‘A Backwards Catastrophe’ is a BBC Radio 4 production that is part polemic, part satire, part lyrical collage. Beautifully produced, it travels in reverse through the BBC archives to trace some of the present problems and oblique antecedents of the environmental crisis. The programme rolls along to variations on and reversals of the appropriate Mad World melody. Highly recommended. The best way to escape for an undisturbed hour and really appreciate the sound experience is by using head phones.