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Shady Characters at the BBC: Word of Mouth, 24th May

There’s no miscellany post this weekend, but by way of compensation I might point you towards tomorrow’s episode of BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth programme, to be broadcast at 4pm here in the UK.* In it I’ll be talking with the estimable Michael Rosen about punctuation, ancient Greece, medieval manuscripts, Winston Churchill and more — it was great fun to record the episode, and I hope it’ll be fun to listen to as well.

So: remember to tune in to Radio 4 tomorrow at 4pm, and please let me know what you think in the comments section below or, if you’d prefer, drop me a line via the Contact page. Enjoy!

Update: The programme is now available to stream and download.

It should be available to stream elsewhere in the world too, shortly after the broadcast itself. 

4 comments on “Shady Characters at the BBC: Word of Mouth, 24th May

  1. Comment posted by Richard Hollick on

    Great program. Thanks.

    I have always been slightly amused by the idea of OUP’s R. W. Chapman’s applying classical reconstruction rules to Jane Austen’s text. I wonder if that second comma in the first sentence of Pride and Prejudice originated with him or with Jane Austen herself. One would need to look at a first edition to be sure!

    1. Comment posted by Keith Houston on

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Perhaps an Austen scholar can weigh in?

  2. Comment posted by Oliver Cowan on

    I was listening to you on my drive home, I particularly liked the discussion of the @ symbol. Thanks, will have to pick up the book now!

    1. Comment posted by Keith Houston on

      Great! Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed the programme, and I hope you enjoy the book too.

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