Sue Lawley's castaway this week is cookerywriter Marguerite Patten. Known as the "doyenne of British cookery", Patten has a vast range of recipe books and given thousands of demonstrations. Shortened repeat from Sunday 11.15am
In the last of this week's series looking at Acts of Parliament that helped redraw the lines between the state and society in Victorian Britain, Ian Hislopturns his attention to work and the legislation that put an end to the use of one of the most powerful icons of Victorian inhumanity: the chimney-sweep climbing boys. Producer Tom Alban
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A six-part comedy series by Richard Monks.
4: Fran's Story. Fran, now the rather reluctant First Lady of the Southern Counties Caravanner's Club, fears that her prized 1928 Eccles will not win at the Caravan Show because the original badge is missing, so she seeks refuge in Steven and drink.
Producer David Hunter
Roger Bolton airs listeners' views on BBC radio programmes and policy. Producer Viv Black
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Adam Thorpe's play imagines the conversation between Thomas Hardy and his first wife Emma Gifford in the last 45 minutes before midnight on 31 December 1900. They are sitting in front of a crackling fire on a frosty night at the gloomy Victorian house Hardy built near Dorchester. But as the clock winds down towards midnight and a new century approaches, the strains in their marriage become sharply focused. Hardy wants to read Emma his new poem, "The Darkling Thrush", while Emma tries to goad him into doing something more memorable.
Reassuringly, today's episode in the Victorian Love Stones (3.30pm R4) series reinforces the established stereotype of a society hidebound and tongue-tied by the rigidity of class barriers. Henry Harland's Flower o' the Quince tells a technically tragic (though, unfortunately, unmoving) tale of an inhibited English aristocrat who never to)d a music teacher that he loved her. Frankly, you find yourself thinking what a thoroughgoing twit he must have been.
The Angel of New Street (2.15pm R4) is well worth hearing. It's about the Birmingham station and displays the talents of three brilliant young writers: Liz John, Helen Ketty and Carolyn Scott-Jeffs. The drama follows the progress of three radically different groups of people as they find their way through the station's system - alongside a sinister, spookily fossilised cat. (SG)
Sue Cook presents the programme that examines listeners' historical queries, explores avenues of research and uncovers mysteries. Producers Ivan Howlett and Nick Patrick
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5: The Statute of Limitations by Ernest Dowson , read by Jimmy Chisholm. A man who has worked in Chile for 15 years grows increasingly apprehensive at the thought of seeing the faded beauty of his fiancee when he returns to England. For details see Monday
Simon Hoggart chairs the topical comedy panel game, this week with Alan Coren , Andy Hamilton , Linda Smith and Krishnan Guru-Murthy , presenter of the news on Channel 4.
Producer Lucy Armitage. Repeated Saturday 12.30pm
Jonathan Dimbleby is joined at City University in London, by Charles Kennedy MP, Michael Portillo MP, Clare Short MP , and Northern Ireland's First Minister David Trimble.
Producer Lisa Jenkinson. Repeated Saturday 1.15pm
By Joseph Moncure March, dramatised by Malcom McKee.
In 1928 Moncure March wrote his sensational jazz poem using the language of the tabloids and the lyrics and rhythms of hot jazz to capture the hedonism of the "boop-a-doop" twenties.
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