Melvyn Bragg and his guests explore the idea of Bohemianism. From Victor Hugo to Virginia Woolf, from the Left Bank to the heart of Bloomsbury, what does it mean to lead an artistic life? With Hermione Lee and Virginia Nicholson.
Producer Charlie Taylor Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
RickyTomlinson reads from his autobiography.
4: Tomlinson is finally released from prison and starts a new career as a film and TV extra before landing a role in Roland Joffe 's PlayforToday, United Kingdom. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am
if you think British postwarcinema means Elstree,
Ealing and Pinewood, you may not have heard of "the Hollywood of the North" in Manchester where a stream of Lancashire comedies were produced over six years from 1948 to 1953. John E Blakeley 's
Mancunian Film Corporation made screen stars of George Formby , Frank Randle , Josef Locke ,
Sandy Powell , Diana Dors , Jimmy Clitheroe and a host of others. Presented by CP Lee , with contributions from
Jollywood historians Philip and David Williams ,
Mancunian Film Corporation veterans Wynne and ArthurMerze, former child actress Joyanne Bracewell and others. Producer Mike Hally
By Louis MacNeice, read by Samuel West.
MacNeice's poetic masterpiece, written in the fall of 1938, describes the poet's thoughts and feelings at the time, with echoes ofthe First World War and foreshadowed by the looming Second World War. It contains reportage, ethics, love poems and politics. With original music by Gary Yershon. Director Susan Roberts
Stewart Henderson presents the problem-solving programme and helps to provide some answers to those intriguing Questions from everyday life.
PHONE: [number removed] email: firstname.lastname@example.org Producer Joanne Coombs
Quentin Cooper untangles the science of string and discovers that the stringy nature of molecules in our bodies and our plastics is also found in the Sun, giving it some of the properties of a cheesy pizza. Producer Martin Redfern
New series Trains, Planes and Automobiles. Simon and his chauffeur Bill Wallis try to reach the end ofthe programme using all available means of transport.
Their futile quest is assisted by selections from Alan Davies , Rhona Cameron and Flanders and Swann. Producer Paul Dodgson
By Claire Luckham. 9: Kathleen is at the height of her career when illness strikes. She is only 39.
For details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am
Sir John Barbirolli:
Today is National Poetry Day and the theme this year is Britain, so Ian McMillan travels the country in a personal, poetic journey, hearing poems and visiting the landmarks that inspired them -from an iron-age village near Land's End to a one-teacher school in Shetland. He sits on Railton Road with Linton Kwesi Johnson, crosses the silvery Tay with WN Herbert and goes to bingo with Swansea rapper Nobsta Nutts , sharing their poetry with some of his own. Producer Julian May
Daisy Goodwin on National Poetry Day: page 27
Metal content in stars could help predict whether a star is likely to harbour planets nearby - providing a new tool for pinpointing candidate stars. The discovery also helps to explain how and why planets form in the first place. Geoff Watts finds out about these latest planet-hunting tactics.
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