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. The Middle English of Chaucer's
Canterbury Tales is as vivid today as it was 600 years ago. Chaucer scholar Terry Jones joins Dr Kathryn Lowe, Dr Ruth Evans and Martin Starkie to talk about what Middle English really sounded like. Producer Simon Elmes. Repeated at 9.30pm (R)
Natatie Wheen interweaves the ancient history and legend oftheoi ive tree with the story of a year in the life of her own smah grove.
4: Pressing/'or0;7. Shejoinsthe !ocais gathering around the village presses as theyturn the fruits of their labours into the go)den green and aromatic Oi!. Producer Pau! Kobrat.
of the Week: The Visitors By Rupert Christiansen. 4: When a high-minded English deacon taught the game of cricket to Australian Aborigines, he brought them to take their sporting chances in a tour of England - with rathermixed results. For details see Monday
With Andrew Graystone. There's a Wideness in God's Mercy (Cross of Jesus): Amos 9, w8-9, 13-15: Breathe on Me Breath of God (Stokes): Mine Eyes Have Seen the G!ory (Battle Hymn). Director of music Christopher Stokes.
Fans of Dorothy Dunnett gather in Edinburgh to celebrate the culmination of her epic series of historical novels. With Jenni Murray. Drama: caches of Letters.corn by Lou Wakefieid and CaroieHayman.Part9.Dramarepeatedat7.45pm
-- Jam ancUerusa/em on the Steppes. Tim Whewei ! travels to Mongofia to meet the women who have created a dynamic new democracy from the ruins of Communism and investigates attempts to persuade the meat-!oving descendants of Genghis Khan to eat fruit and vegetables. Producer T!mWhewe!L Repeated Monday 8.30pm
Last in the series exptoringthe working !ives of musicians who have broken the classical mould and reached new audiences. This week Verity Sharp meets ciassicaiiytrained composer and mutti-instrumentaiist Paul Gladstone Read as he puts together a vast muiticuitura! and multimedia music experience for the opening of the Ocean Music Trust in Hackney. Producer A!an Ha!!
Writers Block Workshop
By Yana Stajno. Suzanne and Hannah decide the only way to meet interesting mate literary types is to run a workshop for writers suffering from creative block. But they know nothing about writing!
A series of exquisite short fictions broadcast as a tribute to the Booker Prize-winner who died earlier this year. 4: At Hiruharama. Read by Nichotas Farreii. "They had to start in a remote country place." Fordeta!!s see Monday
Robert Lacey presents a vivid portrait of life in Britain in the year 1000 with the help of archaeologists and historians.
4: Literature and Language. With Micheiie Brown , Ma)co!m Godden and Kevin Crossiey-Hoitand . For detahs see Monday (R)
Quentin Cooper talks to engineers from Brunel University about "active disassembly" - the ability of machines to recycle themselves. So far the engineers have developed a mobile phone with this technology, but what other products could be persuaded to self-destruct when they reach the end of their useful lives?
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Tim Mariow presents a new three-part series about the internet revolution, starting in Silicon Valley. 1: Inventing the Dream. The inventors of the internet were motivated by a belief in open communication, coiiaborative working and a passion for innovation. What do they make of the internet today? Featuring founding fathers
Bob Taytor , Larry Roberts , Vint Cerf and co-founder of Apple Computers Steve Wozniak. Producer Em!!y Kashe!
57 Varieties. Info-glut, data smog, choice fatigue - in an age rich in information about a world of abundant choices, our language speaks of anxieties as well as freedoms.
Frances Cairncross asks how much choice we realty have, how much we want, and whether it is all that good for US. Producer Michael Blastland. Repeated Sunday 9.30pm
if you have a burning question to ask about anything from outer space to the inner workings of the atom, Geoff Watts and a panel of scientists are in Manchesterto be interrogated by e-maii and by members of a live audience.
Producer Ju!!a Durbin. E-MA!L: firstname.lastname@example.org
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