In this concluding programme about soap i operas, Tina Baker examines whether they simply provide popular entertainment, or if their
! storylines have a powerful influence on the behaviourand opinions of the audience? Producer Anne McNaught
I George Selden 's classic children's novel is ! dramatised in two parts by Stuart Morris.
It tells of Chester, a musically gifted cricket from Connecticut who becomes stranded in New York. At first he is alone and afraid, but his unique talent and personality soon attracts admirers and ! friends. Parti.
Music performed by Thomas Kemp. Director Pam Fraser Solomon
Steve Richards hosts the panel game about politics and politicians. Team captains
Roy Hattersley and Sir Patrick Cormack MP are joined by guestsjournalists Andrew Rawnsley and Matthew Parris. Producer Steve Doherty
By Sheila Goff. Three couples of three different generations joust in three simultaneous plays all set in the vicinity of the bridge overthe Thames at Cookham. Written specially forthe six actors who won the 2000 Carleton Hobbs BBC Radio Drama Bursary to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Radio Drama Repertory Company.
Ice Cream A 40-year-old couple come to terms with the fact that their second child has left home.
Swans A 22-year-old couple reach a clear turning point in their relationship down on the riverbank. Chris Jasmine Hyde
Nick Kenny Blyth
Sunburn A 15-year-old couple are messing around on the bridge, theirfutures before them. Teen Claire Corbett
Director David Hunter
3: The Fire-Bird by Bonnie Greer.
Prince Ivan is so entranced by a beautiful bird of fire that he lies in wait in the forest to capture her. The lovely creature offers her captor a magical featherfor ransom. Fordetails see Monday
Dark Thoughts. This final audio essay examines the spiritual and elemental aspects of darkness, taking us from infant fears of the dark to a theory of the universe being filled with dark matter. New poems are performed by Collete Bryce and Ruth Padel. For details see Monday
Laurie Taylortalks to Bethan Marshall about her new book, English Teachers - the Unofficial
Guide. She discusses her new research which attempts to establish the effectiveness of the nation's English teachers.
Producer Tony Phillips. E-MAIL; firstname.lastname@example.org
The new government agency, Nice, is supposed to ensure an end to post-code prescribing - but how successful is it? This week Dr Graham Easton looks at some of the issues that surround Nice - should it be considering complementary medicines and once a drug has been disallowed, can that decision ever be reversed? Repeated from yesterday 9pm
A comedy series written by Lynne Ferguson.
5: Culture. Irene fears the worst when a famous restaurant critic books a table at the Ritz Cafe. The reputation of Millport will be printed forthe whole world to see. Is he really coming to sample Alberto's food or does he have a secret agenda? Producers Lucy Bacon and Kathy Smith (R)
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. The New Front Line. Geological and climatic changes have made Europe increasingly vulnerable to diseases and pests from all over the world. Quentin Cooper visits scientists at the front line to see how science and technology are being harnessed in ourdefence. Producer Angela Hind
3: Red Meccano Set by Ruth Thomas , read by Deborah Findlay. Jane is driving her young niece Chloe to a family reunion in Scotland, but she finds it difficult to make a connection with the child.
For details see Monday (R)
Sean Lock presents a comedy series of his crawl on the urban underbelly. This week Sean, his flatmate Errol and their friend Billy Two Nans are tangled in a conundrum of desperate dimensions. Starring Sean Lock , Dan Mersh , Paul Putner , Tracy-Ann Oberman and Rob Rouse. Written by Sean Lock. Additional material by Robert Fraser-Steele . Producer cnrisNeiii
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