A new series looking at the way shopping fits into our lives and how it shapes us, presented by Amanda Vickery. ShoppingforAII. Today she is joined by Alun Michael , MPforthe Cooperative Party, to explore how shopping has reached the masses overthe past three centuries. Producer Virginia Crompton. Repeated 9.30pm
Rick Stein 'sfour-part portrait ofthe fishing community of Great Britain and an industry essentially in decline. In this first programme he takes a tour of the well-stocked and colourful fish market at Newlyn and talks to the fishermen of St Ives about the difficulties and dangers they face to provide such abundance. Producer VivBeeby
Journeys of an Underground Philosopher Platform 6 at Oxford Circus is the backdrop to this wryly intelligent quest for value and meaning in our lives. As a part-time station assistant Christopher Ross submits himself to London Underground's sometimes idiosyncratic personnel training and is then let loose to observe and ponderthe rich pageant of human life below ground. Read in five parts by David Thorpe. Part 1. Abridged and produced by Jill Waters. Repeated at 12.30am
Jenni Murray investigates the "curse" of choice and asks if we have too much or too little. Drama: The History ofthe Life and Memoirs ofthe Late Ingenious Mrs Aphra Behn by Alison Joseph. Part 6 of 10. Drama repeated at 7.45pm
Glamour, power and influence - all part of life as a Carnival Queen in Southend-on-Sea. Queens may still have chaperones and celebrity status, but what exactly is the appeal forthe modern girl? Sara Parker hears from queens past and present as they assemble for this year's event, and asks if the tradition will survive the next 75 years. Producer Sara Parker
A new six-part comedy by Lyndon Mallet.
1: Chaos commences when Jessica decides to rent a room to Rex, who brings only an empty birdcage and dodgy DIY skills to the tranquility of her home. Unknown to each otherthey share a secret-the diary habit. Director Kate Valentine
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 11pm
Ingmar Bergman 's screenplay is adapted for radio by Shaun McKenna. Set in the enchanted birch groves of Sweden at the beginning of the 20th century, the script was the inspiration for Stephen Sondheim 's stage musical A Little Night Music. Fredrik Egerman thinks himself content with a child bride the same age as his son, until he sets eyes on his past love -the vivacious Desiree Armfeldt. Director Marion Nancarrow
Nicholas Parsons hosts the panel game from the Pleasance in Edinburgh, with Jenny Eclair , Clement Freud , Paul Merton and Graham Norton. Producer Claire Jones. Rptd Sunday 12 noon
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A ten-part series by Alison Joseph charting the life of the 17th-century playwright. 6: Lovers. Reprobate lawyer John Hoyle wins Aphra's heart and becomes the role model forthe loveable rogues in her plays. with Clare Corbett , Phillip Joseph and Gordon Reid Director Gemma Jenkins. Repeated from 10.45am
Edward Stourton investigates prostitution in the EU and looks atwhetherthe police in Sweden have anything to teach the rest of us. In Britain prostitution is a crime, yet on the streets of Stockholm it is the client who is the criminal. Producer Sue Davies
Howard Leaderwatches while British firefighters put a group of Serbs, Croats and Bosnians through a crash course. In five days they are melded into teams of firefighters before returning to their own units in Bosnia Herzegovina, the lucky ones taking one of the Six British fire engines. Producer Richard Bannerman (R)
Great Apes and the Future of Conservation. The
United Nations is launching a last-ditch attempt to save the world's great apes. But if we have failed so far with these high-profile species, is it time to re-evaluate the aims and methods of global wildlife conservation? Mark Carwardine investigates. Producer Grant Sonnex Repeated tomorrow 11am
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