The Victorians perfected the use of popular song as a way to reflect values, morality and beliefs. It is an art which has never lost its ability to act as a mirror to society, as Simon Brett reveals in his new four-part exploration of morality in note form, from the early 19th century until today.
1: Family Life. It began in the 1840s and so it continues - the image of family life being a happy gathering within the fold of fond parents. But behind the façade songs chart the shift, from Obedience to Disaffection. Producer Mary Price
The conclusion of David Ashton 's four-part detective story, set in Victorian Edinburgh.
The Burning Question. An unsolved murder brings vigilantes on to the streets, and Jean's house of ill repute is a particulartarget forthe Citizen
Volunteer Force. Time is running out for McLevy-unless he finds the killer, mob rule will triumph. and the law will be mocked.
Director Patrick Rayner
Gorden Kaye speaks on behalf of a charity which provides care and support to people with brain injuries.
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Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.
To Correct or Not to Correct. Does pointing out ourchildren's mistakes give them a grammatical headstart or simply stifle a natural process? Producer Marya Burgess. Repeated Sunday 8.30pm
Quentin Cooper talks to Oxford bioarchaeologist DrTamsin O'Connell about her search for chemical signatures left by food in ancient bone. Analysis of bone collagen not only reveals a surprising amount about our ancient diet, it also gives us information about broader questions of demography, economy and environment. To help her interpretation of palaeodiets, DrO'Connell is also collecting information about contemporary diets. Understandably, living subjects are reluctant to surrender bone collagen, but Dr
O'Connell has discovered that the hair protein, keratin and exhaled carbon dioxide provide good information about isotopic residues. Producer John Watkins. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Simon Bligh hosts the stand-up programme, featuring the pick of the current comedy circuit and future talent. This week's programme includes Irish funny man Kevin Hayes ; the king of pun. Dorian Crook; and Matt King. Producer Mario Stylianides
What Austerity Does for You. In an age of unprecedented plenty, most of us can consume more food. resources and luxury goods than ever before. But is all this indulgence a bad thing? Frances Cairncross asks whether we would benefit from a bit more austerity, and looks at why we are so reluctant to have restraint imposed on us. Producer Nick Booth. Repeated Sunday 9.30pm
Exploring issues which affect all our lives.
Building A Better Sandbag. Storm-lashed Britain is bracing itself for increasingly frequent and severe flooding. Alex Kirby looks at a range of measures, from redesigning rivers to building flood-proof homes, which could lessen its impact. Producer Brian King
A series by Sudha Bhuchar and Shaheen Khan. 2: Mel puts the pressure on Shahab. and temperatures rise in the kitchen as Nadim's illicit love affairwith the Bosnian cleanerjeopardises hisforthcomingarranged marriage.
Director Kristine Landon-Smith
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