Barry Humphries is rarely seen as himself. At last, here he is in his own voice, reading all this week from his finely written and funny new autobiography.
1: He evokes the Melbourne of his youth, and flashes forward to the dangers of celebrity in Australia. Producer Ned Chaillet Repeated at 12.30am
From the Parish Church of St Andrew and St George, Edinburgh, introduced by the Rev Johnston McKay , with the Chamber Choir of Edinburgh Academy. Director of music Peter Backhouse. Organist Philip Coad.
5: Oxford. Only in Oxford would an institution founded in 1379 be called New College. Julian Richards peers into the medieval mistto discern the origins of Oxford University in the Black Death. There he fingers the scorch marks left in 1555 by the burning of the Protestant Martyrs and traces the enmity of Town and Gown back to the Civi War. Producer Peter Everett
Another yarn about Scotland's most celebrated doctor, in Sue Rodwell's new dramatisations of A.J. Cronin's comic stories.
When scarlet fever hits Levenford, Finlay tries his hand at being a private detective - with disastrous results.
Producers Jeremy Howe and Viv Beeby
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The second semi-final in the nationwide general knowledge contest features contestants from the Midlands and the North West of England. The chairman is Robert Robinson. Producer Richard Edis RptdSatllpm
By Judith French. A painting of a small child seen on a market stall forces Kathleen to relive the experience of finding an abandoned baby - an event that changed her life for ever.
Director Marc Beeby
Is it betterto have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? The first of five stories about the bitterness of love, by Amanda Smyth and Hanan al-Shaykh. 1. Waiting. By Amanda Smyth. Secret love is the sweetest thing, but sometimes a girl Wants more. Producer Lisa Osborne
A five-part series exploring the history, mythology, science and politics of blood. 1: Blood Magic
Graeme Garden explores the myths and symbolism behind blood, from the Druids and Ancient Egyptians to the Victorians, and South American cultures such as the Maya and the Aztecs. Producer Martin Kurzik Liquid Assets: page 44
The panel-based entertainment show comes from the Grand Theatre Blackpool, where Tony Hawks joins regularteam members Tim Brooke-Taylor , Graeme Garden and Barry Cryer , with chairman Humphrey Lyttelton. Colin Sell is at the piano. Producer Jon Naismith Repeated Sunday 12.04pm
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ByMarjorie Hillis. Mary Cutler 's witty and imaginative five-part dramatisation of the 1935 bestseller. It's the story of Marjorie, who's single and writing the book with the assistance of Sylvia, whose husband died in the war, and Judith, who is committed to the women's movement. They have to cope with the interference of Frank, who dotes on Marjorie and has hopes for happiness;after all, he's got money already. Part 1.
Director Chris Wallis Repeat of 10.45am
Alex Kirby meets the Church of England's new recruits as they take their first tentative steps into a demanding and sometimes hostile world. The first of two progammes reveals how new priests are selected and follows successful applicants as they complete theirtraining and prepare to put on their dog-collars. Are they ready? Producer Brian King
Thailand. The Thais are paying a terrible price for their growing addiction to a synthetic form of speed called methamphetamine, known locally as yaa baa or "crazy medicine". Olenka Frenkiel joins the patrols that are trying to stop the drug traffickers from crossing the borderwith Burma. She visits army boot camps for convicted addicts and discovers that hundreds of Buddhist monks have been enlisted to fight this menace.
Repeated from Thursday
How happy is a chicken? And how can you tell? The welfare of chickens grown for meat is the main focus of pressure to change this highly sophisticated industry in the future, but how do you do it and how much will it cost? Sue Broom looks at a range of research from aromatherapy to genetic manipulation.
Producer Deborah Cohen
Anton Lesser begins reading one of Margery Allingham 's most evocative thrillers, with the investigation led bythe incomparable detective Albert Campion. 1: A visit from the dead.
Abridged in ten parts by Doreen Estall. Producer Di Speirs
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