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6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
With David Wilby and Robert Orchard.
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Angela Tilby.
8.32 Yesterday in Parliament
2/5. Continuing the series that examines items belonging to famous people, found after their deaths, that shed new light on them. Writer Michele Roberts asks Charlotte Bronte biographer Lucasta Miller why the publication in The Times at the start of the 20th century of the letters that Bronte wrote to her Belgian tutor, Monsieur Heger, completely shattered Bronte's image for many people. Producers Rachel White and Sera Lefroy Owen
A day after he resigned as leader of the Conservative Party, William Hague found himself on a new path learning the piano. So how has he fared, and how do his experiences compare with other late-starting musicians? This programme finds out and also investigates the challenges of playing the double bass at the age of 75, the bravery needed to start a school band in your retirement, and an innovative project bringing together late learners for weekly music-making.
Producer Michael Surcombe
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Another chance to hear a play by Laura Watson. "Sleep pretty children, do not cry, and I will sing lullaby, goes the song, but nine-year-old Tom is shaken from his sleep by a ghostly presence - one that looks set to destroy his whole family. A haunting play from a new writer. play Trom a new wmer.
Director Sarah Brown
Newseries 1/6. Andrew Dilnot returns with the guide to all the ways we use numbers to describe and argue aboutthe world. Amongtoday's questions: why might a surfeit of overdue babies be all in the counting? Producer Michael Blastland
4/5. Kazan. Bridget Kendall revisits Kazan, capital of the Republic ofTatarstan, on the Volga River. Home to Russia's second largest ethnic group, the Muslims, Tatarstan has considerable autonomy within the Russian Federation. Bridget Kendall discovers how far the heady dreams of religious and nationalist leaders were realised since she was first in Kazan over ten years ago. For details see Monday
It's the listeners' chance to put their burning science questions to the programme this week. The email postbag(and the snail-mail variety) is brimmingwith quirky questions and eccentric enquiries together with practical problems and intellectual inquests. Quentin Cooper puts your questions to a panel of experts. Producer Martin Redfern
Alex is a charming and gregarious 19-year-old who happens to have Down's syndrome. Felicity Finch follows his attempts to live as independently as possible. Taking his older brother as a role model Alex aims to leave home, set himself up in a student flat, meet girls, find work, party and go to college. He faces real opposition along the way and has to deal with problems far more challenging than his Mum's initial fear that he would forget to change his socks.
New series Work of Fiction. Novelists and playwrights tend to shun the working world or despise it. Peter Day asks them what they make of business and what business thinks about how it is portrayed in books, on stage and on screen.
Producer Sandra Kanthal Editor Stephen Chilcott Repeated on Sunday
New series The topical science programme returns. As well as the week's top science stories,
Geoff Watts investigates how the bombardier beetle,with its powerful water-jet defence mechanism to ward off predators, is being used by the aircraft industry to improve aircraft engine design.
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