In 1922, Georgina Ballantine caught a 641b salmon which has remained a British record. Other women have made similar big catches, and their record in catching fish when men don't is also remarkable. David Bean looks at this link between women and the salmon. Producer Dave Sheasby
Repeated New Year's Day at 11.15pm
by Jerome K Jerome , dramatised by Tom Stoppard.
With Alex Jennings as "J", Julian Wadham as George, Nicholas Le Prevost as Harris and Ron Cook as Montmorency.
"J", George and Harris are bored and listless - "What we need is a rest. Rest and a complete change." George suggests a river trip.
Featuring David Antrobus ,
Don McCorkindale , Michael Tudor Barnes , Peter Yapp , Joshua Towb , Jilly Bond , Kristin Milward and Annabel Mullion. Music by Matthew Scott. Director Hilary Norrish
A BBC World Service/Radio 4 co-production
The American actress Nancy Cole was well known at festivals for her one-woman show on the life of Gertrude Stein. In 1987 she left Austin, Texas, carrying two suitcases and leaving a note - "Moving on to New Orleans - will be in touch". She has never been seen since. Jan Fairley investigates. producer Fiona McLean
To celebrate the centenary of the birth of James Thurber , Sue Limb examines his life and work, with interviews from friends and colleagues, including Larry Adler , Alistair Cooke and Malcolm Bradbury. They discuss the bizarre humour of work like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the darker side of one of America's best-known comic writers. Written by Kim Morrissey Producer Gareth Edwards
Repeated New Year's Day at 4.15pm
A dramatisation of the classic vampire story from the master of modern horror. 3: Since an encounter with Barlow after
Danny Glick 's funeral, Ryerson has been looking odd and acting strangely. For cast see Thursday 22 December
George Shearing leaves New York each summer to spend time with his wife
Ellie at their cottage in the Cotswolds. There, in this last programme, he talks about their life together, about his collaborations with jazz greats and about the launch of his new quintet. Producer Derek Drescher
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