Ireland is dealing with a new and startling phenomenon - immigration. The country now has proportionately more asylum seekers than Britain. Many come in the last stages of pregnancy, hoping to have their babies in Ireland so that the children become Irish citizens. George Arney asks whether Ireland is readyto become a multicultural society and hears from the refugees who have faced racial violence in the Emerald Isle.
Producer Hugh Levinson. Repeated Monday 8.30pm
A three-part history of scientists on film, presented by Mark Kermode. 1: The Mad Scientist. This film incarnation of the scientist predates Frankenstein, and to this day, can reflect popular paranoia about science and its potential to change the world for the worse. Producer LynseyMoyes
The second oftwo linked plays by Jimmie Chinn. Following their mother's funeral Joyce and Stan have been at her house uncovering old resentments. They are shattered when their long-lost brother Charlie suddenly arrives.
Director Martin Jenkins. For details see yesterday
The series which helps to answerthose troubling questions that you were too scared to ask. Why do cricket balls swing? And why are the clubs on playing cards shaped like clovers? Presented by Bob Holness.
Producer David Prest. PHONE: [number removed] E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Cash speaks on behalf of a charity dedicated to alleviating the suffering ofthe poorest ofthe poor in the developing world.
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As England and Australia battle it out forthe Ashes, bowlers on both sides will be using spin, swing and pace to gain the advantage. Quentin Cooperdiscovers howthe rules of physics complement the rules of cricket when he talks to Dr Robbie Mehta , an aerodynamics expert from Nasa. And England's fitness trainer Nigel Stockill explains the importance of bowling technique to the delivery of that perfect ball. Producer Fiona Roberts. E-MAIL: email@example.com
A six-part comedy series by Linda Smith set in her East End home. With day trips to Argos and regular jaunts chauffered by Wara the philosophical cabby, it's a wonder she finds time to tune in to Thought for the Day.
With Femi Elufowoju Jr, Jeremy Hardy, Martin Hyder, Margaret John, Chris Neill, Colin Sell, and special appearances from Rabbi Lionel Blue and Jenni Murray. Producer Lucy Armitage
George Eliot 's haunting story of love betrayed and rewarded. 9: Hetty is in prison, about to stand trial for a crime she says she did not commit. Cast details across the week. For details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am
Clive Anderson presents a series exploring history through court cases. Marriage, Divorce and Adultery Oliver Wallet was found guilty of fornication with Agnes Hayward in 1574, and sentenced to stand in the church porch holding a paper above his head proclaiming his guilt. In the 18th century serial bigamist Constantia Phillips habitually avoided the creditors on her trail by remarrying, so her debt became her husband's legal responsibility. During the 200 years in between, how did the laws on marriage, divorce and adultery change to mirrorthe attitudes of the moment? Producer John Byrne. Repeated Saturday 3.30pm
Right, Left or Centre? Britain's Conservative party is trying to regroup aftertwo disastrous election defeats. But can the Tories reinvent themselves for the 21st century? Can Conservative philosophy adapt to liberal social values and a multicultural society? John Kampfner investigates. Producer Ingrid Hassler. Repeated Sunday 9.30pm
The latest news from the world of science. This week an investigation ofthe health benefits of traditional Asian diets. Molly Bentley attends the China
International Conference on Traditional Eating Patterns in Beijing which explores the health benefits of traditional Chinese and Asian food, and the effect an increasingly western diet is having on the health of this region. Producer Alexandra Feachem
Aftershock. In this concluding programme Robert Sandall hears how ratherthan being a brief but brilliant flash in the pan, the aftershocks of punk are still being felt in the arts and the media. With Sir Bob Geldof , Jamie Reid and Joe Strummer. Producer Alison Vernon-Smith
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