Last in a series looking for the past behind the present.
A marvel of Victorian engineering, the Tay Bridge took 600 men six years to build and its size and splendour drew crowds. But on the night of 28 December, 1879, the bridge collapsed, carrying with it a train and 75 passengers, none of whom survived. Jonathan Freedland asks who was to blame and what lessons can be learned as we come to terms with our own rail disasters. Repeated at 9.30pm
Five programmes in which Simon Singh explores the history and significance of five numbers. 2: Pi. From Archimedes to the modern-day
Chudnovsky brothers, who have calculated pi into the billions, few mathematical mysteries have captured the imagination as much as pi, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. What secrets does this deceptively simple number hold in our everyday lives?
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Creation (Gott Will's Machen); Psalm 65 w9-13; Thou Visitest the Earth (Maurice Green); Forthe Fruits of His Creation (EastAcklam). Director of Music Ian Tracey.
The third of four programmes in which
Russell Davies traces the early careers of some of Britain's s most popular actors and presenters. This week's subject is broadcaster Bernard Braden. The readers are Jon Glover and Sally Grace. Producer Richard Edis
Many operas were written about contemporaneous political figures, events and cultural issues. Huw Edwards uncovers this real-life history behind the stories offourfavourite operas. 2: La Traviata. On the surface, Verdi's opera is the tuneful story of the doomed love between young Alfredo and the prostitute Violetta. They fall in love, they part, and she dies just as reunion seems possible. But the composer called La Traviata "an opera for our time" and through the simple story he satirises the new capitalism of Napoleon Ill's second empire, questions the morality of the rising European middle class, and in the process creates one of theatre's great proto-feminist heroines. Producer Martin Smith
When 70-year-old ex-boxer William Curran finds he is dying, he goes in search of the daughter he disowned when she was 18 and pregnant. Simon Stephens 's drama follows him on hisjourney.
Director Mary Peate
Richard Daniel chairs the final debate on listeners' environment-related queries, concerns and fears. Producers Ivan Howlett and Nick Patrick
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2: The Doll's House. The Burnell children are thrilled with their new toy and invite all their classmates to see it - all except the pauper Kelsey girls. Abridged by Richard Hamilton. For details see yesterday
Conversation about the world of business, money and technology. Demand for servants is greater than it was 100 years ago: Heather Payton and guests take a look at Britain's booming domestic service Sector. Producer Rozina Breen
A four-part series of the comedy sketch show satirising Sunday newspaper supplements. This week, Frank Doors's foray into the perilous world of policing garden parties and The Furniture Feature: are sofas the new capo di monte? With
Alexander Armstrong , Alice Arnold , Ewan Bailey , Tony Gardner , Simon Greenall , Emma Kennedy ,
Tracy-Ann Oberman , Chris Langham and Vicki Pepperdine. Devised by John Morton. Producer Helen Williams
A five-part series by Jane Beeson looking at the female impressionist painter Berthe Morisot through her correspondence with her mother and sister. 2: Berthe compares herself to Baudelaire, and Manet is impressed with her passion. As her sister settles into married domesticity, Berthe encounters a slightly more comical suitor of her own. For details see yesterday. Repeated from 10.45am
Current affairs documentary series. Jenny Cuffe investigates West Africa's illicit trade in children and asks why child labourers are still being allowed to work in "slave" conditions to produce chocolate for westerners. Producer Andy Denwood. Repeated Sunday 5pm
The second programme in the series that looks at the difficult choices health-care professionals make. Niall Dickson and guests discuss how doctors cope with treating difficult patients, such as drug addicts. Producer Paula McGrath. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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In 1945 Hamburg was a mess. "A pile of rubble full of semi-starving cave dwellers staggering like automatons. Yet in just over a decade an unexpected alliance between England and Germany was born in the Reeperbahn. In the first oftwo programmes Alan Dein hears the licentious history of the place and people who witnessed the flowering Of British beat. Producer Mark Burman (R)
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