Beethoven's Moonlight sonata is two centuries old this year. He wrote it for a pupil in an attempt to woo her into marrying him, but she disliked the piece and rejected his advances. Pianist John Lill and Professor Malcolm Wilson demonstrate the pitfalls of performing the Moonlight, and biographer
John Suchet describes the circumstances under which this famous piano piece was written. Producer RosieBouiton(R)
Jim Sweeney's six-part comedy series.
Patrick and Helen get dragged along to a stag and hen night - for a couple neither of them knows.
The series in which John Waite and his team peer behind company smokescreens and cut through red tape to investigate yourcomplaints.
Producers Leanne Buckle. Sue Mitchell and Will Yates Repeated Sunday 9pm
The first in a new series of compelling radio from around the globe, presented by Emily Buchanan. This week the subjects are about and for children, including the story of Ana, a 13-year-old Canadian with cerebral palsy; the 100th anniversary of Swiss Alpine heroine Heidi; and Terry the taxi driver who helps tweeny New Yorkers with their arithmetic. Producer Leonida Krushelnycky. Repeated Sunday 8pm
The conclusion of Andy Rashleigh 's three-part drama in which the life and times of a paddle steamer and its crew are depicted across three decades.
Night Boat. 1936. Devonia has a strange group of passengers aboard who may well be spies.
Meanwhile, will Harry and Mercy finally tie the knot?
Director Cherry Cookson (R)
The programme about words and the way we speak. Classification Blues. Is it a zebra? Is it a Shetland pony? No, it's a Shebra! In the age of the gene detectives Michael Rosen looks at whether classification means anything anymore. Producer Mark Burman. Repeated Sunday 8.30pm
Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the topical comedy show that looks at everything "now" with the help of sketches, songs and characters. With Jon Holmes and Emma Kennedy , and music from
Mitch Benn. Producer Adam Bromley. Repeated Saturday 12.30pm
Helen has a secret meeting.
Written by Joanna Toye. Director Sue Wilson
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The concluding part of Pierre Koffman 's autobiographical cookbook, dramatised by Rod Dungate. The land lies bare as Christmas arrives. Presents are exchanged between feasts of Nan's mouth-watering Gascon food. Meanwhile, Pierre bides his time before he presents his own special thank you to his beloved and stunned grandparents. For details see Monday. Repeated from 10.45am
Six debates on issues of perennial interest, chaired by Nick Clarke in front of a specially invited audience, this week from The Cricketers Club of London.
2: "Englishness has had its day."
Producer Nick Utechin. Listeners can also vote on the motion. To vote YES PHONE: [number removed]. To vote NO PHONE: [number removed] LINES OPEN after the programme until 2.20pm Saturday Maximum call cost lOp. Repeated Saturday 1.15pm
Radio shock-jock Jack French wakes up to find himself sinking into a murky bog, unable to move his body. The last thing he can remember: "It was late. I'd been, uh, helping a friend get through a hard time. I remember the tattoo on her back bouncing up and down." Developed with an ensemble of actors from the Massachusetts-based theatre group Shakespeare and Company, Gregory Whitehead's darkly comic tale is about the murky convolutions of fate.
New writing and invigorating talk as Chris Bigsby asks three writers - established and new -to write and talk on a shared topic that affects all our lives. God. "Only God knows that the human condition doesn't add up." With Andy Martin , David Owen Norris and Nicholas Spice. Producer Jane Greenwood
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