Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss ideas and events which have influenced our time. He is joined this week by Professor Steve Jones and science journalist Matt Ridley who will be discussing the role of the gene and the theory of evolution over the past century. Repeated at 9.30pm
Brian Keenan talks about his love of literature, growing up in Belfast, being a hostage in Beirut,of his writing, and of his role as husband and father. With extracts from Wind in the Willows, The Dharma Burns and poems by Sylvia Plath and Pablo Neruda. Readers
Stephen Rea and Frances Tomelty. Producer Mary Ward Lowery
Repeated Wednesday 11.30pm
By Don Taylor. When David, a young teacher, is asked to speak to Helen, who has suffered a tragedy, a story emerges which changes the relationship between them and becomes part of the development of a great English writer. with Abigail Thaw. Director Don Taylor
Michael Rosen presents the programme about language and the way we speak. 10: A Real Gem. An examination of the sometimes forgotten language of jewels. Producer Elizabeth Abrahams
Repeated Sunday 8.30pm
The Big Tent. Since the general election, talented men and women from all political backgrounds and none, have been called to play a part in public life. Is this inclusiveness a sign of profound change in the political culture or simply a way of marginalising the Tories? Dennis Sewell reports. Producer Richard Vadon
Geoff Watts reports from America where the state of Kansas has voted to remove evolution from schools' curricula.
Creationists say evolution is an unproven theory. So what is the latest scientific evidence for and against evolution? Producer Julia Durbin
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Alan Davies stars in his own comedy series. Alan Francis and Ronnie Ancona play his long-suffering friends, Murray and Kate, as they all try to sort out this week's dilemma. Written by Tony Roche , Ben Silburn and Alan Davies. Producer Jane Berthoud Repeat
Michael Bakewell 's five-part dramatisation of the Agatha Christie novel stars June Whitfield as Miss Marple. 2: The late Mr Rafiel 's son appears to be connected to the mystery. with Mary Wimbush , Freda Dowie ,
Tricia Hitchcock , Delia Lindsay , Roger Moss and George A Cooper. Director Enyd Williams Repeat
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