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 takes 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.


Pieces of music - popular as well as classical - are often used at the beginning and end of the programme. It is hosted regularly by Sir Mark Tully, but also by other contributors. The programme was first broadcast in 1995. 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 Llama talking about the mind.

The name of the program is a quotation from George Herbert's poem 'Prayer' (1633).

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