Amanda Vickery investigates the role shopping has in our lives and how we are shaped by it.
The Woman Who Shops till She Drops. Feminist critic Elaine Showalter analyses the stereotype of the woman shopper who can't get enough. Producer Virginia Crompton. Repeated 9.30pm
Rick Stein 's four-part portrait of the declining fishing community of Britain. In part two, Stein visits the east coast of Scotland, once wreathed in clouds from the kipper smokeries, but now postcard-pretty, with the relics and photographs of its harsh past on display fortourists. Producer vivBeeby
In Michela Wrong's vivid account of the history of Zaire, Congo president Mubuto is reminiscent of Kurtz, the enigmatic subject of Joseph Conrad 's Heartof Darkness (a reading of which begins in Book at Bedtime tonight at 10.45pm). Abridged in five episodes by Katie Campbell and read by Janice Acquah. Producer Duncan Minshull. Repeated at 12.30am. Behind the Heart of Darkness is on Thursday at 11.30am
The first of two programmes in which Simon Calder investigates how ships' log books from the past four'centuries are proving to be a rich source of information fortoday's scientists. Today, he meets the scientists and historians who are using maritime records to investigate the Earth's magnetic field and learn how it keeps going, why "north" isn't really north and how changes in the Earth's core could mean "north" is really south. Producer Pamela Rutherford
A six-part comedy by Lyndon Mallet.
2: Rex is relegated to the box room when his landlady Jessica takes in a younger man. Still unable to impress herwith his wit or DIY skills, Rex seeks female company at a local lapdancing emporium. Jessica Frances Barber
Rex David Bamber
Director Peter Kavanagh
A nationwide general knowledge contest to find this year's Brain of Britain. Including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants. Chairman Robert Robinson. First round: the Midlands and EastAnglia. Producer Richard Edis. Rptd Saturday 11pm
Jonathan Holloway 's dramatisation of Arturo Perez -Reverte's thriller in which a hidden inscription in a medieval painting of a chess game sets a Spanish picture restorer on the path to solving murders.
Director David Hunter
A week of stories by one of Britain's leading crime writers.l: A Dark Blue Perfume. A retired businessman, returning from abroad, decides to find his ex-wife, who left him for another man many years before. Read by John Rowe. Producer Julia Butt
A week-long series about modern-day sermons. The Rev Clare Herbert at St Anne's Church in London's
Soho gives a guide to what makes a good sermon and reveals how she goes about preparing a talk relevant to the context of her London parish. Producer Rosie Boulton
Nicholas Parsons hosts the game in which hesitation, repetition and deviation are strictly forbidden. This week he is joined at the Pleasance in Edinburgh by Clement Freud , Paul Merton and Graham Norton.
Producer Claire Jones. Repeated Sunday 12 noon
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A five-part drama by Stewart Conn describing
Scottish-born Ellen Naismith 's exile to Africa in the fifties, to raise her young son away from her inquisitive Edinburgh neighbours. 1: A concert in Edinburgh's UsherHall revives memories of Ellen's first experiences in Africa.
Director Pam Wardell. Repeated from 10.45am
In Austria, anyone of sound mind who is over 18 years of age is able to own two handguns. This is in spite of the country having recently experienced killings on the scale of Britain's Dunblane tragedy. In the last of three programmes, Edward Stourton looks at the ownership of handguns in Austria. He asks how an outright ban was avoided and what contribution the Austrian example can make to Britain's ongoing gun debate. Producer Sue Davies
Sandra Sykes visits the isolated town of Barrow-in-Furness and learns how the razing to the ground of the training colleges forthe shipyards provoked local people to create a different type of employment.
Community Action Furness now boasts 20 different businesses providingjobs, training and social care. Producer Julian Hector. Repeated from Friday
The Cane Toad a Pest in Paradise. Since being introduced to Queensland in 1935 to combat an agricultural pest, the cane toad has begun to spread across Australia's Northern Territory. Emma Rigney investigates how new technology and research might provide the information scientists need to control this most prolific of pests.
Producer Sheena Duncan. Repeated tomorrow 11am
Redmond O'Hanlon reads Joseph Conrad 's story in which Marlowe, played by Anton Lesser , travels in search of the enigmatic Mr Kurtz. Abridged in five parts by Katie Campbell. Producer Duncan Minshull. Behind the Heart of Darkness is on Thursday at 11.30am
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