Alun Armstrong reads Nathaniel Philbrick 's real-life tale of the whaling disasterthat inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick. In 1821 the Essex was sunk in the Pacific by an enraged sperm whale. Its 20-man crew drifted for three months. Only eight lived, deranged and near death, having survived on the flesh of their dead companions. Abridged in five parts by Keith Darvill. Part 1. Producer Sara Davies Programme of the Week: page 117
Martha Kearney is joined by actress Betty Driver , who talks about her role in Coronation Street.
Drama: Diary of a Provincial Ladyby EM Delafield. Part 6 of 15. Editor Ruth Gardiner. E-MAIL: email@example.com Drama repeated at 7.45pm
In the last of the series, Adam Hart-Davis uncovers the life and inventions of an unacknowledged pioneer of science.
Making Radio Waves. Hart-Davis helps Radio 4 newsreader Patrick Muirhead uncoverthe role played by Patrick's great uncle Alexander in the invention of wireless telegraphy in 1894, well over a year before Marconi unveiled his system. Producer Mary Ward-Lowery
A fictional memoir by Patrick Dennis , dramatised in six parts by Rene Basilico.
1: It is 1929 and a ten-year-old orphan is taken to New York fora bewildering first meetingwith his guardian -wealthy socialite Mame Dennis.
Music Jim Parker. Director John Fawcett Wilson
I Mame Dame:
I Young Patrick:
By Gary Brown. Tom is an actor of limited achievement and even more limited prospects, so the chance to work with award-winning director Jim Marshall with his improvisational rehearsal method is irresistible. But is it worth it? Director Andy Jordan
Presented by Simon Fanshawe. How short is a short story? Throughout the week a dozen writers make every word count in a celebration of short-
[ storyfiction at the Brighton Festival. Featuring
Bill Brodie , Susannah Dunn , Kate O'Riordan , Toby Litt , Rosie Thomas and a host of others. Part 1. Producers Lisa Osborne and Karen Rose
Jo Morris meets the Ladies Who Race. When Mary's husband - the racing commentator
Michael Seth Smith - died she thought she would never feel comfortable at the races again. But since then she's formed the exclusive club-the Ladies Who Race -for likeminded women with a passion forthe horses. Producer Helena Sills
Joining Nigel Rees to exchange quotations and anecdotes this week are Jenni Murray , Claire Rayner , Simon Brett and Terry Wogan. Reader Patricia Hughes.
Producer Carol Smith. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Repeated Sunday 12.04pm
By EM Delafield , dramatised in 15 parts by Mike Harris. The 1930s journal of howto run a house, a family, a nanny, bothersome neighbours, irritating relatives and excruciating acquaintances, all while writing a book and trying to look fashionable. Part 6.
Producer Elaine Bedell. Director Clive Brill. Rpted from 10.45am
Man with dog/Bank manager:
Man at door:
Woman in black/Carina:
Ayear ago the National Assembly for Wales was officially opened by the Queen. Nobody, least of all Tony Blair , could have predicted the events that would unfold. Glyn Mathias follows the behind-the-scenes political dramas that led to resignations, conflict, despair and triumph in the brave new world of British politics. Producer Mark Palmer
Another chance to hearthe 12-part series in which John McCarthy returns to the Middle East. Thirteen years ago, in a Beirut cell, he was given a Bible by his Muslim captors. He read it twice, finding it byturns comforting and irritating. Now he starts an epic journey in which he tries to make sense of this strange and challenging book. Producer RogerChilds (R)
The current crisis in British agriculture is accompanied by a wildlife crisis. Both have the same cause - a system of farm subsidies which works neither forfarmers nor for the environment.
Brett Westwood talks to farmers, conservationists and countryside minister Elliot Morley to discover the way ahead and whether high levels of food production in a countryside rich in wildlife is simplya dream.
Producer Sandra Sykes. Repeated tomorrow 11am
Five stories written by John Connolly and read by Tony Doyle. 1: The Erlking. A man relives childhood memories of the forest spirit who came prying at the windowpane and cast a blight upon his life. Producer Lawrence Jackson (R)
Jonathan Raban reads his account of America's
Midwest as he follows in the footsteps of the homesteaders who settled there in the early part of the century. Abridged in five parts by Sally Hedges. 1: Montana. Deserted homesteads and vanished dreams Producer Tim Dee (R)
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