Scientific phenomena that delighted our scientific forefathers and are now pushing 21st-century medical science to new limits. 5: Genetics bows to the observations of the early natural historians and poets who pondered the flashing light of fireflies and the eerie beacon produced by the glow-worm. Producer Louise Dalziel
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Presented by the Rev Stephen Shipley. How Deep the Riches of Our God (St Botolph). Matthew24 w29-31, 36, 42-44. Sing We Merrily (Campbell) Blessed Assurance (Knapp). Director of music Christopher Stokes.
By David Cordingly. Paul McGann continues to read extracts from the biography of The Bellerophon, known as Billy Ruffian to her crew. 2: The Billy Ruffian suffers terrible damage during the Battle of the Nile. For details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am
John Muir spent his life exploring, writing about and fighting for the great wilderness areas of America.
He was a Scot who emigrated to the States in the 19th century. Howard Stableford follows in the footsteps of a man who is little known in his native country yet revered as a national hero in America. Producer Joanne Stevens
New series Mark Radcliffe presents the first of two programmes exploring the chequered history of talent shows, including such hits as Opportunity Knocks, hosted by Hughie Green. Today Radcliffe concentrates on the genre's early history. Producer Libby Cross
Clare Jenkins uncovers a treasury of folk songs from across Yorkshire documented 50 years ago by the Hudiestons, a gentleman landowner and his wife, and featuring such previously unheard songs as Three Nights Drunk and The Market Tup. The programme interweaves the songs with the memories of those who collected and cared for them.
Producer Clare Jenkins
2: The Blackberry Season by Jo Mazelis. According to an old superstition, blackberries picked after
9 October are poisonous because the devil spat on them. What better fruit to serve to an enemy? Read by SiriOl Jenkins. Fordetailsseeyesterday
Sue MacGregorisjoined by the philosopher Mary Midgley and poet Al Alvarez to discuss a selection of much loved books, including The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing , The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and Nothing Like the Night by David Lawrence.
Producer Mark Smalley Repeated on Sunday at llpm
Mark Lawson with arts news, reviews and an interview with Frederick Forsyth , whose new novel Avenger is a tale of revenge plotted by an American billionaire against a Serbian war criminal. Producer Nicola Holloway
The biraderi is the extended clan or tribal network which governs Britain's Pakistani community. In the second programme, Navid Akhtar learns about the efforts of the biraderi elders to reconnect with some ofthe errant members, the younger generation by sending them back to Pakistan for "village rehab", with sometimes disastrous consequences. Producer Emma Rippon Repeated on Sunday at 5pm
About eight million people in the UK have osteoarthritis. This programme investigates how much we really know about this condition, finds out what works in the areas of treatment and prevention and evaluates the latest in osteorarthritis research. Producer Rami Tzabar Repeated tomorrow at 4.30pm
Another chance to hearthe second ofthe four-part comedy sketch show from the winners ofthe 2002 Perrier Best Newcomer Award. Written by and starring Neil Edmond , Justin Edwards and James Rawlings. Producer Will Saunders (R)
Miles Kington looks at the history ofteaching English as aforeign language, and at the TEFL teaching certificate that has acted as a turning point in countless people's lives - from Nick Hornby and JK Rowling to Arthur Smith and Prince William. ProducerVicky Shepherd (R)
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