Day 1: 21 October 1962
The first of eight programmes in which Chris Lowe charts the day-by-day events of the crisis and the impact it had on the lives of ordinary people around the world. Producers Clare Csonka , Paul Kobrak and Phil Tinline
5: Around New York. Radio has always been
Tony Schwartz 's first love. As Alan Dein discovers, he has filled the airwaves with the prophecies of Marshall McLuhan , opened the ears of New Yorkers to the sounds and soul of their city and stopped politicians in their tracks. But what will his sound legacy be? Producer Mark Burman
Arthur Miller became a victim of the McCarthy witch-hunts of the 1950s, but through this experience he found the perfect metaphorfor those Cold Wartimes in his play about the Salem witch trials, The Crucible. He reads his own account of a crucial moment in the Cold War. Abridged in five parts by Christopher Bigsby. Part 1. Produced by Ned Chaillet
"You can tell Fidel he'll soon see a triumphant revolution in America, and if you can, tell my wife to remarry and try to be happy." The last words of Che Guevara before his execution, spoken to CIA agent Felix Rodriguez. Nick Caistor profiles Rodriguez, a vehement anti-communist whose passionate hatred of Fidel Castro has been the driving force in his life.
By Nikolai Gogol. Rene Basilico's two-part adaptation of Gogol's classic satire of municipal sleaze and corruption in 19th-century Russia.
By Mary Cooper. It is 1869. In a Welsh farmhouse 12-year-old Sarah Jacob lies decked in a crown of flowers. Pilgrims come to see the marvellous girl who takes no food or drink, and an ambitious minister investigates.
Producer Claire Grove
The first of five short stories by Frank O'Connor.
1: My Oedipus Complex. Larry had always prayed for his fatherto be sent home safely from the war. But when his prayers were answered he "began to think that God wasn 't quite what he was cracked up to be." Read byTP McKenna. Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.
The first of five programmes celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Rim
Theatre. 1: John Madden , director of Shakespeare in Love, delves into what actors think of directors. Producer Dave Morley
By Margaret Drabble. Dramatised in five parts by Michelene Wandor. 1: Strange Meeting. Set in middle-class, mid-20th-century London, Rosamund Stacey finds herself pregnant after her first sexual encounter. Against all the odds stacked against her, the predictions of her friends and the prejudice and sorrow she endures, she finds love and a new definition for her life in the perfection and helplessness of her babv daughter.
Director Marilyn lmrie
2: Evan Davis concludes his report on the crisis of confidence that may be creating a vacuum at the heart of the global economic system. He looks beyond the details of individual corruption and excess for the wider causes of the problems in the way the American economy has developed. Will a few arrests and a touch on the regulatory tiller be enough to address these issues? Editor Stephen Chilcott
Simon Calder concludes his investigation into how ship's log books from the past four centuries are proving to be a rich source of information for scientists today. 2: Scientists and historians are plumbing the archives for clues about changes in global Climate. Producer Pamela Rutherford
Great White Sharks. Mark Carwardine 's diving adventure brings him face-to-face with great white sharks off Guadeloupe, providinghim with some extraordinary underwater recordings.
Producer Joanne Stevens Repeated tomorrow at 11am
9.30 Falkland Families Repeated from 9am
By Margharita Laski. Set in postwar France, one man's heartbreaking journey to find his missing child. 6: He goes to a small rural orphanage where he is introduced to a young boy called Jean - is this his son? Read by Jamie Glover.
Abridged in ten parts by Alison Joseph.
Producer Gemma Jenkins
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