Have we classified the animal kingdom in the right way? Is the method we use for the naming of natural species inaccurate and out of date? Do the families in which we place plants and animals reflect the reality of their evolutionary paths?
Melvyn Bragg wades into the dog-eat-dog world of cladistics with Colin Tudge, Henry Gee and the Natural History Museum's botanical taxonomist Sandy Knapp.
Shortened rpt at 9.30pm
With the Rev Canon Noel Vincent. 0 Taste and See (Vaughan Williams); I Will Offer Up My Life (Redman); Romans 6, wl2-14, w20-23; A
Prayer of St Richard of Chichester (White); Souls of Men, Why Will Ye Scatter (Gott Will's Machen). Director of music Nigel Swinford.
Roma - the Traveller Gypsies. The gypsies have been hitting the headlines in Britain as asylum seekers, but most of them - between three and five million - still live in eastern Europe. Olenka Frenkiel hears from gypsies across the region, from the victims of racist attacks to the curator of a museum in Poland and teachers and pupils at an experimental school in Romania.
Producer Paul Vickers. WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/continents Repeated Monday 8.30pm
Glyn Houston tells the amazing story of the Tower Colliery Opera as it faces its sternest test-opening night in a theatre only a mile away from a mine in the South Wales Valleys. The heroic battle of the miners to save the last deep mine in Wales is put to music in a unique marriage of heavy industry and high art. ProducerMartin Kuzik
By Jenny Mitchell. London, late August 1958.
Crooner Rose Tremaine has her first hit record. But a few miles away the streets of Notting Hill are beginning to burn with racial tension. And the fire is closer than she thinks. With David Thorpe. Tom George and Richenda Carey Director Jonquil Panting
John Sergeant speaks on behalf of a charity which helps prevent blindness and restores sight to people in the UK and in the developing world. DONATIONS: British Council for Prevention of Blindness, [address removed] CREDIT CARDS: [number removed] Shortened repeat from Sunday 7.55am
Rare B/rdby Andrea Barrett , read by Emma Relding. In an English country house in 1762 an educated unmarried woman believes, contraryto scientific opinion, that in the winter swallows migrate, rather than living underwater. She discovers a way of pursuing hertheories despite the restrictions Of the age. For details see Monday
4: Dilatation and Curettage. A third of all middle-age women in Britain have undergone the procedure which involves the lining of the womb being scraped. Evidence questioning its use emerged in the 1970s, but it was not until the 1990s that the rates of surgery declined. Fordetails see Monday
Michael Rosen presents the series about words and the way we speak. 5: Heavens Above. From Tripaxseptalice to Old Joe , who decides what the stars are called? Plus a chance to name your own asteroid. Producer Andrea Kidd. Repeated Sunday8.30pm
Quentin Cooper investigates the supergoo that is the secret to some of our most useful products. Most slimes are tangles of long-chain polymer molecules. By understanding their properties, scientists are able to create artificial slimes with everyday uses ranging from hair-care products to sticking plasters that really stick.
Producer John Watkins. EMAIL: email@example.com
A counterfactual history programme showing how differently major events from the past could have turned out. 3: Farming. The 1947 Agriculture Act, which guaranteed prices to farmers, ignited a period of huge growth in production. But what if Parliament had followed the advice of Stafford Cripps and decided against it? Professor
Christopher Andrew examines how the industry might have developed afterthe war. Producerian Bell
The Mysterious Opiate. Despite the claims made for them, 20tfvcentury revolutions failed to witness the long-forecast death of God. Felipe Fernandez -Armestb asks whether the coming decades will see a reviving religiosity and investigates the likely consequences of such a resurgence. Producer Simon Coates. Repeated Sunday 9.30pm
The stories behind the best in cutting-edge science. This week Geoff Watts hangs from an Italian suspension bridge and tries to push over a four-storey building in order to predict the damage caused by earthquakes.
Producer Adrian Washbourne. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
The last in a comedy series by Sudha Bhuchar and Shaheen Khan. Girl-talk, male-baiting, boozing, fun-loving, gossiping, baby-waking.... girlies. Five feisty, foxy, fighting females forgive and forget.
Producer Kristine Landon-Smith
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