What are the latest results of research into black holes? Will we ever find life in space? Why is the sun behaving strangely at the moment? When can we next expect to see Halley's Comet? Patrick Moore is in the studio to answer your astronomical questions.
Judith Chalmers is in the Chair.
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Why do so many tropical birds have vivid plumage, while most of ours are rather drab?
The team of naturalists brightens the day with answers to your wildlife Questions.
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Stories of crime and detection in London bv ROBERT BARR
Four Faces of Crime
Producer MARTIN FISHER
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with Sue MacGregor Savour the Flavour:
EVELYN ROSE with ideas to improve your cooking.
1: Shopping for Flavour Milltown: the fourth of phil SMITH'S portraits of a northern town, past and present.
Home Before Night by HUGH LEONARD abridged in four parts by DELIA PATON
Read by T. P. MCKENNA (4) (Music: Dubois'
Z for Zachariah by ROBERT O'BRIEN abridged in seven parts by ZOE BAILEY
Read by Kim Braden (1) Ann Burden is 16: she believes she may be the only person left alive on Earth after a nuclear holocaust. But one day a man comes into the valley, wearing. a radiation-proof suit ... Producer PAMELA HOWE
Chairman Robert Robinson 8: MIDLANDS AND EAST
Andrew Walker (solicitor)
Nicholas Morgan bookseller lain McCoubrey
(AF medical officer) Dr Ian Ken
Including Beat the Brains Devised by JOHN p. WYNN Questions set by IAN GILLIES
Producer Richard EDIS
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In the 25th year of the BBC's Natural History Unit-a series in 26 parts
11: Repertoire, Duet and Mime
The male brown thrasher of North America sings a song containing over
2.000 different phrases; using this complicated aria helps it to occupy a territory and attract a mate. Other birds do the same with less complex signals; so, why the elaboration?
David Dobkin , of the University of California at Berkeley, Donald Kroodsma , of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Sylvest Muldal , of the University of Sussex, examine how birds acquire their beautiful repertoires.
Producer MICHAEL BRIGHT BBC Bristol
Glimpses of a whirlwind life, compiled by ANDREW THOMAS and Michael Tudor Barnes Nicholas Courtney
Stella Forge , Guy Gregory Kale Harper , Marvin Kane and Kerry Shale
Little known today.
Gottschalk was in the 1850s the nearest thing to an international superstar. A musical prodigy, born in New Orleans of an English father and a Creole mother, he achieved early fame as a virtuoso pianist and conductor, and was one of the first composers to use Latin American and Creole folk themes. He was the darling of royalty and the ' heart-throb of the West '. He was something of a cult figure and his concerts rarely failed to cause a sensation. He died in 1869. aged 40. Directed by JOHN THEOCHARIS
In this edition Derek Hayes talks about the way in which he has trained his memory.
Presenter Peter White
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includes reviews of Finishing School by Claire Luckham. who received critical acclaim last year for her play Trafford Tanzi. at the Liverpool Playhouse
Upstairs; and Circle of Deceit, a new film directed by Volker Schlondorff , which tells the story of a German reporter sent to cover the civil war in Beirut.
Presenter Michael Oliver Producer
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