Ed Reardon and feline companion Elgar co-present a selection of programmes about cats.
The 12-year-olds at Radio 4 Extra thought it would be a wheeze to hire Ed Reardon for a three-hour showcase of programmes about cats from the BBC radio archives, on the condition that his feline companion Elgar joins him as co-presenter.
And so radio's favourite curmudgeon bundles Elgar into his basket and hops on the train from Berkhamsted to Broadcasting House. Between complaints about the paucity of hospitality (apart from a luxury pouch for puss), Ed and Elgar paw through the cat back catalogue to discover some kitty treats:
* In Spoken Cat, Sian Phillips meets the people learning cat language so that they can communicate with their moggies.
* Dawn French reads The Cat Lover, by Lynne Truss.
* Beryl Reid reveals how the Post Office put pussycats on the payroll in A Shilling a Week and All the Mice You Can Eat.
* In City Cat, Fergus Keeling finds out how Felis Domesticus copes with the urban rat race.
* Dylan Winter hears about a whiskered winner of the PDSA Dickin Medal, a cat called Simon who kept up morale during the 100 day Yangtze Incident, in The Animals VC: The Cat Among the Pigeons.
* A vintage edition of Ed Reardon's Week finds Elgar going AWOL.
* And a moving story set on Christmas Eve, The Mousehole Cat, finds an old moggy helping his human to feed a starving Cornish village.
Along the way Ed dangles snippets of poetry and a serenade from Si Si the famous singing cat.
Presented by Christopher Douglas.
The 12-year-olds at Radio 4 Extra insist that Ed Reardon's feline companion Elgar joins him to co-present a selection of programmes about cats from the BBC radio archives.