Louis de Bernieres evoked the romance of the mandolin when he plucked at a million heart strings with his novel, Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The mandolin is often dismissed as a novelty, but Captain Corelli was a virtuoso who wanted to compose concertos. In Naples at the turn of the centurythe real-life Raffaele Calace wrote over 170 mandolin compositions. Alison Stephens journeys to the workshop where the grandson of the great man still makes mandolins for export. Producer Charlie Taylor
By Lynne Truss. There is medical mayhem in the home as Mick and Hilary discoverthat coughs and sneezes spread marital discord. Wrapped up in bed suffering her worst cold in years, Hilary feels terrible. She has taken plenty of cough medicine and is looking forward to listening to the afternoon play. The last thing she wants is for Mick to come home.
Director Brian King
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James Naughtie and a group of readers discuss Stalingrad, Antony Beever 's gripping account of the horrors of the battle that was Hitler's first big mistake and the turning point of the Second World War.
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Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis host the first in a new series oftopical sketches and stand-up, with help from Bert and George, Emma Clarke and comedy songs from Mitch Benn.
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Michael wants a baby with Miranda but Miranda's in love with Joe. Beatrice wants her husband back and Professor Williamson believes anything is possible in a test tube. The local undertaker bears an uncanny resemblance to Elvis, and Dolly doesn't know if she's a Korean biochemist or a forgetful old sheep....
Award-winning playwright Tina Pepler weaves a magical tale of love, death and cloning.
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Eleanor Oldroyd presents the sports programme. This week, Joanne Watson travels to Finland to preview Paavo Suuri , a sports opera in honour of Paavo Nurmi , one of the first modern sportsmen and a winner of six Olympic gold medals.
Plus a look ahead to the Olympic trials weekend in Birmingham.
Producer Simon Crosse
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