Today’s radio highlights

The best radio programmes on BBC, commercial and digital stations chosen by Gillian Reynolds, the UK’s top radio critic.imageMONDAY 30 MAY

Afternoon Play: Corrinne Come Back and Gone

Radio 4FM, 2.15pm

This is Lenny Henry’s first play for Radio 4 and it is a powerful piece, especially for a Spring Bank Holiday afternoon. Corrinne (Claire Benedict, excellent in the part) left Jamaica years ago, in flight from a brutal husband. Now he’s dead and she’s free to go back to see the three daughters she had to leave behind. They’re grown up now, with lives, families and fears and hopes of their own. Each has strong things to say to Corrinne. But there are still ways in which they can learn from each other, once they can find the courage to be honest.

The Infinite Monkey Cage

Radio 4FM, 4.30pm

The science show that beat A History of the World in 100 Objects (and Radio 5 Live’s feisty Victoria Derbyshire) to this year’s Sony Gold for best speech programme. Presented by TV star Brian Cox (professor of particle physics at Manchester University, former rock idol) and Oxford-educated comedian Robin Ince. The aim is to make science fun without diluting its serious essence. Its place in the schedule is interesting, homework time for younger listeners (for, as Feedback recently revealed, this programme has 11-year-old fans).

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