Jeremy Paxman is joined by Professor Peter Hennessey and Wordworth's latest biographer, Juliet Barker , to talk about prime ministers, personalities and politics since 1945. Producer Ariane Koek. Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
With the Rev Tony Burnham. LooktoThis Day! (Chilcott); Job 28, w20-21, w23-28; Behold, now, Praise the Lord! (Harris); Rejoice, the Lord Is King (Gopsal). With Bury Girls' Grammar School Choir. Director of music Dorothy Stoddard.
When Tom Courtenay left his home near the dock in Hull for life as a drama student in London, his mother Annie wrote him funny, moving and passionate letters about her family and the life around her. Courtenay reads his memoir of those letters from home. Sian Thomas plays his mother Annie. Abridged in five parts by Penny Leicester.
; Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte joins writer
Andy Martin in the conclusion of a two-part programme of conversations exploring the imperial psyche.
Love, Death and Telegrams. From the Tuileries in Paris to the island fortress of St Helena, Andy engages with the mind of Napoleon through his own words, written and reported. With
Toby Stephens as Napoleon. Producer MaryWard-Lowery
John O'Farrell 's humorous, personal account of life as a Labour supporter, "surviving 18 miserable years of Conservative government" from 1979-97. Adapted in four parts from his bestselling novel. Starring John O'Farrell , Jack Dee , Doon MacKichan and Tony Hawks.
3: 1987-91. The fall of the Berlin Wall, Howe's resignation speech, John Major and country dancing. Producer Lucy Armitage
Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants. First round -west of England. Producer Richard Edis. Repeated Saturday 11pm
By Lucy Catherine. It is 1936 and Phyllis Pearsall has had enough of getting lost in London because all the maps are out of date. She begins the arduous task of walking 3,000 miles and mapping 23,000 streets, her dream to produce the first "A-Z of London".
By Mary E Mann , read in five parts by Patience Tomlinson. Born in 1829, Mary Mann , wife of a Norfolk farmer, wrote the most vivid accounts of Victorian farming life. 1: Women
O'Dulditch Dinah Brome has a secret and the whole village knows it. Abridged and produced by Chris Wallis
Joining Nigel Rees to exchange quotations and anecdotes this week are Michele Brown , Valerie Grove , Brian Sibley and Robert Tear. Reader Patricia Hughes.
Producer Carol Smith. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Repeated Sunday 12 noon
Based on the true story of a 19th-century French adventuress, Hilary Spurling 's book is dramatised in ten partsby Catherine Czerkawska. 1: What's a Girl. Catherine and Therese are childhood friends from the village of Aussonne near Toulouse. Theirfriendshipwill last for a significant part of both their lives, as they support one anotherthroughoutone ofthe most amazing public financial swindles of modern times.
Producer Marilyn Imrie. Director John Dove
Further cast details across the week. Repeated from 10.45am
It's been a tough year for Shirley Harrison, a single woman farmer taking part in the Government's controversial trials of genetically modified oil seed rape. In this personal diary she offers a unique insight into her encounters with environmental activists, scientists, the press and media while single-handedly continuing the day-to-day business of looking after her Aberdeen Angus cattle and other crops on her Scottish farm. Producer Rob Bryce
John McCarthy 's series focuses on the different ways the Bible has been read.
4: The Tree of Knowledge. Is there conflict or compromise between the world of science and the Bible? McCarthy begins at Genesis to see whether the Bible's view of God has survived the age of reason and then looks to the future of faith in an age of technology.
Producers Abigail Saxon and Norman Winter Series producer Roger Childs (R)
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