1/5. Military historian Peter Caddick-Adams introduces extracts from journals and memoirs of the key military players who were responsible for developing and executing what Churchill described as "the most difficult and complicated operation ever to take place. Field Marshall Rommel, appointed by Hitler to oversee the defence of northern France, reports back to German High Command on his assessment of the invasion threat. He also writes home to his wife and son with news of the latest military situation and the antics of his two new dogs. Rommel is read by Paul Humpoletz.
(Repeated at 12.30am)
Presented by the Rev Peter Bakerfrom Albany Road Baptist Church, Cardiff. With the Welsh Chamber
Singers. Come Down, 0 Love Divine (Down Ampney).
Acts2: w 14-21. Be Still forthe Presence of the Lord
(David J Evans ). 0 Breath of Life (Spiritus Vitae). Director of music Avril Harding.
Presented by Jenni Murray.
- 10.45 D-Day minus 6: Putting You Through
The Woman's Hour drama, by Patricia Hannah , from a story by Mike Walker. A collection of stories that give a snapshot of everyday life in Britain and France in the build-up to D-Day, the 60th anniversary of which falls on Sunday 6 June.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm
Danny Kelly on D-Day overload: page 32
3/3. Winifred Robinson investigates whether changes to the system of protecting public health will result in a better and more efficacious response in the event of chemical orterrorist attacks. Producer Sue Mitchell
Determined to find out who killed the village vet and a local librarian, Agatha and James must resortto barefaced lies, burglary and badger-watching. Dramatised by David Semple from the novel by MC Beaton and starring Penelope Keith.
In postwar London, a boy's fascination with collecting used bus tickets leads him to discover, more than 50 years later, that life is full of unfulfilled dreams. Written by Michael Hastings.
Producer Nicholas Newton Director Sebastian Graham-Jones (kj
a boy Aaron:
Written by and starring Alan Bennett , co-starring
Judi Dench. A middle-aged man and woman engage in polite conversation in a seaside hotel. But neither of them is quite whom they appear to be. Who is deceiving whom? Director Gordon House
1/5. From family history enthusiasts on day trips to academics and jobbing researchers, the users of the Public Record Office in Kew and the Family Records Centre in Islington, London, are as diverse as the records themselves. Linda Pressly talks to some of them about the stories that have emerged from delving into history.
New series 1/6. The famous "antidote to panel games" starts its 43rd series from the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, where Tony Hawks joins regulars Barry Cryer , Graeme Garden , Tim Brooke-Taylor and Humphrey Lyttelton. Regular listeners will know to expect inspired nonsense, pointless revelry and Colin Sell at the piano. Producer John Naismith Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm BBC RADIO COLLECTION: Eight series and several collections of / 'm Sorry I Haven 'taClue are available on audio cassette and CD from good retail outlets or from www.bbcshop.com Call [number removed]
American writer Paul Auster , author of The New York Trilogy, talks to John Wilson about his latest novel,
Oracle Night, and explains how a near-death experience Shaped his life and work. Producer Erin Riley
By Patricia Hannah , from a story by Mike Walker. Wednesday 31 May 1944. At a telephone switchboard somewhere in London, two young operators enjoy a short break from their duties.
Director David Jackson Young Repeated from 10.45am
3/3. The battle of Okinawa was the last major land battle fought in the Second World War. Afterthe war, Okinawa, one of Japan's southernmost islands, effectively became an American military garrison and wasn't handed back to the Japanese Live the 1970s. Now the US continues to police halfthe world from its enormous and controversial bases on the island.
Christopher Gunness hears from veterans of that battle and from American soldiers today about their presence on Okinawa, and from Okinawans themselves, who pride themselves on their distinctiveness but who also have little control over the fate of their islands. Producer John Murphy
Adam Fowler travels to Alaska to explore the mystery and magic of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
Through interviews, featuring natural radio enthusiasts, scientists, native Alaskan folklore, music and poetry,
Fowler investigates whether the lights really do make an audible Sound. Producer Kate Bissell
3/8. Battleship Reef. In March this year, after serving 30 years, the frigate HMS Scylla began a new career below the waves of the Cornish coast as an artificial reef. Paul Evans explores the construction and uses of artificial reefs as well as the wildlife they attract. Producer Brett Westwood Repeated tomorrow at 11am
6/10. First published in 1949, this first novel by Emma Smith tells the story of 13-year-old Teresa Digby , who is whisked off to a barely known sister in India by her excitable, elderly father. Read by Claudie Blakley.
Arriving in Assam. Teresa and her father arrive in Assam where they are greeted by Teresa's brother in law, and finally meet her sister, Ruth. Producer Jane Marshall
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