Something Understood

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Something Understood is a weekly radio programme on BBC Radio 4 which deals with topics of religion, spirituality, and the larger questions of human life, and took a particular spiritual theme, exploring it through speech, music, prose, and poetry. It is broadcast early on Sunday mornings with a repeat late on Sunday evening. It started in 1995; new episodes ceased to be made in 2019.


Pieces of music - popular as well as classical - were often used at the beginning and end of the programme. It was hosted regularly by Sir Mark Tully, but also by other contributors. The programme was first broadcast in 1995; the BBC, having announced its cessation earlier in the year, broadcast the last new programme on Easter Sunday 21 April, 2019.[1] In 2009, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, was interviewed on a programme talking about prayer. In February 2013, a special edition of the programme consisted of the Dalai Lama talking about the mind.

The name of the program is a quotation from George Herbert's 1633 poem 'Prayer'.[2]

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  1. ^ Marshall, Michelle (2019-04-16). "Mark Tully: BBC Radio 4 host speaks out on shock programme axe 'I feel sad for myself'". Daily Express. London. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  2. ^ Herbert, George. "Prayer (I)". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 27 September 2019. Prayer the church's banquet, angel's age, God's breath in man returning to his birth, ... Church-bells beyond the stars heard, the soul's blood, The land of spices; something understood.
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