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Kaleidoscope was a long running BBC Radio 4 Arts programme that finished with the major schedule changes that occurred in April 1998, which saw it replaced with Front Row (radio).



When originally launched on 9 April 1973, in a re-organisation of the schedules, it was intended to cover the arts and sciences in equal measure, but soon dropped its science coverage. The Radio 4 controller was Tony Whitby.


It started out being broadcast from 10.30pm until 11pm each weekday night. It was initially followed by fifteen minutes of Today in Parliament. It ran in a variety of slots over the years, including mid-evening, in the lead up to the 10pm news (allowing it to include live reviews of first nights) and in mid-afternoon (the latter starting out as a repeat of the previous night's edition), with the reasons given to justify each new timing frequently contradicting those given as an explanation of the previous move. It was broadcast from Monday to Friday, finishing in the late 1990s from 4.15pm until 5pm..


One of the best presenters was Brigadier Ronald Broadhurst, who was famous for giving Sheridan Morley a black eye in a dispute about the virtues of Defoe's Moll Flanders.


Its successor Front Row is placed in Kaleidoscope's original 1970s slot between 7 and 8pm.


Presenters have included:


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