Simon Fanshawe investigates the histories of great reference books. 1: Whitaker's Almanack. Joseph Whitaker founded the Bookseller magazine and wrote religious tracts for pisoners. Then, 130 years ago, he turned a newspaper column into a bumper book of facts that has been published every year since. Producer Paul Dodgson
Reports on the stories that matter to people around the world. Corsica, say the French, can drive people crazy. In the past 16 months the top government representative of Paris on the island has been assassinated and his replacement arrested. Rhod Sharp investigates. Producer Annette MacKenzie Repeated Monday 11.30pm
Award-winning children's writer and illustrator Shirley Hughes chooses her favourite pieces of writing. She includes Kenneth Clarke 's Civilisation, and a piece written and read by her son, Guardian correspondent Ed Vulliamy. Other readers are Bill Wallis and Josie Lawrence. Producer Mary Ward Lowery Repeated Wednesday 11.30pm
By Michael Punter. What to do about Dad? He talks to his pigeons more than he does to his daughters and he has some very odd ideas about his dog. with Nathalie Armin and Simon Scardifield Director Jane Morgan
John Sullivan 's comedy series.
3: No Greater Love. When Rodney falls in love, he does not appreciate Del's brotherly helping hand. with Lennard Pearce , Gaye Brown. Julie La Rousse , Steve Fletcher , Raj Patel ,
David Rhule , David Daker and Lisa Price. Originally produced and directed for television by Ray Butt. Producer Richard Edis Repeat
BBC foreign correspondent Allan Little returns to the land of his birth to size up the political situation in the run-up to the opening of the new Scottish Parliament. In this concluding programme he offers a clear-eyed view of Scotland's prospects. Producer Dennis Sewell
Fisher Dilke examines the ways mathematics pops up in our lives. A new theory about personal contacts reveals that a few well connected individuals can make the world seem a smaller place and speed up the spread of information - or disease. Producer Roland Pease
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