Sue Lawley's castaway is crime writer PD James. She chooses eight records to take to the mythical island. Read Sunday's radio choice on page 128. Producer Lisa Jenkinson
Repeated from Sunday at 11.15am
Neon has nocturnally splashed the "American dream" across the USA since it first arrived in Los Angeles in the 1920s. It's had grand premieres and x-rated moments, but is this blazing light that graces the exteriors of buildings a piece of kitch or a flash of inspiration from a bygone age? Ian Peacockjourneys from LA to New York and traces neon's extraordinary history, which culminates in the animated
"spectaculars" of Times Square and as a surprising tool for urban renewal. Producer Adrian Washbourne
Comedy drama written by and starring Lynn Ferguson. 1: Re-instatement. As the first ferry of the holiday season chugs into the terminal a familiar figure stands aboard. Irene Bruce is back. In a community where no one agrees, modernisation is a dirty word and the smallest event is of immense importance. Irene wonders why she ever came back when she spent a lifetime trying to escape.
Producer Lucy Bacon
Roger Bolton rifles through the mailbagto find your opinions. To airyourviews on what you've heard on BBC Radio, write to: Feedback, PO Box 2100,
London W1A 1QT, phone: [number removed], fax: [number removed], or email: email@example.com Producer Sue Bonner Repeated on Sunday at 8pm
By Mervyn Stutter. Copeland Spode has been marooned on a desert island with his ukelele since 1939. But now one man has made it his mission to rescue him.
All other parts played by Martin Hyder Music written and performed by Mervyn Stutter Producer Sally Avens
4: Working in Hope Street. Hope Street is an appropriate address for an organisation that has found successful careers for a woman who left school at 16 to have a baby, another who had part-time jobs for 20 years and a cleaner who exchanged her mop for a pen and became a primary school teacher. Steve Chalke meets the founder of the Women's Technology and Education Centre at
Blackburne House in Liverpool. Producer Sandra Sykes
The return of radio'sfinest weekly topical radio comedy panel game, chaired by Simon Hoggart , with Alan Coren , Jeremy Hardy and special guests. Producer Simon Nicholls Repeated on Saturday at 12.30pm
ByOlwen Wymark. 5: Edie and Dot. Dot comes to help Edie scatter the ashes of her father in Regent's Park-for which they don't have permission. Edie has spent her life caring for herfather, and she tries to decide whether the sacrifice was worth it and, with the help of the east European taxi driver Ivan, how strong love is. For details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am
By Caryl Churchill. Starring Michael Gambon and Daniel Craig. "Walk around the corner and see yourself, you could get a heart attack. Because if that's me over there who am I?" Issues of human cloning collide with relationships in this new play by Caryl Churchill , currently running at the Royal Court theatre, London. Directed forthe stage by Stephen Daldry Produced and directed for radio by Kate Rowland
9.45 Reflections on A Number
Geoff Watts and a panel of experts discuss issues raised in the play.
Writer and broadcaster Darcus Howe nominates for discussion the life of his uncle, the Trinidadian sportsman and revolutionary, CLR James (1901-89). James was a complex figure who wrote with equal insight about cricket, black history and Marxist theory. With biographer Farrukh Dhondy. Presented by Humphrey Carpenter. Producer Peter Everett
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