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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Dr Lavinia Byrne.

: Test Match Special

New Zealand v England - the Third Test
Commentary continues. Fordetails see Saturday 10.15pm

: Farming Today

With Miriam O'Reilly.

: Today

With Sarah Montague and James Naughtie.
6.25 (), 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Dr Johnston McMaster.


Unknown: Sarah Montague
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Dr Johnston McMaster.

: Midweek

Libby Purves and guests engage in lively and diverse conversation. Producer ChrisPaling Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Libby Purves

: Daily Service

Presented by John Forrest. The Easter Song of Praise
(Richard Shephard ). John 20, w2*-9. We Walk by Faith (Shanti by Marty Haugen )..Thine Be the Glory
(Maccabaeus). Director of music Jeffrey Makinson.


Presented By: John Forrest.
Unknown: Richard Shephard
Unknown: Marty Haugen
Music: Jeffrey Makinson.

: Book of the Week: Just William Entertains

3: The Plan That Failed. In which the news of William's headmaster's impending marriage calls for drastic action and a plan that draws on every bit of William's famous resourcefulness. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am

: Woman's Hour

With Jenni Murray. Drama: Just Plain Gardening. Part 3. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray.

: The Visit

Gyles Brandreth goes behind the scenes to unveil the secret workings of diplomacy as he follows the Foreign Office's minute preparations for a state visit. Producer Amber Dawson


Unknown: Gyles Brandreth
Producer: Amber Dawson

: Three Ivans, Two Aunts and an Overcoat: 2: The Overcoat

A series of six comic plays by Jim Poyser, set in 19th-century Russia and based on the absurdist short stories by Nikolai Gogol.

Akaky Akakyevich is a humble bureaucrat lost in the dismal ranks of the 19th-century Russian civil service. But when he buys a brand new overcoat, things begin to look up.


Writer: Jim Poyser
Based on stories by: Nikolai Gogol
Producer: Susan Roberts
Akaky: Stephen Moore
Kabolokov: Mark Chatterton
Denisov: David Crellin
Bofsov: Russell Dixon
Tamara: Jo-Anne Knowles
Lizaveta: Briglt Forsyth
Radishev: Malcolm Raeburn

: You and Yours

With Liz Barclay and Winifred Robinson.


Unknown: Liz Barclay
Unknown: Winifred Robinson.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: TheWriteStuff

The literary quiz with a twist returns for a new six-part series James Walton is in the chair flanked by regular captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh , who are ioined by novelists Nigel Williams and Harry Ritchie.
The author of the week is Ian Fleming , and the teams face the pastiche challenge of placing his enduring creation James Bond in an unglamorous setting. The reader is Beth Chalmers. Producer Dawn Ellis


Unknown: James Walton
Unknown: Sebastian Faulks
Unknown: John Walsh
Unknown: Harry Ritchie.
Unknown: Ian Fleming
Unknown: James Bond
Unknown: Beth Chalmers.
Producer: Dawn Ellis

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Spies

The turbulent political times after Christ's crucifixion are explored in a new play by award-winning writer David Pownall. Four Jerusalem street children are recruited by the Jewish authorities to spy on the disciples to see how they react to their leader's death.
Malcolm Sinclair
With Gerard McDermott and Hannah Dee Director Gemma Jenkins


Unknown: David Pownall.
Unknown: Malcolm Sinclair
Unknown: Gerard McDermott
Unknown: Hannah Dee
Director: Gemma Jenkins
Blastus: David Horovitch
Ira: Matt Adams
Solomon: Gregg Prentice
Lilith: Connie Gurie
Sarah: Sophie Stuckey
Herod Antipas: Malcolm Sinclair
Jesus: Thomas Arnold
John: Tom George
Peter: Ben Crowe
Thomas: Carl Prekopp

: Gardeners' Question Time

A special Easter edition from Gibraltar with Matthew Biggs , Nigel Colborn , Anne Swithinbank and Dr John Cortes. The chairman is Eric Robson.
Producer Trevor Taylor Shortened 2pm


Unknown: Matthew Biggs
Unknown: Nigel Colborn
Unknown: Anne Swithinbank
Unknown: Dr John Cortes.
Unknown: Eric Robson.
Producer: Trevor Taylor

: Four Stories by Helen Dunmore: 2: Swimming into the Millennium

A middle-aged mother receives a gym subscription as an early Christmas present and is seduced by the beauty and tranquility of the almost deserted swimming pool. She enters a pact with two boys she befriends there that while the rest of the world will be partying she will swim her way into the new century. Read by Kathryn Hunt.


Author: Helen Dunmore
Reader: Kathryn Hunt
Producer: Katherine Beacon

: On the Trail of Swallows and Amazons

3: Under High Topps? David, Heather, Jack and Kimberley attempt to build their own campfire, and meet a miner who takes them into a possible prototype for Slater Bob 's mine, featured in Arthur Ransome'S Pigeon Post. For details see Monday


Unknown: Slater Bob

: Thinking Allowed

Laurie Taylortalks to Dr Tony Walter from Reading University who talks about his research into death, bereavement and the afterlife. How do societies symbolise and ritualise the exit of their citizens? Producer James Marshall E-MAIL: thinking.allowed@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Laurie Taylortalks
Unknown: Dr Tony Walter
Producer: James Marshall

: All in the Mind

In Mental Health Action Week, Dr Raj Persaud explores the area of self-help: can the books and the courses really help you improve your mental health? And he finds out from the government's mental health tsar, Professor Louis Appleby , what his new National Institute for Mental Health involves.
Producer Marya Burgess Phone the BBC Action Line: [number removed]


Unknown: Dr Raj Persaud
Unknown: Professor Louis Appleby
Producer: Marya Burgess

: PM

With Eddie Mair and Nigel Wrench.

: Smelling of Roses

By Simon Brett. Another chance to hearthe series featuring the trials and tribulations of Rosie Burns and her event management company.
1: Smelling of Roses. Kate seizes the opportunity to earn a quick buck from some wealthy Americans.
Producer Maria Esposito


Unknown: Simon Brett.
Unknown: Rosie Burns
Producer: Maria Esposito
Rosie: Prunella Scales
Kate: Arabella Weir
Jo: Rebecca Callard
Bob: Duncan Preston
Tess: Annette Badland
Gwendoline: Richenda Carey
Chuck: John Guerrasio
Nancy: Lorelei King
Laurie: Alan Cowan

: The Archers

Eddie's on to a winner. Rptd tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

With Mark Lawson. Producer Nicola Holloway


Unknown: Mark Lawson.
Producer: Nicola Holloway

: Just Plain Gardening

3: You Can't Plant Daffodils on Tiptoe, Clover In which Clover charms the Digging Corps. For details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am

: The Reith Lectures 2002: A Question of Trust

1: Spreading Suspicion. Philosopher Onora O'Neill of Newnham College, Cambridge, delivers the first of this year's lecturesfrom the Royal Institution, London. Do accusations of sleaze show how untrustworthy our institutions and professions have become - or have we all grown more suspicious? Presented by Sue Lawley . Editor Gwyneth Williams Rptd Sat 10.15pm Trust me, I'm a (spin) doctor: page 28


Unknown: Onora O'Neill
Presented By: Sue Lawley

: Not While I'm Alive He Ain't

In the first part of a new series about political rivalries, Brian Walden examines the long-running feud between two leading labour politicians of the last century, Ernest Bevin and Herbert Morrison. Producer Martin Rosenbaum


Unknown: Brian Walden
Unknown: Ernest Bevin
Unknown: Herbert Morrison.
Producer: Martin Rosenbaum

: Elements of Surprise

Afour-part series about the chemical elements.
4: Oxygen's Poisonous Life Force. The modern study of chemistry was born with the discovery of the gas that is essential for life: oxygen. Adam Hart-Davis charts how this remarkable element was first isolated by three chemists, in three different countries, at the same time. Chemistry consultant John Emsley.
Readings by Crawford Logan. Producer Louise Dalziel


Unknown: Adam Hart-Davis
Unknown: John Emsley.
Unknown: Crawford Logan.
Producer: Louise Dalziel

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: The World My Wilderness

8: The fragmented Deniston family gather under one roof. For details see Monday

: The In Crowd

Comedy sketches with Robin Ince , Helen Moon , Smug Roberts and Kate Ward. ProducerGraham Frost


Unknown: Robin Ince
Unknown: Helen Moon
Unknown: Smug Roberts
Unknown: Kate Ward.

: The Little Big Woman Radio Show: 5: The Bigger the Star, the Harder They Fall

Llewella Gideon and Lynn Peters's bitter-sweet series about a thirtysomething actress waiting for her big break.
Quentin the cat takes against Cynthia's new boss at the theatre, and also against her new love interest. With Brian Bovell, Roger Griffiths, Mandy Knight and Jo Martin. Music by Clement Ishmael Producer Gareth Edwards


Unknown: Llewella Gideon
Unknown: Lynn Peters
Unknown: Brian Bovell
Unknown: Roger Griffiths
Unknown: Mandy Knight
Unknown: Jo Martin.
Producer: Gareth Edwards

: Left Bank of the Mind: 2: Tom Lehrer - Ready, Aim, Sing

Mark Thomas's three-part series looking at the work of subversive American comedians of the fifties.


Presenter: Mark Thomas
Producer: Paul Bajoria

: News

: Book of the Week: Just William

Entertains Part 3. Repeated from 9.45am

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