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by FREDERICK FORSYTH abridged by SALLY skrimshire Read by Sean Barrett 1: Money with Menaces Samuel Nutkin was an inoffensive little man. At least that's what the blackmailer thought. He should have studied his victim's war service. Producer PAT MCLOUGHIN
There were these three comedy writers who were asked to host a talk show. The one with the beard said, 'Anything could happen provided we get up in time.'
Alan Coren , Editor of Punch,
Barry Cryer and Willie Rushton meet the headline-makers and celebrities of the week ahead. Producers ROD MACRAE and JULIA BICKNELL. Stereo
from St Bartholomew's Church, Orford, Suffolk with the Aldeburgh Chamber Choir director John Cooper Green Awake, awake: fling off the night! (HHT 9); Luke 2, w 25-32; Nunc dimittis (Stanford in G); Christ, whose glory fills the skies (BBC HB 137) BBC Pebble Mill
From Riots to the Roof of the World
To ride 3,000 miles or more on a bicycle is one thing, but to do it through riot-torn cities, over snowbound 17,000-foot
Himalayan passes, through the hottest spot on earth and into a top-security area with the Chinese police on your heels is quite another. Last year, two British cousins, Richard and Nick Crane , set out to cycle for charity to 'the centre of the earth' - the most remote place from any coastline in the world, in the heart of the desert of China's Xinjiang Province.
They took with them little more than the clothes they stood up in, a sleeping bag, a litre of water each and a portable tape recorder.
The first of two actuality documentaries, recorded as-it-happened along the road Producer SIMON ELMES
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Introduced by Barbara Groom Guest of the Week:
Anne-Sophie Mutter, internationally acclaimed German violinist
Serial: No More than Human by MAURA LAVERTY , abridged in 12 episodes by JANET QUIGLEY Read by Maureen O'Brien (7) Editor SANDRA CHALMERS
Shades of Blue by LEIGH JACKSON
It is the day of the wedding of the daughter of a wealthy dentist, Adrian, who is hoping to start a new career in politics. His only rival for the local seat is his best friend Tony. Adrian 's day gets off to a bad start when he discovers that his mistress is pregnant, his wife has fallen in love with Tony and, to add further fuel to the fire, a general election has been called.
Other parts played by KIM WALL PETER HOWELL. IAN THOMPSON
STEVEN HARROLD and JOHN SAMSON Directed by CHERRY COOKSON . Stereo Juliet Stevenson is a National Theatre player
(Re-broadcast next Saturday)
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The Songlines by BRUCE CHATWIN abridged in ten episodes by DAVID BUCK
Read by Michael Siberry (1) In Australian aboriginal culture, that ancient land is criss-crossed by a labyrinth of invisible pathways. Called
'songlines', these trails are both intricate sources of personal identity and territorial markers. In Bruce Chatwin 's astonishing new book, presented here on the eve of publication, he traces a culture as complex as it is different from our own. Producer MAURICE LEITCH
In the 1930s Muriel Shepherd enjoyed the lively expatriate social life of Java, which she described in letters home to her aunt.
She reflects on those days in conversation with Robert Prizeman.
INGRID CRAIGIE reads from the letters.
Compiled by JEAN GRAHAM Producer GILLIAN HUSH BBC Manchester (R)
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