Is a misplaced apostrophe a catastrophe? Is a semi-colon as good as a whole one? Has the proper use of the comma reached a full stop? Lynne Truss explores the changing fashions of punctuation.
5: Punctuatingthe Future. From ivy leaves to smiley faces, a look at punctuation marks lost and gained. Producer Penny Vine
Jim and Teena Heimerick live 200 miles north of the one-horse town of Dead Horse in Alaska. For three generations the Helmericks have endured the rigours of the Arctic and survived. But now they are threatened by something far more frightening, as Howard Stableford finds out. Producer Julian Hector
Comedian and broadcaster Mervyn Stutter presents a wry look at the art of the type of impressionist who attempts to sound like animals or machines. With contributions from Percy Edwards , Ronnie Ronalde and Reginald Gardner , producer Libby cross
In 1912 music hall artistes gained social approval when some of them were commanded to perform in the first Royal Variety Performance. Hitherto they had been entertainers oftheworkingclass, albeit enjoyed by the "toffs" and even royalty. In the second of two programmes, Tim Healey looks at how the success of music hall may also have brought about its decline. Producer Paul Evans
By E Nesbit. A hidden gem from the author of The
Railway Children, dramatised in two parts by Peter Kerry. 2: Philip and Lucy set off to relieve the islanders of the Great Fear.
Music by Rick Juckes Director Chris Wallis
2: Old Dogs, New Tricks by Stella Duffy.
Marion Glaister has worked for the same company for 30 years, so when she is given three months' notice, she ensures that her presence will be sorely missed. Read by Marlene Sidaway. For details see yesterday
In a Christmas adventure with plenty of spirit, Tony Hawks has decided to try to collect every item featured in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, just to make his girlfriend happy. But how many pipers will he convince to pipe? How many lords can he possibly get to leap? Andjust how much is it all going to COSt him, anyway? Producer DannyWallace
Rosie Boycott and her guests, documentary film-maker Roger Graef and Labour MP George Galloway , discuss three of their favourite paperbacks: Once in a House on Fire by Andrea Ashworth , Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia
Marquez, and Burmese Days by George Orwell. Producer Jolyon Jenkins Repeated Sunday 5 January 11pm
2: Dark Times, Dark Places. A lyrical montage of vivid experiences of darkness, featuring the solitary dark of the seabed, the black Antarctic winter and a haunting account of blindness. Plus new works by poets Sarah Maguire and John Burnside, mixing memory and imagination.
Producer Sean Walsh
A two-part festive special from Hell, written by Andy Hamilton. Parti. The Roll of the Dice. Satan embarks on a quest and encounters Queen Victoria, Harpo Marx and a highly intelligent bluebottle.
With Michael Fenton Stevens , Philip Pope , Felicity Montagu and Claire Skinner.
Producer Paul Mayhew-Archer Repeated 11.30pm
Another chance to hearthe exclusive interview with American writer John Updike , marking his 70th birthday earlierthis year. He talks to Mark Lawson about his childhood, religious faith and, of course, novels, including his chronicles of 1960s suburban sex in Couples, and his best-known book The Witches of Eastwick, later adapted as a film and a West End musical. Producer John Goudie Revised repeat
A year in the life of hunt master James Barclay , whose family have hunted foxes for over 100 years. But 2002 is the yearthe hunting fraternity in England held its breath -would Parliament ban it?
Producer Gabi Fisher Repeated on Sunday 5 January
How do you judge a miracle? Dr Raj Persaud examines the work of the doctors of Lourdes, whose job it is to scientifically investigate claims made by pilgrims who claim to have been cured by divine intervention. EMAIL: email@example.com Producer Rami Tzabar
Two centuries ago, when the established church threw out the rough, locally-hewn carols sung in South Yorkshire villages, they could not have guessed they would survive in the pubs and taverns. Historians explain how the custom came about, and singers talk about how they keep it going. Producer Dave Sheasby Repeat of Christmas Day 11am
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