A three-part series in which
Professor Theo Barker delves among the BBC Sound Archives. 1: Well Satisfied for Four Pence!
A century ago, a worker was lucky if he earned 18 shillings a week.
But beer was cheap - and the bread and cheese often on the house.
Producer Daniel Snowman
A special edition of the programme from the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. With Melvyn Bragg and guests Dr Patrick Greene , Yvonne Brewster ,
Alexei Sologubenko and Martine McDonagh. Guest interviewer
Producer Marina Salandy-Brown Stereo
The First Banana in England
Jonathan Treitel's short story describes a fruity discovery made in Elizabethan times.
'It is a yellow fruit. And long. Its flesh is as soft as butter and sweet as honey. If chopped intwain, you will see the sign of the cross on its middle.' Read by Stephen Moore. Producer Duncan Minshull
from St German's Church, Cardiff, led by the Rev Roy Jenkins with the Welsh Chamber Singers. Introit: After Darkness Light; Isaiah 6, w 1-8; Praise the Lord, His
Glories Show; Round the Lord in Glory Seated; Forth in Thy Name. Stereo
Simon Rae introduces listeners' requests, including The Lady of Shalott by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Readers Andrew Sachs and Rosalind Shanks.
Producer Susan Roberts. Stereo 0 REQUESTS to: Poetry Please!, BBC. Bristol BS8 2LR
A nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain of Britain. Chairman
First Round - London.
Lance Haward (solicitor); Lynn Dunford (librarian); Stephen Wortley (stockbroker); and William Silver
The programme includes Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
Producer Richard Edis. Stereo
Out of Character
A special programme from the Vaudeville
Theatre, London with Jenni Murray.
Maureen Lipman , Ruth Madoc , Celia Imrie and leading director Mandy Fletcher demonstrate the art of comedy. Producer Mary Sharp 0 FEATURE: page 22
The last of three plays by Alan Ayckbourn. Round and Round the Garden
The final play takes place in the garden. Norman, heavily under the influence of dandelion wine, now professes love and affection for his brother-in-law.
The epics of Indian literature, like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, encompass some of the greatest, and oldest, stories ever told. Now there's a thriving industry translating the deeds of gods and men into television for a worldwide audience. John Keay reports from India on their enormous impact across the cultural and political spectrum.
Producer Mike Greenwood
The Words are Strange Tom is a radical teacher in a reactionary school, where the entrepreneurial spirit would consign poetry to the dustbin. Written by Robin Glendinning.
Director Eoin O'Callaghan. Stereo
Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson.
Maggie Vardoe has made a careful plan to leave her husband and her home in Vancouver. The first of ten episodes read by Shelley Thompson. Abridged by Ed Thomason Producer Pete Atkin
Scotland's pine forest once covered much of the highlands, but today only a few scattered wild woods survive. Great efforts are now being made to protect what remains and restore some poorer areas.
Michael Scott reports. Producer John Harrison
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