1,000 Years of Spoken English
Melvyn Bragg presents a history celebrating
1,000 years of the spoken language of Britain, from the first to the second millennium.
2: The Dawn of English-the Teachers. Braggtravels to Winchester, headquarters of Old English, to trace the path from a tenth-century language lesson to the English taught and spoken today. With Dr Kathyrn Lowe , Dr April McMahon and Ian Hislop. Producer Emily Kasriel. Repeated at 9.30pm (R)
Natalie Wheen interweaves the history of the olive tree with the story of a year in the life of her own small olive grove on the Greek island of Lesbos. 2: Pruning. The olive, they say, is the only tree to respond to man. If you love it, it will react. Prune even the oldest one, and it will reward you With new green ShOOtS. Producer Paul Kobrak
With the Very Rev Roy Williamson. City of God, How Broad and Far (Richmond); Hebrews 12, wl8(-24); How Beautiful upon the Mountains
(Stainer); Go, Tell It on the Mountain (Go, Tell It on the Mountain). Director of music Graham Eccles.
Immigration is set to become an explosive issue in Italy's next general elections. As in Britain, there is heated debate about how to integrate the growing numbers of foreigners who seek work and asylum. In the first of a new series, Julian Pettifer meets immigrants in the city of Turin and follows a right-wing politician on an anti-immigrant night patrol. Producer Rosie Goldsmith. Repeated Monday 8.30pm
A series exploring the working lives of musicians who have broken the classical mould and reached new audiences. 2: This week Verity Sharp meets Joanna MacGregor - pianist, concert promoter, educator, recording artist and Champion Of the new. Producer Alan Hall
4: Kissing Shadows by Rachel Joyce.
The last of four plays set in houses which sing their secrets.
Following a painful separation from her husband, Holly and her sister Frankie rent a country cottage where she can recuperate. They discover that the house has a story of its own.
Director Mary Peate
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England v Zimbabwe
Commentary on the floodlit match at Old Trafford by Henry Blofeld, Christopher Martin-Jenkins and Jon Champion. Expert comment from Graeme Fowler, David Lawrence and Andy Pycroft. Scorer Bill Frindall. * Approximate times
Puppy Love by Philippa Gregory , read by Abigail Cruttenden. In the late twenties, a young man wooing an upper-class girl, gives herthe most fashionable dog of the day-a Great Dane. But will the dog be enough to persuade herto marry him? For details see Monday
High-performance ceramics are now being put to diverse uses - in aeronautics and microelectronics and as semiconductors. Quentin Coopertalks to Julie Yeomans from Surrey University and Barry Newland from Morgan Materials Technology about improvements in manufacturing techniques that have made it possible to produce advanced ceramics which are almost as hard as diamond. Producer John Watkins. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthony Howard traces the influence of women behind the American presidency.
3: Powers behind the Throne. Howard compares the contrasting fortunes of Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter , and Nancy Reagan - whose reliance on astrology embarrassed the White House and shook America. Producer Mark Savage. Editor Gwyneth Williams
When I'm 64. Faced with headlines such as "We're Growing Too Old" and "Care of the Elderly - Road to Ruin", one might think that an ageing population spells doom and gloom for everyone. But are the scare stories exaggerated? Andrew Dilnot asks whether people's later years are best spent working, volunteering or simply relaxing, and what society thinks we owe our elders. Producer Ingrid Hassler. Repeated Sunday 9.30pm
4: Rare 8/rdby Andrea Barrett , read by Emma Fielding. In 1762 an educated, unmarried woman believes, contraryto scientific opinion, that in the winter swallows migrate, ratherthan living under water. She pursues hertheories despite the restrictions Of the age. For details see Monday (R)
The exciting comedy panel game hosted by Sue Perkins in which someone stands to win 99p live on air! With Peter Baynham and Simon Pegg. Written by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley. Producers David Tyler and Sarah Smith
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