Gerry Anderson visits the annual Orby Sales in County Kildare, where the cream of Irish bloodstock is at auction. The hot hooves of the magnificent racehorses contrast with the cool heads of their sellers and prospective buyers, who include some of the world's richest owners. Around L24 million is spent during the course of the two-day sale, in an atmosphere charged with excitement and tension. But as Anderson, a stranger to the world of thoroughbred horses, admits: "It's almost like travelling in a parallel universe." Producer Chris Spurr
More puzzles from Chris Maslanka and his guests as they attempt to baffle each other with more mindbending brainteasers based on words, numbers and logic. On this week's panel are medical physicist and maze-designer Professor Angela Newing , magician Geoffrey Durham and author and puzzle-setter Paul Lamford. Send your puzzles and answers to Puzzle Panel,
BBC Radio 4. London W1A 1AA Email: puzzle.panel@>bbc.co.uk Producer Clare Csonka
A series of three plays inspired by great paintings. 2: The Death of Chatterton by Kelvin Segger.
Henry Wallis 's famous depiction of the suicide in a garrett of the young Romantic poet was posed for by the writer George Meredith , who was at the time married to Mary Ellen. Wallis fell in love with Mary Ellen , and subsequently eloped with herto Italy.
Kelvin Segger's play, built around commentary by Simon Wilson , consultant curator at the Tate, imagines what it must have been like during that period in Italy and tries to understand the emotional turmoil Wallis would have experienced while he was painting his lover's husband.
Producers Rosie Boulton and Peter Leslie Wild
3: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? Do you still love the person you're married to? Do you still know the person you're married to? Clare Short , Stephanie Caiman and others confess the truth about love and relationships in the middle years. Fordetails see Monday
This week, Laurie Taylor presents an antidote to the January sales by dipping into second-hand culture. A six-year study of bric-a-brac and car-boot sales has produced unusual insights into the growing popularity of second-hand shopping. Producer Jacqueline Smith
Children often react to illnesses and treatments in a very different way to adults - how does the NHS and its paediatricians manage? This programme takes a look at the medical challenges of looking afterthe health of the nation's children.
Repeated from yesterday at 9pm
John Wilson reviews Roman Polanski's The Pianist, a film based on the autobiography of pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman - a Polish Jew who survived the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto during the Second World War. Producer Rebecca Nicholson
Michael Buerk chairs a debate on the moral conundrums behind one of the week's news stories. Claire Fox , Michael Gove , Steven Rose and Ian Hargreaves cross-examine witnesses who hold passionate but conflicting views.
Producer David Coomes Repeated on Saturday at 10.15pm
The fourth in a series of talks in which
Michael Shea , writer, diplomat, and former press secretary to the Queen, recalls his time at the palace and the pain and pleasure of life with the royal rat pack. Producer Zilah Watson Editor Nicola Meyrick
Bob May , president of the Royal Society, concludes his investigation of the outstanding questions in science with a look at the human mind. How do our brains work, what creates our consciousness and what can we do to enhance it?
Producer Martin Redfern E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
More of the same but slightly different from the show that spits the gargle of existence into the bathroom sink of being and introduces the man of substance to the woman of intuition. Starring comedian and songwriter Neil Innes. Producer Claire Jones
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