With James Naughtie and Edward Stourton.
6.25, 7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
With Susan Hulme and Mark D'Arcy.
7.48 Thought for the Day With Anne Atkins.
8.32 Yesterday in Parliament
Presented by Becky Harris. Out of Darkness
(Walker). 2 Corinthians 4, w5-12. God Who Is Everywhere Present on Earth (Here's to the Maiden). Jesu, the Very Thought of Thee
(Kilmarnock). With Portsmouth Grammar School Choir. Director of music James Henderson.
3: Dorothy Hodgkin. Adam Hart-Davis explores the life and work of a Nobel Prize-winning British scientist who studied the molecules that make life possible, worked forworld peace, and taught undergraduate chemistry to a young Margaret Thatcher. Producer John Byrne
By Jonathan Coe , adapted by Simon Littlefield.
Continuing the four-part tale of musical, political and sexual passion in 1970s Birmingham. 2: The Very Maws of Doom
Music by Louis Philippe performed by Louis Philippe and Jonathan Coe Producer Lucy Armitage
Biographer Anthony Holden and actress Stella Duffy are joined by writer and broadcaster Lynne Truss and editor of the Erotic Review Rowan Pelling to dish the dirt on the bad boys and girls in history. Chaired by Gyles Brandreth. Producer Elizabeth Freestone
By Christopher Lee, starring Michael York.
In November 1603 Sir Walter Ralegh was tried for treason. Was he guilty? Why was he refused a defence lawyer? Was the jury fixed? Ralegh's trial is one of the most bizarre courtroom dramas in British history.
[Picture caption] Surely one of England's most famous heroes could expect a fair trial? Not so in Sir Walter Ralegh's case it seems
The Trial of Walter Ralegh 2.15pm R4
The actor Martin Jarvis, who directed this beautifully crafted drama, described it to RT as being "wackier than Monty Python." Given that it is a representation of one of the most important trials in our history, you might find his comment little odd. But as soon as ludicrous injustice upon yet more outrageous abuse of power unfurls in the courtroom you'll see exactly what he means. Michael York, as Ralegh, milks his initially antagonistic public like a willing cow. He sports an accent not normally associated with England's most famous soldier of fortune but probably highly accurate - everything else here being so, written as it was by Christopher Lee, the man who brought us This Sceptred Isle. Unfortunately for him, the jury is in the pocket of Lord Cecil and the case for the prosecution is being delivered in supreme Satanic-style by Sir Edmund Coke (played to perfection by Ian Ogilvy - didn't he used to be the "nice one" in dramas?).
SoundScape: The Serengeti March
3: Kimbea and her calf face the greatest challenge of the journey so far when they have to cross the treacherous Mara river, where huge crocodiles lie in ambush waiting fortheir annual feast. The river is swollen following the rains and the crossing turns into a blood-bath in which thousands of wildebeest and zebra are injured or killed. For details see Monday
Laurie Taylor explores how internet usage and publi policy towards consumer rights have transformed traditional relationships between the public and professional services they use. Producer Jacqueline Smith
Paul Greyspentten years in and out of hospital. As part of a special investigation into the way African and Caribbean people are treated in the mental health system, he looks at what happens to people once they're discharged from a psychiatric ward. Repeated from yesterday at 9pm
By Marcus Brigstocke and Jeremy Salsby with additional material by Graeme Garden. The continued chronicles of Giles Wemmbley Hogg , traveller, backpacker, fearless investigator of cultural diversity, and upper middle-class student ponce from Budleigh Salterton. This week Giles goes off to Fount Producer David Tyler
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Michael Buerk chairs another debate in which
Michael Gove , Steven Rose , Melanie Philips and Ian Hargreaves cross-examine witnesses with conflicting views on the moral complexities behind one of the week's headlines.
Producer David Coomes Repeated on Saturday at 10.15pm
Migration - -Finding the Way. Brett Westwood explores the mystery of swan migration with world expert Colin Pennycuick and members of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. The Bewicks's swans are highly accomplished aviators, but lack the advantage of a decent weather forecast.
Producer Julian Hector The Migration series continues Friday 11am
The dark and peculiar series once more takes to the airwaves. Welcome back to this notional and irrational home of the terminally strange. Written and performed by Johnny Daukes and Hils Barker. Producers Johnny Daukes and Katie Marsden
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