Antonia Quirke is an author and journalist. She is a presenter on The Film Programme and Pick of the Week (Radio 4) and Film 2015 and The One Show (BBC 1). She writes a column on radio for the New Statesman.
I can think of no better way to hear out a grim year than listening to Eliot's poetry. It's how I'll be spending New Year's Day.
When a book on quantum gravity came on air, it sounded like a brief return to something that has declined so much over our lifetimes – knowledge as part of a function of a media flow.
With a £289m investment and 11 new language services, the BBC's planned expansion reminds us why the World Service matters.
Antonia Quirke tunes into Treasure Quest Extra Time on the local radio station.
Susie Orbach's In Therapy has turned from an oddity to a thrilling drama.
The composer is writing one new piece of music a week for the BBC station's breakfast show – mostly, by hiding in the spare room.
Carol's reading of the community notices reaches almost Shipping Forecast levels of non-partisanship.
Peter Bradshaw's “Reunion”, read by Tom Hollander, was the perfect afternoon short story.
For its part, Radio 1 was too absorbed by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards to mention the proclamation on Newsbeat.
Rad, who is now in the UK but is from a family of medics in Aleppo, had something that is rare for the show: insight.
The Zombie PM
The doomed premiership of Theresa May