Jonathan Freedland talks to the novelist Jonathan Franzen about the history of the great American novel, and discusses the legacy of Swiss painter and artist Paul Klee.
Producer Ariane Koek. Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
David Ross reads the first of five extracts from William Woodruff 's account of his Lancashire childhood in the twenties, growing up in a weaving family as the Blackburn cotton mills began their terminal decline. Producer Nigel Acheson. Repeated at 12.30am
What feature is shared by a prison in Fort William, the son of a Plantagenet king and father of another, and a gentleman usher? Nick Clarke chairs this week's contest of cultural knowledge and devious connections. The south of England play Scotland. Producer Paul Bajoria. Repeated Saturday 11pm
By John Pilkington. Louis Braille , who died 150 years ago, was blinded in a childhood accident. He was determined that he and other blind children at an institution in early 19th-century Paris should be rescued from being treated almost as social outcasts. But the only way to do this would be to devise a system which would enable them to read.
With children of Kentish Town C of E Primary School, London
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Five quietly unsettling short stories this week by Elspeth Davie , who has been described as one of Scotland's finest and most underrated writers.
1: Allergy. Mrs MacLean is taken aback by her new lodger's violent reaction to one of her favourite foodstuffs: "Egg is poison to me. Deadly poison!" Read by Edith Macarthur. Producer David Jackson Young
Five programmes tracing the history of glass in architecture, presented by Maxwell Hutchinson. Part 1: Looking at Roman window glass and the earliest known Anglo-Saxon specimens, dating from the 7th century. Producer Elena Curti
The most devious of panel games comes this week from Winchester where the panellists are
Paul Merton , Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Linda Smith and Chris Neill. The chairman is Nicholas Parsons. Producer Claire Jones. Repeated on Sunday 12.04pm
A new serialisation of Victor Hugo's epic story of social injustice, dramatised in 25 episodes by Sebastian Baczkiewicz and Lin Coghlan.
Marius is walking in the Luxembourg Gardens and sees Cosette. Just one glance and his life is changed for ever.
With Christopher Godwin, Ewan Bailey and Sean Baker
Music by Dominic Fitzgerald. Director Jeremy Mortimer. Rpt of 10.45am
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Writer and criminal lawyer Frances Fyfield traces the trail of evidence in three riveting tales of investigation. 2: The Bequest. Certificates of birth, marriage and death, electoral rolls, century-old census forms, gravestones, shoe leather and the personal touch are all used by probate researcher
Catherine Whiteaway in her search for the lost relatives of an 81-year-old woman who died in a nursing home leaving a small bequest and no will. Producer Paul Kobrak Frances Fyfleld 's Kind of Day: page 130
Tim Whewel and Esther Leneman explore European issues in a fresh and alternative way. 2: Pan-
European communication. How do we talk to each other? Can a Finn ever get a word in edgeways when talking to an Italian? Plus a look at the current state of freedoms of expression and information in media operations across the continent.
Series Producer John Murphy. Editor Maria Balinska
The Curlew. The evocative call of the curlew is inseparably associated with the beauty and serenity of British estuaries in winter. MarkCarwardine and wader specialist Peter Ferns from the University of Cardiff watch them feeding on the Severn Estuary. Plus what has been discovered by the British Trust for Ornithology about this enchanting migratory bird. Producer Sandra Sykes. Repeated tomorrow 11am
By Barbara Pym. Abridged and produced in ten parts by Chris Wallis. Deborah Findlay reads the hilarious novel about life in postwar London. 6: A drink with Everard Bone! Whatever next? News about Helena and Rocky, that's what.
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