The latest six-part series of the language programme surveys 1,000 years of spoken English around the world. 2: Rajto Riches. The story of the English language in India is also that of the British merchants, adventurers and colonial administrators to whom the country was the British Empire'sjewel in the crown. Calcutta, the capital of the Victorian and Edwardian Raj , holds the keyto how English became woven into Indian consciousness through education, government and law. Melvyn Bragg is joined by writers, linguists, historians, journalists, businessmen and a radio disc jockey to unlock the mysteries of Indian English. Producer Simon Elmes. Rptd at 9.30pm
Political Biography. A politician cannot be said to have climbed to the very top until a political biography has been written about them. To many, such booksjustify their lives and mythologise them, while remembering a good year can take up several chapters and a bad one can be overwithin a couple of sentences or a footnote. This episode reveals who sells well, who has written the most brilliant work and the former ministerwho by common agreement has written one of the worst political biographies of all. Producer PaulVickers
4: Don't Forgetto Scream. "Suddenly our life was like a drama in which a bomb is beingdisabled against the clock." The baby learns to walk, necessitating contact with other children and parents. For details see Monday. Repeated at 12.30am
As a tribute to Dorothy Tutin who died recently, a chance to hearthis Somerset Maugham story dramatised by Neville Teller , in which Tutin stars with her husband Derek Waring and her daughter Amanda. Dirk Bogarde is the narrator.
Directed by Janet Whitaker (R)
While the men of Upton-by-Southwell are preoccupied with battle between the Roundheads and the King's Men, the women are left to fight a different battle, one of survival. Andy Barrett 's play, based on contemporary parish records, charts a year in the life of three village women caught up in the fallout from the English Civil War.
Director Peter Leslie Wild. Music Chris Leslie
Answers to listeners' questions, such as "What is the longest novel ever written?" and "What was the first buck and who passed it?" With Bob Holness. Producer David Prest. PHONE: [number removed] E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sir Denis Goldberg appeals on behalf of a charity which brings computers to the developing world. Producer Mohini Patel. DONATIONS: Computer Aid International. [address removed] CREDIT CARDS:
Freephone [number removed].Rptd at 9.25pm and Thursday 3.27pm
4: Funeral in the Fens. A music teacher born and raised in the Fens returns home for the funeral of his best friend. It's a sad opportunity to discover whether he could return there himself. Written by poet and country writer Edward Storey and read by Glyn Dilley. For details see yesterday
Ambition. A talented skier, Jo Grieg has taken a year off before university to see if she can make it in the British Junior Team. This programme follows Jo and her parents as they navigate a course between academic and athletic Careers. For details see yesterday
Overthe last 20 years, archaeologists and molecular biologists have combined their skills in the research of human origins and the fast-changing lives of our ancestors. Archaeologist Martin Jones tells Quentin Cooperthe stories of early humanity's most historic achievements, such as the first domestication of wild horses and the first milking of a cow, and reveals how different we are from Neanderthals. Producer Fiona Roberts. E-MAIL: email@example.com
A selection of comedy, literature and quotations from Simon Fanshawe with Bill Wallis. Leisure. With contributions from Victoria Wood, Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Flanders and Donald Swan.
Producer Paul Dodgson. Repeated tomorrow 11.30pm
A five-part investigative series in which a document is used to shed new light on the past. 3: Threads of Hope. A piece of cloth six feet long and three feet wide found in an office drawer takes Mike Thomson back to the fall of Singapore in 1942. Embroidered by the women prisoners in Changi prison fortheir partners in the nearby POW camp, each stitch and design on this quilt tells a coded story of defiance and hope. Producer Helen Weinstein
Africa Online. Africa is a continent tryingto leap into the 21st century. Peter Day has a frontline report on the hopes and frustrations of tryingto change the way African business works.
Producers Sandra Kanthal and Shabnam Grewal Editor Stephen Chilcott. Rptd Sunday 9.30pm
A series exploring environmental issues.
2: ThrowawayFood. More than eight million tons of food is being wasted every year by British farmers, food manufacturers, retailers and consumers.
Supermarkets alone throw away the equivalent of 100 million carrier bags of unsold food. Most of it ends up in landfill sites where it generates greenhouse gases. Alex Kirby finds out who is to blame and how waste can be avoided. Producer Brian King.
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