Off the Page

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Off the Page
Running time 30 mins
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 4
Hosted by Matthew Parris
Dominic Arkwright
Website Website

Off The Page is a British discussion program, aired on the BBC Radio 4 on Fridays at 11 PM.

The program features a panel of contributors who tackle a subject on which they are experts. Each panelist writes an introductory column with their take on the week's topic which acts as a springboard for further discussion.

Until 2006 the series was presented by Matthew Parris, who has moved on to Radio 4's biography series Great Lives. He has been succeeded by Dominic Arkwright, a radio reporter for the Today program who has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Mozambique, Nagorno-Karabakh, Kashmir and Kosovo among others.

The program is intended to attract listeners who like thoughtful and observant writing and free flowing uninhibited conversation. The programme has dealt with subjects such as Kissing Arse; All About Me; The Generation Gap; Stand By Your Man; The Filty Rich; Life in the Margins, and so forth. Off The Page is produced in Bristol.

The programme was broadcast on November 3, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. when the subject of the discussion was fairies, and included folklorists on the panel to discuss this subject. The people discussing this subject were Eddie Lenihan, fairy illustrator Faye Durston and folklorist Juliette Wood. At the end of the programme, the continuity announcer announced that the programme would be broadcast on Tuesday, not Thursday, the following week, and would be broadcast at a different time of day. The programme broadcast on November 22, 2011 dealt with Japan.

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