Melvyn Bragg presents a series surveying 1,000 years of spoken English as reflected in the dialects of Britain. 5: Border Talk. The market town of Oswestry lies a few miles into Shropshire, to the east of Offa's Dyke-the ancient earthwork that traditionally divides Wales and England. Yet on market day Welsh is the talk in the sheep pens, and local accents mix a Shropshire burr with the lilt of Welsh. Bragg travels to Oswestryto discover how 1,000 years of feuding and intermarriage have resulted in a fascinating linguistic union. Producer Simon Elmes. Repeated at 9.30pm
Only a few years ago, the future looked bright for
Jordan - a country at peace with Israel. But as Tim Whewell discovers, things are very different today. The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has stopped holidaymakers and investment.
Many Jordanians are now asking where the" peace dividend" went, and are callingforthe kingdom to turn towards its old trading partner- Iraq.
Producer Hugh Levinson. WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/continents
Lesley Joseph glides through half a century of foxtrots, tangos, sequins and tulle in a history of Come Dancing. The triumphs, tears, rehearsals, and traumas are recounted by contestants and coaches, including Peggy Spencer. There are also memories from former presenters including Angela Rippon and Terry Wogan. Producer Elizabeth Abrahams
A four-part detective story by David Ashton, set in Victorian Edinburgh.
1: For unto Us.
It is Christmas, but McLevy doubts that peace on earth and goodwill to all men will apply among the criminal fraternity of Leith. Sure enough, as snow falls on the cobbled streets, the Inspector and Constable Mulholland find themselves on the icy trail of an ingenious cat burglar.
Director Patrick Rayner
4: The Ghost and the Bonesetter by Joseph
Sheridan Le Fanu. A petrified bonesetterfears for his life when he receives an unusual request from the tyrannical ghost of a local squire. Read by Sean Barrett. For details see Monday
Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.
National Press in Slug-Fest. Punchy, funny, rude, pithy, neat-the slug of type that catches the eye on front and back pages of Britain's newspapers is put to the test in the programme's headline competition -the best general and sports headlines Of 2000. Producer Simon Elmes. Repeated Sunday 8.30pm
Over the centuries, religious composers have exploited resonance to enhance their music.
Quentin Cooper visits Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire and investigates the physical dynamics of church music with the help of Professor David Howard, organist Kerry Beaumont and Dr Trevor Cox.
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The conclusion of a comedy by Julie Balloo and Jenny Eclair about a failed chat-show host. When plans for Christmas Day fall apart, Juliette wishes she had never been born. But when an angel in the form of Dale Winton shows her how things would have been without her, will she change her mind?
Producer Claire Jones
Mark Lawson and Francine Stock talk to some of the names behind the headlines in 2000, including Lee Hall , writer of the film, BillyElliot, and Nicholas Serota , who unveiled Tate Modern to Widespread acclaim. Producer Rob Kettendge
New technology is overturning the traditional legal framework of copyright at a time when intellectual property is gaining more economic importance than it ever had before.
Peter Day discovers how cyberspace changes the rules of the game.
The Independents. Governments increasingly seek out "independent" organisations to conduct inquiries, run public bodies, and manage interest rates. But what are the attributes of independence: authority, expertise, lack of passion? David Walker investigates. Producer IngridHassler
! The acclaimed sketch show, featuring the best of Ireland's comedy talent. With Barbara Bergin , Pom Boyd , Jason Byrne , Ian Coppinger ,
Mark Doherty , Kevin Gildea , Patrick McDonnell ,
Colin Murphy and Paul Tylak. Producers Bill Dare and Steve Lock
The great songwriters - Ira Gerswhin, Cole Porter , Harold Arlen , Kurt Weill - made acetate demos to help them sell songs to Hollywood or Broadway. This programme explores a work-in-progress. Producer Matt Thompson (R)
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