By Fergus Fleming , read by Simon Russell Beale and abridged in five parts by Richard Hamilton. Once upon a time the high peaks of the Alps were a source of terror. Then came the first men to scale their heights and uncovertheir secrets. 1: Here Be Dragons. The story of Alpine adventure and the eccentrics it attracted. Producer DiSpeirs
Peter Snow presents a series in which each programme's s stories come from the pages of an archive newspaper.
2: The Observer - 3 September 1797
Dora Jordan , bearer often children to her lover, the future William IV, is on stage at Margate;
Nelson is on the verge of quitting the navy- eight years before the Battle of Trafalgar; and Britannia rules - on the face of the world's first machine-made coins. Producer Andrew Green
Agatha Christie 's famous novel is dramatised in a new five-part series by Michael Bakewell.
1: Hercule Poirot's summer holiday on the Cornish Riviera is disrupted when a bullet lands at his feet, on the hotel terrace.
Director Enyd Williams
Robert Robinson chairs the nationwide general knowledge contest, including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to contestants. Fourth semi-final.
Producer Richard Edis. Repeated Saturday llpm
By Greg Lyons. 1760. Two young women, fresh from the workhouse, seektheirfortunes in a rapidly changing Britain. Expelled from a Lincolnshire workhouse, Maggie and Nettie head for London, where they encounter Dr Awsiter, a surgeon - albeit not a very successful one.
Director Janet Whitaker
A week of stories by Roald Dahl. 1: Mrs Bixbyand the Colonel's Coat, read by Joanna Lumley. When Mrs Bixby 's lover, the Colonel, ends their affair, he gives her a mink coat. But how can she explain to her husband where the coat came from? Producer Pauline Stone (R)
Claudia Hammond presents a five-part look at vitamins. 1: Vitamin A and Betacarotene. Vitamin
A has long been understood to act as an anti-oxidant, helping to rid the body of cancerous cells. However, recent research suggests that taking betacarotene supplements can actually increase the likelihood of smokers getting lung Cancer. Producer Jane O'Rourke (R)
Sandi Toksvig joins regulars Barry Cryer , Graeme Garden , Tim Brooke-Taylor and chairman Humphrey Lyttelton at the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth for the antidote to panel games. With Colin Sell at the piano.
Producer Jon Naismith. Repeated Sunday 12 noon
Mark Lawson gives the verdict on Charlie's Angels, Hollywood's latest attempt to turn a television programme into a blockbuster. Plus the first in a series of reports on the best children's bOOkS Of the year. Producer Stephen Hughes
By Colette, dramatised in ten parts by Charlotte Cory. Renee Nere works as a music hall performer after the bitter break-up of her first marriage. She is pursued by wealthy admirer, Maxime. Will she allow herself to fall in love a second time? Part 1.
Music written and performed by John Harle. Director Mary Peate Repeated from 10.45am
Jenny Cuffe reports from Southampton General Hospital in a series investigating the Government's plan to reform the National Health Service. 2: This week a look at how to tackle Britain's number one killer- heart disease.
And will the arrival of 70 Filipino nurses solve the problem of long waiting lists? Producer SmitaPatel
After the Nazi Holocaust and the murder of six million Jews, a revival of the Jewish community on German soil might have seemed unthinkable. But Germany now has the fastest growi ng Jewish population in the world. Olenka Frankiel reports from Berlin which has the largest group, to ask how it is possible that Germany is so popular for Jews. Repeated from Thursday llam
Pippa Greenwood discovers how green-fingered boffins produce amazing crops. In this concluding programme of the series, she discovers that Granny's tonics really do work. Producers Gabi Fisher and Sera Lefroy Owen
Trezza Azzopardi 's Booker Prize-listed novel -a haunting story of daughters and debt amid the gangsters of Cardiff's old Tiger Bay- is read by Sian Thomas and abridged in ten parts by Elizabeth Bradbury. 6: On the eve of Celesta's wedding day, her father's thoughts turn to a wider horizon. Producer Di Speirs
A week of stories on the popularisation of science. 1: Tellingthe Workers about Science by JBS Haldane, read by Gerard McDermott.
Haldane, a "scientist of the everyday man", spoke through the worker, making science popularforthe general masses. Producer Louise Grealish (R)
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