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R4 lovers, what programme[s] do you hate?

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Fink Fri 30-Oct-15 21:11:45

In an effort to avoid writing an essay ...

Those of us who are almost constant R4 listeners (I get tense when it switches to the World Service for the night), what programme/programmes can't you stand?

I love quite a lot of it, will put up with a lot more rather than switch over, but there are some programmes I genuinely destest. The Moral Maze is probably top of my list.

Any others?

NashvilleQueen Fri 30-Oct-15 21:13:45

In Our Time. Just can't get into it

That religious one with Ernie whatsit.

Some of the comedy is dire.

NashvilleQueen Fri 30-Oct-15 21:15:13

But when I compare the output on R4 to tv where I actually watch about three things all year I can't complain.

Cookingongas Fri 30-Oct-15 21:15:36

The archers. I HATE it. The dice for the off button around 2 is a respected tradition of each day. Otherwise I'm pretty much all day everyday r4.

Cookingongas Fri 30-Oct-15 21:15:43


Shallishanti Fri 30-Oct-15 21:16:27

you and yours

FriedSprout Fri 30-Oct-15 21:21:07

Love most of Radio 4, including The Archers.

Can't abide Count Arthur Strong though! It's the only thing I'll turn off pdq

NashvilleQueen Fri 30-Oct-15 21:23:13

I love Count Arthur Strong. I used to hate it but I'm a total convert.

JeffyJeffington Fri 30-Oct-15 21:25:58

Grew up hating all of it, gradually have come to LOVE all of it, even GQT which i used to find soooo boring as a kid (well, except the stupid afternoon plays, they really boil my piss grin)

BiscuitMillionaire Fri 30-Oct-15 21:26:46

I find the books read aloud really good, but the dramas are often awful - terrible stilted acting, with that 'let's try to squeeze as much meaning out of every word as we can' style.

Love the Archers though - addicted again now.

Fink Fri 30-Oct-15 21:27:42

I am suitably heartened that some of the stuff I love other people hate.

With Sprout on Count Arthur Strong though. Could be misjudging it as I've never managed to sit through that horrible voice long enough to actually hear what he's saying.

MidnightHag Fri 30-Oct-15 21:29:02

Melvin Bragg on a Thursday morning. This is such a peak time slot for an esoteric programme.
Hate it.

MorrisZapp Fri 30-Oct-15 21:29:24

I don't like Just a Minute. All those clever people unable to finish their jokes because of 'repetition'. It's just irritating.

BumpPower Fri 30-Oct-15 21:29:26

I hate front row. Mainly I think because if I'm listening to front row the baby took a while to get to sleep and I didn't managed to clean the kitchen during the archers...

NashvilleQueen Fri 30-Oct-15 21:32:57

I'm not that keen on Front Row either. All a bit earnest.

HumphreyCobblers Fri 30-Oct-15 21:34:33

I cannot listen to the Moral Maze either. Don't like Round Britain Quiz thing much. File on Four is very variable. I never listen to the dramas.

Otherwise it is all great.

FriedSprout Fri 30-Oct-15 21:35:06

How were you converted to Count Arthur Strong Nashville? - did it involve illegal substances or nicely dressed young men at your door waving pamphlets?
I have never (and I'm very old), heard anything less funny, up to and including Canon and Ball and Keith Lemon grin

FaFoutis Fri 30-Oct-15 21:37:23

Counterpoint or anything about music, particularly classical music. That isn't what I listen to radio 4 for.
Any drama 'acted' in an American accent get switched off too.

Devonicity Fri 30-Oct-15 21:38:33

Anything that's billed as 'comedy' in the 11.00 slot. I have to listen to the previous day's Today in Parliament on iplayer instead. And the Sunday Service.

FaFoutis Fri 30-Oct-15 21:38:43

I like Count Arthur Strong. It isn't quite funny but it is comforting somehow. Maybe because I was born in the 70s.

PenelopePitstops Fri 30-Oct-15 21:39:20

I love the dramas and most of the comedy, some of the comedy is odd!

Gardeners question time is warming on me. I don't like the more documentary style shows, far too serious. Is front row the culture /arts thing? If so I'm not a fan!

PenelopePitstops Fri 30-Oct-15 21:40:03

11pm comedy is generally poor.

GiddyOnZackHunt Fri 30-Oct-15 21:40:10

In our time, Something Understood and Beyond Belief (that Ernie programme).
And Bells on Friffing Sunday (the repeat). Everything is winding down at midnight 45 and suddenly you get all manner of blinking clanging. And it's not even Sunday at that point! It's MONDAY!!!!
blush but this is my big R4 bug bear.

GiddyOnZackHunt Fri 30-Oct-15 21:41:40

And the Round Britain Quiz. Who are the people on it?

roamer2 Fri 30-Oct-15 21:41:51

shipping forecast, sunday worship, saturday late night quiz shows as they are way to difficult for me, bells on sunday and the music they play before the shipping forecast. All of these are as bad as listening to sport commentary as they don't catch my interest and are actually non programmes. With a few exceptions the programme I don't like is 'something understood' because it is so depressing

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