John Humphrys in conversation with six successful people who have weathered storms intheircareers. Neil Lyndon had a successful career as a newspaper journalist- until he decided to take on the feminist movement. He claims the subsequent backlash against his articles and book turned him into a pariah and cost him the custody of his son.
ProducerBrian King. Editor Andrew Thorman. Repeated at9.30pm
The glass industry in Britain boomed in the 17th centuryand all because a royal proclamation ordered glassmakers to burn coal rather than wood in theirfurnaces. Maxwell Hutchinson continues his history Of glass in architecture. Producer Elena Curti
2: Peter Hesslerteaches his Chinese students the classics of English literature such as Beowulf, Robin Hood and Hamlet, and encourages them to act out the parts. For details see yesterday. Repeated at 12.30am
Mapping Your Surname. The origin of a surname can often be traced by plotting its present-day distribution on a map. For David Hey this led to the discovery of the exact Hey - an enclosed piece of land - which gave rise to the surname 700 years ago. Meanwhile, DNA analysis points to a single ancestorforthe surnames Blencowe and Foden, and to remarkably few ancestors for Redhead and perhaps even Smith. Dr George Redmonds investigates. Producer Sandra Sykes. E-MAIL: email@example.com
A guide to a time when listening to comedy records at parties was hip. With GregProops. Bill Cosby. Now he's the king of American sitcom but in the sixties he was the first black comedian to break through in the comedy album scene. Producer Dave Batchelor
The first of two programmes examining the heart of Gypsy music, foreverwild and unpredictable, passionate and popular. Right back to their roots in northern India 1,000 years ago, the Gypsies have been celebrated as musicians. Nick Baker looks at contributions from the Gipsy Kings, the Romanian
Brigands and the Taraf de Haidouks, uncovering the myths to get to the heart of Gypsy music and the source Of its appeal. ProducerSimon Broughton
A brother and sister come home from school to an empty house. A woman visiting the seaside begins an affair with a fisherman. Graham White 's story of people trying to come to terms with their pasts and to forge meaningful futures for themselves.
Director Peter Kavanagh
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The Acoustic World of the Romans. In the arena of the Colosseum ships fought mock naval battles, gladiators fought wild animals, as well as each other, and apparently elephants walked on tightropes. With Fiona Shaw. For details see yesterday (R)
Giovanni Guareschi 's humorous tales about a colourful parish priest in an Italian village, dramatised by Peter Kerry. The church centre and the people's palace are due to be opened on the same day, but the Bishop can't be in two places at once. Then there's the village football match to consider. Church and state rivalry come to a head in this concluding episode.
Producers Chris Wallis and Jill Waters (R)
Lizzie Slater 's drama about the founders of the gardens at Kew. 2: After the birth of theirfirst child, Prince
Frederick and his wife Princesss Augusta escape the clutches of the royal family by fleeing to Kew. For details see yesterday. Repeated from 10.45am
Babies are born desperate to communicate. They already recognise their mother's voice and within a very short space of time have learned the rules of conversation. By the time they are five, children have sorted out the grammar of their mothertongue and can even have mastered a second language. Connie St Louis explores this incredible achievement by talking to children from birth to five years old. Producer Julia Durbin. E-MAIL: email@example.com
Gerard Foster's sitcom about George, Professor of Symbolics at Oxford, who is desperately trying to write a book. His depressed son Alex has done nothing since university until, one day, he starts to become obsessed with snails. His father now has material for his next book, his mother makes things for all the family, including a big cuddly snail, and together, this nice middle-class English family go quietly mad.
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