Simon Brett chooses diary extracts for 11 December. In 1948 a Mass-Observation diarist in ration-weary Britain recoils at the latest offering on the butcher's slab, newspaper editor R D Blumenfeld remarks on the sudden popularity of ping-pong in 1902, and in 1936 Lord Reith as Director-General of the BBC is present at an historic broadcast by King Edward VIII. Readers Sean Barrett , Jane Whittenshaw and June Barrie. Producer Kate McAII Stereo
A new collection of Rebecca West 's shorter fiction celebrates the centenary of her birth.
Nigel Forde finds out more about the novelist who took her name from one of Ibsen's most independent and strong-willed characters. And a look along the bookshelves of Jesus's biographer, A N Wilson.
Producer Sarah Johnson
Things turn sour in the bedroom.
Written by Graham Harvey
Director Tim Coleman. Stereo
The panel includes Paddy Ashdown , MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats; David Blunkett , MP,
Shadow Health Secretary; and Rhiannon Chapman , director of the Industrial
Society, who tackle the issues raised in Exeter.
Chairman Nick Clarke. Producer Nick Utechin
The School Run by Fay Weldon.
Read by Julie Christie.
The second and final part. Roy's asthma is getting worse in the country. Judith should return to the city where she can get a job, the children can take buses to school and Roy's asthma will improve. But there is still Geoffrey, whom she must continue to see.
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