A series about the history of the lifeboat service. 2: In November 1901 a lifeboat disaster in Caisteron-Sea, Norfolk, took the lives of nine men. The tragedy was felt deeply by the whole country and it helped lifeboatmen to establish a special place in the hearts Of the public. Producer Neil Walker.
Abridged in five parts by Jill Waters and read by Jack Klaff. 2: The late critic's reflections on Lauren Bacall , Groucho Marx , and having Marlene Dietrich as the witness at his wedding to Kathleen. For details see yesterday. Repeated at 12.30am
Guyanaese writer David Dabydeen concludes his exploration of the past and present of his home country. 2. Guyana is a kaleidoscopic mixture of six ethnic groups. Dabydeen explores the unique culture that has developed and goes in search of the one national symbol that unites his country. Producer David Olusoga
A series profiling Northern comedians of the past. 3: Norman Evans. Like his more famous mentor, Gracie Fields , Norman Evans was from Rochdale, where he worked as a salesman before he took to the stage. While his fame has waned, his hilarious characterisations paved the way for later comedians such as Al Read and Les Dawson. Producer Libby Cross
A series exploringthe lives of foreign correspondents through the music that marked their most memorable assignments. 2: Emily Buchanan hears the Brazilian bossanova, Yanomami Indian chants and music from Argentina and Paraguay that has provided the musical soundtrack forthe stones filed by Jan Rocha , South American correspondent for The Guardian. Producer JuliaAdamson
2: Olympia. Artist: Edouard Manet. Manet's studio seen from the point of view of one of the lesser characters in his famous nude portrait: the little black cat who sits on the end of Olympia's bed. A short story by Susie Maguire , read by Anton Lesser. For details see yesterday. Producer Julia Butt
2: Neil Hodgson. Neil is currently the brightest star in British superbike racing. And he relaxes from the pressures ofthe track with a spot of motocross. Today he looks back at this year's Superbike season. For details see yesterday
Louise Doughty introduces photographer Tim Page and novelist Gillian Slovo. Their choices of favourite paperbacks are Carl Hiaasen 's Tourist Season, Sorrow of Warby Bao Ninh , and Cotton Comes to Harlem, a detective novel by Chester Himes. Producer Miles Warde. Repeated Sunday llpm
Another celebrated raconteur reminisces before a live audience. 3: Sheila Steafel talks about her career on stage, in film and on TV, including anecdotes about fame after The Frost Report and the danger of being on stage with Robert Morley when he was bored. Producer Claire Jones
By Maggie Allen. 2: In her determination to become a doctor, Sophia Jex-Blake focusses her efforts on Edinburgh University and receives unexpected support.
For details see yesterday. Repeated from 10.45am
I GP Specialists. The Government is encouraging doctors to develop specific areas of interest and expertise by becoming GP specialists in everything from heart disease to skin conditions. Dr Graham Easton investigates how this might affect patients.
Producer Paula McGrath. E-MAIL: email@example.com. Rpt Wed 4.30pm
The second series of Bill Dare 's comedy about a struggling a cappella band. 2: Fifteen Minutes of Fame by Jesse Armstrong. Kenny's got the band onto breakfast television. Is it the bigtime orthe door to oblivion? As ever the band can't quite agree.
With Tony Gardner , Rachel Preece and Robert Webb Producer Gareth Edwards
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