r Martin Wainwright begins a new three-part exploration of contemporary Russia through the themes and settings of three great Russian novels. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The story of Rodion Raskolnikov , an impoverished student who convinces himself that he has the right to murder an old moneylender. The settings of the novel, first published in 1866, are easily recognisable in modern St Petersburg. There are also many echoes in Russia today of the social upheaval and widespread poverty described by Dostoyevsky. Producer Sue Waldram
A comedy series by Richard Monks.
The purchase of a top-of-the-range Duchess and a surprise meeting with an old, now titled, schoolfriend leads Audrey, grande dame of the Southern Counties Caravanners' Club, to reconsider her lifestyle.
Roger Bolton airs listeners' views on BBC radio programmes and policy.
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By George W Fraser. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar was just 19 years old when he published a theory that he believed would turn the whole field of astronomy upside down. The establishment was unimpressed. Sir Arthur Eddington , the "grand old man of astronomy", described it as "stellar buffoonery". Chandra was ridiculed and humiliated. But 50 years laterthis work won him a Nobel Prize. This is the moving story of his life-an inspiring tale of intellectual rags to riches.
Director Keith Halden
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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by Susannah Pearse, read by Maria McErlane. A Snow White for the 21st century. The moral of the story is: you really should not rely on a mirror to live your life by, especially when it says your stepmother is the fairest of them all. Producer Gemma Jenkins. For details see Monday
The origins of Spotlight- now an eight-volume directory, CD-Rom and internet website of every working actor in Britain - date back to the beginning of the century. In conversations with actors, photographers, agents and current proprietor, Nigel Seale , this programme traces the history of the most indispensable reference book in Show business. (R)
Simon Hoggart chairs the topical comedy panel game, this week with Alan Coren , Jeremy Hardy ,
Francis Wheen and newcomerto the programme, Helen Lederer.
Producer Lucy Armitage. Repeated Saturday 12.30pm
Jonathan Dimblebyisjoined at the Performing Arts Centre, Hunchingbrooke School in Huntingdon, by panellists including prospective parliamentary candidates John O'Farrell , Boris Johnson and Hugh Pymm.
Producer Lisa Jenkinson. Repeated Saturday 1.15pm
Comment, context and colour from the United States, with veteran commentator Alistair Cooke. Repeated Sunday 8.45am
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A story of love, intrigue, jealousy and revenge by Michael Hastings. Starring Eleanor Bron and Nadim Sawalha. An investigator is searching for a fighter craft that mysteriously plunged to ground ten years ago and went missing. A lead takes him to an address in London's fashionable Eaton Square, home of a formerly wealthy Arab businessman and his beautiful wife. It is here that the strange truth starts to emerge.
Director Peter Kavanagh
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