Libby Purves and guests engage in lively and diverse conversation. She is joined this week by the Naked Chef Jamie Oliver who starts a new series tonight at 8.30pm on BBC2; Zerbanoo Gifford, founder of the Asha Centre which aims to celebrate the heritage of multicultural Britain; and Ronnie Richardson, who watched his wife die of a mysterious illness, eventually diagnosed as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).
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What really goes on inside the silent world of the public library? Ian McMillan, with the help of volunteers from the Mass Observation Archive, unlocks the secrets of this institution, now in its 150th year.
A comedy written by Lynne Ferguson.
Irene fears the worst when a famous restaurant critic books a table at the Ritz Cafe - the reputation of Millport will be printed for the whole world to see. Is he really coming to sample Alberto's food or does he have a secret agenda?
Martyn Wade's comedy is based on the real-life story of an 18th-Century forger. In order to convince his father that he has great literary skills, the forger provides him with a number of Shakespearean documents, including an exciting new and undiscovered play.
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3: Troubling Desire. In Britten's great operas and William Golding 's Lord of the Flies, children become a troubling and desirable presence. How and why does the symbol of the child become an eerie force in 20th-century art? For details see Monday
Historically we have tended to think of the House of Commons and the civil service as white, middle-class male enclaves. Even though both institutions have opened their doors to women and ethnic minorities, it is difficult to shake off that original perception. Nirmal Puwar from Northampton University tells Laurie Taylor how we link particular kinds of people with particular public spaces.
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Dr Graham Easton examines why drug availability differs around the country and why it can be so difficult to see the doctor when you want to. Plus new ways to provide a fast-track treatment when you are under the weather.
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Stephen Fry and John Bird star as spin doctors Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe in Mark Tavener 's comedy series. This weekthe specialists in government and media relations get involved in the race for London mayor. With Siobhan Hayes , Tony Gardner , Colin McFarlane and Hugh Parker. Producer Paul Schlesinger (R)
Four centuries of diplomatic life as experienced by wives and daughters. 8: Getting to Know the Country. Their privileged status allowed diplomatic women access to people and places denied to othertravellers-from harem life in the 18th centuryto an audience with the dowager
Empress of China at the end ofthe 19th century. For details see Monday. Repeated from 10.45am
Five eminent thinkers speak from around the world on different aspects of the complex theme of sustainable development. At the end of the series the lecturers will come together for a final round-table discussion hosted by the Prince of Wales. Presented by Kate Adie.
2: Biodiversity. Leading scientist Thomas E Lovejoy, chief biodiversity adviser to the World Bank and councillor at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, tells an audience in Los Angeles: "We are in deep trouble biologically and already into a spasm of extinction of our own making unequalled since the one which took the dinosaurs." Repeated Saturday 10.15pm
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Earth scientist Professor Bill McGuire looks at what has been learnt about the future from four catastrophes which have taken place in the last 100 years. 1: An examination of the eruption of Mount Pelee on the Caribbean island of Martinique which, on 8 May 1902, incinerated 30,000 people in seconds.
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There are no holds barred when doctors Tony Gardner and Phil Hammond take an irreverent look at the current state of the NHS. Plus a sneak preview of the new 400-part fly-on-the-wall documentary series Lord Robert Winston
Crosses the Road. With Philippa Fordham and David Wolstencroft. Producer Helen Williams
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