Suzanne StAlban 's engaging memoir of her life, from an eccentric childhood in the South of France and Malaya to intelligence work in war-torn Algiers, is read by Jane Lapotaire. Abridged in five parts by Sarah LeFanu. Part 1. Producer SaraDavies
Peter Snow concludes the series in which each programme's stories come from the pages of an archive newspaper.
Required reading after Christmas lunch in 1897 - the New Year edition of the popular Strand
Magazine. This week, the history of messages in bottles; how marathon stilt-walking began near
Bordeaux; and are the classic examples of topiary pictured in the magazine still to be seen in the gardens of Levens Hall in Cumbria? Producer Andrew Green
The conclusion of Agatha Christie's famous novel, dramatised in five parts by Michael Bakewell. In order to lure the killer out into the open, Poirot takes an astonishing step. Now, at the denouement of the mystery, he summons everyone to the house. with Suzanna Hamilton, Richenda Carey, Hilda Schroder and Andrew Wincott. Director Enyd Williams
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Lionel Kelleway presents the quiz which goes in search of Britain's most knowledgeable naturalist. This week the programme comes from Malham Reid Centre in Yorkshire.
Producer Brett Westwood. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/nature. Repeated Saturday llpm
A powerful and quirky insight into childhood and religion by Shelagh Delaney. A young girl convalesces by the sea in postwar Blackpool, her only companions fellow invalids, the nuns in charge of them and the waves. The girl has an extraordinarily strong voice, both knowing and innocent, as she teeters between childhood and adult life in this pithy and honest look at the world through a young girl's eyes. Director Polly Thomas
rFive classic European stories exploring the weird and the wonderful.
1: The Shadow by Hans Christian Andersen. A wise scholar grantshis shadow freedom, releasing him into societyto live as a man. But his act of charity goes badly awry. Read by Peter Capaldi. Producer Gemma Jenkins
Marcel Berlins presents a five-part series about puzzles which have been used throughout history as instruments of pleasure, pain and gain.
1: Puzzles of Space. Labyrinths and mazes can be deadly Or delightful. Producer Anna Parkinson (R)
Jeremy Hardyjoins regulars Barry Cryer , Graeme Garden , Tim Brooke-Taylor and chairman
Humphrey Lyttelton for the last in the current series of the antidote to panel games. This week's programme comes once more from the Swan theatre in High Wycombe,
Buckinghamshire. With Colin Sell at the piano. Producer Jon Naismith. Repeated Sunday 12 noon
by Mary Braddon
Nine ghost stories, dramatised by Robin Brooks.
At a Christmas party, the young Rebecca West meets a mysterious stranger. Literary passions, among others, are aroused. What does it take to tell a good ghost story? A challenge is proffered, a battle of wits begins, as does a descent into dark imaginings.
Director Clive Brill.
Repeated from 10.45am.
Further cast details across the week.
The Winner, the Patron and the Consumer. Art and artists of all varieties are now an item on business plans, from governments and newspaper editors to multinationals - even funeral parlours! Kate Mosse - novelist, deputy director of the Chichester Festival Theatre and founder of the Orange Prize for Fiction -concludes her examination of the growing relationship between business and the arts and asks: Who is manipulating whom? Producer Marina Salandy-Brown
Sweden. Greater Stockholm has become Europe's Silicon Valley. In the last two years, the bill for
Sweden's sick leave has doubled. The connection
- burn-out. Rosie Goldsmith investigates why the Swedes are becoming stressed at work and what is beingdonetO help them. Repeated from Thursday llam
The conclusion of the series about animals that have changed the face of the planet and influenced human affairs through theirclose relationship with people. Disease Carriers
It is common knowledge that we can get nasty diseases from insects such as mosquitos and tsetse flies, but most of our major diseases were a product of domestic animals - BSE is by no means a first. Brian Leith investigates the impact of the animal carriers of human disease.
WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/nature. E-MAIL: email@example.com Producer Jan Castle
Helena Bonham Carter reads five extracts from Artemis Cooper 's acclaimed biography of cookery writer Elizabeth David , who brought the light and tastes of the Mediterranean to postwar Britain, and whose private life was as passionate as herwriting. Abridged by Sally Marmion. Part 1. Producer Sarah Johnson (R)
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