John Humphrys talks to more high-fliers who have experienced turbulent times. 2: As Director of Pubhc
Prosecutions, David Calvert-Smith is held responsible forthe alleged shortcomings of the Crown
Prosecution Service. Producer Brian KingRptd at 9.30pm
Travelling by train is one of the safest methods of transport and fundamental to this is the signalling system. But will new technology mean the end of the line for the signalmen or are there economic and social factors that could secure the role of the signalbox as part of the railway system for another 150 years? in a new series, BBC transport correspondent Alan Whitehouse visits five signal boxes to find out howthey work and meets signalmen and women, past and present.
1: Bewdley North. The first leg of his journey is on a preserved steam line, the Severn Valley Railway. Producer Andy Cartwright
2: Travels in West Africa. Zoe Aldrich reads from
Mary Kingsley 's memoir of Africa, about her intrepid expedition to the west coast of Africa, in which she encounters crocodiles and intense discomfort in a huge mangrove swamp.
For details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am
Barry Cryer investigates the genesis and popular appeal of six key comic characters from radio and TV, each encapsulating the British response to the mood and developments of a decade.
3: Neddie Seagoon. Played by Harry Secombe ,
Neddie Seagoon was a central character in The
Goons and a foil to Bloodnok, Eccles, Bluebottle et al. Written by Mike Barfield. Producer Angela Sherwin
Russell Davies looks at the stories behind the opening nights of well-known musicals.
3: Oh What a Lovely War. On 19 March 1963 war broke out in the unlikely surroundings of the Theatre Royal in East London. Oh What a Lovely IVarwas waged by Joan Littlewood and her Theatre
Workshop, fought in Pierrot costumes and deployed tickertape, photographs andjingoistic songs with ironic precision. Producer Mark Burman
By Ian McMillan, Barnsley Football Club's poet-in-residence.
Erik, Raymond's dad, the only Norwegian in Barnsley (apart from Dr Ulf, and he got struck off) suggested it to him as he sat in the tin bath in the sauna he'd made in the yard: "I'll tell thee this, Raymond lad, although a life is a matter of years, the bad things that happen in it are only a matter of minutes." And here it is: Raymond's life, in 60-second bursts.
Songs composed and played by Finetime Fontayne
Tuba music composed and played by Oren Marshall
2: My Daughter, the Fox. By Jackie Kay. When a woman gives birth on the stroke of midnight to a baby fox the midwife screams. Kay's story explores a maternal love which surpasses all obstacles and the struggle mothers must eventually face when the time comes to lettheir child out into the world. Read by Siobhan Redmond.
For details see yesterday
A six-part comedy series written by and starring Linda Smith , with Jeremy Hardy , Martin Hyder ,
Margaret John , Dillie Keane , Chris Neill and Femi Olufowuju Junior. 4: Linda finds herself in "the new Islington", as East End house prices go stratospheric
. Producer Jon Rolph
By Edith Olivier. Adapted by Lavinia Murray.
2: Agatha Bodenham 's imaginary child begins to become more and more visible and, after a trip to the seaside, she returns with Agatha to take up her place in the household. For details see yesterday Repeat of 10.45am
As farmers and rural businesses across Britain prepare to sue the Government for its "mishandling" of the foot-and-mouth crisis, Jenny Cuffe examines evidence that early signs of the disease were missed or ignored, and asks whether a more effective response could have limited the cost to farmers and taxpayers. Editor David Ross Repeated Sunday 5pm
The first in a new series examining the key issues surrounding adolescence. Connie St Louis talks to teenagers dealing with raging hormones and investigates whether there is scientific evidence to back up the concerns of parents and teachers that puberty is starting earlier. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Producer Erika Wright Repeated tomorrow 4.30pm
By Annie McCartney. A four-part comedy series about the bohemian residents of Marlborough Road, Belfast, who are saved from their own chaos by Sally, their cleaning lady. 3: The Minister Has a Windo Director and producer Tanya Nash
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