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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
New series. 1/4. Prominent art collector Charles Saatchi is looking for the next artistic talent.
Ultimately, the overall winner will be offered the opportunity of working in their own studio for three years, as well as being part of Saatchi's next exhibition in St Petersburg. Tonight, his esteemed panel, which includes Tracey Emin and Matthew Collings, begins the process of whittling down the thousands of applicants. Showing in the Modern Beauty season. Executive producers Henrietta Conrad and Peter Dale
Series editor Jamie Simpson The Modem Beauty season continues on Wednesday with The Great Contemporary Art Bubble Update at 9pm on BBC4 The Invisible man: page 20
8/8; series three. The Banquet. As preparation for the final challenge, the two remaining chefs head to Raymond Blanc 's restaurant in Oxfordshire for a masterclass in fine dining, while their partners are taught a lesson about high standards of service at David Moore 's London restaurant. The couples then head to Lord and Lady Arran's stately home in Devon where they will prepare alternate courses for a seven-course meal for the couple and their guests, before facing a souffle cook-off for dessert. As the couples try to impress in order to win the opportunity of a lifetime, their every move is watched by Raymond, David and Sarah Willingham.
Director/Producer Fergus Colville Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
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