A discussion on the history of what we eat from the Renaissance to the present day. Joining Melvyn Bragg to engorge themselves on the fashions and philosophies of 500 years of food will be the historians Felipe Fernandez Armesto, Rebecca Spang and Theodore Zelden. Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
8: Hand Grenade Practice In Peking. By Francis Wood. Read by Emma Fielding . "Ours was a serious choir formed of diplomats, some of whom were very good singers, and beaten rather savagely into shape by the wife of the Head of Chancery." Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall. Repeated at l2.30am.
Presented by Peter Firth. A Great and Mighty Wonder(Es Is ein' Ros Entsprungen). John 1, wl-14. Rise Up Shepherd (arr Rutter). Once in Royal David's City (Leddington Wright ). Director of music Paul Leddington Wright.
India. India is proud to be the largest democracy in the world. Yet at the grassroots level corruption is endemic. Rosie Goldsmith meets the activists who are taking on - and beating- corrupt public officials. Also, Barefoot College, where students without formal qualifications learn howto construct solar energy systems, and the man who is bringing the internet to the street children of Delhi. Producer Tim Mansel. Editor Maria Balinska Repeated New Year's Eve 8.30pm
The first of a new seven-part series in which guests select theirfavourite pieces of prose and poetry. Today, the international fashion designer Zandra Rhodes explains her choices.
Producer Viv Beeby. Repeated Sunday 30 December 12.15am
By Martin Sorrell. In Jane Austen 's Pride and Prejudice, it is the two older Bennet daughters who are centre stage. But nowthe third daughter, Mary, emerges from their shadow with a very different version of events in herjournal.
Director Sara Davies (R)
An appeal for a national charity which works with and for grandparents and grandchildren.
Producer Laurence Grissell. DONATIONS: Grandparents Federation, [address removed] CREDIT CARDS: Freephone [number removed]. Repeated from Sunday 23 December 7.55am
Dr Albert Ellis is one of the founding fathers of modern therapy. In this programme John Waite visits 85-year-old Dr Ellis at the impressive
Manhattan headquarters of the Albert Ellis Institute to find out whether the man some dismiss as "the geriatric guru" really does have the solutions to life, the universe and everything in-between. Producer Sue Mitchell.
Science series. Quentin Cooper talks to
John Dennis and Paul Brereton from the Central Science
Laboratory about howthey are using advanced scientific technologies to crack down on a continental cheese conspiracy. Does our farmhouse Cheddar really come from the West
Country as it purports on the label? And how can we be sure that the wine we are sipping contains the grape varieties they say it does?
Producer Fiona Roberts. E-MAIL: email@example.com
The second of three talks this week by Fergal Keane examining the state of the world in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York on 11 September. 2: Is a more peaceful future achievable? Repeated 12.15am
A new four-part series offering a night out at a comedy club without having to leave one's armchair. Simon Bligh hosts half an hour of stand-up comedy featuring Luke Ponte , Mitch Benn and Ian Moore. Producer Helen Williams
Mark Lawson meets bestselling writer Patricia Cornwell , famed for creating the tough-minded medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta. Cornwell reflects on how her problematic childhood and her work in a morgue have shaped herfiction and recalls the turbulent events in her personal life. Producer Erin Riley
After the Second World War hundreds of British women wentto live in Czechoslovakia, newly married to Czechs and Slovaks who had fought with Britain against Nazism. Some of the few women still living there tell Chris Bowlby how they survived Stalinist persecution and isolation behind the Iron Curtain. Producer Chris Bowlby. Editor Nicola Meyrick
The Ghost of Recessions Past. Although America is in recession, Treasuryforecasts still saythe British economy will continue to grow in 2002. Should we believe them, and if so is itjust a lucky break?
Ian Hargreaves asks if Britain has really learned how to avoid boom and bust and examines the evidence of new, underlying strength in the economy.
Producer Zareer Masani. Repeated Sunday 30 December9.30pm
2: Space Waste. Since space travel began in 1957, the extra-terrestrial wilderness has gradually been polluted with man-made debris from spacecraft manoeuvres and accidents. Is it too late to prevent us from doing to space what we've already done to earth? Tom Feilden investigates. Producer Karen Gregor
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