Packeted seeds have been available to the amateur gardener for well over a century. Where do they come from? How are new varieties created? Are fashions changing? Clay Jones visits Essex and Llangollen to talk to plant breeders and seedsmen about their industry.
Producer MICHAEL GREEN BBC Manchester
The Long, Long Summer by PATTIE HALLAM
Read by Eileen O'Brien 'She'd had lumbago the previous winter and, in spite of the summer warmth, the stiffness was still there. She was getting old, no denying that. No denying either that it might be a mistake to go back into one's youth, to remember.' Producer GILLIAN HUSH BBC Manchester
Going for Broke
The last of a six-part comedy series by GEORGE BAKER with and I Can Cope
The builders have not been seen for ten days. The ceiling in the hall remains on the floor. A mountain of bricks in the street awaits bricklayers and Bill Yates , 'the builder that bothers', has no idea where his workforce has disappeared to. Which makes it about 'par for the course' in John Morse 's life.
Directed by GLYN DEARMAN Stereo
The great houses of England are no longer just grand family homes. To survive, the owners have had to turn them into businesses. The last of this four-part series looks at how some have chosen to do so. Kentwell Hall
A mellow, red-brick Tudor mansion surrounded by a broad moat and set in tranquil
Suffolk. It was acquired in 1971 by Patrick Phillips , QC, in a neglected state, and his restoration work over the past 14 years has been a source of interest and admiration.
Producer MARJORIE LOFTHOUSE BBC Birmingham
An entertainment starring Sheila Steafel , with monologues and songs from her one-woman shows. Music from The Paul Maguire Quartet Written by DAVID NOBBS , ALISTAIR BEATON , COUN
BOSTOCK-SMITH, BARRY CRYER ,
ALAN MELVILLE , DICK VOSBURGH and SHEILA STEAFEL.
Producer JONATHAN JAMES-MOORE Stereo
A soldier's letters to his wife during the Second World War. In the first of two programmes, Martin Jarvis reads extracts from the war letters of Oliver Spalding to his wife Violet, and the couple think back today to that time of trial and courage for ordinary people. 1: Basic Training
Oliver Spalding goes through the mill of being turned from a civilian into a soldier, and worries about Violet and the children being left at home to face the German bombs alone. Producer GWYN RICHARDS BBC Birmingham
(Repeated: Thursday 12 noon)
A series of ten programmes on special war correspondents 7: Squire Turns Bolshevist:
Philips Price of the 'Manchester Guardian by CHRISTOPHER GRAHAM with In many ways he was a typical English country gentleman, but when he arrived in Russia
Philips Price was swept up in the excitement of one of the greatest stories ever told - the October Revolution of 1917. Narrator JOHN BOTT
Directed by JEREMY MORTIMER Stereo
Lord Rothschild and the curator of the Cairo Museum both commissioned the firm of 'James Sheals, Naturalist and Taxidermist' to provide specimens for their collections. The Sheals were counted among the best in Europe at their craft and their taxidermy business survived in Belfast until 1929. Sean Rafferty traces the reasons for the Victorian fondness for stuffed birds and animals, and examines the significance of the contribution made by the Sheals family to natural history.
(First broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster)
Although she died over 50 years ago, the influence of Gertrude Jekyll on garden design continues to grow. Chris Serle has been not only to gardens designed by Miss Jekyll
(Hestercombe, Somerset), but also to others where the Jekyll influence is strong (Tintinhull, Somerset and Great Dixter, East Sussex) to ask why the work of 'Aunt Bumps', as she was affectionately known by her nieces and nephews, is so important today.
Producer JOHN BELL
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The last programme of the series in which Phil Smith explores the remoter reaches of the North Yorkshire Pennines to look at life from the viewpoint of people who live and work there.
6: Bill Mitchell - Dalesman Producer GILLIAN HUSH BBC Manchester
Enjoying Opera Six programmes presented by MONTY HALTRECHT 2: Voice Over 'The great voice coming over beautifully, easily, subduing an 80- or 100-piece orchestra' - that, according to LORD HAREWOOD. is the special thrill of opera. And the thrill for the singer? 'Like hitting a golf ball - the sheer bewilderment that the ball can go so far' says operatic bass ROBERT LLOYD. Producer DANIEL SNOWMAN
A series of religious documentaries
Heresy and Romanism Rosemary Hartill examines the background to the rise of the Fundamentalist
Protestantism of The Rev Ian Paisley in Ulster.
Written and produced by ERNEST REA
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