Melvyn Bragg explores six critical moments from the last 1,000 years through the accounts of ordinary men and women. 4: Plantation and the Seeds of Discord This week, Melvyn travels to Northern Ireland to investigate the lot of the native Irish working man and woman at the end of the Elizabethan era. The power of the English crown has finally vanquished the last stronghold of the Ulster lords and now settles - or " plants" - Scots and English on their formerterritory. It could only end in tears. Producer Simon Elmes Rptd 9.30pm
Presented by Canon Noel Vincent. Tell Out, My Soul (Woodlands). Luke 1, w46-55. Gonna Set Down and Rest a While (Allain). Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit (arr Burton). With the National Youth TrainingChoir. Director of music Deborah Catterall.
It's been described as one of the most beautiful islands on earth butforthe past 19 years has been caught in the grip of one of the world's bloodiest civil wars. But that is now changing and the rival sides are returningto the negotiating table. Charles Haviland joins thousands of pilgrims at a festival deep in the heart of the Sri Lankan jungle and talks to young
Sinhalese and Tamils meeting each other for the first time. Producer Adele Armstrong Repeated Monday8. 30pm
In the return of this long-running series, maverick left-wing Labour MP Diane Abbott chooses favourite pieces of writing. Her choices include readings from Vanity Fair and Little Women (she considers both Becky Sharp and Jo Marsh as role models) plus The Way of the World by Congreve, which encapsulates her views on marriage, one character saying: "If I continue to endure you a little longer, I may by degrees dwindle into a wife." The readers are Burt Caesar and Dona Croll. Producer Jolyon Jenkins
Lord Ashley of Stoke appeals on behalf of a charity that campaigns for full civil and human rights for disabled people.
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4: Mr Heine by lain Crichton Smith. A schoolteacher on the eve of retirement receives a late-night visit from a man who claims to be a former pupil. But who exactly is this ingratiating individual? Read by Crawford Logan. For details see Monday
4: Falling Together. British champion skydiver Jeff Chandler jumps out of a plane in tandem with his daughter Pauline for the firsttime. Jeff has over
7,000jumps to his name, Pauline a "mere" 500. As they fall, memories of a childhood steeped in adrenaline and speed come flooding back to both. For details see Monday
Since 1995 scientists have uncovered 100 new planets within the Milky Way, and continue to discover more. Quentin Cooper talks to Keith Home from the University of St Andrews about the new technologies that mean we could discover 100 new exoplanets everyyear. Producer Alison Ayres E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Eldridge 's comedy series about a likeable ex-con trying to make good.1: Good Sports. Inter-gender rivalry leads to a surprisingly tough game between the boys' basketball squad and the ladies' netball team.
With Ewan Bailey, Helen Longworth and Sarah Paul Music by Jacqueline Dankworth and Harvey Brough Director Marilyn Imrie
4: Leah and Rachel. The 1960s. Leah's s daughter Rachel is not so keen on the idea of her Jewish inheritance as her parents' generation. In spite of the Six Day War she is not impressed by the idea of building on Israel's "finest moment" and following other young people to work on a kibbutz. For details see Monday Rptd from 10.45am
Follow the Leader? Stock market falls often precede economic slowdowns. Now, with debt high and profits already weak, the outlook is darkerfor pensioners, homeowners and companies.But Diane Coyle asks if the gloom has been overdone and if economies can prosper despite declining markets. Editor Nicola Meyrick Repeated Sunday 9.30pm
In a three-part series about the lucky accidents that have led to revolutionary discoveries in science,
Simon Singh delves into the extraordinary history of serendipitous breakthroughs which changed the world.1: Things That Go Flash in the Night. Read by James Bryce. Producer Amanda Hargreaves
By Lynne Truss. The Acropolis fish restaurant, 408BC. The Spartans are besieging Athens and food is scarce. It is not a great time to be in the catering business. 1: Signs. Uncle Liquidities demands that Plato give up philosophy and enter the funerary urn business.
Producer Brian King
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