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1/5. Karen Armstrong reads her own account ot re-entering the secular world after seven years as a Roman Catholic nun. Breaking the Rule. Karen leaves the convent and begins life as a student. Butold habits die hard, as she finds to her cost. Producer Kate McAII Repeated at 12.30am
Presented by Andrew Graystone. How Deep the Father's Love (Townend). John 12, w23-33.
Jesus Christ, Think upon Your Sacrifice (Redman). Christ, Your Glory Fillsthe Heavens. Director of music Andy Silver.
3/4. In 1984 the Bishop-elect of Durham, David Jenkins , caused a storm of protest when he cast doubt on the literal truth of the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection. Three days after his consecration, the roof of York Minster was struck by lightning and the story of the "blaspheming Bishop" was born.
Twenty years on, Liz Carney asks David Jenkins if he still believes that he was right to question the historical truth Of the Gospels. Producer John Byrne
3/6. Bed and breakfast for beginners. A comedy series by Sue Limb, starring Miriam Margolyes and Denise Coffey.
Golf Is a Four-Letter Word. Maud seeks solace in Test Match Special and Alison is harassed by a bird fancier.
When an art college threatens to close down sections of its drawing and painting school in favour of more economically viable departments, the life models' jobs are threatened. Someone has to take a stand. And if it's in the buff, so be it. Written by Gowan Calder.
Producer/Director Lu Kemp
When the art college puts their jobs on the line, the life models refuse to take the prospect of redundancy lying down
Nude, Untitled 2.15pm R4
Gowan Calder is an Edinburgh-based writer and actress (you might remember her as Valerie Evans from the BBC 1 six-part romantic drama Glasgow Kiss). But like many creative types, she's had a few other jobs along the way as well... including working as a life model. And her experience of sitting for hours, naked, in front of art students has paid off in that it's given her the inspiration for this sharp take on the fortunes of four life models over a period of two days. The play begins with their jobs under threat as the college considers closing the drawing department in favour of something more commercially applicable, like "visual communications". This upheaval gives rise to lots of dark comic moments (naked striking being a new take on industrial action) but also works very well as a metaphor for the difference it makes as to whether one responds passively or actively to life.
1/5. Five stories by the Canadian authorwho has lived for nearly 60 years in Paris.
By the Sea. Mrs Owens and the Tuttlingens are staying at the same English villa on the Spanish coast, bored under the hot sun. There they encounterthe formidable Mrs Parsters , a long-time local resident whose intuitions are almost infallible.
Read by Phyllida Nash. Producer Elisabeth Edwards
Ruth Evans presents five personal portraits of life in Rwanda, a decade after the genocide.
1/5. Emmanuel is one of only three survivors of the massacre at Murambi's hill-top school. Today he is guide at the genocide memorial at Murambi, where the classrooms are still full of corpses, preserved as a stark reminder. Producer Ruth Evans
Nigel Rees presents the popular quiz. Exchanging favourite quotations and anecdotes this week are
Gervase Phinn , George Layton , Louise Doughty and Kathryn Flett. The reader is Peter Jefferson. ProducerCarol Smith Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
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Mark Lawson with arts news and the verdict on the film Monster, which stars Charlize Theron as a serial killer, a performance that won her Best Actress at the Oscars this year. Producer Nicola Holloway
1/5. Daphne du Maurier 's evocation of the glittering world of show-business before the Second World
War, adapted by Robin Brooks. The Delaneys endure the rigours of a theatrical touring life.
Director Clive Brill Repeated from 10.45am
2/2. Gerry Northam examines the impact of the miners'defeat on Britain's economy and industrial relations, and assesses the political fallout from
Mrs Thatcher 's victory over the NUM. Editor David Ross
Philippines. There has been a suspension of executions for four years while the Philippine parliament considers scrapping the death penalty. Butwith elections coming up in May, President
Gloria Arroyo has said they will be resumed.
Julian Pettifertravels to the Philippines to visitthe national prison where more than a thousand prisoners are on death row awaiting the outcome of the elections. Repeated from Thursday
Freshwater pearl mussels have long been a part of Scotland's history, but aftercenturies of fishing they are now so rare that they've been given legal protection. Unscrupulous poachers are blamed for much of the damage, but fishing is not the only threat-the mussels' ability to recover is hampered by polluted waters and painfully slow reproduction. Jane Franchi visits the riverbank, hears the science and dips into the history of one of Scotland's great natural treasures. Producer Lynne Mennie
6/10. Kate Long 's witty look at motherhood stars Fiona Clarke as Charlotte, Lesley Sharp as Karen and Ann Rye as Nan. In Bank Top, things are getting serious as Steve (Charlotte's dad and Karen's ex) appears as an unlikely knight in shining armour. Abridged by Sally Marmion. Producer Dispeirs
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