Hooray for Humph’ - Times.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: Humph In Wonderland

BBC (and others)

Humph in Wonderland stars chairman Humphrey Lyttelton in the title role, with Tony Hawks as the Narrator, Sandi Toksvig as the Queen of Hearts, Tim Brooke-Taylor as the Duchess, Graeme Garden as the Cook and Barry Cryer as Humpty Dumpty. Andy Hamilton also features as the Caterpillar, with Rob Brydon as the Mad Hatter, Jeremy Hardy as the March Hare, Jack Dee as the Cheshire Cat and Colin Sell as the White Rabbit. Among the fun and games are: 'Mornington Crescent', 'Swanee Kazoo', 'Cheddar Gorge', new definitions for the 'Uxbridge English Dictionary', as well as 'Recipes for Nigella Lawson’s Saucy Mouthfuls' (she makes a great sticky tart). Including 20 minutes of bonus material not heard on transmission, this thoroughly daft take on Lewis Carroll is also a fitting tribute to the late, and much-missed, Humphrey Lyttelton.

1 CD. 1 hr 10 mins.

In the Night Garden: Upsy Daisy Wants to Sing

BBC

Once upon a time, Upsy Daisy wanted to sing but there was too much noise! Beautiful bright illustrations and a simple story full of fun and surprises will enchant fans of the programme.

The Wheels On The Bus

BBC (and others)

Sing and rhyme along with these 26 much-loved nursery rhyme songs! Includes: 'The Wheels on the Bus' / 'Down at the Station, Early in the Morning' / 'Row Row Row Your Boat' / 'The Big Ship Sails on the Alley Alley Oh' / 'London Bridge is Falling Down' / 'Jack and Jill' / 'Hickory Dickory Dock' / 'I'm a Little Teapot' / 'Polly Put the Kettle On' / 'Miss Polly had a Dolly' / 'Pop Goes the Weasel' / 'Five Currant Buns' / 'Ten Fat Sausages' / 'Peter Hammers with One Hammer' / 'The Grand Old Duke of York' / 'Girls and Boys Come Out to Play' / 'I Jump Out of Bed' / 'Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush' / 'Ring a Ring o'Roses' / 'I Hear Thunder, I Hear Thunder' / 'Incy Wincy Spider' / 'Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes' / 'If You're Happy and You Know it Clap Your Hands' / 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' / 'Wee Willie Winkie' / 'Ten in a Bed'.

1 CD. 40 mins.

Biography

BBC