Abridged in five parts by Jill Waters and read by Jack Klaf Kenneth Tynan was the foremost theatre critic and cultural commentator of the 20th century. He was also a man of devastating wit, with a penchant for gossip, glamour and rich living. His recently published diaries are a poignant and acerbically funny snapshot of the last decade of his life. 1: In 1971Tynan was a key figure at the National Theatre under Laurence Olivier. Producer Jill Waters. Repeated at 12.30am.
Julian Richards uncovers the hidden history of a town through the streets and buildings of today.
2: Colchester. Today Richards explores the oldest recorded town in England and discovers how the Roman town was sacked by Boudicca, why a Norman baron knocked down all the ancient buildings, and how Dutch refugees saved the economy of medieval Colchester. Producer John Byrne
A dramatisation of Mavis Cheek 's novel about the plight of a divorced, middle-aged mother after her son leaves home. Dramatised by the author.
3: Three Men They Willa-WooingGo. Pamela decides to enter the danger zone and accepts dinner invitations from her ex-husband and ex-lover.
Maybe she won't remain single for much longer.
Director Tanya Nash. Producer Marilyn Imrie
A special invitation challenge match forthe title Brain of Brains 2001. Contestants are Leslie Duncalf , Brain of Britain 1999, Mike Smith -
Rawnsley, Brain of Britain 2000, and the winner of this year's contest, who was crowned in last week's programme. The chairman is Robert Robinson. Producer Richard Edis. Repeated Saturday llpm
CALLING NEW CONTESTANTS If you would like to be considered as a contestant for Brain of Britain 2002 request an audition by writing to Brain of Britain, BBC, Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA and you will be contacted in the New Year
Five new short stories in which a famous painting, or a character within the painting, tells theirtale.
1: Tobias and the Angel. Artist: Andrea del Verrochio. Barbara Trapido 's story is read by Alex Jennings. Producer Julia Butt
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Five portraits of passionate motorcyclists.
1: Colin Pownall. Colin was a member of an outlaw motorbike gang and eventually ended up in prison. Yet today he's a Methodist minister and uses his bike tO Spread the word. Producer Jeremy Grange
This year has seen the publication of a bumper crop of cookery books. Simon Parkes puts a pile of them through their paces, while Sheila Dillon nominates her cookbook of the year.
Extended repeat from yesterday 12.30pm
Another bout of the perennial antidote to panel games comes from the Theatre Royal, Brighton. Phil Jupitus joins regular team members Tim Brooke -Taylor, Graeme Garden and Barry Cryer , chairman Humphrey Lyttelton and pianist Colin Sell. Producer Jon Naismith. Repeated on Sunday
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Anewtervpart series by Maggie Allen. 1: In 1869 Sophia Jex-Blake , appalled by the high mortality rate among women and children, decides she must qualify as a doctor. But the odds are stacked against her.
Director Sue Wilson. Repeated from 10.45am
In the first of two programmes on the continuing threat posed by paramilitaries in Northern Ireland, Liz Carney meets some of those who've been ordered out of the province and are now forced to live in "exile" in Britain. Editor David Ross
Concluding the nature series. 3: The Snail.
Brian Leith hears some extraordinary tales of how snails were central to the success of the early humans, have played a major part in world agriculture, changed the course of genetic science, and could still change the world if the snailburger catches on. Producer Grant Sonnex
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