Andrew Marr is joined by two grandes dames of English literature. He talks to Doris Lessmg about her latest book, The Grandmothers, and to Ab Byatt about The Little Black Book of Stories.
Producer Alice Feinstein Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
With AN Hutchison. 0 What Their Joy (Regnator
Orbis). Romans 8, wl8-25. Give Us the Wings of Faith (Bullock). From Glory to Glory Advancing
(Sheen). With Portsmouth Grammar School Choir. Director of music James Henderson.
After Borneo and the Congo, explorer Redmond O'Hanlonfaceshistoughesttripyet.inthemid-Atlantic on board a fishing boat-with an exhilarating crew and some remarkable fish. Abridged in five parts by Alison Joseph. Read by David Rintoul. Part 1. Producer Duncan Minshull Repeated at 12.30am
New series The first of three programmes charting a brave experiment in education: the launch of a new secondary school on the site of a failing one. Sats exams and an Ofsted inspection loom, while the original intake of 11-year-olds must also cope with becoming teenagers. producerSue Mitchell
Dramatised by Michael Bakewell. 4: The inquest on the death of the stranger has taken place, but Poirot is greatly disturbed hutho the case is taking.
Director/Producer Enyd Williams
BBC RADIO COLLECTION: This full-cast dramatisation featuring
Hercule Poirot is available on audio cassette and CD from today at .all good retail outlets or from www.bbcshop.com Call [number removed]
ByVal Syms Thelma Barlow plays retired dancer and magician's assistant Belle in a comedy of property and propertea. When John's new wife Marj runs off with all his money and Hughie from Condiments of Distinction, the HappyOasis cafe turns into the Slough of Despond, a transformation not even the arrival of his long-lost mother seems able to reverse.
Producer Chris Wallis
Specially commissioned forthe Belfast Festival at Queen's, five acclaimed writers read their light-hearted stories before an audience.
1: Freckles by Peter Sheridan. Young Nuala Ahern is teased about her freckles until herfather comes up With an ingenious plan. ProducerHeatherBrennon
Soundscape: The Serengeti March
Adjoa Andoh narrates the first of five programmes following the migration of a female wildebeest and her calf across East Africa. 1: Kimbea is still a young adult but this is herfifth annual migration and, hardened by the experiences of the past, she is ready for what lies ahead. Written by Paul Dodgson. Wildlife sound recordists Chris Watson and Owen Newman
Producer Sarah Blunt The Migration series continues at 9pm
Restaurants. Simon Parkes examines Britain's love affairwith Italian food. He meets some of those
Italians who set up many of the country's well-known cafes, delis and restaurants in postwar Britain. He also meets the chefs trying to rekindle a dwindling interest in traditional COOking. Extended repeat of yesterday
Joining Nigel Rees to exchange favourite quotations and anecdotes are Jasmine Birtles ,
Christopher Brookmyre , Sir David Steel and Dillie Keane. The reader is William Franklyn.
ProducerCarol Smith Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
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By Nick McCarty. In five parts, based on the letters of Mariana Alcoforado. 1: Forthe young Portuguese nun it is love at first sight when she sees a handsome French officer ride into the square outside her convent
Director Jane Morgan Repeated from 10.45am
Mariana in old age:
Last year Gerry Northam revealed just how seriously postwar governments took the many reports of alien and UFO sightings overthe UK's skies. Tonight he brings the story up to date with more reports from Britain's secret X-files. Producer David Lewis
Si nee it first crossed the deserts of ancient Egypt, the pigeon post has been used to carry messages. Can it survive in the world of emails and instant communication? With reader Tim Pigott-Smith . Producer Mark Rickards
Migration - Heading South. A team from the BBC
Natural History Unit and the Wildfowl and Wetlands
Trust went to the northern extremes of Russia to find Bewick's and Whooper swans. Some of these swans were fitted with devices that enabled the team to follow them all the way back to the UK. Presented by Lionel Kelleway. Producer Julian Hector Revised repeat Repeated tomorrow at 11am
The Migration series continues on Wednesday at 9pm
By Peter Carey , abridged by Sally Marmion in ten parts. 6: In Kuala Lumpur, Sarah Wode-Douglass has become fixated with Christopher Chubb and the story of his literary hoax. Read by Barbara Flynn. Producer DiSpeirs
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