At some point most of us are faced with a single choice which irrevocably alters our lives. Michael Buerk talks to people who have made such decisions and takes them through the process, from dilemma to makingthe choice and living with the consequences. Producer Christine Morgan. Rptd 9.3opm
Simon Fanshawe concludes an investigation into the histories of five great reference books.
Palgrave's Golden Treasury. In 1861, professor of poetry at Oxford, Francis Turner Palgrave , brought together in a single volume what he considered the best lyrical poems in the English language. It was a personal selection - some would say an eccentric one - but it has become the best-loved book of poems ever published. Producer Peter Everett
Two programmes looking at people's experiences of beingalone.eitherthrough choice or circumstances beyond their control. 1: Choosing to Be Alone
Peter France talks to people who have chosen a solitary life-monks, hermits, "normal" people who make a deliberate choice to spend some or part of their lives alone. Aloneness, as distinct from loneliness, can bring great benefits to the creative and religious sides of life, as well as being a time of healing from tragedy, Producer Mary coiweii
Tim Brooke-Taylor concludes his exploration of the colliding worlds of golf and comedy, with a trip to St Andrews in Scotland, where golf was born and where Tim, like generations of comedians before him, was installed as rector of the university. From the comedy archives, he unearths Peter Cook , John Cleese , Bernard Braden , Tom Lehrer , Les Dawson , and other heroes and collaborators. Producer Tony Staveacre
Three programmes in which Robin Denselowtalks to African musicians about the development of their music and the way it impinges culturally and politically in their countries. 2: Baaba Maal had to overcome prejudice to become a singer in Senegal. Denselow explores why this African singer is celebrated by western musicians as well as being a superstar in his homeland. Producer Ronni Davis
Three plays charting the course of Britain's longest river, through history and landscape.
1: A Magnificent Prospect of the Works by Peter Roberts , with poetry by Alex Jones. An artist looking for inspiration clashes with an obsessed inventor at the birth of the steam age.
Music composed by Anthea Gomez (piano). Cello Jill Heartfield and clarinet Sally Wyatt. Director Peter Leslie Wild Just Another Tunnel is tomorrow at 2.15pm
Voice of the River:
2: The Dark Corners by Jeff Young , read by Paul McGann. In 1963 Liverpool was a pretty desolate city. When the Beatles came along it seemed as though they banished some of the gloom. Four men called John, Paul, George and Ringo came into our lives and changed my corner of the world." Producers Katherine Beacon and Susan Roberts For details see yesterday
2: Kings, Queens and Peasants, Inthe New
Forest, Captain Marryat's children fought fortheir king, but 100 years later Geoffrey Trease 's Merry men fought for a peasants' republic. Who won the war for young minds? For details see yesterday
Radio's first quality weekend newspaper, complete with copious living pullout sections.
Featuring Rebecca Front, Alexander Armstrong , Emma Kennedy , Simon Greenall ,
Tracy-Ann Oberman , Ewan Bailey , Melanie Hudson , Vicki Pepperdine , Andy Taylor , Alice Arnold and Chris Langham. Producer Paul Schlesinger
Roland White 's radio review: page 64
By Vanessa Rosenthal. 2: Plays and Novels
Jane treats one niece to a trip to see
Edmund Kean at the theatre and another niece to some telling advice on howto succeed as a novelist. For details see yesterday. Repeated from 10.45am
It is natural for us to forget things as we get older, but when does memory loss become a problem and are there any simple things we can do to improve our memory? Dr Graham Easton investigates. Producer Geraldine Fitzgerald
E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org. Repeated tomorrow 4.30pm
It is 100 years since L Frank Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. With the help of the children of Oz - such as John Lahr, whose father Bert played the cowardly lion in the classic MGM film - lyricist and dramatist Dick Vosburgh resurrects and rejoices in the story's many incarnations. Producer Frances Byrnes (R)
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