Saturday 15th December
- Drama: Born to be Wilde – The Importance of Being Earnest
BBC Radio 4, 2:30pm – Recommended for… English Literature
This satirical production of Oscar Wilde’s classic follows two young men who lead double lives in the city and the countryside in order to get the best out of both. However, their webs of deceit begin to unravel as they both fall in love.
Sunday 16th December
- Welsh Ladies
BBC Radio 3, 4:30pm – Recommended for… Welsh and History
Presenter Mab Jones looks into the origins of traditional Welsh ladies’ costume, as well as uncovering some almost unknown women’s poetry from pre-industrial era Wales.
Monday 17th December
- Beyond Belief: Purple
BBC Radio 4, 4:30pm – Recommended for… History, Art and Design, Sociology, and Psychology
Presenter Ernie Rea discusses why the colour purple is so often associated with royalty, mystery and luxury, and talks with experts to find out why that’s the case.
Tuesday 18th December
- Inherited Fear
BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… Psychology, Biology, and Medicine
Journalist Sally Herships explores the idea that it might be possible for people to carry forward trauma that their ancestors experienced, and how this links to both psychology and biology.
Wednesday 19th December
- Free Thinking: What does game playing teach us?
BBC Radio 3, 10pm – Recommended for… PSHE and Psychology
Bobby Seagull and Shahidha Bari come together with other guests to discuss the value of play and competitiveness. They also crack out some board games themselves, which is sure to be interesting.
Thursday 20th December
- Free Thinking: Landmark: Watership Down
BBC Radio 3, 10pm – Recommended for… English Literature
Matthew Sweet discusses Richard Adam’s heart-wrenching novel in the wake of a new adaptation hitting our screens. He also chats generally with guests about rabbits, both real and fictional.
Friday 21st December
- Drama: The Moon That Night
BBC Radio 4, 2:15pm – Recommended for… Religious Studies and PSHE
This thought-provoking drama follows a family who travel to their second home on Christmas Eve, only to find that their key-holder and her daughter have moved in, having not been able to pay their own rent. Will Christmas spirit prevail and the family allow them to stay, or will their clash of liberal and Christian beliefs drive them apart?