I won't go as far as to call the channel a "national treasure" as I believe they recently called themselves rather self-congratulatingly. My problems with the channel stem from the preponderance of the following programs
- PM at bloody 5pm (all the news coverage really: every hour, on the hour, and full of the sweet and smelly stuff)
- Woman's Hour (sorry but I can't listen to any more of Jenni Murray or any of her guests*)
- "Thinking allowed" (ffs)
- one or two others
But I have to sing the praises of some of the drama they present: A superb radio adaptation of I Claudius - rivalling the 1976 TV version starring Derek Jacobi, it really was that good - many of the things that end up on Radio 7, the Professor Challenger stories now being aired, and this wonderful program on unsung Inventors called "Genius Unrecognised"
Beautiful stuff :) have a listen!
* there was a good program a year or two back with the mandolin player Alison Stephens (who has since sadly died). Which was so good I was tempted to start listening a few more times, arrghh.