4: The young Americans are invited to a drinking banquet-the equivalent of a boys' night out - by theirChinese colleagues. But the evening, which appears to be a social gathering, has an ulterior purpose. For details see Monday. Repeated at 12.30am
In Edward Thomas 's poem Adlestrop, a train stops, there is a hiss of steam, someone clears his throat and a blackbird sings. That's it. Yet this 16-line poem is one of the best-loved in the English language, inspiring articles, pilgrimages to the Cotswolds village and many other poems.
Anne Harvey explores the fascination of a short poem in which nothing happens but which deals with large themes, including memory, time, naming, sound and fear. Producer Julian May
Edward Thomas 's Adlestrop: page 19
A surreally comic first radio play from award-winning author AN Smith, in which a man visits an art gallery and hires an electronic guide to the exhibits. Soon he is being given information about a lot more than just the paintings.
Director David Jackson Young
Ticket lady/rich lady:
Imogen Stubbs speaks on behalf of a charity which supports people who sufferfrom anxiety illnesses. DONATIONS: No Panic. [address removed]
CREDIT CARDS: Freephone [number removed]. Rptd from Sunday 7.55am
What part has sexual choice played in the evolution of our brains? Quentin Cooper talks to evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller who argues that the human mind, like the peacock's tail, has evolved primarily for courtship and mating. An ability to tell jokes might not help us avoid a predator, but it makes us a more attractive mate. Zoologist Joah Madden has been studying the brains of bower birds, and believes he has found evidence to support Dr Miller's theories.
Producer Ros Smith. E-mail: [removed]
Lizzie Slater 's drama about the founders of the gardens at Kew. 4: Prince Frederick, inspired by the spirit and courage of Flora MacDonald, battles on to create his own life at Kew, away from the clutches of the royal family.
For details see Monday. Repeated from 10.45am
Clive Anderson begins a three-part series exploring history through court cases. Witchcraft. In 1589 Joan Prentice confessed that she was visited by the devil, who took the shape of a ferret, and carried out her orders in return for her soul. Three and a half centuries later in wartime Britain, Helen Duncan was tried under the Witchcraft Act of 1735 and sent to prison. What can witch trials tell us about our past and will the court records provide a brief glimpse into the lives of both accuser and accused?
Producer John Byrne. Repeated Saturday 3.30pm
It's a Giveaway. First of all, business people get rich; then they start thinking about howto give their money away. Peter Day investigates the rules of the new philanthropy.
Producer Sandra Kanthal. Editor Stephen Chilcott Repeated Sunday 9.30pm
The latest news from the world of science. A new technique is being used to treat conditions such as drug addiction and epilepsy. It is even helping to improve musicians' performance. Neurofeedback trains patients to control their own brain activity, and although controversial, the most recent research suggests there may be something in it. Can we really learn to alter the state of our minds to ease pain, prevent an epileptic fit or play the violin better? Geoff Watts investigates.
Producer Alexandra Feachem
Punky Reggae Party. This week a look at how punk forged links between black and white youth and fed into the battle with the far right. Contributors include Jake Burns , Stuart Maconie , Jimmy Pursey and Joe Strummer. Presented by Robert Sandall. Producer Alison Vemon-Smith
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