At the age of 24, Apsley Cherry-Garrard was the youngest member of Scott's last expedition to the Antarctic. His account ofthat extraordinary adventure is abridged in five parts by Chris Wallis and read by Robert Glenister. 1: The journey south. Producer Chris Wallis. Rptd at 12.30am.
A six-part series in which Peter Snow looks at stories uncovered in a single copy of a newspaper from the past. 3: The Lady's Newspaper, 21
December 1861. How one of the first newspapers targeting women reported the death of Albert, the Prince Consort, on pages lined with black. It describes what Queen Victoria and her subjects wore for mourning. Other stories include 3-D photography, plans for London's huge 1862 international exhibition and how Britain almost went to warwith America. Plus the agony aunt's advice on cod and carrots. Producer Andrew Green
A nationwide general knowledge contest to find this year's Brain of Britain. Including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants. Chairman Robert Robinson.
Producer Richard Edis. Repeated Saturday 11pm
What would have happened in Romeo and Juliet if Romeo had learnt from Friar Laurence that Juliet wasn't dead and there was no reason for either of them to kill themselves? A great tragedy would have become a riotous comedy, which is just what happens in Perry Pontac's irreverent blank verse reworking of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays.
Director David Hunter
What if Romeo and Juliet had not died? Perry Pontac's comedy provides an answer- in iambic pentameters
Afternoon Play: Fatal Loins
2.15pm R4 Early in this play a disguised Friar Laurence finds Romeo and tells him it has been decided that Juliet must marry the County Paris. "What?" replies Romeo, "the whole county?" You will have guessed that this is a comic reworking of the Bard's great love story, and writer Perry Pontac, who is something of a Shakespeare specialist in one way or another, has produced a typically exuberant and often hilarious play. Pontac was inspired to write the play by wondering what would have happened if there had been no reason for either Romeo or Juliet to kill themselves. The result, surely, would have been a comedy. And so Pontac has written it. Sam West is Romeo, John Moffatt is Friar Laurence, Pam Ferris is the Nurse and the cast also includes Nancy Carroll, and Rachel Atkins as Juliet.
Daphnedu Maurier 's novel about a young woman haunted by the presence of her husband's first wife -the charming and charismatic Rebecca - is abridged in ten parts by Sally Marmion and read by Emma Fielding. Part 1. Producer Di Speirs
The first of two programmes celebrating the centenary of the garden city movement looks at Bournville, the village built by George Cadbury around his chocolate factory outside Birmingham. Presented by Allan Beswick. Programme two is tomorrow at 3.45pm. Producer Sarah Lewthwaite
In a special edition of the anecdotal panel show recorded at this year's Edinburgh festival, Nigel Rees 's guests are Mary Brennan , Liz Lochhead , Magnus Linklater and Magnus Magnusson. The reader is William Franklyn.
ProducerCarol Smith. E MAIL email@example.com. Rptd Sunday BBC RADIO COLLECTION: Quote.... Unquote is available on cassette at all good retailers and www.bbcshop.com. Call [number removed]
Elizabeth Gaskell 's frank portrayal of Manchester life is dramatised in 20 parts by Lavinia Murray.
11: Jem Wilson confronts Henry Carson and the mill workers present their demands to the employers.
Director Claire Grove. Producers Claire Grove and Tracey Neale. Repeated from 10.45am
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John Chadwick of Standish, Lancashire, is a third-generation slaughterman and family butcher. He passionately disagrees with the new EC rules about the best way to slaughter cattle, but how far will he go to defend his principles? Dylan Winter describes what happened when a butchertook on the bureaucrats. Producer Peter Everett. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
A new ten-part series of the international current affairs series. At the Sydney Olympics, Australia was proud to display its multicultural heritage. Now, one year later, its refusal to allow hundreds of Afghan boat people into the country is presenting a rather different image. As the world faces a mounting refugee crisis, Rosie Goldsmith talks to the people who make immigration policy in Australia and to people who have sought asylum in Australia over the past 50 years - from Afghans on the run to refugees from seventies Vietnam and postwar Eastern
Europe. What lies behind the changes in Australian refugee policy? Repeated from Thursday
Edna O'Brien 's sixties romance of a young woman's first love with an older married man is abridged in eight parts by Penny Leicester and read by Tina Kellegher. 6: Caithleen has escaped from herfather's house and returned to Eugene.
Unfortunately, her father and angry cousins have pursued her back to Dublin. Producer Tanya Nash
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