Quentin Cooper joins with four very different trades and professions astheygatherfortheir annual get-togethers. 4: PestEx-ProtEx 99. Pest controllers and building preservers from all over the world converge on London to talk rats, termites and global warming. UK residents may be looking forward to a warmer wintertomorrow, but so are the insects from the south that have already reached Devon. Producer Nigel Acheson
A comedy series based on Frank Dickens 's classic cartoon. 2: The Power of the Press
Bristow's crusade for better conditions for cleaning ladies bites the dust.
with Roger Lloyd Pack. Jon Glover , Katy Odey. David Battley and Ian Kelland. Music John Whitehall. Director Neil Cargill
Steve Richards plays host to team captains Roy Hattersley and Sir Patrick Cormack MP in the panel game about politics and politicians. This week's guests are journalist Julia Langdon and broadcaster James Cox.
Written by Hugh Rycroft and David Spicer. Producer Steve Doherty
Helena Kennedy QC presents a second series of four dramatised features about legal cases which led to a change in the law.
1: I've Only Just Learned to Cry. The tragic story of Emma Humphries , who was tried at Nottingham Crown Court forthe murder of her boyfriend in 1985. She never denied killinghim but pleaded not guilty to murder on grounds of provocation. with Beth Chalmers , Stephen Critchlow , Ian Meredith and Tim Treloar. Written by Rib Davis. Director Janet Whitaker
Helen Grindrod QC:
A comedy by Simon Brett following the fortunes of three fortysomething sisters.
3: Making it Better. Anna is suffering following the end of her relationship with Stuart. Sick of the selfishness of Victoria and Charlotte, she decides to give them a taste of theirown medicine.
Producer Maria Esposito (R)
Francine Stock chairs the nightly arts programme, including a report by John Wilson live from the gala opening night of the newly restored and expanded Royal Opera House. Listeners can hearthe operatic half of the opening concert live on Radio 3 from 9.45pm. BBC2 will be broadcasting the opening perfomance live from
7.30pm. Producer Stephen Hughes
Michael Buerk chairs an investigation of the moral questions behind the week's news.
Witnesses face a tough cross-examination from David Starkey , Janet Daley , David Cook and Polly Toynbee. Producer David Coomes. Repeated Saturday 10.15pm
Michael Rosen presents fourtalks on the process of divorce and its aftermath, drawing on his own experience and eyewitness accounts from estate agents, grandparents, lawyers and counsellors. 3: Meltdown. The point of departure - lawyers pick up the scent. Repeated from Sunday 5.40pm
In a new four-part series John Gribbin explores the weird subatomic world of quantum mechanics and will be asking listeners to abandon all the familiar ways of picturing the world and to suspend belief. Reader Paul Birchard. 1: A Measure of Uncertainty
The events surrounding the disturbing realisation that matter can be both wave and particle, and the story of how the discovery of quanta spawned the greatest ever scientific revolution.
John Gribbin introduces the key characters in a tale about a hapless cat that can be both dead and alive at the same time and, as Richard Feynman remarked, "If you don't take ittoo seriously you will discover nature to be a delightful and entrancing thing." Producer Louise Dalziel
A comedy by Sean Lock and Martin Trenaman. 2: Sean's bad-tempered, reckless past catches up with him in the shape of a dead swan. Starring Sean Lock , Tim Mitchell , Tracy-Ann Oberman , Peter Serafinowicz and Martin Trenaman. Producer Chris Neill. Script editor Robert Fraser-Steele
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