An affectionate look at the miracle materials and substances created by modern science that have become part of our everyday lives. 4: Astroturf
Wayne Hemingway discovers the story behind a plastic surface that was originally designed to give city children a place to play. Producer Tamsin Hughes
By Kate Colquhoun. George Baker reads from this fascinating portrait of an unsung horticultural hero. Joseph Paxton starts work in the gardens at
Chatsworth, where he begins to experiment with glass buildings. Fordetailsseeyesterday Repeated at 12.30am
Presented by the Rev Stephen Shipley. God Forgive My Sin (Owens). Luke 8, vv 1-3. Myrrh-Bearing Mary from Magdala Came (arr Wilson). Magdalene. Thy Grief and Sadness (Rhuddlan). Director of music Alan Wilson.
Another chance to hear a programme first broadcast last year. Forget those tiny spiders you find in the bath. Martin Nicholas is off to Peru in search of a spider big enough to drag a chicken into its lair. Will he find it and will it exceed the 11-inch span of the current record holder? Producer Neil Walker
Geoffrey Wheeler presents a profile of the Sunderland Empire, the leading Variety venue in the north-east of England, where such artists as Vesta Tilley, Harry Lauder, Ken Dodd and Helen Shapiro have entertained audiences. The Empire is also the theatre where Sid James collapsed and died, a shocking event recalled by the staff who witnessed it. With archive performances from many of the Empire's Stars.
With Winifred Robinson and Peter White.
The second of this week's special reports focuses on why disability may reduce your chance of a cervical cancer smear test or even a transplant.
Including at 12.30 Call You and Yours. Can we really afford to adapt every aspect of life so that everyone has equal access?
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Emily Buchanan returns with the series that asks foreign correspondents about the music that recalls significant moments in their careers.
1: Today's edition features Sorious Samura from
Sierra Leone, whose film Cry Freetown documents the bloody civil war of his home country. Producer Merilyn Harris
When the father of Existentialism, Soren Kierkegaard, falls in love with the unlikely Regina Olsen, he is too busy deconstructing the nature of the emotion he is experiencing to notice that he is breaking the poor girl's heart.... with calamitous results.
Hans Christian Andersen:
Kierkegaard the elder:
A series of new stories about fathers and adolescents. 2: An Afternoon Outing by Panos Karnezis. A father tries to bond with his son on a rare weekend outing. Read by Peter Polycarpou. For details see yesterday
Martin Plimmer discovers the truth about lies. 2: Tangled Webs and Tap-Dancing Dogs
How lies wriggle their way into every corner of our lives. Unravelling the lies of politicians and the secret of why Bill Clinton was such an unconvincing liar. Fordetailsseeyesterday
By Emily Bronte. 7: The Death Drive. Catherine makes an extraordinary response to the dispute between Edgar and Heathcliff, while Isabella's infatuation leads to serious consequences.
Fordetails see yesterday Repeated from 10.45am
Can you cure depression in a day? Dr Raj Persaud is sceptical, but in the interests of his programme he goes to one of Joe Griffin 's workshops to find out. Discoverwhether he thought the mixture of dream-sequencing and cognitive behavioural therapy would work miracles. And the programme asks what role restorative justice has to play. Would the psychology of shame really help to stop criminals re-offending?
Producer Katy Hickman Repeated tomorrow at 4.30pm
By Julie Myerson, read by Haydn Gwynne. 2: The story of murder, passion and guilt continues as Tess gives her first interview to the police. But everything is not as it seems.
For details see yesterday
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