It's 6am in a village deep in the Brazilian jungle and already the temperature has sailed beyond 90 degrees. Frogs groan like foghorns, the sun-kissed
Amazon glides by a few yards away and insects swoop through the rustic wooden pavilion that's doing temporary duty as a courtroom, In the first of two programmes, Clive Anderson leaves the comfort of the English legal system to go on an Amazon river journey with a judge to find out how justice is taken to some of the most remote places in Brazil - by floating COUrt. Producer Sara Jane Hall
In the second of two programmes about cross-dressing in comedy, Ned Sherrin recalls some of the great drag artists and dames of the 20th century, including Danny La Rue , Norman Evans , Old Mother Riley and Mrs Shufflewick. Producer Bob Dickinson
Roger Bolton presents your opinions of BBC Radio programmes and policy. Write to: Feedback, PO Box 2100, London W1A 1QT. Fax: [number removed]
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By Rob John. The first manned space flight was on 12 April 1961 when Russian cosmonaut Right Major Yuri Gagarin completed a single orbit of the earth in 89 minutes. Later that year he made a triumphant visit to Great Britain. Back on Earth, 11-year-old children all over England were sitting the 11-plus exam and awaiting decisions which would alter the course of their lives. This is the story of one of those children - Michael - and how his own life and that of Yuri Gagarin become briefly linked.
Director Roland Jaquarello
The astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno concludes his beginner's guide to ideas, both ancient and modern, about how the universe will end. 5: Death by Industrial Accident. It's theoretically possible to create a particle that could devour the planet. Orthere might be a strange quantum fluctuation in space speeding across the cosmos right now, destroying everything in its path. Sojust how likely is Sudden annihilation? For details see Monday
The Home Secretary, David Blunkett , has introduced legislation that would allow juries to be told more about a defendant's previous convictions. Civil liberties campaigners say it will lead to defendants being judged on their past rather than on the evidence. Marcel Berlins and his guests debate whether it's time juries were trusted with more information. Producer Innes Bowen
Topical, impressions-based sketches from
Jon Culshaw , Jan Ravens , Kevin Connolly and Mark Perry. Producer Katie Tyrrell Repeated on Saturday at 12.30pm
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Ruth and David reach a decision.
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Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the debate from the Cambridge Union with a panel that includes
Secretary of State for Transport Alistair Darling, the European Union's external affairs commissioner
Chris Patten , columnist Peter Hitchens , and Kishwer Falkner , chairof policy forthe Liberal Democrats in London and a specialist in international relations. Producer Victoria Wakely Repeated on Saturday at 1.15pm
By Peter Straughan , based on the biography by Andrew Motion. From a hospital in the penal colonies of Tasmania, Thomas Griffiths Wainewright (1794-1847), painter and writer, looks back over his controversial life. Having inherited the family home, successive legacies supported his flamboyant lifestyle, yet he was tried forforgery and three of his close relatives died in suspicious circumstances.
Music by Oily Fox Director Susan Roberts
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