Margaret Forster 's book reflects on her 41-year marriage to writer Hunter Davies in the light of three very different role models from history. Abridged in five parts by Sally Marmion. 3: When Fanny married the writer Robert Louis Stevenson , his friends had nothing good to say about her. Only Stevenson's mother could see that Fanny had qualities that gave her son life itself. For details see Monday. Rptd at 12.30am.
A series in which Andy Martin interviews three of history's greatest artists in actors' recreations.
2:Van Gogh. Andy Martin joins Vincent Van Gogh - played by Sam West -to discuss the artist's lack of success with women, his fanaticism about God, animals and art, and his suicide. Producer Mary Ward-Lowery
Concluding the comedy-drama by Michelle Read , starring Samantha Bond and Hugh Bonneville. 4: Brian has gone to the Shetland Isles to make giantfibreglass ducks and Anna's head is throbbing because she has been hitting the cooking sherry. Her book is on hold, her characters are unhappy and her publisher is nagging her for a finished copy. Is there any chance of a happy ending?
Producer Dawn Ellis
The second in a six-part panel game series comes from the Cheltenham Festival of Literature. Host Frank Delaney 's guests are Sheridan Morley ,
Jan Dalley , Humphrey Carpenter and Katie Fforde. Plus humOUrfromthe Nimmo Twins. Producer Merilyn Harris
Five-part mystery series set in Dublin.
3: Miss Lonelyhearts by Barry Devlin. Paolo and Tina investigate the mysterious circumstances of the tragic death of a nurse at an old people's home and uncover an unlikely case of voyeurism.
For regular cast and details see Monday (R)
A four-part series which looks at children from birth to school age. Most parents worry about whether they are doing the right thing for their children. In this first edition, Connie St Louis uncovers the facts about eating and exercise during those key years. Producer Julia Durbin. (R)
Another chance to hear Douglas Adams and John Lloyd's 12-part comedy from 1978.
The show that began with the end of the world continues with Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect stranded on prehistoric Earth, and Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin thoroughly devoured by a carbon-copy of the Ravenous Bugbiatter Beast of Traal.
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Elizabeth Gaskell 's frank portrait of Manchester life in the 1840s. The novel is dramatised in 20 parts by Lavinia Murray. 8: John Barton is desperate forwork. A long-lost relative gives him a warning about Mary. For details see Monday. Repeated from 10.45am
Nick Ross invites a panel of public figures to hear expert evidence on a current issue. 8: The Housing Shortage. With Joan Bakewell , John Blundell and Allan Levy QC. Producer Helen Wilson. Repeated Saturday 10.15pm
Within a few weeks of this programme being broadcast, Italian fertility expert Professor Severino Antinori hopes to start cloning the first human beings. Many scientists doubt whether he'll succeed, but he's determined to continue. Peter Evans reports on the scientific and technical issues and the possible outcome of research into human reproductive Cloning. Producer Paul Arnold. E-MAIL: Scirad@bbc.co.uk Beyond conception: page 36
Edna O'Brien 's sixties romance of a young woman's first love is abridged in eight parts by Penny Leicester and read by Tina Kellegher. 3: Caithleen has discovered that Eugene is still married but accepts an invitation to Stay at his house. For details see Monday
Last in the comedy series written and performed by the creator of John Shuttleworth , Graham Fellows.
6: A Lot of Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing. News of Brian's lecture has finally reached the ears they were intended for-the rock stars who have repeatedly dumped upon him. Unfortunately, his revelations have not had the desired effect and he has lawyers breathing down his neck. However, he does have time for one final rock'n'roll revelation concerning colourful eighties outfit the Thompson Twins. Producer Dawn Ellis
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