With Diane Reid. The Heavenly Child in Stature
Grows (Wiltshire); Luke 2, W41-51; 0 Mary, Where Is Your Baby? (Spiritual); Can a Mother Forget Her Little Child? (Baker). With the Bryant Ensemble. Director of music Mark Bryant.
The first overseas cricketers to visit England were a team of Australian Aborigines. They were among the few remaining members of their clans, most having been wiped out by white settlers and imported diseases. Although the quality of their cricket surprised the crowds, they were never paid. They were marketed as racial freaks and only three ever played again. No Aborigine has played for his country since. Written and presented by Mark Whitaker. Producer Mark Whitaker (R)
A four-part comedy-drama written and performed by David Holt. From his eyrie on top of the Blackpool Tower where he is caretaker, Bob Braithwaite sees everything through high-power binoculars.
2: The Last Waltz. During an afternoon's ballroom dancing at the Anaglypta hotel, the tea machine malfunctions are causing everythingto taste of lemon parazone. Old women afraid of poisoning distract the hotel proprietor as he dons a WAAF uniform for his Alice Faye spectacular later on. Producer Dawn Ellis
The parliamentary panel game that reveals the lighter side of life around the dispatch box.
Steve Richards takes the speaker's chairto call order on opposing team captains Roy Hattersley and Sir
Patrick Cormack MP. Their guests this week are the Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Foreign Affairs Menzies Campbell MP and former Conservative Education Secretary Gillian Shephard MP. Producer Steve Doherty
Three plays inspired by the Women's Jazz Archive, by Alan Plater.
2: The Great Pork Pie Mystery
Megan is tracing the path of a melody she can't stop playing. Perhaps the answer lies in the Kohinoor tearoom, Swansea, during the twenties.
3: The Blue Hen by Des Dillon. "The chicks soon passed that wee lovely stage and turned into these prehistoric monsters". Two young men on a housing estate in Glasgow decide to better themselves by breeding Chickens. For details see Monday
Baroness Williams, Deputy Leader of the Liberal
Democrats in the House of Lords, talks to political journalist Anne Perkins about why the economic historian Karl Polanyi was her great inspiration. For details see Monday
Laurie Taylortravels round Britain to meet authors of renowned research, discovering what impact their work has made on society.
Family and Kinship in the East End. Did predictions that post-war housing programmes would destroy Cockney communities come true?
Producer Elizabeth Senior. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Fitz-Simon 's six-part drama. When
Frances Butler hears of a windfall from a deceased aunt in County Cork she thinks herfinancial worries are over. But then she discovers the truly unusual nature of the legacy that awaits her. Part 5.
Director Eoin O'Callaghan (R)
Marcel Berlins chairs the first in a new series of the legal debate in which members of the public compare their idea of the law with the professionals' view. Health. This week, who should receive expensive medicines, and when is the doctor at fault? Producer Anna Parkinson. Repeated Saturday 11.15pm
The concluding programme reflecting on the political and social implications of Ireland's economic success. As Ireland comes to terms with its recent political past, Kevin Myers reflects on the legacy of Charles Haughey who has been the dominant force in Irish political life for almost three decades, while Malachi O'Doherty considers how the Catholic Church is adjusting-or not-to a more pluralist political climate.
Producer Stephen Douds.
The first in a new series in which Geoff Watts explores the different ways people reactto the almost universal experience of pain. 1: The Agony and the Ecstasy
An investigation into the purpose of pain reveals it is an essential, if unwelcome, part of being human which fascinates artists and scientists alike. Producer Paula McGrath. EMAIL: email@example.com
A six-part sketch show from Manchester, starring Smug Roberts, Kate Ward, Robin Ince and Helen Moon.
Macey: "Cellulite? Cellulite? Tripe. If you ask me, it's careerwomen coming from up north for a bit of rumpy pumpy on t' historic cobbles, then passing the dents off as toxic fat."
Cartoonist Steven Appleby takes an abnormal look at everyday life in this comedy series. Normal Kids
Steven unearths an alien conspiracy to turn the world into a holiday camp for children. With Paul McCrink as Steven Appleby and featuring Rachel Atkins, Ewan Bailey , Nigel Betts and Rosalind Paul. Director Toby Swift
Continuing Mark Tavener 's comedy, starring
Stephen Fry and John Bird. The masters of spin take on a contract to discredit the chancellor and make the look good. With Siobhan Hayes , Tamsin Greig , Tony Gardner , Beth Chalmers , Sue Elliott -Nicholls, Terence Edmond and Kenny Blyth.
Producer Dawn Ellis. Executive producer Paul Schlesinger (R)
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