In 1947 the British ruled over more than a billion people around the world -within two decades the empire was all butgone. A new six-part series tells the story behind the symbolic handover ceremonies when Britain gave up her imperial possessions.
Broadcaster and politician Trevor Phillips , who grew up in Guyana, one of Britain's former colonies, draws on his own background as he investigates the stories behind these flag lowering ceremonies. Producer Miles Warde Repeated at 9.30pm
Neil Pearson reads Gavin Weightman 's extraordinary new book aboutthe 19th-century trade in natural ice, "harvested" from the frozen lakes of New England and shipped across oceans to cool the brows of colonial communities throughout the world. Abridged by Morag Lyall. Part 1. Producer David Jackson Young Repeated at 12.30am
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Adam Hart-Davis begins afour-part series about flawed genius.1: The Enchantress of Numbers.The daughter of Byron, Ada Lovelace was the first person to foresee a future in which machines could think Hart-Davis investigates her controversial reputation as the world's first computer programmer. The reader is Kim HickS. Producer Mary Ward Lowery
By Steve Cochrane and Sue Morris. A cautionary comedy set in the Peak District. Justin is a clever little boy who's determined to grow up to be a great Northern writer. The only trouble is his parents. They're far too normal and happy. And, as everyone knows, to be a great writer you have to come from a broken home. So he sets about splitting them up, and all of a sudden his father starts looking like he's having an affair.... Producer Graham Frost
Peter Tinniswood has penned the second ofthis series of six plays on love. TheAirRaid: In a town on the south coast of England towards the end of 1940, Joyce's love flourishes. It is a most unusual love and is arcomDanied by the sound of air-raid sirens. Director Enyd Williams
A week of short stories from the Pleasance Cabaret Bar in Edinburgh, performed as part of this year's Festival Fringe. 1: Melon's, 69p by Lori Don. A young woman decides to take direct action against that ubiquitous high-street phenomenon -the rogue apostrophe. Read byGayanne Potter. Producer David Jackson Young
A week of programmes about daughters who have followed the same career as theirfathers. 1: Forthe Love of Music. Airto Moreira is widely hailed as one of the world's greatest percussionists. Growing up in his shadow has been hard for his daughter Diana Booker. But she inherited his passion for music and eventually formed her own band. Producer Shreepali Patel
Chairman Nicholas Parsons isjoined in Bradford this week by Jenny Eclair , Gyles Brandreth , Chris Neill and Clement Freud. Producer Claire Jones Rptd Sunday 12.04pm BBC RADIO COLLECTION: A selection from this series is available on five volumes of audio cassette at good retail outlets or www.bbcshop.com Call [number removed]
By Colin Shindler. The story of four generations of women in a London Jewish family, told against a background of historical events and the importance of a recipe for chicken soup. 1: Sarah. Sarah and Isaac Weinberg flee from the pogroms in Russia and attempt to make ends meet in First World War London.
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Veterinary science is changing fast. In the first of two programmes, Graham Easton talks to veterinary students at Liverpool University about the highs and lows of being a young vet. Producer Julia Durbin
Spain. The Spanish Prime Minister says that a scheme to divert part of the Ebro River in the north east to irrigate the parched south will make his country
"more unified, more caring and more just." But the scheme has provoked one of the greatest public displays of anti-government sentiment Spain has seen since the days of Franco's dictatorship. Julian Pettifer investigates. Producer Lucy Ash Rpt of Thursday 11am
Space to Breathe. Environmentalist Chris Baines presents his view of how a "joined-up" approach to managing ourcountryside can bring back Britain's declining wildlife. In the first ofthree programmes, he begins in towns, where parks and green spaces are notjust havens for biodiversity, but are also vital for our own health and happiness. Producer Brett Westwood
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