Is the present you were given for Christmas already showing signs of wear and tear? How long can you reasonably expect a plant to go on thriving in a modern, centrally-heated house?
Jock Davidson , an expert on houseplants, joins
Jill Burridge to answer your questions about caring for greenery in your home.
Produced by the Woman's Hour unit
Lines open from 8.0 am
1 In Thailand I saw massive elephants in tealc forests stepping over rtihris logs, etc and not once did their hind legs touch these obstacles. How could they avoid objects which they can t see directly? '
Malcolm Coe Janet Kear and Stephen Sutton tread stealthily through some more of your natural queries.
Presented by Derek Jones
Producer BRIAN LEITH
(Repeated:Sat3.5 pm) long wave only
Introduced by Sue MacGregor, including:
Pick of the Paperbacks: some ideas on spending your Christmas tokens.
A Good Trawl: Jenny BanksS catches up on the state of the wet fish market and why we don't eat more fresh fish.
A Start in Life (10)
long wave only
by Henry Fielding.
The last of six parts adapted for radio by Hallam Tennyson.
With Anton Lesser as Tom Jones, Kathryn Hurlbutt as Sophia Western,
Peter Jeffrey as Squire Western, Sarah Badel as Miss Western, Clifford Rose as Squire Allworthy, Charles Gray as Lord Fellamar, Annette Crosbie as Mrs Waters, and Martin Jarvis as Henry Fielding.
In which Tom Jones languishes in prison; Lord Fellamar may yet marry Sophia; Mrs Waters brings Tom succour; Tom's mother is revealed and everything ends happily.
(Martin Jarvis is in "Caught in the Act" at the Garrick Theatre, London)
The Cult Figure
Casablanca transformed Humphrey Bogart from an actor renowned for gangster roles into a big romantic star with one of the cinema's most enduring images.
Terence Pettigrew looks at Bogart's later years, which included his personal and professional partnership with Lauren Bacall and his Oscar-winning performance in The African Queen. Producer WENDY CLAY
The strange and amusing story of the first successful attempt by the United States to establish diplomatic ties with the mysterious, inviolate and feudal Imperial Japan in 1853.
Written and presented by Bernard Keeffe with Alan Tilvern as Commodore Matthew T. Perry and David Healey as Townsend Harris, first American Consul in Japan
'The Japanese couldn't see enough of us and our ways. They peered into every nook and cranny, into the muzzles of guns, hauling the ropes, measuring the boats, looking eagerly into the engine room. and constantly making notes and sketches. The Japanese are undoubtedly an intelligent people, and may be made something of in time, but they are just three centuries behind the age in everything.'
(Repeated: Fri 11.5 am)
Commodore Matthew T. Perry:
Do parents still have a choice of schools? Kevin Mulhern reports on the implications for blind children of the new Education Bill.
Presenter Peter White Producer TUENt heshel
Blitui listeners can phone in suggestions and comments relating to the programme on [number removed]8.30 10.0 pm
There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a
historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any
given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the
understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time
- not those of today.
To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and
50s, you can navigate by issue.
Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and
is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to
obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in
programmes, online etc.
This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers,
images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio
Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available
externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.