Presented by John Forrest. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending (Helmsley). Isaiah 11. wl-9. A Tender Shoot (Goldschmidt). The Kingdom of God (Hanover). With the John Powell Singers. Director of music John Powell.
Bestselling author Susan Orlean takes a wry and idiosyncratic look at the lives of extraordinary people. 1: Show Dog. The unusual life of Biff the boxer. Read by Buffy Davis. Abridged and produced by Gaynor Macfarlane. Repeated at 12.30am.
Archaeologist Julian Richards reveals how to uncover the hidden history of a town through the streets and buildings of today.
3: Glasgow. Richards makes ajourney of discovery along the River Clyde, beginning with the very earliest signs of settlement in 6th-century Govan.
He traces the shifts of powerto the Cathedral at the heart of the modern town and shows how, during the zenith of Glasgow's mercantile fortunes, steel made in the east of the city was used to build ships in the west. Producer John Byrne
Final part in 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. 4: Three Not So Wise Men Traverse Afar. Pamela's three ex-lovers have all invited herto Dublin for Christmas. Whose invitation will she accept?
Director Tanya Nash. Producer Marilyn Imrie
The return of radio's longest-running quiz series, with Nick Clarke in the chair. Today the north of England and the defending champions Northern
Ireland tackle Clarke's cryptic puzzles, drawing on all their cultural knowledge and powers of lateral thinking. Producer Paul Bajoria. Repeated Saturday llpm
By Tanika Gupta. Vikram has made a heart-breaking decision, one which will cost him his life. In this gripping drama, desperation leads to disaster as a man fights for survival in the wheel bayofajumbojetboundfortheUK.
Producer/director Mark Rickards
Every day this week a star-studded line-up of comedians and celebrities helpto raise moneyfor Comic Relief by reading "the funniest thing they've ever heard". 1: Josie Lawrence reads a selection from Bridget Jones 's Diary by Helen Fielding. Producer Rachel Horan
Laurie Macmillan - one of Radio 4's most familiar and best-loved voices - died on 8 October. As a tribute to her, and to enjoy again that famous voice and her sense of fun, here is another chance to hear how Simon Townley , one of her most devoted fans, was determined to serenade her. But did he know exactly what he was taking on? Macmillan sent him off to learn the finer points of the art of the serenade. Producer Tom Alban. Revised repeat. Second part tomorrow
Another bout of the perennial antidote to panel games comes from the Old Vic theatre in Bristol. Andy Hamilton 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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A ten-part series by Maggie Allen. 6: It is now eight years since Sophia Jex-Blake began her struggle to qualify as a doctor. On the eve of the New Year she is in Switzerland and about to attain her dream.
Director Sue Wilson. Repeated from 10.45am
In the last of two programmes on the continuing threat posed by paramilitaries in Northern Ireland,
Liz Carney examines the transition from terrorism to organised crime, and reveals the brutality with which they exercise their control. Editor David Ross
7: Norway. For half acentury the orphansof German soldiers and Norwegian women have been treated as outcasts in post-liberation Norway. Now the so-called Lebensborn are fighting back, to reclaim their identities and to seek compensation. Julian Pettifer investigates this liberal nation's hidden history. Producer Jennie Walmsley. Repeated from Thursday
It's a staggering thought that nearly 80% of all life on earth is nocturnal and for these creatures, night time is the right time to hunt, find a mate, travel or migrate. In the first episode of this evocative, sensory and revelatory new four-part series, wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson travels from
Northumberland to the rainforests of Queensland,
Australia, to eavesdrop on the orchestra of the night. Producer Sarah Blunt
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