New series Five-part series uncovering the unexpected world of African missionary pilots.
1: Evacuation. When tribal violence erupted in the Congo last May, the people of Bunia were trapped. Agroup of missionary pilots in theirtiny planes set out on a mission of mercy ferrying the traumatised civilians to safety. Producer Caroline Pare
By Georgina Ferry. 2: Brain Meets Brew Lyons and Co and the mathematics lab at Cambridge University link up to devise an electronic brain to do the teashops' accounts. For details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am
Venom. The first of three programmes in which
Yvonne Ellis from the BBC Natural History Unit sets out to prove that reptiles are sophisticated creatures with an astonishing array of survival techniques. She starts by tracking down two of the world's most venomous snakes and has closer encounters with diamondback rattlesnakes and Indian cobras than she expected. She also meets bite victims and discovers the intricacies of venom. Repeated from yesterday 9pm
Mark Radcliffe presents the last of a two-part series exploring the chequered history of TV talent shows. This programme covers the period from 1978 to the present day and such programmes as Pop Idol and FameAcademy. Producer Libby Cross
Matthew Trusler is one of Britain's most promising young musicians. He needs to buy a top quality violin but discovers that a Stradivarius now costs more than a large detached house. Is there a millionaire out there who can help? Norman Lebrecht takes him
Shopping. Producer Bill Lloyd
By Christopher Matthew. Nigel Breezer 's trip to a film premiere in a courtesy limo gives him the opportunity to pass on the benefit of an insider's view of the famous and not-so-famous, as well as a few tricks of his trade as a plumber.
Director Toby Swift
Sue MacGregorisjoined by the author Jane Smiley and comic actress Helen Lederer to discuss their favourite literature, including The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark , The Verificationist by Donald Antrim and Crimes of Conscience by Nadine Gordimer. Producer John Byrne Repeated on Sunday at llpm
New series What is the point of the United Nations? In a four-part series, Edward Stourton looks at the role and future of the UN. 1: A Difficult and Defining Moment. The view from inside the UN afterthe
British and the Americans gave up on the UN route and began their march on Baghdad. With contributions from Secretary-General Kofi Annan and key players in the British, French, German and American governments and delegations.
Producers Mark Savage and Mark Alden Repeated on Sunday at 5pm
The kidneys are vital organs, helping to maintain healthy blood, regulating blood pressure and removing waste products from the body.
Dr Mark Porter asks how we can look after our kidneys, what happens when they become diseased, and what it's like to have to cope with life on dialysis three times a week forthe rest of your life.
Producer Rami Tzabar Repeated tomorrow at 4.30pm
3: Heinrich Prikk 's Considered Conclusions
The world's greatest philosopher demolishes every philosophy known to man, including his own. Written and performed by comedian Simon Munnery. Producer Ed Morrish
Another chance to hear the 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)
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