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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Dr Pauline Webb.


Unknown: Dr Pauline Webb.

: Farming Today

With Miriam O'Reilly.


Unknown: Miriam O'Reilly.

: Today

With John Humphrys and Edward Stourton.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With Akhandadhi Das.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Edward Stourton.
Unknown: Akhandadhi Das.

: Desert Island Discs

Shortened rptfrom Sunday 11.15am

: Act of Worship

With Canon Noel Vincent.


Unknown: Canon Noel Vincent.

: Book of the Week: Hunting Pirate Heaven

5: Heaven at last - on the north-east coast of Madagascar. For details see Monday. Repeated at 12.30am

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Martha Kearney. Drama: Exes by Emma Donoghue. Final part. Executive producer Anne Tyley. PHONE: [number removed] E-MAIL: womanshour@bbc.co.uk. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Presented By: Martha Kearney.
Unknown: Emma Donoghue.
Producer: Anne Tyley.

: Test Match Special -the Ashes

England v Australia Commentary from Headingley on the second day's play in the Fourth Test. Including News at 1.15 and Talking Point at 1.18. "Approximate times

: Prairie Tales

German novelist Karl May's Wild West stories have enchanted generations of Europeans since 1879, yet in Britain and America he remains virtually unknown. A former pickpocket, he began writing in jail, using his imagination to capture the spirit of a time and place he hadn't seen. This didn't stop him from claiming his characters' adventures as his own, a deception that led to him being pilloried in the press when it emerged that he hadn 't been further west than the Rhine. Christopher Frayling unravels the magic of a brilliant fantasist whose work continues to entertain millions of readers today. Producer Mark Burman


Producer: Mark Burman

: All the Young Dudes: 5: People's Parties

Jim Sweeney's six-part comedy series.
Billy is bullied into having house guests - a bad idea, until someone suggests a game of cards.


Writer: Jim Sweeney
Producer: Steve Doherty
Patrick: Jim Sweeney
Helen: Cathryn Harrison
Billy: Steve Steen
Moira: Sadie Shimmin
Joe: Stephen Frost
Maria: Flaminia Cinque

: You and Yours

With Liz Barclay and John Waite. Editor Chris Burns. PHONE: [number removed] E-MAIL: youandyours@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Liz Barclay
Unknown: John Waite.
Editor: Chris Burns.

: Face the Facts

John Waite with the series investigating listeners' complaints and other issues of public concern. Producers Leanne Buckle. Sue Mitchell and Will Yates Repeated Sunday 9pm


Unknown: John Waite
Producers: Leanne Buckle.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke. Editor Kevin Marsh


Unknown: Nick Clarke.
Editor: Kevin Marsh

: A World in Your Ear

Compelling radio from around the globe, presented by Emily Buchanan. This week she looks at what writers from Europe, South Africa and the Far East have to say about humour, and she meets Ellen and Michael whose cook book Food and Foreplay aims to reverse the divorce rate in America. Producer Julia Rooke. Repeated Sunday 8pm


Presented By: Emily Buchanan.
Producer: Julia Rooke.

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7 pm

: The Afternoon Play: Fly by Night

Pam Ferris performs a monologue by Louise Oliver. For her 50th birthday present, Eva Sparrow chooses 50 days of solitude, which she spends perched high in her tree house at the bottom of her garden.With her sons away travelling Europe, she sits in her wing-backed arm chair, looking back over her life. With songs by Clive Bell and Louise Oliver. Director Susan Roberts. Singer Amanda Hadingue (R)


Unknown: Pam Ferris
Unknown: Louise Oliver.
Unknown: Eva Sparrow
Songs By: Clive Bell
Songs By: Louise Oliver.
Singer: Susan Roberts.
Singer: Amanda Hadingue

: Food Court

More answers to listeners' questions about food. Producer Karen Gregor. E-MAIL: foodcourt@bbc.co.uk


Producer: Karen Gregor.

: Edinburgh International Book Festival

5: The Universal Storyby Ali Smith. Weird and wonderful stories interconnect to make one universal tale. For details see Monday


Unknown: Storyby Ali Smith.

: Great Inspirations

The last of five programmes in which well-known politicians talk to Anne Perkins about an important literary or philosophical inspiration. Today Frank Field discusses John Strachey. For details see Monday


Unknown: Anne Perkins
Unknown: John Strachey.

: Word of Mouth

Michael Rosen looks at words and the way we speak. Don't Say It. "A shy, evasive, glassy eyed manner of speech" is how Franz Kafka described doctors' comments on his tuberculosis in 1924. Today, cancer and Aids are considered taboo illnesses. Why does the fear of pronouncing such words remain? Producer Bella Bannerman. Repeated Sunday 8.30pm


Unknown: Michael Rosen
Unknown: Franz Kafka
Producer: Bella Bannerman.

: The Message

Conversation about how current media trends affect our lives, with Jenni Murray and guests. Producer Dave Harvey. WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/themessage


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Producer: Dave Harvey.

: PM

With Carolyn With Carolyn Quinn and Nigel Wrench. Editor Kevin Marsh


Unknown: Nigel Wrench.
Editor: Kevin Marsh

: The Now Show

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the topical comedy show, recorded with full bagpiping at the Edinburgh festival. With Jon Holmes ,
Emma Kennedy , Paul Putnerand music from Mitch Benn. Producer Adam Bromley. Repeated Saturday 12.30pm


Unknown: Steve Punt
Unknown: Hugh Dennis
Unknown: Jon Holmes
Unknown: Emma Kennedy
Unknown: Paul Putnerand
Unknown: Mitch Benn.
Producer: Adam Bromley.

: The Archers

Joe defends Pa Larkin.
Written byCaroline Harrington . Director Julie Beckett
Editor Vanessa Whitburn. ARCHERS ADDICTS FAN CLUB: send an sae to [address removed]


Unknown: Pa Larkin.
Written By: Caroline Harrington
Director: Julie Beckett
Editor: Vanessa Whitburn.
Jill: Patricia Greene
Alistair: Michael Lumsden
David: Timothy Bentinck
Ruth: Felicity Finch
Nigel: Graham Seed
Julia: Mary Wimbush
Tony: Colin Skipp
Pat: Patricia Galllmore
Helen: Loulza Patikas
Brian: Charles Collingwood
Jennifer: Angela Piper
Alice: Hollle Chapman
George: Graham Roberts
Kathy: Hedli Niklaus
Joe: Edward Kelsey
Eddie: Trevor Harrison
William: Philip Molloy
Edward: Barry Farrimond
Neil: Brian Hewlett
Mike: Terry Molloy
Betty: Pamela Craig
Hayley: Lucy Davis
Bert: Eric Allan
Greg: Marc Finn
Fallon: Joanna van Kampen
Lilian: Sunny Ormonde
Jazzer: Ryan Kelly

: Front Row

Presented by John Wilson. Producer Nicki Paxman


Presented By: John Wilson.
Producer: Nicki Paxman

: Exes

The last of five dramas by Emma Donoghue about the difficulties of getting on with ex-partners.
The Estate Agent. Newlyweds Tony and Sandy are unexpectedly faced with Tony's ex when they decide to buy a house. Has he chosen the right woman?
For details see Monday. Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Emma Donoghue
Cliona: Pauline McLynn
Tony: Darragh Kelly
Sandy: Eva Blrthlstle

: Straw Poll

Six debates on issues of perennial interest, chaired by Nick Clarke in front of a specially invited audience. 3: "We'd all be better off without supermarkets."
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


Unknown: Nick Clarke
Producer: Nick Utechin.

: Letter from America

With veteran commentator Alistair Cooke.
Producer Tony Grant. Repeated Saturday 5.45am and Sunday 8.45am


Commentator: Alistair Cooke.
Producer: Tony Grant.

: The Friday Play: Habakkuk of Ice

Steve Walker's drama tells of how the eccentric
English inventor Professor Geoffrey Pyke designed a battleship made of ice for use in the Second World War, only to see it dissolve in a Canadian lake.
Director Andy Jordan


Writer: Steve Walker
Director: Andy Jordan
Geoffrey Pyke: Tim McInnerney
JD Bernal: Dermot Crowley
Pamela Pleens: Melanie Hudson
Winston Churchill: Chris Emmett
Lord Mountbatten: David Holt
Jack Mackenzie: Kerry Shale
CD Howe: Bradley Lavelle
Narrator: William Hope
The General: Sean Baker
Mary Pyke: Jennie Stoller
Boy Pyke: Joshua Phillips

: The World Tonight With Robin Lustig.

Editors Prue Keely and Jenni Russell. E-MAIL: world.tonight@bbc.co.uk WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/worldtonight


Editors: Prue Keely
Editors: Jenni Russell.

: Book at Bedtime: Super-Cannes

David Suchet reads part five of J.G. Ballard's hallucinatory thriller. For details see Monday


Author: J.G. Ballard
Reader: David Suchet

: Off the Page

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. Fathers. "To begin with, the man must abstain from sexual activities for at least three days, but no longer than seven." With Michael Holroyd , Patricia Duncker , Simon Armitage and Tom Leonard. Producer Jane Greenwood


Unknown: Chris Bigsby
Unknown: Michael Holroyd
Unknown: Patricia Duncker
Unknown: Simon Armitage
Unknown: Tom Leonard.
Producer: Jane Greenwood

: News

: Book of the Week: Hunting Pirate

Heaven Repeated from 9.45am. Fordetails see yesterday 9.45am

: as BBC World Service

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