Martin Jarvis performs five Richmal Crompton stories. 3: William and the Begging Letter. One of the arcane financial arrangements of adults is cracked open by a chance visitor to the Brown household. Fordetails see Monday. Repeated at 12.30am
Three programmes investigating the phenomena of fame and why we are fascinated by the famous. The Outer Circle. This week Dr Raj Persaud examines the media's relationship with stardom and looks at how publications and programmes Shape Our perception Of fame. Producer Sally Flatman
Life is colourful chaos for the ruling family of Renaissance Italy's most inconsequential city-state in Neal Anthony's six-part comedy drama.
Prince Ludovico plans to introduce a new currency to his 16th-century Italian domain.
Radio's literary quiz is chaired by James Walton , with captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh joined this week by guests Jonathan Myerson and Jane Thynne. Author of the week is
Graham Greene. Reader Becky Hindley. Producer Dawn Ellis
Marie Forbes has a wedding to organise in Vanessa Rosenthal 's drama. The last thing she needs is
Simone, a ghost from the past, distracting her from the preparations. But Simone will not go away.
Director Melanie Harris
Shaheen Khan reads Dina Mehta 's short story. Matchmaking can be an arduous pursuit in any family, but when a potential bride seems determined to turn down every suitor, her mother begins to despair.
Producer Rosemary Watts
3: Metamorphoses. Amongthe zoo's collection of rare manuscripts lies a copy of Maria Sybilla Merian's Metamorphoses of the Insects of Surinam. For Merian this ground-breaking work involved an epic journey crossing social and physical barriers. For details see Monday
The Third Way is an ideology that is most closely associated with Laurie Taylor 's guest - director of the London School of Economics, Professor Anthony Giddens. Third-Way thinking has now taken root in left-of-centre governments globally - -the subject of his new book - but why has the idea caught on in Korea and Brazil but not in continental Europe? Producer Tony Phillips. E-MAIL: email@example.com
What do Bill Cosby , Jennifer Saunders , Mel Brooks and John Cleese have in common? They all feature in Simon Fanshawe 's series in which classic comedy meets the best in satirical writing in a unique exploration of some of life's essential themes, from foreigners, class and health to love and the sporting life. With Anne Bryson and Peter Gunn. Producer Karen Rose (R)
Professor Tom Kirkwood , this year's Reith lecturer, explores the topic of ageing. Professor of Medicine and head of the department of gerontology at the University of Newcastle, he examines the impact of science on the human lifespan - both now and in the future. Sue Lawley introduces each of the five lectures from various venues. 3: Sex and Death
From the Edinburgh International Science Festival. " Does sex shorten our lives? Can it be, as some have suggested, that ageing and death are the price we pay for sex?"
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 . Lord Kelvin's Bedspring
The structure of foam was first worked out by a blind Belgian scientist and his wife in the 1870s. Now it is being used to capture stardust, tickle our taste buds and slow down jumbo jets. The "foam age" has arrived. Producer Louise Dalziel
The semi-detached world of aspiring singer-songwriter John Shuttleworth comes direct from his front room in Sheffield. In this programme John hopes Richard Whiteley will host a special
Shuttleworth edition of Countdownwith wife Mary acting as Carol Vorderman - but only after he has helped with the washing up. Written and performed by Graham Fellows. Producer Dawn Ellis(R)
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