Michael Portillo revisits Kirkcaldy in Fife, where he spent his childhood summers. The former defence secretary returns to his grandfather's now derelict linen factory, discovers the source of the famous smell that lingers over the town and recalls the nightmares that he suffered after seeing a giant jellyfish washed up on the seashore.
Producer Ian Bell
Repeated Sunday 5pm
Jarrow to Giro. With Ray Gosling. An economic and environmental catastrophe created the circumstances for one of the great
American migrations, west to California, of thousands of poor farmers. For details see yesterday
Russell Davies returns with six programmes exploring language and the way we speak. 3: Sick as a Parrot
The language of the sporting world's POst-match interview. And a rustle through the wrappers for the words of confectionery.
Producer Alison Hughes
Sheila Goff 's play is an alternative version of the sixties. A chance meeting between Carol and old boyfriend George conjures up their Walthamstow past.
Singers Jacqui Hicks , Jenny Howe and Patti Revell. Musical director John Peade Director David Hunter
Richard Baker presents eight conversations with leading directors about working with music in the theatre, the opera house and on film. The second programme features Deborah Warner , whose recent productions include Richard at the National Theatre and Britten's The
Turn of the Screw for the Royal Opera. Producer Tony Cheevers
Paul Vaughan reads Patrick Gale 's latest novel, Tree Surgery for
Beginners, and Fay Weldon 's Big Women, which traces the lives of four women who form a women's publishing company. Producer Jackie Christie
Revised repeat at 9.30pm
By Kate Barry , read by Niamh Cusack. An Irish farmer's wife and mother of six reflects on her relationships with her children and particularly with Jack, her little boy who died one cold and wintry Boxing Day. Producer Tabitha Potts
Gary Brown 's six-part comedy series about family life in the nineties.
Starring Jim Sweeney as Phil and Caroline Quentin as Sarah.
2: Summer Holiday. Everyone is having a relaxing time until Martha arrives with her new-age boyfriend. with John Wheatley , Philippe Smolikowski ,
Deborah Berlin, Becky Hindley and Ben Brown Producer Ann Jobson Repeat
The Lord Chancellor plans to increase access to civil justice by expanding the role of "no win, no fee" deals to pay solicitors' costs. Mark Whitaker examines how such deals work. Producer Gregor Stewart Repeated Saturday 5pm
* Face behind the Voice: page 131
This week, in the series focusing on black, Asian and Afro-Caribbean
Britain, Trevor Phillips is joined by musician and writer Gil Scott-Heron .
Producer Neil Trevithick
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