Sue Lawley's castaway this week is film director Alan Parker. When Bugsy Malone came out in 1975, it marked the beginning of a successful and sometimes controversial career. Films like Midnight Express, Fame and The Commitments underline his versatility and have won him countless awards. Seethe radio choice on page 104. Repeated from Sunday 11.15am
5: On the day which sees the start of the BBC 2000 Proms, one of its star performers, Trevor Pinnock, reads archive material relating to the first performances of Handel's Messiah in 1741-2. Charles Jennens, the writer of the text, thinks that Handel's music is a shabby piece of work, but they love it in Dublin, where ladies are prevented from wearing hoops under their skirts so that a larger audience can be crammed in. Meanwhile, in London, the pedants declare that it is sacrilege for Messiah to be heard in a mere opera house.
For details see Monday
A comedy series based on Frank Dickens 's classic cartoon strip, featuring Chester-Perry's troublesome buyingclerk and those who serve alongside him as small cogs in a gigantic wheel.
2: The Good, the Bad and the Temporary. There is a new girl in town, and Bristow knows his office is not big enough for the two of them.
Music John Whitehall. Director Neil Cargill
Roger Bolton airs listeners' views on BBC radio programmes and policy. Producer Viv Black
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By Dan Rebellato. History and fiction combine in this offbeat and humorous look at the 19th-century rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament. Charles Barry and Augustus Welby Pugin work at opposite ends of the architectural spectrum.
When the Houses of Parliament explode and St Stephen 's Tower (Big Ben) rockets into the sky, their problems have onlyjust begun -the crazed recriminations lead everyone in different directions. On the suggestion of the clerk to the House of Commons, Erskine May, they havejust 12 hours to rebuild Parliament before Queen Victoria arrives to open it.
Director Polly Thomas
Greengrocers Gregg Wallace and Charlie Hicks investigate stone fruit- such as peaches, plums and greengages - with top chef John Torode. Producer Dixi Stewart. LINES OPEN from 1.30pm
PHONE: [number removed]. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org. WRITE TO: Veg Talk, Room 6113, BBC Broadcasting House, London, W1A 1AA
Two very different homecomings.
Written by Simon Frith. Director Julie Beckett
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By Bill Taylor. Helena's passionate holiday romance is highly unusual - she is convinced that her lover is her ex-husband Peter, who disappeared without trace three years earlier.
Despite his denials, she becomes obsessed with proving his identity.
Director Michael Fox (R)
5: All Day Sun by William Brandt , read by Stefan Dennis. Beleaguered househusband Greerhas crippling backache. His wife is pregnant, working and exhausted, and they are searching for their dream home in the SUn. For details see Monday (R)
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