Another in the series of readings about the discovery of passion. 3: Chemistry. lain Glen reads an extract from Oliver Sacks 's Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood in which the distinguished neurologist describes his early discovery of chemistry and its effects on his life. Producer Sara Davies. Repeated at 12.30am
Dictators, you'd think, would have no need ot all the messiness of the courts. What'sthe point of seizing total power if you can't wield it? Yet tyrants in history maintained elaboratejudicial procedures. In a new series Julian Putkowski analyses the grotesque distortions that occurwhen the law gets political. 1: Vyshinsky- A Ratin Human Form.
Alongwith Stalin , Vyshinsky perfected the trial as a theatrical spectacular in which the defendants became reluctant protagonists forced to read their own confessions, and where the curtain was final. How did he do it? How did that era distort intellectual discourse today? With Prof John Erikson. Producer Matt Thompson
By Barry Grossman.
A six-part comedy drama series about the collision between the old and the new in the Jewish community of Hillfield.
"It's not easy being Jew" - as young Mikhail will soon discover.
Rabbi Su Jacobs:
Rabbi Abraham Fine:
The last in the series of puzzles from Chns Maslanka and the panel as they attempt to baffle each other with brainteasers based on words, numbers and logic On this week's panel are medical physicist and maze designer Professor Angela Newing , mathematician Professor David Singmaster and chess grandmaster Raymond Keene.
Producers Claire Csonka and Harry Parker. Listeners with puzzles and answers can send them to Puzzle Panel. Room 7058. BBC Broadcasting House. London W1A 1AA. or bye-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Five new tales of mystery and murder, inspired by the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle , and written by Bert Coules. 3: The Peculiar Persecution of Mr John Vincent Harden. A mysterious metal object found in a dead man's stomach holds a vital clue to his death - if only Holmes and Watson can work out what it is, and how on earth it got there.
Violinist Leonard Friedman. Director Patrick Rayner
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Another short story about the extraordinary goings-on among the members of an eccentric Scottish family. 3: Fraseron the Couch by James Robertson. "And now I'm about to cruise back to Inverannan, for the reading of Uncle Gill's last will and testicle." Read by Gavin Mitchell. For details see Monday.
Laurie Taylor talks to Prof Fred Halliday , the London
School of Economics expert on the Middle East, about his book Two Hours that Shook the World, outlining his analysis of the events of the past five months. Producer James Marshall. EMAIL: email@example.com
The last of the comedy series by Bruce Hyman , John Langdon and Richard Warren. 6: In which Marion and Joanna both attemptto make little things grow.
Director Dirk Maggs. Producer Bruce Hyman
Michael Buerk with Roger Scruton , Claire Fox , Janet Radcliffe-Richards and Ian Hargreaves , cross-examine witnesses on their evidence for believing as they do about one of the week's moral conundrums. Producer David Coomes. Repeated Saturday 10.15pm
Enoch Powell. Michael Cockerell tellsthe inside story of his encounters with the most bitterly controversial politician, who beneath the flinty exteriorwas also a man of unexpected humour. Producer Manrsha 10.45pm
As medical science becomes ever more complex, are experiments on animals becoming dangerously misleading? Dr Graham Easton investigates claims that vivisection may be a waste of scientific time. Producers Jonathan Fildes and Jim Clarke
Part lecture, part sketch-show, Dr Phil Hammond hosts a show which questions the current state of the NHS. 2: Tell The Truth. Patients think they want complete honesty but what would happen if everyone in the NHS really told the truth? Producer Helen Williams
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