Presented by Judy Merry. God's Spirit Is in My Heart (Richards arr Fish). Luke 4, wl4-21. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (Poston). Lord of Our Life. With the Chapel Choir of Harrogate Ladies' College. Director Of music David Andrews. Producer Philip Billson
Edited by Laurence Kelly. A collection of letters, diaries and eye witness accounts of the splendid and turbulent history of St Petersburg to celebrate the city's 300th anniversary. 1: Peterthe Great creates his "Gatewayto Europe". Read by Emma Fielding, Tim Pigott-Smith and David Troughton. Producer Jane Marshall
Kidnap is a growth industry: in the last ten years attacks worldwide have risen by 500 per cent. The victims include travellers and business people working abroad. This programme looks at the reasons for the increase, what precautionary measures can be taken and the industry that has sprung up in its wake. With contributions from hostage survivors, including John McCarthy. Producer Kate Bland
Toad Squad. By Nick Warburton. Reg, bitter at being retired prematurely, finds a toad crushed on the road as it was crossing to mate. Now Reg has a mission. In future, none ofthe toad's fellow creatures will end up looking like flattened gardening gloves.
Producer/director Peter Kavanagh
A thriller by Caroline Gawn , set in the 1940s.
Elsie Haworth and Kathleen James are old schoolfriends, working on the rebuilding of Waterloo Bridge. Elsie is heavily pregnant, but will not reveal the father's name to anyone, not even Kathleen. A police inspector starts to dog the two women's footsteps, asking probing questions about the mysterious father.
Director Polly Thomas
Written by and featuring Alan Bennett. With Judi Dench. A middle-aged man and a middle-aged
J woman engage in polite conversation in a Torquay seaside hotel. But neither of them is quite whom they appearto be. Who is deceiving whom?
Producer Gordon House
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In five programmes this week, Lynne Truss looks at the alphabet and how it evolved. 1: Getting Sorted Alphabetical order: it helps us find books in shops and words in dictionaries, but is it fair to list people alphabetically? Producer Angela Hind
Joining Nigel Rees to swap favourite quotations and anecdotes forthe last time in the current series are
Susan Greenfield , Paul Heiney , Simon Fanshawe and Charles Collingwood. The reader is William Franklyn. Producer Carol Smith
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Francine Stock with arts news, interviews and the verdict on The Matrix Reloaded, the sequel to the 1999 hit in which a computer hacker, played by Keanu Reeves , discovers that the reality of the world around him is Virtual. Producer Martin Smith
Five gentle stories about letters, postal workers and the way communication is changing.
1: Lost Letters, by Julia Darling. Tilley, a young postal worker, is asked to deliver a lost letter, posted in 1960 and found in an old post box. Her search takes her to the Newcastle flat of Amy Heard.
Music by Dave Scott and Neil Blenkinsop
Producer/director Susan Roberts Repeat of 10.45am
"Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn, "if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."
(Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. ) Kirsty Walker goes in search of the origins of the unicorn. Very early translations of the bible mention it, Alexander the Great reported seeing one, and Queen Elizabeth I owned a unicorn's horn. The horn was said to protect you from poison, and in Chinese culture, the one-horned animal was used to decide who was guilty. It was said that only virgins could capture a unicorn. So, as a "mature" woman, will Kirsty Walkerfind what she's looking for? Producer Sarah Taylor
Tree Kangaroos. Evolved from a rock wallaby-like ancestor over 5 million years ago, tree kangaroos now exist only in Australia and New Guinea. Today they face an uncertain future in both countries because of forest fragmentation and hunting. Lionel Kelleway meets the scientists who are studying these strange but beautiful creatures of the rainforest canopy.
Producer Sarah Blunt Repeated tomorrow at 11am
Alan Sillitoe 's classic novel set in Nottingham in the 1950s. Abridged in ten parts by Jane Marshall. Read by Paul Copley. 6: Mrs Bull 's malicious gossip makes trouble in the yard. Producer Jane Marshall
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