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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Tony Burnham.


Unknown: Tony Burnham.

: Farming Today

With Miriam O'Reilly.


Unknown: Miriam O'Reilly.

: Today

With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
6.25. 7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Angela Tilby.
8.32 Yesterday in Parliament


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Angela Tilby.

: Melvyn Bragg: In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg and his guests explore the history of ideas as they discuss the events and inspirations that have influenced modern times.
Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Presenter: Melvyn Bragg
Producer: Sarah Peters

: Daily Service

Presented by the Very Rev Ken Riley. Ye Servants of God (Paderbom). Psalm 146. Praise Our Lord, All Ye Gentiles (Byrd). May the Grace of Christ Our Saviour (Waltham). Director of music Christopher Stokes.


Unknown: Ken Riley.
Music: Christopher Stokes.

: Book of the Week: A Travellers'

Companion to St Petersburg
4: Military might and private duels. Read by Emma Fielding, Tim Pigott-Smith and David Troughton. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Tim Pigott-Smith
Unknown: David Troughton.

: Woman's Hour

( from 10.35) Presented from Manchester by Jenni Murray.
10.45 Posties Part 4. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray.

: Test Match Special

England v Zimbabwe
The first day's play in the First Test at Lord's. With commentary by Jonathan Agnew , Henry Blofeld ,
Simon Mann and Christopher Martin-Jenkins , and expert comments from Angus Fraser , Mike Selvey and Henry Olonga. Including at 12.45 County Talk and News summaries at 1.15 and 3.25.
Producer Peter Baxter * Approximate time


Commentary By: Jonathan Agnew
Commentary By: Henry Blofeld
Commentary By: Simon Mann
Commentary By: Christopher Martin-Jenkins
Unknown: Angus Fraser
Unknown: Mike Selvey
Unknown: Henry Olonga.
Producer: Peter Baxter

: From Our Own Correspondent

The return of the long-running radio programme in which BBC correspondents around the world take a look behind the week's news headlines. Presented by Kate Adie. Producer Tony Grant


Presented By: Kate Adie.
Producer: Tony Grant

: Let's Dance

A series looking at the passion and history of dance. 4: Kathak. The story of the ancient Indian dance form, told by dancers and choreographers Naheed Siddiqui and Akram Khan. Producer SaraConkey


Unknown: Naheed Siddiqui
Unknown: Akram Khan.

: You and Yours

With Liz Barclay and Winifred Robinson.


Unknown: Liz Barclay
Unknown: Winifred Robinson.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: Open Country

A taste of country life with Richard Uridge. Extended


Unknown: Richard Uridge.

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Poor Pen

By Laurie Graham , starring Jean Alexander and Clive Swift. Pen Browning was the son of brilliant parents, poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Set in Italy, poor Pen's story is told through the astute eyes of down-to-earth Lily, his faithful servant from the time of his birth until the day of her death. "Mr Robert Browning were nobbut a little body, but he did cast a long shadow." With Bonnie Hurren. Susie Fugle , Chris Harris , Josh Boyden and Patrick Poletti Producer VivBeeby


Unknown: Laurie Graham
Unknown: Jean Alexander
Unknown: Clive Swift.
Unknown: Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Unknown: Mr Robert Browning
Unknown: Bonnie Hurren.
Unknown: Susie Fugle
Unknown: Chris Harris
Unknown: Josh Boyden
Unknown: Patrick Poletti
Lily: Jean Alexander
Pen: Clive Swift

: Questions, Questions

Stewart Henderson presents the problem-solving show that helps provide some answers to those irritating questions from everyday life. Phone [number removed]oremailquestions.questions@bbc.co.uk. Producer Joanne Coombs


Unknown: Stewart Henderson
Producer: Joanne Coombs

: Radio 4 Appeal

Jenni Murray appeals on behalf of Women's Aid. This charity runs a 24-hour national helpline for women and children experiencing domestic violence. DONATIONS: [address removed] Credit-card donations: [number removed] Producer Sally Flatman


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Producer: Sally Flatman

: Four Stories by F Scott Fitzgerald

3: An Alcoholic Case. She is a young trainee, willing to help. He has Seen it all before. For details see Tuesday

: Alphabet - As Easy As ABC

Lynne Truss looks at the alphabet and how it evolved. 4: Letters Have Birthdays. The symbolism Of letters R, K, LandX. For details see Monday

: Open Book

The novelist Sue Miller explains to Mariella Frostrup why she felt driven to write a memoir about her father's Alzheimer's. And Esther Freud champions Tove Jansson , best known forthe Moomin books. Repeated from Sunday


Unknown: Sue Miller
Unknown: Mariella Frostrup
Unknown: Esther Freud
Unknown: Tove Jansson

: The Material World

Thin and wispy cirrus clouds have a profound influence on our climate. Scientists at the University of Hertfordshire, collaborating with the Met Office, have found a way of studying these clouds in the laboratory and the results are already being used by the Met Office to update current climate models. Quentin Cooper speaks to the researchers who mave manged to create a cirrus cloud in the lab. Producer Sarah Empey EMAIL: material.world@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Quentin Cooper
Producer: Sarah Empey

: PM

With Eddie Mairand and Carolyn Quinn.


Unknown: Eddie Mairand
Unknown: Carolyn Quinn.

: The Hudson and Pepperdine Show

3: With the onset of the warm weather, Mel and Vicki find that romance and dating are the order of the day. However, they find that carefully following the rules doesn't necessarily guarantee success. Starring
Mel Hudson and Vicki Pepperdine with Martin Hyder , Lewis MacLeod and Jim North. Script edited by Graeme Garden.
Written by the cast with Danny Robins , DanTetsell and Richie Devlin Music by Richie Webb Producer Chris Neill


Unknown: Mel Hudson
Unknown: Vicki Pepperdine
Unknown: Martin Hyder
Unknown: Lewis MacLeod
Unknown: Jim North.
Edited By: Graeme Garden.
Unknown: Danny Robins
Unknown: Richie Devlin
Music By: Richie Webb
Producer: Chris Neill

: The Archers

GOSSip in the Bull. Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson presents the arts magazine. Producer Horatio Clare


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Producer: Horatio Clare

: Posties

4: Letters to God, by Julia Darling. Winifred writes letters to God about her marriage to James. On his last postal round before retirement, something happens to James which changes both their lives.
For details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Julia Darling.
Winifred: Judi Earl
James: Donald McBride
Lenny: Roger Morlidge

: It's My Story: Small Dog on Mars

Quirky documentary about Britain's first interplanetary probe, which is due to blast off on a Russian rocket in a few days' time. Beagle 2, the robot probe that will land on Mars and possibly discover signs of new life forms, is the brainchild of Professor Colin Pillinger of the Open University. An unusual man with unusual methods, this story is a testament to his efforts to get the project off the ground.

Named after the ship that took Charles Darwin on his famous voyage, British space probe Beagle 2 heads for Mars

Small Dog on Mars 8.00pm R4
Professor Colin Pillinger of the Open University sports wild bushy whiskers and chunky woollen jumpers, and he's a wizard with a mass spectrometer. A what? It's a device the size of a small car that can weigh and count atoms of individual rare elements. When news broke in 1996 that there could be life on Mars, Pillinger decided he had to create a reliable mass spectrometer that would fit into the tiny British robot space probe, Beagle 2. But to do this, as he describes today, he had to get sponsors. "The role of a modern scientist in my case is to be a professor of PR as well as a professor of planetary sciences. And in the meantime I've become a pop entrepreneur; I do a bit of art with Damien," he told the BBC last year. To raise the profile of the probe, he got Blur to compose a call sign and Damien Hirst to paint a calibration chart. The publicity worked: Beagle 2 blasts off in a few days' time, carrying with it examples of Brit pop, Britart and Brit brilliance.


Subject: Professor Colin Pillinger
Producer: Martin Redfern

: In Business

Past Masters. Management gurus constantly turn to historic figures to learn leadership lessons forthe here and now. But what can Alexander the Great, SunTzu, Shakespeare or Jesus tell bosses about how to tackle their businesses or their careers? Peter Day asks the experts.
Producer Amir Amirani Editor Stephen Chilcott Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm


Producer: Amir Amirani
Editor: Stephen Chilcott

: Leading Edge

Geoff Watts reports on the latest stories from the world of science and technology.
Producer Adrian Washbourne email: radioscience@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Geoff Watts
Producer: Adrian Washbourne

: Melvyn Bragg: In Our Time

Shortened repeat of 9am

: The World Tonight

With Paul Moss.


Unknown: Paul Moss.

: Book at Bedtime: Saturday Night andSunday Morning

By Alan Sillitoe. 9: Arthurtakes stock after suffering a savage beating from Winnie's husband. For details see Monday


Unknown: Alan Sillitoe.

: Ross Noble Goes Global

A A series of travelogues from comedian Ross Noble.
2: Ross travels to the other side ofthe world to investigate Adelaide. It is, as he finds out, a city of weirdness, in which men dressed in leotards wander the streets and the locals all seem to be hiding Something Sinister. Producer Danny Wallace


Producer: Danny Wallace

: News

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