A new five-part series in which Ben Silburn explores the psychology behind five of the most classic glitches in human behaviour. 1: it's on the Tip of My Tongue. The inability to retrieve a well-known word while talking is one of the most frustrating feelings. Ben Silburn visits the labs engaged in the quest to get to the root of this often embarrassing affliction. Producer Adrian Washbourne
Sue Lawley's s New Year's Day castaway is the creator of Rumpole of the Bailey, barrister and writer Sir John Mortimer. He chooses eight records to take to the mythical island. Producer Miranda Birch (R)
By Andrew Dallmeyer.
A wartime farce loosely based on a true story. New Year's Day 1940 and neither war nor fog can stop Hibs and Hearts playing a blinder. Sports reporter Bob McAllister has the biggest challenge of his career as he attempts to provide a commentary for a match he cannot see.
Last May, masterful jazz musician and incomparable chairman of I'm Sorry I Haven a Clue
Humphrey Lyttelton turned 80. Another chance to hear Graeme Garden 's archive celebration of this broadcasting icon, with contributions from ISIHAC team members, fans and producers. Producer Cathy Drysdale. Revised repeat
Any number of songs have been written about how women deal with male infidelity, drunkenness, thoughtlessness and sheer stupidity, but nowhere is it tackled with more poignancy and honesty than in country music. Liz Kershaw tells the story of feminism in country music, with the help of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton.
Producers Nick Barraclough and Peter Everett
By Carol Shields. 2: 1927-36: Marriage and Love. In Bloomington, Indiana, the girls are getting excited as preparations are in hand for Daisy's wedding.
Director Marion Nancarrow
Richard Daniel presents a new series of the programme in which listeners set the agenda with their environmental concerns. LETTERS: [address removed]
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Matthew Parris has chosen The Wind in the Willows as his New Year good read. He is joined by Anne Wood, creator of the Teletubbies, and comedian Dominic Holland, who's chosen a novel about a north London priest who doesn't believe in God.
(Repeated Sunday 6 January 11pm)
Simon Hoggart concludes his comedy review of a year's programmes. With contributions from Andy Hamilton , Jeremy Hardy , Linda Smith and Francis Wheen , and some choice newspaper cuttings. Producers Lucy Armitage and Steve Doherty
The Computer Mouse. Nigel Cassidygoes to Silicon Valley to meet the man who dreamt up the idea ofthe computer mouse and visits the company that failed to exploit an invention that changed the way we work. Producer Claire Jones. Repeated 12.15am
Stephen Fry and John Bird return as masters of spin
Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe in a new five-part series. This week, their government retainer comes under threat when they are presented with the difficult and complicated task of, as Martin so decorously puts it, "poking one right up the Prime Minister." With Tony Gardner, Siobhan Hayes, Tom George and David Timson. Written by Mark Tavener. Producer Dawn Ellis
French Connections. Francine Stock reports on cross-Channel cultural relations in the wake ofthe success in Britain of the film Amélieand Michel Houellebecq 's novel Atomised, and in anticipation of major exhibitions Of French art Opening this Spring. Producer Sally Spurring
Allan Little chairs a lively discussion with specialists from around the globe to identify the issues that will dominate the front pages in the coming year- the future of Afghanistan, new terrorist threats, the global economy, the World Cup and the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Producer Sue Ellis.
If the headlines are to be believed the NHS is crumbling, the number of incompetent health professionals is increasing and hospitals are so dirty, we are lucky to get out alive. But how does the NHS compare with health-care systems in other countries? Dr Graham Easton takes a look at the facts. E-MAIL: [email address removed] Repeated tomorrow 4.30pm
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