The shows/items that impressed, moved, entertained or captivated me most on BBC local radio, week ending 15 July

  1. BBC Radio Berkshire A sublimely good half-hour documentary featuring MP Alan Johnson’s poignant return to the Britwell estate in Slough opens Sarah Walker’s live three-hour broadcast from the 60-year-old neighbourhood. The former home secretary recalls how it was blanketed by the smell of the Mars factory and full of happy people who had moved from London slums – and, in a very sweet moment, he meets the son of old friends Idris and Doreen, who gave him a book of Dylan Thomas poetry on his 24th birthday (Monday 1004)
  2. BBC Wiltshire Sue Davies gives as good as she gets as she talks to surreal comedy genius Paul Foot about his Tis A Pity She’s A Piglet tour, the people of Swindon who are lost in the last century,  homophobic shire horses etc (Saturday 1050) Plus: live music by Fate the Juggler, Salisbury wildlife group, Brunel opera, Halifax plane, air tattoo
  3. BBC Radio Sheffield Rony Robinson meets the delightful Toby, eight, who has written to every country in the world, and Kat Harbourne meets his classmates who are writing to Sheffields in Australia and New Zealand (Tuesday 1010) Plus: women in politics; My Life So Far with flat cap campaigner Martin Colman of Barnsley; Andy Kershaw live from a green man trail; are women better at being in charge than men?
  4. BBC Radio Northampton “If you look beneath the grasses, the ridges and the tracks, you’ll see scars that hint of memories, histories and lessons” – Bernie Keith makes a special report in northern France about the role of the 6th battalion of the Northamptonshire regiment in the Battle of the Somme. Historians Jon Cooksey and Graham McKechnie tell the amazing stories of individual soldiers (Thursday 1023) Plus: Dr Hilary Jones on cancer symptoms; author Cressida Cowell
  5. BBC Radio Berkshire brilliant stories from Mike Hurst as he talks to Bill Buckley about performing as a child and with the Springfields before becoming a producer, working with Manfred Mann, Cat Stevens, Abba, Shakin’ Stevens (“a fate worse than death” but “I’m very fond of Shaky”) and biographer of Iron Maiden and Deep Purple
  6. BBC Radio Lancashire Stephen Lowe – broadcasting Lancashire Outdoors live from Mere Brow – pops in for a brew with “gradely fellow” Keith who helped establish a centre for autistic children in the village, and they are joined by Steve the manager and resident John who enjoys calming himself down in the sensory room, water fights and raising money for Children In Need (Sunday 1221)
  7. BBC Radio Merseyside Sean Styles eats mealworms and water beetle as he joins outdoor pursuit specialist Nick and laughing, gadget-free, marshmallow-cremating schoolchildren at the survival camp at Knowsley safari park (Tuesday 1130) Plus: the Desperate Scousewives cast
  8. BBC Radio Suffolk  Stephen Foster’s In Session act of the week Delta Groove play Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson’s Gangster of Love on a show that also includes a chat with Sam Outlaw and tracks by Roger McGuinn, Bruce Hornsby, Pugwash, Aretha Franklin and the Beatles  (Wednesday 1834) Plus: Haverhill voxpop about David Cameron/Theresa May; West End Week; Luke Deal meets a teacher who saved a choking boy and looks at plans for Ipswich’s Cornhill development; Theatre Talk with Steve Hawthorne
  9. BBC Radio Leeds Larry Budd and Paul Dunphy declare that QUIET is the best thing beginning with QU after their Saturday debate in a quirky, quality show that also includes Cake O’Clock, Baby Chatz, Theme Song Ding Dong and lots of deliberately cheesy “Blackburned up” links (Saturday 1257)
  10. BBC Radio Merseyside lots of laughs and happy memories as Billy Butler talks to Pete Wylie of the Mighty Wah and organiser Marc Jones about the From Eric’s to Evol event at the Liverpool international music festival (Wednesday 1434) Plus: tracks by Wallis Bird, Deaf School, Buzzcocks, Al Martino, Jethro Tull and Vonda Shepard; Scouse in the House quiz; Five Minute Career: the Kinks; The Story Behind The Song: United We Stand; Are You Smarter Than… quiz
  11. BBC Radio Nottingham Alan Clifford visits Green’s Windmill in Sneinton where organic flour miller John Bellingham dispels some Camberwick Green myths (Monday 1407) Plus: political reporter Peter Saull provides sharp analysis of Tory leadership developments; Hits’n’Headlines (1980); playwright Kevin Fegan
  12. BBC Radio Humberside passions run high as David Burns hosts a powerful phone-in on the rising number of children in care with social worker Janet Leonard in the studio to blame government cuts (Wednesday 0906) Plus: Royal Ballet, Theresa May, William Wilberforce monument project, architecture
  13. BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Chris Mann’s Book Club has a vibrant discussion of children’s reading featuring “the literary ladies” (Dr Christine Corton and Ann O’Neill) and author, geek and wannabe superhero Guy Bass (Thursday 1610) Plus: film reviews; NHS waste; May cabinet; Dotty McLeod at the “Pompeii of the Fens”; American tenor John McMunn; jockey Hayley Turner
  14. BBC Radio Solent Tim Daykin interviews writer Hazel Southam about how her horse Duke helped her through troubles (Sunday 0740) Plus: Neil Sackley on stonemasonry festival, Joe Venable on Eid, vicar on the death of the UK’s oldest person, Tony Blair’s faith
  15. BBC Radio Derby Andy Potter is one of three of the station’s presenters immortalised for the Scarecrow Trail in West Hallam and he confronts his likeness face to face when he meets the organiser (Monday 1444) Plus: Peter Snow on Trainspotting Live, photographer Stephen Elliott in the Lumsdale valley, TV chat 
  16. BBC Wiltshire Marie Lennon joins artist Jenny Arthy at a class she runs for Help For Heroes (Wednesday 1515) Plus: Bring Out The Band quiz; Trowbridge food festival; Natural History Club: swifts; Karen Gardner’s audio diary from the Larmer Tree Festival
  17. BBC WM Paul Franks talks to Sixties singer Mark Wynter (Wednesday 1736) Plus: Cameron/May; your marks out of 10 for Cameron; Labour leadership; interviews about Len Goodman leaving Strictly and possible England boss Sam Allardyce; problem schools; blues singer Deborah Bonham; food historian Roland Rotherham
  18. BBC Radio Shropshire – Jim Hawkins recalls the summer of 1976 in a visit to The Land Of Lost Content Museum of popular culture in Craven Arms where Stella Mitchell talks about David Essex, David Cassidy, Brotherhood Of Man and the Sex Pistols and shows him bondage trousers and crispy noodles. Ends with the rather quaint No 1 hit at the time, Billy Don’t Be A Hero (Friday 1008) Plus: comic art festival organiser Shane Chebsey and comic book writer Howard Chaykin; reaction to Bastille Day attack
  19. BBC Radio Oxford Alex Lester gets some great stories from music industry veteran Ron McCreight from prog to punk including his work with the Moody Blues, the Damned and Toyah (Friday 1505)
  20. BBC Somerset Charlie Taylor interviews the Haynes international motor museum curator in the backseat of a Duesenberg Model J (Saturday 1212) Plus: Ilminster Town FC’s new pavilion, Museum of Somerset’s pirate trail
  21. BBC WM Adrian Goldberg begins 12 hours of Black Country Day outside broadcasts on BBC WM, coming live from Wolverhampton railway station where he talks to the station manager about refurbishment plans and sends Daz Hale off on his challenge to distribute “Proud to be a Yam Yam” badges (Thursday 0706) Plus: what do you like most about the Black Country?; Theresa May/cabinet; push to promote camping for children; Black Country food
  22. BBC Tees Bob Fischer interviews Dave Phillpott about Dear Mr. Kershaw: A Pensioner Writes by Mr Derek Philpott, a book picking holes in songs, with Bruce Thomas of the Attractions on the phone to defend Elvis Costello’s lyrics (Thursday 1410) Plus: chat about cheese and old supermarkets, Time Of Your Life, old post offices, forthcoming gigs
  23. BBC Radio Devon Sophie Pierce reports on the outcry over council overspending on Radio 1’s Big Weekend concert (Wednesday 0706) John Ayres visits a Torbay hospital’s course to help people with learning difficulties find work (0723) Richard Greene reports live from the top of Exeter cathedral which is opening for the public (0751)
  24. BBC Wiltshire  Graham Rogers catches up with reporter Karen Gardner at the Larmer Tree festival before she attends a movement and meditation class and plays a clip from Jack Savoretti’s set (Thursday 0946) Plus: Dr Hilary Jones on cancer symptoms; voxpop on cake culture; Paul Rowley on Theresa May/cabinet; Rebecca Rooney on scheme getting children used to going to dentist; skydiving 78-year-old 
  25. BBC Radio Leicester Ben Jackson visits Cattows Farm to talk about, and try, its soft fruit (Thursday 1609) Plus: interview with Colonel Mike Reynolds (“what a CV,” says Ben); university protest; Claudio Ranieri; Theresa May cabinet; manslaughter case; David Bowie’s art; Helen McCarthy on flood prevention
  26. BBC Radio Gloucestershire Faye Hatcher visits natural remedy expert Rachel Corby on her allotment to discover the medicinal value of summer fruits (Saturday 0950, 1130) Plus: Gloucester arts festival, Tewkesbury mediaeval festival, Fairford air show 
  27. BBC Radio Lancashire John Gillmore continues Gilly’s Grand Gastronomic Tour with an outside broadcast from the Horse & Bamboo in Waterfoot where Andy Hunt from the Real Lancashire black pudding company talks about the vegetarian, gluten-free and chocolate chilli varieties (Thursday 1522) Plus: puppets, pickles and afternoon tea
  28. BBC Radio Cumbria Gordon Swindlehurst talks about the state management pub trail of Carlisle pubs to expert Steve Matthew (Friday 1244) and features another phenomenal selection of music including Rory Connor playing live, Joy Division, Sad Cafe, The Stone Poneys, Dave Brubeck (“this is in 9-4”), Joe Satriani, New York Dolls, Myrie Campbell, Soul II Soul and Linda Ronstadt
  29. BBC Radio York  Jonathan Cowap finds out from David Durham from the Western Front Association about Donald Cowap, a casualty of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, whose grave he found during last month’s OB from northern France (Friday 1020) Plus: kissing on the lips; measured reports by Peg Alexander on the funeral of MP Jo Cox; horse racing; singing group MainStreet Sound
  30. BBC Radio Guernsey the daily chat between presenter Jenny Kendall-Tobias and producer are always a delight: cropping up today are low slung trousers, pomegranates, a busty sand sculpture and mackerel (Tuesday 0936) Plus: boat building, the island’s drug problems, traditional tomato growing; Guernsey Disability Alliance


BBC Radio Berkshire

  • Debbie McGee interviews actress/writer Diz White about her Cotswolds memoir (Sunday 0910) Plus: Reading rock choir, charity cycling, actor Peter Egan
  • Andrew Peach broadcasts live from Westminster as Theresa May becomes the first prime minister from a Berkshire constituency (Wednesday 0700) accompanied by politics lecturer Andrew Renwick

BBC Radio Bristol

  • Sam Bonham’s BBC Introducing in the West pulls off the feat of making contact with 10 different music festivals over two hours, beginning with co-presenter Richard Pitt at 2000 Trees in the Cotswolds (Saturday 2009)
  • referees’ observer Simon Smart talks about being a man in black as Nick and Maggsy plus Ames and Alfie take a leftfield look at sport (Monday 1822) Plus: Portugal fan Luis, Ronaldo’s moth, Cameron’s Smile charity match, Sport for the Desistance of Crime, the School Games in Bath
  • Jonathan Holmes reports on the theft of a memorial Acer tree from an allotment (Tuesday 0736) Also on the Emma Britton breakfast show: Theresa May, childcare, paper reviewer, bikes on trains
  • Laura Rawlings finds out about belly fat from Prof Dylan Thompson in another interesting Ask the Expert feature (Tuesday 1725) Plus: Five A Day (including the power of Barry White), hot air ballooning, Bristol museum’s birds, Weston Super Mare drugs raids, quidditch,

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

  • the Ponytails, the Champs and Danny and the Juniors feature on the Fifties Faves slot on Gerald Main’s oldies show (Saturday 1140)
  • Hereward the Wake expert/ex-Swedish music industry hotshot David Maile is the guest on Nick Conrad’s Music Of My Life slot, choosing Mott the Hoople, Al Stewart and the Kinks (Sunday 0916)
  • Dotty McLeod is joined by historian Dr Sean Lang to talk about the lack of female statues in the county/country (Tuesday 0746) Plus: reluctance to hiring disabled employees, Theresa May, missing author Helen Bailey, brain training in Peterborough, adult learner of the year, tips for moving home

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • Y Viva Espana, Honey Honey and Jukebox Jive begin the Solid Gold hour from 1974 on Duncan Warren’s show (Saturday 1005) Plus: film reviews, pet of the week, barbecues
  • David White finds out about the Livewire youth music project with organiser Andy Rance and Antonio from rock band Tax The Heat (Monday 1039) Plus: mystery year (1983), children’s books, new tracks by ABC and the Changing Room, Jamie Cullum, Wimbledon
  • Debbie McCrory interviews the author of Under A Cornish Sky, Liz Fenwick (Wednesday 1532) and Naomi Kennedy talks to Gareth Horner of the Falmouth RNLI (1620)

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

  • Rugby art gallery and museum’s Jessica Hartshorn comes into Mollie Green’s studio with a briefcase of finds to talk about archaeology month (Sunday 0949) Plus: butterflies, laughing gardener Darren Rudge, hanging baskets made from bras, roving reports by Keith Wedgebury
  • Vic Minett, fresh from pressure washing her patio, talks about goats as pets including a report by Ben Russell from a farm near Nuneaton (Monday 1010) Plus: mayoral Monday, mystery year (1959), does having children make you wiser?
  • Trish Adudu and Jo Tidman lead with the Theresa May story, featuring Alan Soady using a dance version of Cold As Ice in his profile of the new prime minister (Wednesday 0808) Plus: Stratford road row, radicalisation, Pokemon Go, what could Theresa May do for you?

BBC Radio Cumbria

  • Anne Hopper, who plays “relaxing music of the vintage kind” introduces her Topical Triple about indecision featuring songs by the Beverley Sisters, Perry Como and Steve Lawrence (Saturday 2213)
  • Kevin Fernihough begins another Life Story with this week’s guest, Kirsty, talking about her childhood in a foster home (Monday 1110) Plus: what is Britishness?, children’s books

BBC Radio Derby

  • Aleena Naylor is joined by Zoe Clark-Coates of Saying Goodbye to talk about Derby cathedral’s service for families who have lost babies (Saturday 0707) and four resourceful residents of “one of the most diverse roads in Derbyshire” who are holding a street party (0808)
  • Andy Potter meets Women’s Institute members sprucing up Willington railway station (Thursday 1517)

BBC Radio Devon

  • Kerry White meets Clovelly yarn bombers Ellie and Dolly (“think of it as textile graffiti”) (Saturday 1111) and blueberry producer Nick Hewson (1213)
  • Darren Cox begins the second hour of the request show with four minutes of chitchat about Wimbledon and strawberries, getting the gravy ready for Sunday lunch and local events before eventually playing Abba’s Knowing Me Knowing You (Sunday 1305)

BBC Essex

  • Kath Melandri plays human hungry hippos (“that was quite a workout”) during her outside broadcast from the Village Green festival (Saturday 1312)
  • Mark Punter is joined by the record shop owner of the week, Rob Messer of Hip City Records, for some vinyl junkie chat about Scotty Moore, Tony Middleton’s Paris Blues, K-tel, Marvin Gaye (Sunday 1222) Plus: 1961 and 1976 charts, Carpenters double A-side, Synthwave, Vinyl Voice quiz (it rolls over again)
  • Dave Monk talks to Ebola survivor William Pooley on the day he received an honorary degree (Thursday 1736) Plus: Ukip leadership contender Steven Woolfe; Theresa May’s cabinet; naked bike ride row; Thames Estuary Commission

BBC Radio Gloucestershire

  • Dominic Cotter’s Great Gloucester Road Trip takes him to the Bourton-on-the-Water model village where Oasis filmed a music video (Tuesday 1440) Plus: charity cyclists, Book Club: Jilly Cooper’s Riders
  • Nicky Price meets Aubrey, the father of Team GB rugby hopeful Dan Norton (Tuesday 1510) Plus: the show’s own Rio 2016 song (it’s catchy); Rio-bound wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver; school drummers; live music by Edd Bateman’s West African Love Affair
  • Mark Cummings talks to Paul Rowley about Theresa May’s cabinet (Thursday 0704) Plus: Labour leadership; wolf whistling as a hate crime; Gavin Kermack on the Increase The Peace knife crime campaign; ecological special effect snow

BBC Radio Guernsey

  • Isla Blatchford leads on the Wimbledon win for Guernsey’s Heather Watson (Monday 0707) Plus: Guernsey Disability Alliance, new tenants of closed school, Tory leadership

BBC Hereford & Worcester

  • Andrew Easton leads on Theresa May’s elevation to Tory leader with a voxpop by Phil Maiden (there’s much outrage) and analysis by political reporter Matt Bone (Monday 1706) and Paul Rowley confirming the scenario that he predicted immediately after Cameron resigned (1754) Plus: dangerous drivers, children’s books, West Mercia police and crime commissioner
  • Malcolm Boyden talks about the Ghostbusters film (Tuesday 1235) plus technology injuries, renting out handbags, extravagant garden accessories, smiling
  • Claudia Berry reports live from a Bromsgrove adventure centre on a push to promote camping for children (Thursday 0719, 0743) Also on Toni Macdonald’s breakfast show: your camping stories; Hereford university plans; Matt Bone on Theresa May/cabinet; wolf whistling as hate crime; Nicola Goodwin meets charity hair shavers

BBC Radio Humberside

  • Caroline Brockelbank meets Spencer Tunick after the Sea of Hull naked photoshoot (Saturday 1015) Also on James Hoggarth’s show: Fit Mums, nicknames, singer Calum Scott
  • Caroline Brockelbank reports on Spencer Tunick’s naked photoshoot (Monday 0718) Also on the Carl Wheatley/Lizzie Rose breakfast show: dangerous driving, children’s books, James Piekos live from a reopened bus route

BBC Radio Jersey

  • Cathy Le Feuvre talks to Mind Jersey about its healthy young minds campaign (Saturday 0818) Plus: police cuts, dementia, embroidery
  • Sarah Bailey interviews Peter Walsh about his life as he retires from St John Ambulance (Sunday 1132) Plus: Sunday paper reviewers, live triathlon coverage
  • Chris Rayner reports on a St Helier church’s ban on the freemasons’ 300th anniversary celebration (Monday 0707) Also on Ashlea Tracey’s breakfast show: interest rates, triathlon, children’s books, zero-hours contracts, veteran restaurateur Tino Rossi

BBC Radio Kent

  • James Whale finds the beer tent to sample real ale including the gluten-free Bohemian Rhapsody as he broadcasts live from the Kent county show (Saturday 1215) Plus: does having children make me a better radio presenter?, pulled pork, horses, Spitfires, beard oil, panto, live music by Sound Sanctuary
  • John Warnett and Kate Recordon cover the G4S ambulance shambles including audio from Sheila, whose husband was left waiting (Monday 0730) Plus: Southern trains fiasco, interest rates, Steve N Allen’s comedy spot, Labour leadership, Gravesend’s Panic Room, Steve N Allen’s comedy spot, what keeps you young?
  • Pat Marsh and Erika North launch the afternoon’s listener challenge connected to LiveAid seeking, for example, someone who has met Bob Geldof, someone who attended the gig, a story of dancing in the street (Wednesday 1208)

BBC Radio Lancashire

  • Graham Liver has a bash at decorating a cake (“Nobody can be this poor,” says expert Rose) in his Give It A Try This July feature (Monday 0751) Plus: Chorley hospital A&E, Mike Stevens meets Polish minister visiting Blackburn, Cryptic Clue and Let’s Get Lyrical quizzes, call for a seaside tsar
  • Tim Padfield reports on the erection of a headstone commemorating WW1 nurse Clementina Addison in Cayton (Wednesday 1741) Also on Sean McGinty’s drivetime show: Cameron/May; Labour leadership; local paper editor

BBC Radio Leeds

  • Tracey Gee reports on short sentences for dangerous drivers, meeting a mother whose son was killed by a drunk motorist who spent just two years in prison, and Liz Green interviews Huddersfield-based campaign Brake (Monday 0708) Plus: Richard Beacham reports on the decline of Bradford’s Darley Street; your greatest British sporting hero
  • between tracks by Irene Cara and Tavares, Gayle Lofthouse asks listeners: what makes a really good pub? and for memories of Yorkshire’s variety clubs (Tuesday 1510)
  • Richard Stead broadcasts live from the Great Yorkshire Show, with Charles Heslett sent to the food hall where he learns about the art of coopering from Jonathan and Ewan from Theakstons (Wednesday 1038) and samples gingerbread and ice cream. Plus: environment secretary Liz Truss, Brexit/farming, tweed, gardening advice, cybercrime, hair and beauty students

BBC Radio Leicester

  • Monica Winfield talks to Georgie Bullen of the GB Paralympic goalball team for visually impaired players (Saturday 1036). Plus: Wigston brass band, Canada Day, roving reports by Sam Plummer
  • Jonathan Lampon talks to RNLI volunteers Alan and Brent about lifeboat rescues (Wednesday 1122) Plus: Theresa May/the Labour leadership, do you judge people by their shoes?, Paralympic footballer Alistair Patrick-Heselton, writing wills

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

  • Chris Berrow opens the Lincolnshire Jukebox hour of requests (Saturday 1103) with ELO, Queen and Michael Jackson chosen by undemanding listeners
  • Chris Berrow talks to Dennis Locorriere about learning the bass and his career with, and after, Dr Hook (Monday 1406) Plus: Hits’n’Headlines (1966); the Lunch Bunch
  • Melvyn Prior takes a drive in a 1902 Oldsmobile that is controlled by a tiller (Thursday 1113) Plus: rehoming hens; what should top Theresa May’s to-do list? (one listener’s wish for Jeremy Hunt to be sacked is granted – and then ungranted); children’s author Cressida Cowell
  • David Sykes investigates the school prom craze at the Red Carpet Ready shop (Friday 0754) and Lizzie Musham reports on the rehearsals for the Lincoln 16 spectacular in which she plays a factory girl (0822) Also on Scott Dalton’s breakfast show: Paul Rowley on Theresa May’s cabinet; Bastille Day attack; police bravery award winner; archive audio of WW1 tank drivers

BBC Radio Manchester

  • the countdown of the 1972 chart on Jason Hardy’s Nothing But The 70s begins with Nut Rocker, Walking In The Rain With The One I Love and Oh Girl. The best band ever, the Sweet, pop up at No 4 with Little Willy (Saturday 1306)
  • Becky Want talks to writer Miranda Sawyer about her midlife crisis book (Monday 1347) Plus: music by Pink Martini, Lunchtimers, your favourite childhood book, Paul Rowley on Tory leadership
  • Jacqueline Paine visits the family of a deaf Wythenshawe girl Katie-Anne to investigate cuts in support from the council (0725) Also on the Alison Butterworth/Jack Dearden breakfast show: Kevin Fitzpatrick on £300m Brexit blow for Greater Manchester, Michelle Adamson at an independent coffee company, your reasons to be cheerful, tattoos, Theresa May

BBC Radio Merseyside

  • Paul Salt is joined by women from a community bakery in Anfield (Saturday 0839) Plus: Paths In Time (Andy Ball and Steven Guy on anti-slavery campaigner William Roscoe), Nature Watch (with Matt Thomas), River Watch (Mersey pilot Stuart Wood on shipping comings and goings)
  • Marc Gaier meets Widnes children who are taking part in a London fun run – and getting excited about seeing Reggie ‘n’ Bollie (Thursday 0725) Also on Tony Snell’s breakfast show: rail network investment; stories of camping; police bravery award winner; coughs/lung cancer

BBC Newcastle

  • Chris Donald’s Soul Club features an “idiosyncratic but hopefully enjoyable selection of soul music” including brilliant live tracks from the “star turn on the imaginary stage”, Gil Scott Heron (Saturday night 1233) Also aired on BBC Tees
  • Russ Ward visits the Sunderland Bangladeshi centre as the Ramadan fast ends and has the charm to get away with saying: “You don’t seem to have wasted away.” (Sunday 0720) Also on Ingrid Hagemann’s show: Bamborough castle skeletons, Lindisfarne monastery archaeology, premier of Asunder about Sunderland in WW1, Labour party, Wimbledon
  • Tonight’s North East with Stephanie Finnon and Jon Harle lead with an update by political reporter Fergus Hewison on the Tory/Labour leadership (1604) Plus: Ian Reeve at Darlington bus crash victim’s funeral, Russ Ward on stress treatment in Sunderland, dangerous driving, Mouth of the Tyne festival, premier of Asunder, fight at under-15s football match

BBC Radio Norfolk

  • Anthony Isaacs interviews classical music composer Lydia Kakabadse whose influences are Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, medieval and middle eastern music (Sunday 0745) Plus: East Anglia’s port chaplain, Eid, new archdeacon, Battle of the Somme
  • Matthew Gudgin joins farmer Chris Skinner at High Ash farm to observe birds who are visiting for summer  (Monday 1641) Plus: Noel Coward show, Tory leadership, advice on savings, Teatime Money, Andrew Turner reports on training social workers, Jill Bennett on new university building in King’s Lynn

BBC Radio Northampton

  • Sara Palmer reports from Silverstone in the buildup to the British grand prix (Sunday 1048) Also on Helen Blaby’s show: gardening phone-in, guest paper review, show tunes slot, pick of the week
  • Paul ‘Gadders’ Gadsby presents the opening ceremony of the Corby highland gathering as he broadcasts his oldies show from Charter Field (Sunday 1205)

BBC Radio Nottingham

  • Paul Robey’s oldies show features the listeners’ top three tracks by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – Bend It, Hold Tight and the favourite, Xanadu (Sunday 1505)
  • Sarah Julian visits Hucknall cemetery with a woman campaigning for a memorial to a family killed in the second world war who were buried in a pauper’s grave and she also meets people who remember the incident (Wednesday 0741) Plus: Theresa May, photography/mental health project; audio of reporter Hayley Compton on her slug problem

BBC Radio Oxford

  • Tim Smith talks to Olly Knights from Turin Brakes who is en route to the Cornbury festival (Saturday 1117) Plus: Hits’n’Headlines, actor John Partridge, British grand prix, air tattoo, OTT quiz
  • Kat Orman features music by the Shires and a chat with Corinne Bailey Rae at the Cornbury music festival (Tuesday 1110) Plus: Queens of Syria theatre tour; plays about childhood suffering; are older people undervalued?; A34 dangers
  • Nick Piercey features the Shires performing Dreams at the Cornbury festival followed by their conversation with reporter Ali Jones (Wednesday 1435) Plus: the Thames Path 20th anniversary; novelist David Snell; Lewis Carroll musical

BBC Radio Sheffield

  • Bernie Clifton opens with a deliberately hoary Uranus joke and some quickfire topical humour before an hour amusing the Live-ish audience, along with Chella Quint and Sam Hutchinson (the show’s youngest ever panellist and therefore subjected to lots of nappy rash gags) (Saturday 1305)
  • Toby Foster leaves his studio to celebrate the launch of the Herd of Sheffield elephant statues on the streets of Sheffield, with Andy Kershaw given the challenge of visiting all 58 and Neil McSweeney performing the official song (Monday 0807) Plus: eccentric publican/artist Anthony Youel, Labour party, parking row
  • Kat Harbourne reports from Barnsley, meeting campaigners for a statue to mark the 150th anniversary of the Oaks colliery mining disaster in which 361 men and boys died (Thursday 1119) Also on the Rony Robinson show: clubland, Labour party, wildlife trust, Theresa May/cabinet, My Life So Far

BBC Radio Shropshire

  • Eric Smith talks to the Mary Webb Society and a sculptor about a new memorial to the Shropshire poet and novelist  (Saturday 0815, 0940) Plus: Wimbledon, Tory leadership, ceremonial bugler, golf
  • the Clare Ashford/Eric Smith breakfast show leads on story of GHA bus operator ceasing trading with Tim Page reporting and the council transport chief in the studio (Thursday 0806) Plus: Nick Southwell on the Crucial Crew safety awareness event for children; childhood cinema memories; schools event marking Battle of the Somme; Theresa May/cabinet; teenage tennis player; interest rates

BBC Radio Solent

  • Louisa Hannan talks to transport correspondent Paul Clifton about the Southern Trains fiasco including the anonymous views of a crew member  (Monday 1724) Plus: children’s graves vandalised in Southampton, local paper editor, Chris Hitchings at Peterson’s Folly, Phil Collins tribute show, new New Forest homes

BBC Somerset

  • James Craig makes local politics come alive as he reports on talks about a council shakeup (Tuesday 0734) Also on Claire Carter’s breakfast show: Wellington woman Adela and her carer children, community land trust, humming/whistling, Theresa May
  • Ben McGrail examines the impact of Brexit on farming with BBC Radio York’s Gareth Barlow who is at the Great Yorkshire Show (Tuesday 1023) Plus: should there be a general election? (no, thanks, is consensus); Somerset author GM Aspinall; Roald Dahl’s words

BBC Radio Stoke

  • Richard Searling’s Soul on Trent delivers two hours of “American soul brilliance” including the weekly Golden Torch Memories, this week featuring JJ Barnes, Laura Lee and Earl Wright (Saturday 1800)
  • Stuart George sets out his menu (Wednesday 1609) featuring The Needle in Fenton/public art in general; David Cameron/Theresa May; Larry the No10 cat/stuff you’ve found when you’ve moved house

BBC Radio Suffolk

  • Matt Marvel – hosting “your football replacement service” – features live links with reporter Simon Warr on the Pigs Go Wild trail in Ipswich (Saturday 1509)
  • Jon Wright visits the newest Ipswich mosque and stitches a bit of Kylie’s Wow into his report because he’s so impressed by the dome (Sunday 0722). Plus: general synod, flint walls at St Mary’s in West Stow, Ipswich Mela, church roofs, guest paper reviewer, a Quaker on the Chilcot report
  • James Hazell’s Lunchbox guest is Matthew Brandt of Earthly News reading out stories about UFOs, paranormal activity, vampires etc (Wednesday 1330) Plus: Pokemon Go, last day stunts, Back In The Day: 1970 and 1988; Mystery Voice

BBC Surrey/BBC Sussex

  • the 70s/80s hour on Graham Dene’s Rock’n’Roll Cafe begins with Yellow River, Pop Music and Love All Day (Saturday 1306)
  • Danny Pike gets some good stories from listeners during a discussion of sepsis and misdiagnosis, eg Rosemary from Rushington’s missed ovarian cancer (Wednesday 0910) Plus: Fi Glover on the Listening Project; your last day at work; Alison David on children’s reading; English nationhood; RNLI volunteers
  • Allison Ferns features chakra alchemist Tash Mitch as her Sound Advice guest, advising on how to turn the lens inward and tap into the huge navigational system of intuition to get into high vibrational situations (Wednesday 1410) Plus: Larry the No10 cat/pets being left behind or adjusting to new homes; Pokemon Go; Hits’n’Headlines; Lunchbreak guest; Walled Garden music festival; author Joanna Cannon

BBC Tees

  • Lucy Moody meets Amy whose baby was saved by the neo-natal unit at North Tees hospital and is skydiving to raise funds (Saturday 0811) Also on Mike Hill’s breakfast show: new bus service, Middlesbrough Mela, neo-fascist stickers in Hartlepool

BBC Three Counties Radio

  • Helen Legh, fresh after a Cuban-themed party, interviews campaigner Glen Perkins about the Shropshire baby ashes scandal (Sunday 0709) Plus: Christian wrestler, general synod, Leadsom/motherhood, Wimbledon, Eid
  • Nick Coffer talks to Rocky Horror Show star Norman Pace (Tuesday 1338) Plus: Stepping Out; Chain of Hope charity
  • terms such as vested interests, usurers, treachery, tyranny and betrayal are banded about by two old school pro-Corbyn Labour members as they talk to Roberto Perrone about the party’s leadership crisis (Tuesday 1704) Plus: David Cameron’s legacy, Labour leadership, Ukip leadership  Brexit/farming, moths, film remakes, HS2, maths teaching; the business and finance panel

BBC Wiltshire

  • Ben Prater’s lead story is the terrible quality of military housing, with reporter Sima Kotecha (Wednesday 0807) Plus: Tory leadership; kissing children on the lips; Karen Gardner at the Larmer Tree Festival, Swindon Town, badgers


  • Mollie Green visits the penguins at the 20-year-old National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham (Saturday 0810)

BBC Radio York

  • Gareth Barlow visits a robotic milking parlour (Sunday 0615) and joins a hunt for some of the UK’s 4,000 pollinators on a Yorkshire meadow (0638) on Yorkshire Farming
  • BBC local radio playlist favourite Billy Ocean guests on the Adam Tomlinson/Anna Wallace show (Wednesday 1413) Plus: Dash Through The Decades; can Strictly Come Dancing continue without Len Goodman?; novelist Lesley Pearse