A series charting the lives and influence of less well-known wives of composers.
Harriet Smithson. "We could neither live together nor apart. We caused each other so much suffering." Thus wrote Berlioz about his marriage to the Irish actress Harriet Smithson who had captured his heart many years before he could capture hers. She inspired him to write his
Symphonie Fantastique and his opera Romeo et Juliette, but her life ended tragically. David Cairns and Peter Raby chart Smith's life and reflect on the way in which she influenced Berlioz's music. Producer Rosie Boulton
Espionage, intrigue and poetic inspiration blur the boundaries between truth and fiction in Paul B Davies's drama. Suspicious behaviour by new residents in the Somerset village of Nether Stowey leads to the arrival of a Home Office spy and a memorable encounter immortalised in literary history.
Director Sara Davies
Emma Thompson speaks on behalf of a charity which supports vulnerable young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming so. DONATIONS: Alone in London. [address removed] CREDIT CARDS: Freephone [number removed] Repeated from Sunday 7.55am
4: Czech Republic - Oldrich Cerny. Before the collapse of Communism, Cerny made his living editing children's books. During the Velvet
Revol ution he ran errands for the playwright and future president Vaclav Havel. When he was asked to head the country's first intelligence network, he thought it was a joke. But now he is credited with bringing the Czech Republic into Nato. Producer Lucy Ash. For details see Monday
Particle physics, astrophysics and genomics already generate huge amounts of data, but if the pace of scientific development is to be maintained or even accelerated, we need to develop a computing system capable of processing larger amounts of information.
Quentin Coopertalks to Fabrizio Gagliardi and Dr Paul Jeffreys about the Grid, described by its supporters as the next revolution in computing. Producer John Watkins. E-MAIL: email@example.com
Boothby Graffoe continues his series of guitar-flavoured songs and surreal laughs. This week he is joined by Stephen Frost , Kevin Eldon , Vivienne Soan, Big Al and Antonio Forcione , who take it in turns to write and star in increasingly dictatorial radio Scripts Of theirown. Producer Lucy Armitage
By Simon Armitage and Jeff Young.
4: The Coronation and the Comet. Following the death of Edward, the streets are thronged with mourners and celebrants as the funeral and coronation take place on the same day.
Further cast details across the week. For details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am
Andrew Sachs presents a series examining England's extraordinary Jewish history.
How the Jews became Englishmen. After
Oliver Cromwell re-opened the doors of England to Jews in the 17th century, they began to come from all over Europe. Many were poor, a few were better-off merchants like Nathan Mayer Rothschild , but what most had in common was a desire to get away from laws and attacks against Jews in their Own homeland. Producer Nichola West. Editor Martin Weitz
Straight Scott. After the Scottish Parl iament, what is happening in Scotland's boardrooms? Peter Day finds out if Scottish business leaders want to go it alone. Producer Sandra Kanthal. Repeated Sunday9.30pm
Geoff Watts presents the cutting-edge science programme. This week he reports on the latest scientific research being discussed at the annual meeting of the American Association forthe
Advancement of Science, in San Francisco. He will be talking to scientists working on everything from plant genetics to drug development. Producer Alexandra Feachem. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stewart Henderson sheds light on the unsung heroes of television comedy-the warm-up men, legendary performers who are happy in their anonymity. With contributions from
Clive Anderson , Felix Bowness , Fred MacAuley and Bob Monkhouse. Producer David Prest (R)
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