A new three-part series looking at the phenomena of fame and why we are fascinated by the famous. The Inner Circle of Fame. This week Dr Raj Persaud talks to those who are close to the celebrities.
Producer Sally Flatman
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Life is colourful chaos for the ruling family of Renaissance Italy's most inconsequential city-state in Neal Anthony 's comedy drama.
2: The Pilgrim Industry. Following a fleeting visit from a cardinal, Plethora initiates plans to put Monte Guano on the pilgrimage map.
Producer Helen Williams
A new series of radio's game of literary correctness, chaired by James Walton. Captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh are joined this week by Tracey Macleod and Gary Younge. Author of the week is William Wordsworth , providing the topic for a literary pastiche at the end of the programme. Reader Becky Hindley. Producer Dawn Ellis
In the 19th century, the Curragh Wrens were the wild women who served the British army.
Rebecca Bartlett 's drama brings the story of one of them to life.
Director Pam Brighton (R)
The team visits the new Gardeners' Question Time garden forthe first time as thousands of listeners take part in Britain's biggest gardening experiment. With John Cushnie , Bob Flowerdew , Pippa Greenwood and Bunny Guinness. With chairman Eric Robson.
Shortened repeat from Sunday 2pm
3: The Gypsy's Baby, read by Imogen Stubbs. Rosamon Lehmann 's story of an encounter between the children of the big house and those from the world of poverty in the village beyond. For details see Monday
As well as making the majority of Britain's jewellery, Birmingham'sjewellery quarter has dominated many other areas of manufactoring. It was the world centre for steel pen nibs and is still the centre for whistle making- including those used on the Titanic.
Fordetails see Monday
Richard Hoggart , the "father of cultural studies", discusses his new book, Between Two Worlds, with Laurie Taylor. Now in his 83rd year Professor Hoggart publishes a half-century collection of his finest essays which confirms his huge influence on literature, education and how a society should study its own culture.
Producer Tony Phillips. E-MAIL: email@example.com
TB or not TB, that is the congestion. The wit of Woody Allen blends with classic comedy archive as Simon Fanshawe examines health in his humorous exploration of life's essential themes. With Anne Bryson and Peter Gunn. Producer Karen Rose
Winifred Foley 's vivid recollection of growing up in the remote Forest of Dean in the twenties.
8: Great Aunt Lizzie's story.
Bess Hannah Wright Further cast details across the week
For details see Monday. Repeated from 10.45am
This year's Reith lecturer,
Professor Tom Kirkwood (Professor of Medicine and head of the department of gerontology at the University of Newcastle) explores the topic of ageing by examining the impact of science on the human lifespan - both now and in the future.
Thread oflife. "President Clinton promised Leo Blair an extra 25 years. Is it a sensible target?"
Sue Lawley introduces this, the second of the five lectures, from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York.
Producer Charles Sigler. Editor Gwyneth Williams WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2001 Repeated Saturday 10.15pm
A unique blend of storytelling about some of the most tantalising scientific tales, presented by Adam Hart-Davis . With the Brain as My Compass Animals find their way over huge distances with incredible accuracy. Scientists are beginning to understand what is happening inside animal minds as they travel. Now they are looking at whether the same might be true for humans. Producer Louise Dalziel
A humorous documentary series looking at the Irish singing sensation on their UKtour, introduced by Mike Harding. In this concluding programme, an examination of the lifestyle of a phenomenon. Producer Steve Doherty
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