The current six-part series of the language programme surveys 1,000 years of spoken English around the world. 3: The Hurricane Speaks - English in the Caribbean
. Melvyn Bragggoes to the Caribbean where he meets a number of linguists who are mapping out an ambitious plan to make
Creole the official language across the whole of the English-speaking islands. To learn how this would work in practice, he visits St Lucia where he discusses the use of Creole and standard English with Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott. Producer Tony Phillips. Repeated at 9.30pm
Feuds and Rows. In the chamber of the House of Commons your opponents sit on the benches opposite. However, your enemies are usually right behind you on your own benches. Politicians have used feuds and rows to ease their way into high office for centuries, but do they stem from policy or are they far more personal? Michael White investigates. Producer Paul Vickers
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. Part 4. For details see Monday. Repeated at 12.30am
From the Monastery of Sacro Speco, Subiaco, near Rome. Continuingthis week's listener pilgrimage, author and church historian, Dr Judith Champ travels to the cave or sacred space where St
Benedict spent several years in solitude, leading to the birth of the Benedictine Order. Come Down, 0 Love Divine (Down Ampney); Psalm 42 wl-5 (Plainchant); UbiCaritas (Durufle). Director of music Gordon Stewart. Organist: Jeffrey Makinson.
Sixty years ago, amid the tumult of war, the BBC unleashed its secret morale-boosting weapon: ballroom dancing on the radio. From the summer of 1941, the programme BBC Dance Club would make dancer and bandleader Victor Silvester synonymous with ballroom dancing. Angela Rippon presents a portrait of Silvesterthat attempts to explain his popularity. Contributors include
Silvester's pianist Charlie Pude , collaborator Peggy Spencer , critic Terry Hawkes , and his grandchildren Christopher and Tara Silvester. Producer Geoff Baiiinger
Jean Alexander stars in a comedy of family affairs by Val Syms. Lilian is shocked when her sister
Mabel dies suddenly, but it's nothing compared to the surprises waiting in Mabel's photo album. Director
Straight answers to listeners' curious questions, such as "Why are most women smaller than most men?" and "How many times can you sit a driving test?" Presented by Bob Holness.
Producer David Prest.
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Anneka Rice appeals on behalf of the National
Playbus Association, a mobile community project delivering services and support to children, young people and families experiencing social or cultural exclusion or living in isolated areas.
Producers Jayne Egerton and Mohini Patel. DONATIONS: National Playbus Association, [address removed]REDIT CARDS: Freephone [number removed]. Repeated from Sunday
If you're bitten by a pit viper while trekking in subtropical Asia, drawing a map of your location could mean the difference between life and death. Quentin Cooper talks to Anita Malhotra and Roger Thorpe of the University of Bangor about their discovery that the venom possessed by these snakes differ quite markedly between different localities, necessitating different antivenoms to cure. Is this due to natural selection developing particular venom for particular prey in distinct areas, or is this apparently single species of snake in fact a complex of cryptic species? E-MAIL: [email address removed]
Six selections of comedy, literature and quotations from comedian Simon Fanshawe with Bill Wallis.
5: Politics. With contributions from Peter Sellers , Warren Mitchell and the Monty Python team. Producer Paul Dodgson. Repeated tomorrow 11.30pm
A five-part investigative series in which an artifact is used to shed new light on the past. 4: Barbed Wire Love. A punk-rock record takes presenter Mike Thomson back to late-seventies Belfast and a curious moment in the history of Northern Ireland's troubles when sectarian divisions were temporarily healed, not with peace agreements, but with safety pins. Producers Jane Ray and Bridget O'Donnell
A series exploring environmental issues.
3: A Nuclear Renaissance? Alex Kirby examines the government's policy on nuclear energy and, against a background of growing fears about radioactive waste in the environment, attempts to discover whether reports of the demise of the British nuclear fuel industry are exaggerated. Producer Brian King
BBC Radio's first interactive drama continues with a chance to interact between yesterday's second episode and a new, third episode being broadcast on Radio 3. For details see Radio 3 yesterday at
11.30pm. Repeated from Radio 3 yesterday at 11.30pm
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