At some point most of us are faced with a single choice that irrevocably alters our lives. In the first of a new ten-part series, Michael Buerk talks to people who have made such decisions and takes them through the whole process, from dilemma to making the choice and living with the consequences. His first guest is Dr Lavinia Byrne , who talks frankly about the agony of choosingto leave the religious order of which she had been a member for 35 years.
Producer Liz Leonard. Repeated at9.30pm
Marcel Berlins presents a series about puzzles which have been used throughout history as instruments of pleasure, pain and gain.
4: This week a look at the tortuous world of the dedicated treasure hunter. Is the treasure itself the aim of the game, or do some of us just need to be hunters? Producer Anna Parkinson
The fourth clue in the RTpuzzle is on page 134
In two programmes, John Florance examines the relationship between mental illness and musical genius. 1: The 16th-century madrigalist and murderer Carlo Gesualdo exhibited sadomasochistic tendencies throughout his life. Beethoven's physical afflictions led to great mental torture and Schumann's manic depression brought about his death. All have in common a profound influence on their music resulting directly from theirtormented states of mind. producer Paul Evans
At the Four Seasons Services, the travellers settle in forthe night as the storytelling continues. The DJ Who Used to Be a Nun's Tale By Marcy Kahan. The DJ tells a story of a promising actress whose career is curtailed by an unscrupulous agent. With Eleanor Bron. The Old Wife's Tale
By Peter Sansom. An ancient Nottinghamshire woman answers the age-old question "What women really want" bytellingthe storyofa prince and a pensioner who transforms into a young girl.
The Banker's Tale
By Rukhsana Ahmad. The banker tells the Hindu myth of the Tulsi flower - a story about fidelity and the danger of challenging the authority of the gods.
The Old Girl's Tale
By Kara Miller. When a faithless wife fakes illness her devoted husband travels to London to seek the only cure. Halfway there, however, he gets suspicious and returns home early to discover his wife in bed with her scheming doctor. Director
Tracey Neale. For details see yesterday
Libby Purves presents a guide to the world of learning, with advice, features and your views. Producer Dorothy Stiven. Action Line: [number removed]
E-MAIL: email@example.com. Repeated Sunday llpm
The comedy series in which, each week, a well-known comedy name will reminisce, entertain and amuse. This week Victor Spinetti , one of the greats of British stage and screen, including the Pink Panther and Beatles films. Producer Claire Jones
The police witness protection programme is supposed to safeguard vulnerable people who give evidence against criminals, even providing some with new identities. Allan Urry investigates why so many who were promised help are now claiming a breach of faith.
Producer Sarah Lewthwaite. Repeated Sunday 5pm
Modern technology has given us insights into the world of the baby in the womb, but can we ever know what a foetus feels? And is there any way to improve your baby's growing brain? Connie St Louis presents another edition of the series. Producer Julia Durbin. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Repeated tomorrow 4.30pm
Last in a comedy series by David and Caroline Stafford. In which Satan drops in to Lottie's Bar. Or is it Bill Oddie ?
Music David Stafford. Producer Dirk Maggs (R)
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