The series which finds the past behind the present.5: The Gotham Tales.
Jonathan Freedland explores the most popular jokes in British history, a bestselling collection of stories about a village of fool on the fringes of Nottingham which dates back to the 13th century. With Fiona Shaw and guests. Producer Virginia Crompton. Repeated at 9.30pm
Roland White's Radio Review: page 45
Lisa Jardine meets acclaimed, cutting-edge artists whose work is inspired by technological discovery and unites them with leading scientists to hear of the latest research in their chosen fields. 3: Installation artist Cornelia Parker.
Producer Adrian Washbourne. E-MAIL: email@example.com (R)
With Judy Merry. Oft in Danger, Oft in Woe
(University College); Luke 13, v22,w31-35;
Almighty and Everlasting God (Gibbons); We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died (Bow Brickhill). Director of music Jeffrey Makinson.
Today the kestrel is a familiar sight, hovering high over motorways. In the past, this roadside commuter has been an inspiration to poets and writers, and prized by falconers. Lionel Kelleway traces the history of this successful and adaptable bird of prey. Producer Sarah Blunt (R)
Actor Christopher Lee presents the second of two programmes about leading ladies of American wit and comedy in the first half of the 20th century. He tells how they made the transition from radio to Hollywood in the thirties, tracing their arrival on television in the fifties. Featuring the stories of Lucille Ball , Eve Arden , Jane Russell , Frances Langford , Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall.
In a newsix-part series Peter Stead explores how music is used in our best-loved novels.
1: He enters the world of Jane Austen 's Pride and Prejudice with musician Derek McCulloch , actress Judith French and historical dance expert Madeleine Inglehearn to discoverwhether
Darcy's observations that "a woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing and dancing" was sound advice or a monumental insult. Producer Paul Evans
By Arnold Bennett , dramatised by Elizabeth Baines. A young engineer is offered the chance to make his fortune, but his father stands in the way.
For details see yesterday
2: The Elysium Lifestyle Mansions by Margaret Atwood , read by Maureen Lipman. Sibyl, prophet and millionaire proprietor of a Californian retirement home, recalls the perils of asking a god for immortality.
For detailssee yesterday. Producer Jill Waters
Dan Freedman and Nick Romero return for a second six-part comedy series in which they will be pushing the pun count beyond the pain threshold. Including Buffet the Vampire Salad, Dr Seuss and the Darleks, and Tarbuk, Lord of the Jungle. Music is performed by the Gents. Producers Jayne Gibson and Julian Mayers
2: Leaving Home. The women begin arduous journeys to reach their postings. Ella must trek across war-torn Europe in 1915. Isabel embarks on a wild and lawless life in Brazil.
For details see yesterday. Repeated from 10.45am
In the second of two reports
Romola Christopherson explores the future of the civil service. How will it change, and will Sir Humphrey still have a role?
Producers Martin Cox and Gordon Hutchings. Repeated Sunday 5pm
In the first of a 26-part series, Dr Graham Easton looks at whether the medical treatments we regularly receive are based on evidence or whim. To unpick this thorny question, he talks to Dr Anna Donald, the deputy editor of the journal
Clinical Evidence, who is frustrated by the slow pace of change. GP Chris Cates explains how he puts his ideas into practice by showing his patients that there is often no evidence for the treatments they have become used to.
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Producer Paula McGrath. E-MAIL: [email address removed] Repeated tomorrow 4.30pm
Last in a variety-comedy-sketch show about flatmates surrounded by a host of strange neighbours.
Written and performed by Mel Hudson and Vicki Pepperdine, with Martin Hyder and Jim North.
This week the cast of Friends comes to visit.
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