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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Allan Spence.


Unknown: Allan Spence.

: Farming Today

With Miriam O'Reilly.


Unknown: Miriam O'Reilly.

: Today

With Sarah Montague and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day
With the Rev Dr Alan Billings.


Unknown: Sarah Montague
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Dr Alan Billings.

: Start the Week

Andrew Marr and his guests set the cultural agenda for the week.
Producer Alice Feinstein Shortened repeat at9.30pm


Unknown: Andrew Marr
Producer: Alice Feinstein

: Book of the Week: Return to Paris

Colette Rossant , celebrated New York food writer and bestselling author of Apricots on the Nile, continues her memoirs in Return to Paris. She mixes vibrant memories of herteenage years in France after the Second World Warwith mouth-watering descriptions of meals that changed her life. Abridged in five parts by Penny Leicester and read by Barbara Flynn. 1: Paris and My French Family Producer Gemma Jenkins Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Colette Rossant
Read By: Barbara Flynn.
Producer: Gemma Jenkins

: Daily Service

Presented by the Rev Tony Burnham. The God of Abraham Praise (Leoni). Genesis 17, wl-8. 0 Rest in the Lord (Mendelssohn). Have Faith in God, My Heart (St Ethelwald). With the Chester Cathedral Choristers, director of music David Poulter. Producer Philip Billson


Unknown: Tony Burnham.
Music: David Poulter.
Producer: Philip Billson

: Woman's Hour

Presented byJenni Murray. Polly Vacher , aged 59, talks about her plan to fly solo around the world. She sets off tomorrow.
10.45 Where Angels Fear to Tread
Part 1 of this week's Woman's Hour drama. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Presented Byjenni: Polly Vacher

: Random Edition

Peter Snow brings to life stories from historic newspapers. 5: The Times, Tuesday 27 November 1951. There's news from Everest of Eric Shipton 's reconnaissance expedition, which was to pave the wayfor Edmund Hillary 's ascent in 1953. Chris Bonington explains why Shipton himself didn'tget to the top. Schooldays under the legendary headmaster of Rugby School Dr Arnold come to life with the discovery of letters from the period. Plus Peruvian guano and the British involvement in its trade. Producer Andrew Green


Unknown: Eric Shipton
Unknown: Edmund Hillary
Unknown: Chris Bonington
Producer: Andrew Green

: Hopes and Desires

Vongole. By Michael Butt. In the first of a four-part series of comedies about unconscious yearnings, Bill Nighy plays Professor Swann, whose favourite pastime is seducing female students over a languorous meal of spaghetti vongole. But what is he really looking for? And can he improve before he's landed in deeper water than the ornate Italian clam he so relishes?
Producer/director Peter Kavanagh


Unknown: Michael Butt.
Unknown: Bill Nighy
Director: Peter Kavanagh
Tristram: Bill Nighy
Minnie: Emma Callander
Helen: Miranda Colchester
Freddie: Stephen Critchlow
Mamma/Judy: Carolyn Jones

: You and Yours

With Winifred Robinson and John Waite.


Unknown: Winifred Robinson
Unknown: John Waite.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: Counterpoint

Ned Sherrin welcomes three more contestants in the quest forthe brightest amateur music expert of the year. Producer PaulBajoria Repeated on Saturday atllpm


Unknown: Ned Sherrin

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Little Lives

By Kate Atkinson. The award-winning novelist's first radio play- a funny and moving monologue in which Alannah McKay from Edinburgh is retiring after 32 years of teaching. "My last week of teaching, the last ever. Fancy that. One minute you're just out of training college standing nervously in front of your first class and you turn around and.... it's all gone. Everything passes, that's what they say, don't they?" With Brigit Forsyth as Alannah.


Writer: Kate Atkinson
Director: Pauline Harris
Alannah McKay: Brigit Forsyth

: Money Box Live

Vincent Duggleby and guests answer questions on home buying and mortgages. Producer Diane Richardson


Unknown: Vincent Duggleby
Producer: Diane Richardson

: The Whole Story and Other Stories

A week of readings from the new collection by Ali Smith. 1: The Universal Story. Roxana Pope reads this multi-layered tale about- among many other things - a woman in a second-hand bookshop, a female housefly, and the successive owners of a 1974 Penguin edition of The Great Gatsby. Producer David Jackson Young


Unknown: Ali Smith.
Unknown: Roxana Pope
Producer: David Jackson Young

: A Diary of Climate Change

Vanessa Collingridge begins a five-part journey in the steps of polar adventurer William Speirs Bruce , who pioneered climate studies in Antarctica 100 years ago. A team of scientists hope their expedition will be a fitting tribute to the godfather of climate-change science - but even modern equipment is no match for the harsh conditions of the South Atlantic. Part 1. Producer Lynne Mennie


Unknown: Vanessa Collingridge
Unknown: William Speirs Bruce
Producer: Lynne Mennie

: The Food Programme

Food and Landscape. Sheila Dillon explores the role of the farmer and the consumer in shaping the landscape. Extended repeat of yesterday 12.30pm


Unknown: Sheila Dillon

: Four Corners

Gavin Esler examines the political and spiritual significance of forests across the globe and discovers how far proverbs offer a window into other cultures. Producer Amber Dawson


Unknown: Gavin Esler
Producer: Amber Dawson

: PM

With Clare English and Carolyn Quinn.


Unknown: Carolyn Quinn.

: Quote ... Unquote

Joining Nigel Rees to exchange favourite quotations and anecdotes this week are Nick Higham , Julian Fellowes , Matthew Parris and Lynne Truss. The reader is Peter Jefferson.
Producer Carol Smith Repeated Sunday 12.04pm
BBC RADIO COLLECTION: A collection of highlights from this show is available on audio cassette at good retail outlets or www.bbcshop.com Call [number removed]


Unknown: Nigel Rees
Unknown: Nick Higham
Unknown: Julian Fellowes
Unknown: Matthew Parris
Unknown: Peter Jefferson.
Producer: Carol Smith

: The Archers

Will's got those Bank Holiday blues.
Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Francine Stock investigates the lives and work of four British artists - John Piper , Graham Sutherland , Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious. Producer AasiyaLodhi


Unknown: Francine Stock
Artists: John Piper
Artists: Graham Sutherland
Artists: Edward Bawden
Artists: Eric Ravilious.

: Where Angels Fear to Tread

By EM Forster. Adapted in ten parts by Penny Leicester. The lure of southern Europe clashes with the propriety of the north in Forster's witty story of English conventions confounded by the romanticism of Italy. Parti.
Producer/director Di Speirs Repeat of 10.45am


Unknown: Em Forster.
Unknown: Penny Leicester.
Director: Di Speirs
Narrator: Sian Thomas
Philip: Jamie Bamber
Caroline: Emilia Fox
MrsHerriton: Sara Kestelman
Harriet: Deborah Findlay
Lilia: Teresa Gallagher
Gino: Tom George
Irma: Imogen Hamilton-Jones

: Which Way Are We Facing?

The first of a new three-part series in which Gavin Esler asks whether Britain is becoming closer
- politically, economically and culturally - to Europe Or to America. Producer Martin Rosenbaum


Unknown: Gavin Esler
Producer: Martin Rosenbaum

: Crossing Continents

Libya. There are signs that Colonel Gadaffi's closely controlled state is opening up. Rosie Goldsmith finds OUt if this is really true. Repeated from Thursday


Unknown: Rosie Goldsmith

: Was It a Bird or Was It a Plane?

From the peregrine falcon, the fastest living vertebrate, to the corncrake that against all odds performs astonishingly long migrations, birds are masters of the air. Our own attempts at flying are pale imitations, and we're still learning from birds in our quest to perfect the ideal flying machine.
Howard Stableford investigates whetherthe gap between the real and the artificial bird is closing. Producer Brett Westwood


Unknown: Howard Stableford
Producer: Brett Westwood

: Start the Week

Repeated from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Claire Bolderson.


Unknown: Claire Bolderson.

: Book at Bedtime: The Pursuit of Happiness

By Douglas Kennedy. Produced and abridged in ten parts by Lisa Osborne and read by Barbara Barnes. 6: Sara takes a walk in a snowy Central Park in New York and has a fateful encounterwith an old flame.
Producer Lisa Osborne


Unknown: Douglas Kennedy.
Unknown: Lisa Osborne
Read By: Barbara Barnes.
Producer: Lisa Osborne

: Home Truths

John Peel takes a look at the foibles of family life.


Unknown: John Peel

: News

: Book of the Week: Return to Paris

Part 1. Repeated from 9.45am

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