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Modern Nature

Derek Jarman

In 1986 Derek Jarman discovered he was HIV positive and decided to make a garden at his cottage on the bleak coast of Dungeness. Facing an uncertain future, he nevertheless found solace in nature, growing all manner of plants. While some perished beneath wind and sea-spray others flourished, creating brilliant, unexpected beauty in the wilderness.

Modern Nature is both a diary of the garden and a meditation by Jarman on his own life: his childhood, his time as a young gay man in the 1960s, his renowned career as an artist, writer and film-maker. It is at once a lament for a lost generation, an unabashed celebration of gay sexuality, and a devotion to all that is living.

Just a Minute: Series 79

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

Featuring a host of household names pitted against the clock, this is a collection of 8 episodes from series 79 of Just A Minute, hosted by the charming Nicholas Parsons.

With panellists including Paul Merton, Andy Hamilton, Jenny Eclair, Sheila Hancock and Phill Jupitus, this collection of highlights why Just A Minute has been entertaining generations of listeners since its first series in 1967.

Can the competitors talk for one minute on a given subject without hesitation, repetition or deviation from the subject? Find out as we play Just a Minute!

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?

Dick Clement (and others)

Thirteen classic BBC radio episodes, starring James Bolam and Rodney Bewes

One of the most popular TV comedies of the Seventies, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? won a best sitcom BAFTA and attracted an audience of millions before being adapted for radio.

In these 13 episodes, we catch up with Newcastle lads Bob and Terry as they meet by chance after years apart. Now engaged to Thelma, Bob is having pre-wedding nerves; while Terry, demobbed from the Army, is having trouble adjusting to life in civvy street. As they rekindle their friendship, Bob tries to find Terry a date, throws him a surprise party and takes him to the hairdressers to get a new look. In addition, Terry gets some shock news, and helps Bob get ready for his and Thelma’s big day…

Originally lost from the BBC archive, the audio for many of these episodes was recovered by producer Stan Was, the BBC's Archive Treasure Hunt, and a listener to BBC7.

The episodes included are Strangers on a Train, Home is the Hero, Cold Feet, Moving On, I’ll Never Forget Whatshername, Birthday Boy, No Hiding Place, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, Storm in a Tea Chest, The Old Magic, Count Down, Boys’ Night In and End of an Era.

Duration: 6 hours 30 mins

London Rock

Alec Byrne

Close up on rock's greatest era.

Released to coincide with an exhibition at the Proud Central, London (8th December - until 28th January), this huge rock treasure chest contains over 250 previously unpublished premium images from the epicentre of London’s exploding music scene, from the mid-sixties to the early seventies.

Lavishly produced to create a fitting showcase for Alec’s extraordinarily rich, until now hidden, private collection, London Rock is a stunning experience.

Just William: A BBC Radio Collection

Richmal Crompton (and others)

A stunning collection of Just William stories, selected and read by Martin Jarvis

There’s nothing to touch them’ - Independent on Sunday

Richmal Crompton’s stories featuring irrepressible schoolboy William Brown have been firm favourites with both young and old for decades. Perpetually scruffy, mud-stained and mischievous, he is a lovable scamp whose pranks usually end in disaster – for his harassed elders at least.

With friends Ginger, Douglas and Henry (the Outlaws) and the angelic thorn-in-his-side, the lisping Violet Elizabeth Bott, William has rightly joined the literary, and radio, immortals.

Martin Jarvis, who has been hailed as ‘the wizard of the talking book’ (The Daily Telegraph), has made the voice of William his own, and this collection of 54 laugh-out-loud stories will delight long-standing fans and first-time listeners alike.

Also included are two bonus interviews with Richmal Crompton, recorded in 1965 and 1968.

The stories included in this collection are:

The Christmas Truce
Only Just in Time
The Midnight Adventure of Miss Montague
William and the Musician
William Leads a Better Life
William and the Twins
William’s Birthday
William and the Little Girl
The Outlaws and Cousin Percy
William and the Princess Goldilocks
The Sweet Little Girl in White
A Birthday Treat
The Outlaws and the Triplets
A Bit of Blackmail
William Makes a Night of It
William and the Lost Tourist
The Leopard Hunter
The New Neighbour
William the Philanthropist
William and the Prize Cat
William Holds the Stage
William and the School Report
All the News
Aunt Arabelle in Charge
William’s Goodbye Present
William the Salvage Collector
William’s Day Off
Entertainment Provided
William and the Brains Trust
William and the Bomb
William Goes Shopping
Violet Elizabeth Runs Away
William and the Real Laurence
The Outlaws and the Hidden Treasure
William and the Fairy Daffodil
The Best Laid Plans
Mrs Bott’s Hat
William Starts the Holidays
William Plays Santa Claus
William and the Snowman
Revenge is Sweet
William and the Black Cat
William and the Russian Prince
William’s Busy Day
William – The Great Actor
William and the White Elephants
Finding a School for William
William’s Birthday
William Clears the Slums
Parrots for Ethel
William’s Truthful Christmas
Boys will be Boys
William and the Ebony Hair-Brush
William and the Old Man in the Fog

Duration: 13 hours 15 mins

The Infinite Monkey Cage: The Complete Series 10-13

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

Brian Cox and Robin Ince present a witty, irreverent look at the world according to science.

The Infinite Monkey Cage has become one of BBC Radio 4’s most popular science-based programmes. In each episode physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince delve into a particular field of science, with the help of guests from the worlds of science, academia and entertainment.

These 29 episodes feature subjects ranging from the solar system to war, from UFOs to climate change, and from the mathematics of love to artificial intelligence. This collection also includes two special episodes from December 2015 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of General Relativity, and the 2014 and 2015 Christmas specials.

Well-known guests featured in this collection include Dave Gorman, Sara Pascoe, Dara O Briain, Alexei Sayle, Ross Noble, Eric Idle, Jo Brand, Lee Mack, Josie Long, Katy Brand and Stephen Fry.

Absolutely on Music

Haruki Murakami (and others)

An unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.

Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk about their shared interest.

They discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more.

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