3: Down the High Street Bank managers, accountants and the idiosyncrasies of French newspapers feature in John P Harris 's talk about life in Languedoc.
Producer Merilyn Harris. Stereo 0 BBC book and Radio
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Louisa May Alcott's classic story about four sisters growing up in New England during the American Civil War, dramatised in six parts. 1: Good Neighbours The March family anticipate a bleak winter but Jo has plans for Christmas cheer. Dramatised by Marcy Kahan Musical Director Stuart Hutchinson Producer Marilyn Imrie. Stereo * FEATURE: page 28
The light-hearted political quiz. Team captains,
Austin Mitchell MP and Michael White are joined this week by MPs Edwina Currie and Jerry Hayes. The chairman is Patrick Hannan.
Producer Louise Coats. Stereo
by David Zane Mairowitz. Recorded on location in Avignon, Provence and Islington, London, this is the story of an obsessive man. His marriage is on the rocks, his obsession is for Petrarch, the medieval scholar and poet who fantasised about a girl called Laura.
Petrarch sonnet read in Italian by Luciana Castellucci
Director Richard Wortley. Stereo
Paul Allen goes to
Norwich as the Theatre
Royal reopens, reviews a new production of The Tempest by the English Shakespeare Company, and visits a silversmith in Hereford.
Producer Sarah Johnson. Stereo
(Revised repeat at 9. 15pm)
Blame it on the Pilgrims
Anne Leaton 's tale describes the build-up to
American Thanksgiving - which is celebrated today. "Every cell in Margery's body is attuned to the event. She disappears into shopping malls like some comestible down the long dark throat of a crocodile."
Read by Liza Ross.
Producer Duncan Minshull
by Ben Miller.
It's very important to remember that the French Foreign Legion is a ruthless and violent fighting unit, so if Brian, Derek and Sue find themselves fighting the Tuareg in a fort in Africa then they deserve our admiration. And anyway, they only joined by mistake.
With Ben Miller, John Thomson, Alistair McGowan, Jim Barclay.
Producer Gareth Edwards. Stereo
They say chess is just a game. But it isn't. It is power, humiliation, war and the Oedipal urge.
The battlefield is a public library in Surrey on a Bank Holiday weekend. All human life is there, and so is a computer. Producer Liz Jensen. Stereo
A Place Apart
Northern Ireland remains one of the most violently divided parts of Europe, despite the politicians' efforts. So can there ever be a constitutional settlement in which both communities have their aspirations satisfied?
Brendan O'Leary assesses the options for progress in Britain's own ethnic conflict.
Producer David Hendy
A serial in eight parts by Francis Durbridge.
5: A Surprise for Pete Roberts
Paul and Steve take a trip to a seemingly deserted island in a lonely stretch of the Thames....
Director Martyn C Webster
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