Olivia O'Leary talks to two people who have had similar experiences. This week she speaks to two people who have chosen to write to prisoners on death row in the United States and asks how they face the devastating consequences of their friendship. Lawyer Edmund Connybeare is currently writing to a man who as been on death row for 20 years. Pamela Thomas is a middle-aged, middle-class mother of three who says she acted on impulse because she wanted to reach out to someone in trouble. She eventually witnessed her penfriend's execution. Producer Sara Conkey. Repeated at9. 30pm
Fiona Shaw journeys into the past as she recreates the sounds of England during the time of William Shakespeare. 3: Secrets and Whispers. Princes and ambassadors might expect a private audience at the court of Queen Elizabeth, but mere nobles had to hang around for a glimpse of the monarch as she went to dinner or chapel. Shaw speculates on the kinds of sounds such visitors might have heard. Producer Kate McAII
Peter O'Brien reads extracts from the haunting memoir of Australian writer Robert Drewe.
2: Eleven-year-old Robert meets Eric, his father's new handyman, who teaches him the art of "moss pissing". The boy also worries about a prowler targeting his mother. For details see yesterday
Australia. Central Australia has flooded forthe first time in 25 years. Peter Jacklyn visits an island in Lake Eyre North to watch the spectacle of thousands of breeding birds making the most of the rapidly evaporating water. Repeated from yesterday 9pm
Peter Stead explores how music is used in our best-loved novels.
5: In Women in Love, DH Lawrence showed his anguish at the direction British culture was taking during the First World War. Through thinly veiled portraits of his own friends, Lawrence had his characters dance to the music of the Russian Ballet, yet despaired that "art should interpret industry, as art once interpreted religion". With John Worthen, Miranda Seymour and Rob Stradling. Reader JodyElen Machin. Producer Paul Evans
By David Pownal Georges Mél iès, the father of film fantasy, paved the way for modern cinema back in 1890s Paris. In his most famous film a spaceship in the shape of a cannon shell lands in the eye of the man in the moon. A colourful new play which looks at this dazzling innovator and compulsive seducerwho typified the Belle Epoque.
Pianist Tim Sharp. Director Graham Frost
Libby Purves presents a guide to the world of learning. This week a look at chronic fatigue syndrome, the most common cause of long-term absence from school. Producer Dorothy Stiven. Action Line: [number removed] E-MAIL: email@example.com Repeated Sunday llpm
"What we are witnessing now is the chaos that must surely arise when the world is looking for a new wineskin ..."In the firstof a new three-part series, leading contemporary historian Paul Kennedy assesses the political leadership of three key nations in conversation with some of the best political and economic analysts in the world. 1: This week he looks at Japan. With Noriko Hama and Yoichi Masuzoe.
Producer Anna Parkinson. Repeated Sunday 5pm
Everything from pollution and central heatingto super-clean homes and processed foods has been blamed for the rocketing number of allergies. Dr Graham Easton finds out about the latest research and offers advice.
Producer Paula McGrath. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Repeated tomorrow 4.30pm
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