With James Naughtie and Carolyn Quinn.
6.25, 7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
Coverage of the second day's debate on the Budget.
7.48 Thought for the Day
With the Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks.
8.32 Yesterday in Parliament
New series 1/3. Paul Verlaine : Flashing Blades in Camden Town. French-born Muriel Zagha presents three portraits of 18th- and 19th-century Britain by the literary Frenchmen who were exiled here:
Verlaine, Voltaire and Hugo - brought to life through the eyes of people inspired by their experiences.
Actor and writer Simon Callow visits the house in Camden where Paul Verlaine and his 16-year-old lover Arthur Rimbaud lodged together, wrestling naked with knives by day and quaffing absinthe and tasting the decadent I ife by night. Producer Sara Jane Hall
3/4. Investigating the illegal import of the silver pigs or ingots, the Roman detective Falco has chanced uponaplotto overthrow the Emperor Vespasian.
And he has also discovered the identity of Helena s ex-husband - which has made him realise the plot is much closerto home than he thought. Written by Lindsey Davis and dramatised by Mary Cutler.
Producer/Director Peter Leslie Wild
Richard E Grant plays Harry, a novelist who writes large letters on the tree of life. Sadly, no one s buying his tree anymore. Harry knows nothing about life and needs to get in touch with the real world if his books are to sell. Then into his flat walk two hardened criminals. Written by Michael Butt.
Director Peter Kavanagh
5/5. The Bath. Written by Janet Frame and read by Marcia Warren. A woman's world narrows as she experiences old age. Written by New Zealand s first lady of literature, who died earlier this year. For details see Monday
3/6. The sharp edge of satire from Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis , with Mitch Benn , Marcus Brigstocke , Jon Holmes and Laura Shavin.
Producer Colin Anderson Repeated tomorrow at 12.30pm
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George tries to face up to the future.
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John Wilson meets Charlotte Jones, who wrote the National Theatre play Humble Boy. Her new play The Dark is about to open, and she is also working on Andrew Lloyd Webber 's musical version of Wilkie Collins 's The Woman in White. Producer Nicola Holloway
Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the discussion at the Royal Society of Arts in London. Panellists include Baroness Amos, Lord Tebbit, Peter Tatchell and Sir Christopher Meyer.
Producer Victoria Wakely Repeated tomorrow at 1.15pm
A play about the power of ritual and the imagination, by Amanda Dalton. Elizabeth Hardwick is 82. She watches Becky and Jez, nearly 15, through her net curtains. The girls have been robbing houses since they were nine but lately they're sick of it.
Director Susan Roberts
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