Class Actions. Clive Anderson asks what are the benefits and costs of class actions that enable thousands of ordinary citizens to sue bigfirms such as the tobacco and pharmaceutical companies.
Does the cost outweigh the benefit? Are judges best placed to decide these cases or should experts sit alongside them? And should juries be brought for such proceedings?
Producers Cathy Packe and Bruce Hyman Repeated at 9.30pm
Simon Singh continues his investigation into the history and merits of some of the most special numbers in maths: 23 billion -the magic figure reached in one of the UK's most successful auctions driven by game theory.
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Presented by Ram Gidoomal . The Voice of God Goes Out (Blackbird Leys). Isaiah 42, wl-7. Inspired by Love and Anger (Salley Gardens). Jesus, the Name
High Over All (Lydia). Directorof music Gordon Stewart.
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. Repeated from yesterday
Mark Little continues his three-part history of Australian comedy. Today he analyses the Aussie comedy stereotype, the cork-hat wearing, beerswilling man, loved and hated in equal measure. He salutes the ground-breaking sketch shows that have held a witty but merciless mirror up to the Australian Character Since the 1960S. ProducerVicky Shepherd
A four-part series in which conductors, performers and experts re-examine familiar pieces of classical music in the light of their own personal experience. 4: Cellist Steven Isserlis , violinist Levon Chilingirian and biographer Brian Newbould talk about
Schubert's String Quintet. Producer Rosie Boulton
A love story by David Constantine. It is 1933 and 18-year-old Thomas Patterson is lying, still, in Salford Royal Hospital, with his eyes bandaged.
Visits from his girlfriend Connie and his mother and father underline both his need forfreedom and from what he needs to escape.
Director David Hunter
A chance to hear this classic author's work in the short story form. 1: Financing Finnegan. The tale of a writerwho causes havoc everywhere in the world. Read by John Sharian. Abridged by Duncan Minshull. Producer Duncan Minhull
With Lynne Truss. 2: A Isn't forapple. As children struggle to learn the association between sounds and letters, it becomes clear that about a third of the letters we require for English are actually missing. Where are they? Why haven't we got them? For details see yesterday
The guide to the wide world of learning returns with Libby Purves. To contact the programme email email@example.com call the Action Line on [number removed]. Producer Sukey Firth Repeated on Sunday at 11pm
Continuing the sketch show from Manchester.
4: This week Helen is obsessing about chocolate. She was looking forward to it being an aphrodisiac but instead it simply made her fat. With Robin Ince , Helen Moon , Smug Roberts and Kate Ward. Producer Graham Frost
2: Old Letters, by Julia Darling. Venetia Love has retired after a lifetime's service in the Post Office.
When her son in Australia sends a computer so they can keep in touch via email, she is not impressed.
For details see yesterday Repeated from 10.45am
British surgeons complain of growing strains on the NHS from botched transplant operations conducted abroad, while doctors in India see poor donors dying after selling one of their kidneys. Gerry Northam asks whether it's time for the Government to allow a controlled trade in human organs.
Producer Anouk Curry Repeated Sunday at 5pm
Thyroid. Graham Easton explores thyroid conditions with guest Professor John Lazarus , president of the British Thyroid Association. The programme covers underactive thyroid .which affects two per cent of people overthe age of 60, the treatment of overactive thyroids, and the importance of blood tests. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Producer Geraldine Fitzgerald Repeated tomorrow at 4.30pm
Another chance to meet Giles Wemmbley Hogg : traveller, backpacker, fearless investigator of cultural diversity, and upper-middle-class student ponce of Budleigh Salterton. Written and conceived by Marcus Brigstocke and Jeremy Salsby with additional material by Graeme Garden.
1: This week Giles goes off to ... the Sudan.
Producer David Tyler
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