1,000 Years of Spoken English
Melvyn Bragg continues his exploration of the history of the spoken language of Britain.
8: Language at Play. Puns, malapropisms, double entendre -just a few ways in which comedians unleash the comic potential of language. Bragg investigates the way the development of English has encouraged wordplay, from the verbal jousting of the Elizabethan court to the punning that informs so much modern advertising. Producer Tom Alban. Repeated at 9.30pm (R)
Joanna Pinnock examines the significance of animals and birds in British cultural mythology.
3: The Salmon. The salmon's mammothjourney back to its spawninggrounds is almost a legend in itself but in Welsh and particularly Irish mythology, the salmon is revered as one of the oldest, and wisest animals in the world. producer Julian Hector
With the Rev Jeff Cuttell. Through all the Changing Scenes of Life (Wiltshire); 1 Peter 3, wl3-18; The Lord Is My Shepherd (Schubert); What a Friend We Have in Jesus. With the John Powell Singers. Director of music John Powell.
Julian Pettifertravels to Taipei to explore the growing problem of child obesity in Taiwan. With a fifth of school-age boys now overweight, schools are picking out heavier children and giving them three weekly sessions of compulsory exercise. Pettifer investigates the causes of the problem and asks how far doctors can hope for success. Producer Polly Hope. Repeated Monday 8.30pm WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/continents
The last in the series telling the stories behind the dedications of classically structured compositions overfourcenturies.
Requiem in Blue. Musician and composer Harvey Brough 's brother, Lester, was killed in a motorcycle accident when Harvey was 17. For several years, Harvey worked on a composition dedicated to his brother, which fusedjazz, classical, folk, medieval and blues forms. ProducerMarilyn Imrie
A haunting play by Shelley Silas , set among the Indian Jewish community in Calcutta. An old woman on her deathbed summons hertwo daughters from abroad to be with her in her last hours. The girls are not prepared for the family secrets that are about to be revealed.
Music composed and realised by Felix Cross Director Kristine Landon-Smith
Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak. 4: Full of Flavour.
This week, a look at the language we use to evoke ourfood, and a masseur utters soothing sounds. Producer Emily Kasriel. Repeated Sunday 8.30pm
Summer Special. Quentin Coopervisits Hayling Island, off the coast of Portsmouth, to examine the science going on around us when we are lazing by the sea. He is joined by scientists from the Southampton Oceanography Centre who explain why waves are getting bigger and how currents affect the sand and pebbles.
Producer John Watkins. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Quentin Cooper 's Webwatch: page 34
A new six-part comedy series by Karl Minns.
1: A Stiff up a Lip. A story of secret shame in a Victorian period drama. When Edwin is placed in the custody of the Fuzzyfelts, he discovers the shameful truth about his father.
Producer Julian Mayers
Evan Davis presents a history about the changing face of work. 2: This week, do we work harder and suffer greater stress than in the past or are we
Simply the victims Of ambition? Producer Michael Blastland
A Question of Respect. Most Western democracies pride themselves on a pluralism which respects differences of culture, creed, race and sexuality. But how far should such respect extend and can it become a barrier to creative engagement with difference? Homi Bhabha investigates. ProducerZareer Masani . Rptd Sunday9.30pm
How real can virtual reality become? The stimulation of sight and sound is possible, but the senses of touch and smell remain largely unengaged. Alun Lewis meets the technologists who are filling in the gaps.
Producer Adrian Washbourne. E-MAIL: email@example.com
The Perrier Award - the Oscar of the comedy world -celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Tony Slattery hears from past nominees and winners about what it is like to be nominated. Featuring
Steve Coogan , Frank Skinner , Jenny Eclair and Al Murray. Producers Marios Stylianides and Danny Wallace
The conclusion of Julie Balloo and Jenny Eclair 's comedy about a woman juggling marriage, motherhood and the media. Juliette is haunted by the faux pas that ended her TV career. Against all the odds, her show is nominated for an award, but is history destined to repeat itself? Producer Helen Williams (R)
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