With John Humphrys and Carolyn Quinn.
6.25,7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
With Mark D'Arcy and David Wilby.
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rt Rev Tom Butler.
8.32 Yesterday in Parliament
New series 1/5. The first of a series on hidden underground places. Dylan Winter travels to
Guernseyto investigate an underground hospital built by the Nazis duringtheir occupation of the Channel Islands. In the dank conditions, battlefield wounds did not heal, so the hospital was converted into an ammunition store. Now the mile-and-a-half of tunnels belongs to a family of Guernsey farmers. Producer Jolyon Jenkins
Respect YourElvers. The number of young eels returning to our rivers from the Sargasso Sea has fallen dramatically over the past 20 years.
Lionel Kelleway investigates whether their migration routes are blocked by weirs, if over-fishing and pollution are to blame, or whether the decline isjust part of a natural cycle. Repeatedfromyesterdayat9pm
3/4. Bessie Smith. Bessie Smith was born in abject poverty Singing on street corners before hertenth birthday and tragically killed just 32 years later, she had crammed a lot of hard living into that relatively short life. Ken Clarke talks to George Melly about the woman who brought together the blues and ragtime traditions to forge a new sound in jazz. Producer Paul Evans
By Suhayl Saadi.
In the clear northern air, "burned by the whisky of purity", a doctor struggles to put down roots on a remote Scottish island. Dr Rustum Khan makes an effort to get to know the locals but finds himself plagued by a haunting sound in the night.
On a Scottish island Dr Rustum Khan sets out to find the source of the ghostly voice that disturbs his rest
The Dark Island 2.15pm R4
A story about a Pakistani doctor working on a remote Scottish island who finds he can't sleep much because of all the spectral singing he can hear coming from a sea cave. Yes, it's the R4 afternoon drama slot, and I am convinced the network feels we will be disappointed if the plot should ever be permitted to resemble normal life. In its favour, Suhayl Saadi's script is a brilliant bringing together of two different cultures, it's a genuinely original take on the cost of betraying the one you love, and the songs in Urdu and Gaelic are both beautiful and atmospheric. Vegetarians be warned however, there's enough ham knocking around in the final scenes to upset your metabolism for weeks to come.
Richard Daniel presents the programme in which listeners set the agenda with their environmental concerns.
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2/5. Letters from the Rich Cradle by Louisa Waugh. When Nancy moves to a village in Mongolia, it is the letters from her boyfriend in Africa that sustain her. Read byTamara Kennedy. For details see yesterday
What makes first nights so special? Is it the glad rags and sequins, the bow ties and suits that transform them into glamorous showbiz events attended by A-list celebrities and starstruck wannabees? Or are they money-spinning opportunities that could make or break a production? Producer Bridget Osborne
3/5. Continuing the comedy series co-written by and starring Johnny Vegas. Anne suffers the loss of her beloved dog under her son's taxi wheels and decides to cremate him (the dog, that is). The kiln is then put to unconventional use, underthe sympathetic guidance of pottery teacher Johnny.
Written by Johnny Vegas , Tony Burgess and Tony Pitts. Music by Paul Heaton , performed and arranged by Paul Heaton and Tony Robinson Director Dirk Maggs
Of Britain's privatised railway system, three companies own virtually all of the country's trains. The companies are subsidiaries of the High Street banks and were set up to help create a modern, reliable network. Reporter Alan Whitehouse asks whether or not they are del iveri ng value for money for both travellers and taxpayers.
Producer David Lewis Repeated on Sunday
5/6. Art. A sketch show in which anything is possible, written by James Cary. This week someone goes too far at a murdery-mystery party. With Robert Webb , Beth Chalmers , Catherine Shepherd , Steven Kynman , Abigail Burdess and Chris Pavio. Producer Adam Bromley
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