Frances Wilson joins Jenni Murray to tell the tales of those who have been so seduced by a good read that they have abandoned themselves to the writers and theirwork. Drama: Vital Signs by Sarah Woods. Part 14.
Drama repeated at 7.45pm. For details see Monday
Bestselling American author Bill Bryson chooses his favourite writing- a mix of comedy and adventure with extracts from Evelyn Waugh 's
Scoop, a Hardy Boys classic and Three Men in a Boat. Readers Kerry Shale and Bill Wallis.
Producer Mary Ward Lowery. Repeated Wednesday 11.30pm
Beatrice Colin's play is set in France in the dark days of 1940. As the Germans advance from Paris, three women - an heiress, a journalist and a poet - escape to a chateau in the Loire valley. They have sworn to counter bullets with words, and violence with feminism. But like latter-day Joans of Arc, they discover that idealism has a price.
Director Patrick Rayner
4: The Banister-Fletchertextbook, used at some point by every architectto checkfacts or to prop up a drawing board. Michael Hopkins , architect ofthe Lord's cricket stand, talks about this historic book.
For details see Monday
The programme about language and the way we speak. 11: Everytime We Say Goodbye. Farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu - Michael Rosen will catch you later with the language of leave-taking.
Producer Emma-Louise Williams
E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org. Repeated Sunday 8.30pm
An out-of-this-world edition of the programme as Trevor Phillips , Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter explore the science fact of science fiction.
Producer John Watkins. E-MAIL: email@example.com
Ten years ago, Communism collapsed in Eastern Europe. In four programmes, historian
Misha Glenny talks to decision makers and to ordinary people about the extraordinary story of the liberation of eastern Europe. 1: The Cracks Appear: 1979 -85. Ten million Poles join the independent trade union Solidarity, and there are secret meetings in Bonn between Hungarian
Communists and the West German chancellor.
Producer Maria Balinska -
The Super Ministry. John Prescott 's mega-ministry of the environment, transport and regions is the most wide-ranging government department. Has the bringing together of these previously separate domains led to a coherent strategy or a monster too unwieldy for any secretary of state to manage - even the deputy prime minister? And how does his creation relate to the political centre at No 10? Dinah Lammiman reports.
Producer Sue Davies
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 byTony Roche, Ben Silburn and Alan Davies
Producer Jane Berthoud
Michael Bakewell 's five-part dramatisation of the Agatha Christie novel stars June Whitfield as Miss Marple. 3: Crucial information has come to light, but an ally has been seriously injured. with Kathleen Helme , Patricia Scott , Molly Gaisford , Roger Moss and Colin Pinney. Director Enyd Williams
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