Celebrated US radio series This American Life is to begin broadcasting in the UK for the first time with the BBC to air a collection of programmes.

The quirky shows, which have been popular podcasts, were launched in 1995 and were created by presenter Ira Glass chronicling everyday tales and eccentricities.

Now a selection of 13 episodes is to be aired by digital station Radio 4 Extra from Sunday, May 4.

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The programmes have been broadcast on 587 stations in the US, and the podcasts are downloaded up to a million times a week.

The upcoming shows focus on a man who believes he is turning into a cockroach, a day in the life of a US diner and features on babysitting and blackjack.

Caroline Raphael, the commissioning editor for 4 Extra, said it promised to take listeners into the "lives of ordinary and extraordinary people and situations".