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: World News

: Prayer for the Day


: Farming Today

With Anna Hill.


Unknown: Anna Hill.

: Today

With John Humphrys and Edward Stourton.
6.25,7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With Clifford Longley.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Edward Stourton.
Unknown: Clifford Longley.

: Start the Week

Andrew Marr and guests set the cultural agenda for the week. Producer Alice Feinstein Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Andrew Marr
Producer: Alice Feinstein

: Book of the Week: Chopin's Funeral

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


Unknown: Frederic Chopin
Unknown: George Sand.
Unknown: Haydn Gwynne
Unknown: Benita Eisler.
Unknown: Doreen Estall.
Producer: Emma Harding

: Daily Service

From the Chapel of Unity, Methodist College, Belfast. Presented by the Rev Dr Bert Tosh. Producer Bert Tosh


Unknown: Dr Bert Tosh.
Producer: Bert Tosh

: Woman's Hour

Presented byjenni Murray.
10.45 Where Angels Fear to Tread Part 6 of the Woman's Hour drama. Drama repeated at 7.45pm

: Random Edition

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


Unknown: Peter Snow
Unknown: Daniel O'Connell
Producer: Andrew Green

: Hopes and Desires

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


Unknown: Marcy Kahan
Unknown: Kenneth Cranham
Director: Peter Kavanagh
Dmitri: Kenneth Cranham
Annoushka: Eleanor Bron
Claire: Sylvestra Le Touzel
Robert: Stephen Critchlow

: 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 chairs the wide-ranging music quiz from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Producer Paul Bajoria Repeated on Saturday at llpm


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Producer: Paul Bajoria

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Olivia's Line

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


Unknown: David Varela.
Unknown: Elizabeth Taylor
Unknown: Richard Burton
Director: Mary Peate
Gil: Andrew Scott
Olivia: Kelly Reilly
Steve: John Schwab
Mankiewicz: John Guerrasio
Simpson: Ryan McCluskey
Gianfranco: Vincenzo Nicoll
Charlotte/Taylorl: Helen Longworth
Burton: Tim Treloar

: Money Box Live

Vincent Duggleby and guests answer questions about personal finance, Producer Jessica Dunbar


Unknown: Vincent Duggleby
Producer: Jessica Dunbar

: Stories from the Ilkley Literature Festival

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


Unknown: Robert Edric.
Producer: Jill Waters

: Daft Questions

Five great idle thoughts of ourtime investigated by Evan Davis.
1: Why does the lift take so long? Producer Michael Blastland


Unknown: Evan Davis.
Producer: Michael Blastland

: The Food Programme

Cornwall. The first of a series of collaborations between The Food Programme and BBC Nations and Regions to investigate food cultures in Britain. Extended repeat of yesterday

: Four Corners

From art to anthropology, sport to science and politics to popular culture, Anne Mackenzie examines the similarities and differences in cultures across the globe. Producer Amber Dawson


Unknown: Anne MacKenzie
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 Jennie Bond ,
Naomi Gryn , Deborah Bull and Bonnie Greer. The reader is Meryl O'Keeffe.
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: Jennie Bond
Unknown: Naomi Gryn
Unknown: Deborah Bull
Unknown: Bonnie Greer.
Producer: Carol Smith

: The Archers

Ed's causing concern. Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Francine Stock chairs the arts show, which features a report by John Wilson from one of the contenders forthe Gulbenkian Prize for museums and galleries. Producer Ekene Akalawu


Unknown: John Wilson
Producer: Ekene Akalawu

: Where Angels Fear to Tread

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


Unknown: Em Forster.
Director: Di Speirs
Narrator: Sian Thomas
Philip: Jamie Bamber
Caroline: Emilia Fox
Mrs Herriton: Sara Kestelman
Harriet: Deborah Flndlay
Lilia: Teresa Gallagher
Gino: Tom George

: Which Way Are We Facing?

Gavin Esler continues his three-part series asking whether Britain is becomingcloser- politically, economically and culturally-to Europe orto America. Producer Martin Rosenbaum


Unknown: Gavin Esler
Producer: Martin Rosenbaum

: Crossing Continents

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


Unknown: Esther Armah

: Nature

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


Unknown: Chris Mead
Unknown: Chris Mead
Unknown: Lionel Kelleway

: Start the Week

Repeated from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: Saturday Night andSunday Morning

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.


Unknown: Alan Sillitoe
Unknown: Arthur Seaton
Unknown: Jane Marshall.
Read By: Paul Copley.

: Home Truths

Shortened repeat of Saturday at 9am

: Today in Parliament

A roundup of today's events in session and behind the scenes in committee.

: News

: Book of the Week: Chopin's Funeral

Part 1. Repeated from 9.45am

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