1/5. In 1928, Agatha Christie made a spur-of-the-moment decision to go on holiday alone to Iraq. In his new book, abridged by Laurence Wareing ,
Andrew Eames describes how, on the eve of the second Gulf War, he set out to trace Christie'sjourney and explore her reasons for making it. "Her adventure had been taken at a moment of major personal change; mine was beginning at a moment that could change the world. Producer David Jackson Young Repeated at 12.30am
Through their own eyes, a group of 14-year-old friends, who come from varied backgrounds and different parts of the world, talk about their lives. They interview their parents and relatives, who grew up in the Caribbean,
Portugal and South America, and compare those stories to their experience of growing up in 21st-century Britain with all its opportunities.... and difficulties. Producer Sara Parker
New series 1/4. Pam Ayres presents her own poetry-and-sketch show with the help of Geoffrey Whitehead and Felicity Montagu. This week's theme is deterioration. There are poems about being Too Fat and buying a Wonderbra, and sketches about being Topless at 60 and how to spice up your love life with a little celebrity fantasy in Me and Michael Aspel. Producer Claire Jones
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The current series of the music quiz reaches its final. Ned Sherrin is in the chair for the contest at London s Drill Hall to decide who'll be the 2004 champion. Producer Paul Bajoria Repeated on Saturday at llpm
Patricia Routledge stars as Margaret in this poignant play about coming to terms with the past. Also starring Roy Hudd. On Margaret's 67th birthday, an uninvited guest calls who shares the same birthday. The teenager, May, seems to know more about Margaret's life than she should. So who is she and what does she really want? Written by Elizabeth Kuti. Producer/Director Tanya Nash
May is over 50 years younger than Maggie, though they share a birthday. But why is she so interested in Maggie's past?
Margaret (played by Patricia Routledge) is a pensioner living on her own. It's only natural, then, that she should feel nervous, irritated and uncomfortable when a 13-year-old girl called May (Emily Fleeshman) demands she be let in. But it soon transpires that Margaret, or Maggie, has an enormous problem in letting anybody in - and that goes as much for her emotional life as her house. May is like a hunting dog with its wounded quarry in sight as she keeps pressing for information on Margaret's life: was she an only child, whose is the lock of soft golden hair she keeps in a box, why is she not responding to the phone calls she's getting from Ron (Roy Hudd), the man she was set to marry 50 years ago?
1/5. A week of short stories showcasing first-time and emerging writers.
By Anita Saran John. A magical tale set in medieval India. Jehaan lives a life of luxury as the Queen's favourite but longs for the freedom of her nomadic childhood. Will she have the courage to follow her heart? Read by Badria Timimi. Producer Gemma Jenkins
1/5. Simon Evans looks at how each era created a faster high-speed link from London to the Channel coast than the one before.
The Old Road. A prehistoric path through to Dover, over the Downs, that becomes part of the Pilgrims' Way. Evans meets some modern pilgrims on the path to
Canterbury, and in Dover he finds a cross-Channel ferry from the Bronze Age. Producer Julian May
Festival Food. Sheila Dillon samples the food on offer at the great British outdoor festivals and assesses the contribution it makes to the whole experience of events such as Glastonbury orthe Royal Show. Extended repeat from yesterday at 12.30pm
New series 1/13. Ernie Rea talks to guests about the place of faith in today's complex world, teasing out the hidden truths behind the experiences, values and traditions Of our lives. Producer Rosemary Dawson
6/6. The panel show is back for a second week at the Lowry Centre in Salford. Regulars Barry Cryer ,
Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor are joined by Jeremy Hardy , with Humphrey Lyttelton in the chair and Colin Sell at the piano.
Producer Jon Naismith Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
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Mark Lawson chairs the arts show and reports on Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore 's controversial film that won the Best Picture award at this year's Cannes Rim Festival and is about to open in British cinemas. Producer Philippa Ritchie
6/10. Carol Shields's final, searing novel, short-listed forthe Man Booker prize, adapted by Deborah Levy.
How do you go on when your 19-year-old daughter drops out of university to sit on a sidewalk with a begging bowl? For Reta Winters , a successful writer and translator, a happily married wife and mother, life becomes an exercise in survival.
Producer Di Speirs Repeated from 10.45am
8/8. The Gender Game. Boys talking football down the pub; girls taking tea over baby chat. Is this simply stereotyping orfact? Segregation between male and female happens, not only in humans, but also in animals. John Altringham investigates the fascinating reasons why it's biologically best to keep apart from the opposite sex. Producer Brett Westwood Repeated tomorrow at llam
1/10. By Patrick O'Brian , read by Benedict Cumberbatch. In the early summer of 1812, Captain
Jack Aubrey and Dr Stephen Maturin arrive in Canada on HMS Shannon after escaping their American captors. Abridged by Lisa Osbome. Producer Lisa Osborne
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