2/3. The Age of Risk. Before the financial crash last autumn, global financial markets had enjoyed two decades of boom. During this time we changed our attitude to risk and learned to live with debt, while governments stepped back from regulating it. Alan Greenspan, who was chairman of the United States Federal Reserve Board from 1987 to 2006, was one of the most influential people in the world but weeks after Lehman Brothers collapsed he admitted his views may have been partially wrong. With testimony from Gordon Brown and the Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, plus an interview with Greenspan himself.
Director Tim Robinson ; Series producer Michael Tuft
2/5. Continuing his exploration of how rivers have influenced our lives through history,
Griff travels from Liverpool to the Humber across Britain's working waterways. He attempts to swim the mile across an almost freezing Mersey before travelling by barge through the canal network and going underground to help clean up Britain's secret rivers. He then heads to Manchester, following the raging Derwent to the Trent. He gets to grips with some unusual plumbing and takes what was once an important shortcut in Britain to the port of Hull.
Director/Producer Jim Funnell
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel Subscribe to RT and receive Griff Rhys Jones 's book accompanying the series, worth £16.99: p44
3/3. With four weeks to go until she must hand the shop back to Save the Children, retail guru Mary Portas and her volunteers thrust themselves into the centre of London Fashion Week. Can they attract publicity by persuading celebrities
Erin O'Connor and Peaches Geldof to ditch their cutting-edge outfits for some of Mary's charity-shop finds? And will Mary's other initiatives pull in enough to reach her Â£2,000 per week target? A make-or-break meeting with the charity's bosses beckons.
Jeff's mundane life changes when he is struck by an actual bolt from the blue. He starts hearing a voice in another language and then he meets a girl and falls in love. But does Nicole love him, or the voice in his ear? Anita Sullivan 's gentle comedy about the nearness of stars and the distance of people. Part of the cross-channel BBC Radio science-fiction season.
Producer Karen Rose ; Director Anita Sullivan
A year on from the Northern Rock crisis,
Evan Davis presents a debate that proposes: This economic crisis is a good opportunity to rebuild the global order. The panel includes BBC business editor Robert Peston. Producer Sue Davies
The BBC's Hard Christmas campaign continues with an update on the story of Vernon Burgess , the Big
Issue seller who spent last Christmas in a psychiatric unit. This year he's determined to busk his way out of trouble. All he needs is a guitar, and some lessons ... Producer Robert Murphy ; Editor Simon Tucker
On the night of 10 October 1957, Britain suffered its worst nuclear accident when a fire began to spread throughout the core of the Windscale nuclear reactor, sending radioactive dust across Britain.
Using the taped recordings of the inquiry into the fire - which have been kept secret for 50 years and are heard for the first time - and featuring interviews with the men who risked their lives to prevent a tragedy, this film reveals how political ambition fuelled the fire and then dictated that the heroes of Windscale be made the scapegoats.
Director Sarah Aspinall ; Producer Paul Dwyer Radio 4's Afternoon Play: Windscale is at 2.15pm today - catch it via the listen again facility at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4
New series Turning points in Roman history - and some of the Empire's greatest stories - are brought to life in this excellent drama documentary.
1/6. Nero. What happens when the most powerful man in the world goes mad? Michael Sheen stars as the infamous emperor, who murdered his wife, married his slave boy and took Rome to the brink of ruin.
Writer/Director Nick Murphy ; Producer Mark Hedgecoe I Claudius and Togas on TV continue the theme from 10pm on BBC4 From today, visit www.bbc.co.uk/history to play CDX. a mystery about an ancient blade, arms dealers and the revival of a Roman cult
Rome 'n' ruin: p28; Book offer: p29; Keeping it real: p59
3/3. Three underachievers ensure there'll be no plain sailing for Yolande Beckles as she continues in her mission to get school slackers to pull their socks up. Siobhan is an attention-seeker with attitude, Barty shows potential but is easily bored and inconsistent, while Callum has a lack of respect and is disruptive in lessons. Will rebellion lead to rehabilitation?
Director/Producer Philip Jones
New series 1/3. Lazy teenagers at Fortismere
Comprehensive in the leafy north London suburb of Muswell Hill had better pull their socks up. Out to "kick butt" is Yolande Beckles , a sassy, straight-talking "educational motivator" whose belief in discipline and old-fashioned values is a legacy of her own upbringing by strict Caribbean parents. Yo has no time for what she sees as indulgent liberal parenting: out go smoking, drinking, parties and band practice in favour of detailed study plans and draconian ground rules. The kids are bound to revolt - but what about the parents and teachers?
Director/Series producer Riete Oord My Appalling School Report is on Friday at 10pm The Inside Story: page 82
Do disadvantaged ten-year-old children get a better chance in education today than they would have had 40 years ago? Greg Dyke, Nick Ross, Sue Lawley, Sandie Shaw, Trevor Baylis, Jackie Charlton and John O'Farrell reflect on their school days and the agony of the selection system called the 11-plus.
The new series Don't Mess with Miss Beckles starts tomorrow at 9pm while My Appalling School Report concludes Friday at 10pm.
7.00 9.00 Presented by Martin Handley.
Bach Sanctus in D, BWV238 Collegium Vocale Chorus and Orchestra/Philippe Herreweghe Flute Sonata in A, BWV1032 Frans BrÃ¼ggen (flute), Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord) Cantata No 133: Ich freue mich in dir
Soloists, Hannover Boys' Choir, Collegium Vocale, Leonhardt Consort/Gustav
Leonhardt Canzona in D minor, BWV588 Ton Koopman (organ)
8.00 Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, BWV887 (Well-Tempered Klavier, Book 2) Rosalyn Tureck (piano) Cantata No 200:
Bekennen will ich seinen Namen Robin Tyson (countertenor), English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner Violin Concerto in E, BWV1042
Yehudi Menuhin, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra/ Pierre Monteux Cantata No 154: Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren
Soloists, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, director Ton Koopman
9.00 12.00 With Rob Cowan.
Bach Concerto in D minor, BWV1043
Arthur Grumiaux and Herman Krebbers (violins), Les Solistes Romands/Arpad Gerecz Concerto in F minor, BWV1056 (Largo) (arr Cortot)
Alfred Cortot (piano) Cantata No 131: Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir Bach Ensemble/Joshua Rifkin Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV548
Albert Schweitzer (organ) Cantata No 212: Merhahnen neue Oberkeet (Peasant Cantata)
Elly Ameling (soprano), Gerald English (tenor), Sigmund Nimsgern (bass), Collegium Aureum/ Reinhardt Peters Cello Suite No 2 in D minor,
BWV1008 Pablo Casais Harpsichord Sonata in G, BWV968 (Adagio) Gustav Leonhardt Magnificat in D, BWV243 Barbara Bonney (soprano), Birgit Remmert (mezzo), Rainer Trost (tenor), Olaf Bar (baritone), Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir, CPE Bach CO/Peter Schreier Italian Concerto in F, BWV971 Stanislav Bunin (piano) Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV542 (orch Mitropoulos) Minneapolis SO/Dimitri Mitropoulos
12.00 1.30 pm Donald Macleod and John Eliot
Gardiner conclude their survey of Bach's sacred cantatas with works composed for Christmas. Bach Cantata No 91: Ge/obet seist du, Jesus Christ Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, director John Eliot Gardiner Cantata No 121: Christum wir sollen loben schon Soloists, Tolz Boys ' Choir, Vienna Concentus Musicus/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Cantata No 191: Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Soloists, Barmen Gemarke Kantorei, German
Bach Soloists, conductor Helmut Winschermann Cantata No 63: Christen, atzet diesen Tag
Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, director John Eliot Gardiner
1.30 5.00 With Lucie Skeaping.
Bach Cantata No 123: Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen Soloists, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir/Ton Koopman Preludes and Fugues (Well-Tempered Klavier) (excerpts) Various performers past and present Cantata No 124: Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht
Gachinger Kantorei, Stuttgart Bach Collegium/Helmuth Rilling Partita in E minor, BWV830 Ralph Kirkpatrick (harpsichord)
3.30 Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, introduces: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248 (Cantatas 4-6) Emma Kirkby (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), Neil Mackie (tenor), Simon Birchall (bass),
Westminster Abbey Choir, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Martin Neary
5.00 pm A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
From the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge. Another chance to hear the complete service first broadcast yesterday on Radio 4. For details see yesterday at 3pm on Radio 4
6.30 BBC Proms 2005
Another chance to hear one of this year's Prom concerts from the Royal Albert Hall , London. Presented by Andrew McGregor.
Vienna PO, conductor Christoph Eschenbach
Bruckner, ed Novak Symphony No 8 in C minor
8.05 Drama on 3: Mr Fielding's Scandal Shop
By Elizabeth Kuti. In 1737, Henry Fielding, author of Tom Jones and scourge of Walpole's corrupt parliament, astonished the world by rejoining the Establishment. London's most infamous libertine became a magistrate and outlawed plays and players. But at what cost, to himself and to those who had loved and admired him?
Producer/Director Eoin O'Callaghan
9.30 Sunday Feature - Bulgaria's Voice
Singer Dessislava Stefanova travels back to her native country in search of the roots of women's choral singing in Bulgaria, exploring the development of the tradition during the Soviet era, and how by the 1980s it had become one of world music's most captivating and successful genres. Producer Megan Jones
10.15 Andy Kershaw: Christmas In Ashqabat
Andy Kershaw presents the first British documentary ever made inside one of the world's most autocratic states, Turkmenistan.
Producer James Parkin
12.00 Composer of the Week:
Pyotr ll'yich Tchaikovsky (1840-93)1/5. With Donald Macleod.
Amid the Din of the Ball, Op 38 No 3; Fantasy Overture: Romeo and Juliet: Six French Songs, Op 65; The Enchantress, Act 1 (excerpt): Ballet: The Nutcracker, Scene 14 (excerpts) Repeated from Monday 12 December
1.00 7.00 am Through the Night
With John Shea.
Arvo Part's 70th Birthday Concert
Arvo Part Orient and Occident: Berliner Messe; Trisagioft Te Deum Swedish Radio Chorus, Talinn Chamber Orchestra, conductor Tonu Kaljuste
2.17 Schubert Piano Sonata in B flat, D960
2.55 Mozart Oboe Quartet in F K370
3.08 Haydn Symphony No 102 in B flat
3.33 Chopin, transcr Liszt Six Polish songs
3.50 Dobrzynski Monbar
4.03 Couperin L'Auguste (Pieces de Clavecin)
4.08 Gemlnlani Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op 2 No 5
4.18 Schiitz Wohl denen, die ohne Wandel leben
4.22 Naumann Symphony: Cora
4.34 Satle, arr Milhaud Jack-in-the-Box
4.41 Josef Strauss Waltz: Dorfschwalben aus Osterreich Op 164
4.49 Kajanus Finnish Rhapsody No 1
5.00 Brahms Cello Sonata in E minor, Op 38
5.25 Fasch Sonata in 0 minor
5.35 D Scarlatti Keyboard Sonata in B-flat, Kk202
5.39 Part Spiegel im Spiegel
5.47 Bruckner Ave Maria; Christus Factus Est: Locus Iste
6.00 Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia
6.08 Kreisler Marche Miniature Viennoise
6.12 Brahms Rhapsody in G minor, Op 79 No2
6.19 Pahor The Bailiff Yerney's Prayer
6.25 Thalberg Variations on Home, Sweet Home
6.31 Csemlczky Ave Maria
6.38 Martinu Frescoes of Piero della Francesca
Ingrid Tarrant. wife of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? presenter Chris, is among seven women who have been invited to Christmas get-togethers arranged by firms their partner works for. Can fashionistas Trinny and Susannah educate the group, which also includes five wives of Yorkshire butchers, in the art of avoiding sartorial disasters? For Ingrid Tarrant, this means braving the cameras at a TV-awards ceremony.
Producer Mike Taylor ; Series producer Kirsty Hanson RT DIRECT: buy Trinny and Susannah's hardback What Your
Clothes Say about You: How to Look Different, Act Different and Feel Different for only £18 (RRP £20) incl p&p. Cheques, payable to RT Direct Book Offers, to [address removed] The Inside Story: page
- New series 1/4. The True Confessions of Sherlock Holmes , Part2 - the Inevitable Invention ofMoriarty Sherlock Holmes is out of work and desperate to re-establish his reputation as the finest sleuth on the nationwide detecting circuit. Written and performed by Simon Munnery , with Kevin Eldon and Sally Phillips. Producer Ed Morrish
Zoe is torn between Chrissie and Den's conflicting advice. Pat is astonished to meet a face from the past. Writer Richard Davidson For cast see page 44
Repeated at 10pm on BBC3 Omnibus next Sunday (AD)
On 10 May 1940, the Germans overran Holland and Belgium and then turned to France. The British Army - its ranks recently swelled by 18- and 19-year-old men - barely knew what had hit it. Over 60 years on, survivors recall their experiences as withdrawal became out-and-out retreat.
Director/Producer Peter Gordon BBCi: digital viewers can access details of the Dunkirk programmes, read the historical background and find out how to get involved with the BBC WW2 People's Warwebsite at www.bbc.c0.uk/dna/ww2
Emotional Rescue 2/2. Still trapped underground in a cave, time is running out for Lara, Simon and Harry.
Writer Stephen McAteer ; Producer Steve Lightfoot ; Director Gwennan Sage
The pre-eminent quiz show that first gripped the nation in the 1970s returns for a new series, the first since 1997. Each week four contenders are interrogated on a chosen subject and general knowledge in the famous black chair by new host John Humphrys , who takes over from Magnus Magnusson. Director Chris Power ; Producer Pam Cavannagh John Humphrys - the R portrait: page 11
Clifford the Big Red Dog Grumpy Mr Bleakman 's potato garden is in a mess.
8.25 Balamory What will the children wear to the garden tea party? Episode written by Nigel Crowle
For cast see Tuesday First shown on CBeebies channel
8.45 Boo! The underwater life of a coral reef. The RT Kids' Panel: page 38
Followed by CBeebles Birthdays