1:Group Think. Why, to begin at the beginning, did Trojan rulers drag that suspicious-looking wooden horse inside theirwalls despite every reason to suspect a Greek trick? In the first of a new series,
Francis Wheen examines the perennial tendency of politicians, scientists and others in authorityto act perversely, and how, when more rational alternatives are clearly present, the best and the brightest can blithely and arrogantly march into colossal blunders. Producer Jolyon Jenkins
A five-part series of short stories byWS Gilbert, dramatised by Stephen Wyatt. 2: An Elixir of Love
When the Rev Stanley Gay imposes his strong views on marriage on his flock, with the help of a secret potion, there are unexpected results.
Producer/director Sue Wilson
Rev Stanley Gay:
Grosvenor/Bishop of Chelsea:
The first of a new series of location-based puzzles exploring the links between local history and the British landscape. This week Brett Westwood sets two landscape detectives the challenge of finding the lines that link a local fruit, a host of spring flowers, and a First World War poet in the fields around a village in Gloucestershire. Producer Grant Sonnex
A dark, cautionary comedy by Jackie Pavienko.
Eva's life is a chaotic whirl of missed appointments and mad dashes as she tries to keep up with the demands of her children, her work and her withering social life. Only when she starts to keep a diary does the real problem emerge.
3: The Carol Singer. Written and read by Lavinia Greenlaw. An English lecturer at an American college finds the indifference of her colleagues and the isolation more than a little unnerving. For details see Monday
Political, unspeakable, exotic and holistic ... eating Chinese has meant different things at different times in Britain. As eating habits continue to evolve, Laurie Taylor investigates whether Chinese cuisine can survive increasingdemands for novelty. Producer Jacqueline Smith
By Jim Eldridge. Another chance to hear the comedy series about the fictional school. 4: Oh No It Isn't!An exercise in democracy leads to an outbreak of Dlaveround activism.
Producer John Fawcett Wilson
Mark Lawson reports from the National Theatre as its new artistic director Nicholas Hytner unveils his first production: Shakespeare's Henry V, with Adrian Lester in the title role. Producer Nicola Holloway
Freedom of Expression. Are we tongue-tied by political correctness? Just how free should we be with our opinions? Marcel Berlins brings together listeners and lawyers to tackle these moral and legal dilemmas. Producer Dinah Lammiman Editor Nicola Meyrick
The official reporting of debates from both Houses of Parliament began 200 years ago. In the second of two programmes, Nick Utechin charts the history of Hansard. Producer Viv Black Repeated from Sunday 10.45pm
Plasmodium falciparum is a deadly malarial parasite. Transmitted by mosquito, it is responsible for more than a million deaths every year. Peter Evans hears from biologists, geneticists and entomologists as he unravels the complex story of the parasite's long relationship with humans. Producer John Watkins
Comedy series starring James Quinn, in which Sir Ralph, poet-in-residence for Salford, continues his placements at various local establishments.
Sir Ralph is based at a superstore where the volunteer trainee poet is Rod, the security guard. Sir Ralph sets out to use poetry to pep up Rod's love life. With Neil Bell, Alison Darling, Tony Melody and Jemma Thompson.
By Llewella Gideon and Lynn Peters. Comedy drama about a thirty-something actress waiting for a big break. 3: Incense and Nonsense. Cynthia starts offering acting lessons. She feels well qualified to teach people the skill of waiting for your agent to ring. Meanwhile, Gaynoris sure that her crystals have the power to get Cynthia back on telly. With Llewella Gideon , Mandy Knight , Jo Martin , Brian Bovell and Roger Griffiths.
MusicbyClementlshmael ProducerGareth Edwards
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