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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

Live from Rome with the Daily
Service pilgrims. With the Rev Roy Jenkins.


Unknown: Roy Jenkins.

: Farming Today

With Miriam O'Reilly.


Unknown: Miriam O'Reilly.

: Today

With James Naughtie and Sue McGregor.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day
With Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks.


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Sue McGregor.
Unknown: Dr Jonathan Sacks.

: Just Looking

Last in the series investigating the role shopping has in our lives and how we are shaped by it.
4: Is Shopping Bad? Presenter Amanda Vickery asks whether the act of shopping can ever go beyond the cycle of consumption and exploitation. Producer Virginia Crompton. Repeated 9.30pm


Presenter: Amanda Vickery
Producer: Virginia Crompton.

: Hidden Depths

Rick Stein 's four-part portrait of the fishing community of Great Britain which is an industry essentially in decline. In the last episode, he talks to the fishermen of Hastings and finds they are proud of their rights and traditions as the oldest fishing port in the country and are determined not to go down without a fight. ProducerViv Beeby


Unknown: Rick Stein

: Book of the Week: Open Secret

The first of five weekday extracts from Stella Rimington's memoir of a life spent at MI5, where she worked her way up from counter-intelligence operative to head of the agency. Abridged by Neville Teller and read by Jenny Howe.
(Rptd at 12.30am)


Author: Stella Rimington
Abridged by: Neville Teller
Reader: Jenny Howe
Producer: Duncan Minshull

: Daily Service

The second of this week's services following the 100 Radio 4 listeners' pilgrimage to Rome, is held close to the spot where St Peter is believed to have been martyred. The service is led by Denis Nowlan at the Pontifical German College in Vatican City. Father, Hear the Prayer We Offer (Sussex);
Peter lw3-9; The Easter Songof Praise (Shephard); We Rest On Thee (Finlandia). Director of music Gordon Stewart. Organist Jeffrey Makinson.
The Daily Service, a CD and audio cassette featuring songs, hymns and anthems performed by the Daily Service Singers, is available from 21 September in Christian bookshops and BBC shops.


Unknown: St Peter
Unknown: Denis Nowlan
Organist: Gordon Stewart.
Organist: Jeffrey Makinson.

: Woman's Hour

The director of the Royal Opera Elaine Padmore joins Jenni Murray to reveal her plans for the new season which begins today. Drama: Diary of Provincial Lady by EM Delafield, adapted by Mike Harris. Part 6 of 10. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Elaine Padmore
Unknown: Jenni Murray
Adapted By: Mike Harris.

: Undesirable Residence

Poet Liz Lochhead presents an affectionate, personal account of the rise and fall of the council house and the key part it played in nurturing the baby boomer generation.


Presenter: Liz Lochhead
Producer: Linsday Leonard

: The Hare Lane Diaries

Lyndon Mallet's six-part comedy in which two flatmates' struggles fortolerance are expressed via theirwildly differing diaries. 4: Jessica attempts to mend fences with the neighbours by inviting them to a barbecue at which Rex struggles to control the bellicose guests, the blustery elements and a cruel stroke of fate. Director Kate Valentine


Director: Kate Valentine
Jessica: Frances Barber
Rex: David Bamber

: You and Yours

With Winifred Robinson and John Waite.


Unknown: Winifred Robinson
Unknown: John Waite.

: The World at One

With James Cox


Unknown: James Cox

: Brain of Britain 2001

A nationwide general knowledge contest to find this year's Brain of Britain. Including Beat the Brains, in which listeners puttheirown questions to the contestants. Chairman Robert Robinson. First round: the West of England.
Producer Richard Edis. Rptd Saturday 11pm


Unknown: Robert Robinson.
Producer: Richard Edis.

: The ArcheM

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Free Gift

The British premiere of a stage drama by Israel Horovitz, whose last play for radio. Man in Snow, won a Sony Award this year.

An Englishwoman in New York believes she has found a wonderful free gift when a child is left on her doorstep and lives in fear that the gift might be taken away from her.

A baby left on a doorstep in Greenwich Village eight years earlier is at the centre of a touching one-act drama

Afternoon Play: Free Gift 2.15pm R4
Not least of Maureen Lipman's skills is her ability to choose the right part. In this Afternoon Play by Israel Horovitz she is perfectly cast as an Englishwoman in New York who invites a saleswoman (played by Sophie Okonedo) into her home on the promise of a free gift: she gets more than she bargained for.


Author: Israel Horovitz
Director: Ned Chaillet
Pianist: Leon Michener
Roselle: Maureen Lipman
Heather: Sophie Okonedo
Max: Daniel Anthony

: Money Box Live

Financial experts answer listeners' personal finance questions. Presented by Vincent Duggleby. Lines are open on 08 [number removed] from 1.30pm. Producer Jennifer Clarke


Presented By: Vincent Duggleby.
Producer: Jennifer Clarke

: Five New Sparks

Five weekday stories by Muriel Spark , all previously unpublished in book form, are abridged by Duncan Minshull and read bySian Phillips.l: The Snobs An account of the hazards of chateau hopping. Producer Duncan Minshull


Stories By: Muriel Spark
Abridged By: Duncan Minshull
Producer: Duncan Minshull

: Beyond Coincidence

Five weekday programmes in which Martin Plimmer uses magic, mystery and mathematics to investigate coincidence. 1: Does coincidence add Up? Producer Brian King


Unknown: Martin Plimmer

: The Food Programme

Originating in America, farmers' markets arrived in Britain four years ago and now there are over 300 of them nationwide. This programme asks what's next for the concept and whether the atmosphere can be re-created in a high-street shop. Extended repeat from yesterday 12.30pm

: Whatever Gets You Through....

Muriel Gray and guests explore the major questions that preoccupy our age. Producer Lindsay Leonard


Unknown: Muriel Gray
Producer: Lindsay Leonard

: PM

With Clare English and Carolyn Quinn.


Unknown: Carolyn Quinn.

: Quote, Unquote

Second in a nine-part series of favorite quotes and anecdotes. Presented by Nigel Rees with guests Bonnie Greer , Wendy Holden , John O'Farrell and Christine Hamilton. Producer Carol Smith. Rptd Sunday 12 noon


Presented By: Nigel Rees
Unknown: Bonnie Greer
Unknown: Wendy Holden
Unknown: John O'Farrell
Unknown: Christine Hamilton.
Producer: Carol Smith.

: The Archers

The Grundys do good by stealth. Repeated tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson with arts interviews, news and reviews. Producer Erin Riley


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Producer: Erin Riley

: Diary of a Provincial Lady

Imelda Staunton stars in a ten-part dramatisation of EM Delafield's comic novel by Mike Harris.
6: Elizabeth has arrived in London and is determined to find useful work in the fight against Hitler.
Director Clive Brill. Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Imelda Staunton
Novel By: Mike Harris.
Director: Clive Brill.
Elizabeth: Imellda Staunton
Humphrey: Christian Rodska
Occupant: Jonathan Tafler
Pussy: Maggie Steed
Serena: Rebecca Stare

: Under the Covers

A three-part series in which Nick Clarke looks behind the scenes at the England and Wales Cricket Board during a summer of drama and controversy on and off the pitch. 2: Match-fixing, women in whites and manning the barricades. Producer Brian King.


Unknown: Nick Clarke
Producer: Brian King.

: Changing Places

Wye 's Choice. Sandra Sykes visits Wye in Kent where she learns how a community business which began as a recycling company is now encouraging local food markets, thereby revitalising the local economy and community life. She asks if Wye is an isolated case or whether its ideas could work on a national scale. Producer Julian Hector Repeated from Friday


Unknown: Sandra Sykes
Producer: Julian Hector

: Nature

The Fish Business. The trade in exotic freshwater fish caught from the wild to supply the domestic aquarium market is a growing business, but as it is mostly unregulated, the extent of the trade is difficult to quantify. With very little known about the status of some of the more unusual freshwater ornamental fish exported and imported around the world, Julian Hector investigates whether this wild harvest is sustainable.
Producer Sheena Duncan. Repeated tomorrow 11am


Unknown: Julian Hector
Producer: Sheena Duncan.

: Just Looking

Repeated from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: The Siege

Helen Dunmore's new novel about a family caught up in the struggle to survive the siege of Leningrad in 1942 is abridged in ten parts by Sally Marmion and read by Sara Kestelman. Part6. Producer DiSpeirs.


Unknown: Sally Marmion
Read By: Sara Kestelman.

: Home Truths

John Peel takes a wry look at the foibles of family life. Repeated from Saturday 9am


Unknown: John Peel

: News

: Book of the Week: Open Secret

Repeated from 9.45am

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