For National Poetry Day, Radio 4 has commissioned 14 new poems from distinguished writers chosen by the poet laureate
Andrew Motion , to be broadcast throughout the day. Each poem is about the time of day at which it will be heard and will be read by the author. Here, Andrew Motion introduces some of the works and contributes a new poem of his own. Producer Julian May
Author Lynne Reid Banks, best known for The L-Shaped Room, reflects on the literature that has given her pleasure throughout her life. With excerpts from the Jewish Passover service, Romeo and Juliet, and Nancy Mitford 's The Pursuit of Love.
Producer Mary Ward Lowery.
Repeated Wednesday 11.30pm
By Peter R Simpkin. The glamour, and particularly the corruption, of the international art trade is Anthony Bent's business. In the first of two adventures, the theft of a Constable painting from a London gallery leads to death, a mysterious, patriotic "art Lover", and to Spain.
Director Ned Chaillet
Lady Ruth Bent:
The programme about language and the way we speak. Punch-Drunk. In the last of the current series, Michael Rosen goes six rounds with the language and metaphor of boxing.
Producer Mark Burman. E-MAIL: [address removed]
Repeated Sunday 8.30pm
Ten years ago, Communism collapsed in eastern Europe. In six programmes, historian
Misha Glenny talks to decision makers and ordinary people about the extraordinary story of the liberation of eastern Europe.
2: 1985 tol989- Round the Table
The Communist authorities in Poland and Hungary are forced into dialogue with the opposition. Mikhail Gorbachev arrives at the Kremlin.
Producers Maria Balinska
The Foreign Office. Michael White , political editor of The Guardian, looks at how the Government today acts on the world stage and pursues our interests abroad. How successful have we been in rebranding Britain to promote a different image to potential investors? And has the pledge to keep in mind an ethical dimension in foreign policy stood the test of the rigours of a harsh and Often Cynical world? Producer Dennis Sewell
In the first of two programmes, Geoff Watts finds out why the land of the eastern Mediterranean is prone to earthquakes and explores what can be done to predict when the next one is likely to hit. Producer Rami Tzabar. E-MAIL: [address removed]
9.30 Melvyn Bragg - in Our Time Repeated from 9am
Alan Davies stars in his own comedy series. Alan Francis and Ronnie Ancona play his long-suffering friends Murray and Kate, and they all try to sort out this week's dilemma. Written by Tony Roche , Ben Silburn and Alan Davies. Producer Jane Berthoud (R)
Michael Bakewell 's five-part dramatisation of the Agatha Christie novel stars June Whitfield as Miss Marple. 4: The recollections of a bewildered elderly clergyman prove to be of vital importance. with Hilda Schroder , Delia Lindsay , Tricia Hitchcock and Roger Moss. Director Enyd Williams (R)
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