By Lorna Sage , winner of the Whitbread Biography Award. In five programmes, Maureen O'Brien reads this extraordinary memoir about a childhood in the Welsh borders involving a vicar whose affairs shocked the village and Sage's own brush With scandal. Part 1. Producer Sarah Johnson
Jenni Murray hosts lively and topical interviews and discussion from a woman's point of view.
Drama: Young Victoria by Juliet Ace. Part 1 of 10. Editor Ruth Gardiner
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Five daily programmes looking at acts of Parliament which helped redraw the lines between the state and society in Victorian Britain. 1: Speed: the Railway Act of 1844. The railways were the great commercial success story ofthe 19th century. In the first programme Ian Hislop investigates an Act that set out to turn the train into an agent of moral good.
Producer Ekene Akalawu. Repeated at 9.30pm
A five-part series of short stories by Thackeray, dramatised by Stephen Wyatt.
3: The Bedford Row Conspiracy. When John Perkins falls in love, little does he realise that affairs of the heart are governed by political allegiances. Director Sally Avens
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Lionel Kelleway presents the quiz which goes in search of Britain's most knowledgeable naturalist. This week the second semi-final comes from the headquarters of the Field Studies Council at Preston Montford in Shropshire. Producer Brett Westwood. E-MAIL: email@example.com
A Proper Woman by Geoffrey Beevers , with commentary by Dr Lesley Hall. The first of three drama-documentaries about Victorian sexuality concerns the 60-year-old novelist George Eliot 's honeymoon with John Cross. It explores the codes of sexual conduct between an older woman and a younger man more than 100 years ago.
Producers Rosie Boulton and Peter Leslie Wild
Five tales of requited and unrequited passion.
1: The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde , read by Jo James. A young man needs a red rose to woo his love, and a nightingale makes the ultimate sacrifice to procure the bloom. Producer Julia Butt Unlacing the Victorian corset: page 18. Webwatch:page35
Daniel Snowman tells the story of Queen Victoria's children, from 1840 to 1944. Described as the forerunner of the modern careerwoman, she : "dovetailed the role of devoted wife and mother ' with that of chief consultantto a large international concern". With Annette Crosbie as Victoria.
1: And Then There Were Nine! Producer Martin Kurzik i
By Juliet Ace. Based on the letters and diaries of the young Queen Victoria, this 10-part drama presents a portrait of her younger life and the happy years of her marriage. 1: Clipped Wings
Director Cherry Cookson. Repeated from 10.45am
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Two programmes exploring the light and dark side of Victorian society as recorded in Victorian archives. Dark. Great social, cultural and scientific advances were offset by poverty and suffering.
Simon Callow , Geraldine James , Pamela Miles and Tim Pigott-Smith read from Charles Dickens , John Ruskin , Henry Mayhew , an unknown pornographer and Jack the Ripper. Producer PhilipSellars
Concluding an exploration of the history contained in the fore-topsail of HMS Victory. Conserving the Sail. To conserve a large 200-year-old three-dimensional piece of cloth is a unique project. The , team must conquer the damp, find a dry storage area and learn how best to show all the detail in this valuable piece Of history. Producer Mary Price (R)
Robert Drewe 's haunting memoir is read by Peter O'Brien and abridged in five parts by Elizabeth Bradbury. 1: Six-year-old Robert moves to Perth in the fifties.
His life starts to entangle with that of Serial killer Eric Cooke. Producer Jane Ray (R)
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