Nigel Fountain presents a five-part series marking the moments when aspects of contemporary life first came into being. 1: Such a Jolly Lot
The British TV soap opera began with The Grove Family in 1954. They were a far cry from the Ewings of today - plots involved them fitting security locks to windows and buying Grandma a new wheelchair. The programme charts the progress of TV's ratings-grabbers.
Producer Wendy Pilmer (R)
The first of 12 short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring his immortal detective Sherlock Holmes.
Holmes is called upon to retrieve a compromising photograph - but in the beautiful Irene Adler he meets his match.
Sir Arthur Conan
Dr John Watson:
Michael Rosen talks to
Robert Swindells , winner of this year's Children's Book Award. There are few cosy endings in his work for older children: ideals, social values and political beliefs are the undercurrents.
Producer Jill Burridge
The aborigines are painting as well as drinking Coolibah on the dry river-bed in Alice Springs. But the Centralian Advocate is in trouble, accused of racist bias. Tony Wilkinson files his last report in the present series.
Producer Julian Hale. Stereo
Nigel Andrews with this week's film releases, including Flatliners, the latest instalment of Hollywood's love-affair with ghosts and things that come back from the dead; plus the unpredictable lottery of writing film scripts; and the biography of artist and cartoonist
Producer Beaty Rubens
Hugh Sykes continues his seven-part search for Britain's most exciting new companies. 4: Bidding for the E 10,000 award are
Scholastech of London with their interactive laser-discs for teaching anatomy. In Chorley,
Lancashire, Stephanie Brewis hopes to win E5,000 for her one-woman UK export drive. Producer Anne-Marie Cole
This year's Reith
Lectures are given by Rabbi
Dr Jonathan Sacks , Chief Rabbi-elect of the United Hebrew
Congregations. He starts his series of six talks about religion and ethics in a secular society next week, taking as his theme 'The Persistence of Faith'. Today, as an introduction, he talks about his concerns to
Producer Louise Purstow
('The Environment of Faith' at
8.45pm next Wednesday)
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On 7 November 1847
Ford Madox Brown has trouble getting down to work; in 1903 Arnold Bennett gives up on the idea altogether; and in 1933 Barbara Pym is distracted from her studies. Will Simon Brett knuckle down to his own diary for the day?
Producers Kate Whitehead and Kate McAII. Stereo
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