The first of two programmes exploring the role of gods and goddesses in Indian life. Journalist Ruchira Gupta celebrates the wedding day of the god Shiva and explores his image as a long-haired poster pin-up, a drinking and dancing god, and a patron of outcasts and ascetics. (Kali's Smile is tomorrow at 10am.)
The news of exactly 50 years ago today, with Geoffrey Wheeler . India and Pakistan head towards independence, Mahatma Gandhi holds a prayer meeting in Calcutta, and police hunt the Mad Parson in Falmouth.
Pudd'nhead Wilson. Published in 1894, Mark Twain 's story of identical twins exchanged in the cradle and later accused of murder was right up to date in its use of science. Geneticist
Steve Jones asks why Twain was so fascinated with questions of inheritance and examines how relevant those questions remain today. Producer Erika Wright
By Ramlal, read by Shaheen Khan. Saraswati believes she has been widowed as a result of the terrible events of partition. She marries again, but seven years later, when a visitor from Pakistan knocks on her door, she is faced with a situation that she never believed was possible. Producer Kristine Landon-Smith
Marianne Carey 's four-part comedy lifts the lid on the life assurance business. 4: A Girl's Best Friend
The marketing department learns the art of damage limitation.
Director Patrick Rayner Repeat
Actress and writer Meera Syal joins her father Surendra on his journey back to Pakistan, a country he has not seen since he was 14 years old.
During the partitioning of India and Pakistan, he was one of the thousands of Hindus who made the trip across the border. Meera Syal discusses his thoughts and feelings on being back there, and visits the house in which he lived.
Producer Kathy Smith
* Return journey: page 28
The last of six programmes in which Trevor Phillips presents news, views and lively conversation from black and Asian perspectives around the UK. Producer Fran Acheson
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