Every two weeks around the world a language dies. With it goes the distinctive expression of a people's identity, history and culture, In the first of a new series Gavin Esler examines the extent of the threat to the world's linguistic diversity, travelling to
Australia where 90 per cent of indigenous languages have already been lost. Producer Amber Dawson
Comedy series by Emma Clarke about a group of retired private investors, the Cheadle Chancers.
3: Hall of Fame. Norma tries to buy popularity with the Cheadle Chancers by pretendingto be best friends with It's a Knockout presenter Stuart Hall.
But her web of deceit threatens to crumble when she spends thousands hiring a National Trust property. Then, when Stuart Hall arrives for his personal appearance, love blossoms in a priest-hole.
Original music by Big George Director Jim Poyser.
Pete McCarthy 's guests on the cryptic quiz show include art critics Brian Sewell and Robin Simon , and former Mastermind and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire winner David Edwards , Producer Sarah Rowlands
By Louise Oliver. In an overgrown wood stands a long forgotten crumbling cinema, once sparkling with stars ofthe silver screen. Now the Picture Palace is about to glitter again as two lovers make theirway through the undergrowth to rediscover its magic with the help of Clara the usherette. Music by Clive Bell.
Director Nadia Molinari
3: A Case of Nationality. In the Middle Ages the concept of nationality was simple: if you were born in England you were English. The case of Rex v Philippe de Beauvais in 1321 was instrumental in changing that concept. But today the laws of nationality are being quietly changed again. Deborah Bull investigates. Fordetails see Monday
Laurie Taylor hears how from pre-historic times, humans have developed specialist ways of dealing with the dead and dying, usually by leaving it to the experts. Archaeologist Timothy Taylor examines the consequences of choosing to insulate ourselves from the visceral facts Of life. Producer Jacqueline Smith
How many times have you wished you could tell your boss exactly what you think of him? Dr Raj Persaud hears about "360<legree feedback", a work assessment system which enables you to dojust that. Be prepared to be on the 360-degree feedback receiving end, though, too. Producer Marya Burgess
Mark Steel delivers another comedy lecture about the lives and works of the iconic figures of history.
Today's subject is Carthaginian elephantman and scourge of the Romans, Hannibal. With the help of Martin Hyder and Mel Hudson. Producer Lucy Armitage
By AS Byatt. Dramatised by John Harvey. 13: Daniel clashes with Joshua Ramsden at Dun Vale Farm, and Frederica's relationship with John Ottaker runs into difficulties. For details see Monday Repeat of 10.45am
ShouldSperm Donors Be Identified? This week's panel asks whether an individual conceived through donor insemination has the right to identifying information about their biological father. Chaired by Nick Ross. Producer Chris Walker Repeated Saturday 10.15pm
Dr Mark Porter on sperm-donor anonymity: page 40
Thirty years ago the Stormont Parliament was prorogued and a new cabinet post, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, established. Fourformer incumbents explain how their perceptions of the job, the people and the place were confounded or confirmed bytheirexperiences. 1. MerlynRees (1974-6)
Merlyn Rees presided overthe short-lived Power
Sharing Executive at Stormont, the first real attempt to devolve power after 1972. Rptd from Sunday 10.45pm
Peter Evans explores a new theory which suggests that some bacteria are harmless until they come into intimate contact with humans. The new evidence comes from the cholera microbe but the plague could behave in a similarfashion. As well as explaining historical outbreaks of disease, better vaccines against cholera may result.
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2: Beagle FM. Extraordinary archive radio recordings from the past two millennia of the wireless. Tonight it's 1836 and DJ Suzanne Cankerjoins Charles Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle. Written and performed by Claire Downes , Hazel Grain , Al Holloway , Ben Kozo ,
Stuart Lane and Patrick McNamara. Producer seanGrundy
Actor and writer Andrew Clover encourages his guests to confront truths about themselves through improvising a mythical fairytale with hidden meanings. The result is moving, sometimes funny and startlingly revelatory. Producer Gary Reich
Building a New Suffolk. Ipswich is getting a whole new suburb called Ravenswood, with 1,000 new homes going up on the town's former airport. Also being developed are tensions between two distinct groups - council tenants and homeowners. How do people create a sense of community on a building site?
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