Melvyn Bragg presents a new six-part series surveying 1,000 years of spoken English as reflected in the dialects of Britain.
1: Do You Speak Pitmatic? The dialect of coastal Northumberland has been called the most beautiful in England. It has, until recently, encompassed some of the most heavily mined areas of the country. Now all but one of the collieries have closed. Bragg travels to Ashington to listen to old Pitmatic, to trace its roots through 1,000 years of Northumbrian speech. Producer Simon Elmes. Repeated at 9.30pm
r Michael White begins a four-part journey through the corridors of Westminster to find out who really wields political power. 1: This week he finds out why the choice of Speaker of the House of Commons is SO vital to Government. ProducerPaul Vickers
Six months after the coup in Fiji, the country's two largest ethnic communities -the indigenous
Fijians and their Indo-Fijian neighbours - are still locked in a bitter struggle, the focus of their anger being land. Julian Pettifertalks to Indian families I being thrown off the farms they tilled for i generations, and to ethnic Fijians who are now, for the first time, learning how to farm. Editor Maria Balinska. Producer Mark Reid
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By Wally K Daly. A stalker and his victim confront each other in court. During the course of the trial they both have to relive years of fear and rejection.
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4: Vengeance Is Mine Incby Roald Dahl , read by William Hootkins. A couple of hard-up Americans devise a brilliant scheme to avenge celebrities who have been insulted by newspaper columnists. For details see Monday
4: Vitamin D. Claudia Hammond takes a look atthe "sunshine" vitamin which stops us from getting rickets. She discovers that in Britain this disease is no longer a thing Of the past. For details see Monday (R)
Last month, more than 80,000 students took up places at British universities on 4,500 different science courses, ranging from agriculture to microelectronics. Quentin Cooper meets a group of first-year physics and astronomy students. Once the initial excitement has worn off, the students will settle down to three years intensive study, and at the end of their courses, they will have to decide whether or notto pursue careers in science. What made them want to become scientists? Are their courses living up to expectations? And what do their tutors think of this year's intake? Producer John Watkins. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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A comedy by Julie Balloo and Jenny Eclair about a failed chat-show host.
2: Juliette is horrified to discoverthat her widower father now has a girlfriend. She is even more horrified when they come to stay at her house and plan to sleep in the same bedroom.
Producer Claire Jones
An investigative series in which a document is the starting point for a journey back into the past, shedding new light on the events of the time. 2: A Letter in the Street. Fourteen years ago a neat, handwritten letter was found abandoned in London's Charing Cross Road. It set
Mike Thomson off on a trail that led him to the Health
Service's corridors of power, where decisions were taken that profoundly affected the lives of people the NHS was designed to protect -the sick and elderly. Producer Jane Ray
Scratch My Back. Many of us regard this as a selfish age, yet admire selfless behaviour. In the first of a new series, Andrew Dilnot asks why we now expect people to be selfish, what can be done to increase the stock of altruism and whether selflessness is always good. Producer Nick Booth. Repeated Sunday9.30pm
Anthropologists study people, but how ethical is their own behaviour? Geoff Watts looks at a new book which claims that scientists in the sixties introduced measles to Yanomami Indians, setting off an epidemic in Brazil. Are today's standards any higherthan those of the past? Producer Julia Durbin. E-MAIL: email@example.com
The return of the acclaimed six-part sketch show, featuring the best of Ireland's comedy talent. Written and perfomed by Barbara Bergin , Pom Boyd , Jason Byrne , Mark Doherty , Kevin Gildea , Patrick McDonnell , Colin Murphy and Paul Tylak. Producers Bill Dare and Steve Lock
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