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.
6: Import/Export. For more than 300 years
Liverpool was one of Britain's most significant ports - for produce and people. The city has received waves of immigrants and the great freights of language that have landed with them. Producer Emily Kasriel. Repeated at 9.30pm (R)
A new natural-history series. 1: The Eagle
What does the archaeological evidence tell us about our relationship with these majestic birds in Britain? Presenter Joanna Pinnock Executive producer Julian Hector
Rosie Goldsmith reports from New York on the plight of mothers in American prisons. The US locks up more people than any other country, and the fastest-growing sector of the prison population is women. Most of them are mothers, and a new law has increased the likelihood that theywill lose custody of theirchildren. Goldsmith investigates the psychological trauma caused by the separation of mother and child.
Producer Hugh Levinson. Repeated Monday 8.30pm WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/continents
Four programmes telling the stories behind the dedications of classically structured compositions over four centuries. 2: Ode to Purcell Despite his huge musical output, Henry Purcell was to die in his mid-thirties. As a memorial to his friend and collaborator, John Blow composed his Ode on the Death of Purcell in the late 17th century. The musical partnership is discussed by Robert King of the King's Consort. Henry Charles Simpson Frances Emily Bruni
John Andrew Wlncott
Script Michelene Wandor. Producer Cherry Cookson
By Keble Howard. Leonard is a strangerto fast cars, fast women and boats. His attempts to captain the NauShtvNvmph lead him into risen waters. With Maggie McCarthy Andrew Branch and Brian Parr
Adapted for BBC Radio 4 by Jeremy Nicholas. Directed by Jane Morgan
4: The Diviner, read by Rosaleen Linehan. When Nelly Doherty 's husband is drowned in Lake Keeragh , the villagers employ a diviner to find his body- and a shameful secret is discovered. Part 1 of 2. For details see Monday
Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak. 2: Loving the Alien? How has our language responded to centuries of immigration? When can you drink a Spitfire or Hobgoblin? Plus a beginner's guide to information warfare. Producer Mark Burman. Repeated Sunday 8.30pm
Quentin Cooper talks to two meteorologists who will be using new short-term weather forecasting techniques at the Sydney Olympics.
Producer John Watkins. E-MAIL: email@example.com
Quentin Cooper 's Webwatch: page 40
Graeme Garden hosts the comic debating show, this week from the Edinburgh Festival. Gyles Brandreth , Hugh Dennis , Stuart Maconie and Chris Neill meet in a battle of words and wit. Producers Bill Dare and David Spicer
Tim Marlow concludes his three-part series about the internet revolution. Chasing the Dream. He meets new converts to the internet dream who are being drawn to the mecca of Silicon Valley from around the world. Producer Emily Kasriel
A Thin Blue Line. Across North America and Europe, parties on the right are mounting an increasingly effective challenge against a dominant centre-left, while in Britain, the Conservative Party's fortunes have at last improved. Is this more than the usual swing of the political pendulum? Ian Hargreaves asks whether a philosophical and policy basis is being laid fora major Conservative revival. Producer Ingrid Hassler. Repeated Sunday 9.30pm
Many of us already drive cars with safety features such as air bags. Now car manufacturers are designing vehicles that can warn drivers when something is wrong, take action - and even call the emergency services. Alun Lewis investigates. Producer Adrian Washbourne. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
The recent International Poetry Festival in Medellin, Colombia's second largest city, had venues packed with people hungry for poetry.
John Hegley was invited to take part and had several of his poems translated into Spanish. What did the inhabitants of the women's prison make of his homage to the potato?
Producer Nigel Piper
A four-part comedy by Julie Balloo and Jenny Eclair about a woman on the verge of a media breakdown. 2: Ron announces a change of direction in his professional life, butCorinne becomes convinced that he is being unfaithful.
Producer Helen Williams (R)
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