1,000 Years of Spoken English
In the last of the series, Melvyn Bragg explores the history of the spoken language of Britain.
A World of Many Englishes. British English is today only one local variety of the language which has become the lingua franca of the world. How has American influence worldwide affected the way English works and is developing in its sound, spelling and structure? Professor Steven Pinker joins novelist and actor Stephen Fry to debate the current and future state of the language.
Producers Tom Alban and Simon Elmes. Repeated at 9.30pm (R)
JG Ballard has charted the history of the present and the myths of the nearfuture. Considered by some to be Britain's number one living novelist, he has created a surreal landscape in which the world we inhabit is strikingly, and sometimes disturbingly, anticipated. Political writer and philosopher John Gray talks to Ballard about the themes that have inspired his work. Producer Gwyneth Williams
The second of two plays by Kelvin Segger based on bizarre short stories by Emile Zola. Against a background of the high society of 19th-century
Paris, the devious entrepreneur Durandeau looks for the perfect idea to tap the wealth of France's upper classes. He hits on the extraordinary idea of marketing ugliness, and in the early days it appears to be a roaring success. But the exploitative Durandeau has not bargained forthe guile of the Comtesse de Trouville who has a secret score to settle with him.
Director Peter Leslie Wild
Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak. 8: Chock's Away! Why is a Spitfire called a Spitfire? How did the Sopwith Camel get the hump? To mark the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain Rosen explores RAF slang with aviation writer Derek Robinson and former bomber pilot Cy Grant. Producer Mark Burman. Repeated Sunday 8.30pm
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We now have the technology to measure ever smaller particles of time, but does this mean we are losing sight of longevity? Quentin Cooper talks to Richard Jozsa , a quantum physicist at
Bristol University, who is using quantum effects to develop satellite clocks which combine hyper-accuracy and synchronicity.
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A comedy series by Karl Minns. 5: Exit, Persued by a Bear. A keen amateurdrama company puts on a play by a well-known writer. Perhaps they should have asked his permission first. Producer Julian Mayers
By Miles Franklin. 4: Sybylla's attempts to dissuade this newest would-be suitorfail dismally.
However, there is good news - she receives an invitation from a Sydney society hostess to join herfor a month. But will her Pa let her go? For details see Monday. Repeated from 10.45am
- The Next Big Thing. Afterthe internet came the mobile phone, and now here comes Bluetooth : technology that could be as big as both of them.
Peter Day hears from the people joining togetherto create another business revolution at the speed Of light. Producer Sandra Kanthal. Repeated Sunday9.30pm
Exploring the issues which affect all our lives.
1: Danger on the Line. Scientists have uncovered disturbing new evidence linking overhead electricity power cables and cancer. Alex Kirby investigates and talks to people with cancer who are demanding action. Producer Brian King
Stand-up comic and The Independent columnist Mark Steel presents a series of humorous lectures covering historical figures who shaped their era. With Melanie Hudson and Martin Hyder. Producer Phil Clarke (R)
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