BBC lays on a feast of verse

Poets and poetry fans are being celebrated and treated in BBC’s Poetry Season. There will be programmes on both radio and TV to suit a wide variety of tastes. The by-line of the season is ‘let poetry into your life’ and you will have plenty of opportunity to do so.

The season actually got under way last week with Sir Ian McKellen reading Shakespeare’s sonnets and thanks to BBC Iplayer, you can still re-visit this item.

Radio 3 presents a poem a day at 08:30 for the next 5 weeks, repeated at 14:00, then to help you to sleep, at 23:00 a series of contemporary poets talk about others who influenced their work.

On TV, poetry specials appear on BBC2 and BBC4, next up at 21:00 on Wednesday May 27th is Armando Iannucci presenting ‘John Milton’s Heaven and Hell’.

On Friday 29th May at 21:00 on BBC2 a host of stars including Sheila Hancock, Robert Webb and Cerys Matthews present their choice of British poetry and what it means to them in ‘My Life in Verse’.  Ian Hislop welcomes new Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy on Saturday 20th on BBC2 at 23:40 in ‘The Changing of the Bard’.

BBC4 guides you through the British landscape in verse in ‘A Poet’s Guide to Britain’, Monday 1st June 20:30  Get the full programme, catch up and learn more here:


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