Germaine Greer speaks to award-winning children's author Philip Pullman as he explains why the publication this week of the latest in his
Dark Materials trilogy has sparked off a very adult controversy in the United States. Also on the programme is the Nobel Prize-winning economist Armatya Sen, and Ruth Deech , who will be talking about feminism and fertility.
Producer Ariane Koek. Shortened repeated at 9.30pm
One of the country's best-loved actresses, held in particular affection by the radio audience, reads five extracts from her autobiography covering her career from Take It from Here to Absolutely Fabulous. Abridged by Sally Marmion. Part 1. Producer Sarah Johnson
With Judy Merry. Jacob's Ladder (Trad); Genesis 28, wlO-17; As Jacob with Travel (Jacob's
Ladder); Nearer My God to Thee (Bethany). With i the Chapel Choir of Harrogate Ladies'College.
Director of music David Andrews.
Martha Kearney hosts interviews and discussions from a woman's point of view. Drama: Michael Field by Moya O'Shea . Part 1 of 10. Editor Ruth Gardiner. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Drama repeated at 7.45pm
A unique insight into the enduring friendship between George Bernard Shaw and the heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney , presented by Gene's son, Jay. Shaw had always been an admirer of "gentlemen pugilists" and Tunney was utterly entranced by literature. Despite the 40-year age gap, Tunney, it seems, touched something deep in the old man's soul; perhaps the idea of physical, moral and intellectual rigour rolled into One-a "Superman".ProducerVernee Samuel
Evelyn Waugh 's biting satire of class, prewar politics and the appalling nature of the newspaper industry is adapted in four parts by Giles Havergal.
3: Lush Places. Love comes to William in the capital of Ishmaelia, while he has been left behind by the rest of the press corps. The prospect of war surrounds him and he wrestles with telegrams to the Daily Beast.
Director Dave Batchelor
Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to
, contestants. Second Semi-Final.
Producer Richard Edis. Repeated Saturday llpm
By Linda McLean. The death of her husband causes Greta to be accused by her children of being unable to keep her feet on the ground. This becomes literally true when she starts to float several hundred feet in the air.
I Director Gaynor Macfarlane
Four new stories from Manchester exiles.
1: Watching The Picture Bloom by Andrea Ashworth , read by Jayne Ashboume. An Oxford undergraduate returns home for Christmas and wonders ifthe , fragile family peace Will hold. Producer Melanie Harris
Five programmes in which people tell extraordinary: tales about their relations and relationships.
1: Jill and Horace. When Jill discovered her father
Horace was going senile, she felt she was losing her dad. Ten years on, Horace now lives with her and although their roles have reversed, theirtendemess for each other is undiminished. Producer Sara conkey
Joining Nigel Rees to exchange quotations and anecdotes this week are Michele Brown , Valerie Grove , Brian Sibley and Robert Tear. Reader Patricia Hughes.
ProducerCarol Smith. E-MAIL: email@example.com Repeated Sunday 12 noon
Michael Field by Moya O'Shea. In 1884 The
Spectatorspoke of Michael Field as "a new voice, which is likelyto be heard far and wide among the English-speaking peoples". In fact, Michael Reid was the pseudonym of Katherine Bradley and her niece Edith Cooper. The two women's wish was to be "judged as men are judged". Would their secret lie undiscovered? Part 1 of 10. Director Tracey Neale. Repeated from 10.45am
Lucy Ash finds out how, decades before the Elian Gonzalez custody battle, 14,000 Cuban children were separated from theirfamilies by the Cold War. As Castro took over, a CIA-inspired whispering campaign panicked parents into sending them to the US, with the "Pedro Pan" programme providing flights and visas. Now they are at the heart of Cuban-American Miami, where the mayor, the police chief, and salsa star Willy Chirino are all "Pedro Pan" children. Producer Polly Hope
Uganda. Thousands of Uganda's children have been abducted and turned into killers by the "Lord's Resistance Army". Olenka Frenkiel investigates the LRA and asks how it has managed to continue waging war for over 14 years.
Also in the programme, a report on Kampala's trendy witch doctors. Repeated from Thursday 11am
M By Dava Sobel , read by Stella Gonet and abridged in five parts by Elizabeth Bradbury. The relationship between a renowned scientist and his child, a nun from the age of 13, who remained always his devoted daughter. Part 1. Producer Di Speirs (R)
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