Six programmes in which the language series surveys 1,000 years of spoken English around the world. 5: The Long Trek to Freedom: South African English. When in 1994 Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president, nine African languages were elevated to equal status with English and Afrikaans. Melvyn Bragg examines the new-found strength and influence of the English language in the post-apartheid era with Judge Albie Sachs and actor John Kani. Producer Tony Phillips. Repeated at 9.30pm
Followed by Journeys: Ten Poems for National
Poetry Day. On the Bus by Edwin Morgan in Glasgow.
H ugh Levinson uncovers the secret history of the classic text on sleight-of-hand, The Expert at the Card Table written 99 years ago by SW Erdnase.
The book's greatest mystery is its authorship, SW Erdnase being a pseudonym. Could it have been
America's then most wanted man - a triple murderer who died in a suicide pact? Producer Hugh Levinson
Hearing voices can be terrifying, isolating, incomprehensible, moving and even comforting and inspiring. Sara Maitland 's drama about a teacher who begins to hear voices is interwoven with the words of real voice-hearers and the testimony of figures from the past. Check Up. which follows at 3pm, features a phone-in on the subject.
With Sally Cookson , Peter Nicholas. Patrick Poletti and members of the South West Hearing Voices Network. Producer Sara Davies
Health phone-in series with Barbara Myers.
Following this afternoon's Radio Four drama Other Voices, consultant psychiatrist Phil Thomas is on hand to answer questions from anyone hearing voices or experiencing auditory hallucinations.
Producer Andrew Luck-Baker
Phone: [number removed]. Email: Checkup@bbc.co.uk
Science series. Computers are moving into the streets and leamingto recognise our gestures, facial expressions and spoken commands.
Quentin Cooper talks to Dr Stephen McKenna of the University of Dundee's Department of Applied Computing about computers that can recognise a person's face and track their movement. How does a machine learn to recognise normal patterns of activity? How will it know when things are not right? Producer Fiona Roberts. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
A six-part comedy-drama by Barry Grossman about the Jewish community of Hillfield. 1: Barmitzvah.
Three rabbis, one party - and a recipe for disaster.
Producer John Fawcett Wilson. Repeated Saturday 12.30pm (R)
4: Paris prepares for the forthcomingwarwith Prussia. For details see Monday. Repeated from 10.45am
Followed by Journeys: Ten Poems for National
Poetry Day. Polly Clark reads her poem The Voyage of the Rays on a fishing boat off the Isle of Wight.
In 1912 an antiquarian book collector called Wilfrid Voynich bought an old manuscript richly illustrated with mysterious plants, astronomical maps and naked women. The beautiful, flowing text is written in an unknown script in what appears to be an unknown language. Despite the efforts of top code-breakers, the book remains unread. Gerry Kennedy asks if its author could be Roger Bacon , the 13th-century English scientist. Producer Nigel Acheson
Environmental issues. 5: Huntingthe Whale. The 15-year-old worldwide moratorium on whaling looks set to collapse, and increasing numbers of nations are already hunting a wide variety of whales. Alex Kirby asks if the planets' oceans will once again run red with the blood of one of the planet's most impressive creatures orwill a return to "sustainable" hunting help to save endangered species? Producer Brian King.
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