Strange as it may sound, hearing about boredom on radio is anything but boring

Tamsin Greig and Adam James in Radio 4 comedy Ground Control
Tamsin Greig and Adam James in Radio 4 comedy Ground Control  Credit: BBC


One of the quirks of the radio is that, more often than not, you tune in to the middle of a programme which could be about anything, so you have to sift it for clues about what might be going on. (Kitchen-sink drama? Any Questions?) It’s an odd way to consume an art form – you probably don’t make a habit of starting novels at page 80 – but the pleasure of exercising one’s logic (and one’s eavesdropping) can make it more fun than listening to the whole programme politely from the start, as its maker intended.

For this reason, the always-excellent Words and Music (Radio 3) must be one of the most “radio” things on the radio, because it keeps you in that just-tuned-in, on-your-toes state for more...

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