This week's entertaining tales come from Canadian historians. Why the songs of Dolly Parton are an important archive source; what doctors were doing spreading minced puppies on to sore joints; and how government policy was formed at the Prime Minister's "cabinet" meetings with a medium. Presented by Dr Christopher Andrew. Producer Ian Bell
Author Joanna Trollope examines the history of the much-maligned romantic novel from its source, medieval romance, through the sentimental novel of the 18th century to its many guises in the present. Mills and Boon, saga, blockbuster and traditional narrative - which one is true romance? Producer Sally Marmion.
Tim Marlow is at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh where Tom Courtenay opens in Moscow Stations. A competition aims to provide Glasgow with a tower as a symbol for the new millennium.
Jools Holland plays live in the studio.
Producer Tim Dee. Stereo
Bill Sprockett 's Land by Elizabeth Jolley.
Bill Sprockett 's land is special. Over the years he describes the change from bleak bush to burgeoning homestead.
Read by Stan Pretty. Producer David Hunter
David puts the pressure on. Written by Sally Wainwright
Director Vanessa Whitburn.
Archers Addicts Fan Club: sae to [address removed]
The panel includes
Harriet Harman , MP,
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury; Dominic Lawson , Editor of the Spectator, and Sir
Christopher Tugendhat. Chairman of the Abbey
National Building Society. Vivian White is in the chair. From Rudheath, Cheshire.
Producer Nick Utechin
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