The Romantic composer Frederic Chopin was born in Poland but spent most of his short life in exile in France. He became a celebrated figure in Parisian society, though in private he endured recurring ill-health and a tumultuous relationship with George Sand. Haydn Gwynne reads from this compelling portrait of the composer's brief life by Benita Eisler. Abridged in five parts by Doreen Estall. Producer Emma Harding Repeated at 12.30am
Peter Snow brings to life stories from historic newspapers. Last in the series. 6: The Penny Illustrated Paper, May 22nd, 1869.
Thumbing the pages of this early illustrated newspaper, Peter Snow discovers the international craze for
Boneshakers - bicycles, but not as we know them. Why did the Boneshaker bubble burst? There are trips to Dublin for a tour of Daniel O'Connell 's
Glasnevin cemetery- last resting place for a host of famous names - and to the site that saw the 1869 Scottish gold rush. Producer Andrew Green
The Nonentity. By Marcy Kahan , starring Kenneth Cranham and Eleanor Bron. Moscow: Dmitri once made agood living writingdull social-realist stories that pleased the ruling communist party. Now times have changed and his work is ignored. So why has a young woman publisherflown all the way from London to meet him?
Producer/director Peter Kavanagh
By David Varela. It's Rome 1962, and Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton , the biggest, most expensive movie ever made, is in production. The film is terribly delayed, hugely over-budget and the co-stars are causing a terrific scandal. Meanwhile, Gil, the production meteorologist, has his eye on Olivia, one of Cleopatra's handmaidensbut she's definitelv not interested.
Director Mary Peate
Giving Ourselves Away. By Robert Edric. The first of five specially commissioned stories, read by the authors at the Ilkley Literature Festival. Today's story imagines a world in which fat people fight for their rights. Producer Jill Waters
Joining Nigel Rees to exchange favourite quotations and anecdotes this week are Jennie Bond ,
Naomi Gryn , Deborah Bull and Bonnie Greer. The reader is Meryl O'Keeffe.
Producer Carol Smith Repeated Sunday 12.04pm
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By EM Forster. Adapted in ten parts by Penny
Leicester. Part 6: As Philip and Harriet arrive in Monteriano to rescue the unfortunate Lilia's beastly baby from the horrors of an Italian upbringing, Philip finds himself once more captivated by the country he is supposed to decrv.
Producer/director Di Speirs Repeat of 10.45am
Kenya. Kenya's new government wants to show that it's serious about change and says it's clamping down on corruption, It has introduced compulsory free primary education and has released prisoners from death row. But schools are bursting at the seams and prisoners only have the clothes they stand up in. So can Kenya's National Rainbow
Coalition government really overturn decades of misrule and corruption? Esther Armah travels to Nairobi to find OUt. Repeated from Thursday
Chris Mead , the Nightingale Man. A new series begins with a special programme paying tribute to birdwatcher and broadcaster Chris Mead , who died earlierthis year. The nightingale had a special significance for Chris, as Lionel Kelleway discovers when he travels to Suffolk.
Producer Sarah Blunt Repeated tomorrow at 11.00am
Alan Sillitoe 's classic novel set in the 1950s tells the story of Arthur Seaton , a hard-drinking young man who works in a Nottingham bicycle factory by day and lives life to the full by night. Abridged in ten parts by Jane Marshall. Read by Paul Copley.
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