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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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