Saturday 26th January
- The Archive Hour: Powers of Passion: How Britain Learned to Sell
BBC Radio 4, 8pm – Recommended for… Business Studies and Advertising
In this intriguing programme about the history of advertising in film and TV, designer Wayne Hemingway is granted access to the British Film Institute’s vast advertising collections.
- Between the Years: Singing, Not Drowning
BBC Radio 3, 9:30pm – Recommended for… Sport and History
Presenter Jane Ray goes to the south of France to meet swimming instructor Pierre Gruneberg. The now 87-year-old fled from his German home during the Nazi persecution of Jews, and has since been teaching hundreds of people to swim, including stars such as Liza Minelli.
Sunday 27th January
- Something Understood: In the Name of the Mother
BBC Radio 4, 6:05am – Recommended for… PSHE and Religious Studies
Motherhood is viewed differently in different parts of the world, or even in different parts of the same community, which is something that Remona Aly explores in this programme.
- The Listening Project
BBC Radio 4, 2:45pm – Recommended for… PSHE
We’ve all learned about the RNLI at some point in PSHE lessons – so this talk with members of the Spurn Point lifeboat crew could make for useful listening.
- File on 4: Finding Freedom – the Fight Against Modern Slavery
BBC Radio 4, 5pm – Recommended for… Sociology, PSHE
Paul Keynon reports on the alarming rise in modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK over the past few years, talking to victims that have escaped or been rescued.
Monday 28th January
- The Infinite Monkey Cage: Are Human Beings Still Evolving?
BBC Radio 4, 4:30pm – Recommended for… Biology
Brian Cox and Robin Ince debate with guests about the possibility that humans may not have reached their peak and are still evolving.
Tuesday 29th January
- The Long View
BBC Radio 4 – Recommended for… Physics
Jonathan Freeland draws parallels between Brunel’s work on creating our railway system to Elon Musk’s proposed Hyperloop transport system.
- Drama: Chopsticks
BBC Radio 4, 2:15pm – Recommended for… PSHE
This drama by Jason Barker and Ellie Kendrick follows Joel and Blaise, who first met and fell in love twenty years ago when they were bridesmaids Joanne and Pauline. Joel has undergone trans-operative work, and Blaise is considering doing the same – they meet in hopes of talking to someone who understands what they’re going through, but it doesn’t go quite to plan.
- BBC World Hacks: The Shopping Mall Where Everything Is Recycled
BBC World Service, 3:05pm – Recommended for… Geography
Following a number of nature documentaries and news stories, we are trying to become more and more eco-friendly, and upcyling is well… on the up. In this programme, the presenters visit Eskilstuna in Sweden, a shopping centre where every shop is a second-hand store.
- Word of Mouth: Forensic Linguistics
BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… Linguistics, Policing, and Law
This week, Michael Rosen talks to John Olsen, who specialises in forensic linguistics and who has worked with the police, solicitors, and prosecutors over the years.
Wednesday 30th January
BBC Radio 4, 6:30pm – Recommended for… Religious Studies
This comedy adventure follows spoiled pop star Nathan Blakely (Daniel Rigby), who is reincarnated as a snail after his unfortunate death. Can Nathan make up for the mistakes of his previous life?
- The Invention of Free Speech
BBC Radio 4, 11:30pm – Recommended for… Sociology and History
Fara Dabhoiwala and guests look into the history of free political speech, focusing in on the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
Thursday 31st January
- In Our Time: Owain Glyndŵr
BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… History and Welsh
This week, Melvyn Bragg talks to guests Huw Pryce (Bangor University), Helen Fulton (University of Bristol) and Chris Given-Wilson (University of St Andrews) about Owain Glyndŵr, the last Welshman to hold the title of Prince of Wales.
- The Art of Intimacy
BBC Radio 4, 11:30am – Recommended for… PSHE and English Literature
With a rise in awareness about sexual assault, this look at the depictions of consent in literature throughout the years is incredibly relevant.
Friday 1st February
- The Ultimate Trip: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey
BBC Radio 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Film Studies
With 2001: A Space Odyssey a popular choice for the film studies curriculum, this programme made last year for the 50th anniversary of the film’s release is a perfect resource! Here we explore the process that went into making it and how it was adapted from Arthur C Clarke’s novel.