Why do so many estranged fathers complain of being excluded from their children's lives? Can the legal system really sort out disputes between parents? Jenni Murray investigates.
Drama: Young Victoria by Juliet Ace. Part 9. Drama repeated at 7.45pm
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 mirrorto society, as Simon Brett reveals in his exploration of morality in note form, from the early 19th century until today.
Empire. "Let me like a soldier fall, pleaded the young Victorian adventurer. His was the empire where the sun never set and it was his to fight for, so the songs said. The reality of how the masses viewed British imperialism then and now reveals itself to be less altruistic. Producer Mary Price
By Martyn Wade. When Gillian decides to set up a book club, the turnout is disappointing. Undeterred, the small group embarks on a series of novels. The exciting contents of books such as Madame Bovary make up for the drabness of their own lives. But then life begins to imitate art.
Director Cherry Cookson
Rula Lenska speaks on behalf of a charity which helps children around the world who are facing extreme hardship.
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4: The Stone Mermaid by Mohan Kumar , read by Paul Bhattacharjee. Forthe young man on holiday from Madras, the beach brings mystery and danger in the shape of a woman sculpted in the rock. Producer Jeremy Mortimer. For details see Monday
Eighty per cent of the population were manual labourers, poverty and crime were rife and the debate on immigration began. Robert Lacey concludes his examination of the lives and preoccupations of Britain's Edwardian ancestors.
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Science has shown that as we age, our skin loses some of its ability to retain moisture. Moisturisers might make our skin feel smoother, but how much difference do they really make? Quentin Cooper talks to Dr Andrew Barnes from De Montfort
University and dermatologist Dr Susan Mayou about the difficulties of measuring the amount of water in the skin. New techniques might give more accurate readings, but how will the cosmetic companies react to this research? Producer John Watkins. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Boothby Graffoe continues his series ofguitarflavoured songs and surreal laughs. Regulars Stephen Frost , Vivienne Soan, Big Al and Kevin Eldon are joined this week by singer-songwriter Robyn HitChCOCk. Producer Lucy Armitage
Queen Victoria visited Ireland four times during her reign and each time she was greeted with wild enthusiasm and huge crowds. Her reign saw the Great Famine, the struggle for Home Rule and the tightening of administrative control over John Bull's Other Island - so why was her last visit in 1900 apparently as popular as her first in 1849?
Declan Kiberd presents a survey of the Anglo-Irish relationship in her reign, using recent historical research and contemporary material to show what Irish history reveals about the Victorian mindset. Ireland was used as a laboratory for experimental ideas and with cartoons, novels and street songs, as well as extracts from Queen Victoria's journals, the programme offers surprising angles on subjects from Gladstone to tourism.
Brand X. Managers and marketing executives are obsessed bywhattheyterm "building brands". Peter Day wonders whether most brands are simply expensive empty shells.
Editor Stephen Chilcott. Producer Rosamund Jones
More than half the population of Britain suffers from allergies, from minor irritations to life-threatening conditions. Alex Kirby investigates the major advances scientists are making in their understanding of the problems and looks at a variety of recent cures.
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