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That Mitchell And Webb Sound, Radio 4 Thursday 6.30pm

THEY may have made a hash of their first film, Magicians, but David Mitchell and Robert Webb are still funny on the TV and Radio 4, their natural home where they started out. They're back for a third series of their Sony Award-winning cult sketch show, with old favourites like Sir Digby Chicken Caesar and his crimefighting sidekick Ginger and many new characters.

There's a tough-talking cop who doesn't get results but insists on doing things by the book. There's the latest news from the world's most desperate reality TV show, Big Celebrity Fame Zeppelin, and "things not to say to people on their deathbed". And there's also the heart-warming story of Asbo Zaprudder, a lovely baby seal who can write magical text messages.

The Birds, Radio 4 Saturday 2.30pm

WE know The Birds well from the thrilling Hitchcock film, but many people may not realise that the story came from a 1952 novel by Daphne du Maurier.

To mark the centenary of her birth, Radio 4 presents a new production of the classic horror story.

Du Maurier disliked the film, particularly its relocation to small-town America. This production, starring Neil Dudgeon as Nat, returns the story to its original setting, with its small fields and stone hedges.

Nat battles to protect his family as birds begin to ruthlessly attack humans, building to a terrifying climax.

The Archive Hour - Test Match Special: Ball By Ball, Radio 4 Saturday 8pm

RORY Bremner presents a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Test Match Special's ball by ball cricket coverage.

Trawling the archives of the programme, he takes an affectionate look at a radio institution.

Test Match Special (TMS) is as much a part of national cricketing life as leather on willow and rain stopping play.

A Prime Minister, a Chairman of the Bank of England, stars of music, stage and screen and dozens of the greats of the game have all graced the Test Match Special commentary box to give their opinions on the play. The programme has also created some memorable radio moments.

Ball By Ball celebrates the work of great commentators like John Arlott, Brian Johnston and Richie Benaud. The programme also hears from Eric Idle, former Sports Minister Kate Hoey, veteran TMS producer Peter Baxter, broadcaster Darcus Howe and former Test player and TMS summariser Graeme "Foxy" Fowler.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 20, 2007
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