The new series of Radio 4′s stunningly ambitious This Sceptred Isle, which now turns it’s attention to Empire, began yesterday. With over 90 episodes, it should be a rare and uniquely detailed treat. But how wondeful it would have been if the BBC had taken the opportunity to make it available as podcasts! That would be great. I realise that the tapes and CDs of This Sceptred Isle represent BBC Audiobooks most successful cash-cow and they’re anxious not to upset that, but I’d gladly pay a subscription for podcasted episodes of this, or they could just issue low bitrate versions which would be less likely to impinge upon sales. Ah well – just an idea and sadly one they’ve chosen not to pursue.
You can at least listen back to previous episodes online if, like me, getting to a radio at 3.45pm is sadly impossible – click here to listen to yesterday’s episode.