In the tough Russian city of Yekaterinburg, the local mafia has become a political party and is standing for parliament. The godfathers now study psychology, supportthe church and wage war on drugs. On the eve of presidential elections, Tim Whewell asks if Russia's robber barons can successfully reinvent themselves. Producer Masha Karp. WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/continents Repeated Monday 8.30pm
Roger McGough goes behind the scenes of an exciting initiative to revitalise Liverpool's best-loved theatres -the Liverpool Playhouse and the Everyman - by creating a new company to run the theatres and attract greater investment. He speaks to famous writers and actors with long associations with Liverpool, including
Willy Russell , Anthony Sher and Beryl Bainbridge , and he meets the local people involved in the project. Producer Polly Thomas
By Vita Sackville-West , dramatised by Jill Hyem. Starring Ronald Pickup as Edmund and Kate Buffery as Laura. An eminent journalist learns that he has only a short time to live. He decides to embark on a sea voyage in the company of a widow he has always admired.
Director Cherry Cookson (R)
Stephanie Cole speaks on behalf of a charity which seeks to improve lives of everyone affected by schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses. DONATIONS: National Schizophrenia Fellowship, [address removed]
CREDIT CARDS: [number removed]. Repeated from Sunday 7.55am
Michael Rosen presents the series about words and the way we speak. 3:Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum.The programme plunders the treasure chests of pirate words to discover which are fact and which are fiction. Plus how e-mail might affect spelling, grammar and punctuation. Producer Andrea Kidd. Repeated Sunday 8.30pm
Little is known about how the brain controls thinking, intelligence and even consciousness. Now a team at Imperial College is using computers to model the human brain. Quentin Cooper talks to Professors Igor Aleksander and Chris Kennard aboutwhat a computer can tell us about the intricate workings of this organ. Producer Tom Alban. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrity guests, domestic chores and music.
This week Katrina Leskanich drops in and lets on that she always buys new socks as she does not know how to darn. John decides to teach her this important skill, so that she need not be so wasteful. Meanwhile, Robert Wyatt tries to impress an impresario. Written and performed by Graham Fellows , with additional material by Martin Willis. Producer Dawn Ellis
By Theodore Dreiser. 14: Hurstwood is at his wits end, and Carrie is horrified to discover more debts that she must pay. In desperation,
Hurstwood takes a job as a scab driver in the great tram Strike. Fordetails see Monday. Repeated from 10.45am
A new four-part counter-factual history programme which shows how differently major events from the past could have turned out. 1: The French
Revolutionise French Revolution was played out against a backdrop of harvest failure and high bread prices. Much ofthe cause ofthat economic catastrophe arose from a storm which swept the country on 13 July 1788. What if the weather had been more benign? Without the bread riots and widespread unrest, perhaps a peaceful political solution could have been found. Producerian Bell
Heritage Revisited. The traditional concept of national heritage is being revised by new initiatives to represent excluded groups.
Lola Young asks if there is still too much celebration and too little scepticism about the past. Producer Zareer Masani. Repeated Sunday9.30pm
A comedy series by Sudha Bhuchar and Shaheen Khan. Girl-talk, male-baiting, boozing, fun-loving, gossiping.... girlies. 4: One feisty, foxy, fighting female discovers what has really been going on. Producer Kristine Landon-Smith
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