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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Most Rev Vincent Nichols , Archbishop of Birmingham.


Unknown: Vincent Nichols

: Today

With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
6.25,7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With Canon David Winter.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: James Naughtie.

: Midweek

Lively conversation with Libby Purves and her guests. Producer Chris Paling Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Libby Purves

: Daily Service

Presented by the Rev Tony Burnham. Jesus Lives! Thy Terrors Now (St Albinus). John 20, w24-29.
Day by Day (How). When Christ, at Evening Hour (Craft s 136th). Director of music Barry Rose.


Unknown: Tony Burnham.
Music: Barry Rose.

: Book of the Week: Gielgud's Letters

3/5. In the late 1950s, Gielgud tours the United States, but he also nas to cope with a blackmail threat. Read by Derek Jacobi. Fordetails see Easter Monday Repeated at 12.30am


Read By: Derek Jacobi.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 Three Women in a Boat - Not to Mention the Cat By Mary Cutler.
3/5. The Woman's Hour drama. Fordetails see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Presented By: Jenni Murray.
Unknown: Mary Cutler.

: Footlight Fairies

Theatre critic Susannah Clapp tells the story of Millicent Fawcett , the indomitable reformerwho campaigned to remove children from the 19th-century stage, and investigatesthe Victorian obsession with the juveniles who played everything from fairies to
Lewis Carroll 's oysterghosts. Based on research by Anne Varty and featuring Siobhan Redmond as Millicent Fawcett. With dramatisations by Philip Glassborrow.
Producer Philippa Ritchie
Read Esther Rantzen on the child stars: page 121


Unknown: Susannah Clapp
Unknown: Millicent Fawcett
Unknown: Lewis Carroll
Unknown: Anne Varty
Unknown: Siobhan Redmond
Unknown: Millicent Fawcett.
Unknown: Philip Glassborrow.
Producer: Philippa Ritchie
Producer: Read Esther Rantzen
Rose: Anabel Bamston
Mrs Bear: Maggie Bourgein
The Houses of Parliament: Jon Glover

: Dr Finlay: the Further Adventures of a Black Bag: The Day Before the Wedding

6/6. Sue Rodwell's dramatisations of A.J. Cronin's comic stories, starring John Gordon-Sinclair.
When Finlay wakes up with a bad head it's just the beginning of a very bad day.

BBC Radio Collection: Further Adventures of a Black Bag is available on audio cassette and CD. along with Adventures of Black Bag on audio cassette only, from good retail outlets or from [web address removed] Call [number removed]


Author: AJ Cronin
Dramatised by: Sue Rodwell
Producer: Viv Beeby
Dr Finlay: John Gordon-Sinclair
Dr Cameron: Brian Pettifer
Janet: Katy Murphy
Peggy: Tracy Wiles
John: Paul Young
Marion: Tina Gray
Minister: Andrew Mackintosh
Freddie: Ed Sinclair

: You and Yours

Presented by Liz Barclay.


Presented By: Liz Barclay.

: The World at One

Introduced by Nick Clarke.


Introduced By: Nick Clarke.

: Counterpoint Critics Special

Ned Sherrin puts three eminent music writers through their paces in the eclectic music quiz. Producer Paul Bajoria


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Producer: Paul Bajoria

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Sophie

Two Sophies, aged 13 and 19, meet at a station. The first knows that the trains will never stop here. The second, who is on her gap year, waits. Sophie
Large was only 19 when she was killed in a car accident near her home in Banbury, Oxford. A prolific writer, she left poems emails, stories and diary entries that have been woven into this play. Written by Bryan Willis.


Written By: Bryan Willis.
Sophie: Victoria Brazier
Director: Susan Roberts
Young Sophie: Lulu Popplewell

: Gardeners' Question Time

Matthew Biggs , Pippa Greenwood and Romke van de Kaa are guests of the British Society of Amsterdam.
Chaired by Eric Robson. Shortened at 2pm


Unknown: Matthew Biggs
Unknown: Pippa Greenwood
Unknown: Eric Robson.

: Jigs and Reels

3/5. Gastronomicon. Read by Lynda Baron. Planning a silver-wedding anniversary meal may not seem a dangerous decision. But when your exotic mother-in-law has passed on to you a rather special recipe book, and you have been warned not to stray beyond the first ten pages, disobeying this command may have unexpected Consequences. For details see Easter Monday at 3.45pm


Read By: Lynda Baron.

: Clever Trees

2/4. Richard Uridge goes to Australia to investigate the tree that's wet when it's dry and the clever idiot tree. FordetailsseeEasterMonday


Unknown: Richard Uridge

: Thinking Allowed

The globalisation of communication and the internationalisation of language: Laurie Taylor talks to Deborah Cameron , the Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication at Oxford. Producer Jacqueline Smith


Talks: Laurie Taylor
Unknown: Deborah Cameron
Unknown: Rupert Murdoch
Producer: Jacqueline Smith

: Case Notes

Dr Mark Porter and the team visit an Accident and Emergency department to take a look at how patients use the services on offer, and how they could make better use oftheirtime accessing other services elsewhere. Repeated from yesterday at 9pm


Unknown: Dr Mark Porter

: PM

With Eddie Mair.


Unknown: Eddie Mair.

: Getting Nowhere Fast

2/4. Merv is becoming aware that those he once described as old will soon include himself. Has he really prepared for this? So what doe a penniless child of the 1960s do as a pensioner? Go back to the garden of course. Written by and starring Mervyn Stutter , with Lill Roughley , John Challis and Tracy-Ann Oberman. producer Mario Stylianides


Unknown: Mervyn Stutter
Unknown: Lill Roughley
Unknown: John Challis
Unknown: Tracy-Ann OBErman.
Producer: Mario Stylianides

: The Archers

Another call sends Greg downhill.
For cast see Friday Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson chairs the arts show. Producer Nicola Holloway


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Producer: Nicola Holloway

: Three Women in a Boat - Not to Mention the Cat

3/5. Better late than never, our heroines set off, only to stop almost immediately at Hampton Court. Isn't there ajolly little maze there? It'll only take ten minutes.... Written by Mary Cutler.
For details and cast see Easter Monday Repeated from 10.45am


Written By: Mary Cutler.

: The Reith Lectures: Power and Freedom

2/5. Poet and playwright Wole Soyinka argues that we are living in a new climate of fear and examines the challenge this presents to democracy.
What motivates those who seek to supplant our freedom with fear? From the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Rptd Sat 10.15pm

The Reith Lectures
8.00pm R4
Entitled Power and Freedom, the second of Wole Soyinka's lectures examines how difficult it is to tell friend from foe in a climate of fear. Organisations set up as forces for freedom and justice can themselves become tyrannical. And it's not just countries that control people's lives, for "quasi-states" have emerged which operate outside conventional international frameworks. Soyinka looks at the recent histories of his own country, Nigeria, and that of Algeria, where the success of the fundamentalist Islamic party in the first round of the 1991 election rocked the state to its core. (Geoff Ellis)


Lecturer: Wole Soyinka
Producer: Charles Sigler
Editor: Gwyneth Williams
Presenter: Sue Lawley

: The Party's Over

2/3. Shaun Ley discusses the impact of the short-lived SLP (Scottish Labour Party) in the 1970s, which campaigned for Scottish devolution, Europe and socialism. With former SLP leader Jim Sillars , journalist Neal Ascherson and former Scottish Secretary Helen Liddell.
Producer Rob Shepherd Repeated from Sunday at 10.45pm


Unknown: Shaun Ley
Leader: Jim Sillars
Unknown: Neal Ascherson
Unknown: Helen Liddell.
Producer: Rob Shepherd

: Frontiers

Empathising with others in orderto work out people's behaviour is the key to getting on in the world. But is it acquired or innate and how does it really work?
Peter Evans unveils new brain research that provides insights into empathy and how it could offer clues to the development of a range of psychiatric conditions. Producer Adrian Washbourne


Unknown: Peter Evans
Producer: Adrian Washbourne

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

News and analysis, presented by Robin Lustig.


Presented By: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: Jane Eyre

8/15. By Charlotte Bronte. As Jane tries to subdue her feelings, there is news from Gateshead - Mrs Reed demands to see her. Read by Anne-Marie Duff. Fordetails see Easter Monday


Unknown: Mrs Reed
Read By: Anne-Marie Duff.

: Beat the Kids

2/6. Ask the Family meets The Simpsons in a new comedy panel game, chaired byGraeme Garden. Hugh Dennis , Helen Atkinson Wood , Michael Fenton Stevens and Marcus Brigstocke play members of the dysfunctional Crompton Deverill family, while DrG (Garden) asks probing questions that are guaranteed to pull the family apart. Producer Lucy Armitage


Unknown: Hugh Dennis
Unknown: Helen Atkinson Wood
Unknown: Michael Fenton Stevens
Unknown: Marcus Brigstocke
Unknown: Crompton Deverill
Producer: Lucy Armitage

: Test Match Special Report

West Indies v England - The Fourth Test
Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott with a round-up of England's Test series in the West Indies. Producer Peter Baxter


Unknown: Jonathan Agnew
Unknown: Geoffrey Boycott
Producer: Peter Baxter

: Walking the Pyrenees

The second stretch of his walk along the GR10 in France takes Simon Calderthrough the High Pyrenees. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Simon Calderthrough

: News

: Book of the Week: Gielgud's Letters

3/5. ReadbyDerekJacobi. Repeatedfrom9.45am

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