In the final part of the series looking at the lives of remarkable individuals who tried to recreate their countries in their own image, Charles Wheeler chairs a panel discussion. He examines what kind of personality it takes to build a nation, and looks at whether you can create a nation that doesn't want to be built? Producer Jolyon Jenkins. Repeated 9.30pm
Last in a five-part series giving a step-by-step guide to experimental physics, with comedian Ben Miller. Boomerang. A look at how scientists in Cardiff are preparing an experiment to explore the first microseconds Of the universe. Producer Virginia Crompton
of the Week: A House Unlocked Golsoncott in Somerset is the family home of novelist Penelope Lively. Since her grandparents bought it in 1923, the house and its generation of occupants have lived through tumultuous events, including the Blitz and the Holocaust. Lively uses Golsoncott as a medium for her memoirs, which she reads herself in a five-part abridged version by Elizabeth Bradbury. Producer Anne-Marie Cole. RPtd at 12.30am
If you grew up blind and poor 200 years ago, there wasn't much beyond begging to look forward to. Gary O'Donoghue , himself blind, explores the life of John Metcalf (Blind Jack ) as he rose from poverty to take part in the Jacobite Rebellion, before establishing his reputation as one of northern England's foremost Civil engineers. Producer Laurence Grissell
The conclusion to Michael Bakewell 's dramatisation of Agatha Christie's mystery. A chance observation gives Miss Marple the key to the solution. Director Enyd Williams BBC RADIO COLLECTION: They Do It with Mirrors is now available from all good retail outlets and [web address removed] Call [number removed]
A nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain of Britain. Including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants. With chairman Robert Robinson. First round: the south Of England. Producer Richard Edis. Rptd Saturday llpm
A drama based on a sequence of poems by Ruth Silcock charting the experience of finding the right residential care for her mother - a search that took in almost 50 nursing homes and numerous encounters with residents, staff and plumbing. with Anthony Hyde , Elizabeth Bradley and Adjoa Andoh Produced and directed by Jules Wilkinson (R)
A week of stories performed in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
1: The Rotters' Club. An episode from Jonathan Coe 's novel is read by Crawford Logan. An unfortunate schoolboy forgets his trunks and is forced to swim without them. Producer Bruce Young
Five programmes in which Ray Brown recalls occasions when big stars played small venues.
Memories of the night in 1962 when folk singer Bob Dylan, then virtually unknown, dropped in to at sing a Manchester pub.
Nicholas Parsons hosts the panel game. With Clement Freud , Steve Frost and Paul Merton. Producer Claire Jones. Repeated Sunday 12 noon
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A ten-part series by Alison Joseph charting the life of the groundbreaking 17th-century playwright.
1: Adventures in Surinam. Aphra Behn loses her heart to a married man and causes a scandal. with Helen Ayres, Clare Corbett, Jasmine Hyde, Phillip Joseph and Gordon Reid. Director Gemma Jenkins. Repeated from 10.45am
In the first of a three-part series Edward Stourton looks at anti-capitalist demonstrations in Europe this summer and compares the methods used by the English, Swedish and Italian police to quell riots. Are the protestors' civil rights the same whichever European Union country they are in, and if not, what's going wrongwith the Union? Producer Sue Davies
The Congo Basin. In a campaign to eliminate polio from the world, four war-torn African countries have pledged to work together to vaccinate 16 million children over four days. George Arney looks at why this high-profile campaign is proving so controversial. Repeated from Thursday
In this concluding programme Lionel Kelleway looks at the battle to control and eliminate parasites. Far from being simple hitchhikers, they are remarkably sophisticated and successful organisms, able to outwit immune systems and overcome the body's defence mechanisms. Even if eradication of all parasites were possible, it may not be desirable, as some scientists suggest that we may need them just as much as they need us.
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