JoiningTom Sutcliffe is Yale law
professor Stephen L Carter who was paid over$4 million for his first novel. Does his thriller live up to the advance he has been paid? Or is it a case of hype over content? Producer Ariane Koek Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
Presented by the Rev Nicholas Holtam , vicar of St Martin in the Fields, London. With the BBC
Singers directed by Stephen Cleobury. Including music from past coronations. All People That on Earth
Do Dwell (Old Hundredth). 1 Kings 1, w32-40. I Was
Glad (Purcell). 0 Taste and See (Vaughan Williams).
By William M Kuhn. Henry Ponsonby was Queen Victoria's private secretary for 25 years. This account of his marriage to Mary, a colourful character in her own right, offers fascinatingglimpses into life at the royal court. Abridged in five parts by Elizabeth Bradbury and read by Geoffrey Palmer. Part 1. Producer Elizabeth Allard Repeated at 12.30am
With Jenni Murray. Claudia Hammond visits Kensington Palace to view the wedding dresses of the country's past five queens, which are on display togetherforthe first time,
10.45 Drama Laughter in Leningrad. Part 1. Drama repeated at 7.45pm
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Continuing the six-part drama documentary series that explores the life of the British soldier over the centuries.
It is 1705 and Sergeant Jack Matthews (Chris Donnelly) of Colonel Alnutt's regiment is recruiting men - by fair means or foul - to join the Duke of Marlborough's army. Peter Caddick-Adams and Dr Steve Poole provide historical background.
Sergeant Jack Matthews:
By PG Wodehouse , dramatised in six parts by Roger Davenport. 6: MullinerS Buck-U-Uppo. Pale young curates are rapidlygoing out offashion in the last of Mr Mulliner 's tales from the bar parlour of the Angler's Rest. Augustine Mulliner , in particular, is transformed overnight into a tiger of a churchman when his aunt sends some of Uncle Wilfred's s latest invention, a tonic called Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo. Director Ned Chaillet
Miss Postlethwaite/Jane/ Aunt Angela:
A port/Rev Stanley Brandon:
A light ale:
A pint of stout/The bishop:
A small bitter/Augustine:
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Judi Dench leads an all-star cast in this radio adaptation of J M Barrie's poignant one-act play in which, for the first time, audiences will hear Barrie's own stage directions as part of the performance. By a miraculous act of serendipity Charles, a young man of 23, finds himself in the house of his true love's mother. Or so he thinks. Adapted and directed by Julia McKenzie.
By Joanna Trollope. To mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee, a new story from one of Britain's best-loved writers. Dora shares her birthday with the Queen. She reflects that this was the only thing about her that made her mother proud. The reader is Jean Boht. Producer Elizabeth Allard
Royal biographer Robert Lacey examines the complex and at times ambiguous relationship between the royal family and the British people from 1937 to the present day. Featuring the late Barbara Castle. 1: Celebration. Producer Felicity Goodall
The nation's favourite panel game breezes in from the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester, where Jeremy Hardy joins regularteam members Tim Brooke -
Taylor, Graeme Garden and Barry Cryer , underthe reluctant chairmanship of Humphrey Lyttelton. Colin Sell is at the piano. Producer Jon Naismith Rptd Sun 12.04pm BBC RADIO COLLECTION: This series is available on six volumes of audio cassette, in addition to a specially designed boxed set. at good retail outlets or www.bbcshop.com Call [number removed]
Tara Fitzgerald stars in a dramatisation of the memoirs of Dolly Eltenton , an English, middle-class, left-wing thinker who spent five years in Leningrad with her husband and young children, and witnessed the results of revolution first-hand. Part 1.
Accordion and balalaika Bibs Ekkel Musical director David Pickvance Director Pam Fraser Solomon Repeat of 10.45am
As the National Autistic Society celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, a review of current knowledge and understanding of autistic spectrum disorders.
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Big Snakes. Do boa constrictors and pythons make suitable pets? As the Government considers whetherto include large constrictor snakes in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act. Mark Carwardine looks at both sides of the debate.
Producer Joanne Stevens Shortened repeat tomorrow 11am
John McGahern reads his own ten-part adaptation of his latest novel: the story of a lake in the west of Ireland and of the people who live around it. 1: The Ruttledges receive a visit from Jamesie, who has news - his brother Johnny is coming home from England. Producer Kate Triggs
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