Melvyn Bragg is joined by American poet and funeral director Thomas Lynch and the literary critic Jonathan Dollimore to explore the place of death and rituals in western art and culture. Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
Albania has become a byword for crime and corruption at every level. Why would a young and successful painter leave his comfortable exile in France to become Minister of Culture there? Edi Rama has become one of his country's most popular and dynamic politicians.
Rosie Goldsmith hears the secret of his success.
Producer Arlene Gregorius. WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/continents Repeated Monday 8.30pm
In the last of the series charting the art of song and songwriting in England, Tom Robinson investigates how the European chanson is inspiring a new generation of writers and singers, including DesDe Moor and Philip Jeays. Is Britain's relationship with Europe influencing our music?
June Tabor considers Englishness in contemporary song, and the activist band Seize the Day identifies the new focus of political engagement in SOng. Producer Julian May
By Ellen Phethean. Time stops and Newcastle's busy city streets are forgotten in this magical trip to the department store of every woman's dreams, filled with memories and relics from the past. The mythical Golden Lady and guardian of the clocks takes retired actress Lily, her optician daughter Fanny and Big Issue seller Dawn on the fantastical shopping spree of a lifetime. An exploration of how women cope with age and ambition.
Music Keith Morris. Musicians Richard Scott. Penny Callow and Keith Morris. Director Polly Thomas
Evelyn Glennie speaks on behalf of a charity which supports sufferers of repetitive strain injury.
DONATIONS: RSI Association. [address removed]CREDIT CARDS: [number removed]. Repeated from Sunday 7.55am
3: Cellist Raphael Wallfisch reads Delius as I Knew Him by Eric Fenby. In 1928 Fenby, a young Yorkshire musician, offered to help the blind and paralysed Delius complete his final compositions. Fenby's account of his time with the composer in France reveals how masterpieces such as A Song of Summercame to be written despite seemingly insurmountable difficulties. For details see Tuesday (R)
4: Kum Ba Yah. Heard in America's Deep South and in brownie camps in the Home Counties, this songwith origins in Swahili is probably one of our most travelled collective-memory songs. With Sheffield singer-songwriter John Shuttleworth (aka comedian Graham Fellows) and chief scout George Perdy. For details see Monday
In American election year the shooting of a fellow pupil by a six-year-old has sparked a campaign issue that divides the nation. The real battle over gun control is being fought in the courts. Billions of dollars in damages from gun makers are being claimed. Where political action has failed, Marcel Berlins investigates whether legal action can tame the use and abuse of guns.
Producer Jonathan Brunert.
Repeated Sunday 8.30pm
Quentin Cooper examines the science behind fire-fighting, looking at everything from howwater spirals out of the hose to the latest fire-retardant materials.
Producer JohnWatkins. E-MAIL: email@example.com
Four centuries of diplomatic life, as experienced by diplomats' wives and daughters.
19: Unforgettable Days. Ella Skyes becomes the first European woman to walk in the Pamir Mountains in Chinese Turkestan.
For details see Monday. Repeated from 10.45am
How much does South Africa's peaceful transition to majority rule owe to a series of secret negotiations at an English country house? Julian O'Halloran reveals the inside story of the talks that paved the wayfor Nelson Mandela 's first official meeting with the white government ten years ago. Producer David Price
Is There a Con in New Economy?The new knowledge-based economy is booming. Are economic growth and productivity being transformed without causing inflation? Or is the new economy so much hype, rising like a stock market about to burst? Ian Hargreaves investigates.
Producer Michael Blastland. Repeated Sunday 9.30pm
The Designer Bug. The deadly Ecoli0157 bacteria killed 21 people in an outbreak of food poisoning in Scotland. Recently a girl died after contracting the disease on a Devon beach. The number of people being infected is growing every year and the bacteria has been found in a wide range of animals. Alex Kirby reveals how it may be only a matter of time before people start falling ill through contact with their pets. Producer Brian King
A comedy series in which Ainsley Elliot and Jude Prentiss return to the debating table. 4:This week the guests a round Ainsley's big table give their single-minded attention to the topic of obsession.
Are we all in some way obsessive and are you sure you turned the gas off before we came out? Written by the cast and Paul B Davies. Producer Paul 8 Davies
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