By John Nichol and Tony Rennell. Abridged by Richard Hamilton. In June 1944 the end of the Second World War was in sight, but not for the hundreds of thousands of prisoners of war held captive in camps across Germany. Here they recount the harrowing stories of the brutality meted out by their captors in the last months of conflict. Read by Jonathan Keeble. Part 1. producer Elizabeth Allard
1: Bath. Archaeologist Julian Richards begins a new series of the programme exploring how towns take shape. In Bath he discovers why the Romans built an "alternative" workingtown away from the pilgrims and the waters; how Georgian planners created
Europe'sgreatest resort for the beautiful people of the 18th century and why the town's architectural splendours are down to just three men - a quarryman, an architect and a gambler. Producer John Byme
An audio portrait of the writer whose comic stories and essays Frank Muir said were "as English as baked jam roll". Fellow humourist Miles Kington looks back at the life and work of HF Ellis , who died at the age of 93 in 2000. Richard Briers reads a chapter from Ellis's comedy classic AJ Wentworth BA as well as extracts from his advice to the middle-aged
"mediatrics", together with pieces for Punch and The New Yorker. The author himself recalls his long career as a humorous casual in conversations recorded in his 90th year. Producer Tony Staveacre
Liz Barclay and Winifred Robinson present a special programme which sets out to untangle Red Tape
Britain, with a series of reports from the frontline of form-filling, data compiling and rule regulation. The alleged Red Tapers get their say as the programme asks: what exactly is red tape?
How much of it is vital protection from a culture of compensation? And listeners can nominate the form they'd most like to consign to the shredder in tomorrow's Call You and Yours. Producer Andrew Smith
Specially commissioned to celebrate 40 years of the Belfast Festival at Queen's, five acclaimed writers read their light-hearted stories before an audience. 1: The Magi by James Ellis. When one of the three wise men from the East, east Belfast that is, decides to circumnavigate the globe, he indulges in a Spot Of "time travel". Producer Heather Brennon
In the 18th and 19th centuries the coast of East
Anglia was the equivalent of the Ml today. But rotten ships and drunken captains regularly fell foul of the sandbanks round Norfolk and from coastal villages sprang a new band of heroes called lifeboatmen. In the first of four programmes, Paul Heiney looks back Over 200 years Of self sacrifice. Producer Neil Walker
The special guestsjoining Nigel Rees to exchange favourite quotations and anecdotes this week are Wendy Holden , Dominic Holland , Ben Moor and Andrew Mueller. The reader is Tim Gudgin. Producer Carol Smith Repeated Sunday 12.04pm
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By Jennie Buckman. It is 1978 and idealistic Norma goes to Cuba for the Socialist Youth Festival and keeps a diary of this "Club Med for Reds". Part 1.
Other parts played by Scott Brooksbank. Simon Donaldson and Joanna Monro Director Janet Whitaker RepeatoflO.45am
In the first of two programmes, Mark Handscomb examines the work of the Modernisation Agency within the NHS. The Agency claims to be improving practice everywhere - from GP surgeries to operating theatres - but will patients notice the difference? Editor David Ross
The Kurds of Northern Iraq have felt the full brunt of Saddam Hussein 's ire: forced deportations, massacres and, in 1988, the use of deadly chemical weapons on thousands of people. But since 1991, the Kurds have been protected by a British-American no-fly zone and are now experiencing an economic boom. War in Iraq will change all this. George Arney crosses the Tigris river into Iraqi Kurdistan to ask what the Kurds have to gain or to lose from any American attempt to unseat Saddam Hussein. Producer Matthew Chapman Repeated from Thursday 11am
In the first of a new series Pippa Greenwood explores the horticultural science behind the battles - in your backyard.
Not everything in the garden is rosy. Plants are armed to the teeth in their battle to survive, says Pippa Greenwood
Growing Science 9.00pm R4
Poised, alert, ready to pounce and destroy - gardens are a seething mass of trouble just waiting to explode with dangerous weapons, or at least red-hot pokers. That's the claim of this new series, which delves into the science behind plant life and doesn't mind doing it with as much violent imagery as it can manage. It's not quite a streetwise Gardeners' Question Time, not quite a rough-and-tumble Chelsea Flower Show, but you won't look at your herbaceous border the same way after this. Pippa Greenwood talks attack and defence in the horticultural world, explaining just why some plants are poisonous and what dangers they face. If it were only the plants in danger you could simply shrug your shoulders, but you're going to be very surprised by this opening edition, and very put off mowing the lawn.
When during the summer of 1921 three men come to fire the Big House in County Cork, they ignite a chain of events which has tragic consequences for the mother, father and child who live there. Dermot Crowley begins reading William Trevor 's haunting new masterpiece. Abridged in ten parts by Sally Marmion. Parti.
Producer Di Speirs
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