According to the fossil record, one minute they were there - and the next they were gone. What happened 65 million years ago? John Maddox discusses with Drs Luis and Walter Alvarez , of the University of California at Berkeley, why they believe that it was an Apollo asteroid, ploughing into the surface of the earth, which led to the disappearance not only of the dinosaurs, but of three-quarters of the plant and animal species then alive.
Producer ALISON RICHARDS (First broadcast on R3) long wave only
or perhaps ' birds of the week ' as Jim Flegg looks at two warblers-the blackcap and chiffchaff Both are summer visitors to Britain but, in recent years, a few have taken to braving our winters. BBC Bristol long wave only
Introduced from Manchester by Marjorie Lofthouse
The Incubabies: CY PERRCI. VAL joins Manchester's unique ambulance incubator team on a 12-mile dash.
Half a Century of Copy: as KATE HUTCHINS prepares to retire, she recalls a career which this month pencils up 50 years in journalism.
Straight from the Horse's Mouth: on the eve of the Grand National, a professional punter opens the stable door on a plain filly's guide to betting jargon. BBC Manchester Sense and Sensibility by JANE AUSTEN abridged in 15 parts by ELIZABETH BRADBURY. Read by ANNETTE CROSBIE (15)
(Music: Janaceks Suite for string orchestra) long icave only
The Temptation Game by JOHN GARDNER
A Gothic tale set in medieval England. Brother Ferly, in a state of shock, has wandered down from his hilltop monastery. A peasant finds him and takes him to an inn. There he meets some old friends. He tells them the story of how he came to play the temptation game ... Innkeeper PETER TUDDENUAM
DIANA DIXON (violin) Directed by SHAUN MACLOUGHLIN
The goat is a much maligned creature. In former times superstition denoted its association with the devil; at best it was referred to as ' the poor man's cow'.
Jeanine McMullen keeps goats herself and sets out to prove what a fascinating and useful animal it can be, when she looks back at the goat's history and its present standing. Producer SARAH PITT BBC Bristol
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A Concorde Pilot
The job of an airline pilot is one of the most demanding and highly paid there is. The small team of Concorde pilots form an elite group within this highly skilled profession. David Lay follows Captain Brian Walpole on British Airways' most successful Concorde run-to New York. Producer WILLIAM HORSLEY
Nicholas Winterton , mp Patricia Hewitt and Wilf Proudfoot from Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Chairman David Jacobs Producer CAROLE STONE BBC Bristol
(Repeated: Sat 1.10 pm)
Listeners' views for use in Any Answers?, Thursday 4.15 to: Any AnswersT, BBC, Bristol BS8 2LR
Paint the Town Green
Imaginative ideas to improve sites all over Britain are on show in the Serpentine Gallery tn London. John Jacob reports on the designs which range from converting a Welsh tip into a romantic landscape to floating a helium-filled cloud over a new town. Winning ideas from professionals, amateurs and children in this competition to brighten our surroundings are announced this evening. Producer ANNE WINDER
with Bill Wallis , David Tate , Sheila Steafel , David Jason and THE DAVID FIRMAN TRIO Written by GUY JENKINS , JOHN LANGDON , JEREMY BROWNE , ANDY WILSON , RICHARD QUICK and BRIAN BEIHELL
Producer JIMMY MULVILLE (Repeated: Sat 5.25 pm)
A series of plays for late-night listening
Dinsdale Landen in A Push of the Domine bv ROB C.ITTINS
When Sneakly gets the sack, he takes his revenge by pushing the first domino in a very long line.
Directed by ENYD WILLIAMS
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