Newseries Afive-parterinwhich Martin Plimmer takes a chance with luck. 1: Polly Miller 's husband of five weeks and several friends died in the Bali nightclub bombing. She was terribly burned. People told her she was lucky to be alive. She disagreed. And why did lightning strike Kenny MacDonald tour times? Producer Brian King
2: Jack the Giant Killer. A traditional story - more familiar as Jack and the Beanstalk- about a brave Cornish lad in the days when King Arthur ruled Britain and there were many giants in the land. The Reader is Stephen Mangan. For details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am
Another programme in a series that looks at experiments that dramatically increased our knowledge, changing for ever our perception ot tne human mind. 3: Sir Frederic Bartlett and The War of the Ghosts. In this final programme Claudia Hammond focuses on the Chinese whispers experiment by the pioneering British psychologist Sir Frederic Bartlett.
Martin Jarvis performs a Richmal Crompton story, recorded live in front of an audience at the Cheltenham Literary Festival in October this year. Learning a speech from Shakespeare proves unexpectedly useful in coming to the aid of a beautiful American visitor. A second story is performed tomorrow at 11.30am Producer Rosalind Ayres Director Pete Atkin
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Newseries The first in a three-part conversation series that examines how different artists reach theirown interpretation of a particular work.
1: Cellists Steven Isserlis and Ralph Kirshbaum diSCUSS Bach'S Fifth Cello Suite. Producer Lucy Lunt
Newseries Three programmes that explore the stories behind some of the most enduring characters in English children's literature - bears. 1: Please Look AfterThis Bear.Michael Bond ,
Marina Warner, Julia Eccieshare and zookeeper
Ray Charter discuss Paddington Bear as a wartime evacuee and as a postwar displaced person.
Producer Beaty Rubens The next two programmes are on Christmas Day at 8.45pm and on Boxing Day at 3.45pm
A series of reminiscences by well loved broadcasters. This week Melvyn Hayes talks about his career on stage, screen, TV and radio, including stories of working on Summer Holiday, the Carry On films and, Of course, It Ain't Half Hot Mum. Producer Claire Jones
By Alexandra Campbell. 2: 0 Come All Ye Faithful
Susannah is determined to make this a Christmas her husband will neverforget. Not to mention her mother-in-law! i-or oeians see yesterday Repeated from 10.45am
With ten extra members next year the European
Union will contain winners and losers. Continuing his travels through the new Europe, David Sells looks at the economic order now taking shape.
Producer Chris Bowlby Repeated on Sunday 28 December at 5pm
Alcohol. Alcohol is the most widely used and abused drug, yet most drinkers know surprisingly little about it, and what they do know is mostly based on myth. If you think hangovers are caused by dehydration or that beer is more fattening than wine, then listen to Dr Mark Porter 's report. Producer Helen Sharp
By John B Keane. A re-run three-parterthat listens in on matchmaker Dickie Mick Dickie as he offers advice to the lonely-hearted. Recorded at the SiasmaTireTheatreinTralee. Ireland. Parti.
Producer Elizabeth Freestone
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