Soap operas are the most popular programmes on British radio and television. In the first of two programmes Tina Baker investigates what it is about them that makes them addictive to so many people? Producer Anne McNaught
by Laurie King, dramatised in four parts by Shaun Prendergast.
In the aftermath of another bomb and with their lives in grave danger, Mary and Holmes formulate a tactical plan to catch the killer. But will they outwit the devious mind behind the bombs? Final part.
Steve Richards hosts a new six-part series of the panel game about politics and politicians. Team captains Roy Hattersley and Sir Patrick Cormack are joined by guests Neil Kinnock and journalist Anthony Howard. Written by Hugh Rycroft and David Spicer. Producer Steve Doherty
2: Just Another Tunnel by Christopher Denys , with poetry by Alex Jones. Boatman Skiff Morgan respects the riverthat gives him his livelihood. But debts tempt him tojoin the gangs excavating the Bristol tunnel. He feels that it is a violation, but can he resist and will there be a price to pay?
Director Sue Wilson. For details see yesterday A Little Bit O'Bacon Fat is tomorrow at 2.15pm
Voice of the River:
Sir John Hawkshaw/Gypsy Joe:
3: Lennon's Music, Right from the Start, written and read by AL Kennedy. Off school with a cold, her mother out at work, the author hears the news on Radio 1. A personal account of the day Lennon was Shot. Producer Susan Roberts. For details see Monday
3: Empire's Finest. Half the world is coloured red as we march with Henty and Kipling to India, and Haggard to Africa. What happened to children's books after the Union Jack came down on the Empire? For details see Monday
Laurie Taylortalks to Professor Fred Halliday about his new book The World at 2000 in which he sets out his predictions for the future. An expert in international relations at the LSE, Halliday claims that despite economic prosperity and advances in medicine and technology, many continents face the prospect of war, environmental deterioration and despotic governments. Producer Tony Phillips
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 examines the evidence.
Repeated from yesterday 9pm
A comedy series written by Lynne Ferguson.
4: Derek Dodds Is Dead. Afterthe unexpected death of Derek Dodds , Irene decides to seize the day. But the island's equilibrium comes under attack when the townsfolk decide to follow suit-pensioners juggling fire, water-skiing postmen and belly-dancing cafe owners to name but a few. Producers Lucy Bacon and Kathy Smith (R)
By Vanessa Rosenthal. 3: Love and Marriage One of Jane's nieces decides to marry against the better judgement of the family, while another seeks her aunt's advice and comes to an altogether more considered decision. Fordetails see Monday. Repeated from 10.45am
Michael Buerk chairs a debate in which
Janet Daley , David Starkey , Ian Hargreaves and David Cook cross-examine witnesses who have conflicting views on the moral issues behind one of the week's controversies.
Producer David Coomes. Repeated Saturday 10.15pm
A series connecting people with science and technology. This Won'tHurt.... Have you ever felt faint at the sight of a needle? Quentin Cooper looks atthe new technologies that could bring about the end of the injection. He investigates the future of drug delivery, examining painless ways of taking medicines. But will the best ideas make it to the NHS surgeries? Producer Angela Hind
Sean Lock presents a series of his comic crawl on the urban underbelly.
2: Sean is called Sean. Howeverthe family of his friend Billy Two Nans thinks differently. Starring Sean Lock , Dan Mersh , Paul Putner , Tracy-Ann Oberman and Rob Rouse. Written by Sean Lock. Additional material by Martin Trenaman and Robert Fraser-Steele . Producer Chris Neill
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