Lisa Jardine and guests including Lars Nitve , di rector of the eagerly awaited Tate Modern , and historian Piers Brendon , who specialises in the thirties, setthe cultural agenda forthe week. Producer Ariane Koek. Repeated at 9.30pm
Forty years ago today Francis Gary Powers , the pilot of an American U2 spy plane, was shot down over the Soviet Union. His capture and trial became one of the most infamous events of the Cold War. William Hope reads five extracts from Powers's autobiography. Part 1. Producer David Olusoga
Adam Hart-Davis uncovers the lives and inventions of four unacknowledged pioneers of science. 2: The Bessemer Blow. Henry Bessemer invented the Bessemer converter, a system for refining steel from pig iron which enabled output to increase six-thousandfold. The money he made provided him with the capital to design a ship which prevented seasickness -with catastrophic and embarrassing results. Producer Miriam Newman
By Miss Read, dramatised in six parts by Nick Warburton.
5: Miss Fogerty. The village school teacher welcomes her glamorous friend to Thrush Green and finds that she too is out of a home.
Director Claire Grove
Tension mounts as the three remaining contestants - Patricia Ross , Brian Davies and Nigel Clarke - battle forthe title of Counterpoint Champion 2000. Ned Sherrin is joined by soprano Kyra Vane , who will present the prizes. Producer Dawn Ellis
By Alan Garner , dramatised by Matthew Bailey. When Alison traces owls from the pattern on a dinner service, the paper owls disappear and the plates go blank. Mysterious events become frightening in this classic reworking of the Welsh Blodeuwedd myth.
Musicians Paula Gardiner and Teresa Clarke Director Alison Hindell
I five programmes David Stafford looks at the stories of songs that have entered the collective memory. 1: Danny Boy. Today he explores the origins of the Celtic song of love, loss and yearning, with Ronnie Drew from the Dubliners and Henry Kelly. Producer David Prest Brian Kay : page 44
Joining Nigel Rees to exchange quotations and anecdotes this week are Samantha Bond , Patrick Barlow , Roger McGough and Peter Kellner. Reader Patricia Hughes.
Producer Carol Smith. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Repeated Sunday 12.04pm
Writer and film director Oliver Stone tells
Mark Lawson how his experiences in Vietnam turned him into a film-maker and later inspired his films
Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July. Stone also discusses the glamorisation of violence in Natural Born Killers. Producer Tanya Hudson
Katie Hickman tells the story of four centuries of diplomatic life as revealed in the private letters, diaries and memoirs of British diplomats' wives and daughters.
How to cope with everything from snakebites and flesh-eating insects to extremes of heat and cold.
Directors Hannah Andrassy and John Dryden Repeated from 10.45am
With about 25 per cent of eligible voters coming from an ethnic minority background in the London mayoral elections, Gary Younge examines the Asian vote. In the second of two programmes he asks why it has been lumped together with the black vote for so long. And what will happen if the established political parties continue to take the vote of this increasingly well educated and wealthy group for granted? Producer sue Davies
Nearly half of Chile's children are born outside marriage - a statistic the country's conservative elite is trying to sweep under the carpet. Bob Howard travels to Santiago, where divorce is illegal and abortion a taboo subject, to meet the ordinary citizens determined to modernise Chile's social laws. Repeated from Thursday
"Britain is too noisy. There is almost nowhere left to go." Members of the Wildlife Recording Society are captivated by the beauty of birdsong and are driven to the very edge of the British Isles to avoid intrusive noise. This programme joins them on the wild coast of the Outer Hebrides to discover an Obsession for pure sound. Producer Mark Rickards (R)
When drummer Chris Stewart left the band Genesis, he had no idea that they would soon be worth millions and that his life as an aspirant farmer in Spain would be more than a little strange. But he never looked back. Mick Ford reads the first of five extracts from Stewart's book. (R)
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