Radio 7 will launch on 2nd April as BBC Radio 4 Extra.
It will "still primarily be an archive entertainment network, broadcasting classic comedy, drama and features. BBC Radio 4 Extra will also broadcast some well loved BBC Radio 4 programmes, and introduce new gems for radio lovers to enjoy". -Radio 7 homepage
Desert Island Discs Revisited: will feature archive editions of Desert Island Discs introduced by Kirsty Young, who will update and contextualise each castaway’s interview. The programmes will be broadcast in themed groups series, beginning with children’s authors.
Desert Island Discs Selection: a selection of extended repeats from the past year featuring previously unheard material will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra when DID is off BBC Radio 4’s airwaves.
The Four O’Clock Show: a daily Monday to Friday one hour show with quizzes, stories, comedy clips and interviews designed to appeal to children and their parents/carers.
Young Classics: New dramas on Sunday afternoons to be enjoyed by all ages include: The Silver Sword and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The Now Show Extra and The News Quiz Extra: extended by 15 minutes, listeners can hear behind-the-scenes interviews with the shows’ writers, producers and comic guests.
Comedy First: As part of the comedy club, new comedy will be premiered on BBC Radio 4 Extra prior to transferring to BBC Radio 4. These will include a new series of Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash and Sarah Millican’s Support Group.
Gwyneth Williams, Controller, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4 Extra says: I hope that in bringing BBC Radio 4 Extra closer to BBC Radio 4, by adding some inviting new programmes and variations of some old favourites, we will encourage more listeners to find and enjoy what this imaginative digital station has to offer.