4/5. The remarkable life of actor John Gielgud , told through his letters, edited by Richard Mangan , abridged by Doreen Estall , and read by Derek Jacobi. It is 1970 and Gielgud contemplates taking a part in an exciting new play at the Royal Court Theatre. For details see Easter Monday Repeated at 12.30am
Mexico. Kidnapping is big business in Mexico. More money is paid in kidnap ransoms here than anywhere else in the world. With very little trust in the police, many people turn to a private kidnap negotiator.
Charlotte Davis is given a rare chance to witness a kidnap negotiation as it's happening. Will the kidnappers accept a lower ransom and return the victim Unharmed? Producer Sue Ellis Repeated on Monday at 8.30pm
3/4. Francine Stock investigates why some films have the ability to make us cry; the relationship between cinema and therapy; and why some psychiatrists are diagnosing film clips for their patients. Producer Stephen Hughes
Brighton in the Swinging Sixties. Ruthless criminal
Frank Coker rules the waves, but the tide is about to turn.
Written by Roy Kerridge and dramatised by Lynne Truss.
Director Karen Rose
Stewart Henderson presents the interactive problem-solving programme for those irritating questions from everyday life. Producer Eve Streeter
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Tom Conti appeals on behalf of the Lowe Syndrome
Trust, which is helping to fund research into this incurable genetic disease.
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Credit cards: [number removed] Repeated from Sunday at 7.55am
4/5. The Ugly Sister. By Joanne Harris , read by Lesley Sharp. Ever wonder what became of the Ugly
Sisters from Cinderella? Why no-one ever gave them an ever-after. let alone a happy ever-after? This is the history of one of those sisters, who one night discovers an admirer in the audience and wonders if she has met her own Prince Charming.
For details see Easter Monday at 3.45pm
Quentin Cooper talks to scientists from the Royal
Botanic Gardens' Millennium Seedbank Project to look at the science behind plant and seed conservation. The project was set up nearly five years ago to protect seeds from all over the world from extinction and has already secured the future of nearly all the UK's native flowering plants. As well as drying and storing seeds scientists are also using techniques ofcryopreservation to ensure that even the smallest fragment of a plant can be used to preserve its future. Producer Pamela Rutherford
When Sir Peter Ustinov died last month, his many obituarists marvelled at the range of his achievements: actor in films (two Oscars) and theatre, radio comedy pioneer, author of novels, plays and screenplays. He was also a celebrated raconteur, graphic artist, photographer, stage director and designer. In this interview recorded on the occasion of his 80th birthday, Sir Peter talked to fellow humorist John Bird about his hectic life and times: about family life, school sports, the army, the heyday of Hollywood, radio comedy with Peter Jones, the complicity of the very old and the very young, God and Andre Agassi.
In 1953, Ethel and Julius Rosenbergwere executed at Sing Sing prison in New York State, leaving behind their two young sons. One of them, Robert, was six at the time, and in this programme Matt Wells meets him to hear about the way his life has been shaped by this tragic, controversial Case. Producer Caroline Barbour
Ethnic Divorce. Ethnic cleansing is often regarded as an evil one step removed from genocide. We in the West believe that all ethnic groups should be able to live peacefully side by side. But is this practical in places like Kosovo when two populations really can't live together? Divorce is better than murder, so are there evertimes when dividing warring populations is the only answer to a civil war? Andrew Brown asks whether the international community should accept ethnic separation or even help bring it about.
Producer Richard Vadon Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm
5/6. Sketch series written and performed by Marcus Brigstocke, Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell.
Discover the origins of the first-ever museum and learn the secrets of the Pyramids. Meanwhile, Badgerland fights back. With Lucy Montgomery.
Music by Dominic Hasiam and Ben Walker Producer Alex Walsh-Taylor
The third stretch of Simon Calder 's walk through
France's most famous long-distance footpath -the GR10 -takes him through the depopulated Ariege, once the home of bear trainers, and into the Cerdagnne. Fordetails see Tuesday
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