Paul Richardson 's love affair with chocolate began with the box of chocolate animals his grandmother gave him every week. In this book he explores the history and cultural significance of the cacao bean and the passions roused by the products that derive from it. Abridged by Sarah LeFanu. 1: "'Twill Make Old Women Young and Fresh. "Read by John Telfer. Producer Sara Davies Repeated at 12.30am
Presented by Nigel Swinford. Take My Life
(Nottingham). 2 Corinthians 4, w5-ll. Jesu, the Very Thought of Thee (Bairstow). Forth in the Peace of Christ We Go (Deo Gracias). With the John Powell Singers. Director of music John Powell.
The Irish harp is one of the best-known national emblems in the world. For centuries the harpers were among the most prestigious figures in the Irish courts. When that way of life collapsed, their music was all but lost and in time the harp with its broken strings became a symbol of an Ireland subjected to English rule. Tony McAuley follows the fortunes of this ancient instrument. Producer Tony McAuley
A series of six two-handers written by Lynne Truss , exploring the premise that not only are there two sides to every story, but that there are differing sides to every personality. Each week features a characterwho appeared in the previous episode.
3: The Builder. Michael has found the ideal builder in Barry, a man who has knowledge of Italian bathroom fittings. But Barry discovers Michael has a "negative head", which can lead to all kinds of problems. Starring Phil Davis and Michael Maloney. Music by Rex Brough Producer Dawn Ellis
By Hattie Naylor. The second of two plays about the single-child policy in China. 2: Little Emperors
This storytells of the intense pressures and hopes heaped on an only child, resulting in the "haunting" of the family home by imaginary brothers and sisters, and leading eventually to his rebellion as a teenager.
Music by Christiaan Charles Virant Director Janet Whitaker
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Wang Lei, aged 16:
Wang Lei, aged 4:
A new series about the joys and trials of middle age.
1: You Wear it Well. Pot bellies, grey hairs, middle-age
- spread - when do you start fearing the words mutton and lamb? Clare Short , Stephanie Caiman and others take a long, hard look in the mirror. Producer Sara Conkey Is this it? page 33
Chairman Nicholas Parsons isjoined in Bristol by Clement Freud , Tony Hawks, Graham Norton and, making her debut on the programme, Pam Ayres. Producer Claire Jones Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
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By Charles Dickens. Dramatised in 25 episodes by Mike Walker. 21: Kit Nubbins - a thief?
With Richard Firth and Phillip Joseph
Music by Melanie Pappenheim and Anne Wood Director Jeremy Mortimer Repeat of 10.45am
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In the Mexico City Olympic Games of 1968, Jim Hines won the 100-metres race - the first time the distance had been run in underten seconds and among the first all-black line-up offinalists. But the achievement turned to disgrace laterwhen Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in the "black power salute" on the medal podium for the 200 metres. John Rawlingtalks to Smith, Hines and Professor Harry Edwards about the legacy of these events. Producer Simon Crosse
Ian Hislop continues his investigation into the confused history of the patron saints of Britain and Ireland.
Ask most Welsh people who St David was and the response will probably include an old man with a dove on his shoulder, a recollection that he liked "doing the little things" and a puzzled reference to a leek. So Ian Hislop is surprised to discover that the real St David was a monk, conceived as a result of a sexual assault, who liked to stand up to his neck in freezing cold water. How he came to be the patron saint of anywhere, never mind Wales, is a long story.
The Common Scoter. Possibly one of the least-known sea birds in the world, the common scoter is the UK's rarest breeding duck. The Sea Empress disaster killed almost 5,000 scoter and, with a new threat emerging in the shape of proposed windfarms, Mark Carwardine finds out from the conservationists how they are attempting to gather crucial information on this elusive duck.
Producer Sheena Duncan Repeated tomorrow at 11am
By Daniel Mason. Michael Maloney reads the haunting story of a 19th-century piano tuner who travels on a strange mission to the heart of Burma. 6: Edgar Drake meets the charismatic doctor who has summoned him to his isolated jungle compound. Abridged by Roger Pine. Producer Sara Davies
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