Charles Wheeler concludes his series about national service.
Best Years of Their Lives? This week, he chairs a special discussion asking whether national service really was the best of times, or if, with hindsight, it was just a costly and unwieldy way of propping up the armed forces at home and abroad. Producer David Prest. Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
With the Rt Rev Peter Firth. The Servant King (Kendrick); Isaiah 7, wlO-15; Ave Maria
(Victoria); There's a Light upon the Mountains (There's a Light upon the Mountains). With the Coventry Cathedral Chapter House Choir. Director of music Paul Leddington Wright.
John Sessions reads five enchanting digressions about literary lives by biographer Richard Holmes. 1: Letters from Paris. A record of the author's encounters with in Parisian life, past and present. Abridged and produced by Jill Waters Programme of the Week: page 103
in a four-part series Alan Taylor investigates the key figures behind our passion for consuming. Shopaholics and brand fetishists may have admen to blame for their addiction.
1: Albert D Lasker. The man credited with inventing the modern advertising agency. Producer Mike Lloyd
A four-part comedy series by Anthony Crouch, dramatised by Christopher Scott.
The reek of linseed oil, the thwack of leather on willow and the discomfort of damp flannels. There is pride and pique on the pitch, and lust and loyalty in the locker room when Gussy Withers' cricketing tales have an innings.
Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants. First round - Home Counties. Producer Richard Edis. Repeated Saturday llpm
By John McGahern , dramatised by Patricia Cobey. After his girlfriend ends their relationship, a man tries to drown his sorrows in the sharp and funny pub world of Dublin in the fifties.
Di rector Pam Brighton
A week of comic short stories performed daily in front of an audience at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
1: A Deep Hole by crime writer Ian Rankin , read by Steven McNicoll. An Edinburgh road-digger is j asked to do some seriously deep digging by a 1 very shady acquaintance. Producer Bruce Young
How different are men and women?
Claudia Hammond investigates if, and why, the sexes see, hear, smell, feel and taste things differently.
1: Smell the Difference. The science behind the experience of parents Deborah and Matt who have noticed that she always smells the baby's dirty nappy first. And can the smell of a man's pheromones really attract a woman to a man with immunity to different diseases from her? Producer Dymphna Flynn (R)
Nicholas Parsons is joined at the Dorking Halls, Surrey, by Clement Freud , Tony Hawks, Jeremy Hardy and Sue Perkins for the panel game that challenges even the most loquacious of guests. Producer Claire Jones. Repeated Sunday 12 noon
What really goes on inside the silent world of the public library? Ian McMillan , with the help of volunteers from the Mass Observation Archive, unlocks the secrets of this institution, now in its 150th year. Producer Jodie Wiltshire (R)
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 they will lose custody of their children. Goldsmith investigates the psychological trauma caused by the separation of mother and child. Repeated from Thursda;
Is it possible to resurrect ancient habitats destroyed by human activity? In the second of three programmes, Jolyon Jenkins charts the rise of an ecological movement which hopes to restore natural landscapes.
Producer Alison Ayres. E-MAIL: email@example.com
By Ivan Turgenev , translated by Richard Freeborn and abridged in ten parts by Doreen Estall.
Samuel West continues a classic tale of love lost and found. 6: Lavretsky begins to recognise his feelings for Liza. Producer Di Speirs
Biographer Michael Holroyd reads extracts from his highly acclaimed book, a moving account of his own extraordinary family. Abridged in five parts by Elizabeth Bradbury. Part 1. Producer Sarah Johnson (R)
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