f Martin Jarvis chooses and performs five Richmal Crompton stories new to radio, starring as everthe immortal William Brown , and featuring in supporting roles his loyal Outlaws, the long-suffering members of his family, assorted local inhabitants and visitors, and, in today's opening story, a special guest appearance by the ineffable Violet Elizabeth Bott. 1: Violet Elizabeth Takes Charge. Producer Rosalind Ayres Repeated at 12.30am BBCRADIOCOI.J.ECTION:A collecton of justwiiliam storiesis available on audio cassette atgood retail outlets orwww.bbcshop.com Several stones are also available on CD. Call 01672 5622bb
Archaeologist Julian Richards explores how and why towns take shape, using the evidence still present in their streets and buildings.
6: Wharram Percy. Up to 3,000 medieval villages have disappeared from our landscape and the only remaining clue to their existence is often a single church surrounded by farmland. One such deserted village in North Yorkshire is the setting for this exploration of how an entire way of life was lost. and why explanations from fire and plague to divine wrath were proposed to account for a village's destruction. Producer John Byrne
Malcolm Bradbury 's satire of campus politics.
3: Howard Kirk finds himself accused of givinggood marks to female students in return for sexual favours Dramatised in six parts by Dominic Power
Director Michael Fox
The lives of five orphans growing up in the idyllic English countryside, looked after by assorted aunts and uncles, are filled with fun and games, as they transform their toys and surroundings into magical fantasies and adventures.
But the time will come when the toys are sent away and the dreaded threat of boarding-school looms to put an end forever to the innocent pleasures of childhood.
Original Music Composed by Elizabeth Parker
Directed by Cherry Cookson
Martha and the deer:
This week Heather Beal , David Cormell , Kimberley Hale and Jack Young-four young fans of Arthur Ransome 's Swallows and Amazons- arrive in the Lake District. With the help of friendly natives Claire Kendall-Price and Roger Wardale , who have written books on the subject, they try to discoverthe disguised locations in his stories. The reader is Gabriel Woolf. 1: Wild Cat Island Producer Andy Cartwright
Gavin Esler returns with more international conversation on everything from art to anthropology and politics to popular culture, beginningwith a look at British Bank Holiday obsessions - do any other cultures share our infatuation with gardening and DIY? Producer Amber Dawson
Special guests joining Nigel Rees to exchange favourite quotes and anecdotes this week are
Marcel Berlins , Ruth Brandon , Paul Gambaccini and Juliet Stevenson. The reader is Meryl O'Keeffe. Producer Carol Smith Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Repeated Sunday 12.04pm
Mark Lawson takes to the road with the English Touring Theatre, whose production of Ibsen's Ghosts, starring Diana Quick , opens in Malvern and visits Warwick and Blackpool as part of a ten-week national tour. Producer Robyn Read
By Jyll Bradley with Jonquil Panting. A horticomedy in five parts featuringthe adventures of four rampant
- climbers at the St Plover's School for Lady Gardeners.
1: Four Budding Gardeners. In which Head Perennial Miss Bowermount welcomes four new gals.
With Sandra Clark , Helen Longworth and Carl Prekopp Song sung by the Farlington School Choir Director Jonquil Panting Repeat of 10.45am
Miss Haigh/Miss Bates:
Margaret Metcalfe grew up believing that the father she'd never known was a war hero. But in a painful journey into history, she uncovers the real truth of how he betrayed his family and his country, and became the only British officerto fight forthe Nazis. Producer Mark Handscomb Editor David Ross
Zimbabweans on the Move. The recent upheavals in Zimbabwe have led thousands of people to leave their home country to try to build better lives elsewhere in southern Africa. Mark Ashurst hears some of their stories, looks at the impact they are making on their adopted countries and gains a fresh perspective on the country they've left behind. Repeated from Thursday
The first of a two-part series in which Andrew Luck-Baker looks at the extraordinary biology of isolated communities and how by studying them we can lean more about Planet Earth.
Producer Alexandra Feachem E-MAIL: email@example.com
Janet McTeer continues to read Rose Macaulay 's classic novel of postwar Britain and France.
6: Barbary and Raoul once again inhabit London's bomb ruins. Abridged in ten parts by Doreen Estall. Producer Julian Wilkinson
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